American Crafts: Planning for the New Year

I love the beginning of a new year! I love re-evaluating how I spend my time and making goals for the coming months. A part of my process is setting up my planner. Next year I am using the Black & White Striped Planner by American Crafts. (There are other designs available, too! I will link all of them at the bottom of this post)
I love the size of these planners, since I mostly use the monthly pages in my planning. The larger format allows me lots of delicious space to work, plan, and decorate!
Today, I wanted to share the first four months of my planner with you. I used a variety of the new Sticker Books by American Crafts to decorate them and they turned out so cute! I can’t wait to use them in the coming months!
JANUARY
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I love that the layout in this planner is basic black and white. It allows me to add lots of color with the products of my choice. For each monthly spread, I added washi tape across the top and bottom of the pages for color. I then used the month stickers from the Amy Tangerine Sticker Book to make the months POP!
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The constellation washi tape on the January spread is from the Dear Lizzy Stargazer collection. It reminds me of a gorgeous clear, winter night sky!
I especially love the wood slice sticker marking my wedding anniversary. I added the pink heart sticker with our initials “carved” into it.
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For the rest of the elements on the page, I used stickers from the One Canoe Two Sticker Book.
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FEBRUARY
February gets its flair from the Shimelle Sticker Book.  I used the pink washi tape with black hearts from the Creative Devotion Washi Tape Set #2.
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I love the florals with their gold foil in this sticker book. What girl doesn’t like their projects to shimmer and shine, right?!
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MARCH
March is decorated with the rainbow colors of the Amy Tangerine Sticker Book. By March the birds start making their way back to our part of the state as the days begin to warm back up.
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APRIL
I loved the softer colors of the Dear Lizzy Sticker Book for my April monthly spread.
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The rabbit sticker was the perfect choice to mark Easter Sunday and the beginning of Spring Break. Those gorgeous gold foil letter stickers are from the One Canoe Two Sticker Book.
I also loved adding those bright, colorful dot stickers across the top to mark the different days of the week.

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Are you looking forward to the new year like I am? Make it that much more fun by decorating your planner using all of the fun stickers from the NEW Sticker Books!
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Wishing you lots of happiness in the coming new year!
JanaBold

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Scrapbook Room Tour Video

Happy Wednesday, Friends!

A couple of weeks ago, I was browsing the Scrap Gals Facebook Group Page (If you’re not yet a member … come join us! It’s a great place to be!). They were discussing scrapbook rooms and my friend, Tracie Claiborne, asked me to link up some photos of my room.

I realized that it has been TWO YEARS since I have posted anything about my space, so I thought I would put together video tour for you.

First, here are a few still shots, so you can get an idea of the overall layout of my space. If you’d like to see my drawers and cupboards in more details, I go through them in the videos below.

If you have any questions about my space, let me know! I’d be happy to answer them for you!

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Thanks for coming by!

JanaBold

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Reorganizing in My Scraproom

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After scrapping all of those Halloween pages last month, it got me thinking about how I store my supplies.

You see, I have always stored all of my Halloween and Christmas items together in a container. I love it! When I’m ready to scrap those holidays, I just pull down those containers and get to work. I don’t need to search my sticker bins, paper bins, embellishment bins, and stamp bins separately for Halloween items, because they are already stored together.

(Here’s a peek into my Halloween/Fall bin)

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It got me thinking … why don’t I do that for more of my supplies? Not just Halloween and Christmas?

I got a bee in my bonnet and decided it was worth a try. I got out all of my paper and stickers/die cuts and started to think about how I could categorize them together.

Previously, I had my cardstock organized by color and paper organized roughly by manufacturer. This worked for me during my design team days when I had to scrapbook by manufacturer, but it’s different for me now.

Themed Collections (Still needs cuter labels! 🙂 )

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I decided to keep collections together that I still wanted to use together (paper/embellishments) and organize them into themes of how I would search for them. The themes I categorized them by are Fall/Halloween, Winter/Christmas, Love/Valentine, Flowers/Spring, Summer/Travel, Family/Pets, Boy, Girl, School, Camping/Outdoors, Patriotic, and Birthday.

I did the same thing with my embellishments. So now, I can grab the Love/Spring/Floral paper holder, and the Love/Spring/Floral embellishment box and get to work.

(Here is a peek into the Love/Spring/Floral bin)

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For collections that are more general and can be used for anything, I categorized them into color families: Primaries, Brights, Pastels, and Muted/Neutrals.

For older paper collections that I’m ready to break up and mix together, I organized them by color alongside my cardstock. I looked through each piece of paper one-by-one, decided which side of the paper I was more likely to use, and then filed it under that color. In most cases, these are the “B-side” of the papers.

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“So, where do you put papers with multiple colors? Or embellishments that are more general in nature and can be used for any occasion?” you might be asking.

For papers with lots of “personality” or multiple colors I decided to place them into their own section. They are separated roughly into color families: primaries, brights, pastels, and muted. Embellishments are the same way.

A sample of the papers placed in the Primary Personality Paper section.

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Brights/Pastels Color Bin

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Primary Color Bin

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Muted/Neutrals Color Bin

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If I would like, I can also pull down the color bins along with a theme bin. For example, the Spring Bin with the Pastel/Brights bin.

Now, I have NO IDEA if this is going to work out for me. (For all I know, I’ll be changing it all back two months from now.) But, I think it is worth a try! I feel like I forget about a lot of my supplies, and I’m hoping that categorizing them differently will help me to come across them more often and remember to use them. I will let you know how it goes. 😉

Have you stored your supplies like this? Has it worked for you? I would love to hear your tips and tricks!

For my next few posts, I’ll be sharing Fall scrapbook layouts using my Fall paper and embellishment bins. I hope to see you then!

Thanks for coming by!

JanaBold

Everyday Washi Tape

This past week was “Decorative Tape Week” on the My Mind’s Eye blog. For my post, I decided to share a few everyday uses for decorative tape that you may not have thought of before. There really are so many uses for the tapes, which makes them a versatile supply to have in your  stash! I especially like the splash of fun color they give everyday items around my house. Here are a few ideas that you might want to give a go!
DRESS UP MECHANICAL PENCILS
At the beginning of the school year, I bought each of my kids a  large pack of mechanical pencils. The barrel of the pencils are white  … which makes them the perfect canvas for some decorative tape fun.  Check out the pencils now!
Before: Plain Jane Pencils
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After: Happy, Colorful Pencils! Yay!
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ADD COLORFUL LABELS TO YOUR STORAGE CONTAINERS
I love using containers to organize my scrapbook supplies. But as  my stash grows and changes, I often switch around the contents to adapt  to my different needs. I needed a way quick and easy way to label my  containers that wouldn’t take a lot of time or be too permanent. Decorative tape to the rescue! The low tack adhesive  on the tapes make them ideal for this purpose. Here is what you will  need: your favorite My Mind’s Eye decorative tapes, a piece of  cardstock, a computer & printer, and a permanent marker.
First, type the words that you would like on your labels in a  clear, easy-to-read font. Print the words onto a sheet of cardstock.
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USE DECORATIVE TAPE TO REINFORCE 3-HOLE PUNCHED PAPERS
Recently, I created a study binder to use at church. I created a  divider for each monthly topic using cardstock and my Silhouette  Electronic Cutting Machine. The dividers are functional, but I know that over time the holes on each divider will begin to wear down and possibly tear. I needed a way to reinforce the holes, so I again pulled out my decorative tapes.
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I ran a length of tape down both sides of the punched holes and  then used my craft knife to carefully trim the excess from the holes. I  love the fun punch of pattern the tapes add to my study book! Do I dare  say that the tape makes it more fun to study? 🙂
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DECORATIVE TAPE STORAGE
While I love my decorative tapes, I needed a good way to store  them. Previously, they were all tossed in a box together, but I had to  dig through the box and I couldn’t easily find the colors or patterns I  needed. Here is a great way to store all of your decorative tapes using an upcycled cardboard, aluminum foil or wax paper container.
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First, cut a wood dowel a little larger than the width of your  container. Next, use white gesso to paint the box and the dowel. Using a punched circle as a template (find a size that is slightly larger than  your dowel), trace the circle onto each end of the box. Use a craft knife to cut out the holes.
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If desired, use patterned paper to line the inside of the box.  Decorate the outside of your box. I used decorative tapes and a label  that would indicate the colors inside the box.
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Next, add your rolls of tape to the box, and insert the dowel  through the center of the box, threading the tapes on the dowel as you  go. The box stays closed with the help of a Sticky Back Velcro dot.
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I love my box! My tapes are now stored neatly in my desk drawer by  color and the serrated edge of the box makes using the tapes a breeze!
Thanks for letting me share these ideas with you today! I hope you found some useful ways to use decorative tapes.
Have a wonderful weekend!

JanaBold