Saturday, April 17, 2010

spring in my step: a blog hop {with giveaways!}

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I am so thrilled to be a part of  Scrapbook Heaven's first ever blog hop (and it happens to be my first blog hop, too)!  Thanks so much for joining us!

If you're popping by here and didn't know the fun that's going on, please go back to Scrapbook Heaven to get all the deets for the Hop. Our members have some wonderful inspiration to share with you..... and also, some great prizes.

The theme for the Hop is "Spring in my Step". We'll be sharing a variety of Spring-y projects with you.

So here's mine: 
A *green* journal.
There's lots of recycling packed into this little book. Let's get started, shall we?
Rescue a pair of poor, ripped, never-to-be-worn-again jeans from the trash
and cut yourself a leg and a pocket.
Prepare your materials:
2 pieces of denim and chip board (I used the backing of last year's blotter calendar) cut to the same size
Patterned paper scraps cut 1/2-3/4" larger than the chipboard
A flower embellishment (mine is made from used dryer sheets--more on that later)

Cover one side of the chipboard with patterned paper. 
Make mitered corners by snipping the corners off the paper to a spot equal to the thickness of the chipboard.  Glue and fold over edges.
This is about the spot in the tutorial that I got a bit excited about the project and completely stopped taking pictures.  Sorry about that, but I know you'll get it without  the visuals, so here we go.

I kept the hem of the jeans in tact on one side, and sewed the other three sides on both pieces.  I didn't bother turning the fabric under, but just sewed close to the edge to keep fraying under control.  If those little stray pieces bother you, then be sure to add a seam allowance when you cut your denim. 

Now stitch the pocket to the denim on three sides twice around.  And add your little flower embellie. Oh, here's how you make the one I used.  Cut a used dryer sheet into four different sized circles (they don't need to be perfect), or use the Sizzix Circles die.  Add color to the circles by misting them with ink.  Layer the circles from largest to smallest and stitch a button to the center.

Glue the pocket-embellished-denim to the front cover, and the plain denim to the back.  Cut bunches of scrap paper to size to use as your journal pages.  I used leftover paper from a nearly used up spiral notebook, some solid cardstock scraps, and some copy paper.  I also like to add some little page protectors to my journals to add bits of this and that.  Bind it all together with a binding machine, or use the Crop-a-Dile to punch holes and secure with rings or tied ribbon.  Add a bit of ribbon to the binding, and some pens in the pocket.


And there you have it, a recycled journal complete with on-board pen holder.

Thanks so much for hanging in there through all those directions.  Our blog hop runs from today, April 17th until April 20th. Invite your friends to play along! We'll be drawing for prizes on Wednesday, the 21st.  Leave a comment here before the 21st for a chance to win an assortment of handmade flower embellies. 

{Note: these images are the result of my own work, and are copyrighted by me under content of my blog.  If you would like to share this project on your site, please use only one photo and include a link back to this page.  Thank you!}

58 comments:

  1. OMG!!! This is just tooo cute! Love this journal!!!

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  2. That is just BRILLIANT! I love it :)

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  3. Wow! What a cool idea! Thanks so much for sharing it with us! BEAUTIFUL!

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  4. Oh - how clever! Want to do this!!

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  5. oh wow!! that is soooo cute!! I LOVE it! and I've got to remember to make a flower like that! thanks!!

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  6. This is totally awesome!!!! Since RonChops only has one pair of jeans and I don't own any I am gonna have to hit up the thrift store to get some! ...and I adore that little flower (of course)!!!

    I can see making something like this for the cover of my next sketch book for sure!!!

    HUGS Michelle!

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  7. what a great project! I might have to go raid the kids' closets!!!

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  8. What a great journal! I have a pair of jeans that I can no longer wear (but have been keeping for who knows why... they have a massive hole in them!), but this would be the perfect way to use 'em!

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  9. OMGosh, what an adorable idea! and I love the flowers! I think I am going to make a million of those today!!!

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  10. this is awesome Michelle - I love the pocket on the front to hold pens - I'm going to do this one

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  11. omigosh!! how cute is that journal!! I want to make one NOW!

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  12. Love that little notebook! So creative!

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  13. what a grat idea!!! thanks for sharing the step-by step!

    hugs
    juli

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  14. That is the cutest thing ever! My dd would love one.

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  15. this is so gorgeous! i'm SO going to have to make this!

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  16. hi michelle! i absolutely love your "green" notebook! sending you crafty greetings from NJ!
    marie sierra
    mea57_98@yahoo.com

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  17. Love the blue jean journal. I will have to try to make one of these. TFS!

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  18. LOVE this!!! What a terrific project! Those flowers look awesome, too!

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  19. Oh my gosh! What a cuuuuute journal!!

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  20. That is so darn cute. Thanks for the idea. I love that you put your pens in the pocket!

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  21. what a sweet notebook! And I love that pocket...I am forever losing inkpens...lol

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  22. This is awesome!! So cute and "spring-y"

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  23. Michelle, love the tutorial! Your ribbon is fantastic!! Wish I had a bind it all!! Love that you recycled!!Your writing was clear and read well!! GREAT JOB on this!!

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  24. What a cute book. I just love it and I keep it in mind to use this idea as a travelbook for my trip to Barcelona!

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  25. Michelle - This is so cute...and actually looks like something I could do! Love it.

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  26. Great recycling project. Very easy anyone can do it. You did good.

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  27. This is just adorable!!!! Love the REAL and usable pocket!

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  28. How much fun is that journal...AWESOME!!

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  29. Because i lobe so muche all handmade fowers, it is so original and funny !

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  30. gosh, this is a journal I will surely love to try. better find my hubby old pair of jeans to do this!

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  31. Gorgeous - I've been looking for an idea to cover a notebook :) Love the pocket idea as well!

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  32. Great project! I have plenty of old jean scraps I can use for this.
    Cindy F

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  33. This is an awesome project!!! I don't have a pocket, but I do have 2 legs from a pair of jeans that my daughter cut off for shorts. I have been looking at them wondering..hmm, what can I do with this, now I know!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing!!!

    Crafty Hugs
    Lisa Sturgill :)

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  34. ô what a beautiful crochet-flower, and i love all handmade goodies !

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  35. Thanks for this tutorial. I love repurposing denim.

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  36. Estou encantada com teu blog...lindo
    Adorei as idéias. Beijos Vivi

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  37. Love it!!! Simplesmente maravilhoso!!!

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  38. Very very beautiful!
    Amei! lindo! Parabéns.
    penelopelyra.blogspot.com
    bjs

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  39. wowwww Wonderful, :))) lovely

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  40. I absolutely loveeeee this idea. you are such a cleaver person and thank you for sharing...thats going to be my next project. cant wait to visit the op shop for those pre loved jeans

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  41. sorry i meant clever not cleaver, bad spelling

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  42. This is the coolest thing ever....I am a journaler and this would make such a great handmade gift for my teenage grandaughters...thank you so very much for sharing not only the picture but the directions as well.

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  43. Please share the tutorial on the fabric softener flower and let me know when you post it I would love to add it to my blog: http://fabricbowsandmore.blogspot.com/

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  44. Wonderful! I love it! I am in Spain and I am going to subscribe your posts!!
    I invite you to visit my blog: cosecosequetepillo.blogspot.com

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  45. Sloop cute and decorative. Thanks for sharing!

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  46. Sooooooo cute and so decorative. Thanks for the tuteriols have lots if granddaughters who would love this

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  47. Muy entretenido y divertido....

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  48. Great journal and tutorial - thanks so much!

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  49. C'est très mignon, so nice ! bonne soirée

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