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.

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Fall Home Decor Candle Decorating Tutorial

Hello, hello, hello!!!!

Just realized that this post didn’t go out so let’s get started!

Today, I thought I would share with you all a quick and simple way to decorate a candle.

Materials Needed:

  • Candle
  • Brads
  • Paper Piercer (or even a thumb tack)

First things first, once you have gathered your materials, you want to decide where you want to place your brads.

Next, poke holes in your candle, in those desired spots.

Lastly, place your brads in the holes that you poked.

And place in the desired area of your home!!!

That is it!!!! It is truly that simple!!!! And for the other candles, I simple wrapped some hemp around the candle and the tied both ends in a bow. Easy peasy and a great way to add a little extra to your decor!!!

Let me know in the comments what Fall Decor you have created in your home.

Until then, 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.

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. 

A Little Christmas DIY – Catchall Dish

Hello Everyone!

I know it’s been a while!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you all are blessed during this Christmas Season. Today I wanted to share with you all a quick, easy, and inexpensive DIY Christmas Gift idea for any special woman in your life. So let’s get started!  


So today’s DIY is a catchall dish. The materials needed to complete this project are the following:

  • Reinforcements
  • Metallic Gold Sharpie Oil Based Paint Marker
  • Any small plate – I got mine from Dollar Tree
  • Masking Tape
  • Alpha Stencil Set
  • Foam Pouncing Brush 


First, get your plate and figure where you want to place your Stencil. Use the masking tape to hold the Stencil in place. 


Next, get your Foam Pouncing Brush and Oil Based Sharpie Paint Pen. Dab the paint pen onto the foam brush. 


Make sure you generously moisten your brush. 


Now you want to completely Stencil your design. In this case, I am adding the paint to my Alpha Stencil, but you can use any design you like. During this step, you may need to add more paint to your brush several times. 


One you are finish painting your entire image, you’ll want to carefully pull the masking tape from your plate. 


Now it’s time to randomly place the reinforcements and color the inside with the Paint Marker. 


It’s best to work in sections. Once you have 5-7 reinforcements colored in go ahead and carefully pull off the reinforcements with a pair of tweezers. 

If any of the paint gets under the reinforcements (or stencils) you can remove the excess paint with finger nail polish and a q-tip. 


Here is the completed plate. But I wanted to take it one step further to make the paint permanent. 


To take it that one step further, place the plate in the oven. Once the plate is in the oven, set the oven to 350 Degrees and bake the plate for about 30 minutes. 


Once it completely cools, it is now ready to use!  I left my plate in the oven until the oven completely cooled. 


The catchall dish can now be used for jewelry or…


even for craft embellishments. 


And here are two more dished I was able to make. I will pair these dished with 2-3 piece of jewelry for each gift recipient. 

I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial. If so, please leave a comment and let me know!  Until next time,

Happy Crafting!

Nati J. 

Chic Planning:  Pumpkin Picking October Monthly Layout

Hello Everyone!

Today I wanted to share with you all how I customize images I find on Pinterest for my Happy Planner. So let’s get started!

First I like to start off by selecting an image from the many you can find on Pinterest. 


This one is by the talented Brittany Fusion. I think it is fitting for the month of October because this is when we have our annual visit to the Pumpkin Patch. 


Next, I fussy cut the image using both detail scissors and an exacto knife.  I will only be using the girl and the stack of pumpkins for this layout but the sign she is standing by will be featured in a later layout. 


Now for the fun part, I select the markers I will be using to color the image. Here, I am using Copic Markers, but you can use any marker or color pencil you like. I just find that these meet my needs the most. 


For this images, I didn’t do too much. I darkens her pants a little and changed the color of her blouse from white to pink. 


Lastly, I added some hints of glitter to the blouse and to the pumpkin. What girl doesn’t like a little sparkle in her life?  

Now it’s time to move on to my planner layout. 


Here is the blank monthly spread for October. 


The first thing I want to do is add the images I’ll be using to the layout to be sure of where I want them to go. 


Once that’s settled, I glue the images down.  And now it’s time to plan!  


Here is how the left side of my layout came together. I added some falling leaves and for Halloween I added some orange and black Washi Tape and a jack-o-lantern sticker. 


On the right side I added some more falling leaves and other stickers elements that will help with my planning. 


Here is the completed layout. The flags represent the Presidential and the Vice Presidential Debates…and that random slice of pizza is to remind me of Dominos Pizza Day at the girls school. Overall, I like the look of the layout and the white space which I will need for writing out our plans for the month. 

I hope you all enjoyed planning with me today!  Until next time,

Happy Planning!

Nati J.