Inspiration Scrapbook {additions}

One of my readers, a sweet friend of mine asked me the other day to share more pages from my inspiration scrapbook. You can find the original DIY here for how to make your own. I’ve filled out many more pages in the book since then, so I’m excited to share some with you all. (Thanks, Sheean!)
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The above page, from week 7 is probably my favorite thus far. 

Happy Saturday, my friends!

DIY – Cute Envelopes

It’s so exciting to see a letter from a friend in your mailbox. That’s the lovely thing about snail mail – it’s so much more physical and therefore personal than email.

One thing I enjoy doing to personalize letters to friends is to make my own envelopes. No, it’s not hard, nor does it take that much time. In this post, I’ll show you how to make them and provide you with a bit of inspiration.

You’ll Need:

Envelope template (here)

Patterned scrapbooking paper

Glue/Tape/Adhesive

Pencil

Scissors

 

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I have this massive collection of gorgeous scrapbooking papers in my papercrafts drawer. I’ve never had too much use for it, but the designer/artist in me loves collecting pretty paper.

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You can buy pre-cut cards and envelopes at any crafts store. I generally have a stock of pre-cut cards on hand because I have this problem.

I can’t cut straight lines.

Yes, it’s true. I have issues… let’s just move past this part.

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Use your envelope template, and trace the outline onto the paper. Cut it out.

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Folding it together is a bit tricky. For each fold needed, I line it up on two ends, and crease it in, versus creasing it out and making it crooked.

Did I ever tell you I have a problem with straight lines?

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When you’re finished folding, you can glue your envelopes together. Because most of mine are made when-needed, I use a wide tape (such as packing tape). However, if you’re using glue, I’d advise putting the envelope in a phone book while drying, just to make sure it dries flat.

Have fun with your lovely envelopes!
(Want to see the cards inside? That’s the next DIY coming up.)

Inspiration Scrapbook (DIY)

farmgirl-0003.jpgThere’s a bit of a blogging obsession with inspiration notebooks lately. I love the idea, but to be honest, finding a super-large notebook and gluing things into it never appealed to me. Part of my resolution this year was to keep at least some sort of journal. I’m terrible at keeping journals, as they mostly tend to implode from lack of use and get covered in dust. I generally only write things down when I’m angry or upset, which isn’t very inspiring, nor is it something I want to talk about a lot. I came up with a solution when I found this scrapbooking kit in my closet. A gift from over a year ago, I hadn’t decided what to do with it, and therefore had forgotten about it.
farmgirl-0007.jpgNow friends, I’ve turned it into my inspiration scrapbook. Because my life can get very busy, my goal is to complete one page each week. As you can see from the picture above, I clip out pictures from magazines and tag each clipping with what I liked about the photo. 
farmgirl-0013.jpgTwo secrets here: I filled out two pages last week with Disney photos. + Most of my inspiration photos contain food.Shhh… don’t tell anyone. *wink*
farmgirl-0015.jpgHow to get started1. Obtain a scrapbook. I prefer a scrapbooking kit, since I don’t have time or money to buy tons of individual components and create each page from scratch. I got mine from Colorbok (one almost identical to mine can be found here).2. Make a goal for yourself. Tell yourself that you will do at least (insert amount here) page(s) a week. If you’re like me, you need this step.3. Find magazines/newspapers/other. My collection consists of magazines like Southern Living and InStyle, with an occasional King Arthur’s Flour catalog mixed in (what did I say about *coughfoodcough*?). Find magazines that inspire you and clip those. If you want, add some personal elements. Poetry, words, journal entries, you name it. 4. Enjoy. The loveliest thing about an inspiration scrapbook/notebook is that you can flip through it when you’re feeling down or out of ideas. 
farmgirl-0024.jpgThis isn’t really a do-it-yourself that is complicated. I’m pretty sure all of you could have figured it out without the instructions. 😉 But hey, why not?