It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to the first blogger from MommyLhey’s Second Design team. Meet Jackie.
- How you would like to be announced: If you’d like your name or a nickname or a username.
‘Jackie’ is totally okay 🙂
- Brief 411 of YOU! Share a short background of who you are, what you do, etc….
I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom to 4 little ones. My husband and I have been married for 14 years, we are both originally from Texas but the military life has given us the opportunity to live in crazy fun places like Germany and Hawaii. We are currently back in Texas and plan on staying here, permanently.
- Do you have any Social Media Links?
On Instagram and Youtube, I go by the same name: Cheekypapercreations 🙂 My blog is located at www.cheekypapercreations.com
- What is your strength when it comes to creativity/crafting?
I don’t know if it is necessarily a strength, but I think maybe an eagerness to learn would be my biggest strength. I am always eager to try a new area of craftiness, once I hear of something new, I am happy to throw myself into it 100% and learn everything I can about it.
- What is your current planner/system that you are using?
I am currently using a personal sized ringed planner, a mini Happy Planner and a pocket sized traveler’s notebook. I am thinking of adding a standard size traveler’s notebook as a way to journal our crazy life.
- What other craft do you enjoy doing aside from planning?
In addition to planning, I am a fan of card-making and scrapbooking.
- What is your favorite ML Product and what are you excited most to use?
My favorite ML Product, that is so hard – I will go with the stamps, but really it is everything! I am probably most excited to use the Little Bits kits, the colors are always so gorgeous and match the inks perfectly!
- What is your favorite crafting/planning tool/supplies?
Another hard question, my favorite crafting supplies….probably the Little Bits kits, ML Stamps & inks, my Silhouette Portrait and my Mildliners.
- What should our ML Readers expect from you?
ML Readers should expect lots of fun crafts and videos. Hopefully, they will learn some new ways to use their Mommy Lhey products that maybe that hadn’t thought of before.
Now that you know a lil bit about Jackie, please enjoy her first official blog for MommyLhey designs.
Hi Guys! Jackie here and it is such an honor to be here as a new ML Girl – I cannot wait to get to know and craft with you all! How much did you love the March Little Bits kits?! Well I am here to help teach you how to make refills for your pocket traveler’s notebook, using the digital downloads that came in your kit.
The March kit came with some pretty awesome patterned papers for download, so we are going to use those as our covers. I am using just plain printer paper to fill these journals, but you can most definitely use more patterned papers (to be a scrapbook journal), or graph paper, really the possibilities are endless. I will also be showing you a few different ways to bind your journals.
First, cut the patterned paper at 5 1/8” x 6 ¾” –you can get two covers out of one page. You will also want to cut your “gut” paper at 5 1/8”. If you are using letter size paper, you can get two sets of pages, like the patterned paper. The width of the paper does not matter at this point; we will adjust the width once we bind our books, so that there is not any overhang of the papers.
Next, fold all of the paper in half, which will leave the patterned paper measuring at 5 1/8” x 3 3/8”. I used a bone folder to make a crisp fold, but it is not necessary at all – really a credit card will do the same thing.
If you are using plain paper for the inside, your paper book should look like this.
Now we will bind our books. Traveler’s notebooks are usually just a little to wide to use a regular stapler. They have staplers that twist their (the stapler’s) orientation; you can use these, a long arm stapler or a bookbinding stapler. The bookbinding stapler (which is pictured) just provides you with a center point so that your journal is more accurately stapled down the middle.
The stitching method is a little more complicated. You will need a sewing needle (I used a tapestry needle, so the thread hole is a little bigger) and embroidery thread.
First, you want to put three dots, evenly, down the middle of the crease. A good way to do it would be to draw your dot in the middle of the book, then draw the outside two dots halfway between the edge of the book and the middle dot.
Make a hole, on these dots, big enough for your needle to go through with ease. Push the needle (from the front of the book, to the back) through the middle hole. Bring it back in through the bottom hole and then push it, to the back, through the top hole.
You will then thread it back through the middle hole to tie off. Knot these two strands of thread together and it will be ready to go.
The easiest (and least expensive) method for binding your journal might be to simply slip it under your notebook elastic.
Now that your book is bound, we will complete the last step, which is to cut the edges. Close your journal, then cut off the overhanging pieces of paper. I used a rotary cutter, self healing mat and a plastic ruler but you can use scissors or a razor knife. You just want the edges of the papers as even as possible.
Thank you all for joining in the traveler’s notebook fun! I hope this helped in making refills for your super cute pocket notebooks, using the digital papers also from the March kit.
If you have not already subscribed to the Little Bits Box, be sure to grab your spot during the pre-order, you do not want to miss out!
Products I used in this blog post:
– Digital Patterned Paper
– Pocket Traveler’s Notebook
– Stencil Set
Find me on Instagram (@cheekypapercreations ) for more fun with the Mommy Lhey kits and stamps!