Saturday, April 11, 2015

Pretty Little Studio and Tombow Blog Hop

Hello! My name is Tessa. Welcome to my blog, Precocious Paper! If you have been hopping along with Pretty Little Studio and Tombow USA, and you just visited Latrice Murphy, you are in the right place. If you just happened upon this post and would like to check out the rest of the hop, start here.

I had so much fun creating with the You and Me, Baby Claire and Gold Mine collections from Pretty Little Studio, and I'd love to share with you the Tombow USA products that were my favorite to use. First, let's check out this start to a special album that I am making for my sister:

She is getting married this summer and I thought it would be fun to put together a pocket-style scrapbook for her. She just got her engagement photos back, so I started off with a few pages featuring that photo shoot:

As you can see, my favorite adhesive to use for this project was Tombow's Xtreme adhesive. I enjoy filling pockets, but I also like to add elements to the outside of the pocket pages. I used the Xtreme adhesive to add a die-cut and a label here:

I also created a layout, inspired by the measuring tape patterned paper from the Baby Claire collection. I decided to create an ombre effect on my page by cutting apart the measuring tape strips and stacking them light to dark. I tucked in the photos and sprinkled confetti and sequins down the page.

The glue I used to attach every last one of those teeny-tiny, sparkly bits is the Mono Multi liquid glue.

Just a little dab of this glue was all it took to secure these pretty sequins to the page. I'll be reaching for this adhesive every time I have sequins to adhere from now on!

Are you interested in getting your hands on some Pretty Little Studio and Tombow product? Leave a comment here and on all the other participating blogs. You have through April 14th. The winner will be announced April 15th.

Your next stop is also your last stop - the Tombow USA blog! I hope you enjoyed the projects and products. Be sure to like both Pretty Little Studio and Tombow USA on Facebook to stay in touch. Have a wonderful day! Tessa

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Patterned Paper Eggs - Pink Paislee

Wasn't it just March 1st a moment ago?! Looking at the calendar, my life will be a whirlwind of activity through June, but I'm going to try to enjoy every moment as much as possible. April is such a lovely month with the California poppies all abloom, Easter, General Conference, and two boys' birthdays. I'm looking forward to all of it :).

Are you on Spring Break and looking for a way to keep the kiddos (or yourself) busy? I am sharing some Easter decor on the Pink Paislee blog today. The idea is simple - start with papier-mache eggs, Mod Podge strips of patterned paper around them, and enjoy!

For more details on the how-to, I encourage you to check out the Pink Paislee blog.

Have a great day! Tessa

Saturday, March 28, 2015

DCWV and Tombow Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to Precocious Paper! If you just arrived from Latrice Murphy's blog, you are in the right place. If you just happened to stop by, we'd love to have you join in the fun by starting the Gold and Cork blog hop with DCWV here.

We are going on a little family day trip soon and I wanted to create a place for all of my photos, receipts, postcards, etc. from our adventure. DCWV's kraft Insta Photo Fun Album was the perfect base. Using the Gilded and Cork stacks, as well as Insta photo pockets and bags, tags and envelopes from my stash, I put together this travel album:

It isn't complete because our memories are yet to be made, but I did put together a little kit for finishing it up. I made a set of "stickers" out of the DCWV papers. To make them self-adhesive, I used Tombow's pastel adhesive dots. I love that they are mounted on the backing individually - perfect for this use!

I used Tombow's Extreme Adhesive to adhere the patterned papers to the front of my album. I also used the Extreme Adhesive to glue patterned papers together, creating more pages for my book. I think that stuff may be my new favorite tape runner! Tombow's Foam Tape is in my stash, ready to adhere my photos. I want each snapshot from our special day to lift off the page :).

Besides DCWV's Gilded Stack, I also used a map patterned paper from one of the specialty packs available at JoAnn stores. The polka dots come from a DCWV greeting card. The number tags are from Ikea - I love their new party and stationery stuff!

I'll be sure to share the album when it is all finished. Give me a couple of weeks, though ;).

Thank you for stopping by today! Be sure to comment on all the blogs along the hop to be eligible to win the Tombow and DCWV prizes (entries accepted through March 31st, winner announced April 1st). If you haven't had a chance to play with these products yet, you are missing out! Enjoy the rest of the hop, as well as your weekend!


PS - Head on over to Yolie Burke's blog next!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Paper Flower Brooch + Video Tutorial - DCWV

Hello! Have you seen the new DCWV project stacks at JoAnn stores yet? They are selling fast at my local Jo's and I am having a lot of fun with them. My latest creation is this pretty paper brooch, made with the Flowers project stack:

I added a brooch pin to the back so that it could be enjoyed on a cardigan or lapel. I'm thinking I need to make more as gifts.

If you'd like to see how the project stack works, and how you can make a ranunculus flower brooch of your own, check out my video tutorial:

Thanks for watching and stopping by today! Enjoy your week :). Tessa

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Let's Do Something New - The Studio Challenges

Hello! Happy Sunday. I hope your weekend has been a good one. Today I am sharing a layout that I created for the latest challenge at The Studio:

I have been taking Studio Calico's Color Theory class, taught by Wilna Furstenberg, and this page was inspired by the second lesson. I followed the basic design of Wilna's page as I worked with complimentary colors (purple and yellow). I used a Glitz design woodgrain roller stamp to try the lesson's technique of stamping in wet paint. I love the result!

The challenge at The Studio is to use older product from your stash. I started this layout with just paint, so I didn't have any particular papers in mind. When I went hunting for purple and yellow, it was hard to find purple, not to mention the right purple. Purple is just not a color we really use as scrapbookers, is it? I did, however, find my package of the Soleil collection by Basic Grey. It came out summer of 2012. I fell in love with it all over again while I was putting this page together!

I added paper to the top and bottom of the page, and cut apart a garland to add the arrows on the page. The alphas are also Soleil.

The layout is about the new pixie style I am working on. I cut it asymmetrically, and I am still growing out the long side a bit more. :)

To play along at The Studio, join us here. Thanks for visiting and have a great day! Tessa

Friday, March 13, 2015

Lucky Us - Pink Paislee

I am super excited to be sharing my first project as a design team member for Pink Paislee today!

This framed chicken wire piece is the newest addition to my St. Patrick's Day decor. I took the kids to the park a couple of weeks ago and gave them green, hairy mustaches and rainbow lollipops to pose with. Of course, the boys gave me the goofiest looks and Addie loved her first sucker!

Green has always been a favorite color of mine, so it was fun to pull all the green things I liked best from both the Citrus Bliss collection and the Atlas collection.

My favorite detail of the whole project is the rainbow (which does not have a pot of gold at the end). See the post on the Pink Paislee blog to read how I altered that fun chipboard element to create something perfect for the holiday.

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a good one :). Tessa

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Butterfly Magnets - Pretty Little Studio

Hello! Just popping in to share a cute set of magnets that I created. I used the beautiful Marigold collection by Pretty Little Studio.

I used the Epiphany Crafts large round tool to punch the patterned paper circles and add the epoxy sticker tops.

I'll be setting this beautiful collection aside to work with new Pretty Little Studio lines. Be sure to check out You and Me, as well as The Gold Mine. The Gold Mine is filled with metallic foiled tags, papers, vellum, and more. It is oh-so-pretty! Also, join the Pretty Little Studio facebook group to see sneak peeks of the next line, Treasure Island. It is gorgeous!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a good one :). Tessa