Friday, August 26, 2016

MKC Guest Designer



I am guest designing today for Miss Kate Cuttables. I have always loved her files and I own quite a few so I was really excited for the opportunity. I have been a card maker, 3d project maker and all around crafter for years. In the past 2 years I have been heavily influenced by the planner community so you don't see me crafting cards as much anymore but I make alot of things for planners.

Its just another extension of crafting that has become my addition. Planners are really hot right now. I own several of the Kikki K planners and they are my favorite because just like purses you can get them in lots of colors and it becomes a fashion piece almost. I also have several of the Happy Planners and they are so versatile and economical so they are excellent planners for a newbie or someone who doesn't want to invest $90 and up for a planner.

One of my favorite things to make for my planner is paperclips. I have been addicted to making them really. I challenge myself daily on what I can create in miniature. Some designs just don't work out because once you reduce the image to fit on a paperclip the parts become so small they get a bit chewed up by the cutting machines. I typically try to keep my clips under 2" in height. With the ones I will show you today I will let you know what I did to size them. You have to play around with this and once you make enough of them you will come to realize that certain designs will have to go outside that 2" mark but they still can remain small enough for the clip.

Like for instance the "beach girl" I did here I tried to make her smaller but once I cut her out she was actually too small so the height wasn't going to work on this design. So from top of head to bottom of feet she is just under 2.5" tall. The hardest park on this design was the bucket area.

The "sea turtle" and the cute "beach house" I opened the file in my silhouette program and I left them absolutely the same size they opened up as and they were perfect. I used alot of glitter stock on the turtle but unfortunately the camera didn't pick up the sparkle as well as I would have liked.




When I piece my clips I use Scotch quick dry. I purchased some bottles on Joann's and a fit tip also from Joann's (can only get those online, link below) and that fine tip is the key to piecing these little designs without blobbing a bunch of glue on them.

Once I am attaching the clip and the back (you mirror the base piece if using textured cardstock like I do. If you don't just cut 2 bases)  I use hot glue. I also have a very fine tip hot glue gun but unfortunately they have made a new model and although it is fine tip it isn't near as fine as the one I have. I will link to the one that is the replacement if you would like to get one.

Using the fatter tip glue guns can be impossible. Now this part takes alot of practice because the glue dries very fast and getting your back on without it being cockeyed is tricky but once you do it enough you will find your  way. I line it up and hold it tightly on one end as I glue the bottom half. Then once it is dry and secure I pull the paper back and glue the remainder. Pop those cute clips in your planner and you will have a cute stylish decoration for your planner as well as a handy way to mark your spot!





Below is a list of the files and supplies you will need:

Files used are linked above as well:


Supplies you need:
Glue for paper piecing: Scotch Quick Dry
Tip for bottles: Fine Tips
Glue bottle: Bottles 
Hot Glue Gun: Surebonder H-195 mine is a H-185 but it is not made anymore :(



Friday, August 19, 2016

DIY Sticker Book

I don't know about you but one of the biggest reasons my spreads are not as decorated as they could be is because my stickers are so disorganized. I pride myself in being a very organized person but running a Etsy shop, planning a wedding for our daughter has made my life a bit chaotic. I get a lot of stickers in the mail from various shops, subscription boxes etc and I also make some for myself so I feel like if I had it all organized I would sit down to plan and it would be effortless as far as finding the right stickers to use in my spread.

So after seeing so many people create a sticker book i decided to do the same for myself and even categorize it a bit. So I am sharing this on Mrs Brimbles blog today. Here are a few simple steps to make the process not so daunting.

Things you will need to get started:
Paper (I just used some cheap cardstock I knew I wouldn't use for much else)
Glue runner or glue stick
Disc or a ring bound planner
Hole punch depending on what style of book you are making
Paper trimmer



#1 compile all your stickers together. If you are like me some are here, some are there so get them all together.


#2 Sort them in some categories that you think would be helpful such as "decorative" "functional" or even just by shop. However you see the separation of one or the other helping you to maximize your planning experience. This of course is optional and since I had so many I opted for setting up mainly by shop.

#3 measure what would be the largest set you would be needing to fit on a page. Most of mine were relatively the same size so I made my pages a bit big to fit two sheets on a page.
I think mine is a bit bigger than I would do next time. My sheets were cut to 8 x 10

#4 Cut a stack of paper into the largest size needed for your biggest sticker set and then hole punch them all. I am planning on making one like a Happy Planner look so I am using the disc and therefore utilizing the happy planner punch but you can do the same with a ring bound book as well.



#5 Using an adhesive runner Put little adhesive on the backs of your sticker sheets and place on your cardstock you have prepared for your book.

#6 OPTIONAL: Create you some tabs for all your categories and sort the sticker pages you have created into the categories you deemed important to you. Start putting in your sheets. You can do this with a 3 ring binder, Happy Planner style disc etc.


Here is what mine looks like. As you can see you can also create a cute cover for your book and now you can easily carry it around with you as you are planning making it so much easier to use those stickers instead of collecting the stickers! Now have fun making your own book!







So get busy and make yourself a sticker book, make your life easier when you sit down to plan. Show us your sticker books!!!



Here is one of my past spread. I need to do a new one with this months goodies. I will share a pic of them as well.

This months goodies in the planner box:

 Cute Pencil bag and love that charm and washi

Close up of the charm



Love these stickers from Sea Salt & Anna's own designs. That bee and that adorable girl is just so cute! Flair to match too!


Head over to pic up extra's that may be left from the box click here >>>Mrs Brimbles Shop