Tracking Health and Fitness Planning

Hello, Sweet fans! HAPPY NEW YEAR. We gave our contributors a well deserved break from the blog and we’re back to be bringing you more inspiring and creative ways to use your Sweet swag. With the new year, our planner guru, Courtney Miles, is going to show you how she’s staying on top of her healthy and wellness goals for 2018.

Courtney starts:

Hello again! Today I’m sharing a few fun bullet journal spreads I created with some of the new stamp sets that released this week! The newest Sweet Stamps are perfect for planners! I had so much fun playing around with the newstamps and creating fun ways to track and list my fitness and health goals. I created:

  1. Meal Planner
  2. Workout Tracker
  3. Hydration Tracker
  4. Fitness Tracker

She continues:

These spreads were so EASY to create using the new stamps and pairing with some Sticky Sweet Stickers I already had in my collection! (Psst! All the stickers used are only $1.00 a sheet right now!!!)

For these spreads, Courtney  used:

Stamps
1. Meal Planner
2. Measure Up
3. More Water
4. Workout Planner Words
5. Cartoon Alpha

Stickers
1. Be Fit
2. Grateful Talk
3. Happy Talk
4. On the Grill

Additional Items
1. Memento Stamping Ink in “Tuxedo Black” (or any other stamp ink)
2. Xpress It Cardstock (or Sticky Sweet Blank Sticker Sheet)
3. Acrylic Stamping Block
4. Copic Markers (or any other coloring medium)

For the Meal Planner, Courtney says:

For this spread I wanted to track my eating habits for one day – basically to test out the set up before creating a weekly planner in the same manner. I first stamped went ahead and stamped all the stamps onto Xpress it cardstock, using Memento “Tuxedo Black” stamp ink because I knew I wanted to use Copic markers as my medium. If you are using color pencils or watercolor, make sure you are using ink more suited for your needs (such as VersaFine Pigment Ink in “Onyx Black” or a similar water resistant ink).

She continues:

I choose to stamp out all the stamps because I set up my meal planner prior to the day and wasn’t sure exactly what my meals would be for the day and wanted to have everything on hand for adding throughout the day. I colored all my stamped images and cut them out and set them aside for use later in the day. I then colored the cheeseburger and fountain drink images in the “On the Grill” Sticky Sweet Sticker sheet and added to the top of my page with my “Meal Planner” Heading. Then it was as simple as adding the corresponding foods to my sections for “Breakfast”, “Lunch” and “Dinner”! Super easy and a great way to see exactly what your eating habits are! (Yikes! I need to work on my lunches!)

For her Workout Tracker, Courtney says:

I started this spread in a very similar fashion as the Meal Planner. I first stamped out all the images and words onto Xpress It cardstock, again, using Memento “Tuxedo Black” stamp ink. I also went ahead and added little boxes around the “steps____” stamp with a stencil in order to color it and have it pop off the page. I stamped out all the images once – then went back and stamped out the “steps ____” image 7 times (one for each day of the week) and the “Rest Day” an additional few times. After finishing with coloring the images and cutting them out, I set them aside and grabbed my “Cartoon Alpha” stamp set for stamping out the first letter of the each day down the page.

I then colored the letters and began adding my workout routine for the week. After adding all the stamps to the page I colored a few of the images from the “Be Fit” Sticky Sweet Sticker sheet and added the corresponding sticker to the task – i.e. the bike on Thursday, the shoe for walking on Monday, dumbbell for lifting on Wednesday and the scale for my beginning “Weigh In” number at the top of the page. I also couldn’t resist adding the motivational quote sticker from the “Be Fit” sheet as well at the top of the spread just for a daily

AMAZING layouts, Courtney! If you want to see more of her work, head on over to her Instagram.

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Stick Together Travelers Notebook Memory Keeping

Happy new year, Sweets! We hope you’ve had an exciting start to your year so far and that you enjoyed the holidays. We’ve got some exciting things coming up this year and we can’t wait to show you! Our new release is around the corner – make sure you stay tuned on Facebook to see what’s coming. Today, Jung AhSang, our memory keeping guru is on the blog to share with you a fun travelers notebook layout.

Jung beings with:

Hi friends and welcome!  Today, I’m sharing a really cute intro page to my Travelers Notebook using Sweet Stamp Shop’s Stick Together stamps.  I really love this stamp set!  It was so cute and easy to create our little cacti family.

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To make her spread, Jung first started by stamping some of images, coloring them with copic markers, and fussy cutting them out.  (She gave a beard to her cacti husband, lol!) SO CUTE.

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Next, on her TN page, she stamped the “We Stick Together” sentiment, then stenciled on a few clouds using distress ink and an ink blending tool.

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Jung continues:

I adhered my cacti family with foam squares for a bit of dimension.  Then, I created a few layers beneath my photo with pattern papers, a label, and a scalloped piece I created using a border punch.

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Finally, she added her photo to her TN spread, and added a few more details with sentiment stickers and the year.

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Jung concludes with:

Super easy spread, but I LOVE the way it turned out!  Perfect for the intro of my Travelers Notebook! I hope I’ve inspired you to get crafty!  Have a lovely day!

To see more inspiration from Jung, check out her Instagram. We’d love to know if you’ve caught the travelers notebook (TN) bug; we’d love to see your layouts! Please share them with us in the Fan Club.

Until next time, thanks for hanging out with us and take care.

Funny Sentiments Make Awesome Backgrounds

Happy Monday, Sweets! We hope you had a great weekend – the last weekend before Christmas 2017. Are you ready for the holidays?

Another important question we want to ask is: what did you pick up from last week’s December release? HA! If you’re stuck on ideas on how to create with them, Cassie Tezak has an awesome tip for you!

Cassie says:

Hello, crafty friends! It’s Cassie here to share a cute cactus card with you. Say that five times fast!! Today I’m using the two new, sweet sets called Stick Together and Funny Planner Sentiments . What I love about Sweet Stamp Shop’s planner stamps is that they are really easy to use if you’re a card maker. Here’s a look at the card!

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Cassie started by stamping the sketchy heart in VersaMark all over an A2 size piece of Neenah Solar White card stock.  She filled the whole panel, and made sure to stamp some off the edges so it looked like a continuous pattern. Then she used her gold heat embossing powder to emboss them. Cassie wanted the hearts to pop a little more, so she grabbed three shades of pink Prisma Color pencils and colored each of them in.

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Cassie continues:

I stamped two of the cute little cacti from the Stick Together set on a scrap of Neenah Solar White and used my colored pencils to color them in as well. When I was done, some of my lines were a little lost from the waxy pencils, so I went over them with a Copic Multi Liner. I popped those onto the card panel, and stamped the sentiment “stuck with happily ever after” on some black paper and heat embossed it as well. I trimmed that down and put it just under the cacti.

Isn’t Cassie’s card perfectly sweet? If you’d love to see more of her creations, please check out her Insta here.

To see more amazing ideas by our contributors, make sure you follow us on Instagram. See you soon!

Tea Themed Birthday Scrapbook Layout

December Release Title

December Release

We’re so glad to have Jung AhSang back on the blog today, but before we jump into her beautiful scrapbook layout, we had to make sure you know about our December Release! All of the above images release today in a bundle.

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Jung has been a regular contributor to the team, supplying us with plenty of how-to’s. If you’ve missed her memory keeping layouts, make sure you check out her previous posts:

  1. Scrapbook Layout
  2. Memory Planning

 

Jung starts:

Hello friends! My daughter turned 7 this past summer, and she had a tea party themed birthday. I wanted to document her special day, and the Sweet Stamp Shop Tea Time stamp set was perfect for this layout!

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She continues:

First, I stamped out some the images on white cardstock with black ink.  I stamped the images randomly several times, creating my own background paper.  I also stamped out a couple to color with copic markers.  I tried to pick colors that matched my photo.  After coloring, I used the matching metal dies to cut a few pieces out.

Next, I got to work on my layout.  I started by layering a piece of pattern paper behind my photo.  Then I added some mixed media to a piece of white cardstock.

Jung decided she wanted to embellish her layout with circles, so she die cut a whole bunch of circles from my stamped pattern paper and other pattern paper from my stash.  She tried to look for colors that coordinated with her photo.

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She concludes with:

I stamped the happy birthday sentiment to the top and bottom of my layout, and I added some journaling below my photo.  I added a few enamel dots and some gold ink splatters.  To finish, I attached my layout to a piece of pattern paper, and machine stitched around the edge.

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December Monthly Planner View

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Happy Monday, Sweets! To all those planner peeps, we got you! Tricia Schaden is on the blog today and she’s excited to be back with another post for Sweet Stamp Shop. She wants to share some easy but impactful tips for your planner layouts. Settle in and read through Tricia’s step by step plan with me. See something new? YUP; here’s another sneak peek of what’s coming in this month’s release!

 

She starts with:

This December, I created a non-traditional monthly layout that was inspired completely by this month’s releases (releasing December 14 — come join us in the Release event to see all the peeks): Stick Together and To Be List. This layout has the fun whimsical elements of the holiday cacti, but really it is a meaningful reminder for me to focus on being who I am rather than the tasks of my everyday life.

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TIP #1: Combine stamps to create a ‘scene’

She continues:

I wanted to give my cacti a festive holiday flair, so I have one popping out of a chimney, wearing a santa hat, and carting a pile of gifts! I also have a few others stringing up Christmas lights. Combining images like this will give you a lot more mileage from your stamps and there are unlimited possibilities! Remember, when you are masking – stamp the images in FRONT first, then apply the mask, then stamp the image that will fall behind. So in my “santa cactus”, I stamped the chimney, the hat, and the gifts and then applies masks that I cut from post it paper. Once the masks were in place, I stamped my cactus. {santa hat and gifts are from December Icons}. For the string of lights, I didn’t even bother masking, I just stamped on top on my cacti and then colored them to look as though they were holding the string.

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She also combined the new To Be List words with the Banners and More stamps to create keywords for me to focus on this month.

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TIP #2: Select a few colors and repeat them throughout the design

Tricia definitely wanted a holiday palette but she went for tones of bubblegum pink and fuschia instead of true red. She pulled a few of her brush markers and used them for her lights, the presents, and as pops of color in her banners.

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TIP #3: Utilize patterned paper

She suggests:

If you don’t have the perfect color of washi or you just feel like you need to add a pop of color on your page, trim out some patterned paper to complete your layout. I wanted some more pink and green on the left side of my spread, plus I wanted my large “title” phrase to stand out, so I layered some pretty patterned papers from my stash behind my stamped image. I love how it draws your eye right to that awesome phrase!

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TIP #4: Line up stickers on acetate first

This is a terrific technique that lot of crafters use. If you have letters or stickers that you want on your page – temporarily stick them to some packaging or acetate first. This lets you play with the spacing and get everything lined up straight before committing! Tricia wanted to add these cute green and pink alphas to my header and this way she could move them around to get them centered and then stick them down in a row, all lined up!

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TIP #5: Details make all the difference!

Sometimes the tiniest details can pull a whole layout together. One trick Tricia useses all the time is to bring life to the eyes of her little characters. These cacti are already adorable, but when she added the black glaze pen to their eyes, they pop to life!

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She continues:

Some highlights with a white gel pen can go a long way, too! I added little dots of white on the Christmas lights and also on the brim and pompon of the santa hat – just enough to catch the light and give them a hint of glow.

Another great detail is to outline any stickers or images that might need some help popping off the page. In my case, I had a subtle pattern (the washi) behind my word “December”… I ran my pigment liner pen around the letters and it was just what my eye needed to give some definition to that title and make it stand out.

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Tricia concludes with:

I am so excited to spend the last month of 2017 thinking about ways to be my best self. Of course I will still have my daily plans to keep myself organized, but in this high level monthly view I love the idea of focusing on something even more important – character!  Give them a try in your own projects.

Oh my goodness; we can barely handle how cute her layout is! If you’d like to get more tips and tricks on your planner, make sure you follow Tricia here.

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