Happy New Year Sign | Crate Paper

Hello there and Happy New Year to you! It is the end of one year and the beginning of another. And I decided that this year, in order to help remind me of all the hopes and dreams and goals I have for 2017, I thought I would create a little Happy New Year decorative sign using the awesome Color Reveal collection from Crate Paper and a few other fun Crate Paper goodies like some chipboard stickers from Maggie Holmes Gather and some gold letter stickers from Snow & Cocoa. 

I want the new year to be one that is really special and hopefully one that is filled with a whole lot of happiness and good health. I have been struggling lately with poor health...well poorer than usual. I have CRPS so my health is never perfect but lately it has been extra difficult. I have subsequently been worried about the upcoming New Year...but I am also really hopeful. I decided that I needed to make a sign that I could hang on the wall that would remind me of all there is to look forward to with the New Year. The New Year means new beginnings. It means a fresh start and lots and lots of hope! 

I decided that I would use the Color Reveal Heart shaped wall hanging and paint it in with the Color Reveal watercolor paint palette. I chose to use some really lovely  colors like light pretty pinks and mints and blues and try to create a cool kind of ombre rainbow effect by painting some areas darker and some lighter with the different colors! 

I think the happy look of the sign, with its super fun, pretty and dreamy aspects like the rainbow and the florals and the unicorn sticker and the pops of gold all over, really help to reflect the kind of new year that I am looking forward to having – one which is chock-full of happy memories, big hopes and dreams, good health, and tons of beauty and magic! Happy New Year everyone!!!

Color Reveal: Custom Notebooks | Crate Paper

Hello there scrappy people! It's me, Andrea! Today I want to share with you some of the super amazing new Color Reveal notebooks by Crate Paper that I personalized into special journaling notebooks using some paint and a few Crate Paper puffy sticker words! I love to paint and I was so excited to see all the new Color Reveal goodies by Crate Paper! There are just so many cool things you can do with the products because you get to play around with paint and make each piece into a special art piece that is one of a kind and made just for you!

I especially could not wait to start playing with the notebooks that come in the collection. I have been wanting to buy some notebooks for a while now that I could use to keep some more personal journaling in. I wanted a notebook where I could write about things like my disability (my CRPS pain) and also a notebook where I could keep thoughts about my faith and my God who I know loves me and is helping me through all the pain! These are very personal things and I wanted a place to put these thoughts that I knew would be special, personalized and just for me. The “Color Reveal” notebooks are perfect for this kind of a personal journaling project!

For the notebook that I am going to use to write about my condition and the difficult journey that it is, I chose the notebook with the large gold foil triangle and I painted it with some guache paint (which is very similar to watercolors) and also a little bit of acrylic paint as well, in some of my fave colors right now. I decided to do a bit of a drip effect to the notebook just to add a little more depth and visual weight to the way I painted the rest of the notebook which is a lot more airy and lighthearted. I think this plus the  “be brave” puffy stickers that I added to the front of the book really help convey the tone of what is inside.

For my faith notebook, I chose the polka dot notebook, which I thought had a little bit more of a bright, happy look to it which I made feel even more happy by painting a fun rainbow effect to the notebook. I think this plus the puffy stickers that spell out “love” (and the heart) just really help to say what this book is all about – my love for God, who is love itself!

I can't wait to start journaling in these notebooks and I hope I have inspired you to grab some “Color Reveal” notebooks for yourself and begin a personal writing journey that starts with some super fun painting!