I have recently become obsessed with the trend of making journals and scrapbooks with as many materials as possible. Sometimes they turn into memory books, sometimes into art journals,
and sometimes into super fun notebooks.
I also love that they include tons of washi tape, pictures, and super cute scrapbook paper.
My friend Amanda, from the LaPlante House blog , reintroduced crafting to me as a means of rejuvenation when we went to college together. Her eye for detail and perfection always makes for gorgeous results. Here are some of my favorite pages from her September and October mini books.
Yep that's my wedding invitation and save the date!
Loving the herringbone paper and use of twine,
as well as her handwriting! Gorgeous, right?
These pages kill me. The confetti, the tape, her handwriting...*sigh* love it all.
I can't wait to see her mini book after an entire year!
Elsie Larson from A Beautiful Mess Blog has been posting a lot about crafting journals, scrapbooks and notebooks on her blog lately. I am in love with all of her ideas (as usual) and plan to make some of these myself!
This is how Elsie created an art journal! She took an old hard cover journal and ripped out the pages she wanted,painted the outside and glued a picture to the front, then got crazy with all sorts of fun supplies! I think I love this project because it involves a ridiculous amount of so many fun things.
Fun tape, fun paper, fun stickers, fun everything! She even has a class where she gives tutorials on making a year long art journal! I am hoping to take it as a 25th birthday present!
Elsie also created a highlights journal for her and her husband! Being a newlywed wife myself I understand the strong desire to make and record as many memories as possible. I love how she created this, and I plan on making one myself during the summer.
Finally, Elsie posted a tutorial by Kinsey of Sincerely Kinsey on making mini notebooks, which I am absolutely in love with. I am already in love with fashion magazines such as Vogue and Nylon, and the idea of turning my favorite pictures and pages into notebook covers blows my mind. Of course, the use of lots of washi tape in this craft also gets me excited. I plan on making as many of these as possible in the near future (I will make sure to share them with you)! I think making a set of 12, 1 for each month of the year, would be an excellent birthday gift for a friend!
Lately my life has been filled with thoughts of moving into a new place
that i get to decorate and call home, and a new quarter of school starting.
However little joys keep popping up that remind me that life isn't always super boring.
My best friend and I got married a month and a few days apart.
So naturally that means dinner parties are in order.
This past Monday it was Gus and I's turn to host.
I am a huge baker, so while planning dessert I decided I wanted to use a pinterest recipe I recently used for a game night with our bible study. These salted caramel chocolate chip bars for desert were a huge hit with my friends who have a sweet tooth! I would show you a picture of what they look like made by me, but I don't want to make them again for fear of devouring the whole pan with Gus.
When I made the salted caramel chocolate chip bars, I doubled the vanilla
and put a whole bag of milk chocolate chips in. I sprinkled sea salt only
on the salted part of the cookie bar, which gives it an extra kick, I think.
I am hoping to post two desserts and two entrees a month, since being a wife
(as well feeling obligated to use my Kitchen Aid Mixer and food processor more)
has really made my desire to cook and bake more kick in. It also helps to have
a super cute apron from anthropologie to wear while I bake.
So I suggest next time you feel like baking something sweet to bake these!
Don't forget to follow my cooking and baking boards on pinterest!