Art Journal Wonder

Using Stampin' Up! Ink Pads and Stampin' Write Markers for your art journaling

There is so much wonder in the world. I love using all kinds of techniques to illustrate my feelings onto paper. Just letting my feelings run through my hands and onto the paper gives me this giddy feeling as I create. When I was younger, I would sit in my room all day painting, creating collages, making mixed media artwork, you name it! I loved coming up with things that didn’t necessarily have a propose besides being an expression of my thoughts and feelings. I let this feeling of wonder and creation slip away from me in 2012 when I started my full-time job. I became even more stressed on top of the normal daily stresses of life because I was no longer creating, expressing, and relaxing in my natural ways. I was overwhelmed and didn’t know where to fit it in. My husband Calvin and the Lord were the only things holding me together everyday.

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They were reminding me that I needed to just relax again. I learned that I sometimes put too much pressure on myself and then exhaust myself with constantly working. As time has progressed over the months. I am starting to find my purpose again. I know how this sounds but just hear me out.  Stampin’ Up! has brought me closer to my inner self. Not the company itself but just finding supplies that make me feel in my own element. I know there are plenty of places to shop to get all kinds of craft supplies but my mind and heart keep coming back to paper crafting and to Stampin’ Up!.

Whatever you believe in yourself on the inside, is what you will manifest on the outside

In the past few months, I have been crafting cards to teach, but I always new deep down in my heart that I would eventually begin an art journal again. I love all types of paper crafting but I just wanted to give you a little dose of my art journal that I have started. These are just the first 3 pages I have created. I have only used ink pads and Stampin’ write markers to create these pages but I will be incorporating all types of techniques and creating cool mixed media pages as well. After I get all of my papes finished, I am going to bind them together and create my own little, inspiring book. Lord Show me how to love like you have loved me.

Do you have an art journal or something similar? Would you be interesting in joining me in learning new techniques? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below, or you can tell me on Facebook or Twitter

Also, if you would be interested in an art journal class online or in person let me know and I will give you more information about when I will be having these classes in the future! Thank you everyone!

Why Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin?

 

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What is paper Pumpkin? 
For just 19.95 a month a subscription box will be delivered to you with all the supplies you will need to make some fun projects! Your first project will be what is in the image below, but after that, every month will be a surprise. There are all kinds of projects that will be sent. Everything from cards to mini scrapbooks to 3-D projects will show up at your house once a month. Along with supplies, there is always step by step instructions to make the projects in the kit. If you are really crafty though, you can come up with your own or look some up on Pinterest for inspiration. The kit usually takes about 30 minutes to put together and is also kid friendly. The only thing you will need is adhesive! Sign up now so after you get your welcome kit you will not miss any more exclusive stamps! Here is the link to sign up for Paper Pumpkin. There is no commitment, so if you decided it isn’t for you, you can cancel at anytime. Also, for your convince you can skip months if you want to.

Is it worth the money?
A few people who I have talked about the kit with have asked if it was worth the $20 a month. In my opinion it is. The first kit has a clear acrylic block D to use from the beginning, which is a little bigger than the palm of my hand. The value of the block alone is $8.95. Roughly $5 of the price goes to shipping costs. The kit comes with everything you need to create your project, the valuable thing you will get out of this are the exclusive stamps. You will not always get a card kit but lets use cards as an example. In your kit, you would get enough supplies to make 4 cards. If you calculated that, it would be about $4.95 a card. Since, you will now own the stamps though, you could create as many cards as you like with your own supplies which would bring the cost per card down each time you used your stamps!

Paper Pumpkin Stampin' Up! Welcome Kit

Do you have other questions? Just ask me! Everyone that joins by February 10th. 2014 will receive a free marker set and an exclusive subscriber event ticket. The event will be hosted by me. At the event you will get a lot of goodies just for coming as well as getting to create some cute projects! Sign up for Paper Pumpkin now so you don’t miss out on any more stamps!

Happy Stampin’
Jessica

P.s. I am sorry but this is for U.S. Residents only. I would let everyone join, but it is a Stampin’ Up! Law. There may be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in your country that can sign you up though! Prices my vary in other countries.

DIY Stampin’ Up! Gift Packaging – Life In the Forest

Stampin' Up! Life in the forest DIY gift package Supplies

The Life in the Forest Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! is absolutely adorable! The woodland creatures fit right in with my personality. You can use it to create an adorable card or you can decorate some tissue paper to wrap a gift with. For a full supply list for the gift packaging and the card, please see the bottom of the post. You can also view a video on how to make the Life In the Forest Thank You Card on my youTube video tutorial so if you could go easy on me and about my mess ups that would be cool! This girl (aka. me) messed up a few times! oops! Lets get started on our super easy project though! Stamp the woodland creatures on tissue paper
First lay down a large piece of scrap paper to put your tissue paper on. If you do not stamp over scrap paper the ink will bleed through to whatever surface you are stamping on. With Basic Gray Ink, start from the center by stamping one of the woodland creatures from the Life in the Forest stamp set. Working your way outwards, continue to stamp the creatures onto the paper. I like to “stamp off” the edge of the paper too where the stamp image is hanging half off the paper. This makes the paper look like it came with the designs already on it.

Stampin' Up! - DIY Hair Pins

The above photo shows what I am giving as my gift. I quickly made these flowers using bobby pins, felt, a Big Shot, and the Spiral Flower Originals Die. So CUTE!! Does anyone else have spring fever as bad as I do??

Stampin' Up! - Apply Retro Fresh Washi Tape

Next, wrap your gift. I used the Retro Fresh This and That Designer Washi Tape to seal the deal.

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Stampin' Up! Life in the forest DIY Gift Packaging

After it is in the box, wrap Silver Bakers Twine around a few times. I embellished with some banners I created with the Big Shot and the Banners Framelits Dies. It is easy to clip the banners on with a Mini Metallic Clothespin.

Stampin' Up! Life in the forest Thank You Card

I hope you enjoyed the post! I love creating new things and sharing them with everyone! If you decide that you want to make anything I showed in this post, I have listed the items I used below. On all of the Stampin’ Up! Products make sure that my name is in the upper right hand corner of the page when you order. Send in photos of your projects so I can share them with everyone on the blog!

Stampin’ Up! Products used for Packaging:*

Life In the Forest Stamp Set (Wood or Clear) | Basic Grey Ink Pad | Smoky Slate Card Stock | Silver Bakers Twine |  Clear Blocks (at least D) optional |  Retro Fresh This and That Designer Washi Tape |  Decorative Window Gift Box |  Banners Framelits Dies |  Silver Foil sheets | Big Shot

Other Supplies used for Packaging:
White Tissue Paper

Stampin’ Up! Products used for Thank you Card:*
Life In the Forest Stamp Set (Wood or Clear) | Happy Watercolor Stamp Set (Wood or Clear) |  Clear Block (at least D) optional |  Basic Grey Ink Pad | Calypso Coral Ink Pad | Coastal Cabana Ink Pad |  Rhinestones Basic Jewels |  Whisper White Card Stock |  Baked Brown Sugar Card Stock |  Anywhere Glue Sticks |  Scissors | Banner Punch (Sale-A-Bration get it free when your order reaches $50 not counting Tax and Shipping Jan 28 – March 31, 2014)

Other Supplies Used For card:
Small Paint Brush |  Small Cup of Water

Disclaimer: Stampin’ Up! does not endorse any of the products shown here or on this blog. All projects in this post were created by me, Jessica Bramlett. Because I am an Independent Demonstrator for Stampin’ Up! I will get a portion of the amount you pay for any products you buy. With that being said, I only use and show products that I truly love and am excited to share. 

*These products are only available for US residents through me. If you do not live in the US Look for a demonstrator in your country where Stampin’ Up! is available.

Happy Stampin’
Jessica

DIY: Owl Pillow Box

DIY Owl Pillow Box

This owl pillow box is SUPER easy! I created it in the matter of 5-10 minutes. It is a cute little project that you can customize to work for you. Also, you can put treats, a cute message, or another small goodie inside and give it as a gift! Hello! That’s fun. Since becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I have been planning a lot of fun tutorials to share with all of you. Also I hope to start a few clubs and other fun things to bring us all together! That is for another day though, lets get crafty! (:

Craft supplies used for owl pillow box.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies Used:
1. Scallop Circle Punch (2 3/8″) 118874
2. Coastal Cabana Card Stock (3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″) 131297
3. Champagne Glitter Paper 127885
4. Winter Frost Designer Series Paper Stack 132183
Dimensions 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″
5. Snail Adhesive 104332
6. Scissors (these were a gift but you can purchase some amazing
scissors from Stampin’ Up! as well 108360)

Creating the wings

First punch one 2 3/8″ scalloped circle out of the Coastal Cabana paper and cut in half. Then line up the same punch with the edge of the Champagne Glitter Paper like shown above and repeat a second time. I only punched 5 scallops each time.

Align the face and wingsNext, cut out the eyes and beak with scissors. remember this is hand-made and it is okay if it is not perfect. You can even create your own version of eyes if you like! It is even more cute if it shows a little character! After you have everything cut out, lay down your Winter Frost Designer Series Paper  horizontally. Arrange the face in the center of the paper how you like and adhere with Snail Adhesive. Then roll a stripe of Snail Adhesive on one edge of the front of the paper as shown above.

Finishing the Pillow Box

Roll the paper and stick the opposite edge to itself. Next, push the top, back edge of the roll inwards while letting the sides come to a point. Repeat step from the front. Hold owl upside down and fold in the front and back like the top and you will have your pillow box! Fill it with goodies and hand it out to your friends or let your child hand them out to their classmates.

This cute little owl has my heart, if you know me, you know I’ve loved them since I was young. I hope you enjoy creating your own little friend! Send in photos of your versions of this pillow box to jessica@coloroverboard.com and I will share them!! I can’t wait to see your creations! 

Happy Paper craftin’ guys! – Jessica Bramlett 

 

 

Remember: If you do decide to purchase anything listed above for the use of your own project, you will know you have chosen me as your demonstrator if you see my name (Jessica Bramlett) in the top right hand corner of the page! 

Disclaimer: The content shown here is my sole responsibility as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and the use of this content is not endorsed by Stampin’ Up! Also, as I do get a small commission if you purchase anything through me from Stampin’ Up!, the links to the products posted are listed as a convenience to you so you can easily learn more about them if you like. I genuinely love Stampin’ Up! products and will only promote the use of products I love here on my blog. Thank you again for reading!

Stampin’ Up Card Making Class – November 9, 2013

Merry Christmas - Stampin' Up! Cards

SO, Big news! Last week I joined the Stampin’ Up! Team as a demonstrator. I will now offer all sorts of paper crafting classes. I have always wanted to be a teacher so now I can share my love for paper, design, color, and spending time with other creatives. Classes will include everything from card making, scrapbooking and decor. I will share more about stamping up throughout the week!

I have a lot of different fun class ideas and I plan on hosting an event for each one of them. I will also be posting mini tutorials on the blog and in my newsletterEach class will include all of the supplies you will need to make at least one item to take home. If you would like to host a class at your home, you can email me at jessica@coloroverboard.com.

November 9th Card Making Class:
You will Learn to make:
- 2 Chirstmas Cards
- 1 Card Mystery
- 1 Christmas goodie bag (candy Included)

Extra Details:
- $10 up front to secure spot
(I have to order the supplies with your payment)
- Deadline to book is Nov. 2nd
- Supplies to make 3 cards and one goodie bag included
- If you pay and then can’t make it, you will still
receive your supplies and instructions
- The class will be held at my apartment in Little Rock
you will receive the address upon signing up!
- Get the chance to win during the class:
Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags Starter Bundle ($25 value)
- Snacks and beverages included!
- If you get a friend to come, you will get $5 off your next class

Only 8 spots Available!

To secure your spot in this class click the button below.
(You do not have to have a Pay-Pal account to purchase your spot. Pay-Pal also accepts credit/debit cards.)





UPDATE:

All of the spots for this event have sold out.




Fun Day in North Little Rock

This past weekend, my friend and I went for a fun day out on the town. We visited many thrifty and vintage stores but, two of my favorite were Galaxy Furniture and Arkansas Record & CD Exchange. We had such a great time looking around and I loved so many things in both stores. I would definitely go back to both!

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The above couch is vintage and amazingly comfortable! My friend actually bought it that day (sorry guys, you can’t have it!) Check out those side tables!

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They had all kinds of vintage table set ups all over the place. This one happened to be my favorite! That bowl and that painting, would look great in my house! I mean my walls already match theirs, it is meant to be.

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The neon bagel sign is something that I really would love in my house. Talk about FUN!

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I didn’t happen to snap any photos in the Arkansas Record & CD Exchange, but I LOVED it in there. They had records, new and old, all over the place. They also said that if there was anything they didn’t have, they would order it for us! Too cool! Vinyl just has this raw sound that gives music a little character.

I would love to have more days like these sometime real soon!! By the way, I was not paid to say any of this, I just had a great time and enjoyed their stores!

What are you planning to do this weekend? You still have a little of the week left to plan something cool or you could be spontaneous like us and just explore your own town! – xoxo Jessica

All About Branding 1 – Knowing Yourself as A Person

If I were to ask you right now, if you knew who you were what would you say? Why does it matter? It matters if you are trying to start a business or it could be that missing bit of information that helps your company grow. Crazy huh? Knowing the in’s and out’s of your own personality, thoughts, and beliefs can help you figure out more about your brand than you think it could. That is the first thing we are going to go over today with this new mini series all about branding. I am not sure how many of these I will do, hey, I may do them for a long time. I am just going to share everything I know! These first few things are just a few things to think about when branding or re-branding your company. Knowing who you are as a person is just the tip of the iceberg.

Knowing who you are is just the tip of the iceberg

What is branding anyway? Branding is what makes your company YOUR company. It is not simply just a logo, website, and matching marketing materials. Everything you put out into the world effects your brand. Even your personality will reflect back onto your business. People will see you and think, “Oh I know her, she is so sweet I bet her business is the sweetest thing, I better check it out.” Or they could think, “Oh I know her, she doesn’t really have it together yet, I bet she has a hard time keeping that business going.” OK OK! maybe they won’t be so cheesy and think that exactly, but subconsciously, they will have all of these pre-conceived notions about your business before they even know what it is about. That is how people are, even without meaning to be.

Lets start talking about your morals. With having your own business you can follow (or not follow) whatever morals you like. It doesn’t matter really, but it is good to know what yours are and stay true to them. You don’t have to go telling everyone what you do and don’t feel is right and wrong though. Just by the way you handle situations, people will get a feel for them.

Next, think about your priorities. These are a big deal because you need to know what is most important in your life. That way you have a starting point and can set hours for yourself and you can work towards something. Do you put your family first? Maybe you want to do whatever it takes to get to where you want to be, no matter the cost. Is it important to you that you make a lot of money or are you looking for happiness? Whatever priorities you have will help you in situations that may be tough. If something comes up and someone asks you to do something for a lot of money, but you don’t really think it will make you happy, you can politely turn them down because maybe your top priority is happiness. See how it works?

A few other questions to ask yourself before branding or re-branding is: What are your dreams with this business? What are your current routines? Are you a flexible person? There are plenty more to think of too. The point is, knowing who you are can hopefully help you push through with a little more confidence and direction. Just remember that with owning a business, YOU make the decisions and you don’t have to meet anyone else’s criteria. Another thing to keep in mind is that people change over time and you probably will too. Priorities, morals, routines, they are all changeable, but it helps to know where to start!

Do you know who you are? If not that is okay, you will get there! Next week I am going to talk about the visual side of your branding and why it is important to hire someone who knows what they are doing with creating the face of your business.

Are you just starting out?

Program interruption!

jessica-bramlett

I hope you all have had a fantastic Wednesday! This week has been a very interesting one! I thought I would check in and let you all know that today (if you haven’t noticed already) and tomorrow, I will not be posting as normal. I will be back Friday with a little weekend inspiration and next week will be back to the normal schedule!

In the mean time, get out and enjoy the rest of the evening. Enjoy your loved ones. Enjoy your life!

I will still be on Instagram and Twitter though so don’t be afraid to reach out if you are needing a little boost or just want to chat!! As always xoxo – Jessica

30 Days of Effort – Goal Update

This month I have been working on creating new habits with a 30 days of effort challenge that I have come up with for myself. In the beginning I listed a few goals that I wanted to accomplish and I wanted to update you all on how all of those are going! It has been a crazy month, but that could be a good thing right?

Keep Going - 30 days of Effort

1. Boost social media traffic – So far my friends and followers across all social platforms have slightly increased, but haven’t significantly shot up. I am okay with this though because I want this to be an organic process. I want to gain true readers and followers, not just a bunch of people who don’t really care what I am talking about. I have actually made a few friends along the way too.

2. Boost blog traffic – My over all blog traffic has doubled since last month! This is good, but there hasn’t been as much interaction as I had anticipated. That will be my next focus.

3. Create more content – I have been doing well at creating new content every day. I am interested in seeing some of my current topics grow a little more. I am also excited to add new things and maybe ditch a few things. Over I feel like I am doing a lot better at creating content though.

4. Work from an editorial calendar – I have done well at this, half of the time. I feel like it is still definitely a win though. I created an initial calendar and I feel like I have stuck to it on most days but needed to improvise on others because I didn’t feel like what I had planned was relevant or I just didn’t feel any fire about the topic any more. The biggest issue I am having now is that I haven’t posted at consist times during the day. Though It is a work in progress, I am definitely happy with how far I’ve come.

5. Illustrate more – With excitement, I have been doing really good at this. I have illustrated digitally or by hand, every single day! Wooot!

6. Update portfolio – I have hardly focused on my portfolio this month, but it is an area I still need to work on. This goal will stay on my list and I will need to come up with some mini goals to make sure this gets done.

7. Work on plans of income – This goal is still in a planning and research stage. On last Friday I shared some of my favorite finds, though I found a ton. I will talk more on this a little later.

8. Update blog design – This is one of my favorite goals to work on so far. I definitely have something in the works, but I don’t want to ruin all of the surprise with too many details! I can’t wait to share!

9. Plan to collaborate with someone – Wow, surprisingly enough, this one sort of fell into my lap. Again, I have a few things in the works for this goal, but I am definitely working with others. Yay!

10. Wake up early every day – Apart for last week when I was sick, I have woke up around 5 every day (even at 6 or 7 on the weekends might I add) . I have been trying to spend every spare second I can creating and learning to make my business the best it can be.

It is only day 23 of my 30 day challenge, so why do you think I am re-capping so early? Well the truth is, this challenge is meant for me to just make an effort every day. I will still be doing that long after the 30 days are up, but I would like to start focusing on some new goals and I wanted to give everyone a bit about what has been going on this month with my first set of goals. That is the beauty about running a business, if you don’t like something, you can change it. I will talk more about my new goals soon!

Have you been working on making an effort everyday? Let me know how in the comments! Also, how did you like the free printables last week?
Should I make more?
- xoxo Jessica 

5 Tips on Engaging Your Readers

Sometimes as bloggers we can get so carried away with creating content and having a great blog that we may lose sight of how we can engage our readers. When creating a post, there are a few things to think of that may help you keep your readers tuned in. Ask yourself these questions before creating content.

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1. Does this blog post help someone in some way? Your content could help them understand something better or give them the knowledge to do something.

2. Does this blog post inspire? Post creative photos, graphics, or an inspiring read.

3. Does this blog post invoke emotion? If you create content that your reader can connect to on a personal level, they will more likely feel the need to speak up more often.

4. Does this blog post contain useful resources? When I am surfing blogs for resources I am always very appreciative and will save the link and often share it.

5. Am I in love with the content of this blog post? This is the most important question to ask yourself. If you are in love with the content you are creating, it will shine through to your audience and THAT is something that can’t be replicated. People love to interact and be entertained by the personality you have to offer in your posts. So be YOURSELF!

If you cannot answer yes to at least one of these questions, maybe you need to go back to the drawing board. If you are not at least creating content you love, then its time to re-think what you are writing about.

Engaging your readers is important to the community of your blog. Your readers are what make your blog thrive. Not only will you be able to keep your content fresh, your readers will also give you valuable feedback. This is information you would never known if there were tumbleweeds rolling across your blog front.

How do you keep your readers engaged? As a reader, what blogs tend to keep you more engaged? – xoxo Jessica