Our Beautiful Trip to Bermuda!

Last month, I had the absolute pleasure of staying at the Hamilton Princess in Bermuda with my friend Alisha! The pink palace invited her to come and she asked me to tag along. Of course I had to say yes!

I just love the fact that like-minded creative people can travel together and support one another! Alisha is a friend of mine as well as somebody who I admire for her work ethic and creative drive. I love her spirit of wanting to try new things and just going for it! She runs Lish Creative and is an inspiring entrepreneur for sure.

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We received such a warm welcome with a private check-in, a special gold elevator, and a few trays of beautiful treats in the room upon arrival! Everyone at the Hamilton Princess is so nice and we were excited to be there. The Gold lounge was really great - they had daily breakfast, afternoon tea, evening hors d'oeuvres, and a happy hour with complimentary drinks!

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I brought a lot more shoes than I usually pack for trips because I knew that we’d be taking a lot of photos! They ended up coming in handy, as you’ll see later in this post.

We only had two full days in Bermuda so we wanted to make sure we got the most of our short time there. 

We ended up stopping in the boutiques after one of our photo sessions and they had some really cute dresses! Though I didn't use to believe in indulging in resort wear, I love the idea of supporting local boutiques while I'm away. Plus every time you wear or use what you got from a trip, you can reminisce and re-live those moments. We also could not get enough of the colorful walls. There was a photo op around every corner. The town of Hamilton is walking distance from the hotel, so we did some exploring.

On this trip, there have been amazingly serendipitous things that have happened to us and I think that that happens when you’re traveling with the right attitude and outlook. Hard work, consistency, and a little bit of luck can go a long way.

The second and last full day of our trip, we had the opportunity to meet Peter, the man who runs the town of St George’s! The lovely Brittany, who seemed to know everyone in Bermuda, took us around and showed us some amazing places to take pictures. This blue romper by Lovers and Friends was so comfy!!

So much loveliness everywhere we looked.

The gift shop at the resort (@luxurygiftsbermuda) had this pool float by Sunny Life Australia. We were excited to take some fun photos of it, got it blown up at the moped rental place, carried it back to the pink palace, and decided it was too windy and cold to actually get into the pool.

So what did we do instead? We photographed it all over the hotel, then took advantage of the amazing light in my room and did a photo shoot there too. When you make the best of what's around, really awesome (and sometimes hilarious) things can happen. Sometimes you just gotta do ridiculous things, wouldn't you agree?

The resort is really gorgeous. Everywhere we went, they had the coolest art hanging on the walls! I’m not sure if anyone else gets as excited about the art as I did, but I thought it was just the coolest. It was especially neat seeing the Julian Opie pieces as we saw his exhibits while in Japan last November. Also, Gray Malin's pieces were for sale in the boutique and Alisha and I had the pleasure of meeting him while in Palm Springs for Alt Summit.

In the lounge on our last night there, we met Haley and Kaylee who were so sweet! I encouraged them to add some stamping and brush lettering to my bullet journal and found out that Kaylee loves Tombows as much as I do - she used them to address her wedding invitations! We enjoyed dinner once again at Marcus and had an incredible meal all together. 

We were sad to leave our new friends, but how wonderful is it when you just hit it off with total strangers? Our voices were gone from talking all night with them. It was such an amazing time filled with fun and laughs and beautiful scenery!

Here’s my video from the trip, so you can feel like you were a part of the journey - without having to run through the airport like we did.

I really enjoyed going to Bermuda with Alisha and I hope that I get to visit the Hamilton Princess again someday. Alisha's post is up on her blog along with some free wallpapers. When you think of the word paradise, which location pops into your mind first? I'd love to hear about your own personal paradise in the comments below.

Carson's Awesome Layout

Hello new friends! I’m so excited to be here sharing my first official layout as a design team member!  For this project I created a fun and vibrant layout using so many fabulous bits and pieces from Amy’s latest collection, On a Whim.  I love everything about this collection but my absolute favorite products are those lovely emboss resist hang tags.  I knew I wanted to feature them on this layout so I cracked out my trusty tin of watercolors and painted them to match the lovely greens, pinks and yellows found in the collection. 

With so many wonderful papers in the collection it was hard work choosing my background, but there is just something so perfect about that pink ombre paper that I kept coming back to it again and again.  Once I had my elements laid out across the page, I knew that I needed a little more interest on the background, so that’s where the thin gold washi tape came in.  It’s amazing how just a few lines on a page can really ground all the different elements and tie them together.  Of course it helps if those lines have a gorgeous golden sheen to them. 

To finish the layout, I created a few clusters of varied embellishments, added my journaling to a sweet circle die-cut and twisted some colorful twine around my “Awesome” title to tie it in with the twine on the tags. 

Just remember, you don’t need to have beach photos or an addiction to donuts to use this collection.  The colors are so fun and versatile it can really work for any occasion that you want to scrap with a vibrant color palette.  As you can see I scrap my boys with the brightest of pinks and I will continue to do so until they start complaining, maybe even longer JI love that there are no rules when it comes to scrapping!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Happy Crafting Friends!

Carson

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Supplies: On A Whim Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Confetti (378732), On A Whim Collection - Washi Tape Pack with Foil Accents (378747), On A Whim Collection - Water Color Resist Tags with Foil Accents (378752), On A Whim Collection - Thickers – Phrases (378746), On A Whim Collection - Cardstock Stickers with Foil Accents - Accents and Phrases (378749), On A Whim Collection - Ephemera with Foil Accents (378750), On A Whim Collection - Cardstock Sticker Book with Foil Accents (378748).

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

Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links. I receive a small percentage of sales at no cost to you. My creative partners and I really appreciate your continued support and every little bit helps me to bring you consistent content!

April Bullet Journal Q&A

Over on my Instagram account, I asked if you had any Bullet Journal-related questions and a bunch of people sent these in! (If you’re not already following along there, I’m @amytangerine. I would love to see you there too!) For my full answers and a look at how I set up my April bullet journal spreads, watch my latest Plan With Me video.

@meandmybutton asked: What are your thoughts on planning ahead? How many days and weeks do you prepare in advance?

Well, quite honestly, because I use my Google Calendar for set deadlines and meetings, I really only plan one or two weeks out in advance in my bullet journal. I like that I can always reference my google calendar on my laptop, my computer, or my phone so that reduces how much I need to write in my planner. I’ve found that combining analog with digital and using each for different kinds of tasks and plans works well for me and makes planning ahead less overwhelming.

@letteringbyusha asked: I would love to know where you get your inspiration from and what supplies you’ve been loving!

My inspiration really just comes from my mood at the time when I’m setting up these weekly spreads! As I’m working in my bullet journal, I go with what feels right and what I decide to do in the moment. I find that it helps to remind myself that I don’t have to decorate every page if I’m not feeling inspired as I’m working on it.

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Here are the supplies I’ve been using in my bullet journal recently that are still available! 

Yellow Journal | Pilot G2 Pens | Tombow Brush 96 Pens Set | Tombow Glue and Adhesive | On A Whim products | All The Things pouch | Craft Tote Illustrated Faith | Illustrated Faith Black Ink | Washi Tape Illustrated Faith | My Brush Letter Alphabet stamps | Washi Tape | Roller Date Stamp | Acrylic Blocks | Sweet Stamp Shop

Another thing that’s really great about the bullet journal system is that you can make it whatever you want it to be and use whatever you have on hand. For that reason, I actually used a bunch of old supplies that aren’t available anymore when I was working on this month’s spreads! 

@rrrrachely asked: “What do you recommend when you have a full to-do list and you are not sure where to begin?”

To be honest with you, productivity has been something that I have had to keep at the forefront of my mind because I’ve had my own business since I graduated from college. I’ve tried many different systems that have worked for me throughout that time, but one of my favorites was the Get To Work Book. That particular system was really good for me because it provides room for three to-do list items that are the most important.

What I learned through using that system is that even if you dread those three important things, tackling them first thing helps you to get that out of the way so that you can do more fun stuff. For that reason, I really try to prioritize those three tasks.

Sometimes, I also set up little reward systems to encourage myself to finish my work! If I get those hard things done, then I’ll allow myself a little reward and do something that’s just for me. Whatever that thing that you love doing is, you can use it to reward yourself. You could get a manicure or a massage, go for a walk, or even create some art for no reason at all. I found that the system of incentivizing the tougher tasks really works for me.

@milafeijoo asked: “How do you figure out the spacing of your days ahead of time?” 

Monday and Tuesday are usually my busiest days, so I’ve learned to leave the most space in the beginning of the week.

Sometimes, I add a section on my weekly spread that I title, “This Week”. That gives me a place where I can really highlight the priorities that stand out for the week and I can make sure there’s space to write those important tasks because they aren’t divided up by day. Then, I can write the smaller tasks and to-dos on each individual day. Because that extra section takes most of the weight, I usually don’t have to worry that I’ll fill up a day and run out of space for more tasks.

This works better for me because sometimes, things carry over for multiple days. If I am really doing it the “bullet journal way” where I’m constantly migrating the same task over and over again, I find that I prefer to keep that task in one spot for the whole week.

This is a good time to mention that there are really no set rules with this system. I like that when something in the basic system doesn’t work for me, I can adjust it! That’s just one example of how I’ve changed the system to make more sense for my working style.

@cindykwaldron asked: “Do you use one planner for all aspects of your life or do you use a couple different planners for family, business, personal, etc?”

I only use this one planner for all areas of my life. I’m personally just better at keeping everything in one place where I can pay the most attention to it and keep it up to date.

That’s it for today’s answers! If you have any more questions about bullet journaling that you’d like to hear me answer in a future Plan With Me video, leave them in the comments below!

Here is the full video where you can see how I’ve been filling out my bullet journal and hear more about my creative process.

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DIY Happy Spring Card - Easy Watercolor Resist Technique

I know it's been Spring for some time now, but I couldn't resist showing you how to make a pretty watercolor greeting card that uses a super easy technique. You can use it to write anything you’d like, but mine is going to say, “Happy Spring!”. 

Watch this tutorial video to see how I made this lovely springtime card using a easy resist technique! 

1. Paint your message onto the card using Pebeo Drawing Gum, which is a masking fluid. 

Whatever you paint with this will stay white as long as you make sure that you have enough coverage. Feel free to add any other little details as well - I painted some little flowers to fill in some of the blank space!

2. Let it dry. 

I let mine sit for about 20 minutes until the drawing gum was dry to the touch.

3. Paint over the whole card.

I used horizontal strokes and an ombre effect by blending the colors together, but you can do this any way you want. As long as you’ve covered the whole design from earlier and choose colors that aren’t too close to white, your message should be readable. I mostly just played with the paints until I liked the way it looked!

4. Once the paint has dried, remove the Pebeo Drawing Gum with an eraser. 

Gently rub the eraser on your design so the masking fluid comes off. Take your time peeling it off if you’re a perfectionist; mine stuck to the paper in a few places whenever I rushed too much.

My favorite part is getting to see the resist effect taking shape as you remove the drawing gum. It’s kind of therapeutic! And once you’ve finished, you’ll be left with a lovely watercolor resist card.

What I love about this project is that it’s so simple, you can really just have fun and enjoy the process! I hope that you do too. If you’re inspired to make a card using this technique, be sure to tag it #amytangerine on Instagram. I’ll choose some of my favorites to feature in a future blog post! 

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Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links. I receive a small percentage of sales at no cost to you. My creative partners and I really appreciate your continued support and every little bit helps me to bring you consistent content! 

Zinia's Ice Cream Layout

Hello everyone! My name is Zinia Amoiridou from Abstract Inspiration and I’m really thrilled to be here and share with you fun creations using Amy’s gorgeous designs.

The layout I’m gonna share with you today is really sweet and whimsical. I used a mix of the two most recent collections Amy designed “Oh happy day” and “Oh a whim”. On a first glance, you may think that these collections don’t work well together but if you isolate the colors a little bit, they complement each other beautifully.

So to create this page, I used a few of my favorite papers from “On a whim” to create an ice cream on a stick. Instead of using my Silhouette, I decided to free hand the design and make it look a bit more playful. I drew the ice cream on a scrap piece of printer paper, cut it down to pieces and used it as a template to cut my paper. As I was cutting the pieces I decided to do some decorative drips. After I put the pieces together, I cut off any excess from the sides and rounded the bottom corners.

For my background, I picked a paper from “Oh happy life” and I started building the final page. I placed the ice cream around the middle and created a small cluster to help my photo pop. I used a couple of ephemera pieces and paper scraps to layer behind the picture and embellished around with products from both collections.

I really love mixing different materials so I included clear stickers, puffy stickers, chipboard, washi tape, rubber shapes and even a little bit of stamping. I also fussy cut some hearts from one of the cut apart sheets and used them around the page as ephemera.

As a final touch, I added some big splatters around the ice cream. I used hot pink next to the blue and blue next to hot pink to keep the colors balanced across the page.

I love how this page turned out. Both collection scream summer and fun and this design really captures that vibe. I hope you will give it a go.

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

Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links. I receive a small percentage of sales at no cost to you. My creative partners and I really appreciate your continued support and every little bit helps me to bring you consistent content!