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Let’s Make a Butterfly Journal | Thelisha’s Journals | @Einat Kessler ​

Hey Sweeties,

I’ll show you the actual butterfly journal in today’s post—the butterfly journal I was supposed to use with the Sweet Stuff digital…yeah, that one. You’ll know what I’m talking about if you see the big butterfly video.

I watched Einat Kessler’s video on making a butterfly album. I loved it! I thought to myself; I need to make something easy like that. Why do I have to be so complicated? So I made an example journal with my Liquids & Flowers paper pack and recorded the video using the August Peach paper pack. Both are 6×6 paper packs.

In Einat’s video, she made all of her pages like graduating cookie cutters, while I made mine like stairs. I don’t believe I made my spine as big as hers. Make sure you check out her video for the Mini Butterfly Album. She also has a link to the measurements for her album. I called myself writing them on the pages, but I also included them in the video description.

Enjoy! My measurements are at the bottom of the post as well. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments.

Here are the measurements for my journal:

  • Leave the cover sheet 12 inches long, but cut it to 6 1/4. It will measure 6 1/4 in. by 12 in.—score at 5 in. and 7 in.
  • Cut the first page to 6 1/4 in. by 11 in.—score at 4 3/4 in. and 6 1/4 in.
  • Cut the second page to 6 1/4 in. by 10 in.—score at 4 1/2 in. and 5 1/2 in.
  • Cut the third page to 6 1/4 in. by 9 in.—score at 4 1/4 in. and 4 3/4 in.
  • Cut the fourth page to 6 1/4 in. by 8in.—score at 4 in., 4 1/8 in., and 3 7/8 in. Scoring at the 4-inch mark is optional. I did this because it made sewing on the fifth page easier.
  • Cut the fifth page to 6 1/4 in. by 7 in.—score at 3 1/2.
  • Leaving 1/8 of an inch on each side, glue the pages together.
  • Decorate the pages as you wish.
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What Am I Doing Now?: With Happy Mail  @Livie’s Lovelies by Pham  | Thelisha Shares: Happy Mail

Hey Sweeties,

In today’s post, I’m going to be using up some happy mail! I’ve only been crafting since 2019, but I find it so hard to use happy mail. Some things I can’t bring myself to use or I separate them for a project and never use it. Well, we’re going to break that habit. If you need to break that habit, pull out all that happy mail and start organizing it.

I currently have a small bin with happy mail I wanted to use for a journal. When I figured out that the grungy, vintage, steampunk, anything old-fashion, and dirty looking was my style, I got to work. I separated all my happy mail. I put the distressed-looking items in one bin, the happy, colorful stuff in another, and the stickers in another. All those bins are full and I only knocked them down slightly. It’s time to change that.

With the project I’ll be sharing here, I used the rest of the kit that I won from Mrs. Pham. One, it was smaller than all the other batches I have. Two, it can’t fit in with the other stuff. Three, I didn’t want to put it with everything else if I could because it would’ve gotten lost in the sauce. I did well with this one. I have only a little piece of pearl wrap left, the envelopes, and some sticky dots.

Here’s the video. Enjoy!

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Let’s Build Our Stash with Scrap Drawing No. 2 | Thelisha’s Stash Builds

Hey Sweeties,

Right when I thought my first scrap drawings were my favorite, this one takes the cake. I don’t know if it’s the shape of the scrap or the drawing on it. I really like leaves, so that made it even more fun.

Enjoy the video!

For more scrap drawing and other crafts, be sure to subscribe to my channel and keep up with me here! See you in the next one!

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Beautiful Index card Art: This Was Unexpected!! No. 7 | Thelisha’s Sketches & Colors

Hey Sweeties,

In today’s post, I’ll be talking about being refreshed. So I’ll be sharing the word prompt for the 52-week Index Card Art Challenge, hosted by Mrs. Pham of Livie’s Lovelies, I’ll be sharing with you: “Refresh.”

When I drew and colored this, I had to remind myself how important it is to rest. So many of us will go, go, go and not take breaks, breathe, or check to see what time it is. Before you know it, the day is gone, and it’s time to wind down. How many of us can wind down at the end of the day? How many of us go to bed with the day replaying repeatedly?

There are some days I can wind down and some I can’t. It takes me hours to get to sleep because I’m too busy thinking about what I didn’t do and what I will do the next day. I beat myself up about what I didn’t get done instead of what I finished. I’ve been getting better, but I still have my moments. Here are a few things I do to help get to sleep in half the time it usually takes me to get to sleep.

How to Wind Down

  • Stop working on the things that keep your blood pumping at least 2 hours before you want to go to bed. Note: It’s good to have a sleep schedule. Having a sleep schedule helps you become more productive. BUT, it’s hard to pick up a sleep schedule. This is something I worked on all by itself.
  • If you must replay your day, do it once and let it go. Remind yourself of the things you accomplished and not what you didn’t. If you follow a to-do list, put those unfinished things at the top of the list for the next day.
  • Listen to something calming, read a book, watch TV, or take a shower or bath.
  • Do breathing exercises and listen to sleep stories. I have Calm, and it helps. Once, I talked so much trash about listening to a deep rest meditation that I didn’t make it halfway through it before going to sleep. When I woke up the next day, I felt better, and I didn’t remember anything passed the first 7 minutes… It’s a 27-minute meditation, and I still don’t know what’s at the midpoint or end. So I did the “unwind” and “relax” breathing exercises before I played the meditation.

If you need some relaxing art and music in your life today, check out the video below. Enjoy!

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Beautiful Index Card Art: This Was Unexpected!! No. 5 | Thelisha Sketches & Colors

Hey Sweeties,

Today I’m going to share one of my drawings and colorings from the 52-week Index Card Art Challenge, hosted by Mrs. Pham of Livie’s Lovelies by Pham. Unfortunately, I am behind terribly, but that doesn’t mean I can’t still do it.

I believe this is an April word. I know I shorted myself one word when I called myself doing all the words for the month. But, as I said in the video, I will take this one step at a time and one word at a time. I think I said that in this video.

The word I’m working on here is Dream. We all know what dreams are and when we have them. If you watch the video, I explain how I feel about dreams. Be sure to watch it, even though I didn’t mention it until after making this video. Christian inspired me from BlackBean CMS on YouTube. The use of color is what got me. I’m not a big fan of coloring, but I’ll do it if I have to do it. I love making colors, but that doesn’t mean I have to use them. I know that sounds crazy. Also, I’m not too fond of how icing feels on my hands. Yet, I like decorating cakes.

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5 Things to Help You Become Better, Creatively

assorted color great board decor lot

Hey Sweeties,

Sometimes, it seems my blog has no direction, but it does. That’s ALL THINGS CREATIVE. I have cookies, cakes, and crafts. When you’re creative and have a head full of ideas, you get bored with doing the same things repeatedly.

In the same way, I wasn’t a crafter, I wasn’t a cake decorator or an artist, BUT I was always creative. Nothing ever stood in the way of my imagination and creativity. No one should stand in your way. So first, I learned to draw, then bake, I learned to decorate, and I soon learned to craft. I can take food and make paper or take paper and make food. Worded weird, but you catch my drift. There are many things I’ve seen that I like as a food or non-food and feel like I should bring them to the other side. And no, I’m not the only one out here doing this, but I’m the only me, doing it my way.

With that being said, this blog post will put you on the starting path of combining what you love and want to do and making it what you imagined. It doesn’t necessarily have to be baking and crafting. You can be a chef and a clothes designer. Here, I will use what I do and show you how to apply it to yourself.

Baking & Understanding It

Like anything else, baking is one of those things that some of us love but can’t do. Some of us don’t know how to boil water. It doesn’t have to be rocket science because it’s not. One thing I can tell you about baking is that everything matters. When I say everything, I mean eeeeeevrrrrythang!

The boring definition of baking is the process of cooking bread, cakes, etc. I define it as a form of cooking that requires you to be the most accurate, or what you’re making isn’t going to turn out right. It can be in adding the ingredients, the mixing, or it can be in the baking. The best thing to do is pay attention. If you’re reading a recipe to understand what you’re making, read it twice and look over it again. Don’t dive into it thinking you can throw stuff in the bowl and make a dessert. Yeah, there are one-bowl wonders, shortcuts, and substitutions, but before you think about a shortcut or substitution, learn the basics….that’s with anything.


Decorating Cakes & Cookies

I’ll show you my tips, tricks, and things I’ve learned from others on my cake and cookie decorating journey. For the non-bakers and non-crafters, you can apply this same thing to what you’re doing. It will take a bit of thinking outside the box, but you can make any “Technique With a Tweak” work when you’re getting creative.


Where Baking & Crafting Meet

Here is where it all comes together. For me, it’s where baking and crafting meet. (If you’re not baking and crafting) For you, it will be where your first love and your new love meet. Learn to merge the two and make them work together. You may not think this is important, but it will save you time and money when seeing how interchangeable tools are. It’s not all about shopping at a specific store or catching every sale (BangQuality)!


All-Around Crafting

My ideas are what they are, from the heart. When looking for inspiration, I can see forty different versions of the same thing but come out with something completely different. I’ll show you how to look for inspiration, make it for others, and not fall in the line of duplication; kids call it copycatting. Before anyone takes offense, there is nothing wrong with duplicating, but there is no growth or creativity in that. You want to be the creator, not the assembly line.


Brainstorming, Planning, & Getting It Done

You have the right the underthink and overthink everything, but doing too much of either can hurt your process. If you underthink something you want to create, you may not like the finished product. If you overthink it, you either don’t finish it because you’re overwhelmed or bored with it. There’s a reason people say “less is more” and “more is more.” I’m going to help you figure out if you’re a “less is more,” “more is more,” “balanced,” “chaotic,” or “moody” type creator. When you figure out what type of creator you are, we’ll go through brainstorming, planning, and getting it done.

  • We know brainstorming is when we generate ideas and put down things to figure out what we want to create.
  • Planning takes what we have and brings it all to one cohesive idea.
  • Getting it done is what it is.

Not to say we have to plan every little thing we do. We can wing it. Winging it is good when you want to get something off your chest, when you want to relax, and enjoy what you’re doing without thought. The only thought is to do it. Not saying you’re going to love it, but do it. Even our biggest, most well thought out plan doesn’t give us what we want at times. Don’t get discouraged.


Conclusion

I said all that above to say this. If you want to learn how to take your creativity to another level, not in one place but many places. Let’s see how far you take your imagination, not how far it can take you. So instead of letting your imagination lead the way, hold your imagination’s hand and walk by its side. You’ll never stop coming up with ideas, and you’ll never want to stop creating.

Over the next few posts, I will talk about each part mentioned above, how I apply it to my life of creativity, and show you how you can use it in yours. You’re gonna learn some crazy terms like “BangQuality” and “Technique with a Tweak.” There are a few things you’ll get used to as well, like “Learning How to Buy It.”

Join me for future posts, videos, and whatever else I have for this 5 Things to Help You Become Better, Creatively series. Make sure you subscribe to the blog and turn on your notifications. I’ll be posting once per week.

See Y’all Later!!

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One Stamp, One Journaling Card | Crafty Individuals | Thelisha’s Stash Builds

This was created using a Crafty Individuals Stamp CI-210

Hey Sweeties,

Here’s another simple project for everyone. One stamp, one journaling cad. For this project, I used a Crafty Individuals stamp and some scraps. I did a little coffee dying (not on camera), stamping, a pinch of watercoloring, and paper burning. I want so bad to make this a series. We’ll see! Enjoy the video posted below!

One stamp, one journaling card