Thank you for watching this video. The transfer marker, the chalk marker, and the gold metallic paint were sent to me by La Pajarita for free to share them with you. Although they sent them to me everything I say in this video is my honest opinion.
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Last weekend I got the chance to go to the creative world and paper world in Frankfurt. I cannot tell you how excited I was. I could not wait to get there and in the end, I was not disappointed for sure. I even got to take home a couple of things which I would like to show you today.
The first thing I got was this little notebook with lined paper. It is by a brand called flex book and just like the name says it is really flexible. You can easily bend the spine all the way, which I think can come in really handy. It is an A6 size and holds lined paper. I thought it was super cute so I decided to use it as a notebook to take along with me in case I need something to write or have a sudden inspiration.
Following are these five pens. On the left picture, you can see an Ecoline brush pen, which they were kind enough to let me take and a Nuvo Glitter Marker. I have seen the Ecoline brush pen before and I always wanted to try them out but the Nuvo Glitter Marker was new to me.
The pens on the picture in the middle are actually quite fun. They are by a brand called Monami and I got to assemble them myself. The left one is a fineliner, the one in the middle a marker and the one on the right a ballpoint pen. I absolutely love the colors and my handwriting looks great when I write with the fineliner. I actually wish I would have more of those.
Next, I got these stickers by a brand called bande. They looked like washi tape at first but actually are stickers rolled up like tape. One of them holds these beautiful cherry blossoms and the other one cherry blossom paddles. They are several different designs of each on a roll. I think these are quite fun to use and I cannot wait to experiment with these.
I also came across Carpe Diem‘s booth and got this cute bag there. They had a tone of great journaling and scrapbooking supplies I fell in love with. Especially one of their new traveler’s notebook, which is white with black dots all over it. I chatted with them and found out that they are from a place which is really close to where I stayed during my exchange year. It was really lovely to talk to them and I cannot wait to get myself some things from their new collection.
Of course, I could not leave without getting some new washi tape. I got this fun candy design at the masking tape booth. Their booth was truely awesome. I just love washi tape.
When I heard that Rico Design was going to be there I got even more excited so of course, I had to take a look at their booth. I am a huge fan of paper poetry and when I told them that they gave me this awesome unicorn bag and this little notebook. I cannot wait for their new collection.
Last but not least I want to show you what I made at the Marabu booth. There I got to paint this cute house and I have to tell you their new colors are so pretty and fun to paint with. The paints are so covering that you do not even need a second layer of color and they dry very quickly. Something I am very excited about are their new crackle paints which create this awesome cracking effect.
These are all the things I got at the creative- and the paper world fair in Frankfurt last weekend. I had such an amazing time there and hope I get to go back next year. I got to see a lot of great brands and found new inspirations all over the place.
I am obsessed with cute notebooks but they tend to be a little expensive sometimes. Well, I came across some videos on YouTube on how to make your own notebooks but for a lot of the tutorials, you would need to buy some fancy materials. Since I am not patient enough to order something and wait for it to arrive at my home I came up with a quick and easy way to make my own notebooks.
What You Need
To make a little notebook yourself you don’t need any fancy supplies. All you need is:
some normal copy paper (I used white and orange paper for this notebook)
cardstock for your cover
scissors (or a cutter)
some paper clips or heavy books to press your paper together
If you want to make it a little bit fancier you can also use some patterned paper as well
How To Make Your Own Notebook
Take your copy paper, fold it in half and stack it on top of each other. For this notebook, I used 23 sheets of paper, which adds up to 92 pages.
Take another piece of paper and cut it in half. This will be glued to the inside of your cover and secure your pages.
Add the first half on the front and the second half on the back of your already folded papers. If you used patterned paper make sure the pattern is facing the inside.
Now it is time to glue your pages together. Apply your glue on the back of your folded papers
While letting your glue dry use your paper clips to press the pages together. If you don’t have any paper clips you can also use a heavy book for this. Once everything is dry remove the paper clips.
The next step is to cut your cover in size. The easiest way for this is to use an unfolded sheet of paper. Place it on your cardboard and add a little bit of space on the top and bottom. Since your cover needs to hold your pages you will have to add some on the left and right of your piece of paper. If you are not sure how big your cover needs to be it is always good to make it bigger rather than smaller because you can easily cut off the left over cardstock in the end.
Once you have cut out your cover you need to prepare where to fold it. The easiest way is to measure it with your bundle of pages and draw a line where you will have to fold it. Go over the line with the unsharp side of your scissor or your knife
Fold the cover.
Glue in the front and back side of your paper bundle. I used double-sided-tape for this because I was not patient enough to wait for my glue to dry.
Enjoy your new notebook.
I hope all of my instructions are understandable. If not feel free to ask me in the comments.
A couple of months ago I asked over on Instagram if anyone would like to be my penpal and since that day I have been sending mail to three lovely people in Norway, Spain, and the US. Writing, preparing little goodies like washi tape samples and sending letters is so much fun and I hope I will find more and more pen pals over time. To keep track of my penpals, their addresses and the letters I have sent I created this little book which I call the penpal book
The penpal book is a little zine I created. I have talked about how much I love zines before and if you don’t know what a zine is or how to make one yourself you can watch Jordan Clark’s video on how to make a zine here. For my penpal book, I used a DIN A3 sheet of paper because I wanted it to be a little bigger than my usual zines but other than that I did nothing special besides decorating the pages.
The first two pages are there to keep track of my pen pal’s addresses and their Instagram’s.
The third and fourth page of the penpal book are dedicated to a list of letters I have sent, got a reply and have already answered. Therefore I made a table with four columns. One for who I have sent the letter to, one for the date I have sent it, one to check if I have gotten a reply yet and the last one to make sure I have answered the reply yet.
Finally, the last two pages are dedicated to a list of ideas of things I could send in my next letters.
Now I am curious if you have any pen pals your own and what you send them?
Since I take my bullet journal and my art journal to school with me every day I needed something to protect them from getting dirty, just like everything else I put in my school bag. This is what my journal bag is for and I love it. But, a couple of days ago one of my classmates thought it would be funny to write his name on it and now I can’t get it off. This is why I have decided to make a new one and to show you how you can make one too.
Here is what you need:
Fabric (I used one of my dad’s old button-downs)
Something to sew (I used a sewing machine but you can also sew it by hand or glue it together)
How to make your own journal bag:
Take the fabric and place your journal on top. Trace around your journal to get an idea of how big your bag is going to be. Leave some space between your journal on the line. Since I want my bag to be able to hold two journals I left some more space. Do the same thing a second time. In the end, you should have two rectangles next to each other.
Cut out the shape you just drew. It doesn’t have to be exact. You can still cut off some fabric later
To get a smooth edge on the opening fold both of the shorter edges over and sew the folded pieces together
The next thing you want to do is to fold the fabric in half and to stick the open edges on both sides together using pins. IMPORTANT: The inside of your future bag should be on the outside.
Sew along the pins and remove them when done
Cut off dispensable fabric
Take two strips of your fabric or some ribbon to create two handles. Both strips should be the same size. Sew them on.
Flip your bag over so the outside of your bag now actually is on the outside
Enjoy your new journal bag
I already liked the fabric the way it was but of course, you can decorate your bag however you want.
I hope you can follow these steps. If not feel free to ask. If you do make a journal bag yourself I would love to see a picture of it.