DIY Emergency Stationary Kit

Today I have another video for you. I really enjoy making these, although the quality of my video is not really good. Maybe one day I will be able to get a proper camera and filimg light.

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Easy DIY Notebooks

Easy DIY Notebooks

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

Easy DIY Notebooks

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
  • liquid glue
  • 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.


Step 2:

Take another piece of paper and cut it in half. This will be glued to the inside of your cover and secure your pages.


Step 3:

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.


Step 4: 

Now it is time to glue your pages together. Apply your glue on the back of your folded papers


Step 5:

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.


Step 6:

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.




Step 7:

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


Step 8: 

Fold the cover.


Step 9:

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.



Step 10:

Enjoy your new notebook.

I hope all of my instructions are understandable. If not feel free to ask me in the comments.

Thank you for reading and Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space

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The Penpal Book

The penpal bookA 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?

Lots of Love

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How To Make Your Own Journal Bag

How To Make Your Own Journal Bag

A couple of weeks ago I told you about my favorite journaling essentials and one of them was my journal bag.

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:

How To Make Your Own Journal Bag

  • 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)
  • (some ribbon)

How to make your own journal bag:

  1.  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.How To Make Your Own Journal Bag
  2. Cut out the shape you just drew. It doesn’t have to be exact. You can still cut off some fabric later
  3. To get a smooth edge on the opening fold both of the shorter edges over and sew the folded pieces togetherHow To Make Your Own Journal Bag
  4. 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.How To Make Your Own Journal Bag
  5. Sew along the pins and remove them when done
  6. Cut off dispensable fabric
  7. Take two strips of your fabric or some ribbon to create two handles. Both strips should be the same size. Sew them on.Design ohne Titel (3)
  8. Flip your bag over so the outside of your bag now actually is on the outside
  9. Enjoy your new journal bagDesign ohne Titel (4)

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.

Lots of Love

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Yesterday I found this book at my favorite bookstore and I just had to get it. I couldn't resist. The book is called "flow BOOK FOR PAPER LOVERS" and was made by flow magazine. It has more than 300 pages of pretty paper, tags, journaling cards... and is divided into three different section called print studio, paper studio, and pattern studio.

Yesterday I found this book at my favorite bookstore and I just had to get it. I couldn’t resist.  The book is called “flow BOOK FOR PAPER LOVERS” and was made by flow magazine. It has more than 300 pages of pretty paper, tags, journaling cards… and is divided into three different section called print studio, paper studio, and pattern studio.

Print Studio

The print studio contains writing paper, tags, postcards, envelopes, all kinds of different stickers and my favorite a pop-up typewriter. They all come in different designs and are super cute.

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Every sheet of writing paper has an icon on the front and a pattern on the back. There are 23 different sheets in all kind of different designs. They are perfect for writing letters and pen paling (what a surprise) but you can also use the for any other craft project and journaling.


Next are these beautiful tags. There are 26 different ones and I love every single one of them. They have a pattern on the front and an icon as well as lines to write on on the back.


There are 12 different little postcards you could also use as journaling cards.


Following are 12 cut-out envelopes in different designs.


My absolute favorite is the pop-up typewriter. Not only do I love typewriters in general but also love the color and idea of this.


The last thing that is contained in the print studio is 6 sticker sheets.  Two of them are alphabet stickers, two other sheets have pink hearts, stars, and flowers on and the last two sticker sheets hold circles with different designs.

Paper Studio

The paper studio contains office stationary, tissue paper, wrapping paper, stickers, colored paper, a garland saying “let’s stay home”, mini posters as well as a large poster, fold-your-own paper boats, a 3D poster, mini booklets, which are the cutest, and finally monthly calendar sheets.

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The office stationary includes 6 sheets of paper with different designs on the front and the back. There are different types of graph paper as well as lines paper.


Next are 6 designs similar to the picture above.


I absolutely love the tissue paper, which comes in 3 different designs. I can’t wait to use them.


The paper studio also includes 4 sheets of different wrapping paper which can be used for all kinds of projects besides to wrap presents.  Each sheet has a different design on each side.


Next are 2 different sheets of this kind of stickers.


This is my favorite out of the three small posters which have different designs on each side.


I also love this side of the big poster and I am definitely going to put this up on my wall.


The let’s stay home garland is blue on the one side and yellow on the other side.


Next are the fold-your-own paper boats. At first, there is a short explanation of how to fold a paper boat followed by 11 sheets of paper with different designs on both sides to fold your boat with. The design on the left of the second picture is my favorite.


Aren’t these super cute?


Last, there are these monthly calendar sheets with different designs. Now, there are also a lot of different sheets of colored paper in this part of the book

There are also a lot of different sheets of colored paper in this part of the book.

Patterns Studio

The last section of the book contains cut-out flags in various designs, a create your own landscape poster with stickers, a lot of patterns, some more wrapping paper, mini cards, stickers and patterns you can color in yourself.

the flow book for paper lovers

The first part of this section includes 12 sheets of cut-out flags in all kinds of colors and patterns.


Following is the create-your-own landscape poster with stickers but I am pretty sure I will use the stickers elsewhere.


Next are 10 sheets with lots of different patterns. Again, they can be used for all kinds of projects.


There are also 8 more postcards.


This part of the book includes two more sticker sheets. The second one has glitter on the stickers but you can’t really see it in the picture. I love the first sheet of those two because the stickers are kind of random.


There are also 12 sheets of patterned paper you can color yourself.


Lats but not least are four more sheets of wrapping paper and I am so happy they included the “retro design” in these because I absolutely love it and can’t wait to use it. Each sheet of wrapping paper has a different design on each side.

I think this is the fourth edition of the flow book for paper lovers and I am so happy to have found it. I got the book for 20€ which is really cheap considering how much stuff is in there.

What do you think about this book?

Lots of Love

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The Wonderful World Of Zines

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A couple of days ago I watched a video titled “How to make a zine” by Jordan Clark and it introduced me to the wonderful world of Zines.

A zine basically is a self-published magazine and there is a whole community around it. People make zines with their art, poems or make collages. You could even turn it into a letter or an invitation. There are no rules, what I love about it. Some people publish them online but my favorite way to publish it is to leave it at random places for people to find.

I immediately started making some of my own and fell in love with it. Zines are a great way to express my creativity or to write my poems in. What do you think about my zine?

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I really wanted to try out leaving it at random places. I even made a couple of copies but I chickened out because some of my friends were with me and I still don’t want them to know about this kind of things. Next time, when I am on my own I will definitely do it.  I already made the copies.

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Craft Store Haul


On december 6th we celebrate Nikolaus in Germany. I don’t want to get deep into what Nikolaus is but here is a brief explanation. In the night up to december 6th Nikolaus goes from house to house and leaves candy and little presents for the children living there. He is kind of like Santa Clause but has a religions background. I didn’t expect to get anything this year because I thought I am now to old for it but I was wrong. I got some chocolate, washitape a little money and a gift card for the craft store., which I decided to spend today.

I was waiting all week to finally go and pick up the things I wanted. I have a huge list of things I want from the craft store and although I spend almost 50€ I didn’t get everything. But here is what  I got:

1. A set of six fineliners


Fineliners were one of the top three on my list because my old one ran out of ink and since I got into illustrating I decided to get a whole set which includes six different sizes. I discovered that I rather use a smaller size for doing my illustrations and a bigger size for my lettering. My old fineliner was a size 0.3 and it never seemed to be the right size. Now I can choose and experiment. The set was 14,99€, which is a good price considering that a single fineliner is 3,49€.


2. A Tombow Fudenosuke Pen


I already have 10 Tombow dual brush pens and I know that I will get a pack of 18 dual brush pens for christmas, which I am really excited about. The Tombow brush pens are my favorite pens. I am obsessed with them. The Fudensuke has a brush tip but it is way smaller that the brush tip of the dual brush pens, which makes it easier to write small things. It is filled with back ink and was 2,99€ as far as I remember. It is not on my recipe. I think the cashier might have forgotten to scan it.

3. Water-colours and water-colour paper


I have been using my old set of water-colours, which is used in school years ago, quite I bit and since it is for kids it didn’t have good colours in it. I want to try using water colours for my projects because I love the way they look so I decided to get this set. I absolutely love the colors and already used them for a bunch of christmas cards. The set was 14,99€ and it came with one brush. The water-colour paper includes 20 sheets and was 10,99€ which in my opinion was a little bit expensive but the colours look amazing on it.

4. A water-colour brush


I have seen this brush on instagram and I always wanted to try it too. It isn’t as easy as it seems in the videos but I am sure I will get the hang of it. The brush was 6,99€, which is a little expensive but it was worth it.

I am really excited to use all of my new items and can’t wait for my exams to be over and have more time to do so. What do you think about what I got? What do you wish for christmas this year?

Lots of Love

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