Monday, April 24, 2017

WITL 2017 {Wednesday}

Wednesday was a day when it was even harder for me to stop and take photos. I wound up using two photos and two screenshots. But I made do with what I had and spoiler alert, this isn't the only day to come that has a limited number of photos. ;)

I whipped up a card in Photoshop Elements that perfectly sums up my day, and while tasks got added, moved, and squeezed in, it was a full day of goodness. I realize that my pages are quite simple and may not be to everyone's liking, but I do hope that you can see how some days may not have the most photos or the best photos, but don't ever let that stop you from telling your stories.

6x8 album trimmed to 3x8 - Echo Park Kraft album
wood veneer numbers and day of the week - Ali Edwards
3x4 cards - Memory Pockets Monthly Renew - The Lilypad
patterned paper - No Rain + No Flowers digital paper pack - Allison Pennington
stamps - Distressed Patterns, The Next Chapter - Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft
inks - Something Blue - Studio Calico, Seafoam - Simon Says Stamp

Saturday, April 22, 2017

WITL 2017 {Tuesday}

Tuesday started off much like Monday and I found myself with many of the same photos. As the week progressed, I found I was I able to capture a photo of my office and my afternoon coffee each day. While that might not seem earth shattering, it does show exactly how my week has been. How much was similar, how my ability to remember to stop and take a photo would come around the same time (late afternoon) when I finally felt I had a handle on the day.

I did end up needing to make one small change to Monday's pages because I wanted each day's journaling on facing pages. To remedy that, I had to include a 3x8 page at the end of Monday. I chose to use a quote and my hope is that I'll have a video walk through of my album so you can see it all.

So for Tuesday, I had the same number of pages as Monday, but that won't be a hard and fast rule for the rest of the week. I've been using a lot of foam tape to pop up some of the elements and mini flair has made it onto some cards. You know I love a chunky album!

Also true to my style is to use stamped images as embellishments and the newest sets I've purchased have been coming in quite handy.

Oh, if you can't read my journaling above, not to worry, it's just a sprained ankle from falling last week. I didn't go to the doctor right away, but ended up going on Tuesday because it didn't seem to be getting better as fast as I would've thought. :)

6x8 album trimmed to 3x8 - Echo Park Kraft album
wood veneer numbers and day of the week - Ali Edwards
3x4 cards - Memory Pockets Monthly Renew - The Lilypad
patterned paper - Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams
stamps - Distressed Patterns and Flashy Florals - My Favorite Things, Plan It Out and Caffeine Fix - Christine Herrin, Journal It - Feed Your Craft
inks - Melon, and Catkin - Simon Says Stamp
mini flair - It Happens - Feed Your Craft
phrase stickers - Small Talk - Tim Holtz

Thursday, April 20, 2017

WITL 2017 {Monday}

I knew it was going to be a crazy week to document for Week in the Life, so I had prepared my kit and supplies a couple of weeks ago. Initially I had thought I'd do a 6x8 album like usual and had even drafted a couple of inserts. As the week began, I kept thinking about how I wanted to create my album because my early thoughts weren't doing it for me. Coupled with the fact that I had very little photos for Monday and Tuesday, I began to have second thoughts about starting at all.

Late Tuesday, a new plan began to form and I found myself cutting down a 6x8 album and trimming page protectors to create a 3x8 album. It was something I had seen Geralyn of In a Creative Bubble do with a recent travel album she made and I figured with my lack of photos, this would be a great fit.

I'm not good with using a ruler and knife to cut straight and since my album isn't raw chipboard, the washi tape along the edges helped to conceal my poor cutting.

In the past I have made my albums with themed photos for each day, but that was a no go this time, it's more of a snap a photo whenever I remember process. I am trying to get myself into my photos since this week is captured from my perspective. I'm also trying to include more journaling about each day, and thanks to Casie Gutierrez on Instagram, I was inspired to state the facts of each day and a feeling, which I'm using something I'm grateful for.

I had to change around my photos and found myself with an empty slot right after my 3x8 journaling so my solution was to list out how my day went. Now that Monday is completed and I have my formula for each day, I'm feeling hopeful that the following days will come together quickly.

If you have any questions about anything you see or you want to share how you're documenting your week, please let me know in the comments, I'd love to hear from you!

6x8 album trimmed to 3x8 - Echo Park Kraft album
wood veneer numbers and day of the week - Ali Edwards
3x4 cards - Memory Pockets Monthly Renew - The Lilypad
die cuts and patterned paper - Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams
stamps - Distressed Patterns - My Favorite Things, Plan It Out and Caffeine Fix - Christine Herrin, noted stamp - Studio Calico, food stamps - Kelly Purkey, Journal It and At Home - Feed Your Craft
inks - Rosie Cheeks, Melon, and Seafoam - Simon Says Stamp, Something Blue - Studio Calico

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Making It

Sometimes the choices are so abundant that I get frozen and don't know what to do. That was exactly the case as I sat down to really dig into the Make It Matter mini kit. Brandi Kincaid has once again crafted a kit that tugs at my heart and gets me thinking about a variety of stories that I didn't even realize I had in me.

My life right now consists of a lot of making and I wanted to get my thoughts out and onto paper as a way of working through them. There are days when nothing seems to be going right and it feels like I don't have a good idea left in my brain. But I try keep things in perspective and I'm thankful to be able to reach out to supportive people, and of course it doesn't hurt to have pretty places to keep all of the ideas when they do begin to flow again.

I hope that you'll head over to the shop and pick up your Make It Matter kit or some of the other new items that have been released today because I can't wait to see what you make!

Make It Matter mini kit - Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft
Pale Blush Pink ink - Simon Says Stamp
narrow washi tape - Recollections
other - black spray mist, 1" circle punch, foam adhesive

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Spring and Summer Creative Team 2017

Once again I was made to feel all the emotions at the response to the latest Creative Team Call. It's still quite shocking to me that there are so many creative and kind ladies that are willing to give their time and energy to help support my shop. I cannot thank each and every one of them enough and they certainly made my decision a tough one.

I'm excited to introduce you to the newest Team and hope that you find them inspiring and will stay tuned to Feed Your Craft on Instagram to see what they're making. You'll see some of the Team working with Brandi's awesome mini kits and others working with FYC mini flair and stamps. As an added twist, over the next 6 months the Team will be joined by special guests to keep that inspiration and mojo flowing!

Make sure you tag @feedyourcraft and #feedyourcraft so that I can find what you've been making with our products and for a chance to have your project shared!