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Sketch Diary from Hahnemühle is Fun and Useful! #hahnemühle_usa #hahnemühle #sketchdiary

Have you ever come back to a project and thought:  Dang, just how did I create this effect or get that look?

Well, this doesn't happen to Alice.

She keeps a sketch diary and we think it's fantastic!

In her diary she notes stuff like paper weight, mediums used such as paints but also brushes.  And of course extras, like salt.

Because the Hahnemühle is ring bound as well as lined left side yet unlined right side paper, she's discovered that it's really a perfect sketch diary.  

I tend to agree.

I invite you to go see how Alice has it all set up –> Read More Here –>

Oxide Lift with Colored Pencils + Brand NEW Gina K Designs!

Here’s a fantastic video tutorial by Gina showing you how to create amazing effects using Oxide Lift with Colored Pencils.

In case you don’t know Gina – she’s the creative brain behind Gina K. Designs and StampTV.  So you are in for a real treat with this tutorial.

Don’t you agree, the colors and effects she teaches are simply divine?

Ready for the video?  Hop over to Simon Says Stamp Oxide Tutorial Video by Gina.

Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink January 2018

Like potato chips, these too are addicting!!!

Neat & Tangled Guest: Medallion Flower Builder

Have you ever wondered how to get fantastic illustrations for your bullet journal or home-made cards?

Betsy Veldman (of Paper, Scissors & Superheroes) shows you how over on her guest post for Neat & Tangled blog.  She did a little project using their beautiful Medallion Flower Builder set.  Here’s a peek at Betsy’s project…
Hop over to Betsy’s and grab coupon code before you click on over to the Neat & Tangled Blog for more info on this card.
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Medallion Flower Builder

Misti Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented

This is what customers of Misti have to say about this stamping tool:


"This is the BEST TOOL EVER for stamping!! I seriously sucked at stamping until I got this, and believe me, I've tried everything! If you're a beginner crafter, this is one of the first tools you should buy! If you're a seasoned professional, you should already have a Misti! "

How to Bullet Journal: The Absolute Ultimate Guide

One thing I catch myself telling my 17 year old is this:

Dude, you are my people. We‘re both lazy. And it‘s the most glorious way of life. It‘s true!

But beware of being lazy and stupid!  Cause this will be your downfall and cost you more effort than you ever wanted to muster!

That‘s why I love The Lazy Genius Collective.  Because it‘s all about optimizing my lazy so that I avoid the gotchas and dangnabits and coast along in my day-by-day.

Today I have to tell you about the Absolute Ultimate Bullet Journal Guide.  It‘s the perfect planner system for procratinators who ain‘t got no time for couch-potato-annonymous.

Do these sections get you excited?

  • The Bullet Journal is like a potato
  • The Bullet Journal is better than your online system
  • The Bullet Journal can be set up in the next five minutes
  • The Bullet Journal doesn’t have to dress for the Oscars
  • The Bullet Journal is the Meryl Streep of organization; it can take on any role you need it to. But it doesn’t have to
  • The Bullet Journal might change your life; you just have to give it a try

Eh?  Eh?

Each point is laid out in simple detail and I have to say, compelling it is!

I’m Kendra, and I’m here to help you be a genius about the things that matter and lazy about the things that don’t. Welcome to your people. The January air smells like organization. You can’t fight it, so let’s lean into it with lazy genius attitude.

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Boho Berry Challenge | March 2018

This.  All of this.

Ok, I have a girl crush on Kara.  Can I say that?  I just did!

She calls out her Boho Berry Challenge and I’m getting nothing done at home.  It’s like I’m attached to my cell all. day. long.

In a good way, of course.

What I really appreciate, other than seeing what everyone else makes of it, is the prompts.  I can work ahead, catch up – that’s not a problem.  I always know where I’m going and that satisfies me deeply.

Here are my favorites – you so should follow everything immediately –> #BohoBerryChallenge

Tell me:  which one is your favorite?

And of course, it all started with the list:

Alright.

I just had to show you the lovelies Kara puts out on twitter.

Ammiright?

Dang.  Love me some BohoBerry!

7 Reasons Adult Coloring Books Are Great for Your Mental, Emotional and Intellectual Health

When HuffPost’s Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC writes up about the benefits of adult coloring, we sit up tall and perk our ears!

This wee list of seven reasons are more than you’ll need to grasp the pure and innocent benefits of coloring even and especially as an adult.

What are the benefits you appreciate the most?

There are many times when I suggest adult coloring books to patients, and they look at me like perhaps we should be switching seats. However, time and again, they come back to me and tell me how beneficial they find them to be.

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A recent trip to the botanical gardens - we took our sketch pads and the watercolor pencils from Staedtler.  What a wonderful way to spend the day!

Yoga for the brain: The popularity of a drawing method is causing anxiety among its practitioners

Adult coloring isn’t all happiness and stress relief. Well, that’s what some are trying to warn you about.

Especially zentangle, a copywrited method, has come into the cross-fire and suspiscion of causing more harm than good.

But what lies behind the accusations?

Manjiri Vivek Sabnis, a trained electrical engineer settled in Bangalore, began practicing Zentangling two years ago. Like many others, she got hooked to the copyrighted drawing method by its claim of being brain yoga, a serene way to develop mindfulness and spiritualism.

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Why grown-ups love coloring books too

TED’s writer Tom pulled together a wee piece about adult coloring.  So you know it’s a thing.  Or at least you can now point those sceptics to an authoritative third party validating your need to color.

Just what is the adult coloring book craze all about, anyhow? Anyone who has appreciated a meditative mental drift while knitting or mowing a lawn knows that there is something calming about engaging in a familiar, low-impact activity that requires minimal thought and bestows a clear sense of progress. That goes at least some of the way toward explaining the immense appeal of adult coloring books, which now…

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27 Useful Bullet Journal Printables You’ll Want to Download Now

It’s no big secret, around here we love Erin and The Petit Planner. Amazon addicted, fit SAHM with a real passion for journaling (much to her surprise and our delight), Erin is one of our one-stop spots for inspiration and a boatload of useful and implementable ideas, templates and resources.

So it’S NO SURPRISE that we want to direct you on over to her neck of the woods to see her fantastic 27 downloadable and printable bullet journal themes. With such a comprehensive list, we knew it would be ridiculous to pull our own together.

Snag these free bullet journal printables from all around the web. From weekly spreads to budget planners and fitness trackers, you will find what you are looking for here. In 2017 I created a big roundup of 30 Free Bullet Journal Printables, and it was a huge hit.

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Monika Sets Up 30 Lists Journal

Who isn’t totally inspired by Monika and what she writes at I Love It All? I mean, her March 30 Lists post is a delight and inspiration for all journal and scrapbooking inkovators.

You NEED to go see her fantastic spreads right now!

I’ve been setting up my 30 Lists Journal for the March challenge, just a little bit here and there as I’m watching my lineup of British crime series’ on Amazon Prime. If you haven’t heart about 30 Lists, you can read more and Register Here, which opens Saturday, February 10th.

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