Happy Planner Boxes

 

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I had so much fun making these boxes for my Happy Planner! I don’t know about anyone else,  but I can’t afford to be buying stickers from Etsy shops every time I get the urge to decorate my planner’s boxes!

It also feels (dare I say it ?!!) like I’m cheating. It just feels a bit too easy…find cute stickers,  pay for cute stickers,  stick cute stickers in planner & your done! Planner looks cute, but… for  me at least I get a lot more satisfaction out of making something that I love and using that.

I do understand that for some planners they feel that they just don’t have the time to be making their own bits and pieces, or that maybe the fear of getting it wrong stops them before they even start.

The very thing that I dislike about stickers (too easy!) could be someone else’s favourite thing about them, ie convenience!

Well, all that aside, I had so much fun making these boxes, they were easy to complete,  definitely a low effort for big reward project ☺

Hope you love them too!

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Photopolymer Stamp Storage (part one)

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My Irodori sticker book for storing my clear stamps

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As you can see, it’s pretty well full to bursting! That poor little elastic band 😯

To be honest, I don’t even use the band anymore, I only needed it for the photos, to hold everything together!  If I didn’t, the picture would have looked like this:

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Uh Oh!

 

This folder was originally a sticker album that I bought from an Etsy shop based in Japan. At first, when I had just began my stamp collecting journey, it worked perfectly.

Now though, I have…*goes to count*… twenty-one sets in there, including the smaller sets, which I can fit two to a page.

The album also has a zip-lock pocket at the back, which is perfect for keeping my really small stamp sets together and safe.

 

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This is all great….except for the fact that I’m busting out of the whole thing….!

I’ve ordered these EZMount tabbed stamp storage panels from Amazon, but they were really meant to be as a more long term storage solution for my rubber stamps. The panels come with holes to put them in folder, so I’ll probably end up buying plastic pockets with spaces in them to fit the eight by six clear stamp’s acetate sheets.

I think a mosey around Pintrest might be in order here too! When I’ve needed inspiration in the past its never let me down ☺

I’ve titled this post ‘part one’. Part two can be my post when I’ve found a good storage system! Fingers crossed ☺

Sarah xx

New Unmounted Rubber Stamps & how to mount and store them!

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So these are my gorgeous, new Unmounted Rubber Stamps from the Crafters Companion website! When I ordered them I really thought that they were clear photopolymer stamps so when they arrived I was a bit disappointed. ..

But you know what? I’m so glad now that I did because I learned something new, something that as a stamp lover I was bound to come up against sooner or later:  Unmounted rubber stamps and how to mount them!  So here’s my little how-to guide to mounting stamps!

Note: two things that you definitely need before you start that nobody mentioned anywhere else (nowhere that I read anyway!): a sharp pair of scissors and good eyesight or glasses if sight isn’t a strong point for you!

1. Go on to eBay and order EZ mount cling static foam. The one I got was A4 size and cost £4.19. I’m glad I only ordered the one sheet because it was big enough to mount three A6 sized peices of stamps. I even had a bit left over!

2. Follow the instructions on the sheet!  I just stuck the whole A6 rubber sheet on the sticky side, cut around it and then cut out the stamps individually, but I’ve since read that you save more of the foam by cutting the stamps out individually first, then sticking them to the foam & cutting around them again.  But…whatever! Once I saw that I had enough foam on one sheet for my purposes I wasn’t too concerned about saving bits here and there ☺

3. By now your stamp should look like this: the grey top bit is the stamp and the bottom black bit is the ‘cling’ surface, for the acrylic block to stick to. The glue layer is sandwiched in the middle, holding the stamp to the foam. Simple, right? !

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So now my next issue was how to store the stamps. Obviously they’re a lot bigger than my neat little eight inch by six inch clear stamps, which arrive on their acetate sheets just begging to be stored in a small album (I use a sticker album for this purpose,  but I’ll share more about that in another post! )

So, this is where stamping the image of the stamps as I went along came in useful!

I cut down a peice of cardboard so that it fit inside an A4 plastic pocket  (the cheap, 100 for a pound ones that kids use in their school folders ) and then placed all the stamps on to the outside of my reinforced plastic pocket and slid the sheet of stamped images on the other side of the pocket.

Then I put all of this inside another plastic pocket that is in a folder I use to organise my papercraft supplies. These pockets are made of stronger plastic than the loose one I used first.  I got mine in a bigger Tesco’s, in the stationery department.

So now you have a neat, organised way to store any number of these bigger stamps! At this point, feel free to give yourself a pat on the back and/or feel very proud of yourself ☺ I know I did!!

I hope you enjoyed this post, please leave me a comment below ☺

 

 

My first post ☺

My First Blog Post

Hi & welcome! Thanks for checking out my blog and my first post! I thought I’d start with something simple, something that I really LOVE; papercraft ☺

This is a notebook that I loved, except for the cover. I wanted to use it as my bullet journal but first I had to do something that I loved with the cover.

I guess that I’m not exactly what most people would call organised, in the sense that I didn’t really plan this project out before I began!

I started by simply washi-taping the whole of the front cover, because one, I love washi tape, and two, it’s a quick, easy way to brighten up almost anything. So, even if I’d just stopped working on the project right then it would still have been an improvement on the original cover!

I still felt like there was something missing though, I wanted to have another picture or pattern, but without covering the colourful washi right up.

After that, my thinking process gets a bit hazy, but from some where in my imagination, I had the idea to temporarily stick some butterfly shapes over the tape and spray paint the rest gold! It actually turned out better than I really expected it to (probably because I’d never done anything like this before)

Once I peeled off the (now) gold coloured butterflies and saw how pretty it looked I was really happy. All that was left to do was Mod Podge over the whole thing with the sparkle effect Podge and that was the front cover finished ☺

The Back Cover

This was inspired by the new Tim Holt Distressed ink pads that came in the post for me this morning. Also, since I did the front cover I’d collected (ok bought!) a fair amount of new crafting materials so I had more choices when it came to trying to figure out what to do.

I knew though, that I really, really wanted to try out my new inks. I remembered that I’d recently received a card making kit that came with typewriter shaped cards that I’d been dying to use.

Sooo…I cut up the gold with white dots paper and stuck it to the cover using Uhu stick glue. Then…then I stopped working. Just to watch an online tutorial or two about using the inks for the first time. Genius that I am, I had ordered the ink pads and the blending tool from two different sellers, so I had my inks before I had my tools 😩 I wasn’t going to let that stop me having fun though.

Once I felt suitably tutored (and found an alternative blending tool) I got on with actually having FUN. The inks I used (from the bottom of typewriter up) are: Mermaid Lagoon, Tumbled Glass and Fossilised Amber. I seriously love them too! I understand now why they are almost always part of a crafter’s kit. I’m really looking forward to receiving the blending tool now too, just to see if that makes them easier to use.

The last bit was the easiest since I’ve been stamping since I was a kid! I used the Lawn Fawn “Jessies abc’s” stamp set with the “Merman” ink pad for the first bit of writing and the unicorn and star cluster stamps from the “Critters Ever After” stamp set with the “Peacock” ink pad for the unicorn and “Plastic Flamingo ” and “Fresh Lavender ” ink for the star clusters.

Underneath the typewriter I wrote “Love Life” with the “Owen’s abc’s” stamp set and “Black Liquorice” ink pad on yellow paper and glued it down too.

Finally, I Mod Podge’d the whole thing with the Sparkle effect Podge. ☺

I’m feeling pretty happy with the whole project, and I’m especially looking forward to doing lots more in the future!

I hope you enjoyed this, my first blog post, but if you have any questions, comments or constructive criticism I’d love to hear from you.

Bye for now lovelies,

Sarah xx