Weekend Crafts

I was home alone this weekend, which resulted in watching at some craft videos and learning about new supplies I absolutely had to have… So here’s the result – I went shopping!

I certainly didn’t need any more brush pens or washi tape or stamps… but of course I had to have them. 🙂

I must have been living under a rock, because even though I had heard ravings about the mermaid markers before, I didn’t know who Jane Davenport was. But then I signed up for her free class using the products from her line for American Crafts, and I was hooked!

So I ended up buying the mermaid markers , the ink-edible pen, the paint over pens, a set of washi tapes (called “palette”), and a set of face stamps. I mean, I haven’t ever been interested before in faces in art journaling, but I’m telling you, I am totally hooked now! Here’s all my purchases documented in my Hobonichi cousin planner.

Sadly one of the paint over pens was totally dry when I opened the package, so I’ll have to return it. But the other pens in the set are very pretty and work great on top of watercolors (the only medium I’ve tested them over so far).

Isn’t that washi tape really pretty?? I love it!

And the mermaid markers are really great – you can squeeze on the barrel to make the ink flow, so you can easily get drops of color to used for your mixed media. And I love how affordable and convenient the Ink-redible pen is – you can use it with cartridges, or with a converter (to put in fountain pen ink, or even ink from the mermaid markers). I hope the refills will be made available.

Other than in my planner, I only used the markers on a card so far. Here it is:

I stamped a cupcake from the Birthday Blueprint stamp by Tim Holtz in Jet Black archival ink, then colored it in with the mermaid markers, and using a water brush for blending the colors together. I added some highlights with the white paint over pen.

The background was made blending distress oxide inkssalty ocean, peacock feathers, and twisted citron, then adding a few water droplets and silver mist to create a cool distressed effect activating the ink.

It’s so fun playing with new supplies! What did you play with recently? Let me know in the comments!

Ink Pad Organization

It’s no secret that my craft space is messy all the time, with little to no organization. But I was super inspired when I saw that my friend Celise had labeled all her ink pads (see Instagram photo here). Not only they looked very pretty, but it made it so easy to grab the right color! Fast forward a few weeks, and  I got the motivation to make labels for all my ink pads because I am hoping to get to redesign my craft space in the next month or so.

I finally broke down and bought sticker paper – I found these awesome 4″x6″ label sheets by Avery that fit in the 4″x6″ paper feeder of my Canon Pixma printer – I much prefer using these over regular letter-size paper because they are less wasteful since it takes much less to fill in the whole page. I designed my labels in Photoshop, picking the colors for each ink pad from online manufacture catalogs. And here’s the result of my Friday night labors:

Inks, left to right: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks (dye/pigment hybrid) | Studio Calico Color Theory Dye Inks | Hero Arts Shadow Inks (dye) | Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks (dye)

I also lettered a new logo for this website – what do you think of it?

As you can see, I only labeled my dye inks, since most of the pigment inks I own come in 2″ cubes that fit perfectly in the Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink storage tins.

Here’s a closer look:

I didn’t spend too much time measuring / planning this out, but the 4″ width of the paper was perfect to fit 2 labels for the distress inks (since they are square, I only need the label on one side), and 1 label that wraps around two sides of the rectangular pads.

I have a few stray ink pad here and there in my craft room, but rest assured that they will get labeled up soon too! I can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner, it makes it SO much easier to find the color I am looking for!

August BYOC at The Lilypad

A new month is here and this means it’s time for the newest BYOC collection at The Lilypad!

August template by Valorie Wibbens although it ended up in a completely different direction!
Wildflower papersWildflower wordart & paint and Wildflower tags & stickers by Lynne-Marie

I took this photo a few months ago and held on to it because I loved it so much, but when I saw these products designed by Lynne-Marie I knew it was time to scrap it!

Goodbye July

I am saying goodbye to July with a few pages using the July BYOC (Build Your Own Collab) from The Lilypad – the August BYOC is released this Friday! I had so much fun using it to document the trip I made in June with my parents!

A Bit Worn Topography No.3 by Valorie Wibbens
Hyannis by One Little Bird
Camp Rubbed On alpha and Camp Glitterbets alpha by Allison Pennington

I have lots of photos from this trip, so it was great to fit several with this template.

A Bit Worn Topography No.2 by Valorie Wibbens
Grillin’ & Chillin’ {papers} and Grillin’ & Chillin’ {elements} by Little Butterfly Wings
Claire & Her Closet (with BONUS Art Dolls and Claire Watercolor Elements by Rebecca McMeen

I’m so in love with this background paper, and the floral brushes!

A Bit Worn Topography No.1 by Valorie Wibbens
Summer Fun {Papers} and Summer Fun {Elements} by Paula Kesserling
Scenic Route Elements by paislee press

I love these patterned papers!

I also made a non-trip page. 🙂

A Bit Worn Topography No.4 by Valorie Wibbens
Vibrant Flower Graffiti by Tangie Baxter
Grillin’ & Chillin’ {papers} and Grillin’ & Chillin’ {elements} by Little Butterfly Wings
Hyannis by One Little Bird
Scenic Route Elements by paislee press

I love mixing and matching different products from the BYOC because everything coordinates so well!

Weekend Pages

Hello! I had a rather productive weekend and, among other things, completed three 12″x12″ paper layouts. All of them use some old Studio Calico kits that I bought on sale. The first two are made with the Front Row scrapbook kit.

The hearts and black arrows are two sides of the same sheet of patterned paper – I had used a piece of it on this page a couple years ago, and now I used up what I had left.

I also used some die cuts from my stash.

The next page also uses the Front Row scrapbook kit, as well as a bunch of die cuts.

It was so fun to build this collage!

The green/blue/yellow color scheme is so refreshing.

For the last page, I had fun playing with my Distress Oxide inks! For this page, I dug out the Pool Party scrapbook kit from July 2016.

After the mega date stamp… there was the mega wine glass! 😀 Here’s a look at how this page came together.

The colors were inspired by the strips of patterned paper, so I chose some Distress Oxide ink colors to match, and stamped the title with them.

Next, I swiped the ink directly from the ink pad on a piece of clear plastic packaging, misted it with water, and transferred the color onto the alpha cards.

I love this easy and fun way to create a watercolor look with distress inks!

I hope you had a great weekend!

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Look Ahead – Memory Pockets Monthly: Observations

Hello and happy Friday! This week has been an emotional roller coaster, waiting for important news, and waiting, and waiting… hopefully things will settle down some today. So I was certainly in the mood for some scrap therapy with the latest Memory Pockets Monthly collection, released today at The Lilypad.

In Review | August 17 Templates by Sabrina’s Creations
Memory Pockets Monthly: OBSERVATIONS from The Lilypad

I absolutely love these colors – gray, yellow and pink. And those floral patterns from some of the 3″x4″ cards included in the kit are so pretty!

Foxy Fix Coconut (July Special)

Hello! I just received some very happy mail today so I thought I’d share some pictures of my latest purchase with you. For the past couple months, Foxy Fix has offered a couple of monthly special items: single notebook covers, of a couple of different leather types, and available in 2-3 sizes (out of the 9 they offer) at a deep discount. Also, these items ship in only 3-5 business days  (vs 20-30 for their couture items).

If you’d like to get 10% off your first order above $50, use my referral code to sign up for an account (at no additional cost to you).

The July specials are Sugar Coconut and Boss Babe Cambridge leathers, in sizes #2, #3, and #5. The specials this month are stitched and have a pen loop; they also come with secretarial adhesive pockets, a jump band (to fit two additional notebook inserts in the cover), and  a dot-grid notebook insert.

The prices are $30 for the #2 (normally $43 with pen loop and dot-grid insert; stitching is $5 additional), $33 for the #3 (normally $46 with pen loop and dot-grid insert; stitching is $5 additional), and $40 for the #5 (normally $54 with pen loop and dot-grid insert; stitching is $5 additional) – so it’s really a nice deal. As such, they have been very popular so they are currently out of stock, but they said they would restock them once more before July is over (likely this week). And then there will be new leathers and sizes for next month’s special!

I chose a #3 (A6 size) Sugar Coconut. You could add personalization to the front cover, so I chose a gold foiled embossed tree (for $6 additional), since I am currently planning to use this notebook for Christmas. 😉

This notebook came with pink elastics, but I’m planning on changing mine to red if I end up sticking to my Christmas theme. 🙂

Like most orders, they also sent me a free leather sample – I got the Moccasin Sandstone, which is in fact my very favorite leather! You can see all my previous Foxy Fix purchases (including the Moccasin Sandstone) here.

If you’d like to get 10% off your first order above $50, use my referral code to sign up for an account (at no additional cost to you).

July Mixed Media Monthly at The Lilypad

Hello and happy (almost) Friday! Today is release day for the newest M3 (Mixed Media Monthly) collection at The Lilypad, and I loved using it to scrap some of the photos of recent trip I made with my parents! New releases are 20% off through the weekend!

Firm Foundations #7 *M3Artsy Bits 12 *M3 and Just My Type #2 *M3 by Lynne-Marie
Some embellishments from Media Monthly July ’17 from The Lilypad

I love how easy it is to build a page using these gorgeous backgrounds!

A Slice of Summer Bundle {M3 July 17} by Dawn Inskip
Alpha from Mixed Media Monthly July ’17 from The Lilypad

I had fun on this page combining brushes to build my background.

This next page doesn’t use the M3, but uses another new kit released today:


Press Plate No. 42 by Paislee Press for the July ’17 Template Challenge
Seaworthy Kit by Just Jaimee

I also used the M3 for my monthly recap 2-page spread for July:

July Month in Review ’17 Template by Scrapping with Liz
Mixed Media Monthly July ’17 from The Lilypad

I am obsessed with that pretty red/pink/green floral paper! So gorgeous!


After the death of my previous blog (http://cristinascrap.blogspot.com) when all my hosted images went POOF, I decided to start my own website. I brainstormed a few possible names, and then settled on this one: Paint It Bright. Because I love bright colors – in the clothes I wear  and in the projects I create – and I think having a positive attitude makes things better. Welcome, and please be patient as I work on retrieving the content from my previous blog and setting up this new space.

Traveler’s Notebook 2017 – Week 24

Here’s a look at how I put together a weekly spread in my traveler’s notebook. First, I pick some washi tape from my ever growing collection (this one is by Aimez le Style), and select ink colors that match it (I used Distress Oxide inks for this spread). Then I stamp the dates and the week number, like I did here using the 365: Old English alphabet set.
Next, I select some stamps from the HST – My Motivation and HST – Summer Home sets to decorate my spread.

Finally, I stamp more images from all the Sakuralala stamp sets (365, Hello Small Things, and Years) that coordinate with what happened that week, and write the journaling.

I love this form of documentation, and I love that I can start with a blank canvas each week!