Wednesday, February 22, 2017

When a Craving Strikes


I know I've just gotten back to regular blogging, and while this isn't paper related, I still feel like it goes along with why my blog was created, to share inspiration and ideas, and in this case a really good recipe.

I've been craving chocolate chip cookies for several days and while we have an excellent bakery nearby, I have yet to find a place to pick up the occasional cookie. So what's a girl to do, but make her own! The recipe is adapted from one that I found from the NY Times many years ago, but a quick search didn't yield the recipe that I started from.

In case you find yourself craving a crispy around the edges, chewy in the center cookie, here's the recipe. Enjoy!

Note: I didn't give my dough time to rest in the fridge which resulted in crispier cookies. So, if you're in a hurry, don't fret if you can't leave the dough for a day, they'll still be plenty tasty. :)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Creative Team Call {April - September 2017}


Wow, the time sure does fly and once again it's time to accept applicants for the next Creative Team. It's always an emotional time as I say goodbye to the wonderful ladies that have been a joy to work with and an inspiration to many.


The team will again consist of two parts, the first being for mini flair and stamps. If you love working with mini flair and stamps and are enthusiastic about using them in fresh and creative ways, then I just might have a spot for you. This is a 6-month term beginning April 1st and ending September 30th, 2017. You need to create 2 projects each month, which can be scrapbook layouts, Project Life, or mini albums - the choice is yours! You must have a public Instagram account to share clear, well-lit photographs of your projects in full as well as any other sales and promotions as they occur. Any other social media platforms, blogs, or galleries that you upload to are appreciated, but not required. Previous design team experience is not necessary, but please make sure there is no conflict with other companies you may be currently designing for.

During your term, I'll provide the mini flair and stamps of your choosing, and you get the flexibility to create and schedule your posts each month. In addition, you'll receive a discount to the entire shop to use any time in the 6 months on the Team.

Please make sure you have read the above carefully and feel confidant you can fulfill the requirements. To apply, email me at elise(at)feedyourcraft(dot)com with the subject line - 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 a link to your Instagram (and blog if you have one) and 3 recent projects that best showcase your style using flair and/or stamps (any brand is fine). This is open worldwide, but you must have your application in by 11:59pm EST, March 6th. I'll be in touch with all applicants on March 12th and will announce the Creative Team on April 1st.


For the other part of the Team, I am looking for 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 April 1st and ending September 30th, 2017. You need to be able to share 2 projects each month, one of them being on the release day of the kit. 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 must have a public Instagram to share your projects on in full as well as any other sales and promotions as they occur. Any other social media platforms, blogs, or galleries that you upload to are appreciated, but not required. Previous design team experience is not necessary, but please make sure there is no conflict with other companies you may be currently designing for.

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 while you are a part of the Team. There may be the possibility that a quick turnaround will be needed for your release day projects, so the ability to work within deadlines is a must.

Please make sure you have read the above carefully and feel confidant you can fulfill the requirements. To apply, email me at elise(at)feedyourcraft(dot)com with the subject line - Kit 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 a link 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 EST, March 6th. I'll be in touch with all applicants on March 12th and will announce the Creative Team on April 1st.

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!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Some Days


Some days are tough and that's okay. It seems to be harder for me in the winter months. When the days are so short, often gloomy, and cold, cold, cold. I wanted to create a page for my album documenting my feelings and the sweet photo of Mocha hiding under her bear was the perfect photo to use.


I'm still experimenting with how to use transparency sheets in my projects after seeing Brandi Kincaid use them in her December Daily album last year. I thought it would make a fun visual impact to print my journaling and then print faux marker lines on the transparency to black out most of the text. It's something I'd seen from writer and artist, Austin Kleon but had yet to try for myself.

Using Photoshop Elements, I typed my journaling on a 3x4 canvas. Then I added a layer and used the brush tool to draw lines over everything except for the 4 words I wanted to remain visible. I printed my journaling on white cardstock and then the lines on the transparency film. I did outline (stroke in PSE) both of the images so that I'd know where to cut.

I have flip-up pocket from Simple Stories, so I put the overlay in that and matched it up over my text. I added a couple of die cut shapes for contrast and then topped them with mini flair. A simple page for some very real talk.

Supplies:
patterned paper - Studio Calico, ABM Messy Box
alphabet stickers - American Crafts Thickers
mini flair - Tough Stuff - Feed Your Craft
transparency film - Apollo Color Laser Transparency Film - Amazon
flip-up pocket - Snap 3x4 Photo Flips - Simple Stories
font for journaling - Traveling Typewriter

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

January Highlights with The View From Here


Hi, hello, howdy! Yes, I'm still here, but as you can see, with the various day to day happenings, my blog has been the one thing that I've had to let slide. I am working to get it back into the mix as a way to continue sharing my creative pursuits, keep you up to date on the shop, and most importantly, to provide a spark of inspiration.

With the start of 2017, I changed how I would be documenting our everyday stories and after a long internal debate, I selected a 6x8 album to hold those moments and a Traveler's Notebook for our adventures, whether they be traveling, exploring our town, or getting lost in a good book or movie.

My everyday album is a mix of layouts and pocket pages and to wrap up January I decided to print photos that didn't get any attention throughout the month. Using the newest mini kit, The View From Here, designed by Brandi Kincaid was perfect because much of the focus in the kit is about capturing our lives through photography.


I selected a few cards that I felt best worked with my photos, added my journaling with little strips of typed text, and finished it off with a stamped sentiment. To go a little more in depth about the month, I used one of the digital 3x4 cards (included with the kit) and enlarged it to 6x8. I added more journaling and used one of the tags from the digital printable and popped it up on foam adhesive.

You can pick up The View From Here in the shop now and I'm excited to see what you create! For more kit inspiration, be sure to visit the Creative Team gals - Brandi, Diane, Laura, and Susan. And of course, a shop update wouldn't be complete without new mini flair!


I hope you'll stay tuned as I get back on track with sharing and making and making and sharing. :)

Supplies:
cards, stamp, and paper - The View From Here Mini Kit - Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft
alphabet stamp - Bold Alphabet - Feed Your Craft

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Be All There

It's an exciting release day in the shop as the first of the new mini kits designed by Brandi Kincaid is now available! The Next Chapter is filled with so much charm and reminders to be kind to yourself which is perfect as 2017 is about to begin. While the theme may include showing up and believing in dreams, the kit can be used in a variety of ways to document your stories.


You know I've been in mini album mania lately, but I have been itching to work in my Traveler's Notebook that is all about my everyday adventures. Using the stamp set and one of the cards included in the printable PDF, I wrote about some of my first thoughts on the New Year. I printed off a photo that I took in the fall because I thought it worked well with my journaling about where I would like to see myself.

My page design was inspired by a recent layout by FYC Creative Team member, Melanie, who I still would like to lift more closely, but I'm digging the punched circles running diagonally down my page.

I hope you'll visit Brandi, Diane, Susan, and Laura for more kit inspiration. In addition to the kit, there is a new stamp set and mini flair available, so I hope to see you in the shop!