DIY, journal, My Documented Life

I Made a Faux Midori Notebook Cover

My first project of the summer was a success. I mentioned Friday that I was in love with the Midori Traveler’s Notebook and decided to try and make a couple to hold my Moleskine notebooks. Well, here is my finished product and I am so happy with it! I followed this tutorial HERE and it was pretty easy.

My blue notebook holds my Documented Life journal and the journal I use to take notes on the Sunday sermons. The pink notebook holds my prayer journal and the journal I use to write what I think the Holy Spirit is showing me and how He manifests Himself in my life.

I love having a pretty holder for my notebooks!

What projects are you into right now?


My Attempt At An Art Journal

I finally tried it. I have put it off for so long, spending time looking at art journal pages on Pinterest, wishing I could do something like the ones I have been pinning. But after my post yesterday at The Writer’s Alley on fearing failure, I decided to bite the bullet and at least try to do a page or two.

First I took a book with a hard cover and tore out every other page. I must say this was difficult for me, a book lover and reader extraordinaire. But creating something beautiful out of something I already love seemed like an okay thing to me. So I took a ruler, put it along the binding and tore the page against it. I DID keep the pages I tore out. I figured I could use them in the journal later….tearing them or cutting them into shapes.

Then I painted some gesso on two pages. This primes the page to accept paint better. I’ve seen YouTube videos where you don’t have to do this step, but I did to ensure the paint would work. (I’m sure I’ll experiment without the gesso later!)

Then I put a dab of blue and a dab of green on each page and spread the paint around the page with a really wet paint brush. Then I let it dry.

Then I sprayed some red Dylusions Spray Ink on each page and let it dry. Then I stamped a cross all over in black ink and used a stencil for the fleur de lis.  After it dried, I found some cool magazine images and pasted them on with mod podge. The cool thing about the mod podge was when it touched the red ink, it would smear the red. I played that up, spreading it further out. It was a nice surprise.

After the glue dried, I took a black pen and journaled a bit. Then I got a white paint pen and had some fun with swirls and outlining.

It’s kinda messy, but I am happy with how it turned out. For a first time, it was a success in my eyes. And I had so much fun!


Outdoor Table Painted

I finally got my outdoor table painted. This is the table that my husband built out of pallet wood to go with the two chairs he had built for me earlier this summer.

My husband painting it white and I got busy with a stencil I had purchased earlier this year from Cutting Edge Stencils. They have the most awesome stencils for DIYing your furniture and home.

I used orange and red paint for the stenciled paisleys, but wasn’t real happy with the placement. It just seems a bit off balance to me. But I guess overall it looks okay and goes well with the chairs.

Here is a before pic.

And here is the table with the chairs.

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DIY Framed Earring Holder

For my latest project, I took an old frame and turned it into place to hang my hook earrings. I think it turned out rather cute.

First I primed the frame with a spray primer.

Then I spray painted the frame a light blue.

With a white paint pen, I added a paisley design to give it some interesting detail.

I let it dry overnight, then added some rubber mesh (used as a mat in cabinets, like contact paper) to the back. It was easy to attach with a staple gun, and then I trimmed of the excess with scissors.

I’m happy with it, though I am kinda bummed that it only holds the “hook” earrings…not the studs or clasp earrings. Oh well…I will need to think of something else.

What projects are you working on? Organizing? Cleaning? Crafting? Anything?

Have a fabulous weekend!

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My Painting Experience

Last night I went with my friend Erica to Painting With A Twist in west Fort Worth. You go for 2 hours and follow the instructor’s instructions and come away with a painting. The great thing about it is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. As you can see below in the group photo, the painting are all different, yet all look great.

Here is the progression in my painting….

First the background. We started at the top and made our way down.
I did get a green streak in the middle of the sky, but the flowers covered it up.
Then the darker flowers
After the dark flowers, we added white ones and light yellow ones.
Then we added stem and some detailing on the flowers.
My sweet friend, Erica.

I have to say that I really love doing this. It is a fun time with friends. It teaches me some painting techniques and how to layer. And I come away with some art I can hang! This is definitely going in my bedroom, as it goes well with my springy color palette.

Do you paint? Ever wanted to learn? You should check out the site and see if there is a Painting With A Twist near you. Click on the link to see…..Painting With A Twist Locations

Have a GREAT weekend!