Back to Basics: Tags, dashboards and shaker insert covers | Mommy Lhey

 Hey there beautiful friends!!! It's Kim (@krodesigns) here today!  I thrilled to show you my first project(s) from the March Little Bits Box!  If you haven't had a chance to see the whole "Nighty, Night" kit in entirety, here is my quick unboxing of this sleepy little collection that really packs a punch!

Let's get started on our first a 3 projects for today!

First of all lets talk dashboards inserts!  These are the plannels of paper that I created using part digital and part physical parts.  The background paper was a digital print out from the kits free digital files and everything else minus the dies cuts and washi were left over cut parts.  I never throw anything away while I'm creating!

The backside of this one is another combo of left of over parts and die cuts.  I did include the top half of the title card from the kit though.  I love that sentiment!

I made another one using the left overs of the pattern paper and packaging but did add some washi and those fab black alphas from the kit!

The second project I made was this quick insert cover!  I loved the way the acetate and the vellum looked together right out of the package I decided to keep it that way!  

I did add a couple die cuts and sequins from my own stash and sewed around the edges to make sure they were snug as a bug in a rug!

Let's talk about tags!  I had a blast putting the three of these together.  This one is simply a die cut, some packaging and some stickers!  

The next one had a few more layers.  I couldn't wait to use those shaker stickers on these tags!  They add so much dimension and pizazz! The back tags I made sure all had swallows tails to match!

This one is most definately my favorite!  I'm not sure if it's the bow or the yellow but it makes me so very happy.  The edges were cut using my pinking sheers and I did add a couple stickers and a few die cuts too!

Thanks for joining me here today!  If you want to see a process video on how I made all these projects, the link is below!!! 

Thanks for stopping!!!



Layers of Love | Decorating from the ground up | Mommy Lhey

Hi there everybody, Kim ( @krodesigns) here!

So today I'm going to talk about my layers of love, my full proof steps to decorate my planner with a pop. 

Every single time I put my planner together for the month I follow my same routine to get the job done fast, fresh and easy!  And that's what I'm doing here today in my pocket size Travelers notebook insert!

I always, always, always start with stickers. Obviously you know that you can just pick one up and put it down anywhere you want, but  they are just so easy to work with and fantastic to layer. Don't forget to cut them apart to make a different page flags and shorter pieces to work with too.  Sometimes cutting horizontal word washi strips into pieces and placing them in a vertical position can give a different page effect.  

Mommy Lhey's February Little Bits Box came with nine sheets of stickers and of course I don't need to cut them apart to make the kit stretch more, but I do it because I think it's a great way to be creative in your own way using the fantastic kit components from ML.

The second thing I always turn to are die cuts.  I love to use them in my planner spreads instead of just as decoration because they're a huge space filler. I know the days of the week where I don't have a lot of activities and chores. And even in this pocket sized notebook, which is what I use on the go, there are some days where I don't have a lot of activities or chores and I'm basically spending the majority of my time in my home planner.  Sundays seem to be the best day for me to add some extra decoration to my planner!

The third thing I always use in every single spread every single spread is some sort of stamping. It's like my icing on a cupcake. It add and extra bit of detail and a bit of a handmade love is not always perfection.  It also adds some texture to your page without the bulk :)

I know a lot of stickers are precise but I love the fact that stamping is such a unique way to add some personality to your planner and the fact that Mommy's little bits box comes with a 3 by 4 stamp set is remarkable.   A permanent item that you can use over and over and over again each month, how thoughtful!

It took me one hour to set up this pocket sized TN which I think didn't take too long to do.  Don't get me wrong I love the creative process of decorating my planner but I do love to spending time with my family and getting things done  that I have written in my planner too.  Stickers, die cuts and stamps are the easiest way to go for me to get it done. But if you are looking for the sprinkles on the icing on the cupcake,  enamel dots and sequins are the way to go. Don't forget about those fabulous journal cards too. They're fantastic for tip-ins or lists on the back as well. 

Here is a quick process video on how I set up this month's on the go spreads.  Thanks for joining me here today!


Snap closure TN folder and bookmark | Fairytale Club

I have 2, love at first make Travelers Notebook projects for you today!  The newest collection from The Fairytale Club is entitled "Happy Day" which it always is when I work with this kit!

First, I made this laminated bookmark.  I just trimmed of the A5 dividers to make it fit within my standard travelers notebook. Andrea always designs things so versatile you would never think that I'd miss out on the width of that size of a design.  The ribbon accent where I feed it through the grommet will definitely make sure I never miss my place!

As crafters, you know adhesives are paramount in construction.  Well, my favorite non-toxic permanent liquid super glue adhesive, called Wellbond, is perfect to make sure those special sequins are never going anywhere. Just a little dab and it's perfect!

On the back side I added a pocket to hold some of  lovely goodies!  

I used top half of a personal divider, since it is exactly the same width,  to create this pocket before laminating.  I did adhere the bottom and sides  but through the process of laminating, It seems to make sure the pocket is absolutely secured and not going to rip in any way.  I then used my craft knife to create the slit after to make sure the pocket was fully functional.

The other project I made was a secure folder insert for my Travelers Notebook.   Now I know I didn't invent the wheel on this one but when I've made them in the past, stuff has always slipped out the side of them.

To mitigate that I added a snap enclosure on the prevent that slippage from happening.  As it turns out snaps are just as easy (or easier) to add to paper crafts as they are to clothing.  Who knew?!

The decorative front side was fun to make as well!  The cut a-part paper was one of my favorites this time.  With the busy background, I knew the gold 'princess' sticker would get lost, so the black and white tag really came in handy!

And don't forget not everything deserves to make it into the waste bin.  I used a discarded paper punch piece to place in the front of the snap for decoration too!

Thanks again for joining me here today!


Personal Ring Set Up | The Fairytale Club

Oh Happy Day it is!  The newest collection from the Fairytale Club is all about being fresh while keeping to a Retro Vibe kinda feel!

I started off with the main pockets of my personal sized ring bound planner.  The pockets are all filled with tags and die cuts galore.    Her kits make it so easy to decorate!  Everything is usable straight out of the kit!

The dashboard is made using the gold geometric acetate included in the kit!  I then added a few of those fabulous golden stickers too add to the glimmer!  Most of the decoration is actually on the dashboard behind.  

The tab, die cut, as well as the the washi tape strip are secured there to create a layered look.

The next kit dashboard came with these cute houses on it.  I decorated it with a cut-a-part happy day card with some black paper for pop,  the new washi tape strips and a die cut.  

On the back of the next dashboard is a cute notecard but the cool part about it is the flair that I turned into a paperclip charm.

All I did was drill a hole in each of the flair.  I used some twisted wire and added some o rings to create the dangle and before assembling, I strung some of the sequins on the wire.  It is a simple and sweet way to use the flair in your planner!

I was fond of the bookmark I made form the acetate too.  Pieces of paper were cut to fill in the negative space between the gold lines.

And because the pattern paper is two sided, it was really easy to execute. I did laminate it and then slit the whole punches so that it can be easily put in a different place every day!

This dashboard is one of my favorites.  I stitched around the outside of the flower on the back side with my sewing machine.  

But the cluster of the housed are on different size adhesive foam dots really makes it a special page turner.

For stitching on this dashboard I used some white embroidery floss and to cover the stitching on the other side....

I elevated this packaging with some diecuts!

The last detail I made using this happy kit was a quick pocket using 2 of the personal size dividers.  

I used the washi tape in the kit in an edge pattern cutting them into lengths and wrapping them around the backside dashboard.

I very much enjoyed setting up my new personal ring planner using this beautiful and fun kit. 

Thanks for joining me today!

Ideas for using your A6 | Mommy Lhey

Hello everybody. It's Kim here, KRO designs on Instagram and Twitter. Mommy Lhey has for the past 6 months has had the A6 size travelers notebook included in the Little Bits Box. 

I know a lot of of you are already enjoying the planner that you are in, weather it be a Traveler's Notebook or not and some of you are wondering "what am I going to use this for, what am I going to do with it?". Well today, I wanted to show you all of the options that I have come up with and how to use your beautiful A6!

1. A Wallet

So this first one I know a lot of you have already seen this. I do have a tutorial on how to make it and I've turned the A6 size into a pocket wide, but it is wonderful as a wallet. 

I've got dashboards, on the go lists, a meal planner and also, if I need to make appointments, I know when to schedule them or not to with the calendar insert. 

2. Memory Keeping

 I wasn't really doing anything with the pictures that are on my phone so I literally just bankrolled the whole camera roll to Walgreens. I didn't even edit them at all.  I just stuck them in it and trimed where It was necessary. It was fun where I decided to journal a little bit about the random family things that we did. 

I used primarily all extra Mommy Lhey goods in her. I've also used older parts that I've saved from what was left after I've dismantled my planner for the next month.  Old dashboards, insert covers, you name it, I used it :) But I thought what a wonderful way to document my fall in my winter while recycling some of my favoite pieces from Mommy.  It's also fun to flip through later on in the year too.

3. A Sticker Book

I got it's a great idea from @reissaplans on Instagram. She uses it as a sticker book and I did the same thing except she went to the store and grabbed one of those inexpensive photo books.  I actually made my own sticker book using Project Life sleeves design 'B' because an A6 TN is  4 by 6 which is a common picture size, right?! I trimmed off the last row of picture pockets outside of the fuse line. I then cut the last section in half vertically to create to folded pages.  I trimmed them a smidgen (1/8th inch) vertically so it fit within the notebook.  Then I can decorate it like I would a planner with a dash board and cover.  I've got not only my sticker samplers here I also have a whole bunch of die cuts along with those half size sheets of sticker sheets. This is perfect for on the go!!

4. Bullet journaling/ brain dump/ pre-planning. 

I don't know what you want to call it but I had a week where I just wanted to get out of my normal planner and I wanted to do something different. 

Adding pictures I that have in my stash also reminds me of why I'm trying to be efficient with my time.  There is always a great place on the other side of my planner. I also wanted to test run some of Mommy's NEW stamps and play with them a little.

 Every day I just pulled one or two stamps off my shelf went to town and started writing.  It really took just a few seconds to put each page together and was a fun get away from my normal routine:)

5.  Challenges/ Creative Playtime

I love daily/weekly challenges where I get to creative for just me! I spent time using physical and also digital only pages because using a computer doesn't have to be just for mundane tasks. I really enjoyed just playing and enjoying decorating and just doing my thing for me :) Using challenge prompts were a great way for me to get started and having a jumping off point. 

6. Insert storage/ Note pages. 

I've got a couple of insert booklets and I just wanted to stick them in a place where they aren't going to get ruined or lost.  It is basically waiting for me to use it or if I needed a notepad I can just grab it off the shelf really quickly.

7. An actual planner
Yes you can use your A6 as a planner:) I had fun decorating it and getting it ready for anytime I needed to pull it off the shelf and use it.  If you've got it all set up with the insert you usually use, It isn't hard to plug and play the content from one planner to another! 

Here is the You Tube Video that I made using highlighting these ideas and flipping through each and every one of them.

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Thanks for joining me here today!