Planner Organization

Planner organization is one of my FAVORITE things!  I can’t do anything without my planner, and if it isn’t organized I fall apart!

This is a picture of my planner for the month of October.  This is the only month that isn’t filled up, so I could share it with you.  The first part of planner organization, for me, is only writing things that are absolute in pen.  Here I have my husband and my son’s birthdays.  I post every Monday for the Tombow blog, but sometimes my day changes because of things like blog hops or events. So, I like to remember that Mondays are taken, but until I have the October schedule I don’t write it in the planner. Instead, I use sticky notes (that I make myself) to show me something is there.  Also, I use my homemade sticky notes on the “notes” section because I like to write things on it and stick it on my computer, or on my desk, to tell me what I need to do.  I write notes in that section that are things I want to remember for me.

 

Every year I buy the same planner.  It usually costs $3.  It is a no frills planner, just weekly and monthly dates.  My planner isn’t about family memories or anything like that.  It is all about everything I need to remember for the month.  Design deadlines, appointments, kids activities, parties, oil changes, etc.  It doesn’t have a pocket, so I make my own.  I like to have a place to put all of the special things I get throughout the year, like cards, notes and such.  I take a file folder and cut it to the size of the back cover and adhere it with Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue.

I make sure to leave room at the bottom, where the folder expands, so I can fit a lot of things in it.  I use ribbon on each side to keep it together.  I also use Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue to attach it.

When I make the pocket, I fold over some of the folder and make a small pocket in front of the big one.  This is for small things like business cards and such.  That is where I put my ultra AWESOME congratulations note from Tombow for being on their design team!

 

These are my home made sticky notes.  Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue is re-positionable when dry, so if you put a thin line of glue on the back of your paper, let it dry and stack them on top of each other you have your own sticky notes!  And they are the exact size you want!  My date boxes in my book are 1 1/4″ x 1 1/8″ and now I have that exact size sticky notes!!  How awesome is that!!

 

I like to put the stacks of them on the inside of the front cover of my planner.

 

And now I have the super awesome ultra ah-MAZE-ing Tombow AirPress Ballpoint Pen!  Oh my heck this is the best pen EVER! It writes on dusty paper, wet paper and it even writes upside down! It is soooo smooth to write with and it has a sweet rubberized grip that makes it easy and comfortable to hold.  The clip on the side fits perfect in the spine of my planner!

I hope you try some of my planner organizing tips!

xxDaniella

Impressionism Inspired Creative Coloring By Jennie Garcia

Creative Coloring Zenspirations

Happy Friday! Have you been bitten by the creative coloring bug? This week the Tombow USA Design Team had the awesome opportunity to work with Fox Chapel Publishing! They publish Marie Browning’s books and Joanne Fink’s Zenspirations books, which are the ones we are showcasing this week! I used the Inspirations: Designs To Feed Your Spirit book. This was the first time I tried adult coloring and I really enjoyed it. It was as therapeutic and peaceful as meditation. I was inspired by Impressionists like Van Gogh to color this page.

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First, I did lots of fine lines with a darker Tombow Dual Brush Pen. I tried to follow the lines of the drawing to create some movement. In some places, like the sun rays, I used more than one color to create lines and then I used the lightest color to cover all the area. For the very fine areas I used the fine/bullet tip of the Tombow Dual Brush Pen. If I wanted to blend the lines even more I could’ve used the blender Dual Brush Pen, but I really liked how the lines look. I created a super tiny doodle pattern between the sun and the rays. These images are designed in a way where you can add your own pattern and zentangles. I planned to add zentangles but I got distracted with the color lines and I forgot my original plan, this happens a lot!  Creative Coloring Zenspirations-002

We were spoiled by Fox Chapel Publishing and we received these amazing books! Remember to pre-order the two new books coming out in October: Birds and Butterflies, and Expressions of Faith! These books have great thick pages and one of the many good things about the Tombow Dual Brush Pens is the fact that they don’t bleed through, so you can color the book without fear of ruining the page on the back! Creative Coloring

Do you enjoy creative coloring? Do you prefer to use Colored Pencils or Markers? Make sure you check out the rest of the posts this week they might inspire you to try a different media! Share your creations using the #tombowusa hashtag!

Be sure to follow Tombow on Instagram at @tombowusa for more creative coloring tips and tricks all week long. There is also time to enter the #tombow10k giveaway on Facebook and Instagram – you could win $300 in Tombow products! Entry requirements are listed on the #tombow10k giveaway image on Tombow’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Creative Coloring Week Continues

Hey there and welcome to another day of creative coloring inspiration. The Tombow Design Team members are so lucky to be on the side of the same publishing company that published our very own Marie Browning‘s books.  Take a look at these awesome adult coloring books.

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I did something a little fun for my share today. My kids saw these books arrive and immediately wanted to play too. So we started a coloring club at home for the summer. My kids are so funny. My son chose a page from the Abstract book and my daughter chose from the Inspirations book. Check out their creations.

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Each member of the Design Team received three of  Joanne Fink’s Zenspirations® coloring books Inspirations, Flowers and Abstract. Joanne has created something truly special. She has two new books coming out in October Birds and Butterflies and Expressions of Faith, which will be available for pre-order on Amazon next month! I’ve got mine ordered and can’t wait to see them. Below are the boosk from Tombow’s Signature Designer Marie Browning.

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A BIG Thank You to Fox Chapel Publishing for sending us these coloring books!!  Fox Chapel Publishing also publishes Tombow’s Signature Designer Marie Browning’s books.  If you haven’t seen Marie’s books, click this LINK to check them out!  They are AWESOME and she uses all Tombow  products in both books!

For the page I colored,  I went with a bold flower from the Flowers book by Joanne Fink. I love white space, so you’ll see that my blending goes from bold color to white and I left it at that. Simple and pretty. Here is my page.

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Here are a few step by step photos of my process. Materials I used are listed below as well.

Materials:

Tombow Blending Kit

Tombow Recycled Colored Pencils

Irojiten Colored Pencils

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I plan on putting all these pages in frames. My page will most likely get some letter stickers with a saying or some handlettering that will stand out against the white space. I can see it now…a collage wall of hand colored pages from my whole family. It’ll be like a framed quilt. So fun and meaningful. Thanks so much for stopping by. Don’t forget to check out the other Creative coloring posts from earlier this week.

Daniella Hayes- Monday

Beth Watson- Tuesday

Jennifer Priest- Wednesday

Be sure to follow Tombow on Instagram at @tombowusa for more creative coloring tips and tricks all week long. There is also time to enter the #tombow10k giveaway on Facebook and Instagram – you could win $300 in Tombow products! Entry requirements are listed on the #tombow10k giveaway image on Tombow’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. Happy coloring!

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Creative Coloring Week – Coloring with Recycled Colored Pencils

Did you hear us all scream when Tombow told us that we were going to be doing a coloring books for grownups challenge here on the blog? The sun shined a little brighter that day… Coloring books for grownups are everywhere right now and there’s a whole lot more to color with than the crayons we used as kids. Today I am sharing a page I colored with Tombow’s Recycled Colored Pencils:

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Why colored pencils?

Tombow’s line of recycled colored pencils are not only affordable, they produce gorgeous color because they are made from the same materials as Tombow’s Irojiten line of colored pencils. The main difference is that the wood on the Recycled Colored Pencils is pieced together from scraps of wood leftover from the manufacturing process.

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The colored pencils have a rich color on their own but their waxy base allows them to be blended, creating a more dimensional look and giving a depth of color to any project. The effect is really visible on a piece I colored for one of the new Zenspirations® coloring books being released later this year, which you can see on the Zenspirations® blog. On this piece, I used at least 3 pencils on each of the flowers, coloring first with a light color, then adding shading with a darker color, and then coloring over the top of everything to blend with a lighter color.

I created this short video so you can see how the color was applied to this page in stages:

If you make a mistake, use a Tombow Sand Eraser to remove the color from the page. The Sand Eraser works wonderfully with Tombow’s Recycled Colored Pencils but also works with pen, on pencil, and even with markers like Tombow Dual Brush Pens.

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Each member of the Design Team received three of  Joanne Fink’s Zenspirations® coloring books Inspirations, Flowers and Abstract. Joanne is an amazing artist and a wonderfully inspirational friend!  She says “My coloring books are designed for people to add their own patterns and embellish the illustrations as well as color.”  She has two new books coming out in October Birds and Butterflies and Expressions of Faith, which will be available for pre-order on Amazon next month!

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A BIG Thank You to Fox Chapel Publishing for sending us these coloring books!!  Fox Chapel Publishing also publishes Tombow’s Signature Designer Marie Browning’s books?  if you haven’t seen Marie’s books, click this LINK to check them out!  They are AWESOME and she uses all Tombow USA products in both books!

Do you love coloring in coloring books? Leave us a comment telling us your favorite medium to use for coloring.

Be sure to follow Tombow on Instagram at @tombowusa for more creative coloring tips and tricks all week long. There is also time to enter the #tombow10k giveaway on Facebook and Instagram – you could win $300 in Tombow products! Entry requirements are listed on the #tombow10k giveaway image on Tombow’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.

For more crafty goodness, please visit me over at Just JP.

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Creative Coloring Week – Day Two with Beth Watson

Hello and welcome to Day Two of Creative Coloring week!  This week the Tombow Designers will INSPIRE you with their creative coloring and doodling skills!

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Each member of the Design Team received three of  Joanne Fink’s “Zenspirations” coloring books Inspirations, Flowers and Abstract. Joanne is an amazing artist and a wonderfully inspirational friend!  She says “My coloring books are designed for people to add their own patterns and embellish the illustrations as well as color.”  She has two new books coming out in October Birds and Butterflies and Expressions of Faith, which will be available for pre-order on Amazon next month!

I selected the inspirational quote page – “Take a Moment to Breathe” which has been my mantra recently!  The nice thing about coloring is that you instantaneously take a moment to breathe and relax.  I think that it is an automatic response, which I can use ALOT more of in my life!

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I added additional doodling with my Tombow USA MONO Twin Permanent Marker which is my go to marker when it comes to writing on all types of surfaces – PLUS it is permanent, so it won’t bleed or run when I color over it with my Tombow USA Dual Brush Pens – SCORE!

I used several sets of Tombow USA Dual Brush Pens – Bright, Soda Shop and a variety of single pens that I have collected.  I wasn’t thrilled with the original choppy look of the light blue background, so I used the Tombow Dual Brush Pen Blender.  The final result has a softer, more water color feeling that I really like!

I love the bright colors that I used and am planning on hanging this is my office to remind me to take a break!  LOL!

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I had way too much fun coloring and doodling this week!  I hope you are inspired to do some creative coloring of your own!  It is very RELAXING and ZEN.  LOL!

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A BIG Thank You to Fox Chapel Publishing for sending us these coloring books!!  Fox Chapel Publishing also publishes Tombow’s Signature Designer Marie Browning’s books?  if you haven’t seen Marie’s books, click this LINK to check them out!  They are AWESOME and she uses all Tombow USA products in both books!

Be sure to follow Tombow on Instagram at @tombowusa for more creative coloring tips and tricks all week long. There is also time to enter the #tombow10k giveaway on Facebook and Instagram – you could win $300 in Tombow products! Entry requirements are listed on the #tombow10k giveaway image on Tombow’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Thanks for stopping by! -Beth

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Creative Coloring Week With Tombow and Zenspirations!

Creative Coloring Week With Tombow and Zenspirations!

Hello and welcome to Creative Coloring week!  This week the Tombow Designers will WOW you with their coloring and doodling skills!

Each member of the Design Team received 3 of  Joanne Fink’s “Zenspirations” coloring books (Inspirations, Flowers and Abstract). Joanne is an amazing artist!  She says “These coloring books are designed for people to add their own patterns and embellish the illustrations as well as coloring.”  She also has 2 new books coming out in October “Birds and Butterflies” and “Expressions of Faith,”,which will be available for pre-order on Amazon next month! Sweet!

I used a page from the “Abstract” book.  It was soooo much fun to play with!

Here is the cover of the book and the page I used.

 

 

I started by coloring the whole page using my Tombow Dual Brush Pens.  Or, if you’d rather, you can doodle first and then color it in.

 

 

Then, I used 2 Tombow Markers to doodle.  I used the black Tombow Dual Brush Pen and the black Tombow Twin Permanent Marker.  They are both great for doodling.  Each has a different point so you can doodle with different tip sizes.  The Dual Brush Pen has a brush tip and a fine tip and the Twin Marker has a fine and a broad tip.

 

I had soooo much fun coloring and doodling!  I hope you do some creative coloring of your own!  And a HUGE special Thank You to Fox Chapel Publishing for sending us these coloring books!!  Did you know Fox Chapel Publishing also publishes our Signature Designer Marie Browning’s books?  if you haven’t seen Marie’s books, click the link to check them out!  They are AWESOME!!

Be sure to follow Tombow on Instagram (@tombowusa) for more Creative Coloring tips and tricks all week long. There is also still time to enter the #tombow10k giveaway on Facebook and Instagram – you could win nearly $300 in Tombow products! Entry requirements are listed on the #tombow10k giveaway image on Tombow’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.

xxDaniella

Summer Trends of 2015 for Scrapbooking By Jennie Garcia

Project Life Week TwentySix Happy Friday Everyone! This week our design team had been inspired by the Summer Trends of 2015. If you want to take a peek at some trends check out this Pinterest Board. I was inspired by handwritten type, patterns and iconic imagery like hearts and smiley faces. Project Life Week TwentySix-001For photos and labels I used the Tombow Stamp Runner Dot Pattern Adhesive. These cards are from the High Five Core Kit and most of the embellishments are from Freckled Fawn. To glue the yellow alphas and some of the embellishments I used the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.

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The title week is the first card I always make because for some reason it’s easier and more fun. My staple item for title cards are labels. The square one is a free print and cut file for the Silhouette from Kaitlin Sheaffer, although you can print it and cut it with scissors. To glue these I used the Tombow Stamp Runner Dot Pattern Adhesive. The labels with the dates are from the Snap Collection from Simple Stories. Project Life Week TwentySix-003 I don’t know why I always run out of e’s so fast! I really like these Freckled Fawn alphas and the stripes match the summer trend inspiration so I used 2 o’s and a z to make these e’s. To glue them I used the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.

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I love this cool smiley face and bubble speech (iconic images) pattern but I wanted to add a little bit of color and to do it I used the Tombow Dual Brush Pens. The amperstand is a chipboard from Freckled Fawn and to glue it I used the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. Project Life Week TwentySix-005

I hope you liked this project and this inspired you to work on your memories!

If you like my projects and want to see more you can follow me on Instagram @jenniegarcian, follow Earthy Scrap on Facebook or read my blog!

Don’t forget to follow Tombow USA on Facebook and on Instagram @tombowusa! They are celebrating their amazing followers and they have a great prize up for grabs!

 

Summer trends – Instax card

I’m having a blast on my South Dakota vacation, but I was trying to think up great Summer Trend ideas that someone could make while on a road trip. I’m the crafter who buys and saves every little tidbit from a trip, buys a post card at every stop. I’m also keeping track of special spots with my Fujifilm Instax mini 8 camera. It’s like a polaroid camera, but the photos are credit card sized. Then I got an idea! What about a card sent home or to a friend using an image from the trip? YESSSS! Here is the card I created that you can create with your mini images as well.

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Material needed:

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Tombow Foam Tape

Tombow MONO Adhesive Permanent adhesive

Patterned paper: Fancy Pants

Cardstock: American Crafts

Scissors

Paper trimmer

Follow these easy and quick instructions to create your card from beginning to finish.

1. Photograph something from your awesome vacation: My subject was Mt. Rushmore. I’m sending my card to my mom back home.

2. Choose your patterned paper and cardstock that will be layered on the card front later on.

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3. Cut your cardstock and patterned paper down to size. Choose some simple embellishments.

4. Put the card together and write something special on the inside for the recipient. I used both the Tombow MONO Permanent Adhesive tape runner for that as well as the Tombow Foam Tape.

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Your family will love this take on a postcard for sure. Thanks for stopping by and seeing my Summer Trends Instax card. Go grab yourself one of these fun little cameras and get to creating today!

Check out more fun Summer Trends projects from the other Tombow Design Team members below:

Acoustic Boho birthday card- Jennifer Priest

Monogram Summer Trends- Beth Watson

Easy DIY coasters- Daniella

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Acoustic Boho Birthday Card – Summer Trends 2015

This week the team was challenged to find inspiration from summer trends, using images on a specific Pinterest board. I chose the “Acoustic Boho” image below because I liked the unique color combination, the texture in the Mexican and Native American textiles in the photo, and the geometric patterns. My mom’s birthday was this week so I created this unique card for her. These colors lend themselves to all ages and the on-trend patterns will make your hipster friends swoon.

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I printed the inspiration image above out onto cardstock and used it to help guide me as I gathered supplies in the matching color palette. I never knew I had so many different shades of coral orange cardstock but I certainly do! Challenges like these are great for diving into your stash and using things you just don’t think about that often.

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To create the card, I first cut an A2 card base (8.5″ x 5.5″) from a 12″ x 12″ piece of cardstock. I scored the card at 4.25″ (along the 8.5″ side) and folded it in half to make the base. You can cut an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of cardstock in half to create two A2 card bases in the same way.

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Once the base was formed, I started cutting the other papers into geometric shapes inspired by the stripes in the rugs and the pattern on the pillow in the inspiration image. Here’s how to create this card from start to finish:

Supplies:

Do you follow trends? I’d love to see some of your favorite color mood boards or inspiration boards from Pinterest. Leave a link in the comments to a pin and inspiration image you’re loving right now.

For more crafty goodness, please visit me over at Just JP.

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Summer 2015 Trends – Monograms

Summer is here and in full swing!  So, let’s settle in and talk about TRENDS for SUMMER 2015!  I am always tend spotting when I am out at the Mall, Superstores, Craft Stores and even at the Hardware Store.

Shopping in several teen stores on Sunday, I noticed that MONOGRAMS are still popular and trendy – on backpacks, notebooks and jewelry – and there is lots of PINK, NAVY BLUE!  NAUTICAL and PREPPY STYLES are back from the 80’s, but completely updated and hip with modern color schemes!

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I have created my project today around the letter M, simple wooden pieces that I picked up at my local craft store, my Tombow Dual Brush Pens and Adhesives – plus – some delicious “Summer Sun” love that was recently sent by Fancy Pants Designs.

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I purchased a wooden plaque, filigree and monogram letter M, then selected a bold stripe and floral double sided paper called Summer Floral from the Summer Sun line from Fancy Pants Designs.  Trace the outline of the plaque onto the striped side of the paper and the letter M on the floral side of the paper with a Tombow MONO Professional Drawing Pencil.

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Fussy cut both pieces with scissors.

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Edge wooden plaque with Tombow Dual Brush Pen 743 to give a finished look.  I love the way that you can just color the edge of a project like this – so much quicker and easier than paint!

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Apply Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue to both wooden pieces and spread to an even layer with the broad tip.  The Aqua Glue is perfect for applying paper to different flat surfaces like wood because it dry flat with no wrinkles!

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Color the wooden filigree with Tombow Dual Brush Pen 528, which again is simple and easy when coloring in a detailed piece like this one.  I always make sure to color on top of a towel or scrap piece of paper, so as not ti ruin my work surface.

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Flip wooden filigree over and apply Tombow Xtreme Adhesive to top, bottom, left and right edges, then center and press firmly to paper covered plaque.

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Using Tombow Xtreme Tabs to apply the Summer Sun Buttons, yellow plaid bow and Monogram letter M on top of the filigree.  These Tabs are clear and hold to the Xtreme – thus the name – LOL!

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Trends are everywhere, so keep an eye out for repeating colors, patterns and themes because there just might be a new trend looking right at you in the aisle of the drug store!

Check out more Summer trends and creative inspiration over on my BLOG and thanks for stopping by! -Beth

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