Journal With Me- Decorating My B6 Stalogy Notebook

I purchased a Stalogy notebook a few months ago to fit my B6 Travelers Notebook. ¬†The covers of the notebook are nice but they are just plain black and I needed to pretty them up a bit ūüôā ¬†I used collage bits from magazines, old sheet music, a used stamp and scrapbook papers.


You can watch the process HERE.

I hope you enjoy the video. ¬†If you keep a journal and you decorate your journal covers, I’d love to hear how you like to cover them in the comments. ¬†Thanks for stopping by!


September 2017 Artsnacks

In this September’s Artsnacks box, there were a few duplicates from previous boxes which made it a little disappointing. ¬†However, these duplicates were also a few of my favorites. ¬†Check out this month’s Artsnacks unboxing video HERE.

And this is what I created in my journal with the materials in this months Artsnacks box.


I hope you enjoyed the video and thanks for watching!


Choose Your Own Adventure Challenge- August 2017

I am a patron of Courtney Diaz, AKA Little Raven Ink, on Patreon. ¬†Courtney gives us a journaling challenge each month that she calls, “Choose Your Own Adventure.” ¬†For the month of August, 2017, we had the following prompts:
Medium- WatercolorsColors: Spring Green, Turquoise Blue (Cyan), Golden Yellow

Element- Tree

Word- Serene

I decided to sit on my back patio and paint the woods in our backyard. ¬†The word for the challenge “Serene” prompted me to go to the woods since that is one of the places where I find serenity. ¬†And obviously the element of the challenge was tree, so that made the decision even easier. ¬†You can watch my video¬†HERE.

¬†I hope you enjoy my take on the Choose Your Own Adventure prompt and if you are not a patron of Courtney’s on Patreon, you have got to check her out! ¬†It is SO worth the money and she is a beautiful soul. ¬†As always, thanks for visiting my blog and remember to keep art in your heart.

The products I used in the video are as follows:
– Daniel Smith Watercolors in Diopside Genuine, Phthalo Turquoise and Quinacridone Gold.
– Stalogy Journal in the B6 size
– Princeton and Dina Wakley paint brushes
– Pentel Arts Hybrid Technica 0.3mm black pen
– Old Typewriter
– White Tissue Paper
– Liquitex Matte Medium
– Alvin Draft/Matic Mechanical Pencil
– Paper Mate Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick

Journal Insert Flip Through- Volume 2

I finally finished my Volume 2 Travelers Notebook insert and I filmed a flip through.  You can view it HERE.

I believe that this insert was an Orchid insert that I received in my B6 Sojourner from Rowena.  I really loved how well this paper handled wet media.

I hope you enjoy the video and if you have any questions or want to tell me about the journal inserts and journals that you adore, leave a comment below.

I’m hosting a new class at my studio in Bucyrus, Ohio called Altered Photos. ¬†For more information, check my Class page on my website.

Thanks for stopping by!

July 2017 Artsnacks

It’s time for another Artsnacks unboxing video. ¬†In this video, I unbox the July 2017 Artsnacks and play with the supplies in my sewing book journal. ¬†You can watch the video HERE.

You can find more of my Artsnacks unboxing videos here on my blog and if you are interested in subscribing to Artsnacks, you can learn more HERE.

Current Journals and Set Up

I am a huge journal hoarder…there.  I said it.  And you know what, I don’t feel guilty about it either ūüôā  I especially love leather journals.  Something about the feel and smell of leather just feels like home to me.  And that is why I can’t get enough of them.  I thought that I would share with you the current journals that I am using and how I am using them.  I thought that it would be easier to share it with you in a video.  You can check the video out HERE.

If you would like to check out the journals and inserts that I have shown you in the video, see the links listed below.  As always, thanks for hanging’ with me and remember to keep art in your heart!

Sojourner- Americana, Artist Traveler, Designer, Inserts

Resting Fox Journal

The Odyssey Deluxe in Athena

The Simple Pouch (Small, I said Medium in the Video but it’s small)

Midori Traveler’s Notebook

Stalogy Notebook

Moleskine Watercolor Notebook

Growing Up Goddess Calendar

ID Badge Turned TN Pocket

Paws Plan Create Christmas Planner

ID Badge Turned TN Pocket

I recently started journaling in a B6 size Travelers Notebook. ¬†The inserts that I use in my B6 journal are 5″x7″.

My husband went to an event where he was given an extra large ID badge holder, similar to the one pictured below. ¬†It measures approximately 7 7/8″x4 1/2″. ¬†You can find them¬†HERE.


Being the great husband that he is and knowing not to throw anything away before checking with me first, he asked if I could use it for anything.  My current B6 journal is a Sojourner Journal from Rowena.  It has an exterior pocket on the front but no interior pockets.


When my husband asked me about his ID badge holder, I thought, “Hey, I may be able to turn that into a dashboard/pocket for my journal.

First, I collaged both sides of a piece of thin cardboard.  The cardboard I used was the thin kind that you find on the front and/or back of your scrapbook paper pads.  You could even use a piece of card stock.  I simply glued bits of collage elements (papers, stickers, etc.) with a glue stick.  I also added some doodles with a black pen and a white gel pen.

Next, I used a corner rounder to round the edges of my collaged cardboard.

I took the cardboard and ran it through my laminating machine. ¬†You could also just use packing tape to “laminate” your cardboard. ¬†Once it is laminated or covered in tape, simply trim around the cardboard leaving some of the plastic/tape around the edge so that it doesn’t come apart.


Finally, I measured the distance between my first elastic and insert in my journal and the last elastic/insert in my journal.  That distance creates the spine of my pocket/dashboard.  I then took packing tape and taped together my collaged cardboard, turned dashboard, and my pocket.  I taped both sides, extending the tape approximately one inch on each side of the pocket and the dashboard.  I also cut almost a half circle in each end of the spine (packing tape) to allow it to sit comfortably under the elastics of my journal.ID-Badge-TN-Pocket-5_web

And here is my dashboard/pocket inside of my journal.


I hope you enjoy this tutorial and if you make your own dashboard/pocket for your journal, I would love to see it!

June 2017 Artsnacks

It’s time for another Artsnacks unboxing video and let me just say, I was pretty darn happy with this month’s products! ¬†Check them out¬†HERE!

Did you receive an Artsnacks box this month? ¬†What did you think and what colors of supplies did you receive? ¬†I’d love to know!

Thanks for watching guys and gals.

Creative Business- Under the Willow

I had the pleasure of interviewing two of the most beautiful people that I know who own a creative business called Under the Willow.  This husband and wife duo make the most beautiful handcrafted signs that have fun and inspirational quotes.

 Check out what Jon and Heather Hill had to say about their creative business.

Q:  What made you begin creating signs?

A: ¬†I actually started over twelve years ago and sold them in a little shop‚Ķ I think because I saw some and thought ‚Äúhey I could do that‚ÄĚ I only made them for a couple years and then recently before the birth of my second child I saw one I loved on Fixer Upper. I wanted it for his nursery but could not afford it, so I made one. So then it began! Again! ‚ÄďHeather-

I started making signs after Heather asked me to help her make a couple signs for our little guy’s nursery about two years ago. It has evolved into a small business. -Jon-


Q: ¬†Where did the name ‚ÄúUnder the Willow‚ÄĚ come from?

A: ¬†Jon and I were actually married Under a Willow Tree at Edgewater Park in Cleveland Ohio‚Ķ That is where our adventure began ‚ÄďHeather-


Q:  What is your favorite part about your creative business?

A:  Working with Heather to create unique signs and the smiles on our customers faces when they see the final product. -Jon-


Q:  Do you enjoy working with your spouse?

A: Yes. Although fulfilling orders can be stressful and demanding in our schedule, it amazes me what we can do as a team. I am blessed. -Jon-


Q:  Do the two of you have assigned tasks that you do to complete a sign?

A:  Yes, Jon constructs everything. He is amazing and detailed. Always has all of the measurements and knows exactly what sign is what & who it belongs to.  I usually design them and paint.  Jon also does all of the base color on the signs and stains the frames.  If it wasn’t for him I would be supplying customers with a puddle of paint. -Heather-

I handle the woodworking portion of the sign, which includes roughing in the base and finishing with the trim. Heather is the artistic genius in our business. She has vision and turns a pile of wood into a work of art. -Jon-


Q:  How do you promote your creative business?

A:  At first it was word of mouth only and that kept us pretty busy. People kept asking about a website so we decided to start a facebook and instagram page. We have some homemade business cards and tags. -Heather-



Q:  How long have you been creating signs and when did you decide to make it a business?

A: About two years and my wife asked me to help her with a project for our baby’s nursery. -Jon-


Q:  What is the most rewarding part of your creative business?

A:  Working with Heather to create some cool stuff and seeing the joy our signs bring to our customers. -Jon-

Definitely seeing customers smile. -Heather-


Q:  Where can people purchase your pieces?

A: Right now the only shop that has them in stock is The Urban Nest in Beaufort, South Carolina, but we sell them on our facebook page. ‚Äď Heather-


Q:  Where can people follow you on social media and get in contact with you?

A: Instagram:  @under.the.willow_

Facebook:   Under The Willow