Do you love happymail?!

Marie from Thoughtful Studio has created a fun challenge for the month of May to shine some light on the essential workers in our postal service. There are four prompts and some awesome freebies to start creating with.

For week one, I used the Tess-A-Penpal digital paper kit and ephemera to create these colorful themed tags. I cut out the stitched tag bases using some dies from my stash, as well as a lacey border die from Pinkfresh Studio.

I used the lacey die to cut a few of the patterned papers from the kit and layered them at the top of the larger tag. Then I arranged a bunch of the ephemera across the whole tag and glued it down.

I tried to do something a little different for the next tag by adding a tiny pocket to the front. I took a rounded stitched rectangle die that fit the front of the tag and cut it from a piece of patterned paper. Then I ripped it in half and added tea dye distress oxide along the edges.

I added 1/8" double sided tape to the back and attached it to the tag. I used more ephemera from the collection to embellish the front and add to the inside of the little pocket.

You can find more creations from me and the rest of the Thoughtful Studio design team on Instagram and Facebook @thoughtfulstudio, as well as following the hashtags #madewiththoughtful and #thoughtfulstudioDT .

If you'd like to get these lovely freebies for yourself, you can follow this link: and click #HAPPYMAYL Challenge Printables.

Click on over to my next post to see the week two prompt: a Snailmail Folder!

-Jenni :)





Classic Edgers:


I hope everyone had a nice weekend and a lovely Mother’s Day.

I have been attempting to organize lately, which only seems to be making a bigger mess. 😅 However, I came across some stamps that I haven’t used in awhile and was inspired to make up some cards.

Some of those stamps included a bunch from Sweet Stamp Shop, particularly the princess sets. I thought they would be really fun to color up and give me a chance to use a couple sets that I hadn’t yet.

To start, I stamped out the princesses and a castle onto a piece of 80 lb. Neenah card stock with Gina K. amalgam ink.

I colored in the images with a combination of Spectrum Noir and Copic markers. I used gold and white Uniball Signo gel pens to add details and highlights.

Once colored, I fussy cut around images and moved onto the sentiment.

I masked off part of the sentiment “Be brave, dreams come true everyday” that was included in one of the sets, and used Versamark ink to stamp it onto a blue card stock banner. I added white detail embossing powder and melted it with my heat tool.

I cut the ’smile’ die from Hello Bluebird‘s Photo Stack Die set from dark pink card stock to finish the sentiment.

I used a sheet of patterned paper from a Craftsmart paper pad called Mermaid Lagoon for the card front. I layered that on top of a piece of aqua card stock I cut to 5”x7”.

I made a 5”x7” card base from 110 lb. White card stock and added the main panel.

I love Disney, so coloring up these images to match some of the classic and new princesses was super fun.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

-Jenni :)



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Everyday Sentiment Banners:

Updated: May 7


Today I'm sharing another fun project with Thoughtful Studio's newest paper collection, Tessa's Summer Storms.

For this project I decided to dip my toes into the world of planning!

This adventure was sparked by a clearance find at my local grocery store. I happened to be perusing the craft aisles a couple months ago when I came across a Happy Planner from 2018-2019 marked down to $3.00. As I was completely new to planning, I thought that would be a great start at a price that couldn't be beat.

A little while later Hobby Lobby, JoAnn, and Michaels started clearing out their old planners and accessories as well and I was able to grab a couple stamp sets that I hoped to use to upcycle my planner.

For me, I really liked the idea of creating a new layout each week/month covered in card stock, stickers, stamps, washi, etc. that I could look back on, more so than heavy planning.

But, like most things, I'm sure I will get sucked into to the world of planners and need every sticker and cute pen that I see on Instagram; but for now I am loving overhauling my out of date planner. I thought the perfect way to get started was with some gorgeous Thoughtful Studio patterned papers, a freebie, and some ephemera! :)

I started by cutting down small pieces of card stock to trim the 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" boxes on the top and bottoms. I cut apart a sheet of ephemera from a freebie that Marie is currently offering, which you can find here, as well as the additional ephemera that comes with the digital kit.

I covered the dates and small calendar with strips of card stock and used stamps and dies to relabel the boxes. I cut and glued down the patterned card stock randomly across the rest of layout and added some stamped images.

To me, working on these layouts was mostly relaxing and satisfying, like a puzzle! Everything had a place and all the pieces fit together perfectly. Watching my video back during editing, it kind of reminded me of those "Oddly Satisfying Videos" where people cut through bars of soap and kinetic sand haha!

If you have any planner people you might like to suggest on Instagram or YouTube, I'd love to check them out, feel free to leave me a comment and let me know. :)

You can find more creations from me and the rest of the Thoughtful Studio design team on Instagram and Facebook @thoughtfulstudio, as well as following the hashtags #madewiththoughtful and #thoughtfulstudioDT .

And of course, you can get these wonderful patterned papers here: Thank you so much for stopping by!

-Jenni :)



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