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DIY Traveler’s Notebook Folder | Tutorial

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If you’re one of those peeps who actually travel with your traveler’s notebook, here’s a tutorial for you. Or if you just like making and having neat things, this is also for you.

Let’s make a super easy non-die-cut-machine folder for our traveler’s notebook!

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You’ll need

  • 12×12 sheet of patterned paper or cardstock
  • paper trimmer (or xacto knife and ruler)
  • scoring tool
  • adhesive
  • optional: scissors
  • optional: corner rounder

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Step 1. Cut the paper down to 12 x 10.5 inches / 30,5 x 27 cm.

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Step 2. Score down the center.

Step 3. Score down each side at 1.5 inches / 3,8 cm in from each side.

Step 4. Score along the bottom at 2.12 inches / 5,5 cm in from the bottom.

Step 5. Cut away sections of the sides and bottom as shown in the photo. Note: It doesn’t matter how far down you cut the side sections – it’s just a matter of preference and taste. You don’t even have to cut the sides down, if you don’t wanna.

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Step 6. Turn paper over and fold the sides and bottom in, scoring with the scoring tool.

Step 7. Adhere the side flaps to the bottom flaps.

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Optional step 8. Round the corners with a corner rounding punch.

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Step 9. Slide it in your traveler’s notebook and enjoy!

So how cool is this, huh! Now you can bring your fave stickers, prints, sticky notes and lists with you everywhere you take your traveler’s notebook. And you didn’t even need to plug your die-cut machine in.

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Hope you like it – and have fun making beautiful folders!

xo Nina

PS. My colorful folder is wrapped around my lovely Dailies journal. The berry sticky notes are by Kikki K. and the word cut out sheet is a free printable.

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My Type Cut Outs Printable | Art Journal Freebie

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This week I’m taking over the Get Messy Instagram and I’m challenging you to get crafty and make + share something using these My Type cut outs. You can find the free printable below.

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Download My Type Classic & Blackout printable (PDF)

The printable is made to fit onto both a A5 and Letterhalf page. It comes with two pages total: One Classic edition and a Blackout edition. Use whichever kind you like or mix it up if that’s your jam.

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If you wanna print both versions on one page, here’s an attempt at explaining how to do that. :)

Note: Printing settings will appear slightly different on different computers and different versions of your PDF software. I can’t take all possible setups into account so here’s a general idea of what settings you should be looking for.

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  1. Make sure your document is set to print on either A4 or Letter (depending on what paper size you intend to print these on.
  2. Select the ‘Multiple’ option in your print settings.
  3. Make sure it’s set to print 2 pages per sheet.
  4. Set the page order to ‘Horizontal’.
  5. Set the orientation to ‘Portrait’.
  6. Always double check that your print preview looks about right.
  7. Go ahead and print!

I hope you like these words and that you wanna join in the challenge this week. There’s a lot of ways to use these words – either by themselves or mixed into your journaling.

Have fun!

xo Nina

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DIY String Closure for your Traveler’s Notebook | Tutorial

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If you like layers and stuffing your projects, making your own string closure may very well come in handy.

Here’s what you need to make a cute string closure for your notebooks, mini albums and so on:

  • Notebook
  • Cardstock
  • Circle punch
  • String or twine
  • 2 eyelets
  • Eyelet setting tool

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1. Punch a cardstock circle with your circle punch. My punch is a little bit small for this at .5 inch. A .75 inch punch would be perfect – or you can just trace and hand-cut a circle. Easy peasy.

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2. Punch a hole near the middle of the notebook front cover edge, like pictured above. My trusty Crop-A-Dile (eyelet setting tool) does that in a pinch.

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3. Punch a hole in the middle of the punched cardstock circle too.

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4. Attach the cardstock circle to the front of the notebook with an eyelet.

That’s the front all done.

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5. Punch a hole near the middle of the notebook back cover edge.

6. Feed some string or twine through the hole.

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7. Secure the string/twine to the back by setting an eyelet in the back cover hole.

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8. Trim the end off the string/twine in the inside of the back cover.

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9. And voila – you’re done! Now you can fasten the string/twine around the closure in the front and keep all your fluffy layers and bits secure in your notebook.

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The notebook used in this tutorial is a new digital release of mine: The Dailies Notebook – a super elegant day to day planner with room for sketching, your three most important to dos and a list of anything you like. Perfect for daily challenges.

Have fun making little closures for your notebooks and albums. And thanks so much for stopping by!

xo Nina

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There’s a way to fly | Get Messy Art Journal

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I got some great news today which immediately caused me to get my art journal out and create this spread.

It’s not an overly joyful spread though – mine never are. Getting good news about my son’s health made me think about how blessed and cursed it can feel to be a parent. It’s not just rainbows and butterflies – not at all. When you have something so precious you can get very anxious about it getting damaged and not being able to mend it.

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Full disclosure, for those of you who are interested: Both my son’s physical therapists told ud yesterday that they don’t need to see him anymore. They told us he’s developing just fine and that there is pretty much zero chance of him having cerebral palsy.

He suffered brain damage during birth and they have been monitoring his development closely to see if he’s gonna need extra help with his motor skills. We had a big scare around 2-3 weeks ago where they told us they observed some alarming movements, but we went in for an even more thorough examination and they sent a video of him to a doctor in Switzerland for a second opinion. And now he’s in the clear.

I can’t even begin to tell you how crazy this makes a parent. One minute you’re picturing a lifetime of hardship and challenges. The next they tell you it’s fine. He’s fine.

I think people cope with extreme heartbreak because it’s all we can do. I don’t even think a mind is able to process it at the pace it’s happening. And thank God.

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I like that mental picture of a valley, giving us an opportunity to use our wings. I’m not the type of person who thinks bad things always happens for a reason. In fact I think life isn’t fair in a lot of cases. But I am amazed at what humans can go through and sometimes come out stronger.

For all that we go through, most of us are still here. If you’re reading this, then you survived all that life ever threw at you. That’s a big deal.

The words are from the song ‘Speak Out Now’ by the Danish singer Oh Land. I recommend her lovely song ‘White Nights‘ too.

I keep wanting to create using the prompts from Get Messy Art Journal Challenge but at the moment my head and heart is just overflowing with my own tangled emotions that I have to get out on paper first. So bear with me while I work through some of this.

Thank you so much for being here.

xo Nina

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DIY Painted Background for Photos

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If you’re a crafter and blogger you’re a) pretty freakin’ cool and b) probably always on the hunt for a good background for your photos.

This week I’m gonna show you how to create a beautiful background for taking pictures, that’s both light-weight and likely made of stuff you already have. If not, here’s your excuse to make an IKEA run. (You’re welcome!)

What you need

  • Big piece of stiff cardboard*
  • Light, matte paint (main color)
  • Darker paints (base colors)
  • Paint brush

*The cardboard I used was a backing for a 50×70 cm / 19×27″ print from IKEA.

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I grabbed some random paints form my stash: A black chalkboard paint and a grey acrylic paint. These colors will hardly be visible in the end, but they will serve as a base to add texture and detail to our background so it’s not just a big colored square.

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When painting the base, make sure to not water down the paint. Just use it straight outta the jar/tube to get that thick and textured look.

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Paint the entire surface all the way to the edge. Add bumps and streaks with your paintbrush – I promise it’ll make the end result even more awesome.

Now leave it to dry completely before the next step.

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When it’s dry, it’s time to add the main color. Go for a matte paint (like a colorful chalkboard paint or one of those lovely Martha Stewart vintage paints) to avoid glares in your photos.

Take your time painting over the base. Instead of dumping a ton of paint on the surface, try using the dry-brush technique. It’s basically loading a small amount of paint on the brush and lightly brushing it over the surface. That way you won’t cover up the base in one fell swoop.

Also, don’t be scared to scratch and streak your top coat either for even more lovely texture.

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Just look at how the base is peeking through ever so slightly. Mmmm, pretty.

And you’re done!

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Tip 1: If your cardboard starts warping/bending as it dries, you can go back and paint the backside with plain water. Then place a heavy object (like a box or a stool) on top of it to make sure it dries nice and flat.

Tip 2: Paint the backside a different main color so you have more background options.

Hope you liked this DIY. Good luck and have fun!

xo Nina

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