Tag Archives | Tim Holtz

Thoughts on a First Experience with Art Journaling

I’ve been following and writing about the trend towards art journaling in the papercrafts industry for quite some time. But being an observer and being a participant are two different experiences. Recently, after admiring them for a long time, I decided to take the plunge and try out some of the industry’s hottest products and techniques – Dyan Reavely’s Dylusions – for myself.

Diving into the concept of “art journaling” was a bit intimidating. Dyan makes her techniques look so easy and fun but that word “art” just brings to mind all of the highly skilled things that I will never be able to do, like drawing and painting.

But with Dyan’s voice fresh in my head from her basic how-to video,  I closed my eyes (well, ok, maybe not really!) and jumped in.

Just Make Stuff art journal Continue Reading →


Update | Graphic 45, Studio Calico, Ranger, Simple Stories, and more!

It’s May and there is lots to celebrate – National Scrapbook Day, Mother’s Day, and the end of the school year approaching. From the manufacturers, there’s new products to celebrate, as the mid-release announcements keep coming! Who’s the first to take on Halloween? Read on to find out!

SC-planner-kit-subscription-logoTrends. Studio Calico has announced that it is jumping on the hot trend for planner products by adding a planner kit subscription to their portfolio of monthly kit offerings. Preorders are currently open and the first kit will ship in July 2015. The company promises that each kit will contain 8-10 items such as a stamp, sticky notes, washi tape, clips, dividers, or stickers. Continue Reading →


Mother’s Day with Tim Holtz Distress Color of the Month!

[Disclaimer: Some Ranger products used in this project were received as promotional samples. Ranger had no control over how, when or even if they appeared on this website. I only use products that I love to make things that I love to share with my readers.]
Mother’s Day is coming! Greeting card industry statistics show that it is the third most popular holiday of the year to send cards for (after Christmas and Valentine’s Day). Today’s project will help you get ready to send your good wishes to the special mom in your life. As a bonus, I got to play with some of the latest Tim Holtz products from Ranger, Stamper’s Anonymous and Tim Holtz idea-ology along the way – including all three of the Distress Color of the Month products to hit shelves so far in 2015!

I started with Ranger’s 4.25 by 5.5-Inch Watercolor Cardstock, with about one half inch cut off of the top and side. My first element for the card was stamping with Tim’s new Flower Garden stamp set from Stamper’s Anonymous. As soon as I saw that set in the CHA preview I knew I’d be buying it! The beautiful flowers are perfect for so many projects.

It was important to use Archival Ink for stamping the flower and stem because the image needed to be water safe for the steps that happen later.

The next step was to color in the flower with the new Abandoned Coral Distress Marker – the February 2015 Distress Color of the Month! I put pigment in each area of the flower but didn’t go to the edges of the areas, leaving a white border. I did the same thing with the Cracked Pistachio Distress Marker (the January 2015 Distress Color of the Month) for the flower stem.

stamped image to watercolorWith the pigment in place, I grabbed my Fine Detailer Ranger Waterbrush and began spreading it to the edges of each area of the flower. The water diluted it, and let it spread, until it looked like this: Continue Reading →


CHA Mega Show 2015 | Nancy’s Picks

The Scrapbook Update Hot Picks bring you the buzz from CHA shows, but sometimes my personal taste varies from what is “hot” or there isn’t room to include all of the things that I think are exciting.

So in honor of Valentine’s Day, let’s do “Nancy’s Picks”, my personal list of what I fell in love with at the CHA Mega Show 2015.

First up is one of my favorite Instagrams from the show! I’ve always loved the concept of Faber-Castell’s Gelatos, but the color palette of brights and primaries left me really cold. Now though, they’ve released a palette of pastel colors for the line that I believe will increase the product lines usability for me (and a lot of other people). Plus it makes for very pretty rainbow pictures!

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CHA Mega Show 2015 | Scrapbook Travel Products

With all of the travel that I’ve been doing lately, I have travel scrapbooking on the brain! I will need a steady supply of scrapbook travel products to scrap all of the pictures of the places I’ve been flying off to (and will be going to in the near future). Luckily for me, scrapbook manufacturers are back in the business of producing travel themed items again after taking a short break during the economic downturn. There were plenty of travel product options on show at the CHA Mega Show 2015!

Templates have become go-to products for many scrapbookers with the rise of mixed media, and The Crafter’s Workshop has several new templates that are especially handy for pocket scrapbookers. Good Eats and Radar Fragment are perfect for making custom pocket cards!

Good Eats template Radar Remnant fragment template Continue Reading →


CHA Mega Show 2015 | Pocket Scrapbook Products

Let’s take a look at some products from the CHA Mega Show 2015 that will be of special interest to pocket scrapbookers!

Simple Stories is always a go-to place for great pocket products, but this new release has something extra exciting – a sequel to their bestselling Say Cheese collection! The collection includes a pack of pocket cards, and of course great embellishments too.

Simple Stories Say Cheese 2Simple Stories Say Cheese 2 EmbellishmentsThe new collection by Megan Hoeppner for Webster’s Pages is aimed at scrapbookers who record their memories on a monthly basis in pocket albums (as opposed to those who do weekly albums). The collection includes 12 sheets, one for each month of the year, that form the basis of an album. Continue Reading →