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Week 1 of Project 365

We’re already into the second week of the year and with it, the second week of Project 365 Somethings 2018. So far, it’s going well for me. I’ve done more cards than anything else, probably because it’s easier for me. But I’m trying to step out of my comfort zone by doing something different once in a while.

Last week, I showed you the two cards I made on day 1. Day 2 brought 3 more cards, using a stamp set from Inkadinkado. On day 3, I decided to make a bookmark from a watercolour background I had done during the fall and used another Inkadinkado stamp (I LOVE that peacock and will probably use it more in the future.) On the 4th, I actually didn’t do anything because I was very busy all day with my parents so I decided to do two things on Day 5: a card inspired by this one, and simply colouring a La-La Land stamp with watercolours. I don’t know what I’ll do with her but at least she’s done. On day 6, I took another break but I think the extra cards from the first couple of days makes up for that. On Day 7, I altered a big tag with a Julie Nutting stamp (the paper flower was made by my mother a few years ago.) And yesterday, Day 8, a smaller card (4″x4″) using 3 stamps.

Now, I’m ending up with a lot of cards and I don’t want to keep them all. So, I’ve already started sending some by mail (one from day one and one from day two.) If you’re interested in receiving something by mail, please let me know. You can send me your mailing info by email: sophietousignant at videotron dot ca (obviously, substitute the @ and . and remove the spaces.) Also, if you have ideas or suggestions of things to make with rubber stamps, feel free to comment or email.

Until next time…


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Small beginnings

“From small beginnings come great things.”

A new year, a new beginning. In my little creative world, it means a new project. A new chance to get back into the habit of daily art, daily creativity. 2017 was a strange year for me for many reasons but I won’t talk about it here. This is not the platform for it. I want to keep this blog focused on creativity, on art and all the good things that come with that. The only thing I’ll say about 2017 is that it helped me to better understand myself, who I really am.

Anyway, on to 2018. Once again, inspired by Hanna and Tammy, I’m back in the blogging world and hopping on the Project 365 Somethings train. My goal is to use as many rubber stamp as I can during the year. I have way more than enough as you’ll soon see (Hanna suggested I do a video to show my collection and, well, I will!) And as if I didn’t have enough, I spent the whole month of December carving my own little collection for Carve December (you’ll also get to see those soon if you haven’t already on Instagram or Facebook.)

For my first project, I went with a simple card design using three stamps, one of which is text. I don’t know which company they’re from. I picked two inks and cardstocks which are old Stamping’ Up! colours: Pacific Point, and Kiwi Kiss. And that’s basically it! I made two cards instead of one because I wanted to layer the stamps a bit differently.

I won’t be making only greeting cards this year because I think that it would quickly get boring. I plan to also use my stamps on postcards, tags, art journal pages, mixed media pieces and whatever else I come up with along the way. And I doubt that I’ll blog every day but I’ll definitely make an effort to come back once a week at least.

On that note, I wish you all a Happy New Year and may 2018 be filled with health, love and creativity!

Art on!

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>Manila envelope journal – Journal enveloppe de papier kraft


My mother gave me a pile of used manila envelopes and asked me to turn them into journals. This is my first prototype. I had to cut the envelopes because some of them wear torn at the opening. They now measure 6 1/2″ x 9″. I only used five envelops in this journal because you can use both the front and back as well as tuck extra pages inside. I hadn’t done an accordion spine in a long time so I had a bit of trouble figuring out the measurements but in the end, it all worked out nicely. And I’m glad I finally got to use this beautiful paper from K & Company. I didn’t add embellishments to the cover because the paper is beautiful on its own. It feels good to use up what I have been keeping for years!
Ma mère m’a donné une pile d’enveloppes en papier kraft utilisées et m’a demandé de les utiliser pour faire des journaux. Voici mon premier prototype. J’ai dû couper les enveloppes parce qu’il y avait des parties déchirées à l’ouverture. Elles mesurent maintenant 16.5cm x 22.9cm. Je n’ai utilisé que cinq enveloppes dans ce journal parce qu’on peut se servir autant du devant que du dos ainsi qu’insérer des pages de surplus à l’intérieur. Je n’avais pas fait de reliure en accordéon depuis un bon moment alors j’ai eu de la difficulté à trouver les bonnes mesures mais tout s’est arrangé à la fin. Et je suis contente de m’être finalement servie du beau papier de K & Company. Je n’ai pas ajouté de décorations sur la couverture parce que le papier est suffisament beau. Ça fait du bien d’utiliser ce que je gardais depuis des années!
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>The winged book – Le livre ailé


To make the winged book, I followed instructions from Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures & Forms by Alisa Golden. I found this book at my local art supply store and I could not put it down. It has so many great ideas to make books and journals along with excellent instructions and information. If you want to make your own books, this is definitely a good resource.
Pour faire le livre ailé, j’ai suivi les instructions du livre Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures & Forms by Alisa Golden. J’ai trouvé ce livre à ma boutique de fournitures artistiques et je n’ai pas pu m’en passer. Il y a tellement de bonnes idées pour faire des livres et journaux en plus d’excellentes instructions et informations. Si vous voulez faire vos propres livres, c’est définitivement une bonne référence.
Back to the winged book itself. I used papers from Stampin’ Up! but after folding the pages, I realized that the ledger patterns ended up on the diagonal. Not exactly what I had in mind. But since this is my prototype, I now know how to place and cut my paper to use it properly in this type of book. I decided to go for wrapped hard covers and love the effect. When closed, the book measures 3″ x 6″; fully opened, it’s 36″ long.
De retour au livre ailé. J’ai pris des papiers de Stampin’ Up! mais après avoir plié les pages, je me suis apperçue que le motif de feuille ligné se retrouvait à la diagonale. Pas excatement ce que j’avais en tête. Mais comme ceci est mon prototype, je sais maintenant comment placer et couper mon papier pour l’utiliser comme il faut dans ce genre de livre. J’ai décidé de faire des couvertures rigides enveloppées et j’aime beaucoup l’effet. Fermé, le livre mesure 7.6cm x 15.2cm; complètement ouvert, il fait 91.4cm de long.
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>Winners – Gagnantes


I love making journals out of recycled materials. The paper for the pages was leftover from previous journals. I used the box from marshmallow squares to make the covers. 
Last week, I decided to have a giveaway for my 600th post. Since I only received 4 comments (one of which is from my mother,) I decided not to pick a name and to give a journal to each of them. My mom left a comment without participating but she can get custom journals any time she wants! So, Janet, CeeCee and Melissa, you are all winners! Let me know which type of journal you prefer from my 365 project and you’ll get it as soon as possible!
J’aime faire des journnaux avec des matériaux recyclés. Le papier pour les pages vient du surplus des journaux précédents. Je me suis servie d’une boite de carrés à la guimauve pour faire les couvertures.
La semaine passée, j’ai décidé de faire un tirage pour mon 600ème article. Comme je n’ai eu que 4 commentaires (l’un d’eux étant de ma mère,) j’ai décidé de ne pas piger de nom et de leur donner chacune un journal. Ma mère a laissé un commentaire sans participer mais elle peut avoir des journaux faits sur mesure n’importe quand! Alors, Janet, CeeCee et Melissa, vous êtes toutes des gagnantes! Laissez-moi savoir quel type de journal vous préférez dans mon projet 365 et vous l’aurez le plus tôt possible!
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>Update on 365 – Mise à jour sur 365


As it turns out, I am not able to create one journal per day but I still plan to make 365 journals in one year. So, some days will see more than one type of journal being constructed while other days will be about gathering materials and inspiration (I already have 4 books on making journals and books by hand.) Over the long weekend, I’ve managed to create 3 different models.
Comme je m’y attendais, il m’est difficile de créer un journal par jour mais j’ai tout de même l’intention de faire 365 journaux en une année. Alors, certains jours verront plusieurs modèles de journal être construits alors que d’autres jours seront pour la cueillette de matériaux et d’inspiration (j’ai déjà 4 livres sur la fabrication de livres et journaux à la main.) Pendant la longue fin de semaine, j’ai réussi à créer 3 modèles différents.
Spiral bound game board journals.
Journaux à spirales avec planches de jeux.
Single sheet mini journals (2 different types of folding but I’ll count this as one model.)
Mini journaux avec une seule feuille (2 styles différents de pliage mais je compte ça comme un modèle.)
File folder with various papers in a variety of sizes.
Journal filière avec une variété de papiers en grandeurs variées.
This has been post #600.
Ceci était l’article #600.
To celebrate, I’m hosting a giveaway. Anyone who reads this blog may participate. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post before 11:59 PM (eastern time) on May 2nd. The winner will be announced and contacted on May 3rd so be sure that I can reach you via your blog, twitter or email. Oh yeah, I forgot… the prize! The winner will get a handmade journal: any model from my 365 project shown here. Good luck!
Thank you for reading (and welcome to my new followers!)
Pour célébrer, je vous offre un tirage. Si vous lisez ce blogue, vous pouvez participer. Tout ce que vous devez faire est de laisser un commentaire sur cet article avant 23:59 (heure de l’est) le 2 Mai. Le gagnant sera annoncé et contacté le 3 Mai alors assurez-vous que je puisse vous retrouver soit via votre blogue, twitter ou courriel. Ah oui, j’oubliais… le prix! Le gagnant recevra un journal fait à la main: n’importe quel modèle de mon projet 365 tel que vus ici. Bonne chance!
Merci de l’avoir lu (et bienvenue à mes nouveaux abonnés!) 

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>Stitched paper journal – Journal de papier cousu


Day 3 of 365 mini journals. The challenge was to make something out of paper without using scissors or glue and without writing on it. This was easy: I simply folded 5 sheets of copy paper in half, one sheet of decorative paper and stitched them all together with a piece of linen. I added a few beads to the linen for decoration.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to only blog about my daily journal making! I have other things in the works too.
Jour 3 de 365 mini journaux. Le défi était de faire quelque chose avec du papier sans utiliser de ciseaux ou de colle et sans écrire/dessiner dessus. C’était facile: j’ai simplement plié en deux 5 feuilles de papier à photocopie, une feuille de papier décoratif et les ai toutes cousues ensemble avec une longueur de lin. J’ai enfilé quelques perles sur le lin comme décoration.
Ne vous inquiétez pas, je ne bloguerai pas seulement à propos de ma fabrication quotidienne de journaux! J’ai d’autres projets en cours aussi.