Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Brother Scan and Cut 2 where have you been all my life?

I am in love.

Ever have one of those times when you buy a new toy and you just hope it lives up to your expectations only to fall woefully short? Yeah, me too, so it was with high hopes but also a little bit of trepidation that I made an impulse buy on Amazon for a Brother Scan N Cut 2 even though I already own a Cricut Explore.  I really didn't need a cutting machine but I saw a video on youtube showing how awesome it is for fussy cutting and it was a decent price ($249 at the time) so I said what the heck.

Well let me tell you, HOLY MOLY this thing is AWESOME!  Forget buying the matching dies with all your stamp sets. Forget complicated programing. Forget painstaking hours of fussy cutting by hand. It's all a thing of the past with the BSnC2!   I am a fussy cutting fool! I took my BSnCN2 out of the box and had my first sheet of stamped images cut out in under 10 minutes.  With so many ongoing projects this little work horse has become my new BFF.  

Check out what I've cut out in my first session using my machine.  First I fussy cut a bunch of halloween images for my halloween scrapbook pages:


(these are also brand new stamps!!  You can find them here:  Halloween stamps

My first page turned out awesome:






Then because I was giddy with all the possibilities,  I fussy cut out tons more images to start working on my foundation pages for my 2016 December Daily Scrapbook Album:

 (Psst... these brand new stamps are available right now in the shop!) 
You can find them here:  Christmas Stamps



Did I mention this all took me about 30 minutes to cut out? The coolest thing is that this machine can cut on the edge of the image, slightly inside the image or you can add a border (with several different thicknesses to choose from!).  And you don't need your computer to use it for this feature. But the best part about this machine? It can scan and cut up to almost 12x12 surface area!

If you are looking for an amazing machine to make all your fussy cutting dreams come true, look no further than the Brother Scan N Cut 2.  It has the shortest learning curve of all the machines. It literally takes 3 minutes to load the mat, scan and push a few buttons. No software to learn it's all in the machine. This is a game change for sure.  

(This is my honest review, I am not being compensated and I am not affiliated with Amazon or Brother in anyway, I just LOVE this machine so much I needed to share how cool it is). 


Monday, August 15, 2016

PLANNING: SW5W -Same Week 5 Ways...

Yup, TWO posts in the same day.

If you haven't figured it out already I have jumped on the planner train big time.  I have been using planners for my business for years. I've scrapbooked and rubber stamped for decades. It's a logical fit to mesh them all together into this glorious decorative planning craze.   So when Irene at the DoodleFactory told me she was available to collaborate on some new stamps the first thing that came to mind was planner icons.  I wanted to make a massive collection of planner stamps, the set of all sets to cover every possible need. It ended up being 160 adorable stamps which now live on my desk full time and that I use in my planners daily.  So along with all the great stamps, stickers and washi tape you might want, you of course need a planner (or two or three!) and I decided to justify (indulge) my love of all things paper by buying a few of the planners I like the most.  That is when the idea for doing this Same Week 5 Ways (SW5W for short) came up.


So my idea was to do a planner spread of the same events I document in the same week for each planner. There is some variation on the placement and I *might* have got a couple of things mixed up, but it was my first time doing this so cut me a little bit of slack this go round.

I learned a lot of things doing this project. First, it was a lot of fun and second I learned there is no such thing as the coveted "planner peace".  Although, there are several things I like about each planner like the high quality paper and integrated book band in the InkWELL press Classic and Flex planners. Like the gorgeous covers, awesome pouch, perpetual calendar, and generous amount of stickers in the Erin Condren Life Planners or the lovely paper quality (second only to the IWP), great flexibility large amount of coordinating products and an incredible price point of the Mambi Happy Planner.  (Seriously, if you can embrace the disc binding of this planner this is the best quality planner with an unbelievably low price tag). Or the more portable size of the A5 filofax Saffiano with undated inserts from the NeedWants on Etsy.

So here is how my first ever SW5W's came out:



InkWELL Press Classic (Mid-year 2016-2017)






InkWELL Press FLEX (Mid year 2016-2017)





Mambi Happy Planner (18 month 2017)



NeedWants on Etsy (A5 Week on Two printable undated)
in Filofax A5 Saffiano Binder


(alphabet stamps by Atelier Dreams)


Erin Condren Life Planner 18 months 2017






The only thing I did have to change up was the stickers  (All the stickers I used are from MAMBI), since I did not have enough duplicates but I did try to add stickers that were similar but still coordinate with the colors within the planners.

Well, that's was fun, I hope you enjoyed seeing the results as much as I enjoyed working on these spreads from last week.





We're Back and we've got a BIG GIVEAWAY too!

**Cross-posting with the company blog**

Hi Everyone!

Bet you never thought you would hear from us again! It's been a long SIX years?!?! Where does the time go?  We closed down our old website and have moved to a little shoppe on etsy but our website address is still the same www.starvingartistamps.com

We are so excited to be back and to tell you we are kicking off our return with a new release in our Planner Stamps series.  The new collection is called Planner Compendium and is designed by one of your favorite Designers Irene from the DoodleFactory!   This 160 planner icon set is JAM PACKED with everything you can imagine.  It's an 8" x 10.5" full sheet of real red rubber available as a set with cling cushion and a storage board or a just rubber only version.  

Our Planner Compendium No. 1 collection is ready to buy now but the BEST part? From now until August 31st, 2016 you have two chances to WIN  the complete Planner Compendium No. 1 set (with cling cushion attached and a storage board included) FREE!



To enter to win one of the sets follow us on instagram at sastampink and leave us a comment telling us which icon you like the best and what other icons you would like to see.  

For a second chance to win head on over to Youtuber: NicoleJones911's Video Planner Stamp Review.  Just subscribe to her channel and post a comment on her video.



DON'T want to wait to find out if you won? You can SHOP NOW and use the code " welcomeback " to take 10% off your order site wide!  The code will work from now until September 1st 2016. (not valid on past purchases). Good Luck!  Wow, it's so great to be BACK!  
 

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