Memory-keeping


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.

 


Adding Envelopes to my Memory Planner

imageI realized I haven’t been sharing much about the different planners I use and how I use them. So today I will try and start sharing about my planers and how I incorporate other accessories to personalize them.

Probably one of my favorites is Heidi Swapp’s Memory Planner. It’s very different from all the other planners I have. It’s a planner and memory-keeping in one. I love how thick and gorgeous the papers are. I think it all begins and ends with beautiful paper. The monthly page tabs have beautiful designs. I find myself drawn to bold patterns and floral designs lately and this planner has a lot of those. Also, Heidi has created some beautiful accessories to go with this planner.

Among the accessories that I purchased were these binder envelopes.

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I purchased mine from Scrapbook.com. Each pack contains four (4) binder envelopes that come in different sizes.  I was surprised to that they were very thick and durable. I thought they were just made from regular cardstock but they are very thick and durable.

Ive used it to store memorabilias like movie tickets, scribbles on table napkins or even receipts. Such a fun way to do memory-planning!

 

How do you use these envelopes?

 


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!