Easy Steps for Spreading Cheer

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It’s time to ring in the season with some joy and color. No matter how you celebrate the holidays, it’s important to do what you can to spread some cheer around your community. I wanted to do something special, so I decided to #MoveFor prettying up some sidewalks around town with some holiday inspired designs and sayings. Hopefully when people see these, they’ll pause, smile, take pictures or simply feel inspired to do something creative themselves.

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Of course, all this running around town meant I needed to feel comfortable. I’m always on the hunt for the perfect sneaker, so I can move around the way I need to and still look stylish and not have to worry about spending all day in the same shoes. I was so excited when Easy Spirit reached out to partner with me for this project because it was the perfect pair of shoes for the excursion– especially because you all know how I feel about shoefies! If you would like to see how the project turned out and how to do something like it in your own community, keep reading for easy steps!

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Step One: Figure out what you’re going to write! You could just think about what messages you would like to stumble upon. Of course the internet is also the place to go for this. If you need a good place to start, check out my Word board on Pinterest for inspiring quotes and thoughts.

Step Two: Decide where to write. Pick out places in your town that people will see and that would benefit from the decoration. I chose a couple sidewalks near a school.

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Step Three: Go and do it! This can be a solo adventure or a trip out on the town with your tribe. Be sure to wear comfy shoes!

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Step Four: Document your process and handiwork.

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I loved doing this project because it’s focused on what my work is all about: bringing a little extra joy and sunshine into the lives of others using art and positivity. Try chalk lettering around your town with uplifting quotes as a "gift" to everyone. What will you do to lift the spirits of others this season?


This post is in collaboration with
Easy Spirit, all ideas and opinions are my own. As always, my creative partners and I appreciate the support.

Zinia’s Washi Vortex Layout

Hello everyone, it’s Zinia here and today I’d like to share with you a really fun way to use your washi tape stash to create a scrapbook layout.

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It goes without saying that I’m crazy about washi tapes. And just like most crafters out there, I have so many rolls in my stash that are good for a lifetime. So I’m always really excited to find new fun ways to use my favorite washi.

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This idea was actually inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Looking at the vortex shapes of the brush strokes on the sky of this painting I thought I can recreate a similar effect with small pieces of washi tape on my background. So I grabbed my Shine On washi tapes and a few more products and I got to work.

Before I started sticking the washi tape pieces, I covered the bottom part of my page with a piece of light blue pattern paper. You can definitely cover the whole background with this technique but I wanted to reserve some space for my journaling.

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To make the process faster, I cut pieces of wash tape in bulk and stuck them at the edge of my working desk. I had around 6-7 pieces of each color at a time and once I adhered those on my page, I just cut another batch to work with.

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To embellish the page, I chose some floral images from the ephemera pack and sticker book that had some sort of curvy design. I did that to carry that movement of the washi vortex on the rest of the design as well.

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

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Thanks so much for sharing this adorable layout, Zinia! Other Design Team member posts can be found here. Shop SHINE ON now! Check your local retailer and online at Simon Says Stamp and Scrapbook.com

Altenew’s Crafty Friends Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello Crafty Friends! Welcome to yet another amazing blog hop. Not only will you get to see projects from me and so many other members of the crafting community, you’ll also have the opportunity to win some incredible products from Altenew!  

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I'm so excited to be part of Day 2 of Altenew's Crafty Friends Blog hop. If you’re coming from Olga Moss and you’re new here - welcome! Please check out all the other blogs in the hop and see the amazing creations people are coming up with all these Altenew stamps, stencils and dies. 

The next stop on the hop is Therese Calvird. But before you head over to the other posts, be sure to read all the way to the end of this post to see all the blogs that are participating in the hop and learn how to enter into a big giveaway opportunity!

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For this post, I wanted to share something I made in what I call my “Hopes and Dreams” journal from Archer & Olive. Because it’s more of a free flowing book, I just gave myself some time to freely play with stamps and watercolors for the most part. Altenew stamps have a special place in my crafting heart because they do so much to bring a page or spread together. Adding stamps to empty spaces can also help alleviate that sinking feeling when you miss a day of journaling or crafting. Stamps are great because they add layering and depth to any spread and you don’t have to worry about your drawing skills if that isn’t your strong suit. 

Journal page by Amy Tangerine

I started with the stamping and then ended up doing the watercolor and journaling in bed. It’s amazing what you can do with your supplies!

The journaling came from the heart. Part of the inspiration came from a friend going through a tough time right now, and part of it was just a reminder to myself that though we all go through struggles, within us lies a light that is meant to shine bright.

Journal page by Amy Tangerine
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Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 5 lucky winners. There are also 12 awesome friends who are celebrating with us! Be sure to leave comments by Sunday, December 9th, 2018 for a chance to win! 37 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on all of these blogs (for the big prizes) and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on December 15th, 2018.


GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED - The winner is Teresa Doyle - Congrats! Please see the response to your comment for instructions on claiming your prize! : A $30 Gift Certificate is also being given away here. Leave a comment and a winner will be chosen and announced on this post. Good luck!

Violeta's Expo Layout

Hello! 

I am Violeta Scrap and I am very happy to show you a layout that I have made using some Amy Tangerine’s products of her very last collection. 

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For this Project I have used some pictures of some years ago that I wanted to use for a layout, but I could not find the perfect combination of papers and embellishments for them. 

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But some embellishments of the latest collection of Amy Tangerine inspired me to create a layout with earth tones. 

As base of the layout I have used a paper with orange tones that combines perfectly well with the pictures. Over it I have glued a white basic cardstock where I have cut some words with my silhouette Cameo.  After that I have glued the pictures and I have decorated the layout with different scrapbooking elements. 

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For the title of the project I have used some thickers in black from the latest Amy Tangerine’s collection. Moreover, I have added some chipboard in white and foil. They are perfect for this project. I think that the color combination and the embellishments of this layout are perfect to work with any of the others Amy collections. 

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I hope you liked this project. I have enjoyed so much doing this layout. If you have any question regarding the project, you can leave it in the comments section below. Thanks!

Supplies: On a Whim - 12x12 Double Sided Paper - Ray of Light (378722), On a Whim - 12x12 Double Sided Paper - Good Stuff (378735),  On a Whim - Sticker Book (378748), Sticker Book (376233)

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Thanks so much for sharing this layout with us, Violeta! Other Design Team member posts can be found here. Shop Sunshine and Good Times at your local retailer or online at Scrapbook.com and Simon Says Stamp.

be kind

Always Practice Reckless Optimism and Kindness

One of the best things you can do for yourself is be kind to others. Today and every day, let’s transform negativity and bad vibes with goodness and positivity. I know things can seem dark, discouraging and cynical. There’s so much happening that feels beyond our control. But I want to challenge you to put something beautiful out in the world today and just see what happens. It can be as small as a smile or word. It can also be a phone call, a pay it forward at your coffee shop, or sending a pretty card in the mail. Will you pay it forward?