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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Nothing big but lots of fun!

Hi friends.........
I  thought I'd take a few minutes to share with you some of the fun crafty things I've made in the last couple of months. Seems like I've been glued to my TV watching YouTube videos (on mostly paper crafting of course!) way more than normal!

I'm really into buying digital printables from Etsy right now - words and phrases, journaling tags, vintage images, etc.

I don't know why this Shelter in Place has caused me to do that (be a couch potato). I think at first it was just an excuse to sit more and stay inand watch more YouTube! And the weather wasn't that great  in March and April, so lots of rainy days gave me even more excuses to just sit and make "stuff". 

Altered paper clips with "dangleys"
Most things I've made were "just for the fun of it".. with no particular person or reason in mind. I just made something because I saw a project I liked and wanted to try my hand at. I should have kept a list, because now, when I look around my craft room, I don't see that many new creations.. I have given some away "just because", made a few gifts that have already been sent on their way, and tuckedhidden away other goodies I made here and there. 

I made some Tiny Little Books. My Porch Prints on Etsy sells the digital downloads that you then cut out and assemble the covers and little pages inside. These were a birthday gift for my son's fiance. She absolutely LOVED them!

I will be getting some more of these printables as she has several others that I didn't purchase. She even sells a digital printable for a tiny bookshelf to hold them all!
Some of my favorite YouTube channels have been posting tutorials more than normal... some everyday! I love that! And some are having giveaways and challenges, which I usually don't take part in, but I decided I would do a few because I had the time. That was BEFORE all the yard work started!

Gift bag I made from Posh Paper Lady's tutorial - using plain old copy paper! Amazing huh? I printed out the image from one I found on the internet (free).. and then put together her gift bag. She did a series of tutorials on making things with plain white copy paper.... gift sacks, notebooks, tiny boxes, tiny gift bags, etc. I willhope to  make them all!
Here is the link to Posh Paper Lady's channel: Posh Paper Lady. If you want to just play and craft with paper, go give her channel a look. I love her! I love what she makes.  Here is an envelope card I made following one of her tutorials, and it's part of a giveaway she's holding that ends on June 6th. I earn extra chances to win by posting my project on my blog, so here it is!

Front of envelope "card" (which is made using two envelopes of any size).... I used some digital paper that a friend of mine gave me to cover the envelopes.
I'm linking  HERE ON YOU TUBE  to Posh Paper Lady's specific tutorial for making this card if you are interested. It was fun and fairly quick, and came out so darling.

Inside of card. On the right is the 2nd envelope. The flap opens up to hold some money or a gift card or a special note. The "burlap" is really just some digital papers I downloaded from a purchase I made on Etsy. It looks so real!

Back of card. Such pretty digital papers.

Front of card, using a digital printable tag from Gi Kerr's Etsy shop, Happiness in Crafting.
I love the YouTube channels Posh Paper Lady, Scrapbooking with ME, Septeria18, Rejoice and Create, and Lyriclover Crafts (among many others). Gi Kerr (Happiness in Crafting), Shabbydabbydoodah, and My Porch Prints are three of my favorite digital printable shops on Etsy. Their papers and ephemera are so SHABBY and lots of pink!

I made this little folder/folio using a digital download freebie from the Happiness in Crafting Facebook group (Gi Kerr). She has started a Friday Freebie every week on her FB group and then she does a tutorial on something you can make with it. This little folio is so sweet - I love her shabby designs and papers.

Here are a few other things I've made. Gee can you tell I love pink???

Some small envelopes (tutorial by Scrapbooking with ME) for an album or journal, using old book pages.  I sent Edith at Scrapbooking with ME some of my old book pages that I had. She sent out a request on one of her videos and I guess she got all sorts of old books and old sheet music and book pages. 

A flip open tag or photo holder - tutorial by Scrapbooking with ME for her #maychallenge. I'm taking part in her challenge and trying to make several of her items and posting pictures on her Facebook group and Instagram. She's having a giveaway at the end of the month! 

Inside - has pockets for tags and goodies.
Before this post gets too long, I want to mention and THANK my blog friend, Marilyn at  Mountain Top Spice for this darling Scripture Journal that she made and sent to me recently. I absolutely love it! She lives in Northern Idaho in the most picturesque and beautiful area around the Pacific Northwest! 

She used tea dyed papers inside with torn edges, and added some of her favorite scriptures.  I also spent some time going through one of my Mornings with Jesus magazines and added my own loved scriptures. I also added some doodling here and there.

Marilyn has also written and added her own (stunning) photography to a book entitled Through Love's Eyes. It can be purchased through Westbow Press, and I think it is also on Amazon.  The front cover is a photo she took of her own property, and that is her barn! Her photography is incredible, and many of her photos can be viewed on her blog. Her recent blog post of a couple of days ago, has a short video of Marilyn introducing her book and showing some of her pages inside. Her poems and writings inside accompany each picture, and she does have an wonderful way with words. It would be a book worth having, or to give as a gift. 

I want to say that I haven't ONLY been sitting and watching TV and videos! Much more is going on behind the scenes here now that Spring is finally here... much yardwork, cleaning, organizing, trying to do a few "good deeds" and sending happy mail out now and then.  I'm also working on crocheting two baby blankets for twin great nephews who are due on June 4th! I have one done and the second is about 2/3 done.... I need to hurry up and finish that one! So much to do.... so little time..........

My crafting "roll" kind of ended around May 8th, when we got the 12 yards of gravel delivered and we started working on our back  yard gravel and dirt area. We have worked ourselves silly, and are still not done, but making some good progress! (but I have still managed to squeeze in some paper crafting...........) 

More to come on our yard progress.... on the next post!

Have a good weekend everyone!


  1. Hi Marilyn,
    Let your creative heart soar. Looks like lots of pretty things being created. Enjoy.
    Happy New Week.

    1. Thank you Kris! Yes it has been a very creative couple of months for me! I keep thinking I'll get bored with it, but I don't!!!!

  2. It always makes me smile to see how much joy you get from creating your beautiful crafts. So pretty!


    1. Thank you Doreen! I love it so much and never seem to get tired of working with paper and vintage and shabby ephemera, etc. I've been trying to go on Instagram a little bit so I can follow you and what you've been doing! Marilyn

  3. My goodness Marilyn, you have been so busy! I absolutely love all the darling creations you've made! Those little books must have really made your DIL smile, they are just precious! And imagine a bookshelf just for the little books too, wow! I love the copy paper bag you made, that is just the cutest design! The envelope cards are just darling too... I love the layering and collage that you do with each one, they are just gorgeous! Are you still selling things in the shop? Thank you SO much for sharing about my book! That was just so sweet of you! I must clarify though, the barn in the cover photo is my neighbor's barn, but I am standing in my backyard, and her barn is just behind me. Thank you for your support, and help through this, I valued your insight on publishing so very much, since you have already published a book! I trust you are doing well, and not working too hard on all that gravel delivered to your yard! I know just how much work all this is, and I hope it doesn't hurt your back! Appreciate your friendship very much! Blessings!

    1. Thank you Marilyn! I never get tired of all the details involved in papercrafting. I always love trying something new and different.. and those little books were/are so fun. I still need to make a bunch more.. but I do get bored with the same old thing over and over again! So I usually take a little break in between and make something different. I've found some really neat shops on Etsy that sell their digital papers and cutouts and ephemera. I LOVE cutting out things (kind of like paper dolls!) so am having so much fun with that. Yes I still have my Etsy shop - under mypinkpapercottage. I sell something now and then. Sorry about my mistake on the barn in the photo... thought it was yours! Have a good week! Marilyn

  4. Everything is so pretty! I love the mini books. I need to do some more papercraft. I use a lot of images from Free Pretty Things For You and the Graphics Fairy. I will have to check out all the others you have listed here as well, especially the YouTube tutorials.

    1. Hi Tiny Toadstool Cottage - thank you for visiting! I too use Free Pretty Things for You and The Graphics Fairy. I love both of those sites. I've found a few favorites on Etsy also, which I do have to purchase, but they are usually so so reasonable in price. Is a good way to get a "shopping fix" for just a few dollars! I'll have to hop on over to your blog too! Marilyn

  5. Marilyn, you are such a busy gal and everything you touch is so pretty. I love all the flowers, bees, birds and butterflies. Your work has a charm of yesteryear and romantic summer gardens. I can almost see you as a little girl walking through the woods picking wild flowers and talking to the birds and squirrels.
    I always enjoy visiting your blog.
    Stay well my dear friend and God bless you,
    Connie :)

    1. Connie you are so RIGHT ON! I did walk through the woods across the street from our house when I was a little girl, although no flowers to pick, but would pick the ferns, fir boughs and whatever else I could find to put in a basket! I DO SO LOVE NATURE in all of its forms, whether greenery, flowers, trees, animals, old logs, creeks, streams, marshes, etc. It's all so mysterious and fascinating! So far hubby and I are well! Hugs.. Marilyn

  6. Hi Marilyn. You are so amazing. So talented and keeping busy if you ask me! I have not accomplished much of anything during our shelter in place. I started out thinking, Good, now we can take some quiet time, but it has never stopped for me. I feel so lazy and need to get in and do something. I did start Physical Therapy the other day for my back. I go twice a week for 10 weeks I think. I am out in the world now, whether I like it or not. Your projects are just beautiful. I always enjoy seeing what you are doing..Take care and stay well..xxoJudy

    1. Thank you Judy. I'm sorry about your back and hope the PT helps. I'm having more problems right now with my neck than my back. All this yardwork and shoveling is NOT good for my neck, that has degenerative arthritis. It's been really good the last few years, but lately is a real bother. When you go to PT, do they wear masks and do you wear one? I need to go to my chiropractor but he has been closed since March. I need to call and see if he's open again now.. I don't mind if I have to wear a mask and he wears one also! Believe it or not, I really HAVE been pretty lazy. All the things I've made have been in little spurts here and there and they are mostly quick little projects. Just enough to keep my soul happy, and a way to kind of "check out" from what is going on in the world right now. You stay well too1 Hugs.. Marilyn

  7. Marilyn it looks to me like you are a very busy little bee . . . When do you have time to sleep. You are a queen when it comes to paper crafts. You could be making your own you tube videos :). You could name your site, "Move over Hallmark I'm stealing your crown', LOL

  8. Wow, Marilyn - I love all the pretty crafty creations you have made and thanks so much for your sweet visit to my blog as well! It is always so nice to have the links you have provided so us gals can get paper crafty too. I think I am going to give the tiny books a go. Best of luck with the yard...♥