Sunday, April 15, 2018

Currently with Show and Tell

The newest kit, Show and Tell, designed by Brandi Kincaid is now available and I've been having a lot of fun creating with! I love that while the theme focuses on what we watch and listen to, it's also pushing me to see my stories in a different perspective. That's especially helpful since I tend to struggle with my journaling.

My most recent project with the kit is actually about welcoming springtime and the beautiful blooms that I've been impatient to see. If you know me, you know I love capturing the show that nature puts on!

This page focuses on using the stamp set to make my page all about what I'm currently watching, shows I'm waiting to return, and some that might be worth checking out.

Brandi also has a special stamp set releasing today that she designed to coordinate with her digital series, Extravagant Hope. Using her April release along with the stamps, I was able to make my own embellishments. I resized and recolored one of the 3x4 cards and punched out the messy circles and then added my stamping. I cut down another 3x4 card to use as a title and fun reminder.

If you've been following along on Instagram or receive the FYC newsletter, you might be aware of the changes to the kit. I'm still working to find companies to work with who can provide custom embellishments, but I don't want the quality of the kit to suffer. To make sure you get the most bang for your buck, there are now more digital additions included, ranging from print and cut embellishments to digital stamps.

We've got plenty more goodness in store, all thanks to your awesome support, and I can't wait to see what you make with these new products!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Birthday Shenanigans

Needing a break from work, I decided to put together two pages to document my recent birthday. Of course, once I got started, I found myself designing my own cards to use. Nothing like not doing work to only find yourself doing work. ;)

I've been in the mood for black and white designs lately, so I kept the cards clean and classic. From there, I printed all of my photos 2x2. I added stenciling, stamping, and ink drops to my background page and onto the journaling card. Then it was a simple matter of adhering everything into place.

If you like the Birthday cards I've designed and used, you can download them for free right here! You get all 4 cards as a ready to print PDF, and also as individual PNG files in case you want to add some color. I hope to see what you create with them!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Welcoming Spring with Grow Wild

Happy Thursday! The newest kit, Grow Wild, is now available in the shop along with some coordinating embellishments and stamps! This kit was inspired by my love of nature and created with a fresh color scheme, a focus on growth, and a splash of hope for those less than stellar moments.

This is a layout I made in my everyday notebook using the Grow Wild stamp and die cuts. I can't wait to experiment more with the large floral border stamp!

If you know me, you know I love stamping and I had a lot of fun working with the All the Moments set to make my patterned background, title, and an embellishment.

I had begun this year's memory keeping with the plan to only use Traveler's Notebooks, but they can sometimes feel limiting to me. The worry of getting too bulky, having inks show through, and the stress of a bound pages has had me itching for mini layouts like I made last year. So what else could I do, but go where my creativity took me?

As you can see, I've created a few projects already, but I'm excited to be inspired by what you make! Thank you so much for your support, because of it there are some amazing new products coming to the shop and I can't wait to share more with you. In the meantime, happy crafting!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Carried Away with Hold Tight

It's an exciting day of new releases in the shop and you'll see that I just couldn't stop creating with the Hold Tight kit designed by Brandi Kincaid! Every time we geared up to share a sneak, I found myself inspired to create a project because the illustrations and colors worked so well no matter what I wanted to document.

My first project was made using the Hold Tight stamp set to create a patterned background. I wanted to be able to utilize a few more of the stamps, so I made embellishments with a punched circle and punched tab. Because of the white on white, I inked the edges of the punched shapes to help them stand out.

My everyday notebook has a weekly page where I jot down moments from the week so that I can then freely document any photos without needing to worry about journaling. I thought it was the best way to make sure highlights were noted since I tend to struggle with what to write when I work with my photos.

I actually haven't been taking many photos week to week, but it worked out well to use a journaling card from the kit and stitch a stamped sentiment to it. It was a little pep talk to myself to help work through some disappointing news. On my weekly page, I added stamping and then stitched on the die cuts before adhering them into place.

My newest project with the kit was inspired by Alyssa (@myvisualmark) and I made a layout about the notebooks I'm working in at the moment. I always like to take photos of my projects because it shows how much they change over time, not just in format, but in style. I loved using the "Today/Tomorrow" card for this story!

In addition to the Hold Tight kit, there are several other new items that have hit the shop and I have one last project showing more of the Narrow Alphabet and Outline Narrow Alphabet stamps. I used it above, and I know I'll get a lot more use out the sets.

I hope you'll head over to the shop if you haven't already and check out all of the new arrivals and I thank you for your support, it means so much!

Monday, January 15, 2018

A Day and a Year In Review

Hello, hello! It's the 15th and that means a new kit is now available in the shop! It's called In Review and was designed to be used all year round, story after story. The lifestyle of memory keeping means that moments big and small are being collected and with this kit, you can document them all.

The stamp set is perfect for journaling and list-making, many of the die cuts offer plenty of space for extra notes, and the cards are a rich mix of colors.

The first project I created using the kit was a simple spread in my everyday Traveler's Notebook and I just love the journaling card with my photo.

I cut the 4x6 card in half and placed it on the lower half the layout and then adhered my photo to the left side and added a couple of the puffy photo corners for dimension. On the right side, I used the ledger stamp and then typed my journaling.

The last touch was using a pattern stamp from the Begin Again set in the same light blue that I stamped the ledger in, and then I added the "photographed:" stamp and date.

I also created a pocket page to add to the end of my 2017 everyday album. I really enjoyed looking back at the thousands of photos I'd taken and selected a variety that really stood out to me. I printed off fun adventures, laughs with loved ones, and delicious treats as 2x2 photos.

I already had the cards pulled that I knew I wanted to use and so it was just a matter of putting the pictures into place. I didn't worry about keeping anything chronological, but I knew I wanted to include the dates.

After the embellishments were added, I focused on my journaling. I simply typed a loose list on the computer and printed it out to fit onto my card. Then, using a roller stamp, I added the date to each line item.

I can't wait to see what you're inspired to create with the In Review kit and hope that it helps get your stories told time and time again!