How to make a Traveling Through Junk Journal

Having fun making junk journals. Sharing How to make a Traveling Through Junk Journal today. Using the Calico Collage Travelin Through Digital kit.

How to make a Traveling Through Junk Journal


For this journal, I used some watercolor paper I had on hand for the pages. Some chipboard claimed from paper boxes. And all the scraps from cutting up the kit that I could.

How to make a Traveling Through Junk Journal

While looking through my stash I found a stack of travel themed journal cards. These were perfect to add into the pockets that were created in my journal. I also found a few library pockets and coin envelopes.


Brutus Monroe Detail Ink – Raven was used with the Stamps. Zettiology stamps were used as journal notes on some of the items. These stamps are so cool.

Tim Holtz Distress ink was used to finish the cut edges of the papers and blend when needed. There were even a few journal cards used from one of his card sets.

The Calico Collage Traveling Through Digital kit has lots of beautiful papers and I used most of the kit. Lots of journaling tags and pockets in this kit. The little flags were made into tuck spots and altered or embellished paper clips too.

When I ran out of the flags I used scraps to make more by folding these in half, gluing and cutting a pennant shape on the end. Don’t throw out those scraps.

The watercolor paper was 6 in. x 24.5 in. I made score marks at 5 in. The leftover piece was 4.5 in. So this became a fold out piece. I think this added character to the book, don’t you?

For the closure on this journal, I used a piece of ribbon and a piece of velcro. A scrap of cardboard was cut at 1 in. square. Covered with a scrap from an old book then a square of the digital papers on top. Having the square helps have a handle to open the closure.

A video was made of the process. It is at super fast speed. So feel free to ask questions.

This was a fun book to make. I like how the size turned out and how sleek this book looks.

Would you carry this Traveling Through Junk Journal with you on a trip?

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Paper Arts, My Hearts Fancy & Hobby Lobby Haul

Sharing a Paper Arts, My Hearts Fancy & Hobby Lobby Haul and Bonus How to make a Laurel Burch Wild Horses Card. Having the opportunity to visit local shops is a wonderful thing. It is good to visit those local shops to help them stay in business.

Paper Arts, My Hearts Fancy & Hobby Lobby Haul

For this shopping excursion, I had a mission to find a few supplies for upcoming projects. Looking around Paper Arts I found some really cool looking dies that I knew would be perfect for projects.

Drove over to Hobby Lobby and picked up a watercolor journal that I will use for a Traveling Journal Round Robin I’ll be at the end of this month. There was a really nice spiral journal that I feel will be perfect. I’ll have to remove a few pages as we are doing a monthly journal and there are 12 of us in the group. While there I also picked up a pad of watercolor paper to make a journal for another group. This journal will be a watercolor journal swap.

While at Hobby Lobby I wondered over to the clearance section and found a fun die set that says Celebrate. When I saw the letters I saw – Create, Art and knew there were more words I could create. In fact, I did a google search and found a website WordMaker where you can type in the letters and it will tell you the words that can be made. This will be a fun purchase.

At My Hearts Fancy, I found a beautiful Laurel Burch Stamp Wild Horses. Recently while in Santa Fe New Mexico I purchased a beautiful Laurel Burch tote bag that has super cute puppy dogs painted on the outside.

When I walked into My Hearts Fancy I saw a new display of Laurel Burch Stamps and knew that I needed to get one. The Wild Horses stamp spoke to me so I purchased that stamp.

Video of the Paper Arts, My Hearts Fancy & Hobby Lobby Haul:

Once I got home with all my goodies and shared them in the video. I had to make a card too. Pulling out the Brutus Monroe Detail Ink – Raven and a few colors of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists – Party Pink, Denim Blue, True Turquoise, Night B4 Christmas.

Stamped with Brutus Monroe Detail Ink – Raven using my MISTI. Heat set the ink. Spray with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists – Party Pink, Denim Blue, True Turquoise, Night B4 Christmas. The pinks were on the right and the blues were on the left.

Heat set the sprays. Then using a paint brush I colored the areas that I wanted darker.

I love the shimmer that Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists add to projects. This stamp will be one I’ll enjoy playing with over and over.

Hope you enjoyed my shopping Paper Arts, My Hearts Fancy & Hobby Lobby Haul and Bonus How to make a Laurel Burch Wild Horses Card.

Paper Arts, My Hearts Fancy & Hobby Lobby Haul

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Creativation & Shopping Haul What Fun!

WOW Creativation & Shopping Haul What Fun! I had the best time at Creativation and then an extended vacation after the show.  There was so much to see and do during the event!

It was a blessing to be able to attend the show thanks to Canvas Corp Brands. Mind you I did work, I worked hart. The Canvas Corp Brands booth is an elaborate booth. Filled with so much inspiration that it can take more than three days just to see everything.

One of my art works was on display in the booth!  It was such an honor to see it on display where it could be seen by everyone.

Creativation & Shopping Haul What Fun!

The Window in the lower right corner is mine.

Being a part of the crew to put the booth together was a blast and hard work. Once the booth was done that is when the fun began.

There were times I got to walk around the show and see lots of things and even try a few of the products first hand.

The Rinea Paper Foil company also had a booth and I got the opportunity to work for a few hours with the owners. It was so great being able to get to know the owners. Sometimes you don’t understand the passion one has until you meet then in person. Diane and AK are awesome people.

One of my favorite things was being able to create a mini hat at the Charity Wings Booth. This organization does awesome work and the ladies that were working the booth were super sweet.

Here is a hat made with Tattered Angels Papers and Mists, the photo was taken by our Finland visitor Lena Holmstrom. She was such a joy to have in the booth and to hang out with.

Creativation & Shopping Haul What Fun!

Another of my favorite things was connecting with people that I only knew on the internet. Several of them I walked up to them and said, Hey I stalk you on the interweb. It was funny. Some loved it some gave me a “look”.

Carol Dube was the best. She just smiled when I took a selfie at her side. It didn’t bother her one bit. lol She even gave me a couple sheets of her gelli prints she was making. I felt blessed.

Creativation & Shopping Haul What Fun!

Carol Dube Left
Linda Israel Right

There was so much that I got to see and do that I made a video that is entirely too long, but I hope you enjoy seeing the goodies and can hear the joy in my voice.

If you ever get to go to Creativation (or whatever they call it next year) please go you won’t be disappointed.

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Creativation & Shopping Haul What Fun!

Hobby Lobby & Michaels Haul & I made a Stencil

Hobby Lobby & Michaels Haul & I made a Stencil. I did a bad thing as my husband would say. I went shopping. Mainly because I had a gift card and because I wanted to get some items for my Happy Planner.

Hobby Lobby & Michaels Haul & I made a Stencil

Boy was I lucky that I went shopping! While at Hobby Lobby I found a Happy Planner 9 hole punch for $17.99. I was going to go to Michaels and purchase the one they offer but it was $39.99. So I figured I saved money even if I have to make two punches for an 8.5 in. x 11 in. page. It was worth saving the money.

Since I didn’t have to use a 40% off coupon to get the punch I did pick up a package of 12 page protectors. These I knew would be fun to add items to my planner.

But I did make it to Michaels because one of my Facebook friends posted that there was a new display of Unicorn items. She was so bad for doing this! LOL I just had to go see what was being offered. Thankfully I had a 60% off coupon I could use and was able to get a great deal on a set of stamps, a package of unicorn washi tape and even stickers. I’m so excited to be able to use these in my planner.

Here is a little video of the items I purchased.

Finally while watching a video by Karen Burchill on youtube about her making a stencil for her planner. I got an idea to make a stencil on my Silhouette. This stencil fits the boxes in my Happy Planner. When I want to decorate a box and not make a mess outside of that box I can lay my stencil down and it will protect the area around the box.

Being excited about making this stencil I ended up making 3 patterns and a plain box. I see myself making more of these. Now to draw some designs to scan into my computer!

What kind of images would you like to use on your stencils? I would love to read your ideas, it may spark an idea to help me create my own stencils. And maybe I’ll even share the file with you if you have a Silhouette.


Growing With Love Smart Pot

Sharing how I made a Growing With Love Smart Pot. Recently I purchased a new Dendrobium Orchid at Lowes. I’m a member of the Oklahoma Orchid Society and many of our members have the Dendrobium Orchids. I just love the way the look and the way the flowers smell.

While at Lowes for a light bulb I decided to walk over to the Orchid display to see what was being offered. When I saw this plant I just knew I had to have it in my home.

When I got home an idea came to me to decorate a Smart Pot so that it would look pretty while sitting on my desk. Since I had all of the supplies it was time that I gave Heat Transfer Vinyl a try.

Growing With Love Smart Pot Supplies:

Smart Pot Size #2
Cricut Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl, Gold and Purple
Silhouette CAMEO® 3
Polka dot heart design from Silhouette Library
Love Script from Silhouette Library
Samantha Script Font
Weeding tool
Ranger Non Stick Craft Sheet

Growing With Love Smart Pot Process:

Growing With Love Smart Pot

Created design in Silhouette Studio® by removing the dots from the heart. Layer Love on top of heart to get proper size.

Opened Character map chose font Samantha Italic. Selected G from Character Map, copy. Paste into Silhouette Studio®, make desired size. Type rest of the word “growing” with Text tool selected Samantha Italic font.

Growing With Love Smart Pot

Choose Offset tool. Select distance 0.0125. Remove original layer. Move letters until all units are touching. Select entire word and weld. Type “with” and repeat same process.

Size each word until pleasing. My words and heart grouped together were 4.5 in. tall. Select words, Flip Horizontally.

Create a weeding box around Words and Heart. This step will make weeding so much easier.

Growing With Love Smart Pot

Prepare to cut HTV. Press Cut tool. Select heart and choose “no cut”. Select words and choose cut. Load Gold HTV into Silhouette CAMEO® without mat. Press send to Silhouette. Once the gold has cut. Go back to design and select the words and choose “no cut”. Select the heart and choose cut. Load Purple HTV into Silhouette CAMEO® without mat. Press send to Silhouette.

Growing With Love Smart Pot

Tip: If vinyl has been on a roll for a long time it will curl. Try flattening it with your hands or even placing it under a book for a little while. When I was cutting my vinyl tried to curl back up and jam in my machine.

Weed design. Cut design from roll.

Growing With Love Smart Pot


Follow the directions to apply the brand of HTV you have.

The smart pot is made of synthetic materials. Be careful not to melt the pot. Test iron with transfer sheet inside the pot to make sure you have the correct heat setting.

Growing With Love Smart PotTransfer the design to the pot. Apply the Heart and Growing with, iron.

Growing With Love Smart Pot

Remove transfer tape.

Growing With Love Smart Pot

Apply Love over heart, iron.

Growing With Love Smart Pot

Remove transfer tape.

Fluff pot back to original shape.

Growing With Love Smart Pot

Place plant inside pot. Since my pot will be indoors I have a plant tray to keep water from ruining my table.

Growing With Love Smart Pot

This was my first time to use Heat Transfer Vinyl. Now that I’ve made a project, I think I’ll be making a lot more!

Growing With Love Smart Pot

I loved making this Growing With Love Smart Pot. These will be great gifts for Mothers’ day. To purchase one click here.

Growing With Love Smart Pot

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Growing With Love Smart Pot

Michaels Craft Haul and Die Storage

Today I’ll share my Michaels Craft Haul and Die Storage. I’ve not been doing a lot of shopping. Mainly because there is a lot of supplies in my studio already. But on occasion I do need to restock those items that run low. Or if I’m working on a special project pick up what is needed to complete the project.

Michaels Craft Haul and Die Storage

Thus a run to Michaels came about. Thankful that I happen to be in the Rewards Program because I was able to use a 30% off all regular price items.

What did I get? Well not very much really. But I got a nice 12 in. x 12 in. storage box. This box will be used to store projects in the works.

Foam brushes are always a must as I seem to use these a lot. Do you wash yours out and reuse them? I do and some of mine are looking really ratty. This package has some really cool small daubers that should be fun to use. I didn’t notice that when I purchased the package.

For some reason I loose my paint pallets. Either they get dirty and I drop them in my bucket of water. (There is a bucket by my desk that my stencils go in when I’m working.) Or I just loose them all together. Now that I purchased 6 more I’m sure I’ll find all the other ones.

Refill for my ATG. Seems every time I use that thing I run out of tape and it is at a critical moment and I don’t have extra. Thus I purchased a two pack while it was on my mind.

In February I’ll be teaching a class at a local shop and decided I should get some 12 in. x 12 in. canvases. More details will come later on this project. It was a great price for these. So I’m glad I got them now.

A splurge tool was Starburst nesting dies. These should be fun to use on my projects in the future.

This year I’ve decided that I want to try and journal my weeks in review. So I picked up a 8.5 in x 11 in. The Happy Planner to help with my goal. What I want to do is journal what I made “last week”. I plan to print the photos of my projects and journal about them in this book. If it all goes well I’ll make a video when I work in the journal and share with you.

Lastly in my video I shared how I store my dies. Dollar General has been getting a few dollars at a time from me. The magnetic photo frames are perfect for me to store dies. The front where a photo goes holds the info about the die or could hold a few extra die cuts and the back holds the dies. A little basket holds all of the dies for now. I’m sure this will change when I acquire more dies.

Well that’s the review of Michaels Craft Haul and Die Storage. What have you purchased lately on your shopping sprees? Anything fun that I really should know about? On second thought maybe I shouldn’t know, I have so much stuff now, where would I put something new? lol

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Gate Fold Card with Masquerade Mask

A friends son needed a Gate Fold Card with Masquerade Mask today. His school is having a program in May and the committee meets on Monday. He had an idea of creating a program that was a Gate Fold Card with Masquerade Mask. His mother called me because she knew I would have the answer.

Thus began the designing process. When I got the phone call I started looking on the internet for inspiration. Looking for a mask that I could maybe print and then alter to work for the card. Finally I found an image that I could use and printed the image.

When the young man arrived I showed him the mask and told him what would be needed. He liked what I was thinking and then I began tracing the image with tracing paper and a pencil. Once the image was traced, it was scanned into my computer.

I cleaned up the image in Photoshop Elements 14. When the image looked good enough it was saved then imported into Silhouette Studio®.

Using the Silhouette Studio® software it was then traced and turned into a cut file. It was fun to manipulate the image in the software. We decided that some of the openings needed to be changed. Copied some of the better images and deleted the ones we didn’t like.

After about 15 minutes of manipulating the file it was ready to test cut. It didn’t cut very well. as it wasn’t placed in the right part of the area. The CAMEO cut settings were not set for the type of paper I was using. So after a couple more tries of getting things moved and changing the settings we finally had a good example.

The young man was very happy with the Gate Fold Card with Masquerade Mask. Very excited about it that he was sending photos to the group before he left my home.

I learned a lot in that session. My husband was impressed at how I was able to make corrections to the file and learn how to use the software at the same time while someone was watching.

It was one of those days that I could truly say, I’m an artist. I went to bed with a smile on my face.

Gate FolCard with Masquerade Mask

The inspiration image is above. The sample card is on the bottom.

Old Stamps New Way of Stamping

Old Stamps New Way of Stamping for me. I’ve had a set of Rubbernecker stamps – Poppy Field #712, for a year maybe even two now. Used the stamps a few times when I purchased them. But wasn’t happy with the results.

Thanks to a new tool MISTI by My Sweet Petunia, INC. things have changed. With this new tool I was able to line up the two part stamps each time! This was so much easier than trying to do this with an acrylic block.

Using the MISTI was so much fun I was able to make 5 different colors of the same card with ease. This tool has changed my Old Stamps into a New Way of Stamping.

Used Brutus Monroe Detail Ink – Raven and used Tim Holtz Distressed inks to color the flowers with a spritz of water, and an occasional a spritz of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists.

Old Stamps New Way of Stamping

Have you ever found a tool that helped you in life? Did it change how you did things? Well I can say that Old Stamps New Way of Stamping is going to make my life so much easier and fun too!

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Free Jewelry JIC with Linda Israel

Free Jewelry JIC with Linda Israel, I’m having a give away.

Free Jewelry JIC with Linda Israel

This ring will be given away Monday Jan 9th.

Free Jewelry JIC with Linda Israel

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Free Jewelry JIC with Linda Israel

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Linda’s Studio 2016

Time to share Linda’s Studio 2016. It has been a few years since I’ve given a few photos of my studio space. Things have changed over the years. I’m still a bit thrifty on my storage. But I think you might like seeing what my room looks like at the moment.

Recently I ripped up the carpet in the room. It has made it much brighter in there. And doing so has also helped with my allergies. Only one more room in the house with carpet. One day I would like to clean the floors and put down a coat of glitter! Why not there is already glitter through out the house now.

There are tons of stamps in my room. The photos only show a few on display. I have still three other shelves of stamps not photographed. This doesn’t include a few boxes of stamps either! One day I will have a catalog of all of my stamps but for now I just look through them when I want something.

Linda's Studio 2016

Most of the stamps are behind me when I work. There are categories of stamps. Usually by themes – Birthday, Friendship, guy stamps, girly stamps, flower stamps. For the most part I know where to look for stamps as I keep them in the same spot. Occasionally I move them and it will take a month for me to remember where I put them.

Linda's Studio 2016

These are stamps in bins all by theme, Birthday, Thank you, Girly, Guy stamps etc.

With in reach of my desk I have a few tools that I use most often, paper cutters are stored below my desk. Some of my favorite stamps are on display beside me. There is a lot of cardstock within reach.

Linda's Studio 2016

Just in front of me is a 32 inch color Television that I have hooked to a computer. I can get online and check websites or I can switch over and watch movies on various apps like Netflix or Amazon Prime with my Roku TV. There is even a stereo system connected so I have awesome sound.

Linda's Studio 2016

One of my shelves holds scraps of paper. These scraps are cataloged by color. When I cut paper and have a few bits left over I put them in a bin next to my desk. Once the bin starts to over flow, or if I’m having a creative block I’ll go through the bin. I will stack like colors together. A pile of green, a pile of blue etc. Then I’ll put these piles of paper into 12 by 12 pockets or folders and place them on the shelf.

Linda's Studio 2016

For the most part my room is very functional. It is a 11 by 14 foot room, and full from floor to ceiling. There are days when I wish it could be a beautiful show room. And then I realize I would miss all the yummy goodies I have collected!

I hope you like seeing a small update of Linda’s Studio 2016. When I add a few more lights I’ll take a video.

Thanks for stopping by today. Make sure to come back, you don’t want to miss out of the wonderful creations that are made in Linda’s Studio 2016.