make a journal, sketchbook, or notebook.
1• Stack paper.
2• Fold paper in half.
3• At the seam, poke two holes about a hand-width apart. I used my handy antique awl, above. A push pin or a needle, pushed through the papers with a thimble protecting your pressing finger, works too.
4• From the outside to the inside, poke a large needle threaded with ribbon through one of your holes. Bring the needle and ribbon back through the other hole.
5• Tie your two ends of ribbon into a neat bow.
Fill your pages with sketches for new projects or use as a sewing and craft scrapbook of ideas you would like to try next. Use it for writing notes, a baby journal, a children's nature sketchbook, or as a bedside journal. Some of my most valuable ideas come just as I lay down to rest, so I always keep a place to write notes that would otherwise be forgotten upon waking.
You may use any pretty paper for your cover, but the inside pages made be made with scratch paper. The pages I will fill with new project ideas to share with you, were made with paper bound for the recycling bin. In my notebook, these already-printed-on-one-side scratch papers will get one more use as a place to jot down quick ideas and scribble sketches. My best ideas get put down on scratch paper. Not every idea I have is a masterful one. But, my recycled paper notebook is just the place for me to scribble in everything—and pick out the treasures.
Find the journal cover we used for our journal, in our organization printable kit—along with label printables and to-do list printables in our shop.
©heather cahoon • you make do™
organize crafts and sewing.
A vintage jar, outfitted with a handmade pincushion cap, makes a perfect place for storing sewing supplies like thread, a seam ripper, and needles on top. The contents of the sewing jar are easy to see, so sewing supplies are easy to find. A sweet touch—the twisted blue and white butchers twine wrapped around the neck of the jar and threaded with a dainty button second photo from top. My sister made this pin cushion jar as a special handmade gift to our sew happy little girl. A perfectly pretty place to keep spools and things, ready for her next sewing project.
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