Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Totally Amaizing Double Layout

Dear Paper Lover,

Let's "Seize the Day" with Lisa-Marie Watling today. We are into loads and loads of butterflies over at Ivytree Studio. We had little white butterflies all over our garden recently and it has just fluttered in our hearts how God has wonderfully made nature and us. The gentleness of a butterfly is sweet and endearing, but also reminds of the way God wants us to be in life. To celebrate life, no matter how fragile it may seem. What we have and the people He gives us, are precious. 

In her layout, Lisa-Marie enables you tee experience this visually.  We love her use of grey as background and tones of red, green and turquoise. 

See her original post here

The papers I used for this piece are:
171/1 Seize The Day
171/3 Both sides – Turquoise Flutter & Fly High Script
171/5 Wordy Delights
171/12 Both sides – Schoolfrock Speckles & Pretty Washi
171/13 Blackboard Speckles
171/15 Flora Accents
171/19 Blackboard Charcoal
171/21 Apple Red

Additional materials – various adhesives, glitter glue, chippie title

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Journal Pages by Wilna

Dear Paper Lovers,

A lovely little post by Wilna Cremer: Journal Pages

Journalling has finally hit South Africa in a big way and I am happy to say you can buy journals just about everywhere.  Ivytree Studio is launching Honey Planners very soon and I am sure this is going to be a winner.  Their paper range has already been designed for use in Project Life and Pocket Pals so this is a welcome addition to the range. I have used a combination of all the ranges to date and I had so much fun putting this together.

This particular journal is just a cheapy from PNA.

I am a bullet "journalizer" 😇 and this journal encompasses everything in my life, notes, diary, lists etc. 

I have to admit I am much happier making notes in the sections that I have decorated.

Read my full blog post with more images, here

The papers I used for this project

Hadeda Garden Collection (2016 version of this collection)

Friendship begins in the heart Collection

Seize the day Collection

  • various adhesives
  • chalks
  • washi tape
  • paper clips
  • journal

Visit Ivytree Studio to see more of what they are up to:
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'til next time.....enjoy being organized

Monday, May 22, 2017

New Collections: Happy Day & all new Hadeda Garden

Dear Paper Lovers,

We are happy to announce that our TWO brand new collections are available to be ordered. Hurry up an place your order today so you don't miss out on this print run.

This is also your opportunity to print any items from our previous collections: #162, #163, #171 and @172. We have opened up all items and listed it to "unlimited" stock levels and it includes all previously "out of stock items".

Remember that if your local scrapbook store does not stock our paper, you can place your order in our store and we deliver anywhere in South Africa. 

Individual items in these collections can be viewed in the gallery of the store item. 

 Our Happy Day collection:

In celebration of our birthday we created this little collections to help you celebrate any little occasion. It can be great for boy or girl layouts, for baby showers, kids birthdays, any girly layout, sweet sixteen. Once again something for everyone from planner girls, art journallers, cardmakers and any paper crafter. Oh, and we so love our little bouquets and cuppycakes. 

Click here to view & order this collection.


To celebrate our paper brand's first birthday, we decided to apply all we have learned over the past year and bring you an all new Hadeda Garden collection. This collection matches all the elements you have come accustomed to in our other collections from Pretty Pocket Cards and Cute cut pages, a flower cut page and card squares and a lovely base element too. 

A little background on this collection:
The inspiration for this collection is very much local. As we grew up in Pretoria and have lived here all our lives, the painfully loud noise of the Hadeda bird frequented our garden and has been a prominent feature throughout. We have joked about them, chased them off as their sound polluted exam times, we have seen them constantly graze our lawn like sheep and we have even rescued them when they needed it. So very fitting that they would play a main character in our first Proudly South African and locally designed collection. 

Also a very constant feature in our lives is the Agapanthus flower that have graced our family garden over the years. A firm favorite of our gardener/landscaper mom, it would just not be the same if we did not place it at the top of our design list. 

Another inspiration to this collection would be our mother and so you would find that center stage there are polka-dots, florals as well as the garden theme. 

The REVAMPED & IMPROVED Collection is available in store now!  

14 Double Sided Sheets with 28 Designs. We reduced, reshuffled and added new designs to make this a Collection a dream to use in your Arts&Crafts and Scrapbooking projects. 

Click here to view & order this collection 

Also new to Ivytree Studio: Bible Journaling

We are not shy to say that we are Christians and we love God. Everything we do, comes from Him anyway so we also love bringing our art and creativity into our study of God's Word an our worship to Him and we would like to share our experience. 

Ansu has something special happening as she has a special story to tell of God's promises to her, His journey with her in her prayer life. She is starting a unique workshop series and product line called "GraceLilly Expressive Bible & Prayer Journaling - Making God's Word your Home"

The first workshop will be held this Saturday, 27 May 2017 in Pretoria at the Botanical Gardens.

Click here to book your seat.

In our next posts: Read about Wilna's journaling and cardmaking experiences. 

Visit Ivytree Studio to see more of what we are up to:
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Time Spent Single Layout

Dear Paper lovers,

We would like to share with you the latest layout Lisa-Marie created for us, using our, as she calls it, “rather dreamy LOVE range”. 

Remember to scroll down to find out what papers she used in this collection, as well as all links to engage with us, to visit the shop and where to share your creations in Ivytree Studio Friends.



See the full post on her blog 
The papers from Ivytree Studio which Lisa-Marie used for this project:
172/4 Rosy Wood Candy Stripes
172/5 Flower Accents
172/8 Pretty Pocket Cards
172/8 Hugs & Kisses
172/10 Dotty Blackboard
172/11 Candy Ombre
172/11 Hearts & Filligree

Additional materials: glitter glue, enamel dots, tombow glue, foam tape / dots

Visit Ivytree Studio to see more of what we are up to:
Buy some of our pretty paper here
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Share your Ivytree Studio layouts with us here 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Flying High, Butterflies and Planner fun

Dear Paper Lovers and Planner girls,

In this post we would like to share with you about our new digital bundel we designed for our local "Planner Girls"-community, called "Fly High".  What would the words "Fly High" mean to you? To me it is an encouragement and helps me realise that God has given each of us wings and He intends for us to soar like eagles with it. So, let this sentiment inspire you to give those wings a flutter and test-drive in the higher places of His will for you.

A little background: 

I have always been a planner. It is just part of my personality, but as a teacher I had to multitask to such an extent that it drove me nuts, so I have tried to leave the diary and planning addiction behind me. I have owned many a diary and owned a planner for many years too. Your usual black leather variety you get from CNA that you can refill each year. I use to put everything in it and as I am also an absolute memory keeper, I keep every little thing. Cards, receipts, tickets to movies and so on. It's a bad habit and with camera phones I am now trying to curb this "condition" a bit by rather taking a photo and chucking those little bits of paper.  Just trying to contain the "hoarding" habit that comes with being creative. As I have been trying to retire from teaching for about a decade, but keep on returning to some sort of teaching, I realised that the planning habits I formed, could once again assist me well in my current position. As a creative person, I love playing with ideas but I also am very concrete. I am able to bring those ideas into reality, but I need to prioritise and plan ahead to make it happen, so those planning habits from my teaching years, are coming in handy again. I have committed to not overdo it, as you can spend hours in your planner and never get anything done. You have to balance your time planning and actually doing the things you plan. What suits me more, is to live my life, experience things/moments and then take it to my memory planner, but more on memory planners in another post perhaps.

What I love about the "Planner Girl"-community is to find others who have the same tendencies to creatively apply what we have learned from our other hobbies to our planners. We share similar interests and we love paper and stationery.  My family and husband believe I should own a stationery store. I go nuts over stationery like other women go nuts over diamonds and pearls.  Just absolutely love it. Always have. If you know me, you will know this about me. :)

We have a couple of projects in the pipeline and as design takes time and precision, you will just have to be patient, but to test the waters, I designed the "Fly High" bundel that includes a variety of goodies and you may have read about it in our previous post here.

For some or other reason, I have had butterflies on my mind since end of last year and recently we have also had loads of little butterflies in our garden. So, as I am inspired by my environment, I went crazy with the butterflies.  I included the butterfly theme in my Seize the Day collection launched earlier this year and thought about doing a digi stamp with it.

What is a digi stamp, you may ask. It is a digital stamp that you can print. What I have done is to create a full page of various size butterflies.  I then added a second page with a solid butterfly in the same colour and then gave you 14 colours to choose from. There are so many things you can do with the butterfly stamps. I did a full single page layout celebrating mother's day, that I will post about soon.

The Poster available in English and Afrikaans in the same bundel.

Sample of the butterfly stamp. 

Sample of the Planner tab page

Introducing our first Guest Designer:

To get you excited about what you can do with this digital bundel, we asked Sharon Keanly if she would like to be a quest designer from time to time. She is one of the admins of the Planner Girls group on Facebook and she is also a blogger and card maker. We love her work and wanted her to review our digital products. 

You can read about her full experience with this bundel here on her personal blog but here are some images to get you going. You can mix and match this with any of your other stash and even print the digital stamp on any pattern paper you have available. (Hopefully some Ivytree Studio paper in there too!)

To purchase this bundel, click here
(Please be advised that the promotional price of this bundel may soon change, so get yours while it is still running)

Visit Ivytree Studio to see more of what we are up to:
Buy some of our pretty paper here
Connect with the team on our Facebook page here.
Share your Ivytree Studio layouts with us here