Hi there, and thanks for checking out Jessie Makes Stuff!
My name is Jessie, and I have always been interested in arts and crafts. From the time I was little, I remember making gifts for my family, evolving from things like my first pop-up greeting cards in second grade, through lanyards, painting, friendship bracelets, and pretty much anything else I could learn. My interest in art hasn't changed, though it has evolved over the years. In addition to painting and photography, I'm crocheting a bit these days and learning to do calligraphy, and I'm excited to share with you some past projects as well as new ones I plan to undertake. (If you're interested, I also used to run a baking blog, My Baking Empire, back when I used to bake a lot, so feel free to check that out if you're ever on the hunt for new recipes. I don't intend to keep updating it, but there's at least 5 years' worth of entries on there for you!)
Lots of exciting changes are going on here at the Jessie Makes Stuff website, like my online shop coming soon!, and I thought this blog would be another welcome forum where I intend to post regularly about projects I'm working on, how-to's on previous things I've made, profiles on inspirational artists I enjoy, and possibly some product recommendations for things I've enjoyed using.
So thank you for joining me on this journey, and I hope we have the chance to grow together and make some fun stuff!
To get us started, I thought I'd show you the ideas notebook I created for myself. I wanted one, personalized place where I could write down all my thoughts and ideas for everything from art projects to stories I may want to write. (Quite a few family members have since received journals like this as gifts.)
This is a simple project that would be fun not only for you to make for yourself, but as an afternoon activity with friends (or even for kids). Just ask everyone to bring a few sheets of stickers and their own notebook to decorate. (I got this notebook at Target years ago, and I've seen similar ones with pineapple and zebra patterns on it. They also sell good quality, $5 notebooks at Michaels, not that I spend half my life there or anything.)
There are no rules, just decorate with some of your favorite things (maybe dinosaurs, flowers, or cupcakes), but I do recommend adding some 3D embellishments for some depth. I haven't tried this with any textured notebooks, like Moleskine, so you'd have to do your own test and see if the stickers stay. Fun fact, these pictures were taken 4 years ago, and I've noticed that only one of the stickers has fallen off!
Let me know if you try this, and please follow and tag @JessieMakesStuff on Instagram if you post your creations. I'd love to see them!