Laminated Fabric


A few months ago I bought a yard and a half of laminated fabric.  Well last night I couldn’t sleep so I got crafty.   I found a tutorial for a “Big Blue IKEA Bag” by Miss Make and altered it by adding a lining and a pocket.  This bag is HUGE!   I’m not sure what I will do with it, but it was fun to make.  The most difficult part about sewing with the laminated fabric was the topstitching.  My sewing machine seemed to have a hard time stitching through all of the layers.


At a recent Home EC class I taught a class on zippers.  I chose an easy project, making cosmetic bags.  Since laminated fabric is so expensive, I laminated some fabric using an iron on Laminating paper.  The fabric looked great at first, but as I worked with it during my project, the fabric began to wrinkle.  Here is a picture of the cosmetic bag I made using the laminated fabric that I made.


I can’t wait to make some more projects with this fabric.  It would be a great fabric for a lunch box. 😉




Bullet Journaling


I have become addicted to bullet journaling.  Who knew that you could spend hours drawing and coloring!  Seriously, while there is some coloring involved, bullet journaling is such a great way to get all of the junk out of your head and onto paper.   My journal is filled with daily to do lists, book lists and goals, as well as creative pages like meal planning and my favorite things.  I began this journal as a fun project for my Home EC class, but I have to say it has helped me to become more organized and prepared for each day.  As women, we have so much in our head (grocery lists, to do lists, people to call, gifts to buy, etc.)  Bullet journaling allows you a place for the daily/weekly/monthy to do lists and projects paired with creative expression.


I knew my High School Home EC class would love to create their own journals.  I was so impressed with how creative and unique their books were.  Here are some of my favorite pages from their books.


My favorite journaling pens are a set of 4 by Faber Castell which includes a black XS, S, M and a brush pen.  As far as colored brush pens go, I have tried the Tombow, Le Plume Color in, and the DJECO brands.  My favorite are the Le Plume.  I found them at Hobby Lobby and used my 40% off coupon.


There are so many wonderful ways to decorate your bullet journal… Washi Tape, Brush Pens, Colorful drawings  and stamps. Bullet journaling has also become an outlet for praising my Savior.  If I have any blank space in my week, I just fill the day with scripture, which is even more meaningful to me than my to do list.  My hope is to have a journal each year so that my grandkids can look back and see how I spent my time, the books I read, and all of the things that were important to me.

Supplies needed to get started on your own bullet journal:

  • A journal (I found inexpensive graph composition books at Walmart)
  • Black journaling pen(s) – I found them at Michaels
  • Black Brush pen
  • Washi Tape (I tape two pages together with Washi Tape because my jouranl pages are thin)
  • Colored Pencils, stamps, colored Brush pens all Optional
  • Print free samples of brush lettering and creative fonts online for ideas and practice.

Starting your bullet Journal:

  • Begin your daily pages in the front of your book, and the fun pages at the end of your book.  That way you will have plenty of pages to continue each month on your daily pages.
  • I like to plan a month in advance on my weekly/daily pages.  I find that it breaks up the monotany if I create each week’s layout different, but you may be more of a type- A personality and would rather each spread be symetrical and identical.
  • Don’t worry about it being perfect.  Don’t forget this is for you!  Use every page as an  opportunity for organization and creative expression!