Nov 20, 2008

My Desiderata Journal and the Love Affair with

E I think I even love the guy who created it - even though I know nothing about him except for this creation :) . If you haven't tried it yet, you must run over and give it a whirl. It takes any text, scrambles the words, and creates a word cloud. You can change the font, colors, layout - you just have to play with it and you'll get very cool results. It's got great applications for scrapbooking and other crafts. Here is a journal I made using and Magistical Memories Chipboard:

Supplies: Magistical Memories Fancy Frame
Magistical Memories Flutterby's
Magistical Memories Window Tabs
Magistical Memories May Apple Bloom
Magistical Memories Folk Art Star
American Crafts patterned paper (pocket and divider pages inside)

Hambly transparencies
My Mind's Eye rubons

American Crafts and Bazzill brads

Staples No Snag notebook

The Staples No Snag notebook is great because it comes apart so easily. You can alter your cover and add pages if you want. I added a pocket page and divider pages. Here's a look at the divider pages. The Magistical Memories chipboard shapes are the divider tabs. I covered them with solid AC paper and added an abstract rubon.

I love the last paragraph of Desiderata most, and I used just the only the last paragraph to create the Fancy Frame plate on the front cover. The cover and the plate are covered with Hambly transparencies.

Here's a hint for putting your book back together. Your instinct would be to put the book together as you see above and fit the spiral ring back into it, but the covers won't stay on well that way. Instead, do this:

1. Put the back cover on top of the front cover - right sides together.

2. Stack up your inside pages in order under the front cover.

3. Fit your spiral binding back into the book from the bottom.

4. Gently squeeze the binding shut.

5. Then flip the back cover around and you're all set!

Have a creative week!


  1. Oh this is so pretty! I can't seem to find this No Snag notebook at Staples. Is that like a brand name? I love Wordle too. Totally cool.
    Love this!

  2. I LOVE this journal! LOVE it.
    (thank you for your kind words on my blog. I'm glad you found me because I love your blog!)

  3. I sooo love this journal! What a cool resource with the Wordle site--thanks for sharing!

  4. Very cool! Love what you did with it!

  5. you are cranking out the beautiful work! love this.

  6. How fun is this? Thanks for sharing!

  7. Hi Betsy!!!! I really like wordle too! Have you wordled your blog? It can tell you a lot about yourself...haha.
    Merry Christmas :o)

  8. Betsy, your journal is gorgeous! Thanks for the tip on Wordle --I'll definitely be checking that site out.

  9. i love it. wow you made it, very good.

  10. ok, cool... i just added up tons of some other new emo backgrounds to my blog

  11. Found your blog doing a Google image search and I'm so glad I did! Thanks for the tip on Wordle (love it), and good work on the journal :-). I'm subscribed now, so hopefully my inner crafter-by-night can be inspired!


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