Monday, October 5, 2015

Moments Inked: Bible Journaling In Your Planner

[Second post today. For Reverse Confetti's October Release countdown,
scroll down or click HERE.]

Hello, friends! It's been a while since I've done a planner update. I'm really excited to show you how I've been inspired to do some Bible journaling in my Moments Inked 2015 Memory Planner by Papertrey Ink. 

Have you seen how popular Bible journaling is right now? I love it, BUT ... I do not need another crafty outlet, I really, really, really don't. We'll see if a journaling Bible makes its way to my house eventually. In the meantime, I thought I'd incorporate some Bible journaling into my planner. After all, decorating the margins of my planner is a lot like decorating the margins of a Bible. 

I began with the blank column on the weekly spreads. Each week, I'm adding a weekly memory verse using verse from Oak Tree Community Church's 52 Bible Verses to Memorize.
(No affiliation, just found this Scripture list by doing an online search.)

I've been interested in calligraphy and lettering since I was in middle school, so most of my verses feature a lot of hand-lettering, like this one:

Behind the verse shown above, I've sponged on a branch pattern by using the Branching Out die-cut negative as a stencil. 

I re-positiond the stencil in two more locations on the spread and lightly inked the branches again in Spring Moss.

If you're reluctant to try the whole hand-lettering thing, you can computer-generate your text instead. I chose to run the text vertically for this longer verse, but you could also format it for a horizontal orientation, with just a word or two on each line. The best thing is you can use the large rectangle die from  Moments Inked: Boxed to cut your print-out so that it fits perfectly in that blank box.

I decorated with images from Make It Market Mini Kit: Wee Folk.

TIP: My kids will have Columbus Day off, so to highlight that day, after I die-cut the Scripture using the Moments Inked: Boxed die, I used the negative of that die-cut as a stencil and sponged some Aqua Mist onto that day's morning and afternoon boxes. Just a subtle way to highlight that day.

If you like the idea of hand-lettering, but don't like your hand-writing or aren't sure how to get the look of different "fonts," try typing out your verse on the computer first. Play around with mixing and matching different hand-lettered fonts, and then copy that look into your planner. You can find all kinds of good fonts by searching for free chalkboard fonts or free handwritten/handwriting/hand-lettered fonts. They're perfect for this type of project. 

Here, the words "first," "all," and "you" are inspired by the Return to Sender free font, "God" is inspired by Simon Script, and "added" by Lullaby.

I stamped the pretty florals from Twig Wreath in colors to coordinate with the September color scheme.

For this week's spread, I just did my own thing with the lettering. The leaves and acorns were all stamped with images from Quilted: Autumn.

The darker ink colors do show through to the back side a bit, so if that bothers you, either use lighter colors, stamp off once before stamping in your planner, or wait until the beginning of the week to decorate, so that you're already finished with the week before. (Keep in mind, though, that the first weekly spread is on the back side of the monthly spread.)

Here's a look at my October monthly spread, where you can see how the stamping shows through a little. 

Not related to Bible journaling one bit, but here you can also see how I added some Halloween decorating to the monthly spread just for fun. The tombstones are from Haunted Headstones. The green is just sponging.

You can also look through your stamp stash and pick out individual words that fit with your Scripture choice. On this page, I stamped the word "peace" using a tag image from Minute to Make: Holiday Tags 2, then finished the verse with hand-lettering. 

To add color, I stamped a leaf from Quilted: Autumn, two horizontal lines using an image from the Moments Inked: Planner Banners stamp set, and a heart from Choose Joy. The pumpkins along the bottom were stamped using the masking technique with images from Pumpkin Patch. I got a little smudge on the Monday page, so I covered it up with a pair of die-cut clouds. 
I love all the color!!

Also, be sure to check your stamp stash for Scripture stamps that you can use in full.  Papertrey's Light of Life, for example, is perfect! 

For this one, I typed out the words "commit," "trust," "shine," and "dawn" in Simon Script on the computer and used them as a guide for the hand-lettering. The rest was just me doing my own thing.

The heart at the top is from Choose Joy, and the sun along the bottom was sponged using a Scene It: Skyscapes sun rays die-cut negative as a stencil.

I used a blender pen and ink pads to add yellow to some of the words and blue to the doodled banner.

Here's another example of combining a stamped word with hand-lettering. The word "joy" is from Enclosed: Bell. I embellished with greenery from Minute to Make: Holiday Tags 2 and two bluebirds from Make It Market Mini Kit: Wee Folk.

If you're a Moments Inked planner user, surely you've noticed the wide open canvas on the monthly divider tabs?

I've been wanting to decorate those pages ever since I got this year's planner!

Once again, I hand-lettered the verse, then sponged on some warm orange tones, and added two gold leaves that I die-cut out of the Luxe Gold Adhesive Sheets using one of the Leaf Silhouettes dies.

Bible journaling in my planner has been fantastic for me in so many ways:
  1. First of all, I have these verses as reminders and inspiration throughout my week, and that makes my heart happy. 
  2. Second, the process has also re-kindled my interest in hand-lettering. I've signed up for a free lettering class, added a few lettering books to my Amazon wish list, and now follow scores of lettering artists on Instagram. The weekly columns are perfect little canvases to practice on, too. If I don't like how a verse turns out, I only have to look at it for a week! 
  3. And third, the stamping! I love looking at each new verse and thinking of ways I might be able to incorporate various stamps and dies.

Let me know if you'd like to see more of my weekly verses and monthly divider pages in the future!

Thanks for visiting,

Countdown to Confetti: Winter Words & Winter Word Coordinates

Welcome to Day One of Reverse Confetti's Countdown to the October release. 

The October release includes three new stamp sets, six new Confetti Cuts dies/die sets, and two new products: frosted pillow boxes and solid twine in sixteen beautiful colors! 
The October release will be available in the Reverse Confetti store at midnight on October 8.

Be sure to visit the Reverse Confetti blog for links to all the designers posting peeks today. Leave comments on each designer's blog for a chance to win a $15 Reverse Confetti gift certificate. Also, head over to the Reverse Confetti Facebook page for another $15 giveaway.

Today we are featuring a new stamp and die pair: Winter Words Confetti Cuts dies and Winter Word Coordinates stamps. This pair is similar to Fancy Words and Fancy Word Coordinates, which I have loved and use A LOT. The sentiments are a bit bigger this time, and the letters of the word die-cuts are all connected this time (some of the Fancy Words dies cut in multiple pieces due to the font), which makes using the word die-cuts even easier.

I love the combination of the word die-cuts, plus the coordinating stamped sentiments. They are small enough to tuck in as a supporting design element but big enough to feature more prominently, too. Today, I've combined the "peace on earth" sentiment with the new Wreath Confetti Cuts die.

I kept the design very simple with an offset felt Wreath die-cut (with the individual leaf cut-outs still in place) topped with a vellum Wreath die-cut and accented with ivory enamel dots. The Winter Words and Winter Word Coordinates sentiment are layered on top. Finishing touches are three red enamel dots and a machine stitched torn vellum border.

STAMPS: Winter Word Coordinates

CONFETTI CUTS DIES: Winter Words, Wreath

INK: VersaMark

PAPER: PTI Smokey Shadow card stock and Soft Stone Stripe patterned paper, vellum card stock

OTHER: sewing machine, white thread, enamel dots, white embossing powder

  Thanks so much for visiting today! Remember to head to the Reverse Confetti blog for more inspiration and links to today's design team posts.

See you tomorrow for Day 2!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Reverse Confetti + PageMaps

This is my second post today. If you're looking for the current Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge, scroll down or click HERE.

Recently, Becky Fleck invited the Reverse Confetti designers to guest design for the October card sketches on the Page Maps site. I've been a fan of Becky's sketches for years and years, so this is super exciting!

Here's a little peek of my card:

You can see all of the October sketches and samples in full HERE.

CONFETTI CUTS DIES: Let It Snow, Circles 'N Scallops
INK: Versamark
PAPER: Basic Grey Juniper Berry 6x6 collection, white, light grey, silver, and vellum card stock
OTHER: white linen thread, jingle bells, glass glitter, foam adhesive

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Going Batty

It's time for a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!

We hope you'll play along! The LEAD of this challenge will be invited as a Guest Designer in a future challenge! Please visit the Curtain Call Challenge blog for all the challenge info and deadline.

I was inspired by the cute bats and the overall colors. A great Halloween look without being all orange and black. My tag base was done with Reverse Confetti's Thanks Tag. The sentiment is from Reverse Confetti's Spooky Sentiments stamp set, and the bats and fence are from Spooky Cuties. I wanted to work in a little of the green, too, so I added a green layer to the bottom of the tag and some green baker's twine at the top.

Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs for more inspiration!

Going Batty Designers
Stop by the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge for the challenge details and to play along with us!

STAMPSSpooky Cuties, Spooky Sentiments
INK: Versafine Onyx Black
PAPER: patterned paper scraps, white card stock
OTHER: green baker's twine, foam tape, clear embossing powder

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Make It Market Kit: All Through the House

Hey there, friends, I've had a wonderful last-minute opportunity to join the Papertrey Ink Make It Market design team for today's All Through the House introduction. Kind of like a really awesome guest gig!

You may already be in the know with this kit, as the team's posts went up quite a bit earlier this morning. If you haven't seen this morning's introductions, I'll be sure to link to them at the end.

First, all the kit details:

The next Make It Market Kit will be released on October 1st (tomorrow) and it is entitled "All Through the House." This is Betsy's much anticipated big holiday kit for the year. There are actually two kits, a main kit with the basic dies, stamps and paper. Then a Trimmings Kit will all kinds of fun extras. The kit revolves around a basic matchbox design and dozens of options for customizing and altering them! Betsy has integrated SO many amazing details into everything here, not only will your projects be gorgeous, but quick and easy to put together too. From gift card holders to tree ornaments, dimensional gift tags to place card holders, and even just intriguing card accents, you will never run out of options with this kit! You will have fun experimenting and playing with all of the contents once they show up at your door.


All Through the House stamp set
All Through the House die collection
All Through the House: Base die collection
All Through the House: Frame die collection
All Through the House: Box Top die collection
All Through the House paper pad
Total Retail Cost: $115


Petite LED Lights, set of 4
Miniature Cardinals, set of 2
Miniature Wooden Mice, set of 3
1" Miniature Sisal Wreaths, set of 3
1-1/2" Miniature Sisal trees
Miniature Lamposts
Small Silver Knobs, set of 6
Cotton Snow, 0.75 oz.
Wide Eyelets
3 yds. 1-1/2" Red Twill Chevron Ribbon
3 yds. Red Shimmer Baker's Twine
1 yd. Parrot Green 1/8" velvet ribbon
1 yd. Red Scalloped Trim
1 yd. Light Blue Velvet Ribbon
1 yd. Red/Silver Pom-pom Trim
1 yd. Silver Tinsel Trim
Total Retail Cost: $50 

There will be a limited number of these exclusive kits available, so be sure to get yours on Thursday! The "All Through the House" Kit will be available for sale beginning on October 1st at 10pm ET, only at Papertrey Ink. Read all the details on Nichole's blog or contact Customer Service with any questions.

I've been busy creating today and am excited to share my projects. The kit is beautifully designed and so easy to work with! One thing I'll mention is that I did not have the Trimmings Kit to work with. So everything you see here (unless otherwise indicated) was done with just the main kit plus ribbon, twine, and cardstock. I love, love, love the Trimmings kit, but you can create some pretty awesome projects without it, too! 

The matchbox design is clever and super versatile. For my first project, I've used the matchbox and frames to create a darling little gift box. It is sized perfectly to hold a gift card, but would obviously work for any small gift item or sweet treats. 

I started by assembling a card stock matchbox. Next I used the matchbox wrap die to create the matchbox sleeve. Then I used the frame to cut out the pretty box top and bottom. The top is a pre-printed pattern. It's beautiful as-is, but for just a little extra, I die-cut a wreath and cardinal and popped them up on the lamp post

The frame has slider slits on the two long sides, perfectly for threading some ribbon through or a card stock strip. I used some Soft Stone satin ribbon, tied off in a bow and topped with some True Black baker's twine.

The tag was done with a arched door die in the kit. It is designed to score on the left side of the doorway, so you can create a door flap that is hinged on one side for opening and closing. Easy enough to trim along that left score line to make this fun tag shape.

Because the top and bottom frames are adhered to the sleeve, the box slides open without having to untie anything. My matchbox was made from Aqua Mist card stock. I used one of the dies to cut a rectangle piece of patterned paper to fit the back of the box perfectly. 

Here's a look from the side, where you can see how the ribbon thread through, and you can see the diagonal green striped pattern, which is the sleeve.

Super elegant, yet so easy to create!

My next project is an ornament, where I've used the inside of the matchbox to create a darling scene.

There are many different pre-printed scenes that you can quickly die-cut and adhere to the inside. Additional elements are ready to die-cut individually -- stockings, trees, the logs and flame, and more -- perfect for layering and creating lots and lots of dimension.

I did a little bit of my own thing for this scene. The background is trimmed down from one of the larger matchbook wraps. I added various die-cuts, including a vellum-backed window made from two dies. I used that same arched doorway die that I used for the tag on the first project to cut the arched opening in the background pattern and to cut the vellum backing. Then I used another die for the white mullions layer. I also stamped some garlands above the fireplace.

I adhered the frame shape to both the front and backof the ornament, then added trees and the adorable 3D gift boxes to the front and Santa and his sleigh at the top. Betsy seriously thought of everything with all these wonderful details!

To make a ribbon hanging loop, I threaded some New Leaf ribbon through the ribbon slits on the back frame, secured a loop at the top using two buttons, and then added some fun jingle bells (from my stash, not included in the kit) to the bottom "tail."

I wanted to dress up the window frame, so I added some silver tinsel from my stash around the opening. Super festive! The Trimmings kit has some silver tinsel, too.

Just a closer look at how I did the ribbon loop and how I added Santa. To make sure he wasn't hidden behind the front frame, I just added a strip of card stock, folded at a 90-degree angle. One side is attached to the box, the other to the sleigh. This gives the extra height, but the little strip is still hidden by the frame. (I hope that makes sense!)

Almost forgot to mention this: Attaching the ribbon loop to the back side like this does create some balance issues because most of the weight is in the front. To make the ornament hang better, I added some weight to the back by die-cutting two extra frames out of Papertrey's new super heavyweight tag stock and gluing them to the back frame.The extra layers really help -- otherwise, the ornament wants to pitch forward. 

This last project is a super quick one. I took advantage of every efficiency Betsy builds into these awesome kits and just layered a whole bunch of pre-designed die-cuts to make an adorable scene.

Aren't these different elements just so sweet?!

In addition to die-cutting all the pre-designed elements, I die-cut a snow layer for the roof, adding glitter (from my personal supply, i.e., not in the kit) to the drippy parts (how's that for a fancy, technical term?)

I have to tell you I had a super fun idea for inside the hinged door, but just couldn't pull it off for today. My house was originally going to be a tag, and inside the door, I wanted to add a photograph of my little guy standing in a doorway and sized just right, so that you'd open the door and he'd be standing there to greet you! For a tag, wouldn't this be a fun way to indicate who the gift is from? I can't wait to try that another time. For this card, I trimmed down a fireplace scene from one of the pre-designed wraps and layered that behind the door. A sweet peek into the inside of the house.

That's it for me today. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Remember, "All Through the House" will be available for sale beginning on October 1st at 10pm ET, only at Papertrey Ink. Read all the details on Nichole's blog or contact Customer Service with any questions.

Last, but certainly not least, for more inspiration, visit the Make It Market designers:

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