Thursday Inspiration: Oasis Die Cuts!

It’s Thursday once again and that means it’s triple the fun! Each Thursday 3 of our Design team members use the same product, whether they are on a scrapbook layout, a Project Life spread, off the page, in a planner or elsewhere. Plus, they all have their own unique style, which means lots of inspiration for you! This week, Jennie, Nicole and Cara have got some fantastic projects using the Oasis Die cuts from Crate Paper which are in the April Main kit. Let’s see what they’ve done!

Jennie

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These die cuts are just beautiful!  From the muted colors and gold foil, I couldn’t wait to get them on my pages.  I had a handful of photos from our recent spring break and I knew that the die cuts would go perfectly with the April Project Life kit and those photos!

First, I layered the die cuts with the exclusive Project Life Cards!

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Not only are they beautiful layered on cards, they are also gorgeous layered on photos!

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Aren’t the little details just great?  I love how they all work together throughout the whole page!

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Would you like to see how all of this came together?  Check out the process video I created for this layout!

Nicole

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I just love the idea of using die cuts for the majority of embellishing on a scrapbook layout. It really keeps your choices simple and makes you think outside the box a little too! I opened up my Oasis diecut pack and layered them across my page that I has painted with a little mint green paint ahead of time.

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The great thing about the Oasis die cuts is the sizing variety and shape – so many fun choices in one little bundle of happiness! Makes the layering type of scrapbooker super happy to add lots of little bits to your project.

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All that is left to do is add in a staple, enamel dot or even a puffy sticker from the kits to add a quick layer to the diecuts to add some fun dimenstion!

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I love it when a page comes together with the help of a simple idea and some product that inspires you!

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Cara

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Howdy planner girls! I’ve got a treat this week, I’m in my bullet journal! This is a book that is always tucked into the front elastic of my Traveller’s Notebook. I have pages for routines, dreams and goals, books I’ve read, checklists, monthly plans and others ideas that don’t really have a set deadline. I’m going to use this spread as a spot to put all the things that I would like to do this spring, a sort of Spring Bucket list.

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This past weekend I got to meet the amazing Terhi from our Design Team! It was so nice to meet her in person, and she is sweeter, prettier and even more talented in real life, if you can imagine that! I took one of her classes at a event in Paris and in this week’s project, I’ve taken the techniques she taught me and used them in my planner! Yes, you can put mixed media in your planner!

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I then took some of the Oasis die cuts with lots of space or lines for writing and arranged them on the pages along with a couple of the Hip Kit Project Life cards that had lines. These are where I will write my spring list so I added them first. Next, I decorated!! I added more die cutes (isn’t that camera the cutest!?!??!) along with washi, stickers from the same Oasis line, acetate shapes and leatherette stickers from Pink Fresh, chipboard from American Crafts and then I added some random bits of stamping with the roller stamp from Vicki Boutin.

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To finish off the spread, I took one of the exclusive flair badges, an Oasis button and hot-glued them together, sandwiching a paperclip in between. I took the foam off of the back of the button first to take away any extra bulk.

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Happy Planning!

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Thursday Inspiration: A Few of Our Favourite Things!

Hey everyone! We hope you’re all having a wonderful week so far! Today, we have 3 takes on the things we loved the most that came in our kits for March and April.

Cara: Patterned Papers

I’m a scrapbooker as well as a planner girl. Patterned paper is always my favourite when I scrapbook, there are so many possibilities! I thought that I would bring that over to my planner. I absolutely adore fussy cutting, give me a good movie and some sharp scissors and I’m a happy camper.

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I grabbed a couple of my favourite papers, (from Dear Lizzy for American Crafts), in my March main kit, and cut out words and flowers to make clusters in my spread for this week.

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I took a few more papers from Shimelle (American Crafts) and Paige Evans (Pink Paislee) and added squares and the word ‘PLAY’ about the pages. A few die cuts from Paige Evans (March Main Kit) and Dear Lizzy (March Project life kit) and some enamel dots (March Main Kit) were all I needed to finish off the spread.

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The planner clip was made from the same Dear Lizzy paper as ‘dreamer’ and ‘love’. I made it so that it can be moved along the page to mark the current day.

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When I made it, I realised that if I was fussy cutting, it would be smart to cut a second piece at the same time so that I would have a matching piece for the back to cover the paperclip. To keep them from moving around, I used a binder clip and moved it only at the end when the only side I had left to cut was the one under the clip.

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Happy Planning!

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Jessica: All The Florals!

Hey guys! I wondered what I go for most when I scrap and undoubtedly it’s pink as a color, mixed media for the technique, and flowers for the patterns/embellishment. The April kit really has some lovely chipboard flowers to scrap with. Little spoiler: I was assigned a no-flower task later, I know exactly why that happened (lol). Anyway, here’s the layout I’m going to share with you today:

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I used my floral lace cut file that you can find in the march downloads; I changed it up a little to how I liked it better and then cut it with my Silhouette Cameo.

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To color in the cut file I used my new Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor palette which I love! The colors are so vibrant and pretty. So yes, the good life for me definitely consists of pink, watercolors and flowers! What about you?

Thanks for joining me and check out what Ashley came up with!

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Ashley: Pink Fresh Acetate 

For my project, I’ve created a Project Life spread for you all with a focus on one of my favorite products from the kit (the Pinkfresh Acetate).

I started by cutting some of the patterned papers down to size to fit in my pockets. I also used one of the HKC Exclusive PL cards from our Project Life Kit.

I used some of the alphas from Pinkfresh Studio (Embellishment Kit) and the My Mind’s Eye “Palm Beach” Collection (PL kit).

I lightly embellished with pieces from the “Live More” collection, but also from the “Oh My Heart” collection.

One of my favorite things in this kit is the acetate pieces! I love the colors and the designs. I wanted to keep things simple, therefore, I chose approximately one piece per card, although there are photos without them (they just wouldn’t have shown up great on those particular photos).

On the title card, I sewed the acetate piece for more texture but I also love how subtle this yellow and pink tag is on the bright pink card.

I hope y’all enjoyed this process and gained some inspiration!! 🙂

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XOXO

Ashley

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Let’s Plan Your Day!

Hi, it’s Cara and I want to talk a bit about planning, but it may not be what you are expecting. 😉

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I think that a lot of people pride themselves in being busy. Being able to list off all the things we need to do, or a long list of things that we were able to cross off on any given day is like earning some kind of busy badge or medal of honour.

But, I want to you to think about adding some white space to your day, today. Not only in the design of your page, but actually in your schedule. If you are anything like me, you are forever trying to fit in just one more task or one more errand before an appointment or pick up time for your kids. I usually end up late, or stressed that I’m going to be late, and both of those make me cranky! What a way to greet my children right? 😛

When I take the time to add in white space, a mid morning cuppa, leaving the house with lots of time to walk to the bus, or get the errands done, I’m a much calmer person.

We tend to overestimate what we can get done in a day. So I am challenging to try and not jam pack your day with a million tasks and obligations. Give yourself some breathing room. Work it into your design. Leave literal white space on your planner page, which can, not only be white spots that are left blank, but also stickers or die cuts or anything else on your page that makes you smile.

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On my page for today, I not only left space around each of my plans, I also added lots of goodies from my HKC August kits. Especially die cuts (both the Exclusive Ephemera, designed by Claudia Van Rooijen from the embellishment kit and the Amy Tangerine die cuts from the main kit). It all started with that awesome, giraffe by the way! There is a bow clip from the Crate Paper small embellishment pack from the Main August Kit. I added the black foil stickers from Dear Lizzy from the embellishment kit.

I love the ‘a million tiny things’ sticker. This little guy packs a punch and has quite a few jobs on this page, and his friend ‘Life is now’ lends a helping hand. First, it’s pointing out all the small tasks that I need to get done today, my task list. But also, paired with the large giraffe, it’s a hint to me to look at those little everyday moments as more than just things to cross off of my list. Those little things are what make up life. For me, it’s not so much the birthdays and vacations, but being with my family and shaping my children and myself with this daily activities. I love my memories of the children stealing food as I cook it, and playfully batting away their hands with my spoon, or an older child explaining life to a younger one. Or even just being able to give my mind some white space as I do the dishes or the laundry, monotonous tasks that allow my mind to wander and dream.

This quote also reminds me to watch out for these tiny little things. Keep my eyes and ears open for those moments so that I can stash those away in my memories to pull out later when the children are fighting…again.

Next up is this funky exclamation point clip. It comes from the American Crafts Thickers by Dear Lizzy in the main kit. I just hot glued it to a paper clip, cutting out matching pieces for the backs. I was careful to only glue the dot bit to the inside part of the clip so that  the clip was still functional  in my planner.

This last project is a little out of my comfort zone, I’m not a big card maker, but I will make them when occasion calls.

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From the August paper kit, I used white cardstock for the base of the card and layered vellum, the Saturday ‘Metro’ paper from Dear Lizzy and the ‘Cheery’ paper from Crate pepr’s Cute Girl line. I fussy cut some flowers from the ‘Central Park’ paper (also from Dear Lizzy). I dug into my Project Life kit to finish off the cards and used my favourites products, the enamel dots from My Mind’s Eye, the wood shapers from Dear Lizzy and those adorable bird stickers from the Amy Tangerine sticker book.

I hope you have a wonderful day, filled with white space!

HAPPY PLANNING!

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A Clean Slate to Plan

Ah a new school year, so fresh with so much potential. Just like new school supplies, clean notebooks and shiny pens, the school year smells new, hopeful, like a fresh start!

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I’ve always loved back to school, it may only be my obsessive love for stationary 😉 But I think there’s more to it. I love the excuse to wipe everything clean and just start fresh. I love the potential of that big blank space and ideas and inspriation always come to me!

Now, of course, there’s no rule that says that you can only start over when the school calendar turns over, or at the beginning of the new year. These are just the traditional ‘fresh start’ times. I encourage you to start afresh when ever you feel like you need it. When things get stagnant or when you get a sparkly shiny idea that eats away at your every thought until you put into action. If it happens to be January 1 or the first day of school, that’s awesome but don’t let the date keep you from acting on what’s motivating you. Let March 2nd, July 17th, any date, your birthday, tomorrow, today, RIGHT NOW be your start afresh day!!

I love the quote sticker from the Dear Lizzy pack in the August Embellishment kit.

‘THE BEST TIME FOR NEW BEGINNINGS IS NOW’

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So of course I added that to my September spread, t was first thing I picked to add. I scattered some of the exclusive die cuts (also from the embellishment kit) and more of the Dear Lizzy stickers, also from this kit are some of the puffy stickers form Crate paper. I cut a couple cards from the Be You patterned paper from Crate Paper – Cute Girl in the Main August kit. I used some of the Amy Tan die cuts from this kit as well. From the Project Life kit, I used a clear sticker and some stickers from the Amy Tangerine book.

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For my weekly spread for this week, I wanted it to feel special for my kids, since it’s our last full week before school starts. So, I named it ‘magic’ using a sticker from the Dear Lizzy pack.

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Along with the countdown numbers (until school starts) and then some puffy stickers that were in the Crate paper puffy pack. These were all from the August embellishment kit. From the August Main kit I punched boxes from the Dear Lizzy ‘Saturday’ paper, using both sides (LOVE both sides of this paper soooo much!!) and added a strip of it along the bottom. I also glued some gold starts from the Crate paper – Cute Girl small embellishment pack and one of the bow clips, also from that pack.

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The tip-in is a die cut from the Amy Tan pack that I washi-ed in. I can always use a little more room on the back to write 😀

From the Project Life kit, I used owl stickers from the Amy Tangerine sticker book and the exclusive clear banner stickers. that ‘enjoy’ card is an exclusive die cut from a previous kit, that just fit so well, I added it in.

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I made this today bookmark live on Periscope, which you can watch here:

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I do tutorials live every Thursday using fun products from the Hip Kit club kits, so please come join us, or if you miss it you can catch the replay. Check it out so that you can see how I made the back look as pretty as the front 😀

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For the clip, I used two cutie-pie house stickers from the Crate Paper puffy stickers in the Embellishment kit. They just happened to be mirror images so they were super easy to turn into a clip.

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Have a fantastic week, and don’t forget, you can start anytime!!

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Shake it Off!

Cara here, planner girl extraordinaire!

Shaker dashboards really scream planner girl, don’t they!! This one is a mini shaker that I made with two of the Heidi Swapp chipboard frames from the Project Life kit.

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I made a plastic pocket with some leftover page protectors and my fuse tool, added the HKC Exclusive Acrylic Dots from the Embellishment kit. At first I thought they might be too thick, but they worked out perfectly.

For extra pizzazz, I stuck in two PL cards trimmed down and glued back to back. These were in the Project Life kit. Then, I sealed the top with my fuse.

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The frames were also stuck back to back, sandwiching the shaker pocket in with hot glue, but first to get the dashboard to fit in my happy planner I used a piece of plastic backing from last month’s enamel dots, those things never last long in my studio so I have lots of empty sheets! 😉

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I trimmed it to size and it was also sandwiched between the frames along with the shaker pocket when gluing. Then I punched some disk holes. You can use regular hole punches if you have a ring planner.

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It can lay inside the planner anywhere, including peeking out the top for a bookmark.

For the planner spread, I punched little boxes from the fabulous papers from the Main Kit.

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That floral one from Simple Stories may be my favourite thing from all of the July kits 😉 The others are divine as well, I used 2 of the exclusive papers from Kim Watson and the Paige Evans 04 from Pink Paislee. I layered some of the exclusive die cuts also from the Main kit and indulged in something lumpy along the side… a chipboard sticker from Project Life that is fittingly found in the Project Life kit  😉

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The clip below is that darling camera flair from the Embellishment kit!! LOVE it! Flair clips are so fun, I hot glued a paper clip to the back and covered it with a circle punched from one of the patterned papers.

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Plan your life before it Plans you!

Hi there planner girls! It’s Cara here to keep you organised and planning your best future!

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Remember that planning is more than soccer games, meetings and what’s on the menu this week. Don’t forget to plan in your dreams, that means plotting out time to work towards what is in your heart and what you want your future to hold, so don’t forget to schedule that in.

Here I’ve used the planner perfect method to set my intentions for these days, highlighting what I really want these days to include.

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I used the exclusive die cuts by Kim Watson from the July Main kit and the washi strips from the July Project Life kit. The clip is simply a flair button from the July Embellishment kit hot glued to a paperclip and a circle punch to cover up the clip.

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I was pleasantly surprised to see the ‘oh what fun’ die cut in that exclusive pack, because I’ll be cranking the Christmas carols and working hard this week on a Christmas planner class, so it was the perfect touch right below where I wrote about setting the mood to work on this class.

thursdayAt the end of each month I will go back and review how things went and how I did with my progress towards my goals and dreams. It has really kept me motivated because we tend to concentrate on what we haven’t got done. But going back and looking at what I’ve actually accomplished in a month alwyas amazes me and fuels me forward.

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I made this spread at the beginningof July with the June kits.

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I use routines to help make sure my day goes as smoothly as possible leaving room in my day to squeak in a bit of time for myself, and work towards my goals and dreams.

Having it listed out keeps me on track until a new routine is set to memory.

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Another helpful thing to have handy is a photo list for big events. I’ll stick one in my planner or purse when I go so that I can check it through out the day to make sure I get all the photos I’d love to take, and not miss the birthday boy with Grandpa or a candid shot of adults chatting (I love these ones, but I always forget because I focus too much on getting shots of the children). You can use these for a summer, vacation, school year photo list or anything else you’d like, it doesn’t just have to be for a one day event.

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These little reminders were made with the June Project life kits except for the the puffy stickers and die cut which are from the June Embellishment kit. The same pink camera is printed onto the card, but I added the puffy sticker version to add a little spunk 😉

I hope I’ve given you some ideas to make your day run a little smoother.

Happy Planning!

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Don’t let Summer Slip on by…

Cara, your planner expert, here today! I live in Luxembourg and as my children’s school year winds down this week, I know that most of you around the world have been out of school for a least a little bit by now. I want to talk a little about planning your summer days, especially if the light at the end of Summer’s tunnel is starting to appear.

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Those of you that are going into winter now, you can still take these tips and apply them to your day, just take out the words summer 😉

I’m not talking about the big trips and activities, but, I want to focus on the everyday, summer days. The ones that seem to go by all too quickly and before you know it you are scrambling around buying school supplies last minute, thinking ‘Where did the summer go?’ and regretting all the things you wanted to do but never got done.

So, plan it out! 

inserts-openStart with a wish or bucket list. Then apply your ‘reality’ filter, what can you truly get done this summer? What will you honestly have the time and energy for? Then, schedule those little activities that make the cut, into your planner!!

You might be thinking, ‘but, Cara! Summer is the time to get away from schedules and have-tos!’ And yes, one of the best parts of summer is the carefree, no-schedule bit, but at the same time you don’t want to waste the opportunity to do the activities that you don’t have time for during busier seasons of the year. Take some time at the beginning of the summer to relax and recuperate if you need to, but I find that my children (and myself) do better on a loose schedule during the summer weeks.

Maybe you want to go to the new pool or the cool movie theatre to see a summer blockbuster, when it’s too freakin hot to move! Maybe a date night with hubby or a picnic in the backyard? Summer crafts, teaching your child to garden, etc.  What do you want to do this summer?

As summer’s end draws near, review what you’ve done and if you weren’t able to do everything you wanted, ask yourself why? What can you do next year to better plan the summer and if there’s still a bit of time, squeeze in some fun before those cool fall days creep in onto summer.

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Lret’s see how I used the June 2016 Hip Kits to help plan my summer. I want to get the house ready for having the children home all the time and also have a baking day while I still have an empty house. So I chose ‘domestic’ as my word for the week. To help keep me on track for this last week of school, I chose soft, calm colours to remind myself to enjoy the stillness before the house is full of boys and noise. And I added ‘stay cool’ because one, I hate the heat (it literally makes me sick) and two, to remind myself to keep my cool as having children home all day can be tiring. You may be in a different season of life and/or year so pick words and images to add to your planner that remind you of the messages you want to tell yourself every time you open your planner.

The letter stickers and words, the enamel dots and bradz all come from Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness line. My ‘plan tomorrow’ is cut from one of the exclusive PL cards designed by Kim Watson. the ‘cool’ die cut is one fo the Dear Lizzy die cut phrases from American Crafts and I punched boxes from her matching patterned papers from the ‘happy place line’ as well as one of Kim’s exclusive papers ‘Written from the Heart’.

Topping off my planner spread is a cute little clip made from buttons by Paige Evans from her Fancy Free line for Pink Paislee and a few of the Simple Stories enamel dots. I’m going to do a tutorial, live on periscope tomorrow on how to make these, so please come join the fun!! If you aren’t on periscope yet, come on over, it’s soooo much fun and there are tonnes of planner girls. Find me, I’m @CaraVincens and when that cute little whistle goes off telling you that I’m live you can comment and ask questions and put in your 2cents! I love hearing what you have to say and getting tips and ideas from you as much as I like teaching them!

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I do a tutorial every Thursday (usually around 10am -ish EST) using fun goodies from my Hip Kit Club kits.

Last week I made some inserts for my Traveller’s notebooks. I not only had tips on how to cover an existing notebook, but I taught you how to make one from scratch. If you missed it, you can catch the replay!  I used more HKC PL cards by Kim Watson, more enamel dots and bradz, and more of that fab Paige Evans paper, as well as the exclusive HKC Skipping Through the Park paper. I also used a few clear stickers from Simple Stories’s Carpe Diem line, another  die cut phrase from the Dear Lizzy packan exclusive HKC puffy sticker and a die cut from the Project Life Currently Chipboard Ephemera pack from American Crafts.

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Enjoy your summer and…

HAPPY PLANNING!!

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Making Manly Plans

Most of us crafters are women and so generally we tend to lean towards the feminine side when it comes to our projects. That’s totally normal of course, but, we are all daughters and with Father’s day fast approaching, I decided to make this week’s projects a little more masculine to change things up. It’s fun, but definitely not easy! At least for me, I had to resist so hard not to add a doily or a bit of lace to these projects! Let’s dig into the May kits and make some manly plans!

manlyI have 5 sons, so I’m no stranger to scrapbooking boy pages, but even still, a touch of pink or a line of ribbon are no strangers in my projects about my boys. There is a knack however to keeping it masculine and manly, even if you add a bit of lace and frill. The first tip is to keep the lace and frill to a bare minimum 😉

To keep your projects manly and feminine-free try these tips:

  1. Use blacks or navys. 
    Any darker colour, will do, like hunter greens and burgandys. Lighter, brighter blues, greens and oranges can be masculine but they have a boyish feel, and the jewel tones always feel more manly.
  2. You can’t go wrong with stripes.
    To keep you on the straight and narrow don’t hold back on stripes. Men usually don’t like a lot of fuss and frill so stripes are perfect for men and boys.
  3. Keep the design linear.
    For the same reason as stripes, using lines (the straighter the better) keeps the feel of the project strong and masculin.
  4. Use dapper patterns.
    There’s nothing like a houndstooth, check or plaid to tell the world that this project is for a man!
  5. Keep embellishments to a minimum.
    The cleaner the designs the better when you want it to look masculine.

All this doesn’t mean that you can’t have a bit of playfulness on your projects. It’s quite welcome, actually, so the design doesn’t end up boring and dull and looking more like a funeral than Father’s day. Whatever whimsy you use, go light, and ground it all with the masculine touches mentioned above. My planner spread is covered in flowers but the black washi, stripes and minimal, linear design gives it the masculine feel fit for Father’s day week.

june-13-19The flowered paper is the She Blooms from Bella Blvd’s Illustrated Faith line, as is the floral washi, which I can NOT get enough of 😉 The spotty paper is a Hip Kit club exclusive, designed by the fabulous Kim Watson and it’s called Dance in the Blue from the Meadowbrook collection. The chipboard frame is from Simple Stories, Life in Colour collection and it’s decorated with pieces from the cut apart sheet exclusive to the May Hip Kit club plus a few enamel dots (Echo park’s Summer Party) and enamel hearts (She Blooms again in the Illustrated Faith line from Bella Blvd).
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This dashboard is another example of using the tips above. There is a little more embellishment, but I kept the colour palette simple, and used lots of black accent which balances out the whimsy of the polka dots.

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The frame is also from the Simple Stories pack and it’s backed on a striped PL card that I cut in half. It’s one of the exclusives from the Project Life kit. The puffy stickers and ‘today’ die cut are also all exclusive and the enamel dots (Echo Park) and hearts (Illustrated Faith) match perfectly.

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This last project is a little more feminine with its flower’s and pinks but the black and white stripes allows it to blend nicely into my masculine spread, making the whole thing feel a bit more like me, it is my planner after all 😉

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I started with another frame from Simple Stories, backed it with another exclusive PL card. I trimmed some flowers from yet another card and layered them with a chipboard sticker from Bella Blvd’s Illustrated Faith, she Blooms line and an exclusive puffy sticker. And of course, I cannot resist adding a few enamel hearts and dots.

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Happy Planning!

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