Saturday, May 2, 2015

Happy National Scrapbook Day!

National Scrapbook Day is today, May 2. As a mother of two children, preserving memories are important to me. This is why I want to share Mixbook with you and what it is all about.

"Mixbook is the easy and fun way to make completely customizable photo books, cards, and calendars on the web. With Mixbook, you aren’t limited to static pre-designed templates – our powerful design software gives you the freedom to lay out and design your creations to your heart’s content. We’ve dedicated ourselves to bringing you the best experience in creating photo products so that you can make keepsakes that truly reflect your vision." 

You can create Photo Books about your wedding, baby, family, vacation, school, sports team, and more! Did you know you can upload your own digital stickers to Mixbook and use them in your own customized photobooks?

You can also create Photo Calendars. A great feature is that you can even add your own events or photos to the calendar grid!

What I am most excited about is Digital Scrapbooking - with thousands of free designs and complete customizability.

Head on over to The Mixbook Blog now to get FREE digital stickers and backgrounds, plus a promotional code for up to 50% OFF. 


http://blog.mixbook.com/


GIVEAWAY


I have an exclusive giveaway for my followers. Head on over to my Instagram Page to be entered to win a $50 gift card. (You must have an Instagram account to enter.)  I will not count entries posted onto this blog.

https://instagram.com/mypurpleylife/


Friday, May 1, 2015

Planner Communities Online

Hi everyone! Happy Friday! Today, I wanted to discuss the growing population of the planner community. Since, I starting sharing my planner back in 2013, the amount of people who now use a planner has dramatically increased. With that has been a growth of groups forming, to specific planner brands, those who decorate their planner, those who use their planner for journaling, and much more.

It seems like every week I am joining a new group on Facebook. I am happy to see how diverse the planner community has gotten, but sometimes it can feel overwhelming. There has been quite a number of groups that have been duplicated as well. With this comes the problem of cross posting information, and seeing the same information in various groups that you belong to. Unfortunately, you may also see some competition, and even drama. So, it's important to find a group that best fits you. There are plenty to choose from, as you will see.

I am hoping to help those of you who are maybe just starting out and trying to find some great information, or maybe those of you who are looking to be more organized and not into decorating your planner, or those just looking for more inspiration for your planner. I will be listing all the groups and communities that I am aware of here. If you know of a group/community not mentioned here, please go ahead and leave a comment and I will add it to this list. (*Disclaimer - I may or may not be a member of the groups listed. )

Philofaxy - The first community I wanted to mention is one that has been around for quite some time now. It originated back in 2005! I call this site my Planner Bible, because there is such a wealth of information here. My favorite part is called Web Finds. Two times a week a round up of blog posts and videos are posted here from various blogs and YouTube channels. It's all here in one place.
Guess what! They have a Facebook Group too! Filofax for Philofaxy Fans

FiloWiki - Filofax organisers come and go. Some stick and some have been discontinued. Filofax has been around for ages. Some of us planner people, like myself, like to collect vintage ones. FiloWiki is designed to be a reference to help people searching for their perfect binder or finding more information about a certain model. Now you can research more about a specific model you've seen. Learn about what ranges there were, what colors a specific range came in, and what sizes were available.

Mostly all the groups listed below are on Facebook.com
Unless you have an account on Facebook, you cannot not access these groups. 

Filofax
Filofax FAN*atics
Filofax Setup/Update Videos
Filofax Hauls and Goodies
Filo Dieters United
365/30 Lists: Philofaxers!
Vintage Filofax Users

Webster's Pages - Color Crush Planners
Color Crush Planner Love
Color Crush Planner Addicts

kikki.K
Kikki K Planner Love
Kikki-K Fans

Franklin Covey
Franklin Covey Planners Rock
Franklin Covey Addicts
DayTimer & Franklin Covey Planner Group


Erin Condren  
We Love EC
EC Simple Inspiration
EC Fans Gone Wild (Uncensored)
Erin Condren Fans
Erin Condren Planner Junkies
Erin Condren Planner Buddies
Erin Condren Stampers
Erin Condren Planner Group
Erin Condren Inspiration
Erin Condren Planner Junkies

Van Der Spek
Van der Spek Lederwaren
Van der Spek Organiser Fans
Van Der Spek Sales

Gillio
Gillio Firenze

Gillio Market Place

Louis Vuitton
Louis Vuitton Planner Party
Louis Vuitton Pre-Loved Sales Group USA 

Kate Spade
Kate Spade Planners Club
Kate Spade Planner Addicts

Coach
Coach Agenda Club

DIY Fish 
DIYFish Life Mapping Community!

Hobonichi and Fauxbonichi
Hobonichi Users
Hobonichi & Accessories Buy Sell and Swap
Hobonichi Techo Eye Candy
fauxbonichi group 
Hobonichi, Midori and Kawaii style planner love

Midori Travelers Notebook and Fauxdori
Midori Traveler's Notebook resources
Midori Traveler's Notebook Eye Candy
Traveler's Notebook Forum
Jendori Notebook Fans

inkWELL Press Planners
inkWELL Press Planner Fans

Limelife Planner
We Love Limelife Planners

Plum Paper Planner
My Plum Paper Planner

Planner Decorating
Planner Stamping 
Planner Stamps Shop & Swap
Philofaxy Washi Tape Appreciation
Filofax Decorated Pages

Other Mixed Planner Groups
planners,Journals and everything in between!
Organize Your Planner
planNERDS - Filofax & Planner Nerds
Planner Camp!
Mentors and Muses In Planning
TheResetGirl's #ListersGottaList Challenge
Filofax Fans and Planner Junkies for US Only
Erin Condren, Filofax, ARC- It's A Planner Party!
Planner Hacks
Planner Love
Planner Peace
Pretty Planner Possibilities
Planners for Christ
Planner Printables Sell Or Free
Planners, Printables, & Organization
Anything Goes Planner Group!!!
Planner Addicts Anonymous
All About Planners
Planner Palozza
The Ultimate Planner Group
Planner Chat for the SAHM
Planner Pandemonium

US (United States) Facebook Groups
California Planner Addicts
SoCal Planners Club
Southern Cali Planner Addicts
Pacific Northwest Planners Group
Northern California Planner Addicts Group
Erin Condren & Planner Addicts - Illinois

International Groups
Planner Community Philippines
Planner Dreams UK
Planner Addicts Australia
Planner Addict Malaysia
Planner Addicts Italia 
PLANNER ADDICTS ITALIA MERCATINO: agende, cancelleria e materiale creativo
Filomaniac - German Filofax Forum
Filomaniac Facebook Group
Filofax, kikki.k et autres organiseurs (FR)

Sale Groups - For buying, selling, trading, swaps.

RAK groups  - For those who like giving "Random Acts of Kindness".
 
Other groups
Washi tape love <3

Bullet Journal
Bullet Journal Junkies
Bullet Journals, planners, and organizing tips

Interested in meeting other planner lovers? Meet ups are happening all over the world!
I usually announce them here on my blog, or through all my other social media outlets on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  I am hosting another meet up soon, which is scheduled for July 5, 2015. The location is still TBD, but will most likely be around the Los Angeles area. I have some very special guests coming all the way from France. Mr. Philofaxy himself, Steve Morton and his lovely, wife.

You can read more about this over at Philofaxy---> 
http://philofaxy.blogspot.com/2015/03/philofaxy-north-american-tour-summer.html
 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

My Review: Simon Says Stamp and Waffle Flower Inkpads

My friends over at Waffle Flower Crafts (WF) have teamed up with Colorbox to introduce to you one of their new releases for April 2015, new ink pads! They just released two of them - the Spring Blend Inkpad and Summer Blend Inkpad.

Simon Says Stamp (SSS) has also released some new products for planner lovers called "Plan On It!" which includes stamps, dies and inks.

First, I want to introduce you to the Petal Point InkPad from Waffle Flower Crafts. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to test out the *Summer Blend Inkpad. It comes with 8 beautiful colors.

  • #9 Coral
  • #10 Wild Orchid
  • #11 Violet
  • #12 Navy
  • #13 Malibu
  • #14 Waterfall
  • #15 Herbal Garden
  • #16 Sunshine 
Nina from Waffle Flower Crafts explains that the color Coral is a very, happy summery pink that works well with all the colors from the Spring Blend Inkpad. It's a transition color from Spring to Summer. I have been looking for a nice coral colored inkpad and I think they really nailed it with this color! I just love it!


Next, I decided to purchase two of the four ink cube sets that were released by Simon Says Stamp called Karma and Peace. They feature a brand new hybrid formula of ink:

“What exactly is hybrid ink?” You might ask.  Hybrid inks are permanent on paper surfaces, acid-free, archival and fade resistant. They are pigment based, but dry quickly like dye ink and are less likely to bleed through thin papers often found in planners.  Many of our stamping friends have fallen in love with this smooth formula for their card making too! Read more about it here (Simon Says Stamp Blog)

  • KARMA: Audrey Blue, Coral Reef, Goldenlocks, Slate 

  • PEACE: Smoke, Surf Blue, Cotton Candy, Soft Navy
TESTING

I really wanted to see how these inks performed with my planners. I used the  photopolymer clear stamps from the Planner Add-on: Weather 1 set by Waffle Flower Crafts. I only used the #11 Violet and #16 Sunshine colors from the Summer Blend Inkpad. I also used Audrey Blue and Goldenlocks from the Karma ink cube set. 

The planners I have tested them on were:
1. Erin Condren 2. Hobonichi 3. Filofax 4. kikki.K 5. Webster's Pages

1.   The Erin Condren Life Planner has nice thick paper. With the WF inkpads, the stamped images were clear and crisp.There appears to be some light shadowing on the reverse side of the page. The SSS inks came out splotchy and not as crisp with some small bleed through on the reverse side.
FRONT
BACK

​2. The Hobonichi has very thin paper. There was some slight bleed through with the WF inkpads but not entirely soaking through paper, just some spotting. Again, I produced a nice crisp image. The SSS inkpads did not do so well. The image was not clear and just soaked right through the paper, it even soaked through the page underneath it.

FRONT
BACK

3. Filofax paper is also known to be thin. With the WF inkpads, there was some slight bleed through and dark shadowing. ​Definitely visible on the flip side. The SSS inks appeared splotchy and unclear; bleeding right though the paper.

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4. kikki.K is has similar paper to Filofax therefore, the results were the same.


5. Webster's Pages has the thickest paper out of all the inserts I have tested. I was able to produce clean, crisp images. There was very minimal shadowing, and very slight bleed through when I stamped the sun image. These inks were tolerated well on these inserts.

FRONT
BACK
CONCLUSIONS

WAFFLE FLOWER - 
The inkpad itself I feel is sold at a fair price compared to ColorBox Petal Boxes sold in craft stores. It is also similar in price to one of their stamp sets. I appreciate the petal point shape of the ink pad which is great for inking detailed stamps​ as well as getting great coverage for larger stamps. I wouldn't classify this ink as a chalk ink, it felt more of a pigment ink. I have compared it to my Color Box Chalk ink pads and Color Box Pigment ink pads and I could definitely tell there is a difference. I agree with the description of the ink being fast-drying. I did not feel any chalk residue on the stamped image. My only complaint was that one of the ink pads (#10 Wild Orchid) seemed to leak into the container. This made it a little messy to work with. It only seemed to be with one of the ink pads. (*I have addressed this with Nina of Waffle Flower, and it seems to be caused my an overflow of ink, once cleaned off, there were no more issues.)


I really do love how nice and vibrant the colors are. I don't think they are muted at all. They are nice and opaque. When stamped, the images came out crisp, smooth and well blended. For me, I don't mind the shadowing at all with the planner inserts. I will definitely keep using them in my planner since I do use the Webster's Pages thicker paper.

Nina has also mentioned to me that, "These inks stamp and dry like dye inks so they were meant to work on card stocks. We’re working on inks for planners." So, keep an eye out for more planner friendly inks.

SIMON SAYS STAMP - 
The ink cube sets are also fairly priced compared to similar products. I am not sure if it is the same factory that produces Hero Arts ink pads, but I did notice similarities with the Hero Arts Shadow Ink Cubes which I have photographed below. The ink behaves similar as well. I do not think these inks are well suited for planners but can definitely be used for other paper crafts.

Simon Says Stamp vs. Hero Arts


The thing I do love is the cube design. They fit perfectly in the Mini Distress Ink Storage Tin Box by Ranger.

For more information on the Waffle Flower Ink Pads and the color chart I used for the swatches, please visit this link to: waffleflower.com

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Monday, April 13, 2015

My Review Monday: The Planner Addict Box

Hi and thanks for stopping by. Today, I have a product which was just recently released this March by the intelligent and beautiful, Vienna a.k.a. My Planner. You may know her from her videos on YouTube. 

This product was made for all you planner addicts out there. I can definitely understand why Vienna came up with this box. Like her, I get asked frequently about the products I use in my planner. I can easily tell you where I go it, but not all stores carry the same products. Some stores are not as accessible as they are to some people. For example, not everyone has a Target store that's 15 minutes away from them, or a Michael's, or any store for that matter. Planner Addicts are all over the world! So, of course, there isn't a Target or Michael's in such and such country.

Vienna wanted to have products that were similar to those types of products found at the Target One Spot. So, she created "The Planner Addict Box". She has personally designed and handmade most of these wonderful products herself. She packages them herself. So, she has definitely put in lots of hard work, love and care into these boxes.

This is a subscription box service which can be purchased for $15.00 USD a month, plus $3.50 shipping. You will continue to be billed every 10th of the month until you decide to cancel your subscription. Cancel anytime! Get your orders in by the 21st of the month before the box you want to receive. Ex: Want April's box? Order by March 21st. Any orders after March 21st will receive May's box. Boxes will be shipped out on the 1st -3rd of every month.

*UPDATE: Theses boxes are also available for International customers.
International First Class: $15 + 13 shipping
International Priority: $15 + 23 shipping

PACKAGING

It arrives in a strong, sturdy box. Nicely wrapped with tissue paper. This really makes it feel like you are receiving something that you know was handmade with care.

CONTENTS

You know what you are getting with this. It's nicely laid out so you can make sure you received what you are supposed to.

50 Note Pages - These are handmade and here is a comparison to a Target Notepad. Vienna thought this through and they will fit perfectly in a Personal size planner, no trimming needed. Just hole punch it, and stick it in for some additional notes, or write your grocery list onto.


50 Sticky Notes -  very comparable to the size of a typical Post-It note.

30 Page Journal - some times we like to brain dump and just need some paper to jot down something. Maybe you like doing photo challenges and need a notebook to write down your entries. This handmade journal is filled with 30 blank pages for you to use. 

50 Page Flags - These things are my nemesis! For me, they are very difficult to find at the Target One spot. These have a really cute design! Just as good as the ones you get from the store, if you happen to find them.

Fancy Clips - These are also great to use as bookmarks as well as add some flair to your planners.

10 Pages of Scrapbook Paper - use this paper to create with. You can use a paper punch and make some stickers, or create bunting flags to decorate your planner pages or dividers with.

12 Becky Higgins Project Life Cards - use them for additional notes in your planner, add in some journaling,  even quickly jot down that special event that happened for memory keeping then, stick it into your project life album later!

Lastly, Planning Advice of the Month and some CHOCOLATE! Because we should get a reward for staying organized with our planners!

CONCLUSIONS

This is a great affordable box of goodies. She does this all on her own. She does not have a factory that mass produces this, and it is all handmade. I definitely commend her for putting in such hard work into making this possible. I loved the designs. The florals definitely reminded me of Spring, perfect for this April subscription box, which was specially made for me. The products may look different month to month with different designs. So, if you missed out on April's box, you will be receiving something different for May. I appreciate how she included all the different types stationery products, all of which are very useful.

TO ORDER AND FOR MORE INFORMATION Click on the links below! Remember you have until the 21st of the current month to order and get the next month's box! There are current sneak peeks for May's box on Instagram now!
Watch My Video Review Here:

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with My Planner and contains no affiliated links. All content, ideas, and words are 100% my own, unless otherwise stated. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that allow me to showcase these wonderful products.

 


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tuesday Tip: DIY Paper Clips


Learn how to make quick and easy DIY Paper Clips using Stickers and Embellishments! Use them for your planners and/or as a bookmark. These cute paper clips will add a smile to your face!





Watch my video tutorial here:

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I hope you have enjoyed today's tip. If you decide to give this a try, please share your creations with me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook using the hashtag #mypurpleylife. Thank you and come back again soon!