Smile | Colouring Diecuts

Hello! Today I have a card to share that uses the Lily Die-namics die set from My Favorite Things. I've had these dies since they first came out and have never used them, so I decided to pull them out the other day and make a card!

My original plan was to have pink and white lilies, but once I finished colouring them, I realized they looked more like a dark peach than the brighter pink colour I was going for. But I think they turned out pretty similar to what I envisioned. ;)


Once I had all of the flower pieces coloured (I used Copic markers to colour them all), I used a Tim Holtz Distress marker in Fired Brick to add some little dots to the centers of the flowers. The fine tip edge of the marker was the perfect size to do this and I love how realistic it made the flowers look! ;)


Once the petals were all glued on, I bent up some of the petals with my fingers to give them dimension and make them look more realistic. I love how the pink softens into white tips on the flower petals... looks so pretty!


To complete the card, I stamped on the sentiment from the My Favorite Things Smile stamp set. I love how you can add a bunch of different sentiments with the word Smile... so many possibilities with this set.

I added Judikins sparkle embossing powder over the word Smile for some added detail and also added some clear Wink of Stella onto the centers of the flower petals. A few sequins and liquid pearls completed the card! ;)

Winner

I also want to announce the winner of the September Simon Says Stamp card kit!
Huge Congrats to Joy!
Joy, please email me your contact info and I'll get a kit sent out to you! ;)

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Can't Wait to Hug You | Creating a Scene with Dies and Stamps

Hello and happy Monday! Today I have a card to share that features a fun scene that I created with stamps and dies. I started off with the little girl stamp from the Mama Elephant In My Heart stamp set and then added a scene behind her with some scenic stamps and dies that I thought went well together. ;)

It is so fun to just play around with products and slowly watch the scene come together as you add new pieces to it. I love how it looks like she's standing on hills of grass with the tree and cityscape behind her in the distance.

The great papers from the Bo Bunny Lemonade collection are the perfect colours and designs for scenes like this because they work so well for the sky and grass. And how cute is that little girl paired with that sentiment from the Hero Arts Lil Hoot stamp set?!? They go so well together! ;)

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My Erin Condren Life Planner | Overview, Accessories & Giveaways!

Hello! Today's post is dedicated to all things planners! More specifically my Erin Condren Life Planner and how I use it, my favourite accessories to use with it and some fun planner related giveaways! I apologize for the length of the post... I get a little talkative about my love for my planner lol! ;)

So as I said above, my planner of of choice is the Erin Condren Life Planner. I love this thing... probably more than I should lol!! It has some really great features that makes it one of my favourite planners:
  • a full month calendar spread at the beginning of each month
  • a ton of room to write information and appointments during the week
  • fun, interchangeable covers 
  • heavy duty coil to keep it together
  • fun colours, quotes and overall design
There is so much more I love about it, but those are my top picks! I also have the new Erin Condren On-The-Go Notebook and I love that just as much! It's perfect to keep all kinds of notes and thoughts and it's the exact same size as the Life Planner so the interchangeable covers work with both! ;)

I explain in the detail below what the planner has, how I use it and some fun accessories, but I wanted to include some of that here for those that don't watch the video. ;)

This is what a typical week looks like inside my planner. I didn't want to share too much personal information, so this is actually a 'fake' week that I created in one of the July weeks that I didn't use.  I really wanted to show how I use it, so I thought this was the easiest way. ;)

So I guess the main thing about my planner is that I don't use it broken up into morning, day and night like it was intended. I got the idea from my friend Kristina awhile back to use each section for different things and I love this system! So in my planner, I use the morning section for work stuff, the day section for my personal blog/creative stuff and the night section for family stuff (appointments, soccer games, house things, etc...).

I usually take some time on Sunday to plan out my week and add in the information that I know for the upcoming week. I also add in additional details and stuff throughout the week. I use Papermate Flair pens as my main writing tool (I love the bright, fun colours and the way these write) but I also really like the Staedtler Pens.

I love to include stamps and stickers in my planner as well (it's a little more time consuming, but adding these little touches is fun for me and gives me some time to just relax and get a little creative with my to-do list lol!

My favourite stamps to use in my planner are from Studio L2E - they have stamps that are intended for planners! Some of my favourites are Plan It, List It, Work Plans and School Plans. I also love adding label stickers and image stickers in my planner. There are some great ones from Simple Stories (Labels, Icons, Words) and KaiserCraft that I really like! They are all matte and can be written on with pens and markers no problem!

I keep all of my accessories (stamps and stickers, post-it notes, highlighters, correction tape, pens, etc...) in a cute Orla Kiely cosmetic bag from Target (the design looks like it might have changed from mine) and I love this system. I can easily throw my planner/notebook and my essentials into my bag when I'm on the go!

Another fun thing I like to do with my planner is create custom inserts like this menu planner. My friend Wendy and I designed this simple planner and then I turned it into an insert for my planner. It's super easy to do!

I laminated it first with the Scotch 3M Thermal Laminator - this is an awesome machine and I officially want to laminate everything in sight lol! And it's reasonably priced for both the machine and the thermal pouches. I then cut it down to size and added coil holes that I punched with a 3/16" hole punch (I used the ruler that comes in the planner as a guide for my punch holes) and then cut little slits in the sides of each hole so I can snap it in and out of my planner.

An alternative option to creating your own coil holes are the use the new Coil Clips from Erin Condren to add your custom inserts into your planner. Since the inserts are laminated, I use dry erase markers on them and then I can reuse them over and over for each week!

I currently have two menu planners in my planner so I can work a week ahead in my planning. I love how much better planned meals are in my house simply by having this and actually using it.

Once you create one custom insert, the sky is the limit with what else you can add... shopping lists, housework checklists, workout schedules, etc... So many possibilities! ;)

You can see my planner in more detail in the video below:



So that's my planner and how I use it. I know it may seem crazy to some, to spend so much attention and and time on the planning process, but it is so fun and creatively addicting! Definitely makes me happy, even when I'm adding in those dreaded dentist appointments lol!!

Giveaways!

So to celebrate planners and all of us crazy planner enthusiasts, I have a few giveaways today!! Just leave a comment on this post by Friday August 22/14 telling me how you plan (or just say hi if you aren't a planner nerd like me lol!) and I'll pick three random winners to win the following prizes from me:

My Favourite Planner Accessories:


(giveaway includes: 1 pack of Papermate Flair Pens, 1 Studio L2E List It stamp set, 1 pack of Simple Stories DIY Icon stickers, I roll of Doodlebug Washi Tape, I pack of KaiserCraft Pocket Stickers, 2 packs of Post-It Notes, Assorted Avery re-positionable labels (colour and white) and a custom laminated menu planner)

A $25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp:

http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?u=629488&b=199868&m=24698&afftrack=&urllink=www%2Esimonsaysstamp%2Ecom%2F

A $25 Gift Certificate to ErinCondren.com:

https://www.erincondren.com/


Thanks for stopping by today and good luck!!
Please let me know if you have any questions about my planner or how I use it! ;)

If you're a first time shopper at Erin Condren and want to save $10 off your first order, you can use my referral link here!

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