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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.

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.

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

I thought I would just use this post to share some of the fun moments

we had at the Planner Society 2017 Crop Event (TPS Planner Meet Up Event).
I have to say that Christy Tomlinson and her team spent a lot of time planning this event so that
those of us who attended could have a great time.

While she offered mini-workshops, we also had time to socialize with each other.

 The schedule was loosely followed which I personally loved.  There was also a shopping area so we could pick up stickers, charms, and other planner related stuff.
  The best part was making new friends who share my love of planning.

There were so many funny moments shared with friends at this event.

I found that the TPSCrop2017 event was a very uplifting and empowering event. I learned so much from the presenters and from my new friends.  I am so glad that I was able to attend.

During the event, Christy shared with us how she taught herself all the computer programs that she needed to know to run a business.

She has achieved everything in life by working hard and working smart.  I was so inspired by her speech that once I got home I signed up for a couple of college classes that I need to up my computer skills.

There was also a beautiful moment when people were encouraged to write about someone who inspired them.

I think it started as a way for people to nominate someone for a prize but with all these amazing women in one room, it was more of a gratitude moment. The nominations were read out loud and they were so moving. There was not enough time to read each item written but it was the act of appreciation that was truly moving.


 I forgot how important it can be to appreciate people and let them know they are appreciated.  Sometimes, I get so busy with work and school that I forget to look beyond my schedule and be in that moment instead.  It was really wonderful to see how much women can support other women and how they share their knowledge and skill set with others to make this world a better place. Again, I was truly moved by the experience and really found the entire weekend to be a wonderful experience. I really look forward to next years' crop and hope I am able to purchase a ticket before they sell out.

Note:   I will upload pictures of the various kits, swaps, and more from the crop next week.

 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.