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Prettified notebooks. | Papercrafting.

And just like that, it's March.

Not only is it March, but we're a week in already, and we just lost an hour.  I will let you know when that is ever ok.  Especially this past week, when I seem to have gone from unable to stay awake to completely and totally incapable of falling asleep.  Thank you, Lyme disease and adrenal fatigue.  I see a nap in the very near future.  Hopefully.  Maybe. 


It's Sunday!  Let it be a lazy day, shall we?  The snow will be melting around here, thanks to predictions in the 50's for most of the week (with one day in the 60's!), and I'm just really hoping that spring is, in fact, right around the corner.  Winter is always rough for me; it wreaks havoc on my body, and I'm through with it.

Yesterday, I got my scrapping mojo back, and decided to stop hoarding paper and make something to make the day a little brighter, since it's still pretty damn cold out there.

For Christmas a year or so ago (probably more, because, you know...hoarder...), as part of my gift, my sister got me a few sheets of gorgeous fine paper from Paper Source.  It's seriously gorgeous.  So pretty, I would unroll them all, just to look at them, ponder about making something with one of them, and then roll them up again, not wanting to ruin the perfect rectangle by cutting them all up to use in projects.  Which is totally normal.

After having to pack up and move my entire craft room this winter, I decided it's high time I quit that nonsense and use the damn stuff already.  My sister didn't get me that paper for it to be just looked at, she wanted me to use it!  

This week, after having a few meetings to go to, and hating the wide-ruled (which, ugh - can't it at least be college-ruled?? seriously.) Gov't issue notepad the size of my entire arm that I had to use, I decided I needed something way cooler than that to have with me to take notes. Not wanting to spend any money on something like this, I went rooting through my stash to see what I had in order to make something.  I found two Moleskin kraft notebooks I'd totally forgotten I had (they come as a set of god only knows where the third one is...), which are perfectamundo for this project, and unrolled those fine papers my sister got me for Christmas all those years ago.

And because I want you to be able to make your own gorgeous notebooks everyone will be jealous of, I'm gonna show you what I did.  It's wicked easy.  Ready?  Here we go.

Take the notebook, open it up, and lay it face down on the wrong side of the paper.  Trace the outline of the notebook, and then cut about 1/2 inch - 1 inch outside the traced line.

covering kraft moleskin notebooks #DIY #papercraft #finepaper @Paper_Source

Using a paintbrush, quickly brush Mod Podge all over the cover of the notebook (I had to work quickly, so I couldn't take a snapshot of this stage.)  Carefully place the traced and cut paper on top of the Mod Podged notebook spine, and smooth out both sides from the center.  The edges of the paper will hang over the edges of the notebook.  Let it dry for a few minutes.  This shouldn't take long - Mod Podge dries relatively quickly.

covering kraft moleskin notebooks #DIY #papercraft #finepaper @Paper_Source

Once it dries, flip it over, so the front or back flap is showing.  This is the back flap.  Cut the overhanging paper at the spine and at the corners, so you can easily flip it up and over to glue it down.  Since this particular notebook has a pocket in the back for hiding super-secret-on-the-down-low stuff, I had to make sure I also made a cut at the top to allow me to tuck the overhanging piece under the pocket, so the pocket could remain open.  

covering kraft moleskin notebooks #DIY #finepaper #papercrafting @Paper_Source

Do the same thing on the front flap, until the entire book has the overhanging edges secured on the inside.  If you're making more than one notebook, like I did, just repeat the process.  Both books took me a total of 30 minutes.  For realz.  It'll take a few extra minutes if you choose to also cover the inside flaps of the notebook.  I wan't really concerned about having them covered, so I decided to just cover the outside for this project.

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Below is a shot of the back of the finished book on the left - this paper was made from strips of various fine papers, so the front is different from the back.

covering kraft moleskin notebooks #DIY #papercraft #finepaper @Paper_Source

Now, this paper is pretty enough to have that be the end of the project.  But, we all know I can't let it end there.  I didn't want to do anything that would be overboard, but I wanted a little something extra on these books.  So, I got out my Versamark ink pad, my "j" stamp, and my favorite gold embossing powder.  I stamped the "j" on front, embossed, and viola! You can see the "j" on the above pic, in the lower right-hand corner.  I did this on both.  Took all of 1.5 minutes to stamp and heat emboss.

Then, on the inside, I decided to stamp only on the first page from a roller stamp from Kate Spade I got a while back (WAY more than I ever spend on stamps like this, but I loved the sentiments, so I splurged...):

covering kraft moleskin notebooks #DIY #papercrafting #finepaper @Paper_Source

Simple.  Awesome.  Total win.  People will be totally jealous when I show up with these beauts to boring meetings.  

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That's it, friends! Two gorgeous notebooks that took a mere 30 minutes!  And they're totally personalized, and the best part - they're in my favorite color.  Purple.

I hope you have a fabulous Sunday, and that you're able to find time to create something today!


Always with the greatest intentions.

There have been quite a few times over the last two weeks where I've sat down and gone, "I need to write something," and then never did.  I had all the greatest intentions of filling you in on the last two weeks, but, as I'm sure most (all) of you can relate, life got in the way.

So, this is my feeble attempt at getting back into writing posts.  I now have a full hour (an HOUR) after I get home from work that I haven't had in 10 years.  That's how much time I saved myself by choosing the apartment I'm currently in - it's legit a 5 min drive.  I can walk there when the weather gets nicer in 15...20 if I'm lollygagging with my coffee.

Not even kidding - for the first week, I would come home and just kinda stare at nothing.  I had NO idea what to do with all of that extra time!  AN HOUR, PEOPLE.  That's FIVE HOURS A WEEK.  TWENTY in an entire month!!!

Now.  I'm sure you're all going, PLEASE. I could fill up that hour in no time!  Trust me.  I'm sure I'll be able to as well, but this is gonna take some getting used to!

Anyway.  Back to the situation at hand.  Life, and how it gets in the way of very important things, like writing blog posts and stitching and making pretty albums.  (sooo far behind on my project life album, it's not even funny...but that's quite alright...there's a lot of winter hibernation still ahead of's only 15 February...).

I also found out a little over a week ago that I have Lyme disease.  This would explain a lot of health problems I've been having (and i literally had to fight with my doctor for this test...he wanted to do another food sensitivity test on me, and i flat out refused...i don't eat anything anymore that could be inflammatory!), and it's been a weird 1-2 weeks getting used to the twice daily dose of antibiotics, among a few other things I need to take to counteract side effects of being on heavy antibiotics for an entire month.  

To help counteract the side effects of antibiotics (the major one being too much yeast in your body), I'm also following the Candida diet, which eliminates dairy, sugar, and fruits (the sugar from these foods feeds the yeast, amplifying the problem).  The first week was near impossible.  I needed chocolate! Stat!  But, it got easier, and my cravings are becoming less frequent.  (Fat bombs like this one have been saving my life over the last week and a half...)

You're also supposed to eliminate coffee on this diet because of the caffeine, but we all know what I did when I saw that recommendation.  

Laughed outloud, then went and made a full pot of fresh ground coffee from Starbucks.

All of this, plus adjusting to my new job and trying to  make sense of the remaining chaos in my apartment, has meant little time for creating.

BUT.  This past week, I found all my stitching supplies, and decided to start a project I've been dying to start for a long time.

"Shores of Hawk Run Hollow." I'm not sure if any of you have attempted any of the Hawk Run series, but I have three, including this one, and I've been itching to start one.  I decided no time was better than now, so I got everything together (and, unbelievably enough, I'm missing four of the DMC colors for this project. just when you'd swear you have every single one, you're missing some. ugh.), and got to it.

Shores of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings

So far, I'm loving it.  I shouldn't have waited this long to start stitching one of these from the series, but there were so many other big projects I was working, I couldn't justify starting another.  

The fabric I chose is 40 ct Tundra from Lakeside Linens.  It's tough to tell, but it's like a sea green - it looks kinda grey in this pic - which I thought was perfect for a summer/seaside piece.  With the record wind chills today and the high wind warnings, I'm dreaming of warmer days...

I'll leave you with that - I don't want to bore you with too many things all at once, and I hope soon I'll be able to get out more on the weekends and investigate all our nation's capital has to offer!

Happy Sunday, everyone!



Sunday Things.

Hard to believe another week has gone by.  Has it been as rough for you as for me?  I don't even know why it was so exhausting, but it was.  Happy Hour on Thursday night with some of the greatest people in the world, my band staff friends, was much needed by that point (and to think i initially didn't even want to go out!).  Angry Orchard (hard cider is gluten free!!!!!) is my new best friend.  It doesn't top my signature drink - Captain Morgan & diet Coke - but it is a very close second.

Stitchers - have you seen the Market previews?!?!  Is there anything you're DYING to have????  For me, this companion piece to Yuletide Welcome by Plum Street Samplers is a MUST in my house.  I need to make sure I get my order in to my LNS stat.  

I'm always one to change things up with my stitching - I saw this finish of Halloween Rules by Lizzie Kate and it's so fun!!  I LOVE the different colors on the border!!!  The fabric is an awesome overdyed, and is perfectly spooky!  Also - the bell pull with gravestones?!  Love.

I don't know if you've seen any of the work by Rensel Studios, but OH.MY.GOD.  My friend, Catherine, showed me some of their blog posts (after which I immediately began following their blog), and seriously.  No words.  Santa's Magic by Miribilia has been in my stash for a long time, and seeing it framed by them made me want to go start stitching it right freaking now.  Also, I'm not usually big on mermaids, but Miribilia's mermaids are gorgeous.  Add the framing magic of Rensel Studios?  I can't even.  

Weekends just aren't complete without a little stitching.  I started Blackbird Designs' In Full Glory...


Confederate Grey is my new fabric's such a great neutral.  

Happy Sunday, friends!


Sunday Things.

It's hard to believe, but it's about to be mid-August.  Summer is winding down, and I've only made it to the beach twice.  Tragic.

I do love Sundays, though.  For some reason, they're less chaotic than Saturdays.  At least for me, anyway.

Sundays are for catching up on summer reading.  I put down Elizabeth I (again), and started The Devil in the White City.  So far, it's excellent.

Scones also happen on Sundays.  Well, all weekend, really.  I made these blueberry scones this weekend (gluten-free/grain-free), and they're delish.  Gotta use up those blueberries while they're still in season, and baking with them is always a good idea.

Coffee and magazines are a favorite Sunday activity of mine, right before I ignore laundry for the entire day.  And the fact that I have to cook for the week.  Today's lineup:


Happy Sunday, friends :-)


Sunday Things.

Sundays are for pancakes.  And stitching.   And reading.  And maybe some scrapping. And really not much else. 

This week, I finished two books - In the Garden of Beasts, and The Fault in our Stars.  Both were exceptionally good, and not what I expected when I started reading.  Now, I'm working through finishing Elizabeth I, since I've been reading it for over a year now...

Although I have to be gluten-free for health reasons, I've really been trying to stay away from all grains over the past year, but today I was really, really craving pancakes.  God only knows why.  So, luckily I found this recipe for grain-free banana pancakes.  Heaven.

I also worked on some Christmas stitching.  Nora Corbett has a line of Red Ladies, all for Christmas.  I have almost all of them (I really have a problem...), and I decided to start with the one who's holding the black kitty, since I used to have one.  Just need to fill in with the Wisper threads on her dress and for the kitty & it's done!


Happy Sunday, friends!  I hope you're enjoying your day!