October Layouts!

Hello, Hello, Hello!

Today, I just wanted to share with you all real quick my October layouts in my planner. I posted them on my Instagram, but wanted to make sure that I shared them here as well.

So here we go!

The monthly spread. Dedicated to my family in the island. And in memorial for those who lost their lives during Hurricane Maria.

This layout was a camping theme to celebrate our first Girl Scout Camping Trip!!!

Just decided to throw in a little Black Girl Magic.

I made this shaker pocket to go along with the theme.

I found these pretty girls on Pinterest and decided to print them and add them to my planner.

Somehow I forgot to take this photo before them pen…so here it is after. Here I was getting into the Halloween Spirit.

And lastly, this was my layout for the week of Halloween.

As usual, I had so much fun decorating my planner and making it all pretty. And if you’re interested, below you can find more creative happenings from October.

That’s it for today! Tomorrow I will be sharing my layouts for November so far.

Until next time, Happy Planning and Crafting!

Nati J.

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James Weekend!

Hello, hello, hello!!!!!

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying this cooler weather. Recently, I purchased two of the James Burke’s stamp sets, Unbothered and Decora from his Etsy shop.

Over the past year, I have become a fan of James and his art. He’s like that one guy friend that you can literally talk to for hours and never get tired. I watch his YouTube videos every chance I get….like I have literally laughed out loud while watching his videos and have found myself talking to the screen. LOL. I’m not crazy – seriously! Anyway, I have really been inspired and have learned a lot! And I am excited to share with you all the stamps I purchased.

Here we have Unbothered on the left and Decora on the right.

Here are each of the ladies stamped with Onyx Black VersaFine ink and on the right with London Fog Memento Ink. Can you say, “LOOOOOOOVE!!!!”?

After stamping each lady and using some of the head Decora, I decided to play a little. And this is what I created.

The Unicorn Squad! Which when my youngest daughter saw the first girl, she herself had to join in on the fun.

And an “Unbothered” Pocket Letter that I will be sending out on Monday. I figured these ladies could be colored and used for ANY craft project, planner layout, card or mixed media piece…and of course each pocket is loaded with goodies on the back side.

This evening my oldest decided to join in on the fun as well.

They both love the Unicorn Girl!

And then here is the last one I did this evening.

I have really enjoyed playing with this stamp set and I’m looking forward to creating more with these stamp sets.

If you get a chance and haven’t already, you can find James on YouTube or in his Etsy Shop. He is also on social media. And NO, I’m not getting paid for this post, I’m just a fan!

Until next time, Happy Crafting ,

Nati

Planner Swap: Coffee Cup Mini Album

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to attend a Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Planner Meet-Up…and EVERYTHING WAS NICE!

So today, I wanted to share with you all pictures from the meet-up and the finish product of the swap I brought.

Planning Ladies. Here we are working on our Make-And-Take….a cute little plush pumpkin. As see below.

And here is my coffee cup album. I followed a tutorial by Wilna Furstenberg on You Tube.

And here is the swap I received.

So many cute planner goodies!!!!

I truly enjoyed the planner girl meet up and look forward to the next one.

Let me know if you have ever made a coffee cup album or if you are planning on making one. It’s such a great way to recycle your coffee cup and create something beautiful.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Nati J.

Happy Fall Y’all!!!! + Candle Cover Tutorial

Hello, hello, hello Creative Peeps!!!!

So this week, I finished decorating my home with our Fall Decor so I wanted to share that with you all along with a simple DIY Candle Cover Tutorial.

I’m so excited about sharing this quick and easy tutorial with you all today, so let’s get started.

The materials needed for this project are as follows:

  • Candle of any size (pictured below is a large candle from Yankee Candle)
  • Hot Glue Gun + Glue sticks
  • Adhesive Velcro Strips
  • Large ribbon of any kind to go around your candle
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo (or any type of ink pad in brown or black)
  • Distress Tool (or make up applicator)
  • Decorative loose leaves from Dollar Tree or Wal*Mart

First, I gather my ribbon and wrap it around to see how much I will need. In this case with the large Yankie Candle, I used about 12.5 inches.

Next, I cut my ribbon at the desired place.

Now, it’s time to start inking! I grab my Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and my Ink Blending Tool. I dab the Ink Blending Tool onto the Distress Ink and then rub the Ink Blending Tool on top of my ribbon. I continue to do this until I have the desired look.

Here is how my ribbon came out. As you can see I rubbed the Ink into certain areas and didn’t cover the ribbon with the Ink.

Next I grabbed my Velcro Strips.

I cut mine, but there is no need to cut the strip. I ended up adding the other half when I was done to give the other side more space to hold onto.

Here I added a strip of hot glue to the ribbon on both ends. When doing this, you must pay close attention. You will need to glue one Velcro strip to the inside of the ribbon and the other Velcro strip to the outside of the ribbon.

Here my strip has been glued down. Although I had adhesive backing on my velcro Strips, I still added the hot glue just to make sure the strip stays in place all season and beyond.

Above, I’ve added the Ribbon Candle Cover to my candle.

You can with be done with the candle cover here, or you can continue reading and add even more to your cover with this additional step.

For me, I didn’t like the ruff look of the edge of the ribbon in the back and since both sides of this candle will be seen, I decided to add some leaves to the cover the opening.

A few years back, I purchased a bag of loose leaves from either Dollar Tree or Wal*Mart (I’m sure you can get them from other places too).

I grabbed the hot glue Gun and two leaves. I added a small strip of hot glue to the edge of the ribbon at the top and the bottom. And then placed the leaves on top. For me, this was a great finishing touch to the candle cover.

Now, it’s time to add it to my bar with the rest of the Fall Decor!

Here is the front view of my Ribbon Candle Cover.

As well as the back.

And below you will find the rest of the Decor I place around the common areas of the house. I’ll say hemp cord was my good friend this year with my Decor. LOL. I love that stuff!

Candy Corn/Autumn Mix – the best Fall candy, which happens to be one of my childhood favorites!!!

Some Fall happiness in the bathroom.

A vase on top of one of our bookcases where I put used wine corks. I didn’t want to get rid of the corks, so decorating the vase was a plus!

While decorating my table….I found that glitter goes a long way!!!! Look how the Stickles really brought out something extra to the leaf napkin holder. I loved it so much that I added Stickles to all of my napkin holders!!!!

The tray on our coffee table came out just right!

Here is the fire mantel. I will be adding picture of us from the last year on the “Thankful for…” sign.

Here are some candles that are on one of the bookcases as well. I will have a quick tutorial tomorrow on an inexpensive way to decorate a candle (based on the middle candle pictured above). So be on the lookout for that.

The dining room table with personalized placemats that I made a few years back.

And lastly, the entry way! I love this sign from Hobby Lobby!!! And Texas is just the place for it to be y’all!

So until next time, Happy Crafting!!!!

Nati J.

DIY Starbucks Paper Clip Tutorial

Hello, hello, hello!!!!

I hope you all are doing well. Today I will be showing you all how I made this DIY Starbucks Paper Clip for my planner.

The materials needed to this DIY are as follows:

  • Starbucks cup warmer
  • Scissors
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Any cardstock or printed scrapbook paper (in this tutorial I used a piece of watercolor stationery that I had in my stash)
  • A paper clip
  • Glue stick
  • Glue Gun
  • Stamps (optional)

First you will want to cut out the Starbucks label and then trace it onto the back of your cardstock or printed scrapbook paper.

Cut the circle that you traces and set it to the side.

Next turn your Starbucks logo over and add glue from your glue gun to it. Be careful not to burn yourself with the glue.

Place your paperclip on top of the hot glue and you can even add a little extra glue on top of the paper clip.

Next grab you piece of cardstock or patterned scrapbook paper and place it on top of the hot glue and paper clip. Press hard.

I placed a heavy object on top of the paper clip for a minute or two just to ensure everything binds together.

And here is the front of your completed paperclip!!! It’s really that easy!

Here is the back of my paper clip. The next part of this tutorial is optional, if you would like to make this a reversible paper clip.

So if you do, grab your favorite stamp set and ink and stamp an image on top of your cardstock or patterned scrapbook paper!

I decided to keep mine simple and just add the word, “hustle” to mine.

That is it y’all!!! I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial on how to make a DIY Starbucks Reversible Paper Clip.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Nati J.

Snail Mail Flip Book

Happy Friday Everyone!!!!!

At the end of last year, my niece-in-law shared with me they she had purchased the MAMBI Happy Planner.  To hear this I of course of extra excited. She’s always kept a planner but thought it would be fun to start decorating it as well. When I heard this I knew I had to put some goodies together for her. At first I thought I would just send her a pocket letter…but I soon realized that I would need more space for more items so I decided to make a Flip Book for her. I figured with the flip Book I could make it the size I wanted as well as add as many goodies as I wanted. 

So with that being said…now that she’s received her goodies, I would like to share my completed Flip Book with you all…so let’s get started!


Above are all the goodies I sent to her. The Flip Book is the one with the “Life” tag on the cover. I also added a loaded pencil pouch, a “simple things” journal, a notepad and some sticky notes. 


At the bottom of the tag, I added a small label and added the message “So Plan Accordingly.” So the front cover reads, L is for Life so plan accordingly!” 

In the pencil pouch, I added the following items:


Here is the first part of the pencil pouch. In the pocket, I added some fun paper clips, extra sticky notes and some small tags in the mini envelope. 


In the back portion of the pencil pouch, I added a mini journal, a sticker sheet and some sample Washi Tapes. 


Above you can see how the first opening in the Flip Book looks. 


Here is the left side up close. 


And the right side. 

I like the way the pockets turned out. This was my first time making vellum pockets.  I can see myself making more in the future. 


Above is the Flip Book fully open.  The fashion girls were found on Pinterest and are not attached to the third portion of the book,but are clipped together with an ampersand clip. So let’s see what’s in each section.  


This first pocket is filled with more stickers and sticky notes as well as a binder clip and a cute donut magnetic bookmark. 


On the second page, we have more sticky notes, a cute double sided tip in and a Kate Spade bow clip. 


This third pocket has some religious goodies in it that can easily be added to any planner layout. 


In the fourth and final pocket we have some fun and essential planner stickers. And another magnetic bookmark which has a mixed media feel to it. 


To me, the Flip Book wouldn’t be complete without adding something to the back cover of the Flip Book. Here I attached a days of the week transparency with Washi Tape. 


Above is the fully open Flip Book and the fashion girls from Pinterest that I included.  These girls can be glued onto any divider page or Monthly/Weekly Planner Layout.

I had so much fun making this Flip Book!  I was able to utilize scrapbook paper, Washi Tape and Project Life cards that I had on hand!  And the fact that my niece enjoyed it so much was just the icing on the cake. 

Have you made a Flip Book before?  If so, please share in the comments section below what kind of good or themes you’ve done. Until next time, 

Happy Crafting!

Nati J. 

Layering Washi Tape Tutorial

Hello eveyone!  

Real quick, I just wanted to share with you all a quick tutorial. If you are a fan of washi tape, you will love this layering technique. So let’s get started!


While working in my Happy Planner over the weekend, I added this green Washi Tape to my planner pages, but felt I needed to add something more to it. 


I found this Recollections Washi Tape in my stash to be just what I needed. I decided to layer the two to create a different look and feel to my planner layout. 


After the green Washi Tape was placed, I simply placed the pink hexagon Washi Tape on top. 


It was that simple. So now instead of having a white background or a muted turquoise in the back of the hexagon Washi Tape, I now have the Kelly green in the background. What fun things do you like to do with Washi Tape?  I love to hear about it. Until next time,

Happy Crafting!

Nati J.