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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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Ink & Water Play: Learning Embossing and Debossing Techniques

 Today’s Monday’s with Melissa is Ink & Water Play: Learning Embossing and Debossing Techniques. If you are here to hop along on the Fall Coffee Lovers Hop go HERE but we would love it if you would stay and check out our video above or our tutorial below 🙂 Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel as well as our blog and other social media platforms above so you can be “in the know” on our latest products, creations, techniques and finds!

I am focusing today on Ink & Water Play: Learning Embossing and Debossing Techniques versus going step by step through the card compilation. I did however want to include directions on how to create this card in case you were interested so I will start with that first.

Supplies needed to create the card

Coffee is my Liquid Therapy stamp set

Chameleon Marker to color Coffee Cup

Water based ink in various colors

Memento ink

Embossing folder

Manual die cut machine and platforms

Paper for embossing

Water filled spray bottle

Card Base

Paper towels or wipes

Twine

Needle or tool to poke holes for threading twine

Adhesive

Foam Squares

Directions for the card

For the card you will need to create the colored background with the directions below first. This will allow time for it to dry. One that is done, you will

1.  Stamp your coffee cup and sentiment

2. Color your stamped image with your Chameleon Marker

3.  Cut out your image and set aside

4. Place your inked background paper on your card base and adhere

5. Poke holes where you would like to have the twine on your creation

6. Thread your twine through your creation

7.  Stamp your coffee beans on the side of your background paper as shown

8. Add foam square to the back of your stamped image

9.  Adhere your stamped image to the card base

YOU ARE DONE!

Here is a close up of the finished card.

Close up of card

Now… onto the tutorial for Ink & Water Play: Learning Embossing and Debossing Techniques.

For this you will need

Water based ink in various colors

Paper

Embossing Folder

Manual die cut machine and platforms

Water filled spray bottle

Paper Towels or wipes

First you need to decide whether your creation will be using the embossing or debossing side of the folder.emboss and deboss w t

 One you have that decided, ink the embossing folder on the appropriate side with the color combination you have chosen. For this one, it is the debossed side I have inked.

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I ran it through the manual die cut machine and this is the result

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For this one I used the embossed side, inked it and ran it through the manual die cut machine.

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For this type of effect you can ink whichever side. I chose to ink the debossed side so that more color would show in the background on my background paper. Ink the embossing folder side you wish to use

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I then added one spritz of water

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Then a second spritz

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And finally a third. You can do as many or as little spritzes or amounts of water you wish.

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I then ran it through my manual die cut machine and this was the result

close up debossed w waterI love how it looks like a watercolor effect. Really quite stunning. You can use this technique for any theme or creation you wish my adding the coordinating colors you need  for your creation.

If you happen to have some ink left over on your folder like I did in this case, grab another piece of paper add a little more water if you wish and emboss another piece. This is great to do for your stash so you can have something in case you are in need of a card background on the fly! It has less ink on it but really gives a wonderful look to the paper for a future creation!

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If you do not wish to have your colors mixed or wish to start fresh, be sure to wipe your embossing folder clean with a paper towel or wipe. This will keep the colors from getting muddled looking.

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If you are finished using your folder, I recommend washing your embossing folder off with warm water and mild soap to ensure the residue has been cleaned.

Thank you so much for stopping by and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa. Have a wonderful day!

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Tim Holtz Coffee Cup Holiday Gift Card Holder

Want to see how to make a Tim Holtz Coffee Cup Holiday Gift Card Holder? I know, I know… Thinking about the holidays is crazy so early when school is just starting for some.. Well it’s true, the first day of winter is only 133 DAYS AWAY! I thought I better get a jump on things and try to get some projects done so I can actually enjoy the holiday season. In this tutorial, I will show you how to make an adorable gift card holder. It is perfect for holidays and so much more! You can make it for birthdays, get well, cheer up, thank you and for just about any occasion!

If you like to learn by video above or pictorial below, we have you covered so let’s get started!

Here are the supplies you will need:

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First you will need to take out your manual die cut machine, die and paper.  Place the papers on top of the area in which you want to cut.

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Run your die with paper through the machine. Remove pieces. Set aside the coffee cup and the coffee cup lid.

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Take your cut coffee sleeve, ink, stamp block and the Fall and Winter Holiday Sentiments stamp set out.

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Place your stamp on the stamp block and ink your stamp. Stamp sentiment on the coffee sleeve paper. Set aside.

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Take the coffee cup and coffee cup lid out. Place a small amount of adhesive on the coffee lid and adhere to the cup. Set aside.

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Take out the front paper for the gift card holder. Fold the top of the paper 3/4 of an inch. This will fold toward you.

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Take out your Coffee is My Liquid Therapy stamp set, ink and stamp block. Stamp a random pattern on the bottom of the paper using the small, medium and large coffee beans. Be sure to ink every time you stamp in order to ensure a consistently clean and thorough image.

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Take the coffee cup and place the foam squares on the back of it. Remove the backing of the foam squares. Set aside.

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Take out the front of the gift card holder and add adhesive to the flap.

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Add the string to the flap area so that it will fit inside once folded over. Fold over the string enclosing it under the flap.

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Wrap the twine to the front tying it in a knot or a bow. Press down on the flap to ensure proper adhesion Trim excess twine.

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Place the coffee cup on top of the front of the gift card holder lining it up how you would like it to look with the coffee beans showing.

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Take the coffee sleeve out and place foam squares on the back. Remove the backing of the squares and adhere to your coffee cup.

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Take out the card back. Place adhesive on the back of the gift card front only around the left, right and bottom of the card. This will enable you to have an opening to place a gift card.

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Be sure to press down on the sides where the adhesive is located to ensure proper adhesion.

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Your project is complete!

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Thank you for joining us today and we hope we inspired you to create your own gift card holders. Please be sure to share with us what you have made using this tutorial as inspiration. We hope you have a wonderful day and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa

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Create Your Own Pocket Mini Journal, Planner, Date Book or Notebook!

Do you want to Create Your Own Pocket Mini Journal, Planner, Date Book or Notebook? Then you have come to the right place! You will look at composition books in a new way! I will show you how to use a mini composition book and decorative paper to create your own one of a kind Pocket Mini Journal, Planner, Date Book or Notebook! Not only is it simple to do, it is really inexpensive and you can use them for gifts too! Whether you like to learn by video or pictorial, we have them here!

Thanks for joining us today and let’s get started.

Here are the supplies you will need:

Paper for the cover and back of the mini composition book

Paper for the binding seam of the book

Paper for the Name Tag

Crafty Power Tape

Everyday Alphabet Upper Case and Emoticon Stamp Set

Punch

Mini Composition Book

Foam Squares

Scissors

Ribbon

Paper Clip

Alignment Grid Stamp Block

Ink Pad

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First take out your paper clip and your ribbon. Take out ribbon and clip

Tie your ribbon around your paper clip. Trim Ribbon. Set aside.

Tie a knot on the paper clip with the ribbon

Take out your Everyday Alphabet and Emoticon Stamp Set, Acrylic Block with Grid, Ink and Paper.

Take out block, ink , stamps and paper

Place your stamps on the acrylic block. If you need to use one letter twice like the example, Leave a space for it in your word so you can go back and add it later.

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Stamp your letters onto your paper

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Clean off your stamps and remove the stamps you don’t need. Ink and stamp the letter(s) you need to add for your creation. In this case, I needed to add another “S” to it to spell the name Melissa. here I am just stamping the “S” to fill in where I didn’t have two of them to use.

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Here is the finished stamped name.

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Take your punch and punch out the name for your creation.

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Place foam squares on the back of the punched out paper. Set aside.

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Take out your paper, crafty tape, and mini composition book. There are two ways you can add adhesive to your project. Either directly onto the book or directly onto the paper and then place it on the book. I will show you both ways.

For this example, you will adhere your crafty power tape to the edges of the front of your book. Make sure the adhesive is on by rubbing over it with your finger. adhere tape to bookRemove the backing from the tape.

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Place your decorative piece of paper on the composition book. Rub your finger along all edges of where the adhesive is to ensure proper adhesion.

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Trim the excess paper off of the edges of the book.

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Here is the second way you can place adhesive on your project for the cover and back.

Turn the book over. Get your second piece of paper and place your adhesive directly on the paper.

Apply tape to the back of the paper

Remove your tape backing, adhere to book and rub along the edges to ensure proper adhesion.

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 Take your paper for the binding and apply your power crafty tape to the entire area taking extra notice to the edges of the paper and center. Rub the tape backing onto the paper making sure the adhesive has adhered to the paper. Trim excess edges.

Apply adhesive to the paper to cover the bindingRemove the backing from the tape and be sure there isn’t any adhesive over lapping the edges of the paper.

Check to be sure none of the glue hangs over.

Place the binding paper onto the book. Be sure to rub with fingers to ensure proper adhesion.

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Take the book and having the piece of paper face down, use the pressure and the table to adhere the paper then slowly roll the book away from you and to the other side trying to make a hard crease on the edges of the book.

Roll the paper to form to the binding of the book

Make sure you rub the entire booking and especially the binding area so that the adhesive is fully adhered. Trim excess edges.

Press down paper to adhere to book

Take your punched out tag and remove the backing from the foam squares. Adhere to your composition book.

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Take your paper clip and place it on your book. Your project is complete!

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Thank you for joining us today! We hope you enjoyed creating this adorable book and would love to hear how you plan to use it! We appreciate that you have taken the time to spend it with us and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

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Embossing Upcycled Packaging Materials – Mondays with Melissa

Have you ever upcycled something or repurposed it? Do you know what upcycling or repurposing is? If you don’t, you are going to LOVE me.. and maybe hate me a little too. Upcycling or repurposing is when you take an item and find another purpose for it and in many cases making it better! Whether it is an old book, table, chair, outfit.. The possibilities are endless!

As a crafter, I LOVE to buy new creative items because the industry is forever changing however I also want to be kind to our planet. This is where upcycling comes in. Embossing Upcycled Packaging Materials is really fun and makes you think outside of the box. Its a great way to get your creative juices flowing! I love to try to upcycle and repurpose as much as I can-almost to a fault-so that I can try to find another way to use an item. Especially on creative projects. You would be amazed at what you can come up with!

Here I created a card using the upcycled packaging material from an embossing folder set I purchased as seen in the video. I punched a circle out of paper and stamped the celebrate sentiment from our Sentiments for All Occasions stamp set. It’s a great set that covers just about anything you would need for a sentiment. I thought it would be cool to use the sentiment as a background. I really love how the project has the added texture with the upcycled element.  I think the embossed upcycled element also helps to highlight the colors surrounding it. In this creation, I punched out a flower from the upcycled material with a flower punch. It worked GREAT!

 On this creation, I decided to do something a little different. I made an embellishment by punching out a circle out of decorative card stock and put it BEHIND the embossed upcycled tag so you can really see the dimension and texture of the embossed tag. I used a punch after I embossed the upcycled material to obtain the tag shape. The sentiment with sympathy is from our Sentiments for All Occasions stamp set. The upcycled material is easy to use and work with. A word of caution; be careful with the edges when you are cutting them because they can be sharp.

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