More Paperclips

March 2018 paperclipsMarch’s paperclip theme is pets. I made little watercolour portraits of my cats Parsa and Pixie. I’m thinking I might make my other kitties so that I have my whole posse to poke out the top of my planner. <3

They have purple iridescent paper on the back, because purple.

Pixie is the only one of my cats that wears a collar. It’s pink and says Little Trooper, with Storm Trooper helmets. She got it for Christmas this past year.

April’s theme is flowers.

 

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#12PaperClipsOf2018 Challenge

Jan Paperclips Making MagicWe’re supposed to do our clips around the month that the prompt is for, otherwise I’m sure I’d be mostly done the year’s worth by now! In any case, January’s prompt was to use your word of the year. Mine is Magic. I wanted to try making banner clips, which go on the side of your paper rather than the top. I like how these came out, a lot!

The kitty shapes are from a die I got on Aliexpress, which I then outlined with gold gel pen. The red dots are bling I picked up at the dollar store around Christmas, also outlined with gold gel pen.

 

Feb Paperclips Kimono GirlsSkidding in at the end of the month with my February paper clips! Full disclosure, I got the idea from a die I saw on Aliexpress, but I don’t have the die, so I drew/painted my own kimono girls and added hearts in their hands.ย 

I’ll just continue to add my new clips in batches to this blog, not to this particular post, since it’s not a short challenge.

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#decBOSchallenge

Halloween was so much fun, I decided to join the Gypsy Witch Diaries December BOS challenge. I’ve actually also got Molly Roberts’s 12 Ghosts challenge at the same time, so hopefully I can keep up!

The first theme is Light in the Darkness. I wrote about the Great Ice Storm from a few years ago, and how we lost all heat and power, and Phrixy and I got REALLY sick with bronchitis. Never have I been so grateful to have those things, and medicine, as when Mom took us to her place for Christmas for a couple days. When we got home the power was back on, but we’d lost all the food we’d just bought from the fridge being dead. A big tree split nearly in half out front of our building. It’s still alive but I think about it whenever I see it.

The ice storm really put winter into perspective for me, and I’m grateful for modern conveniences that keep us alive in the depths of the cold.

Rebirth of the SunRebirth of the Light: My page for day 2 comes from a couple places. Our temple has a tradition of drumming up the sun after holding a vigil during the longest night. Some of us go to a local beach, make a little fire, and sing, drum, tell stories. But also, our belief that the sun will return after the longest night is important because it extends to the idea that even after our darkest times the light can return to our lives as well. The light will come back, and it will increase. Things will grow brighter. <3

Day 3 gift givingDay 3: Gift Giving.

I love gifts. I love finding the perfect thing. I love making gifts for others. I love surprises, no matter how big or small.

I have a new appreciation for the concept of abundance, and how it can exist even in poor conditions. The spirit of generosity can bloom just from giving what you can, and having faith that what you give will return to you threefold, and that the universe will provide. You just need to ask for what you need, and what you want, with an openness of heart.

Day 4 evergreenDay 4: Evergreen, Life Everlasting

I don’t like to cut trees and flowers generally, unless for more than just decorative reasons. But I remember the smell of cold and pine when we brought the tree into the house as a kid, and that felt like Christmas was really coming. The tree, once it was up and decorated and lit, was something made completely of magic back then. It was a promise that Santa was coming.

Nowadays, I sort of see the tree (real or fake) as a sort of altar, with icons and lights, and the gifts beneath are offerings to the ones we love.

Day 5 wreathDay 5: Wreaths

I’m all for the whole circle symbolism of life-death-rebirth, but I have to confess that I’m generally not into decorating with wreaths. My mom, she’s a master of wreaths (or used to be, at her old house). It’s just not my thing. I decorate my door with banners and signs, most often. My “Believe” sign is up almost constantly.

But with this page, I’m done the challenge for December’s BOS pages. I’m thinking I might do something about the Yule goat on the other side of the wreath page, just so it’s complete and can be put into my book.

That’s it. That’s all!

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The Starfish Thrower

I love watching Molly’s videos on YouTube, a lot of which has to do with her soothing voice. I’d heard this story before but when I listened to her tell it, I just felt inspired to do a journal page with a starfish flying back to the ocean after it’s tossed. It’s from the starfish’s view, I guess. Here’s the video:ย https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l59pwqY2z6E

Anyhow, I found a text version to Photoshop onto my page for public consumption, because my handwriting is atrocious. I’ll write it out in my journal by hand later. I just really love this story, and the idea that helping even one person in your life can help.

Enjoy!

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A Few Little Projects

clips and shaker ornamentsI’ve been making pretty paper clips for my travelers notebooks, which can act as bookmarks since they have ribbon clusters sticking off them. I really like them, so I clipped a bunch around an envelope to show them off. I’m trying to find materials to get most of the colours in, but I need to go through my ribbon box to accomplish this. Each clip has 2-3 layers of ribbon to make the fluffy tail. This is what I have so far. Most of the blue ones went into the TARDIS notebooks already, so there’s only a single one on the bottom right. Found some light blue ribbon for in the next round, when I get the ambition to climb up and get that box of ribbons. I also have a whole bin of random wools and fibers I should dig into…

Secondly, I got a die for making shaker tags. Some of those are in the middle. I did a few in Christmas colours too, but those went into the gift packages before this picture happened. Alas! And I did a fox one for Phrixy. They’re kind of fun, but it takes 5 layers of chipboard to get the thickness. Good for recycling old packaging at least. I have some more dies on order with different shaped windows, and I really want to try those out. They’re taking forever to arrive though!

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NaNoWriMo Winner

It was my first year doing NaNo, and I won! Admittedly, I had a strong sense of where the story was going, so getting my daily word count in wasn’t too painful at all. I mean, I used to write RP lines for hours on end, and didn’t sweat it. I didn’t exactly plot this one out, and some scenes were just tossed onto the end of my count so I didn’t waste time figuring out where they needed to go. I can just slot them in when I do my revision, and add anything needed to smooth it into place. I watched a lot of people switch from pantsers to plotters in the S&S NaNo group from having beats to work from. I can see the value. I think just having worked out my story in advance really helped. There weren’t any mysteries to solve for mid-writing, so there’s that.

I really like the daily writing habit, and the word count stacked up nicely. My story is longer than the required 50k to win, but that will come as I revise and add more scenes so things aren’t too A-B-C. I sort of took the direct route with the narrative so as not to get lost on the way when I was on a deadline. Now I can fluff it at my leisure.

I think I may do this again on my own to get some momentum going with my books. Prior to this I’d had quite a hiatus with the writing, albeit to load up my Etsy shop… Still, I love writing, and I want to do it more often. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, and this was all for book 2 of the Sacrifice (Tash and Jhody) series, which I don’t have a name for yet.

Update: Last week I sold the Kodama TN from my shop! Yay!

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New TNs in the Shop

Unicorn standard TN frontI added a couple new pieces to the Etsy shop for the Black Friday sale, going on until the end of the month. These went up on Monday, but I only now got to posting them here.

I knew I wanted to make something kind of girly and cute, and unicorns seem to be popular. I didn’t have any decent art in my files, so I painted a new watercolour piece specifically for this project.

This one has a piece from one of the bracelets I showed in my last post as a dangle on the elastic closure.

The second TN has been hanging around here for a while waiting to be finished. It just kept sliding to the bottom of the pile.

Peacock cahier TNIt has a real dyed peacock feather on the cover, sealed with gel medium to keep it in place. It has a resin-y finish now, and glitter in the gel medium because… honestly, some glitter got loose from a shaker pocket project and I needed somewhere to put it. lol

This one has one of my handmade boho charms as the closure dangle. I had to take 2 stabs at the folder because the first one went crumply inside, but the second one has a bit of bubbling on the outside. Ugh. Trying to make friends with my laminator is work.

So, today I sold the Kodama TN, and will be making it a dashboard and extra tags before it heads out the door. Some of the first books don’t have all the goodies, so that will be a weekend project for me.

I’m really happy it is finding a home. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Embellishment Hack

This is just a quickie post to show some goodies I grabbed on my last trip to Dollarama. These bracelets were all $3 and under, and have some nice beads and dangles that will fit on travelers notebook elastic enclosures. I wanted some variety, so I just cut these up and threw them into a ziplock baggie so I can just grab what I want.ย  There’s a really great assortment from only 4 pieces, so I’m pretty happy with this mini haul. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Doctor Who Lands at Etsy

Also in my pile of half-done projects were these cute Doctor Who themed travelers notebooks. They’re in my Etsy shop now…

First is a galaxy TARDIS passport sized travelers notebook. I am avoiding doing specific Doctors because keeping up with everyone’s faves would just be a royal pain! So the TARDIS is nicely non-specific.

I love this galaxy background! It also came from Shutterstock, and has a painterly look up close, with some canvas weave showing through. The closure has a wee ring of keys on it.

The booklets are decorated to match, and the folder (not shown here) is also a galaxy design and is packed with goodies as usual. The dashboard is made from a shot of the night sky in purply tones that I love, and it goes with the colours in the galaxy paper.

I even made some paperclips with sparkly blue fibers on them for my Doctor Who books, and they will include some cutouts of various related journaling cards that are just a gift from me to the buyer.

Did I mention that I love that dashboard paper? ๐Ÿ˜€

The second of these is another upcycled hardcover book, decorated to emulate River Song’s journal. Well, I did my best, anyhow. It has a real key clipped to the closure, which you can move to the spine if you prefer.

Spoilers, sweetie!

This one is standard sized, with a little space for tabs (which are included, of course).

This one has one insert, a folder, a dashboard like the one above, and the usual goodies loaded into the folder pockets. Most of the items aren’t shown here.

For more images of each of these travelers notebooks, prices, and more details, head over to my Etsy shop and have a browse.

Watch for upcoming sales!

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/IceKatDesignStudio

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Filling up Etsy

With the holidays coming up, I figured I better get a bunch of new stock in my shop! I’ve had so many travelers notebooks on the go, there are a bunch taking up space in my work area. So here are the first two headed to the shop…

First is a little passport sized Moon Witch book, based on my own artwork. It has 2 inserts, and a secondary theme of bats to decorate the folder and one of the booklets. I really like it a lot, because witchy bats for the win! Since taking this photo, I added a little clear dangle bead like a crystal ball, which hangs from the closure elastic.

There’s a silver metal spiral in the bottom right corner, which I originally had hanging on the elastic… but it didn’t want to stay there. I really wanted it for this book, so I stuck it on instead. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

The background paper is a Shutterstock download, which I thought was cute.ย The second photo shows some of the included goodies. I say ‘some’ because I keep going back and adding things, like decorative paperclips, dashboards, and whatnot. I am in LOVE with the paper on the booklet with the gold bats and stars and moon. I need to make myself one, just because. <3

The second TN is a deluxe, and it’s made from a thick, old Reader’s Digest hardcover. I left the cover as-is, stains and all because it just looks so vintage (it is!). I covered the spine because I just prefer not to have book titles there when I make these. There’s a butterfly on the elastic closure. Anyhow, this whole thing has a pretty floral theme that looks lovely for a wedding/handfasting planner, or maybe a gardening planner.

I call this one deluxe because I’ve added 3 booklets, a folder, a dashboard, and tons of tabs, tags, clips, and other goodies. You can see the folder in this second image:

For more images of each of these travelers notebooks, prices, and more details, head over to my Etsy shop and have a browse.

Watch for upcoming sales!

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/IceKatDesignStudio

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