Monday, July 25, 2016

papertrey ink :: moments inked :: pockets for small papers

We've slowed things way, way down this summer and I've let go of quite a few commitments and obligations in favor of a slimmed down, laid back schedule.  I've honestly spent very little time 'planning' anything and if you were to take a peek at my weekly planner pages, you'd be very unimpressed!  But that doesn't mean I don't still have to stay organized.  Helping me out with that is my Papertrey Ink Binder Planner and one very simple way of keeping track of the small papers, appointment reminders, and receipts that would otherwise get lost as my family enjoys our blissfully carefree summer days!

While I may not be furiously planning and religiously writing down every single thing I want/need to do these days, I still keep my Moments Inked binder close at hand.  I feel like I've been buried underneath a pile of to-do lists, loose papers, and, well, just random things that need to be kept but I've never been very good about organizing those things.  I'm sure you know the feeling.  Receipts, coupons, appointment cards, keepsakes (tickets, punch cards, gift cards, etc)...they get lost in my purse, they get forgotten in drawers, they get buried under piles of other things.  This has been going on in my life for as long as I can remember and I decided that if I was going to be very lax with our time and obligations this summer, I was going to use some of that free time getting this problem of things under control.

If I created a few pockets to corral them, I could keep them in my planner until I have a chance to sort and file or get rid of them.  To my amazement, this simple system has worked!  I remember to check the coupon pocket before I go out to the store; my receipts are accessible if I need to make a return, and our punch cards and gift cards are handy when we're ready to use them.

I started with these cute bags that I already had.  They measure about 5x7 and I chose colors that were good matches with the PTI shades (Melon Berry, Raspberry Fizz, and Hawaiian Shores).  I purchased the bags awhile back from Paper Mart, but these days, decorative paper bags can be found in a variety of places, both online and in brick and mortar shops.

I used the largest Binder Page die in the set to create the holes in the bags so I could slip them into the back of my planner.  (This size bag is especially nice since it nests into the die almost perfectly.  Only a smidge off the top of the bag ends up getting cut off and discarded.)

Next, I used the Divided Tab die to cut the tabs from white card stock.  I cut a few extras in case I wanted to change or add more pockets in the future.

When you have your tabs, you can label them as you wish.  I didn't have stamps to cover all the subjects I was creating so my labels are simply handwritten (receipts, coupons, plans/appt cards, miscellaneous).  Easy, no fuss; exactly what I want for my summer.

I also tried out using the Divided stamp set, of which I really love the look (more than my handwriting, if I'm honest)--and it can still be accomplished very quickly.  The only problem with that is, as I mentioned, not every category I needed was covered.  If you do this project yourself, this stamp set might be just right for you.

I wanted a simple way of taming the out-of-control small paper bits that has been plaguing me for ...ever... and this quick trick has made a remarkable difference.  Even my purse is less chaotic without all those loose slips of paper in it, and I no longer have to go and hunt down the piece I long as I remember to put the papers into the pockets, that is!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used:

Stamps:  Divided
Ink:  Hawaiian Shores, Raspberry Fizz
Stamper's Select White Card Stock

Other Supplies:
Paper Bags:  Paper Mart

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Monday, May 30, 2016

papertrey ink :: moments inked :: planner clips

There is a definite planner clip craze happening and I readily jumped onboard.  Anything and everything can be fashioned into a fun or pretty clip.  I have a few easy ideas for you in today's post--and I mean, they're really easy!  Settle in for a quick look at the way-too-many clips I made to decorate my Papertrey Ink Moments Inked binder!

I based my clips on June's Moments Inked colors: Aqua Mist, Canyon Clay, and Summer Sunrise.  This is a fresh, summery palette and (as always) the colors will coordinate throughout the rest of the year since PTI colors go so effortlessly together,  Plus, there's always an excuse to make more in new colors if I want to (and I probably will)!

I turned a few of my scrapbooking embellishments into clips with a bit of glue--things like wood veneer and badges.  The possibilities are endless so I won't really go into all of the things you can glue to a paperclip.  I'm focusing mostly on a few quick DIY's that you may not have thought of.

Let's start with epoxy stickers.  These are awesome and I've only really just gotten around to trying them out.  They're relatively inexpensive (I bought mine from Amazon), a breeze to use, and I can't believe I was so late to the party on these!  I'm using the 1" size and the first thing I did was punch a few 1" circles of patterned paper.  All you do is then adhere the epoxy sticker on top of it.  It's that simple!

I also used some of my MI Active Symbols and Everyday Symbols stamps to make some reminder clips.  I stamped my image on white card stock, punched it out, then, as before, adhered the epoxy circle on top of it.  After hot gluing the finished piece to a paperclip, I have plans to use a couple in my MI planners, and a few at my desk to keep track of loose papers (the grocery cart for receipts, the envelope icon for important mail, etc).  **I used hot glue for all of my glueing needs for this post.**

Next up is ribbon and embroidery floss.  I've been obsessed with making embroidery floss tassels for months; in fact, I blogged about them in my MI planner last year.  I slip a jump ring through the 2 looped ends, tie off with thread, and then trim each end about 2 inches down.  After making 2 tassels per skein, I'm left with a small chunk which always seemed like a waste to throw out so I decided to make little bows with the remnants.  I tie a piece of floss around the middle and it's done.  For the paper clip bows, I just tie the floss around my remnants and the top of the paperclip.  It takes about 30 seconds!

For the ribbon clips, I just tie the ribbon onto the clip, fashioning it into a bow.  Done.  I used the gorgeous Melon Berry Twill here.

Finally, how about some pretty felt flower clips?  I chose flower dies from the Sewing Staples Quick Stitch Kit (PTI has many other flower options, here) and cut a few flowers from PTI felt.  Their felt is 100% wool and cuts so clean--plus, it's available in most of their signature colors.

After cutting my flowers, I chose different pairings and adhered them to my paperclips.  With 2 nested flowers each, I glued one to the back of the clip and the smaller to the front.  The final touch was adhering cabochons to the top.  You can also sew these onto your clips, if you'd rather.

These paperclips will definitely brighten up your planner or office space and they hardly take any time at all.  They're a terrific handmade gift for friends, too!  Thanks for stopping by and if you try any of these ideas, do let me know how you make out.  I'm happy to answer any questions, too.  Enjoy your week!

Supplies used:

Ink:  Aqua Mist, Canyon Clay, Summer Sunrise
Felt: Aqua Mist, Canyon Clay, Summer Sunrise
Paper: Bitty Dot Basics (Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet)
Stamper's Select White Card Stock
Ribbon: Melon Berry Twill
Dies: Flowers from Sewing Staples Quick Stitch Kit

Other Supplies:
Epoxy Stickers: Beadaholique
Embroidery Floss: DMC (Canyon Clay-922; Aqua Mist-964; Summer Sunrise-742; Melon Berry-353)
Paper Clips
Glitter Paper (Heidi Swapp)
1" Paper Punch (Martha Stewart)

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Friday, April 15, 2016

gossamer blue :: april tags

The Gossamer Blue Design Team has been doing a little something different on the 15th of the month...instead of our traditional blog hop, we've been doing the hop on Instagram.  March was our first time trying it out and as it seemed to be pretty successful, we thought we'd do it again in April--today (at 4pm PST/7pm EST)!

I made several tags again this month, about half of them showcased here in today's post.  If you've come from the Insta-Hop, you'll find project details and closeup photos here.  And, if you're on IG, be sure to complete the hop so you can see all the girls' projects!  

The April kits were filled with can't-miss GB exclusives, plus products from Maggie Holmes, Pink Paislee, Jen Hadfield, Shimelle, Dear Lizzy, and Amy Tangerine.  They go so well with the March kits, featuring most of those same brands, so are definitely worth getting your hands on if you loved what you saw last month.

I'm always excited when there are lots of die cuts and chipboard--and there are in April!  It just makes it so easy to create.

For each of my tags here (and there are more in the GB Gallery), I mixed the April kit contents with a few of my own stash staples--namely, handmade embroidery floss tassels & bows, glitter clothespins, and fabric.

The pinks in my additions pair so well with the same shades in the chipboard floral and that gorgeous 2x2 Life Pages card.  I think that was my most favorite LP card this month--and it's only found at Gossamer Blue!

More pinks...I can't help it!

Because these are the last projects I made and I made them after I had submitted all of my required monthly work, I allowed myself to borrow from past kits if it enhanced the piece.  On this tag, I borrowed quite a few things...The gray flower is from an early 2015 kit (it's also Pink Paislee, I believe); the 'be brilliant' sticker on the peach rosette is from February (Heidi Swapp), and the black and white floral paper underneath the lace is from last month (Pink Paislee).  The gold cabochon mum is from my own stash of bulk resin flowers--I spray painted this one gold.

I always like to see the tags on a package, though I don't always have the chance to photograph them.  This time I did.  Using a 4x4 LP card as my base, this tag is a decent size so you don't need to add much else to the wrapping on a small package, as seen here.  This is also a great size if your gift is larger!

Check out Instagram if it suits you, and if not, there are always loads of inspiring photos and projects in the GB Gallery!  Feel free to leave a comment here, too, if you have any questions :)  Enjoy your weekend!

Monday, April 4, 2016

papertrey ink:: moments inked :: making pretty lists

I make a lot of mental notes in my head, but when it comes to shopping, goals, and to-do's, I have to write them down.  I can jot them down on boring white paper, or I can create far prettier lists that inspire!  What began as something to do in order to avoid another task has become a common practice...

We have officially entered sports.  My 5-year-old began playing t-ball in March and after a 10-day hiatus during spring break, we are returning with a vengeance that includes one practice and 2 games per week during April.  We are not used to this kind of schedule.  (I personally hate having this much to do--and yes, I realize this is nothing compared to what some--many--families endure on a weekly basis.)

This t-ball schedule means planning ahead for meals is a must.  It means an organized trip to the supermarket is a must because it's necessary to have the right ingredients since I'm only going there ONCE a week, if I can help it.  So...lists, planning, and preparedness are going to keep me sane for the month of April, and maybe it will become a habit as we're looking into a couple of other activities for BOTH kids once spring ball is over.

Out came all my Papertrey Ink Moments Inked goodies.  I needed to make these lists but I was not exactly looking forward to this task because of the overwhelm I was expecting to come with it.  So I got playing around with my supplies and before I knew it, I had spent an hour making lists!  Not lists with actual lists on them, mind you, but decorated notepad and Post-it paper.  I used stamps and dies and coordinated all my notes with my April MI planner colors.

They were a lot of fun once I got going--obviously much more fun than meal planning--and I was able to make a bunch to have on hand.  I'm guessing they'll get me through the entire month of April and May will require entirely new colors!

I've been using my Planner Banners die with patterned paper scraps for months now, because I think the banners are adorable and versatile.  Not only do I use them for planning, but I use them in my other crafting endeavors, as well.  So I make a lot and I use up a lot.

Because I did something similar with some thank you notes for one of my first ever MI posts, I layered 3 banners and stapled them to the upper corner of a sheet from the notepad.  I stamped "Groceries" or "Menu" and left some of the others blank to fill in later.

I also use them in my planner to add a little more color.  (**And these Active Symbols stamps could not have come at a more perfect time!  "PRACTICE@" and "GAME@" dot the pages of this month and make keeping track of the times super-easy.)

I also love the tab die cut (aka Overall Sticky Note Divider), used here with a label die from the Tabbed (or Binder) List set.  Most of these lists are disposable so I kept the embellishments simple.  The banner die allows for making 10 banners with one cut; the tab makes 4.  The label only makes 1 at a time, but I had several white pieces left from another project so it was quick-going.  Generally, when I die cut my scrap paper, I cut a few other often-used pieces while I'm at it.  It saves A LOT of time.)

I stamped different tasks on the white label , matted it to the tab, and stapled them to the list paper with mini staples.  Cute and easy. (*I used the notepad refills for all my lists with the die cuts.)

For the Post-It notes, I decided on stamping a couple of simple patterns in inks that matched my month.  These started because with all of our running around, I have to have a ridiculous amount of snacks in the house.  Not to mention, Gus needs a school snack everyday, and then we go to the park after school where the kids generally eat a snacky lunch, so I need a variety of things they won't get sick of eating but that are easy on the go.  And I need to have all of these snacks written down!

That's where my first Post-It list came from.  I wanted to keep it in my Health and Wellness planner (I'm using my MI spiral for that, seen in this post.)  I stuck it to the first page of the month and can easily move it to next month.  It's right there when I'm making my grocery list or packing up food for a game.

I simply took the 'x' from the Posted stamp set and stamped it repeatedly around the word "snacks".  Done.  Then I took the same idea in a couple of other colors (this time Hawaiian Shores and Canyon Clay instead of Aqua Mist and Melon Berry).  Moving the stamped design to the bottom of the sticky notes allowed me to create a few for future use, too.

These lists are so easy and they look nice on my work space, too.  If you work ahead a little bit, they'll only take you a couple of minutes to whip up, so give it a try!  And the meal planning/grocery list I was stressing over and avoiding?  Yeah, those only took about 15 minutes.  I needn't have worried, but I got a fun project out of it, so I don't mind!

Papertrey Ink supplies used:

Active Symbols
Posted II
Family Banners

Planner Banners
Divided Die
Listed Die (Tabbed or Binder)

Aqua Mist
Canyon Clay
True Black
Hawaiian Shores
Melon Berry

Moments Inked Memory Planner: Spiral Edition
Post-it Notes (3 x 3)
Post-it Notes (3 x 6)
Notepad Refills
Berry Sorbet Bitty Dot Paper
Plum Pudding Bitty Dot Paper
Paper Basics White Card Stock

Other Papers from Crate Paper

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