Timmy’s Plum Shirts

Many of you know that I lost one of my best friends in June. This weekend, I’m attending a walk in his memory and I wanted to share why this is important to me.

Timmy's Plum Shirts - Raising Money to Support Suicide Prevention

Donate if you can, send love if you want to support us. Healing is a journey that will always continue on, and this weekend is a milestone part of that grieving and healing process.

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Thank you for your love and support. Talk about depression and anxiety. Talk about mental health. Tell others that you can always get help. Tell yourself that you can always get help. Click here to read more about the walk, more about Timmy’s Plum Shirts and more about the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

And if you take just one thing away from this post, please let it be this: it’s okay to ask for help.



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New Planner Printables in the Shop!

The much-requested dated 2015 weekly and monthly inserts for A5 size are here as well as brand new standard sizes! Here’s a quick rundown of what’s new in the store today. As always, if you have a request for a different size or type of insert, please feel free to leave a comment and I’ll see if I can make it happen!

Planner Printable Insert Size Guide by Britta Swiderski brittaswiderski.com/shop

Here’s a good look at the new sizes with the current Filofax printables. This allows you to see all of them at once and may even help you choose the type of planner that’s right for you. The sizes are as follows:

American Standard:

  • Letter – 8.5″ x 11″ – 7 holes (also fits 3-hole standard punch) this is the only printable with no trimming involved – it has a white border around the outside to allow for printer channels
  • Half-Letter – 5.5″ x 8.25″ – 7 holes (also fits 3-hole punch) this is just a smidgen shorter than half a sheet of letter paper, but it will fit perfectly in all binders of this size
  • Compact – 4.25″ x 6.75″ – 6 holes (two sets of three holes) – best known as the Franklin Covey Compact Size

Filofax Standard:

  • A5 – 5.75″ x 8.25″ – 6 holes (two sets of three holes)
  • Personal – 3.75″ x 6.75″ – 6 holes (two sets of three holes)
  • Compact – 3.25″ x 4.75″ – 6 holes

American Standard Printable Insert Size Comparison by Britta Swiderski - brittaswiderski.com/shop

Here’s a better look at just the American Standard sizes being released today in the Month on Two Pages and Week on Two Pages designs. If you would like to see more of the Filofax-sized designs in these sizes, please comment below and I will add it to the list for the next release down the road!

Filofax Printable Insert Size Comparison by Britta Swiderski - brittaswiderski.com/shop

Just for reference, here’s a full view of the Filofax standard sizes that all types of inserts are available. Now there’s something for every type of planner!

2015 A5 Weekly and Monthly Dated by Britta Swiderski - brittaswiderski.com/shop

Today also means the release of the 2015 Dated Weekly and Monthly pages for the A5 size. Yay! These have been probably the most requested item, and I’m glad to be able to have them ready for you in the shop now!

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I’ve gotten several comments and emails lately from long-time blog readers that are now getting into the fun of decorating planners, and that makes me so happy. I love learning new things with lots of people! It’s awesome. But don’t worry if you’re not into planning; regular stamping and cardmaking videos are still the main part of this blog (and my youtube channel), s stick around for those! See you soon with another video. :)



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Distress Marker Fall Background – Simon Says Stamptember®

Hola! I wanted to make sure and stop in this week to share some fun technique love with you in a video tutorial featuring a brand new Simon Says Stamp Stamptember® background stamp! For those of you who don’t know yet, Stamptember® is Simon’s month-long stamping celebration that has taken place for the last 5 years in September. And boy, did they out do themselves this year! There are so many great new products and awesome inspiring projects to go along with them. Be sure to check out Simon’s Stamptember® release here and their blog for even more inspiration.

Distress Marker Fall Leaf Background (Stamptember) Video Tutorial by Britta Swiderski

Here’s a peek at the cards we’ll be making in today’s tutorial. I’m using one of my favorite mediums with background stamps: Distress Markers! Believe it or not, you can get at least two backgrounds out of each inking of the stamp. Enjoy the video!

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The best part about this card is that you can make it as simple or as complex as you want. For example, you could color the background with more random swatches of color or even using Distress Ink pads to get a similar but more random look. You could also go more simple with the sentiment and simply stamp one onto a piece of vellum or a label to go in the middle of the card. With a little tweaking, this would be a great design to reproduce for holiday cards!

Distress Marker Fall Leaf Background (Stamptember) Video Tutorial by Britta Swiderski

Here’s a close-up look at the first stamping of the leaf background stamp. I love the interplay of all of the colors in such random way that yet makes so much sense. Here, you can also get a closer look at the little bit of touch-up I did in the video with just a bit of water and a tiny paint brush. With just the stamped color on the paper, I was able to smooth out any of the leaves that didn’t transfer as perfectly as I would’ve liked.

Distress Marker Fall Leaf Background (Stamptember) Video Tutorial by Britta Swiderski

Here’s the second card of the duo. I always tend to like the second stamping even better than the first – its subtle but bright color tones are right up my alley! All you have to do is lightly mist over the stamp once more and then press a new piece of watercolor paper onto the stamp’s surface. Bam! Two backgrounds for the effort of one.

Distress Marker Fall Leaf Background (Stamptember) Video Tutorial by Britta Swiderski

You can really see how awesome the stacked die cuts in soft navy + glossy accents make a sentiment that is strong enough to stand up to the bold pattern in the background without overpowering the rest of the card. (Jennifer McGuire uses this techniques on her cards often, and I love it!)

Distress Marker Fall Leaf Background (Stamptember) Video Tutorial by Britta Swiderski

Oh! And the Distress Marker colors I used on the background were Mustard Seed (as the base and unifying color), Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon and Barn Door. They all so well into the fall color scheme. I could also see this working very well with a set of lighter or darker greens as well. That would be a great way to bring around this design to spring and summer!

Supplies used on this project: Click below to see where you can buy the products used on this project. Click on “SS” for the product at Simon Says Stamp and “EH” for the product at Ellen Hutson. I only link to products and shops that I know and love. Thank you for your support!

I also promised I would share some of my favorites from the Stamptember® release. Of course I love the Leaf Background stamp, but my other top three would have to be the Many Thanks Stamp Set, the Paw Dies Set (can you imagine all of the cute things I could make about Leia?!?!) and, of course, the new colors of inks. I’m planning a video with a comparison of all the inks that have come out lately – there are so many options out there, but Simon’s inks are some of the best because they’re formulated just like my beloved Hero Arts ones. Yummmm!

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Now it’s back to rest for me; I got hit with this terrible sinus-infection-virus-y-thing that everyone seems to have around here from being at the State Fair. I guess that’s what you get when you put a total of 1,824,830 people in one place over the span of 12 days. At least the doctor gave me a prescription for some kick-butt cough medicine. Ha! See you again soon on Friday with some more much-requested Filofax inserts!



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