Saturday, March 31, 2018

Note Journal Craftie

I wanted a note journal to hold my Bible notes.  Though my first one was thrown together, a while later, I took some time to put together a more attractive and service-able version.  Using what I had on hand, this is how I did it:

It is totally possible to purchase these "compostion books" on sale for anywhere from $ .10 to $.25 (pennies per journal).  Keep your eye out for sales!

Then I used tape, glue, scissors, discarded folders (for the pockets), ribbon, fuzzy craft stick, and portfolio or plastic sheet covers.

First I matched up two plastic sheet protectors at the binder hole edge and taped it.  Then I used that as the journal cover!!  This is super cool because it provides a COVER for the journal where the user may add his/her own photo or document inside for show cover.

Fold and cover as you would a book, careful this time, to leave TOP unhindered (match up the top edges, do not fold them at all) so that through the TOP, photos or document may be inserted into the cover:

I selected a durable plastic folder and marked and cut so that it would fit inside the cover to serve as pocket to hold notes, hand-outs, or materials.  I attached it with tape loops though of course hot glue would be awesome it you wanted to use that:

Using a craft stick and ribbon, I made a silly and totally service-able place marker:

View of front pocket:

I made tabs using sticky note pad pages and glue:

There you have it!  A fun, service-able journal with sections.  Could translate into a very special gift for someone!

Thank for letting me share.  Wishing you wonderful walks in the Sonshine!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Diaper Cake Delight- giraffe theme

Crafties just add joy and pleasure to my life!  This diaper cake for an upcoming baby shower about $20 !  Will break-down the price pieces later.

This is how I did it:

It is just plain FUN.  I put baby-wipe packages in the middle to add bulk.  Swirl the diapers around, layer upon layer, adding where you need to.  First I had the top edges of the diaper out but it was too rough or ruffley for my taste so the final layers were crotch sides out.  Secure in place with a ribbon!  Sculpt.

Then adorn with your fabric, ribbon, baby accessories or bows.  Dollar store or Mama's theme can be a great inspiration, as well as what you have at home.

I already had the tissue paper, ribbon, craft-ties, and cardboard cake round (bottom platform).  I bought the topper giraffe for about 6 bucks, the apron for $2.50.  The baby wipes used were three packages for about 3 or 4 dollars, and I used 80 diapers for $8.

I used a safety pin to secure the ornamental fabric in the back.  I used craft ties to poke ribbons and flowers between layers, and also to secure the topper into place.

Look above.  I used craft tie to help giraffe hold his straw flower.  Below, see how I made the decoration ribbons.

I am sorry that the above picture is not clear.  Very close to the middle you can barely see a dark colored STRAW (drinking straw from the dollar store).  You will need to use a straw or a stick (can use k-bob cooking skewer) to poke from top layer to through lower layer.  Do this as needed, to secure layers of the diaper cake so that top layers do not fly off.

Oh he's so cute!!!

I truly hope this is an encouragement for you to try, if you enjoy crafties as well.   It's a great mother daughter project... to work together to hold the diapers in place and tie, and decorate.  Be blessed in the Sonshine,

Elephant bonus:  See the note/card tucked in the netting or tulle: