Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Elle's Studio | March Kit + Extras | Travelers Notebook

This month Elle's Studio is celebrating 12 years!  If you find a party horn in your box, then you also won $100.  And Elle also has free gifts in random orders as well as current and new kit subscribers get the new Elle's Studio pen you see in my travelers notebook above.  You can see more details of the celebration here, and you can shop and subscribe here

And since it is Elle's Studio birthday, I challenged myself to handwrite with the Elle's Studio pen instead of typing my journaling.

I used a lot of the March kit tags and dies for this spread, and then brought in some of the amazing new labels, stickers, stamps, acrylic chocolate bunny!!, and cut file.  

This was a fun spread to put together.  It was Emma's first Easter with us, she LOVED chocolate and still does.  You can see the link for each product I used on this spread below.

I also have a process video below or in HD on my YouTube Channel here.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Scrapbook.com + (Tonic) Nuvo Dream in Colour | Traveler Notebook

Happy Monday and hope you did something fun for St. Patrick's day, even if just to wear something green!  I love green so that comes easily for me, but I also love COLOR in general, which leads me to the new Tonic Studios and Nuvo Products from Scrapbook.com collection called Dream in Colour.  You can see my box and all the contents here.

I'm new to their products and got a chance to really play and have some fun with them, and very inspired and impressed by them.  I will be adding these products into my future projects for sure!  Here is what I did for today...a travelers notebook insert spread.

After seeing by accident how amazing the Nuvo Lilac Waterfall Shimmer Powder is, I started with that on my pages. I do have a video at the end of this post or you can click here to go straight to it showing how this came together.  I also show some other ways of using the same products that I used on their new Watercolour Cards coming soon from Tonic Studios.

After applying the Shimmer Powder, I added the Embellishment Mousses in Triple Berry and Chai Latte over the Tonic Studios Twisting Circles Stencil.  I have only used modeling paste, but their mousse is nothing like it.  The Nuvo Embellishment Mousse is thick, creamy, and smooth.  I applied it with my fingers.  Unlike modeling paste, it does take a little bit more time to dry, but maybe only 30 minutes at the most, and will depend on how thick you get it as well.  Mine was pretty thick...LOL

But while it was drying, I did some die cutting with Pinkfresh Studios Gatsby Dies and Folk Elements Dies.  I say this often, but it is so true, I'm inspired by product, and I tend to try to find a good 'fit' for product once that inspiration sparks.  I happened on these photos taken at a TCBY, of all places, but the colors of their table and background, of course my lovely daughter, really captured the feeling I wanted for this TN spread.  It went perfectly with the Hand Crafted Cotton Paper in Caribbean Tide and Specialty Card with Embossed Accents in Lilac Waves I die cut from the Pinkfresh Studios Gatsby Dies.  Those swirls and textures from those papers are AMAZING!  There were a few choices in my box of metallic papers, I decided on the one that is more holographic, picking up that table and vibe from the photo.  It is the Gloss Mirror Card in Holo Waves and I used the Pinkfresh Studios Folk Elements Dies for those.

I just placed the dies where I thought I wanted them, and then added my embossed sentiment from Pinkfresh Studio Scripted Bold Sentiments 2 with the new Nuvo Crushed Mulberry Embossing Powder for a bold title, typed my journaling on cardstock, machine stitched journaling lines, trimmed and placed.  For a fun way to adhere the intricate dies, I used the Nuvo Candy Kisses Glitter Accents!

Once that was done, I just finished this off with some of the amazing gems and embellishments from Nuvo.  You will see in the video, I came so very close to using them ALL because they ALL worked!  But I wanted to focus on design, photos, and stories, so I used some restraint.  I picked the Pure Sheen Sequins in Silver Rain, Novo Crystal Gems, and Nuvo Amethyst Squares.  Those last two are not listed in the store yet, but keep checking the entire collection here as everything is still arriving.

So happy with how this came out.  Thank you to Scrapbook.com, Tonic Studios, and Nuvo Drops for this opportunity!  I had a blast and will be reaching for these products often!

You can watch the video below to see the process and some other ways to use that Shimmer Powder, or you can watch it in HD on my YouTube Channel here.  Thank you so much for taking the time to take a look at the project and especially the time to watch the video.  Hope everyone has a great week and gets some fun creativity in!

I do use affiliate links which is just a small portion of a purchase you make at no extra charge to you. So if you do happen to love something I used and purchase using one of my links, I truly hope you enjoy your purchase and thank you for clicking my link!

Products used:
Tonic Studios | Nuvo Dream in Colour Collection at Scrapbook.com
Watercolour Cards
Nuvo Candy Kisses Glitter Accents
Nuvo Crushed Mulberry Embossing Powder
Nuvo Lilac Waterfall Shimmer Powder
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse Kit
Hand Crafted Cotton Paper in Caribbean Tide
Specialty Card with Embossed Accents in Lilac Waves
Gloss Mirror Card in Holo Waves
Pure Sheen Sequins in Silver Rain
Tonic Studios Twisting Circles Stencil
Pinkfresh Studio Gatsby Dies
Pinkfresh Studio Folk Elements Dies
Pinkfresh Studio Scripted Bold Sentiments 2

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Spring Fling Instagram Hop with Scrapbook.com

I am so excited to be participating in the celebration of National Craft Month with Scrapbook.com and other amazing and talented affiliates!  Sharing my project here as well as on my Instagram account, but please stop by @scrapbook.com to follow along with the hop.  

Here is my Spring project!

Haven't shared my new Travelers Notebook just yet on Social Media or on my blog.  I recently got this Doodlebug insert and cover from Gigi's Scrapbooking at a local crop.  She is located in Foley, Al, but you can also purchase it at Scrapbook.com.  I love having a variety, so for this one, I am going to use it for older memories, but that could always change.  The one I started with Elle's Studio with the Happy Planner rings I am keeping to 2018.  I used some new Tonic Studios and Nuvo goodies I got from Scrapbook.com.  You can see my box from this post here.  I embossed the Altenew Tulip stamp onto the Holo Waves 8.5x11 card and the new Dream in Color 6x6 paper pad, not yet available at Scrapbook.com, then die cut it with the matching die set.

That peach paper is from the same paper pad.  Love how easy the patterns are to work with.  Everything else is my stash of Paige Evans' Pink Paislee.  To finish my spread, I used the new Nuvo Dream in Color Dream drop in Cloud 9!  I have heard about these drops and even seen them at crops, but now that I have used them, I will be turning to them often!  They dry fairly quickly too, as you can see I was testing it from that spot on the big drop there...LOL.

I even used a trimmed down piece of that Holo Waves 8.5x11 card under my photo on the bottom right.  I will have a video and another project up using more of the box of goodies I received.  But for now, head over to @scrapbook.com, all the Instagram hoppers, and and my Instagram account for a chance to win a $50!  Good luck!!

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Goals for 2019

Yes, we are in March and I finally have my goals not just written, but documented!  I used a digital version of a Elle's Studio tag to make large enough for my page.  Inspired and loving the look of how the layering with Large Jane stamps came out on my pocket page here, I wanted to do something similar for my title here.  I pulled ink colors that went with the Elle's Studio Tag.

In January, I did a YouVersion Plan with Lara Casey, the creator of Cultivate What Matters.  After doing her plan in the YouVersion app, I went to her site and applied her free steps to come up with goals.  She also has a PodCast which is great!  Really great tips for realistic goal setting.  

Other than the stamping, I have the document saved to add more or tweak.  Each week, I try to put something on my weekly planner that relates to these areas.  Not being totally successful with Mardi Gras week off for my daughter and now trying to catch up on some projects, but I also don't want to just check something off the list.  Just finally getting the goals worked out and documented was a big step in the right direction.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Memory Planning | February | 2019

Finished up my Memory Planning for February this past weekend.  I used mostly Elle's Studio products, but did bring in some of the Happy Planner stickers I have.  I have been relying on my planner a lot more lately, and really happy with the the flow I am getting into with it being functioning, decorative, and as a way to keep up with current memory keeping.

Just like my January monthly view, I like to use one of the Happy Planner pockets to do some photos along with Elle's Studio tags.  Limiting my use of Elle's Studio and a few Happy Planner products helped to get the entire month done quickly.

I will add some stamping to my weekly pages as I use my planner for actual planning or to even jot down notes.  Then I print my photos to fit, fill in with more stamps, stickers, and die cuts.

Starting to mix up the photo sizes a little more and not just 'fit' within the spaces.  I still love the Heidi Swapp memory planner I did, so to be honest, I have struggled a little bit getting into the flow with this one.

With my planner being very functioning, I don't want to fill it up or junk it up, especially with going back and adding my photos and details like this.  As much as I do love a junked up planner, my life and style is in need of simplicity.

I do love the Happy Planner so much, that I ordered one of their new July 2019 - June 2020 Classic and Personal size planners.  I am hoping for different colors of weekly view.  They still may not be exactly what I want.  That may be something I order and download to print.  I try not to let the color of the weeks influence my colors of photos and products.  I still do each spread like I would a memory keeping project, pulling the colors from the photos.

I do think the colors of the pages are neutral enough that they work well with how I'm using them.

This is such a great way to use leftover Elle's Studio kits, stamps, and embellishments.

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Citrus Twist | Life Chapters | Who, Where, When

I did a spread in the Citrus Twist Life Crafted album that is simple compared to my other three projects I did (will share the other two soon), but hopefully it gives you inspiration to create and document no matter how much time you have to devote to it.  I think to keep this hobby going into the next generation it is good to show ways that fit within any lifestyle.  Trina, with Citrus Twist, has really opened up the possibilities with her Life Crated album and kits to go along with them.  With my daughter, I can see that she would never spend an hour on a project, and I think it is the same for people who say they don't have the time or not creative.

I used the Life Chapters Traveler's Notebook Digital Paper for the right side.  Used the die cut piece from the kit, trimmed it down to added my journaling, then just layered another die cut and chipboard piece from kit to it.

On this side, I trimmed down that 4x6 card with labels to only use these colors which complemented my photo and story, then used the alpha stickers from the kit to fill them in.  This is all about playing a good game of Clue.  And that 'overthinking this' sticker from the kit I used on that last label goes so well for our intense game of Clue!  LOL

Super simple and still using the products that 'fit' my story perfectly!  So whatever your style or lifestyle.  I still have so much left of the kit and will be digging into it again soon and sharing.  

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Dream in Colour | Tonic Studios + Nuvo Drops

Having a little help with this first day back to school after Mardi Gras break and getting back into a routine.  I received the new Tonic Studios + Nuvo Drops Dream in Color collection to play with from Scrapbook.com and Tonic Studios USA!  I have been eyeing their products and sooo excited to play with them.

8.5x11 papers, a 6x6 paper pad, and a watercolor paper pad were included!

I'm really so very impressed by their products and think I will start playing with the Shimmer Powder.  When it becomes wet, it is a WOW moment!

Will be sharing projects with this collection soon.  This collection is brand new and will be arriving soon to Scrapbook.com.  You can find them here!

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Elle's Studio | March Kit + Extras Reveal | Happy Easter Cards | Video

Time for the Elle's Studio March Kit + Extras Reveal!!  The tags from the March Kit have great jumpstarts to get you documenting as always, along with some great Spring feel to some of them in just the right amount without being overly themey.  Of course, I did have to use that cute bunny tag...you'll see below!  I do love Easter, so my instinct was to gravitate to the bunnies!  Speaking of bunnies...the kits are ALWAYS just enough to documenting your story, but if you do want more, the extras are incredible.  I always gasp when I get my Elle's Studio Box!  I do have a quick video at the end of this post walking through the contents.

Those bunnies are my favorite, just can't resist.  But some other go-to favorites were the Tiny Everyday Label stickers.  There is also a blank set available called Tiny Blank Labels...AND then there is the new The Details Stamp which I'll have a video I'll share of a Travelers Notebook spread showing why and how I think having the options of the labels and the stamps are so wonderful to offer to customize your projects.

I have pulled out my Silhouette Cameo, but I still have been a convert to using an old-school die cutting machine with dies.  I'm hooked and definitely need and want that option.  BUT, there's nothing like digitals.  Re-sizing your cut files offers such a great option to customize your projects and get the most out of the cut file.  I've recently used the printables too in my planner, which I'll share soon.  

Very inspired by the option of the March Digital Cut files with the different creative ways to use them in either addition to or as an alternative to their physical matching product.  For example, the scrapbooker in me wants to hoard the Chocolate Acrylic Bunnies.  I would really like to save those for projects I keep.  The Happy Easter wood veneer is amazing, and I would also like to save that for a larger scrapbook page or pocket page.  With the Digital Cut Files, I was able to make the bunnies smaller, die cut from pattern paper (Chocolate Easter Bunnies are wrapped in pretty paper), and I was able to make the Happy Easter smaller to use as a sentiment for card.

Here is that adorable bunny tag from the March Kit.  I used it with the die cuts from the March kit.

I cut several of the Happy Easter cut files out from white cardstock and layered them together to make them more solid, like the matching wood veneer.  I offset the last one to create a dimensional look.  Adding other manual die cutting to the bunny tag finished off this super simple card to give him a tail!

This next card also uses some of my own manual die cutting along with the a single cut Happy Easter and the Chocolate Bunny die cut from the new Springtime papers.  Another cute idea would be to cut a brown bunny and notch out one of the ears to have the chocolate revealed underneath!  

Just like the other card, the tag from the kit is doing most of the work for me to jumpstart this card.  I used the tag with the grid and the purple label, and then just added more labels from the die cuts from the kit and a sticker from the new Tiny Blank Label Stickers

This last one is an illusion to just how simple this was...I used the tag from the March kit with the white in the middle and the plaid pattern on either end, turned it horizontally.  I trimmed the exact same matching paper as the grid design from the Springtime papers to fit exactly under the card just where the white space was!  They are criss-crossed!  Just added a manual die cut circle, the March Cut files, and more die cuts from the kit!

I really loved having the versatility of the March Digital Cut files to use for these cards and save those matching physical products for projects I will keep!  

Thank you so much for stopping by, hope you enjoy seeing the reveal!  I have the products I used from the reveal linked throughout this post and below using affiliate links.  You are not charged any extra by using my links.  I receive just a small percentage of the sale.  Enjoy and happy creating!!

As promised, here is a quick walk-through of unboxing the March Kit + Extras below, or you can watch it on YouTube in HD here.

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