Monday, March 2, 2015

A Big Month

Wow, it's March already, but that's okay because I've got exciting news from the Feed Your Craft shop. Today I'm happy to share a big shop update that launches 14 new sets of flair in themes like springtime, coffee and tea, weather, work, and much more. There are also a few kit items I won't use but want to see go to a good home.

I have a coupon that's good now through Friday, March 6th for 20% off your merchandise total. Use the code LUCKY2015 at checkout to claim your discount. If you're feeling especially lucky, you'll want to head over to my Instagram and enter to win your choice of 4 packs of flair, but hurry, the contest is only open until noon EST tomorrow.

Since I was still feeling inspired by the lessons from On The Grid, I went back through them and used some of the techniques that were discussed over the course of the month to create this layout.

Using a mixture of embellishment clusters and photos, I created my gird in the horizontal center of the page. I always lay everything out first, moving it around until I'm happy, and then adhere it all into place. If there are a large number of layers and elements, I'll snap a picture so that I can put it all back the same way.

I used several flower die cuts and some paper from Maggie Holmes {Open Book}, white doilies, and black mist. From my shop I used the small white shipping tags and the new Tiny Hearts mini flair.

I still have another surprise for you this month, so I hope to see you back. In the meantime, happy shopping! :)

Friday, February 27, 2015

Day of the Week Tab Printables

It's no secret that I love office supplies and that love has inspired several of my projects in the past. Tabs, labels, and shaped clips are just a few of the items that have found their way into scrapbooking and that makes me very happy.

Building off of the tab theme, I created these new day of the week free printable journaling cards. Help yourself to one or both sets and use them on your personal projects. You can download the color set here and the black and white set here via Google Drive, no login needed. They can be used vertically or horizontally, with square corners or rounded, or even fussy cut.

To show you how diverse these cards are, I created a layout using the color set. Since coffee starts off each morning for me no matter how early or busy that may be, my photo was perfect for an every day theme.

The top of my layout is an adorable paper from the Echo Park {Simple Life} collection, and then I layered several labels to connect the patterned paper to the white card stock. I matted my photos and stack of cards to vellum and then topped it off with a gold paperclip and a new mini flair hitting the shop on Monday. The last bits I added were drops of mist, a stamp from Kelly Purkey's {At The Table} kit, and some white sequins.

I hope that no matter how you choose to use my printables that you enjoy creating with them and I'd love to see what you make! Have a fantastic weekend! :)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sister Time Pt. 2

I mentioned earlier that I have photos from the fall (and now winter) that I am making my way through creating layouts for. I'm glad that I select my papers once I have my photos because when I find some time to work on them, I already have a jumping off point.

For my background, I used a stencil and embossing paste and then added some mist droplets. Lots of layers, some die cuts, and stitching topped off with a few enamel dots and I was all done.

This layout faces the one I recently shared here in my album and it happens that they're both from the same day out with my sister. I think {Gramercy Road} by Gossamer Blue was my favorite fall line last year and I bought plenty of it. And for the first time, I accidentally bought two of something in my haste to put it all in my cart.

I used the same design that inspired my December Daily day 28. Since there are several differences in the pages and they're in different albums, it didn't bother me to use the same design.

Do you ever repeat page designs, design principles, or go back and scraplift yourself? As you can see, I loved this one so much, I just had to make it again! :)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Project Life {January 2015}

I made myself carve out some time to sit down and work on my January Project Life pages and I'm glad I did. Uncharacteristically, I had been putting off editing and sizing my photos for printing, but once that was done, my pages came together faster than I'd have thought possible.

So that the front didn't wind up being all food pictures, I doubled up cards in the first pocket and also omitted one photo. I tend to hibernate in the winter and apparently aside from traveling to Illinois again, all I did was eat. Well, I did do some reading too. :) I'm working my way through this reading challenge and have found myself reading books I wouldn't have selected. It's good because I'm always on the lookout for something new to read.

I'm finding it easier creating my pages with my journaling hidden. Not because what I write is overly personal, but since my handwriting is large and a little hard to read, it can be distracting to my pages.

The back side is all about being back in Illinois to help out my sister. In between driving to and from Chicago from her town, we managed to get some very cold, but very fun activities in. We again visited Starved Rock State Park and spotted bald eagles, saw a demonstration of sled dogs, and hiked to St. Louis Canyon to see the 80' waterfall magnificently frozen. We did enjoy some down time and of course, some good food. ;) Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, February 16, 2015

All Curled Up

I sometimes wonder if I would enjoy having a Silhouette Cameo, because I've seen projects from crafty folks that are seriously awesome. For now I'm going to continue holding back from buying one, so when I saw a recent layout by Paige Evans that I could create with just scissors and a paper trimmer, I had to scraplift her.

I gathered a half dozen patterned papers and started slicing them into strips. I got carried away and cut way more than I needed. I then started cutting them to length to create my heart shape. Let me tell you, it was a nice change to have made my layout without measuring a single thing!

Once my strips were in place, I used my least sticky washi tape to outline the heart shape and then ran it through my sewing machine to stitch the strips in place onto the background paper. I die cut a tab and stitched a cork heart to it and then found the purr-fect place for the wood veneer kitty. I used foam dots to pop up my paper layers and photo. Some mist droplets and sequins and I was all done.

Thanks to everyone that joined in my latest giveaway and shared a little tidbit about themselves, I enjoyed reading all of the comments. Please give a big congrats to Penny for being selected by! Penny, email me at craftylilgik(at)gmail(dot)com to let me know which 4 sets you would like and where I can send them.

I hope you will all stay tuned because I have several new sets coming out at the beginning of March as well as some exciting news to share! Follow me here or on Instagram so you don't miss a thing!