Leuchtturm Notebooks and Etsy Mini Haul

Getting my writing notebooks ready for 2021. This year, I felt a bit all over the place so I’m hoping these notebooks will help me get my writing groove back.

Earlier in the year, I purchased an A5 Chic Sparrow Traveler’s Notebook to house the A5 notebooks. Initially, I bought some cheap notebooks from Amazon but they were on the smaller side and didn’t fill up the TN the way I’d like them to. The Leuchtturms are a little more expensive but they do the job. I also like that they have an index and numbered pages. I’ve been using one for a year and a half now and really like everything about it.

Decided to order some fun things off Etsy.com. I mainly wanted a new date stamp since the one I currently have is coming to a close. The last year on it is 2021. This new one goes all the way up to 2031.

I ordered from WaWa Stationary. They have some really pretty washi tapes that I’ve been eying. I also wanted some vintage looking labels for my junk journaling hobby. And then the girl stickers was just too adorable. They were so sweet and included a few freebies.

Here’s a close-up of the stamp. I love how it came with a stand.

Ditigal Layout: Love This Story

Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s already February and Valentine’s Day is this Friday. All this technology leaves us no time to enjoy the mundane. Who would ever think we’d get to the point where mundane is actually a positive word?

I’m trying to keep digital scrapbooking in my life. Looking back, it was therapeutic. It was something I did because I loved playing with photos and embellishments and Photoshop. Putting pieces of different things together to create something visually pleasing gave me joy, or like my 12-year-old would say, increase my dopamine.

Here’s a layout I put together from our trip to Las Vegas, Nevada this past December.

Credits: Template by CZ Design; background paper by Anita Designs.

Scrapbook.com Haul

This isn’t the full haul. I was planning on splitting it into a few different ones but I’m finding that I don’t have a lot of time especially because it’s the holiday season. I’ve been doing NaNoWriMo and should be done here within the next few days. Then, I plan to work on December Daily.

Btw, my 21.5″ iMac died a couple of weeks ago. One afternoon, after a day at my daughter’s swim meet, I came home and turned on my computer and it wouldn’t turn on. Tried many times but it just wouldn’t turn on. A week later, I went and got a 27″ iMac. The screen is huge! I’m still trying to get used to it. The bad news is, with the new desktop, my Photoshop CS6 doesn’t work anymore. I contacted Adobe and they said CS6 is not compatible with Catalina (iOS). I cried a little. I’m still heart broken and have been having a very difficult time deciding if I want to get the CC. I am at 85%-ish in my decision to go forward with it. I’ve been researching other design/art software and just keep returning to Photoshop. It’s a hard decision. I’ll keep you all updated.

Anyway, enjoy this haul video.

The items listed are in order as they appear in the video.

  1. Prima Marketing – Apricot Honey – 12×12 Paper Pad with Foil Accents
  2. Prima Marketing – Apricot Honey – Chipboard Stickers
  3. Prima Marketing – Apricot Honey – Ephemera
  4. Kaiser Craft – Miss Betty Collection – 12×12 Single Sheet Pattern
  5. One Canoe Two – Golden Rod – Stickers
  6. Simple Stories – Simply Vintage Botanicals – Chipboard Stickers
  7. Tim Holtz Scribbles Layering Stencils (THS036)
  8. Tim Holtz Blossom Layering Stencils (THS031)
  9. Ranger Dylusions Border Stamp and Stencil **Item was purchased through A Cherry On Top.
  10. Jane Davenport Ultimate Waterproof Pen (free item)
  11. Scarpbook.com Double Sided Adhesive Roll 1/4”
  12. Simple Stories – Autumn Splendor – 6×8 Paper Pad
  13. Simple Stories – Autumn Splendor – 12×12 Combo Stickers
  14. Simple Stories – Autumn Splendor – Chipboard Stickers
  15. Simple Stories – Autumn Splendor – Mini Sticker Tablet
  16. Simple Stories – Autumn Splendor – Foliage Bits and Pieces
  17. Simple Stories – Autumn Splendor – Bits and Pieces

A Couple of Layouts

These are two layouts I finished yesterday. I also made a process video of the second layout and hope to share that soon. The journaling has always been the hardest part for me but when I flip through older layouts, I find that the journaling is what I’m drawn to.

Products used: Cut files by Wilna Furstenberg, ephemera by Prima, Faber-Castell Gelatos, Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus Watercolors, stencils by Jane Davenport and Tim Holtz, Pentel Touch, Staedtler Pigment Pen, and Silhouette Portrait.

Finishing Up on Color Theory Class

The Color Theory class ended last week but I wasn’t able to finish my layouts so I’m working on them this week.  I’ve got two done and one more to go.  I haven’t had the chance to take photos of the completed ones but here are a few photos of what it looks like when I’m working on the layouts.

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Stencils and Achromatic Colors

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Die cuts from Wilna Furstenberg.  Cut them out with the Silhouette Portrait then stenciled them using gel matte medium with some white acrylic paint.  For the grayish colors behind the other cut outs, I used calligraphy ink by Parker, and added a little bit of water to lighten up the ink.  Patterned paper by Amy Tangerine patterned paper, ephemera by Pink Paislee, doily for date from a FB swap., and bade by Studio Calico.

Writing with Acrylic

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Writing with paint was a challenge.  I used Wilna Furstenberg’s premade script and painted over it as she did but it’s not as easy as she made it seem.  I enjoyed it though and hope to continue working on my text painting.  Used Amy Tangerine patterned paper and ephemera pieces by Teresa Collins.  Love badge by Studio Calico.  Acrylic paint by Reeves.

Brushstrokes with Acrylic Paint

I’m enjoying the Color Theory class by Wilna Furstenberg.  I’m learning so much about painting and colors and how they work together.  I knew how to match up colors and such before but I didn’t know how to really work with the colors to achieve a certain look which I think I have a better understanding of now.

This layout called for warm colors and brush strokes.

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I finally was able to put my Tim Holtz paper distresser to good use as you can see in the last photo where I took a close-up.  I also learned how to create a sticker look with the Silhouette Portrait using the Offset.  Wilna provides a very good tutorial in her class but she also has the tutorial on her blog.  It took a few tries and frustrations to finally get it to work correctly.  The whimsical leaves die cuts were from Wilna, the dots were from a FB swap, the acrylic paints are Reeves, and the paper with the white cameras and the paper I’ve distressed are by American Crafts.