Monday, November 23, 2015

Getting Organized?

Sheesh!  I have been trying to get organized for so long now,
and it just isn't working!

But I have finally finished this day timer 
that will hopefully help someone stay organized. 

This day timer comes with a stack of little booklets
- one for each month.

The beauty of this organizer is that 
you carry around three months of pages at a time,
and when the month is over you slide the old pages out
and move the new month of pages in. 
(moving the next months to the correct spot of the 3 slots)

The pages are decorated with my hand carved stamps

and have the days of the month written 
in the top corner of the page.

The names of the month is written
 on the first page of each month booklet.

The days of week can be added as the year rolls along 
- which makes the daytime ready to be used 
next year or the year after, or the year after that.

An elastic cord wraps around the 3 month planner

 I made myself this one last year

and have loved using it for almost a year now.

I have another one finished .....
but the light was bad today when I tried to take pictures of it
But hopefully I can share it with you soon! 

AND ..... I finally managed to add a few cards and a day timer 
to my Etsy shop - and I will add some more items soon! 

Working towards being organized!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Sewn Leaf Cards

I created a few more cards this week.

I took bits of my handmade paper 
and tea stained and dyed some pieces.

I glued the handmade paper bits onto cardstock
and sewed leaf patterns onto them.

The leaf pattern is visible on the outside and inside of the card.

Another batch of cards ready to be packaged.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

New Cards For Sale

I have made a few new cards 
for the upcoming sale I am participating in.
This series is mostly collaged cards,
but has a few made with just a piece of my patterned papers. 

The paper I use in these little collages
is paper I have coloured or decorated in some way.

An assortment of fun ..... all ready to be packaged up!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Dangley Bits Jewelry

I am slowly adding to my collection 
of necklaces that I will have for sale 
at the one and only craft sale I am doing this fall. 

Lots of dangley bits came to play 
on these pieces.   

Not sure what will show up next time......

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Notebooks with Extra Pages

I have just finished making
 a few small notebooks

that are secured with an elastic when closed.

These soft covered notebooks
are decorated front and back 
with hand decorated paper and my carved stamps.

My thinking is that they would be perfect to tuck inside
a purse or a bag for note taking.

I have designed them so that when 
the pages are filled with notes,
they can be removed from the cover
by simply slipping them out
and replacing the pages with a new set of pages.  

I have made an extra set of pages for each notebook....
and am wondering if I should make 2 extra sets.

But until I decide
I am happy to report this one small project that has been 
in my brain for some time is now complete.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Letting in Some Light

I needed to create today.... 
even though I had many chores that were supposed to get done. 

So I took a piece of my handmade paper
added layers of paint
and then with pencil, charcoal and pen had some fun creating.

I put it behind a mat to see if it was finished
and after some small tweaks, decided it was. 

The process of creating brightens my day.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Patterned Pages Experiments

I finally finished putting together this book
that I started long ago. 

I coloured all of the pages, but wasn't really happy with them
as they are not as smooth as I had hoped. 
And so they sat in a my studio for a long time.

After some time passed, I decided to make the pages into a book
 as I had first planned

and am happy with how it turned out in the end.

So learning from the first book
I challenged myself to make another one.

and here are the patterned papers from my previous post
now become these patterned pages.

 I am much happier with how these pages turned out.

I also added some envelopes to each signature

that become pockets to store bits in.

Creative experiments don't always go as planned, 
but I enjoy that it leads me to places of new discovery.