Thursday, October 20, 2016

Week of Oct 10 Planner | FSJ

Have I said how much I love working for Fun Stampers Journey.  It has been an adjustment and will be for a little while.  A different mind-set and more work than being on a team.  Each week I settle in more.  I know this new job will help push me for more growth in what I do.  I do wish I could share more work, but maybe that will come later as I keep adjusting.  One thing I want to try to do more of is keeping up with my planner.  You don't realize how much goes on, even if it is small, that you miss if not written down.

I used my planner here as more of a what happened, and a little like a journal.  You can see my post here about tips I shared to help get you started and make your pages look more fun.

Lately, I have been using Pinterest more to help me select color themes.  I come from a background of lots of pre-made embellishments and pattern paper, so I need something to help jumpstart where I'm heading.  Sweet Berry is one of my favorite FSJ colors at the moment, although Pumpkin Bread and Dark Roast are close second and third this week.  I stayed with Sweet Berry and Rock Candy ink, cardstock, and pencils throughout this spread.  Genius how with FSJ we have so many options in different mediums.

So you can see I mix different stamps, use colored pencils, even ripped the black and white washi tape on the left-hand side to slide my die cut clip through.  Anything goes with planners.  I'm hoping to get a box of more Halloween FSJ goodies and will dec out my planner for Halloween which is if you don't know me, I LOVE!!

That is it until next week.  Fingers crossed I'll have a Halloween spread or layout to share then.  Enjoy the rest of the week and weekend!  Happy creating!!

Journey Girl Binder
Personal Planner 12 Month & Weekly View
Text Happy Stamp Set
Journey Emojis Stamp Set
Today Is Stamp Set
So Pretty Stamp Set
Simply Amazing Stamp Set
Find Joy Stamp Set
Journey Days Love Tab
Tab Clips Die Set
Journey Color Burst Pencils
Party Pop Color Me Washi
Bright Day Journey Tape
Sweet Berry Ink Pad
Rock Candy Ink Pad
Fun Day Elements
Fam Bam Elements
Forever Heart Chips
Spring Accent Dots
Sweet Berry Cardstock

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Pocket Page | FSJ

Hi!  I'm excited to pop in on my blog to share a pocket page using the Be Amazing collection from Fun Stampers Journey.  OMG, I think the 80's, but I also think the 70's.  I knew it was perfect for photos of my daughters very colorful birthday party.

I usually keep my pocket page spreads simple.  I love to take a few photos of the decorations, doing this really helps set the feel for your memories.  I trimmed a piece of the printed paper from the same collection to fit in the long pocket.

The collection has a really nice size bag full of chipboard and vellum embellishment die cuts.  I had a little space on this photo, so I stapled one of the vellum stars to fit right in with the photo.

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But if you want to get a little creative with your pages, you can add some stamping and sequins.  For this pocket I stamped two stars from the same collection in Cosmic Grape and Turbo Teal.  The smaller star stamp fit perfectly inside that bigger star.  I die cut this out, and then die cut two larger stars using vellum.  TIP:  just fold your vellum in half and send through your die cutting machine to get get two stars.  Run through twice if needed.

So to add a little more fun, I added the adorable must-have star-fetti to my vellum star pocket.  I lightly adhered the stamped and die cut star to the back vellum star, placed the top vellum star on top, machine stitched half of the star, filled with star-fetti, then machine stitched the rest of the way.  To add my journaling, I lightly penciled around the star, then sent through my typewriter.  To add a little more fun, I added the dots for texture and color.

An easy way to get these seriously adorable stars in your pockets, use the little scoop attachment from your bloom tool.

I LOVE this collection.  Perfect for all your celebrations.  Think birthday parties, all-girls day out, crops, anything goes.  My photos coordinated really well with this collection, but you can always turn your photos to black and white.  Hope you can grab some of this collection.  A list of supplies is below.  Just find a coach and start shopping.  Lots of these memory keeping products are on sale right now as well!  Enjoy!

6x8 Black Licorice Journey Days Album
Album Pages
Be Amazing Day Cards
Amazing Prints
So Pretty Stamp Set
Simply Amazing Stamp Set
Star-Dom Die Set
Turbo Teal Ink Pad
Cosmic Grape Ink Pad
Journey Days Stapler
Bloom Tool
Candy Dots

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Friday, October 07, 2016

Planner | FSJ

Happy Friday!  The past few weeks have been an adjustment for me, and when I get too busy, I find I don't take enough photos or document little or big things.

So I sat down yesterday and played in my Fun Stampers Journey personal size planner to do jot down what has been happening.

I have always struggled a little bit with making my planner useful and pretty.  Using my planner and making it something pretty to share are two different things...LOL  So I did some pinning from Pinterest, and looked at some of my favorite planner girls.  The ones that stand out to me the most are the ones that make their planner useful first.  All important details are there.  But they just add some little bits to make their planner fun.

I have always used my planner to look back on to help me when I do my pocket pages or my memory planner.  So making it useful and pretty are a win/win.  Here is how it came together:

  • I stamped onto washi tape planner stamps that went with my list for that day, or one of the items on my list.
  • I jot down to-do's, things that happened, or little notes in a list format using either circles, triangles, or squares.  (I haven't mastered yet what category each list will get, but it was a start), then I color them in, this adds color to a blank page.
  • Then I start filling in with more stamps, and washi tape.  (This is a fun time to look at your stamps in different ways and use them for encouragement or to tell what's happening now.)

Looking through my Pinterest board of colors, I picked red, orange, yellow/green with some blue/aqua, green, and a hint of purple.  To really pull out those colors, I used the steel rule die tabs and then stitched them together.  I can tuck things into the pockets it created, like I did with the clips, but I also went another step further, and die cut a heart from the top part so that it peeks through to the other side.  Then I added stamping to my newly created divider.

  • To help fill in with more color, I die cut small circles and cut them in half.  
  • Another fun tip to make your planner fun and colorful is to use colored pencils to doodle a little around die cuts or your lists.

I know I'm not alone in thinking my life isn't all that exciting to document like this.  But if you like to get creative and play with no rules, decorating your planner is the way to go.

Happy creating and have a great weekend.

Journey Girl Binder
Personal Planner 12 Month & Weekly View
Journey Days Charms - Star
Journey Days Lemon Drop Tassel
Storage Dangles
Today Is Stamp Set
So Pretty Stamp Set
Be Amazing
Marquee Type Stamp Set
Journey Emojis Stamp Set
Journey Days Create a Tab
Journey Circles Die Set
Heart-Felt Die Set
Pretty Amethyst True Color Fusion Ink Pad
Turbo Teal True Color Fusion Ink Pad
Black Licorice True Color Fusion Ink Pad
Mother Nature Color Me Washi
Be Cool Journey Tape
Journey Color Burst Pencils
Candy Apple Cardstock
Sweet Pear Cardstock
Tangerine Fusion Cardstock

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Smile | Fall Layout | Fun Stampers Journey

Happy Friday!  Stopping in to share a layout for Fun Stampers Journey.  FSJ is all about stamps, but they also provide a variety of printed papers.  I had some leftover leaves from my card project you can see here.  Since I used the PanPastels in Rich Sorbet, I also used the printed papers called Rich Sorbet Prints.  So in love with these colors.  And I love the modern prints.

I shared on my post for the card how I really just played with which colors of PanPastels I started using first on each leaf, and sometimes I would just apply one color to the center and then blend in another color next to it.  There isn't a wrong way and VERY addicting.  Just stamp with clear pigment ink and color to our hearts content!  Or experiment your own way!

I did a simple grid design of the papers, then used the tag elements dies to create borders, and for a place for my title (the wood chip) and my short journaling.  I added machine stitching around the printed paper for added texture, and added a ribbon border at the top attaching it with staples.

This photo is a year old, so we are actually headed to the pumpkin patch again today.  Going while we have just a little bit of cool weather.  Enjoy your weekend!

Autumn Days Stamps and Die Bundle
Tag Elements Die
Rich Sorbet Prints
Rich Sorbet PanPastels
Hello Word Bubbles
Rainbow Drops
Crimp Ribbon Cocoa Powder
Journey Days Stapler

To order, just click here to the FSJ site, then click at the top to find a coach.  Add to your cart and check out!  Or contact a coach for more information or for party information.  Happy Crafting!

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Big Announcement - Fun Stampers Journey

I have some happy news to share...I have accepted a part-time position to work from home for Fun Stampers Journey!!!  This is such a huge blessing and opportunity for me and my family.  Fun Stampers Journey is a direct sales company that Richard Garay started.  The direct sales has only been a part of FSJ for about two years, so it is a baby company, but it is growing like crazy!

Richard came out with his first retail collection last year, and I have been a part of that design team for the past year.  I have been very impressed with the quality and variety of products as well as the growth of the company.

I just recently got back from a team retreat at the Journey Station in Phoenix with a suitcase filled with FSJ supplies.  So I was excited to get to work and play with the new PanPastels with the beautiful Fall leaves stamps.

I have played with PanPastels before, but with limited colors.  I used a combination of five colors blended on the leaves after stamping them with clear pigment ink.  I played around with where I applied it and in different layering orders.  Then a happy accident happened.  The tape I used to hold my die in place to cut out my leaves, removed some of the color.  Ordinarily that isn't a good thing, but for Fall leaves, it was perfect, so then I purposely started doing it to all the leaves, and picked out a complementary sentiment to tie into that imperfection.

Richard has been in the industry for over 20 years and was a part of Stamping Up for several years.  He has a passion for creating, sharing, while making it fun and easy for everyone.

Because I am an employee for FSJ now, I am exclusive to the company.  It is bittersweet to have to leave other teams, but it came at the right time for me.  It really is a huge huge blessing for me and my family to be able to work from home.  It is a great fit for me because I will be creating a variety of projects that I love to do:  cards, layouts, planners, pocket pages, etc.

I will be sharing an FSJ project on my personal blog and on social media each week.  Other projects will be for FSJ and taken by their photographer for the blog or other events.  When I can, I will still fit in my own personal memory planner, layouts, or pocket pages and can share those as well.  I have a couple of Disney trips I need to document as well ;)  I am a memory keeper first, and still want to go back to doing that for myself and my family.  I can also guest for other companies.

Amazing, right?!  I'm very excited as is my family.  All the supplies I used for this card are listed below and can be purchased through a Journey Coach.  To find a coach near you to purchase, click here, and then click at the top of the site where it says "Find a Coach."   There is also a really amazing opportunity to sign up to become a Journey Coach.  Click here for those details and today is the last day for that great deal.

I have had such an amazing opportunity to be a part of so many design teams over the past few years.   I have loved them all.  It is hard to pick a favorite, but I have always loved the ones that push me a little bit and help me grow.  I'm really excited to now be a permanent employee of FSJ and see the company and myself grow even more...Be the Journey!

Whip Cream Cardstock
Text Happy Stamp Set
Autumn Days Bundle
Journey Ovals Die Set
Journey Twine Natural
Clear Pigment Ink
Rich Sorbets PanPastels
Celebration Buttons
Gold Embossing Powder

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Altenew September Release Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Altenew September Release Blog Hop!  You should have arrived here from Amy Gray's blog.

For my layout today, I used the new bold alphabet die to make my background and then used the new dies for the Dancing in the Rain to coordinate with its matching letter to make a school themed layout.

Beautiful release to add to lots of creative possibilities.

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners!  Leave a comment on the Altenew blog by Saturday, September 24, 11:59 p.m. EST for a chance to win.  Winners will be announced on Sunday, September 25 on the Altenew blog.

For more inspiration from the release and more chances to win, please stop by the team's blogs! Your next stop from here is to Sveta Fotinia. Enjoy the hop!

Virginia Lu
Therese Calvird
Lydia Evans
Lilith Eeckels
Yoonsun Hur
Svetlana Shayevich
Amy Gray
Patricia Roebuck
Seta Fotinia
Flora Monika Farkas
Aimee Dow
Yana Smakula
Evelyn Yusuf
Nicole Picadura 

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Friday, September 09, 2016

Embossed Card | RG

Happy Friday!  I really love the embossing folders that come with the Richard Garay Lumberjack Days collection.  I used the Pine Needles folder here.  To see the full card and how it came together, stop by Richard's blog here.

I gave this card to my hubby for Father's Day...but this would make a great start to your holiday cards as well!  Have a great weekend!  And thanks for stopping by!

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