Tuesday Tip: Create a Swatch Book

Do you keep track of all the markers, paints, pencils, and inks you own OR do you trust you can find them in your craft space and hope that you don’t buy doubles when your favorite craft store has a sale? If you are looking for a way to keep track and stay a little more organized, then today’s Tuesday Tip is for you.

In my latest Craft Space Tour, I briefly mentioned my Swatch Binder. Today, I am going to show you how I use this book and share ways that you can make a few swatches of your own.


For those who are new to color swatching, let me explain what these are and how I use them. Swatches allow you to see the dried result of a specific medium – paint, ink, gel, spray, etc. When you create a swatch, you can see the variety of tints, gradients, and patterns in that medium.

I keep all of my swatches in my planner because it travels with me everywhere. When I shop, I can check my swatches to see if I already own a specific color. When I am crafting, I use my swatches to match my papers or cardstock to the medium I plan on using.

In the video, I show how I create swatches for Spectrum Noir Triblends and Watercolor Paints. The alcohol marker swatches are self-explanitory. I simply shade in the area with the color label.

Watercolors are swatched a little differently. When I use watercolors, I can change the shade of the pigment by adding more water. I created my swatches to show the variation of pigment to water ratios.

I have labeled both my watercolor swatches and my watercolor palette using a label maker. This may seem a bit tedious, but it is much easier for people to read the labels when I am teaching in-person and online.

Once I have completed a swatch sheet, I use a Disc Punch to add it to my planner. If you don’t want to use a disc planner, you can create a three-ring binder full of swatches or add it to an artist’s notebook.

No matter how you organize your swatches, they will be a great reference for you. If you would like to learn how to create a swatch book of your own, go ahead and watch today’s Tuesday Tip!

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My swatch book stays in my craft space and goes with me when I shop and go to weekend retreats. I keep it near when I am crafting so that I can see which colors will go best with a pattern paper I am using. These swatches also come in handy when my favorite craft shop is having a sale. No more buying doubles of my favorite ink or marker. πŸ˜‰

I hope that today’s Tuesday Tip inspired you to create a swatch book of your own. If you have already made one, I would like to know how you store your swatches. Feel free to comment below and tell me about your swatch book or post any questions you have.

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Welcome to the In This Together Blog Hop

This week, our team will be sharing projects to inspire you using the In This Together papers, stickers, and stamp set. This limited-time special has been designed for you to celebrate the happy moments from the past year.  

What is a blog hop? 152397897_10158228882137686_5824777505515155670_nThis is a wonderful way for you to gather a few ideas for using a specific element on your projects. You may be just starting out here or you may have come from Kristine Ponte’s blog – either way, you are in the right place.  When you are finished viewing my Quirky Quarantine card, click the link at the end of my post to β€œhop” on over to the next website. If you get lost along the way, you will find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


One year ago, no one expected that we would be experiencing a quickly changing world. A life locked down, full of virtual events, and learning to adapt to daily changes. Many of my friends are still struggling with the changes, so I decided that I would cheer them up with a Quirky Quarantine slimline card.

Just roll with it. That’s how I have had to live life over the last year. I am sure many of you felt the same way. There was absolutely nothing I could do to change what was happening, so I just had to roll with the punches. That little stamp made this saying even more amusing being placed on a TP roll. Do you remember that shortage?

I chose to stamp the image on yellow pattern paper using Intense Black ink, shaded it with watercolor pencils, and added it onto the card like a tab. I created a matching tab at the bottom using our Tabs & Tags thin cuts.

The background papers from the In This Together collection were adhered to a slimline card base and a little stitching was added for texture. I love how bright and cheery these papers are and plan to use them for a few of my spring layouts.

To break up the plaid pattern, I cut a circle and flipped it over to reveal the dots on the back. This circle helped me to frame my sentiment with the stickers.

The remaining parts of the card were simple. These are all stickers from the In This Together sticker sheet layered atop each other using foam tape. I added some flowers, hearts, a cheerful sentiment, and a few silly additions to put a smile on the recipient’s face.


I hope that this project inspired you, brought a smile to your face, and triggered a few happy memories from the past year. Now head on over to the talented Cat Nowak β€™s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all of the blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas.  

Don’t forget! These In This Together items are only available until March 31st.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to learn more about the discounted bundles and how you can earn 15% in rewards as a VIP

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Day Seven: 31 Days of Christmas Cards Collab

I am so excited to share our new Creative Design Team video collab with you entitled 31 Days of Christmas Cardsβ™₯.  Each day, one of our design team members will be showing you how to create some beautiful projects so that you can get a head-start on your Christmas card making.  Make sure that you are subscribed to each of these YoutUbe channels and click on the notification bell so that you are notified when each daily video is added. 

My Christmas Cards are going to be featured every Wednesday in October, and I will be posting the tutorials on my channel and here on my blog for you to enjoy. At the end of the month, I will post the complete playlist so that you can view EVERY video we have created.  

Today, I decided to feature one of my favorite seasonal background dies – the Layered Floral Thin Cuts.  These are currently available, while supplies last, in the September/October catalog and I have fallen in love with this beautiful intricate design. 

I wanted to show you two ways that you could use these thin cuts. This set of three dies is sized to fit a standard A2 size card, so I chose to show you how to use with cardstock, glitter paper, and a PML card.  

The Comfort & Joy PML card design was an on-camera experiment. I liked the pattern on that PML card, but I knew that it was smaller than the background thin cut, so I decided to figure out a way to use it.  In my video, you get to see how I “made it work” and now I plan to try it again with a few more of the pocket cards in my stash. 

I also chose to show you how I use stickers on my cards. For some people this is a foreign concept, but I have found that many of our stickers are ideal for sentiments and embellishments especially when you need a last minute card. 

On each design, I used few gold stickers from the Comfort & Joy sticker sheet to embellish the card and, on one of the cards, a simple Silent Night sticker sentiment.   

Each of the Poinsettias were created using the Comfort & Joy Scrapbooking stamp set.  The flowers on these cards were layered with the berries and pine bough images.

On the Scarlet card, I stamped the images in Scarlet ink and cut a few of the layers from vellum using the matching thin cuts dies.  I wanted this to be a monochromatic looking card, so I chose to stamp the image in that beautiful scarlet color, black, and gold.  

To give the look of little yellow flowers, I adhered a pile of beads in the center using Liquid Glass.  Can I just say, I am so excited that we have beads now.β™₯  On my home dΓ©cor projects, I have always used a product like the beads for the centers of my flowers, and, now that we have the beads, I can show you how I like to use them. 

The second Poinsettia is a little more traditional with the green leaves and simple gold center.  I chose to stamp and cut multiple images and layer them together using foam dots. 

I am loving how each one of these turned out.  They have such an elegant look with those Layered Floral Background thin cuts, yet, they were so simple to make using stamps and stickers. 

If you would like to create a set of these cards, or watch my PML card experiment, you can click on the video below. If you wish to subscribe to my channel or any of the other Creative Design Team members, head on over to YoutUbe, and click on the “description” in the video. There you will see a list of all of our design team members. 

I hope that you were inspired to create something new and create a few Christmas cards of your own.  Make sure to stop by each week for another Christmas Card project idea. 

Don’t forget! The Layered Floral Background Die and Stamp Set I used are available for a limited time.  As a VIP you can get 15% back in rewards when you purchase these AND when you sign up as a VIP this month, you get a $25 bonus to use on just about anything on my website.  

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