I just ordered my Love Today planner kit and I can hardly wait to play with it. Also, I have the planner refill in my shopping cart. I'm really looking forward to a little daily journaling on the weekly sheets not filled with appointments or events. During the hot summer months, when people are beach going or otherwise vacationing, my calendar is pretty open. That's OK. Leaves me more time to journal and make cards, mini-albums and all those paper crafts we all enjoy.
When I first saw the kit in the new 2017-18 Annual catalog, I thought "it's so pretty, but would I really use it?" So I asked my fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators for input. Apparently, all of the kits are now from Stampin' Up! and not sourced from a partnership, so the paper quality is what you'd expect from Stampin' Up! I learned that all of the inks Stampin' Up! offers work great with this kit without bleeding through or pilling! FYI: one demonstrator cautioned against using the aqua painter on the planner kit and refill pages. Too wet! However, the ink pads, the fine tip of the Stampin' Write markers and the blender pens work well. Yay!!! Since my hands are not very strong (to squeeze the lid to the inked pad), I always order the reinkers (refill bottles) to drop a little ink into the pad lid for coloring with the blender pens. Oh, of course, I'll also play with the new watercolor pencils (with blender pens). Ooh, even the Wink of Stella pen would be great for applying ink or pencil watercoloring.
Not sure how to use the blender pens, the markers or the watercolor pencils or have questions about other techniques? Click here for tutorials by Stampin' Up!
Another great thing about this kit, the days of the months aren't labeled so you can begin using the planner any time of the year.
Instead of hand writing in the numbers, the fun Labeler Alphabet stamp set is a natural for entering dates and names, etc. (birthdays and other events) on the planner pages. I plan on using a different ink color for each month. Eg. Brights for summer, Regals for fall and winter, etc. Remember, the In Colors will be fun and pretty too. Find all of the ink pads here. Be sure to get the Journaling Pens too! The 2 pens have nice fine tips for entering lots of thoughts or events on each day.
Remember to pick up at least the Clear Block A for stamping single digits/letters of the Labeler Alphabet stamp set. Better yet, also pick up Block G, Block H and/or Block I for longer words or numbers. For saving time and hassle, I decided to order the full Clear Block Bundle (2 in fact). And I love the Clear Block Storage Caddy. It actually saves space on my work bench to keep my 2 bundles in my 2 caddies.
By now you've seen the great bits and pieces in the Love Today planner kit for decorating the pages, but you could also add goodies from the Memories and More collection of card packs. It just depends on your personality which and how many kits you'll want to combine and how much you want to play. Since I already have the Oh Happy Day card kit, I expect there will be at least a few leftovers after I make the cards to use in my planer too. Washi Tape and the flatter ribbons would be a nice accent too!
Questions? Contact me anytime! Happy paper crafting, Michelle
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