How do you use your planner? Are you a functional planner, decorative planner, or do you use your planner as a memory keeper? Sparkle shows us her colorful layout today and how she uses the pocket pages to document all her adventures!

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Hi Sweets, Sparkle here and today I am sharing a pocket scrapbooking layout I made in my planner. I have a group of crafting friends that I originally met online. Over the years, we have grown close and are now the best of friends! With most of us living far apart, we don’t see each other often. This past year, one of our friends in the group moved to Eastern Washington. That gave us a great excuse to have a girls weekend in the Seattle area.

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To document our trip, I used a combination of stamps and sticky sweet stickers. I picked a rainbow theme for this week, so I color blocked each day with washi tape and coordinated the pocket page to match as well. Some events we were planned, but for those that weren’t, I went back and added them to my planner. Our first stop after getting into town was getting pedicures and manicures. We ate dinner at a Mexican dinner and shopped at Target. I know we all love hanging out at Target, right?!?

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The day after was filled with craft and planner shopping, seeing other friends, and relaxing at our hotel. We decided to do face masks, so I knew Spa Day would be a great stamp set to use for this. The pockets on this sheet are all sized 2 inches by 2 inches, so after cutting some cardstock, I stamped the image and colored her in. I used sticker paper for the cucumber slices over her eyes. I printed and trimmed all of the photos to fit into the pockets as well.

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I am a coffee addict and I must have it first thing! We went to the Starbucks Roastery to pick up some exclusive coffee blends and hung out for awhile. Overall, we shopped, ate, drank, and laughed a lot. Trips like this are never long enough and it’s always a wonderful time spent with these ladies. I’m blessed to have such a great group of friends. I love how I have everything documented about my trip in one place and in my planner!

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Do you pocket scrapbook? Or memory keep in your planner? Let us know in the comment section below and I’d love to see it if you do. Tag me @sparkle__creations on Instagram, and @sweetstampshop too, so we can all see what you create! I hope you all have a wonderfully sweet day!

Sparkle


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Callie is representing Sweet today with THE cuteset gift tags! She uses a plethora of our stamps and stickers to showcase that you can take any of our images and make it into a personalized tag of your own.

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Hello Sweet friends!¬†Callie here and I am up back on the blog today to share a tutorial on making gift tags.¬† I don’t know about you, but I have come to rely on gift bags for my gift giving most of the time, instead of dragging out the wrapping paper and wrapping a gift.¬† The only thing I always wish that I had at the ready are cute tags.¬† Wouldn‚Äôt that make a quick wrapping job even quicker?¬† Well, Sweet Stamps and Sticky Sweets to the rescue!¬† I made myself a nice little stash of gift tags that are ready to tie onto a package. Now how Sweet is that??

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I like to pick up pre-cut tags when I see them on sale at the craft store, and often I run across them at other discount stores in the stationary section. You can also quite easily just cut your own from some card stock, maybe round the top corners and punch a hole at the top for the string.  If I make my own I like to reinforce the hole with a hole reinforcement sticker.  There are also some punches available on the market that make tags.  Use whatever you have and have fun with it!

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The first thing I did, was to pull out a few stamp sets and sentiments that would work for birthdays, thank you, and all occasion tags.¬† I also grabbed some of my Sticky Sweet’s.¬† I decided to stamp my images on a piece of sticker paper rather than directly on the tags.¬†Since I am using some black and Kraft colored tags, stamping directly to them wouldn’t work as well as on the white tags.¬† ¬†I stamped multiples of most of the images, so that I would have lots to choose from.

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It was a lot of fun to just color in all the images and was a good way to practice my coloring skills as well ūüôā

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Next [and this was the really fun part] was to start laying out stickers on my blank tags. This part took me maybe 15 minutes, I didn’t worry too much about it, I just started combining and making them super cute!  I then stamped on some of the various sentiments. Some are birthday, some are thank you, and some are just left kind of blank for any occasion that may come up. For the black cardstock, I heat embossed the sentiments in white and, I wrote on them with white gel pen and I think it looks pretty cool!

The last thing I did was to cut some twine and tied a piece on each tag, so they really are ready-to-go!

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I ended up making quite a good amount of tags with just that one sheet of sticker paper and a couple of Sticky Sweet stickers.¬† I’m really happy with how they turned out and that I have them all ready to go when I need them.¬†¬† I’m going to store these in with my gift bags and have a ready to go tag!¬† I think my gift recipients are going to enjoy these little handmade tags and I encourage you to do the same!

Thanks for stopping in to read the blog today, please be sure to share your creations on social media and be sure you tag us on Instagram,Facebook, or Pinterest and tag me on Instagram @CallieCoPaperTrail so we can all see what you create.

Callie xoxo

Stamp Sets Used:
Nod to Mod Hats Artsy Fartsy Too Hip Deer Me Happy Birthday Royal Wish

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Is it too early to start thinking about the holidays? Angeline doesn’t think so! She’s getting ahead by making some Christmas tags to have on hand when the busy season comes.

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Hi, it’s Angeline here with some¬†Sticky Sweet inspiration for Christmas! I decided it’s good to be ready for the holiday season and make some¬†Christmas gift tags.

I LOVE the Fall Into Sticky Sweet because it has a mix of images which are perfect for different occasions. For this project, I am only choosing the Christmas images. I first colored the cute images in with my Copic markers. You can choose to just color it in one single shade, or even blend it in a few! Your choice because these stickers are AWESOME for coloring!

 

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Then I added some glitter with the Wink of Stella Clear Glitter pen, because¬†what’s Christmas without some sparkle? ūüôā

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I grabbed some 3×4 Christmas journal cards and added some washi tape for the border. Then it was time to¬†have fun and get¬†my Sticky Sweet on! ūüôā¬†You may¬†also use patterned papers for this or create your own.

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Next I took the Fall into Christmas stamp set‘s sentiments to stamp the background of the card using a light¬†colored ink. This set is just PERFECT to compliment your Sticky Sweet.

 

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I ¬†also added the “HO HO HO” words in with a darker shade of ink using the Outline Lower Alpha stamp.¬†You may¬†choose to color in the letters or leave it as it is.

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Finally, I punched a hole and tied a glittery ribbon to finish it up! ūüôā YAY!! All done!

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So, here are my finished gift tags for Christmas.

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Here are some close ups of the tags.

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I also added some hand lettering to some of the tags.

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Thanks for taking time to stop by for my tutorial today. I’d love to see your Christmas gift tags, so please tag Sweet Stamp Shop on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. You can also tag me on Instagram @scrappyscrappy_.

 angeline

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We are loving all these cute and simple projects the contributors are sharing with you! A couple weeks ago, Amy showed you how to make petite page markers, and today, Samantha is featuring some corner bookmarks.

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Hello, Samantha here with you again today sharing some simple and AWESOME bookmarks!¬†These bookmarks are fantastic for planners or books that you’re reading! And the best part is, you can make them CUSTOM to YOU! ūüôā They just slip right onto the corner of your page! Perfect!

Let’s get started! ūüôā¬†¬†I used a LOT of Sweet Stamp Shop sets – you just can’t beat it when they all work SO well together! ūüôā Ha!

I used images from Bright Star, Like a Boss, Lil Moon, Mark It, Spa Day, Bumps and Bruises and Craft Night! ūüôā I also colored up a bunch of images from other sets, because I wasn’t sure which ones I wanted to use! There are so many choices! Ha! ūüôā

Ok, so once you have colored your images, it’s time to create the ‘corner’ part of the Corner Bookmark! ūüôā

Step 1 – select your patterned paper and cut two pieces of scrap paper into 6cm x 6cm squares
Step 2 – place one of the pieces square in the corner of a your patterned paper and trace lightly

Step 3 – place the second square next to it and trace

Step 4 – move the second square template to the other side of the fist square template you placed down

Step 5 – use a ruler to draw a diagonal line in two of the squares drawn

Step 6 – cut out along the diagonal lines and then erase the pencil lines! ūüôā

Step 7 – fold over one of the ‘triangles’

Step 8 – add adhesive and fold over the other ‘triangle’. Easy!

Next is the fun part – add your colored images!!

Once you have adhered your images, you’re ready to get distracted by the cuteness mark your planners and save your spot in your book as needed! ūüôā

A few tips: to make this EVEN EASIER – cut the corner from an envelope, add some Sticky Sweet Stickers – DONE!
I hope you enjoyed this fun tutorial on adding extra Sweet to your life! Please be sure to like, love, follow Sweet everywhere (I’m talking Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, people!)! This month is EPIC in the Sweet Stamp Shop, so you’re not going to want to miss a thing! ūüôā

Thanks again for spending some of your day with me!!
~Samantha

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Short on time? Kristine¬†has got you covered with solid stamping or we also like to call it stamping with no coloring needed. New to the idea? Read below and she’ll walk you through all the supplies she uses for the technique.

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Hey there, my Sweet stamping friends! ¬†It’s Kristine back on the blog today, and I want to talk with¬†you about stamping without coloring. ¬†I don’t know about you, but lately I’ve been all about¬†coloring in my Sweet stamps – Copics, Sharpies, colored pencils, crayons, watercolors…you name¬†it, I’ve done it. ¬†As I sat down to work on a new project the other day, I was trying to decide which¬†coloring medium to use, but I wasn’t having much success. ¬†Nothing was really speaking to me that¬†day – you know what I mean? ¬†And suddenly, it occurred to me that I could add color and fun to my¬†stamped projects without actually coloring them. ¬†I came up with four ways I could use my Sweet¬†stamps without coloring them in, and now I feel like I have a new weapon in my crafting arsenal.¬†Let me show you what I mean!

For my first project, I decided to let the ink be the star of the stamping show. ¬†I chose the super¬†adorable Poo stamp and four green inks, then used all four inks on my stamp before I laid it on my¬†paper. ¬†It made a really cool ombre effect that I love, and was super, super easy to do. ¬†I popped the¬†card (3×3) on a coordinating card stock base, and I was good to go. ¬†Quick, simple, and adorable!¬†¬†(Tip: You can do this with any stamp, but large ones with lots of surface area will give the biggest¬†color bang for your buck.)

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For my next project, I decided to do some embossing. ¬†I had found this really inexpensive package¬†of 15 different colored embossing powders at Michaels awhile back, so I decided to put them to¬†good use. ¬†I chose the Little Cooler set because it has a bunch of similar images and a cute¬†sentiment to go along with them. ¬†I used Versamark ink to stamp the images and embossed them in¬†7 different colors. ¬†I embossed the sentiment in black, using the Speech Bubble set, and then¬†mounted the card front on some coordinating paper. ¬†I love the rainbow effect, but I think this¬†would look good in a monochromatic scheme, too! (Tip: Stamp and emboss each image¬†individually. ¬†It will take a little longer to do, but you’ll have less chance of smudging your¬†powders!)

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On my third project, I decided to break out the watercolors. ¬†But this time, instead of watercoloring¬†inside the images, I colored around them! ¬†I used the adorable Peekaboo Cats set to stamp around¬†the edges of a piece of cold press watercolor paper with Versafine ink, then added the little thought¬†bubble and heart to the center (I stamped the heart in red pigment ink). ¬†Then I used three shades of¬†watercolor to paint around the stamps, adding color and blending the shades together with more¬†water as I went. ¬†When it was all dry, I mounted the paper onto a slightly larger piece of watercolor¬†paper, then again on top of a piece of red card stock to make the heart pop. ¬†I could not believe how¬†quickly this project came together, and I love the overall look of it! (Tip: Versafine ink is great for¬†watercoloring, but make sure it’s totally dry before you start or it’ll smear. ¬†I used my embossing¬†heat gun on it for a minute to make sure it was dry.)

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For my final project, I combined two techniques: watercoloring and embossing. ¬†I used Brusho¬†watercolor powders in brown and orange on a piece of cold press watercolor paper, then let them¬†dry thoroughly. ¬†Then I used Versamark ink to stamp the Oolong stamp set and embossed it with¬†white embossing powder. ¬†I thought the "hello" sentiment on the scrapbook paper went perfectly¬†with the “it’s¬†been oolong”¬†sentiment, so I used that to back my card. ¬†I absolutely love how the¬†white embossing pops against the brown! (Tip: When watercoloring for a background, do a piece of¬†paper larger than your final project will be. ¬†That way, when it’s all dry, you can choose the part of¬†the watercolored background that you like the best and cut it out of the larger sheet for use on your¬†card. ¬†Bonus – you’ll¬†have some smaller, ready-made watercolor pieces to use in another project!)

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I hope that I’ve given you some ideas today to expand your crafting with your stamps! ¬†If you try¬†one of these no coloring techniques, post it on Instagram and in our Facebook Fan Club and tag us¬†so we can see it! ¬†(Not a member of our Fan Club yet? ¬†JOIN US!¬† Happy stamping!!

Kristine

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