Thursday, February 4, 2016

Floral Birthday Card

I am DETERMINED to share more projects this year. Last year so many of the things I made got sent off before being photographed, because frankly, I didn't care. But I WILL share more this year. I will, I will, I will. ;)

Anywho, here's a card I made a couple of weeks ago. I kept it uber simple. Simple has been my theme lately. I love this floral stamp from Studio Calico. It's so much fun to color in with inks or watercolors. This particular time I used my A Beautiful Mess inks and my Color Theory inks with my waterbrush. I found out that these inks are the BEST to use when wanting that watercolor look. I tried using some other ink pads I had, and it did NOT work at all. Hmm. Crazy how the formula of the ABM and SC inks work so well with water. 

I'm all about some texture-- as long as I have 3 or more textures on one card, I'm happy. :)

Catch you later! :)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Washi Tube Valentines {mambi}

Have I told you I LOVE Valentine's Day?! Well, I do. It's my favorite holiday EVER. Maybe just because around this time there's lots of hearts and red and pink everywhere, which happen to be a few of my favorite things. 

I've been busy making lots of different Valentines for my friends and family, and I am up on the me & my BIG ideas blog today showing these repurposed washi tape tubes! 

First of all, if you want to visit the post on the mambi blog, click HERE. I will give a lot more details there than I will here. ;) 

Basically for these, I hot glued some patterned paper onto a tube that the HAPPY PLANNER™ washi tape comes packaged in. I recently received the 7 (!!!) new washi tape sets that me & my BIG ideas released at CHA and so I had a lot of these empty tubes laying around. I KNEW I needed to DIY something with them. :) 

For the woodgrain tube, I layered some clear white stickers on top of the patterned paper. I used lots of mushy gushy love phrases. :) There's also a large clear doily-looking sticker on the pink chevron tube, but it doesn't really show up well in the photos. 

I used two new washi tape patterns (both hearts... both my new faves) along the top edges of the tubes to add some interest. Then I simply glued some paper on the "hangers" on top of the plastic tubes and embellished them with some more stickers.

I can't wait to give these to someone for V-Day. I might even stick a little note in with the treats. ;)

Have a great Wednesday, everyone! 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Happy, Scrappy Mail

I absolutely love getting mail. Especially when it's new scrapbook goodies! I bought some new CHA releases from Paper Issues last week and got it in the mail yesterday. Let me tell you, it's pretty stinkin' cool to actually own products that I was drooling over at CHA just a few weeks ago.

Here's a pic of the loot! :D Such a pretty pile, right?!


Maggie Holmes Bloom
Maggie was my favorite designer I met at CHA. She was totally SWEET and seemed so humble about all the praise everyone was giving her (cause for real, at CHA it's all like, "I love your line! You're so talented!" over and over and over again). I think that reflected in what I bought. I got more of her line than any of the others! :P Not a prob. This line is gorgeous. 



Dear Lizzy Happy Place-
Liz is always one of my favorites because I LOVE her use of color and fun designs. This line is no exception. I HAD to get that stamp set because of the "life is a party" phrase and the cute heart sunglasses. Plus, can you imagine how cute those little fruits will be stamped on a card?! I'm in love with the palm leaves and cacti in this line as well. This collection screams "SUMMER!" to me! :)


Amy Tangerine Better Together-
I loved the bold colors and Amy's handwriting in the Amy Tangerine Better Together line. The more I look at this line, the more I think I will be using it in the future (unknown future, I might add... lol) when I have a significant other. Plus this whole line was made on the idea of boy meets girl and they write each other postcards, make each other mixtapes, etc. So I guess it makes sense that I want to use it on lovey dovey things. :)

Oh, and Amy was adorable. She was so welcoming... she's the only one who came up to me as I was approaching the booth to give me a hug. :) 



I am still waiting for Paige's "Fancy Free" line to come out... it's my absolute FAVORITE release of CHA. I told her that too. :) 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Bright + Beautiful

Today has been such a beautiful day-- a little chilly, but oh so sunny and bright. And of course I'm also excited because that means there's enough daylight to take some photos outside!

I took this picture for a project I'm working on... something VERY exciting (and scary for me as well) is in the works. Actually two somethings! I will let you in on my secrets as soon as I can, but for now I will just share this little sneak--

Hope you have a fabulous day! 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Combining Stickers in Your Planner {mambi}

Hello! Happy Monday! I have a planner spread to share with you that is up on the me & my BIG ideas blog today. This spread was for last week. I combined a lot of different stickers and go-to decorating elements on these pages and ended up loving the result.

Sticky notes are definitely a fave! Mambi has some new ones coming out February 1st that debuted at CHA and they are super adorbs. Amanda, the mambi social media coordinator,  has been sharing peeks of the new products on the @the_happy_planner Instagram account and HERE is a pic of the new sticky notes. They're soooo cute!

Of course, this past weekend was Katelyn and Darren's wedding. It was beautiful. And I got to be one of Katelyn's bridesmaids!! Super super fun. :) :) I'll share more on that later.

Watercoloring is such a perfect filler for my planner. Not too busy-- I like that I can still write over it if I need to.

Of course, you can check out the full post on the me & my BIG ideas blog by going HERE. Catch ya later!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Pinterest Finds: January

I have seen several bloggers who have a monthly post of recent pins they've found on Pinterest, and I LOVE seeing these kinds of posts. It's so neat to see what other people like pinning. So I wanted to try out doing my own Pinterest here on my blog! :) 

I just got a trial download of Adobe Illustrator on my computer (because I'm working on something SUPER fun!!), and so I had fun playing around and making this little collage. I hope to actually buy the program before I graduate college in May so I can get the student discount. But until then, I can still play around! I have found out I need a mouse attachment for my laptop. I cannot stand using my trackpad and trying to punch keys at the same time! 

So here are my recent finds:

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1-- Anything cats is perfect. I love this iPhone background, and wow... I need to go put this on my iPhone, not just pin it! :P
2-- I'm constantly dreaming of new places to visit. I don't think an overseas trip is in the plan for this year, but one day I will visit Prague (where this photo is from). 
3-- Currently I'm all about high waisted skirts with striped or plaid shirts. I don't have a striped shirt as of yet, but I bet there will be some coming out in the spring that I can buy! :)
4-- Still undecided on what to do to finish my scrapbook space downstairs. I love this desk space. It's a bit crazy, bit also super bright and fun. 
5-- Pretty watercolor striped notebook!
6-- These shelves are the bomb-dot-com.

Oh! And you can follow me on Pinterest by clicking HERE. :) See ya next month for more Pinterest finds! 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Project Life Share + Process Video

Last year, I was so bad about sharing my PL pages... I guess with the start of my YouTube channel, I just shared stuff there and not here. I hope to show you more of my PL pages on the blog this year. It's one of my goals. :) That being said, here's a page from December (still haven't finished last year... only a couple more pages to go though!). 

Before I forget, HERE'S THE LINK to the YouTube process video I made for this spread if you want to check that out. :)

I mixed a bunch of different Studio Calico kits together. I've been getting their monthly Documenter kit and I have so many cute cards and embellishments now! Next month is the last month in my subscription, and I'm almost happy because then I will be able to just go back and use all those cute items that I didn't have time to use when I was getting something new every month. 

I do love kit clubs though. Getting scrappy mail is like the BOMB-dot-com. Just yesterday I signed up for the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit (it has no commitment). I fell in love with their February kit and I miss making cards. So maybe getting new goodies will make me want to create and send more little happy notes. :) I might only do the card kit for a couple months. Just depends on how each month's kit looks. 

ANYWAYS>>> back to this PL spread. I really love mixing products together because I end up with a uniquely "me" page. 

These little icon stickers from me & my BIG ideas are my fave. I seem to put them on everything, which isn't a problem! LOL

Laura and I took some Photo Booth photos at the mall (usually we never do this, so this was fun) and I definitely wanted to include them in my album. I just paper clipped them on the paper and left them hanging out of the page protector. I love how this turned out! 

Thanks for stopping by today! I'm looking forward to a 3-day weekend... hope y'all have a great one!