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Make an Altered Notebook Travel Journal

Travel journals are hot, and altering notebooks with mixed media is a great way to make them. In a recent journal project, 28 Lilac Lane designer May Flaum showed how her embellishment kits can make mixed media beautiful!

28 Lilac Lane travel journal by May Flaum

For this project, May used one of her brand new 28 Lilac Lane embellishment kits that was just unveiled at the Creativation show in January. “Let’s Go” is a beautiful combination of turquoise, brown and butter yellow with a few touches of gold mixed in – plus a gorgeous camera charm!

lets go embellishment kit

To see how to make this travel journal cover, visit May’s blog, or watch May’s video below to see the step by step techniques that May used!

With beads, sequins, pearls, and buttons, 28 Lilac Lane embellishment kits are a great match for mixed media techniques. Whether it’s a journal cover, a canvas, a scrapbook page, or another project…you’ll find just what you need in one of our handy embellishment kit boxes!

28 Lilac Lane travel journal by May Flaum


Make a Vintage Button Card Journal and GIVEAWAY

I decided to make a vintage button card journal because I love to make lists.  With the new year here I find I’m making lists every day.  Goals for the year, things to do, crafts to make.  They all go onto lists.  Then I lose the lists.  In order to stop this vicious cycle, I’ve started keeping my lists in journals. The thing is, I come up with some of my best ideas on the go so I need something compact, hence the birth of my Button Card Journals.

Vintage Button Card Journals:Buttons Galore

All the vintage button cards I owned had some buttons that were hideous.  The buttons were odd colors and looked damaged, so I pulled off the old buttons and glued on new ones!  Presto!  A little bit vintage, a little bit modern.  Perfect!

Vintage Button Card Journals:Buttons Galore

Supplies to make a vintage button card:

Instructions to make a vintage button card:

  1. Measure your button card and multiple the width by 2 and cut a rectangle from your cardstock and copier paper.  For example, if your button card measures 3″ tall by 2″ wide, you cut your rectangles to be 3″ x 4″.  Lay the cardstock down, then pile up a few rectangles (maybe four or five) of your cut copier paper down on top of it.  Fold it all in half and then staple along the fold.  Your journal is done.
  2. Cut the old buttons off the vintage button card.   Glue new, colorful buttons onto the card.  Allow to dry.
  3. Glue your modernized button card onto the front of your journal.

Vintage Button Card Journals:Buttons Galore


Instead of gluing your new buttons onto the vintage button card, you can also sew them on, then you can clip them off later and use them in a project, which would make the journal a darling gift for the seamstress in your life!


Post this project to PINTEREST  with #vintagebuttoncard in the description and be entered to win $25 in buttons and glue.

Contest closes January 10,2013 at midnight.  Winner will be posted on Facebook and on this post.






Composition Book – Summer Journal

journal and pencil boxes

A few months back, I made some boxes to hold my colored pencils. I loved the design so much that when I was doing my summer journal, I chose to make a matching journal to coordinate with my boxes. Cute, huh!

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