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Creative Planning with Minimal Supplies 2 comments

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Planning has been one of my creative outlets especially when time does not permit me to do crafts that i truly enjoy like scrapbooking, felt crafts, jewelry-making, paper flowers and so much more. Creative Planning is sort of my on-the-go creative outlet. There’s really no right or wrong way of doing it. I think it’s more of a personal expression and whatever style works for you.

Today, I want to share how you can do a quick creative planning even with just a few planner goodies.

This is my Getfiled camper planner that I use as our family planner. Most of my days are filled with mommy duties and my small business. That actually leaves me with little time to do creative planning and crafts. But I still manage to squeeze a little time doing those because I need that outlet, everyday. How do I find time? I try to make it functional, most days it’s just minimal decorating but always fun! Apart from it’s primary purpose to write your agenda, I actually do it for the process. Writing down my thoughts and plans is my therapy as much as it serves its purpose. They say there is power in writing down your thoughts. The husband and the little lady thinks I need to write it down or it won’t happen. Forgetful woman, haha!

I used to go crazy with my planner stamping last year and use tons of inks in different colors. Come to think of it, it was too festive for my taste. More like, all over the place, haha!

Lately, I find myself streamlining my decorating a bit. Blame it on the Konmari method or probably reading too much design books. I kind of slowly eased to my design preference I think: clean, functional but always fun design elements. With that in mind, you can still get creative with your decorating even if you only have a few colors of inks in your stash. Here, I’m using only three colors of inks: Versafine Onyx Black which is my go-to ink for texts or stamps with tiny details, Versamagic Pink Grapefruit and Sea Breeze.

Instead of using washi tape for borders, I like using stamps to have control on the color and size. Using a few colors actually allows you to have a visually appealing layout. It looks more ‘put-together’, aesthetically. So don’t worry if you only have a few inks in your stash. You can still do creative planning sans the hoarding tendencies. (guilty*).

I hope you are inspired to get creative with your journaling and planning even with minimal supplies.

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Stamps used are from Mommy Lhey, LoveCynthia and my designs from Marryl Crafts.

Those cute paperclips are handmade by my friend kay of  BitstoPieces. Use code MARRYLCRAFTS to get a discount when you purchase from her shop on Etsy.

Itty bitty stamp clock is from my shop here.


Week 8 on my Giving Journal

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Here’s week 8 on my The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s Giving Journal.

Like most planner enthusiasts, I own several planners for different purposes. However, I find myself drawn to vertical layouts. It works for me and the style I prefer which is more into functional planning and documenting. But the horizontal layout of the Giving Journal from The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf seems to work well for documenting those little everyday moments.

I do Project Life and I need my memory planners to help me remember specific dates and details. I don’t know about you, but I need to write them somewhere or I will forget those details.

It’s always fun to add some stamping on my planners and journals. Here I used some stamps from LoveCynthia, MommyLhey and some from my own line of clear stamps , Marryl Crafts. I tend to gravitate towards clean and functional layout. Also because I have no time to really be playful with my spreads as I have more things on my mommy-duties to-do list than I have enough space on my planners. So it’s usually just one or two-color schemes for me. Lately, I’ve been seeing some pretty planner stickers and I might give it a try soon.

Clean and functional layouts seem to work for me and my planners are serving their purpose well (for now), haha! That’s probably how I design my clear stamps too. Functional but playful at times. Take the ‘peeking panda box’ for example. This design is part of the new sets releasing soon. I kind of want a cute box for an important reminder, so I took the panda from the Happy Day set, tweaked it a bit and came up with the ‘peeking panda box’ stamp.

LoveCynthia has a lot of positive quotes and they are perfect for journaling and planning. same goes with Mommy Lhey‘s clear stamps with her fun and kawaii designs.

Whatever design style you are drawn to, memory-keeping or planning is always fun. They say gratitude is the memory of the heart. So, write your story and be filled with gratitude in your everyday moments.

Don’t forget to share your work using our stamps, uisng the following hashtags:  #MarrylStamps or #MarrylCrafts.

For more inspiration, please follow us on Instagram: marrylcrafts.

 


My DYL Planner in a Ringed-Binder

imageThis year, more and more planners produced locally has caught my attention. The DYL planner, particularly the Back to Basics has been one of the planners I’m using this year.

I use it for my Small Business. I use it to record orders, sales, reminders, etc. I love the quality of the paper and the vertical layout. However, because I’m right-handed and because I use it regularly,coil-bound planners just don’t cut it for me. I have a hard time writing entries on Wednesday. Also, I do a lot of stamping on my planners, and the coils really get annoying as it gets difficult to stamp on it.

I figured I must do something about the coils. I decided to take out the pages, trimmed off the sides with the coiled edges and transferred it to my Macaron Planner I got from Finding Nana.

imageNow it feels like I have a completely new planner. I get to stamp more on my entries and I can write with no annoying coils! Yay!

Stamped images are all from our Marryl Crafts Clear Stamp Designs. Some of the designs are from the new collection which will be released soon. Stay tuned!


Of Hibiscus Bubbles

imageIt feels like it’s been ages since I last released new clear stamp designs. I guess mommy duties really get the better of me. Which is a good thing, right? Being a homemaker is on top of my list. But creating and designing some new products for my small business is just icing on the cake.

It won’t be long now and we’ll be releasing two new designs very soon. Hopefully they arrive before the end of February. One of the challenges of being a clear stamp designer in the Philippines is having to wait longer for the stamps to be manufactured in the US and shipping it here to my side of the world takes longer.  I’m sorry if I’ve shared this too many times but I actually read my posts after a year or two and I just want to remember the triumphs and the challenges I went through for every design I released.

These new clear stamp designs I was working on late last year is quite special. I’ve collaborated with a very talented calligrapher who also happens to be one of my Creative Team members. Yes, Aina’s beautiful calligraphy is featured in one of the clear stamp sets I designed. Also featured in that collection is another layered flower that kept me pretty busy the last month of 2015.

I was looking for a flower inspiration from my Aunt Joy’s garden. This flower caught my attention as she had them in different varieties. This flower actually brought back so many fond memories of my childhood. Back when the neighborhood was filled with Gumamelas and we would make Gumamela bubbles. It was  passed on for generations.

You would take the flower’s petals and grind them using a stone on a flat surface. It’s easier on a mortar and pestle. Add the paste to one part detergent soap or powder and one part water. We would use straws to blow bubbles. This was how we would make bubbles back in the days.

That flower is known here in the Philippines as Gumamela. In other countries, this is popularly known as Hibiscus.

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Thus, the inspiration for this new clear stamp collection I designed.  Apparently, my clear stamp designs are not dictated by themes but by memories or things related to telling stories. I think it’s surprisingly interesting how I go about the process of designing and creating them.

One thing that makes me so giddy with excitement for this collection, apart from Aina’s beautiful calligraphy, is the fact that it is so versatile to use. Here, I used it for memory-keeping. The word prompts are just perfect for telling your story and documenting it through Project Life.

imageI stamped the words on to a 3×4 premium luxe white cardstock. You can mix and match the words to tell a story and journal on those pages. I just added a line using a pen to create this very clean journaling card. I find myself drawn to clean layouts, with lots of spaces for journaling.

Please do keep posted for more updates on the two new clear stamp designs and how I use them in different projects.

 


“Happy Day” Stamp Layering Guide

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Florals and botanicals on paper craft projects is always a classic. Whether on planners, journals, memory-keeping or cards, they always make a plain cardstock look pretty. I’ve wanted to create floral stamps to create projects using different techniques. It took some time to do my homework and finally it’s here!

We had just released the two new stamp sets this week. Yay! It took a while to have it produced. It’s a bit challenging for  a new clear stamp designer like me from the Philippines to have it manufactured in the US. Production costs are very costly. The time difference is one big factor. I stay up very late to the wee hours in the morning to communicate and get updates from my manufacturer in the US. Also, designing them takes me and my husband longer as we go through at least four (4) softwares to create the design. But even if it takes longer, we prefer this long process because our original designs render very crisp and clean stamped images. It’s definitely hard work and a true labor of love.

Finally, the two new sets were released in the US this week. As for me and my friends in the Philippines, we will hopefully receive the stamps next week, I can’t wait!

One of the new clear stamp sets released this week is “Happy Day.” I’m so excited about this set not only because of it’s cute icons but it features floral stamps that you can use in different projects using differenttechniques like stamp layering, watercoloring and heat-embossing. I love the stamps in this collection and the many projects you can create with it.

We took a real rose flower pictured and created the layers all from scratch. I took longer to create the layers as I was learning this new program my husband taught me. Well, most days he gets frustrated as I was working too slow. Slow woman here takes forever to figure out these programs. Creating the shadows to form layers was very tedious but after seeing the finished flower, I couldn’t help but admire this simple but beautiful rose.

Below is a guide on how to create the layered images. There’s just a bit of a learning curve the first time you use the rose stamp set. The only thing to keep in mind is to align the base stamp of the rose – number 1 in the illustration below  (that whole rose shape) to stamp no. 2. Take note of the bottom curved lines. Stamp no. 2 is the shadow creating highlights and outlines of the petal. You may want to use a darker shade of ink for this. Stamp No. 3 gives a more detailed layer of the rose. You may opt to use this or not. This uses a much deeper and darker shade from your base stamp ink.

The inks I used differ depending on the paper I use for a particular project. For planners, I use Versamagic chalk inks and Brilliance. This dashboard is made from parchment paper. I love how this kind of paper takes on chalk inks. For card-making, I prefer to use premium dye inks. Experiment with different brands of ink when layering stamps and see which give best results.

 

Happy Day Guide

Equally important is using small stamp blocks appropriate for the sizes of these tiny stamps. This is to avoid ink smears on your block which may transfer on your paper. Here I used my  itty bitty stamp block from my own line of acrylic blocks. It’s approximately 1.5 x 1.5 inches. This is listed in the shop but only for shipping within the Philippines. There are many brands and stores in the US who sell tiny stamp blocks.

How beautiful is that dashboard using the rose stamp layering technique. It’s so easy once you get the hang of it. You are limited only by the shades of your inks :) I hope you’ll have fun using the two new stamps in your projects: planning, memory-keeping, card-making and other paper craft projects. It’s available in the US and other countries through www.cliquekits.com. For our friends in the Philippines, you may place your order here in our website. Just click the shop button to find our stamps.

 

Please do share it using hashtag #MarrylStamps or #MarrylStampArt and tag us on Instagram @marrylcrafts.

Happy Stamping!


Weekly Planner Lists using ‘Heartstrings’ Stamps 1 comment

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Hello crafters! My name is Rachel a.k.a. therachmark on Instagram. I was lucky enough to be chosen by Marryl to be a member of her creative team a few months ago! I am currently a little obsessed with stamping, but especially stamping in my planner. It is a cost effective and creative way to create the exact layout that you want!
Each week, there are a few things that I like to track: my weekly to-do list, my weekly goals, my incoming and outgoing mail, people I need to contact and a list of things I may need to buy. On two pieces of blank inserts, I wrote ‘this week’ on the top and then stamped in my different headers from Marryl Crafts Heartstrings stamp set. The to-do and goals are on the left side since they take up more room and I find them most important as I go about my week. Then on the right, I stamped the happy mail, telephone and shopping bag stamps onto page flag stickers and used the heart border to block off each section.
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I decided to fill it in with my weekly info, but you could also laminate these pages and use a dry-erase marker so you can fill it in for each week! I also added a journal card with some hearts stamped in a list format with the grateful stamp in the corner so that I can write in some happy things that happened to me this week. Marryl’s tiny double heart checklists are some of my favorites because they are small enough to fit into inserts that have tiny lines on them like these Filofax pages.
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The VersaMagic Dew Drop Chalk Inks are my favorites for stamping because they add some lovely color, but also do not bleed through most inserts. This weekly checklist has helped me stay on track for the week since usually a lot of this information ends up scattered on various sticky notes in my multiple planners. I hope you could take some inspiration from how I used these stamps! If you would like to see more posts from me using Marryl’s stamps, please let us know and we will plan some more!
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I would love to see how you use #MarrylStamps in your planner, so be sure to tag me and Marryl on Instagram! What are some things you track weekly?

Creating Tiny Layouts on your Mini Albums

imageI’ve been having a lot of fun working on my We R Memory Keepers Instagram Mint album. I’ve printed tons of pictures and I’m slowly working on this Summer album. I thought I’d share with you how I use my “Heartsrings” clear stamp set in my memory-keeping projects.

 

Some of you might think that this set is solely for planner-stamping. But when I designed this set, I didn’t want it exclusively used for planner-stamping, although the size might suggest that. Being a paper-crafter and scrapbooker, I designed this clear stamp set for different projects, including of course memory-keeping.

I used an extra page from my @heidiswapp memory planner, cut it to 4×4 and rounded the corners. Cut a small cardstock from “My Favorite Things” paper pad collection and used it as a photo mat. I stamped ‘Today’ on this page and did a short journalling directly on the cardstock. I added an embellishment from Notes and Things which was just perfect. I just love how that glittered magenta thickers just pops on the tiny layout.

imageOn the other side of the spread, I’ve taken a We R Memory Keepers 4×4 card from the Inked Rose collection and used it for this tiny layout. This might be a very tiny card for a Project Life layout but it didn’t stop me from creating a background. I thought I’d use the banner stamp from my ‘Heartstrings” stamp set and used it to write the date. I used Versamagic Pink Petunia ink. I love the muted tone of this ink.

 

I took the “Best ever” stamp still from my ‘Heartsrings’ stamp set and did generation stamping all over the page to create a background. The black ink is Versafine Onyx Black. Always crisp images. The rest are Versamagic inks with its chalk finish, it’s perfect for creating backgrounds on this tiny layout. Finished off this page by adding ephemeras from the ‘Notes and Things’ kit.

Simple. Quick and easy layouts.

I hope you will try creating these projects in your tiny albums or mini books. Please do give me a pingback so I can check your posts.

 

Happy stamping!


DIY Embellishments using Marryl Stamps 1

Summer is over in my side of the world. My brother came home for a vacation and we had so many wonderful times together, making memories especially with the little lady. Oh how she adores him! The two would go to the playground in the late afternoons and she would tell her friends about her Uncle who was a computer scientist. That’s how she would call him :) We went on food trips, he was a foodie like us. We went to family gatherings, short vacations, swimming…there was always great conversations and moments worth keeping. I couldn’t wait to do our Summer 2015 album.

Finally, I found time last week to visit a photolab and printed our summer 2015 pictures. I don’t have a pocket printer because I find it more economical to print tons of pictures in a studio (or I may be wrong).  I’m still on the fence if I should get a pocket printer. I don’t know which ones in the market are good. I hear a lot of good things about the Fuji Instax Share and the LG Pocket printer. What are your thoughts?

Anyways, I’ve started working on the first few pages of my album last week. I’m loving this size of the We R Memory Keepers 4×4 Instagram album. It’s not too daunting for me compared to my 12 x 12’s and I can easily slip pictures into the page protectors without worrying too much about how my layout looks. In fact, I can squeeze in a little bit of layout design even with this tiny size.

Today, I’d like to share with you how I used some stamps from my  Heartstrings clear stamp set to make your own embellishment or ephemera. When I designed my first stamp set, I didn’t just have planners in mind. Although many thought it was solely intended for planners because of the size. When I was working on the designs, I wanted to be able to use it for  different craft projects I am passionate about. Memory-keeping (Project Life) was on top of my list.

Here’s one simple and quick project you can do using my “Heartstrings’ stamp set to make your own embellishment for memory-keeping or your planners.

imageI took my scraps of cardstock from Heidi Swapp’s My Favorite things 6×6 paper pad and stamped Beautiful on to paper. For those who are not familiar, the words at the bottom 2 rows in this stamp set are in my handwriting :)  I love including handwritten sentiments in the stamp set especially those positive words that I use on my planner or on other craft projects.

Here I used Versafine Smokey Gray and Onyx Black inks.

imageI also used the Love round stamp  using Versamagic Persimmon, Versamagic Java, Versafine Smokey Gray and Onyx Black inks onto cardstocks. I love how the different colors of the ink and paper gives it very varying results. My favorite is when it’s stamped on this turqouise paper and using the Versamgic Persimmon ink. It looks a little distressed or rustic.

imageI used a 1/2 inch punch to cut the love stamped image. The size of the punch is perfect for the inner circle of the stamped image. I hand-cut the words beautiful.

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I took a small piece of paper , inked the edges and used it as a photo mat.

imageI took a small piece of paper, punched one side to be added as a layer for the layout. I then took the stamped words and did simple layering on one side of the layout. Surprisingly, I had a lot of fun making this layout despite the tiny size.. The different ink colors, papers and simple overlapping of the stamped and punched-out sentiments tied all of it together because of the colors. It probably would have looked differently had I used too much bright ink colors. I may have used scraps of paper but it was from the same paper pad collection so I guess I need to keep that in mind when doing this DIY embellishments. You could also ink the edges of the all the embellishments if you want a more distressed look.

imageimageSo here’s my simple DIY embellishment/ephemera using some of my stamps. I hope you’ll try doing this simple project and share your pictures. Please give me a link back so I can see your project.

 

Big love,

marryl


DIY Personalized Tissue Paper

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I’ve shipped out all the “Heartstrings” stamps for the first batch of orders and I thought I’d share how I packaged them. It was a very simple packaging that I did myself but lots of love and DIY went into every little package. I made a simple thank you card and had a little fun adding texture to the paper and embossed the edges. Unnoticeable to most people, but not to me :) Because they say ‘love is in the details.’

 

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imageA great way to personalize wrapping your gifts is to use clear stamps and design/decorate your tissue paper. Featured here are stamps from my “Heartstrings” clear stamp set.

I took some white gift-wrapping tissue and stamped my “happy mail” stamp all over the tissue paper. I tried stamping on both the glossy side and the matte side of the paper. Both sides took on the stamped images quite well. but I prefer the glossy side as it takes on crisper images of the stamps. I used Versamagic inks and it really looks pretty good. These inks have great coverage and gives me crisp images. Below is a close up of how my stamped images look on the tissue paper. You can still read the word ‘happy’ which is pretty tiny on the stamp.

imageIf you’re not familiar with this stamp, the happy mail stamp is part of my ‘Heartstrings” Clear Stamp set that I designed (my very first set!) and is meant for planners as well as different craft projects. I’m showing here how you can use it to personalize a gift-wrapping tissue paper. I used muted tones here but you can experiment with bolder or brighter shades of the Versamgic inks. I’ve also used Versafine and they render very crisp images of the stamps.imageSO that’s how my stamps were packaged using my DIY personalized tissue paper. I hope you try doing this quick and simple project using my stamps. Please give me a ping back so I can see your work.

p.s. The “Heartstrings” stamp set have sold out but if you’re from the Philippines and wish to pre-order, please email us marrylcrafts@gmail.com, your name and city and we’ll contact you as soon as the next batch of orders arrive. For those outside the Philippines, thank you very much for your support and patience. We have received all your queries, emails and messages on Instagram and Facebook. Just warms my heart to know you find our stamps adorable!

We are trying to get a reseller in the US to help us distribute the “Heartstrings” stamp set and make it available for everybody. We’re working to arrange this very soon for all of you. Again, we thank you for your encouragement and support.

This has my heart!

Love,

 

marryl