The Cake Mix Quilt Book {Marzipan Quilt}

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I am super excited to share with you the fun I’ve had sewing the Marzipan Quilt from It’s Sew Emma’s latest book The Cake Mix Quilt Book Volume One!!!  This is a collection of 8 Cake Mixes with two easy quilt patterns for each, totaling 16 yummy quilts!    For my layer cake I choose Little Miss Sunshine by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.  The background fabric is Essex Linen in natural.

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I have always wanted to try the Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co. Cake Mix Recipe cards!  Since I am a visual learner, I watched the You Tube video so I knew exactly how to use the Cake Mix Recipe cards.

Here is an up close photo of the Cake Mix recipe cards in action.  You pin them to the layer cakes squares and then sew on the dotted lines!

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Having the papers attached while pressing makes for crisp seams!IMG_6254

Hundreds of Half Square Triangles!!!
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The Marzipan Quilt consists of 16 blocks – the block is super fun to put together!

I enjoyed using the Cake Mix Recipe Cards because you get perfect half square triangles, they help with pressing, and you don’t have to square up the HSTs because it’s built into the pattern!

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I changed my quilt only slightly:  I used 2 1/2″ sashing strips and added 2 1/2″ setting squares.  This is such a great pattern – It allows you to make a large quilt with only 1 layer cake + background – it’s magic!!

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Mufasa just had to be apart of the action!  He’s a seasoned quilt model!!

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Farmhouse Christmas Ornaments

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Today I am sharing how to make these charming farmhouse-inspired Christmas ornaments!  With only 4 days left till Christmas you have plenty of time to whip these up!  You can find the full tutorial over on the Therm O Web blog!DSC_0951

You can download an print the words onto the EZ Print transfer sheets – did I mention I love adding words to EVERYTHING?????  🙂

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My Favorite Baby Quilt Pattern

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I love to give quilts for baby gifts!  Sometime there isn’t enough time for an elaborate pattern.  This is my Go-To pattern for a baby quilt.  I put this Panda themed quilt top together in 1.5 hours this morning – which included choosing fabrics and cutting!  I love this pattern with theme prints and these panda bears have stolen my heart!  All the fabrics are from Panda-Rama by Blend Fabrics.

The panda quilt is an adaptation from my Windy Girls Quilt Tutorial.

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I made 2 changes: First, I didn’t piece the centers, I omitted the first step and I cut the pandas 8 1/2″ square.  This saves a step, saves time, and lets you use super large prints in the center.

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Here you can see the difference in the blocks.

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The Windy Girls pattern has 20 blocks – I made this Panda quilt with 16 blocks.  This is plenty big for a baby quilt and it saves on fabric and time!

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The second change I made was not to rotate the blocks, but keep them going all the same way.  I didn’t want sideways pandas.  It creates a fun little pattern.  If you look close you can see a few gray strips I had to subside in because I ran out of the white.  You could totally make this scrappy or keep it simple.  I would love to hear how fast you can piece the top in!  Can you beat me?  🙂

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Preppy Plaid Tote Bag & Quilt Tutorial

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I am so totally excited to be a part of the Enchanted Blog Tour sponsored by Riley Blake Designs!  You can see the entire collection designed by Dodi Poulsen of Two Sisters at Squirrel Hollow by clicking here 🙂
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When I saw this new fabric line from Riley Blake Designs called Enchanted, my heart stopped.  I took one look at this pink, navy and white plaid and immediately I was transported to a Cape Cod dream!  Sailboats, lobsters, quaint homes and preppy boys on vacation from Harvard 🙂

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Ok Ok, so I’ve never been to the Cape but a girl can dream right?  I knew I wanted to design something that let this preppy plaid be the focus and something that would be perfect for my sailboat (hahaha).

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I came up with a simple quilt pattern that uses plaid, navy and white.  When only two prints arrived in the mail I began to panic wondering if I had made a terrible decision to make a quilt using only two prints!  I decided to go with my instincts and make the quilt……and I am totally in LOVE!!!!

This quilt really lets the plaid shine in and it’s a great pattern to use if you fall in love with a single fabric print.  The accent blocks are made of 4 half square triangle blocks.

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…..and the quilt fits nicely inside this preppy plaid whale tote bag – made with denim, plaid, and Heat n Bond Fusible fleece.  So, are you ready to set sail for the Cape?  Grab your fabrics and lets get sewing!

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Preppy Plaid Quilt

1/4″ seams 

Supplies

2 yards plaid print

1 yard navy print

1 yard white

Begin by cutting the plaid into (40) 6.5″ squares.

Using the navy blue print and white print sew (160) half square triangles (HST) that measure 3.5″.  You can use any method you like.  I use my Sizzix half square triangle dies!  It is super fast, super easy and no squaring up – just perfection!!

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Die cut 160 navy HSTs and 160 white HSTs.

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Sew the navy and white HSTs right sides together using 1/4″ seam.

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Press seams open.  Continue until you have 160 HSTs.  It’s probably a good idea to put on a movie while doing this!

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Lay out 4 HSTs to make the pattern above.  Sew together as you would a 4-patch.  Press seams open.  Finished block will measure 6.5″.  Make 40 of these blocks.

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Cut 40 squares measuring 6.5″ out of the plaid.

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Sew the blocks together (1/4″ seams) as you would a checkerboard, alternating each block.  Make sure the pieced blocks are going the same direction.  Press the seams toward the plaid.  There are 8 blocks across and 10 rows down.

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Baste (I always use Spray n Bond basting spray)

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Quilt.

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Bind.

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Love.

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Mufasa and I love sewing on rainy days!!

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Tote Bag Instructions

I used my pattern, Quilted Tote Bag, for the measurements.  I followed the pattern pretty closely with the following exceptions:

  • I added an appliqué to the main bag.
  • I used denim.
  • I did not quilt the bag; I stabilized it with fusible fleece.
  • I came up with a new way to sew the handles (continue reading)
  • I omitted the inside pocket
  • I simplified how to make the bag bottom

Supplies

Denim (2) 20″ x 10.5″

Plaid (2) 20″ x 9.5″

Lining (2) 20″ x 19.5″

Plaid for handles (2) 5″ x 28″

Heat n bond medium stabilizer (2) 5″ x 28″

Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece (2) 20″ x 19.5″

Piece of plaid for the whale

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Appliqué the whale  Click HERE for the whale pattern.

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You can print the whale directly on Heat n Bond Lite EZ print sheets, or trace the whale onto Heat n Bond Lite.

Heat set the whale to the wrong side of the plaid fabric.

Cut out the whale.  Peel off the backing paper.

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Press it onto one of the denim pieces, centering.  Using 1/4″ seams, sew the denim piece to the plaid piece to make the bag front and back.  Press seams.

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Fuse the Heat n Bond Fusible fleece to the wrong side of the bag front and the bag back.  Add some accent stitching along the seam.

Bag Handles

Fuse the stabilizer to the wrong side of each of the handle strips.

Press in half lengthwise.  Open up and press the long ends in to meet the center.  Press.  Then press in half again.  This makes a super sturdy handle!

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Topstitch along both of the long edges of each handle.

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Continue following the bag instructions from this tutorial to complete the bag.  To make the bag bottom, cut a 3″ notch out of the bottom corners of the bag and the lining.

IMG_9100I am so in love with this tote bag!  It is such a great size, and if feels sturdy and it is super preppy plaid cute!!
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Together they make the Perfect Preppy Plaid Pair!!!!!
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Be sure to check out these amazing designers to see what they’ve created using Riley Blake’s Enchanted Fabric!!!

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, Jan 23rd – Little Londyn

Tuesday, Jan 24th – Jedi Craft Girl

Wednesday, Jan 25th – Loose Threads

Thursday, Jan 26th – Meags and Me

Friday, Jan 27th – Pretty by Hand

Monday, Jan 30th – Tie Dye Diva

Tuesday, Jan 31st – Two Sisters as Squirrel Hallow

Wednesday, Feb 1st – Striped Swallow Designs

Thursday, Feb 2nd – Izzy and Ivy

Friday, Feb 3rd – Ellis and Higgs

Monday, Feb 6th – Aurifil

Tuesday, Feb 7th – The Crafy Quilter

Wednesday, Feb 8th – Two Sisters at Squirrel Hallow

Thursday, Feb 9th – Jina Barney Designz

Friday, Feb 10th – Riley Blake

You could win a bundle of Enchanted fabric by visiting Dodi’s blog, Loose Threads (www.sashgals.com) and leaving a comment.

One entry per blog post, per day of the Blog Tour, there on Loose Threads.

Enter every day to increase your chance of winning!!!

Marvel Padded Sketchbook Case Tutorial

sketch-book-case-tutorialI love sewing for my kids!!!!  They are totally into Marvel right now so I’m so excited for this new line from Camelot Fabrics available at Fat Quarter Shop!!  This fun project is for a padded sketch book case with button closure (Sketch book measuring 9″x12″).  This case is also great for coloring books, journals, music books, and magazines.  The Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece gives it soft stability.  You can whip one up in about 30 minutes!  So it’s a great gift.img_7893

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I made four Sketch Book Cases for my daughter’s artsy friends.  The four of them sketch all day and nerd out at lunch with their sketchbooks.  They were thrilled to receive them!!img_8001

Let’s get started!

Supplies
1/2 yard lining fabric

fat quarter backing

fat quarter flap fabric

fat quarter front sides

fat quarter front center

1 yard Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece

Button

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First have your cat sleep on all the fabric so it needs ironing when you are ready 🙂

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Cut the front side pieces (2) 5″ x 12″ and center 6″ x 12″.

Sew together as pictured above with 1/4″ seams and press.

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Cut the back 15″ x 12″

Cut the flap (2) 15″ x 6″

Cut the lining (2) 15″ x 12″

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Cut the Fusible Fleece (2) 15″ x 12″ and (1) 15″ x 6″

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Match up the Marvel pieces with the fleece pieces and fuse to the wrong side of the fabric, according to manufacturers instructions. (only fuse one of the flap pieces)

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Sew accent stitching 1/8″ along both sides of the seams.

Prepare the flap:

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Take the fused flap piece and round the corners of the bottom two corners by tracing a small plate.  Cut with scissors.

Lay the rounded flap piece on top of the second 6″ x 15″ piece and pin, right sides together.  Sew 1/2″ seam around the side, bottom, and side.  Leaving the top open.

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Trim down the seam allowance and clip the curves.

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Turn right side out, press and top stitch along seam 1/8″.

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Find the center of the flap and mark.  Sew a button hole that matches the size of your button.  Sew the button hole 2″ above the seam.

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Place the front pouch piece on top of the back pouch piece right sides together.  Pin the sides and the bottom.  Sew the sides and bottom using a 1/2″ seam.  Clip corners and turn right side out.

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Pin the sides and bottom of the lining pieces in the same manner.  Sew 1/2″ seam along the sides and bottom.

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Pin the flap to the back of the pouch, matching raw edges.  Make sure to center on the back piece.  Baste 1/8″ along flap .

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Place the outer pouch inside the lining, right sides together.  Match at side seams and pin all the way around.  Sew using a 1/4″ seam all the way around.

Unstitch a 3″ section on one of the sides of the lining.  Turn right side out.  Top stitch the lining closed.  Press lining down inside the pouch.  Top stitch using a 1/8″ seam around the “mouth” of the case.  Hand sew the button on.sketch-book-case-2

They were so much fun to make and the fabrics were fun to mix and match!  I can’t decide which is my favorite!

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Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt Blog Hop!!!

I am so totally excited to be a part of Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt Blog Hop!!!  I have admired and followed Pat for years and years!  She is so inspiring!  Pat is truly amazing and she is such a wonderful teacher!!   I have been so impressed with her new “Teach Me To” series and absolutely love this third book in the series,  Teach Me to Machine Quilt!!

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Even if you’ve been a quilter for years and years (like myself) you will love this book.  I was excited to learn a few new tips and tricks from Pat.  Plus the projects are super inspiring!!

I LOVE this checkerboard star wall quilt!!!

Something I read and IMMEDIATELY put into practice was Pat’s tip of laying down an old sheet on the floor before spray basting a quilt.  This way the overspray goes on the sheet and not on the carpet or wood!  Toss the sheet in the washer and there is no mess!  Brilliant!!!

Time for a giveaway!

And now, for the best news of all, Pat’s giving away 5 copies of her book over on HER blog.
Here’s the direct link to enter the giveaway:  blog.patsloan.com/pats-mega-fun-book-tour/

I’m one of the last stops on the tour that runs through Nov 30, so be sure to visit these other sites today:

Click here to see the entire blog hop schedule. Good luck and happy hopping!

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Mini Kitty Halloween Quilt Pattern

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It’s a little SPOOKY around here!  Mini Kitty is getting a Halloween makeover!  I love this little pattern so much and wanted to give it a little pop for the fall.  Mini Kitty is now leaping over a pumpkin with bats and stars in the background.  If you’ve already purchased the pattern you can download the Halloween applique shapes for free HERE.  The Halloween PDF is also included with each Mini Kitty pattern purchase in my Etsy shop.

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The original Mini Kitty pattern was created as a gift for a friend after the loss of a sweet kitten.  You can read more about it HEREimg_3688

Instead of using only 2 colors for the checkerboard border, I used 8 different oranges and 8 different blacks.  I really love the polka dot pumpkin!

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Mufasa was very helpful on this project and choose the colors all by himself 🙂

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I love how it turned out and I have the purrrrfect place to hang it!  img_3714

All Hallow’s Eve Quilt

 halloweenIt’s feeling a little like fall and that means time to break out the fall decor!  I made this quilt last year and it’s one of my favorites!  I decorate my dining/living room with a more neutral pallet and I love using black and gray to decorate for Halloween.  The family room and kitchen are bright orange, black, and turquoise 🙂  I used a variety of neutrals and gray/blacks from Penny Rose Fabrics. You can download the details of the pattern HERE.

Quilt measures 42″ square.

spooky halloween quilt 30Most of the black/gray fabrics are from the Civil War Times fabric line. I love the variety! The rest of the fabrics are from Penny Rose Classics.Screen Shot 2015-10-21 at 9.03.17 PMIMG_3614I love black and metallic pumpkins on vintage candlesticks!

spooky halloween quilt 22I first made the background by sewing 5″ squares together in 7 rows of 7. Then the applique comes next. You could totally add ghosts and bats, I wanted to keep it simple.

spooky halloween quilt 26The moon is made by tracing a pie plate.

spooky halloween quilt 28Here is a little close up of the quilting, with Mufasa’s permission 🙂 spooky halloween quilt 6I love striped binding cut on the bias – it’s my absolute FAVORITE!!!! The backing is from Penny Rose’s mensware line – I love houndstooth!!!Ok, so this is totally my new favorite Halloween Quilt!

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Card Shark Pillow Tutorial

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And now a project for the guys!  I have a hard time finding projects to sew for my 13 year old son that are…… well….. not floral, cutsey, vintage, or girly which is pretty much most of my sewing!  When I saw this fun “card print” from Blend Fabrics I knew it was for my son the “Card Shark”!!!!

It’s the perfect gift for the card lover in your life!

Supplies:

1/2 yard card print fabric

1/3 yard solid gray

Heat n Bond Ultra

2 yards trim

Zipper

Fiberfill

Vinyl letters

Fabric Paint

Shark Pattern download

Begin by tracing the shark pattern (in reverse) on the Heat n Bond Ultra hold – you can also use Lite.

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Press to the wrong side of the card fabric.

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Cut out along the pattern line.

Cut the gray background fabric 12″ x 19″.  Peel off the backing paper and heat set the shark in place.  Sew around the shark in black thread.IMG_3459

Cut the backing fabric the same size as the front 12″ x 19″.IMG_3461

You can use the hand sew method for closing the pillow or you can do the zipper method which is my favorite.  Simply cut the backing fabric at 2″ and insert a regular zipper.IMG_3462

You can add the “Card Shark” words with stitching or you can create your own stencil.  I cut the letters on my Cricut machine in vinyl.  I peeled off the letters to leave the stencil.  I used fabric paint to stencil and removed the vinyl when it was dry.  IMG_3463

Once the letters are on you can assemble the pillow.  Baste the trim to the pillow front.  Then with right sides together place the pillow front and back and sew all the way around using a generous 1/4″ seam.  Make sure to leave the zipper open before you sew.  Turn right side out and stuff with fiberfill.

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We Found Wonderland Zipper Pouch Tutorial

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This Wonderland fabric by Blend Fabrics totally reminded my daughter of the Taylor Swift song “Wonderland” so I came up with this little project that I’m sure your daughter will love!  I love this size zipper pouch because you can use it to put journals and writing supplies in, sketchbooks and art supplies, small sewing projects, coloring books and crayons – it’s just a great project size!!

I first cut the words out of vinyl on my Cricut to create a stencil.  I placed it on light pink fabric and used a metalliac black fabric paint to stencil.IMG_3474

Cut the theme print and pink prints according to the measurements below:

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Sew together using 1/4″ seams allowances.  Press.

Cut the backing piece 11″ x 14″ – which is slightly larger.  It will get trimmed down in a minute.

Fuse the outer zipper bag pieces to Heat n Bond medium weight stabilizer.

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Next spray baste the two pieces to cotton batting.IMG_3481

Quilt each piece as desired.IMG_3482

Because quilting tends to alter the measurements, trim both pieces to measure 13 1/2″ x 10 1/2″.

Cut two lining pieces these same measurements: 13 1/2″ x 10 1/2″.

To finish the bag, follow these instructions for inserting a zipper and sewing the pouch.IMG_3483

Before turning right side out, cut a 1″ notch in each of the 4 corners.  IMG_3484

zipper pouch tutorial. 19The above photo is from another tutorial but you can see how the notches should be at each corner.

zipper pouch tutorial. 20Fold each notch so the two seams align, pin, and sew 1/4″ seam along raw edge.  Do this to each corner.

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Ella loves her bag!  Look at all the things you can use it for:

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Journaling supplies, art supplies, or even your favorite magazines on a road trip!

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