Author Archives: Laura Bray

Make a Traveler’s Notebook from Felt

DIY Felt Traveler's Notebook "fauxdori" by Laura Bray Designs

If you are following the planner trend at all, you know that Midori (or "fauxdori") traveler's notebooks are very popular right now. Summer vacation is the perfect time to use them! I love the idea of slipping small notebooks in and out of a nice, cozy carrying case. Some traveler's notebooks are even the perfect size to hold your passport in as well. I'm planning on using one on our vacation this year and plan to slip in two notebooks-one to sketch in and one to glue in all the ephemera I pick-up on my travels. When I get home, I could slip the little notebooks out of the traveler's notebook and file them away. Maybe in a photo box with some printed photos from the trip? Wouldn't it be great to do this for every trip you take? Can you imagine the nicely organized boxes future generations could sift through someday?

DIY Felt Traveler's Notebook "fauxdori" by Laura Bray Designs

Most traveler's notebooks are made from leather, but being a felt lover, I created mine from felt. I love how cute it is! You can get the full tutorial over the Kunin blog*. They really don't take long to make, so make one for your friend too.

FTC Disclaimer: I am a design team member for Kunin. I receive compensation and product in exchange for my tutorials.

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Beautiful Dreams Butterfly Dream Catcher

Butterfly Dream Catcher by

My daughter hasn't had very many bad dreams in her life. She didn't have night terrors when she was young,and I think she's woken us up twice in ten years because she had a bad dream. (Don't send hate mail, we just lucked out!) She has, however gone periods through periods of time when she'sContinue Reading

Holistic Bookkeeping

Holistic Financials

The one thing I hear the most from my coaching clients is that they don’t want to do their financials. Accounting/bookkeeping can be overwhelming and many entrepreneurs are afraid to look at their numbers because it might show that they are failing. What they don’t realize is that they are making themselves suffer even moreContinue Reading

Pom Pom Clothespin Push Pins

Pom Pom Flower Push

I love having a cork board hanging over my desk. I use it as an inspiration board and I also load it up with reminders. I prefer to use clothespin push pins instead of regular thumbtacks. By simply gluing a flat, basic thumbtack to the back of a spring-loaded clothespin, I create a way toContinue Reading

Pinterest in Real Life

Homemade Dryer

I've been on a mission to work on my Pinterest marketing. It's one of my biggest referrers to my blog, yet I usually spend the least amount of time on it. That's silly, right? Anyway, since I've been over there, pinning away, I decided that maybe I should start actually DOING some of the tutorialsContinue Reading

Picnic Calzones Recipe

Picnic Calzones

(A recent picnic.) When I was a little girl, my parents made a huge effort to take us on day trips every weekend. There were six of us, so that weren't fancy day trips. They were usually a drive into our local mountains for a hike or a trip to the beach. (That's me, totallyContinue Reading

Summers and Bedsheets

Make a set of summer sheets with Laura Bray

What is it about summer and sheets? Am I the only one who has strong, summer, childhood memories about bedsheets? We spent a week every summer at my grandparent's house in Ohio. Hot, humid nights. With Raggedy Ann sheets. Sheets that were so incredibly soft due to my grandmother's intense washing regimen. Sheets that smelledContinue Reading

Summer is for Reading

Summer is for Reading with Laura Bray Designs

Summer is for reading, isn't it? And for libraries. I remember my childhood library in Mentor, Ohio. There was a bay window with a cushioned seat. I remember sitting there, and reading and watching a storm roll in and seeing my mom pull up in her big, black suburban and rushing in to fetch meContinue Reading

Girls Who Plan are Girls Who Rule

Creative Planner

One thing most people who know me best will tell you about me is that I'm VERY organized and focused. I've always been that way. The oldest child of four, I was managing people and my schedule at a very young age. And I really, really like it. So can you imagine how excited IContinue Reading

Fork It Over Blog Hop

Fork it Over Fabric Hot Pad by Laura Bray Designs

I'm so excited to host a super fun and inspiring blog hop, featuring my new fabric design, Fork It Over. I gathered a bunch of my very talented crafty friends and asked them to make some fun projects using my Spoonflower fabric. The projects they came up with just warmed my heart. It's amazing toContinue Reading