Self-Care, a new start

Dear Fellow Journalers,

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had about all I can take of the negativity, hatred, suspicion, and downright meanness exhibited in the world right now. It seems that almost everyone I meet (family, friends, and complete strangers) are affected by the destructive behaviors of others. While many may start their “New Year’s Resolutions”  to get healthy or fix relationships I decided to ” be gentle with my feelings”. I can’t fix the world but I can do something to fix some of my problems that are brought on by my reactions to the world’s chaos.

My Self-Care Journal will hopefully help in this regard. I decided to write in it all year. 2020 is not only the beginning of a new year but the beginning of a new decade, one which I hope to survive. Being a “sexy senior citizen” over the age of 70, this decade will be one of challenges and changes so what better time to start than right now!

In a way, a “Self-Care Journal encompasses every other personal journal. I decided to focus on my health first and so to that end I began my journey.  I have habits like all the rest of you! Some of mine are good, some not so much! I mean reading and eating chocolate are good, right-but probably better in moderation.

I bought a die-cut 2 weeks ago which will, I hope, help me in my creative goals and also my Self-Help goals as well. This journal has sections I can create that will divide my journey and which I will share at a later date.

For now though, I decided to take my journal to bed instead of my Kindle and set up an alarm app so that I get 7-8 hours of restorative sleep. I’m still working on the chocolate angle -maybe next week…



Just a little die cut and voila!

Dear Fellow Journalers,

I an so “in love” with this new way to make a journal that I plan on making them for Christmas presents for my friends! I will also include the instruction (pdf) you email me!!




Planner pages


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.

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