About blingnbangs

A Poet...A Dreamer... Occasionally a Writer..Turning as a Blogger.. Passionate & Creative..An Art Lover.. Enthusiastic & Workaholic HR Professional... Travel Fanatic, Foodie by Heart, an avid Reader.... Music Maniac..Makeup and Fashion Addict...

Journal- Handmade with Love


Never ever I thought I will go so crazy for something that will be handmade. Here I bring one of my recent handmade product a Journal which I am planning to use as Junk Journal. This entire Journal is designed and made by me.

Why Handmade Journal-

In one simple line I can say, because I love them. There is something so mysterious and at same time so attracting towards any handmade items. As I am discovering more about handmade products especially related to Art and Crafts, fell totally in love with handmade journals. Best is you can choose whatever you want to.

For this particular journal my Aim was

  1. Size around A5 but a bit bigger and kind of square
  2. Colorful pages which has got texture and deckle edges
  3. Handmade papers (purchased one) they were in between A4 and A3 size I folded and hand deckle edged them
  4. Classic coptic stitch look
  5. Cover vintage, more customized

Supply List-

Handmade Paper- I got this years back (may be 5 years) from Itsy Bitsy
Hard Cover used is a box carton that was thick and sturdy
Thread- from Pradhan Embroidery and waxed them using organic Bees Wax
For cover design- Jute from Amazon, Sticker from a local store, Washi tape again from amazon, quilled rose handmade, vintage paper from Amazon

Stitching Method- I used Coptic Stitch, one of the best and easy tutorial is linked here


Front Look

Coptic Stitch

Deckle Edges

Jute twine wrapping the journal

The side look

My Experience-

Truly speaking it did take lots of time to make this one. First folding the paper and then hand deckle edging them, literally my finger got so sore. These are thick handmade papers above 300 GSM so even stitching them was a bit of challenge with the needle I had with me. Cover design was again a bit time taking mostly from design point of view.

Problem with handmade products especially in these cases are you just dont know where to stop, after adding every bit I was struggling whether to end it here or go a bit more or keep it minimalist. May be I was very excited.

With lots of


Note- pictures are clicked from my mobile without any filter mode. Further to enhance the features it’s edited on App.

Disclaimer- this DIY has been done by following youtube video. I have given the full credit to its original source by providing the link. The opinion and feedback shared is my own based on my experience



Hey Everyone,

Hope you all are doing well and fine and taking good care of yourself and your near and dear ones.

I am posting almost after a month and half this has been longest gap in last 2 years. Its not that I don’t have content there are tons of them on my mobile and draft ready to be shared. But the Second wave peak of Covid-19 in India disturbed me alot. Many of my close friends, relatives , colleagues, neighbors got affected by it. Many are still recovering and some left us too. It was and is time for prayers, hope, healing, expectations.

And in peak of the misery I switched my job too. From past 4 yrs I was part of an organization where I was totally free related to my work but somehow the growth both financially and skill wise have stopped a long time back. There were hardly any learning left. After thinking alot took a call and that kept me busy too.

I have been making art throughout last few months and I will share them soon. Makeup products I have not invested much since the pandemic started last yr. Still with whatever I have, there are still many to be reviewed. Sane goes for personal care products too.

Going forward I will be sharing content related to

1. Personal care product– there are many which I am loyal to, or using from long time or gave me good result. I generally take lots of time to review any personal care product. Most of the time either I review it when I repurchase or finish it.

2. Art and Craft- it wont be a single post for one painting. As I use mostly mini journals, sketchbooks etc hence I will merge few..either on weekly basis..or journal type. Something like that..I am yet to decide how its going to be. Also the area I will be covering in Art and Craft are

2.a. Painting- watercolor, Gouache, Poster color, acrylic.. As of now these mediums I am using for painting

2.b. Doodle, zentangle, mandala

2.c. Crochet

2.d. Quilling

2.e. DIY like home decor items, handmade journals , papers etc

2.f. Misc- sometimes I do embroidery, junk journaling or journaling etc

3. Books– though lately I have reduced my book reading marathon but I am sure soon I will be back hence my views on the books read

4. Food and recipes- now this is something I don’t want to do in detail. Personally I like either step by step recipe or video and both are not possible for me. Also I don’t want to share any regular recipe there are tons already in much much better way. I am planning to share experimental recipe, easy healthy recipe, kid friendly recipe, menu ideas etc

5. Travel/outings- the worst affected thing by Pandemic. Well this is something which will pop up in between… May be some old pics or new lets see how I will be able to do it.

These are few things I have thought by now. For rest random thoughts I will do on my other blog http://www.tunesretuned.wordpress.com

I am so happy and excited to be back..and to check the blogs of my fellow Bloggers.. I missed reading and interacting with you all.



My Journal Collection from Bohemian Alley Instagram Store


With all the things happening around the only thing which is keeping me sane these days is Art Therapy. In last one year I have done some good investment in quality journals, sketchbooks etc. Art and craft is still a hobby for me but creating anything gives me immense happiness. In this journey of exploring art material I came across Bohemian Alley Instagram store. Their journals looked so different to me. I have shared my opinion on them in my previous post here.

My Bohemian Collection-

Previously I have got 2 journals from Bohemian Alley to check whether I like their service, quality of the journal etc or not. I was more then happy and last month went ahead with 4 more journals. These are 100 gsm paper bur suitable for almost every medium.

I have tried Watercolor, Gouache, Pencil, Brush markers, fineliners etc as of now. And they survived all. You just need to be gentle with wet media. They now have a 300 gsm watercolor journal too also limited edition ruled journal.

One more thing as they use scrap fabric as cover for their journals and other stationary item. Their product in one print are limited and may not come again anytime. So if you check their instagram page and like any print its better to place order instantly. Though I like the variety and print doesn’t matter much to me.

Pictures of my Bohemia Collection-

I have around 6 journals from them. Here are the pics

My whole collection as of now

Ready to be unpacked

Recent haul

Ribbon diary side view

Ribbon Diary

Side view Binded Diary

Binded diary

Side view of Big Button Diary

Big Button Diary

Side view of Metal Diary- it has got colored pages

Metal Diary

Side view of Bamboo Lock Diary