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Knitting Journal Tutorial

I like to keep a record of my craft projects, particularly those that I gift. Long before I started blogging, I photographed my finished cross stitch pieces. Who knows? I might one day need a portfolio of my work. Well, probably not, but I still like the idea of having something other than a pattern and my memory to remember them.

When I started knitting, I kept all my yarn labels not exactly knowing what I would eventually do with them. It seemed important to do so. I happened across the cutest, little notebook in a dollar bin one day. The cover is a photo that looks knit with buttons sews on to it. To justify buying it, I told myself that I would use it as a knitting journal.

Knitting Journal

I made an evening out of getting the journal started. First, I got together all those yarn labels I’d been saving and cut the important pieces down to a size that would fit my journal pages. I then used rubber cement to paste them into the journal. For those yarns that I use frequently (Lion Brand Homespun!), I created a cover page with the basic information from the label and then made individual pages for each color of yarn.

Yarn Label Page

After each page with a label, I wrote down the projects that I made with that particular yarn and how many balls it required.

Project Pages

As my knitting skills have improved, I’ve started tweaking patterns and coming up with some of my own. I write these down in my knitting journal as well.

Pattern Pages

I’m very pleased with how my knitting journal turned out. It’s very handy to have everything knitting-related in one spot. A smarter woman would record each new project right after it’s finished. I tend to let them pile up, which turns this into a memory game when it’s time to update the journal.

Although my focus with this journal is knitting, you could make one of your own that focuses on your preferred craft. I’m considering a beading journal next. It’s much easier to flip through the pages of a journal than the corners of your mind when you need to recreate a project. Happy crafty journaling!


Paper Covered Pencil Cup

A couple of weeks ago, I set out to make some items from my Map Craftiness Pinterest board. I have a lot of cool ideas waiting for me there, but honestly I don’t need that many things covered with maps right now. I decided to instead try some of them with scrapbooking paper.

One of the pins is Ruby Murray’s tutorial for a cute pencil cup. My craft table has been lacking a proper receptacle for pencils, pens, rulers, etc., so this seemed liked a good idea. Ruby Murray covered a recycled tin can with a vintage map. I chose to cover my former holder of diced tomatoes with this adorable scrapbook paper that I’ve been waiting to use on the “perfect” project. Something that will end up on display is about as perfect a project as I can hope for.

I do have a couple of additional tips to add to Ruby Murray’s tutorial. If you carefully remove the existing label from your can, you’ll have the exact size you’ll need to duplicate with your paper. This saves on some measuring. Another tip I suggest is using Mod Podge for the glue. At this point, you have to know that I use it for most of my crafting adhesive needs.

This has to be one of the easiest and most useful crafts I’ve made in a while. If you set your mind to it, you’ll have this done in 15 minutes. Plus you’ll be doing wonders for our environment by saving one more can from a landfill.

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Upcycled Jewelry Organizers

I have a confession to make – there is a LOT of jewelry in my house. I may even qualify as a jewelry hoarder. Not only do I make tons of it, I believe that I’ve kept almost all of the jewelry I’ve owned since my teen years. Don’t get any heist ideas. It’s overwhelmingly costume.

My bedroom is home to more than 5 but less than 10 jewelry boxes and organizers. Here’s the problem – with the jewelry put away all nice and neat, I forget what I have (I recognize this sounds ridiculous!) and always seem to be wearing the same pieces.  With the help of Chad, I’ve moved beyond organizing into displaying my jewelry.

My first unconventional displayer was a 3D metal Christmas tree Chad found at a discount store.

I loved my jewelry tree! Note the use of past tense. Once we got Kiko, I had to quit using it because she loved it, too. Pulling necklaces off the branches was her favorite game for a couple of days. I couldn’t figure out a place to put the tree that would both keep it out of her reach and still make it accessible for me, so into the attic it went.

Last summer, Chad found a picture of Sarahndipities’ rake hanger and made one for me. He took the handle off of a rake and attached the head to a wall in our bedroom. The placement is perfect. It hangs close to my vanity BUT out of the reach of kitty paws.

The rake provided a solution for necklaces and bracelets, but I still needed something for earrings, particularly my paper ones. Chad first found me a large, window screen. Although it’s certainly functional, it lacks in beauty. Chad then remembered seeing oversized, framed screens in our attic. With a little bit of cleaning, they came out great. He hung one on the wall behind our bedroom door. This keeps it handy for me and hidden from the kitties when our bedroom door is open.

If you’re like me and always looking for more jewelry storage and display ideas, check out Babble’s post 8 Unique DIY Jewelry Organizers.