October Journal Dashboard

Hello and happy Friday! Aly Dosdall back again. My crafting style is usually pretty clean and graphic, but recently I’ve decided to play around with some fun mixed media techniques and broaden my crafty horizons a bit. The new Impressed Stamping Daubers and Dauber Bottle were the perfect way to delve into some mixed media fun, and I used them to create my October journal dasboard. Check it out!

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I include photos in my journal, so I really wanted to highlight these photos of the leaves starting to change in our yard as this is what the beginning of October represents where I live.

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I used some simple and fun techniques with the stamping daubers to get this colorful look on my dashboard, and I’ll show you how!

I started by cutting out some fall leaf shapes from a scrap of vinyl with my Evolution. I used those as masks on my dashboard, and spread them around the layout in a visual triangle.

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Then I used the Standard tip Freestyle Pen and some copper Foil Quill foil to write my title. While my handwriting skills are lacking, I feel it’s important to include some of my handwriting in my journal since it’s a part of who I am!

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Next, I choose some of my favorite fall colors that coordinate with the colors in my photos. I used the daubers to apply the ink to the back of an acrylic stamping block. I filled the dauber bottle with water, and then daubed some water on the block next to the ink, being careful not to get ink on the dauber bottle. I used my stamping dauber to mix the two together to get a watercolor consistency from the ink.

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Then I applied the ink to my dashboard in horizontal strokes, using my stamping dauber as a brush. I paid extra attention to the fall leaf masks to make sure the ink surrounded the shapes competely.

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Once the ink dried, I used the Precision Press Pattern Stamps and Stamping Block to stamp in a white color over the ink to add some dimension and layers to the dashboard. Then I removed the vinyl masks, and look how cool it turned out!

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I added a copper foil outline inside the fall leaf shapes using the metal die I had cut the vinyl with as a template. I first placed the die over the leaf shape and used at piece of washi tape at the very top to secure the die. Then I lifted it up and slid the foil underneath. Then I traced around the inside of the die.

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I finished off my dashboard by adding a few embellishments and a tab to mark where October starts in my journal. The Staple Board made it easy to add the tab to my page.

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I love how my dashboard turned out! Mixed media is a step outside of my comfort zone, but with the Impressed Stamping Daubers is was fun and easy to create this colorful dashboard!

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Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your weekend and happy crafting!

Supplies:

Amy Tangerine Journal Studio Insert
Impressed Stamping Daubers
Impressed Dauber Bottle
Foil Quill Freestyle Pen–Standard
Foil Quill Foil–Copper
Evolution
Staple Board
Precision Press Pattern Stamping Block
Acrylic Stamping Blocks

DIY Dry Erase School Schedule

Hello everybody ! Soraya here today to share a cool back to school tutorial with you ! If you want your kids to be autonomous with their school life, let’s make an erasable timetable together ! You will need : the Marker Airbrush, the Journal Guide, the Magnetic Alphabet Stencils, the Supreme Ruler and some felt markers !

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On a white cardstock, trace 6 tables : 5 for each days of the week and 1for saturday and sunday. Use a black pencil to outline them well.

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Protect your cardstock using white papers and determinate the place where you want your title to be. Use the Marker Airbrush to spray some pink color on it. Then with a black marker, write down the title « My 2019-2020 Timetable ».

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To write the days of the week, trace the letters with the Magnetic Alphabet Stencils on top of each table. The Marker Airbrush combined to the stencils is fantastic ! Shift the stencils a bit to the right and the bottom then trace the letters again with a black pencil. Love how it turned !

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Now use the Journal Guide to place all the « hours » buttons with the circle shape. This is so easy and fun ! Choose the squares for the week-end tables.

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Add some colorful decoration with yellow and blue washi tapes. Create the shadows around the tables with the same colors and add some triangles around the title. Then fill the circles with hours and add some stickers as reminders at the bottom of the page.

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Now you can laminate your timetable and enjoy writing and erasing as many time as you want !

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And here is the erasable timetable for school !

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I hope you had fun joining me for this fun back to school tutorial, happy creating everyone and until next time !

Soraya.

 

Supplies :

Supreme Ruler

Marker Airbrush

Magnetic Alphabet Stencils

Journal Guide

 

Capture Summer Memories on a Traveler’s Notebook Spread

Hey there We R friends, Laura here today. This summer has flown by for us and I can hardly believe it is almost time for school to start again. Our summer was a busy one. We moved from our first home we lived in for over 13 years to a new house. I don’t have any time for scrapbooking right now, so I thought a fun traveler’s journal spread showing some of our favorite summer memories would do the trick!

Summer Travelers Notebook Spread by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I started by gathering all my favorite Journal Studio supplies which included the travel workspace loaded up with some die cuts, pens, washi tape, and a blank notebook. I also got out the Journal Studio stickers and embellishment organizer.

Summer Travelers Notebook Spread by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I trimmed down a sentiment from the Amy Tangerine Stay Sweet papers using my scissors and the mini trimmer. I love using the mini trimmer for journals and traveler’s notebooks since all my elements need to stay small on the page.

Summer Travelers Notebook Spread by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I created a list of some of the fun things I could remember off the top of my head on a sticker from the pack. Then, I went through my photos on my phone and created a photo collage in Canva that I printed out on cardstock and then trimmed to fit.

Summer Travelers Notebook Spread by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I used more of the Amy Tangerine paper to create a mat for my photo collage. I added the dates onto a pineapple die cut.

Summer Travelers Notebook Spread by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I wrote directly onto the journal notebook about how busy our summer has been with moving, but how we are still trying to squeeze some fun out of our summer.

Summer Travelers Notebook Spread by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Watermelon and pineapple accents completed my embellishments for the layout.

I love how this layout turned out. It is a quick snapshot of our summer that helps me to remember what we did as a family for the summer.

Summer Travelers Notebook Spread by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I can’t wait to do more spreads for winter, spring, and fall for this year to add to my notebook. It will be a great jumpstart to remembering everything when I have a little more time to do some full scrapbook layouts.

Summer Travelers Notebook Spread by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies

Journal Studio Felt Journal Workspace

Journal Studio Journal Insert

Journal Studio Sticker Book

Journal Studio Embellishment Organizer

Mini Trimmer

Ephemera – Good Vibes

Washi Tape

Amy Tangerine Stay Sweet Papers

Journal Studio Roundup

Congratulations on making it to the weekend friends! Today we’ve got some weekend crafting inspiration for you featuring our Journal Studio Tools and Storage. We’ve scoured the interwebs and found some fabulous ideas and projects to share with you, so sit back and enjoy!

Habit Tracker

The All In One Journal Tool is a must-have for planning, journaling, scrapbooking and more. We love the Habit Tracker on this cute journal spread by Zinia Redo for American Crafts! CLICK HERE for more photos and details.

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On-The-Go Memory Keeping

Get your craft time in whenever and wherever you can with the Felt Travel Workspace! Terhi Koskinen for American Crafts loves to take her journal with her so she can make lists and record memories while their still fresh in her mind. For more information about her beautiful journal layout, CLICK HERE.

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Goals Mini Album

Make your own custom books, journals, albums and more with the Book Binding Guide! We love how Sandra Dietrich from Crate Paper made her own custom Goals Mini Album. Find the full tutorial HERE.

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Organization Calendar

Sandra’s at it again with this cute organization calendar using the Book Binding Guide! The sky’s really the limit when it comes to what size, style, and type of book you create. More photos and details on the Crate Paper blog HERE.

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5 Ways to Create in Your Journal

Our Mini Trimmer is the perfect size for small journals, notebooks, mini albums and other small scale projects. Visit the Heidi Swapp blog HERE for some other fabulous tips for creating in your journal.

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Thanks for stopping by! We hope you’ve enjoyed our Journal Studio roundup. Have a great weekend and happy crafting!

New Home Journal with Journal Studio Tools and Storage

Hey there We R friends, Laura here today. Many of you probably don’t know this, but my family is moving! We are planning on staying in our little town in northern Arizona, but we are actively looking for a new home. Buying and selling homes require a lot of moving and working parts. Keeping track of everything can be tricky. Today, I am sharing how I am using the Journal Studio line to document and plan for our new home.

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The entire Journal Studio line is so functional. You really have everything you need to journal or document on the go. I found some papers I love from the Jen Hadfield My Bright Life line.

I trimmed some of my favorites down to 6” x 6” to fit in the clipboard of the travel workspace. This way, they would be ready for on the go crafting. I trimmed one of the papers with houses on it using my mini trimmer.

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I embellished the page using die cuts, washi tape, and the alphabetic magnetic stencils.

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The next set of pages I wanted to create after the title page, was a dream wish list for the new house. Again, I used my mini trimmer to cut down the adorable bird paper to fit. The stickers and die cuts are all from the Journal Studio line, as well.

Journal Studio New Home Journal by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I have fun little bits and pieces I can use in my journal tucked away in the embellishment storage container. Inside it holds paper clips, decorative brads, flowers, clips, interchangeable stamps, and more! And it fits in the palm of my hand which is perfect for tossing in bag.

We R Memory Keepers Journal Studio Embellishment Organizer

We R Memory Keepers Journal Studio Embellishment Organizer

 

After I had decorated the page, I wrote down what our dream wish list would be if would could get everything we want in a house.

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I plan to include any other lists we may have about buying the new house – forms or paperwork needed for the realtor, a vision board for decorating the rooms in the house, new paint colors, plants I will want to add outside – to name a few ideas I have swirling around in my head.

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We have found a house that comes close to having everything on this list, and we are crossing our fingers we will be moving in the next few months!

Supplies

Journal Studio Travel Workspace

Journal Studio Watercolor Kit

Mini Paper Trimmer

Magnetic Alphabet Stencils

Journal Studio Sticker book

Journal Studio Die cuts

Washi Tape

Embellishment Organizer

DIY Journal Pocket Folder

Hello We R fans! Aly Dosdall here to share a project I created with washi tape, one of my go-to craft supplies. I love to use washi tape in my journals and planners because it’s a quick and easy way to embellish my projects without adding bulk.

Recently I created a journal spread and wanted to include a pocket folder for a photo and some journaling, so I used some washi tape to make my own using the pages in my journal.

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DIY Washi Tape Folder by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Washi Tape Folder by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Normally I can use the Planner Punch Board to add a pocket folder into my planners, but with my journals I take a different approach. First, I pick the washi tape I want to use from my stash. I keep my favorite new washi tape rolls in the Mini Bloom Storage. I keep my favorite roll of washi tape on my new Washi Tape Runner. I love that little thing!

We R Memory Keepers Washi Tape Runner and Mini Bloom Storage

Next, I insert my Mini Magnetic Mat under the page I want to cut to make my pocket and then use the Mini Magnetic Ruler and Craft Knive to cut the page in half at an angle.

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I then cut down the center of the page with my craft knife to remove the top portion of the page.

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I used my Washi Tape Runner to tape the side and bottom of the page I cut and the page behind it together creating a pocket folder!

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To ensure the pocket is full size I used my craft knife to separate the washi tape along the edge.

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Of course, I couldn’t stop there so I embellished my journal spread with some rolls from my favorite new Bright Floral washi tape set.

DIY Washi Tape Folder

I finished off my journal spread with some stickers and ephemera from the Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection

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DIY Washi Tape Folder by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

So, are you a washi tape fan? What’s your favorite way to use it for your craft projects?Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the rest of your week!

Supplies:

Washi Tape Runner
Bright Floral Washi Tape
Journal Studio Felt Travel Workspace
Journal Studio Snap and Zip Pockets
All In One Journal Tool
Amy Tangerine Journal Studio Collection
Amy Tangerine and Jane Davenport Markers
Mini Magnetic Mat
Craft Knife
Mini Bloom Storage

 

 

 

2019 Coptic Bound Planner [Free Printable!]

Hello, and Happy Friday friends! Next week we head into 2019 and I’m so excited to start the new year! I’m looking forward to some awesome opportunities and setting some goals. Getting organized, planning and setting goals works a lot better for me if I have them written down so I can keep myself accountable and on task. Each year I make a printable calendar to help me do that, so today I’m sharing a FREE PRINTABLE planner that you can use for 2019. The cool thing about this printable calendar is that you can start it any time and you can use it for any year. It’s also pretty versatile, so you can make one for each month, or you can create one for the entire year. Take a look!

2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To create my planner I used my FREE PRINTABLE 2019 PLANNER which you can download below, some papers and embellishments from the Dear Lizzy New Day collection, some stickers from the Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collection, and some We R Journal Studio tools.

2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I started by printing the planner pages. There are 7 pages for each month–a To Do page, a monthly spread, and weekly spreads. I printed them double sided so that you can flip them over at the short end of the paper since they’re horizontally oriented. (Tip: the last page is single sided.) I used high quality printer paper that’s designed for double sided printing. You can download the FREE PRINTABLE PLANNER below:

We R Memory Keepers Printable Planner

Then I trimmed the pages (they each have a trimming guide) and folded them in half. I ordered them so that page 1 is on top and page 7 (the single page) is on the bottom, repeating this order for each month’s pages. Then I trimmed a patterned paper divider for each month from the New Day collection. Trim the dividers to 6 1/2 inches wide and 5 5/8 inches tall to match the printed pages.

Since I used a Coptic binding for my planner I grouped each month together with the divider and all of the printed pages. When creating a coptic bound book, these small groupings of pages are called “signatures”. For this book you’ll have twelve signatures, one for each month. Since this book is so thick, I saddle stitched each signature with the Book Binding Guide before binding them all together to provide more stability. Here’s how to saddle stitch the signatures using the Book Binding Guide (instructions come with the tool):

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  1. Place all the folded pages in your signature face up on the left side of the tool. There’s a groove in the base of the tool which makes is easy to accurately place your pages.
  2. Place the piercing guide on top of your papers with the groove side facing down. Turn the screws to secure the guide, making sure the holes with the rings around them are centered along the fold of the pages.
  3. Use the piercing tools to pierce every other hole (the ones with the rings). Make sure the tool pierces through all the pages.
  4. Repeat these steps for all twelve signatures.
  5. Use the straight needle and the wax thread to saddle stitch each signature (instructions included in the manual). Thread the needle with a single strand of thread.
  6. Thread the needle through the hole at one end of the pages, going from the inside to the outside of the signature (inside pages to outer cover), leaving 3-4 inches at the end to tie a knot once you finish stitching.
  7. Go up through the next hole, down through the next hole, up through the next, etc. until you reach the end.
  8. Then stitch back to the other end using the opposite motion (stitch up through the down holes and down through the up holes). Repeat this all the way to the other end so that you have continuous stitches on the inside and outside of your signature. Tie the two ends in a square knot and trim the excess.
  9. Saddle stitch all twelve of your signatures together, and then your ready to make your covers!

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To create the covers:

  1. I trimmed two pieces of book board to 3 1/2 inches wide and 5 3/4 inches long.
  2. I covered them with patterned paper from the New Day collection and then pierced holes in both cover. The holes for the covers must match the holes for the signatures.
  3. When piercing covers, place them on the left side of the Book Binding Guide and flip the piercing guide over so that the flat side is facing down.
  4. Use the center column of holes and align the ringed holes to they’re centered like the holes for the signatures were (see above photo for details). Then tighten the screws to hold the piercing guide in place.
  5. Pierce through every other hole (all the ringed ones) with the piercing tool. Repeat these steps for the other cover.

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Now it’s time to bind together the covers and the twelve signatures! You can find instructions in your Book Binding manual, more details and photos in THIS POST by Eva Pizarro, and you can also watch this helpful video tutorial.

  1. Use the curved needle and wax thread. Thread the needle and tie a knot in the end of the thread. Start by stitching together the bottom cover and the last signature (December pages) following the instructions in the booklet.
  2. Add the November signature using the instructions, and then continue adding all the signatures in reverse order through February. If you’d like you can add sequins to the coptic stitches to embellish your book.
  3. Finish off the book with the January signature and the top cover. Tie the loose end in a square knot and trim the excess. I added a pom pom tassel from the New Day collection, attaching it to the binding stitches on the outside of the planner.
  4. Tip: I used multiple strands of thread (about four) since it’s easier to stitch smaller lengths of thread. Just be sure to finish a length at the end of a signature, and start a new length at the beginning of a signature.
  5. Once you’ve finished binding your planner, you can decorate the inside pages! I like to use flat embellishments (stickers, rub ons, washi tape, ephemera, stencils) so I don’t add too much bulk to the book.

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Since this planner can be used for any year and can start at any time, you’ll need to add the dates. You can write them, stamp them, or use stickers from the Journal Studio. I used my colored pencils.

2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Decorate your front cover with stickers, washi tape, rub ons or ephemera. I used the Dear Lizzy New Day and Amy Tangerine Journal Studio collections.

2019 Coptic Bound Planner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

This would be a fun weekend craft project to get ready for the new year next week. Thanks for stopping by! Have a fun and crafty weekend friends.

Supplies:

Book Binding Guide
Magnetic Alphabet Stencils
Magnetic Symbol Stencils
Journal Guide
Washi Tape
Washi Tape Keychain
6×6 Book Board
Precision Glass Cutting Mat
Craft Knife
Supreme Ruler
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Amy Tangerine Journal Studio Sticker Book

2018 Year in Review Scrapbook Page

Hello everyone! It’s Eva Pizarro on the blog today sharing a layout using some tools from our Journal Studio line.

2018 Year In Review Scrapbook Page featuring the Journal Studio by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

 

The Journal Studio line is perfect for planning but you can also use most of the tools for scrapbooking layouts, mini albums and more! For this layout I used my Magnetic Alpha Stencils to create the month names and my Book Binding Guide to create a frame for my layout.

The Book Binding Guide comes with a Booklet with several Japanese bindings, I used one of those guides to punch holes on the border of my layout. Because the 12 x 12 sheet is longer than the tool I simply unscrew the top of the tool and slide the page to have full coverage.

Book Binding Guide by We R Memory Keepers

 

To create my month titles I used my  Alpha Stencils. They are magnetic so you don’t have to worry about the guides moving! And there are Icons Stencils also! You should check them out!

2018 Year In Review Scrapbook Page featuring the Journal Studio by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

You can use any pencil you like, I used my son’s markers to make the titles.

We R Memory Keepers Magnetic Stencils

To create my journaling guides I used my Mini Magnetic Mat, I love this little tool and it is my go to tool when I need perfectly straight lines!

2018 Year In Review Scrapbook Page featuring the Journal Studio by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I stitched my Japanese binding border with colored threads and I really like the texture it gives to my page.

2018 Year In Review Scrapbook Page featuring the Journal Studio by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I completed my layout without using any supplies! Just a few tools, markers and thread.

2018 Year In Review Scrapbook Page featuring the Journal Studio by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

2018 was  great a year for my family and I am counting on 2019 being a better one! I am glad I can keep all our highlight moments in just one page. How was your year? Are you making a year in review layout?

2018 Year In Review Scrapbook Page featuring the Journal Studio by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Eva

 

Supplies

Book Binding Guide
Mini Magnetic Mat

Magnetic Alpha Stencils

 

 

2019 Goal Tracker with the Journal Studio

Hello there!  It’s Rebecca with you for my last post of 2018!  It’s so hard to believe that the year will be over in just a few short days, isn’t it?  As I’ve been buried in the hustle, bustle, and tinsel of the holiday season, I’ve also been giving a little bit of thought to 2019 and what I’d like to do with a brand-new year.  Of course, there are the obligatory goals—exercise more, eat healthier, get more sleep, drink more water, etc.  I also always give a thought to what I’d like to accomplish as a creator.  In today’s post, I’ll give you a peek at my goal tracker and show you some of the We R Memory Keepers Journal Studio tools I used to help me stay focused.

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I’m excited to finally take my graphic design up a notch with ProCreate for the iPad Pro. There are many creative areas I’d like to further develop—sketching, hand lettering, water coloring, just to name a few.  My list was getting pretty long, and I began to think I was taking on far too much.  But when I really started to think about it, I realized that many of the techniques I’d like to learn or improve could be accomplished by tackling ProCreate.

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

With my list not sounding as daunting now, I set out to figure a way to track my progress.  I really wanted a way to stay accountable and focused, while keeping track of what I was learning.  I pulled out a May Designs journal which has grid pages, as well as a perpetual week in review.  I could make my tracker on one of the 2-page grid spreads and use the weekly calendar to track progress.

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I turned first to the WRMK All In One Journal Tool, using several of its features on the 2-page grid spread.  My idea was to track the entire year of practice, so I used the top part of the guide to create 12-month tracker.  I made 3 circles and 12 straight lines to divide the large circle into 12 parts.  Those serve as January through December, and go in a monthly order, with January at the top.  I then drew 3 horizontal lines in each month’s column, which gave me 4 long rectangles; they represent 4 weeks per month.

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Underneath the circle tracker, I’ve created my color key.  I used the Journal Tool again to make this, utilizing the 3-lined stencils and 3-circle markers.  I color-coded each circle to represent how many days per week I’ll practice ProCreate.  It’s possible I’ll allow myself weekend breaks, though I’ve included the 6-7 days/wk option in case I change my mind.  I’m looking to form productive habits with this, too, and practicing every day is the best way to establish those.

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

When I finish the week, I’ll fill in the grid with the corresponding color.  (I’m keeping daily track on the weekly spread, which I’ll share later in the post.)  I’ve filled in December as an example, though I haven’t actually been keeping very good track of my practice, as it’s been few and far between this month!

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve made some notes about where to find inspiration and resources in case I get stuck.  Both the “Find Inspiration” banner, as well as the half-box were made with the Journal Tool, and similar drawings are on the facing page, as well.

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Speaking of the facing page, I used the Magnetic Alphabet and Symbol Stencils to trace 2019 CREATE onto the top of my page.  I covered the words with some opaque washi tape to add some color to the pages and used a few darker strips for the same purpose.

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I included some of the illustration hashtags I like on Instagram, which will be another resource throughout the year.  I’ve left extra space in that box, as well as in the inspiration box, because I’ll likely find more of both in the future.

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Lastly, I want to keep a list of all the art and design skills I hope daily practice in ProCreate will help to improve.  While I won’t be tracking those individually, I’d still like to keep them in mind in order to stay accountable to them.

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Here’s a quick look at my week-at-a-glance, as well.  I’ve kept it simple, filling in the dates for the first week of January, and on each day, indicating a space for both the number of minutes I practiced, as well as the particular skill I worked on.

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

On the opposite page, I used the Alphabet Stencils again to write THIS WEEK IN PRO CREATE.  I created a box to write notes, tips, or thoughts with the All-in-One Journal Tool, and I’ve got a spot to write down the total minutes and days practiced.  This page set up is subject to change, depending on what I want to write down each week.  I may also decide to track the week with a similar circular tracker, as well; it remains to be seen.

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I’m excited to begin, and excited to (hopefully) watch my improvement!  It’s also nice to have a notebook exclusively devoted to this goal so it’s easier to stay focused.

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

A couple other things I wanted to mention are the Travel Workspace and Washi Spool Keychain you’ll see in the photos.  They’re a couple of handy tools that, even though I’m not traveling far (mostly from my desk to my couch or dining room table!), these hold the necessary utensils so I can work on this anywhere.  It’s got a nice hard surface on which to write, and plenty of pockets.  The Washi Spool clips onto it, and the outside is soft felt so it’s gentle when I’m carrying it with my iPad.  It doesn’t get handier than that!

2019 Goal Tracker featuring the Journal Studio by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Wishing you all a very Happy (and productive) New Year!

 

Supplies:

All In One Journal Tool

Magnetic Alphabet Stencils

Magnetic Symbol Stencils

Washi Keychain

Travel Workspace

Gratitude Journal with the Journal Studio

Hello We R Memory Keepers fans! Soraya here today to share some of my Gratitude Journal spreads using the fabulous new Journal Studio tools!

Gratitude Journal by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers featuring the new Journal Studio Tools and Storage and the Journal Studio collection by American Crafts

The Travel Workspace is so handy and smart that you can use it at home too, place your tools in its pockets and place your inserts under the elastics! My opening page is made with hand lettering. I added some washi tape thanks to the Washi Tape Keychain which contains samples of my favorite We R washi tape!

Gratitude Journal by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers featuring the new Journal Studio Tools and Storage and the Journal Studio collection by American Crafts

Gratitude Journal by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers featuring the new Journal Studio Tools and Storage and the Journal Studio collection by American Crafts

The mini trimmer is so cute! And it has the ideal size to trim my photos and other small pieces of paper I need for my Gratitude Journal.

Mini Trimmer by We R Memory Keepers

When it comes to writing down my journaling, I love using different types and styles. This is why I hand lettered the title “my family” and used the new Magnetic Stencils to write the numbers from 1 to 4. So easy and fun!

Journal Studio Number Magnetic Symbol Stencils by We R Memory KeepersJournal Studio Number Magnetic Symbol Stencils by We R Memory KeepersJournal Studio Number Magnetic Symbol Stencils by We R Memory Keepers

The 3 Way Corner Punch is also very useful to fit your paper on the journal pages and to avoid the corners of the paper going beyond the notebook.

We R Memory Keepers 3 Way Corner PunchGratitude Journal by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers featuring the new Journal Studio Tools and Storage and the Journal Studio collection by American Crafts

For this new spread, I wanted to represent all the sides of my job I’m thankful for, so I drew a happy wheel using the Journal Guide. I could note everything in and out of the circle and add a color chart.

We R Memory Keepers Journal GuideGratitude Journal by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers featuring the new Journal Studio Tools and Storage and the Journal Studio collection by American Crafts

Let’s decorate the journal itself with the Happy Jig. I followed the instruction book to create the word “thank” and add “ful” at the end. I was able to place this beautiful word directly on the elastic of the cover. I love how it turned!

We R Memory Keepers Happy JigWe R Memory Keepers Happy JigGratitude Journal by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers featuring the new Journal Studio Tools and Storage and the Journal Studio collection by American CraftsGratitude Journal by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers featuring the new Journal Studio Tools and Storage and the Journal Studio collection by American Crafts

And here are my Gratitude Journal spreads!

Gratitude Journal by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers featuring the new Journal Studio Tools and Storage and the Journal Studio collection by American CraftsGratitude Journal by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers featuring the new Journal Studio Tools and Storage and the Journal Studio collection by American CraftsGratitude Journal by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers featuring the new Journal Studio Tools and Storage and the Journal Studio collection by American CraftsGratitude Journal by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers featuring the new Journal Studio Tools and Storage and the Journal Studio collection by American CraftsGratitude Journal by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers featuring the new Journal Studio Tools and Storage and the Journal Studio collection by American Crafts

What about you? Do you have a Gratitude Journal? What are your favorite tools to use while creating?

I hope you had fun joining me today, happy creating everyone and until next time!

Soraya.

 

Supplies :

Journal Studio kit by American Crafts

Felt Travel Workspace

Journal Guide

Mini Trimmer

Washi Tape Keychain

3 Way Corner Punch

We R Washi tape

Symbols Magnetic Stencils

Felt Zip Pocket

Papers and embellishments are from BoBunny and Pebbles