Monday, December 22, 2014

Matching Mini Albums

I guess I'd had enough of the traditional red and green from working on my holiday projects that when my Studio Calico Card Kit arrived, I was inspired by all of the bright colors and patterns. Since I didn't need to make any cards, I decided to put the kit to use and make matching mini albums for my sister and me and our spur of the moment adventure.

Just like with my December Daily album, I practiced more with embossing paste, Distress Markers, and stamping. I'd been wanting to try hand cut letters and had fun cutting them out, not so much fun sewing them all down though. I also made a couple of small cards from digital printables by One Little Bird and Splendid Fiins.

In case we collect any memorabilia from our travels, I made an envelope to act as the back cover of the album and used a metal clip to keep the flap closed. Both albums are identical and once the photos have been added, I'm thinking I'll have each of us take one, write our journaling, and then exchange them.

Wishing everyone the happiest of holidays!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Documenting December 2014 {Days 1-6}

Wow, well I had a little bit of a setback when it came to getting my December Daily album started. I printed my photos for the first 3 days and made all different styles and sizes of pages, including a confetti shaker pocket that flipped up to reveal my journaling. With those pages done, I had a heavy weight bearing down on me. I was struggling with how to make it all feel cohesive and I was not a happy camper.

I pulled last years album off the shelf and looked through it thinking about what I liked most about it. I decided I would start over and make 6"x8" layouts and have a go at techniques that have piqued my interest lately. Still wanting to include a little story for each photo, I wrote on mini shipping tags and tucked them behind photos. Finally feeling excited to continue on with my album, I got several days completed!

Day 1 - the wreath we bought for our front door on Small Business Saturday
technique - gesso and stamping applied on a vintage book page

Day 2 - Target to the rescue because I ran out of time to make my own set of marquee lights
happy dance - used up plastic stars that had been hanging around

Day 3 - coming to an end with my daily photo challenge
technique - watercolor paper with stamped images and Tim Holtz Distress Markers

Day 4 - finally getting started on making my Christmas cards
happy dance - fun new craft die that makes tiny envelopes

Day 5 - happy mail from Studio Calico
technique - cut out stamped letters (as practice for one day cutting out handwritten letters)

Day 6 -we braved the rain to watch the boat parade
happy dance - put inspiration I'd found to use and scraplifted a gorgeous layout by Cari (SC username caariilup)

***Feel free to visit my gallery if you'd like to flip through my album page by page, last years December Daily is there as well and all relating blog posts can be found here.***

Monday, December 8, 2014

Our Northeastern Adventure Pt. 3

I'm excited to let you know I'm the sponsor for the new Issue over at Paper Issues! You can read all about how to play along with the linky party here, including the prize up for grabs and a coupon code for my Etsy shop. I hope to see your projects linked up!

First up is a layout that I made a little bit ago. You can see it's another project where I wanted to include hand stitching. :) Some simple embellishing and a bigger focus on journaling than usual completed my page.

On top of the Issue that run every two weeks over at Paper Issues, there are now challenges involving sketches and cut files. Most of you know that I love a sketch and was happy to put the newest one to use. I made minor changes, opting for triangles instead of circles and I moved my photos over since I didn't need to include any journaling.

I had bought some embossing paste for my Christmas cards and loved adding it to this layout. I used a stencil from on of the Heidi Swapp Mini Stencils kit and randomly placed it running down the left side of my paper. Some mist droplets, paper and sequins to match the facing page and I was all done. Love how quick and easy this came together!

To go along with the coupon code over at Paper Issues, I have a shop update. Two new flair sets as well as brand new items that I won't use but don't want them to sit unloved. Maybe there are some items that you can open your creative home to!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Pause in December {2014}

I had a few different ideas for what I wanted my last project of the year to be for focusing on my word, but in the end I decided to make a modified Thankful mini album. I say modified because it's not like last year's where I documented each day in November. I had recently been over at the Elle's Studio blog and gallery and was super inspired by Jenny Evans and her Hello mini book and knew that was the direction I wanted to go in.

Since I had all of the supplies from when I'd originally planned to make a Thankful album, I was ready to go once I printed some of my favorite photos from November. They may just look like pretty pictures, but they have a lot of meaning behind them and I'm grateful for what each of them represents. Some shots from our home and of the hubs and our Pound Cake, some taken at local spots where I'm continuously inspired, and night photography practice that the hubs goes with me and helps me to learn more.

I cut white card stock into 3.25"x4.25" rectangles and then picked a bunch of papers from the Maggie Holmes {Open Book} 6"x6" paper pad to cut into 3"x4" cards. Then it was just a matter of selecting some embellishments to go on each one. I used plenty from {Open Book}, some die cut leaves, my free Thankful printables, one of my Hello Fall mini flair, sequins, wood dots and stars, and cream letter stickers from Elle's Studio.

I really enjoyed having a word to focus on throughout the year. I felt that I could interpret it in many different ways to achieve a variety of goals. Goals such as donating time, money, and household items, trying to be more patient, spending more time with family and friends, and making time to take care of myself.

I'm undecided about focusing on a word for next year. I've thought about continuing with this same word, picking a new word and actually participating in the workshop with Ali Edwards, or not doing it at all. There are some other projects that I'd like to have a go at next year, so we'll see. :)

Before I go, here's how my jar(s) of stars shaped up. I loved having something tangible to remind me of my word!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Documenting December 2014 {Title Page}

Well, it's just a mere few days until December 1st and all I've been able to get done is my title page for my December Daily album. I've been second guessing all of the decisions I'd previously made and just had to tell myself to stop looking and get to making. :)

For my title page I gave hand stitching another go, finally tried out heat embossing on wood veneer, and used my newly purchased Tim Holtz Distress Markers. I have to say, I am a huge fan of all three of these techniques and will be trying to incorporate them more often.

I had originally thought I'd use a 6"x8" page that has the 2"x2" pockets, but this is much more my style. Loads of patterned paper, an assortment of embellishments, grid design, and of course some sparkly gold.

And since it's such a huge sale weekend, I'm happy to announce my entire Etsy shop is on sale now through Monday, including the new items pictured above! Use the code HOLIDAY2014 at checkout to save 20% off of your entire merchandise order. If you're on Instagram, head over and see me to enter to win all of the new flair that's being released for you and a friend!

Have a fantastic weekend!