Journal with paperclip

Dear Fellow Journalers,

I came across this post last year and had to share it with you. The new school year is almost upon us and this craft really fits the bill. I found it in crafts unleashed.



Supplies needed to make your own DIY journal teacher gift:

DIY-journal-for-teacher-Crafts-Unleashed-2I started my DIY journal by decorating the edges with the ruler washi tape.

DIY-journal-for-teacher-Crafts-Unleashed-3I placed a chalkboard label in the middle of the journal and wrote the teacher’s name using a chalk ink marker. I love chalk ink markers because once the ink is dried it doesn’t come off unless you use a little water.  It gives you that look of chalk without the mess or worry of smudging! Win-win!

DIY-journal-for-teacher-Crafts-Unleashed-4The paperclips were very easy to  make. I used the Snap! Life brads and removed the metal prongs off the back of the brad by twisting them.  I used a generous amount of hot glue and placed the paperclip to the back.  I think it makes for some very fun and unique paper clips or even a place marker!

DIY-journal-for-teacher-Crafts-Unleashed-5I placed the clips on different pages and wrapped the entire DIY journal with a big red ribbon.  You can add a pencil or a nice pen for a finishing touch.  I think it makes such a fun little DIY journal and can’t wait to give it to my son’s new teacher this year!




Art Journaling with Sizzix

Dear Fellow Journalers,

One of my favorite crafting tool  is my Sizzix die cutting machine. I have made so many different cards and paper crafting items with the dies and embossing folders that are made specifically for this machine. So when I came across this tutorial I had to read and share. This tutorial uses any type of die cutting machine and a Spellbinders die. This is useful for making a statement on a journal page or highlighting an image. Enjoy!


Creating Frames with Nestabilities™ dies

by Beate Johns

Create cardstock frames with Nestabilities dies.


  • Cardstock
  • Wizard™, or other die cut machine
  • Two Cutting Mats
  • Magnetic Spacer Plate
  • Tan Embossing Mat
  • Two Nestabilities™ dies, that will create your frame, Label 13 Nestabilities dies used here


  1. Step 1

    Place a piece of cardstock on a Cutting Mat. Place your two Nestabilities™ dies on top of it, cutting lines facing down.

  2. Step 2

    Top dies first with magnetic spacer plate, then with second cutting mat.

  3. Run sandwich through the Wizard™.

  4. Step 3

    Place dies cutting lines facing up with your cardstock frame between the dies.

  5. Step 3

    Top sandwich first with tan embossing mat, then with second cutting mat. Run sandwich through the Wizard™.

  6. Step 4

    Your frame is ready to use on your project.



  1. Using a different die-cutting system?
    You can find a comprehensive download that provides sandwich recipes for most major die-cutting machines on the market here.

    Mix and Match

    You don’t always have to use the same die shape. Try a regular oval, circle or square die inside a label die.

Read more:


Good Reads

Dear Fellow Journalers,

There is a book that I have on my desk to remind myself to do one kind thing a day no matter how I feel or what is going on in my world. The book “Random Acts of Kindness” is a compilation of short stories interwoven with inspirational quotes. The book was published by Conari Press in 1993. While I am sure that many more like it have been published since, this paperback speaks volumes about the human spirit and how one simple act of kindness can change a person’s life forever.

There is one story related by Mrs. Nat King Cole that really touched my heart. This book is one to savor and inspire you to practice Random Acts one day at a time.



Art-Junk tutorial

Dear Fellow Journalers,

A “take” on composition journalers. Enjoy!


Walking on Water



Dear Fellow Journalers,

Have you ever read a book that you knew had changed your life? For me, “If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat” by John Ortberg is such a book. It profoundly changed the way I look at my relationship with God and the relationships in my life.

The reference to “walking on water” comes from the Biblical account of Peter’s encounter with Jesus on the Sea of Galilee. First Jesus had to get the apostles’ attention Then, because He wanted them to do something extraordinary, He told Peter to “Come” and “Do not be afraid”. Wow, now that’s what is called a tremendous opportunity!

Ortberg goes on to explain about water-walkers and we discover what our boat represents.  He talks about the fear of leaving our comfort zone, of the challenge of risk, of “seeing  the wind”, of learning to wait, and finally, our response.

For those of you, who are wondering why I would recommend a “religious” book, well, I’ll tell you. The author, without being “Preachy’, takes you on a great adventure. He invites you to pack your bags and take a risk. I had always been shy around people I did not know. If attending a meeting, I always scanned the room for someone I knew first. I hardly ever volunteered to do something out of my comfort zone. My “boat” was fear. After reading this book, I became more assertive, friendly and I took on assignments at work and church that had once terrified me. I now recommend this book to everyone I meet.

‘Til next time,


Copyright – 2014 by Uniquelyyourscraftjournal

All rights reserved.

Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given

To Sallie and uniquelyyourscraftjournal with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

You may reach Sallie at








Previous Older Entries Next Newer Entries


October 2021

Blogging,crafting, journaling and writing

Uniquely Yours Cards and Crafts

Uniquely Yours Cards and Crafts ~ Celebrating all occasions with a handcrafted touch ~

A Part of Me to Share

~ a Writer's Blog ~

Life Vest Inside

Listening to my heart, one journal step at a time.


Where Creativity and Imagination Creates Wonderful Ideas for Your Home!

Awaken Everyday

The Copper Beech Institute Blog

Meg Dowell Writes

Putting ideas into words.

The Daily Post

The Art and Craft of Blogging

Audrey Pettit Designs

Listening to my heart, one journal step at a time.

%d bloggers like this: