Wednesday, January 18, 2017

etsy shop update :: valentine's day, pt 1

Love is in the air...

Hello, blog friends! I'm popping in with a few Valentine's Day items that are available in the Etsy Shop.  It's always a strange transition going from the Christmas holiday right into Valentine's Day, but here we are!

Gorgeous glittery clothespins come in red or blush-pink.  Use them in your home decor--hang up your hearts or photos of your loves.  Use them on gifts, treats or party favors--clip your bags closed or attach a tag.  Anything goes!

There are also a couple of pink-themed gift wrap / embellishment / paper kits with which I think you'll be smitten.  Choose from the main Pink & Gold kit or the add-on Pink + Gold + Beet (purple).  (Or get both! They play so nicely together :)

While they are not Valentine's Day specific, they offer enough sweetness to get the job done.  Both feature lots of tags, trims, and embellishments like tassels, bows, doilies, feathers, and cupcake liners.

Glitter + pink + bows + hearts + gold = LOVE!

But if you are really set on Valentine-specific, check back on Friday.  I'll be releasing a Limited Edition Valentine's Day kit and you'll be able to see the entire rundown right here!

Available later today...This gorgeous set of layered tags!

Make that TWO gorgeous sets of layered tags!  (*I'll update here with links when the listings are live.)

There are a few more Happy Heart's Day items coming by the end of the week, like the aforementioned Valentine's Day kit.  I'd love to meet you back here on Friday for the reveal of those.  Join me?

As always, thanks for stopping by the blog!  Have a wonderful Wednesday, friends!
Rebecca xo

Monday, January 9, 2017

pti :: moments inked :: get clean! get organized!

Happy New Year, blog friends!  It's that time when the urge to purge, declutter, deep clean, and reorganize hits many of us. For me, the feeling came on fairly strong after Christmas and 2 weeks later, I've still got the bug.  It's so bad, in fact, that I developed an entire cleaning/organization schedule to stay on top of it all (because normally, housekeeping isn't my greatest endeavor).  In my post today, I'll share how I've used a few supplies from the Papertrey Ink Moments Inked Planner System to help me stay on task.

First off, I made a decision not to make many plans or jump back into work this January.  I've spent the last 3 or 4 years running head first into design team work and my Etsy shop business, and that leaves little time for massive organizational efforts.  What I've experienced is just the opposite of orderly and the entire year becomes cluttered and disorganized and I'm always two or three steps behind the game.  (It's usually due to the fact that my studio space is never decluttered enough so it ends up spilling over into other areas of our house, thus there is always a pile of something somewhere (and more often than not it's five or six piles) and I never know where anything is.

So this year I opted out of doing that and instead, I'm overhauling every room in the house.  We did the kids' room over the holiday break, along with their playroom.  Now it's time to tackle the master bedroom and the studio, followed by the kitchen and living area. Things will get thrown out, donated or sold if there is not a space for them, and 2017 will be the year of order, not disorder.

And while I'm at it, I decided to make a cleaning schedule so that (ideally) we don't have this much chaos in the future.  Lest you think we're just a bunch of dirty animals, I'll say that I don't really mind cleaning; finding the time to do it is the most difficult aspect of it. There is always something else that needs to be done--work, kids' activities, cooking...The cleaning is just the thing that gets put off the most because something more pressing needs attention.  But I've realized that the more often you clean, the less time it takes!  Duh, right??  I'm sure you already knew that.  Giving things a quick wipe down every week takes 20 minutes, as opposed to the 60-90 minute sessions that take place if I go 3-4 weeks between big cleans.  Twenty minutes is much easier to find than 90 in a busy schedule so this makes much more sense--and, bonus, the house will be clean!

With this in mind, I set out to create a working schedule.  As I mentioned above, my Moments Inked Planner System has all the tools I need for this.  I grabbed the Everyday Symbols stamp set, True Black Ink pad, Planner Banner die, and some White Adhesive Sheets.  Oh, and my planner, of course!

I cut 80 little banners from the adhesive paper; 80 should last several weeks and then it'll be time for another round of cutting.  My fingers are crossed that I'm still adhering to this cleaning schedule 4 months from now!

Next, I stamped different rooms on each banner.  In my case, I needed kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom.  (Living room, dining room, attic, and garage stamps can also be found in the stamp set.)  Our living room is part of our dining and kitchen area so I will be cleaning those when I do the kitchen.

There are 2 rooms I need to clean that do not have stamps, the playroom and the office.  Instead, I simply stamped clean and initialed 'O' for office and 'PR' for playroom.

The banners have the sticky backs so they're easy to attach to the planner pages.  I devised a workable schedule and placed the banner die cuts where I wanted them.  I've designated Wednesdays and weekends for the cleaning, and decided that each bathroom and the kitchen would get done every week, while the rest of the rooms will be tidied up every other week.  A quick wipe down or vacuum each week can be included as needed, but I didn't feel it was necessary to include those.

I also chose to adhere the banners on the month-at-a-glance page instead of on the weekly layout because I can get a better idea of the entire schedule this way.

Being that I've already made so much more progress on getting this crazy house in order than ever before, I'm confident I'll be able to continue on the path to get (and stay!) clean and get (and stay!) organized.  Even my planner pages look neat and tidy with this system--which oddly helps me find motivation!

**And if you have any tips or easy recipes for your favorite natural cleaning supplies, I'd love it if you shared them with me in the comments :)  Let's get off to a great start in 2017!**

Supplies used:



True Black

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Friday, December 9, 2016

pinkfresh studio :: simple gift wrap + tags

Hello, December! Well, the holidays are happening soon, whether you're ready for them or not (I love this time of year, but it's coming a little too quick for me!).  It's time to think about gift wrap.  As you might know, gift wrapping is my jam, however, not everyone has the time to spend an hour carefully curating an immaculately wrapped package (even I don't have that kind of time) and the holidays especially leave little time for primping and fussing over perfect presents.

So I've got some quick and easy--but still pretty--wrapped gifts for you today.  The wrapping, actually, is super easy and affordable since I just wrapped all my boxes in kraft paper.  I'll also state that these projects are, for the most part, based on a traditional color scheme of red and green, with some gold, black, and a hint of aqua.  It's really straightforward so if the pinks and yellows and  anything-goes-at-Christmastime-rainbow-array give you a headache, this is a no-brainer.

The stand outs of my packages are the tags.  They are ridiculously easy to make.  The first lot took about 2 minutes.  Seriously.  I used 4 round stickers from Pinkfresh Studio's Oh Joy foiled sticker packs and adhered them to 1 1/8" punched card stock circles.  I punched a small hole in each one, wound red crochet thread around my boxes and tied on the tag.  Done.

You can even write a name on the back of the tag because it's white card stock.

For my next packages, I used the Oh, Joy washi tape and stamps.  I love the idea of stamps but I'm not a very patient stamper so I tend to stamp a plain image on a white tag and call it good.  So I did just that with these presents.  But I added strips of washi tape, too, and that makes a huge difference!  Especially because the washi tape has so many different options.  I came up with several tag designs and still have quite a few washi strips left for other projects.

I took Avery shipping tags in assorted sizes and paired a stamped phrase or image with a fitting washi strip.  I like the simplicity of these and again, they weren't time-consuming to construct, which is key during the hustle and bustle of the season.

I allowed myself to get a little more detailed on a couple of the packages, like this 'deck the halls' wrap with the berries and bells, but it would be just as nice without them for those who are not as obsessed ardent about wrapping as I am.

This was my favorite tag from this bunch.  The mistletoe and tiny bow stamps are so cute (that bow especially!!) and the classic pairing of them with the black 'Merry Christmas' scrawl washi just makes my heart happy.  Soft, fuzzy red yarn was the finishing touch for a homespun wrap.

On the very small tags, I even sometimes just used one medium--the washi OR the stamp.  Each make a statement; each are handmade; each took only a minute or two to whip up, complete with twine!

Lastly, I was inspired by Pinkfresh packaging with my next tags.  This is the cover that comes in the 12x12 paper pack with a teaser image of each patterned paper.  The images are 1.5" x 1.5" and a great size for small tags.  By cutting out each image, it's also an easy way to get a variety of patterns in a minimal amount of time.

After trimming all the squares, I decided to adhere each one to a tiny folded card.  Admittedly, this took some extra time and if you'd rather eliminate this step, that's fine, too.  The back is plain white so there's space for your recipient's name.  I used the card because it was different than things I normally make and they really are sweet little cards. 

A few quick add-ons to each of these tags was all I needed to do to finish them.  Some required just a sticker, some a stamp, others an initial using the Oh Joy chipboard alphas.

You can slip some string or ribbon through a punched hole in the corner and tape it to your package like I've done here...

Or tie it on with some trim like this one.

Maybe you've got an even better idea.  The point is that these are fast and fun, and you can still add a touch of handmade to your gifts, even when you're pressed for time.

I wish you the best of luck with your wrapping this doesn't have to be a laborious chore--you can have fun with it, too and I hope you do!  I'll be back soon with more easy holiday wrappings, as well as a peek at what's in the Etsy shop for Christmas!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

introducing moments inked meal planner system

The Moments Inked Meal Planner System from Papertrey Ink is kind of ingenious.  It's designed in an easy-to-use format that will keep me organized in the kitchen--and the grocery store--for the entire year.  And it has come along just in time for our Thanksgiving camping trip!  Without this meal planner, I might have gone completely mad trying to keep track of it all.  Thankfully, I'm staying sane and organized instead!  In this post, I'll share my review of the Meal Planner and give you a glimpse at how I'm already using it.

To start, here's a short overview of what the planner consists of.  (*I'm using the Binder edition of the Meal Planner, with inserts that can be added into my binder planner.  There is also a Spiral edition of the Meal Planner; it is a stand-alone book, but everything else is exactly the same.*)  It's simply laid out, with 3 lines for each day of the week. I normally don't plan too much for breakfast and lunch, so I will use all 3 lines for dinner--that's what will require the most prep work, anyhow.  There is a small section next to that where you can fill in the location of a recipe, and beside that is the very helpful checklist of Defrost, Advance Prep, and Slow Cooker.  I have a frequent problem of forgetting to defrost or thaw frozen meat so I personally find this feature very useful.

The page is folded, with a perforated edge that can be torn off because it's for a grocery list.  This is the best thing ever!  It's so convenient!  After I've made my list, I can tear it off and take it to the store with me.

I love the all-in-one page--I don't need a separate pad of paper, and my main grocery list is also not on the back of my menu page--if I unfold the page, I can see them side by side.  Also, the different sections are marked--Pantry, Freezer, Produce, etc--which is so helpful.  How many times have I been in the freezer section of the store, almost done shopping, when I realize I forgot to pick up an onion or lettuce, all the way over on the other side of the market?  This should eliminate that.

On the back of the list side is another page for "Shopping List" and "Errands".  Again, I find this incredibly useful.  I'm fortunate enough to live in a city where there are at least 10 different choices for groceries.  The only problem with that is there are at least 10 different choices for groceries!!  It gets confusing trying to remember who has what items on sale this week and who has better fruit or meat.  I usually have my one go-to store where I get most things I need, but once a week, I'll also go to a couple other stores in search of a great deal or a better-tasting food.  The main list, broken down by store section, will be for my regular grocery run.  On the back, I'll record the handful of items I need from the other shops.

There's a whole space for Notes on the flipside of the Menu page, and on a weekly basis, I'm not quite sure yet what I'll use that for, but I think it will be good for recipe hacks and prep notes.

I've added 2 months of Meal Planner pages into my MI Binder the moment, this is where I will keep them, in between weekly calendar spreads.  This may change as I get more familiar with the Meal Planner, but I like it this way because it's not an extra book to keep track of, and I can flip through the pages to see what we have going on during the week, which usually impacts what we have for dinner.

Over Thanksgiving break, we've decided to go camping with some friends and have agreed with the other couple that we'll stick to a somewhat traditional meal on Thursday.  We've divided up the menu, planned out each meal for each day that we're there, and discussed who's bringing the utensils and dishes and coffee percolator, and so on.  Until I received the Meal Planner, my notes were a jumbled mess on my phone.  They were disorganized, hastily typed up, and incomplete.  This Meal Planner was a life saver!

Now I can look at the entire week, get a handle on it, and make coherent lists--because aside from Thanksgiving and camping, we've also got 2 birthdays, and a second Thanksgiving celebration happening.

For the grocery list, I've written out our camping food in the green ink, and our Sunday dinner food in red.  I'm only going shopping once next week so I'll get everything at the same time.  I also crossed out FREEZER and replaced it with BAKED GOODS because it's more fitting for this particular occasion.

On the back of my tear-off sheet, I sorted the various things we might need to get from the other markets, as well as non-grocery items we'll use and where to get them.  One page, multiple lists--organized and convenient.

In the Notes section, which is a full page, I laid out our camping trip and inventoried each meal.  As a divider, I ran a piece of skinny washi tape down the middle (it's NEW from PTI!).  On the left is our family's contribution to camp food; on the right, the other family's.  With everything preparing to camp out entails, I'm confident that this major task is in order and that's one less headache during a hectic week.

I'm not a great cook, and honestly, have little patience for preparing a meal--you might say I'd rather be papercrafting :)  While I don't love cooking, I would like to get better at it because I want to eat healthier and I'd like my kids to grow up sampling a variety of food.  I think this Meal Planner is going to get a good workout over the next year and let's hope it introduces some positive changes into our meals and eating habits.

Supplies used:

Moments Inked Binder Pages 2016


Raspberry Fizz, Orange Zest

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