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Happy National Hobby Month!!

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Hello Dear Friends,

In case you haven’t heard yet…it is National Hobby Month!! My heart truly LOVES this focus!!!  After all our hard pressed work to make all the wonderful Christmas gifts, this month we get to celebrate the simple art of crafting!!

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We began our month with a fun family painting night!! And today I reorganized all my washi on 12 and 14 inch embroidery hoops. I literally filled 5 hoops…and that’s not all of my washi tape, YIKES!! 🙂  My creative juices were flowing as I reorganized by color and design!! FUN!!!

I have many stamped images which need inking that I have on my to do list for this month. As well as tackling new supplies in my stash I have saved up for my slower months. I also ordered my family’s Valentine’s and our Anniversary photo albums today. Though it was online editing…it had it’s own version of creativity and fun!! 🙂 I also have images to frame for gifts and of course cards to make. I have several albums cut and ready to be created for Valentine’s gifts. And finally, I have made my weekly project plans for this new year.

Now with all these wonderful plans, my studio/office needs a quick clean out from all the Christmas fun. Also my files need to be transitioned to the new year in my office. So tomorrow is a wonderful day for order in my studio/office. And then I can hang the beautifully blessed pictures we painted as a family in our home, as well as the fun hoops of washi hoops that will be functional and beautiful to look upon!!:) And get everything back in order so the creative juices can continue to flow!! Then onto my list of fun and exciting projects for this wonderful month of crafting and new year!!

So Dear Friends, do you have your list going? Do you plan to enjoy the fun encouragement of this month? Do you have all in order after the holidays for a clear mind for projects? If so let’s all get going with great joy and creativity!! And if not, consider joining in on some of your projects waiting to be crafted…and for you to be encouraged, relaxed and enjoy the fun this month!!!

Have a wonderful day and keep crafting,

k

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Holiday Cards Galore…

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Hello Friends,

I have been working away in my little studio making fun cards for my Etsy Shop.
http://www.etsy.com/hk-en/shop/KwithJDesigns

I thought I would post a few on here to share with you all. 🙂

I pray each of you is having a lovely holiday season with those you love,

k

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Snowflake Gold Glitter Dimensional Winter card and envelope set

(5 x 7 inch set of 6)

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Snowflake Gold Glitter Dimensional Winter card and envelope set

(5 x 7 inch set of 6)

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White Dimensional Snowflake Winter Card and envelope set

(5 x 7 inch set of 5)

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Colorful and Cheerful Dimensional Tree Winter Card and envelope set (5 x 7 inch set of 6)

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Glimmer Gold Dove with Cutout Snowflake Winter Card and envelope set

(5 x 7 inch set of 6)

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Close up of the snowflake cutout and gold shimmery paper.

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Shiny Copper on Purple Nativity Cards and envelope set

(4 x 6 inch set of 6)

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Vintage Wooden Merry Christmas Cards and envelope set

(4 x 6 inch set of 6)

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Shiny Glittery Glimmering 3 Gifts Dimensional Cards and envelope set

(4 x 6 inch set of 6)

Soooo much fun creating these cards!! I will also be posting a YouTube video in the next week. I will come back and add the link once posted. 🙂

JosephinesDesigns.com

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

Have a wonderful week and keep enjoying the season,

k

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Fun File Folder Junk Journal Process…

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Hello Dear Friends,

I have been traveling with my husband for his work. But there is always time for a project or two!! I literally took one whole suitcase of projects to work on. I am always more ambitious than time allows!! 😉

Here’s a quick peak at my drafting table ready to get started….

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OK, yes…I am a two fist-ed tea and coffee drinker!! 😉 Gotta have my beverages!!! I LOVE a hot cup of coffee and some iced green tea!! And I LOVE this little beach clip cup holder I found at Walmart. It is great to hold my tea on the side of my drafting table. It’s great…no water sweating on my work surface!! 🙂 And very, very affordable…thanks Walmart!! 😉

Here’s some fun File Folder Junk Journals that I will be listing in my Etsy shop, posting on my YouTube Channel and my Instagram later this week. Please be sure to drop back by and take a look see!! 😉

Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/KwithJDesigns 

YouTube channel: JosephinesDesigns.com or https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNF08CE8fU6EsXPvN3mzVpw/videos

Instagram: https://instagram.com/josephinesdesignscom

Many thanks to all the sweet ladies on YouTube and many blogs sharing their creations of Junk Journals that have helped me develop mine. 🙂 Such a wonderful online community of crafters!!

Here’s how I make these fun File Folder Junk Journals:

Each has 2-3 signatures, a clip and a band with decorating/journaling pages for each journal.

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Here’s some of the process:

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First I select the materials I will use. File folders, waxed twine, pages for the signatures, beads, bands, etc.

Next I measure, check and recheck. Then score and attach the folds.

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Next I measure and then punch my holes for the folder to hold my signatures. I LOVE this simple awl…it always does the trick on punching paper/cardstock, easy peasy.

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I then begin to build the signatures with all kinds of fun finds!! This week I was gathering fun inserts from the Korean market!! And I always try to include a current calendar in each one. I LOVE the whimsy of junk journals!! 🙂

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After I build 2-3 signatures for each journal, I then begin accessorizing! I also include a clear business card slot in each one. 🙂

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Finally I add my add my band and beads. I love to add a trinket to the band to help close it. And I love the beads on the spine as well. The opportunities are endless with all the clips, markers, etc.!!

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Now this fun File Folder Junk Journal is ready for it’s newest recording of the owner’s next FUN adventure!! 🙂

Have a wonderful week,

k

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March Is Happy Crafting Month pt. 2!!!

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Hello Dear Friends,

I am so excited to be back and continue celebrating Craft Month!!! YAY!!! 🙂

Today I am sharing some more favorites. I hope if you haven’t seen their work or products lately, you will take a minute to go take a peek. 🙂

My two crafters this week are:

Kristina Werner can be found on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/user/starofmay

and blog:

http://www.kwernerdesign.com/blog/

And

Jennifer McGuire can be found on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/user/jennifermcguireink

and blog:

Hi There

Both these ladies are wonderfully talented and extremely generous in sharing information/teaching of their craft/skills.

My two favorite craft companies this week are:

http://www.scrapbook.com/

and

https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/

Both of these companies sell a variety of supplies. They are more of a retail outlet online for the newest and greatest supplies.

This week’s raffle:

I will offer 4 crafting goodie gifts to four different winners!!

They will include goodies from the companies I have shared about so far in the March Crafting month articles.

This National Crafter’s Month giveaway will run until Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 3 PM CT. The giveaway is open internationally. All who enter must be  18 years or older. Four winners will receive a lovely craft goodie bag!! 🙂  You can enter by leaving your answer to the question listed below in the comment section of this blog post.  I’ll announce the winners on this blog post and then contact them directly through email.

Who is one of your favorite craft designer/crafters?

Best wishes and I can’t wait to see who you LOVE in your crafting!! 🙂

k

Posted in Encouragements, Miscellaneous, Paper crafting, Supplies

Why No Postings?!?!

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Hello Dear Friends,

I have been chief cook, bottle washer and nurse!! Last week I spent the week tending my Sweet Family that was sick with serious colds/congestion. PTL all are back up and doing well….but I am still catching up.

I will be posting a joint drawing and favorite March Craft Month designer and companies tomorrow. I am super excited to share this week’s favorites!! What a fun month to remember all who have previously and continue to provide wonderful supplies and inspiration!! 🙂

So come on back tomorrow…now time to finish up the bits and pieces. And then to make a new batch of gluten free english muffin bread for my family!! 😉

Have a wonderful day,

k

 

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Scrapbook.com Graphic 45 Sale TODAY ONLY!!!

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Hello Dear Friends,

A quick note to share about a sale on Scrapbook.com or click on: http://store.scrapbook.com/.

They are an EXCELLENT company to order from!! My last order was shipped and landed before I could even believe it!! Literally a matter of days. Their online ordering is always in real time…so no ordering with a message later they are sold out!! (Or even filling a cart and by the end of shopping you do not receive a message stating the item is gone either.) Love this!!

Everything is packed exceptionally well and comes in good order!! And with one of my favorites mentioned last Wednesday…a special sale on Graphic 45 (http://www.g45papers.com/) at Scrapbook.com (http://store.scrapbook.com/), I had to share!! 😉
                                                             

After I ordered just now, they sent me some wonderful crafting ideas for the items I purchased. Talk about great service!!

So if you are interested and wanting a good by from a great company…head on over to http://store.scrapbook.com/. They will treat you right!!

Have a wonderful week,

k

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March Is Happy Crafting Month!!! YAY!!!

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Hello Dear Friends,

Ok, like I need another reason to craft?!?! 😉 I really love that this is a time to recognize and support your local and online favorite artist/crafters and craft companies!!

I have a long list of favorites. Every Wednesday I plan to share a quick note of thanks to those for helping to create such a wonderful industry!! I will also include some of my favorite crafting companies that have kept us all well stock all of these years!! Their efforts to create great and encouraging designs and the wonderful supplies continue to encourage us all!! 🙂

My two crafters this week are:

Shannon Greeen can be found on YouTube channel and her blog.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/byShannonGreen Blog: http://shannongreen.blogspot.com/

and

Amy Rysavy can be found on YouTube channel and her blog.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/PrairiePaperandInk Blog: http://prairiepaperandink.typepad.com/

My two favorite craft companies this week are:

Graphics 45: http://www.g45papers.com/

and

Stamps of Life by Stefanie Barnard: http://www.stephaniebarnardstamps.com/index.htm

If you have time…please go check these great artists and great companies. I do not get paid or am I affiliated with any listed. I am just a follower of these ladies’ work and consumer of the companies listed.

FYI: I will have a fun giveaway later this week that either come from one or both of the companies listed. And/or something that helped me to learn from these two artist. So keep checking back!! 😉 FUN! FUN! FUN!!!!

Have a wonderful week,

k

Photo credit: http://www.dreamstime.com/

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Crafting Supplies Stash Shopping…

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Hello Dear Friends,

How many of you acquire more than you create? I have suddenly realized as the “acquisition officer” in my home…and the busy-ness of our home, I have become the best and yet biggest shopper ever!! We all go through the typical…gonna cut back on spending. But I am going to cut-off my craft spending!! My goal is to save money by using what I have, give great handmade gifts for all occasions this year and fill my Etsy shop to bless others!!

Today begins a new journey for me. I have through the years accumulated a “large” stash of supplies. I have had a Spinning, Weaving and Sewing business as well as Scrapbooking business. I am planning on spending the next month (and each month for the next year…baby steps, baby steps) using my stash. I will take each month at a time. I will have to be creative and shop my stash!! 🙂 Don’t panic…yet!! 😉 There will be a very small allowance each month ($20) for custom orders useage of: adhesives, ink for my printer, printer paper, etc.

Now don’t get me wrong…everything I buy is usually ALWAYS on sale or clearance….or I use a coupon or even double stack the coupons. I had become fascinated with extreme coupon-ers. But enough is enough!! You can only have so many supplies…the room is full and it is time to get busy!!

I also will begin next week tracking all expenses. With the online world of debit/credit cards I have totally given up tracking each spend…like we did all those years ago with a simple check register or even envelopes of cash. As I go through this process, I will do my best to share my experiences.

Honestly…I LOVE a good cheap buy!! I always feel as if I have climbed and conquered a mountain with my checked off shopping lists!! Now as a good steward of all I have been blessed with…it is time to get to work and begin blessing others!! The first is to bless my Sweet Husband who has worked hard in the “work world” to pay for most of these goodies!! And then next is to bless my family with hopefully (in time) freeing up space in our home by eliminating the “store”. (I literally have my inventory from my store in my basement!!) Then it is to bless others with gifts of handmade love from our family. And then finally it is to get busy growing and creating in the skills the Lord has given me!! It is all His.

I have loved watching some of the YouTubers share in there journey. I am currently watching ‘OCD Must ?’. Amy does a great job as well as the first video I ever watched…running her home like a business. YES!! Why has that been so hard for me? I have endless experience running and working in businesses? I now see how I need to implement that complete record keeping and accountability to if only myself in written form. I see I have let things slide with the online daily check of our accounts. It is too much with as busy as life can be to try to mentally keep a running tally. Time to tighten the belt and get to business!! 🙂

Now you may read this and think…what a downer!! But I am happy and content to say…honestly, I will miss the looking/shopping but it will be great to get the hoarder monkey off my back!! As well as working to bring in money and not spend out money. Can any of you relate?

On my other blog, I am doing a series of organizer/binders/journals etc. to help better prioritize myself, my family, our finances, my blogs and my YouTube/Etsy shop. I will reblog here to encourage you all as well. There are some fun creative mixed in with the everyday “planning”. 😉 Hey…I can still have fun in the “planning” game too!! 😉

So I could look at this as the glass half full or half empty. I am determined to see the glass half full!! I am excited to see where I go as a Christian/wife/mother and artist. I am excited to live within my budget and my stash…so to speak and see what is created!! Some of my best recipes when cooking dinner come from using what’s in the fridge!! So here’s to “fridge” shopping my stash and creating some fun new projects this next year!!

I will also have some fun giveaways beginning next week to encourage each of you throughout this next year!! So keep coming back and see how it’s going. Hopefully you will be encourage and inspired as well!!

Have a wonderful week in the Lord,

k

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Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It Is Off To Work I Go…

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Hello Dear Friends,

Do you do a major clean/reorg after periods of major crafting?

Today begins early Spring cleaning/organization of my office/studio. You know…keep, give, throw away or move to another space. After all the holiday crafting fun, I need  a big clean out/reorg. I always have more plans than time to make all the projects each year at Christmas!! As a result I then must clean out, organize and pack away all the supplies not needed….for now. 🙂 I usually have this done by the end of December, but with all the travel over the holidays that went well into January…I am running a bit behind.

Today began the pulling everything out and off the shelves. OK, can you hear crazy serious reorg happening? Tomorrow I will be moving the furniture and reloading/reorganizing all supplies!! I’m sooooo excited!! I love this part!! I literally find goodies I forgot I have!! I am genuinely able to “shop my studio” afterwards!!! 😉 This process really gets my creativity a-going!! FUN!!!

I also LOVE to plan the arrangement!! Literally with every move from house to house throughout my marriage, I draw serious diagrams with full explanations. I LOVE THIS!! I am such a nut!! I genuinely LOVE pulling out the graph paper tablet, ruler, tape measure and pencil/eraser!!! I love this part so much that I carry this tablet everywhere I go to think and plan. Like today, when I was waiting to get my hair cut…out it came as I studied the plans. It is so much fun to dream of what it can and/or will be!! Yes, even as a little girl I LOVED to redesign my room!! Once a year my Mom would let me pick out a new bedspread and sheet set. I always was super excited!! It was then the major moving around of all my furniture would take place. All my furniture was very big and very heavy. I still don’t know how I moved it all by myself…but I did!! And I absolutely LOVED the entire redecorating/reorganizing process!! It was fun, fun, fun!! I still feel the same way!!

The main room I change constantly is my office/studio. Mainly because it is a small space that is used daily. I have allot of materials and I am always looking for the most efficient storage and use-ability. It has been a multi purpose room up until today. I am now taking all my educational/teaching materials out and storing them in another part of the house. Therefore…truly studio/office now!! YAY!!! 🙂

For the fun part…today I found these great little baskets at Target in the Dollar Spot. When I brought them home and showed my youngest I shared that they remind me of when I was in school as a little girl. I explained how we used baskets similar in elementary as our make shift storage of our books and supplies and then later in gym class for our uniforms/clothes. Sooooo cute!! Not only will they perfectly fit my shelves , they bring back sweet memories to boot!! 🙂 There were only so many available and…you know it, I bought all I could!!

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(HINT: Always measure before you buy. Sometimes items do not give measurements. For instance, I forgot my tape measure I carry in my purse for project purchases. So I just walked over the office supply area and used a ruler. Voila!! )

Well, it’s time to get back to work!! Keep checking back and when all is set up, I will share pictures of the finished studio/office!! 🙂

Have a wonderful evening…hi, ho…hi, ho it’s back to work I go!! 😉

k

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Today Is A New Day…

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Hello Dear Friends,

I just wrote an article and my computer glitched somehow and it didn’t save. So as I rethink the previous article, I see the blessing of possibly something a bit different.

I have been busy, busy, busy working on a family project, finishing up all the new mini album kits in my Etsy Store (KwithJDesigns), dealing with a computer that needs my Sweet Husband’s genius touch for a little repair work,  helping my youngest with Latin, going through all the new inventory that has come in in the last week or so and well just being a wife and Mom. I have also been researching and purchasing new materials for a new article on my other blog (HealthyLiving4Him.wordpress.com) It’s an organizational article. With so many different things going on in our family as well as in my world of home, property and my little business…I am enjoying the joy of getting all organized.

As you can hear in my writing…we have been busy. Like all of you, we go through the holidays working as fast as we can to get everything done we desire on our list. My list…maybe like some of y’all’s is always a bit long. So after the rush I have stacks of supplies…well honestly boxes of supplies for all my hopes and dreams for Christmas crafting. I am honestly set for the next 5 years of crafting for my family and friend’s gifts if I didn’t buy another thing!! 🙂 But none the less it is all still there. Looking me in the eyes…daring me to try to store it!! And now with all the wonderful Spring/Summer supplies coming in…I now have to do something!!

So “Today is a New Day”!!! It is time to grab that bull by the horns and get busy cleaning up, organizing and getting all working in a much more efficient manner. I need organization at it’s best. With such a small space I need the ultimate efficiency in this room. I am so thankful to have this room…well I kinda commandeered it. It used to be our dining room. It was used on special occasions and as time went by I slowly took the room over until this last Summer I took the table and chairs out (the china hutch had been moved a couple of years prior) and made it my office/studio. In my other blog (HealthyLiving4Him.wordpress.com), I recently wrote about adjusting and learning to “bloom where I was planted” in our out in the country older farmhouse. It is a lovely home and I am so thankful to the Lord for it!! But there are times I honestly miss my huge newly built home that was in a large city. I don’t miss the city except when I need something quick and easy at a store and it’s now at least an hour away. 🙂 And I honestly LOVE the quiet of our little country life. Life seems so much more real here. There is life and sometimes death on a farm that make you stop and realize the Lord’s plans are so much more than our own. And in that blog…I come to the realization I can make this home work and not look back!!

So all this to say, as I look at my challenge before me…Today is a New Day!! And in the words of our Lord…this is the day that the Lord has made…I will be glad and rejoice in it!! So my major reorg begins. My Sweet Husband travels next week for work. We will be tied up as well…so today the planning begins. I will be pulling everything out and clearing everything out…Lord willing. But how exciting to again, find all the gems in the drawers and shelves I have forgotten are in there. To find a better spot for them to be used more readily. And to be the good steward the Lord needs me to be of all these supplies for my little business!! So exciting!!!

I hope somewhere in all this…you can find encouragement in your spaces of your home. May we all be so well prepared for what lies ahead of us that we can be ready at any time to do all as if unto the Lord. That is my goal in preparing this work space in my home. It is a place filled with joy, fun and whimsy!! A place that needs order and easy access so that I may enjoy doing all that is before me and blessing all that come in or receive what comes out of this space in my home!!

So after all the investigation of planning tools…here begins the first planning project of the year!! FUN!!!

May your day and your life be filled with the joy of the Lord,

k