When I decided to start this new blog, I thought it would be fun to create a book where I could plan out my posts for the week and have things organized. I found this amazing list from Erin Vale Designs that was just what I was looking for. It's a 'Dreamy Blog Topics List' for a week. Darling! I downloaded the free design (check out all the other lists on the blog...super cute), I changed the 'green' color to a aqua blue and printed 18 copies (3 lists on printable) so that I would have 52 cut pages for my book (1 page for each week of the year).
To create the book, I cut a thick piece of plastic so that it measured about 1/8" larger than the papers on each side. Then, I cut and applied a clear adhesive sheet (from Quickutz) on top of the plastic. I cut strips of various ribbons and laid them down on top of the adhesive. I tied some Melon Mambo Polka-dot Ribbon from Stampin' Up! around and into a bow on the front of the cover. I then applied 2 coats of 'Scotch Guard Fabric Protector' spray to help protect the ribbon from dirt and stains (purchased in the craft isle at Walmart).
I love how when I open up the book, I can see the splashes of color from the ribbons through the plastic. For the back cover of the book, I cut a piece of chipboard to the same size as the cover. I cut some fuchsia pink and white polka-dot paper (purchased from Hobby Lobby) and covered the inside and outside of the chipboard with the paper. I punched holes through the covers and pages with my Crop-a-Dile punch and added some silver rings to hold it together.
I love this little book...it's a great way to keep track on my plans for the blog each week and a fun 'journal' to look back on as the year goes on.
I am excited about this new blog - I have a lot of fun thoughts and plans and with the kids back into school now, I'm excited to get posting more!
On another note, it's the beginning of a new month...September! I love this time of year...fall is my favorite season! Bring on the cute fall clothes and boots, football games, falling leaves, crisp air...I love it all!
A few Inspirational Finds that I want to share that I'm loving...
Have you signed up for this? It looks amazing! I love and admire each of these girls and I think what they are doing is such an awesome idea - I'm sure the event will be nothing short of amazing! Be sure to check it out and register!
Studio Calico September Kits:
Love these! And I love their stamps like crazy!! Check out their kits before they are gone for the month!
Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog:
The Holiday Mini Catalog went live on Sept. 1 and you can now order from it. Lots of amazing goodies in there...beautiful new jewelry (so loving this) and new digital scrapbooking - wow! You can check it out at my site, download the PDF and place orders all from the above link. So cool!
Hero Arts Blog:
This place always makes me smile and has so much fun stuff going on! Bookmark it for your daily inspiration! Their new Cling Mounted Stamps (AMAZING!) and their Holiday catalog are out and you can order from them now! I think this and this are new favorites!
There are a few for you today. Have a great Wednesday!