Welcome to the Gardeners' Digest, a monthly update from the Garden Girls, the design team at Two Peas in a Bucket. We'd love it if you'd "hop" by each of our blogs today to see what's in bloom in the Garden this month. If you've been following the hop so far, you were just visiting the Two Peas in a Bucket blog, where the hop begins.
Around here, the month of June is the month of Rob. My husband celebrates a birthday, an anniversary, as well as Father's Day, all within a few weeks of each other. With all of the Rob-worship happening, it is often within this month that he also finds himself a target of my scrappy impulses, as he did recently in this month's Scrap Your Stash video.Each Scrap Your Stash video focuses on using a particular item or product that might be found in one's stash, and this particular video focuses on something I have in no short supply: journaling cards. The most prominent cards featured on this layout are the Ormolu Made Storytellers. I not only love the colors, but I also got a kick out of using them to document different approaches to the journaling.
If you'd like a closer look, the full layout and video can be found at Two Peas in a Bucket.
This month, as I've perused the gallery each day, I've been especially curious about how my fellow peas have been approaching journaling. Though I don't believe that every layout demands lengthy journaling, I do believe that journaling is a key component of a layout. A layout is meaningful in and of itself, but our words help others to understand this meaning; in so many ways, journaling is at the heart of a layout. Here are a few inspiring ways that the peas have been using their words to enrich the meaning of their pages:
Row 1: "I've Had an Interesting Life" by RonnieinTexas (this is an amazing, must-read tribute); "Sometimes" by Natalie Elphinstone (this page is eye-catching without the journaling, but it is powerful with it); "Love"/"Neon and Navy Page" by Michelle Hernandez (the words are honest and pure, and I so dig the way she worked them into the design).
Row 2: "Drink in the Wild Air" by GinnyHughes (there are so many ways Ginny could have approached the journaling here, and I love that she went right for the heart); "First Week" by Jamie Leija (I admire that she doesn't hold back in her journaling while also braving a two-pager and owning it).(1) Of all the products that I am crazy about at the moment, the Hero Arts daubers are definitely on my list!
I can't seem to create a layout lately without using them! Initally I thought that they'd be like paint daubers, but they're actually ink, and they slide on smoothly and beautifully, and dry quickly. So far, I've used them to edge paper, to paint frames, to add a kick to patterned paper, over stencils and masks, and on stamps. Plus, it's just fun to say "dauber."
(2) When it comes to choosing patterned paper, I am an ardent proponent of A-side and B-side equality, so I'm always thrilled to discover a paper that I love for its B-side as much as its A-side, like this "Homemade" Country Kitchen patterned paper from the FarmHouse Paper Company.
(3) Recently on the Two Peas General Scrapping forum there was a thread called "How Do You Decide to Buy a New Stamp Set?" For me, the three biggest factors in deciding whether to buy a set (versus just a single stamp) would be versatility, relevance, and longevity. The stamps in the set should work on different kinds of layouts, should outlive current trends, and should still be useful years down the line. Price matters, too, of course, so if I'm going to splurge, I'm going to get a lot of mileage out of that set. The new "prompts" stamps from Evalicious definitely meet my criteria:
(4) While we're talking stamps, my current favorite letter stamps are these Mama Elephant's Flashy Letters:
I used them in the project above, and I also just used them the other day to stamp on vellum, with StazOn. I love that they aren't too huge and they aren't too small -- they're just right for titles, but I could also see myself using them to take a bold approach to journaling on a page.
(5) Each month Two Peas has been releasing cut files and printables, and I am a huge fan of these pretties!
There is a catch, though -- many of the files are only available for a month at at time. The June files will only be available for a few more days. I have all of them stored in my cut file arsenal, where there will always be room for more!To thank you for stopping by today, I'd love to offer you a chance to win a $10 Two Peas in a Bucket gift certificate. Just leave a comment on this post (including your Two Peas username) before 6:00 p.m. Hawaii time on Friday, June 28, and I will select one lucky winner.
The next stop on the blog hop is Jen Gallacher, or if you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop, you can head to the Two Peas in a Bucket blog. Here's the full list of participants:
Thanks for visiting! Happy hopping!