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Thursday, June 22, 2017

It's a #Cre8time Date... SRM Stickers Challenge with Designer Crafts Connection

Hello everyone! Welcome to another Bloghop with the creatives at Designer Crafts Connection... and our newest challenge featuring the new planner and journaling stamps from SRM Stickers and Stamps!!! 

Planners and Bible Journaling are quite popular trends right now... and who doesn't love stickers and stamps??! SRM Stickers and Stamps has a wide range of products for making cards, scrapbooks, party favors, planners - you name it!

SRM Stickers and Stamps provided each of the Designer Craft Connection designers with products to use in our creations - I received a set of planner stamps called "Today, Tomorrow, To Do" that have everything you need to turn any notebook or journal into a planner. To pop over to the beginning of the hop CLICK HERE to see all the stops on the hop!

I gathered up an promo notebook that I've monoprinted the cover to cover up the car images that used to be there along with the SRM Planner Stamps, black Dye ink, a ruler, colored InkJoy pens, an acrylic stamp block, washi tape and some misc. scraps of paper and ephemera from my stash.

I don't know about you, but anything with blank paper is a potential art journal or planner. This book has pictures smattered throughout but is mostly blank grid paper... perfect for transforming into a purse-sized planner!

I'm going to turn this book into a 2018 artsy planner that I can embellish as I fill it up. This spread is going to be for July. I'm starting here as it was easier to keep pages open/flat by starting in the center of the book. 

First I referred to my phone to look ahead to get the dates for next year. Then using a ruler and blue pen, I drew in squares to make my calendar. Five rows down and eight squares across for the days of the week. The grid paper made it easy to divide out the squares without need for measuring. I'm having fun already!!

Now with my squares in place... it's time to get inky. I selected "SUNDAY" from the SRM stamp set, placed onto an acrylic block, tapped gently into black dye ink and pressed into position. The clear stamps are see-through and make stamp placement a breeze.

I repeated with the other days of the week, then set off with the task of numbering each square. The stamp set has multiples of each number so you can set up many on your stamp block at a time. Keep in mind that you might need a smaller acrylic block when you need to stamp close to center of book. I was using a medium sized block, so I just adjusted stamp placement when stamping in the crease.

There are also about a dozen little doodles that you can use to make note of occasions. I added a couple of these as well.

One thing I want to point out about these SRM Stamps... I love that they have the image printed on the clear backing sheet so it makes finding/seeing the word you want easy. I have a lot of clear stamps and I only have a handful of stamps that are this way. This is something that stampers appreciate as I have spent a lot of time wasted looking for something I can't see, or I couldn't remember what set it came from to put it back. 

Here's my July calendar all stamped out! I repeated the month along the top of the pages, made a TO DO list using the leftover column, and stamped a month tab onto yellow cardstock affixed to page with washi tape. 

Once I broke out the washi tape... it was a washi party! I added bits and borders here and there to add a patriotic stars/stripes color scheme.

Now it's time for coloring! I have this stash of InkJoy pens that I carry around in my bag every day, though they don't get much use... UNTIL TODAY!! 

Maybe I will become a planner nerd yet! I'm more of a list maker and doodler - this sort of planner might be just what I need to keep my thoughts in one place. I've got loads of traditional day-timer calendars that get toted about, yet rarely written in and now all reside in the "for collage/arting" bin.

With the addition of colored pens... my calendar has come to life!

There's an annual family picnic for 4th of July... so I had fun making note of this occasion. I marked a place to write birthday's in unused squares at the bottom. 

It's a Cre8time Date!

How fun is this??! Now that I have the calendars blocked out, I'm six months ahead of things! This will be an ongoing project as I add info, doodling and ephemera... now all that's left is the artful planning! This project could be done with the kids and would be great in a blank composition journal too!

CLICK HERE to jump over to the beginning of the "Planners and Bible Journaling with SRM Stickers and Stamps" Bloghop at the Designer Crafts Connection blog and find more inspiration using SRM Stickers and Stamps!

You can find more info and ideas
at the SRM Stickers and Stamps website

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Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you are inspired to turn a notebook into something pretty and a little FUNctional! Sb :)

** This is a sponsored post. SRM Stickers and Stamps has provided products for use in this project in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions. My ideas and opinions are my own.
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