How to make your own Midori (Fauxdori) Traveler’s Notebook

Fauxdori

I can’t remember how I discovered the Midori Traveler’s Notebook, but it was on a YouTube video that I saw the notebook and fell in love with the concept.  Basically it is a leather cover, with elastic bands that will hold on to your notebooks that can be removed when you are done with them.  In September of 2013 I discovered bullet journal-ling and it was the best thing ever.  I used that notebook for everything.  I kept notes for patterns, wishlists, meal plans and everything you can imagine.  My problem wasn’t with the system but with the notebook I was using, it was quite large and it was bulky in my bags.  It also got boring after a while.

InsertCoversThis is why I love the Midori system.  I didn’t buy an original because it seemed too expensive and I wasn’t sure if I would want to commit to it or not.  I also knew it would take ages for it to arrive by mail, so I decided to make my own.  There are lots of great tutorials out there, I watched 5 or 6 of them.  (Just google DIY Fauxdori) and made 3 before this one and realized I had a winner.  The cover is made using two pieces of faux leather.  I did order real leather but it will take a month before it gets here and since the covers can be easily removed, it will be easy to just switch it out.  It is also perfect for crafters because you can have a notebook for each craft or even print out knitting paper to use it to chart knitting patterns, the options are truly endless.

ReadingChallengeInsertI also made my own inserts.  Ray has tons of super great ones you can print for yourself.  DIYFish has great ones too on her Etsy shop and on her blog.  I didn’t make my fauxdori using the exact size as the MTN, I made it so I could fold an A4 sheet in half lengthwise and cut so I would have two notebooks, one for me and the other one is a short one that I give to my daughter for her Fauxdori, yes I made her a tiny one just for her.  This way is less wasteful and easier to cut, print and saddle stitch together.  I also got a grid paper notebook, the kind that has the pages glued together at the top and print on the pages to use less ink.  I have a blank one for my bullet journal.  The one above is for my 2015 reading challenge.  Last year I aimed for 52 books on GoodReads and managed to read more, this year I found the PopSugar challenge that gives you different categories of books, which makes it more interesting, so I made an insert just for that, with the first page as the challenge and the rest of the pages as review pages.

ReadingChallengeInsertInsideI also added a gratitude journal, a couple of months ago I started adding a gratitude page in my bullet journal, it was just a page at the beginning of the month where I would write what I was grateful for on that day, this is easy and also a healthy reminded of the good things in life even if they are small.

GratitudeJournalInsertCover

GratitudeJournalInsertAnd of course a calendar, I figured this would make more sense than having the calendar inside the bullet journal since I would be changing the bullet journal notebook when it was full, this way my entire year is in the same place.

CalendarInsertHere it is all full of my inserts, there is also one that is just for doodling and journal-ling.  I made two bookmarks by braiding some yarn and adding beads at the end and looping it around the top of the middle elastic.  It just makes finding the pages I want fast access to easier.

FauxdoriWithInserts

And of course I needed a place to store unused notebooks.  This one is cute but I need a bigger one, so I am patiently waiting for all the cereal to be eaten so I can use the box.

FauxdoriMagazineBoxIt took a couple of weeks until I figured out the best way to make this system work for me, so if you are going to try it out, give it some time.  I also made the first one using just one layer of faux leather and interfacing and some fabric, the fabric kept fraying, then I tried it without the interfacing or fabric and it was too flimsy,  my next try was gluing it to craft foam, which was great, but it kept getting indented and dirty really quick.  Experiment and try different things. 

Magnetic Photo Bookmarks {DIY}

I love reading, but I probably love bookmarks and collecting them just as much.  Apparently my little girl loves these things too.  She is almost 6 now but she will always grab my books, pretend to read them and then take my bookmark.  And I don’t like losing my place in a book.

After a little bit of googling I found printable magnetic bookmarks on The Pretty Blog and made some for myself.  If you know me or if you have been following long enough you will know that I just can’t leave things alone. For example I just can not follow a recipe, I need to add something else or take away something that should be in there.  So, naturally I felt that I could make some of my own using some of my favorite photographs from my Instagram account.  It made sense to use instagram because the pictures were already squared.

 

You can make your own, it just takes a little photo editing.  Or you can download the one I made.

Magnetic Photo Bookmarks

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I don’t have a specific tutorial because it will all depend on what software you will be using, but here are the basics:

Magnet Photo Bookmarks

  1. Resize your images (square them first if they aren’t square) to 4.5 – 5 cm, I found that this is a good size.
  2. Round the edges of the image. I use pixelmator and you select the image, then select Refine Selection.
  3. Copy the image and paste another copy of it on the top edge of the image.
  4. Flip it vertically
  5. Now move it in an empty place so you can add more.
  6. Keep going until you have all the bookmarks you want/need (not like a girl could ever have enough bookmarks)

Once you have your file ready print it on heavy cardstock

Cover it using clear plastic contact paper. You don’t have to, but this makes them more durable.

Cut each one out, making sure you cut the round corners at the top as carefully as you can. Fold along the center where the two images meet.

Glue a magnet on each side. I have these really thin, flat, square, self adhesive magnets that I find at my local stationery store.

Keep going until you have wonderful bookmarks that won’t fall out of your book. Now go read a good book.


 

Icord bangles { Tutorial }

I am on a diy jewelry kick. I love making these quick accessories that I can wear right away.

This is a simple bangle covered with a knitted icord using leftover fingering weight yarn.

You will need:

  • Leftover fingering/sock weight yarn (variegated yarn works great)
  • A thin bangle
  • Two dpn needles
  • A pair of pliers
  • A jump ring
  • A small charm
  • Darning needle and scissors

 

Cast on 4 stitches.

Slide your stitches on the dpn to the other side.

Place your bangle behind your stitches and bring your yarn from behind the bangle.

Knit the four stitches, making sure you pull the yarn tight from behind the bangle so your stitches are even.

Repeat until you have covered the entire bangle in icord

 

 

Sew both ends together and use the pliers to attach the charm to the jump ring and then attach to your bangle.

Enjoy your new bangle.

If you don't have a bangle, knit an icord to fit your wrist, attach charm, and a clasp.

Something slightly different

 

 

 

I made a bunch of stackable wire wrapped rings today. I am so in love with them. I love stackable rings and now I finally have a set of my own that I just totally love. I used this tutorial. I had some crystals in several sizes and wire. At first I tried thicker wire but then settled on the smaller crystals with the thinnest wires. I have short fingers so the thick wire was too much. It is one of those crafts which you really need to experiment to find the best thing for you.

I love making jewelry. I love wearing it too. So this is just a perfect thing for me.

Coconut Vanilla Lip Balm (Lotion Bar) {DIY}

Did you know that making your own lotion bars / lip balm is ridiculously easy? It is so easy, really, super easy, so easy I can't really believe it.

I did a bit of googling and found this tutorial. There are lots of them online, but this was the one that said the Shea Butter was optional, and I couldn't find it locally so I just went with it.

DIY Lotion / Lip Balm

I found these little pots at my local Daiso, I just love that place. I put mine in pots even though you can make them like bars because I live in Kuwait and even though it is still March, the temperature was already in the thirties so I don't really want to risk a meltdown of my lotion in my bag.

I also bought little plastic measuring cups because I didn't know how hard they would be to clean up and had decided if it was going to be too much of a hassle I was just going to throw them away (I am so lazy, it actually makes me do smart things some times).

I would also suggest you grate or cut up the beeswax as small as you possibly can, it melts easier when it is smaller. I have a kitchen scale so I weighed a small peice of beeswax (16grams) cut it up, threw it into a (DIY version) double boiler, weighed the same amount of coconut oil, half the amount of almond oil (I didn't want it to be too greasy) and a tablespoon of Vanilla. It was probably completely liquid in less than 5 minutes. Then I took my bowl off, wiped it dry (you don't want the condensed droplets in your lotion) then poured it into these pots.

Washing everything took another 10 minutes, the whole process from start to finish probably took 30 minutes, which is just amazing when you think of the amazing product you end up with. Seriously this stuff is amazing. It is a little bit greasy, but your hands take it in and in a couple of minutes it is completely absorbed and you smell like a coconut (which is an added bonus). My 5 year old has already claimed one, which is great because I am not worried if she eats the stuff, it is completely safe, non toxic and edible.

I made another batch but with vitamin E, it is slightly more greasy but it does leave my hands and lips softer.

 

Butterfly rainbow crayons

Butterfly Rainbow Crayons

Aren’t these fun?

They are cute butterfly crayons.

Butterfly Rainbow Crayons

All you need is a silicone mold that can be put in the oven. Break the crayons into little pieces and put them in the mold. The mold I had can withstand heat up to 230 degrees Celsius, I set the oven to 200 degrees and just let them melt then took them out.
It is best to place the mold on a baking sheet so it is easy to take out of the oven. Also try and make sure the crayons are high quality wax. The smaller the peices the faster and better the crayons melt down.

My Creative Space: Make a Nostepinne

I hate scrap yarn.  I don’t really hate scrap yarn I am just always annoyed by it and I hate storing it because those little balls keep rolling all over the place.  I had two options when I was left with a partial skein either roll into a small ball (which I usually did)  or leave it and risk it getting all tangled up (which I don’t do because I hate untangling more than I hate scrap yarn).

I knew that you could hand wind a center pull ball but after trying it a couple of times I realized either I have short thumbs or bad technique and dropped the idea for a while until I came across a posting on ravelry about nostepinnes.  I found the prettiest wood ones on etsy and even one that included a wpi gauge which I ordered but until that arrives I wanted to start winding those balls correctly.

So I did what any self respecting craft lover would do, I made my own using a sheet of A4 paper, double sided sticky tape and a pair of scissors.

All you need to do is stick the sticky tape on your paper along the short side and roll the paper tightly and stick it to form a nice tube.

I cut up a notch at the top so I could attach my slip stitch to it so the yarn doesn’t run away and mess everything up.

I found this blog which explains the process of winding using a nostepinne in pictures and a video.

Then I made a ball band so I remember and know right away what yarn it is and how much of it is left.

More creative spaces here