Mini Binder Art Journal Update

Mini Binder Art Journal Update

I’m a week in with my Mini Binder Art Journal and I have art journal pages to show you.

I’m loving the freedom of this art journal and it’s really inspiring my creativity.  I love that I can add in little things that just delight me like postcards or Project Life cards that I love anywhere I like.

I shared my intentions and an introduction into my Mini Binder Art Journal here.

Here’s a video flip through of my pages so far:

(if you prefer to just look at the photos of my pages, see below)

Mini Binder Art Journal Page 1

  • Background is scrapbook paper
  • Map paper
  • Butterflies cut from scrapbook paper and fabric
  • A piece of a postcard.  The previous owner of the postcard wrote, “Where they go courting.”

Mini Binder Art Journal

Mini Binder Art Journal

Mini Binder Art Journal

  1. Postcard with a quote written on the back.  “Look deep into nature and you’ll understand everything better.”  – Albert Einstein
  2. The title page taken from an old (beat up) copy of The Velveteen Rabbit that I did a collage on.
  3. Back page from the title page.  The illustration is from the book, but I added the colorful fabric butterflies.

(Note:  I have a few copies of The Velveteen Rabbit.  It’s one of my favorite books.  I’ve collected them from flea markets so I can use them in my art journals.  I also have one pristine copy I don’t touch.)

The next page is rainbow stripes of watercolors.

Mini Binder Art Journal

Mini Binder Art Journal

  1. Postcard with nature quote.  “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature.  It will never fail you.”  -Frank Lloyd Wright
  2. Page featuring another quote.  “The butterfly counts no months but moments, and has time enough.” -Rabindranath Tagore
    1. Background is scrapbook paper
    2. I drew the flowers
    3. More fabric butterflies

Mini Binder Art Journal

Mini Binder Art Journal

  1. Project Life card (I just liked it, so I added it as is.)
  2. Collage with scrapbook paper, magazine clippings and another Project Life card.

Mini Binder Art Journal

Mini Binder Art Journal

Mini Binder Art Journal

  1. Project Life card with a quote.  “I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in order.”  -John Burroughs
  2. Photo cut from an old book
  3. Journaling using the quote as inspiration *

*Click here for a post about this art journal prompt.

The next page has a watercolor background with a collage of paper strips.

I also added in a section for quotes and ideas that I can jot down and have in one place as they come to me.  Creativity begets more creativity, so I just wanted to be able to capture ideas as I’m working in my art journal.

Follow along with daily (mostly) posts of my art journal pages on my Instagram page:  @KimberlieKohler

Art Journal Prompt: I go to nature

Nature Art Journal Prompt

Lately I’ve been working in my Mini Binder Art Journal a lot.  In it I’ve just been playing in any way I feel like each day.  I love the freedom of the being able to add in any kind of paper I like.

It’s also inspired me to think about my layout in a different way.  For example, I made this 2 page layout in my regular art journal.

Nature Art Journal Prompt

This is pretty normal for me.  I like doing 2 page spreads.

But I used the same prompt in a different way in my Mini Binder Art Journal.

Nature Art Journal Prompt

Nature Art Journal Prompt

Nature Art Journal Prompt

I decided to use a Project Life card to write the quote.  Originally I was going to place it on the page with the deer image.  But it just didn’t seem to work.

Then I realized I could just place it in before the deer image, leaving the deer image as a full page.

On the back I did my journaling in response to the quote.

Art Journal Prompt:

I love this quote and you may want to use it for your own art journal:

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in order.”  ~John Burroughs

I simply took the first part of the quote and wrote my response to it.  “I go to nature . . .”

You could use any quote or poem this way.

Do you have a favorite quote?  How could you use it as a jumping off point in your art journal?

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain Bracelet Video Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain Bracelet Tutorial

I have been using this chain in most of my jewelry since first coming up with it several months ago.

I use it in anything that I want or need a chain in.  (This wire wrapped bead link necklace or this long wire wrapped pendant necklace, for example.)

I also wear a plain chain necklace with this wire wrapped loop chain almost daily.  Sometimes just by itself, sometimes layered.

I needed to make a simple bracelet to wear as well, so I’m sharing that tutorial here today.

Simple and sweet on its own or great when stacked with other bracelets, you’ll love this chain.

wire wrapped loop chain bracelet

Learn how to make it here:

Want to dive deep into wire wrapped jewelry?

Check out my Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse!

Wire Wrapping for Beginners

Mini Binder Art Journal – Introduction

Mini Binder Art Journal Introduction

I’ve started a fun new art journal!

I’ve made an art journal in this format before and it can be really freeing.  I’ve been feeling kind of overwhelmed with all the ideas and things I’ve wanted to do.  I’m hoping this art journal will just give me some freedom to create what I feel like creating any given day.

Mini Binder Art Journal Introduction

Here’s a little introduction video:


  • I got a mini binder from Target.
  • It came with some extra accessories.  I probably won’t use the dividers, but I’ll use the envelope page and the ruler.
  • I also got a Strathmore Mixed Media notebook that is the perfect size to go with the mini binder.  The pages are perforated and I will rip them all out, hole punch them and put them in the binder so it’s not just blank when I want to use it, which would make it more overwhelming.
  • I’m planning to do a page each day.  Whatever I feel like doing that day, I’ll just do and put in my binder.

Come back next Friday to get an update and see some pages I’ve created so far.

Wire Types and Uses for Jewelry Making [Video & PDF]

Wire Types & Uses

Learn about wire types and uses in this video and PDF worksheet below.



Gauge is the thickness of wire. Remember: the higher the number, the thinner the wire.

You’ll see gauge often notated with “ga” after the number, i.e. 18 ga.

Wire gauge

Wire Shapes

Wire Shape

Wire Hardness

You can find wire in the following hardness:
• Dead soft
• Half-hard
• Hard

Most of the time I suggest half-hard for my tutorials and in my eCourses for wire wrapping.

If you’re using sterling silver and some other types of wire, you will find a hardness notated. However, for a lot of craft wires or artist wires you will not. I use Parawire, which is silver plated wire, and there is not a hardness indicated. Often these wires are very similar to half-hard wire.

Memory Wire

Memory wire is great for bangles or loops; however, it is not for wire wrapping. Also you’ll need heavy duty wire cutters to cut memory wire.

What I use the most:

For most everything I make and teach I use 20 gauge, half-hard round wire. For clasps I’ll use 18 or even 16 gauge wire. Occasionally I’ll use 22 or 24 gauge for wrapping onto a structural piece or with beads with smaller holes.

Get a PDF eBook with this information right here:  Wire Types and Uses Worksheet

Wire Wrapping for Beginners

Now that you know wire types and uses, why not put them to use?

Take my Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse and learn how to make jewelry components like headpins, jump rings, chain and clasps and then get the “recipes” to put together the components to make earrings, bracelets, charm bracelets, necklaces and wire wrapped rings!

Learn more and sign up here:  Wire Wrapping for Beginners