It seems like with the start of the new year my mind starts to reel with all of the possibilities of things I want to accomplish, make, share and more. The number one thing on my list is to "beef up" my bullet journal/planner. I have been using it consistently as a planner for many months and enjoy the multitude of lists and calendar features I'm currently utilizing, and now I want to take it a step further.
Pinterest is always a great source of inspiration and here are some things that caught my eye to implement.
We all could use a little more in savings - whether it be an emergency fund or savings for a particular item.
I love the idea of tracking what I spend my money on because often I use cash for my every day spending so I don't have the credit/debit transactions as record, plus I like being able to make notes about the purchase.
The whole point of maintaining a Bullet Journal or Planner is so you don't forget certain dates. However, having a couple of key pages dedicated to tracking specific dates can be really helpful.
And lastly, it wouldn't be a new year without setting at least a few goals.
If you want to work on your planner, bullet journal or traveler's notebook and get it ready for 2018, join us in the Palette & Paper studio on Saturday, January 13 between 11 am - 2 pm. It is an open "planner crop" time, but we do ask that you register here.
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!
This evening our studio will be taken over by lots of fun ladies for the Girls Night Out Globe Extravaganza with Beth Kingston. It got me thinking of hosting a crafty girls night out for my friends, and I thought I would share some of the fun ideas I’ve come across to help you host your own event.
Hosting your own crafty girls night out is probably a lot easier than you think! Here are some key points to give thought to.
1. Where to host?
Do you have enough room, and more importantly, table space for your friends? You could set up card tables or other folding tables in addition to your dining room table. If your craft night is held on a day that has nice weather you could use your patio table and other tables outside (or keep the event exclusive to your closest friends to make seating easier).
If you would prefer to not have it in your home, remember, you can rent out the Palette & Paper Studio. It is climate controlled, has lots of tables and chairs and more for your crafty night (details here)!
2. How to decorate?
The main focus of the night will be the crafts and getting together with friends. Don’t stress thinking you need the perfect balloon arch or tassel garland (even though they are really cute)!
Your friends will be more focused on the crafts and fun at hand. If you do want to decorate, make a little entry table showcasing a completed example of the featured craft project and chalkboard welcome sign.
3. Decide on food.
Offer a few beverages and some light snacks that are easy to eat. Keep in mind you don’t want to serve Cheetos or other messy foods because that could lead to an orange smudge on your gorgeous new craft project, and no one wants that!
4. What to craft?
This might be the hardest decision you have to make! There are so many fun ideas for a crafty girls night. Below are some easy fun ideas with links to their sources.
Moroccan Candle Holders – Nuvo Crystal Dots and Ranger Enamel Accents would be perfect for decorating the outside of the containers (both available at P&P).
Tile Coasters – these can be created in several ways from the super easy way of using decals or pretty paper on the ceramic bath tiles to using alcohol inks and more. Don't forget to edge your tiles with some gorgeous Viva Decor Inka Gold (a metallic beeswax paste that comes in a variety of colors). Or make large tiles into trivets! P&P offered a class on this a couple of months ago and the creations by all the attendees were stunning! P&P has in stock many items that can be used on your coasters.
Magnetic Memo Board – Burner Covers, some pretty paper (I know where you can get that!), magnets and ribbon make this craft simple and inexpensive!
Tote Bag – using paint, stencils and brayer you can create an awesome canvas tote bag. Have you seen the gorgeous stencils P&P has in stock? You will have a hard time deciding which ones to get!
Still can’t decide on a project? Or do you have an idea, but not sure of the specifics? Want to hire a leader for your craft night, so you can sit back and enjoy the creativity with your friends? Contact us and we can hook you up with one of P&P’s creative team members to talk to about your craft night.
5. Decide if you want to charge for the craft night.
Keep in mind, your friends will love the idea of getting together to craft and won’t mind paying a small fee to cover the cost of supplies.
Once you have determined these things, decide on your guest list, pick a date, send out some invites, gather your supplies and HAVE FUN!
Annually on the first Saturday of May, thousands celebrate National Scrapbook Day (NSD)! Research shows this holiday was first recognized in 1994 – 23 years ago! While it is called “National” Scrapbook Day, the holiday is recognized around the world.
Why should NSD be celebrated? We think all cool things should be celebrated and that includes scrapbooking. Scrapbooking dates back to the 15th century. It is a method that preserves family history, personal mementos, photographs, newspaper clippings, artwork and other memorabilia. Scrapbooking can take many, many, MANY different forms - - it isn’t just about 12” x 12” layouts.
This year, we are celebrating NSD with Annette Green, Special Projects Designer with Graphic 45. Annette is hugely talented (just take a look at her blog filled all sorts of crafty goodness). Annette will be teaching three classes over NSD weekend. All three classes focus on creating stunning paper craft creations with Graphic 45 papers that can be used for scrapbooking and keeping mementos and journaling.
Click here to see images of all three of the projects and for class/registration details. The Saturday class includes lunch and a chance to win an amazing Graphic 45 prize package valued at $100!
Visit our Facebook page for a video that shows (posted on 4/22/17) how gorgeous and intricate the Portrait of a Lady Interactive Album is. All the projects are stunning, and you truly need to see them in person to appreciate them (so stop by P&P and check them out)!
Lastly, we wanted to provide some inspiration on the various ways you can “scrapbook” – again it isn’t just about the 12” x 12” layouts (although, those are really cool too!).
Pocket Page/Project Life
12” x 12” Layouts
And on that note, we leave you with a Bob Dylan quote. Have a great day and enjoy living (and keeping) your memories!
We are excited to announce that we are partnering with national publication, CardMaker Magazine for a fun-filled event on World Card Making Day, Saturday, October 1st! It is an all-day event featuring three classes and 12+ complete cards/projects by wonderful instructors (including the magazine's editor), a card drive benefiting local cancer organizations, lunch, goody bags from Annie's Publications and Palette & Paper, and make and takes.
We would love it if you could join us! Click here for class details and sign up today! Space is limited, so please don't miss out!
Also, be sure to check out CardMaker Magazine. Subscribe here and be sure to check out their blog. It is filled with inspiration and information.
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