Tuesday, March 13, 2018

My review of the Wind Chime Studio Stencils and Tutorial

The "Wind Chime Studio" stencils are made of 7 mil thick plastic that is perfect for a variety of crafts which include card making, painting, decorating planners, and airbrushing.  The plastic is see-through which makes it easy to work with.  The plastic stencils are also very flexible which makes it perfect for using them to  airbrush makeup.  Nancy Ibsen, the owner of Wind Chime Studio,  sent me a couple to test out and see if they would work for my particular projects.

Test 1 - Koi Fish Painting:

The first stencil I tested was the Two Part Koi Fish Stencil.  The outline stencil offers the outline and the actual Koi fish cut out which can be used as a mask for various painting techniques. Part 2 of the stencil set is the Koi fish detail stencil.  Nancy Ibsen, the owner of Wind Chime Studio has included two square registrations on the plastic stencils that can be used to properly line up the detail stencil over the Koi Fish outline stencil.  If you look that the photo below, you can see the two registration squares.
The two alignment squares before lining up.

You just have to line them both up, so that one is perfectly matched up to the other (see photo below).  Then tape them down so that they do not move.
The squares should be perfectly aligned before using the detail stencil.
Koi Fish Painting Tutorial


  • Canvas
  • Bright colored paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Stencil Tape
  • Koi Fish Stencil and the "Botanical Stencil"
  • Black Pigma Ink Brush Pen
  • Glitter glue or glitter gel pens

Step 1:
Take the cut-out part of the two part Koi Fish stencil (you will find the fish inside the outline stencil or it might be lose in your package).  Tape down the Koi fish cut-out and paint around it.  I used removable tape on one side of the fish to hold it in place.  If you don't have removable adhesive, you can always just hold it in place while painting around it.  This step allowed me to have a clean white base to make sure the Koi Fish colors were not mixed with the outer colors.  One you finish painting around the stencil, remove the cut out before the paint dries to avoid streaking the paint.

Step 2:
Tape down the outline stencil. Paint the Koi fish with some peach and orange paint to create the Koi Fish base color (or use any color you like).  Allow the paint to dry before you do step 3.

Step 3:
Take the detail stencil and place it on top of the outline stencil.  Once you line up the registrations, tape the stencil down to keep it from moving.  Use a darker color paint to add the detail to the Koi Fish.  Remove the stencils and allow the paint to dry. Don't forget to clean the stencils.

Step 4:
Add more details to the picture by using the "Botanical Art Nouveau Stencil".  This is a single stencil so you don't need to worry about lining up any of the registrations.  Just decided where you want the plants to be and tape it down before painting.  Once you finish painting the plants, remove the stencils and allow the paint to dry.

Step 5:
Add any additional detail you may want to the painting.  I decided to out line the flowers with colored markers.  I also added some glitter glue to parts of the fish to make it look more dimensional.

Hobonichi Weeks decorated with the Cherry Blossom Stencil

Test 2 - Planner Decorating:

I use a Hobonichi planner which is made of Tomoe River paper.  The Tomoe River paper is 52 gsm which is great for Fountain Pens but can be tricky when using stickers.  The planner I used last year got pretty thick from all the stickers and washi tape I added to it. Since then,  I have been searching for a way to decorate the pages without adding so much bulk.  I was interested to see if I could add designs and color into my Hobonichi planners without the added bulk by using the Wind Chime Studio stencils in my Hobonichi Weeks planner.  I decided to test the "Cherry Blossoms" stencil from the Wind Chime Studio collection".

I taped the Cherry Blossom stencil down using stencil tape.  Since the paper on my Hobonichi is so thin, I removed some of the adhesive from the tape by putting it on my hands then removing it.  The oil from my skin made the tape less sticky and less likely to tear the Tomoe River paper.

I used the Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Inks and the blending tool to blend the color onto the paper. I wanted to be able to write over the design, so I decided to stick to light colors.  I began to add the Tim Holtz Ranger Distress inks one at a time.   Since the stencil is so thin, the application went smoothly.  I love how I was able to achieve these results.

After I had stenciled on the inks, I added some details using the Sakura Pigma Micron Ink Pens.  I love how they came out.  I could have left the flowers as they were without the black ink outlines and it would have been great too.  By not adding dark colored inks, I did not lose any writing space on my pages.  I use the Hobonichi Weeks, the Hobonichi Techo, and the Jibun Techo which all have the same wonderful thin paper.  I love that I will be able to use this stencil line in all of them and be able to decorate them without losing writing space nor making the pages too thick.

My daughter demonstrating make-up airbrushing techniques to other students.

Test 3 - Air Brushing Make Up:
My daughter has done school events where she needed to air brush a lot of kids in a short period of time. She always needs an assortment easy to use stencils that allow her to cover a large area of the forehead or face.  We decided to test out the "Milky Way Stars" stencil and see how well it would work for these type of events.  Since the plastic that these stencils are made from are fairly thin, this makes them very flexible.  She was able to bend them to use for airbrushing makeup onto skin.

Since she usually has so many kids to do, she tends to stick to one color per person.  Then after airbrushing the makeup on, she usually accents the design with some glitter (specially made for using in make up applications).  She used the "Milky Way Stars" stencil for a onstage demonstration at school and she found that this stencil worked great for her.

Nancy Ibsen sent me a note to let me know that she will be creating some smaller stencils that will be easier to use for airbrushing makeup.  We enjoy applying fantasy makeup (fairies, witches, etc) for Halloween and Comic Con and stencils make it so easy to do various effects with the airbrush. I can't wait to see what new airbrushed makeup stencils she releases.  Makeup stencils can be expensive and I found the prices at the Wind Chime Studio Etsy store to be really reasonable.   If you are interested in seeing more of her designs, you can find her at www.etsy.com/shop/WindChimeStudio.

Note:   I was not paid to do this review.  Nancy Ibsen sent me some of her stencils for me to test out and review.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

My Polkadot Whimsy Weekend Experience | Event Review

The owner of Polkadot Whimsy offers a unique experience in her Whimsy Weekends which are listed as a 3-day crop type of event that not only offers a space to create in and but also offers a fun atmosphere.  Additionally, you have the opportunity to get creative input from fellow attendees and Michelle that make it a special experience and can enhance your projects.

The weekend includes some lunches, snacks, and dinners that are prepared by Michelle.  You are not limited to what is offered, there are various restaurants and stores in the area where you can pick up your own meals if you like.  Since I do not cook, it was rather cool to eat the delicious homemade meals that were prepared for us instead of having to order fast food.  I have posted some pics of some of the meals so that you can get an idea of what type of food was served.

Michelle did a beautiful job of making everything easy to serve and to create a fun family style atmosphere for us to enjoy.
Michelle (owner of Polkadot Whimsy)
For those who are unfamiliar with the Whimsy Meetups and/or the Whimsy Weekends, Michelle (owner of Polkadot Whimsy) has been working in the creative industry for years.  She has taught scrapbooking, card making and planner workshops.  She has also attended the Creative Hobby and Industry  (now called the AFCI ) trade shows to keep on top of the newest trends for her customers at Polkadot Whimsy.
Haley and I having fun at the Whimsy Weekend Event.

She offers these Whimsy Weekend 3-day crops several times a year and they tend to sell out fairly quickly.
Haley and Michelle

She limits the event to 16 people so that each person can have the space they need to work on their project. Each person had an assigned seat that included a special paper pack, stickers, die cuts and a cute pair of socks with their own personalized skate name tag.

The Whimsy Weekends are not limited to scrapbooking.  Several of the ladies attending brought their

sewing machines to use to work on various projects and designs.  One person had a cool Beginner Style Janome Sewing machine that so cute.  I love that you can get a sewing machine in a variety of colors and styles.  I especially liked Keely Reichman's black sewing machine.  It is made of heavy metal and can sew a variety of materials.  It look pretty sturdy.
Keely Richman makes some very cool leather travelers notebooks. She also made the very cool fabric one in this picture and the two leathers ones in the photo above. She also designs stickers, travelers notebook pouches and more. You can see more on her Etsy store.
Odd Girl Journals

Below is a picture of my friend Haley working on one of her planners.

I worked on several projects which included a no-sew blanket, my junk journal, and some time planning in my hobonichi planners.

Michelle has all types of crafting supplies available for use during her event
 (she will specify what items are available for guest use during the event).

For a crafter, her craft supplies were sheer eye candy.

Below is picture of one half of the room set up. As you can see each person has a nice area to hold their supplies and work in.

She also had an outside area set up in a tent that had different machines available to use during the event.  This included a sewing machine, iron, glue gun, Cameo, paper cutters and other fun items.

We  also did two fun "Make & Take" projects that Michelle prepared for us to make.  The first one was a really cute DIY Easter Rabbit Frame project.  Michelle provided all the materials and each person was invited to make the project adding their own personal touch to it.  It was a success.

All the bunny's were different and yet they all looked so festive together.

The second project we had a choice of making a "DIY Junk Journal",

a memory journal,
or a travelers notebook insert.  I choose to work on the junk journal and gathered my supplies to start this project.

There was also a variety of raffle prizes that were given out throughout the crop event. Below is a pic of the grand prize which had some fun supplies in it.

The Whimsy Weekends are a lot of fun.  Michelle is a wonderful host who really works hard at making sure her guests have a fun time.  We enjoyed the wonderful meals she prepared, the fun projects we got to make.  The whole weekend is just a fun atmosphere that it just seemed to fly by too quickly.  My friends and I had a great time there and hope to go back again soon.

I forgot to add that this cute little dog (that Shawnie is holding) came to visit us for

a little bit on Sunday.

Note: I recommend that you get a hotel that is not close to the freeway so that you can get some sleep during the weekend.  I made the bad choice of booking our hotel right off the 5 freeway and it was loud.  The hotel was only a mile away from the event location so it was certainly quick to get back and forth. However, I think to truly enjoy the weekend, you need a bit of sleep.  We stayed at the Day's Inn and it was so loud. I was fortunate enough to pack some really good earphones and play my music all night to cover the noise.  However, if you don't have noise cancelling earphones, you may not get much sleep.

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.

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