Sunday, January 26, 2020

My new Greenville Planner!

Hello and welcome back. I've started a brand new planner for 2020 to document our move to Greenville, SC later this year. This planner will hold goals, plans, lists, photos, and everything else that goes into relocating and downsizing.

I'm sharing a tutorial of my dashboard page and my first two intro pages over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today so I hope you take a moment to check it out. I offer some little tips and techniques if you're new to planners or the dies. The 2020 Planner Essentials release is amazing and I've featured several of the new dies in these pages.

Here are the products I've used with links to each one. I've also listed these on the ECD blog with my post. Thanks for stopping in today. Have a fabulous week!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Sharing my December Day by Day Album

It may be January, but I have finally finished filling up my December Day by Day album (much like a December Daily) and I wanted to share it with you. I've got a video walk-through with some tips on how to best prepare your own December Day by Day pages, work with small photos, how to use dies in unique ways, and what to do when your album gets too thick.

I hope you take a moment to check it out. I had such a great time making it and an even better time filling it up with photos and memories!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Planner Essentials Design Team Member (with a tutorial!)

I'm excited to share that I've joined the design team for Elizabeth Craft Designs, specifically their Planner Essentials team. I'm a big fan of planners, journals, books, and diaries, so this will be fun year of doing what I love and sharing it with you.

The new Planner Essentials line for 2020 has just been released and it's fabulous! You can view all of it here. Today I'm sharing a TUTORIAL for a cute little Valentine's card made with Planner dies. (Yep, you heard correctly.) I wanted to show how the Planner Essentials dies and stamps can be used for all types of crafting, not just planners.

The top heart layer of the card has a clever channel with a slide-out feature for a hidden message.
I've used Graphic 45's Bloom papers for my envelope and card.

Below are all the steps to create it yourself...

Step 1: Die cut the Double Heart base from light pink cardstock. Die cut the smaller heart from coordinating pattern paper, then cut the righthand portion of the heart base from coordinating paper.

Step 2: Die cut the heart-leaf stem several times from pink cardstock. Adhere over the large pattern paper heart from Step 1, trimming excess around edges.

Step 3: Trace the smaller die-cut heart onto pink cardstock, without the notch, then cut out.

Step 4: Trace the pink cardstock heart from Step 3 onto medium weight chipboard and cut out. Die cut the stitched-edge tag and stamp a sentiment. Place under the notch, trace the outline onto the chipboard heart and cut away a channel.

Step 5: Adhere the patterned heart to the chipboard heart then to the pink heart. As you can see, I've die-cut another tag in ivory instead of pink. This makes it stand out better. I die-cut three more and layered them up so they were thick enough to slide in and out of the channel without falling out.

Step 6: Die-cut two different flowers from pink cardstock and adhere to patterned heart, trimming excess. Slide the sentiment tag into the channel.

Step 7: Die-cut two stitched banners from ivory cardstock. This die is from Planner Essentials 26, Pocket 3 -Tag & Toppers. Stamp desired sentiments and trim off the left edge of the banners.

Step 8: Adhere large patterned heart to cover of card.

Step 9: Die-cut the Double Heart shape from pattern paper and cut the pieces apart, also cutting inside the stitched line slightly. Adhere to card base (inside).

Step 10: Die cut several of the small heart shapes in desired colors and layer up, leaving the darkest one offset slightly like a shadow. Adhere elements to card front. Add twine to sentiment tag and through three holes on left edge. Add beads or charms to dress it up. 

The sentiment tag is just thick enough to slide in and out easily without falling out. How fun for the recipient to pull this out to reveal an additional sentiment!

You can dress up the inside with more die-cuts. Here, I've die-cut LOVE from ivory cardstock and dabbed pink ink lightly over the top.

As you can see, this card could also be a planner insert. Just add a photo inside and some journaling!

I hope you enjoyed the project. Make sure to visit the ECD blog today to view all sorts of creations from the talented design team members using the new Planner Essentials release. 

Saturday, January 11, 2020

One Shared Room Left - Going, going...

Hey crafty friends. This morning was our Creative Mountain Retreat 2020 registration and WOW, did the response come flooding in! Within 10 minutes we sold 28 of the 30 spots.

We have several more crafters who prefer a single room who we've had to put on the waiting list. BUT we do currently we have just ONE Shared Room with two queen beds and kitchenette in the Little Echo building (Room 404). You can view that room here.

So grab a crafty friend, go to our registration link, and sign up today! It's gonna get snatched up quickly.

You can still be placed on the waiting list if you didn't make it in this year. Just go to the registration link, send me your info via the directions, and we'll add you. FYI: in the past three retreats, we've called up several people from the waiting list each year. You just never know!

Here's a little recap video of our last retreat so you can see what fun we have...

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Fashion Forward Album Tutorial is Ready!

Hey everyone! The tutorial is up and ready in my Etsy shop for this lovely and cheerful Fashion Forward Monthly Journal project. I've created a companion video to give you a walk-through of the project as well as some information about my SVG files I've created especially for the Graphic 45 travel album. The file is included in the tutorial and also listed separately in my Etsy shop if you want to purchase only that.

I hope you take a moment to watch this quick video. It's a great way to get a visual idea of the details and some other little tips before beginning the tutorial which you can find here.

Monday, December 9, 2019

2020 Mini Calendars FREE Printable!

As I do every December, I've created these great little monthly calendars for you to use as you wish. Many of you continue to use the desktop calendar project I designed years ago. I still use mine! So these are perfect for that project, but also for planners and all sorts of other projects. Just trim them out and go!

Copy and paste the URL below and it will take you to the two-page PDF you can print out. If you have any problems or questions about accessing the file, just let me know in the comments below.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Creative Mountain Retreat 2020 Dates and Details!

It's that time again, crafters! We've selected the dates, confirmed the costs, and are ready to share all the details about our next (4th Annual!) Creative Mountain Retreat. This is a super popular event hosted by me and my "sister" in crafting Ginger Ropp. It's a fun-filled, crafty retreat featuring six wonderful classes, amazing food, and a gorgeous view from the Echo Mountain Inn in Hendersonville, NC. There's plenty of time for relaxation and friendship, too. We hope you can join us this year. Make sure to read through all the registration details carefully to ensure successful registration on January 11th. We are limited to 30 crafters and it's first-come, first-served.

Click here to go to our official Creative Retreat website for all you need to know to be ready to register in January. Hope to see you next fall!