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Saturday Seminar: Watercolors

It’s Saturday Seminar time!  I have to admit I was really super excited for this one because I planned a tutorial video for you to watch, which is at the bottom of this post!

I love to watercolor in my art journals, but sometimes you just want a little more color in your planner, and so here is a quick way to do it!  You can use all sorts of markers, the best ones I find though are ones that react with water like the Tim Holtz Distress markers.  But you could do this with Tombow dual brush markers, or Jane Davenport Mermaid markers.  Keeping in mind the more pigmented and even darker in color the markers are, the more bleed through you will have if you watercolor directly onto your pages.

There is nothing stopping you though from watercoloring on sticker paper and sticking it into your planner, or even watercoloring on watercolor paper and gluing it in either. Both options would work very well if you are not wanting bleedthrough or are worried about your actual pages warping from the water, just make sure that your sheets are completely dry before adding them into your planner, or moving onto the next page if you are working on more than one spread!

Both options would work very well if you are not wanting bleedthrough or are worried about your actual pages warping from the water, just make sure that your sheets are completely dry before adding them into your planner, or moving onto the next page if you are working on more than one spread!

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Above is a page I did previously in the month I did 2 small sections of watercolor on a page, the one on the left has less water added to it than the one on the right so the colors didn’t spread as much as the one on the right.  Both effects look great!

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Here I used a note sheet, and water colored a little on the background with some Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers and used it as a background for my front cover of my May insert.  You could also use watercolor as a background on the pages you like to journal on, or some of the blank pages in your book.  You don’t have to just be abstract about it either, you could draw, or stamp and watercolor those images as well!

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Here is the page that I will do for you in the tutorial below.  It is quite easy to watercolor with markers, and get only the area you wish, I will show you how below!!

I hope you enjoyed my version of this weeks Saturday Seminar Topic!  Please feel free to go to the Cocoa Daisy Planner Fans Facebook page to share your watercolor ideas, and read what other people do with their watercolors in their planners!

Happy Planning!

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Posted in Creating, Crafting, journalling

Dealing with Lost Mojo

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I really think that this applies to all sorts of Mojo.  Sometimes you just get into a funk, and it affects your brain!

Last week, I felt like things were starting to go when I came into my studio and just stood there for about 10 minutes just staring.  I mean I know I have lots that I can do, I am working on my sister’s wedding album, I am loving the work I am doing in my art journals, I could do some work in my planner, I could film something I am sure, but just standing there I felt like things were getting cramped, and disorganized and it was affecting my Mojo.

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It is all my fault, I know. When I create I just create and cleaning as I go just isn’t in the cards.  Sometimes I feel like if I have to clean as I create, that the creating will just stop and I will switch to cleaning mode.  I don’t seem to have a half way…lol.

Anyways getting back to the Mojo, I wanted to share my top 3 things that I think help with Mojo, and even reach out to you, my readers to find out what helps you when you feel like your Mojo is missing!  So please, feel free to leave me comments below on how you deal with lost Mojo.

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Change of scenery,  this could mean getting outside, or this could mean rearranging your studio, or even both!  Sometimes, as long as the weather is cooperating I will bring some supplies outside on my deck to create.  And like this weekend, I felt like my studio needed a fresh look, so I moved furniture around, and put my desk by my corner window,  so I could enjoy the sunshine while I do paperwork or write, I moved my workbench by the door under my shelves so that I could use my shelves to help sort and organize my art supplies.  There is still a ton to do, but I feel like this will help things flow a little better when I am working.  My “light table” for photos is also moved out of the corner so that I can access it easier, and I redid the tissue paper on it so that my lights are better filtered.

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Inspiration can also help you get your mojo back.  Now I am not saying spend hours and hours looking for inspiration but even searching on google might help with finding something that inspires you.  I love to spend a little time in the morning while I am drinking my tea and working on my latest knitting project just browsing Pinterest, or even google image search to get my creative juices flowing.

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Dump your Brain, yes you read that right, sometimes your brain is distracted with so many things.  Just open a notebook and let it all out, make lists, sort your thoughts, doodle, if that’s what you need to just let go of what is keeping your brain otherwise occupied.  It could be a thought map, or a list, or even a rant about your day, but whatever it is, let it go.  I have a brain dump notebook that I keep by my bed for at night if I can’t sleep because my brain is too busy.  And the next day I will read through it and move things if they need to be moved into my planner, or onto a sticky note for future planning.  Sometimes it’s something that needs to go in my art journal too.

I hope that helps you when you’re stuck!  Now I am off to find my Mojo!

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Posted in Crafting, Creating, process video, Scrap with me, Scrapbooking

Scrap with me {01}

I am going to be doing a bi-weekly process video of some of the pages from my sisters Wedding Album.  They will be offset with Card Monday each Monday.

This is the first page I made for the album.  I am not scrapbooking the photos in any order, so when this is all done I will do a flip through video of the whole book.  I am also not videoing every page, just some here and there.

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Here is my process for this page.  In case you are wondering I made my own “stamp pad” with spray on a baby wipe for the blue stamping, as I don’t have that color as an ink pad.  You can do this with any of your colors.  It doesn’t create a solid stamp, I suppose if you dried the baby wipe, and then soaked it in the ink, it would create a more solid stamp image, but I didn’t need this to be solid for the look I was going for.

Here is the video!

 

Posted in Cocoa Daisy, Crafting, Creating, planning, Saturday Seminar, stickers

Saturday Seminar: Decorative Sticker Sheets

I love using the decorative sticker sheets in my planner, on cards, on postcards, or anywhere else.  I also love to make clips with the larger ones!  They are so much fun to play with!

Luckily we get these cute puffy sticker clip ones in the kits sometimes that you can make clips with.  Cocoa Daisy is even nice enough to send us paper clips to go with them!  I love this part of the kit!  Such a great detail to add in!

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The decorative sticker sheets are so great to use to fill space in your planner.  Either while you plan, or after the fact and you notice one of your days is light.  The count on these sheets will vary each month depending on what sort of artwork is on them. But it’s fun to use all of them!!

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Here I have used one to fill in space that I wasn’t using on a light planned day.

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Here I used one to help Decorate my Birthday!

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Here is one of the puffy stickers to decorate on one of my dashboards.  I use the puffy stickers mostly on my dashboards to help with the bulk.  Even though these puffy stickers are not very thick sometimes they can add just a little too much bulk to my pages.

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I also like to use the puffy stickers on my Faux Pocket dashboard, to add some decoration to it!

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The word stickers on the decorative sheets are also functional sometimes and can be used to top lists and things!

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Here is the big circle puffy stickers as a clip in my planner, as well in the foreground you can see the banner stickers have also been used to make a clip by placing 2 of the banners back to back with a clip in between,  for these and the circular ones I like to add a little E-6000 glue in the middle to keep them together better then the sticky backing can, especially if you are in and out of your planner all day it’s nice to have a little added adhesive!

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Use your stickers everywhere and anywhere you want to!  Functional and Decorative stickers both!  Layer them with washi tape, or die cuts.  Add some marker or pen around them to give them a frame.  They are there to help you with your planning, and make it fun!

Happy Planning!

Lindsay

Posted in Crafting, Creating, planning, stickers, Tutorial

Tutorial: Travel Sticker Book

It’s nice to carry stickers on the go, but not all that nice if they fall out of what ever you are carrying them in!!

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I decided that I wanted to be able to carry some planning stickers with me so that when I am out and about planning that I could use some of the stickers that I like to use in my planning.

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I however didn’t want to just carry loose sheets of stickers that I had to stuff back into my planner each time I wanted to use them, hence the Travel Sticker Book!
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I did a short tutorial on how mine is done up and I hope you will enjoy it!

 

Posted in Crafting, Creating, Foxy Fix, Paper Craft, Tutorial

Tutorial: Washi Keychain

The much awaited and requested Washi Keychain tutorial is up!

I had so much fun making this little thing, and I hope you will too!!  Sorry for the few times I go off camera, I am still learning where the screen is with this tripod set up, and filming from straight above, vs filming at a slight angle like I was before!

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Supplies you need:

  • piece of leather, or a sample leather keychain from Foxy Fix
  • elastic
  • key ring or ball chain (if you don’t have a foxy fix key chain, this will be an extra piece needed)
  • thread, can either be linen or even crochet cotton, or cross stitch thread,(leave all 6 strands together)
  • marker
  • ruler
  • paper trimmer(which I forgot to mention in my video)
  • acetate or a laminated sheet run through once on its own, or any other plastic sheet you wish to use
  • awl, or paper piercing tool
  • bonefolder
  • sewing needle, or book binding needle
  • hole maker (I used my Crop-o-Dile)
  • scissors

And here is the tutorial!  Enjoy!!

Thanks for watching, don’t forget to like and subscribe to my YouTube channel for more tutorials, plan and journal with me’s and other videos!!

Lindsay

Posted in Crafting, Creating, Journal with me, journalling, Paper Craft

Journal With Me 1

I filmed myself today playing with my new water color paints and some tip -ins for journalling.  I even added in my very first post card from postcrossing.com

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I did some previous pages, and I have started adding journalling, and I quite like having the photos to talk about!

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Here is the video I made for my next set of pages, including adding a post card after,  I am filming using a camera, but the only drawback of the camera is it only films 30 minutes at a time, so sorry if it feels cut off at the end of the video, I will have to get better at paying attention to the time so I can restart the camera, or figure out if I can change the settings on how long it records for!

Enjoy!

Lindsay

Posted in Crafting, Creating, Paper Craft, Post Crossing

Tutorial: Penpal Envelope

I love getting goodies, I mean really who doesn’t!  I love to send goodies too!  So why not make a cute little envelope to send it all in!!

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You can decorate it how ever you wish as well!  Have fun or even use plain envelopes, the choice is yours!  I do however recommend that your 2 middle envelopes be heavier cardstock to protect your goodies during transport!

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Lets begin!

Supplies needed:

  • 4 pieces of paper, atleast 2 cardstock weight
  • washi tape, wide is good to cover 2 strips of double sided, and any other washi you want to use to decorate
  • double sided tape, I used one that you can find at Michaels
  • adhesive
  • We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board
  • scissors
  • paper trimmer
  • penpal goodies for inside
  • any other decorating items you want to use

Here is the tutorial!  I hope you enjoy!

 

Posted in Crafting, Creating, Paper Craft, planning, Tutorial

Tutorial: Envelope Dashboard

Today I bring you the Envelope Dashboard.  I recently did a walk-though of my February set up, and in it I showed off my envelope dashboards.

 

As you can see they are super cute, and super useful, you can put anything in them.  I do all 4 of my dashboards with them, so that I have an envelope for work receipts, home receipts, coupons and loose notes or other things I get that I don’t have time to find a proper place for in my planner.

Here are the supplies you need:

Here is the tutorial!  Enjoy!

 

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Tutorial: Faux Pocket

EDITED TO ADD: For those who either don’t have a sewing machine or don’t sew, You can also use the double sided tape that you can find at Michael’s with the red backing on it, the skinny stuff.  It works great, you can use it to attach the sides of each of your pockets after you washi tape them on. And also for your back piece as well, adding it to just the sides you need to in order to insert it into your planner :).

And now on with the Tutorial!!

I have been having a blast today playing with paper!!  A few days ago, Christine from Cocoa Daisy posted a short video where she showed off a faux pocket for the front of her planner, and I instantly fell in love with the idea and wanted to make one of my own!

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I also wanted to share how to do it with you!  So I made a tutorial, that as I am writing this blog post is slowly but surely uploading to my YouTube Channel!  Please subscribe as I will be posting more videos!

Here are the supplies you need to make your own faux pocket!

  • Cardstock, these pieces must be at least the width of your faux pocket, scraps can be used, as most of the pockets should be about 2″ deep unless you want larger pockets, you also need a larger piece that will act as the front of your backing
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Washi
  • Sewing machine
  • backing cardboard, this is a thin cardboard, I found some on the back of a paper package, or you could use an old cardboard post/mailing envelope
  • a ruler or a cutting mat with measurements on it.

You could also have embellishments if you wanted to decorate the bottom pocket as well, it’s up to you!

I hope you enjoy my tutorial!  I had a few phone issues (space, who needs it!) but I got it sorted now, so upcoming videos should go much, much smoother…lol

Please comment below if you make a faux pocket with a link to your Instagram feed so I can check it out!!  You can also hashtag #plannerfauxpocket on Instagram so that we can all see and be inspired by your pocket!!

Posted in Crafting, Creating, Paper Craft

New Skill Unlocked: Book Binding

Ok a bit of a geeky title, but seriously I feel like I just got an achievement or a Girl Guide badge or something!  Last night the Open Field Craft Collective hosted a book binding workshop and I took part in some awesome fun, and I learned a new skill!

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Looks like a bit of a mess, but I was in the midst of folding papers to create a “signature” which is the book binding term for one of the booklets of paper that was to go into my book as I bound it.

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Here all 6 “signatures” are done, and I have threaded my needle to use for binding.  The paper I used was dot grid paper that I printed earlier in the day using this dot grid generator

My settings are as follows

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And when you go to print, be sure that you print it at 100% scale, otherwise your dots will shrink and you’ll end up with a white boarder around your pages.  Don’t be scared about the 11×17 document size its just set like that to give you full dot coverage on your 8.5×11 sheet when you print.  I also printed mine double sided with the flip on the short edge, so that I had dots on both sides of the paper, but you could print it one sided and ever second page or so would be blank, or even make a lined template in word and use that, again creating it on 11×17 settings and printing it at 100% scale so that your lines will go all the way to the end of your pages.

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Here is the finished product. I have chosen to close it with a simple elastic loop which you will see in another post as I would love to share this new skill with you and create a tutorial for my blog!