All Black Paper Velvet & Lace Moonlight Themed Journal Finished and Listed!

I’m excited to announce that this Moonlight themed journal is complete!

It’s different from my others in that all the paper inside is dark – so either black or dark shades. As mentioned, this was moonlight themed, so rich blues, silvers, and black was the general color scheme.

The front, side and spine are covered in plush blue velvet fabric recycled from a second hand cushion I bought. Lace applique with beading accent the front of the book and the bottom part of the spine. The lace was purchased as a scrap from a huge fabric store in houston. I couldnt pass it up!

I put some charms through a silver eyelet – one is an owl resting on a blue velvet pillow and the others are 2 antique looking silver and brass medallions with a crystal center. I used a bead from Etsy Seller Beads and Honey. It hangs above the owl. The bead is made of magkuno wood with abelone shell inlays. It is really beautiful.

The majority of the paper inside is black drawing paper- Thicker than print paper but thinner than cardstock.

 There are smaller sheets and different textured paper interspersed throughout the journal. As with my others, I put in foldouts, pockets, and tuckspots throughout the book. This one is a bit lighter on the embellishments on the inside because I wanted to keep it more simple and elegant.

If you’re interested in purchasing this journal, you can find it here!

If you want to see a flipthrough of this journal, that can be found here!




Sneak Peek: Moonlight Themed Blue Velvet & Black Beaded Lace Journal

Hey everyone! I just wanted to share with you all a picture of a journal that I am currently working on. It will be finished and listed on my Etsy shop this upcoming weekend!

As you can see, it’s made of a dark grayish blue velvet with a thin layer of batting underneath to give it a plush look. I used lace and bead appliques on top and on part of the spine.

The paper inside is exclusively dark tones – mostly black. Silver and gold Gel pen works beautifully if you want to write inside it. πŸ™‚


The corners are accented with gold book corners.

So far I’m very happy with how it turns out!

Available Now! Dusty Pink, Copper and Ivory Junk Journal Listed on Etsy!

I listed this new junk journal for sale! It is very similar to a journal that I made for myself not long ago – if you want to see in detail my own personal journal, click here. I wrote a blog post about it. I loved the lace and the journal so much, I wanted to make another to share with somebody else. It is quite similar, but slightly different. The spine is lighter, I used pinker embroidery thread, and the inside paper is different. πŸ™‚

I am so very happy with how it turned out!


Find it for sale here!

I also posted a flip-through video of it in case you’re all interested. Find that here!

Now to start on the Slate-blue velvet journal in a “Moonlight” theme! You’ll be seeing more on that soon!


2018 Etsy Shop Goals – Marketing, Purchasing, Learning, and Sharing

For months now I’ve been wanting to shift focus from Poshmark and start working more on my Etsy shop. I have been putting it off due to the fact that I didn’t have very much to list on there at the time.

Now that I have listed more on Etsy, I am going to begin trying to make and reach goals that I have for my shop. Here they are:

  1. Take a class or learn more about product photography. – I feel as though I am getting better at this, but I am not nearly up to the standards that I would like. I want to learn how to take eye-catching photos that will get me more “likes” and views on Instagram where I post some of my journals that I sell as well as on Etsy itself. Photography is one of my weak points. I just don’t have a natural eye for it.
  2. Get more uniform pictures taken for my shop – Now that I have the equipment, I have already started this. I will be trying to stick with the same background. Here’s one example. (The bottom 3 journals in this picture are for sale by the way. The pink one will be listed this weekend.) πŸ™‚ It’s extremely likely that I’ll do another facelift once I am able to get more experience and knowledge on photography.IMG_20180103_203142.jpg
  3. Make my Etsy profile more personal and interesting– Right now it’s very bare bones. I want to share a story with my consumers and my passions. This same thing goes for my product descriptions, which are very spartan for the most part. In general, I want to share myself as a person more with my consumers.
  4. Purchase more supplies from independent vendors and make connections with them– This is a big one for me. As a person starting a small business, I know how hard it is to be noticed and feel appreciated. I want to start purchasing items from vendors that I respect. I started this by ordering some beautiful beads from a shop called BeadsandHoney. Here shop sells amazing wooden beads, some with abalone shell inlays. She also sells these amazing Mactan stone beads from the Philippines also with abalone shell inlays that contain fossilized impressions in them. I will be using these beads as charms on future journals. When I read to her “About” page I really connected with it, because she has succeeded in doing what I have as a long term goal when she had previously been in a similar situation as me (working a full time job, and doing what she was passionate about on the side. I want to support more people like her. The rewards in this will be twofold- I will be providing somebody with income that they can use to continue doing what they’re passionate for, and I will be gathering supplies to use that will make my journals even more unique and special.
  5. Learn more about marketing – This is another one of my weaknesses, and I plan on listening to many podcasts and ready articles on this subject… If I happen across a workshop that may be able to help, I may take it.
  6. Take a hands-on bookbinding class from a professional – This is a big stretch goal that I may not get done this year, but I can dream. :)… It would likely require me to travel since my area does not seem to have any classes (I live near Houston, TX) so it could be quite expensive, but I feel like if I was able to take a class or workshop from a very experienced traditional bookbinder I would become much better at doing what I love and perhaps learn techniques and tools that could make my job easier and my journals better.
  7. Last but not least, I want to start selling my own art prints. I’m very happy to have made the necessary revenue to purchase an archival quality printer between my Poshmark and Etsy sales. Once I learn how to get them printed clearly I will be selling some of my favorite work.

What are some of your goals for 2018? Do you know of any good online or in person workshops that you think I could benefit from? Also, if you’re an Etsy seller or independent artist that sells charms or paper, or general handmade stationary style supplies, please share your shop in the comments! I’d love to check it out!


I made my own Lace Junk Journal!

The end of 2017 was extremely busy for me, between prepping to celebrate the holidays, purchasing gifts, baking, and meeting deadlines in my personal business.

Despite all this, I managed to finally finish making my own journal! I’d been wanting to do it for a while now, but never really found the time, or knew what I wanted it to look like. That changed when I found this really pretty lace. I found it at a fabric shop in Houston. I’d always admired the lace there, but it’s always so expensive and I never knew what I could use it for… But then it hit me – I could use it on my journals! I have no idea why it took me so long to figure this out to be honest. :p
Isn’t that lace just gorgeous? I layered it over scrapbook paper. The spine is regular brown toned scrapbook paper under this metallic copper toned paper. The lace is this beautiful dusty pink, slightly mauve color with a floral design The edge made a fantastic trim between the spine and the front of the journal. It is kept relatively simple since I wanted that lace to be the focal point. I finished it off with gold book corners.

For the spine, I sewed the 6 signatures in using light Dusty pink embroidery thread and a large decorative pendant which hangs through a gold eyelet.

And of course, I had to choose this beautiful Renaissance inspired paper by Graphic 45 as my first page. This is definitely my favorite brand of scrapbook paper. It’s a bit expensive but totally worth it- and it’s double sided! The pink and brown inside cover detail was hand diecut and hand embossed.

Honestly, This may become a niche of mine – lace journals or fabric journals, because I have such a love for fabric and lace as well as for paper. My mom taught me how to sew when I was just a girl, and costume design has always fascinated me. I love that I can combine my love of fabric and my love of paper and books into one pretty thing.

I didn’t really have a theme for my journal although it ended up being a bit parisian. I created it with a color scheme in mind – Pink, copper, and ivory.

This journal was so much fun to make and stuffed full of all kind of interesting textured paper in different sizes. I didn’t have to use any mixed media paper in it – I actually had to really thin out the paper that I had selected for it because there was so much that I wanted to use. It would’nt have stayed closed! It’s so much fun to thumb through and just stare at. πŸ™‚

I recorded a somewhat awkward rambling video here if you’d like to see a detailed flipthrough. I also have flipthroughs of most of the other journals I’ve made. Maybe someday I’ll get used to doing these kinds of videos! :p

I liked this journal so much, that I decided to make a similar one to sell on my shop since I have some of the lace left over. I will share that when I get it listed this weekend!

A few other journals I plan on makingΒ  and listing soon:

  • an Indian/Bollywood inspired junk journal in bright jewel tones with lace and beaded teal cover
  • a plush solid velvet junk journal in a jewel tone with metal embellishments

I’ve honestly never been more excited about making these journals. I feel like each one that I make gets better and I feel like I’ve had an”aha” moment as Oprah would say when it comes to using fabric on my journals. I’m expecting big things in 2018. πŸ™‚

To see my current work for sale, feel free to visit my Etsy shop, or if you like awesome pre-owned womens clothing, check out the items I have for sale on Poshmark! Also if you would like to keep up day to day, follow me on Instagram @mermaidcoveart

Thanks for reading and Happy New Year!


January 5, 2018 Update: I listed a very similar lace journal on my Etsy shop today! See it here!

List of things I’ve collected

Thouroughout my life, I’ve been a collector. Here’s a list of things that I collected in the past or that I currently collect purely for the pleasure of it:

  • Rocks/fossils
  • Beanie babies
  • Notebooks (plain)
  • Decorative Journals
  • Crystals
  • Tiny animal figurines
  • Trail of Painted Ponies
  • Wrapping paper
  • Evening gowns & vintage dresses
  • Artwork
  • Stickers
  • Mugs
  • Really Old books
  • Washing tape
  • Scented candles
  • “Found” objects: (dried flowers, seashells, etc.)
  • Botanical & natural jewelery
  • Vintage lingerie

And then there are the things that I have a desire to collect, but haven’t started yet because I know that if I started, I would want to buy everything, and go broke or I would simply run out of room:

  • Nenderoids
  • Fabric dolls
  • Wedding gowns
  • Corsets
  • Tarot cards
  • Kimonos
  • Vintage Edwardian clothing
  • Animal skulls
  • Elaborate Headpieces

What kinds of things do you collect?

Alice In Wonderland Inspired Junk Journal

I’ve been working on this journal for a while, and it’s finally finished and posted on my etsy shop! As expected, I continue to improve, and come up with new ideas for pockets, foldouts, and even the cover and spine.

For this one, I used a wide fabric ribbon on the spine as an accent. It folds over a bit to the front and the back. The oval frame on the front is a hand-distressed chipboard or cardboard frame. In the middle is a keyhole. The book corners on the corners are gold with a swirl accent. I hand distressed the cover.


Below is a closeup of the charms and spine. I used a bluish silver-gray embroidery thread, and for the charms I used a beige tassel, blue wood bead, black and white portrait of a rabbit, and an antiqued key charm. They are pulled through a gold eyelet.


Below is probably my favorite page. That pocket below was made from some hand-aged lace finished with a metal key accent. I just love how this looks and I look forward to using this type of pocket in future journals!


As I said, this journal is currently for sale on my Etsy shop. You can find it here.

If you’d like to see a detailed flipthrough of this journal, I added it to youtube! Check out a flipthrough of this journal here! I’ve been on a role with posting flipthrough videos there, so feel free to check out my others on my channel as well!