Tuesday, August 11, 2015

How to make DIY Bookmark for Erin Condren Planners

I started using my Erin Condren Planner back in July. Since then, I have been looking for ways to use it practically while also adding in some decorative elements. I discovered that I often easily lost my place within the planner. Yes, there are monthly tabs. My problem was that I wanted to quickly flip to the week I was working in and to any pertinent notes for that week in the back of my planner. The answer for me was to create a set of personal book marks using some of Deflecto's flexible pouches. The process is super simple. In fact, you can make a bookmark in less than 5 minutes.

Here is a closeup of the four bookmarks I created. I chose to put a few 3x4 pocket page cards from a recent Cocoa Daisy kit inside my pouches. The cards are double sided, so there was no need to worry about what to put on the back. Any3 x 4 inch pocket page card would work. You could also add family photos. The Deflecto pouches are sturdy and they remain closed. I am not worried about the cards slipping out, so I didn't feel the need to fuse the top of the pouch shut. Leaving the top open will allow me to change out the cards as often as I please.

As I mentioned in the video, you will need to We R Memory Keepers fuse tool to seal the sequins into the bottom of the pouch. The Deflecto flexible pouches are thicker than a page protector which means that using the metal ruler as a guide is not an option. The layers are too thick for it to fuse well. Set the metal ruler aside and use your glass mat or a cutting mat with a grid to draw a straight line free hand. Work slowly and steadily so that the Fuse tool doesn't slip on the glossy surface of the pouch. Do not apply to much pressure or you will cut the pouch rather than fusing it. At times, it may help to lift the tool and place it down again gently as you work across the pouch.

The Deflecto flexible pouches come in packs of ten. It's very likely that you won't need 10 bookmarks. I plan to make a few extra to give as gifts. They are so quick and easy to make plus there is the added bonus of being able to personalize them for any friends or family who also love Erin Condren Planners.

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Ready to create your own bookmarks? Look in your supplies for washi tape, ribbon and sequins to match your planner covers.

You can find the Erin Condren Coil Clip connectors at the Erin Condren Website under Planner accessories.

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I plan to take the Planner Love class through True Scrap in September. I hope it will help me in finding that perfect balance between a practical planner and a decorative one. Would you like to join me?

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Inspired by Get It Scrapped and Corrie Jones

What do you do when you are stuck and you lack motivation to scrapbook? I like to turn to sketches. I don't have to think about the design. I can just choose a photo and begin working. Sometimes, the process jumpstarts my creativity and I get my motivation back. A little over a year ago, around iNSD, I was stuck and lacked the motivation to create a layout. I chose to use one of the sketches from the Get It Scrapped Sketch and Template Library. Sketch #102 to be exact.

Catch by Christy Strickler |Supplies Patterned Paper: Studio Calico, Crate Paper; Confetti, Stamp: Studio Calico; Letters: American Crafts; Ink: Ranger; Doily: Freckled Fawn; Frame; Crate Paper; Other: Glossy Accents, Tickets, Tags;based on a Sketch from Get It Scrapped

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See sketch #102 with additional inspiration from the Get It Scrapped Creative Team

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

August 2015 is all about Late Nights and Creative time

This month's post comes a few days after the official start of August. As the summer progresses, I find my personal schedule changes quite a bit.I have always been a bit of a night owl, but it seems that during the summer months, the late nights become even later. Maybe that's because it's a bit cooler after the sun goes down. It's just so easy to sleep in some days and stay up late creating.

I am juggling quite a few things in my personal life right now, but am very happy to say that a regular editorial calendar is one step closer to fruition. I still struggle with the frequency of posting. Mostly because, once I write an article or blog post, I want to share it right away. It's so hard to write a post and store it for later, but slowly, I am acquiring a small cache of posts for you. As always, I have a tendency to write/talk quite a bit and I know you must be anxious for inspiration and scrapbook layouts. So let's get to it!

How Our Life Has Changed by Christy Strickler |Supplies Cardstock: Bazzill;Letters: American Crafts; Tape: Freckled Fawn; Transparency, Enamel Dots: Shimelle; Pocket Card, Stickers: Cocoa Daisy; Chipboard, Button: Crate Paper; Other: Tag;Inspired by a Sketch and Story Starter from Simple Scrapper Premium Membership

I found this photo of my husband and I on an old key chain. I extracted it and used the clear plastic frame from the key chain over the top of the photo. It adds some nice dimension. I placed a few enamel dots over the spots where I used liquid adhesive. The adhesive was a bit splotchy and I didn't care for how it looked. I had a general idea about when the photo was taken, but not an exact one. This made it the perfect candidate for a generalized story about how our lives have changed since my husband and I first met.

I have another layout from Simple Scrapper to share with you, but first, I need to edit the video that goes with it. Meanwhile, there are already a few new articles on the MSE main website. I also have a monthly recap of the top stories from July to keep you occupied until the next article is published. Happy Crafting Everyone!

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

8 Collections I Want from the CHA 2015 Paper Arts Show

Coverage of the CHA's Summer Paper Arts show was no where near as extensive as it was for the show last January. As a member of CHA, I was able to watch a few demonstrations from the floor through a live feed. However, given time constraints and other issues, I didn't catch nearly as much as I had hoped to. I searched through a few manufacturer blogs and was happy to see some new items.There are some exciting new supplies but I will admit that I was a bit disappointed in not being able to find as many products as usual. The most comprehensive website I have found with links to many of the new releases is at the Scrappy Jedi's blog. Despite the difficulty of finding information about the new releases, I managed to find a few items to add to my wishlist.

**update** Scrapbook Update also has a comprehensive list of new Summer Releases highlighted at the CHA show.

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Crate Paper Wonder

I want the whole line!It includes a nice blend of the eclectic styles of papers that I like. The motifs are general enough for a varity of layouts( also it has cute cats). You can preview the collection on Crate Paper's Website. It's also available for pre-order at a variety of retailer's including Amazon.com.

Ken Oliver Crafts Colorburst

To be fair, this item was also shown during the show in January. After seeing another live demo of the product, I decided I just might need to have the whole collection of colors. You can see a demo of Colorburst from Ken on his website. Ken is a wonderful paper artist to follow. He is creative and very friendly. I got to speak with him earlier in the year when he visited a Get It Scrapped Live crop. I recommend following his blog for craft inspiration.

My Christmas Paper Picks

I think I am ready to donate a lot of older Christmas supplies in favor of getting some new ones after seeing the latest releases from Carta Bella and Basic Grey. Both Carta Bella Christmas Wonderland and Basic Grey's Juniper Berry offer a lovely mix of vintage with a fresh new feel.

My Fall Supply Picks

I am always a sucker for Fall themed and Halloween themed kits. Maybe it's because I have never lived in a place with a true fall. Even so, it is still my favorite time of year. For Halloween, I once again find myself drawn to Carta Bella for their new Halloween line. The nice thing about most fall kits is that you can mix and match supplies between them to create your own mega kit. I hope to choose between Carta Bella's Fall Blessings line and Simple Stories Pumpkin Spice.

My Project Life Picks

I am counting this as one pick but really, it encompasses many products. I have a minor hoarding problem when is comes to Project Life and pocket cards. The new releases shown on the Becky Higgins website have done nothing to curb my desire to get more kits. I want all of the new releases!

Silhouette's New Machines

This next pick is more of a bonus pick rather than a collection.Did you hear me mention the new machine from Silhouette on the Digiscrap geek Podcast? Both are on my wishlist and will be available this fall. The new Curio offers the option to emboss and etch as well as to cut. The new options make this machine a huge consideration when it comes to the possibility of upgrading from my portrait. Though, I might just wait a bit to see if these options will be offered in a new smaller machine.

 The Mint will offer the option to create your own stamps. I might wait for a review of this prior to purchasing as I wasn't too impressed with the stamp quality from their Stamp to Cut material kit. However, the option to create my own stamps always intrigues me.

Both are currently available for pre-order from Amazon.

As with past wishlists, I most likely won't be able to get everything on it. However, creating a wishlist does make it a bit easier to help me budget for supplies in the coming months.

What new items have you seen to add to your wishlist? Did I miss anything cool that caught your eye?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Are you excited about the CHA 2015 PAPER ARTS+ SHOW 2015?

Right now, my friend and fellow DigiScrapGeek Podcast co-host, Karen Poirier-Brode is at the Paper Arts show. I admit that I am a bit jealous and wish I was there on the floor. I joined CHA along with my co-hosts a few months ago and were it not a matter of distance, you can believe I would have loved to go.  I have had a peek at the industry trend report and have a few thoughts on that which I may share later on( possibly on an upcoming episode of the DSG Podcast).

Sitting here right now, I am wondering how tempted I will be by the new supplies. I think that many of us( me included) get caught up in the excitement of new things. I often lament that I want to buy it all. If you want to hone in on the key things from your wishlist, check out this article I wrote about How to Navigate Cha Temptation on a Budget.

I have been pretty good with my craft spending this year. I have stuck to using my kits to control my budget. I currently subscribe to Cocoa Daisy( Scrapbook Main and the Project Life Kit) and to Pinkfresh Studio. Cocoa Daisy has continued to deliver a nice mix of new supplies( Stamps, various manufacturers and a great embellishment selection) which has kept me satisfied. They also recently introduced the concept of a la carte add ons. Rather than buying full kit add ons, you can buy only the individual items you want. It's much more budget friendly for me. Pinkfresh Studios offers me a nice selection of embellishments, a new stamp and a new die every month. It also keeps me from feeling I need more. Otherwise, I have only gotten a few items from this year's CHA wish list separately. Definitely smarter spending and it's keeping my small creative space from overflowing.

What exactly did I get from my January 2015 CHA wishlist? Not everything. Once the glamour of "new and exiting" wore off, I kept to just a few things. Ready for a little enabling( and a few affiliate links)?

I purchased the Fuse Tool from We R Memory Keepers. After reading a bit about it  and asking Karen who saw it demonstrated at CHA), I added the Precision Glass Mat to my purchase. The mat helps to protect your work surface and also enable the Fuse Tool to work optimally.

A few sheets and some die cuts from the Basic Grey Prism Collection made it's way into my supplies. Mostly, these came from my Cocoa Daisy kits. After using up those kits, I realize that I love this line so much I may just end up buying the whole collection. I still want to get all of Pink Paislee's Atlas line as well, though I haven't gotten around to it.

It remains to be seen whether or not I will find anything interesting at the Summer Paper Arts Show. If I do then I'll be sure to share my favorites. What I do know is this...I have a tendency to choose the same motifs and materials over and over again. Take a look at your own wishlist to see if this is true. Then, take a look at your own supplies to see if you already have similar items. Chances are that you might not need that shiny new whatever. Once you realize that, you can make smarter buying choices and narrow down your wish list.

When I do purchase, I continue to shop mostly at  Paper Issues, Amazon and Scrapbook.com. Otherwise, I am sticking to my kit club subscriptions as the main source for my supplies. If you are not sure whether a kit club is for you, check out this article. It may help you decide.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Let's go Big! Scrapbooking with 5x7 and Larger Photos

Earlier this year, 4 x 6 photos were my go to size for scrapbooking. Yet once again, I find myself reaching for a larger print. Sometimes 8.5 x 11 is just too big. That's when 5 x 7 becomes the star of the show.

The Grim Reaper by Christy Strickler |Supplies Patterned Paper, Stickers, Die Cuts: October Afternoon; Flair: Panda Eight Designs; Jewel: Glitz Designs; Tape: 7 Gypsies; Enamel Dots: My Mind's Eye; Based on Scrapbook Challenges Sketch # 446 

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3. Photo Backgrounds and Foundations ( from the Get It Scrapped Blog)

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Quick and Easy Home Decor with Deflecto Craft Solutions

I have been on a bit of a kick lately. I have the desire to spruce up my home a bit. However, I am on a budget regarding both time and money. I needed a quick project that wouldn't break the bank. I grabbed a few of my Deflecto Frames and some scrapbook supplies and went right to work.

To be fair, I must confess that I am using supplies received in my capacity as a Deflecto Ambassador. I had a wonderful opportunity to work with several paper collections from PaperWishes. You could easily replicate the results with any scrapbook paper collection that you would like to use. 

The key to making the decorative frames quickly is to keep your design simple. Choose a frame in a standard size such as 4x6 or 5x7. Most frames come with a paper insert. If the  frame is not a standard size, use that insert as a template.Lay the insert over your chosen piece of background paper and trace, then cut it down to size. Using the insert means there is no need to measure.

This particular frame was featured with full instructions on the Paper Wishes site. You can view them here.

I also wanted to keep the second frame simple. I chose to use my silhouette to create a series of heart die cuts. These were all cut from the same piece of paper. Since this paper is double sided and coordinates, I merely had to choose one to flip over. I did add a tiny bit of glue to the back side of the hearts to keep them from shifting in the frame.

Quick Tip: The advantage of working with this style of clear acrylic frame is that you  can lay it over the top of a cutting mat. It is then easy to use the grid as a guide when placing the die cuts.

Quick projects like these frames make it easy to refresh your home decor without breaking the bank or taking up a lot of time. You can make a few in an hour or less. Keep them on hand and switch them out to match your mood or the seasons.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Catching Up: Project Life 2015 and the DigiScrap Geek Podcast Episode 38

It has been my goal to share relevant thoughts and inspiration to go along with each episode of the DigiScrap Geek Podcast. I was doing quite well with this up until a few weeks ago when I rebranded my website. Changing things around on MSE took all of my full attention. I changed to a new template, had to learn a few new things and then learn to fix the mistakes I made along the way. It wasn't necessarily hard but it was time consuming. I still find myself tweaking things but well, I digress...

Back to the topic! We have continued to record the DigiScrap Geek Podcast and I have continued to write down ideas to expound upon regarding the subjects we cover. Today's post has to do with a request from our latest episode. The topic of Project Life came up. I love Project Life but as with anything I do, I have found I needed to organize it my way in order for me to make it a doable project. I have talked before about how I do a monthly page spread mixed in with 12 x 12 Scrapbook layouts. Talking about something is one thing. Showing is another. I decided to make a video sharing a walk through of my 2015 Scrapbook Album to date.

In the video, I talk a little about how my method is saving me space. I know it might not seem like that when you see all of those cat layouts. However, using this method has cut down the number of albums I have each year. Prior to this, it would take 4-6 albums to document a year of photos. I now have about 2-3 albums for one year. Still a lot, I guess, but for me a much better option.

I still have more insights to share from other episodes of the DigiScrap Geek Podcast. Summer seems to be the perfect time for me to catch up on blog posts( even get ahead in my blogging) and catch up on listening to my favorite podcasts. So stay tuned for more articles from yours truly. Same Bat Time. Same Bat Channel. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy a wonderful weekend with your family with a little create time for yourself.

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