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.

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Find Your Style

Hello, hello, hello!

I hope everyone has had a great weekend. This will be a different type of post. I took a webinar class with Get Messy yesterday. It was so much fun, full of knowledge and inspiration all towards finding your style. Lauren and Caylee the founders of Get Messy went over how to find your style as it relates to your art journal style. Even though the webinar was focused on art journals, it can be used in any creative area.

The four areas they discussed were Color, Tools, Surroundings and Techniques.

By honing in, practicing and educating ourselves on our various crafts we can begin to truly see and learn and develop our style.

For me, I like to think that my style is bright, fun and free flowing. I really try to go with whatever I feel at the time weather that’s with art journaling, scrapbooking, or even working in my planner. I do like the more clean and simplistic approached at times too. I’m also drawn to soft calming tones too. So for me, I want to go deeper and find my true style.

Anyway, at the end of the webinar, Lauren and Caylee, spent some time playing with those watching the webinar and asked that we play along with them and create a piece of our own. Using our favorite colors, a favorite tool and technique we played along with them.

I’ve always been drawn to pink so I picked to different shades of pink from my watercolor palette and also used a hint of yellow. I used a rub-on as well as a pen for some minimal doodling. I know one of my things is outlining whatever piece in Black usually do I did that as well. I was going to leave the piece as it was but in the end, I ended up writing a quote.

I had fun doing the exercise because it encouraged me to not think about what I was doing. I just painted what I was feeling in that moment and it felt good.

If you already know your style, please share it in the comments section as I would love to hear how you describe it and how you can to find it. For me, I’m looking forward to sharing more of my art journaling with you all in the future. It really is great therapy for the heART.

Until next time, happy crafting.

Nati J.

Chic Planning: Last Week of Summer Love – September 11-18, 2017

Hello, hello, hello!!!!!

It’s the last official week of the summer season!!!! Where has the time gone?!? To celebrate this last official week, my planner layout for this week is dedicated to the last official week of the season so let’s get started!!!

Last week, I received my new Gorjuss stamps in the mail and I just knew I had to use one in my planner layout for this week!!!

I decided to go with this little beauty.

My youngest didn’t like the fact that she didn’t have a nose or mouth so I drew them in and then accidentally smeared the ink before it was dry….but I still added her to my planner page. I used Jane Davenport’s Magic Wands to color this little beauty.

And as a side note, I like to stamp images on a piece of heavy cardstock or in this case, some watercolor paper so I can color or paint the image for later use on scrapbook pages, cards or for my planner.

So after coloring this Gorjuss beauty, I cute her out….so she was ready to go in my planner.

For my planner, I started out with adding the scalloped stickers followed by some palm leaves and a beautiful large flower and some little ones too. All of the stickers are from one of the large sticker packs from Me and My Big Ideas.

Next, I pulled out my scrapbook chalk by Pebbles, Inc. I seriously think this chalk is at least 9-10 years old!!!!

I used the chalk and lightly brushed the colors across my layout. This technique just some additional interest to the layout.

I finished off the layout by adding stamps and my Gorjuss image that I showed earlier.

Here is the left side of my layout….yea, there was a lot of cleaning at the beginning of this week.

And here is the right side of the layout. I also added some glitter to my Gorjuss girl image to make her dress even prettier.

Above is the full layout before I added the pen to it.

That’s it for today!!!! I hope you all enjoy the rest of today and have a wonderful weekend!!!!

Until next time, Happy Planning!

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.

Chic Planning: Planner Girl – September 4-10, 2017

Hello, Hello, Hello!!!!!

Today I’ll be sharing with you all my planner layout for this week. I had so much fun creating it. So let’s get started!!!

My source of inspiration for this week came from The Paper Studio The Pink Passport paper pack from Hobby Lobby!!!! These scrapbook paper designs are so beautiful! The actual paper itself is thinner than I would like personally, but again, the designs are beautiful and can easily be added to any of planner layout, scrapbook layout or card.

So yes, this is where I gained the inspiration for my planner layout this week.

Here is the original design in the paper pack next to the one I altered.

I knew I wanted to add some color to my girl, so after cutting her out, I decided to use my Copic Markers to add some skin tones as well as add some additional color to the flower in her hair, lips and for the frames of her glasses. To complete the look, I added some Glossy Accents to her glasses.

While waiting for the glossy Accents to dry, I added some Paper Studio Washi Tape to my planner and then glued my girl down on the left side panel.

After looking it all over, it was time to add some stamps from The Sassy Clubto my layout to complete the look.

Here is the left side of my layout, followed by the

right side of my layout.

Here is the completed look of my layout. I ended up adding some scrapbooking/paper chalk to some of the edges around the boxes as well as to the calendar at the top of the left side of the page. I may go back and color in Darla and the other stamped images on the layout. But for now, that’s it.

Join me tomorrow as I give a tutorial on how I made the reversible paper clip in the top right corner of the layout.

Until next time, Happy Planning!

Nati J.

I’m back!!!!

Hello everyone!!!!

It has truly been a long time! Well, I don’t want to waste any time so let’s just jump right into it!

Today, I will be quickly sharing my September Monthly Spread and tomorrow I will be going into a little more detail about my planner layout for this week. So let’s get started!!!

Here is my layout for the month of September. In general, I like to keep these pages a little more simple so I have enough room to write everything throughout the month as they come up. I basically just used rub-one that have been in my stash the last year or two and some Washi Tape.

Recently, I placed my FIRST EVER Planner Sticker order from Oh So Paper and I loved it!!!!! The woman on the left panel came from that company and after adding her, I felt the look I was going for with this layout was complete! Below, you can see some of the other stickers I purchased from Oh So Paper Co. The thing I like the most about these stickers is that the girls come in various shades, making it to where they will work for anyone.

Also, yhe prices were great and I look forward to ordering more in the future.

Well, that is it for today everyone. Please check back tomorrow to see my layout for this week and how it came together.

Here’s a sneak peak:

Until tomorrow, Happy Planning!

Nati J.

Chic Planning – February 13-19, 2017:  Hearts and Things 

Hello Everyone!!!

I hope you all are doing well, since this is the week of love, hearts and xoxo’s, I naturally decided to do a simple, quick layout to fit he occasion….Valentine’s Day!  So let’s get started!


Here is the left side of my planner layout. I knew I didn’t want to go all pink and red overload with my layout so I picked a white, blue and gold foil Washi Tape. I also love the Gandhi quote at the bottom of the page. How fitting!


On the right side, I continued with the Washi Tape and added some additional love themed Washi. I also love the cross Washi at the top of the page. I was happy about finding some religious themed Washi at Michael’s. 


I love the overall look of the layout and how it’s not to lovey…but just right. I think my unconventional blue heart theme worked out great and all the stickers tied the theme together nicely. 

I also wanted to quickly share with you all my full February monthly spread….now that we are in the middle of the month.  Sorry!  But here it goes:


So much love is in this layout!  The girl holding the heart is beyond perfect to me for the month of February!  I found her on Pinterest. All the paw prints are school related things. We are the Tigers!  LOL. I also tried something new with my splashes and blots of watercolor. I actually like the watercolor effects a lot and hope to do them again in the future. 

Well, that is it for today. Until next time,

Happy Planning!

Nati J.