Love Matchbox #2

This is the second month and project in our 12 Months of Wholeness through Creativity series. We will be making a Matchbox, treasure chest, to celebrate Love. Go back to the previous post for the Supplies List, and then let’s get started. Cut and score: From plain (white or colored) cardstock: Cut 5.5″ squareOn the Envelope Punch Board, score it at 1 7/8″ and 2 3/4″. Rotate counter clockwise 90° and score at 2 3/4″ and 3 5/8″. These will line the notch up with the scores you just made on the first side. Repeat for the other 2 sides,… Continue reading

Month 2 – Love in a Matchbox

February is the month of love, but that doesn’t require a mate or a date. Whether you spend Valentine’s Day at a romantic dinner with your spouse, or as a fun evening with a bestie, or at home having special time with your kids, or by yourself doing some much needed care for yourself with just you and Jesus, Love is there! This month’s project is a cute little matchbox, drawer in a box, to hold a special treasure. It may be a beautiful piece of jewelry. It may be a snack size M&Ms for the kids or “mommy” chocolate… Continue reading

#2 Handmade Artisan Journal

Month 1 Part 2 – 12 Months of Wholeness through Creativity Let’s move on to actually putting our book together, so we can begin using it! You’ve got all your supplies gathered together. You’ve watched the video, and chosen your cover and all your pages, and put them in order. The next step is to cut any papers that need it Covers: Cut to 8.5 to 9″ tall by 11.5 to 12″ wide. Which measurements you use will depend on how much space you want between your page edges and your cover. Because you will have several pages folded together,… Continue reading

#1 Handmade Artisan Journal

Month 1 — 12 Months of Wholeness through Creativity Let’s start at the very beginning. A very good place to start. This is the logical place, in my thinking, to begin. A new year. A new decade. A new outlook. New hope. All these point to a Journal, to me. This Freedom & Simplicity™ project will get your creative juices flowing. The creative process of making it will aid in stress-reduction, healing, and enjoyment. And the Journal itself will provide a place for you to, well, journal, which is also very healing for the soul. This is your book, to… Continue reading

Intro to 12 Months of Creativity

Welcome to our 12 Months of Wholeness through Creativity! I’m so glad you’ve joined us. I believe you’re going to enjoy our journey this year, so stick with me! Our journey will take us through creating 12 Freedom & Simplicity™ projects, each month learning a different type of crafting and techniques. They require no artistic skills or finesse. There are no Pinterest fails here! There is also no Pin it, Forget it! These projects are for active creativity. My hope is that along the way you’ll find new things you enjoy, and that you’ll continue to do more of those…. Continue reading

12 Months of Creativity

We’re saying good-bye to the old and ringing in the new tonight! Farewell 2019 and the 20-teens! Hello 2020! The Roaring’ 20s are back! To ring in this new decade, we’re going to take a journey of 12 Months of Wholeness through Creativity! What a great way to begin a new decade! 12 Months of Wholeness through Creativity will be monthly Freedom & Simplicity™ projects–presented here!– to help you open up your creativity, reduce stress, and even heal from brain or trauma injury.  Crafting may (or may not) be cheaper than therapy, but it is excellent therapy–whether that is just… Continue reading

Preview Project – Gnome

This project is no where close to what I thought my first project on this blog would be. It seems like a strange fit for here, at least to me, as a first project here, rather than it being on my old one. 2020 was to be the kick-off of actual projects here. I’m not even particularly into Gnomes! But I saw several cute ones, and decided I wanted to design and make some. Just for fun. For my kids’ families for Christmas. So consider this project as a Pre-project, to whet your appetite. Next month I will be starting… Continue reading

Purple Thursday

Thursday, October 24, 2019 (as a part of Domestic Abuse Awareness Month) is Purple Thursday. Wear Purple in support of victims and survivors of domestic abuse. (I made mine this morning.) 🙂 #DVAM #endDV #PurpleThursday