Connie Hanks Photography // // altered journal for Paris plans trip

Make It Monday // Travel Planning

MakeItMondayCircle-RED-CORAL-MAYWelcome to another Make It Monday! Our theme this week is TRAVEL! Once upon a time, in the distant, distant past, I traveled. A lot. I was an event manager and traveled the world, although most of it was in the US. It was awesome and I definitely miss it! But it was a different time of my live {read: no kids} and as much as I enjoyed it back then, it just wouldn’t be the same now a days. As crazy as my girls can drive me, I would miss them too much! They’re still little and need me to do lots for them. I’m sure once they’re both in double digits, especially the teen years, they’ll be begging for me to have a job where I’m traveling! Ha!

As I pondered what I would share for this week’s MIM, I remembered a beautiful journal I altered as a gift for a friend! It was before our trip to Paris and I took some of my favorite stamps and created this cute look for the cover of the journal.

Connie Hanks Photography // // altered journal for Paris plans tripUsing vintage inspired papers gave a great starting point to tie in the look and feel of the stamps and font used. I heat embossed the stamped image using a copper embossing powder and tied it in with an amber colored gem. Using a scalloped punch in two sizes, I created a cute title for the book, too.

Connie Hanks Photography // // altered journal for Paris plans trip

This is a super quick share – just a reminder that a couple of little touches like these can completely customize a store bought item like this cute little journal. Customizing items like this is perfect for elevating those store bought goodies into one-of-a-kind gems!

Be sure to continue the Make It Monday circle and head on over to Lisa at My Kreative Pursuits.  She’s about to take you on a journey in this week’s Monday Mojo post! And be sure to leave her some comment love! We really do love sharing our creations with you, and comments let us know you like what you see!

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Doctored Note Cards and Journal {Feeling Crafty}


For many years, pretty stationary was my addiction. I always had the greatest intentions to write notes to friends and family. But even with such great intentions, I have to admit, not very many were actually ever sent out. As such, I have a huge box of unused note cards, journals and notepads.

So what’s a crafty girl to do? Reimagine them of course!

2012-09-05_1964I had these pretty square, pink cards beckoning me to do something with them. So I pulled out my “Big Ticket” stamp set from Hero Arts. Using VersaMark waterstamp, and two embossing powders (black and pink), I created the ticket on plain white cardstock. I used black embossing powder on the outer portion of the ticket and pink for the sentiment in the middle. Using my go-to blending tool and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Shabby Shutters, I added a little color to the ticket as well. I popped on some foam squares and set it right in the middle of the white border on the card.

It still needed a little more oomph, so I used a scalloped heart punch on the bottom right corner, added some doodling, little heart stamp, and hand-written sentiment. Voila, custom card created!


Here’s a super cute journal I had on hand and decided to doctor it up for a birthday present for a dear friend. The journal was from Michael’s dollar bins, and although it had a cute screen printed flower detail, I wanted to customize the journal for an upcoming trip my friend was planning.


Out came my Tim Holtz Visual Artistry “French Market” stamp set. I love the blue print of the Eiffel Tower. Using a vintagy/newspaper print paper scrap I had left over from the crafts we made for my sister’s wedding, I stamped the design, again using VersaMark, and this time I used a copper embossing powder. I used a fun little corner punch to give it a little more oomph. Looking at it now, I should’ve distressed the edges to make those pop, but that’s what’s so great about this craft, right? Learning, learning, learning!


I used my Fiskars scalloped punches in Large and X-Large to create the little button on the bottom right. And using typewriter font stamps to create my title, I layered the pieces and added a little bling to finish the project.

What kind of “doctoring” have you done to take pre-made note cards all your own? I’d love to see!

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