PTI February Blog Hop Art Journal

Hey everyone!  I'm so pleased to be participating in this month's PTI Blog Hop.  I've begun an Art Journal recently and was excited to see what I could do with altered art to capture the essence of this month's blog hop picture.

I started out creating alcohol ink on Yupo panels in different colors to die cut the gorgeous PTI Etched Easter Eggs Dies from.  One of the things I learned was that Yupo paper is actually 2 pieces of Yupo placed back to back.  So when you die cut something as intricate as the Etched Eggs from the Yupo paper, you need to peel of the back layer to get a clean looking egg.

I will be having very serious surgery tomorrow, so I wanted to express what the journey really means to me, and how I will have to approach life from here on out.  Letting your heart go, letting yourself feel, letting yourself be free is what I've been feeling these last few weeks.  So here is my Art Journal page.  Now, I have to say that I don't have all the supplies that I need to be able to get some of the looks that I want, but this will have to do for now.
First I made the background with Distress Oxide Inks.  I just kept layering, layering, layering the ink on until I was happy.  Then I did a little bit of stamping with a script stamp set.  I just stamped a few spots by folding the background stamp and using just parts of it.
I then adhered the eggs and then grass with Multi Matte Medium from a jar with a paint brush.  (Just keep the paint brush in water when not using it and then wash with light soap and warm water to clean.)

I stamped the sentiment using an old Close to My Heart alpha set and the PTI Outline Alpha Set with Black Soot Distress Oxide and used Black Sakura Microperm pens to darken the black up and make the doodles around the page. 
Hope you enjoyed the Art Journal page!  Thanks for stopping by and please let me know what you think!  I'll be hopping along later today after I prep for surgery.  I'm feeling a bit terrified so please say a prayer that all goes well. I'd so very appreciate it! (((HUGS)))

Papertrey Ink MIM Framing Sentiments: Art Soul Life

Hey there! Today's post is all about framing your sentiments and images for the 313th Make It Monday challenge over on the PTI Blog this week (Have you ever stopped to think of how many challenges that is?! Wowzer!!).  Framing and Matting do similar things for your images and sentiments, but framing gives you so many more options to really make those focal points shine.

PTI 11th Anniversary: Day 8 Color Challenge

Hey there!  Today I am participating in Papertrey Ink's Day 8 Color Challenge.  We are to use one of the color combos from today PTI Post in our creation.

PTI 11th Anniversary: Day 7 Dies Only

Hey there!  Have you been as busy as me creating lots of fun cards and projects along with the PTI 11th Anniversary Challenges?! I love this time of year and sure do get a LOT of projects done during the anniversary week.

PTI 11th Anniversary: Day 5 Retirement Challenge

Hey there! Hope you're enjoying the PTI Anniversary week as much as I am!  It's thrilling to see all of the new additions that will be added this coming year in terms of inspiration and new products! Now, on to the Day 5: Retirement Challenge.

PTI MIM: For Sale Sign and Alcohol Art?

Hey everyone!  I know, y'all are busy watching the Superbowl, friends, food and folly.  I on the other hand, am very close to my surgery date, so I MUST behave and lay low.  Thus, here I am blogging the PTI Make It Monday #311 Use Different Papers at the 11th hour.  BUT I discovered something sooooo remarkable, that my family just urged me on to blog these cards I made today.  I hope you like them, and perhaps even take a tip or two home with you. :D
First up, a PTI clear CS card with alcohol ink on vellum that was die cut with Stitched Rectangles.  The outer piece frames the front of the acetate card and the background is on the inside of the card.  You can really see the beauty of the inks and blending by letting the light hit the backside of the card and shine through. 
I found a beautiful set of napkins featuring lemons, outline doodles, script handwriting and die cut one with a large doily die.  The right side has a spray of "Fancy Foliage" cut from green tissue paper inked with New Leaf for dimension. 
The sentiment is 3 layers of stacked Rustic Cream CS, 1 layer of Smokey Shadow CS and the Alcohol Ink layer all cut and slightly off layered with a faith die.
To make the alcohol blended "Faith" word, I used a "For Sale" sign from our local Lowes store.  The back of it is white and is made from a material that mimicks Yupo Paper really well.  Honestly, using both this weekend, I could barely tell the difference for paper crafting purposes. 
I just cut the bottom corner out, layered the alcohol ink one color at a time and let each color dry completely before adding the next.  
Once satisfied, I die cut the sentiment.  So don't be afraid to use a For Sale sign and a few colors of alcohol ink just to get your feet wet.  I used 99% rubbing alcohol and rubber gloves.  No need to use the Blending Solution on a small project like that.  Just like the challenge, use what you have in your stash already to try new techniques.  No need to make major investments.
The next card is also a PTI Clear CS with another napkin die cut with the stitched rectangle die.  The napkin has beautiful dimension on it making for a gorgeous background. 

I cut PTI vellum with a beautiful die (that I can't recall the name of) and used it as a guide to layer Gathered Garden sprigs and bow to frame lemons from the Make It Market Mini: Still Life Kit.  

I stamped in ink and then added some copics for depth.  The "thanks" sentiment from the kit was layered up with Rustic Cream and Bazzill's Rock Candy CS.
Inside I layered another cut napkin and yellow CS to write on.  I really love them both and hope y'all do too. :D . Thanks for visiting and let me know what you think! Happy Crafting! :)

February Planner Pages with Digital Decorating

Hey Everyone!  Just a quick post sharing my February Planner Pages. I'm teaching myself Adobe Illustrator now too, so I've been glued to my chair as I discover all the AMAZING things that can be done! 

So here are my new Monthly pages for February. 

I LOVE flamingos so every month will have a flamingo on it somewhere. ;) As I get more done, I will post them.  If you have any questions, just leave me a comment and I'll answer you! Happy Planning!

Found: Linen Paper to Print Your 2018 Planner On and other Tips and Tricks!

Hey everyone!  I really enjoyed sharing my planner yesterday on the PTI blog and here on my blog yesterday.  I received some really good questions and thought I would share some tips and tricks for printing out your 2018 Planner today.

Tip 1: First up is the paper.  One of the reasons the PTI planner was so awesome was because of the linen paper.  It was thick enough to prevent ink bleed through, but thin enough not to clog up the planner binder. I separated the Months from the Weeks so that I could print them on different but complimentary papers.  You DON'T have to do this.  I printed the Months on the PTI Fresh Snow Linen paper.  Then.....
I found the PERFECT linen paper to print the Weeks on over at Amazon.  I've printed 3 complete planners out so far (one for my Sissy, SIL and me) and they all look amazing!  Here is a look at the paper up close.  The linen paper is double sided so both sides have the linen look and feel.  Some papers aren't like that so be sure to look in the description of any paper you might find.
In this photo the paper looks almost ivory (shows the grain a bit better), but in real life it VERY white!
(I'm not editing any of my photos today.  This post is a bit of a rush...sorry!) 

Tip 2: Next up is lining up your die.  I look through my paper and place a faint pencil mark where the back and front line up to place the die.  The linen paper makes this easy to do.
Tip 3:   Now lining up the weekly sheets with the die means that you are going to cut off a bit of the bottom of the page.  Every printer is different so you'll have to fool around with the pages and die to figure out where you will cut every time.  Above you can see that I cut on the 5th line of the bottom "notes" area on the left which didn't leave much room at the top.  On the right side I cut on the 4th line of the "notes" area and it looks perfect.
Tip 4: Measure twice and cut once. This is UBER important!  You don't want to make a mistake, because printing out another sheet is a bit tricky, wasteful and time consuming.  I use washi tape on both sides of the PTI MI page die to ensure a perfect cut every time. On this monthly page, I cut too far down and skimmed the bottom of the calendar.  After spending so much time cutting out the planners, I know now that trying to cut corners doesn't make for a well cut planner page. EEKS! So if you need to take a break, do so.  You don't want to burn out on the measuring and cutting.  You might wind up with a page like this one.
Tip 5: Monthly Tabs and Decorating.  I am reusing my PTI 2017 planner dividers.  But you can make them pretty easily with punches and tabs available at PTI and any crafting store.  For my sister, I found the Simple Stories Carpe Diem Mini Sticker Books. The stickers fit perfectly in this size planner and make for pretty decorating.  But you can still use all of your Planner stamps too since the linen paper prevents most bleed through.
Tip 6: The BEST Planner Pens.  I have been experimenting with different pens on the planner pages and found the Uni-Ball Signo pens to be the BEST!  They don't skip and they come in BEAUTIFUL colors.  There are also the TUL gel pens which are fabulous pens.  I'm sure there are others, but these are the ones that I've found.

I hope this post helps a little bit with the printing, cutting and assembling your Planner.  If you have any other questions, just leave me a note below and I'll respond. Happy Planning!

Start the New Year with a PTI Moments Inked Sized Planner!

Hey everyone!  I finally finished the Moments Inked sized Planner for 2018! It is my gift to all of my fellow MI planner peeps, and for those that might just be joining the Planner frenzy! Today I am posting the 2018 Months with a Monthly Planning page, 2 page Calendar and Lexi's Monthly Summary Page.

Click HERE for the complete 2018 Monthly pages download!

(the weekly pages are linked for download below)

Printing Instructions if you have a printer that prints Double Sided to fit in PTI binder:

In Adobe Acrobat, Select Print (Printer Icon)
Under Page Sizing & Handling, Select Booklet
Booklet Subset: Both Sides
Sheets from: Leave as is
Binding: Right
Under Orientation, Select Portrait
Leave Auto-Rotate Pages Unchecked
Click Print and you'll print out double sided pages that can be cut out using the page die perfectly!

If you don't have a double-sided printer, use these instructions:
To fit in the PTI binder:
Under "Page Sizing & Handling
Choose the "Multiple" box, Pages per sheet: "Custom" "1 by 2" and page order "Horizontal Reversed"
Under Orientation: Portrait and check the box "Auto-rotate pages within each sheet"
Then use your full page die to cut the months into binder size.

To fit in an A5 Binder:
Just print the pages one at a time. Then trim down to the size you like. Easy Peasy.

I have finished the weekly pages, but need to do a little tweaking (taking out my relatives birthdays and anniversaries).

The Complete 2018 Weekly Planner Pages are ready for download HERE.

I've really enjoyed making the pages, knowing that we all needed a planner that we could use in our MI binders.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I am.  Happy Planning!

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