15 April 2017

O Happy Day! It's Some Kinda Wonderful!

Hi All! Welcome to the Rose Blossom Blog Hop for the month of April! If you just hopped over from from the AMAZING Shelly Nemitz's blog, Just One Pretty Piece, you're in the right place.

This month we're featuring the fun and funky Some Kinda Wonderful collection by Close To My Heart.

I have to be honest, I wasn't certain I would like this collection. Oh how wrong I was! The bright, rich colors are fabulous to create with, and the funky fonts and fun icons can't help but make you smile. I've had a ball using it for cards, scrapbooking, gift packaging, planning, and for today's project: a simple, college-ruled composition book turned Fabulous Journal!

Let's take a look:

I started by covering the front and back of this journal with papers from the Some Kinda Wonderful collection. I added black glitter letters for the title, and then jazzed it up a bit more with stickers and other glitter accents (all from the Some Kinda Wonderful Compliments pack). I kept the layers fairly flat because this will be traveling with me.

Here's a collage of the close ups of the front:

And here's the back, which I kept very plain:

Now let's take a look at the inside covers.

I covered the inside front cover with Glacier cardstock and added a stash pocket. I matted the pocket and cover with patterned paper. I like to add my name and contact info in my journals in case I happen to said journal, so I created a little name plate from a 3 x 4 journaling card on the cut apart page included in the paper pack. I added a stickers from the compliments pack for a little extra somethin', and then turned to the back cover.

Here, I added a pocket that I made from a sheet of patterned paper and blinged it up with more stickers and black glitter compliments. 

And that's it! A fabulous journal just waiting to be filled!

Hope you enjoyed this project! Now for more inspiration hop on over to the FANTASTIC Mary Newman's blog, The Pixie Dust Playground. If you get lost along the way, here's a list of hop participants:

Kim {that's me!}

See you soon and have a wonderfully creative weekend!

13 April 2017

Some Kinda Wonderful Planning

Hi All! It's really been way too long since my last post, but oh so good to be back!

Just wanted to pop in with a peek at my planner, and to showcase the fabulous Some Kinda Wonderful collection from Close To My Heart.

Here's a look at the collection:

And here's a look at my planner for the month of April:

I've been a planner girl for decades. I've tried lots of different layouts, brands, styles, you name it. When all is said and done, I usually opt for making my own. The last couple of years, I've used notebooks to make my planners. (You can see those here and here.) This year, however, I decided to redesign my weekly pages so I could print them out (rather than drawing them in my notebooks), and went with my tried and true Circa disc bound system. (A tool that I've also used for many moons, as you can see from this rather scratched cover).

But let's look at the fun stuff!

I love the bright colors and funky fonts of Close To My Heart's Some Kinda Wonderful collection. I decided to make a bold intro page for my planner using patterned paper from the collection and one of the 4x6 cut-aparts that's included in the paper pack. The "hello" and "LIFE" die cuts are black glitter chipboard pieces from the coordinating complements pack. I used the zip strips from the top of the paper for added texture and pattern.

The main reason I add an intro page is so I can put contact information on the back. I'm always hopeful that should I leave this somewhere, some kind soul will ship it back to me. (Hopeful...not confident.) I used a 3x4 cut-apart for the address spot and added a few sticker complements for interest.

I cut down the monthly dividers for CTMH's Everyday Life Albums so that they would fit my planner (which is smaller than A5). I thoroughly enjoy coloring, so these dividers have been a great addition to my planner! (If you follow me on Instagram, you can see March in full color. Somehow I missed posting January and February....)

The backside of the dividers have inspirational quotes on them. However, since I cut the page down, the quote is very much off center. So I covered that with another 4x6 cut-apart and added a speech bubble sticker from the complements. The quote and hearts are from CTMH's April Stamp Of The Month: Flock Together, which will either leave you singing So Happy Together by The Turtles or Together (Having a Ball) by the Partridge Family.... Just sayin'....

I then used some of the papers to back my monthly spread. I added some Lemon cardstock to reinforce the disc area on the calendar pages.

And here's the monthly spread:

For the upcoming months, I'll be using preprinted spreads to cut down on the stamping. I love the brush stroke look of this Marker Alphabet stamp set, but I needed a monthly calendar that didn't require me to stamp everything in.

And there you have it! A quick peek at my planner all decked out in Some Kinda Wonderful! I actually change it up every month, but it will certainly be hard to say goodbye to this fabulous collection.

Hope you have a wonderfully creative rest of the week, and stay tuned for the Rose Blossom Blog Hop on Saturday!

15 February 2017

Hello Lovely 2017

Hi All! Welcome to the Rose Blossom February 2017 Blog Hop featuring Close To My Heart's Hello Lovely Collection. If you've just arrived from the ever-inspiring Shelly Nemitz's blog Just One Pretty Piece, you're in the right place. If you're just starting with me, you can find a full list of participants here.

Here's a look at the Hello Lovely Collection. This Art Deco inspired collection might be my favorite so far!

Now on with today's project. I started out this paper crafting journey as a scrapbooker. But between keeping up with my family and wanting to spread my creative wings, I have really gotten away from it. Nevertheless, toward the end of 2016, I decided that I wanted to document each month of 2017. I didn't want a complicated daily narrative, just a snap shot of who I am and what I am thinking about or doing on a single day in the month. So on the 17th of each month, I take a photo or two that gives a little peek into my life on that day. So let's take a look at February:

Most months will be single page layouts, but it just so happens that on the 17th of this month I'll be at Disney World with my hubby. The kids have their own gig to attend over the long weekend, so it will be just the two of us. I suspect I will need two pages to document everything for that day, and I might just document the whole weekend! The 6x8 base layers for both pages are cut from Kraft Cardstock.

To create the pages, I started with a sheet of patterned paper from the collection cut to 5 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches. To that layer, I added a 3 3/4 x 5 7/8-inch piece of pattern paper at the bottom, and then adhered 3 different zip strips cut to 5 7/8 inches from the collection above the patterned paper. To created a smoother transition between the floral pattern and the zip strip immediately above it, I added a 5 7/8-inch length of Blush Shimmer ribbon that covered the seam. I cut a 4 1/8-inch square photo mat from Kraft Cardstock and popped it up toward the top of the page using foam tape. I then added a bow from the Blush Shimmer Ribbon to the right-hand edge of the page. To finish it off, I added my title using letters from the Hello Lovely Complements pack and "my" and "life" from the Journaling Prompts stamp set stamped in Desert Sand ink and then colored over in Gold Metallic Marker and outlined with a 0.03 Copic Multiliner. The arrow, "remember," and flag stickers are also from the Complements pack. I then adhered the entire page to its Kraft Cardstock base.

Here are some close ups of the page:

Page two was made exactly like page one. However I adhered Kraft Cardstock photo mats (cut at 3 1/8- and 2 1/8-inches square) directly to the page. I created a hidden journaling area using a 3 x 4-inch flip flap and a journaling card from the cut apart page in the collection. I added two stickers from the complements pack and a Kraft Cardstock mat to the journaling card and slid it into the flip flap. I then added two journaling cards from the Picture My Life Journaling Cards pack beneath the flap. Finally, I embellished the page with three more stickers from the complements pack.

Here's a look at the embellishments and journaling area:

And here's the layout in its album:

Once I get the pictures in place and the journaling finished, I'll make a slit in the page protector and feed the flip flap through it. That will allow the journaling to be read without having to remove the page from the protector or the album, and yet it will still remain hidden when you are just thumbing through the book.

And there you go! A scrapbook layout from me! I hope you enjoyed it and are inspired to document your own year. Now hop on over to Tweetscraps and see what the oh-so-talented Morgan Vogt has in store for your inspiration.

And have a wonderfully creative week!