Monday, January 23, 2017

Moments Inked Planner: Tip-Ins

Greetings, friends, especially planner friends ... today I'm sharing a Papertrey Ink Moments Inked Planner tip. A "tip-in," actually (see what I did there?). What is a tip-in? Keep reading... 

We can all blame Heather Nichols {wink} for my current love affair with all things traveler's notebook. She designed a traveler's journal product line last year, and I fell in love with the whole concept. At some point while binge-watching traveler's notebook journaling videos on YouTube, I learned about "tip-ins," which are sort of like the grown-up version of lift-the-flap picture books. They're used a lot in journaling, but I think they're perfect for planners, too!

Here's a look at last week's planner spread, where you'll see three tip-ins: the blog calendar along the left, the Martin Luther King quote on January 16, and a habit tracker in the lower right:

You can see them a little better when I lift the flaps:

For me, tip-ins are an easy way to add real-estate to your planner spread. I like them both for adding information (blog calendar and habit tracker) and for adding beauty and/or inspiration (MLK quote). They are easy to add -- a piece of washi on the front and another one (optional) on the back -- that's it! You actually get triple the real estate with a tip-in because you have the original space plus the front and back of the tip-in.

In that left-hand open space on the weekly spread, I wanted to keep track of both the crafting projects I want to accomplish in the week as well as my blog calendar. The tip-in allows me to use that space for both. I used one of the Moments Inked: Boxed dies to cut some card stock to fit that space perfectly, and used some of the new Skinny Washi tape to adhere it in place. 

On the back of the tip-in I stamped some motivation and inspiration using sentiments and images from the Be stamp set.

Blog Schedule Tip-In Supplies:

Stamps: Moments Inked: Blog Banners; Traveler's Journal: Typed Notes; Be
Dies: Moments Inked: Boxed
Ink: Simply Chartreuse, Raspberry Fizz, Canyon Clay, Aqua Mist, Summer Sunrise, Smokey Shadow
Paper: Fresh Snow Linen card stock
Other: Gingham Skinny Washi, white gel pen

For Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I added a tip-in with two of his quotes. I like having more in my planner than appointments, events, and to-do's -- bible journaling, inspirational quotes, memories, and occasional photos are some of my favorites.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Tip-In Supplies:

Dies: Moments Inked: Boxed
Paper: Aqua Mist Stripe patterned paper
Other: Scalloped Skinny Washi

My most-used tip-in is a simple habit tracker that I made using the Moments Inked graph refill pages and decorated with Be stamps and die-cuts.

Motivational quote on the back using Making Strides and She Moves stamps.

Habit Tracker Tip-In Supplies:

Stamps: Be, Making Strides, She Moves
Dies: Be, Monthly Moments: Tabbed
Ink: Aqua Mist, Smokey Shadow, Raspberry Fizz, Canyon Clay, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse
Paper: Fresh Snow card stock, Canyon Clay card stock, Raspberry Fizz card stock, Mood Mix patterned paper (discontinued)
Other: Scalloped Skinny Washi

What I like most about tip-ins compared to page inserts is that I can quickly flip them open to see my weekly spread unobstructed.

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Hello + Hugs

Happy Thursday! Today I'm sharing a couple more Jillibean Soup cards ...

I love layering and combining fun scrappy goodies on my cards. This one features more of the beautiful Hardy Hodgepodge line I praised yesterday. 


Jillibean Soup
Patterned Paper:  Hardy Hodgepodge Soup/Trace of Triangles, Cup of Chevron, Bite Size Bits
Pea Pod Parts:  Hardy Hodgepodge Soup
Soup Labels:  Hardy Hodgepodge Soup
Glassine Bags:  Hardy Hodgepodge Soup
Wood Veneer Clothespins:  Stars
Adhesive Sequins
Corrugated Alphas:  Hardy Hodgepodge Soup

Other:  opaque white mist.

Here's a fun one featuring a background that I stamped with a tag image from the Peace, Joy, and Love stamp set. Super simple! A tiny bit of patterned paper peeks out from behind the offset stamped panel, and then just some twine, and wood veneer accents.


Jillibean Soup
Patterned Paper: Hardy Hodgepodge/Pound of Pups
Stamps: Peace, Love & Joy
Wood Veneer Words: Today

Other: cardstock (lime, berry, white), ink (aquamarine, lime, berry, medium gray),
black and white baker's twine, wood veneer stars, foam adhesive

Look for Jillibean Soup products at your favorite scrapbook/stamping retailer, or shop directly at the Jillibean Soup retail store.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Thanks Sweet Friend

This is one of a handful of cards I had up on Jillibean Soup's blog, Bean Talk, in December. 

Before I get into the details on this card, though, have you seen the sneak peeks of all the new goodies that are coming out from Jillibean Soup? Two new paper collections (and all the goodies that go with them - stickers, wood veneers, die-cuts, etc.), some especially darling Shape Shaker products, additions to the Mix the Media line, and even a planner line. 

Follow along on the Bean Talk blog.

Back to today's card, I actually made this one back in October at a stamping retreat. I think I averaged one card a day on the retreat - yikes! But even one card a day is more than I usually get done when I try to stamp outside of my studio. Plus, I'll take the laughter, new friendships, 11 pm donuts, storytelling, and late-night chitchat over finished cards any day!

The stitching lines on the stone card stock background panel were from a die-cut, but I don't remember the manufacturer -- maybe Avery Elle? The vertical strips are from Jillibean Soup's gorgeous Hardy Hodgepodge paper collection. The colors in Hardy Hodgepodge are so ME! The focal point is a combination of Hardy Hodgepodge die-cuts, stickers, and some mini alpha stickers, also by Jillibean Soup. Look for these products at your favorite scrapbook/stamping retailer, or shop directly at the Jillibean Soup retail store.

Fellow cardmakers, be sure to look for Jillibean Soup's card features, usually Monday or Tuesday of each week on the Bean Talk blog. Lots of inspiration there! (Layouts, mixed media projects, and planners have their days in the spotlight, too!)

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Papertrey January Release in Review

It's release day at Papertrey Ink. The January release will be available at 10 pm ET in the Papertrey Ink store.

Today the team is sharing a few remaining projects using the fantastic January product designs. Here are mine:

My first card combines Inspired: God, designed by Betsy Veldman, with Gathered Garden, designed by Nichole Heady. I chose to work with a dark, dramatic color combo, mixing in blues, greens, grays, and browns.

I stamped the images, then used a paintbrush and a little water to move the color around. The word die-cut is triple-stacked for some extra dimension. I framed the composition with a Cover Plate: Delightful die-cut.

Stamps: Inspired: God; Gathered Garden 

Dies: Inspired: God; Cover Plate: Delightful; Moments Inked: Planner Banners

Ink: Dark Indigo, Stormy Sea, Soft Stone, Spring Rain, Fine Linen, Honey Nut, Pinefeather 

Paper: watercolor paper, Stormy Sea card stock 

Other: Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleed-Proof White, paintbrush

Next, I'm getting a head start on Mother's Day with Dawn McVey's Family Ties and Nichole Heady's Floribunda Frame die.

Again, I triple-stacked the word die-cut for dimension. The rest of the sentiment is stamped in Stormy Sea. I die-cut one extra tiny flower to use as an accent on the "M."

My flowers were watercolored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. The leaves were painted with New Leaf and Green Parakeet re-inkers.

I used Vintage Cream Linen card stock for the card base, which is a nice change from the usual brighter white.

Stamps: Family Ties 

Dies: Family Ties: For the Girls; Floribunda Frame; Noted: Scalloped A2 

Ink: Stormy Sea, Green Parakeet, New Leaf 

Paper: watercolor paper, Vintage Cream linen card stock, Lilac Grace card stock 

Other: Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, paintbrush

Last is another fun rainbow card. This one combines Maile Belles' Splits: Hello There with Nichole's Grand Botanicals die collection.

Each of the flowers is in two layers The base is watercolored, and the detailed layer is the card stock of the same color. 

I stamped some of the Splits: Hello There patterns into some of the flowers, and accented others with a white gel pen. Each flower has been topped with a button in the same color. The big January sale starts tonight, and a selection of buttons will be reduced to just $1 a bag! Sale details are posted HERE. In the background I used two of the accent images in Splits: Hello There to add a little interest to the Smokey Shadow background.

Stamps: Splits: Hello There

Dies: Grand Botanicals

Ink: Versamark, Fresh Snow

Paper: watercolor paper, Smokey Shadow, Hawaiian Shores, Green Parakeet, Harvest Gold, Orange Zest, and Pure Poppy card stock

Other: buttons, True Black baker's twine, white embossing powder, fun foam, white gel pen, white linen thread, paintbrush

That's it for me today! Be sure to visit the rest of the team for lots more inspiration:

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Designs to Die For

Welcome to Day 5 of Papertrey Ink's January release countdown! Today the team has two die collections to share with you: Cornered and Grand Botanicals

All of the new products will be available at 10 pm ET on January 15 in the Papertrey Ink store.

I chose to work with Cornered for today. The die set includes two of these corner triangles, each with a different sentiment. The dropped out text is such a great look, and the corner design is so unique and intriguing!

I decided to give the birthday sentiment a rainbow treatment simply by adhering colorful banners behind each row of text. The banner die I used is from the Tag Sale: Quilted. To adjust the length of the banners, I just snipped in the middle and strategically adhered so that the seams wouldn't show. Along the long side of the triangle, I also added jumbo sequins in rainbow colors to match the banners. The card could easily be finished at that point, but I thought it would be fun to add lengths of twine/floss behind the banners to extend those colors into the negative space.

Such a fun die and so many possibilities!

Dies: Cornered

Paper: Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Harvest Gold, New Leaf, Hawaiian Shores, and Smokey Shadow

Other: jumbo sequins, foam tape, twine and embroidery floss

Visit Nichole's blog for links to all the designers who are posting today. 

Thanks for stopping by!