When Eileen Hull was here this past Sunday she brought the most fantastic vintage suitcases stuffed full of traveler's notebook journals and mini albums made by her and her design team. It was a visual feast!
One of my favorite things is books and journals "stuffed with stuff". Back in high school I remember getting a thick notebook with a heavy duty silver coil and hand made paper cover. I "stuffed" that notebook with pictures of fashion that I loved from my Seventeen magazines and more. I still have that notebook and consider it a little time capsule from the late 90s (those eyebrows and chunky shoes were rough looking in hindsight!).
I have been a traveler's notebook, smashbook, junk journal fan ever since! But I have to admit I haven't made much time for this type of crafting lately (I'm still trying to finish up my traveler's notebook from my trip to Denver this past May). However, I told myself on Sunday while at the Eileen class that I was going to make time daily - even if just 10 minutes - to create in one of my traveler's notebooks or journals. It may only be Thursday, but I am going 4 days strong so far.
Since I have all things traveler's notebook and junk journals on the brain currently, I thought I would share some of the awesome inspiration I have been perusing lately. Scroll down and get ready to look like this:
Aren't they fun looking? I especially love that the bottom four pictures actually incorporate junk mail into them. Look at the use of the envelopes!
If you need a little more in person inspiration to get you going, sign up for the Gratitude Journal with Hope class coming up later this month. In that class you will use a vintage hymnal to create a gratitude journal to use during the Thanksgiving holiday season. All the details and sign-up are here.
Or grab a book or journal and some "junk" and sign-up for the Creative Weekend starting Friday, September 29. You can have a table in our studio to get creative on all weekend for only $15. Details and registration are here.
If you have been into the Shoppe lately you may have noticed our large selection of "My Favorite Things" (MFT) Stamps and Dies. MFT makes some truly adorable designs that can be used to create awesomeness! Today we are sharing some inspiration for ways to use some of these stamp and die sets. Hope you enjoy!
Just look at these adorable cards made with the MFT BB Happy Hippo stamps . . .
. . . and these with the MFT Loveable Leopards stamp set . . .
. . . and lastly this Written in the Stars stamp and die set from MFT is lovely!
Just a reminder, we are open today, Friday and Saturday from 11 am - 5 pm for you to shop these MFT stamps and dies along with the many other items we have in stock (don't forget to check out our Holiday Room). Also, we have a fun COPIC Marker/Watercolor class on Saturday morning, Planner Meetup on Saturday afternoon and Eileen Hull will be us on Sunday for two classes. There is still time to sign-up for all! Details and registration links are on our September Events page!
When we have exciting news like “Eileen Hull is coming to Palette & Paper on September 10” we like to share it in our newsletter, on Facebook and Instagram (so be sure to sign up for the newsletter and follow us on social media). Eileen Hull is a designer for Sizzix, has created various products with manufacturers, travels the USA and Canada in her amazing camper named Scotty and more!
When Eileen heads to P&P in less than two weeks she will be sharing and teaching two classes that utilize her revolutionary Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die –Journal. This die allows you to cut the pieces to make your very own Traveler’s Notebook cover, and Eileen will guide you through how to create one out of fabric or paper. Click here to read more about the two classes and get registered today!
One of the reasons having Eileen here along with her awesome Journal Die is so exciting is because Traveler’s Notebooks are, in a word, awesome! You can do so much with them! To expand a little more, the Traveler’s Notebook, in simplest terms, it is a “notebook system” consisting of a cover with elastic bands inside that enable the user to connect to it notebooks (aka refills or inserts) and other accessories (card holder, dashboard, etc.). This enables the user to customize the Traveler’s Notebook based on their needs with just switching the contents/refills.
As we have shared before in this blog post, Traveler’s Notebooks can be used in daily organization for a plethora of things.
They can also be used to make amazing journals and albums for trips, prayer/faith journal, experiences and so much more.
By using the die set you can cut the pieces to make the TN cover like you see below.
Using this as the base you can create amazing journals. The creations that have been made with this die are stunning! Just look at some of these!
Amazing, right? It is so awesome see how this one die can create so many gorgeous journals that are as creative as their makers. So, be sure to join us and Eileen on September 10 to learn more about these journals and how to create one from the master herself!
We shared the picture below on our Instagram a couple of weeks ago and had an inquiry about a tutorial. The technique is super simple, but we wanted to share the step-by-step with you today.
First, gather up your supplies. You will need Distress Oxide Ink Pads (available in 24 colors!), ink blending tools, stencil(s), washi tape, spray bottle of water, watercolor paper/cardstock and a craft sheet (not pictured). All of these items are available at Palette & Paper!
I like to put a little tape on the back of my cardstock and stick it to my craft mat so it doesn't move around. After choosing a stencil, I also use washi tape to tape the stencil down over my piece of cardstock.
Using my ink blending tool and assortment of Distress Oxide Inks I fill in the areas of the stencil. It's important to go into this knowing that it isn't going to be perfect. You will have color overlap a bit and that's okay!
After you are done coloring in the stencil, you can spray with water or spray some water into your palm to "flick" on the cardstock. This will add to the distressed look.
Using a piece of paper towel blot the cardstock to absorb the excess water and remove the stencil. Craft Confession: I sprayed a little too much water and let it sit a little too long for the look I was going for. Taking pictures while crafting of all the steps is hard work and threw off my timing! As you can see my image was a little "soft" looking (see the picture below on the right). That's the great thing about crafting though. You can keep adding and layering on your project to get a look that makes you happy.
I realigned my stencil and went back and added more color as you can see below. I was much happier with the overall look of the project after reapplying some inks.
I also did this same technique with an "abstract" stencil. For this project I didn't tape my stencil down though because I kept moving it, using various Distress Oxide colors through the stencil and layering the colors (one of the coolest things about the Distress Oxide Inks is they don't make mud - they layer on top of each other vs. mixing together). After finishing with the color I sprayed, flicked and blotted. I love how this turned out.
I love both of these and they will make for great bases for the front of cards! I also can't wait to do something similar to the second project as a background in my art journal.
If you haven't tried Distress Oxide Inks through a stencil yet I highly recommend it! You can create gorgeousness with limited supplies and time! #winnerwinner
If you have any questions about this post or Distress Oxide Inks feel free to leave a comment below!
One of my goals for 2017 is to spread more kindness. I’m attempting to tackle this in a variety of ways – paying for the car behind me at a drive-thru, letting a car or two out in front of me in traffic, sending happy mail to friends and family more often, giving a coupon to a fellow shopper and more. While they are little things the reactions from those that are on the receiving end of the kindness have been amazing. It truly is the “little things” in life that can bring so much happiness. Recently, the idea of “Kindness Rocks” has hit my radar.
Various groups of people are painting and decorating rocks to leave in public areas for others to find in hopes of spreading happiness and kindness. I love the concept – something so simple, minimal supplies needed, and all ages can participate in the creating and planting of the rocks.
In doing some research about Kindness Rocks, I found that this concept seems to stem from the Cape Code area by Megan Murphy, a women’s empowerment coach. Megan says “Now more than ever kindness can become a connecting force for good. Many people, including myself, are feeling a sense of overwhelm, unease and restlessness due to the current events taking place in our world today, and I believe that our united strength can be cultivated through simple random acts of kindness. Each of us can make a positive difference. Together we can make a positive IMPACT!” Check out The Kindness Rocks Project website for more information.
Locally, I’ve come across Facebook groups that have been created for people to share the fun word about Kindness Rocks and grow the kindness movement. You can check out the local groups here:
Hamilton County Hidden Rocks
Hoosier Kindness Rocks
If you know of other local groups please leave a link their Facebook or website in the comments.
Pretty cool, right? Makes you want to run out and get creating on some rocks, right?
Let’s talk supplies and inspiration for creating Kindness Rocks.
Rocks – you can find these at local hardware or discount stores or take a walk around the neighborhood and find some suitable rocks (just don’t help yourself to your neighbor’s driveway or landscaping rocks. That isn’t kind after all!)
Paint – Acrylic paint is easy to use and inexpensive to buy. Dylusions and Dine Wakley’s paint lines offer fun and bright colors to use and are priced at less than $5.
Paint Pens – These will help you write kind words and messages on your rocks. I love this set of Dylusions Paint Pens for all the fun colors!
Paintbrush – The type of brush you select is probably dependent on how detailed you want your painted rock to be.
Stamps, Archival or Staz-On Ink – Are you thinking what? Check out this adorable idea for decorating a rock using stamps!
Here are more creative ideas for you to get your kindness rock creating started!
So grab some rocks, paint them up and spread kindness (feel free to “hide” them at P&P for others to find).
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