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Monday, September 26, 2011

Pinterest Review: DIY Exercise Journal

Hello again! Today's post is a ridiculously easy tutorial on turning a notebook into a journal, complete with ribbon place holder! I first came across this tutorial on Pinterest, which I've raved about in a previous post. The original post can be found here. And now on to the tutorial!

To make the journal you will need:
1 Notebook (I've had this one lying around for years)
1 Spool of ribbon
1 Roll double-sided tape or strong crafting glue

Step the First
Determine how long you want your ribbon to be, then measure out that length plus half again. This will give you plenty of ribbon to tape or glue on the journal, preventing the slipping that occurs with short "ends"

Step the Second
Using a strip of double sided tape or trails of glue, adhere the ribbon to the inside back cover of the journal, shiny side down. This will give you the shiny side up when you've got the ribbon in use.

And that is that! Flip back to the beginning of the journal and start writing, drawing, and pasting in anything you think should be there. I'm using mine as an exercise journal and I've already thrown in song lyrics, inspirational quotes, exercises clipped from magazines and records of my workouts.

For some added flair, or if you're using a plain-covered notebook and want to "pretty it up" cover the front and back with squares of scrapbook paper that are slightly larger than the actual surfaces. Fold in the paper at the top, bottom, and open side then glue or tape in place. For composition notebooks I like to use duct tape (the prettier the better!) on the spine to give it some color.

If you try this tutorial and like the way it turns out, check out Pinterest. They've got tons of great stuff and I'll be posting more tutorials and tips I find there, I can guarantee it!

My next post will be on the upcoming Pagan sabbat: Samhain. I'll be discussing some history and various aspects of the holiday as well as sharing recipes and promoting the always-amazing Circle Sanctuary, where I will (hopefully) be spending Samhain weekend!

Until then, Blessed Be.

*All photographs in this post were taken by the owner of this blog. Please link back if you use them!*

Friday, September 16, 2011

Introducing Pinterest: Every Curious Persons Dream

A few weeks ago a coworker of mine introduced me to the website Pinterest, a website that is perfect for anyone who likes to organize, display, and explore their interests. It's not easy to describe Pinterest but I will try:

You either request an invitation or sign up and off you go. The home page is full of interesting photos and images, many of which are linked to tutorials and other websites, allowing you to go deeper than than the initial image.

The picture above is a screen shot of the home page. "Pins" of all different interests are jumbled together and you just scroll through until you find one you love. Then you "pin it" to one of your "boards"; a collection of images that you can group however you choose. Some of mine are "For my Kids", "Renewing Our Vows", "For the Home" and "Get Fit". The best part is that you can create completely new "pins" when you find something interesting online so no matter where you find cool things online you can add them to your boards. Pretty sweet eh?

I must admit that I spend way too much time on this site, so I'm warning that it's a little addictive. That being said, I have found some truly wonderful stuff on Pinterest. Ranging from crafts to recipes to clothing ensembles to exercise motivation and suggestions, there is almost nothing you can't find on Pinterest.

One of the things I've found that I can't stop raving about is a workout plan designed to slowly get you ready for a long run, starting with getting in the habit of working out every day.

I started this yesterday and I can't wait to see how well it works out. My biggest hurdle is not being physically able to work out. I'm actually fit enough that most of this 60 day plan is going to be rather easy for me. I struggle with actually working out, just finding the time amid all the other things I want to do. But day 1 took me less than five minutes and I felt so good about myself I added in 10 push ups and made sure to do them right. I guess a little motivation can go a very long way and I'm hoping it keeps up for the next 60 days.

I've also set another goal, thanks to Pinterest. Many of the things I've found on the site can be made at home or put together with a little bit of effort. Being the crafty little person that I am, I have decided to do at least one project or recipe each month, giving me experience with lots of crafts as well as material for this lovely little blog. I wanted to share some of those crafts with you all but after looking at my board I realized I couldn't just pick one. So I will leave you with a link to my "Can't Wait to Make!" board and the encouragement to check it out and set up some boards. Who knows what amazing thins you'll find?

In my next post I will give you a walk-through of the first project I've done: a DIY journal complete with ribbon marker. I will also share a great fall recipe I've found and some songs I like to listen to so I get in to a properly autumnal mood.

Until then, Blessed Be
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