Thursday, September 15, 2016

We've Moved!


I am so thrilled to announce that the Feed Your Craft shop now has a new location! It's been a long time coming, but you can now find us here. Those familiar with the shop know that since the opening, new releases have launched on the 1st of each month. Moving forward, the shop updates will take place on the 15th of the month.

And boy, oh boy, the shop has been stocked with some fun new products that I've been bursting at the seams to share! I've designed my first two stamp sets, which I'm on pins and needles about, and I hope that you are excited to use them on your projects. I have a video showing some of the ideas that I had in mind while I was designing them and you can see how Brandi Kincaid has already put one to use on a recent Project Life page here.

There is also a new set of mini flair welcoming Pumpkin Season for all those that have been anxiously awaiting its arrival.


Head over to the new shop, because now through Saturday, September 17th at 11:59 PM EDT you can save 15% off your entire purchase with the code WEVEMOVED.

Thank you so, so much for the amazing support that has been shown these last two years! Oh, and if you are wondering, October 15th might have you thinking of wintertime and the holiday season. ;)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ongoing Adventures

I had no intention of letting my blogging get pushed to the side, but things seem to have gotten quite busy around here. Next time I won't try to give the shop a complete overhaul, bring in new products, go on vacation, and buy a new (to us) house. Eep!

Before September got off to the whirlwind that it did, I began working on a new memory keeping project to continue telling our stories since I no longer document using the Project Life style. Having enjoyed my Summer Stories Traveler's Notebook so much, I decided I would start a new notebook all about adventures. I'll include things like our mini road trips, food discoveries, and quotes. Words like adventure, journey, and exploration are open to many different interpretations, so the stories that can be included are pretty limitless.


This time I did experiment with decorating the cover and stamped all over it and then heat embossed the images with clear embossing powder. I began to get anxious that the VersaMark would dry before I could complete all of the stamping and things got a little messy towards the end.


My first story is about a drive we took to Shenandoah National Park to do some hiking. We usually leave this trip until the fall once the leaves have begun to change, so you might see more pages in the future.

For the first page, I kept it very simple with a full page photo embellished with a piece of typography that I created and then die cut into a circle.


Next I printed two smaller photos about 3x3 and added some stamping. On the facing page, I printed off a trail map from the park's website and shaded it in using Distress Inks. I used a stamp to highlight where on the map we were and then stamped journaling lines to include my writing.


For the last pages I included a full page stamped quote and another full page photo. I don't often use word and phrase stickers, but since there are a couple sheets I haven't been able to let go of, I figured this would be a good place to use some.

I hope you'll stay tuned, because on Thursday I've got some very exciting news to share! See you then!

Supplies:
cover - stamps - Travelogue - Christine Herrin, Bo Bunny, Studio Calico, ink - Khaki - Simon Says Stamp, VersaMark, Clear Embossing Powder - Recollections
page 1 - font - Rainier
pages 2 & 3 - stamps - Travelogue - Christine Herrin, Studio Calico, Kelly Purkey, inks - Rosie Cheeks Hybrid Cube - Simon Says Stamp, Walnut Stain, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen - Distress Inks
pages 4 & 5 - stamps - Stepping Stone Alphabet - Studio Calico for Hero Arts, ink - Lime Light - Studio Calico, word stickers - Ali Edwards

Friday, August 26, 2016

Creative Team Call #3


It’s bittersweet to know that I will soon have to say good-bye to the current Team, as it's now time to open a new call. I hope that you've been as inspired as I have by what the ladies have been creating these past months and I have no doubt you'll continue to be in the future.


First up, if you are a mini flair-loving paper crafter who is enthusiastic about using flair in creative and innovative ways, then I just might have a spot for you. This is a 6-month term beginning October 1st, 2016 and ending March 31st, 2017. You need to be able to create 2 projects each month, which can be scrapbook layouts, cards, Project Life, or mini albums - let your imagination run wild! You do need to have an active, public Instagram to share clear, well-lit photographs of your monthly projects on as well as any other sales and promotions as they occur. If you have a blog, awesome, but it’s not a requirement. Any other social media platforms or galleries that you upload to are also appreciated, but not expected.

During your term, I'll provide the mini flair of your choosing, and you get the flexibility to create and schedule your posts each month. In addition to the mini flair, you'll receive a discount to the entire shop during your term.

To apply, email me at elise(at)feedyourcraft(dot)com with the subject line - Flair CT Application. In your email, please tell me a little about yourself and why you would like to be a part of the team. Also, provide links to your Instagram and blog (if you have one) and 3 recent projects that best showcase your style using flair (any brand is fine). This is open worldwide, but you must have your application in by 11:59pm EDT, September 9th. I'll be in touch with all applicants on the 17th and will announce the Creative Team on October 1st.

Now for the new addition to the Team!


I am also looking for a very small number of creative individuals who are passionate about documenting their stories with 3x4 and 4x6 cards, stamps, and flair. You will be working with kits designed exclusively by Brandi Kincaid. This is a 6-month term beginning October 1st, 2016 and ending March 31st, 2017. You need to be able to share 1 project on release day and then 1 more during each month of your term. Your projects need to be made primarily using the kit (small embellishments and items from your stash may be used) and share clear, well-lit photographs of your projects. You do need to have an active, public Instagram to share your monthly projects on as well as any other sales and promotions as they occur. If you have a blog, awesome, but it’s not a requirement. Any other social media platforms or galleries that you upload to are also appreciated, but not expected.

During your term I'll provide you with each mini kit you'll be working with and you'll receive a discount to purchase any additional items from the shop. There may be the possibility that a quick turnaround will be needed for your release day projects.

To apply, email me at elise(at)feedyourcraft(dot)com with the subject line - Kit CT Application. In your email, please tell me a little about yourself and why you would like to be a part of the team. Also, provide links to your Instagram and blog (if you have one) and 3 recent projects that best showcase your style. This is open worldwide, but you must have your application in by 11:59pm EDT, September 9th. I'll be in touch with all applicants on the 17th and will announce the Creative Team on October 1st.

Previous design team experience is not required, just a passion for creating and inspiring others! I hope that I’ve covered everything, but don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. No matter what you are considering applying for, I cannot stress enough that you should go for it! I know it can be difficult to put yourself out there and the sting of rejection is real, but I'd love to see an application from you. FYC Teams are filled with a variety of creative styles, so you might be just what I'm looking for!

P.S. - I have no problem if you are currently on a design team, but please make sure there is no conflict with other companies you may be designing for.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Summer Stories {July 26-31}

Here it is, my final post sharing my summer notebook and I even have two videos uploaded to my sadly neglected YouTube channel. But first, the photos.


Some days it was more about the technique than the story, and the 26th was one of those. Wanting to just have fun with my pages, I turned to a technique I hadn't used in quite some time. I simply wound baker's twine around an acrylic stamp block to make add to my background and journaling card. I stamped in 3 different colors, added some washi tape, and a couple of die cuts.


For the 27th, I made notebook pages for my notebook, a little redundant, but I like the effect. I used a craft die to make the notebook edged paper and then added stamped die cuts and alphabet stickers to the pages.


On the 28th it was back to my regular afternoon hot cup of plain black coffee in my favorite mug. I pulled out several of my coffee related stamps and went a little crazy stamping my background.


We took a spontaneous trip down south on the 29th, but it was well worth it, even after sitting in traffic for 3 hours. Since I had a lot of photos I wanted to include, I made an envelope using a small kraft bag to hold them. I stamped a large journaling page, which I'm thinking I'd like to make a variety of those to use for future travels.


The 30th was all about quality time with Pound Cake. The pattern of clocks I stamped got a little messed up, but thankfully I was able to cover the worst up with some die cuts.


After seeing Kathi's page at the bottom of her blog post, I was very inspired to try that myself. My papers were a little too bold, so pairing them with the photos didn't work for me, but I'm still really happy with the outcome. Some simple word art made in Photoshop and that finished off my notebook.

Like I mentioned at the beginning of my post, I have uploaded to YouTube a walk through of this notebook as well as a tutorial on my process for full page stamping. If you'd like to take at look at either of those, you can find the walk through here and the tutorial here.

Supplies:
day 26 - stamps - My Day and I Love Weekends - Kelly Purkey, die cut - Pinkfresh Studio, washi tape - Freckled Fawn, inks - Sunkist and Goldenlocks - Simon Says Stamp, Wet Cement - Hero Arts
day 27 - stamps - In A Creative Bubble, alphabet stickers - Pinkfresh Studios, notebook edge die - My Favorite Things, ink - Wet Cement - Hero Arts, stamped stamps - tutorial and supplies here
day 28 - stamps - Homebodies - Feed Your Craft, More Coffee! - Christine Herrin, Stepping Stone - Studio Calico for Hero Arts, inks - Khaki - Simon Says Stamp and Walnut Stain Distress Ink
day 29 - stamps - Kelly Purkey and Studio Calico, inks - Surf Blue and Slate - Simon Says Stamp and Teal - Heidi Swapp
day 30 - stamps - To Thine Own Shelf - Simon Says Stamp, Stepping Stone - Studio Calico for Hero Arts, ink - Rosie Cheeks - Simon Says Stamp, die cuts - Crate Paper {Bloom}
day 31 - patterned paper - Pebbles, asterisk die cuts - Studio Calico, chipboard sticker and paper banner - Messy Box, font - Rainier

Friday, August 19, 2016

Summer Stories {July 21-25}

Here are days 21 through 25 from my notebook. Even though I used this format for an entire month, I never struggled with a lack of ideas. Certainly I repeated techniques, but I found that they provided a cohesiveness to my book along with a chance to use some items I'd been overlooking in my stash.


On the 21st we went for an early evening walk and spotted these beauties. Using the leaf stamps, I created my background and then did just a little stamping on the facing page to coordinate.


I'd been wanting to document how Pound Cake has been doing since we lost Biscuit and almost one month to the day, I was ready to put those feelings to paper. My photo flips up and beneath are my thoughts. I used a variety of die cuts and stamped images to embellish my pages.


For the 23rd, I wanted to record thoughts about a friendship that has come to mean so much to me. I stamped a quote I found and using a small glassine envelope, I enclosed my journaling.


The 24th was a day for relaxing and crafting and not uncommon for me, I made a page about scrapbooking. More stamp practice and I used a small scrap of paper that was also used when I made my layout.


Through the month I did a lot of reflecting on where I am, both personally and professionally and what changes I need to make. I had created the typography piece weeks before, but thought it was fitting with the story I wanted to tell for the 25th. While I could have blurred my journaling in order to share my page, it was more fun to create a layer to go over it. I used my sewing machine to hold everything together and then adhered it into my notebook.

Along with one last post to wrap up my book, I plan to have a video flip through and a stamping tutorial on how I create my pages with full page stamping. Have a fantastic weekend ahead!

Supplies:
day 21 - Palm Tree stamp set, Lime Light and Going Green dye ink - Studio Calico
day 22 - stamped die cuts - tutorial and supplies here, tag and glitter die cuts - Crate Paper, plastic die cut - Pinkfresh Studio, stamped journaling box - Studio Calico, washi tape - Stampin' Up
day 23 - Mercer alphabet stamp - Kelly Purkey, hybrid ink cubes in Stone, Apricot, Steel Blue, and Duckling - Simon Says Stamp
day 24 - stamps - Kelly Purkey and Studio Calico, hybrid ink cubes in Apricot, Duckling, and Slate - Simon Says Stamp
day 25 - font and vector art - Rainier, alphabet stamp - Luggage Tag by Hero Arts, tag stamp - Kelly Purkey, die cut - Crate Paper, inks - Rosie Cheeks hybrid ink - Simon Says Stamp and Mint - Heidi Swapp