Triad of Planner Awesomeness

We are always amazed at the unique and creative ideas our Artists In Residence create every month. January is all about planners as we expect January to be the season for resolutions, goal-setting and planning. Jessica Litman, Martha Lucia Gomez, and Jennifer Vanderbeek show us a powerhouse variety of planner crafts including DIY washi tape, and designing your own planner stickers. We love these resourceful ideas. Share them with anyone you know who is a planner geek!

Martha Lucia Gomez shows you how to make your own washi tape for planners and journals. #planner #journal

Jessica Litman

Washi tape could be one of my favorite embellishments for planners. It easily breaks up pages into different sections, adds color to all white pages and is just fun! This project came out of my need for a variety of washi tape colors without spending a lot of money!

Jessica’s Directions

Jessica Litman show you how to make your own washi tape for planners and journals. #planner #journal

Step 1

Lay tissue paper flat on craft mat. Create small polka dots on tissue paper using irRESISTible Pico Embellishers.

Jessica Litman show you how to make your own washi tape for planners and journals. #planner #journal

Step 2

Let sit until dots are not quite dry, but just damp. Cover tissue paper with shipping tape. Push over dots to create a tie dye effect. Set aside to fully dry. Cut into long strips.

Jessica Litman show you how to make your own washi tape for planners and journals. #planner #journal

Step 3

Run the strips through Xyron sticker maker. (Make sure the shipping tape side is facing up.) Peel off tissue paper from sticker backing.

Martha Lucia Gomez shows you how to make your own washi tape for planners and journals. #planner #journal

Step 4

Adhere to your planner, cards, or roll up over an old tape dispenser!

Jessica’s Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White Tissue Paper
  • Packing Tape
  • Xyron – 3” Disposable Sticker Maker
  • Scissors

Martha Lucia Gomez

I made my own “washi tape” with traditional mailing labels and different inks and texture. I’ll share how I did it so you can do it yourself.

Martha’s Directions

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Step 1

Take a label sheet and place a stencil over it. Secure the stencil with masking tape. Apply Creative Medium Iridescent Turquoise to the stencil.

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Step 2

If you want to intensify the color, mix the Creative Medium with Memento Ink first. I added a few sweeps of Paris Dusk and Memento Desert Sand on the craft mat and mixed them with the palette knife to darken the color. You don’t need to remove the stencil to change the colors, just keep it in place and apply your different combinations. Let dry.

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Step 3

To change the design and texture take a different stencil and place over the same label sheet. Secure it with masking tape. Apply VersaMark directly with the pad over the free areas of the stencil. Remove the stencil and apply Gold Embossing Powder. Melt with the heat tool. Finally, take a border stamp and stamp it directly over the sheet. I used several different border stamps with Brilliance Ink – Pearlescent Jade.

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Step 4

Remove the labels from the adhesive sheet and resize them according to the size of your planner.

Martha’s Supplies

Imagine

Creative Medium – Iridescent Turquoise
Memento – Paris Dusk and Desert Sand
VersaMark
Embossing Powder – Gold
Brilliance – Pearlescent Jade
Craft Mat

Other

Label sheet
Stencils
Heat Tool
Joy Clair – Aztec Background Builder Stamp


Jennifer Vanderbeek

I love my planner, and I like being able to add quick decorative accents to it. Stamps are a fabulous way to do that, but I plan as I go and frequently update my planner away from home. This makes planner stamps less than optimal because of all the gear I’d need to carry with me. To solve that problem, I sat down with my stamps, ink pads, and a whole lot of label sheets to create my own stamped planner stickers! Here’s my 2017 planner decked out in DIY stamped stickers!

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

Create small beverage stickers using either StazOn or VersaFine and color them in with Memento Markers. Small stickers work great for small planner stamps to mark regular events on a planner page.

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

Another pitfall of stamping directly into a planner is the inevitable mistake or mis-stamp. Stamp calendar layouts onto small, 2” square stamps in order to avoid mistakes in stamping.

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

List-making is a big part of planning. Using 2” x 4” address labels are perfect for long to-do lists.

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

Create pearlized stickers by blending Memento and Brilliance inks with an InkBlusher. The resulting blends can be used as-is or layered with white stamps to create a layered look. I halved the layered stickers to get double the stickers for my efforts!

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

These arched stickers are great for displaying larger images like the Julie Nutting planner girls. Stamp the image with black ink and color with Memento markers.

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

Spray glossy labels with different shades of Walnut Ink on 2” round labels and let dry. Spraying ink creates randomness on the page which looks like planets once the excess label paper is removed (the spare bits could be cut into interesting shapes with scissors or punches to maximize the supplies).

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

Once stamped and trimmed down this collection is a lot more manageable to carry for planning on the go compared to the supplies that went into making them!

Jennifer’s Supplies

Imagine
  • VersaFine – Olympia Green, Vintage Sepia, Crimson Red
  • StazOn – Spiced Chai, Ivory Black
  • Memento Marker – Rhubarb Stalk, Rose Bud, Tangelo, London Fog, Desert Sand, New Sprout, Cottage Ivy, Dandelion, Lulu Lavender, Bamboo Leaves, Rich Cocoa, Bahama Blue,
  • VersaMagic – Sage
  • Memento – Lulu Lavender, Rhubarb Stalk, Summer Sky, Angel Pink, Rose Bud, New Sprout, Potters Clay, Desert Sand
  • Brilliance – Coffee Bean
  • Walnut Ink – Willow, Walnut, Lilac, Terra Cotta, Cherry Blossom, Java
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Other
  • Avery – 22805 1.5” Square, 48363 2” x 4” Rectangle, 18660 1” x2 5/8” Clear Rectangle, 41568 ¾” Round, 80508 2.5” Pearlized Scallop, 22809 3” x 2.25” Textured Arch, 22807 2” Glossy Round
  • Waffle Flower – Currently, Currently Drinking, Calendar, Planner Dates stamps
  • Studio Calico – Story Builder stamps
  • 
Hero Arts – Clearly Kelly Work Planner, Food Planner stamps
  • Julie Nutting – Craft Day stamps
  • Acrylic blocks
  • Interim Photos and Captions

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Make the Mundane Sparkle!

by Jessica Litman

Laundry sign on wood palette with Creative Medium, All Purpose Ink and Sheer Shimmer Spritz.

In an effort to add more sparkle to my home this year, I have been creating decorative signs. This decorative, glittery laundry sign has come about through many trial and errors! I love a more rustic look, but know that it can feel rather cold and industrial. By adding glitter to dark wood, I really feel like it creates an inviting appearance. For this project, mixing wood, Creative Medium, and glitter give this sign a lot of farmhouse sparkle!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 10 minutes + 2 hours for dry time

Directions

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Step 1

Cover the wood sign with Turquoise Iridescent Creative Medium using the palette knife.

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Step 2

Sprinkle on glitter.

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Step 3

Let dry.

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Step 4

Once dry, use the All-Purpose Ink and the Fantastix to write letters across the wood sign.

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Step 5

Let dry. Spray corners and wood sign ribbon with Sheer Shimmer Spritz.

Hang and enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine

Creative Medium – Turquoise Iridescent
Palette Knives
Sheer Shimmer Spritz – Gold
All-Purpose Ink – Blue Bayou
Fantastix

Other

• Glitter
• Wood Sign

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Wishing You the Best

by Tenia Nelson

Imagine Artist Tenia Nelson creates a New Years Card with Memento Tuxedo Black and Versamagic Turquoise Gem.

‘Hope for a great year’ is always a great sentiment in the month of January. Tenia Nelson from Jazzy Paper Designs creates this super fun card that can be sent to loved ones for encouragement and hope!

Directions

Imagine Artist Tenia Nelson creates a New Years Card with Memento Tuxedo Black and Versamagic Turquoise Gem.

 Step 1

Add Turquoise Gem VersaMagic onto white cardstock using a jumbo dauber.

Imagine Artist Tenia Nelson creates a New Years Card with Memento Tuxedo Black and Versamagic Turquoise Gem.

Step 2

Die cut inked panel.

Imagine Artist Tenia Nelson creates a New Years Card with Memento Tuxedo Black and Versamagic Turquoise Gem.

Step 3

Add Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz onto white cardstock. Get more of a splatter look by tapping the applicator tube on your finger over the paper.

Imagine Artist Tenia Nelson creates a New Years Card with Memento Tuxedo Black and Versamagic Turquoise Gem.

Step 4

Stamp sentiment onto the card using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.

Imagine Artist Tenia Nelson creates a New Years Card with Memento Tuxedo Black and Versamagic Turquoise Gem.

Step 5

Adhere star onto the card using foam adhesive. Add washi tape and sticker stitches.

Imagine Artist Tenia Nelson creates a New Years Card with Memento Tuxedo Black and Versamagic Turquoise Gem.

Step 6

Adhere sequins using glue dots and adhere image panel onto card using foam adhesive.

I hope y’all enjoyed this super fun card!!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stamps – Papertrey Ink
  • Cardstock – white
  • Embellishments – sequins, washi tape, sticker stitches
  • Star Die
  • Die cut machine

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Imagine at Creativation

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We think we packed everything. We got our booth, our crafting table, swatches of Memento, irRESISTibles, StazOn, VersaColor, VersaMagic, etc, etc…snacks, bottled water, pens, our business cards, catalogs and baby wipes! So we are ready, and at this year’s Creativation, we will be featuring some new products. (We think we have washed all of the shimmer off our hands in preparation.) If you are going to be at this years show, please come by booth 2801 and say hi! If not- stay tuned to the blog for new product announcements!

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Marcie and Amanda, aka The Marketing Department, almost got shipped off in the crate too!

Always a highlight of the CHA shows are our classes with John Creighton Petersen. When he is not creating art or touring all over the world teaching, we are delighted to hang with him as he picks up supplies for his classes.

John Petersen teaches at Creativation 2017 using StazOn

John’s Creativation Classes

John Petersen teaches at Creativation 2017 using Memento Luxe

Everyday Crafting
Friday, January 20th 6pm – 8pm

Learn how to best use Imagine products successfully on fabric as well as layering StazOn on glass with the help of GlazOn.

John Petersen teaches at Creativation 2017 using Delicata

Technique Transformation
Monday, January 23rd 10am – 12pm

See how to use Imagine’s mixed media products successfully on a variety of surfaces, including blending, texturizing and other application techniques with Delicata, Creative Medium and StazOn.

Make sure you are signed up for these classes through Creativation. We hope to see you either at a class or at our booth!

 

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Creative Journals for Creative People

Imagine artist Jennifer Vanderbeek and Kyriakos Pachadiroglou share their mixed media creative journals which we hope will jump start your adventures today! StazOn Studio Glaze

One of the cool features of an art journal or planner is it allows for a regular creative practice. This can improve the quality of life and allows more connection to one’s craft. A part of being creative and journaling is to modify your journal cover and pages to further express your aspirations. Today we are sharing two different styles of creative journals by Imagine artists Jennifer Vanderbeek and Kyriakos Pachadiroglou.

Jennifer’s Journal Cover

Imagine artist Jennifer Vanderbeek and Kyriakos Pachadiroglou share their mixed media creative journals which we hope will jump start your adventures today! Fireworks Craft Spray

The cover’s base is a collage with torn pieces of map pages as well as craft paper pasted down with Creative Medium. Then shimmer is added with some sprays of Fireworks!. The earthy tones of Desert Sand, Potter’s Clay, and Rich Cocoa complement the craft paper and helped blend the edges of the maps into the background. The title of the journal is hand drawn with Memento markers and accented with white StazOn Studio Glaze.

Jennifer’s Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Blank journal
  • Maps
  • Craft paper
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Interim Photos and Captions

Kyriakos’ Directions

Imagine artist Jennifer Vanderbeek and Kyriakos Pachadiroglou share their mixed media creative journals which we hope will jump start your adventures today!

This interior journal page is partially covered with white heavy structure paste with a light mix of the Brilliance Mediterranean Blue ink and then distressed with the same color using a wet tissue and few ink drops. To give a winter color mix, use the Sage VersaColor inkpad in random spots of the page. Use Silver Encore! inkpad to blend with blue ink giving a Silver Gray and a bit of a reflective effect on the white structure paste.

Kyriakos’ Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Doodlebug Design – stamp set
  • Kaisercraft – Clear stamp set
  • Scrapberry – Everyday stamp
  • 7 Gypsies wooden stamp – Dreams, Dare
  • Studio G – Love Yourself stamp
  • Heavy structure paste

To encourage a daily or weekly practice, keep your art journal somewhere visible. Use images and colors that inspire you to create!

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Welcome Little Ones with Radiant Neon Wintergreen Tag

by Roni Johnson

Imagine Artist Roni Johnson layers Radiant Neon Green and Blue to create Neon Wintergreen for this cute Welcome Baby tag.

Create a fun tag to welcome in that little one with die cut embellishments and layers of Radiant Neon inks. Customize any project by creating a brand new color of ink by layering (not blending) Radiant Neon Electric Blue and Electric Green inks as I did on this darling little mixed media tag.

Directions

Imagine Artist Roni Johnson layers Radiant Neon Green and Blue to create Neon Wintergreen for this cute Welcome Baby tag. Mixing inks with a sponge dauber.

Here is a swatch card to illustrate how the color is created. A color that I like to call Electric Wintergreen.

Imagine Artist Roni Johnson layers Radiant Neon Green and Blue to create Neon Wintergreen for this cute Welcome Baby tag. Gift tag.

Step 1

Sponge Electric Green ink over the entire tag. Let the ink dry completely before step 2.

Step 2

Sponge Electric Blue ink over the Electric Green creating an entirely new color…wintergreen! Let dry.

Imagine Artist Roni Johnson layers Radiant Neon Green and Blue to create Neon Wintergreen for this cute Welcome Baby tag. Creative Medium.

Step 3

Position stencil over the tag and temporarily secure.

Step 4

Spread Green Creative Medium over the stencil with a palette knife.

Imagine Artist Roni Johnson layers Radiant Neon Green and Blue to create Neon Wintergreen for this cute Welcome Baby tag. Creative Medium helps create texture.

Step 5

Carefully remove the stencil and clean.

Step 6

Once the initial layer of Creative Medium has dried, reposition the stencil on the bottom half of the tag and apply Creative Medium to this portion of the tag.

Imagine Artist Roni Johnson layers Radiant Neon Green and Blue to create Neon Wintergreen for this cute Welcome Baby tag. Welcome letters and baby script letters. Safety pin.

Step 7

Die-cut desired pieces from white cardstock.

Imagine Artist Roni Johnson layers Radiant Neon Green and Blue to create Neon Wintergreen for this cute Welcome Baby tag. Die cut of a onesie.

Step 8

Custom color each die-cut as desired. Apply Shimmer Pico Embellisher to heart, “baby” and “welcome” for additional depth and dimension.

Imagine Artist Roni Johnson layers Radiant Neon Green and Blue to create Neon Wintergreen for this cute Welcome Baby tag.

Step 10

Adhere the die-cuts and additional embellishments to the tag as desired.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White Cardstock
  • Tag
  • Polka dot stencil
  • My Favorite Things – die cuts
  • Ribbon
  • Lace
  • Adhesive

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