Monday, July 6, 2015

Letter Stamping Galore

Today I have two pages from my Traveler's Notebook art journal insert. I'm taking yet another class (I know, I know) on the fun topic of using your alphabet stamps.

I'd shared this first spread on Instagram, but hadn't shared it here yet. At the beginning of the year I had selected the word, more, to be the word I would focus on for 2015, but had decided not to do a monthly project like I did last year. It's always in the back of my mind and putting it onto paper as we're half way through the year seemed like the perfect way to get some letter stamping practice in.

I applied clear gesso to the pages and then started stamping various words that I want to be sure I do more of, now and in the future. Since there was gesso on my pages, the dye inks didn't absorb into the paper quickly and so I had to be careful not to smudge the ink until it had a chance to dry.

As my pages were coming together, I knew that I wanted to add strips of text to some of the words. Using the free font, Impact Label Reversed, I typed my text, cut it into strips, and then adhered them. My last touches were to use Distress Markers and Dylusions Ink to create a watercolor effect and add ink droplets.

For my next page, one of the class assignments was to use 3 more more alphabet stamps on your project. Since my work area was small, I decided to use one set as an embellishment and then two other alphabets to stamp my title.

The yellow scallops around the bottom left corner were made using the letter U and then I put to use my new Alpha Tabs from Sweet Stamp Shop and an older stamp set that has outline and solid letters.

I gathered an assortment of items and the layering just kind of fell into place. There's a SC Project Life card, die cuts from Shimelle {True Stories} and a tab I made with my Cricut Explore. Machine stitching and ink drops finished it off. My journaling will be on the left side which is why I carried the ink droplets onto that page.

Do you like stamping with alphabet stamps or would you rather use stickers or an electronic die cutting machine?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Fun in the Sun

Hold onto your hats, fellow crafters, Brandi Kincaid of The Shiny Bits has done it again and designed several charming sets of mini flair perfect for adorning your summertime projects. Don't care for the bulk that flair adds to your albums, not to worry, they can easily be turned into magnets or pushpins!

All of her new sets can be found in my shop and if you want any from her May release, today is the last day to purchase those before they are retired.

Of course I had to have a go at using several for my projects and I'm sure this won't be the only time you'll see them pop up. First up are some cards I made to add to my Project Life pages. I mixed Brandi's awesome doodles with digital journaling cards by Paislee Press. Love how well they worked together!

I also made a layout that goes along with my Northeastern Adventure series. A lot of layers, beginning with a piece of vellum to tone down my background paper, then more paper, tags, and die cuts all topped off with a jar full of lightening bugs, one of my favorites from the new collection.

Be sure to visit Brandi as well, she's sharing projects over at her blog, and I know you'll be plenty inspired to then do some shopping. ;) Oh, one last thing, if you order any of Brandi's designs, you'll receive a free gift with your purchase. It's our way of saying thank you so much for your support of this creative endeavor that has a big place in our hearts.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Our Northeastern Adventure Pt. 6

I'm still dealing with class overload and so there has been no shortage of inspiration. The class, Make It Big by Paige Evans has just wrapped up and the last lesson was about big backgrounds. In it I got to see how she puts together one of her intricate layouts. I'd been wanting to try this technique and while time consuming, it does make for a dramatic effect.

I really like the design Paige has used for a class offered at Craftsy called Silhouette Savvy and that was my starting point for my layout. Not having taken that class or owning a Silhouette, the hubs helped me to create a design that I could cut with my Cricut Explore.

Once that was done I went through all of the papers that I'd assembled for these vacation photos and got started piecing them all together. My only embellishments once the background was complete were some die cuts that I layered to help (I hope) keep my photo from looking like it was just slapped on top. I'm looking forward to trying this technique again in the future as I've seen many beautiful ideas.

I hope to see you back on Wednesday, I'll be sharing a shop update and projects featuring new designs from Brandi Kincaid. In the meantime, here's a little sneak and if you're on Instagram, head to my feed to enter to win a 50% off coupon to my shop for you and a friend. Hurry, you only have until noon on June 30th to enter!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

My Turn to Host

I'm excited to share that I'm hosting #hashtagthisweek, a weekly photo and story prompt over at Turquoise Avenue. Mandy Elliott is the brains behind this free and inspiring challenge and I've really enjoyed using her prompts. They've been a way to help me capture bits of our life that might have otherwise been overlooked.

My topic this week is Where I Go and I've been making a point to photograph things that will tell the tale of where my travels have taken me this week. The hubs and I tend to be creatures of habit, but our routines have been shaken up lately and so it will be interesting to look back and see what's changed.

Since I have plenty of travel related mini flair in the shop, I thought it would be a good idea to have a sale in case you need to stock up for your adventures, whether they're near or far. From now until midnight, Saturday, June 27th, take 20% off of your merchandise total with the code HASHTAG. It's good on everything in the shop, so feel free to load up!

Be sure to pop over to Mandy's blog and see how easy it is to join in the fun each week!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Traveler's Notebook Art Journal

I've been using my Traveler's Notebook for two weeks now and I'm still gushing over it. I've made a couple of minor changes from my initial set up and later on down the road I'll share another video of how my notebook has progressed, any more changes I've made, and of course where it's traveled to.

One of the inserts I had made has become an art journal and today I'm sharing the pages I've created along with a short process video showing how my latest one came together as well as a free cut file.

First up is a currently page I made using stamping, die cuts, and ink splatters. I have new black Dylusions Ink spray on the way to me because the Heidi Swapp mist in black doesn't dry on clear gesso and just smudges. I went back over the smudges with my water brush and tried to blend it with the other colors.

Next I made a mini 2-page layout with Maggie Holmes {Open Book} paper and embellishments and October Afternoon letter stickers.

While I made this last page, I recorded my process as I worked. It's a simple page but I still had plenty of fun getting messy as well as trying my hand at a different kind of background stamping.

You can download the cut files that I made HERE via Google Drive, no login needed. It is a zip file that contains two different scribble shapes which are free for your personal use.

With the pages I've made I've had to quickly come to terms with quite a few imperfections but I think that adds to the fun. Once this insert is full I'll put it with my mini books and add a nice clean insert to make a mess all over again. :)