Monday, December 18, 2017

Santa Sacks - PLS Project

Hi everyone,

It's Damaris again.  I'm back and I've really enjoyed sharing my projects and thought process with you on the Pretty Little Studio blog,

I thought for today, it would be fun to take you through how I created what I like to call "Santa Sacks".  I named them that because they resemble Santa's gift sack, but we can fill them with anything we'd like.  Gift Cards, Candy, Jewelry, Cash, Notes, Small Stamps for our crafty friends, or anything fun!  Even coal!  (hehe)

I started off with a bare sack.  I believe these were purchased at the Michael's dollar section, but I don't recall.  These are made of canvas material and are very easy to alter.  But you are welcome to use anything you have in stock.  Target and Walmart also sells similar sacks.

Using a stencil and modeling paste, I created a fun snowy background, similar to my December Daily cover in my 2nd guest post.  I let that dry for 15-30 minutes (while I worked on my DD inserts), then came back to it and added a layer of colored sprays.  I used Studio Calico mini inkers in pink and mint.  I like to pull the applicator out of the bottle and flick it in the direction and area I want it to land on my project, otherwise, it will go where it wants to.

I let that sit for another 15 minutes and then came back with my embellishments... starting with Pretty Little Studio diecuts and fun images I began layering things over the plain white doilies.  The snowman was actually fussy cut out from a sticker set packaging.  I really love that they include those freebies with many of their products!  I used Tonic Studios Nuvo Adhesive to apply the snowman and dimensional adhesive for the Santa diecut.

Once the doilies and diecuts were secured, I used stickers, liquid pearls, white Nuvo drops and clear Nuvo drops to add more texture and interest to the sack.  There's enough room to add To and From names, or just leave them blank.

These were super quick and simple to make and will surely brighten the spirit of those receiving them.

I want to thank you for joining me on this 4 day journey with Pretty Little Studio.  I have had the most fun playing with a few of the supplies from their shop.

I'd also like to invite you to visit the Pretty Little Studio Instagram page and my Instagram page (see below) today for a fun little giveaway.  I chose 5 items from the "Dream Big" collection to giveaway, and by following the directions to enter (which includes following both of our IG accounts), you will be entered to win that fun prize pack.

I wish you all a wonderful holiday season filled with fun, laughter and tons of completed projects.

Take care and don't forget to find me on the World Wide Web!




Sunday, December 17, 2017

December Daily Simplified - PLS Project

I learned something really interesting this year amidst working on my December Daily.  The issues I've encountered with not being able to complete the album in December can be overcome and modified.  And although there is no rule for having to complete a page each day, or even finish your album by January 1st, for most of us, we tend to place these types of seasonal projects on the back burner if/when we feel the "moment” has passed and we're on way to the next thing.  At least that's been the case with me and all of my past December Daily'.

The worst was last year.  Would you believe I waited until Thanksgiving weekend of THIS YEAR to complete my 2016 album?  I bet you would believe it if you're one of those that have unfinished albums from years prior... (no judgments here)

What I've discovered in doing this for 5+ years isn't that there isn't enough time... because we can easily spare 15-30 minutes each day to taking at least 1 photo, editing the photo on a phone app, sending it to print on our home printers [SIDEBAR: for those that print outside of home, I have no answer for you except to fill the page with a temporary mock photo and fill it in when the prints arrive...], but to the rest of us that print at home, we can easily have our photo ready by the end of the day, pick a pattern paper or a 3x4 card or whatever format of documenting you use, add our hand-written or typed journaling, a little sticker to embellish, maybe stamp the date or add pre-dated chipboards / stickers and be done.  How quick did that sound?  Let's try it again, except in list format.

1 - Take photo.
2 - Print Photo
3 - Insert Photo
4 - Journal
5 - Embellish

See the simplicity behind it?  So what brings about the delay in documenting our December if it only takes 30 minutes a day?  The answer may be found in our supplies.  Are we drawn to all of the Christmas supplies out there, thinking we'll need it all for our December Daily, but end up with yearly overflow of product that we feel obligated to use for next year's album, but we also want to purchase the latest and greatest?  The issue may be that we are starting off with too much.

This year I focused on 1 collection.  Pretty Little Studio "Wonderland" collection.

Pretty Little Studio's "Wonderland" line, and added just a couple of other pieces from their other line that would blend well with Wonderland.  What I found was that my stash was very minimal and it made me a little nervous.  "Will I have enough 3x4 cards or pattern paper?  Yes!  Because I also have diecuts and stickers and wood veneers.  Focusing on all the elements of one collection limits my options and helps me focus on using what's right on my desk, rather then digging through boxes and bins of things.

If you can easily manage all those supplies, then yes by all means, but the most important part here is to actually complete your album, use your products and spend more time completing holiday puzzles, making hot cocoa and watching your favorite Christmas movies.  The most important part of this project is to actually getting it done.

I'm happy to report that because I made this change this year, to use a minimal supply list, my album has been very easy to keep up with.

The most difficult task was creating my intro page.  I wanted something fun, yet meaningful, and so a last minute idea came to mind to dig into my 1987 roots and create a poem. It's fun, whimsical, yet heartfelt.  I love that it's both cheesy and sweet.

The rest of the days were built quickly; because, once again, I withdrew from having so much on my desk to work with and concentrated more on the photo and the story.  This has been working out great for me and has relieved a lot of the stress from having to get it done, plus enjoy my days. 

Below you will find how I used some "bookmark" cards for journaling.  I like to call them pennant or banner cards.  I thought it would be fun to turn them sideways and use back to back colors to tell two different stores for the same day.  Because the photos are my main focus in this layout, I opted for small journaling pieces that still match my pages, but didn't compete for attention.

If you visit the Pretty Little Studio shop you may come across a great sale.  Up to 75% off on a lot of their stock.  If you have not already chosen a collection to play with or if you've never tried a DD, but are interested, now would be a great time to find the collection the suits you and get it.

I appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog today and I welcome you to follow my blog and visit my other social media accounts.  I post daily on Instagram.




Saturday, December 16, 2017

2017 December Memories - PLS Project


If you just found my blog, welcome!  I'm Damaris, and I'm excited to be guest designing for a couple of neat craft companies this month.

Today I'm on the Pretty Little Studio Blog sharing my December Daily cover.  Do you DD?  I've been DD'ing since 2012, and I absolutely love this yearly project!  The first year I participated I was overly-stocked with supplies and overwhelmed.  The album came out "smashbook" style and pretty messy (if you ask me).  That happened for a couple of years until I realized that purchasing one solid core kit and sticking to a color theme will help keep your pages pretty, cohesive & clean and help keep your schedule free to do other fun things during the holidays.

This year, I'm keeping it even more simple by using the Pretty Little Studio "Wonderland" collection and mixing in a little bit of "Holly Jolly", "Tinsel Town" and "Merry & Bright" here and there; but still keeping the color combination of white, pink and mint, with some gold and some black..

I won't be sharing my pages just yet, (you'll have to come back tomorrow for more of that), but today I'd like to get more in depth about by cover.  Not everyone chooses to finish their cover before their album is full, but I find it helps inspire me to grab it, open it and work in it.  So my cover is very important to me.

I used a pocket style album by Echo Park.  I was lucky enough to find this one at Tuesday Morning some time over the summer, but there are still other colors and styles available in many online shops, especially Amazon.

In any case, I knew I wanted to keep the same mixed media techniques as I used on my 2016 album (you can see more of that on THIS blog), but I wanted to incorporate all of the Pretty Little Studio "Wonderland" collection.

Starting with a bare naked album I used a Tim Holtz stencil and white modeling paste to create a messy snow effect.  I had in mind to design a "Wonderland" snowy village of some sort, with peeking windows.  The white resin windows came from my stash, and are sold by Michaels' and Prima.  I backed them up with PLS patterned paper and embellished with crystal sequins and American Crafts Gold Thickers.  The acrylic words are by PLS and were the Perfect Touch for my title.  I added Nuvo white drops and Studio Calico silver spray for a sparkly effect.  I also used twine, netting, gold cardstock (diecut with a Heidi Swapp star die), and cute houses diecuts and frames also by PLS behind the windows to create my mixed media background.

 I used a snowflake stamp from "Holly Jolly" to add extra fun texture to the background, and snowflake stickers from "Merry & Bright".  All collections are still in stock on their website, and a lot of their product is up to 75% off right now.  ​I finished off the page using the following embellishments: Paper Issues free file cut snowflakes, Nuvo white drops, crystal sequins and a few more items from the PLS shop like a flair and some die cuts.  I love the turn out and I hope it inspires you to dig into your stash and use your goodies to create pretty pages.  The kind that you'll want to look back on for years go come.

Thanks for checking in today.  If you are new here, you are welcome to follow my blog and visit my other social media accounts.  I'm pretty active on Instagram, sharing daily inspiration and fun/silly IG stories.  You will really get to know me better there!