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Happy New Year!!!

September 17th, 2012

Happy New Year Card

To all my Jewish readers and friends – Happy New Year!

May you have a sweet and wonderful year.

To all my readers of all religions and beliefs – Have a good one and enjoy each day to the fullest!

My Process

To make it I cut a bunch of squares from a 6″ by 6″ paper pad and cut each square in half to make a triangle. Then I stacked all the triangles together and instead of machine-stitch them, I laid a line of liquid glue in the middle and wrapped twine a few times around it, then I threaded the loose ends through a button and tied them into a bow. I looked for a “Happy New Year” stamp in my stash but didn’t find one so I used mini letter stickers instead.

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Free Printable – Good Times Title Journaling Cards

September 14th, 2012

PREVIEW - Title journaling cards by Creativity PromptToday I am sharing a set of FREE ‘Good Times’ title journaling cards with you guys (for personal use only).

I really enjoyed using my own handwriting with my Wacom Tablet. I hope you like it too… After all, it is just my handwriting and these cards revolve around type. :)

To download it simply click on the image (or the link) and if it doesn’t work try to right-click on it and opt for the “save target as…” option (it may be phrased a bit differently on different operating systems – but do NOT opt for the “save image as” option, as you will get the low resolution tiny preview image).

I hope you like it and find it helpful. I think they will be great on Project Life pages or any other layouts…

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Unleashing The Creative Child Within You
Back when we were kids creativity came naturally to us. Everything was possible and our prolific imagination was the only limit we knew.
Through the years we have grown apart from our inner creative child and along with that – have lost our pristine and utter joy of creation.

In this e-book I will pave your way back to your inner creative child, brick by brick.

“Unleashing The Creative Child Within You” will explain why you became distant from your core creativity and will reveal the secret to getting it back.

With exercises designed specifically to help you find the inner child within you, regain its confidence and unleash it – you are bound to get your mojo back faster than you think.

Get “Unleashing The Creative Child Within You” for your Kindle
for only $4.99.

You can read the Kindle book on Kindle devices, on your smart phones or on your PC or MAC.

Washi Tape Madness | Review

September 12th, 2012

Washi Tapes


I love washi tapes.

What’s not to love?

They are bright and colorful. They are semi-transparent. They are sturdy, yet easily repositionable.

They’re awesome!

There are so many uses for washi tapes:

  • Attaching photos and ephemera.
  • Adding pages to mini albums.
  • Sealing page protectors and envelopes.
  • Color coding.
  • Adding a color or pattern accent.
  • Sealing envelopes (my favorite things to do).
  • Making quick backgrounds.
  • Binding small booklets.
  • Wrapping gifts and fun packages.
  • Labeling odd items.
  • Keeping dies, templates and masks in place.
  • Creating journaling spots.

to name a few…

Having said that, not all washi tapes are created equal…

I do not have all washi tapes of all brands but I’ve amassed quite a few. and I keep collecting more. It’s an ongoing process – all new Washi family members are welcome!

Here is what I think of the different tape brands I own, starting with my most favorite downwards.

[click on each brand name title to find online]

Love My Tapes

This brand provides the best quality tapes. Great graphic designs that can go with many themes and designs. Sturdy – when you stick them – they tend to stay put. Easy to remove without leaving any residue or peeling off the paper. Luf. Luf. Luf them!
P.S. This brand also carries fabric tape and lace tapes. I’ve only tried the fabric tape and it’s awesome – but bear in mind that these are opaque, stronger and will not peel off easily after they’ve been laid down.

Queen and Company

These tapes are called ‘Trendy Tapes’ and they are very reasonably priced. They are just as good as other washi tapes but cost a smidgen less. As for designs – I love some and don’t care much for others – but that’s a matter of personal taste. As for quality – they are very good and have all the properties I love in ‘Love My Tapes’ but sometimes, not always, when removed – the paper underneath will peel off a little bit – which is why they are placed second and not first. [Note that Prima’s tapes cost less, but the rolls are much smaller].

My Mind’s Eye

These are lovely tapes. I love so many of their designs and so I have more of them on my wish list. They are on the sheer side and they stick pretty well, but sometimes the ends will peel off if they don’t have a steady grip on the paper. They may also pick up some of the paper underneath when removed. However, in general they are very good quality tapes. I only wish I could buy them individually and not in packs of 3’s, although I really like all the tapes here and here and in that pack

Freckled Fawn

It was very hard to ‘rank’ this brand. The thing is that the quality varies. Some are more opaque, some are more sheer. Some are sturdier and some peel off easily. Some can be removed without leaving any residue and some cannot. This brand has a quality control issue… Having said that, I must add that this brand also has the best and cutest designs. If you are looking for something a bit more interesting than stripes and dots, than this is the brand to look for. Still, even the sub par tapes are better than some of the other tape manufacturers out there – just not as good as the ones at the top of my list.

Prima Marketing

These tapes are quite nice. They costs the least per roll, but the rolls are about ½ the size of standard washi tape rolls (~5 yards compared to ~10 yards). If you want to collect a few different styles and do not use it as much, than it’s a good choice. They are more opaque than regular washi tapes (especially the black tape). They adhere pretty well, but not the best of the best out there and when removed they may take a souvenir along with them…

7 Gypsies

These tapes are down here only because they are not really washi tapes, they are paper tapes… They are much stronger and completely opaque. You will not be able to remove them from your project after adhering them, but that also means that they have the best grip of all tapes. They are great for journaling – and you have got to check out the sale that’s going on right now – the whole package costs less than $5 on Two Peas. Maybe I should stock up on some more. Hmm….

Tim Holtz Tissue Tape

These are down here for 2 reasons: [1] They aren’t really washi tapes… Nor they purport to be. They are made from a different material – although they have similar properties such as sheerness and ease of tearing. [2] They would not stick… Their ends always peel right off the page and you need to apply some kind of sealant on top to secure them (such as liquid glue or gel medium). They do come in great designs, very characteristic of Tim Holtz’s grungy style. So if you care for spending some extra time, they will make great backgrounds and accents.

Bella Blvd.

These tapes come in really cute designs and great colors (and also in many different widths…) but for me, they were some kind of a disappointment. They do not have the same feel of standard washi tapes, they are mosre glossy and plastic-y looking. They do not stay put very well but they also tend to peel off some of the paper underneath when removed. I also had one of the tape tear on me when I tried to peel a piece of it off the roll… Not the best quality tapes out there but really good looking ones.

Summary

In conclusion, all tapes have some similar qualities and some that are different. These are my personal opinions, based on using the tapes which I bought with my own money… Opinions vary. This is what makes the world an interesting place. Which is why I tried to be as specific as possible – so maybe a brand that I ranked lower for my reasons ranks higher on your personal scale. The important thing is to experiment and have fun, right!?

My current stash

==>Which is still available for purchase, as of now…<==

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Put A Stamp On It Challenge

September 10th, 2012

Washi tape cards

As soon as I saw this cute challenge on Simon Says Stamp’s challenge blog I knew I have to participate.

It’s the perfect challenge to test out all the washi tapes from different brands I’ve been amassing.

Hello washi tape!

If you like it –

Here are my cards –

Washi tape Happy Birthday card

On this card I wrapped an entire mat (which measures 4″ by 5¼”) with strips of washi tape. Then I adhered it to the center of the card fron with foam dots – a ton of them, to prevent it from sinking down. I then aligned my Stepping Stones stamps on my new Fiskars Compact Stamp Press (check out the link below for a good price on Amazon…) and when I needed more than 1 letter, I just used the outlined version… I also stamped one ‘A’ on the flip-side and then stamped the outlined version with Versamark ink and white embossed it on top. I love the quirky look. Great for a masculine birthday card.

Washi tape Hey Y'All card

This time I used the exact same technique, only instead of wrapping a mat, I wrapped three stamped speech bubbles cut-outs from the ‘Hey Y’All’ stamp set. After wrapping it with washi tapes I re-stamped the images with Stazon Jet Black ink and went over it with a permanent marker to make the outline look neater. I also stamped the sentiment and the cute restroom images (how would you call them!?) from that stamp set – again with Stazon and a touch of a permanent marker. To complete the card I added a few washi tape banners on the top left side and outlined everything with the same permanent marker.

So,… what do you think?

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Free Printable – Hello Fall Journaling Cards

September 7th, 2012

PREVIEW - Fall Journaling Labels
Today I am sharing a set of FREE ‘Hello Fall’ journaling cards with you guys (for personal use only).

I am a peculiar girl. Although my birthday (and my husband’s and 3 sisters’ b-day) falls in the fall, I don’t like it. For me it symbolizes the end of summer, which is my favorite season. Lucky for me, in California, the change of weather is slight enough to provide a segue to winter, which I especially dislike. I’m a sunshine kind of person.

However, that doesn’t mean, by any way, that I do not love journaling about the change of seasons and what it means to me and my dear ones. I hope you do too.

To download it simply click on the image (or the link) and if it doesn’t work try to right-click on it and opt for the “save target as…” option (it may be phrased a bit differently on different operating systems – but do NOT opt for the “save image as” option, as you will get the low resolution tiny preview image).

I hope you like it and have lots and lots and lots of fun with it.

Make sure you didn’t miss the rest of the free printables on Creativity Prompt.

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Just $3.00 per package.
6 stickers in each package.
Each sticker measures approximately ¾” by ¾”.





Washi Tape Madness | Storage

September 6th, 2012

Washi Tape Storage


I have a confession to make. (Actually two confessions…)

I am completely obsessed with washi tapes.
Although I do not have a huge selection (you can see all my ‘stash’ above),
I do seem to add a couple rolls to each purchase…
For good measure, right?
I am also trying out different brands for a future review (stay tuned).
Not all tapes are created equal…

There is something else I’m nuts about – berries and cherry tomatoes.
I eat about a package of tomatoes a day (!!!) and I also eat a ton of berries.
(Have you ever tried a wild berries smoothie with spinach, vanilla soy milk and ice-cream? Divine.)

Luckily, these two passions converge, as I use the cute little fruit and vegetables packages to store my washi tapes. (…and other bits and pieces.)
They are the perfect size and they are clear, which I love. Plus they are totally stackable.

My Storage System

All I do is: [1] give the tiny basket a good wash (NOT in the dish-washer, unless you want to see a molten basket…); [2] take off the label; and [3] adhere a cute piece of patterned paper on top.

Simplicity is key.

Washi Tape Labeling


As it is important for me to keep track of the brand and product names, I also add a tiny label to the inside of each tape roll.

I use regular label stickers from an office supply store and write with a permanent pen to prevent smudging.

It’s super easy and totally optional.

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What is your favorite storage system for bits and pieces? Please leave a comment with your clever suggestions, I love reading them!

Unleashing The Creative Child Within You
Back when we were kids creativity came naturally to us. Everything was possible and our prolific imagination was the only limit we knew.
Through the years we have grown apart from our inner creative child and along with that – have lost our pristine and utter joy of creation.

In this e-book I will pave your way back to your inner creative child, brick by brick.

“Unleashing The Creative Child Within You” will explain why you became distant from your core creativity and will reveal the secret to getting it back.

With exercises designed specifically to help you find the inner child within you, regain its confidence and unleash it – you are bound to get your mojo back faster than you think.

Get “Unleashing The Creative Child Within You” for your Kindle
for only $4.99.

You can read the Kindle book on Kindle devices, on your smart phones or on your PC or MAC.

Is It A Card? Is It A Mini Album? It’s A Birthday Gift.

September 3rd, 2012

Birthday Mini Album and Card

Today my dear husband is celebrating his birthday.

So here comes the proverbial question – what do you get for someone who has everything?

[Mainly because he always wants so little]

The answer is obvious – get him something handmade.

My husband always loves the mini albums and cards that I make for him [or so he pretends…]

This time I decided to make a hybrid – a card which is also a mini album.

It starts with a simple greeting on the cover and it goes on and on and on and on…

It’s basically a very long greeting, illustrated by photos, paper and embellishments.

There is a bonus here… 99.9% of the mini album is from ONE PAPER KIT by Simple Stories.

Plus, I only used about a third of it…

It comes ready with cute stickers, word stickers, letter stickers, border stickers as well as already designed 4″ by 6″ and 3″ by 4″ double sided pages (and other sizes as well). It also contains some 4″ by 6″ transparencies that I used as well (and still have more leftover for other projects).

So all I had to do is come up with the greeting… and the photos and add a few more letter stickers here and there from my stash. I also added a few old Maya Road chipboard arrows. But really – it’s mostly made out of this one paper kit.

Take a look, see for yourselves =>

…and if you like it – please

The Pages

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6 stickers in each package.
Each sticker measures approximately ¾” by ¾”.





Free Printable – Hey, Look Over Here!

August 31st, 2012

PREVIEW - Journaling LabelsToday I am sharing a set of FREE ‘Hey, Look Over Here’ journaling cards with you guys (for personal use only).

I don’t know about you, but I am obsessed with anything arrow-y at the moment. It’s so effective in catching the eye and guiding it where you want it to go… So I designed this set of journaling spots on trend.

To download it simply click on the image (or the link) and if it doesn’t work try to right-click on it and opt for the “save target as…” option (it may be phrased a bit differently on different operating systems – but do NOT opt for the “save image as” option, as you will get the low resolution tiny preview image).

I hope you like it and have lots and lots and lots of fun with it.

Make sure you didn’t miss the rest of the free printables on Creativity Prompt.

If you like it –

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How are you going to use these journaling cards? Please leave a comment and share.

Unleashing The Creative Child Within You
Back when we were kids creativity came naturally to us. Everything was possible and our prolific imagination was the only limit we knew.
Through the years we have grown apart from our inner creative child and along with that – have lost our pristine and utter joy of creation.

In this e-book I will pave your way back to your inner creative child, brick by brick.

“Unleashing The Creative Child Within You” will explain why you became distant from your core creativity and will reveal the secret to getting it back.

With exercises designed specifically to help you find the inner child within you, regain its confidence and unleash it – you are bound to get your mojo back faster than you think.

Get “Unleashing The Creative Child Within You” for your Kindle
for only $4.99.

You can read the Kindle book on Kindle devices, on your smart phones or on your PC or MAC.

Creative Jumpstarts || 7 Creative Things To Do When You Feel Uninspired

August 29th, 2012

Seven Creative Jumpstarts

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I often find myself wanting to do something creative but feeling a bit uninspired, as if I’ve lost my creative mojo. I know I want to experiment with new products or to try new techniques but I can’t think of a solid idea for a specific project.

On these occasions I try to make mini, one-step projects that are still creative but do not require any pre-planning.

Many times these itsy bitsy pieces spark my creative spirit and bring back my mojo. On other times, I still have something I can use later on, when I have a solid idea but less time…

Here are some of the stuff I do:

Watercolor Stamped BackgroundsWatercolor stamped backgrounds.
I love the watercolor look that seems to appear everywhere on the creative-web-sphere. The thing is that watercoloring takes time, even for the most basic applications (such as mine). For one thing, post cleanup is required. Plus you have to get water and blotting paper and special watercolor paper…

Do you see my point?

Therefore, I find these inspiration-twilight-zones perfect for a mini watercolor project. Simply stamp a background stamp with a water-resistant ink (such as Stazon) on watercolor paper and color away. Later you can use it as an element on a page or a card. Add some black details with a broad-tip pen for a bolder look.


Stamp and cut.Stamp and cut.
This one is a spin on watercoloring a stamped piece, for times you don’t feel motivated to break out the watercolors, water, brushes, etc.

For that mini micro project you only need one ink pad, some cute, easy-to-cut stamps and any paper.

When I shop for new stamps I always think of images I can stamp, cut and stow for later use… When the time comes to make an actual card, scrapbook layout, mini album or even to wrap up a gift – you would LOVE to have that stash of pre-cut images to use in a snap.

After all, by the time you get really inspired, you want to use your precious time for designing cool stuff, not on technicalities, right!?


Sew random paper stripsSew random paper strips.
This creative jumpstart performs a double duty: (1) It’s easy and does not require ANY pre-planning; (b) It’s an AWESOME way to use your scraps and if you are anything like me, you have a ton of them.

I am not very good with the sewing machine (= that’s the understatement of the year). That humble stack of randomly sewn pieces is the combined effort of several mini-sewing-sessions, with months apart… Having said that, I really love the machine-stitched look. I think that it adds a new dimension and texture to any project, not to mention a more finished look.

The great thing about machine stitched elements is that you can’t tell when they were carefully sewn on the project or added later as an afterthought… Which is why I think it’s so great to simply stitch random pieces of paper together. The time will come when those sewn panels and pockets and strips will perform their duty, honorably, on a future project.

Make your own journaling spots.Make your own journaling spots.
This is another great example of something small that you can do that gives you an opportunity to experiment with different techniques and stamps and can be very useful in the future.

Either punch or die-cut your journaling spots in advance or stamp them first and cut around the stamp image. Then simply play with them => Add distress inks and stains, mist them, stamp on them, doodle, use letter and word stickers on them.

Just have fun and experiment and get as messy or as tidy as you want.

Finally, store them with the rest of your stash for later use.


Cut pre-made journaling spots.Cut pre-made journaling spots.
OR you can simply print one of my MANY free printable journaling spots, cut them and stash them in an old strawberries container, just like I do… [see picture on the left]

You may also use cuter and more tightly closed containers, if you so wish.

I’m not sure I should say so myself…, but they are so useful. I almost always use a piece on every scrapbooking project I make.

Having these ready-to-go pieces is making it much easier to use them. I don’t think I would ever start searching my file folders for a specific journaling labels set, then printing it and cutting it – all just for a specific journaling spot on a specific page of a specific project. I don’t think so.

Pre-stamp cards.Pre-stamp cards.
I am notorious for buying stamps just because they look cute. I admit it. I used to get them and not be exactly sure what to do with them. Oops.

That was before I decided to simply use them. Duh. I just stamp them on plain card-bases and set it aside until my creative mojo strikes or until I need a quick card and have no time to make it. Whichever comes first. Guess what comes first more often…

Sometimes I just add the cute image to the card base (as you can see on the right) and sometimes I stamp on a 5½” panel that I can add to a card later (as you can see on the left), with or without foam adhesive. Sometimes I also add Stickles, because I’m feeling extra sassy…, but shhh, please don’t tell.

It was very smart of me to use a limited edition stamp set that isn’t available anymore…

Die cut and stamp.Die cut and stamp.
To finish up, I have another spin on the stamp-and-cut suggestion. Wait for it… it’s a die-cut-and-stamp suggestion. Did I tell you how ‘smart’ I am feeling today? Oh, I just did. Okay.

Many brands offer combinations of stamp sets with matching dies. These are perfect for creating mini professionally-looking embellishments that you can use in so many different ways and on so many different projects. You only need a one-time investment in the dies and stamps set and that’s it. Each additional die-cut embellishment you create is practically free.

Make as many as you need, at any color combination you love at the moment or that suits your stash of paper/cardstock/printed photos…

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Do you have other suggestions for creative jumpstarts that need no pre-planning, just some free creative time? If you do, please share in the comments section below!

Unleashing The Creative Child Within You
Back when we were kids creativity came naturally to us. Everything was possible and our prolific imagination was the only limit we knew.
Through the years we have grown apart from our inner creative child and along with that – have lost our pristine and utter joy of creation.

In this e-book I will pave your way back to your inner creative child, brick by brick.

“Unleashing The Creative Child Within You” will explain why you became distant from your core creativity and will reveal the secret to getting it back.

With exercises designed specifically to help you find the inner child within you, regain its confidence and unleash it – you are bound to get your mojo back faster than you think.

Get “Unleashing The Creative Child Within You” for your Kindle
for only $4.99.

You can read the Kindle book on Kindle devices, on your smart phones or on your PC or MAC.

Travel || Oregon Mini Album

August 27th, 2012

Vacation Mini Album

My Oregon mini album is finally done.
That means that I decided that it’s good enough for me.
This decision must come at some point, otherwise nothing will ever get done.

I went for a very simple set-up – just plain 6″ by 6″ cardstock pages and chipboard cover with some pages that are smaller, to accent a place or a memory or a certain day.

If you like it –

The Pages…

Prepare for a long, photo heavy, journey :)
I hope your scroll-finger won’t hurt too much…

Travel Mini Album

Travel Mini Album

Travel Mini Album

Travel Mini Album

Travel Mini Album

Travel Mini Album

Travel Mini Album

Travel Mini Album

Travel Mini Album

Travel Mini Album

Travel Mini Album

Travel Mini Album

Travel Mini Album

Travel Mini Album

Travel Mini Album

Travel Mini Album

Travel Mini Album

Travel Mini Album

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I simply raided my stash. I used a ton of letter stickers, word stickers border stickers and mini paper pads.

Unfortunately, not all of them are available for purchase. Some are REALLY old.

I love combining new and old products.

I also used quite a few of my Journaling Mates and my printables.

Here are some of the products I used that are still available (click on the image to be directed to the online store):