Monday, July 15, 2019

Catherine Pooler Canva Bullet Journal | July

Hello!  I have a really fun post to share today using the Catherine Pooler Canva Bullet Journal, Midnight, and Party Collection Inks, Bullet Journal Basics, Put a Pin in It, and the Oh My, It's July! Stamp Sets, the Calendar and Boxes Stencil, the 2.75 Inch Round Acrylic Block in the Catherine Pooler Canva Doodle Garden Design.

The first thing I noticed about the journal, is the covers will resist water, and the inside pages are very thick and numbered.  The thickness is great to prevent any see-through, bleeding, and they held up really well to my watercolored title page.  The numbered pages would be great to create an index!

For my journal, I didn't plan an index or plan pages, I knew I wanted July and wanted definitely to go with a bullet/journal format as opposed to a monthly view or weekly view calendar.

My first page is a to-do page, highlighting things happening within the month first, and then to-do's.  The thing about bullet journaling is you really can get as creative as you want with lists.  Using the stencil, I created various sizes of shapes and then accented with the stamps and my own journaling.

Since we had a trip planned the first part of July, I wanted some 'notes' pages.  Using the stencils and the stamps helped create the base pages.  I brought the journaling, stamps, and inks with me, and stamped and journaled in the hotel room.

When I got back home this Saturday, I finished it up and then printed photos to highlight each day on the next two pages.

I have a video you can watch on my YouTube channel here in HD or below.  I do have affiliate links, so if you do make a purchase from my links, I get a small percentage, but at no extra charge to you.  Thank you so much for letting me share and thank you and Catherine Pooler for allowing me to play with these products!

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Elle's Studio | July Kit + Extras Reveal | Traveler's Notebook | Sun Shine Today

Although the Elle's Studio July kit and extras can be used for any celebration, because the kits and products are never too overly themed, I really pulled a lot of those elements to document a favorite photo for our 4th of July day last year.

I started by using the You Are My Sunshine stamp set to create a background at the top.  I did a kissing technique with some of the stamping.  I will have to do a video to share.  This summer has been busy and didn't have a chance to do a video this go around.  I used the Mini Dated Stamp set to stamp out the year of Independence and the year of the photo.  Really love all the different shades of blue ink with the stamps.

For the bottom, I created a layering of the new Sunshine Paper Stack, die cuts from kit, and the 4th of July Journaling Tags. for my photo.  Then started layering the die cuts and the awesome new Sun Shine acrylic!!  My favorite little layering trick I did here was with the acrylic popsicle.  I used a kit die cut that a white circle with a blue star.  The acrylic popsicle is clear enough that you can see it through it...reminded me of getting those fun popsicles from the ice cream truck as a kid.

Love the 4th of July Puffy stickers and had to use the '4th of July' on this.  Using that Mini Dated Stamp Set again, I used the sentiment 'photograph taken on' above it.

The puffy stickers can be generic as I said early, for example this family puffy sticker could be used for any memory.  There's also a new set of puffy star stickers!

I do love anything patriotic, but having the versality to use for all occasions makes it even more perfect.   Hope those in the U.S. had a happy and safe 4th!

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Tuesday, July 09, 2019

News to Share | Travelers Notebook | JustNick

Hello Everyone!  I have some news to share!  I am so excited to be joining the JustNick team with all the amazing designers, and especially, Nicole!  Nicole and I have met a few times at CHA and Creativation and have even been on different design teams together.  I'm also excited because I know just how talented Nicole is and have seen her shop grow so much.  She has an amazing eye for style and detail.  

I have my first post up on the JustNick blog today introducing myself a little more and sharing a page I created.  I still create 12x12 and 8.5x11 layouts occasionally, but my favorite way to document these days is in a Traveler's Notebook or a 6x8 format.  I have been designing for manufacturers and kit clubs since 2012.  After changes to a direct-sales company I was exclusively working with part-time from 2016 to 2018, I am back to designing more as a hobby again for myself and teams again.  
For my about me page, I picked Graphic FramesInfinity Hearts FramesSimple Scallop Strips, and Basic Hearts.
After cutting the frames in white cardstock, I picked three to layer over my pattern paper background.  Pulling from the design of the hearts from the Infinity Hearts Frames, I continued that theme by cutting Basic hearts to layer over and under my frames.
I used small alpha stickers from Citrus Twist using a saying I heard from our pastor.  I will never be perfect, always striving to improve, to change, to grow.  It's a saying that motivates you to keep going.  I layered embellishments over the clusters of the hearts with a larger embellishment by the photo.
I cut out two of the images from the Simple Scallop Strips, one in pattern paper and the other in white cardstock to layer.  I trimmed them down, stapled them, and foam adhered them to my page.  I used another trimmed down strip to add to my top card on the right side of my page along with stamping, which is 'perfect' for my imperfection ;)
For the bottom card, I did some journaling about myself.  These are random current things about myself.  I used an alcohol marker to highlight a few words to add more color to the card and added lots of enamel shapes as bullets, as well as sprinkling them throughout the entire spread for more texture and color.

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Monday, July 01, 2019

Elle's Studio | Title Builder 3 | June Kit | Travelers Notebook

Have you seen the addition to the Title Builder stamp sets from Elle's Studio???!!  Elle recently introduced a Title Builder 3!  My head was spinning with ideas, but I kept gravitating to creating something unique to create both a pattern and some cool typography.

At first glance, these stamps have amazing ways to combine titles, cool typography, words and phrases perfect for memory keeping, but have you noticed the other images also available in these sets.  In the first Title Builder there are rows of dots, asterisks, and greater than signs.  And Vol. 2 and the new Vol. 3 have images as well.  All of these images along with the words and phrases, sparked not just a background, but a pattern and a design.  I needed to follow a half circle to translate my idea onto paper, so using a double-sided tape roll (another round object would work as well), helped me pencil in my half circles onto my cardstock.  I traced a few nested together at the bottom right and at the top left. 

Next, I positioned each image on my acrylic block, but curving it.  NOTE:  sometimes they bounce back to their original form, but they will eventually comply with being curved. I did this with all of the images, continuing to stamp in black ink until I had a pattern started.  The images from the Vol. 3 I think are my favorite as they can be splashes of water, flowers or in this case, the top of my medallions I’ve created for my patterns.

The top half circle needed larger areas to be filled in, I wanted to create more depth or layers to my stamped patterns, and I also wanted to add some of the phrases and words.  In the first Title Builder set there is a cursive font ‘happy’ and in the new Vol. 3 set there is a block font ‘happy.’  So in love with the idea of combining the same word in different fonts and how they would look layered over each other, I began by curving each one on my acrylic block.  I first inked the Vol. 3 ‘happy’ with grey ink and filled in blank areas as well as along the outside of my patterns.  Then I stamped using the cursive font with black ink to stamp over the grey stamping, but only inside the half circle.  

For the bottom half circle, using the grey ink again with the ampersand from the Vol. 3 set, I stamped directly over areas or rows of my patterns.   The ampersand did not need to be curved.  I stamped it as is.  For this bottom half circle, I also used the ‘let the’ and the ‘choose to be’ sayings, curving them as I did the other images, to stamp rows within my half circles using black ink.  The Title Builder stamps are helping me to create not only an eye-catching background, design, and pattern, but helping me in creating my title, subtitles, and theme for my project.

I painted the acrylic ‘family’ and the wood veneer stars with black paint to continue this neutral and black combination and to help build my title.  Even though my background was filled up, I needed a little more focal point, and since this is all about our family beach trip, I printed photos in three circle sizes, then free-hand trimmed the pattern paper behind each one to create balance with the yellow on the right side.  The puffy flip flop stickers added another fun way to add to the theme.

For my right side June kit tag, I continued the medallion look of my patterns I created on the left, but instead of curving the dotted stamp image, this time, I used it as is to accent the sun on the tag.  Then used the image from the Vol. 3 set in between.  To finish that card, I used the Vol. 3 set to stamp ‘Fun in the Sun’ using black and grey ink to balance with the left side.

I filled my bottom pocket with a photo, but I still brought in some of the yellow using a June kit die cut, trimming a Summer Phrase Sticker and adding a Summer Puffy Sticker to it.

Honesty time here, I had this in my mind, but as it came out on paper, I was doubting my idea, that is when I would normally start all over.  But instead, I challenged myself to get out of the routine of getting something perfect or how I think it should be, and just create without overthinking it.  Now this gives me the idea and confidence to create more patterns like this knowing if that same doubt enters my mind, to just keep going, because I love how it came out!  Hope this challenges you like it did me to look at these sets in a different way, not to doubt the initial idea you have, but to keep going!  

I experimented with this idea before I started on the project above, so before tossing that experiment out, I created another project with it!  I just trimmed the stamping out and foam adhered over my layout.

For this layout, I just added a lot more color to the stamping in addition to that black and white stamping. 

Hope you pick up this set or all three!  There are bundles available that go along with the stamp set in that classic Elle's Studio font.  Here are the products I used.  No additional charge to you to use my affiliate links, enjoying shopping!

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Citrus Twist June Life Crafted | Around Here | Video

June has been a whirlwind for us here.  I blinked and it's almost over because of so much happening that I haven't even shared the amazing Citrus Twist June Life Crafted Around Here kit projects here on my blog!  So here goes for a long post of projects and a video to share!

First up, is Curled Up Here with my girl Boo.  You can see more of the products and details of how this came together on the Citrus Twist Blog here.

I had a lot of fun with the stamps and the cut files available for this month on this project!  Totally obsessed with those bows!

This kit is perfect or purr-fect, in this case, for those photos around the house.  Always have loved documenting the everyday.  I think I like to scrapbook those moments the most.

Next up is a 3-to Inspire with a process video.  Product info on the CTK blog here.

I did a lot of clustering on this project, always using those awesome stamps, but got creative with the cut files on my background on the right page using the cut files available this month.

You can watch the video on my YouTube channel here in HD or below.

And then today I have this post up on the CTK post showing step-by-step how this came together today.  

I knew I had to use that Label It cut file available for subscribers this month.  A cut file is available for your Life Crafted album or for your scrapbook layout.  To use the Label It die cut, I first needed to line up the holes with one of the page protectors to punch my holes.

Then using scissors and/or a craft knife with liquid glue I backed several of the labels with papers from the Around Here kit.

I left a few of the labels so that when adhered to the digital June TN paper, it would show through.  After adhering, I re-punched my holes to go through the TN paper attached to the back.

Then I used the 'Shine' part of the Smile Sparkle Shine Subscriber cut file as a stencil to sponge over the Around Here card.

And lastly, I added stamping using the Travelers Notebook stamp set directly to my photo and adored a Puffy Sticker from the kit to it.

My sweet chickadee has grown so much.  Now when I post this on Instagram, I have started tagging here because she is on IG now!!  Here's a few more closeups.

Absolutely gorgeous kit, yes!  I am still in disbelief to be a part of this team.  Thank you for staying along to the end of this post and hope you enjoy the rest of your week!

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Elle's Studio | June Kit + Extras | Traveler's Notebook | Picnic Time

Hi Everyone!  Wanted to share my second gallery project for Elle's Studio using the June Kit and Extras!  I created another Traveler's Notebook insert documenting my daughter's 4th Grade Picnic.  I started by layering the pattern paper with the June Kit card on the left, and then started adding some of the kit die cuts, stamps, and embellishments available to complement the kit.

I pulled in a lot of green for this spread, and loved mixing the two puffy alphas available to create more texture and interest.

I left a lot of white space on the right and layered lots of the die cuts, labels, and stamping with my journaling.

Thank you for stopping by and hope you have picked up the kit and goodies to get some creativity time in as well!

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