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

No comments: