Monday, January 30, 2012

Circle Journal

Hello, Dear Ones! I'm so thrilled to tell you I was asked to participate in a Circle Journal group! I've never done this before but it sounded like so much fun. And you know how I love to have fun. There's 10 ladies involved.
 We were to come up with a theme for our journals. Now I decided for my theme ~ 'By Hand'! Now if you know me, you know how I love to keep my tiny dainty talented fingers so busy. This would be just perfect for my journal.

 I made a collage on the computer with elements that I have used 'By Hand' to create many things.

 I also poked down three olden buttons on the front. I used chip board for my pages and huge 3" rings to hold them together.

 This is what you see when you open up my journal. A sweet hand I found from The Graphics Fairy and a favorite scripture. The facing page is about me and why I chose my theme. You can't see it very well, but the words on the border describe 'By Hand' things like: sewing, patterns, thread, crochet, embroidery, etc.
I'm just so clever like that! :) Please know I'm kidding.

The next two pages.

At the top I have the instructions for my fellow Circle Journalies to follow. Kind of a flip flop top! :)

I took some scrapbooking paper and sewed up a pocket on my sewing machine.

 Then I've made a tag for each to decorate and added 'By Hand' for them to write their name and address on the back.

 Also there's one of those sweet hands for each Circle Journalie to add to her page in my journal. 

 Oops! I can see my tiny little knot has untied itself. I'll have to fix that!

 Flip up the flap and I've placed tiny little pictures of some of the things I've made 'By Hand'. Most of you have probably seen all of these things before.

 Again, because I'm so clever, I added a little mannequin and paper pieced her a lovely frock! :)

Then it was time to make my own two page spread of my craftiness! 

 Oh, I embroidered this 'By Hand' and was going to use it on the front of my journal but it just didn't work the way I wanted it to. So here it is!

 Sewing, crocheting, needles, embroidering graphics.

 Just the cutest little square filled with sewing sayings. I love this!

 You can't do any needle crafts without some scissors! :)

Here's the back of my journal. My journal will be mailed out tomorrow to a Circle Journalie and she will put her creativity to work on two pages in my journal. I'll receive a journal and will decorate two pages relating to the theme. We'll all mail a journal on the first of each month to another Circle Journalie until all the journals have made the rounds. We should get our own journals back around October and it will be filled with wonderfulness from each gal. Doesn't this sound fun? 

I just may show you each month what I decide to do in each journal that comes into my most dainty fingers! 

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Circle of Friends

We were made to love and be loved
But the price this world demands will cost you far too much
I spent so many years just trying to fit in
Now I've found a place in this circle of friends

In a circle of friends we have one Father
In a circle of friends we share this prayer
That every orphaned soul will know
And all will enter in
To the shelter of this circle of friends

If you weep, I will weep with you
If you sing for joy the rest of us will lift our voices too
But no matter what you feel inside there's no need to pretend
That's the way it is in this circle of friends

In a circle of friends We have one father
In a circle of friends we share this prayer
That we'll gather together no matter how the highway bends
I will not lose this circle of friends

Among the nations, tribes and tongues we have sisters and brothers
And when we meet in heaven we will recognize each other 
With joy so deep and love so sweet
Oh we'll celebrate these friends
And a life that never ends

In a prayer
That will not be long before 
All will enter in 
To the shelter of this circle of friends
That it will not be long before
All will enter in 
To the shelter of this circle of friends
~sung by Point of Grace


  1. You have so many talents, I think back over all your projects that are so this little book, so much cute detail! :D

  2. Shelia,

    You are so creative and super talented, I love that gorgeous journal.

    Smiles to you,


  3. That is amazing! I don't know if I could come up with something like that. Beautiful work girl!


  4. I just love, love visiting this site because I haven't got a crafty, or creative bone in my body. If you sat me at a table with a TON of crafty supplies and said go for it! let your imagination go wild! - well I'll still be there an hour later - asking for the instruction book! Shelia and the ladies who comment here are so,so talented it takes my breath away and just wanted to say a true and loving thank you to Shelia for making me so welcome and making me feel part of something I have absolutely no talent for!! Lots of love from my tiny little heart.

  5. What a fun project! I love all of the special details that you put into personalizing your journal. It's going to be fun to get it back in October to see what each lady adds to it.

  6. I love your journal Sheila! I am so amazed by your creativity. I was smiling the whole time I was looking at it. I love all the graphics you used too. What a neat idea, overall. I look forward to seeing your entries to the others (if you share them, hopefully) and the returned book in October. How fun!

  7. Shelia,
    WoW! Your journal is truly a work of art!What an amazing way tosee what others are doing with their journals! I do hope you'll continue to share where your journal has been and what wonderful things you experience along the journey!

  8. Dear Sister Shelia, you know I love it all. Every single thing on every single page. You clearly are the clever sister. ♥

    I posted my journal today, too.

  9. I love all the collection of travel Journal. I have had so many compliments on them. They are very beautiful and stylish papers. Excellent job!!!

  10. Very cute, Shelia! Looks like a lot of work and detail went into your journal.
    You always have such creative ideas!

  11. You are one of the most talented ladies I ever have known. Your journal is amazing. It must have been so much fun to make, all your creative juices flowing. Thanks for sharing its beauty with us, and I can't wait to see the pages you work on for your journal circle friends. Hugs ~ Mary

  12. Simply amazing! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  13. Oh my goodness how gorgeous! I hope I can do your beautiful book some justice!! I can not wait to get started and can not wait to see my book come back. I definately have to post pictures soon. Thanks for sharing your beautiful book. Grace xoox

  14. I am not only impressed, but thoroughly intimidated! How clever and creative you are! Even the back is nicer than anything I could ever do! Thanks for sharing your blues.

    Happy Blue Monday, Shelia.

  15. Shelia your are so talented and so very creative!! This sounds like fun!

  16. Shelia, Your journal will challenge each of us in the circle to "step up" to create pages worthy of your beautiful book. I can't wait to see it "in person". Have a Pink Week.

  17. Sounds like so much fun. I would love someday to be included in one of these rounds. Please keep us posted as you work!!

  18. I'm very impressed with your journal! It looks so professionally done. You are very talented. I love how you used your theme throughout the journal so creatively. Sounds like you're going to have fun with this little venture.

  19. That's a beautiful, and very creative journal Shelia. I love it.

  20. Such a sweet book and so handy for all those little things Shelia. It shows your wonderful spirit, too. Jane

  21. You are a very talented lady! This journal is beautiful. I love all your handiwork that I've seen on your blog. xo

  22. Your journal is amazing! I look forward to getting it in my hands.

  23. Congrats! And, go for it:)

    Visiting for BM! Hope you can stop by:)

  24. Wow you are very talented and creative. That is very beautiful!

    Yellow & Blue

  25. That really sounds like a lot of fun. You are creative and talented! hugs, Linda

  26. That is major cool Sheila and your circle journal is so charming and so well done!
    You are a gal of many talents!
    Hugs friend,

  27. That is so lovely, my friend! You are super talented, I cannot do that kind of thing, I love what you have done, though.
    Hugs, Cindy

  28. Your journal is a wonderful treasure, and this sounds like a fun project. I look forward to seeing this as it progresses through the circle.

  29. Sheila,
    I love, love, love your journal! Your ideas for this project are the cutest ever!! I love the way you made the collage on the computer and all the crafty ideas you used!
    Can't wait to see it when it is returned to you!

  30. Hi Shelia, your Circle Journal is wonderful! I love all the details. I think this is going to be a treasured year for you with this project! Thank you for coming by my blog- I'll see you again!

  31. I love your jounal sweet Shelia and you are so talented and creative and all the details to it, just lovely! I went by accident to see your favorite blogs and I thought it was fabulous what you did, I'd love to do just that and you will be in that least for sure my friend.
    Have a lovely week.

  32. Here I am Shelia...Finally. I had so many stops to make because I am behind in my visiting.(what else is new) All I can say is, "this is a beautiful Journal." You rock my darling clever friend. You may be kidding but I am not when I say, "You have the cleverest tiny hands."

    I can't wait to add my two pages.


  33. This is so neat! I participated in a Circle Journal once and it was so fun! It was a little different from yours. You are so talented, great ideas!


  34. You are beyond creative Miss Shelia! Oh my heavens, what a lovely and special journal. What a fun thing to be a part of, I can't wait to see it totally completed!

  35. Gorgeous!

    My Blue, please drop by and see. Have a great week!

  36. Sheila, your journal book is a work of art! What a wonderful idea and sounds like so much fun. I hope you do share with us each month what you decide to do in the journals. Hope you have a wonderful day, Gail

  37. Shelia - I am humbled and awed by your journal! How grand and a theme I completely identify with - reminding me of my mother who taught me to sew amid all those vintage images. But, your artistic way of putting it all together - I wonder that I can do a spread in your book justice for I think I may be the most novice collage artist among us. I shall study in depth your techniques and imitate a master - as all artistic and creative people do. Thanks for being such an amazing creative role model - to God be the glory in all we do with our hands!

  38. Wow Shelia... what a cute journal it is... full of creativity... It is such an interesting project... very inspirational
    With love

  39. Sheila this is just so beautiful in every way. You are so talented. You will have to show us when it gets back to you.

  40. What a beautiful journal! You are very creative!

  41. This is just the cutest darn thing and what a great idea! You will have such a wonderful memory book when it comes back to you. Awesome idea!

  42. Your journal is gorgeous! What a lovely, detailed project you've created. I could get lost in those pages. Have a wonderful week! XX00

  43. That is a wonderful project! I never heard of anything like that! Enjoy!

  44. Now sweetie, I don't believe I've ever seen a cuter more creative journal anywhere. It's beautiful!

    ....and ya know, ya always leave me singin'....

    God bless ya and have a fantastic day my friend!

    You are a jewel!

  45. This is super cute Shelia!! I love it!

  46. Oh my goodness it turned out so beautiful!! You did such an awesome job. I agree you are so talented!!

  47. so crafty :-) very talented, wtg! Visiting from Blue Monday, hope that you can return the visit too.

  48. That book is adorable. You did a great job. It will be so fun for you to see what everyone adds to yours.


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