Real Simple Social

Having a social media tool that helps me get back to creating is important. That is where Real Simple Social comes to rescue me from the daily drudge of posting content on my social media platforms.

Real Simple Social

A few months ago I was using another brand of social media scheduler and they changed the platform and now charged for the feature I used daily. I shared inside Empire Builders on Facebook that I was looking for a social media scheduler that wouldn’t break the bank as I’m a starving artist and can’t afford a large fee every month. lol.

That is when Steven Lacey from Real Simple Social contacted me about using their platform. This is a service that he offers his clients when he does their social media. He has agreed to allow me to use this in exchange for my sharing a few blog posts about Real Simple Social.

Once Steven set up a user account for me I took my time to look around and see how the platform operated. I found that it was very easy to navigate and add my Social Media Profiles. There are a lot of options and I think every major platform is included.

Real Simple Social

Since I wanted this tool to schedule content it was time to see how that worked. Set up Content Groups this helps to better organize content. The idea is that if you want a post to go out on multiple social media platforms create a grouping of those that you want to use. It was easy to set up the Content Groups and I can have several to choose from inside Real Simple Social.

Real Simple Social

Next was selecting the content I wanted to send. Since I create blog posts and videos that are great to see more than once in a year I chose a few to schedule out. For my social media, I decided to post the same message every 14 days for 26 posts. Which should get me through to next Nov with that series of posts.

Simple Social

A great feature of Real Simple Social is to set Evergreen content. This is done by selecting the button to add to Evergreen. Then you create a posting schedule and the content added to Evergreen will automatically post. The more content you have the more for Evergreen to use.

There is so much more that Real Simple Social can do. It also tracks how much interaction a post gets. Gives you the option to republish and so much more.

Real Simple Social

I’ve been using Real Simple Social for a couple of days and I think I’m really going to love using this platform. I’m very glad that Steven reached out to me so I could check it out.

To have great social media content that you don’t have to worry about daily try Real Simple Social. What I love about this platform – I can create content once and schedule it to post throughout the year with one post inside Real Simple Social. Other platforms I had to sit and create a separate post for each time I wanted something to publish. Using Real Simple Social has now freed up more of my time to create content and not have to spend time scheduling.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I do hope you will come back for another visit soon to see more blog posts. Most feature tutorials on art. If you are looking for something feel free to contact me as I seem to have a plethora of useless knowledge. LOL

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Linda Israel

 

Custom Gypsy Junk Journal

A month ago I was contacted by one of my followers and asked to make a Custom Gypsy Junk Journal. Using the list of items she liked and didn’t like, I created the journal. Used journal kits from Calico Collage – Gypsy Love and Nature’s Glory along with other items from my stash.

Custom Gypsy Junk Journal

What I enjoyed about this journal was dying the lace with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists. Lately, I have found that it is better if I purchase white lace and change the color with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists. That way I can make it match my project.

Custom Gypsy Junk Journal

This Custom Gypsy Junk Journal has lots of colors throughout. I love how the pages look with the addition of lace, stamping and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists.

Custom Gypsy Junk Journal

Here is a video flip through of this Custom Gypsy Junk Journal.

Looking for a unique one of a kind junk journal? I’ll be glad to create one for you. Contact me through my Facebook Page with what colors you like, images you like and things you don’t like and your budget and I’ll be glad to create a custom junk journal for you.

Custom Gypsy Junk Journal

Make sure to check out the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. Of course, you are welcome to join the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. The group is growing daily and we are a friendly group willing to help each other and encourage each other.

Interested in any of the journals I created? Please feel free to contact me through my Facebook Page.

Here is my shop, I have a lot of items uploaded and add more weekly.

My hope is that I have inspired you to look at those papers in your stash and make your own junk journal.

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How to make Three Junk Journal Embellishments

Just finished up a Let it Snow Junk Journal and thought I would share a tutorial. How to make Three Junk Journal Embellishments. Using Calico Collage Victorian Holiday 1 inch charms and other elements from my stash.

Three Junk Journal Embellishments

Collecting items from my stash, which includes a few tools, it was time to start creating. What I love most about Junk Journals is being able to use all the different supplies and tools I’ve collected over the years. Busting out tools that might have a little dust on them, makes me happy.

Three Junk Journal Embellishments

How to make Three Junk Journal Embellishments supplies
Calico Collage Victorian Holiday 1 inch square charms
They no longer sell the Tim Holtz Bird and Cage die. but I found another one on Amazon. Sizzix Movers and Shapers Magnetic Die 2/Pkg by Tim Holtz, Bird and Cage.
Distress Ink, Stormy Sky
Ranger Blending Tool
Christmas Wreath Stamp Fine Line Classics Inkadinkado 95632-X
Label paper punch
1.25 Circle paper punch
1 inch Square paper punch.
Blue Eyelash yarn
Scraps of cardstock
Scissors – on Amazon

Video showing How to make Three Junk Journal Embellishments.

Stamping and also die cutting the papers helps me make unique junk journal embellishments. Since these are tools I own it is easy to duplicate a look and I ended up making four of each of these three junk journal embellishments for the Let It Snow Junk Journal and Journal kits.

Three Junk Journal Embellishments

Using the one-inch square punch I proceeded to select images from the Victorian Holidays charm set. I love how perfect these images look backed with other shapes of paper.

Three Junk Journal Embellishments

Take another look at the tools you have in your stash. You may not have the exact things I do, but I bet you have something you could use to make similar junk journal embellishments for yourself.

Three Junk Journal Embellishments

Make sure to check out the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. Of course, you are welcome to join the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. The group is growing daily and we are a friendly group willing to help each other and encourage each other.

Interested in any of the journals I created? Please feel free to contact me through my Facebook Page.

Here is my shop, I have a lot of items uploaded and add more weekly.

My hope is that I have inspired you to look at those papers in your stash and make your own junk journal.

Keep updated on my posts by following me. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

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Cleaning with the Best Cleaner Ever

Have you ever had a craft catastrophe? Today I want to share cleaning with the Best Cleaner Ever when tragedy strikes in your crafting.

Cleaning with the Best Cleaner Ever

A few years ago I was working with caulk near my sewing machine. Well, the device or caulking gun went crazy and pushed out caulk all over the place and some landed on my sewing machine. I quickly tried to wipe it up but it dried fast and I couldn’t get it all.

After trying all kinds of things to clean my machine I gave up. It has bothered me on and off over the years and when I got my ScraPerfect box of goodies I thought, hey why not try the Best Cleaner Ever?

The Best Cleaner Ever: Earth-Friendly Solvent for removing adhesive, ink, paint, and other stubborn stuff! It is Non-Toxic, Non Hazardous, Biodegradable and there are no harmful fumes.

Cleaning with the Best Cleaner Ever

Squirting a small amount on the area and spreading it around with my fingers I then let it sit for about an hour. It was easy to see that it was working some of the thinner areas of caulk was coming off.

Cleaning with the Best Cleaner Ever

To help remove more of the caulk I used an old key card to scrap a little and applied a little more of the Best Cleaner Ever.

When I wiped off the machine I was amazed at how clean it looked! Granted the machine is over 25 years old, but in the area where the caulk had been, it was new looking!

Cleaning with the Best Cleaner Ever

Here is a video showing Cleaning with the Best Cleaner Ever.

Make sure you pick up a bottle of this magical product, it really is The Best Cleaner Ever. Now I’m off to go try cleaning a few other things in the house.

Cleaning with the Best Cleaner Ever

Make sure to check out the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. Of course, you are welcome to join the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. The group is growing daily and we are a friendly group willing to help each other and encourage each other.

Interested in any of the journals I created? Please feel free to contact me through my Facebook Page.

Here is my shop, I have a lot of items uploaded and add more weekly.

My hope is that I have inspired you to look at those papers in your stash and make your own junk journal.

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What is the best thread for binding junk journals?

Since I’ve been on this Junk Journal adventure the following question is asked a lot. What is the best thread for binding junk journals? This post will share what is the best thread that I use. It will also show other examples of the thread you can use for binding a junk journal.

best thread for binding junk journals

 

Video sharing what is the best thread for binding junk journals, and the different types of threads including the ones I prefer to use.

What is the best thread for binding junk journals?
Waxed Linen Thread is my first choice.
Crochet Thread
Bakers Twine
and in a pinch embroidery floss – use all six strands.

There are a lot of different threads on the market these days. Choose the one that is best for you and your budget.

I prefer waxed linen thread as it is strong and hold my journals together nicely. I’ve been using waxed linen thread for many years and I’ve not had an issue with it breaking.

Now that you know What is the best thread for binding junk journals, what is the next junk journal you will make? Me I’m still working on Christmas projects.

Make sure to check out the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. Of course, you are welcome to join the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. The group is growing daily and we are a friendly group willing to help each other and encourage each other.

Interested in any of the journals I created? Please feel free to contact me through my Facebook Page.

Here is my shop, I have a lot of items uploaded and add more weekly.

My hope is that I have inspired you to look at those papers in your stash and make your own junk journal.

Keep updated on my posts by following me. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Or Follow my Facebook Page or on Instagram for updates that may not be shared on my blog.

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How to make a Junk Journal Cover Let it Snow

Making junk journals is addictive. Today I’m sharing How to make a Junk Journal Cover Let It Snow. Lots of members of the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group have asked for help with how to make a cover from scratch and this is the reason for this post.

Junk Journal Cover Let it Snow

The Let It Snow junk journal made using Calico Collage – Simply Winter digital journal kit. Also used Victorian Christmas 1 inch charms from Calico Collage. This journal measures 6.5 inches by 8.5 inches with a 1 inch spine. There are three signatures each holding 6 pieces of paper or an envelope folded in half for a total of at least 60 pages if not more. It is available in my shop. If sold, there are kits available too.

Norella with Calico Collage has given me permission to make kits using her images. Since I have embellished the pages and elements it was okay for me to use them. Please seek permission from Norella if you want to make and sell kits with her images.

Tools and supplies used in making this journal Let It Snow
Calico Collage Digital journal kit – Simply Winter and Victorian Winter 1 in charms
Bookbinding starter kit
Cardstock
McGill Stylis set
Tim Holtz / Tonic Studios Craft Pick.
Crop a Dile hole punch and eyelet setter.
Jumbo Size that I use. Acco Mega Clip Paper Clips, Gold, 5 Count.
Hardware kit – hangers
Snowflake brads
White and Teal glitter fabric from Hobby Lobby.
Jumbo Paperclips for making altered paperclips.
Lace
Trims
Vintage music from a Hymnal
Sewing Machine
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Snowflake punch
1.5 inch circle punch
EK Tools 2-Inch Circle Paper Punch, Large, Scallop
Snowflake stickers
Stickers, snowflakes
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Dazzling Diamonds and Patina
Plain Jane Simply Sheer Vintage blue from Tattered Angels
Ranger Ink Distressed Inks, Stormy Sky, and Vintage photo
Ranger Ink Blending Tool.
Cricut Explore Air to make elements and stencil.

Video Tutorial on How to make a Junk Journal Cover Let It Snow.

Once you have all the supplies gathered it’s just a matter of cutting the pieces and then gluing back together to make the journal. For the Let It Snow Junk Journal, I decided to make the cover from scratch.

While making the Let It Snow junk journal I decided I would make kits for others to make their own journal. Each kit has over 90 pieces. Lace has been sewn on the Calico Collage pages, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists have been sprayed on the pages as well. The journal cards are ready to be used and all the page are cut to the correct size.

The kits in my store, are ready for you to add your personal touches. Add some of your papers and embellishments or just make the kit as it is in the package.

Junk Journal Let It Snow Kit One.

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Each kit has the same amount of items but the images will vary.

Junk Journal Let It Snow Kit Two.

Using the same digital kit Simply Winter and the Victorian Christmas charms allowed me to make all of these kits a little different from the next.

Junk Journal Let It Snow Kit three.

What inspiration did you find here today while viewing How to make a Junk Journal Cover Let it Snow?  My hope is that something you saw here today inspires you to create your own project.

Make sure to check out the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. Of course, you are welcome to join the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. The group is growing daily and we are a friendly group willing to help each other and encourage each other.

Interested in any of the journals I created? Please feel free to contact me through my Facebook Page.

Here is my shop, I have a lot of items uploaded and add more weekly.

My hope is that I have inspired you to look at those papers in your stash and make your own junk journal.

Keep updated on my posts by following me. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Or Follow my Facebook Page or on Instagram for updates that may not be shared on my blog.

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Choosing Needles for Book Binding

Let’s talk about Choosing Needles for Book Binding. Many people ask me what kind of needle to use when binding journals or junk journals. Today I’ll share a few ideas to help you get started.

Choosing Needles for Book Binding

See the video on Choosing Needles for Book Binding for a visual of the needles.

Normally I purchase my book binding needles online but I went shopping at Hobby Lobby and found some Doll needles. In the multi pack of needles there is one that works great for book binding. The needle looks just like the ones I get online and it is a much lower price, that is if you are able to get to Hobby Lobby.

Here are some online vendors that can help with Choosing Needles for Book Binding.
Book Binding Kit – Awl, needle
Book Binding Needles only
Bookbinding Tools Set Bone Folder Creaser Waxed Linen Thread Wood Handle Awl Large-eye Needles for Handmade Books Bookbinding and Sewing Supplies,11 Pieces
Bookbinding starter kit

Once you have the right needle for the job it makes it so much easier. Nothing like using the wrong tool and end up with issues. I’ve been taught, get the right tool for the job the first time and save headaches later.

Choosing Needles for Book Binding

Hope that next time you are Choosing Needles for Book Binding that it will be easier for you now that you can see the differences in the types of needles out there.

Make sure to check out the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. Of course, you are welcome to join the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. The group is growing daily and we are a friendly group willing to help each other and encourage each other.

Interested in any of the journals I created? Please feel free to contact me through my Facebook Page.

Here is my shop, I have a lot of items uploaded and add more weekly.

My hope is that I have inspired you to look at those papers in your stash and make your own junk journal.

Keep updated on my posts by following me. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

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Info about awls for book binding

What is an Awl and Info about awls for book binding. Having the perfect tool really does make a difference. When you have a tool that helps you with a project it really makes it easier.

Info about awls for book binding

What is an Awl? It is a small pointed tool used for piercing holes. In our case, it is for piercing holes in paper and a book cover for journals.

Not all awls are alike. In the video Info about awls for book binding, I share different types of awls and the holes that these make in the paper.

Finding the right awl for your project can take a little work. It’s hard to determine from packing or websites the size of the hole that an awl will make. Here are some examples below.

Info about awls for book binding

Understanding what size hole you need to match your needle will help in your quest. Here is a list of awls that I found should work for book binding.

Zutter The 9-in-1 Tool.
This is the Zutter Book & Journal Making Tool Kit I own.
Tonic Studios Tim Holtz 372 Retractable Craft Pick.
Leather Craft Cloth Wood Awl Tool Pin Punching Hole Maker Stitching Overstitch.

 

Hopefully, this post sharing Info about awls for book binding will help you on your journal making.

Make sure to check out the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. Of course, you are welcome to join the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. The group is growing daily and we are a friendly group willing to help each other and encourage each other.

Interested in any of the journals I created? Please feel free to contact me through my Facebook Page.

Here is my shop, I have a lot of items uploaded and add more weekly.

My hope is that I have inspired you to look at those papers in your stash and make your own junk journal.

Keep updated on my posts by following me. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Or Follow my Facebook Page or on Instagram for updates that may not be shared on my blog.

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Christmas Junk Journal Page

Today I’m sharing How to make a Christmas Junk Journal Page. Using digital images from TsunamiRose – Christmas List Ephemera Pack, vintage hymnal page, ribbon and more.

Christmas Junk Journal Page

Each month the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group has a page swap. It is Junk Journal Page Swap. The requirements; the page has to be 8 x 10.5 inches and when folded measures 8 x 5.25 inches. Each page should have a pocket and a journal card/tag included.

So other than sticking with the theme we had a lot of choices on how we can make our pages. This month it is a Christmas/Winter theme. I decided this would be a perfect project for the TsunamiRose kit Christmas List Ephemera Pack. Love the Vintage images, there are lots to choose from in the kit so you can mix it up too.

Here is a video of How to make a Christmas Junk Journal Page.

When I made this Christmas Junk Journal Page I really did want to try some new things. I also wanted to make sure that I used some junk from my stash. This journal met my goals.

Christmas Junk Journal Page

Something new I used in a Junk Journal Page was sewing on wide ribbon and making a pocket with it the ribbon. Someone shared a photo of something they had made with a ribbon and it sparked my creativity. I’ll share the actual project later on as I want to do another tutorial. 😉

Christmas Junk Journal Page

Being able to use up some of my stash is so wonderful. I was able to use that red ribbon that I’ve had for so, so very long. The wide Christmas Poinsettia ribbon has also been in my stash for a while.

Christmas Junk Journal Page

Wander around your studio and look at things differently.  There maybe be a cool something that you can use, the ribbon, the tule, and lace from another project. Have fun using it differently.

Christmas Junk Journal Page

My Christmas Junk Journal Page ended up with 4 pockets and one tuck spot. There are eight different pieces to write or add memories to as well. Looking at it, now I want to keep it, but I signed up for the swap so I guess I’ll just have to make a second one if I want my own.

Make sure to check out the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. Of course, you are welcome to join the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. The group is growing daily and we are a friendly group willing to help each other and encourage each other.

Interested in any of the journals I created? Please feel free to contact me through my Facebook Page.

Here is my shop, I have a lot of items uploaded and add more weekly.

My hope is that I have inspired you to look at those papers in your stash and make your own junk journal.

Keep updated on my posts by following me. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

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How to make Christmas Rosettes

Another element to share from the Golden Christmas Journals. How to make Christmas Rosettes. Sharing my tips on making some fun embellishments for your junk journal or for a greeting card or other projects you might want to make. Ooh, how about a rosette banner?

How to make Christmas Rosettes

My inspiration came because of one of the lovely members of the Friendly Junk Journal People group sent a RAK (random act of kindness to me). When I saw the beautiful Rosette I knew that I wanted to create my own version.

How to make Christmas Rosettes

After looking over my stash, I collected the supplies I wanted to use. Remember to dig around in your scrap bin for papers for projects like this one. You could even just use scraps and make all kinds of versions to have on hand.

How to make Christmas Rosettes

A few of the supplies used in this project How to make Christmas Rosettes.
Best Glue Ever by ScraPerfect
Scallop Punch
Calico Collage Golden Christmas banners
Punch Bunch Large Punch, Holly
Stickers
Sizzix die Alterations dies Labels
Scrap paper
Designer Scrapbook paper
Tulip Glitter Paint Crystal Sparkle and Red Puff paint
Black Soot Distress Ink
Ranger Ink Blending Tool
Sizzix Vagabond 2 Machine Inspired by Tim Holtz
No Bleed Black Fine Point Sharpie
Fiskars Scissors

I love sharing projects especially if it is a tutorial. My passion is to share the knowledge I have with others about paper crafting. Please enjoy this video on How to make Christmas Rosettes.

Using the scraps and supplies from my stash I created these Christmas Rosettes quick and easy.  I liked using scraps that may not work for other projects, but for something small these were perfect.

How to make Christmas Rosettes

Take a look at your supplies. If you don’t have the punches try using the bottom of a glass or other object to make circles. Use a penny to make large scallops around the edge and then cut it out. Just have fun playing with the paper.

Make sure to check out the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. Of course, you are welcome to join the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. The group is growing daily and we are a friendly group willing to help each other and encourage each other.

Interested in any of the journals I created? Please feel free to contact me through my Facebook Page.

Here is my shop, I have a lot of items uploaded and add more weekly.

My hope is that I have inspired you to look at those papers in your stash and make your own junk journal.

Keep updated of my posts by following me. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

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