Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sisterhood of the traveling Planner Supplies

Sitting under a palm tree soaking up the sun having a little sippy sippy doesn't mean I don't want to play with my planning supplies. Traveling and vacationing to some means letting go of all the normal routine things you do you can just relax. For me, planning and sitting down to decorate my planner is relaxing. Its very therapeutic.

Since I am retired I can be gone anywhere from one week to almost 2 months. So I am going to share some packing solutions for when you travel and want to take planner supplies with you.

Short trip packing: Cosmetic bag
For the shorter trips I purchased a cosmetic bag that my planner fits perfectly in the zippered area and it has plastic material to keep it clean. There are several compartments within the bag that are perfect for stickers, stamps, washi tape and more.

All of it folds up nicely and has a handle. I found mine at Target. My local target doesn't have a large selection like some who grab the Orla Kiely cosmetic bags but there is some nicer ones I recently found by Sonja (don't remember the last name but it is by the makeup). Thirty one would also be a good place to shop for them and get some cute fabrics.

Extended trip packing:
If I am going to be gone a long time (more than a few weeks) I like to pack a lot of planning supplies because I cannot commit to what I may want to use as my theme. I bought a great plastic storage container at Walmart that has a locking lid so it is perfect for traveling. Its not too big to lug around from place to place or take outside when I am relaxing. I can fit loads of stickers, stamps, inks and even my planner in this container. Sometimes I even put my cosmetic bag that I mentioned above in there. FYI these also fit perfectly in a Ikea expedite cube storage I have at home.

A second extended option is the Grab N Go Rack system tote from joann Fabric. I have seen the same thing in a few crafty stores. Mine is the larger one so you could easily grab the smaller one cause it would still hold a lot. This is so nice, plenty of room for my planner and many other things in the top and 3 drawers with diverted to house all my stickers, washi tape, stamps and more.

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Cosmetic bags:

Walmart Storage Container: (this link is for a set of 4)

Options Grab N Go Rack System:

Friday, May 15, 2015

Pocket Letter Newbie

Today I am on Timeless Twine and I am sharing a brand new thing for me and that is pocket letters. I am super excited to start this and this is not the best but everyone is an amateur at first with anything they start. The whole pocket letter thing has blown up and I see the cutest pocket letters everywhere. (Excuse my pics I had to take late and just couldn't adjust the light shinning on them)

Its another part of scrapbooking but on a much smaller, less overwhelming procedure. Its a way to connect with people all over the world and basically you are to give little bits and pieces to them of your personality but yet of things that appeal to them. There are groups on facebook just for this, there is a whole network to sign up with people to swap pocket letters with.

Basically you pair up with someone that may have a similar taste as you and you share a little letter about yourself, each pocket houses things like stickers, twine, sequins, paperclips etc.

I am really into planners right now so my pocket letter "goodies" were centered around what a planner would love. The pages themselves or cards are something someone could re-use for a little "photo" themed pocket page or even to use on a layout or something.

I used "Oh Snap" stamp set from Bella Creationz and each pocket has various items that are found in the store also.

I used:
Bella Creationz & Timeless Twine
Lemonade twine
Raspberry Lemonade twine
Raspberry twine
Mixed Sequins
Heart Stickers
Hole Reinforcer
Oh Snap stamp set

Button Flair made by me
Printables were from Jessica Sprague

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Using Stamps with your planner

Lets talk planner stamps. I personally own ALOT of stamps. You can say that is one of the things I hoard a bit. I accumulated most of my stamps because I am a crafter. I have been making cards and other craft projects way before I became a planner. That is what I love about planers: I can combine my two loves and "craft" while planning!

There are so many options for panners with stamps out there. It is an investment but what isn't when you are a planner, crafter or both? One of the benefits to stamping is that they are re-usable. A one time investment can pay off. Stickers can get quite expensive to purchase and you can find some very cute stamps that are very functional for the task you may have to mark in your planner such as cleaning, grocery shopping and more. Most of the stamp companies have sets that are themed for the various tasks making it simple to select what best fits your life.

Some of my favorites are Mommylhey, Bella Creationz, Sweet Stamp Shop and the list goes on. Pricing can rage from $8-$18.00 per set depending on size and number of stamps included. I really am a "cutesy" kind of person so my attraction for Mommylhey was inevitable. Lhey is one of the nicest people I know. I love to support small businesses.

Now...equally important are the inks you use to stamp in your planner. I typically use Memento black ink although it does tend to shadow on the next page. That being said all the info I have found on the internet watching Youtube video after Youtube video is that VersaMagic Dew Drops chalk ink is the best for the planners.

I do plan to purchase some of these inks. As I said I love stamps but I don't have an over abundance of inks. I probably have a lot to some people but because I used them on a whole different medium than planners my inks are not the right kind. I am pretty standard when it comes to stamping images. I only like to use black. I can use colored pencils to fill in the images with some color and they stand out better with the black outline. For me, a few black inks won't be a large investment. You will also need a stamping block but since most planner stamps are pretty small you can start out with a small block or maybe a medium sized. I have a set that is graduating in sizes so I can always find the perfect one to use.

Simply take care of your stamps and you will be enjoying them for a long time to come. I do have stamp cleaner but for the most part I keep a pack of baby wipes handy to clean off the stamps and you are good to go for the next time. Now lets get to stamping!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sasse clips

You all know by now I am a bit planner obsessed. I just had to show off some items I purchased from Anna from Stickebeans on etsy! OMG I am in love with them all. I cannot wait to use them. They are little markers you can use in your coil planner and a cute dashboard that I can write on and erase. LOVE THEM! Stop over at her shop she has alot of really cute things.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Flower Crayon Box

I realize I have neglected my blog lately. Life has gotten a bit chaotic for me lately. My etsy store has been super busy, my home life even more busy due to remodeling a bathroom. Please smack me in the head if I ever think I should remodel anything else in my house for the rest of my life. 

We had it professionally done (thank husband typically thinks I am a construction person as I have done MANY of projects with him) I told him I refused to do any more work (ok I painted the walls that is it) I said my days are done with that. My body is old and tired and its hard for my back to do anything like that anymore. 

Today they are 98% done...thank you thank you...Lord knows I couldn't take anymore. I have dusted and cleaned about 5 times over from the mess from one end of the house to the other with the dust. 

Ok back to crafting. So I haven't done much crafting. This is my project for Timeless Twine. Its a crayon style box that I just dressed up with some flowers with Watermelon Sorbet twine. Love this twine so much cause I love the pink and green combo. I am going to try to get back to crafting soon. 

Thank you for popping in!

The shop is on vacation for a few days so I can't share the link to the twine but here is the link to the shop! The sorbet collection is very pretty you should definitely grab some. BELLA CREATIONS/TIMELESS TWINE SHOP

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Planner Tassel Tutorial

Today I am on Timeless Twine for Technique Tuesday. I decided I would make a planner tassel and show you how. I used Watermelon Sorbet twine. I know a video would have been better but today has been super busy so hopefully you will understand my tutorial

First I started out with 3 strands of twine and tied a knot at the end and braided it. 

I used a 6x6 paper pad to wrap the twine around. You can use a paper pad, scrap chipboard, cd case or even a video case just as long as it will make your tassel the length you want. 
Wrap the twine around quite a bit to get a full tassel. 

Pull it off the paper pad carefully

Tie some twine in the center, make sure to tie it once and then tie it again in a knot.

Then I tie my braid around it. I have done this another way before also by just sticking it through the top after I am done with the tassel which works well too. This is just a quick alternative. I think I like the other way better to be honest but this is what I did for this particular tassel. 

Gather the twine as shown below

Figure out how far down top section to be and tie a knot around it. Hold the one end down with the bottom section and take the other end and continue to wrap around the top over and over until you like the look of it. Take tweezers or something you can stick up from the bottom to grab that end piece and pull it through to hide the end. Now you can tie it on your favorite planner! 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Happy Hippo Slider Card

Today I am on Timeless Twine and it is "Move it Monday" so we are to make something with movement in it. I struggled all day with mojo and then I decided I would make a slider card because I love them so. I do have an obsession with Hippos and this is something to do with my daughter. We have always collected them so I was thinking about some of the cute hippos we have in our collection. 

We both love pink and so I used some cute pink papers from my friend Brianna (love her!) and they were from various paper collections she sent me. I believe these were from Dear Lizzy. I also used some fabulous papertrey ink paper my friend Kim sent I have some awesome friends right! 

Papertrey ink paper is such a great weight. I don't like the way it cuts in my cameo necessarily to use all the time but to use it with dies is AWESOME!

I used a lawn fawn die set (Stitched journal card) to get this cute little banner flags and hearts.

Sequins are from Bella Creationz and I just grabbed from a mixture. I used Bubblegum Pink twine. I also used the "happy" from the Happy Days Stamp set to stamp the letters on the banner.

And to make it more sparkly (although you might miss it) Wink of Stella Clear Glitter pen.

The Hippo is from Miss Kates Cuttables.

 Products used (links above in my post)