Friday, May 22, 2015

Happy Day!

Just an extra card I made last month with Papertrey Ink's April release goodies. This Pencil Me In stamp set, with companion Pencil Me In dies, designed by Lexi Daly, is just so cute! For that top perforated spiral notebook border, I used the Moments Inked: Edged dies. 

I think I'll tuck this card in my daughter's lunch box next week on the day she takes the math SOL. It will be a happy day because by lunch time, the test will be over.

That pretty herringbone background paper, along with the paperclip embellishment, are from the super adorable March Make It Market Mini: Clipsters Kit

Another quick project to share ... pencil favors my youngest son passed out to his classmates on his 8th birthday:

The "8" was die-cut with Papertrey Ink's By the Numbers die set. The star accents were cut with the Small Sketched Stars die set. I had to do a DIY sentiment by combining Pencilgrams (to spell out "is") and a word from one of the Lunchbox Love sentiments.

Easy-peasy, and according to Gabe, eight IS pretty great!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hats Off To You, Graduate

I'm on the Taylored Expressions Blog today with a fun graduation card. Hope you'll join me over there!

Confetti Camera: Altered Binder Clip

It's Confetti Camera day over on the Reverse Confetti blog! Confetti Camera is the weekly segment that features one of the Confetti Crew designers, along with an exclusive, themed project created just for this feature. Our theme this round is Everything Old Is New Again

Click HERE to join me over there!

Here's a little peek at my altered binder clip:

Happy Thursday!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Moments Inked: Garden Journal

Hello friends! It's been a while since I shared ideas for Papertrey's Moments Inked Planner, so I'm excited today to show you a garden journal that I created for my planner. I don't need an elaborate system, just a place to record some basic garden notes.

I started by creating a double pocket section divider out of two prints from the Harvest Gold Pattern Pack. At the top, I've used the Moments Inked: Divided stamps and Moments Inked: Divided dies to create a garden tab.

The divider page has pockets on both the front and back that I created using the Moments Inked: Pocket Page die. The front side side holds my gardening to-do list and a gardening shopping list. 

For the lists, I cut down some Fresh Snow Linen Cardstock and stamped the lines and titles using stamps from the Moments Inked: Listed set. I almost stamped the first list with the "Chores" title, but that makes it all sound too much like work! This pocket also will be a good place to stick garden center receipts and other bits and pieces.

Of course I decorated the pocket area. I love the Audrey Hepburn quote from Garden Grace  and even though I'll be using this journal section for my vegetable gardens, I couldn't resist the beautiful florals that are also part of the Garden Grace stamp set. 

The back pocket holds some grid paper, which I'll use to map out my raised bed plantings (when I actually plant something!). That will be happening this week -- I'm in a May 15 planting zone, so it's well past time!

Next, I created some simple monthly pages where I can record notes about plantings, weather, watering schedule, pests, date of first harvest, and anything else I think might be useful.

I started by printing my own notebook paper onto white card stock, then die-cutting three pages using the full-size page die found in the Moments Inked: Divided die set. (I cut the pages out of card stock so that I could stamp on them without bleed-through.) Each page features a stamped garden image (all from Garden Variety), a stamped month (from the Monthly Moments: Year-Round Mini stamp set), and the word "NOTES" from Moments Inked: Listed.

I love that if I run out of room, I can easily add in smaller Basic Pages as inserts between the months, and I can also easily create additional pages for more detailed tracking and recording. I'm pretty confident this will meet my limited needs, though!

Before I go, just a quick visual on the double pocket page. I started by scoring a piece of Harvest Gold Polka Dot patterned paper at 5 1/2" and folding in half:

I placed the folded patterned paper onto the full-page die so that the folded edge was just inside the cutting line of the die. That way my fold stayed intact, I didn't have to worry about lining up two different die-cuts, and I have pattern on both sides.

After running that through my die-cutting machine, all I had to do was run some adhesive around the perimeter and seal it up. I die-cut the pockets out of a different Harvest Gold pattern and adhered them to the full-size page on the left, right, and bottom using red line tape. Remember to die-cut the back pocket with your paper pattern-side down so that the spiral edge ends up on the correct side.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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