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Scrapbook Expo Class Haul Overview – Superhero Autism Awareness Card Revisited

Scrapbook Expo Class Haul Overview – Superhero Autism Awareness Card Revisited is what we have for you today. I went to the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo in Pomona, California (AKA Scrapbook Expo) and wanted to show you the classes my husband and I took!

I DON’T want you to forget that April is Autism Awareness month and wanted to show you a card I created last year which I just love! Check out my project here named You’re my Superhero Autism Awareness Project. I hope you like the project as much as I enjoyed creating it!

My hubby and I had a great time at the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo in Pomona, California. It was three days and Jon went with me every day. He took classes two of the three days but went along to keep me company and I have to say I loved it! He did some work while I was in classes when he wasn’t taking any so it was a win win!

If you are interested in seeing if there is an expo in your area, go to their website at www.scrapbookexpo.com and check it out!

 

The first class I took was Planners 101 with Michelle Hill. She is one of the creators of The Wandering Planners. The booklet she gave had a lot of tips, tricks and ideas to help us be better planners! If you are a planner, you need to be sure to check her out, their website and their meetups! You won’t be disappointed!!!

 

Not only is Michelle inspirational as I have taken her classes before, she is a lovely human being inside and out. Definitely check out both of her websites for her amazing inspiration. You won’t be disappointed!

The second class I took was 3,4,5 make your projects come alive! Nicole Petersen taught the class and it was great! I did a little video on Instagram and also posted it on Facebook if you want to check it out HERE. You can also just watch the above video and you can see cards in action!

Here is the die that I used for it. The die is called shade and valance by Technique Tuesday. SO many ideas I have for this die… Like party invitations with a picture, stamping numbers for the shade part for a birthday card.. oh my.. the list is really endless!

This little frog, fly and lily pad is so adorable! It moves up and down! I love cards in motion!

  

 

 

 

 

 

Nobody likes any llama drama but this was so darned cute! I love how it came out and it was so easy to do! This is definitely going to be a tutorial on my YouTube channel on this magic card!

  

I thought this card was perfect for my hubby and I  especially the inside!! KISSING!!  I love how it looks like the fish are floating in the water!

 

Not only did I get a free set with my class kit I also won a set! These will be two of the giveaways for this weeks giveaway! Pretty cool, huh?

This was a class that my husband took himself while I was in a different class. HE ACED IT! I love how this bag came out and I really love how he took to it. Don’t be surprised if he starts doing his own videos!!

The vinyl classes were sponsored by Crafter Depot. Be sure to check them out for future purchases!! I love their knowledge, kindness and patience with all of the attendees.

  

I love this guide to all of the siser colors they carry as well as their own line. LOVE the colors… omg… I am so ready to create something.. I don’t know what I should do first!

 Vinyl weeding (separating the pieces from the design) can be challenging….

but the rewards outweigh the frustration….

For my hubby’s first time.. I THINK HE ROCKED IT!!!

I took a class with It’s Cheaper than Therapy. This class was an instructional class that showed you the tricks on how to create these awesome 3-D cards. These were samples. I didn’t make them myself.

This Christmas card is A D O R A B L E!!!

This is so adorable! I love the color combos for this card!! Totally inspired!

And who doesn’t LOVE coffee!!!

They were so generous with their swag bag I am able to pass some on to you! These are also part of what I will also be giving away this week!

Last but not least was this class. I actually had my husband take this class while I was in the previous class with cards. He was such a good sport!

I didn’t know this as the class was called The planner girls memory planning 101 that it was a super women’s empowerment class too. My husband said he wanted to be a strong woman as well LOL Gotta love him, right?! I love the color palette of this class.

Look at the ephemera in this little set?!

The clips and stickers are ADORABLE!!! Needless to say, we had a great time and loved the classes I spoke of above. Really enjoyed myself.

I think we may have created a monster too where my husband may just be looking forward to the next one!!

Now for this weeks GIVEAWAY!!!!  I will be giving away two prizes packages so 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.

For last weeks giveaway we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Awareness Ribbon Set #5 See Autism with your Heart!

 The winner is  Jo B!

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.

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.

Six Giveaways Chase My Blues Away

Six Giveaways Chase My Blues Away is what we have today. No tutorial today just giveaways… Sounds good right? You know when you get kind of in a funk and on top of it have a lot of stuff going on? It can get overwhelming, right? Yes! For me too! What better way for me to cheer myself up than cheer up someone else?! You got it!

We have 6 giveaways today! Be sure you check back to claim your prize otherwise it will go back into the prize bin for another giveaway.

Some of the prizes for the Six Giveaways Chase My Blues Away are prizes that haven’t been claimed. I have giveaways every week so be sure to check back next week to see if you are a winner!

Our first giveaway is the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Sentiments 2 Stamp Set.

For my second giveaway for the Six Giveaways Chase My Blues Away is the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Sentiments Stamp Set

The third giveaway for the Six Giveaways Chase My Blues Away is this awesome textured embossing folder by Tim Holtz. Definitely one of my go to embossing folders!

This giveaway is for the planners. You are going to LOVE this set! It is not only filled with goodies, it is quite lovely too!

This awesome embossing folder is so much fun to work with! You can ink, stain, paint, sand and water color the paper before or after giving your paper an awesome and beautiful look! You can even use it plain with paper and it looks very elegant.


The sixth and last giveaway for the Six Giveaways Chase My Blues Away is this lovely wood grain embossing folder. This folder would work great for a masculine background, behind a bird image, an outdoor scene and really just about anything! Seriously the possibilities are endless!

 Now for this weeks GIVEAWAY we are giving away all of the AWESOME products above. There will be SIX WINNERS!

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.

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, 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.

Now for last weeks GIVEAWAY we are giving away the amazingly versatile A Creative Journey with Melissa Outside and In Stamp Set!

The winner is Lisa Maxner!

Lisa,  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 Six Giveaways Chase My Blues Away. I already am cheered up and am thrilled there will be six winners next week! I hope I cheered you up too!

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

SUPER EASY Craft Project – Planner Pom Pom Clip

SUPER EASY Craft Project – Planner Pom Pom Clip is what we have for you today. You can use this clip not only for your planner but also as a book mark, scrapbook marker, gift for a friend and so much more! I was reintroduced to the Pom Pom when I went to a crop hosted by my friends Esther and Leticia. I remember making them when I was younger and LOVED THEM! Leticia is on our Creative Crew and I along with Brandie and Rhoda on our Creative Crew were thrilled to support such an AWESOME crop. Esther did the demonstration of the Planner Pom Pom Clip.

If you are in the Los Angeles, California and are interested in going to one of their crops, send me a message and I will get you in contact with them!

Now, do you want to make your own? Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed

Twine or Yarn

Scissors

Paper Clips

Cut off a 4-6 inch piece of twine or yarn and set aside. You will use this to tie your Planner Pom Pom Clip.

Hold out your two fingers. Holding them apart approximately a quarter to a half of an inch apart. Starting at the bottom of your fingers as shown, wrap your yard around your fingers.

Wrap around your fingers with the yarn.

I wrapped the yarn twenty five times around my fingers.

If you want the Planner Pom Pom Clip to be more full, you would want to add more times wrapped with your yarn.

Cut off the yarn on the bottom once you have finished wrapping it to your desired thickness.

Take out the yarn piece you set aside. You will want to push the yarn piece in between your fingers as shown above where it is wrapped with the yarn.

Once you have pushed the yarn through, pull the yarn half way through so that there is yarn on both sides.

You will then take the ends of the pushed through yarn and tie them.

Remove the yarn from your fingers.

Pull the yarn tightly ensuring the yarn is in place securely.

You will then want to tie it again making a knot.

Once this is complete, take out your paper clip. Bend out your paper clip a little so you have a little bit of room between the outside edge and the inside.

Insert your paper clip either through the knot in the pom pom or behind it.

I chose to place the paper clip behind the knot. I feel like it is more secure this way.

Once it is securely attached, slide the paper clip around a full 360 degrees around the paper clip so that the paper clip is facing the correct way.

This is what the Planner Pom Pom Clip should look like once the paper clip is fully in place.

Now it’s time to trim your Planner Pom Pom Clip! It’s just like giving your clip a hair cut. Trim it to your liking whether it be short, long, even or uneven, it’s all up to you!

Here is my completed Planner Pom Pom Clip!

Here are the three Planner Pom Pom Clip creations I made! Aren’t they adorable? The possibilities are endless!

Again, a huge thank you to Esther and Leticia for inspiring my creativity today!

This week for our Giveaway, we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa A Date to Remember Stamp Set shown in the video above which will work GREAT with your planner and NEW Planner Pom Pom Clip.

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

NOTE: Be sure you are not subscribed with two different names. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the blog 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.  Your understanding is appreciated.

Now for last weeks WINNER!!

The WINNER IS Karen Ladd !!

Karen, please send me your contact information via contact page on our website 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!

We hope you enjoyed our Project Life Pocket Page Scrapbooking product overview. Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

Creating Journal Blocks to tell the Story

Creating Journal Blocks to tell the Story is what we have for you today. This project is something you can do in mass quantity, keep on hand and decorate on an as needed basis. There are so many ways to utilize Journal Blocks to tell a story. They are perfect for trips, special occasions, experiences or just for “A Day in the Life of” to document your day! I am so excited to show this to you so let’s get started!

Supplies Needed

 Stamp Block

A Date to Remember A Creative Journey with Melissa Stamp Set

That’s the Ticket A Creative Journey with Melissa Stamp Set

Card Stock

Ink

Corner Rounder

First, when Creating Journal Blocks, you will want to take out your paper squares and use the corner rounder on the paper.

Next, take out your stamp block, ink, paper and the A Date to Remember A Creative Journey with Melissa Stamp Set.

Place the dotted circle on your stamp block, ink your stamp and stamp on your paper.

This is what it will look like after stamping your dotted circle on your journal block.

Remember, when you are Creating Journal Blocks you can use whatever color ink or paper you want. Use what will coordinate best for your project. You can use Journal Blocks for a scrapbook, specific holiday or theme, event and vacation.

Take out your FEB stamp and place it on the stamp block.

Using your choice of ink color to match your project, ink your FEB stamp.

Pick out the correct date for your Journal Block, place your stamp on your acrylic stamp block and ink your stamp.

Here is a close up after stamping the month, dotted circle and date.

When Creating Journal Blocks, you can be as sophisticated or as simple as you wish.

As a design choice, I have decided to add the year to my journaling block. Take out the 20 stamp and the 17 stamp. First, place your 20 stamp on your block, ink and stamp on your paper.

Second, take your 17 (for 2017) on your stamp block, ink and stamp on your paper , lining it up to make sure it flows with the recently stamped 20.

Here is a close up of the result Creating Journal Blocks.

I love how the month and year are on the side and the date is straight. I thought it was something different to do.

We have now finished Creating Journal Blocks on the front side of our paper. Now, flip them over and we will start the journaling prompt on the back.

Take out That’s the Ticket A Creative Journey with Melissa Stamp Set and peel off the frame of your choice.

The stamps in both of these sets can be used as exact straight creations or gently move them around to create your own. The stamps that have an outline image can be made into other shapes and I love how the frame can be perfect or you can manipulate it by changing it’s shape so it looks like it is hand drawn.

Be creative!

Place your stamp on the block and ink it thoroughly.

Stamp your image onto the paper.

TIP:Be sure when Creating Journal Blocks, you double check that the paper is facing the correct way so it matches regardless of which side you are looking at because  you don’t want one based horizontally and one vertically.

Pick out your favorite prompt for your journaling block. You can replicate the journaling prompt for all of your journaling blocks or you can do different ones for every day.

I chose different journaling prompts but for this one I chose MY FUTURE and since we are getting ready to look at colleges for my youngest son, it worked! Time FLIES BY!

To change the look of the outline frame stamps, we manipulated it so this normally square stamp is now placed on the block as an oval.

This is what it looked like once it was stamped. I thought it looks a little like the Batman logo LOL You can also use these on doodling pages!

Here are the finished creations for Creating Journal Blocks to tell the Story.

ACJwMThat’s the Ticket Stamp Set

ACJwM A Date to Remember Stamp Set

This week for our Giveaway, we are giving away the A Date to Remember A Creative Journey with Melissa Stamp Set and That’s the Ticket A Creative Journey with Melissa Stamp Set  used in the video above.

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

NOTE: Be sure you are not subscribed with two different names and I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the blog 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.  Thank you for your understanding.

Now for last weeks WINNER!!

The winner of the I Just Love You Stamp Set by ACJwM is Barb Macaskill!

Barb, please send me your contact information via contact page on our website 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!

We hope you enjoyed our Creating Journal Blocks to tell the Story tutorial. Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

Create Your Own Planner Journal Project – Part 5 – Binding with the Cinch Binding Tool

Today we are Binding with the Cinch Binding Tool. This is our final installment of our Create Your Own Planner Journal Project. This is Part 5 of 5 in the series. If you haven’t seen the previous tutorials in the series, you can see them below.

Part 1 HERE

Part 2 HERE

Part 3 HERE

Part 4 HERE

This video is a little bit longer than my normal videos as I wanted to be sure that you understood how the Binding with the Cinch Binding Tool was executed. Let’s get started shall we?
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The supplies you will need:

Binding Machine ( I used the We R Memory Keepers Cinch)

Wire

Wire Cutters

Planner Journal Front

Planner Journal Back

Pages for inside planner journal

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To use the Cinch Binding Tool you will need to decide what size you would like your binding to be. The easiest way to see would be to use the guide on the Cinch Binding Machine. It tells you how many holes you will punch depending on how large your project is. The holes will be the same number of rings you will need.

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For this project, our project is five inches wide so we will need to take out the pin in the #10 hole because if we don’t it will only half punch the page and we don’t want that do we?

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For the planner journal, we need 9 rings to bind it the way I had planned.

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Take your wire cutters and your binding wire and cut so that you have 9 binding rings.

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Set your wire aside.

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Get out your planner journal front, back and pages. You do not want to bind all of your covers and pages together. There is too much thickness for the machine and it is not recommended to do the covers with the paper due to the different thickness so be sure to do your covers separately from each other and then do your pages ensuring you are using the proper number of pages not to overwhelm the machine. Since you have already pulled out the #10 pin to ensure you won’t cut a half circle on the edge, you are ready to  punch holes in your planner front. Be sure it is aligned on the left side and pushed all the way in until you feel a slight resistance.

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Pull your handle all the way down and then lift up.

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Your holes have been punched out!

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Take the back cover out. Be sure to cover the ribbon you have used with tape as sometimes there can be some oil residue from the machine as well as roll it to make it a little thinner so it doesn’t get a hole punched in it.

**NOTE** If you are using your machine for the first time be SURE to punch paper a number of times so that you use all of the excess oil before binding your project.

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In this case, we are going to line the ribbon up between holes one and two so that we don’t get the ribbon punched as well.

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You have punched your holes!

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Take out your binding wire. Place it on the wire holder on the machine. This makes it easier to put together.

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You will want to place your papers in order before you bind them to ensure proper order. You want your front cover down first facing up, then your back cover facing up then you will place your pages. This gives you a nice clean binding look putting the rings where they connect together inside the cover.

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Now you can place your project on the binding ring as shown.

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Take off your binding ring project carefully. Carefully set it aside.

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Set your binding machine to the correct size binding ring you have used.

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Place your binding ring with the binding ring opening toward the machine.

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You will want it to be lined up like shown up against the machine. Push down on the handle.

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Your project is complete using the Cinch Binding Tool!

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Here are the three Planner Journals I created for my sister. There are a number of things you can do with them. SO MANY IDEAS! I created these pages and cut them to size, hole punched and then bound them using the two different methods!

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Here are the end results! We hope you learned something with this five part series. It was a lot of fun and I hope you share your ideas with us. Thank you for joining us and for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

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Create Your Own Planner Journal Project – Part 4 – Putting it all together SUPER EASY

Today we have Create Your Own Planner Journal Project – Part 4 – Putting it all together SUPER EASY ! This is a very simple and cost effective way for Putting it all together and it really is SUPER EASY!  You only need a few tools and can probably get away with items you may already have in your home. If you would like to see the previous videos in the series for

Part 1 GO HERE

Part 2 GO HERE

Part 3 GO HERE

Now….Are you ready for Putting it all together SUPER EASY ? Let’s begin!

Putting it all together SUPER EASY

For the Create Your Own Planner Journal Project – Part 4 – Putting it all together SUPER EASY project, here are a few items that you will need as seen in the above picture.

Planner Journal Front Cover

Planner Journal Back Cover

Planner Journal Pages

Hole Punch or Crop a Dile by We R Memory Makers

Metal Ring/Book Ring

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Take out your Planner Journal Pages.

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Take out your Crop A Dile. Decide which hole you want to use for your project.

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Take your Planner Journal Pages and punch a hole in the upper left hand corner. Set all but one aside.

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Take one of your Planner Journal pages and line it up on  your front cover. Take both the paper and your front cover of your project and punch a hole in the upper left hand corner through the one you already did on your page. Set aside. * NOTE If you use the Crop A Dile, you can punch them together so that they are matching. If you use a hole punch, be sure to practice on a spare piece to ensure that the hole punch will go through the material you used for your covers. Take your back cover of your project and repeat the above steps by punching a hole in the upper left hand corner using the Planner Journal page as a guide. Set aside.

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Take out your book ring and open it up. Set it aside.

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Line up your paper making sure the holes are lined up. Take out your book ring and put it through the holes in the Planner Journal.

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We hope you will join us for Part 5 when we show you how to bind your Planner Journal with the Cinch Binding Machine! Thank you so much for joining us today and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

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Create Your Own Planner Journal Project – Part 3 – Creating Pages for your Planner

Create Your Own Planner Journal Project – Part 3 – Creating Pages for your Planner is what we have for you today. If you haven’t seen the previous tutorials in this series, here is Part 1 and here is Part 2. This is a super easy way to create something special for someone or even yourself! Nowadays everyone has schedules, things to remember, things to do and OH MY-Does it get hectic! What better way to Create your own Planner Journal Project? Well today we are Creating Pages for your Planner. There are so many different ways you can create these pages. You can make alternate pages in different sections, all the same or you can create all different pages for EVERY DAY! Sounds like fun, right? Let’s get started! BUT WAIT! I have some EXCITING NEWS I want to share!! Please be sure to check out our website as we are having a special sale in honor of being featured on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog! Be sure to check it out the feature and show them some love HERE!!! Now…. onto the project… LETS GO!

Create Your Own Planner Journal Project - Part 3 - Creating Pages for your Planner

Supplies Needed

Printer (ink, paper, etc) or go to a copy center

Printable document for pages

Paper

Paper Trimmer

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You will need the download or you can create your own in word or similar program. If you want the above free page download, go here to get it. Below are the settings I used for printing my project. If it doesn’t download the same way, I wanted them to be available to you.

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Below are the directions on how I trimmed the page for it to fit into my 5 x 7 planner journal.

I trimmed my pages to approximately 5 x 7. This allowed the pages to fit perfectly to the front and back covers. Adjust your settings and trimming according to the size of the project you plan to create.

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First you trim off  1.5″ from the side as shown above. This is along the top part above where “date” and the lines are.

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Turn the page upside down so that the word date is closest to the top as shown. You will align the trimmer to 5 3/16″ as shown on the trimmer. Trim your paper.

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Once you have trimmed the paper, you will trim the right edge of the paper with the word date and lines facing you as shown and cut .25″ off the right side of your paper. Set this aside.

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Pick up the other half of the paper as shown and flip upside down so that the area with the most blank space is aligned on the left side. Measure five inches from the left so that the paper will fit your cover.

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You are done! You have finished Creating Pages for your Planner! Be sure to sign up for our mailings so that you can receive the latest up to date info, sales and of course tutorials!

Thank you so much for joining us today. We hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

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