October 6, 2015

My First Fauxdori!

Every autumn, I start getting that itch to get organized with my schedule - I'm sure it's a residual feeling from the times when I was a full-time student.  I've been looking around for inspiration for calendars and planners, and decided I couldn't wait until January to get a fresh planner and planning system going.

I ordered the Webster's Pages Color Crush planner in white last week and I'm getting excited in deciding how I want to set that baby up (which will be another post on its own).  In my research and impatience in waiting for the planner to arrive, I got sucked into the wonderful rabbit hole that is Midoris/Fauxdoris, otherwise known as Traveler's Notebooks.

For the uninitiated, Midori is a Japanese design company that makes Traveler's Notebooks: notebook covers that come in several sizes with removable inserts, so you can change your notebook as often as you change your shoes, or add in/take out additional inserts when needed.  While Midoris are a quality and well-made product, the price can be a deterrent for many, so the Fauxdori was born.  These are homemade Midoris and can be made out of leather, fabric, or any felxible material you have on hand.  There are a lot of cute online shops that specialize in Fauxdoris that are full of fun notebook eye candy.

This weekend I remembered this post from Tricia at Club Scrap where she had made a stitch-bound journal out of a pencil case we received as a gift at the 2014 Retreat.  I loved this journal and kept it on my List O' Projects to do, but never got to starting it.  I decided that I would use the pencil case as the cover for my first (yes, I'm already planning on making more) Fauxdori.

What I like most about the Fauxdoris is that they aren't a permanent journal or album - sometimes it's hard to commit to a stitch bound album or journal if you aren't sure what you are going to use it for.  The Fauxdoris use removable inserts (or signatures, for my bookbinding friends) that are held in the cover by elastic bands.  This allows you to switch out the inserts once they are filled without needing a new cover.

So, on to my project!  (Finally!)

Here is what you will need to turn this pencil case into a Fauxdori:

  • Clear ruler
  • Pen, pencil, or marker
  • Paper piercing tool
  • Craft knife
  • Piercing mat
  • Waxed linen thread
  • Charms
  • Elastic thread
  • Bookbinding needle
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Hole punch
  • Papers for your inserts
  • Journal cover

I stole a lot of ideas from Tricia's journal, like removing the flap on the inside pockets in order to be able to pierce through the back of the journal.  I marked 5 holes in the journal cover at the following measurements:

  • .5 in from top and bottom
  • 7/8 in from top and bottom
  • 4 5/16 in from top (center hole)

All of these measurements were done in the middle of the cover which was 5 1/4 in from the left and right edges.  I punched holes in the cover where I marked the holes using the 1/8 in hole in my Cropadile.  I then threaded by elastic thread through the two upper holes, through the middle hole, being sure to leave a long loop, then through the bottom two holes, meeting in the middle.  I then tied the two pieces of elastic together to keep everything together.  The long loop on the outside of the cover is used to loop around the entire journal to keep together.

Once the cover was done, I needed to make the inserts.  I chose 5 papers from a few Club Scrap kits (Big Top, Transformations, and Cantina) and cut them to 7.5x9 in.  I folded these in half and used one folded page to be my piercing template.  

I pierced 5 holes into each page starting 1 1/4 in from the top, then four more holes 1 1/4 in apart.  I then bound 5 pages together using a pamphlet stitch.

Once I had my inserts created, I had a few choices how I wanted to fill my Fauxdori.  The simplest way is to have one insert - simply open the insert to the middle, slide through the large inner loop, and you are good to go!

In order to put your second insert in, you will need a long rubber band (about 7 inches long).  You will have you first insert already connected to the middle elastic, and you will open your second insert to the middle.  Loop the large rubber band around the middle of both inserts and you have them connected together!

You an even fit a third insert into this cover!  Join inserts 1 and 2 with the long rubber band and place on top of your cover.  Close each insert.  Place your third insert in between 1 and 2 and loop the elastic on the cover around the middle insert.  All three are now joined!

Now the fun part begins - decorating!  While I was threading the elastic thread on to the cover, I created a little protective cover for where the elastic meets the paper on the open edge of the notebook.  I die cut the skull and cross bones from the piece of the cover I had removed from the inside.

Also while I was threading the elastic, I created a little cluster of charms to attach with a lobster clasp to the front of the notebook.  Now I can switch these charms out for others when my mood changes!

Now, onto the insides!

I've only started writing in my first insert, but I knew I wanted a big quote on the outside of this insert.  I used materials from this month's Big Top collection to decorate!

I used some plainer papers on the inside of the insert so it would be easy to write on.  My first list is my packing list for the Club Scrap retreat on Thursday - I'm so excited, I had to plan out everything I was going to wear and pack.  Like a nerd.  Don't worry, I have a list of scrapbooking tools on the next page as well.

To mark my place in the notebook, I created a paperclip bookmark by using one of the tabs from the cutapart sheet from this month's kit and adhering it to a giant paperclip.  I love that I can move this around as I need it!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you try your hand at making your own Fauxdori.  I'll be updating here and on Instagram as I decorate and fill this notebook!  Hope you follow along!

September 30, 2015

Club Scrap Blog Hop - Transformations

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Welcome back, friends! It's the end of September and the weather is starting to change - that means it's time for a blog hop and it's perfect for this month's Transformations collection!

If you traveled here from the Club Scrap blog, then you are on your first stop of the hop! following the hop! If you've lost your way or just want to see all the links in one place, head back over there to see a list of all the talented bloggers participating today.

The papers and stamps in every kit each month are always amazing, but I especially loved the combination of the serene images, inspirational quotes, and calming colors of this month's kit.

As I was deciding on what to create this month, I looked through my "Drawer O' Projects" and came across an oldie but goodie - an acrylic mini album.

I knew this would be a great way to showcase the papers, the stamps, and those fun fibers that were included in the embellishment pack.

This album kit contained a bookboard back cover, page projectors, and an acrylic front cover.  I knew I wanted to keep the front cover relatively plain since I wanted that amazing ginko paper to shine through, so I kept it pretty simple with the bamboo stamp and the quote.  I stamped both of these with black Staz-On ink - it worked wonderfully with the acrylic cover.

The fun (and quick!) part came when I decorated the C-rings that held the album together.  Every month, you get amazing fibers in the Embellishment Pack and in the Lite kit as well.  They always add a nice touch to your scrapbook pages and cards, but they are so much fun to use all at once like decorating the spine of this album.

I even added one of the gold coins to the cluster of fibers for some added interest.  These types of spines are so easy to decorate - just keep adding ribbon!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you liked my project!  Grab your coffee and get hopping and visit each of our talented bloggers today.  Your next stop is Debby - I always love seeing what craftiness she has up her sleeve!

Drop by again next month because I am SO excited to be working with the new Big Top collection - it's going to be a great month!

September 22, 2015

Club Scrap Sketch Inspiration Challenge

Welcome to this month's Artist Team Challenge!  We got to work with two favorite things - sketches and Club Scrap kits!

This month, I chose to make a scrapbook page using the monthly sketch provided to Club Scrap members.  This is such an awesome perk of being a member - you add amazing sketches you can use over and over to your collection!

I particularly loved this sketch with its use of repeating squares across both pages.  I love to keep with a theme, and using squares helps to keep everything neat and organized.  Plus, the squares are perfect little homes for stamped images or embellishments.  These metal coins fit perfectly.

I love using these Assembly Line sketches because it is so much fun to pick out the papers from your stash or a particular collection and mix and match!  All papers and embellishments on this layout comes from this month's Transformations kit.  They go perfectly with my pictures from New Zealand - really helps to bring out the green and blue of the water!

There are plenty of spaces for photos on this layout, but you can also use the photo mattes for journaling and embellishment.  On this side, I layered a few cutaparts from the Embellishment Pack to have a space to write my memories down.

On the right-hand side of the page, the instructions create a section of 1-inch squares - a great place for small embellishments, or you can do what I do and stamp a image on a solid piece of cardstock and then cut apart to create your own sectioned embellishment.  I use this month's technique of stamping with bleach to create this look - it looks so great against the dark teal cardstock!

Thanks for stopping by.  Don't forget to come back again next week when we are showcasing this wonderful kit again for the monthly blog hop!

August 26, 2015

Club Scrap Blog Hop - Woven Strands

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Welcome back, blog hoppers!  I really cannot believe it's the end of August - where did the time go?  The good thing about being at the end of the month is that it's time to share all of the fun projects we've been working on with the Club Scrap Woven Strands collection!

If you traveled here from Roni's blog, then you are following the hop! If you've lost your way or just want to see all the links in one place, head over to the Club Scrap blog to see a list of all the talented bloggers participating today.

I fell in love with the intricate stamps and patterns in the kit this month, and I was inspired to highlight the beautiful artwork in a few ways this month.  I made three cards to show of the amazing designs in this kit:

For my first card, I drew inspiration form the delicate knots from the Art Nouveau and the Borders and Background stamp sets and the sentiment on the Collection stamp set.  I wanted to incorporate threads of some sort on this card, so I hand-stitched the variegated fiber from the Embellishment pack and some craft thread I had on hand over the stamped images I had stamped on the background.

I pierced holes in the corners of the stamped images so I could easily sew with a needle and thread.  I finished off with some rhinestone bling on the knots that didn't have any stitching on them, just so they wouldn't feel lonely.  I stamped the sentiment with embossing ink and hematite embossing powder to add a little shine.

My next card was my attempt at home Celtic-like knots.  I used the white ribbon from the Embellishment pack to create this large knot following these directions I found on Pinterest.

I stamped the "Joy" sentiment with the hematite embossing powder again.  While simple, I love the way the ribbon turned out - weaving it together was pretty fun!

My last card used the large knot panel from the Collection unmounted stamps - I stamped that on my background panel with India Black Ink, then stamped the individual panels on different colors of paper.

I then fussy-cut the colored images out using a craft knife, then adhered the colored knots on top of the panel in their own sections.  I love the way the images pop on this card!

There are so many wonderful techniques you can try with these intricate stamps - I hope you pick them up in the shop and try it out for yourself!

Thank you so much for stopping by, and be sure to head over to Anne Marie's to see what she has to share this month!  Don't forget to swing back around next month when we're working with the Transformations kit - I seriously can't wait for that one!

August 18, 2015

Club Scrap Stencils Challenge

Hello there crafty friends!  It's time again for the Club Scrap Artist team monthly challenge, and we are working with one of my favorite tools, stencils!

If you haven't been lucky enough to work with Club Scrap's stencils and masks, run over to the store and pick up some - you won't regret it (especially since they are on sale).  Each month they come out with amazing designs that can be used over and over again on cards, scrapbook pages, or any project that comes to mind.

I used three different stencils and two different techniques in my two-page layout that I created for this challenge.  I first used a stencil and foil technique I originally saw from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and I knew it would be perfect with the amazing Club Scrap stencils.

I used rubber cement and foil sheets I bought at Michael's with the Honeycomb and Wavy Lines stencil from Club Scrap to add foil to two border strips that I would be using in my layouts.  Check out my quick video of how this is done below!

Once I had my foil adhered, it is off to put the whole layout together.  I used the 3 of Clubs card from the most recent Idea Deck to help me put this layout together using papers and embellishments from Blueprints.  (And while I flipped through the whole deck and picked this one because it fit what pictures I had and the two strips of paper I was looking for to embellish with foil, I just realized Club Scrap has released these instructions to share as well.  Check out this blog post for more details and try your own hand at this layout!)  I love how the colors in this kit really brought out the colors in my pictures and made them pop off the page.

I put a short process video together showing how this layout came together - be sure to check it out if you are in to that sort of thing!

I love the way that these two sides of the layout came together - and you can't go wrong with a little (or a lot) of gold foil.  Or gold glitter Thickers.

I decided I needed to add a little something-something to the cardstock background on the left side of my layout, so I used the stencil from Nice to See You and this technique to add a little tone-on-tone action.  It brings interest to the background without distracting you from the photos.

I mention this in the video, but the little blue block of cardstock was looking a little plain, so I added in more tone-on-tone interest using the matching stamp from Nice to Know You as well.  Stamping or stenciling in the same color on card stock is a great way to add pattern and interest to a card or layout without being overwhelming.

This kit is a great example of how the theme (Blueprints) does not have to do anything with the subject of your pictures - I was drawn to the bright blue and yellow to bring out the water and the shirt I happened to be wearing that day, and the brown cardstock included in the kit helped to ground everything with a neutral color.

Well, neutral until I added the gold foil.  Which is neutral in a FABULOUS way.

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to stop by the Club Scrap blog tomorrow (Wednesday the 19th) to see all of the Artist Team creations.

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