Journal Studio Collection

Journal Studio Collection

Releasing a new collection is always so exciting for me because I get to see my work turned into something new and different. When something you doodle on paper turns into a real life journal or washi tape design, it feels like magic. And you all know how much I love traveler’s notebooks and this method of documenting and capturing the goodness in life. For a long time many of you have been asking about covers and other stationery specific products and we were able to make them happen!

Journal Studio Collection

This collaboration with Journal Studio by American Crafts is a great example of that because what we’ve put together is a set of unique supplies and materials that will look super cute no matter what you decide to use them for or how you may combine them. One of my favorite things about this collection is the way you can mix and match styles to suit your personality and lifestyle.

Journal Studio Collection

We all have different routines, schedules and needs when it comes to planners and journals, which is why so much of this collection is about being able to customize the supplies to fit your life.

Journal Studio Collection

The collection includes journal inserts, washi tapes, sticker books, craft pouches, journal covers, and so much more! The designs feature vibrant, colorful, and playful patterns that will be sure to brighten your day, no matter what may happen.

Journal Studio Collection
Journal Studio

I hope you enjoy this collection and find all kinds of creative ways to use Journal Studio. This will be shipping to stores at the end of October, so let your local paper stores know you want them to bring it in! I’ll let you know here online too when it hits retailers and try to even film a walk through video showing all the products. Be sure to let me know what you like about it and if you’d like to see more collaborations like it in the future.

Zinia's Monochromatic Layout

Hello everyone, it’s Zinia here and today I’d like to share with you a monochromatic layout I created using the beautiful Shine On collection by Amy and American Crafts.

Monochromatic Layout

This collection is full of gorgeous colors as well as a bunch of amazing neutral elements. I decided to embrace the kraft and gold elements from the collection and create a monochromatic layout design.

Since most of the pattern papers are full of amazing colors, I decided to work on a white piece of cardstock and focus on the embellishments.

Monochromatic Layout

To make my background a bit more interesting, I grabbed some Mermaid Markers in neutral colors and doodled some rings around the page. I felt that the circles will match beautifully with the circular flower designs that are included in the collection.

I created a cluster of floral images on kraft paper to create a cozy bed for my photo, making sure there’s a lot of the design showing around the edges as I didn’t want to cover it up.

Monochromatic Layout

Then I picked some of the clear stickers from the sticker book and spread them around for more lovely details. I really love how the white clear stickers sit on top of the rings I painted with my markers, making them pop against the darker colors.

Other than that, I kept my design very minimal as I wanted to embrace the whole black and white/neutral spirit without added clutter.

Monochromatic Layout

Of course you can recreate this design with any colors you love but I’d highly recommend that you give these neutral elements a chance and allow them to be the stars of your creations.

Zinia's Monochromatic

I really hope you enjoyed this page, until next time, happy crafting.

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320572 MERMAID MARKERS - CELESTIAL SKY, 376369 MERMAID MARKERS, 348253 Shine on Cardstock Stickers, 348249 Shine on Thickers Miscellanea, 348250 Shine On Ephemera, 348256 Shine On Bows, 348254 Shine On Sticker Book

You can find the entire Shine On collection here.

Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers

As you probably already know, I am pretty obsessed with watercolors and brushes, so when Altenew combined the two, I was beyond excited to try them. Any excuse to play around with Altenew's Watercolor Brush Markers is fine by me, so here we are - another blog hop. If you’re coming from Therese Calvird and you’re new here - welcome! Please check out the other blogs in the hop and see the amazing creations people are coming up with all using these beautiful, vibrant brush pens.

pretty much the best

Create stunning works of art with these Watercolor Brush Markers. The barrel is filled with water-based color, and coordinates with Altenew’s line of inks. The flexible, yet sturdy bristles on the brush tip allow you to form both broad and fine strokes. Color can be applied straight from the marker, or diluted with water for a softer look.

pick the goodness in everyday

I loved diluting them with water and even blending colors while doing lettering. You can see how I played around in this video on my YouTube channel. That’s also where I will be giving away a $40 gift card ($20 from Altenew and $20 from me) so you can get crafty. Just be sure you’re subscribed and check out the details in the description box.

Altenew is giving away a $40 gift certificate to six lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Wednesday, October 10th for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 10/12/2018.

The next stop on the hop is the Altenew Scrapbook Blog!

Jack loves his books!

Jack Loves His Books!

People often ask me what I’m reading and what books I’m loving most. Funnily enough, a good portion of the books I read these days are not necessarily for me, but for a 5 year old. It’s a true gift for an author to be able to appeal to both the parent and child, especially since many of the books we read are read not just once, but sometimes hundreds of times. Although Jack has mastered his ABC’s, he’s not quite ready to move on to reading books by himself, he is reading and recognizing certain words! Jack’s taste in books has changed quite a bit over the years. Luckily, thanks to gifts from close family and friends, our little library has grown to keep up with him! I thought I would go ahead and share a list of Jack’s favorites right now and what he likes about them.

Jack Loves His Books

Meet the Artist: David Hockney

Why Jack likes it: This book covers the life of an amazing artist and it includes so many fun ideas and activities for a budding artist.

Iggy Peck Architect

Why Jack likes it: It’s so creative and it rhymes. Iggy builds incredible things out of unusual materials — like a bridge out of diapers! Jack loves the hyjinx and gets lots of laughs from a heartwarming story about a boy who stands up for what he loves.

Iggy Peck’s Big Project Book for Architects

Why Jack likes it: This book is so hands-on. There are activities, drawing prompts and challenges! Plus, Iggy’s adventures as an unusual architect continue.

Vegetables in Underwear

Why Jack likes it: the words rhyme, the illustrations are so cute, and of course what 5-year-old boy doesn’t love talking about underwear?!?

Once Upon A Time by Guridi

Why Jack likes it: The real draw here are the cute illustrations…. I mean, just look at that little mustache. Plus it’s kind of a cliffhanger, but if I am being completely honest, this one isn’t my favorite to read over and over again.

Star Wars Block: This is a complete guide to a Galaxy far far away.

Why Jack Likes It: All the characters! With this book, Jack feels like the force is always with him!

Jack Loves His Books

Do you and your little ones have any favorite reads? Be sure to pass along recommendations!

On the Crafty A** Female Podcast!!

Time to Get Crafty

SO excited to have been invited by the ladies of Crafty Ass Female to be a guest on their podcast! It was such a blast.

The three of us discussed all sorts of awesome things and played games— including “my therapist said…” and talked about how to let go of negativity in our lives. We talk about doing life ‘out of order’, having a positive outlook, how I’m working smarter not harder, and more. When they asked me about my definition of success, I said that it’s an idea that has changed and shifted over time for me:

“…Success to me has just always kind of been ‘GO GO GO’ and what I realized is, you know, true success is when you can do what you want, and if that means take a pause and say ‘hey, you know what? I’m just not feeling that good today’ or ‘I’m not feeling like doing that today, I need to take a wellness day and just go and sit at the park, or just get my paints out and do something just for me’…and I think that’s okay…I think that’s my definition of success lately…”

There was so much more awesomeness in our conversation and I encouraged you to check it out! Be sure to let me know what you think! They also chose my book Craft a Life You Love as their book club pick of the season, which is just so amazing. Hope you get a chance to listen and be sure to let Amanda and Kristin know what you thought of the episode! XO!