Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Documenting December 2014 {Days 25-31}

Here it is, my last post to wrap up my December Daily for 2014. I'm so happy I changed my mind from the format I was going to use. While I'm no stranger to pocket pages, they just weren't working for me. It was a combination of having too many page designs and becoming overwhelmed with not having any prep done beyond kit assembly. Resorting to making 6"x8" layouts and having a go at various techniques was a lot of fun and I can look back on this album and feel really good about what I made. Always important, right?! :)

Day 25 - Christmas day at my parents and since we don't exchange gifts, I was fine with covering up my photo of their Christmas tree
happy dance - used my new set of MFT dies to make faux file folders

Day 26 - my sister and I put our photos in the matching mini albums I made for us
technique - used an entire sheet of alphabet stickers

Day 27 - happened to catch the sky at sunrise
technique - stamping and stencils with ink pads

Day 28 - football Sunday at my parents
technique - I'd seen this awesome layout at Scrap Your Scraps, but it was Jill Sprott's layout that made it come together for me

Day 29 - got about 6" of hair chopped off
technique - embossing paste with a stencil

Day 30 - quality time with my sister ;)
technique - hand cut letters

Day 31 - my final photo for my photo a day challenge
technique - stencils over Dylusions Spray inspired by Christin Gr√łnnslett

***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.***

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Documenting December 2014 {Days 19-24}

Hip hip hooray, my December Daily is complete! Apologies if you're beyond over the holidays, I'll still have one last post to share after this. ;)

Day 19 - my sister and I returned from IL and went straight to our parents house where the hubs joined us and Mom fed us
technique - created my background using scraps of papers

Day 20 & Day 21 - we adopted a new kitty (Biscuit) and I made them felt fish toys
technique - made a double page spread and put the details of Biscuit's adoption in the envelope)

Day 22 - my new camera
technique - a very minimalist layout

Day 23 - holiday movies with my sister
technique - scraplifted this fun layout

Day 24 - another round of holiday baking
technique - die cut my title and stitched it down

***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.***

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Crafty New Year!

January has already been a bit of a whirlwind, but I'm back home and have had a major burst of inspiration. Not only is my 2014 December Daily complete, but I've updated my Etsy shop with four new sets of flair and I have free printables to share!

First up are my latest sets of mini flair to enter the shop. Book lover? I've got just the set for you in warm colors and fun quotes. Want to jazz up your projects? You can do that with gold letters on dip dyed styled flair. Need to make a statement? Not a problem with bold captions on watercolor backgrounds. Last up is a set to celebrate just how lovely you are with gold, glitter, and geometric designs.

Of course I have to offer you a coupon code to help you make it a crafty new year! Use code CRAFTY2015 to take 15% off your entire merchandise total, now until January 27th.

And just because you are so lovely, here's a coordinating set of 3"x4" printables. These are free for your personal use and perfect for more than just pocket pages. Though I will say, two of the designs have made it onto my December Project Life pages that are in progress. ;) Pick them up HERE via Google Drive, no login needed.

Please let me know if you use any of my shop items or printables, I'd love to see what you're making. If you're looking for additional inspiration, check out my Pinterest board of projects I've spotted using Feed Your Craft goodies!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

PL & CY365 {November 2014}

When I made these pages, I was in the beginning stages of wanting to include more artistic mediums to my projects, like you've seen with my December Daily and my first art journal page. So armed with gesso, Mod Podge, and Distress Markers, I got to work. Things didn't go as I had planned and I had to throw away some of the cards I made. All I have to say is that it was a good learning experience. :)

For the front page I used gesso on a couple of cards to tone down the pattern and give them a more artistic look. I had picked up a leaf from one of my walks, then pressed it and sealed it with Mod Podge. This was apparently a month focused primarily on food as I happened to capture a lot of our treats and meals. My journaling is almost nonexistent and I hope to remedy that in future spreads.

The back page has another card with gesso and a stamped image that I colored in with Distress Markers. I also had fun trying out a new alphabet stamp set that I picked up on sale. More food and a sister date that included meeting someone sweet for the first time.

I'm looking forward to working on December's pages and practicing with new techniques, but I think I'm most excited about January's pages and the new size they'll be in and possibly a new format.

Here's my favorite photo from the daily photo challenge in November. Hope your week is going well!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Documenting December 2014 {Days 13-18}

I've only been able to work on my December Daily album in short spurts, but as long as I have it completed by the end of January, I'll be a happy camper. I also don't mind that there will be some overlap between this album, my Project Life pages, my Adventure mini, and possibly some 12"x12" layouts. I wind up recording different details, so if there is an event or photo that is duplicated, I don't mind the redundancy.

Day 13 -hosted brunch for our parents and took selfies with mine
technique - stitched journaling boxes

Day 14 -mailed my holiday cards
technique - scraplifted this lovely layout by Allie Trumpower

Day 15 - flying to Chicago to see my sister
technique - printed my photo on a muslin bag as well as heat embossed a stamped image

Day 16 - hiking in the cold and rain
technique - mixed font, long title

Day 17 - Festival of Lights in Peoria
technique - a very apprehensive first use of Dylusions sprays and water with heat embossed images

Day 18 - a short stop at the North Pole Toledo Zoo
technique - vellum embossed and punched (thanks, Leslie for the reminder to use my embossing folders!)

***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.***