Creative Way to Journal

Altered Book for Journaling

I find joy in saving books from the landfills and giving them a new life. This is an inexpensive and creative way to journal and gives you the opportunity to be mindful of materials we often take for granted.

A few days ago, I made new spread in one of my working journals. This journal is an altered book I’ve created from thrifting damaged books a while back. I love journaling in them, paper-crafting and what-not. Often times, I’ve created collage around passages that stood out to me on the pages.

As I turn each page in my altered book, I read the words coming from the pages and at times, surprisingly, they’ve given me inspiration for what I want to journal about. I’m constantly thinking about things and planning, so keeping a record of my thoughts really helps with organization and from keeping my mind from getting cluttered.

The butterfly postcard you see on the left page is a hidden pocket to stow a tiny leaf of paper that I’ve written my thoughts on.

A few days before I created this spread, I made journal cards by using collage for my backgrounds and I finally decorated a few of them for this past weekend of journaling. They turned out great and I have added them to this altered book. Later on, perhaps I will show you how I used them.

Be sure to follow out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery, here at Layered Pages!

My wish is for you to be inspired and encouraged. Stephanie Hopkins

Craft Supply Haul Product Review

My birthday was on Father’s Day on the 20th. Forty-five years ago, I was born on that special day. It has been a while now since my dad and I celebrated both events on the same day. I gifted him two paintings and a handmade card and so happy he loves them!

The following day, I woke up in good spirits. Though the sky was still cloudy from a recent storm, the birds were joyfully singing their song, I just knew it would be a good week.

For my birthday, I was given gift cards and I’ve had a few craft items on my wish-list for a long time. I was able to get a few of them with the cards and I can’t tell you how excited I was to order them. I kept going to my on-line order to check the tracking status every day until I received them! Needless to say, I was eager to get my hands on the ASAP!

Today, I am sharing that haul with you, my thoughts on each product and I hope you find inspiration for your crafting adventures! I’d have to say that this is probably the biggest craft haul I’ve had, outside of Dollar Tree that is, in ages! There is so much! This haul will last me a long time, me thinks! These items are available on Amazon for purchase. I do believe some of the items are low in stock, so if you want them, I’d get them as soon as you can. I’m not sure how long it takes the companies to re-stock them.

Nuanchu Real Dried Pressed Flowers Leaves Natural Pressed Chrysanthemum Daisy Flowers with Tweezers for Scrapbooking DIY Candle Decoration Resin Jewelry Crafts Making: I’ve ordered a ton of botanicals this time around. I’m running low and came across a ton on Amazon that I wanted to give a try at some point. I was hesitating on a few of these products but decided to take the chance because they look beautiful in the pictures! I rate this product five stars.

Knaid Vintage Floral Washi Tape Set, 12 Rolls of Decorative Solid Color Paper Tapes for Scrapbooking, DIY Arts and Crafts, Bullet Journal, Planner, Junk Journal, Gift Wrapping: Like I need more washi tape…I couldn’t help myself! These are beautiful! There is not a lot on the rolls but nonetheless, they will last me a while so I feel the price is fair considering… I rate this product four stars.

MOLNESO 360 Sheets Vintage Journaling Supplies, Scrapbook Paper Supplies for Writing, Drawing, Aesthetic Decorative Stationery Paper for Scrapbooking, Travel Journal: I’ve been collecting paper for over two decades and still have lots. Actually, since I was a kid. Yes, I love paper. That said, I’m running low on my vintage style collage paper and I really don’t want to use any more of my 12” x 12” paper unless I’ve already cut into them for journal pages. I thought I’d give this pack a go. The paper is thin so I will use glue sticks to adhere them (carefully) to my craft surface. Liquid glue would be too much for them. I love the verity of patterns and how vintage they look. I wonder how long these will last before I run out? Can’t wait to find out! I rate this product five stars.

60PCS Mushroom Laptop Stickers Decals, Doraking DIY Mushroom Plants Decoration Stickers Decals for Windows, Refrigerator, Decoration (Mushroom Collection, 60PCS/Pack): These stickers are beautiful! I wish I had purchased these before now. I rate this product five stars.

Retro Floral Stickers Set (120 PCS) PET Transparent Flower Stickers for Scrapbooking Planner Journaling Wrapping DIY Crafts Cards Album Water Bottles Phone Cases Laptops:  I started crafting with these stickers immediately. They are stunning! They are delicate so be careful with them. The adhesive is strong. I rate this product five stars.

50 Yards Lace Trims Vintage Lace Ribbon Crochet Lace Scalloped Edge for Bridal Wedding Decoration Package DIY Craft Supply, 10 Styles Assorted: You get a lot for your money and the lace is beautiful! A must for your craft supply. I will be buying these again in the future. I rate this product five stars.

138 Pcs/3 Sets Post Stamp Stickers Retro Cute Plants/Animals Decorative Sticker Square Adhesive Sticker Envelope/Bag Seal by EORTA for Diary Planner Bottles Scrapbook DIY Craft Gift, Forest Theme: I have a bit of an addiction when it comes to collecting stamps whether they are real or faux. I adore them and I’m always on the lookout for different designs. They are fun to add to your craft and art projects. If you can’t afford to purchase them from craft stores, I highly recommend collecting them from your mail. I do that as well as purchase them, though I’m selective on the company. I rate this product five stars.

D-worthy Retro Wooden Handle & Base Roller Date Stamp, Rubber Stamp for DIY Craft Card Making Planner Scrapbooking (Navy): I’ve been wanting a date stamp for sometime now. I’m just surprised I never got one sooner since I craft so much. I love this product and it stamps really well to paper! A must have for your craft supply. I rate this product five stars.

 The Botanist’s Sticker Anthology Book: I’ve been wanting to purchase a sticker book like this for a long time. My only issue with the book is that there is only one side of stickers to each page. The back is a pattern paper. However, I can use them once I’ve used all the stickers. The book itself would be cool altered to make a journal. Do keep in mind, that many of these stickers are quite large and the stickers adhesive is not very strong. I rate this sticker book, four stars.

Knaid Butterfly Stickers Set (360 Pieces) – Decorative Colorful Assorted Insects Decals for Scrapbooking DIY Arts Crafts Album Bullet Journals Junk Journal Planners Water Bottles Phone Cases Laptops: These butterflies are stunning! I have been fussy cutting many of them for my craft projects. They have a white border around them. They do stick really well to paper. I rate this product five stars.

Wooden Rubber Stamps, NogaMoga 12pcs Plant Patterns Rubber Stamp with 11 Sizes, Decor Stamps for Card, DIY, Paper Craft, Bullet Journal, Photo Album, Hand Book, Planner, Scrapbooking: I have not bought wooden stamps in a long time, or stamps in general, and I was thrilled to come across these designs! Keep in mind, they are small but perfect for your paper crafting, card making and journal pages. I rate this product five stars.

Vintage Collection Postcard Set: Pack of 30 Retro Style Botanical, Nature and Ephemera Postcards by Wintertime Crafts: The images on these postcards are stunning and the cards is sturdy! I rate this product five stars.

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Thrift Shop Ephemera pack: This is the third or fourth time I’ve purchased this pack. I love them and they go with the themes I use in my crafts. I rate this product five-stars and recommend it as a must add to your craft supply.

8″ x 8″ 25 PCS 100% Cotton Fabric Bundles for Quilting Sewing DIY & Quilt Beginners, Quilting Fabric Squares: AS soon as I go these in the mail, I started using them and forgot to take a picture! The picture shown is from Amazon and they are accurate. These are great for paper crafting, journal and mixed media projects. I rate this product five stars.

Wilton 30 Count Grease Proof Doilies, 4-Inch, White: Normally I get my doilies at the Dollar Tree but these were a pretty good deal and I loved the design and style. I rate this product five stars.

Fun Express – Orange 50 Cents Single Roll Tickets – Party Supplies – Entertainment – Admission Tickets & Wristbands – 1 Piece: These tickets did not come with a wristband. Not that I’m concern about that. I just wanted the tickets. Orange is a great color because I can distress them to make them look old for my paper crafting projects. Most likely I will coffee dye them. They are sturdy and perfect. I rate this product five stars.

I will use these products for journaling, card making, journal tags, embellishments, collage, bookmarks, happy mail and all sort of other craft ideas I can think of.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! -Stephanie Hopkins

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages! There are pictures on Instagram of what I’ve used from this haul so far.

Art in Motion: Crafty Organization

Hello, Crafty Friends!

Today I’m am sharing a new craft organization I’m implementing in my crafting endeavors.   

I’ve always made my own ephemera packs with various supplies I have on hand and I put them in gallon size Ziplock bags or large make-up bags. That system is not working for me any longer. I want to simplify to make it easier to manage and carry in a smaller to- go tote. I can honestly say that reducing my craft kits in size to little leaves of goodness, makes all the difference and inspires creativity.

I like to work with a good deal of colors and different styles, so I sort every pile with a little of everything. For instance, some crafters like to-do strictly vintage style whereas I like to blend contemporary, grunge and abstract with vintage. Juxtaposition, if you will. Then I secure them with baker’s twin or ribbon. This method reminds me of how the Victorians secured paper and letters. I’ve decided to store them in a photo box and when I want to close the lid, I layer them flat in the box. This box sits nicely on my craft table or desk. Later on, in another blog post, I will show how I store and tote them when I’m crafting on the go or in another area of the house.

Do you make ephemera packs? What ephemera do you find adding to them the most? Scraps of collage paper, tags, flowers, butterflies and my homemade painted papers are my go-to.

One can create all sorts of things with these mini packs. For example: Embellishments, journal cards, collage, tucks, belly bands, tags and pockets. The ideas are endless!

One other thing before I leave you until next time. I’m also gearing up for the first giveaway in my bookmark swap group at Instagram on starting July 1st! There will be four giveaways between July and September! The first giveaway theme colors are pink and purple.

This giveaway is for the members of the #StephslpBookmarkswap group. DM about the details on how to join. Next bookmark swap is September 15th. We would love to have you!

There are two spots left available for people who live outside the US to join.

You can find me on Instagram @stephsartjourney

My wish is for you to be inspired, and encouraged. Blessings to you and yours.

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages!

Stephanie Hopkins

Mini Junk Journal: Part II

How to make pretty journals made out of trash and leftover materials around your home.

Welcome to Layered Page and thank you to those who follow my blog. Today is part two of my mini junk journal series where you will discover ways to use recycled materials to make pretty journals without breaking the bank. It is possible to make pretty journals with junk!

My objective when creating junk journals is to use old ephemera AKA recycled materials, packaging, scraps of paper that I would otherwise throw out.

This junk journals cover is covered with old dictionary pages, scraps of scrapbook paper and a baby wipe I used during painting. The scrapbook paper I used has been cut down so many times for other projects, I decided it was time to either use the leftovers or to throw it away.

I hope you enjoyed this second part of my new series and if you have any questions about my process, please do not hesitate to ask below in the comment area.

Part III in this series, I will be using a cracker jack box and scraps of fabric. Stay tuned!

Be sure to take a look at my Mini Junk Journal: Part I. This post will give you more details in my process of constructing a journal. One thing I did change this time was to start on the outside of the spine to bind the signatures.

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages! My wish is for you to be inspired and encouraged.

-Stephanie Hopkins

Art in Motion: What is an ATC?

ATC (Artist Trading Cards)

I’m pretty sure I’ve blogged about the meaning of ATC (Artist Trading Cards) already but one can use a refresher and I have so many new followers on Layered Pages.

ATC’s are mini art cards 2 1⁄2 by 3 1⁄2 inches (64 mm × 89 mm) in size, that crafters and artists trade. They are usually created by using themes and series. They are handmade and working with such tiny measurements’ spark inspiration and creativity. Not only that, but they are fun to collect. Definity google the history of ATCs. The subject is highly captivating.

I recently joined an international ATC swap and I wanted to share the pictures of the cards. I was absolutely thrilled to receive them in the mail. There are five hundred artists that participate in this swap! I do believe the group is growing and the lady who host the group is amazing! She created and organizes it all on her own. The next swap is in June and is held every other month. Each artist gives and receives five cards. Which makes thirty trading cards total for the year. We send them to the hostess and she then mails them out to everyone with a special message included. She makes sure that we get a card from a different person each time.

ATC & Ephemera

I’ve meant so many wonderful people through this group and one of the artists reached out to me in private message to do a trade on our own. The picture to the left is the cards she sent me from Canada. She also made me a mini journal and included the cutest ephemera! We will swap again in July. Can’t wait!

Are you a crafter or artists? Do you participate in swaps? Do share! -Stephanie Hopkins

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art gallery here at Layered Pages! My wish is for you to be inspired and encouraged.

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How Painted Papers Evolve

This pass Saturday I created mixed media homemade ephemera with my painted papers I made with left over paint, inks and gesso from various art projects. Then I cut out different shapes using file folders for the base. The paper dolls and lettering and number 5 is by Tim Holtz. I forgot who the ribbon is by. I love blending abstract with vintage themes and seeing how they come together. This is a great craft for meaningful imagery for your art projects and journals. -Stephanie Hopkins

“I begin with an idea, and then it becomes something else.” -Pablo Picasso

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