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Hello crafty friends! It’s Zinia here and today I want to share with you a really fun technique to create a custom pattern for your projects. Although I’m using this on a scrapbook layout, you can adjust the size and use it in cards minibooks or any other type of craft.
I used some hexagon dies to cut my paper but if you don’t have dies you can use a punch, your electronic die-cutting machine or just fussy cut the shape. I used some of my favorite patterns from Amy’s latest collection Sunshine and Good Times and I made sure to grab a nice variety of patterns and colors.
I decided to build my pattern on top of some colored cardstock. I pulled a beautiful sheet of turquoise and used it to cover approximately half of my background. I also used a strip of washi tape as a border to separate the white background from the turquoise pattern base.
The next step is really fun and easy! Just grabbing the hexagons randomly and sticking them down to build a pattern. Instead of aligning their flat sides, I connected my neighboring hexagons at the corners. This way I created some small triangle gaps in between to let the turquoise pop.
If you skip one hexagon in this arrangement, you will create a star shape, so I used that to my advantage and intentionally created some stars. The create the perfect little spot for extra embellishments or just to add your journaling.
Once all the hexagons were stuck down, I decided that the whole piece had too much turquoise and it didn’t really look balanced. To fix that, I pulled my favorite American Crafts paint markers and I colored in some of the gaps with different colors.
When the balance was restored and I was happy with my pattern piece, I moved to the top of the page and I started working on my photo and title. I tried to keep things relatively simple cause I didn’t want to steal the spotlight from my fancy hexagon pattern.
I used a few ephemera pieces to frame my photo and a few butterfly stickers flying away from my title. Then as a final touch I added a couple of pink splatters around.
I really hope you will give this technique a go and you will create some fun hexagon patterns with your favorite papers. Until next time, happy crafting.
SUPPLY LIST: 345685 12x12 PATTERNED PAPER Family Fun, 345686 12x12 PATTERNED PAPER Click Click, 345692 12x12 PATTERNED PAPER Let's Hug, 345694 12x12 PATTERNED PAPER Love You Bunches, 345698 12x12 PATTERNED PAPER Yesss Please, 345703 12x12 PATTERNED PAPER Flutter By, 345704 12x12 PATTERNED PAPER Turn the Corner, 345707 12x12 PATTERNED PAPER Bloom Big Time, 345713 THICKERS Let's Dance, 345712 MINI PUFFY STICKERS, 345720 STICKER BOOK, 345709 EPHEMERA, 345710 WASHI TAPE, American Crafts Paint Markers
In honor of National Bike Month, my friends at Dynacraft sent Jack his very first bike! I remember my first bike and it was a red Schwinn that my parents said at the time was more expensive than a lot of the things they owned. I still have fond memories of riding my bike to so many places in Wilmette, IL and was so happy once I got the training wheels off when I was five. I felt similar joy when I got a new bike when Jack was a baby - these photos just melt me.
Jack got this awesome 16" Hot Wheels Bike with a special "Rev Grip" that makes it look, sound, and feel like a real motorbike! I wish I had captured Jack's reaction after it was put together because it was truly priceless. He now wants to take it for a spin every single day. The steel BMX frame and all-terrain tires help young riders race through all types of road conditions safely & smoothly, and make for hours of biking fun! We took it for a spin at the beach and I was so grateful to have Stephanie from Ographr in tow to capture the smiles.
Recently, I've felt like I needed a change and while I love my bullet journal, I couldn't help thinking that it was taking too long to set up. So when I was at a Hobonichi class at PlannerCon in March, I totally caved and I’ve been loving it. I got the Hobonichi Techo Cousin 2018 Spring Edition in A5, which is same size as my bullet journal but the pages are already marked!
If you aren’t familiar with Hobonichi planners, they’re filled with Tomoe River Paper which is the most amazing paper. It’s like magic because it’s super thin and a bit transparent, but you can also use watercolors and markers with no bleed through.
I’ve been having a really fun time stamping and pasting things into my Hobonichi. You can see that the most random things get included like the sticker to Jack's salmon sashimi from Whole Foods. If you've been following me for a while, you know I love to put in all kinds of random bits. This planner is exactly what I’ve been longing for - a place to secure all those loose items I tend to keep and let pile up for scrapbooking "one day". I use it to document my days by combining lots of different mediums and using a bunch of my supplies - win win!
Watch this video to see me flip through my new planner and share some of the tips I’ve figured out along the way.
Let me know if you have any tips for keeping a Hobonichi planner or suggestions for a cover you love - it doesn’t have to be an official one! I’m still looking for the right one.
Shop Sunshine and Good Times at your local retailer or on Scrapbook.com
I was recently given the opportunity to pack up the family & spend some time at Great Wolf Lodge. It was our first trip there (and to any indoor waterpark), and wow, what an experience! Even from the very start of our stay, I was tremendously impressed. They are so high tech! Upon arrival, I got a warm text welcome from Brinley, our personal in-house assistant. How cool is that? We stayed in a family suite which was cute & cozy. It truly had the perfect cabin aesthetic with two queen sized beds and a pull out sofa.
As far as activities went - we had a non-stop blast! Our friends came along for the adventure. The kids loved experiencing the waterpark and taking brief breaks to munch on tasty nachos. My college friend Dana even convinced me to go down a giant waterslide which was all at once nerve wracking and oh so fun. It reminded me of being a teenager as we sat in one of those figure 8 rafts and coasted down the huge tube. After we dried off we got down & boogied at the bubble party. Guys, this kiddie celebration was too cute! They played popular pop tunes while the room filled up with bubbles. Another fun adventure was playing a mystical, interactive video game where Jack and I got to wave wands & make some magic of our very own! Apparently doing the entire course can take 8 hours, so it's a wonderful thing to do over the span of a couple days.
The meals there were delicious & extremely accommodating for those with specific dietary needs. The menu is marked accordingly so I was able to order gluten-free calamari & a gluten-free wedge salad with ease. For all of my meat eaters out there, I suggest ordering the steak. It was delicious!
After putting ourselves into a little bit of a food coma, the kids got personalized leather bracelets from a kiosk downstairs. The stand had a machine that etched the kids' names on colorful cuffs. In addition to the stuffed animals they got to see get stuffed and dressed, these were perfect souvenirs!
The next day I got the opportunity to host a craft session for a bunch of great kiddos and parents! Each participant got a pre-made design kit to help them style their very own mini traveler's notebook. All of the children took an Instax picture using the SQ10 with Wiley - the adorable, furry Great Wolf Lodge mascot - which served as the centerpiece of their project! Everyone was so creative & colorful with their individual books. It truly was a fun craft.
We ended our trip with a visit to the candy store where we got some sweet parting gifts! While our stay at Great Wolf Lodge was quick, it definitely was a memory that will last a lifetime! If you have little ones or are just young at heart I highly recommend you stop by for your very own adventure!
Thanks to Great Wolf Lodge for hosting my family for the night in exchange for leading the workshop!
Since May is National Water Safety Month, Aquatics Director at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California Wendy Rosales is sharing her top water safety tips, to spread awareness and educate families on the importance of staying safe around water.
Nationally recognized as a leader in water safety by Ellis & Associates, a renowned international organization focused on aquatic safety, Great Wolf Lodge has safely welcomed millions of families over the years to its resorts. Whether planning a family vacation this summer to the beach, lake or waterpark, families can prepare for fun-filled time in the splash zone with these top tips:
- Never swim alone. Always use the buddy system and be sure the area is well supervised by lifeguards before you or other family members enter the water.
- Encourage your child to wear a life jacket. Many public pools and water parks provide life jackets for your use free of charge and it’s better to be on the safe side if your child is not a confident swimmer.
- Never assume someone else is watching your child. Even with lifeguards nearby, you have the responsibility for your child. The best way to keep your child safe is to play right alongside them.
- Stay hydrated. Swimming and playing takes a lot of energy, especially during the hot summer months. Drink plenty of water or sports drinks and rest in a cool location.
- Forget the Bling. Before heading to the beach, pool or water park, avoid swimsuits that have ties, grommets or decorations that could get caught on something during water activities.
- Skip the flip-flops. Look for sandals with a heel strap or a full-coverage slip-on water shoe that will stay in place both in and out of the water.
- Too much sun is no fun. Be sure to limit your exposure during peak hours of 12pm-3pm and reapply waterproof/sweat proof sunscreen every 80 minutes.
- Take a CPR course. Knowing these skills can be important in any environment. This is a skill we all can benefit from – on land and around water.
- Read all of the signs before going on a waterslide, pool or attraction. Make sure your child meets the posted requirements. If you have questions about an attraction, ask an employee at the facility.
- Plan ahead. As a family, decide on a meeting place to go to if anyone gets separated. Kids can take off in instant and crowded parks and beaches can make it difficult for little ones to find you. Choose an easy-to-spot location that can be easily found by all family members.
- If you see someone struggling in the water, call for help. Remember “Reach or Throw, Don’t Go!” Even professionally trained lifeguards don’t enter the water without having the proper flotation devices to keep themselves safe.