Mixed Media Journals & Planners

Hi everyone! Have you noticed how popular journals and planners have become? I think it’s because many people crave both a creative outlet and something tactile, instead of putting our reminders and memories into something electronic. Journals and planners are also portable, which makes them ideal to take along with you.

Ranger’s Dylusions Creative Dyary (named for designer Dyan Reaveley) has 56 double-sided cardstock sheets that contain undated weekly pages on the left and decorated background pages on the right.

I love that some of the pages are perfect for coloring (when you’re on the go just take your pens or pencils with you) and others are mixed media backgrounds that are perfect for Dazzles™ Stickers and stamping. For this page I used Zen Butterflies Dazzles™ Stickers and I colored them with Spectrum Noir™ Metallic Pencils.

Personally, I’m a planner girl. I like to record coming appointments and dates to keep organized. I highlight certain events or dates with the Dylusions Creative Dyary Clear Stamp Set and then I add notes, after that day has passed, where I might use Dazzles™ Stickers and record funny things that happened or people I met. I don’t worry about how pretty it is because it’s just for me! The Dylusions Creative Dyary Clear Stamp Set can be used to make a planner or calendar out of any journal. It’s a great tool to have around.

On the Mixed Media side I added Paisley Patterns Stamps and colored them with Spectrum Noir™ Metallic Pencils. A little Washi Tape kept my journaling note in place and hid info that I didn’t want to forget.

There are so many types of Journals & Planners available today and it can be hard to decide which is best for you. I made a quick little video to show you what’s available.

Summer is a great time to get started with your Journal or Planner. I encourage you to give it a try. Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig


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Mixed Media Made Simple

The term Mixed Media can intimidate some people, but really it’s just layering multiple products (or mediums) on your project. Something you might do without even thinking about it.

For example, this Birthday card, uses Artful Watercolor Papers (which feature watercolor and stamped backgrounds). Next, I added a small numbers stencil from 301 Mixed Media Stencil Collection and Rose Postcard Stamp, which is stamped once on Artful Watercolor tan paper and once on pink. I smudged a little green chalk to color the leaves and then I cut out the pink stamped image and foam taped it over the tan image.

After stenciling large numbers, from 301 Mixed Media Stencil Collection, using Amethyst Purple Nuvo Glimmer Paste, I added “happy birthday” Card Greetings Dazzles™ Stickers, purple Jute Twine and Mixed Berry Sequins to add more sparkle!

Journals and binders are so popular right now, and I thought why not use a Sara’s Surfaces 8″x8″ Album to make by own custom binder, using Mixed Media? First I colored the album cover edges with the surface of a Brown Ink Pad. Then I glued blue and teal torn Seaside papers to the cover.

Next, I made some custom colored embossing paste by mixing Pthalo Green Color Burst with White Embossing Paste (using my favorite Mini Squeegee).

I placed the “Inspire Your Self” stencil, from 303 Mixed Media Stencil Collection, angled on the cover and smoothed the green paste over the words. Remove the stencil and let the paste dry.

Next, I made more custom colored embossing paste by mixing Ultramarine Blue Color Burst and White Embossing Paste and applied it over All Over Swirls Stencil on both the cover and on ivory cardstock (to make pages with later).

Before the embossing paste dries, use a baby wipe or moist paper towel and rub over the stencil and paste to soften the edges. Remove the stencil and place it on a different area of the cover. Use the same baby wipe to rub excess color over the stencil and onto the cover for a softer stenciled image. Stamp Sea Turtles onto ivory cardstock and color with green and blue Brights Spectrum Noir Pen Set. Cut out and glue to the cover along with blue and green Party Time Sequins.

Turn clear sheet protectors, included with (8″x8″ Sara’s Surfaces Album) into storage pockets, use Cosmetic Sponges to sponge Timber Brown StazOn® Ink Pad over the surface on 303 Mixed Media Stencil Collection images. To keep things in place, Hole Punch the sheet protectors near the top edge, load up with all types of memorabilia and thread with Seaside Ribbons. To make pages, cut cardstock to 9 1/4″x 8 1/8″ and repeat the techniques used on the cover to stencil page corners and stamp turtles directly onto the pages. Embellish with blue and green Party Time Sequin.

You see? Getting that Mixed Media look you’ve heard so much about isn’t difficult at all. Just play and have fun using your favorite products! Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Vignette Boxes

I’m in LOVE with Tim Holtz idea-ology Vignette Boxes! They make perfect mini display cases for photos and keepsakes.

The boxes come nested in four different sizes and the embellishing possibilities are limitless! For my Stacked Memory Boxes, I used Romantic Butterflies Artful Card Kit papers and family photos to cover the back panels inside the boxes. The die-cut shapes added dimension and whimsy. After decorating the boxes I used Craft Tacky Glue to glue the small box inside the large box and another large box on top. I glued a photo inside a large Bezel Die Square Frame Jewelry Pendant and glued that to the edges of the box.

I also used Artful Romantic Butterflies Ribbon Set, Purple Rosette Flowers and Lilac Mini Paper Roses to add some color and texture. Vintage Heart & Key Charms and a pocket watch from Gentlemen Wooden Flourish Pack added the perfect finishing touches! The Stacked Memory Boxes can sit on a table or you could glue (no nails on the thin wood) a sawtooth hanger to the back for hanging.

Using the same package of four Tim Holtz Vignette Boxes, I also made a pedestal box featuring contemporary color photos.

I used Seaside Paper Pack and Ribbon Set, as well as Words Foiled Fancies (inked with Brown StazOn® Ink Pad and lightly sanded) a Metal Star Charm and a Wood Spool for the stand.

Give these fun boxes a try and happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Butterflies Galore!

I have butterflies on my mind this week.

I covered the Circle Wood Shelf with Sunday Musings Paper, using the center of the newsprint paper so the floral corner embellishment would fall on the edges of the circle. Then I inked the circle edges using the surface of a Black Ink Pad. Before placing the shelves in the slots on the circle, I stenciled 2 large Layered Butterflies using Red Cat’s Eye Queue Pigment Ink Pad Set.

I used Stencil Tape to secure the stencil and then used the surface of the peach ink pad for the first layer.

Next came the orange ink pad.

Then Black Ink for the body. This was a tight space so I used a Cosmetic Sponge.

Finally came the red ink pad for the details.

The Circle Shelf does not include a hanger, so I picked up a sawtooth hanger at the local hardware store. I attached the hanger before gluing the paper-covered shelves into the notched spaces.

This decorated Distressed Wood Plank is a quick and easy project that features lots of style! Debbie used the Butterflies Punch Out Project Pad, which includes 575 foiled butterfly die-cuts. Add some Acetate Butterflies for extra shine and you’re done!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’re inspired to make something today! Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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