Thursday, April 7, 2016

April Planner Pages - Scrapbook Circle

I am SO excited! Did you know that Scrapbook Circle has a planner kit this month? It's called Plan On It and you can find it here. I used it to decorate the monthly spread and first two weeks (so far!) of the April pages in my Webster's Pages Color Crush personal:

I've been reluctant to abandon my more utilitarian planner for a decorated planner because I didn't think I would be able to organize all the important information that I needed to write down among all the stickers and washi tape. I finally took a good look at my planning habits and realized that I wasn't sitting down and really using my boring planner like I imagined I was. Also, when I did devote time to thoroughly completing weekly plans, I got really stressed out.

I came to the conclusion that psychologically, the decorated planner might actually work better for me. I would enjoy the process of decorating, which would encourage me to plan regularly. Plus, the format of the planner didn't have me detailing every hour of every day, and that would help me avoid unnecessary stress.

So, I've been experimenting with the Scrapbook Circle planner kit and my new Color Crush and guess what? I'm enjoying the process - excited about planning, even! - and I'm not stressing. I will continue to fine-tune and polish my process of filling out the weeks, but this is working for me and I'm happy about it :).

You can check out my post on the Scrapbook Circle blog today with tips for using items from the kit. I'll be sharing more as I work my way through more of the kit, so be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram. Have a good one! Tessa

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Today - Pink Paislee

Have you ever admired another scrapbooker's style but found yourself lacking the time or skill to make it happen? I have a short list of scrapbook idols and Paige Evans is on it. I LOVE what she does with patterned paper, colors, and her Silhouette machine. I know that many of her layouts are time-consuming and intricate, though, and so I've never attempted a Paige-esque layout of my own. Until now. 

Thank you, Pink Paislee! Paige Kits. Not only is the name punny-cute, but they are a miracle in getting the Paige look without the Paige effort. See all those different patterned pieces? I didn't cut out a single one. The background sheet is printed that way. The die-cut overlay is included and I didn't have to peel negative pieces off of a sticky mat...for days. I love that. Even the foam adhesive to pop the die-cut layer up on the background is included.

The title piece is included, as well. I chose to use the letters for my title and the negative of the "t" (my initial) as a sub-title. 

There are also die-cuts (hearts) and journaling spots included.

I can't say that I've been a huge fan of page kits in the past, but Paige Kits? They are the best! You can check out my post on the Pink Paislee blog here. Thanks for visiting and have a great day!