Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Elle's Studio | Puffy Icon Stickers | Travelers Notebook | February Kit + Extras

Hello! Have you seen the Elle's Studio February Kit + Extras reveal yet?  There were quite a few things that caught my eye right away, and the Puffy Icon Stickers were one of them.  I have this Travelers Notebook spread on the Elle's Studio blog today showing how it came together.   



As soon as I saw the Puffy Icon Stickers, I thought planners, but for my post today, I wanted to share another fun idea to try!  Use the Puffy Icon Stickers to document positive life-style changes, or even your new goals for 2019 in a Travelers Notebook format.  Having a visual of your accomplishments and/or goals I think is so important as we move forward. 

Using the images from the Puffy Icon Stickers, I went through my photos from 2018 and selected nine photos to go with nine of the Icon stickers.  I used the colors from the Puffy Icon Stickers or the photo to then create a photo mat in a coordinating color using the grid stamp from the Noted stamp set, and the new circle image stamp from the Oh Happy Day stamp set.  That circle image and the Puffy Icon Stickers go perfectly together!



Before adhering everything in place, I added and stitched pieces of the All My Heart 6x6 Paper Stack along the left edge to coordinate with the colors of the first Puffy Icon Sticker on each row.  Each row represents areas of improvement.  To help label and identify each row, I typed journaling explaining each row on the February labels, then foam adhered the labels and adhered everything in place.  The stamped photo mats are trimmed down to just a little over 1 1/2” x 1 3/4” with 1” photos to fit across my Travelers Notebook.


The last thing to complete this TN spread is to add my title and more embellishments.  I had stamped several of the circles, these worked perfectly for ‘MOMENTS’ from the Noteworthy Puffy Stickers as a title.  I also added another Puffy Icon Sticker to create a fun title of “Captured Moments.”  The new Wood Veneer Confetti are a perfect and fun way to use as bullets in your journaling!  Couldn’t resist adding one of the hearts to the center of the ‘O.”  


These Puffy Icon Stickers have been used quite a bit on my other projects, but this TN spread is such a great reminder of what I have accomplished, and what I want to continue to achieve.  As you think about your accomplishments or areas you want to change, use these Puffy Icon Stickers to create your visual inspiration.  You will have a beautiful reminder and visual to encourage you to continue moving forward!  



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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Elle's Studio | February Kit + Extras Reveal



I think the new February Kit from Elle's Studio is Spring ready to burst out from those Winter Blues!  So much beautiful pops of colors mixed in with Elle's Studio signature neutrals.  You could create plenty of bright or neutral pocket pages, scrapbooks, and cards with just the February Kit, but if you want some amazing great additions, there's a HUGE variety of new Extras this month to choose from!



I pretty much gasped when I saw that rainbow and kept saying "wow" looking through this month's kit and extras.  I have an unboxing video to share that I have posted at the end or you can click here to go straight to it.  I also walk through my process of putting together this Travelers Notebook insert.  Elle's Studio always has great ways to document every aspect of life, including FOOD!  So let's dig in!  LOL



You will hear me reference this in the video, but I would not normally use two different patterned paper pages side by side for a Travelers Notebook insert, but using additional pattern papers from the Noteworthy 12x12 collection helped to balance the two-page spread, and create beautiful layers.  I love to mix up how I create.

The left side is where I started.  Inspired by the utensils icon on the tags, die cuts, embellishments from this month's kit and extras is what gave me the idea for this spread.



The numbers!!!  Elle's Studio has now added to the versatile Large Jane Alphabet stamp sets AND numbers stamp set to include stripes and polka dot designs.  You can use them by themselves, as I did here with the stripes design or add the outline alphabet or number stamp to it as well.  I wanted this to be a border to create just a little bit of extra layering and texture.

To create more balance on this TN spread, I used a smaller food photo for the right side.  That fruit was what I was most excited about on the left!  Turning 50 a couple of years ago with a 9-yr old, I got serious again about my health so did a program that eliminated fruit until weight was lost.  That fruit never tasted so good!!  The smaller photo helps to tell more of the story in my journaling.



I used this tag from the February Kit a little differently than its intended use.  I still journaled a routine, but made it more of a list or a to-do.  The new light purple puffy alphabet stickers and numbers also helps to identify it as a list or steps.  Elle's Studio has added the new Oh Happy Day Stamp set that is perfect for planners and creating lists, so I really added a lot to this tag, including a cluster of the new Die Cut Labels and Puffy Icon Stickers.



There's so much inspiration that will be going up throughout the month from the team, Elle's Studio, and the Elle's Studio Facebook group.  I have loved and been inspired by what I have seen, and looking forward to seeing what everyone does with this month's kit and the extras!  Would love to hear what is your favorite!



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Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Valentine's Tags | Elle's Studio | Video



I always like to make cards and/or tags to go with little gifts for family and teachers to make Valentine's special for everyone.  I love the versatility of Elle's Studio stamps, and I had those wonderful XO wood confetti, so I had some fun and did a video showing how they came together.



All of the tags are very simple, except I did a little bit more with the shaker tag.  I stamped the outline image of the heart from the Happy Heart stamp set onto the pattern paper, cut that out, then machine stitched one of the Heart and Star Acetate Die Cuts on top.  To make a secure seal for the XO wood confetti, I used foam tape around the edges.



On all of the tags, I colored all or part of the XO wood confetti pieces with a gel pen.



To make the trimmed pieces of pattern paper look more like tags, adding a little detail of stamping and using part of the January Blank Labels gives it a nice finished "tag" look.



Even if you didn't have a way to stitch the heart to make a shaker tag, you can easily create some fun tags using the other two ideas!

Here is my quick one-minute video with only music showing how these came together.  You can also click here to watch it on YouTube.  Thought I would start making and experimenting with doing one non-voice over movie a month.  Hope you enjoy!  Thank you for stopping by!!

 

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Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Elle's Studio | February Kit + Extras | Project Sneaks

Happy Chinese New Year!  We always celebrate it as a family since we are a Chinese Adoptive family.  This year, we aren't sure when we will get to actually celebrate and go to our favorite Chinese restaurant, but hopefully within the couple weeks of the celebration.  Need that Chinese food fix!  I did a quick video and some fun envelopes for CNY using Elle's Studio stamps and January extras, you can see that here.

Just when you think one kit and extras from Elle's Studio are amazing and so useable, she comes out with more that makes your mouth drop and that inner scrapbooker saying to hoard it, not use it, but gone are those days, USE it!  



That is quite a big sneak there!  Not only a big Extra item, but stamps, wood, and acrylics!

This second gallery project, I'll have an unboxing and process video of the project.  I couldn't wait to carve out that precious time to get creative.  Lots and lots of sneaks from kit + extras here!



Elle's Studio reveal of February Kit + Extras goes live on the 10th of every month at 8 a.m. PST.  Mark your calendars, will be one you don't want to miss!

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Monday, February 04, 2019

Memory Planning | 2019



I have always loved planners, and relied on one heavily when I had an office job...Franklin Covey, couldn't do a thing without it.  As my life has changed and continues to change, I still love and rely on having some kind of structure to plan, but I seem to always go back to something creative, meaningful, and memory related.  So I have been tinkering with the Happy Planner I purchased last Fall to incorporate their pockets and to start including photos during the week as well.  Here's how January has come out.



The Elle's Studio products really helped me to keep the start of the year fresh and encouraging.  I used the Happy Planner punch to punch my printout of the Yoga with Adriene for the January 30-day challenge and used the heart stamp from the Here + Now stamp set in the colors of my spread to mark off each day.

Then I used a variety of other stamps and some of the die cuts from the January Kit to my pages.  I really need it to be functional, but I really love to be able to add motivation and highlight days using the products.  Elle's Studio products are a perfect match to planners.



Then this past week, I finished up the reverse side of that pocket and started adding photos to the weekly views.



New planner format for me, and since I have decided to go back and document in both 6x8 pocket pages and Travelers Notebook format, I think this is a great way for me to get the details of our lives down, and then be able to pick stories to highlight in those other formats.



I did resize my photos in Lightroom to fit the pockets, but I have pinned a few images in the Happy Planner where they don't fit and overlap, and I do love that look as well.  As I keep going, I will find my groove.  You can see some Elle's Studio peeks for February as well ;)



I think one thing that draws me to this planner are the rings and the punch...I can so easily just punch the Elle's Studio tags, a printout, a photo, etc. and slip it into the rings.



On the reverse side of that tag, I added more stamping and a photo.  Did some overlapping with that photo on the far right, and I do love that look.



I mixed in just a tiny bit of the Happy Planner stickers, but for the most part I used the Elle's Studio products.



I've done a Heidi Swapp memory planner a couple of years ago, and pulled that out to look through.  It really is a great way to combine planning, events, details, and the good and the bad stuff of life in one place, so I think this is how I will document the real-time life.  Keeping it simple, practical and functional.

Thanks so much for stopping by, would love to hear if you also do a Memory Planner!


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Friday, February 01, 2019

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Japanese Mum Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

***Updated with Winner***

Congratulations to Random comment number 30:

Elaine Dunton

So excited for you, Elaine!  To claim your prize please email winner@altenew.com by 2/15/2019 with the subject line BAF: JapaneseMum Release Blog Hop Winner from Patricia's Blog. Enjoy!!!

I read all of the comments and they all made me smile, thank you so much!!



Welcome to the Altenew blog hop to celebrate their new build-a-flower set!  You should have arrived here from the lovely, Rubeena Ianigro's blog. I intended to create one project with the new Japanese Mum and matching die, but every time I would clean up, I would be more inspired to create another project!



This first project is a Travelers Notebook insert.  I've cut down two pieces of Altenew Moonrock cardstock to 4 1/2" x 8 3/4", the size of a TN or Travelers Notebook.  Inspired by the sentiment, You Make Me a Better Person, I picked a photo to go with it, then started adding texture to my pages.



I used the leftover pieces of trimmed Moonrock cardstock to use as a mask to create an inked border along the inside edges of the TN spreads using Lavender Fields and Deep Iris.  Then stamped just one layer of the stamp and leaves along that border, coming into my TN pages using Deep Iris.  The overlay look it gave after the ink dried, made it looked raised.



Then I decided on neutral flowers using Moonrock, Evening Gray, Morning Frost, and Lava Rock, and for the leaves Rocky Shore, Mountain Mist, Frayed Leaf, and Volcano Lake.  I am amazed by the different looks you can create with these four layers of stamps and different ink combinations.

While cleaning my desk, I typically don't like to waste leftover scraps, so I was inspired to use the trimmed Moonrock cardstock I used as a mask on my TN as a card panel.  Going with that imperfect, art-like look, I inked the full image of the flower, sprayed it with water (generously), then pressed along the edge of my inked border.  A very messy, impression of color is what it creates.



That messy impression, gave me a place to then add another layer of the flower stamp in Lavender Fields ink.  For my focal point flower, I did not use all of the layers, adding a wet brush to the outlines stamped image, and the darker Sapphire ink to some of the petals before stamping only a second layer of the image in Sapphire to create a bold contrast.



For the leaves, I used Deep Iris, Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields, and Sapphire, using all of the leaf stamp images.  For another bold contrast, I used a smaller card panel in Navy Cardstock.



When I first started playing with the stamps, I picked yellows to work with.  I thought these stamps and my leftovers would make great cards for pocket page scrapbooking.



Using this sentiment as the focal point on this card and project, I added the solid image of the flower to the top and bottom, and cut apart a stamped and die cut flower to add to the sides.



Inspired by my TN photo mat I created with the stamps, I used that same idea here as a card, with just simply layering a completed stamped flower on top.



I used the Altenew Calligraphy Alphas stamp set for my year on this card, and used some of those leaves to create motion.



Then I picked out a photo that went with the colors and theme to put inside my 6x8 pocket page.  The ink colors I used for this spread are Moon Rock, Buttercream, Mango Smoothie, Warm Sunshine, and Jet Black.



Beautiful set, YES!  So much detail and texture and so many ways to use.  I have a video here of my TN and card process or you can view from my YouTube channel here.



Now onto the fun part, PRIZES and fun details!  Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog for a chance to win. Three winners will be announced on the Card Blog, and other three winners will be announced on the Scrapbook Blog on 2/9/2019.

As a thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and comment, I will pick one lucky winner to receive a $20 gift certificate. I will announce the winner on this updated blog post on 2/6/2019.

And if you don't want to miss a release of Altenew's Build-A-Flowers sets, you can start a subscription. This is a monthly subscription plan for our Build-A-Flower set. When signed up, you are guaranteed a spot in our monthly BAF releases and will receive a set each month - at a specially discounted price! ($35.00 →$29.99)

I am so honored to be a part of this hop, thank you for stopping by! The hop is filled with so many talented ladies, including this lovely next stop to Laura Jane's blog. Good luck!!

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