Library Approved Halloween Book Crafts

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Fall is definitely in full swing and Halloween is on the way! If you are still looking for some inspiration for crafts this season, just look to books! Working in a library I see plenty of unsavory print materials that take the long ride in the D-I-S-C-A-R-D bin- to that quaint farm far away where other books roam and run free‚Ķ ūüėČ . But what if they could have another purpose? A second life? This Halloween season, grab a book or two from your local Good Will to create your Halloween crafts. “Check out”¬†these Library Approved Halloween Book Crafts from around the web!

Library Approved Halloween Book Crafts

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DIY Fall Leaves Paper Wreath

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Today I wanted to share my process¬†for making this festive fall leaves wreath entirely out of paper! For the fall season I was tasked with creating an easy display in our library for cookbooks.¬†I decided to feature “Fall Foods.” With¬†the help of the Silhouette Cameo, I created this wreath in an afternoon. This project is also perfect for creating a welcoming autumn door wreath or mantel decor¬†on a budget by utilizing your unused paper at home!DIY Fall Leaves Paper Wreath

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Library Display: Banned Books Week


This week is Banned Books Week (September 27th through October 3rd) and I am excited to share with you the banners that I created for the lobby of our library.

Although we are a smaller branch, and don’t always have challenged materials on hand to feature, I was asked to create a display to promote awareness. I knew right away I wanted to make a big impact in our beautiful windowed lobby for all to see. And what better way to represent Banned Books Week than with a book burning? Kidding, of course, but I did want to make a similar statement with this display.


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Fast Fabulous Thank You Cards

Fast Fabulous Thank You CardsHello!

Today I wanted to share with you one of my recent paper craft projects- these fast, but fabulous, thank you cards.

With the exception of the “Thank You” I added on the inside of the card, this project needs no fancy die cut machine. Just a pair of scissors and a ruler (I used my Fiskars paper trimmer to save time.) Even a non-crafter can tackle this DIY.¬†

A few simple layers and beautiful patterned card stock with foil really make this project stand out. These little cards are perfect for saying thanks- fast.


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Freebie: Watercolor Journal Cards


Watercolor Jounral Cards Example
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I‚Äôve been on a crafting hiatus (for a whole weekend) attending a friend‚Äôs wedding in Portland. The wedding was beyond beautiful and Portland was amazing- I‚Äôd never been before. I‚Äôve come back with plenty of inspiration for my next project and who knows- I just may put a bird on it. ūüėČ

In the meantime, I have a freebie for the Project Life-ers out there. Printable watercolor journal cards! (Because watercolor everything is so trendy right now!) 

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Craft Storage with Ikea Tjena Boxes

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I’ve been on an organization kick, so today I wanted to share with you one of my favorite storage solutions- the Tjena Boxes from Ikea. These $3.99 life savers could be used in every room of the house (and probably will) but I fell in love with them for making my craft room so neat and tidy.

Craft Storage with Ikea Tjena Boxes

The Tjena boxes with built-in dividers are perfect for journaling cards, paints, embellishments, tools, or any kind of craft Item you could think of. They are also low-profile and fit perfectly in drawers for easy access storage. 


Tjena Journaling Card Storage

Tjena Paint Storage

This is truly one of my favorite purchases of all¬†Ikea’s¬†ready-to-assemble treasures. I love that the box dividers are easily cut to make larger compartments as necessary. I simply cut one section to make room for my 4×6″ Project Life cards,¬†my 2×2″ cards, and¬†my corner round punches. The Tjena boxes have also made it so easy to arrange my watercolor, gouache, and acrylic paints by color. And if you are wondering, I store most of my craft inventory in an Ikea Expedite/Hopen combination setup in my office closet- which I will be sure to show you more of in a future post!

Tjena Storage in Ikea Hopen Drawers

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Project Life Mood Book: Triangles

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My journaling adventure this week was inspired by a freebie pattern set I acquired from CREATIVE MARKET.  

Every week, starting on Monday, they give away a handful of free content for those registered with a free account. The free items vary, but they often include digital graphics or fonts. This week I was like a kid in a candy store grabbing them all. These particular items are free 8/10/15 Р8/16/15.

Creative Market Free Goods

If you are an artist or crafty individual, or wish you were and want to gaze at pretty things-Creative Market is the place!

You won’t stop at the freebies either. Once you start browsing you will inevitably buy something. All items come with at least a Simple License, meaning you can use the item for personal use. Imagine the possibilities for greeting cards, invitations, wall art- or in my case, Project Life cards.

I had been searching for the perfect paper to use for this photo, and I was immediately inspired by the Triangle Seamless Pattern set by Curly_Pat. I used my Silhouette software to create 3×4″ journal cards from these patterns which I then printed and cut. The other embellishments were made from scrapbook paper and various stamps. I am especially fond of the¬†hand stamped camera pattern- and I will definitely use¬†this technique again.

Cameras Closeup

SignatureThanks for visiting! Check back for more of my Project Life Mood Book. Check out my Artspiration board on Pinterest for a peek into what inspires me and my pages! Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

*FYI, I am not affiliated with Creative Market-
I just love it. A lot. 

Library Display: Colorful Paper Circles

Colorful Cascading Paper Circles Library Display

Hello everyone! Today I want to to dive into my love of paper craft and share with you one of my recent and favorite creations for the library. This display makes a big impact with only a few sheets of paper- and little to NO experience necessary. It’s so easy- I promise! This project goes far beyond the library and would work well for classroom displays, parties, or even holiday decorations- its up to you!

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Project Life Mood Book: My Happy Place


For this post, I want to share a few pages from the beginnings of my 6 x 8 Project Life album. When I started researching this hobby, it became very clear to me that every crafter has their own take on pocket journaling. Most people tend  to include journaling cards and follow a chronological order.

I decided that instead of documenting the weeks, months, or years, I wanted to approach my album as a mood book. 

Although I adore¬†art journaling as well, my artistic style is a bit too orderly to fully enjoy keeping a messy/wrinkled conglomerate of pages. (As my mother would joke- its probably OCD.) I find it much more enjoyable¬†(and convenient) to create a small work of art¬†and cut it down to fit into a pocket. ¬†I chose the 6×8 size to not feel overwhelmed as a beginner. I like to include¬†my own creations, personal photos, scrapbook paper, and simple embellishments to create¬†my pages.

My other rule?- I don’t buy pre-made cards or journaling kits.

Not that they aren’t wonderful, (I often eye them while perusing the craft store isles…) but I find the process more cathartic when I ¬†create each piece myself. It also encourages me to¬†use my¬†collection of crafting materials. (Repeat after me: not even ONE¬†more¬†paper pad….no more room…)

These pages were inspired by my happy placeРthe soft, white sand beaches in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

My family and I have vacationed there many times, and it just so happened to be the location of our destination wedding a few years ago. <3 ¬†I included a few of my own beach shots from various trips, a selfie (of course), some patterned card stock (with¬†speckled gold foil) and a couple¬†of hand painted beach watercolor squares. I cut the sentiments and shapes with my Silhouette Cameo, and also used some dollar stamps from Michael’s.

SignatureThanks for taking a look! I will be sharing my pages regularly, so check back for more of my Project Life Mood Book. Check out my Artspiration board on Pinterest for a peek into what inspires me and my pages! Leave a comment and let me know what you think!