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How to Make a DIY Charm for Your Midori Traveler’s Notebook

Easy DIY Planner Charms for Midori Traveler's Notebook

Here is an easy DIY charm tutorial! I’ll show you how to make charms yourself and how to change out charms for your Midori Traveler’s Notebook and other traveler’s notebooks. This easy how-to project just requires a few supplies and tools to make a personalized planner charm. These can also be used for your planners, if you substitute the twisted ring for a lobster clasp.

DIY How To Make Personalized Charm for Midori Travelers Notebook

I love to change out my charms on my traveler’s notebooks, so I thought I would share a short tutorial on how to make one for yourself. You don’t need a lot of supplies for this project, but you will need some basic jewelry making tools.

For those who are unfamiliar with what a Travelers Notebook is, here is a brief explanation. When most people say “traveler’s notebooks” they are referring to ones like the Midori Traveler’s Notebooks, which were created for the user to have on hand for drawing, sketching, water coloring, taking notes, making lists, and so much more.

The fun thing about a traveler’s notebook (or fauxdori) is that you can personalize it to meet your own needs. You can also decorate the traveler’s notebook to suit your own taste. I have a great love of stickers, so the pages in my traveler’s notebooks inserts tend to get really decorated with them. I also like having specific charms to reflect my personality, thus this tutorial was created with that in mind. I used a 20mm twisted ring instead of lobster claw because one of my charms is rather heavy and I wanted to secure it to my traveler’s notebook.

DIY Planner Charms Tutorial

Tools Needed:

2 – Pliers (preferably long nose but I use whichever ones I can find)

Supplies Needed:

3 – Charms (or more if you like)

3 – Jump Rings (8mm)

1 – Twisted Ring (20mm)

Step 1:

If your charms come with a jump ring that is smaller than 8mm, use the pliers to remove the jump ring and replace it with an 8mm jump ring. You can do this by grabbing the jump ring with jewelry pliers on each slide of the split in the jump ring.

Step 1 - DIY Planner Charms Tutorial

Then gently using the pliers to twist one of the sides toward you to open the jump rings. You only need to open it wide enough to add your charm and to attach it to the 20 mm ring.

Step 1 - DIY Planner Charms Tutorial

Step 1 – DIY Planner Charms Tutorial

Step 2:

Attach each charm to the twisted ring and then using the pliers gently close the jump ring by twisting it back.

Step 2 Thread all the Charms onto the 20mm Twisted Ring

Step 2 Thread all the Charms onto the 20mm Twisted Ring

Step 3:

To finish, attach the charms to the traveler’s notebook. I did this by undoing the knot in the elastic so I could remove it from my Midori Traveler’s Notebook.

Step Three - Undo Knot and Remove Elastic

Step Three – Undo Knot and Remove Elastic

Once you have removed the elastic, gently thread the charms onto the elastic. Then take the ends of the piece of elastic, and push them back through the hole and tie a new knot (make sure it is snug enough to keep your notebook closed but not so tight it will leave an indention on your leather).

Easy DIY Planner Charms for Midori Traveler's Notebook

Step 3 Thread the elastic through the ring.

This is a pretty simple process and an easy way to personalize your Midori Traveler’s Notebook. These also make fun gifts for your planner friends (use the lobster claw instead of the twisted ring for planners) and other traveler’s notebook users you may want to send some happy mail fun to.

We would love to know what type of items you use to personalize your travelers notebooks and planners. Leave a comment below to share your favorites!

 

DIY Jewelry Fun with Michaels “Pemberley” Collection

A few weeks ago, I attended SNAP Conference in Salt Lake City. It’s an annual event that brings together creative and lifestyle bloggers to learn, meet with sponsors, and network. Since I normally work at home either banging on a keyboard or throwing paint and ink around, my typical daily wardrobe is decidedly un-glamourous. (Think sweatpants and souvenir t-shirts.) So attending an event that is populated partially by fashion bloggers? Well, that had me hyperventilating. The pressure was on to step up my game!

Accessories are a big part of finishing any outfit, and I decided to wear my portfolio by making some of my own jewelry for the event. I had fallen in love with the new Pemberley collection from Michaels’ house brand Bead Landing the moment I saw it. It turned out to be a perfect match for some of my new SNAP outfits, and after a shopping spree at my local Michaels store, I got down to creating.

Pemberley necklace

For this necklace to go with a lace top,  I wanted a romantic look. I mixed the Pemberley collection with another recent Michaels jewelry collection, a boho chic collection called “Gypsy Desert”. A lot of the elements mix surprisingly well with the heavily vintage Pemberley.

Pemberley necklace close-up

Supplies:

  • Bead Landing “Pemberley” Chain
  • Bead Landing “Pemberley” Charms (rose & green drop)
  • Bead Landing “Gypsy Desert” feather charm
  • Bead Landing “Gypsy Desert” quote charm
  • Bead Landing magnetic clasp
  • Bead Landing jump rings (7mm)

The necklace design is easy to assemble. It’s just a collection of charms that are arranged in various lengths of cascade. I made the rose charm into a drop pendant by attaching it to the end of some leftover chain before attaching it partway down the green drop pendant.

Pemberley necklace construction

Opening and closing jump rings (and chain link) is the only skill required to make this project!

May is National Arthritis Month, and you may have noticed a special kind of clasp on the supply list above. I suffer from minor arthritis-like symptoms due to my lupus. Traditional jewelry clasps are difficult for me to do as a result. Magnetic clasps, like the one below, are much easier. If you are a crafter with a loved one struggling with arthritis, you might consider offering to use your skills to replace their jewelry clasps with easier to fasten magnetic ones!

Magnetic necklace clasp

I loved the Pemberley collection so much, though, that I couldn’t stop with making one piece! I also used it to make a gift for my SNAP secret sister. For this Pemberley necklace project, I used two different kinds of chain to make a double stranded necklace.

Pemberley double strand necklace

Like the necklace above, the charms on this one are just an arrangement of cascades of varying lengths. The only skills needed to assemble this are the ability to open and close jump rings.

Pemberley double strand close-up

Supplies:

  • Bead Landing “Pemberley” Chain
  • Bead Landing “Pemberley” Pearl Chain
  • Bead Landing “Pemberley” Charms (rose, drop & sewing themed)
  • Bead Landing “dream” charm
  • Bead Landing magnetic clasp
  • Bead Landing jump rings (7mm, 4mm)

For a beginning jewelry maker (or anyone looking to make a quick and easy project) working with a coordinated collection of jewelry findings is a perfect way to create a beautiful project. I have plenty of leftover elements from these projects. What will I make next? I can’t wait to decide! Maybe a matching bracelet…

CHA Mega Show 2015 | Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig

Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig to create Handmade BraceletsI’m here with a peek at one of the new jewelry making products introduced at the CHA Mega Show 2015: the Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig!

Artistic Wire 3d Bracelet JigIf you love making jewelry than you will be thrilled about the Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig, which is the perfect tool to create bangle bracelets, cuff bracelets, and any curved jewelry components. You can design perfectly round, continuous, all-in-one handmade bracelets. Additionally, the jig can be used to create hoop earrings, curved earring designs, and so much more.

Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig KitThe 3D Bracelet Jig is around 6.9cm in circumference , which creates a 2.75 inch diameter piece. It has evenly spaced rows and columns of holes, which hold the 20 pegs and fasteners that are included in the kit.

How to set up the Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet JigThe Jig is easy to use. You just secure each peg by attaching the fastener from the inside of the circle, and then wrap the wire around to create your design. You can make it as simple or as complicated as you want. If you want to see the Artistic Wire 3D jig in action, just watch the video below.

Handmade Wire Bracelets Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet JigWhat type of designs would you make with the Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with us!

First Look: Niji Splash Ink by Karen Thomas

If you are not already familiar with this product, then you are going to love the Niji Splash Ink line of paints developed by artist Karen Elaine Thomas for Yasutomo.

Karen Elaine Thomas

Karen Thomas of Splash Inks

Karen has developed a system for mixing vibrant colors that are versatile and permanent. I love painting products that can be used in a variety of ways and this product is so versatile that it actually is a great basic investment for my many crafting needs. Continue Reading →

Review | Crystal Katana by Crystal Ninja

The Crystal Katana by Crystal Ninja has been making a big splash in the craft world since it was a “Hot 20” award winner at the Craft & Hobby Association’s 2013 winter show. [Disclosure: Craft Critique’s owner/editor Nancy Nally was a judge for the Hot 20 awards.] When I first looked at it myself I have to admit that I was not impressed despite all of the hype. I thought, how could this little tool change my crafting world? Well, was I completely wrong!

The Crystal Katana has a wax tip that allows you to pick up crystals, beads, buttons, pearls and even small pieces of paper! After trying it, I am in love! The other end has a needle tip that allows you to adjust placement once a small item (like a rhinestone) has been attached to a larger object. There is also a foam pad that is perfect for holding your embellishments and picking them up off from.

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I wanted to test it out on an actual project, so I looked through my craft stash and found some flat backed rhinestones to attach to a letter M. I worked with Ranger Glue n’ Seal (because it has a brush built in to the lid) and in small sections. Continue Reading →