Clock and Time Book

It is time to think about New Year’s Crafts and Journals. What will you keep note of this past year?  Cyndi of Lovely Lula Here. I created a book with the New Year in mind. I will use this as a journaling book for the next few weeks as I write and doodle about 2011.

I used my Cuttlebug and the Clockworks Embossing Folders to pull the details of this journaling book together. Once it is complete I will bind it on my YourStory. Here’s to the New Year.

Happy crafting xoxo Cyndi aka Lovely Lula

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The Cricut Mini Has Arrived

Cyndi of Lovely Lula here to share that the new Cricut Mini has arrived! Just in time for the Holidays. This little cutie is perfect for those of you who work in the medium of visual art journaling, like I do. It connects right to the Cricut Craft Room.

Cricut Mini™
Cricut Mini is a small, lightweight, ultra-portable way to make almost anything you want – out of many different types of materials, including thick and thin paper, fabric, vinyl, magnetic material, craft foil, and lots more. With Cricut Mini, it’s easier than ever to make projects and be more creative!
  • Small, portable, and lightweight for ultra space savings.
  • Works with any computer PC or MAC with a standard wireless or wired Internet connection.
  • Simply plug it in, turn it on, connect to Cricut Craft Room – the online design tool where you can see and design with every Cricut cartridge – and start making projects..
  • Cuts up to 8.5” x 12” paper and other materials. Cut small shapes and fonts from ¼” to larger cuts up to 11½”!

Here are where the cuts came from:

I used a green sharpie for the hand written part and a permanent glue stick to hold all the cuts in place. All of the paper is from Bazzill Basics.

I am excited to create my visual art journaling pages using this new little cutie. To see more of my Visual Art Journaling pages visit my Flickr page, all my visual art journaling pages are 8.5 x 11. Happy crafting xoxo Cyndi aka Lovely Lula

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Finding a Balance…

Have you ever read a book or heard a story from a close friend that was so thought provoking, it made you want to re-evaluate your current life choices. I just finished reading a great book, “Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas” by James Patterson. The story is about a mother who writes a diary for her son so that she can pass along life lessons and important moments in her life. I just have to recommend it to all working mothers who struggle with the balance between family and work or other important things in our lives. This was a great reminder of what is most important in life.

This story really touched me and came when I needed it in my life. Between work, the boys, the house, and my husband being deployed, I was struggling with finding a balance. This book prompted me to take a hard look and remind myself that family is most important.Everything else (the laundry, cleaning up after dinner, work) can wait. I also realized that I would love to pass a journal on to my children with the lessons I have learned and my favorite moments of our lives together.

I love these journal kits you can buy from Paper Source. I used the 8″ by 10″ album instead of the journal because I liked the glassine sheets in between the pages. Here are the instructions for the project.

1. Cut your patterned paper to 10″ by 12″. Apply PVA glue to one side of your chipboard cover. Place glue side down on to the center of one of the rectangles (make sure your patterned paper is wrong side up). Cut the corners and use the PVA to adhere the excess paper to the chipboard.

2. Since the kit doesn’t come with chipboard for the spine, you can either purchase additional chipboard or you can use something that you at home. I used a cereal box and I cut the box to 10″ long and and the same thickness as the spine of the book.

3. Cut book cloth to 12″ by 5″. Adhere the chipboard to the center of book cloth. The trick to centering is fold your book cloth in half and draw a line to indicate the center. Then draw a center line on the cereal box. Match the lines up and the cereal box will be centered. Also if you are using a light colored book cloth put the colored side of the cereal box up so that the neutral side is facing down. This will help ensure you don’t see the cereal box design through your book cloth.

4. Adhere the chipboard covers to the book cloth so that there is about 1/4″ between the chipboard and the cereal box. This space will allow for the book to open and close easily.

5. Fold the remaining book cloth over and adhere it to the inner side of the covers.

6. I then used an old metal label from a worn out box that I bought a long time ago at Ikea. I used an exacto knife to make slits in the spine of the book for the metal label before I threw the box in the recycling.

7. Add ribbon to the chipboard where the book cloth and paper meet. I used the PVA to adhere the ribbon. I folded the excess ribbon just like I did the paper and book cloth and adhered it to the inside of the cover.

8. Use PVA on the last page of the book to adhere it to the back cover. Use extra PVA on the mesh. Do not put any on the spine of the book. Apply to the front page to adhere the front cover.

9. I then used an old piece of bubble wrap that came in a package that I got last week to add dimension to the paper. I sprayed the bubble wrap with glimmer mist and stamped it on the cover of the book.

10. Then add flowers and embellishments to the cover and spine.

11. Use the Fancy Frames cartridge to cut out your favorite frame. Adhere to the inside cover and journal in the frame. Add embellishments.

I was really excited about this project. I just have to make three more for my other little ones. I think I will give it to each one on either their wedding day or when they have their first child.

This book by James Patterson has really made me focus on what is important to me… family. I am interested to hear of other books that you may have read or something that you have found to be inspirational. Leave a comment and let us know what you have come across that has helped you with keeping a balance in life.


Addison Paige