My Happy Journal


Tea for Two Journal


I love Linda Callahan’s sketch for Freshly Made Sketches this week!  It inspired this “Happy Journal” created with many products from the New Spring Catalog and Sale-A-Bration freebies.


  • Be careful what you throw away!  The base for this journal came from a thick piece of cardboard packed with the Artisan Embellishments Kit; cut in half it makes two pieces measuring 4-1/2″ x 6″.
  • Use the Tabletop Paper Cutter is perfect for cutting thick cardboard to get a nice, clean edge.
  • Use Anywhere Glue Sticks for an easy and mess-free way to adhere your DSP to the cardboard.  The DSP used on the outside and inside covers and the tag graphic are from the New Tea For Two (Spring Catalog).
  • Use ribbon for your journal “rings”.  You can untie them and add more pages, if necessary.  The beautiful shiny, satiny ribbon used to tie it all together is from the Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack which includes 3 ribbon spools (Island Indigo, Pool Party and Tangerine Tango) and 36 coordinating buttons.  This pack is from the Sale-A-Bration brochure and it’s FREE with a $50 order!


My Happy Journal


  • Use a light colored paper for your pages (So Saffron used here) so you can easily write and stamp on it.


Tea For Two


  • Journals are the perfect opportunity to use bulkier embellishments like trinkets and fluffy flowers.  The Tea Time Trinkets are a perfect compliment for the graphic used on the tag, and the Bloomin’ Marvelous stamp set (also a FREE choice from Sale-A-Bration) has perfect sentiments for a journal, inside and out.
  • Give it extra 3-D appeal by allowing some of your embellishments, ribbons, banners, etc., overlap the edges.


I hope you enjoyed today’s project and are inspired to create your own “Happy Journal”, “Creativity Journal” or whatever you want to journal.  This also makes a wonderful gift, but I can’t part with this one.  I guess I better go make some more…

I also hope that you’ve been encouraged to play along with Linda’s sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  We’d love to see what you create!



Oh-Happy-Day-JournalSUPPLIES:    Stamp Set:  Bloomin’ Marvelous (SAB);  Paper:  Tea for Two DSP (SC), Lucky Limeade, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango;  Ink:  Early Espresso Classis Stampin’ Pad and Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker;  Tools and Accessories:  Tabletop Paper Cutter, Anywhere Glue Stick, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Blossom Punch, Little Leaves Sizzlits, Tea Time Trinkets (SC), Tangerine Tango Ribbon from the Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack (SAB); Natural Trim Ribbon (SC), 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch (SC), Top Note Die, Owl Builder Punch (for hearts on inside page), Rhinestone Basic Jewels;  Other:  Crop-a-Dile, Cardboard or Chipboard, regular paper hole punch (for tag).

Key: SAB = Sale-A-Bration Brochure and SC = Spring Catalog


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  1. Linda Foster

    I love this! The colors are great and the trinket is the piece de resistance! It is definitely a “happy journal”!!

  2. Carol L

    I love that you created this awesome journal by following that great sketch! It’s beautiful, and it makes me happy just to see it 🙂

  3. Rita

    What a fun project, Cindy! I would love a happy journal, so thanks for the tips on making one!

  4. Laurie U

    Wow! I really like how you turned the sketch into a really functional journal! Kudos! TFS!

  5. An Ordinary Moment

    Oh wow! This journal packs a beautiful punch! I so love your whole thought process, on this beauty. The colors are amazing!

  6. Stampn'HI

    This is truly happy! Love the colors and the embellies…especially that adorable teapot charm!

  7. Linda Suarez

    That is just awesome Cindy! I love it! It’s so bright and cheery – especially that cute orange flower!

  8. Jen Brum

    Cindy this is amazing! I love it! I love the teapot charm added to the front! What a fabulous idea! So creative!

  9. Bobbi Miller

    Cindy, this is a lovely gift idea, especially for a young teen. I remember we had “diaries” back in the “old days” and I used to spend hours writing in them. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful creation and for the inspiration! Hugs! 🙂

  10. Jen Mitchell

    This is absolutely stunning Cindy! The details that you have included on this journal are so colorful and visually interesting! Love it!

  11. Tui Nathan

    Stunning … this is exactly what a journal cover should look like … bright, colourful and full of texture and adornments … awesome!

  12. Dawn Tidd

    This is so pretty and a great idea. I love the tea pot embellishment on the front! I’m going to keep this in mind when I finally use my embellishments!

  13. linda callahan

    Your happy journal makes me happy! Such a pretty mix of color and design!

  14. LeAnne

    What a fun creation! Love the colors and the beautiful tag and embellishments!

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