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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!

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!

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 the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

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As always, we appreciate your visit and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa. 

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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.

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!

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 the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

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As always, we appreciate your visit and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa. 

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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!

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 the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

We hope you will subscribe to our YouTube Channel, Blog/Newsletter updates and check out our website!

As always, we appreciate your visit and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa. 

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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!

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 the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

We hope you will subscribe to our YouTube Channel, Blog/Newsletter updates and check out our website!

As always, we appreciate your visit and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa. 

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Sign Language Birthday Cards

Sign Language Birthday Cards are what we have for you today. I love to create and I love our Sign Language stamp sets. You can never have enough birthday cards and what better way to build up your stash by using A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Sentiments stamp set? As you know, I like clean, simple and FAST… Here we go!

Supplies Needed for the Sign Language Birthday Cards Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Sentiments

Acrylic Stamp Block

Card Base

Punch

Paper to stamp on

Twine

Paper Trimmer

Black Ink

Decorative Paper

Scissors

3-D Foam adhesive

Rhinestones

Place your sentiment on your acrylic block. Ink your sentiment and stamp on your paper.

Using the punch facing you, insert your sentiment ensuring your sentiment is lined up in the punch as shown.

Want to use your scraps but they aren’t long enough for your punch? Use a post it note. It extends your ability to put it in your punch and you can use smaller pieces of paper!

I used two pieces of paper that were in a 6 x 8″ pad that I knew I wouldn’t use. The paper is double sided and one side was perfect for cards so here we are! I trimmed the paper to be a little smaller than my card bases and trimmed them 1/2 inch smaller. Depending on what size your card, it will depend on what size you want your decorative paper.

For my I used 4 x 5.5″ card bases. My paper was trimmed 3.5″ x 5″. This left me with a few pieces that I can use in a different way on my cards. Simple, elegant and cute! Apply adhesive to the back of the decorative paper and adhere to the card base as you wish.

Add your 3-D foam adhesive to the back of your sentiment. Be sure to remove the protective backing.

Apply your sentiments to your card bases for your Sign Language Birthday Cards Project.

For the basic version of the Sign Language Birthday Cards Project, you are finished! Nothing fancy, no frills or embellishments. I wanted to give you a few other easy options. These aren’t super fancy but add a little pop to your Sign Language Birthday Cards Project. Ready?

Using your scissors, cut out a small triangle notch out of the top of your card like shown above.

Using some of your coordinating twine for your Sign Language Birthday Cards Project, push it through the inside of your card 3 times.

Once you have wrapped it three times, tie a bow or a knot and trim off the excess twine.

For this card, I simply wrapped twine around the left side of it to add a little pop and made a bow. YES! I did do it 3 times.

For the last Sign Language Birthday Cards Project card, I also wrapped twine around it but instead of tying a bow, I tied a knot.

Still not enough pop for you? Put on a few rhinestones to give a little sparkle to your card.

For this weeks giveaway, we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Sentiments stamp set! Definitely one of the stamp sets in my tool box.

For last weeks giveaway, we are giving away the Chameleon Pastel pen set and they are great for coloring!

The winner for our last blog post giveaway is Michele H.

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!

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 the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

We hope you will subscribe to our YouTube Channel, Blog/Newsletter updates and check out our website!

As always, we appreciate your visit and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa. 

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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!

We hope you will subscribe to our YouTube Channel, Blog/Newsletter updates and check out our website!

Thank you for joining us and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

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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.

 

DIY Planner, Card or Photo Holder

MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS! DIY Planner, Card or Photo Holder is what we have for you today.  This is the perfect project for you to create to tuck in your purse, backpack or briefcase. With all of the pictures you take from the holidays, this would be a great way to send those wonderful memories to your friends and loved ones. EASY RIGHT? Let’s get started!

This is our project we are going to create. Super simple and cute as well as versatile!

Supplies Needed for the DIY Planner, Card or Photo Holder Project

12 x 12″ piece of paper (I used double sided card stock)

Stampin Up Paper Trimmer with Scoring Blade

Scissors

Coordinating Ribbon

Bone Folder

Take out your decorative paper and paper trimmer.

Line up your paper to 4″ on the paper trimmer.

Score your paper at 4″ with your scoring blade.

Take your paper out from the trimmer and fold at the score lines.

Pull out your bone folder.

Using your bone folder, push down on the crease to ensure a crisp fold on your DIY Planner, Card or Photo Holder Project.

You can then either turn your paper 1/4 of the way and score your paper at 6″ or you can just fold your paper in half as shown above.

Once again, use the bone folder and press down on the fold to ensure a good crease.

This is what the DIY Planner, Card or Photo Holder Project looks like once it has been folded and creased.

Check to see where the fold is. You want to be sure you punch a hole above the folds.

Punch the hole in your paper through all four layers.

This is what it looks like once all holes are punched through.

Take out your ribbon and trim off approximately 8-12 inches for your DIY Planner, Card or Photo Holder Project.

Put the ribbon in through the first hole,

Pull the ribbon all the way through all four layers.

Tie your ribbon in a bow.

You have completed your project! Think of the endless possibilities! You can use this creation for different themes, celebrations, holidays and so much more!

For this weeks giveaway we are giving away a $15.00 credit to our store! Winner announced next week!

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 announcement of winning, 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 Sentiments for All Occasion Stamp Set

and the Spellbinders Aristocrat Die Cut set.

The winners are  Kim Miller and Malika!

Winners, 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 DIY Planner, Card or Photo Holder Project. I hope I have inspired you to create something that can be given as a gift or used for yourself! BE SURE TO CHECK BACK!

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

Save Money Create Custom Ribbon

Save Money Create Custom Ribbon is what we have for you today. Do you ever want to have a specific color of ribbon for a project and don’t know what to do? NOW you have your answer! It is super easy and you can do multiple ribbons at a time so you can have some on hand!

Supplies Needed for the Save Money Create Custom Ribbon Project

Adirondack Ink

Protected Work Surface

Rubber Bands

Rayon Ribbon

Alcohol and Paper Towels or the like for clean up

This is just one example of what you can create with the Save Money Create Custom Ribbon Project!

Are you ready to get creative? LET’S GET STARTED!

Take your ribbon and fold it in whatever way you wish. I folded mine back and forth over itself so i had a stack of ribbon approximately 3 inches wide. Depending on how you fold it will depend on how the color creation turns out on your Save Money Create Custom Ribbon Project.

Take your rubber band and wrap it around your ribbon. Remember any place your rubber band is will have little or no color.

This is a close up of what I did when I wrapped my rubber bands around the ribbon.

Start your Save Money Create Custom Ribbon Project by adding the first color to your ribbon. I used aqua for my first color.

Here I added my second color Red Pepper.

For my third color, I added Sandal.

If you have any mess at any time while you are creating your Save Money Create Custom Ribbon Project, don’t forget your alcohol!

The alcohol takes any of your ink mess away in seconds!

Now we are going to re-create this beautiful custom ribbon for our Save Money Create Custom Ribbon Project.

The three inks I used to create this ribbon were the raspberry, wild plum and purple twilight Tim Holtz Adirondack ink.

Add the ink in various places to create your design.

The more you add the darker or more colorful your Save Money Create Custom Ribbon Project will be.

Once you have finished adding the ink, you will want to set it aside to dry. As you can see, the newly inked ribbon on the left is darker than the dried one on the right. Once it dries, the colors will be similar to the right side.

This is what it looks like when it has dried and comparing both the dried one and the newly inked one after 10 or so minutes. Crazy how just a little drying time changes it, right?

Here I had created ribbon using military colors. I went a little bit darker than I would have liked but it still came out pretty cool. What do you think?

When I moved the ribbon, I saw this beautiful color! What a perfect time to grab another piece of ribbon and take advantage of the situation and create more!

The ink on the table just screamed to me that it needed ribbon to clean it up!

I also added some additional color to make the ribbon a little less dark for my military creation. I love the colors!

Here the rubber band ribbon creation has had a little time to dry. I am going to take out the rubber band.

This is what it looked like once I took off the rubber band.

Here are the various color creations I made for the Save Money Create Custom Ribbon Project! The possibilities are endless!

Now, for the GIVEAWAY!

 This week we are giving away a double embossing folder set from Tim Holtz!

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!

If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: Be sure you are subscribed with matching names. 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, I won’t be able to enter you in for the prize. **DO NOT COMMENT WITH YOUR ENTIRE EMAIL ADDY. Only give me the first 6 NOT INCLUDING YOUR HOST. Just enough for me to match your name will work perfectly

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Now, for the last weeks GIVEAWAY the  A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Sentiments 2 !

The winner is Robyn T!

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

 We hope you enjoyed our Marbleize Paper using Shaving Cream Project! Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.