Sunday, February 4, 2018

My Prima Planner Leather Personal Size Travelers Journal in Warm Stone | Product Review

The My Prima Planner Leather Personal Size Traveler's Journal in "Warm Stone" product review. The Prima Marketing “Genuine Leather Personal Sized Travelers Journal” is a beautiful leather 
cover that features a wash of grey that can easily be distressed and personalized.  The light grey 
stone color of this leather journal along with the natural imperfections of the leather makes it very 
visually appealing. I placed my Midori Traveler's Notebook (Travelers Company) and my 
Hobonichi Techo on each side of the My Prima Planner travelers notebook to give you an idea 
of the actual size of the leather travelers journal.

Now the leather journal itself comes in a nice plastic box that protects it a bit from the elements 
during the shipping process.

The Prima Marketing leather personal-sized traveler’s notebook in warm stone that I purchased 

  • 1 Genuine Leather Travelers Journal Cover (5"x7.25")
  • 4 Interior Elastic Bands
  • 1 Exterior Elastic Bands
  • 1 Zippered Pocket

Unlike past travelers journals that Prima Marketing has released.  The leather personal sized travelers journals do not come with inserts.  You can purchase a set of four from the "My Prima Planner" site or from any retailer who carries the personal size inserts.  This leather travelers journal in the color warm slate has a couple of inner pockets within the interior ofthis travelers notebook.  

When you open it up flat there is a secretarial pocket and one larger pocket behind it that can 
be used to hold documents or receipts. On the right side of the leather travelers journal, is a 
slightly deeper pocket. One of the best features of the new leather travelers journals in the 
leather pen holder which is big enough to fit my new favorite pen. I have used clips in the past 
to hold pens but it is always nice when a manufacturer includes them in the design. As you 
can see there is also a zipper pocket located on the right side of the Prima Marketing Leather 
Travelers Journal. It has a nice heavy duty zipper that works perfectly for me.

You can purchase personal sized notebook inserts from Prima which are sold in sets.  I got the Pastels notebook set which includes 4 inserts.  I really like the quality of the paper used in the Prima Marketing Travelers Notebook inserts and will be ordering more to use as refills.

The leather Prima travelers journal itself measures 5 x 7.25” when folded. Because this cover is leather there is a bit of stretch to it.   I was able to stuff it with my Hobonichi Techo and two inserts and it stretched to 2 inches and has held up very well.  The leather Prima travelers journal in personal size sells for $39.99 on the My Prima Planner site and does not come with inserts, so don't forget to order some.  Anyway, I was able to stuff my Hobonich Techo and three inserts into it. Here is a side view of that.
You can see that is is a bit bulky, which worked but I was not happy with the look. So I took out one of the inserts so that it still closed comfortably.
The elastic is nice and thick and is well chosen and works very well to hold everything in. I like the thicker elastics because they last longer than the thinner variety.

Another great feature on these is that they are so easy to personalize.

I personalized my journal with a simple rhinestone initial. I loved how the warm stone leather travelers journal looked new. However, I really prefer the distressed well-used look on my travelers' notebooks. So I decided to distress it by using my jeans to rub different parts of the cover to give a more aged look. 

I also dropped it on some rocks. It even survived being borrowed by my dog who chewed a small bit of it. It still looks great and now it has that rugged well-loved look.  

I then added some of the cute swap items that were given to me at the Prima Magical Event and a decorative elastic that I got from the pop-up Etsy event in Santa Ana, California.

My friend purchased the peach colored leather personal travelers journal and I really like it too.  I may order one of those so I can switch between the two journals.  Between the excellent quality of the "My Prima Planner" products, the ease of daily use and being able to switch between the various planners, my Prima collection seems to just keep growing.  Also, for those who may not know it, Prima Marketing also offers some really cool cling stamps that are great for using in their new traveler's notebooks, along with some fun planner sticker collections. You can see more at their website or blog.

Note: I do not work for Prima Marketing.  I paid for these products with my own money. The opinions and experiences I had with these products are my own and may vary from other individuals.

Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Prima Marketing - Leather Travelers Notebook Release & Magical Wonderland Meet Up Event

Prima Marketing who is known for creating beautiful papers, stickers, and planners have finally come out with leather travelers notebooks in the Personal size (5" x & 7.25").  These new leather travelers notebooks are really beautiful.  I found that since they are genuine leather, that each one is slightly different which I really like.  According to the "My Prima Planner Website, depending on the color and dye used on each notebook, there may be texture marks, wrinkles, blemishes and scratches that occur in shipping.  I love the weathered leather look so I ordered the Warm Stone PTJ Leather Essential Travelers Notebook for the Prima Marketing new product release party called the Magical Wonderland Planner Meet Up Event on December 1, 2017.

The Prima Marketing Leather Travelers Journal in warm stone has four interior elastics to hold inserts, an exterior zippered pocket and some inner pockets.

Below is a picture that I took of the Prima Marketing Leather Travelers Notebook in Warm Stone next to one of my standard size Travelers Company Notebook and my Hobonichi Techo so you can get a better idea of the size of this particular travelers journal.  I am currently using it to hold my Hobonichi Techo and it fits inside of the leather journal well, along with a few inserts.  If you want to read more details about the travelers notebook just click on the following My Prima Planner Travelers Journal in Warm Stone Review to get more information .

Prima Marketing had a fun "Meet Up Event" for their new product release last year when they released their new line of planners that was amazing.  So I was really happy to find out that they were going to have one for the new line of Prima Marketing Leather Travelers Journals at their Prima Marketing house in Temecula, California.

For those who are unfamiliar with this location, Temecula is wine country and many of the homes and estates there are really beautiful.
The Prima Marketing Estate does not disappoint.  It is beautiful.  The interior of the house has been decorating using products and accents from the Prima Marketing Mixed Media line. I really thought the menu planning wall was such a fabulous idea. I think I may do something similar in my kitchen.

The Prima Marketing new release events are a fun way to meet other people who appreciate their beautiful product lines.  I have been a fan of their scrapbooking and multi-media supplies for years and enjoy taking advantage of the opportunity to see new releases in person.  Plus, they usually have a pop-up shop at these events where you can purchase items at a discount.  The "Magical Wonderland Meet Up Event" was held in the picnic area around the front side of the house which was beautifully decorated with a Christmas holiday theme.

As each person checked in, they were handed a box and a swag bag that contained not only the pre-ordered leather travelers journal but also some adorable papers, stickers, and other ephemera. 

The box also had some holiday themed Prima Marketing Scrapbooking and planner materials.  I got a darling Frank Garcia "Sweet Peppermint" chipboard and more set in my box.  This set is darling and has some beautiful holiday pieces in it.  The chipboard is not too thick so it will work well in both my travelers notebooks and my planners.  
Prima also included a set of inserts to fit my traveler's journal. In addition to that, the box also contained a red flocked sticker alphabet, a green sticker alphabet set, a glue pen, a 46 piece sweet peperment ephemera set (that matches the sweet pepermint chipboard set), and an assortment of holiday-themed scrapbooking paper that is beautiful. 

The swag bag contained a set of Leeza Gibbons paper frames 3" x 4" and 2" by 2" (180 piece set), Leeza Gibbons Pocket pad,  Leeza Gibbons paper frames in 4'x4" (180 piece set), a set of chipboard frames ((6 piece set), Two Leeza Gibbons Wishes & Dreams cling stamp sets, and a  Leeza Gibbons Washi Tape.  

The bag also contained a darling planner clip from "Green & Lyme" and some refill sheets that fit my "Green & Lyme" planner (plus a coupon code for 15% off my next purchase).  I also received a cute gift from Lhey Ralston (@mommylhey on Instagram).  Lhey Ralston has a monthly subscription box called the "Little Bits" box which I subscribed to.  It does not disappoint and her kawaii style items are so adorable.  I have done a review of one of her "Little Bits" boxes which you can check out if you want to see what types of items can be included.  Lhey Ralston also posts preview pics on her Instagram throughout each month.  Below you can see the cute Cactus planner clips, cactus charm (for our new journals), die cuts, washi tape, stickers and other cute items from her box.
Gift from Lhey Ralston @mommylhey
With so many planner addicts in one place, it was so much fun to talk to everyone and work on out travelers notebooks. Most meet ups offer attendees the opportunity to participate in swaps.  It is a lot of fun to trade with other planners and see some of the darling items they people make to swap with. 
Below are some more photos of only a few swap items and their creators.  

We also had time to shoot some fun photos at the Christmas tree 
and do a gift exchange. 

The snack tables were also adorably decorated to reflect the festive holiday theme.

They offered some "Make & Take" projects and even had materials on hand for us to use to work on our journals.

There were some of the traditional meet up icebreaker games, like the one where you find someone to match each square until you fill out your sheet.  It is a fun way to meet new people.  

Later they also had the candy cane washi game.  That one was pretty fun.  It is a spin-off of the traditional bobbing for apples game.  You put the plastic wrapped candy cane in your mouth and use the hook part to pick up rolls of washi from the bowl.  This was so fun to do and everyone just kept laughing and participating in the fun.  Below are some pictures from the event of some of the amazing people I got to meet.

The pop-up shop has some great deals.  I purchased some inserts for my traveler's journal, a beaded planner charm, some Julie Nutting planner stickers, Julie Nutting ephemera sets,  dimensional stickers, positive words planner stickers, washi tape, and some of the My Prima Planner Inspiration Goodie Packs. These items are hard to find and I was so glad that they had them available for purchase.

Disclaimer:  I am not associated with Prima Marketing. I paid for my traveler's journal and event ticket with my own funds.  These opinions are mine and while I had a fabulous time at the event, it is possible that someone else may not have had as good a time as I did.  Therefore their experience would vary from my own.  Thank you for stopping by! 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Tuesday Morning Scrapbooking Supplies Haul

The Tuesday Morning Stores are a great resource for buying scrapbooking supplies at a discount.  I recently did another $30 shopping challenge with my friend to see what items I could purchase at the store without exceeding the budget.  The one rule we have is that we do not purchase anything that we truly will not use.

The first items that I found were two rolls of adhesive vinyl which I needed for a project that I am doign using my Cricut machine. I am fairly new to using the Cricut machine and prefer to purchase inexpensive vinyl until I really get the hang of it.  The price for each roll is $2.99 so if I make a mistake, it is not a budget breaker.

The second set of items that I needed was scrapbooking paper to use in my travelers notebook project.  I was so lucky to find that they had a pretty good selection of Echo Park Scrapbooking Paper with Stickers Kits.

I selected the Echo Park Paper Company Victoria Gardens Kit (Designed by Cassandra Cooper) and the Echo Park Paper Company For The Record Kit  with stickers (Designed by Lori Whittlock) for $5.99 each.  If you are not familiar with their fabulous paper kits, you may want to visit the Echo Park Paper Company blog or website to see some of their collections.

The third item was a clear sticker set by Jillibean (Hampton Art) of various phrases that I really liked.  This set was .99 cents.

The fourth item I was searching for was some double sided tape.  I have purchased the Home & Hobby brand of double sided tape before on Amazon, so I knew it was a pretty good brand.  I go through this stuff so quickly, so I always keep an eye out for good deals on it.  This on was $1.99 for 65 feet.

The last item that I am always on the look out for is pretty washi tape.  I was lucky enough to find three different washi tapes for  .99 cents.  Two were from Little B and the third roll was from Echo Park Paper Company. The Echo Park Paper Company Washi is a really cool partical clock face washi tape that is printed on a light grey washi tape.

I did not find anything else that I needed or wanted.  The total with tax came out to $26.24 which was below the $30 budget we had set for the day.  I think it was a pretty good haul for the amount I had to spend.  If you want to see another past haul I did at Tuesday Morning, then just click here to go to that post.

Note: This is not a sponsored post, I paid for everything with my own funds.


Thursday, December 21, 2017

Folk Art Color Shift Christmas Ornament Tutorial

I found that the new  "Folk Art Color Shift" paint line is perfect for making last-minute Christmas Ornaments.  They have a fun finish that works so well with the clear glass ornaments that can be found at my local Michael's Craft Store.  My dogs got a hold of the Christmass tree and managed to break some of the ornaments, so I figured I would make some inexpensive replacements and write out a brief tutorial on how I made them using the Folk Art Color Shift paints.

Here is the list of supplies I used:
Folk Art color shift Paint - Orange Flash
Folk Art Brushed Metal Paint - Brushed Antique Gold
Folk Art Junky Glitter in Gold
Clear Glass Ornaments
Christmas Tree Sparkle Stickers

Step 1:
I removed the metal bits from the ornament.  Since the paint, I am using is rather thick, I covered the end of the ornaments with a piece of aluminum foil so that I could reposition the balls out during the day to make the paint move onto different areas of the ball without letting the paint dry out right away. I did this with each ball.

Step 2:
I squeezed a bit of paint into the ball and let it swirl around. I did this to all the balls, using one paint at a time.

Step 3:
I allowed paint to dry before adding next color.

Note: this is how I did it but you could add the paint while the other is not dry to create some fun marbling techniques.

Step 4:
Once I used all the colors that I wanted on the balls, I allowed them to dry out completely.

Step 5:
Add a sticker

Step 6:
To finish I just put the metal top back onto the ornaments and hung them on the wreath and tree.

I really enjoyed working with the new color shift paints. They are pretty easy to use and you can get some fun effects with them. You can not really tell from my photos just how cool this paint really is. My daughter is trying them out on her comic con costume to see what results she can get from them. I will let you know how that works out.

Disclaimer:  This tutorial is not sponsored. I paid for everything except the color shift paint which was sent to me to test out by Plaid.

If you are interested in other Plaid products I have reviewed, please feel free to use the search key on this page and put in a search for "Plaid".  There is also a review of the plaid gallery glass window paints and folk art enamels.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Planner Society - TPS Crop 2017 - Meet Up Event - Workshops

The Planner Society (aka: TPS Crop 2017) Crop is a two-day event where I got to participate in workshops, work on my planner, socialize and do some memory pages in my travelers' notebook.  The event was put on by Christy Tomlinson who is the creator of the Scarlet Lime and "The Planner Society" monthly subscription kit.
Christy Tomlinson at the #TPSCROP2017 Event
The first day of the crop was filled with mini-workshops and gave us the opportunity to work with the new Fairy themed kit that was provided for us.  Here is a peek at some of the Workshops:

1st Workshop :
The first workshop was Memory Keeping with Florence Antonette,  

who shared with us how easy it is to memory keep in a Travelers Notebook. She shared how she sets up her memory pages using a variety of materials like the Planner Society Papers, stickers ephemera, and other items.  
This was one of the slides Florence used to show different elements in memory keeping.
She starts out by prepping her pages in the travelers notebook. She does this using stickers, papers, and other ephemera.  
A page from one of Florence's Travelers Notebook inserts.
She then adds photos while making sure to leave space to add information later.  To get us started on our memory keeping adventure, Florence encouraged us to make a bucket list of things we would like to achieve that weekend.
Florence Antonette's Bucket List for TPS2017
Then she challenged us to fulfill the bucket list and to get out of our comfort zone.  Here is a picture of my bucket list.  The last item was sadly not achieved because I love bunny stickers and Bree had a pop-up booth for her company www.rainbowbunnyco where I bought some things. 

I have been using my Hobonichi Weeks as a memory book. Here is what I do:
1) I usually lay down some stickers, 
2) I list various events for the week,
3) I notate how I feel (if I am sick, energetic, etc)
4) I take photo's with my phone
5) I print the photo's from my phone and then add them to the pages.  This last step may take me a while, so at least if I do step 1 through 4, I have put the important information in the book.  Below is a picture of one of the pages from October that still needs to have photos added. I will often use a tip-in page to add in photos while still keeping the notes I wrote on my page accessible.

Florence spent a few minutes showing us how we can use various fonts and/or draw our letters to make the page more interesting.

Florence also mentioned that Christy had supplied us with several Fuji Instax Mini 9 instant cameras with the film to take pictures at the event to use for our own memory keeping.  

The TPS CROP crew had even set up a cute photo corner that had all sort of items that could be used for Instagram style photos.  I had never used one of the Fuji Instax Mini camera's and was surprised at how easy they are to use. 

They also take pretty good pictures (for an instant camera).
Second Workshop
The 2nd Workshop was a shaker dashboard given by Sharr. 

Where she taught us how to make a shaker card (which has little bits and pieces in it that

 move when you shake the card) using the

"We are Memories Keepers" Fuse Tool and full size page protectors. 
They also had a laminator table set up for those who wanted to laminate anything.

I have one of these fuse tools that I got on Amazon which I had not previously used, so it was a treat to attend a workshop where I learned how to use it properly.  Here is how my cards came out. I chose not to laminate it because I wanted to make them double sided and use them as an insert for my travelers notebook.  

I made four shaker cards so just
keep scrolling down.

This shaker card is my favorite.  I just love the fairy theme of this kit.

The Third Workshop
The third workshop was an Instagram Photography tips workshop with Meka. Where she demonstrated how to take better pictures for Instagram.
Meka is in the reddish orange shirt.
The Fourth Workshop
The fourth workshop was how to make pocket folders with Dedra.  She showed us how to use the template she provided (in personal size) to make a pocket folder for our travelers notebook. Here is how mine came out.  It looks even better with all my other pieces from the kit.  I just love the patterns and colors of the Planner Society Fairy kit.
Pocket Folder I made from TPS Paper.
The Fifth Workshop
The fifth workshop was making a Bookmark and decorating pages with Marci.

I did the blue dashboard in the photo below in her workshop.

The Sixth Workshop
Christy Tomlinson started her workshop with an informal talk which gave us some insight into how she started the company and why designs these beautiful paper kits. She also inspired us by sharing with us on how she learned to use digital programs by watching YouTube videos and just working on the programs (learning as she went).  After the brief talk, she presented us with the Planner Society September 2017 paper kit and a personal ring bound planner.

Additional Workshops:
I also got to do a "Make and Take" type of workshop at the Prima Marketing
Pop up booth where they were selling all types of planner and travelers notebook supplies.

It was to decorate a travelers notebook insert.

We had so much fun doing all these projects.  The two days just seem to go by so quickly.  I am already looking forward to next year's event (if she has one). Once again, this was an amazing weekend. You can see that we were kept pretty busy throughout the event.  Also, the workshops were so helpful. I really enjoyed them and am thankful to the wonderful group of ladies who volunteered to teach them.

Disclaimer: I am not associated with "The Planner Society" organization, nor was I paid to do this review.  I paid for my ticket with my own funds and these are just my memories and opinions of the event.  My experience may differ from someone else's.