Snail Mail Saturday

Hello friends! I have more smail goodness for you today. 

I am desperate to get back into a routine where more quiet time allows me some freedom, but until that happens, some of my pictures will be taken when the light is poor. 

These gals are quickly becoming good friends and I look forward to every letter I receive from them. They’re full of sweet words, stickers and washi tape! (Which, you all know, is my fave!) I’m also loving the cute stationery too!


Shoestring Planner Tuesday

Hi everyone!

It’s another Tuesday, which means it’s planner day on my blog!

I was a bit better at embellishing last weeks’ spread- here’s the proof:

With fall in the air, I’ve had a hankering to start some baking. I made an Apple Crumble in my crock pot, and now I’m thinking about making my pumpkin Loaf. I need more pumpkin puree- I came across a pumpkin smoothie recipe recently, too! Yum!

(I mention this to explain the baking day entry on Saturdays day view). 

The adorbs little hippo you see is CTMH; I stamped her in permanent ink then colored her in with my Shin Han markers (after the permanent ink dried). She originally was intended for another project, but I wasn’t sure I liked how dark her skin was (at the time). Now, I think she’s simply adorable! After coloring her in, I fussy cut the image out, then adhered it in my planner.

Also, the patterned paper squares were also scraps that were leftover from a previous project. You’ll likely see more of that particular paper in the near future (in my planner and elsewhere). 😉

Snail Mail Saturday 

Hello dear friends!

It was a slow week in terms of snail mail, but I do have a little bit of smail goodness to share with you!

This letter came in on Thursday from L, my pal in Sweden. (The little bit I’ve seen of this stunning, charming country, has me dying to learn and see more of it!)

I loved the plastic embroidery holders so much, she sent me a couple. That’s how she sent her washi in her first letter. Genius! (And, for those wondering where to get them, like I did, check out eBay!)

Well, that’s all I’ve got to share for snail mail this week. Enjoy!

Shoestring Planner Tuesday 

Hello friends!

Sorry today’s blog post is so late. I usually post a day ahead, so that I don’t get behind, but I’ve been way behind on life since returning from camping. I can’t get caught up! I’m trying to get back into my routine, but life has other ideas right now. So, I’m posting as I’m able to! Like right now 😊

This weeks’ planner spread is fairly plain, but I do have some washi tape on each view so that there’s a bit of color and brightness in it! 

Not much is written in my planner, but last week was busy! On Saturday, the twins and I wandered into Edmonton to finish up back to school shopping. We left on Friday, after the alarm guy came to fix my home alarm system. What a rush!

Hopefully next weeks’ spread will be slightly fuller and more decorative!

DIY Envelope Tutorial

Hello, friends! 

As promised, I will share a quick and simple tutorial today for making your own envelopes!

To start, you’ll need one sheet of 12×12 cardstock or patterned paper and glue. I like using CTMH Liquid Glass for a strong bond, but you can use whichever glue you have on hand or like to use.

Decide which side of the patterned paper you would like to face outwards (in this case it’s the floral pattern), then make two folds approximately 1- 1.5inches from each side (fold inwards, towards the centre of the paper). 
A trick I like to use is placing my letter in the bottom centre of the patterned paper, and fold each side around it. I use this trick to also roughly guesstimate the bottom fold (next step).

Apply glue to the bottom portions of each 1-inch fold, then fold paper upwards (pictured below). The bottom fold should be approximately 2 inches from the bottom of the paper. This will become the bottom of your envelope. (Place your letter inside, for reference). 

This is how your envelope should look now. Next, you’ll want to fold the top edge of the patterned paper envelope approximately 0.5- 1 inch inwards, and again nearer the top of your letter (approximately 2-3 inches from the top edge fold).
*Note: I say approximately, because I haven’t measured exactly each of my folds. I’ve created my envelopes strictly by feel and by my naked eye.

Measurements will be different, dependent on what size paper your letter is written on. I currently use standard loose-leaf paper, which I assume measures 8.5×11 inches. My envelopes were created around this standard size, folded in three). 

*Another Note: before gluing any corners, mock up your envelope to avoid making any mistakes. I always make all my folds first, and then go back and glue where appropriate.  

(Top edge folded down, 0.5-1 inch from top edge); glue the thicker, corner portions. Here’s how it should look completed (below):

(I flipped the envelope over, so the front is facing outwards.) The backside of your envelope will have a clean edge where you’ll adhere it closed with glue. This is unlike a standard card envelope that has the V-shaped flap. 

Lastly, decorate to your hearts desire! I’ll sometimes add washi tape to the back fold after I’ve glued it closed for a little more pizzazz. That’s not necessary.  Do whatever feels right!

I hope today’s tutorial made sense and was clearer than a load of mud to you! If not, please let me know, and I’ll do my best to clarify it!

Shoestring Planner Tuesday 

Hello friends,

Today’s planner spread was done in a bit of a rush. This last week has been full of laundry, laundry and more laundry and I’m still not caught up. We cleaned the trailer and put it away (for now), replaced the brakes in my car and celebrated back to back birthday parties. There’s been little time for crafting- let along planning and snail mail this week! Today also marks the beginning of our second round of swimming lessons. It’s the big push until school starts. 

The girls also informed me they’d like to go to art camp and science camp after school starts. Plus gymnastics. We’re going to remain busy, by the looks of things!

The cloud sticker and star frame are ancient Creative Memories stickers…I’ve had them for nearly as long as I’ve been scrapbooking. That’s a long time! I need to get them used up! Lol

The rest of the stickers are dollar store puffy word stickers and a couple Carta Bella chippy stickers. Of course, there’s washi and a tiny bit of stamping.  

Snail Mail Saturday

Welcome to snail mail Saturday!

I have some incoming smail to share with you- I love how bright and colorful each envelope is. It makes my heart so happy!

The bright and cheery incoming smail inspired me to send mine with the same lighthearted nature, so here’s my most recent outgoing smail:

I was asked how to create these envies (which were created using a 12×12 sheet of patterned paper), so I’ll share a simple tutorial the next time I make one! (I have two letters waiting to be responded to yet!)

Ready for the goodies that were sent along?

Such a fun questionnaire! I guess I need to order a picture of yours truly before I send this little gem back!

I was sent a lovely postcard by another penpal but unfortunately didn’t snap a picture of it. 

Oh- one last thing. How insanely cute are these Beatrix Potter stamps?!

I’m smitten ♡

Shoestring Planner Tuesday…

(…four days late.)

Hi everyone. 

My daughter is sick today, so we’re just taking it easy and relaxing in and around the trailer. It’s a good thing it’s our last day here. I think we played too hard in the heat, and now it’s catching up with us. 

Since she’s feeling lousy, I thought I’d drop in and share last weeks’ planner pages that I missed sharing on Tuesday. (I have no snail mail to share because I’m not at home and obviously haven’t checked my mail in a week). 

I was already in a “campy” frame of mind, so chose woodland creature stickers (I stole them from my kids. Shhh, it’s our little secret!) I also chose stickers that are reminiscent of traveling. You’ll see that next weeks’ spread is full of travel- inspired chipboard stickers from Carta Bella. They work great in my planner. Stay tuned for it!

Since my spread this week is travel-themed, I also used my CTMH arrow washi tape to decorate my pages further.

Thanks for joining me. I hope you enjoyed my planner pages today! 

Snail Mail Saturday

Welcome to snail mail Saturday!

Here’s some glimpses of my incoming mail this week:

All the letters I received were lovely! Here’s peeks of what was sent along with my letters:

How smart is the washi samples?! I need to find embroidery thread holders so I can send some. They’re plastic! 

One of my pen pals is from Germany, and she’s quickly becoming a very dear friend. We chat at least once a day on Facebook, even if it’s just to say good morning. She sent me the lovely cards and crab stick it notes above. 

Germans have a special tradition their kids LOVE called zuckertüte. The Saturday nearest their first day of school they are spoiled with candy, goodies, school supplies and sometimes clothes- among other things. My pen pal extended the same tradition to my kids, as you’ll see below. I’m thinking we need to start our own family tradition!

K’s goodies made the twins’ day. They’re slightly jealous their mama gets more happy mail than they do. This mama feels kind of bad about that…I hope this slightly made up for it!

And lastly, here’s a snippet of my outgoing mail to these lovelies:

I threw my first letter in the mail before snapping a picture of this one…Oops! I still have K’s to finish, but I’ll be away all week next week, so she’ll have to wait!

(How do you like the flyer covering the bottom portion of my outgoing mail? Bahaha)

Although I’ll be away, I will still have my phone with me, and plan to keep posting, even though I’ll be relaxing beside a lake 😉

Thanks for joining me today, friends!

Shoestring Planner Tuesday 

Hello friends,

I haven’t been doing as much scrapbooking lately, and the scrapbooking I have done has (surprisingly) been staying in my layouts and not winding up in my scrap baskets. Sadly, some of the die cuts living in my scrap baskets are just way too large for my humble planner, otherwise I’d have used them here!

 As a result, I’ve started using up my vast sticker stash to decorate my planner. I think it’s rather plain- I prefer the look of die cuts gracing my planner pages rather than strictly stickers. (I’m not about to cut images just for the sake of decorating my planner, though. That’s just too much work and I tend to be rather lazy at times). This would be one of those times. Lol

One of the stickers I used actually came from one of my pen pals (at the moment, it feels like she’s my only pen pal, because she’s the only person who has consistently written me!) I don’t think that’s the truth- it’s just my anxiety getting the best of me. 

The rest of the stickers are dollar store finds- which also happens to be another terrific method for creating a shoestring planner! Stickers typically are just $1, so you can purchase a lot for a great price. Once my stash has finally dwindled (let’s face it- that won’t happen for awhile), I’ll stock up again at the dollar store and/or dollarama. 

Thanks for joining me- I hope something about today inspires you!