2020 Stenciled Journal


IMG_6753wmGreetings!  Chris here sharing this journal I started to member this odd 2020 year. And what a year it has been so far.   Working in the health field has been challenging, but so many other things happened not only in the world, but also personally in our family this year, I wanted to not only remember this in years to come, but hopefully, look back and see that God has brought us through it.  


I am going to share how I created the album covers.  To recreate this journal you will need:

 Clear Scraps 6x8 Blank Wood Album

 Clear Scraps 2020 shake

 Clear Scraps Quarterfoil Stencil

 Clear Scraps Brick Wall Stencil

 Clear Scraps Butterfly flock Stencil 


other supplies

Distress Ink, Blender Brushes, Printed Tissue Paper, Embossing ink and powder, modge podge, Stamps, grid index cards, sequins


Cover the  Clear Scraps 6x8 Blank Wood Album with tissue paper using adhesive under the tissue paper only. 



Using stencils ink tissue paper with distress inks. 



Keep layering stencils over each other.
You can see below the front and back of the album.  

Apply modge podge over stenciled covers.  Due to the nature of the distress inks the ink made bleed a bit but it matches the mood of the year and my album.  Tear a piece of paper and ink edges.  Stamp sentiments and adhere to front of the album. 

To create your shaker, coat the top layer of your  Clear Scraps 2020 shaker  with embossing ink and then embossing powder of your choice.  Heat emboss and set aside. 

IMG_6695Assemble the bottom pieces of the shaker.  I used grid note cards cover my numbers in 2020.  


Assemble your shaker and add sequins. 


Remove both pieces of protective covering from acrylic and adhere to shaker.  Add embossed top layer to finish.Add finished shaker to front of album to finish. 






Shabby Chic Birdcage Album

Hello Crafty Friends!

Hope you all are staying safe and healthy! I'm glad to be back on the Clear Scraps Blog today with a album project to share! I just adore this birdcage acrylic album from Clear Scraps! You can find it here Birdcage album

I also uses one of these chipboard Dragonfly pieces to decorate my album Chipboard Shape


I chose some new papers and diecuts from Stamperia "Hortensia" collection to decorate my album. 

First off you'll  want to peel off the protective sheet from each piece of your album. Then I took some white acrylic paint and painted the surface of birdcage album pieces. You don't need a heavy coat of paint since you will covering up most of the surface. Let dry throughly before continuing to the next step.


Next up I took a piece of matching rice paper, and tore random strips and used my sponge and Decoupage glue and adhered the rice paper to the front part of my album piece. Let dry.


For the back side, I traced one of the papers from the paper pad and glued it to the back of the first album piece. I fuzzy cut one of the clock pieces from my paper, inked the edges and added some pop dots to the back, and adhered on the top. Then took a matching chipboard diecut and glued on top of the matching image. 


I repeated these steps and traced all my papers for each of the remaining pages. Then glued them down onto the acrylic pages. 

I took the  Clear Scraps  Dragonfly chipboard piece, added some glue all around the surface. Then sprinkled black glitter on the body. And purple for the wings. Shake off any excess glitter. Set aside to dry. I love the variety of  ways you decorate these chipboard piecesfrom Clear Scraps. Paint, glitter, or ink and emboss them. They are so sturdy and fun to use!


Now comes the fun part of decorating your album pages. For the next page I fuzzy cut out one of the frames, inked the edges and added some pop dots. Then glued a sentiment diecut and butterflies. Scattered a few gems around my page. 


For my next page I cut out another journal card and glued to the middle of the page. Added a 3D butterfly and cut out another sentiment and glued at the bottom. I added a chipboard bird and a few Dazzle stickers!


My next page I used a diecut frame from Anna Griffin. Inked the edges and used pop dots to adhere to my page. I fuzzy cut out some flowers and sentiment. I used pop dots to adhere to the bottom of my frame.


For my remaining pages, I kept some simple with adding just a diecut sentiment and left plenty of space where you can add a photo.


Now to decorate the cover, I glued my Dragonfly chipboard towards the top of my album. Added some Prima flowers to the bottom left hand corner and tucked in a few roses in between. I fuzzycur the little bird from one of the papers. Inked the edges and used pop dots to adhere to my album. I tied a purple satin bow through all the pages to attach them together. 


I hope you try making your own album for yourself or it would also make the perfect gift!

Thank you for stopping by the Clear Scraps Blog. 

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See you soon! Happy Crafting!

Other supplies used: Stamperia "Hortensia" papers and diecuts, Mod Podge, Folk Art acrylic paint, Beacon glue, Stickles glitter- Diamond and Star Dust, sponge brush, Black and Purple glitter

Chipboard 8x8 3-Tabbed Album

Hi friends! It's Jennifer here on the blog to share a mini album I  created using the Chipboard 8x8 3-Tabbed Album!  We took a short trip to Michigan last month so I  wanted to document some of my favorite photos! Clear Scraps has a variety of styles and sizes of mini albums to choose from!  One of the many reasons why I  love creating with them!  


I  began by painting the edges on both sides of each page with white acrylic paint. I  allowed a bit of the chipboard to show through to give a distressed look to go with the patterned paper.  I  then cut my background papers to 7.75 x 7.75 inches and adhered with my Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive. 


Each page is large enough to fit standard size 4x6 photos (both vertical and horizontal).  I  tried to mix my sizes up by adding a few 4x4 pictures as well. I  love the clean look of matting my photos onto white cardstock so you will find this throughout my book.  


I  tried to utilize at least two different patterns on each page as well as adding in an accent color. Here, you can see I  adhered a strip of the light blue pattern at the right edge of my page. 


I  also added embellishments from the collection I  used such as stickers and chipboard shapes.  



Thank you for stopping by the blog today! I   hope you are inspired to create a mini book of your own using a Clear Scraps Album!  You can see all the albums by clicking HERE! Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, stickers, chipboard stickers: Carta Bella; cardstock: Bazzill; ink: Ranger; bakers twine: Whisker Graphics; enamel dots: Simple Stories, Echo Park; ribbon: May Arts, Snug Hug; paint: DecoArt; hole punch: We R Memory Keepers; border punch: EK Success; journaling pen, stamps: American Crafts; sewing machine: Janome; misc: chrome book rings, thread. 

2020 Wood Album by Steph

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today using the Blank 6x8  Wood Album.   

As this album is blank, you can determine how you want to use it. 
I decided to  create a journal for 2020. 
With all that has been going on this year, this album will aid in documenting all that has happened.


Use assorted colors of spray inks to add color to the covers.  Use a paper towel, if necessary, to blend and blot the colors where they meet.  You can be light handed, as I was, or heavy handed, depending on the look you are seeking.  With a light effect, I love the wood grain that shows through the spray inks.  Be sure to spritz both sides of the album covers so you can choose which sides you want for the exterior of the album.


Place the 6" Shattered Glass Stencil on the corner of the front panel.  Use modeling paste to create texture and dimension over a portion of the stencil.


Remove the stencil and clean it immediately.  Place the album aside and let it dry.


Ink the 2020 Chipboard Word Title with 2 coordinating colors of ink and emboss with clear embossing powder.  This adds a little bit of shine to the chipboard word title.


Glue 2020 to the front cover.


Cut papers to fit the album then add rings to finish the album.  I left the papers plain.  I plan on decorating each page as I complete the album.

Thanks for stopping by.


Other supplies: Imagine Crafts Inks and Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays; modeling paste

Flip Flops Mini Shaker Album

Hello friends! Hope this finds you well!  We are in the full swing of summer! And though things may look different this year we are still creating fun, family memories!  One of the first things I  fell in love with were the Clear Scraps mini albums!  After layouts, mini books are my favorite to create!  So today I'm sharing the 6x6 Chipboard 3 Tabbed Album featuring the Flip Flops Mini Shaker Shape


The Chipboard Album consists of 5 pages large enough for standard sized photos (4x6) or if you want to do an Instagram album, it is perfect for that as well! I  made space for 4x4 and 3x5 photos as I  usually trim my pictures to mat onto white cardstock.  


Before decorating my album, I  used white acrylic paint to cover the inside half inch of each page (both sides). You will find that the paint will dry quickly on the chipboard since it is good quality so you will not need a lot.  I  also used the same acrylic paint to color the top frame of my Flip Flops Shaker.  


Each page I  covered with patterned paper cutting to approximately 5.75 x 5.75 inches. I  did corner round the outside edges as well.  


As you can see, I  like to incorporate a lot of different patterns as well as layer embellishments around my photos.  I   love to use small accents such as stickers or enamel dots. 


Each tab on the chipboard page I placed a sticker from the paper collection I  used. They seemed to fit perfectly in the space!  


Allowing die cuts or stickers to "hang off" the edges of your page is a fun technique to use as well. Here, I  added a tag at the top of my page placing it so the top overreaches the edge of the page. I  then added some red and white bakers twine to accent.  



It's difficult to tell in this photo but here I  utilized pop dots to give dimension to my photo itself.  I  then added embellishments around again using pop dots/foam tape as needed.  Anyone who has craft with me knows I'm a big fan of pop dots! LOL


I   love adding small sentiments over the edges of my photo if space allows. 


Thank you for stopping by the blog today! You can see all the Mini Albums by clicking HERE!  And while you're at the shop, check out what's new with Clear Scraps! Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, chipboard, die cuts, stickers, enamel dots, washi tape: Simple Stories; cardstock: Bazzill; corner rounder: Creative Memories; border punch: EK Success; bakers twine: Whisker Graphics; ribbon: SnugHug; paint: DecoArt; sequins: Teresa Collins Designs, Crate Paper, Jillibean Soup; adhesive: Beacon, Tombow, Thermoweb; sewing machine: Janome; misc: chrome book rings, thread

Tropical 5x7 Chipboard Album

Hello friends! I'm here to share a mini album I  created using the 5x7 Chipboard Album along with a few favorite Clear Scraps products! Its almost summer and most of us would be planning our next vacation.  I  know for us we will be pretty much staying the next best thing is scrapping a favorite trip!  My husband and I  were fortunate to travel to Costa Rica this past December!


I  used the Sanddollar Chipboard Embellishment Shapes to decorate the inside of my book. Here is one of the chipboard that I  adhered at the bottom left corner of my journaling.  I  even placed a brad through the center and accented with coral bakers twine.  


I'm going to show the steps of the technique I  used to embellish my chipboard.  I  began by painting the fronts with acrylic paint in white. 


Once dry, I  applied embossing ink then used glitter embossing powder; holographic for the starfish and blue for the sand dollar. 


I  utilized my 12x12 Acrylic Sheets to create extra pages for my book.  Here, I  cut two separate pieces of acrylic to create a flap (I  used cardstock and a bone folder to create the connecting piece).  




Here, you can see that I  used the sand dollar as my accent at the bottom of the pocket.  I  cut down the photos and attached half scallop circles with brads.  



This is a little 4x6 accent page I  created to add in extra embellishments. This is also a good way to add journaling or additional photos. 


I  secured the 4x6 Sunrise Stencil over my acrylic and colored with alcohol ink using an applicator. 


For my next page, I   utilized washi tape to create a way to flip up the top photo. I   affixed a tab at the bottom for easy lifting and secured with a staple. 


Here is a photo of the photo underneath which is adhered directly the the chipboard page. 





Here, I  scored patterned paper to create a flap and add an extra page. 







Thanks for stopping by the blog today! You can check out the many albums Clear Scraps has to offer by clicking HERE!  Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, stickers, die cuts, chipboard, enamel dots, brads, washi tape, foam letters: Simple Stories; adhesive: Beacon, Tombow, Thermoweb; cardstock: Bazzill; punches: EK Success, We R Memory Keepers; alcohol ink, embossing ink: Ranger, bakers twine: Whisker Graphics, The Twinery; paint: Deco Art; embossing powder: Recollections, Ranger; sewing machine: Janome; misc: thread, book rings, ribbon. 



Mixed Media Travel Album

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today with a Mixed Media Travel Album using the Mixable Lovely Album.

Have you seen the wide variety of albums that are available?  Some are chipboard, some are acrylic and some are a combination.
There are also many styles and sizes to create with.


This album is approximately 6" x 8" and is a combination of acrylic and chipboard panels in a variety of cascading shapes.


Remember to remove the plastic covering on the acrylic pieces before adding your papers and embellishments. 
The beauty of the Mixable Albums is that you can create them any way you desire.


Going with a travel theme, I used papers from Stamperia to create my album.


Some of the papers were cut to fit the pages.  Some papers were torn and assembled together on the pages.
Pockets were created to add more space for pictures and journaling. 
Tags were inked and added about the album.


Using Sizzix dies, I die cut words which were added to the front cover over a post card.
Additional words were added to various pages inside the album.


Additional tags were included as pages for more journaling opportunities.
Twine was added to the tags so they would be easily removed and replaced.


Rings are included with the album so I finished by tying ribbons to the rings of the album.

I will be traveling this year and think this album will be a fun way to document my upcoming trip.

Thanks for stopping by.


Other supplies:  Sizzix dies, Stamperia Papers, Distress Ink, Ribbon


House DIY Wood Shapes

Hello! It's Jennifer here on the blog to share a mini album I created using the new House Wood DIY Shapes! You receive three shapes in each package where you can use a single shape or all three to create your project! After layouts, mini albums are one of my favorite to create so that's what I  chose!  I  thought the house shape would be perfect to showcase some favorite photos of my family! 


I  covered each page with patterned paper using my  Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive and sanding the edges. To create contrast, I  applied a light coat of white acrylic paint around the edges of each page. 


The bottom portion of the page is large enough to fit a horizontal 4x6 photo. I   almost always mat my pictures onto white cardstock and back with another patterned paper. 


The birch wood is sturdy yet easy to use a Crop o Dile or Big Bite to place holes for your book rings (you can also thread your pages using ribbon or jute).  



I  like to add extras in my books such as envelopes or small acrylic pages. Here, I  had a kraft envelope in my stash that I  used for extra embellishments and journaling.  You can also add photos or place mementos into the envelope. 



Besides covering with patterned paper, you can ink, paint, or stamp onto the birch wood.  The Clear Scraps stencils work great with the wood products as well! 


Thank you for stopping by the blog today!  Check out what is new with Clear Scraps by clicking HERE! Have a great day!

Additional products used: patterned paper, die cuts, sticker, chipboard: Simple Stories; adhesive: Beacon, Tombow; paint: FolkArt; punch: Fiskars: bakers twine: Whisker Graphics; ribbon: May Arts; hole punch: We R Memory Keepers;  misc: chrome book rings, kraft envelope. 


Feeling Lucky Shamrock Shaker Home Decor

Good Morning friends! Leah here with you today to share another home decor item.

As you know, Saint Patricks Day is around the corner, and whether you're Irish or not, there is something to love about little Shamrocks and rainbows!


I had this cute Mini Shaker Shamrock and knew I wanted to make something with it, so I pondered on that while I put the little shaker together.


I adhered pattern paper to the top and bottom layer of chipboard then filled the shamrock with little rhinestones.

I happened to look up and notice my daughter's rainbow canvas hanging on my wall. I had rescued it from the trash when she tossed it over a year ago, vowing I would figure out a way to re-purpose it and surprise her. I ended up adding some black stazon ink to the background and edges, and dressed it up with ribbon and stickers, with the focal point being that adorable SHAKER!


Look how cute this is hanging up! I love that it can be interactive with the shaker element too.

Happy Saint Patricks Day a little early!

Leah Crowe

Dog DIY Wood Shapes

Hello all! It's Jennifer on the blog today to share another fun, new Clear Scraps release!  The Dog DIY Wood Shapes has three different designs to create a home decor project, to use alone, or to make a mini album as I did.  


The first shape is a cute paw that I  painted with black acrylic paint.  I  used my Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive to affix patterned paper to the back of the paw.  I  even adhered a photo in one of the cut outs.


The next shape is a bone which I   covered both sides with patterned paper.  I  trimmed excess paper using an x-acto knife and sanding tool.  Wallet sized photos work best on this shape.  


On both sides of this page, I   utilized my circle punches to adhere different patterns across the bone.  I  even adhered a couple with pop dots to add dimension. 


The last shape is a heart which is the largest size. Here, I  was able to use a 4x6 photo that I  matted onto white cardstock. I  also added another pattern underneath my photo to add color. 


I  used my hole punch to place a hole in each shape to loop my chrome book ring through. I  finished by adding some fun yellow seam binding ribbon. 

Thank you for stopping by the blog today! Be sure to visit for more inspiration from our design team! Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, stickers, enamel dots, epoxy buttons, chipboard: Crate Paper; punches: Fiskars, Paper Shapers; adhesive: Beacon, Tombow, Thermoweb; cardstock: Bazzill; wood veneer shapes: Studio Calico; foam letters: American Crafts; hole punch: We R Memory Keepers; ribbon: Snug Hug; misc: buttons, chrome book rings. 

Mason Jar DIY Wood Shapes

Hello friends! Hope your weekend is off to a good start!  Today I'm sharing a project I  created with the new Mason Jar DIY Wood Shapes. You receive three shapes in each package which can be used for a variety of projects!  I  chose to create a mini album because they are one of my favorite to do!  The Mason Jar shape is so cute and very popular right now! I   documented favorite photos from a Mothers Day a few years ago. 


I  began by painting the top portion of the shape with chalk paint in grey as I  wanted the "lid" to have a metal color.  Then using my Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive I   adhered patterned paper to the remainder. 



I  utilized my border punches as well as the colorful strips of patterned paper to break up the lines between the "lid" and "jar". Using an x-acto knife and sanding tool was very helpful in removing excess paper as well as smoothing edges. 


The Mason Jar will fit 4x4 and 4x5 photos perfectly. I  will almost always mat my pictures onto cardstock to add contrast. I  will also cut a same size piece of patterned paper to adhere behind my photo as well.  (I  like lots of layers!).


For the back page, I  had thought about painting the entire surface grey but decided to add in another photo.  So, I  adhered my patterned paper at a slant and added two of the flowers to accent.  


To finish, I  used my Crop o dile to punch holes in the appropriate sides for my book rings.  I  then added a bright yellow piece of ribbon to accent! 

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! You can see the new Clear Scraps products by clicking HERE! Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, die cuts, chipboard frames, flowers: American Crafts; enamel dots: Echo Park, Bella Blvd; paint: Folk Art; adhesive: Beacon, Tombow, Thermoweb; bakers twine: Whisker Graphics; punches: EK Success, Fiskars; ribbon: Snug Hug; hole punch: We R Memory Keepers; misc: chrome book rings

Hearts Wood Mini Album

Hello everyone... Can you feel the love in the air now? Valentine's Day is coming up soon and today I have a Love themed project to share with you all.


I made this Hearts Wood Mini Album using the Hearts Wood Card. I like Clear Scraps Wood Card/Mini Album collections. They are not only for card, but you also can make them into mini scrapbook album or embellishment for bigger project. Wood card comes in 2 pieces: front piece has cut out shape and the back piece is solid rectangle.

First, I traced the front piece of the wood card on 2 patterns of scrapbook papers with pencil. One paper is for the back and the other for the front I fussy cut them with scissors.


Then, I added some of the Beacon 3-in-1 glue adhesive on the back of the wood card, and then added the love pink pattern. I pressed it firmly and using bone folder to smooth off the air bubble.

I filled the hearts cut out with some iridescent giant sequins and then cover it with a piece of plastic acetate. I used the same glue adhesive with the acetate plastic. After that, I added the blue pattern scrapbook paper on top of the wood card using the same glue adhesive.


I decorated the top of the card with some thick sticker borders and word sticker. I tied up some of the thick burlap twine.

I added couple rings to hold both front piece and the back piece of the wood card. I plan to fill this album with mini scrapbook pages of me and my husband from this year memories.

I hope you like this Wood Mini Album idea today. This can be a good gift for Valentine's Day, Anniversary Day, Birthday, or even for Wedding.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

DIY Wood Shapes Dog set

Hi, again friends!! Leah here with you today sharing my take on this cute NEW Wood Shapes set.


You could turn this into a mini-album, but when I saw it, I thought about a lovely home decor piece that I could hang to memorialize all the furry family members we've had over the years.


To start, I painted the paw print frame shape white and then distressed around the edges with distress ink. I also applied pattern paper to the bone, paw print back and heart shape.


Using a Crop O' Dile I punched holes at the top of the bone, the center bottom of the bone, the center top of the heart, the center bottom of the heart, and center top of the paw print back (before you adhere the frame on)


Once the holes are punched, using wire I had on hand (30 gauge, I actually would have preferred something a little more sturdy gauge wise) I attached all the pieces.



Before I adhered the paw print frame, I used the frame so I could place the vinyl exactly where I wanted it by hinging the vinyl to the contact paper. Once I had the phrase positioned exactly where I wanted it, I was able to remove the frame and apply the vinyl without it moving on me. I then adhered the frame and place my photos inside the paw prints.


I printed out lots of little photographs of my furry babies, adding pop dots to the back of the photo to place throughout the sign.


I embellished with lots of ribbon and flowers.


Leah Crowe

Cowboys Wood Album

Hi Ya'll,

Are you ready for some football? Super Bowl is tomorrow! Got your snacks ready to go? Your team gear laid out to wear?

I'm sure some of you have some football fans at your house. At my house, I'm the ONLY football fan, and the only gal. My guys just aren't into sports. But they do support and tolerate Mom tying up the TV all day Sunday! LOL! 

To show just how much they support my newest addiction, they planned at trip to Dallas last summer for the Cowboys vs. Texans preseason game for a Mother's Day gift.

When I received the Blank 6 X 8 Wood Album AND the newly released 2 Piece Wood Star I knew JUST what to do with them...

Create a mini book to hold the photos from that special trip...


The Wood Albums by Clear Scraps can be painted, inked, stained or covered with paper to embellish them. I used a combo, I painted the covers silver, then embellished with printed paper. I separated the 2 Piece Wood Star and used the pieces separately. I painted the larger one silver and backed it with printed paper to hold part of my book title. For the smaller star, it was painted blue and embellished with a cowboys helmet and team name.

I made pages for my book using chipboard, but for a sturdier book, you could use multiple albums as pages.

I added stamped journaling spots and stickers to further embellish my mini book.

Once I was done, I put it together with book rings and tied on a ribbon with football stickers at each end.

Here is a short video showing you the book and pages inside.


Clear Scraps: Blank 6 X 8 Wood Album and 2 Piece Wood Star

Grafix: White 8 1/2 X 11 Chipboard, Reminisce: Stickers and Printed Paper, BGODigital: Digi Papers, GCD: Silver Paper, Core’dinations: Royal and White Cardstock, Clearsnap: ColorBox Brown Chalk Ink and Atlantic Blue and Midnight Archival Dye Ink, DecoArt: Silver Media Fluid Metallic Paint, Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry and Mixed Media Glues, Circle Journal Stamp, Signo White Pen, Blue, Black and Silver Sharpies and 6 - 1 1/2” Book Rings

Tools: Scissors, Trimmer, Metal File Set, Foam Brush and 2 1/2 Circle Punch

Winter Scalloped Square Album

Hello and happy Monday! It's Jennifer on the blog to share a winter themed album using the Scalloped Square Album.  And I'm going to share a couple of techniques I  used! 


I  thought the Mittens Chipboard Embellishments would be a cute accent on the chrome book rings! I  attached them by punching holes in the top ends and strung bakers twine through to affix around my ribbon. 


I  first painted my chipboard with chalk paint in off white.  I  then used embossing ink and glitter embossing powder to give them an extra shine. 


I  wanted to add some dimension to my front page as well as allow more of my acrylic to be seen. Using the Snowflake 4x6 Stencil and modeling paste on the right half of my front cover. 


Here is a close up of the end result!  I  added patterned paper and embellishments to the left half of the front cover.  


For each page, I   cut my background page 5.5 x 5.5 inches ensuring each side lines up.  I  matted my photos on white cardstock and added embellishments. 








Thank you for stopping by the blog today!  Be sure to check back for what Clear Scraps will be debuting at Creativation this year!  Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, die cuts, chipboard, enamel dots, washi tape, decorative bows: Simple Stories; cardstock: Bazzill; bakers twine: Whisker Graphics; paint: Plaid; embossing ink: Ranger; embossing powder: Recollections; metal charm: Tim Holtz; mini clothespin: American Crafts; misc: ribbon, chrome book rings.