Making is my therapy – Notebooks with Leather flair
What happens when you start a project? Or you try a new layout of furniture in your living room? Do you feel a rush that makes you happy? I feel this way when I start a new DIY and figure out the materials, how to make it and overall look and feel. Yes, making is my therapy.
Do I need therapy? I think all of us would benefit from talking to another human being about our struggles, or dreams, and the day to day stuff. But that is not always an option. Your best friend is unavailable at work; your spouse is in a meeting. What do I do? I start doing a project and get distracted by how it will work out and the result of it.
Making is an escape for me from the day to day life. And I have a beautiful life. I’m beyond thankful for the life I get to live. But even in my thankfulness state, I get down, winded from breaking fights among siblings, tired of hearing the same whining and complaining.
I think in America we are so enraptured in living the dream or making the “dream” happen that in the process we make ourselves miserable thinking we “should have arrived.” Arrive where? I’m not sure ;)
Kraft note-book + leather lips in mustard yellow.
What I’m sure about is that today is here. My kids are all under my roof. I have my health and the freedom to be who I want to be.
That is a long intro to the project I’m sharing with you, but hey, there is way more to life, than beautiful DIYs, nicely decorated homes, perfectly put together outfits and so on.
And I’m not looking down upon any of these things. The contrary, I live them, enjoy them but I don’t let them drive my emotions and who I am. Enjoy the moment, take advantage of the hour and a half or so to make a notebook with leather flair and then go back to the craziness of parenting.
What you will need to make my notebook with leather flair
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- A Kraft notebook (s), here are a few I found on Amazon
- Leather scraps
- Die cut machine. I used the machines at my local Ben Franklins Crafts in Redmond, WA. Here is a list of their locations in the USA.
- Another way to cut leather is with with a cricut machine.
- Aleene’s fabric glue
- A glass of rose wine (optional ;)
The most fun for me is to pick the leather I’ll use and explore the different “dies” at Ben Franklin’s die cut center. If you want to get serious about working with leather buying a professional machine such as a cricut would be awesome. I’m considering this machine for my Christmas list. ?
Thank you for reading and following my blog. YOU are one of the reasons I keep blogging. I want to share my creativity and thoughts with you, with the hope that you too will find joy in doing a beautiful project with your hands :)
Until the next time!
Next up? Leather pendants! I’ll post a tutorial later this week. Keep coming back to kraft&mint ;)
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