Planner Love


Calligraphy and Stamping on my Planner

 

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Sharing last week’s spread in my C&S Designs Back to Basics planner.

For those who are familiar with this planner, you might wonder why it’s not coiled. I actually took out the entire planner,uncoiled it and punched holes in it. Transferred the planner to my Macaron planner from FindingNana shop.

I love the paper quality of this planner and the vertical layout but I was having problems stamping and writing down my entries because the coil gets in the way. I had to figure out a way to do something about the coil.

I think hat solve the problem + the Back to Basics color scheme matches well with the Lavender Macaron planner.

Incorporating stamping and calligraphy in my planners and journals is always a lot of fun. Clear stamps are so versatile. You can change the theme and look of your layout just by changing the colors of your ink. Although acrylic inks are inexpensive, i still prefer the high-quality clear stamps referred to as  photopolymer stamps. They render very vivid stamped images giving you more bang for your buck as compared to your China-made acrylics.

This planner has different color schemes per month so I took March’ color theme and complimented it with tickers from Happie Scrappie. Her tickers are of really good quality sticker paper and the colors are vibrant. I must say, one of the best planner shops I know in as far as quality-made planner goodies.

These stickers had prompts like ‘note’, ‘today’, ‘remember’ etc. I just trimmed the sides as it was a wee bit long for the layout. This is a great way to use your scrap stickers.You can use strips of  stickers with no prints as headers or borders for your planners.

I think using stickers this way adds a pop of color,  just enough to compliment your planner’s color scheme, Not too all-over-the-place decorating which I prefer. But then again, it’s your planner and you can decorate it however you like.

I also used the stickers to do calligraphy on my planners. I think it’s a great way to avoid bleed throughs which happens a lot when you write on thin paper using brush or calligraphy pens. Game-changer :)

Calligraphy pens I used here are from Tombow (hard and soft tip), Zig Kuretake Cocoiro Letterpen in hard tip and the Zig Mangaka Flexible Fine.

All the stamped images are from my clear stamp line, Marryl Crafts. I figured  that since I already have colors from the stickers to the planner’s layout, going black on the stamping is always more aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

Now that school is over for the little lady and summer is here, I will hopefully have time to play with my planners and some much needed craft time. Crossing my fingers, you know mommy duties are 24/7. haha!

What are your plans for the summer?

 

 


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!


Planner Love Arm Candy 2 comments

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I’ve been swamped with work and mommy duties since the beginning of the year. January definitely feels like a Monday all month long. But a good kind of busy for my little business and for the family. It was a good start of the year in as far as designing new products and collaborating with my husband and brother. They have been key to realizing my plans and ideas and making it happen. Well, truth be told, being a homemaker is on top of the list but when I do have a little downtime, I enjoy creating craft products for my little online shop. Collaborating with the husband adn my brother only happened once or twice at the beginning of this year. But it was a great kick off this year.

This is going to be a very interesting year for our family. It seems like everyone has their hands full for 2016. I can hardly wait for what’s ahead of us this 2016! Meantime, I’m consumed by mommy duties lately. Running errands, follow-ups on orders, supplies and the never-ending decluttering at home. Yesterday was a very long day of running around  the city. I hardly have time to do some crafts. But I did manage to squeeze in some simple DIY accessory.

I used to sell and do bead-jewelry making about ten years ago. Arm candies were my favorite then. Ironically, I can’t seem to find any accessories for planner nerds like me. I thought I’d make one just to amuse myself!

I hardly use fashion accessories but when I do, it’s something I made or something I’m fond of. Of course, you could always pick up one in your favorite shops but making one and customizing it is so much more fun. And I can’t even begin to tell you how incredibly easy this is to make!

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1. Polymer Clay Charms from BitsToPieces

2. Jump ring

3. Suede Cord about a meter long

Here’s the quick process for creating this simple bracelet:

1. Take your favorite Polymer Clay planner charm and cut the chains (using a jewelry cutter), leaving the eyepin that connects the chain to the charm.

2. Attach the jump ring to the eyepin using your jewelry tools. There are a lot of simple tutorials online on how to properly attach jump rings to your accessory. This ensures that your charm is durable and will not slip off over time.

3. Slip your suede cord right through the middle and tie a knot to hold it in place.

You may do multiple strands and colors, and do braids. But I prefer mine simply wrapped around my wrist.

So quick and easy arm candy! No one in the bank probably knew what that pretty little mint thing was dangling on my wrist! haha!

Only a #plannernerd like me will swoon over how pretty that little thing is. Oh, and I made a pendant too! Yes, I was running around Cebu City with these accessories.

The husband was just shaking his head and smiling!

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p.s. Head over to the etsy shop of BitstoPieces and use coupon code MARRYLCRAFTS to get a discount when you purchase. You will find my friend Kay’s beautiful handmade polymer clay creations. She’ s one of the best polymer clay artists I know. Do tell her I sent you!


The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Holiday Launch: Brewing Stories and Giving Flavorfully

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Now back to our daily routines. Back to creating some new designs for my Clear Stamp line. I had been itching on finishing the new designs. I had left some designs for final editing and now after two months, I wanted to add more details. Back to the drawing board it is. I browsed through my  notes and doodles and while leafing through the pages of my planner, particularly the Bucket List Page, I can’t help feeling so much gratefulness and joy while reading through my entries I wrote at the beginning of the year. I wrote some important Life Lists and things I wanted to accomplish this 2015. Among those was a wild and BIG dream of creating my own line of clear stamps made in the US. I had no idea how I was going to realize that little dream but I just had to write it down on paper. I’ve been crafting for so many years and one of the biggest dreams any crafter in the world would want is to have their very own line of craft products sold worldwide. Not handmade creations because every crafter has tons of DIY or handmade projects, but a real high quality product with your name on it. It was too far-fetched but I kept writing them down, tirelessly.  I realized how such short a time things change and your perspective changes. That, and some significant milestones I wrote down on the planner.

Such is my love affair with planners and journals. They’re not just notebooks nor paper. To me, they hold a very special key to one’s passion and purpose. Ha! My writing is getting melancholic probably because of the rain, pouring out the window as I write this. My apologies.

I’ve been on the lookout for new planners and journals I’ll be using this coming new year. I’m eyeing a couple but have yet to make up my mind. Lo! and behold, I got invited to the launching of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s Holiday Launch of their Giving Journal (The universe conspires!).

The little lady in tow, I arrived at the venue and it was a fullhouse. I was greeted by a presentation and listened to stories. The tone was set. I knew it was going to be a wonderful day.

The activity that followed was what got the crowd engaged. We were treated to a mini-workshop on basic watercolor and brush calligraphy led by Earl Tawny Hisoler. I met her at the first Pen Meet Cebu a few months back. She did a pretty good job considering it was her first workshop. I know the feeling. Years back when I did my first Craft workshop, I was a nervouse wreck :)

It’s so nice to see more and more Cebuanos embracing and celebrating creativity. This activity was a hit considering that calligraphy is making a huge comeback.

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I was fortunate to have been seated with the happy bunch, friends from the media and one I worked at SunStar years ago. I enjoyed doing the drills. It’s really different practicing with other people around you than doing it at home. So much happy energy around you makes it very engaging. We managed to finish the drills and wrote our ‘power’ words. Not! I did manage to write this phrase down on the watercolor paper Earl provided. I took out my phone, snapped a photo and managed to quickly digitize my work. Pretty raw but this was what I wrote: Write your story.

imageSo much fun yet so little time. The much-awaited journals were presented and I was all ears.

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The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf® hopes to give flavorfully this season in ways that warm the soul as much as the body. As a way to encourage its community to brew their best years, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf® released a new edition of The Giving Journal. It is a journal designed to inspire each individual to pursue their passions and find meaning and fulfillment in everyday moments, while at the same time providing them with the opportunities to give back by helping others.

It is the tradition of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf® to give back to the community, and it has partnered with Real LIFE foundation, the Giving Journal’s beneficiary, to fulfill this tradition by supporting the educational needs of the less fortunate. To date, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® has already sponsored 38 university scholars since 2011 – giving them the chance to fulfill their dreams, help their families, and improve their prospects for a brighter future. At present, the brand is proud to share that 13 of the sponsored scholars have already graduated. Evidently, The Giving Journal is certainly not your ordinary planner; it is a gift where the joy of giving and receiving it lasts well past the holiday season.

 

imageOne of my favorite features on this journal is the Vision List. It has sections for Personal Goals, Financial, Career, Health, Self-development and even Giving Goals. That’s something special about this journal. I wanted to personalize this page as all goals are just dreams if you have no action plans. So I took out the “Joyful Planning” stamp set that I designed specifically for planners and journals, and stamped a banner on each category just to highlight the words. I used Versamagic chalk inks. I stamped the words “Action Plan” on each of the banners. Also, added some itty bitty heart bullets for my entries. This tiny heart stamp is still in the “Joyful Planning” set. No bleed-through. This journal has great paper quality. That’s something every planner / journal enthusiast looks for. I’ll be sharing more about how I personalize this journal in future posts.

 

Start collecting your stamps now at any Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf cafe and score these gorgeous Giving Journals. Part of the proceeds of these journals go to Real Life Foundation. That’s what got me sold. Pursuing your passion and giving back to the community. Big love!

 

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In case you’re wondering, I just added the embellishments and tag in my journal because I love all things pretty and planner goodies are up there on my list. Tee! Hee!  That t tag with the roses are actually stamped images using my “Happy Day” clear stamp set. This set is the first one I designed which features stamp-layering. So proud of this set and I’m still discovering new ways to use it. If you’re interested to try stamp-layering or have not tried stamping, please check our clear stamp designs. It’s available also through cliquekits.com for our friends in the US. they ship worldwide.


Crop and Plan Party Cebu 2015

imageAfter much prodding from my fellow planner and journal enthusiasts in my city, I am organizing the much-anticipated and the first ‘Crop and Plan Party Cebu 2015’. This is happening on the 6th of December, 1;30-5;30 PM at Brique Modern Kitchen, Lahug, Cebu City.

More than just a Meet and Greet , I’m organizing this event to create a community and bring together crafters, artisans, designers, planner enthusiasts and makers – all to CELEBRATE CREATIVITY. This is my little way of spreading kindness and sharing the love for crafts, journals and planners. But Why Crop and Plan? Planning nowadays has evolved not just plain writing to-do’s and errand lists. Planning and journaling now involves lots of creativity through decorating them using stamps, stickers, journaling cards to name a few. So Crop and Plan it is!

One of the highlights during our event is a ‘planning/crop together’ activity which will hopefully focus on goal-setting for the coming year. What I’m so giddy about is the overwhelming support from this amazing community of designers, artisans, plannners and crafters both local and abroad. They have shared some of their products which will will be included in each goodie bag the attendees will receive. I’m over the moon excited for this! we will be posting some sneaks over on our Instagram account: marrylcrafts for our kind sponsors.

I’m also looking forward to the “share your planner spread” activity. Each attendee is expected to share one of their planner spreads and one planner inspiration they can share to the group. It can be anything from the type of inserts they use, to word prompts that they regularly use or decorating tips they want to share. Therefore, all attendees must bring at least one planner they’re currentlyusing and share one planner spread.

 

Registration fee is only P750 which covers food and drinks from Brique Restaurant, event kit which includes goodies from our kind sponsors, event suplies and other incrementals. Please fill out the registration form and pay the registration fee (ticket)  to guarantee your seat.  Click on the link for the registration Registration Form

See you soon!


“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!


August at a Glance in my Memory Planner

imageThe Month at a Glance is probably where I can do a little decorating and planning. The rest of the pages in my memory planner serves as my journal/memory-keeping where I add photos, memorabilia and journalling. But this page allows me to add important dates and important reminders.

This is probably the prettiest month on Heidi Swapp’s memory planner. From the month’s divider to the month at a Glance which has this beautiful floral design with gold foil details. One of my favorite pages in this planner.

imageI used stickers from the washi booklet in this collection to mark important dates. The rest are stamps from my ‘Hearstrings” stamp set. Here’s a closer look at how I use the notes section in my Memory planner.

I stamped ‘Goals” and the ‘heart’ stamp to make a checklist.  Below it I stamped FOCUS and used the Heart stamp again as bullets to write down our priorities for the month. I find it useful to do more intentional planning than just usual appointments or to-dos.

One of those in my list is being ‘hands free’. I’ve been logging off social media once a week or as often as I can stay away from devices. It has done wonders to me! Being a mom and wife is my priority and it has helped me focus on what truly matters.

 

p.s. My apologies to my friends here if I haven’t been doing a good job saying Hi! on Instagram or facebook. But know that I am inspired by all your posts and comments.

Another priority is making memories. I believe in simplifying memory-keeping and focus more on spending time with loved ones making memories.

They say your planner/calendar reflects your priorities. What’s your focus this month?