Thursday, October 20, 2016

So Thankful

There are always things to be thankful for, even on the gloomy days when you just want to bury your head under the covers. I especially like to focus on the little things that might get overlooked, like making a new purchase, texting with a friend that's recently moved away, or being reminded of something that your better half does that helps keep you sane.

So it's that time of year for me to gather up supplies and put together My Thankful 30 album. This will be my fourth year and I'm still using the same prompt list that I created when I first ventured into this memory keeping project. I've enjoyed looking back on what has changed each year for the prompts.

I really liked the simplicity of last year's mini album, so I think I'll be sticking with that format. It was scraps of white cardstock bound together with rings. Keeping it uncomplicated is key for managing a daily photo project, especially since right after November, I'll move into documenting each day in December.

My initial kit is made up of pieces from the Gather the Good mini kit designed by Brandi Kincaid for Kelly Purkey and papers and ephemera from Crate Paper's Gather collection by Maggie Holmes. Of course I'll add some other items, you know, like stamps and mini flair.

If you're interested in joining me in November to photograph your moments of thankfulness, please share on Instagram using #mythankful30 so that I can see your beautiful photos! You can find the prompt list here, and all past posts with my albums here. Happy fall!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Feeling Festive

I'm not huge on birthdays and celebrations, but I am definitely a fan of Christmas because it means family coming together, keeping up with old traditions, and plenty of merry memory making. So of course I'm excited to be sharing with you all of the wonderful new products hitting the shop today.

Brandi Kincaid has designed the Calm and Bright kit to focus on the little bits of the season, reminding us to slow down. It is packed full of heart and I hope you're excited to use it to document your holiday stories. As an added bonus, you'll be receiving the printable file like with all past kits, but you'll also get digitals of all the patterned paper and journaling cards. Whoo!

The kit is created to blend seamlessly if you're using supplies to create a 6x8 album to document your December, but it can be used for so much more. I'm leaning towards making a homemade Traveler's Notebook insert and so my first project is in that style.

It was hard to cut into the rich blue paper with lovely lighted houses, but I reminded myself that there's now enough to use it in at least one other place. The script card was perfect to help tell my story, as was the string of lights stamp. I colored in the light bulbs with watercolors and then finished it off with some gold mist droplets.

Also hitting the shop are plenty of mini flair to keep you covered from Halloween through the New Year and there is a brand new stamp set, December Memories, that you guessed it, is perfect whether you make layouts, cards, or anything else.

I hope you'll head over to the shop and do some early holiday shopping and be sure to catch up with the Creative Team to see the amazing inspiration using the new Calm and Bright kit!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Adventure TN III

Well, October is showing no signs of slowing down from the whirlwind that September had us in. I've been trying to balance everything with a little creative time here and there.

This was a page I made right before packing up the last of my non-work items before moving. I had received a lot of well wishes on Instagram and there was many mentions of starting a new chapter. Taking inspiration from that encouragement, I used my favorite book set stamps to create designs to write my journaling around.

My first chance to have some me time after moving, I picked up where I left off with documenting a photo I took right before we left our old house. I almost forgot to snap it, and it's certainly not well composed or lit, but it's important all the same.

Since I didn't have a lot of time or energy, but I wanted to get the story written while it was still fresh in my mind, I kept my pages very simple. Using a triangle stamp, I created a space to anchor my photo and embellishments. Then I stamped my title, wrote my journaling on scratch paper, and added some white ink drops.

Slowly, but surely things are coming together around here and I'm excited to continue documenting our move along with welcoming fall, and gearing up for some fun projects to take me through the end of the year. Hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!

A New Chapter - To Thine Own Shelf Stamp Set - Simon Says Stamp, inks - Rosie Cheeks and Stone Hybrid Cubes - Simon Says Stamp, Lime Light - Studio Calico, Walnut Stain Distress Ink, Honey I'm Home 6x6 paper pad - We Are Memory Keepers

Moving On - stamps - Bold Alphabet - Feed Your Craft, Studio Calico, Dear Lizzy roller stamp, ink - Slate Hybrid Cube - Simon Says Stamp, washi tape - Freckled Fawn, patterned paper - Crate Paper, White Linen Spray Ink - Dylusions

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Inspiration Galore!

I am so excited to announce to you, the new Creative Team! These talented ladies will be providing you with inspiration on using all Feed Your Craft items over the next six months in a variety of styles and formats.

No matter what type of memory keeping has your heart, I have no doubt that you will energized to get your products out of the package and onto the page! Please welcome, Diane Williams, Laura Wonsik, and Susan Brochu who are joined by Brandi Kincaid to dazzle you with ideas on how to use the new mini kits that are coming to the shop. The first one arrives October 15th and you're not going to want to miss it!

Helping to fuel your love of mini flair, you'll find Julie Taylor, Maryana Volkova, Melanie Funke, and Sarah Zayas bringing fresh and fun ideas to you. They are joined by Marie Friant and Tracey Fox and you might see any one of these ladies also sharing how they get the new stamp sets inky.

To see all of the inspiration coming from the Creative Team, follow us @feedyourcraft. You can also get familiar with each of these lovely ladies via the links on the right that will lead to either their blog or personal Instagram.

Don't forget, if you're using Feed Your Craft projects, we want to see! Be sure to tag us #feedyourcraft! Thank you so much for the awesome support and enthusiasm that has been shown to us every step of this incredible journey!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Adventure TN II

I'm finally back to share some of the projects that I made late August in the new Traveler's Notebook insert I'm currently working in. Like I mentioned before, this has become my current way of gathering our everyday memories since I'm no longer doing my monthly Project Life pages.

First up are photos from what has turned out to be the last visit we made to the botanical gardens that we so often frequented. On my background, I used a stencil and Distress Ink and then topped it with white ink splatters and one stamped image in white ink. Because I wanted my photos to span between the two pages, I printed them on regular printer paper and then trimmed them to fit. Using regular paper allows me to minimize the bulk of what will become a very thick notebook and I also find it easier to get the paper to adhere to the center where the pages meet.

Next up is a fun page I made about the book I was reading at the time. To reinforce my theme, I used pages from an old book and stamped along the edges of each page. I used a large die cut library card and Project Life cards to layer my photo on top of and to also die cut a tab. The last touch was to add the stamped image of the row of books in coordinating colors.

Lastly, I have the story of getting back into the habit of walking daily. Working with a smaller format doesn't mean that I want to forego using my favorite things like patterned paper and stitching. So while the pages are quite full of supplies, I feel like there is still plenty of breathing room.

I haven't been able to keep my blog updated as much as usual, and I also haven't had time to keep up with my blog reading. I'm hoping that once our move is complete, things will finally slow down and I can get back to seeing the lovely projects everyone has been up to!

Botanical Garden - Triangle stencil - Basic Grey by Hero Arts, inks - Mowed Lawn and Walnut Stain - Distress Ink, White Pigment Ink - Simon Says Stamp, patterned paper - Studio Calico, die cut tab - October Afternoon, stamps - Travelogue - Christine Herrin, Studio Calico, ink splatters - White Dylusions Ink
Good Book - library card - October Afternoon, Wander Core Kit - Becky Higgins, stamps, Studio Calico, die cut tab - Kelly Purkey for Hero Arts, ink - Lake Shores and Melon - Simon Says Stamp, Walnut Stain Distress Ink, Tiny Attacher
Begin Again - patterned paper, Simple Stories, Crate Paper, Studio Calico, stamps - Kelly Purkey and Luggage Tag Alpha - Hero Arts, puffy stickers - Crate Paper, ink - Rosie Cheeks and Slate Hybrid Cubes - Simon Says Stamp, 1-inch circle punch