Explosion Mini Book Part 4

Explosion Mini Book Part 4 is what we have for you today. I wanted to thank you for your patience with me. Thank you all for your well wishes, thoughts, prayers, and cards. I went back to my day job and hit the ground running after my surgery and I think I over did it. I was wiped out last weekend so I wasn’t able to post. The good news? I am baaaaackkkk! If you haven’t seen the previous posts for the first three parts of this project, be sure to check out part 1 HERE, part 2 HERE and part 3 HERE. I am so excited to show you how to put this Explosion Mini Book together!   Are you ready? Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed for the Explosion Mini Book Part 4 Project

Front and back cover for your Explosion Mini Book Part 4 Project

Super strong adhesive

Ribbon

Strong adhesive

Inside pages of your Explosion Mini Book Part 4 Project

First, you will want to take out your front cover, your ribbon and your super strong adhesive.

In the middle of the cover (or wherever you want to place the ribbon to tie up your book) place your super strong adhesive as shown above.

Whichever ribbon you choose to use, make sure you “finish the edges” so that they don’t fray.

I used this little tool for my ribbon on my Explosion Mini Book Part 4 that I bought at the Daiso store but more on that later.

Take out your ribbon and fold it in half. Using that middle fold, place that in the center of your cover which will allow the same amount of ribbon on both sides. Place the ribbon on the adhesive. Add adhesive to both of the covers of your Explosion Mini Book Part 4 and set them aside.

NOTE: When measuring the amount of ribbon to use, I used approximately seven widths of the cover. This will allow plenty of ribbon to go around my creation once filled with decor and pictures as well as tie a nice bow. It will depend on the size of the cover so be sure to take that into account.

Take out the three pages for your Explosion Mini Book Part 4.

Place adhesive on the square areas (the part that is not folded as a triangle) of your folded green paper as shown above. Make sure you place your adhesive on the side where the paper is a hill (poking up as shown.) This will help with folding the complete project later.

Pull our your red paper and take your middle paper adhesive side up and turn it upside down so the adhesive side is facing your table now.

Before you place your middle piece of paper adhesive side down on the square as shown above, make sure you fold it to ensure it will fold completely so it will work once it is in your explosion book. This is the front of your pages connected.

This is the back of the pages connected.

Add your second square with adhesive to your third page as shown above.  making sure it folds properly.

Make sure the edges aren’t overlapping and that it folds properly.

This is what the front pages look like once they are put together for your Explosion Mini Book Part 4.

Now we are going to place the front cover on the left side square of the paper as shown above and

we are going to add the back cover to the right side square as shown above.

Use your bone folder and press the folds to ensure there is a very crisp crease on all of the areas of the pages.

This is the back of the pages of your Explosion Mini Book Part 4 project.

Here, I am going to slowly unfold the pages so that you can see what it looks like.

As you can see it looks complicated but once this unfolds, you are going to be amazed at how easy it is to fold it back up.

Here are your unfolded pages! YOU DID IT! Now, to add the covers…

I added one more piece of adhesive on top of the ribbon to ensure it’s adhesion onto the inside pages.

Take your folded inside papers and place the outside unfolded square piece on top of your ribbon. Press firmly on your paper to ensure adhesion to the front cover.

Take your back cover and place it centered on the top of the inside square as shown above. Press firmly to ensure adhesion to the paper and the back cover.

Now as a side note, I told you I would show you my ribbon tool. I bought this at Daiso a few years ago however it seems to work pretty well. 

If you look at the top of the upper area of the ribbon sealer tool, you will see a line on the tool which actually heats up! Be careful, you will burn yourself… lesson learned!

Take your ribbon and place it on top of the heated area. You will want to hold it for a few seconds to ensure that the ribbon does seal so it won’t unravel.

Here you can see the hole where it sealed. Worked great!

You need to repeat it so that it is sealed across the whole piece of ribbon for your Explosion Mini Book Part 4. Now you need to make sure you tie a pretty bow around your Explosion Mini Book Part 4! You did it!

For this weeks giveaway, we are giving away one of our most popular stamp sets the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Alphabet Stamp Set.

It would be a perfect addition to your awesome new Explosion Mini Book Part 4 Project!

For last weeks giveaway, we are giving away $15 credit to our store!

The winner is Holly S!

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Winners, please send me an message HERE and I will get your prize out to you!

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Explosion Mini Book Part 3

Explosion Mini Book Part 3 is what we have for you today. I am feeling much better after my surgery. I truly appreciate all of the prayers, cards and well wishes and I am looking forward to getting crafty again!

We are creating the inside part of the explosion mini book which will also show you how to fold the pages so it works properly!

  
Supplies Needed for the Explosion Mini Book Part 3 Project

3 – 10″ square pieces of card stock

Bone folder

We are going to be creating two additional folded paper pages for the Explosion Mini Book.

Here is one of the outside covers and if you haven’t seen our previous two posts, please check out Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 1

and Explosion Mini Book Part 2.

*NOTE: When putting this together next week, do not use wired ribbon. It doesn’t wear well. #Lessonlearned.

This is the inside page already folded. Although it may look complicated. There are only 3 folds for one page of the Explosion Mini Book Part 3. Trust me! YOU CAN DO THIS!

Take your paper and fold it in half as shown above. Use your bone folder to ensure the crease is strong.

Turn your paper a quarter turn and fold your paper. Once again, be sure to use your bone folder to ensure a strong crease.

This is what it will look like once you have completed 2 of the three folds for your Explosion Mini Book Part 3.

For your last fold, fold your paper to create a triangle as shown above.

This is what it looks like once it has been folded. Pretty simple, right? Now, we just need to invert a few of the folds we created.

Now we just need to invert a few of the folds we created. The triangle folds need to be folded the opposite way they currently are. The right is correct the left still needs to be folded up.

 

Here is a better picture as to how we need to fold both of the triangles toward the center of your paper.

Once your folds are correct,  your paper will look like this.

Take both  triangle sides that you just refolded the correct way and bring them both to the center of your paper as shown above.

This will leave  the square sides fanned out. Take the left side of your paper toward the center of your paper.

You will repeat this for the right side as shown above.

Using your bone folder, ensure all four sides of your paper have a reinforced crease.

This is what it will look like once you have it folded properly.

Repeat this so that you have three of these for the inside of your Explosion Mini Book.

You have finished the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 3 Project!

For this weeks giveaway, we are once again giving away $15 credit to our store!

For last weeks giveaway, we are giving away $15 credit to our store!

The winner is Cynthia C.

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Explosion Mini Book Part 2

Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 2 is what we have for you today. We are going to be covering your front and back cover with.. Yes, MATTE (not glossy) clear shelf liner! Yes, it really works great and there are multiple uses for it too especially when you are trying to avoid finger prints!

This is what the inside of the cover looks like once you have covered it with the clear shelf liner and I purposely covered it past the paper so that there was a little bit of a seal onto the mat board.

For the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 2 Project, I used the clear transparent shelf liner. I believe I bought mine at either home depot or Walmart. It is available at multiple places. I do believe it is the duck brand.

Make sure you have an inch around your entire Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 2 Project that you want to cover. This will ensure adhesion on the other side completely covering your paper.

Carefully remove half of the clear shelf liner backing from the liner.

Try to do it so that you don’t make harsh creases in the liner as they may show up on your project and they can be hard to remove.

For the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 2 Project, you want to be sure that you place the clear shelf liner in the middle of your project as shown.

Make sure you rub out any air bubbles or lines from your shelf liner as you place it on the front cover.

This will also ensure adhesion of the clear shelf liner to your cover.

The inside cover looks like this one you have applied the clear shelf liner to the front of the cover.

Cut all four of the corners of the clear shelf liner as shown.

You will end up with the cover looking like the above. You will want to throw out the 4 triangles you cut from the corners.

Here, I used the hard surface to bend the edges of the clear shelf liner toward the inside of the cover.

Fold in the shelf liner toward the inside of the cover as shown and repeat for the other three sides.

You have finished the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 2 Project!

For this weeks giveaway, we are giving away $15 credit to our store!

For last weeks giveaway, we are giving away $15 credit to our store!

The winner is Dana M.

Please be sure that you  send me a message letting me know which post you won on and your contact info and I can send your code for your store credit to you!

Winners, please send me an message HERE and I will get your prize out to you!

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Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 1

Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 1 is what we have for you today. I love to create items for loved ones and this is a great way to give a gift from the heart! Once you create one.. You will be obsessed.. I apologize now! LOL Let’s get started!

The first lesson I have learned from creating these is DO NOT USE WIRED RIBBON for your closure. It falls apart as you can see.

 

This is the front of the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 1.

Here is the side view of the Explosion Mini Scrapbook. I will be showing you step by step how the Explosion Mini Scrapbook opens up and OH MY the possibilities!

As you can see it starts to unfold and you can see the added decor inside the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 1.

This is the inside of the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 1. I love the colors and decor and how it coordinates with the whole project.

Here is the left side of the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 1.

This is the middle of the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 1.

Here is the right side of the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 1.

This is the back of the Explosion Mini Scrapbook Part 1. You have so many places to put journaling and pictures!

Today, we are showing you how to create the front and back covers for your Explosion Mini Scrapbook. This is the front side of your covers.

This is the inside of the cover.

I started with a 5.5″ square piece of mat board. I purchased this at Aaron Brothers which now has been bought out by Michael’s in my area. You can use chip board but I would suggest you use a thicker piece to ensure durability.

Measure your decorative paper one inch larger than your mat board. This paper is 6.5″ square.

Apply adhesive to your at board.

Place your mat board onto the paper centered.

Using your sturdy work surface, fold your paper on the corners of the mat board.

This is what it will look like when you do one side. Repeat for all four sides.

Once you have folded in all four sides, cut a triangle off the corners. This will give you a cleaner edge for the corners.

Apply adhesive to the paper and to your mat board to ensure adhesion.

Fold your paper and press the adhesive to the mat board. Repeat for the opposite side.

Cut all four corners of the paper on the non adhered paper.

You need to cut them like this.

Trim off the triangle as shown.

Fold in your paper as shown above.

Apply adhesive to the paper and mat board. Press the paper firmly onto the mat board. This is what it looks like once it is done.

Here I have done the edges two ways. Beveled edge or the square edge. I really don’t have a preference besides they are going to be covered by the inside paper anyway so it really is your preference.

This is a close up of the beveled edge.

If you want to have the beveled edge, you can do this by trimming off a triangle from the paper as shown above.

Here is a close up of both corners. Which do you like best?

Here is the completed front and back covers! Are you excited for the next video? Be sure to stay tuned where I show you how to cover these covers with clear shelf liner… YES I FINALLY REMEMBERED WHAT IT IS CALLED!! LOL

For this weeks giveaway, we are giving away $15 credit to our store!

For last weeks giveaway, we are giving out Words of God stamp set!

The winner is Jensie.

Please be sure that you  send me a message letting me know which post you won on and your contact info and I can get your prizes out to you!

Winners, please send me an message HERE and I will get your prize out to you!

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Holiday Handmade Treat Holders

Holiday Handmade Treat Holders is what we have for you today. During this time of year it seems that there is a never ending need for gifts between teachers, friends, family, etc. This creation is super easy to make and is a great way to show someone you care without breaking your bank!

Supplies Needed for the Holiday Handmade Treat Holders Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Alphabet stamp set

Acrylic Block

3-D Foam adhesive

Black Ink

Circle Punch and Label Punch

Adhesive

Stampin Up Top Note Die (Unfortunately, I believe it is retired but to be sure go to Brandie’s Stampin’ Up website and send her a message!)

Trimmer

Card Stock for Treat Holder

Coordinating Card Stock for circle mat

White card stock to stamp sentiment

This is the Holiday Handmade Treat Holders Project. I really love the color palette and how the sign language stamps convey the perfect message for the holidays!

This is the side profile of the Holiday Handmade Treat Holders Project. You can put whatever item you wish for this and just adjust the size of the treat holder to fit your needs.

To begin your Holiday Handmade Treat Holders Project, take out your Top Note Die or the die of your choice.

 

Take your decorative paper and place it on the top of your die. Make sure that you have covered the area to be cut by your paper.

Place your clear platform, your die, your paper and then your other clear platform on your manual die cut machine. Run your die through your machine.

This is what it looks like once it has been cut.

Take out your trimmer and use the scoring blade and score your die cut in the middle. You can also fold this in half if you wish instead of using your trimmer.

This is what it looks like once it has been folded on the score line.

We are going to now score your paper for your treat bag. There will need to be three score lines where you will fold.

Did you know that most trimmers of ANY brand have a hidden arm underneath that allow you to expand your trimming size?

Here you will see the bottom of my Stampin’ Up! Trimmer. It also holds accessories as well! If you didn’t know this-check yours out!

I used a 12″ piece of paper. I scored the paper at 5″, 6″ and 7″.

This is what it looked like once I folded on the score line. It makes a “M” for Melissa! LOL

I used hot chocolate packs in my Holiday Handmade Treat Holders Project. You can place a small amount of adhesive if you wish it to be placed in a specific place or

you can place your item inside a bag and adhere it that way as well.

Take out your coordinating paper and punch your circle.

Using your punch label punch your sentiment paper.

Take out your A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Alphabet stamp set, acrylic block and ink.

Place your first letter on the acrylic block and ink it.

Stamp your letter on the punched out label.

I chose to stamp the last letter on the label. That way I can get the middle letter centered between the two letters so they don’t look lopsided.

This is what the finished stamped letters looked like.

Using your 3-D adhesive, apply it to the back of your sentiment. Place it on the punched out circle as shown.

Apply adhesive to the back of your circle. Adhere your circle to the front of the Holiday Handmade Treat Holders Project.

When I cut this piece of card stock, it was a little wider than I wanted it to be for my project. 

I used the label die to approximate the size that I wanted to cut the treat holder down to.

Using my trimmer, I trimmed off approximately 1/2 inch off of the side of the treat holder project.

This looks much better and will be more cohesive for the project.

Apply adhesive to the inside of the die for the top of your creation. Be sure you apply adhesive to both sides.

 

Press firmly on both sides of the cut out die so the adhesive adheres to the Holiday Handmade Treat Holders Project.

I chose to use hot chocolate packets but you could really use anything. Here I used a packaged tea bag.

When placed inside the fold, it really won’t go anywhere. In the video I even shook it and it was staying put without adhesive!

Here are the completed Holiday Handmade Treat Holders Projects!


We are also participating in an awesome blog hop so if you would like to check it out please go here 2018 Fall Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop,

For this weeks prize, we will be giving away a $15.00 store credit! That way you can decide exactly what you want!

For all of our giveaways including this one, in order for you to qualify for an entry to win, you would need to be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts (found on our blog page) and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! When you subscribe, you will receive an e-mail on Mondays with our latest blog post. BE SURE TO READ IT to check to see if you are a winner EVERY WEEK. If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. NO EXCEPTIONS. Thank you for your understanding.

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SAVE MONEY Create Your Own Holiday Gift Photo DVD Holder

SAVE MONEY Create Your Own Holiday Gift Photo DVD Holder is what we have for you today. I don’t know about you but I take A LOT of pictures of my boys and sometimes I forget to post or share them with loved ones. What better way to create something a loved one will enjoy but a DVD or CD full of photos?! Great idea right? Where would you put it once you created it you ask? That’s what we are doing today! SAVE MONEY Create Your Own Holiday Gift Photo DVD Holder!!

Supplies Needed for the SAVE MONEY Create Your Own Holiday Gift Photo DVD Holder Project

Decorative Card Stock

CD or DVD envelope

Velcro

Adhesive

6″ Square Envelope

Scissors

This is the SAVE MONEY Create Your Own Holiday Gift Photo DVD Holder Project.

Your SAVE MONEY Create Your Own Holiday Gift Photo DVD Holder Project has a velcro tab so that you can open it with ease.

Once opened, you will see the CD or DVD envelope holder. On the right side it allows for a lovely personal message to your loved one that is receiving your gift!

Close your Holiday Gift Photo DVD Holder Project. Let’s get started on the SAVE MONEY Create Your Own Holiday Gift Photo DVD Holder Project!

Take out your trimmer.

Take out your 12 x 12 piece of decorative paper for your SAVE MONEY Create Your Own Holiday Gift Photo DVD Holder.

This is my Stampin Up paper trimmer. It comes with both the scoring blade and cutting blade. The scoring blade is light gray and the cutting blade is dark gray.

My friend Brandie and previous Creative Crew Member is a rep for Stampin Up! If you like this trimmer (I LOVE IT!) and want to see how to purchase this, check out my friend Brandie’s Website HERE.

Taking your 12 x 12 paper, you will want to cut 5.75″ off of the paper. You can create two of the SAVE MONEY Create Your Own Holiday Gift Photo DVD Holder Project with just one piece of paper!

You now want to trim your paper to 11.5″. Be sure to keep the extra piece you trim off. You will use it for the SAVE MONEY Create Your Own Holiday Gift Photo DVD Holder Project.

This is what it will look like once it has been trimmed and the extra piece you will need for this project.

Take your 5.75″ x 11.5″ paper and fold it in half as shown.

Take out the extra piece you saved from trimming the paper. Cut a piece approximately 1.5″ – 2″ and set it aside.

Take out your CD or DVD envelope. You will not need the flap of your envelope for this project.You will want to cut off the flap of your envelope.

If you want, you can leave it like this or cut the little edge off so it is the same on both sides. I liked it better with the latter.

Using your adhesive, apply it to the back of the CD or DVD envelope. Make sure you get all four corners of the envelope but do not apply adhesive too close to the opening of it.

Apply your envelope to the inside of your card as shown.

Here is where you will place your DVD or CD gift for your SAVE MONEY Create Your Own Holiday Gift Photo DVD Holder Project.

Take out your folded decorative paper and your small piece of paper you trimmed.

Apply adhesive to one side of the small piece of paper. Be sure it is not the decorative side.

Place the paper on the back of the card. Be sure you check where the envelope is and that it won’t be upside down.

Fold the paper in allowing space for the CD or DVD when closed on your SAVE MONEY Create Your Own Holiday Gift Photo DVD Holder Project.

Be sure you leave space for the  velcro.

Take out your velcro and be sure it is lined up before you place it down.

Peel off the adhesive and place it on the paper.

This is a close up of what it will look like before adhering it to  your card front.

Press down firmly on the velcro ensuring it’s adhesion.

This is what it looks like open once you have completed the creation.

This is where you would put your photo CD or DVD.

Here you can see where there is a little bit of bulk so making sure you have left enough space will keep the project from ripping.

If you chose to mail this, be sure you account for extra postage when sending the 6 x 6″ envelope. You may also want to add a little bit of padding inside the envelope to avoid breaking the disc.

This weeks giveaway is a $15.00 store credit for anything at our store!

For all of our giveaways including this one, in order for you to qualify for an entry to win, you would need to be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts (found on our blog page) and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! When you subscribe, you will receive an e-mail on Mondays with our latest blog post. BE SURE TO READ IT to check to see if you are a winner EVERY WEEK. If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning,you will forfeit your prize. NO EXCEPTIONS. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: If you are subscribed with two different names and I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the blog and the YouTube Channel, unfortunately you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

Last weeks giveaway is the A Creative Journey with Melissa Fall & Winter Holiday Sentiments Stamp Set. This set is PERFECT for your holiday tag creations!!

The winner is Kathy S.!

Winner, please send me an message HERE and I will get your prize out to you!

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Autism Awareness Magnetic Bookmark

Autism Awareness Magnetic Bookmark is what we have for you today. This project is fun and can be done with any age! You can create this bookmark for anyone and for any reason but April is Autism Awareness Month so it is important to celebrate and educate those with Autism making a difference.

Supplies Needed for the Autism Awareness Magnetic Bookmark

A Creative Journey with Melissa Awareness Ribbon Set #5 See Autism with your Heart Stamp Set

Stamp Block

Adhesive

Black Ink

2 Magnets

Paper to stamp on

Book Mark Paper folded

Red mat paper

Chameleon Pens

To start your Autism Awareness Magnetic Bookmark, I started with an A2 Card. I cut it in half so I had two bookmarks ready to go!

Take your red piece of mat paper and put adhesive on the back of it.

Adhere your red mat on your Autism Awareness Magnetic Bookmark.

Place your sentiment on your stamp block. Ink your sentiment and stamp on your red mat paper. Clean off your stamp and return it to your stamp sheet.

Place your image on your stamp block and ink it. Stamp your image on your stamp paper. I always suggest doing a few extra to have on hand.

Take out your BV4 and your YL2 Chameleon Pens.

Color the cape on your image with the YL2 Chameleon Pen.

Color your puzzle piece with the BV4 Chameleon Pen.

Cut out your image. I used my Brother Scan and Cut 2 to cut my image out.

Put adhesive on the back of your image and place it on your Autism Awareness Magnetic Bookmark.

This is what it will look like once it has been done.

Take out both of your magnets.

If your magnets don’t have adhesive, be sure that you place some on the outsides of them. Keeping them together, place the magnets on the one side adhesive side down. This will leave the other side showing adhesive as well.

Place the top of the book mark down firmly ensuring the adhesive for both of the magnets. This is what it will look like once you have opened it. Each side will have the magnet stuck on eithe rside of the paper.

Take your image and place adhesive on the back. Adhere your image to the front of the bookmark.

You did it! You have created a magnetic bookmark!

Now for the giveaway!!!!! We are giving away the Autism Awareness stamp set OF YOUR CHOICE!

Be SURE you are a subscriber to our YouTube channel and to our Blog/E-mail list and make sure your names are matching so I can verify you are subscribed to both to enable you to be eligible to win! Winners announced next week so be sure and check back! Winners will be announced next week on our Mondays with Melissa blog post!

BE SURE TO check to see if you are a winner EVERY WEEK. If you do not contact me within two weeks, you forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

Now for last weeks giveaway goodies!!!!!!!  I will be giving away the above Carpe Diem planner, Simple stories pocket packs AND a $15 store credit to our store for some stamps to help you decorate your new planner!

The winner is Sue D!!!

Winner, please send me your contact information via contact page on our website, which post you are a winner from and I will get your prize out to you! Thank you so much for being a YouTube follower and subscribing to our mailing list/blog posts!

Thank you for joining us for the Scrapbook Expo Class Haul Overview – Superhero Autism Awareness Card Revisited. CHECK BACK NEXT WEEK TO SEE IF YOU ARE A WINNER!

Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

 

Crayoligraphy Kit Reveal

Crayoligraphy Kit Reveal is what we have for you today. I saw this kit at Target at a reasonable price and I thought I would check it out and show you what it has! I thought it was a pretty good kit with a number of possibilities so before you buy it, why not see it first hand right?

First for the Crayoligraphy Kit Reveal, I want to mention I said it was between $18-$25 fortunately, I was wrong. I looked it up on the internet and saw it was $13 at 25+ stores so it is even more reasonable than I thought!

I do NOT have any affiliation with Crayola. During my visit to Target (also no affiliation) I thought it was a cool set. This set comes complete with dual tipped pens, writing practice sheets, and so much more!

Here are all of the pens that are in the kit. I was pretty impressed for such a reasonably priced kit. The pens are dual tipped with complimentary colors so it really takes the guess work out of creating.

For the Crayoligraphy Kit Reveal, the color chart shows you what both sides of the tip colors are and really gives you a visual of what you are working with. PERFECT!

Here is a close up of the pen and how the colors are complimentary to increase your creativity without the guess work!

The instructional packet with the Crayoligraphy Kit Reveal really gives you a good basic variety of what you can do with this set. I am really excited to use it!

In the instruction booklet, it shows you the different tips on the markers.

Here, you can see how you can really get more creative with different accents and pen work.

PRACTICE MAKES IT BETTER… DO IT!!

Here are the different strokes you will want to practice to master the different ways to write your lettering.

Using the grid paper, you can have a better idea as to how straight you are with your lettering.

The grid paper will also help you with placement and fluidity.

Here is the entire set! Pretty cool huh?

For this weeks giveaway we are giving away a $15.00 store credit to our store! Did I inspired you? Get crafty with our amazing creative products!

Winners announced next week so be sure to check back!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

A public follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! Winners will be announced next week on our Mondays with Melissa blog post!

BE SURE TO check to see if you are a winner EVERY WEEK. If you do not contact me within two weeks of the your name being picked, you will forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

Subscribe to BOTH with MATCHING NAMES to be eligible. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the email list and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, you will not be eligible.

For last weeks giveaway we are giving away the  A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Outline Large Uppercase and Symbols Stamp Set!

The winner is Heather M!

Winner, please send me your contact information via contact page on our website, which post you are a winner from and I will get your prize out to you! Thank you so much for being a YouTube follower and subscribing to our mailing list/blog posts!

Thank you for joining us for the Crayoligraphy Kit Reveal. I hope you take this time to enjoy and embrace your handwriting and be creative!! BE SURE TO CHECK BACK TO SEE IF YOU ARE A WINNER!

Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

Create Your Own Personal Planner, Journal, or Notebook

Create Your Own Personal Planner, Journal, or Notebook is what we have for you today. I love planners, being organized and of course on schedule. I also love journals and doodling too. Today, I am going to show you how to create a budget friendly planner, journal or notebook. This is so simple you can have a child do it! They will love it too!

Supplies Needed for the Create Your Own Personal Planner, Journal, or Notebook Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Outline Large Uppercase and Symbols Stamp Set

Acrylic Stamp Block

Ink

Scissors

Composition Notebook,

STRONG adhesive

Pentel RSVP Pens

Paper for Pen

Ribbon

Paper for stamping

Decorative Paper for covering

(I used my Brother Scan N Cut 2 to cut my alphabet images but you can also fussy cut them)

To begin your Create Your Own Personal Planner, Journal, or Notebook Project, take out your paper to stamp your letters on, your stamps, ink and stamp block. Peel off your stamps and place them on your stamp block.

Ink your stamps.

Stamp your images on your paper. I have already pre-cut the letters to save some time. Put all of this aside for now.

Get your adhesive, composition notebook, scissors and decorative paper.

Place adhesive on your composition notebook front cover.

Put your decorative paper on the front of your composition notebook.

Push down and rub to ensure the adhesive adheres to the notebook. Repeat this for the back cover.

Open the notebook. Take out your scissors and trim the edges of the notebook for both the front and the back.

Cut a piece of paper approximately 2″ wide. This will make a great binding cover for your book. If you wish it to be larger, increase size to your liking.

Cover the binding paper with STRONG adhesive. Be sure you cover the edges to ensure adhesion.

Once you have applied adhesive, place the paper adhesive side up.

Take your composition notebook and place it in the middle of the paper, binding side down as shown.

Push down on the middle of the binding and roll the book toward you as shown above.

Lift back up again and roll the opposite way to adhere the other side of the binding away from you.

Push down on all sides of the binding to make sure it has adhered to the composition notebook.

This is what the Create Your Own Personal Planner, Journal, or Notebook Project looks like with just the covering. Pretty easy, right?!

Apply adhesive to the line where the binding and paper meet.

Apply a piece of ribbon to over the binding area.

*When I went to pull a little thread, I started to unravel the entire ribbon.. yes my luck. What do I do? Show you how to fix it! Gently pull the ribbon off. Yes, you do take some of the paper with it but your ribbon will cover it up once you replace it so DON’T WORRY!

Reapply adhesive over the area it was before.

Cut your ribbon and make it even so you can line it up to the end of the notebook.

Adhere the ribbon all of the way up the notebook. Press down to ensure adhesion.

Cut the ribbon a bit longer allowing room for a bow to be tied.

Bring the ribbon to the inside of the cover.

Tie a bow at the bottom of the ribbon.

Take out your letters. Place adhesive on your letters.

Apply your letters to the outside of your notebook.

Take out your insert paper for your pen. Unscrew the cap off of the pen and set aside.

Roll the paper to make sure it fits in the end of the pen. Push the paper inside the open end of the pen. You may need to use scissors to push the ends in the rest of the way.

Here is a close up of the custom pen you made for the Create Your Own Personal Planner, Journal, or Notebook Project.

Here are the two different finished Create Your Own Personal Planner, Journal, or Notebook Projects.

For this weeks giveaway we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Outline Large Uppercase and Symbols Stamp Set!

Winners announced next week so be sure to check back!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

A public follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! Winners will be announced next week on our Mondays with Melissa blog post!

BE SURE TO check to see if you are a winner EVERY WEEK. If you do not contact me within two weeks of the your name being picked, you will forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

Subscribe to BOTH with MATCHING NAMES to be eligible. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the email list and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, you will not be eligible.

For last weeks giveaway we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Wedding and Celebrations Stamp Set

The winner is MARY D!

Winner, please send me your contact information via contact page on our website, which post you are a winner from and I will get your prize out to you! Thank you so much for being a YouTube follower and subscribing to our mailing list/blog posts!

Thank you for joining us for the Create Your Own Personal Planner, Journal, or Notebook Project. I hope I have inspired you to organize yourself, be creative and maybe even write some of your favorite things for the day!! BE SURE TO CHECK BACK TO SEE IF YOU ARE A WINNER!

Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

DIY Dollar Store Planner Journal Organizational Clips

DIY Dollar Store Planner Journal Organizational Clips is what we have for you today. What better way to get organized for the New Year than to create your own clips to get organized with crafty dollar store finds! I love to create new things that inspire me. January usually inspires resolutions, organization, and creativity. What better way to be creative but combine the two!

Supplies Needed for the DIY Dollar Store Planner Journal Organizational Clips

A Creative Journey with Melissa A Date to Remember Stamp Set

A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Uppercase and Emoticon

Acrylic Stamp Block

White paper to stamp on

Scissors

Paper Trimmer

Binder Clips from Dollar Store

Clothes Pins from the dollar store

Washi Tape from my stash

Adhesive

Ink

Here is a sample of the DIY Dollar Store Planner Journal Organizational Clips we will be creating with washi tape.

If you aren’t familiar with washi tape, washi tape is a thin paper tape that is removable and super easy to work with! You can even rip it with your fingers!

Here is a close up of one of the clips and how simple and easy it can be to create!

This is what I got at the dollar store… It cost me $3.00 plus tax and I had enough to create 56 DIY Dollar Store Planner Journal Organizational Clips! HOW AWESOME IS THAT!

For the clothespin clip I used a thinner washi tape. It just so happen to fit perfectly on this clothespin size!

Here is a close up using the washi tape of the first DIY Dollar Store Planner Journal Organizational Clips.

It is super simple to use the washi tape and you can just rip it with your fingers. It also is super easy to remove and place back on!

Here is the side profile of the DIY Dollar Store Planner Journal Organizational Clips with washi tape.

Use your scissors and trim so the edges are even for your DIY Dollar Store Planner Journal Organizational Clips.

Now you will place your washi tape on the other side and rip off the excess.

Use your scissors to trim off the excess more precisely.

Take out your binder clips and your washi tape. Be sure that the washi tape fits well on the binder clip and use the best size fit for the look you are creating it for.

Place your washi tape on your binder clip as shown above. Rip off the side. leaving a little bit excess.

If you slowly rip off the sides of the tape using the binder clip, you can get a really nice finish.

It doesn’t always work perfectly as you can see but it was still usable so I kept it.

If you aren’t sure or want to be sure, just use your scissors for a more precise trim.

Now we are going to create some binder clips with stamps using the A Creative Journey with Melissa A Date to Remember Stamp Set and the A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Uppercase and Emoticon stamp set.

Take out your stamp block, Jan stamp and ink. Place your stamp on your block and ink. Ink your stamp.

Stamp Jan on your paper for your DIY Dollar Store Planner Journal Organizational Clips.

The first time I stamped Jan, I pushed too hard so it was a bit blurry. I turned over my paper and re-stamped on the other side and pushed a bit lighter and it came out perfect as you can see above.

Take out your A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Uppercase and Emoticon stamp set.  Take off your M A I L stamps off of your stamp sheet. Place them on your block and ink your stamps.

Stamp your word MAIL on your paper. Apply adhesive to the back of the paper and adhere to your binder clip.

Place adhesive on the back of your JAN paper and apply to a binder clip to add to your DIY Dollar Store Planner Journal Organizational Clips!

Here are some of the clips I have created! Super simple, inexpensive and will help you organize! ITS A TRIPLE WIN!

For this weeks giveaway we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa A Date to Remember Stamp Set

and the A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Uppercase and Emoticon stamp set. Winners announced next week so be sure to check back!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

A public follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! Winners will be announced next week on our Mondays with Melissa blog post!

BE SURE TO check to see if you are a winner EVERY WEEK. If you do not contact me within two weeks of the your name being picked, you will forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

Subscribe to BOTH with MATCHING NAMES to be eligible. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the email list and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, you will not be eligible.

For last weeks giveaways we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa I Just Love You stamp set.

 THE WINNER IS  Jessica M

Jessica M, please send me your contact information via contact page on our website, which post you are a winner from and I will get your prize out to you! Thank you so much for being a YouTube follower and subscribing to our mailing list/blog posts!

Thank you for joining us for the Handmade Love Card for ANY COUPLE Project. I hope I have inspired you to organize yourself even if in just a small way! BE SURE TO CHECK BACK TO SEE IF YOU ARE A WINNER!

Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.