Chic Planning:  Purple Rain, April 25-May 1, 2016

Hello Everyone!  

Yes you read the title correct!  This week we are dancing in Purple Rain!  As you all already know, we lost a musical genius and icon in Prince last week. It’s still very hard to believe that he is no longer here. When my MIL called to give me the news, I just couldn’t believe it. I like many others grew up listening to Prince. My mother has ALWAYS referred to him as her “boyfriend.”  LOL.  It’s hard to pick just one Prince song as my favorite because there are too many, but Party Like It’s 1999, is near and dear since I think this was the class song for just about everyone who graduated in the Class of 1999. LOL but besides that I love Nohing Compares To You and Black Sweat too just to name a couple. Prince is a musician that I hope my girls will learn to love and appreciate when they are older. His lyrics transcend from generation to generation.  May his soul Rest In Peace and may he be remembered always. 

Prince Rogers Nelson 1958-2016


So yes, my planner layout for this week is dedicated to Prince himself. I wanted to wait until his Memorial Service to pay tribute, but that was short lived once I heard the news that he had already been cremated and a private service had already been held.  I hope
this
layout does him justice.  I kept the materials to a minimum, but packed a lot of heat withinthe layout. Let’s get started!

First, I started off by taping my sheets for the week (from the calendar extension pack by Me and My Big Ideas) to printer paper using washi tape. 

After some trial and error, I was able to get the images (which I found on Pinterest) on my sheets the way I wanted them. 


Next, I outlined the printed pictures with washi tape.  Diamonds for the song Diamonds and Pearls and the music notes for The Artist himself. 


Here, I used a Jenni Bowlin 6×6 Teardrop Stencil to cover the planner page (all except for Prince that is) with Purple Rain…to represent the classic and iconic song, Purple Rain.   After looking at the page I felt something was missing but I didn’t want to compromise the art. At the same time, I needed to add some planner elements. 

The planner elements are one from Planning Purrfection and the last two are DIY Planner Stickers that I made. 


Here on the left page, I just added a Keep Calm quote and the begging of Let’s go Crazy by Prince. 


On the right side I added the song titled Party Like It’s 1999!  I also added a weekend sticker so the weekend stands out a little more. 

Materials Used: Jenni Bowlin Studio Teardrop 6×6 Stencil, Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Seedless Preserves, White Gelly Roll Pen, the Paper Studio and Recollections Washi Tape, DIY Printables, Planning PURRfection Printable, Images found on Pinterest and MAMBI The Happy Olanner Calendar Extension


Above is my entire planner layout before I placed it back in my Happy Planner. 


With the two larger photos I had of Prince, I decided to add an insert in my planner. 


I also added the dates at the top of each page and a diamond paper clip to keep my spot in my planner. 

Overall, I love the way this page game out.  I wanted to make sure that Prince stood out, hence the reason why the purple rain isn’t falling on him, it’s falling around him. 

I’ll leave you all with one of my favorite quotes by Prince. I was able to add this quote to the picture via The Studio app.                                        

“Cool means being able to hang with yourself. All you have to ask yourself is, ‘Is there anybody I’m afraid of? Is there anybody who if I walked into a room and saw, I’d get nervous?’ If not, then you’re cool.”


Happy Planning and RIP to the beautiful on, The Artist himself, Prince. 

Nati J. 

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Mini Haul

Over the weekend I stopped by Hobby Libby and Michael’s and was able to find these goodies:

  
I’m excited about using the stamps and rub-ons for future project life, cards and Scrapbooking projects. I’m not sure what I will use the journals for, but I know I will use them and they were just too cute not to purchase. The journal cards will be used with my Project Life spreads. The multi media matte is one of my favorite glues to use with mixed media layouts. And these wood stamps are from Michael’s BoHo collection.  I’ve never used wood stamps before so I’m excited about trying them out in future mixed media layouts. 

Until next time, 

Happy Crafting!

Nati J. 

Chic Planning:  Dream a Little Dream April 18-24, 2016

Hello Everyone!  

I am so excited about this week’s planner spread!  I have been inspired since the beginning of this year to create this spread and now the time has finally come. The theme is of course Dream a Little Dream, inspired by the Native American Dreamcatcher. I have always admired the Dreamcatcher and the ledgend and belief behind it. 

So let’s get to it:  

Here is the left side of my spread. I decided to pick a quote that referred to dreams in general.  I opted for the smaller Dreamcatchers to be in gray (London Fog by Memento) so that the larger main Dreamcatcher would stand out. 

  
Here on the right side, I continued with my sketched Dreamcatcher. 

Materials Used: Dylusions Paint (Vibrant Turquoise, Cut Grass, Crushed Grape, Squeezed Orange, Lemon Zest, Bubblegum Pink, Black Marble), Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean, Shabby Shutters, Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Cracked Pistachio, Abandoned Coral, Mermaid Lagoon, Black Soot), Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Black Magic), Winck of Stella Brush Shimmer – Clear, Studio g Dreamcatcher Wooden Stamp, Memento Dye Ink (London Fog), Jenni Bowlin Studio Stencils – Detail Feathers

 
And now, here is the full spread!  This is my first time ever drawing a Dreamcatcher. I sketched the loop and the web as well as the string and beads…followed by the use of Dylusions Paint.  For the feathers I used a stencil and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in various colors. I finished the layout by adding some speckles of paint across it. To add some additional sparkle, I added some glitter with the Wink of Stella Brush. I couldn’t get a good picture of it, but it looks amazing in person. 

Well, that is all for today, I hope you all enjoyed my planner layout for this week.  Until next time, 

Happy Planning!

Nati J. 

Project Life:  The story of 2014

Hello Everyone!  

So from the title of this post I’m sure you all can guess that I will be talking about Project Life, and yes, it’s the story of 2014.  For Project Life, I tend to have two 12×12 Albums….so 2014 was no different. In 2014 though, I just stopped cold turkey in the Fall and didn’t pick back up until this past Friday. I must say though that I still did good with printing photos. The good thing is that although I wasn’t  physically working in my album, I had printed photos and placed them in the corresponding week’s pockets. So in the grand scheme of things, all I had to do was finish he layouts with Project Life kits, journaling and whichever embellishments I wanted to use. 

But back to Friday….I woke up for my morning workout, came home, cleaned our bathrooms, washed and sat down for breakfast….yes, all of this was done before 10am!  Around 1:00pm, I started to get really tired, but I’m not one to take cat naps and I knew I had a little over an hour before I had to pick my daughter up….as I looked at my bookshelf and zoned into my Project Life 2014 Album, I declared right then and there, “today…this weekend I will fully complete Peoject Life 2014!”  And so my quest began!  

I tend to work on Project Life on the floor instead of at my desk and pictured above, 2 tape runners, 14 layouts, an opening page and ending page as well as 3 additional layouts later during the extra early hours of Sunday morning, the album was complete!  Above is the mess I left at bed time!  

Now I will share with you all Week 39-52 of my 2014 Project Life Album:

 

Opening page to 2nd album

  

Week 39

  

Week 40

  

Week 41

 

Week 42

  

Week 43

  

Week 44

  

Week 45

  

Week 46

  

Week 47

  

Week 48

  

Week 49

  

Week 50

  

Week 51

  

Week 52

  

And here below are the additional layouts I made:

   
   
And that completes today post. Thank you for hanging out with me.  I have one final thought:  In Scrapbooking, we as scrapbookers tend to think that we MUST finish everything right now, and on time.  But I’m here to tell you, it doesn’t matter when you complete a project, all that matters is that you did, no matter the time it took to get there. And on that note, 

Happy Crafting!

Nati J. 

 

Get Messy Art Journal: #messylists

Hello, Hello!

Last week a new season for Get Messy started…the Season of Messy Lists. To see my previous post on this new season and the journal I’m using, click here or here.   So let’s get started!
Last Monday, us Messians received an email with five journaling prompts and five art journal prompts. Out of the five journaling prompts, I completed 2 and incorporated 2 aspects of the art prompts. 

The first journaling prompt was: “I am the best at…”

 Here, my goal was to incorporate magazine cutouts with my journaling. For the background I kept things simple by using Tim Holtz Distress Inks. To highlight the things I am best at, I used an arrow stamp as my bullet points. 

The second prompt I picked was:  “Lessons Learned.”  

I sketched out my 3rd ever woman a few weeks back on a torn sheet of old book paper. I think she came out good. I’m learning, and I see what I want/need to work on still. But nonetheless, I was and am happy with the outcome. Since I finished her, she had been sitting on my desk and once I saw this prompt, I just knew this would be the perfect place to put her…so here she is.  On the second page I listed 5 things I have learned over the years. To keep with book page going I wrote my “lessons learned” on washi tape that I glued down to the text paper and topped it off with some distress ink by Tim Holtz. 

  
Here is an up close shot of my lessons learned. 

Overall, I have found this Season of Messy Lists a bit challenging. For me, I guess it’s the whole figuring out how I want to incorporate the art with the journaling. It’s definitely a challenge, but I’m up for it!  Until next time,

Happy Crafting!

Nati J.