The supplies I used for this spread are:
- May Little Bits (specifically the stickers, washi, and digital stamps)
- Additional ML digital stamps (available at www.mommylheydesigns.com)
- Photo frame stamp from the “Bossy Boss” stamp set
- Coloring Medium (I used Copic Markers)
- Sticker Paper and/or Cardstock (I use Xpress-It Cardstock)
- Hole punch
I am using “Sew Much Crafting” (available on Etsy) personal size inserts for this spread.
The first step is to print your digital stamps on either card stock or sticker paper (depending on which coloring medium and preferences you have), I use Xpress-It cardstock (available on Amazon or at www.SimonSaysStamps.com). I always use this particular cardstock because I most often color my stamps with Copic markers, which are alcohol based and bleed pretty badly on other papers (it also greatly improves your ability to blend colors seamlessly) . If you do not plan to color with an alcohol based marker than I would recommend going with a more inexpensive cardstock/sticker paper.
After I have printed my digital stamps I cut them out using a cutting tool (I use the Brother Scan-N-Cut) but fussy cutting works just as well! After I’ve finished that step, I have my desired stamps ready to be colored!
Next – I always take the stickers I plan on using for the week and start color swatching to see which Copic marker colors will work best for the given spread. I have a nifty little way of accomplishing this! About a year ago I found these genius swatch pages for copics (but you could literally us it for any coloring medium – watercolors, colored pencils, paints, tombows – you name it!) all you do is swatch your colors inside the boxes (for copics I have them organized by color family, so all my swatches for “BG” or the “Blue Greens” are on the same sheet) then afterwards take a hole punch and punch out the center of the box – when you are trying to find a marker to match your stickers or washi – you simply slide the boxes which now all have hole in the center over your stickers/washi and you can quickly and accurately see which markers coordinate with your spread! It’s so easy!
After choosing my Copic markers, I color in my digital stamps. Before adding stickers to my spread I added washi tape along the center of my pages over the hole punches as not only a cute decorative element, but also to reinforce the hole punches. I then flip each page over so I can clearly see where the hole punches are and then just punch right over the existing holes. After the washi tape is added and punched, I begin laying down stickers. I’m a huge fan of layering stickers – so you’ll notice I often add a larger sticker behind my stamps to add some dimension to my spreads!
Here is the finished result!
I hope you enjoyed my quick and easy plan with me this week! And I hope the few tips and tricks that I use daily are able to help you in your future planning! Be sure to check in with me on IG to see other projects I’m working on with all the new ML products!
See you soon ❤