Saturday, January 19, 2019

Elle's Studio | Travelers Notebook | January Kit & Extras

I am really digging the Travelers Notebook format for documenting and creating in.  Love the small size and the portrait size of the pages.  I have mixed feelings with having a stapled pre-made album.  Although I would still use them, I was craving a better way to have more flexibility in what papers I used as well as easily being able to add to the album.  Instead of the snap rings I've seen out on social media, I went with the Happy Planner rings and so far I'm really enjoying it.

I'm able to use my favorite Noteworthy pattern papers from Elle's Studio to create the full page or in this case my cover.  Just a note that my album started out flimsy because just pattern paper, but as I have added to it, it is more sturdy. To layer and create my title for my cover, I used a tag from the January Kit, the Here + Now Stamp Set, the Black and White Polka Dot Puffy Alphabet Stickers, and the Noteworthy - Epoxy Stickers.

Now for the inside.  These rings gave me the flexibility to punch and add the January kit tags!  I still have the option to adhere a tag to a page, but this just opens up to so many possibilities.  In this case, I added my journaling and goals for the year with the help of the Noted Stamp Set and the January kit.

Flipping that tag over, I used the Noted Stamp Set again for a place to put OLW for One Little Word using the Black and White Polka Dot Alphabet Stickers, the Hazel Tile Alphabet Stickers, and Sweetheart Puffy Stickers.

I used one of the January Labels to stamp onto using the Title Builder Stamp set with more January Kit dies.  That wood January is part of the entire year of Small Months of the Year Wood Veneers, perfect right on top of that die from the Kit.  That entire page is from the 6x6 All My Heart Papers that I trimmed and punched to fit.  I love the look of the clusters peeking into the next full page.

I added more layering with my favorite Heart and Star Acetate die cuts and Sweetheart Puffy Stickers, layered more dies from the January Kit, and used a sticker from the Happiness Found Stickers.

When you flip that over, yes...I had quite a lot of fun with layers!  Elle's products are just addicting to work with.  On the left, I created my own journaling card using the Noted Stamp Set as the base, just trimmed that out from white cardstock.  Then added the Mini Dated Stamp Set, Jane Alphabet Stamp Set, and the new Happy Heart Stamp Set.  Then to build a cluster of layers under that, I used the January Blank Labels, Happiness Found Stickers, Here + Now Stamp Set (punched the circle out from white cardstock), and an epoxy sticker from the Noteworthy Epoxy Stickers.

The right side is one of the 4x6 tags from the January Kit, trimmed and punched to pop in...again creating a little peek into the next page.  I just added a Happiness Found Sticker to that tag.

Flipping that over...repeating the lovely layers and wonderful goodies.  I started with stamping onto white cardstock the journaling boxes from the Happy Heart Stamp Set.  There are two journaling boxes on that stamp image.  I just stamped more than once and trimmed what I wanted to use to fit my typed journaling.

After adhering that onto the back of that Kit tag, I layered a So Loved Shipping tag, a Happiness Found Sticker (applied baby powder to back and foam adhered), a Sweetheart Puffy Sticker, stamped Real Life from Here + Now Stamp Set tucked under, and a circle heart stamped directly onto the back of that tag using the Happy Heart Stamp Set.

For the right page, I wanted some of that Noteworthy paper to show on the bottom to peek through from the front of the album, so I created a grid of photos in different sizes, two in Black and White and the main photo in color.  Added more Noteworthy paper, and then used a January Label for my journaling and the hearts from the Heart and Star Acetate die cuts cascading down through the photos.  These are great to layer over photos like this!

I feel like I have the best of the format and flexibility in this album...and I really do like to create dimension on my pages.  I know as time goes by with filling it, it will become fuller.  I may have to either create another album or pick highlights to document to keep it smaller.  Either way, I'm really enjoying it more than I even thought I would!  Hope you are enjoying your January goodies from Elle's Studio.  You still have time to pick them up while they are available in the shop.  I do have affiliate links to receive a small portion of your purchases, but you are not charged any extra.  Thank you so much for stopping by!!

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Pinkfresh Studio January Release Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pinkfresh January Release Blog Hop!  You should have arrived from the talented Natalia Valkovskaya's blog.  I am so honored and excited to be joining this hop of amazing cardmakers.  Pinkfresh has a big release, so the hardest part was deciding which products to use.  I couldn't resist the adorable Folk Elements Stand Alone dies.

They come with a magnet inside the packaging.  They have the cutest details to them.  I started cutting several in colors of blues, reds/pink and yellow to go with the folk look and feel, but these would be precious in pastels as well.

I wanted to add a lot of color to my background.  On the first card, I used 1/2" strips of cardstock, but the Pinkfresh pattern papers would be perfect for this.  I left about a 1/4" of the top of my card panel to use the sentiment from the Oval Foliage Wreath stamp set.

For my next card, I used the stamp the Oval Foliage Wreath die that complements the Oval Foliage Wreath stamp set.

I was amazed by the die, and then even more amazed how perfectly that oval stamp stamps through the leaves!  I used some of the other dies to inlay the adorable Folk Elements.  I wanted to add just a little more texture to the card, so I had some older Pinkfresh puffy sequin stickers I added along with some plain white twine.

I have known Kinnari since she started Pinkfresh and am so proud of how much her company has grown.  She is also very generous.  As well as giveaways on the Pinkfresh blog and Instagram, I have a $25 giftcard to giveaway!  A winner for the giftcard will be picked from comments left on my blog. You can check back on the Pinkfresh Giveaway Page for all winners on Sunday, January 20th.

And if you plan on doing some shopping, Pinkfresh Studio is offering two shopping promos during this release:

First is the free die (Dainty Love Balloon) with purchase of $25+. There is no code necessary, and the die will automatically load into your cart once you hit the $25 threshold.   

Second promo is Pinkfresh Studio is offering free/discounted shipping from January 14th-17th on orders $50+. Be sure to use the code JANFREESHIPWITH50. Shipping is free in the USA, and $5.50 off for our International friends. ENJOY!!!

Thank you so much for hopping along with the Pinkfresh January Release Blog Hop!  Be sure to stop by the amazing Rebecca Luminarias's blog next. Here's the list to help you on your way. And good luck!!!

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Elle's Studio | Cards | January 2019 Kit and Extras

I am having an absolute blast playing with the  Elle's Studio January 2019 kit and extras!  The inspiration for my cards started with Yes, No, Maybe tag from the January kit.  Here's how!

I first started with creating a background or card panel with the Happy Heart stamp set.  See that stamp image on bottom left with diagonal lines?  That is what I used for my card panel!

Combining the Happy Heart stamp image with three different inks varying in lightest to darkest in shades of blue and green created a nice warm and cozy weave affect for my panel.  Leaving some whitespace on the card panel, I then adhered the Yes, No, Maybe tag and dies on top.  Then finished the card with the Sweetheart puffy sticker to complete my sentiment.  

Perfect for giving to your significant other!  I kept with that same ‘love’ feel for the second card, inspired by the I Love You! die from the January 2019 kit.  The Today tag from the kit along with the Jane Alphabet stamp added to my idea of building on my sentiment.  

Don’t be afraid to cut your tags to use them two ways on your project as I did for this card.  I wanted the Today part of the tag to be a big part of my sentiment, so I trimmed it from the tag, then punched a 1” circle from the rest of the tag, and stapled the Today and punched circle together.

I created another background using the Happy Heart stamp in two shades of pink ink with a contrast of blue ink, trimmed that down to adhere to my card panel, then stamped hearts from the Happy Heart stamp in the same background colors to detail cut and layer on top.  Using the Jane Alphabet stamp, I finished my sentiment by stamping the & on the rest of that Today tag, tucked it under my stamped background, then stamped ‘always’ on a die from the January 2019 kit.  

As you work through your January 2019 kit and extras for your memory keeping, look at new ways like this to build sentiments and backgrounds for making quick cards.  You will be happy to have these in your collection ready to give.  But most of all, enjoy creating them!

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Elle's Studio Reveal | January 2019 Kit and Extras

The January 2019 Elle's Studio kit is filled with lots of wonderful tags/cards to use to document about love, the new year, and everyday live.  Elle's Studio always has the right amount of color and neutrals to accommodate any style as well.  This is definitely enough to work with, but check out the add-ons available!

To complement the January Kit, there's a huge assortment of pattern paper, more tags/cards, stickers, vellum stars/hearts, wood chips....well, I think you can see it is quite a bit of beautiful new items to add-on!

Since I am documenting for myself again after two years of being exclusive, I gave it a lot of thought.  I love the Travelers Notebook format, but I also love a variety of ways to create while still telling the stories of my life and my family's lives.  So for this first project, I am using a 6x8 pocket style format going back to 2015.  I have this year documented, but I have a different perspective now and want to re-tell the stories from this year.

First, I picked a story I wanted to tell, then based on the colors from those photos and the overall theme, I picked some of the tags/cards from the January 2019 kit.

I filled the pockets with the photos and tags/cards next, then typed my journaling on the On This Day tag/card.  There is a January tag in the January Kit.  But there is also On This Day Monthly Journaling Tags as well as more On This Day January Journaling Tags available.  These are great for documenting.  I used the Mini Dated Stamp to add the date.

Then I start to add some of the items from the January Kit and the add-ons to this first tag.  The Yes To This is from the January kit and the label is from the new January Blank Label Stickers.  Can't get enough of the Acetate Die Cut Hearts & Stars.  I layered that under the label and die cut, then added some of the new puffy hearts from the Sweetheart Puffy Stickers.

This is the next tag I add to with the help of the new Happy Heart Stamp set, the Here + Now Stamp set, and the Happiness Found Stickers.  Everything helped to tell more of the story, add color, and add texture.

I had to use that Mr. Handsome from the Sweetheart Puffy Stickers with one of the January Kit die cuts on this photo of my husband thinking I wanted a picture of him and not our daughter.  LOL

I am looking forward to re-documenting this year, as well as documenting out of chronological order. This memory stands out more being on a full spread all on its own.  I love looking back and making sure this special time is documented and focused on.  More to come later!  Hope you enjoy the January Kit and all of the Add-Ons!  Would love to see what you get and how you use them!

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Saturday, January 05, 2019

Announcement - Elle's Studio 2019 Design Team | January Kit and Extras Sneaks

I have had some amazing teams to be on in the past, leaving them for an exclusive job for two years was more difficult for me than I thought it would be.  Although an amazing opportunity, there's nothing like creating for yourself.  I feel like I have been gone from the industry for two years, so I am beyond excited, humbled, and actually just broke down and cried from being so thankful to Elle and Meghann for having me join the 2019 Elle's Studio team!  These ladies are truly an inspiration and so thankful to be with them all.  I was part of Elle's team a few years ago, so she definitely makes the top of my list because of the variety of products she offers.  But she has grown even more since then and has wider variety of products such as stamps, tags/cards for pocket pages, die cuts, puffy stickers/alphas, embellishments, all centered around capturing and documenting your story and your family's story.  She makes documenting affordable, colorful, clean and simple, eclectic, basically fits any style and budget.

I have a few sneaks to share using the January Kit and Extras.  If you are not familiar with Elle's Studio, she has affordable kits that contain tags/card for pocket pages in 3x4 and 4x6 as well as an assortment of die cuts.  The extras, can range from puffy alphas/stickers, stamps, stickers, wood veneers, etc. 

Reveal of the kits are always on the 10th of the month and projects will be revealed from the team throughout the month.  So bookmark the Elle's Studio site and blog.  There's also an Elle's Studio Facebook Group, so join in and share what you documenting using Elle's Studio Product!

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Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Hyacinth Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

***Update*** - The Winner from My Blog is....

Number 65 - Cyndi Morris

Congratulations, Cyndi!!!  Please email by 1/15/2019 with the subject line BAF: Hyacinth 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!!

I am so honored to be joining Altenew and an amazing group of designers in celebrating a new release of another beautiful build-a-flower set!

The first project I did was a scrapbook layout.  In deciding what photo I wanted to use, I remembered for one of our family day (Adoption) celebrations, I bought some fresh hyacinths!  Instead of documenting that memory of our family day, I documented documented my daughter and how so much has changed since this photo.

I created a background on the left side of this 8.5x11 page by first stamping the solid images of hyacinths.  I used Altenew Evening Gray ink to create a shadow for the final layer.  Then using Altenew Frayed Leaf, I masked horizontal stripes from the top to the bottom.

I had so much fun playing with different colors to see all the beautiful combinations you could achieve.  I definitely did a couple of combinations in colors to match my photo using the same inks I listed above, but added Forest Glades and Caribbean Sky as well.  The other combinations I added are Soft Lilac and Lavender Fields.  I detail cut both full images and partial, with just the flowers.  I still included the stamp part of the flowers I detail cut, otherwise there would have been empty spaces.  I attached foam adhesive to the back of these cuts to add the final layer and dimension to my background.

The sentiment I chose went perfectly with my journaling.  I embossed that on Altenew's beautiful woodgrain paper.

The combinations along with inks can create unique looks every time, so I decided to do a black and gray combination on Kraft cardstock using only two of the three images of the stamps.  Completely different look and feel from the layout.

Now onto the fun part, PRIZES!  

To celebrate this release, 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 1/9/2019.

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 1/5/2019.

To help you along the way, here is the blog hop order:
Patricia Roebuck YOU ARE HERE

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Friday, December 14, 2018

October and November 2017 Memory Keeping | Travelers Notebook

Happy Friday!  Okay, I realized I have not posted October and November of 2017 in the Travelers Notebook, so sharing both months.

So many good memories.  Just like the other months, I used lots of leftover Gossamer Blue kit items as well as Scrapbook Circle.  Other things from from my stash as well.

That was October and now for November.

And yes, that is my cat's butt...she is a butt raiser LOL crazy girl.

Lots and lots of photos, a grid always helps to get them documented.

All of December of 2017, I did a memory planner type project.  You can see that here.  I really am so excited to start fresh with documenting and designing!  Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you are having are enjoying the holiday season.

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