Six Small Businesses You Should Know: Episode Four--Finders Keepers

Welcome back to episode four of the Six Small Businesses You Should Know series! If you are just joining us for the first time, make sure to go back and check out the first three posts and videos in this series. Sara Scraps and I found a few amazing small businesses at Creativation 2018 and wanted to share them with you. I just know that you are gonna love them as much as we do. Today's feature small business is a brand new company out of California called Finders Keepers. 

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Finders Keepers has a bunch of great planner goodies including stamps and washi tape. They also have two scrapbooking lines. The one that I was most excited to see is called Libris Schmibris and is all related to reading, books, and imagination. Sara and I both fell in love with the gorgeous colors and feel of this collection. Isn't this just so beautiful?! 

You can visit Finders Keepers and check out all of their goodies by clicking here. You can also check them out on IG at @fkcrafting 

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For this particular project today, I wanted to stay consistent with the Boston traveler's notebook that I have been working on with all of the small business products so I am not going to use the literal literacy theme of this collection and instead work with some photos from The Boston Tea Party adventure that we did on our vacation. This works out perfectly with the old fashioned feel of parts of this collection and still allowed the theme to play a supporting role. 

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Using a horizontal orientation for one of the pages of this spread worked perfectly because I really wanted to use this cut-apart card! The other side of the spread is a traditional vertical format and it worked perfectly to layer the washi tape to create a shelf for my photo strip to sit upon. 

The smaller cut-apart cards in the 2x2 size added a perfect addition to the outside of the page protector that I am using to hold my ephemera from the event. This allows me to add some staples as well to keep my ephemera pieces from falling to the bottom of the page protector. 

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Each of the elements in this collection really supported the feel that I wanted to create on this particular layout. I love collections that can add a subtle element and play a strong supporting role while still allowing my photos and stories to play the leading role. 

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I would love it if you would stop by my You Tube Channel and check out the process video where I talk more about how this project came together and I even get to show you more of the goodies from this collection. 

Don't forget to visit Sara Scraps and her project for this collection as well. You will definitely want to leave us both comments here on our blogs as well as on You Tube so that you can be entered into the giveaway at the end of this series for a whole box of goodies representing each of the six companies that we feature. 

 

Pattern Happy Spring Blog Hop

I am SUPER excited to be starting a brand new adventure today with a company that is quickly becoming one of my favorites! Raise your hand if you remember Ki Memories from the scrapbooking world of years ago?! Who else has a stash hoarded away because everything was just way too cute to use?! Well....the amazing creativity behind that company is back with a new one called Pattern Happy and let's just say they are knocking it out of the park! From adorable stamps and dies to the most fun and colorful 6x6 paper ever, I just know that you are gonna love them as much as I do! 

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For today's blog hop, we are focusing on spring and when I think of spring, I think of fun, pretty patterns and bright colors so that led to the supplies that I decided to work with today. I decided to create with the All Heart Clear Stamps and All Heart Dies as well as the Geofetti 6x6 paper pad. 

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I decided to create a whole bunch of hearts using both the dies and patterned paper as well as the stamp set. I grabbed a few coordinating ink colors and stamped some hearts and then got to work with my die cut machine to create loads more! After that, this impactful layout came together pretty quickly. I used a diagonal format and just started layering and clustering. I added some black spatters and a few phrase stickers along with my foam thicker title and voila! Super fun layout....These products coordinate so well and just make it so easy to create amazing looks! 

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Don't you just adore when the colors, patterns, and details all just work together exactly how you imagined in your mind?! I know I sure do! This stamp set and die cut set are just perfection. 

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Please stop by my You Tube channel and check out the process video for this layout as well! 

Last but not least, make sure to leave comments at each stop on the hop for a chance to win one of two Pattern Happy prize packs! Leave your comments before April 5th, at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be contacted via email. I will be back soon with another fun Pattern Happy project. And now...on to your next stop to check out Kristine's amazing work. 

xoxo,

Khristina

 

Six Small Businesses You Should Know: Episode Three--Catherine Pooler Designs

Welcome back to the third small business feature in the Six Small Businesses You Should Know series. Sara Scraps and I are focusing on six small businesses that we recently found or worked with at Creativation that we were impressed with and thought that you would like to see as well! This week, we are talking about Catherine Pooler Designs. 

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This particular company makes premium dye ink pads as well as unique stamp sets and also sells some other accessories and goodies. We both had an amazing time talking with the team for this product line at Creativation and I was really impressed with the pattern builder stamps like the one I am using today. I love when I can find a company that makes products that will work for both card making and scrapbooking since I love to stamp in my memory books as well. 

For my project today, I am working in my pocket notebook from The Stamp Spot where I am creating a travel memory book for a trip that we took as a family to Boston last summer. (Make sure to go back to the other episodes in this series if you want to see more about the other pages and projects!) I started out knowing that I wanted to create a unique border on the side of my layout and so I used one of the stamps in this pattern builder set and then fussy cut the edge to create something a little more unique and different since the edging won't be a square anymore. 

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Then, I went ahead and added some embellishments from the Crate Paper Here + There collection which is what I am trying to keep consistent throughout this project. I added some stamping to my title using the Artist Gather stamps and the Aquatini Catherine Pooler dye ink. 

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I just love how all of the interactive elements in this notebook are working together and creating unique and unexpected twists. A few more embellishments including some mini cork stars from SpiegelMom Scraps and this look was complete (*Although, I will likely add some journaling to the bottom of the page later!)

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Do make sure to hop on over to You Tube and check out the video below....

Do take a minute and leave a comment below as well as on the YT video so that you can get some entries into that amazing prize pack that we are going to have at the end of this series. (*Hint...Hint...one of these amazing, vibrant ink pads is in that prize pack!) Also, stop by and visit Sara Scraps blog and YT channel to check out her project with our highlight on Catherine Pooler Designs. Come back again and see us on the 1st as we highlight small business number four. 

xoxo,

Khristina

Supply List:

Pattern Builder Stamps: https://shop.catherinepooler.com/collections/stamps/products/geobuilders-stamp-set

Aquatini Ink Pad: https://shop.catherinepooler.com/collections/ink/products/aquatini-ink-pad-and-refill

Party Dress Ink Pad: https://shop.catherinepooler.com/collections/ink/products/party-dress-ink-pad-and-refill 

Pocket Page Notebook: http://thestampspot.net.au/pocket-page-notebook/

Artist Gather Retro Flip Alphabet: https://artistgather.com/products/pre-order-retro-flip-2-0

SpiegelMom Scraps: https://spiegelmom-scraps.myshopify.com/collections

Six Small Businesses You Should Know...Episode Two--The Stamp Spot

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Welcome to the second of six episodes where Sara Scraps and I are going to be sharing Six Small Businesses That You Should Know! We are super excited to be showcasing a new small business on the 1st, 10th, and 20th, of the month for the next couple of months. The best news is that we are going to be giving away an amazing prize pack at end of the six episodes full of goodies from all six companies. Please know that we are not in any way, shape, or form affiliated by or paid for content by these companies! We just really love them and think that you will too!! 

 Next up on our small business journey is an Australian company called The Stamp Spot which is run by an amazingly sweet friend named Michelle. Quite some time ago, Michelle reached out to me when I started working in traveler's notebooks and offered to send me one of hers. While her shop carries many things, the main products that sparked my interest were her signature pocket notebooks and traveler's notebook covers. I have since ordered a few times and am always amazed at the quality, speed, and generosity of Michelle. Her traveler's notebooks are absolutely incredible as they alternate plain pages with custom designed page protectors and allow for so many fun, interactive elements. The possibilities are endless! You can find The Stamp Spot goodies and inspiration at these locations:              --Website:  http://thestampspot.net.au               --Instagram:  www.instagram.com/thestampspot

Next up on our small business journey is an Australian company called The Stamp Spot which is run by an amazingly sweet friend named Michelle. Quite some time ago, Michelle reached out to me when I started working in traveler's notebooks and offered to send me one of hers. While her shop carries many things, the main products that sparked my interest were her signature pocket notebooks and traveler's notebook covers. I have since ordered a few times and am always amazed at the quality, speed, and generosity of Michelle. Her traveler's notebooks are absolutely incredible as they alternate plain pages with custom designed page protectors and allow for so many fun, interactive elements. The possibilities are endless! You can find The Stamp Spot goodies and inspiration at these locations:

            --Website: http://thestampspot.net.au

            --Instagram: www.instagram.com/thestampspot

For today's project, I wanted to continue working in my traveler's notebook project for a family trip that we took last summer to Boston. Make sure to go back to the first episode in the six small businesses series if you want to check out the couple of things I completed in this project. For today, I knew that I wanted a way to be able to document the best parts of this city for each member of our family. Rather than use up five separate spreads, I decided to create some tags to use in my first pocket page of the insert. *This is what makes Michelle's products SO unique and fuN!  

 There is one tag for each of the five members of the family to write about their favorite parts, best memories, or things they loved about Boston. I completed mine already and will have my family finish theirs this weekend.   I wanted to play around with the idea of creating a shaker pocket on the bottom portion of the pocket page that I could use to add a little interest and sparkle. I filled up that bottom section with cork mini stars and an amazing sequin mix called Authentic You from SpiegelMom Scraps (*another super amazing small business). I also put a small piece of acetate inside that had a rub on of a globe. This was my first time trying to use rub-ons on acetate and let's just say that now I'm hooked! It worked like a charm and the transparent quality is just stunning and unique. I sealed up that little pocket using my fuse tool and added a couple of sticker details right on top of the plastic pocket! 

There is one tag for each of the five members of the family to write about their favorite parts, best memories, or things they loved about Boston. I completed mine already and will have my family finish theirs this weekend. 

I wanted to play around with the idea of creating a shaker pocket on the bottom portion of the pocket page that I could use to add a little interest and sparkle. I filled up that bottom section with cork mini stars and an amazing sequin mix called Authentic You from SpiegelMom Scraps (*another super amazing small business). I also put a small piece of acetate inside that had a rub on of a globe. This was my first time trying to use rub-ons on acetate and let's just say that now I'm hooked! It worked like a charm and the transparent quality is just stunning and unique. I sealed up that little pocket using my fuse tool and added a couple of sticker details right on top of the plastic pocket! 

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I added my handmade tags to the top portion of the pocket and that completed the look! I am SO super excited about how this project is coming together so far. I just love the colors, unique little touches, and feel of the project so far and I just can't wait to keep going. 

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Make sure to also hop on over to You Tube to check out the process video where I share a lot more details about how this project came together as well as how I created by handmade tags. 

 

Do take a minute and leave a comment below as well as on the YT video so that you can get some entries into that amazing prize pack that we are going to have at the end of this series. (*Hint...Hint...one of these pocket notebook inserts is in that prize pack!) Also, stop by and visit Sara Scraps blog and YT channel to check out her project with our highlight on The Stamp Spot. Come back again and see us on the 10th as we highlight small business number three. 

xoxo,

Khristina

Supply List:

Pocket Page Notebook: http://thestampspot.net.au/pocket-page-notebook/

Fabric Traveler's Notebook Cover: http://thestampspot.net.au/fabric-tn-on-trend-floral-raspberry/

Authentic You Sequin Mix: https://spiegelmom-scraps.myshopify.com/collections/sequins-1/products/authentic-you

Six Small Businesses You Should Know: Episode One--Artist Gather

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Welcome to the first of six episodes where Sara Scraps and I are going to be sharing Six Small Businesses That You Should Know! We are super excited to be showcasing a new small business on the 1st, 10th, and 20th, of the month for the next few months. The best news is that we are going to be giving away an amazing prize pack at end of the six episodes full of goodies from all six companies. Please know that we are not in any way, shape, or form affiliated by or paid for content by these companies! We just really love them and think that you will too!! 

 

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Our first company today is called Artist Gather and is run by a lovely and sweet scrappy friend, Sarah. She is party of a military family and a mama to beautiful kids and we got the opportunity to spend some time with her at Creativation. We immediately fell in love with her classic style and intentional stamp designs. We were especially taken with her fun retro sets of alphabet, months, years, and number stamps that all fit together perfectly to create unique elements. She also carries some other gorgeous stamp sets as well as traveler’s notebook inserts, washi tape, and some amazing pocket envelopes that I can’t wait to try! Sarah is just the sweetest thing and you are definitely going to want to check out her store. You can find Artist Gather goodies and inspiration at these locations:

            --Website: www.artistgather.com

            --Instagram: www.instagram.com/artistgather

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Today, I started working in a new traveler’s notebook insert for a trip that we took last summer to Boston. I am going to be working on this project throughout this entire series and bringing in products from each of our companies. These stamps are just perfect for layouts with a travel theme and because I am a travel fanatic, these are just perfect for me to have in my stash because I know that they will get used often.

 

For the cover of this notebook, I wanted to keep things simple and capitalize on the classic (and retro) feel of the stamp sets. I love how all of the different stamp sets are designed completely intentionally to fit together perfectly. I layered up the BOS, June, and 2017 in order to create a simple look with a high impact on the plain cover of this notebook. 

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Inside, I wanted to create a bolder look using the same stamped detailing so I grabbed the alphabet stamps and used my Stamp Platform to make sure that I would get an even pattern and spacing as I used the quote “Not All Who Wander Are Lost.” I decided to make the word WANDER in a brighter color so that that would stand out since this is a travel project after all. 

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I finished the elements on this introduction page with some layered ephemera from the new Here + There collection from Crate Paper as well as some ephemera from the Heidi Swapp Hawthorne collection. Both of these collections have a travel vibe and coordinated well to create a unique look at the top of the page. Using two of the tags back to back allowed for the “destination” word to show from the front or the back. I added a couple bright enamel dots to match the ink color in WANDER and I was done! I would love it if you would also stop by and watch the process video for how I created this look with the gorgeous stamp sets and my Stamp Platform! 

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Make sure to leave a comment below in order to receive an entry into the drawing for the big prize back at the end of the series. Also, make sure to visit Sara Scraps blog and video to check out her project with Artist Gather stamps and to get another entry into the drawing!

 

Supply List:

Artist Gather Retro Flip Alphabet: https://artistgather.com/products/pre-order-retro-flip-2-0

Artist Gather Retro Numbers/Times: https://artistgather.com/products/retro-flip

Artist Gather Retro Months/Years: https://artistgather.com/products/pre-order-retro-flip-3-0

 

xoxo,

Khristina

Coming Soon......A New Series and A Fantastic Giveaway!!

Have you ever happened to find a set of products that just made you smile? Do you go out into the world searching for those small, family owns businesses that offer a personal touch, amazing customer service, and something unique?

Well…Sara and I got to talking about some of our favorite small business (some new and some established) and had the same feeling of wanting to shout from the rooftops how amazing they are! So…on the 1st, 10th, and 20th of the month for the next couple of months, we decided to start a new series called Six Small Businesses That You Should Know so that we can highlight them and shout from the rooftops how much we love them! Each week, Sara and I will both post a blog post as well as a process video working with products from the focus business of that episode.

At the end of the Six Spotlights, we will be giving away a big prize pack of goodies including something from each one of the companies! We have some amazing small businesses to feature and hope that you will join us for all six episodes. See you soon for episode one on February 20th……

xoxo,

Khristina

Scrapping Wonders & Accent Scrapbooking Blog Hop

I am super excited to see you here on Black Friday! We are collaborating with the amazing Accent Scrapbooking flair badges this month and I just loved using mine in my traveler's notebook. This notebook insert is one for my oldest son. I have these inserts for each of my kids where each spread is a letter from me to that kid about some part of their personality or life that I just love right now.

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This particular one is about my son's love of science and all things outer space. The universe flair badges were absolutely perfect for this layout! I did try to make sure that they were arranged in a visual triangle but throughout the entire layout so that the bulk wasn't in the same place on the page. 

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Pairing up these flair badges with some of my leftover Ali Edwards Story Kit pieces was just perfect for the feel that I wanted. I added a little pop of purple from the Summer Lights 6x6 paper pad that I had in my scrap bin. 

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I hope that you are loving seeing all of the flair badge traveler's notebook projects today. Make sure to leave a comment on each blog so that you can be entered to win a $25 (Canadian) gift certificate from Accent Scrapbooking as well as a $10 gift certificate from Scrapping Wonders. And with that, you are off to visit Kareen at (http://kareenbrochuharvey.blogspot.ca/). Happy Crafting!!

Shhhh......It's a Secret Scrap PAR-TY!!

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October 21st and 22nd is our very first monthly online secret scrap party! These events are going to happen once a month in our secret Facebook group. They are full of exclusive content, live scrappy sessions, challenges, prizes, and loads of fun! They are only for members and all content will be in the FB group only. If you aren't a member yet, fill out your form and get started today so you don't miss our October Secret Scrap Party and the chance to be our Secret Superhero of the Month! 

Here's a little sneaky glimpse at what to expect this month...

--photo challenges

--speed challenges

--live scrapping sessions/challenges with some of my scrappy besties

--an amazing live, interactive mixed media tutorial

--an exclusive sketch from Heathers Crafty Life

--great prizes

--the first ever Secret Superhero of the Month Award 

--loads and loads of fun! 

What are you waiting for?!? Come on over and join the fun today!! You will not wanna miss this secret scrap party! 

xoxo,

Khristina

 

September Kits

I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who placed September orders and has been patient, kind, and supportive. I am finishing up the last few September kits and then it's a wrap on our first month of custom curated kits and we are on to our live one-on-one sessions and planning for October kits. The response has been OVERWHELMING with SO SO SO many people wanting to help create custom kits that fit you exactly. 

A few things that people are doing that you might be interested in hearing about as options...

 ---changing your focus with each kit...YES

 ---ordering special kits (i.e. December Daily or TN mini projects) in addition to monthly kits...YES

 ---ordering two mini kits to make up one larger monthly kit in order to get different colors or    themes...YES

 ---seeing and requesting specific items from other kits or collections you see...YES 

 ---the options are endless and totally customized TO YOU!    YES YES YES YES YES YES

xoxo,

Khristina

 

 

International Shipping Update

Hey International ladies! 

I just wanna say that I love you all and the struggle that you have to get quality cool supplies is real. I have spent the last couple of weeks researching all of my options, making budget calculations, and working towards a solution. I am absolutely 100% committed to the fact that my international scrappy friends should have access to some amazing products delivered each month. So....instead of talking over all of the barriers (there are many!), we are taking charge. This is super top secret for The Secret Not Secret Kit Club members...SO....Shhhhhhhhhh

At this time, we are going to go with this plan. I am SO excited to announce that we are going to do $12.00 flat shipping for international kit friends. This is going to be the price for a typical monthly subscription box. If you order a super jumbo kit or a smaller embellishment only kit, we will totally have to reevaluate. BUT...if you want to be in and we are talking about a standard-ish sized monthly kit, $12.00 flat rate shipping. I am ALWAYS up for other creative shipping options...please don't let shipping hold you back. As shipping rates change, these rates may need to change BUT I will always keep you informed and involved. This is a HUGE priority for me (and for Sara moving forward with RYS as well). Much love to my international friends!!!

Shhhh.....it's a secret!!

xoxo,

  Khristina