Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Featuring Clearly Kelly

I'm back sharing two more projects I made using Kelly Purkey's Clearly Kelly products. If you aren't familiar with Clearly Kelly products it is a line that Kelly has with Hero Arts and its all super cute and true to Kelly's aesthetic.

The first thing I made was a Project Life® spread using the 3x3 square page protectors that I just can't get enough of. One of my favorite things from the Clearly Kelly line is the set of sticky notes that Kelly designed. I was especially drawn to the rainbow order of these tabs and knew they would be perfect for a Project Life spread.

I used one for each day of the week and stamped the dates on each tab. I then made sure to lay out my printed text to leave a space for the stamps I planned to use. I found out that several of the Studio Calico Color Theory inks were the perfect match for the tabs and used them to keep the rainbow order going.

Clearly Kelly products I used // Take Note / Yes Please / Real Life / Daily Life / Live Big / Happy Place / Outline Alpha / Sticky Notes

matching Color Theory Inks // Flamingo / Orange County / Lemon Zest / Yes Peas / Emerald City / Purple Rain / Lavender Soda

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My second project was purely for fun, to help jazz up my planner. If you aren't using a planner right now you should know that there are many people out there that are in to decorating their planners daily. That's why I thought this would something fun to try. I have a planner and use it every day but I rarely if ever decorate it. I wanted to show just how versatile the Clearly Kelly Icon stamps were and how they can be paired with some of her other stamps to make a weekly to do list.

I found a simple graph paper background on line and printed it out on letter size paper. I then plotted out my sections and used a light grey pen to mark them. Kelly's Get it Done stamp set had the perfect titles for all of my sections and I added in the icons from the Clearly Kelly Planner Icons set. I used the Outline Alpha to add my title and the inks I used here are the Hero Arts Neon inks; red, orange and pink. The stamp I used for the Target Bullseye is in Kelly's Summertime Kit and I love that little thing. How perfect is that.

For my Meal Plan sheet I used the same graph paper background, plotted out my sections and drew in the lines. I added in the days of the week sticky notes and added a simple title at the top with the Outline Alpha. I love this so much that I might have to start doing this weekly!

Clearly Kelly products I used above // Outline Alpha / Planner Icons / Sticky Notes
Kelly Purkey products I used above // Get it Done / Summertime Kit

I'm now obsessed with putting all of my stuff in rainbow order thanks to these little sticky notes. I hope these projects help inspire you to use them in different ways.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Announcing Kelly Purkey

When you've got it, you've got it and Kelly Purkey has it. Her designs have been gracing my work for years, from back in the days when she designed some Epic and Awesome stamps sets for Studio Calico to flash forward to today with her own brand of products. I get her and she seems to get me because everything she designs seems to just work for me. It also really helps that we have the same brain for catch phrases so that's a total plus. So much so that when she recently put out a call for her first ever design team I was very intrigued and applied. Needless to say I was absolutely thrilled when I got an email asking me to join the team. Which brings us to today. The release of the first batch of products I used as a member of her team. Her newest release of kits and stamps are so awesome, there really is something for everyone in this release. These sets can only be found on her website and when they sell out they are rarely restocked so you have to jump on the ones you love. You can see all of the new releases right here. I'd love to show you the three projects I have made so far this month.

The first that you can see a glimpse of above is a little mini album that I made with her Summertime kit. I took the opportunity to go back thru last summer's photos and pick out all of my favorites. It's super small and compact, just a lot of photos and some text and its a perfect little reminder of the fun that was had. Its totally putting me in the mood for summer to officially start.

This card above was the perfect cover, I used the new Bedford Alpha to stamp the year. And can I just say how much I love when alpha stamps come with coordinating numbers because I always need the numbers.

There were some really great cards that were perfect for adding in some journaling.

And what's not to love about fruit slices and heart eyes emoji's! The emoji stamp is from the Done and Done stamp set, LOVE!

Speaking of the Done and Done stamp set, it was perfect for a little catch up/my faves spread for my Project Life® album. The little icons were the perfect thing to highlight some of my favorites from this past month.

I also really loved working with the new 9" x 12" sized page protectors for this spread. These 3" x 3" squares are totally speaking to me.

The last thing I made started out just as a 12 x 12 layout but I decided to turn it into a Project Life® spread at the last minute. Since I had already done the mini album for our trip this didn't need to be as detailed or full so it was the perfect way to capture it in my Project Life® by just focusing on the high points.

This side which was going to stand along as a layout was completely inspired by the tile wall we took this picture against. I cut the tiny 1/2" square pieces of paper from three shades of blue and one really pretty pearly metallic paper. I wanted some shimmer in there somewhere. It took some time to place each square down individually but I think the hardest part was placing them in a pleasingly random way. The Space Needle stamp in the PNW Is Best stamp set is the CUTEST thing ever! I stamped it in two colors to give it some depth. If you have been or are planning to go to Portland or Seattle anytime soon this stamp set is perfect for you.

Here's the left side of the spread where I got to use some of the other stamps from that set. I also used the Bedford alpha for the title card. I love the mountains and the coffee cup, I mean who doesn't love a good coffee cup stamp.

It's been a really great first month and I'm just so excited to work with Kelly. If you haven't already done so make sure you sign up for her newsletter you can find the spot to do that on the front page of her website here. She always announces her releases there so its really key to stay in the know with what's going on. Later this month I'll have even more stuff to share using some of Kelly's new Clearly Kelly releases so I look forward to that as well.

Take care,
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