Slice of Life is Here!

Pumpkin Spice, crisp crunchy leaves on the pavement, a hint of chill in the air – I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Autumn is right around the corner. My newest collection from American Crafts, Slice of Life, is all about celebrating the cool crisp vibes in the most colorful, vibrant way possible. I walk through the entire collection in a YouTube video item-by-item so you can see everything for yourself.  I hope you *fall* for it as hard as I did.

Slice of Life is Here

I wanted something to encapsulate the bright, warmth of fall, so this collection features a whimsical set of icons and images. Think of laid back, crisp Autumn days, cozy striped sweaters, comfort food and fall foliage. I’m going to give you a glimpse of each item in the collection. I can’t wait to see all the gorgeous things you all will create with Slice of Life. Hopefully, you have time to check out the video or even better yet– make a bee-line to your closest local crafts store and see the items for yourself. If not, I’m including three highlights from the collection here: 

Slice of Life is Here
  1. Paperclips -  Unfortunately, I’m allergic to cats so these adorable bookmarks are the closest I can get to our feline furry friends, so I’ll just go ahead and say that these are just PURRRR fect, hahaha see what I did there?

  2. Acrylic Stamps - Okay so stamping is a bit of an obsession of mine and now I want to share the love. This set of 13 acrylic stamps will help add ink and dimension to your pages – whether you need a tiny paw print, cluster of hearts, or a unique way to say hooray, these are sure to make a good impression. 

  3. Mini puffy stickers - pastries, pets, and pretzels...What’s not to love about this cute sheet of mini puffy stickers? Tiny enough to fit anywhere you might need, this set is a colorful reminder to  look on the bright side, enjoy your tea, and embrace those autumn vibes. 

Slice of Life is Here

For the rest of the collection, be sure to watch the video and stay tuned for more projects using it on my Instagram. Be sure to let me know– what do you think about Slice of Life? Which items are you most excited to try out? Do you have a favorite pattern? I love hearing from you all and seeing the amazing things you create. 

3 Highlights from the Erin Condren Workshop

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Find out what you love to do and where your heart sings. Make it a part of your every day. Last month, I had the opportunity to head down to the beautiful state of Texas to teach a stamping workshop at the Erin Condren Flagship store in Austin. It was an amazing time! I got to play fun products from our collaboration and interact with some awesome crafters.

Highlights from the Erin Condren Workshop

Here are three highlights from the workshop:

1. The awesome space. If you haven’t had the opportunity to go to an Erin Condren store, you should. It’s colorful, inspiring, and an ideal space for stamping and crafting to happen. After all, it’s hard not to smile when you’re on a rainbow staircase with an amazing group of crafty women!

Highlights from the Erin Condren Workshop
Highlights from the Erin Condren Workshop

2. The incredible sense of community and positivity. We spent Saturday morning sharing the joy of stamping, planning and getting creative. We used the stamps in my collaboration with Erin, of course. In a world, where competition is so dominant, it’s an amazing feeling to come into a space where everyone gets to express themselves, there are no wrong answers or bad ideas– it’s just people putting themselves out there, trying new things and seeing what happens. It’s one of my favorite things to see how people inspire and encourage each other.

Highlights from the Erin Condren Workshop
3 Highlights from the Erin Condren Workshop

3.  Getting to see products being put to good use and all the amazing different ways people use them to make their own crafts! Also I’m seriously considering putting together a creative retreat so let me know in the comments where you’d want it to be held! I’ve also created an interest form you can fill out here.

3 Highlights from the Erin Condren Workshop

So many people reach out to me and say they aren’t sure where to start or what to focus on in their creative journeys. If you’re looking for more great ways to craft a life you love, the only signed copies of my book are available at Erin’s flagship store in Austin.

3 Highlights from the Erin Condren Workshop

It’s hard to not smile when you’re on a rainbow staircase with an amazing group of crafty women! It was such an amazing morning sharing the joy of stamping, planning and getting creative. There’s nothing like connecting in person so hopefully you can join on the Plannerland in Paradise Cruise in March 2020 that I’m excited to be a part of. Have you gone to a live event? Aren’t they the best? You can always see where I will be for events listed on the sidebar of the blog.

Photos courtesy of Thao Lou.

Stamping Fun + Teaching in TX!

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There’s a first for everything and in this case, I’m so excited to announce my first ever workshop in Texas!! Just in case you didn’t know, I update the sidebar ———————-> with the latest workshops and appearances.

Amy Tangerine Workshop with Erin Condren

This is a workshop perfect for stamp beginners, experts and anyone in between. The best part? Well, it’s actually hard to pinpoint the very best, so instead I want to share a list of the top 3 reasons to attend the workshop:

  1. It’s at the Erin Condren Flagship Store in Austin. (You may remember my little visit in this video from last year.) Not only will you have a chance to spend time learning and creating with me, you’ll also get to experience the store (it’s epic!), customize your planner, and shop for more colorful craft supplies.

  2. The workshop is only $85 and you will receive $38 worth of swag including items from the Erin Condren x Amy Tangerine Collection: Amy Tangerine Petite Journal, Small Designer Clear Stamping Block, Designer Clear Stamp Sheet, Erin Condren Well Kept Wipes, Designer Dual-Tip Marker. If you’re a novice when it comes to stamping, you’ll walk away with the know-how and the supplies to get a healthy stamping obsession started.

  3. Meet new friends who also have a passion for creating crafty things. One of the things that first attracted me to the crafting community was just that – the community of amazing women who were so welcoming, inspiring, and friendly. The best place to meet awesome people who could become lifelong friends is at events like these!

Sign up here - spaces are limited and I would love to see you there! Will you sign up and learn the secrets to becoming a successful stamp aficionado? If you already stamp, what’s your favorite way to use them? Be sure to let me know in the comments! Check out this video, which just launched on YouTube where I stamp in a planner and an Erin Condren Petite Journal.

Hobonichi Techo Flip Through!

Journaling in Hobonichi Techo

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.

Amy Tangerine Hobonichi

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!

Amy Tangerine Hobonichi

Watch this video to see me flip through my new planner and share some of the tips I’ve figured out along the way. 

In the video, I also mentioned my sticker book and planner pouch in case you're interested in either!

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. 

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Testing Markers for Brush Lettering

Markers for Brush Lettering

Lately, I’ve been really enjoying brush lettering with markers so I wanted to try out a few different brands to compare them.

To test out these different markers and how they work with brush lettering, I made a video writing out example lettering swatches using each color that I can use as a reference later. For each one, I cut out a piece of American Crafts cardstock to size and taped it to the back of each package of markers. I find this super helpful when I’m looking for a specific color because it’s more true to how it will actually look than the color on the caps.

Watch this video to see how each of the markers writes and to hear my extended thoughts on working with them!

Crayola markers

I’ve seen lots of photos on instagram and pinterest of people using these classic Crayola markers from my childhood to create lovely brush lettering designs, so I wanted to try it out! It does take a bit of getting used to even though the basic principles are the same, but this is a pretty good, inexpensive option that you can find almost anywhere.

Yoobi brush pens

These Yoobi double-sided markers are fairly new to me. They’re at what I think is a pretty reasonable price point and you can buy them at Target, so that’s awesome. The colors are very vibrant and bold and the tips feel slightly stiffer than the Tombows.

Tombow dual brush pens

These are the markers I’ve been using most often lately and I have the 96 pack - there are so many colors available!

For those of you who have been wanting to start brush lettering, don’t get discouraged if you don’t like your results right away! If you spend just 15 minutes a day practicing your brush lettering with your favorite tools, you’ll be surprised by how much you’ll improve after only a few weeks. Gaining confidence with a skill like this takes practice and trying new types of markers will take some getting used to.

If you have any favorite markers that you love to use, tell me about them in the comments below! I'd love to hear from you. 

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