Monday, July 27, 2015

Moments Inked: Holiday Gift Ideas

Hello friends, today's post is for my fellow planner lovers. Typically, thoughout the year, I'll think of a great gift idea for a certain someone, maybe I'll jot it down, maybe not, then in November/December, I'm at a loss what to get that person because I can't remember that great idea or I've misplaced my note. So this year, I thought I'd create a holiday section in my Moments Inked Memory Planner specifically for recording those ideas. Of course, it has to be functional, but pretty too! Today's post is all about what I've come up with.

I started by designing a two-column full page. Each page (die-cut using the full page die found in the  Divided die set) has two pictures and some list lines in the space below. 

I decorated the pages with some stamping, each slightly different:

 ~ the dotted divider line is from Plaid Builder ~
~ the list lines are from Listed ~
~ the black photo frame circles are from Borders & Corners {Circles} ~
~ holiday images are either Mistletoe & Holly or Tinsel & Tags Sprigs

On the left side of the spread is a pocket that I adhered to the back of the previous page. Originally I had thought to use this for receipts once I start making purchases, but a crafty friend gave me the great idea to use it for catalog clippings in the meantime. Loved that idea!

The pocket layer is die-cut using the Moments Inked: Pocket Page Die. (Remember to die-cut from the back side if you plan to adhere your pocket to the back, otherwise, your spiral edge will be on the wrong side.)

I'm sure these little munchkins will have their own wish lists, too. I'll just slip those into the corresponding pockets, or die-cut their lists with one the Basic Pages dies and tuck it right in.

This page makes me giggle -- that big ol' bow on my dad's head is too funny! (I stamped all of these before I figured out who was going where!)

The larger stamped images are so visually appealing, and I think as long as I write in black, I'll have no trouble reading the lists.

I added a page without photos at the end where I could jot down gift ideas for additional recipients. I also included space where I could write down my own wish list, so that when my family asks, I'll have some ideas ready.

I made a full-size divider page and "holiday" tab using dies from the Divided die set and an image from the Divided stamp set. As the holidays get closer, I can expand this section to meet other holiday planning needs (decorating, holiday meals, party planning, Christmas cards, etc.).

I moved the various sections I've added to my planner up to the front (they were in the back) to help balance out the planner when I have it open to the weekly spread and daily notes. Because these pages and dividers and pockets were all made with Moments Inked dies, I can easily pull them out and reposition, even with the spiral binding. I love that!

I have also moved the daily pages for January through June to a storage binder in order to make room for some of the add-ons I've created. This involved uncoiling and re-coiling, which takes a little more time. It's worth it, though, for the extra space, and since I only remove the daily pages a few times a year, it's not a problem at all.

Thanks so much for joining me today. I hope I've given you some ideas for ways to make your Moments Inked Memory Planner work for you!

Have a great week!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Welcome - July SFYTT

Just a colorful reminder that there's still time to play along with Reverse Confetti's July SFYTT.

The deadline is noon CST on the 29th. Hope you'll join us! All are welcome to play, and if you use Reverse Confetti stamps, you're eligible for a $20 Reverse Confetti gift certificate.

Here's the sketch, and the link-up is HERE:

At a recent crafty get-together with friends, I was remarking on how my style seems to be changing, and I don't use patterned paper as much as I used to. So for today's card, I challenged myself to make a card out of almost all patterned paper.

The papers are from the lovely Poolside 6x6 collection by Crate Paper. For the large circle element on the sketch, I subbed in a pineapple trio stamped with Reverse Confetti's Pineapples Aplenty stamp set and die-cut with the coordinating Pineapples Aplenty Confetti Cuts. The paint chip-looking panel was die-cut using the large rounded rectangle die from the Documented Confetti Cuts set. 

Also from the Documented Confetti Cuts set is this cute little notched flag. I machine stitched it to the rounded rectangle, then lightly pulled the top and bottom forward for a little dimension.

Visit the Reverse Confetti blog today for more July SFYTT inspiration.

CONFETTI CUTS DIES: Pineapples Aplenty, Documented

PAPER: teal, stone, and white card stock; Crate Paper Poolside 6x6 collection

OTHER: gold embroidery floss, black enamel dots, sewing machine, foam adhesive, distressing tool

Thanks for visiting today, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Relax With the Turning of Every Page

Today I thought I'd share another card I made with Papertrey's new Bibliophile stamps and dies. I can't put my finger on it, but I'm not loving this one. I wanted to share it anyway, though, to show you the idea of adding that linen napkin under the teacup, which I made with the new Embroidered Frames: Dots dies.

But first, the books are stamped and die-cut with Bibliophile stamps and Bibliophile dies. I love the look of the stacked books, and how you can incorporate your sentiment into the book spines. Just so darn cute and clever! There's actually another line to the sentiment that I chose to omit. The full sentiment is "Relax, may you feel better with the turning of every page."

The Fancy Teacup die is gorgeous. I lightly sponged the solid background layer in Aqua Mist ink and the more intricate top layer in Harvest Gold ink. I added a strip of Pure Poppy card stock behind the little circles, too.

For the napkin, I die-cut the smaller rectangle from the Embroidered Frames: Dots die set out of Fresh Snow linen card stock, leaving the middle part inside the frame and securing with a little tape on the back. I arranged it at the angle I wanted, then trimmed off the top and right before layering it over the book stack.

I think what's bugging me about this card is that it feels like it should have more of a vintage, flowery tea party look. This looks like a circus :) I look forward to giving it another go in a totally different style!

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Under the Sea

Please join me on the Taylored Expressions blog today for a cute underwater Birthday Fishes card featuring the Under the Sea stamp set, plus Build A Scene - Rolling Waves and Build A Scene - Underwater dies. I made this over a month ago, and it seems to have kicked off what feels like a non-stop watercoloring binge that's been going on ever since!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Pocket Scrapbooking - Watercolored Filler Cards

I'm over on the Reverse Confetti blog today with a set of watercolored filler cards for pocket scrapbooking. Hope you'll join me there today!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Rain or Shine

Today I'm sharing an extra card I made for Reverse Confetti's July release. This one features the Weather It Together stamp set and coordinating Weather It Together dies.

The sentiment is stamped on vellum in VersaMark and embossed in white. The clouds, rainbow, and sun are all die-cut. Background paper is Pink Paislee's Hello Sunshine 6x6 collection. I embellished with white splatter and clear sequins. Super easy card!

STAMPSWeather It Together
CONFETTI CUTS DIES: Weather It Together
INK: VesraMark
PAPER: white card stock, Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine 6x6 collection
OTHER: vellum, Mister Huey white, clear sequins, foam adhesive

Hope you're having a great week. Thanks for spending a few moments with me!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Papertrey Ink July Release In Review

The Papertrey Ink July release will be available in the store tonight at 10 pm EST. I have a few more release projects to share today.

First up is the Morning By Morning stamps and dies. These are some of prettiest florals I've ever stamped with! My colors aren't the typical blues and purples, but I do think morning glories come in pinks, too. (And if not, call this creative license!)

I stamped and die-cut the main floral image and placed it on a soft gray watercolored background, then stamped the sentiment in a gray ink to match the background. This is so much prettier in real life than in the photo!

Stamps: Morning By Morning
Dies: Morning By Morning
Ink: Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Pumice Stone Distress ink
Paper: white and Soft Stone card stock; watercolor paper
Other: Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors, clear sequins

I love the many possibilities with Petite Places: Main Street (coffee, flowers, cafe, bistro), but coffee first. Of course. Always {wink}.

On the Smokey Shadow card base, I stamped a "Let's Do Coffee" background in VersaMark ink. 

The row of buildings is placed against a shortened Blue Skies Cover Plate panel that is sponged lightly with Aqua Mist ink. As always, the Petite Places details are incredible -- the little table and chairs and the flower cart just for starters. Along the bottom, I white embossed a sentiment from Keep It Simple: Just Because.

Stamps: Petite Places: Main Street, Keep It Simple: Just Because
DiesPetite Places: Main Street, Blue Skies Cover Plate
Ink: Ocean Tides, Melon Berry, Harvest Gold, Aqua Mist, Smokey Shadow, True Black, VersaMark
Paper: white, Smokey Shadow, Ocean Tides card stock; Black & White All Over paper collection 
Other: vellum, white linen thread, foam adhesive, sponge daubers, white embossing powder

You've had lots of looks at Maile Belles' new So Striking collection (stamps, dies, and a paper collection) during Sunday's group post and from Maile's extra peeks. Here's my take. I was especially drawn to this fun, graphic, sunburst pattern. I added two tags from the Keep It Simple: Frames die set, and added a stamped sun, stamped sentiment, and die-cut sentiment.

The word "awesome" is cut four times from Spring Rain card stock and stacked for extra thickness. I also machine stitched along the rays, just for fun.

Stamps: So Striking
Dies: So Striking, Keep It Simple Frames
Ink: Summer Sunrise, True Black
Paper: Fresh Snow linen, white, Soft Stone, and Smokey Shadow card stock; So Striking paper collection
Other: foam adhesive, sewing machine, white linen thread

I think this is my first-ever Rosh Hashanah card! I love this sweet set designed by Lizzie Jones, and am so glad to have it in my collection.

I stamped and die-cut nine apples and arranged them in a grid on a Stitched Rectangle die-cut. leaving room between the second and third row for a stamped sentiment.

I added some Glossy Accents to the honey for some realistic shine. It sure looks sticky!

Stamps: L'Shanah Tovah
Dies: L'Shanah Tovah, Stitched Rectangles
Ink: Pure Poppy, Limeade Ice, Harvest Gold, Fine Linen, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, True Black
Paper: Fresh Snow linen, white, and Limeade Ice card stock; Black & White All Over paper collection
Other: foam adhesive, Glossy Accents, white linen thread

Last is a fun one using Perfect Pairing and the Triangle Trio dies. I have my daughter to thank for this card. She commented that the Triangle Trio die reminded her of a certain Jamberry nail wrap and suggested I try making a card based on the wrap. We worked on this together, which was so fun!

The sentiment, from Perfect Pairing, was stamped onto a white Triangle Trio die-cut and embossed in gold. The gold foil chevron panel wasn't die-cut, as I was going for a different angle to match the nail wrap.

Along the top of the Sweet Blush card base, I added a falling cascade of gold sequins.

Stamps: Perfect Pairing
Dies: Triangle Trio
Ink: VersaMark
Paper: Sweet Blush and Fresh Snow linen card stock; Gold Luxe Foil Paper Collection
Other: gold sequins, gold embossing powder

Are you loving this release as much as I am? 
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