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Daybooks | A thank you gift.

Hello Sunday!

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I popped a photo on Instagram this week of the cover of a daybook I made last year. It was a heartfelt thank you gift for Scarlett’s year one teacher. She had given my little girl so much throughout the year and I wanted to say a special thank you. The photo on Instagram proved popular so I Read More

Revisiting | Mini Books, Travel Journals.

Hello Wednesday!

Today I’m revisiting one of my posts from the past. I created some daybooks/mini books for friends traveling to Italy. It’s inspired me to make some more. Hope it sparks some inspiration in you too, especially once you see how easy they are to make. xxx 

I finished another Travel Journal | Mini-book for my friend + her kids. I recently completed a couple of Travel Journals for her daughters. {Check out my post here}.

The 3rd Travel Journal is for her eldest son. I have been eager to use some of the products from the GO range from Ormolu. I love the colour palette used for this range so I based my paper + embellishments selection around that + the latest range of Echo Park Paper Company to hit my Store called Charming, THIS + THAT.

Here’s a look at the first page. I used one of Jenni Bowlin’s Die-Cut Circle Label for the inside of the front cover to hide some of the machine stitching + to also give him another place to journal. Do you love that paper? I LOVE THAT PAPER!!! It’s called Instamatic from the Charming, THIS + THAT range by Echo Park Paper Company.

What I also love about Instamatic patterned paper is that the reverse side is a ledger design, perfect for journaling. {You’ll be seeing this A LOT in my future projects…}

As with the previous Travel Journals I’ve made I included an envelope packed full of self adhesive embellishments that he can use during his trip.

Again, the tiny letters are from Fundamentals which I bought at Spotlight. The tickets are by Jenni Bowlin Studio + Tim Holtz’ Adage Tickets pad, the Flair Button is from the GO range by Ormolu. The tags….

…are packaging tags that you can pick up anywhere – newsagents, Office Works – any stationary store. I attacked them with the Acrylic Paint Dabbers by Jenni Bowlin. As you can see I used Stick Candy + Chicken Feed. Now I have to be honest with you. When I first got dabbers into my Store I was abit sceptical. BUT I can’t get enough of them. They are so easy + clean to use. I’m a messy creator. These things make me look clean! For these particular tags all I did was ‘distress’ the edges + rubbed over the inside of the tags then pressed down on the sponge tip to get the dot effect. So easy + FUN! The string I picked up at a stationary store.

I added the kraft envelope for memorabilia that he might find during his trip. I had to trim it down to size + sew around the edges + bottom just like I did for the girls Travel Journals. One thing I didn’t do for the girls was add a piece of twine to the middle of the book. The idea is that he might find some brochures or sheets of info that he could fold + slip through the twine just like I demonstrated + explained in my little note there.

My kindred spirit scrapbooking buddy gave me that kraft ruler paper a few years ago as a gift. It has been so handy for things like this. I created a few tabs which I attached to random pages with my Tiny Attacher.

{The vellum sheet I used is called Circles of Silver by Celebrations of Australia. It comes in packs of 6, A4 size. I love it but haven’t been able to find anymore anywhere. If any of you know please let me know. If you would like to purchase sheets @ 90c each let me know via email.}

When choosing the paper for this Travel Journal I took into account that this was for the older brother who will probably do a lot more journaling then his younger sisters {maybe…} so I made sure that I included pages which would give him the option of space to write a lot. I used brown paper bags, trimmed them to the 8″ x 6″ size + slotted them into the book so that every second page is for journaling. I added a black marker pen outline purely for aesthetic purposes. I love the texture + the lighter weight that the brown paper adds next to the heavier patterned paper. That gorgeous ruler patterned paper is called Yardsticks + is also part of the Charming, THIS + THAT range. It ties in beautifully with my ruler tabs.

My favourite part {if I was made choose} would be the putting together of the cover. I had fun with it! I used some 12″ x 12″ kraft cardstock from Bazzil Basics + cut to a little over 8″ x exactly 6″ just to make sure that the edges of the pages were protected.  More tags, more Acrylic Paint Dabbers, more twine, more GO Flair Buttons, more machine stitching + the addition of a Fabric Swatch from Ormolu’s GO range. I used the wider washi tape to cover the spine to increase the strength of the spine. I’m thinking this little journal will be opened + closed a lot. The letter stickers are Mini Market Stickers by October Afternoon. I used a combination of grey/cream + blue/cream. Both will be available in my Store early next week.

The finished product! I really, really loved making this one. The colours were more in keeping with my faves so pulling the elements together came naturally.

Thanks for stopping by + having a look. x


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Creative Team | Daybook love with Anna.

Hello Wednesday!

One of my favourite ways to memory keep is using daybooks or mini books. For me a daybook creation is like a ‘quick fix’ in the sense that they are small, I can be as creative (or not) as I want, they can be used to capture one event that might be too big a story for one layout or spread in my Project Life album, and I tend to use up bits and pieces from my stash. You can see some of my daybooks/mini books HERE.

Today Anna shares with us a daybook she created for a trip she took with her family to Tasmania. 


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Hello fellow creatives!

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Today I am going to ‘show-and-tell’ about my new-found love of daybooks. Yep! – there is always more to discover and appreciate in the creative world…and I am so glad I dived into using these little beauties!!

I have come across daybooks/mini books before but have never really used or created one. There is such a vast array of creative goodies on the market and various ways of memory-keeping – it can get a tad overwhelming sometimes! So I just kept admiring and never buying…I resisted the urge 😉

After seeing all the different daybooks in Jodie’s store and what she did with creating one as a teacher’s gift for one of her kids (you can see that HERE)– I decided that I just HAVE to give it go!

We headed to Tassie in February for my sister’s wedding and I thought this would be the perfect way to document our trip, focusing more on the wedding, the lead up to it, and our roles in it. Having this little daybook would, in turn, lessen the page load in my Project Life family album too 😉 And I must say, it’s turned out to be quite a lovely little keepsake of our holiday. I have still documented the wedding and the week’s happenings in our Project Life album but creating the daybook has allowed me to record more details.

So without any further ado – let me show you some pages of my daybook…

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I chose to use the ‘Hello’ spiral Ready Set Go daybook by Amy Tangerine, purchased from Polka Dot Creative. It’s a very simple cover but I’m fine with that – I didn’t want too much hoo-hah on the front anyway. I’ve used letters from Amy Tangerine Plus One Sticker book and Charcoal Rubber numbers from Amy Tangerine’s Cut & Paste range.

You will see that I use alot of Amy Tangerine products…her stuff is just so awesome. 🙂

So onto the inside…

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  • First page I added a little lift-up piece to include the photo so I could journal underneath.
  • Second page, I created a pocket to pop the tickets in
  • The next page spread, I folded a 6×4” journal card in half and attached to the vellum page. This made room for the photo and the journaling. And it just makes the page a lot more interactive which is fun. 🙂
  • The embellishments used here are from the Amy Tangerine’s Cut & Paste die-cut pack and I have also used a circle tag from Chic Tags.

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  • There is a cute little house page in this booklet and I used this part to document the trip to the hairdressers for my spruce up!
  • The first part (red) held my journaling and the picture of the salon entrance. The second part (wood print) holds a brad and I attached some extra 3×4 journal cards from the Amy Tangerine Cut & Paste Project Life kit to hold my before and after shots 🙂 I will show you how I added these in at the end – you’ll see that I have done this a few times throughout the book!

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  • Another cute little page in this book is with the die-cut lady. Onto the front of this I’ve added the date (Amy Tangerine’s rubber Thickers).
  • Again I have added another little page. I have used some products from Kellie Stamps – wooden flair and stamps. I strategically placed that wooden flair near the drink but so that it peered through the head of the lady – just cos I thought it looked cool 😉
  • I created smaller pics of each of our main meals of the night (very laid back hens night this was!). I have written what we each ate on each of the photos with a white gel pen (a new fad of mine – loving it!!)
  • I wanted to document every part of the wedding journey – so the hair trials got in here too. It’s fun to just have a girly little fashion fest 🙂

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  • Another part of the journey is dress fittings and pickups. This was so special. It was both my daughters’ first time to be flower girls and the dresses were just divine!
  • To document this, I created another flip-style insert layered onto a page to keep it all together.

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  • To record some more details of the wedding preparations, I again inserted a small booklet made with 3×4” journal cards from the Amy T Cut & Paste project life mini kit.

Here are just a few pages from the little insert…

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And then came the BIG DAY!

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It really was a grand day and the highlight of our trip of course! It was lovely to re-live it as I documented it in this book.

I loved just grabbing things out of my stash to incorporate onto the pages. I loved the ‘He Said She Said’ stamp by Kellie Stamps to use on the I Do page. Her stamp designs are just so great – I can always find something that suits my pages somehow!


I must confess that this was not my original idea and so to give credit where it is due, I actually came across this tip via the blog of the lovely Kim Jeffress sometime last year. I have kept it filed away in my memory bank since then and am so glad I could pick it out again and use it.

I have used this technique quite a bit in this book so let me show you how – it’s rather easy. 🙂

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  1. Line up the pages/cards where you want them to be inserted. Use a pencil to mark the location of the spirals. Use a hole punch or Crop-O-Dile tool to make the holes at these pencilled marks.
  2. Snip from the edge of the paper/cards into holes the whole way along.
  3. Place page over the spirals and press down gently with your fingers along the edge of the page so that each little section attaches to the binder.
  4. TA-DAH!

It was a great way to get all the things in the book that I wanted to document so as to not run out of pages. I love seeing the book sitting on my desk all fat and bulging with documented goodness. Feels good to record the details of life hey!?! And now I have my first completed daybook to add to my shelf. Love it!!

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I hope you have enjoyed the tour through my first daybook experience – and picked up a few ideas and tips on the way.

Until next time,

Happy creating. Enjoy the journey.

Anna xx

As always, if you have any comments and/or question leave them below and Anna and I will get back to you. Anna also has a beautiful blog called One Big Sunshine Spritzer. I smile every time a say the name of her blog. Just gorgeous. Anna is currently taking part in a blog post a day for the month of May.  

See you tomorrow! x

Creative Team | with Ellie.

Hello Creative Team Tuesday,


How are we all after the Easter weekend? We are all coming down off a massive chocolate high around here. 

Ellie shares with us some of her Project Life pages as well as a gorgeous notebook that she created using Project Life cards. I love this idea!



Hello PDC lovelies!

It’s Ellie here and today I’m sharing a couple of Project life pages and a notebook I altered using Project life cards.


Week 1- was a redo as 1) I didn’t really finish it, and 2) I wasn’t entirely happy with what I did do. Instead of trying to get this right the first time around, I decided to leave it and move on, so I wouldn’t get behind with my pages.  I made my week title card half the size, which meant I could add a filler/quote card, and in turn added, some colour, to help break up my page. I also cropped some of the photos for more space.

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Week 9 – I also had a lot of photos, so I cropped a lot. To break it up I used an Amy Tangerine pocket and stamped it to make my hidden journaling pocket. This way I could fiteverything I wanted to write on a folded piece of card.

I have used: Jodie’s Days of the week Brush Script cards by Polka Dot Creative, XO mini kit word ‘week’ by Polka Dot Creative (ON SALE), Midnight Edition Core Kit, Sn@p – Everyday 3×4 cards, Christian themed Project Life cards by Becky Higgins, 4×6 Textured Cardstock Project Life cards by Becky Higgins, wood veneer camera by Studio Calicodate stamp by American Crafts, Pink Washi by Bella Boulevard, Yes Please Life sticker book & hello there sticker – Amy Tangerine. {For a complete list of materials used visit Ellie’s beautiful blog HERE.}

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Altered notebook

I decided to alter a notebook after I found one with a cute pattern. I was tired of losing my little notes of paper, and I wanted something pretty that I would hopefully be less inclined to loose.

I used Midnight edition Core Kit and cut the hello speech bubble from one card. I also cut out the phrase ‘remember this’ from another.  I stitched the sides and bottom edges of the ‘remember this’ phrase. Then taking a 4×6 white Textured Cardstock Project Life card I trimmed to fit the front of my notebook. I then stitched around the edge using my sewing machine. Taking a yellow diagonal 3×4 card from the midnight kit I also stitched around the edges. I then adhered this layer on top of white card. Taking Amy Tangerine stitch guide I stitched 3 little x’s on both the yellow and white layers.

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I then adhered this to my notebook. The Hello speech was added next. I then glued a piece of doily to the top right corner and adhered the  ‘remember this’ piece over the top. I added some glitter Tape and washi to the top and bottom. I used some mini alpha stickers for the year. To finish it off I added 3 different sequins.

I have used: Midnight Edition Core Kit by Becky Higgins, 4×6 Textured Cardstock Project Life cards by Becky Higgins, Glitter Tape by American Crafts, Embroidery Kit by Amy Tangerine. {For a full list of materials please visit Ellie’s beautiful blog HERE}.

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter with family,

Ellie xo

A thank you daybook for a special teacher.

Hello Saturday!

I am so incredibly grateful for teachers. These people are so dedicated to not just teaching our children but nurturing them. They are part of their lives. Part of their everyday. Part of their world for an entire year. Then they move on and do the same thing to another lucky child.

To all you teachers out there that give so much of yourselves year after year after year after year…



My kids have adored their teachers this year. Just adored them. As a thank you I made some daybooks using Amy Tangerine’s new ‘Noted’ daybook. I used nothing but bit and pieces from my stash. It felt so great to create daybooks again.



I chose a bunch of random photos from Scarlett’s school year. They are in the daybook in no particular order.


I didn’t want the daybook to be about the photos. I wanted the daybook to be about the message.


The message was how grateful Scarlett and I were for her teacher.


That is why I decided to write a letter to her teacher throughout the pages of the daybook with photos and embellishments.


The fantastic thing about using this kind of daybook for the kind of project is that not a lot of embellishing in needed. I could have simply added the photos and my writing and the daybook still would have been beautiful.


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Daybooks make such a wonderful gift.

Enjoy your Saturday all! xxx

Amy Tangerine’s ‘Noted ‘ daybook is available in my store now for $12.95.


My Instagram daybook using Here & There collection.

Hello Wednesday!

I love this kind of scene. Colour, creativity, the sound of my girls singing.

Stella raided my acrylic paints. I initially said ‘no way’ thinking how difficult acrylic paint is to clean up. Stella, the ever practical (and at times stubborn) chicky that she is said that she would take care of the logistics of the set up and clean up. And so she did, covering the entire outdoor table and chairs with a blue tarp. I couldn’t argue with her efforts.

While they created I took photos of one of my daybooks that I made months ago to house my Fat Mum Slim instagram photo challenge. I love creating daybooks. I made this one using fabulous patterned papers from the Here and There collection by Studio Calico which is currently 50% off in my store.

I sewed one of my confetti (or shaker) pockets onto the corrugated front cover.

I always keep the inside of these daybooks plain and simple.

No embellishments.

Just the Instagram photos and a strip of kraft cardstock to show the bare details of the photo.

Date. Prompt. And my little explanation.

I love that bike patterned paper.

All of the scrumptious patterned papers that I used to make this daybook are discounted by 50% in my store right now.




Guest Post | Ali’s Moloney’s Father’s Day gift.

Hello Wednesday!

I would like to welcome back to my blog Ali Moloney. Ali purchased one of my handmade daybooks and today she is sharing with us her finished project. I am really excited for you all to see this as I just love making the daybooks and think that they are perfect for a project such as Ali’s.

Hi my name is Ali Moloney, and I would love to share with you this gorgeous daybook made by Jodie that I used as a Father’s Day gift.

I have kept it very simple, and have used photo’s on hand, and also some favourite photo’s of Jason’s.


We have some family routines and I have highlighted them in here (pancakes for breakfast every Sunday is one!)

…and his present is a bit of a tradition now – Season Membership to the Broncos. He goes to with our eldest son, and next year with one of the trio in turns.

Jason was very happy – he has many handmade mini books and often they double as Father’s Day gifts or bithday gifts, as he keeps them with him when traveling or to show at work.

And yep, I have triplets – first Hayden, who is 6, and Brendan, Emma and Caitlyn, are are 3. I love including a birth shot every year of one of them. It always brings back the moment ‘when’ he became a father. And I love the saying “A daddy is his son’s first hero and his daughters first love”. It’s just perfect!

Added to the mix I have used only Project Life journaling cards (Cobalt) and the Father’s Day stamp set from Give a Girl a Stamp. That is it! The lovely outer bag is also made by Jodie, and is what my gorgeous daybook came in.

So thank you Jodie for the opportunity to share – I hope you like it 🙂 You can find me at Moloney Mayhem for more quirky insights into the mayhem that is our lives!


Thank you Ali! What you have done is just perfect for Father’s Day and I am so happy that Jason loved it. It’s also wonderful to know that he appreciates and treasures what you do and what you have done for him with documenting your lives in such a heartfelt way.

This particular daybook is made from patterned papers from the Here and There collection by Studio Calico which is currently 50% off in my store sale. I design the front cover using bits and bobs I have on my workbench or you can specify what you would prefer. You can find more info on my handmade daybooks here.

Enjoy your Wednesday all! x

PS | did you see that I will be working with Give a Girl a Blog and releasing a Christmas kit that will be perfect for December Daily? Keep an eye out on my Polka Dot Creative facebook page for more details.

Guest Post | Aimee Dow of Betwixt & Between.

Hello Tuesday!

On Sunday Michelle shared with us how we can use my June mini kit in our Project Life pages.

Today I’d like to welcome Aimee Dow of Betwixt & Between to my blog. Aimee is sharing her ideas on creating a Daybook with my June mini kit. This girl is thinking outside the box and I love it! There are two things I love in this memory keeping world. Project Life and Daybooks. I’m in heaven.


Hi, I’m name is Aimee but you probably know me best as the author of Betwixt and Between. I’m here today to show you how I used my July Polka Dot Creative mini kit. I’m not going to lie, when the gorgeous Jodie and I discussed this post and I explained all my design slots were filled for the month, the lovely Jodie remarked “No worries honey, we can do something next mon…”, she didn’t even have a chance to finish her sentence before I was screaming “NO! I want it! I have to have it!”. One of the main reasons I love Jodie’s mini kits is you really aren’t limited to what you can create with them, unlike other Project Life kits. So without further ado, here is my mini book.
The idea for my book was absolutely inspired by the mini kit’s colour palette and Jodie’s amazing handmade vellum sequinned pocket. I admit it looked better before I took the book to a crop and everybody just wanted to shake it, so it’s been though a fair few hands.
I backed the cover with a piece of beautiful foil paper that was included in the mini kit. The pages of the book are also made up of the foiled paper and the misted Kraft cardstock. I taught myself how to bind them together from a YouTube video. I’m not sure what everyone else uses YouTube for, but it’s my infinite how to guide.
I should probably mention, other than Jodie’s mini kit, all the other supplies are scraps or left overs. I love that you can create a whole project with little more than the mini kit and what’s on hand. Quote is by Audrey Hepburn, but you already knew that didn’t you?
How cute are those Dear Lizzy alphas. I’m such a sucker for small alphas. Oh speaking of alphas! Have you seen the Dear Lizzy Glitter alphas Jodie has on sale right now? I bought the Vanilla and the Spearmint because they were in the massive stocktake sale.  OMG they are beautiful. I’m going back for more…umm and probably a few more sale items. I figure I would have bought them at full price, so that’s already a 50% I’ve saved, but if I spend till free shipping, that’s $20 more product I get for free because I’m not paying postage. Yay!
I’m not usually a big pink scrapper, but I do love this page. It came about by accident. I counted out my photos and my pages but forgot to take into account the quote on the inside cover. So some quick thinking, a doily, one of the kits beautiful tags for stability and TA DA, you have a makeshift page! Lots more Dear Lizzy here. Dear Lizzy – 5th and Frolic stickers, 5th and Frolic ribbon and of course the alphas. Now all I need is the 5th and Frolic Project Life kit. You can be sure I’ll be preordering it here but do I want it with the Maggie Holmes or the Amy Tangerine edition? I’d love to get all three but with Liz Tamanaha’s Man’s World kit and the Theme Park kit, that’s probably going to be too much right? Good thing Jodie lets me pay them off in instalments. That way it doesn’t feel so painful paying for them and I get them as soon as they are released.
Here you can see the front of the Jodie’s tag, ehh… covered in homemade cork stars. It was my idea to put them there though. I didn’t do the velum one. I don’t own a sewing machine. That’s Jodie classing up my project right there.
Remember how I said leftovers and scraps? That ripped paper is leftover indian wrapping paper, the veneer I found under my desk and the the alpha’s are from one of the stray packs with only had a few left. I had planned to use Crates gold daiquiri glitter thickers, but curiously I was out of D’s. Go figure. The stamped background is just a geotag strip.
Before you say anything, I want to go to Amsterdam for the progressive government, the bike riding and the canals, regardless of what the sequins might have you believe. Just in case you were wondering about the little Dutch phase on the homemade speech bubbles, it means ‘See you later’. I gold glitter embossed them. I think it’s clear I need more practice.
I went to bed the night I created this page not sure of what it would look like. Jodie said be sure you photo all the layers but I don’t think I do a lot of layers, I thought to myself. I had one of those three am moments where you sit bolt up right and your husband rubs his eyes and sleepily says “What about arabic tiles?”. Apparently I had been talking about them in my sleep again. From there it was a matter of a quick google image search and it became very apparent that the easiest pattern to replicate was the fishscale. Then I went back to sleep.
That about wraps it up I’m afraid. I’m hoping one of you at least gives this a crack with the next Polka Dot Creative mini kit, due out very soon. I’m dying to see someone else’s take.
Thank you Aimee! You are so very creative. xxx Thank you for showing that my mini kits can reach beyond our Project Life pages. Be sure to visit Aimee’s bright and beautiful blog called Betwixt and Between.

Enjoy your Tuesday everyone. xxx

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