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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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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
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NEW!! Sweet Stuff Digital Product Demo: Butterfly Embellishment | Thelisha’s Stash Builds

Hey Sweeties,

This project here turned out to be a beauty. What was supposed to be a butterfly journal ended up being a simple layered butterfly. I used a simple butterfly from the Cricut Design Space. I duplicated, resized and used the offset option to get the different layers. The black area is the offset and the patterned part is the reshaped butterfly. I made two of these, but you’ll have to check out the video to see the other one. Enjoy!