Category Archives: Notebooks & Journals & Diaries

Hand-crafted notebooks, journals and diaries

Vampire Notebook

The weather has cooled.  I’m back on my feet after this long summer of recuperating and this kids are back in school.  AHHH, fall is here!  I’m getting the feeling for Halloween.  To kick off  the season I created this spooky journal.  I used a mini composition notebook and covered it with cardstock by Martha Stewart Holidays printed to look like blood spatters.  I then adhered a vampire and grave stone diecut from the same Martha Stewart collection.  For a finishing touch I tied black and red ribbons around the spine.  If you don’t want to make one for yourself you can find this one listed in my Kandy’s Keepsakes Etsy site.

Flying Witch Notebook Journal Diary

I’ve been creating all kinds of Halloween goodies and listing them on my Etsy website.  This is a mini composition notebook covered with Halloween cardstock, papers and die cuts.  Click on over and take a look…  www.kandyskeepsakes.etsy.com… Halloween is just three weeks away.  It’s time to get all your goodies lined up for all your trick or treaters… young and old.

Keep Stamping!!

Angelee Mini Notebook, Journal, or Diary

I’ve had the Angelee Collection from The Angel Company for a month now.  I’ve been wanting to create something with it, but hadn’t found the time until today.  This notebook was originally a boring, mini composition book.  It measures 3-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches.  It’s the perfect size for your purse or hand bag.  I turned it into the darling notebook you see pictured here using the Angelee 12×12 cardstock collection, the Angelee Ribbon and a green Princess brad.  That’s it!  Oh, of course, I used YES paste to glue it all together and Pop Dots to adhere the tag to the front.  I covered the front and back in the striped cardstock and the inside front and back cover in the lavender cardstock.  The tag is from the coordinating tag sheet in the Angelee Cardstock Collection.  The Angel Company makes it so easy for you… all the cardstocks, ribbons, tags, etc. coordinates with each other (all at an affordable price).  The word ” Notes” was stamped with a retired stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  This was a super easy project.  The only time spent really was the wait for the glue to dry. 

If you’d like to own it or know someone who’d love it as a gift, but you don’t have the time to make it yourself, I’ve listed it for sale on my Etsy site.  I’ve also listed other notebooks and new greeting cards.  Here is the link… www.kandyskeepsakes.etsy.com  Pop over and take a look at what’s new. 

Supplies:

Stamp Set: (Retired Stampin’ Up! set)

Cardstock: Angelee 12×12 Cardstock Collection (The Angel Company)

Ink: Noir Palette Ink (The Angel Company)

Accessories: Angelee Ribbon, Princess Brads, Pop Dots (The Angel Company)

The Cat’s Meow Pink Notebook

I decorated this little notebook today.  It originally was just a plain striped, spiral bound book with a brown elastic closure.  It was cute by itself, but it just needed a little… something!  I used the retired Stampin’ Up! stamp set Cool Cat. I used Burnt Umber and Boudoir Blush Palette Ink to stamp the images. The “kitty” white cardstock panel measures  2-1/2 x 3-1/8 inches.  The “perfume bottle”  white cardstock panel measures 1-3/4 x 1-1/4 inches.  I dragged the edges of both panels in the Bourdoir Blush ink before I adhered them to the notebook.  For some last finishing touches tied coordinating ribbon scraps to the spiral binding and added dashes of glitter to the cat’s crown, collar and the perfume bottle.

It is a simple project, easy to do.  But if you don’t have the time and would still like one you can purchase it from my Etsy website.  Here is the link… http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=14241694I have several new things listed there so stop by and see what you’d like.  🙂

Keep Stamping!!!

 

faith, IMAGINE, DREAM Journal

It has been over a week since I’ve been able to find the time to create.  😦 I’ve been itching to get into the paper, inks and glues.  Alas, I’ve had other obligations.  So this afternoon I sat down to relax and create.  This is another journal made out of half of a composition book.

   I can’t get enough of these journals.  They are perfectly sized… approximately 7-1/2 x 5 inches… not too big and not too small.  They fit perfectly in your purse or backpack.  It is super easy to make.  I cut the cardstock to size and paste it to the outside and inside covers with YES paste.  I used a fine sanding block to remove any paper or glue residue from the cover’s edges once the paste has dried.  (I usually let mine set a couple of hours.)  I then dragged the edges in Charcoal Palette ink to cover any imperfections.  I wrapped the gold organdy ribbon around the cover twice and tied it in a bow.  I stamped the three words on the front cover in Noir Palette ink.  That’s it… super easy!

Stamp Set:  Dance With Your Spirit

Cardstock:  Amberley Grace 12×12 Cardstock Collection

Ink:  Noir Palette Ink, Charcoal Palette Ink

Accessories:  Amberley Grace Ribbon

All stamp supplies are from The Angel Company.

Mom’s Notebook

My mother came to visit over the 4th of July weekend and I made this sweet mini composition notebook for her.  She loves these little notebooks to carry in her purse to jot down notes.  She went through my drawers of papers to find what she wanted and chose the Winchester 12×12 Cardstock Collection from The Angel Company.  My mom’s favorite color is purple and she loved all the “aged” effects on the Winchester papers.  

I measured and trimmed a piece of cardstock for the front and back covers.  I’ve noticed that each composition book is sized slightly different.  So the front and back cover dimensions will vary.  The decorative strip along the left edge measure 3/4 of an inch wide.  I recommend using YES paste to adhere the cardstock to the covers.  I’ve found it to be the best paste for book binding and it can be used on a wide variety of mediums… paper, glass, metal, fabric, leather.  It is very strong and gives professional results.   

Then Mom had the great idea to embellish the tag with the colored diamonds.  These little diamonds are on the bottom of each page on the label that you remove.  She cut out each little diamond and I adhered them with Pop Dots to a scrap of cardstock and layered it on the tag.  I also added a purple Princess Brad for a little sparkle and stamped her name with a retired mini alphabet from Stampin’ Up.  We loved the final results.  The idea to use the little colored diamonds that you would normally throw away was brilliant!  Waste not, want not!

Happy Stamping!!

  • Stamps: Mini Alpahbet from Stampin’ Up!
  • Cardstock: Winchester 12×12 Cardstock Collection from The Angel Company
  • Ink: Noir Palette Ink
  • Accessories: YES paste, Pop Dots, Princess Brads

All supplies (except stamps) from The Angel Company.