Monday, January 20, 2020

JustNick Studio | Traveler's Notebook


Hope this Monday is going well for everyone!  I am up on the JustNick Studio blog today sharing an entry in my Traveler's Notebook.  You can see that post here, with links to the cut files I used.  This is a follow-up to my New Year Bullet Journal entry using the same Funky Mandala cut file I used to stencil in my journal...you can see some of the ink on the blue pattern paper from it.


I wasn't intending to fold those inside petals in, but the accidental fold had me inspired and I went with it!


I used leftover Citrus Twist Kits add-ons and Life Crated products and stamps to finish up this crazy adventure of mine on National Bundt Cake day!  


Hope you have a great week!  See more details here at JustNick Studio.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Evelin T Designs | Chinese New Year Envelopes

I'm so excited to announce that I am joining the Evelin T Designs creative team!!  I have known Evelin for several years and we have met a few times at CHA (now known as Creativation).  I remember seeing her illustrations and first stamps with other manufacturers...I knew she would succeed and now has her own company...so proud of her!  I love supporting creative friends in the industry.  I will be creating memory keeping with her stamps as well as papercrafts.  Today, I am up on the Evelin T Designs blog sharing Chinese New Year Envelopes inspired by one of her stamps.  You can read more here.


This is a special Chinese New Year for our family... this is the second time around since Emma was born for the year to be the rat!  So since this is her year, I wanted something fun to fill the large envelope I cut from the Silhouette.  I found this rat bookmark pattern...perfect!  So I crocheted him and he fits just right in this envelope.


I combined two stamp sets to create these envelopes.  That little mouse is the cutest and my inspiration!  For the die cut pieces in the center I used Waffle Flower Crafts Lacy Flower Mats Die Cuts (no longer available), but so perfect for this project, I had to use them!


He's a cute little fella!  I think heat embossing him in gold really changes this to be able to use all year long for any occasion!  Details on the Evelin T Designs blog.  Thank you so much for stopping by!!!

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Elle's Studio | January Kit + Extras | Traveler's Notebook



Every time I open my Elle's Studio box, I let out a gasp.  She amazes me how her designs are both consistent and innovative!  I'm using the new January Kit + Extras revealed today!  I focused on the new Love You Lots Stamp...and matching die!  



Using the larger cluster die of hearts, I embossed on my die cutting machine (look for instructions on your machine on how to do this) to start my background, then added watercolors.  Then I used it to cut from the new Love Is 6 x 8.5 Pattern Papers!!  (perfect for your traveler's notebooks and smaller scrapbooking.)



Next, I used the smaller individual heart die to cut from the papers and stapled two together before adhering to my page.  I used the new alphas, wood numbers and hearts...and another new favorite are the leatherette stickers!  I created a lot of texture on this TN page.



I added clusters s of die cuts from the kit to help build on my journaling and title.



Stop by the Elle's Studio blog for my inspiration and pick up the kit and add-ons here!  Enjoy!!

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Thursday, January 09, 2020

Citrus Twist Kits | January Life Crafted | Travelers Notebook


Hello everyone!!  I'm up on the CTK blog today sharing a clean spread in my Life Crafted album using the Fierce stamp with a touch of pattern paper and a card from the January Fierce & Fabulous kit.  You can see links of products and more details on the CTK blog here.  


Stamps really do give you so many possibilities, and these frames from the Fierce stamp have two parts to it.  I used the smaller frame on the top and used both the small and the large frame on the bottom.




So many looks from one kit.  Love how this came out and hope you stop by the CTK blog here to see more details how it came together and links to products used.  Thanks for stopping by!!

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Wednesday, January 08, 2020

JustNick Studio | This Year | Bullet Journaling


I am not one to do resolutions.  I've always been a goal oriented person, but I'm realizing, in my wiser years LOL, that this is life, make the best of it and of me.  I don't think I've shared on my blog about my recent weight loss (once again) in 2017.  Paying for a program was something I never did, but I needed a really good jumpstart.  It worked wonderfully, but I always knew in the back of my mind how I am with any diet and the tendency to go back to old habits, or what I am learning to be survival mode of deprivation of a diet.  This has been a journey I think God has taken me on since I was in my 20s and I am now in my 50s.  


So I turned to my Canva Bullet Journal to create some thoughts and motivation, starting with my intro page using the JustNick Studio 'this year' cut file.  I added the watercolors and stamping to spruce up the page using Scrapbook.com Mid-Century Floral stamps, Citrus Twist Stamps and Jane Davenport watercolors.  I did this title page like this because I hadn't finished my Gratitude journal!  I don't like unfinished projects, especially something like this!  So here is that finished page to the left of this one.  That finishes the Gratitude section.  You can see all those posts here from the first three weeks.


I went with different colors on that last Gratitude page, and that set the colors for the 'this year' to the right of it as well as this page with my Word for the year 'Surrender.'  Last year it was 'Trust' and although I think that one will be a continuing process, I realized another important part of the trust, is action, which I was going to go with, but then I was doing my daily quiet time, and I really felt like it needed to be surrender.  Let go, let God, take the step, the faith, the action.  He is my strength.  I'm totally weak.


I used JustNick Studio's new Script Alpha 2 to merge the letters to do my title and cut it out using the a bold pattern paper with a simple pattern.  For my background, I used the new Funky Mandala as a mask and as a stencil to ink my background.  For the speech bubbles I used the Catherine Pooler Calendar & Boxes Stencil with ink and then used a pen to outline each one.


I filled them in with stickers from past stickers from Citrus Twist Kits.  To help keep my journaling straight, I used the Catherine Pooler On My List Stencil.


My journaling is lots of scripture.  I have so many years of undoing toxic thinking and reacting which is at the root of my eating issues.  The more of the truth and encouragement I can get in, the better!


You can see more about how the pages came together as well as the cut files I used on the JustNick Studio blog post here!


Thank you so much for stopping by and especially if you read all of that!  Here's to 2020 being healthy in mind, spirit, and body! 

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Saturday, January 04, 2020

Citrus Twist Kits | 2020 Album | Life Crafted | Travelers Notebook


Hello and Happy New Year again!!  I am up on the Citrus Twist Kits blog sharing how I prepped my album, title page and started documenting for the new year.  Sharing photos here, but you can see more details on the CTK blog here.



I had my title page prepped and ready for the new year.


Using the vellum with the cut file, gave me that soft look of the large New Year photo on behind it.













Links to the products and kit are on the CTK post.  Thank you so much for stopping by!! 

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Thursday, January 02, 2020

Elle's Studio | Digital Files | Travelers Notebook


Happy 2020 everyone!!  Before you put away your holiday products from Elle's Studio, I have a post to share on the Elle's Studio blog here, showing how to use the December cut files and print and cut files to create a visible title with layers of pattern paper, and lots of journaling to work with your design.


Using solid pattern paper helps to make the cut title stand out against pattern paper and the white background.  And using the negative of the cut file '&' helped to make it stand out while creating layers under it for a banner.


I used the adorable cut file frame to layer with my photo and pattern paper.


I had a good bit of journaling to add that would have taken away from the clean, but layered design, the print and cut labels really help so much by allowing me to type from my computer and then printing them to sizes I want.


You can see more design details as well as products used by seeing my post on the Elle's Studio blog here.  Thank you so much for stopping by!!!

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