Hey guys! Lately I have been working on some pretty fun stuff and wanted to take a moment to share with you all about some of my favorite designs!!
What is it about planners that is so charming? As a product
designer my day is spent creating pretty things but when it comes to my own
personal life the business of each day sometimes makes me forget to pick up my
sketchbook or play in the craft room. Recently I have fallen in love with
planners because it is my way of documenting each beautiful day and inspiring
my creativity when I feel I have none left. That is why designing planner stamps and dies for Sizzix has been such a special project for me.
My planner is an opportunity for me to reminisce on my
favorite days by looking at past months and an opportunity to anticipate upcoming
adventures.It is my album, organizer
and journal, the place where my creative juices can flow each and every day of
the year. I fill it with pictures, notes about my day and write things like how fun it was going to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter or reminder to myself that I need to wash my dog… as if his stink won’t be reminder enough haha.
Here you can see a snapshot of my design process. Because I am all too familiar with how little time exists in each day, when designing my planner stamps and dies I made them simple and easy to use. Each design is hand drawn with imperfect quirks to add a bit of natural charm to your planner. There are two sets of planner stamps and dies, Make Today Count and Get It Done. They each have cut phrases and fun shapes that when quickly cut out add some pizzazz to your page.
I also have these clear stamps You're My Favorite which are so fun to color in and use for tags, card fronts, or wherever you need an uplifting sentiment. These were some of the earlier products I had the pleasure of creating here at Sizzix and I will always hold them dear to my heart :)
I am also extremely thrilled to mention that my designs will be featured on the Home Shopping Network for their 24 Hour Craft Event!!! My planner stamps and dies, my clear stamps, and the Geometrics and Basics paper pad that I helped design will each be featured on the show!! Tune in starting at 10 PM PST for the 24 Hour Craft Event to check out some of the awesome product being put out on display!
I thought it would be fun to experiment with my stamp designs You're My Favorite and discover some of the fun things you can do with them... so while wandering the aisles of Hobby Lobby I came across these wooden plaques and decided they were the perfect thing to spruce up with a little stamp lovin ;) These really are quite easy to make and only require a few items.
Archival ink pad
Color pencils (I prefer Prismacolor or Derwent Inktense pencils)
Hot glue gun
Twine, ribbon, or some type of string
Wood plaques that fit your stamp
If you're not familiar with clear stamps, they're super easy to use. All you do is take the stamp and stick it onto your stamping block. The plastic is a tiny bit sticky so it adheres to the acrylic surface of your block. When stamping your designs make sure to use archival ink! I always use archival because if I want to color of wash over my inked surface my stamp will not smear.
After trial and error I discovered you must press very firmly when stamping on wood. Press the bejeebers out of it or else you'll have missing patches of ink!
Color to your heart's delight :)
Use a hot glue gun to attach your twine or ribbon.
This weekend was a much needed vacation and refresher :) I spent my mornings sleeping in and my days sketching and adventuring. It's not often I have the time to sketch just for the fun of it but I realize how inspiring and satisfying it is to visually ramble on paper with no expectations or boundaries. On Sunday, I ventured out of the house with my dog and sister to wander the La Sierra Trail Loop. It doesn't take much to make me blissfully content... Hills against a sunset... Happy Katelyn :)
Took a break from sketching to take a pic with this handsome guy ;)
For my fellow Pinterest addicts, take a look at some of the cool things we are doing at Sizzix in our Home Decor launch. Soon I will be posting some fun and easy to make project applications for my designs... keep an eye out for more posts to come soon!
Our Sizzix media and marketing team did some videos of the designers at our booths. After an adrenaline surge and shaky knees I got through it and am super excited to share it with you guys as soon as the video is available!