DIY Washi Tape Notebook Craft Project

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DIY Washi Tape Notebooks - Ideas for Using Washi Tape
There have been some really unique and fun DIY washi tape projects floating around the web recently so I thought I’d give a try at creating some of my own! My first project was to design some notebooks – which are perfect for back to school to use as agenda books for homework and projects, sketches and drawings, mini-diaries, inspiration and idea books, and even photo books for your snapshots.
DIY Washi Tape Notebook Craft Project
I started with some adorable little handmade blank books from Jotters and Journals and some washi tape from Downtown Tape. I also used some scrapbooking papers, Mod Podge, and scrapbook embellishments.
DIY Washi Tape Family Photo Album Craft Project
I made a cute mini photo album with my first handmade blank book and some washi tape. The floral, dot and stripe designs on this album are creating by just sticking washi tape to the notebook in a design that I liked. This is super simple to do. Just stick like you would regular tape and trim off the excess with scissors! Once I covered the front of the notebook, I also put a strip of tape down the spine of the book for a more finished look. I then sprayed the book with a clear acrylic sealer to seal it and added a metal label embellishment.
DIY Decoupage Blank Book and Washi Tape Journal
For my second book I decoupaged a patterned paper to the cover of the book with Mod Podge and then placed washi tape along the spine of the book. Next, I sprayed with a clear acrylic sealer. I then added a metal camera and film scrapbook embellishment for the final touch. Both of these blank books were so easy to create. You can customize almost any type of book cover with washi tape, scrapbooking papers and Mod Podge. Use these little books for notes, recipes, homework assignments, photo albums, even journals! They are perfect to give the kids for back to school or even tucking into stockings during the holiday as stocking stuffers!
DIY Washi Tape Life Journal
Don’t just limit this project to yourself though. Make it a family affair! These blank books are perfect as rainy day projects for you AND the kids! This project is easy and clean up is a snap. Pictured above is the washi tape journal my son made.
Have you tried a washi tape project yet?
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DIY Handmade Decoupaged Sketch Book

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I’ve been wanting to buy a sketchbook/notebook to take with me on my journeys for some time. Yesterday proved the perfect opportunity to do so as I had to pass the mall that houses A.C. Moore on my way home. Unfortunately for me I spent money on more than just a journal. Fortunately for you that means some new upcoming crafty DIY projects.
Easy to Craft DIY Decoupaged Journal
My first DIY craft project of course is for creating a super easy to make DIY decoupaged journal. Using a sketch book is optional of course. You can do this with school notebooks or journals or even genuine books you want to dress up.
Modge Podge and Other Nifty Decoupage Crafting Supplies
For my journal I purchased a 4×6 spiral bound Sketch book with scored pages for easy removal if I so desire. Some pretty cool Smash tape, a few spools of ribbon, some paper flowers, matte Mod Podge, a foam brush, and giant 12×12 pad of 180 scrapbook papers that was $10 at half price.
Choose the papers you like for your journal cover
Start by choosing a decorative scrapbook paper that you like for the cover of your journal. Then cut it to fit the height of your sketch book. Trim it so it’s a bit smaller than the width which will allow you to add some decorative trim.
Apply mod podge to the elements for your journal cover
Next apply Mod Podge to the cover of the book with a foam brush. Press your paper onto the cover and smooth out any air bubbles or wrinkles. Then apply more Mod Podge over the top of the journal going over the new paper you just placed on it. Next, cut and place ribbons along the side of the decorative paper you are using for the cover. Glue them down with Mod Podge as you did the paper, then go back over the ribbons and the paper with another coat of Mod Podge. (And don’t worry. The Mod Podge will dry clear.)
Decorate your sketch book with a decorative paper flower
Now give your sketch book an extra nice, decorative touch and add a decorative flower. Simply apply the flower in the same way you did the ribbons and paper, then brush back over the top with an additional coat of Mod Podge.
Spray an acrylic sealer or keep going and decorate the back!
Once the Mod Podge has dried completely, spray over the cover with a clear, acrylic sealer to protect your decorative cover.
Journal decorated with scrapbook papers and decorative tape
But you’re only finished if you want to be! There’s still the back of the sketch book to decorate if you so choose. For the back of my journal I used a different paper and lined the edges this time, not with ribbon, but with decorative Smash tape. You can, however, also use washi tape.
Washi Tape for Craft Projects
Speaking of washi tape, the washi tape I ordered from Downtown Tape arrived today along with several free tags for dressing up. They were just $1.99 a roll with $2.95 flat shipping. I plan to put these to good use in a future projects – one of which will be decorating blank, handmade pocket notebooks from Jotters and Journals.
Now, does anyone have suggestions on what I should fill my newly crafted journal up with?
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Stocking Stuffer Extravaganza – Unique Ideas for Small Stocking Sized Gifts

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With Christmas just around the corner – doesn’t it always seem to sneak up on us? – I’ve been hunting down more great, handmade stocking stuffer ideas daily to share with you. Here are a few of my favorite picks from the past few days for everyone on your gift list.
For more handmade stocking stuffer ideas, visit my Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas Board on Pinterest for fresh new stocking stuffer ideas daily through the end of the holiday season.
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Handmade Journals – For the love of writing as a past time and how to make your own!

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These beautiful handmade journals inspire us to get back to our roots of ink and paper even as digital technology continues to grow. Discover your next favorite handmade journal and dive into self exploration and growing your own creativity.

In the fourth grade I was required to keep a daily journal. I used to write in it several times a day. Everything from poems to short stories to just random thoughts. In high school I kept a journal of poetry I wrote for a special boyfriend and also wrote poems for one girl in particular who enjoyed passing off my poems as her own to her beau. In college I took a poetry class and I had another journal for keeping track of thoughts, ideas and obviously, more poetry. I’ve also kept a dream journal that I loved sharing with others so they could help me decipher my dreams.

During the ‘zine movement in the 90s – that fabulous era of grunge, alternative and riot grrrl – I steadfastly cut and pasted and pen and inked over thirty issues of my own ‘zine which I self published via the United States Postal Service and Kinko’s copiers. Writing a ‘zine also helped me discover the handmade movement for the first time as it was via mail order as a precursor to the famous handmade marketplace online – Etsy. I bought my first hand knit ladybug hat with pipe cleaner antennae through a ‘zine order form, a check and a stamp courtesy of Marissa Falco.

While I have not written much on paper lately, it remains one of my favorite past times when life is rough or I’m filled with a little extra creative energy.  A computer lacks the intimacy, for me, of pen and paper. Perhaps it’s because my childhood years pre-dated the invention of computers, and typewriters I considered only for my final drafts. Either way, I have a special fondness for handmade journals.

These beautiful handmade journals inspire us to get back to our roots of ink and paper even as digital technology continues to grow. Discover your next favorite handmade journal and dive into self exploration and growing your own creativity.

So, of course, I couldn’t help but find inspiration from the handmade journal tutorial found on torta gialla blog. The aesthetics for creating handmade journals are endless – as demonstrated by the photo above of a journal created by Linda Tieu, owner of Torta Gialla on Etsy. Linda  creates an endless variety of handmade journals and sketchbooks using a basic bookbinding process. If you’re a fan of writing, I encourage you to visit Linda’s blog and check out her tutorial for creating journals for yourself.

I am also currently in love with the following collection of handmade journals from various etsy artists from around the world.

These beautiful handmade journals inspire us to get back to our roots of ink and paper even as digital technology continues to grow. Discover your next favorite handmade journal and dive into self exploration and growing your own creativity.

1. Blue Silver Baby Elephant Journal – Handmade Leather Notebook from  Baghy’s Journals

2. Handmade Journal – Leather Bound Blank Book from Medieval Journey

3. Scottish Tartan Kilt Journal in Red, Black, and White Plaid from peaseblossom Studio

4. Overswirled Leather Journal from Kreativlink

5. Tree of Life Natural Handmade Journal from Leather Druid (shop closed)

6. Wood Log Engraving Handmade Leather Journal from Medieval Journey

7. Desdemona Journal – Leatherbound Shakespeare Blank Book from Immortal Longings

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