Art by Marlene collage papers, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Ladybird book journal, Lollipop Box Kit, Washi tape

Coffee page in my Ladybird book journal

Today I am sharing the page I made in my Smile themed junk journal…. and it is based on coffee! After all coffee definitely helps bring a smile to my face every day!

I used Art by Marlene collage papers alongside the Lollipop Box Club kit for February 2021. And the coffee stamped image is a really old SU set I got rid of many years ago but still had one stamped image left which was perfect for adding to this page.

I had fun with adding paint and doodles and stickers… basically a lovely chilled out 20 mins creating the page.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Ladybird book journal, Lollipop Box Kit, Scalloped tag topper, YouTube video

Altered book journal page

Once again I picked up my altered ladybird book to do a journal page and the March Lollipop Box Club kit. I decided to document to pride I felt watching Maya doing her textiles gcse work … definitely fits in with the theme of things that make me smile!

I did video the process and so here is the link if you want to watch…

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art by Marlene collage papers, Carabelle Studio, Ladybird book journal, Lollipop Box Kit, Ribbons, Washi tape

Double spread in my altered book

Yesterday I was meant to be tidying the craft room… but got distracted and ended up making a double page spread in my Things that make me smile altered book journal.

I used pages that were already decorated so it didn’t take too long to put this together, just the picture, some tissue paper and stickers most of which came from the Lollipop Box Club kit from Feb.

Love how chunky this journal is getting and need to work on flatter pages from now on or it will never close or fit on a shelf! Lol!

Love grabbing quick moments to get creative … but really do need to finish sorting out the mess!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Ladybird book journal, Lollipop Box Kit, Ribbons

Journalling in the Ladybird book

Today I have a page in my altered Ladybird book and I videoed the process this weekend as I made it. I mainly used supplies from the Lollipop Box Club kit which had just arrived and I couldn’t wait to dig in and start playing!

Not sure what I can day about this except… I really do enjoy this kind of memory keeping at the moment. It’s so quick and you can do so much more than when scrapbooking… and storing them is much easier!

Also really recommend Lollipop Box Club kits. I think they are great value for money and the products are so cute!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Berry Blessings, Berry Delightful, Ladybird book journal, Oh So Ombre, Ribbons, Washi tape

Stampin Up Sunday Berry Blessings journal page

For today’s Stampin Up Sunday I added to the Ladybird Book Journal with a page which documents Maya Blackberry picking… and in turn my memories of blackberry picking with my grandad.

Of course I had to use the Berry Delightful dsp and the Berry Blessings stamps… I mean it was the perfect reason to use them!

I created a flip page and also added a slot for the hidden journalling.

I teamed the Berry Delightful papers with the Oh So Ombre papers as the colour match is perfect.

Love how this came together. Feel like I might need to raid the sticker stash for a few finishing touches, but this is how I’ve left it for now.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art by Marlene collage papers, Carabelle Studio, Happy Celebrations, Ladybird book journal, Lollipop Box Kit, Ribbons, Washi tape

Ladybird Book Journal… Happy mail

I am always super happy to receive Happy mail so I included some in this page in my Smile themed altered Lafybird Book journal…

I followed a couple of tutorials Lisa from Lollipop Box Kit had put on the patron group with pockets and faux stitching and incorporated them into these pages and then included tags and artwork from various swaps I’ve received over the years.

I also included the stamped Happy from Happy celebrations and the post stamp from Carrabelle to finish off the pages.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Ladybird book journal, Lollipop Box Kit, Washi tape

Journalling in my ladybird book

Today I am sharing a page I did in my Ladybird book, all about a lovely day out which always makes me smile… it was a day at the Salford quays, watching Strictly Confidential and then meeting Artem in pizza express… Best day ever!

I decided to use the page where the scrapbook paper insert was the background and grabbed my Lollipop Box Club kit to make the page.

The yellow background wasn’t the best tonal match for the quote card but decided to go with it and add in the pastel bits from the kit, like the green paper, pieces cut from the pink paper and some stickers.

I also added a bag from the kit to create an insert for my journalling.

I also added the black and white washi… love those touches of the black and white.

Love those papers and the little elements in the kit… such pretty pages.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Darcy, Ladybird book journal, Lawn Fawn, Oh So Ombre, Ribbons, Washi tape

Ladybird book journal

I’ve really got a thing for journalling at the moment… especially junk type journals. Well this was following s class that Lollipop Box Club’s Lisa is doing Patreon and I decided not only to follow the class but to make a similar themed journal as her sample/demo… a journal of things that make me smile.

I had loads of fun with an old Ladybird book, taking it apart (carefully) and then decorating it and putting it back together to make a journal.

I started with this second hand book which I bought off Etsy. I’d love to go to a second hand book shop in real life, but it’s just not possible in lockdown so etsy it had to be!

I carefully removed the pages from the book, it handily came out in three signatures and then added some gesso to the cover.

I chose some patterned papers to add to the signatures and then realised I needed to widen the spine so I cut the spine and added patterned paper to create the wider spine. I strengthened it to make sure it was going to hold and then went to town decorating the front.

I used a lot of scraps I had to hand some bits and bobs I had lying around. I included some things that are favourites of mine… bright colours, the Darcy heart, sari silk ribbon, tags, bookprint and glossy accents on the die-cut smile.

Then I bound the signatures in using the brightly coloured twine.

Really looking forward to working in this journal adding in the things and stories that make me smile. Not sure if I have mentioned on the blog already or not but my word of the year is smile so this seems like a good project to help me achieve my goals of bringing a smile to every day.

On this particular day (I made it a couple of weeks ago) what made me smile a lot was sharing the table to create with my daughter who was working on her textiles gcse work. I got so much pleasure out of watching her create.

These little pics may well need printing for inclusion on the first page of the journal in fact!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Ladybird book journal, Lollipop Box Kit

Lollipop Box Kit … time spent with friends page

I may have told you this already…. I am OBSESSED with journalling at the moment and I’ve subscribed to the Lollipop Box Club so I get a box of goodies delivered each month. Well this week my first box has arrived and today I played with it… hence 2 blog posts today!

I filmed the unboxing, (link) and then put the box to one side. Today I brought it down to the table and made a start on creating a page in a handmade altered book journal (I will blog about creating this another day).

The theme for the journal is things that make me smile and so I decided to make a page about spending time with friends and feature a picture that came up in Facebook memories this week from 4 years ago. OK it hasn’t actually been this long since we spent time together… but it has certainly been a while! Ah well … it is what it is and hopefully before the end of the year we might be able to have a night together.

So I used supplies from the kit and added a couple of extra stickers and a stamped “friends” for the title and had a great time making this fun page, with such cute pastel colours. 😍

Love the box kit… so many fabulous goodies in it and I can imagine lots of fabulous pages and other things will get made using it.

Happy crafting

Catherine