Monday, 31 December 2012

Nearly time for Resolution 2013

Here in New Zealand we are getting ready for New Years Eve. In preparation for the New Year I have started to create an altered journal for myself.

I have prepared an old book by ripping out some of the pages and glueing them to create a solid base of various sizes and a few pockets, of course!
The cover is started with the TH Cabinet card die and the baroque die and a selection of letters and numbers from various packs including some very cool grunge numbers. I have gessoed the cover and will be adding ink and other gorgeous stuff as I go.
 I think I will use this to journal January and prepare myself for the year ahead. Plans and hopes and lots of dreams.

Hope you and yours have a totally fabulous New Year and I look forward to meeting again in 2013.

xxx Michelle

Friday, 28 December 2012

Latest Videos are here

I have uploaded a couple of videos to show my latest projects.

The links are below if you would like to have a look

The Grand Mini Album

Ticket to Venice Travel Journal

If you would like to join in the fun with the Ticket to Venice Online class the link is '

Hope you are enjoying the last days of December 2012!!

xx Michelle

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it. Santa has been to my house and we are getting ready for a day with extended family. Here are a few shots of Christmas at my house.

I made the tree above many years ago and it still comes out every year.

The Kaisercraft advent calendar was made last year, and the Rocking horse is a treasure that is much loved.

The roses and sweetpeas were picked from the garden yesterday.

Christmas day in New Zealand - hats and sunscreen required!!

Wishing you all a Beautiful day wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

Xxx Michelle 

Saturday, 22 December 2012

I got a new toy

Yes I did get a new toy - an iPhone. I wanted Instagram. It looks like fun when other people do it, but of course it took me weeks to figure out how to get the photos off the camera and onto the computer. I am now going to try something very clever (well... for me!) A few snapshots of what I have been making lately.

I have lots of photos on the proper camera but I have organised the cord away somewhere very safe and since I cannot find it now, I cannot show you those photos.

I made three Christmas books and gave them away. I have the paper cut out for my Xmas book but I think that will be for 2013 now!!

Random photo of the the cutest puppy - Gypsy style - Ruby

I made a Recipe Album and that will be given to the Beautiful Bride shortly. I have a video to upload later today to show a quick flip through. The colour is a surprise for me. It is the favourite colour of the recipient. 

Been busy learning new binding styles.  

The journals are filled with my tea and coffee dyed paper.... Yum

New Journal - layered the cover of the Journey Journal from Marion Smith. Covered with various tissue tapes and then mod podged a layer of dressmaker tissue. Ready to leave home next year. Perfect size for the hand bag - it is 5 3/4" x 3 3/4 " 

The latest download from Marion Smith ... the Grand. Very rich and lush. I covered one of my binder albums with the paper and embellies from the line. Love it - Thank you to the lovely Ellen Bee of the Womens waiting room for spoiling me. xxx

Ruby got a haircut for Christmas 

and looks pretty happy with it

All over my desk and currently obsessed by 

Taking my first course on book binding with Mary Ann Moss and loving it!

Hope December is treating you well
Thanks for visiting 
xx Michelle

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Next time just one??

Once more my addiction to making multiples has gone out of control. Do you think I have Christmas covered??

These three are my latest Funky Junk Journals and feature in my latest You Tube video (there is a link at the end of this post)

All the Funky Junk Journals feature a fabric cover and over 100 pages of assorted paper. The paper includes scribble paper, art paper, kraft paper, recycled envelopes, lots of pockets and tucks.

pretty in peach

peachy keen prom dress journal

prairie blues baby journal

All journals include an assortment of tags, and paper ephemera. Extra sets of paper tags and ephemera are available with a journal purchase.

All of the above Fabric covered Funky Junk Journals are NZD$40 plus postage

Extra tags and ephemera add on kit NZD$5

UPDATE: I have one shabby white journal left and 2 packs of the tags from the last post. These are available at a 20% discount if purchased with one of the Funky Junk Journals.

Next up is my Folio Wrap - I love all the little pockets and the ability to tuck in different size books and tools.

If you would like a flick through the books visit my video link below

As always I love to hear from you and I am always happy to answer any questions if I can.

Thanks for visiting
xx Michelle 

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Something in the Store finally

I have been busy creating and have made a few more goodies than I can use.

If you are one of the people who is interested in purchasing from me, then it is good news day today. The first of my listings is available NOW!!!.

Details on how to order are listed at the end of this post.

Shabby White Album Kit

This Kit includes a ring binder that has been collaged with book pages and is 7 1/4 wide by 9 inches tall. The spine measures 1 inch wide. 
For full details on the contents in action please view the video at the following link. 

There are three of these kits available and they may vary slightly in size and pattern, but will have the contents shown above and in the video included.

NZD $42.50

I'm not old, I'm vintage...Embelllish me Kits

Sewn book pages tags                                            NZD$7.50

Coffee and Tea Dyed tags                                      NZD$6.00

Shabby White Album Extras Embellie Me               NZD$12.50

BINGO Vintage Mini Album

5 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches this gorgeous fun album is full of 50 pages. Included are pockets, tags, Kraft card and paper from various Marion Smith downloads. I love making these journals but have decided to let this one go to a new home as the shelf is full (and dipping dangerously in the middle!)



EDIT: All Sold - Many Thanks 

Purchasing and Shipping

Purchasing is really easy. Email me at with your order and I will send you a Paypal invoice for the total. Sales are on a first come basis. All the items are in limited supply, and are handmade by me. Once they are gone ....they really gone!

Shipping is of course dependent on location.
NZ - 7.50
Aussie - 12.50
USA - 22.50
UK 27.50
These rates are estimates in New Zealand dollars, if the postage required is lower than this amount I will refund the difference.

Any questions - I would love to hear them at

Thanks for visiting

xxx Michelle

Monday, 19 November 2012

Very soon now.....

I admit it. I have green eyes in real life, and recently I got green eyed with jealousy. My dear friend Ellen at got a new craft studio. It sounds (and Looks!) fabulous. I looked around my room and decided it needed a change, a rearrange and a Major tidy up. I pulled everything out, painted the furniture, created storage and then set about making order out of chaos. I quickly realized that I had a problem. I had too much stuff. What could I do? Throw it away?...are you crazy? Throw away perfectly good junk!! No I needed to share so instead of finishing off my room I finished some goodies off for my little shop.

I am nearly ready to load some funky junk journals, some mini books and a few extra embellies that I have make. Some final preparations are required and they will be loaded.

Would you like a sneak peek??

Some new funky junk journals, nearly ready for writing, drawing, doodling, making lists and having fun.

Some altered and antiqued goodies.

I have lots of lovely fun here. Coffee and tea dyed tags, tickets, dockets and cards. I love the patterns and the texture.

These will be available soon and I will make a video to show you all.

Thanks for visiting
xx Michelle

PS  I will finish my room one day!!