Saturday, March 18, 2017

We Love Summer Scrapbook Layout- FREE Cut File

Written by Megan A. Marshall

Hello Lovelies!
I hope everyone is having an awesome day.  This week I worked on my first layout using my cricut.  Lol, my first cutting experience wasn't the greatest.  Yeah... I'm still not 100% satisfied with my cutting machine, hopefully it will change once I have more experience with it. 
 
I've been wanting to make a layout like this forever.  As you may know I'm horrible with an x-acto knife, so I had to wait until I bought a cutting machine.  I'm absolutely thrilled how it turned out.  Lol, next time I will pick and choose which triangles I want with special pattern paper.  For the rest of the layout I will back with ONE piece of pattern paper (8.5"x11).  It will be a much faster process and I think it will be just as cute. 



I used white butterflies in various sizes starting from the bottom left to the upper right.  This helps give the layout motion.  Your eyes start on the bold picture and works its way down the butterfly path to the journaling portion of the layout. 


 
I LOVE using my vintage typewriter for my journaling, especially on a layout with a busy background.  It helps it stand out and it keeps a cohesive look in my scrapbook.  Sometimes I add additional journaling on the back of my layouts in my own handwriting.  If I'm really in the mood to write, I might add a little tidbit about the day I created the layout. 
 
 
 Lol, Pok√©mon Go was a big thing summer 2016.  Alfredo and I went on a ton walks hunting, but this particular day we went on one of the hottest days of summer.  :p

 
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

LHTsketch and Giveaway

Written by Megan A. Marshall

Hello Lovelies!!!
Oh my goodness, I am absolutely thrilled to announce our very first LHTsketch challenge.  If you are not familiar with sketches let me share the details.  It*s not difficult, I promise.  :)  A sketch is an outline or draft to help inspire you to create a scrapbook layout.  Sketches are awesome because they help you use your supplies in fun and creative ways.  I especially enjoy sketches because they add interesting layouts to my scrapbook. 

 

Ok, so I*m going to walk you through our first sketch.  Everything on the sketch is a guideline, put your own spin on it.  So if you are not feeling the giant star, just switch it out for another embellishment.  Maybe you don*t have arrows in your stash, substitute it for something else.  If you have two smaller photos, place them next to each other.  You can also rotate the layout to accommodate portrait photos.   It*s your layout, make it your own.  <3

How to play

Starting the first of every month there will be a new sketch and the challenge will end three days before the end of the month, March 1-29 for this month.  Create a layout inspired by the LHTsketch and post your creation on instagram with the hashtag, #LHTsketch.  If you don*t have instagram you can play along in the "Little Hot Tamale and Friends Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/littlehottamaleandfriends/
 
On March 31, some of the layouts will be chosen to be featured on the Little Hot Tamale blog, and one layout RANDOMLY chosen for a digital LHT collection of your choice.  :)  Btw, an Easter collection is coming soon. 
 


Inspiration projects from the

Little Hot Tamale Creative Squad


LHTCS
Gina Vingiani

Little Hot Tamale
Megan A. Marshall

LHTCS
Marietta Macasadia
 

LHTCS
I'm A Cool Mom


LHTCS
Virginia Villasenor


If you decide to play along this month, don*t forget to use #LHTsketch on your post because I want to see all of your awesome layouts.  I hope you have an amazing week!
Hugs,
Meg

Monday, February 13, 2017

How to Decorate your Planner Pages

 Written by Erica Brown


I use a classic sized Happy Planner for my main planner, but the tips that I’ve included here would work in most planner sizes and styles with only a bit of modification.  I’m a Plan as I Go white space planner, meaning that I plan a bit every day, so my style is less formal.  Here’s a look at this week’s layout before the pen.  I printed a few pages that I thought would work nicely in my planner on sticker paper, and fussy cut all of the stickers.  I’m so happy already!  Watch for a filled out version of this layout next week!


Tips for using a digital kit in your planner:

  • Compare the size of the stickers to your planner pages.  Journaling cards that are 3 by 4 are the width of two boxes in the Happy Planer or Erin Condren.  If you have a busy couple of days, use the cards to fill some space.  I tend to do this for Friday and Saturday, as I work long hours both days.  This will also help you avoid assigning too many to do lists to days when you won’t accomplish them.  
 
 
 
 
 
  • Find some washi that coordinates with your kit.  This will help give you some more options, especially when covering headers.  You can also use them to back tiny words, or to anchor elements.  
 
 
 
  • Don’t feel that you have to use an element in its entirety.  I cut several patterned journal cards in half to use as full boxes, and I cut have come them to use as half and quarter boxes if I needed them.  You can also cut out portions of a design, as I did with the cupid seal from one of the journal cards.  
 
 
 
 
  • Be ready to change the way you use a pattern.  If there are stripes in the kit, use them to create lists.  Cut out individual circle elements to use as circle labels.  Tabs can be headers.  Cute banners can be used for the weekend.  Be innovative! 
 
 
 
  • I didn’t use this tip, but one great thing about Little Hot Tamale digital kits is that she allows you to resize.  With a little bit of work, you could easily change sticker and card sizes to be easier to use in your planner! 
 
 
I had so much fun using this collection in my Happy Planner!  I love girly colors and kawaii themes, and this digital collection definitely had that!  I also love how many different elements came with it.  I have so many more pieces still in my pile before I start reusing them.  In fact, the really hard part was narrowing it down!
 
 

 

Friday, February 3, 2017

10 Creative Pocket Letter Tips!

Written by Becky Sher


Pocket letters don't have to be fancy to be amazing?  But if you have a few tricks up your sleeve, you can do a lot of fun stuff in nine little pockets. 

 
 

Here are a few tips:

 
1. Use a binder ring to add a few extra elements or goodies to the edge of your letter.  A tassel made from ribbon or yarn looks extra festive and your pal can use it later to decorate her planner, if she uses one.  Wrap a sample of twine or washi tape on a plastic bobbin (find them in the embroidery section of the craft or fabric store".  I also made a little charm from a doughnut eraser -- I screwed a tiny eye hook in the top. 


2. An assortment of fun paper clips makes a cute gift to your pen pal.  I always send some of my favorite gold paper clips?   I stashed them in a tiny plastic bag and then hid them with some cute embellishments.

3. Everyone loves to receive flair buttons in happy mail.  If you don't have a button maker, you can use epoxy stickers to make flair, or buy sets from sellers on Etsy.  Keep an eye out when you're shopping -- flair is everywhere right now, even at the dollar store.  Sometimes the backing paper wants to pop out because the buttons are chubby, so I added a paper clip at the top to keep it in place.  I just glued an inexpensive craft store pom pom to a gold paper clip.

4. I love to include tags in my pocket letters.  I use removable glue dots to attach them to the backing paper, so they don't wiggle around, but my pal can still use the tag if she wants.  If you want, you include "mail tag" questions on the back of the tag for your en pal to answer.  Or she can use it next time she gives a gift. 


5. WASHI!  Save pieces of clear plastic from the packaging of your craft supplies (stickers often come on clear plastic backing).  I've used the plastic "window" from the front of a box of pasta!  Cut the plastic to size, and wrap with some samples of fun washi.  I stapled one of the tabs from the "Sweet Life" collection to the top of my plastic piece for some extra pizzazz. 

6. Don't be afraid to use embellishments on the OUTSIDE of your pockets.  I use strong double-sided tape or foam dots to attach elements.  And remember, it's OK to cross over pockets in the same row (don't cross vertically if you're going to fold your letter for mailing). 


7. Create a little pocket to stash more goodies for your pen pal.  I made a little goodie pack with stickers and more ephemera from the "Sweet Life" collection.

 
8. Shaker pockets make everything better!  You can use a Fuse tool to seal your pockets, but if you don't have one, narrow double-sided tape works just as well.  You can even seal with washi tape, so your pal can re-use the sequins and confetti.

9. It's OK to cover up part of your shaker pocket -- it adds a little extra interest.  I absolutely love this cassette tape, so I had to use it here with the words "You rock!"

10. The last thing I do is cover the edge of my letter with washi tape.  This just keeps it from looking quite so much like an office supply.  I like to use little bits of different tapes, but you could use one long piece, of course. 


Monday, January 16, 2017

Little Hot Tamale Creative Squad Call





Hello Lovelies!  Are you passionate about releasing your creative side?  Do you get excited about sharing your projects in beautiful photos to inspire and meet others in the crafting community.  If this sounds like you, that is fantastic because I would love to have a few fabulous individuals to join the "Little Hot Tamale Creative Squad."  Yay! 

I*m looking for a variety of crafters from all crafting backgrounds that can use Little Hot Tamale products in fun ways that inspire others.  I believe crafting is more than just a hobby, it is your "special YOU time" used to express yourself and unwind.  I would love to have members that are interested in scrapbooking, snail mail, planning, and journaling.  I don*t expect anyone to fit all the categories or have a similar style as me.  That is the beauty of creating, everyone has their own style.  :) 

Requirements:
  • Printer - to print your FREE Little Hot Tamale collections
  • Photography Skills - take pretty pictures to showcase your projects
  • Social Media Presence - be active on some form of social media 
  • Use Little Hot Tamale products on your LHT Creative Squad projects
  • Able to meet deadlines that we decide on together
  • Share you projects on your social media and mention what collection you used
LHT Perks:
  • Receive the latest LHT digital collection free
  • Projects will be featured on the LHT blog, facebook page, or instagram
  • Be apart of the private Little Hot Tamale Squad group, FUN! 
How to apply:
Submit information to thelittlehottamale@yahoo.com
Subject Line: LHTCreativeSquad
  • Name
  • What do you enjoy creating (scrapbook layouts, snail mail, planning, etc)
  • links to your social media
  • Tell me something you are excited about this year?  Doesn*t have to be crafting releated.
  • 2 or 3 pictures of a project or projects you enjoyed making :)
Applications are due by January 23, 2017

Thank you for considering applying to the "Little Hot Tamale Creative Squad."   I hope you have an amazing day.

Hugs,
Meg!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Alice in Wonderland Flipbook Share - Little Hot Tamale


Hello Lovelies!
Today I wanted to share one of my all time favorite flipbooks I ever made.  <3 I had so much creating this "Alice in Wonderland" flipbook for a creative mail swap I participated in.  Almost everything is completely hand painted.  :)  If you would like to learn more about my process please check out the video I included.  I hope you have an amazing day!!!
Hugs! - Meg
 
Ohh... if you*re not a member of "Little Hot Tamale and Frineds" on Facebook don*t forget to check it out.  :) 
 
 




 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

"Little Hot Tamale and Friends" Facebook Group

 
Hello Lovelies! 
It*s been a very long time since I*ve blogged and it feels great to be back.  :)  Since the last time we talked/shared a few fun and amazing things have happened.  Yay!!!  Lol, Also some not so great things, but you never know, in time those instances may turn into something positive... we*ll see. 
 
Anyway, I hope everyone is having a great summer or enjoying the cooler weather if you are one of my Australian friends.  <3
 
What have you been up to?  Something that I*ve been active in lately is the new facebook group for Little Hot Tamale called "Little Hot Tamale and Friends."  So far it has been a blast, I*ve met so many fabulous crafters and friends from all over the world.  We have a monthly challenge and swap that all the members can participate in.  This month we tried to use crepe paper on a project or embellishment.  Seriously, I had no idea there were so many cool things we could make with crepe paper, thank you for all the awesome members that have participated so far.  :)  As for the swap, we just had our partners assigned for "Mini Pocket Letters."  Everyone seems so excited, myself included.  Along with our monthly projects, it is a great community to share and meet other crafty friends.  If you have a crafty YouTube Channel or Instagram I encourage all the group members to share their accounts.  There is also an area where you can share if you are currently hosting a giveaway on your YouTube Channel.  I know this month 3 members are hosting one.  :)  Ohh... I almost forgot, I also created a fun summer theme free printable to celebrate the new group and summer. 
 
I hope to see you there.  Here is the link if you would like to join.