Some Pig!

Some Pig! 

Fall in Minnesota this year has been awesome! Mild weather has delayed the inevitable winter that looms over us. But we miss most of it, because, like most of you, we have jobs and obligations that keep us indoors and on the run most of the time.  

On this particular day, Jenn texts me and says “you better come outside”,



Being the worry wort that I am, by the time I came out of the office, down the stairs and hit the garage door, I had envisioned my husband pinned under the tractor or some sort of accident with the chainsaw.  (Being the cheery, carefree person I am) Instead, I couldn’t believe my eyes.  

A Pig! . . . . . In our driveway!

I just thought Jenn was getting us lunch!?! 

Lesson learned:  Sometimes you just need to stop and . . . .  well . . . .  smell the roses.  Otherwise, we might miss a visiting Pig. . . . . And a sunny Autumn day!

So I had to record this day in my journal!  I hope one day my Grandkids will look through my journals and think, “Grandma had a fun life”  Just the way I feel when I look at pictures of my mom and dad.  

Here is how I used our Pig Stencil in my LT1917 dotted A5.






Where there is one pig, there are others!  Cow Sheep and Chicken stencils were born. Here is one idea on how to use our pig stencil with colored pencils.  

and remember . . . . 

Winter is coming!

  • Janae


Apple Harvest

Fall has always been my favorite season.   Summer heat does nothing for me, but make me sweat! 

When Fall finally arrives, it means cooler temps and fewer bugs!

2 years ago we moved to a rural town in Minnesota.  We have a small 2.5-acre lot with a lovely little apple tree.  The previous owner couldn’t identify the kind of apples, but she made bottles and bottles of delicious apple wine. 

I was so excited for my first year’s harvest! I waited. . . . 

There are several other trees with no clue what they were either.  We lived by the idea of “this is an adventure” moving from the city to the country.  Let’s let this first year roll and “learn as we go”.  My husband and I make a pretty good team and fell comfortably into our roles as hobby farmer and wife. 

Last year, in 2016, a surprisingly scraggly tree with tangled branches and a large crack in the trunk gave us bushels of plums.  Little tiny pink plums.  We made the most delicious Plum jelly, thanks to YouTube and Pinterest. We learned this was an American Plum tree and it blessed us with an unexpected bounty of fruit.  But where were all those apples??  Nothing. Still, we waited. . . 


We waited another year. We had a tree service come out and look at our scattered, tattered and tangled orchard.  He identified several more plum trees up on the hill and a cherry tree. He trimmed and pruned our apple tree and taught me how to do the same to a little pretty crab apple tree.  We are learning a lot.

And then. . . .  suddenly  . . . . . APPLES!!!   

Be careful what you wish for!

Applesauce, Apple Jelly, Apple Butter, Apple Pies, Apple Muffins, Apples! Apples! Apples!

Applesauce Recipe: from the Pioneer Woman website. (with some Canning instructions added) Dee’s recipe is to be used for storage in refridgerator.

  • 6 pounds Apples, Peeled, Cored, And Cut Into 8 Slices
  • 1 cup Apple Juice Or Apple Cider
  • Juice Of 1 Lemon
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar, Packed
    • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon, More Or Less To Taste
    • Optional Ingredients: Nutmeg, Maple Syrup, Allspice, Butter… 
  • PREPARE boiling water canner. Heat jars in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil.  Wash lids in warm soapy water and set bands aside.
  • COMBINE apples with just enough water to prevent sticking in a large stainless steel saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and boil gently, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 20 minutes, until apples are tender (time will depend upon the variety of apple and their maturity). Remove from heat and let cool slightly, about 5 minutes.
  • TRANSFER apples, working in batches, to a food mill or a food processor fitted with a metal blade and purée until smooth.
  • RETURN apple purée to saucepan. Add sugar, if using, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently to prevent sticking. Maintain a gentle boil over low heat while filling jars.
  • LADLE hot applesauce into hot jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Apply band until fit is fingertip tight.
  • PROCESS jars in a boiling water canner for 20 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down when center is pressed.

It took us 2 weekends to process 8 quarts of applesauce and 36 pints of Apple Butter. 7 bags of frozen sliced apples.  I could not have done it all without this guy 

Here is my journal entry in my Leuchtturm 1917 dotted.  I used our Canning Jar stencil and our new Jumbo Typography #1 for the header.  Of course, I used Polychromos pencils from Faber Castill.  



Journal This Now is Thankful!

We have been busy creating a new line of stencils, just in time for your holiday shopping.  We are calling our new stencils “Jumbo Typography”! Large Alphabet font stencils made, especially for your headers and page titles.  5 fonts will be introduced on November 24th, with more to be introduced over the next few months.  We wanted to introduce these now so you can be sure to take advantage of our Black Friday Sale coming up this next week.

Here are the details:
35% off everything including the Black Friday surprise box. 
Runs from midnight Thursday to midnight Sunday.
****Black Friday Surprise Box****
4 Exclusive mini stencils
8 sheets of stickers
Swarovski Crystal Pen
And more goodies.
Price $32.50 plus shipping. 

EPiC Halloween Sale – On NOW!

In case you missed the EPiC sale this weekend, Our shop is continuing the fun!  Use the code EPICHALLOWEEN17    Be sure to visit EPICPLANNERSALE.COM to see all shops that are participating in this Spooky Sale, ending 12 midnight PST.  

EPiC Sale Starts Tomorrow.

This sale encompasses a true journal fan.  Journal This Now is joining with over a hundred planner and journal specialty shops.The sale starts tomorrow at 9 am PST! What are you excited to stock up on?! Journal This Now has completed our 50 State Stencils.  This will be the perfect time to stock up at a 30% discount. 

Floral Wreath Elements Stencil

Floral Wreath Elements Stencil

We have sold a few of our new Floral Wreath Elements stencils, and we wanted to be sure you knew what a fun tool this could be.  I love being able to embellish and create my own look and to encourage you to “play” too.   I hope this video will inspire and take a little mystery out of how to use this floral addition to your stencil collection.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions when using our stencils or stickers. 

Also,  Good News!  It’s been a creative weekend at Journal This Now and we are posting 8 new stencils in our new “State” series.  Thank you to everyone that participated in our Facebook poll.  We are continuing to work our way down the list, so if you haven’t seen your state stencil introduced yet, be sure to add it to our list. Or, shoot us a message!  Here is one of our first 8 to be posted today and tomorrow. Have a great week!


Welcome Autumn!

Beautiful Fall Weather, Harvesting of Gardens, Back-to-School and a Bounty of Fall Stencils and Stickers for your Journal!

Thanks for helping us celebrate our first year of creating fun stencils for you and making some great friendships along the way.  We love helping you be purposeful in making the best use of your journals no matter which kind you have chosen to work with.  There are so many options to choose from and each one unique and customizable for you.

Make sure to check out our new Stickers. We have over forty designs all ready to embellish your journals.  Color them to your heart’s desire. 

In this sample, we used our new stickers called Daily 1031 (how exciting of a name it that?) and the soon to be posted “Weather” stickers.  Also, we used our newest stencil “Squares for LT”.  We hope it will become one of your most useful tools in laying out your journal pages.  11 boxes, sized to fit the dotted or grid pages in your Leuchtturm 1917 journal. 

We always suggest your trace your layout, first with a pencil, then follow with your favorite pen. Please stay with us, while we post more blog content and how-tos.