Friday, October 26, 2012

Altered Journal Blog Hop

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Welcome to our  Altered Journal Blog Hop! If you came here from Maria of Joyful Stamper then you are on the right track! If you happen to stumble upon this hop you can begin hopping at our host Melissa from Pink Polka Dot Scrapping

Suzanne of Zannie Berry is sponsoring our hop and is giving away two (2) Cuttlebug Folders AND 10 Colorbok Embellie Packs!!  To be eligible, just leave a comment on each person's blog.

I have to tell you that I just love my altered journals!  I started making them a couple of years ago and I make them in all sizes.  I make the tiny ones that are only 3 1/4" x 4 1/2".  They fit it my purse and I use them for a variety of reasons. The one I currently I have in my purse is actually to make notes to myself when I'm not at home.  You know how you come up with an idea or someone asks you something that you need to follow up on and as soon as you get home, it's gone?  I mean, you think you remember talking to somebody about something they asked you to remember to follow up on but when you get home, if you're lucky enough to even have remembered that there was something, you don't remember it?  Or you see something in a store or on the road or at someone's house and you think to yourself "I should do that or I can do that, I should make myself a note".  But you don't and then you forget.  Anyway, that's why I make these cute little altered notebooks that stay in my purse.

Here's one I made at the beginning of the year and it's simple but works for me:

Inside - plain cardstock

It's a 3 1/4" x 4 1/2" notebook that I covered with a retired CTMH paper pack called "Dreamin'.  I then used a retired stamp set called "A Little Reminder."  
You can tell it's been used - but it's held up pretty well for the last 10 months -- just a little fraying on the edges I'm happy to say :)

I also alter bigger composition books.  Here's one I just recently made:

Inside - has a pocket for papers
I use this one every morning when I do my reading.  I also write notes in it from any small study groups that I attend.  This book measures 7 1/2" x 9 3/4".  I used our La Belle Vie paper to alter this notebook.  I really like the colors - they're very inviting in the morning to journal.  For the images and sentiments I used a Cricut cartridge called Inspired Heart Cricut cartridge.  The images were cut anywhere from 3/4" to 1 1/4".  This journal is a very personal one for me and I find that when I don't take the time to journal in the morning, my day is just that much more stressful.

If you're never altered a notebook, I would highly recommend you to do it -- it's not very difficult and I have found that it really helps to personalize a journal.  It tends to have more meaning and I use it more often.

Your next stop is Sandra of Merritt Vergaray Connection.

Here is the lineup just in case you get lost on your way!
  1. Melissa ~ Pink Polka Dot Scrapping
  2. Ashley ~ Marine Wife's Scrappin Life
  3. Jenn ~ Scrap Happens - Embellish It
  4. Robin ~ Cut One Designs by Robin
  5. Connie ~ Connie Can Crop
  6. Robin ~ Scrap and Chat
  7. Dena ~ The Unknown, Entertaining Mind of Miss Dena Jones
  8. Maria ~ Joyful Stamper
I hope you have enjoyed not only my altered notebook all the others that you will see on this hop.  Perhaps we have inspired you to go out and get a notebook and personalize it?

Have a wonderfully crafty day!



  1. Such Great Ideas! Love these journals and you are absolutely right they are fun to make!! Love the tine journal idea.. I always forget lol... so thanks for inspiring me.. Thanks for being part of this hop!

  2. very nice journals


  3. I love your journals! Very pretty!

  4. LuV your inspy!
    the tiny notebk to self is perfect - ty for the idea!
    and luv the paper used on your larger one!
    def ties in with my hop post !
    thanks for sharing..:)

  5. Your ideas are wonderful! I love your little notebooks.

  6. What a great idea to make a new book each year and would be so much fun to go back years later and read them all again.

  7. Great journals! TFS


  8. LOVE your journals! TFS!


  9. Beautiful journals!!!
    <3 Pam

  10. I really love your journals Lucy!!! Especially the one with Grace on it. So happy to be part of this hop with you!!

  11. Great job on both journals! You've kept the first one together very well! It doesn't look that old/used!

  12. Lucy, These are beautiful journals. I love your journal that you take to church and small group the most. I love to keep journals like that as I can look back on what God has done and be reminded of His faithfulness. Great job!

  13. Thank you for sharing your beautiful journals with us. I love the papers and I have that cart and I love it!! Thanks for giving me another idea what to do with it.

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  14. They are both so pretty!
    So happy to hop with you!
    New follower too! Scrappy hugs!

  15. Both journals are so pretty, love the papers!


  16. Gorgeous journals. That first one is my favorite. What a great gift these would make.

    Smiles Sher

  17. these are fabulous Lucy!!
    I love altering journals too!


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