Foodie Stamping

Dreaming about your next dream vacation?  How can we not help but browse the internet for somewhere dreamy?  Not sure about you, but I become a professional foodie when I go on vacation.  Instead of my memory planner looking like a memory planner, it would look like a Yelp page with all the food pictures! I have a creative way to document all the good food you eat on vacation.  I am using all of the Hawaii  food themed stamps from our shop Social Paper Plan  along with some simple supplies that you most likely have on hand already.

 

First Tip: Stamp a colorful background!  I used some bright ink in various colors to make a background pattern that would compliment the picture of shave ice.  The best parts you don’t have to color the stamps in with markers.. just stamp away in different colors!

Second Tip: Make a simple foodie list to rate your plates!  I stamped some of our food icons and colored them in with markers.  I used them as bullet points and then journaled my thoughts about each dish.  Its like your very own Yelp review!


Third Tip: I used the Shrimp Truck icon as a journal card header.  At the top of the card I stamped a header of trucks.  It’s simple but it brings the whole design together.

 

FourthTip: Layer your stickers on top of your stamps!  Stamps and stickers are friends!  I used  a couple of our stamps to make a background in more muted colors and then layered some bright stickers on top!  They don’t compete because the stickers were meant to stand out.  Hawaii is deserving of a whole page dedicated to their tropical drinks. Am I right or am I RIGHT????

Fifth Tip: Stamp and cut out your icons!  My background card was yellow so I used a yellow ink to stamp the pineapples… I wanted the pattern to be subtle. I wanted the picture to take center stage. To bring it all together I stamp a pineapple and cut it out and placed it over the picture. Just a simple way to tie it all together.

Have I not convinced you to be stamper?  Pattern paper is always there to help you out!  When in doubt… print it out! Digital paper is readily available at your fingertips!

Hope I inspired you to use your stamps in some creative ways.  I think they are some of the most creative verstile tools in your arsenal.  You can use stamps a million times and always come out with a million different designs!

 

Happy crafting!

Documenting The Chicago Planner Conference in my Memory Keeping Planner

I am just coming off of one of my favorite planner conferences ever!  The Chicago Planner Conference in Chicago.   If you are considering attending a planner conference this is the one for you! It is so well planned and executed, I knew I wanted to document every single day I was there! And in more places than one! On the back of the Chicago Planner Conference postcard/dashbaord I designed for my tablemates,  I adhered some fun pictures of Friday night.  I punched them both in my Happy Planner punch and placed it in my planner.



I love journaling as much as I can in my memory keeping planner…. sometimes there just isn’t enough room!  My favorite thing to journal on is library cards! It’s perfect for quick little facts. If I don’t need the room to use both the front and the back, I add pictures on the backside!
It’s the perfect place to add a few more pictures!

Now the pink paper that says “Slay the Day”, I knew I had to use with my pictures with the two biggest hustlers ever.. Jenise and Claudia!  They along with a team of others are the backbone of the conference! The pink paper was a full size Happy Planner Paper that I cut down to size for what I needed.  I cropped it down to a 4×6, punched it, added my pictures, stickers and journaled on it.


I sat at the most colorful sparkly table ever by Craftielicious!  I printed the pictures from my table at 4×6 on my Canon Selphy printer and adhered it to the back of the pink journal paper.


I always size my pictures down.. they do not need to be big all the time.  One the front side of this little tip-in insert I have a picture of me and my friend Christine.  I added some cute stickers and it was perfect!
This is the other side of the small picture of me and Christine… I printed a table picture and a picture of Amber from Damask Love.  I always leave a white boarder on my pictures. I just love the way the boarder frames the picture.

Because I am a documenter, I save all the travel things!!!!  Here I included my train ticket (your girl here walked from the Harold Washington Library to the hotel.. if you know you KNOW!) and my boarding pass.  I actually got off the train early.. it was a pretty day and my flight was a bit long, the walk did me some good!

I didn’t have to do anything special to my boarding pass but trim it down a smidge, and punch it for my planner.

The back of my boarding pass I use as a receipt holder.  Everything I buy, if I get a receipt goes in this pocket.

I always keep my hotel key, and utilize the key card holder as well. If you follow me on Instagram you can see how I use the key card holder to help me organize my travel things. You can find that post here.  I added some paper to the side of the key card holder, punched it and added the pocket to my planner.  It holds the key perfect and the business card of the places I ate as well.

And then that leads to the only original page in my planner that was not added in! Lots of stickers and stamps! Now this is how I document my trips in my Happy Planner.  But I do have another way I document my trips in the now..

This is my Wanderlust Passport, it travels with me everywhere.  It has a soft cover and is light weight!  It’s easy just to journal everyday and input pictures in it later.  I will put a post it in place of a pictures.. I pretty much know the size of the picture I will print out so its easy to leave room and work around that space.

It has specific prompts to help you with the factual stuff, ad then it allows you to be free!

I put stickers and any other memento I want to remember in there.

This was a sticker I made for Chicago Planner Conference to pass out as my swaps! And next to it is the tag that was on the swag bag from Shine Sticker Studio that they gifted us on the last day.

It is the perfect book to break free from all the rules, and just document.

If you want to learn more about the Wanderlust Passport you can check them out here.

Hope you enjoyed just a couple of the ways I like to document my events and travels!  Please consider attending this fabulous event next year!   If you would like to follow along more of my travel and how I document it please follow along on Instagram here.

 

~tina

Vegan eating at Bengal Barbeque in Disneyland

Disneyland is slowly but surely making it easier to find vegan options, and surprise they are not just salads!  With more people turning to a plant based lifestyle, finding meals inside Disneyland has become a lot easier!  8FD9D655-6365-4071-85A4-E72180589A43

Bengal Barbecue is a favorite of mine for a quick snack or a full meal.  Their Outback Vegetable skewer is seasoned perfectly and roasted over an open flame for a smokey flavor.  It is a great eat on the go snack.. AKA eat it while standing in line for the Indiana Jones ride!  At $4.49 it is a great steal.

Now if you are thinking.. I am so hungry I am going to need to eat 10 of those skewers  .. consider ordering the Bengal Rice Plate for $16.99.  You pick two skewers of your choice and they are served on a bed of Jasmine Rice along with a Citrus Miso Slaw, for $16.99. 

Annual Passholders you will be delighted to know they accept the food discount!  TIP:  They also have a seasonal trio of hummus and vegetables on the menu for $6.49! 

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What drink can wash a meal like that down?  The Jungle Julep!  Its a mixtures of the slush of pineapple, orange, grape and lemon juice!  Colorful straw, orange slice, and a drink umbrella??  Yes, it’s an Instagram worthy drink.  Sweet, but tasty!

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Now if you are at the park with meat eaters.. they can eat here too!  They have pork belly skewers, chicken skewers, bacon wrapped asparagus skewers and more!  A little something for everyone.

Bengal Barbecue, Adventureland – Disneyland.  Follow along on Instagram at Itsdisneygood for more great Disney content.

Valentine’s Day Crafted Gifts

If the holiday is not in your planner already… are you even ready for it?  I had a big reminder for me that Valentine’s Day was quickly approaching.  Who could not be excited for the big day when you get to see this colorful  reminder every time you open your planner!

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I have nieces of all ages, and one Godson to break up the all girl mix.  Alexa, my niece is a preteen.. I can’t really get away with giving her anything to cutesy anymore.  I packed this bag to the brim with some cute Kawaii stickers from Sweet Kawaii Designs and a box of Bertie Botts jellybeans because she is a huge Harry Potter Fan.  I decorated a bag topper with a doily from Michaels, a tag from my stash, and some hot pink cord from Home Depot, (the cord has lasted me years!! ).

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Now for the babies. I wanted to do something special.  The Target Dollar Spot has always done me right… they just really get us crafters now!  Years ago I had bought some of these tin mini mailboxes for my own girls for Valentine’s Day.  I had always wished I had stocked up on them because they are just so darn cute.  This year Target had them in their Dollar Spot section.  I bought the last three they had.. literally the last three.  I added their name with stickers in the front to personalize each one.

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They really are a perfect size for wrapping a small gift inside, using it as a gift card holder, or if your a crafter who attends events like me… think tablemate gifts filled to the brim!

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I filled the babies’ mailboxes to the brim with brightly colored handmade Valentine’s Day cards. One of my fondest memories of childhood was receiving Valentines!  I wanted them to experience a bunch of handmade cards made just for them.

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The colorful rainbow tags were from Target as well.  They were in the Dollar Spot and came with teal twine. I always (unfortunately) take a gander through the Dollar Spot for some gems that can be diamonds in the rough on some projects.  I used to enter Target through the garden section way back when just to purposely avoid the Dollar Spot!  Too bad they don’t have that anymore… I might be saving thousands if they did!

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I hope you take a second look at Target’s Dollar Spot… you might not need anything right now… but if you wait until later it most likely won’t be there! When everything is around a dollar hardly ever do I see someone just buying one of anything.  Hope you were able to make some colorful crafts that made you smile when you looked at them!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

~Tina

Valentine Snail Mail

Who doesn’t love a little happy mail?  Imagine this, opening up your mail box and pushing aside all of the boring junk mail and bills to see a perfectly decorated letter.  Yes, that is what I call “happy mail”!

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Adding some color to both the outside of the envelope as well as the inside is key to making a fun card or letter.

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Can you imagine opening up an envelope of pure joy?

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Sending something as simple as stickers, a card, a postcard, a gift card  anything that will make someone smile.

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You can buy some ready made note cards and just layer on top of them if you don’t want to make card bases from scratch.

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Stickers have always been one of the easiest embellishments to work with.  You don’t need any adhesive, they are ready to go!  Stick them on any paper surface and watch your designs come to life.

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Die-cuts or ephemera are my next favorite embellishments to use!  You can buy a pack of them, cut them out of other greeting cards you receive, clip them out of calendars, draw them yourself, or print them out from your computer! Sometimes you will find them in a paper form, a thick cardstock form, chipboard, or even a paper thin frosted velum.  I use them all!

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You do not have to be a designer, an artist, or a professional crafter to make one of these happy mail creations.  Stickers, and ephemera are found in the most common places now!  The Dollar Tree, Target Dollar Spot, Stationery stores, Etsy, and you can even print them right from your home computer!

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Maybe you’re not ready to make a full blown card for anyone… consider alerting a gift card to start with! This creation was gifted to me by a friend and I think its just adorable!  I have been using is as a book marker!  Something so simple can cause the biggest smile!

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Try gathering some things together, and start a “Happy Mail Box” filled with things you can decorate an envelope with or better yet, make your own cards from.   Happy snail mail decorating!

The Heart of Seattle

Seattle in the spring… can be cold and rainy or it can be flat-out the perfect weather all year-long.  In my case spring ended up being the most heavenly time to visit.  In spite of me being there during spring break, I felt like I had Seattle all to myself, beside what spring breakers wanted to visit the places I had on my list this trip?   Usually it is quite difficult to grab a picture here without a swarm of people walking by, this week it was easy!

 

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We have stayed many places in the Seattle area, we find ourselves returning to the Hotel Monaco each time for its luxuries and it’s proximity to everything for us.  The Hotel Monaco is a Kimpton  property and part of the IHG rewards program.

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The rooms are bright, and very comfortable.  The come equipped with snacks, and a mini bar (prices are listed on items).  Each room has a refrigerator.. which is good for restaurant leftovers!

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If you are like me I secretly rate hotels based on their toiletries!  Now, the Hotel Monaco offers you full-sized lotion, bodywash, shampoo, and conditioner for your use.  No more trying to make the little amount they give you in the tiny bottles work!  The lotion they have here is one of my personal favorites! It makes a perfect start to my day, and I love falling asleep with the scent as well.

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Now the rest of the amenities are just an added bonus… but wine hour and hula- hoops?  Now we are talking!

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As I spoke of before I tend to look at hotels for their location, is it in a walkable distance to where I want to go?  Seattle is a close enough flight that if I fly out early enough I will have that whole day to explore.  I do not have to rule out a day of traveling as a bust.

 

First on my list the Volunteer Park Conservatory.  It had been on my list for a while.  While it not being very big in sight, it is very mighty. Baseball fields and conservatories are kinda of my thing I literally seek them out where ever I travel, and they could not be any more of the opposite from each other.

 

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Perfect light, very little people visiting, and it was so nice and calming.  Just what I needed after an early morning flight. Take my $4 entry fee! Bonus, it had a gift store!

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The conservatory is nestled in the center of Volunteer Park in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. You can spend a good amount of time exploring the whole park, but I was hungry and I knew the exact place I wanted to lunch at.

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Capitol Hill is such a vibrant part of the city!  Always something new to explore there.  I went to a place called The Wandering Goose.  I had been dreaming about this lunch all morning.   To my dismay they were not serving  anything from the kitchen on that day and  only had their baked goods to offer.  I cannot be completely mad about it… but I was craving something savory that day.

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I continued walking through the Capitol Hill neighborhood, as I find something new each time I visit there.

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Elliott Bay Book Company  is always a must in Seattle. Not a book junkie?  Why not?  Just kidding, you don’t have to be.. but I guarantee you will after visiting this place.

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You can even grab a cup of coffee or a light lunch in there from  Little Oddfellows, the big Oddfellows is right next door and belive me they are delicious!

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Butter Home  is a must for me because I like to think of myself as a bag lady.. I LOVE bags!  They always have great ones along with a ton of other stuff I always manage to find the need for.

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I love places that allow you to sit and work a while.  Ada’s Techinical Books and Cafe and the perfect back room with a large table as well a tables by the coffee bar and even a place to sit outside if you wanted to.

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That night for dinner it was suggested by my aunt that we eat at the The Pink Door.  Travel runs through my family’s blood and when one of them suggests something, it is usually a must do.  I looked it up it was right by the hotel in the Post Alley.  Perfect!  We walked to it from our hotel.  Well, apparently we kept walking right pass it like 4 times.  We are really good with directions so we were a bit puzzled why we could not find this place.

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Well, in our defense we were looking for a sign.  The giant pink door apparently did not give it away!  Don’t blink when you walk by it.

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Cliff ordered one of their better known dishes, the Lasagna Pink Door.  He said it lived up to everything he read about it.  I on the other hand ordered something they are a little less known for.. Penn Cove Mussles and Clams.  It was absolutely mouth-watering. The rich buttery sauce was so creamy.  I could have eaten there everyday.  We did also share a dessert, maple bread pudding, it was equally as scrumptous.  The decor was fantastic, and they have live entertainment on select days and times.

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The perks of being in walking distance of everything.. the VIEWS!

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Day 2:

I was able to walk to these glorious Amazon Spheres. They are only open to the public on select weekends. They do however have exhibit called the Understory explaining how the area was constructed that you can tour.

 

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Not going to visit on a day that you can go in?  No problem!  You can have lunch in the restaurant  Willmott’s Ghost.  It is filled with light, coordinating colors and a great menu.

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I picked a slice of potato pizza with olive oil, mozzarella, and ricotta.  I topped it off with some olive tapenade.  It was worth visiting again and exploring the rest of the menu.

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Nothing better than a coke with real sugar!  What a treat.

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After a filling lunch I am off to explore.   I walked to Pioneer Square ,  it was a gorgeous walk.  Slightly downhill, thank goodness.

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After taking in all of the architecture, I headed to Flora and Henri.  It was filled with all kinds of treasures from babies to adults!

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General Porpoise is right next door.  Look at that table in the back with all the light!  I grabbed a glass of milk and a honey pear jam donut, sat down and worked in my Hobonichi for an hour.

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Walked back through Occidental Square Park on the way back to the hotel… uphill… the whole way.  I was glad to break up the hills by popping in stores like Paper Hammer.  If you are a stationery  junkie put this store on your list!

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Watson Kennedy is a one stop shop.  Do you need a house-warming gift?  Do you need a gift for new parents?  Want to buy some new pj’s?  This is your store!   I get lost in here every time… and bonus their playlist is always spot on.

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It was time to get ready for dinner.  Cliff has been eyeing this place for a while, researching the menu and all. Tonight we were finally going to try out Junebaby.   It is a Southern cuisine restaurant and quoting the website it is a “cuisine to be respected and celebrated” .  I could not agree more with them.  Did I mention the chef is an award wining chef?  Yeah, he is.

They have things on their menu that is set, and things that change out daily.

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We started out with cast iron flint cornbread and sorghum molasses along with fried mushrooms.  I literally could have lived off the mushrooms alone.

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I ordered the Wednesday special which was a fried turkey leg served on top of barley and okra.   They had me at turkey leg.

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Cliff ordered the catfish with Geechie Boy grits, egg drop broth and lacinato kale and let’s just say I made him switch with me after I tasted it!  It was so rich and flavorful.   Mind you I liked mine so much I did not taste his until the last few bites he had left.

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You think we would be done and full, but we had to try dessert.  I ordered chocolate cherry bread pudding with bourbon anglaise and we will just say I finished it all.

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Cliff on the other hand ordered a Flip.  It was a pomegranate ginger flavored popsicle for lack of a better word.  He loved it and called it refreshing.

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Travel tip:  Seattle’s Public Market is basically empty at night because everything closes down… it is a great opportunity to take some pictures without the large crowds.

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Day 3:

I walked from the hotel to Chinatown… I should have thought twice about that.  Every street I picked was uphill… steep uphill, pretty mind you, but steep.  I forgot my notes at the hotel of the places I wanted to eat at in Chinatown and didn’t want to just randomly pick one and be disappointed.  When I  come back next time I will be fully prepared to eat in Chinatown.  Today I just explored the shops and took in all the sights and smells.

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After exploring I ended up in a familiar place Pioneer Square!  I had not realized how close they really were. One of the stores we were excited to finally visit was Ebbets Field .  The store goes hand in hand with my slight obsession with baseball fields.  I am not going to ruin it for you but you need to put it on your list.  Need a gift for a baseball fan?  This is your place.

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We worked up an appetite by now and picked a little place in Pioneer Square called Copal.  We made a good decision.

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It did not take long to figure out we needed an order of guacamole for starters.  When they brought out this beautiful plated bowl of colorful goodness I knew we picked the best spot!  Now every other restaurant would serve it with tortilla chips, but not Copal they served it with fresh tortillas.  Once again I found myself thinking.. I could just get two bowls of this and I would be set.  It was so flavorful.  They served the guacamole with queso fresca, radishes, and lime.  I have already mimicked the whole dish at home for bunch for the family since my visit.

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Cliff ordered the tacos and devoured them.  He said they were tasty and he would most definitely order them again.

I ordered the pozole.  It was perfect,  the cabbage, cilantro, the spice just a perfect blend of ingredients.

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If I was not getting on a plane in a few hours I would have indulged in one of the many frozen alcoholic beverages they offered.  But I will wait until next time.  A Mexican Coca Cola will have to suffice yet once again.

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On my next visit to Seattle I will put this on my happy hour list for sure.  I cannot wait to start checking things off my list from their menu.

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Travel hint: Look up where the murals are, it’s always fun to take pictures by them!  We found this one in the Pike Place Market.

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This was springtime in Seattle for us.  If you want to see video from the trip you can visit my instagram Social Paper Plan and look under the Seattle highlight.   Keep an eye for more adventures of Seattle and other places all around the US.

 

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