Monday, August 21, 2017

More Catch Up with Catch Your Breath

Last week I shared the start of my July pages in my 2017 everyday album and today I'm back with the last 3 to finish the month. If you'd prefer, you can watch how they came together in this video here. While filming my work in progress is still a bit of a struggle for me, I hope that as I talk you through my process, you can learn about the decision making that occurs and see how easy it was to coordinate the Catch Your Breath mini kit with my photos and stories.

I had fun with this first page, trimming a couple of the cards into triangles in order to fit them together to give my page a little added oomph. I liked how the fluttering wings pattern paired with the fireworks and how the colors complemented my photos. I used the same alphabet stickers as on a previous page to continue to tie everything together.

Next, after much shuffling around of the cards, photos, and journaling, (which I edited out of my video because it wound up back in the original arrangement), I made a small embellishment cluster to bring dimension to my page. I stamped onto the card and then placed an element from the PDF printable included in the kit. To add a mixture of textures, I used another puffy sticker from the pack I used last week and then one of the mini flair from the add-on pack.

For my last page, I ended up changing my mind from my original plan and used a card from the printable sheet. My sister and I had been anticipating the return of Game of Thrones and there has been so much happening on the show that I thought the "catch your breath" card wasn't only a perfect color match, but the sentiment made me think about how I need to catch my breath after every tense or shocking moment that occurs.

Thank you so much for your excitement and support surrounding the kit, it means so much to Brandi and me! And for now I'll leave you with the hint that big things are coming to the store and I hope you'll stay tuned to see what we've been working on.

cards, stamps, and paper embellishments - Catch Your Breath mini kit - Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft
inks - Green Apple - Simon Says Stamp
puffy sticker - Gossamer Blue
alphabet stickers - Kelly Purkey

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Catch Up with Catch Your Breath

Happy day, it's the 15th and with it comes the release of the latest mini kit designed by Brandi Kincaid! Catch Your Breath is now available for purchase and I'm sharing 3 pages that I made using it. If you'd prefer to see how my pages came together and to take a closer look at what the kit includes, you can watch my video here.

I had inadvertently printed the photos I wanted to use for July in a 3x4 size and so not wanting to be wasteful, it meant that my month would be in pocket pages and not the usual mix of memory planner and pockets. But no worries, because using the kit made my pages come together so quickly.

For my first page, I selected one of the 3x4 cards with a great quote on it and then using the stamp set, made an additional filler card.

Next, I quickly put together a page selecting cards that were a great color match to my photo and tickets. I added a puffy star and one of the circle embellishments from the printable PDF included with the kit to add some texture and dimension.

The last page I got completed was for my monthly Read More series. Every month I include the book(s) that I've read along with a card that says "read more". This time I used the stack of books from the stamp set and a label from the printable and called it done.

As you can see, this kit worked for a variety of topics and the colors, while different for me, were so fun to use. I have 3 more pages that I'll be working on to wrap up July and I'll be continuing to use the kit and hope to share that sooner than later.

I hope you're excited to get pick up your own kit and I hope to see what you make. Happy shopping!

cards, stamps, and paper embellishments - Catch Your Breath mini kit - Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft
inks - Green Apple, Leaf Green, and Pale Blush Pink - Simon Says Stamp
puffy sticker - Gossamer Blue
alphabet stickers - Kelly Purkey
other - Tiny Attacher, foam tape, EK Success Photo Labels large punch

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Make Every Day

It's release day and that means new products have hit the shop! Today I have a little extra to share and really hope that it will be something that happens more frequently. Along with the pages I made, I have a process video that you can check out here. If videos aren't your thing, not to worry, read on!

Two new stamp sets have arrived to help you document your Workday and time spent running Out and About. To coordinate with them, mini flair is available in both black and white and color packs. Last but not least, there's a brand new Summer themed flat pack with a blend of modern and retro designs. It's all ready to come home to you and get crafty with!

I have plans for both stamp sets, but right away I used the Workday set along with a mini flair to create a new page for my 2017 everyday album. Using several stamps, I created embellishment clusters. I changed my mind several times as I went along, letting the building of stamped layers grow on its own.

For the pocket page on the left, I masked off areas of 2 cards and stamped the days of the week using the Daily Doings stamp set. The large chipboard letters make quite the impact, so I wanted my embellishing to be more subtle and balance out all that gold.

I hope you'll head over to the shop and pick up some items, because I'd love to see what you create!

stamps - Daily Doings and Workday - Feed Your Craft
inks - Pale Blush Pink and Fog - Simon Says Stamp, Inky Black - Studio Calico
chipboard letters - Maggie Holmes {Shine} for Crate Paper
mini flair - Workday - Feed Your Craft

Thursday, June 29, 2017

June Catch Up

Much of June had passed by and I only had two pages completed, so I got the pesky task of printing photos out of the way, and armed with coffee, I worked to get my moments recorded. Each month, I stamp a quote to use as a divider and found this wonderful one from John Steinbeck.

Since I had so many pages to work on, I once again resorted to creating in batches. I laid out my pages and then placed my photos. Just like May, I'm continuing with a loose style of memory planners, but I'm not sure I'll stick with it for July. I do like the addition of the pocket pages, but it takes a lot more coordination for me to feel like my pages are cohesive.

Each month this year has been treated like its own little chapter and I use the same supplies and techniques within each section. I was less concerned about that when I did Project Life, so I'm not sure where this mindset is coming from.

For June's pages, you'll see the same stamps in the backgrounds along with sticky notes and die cuts repeating throughout. While the colors may vary, using the same elements gave me the coordination from page to page that I was seeking.

When it came to the pocket pages, I used the same ink colors for my stamping, but gave myself more freedom with how the pages came together. My only goal was that they color coordinated with the facing page, but the supplies varied.

I'll have a couple more pages to add for the month along with my monthly recap of books read. Those might be my favorites to create and maybe one day I'll get to that mini book all about reading that has been on my mind for over a year. ;)

June divider - stamps - Kelly Purkey Southport, ink - Simon Says Stamp Green Leaf, die cuts - Maggie Holmes {Chasing Dreams}, small white doily, Pebbles alphabet roller stamp
page 1 - stamps - Basic Grey Herbs and Honey Astronomy Background and Studio Calico, inks - VersaMark watermark stamp pad and Simon Says Stamp Catkin hybrid ink, Ranger Gold embossing powder, Twine and Ink puffy shapes
page 2 - stamps - Wonky Backdrops - Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson, ink - Simon Says Stamp Duckling, sticky notes - Kelly Purkey for Hero Arts, ticket die cuts - One Little Bird for Studio Calico
page 3 - patterned paper and die cuts - My Mind's Eye {Meow}, stamps - Make It Matter - Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft, ink - Simon Says Stamp Catkin hybrid ink
page 4 - Wonky Backdrops - Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson and Daily Doings - Feed Your Craft, ink - Simon Says Stamp Pale Blush Pink, Fog, and Smoke, sticky notes - Kelly Purkey for Hero Arts, ticket die cuts - One Little Bird for Studio Calico
page 5 -  Wonky Backdrops - Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson, ink - Simon Says Stamp Duckling, sticky notes - Kelly Purkey for Hero Arts, ticket die cuts - One Little Bird for Studio Calico
page 6 - 3x4 cards - Studio Calico Story Board, stamps - That's the Ticket - One Little Bird for Studio Calico and Wanderlust - Feed Your Craft, inks - Simon Says Stamp Smoke and Duckling

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Summer Stories TN {Pt. 1}

For the past few years I've made a mini album that focuses on some of our summer activities. Even though I have an everyday album that I keep up on, I don't mind having the same events in two places. Not everything will be in both albums and I try to vary the photos if I'm recording the same story.

This year I'm using a Traveler's Notebook insert and will document our summer activities for the next 4-6 weeks. I decorated the cover first by stamping on it, then layering die cuts and adding glittery gold Thickers, thread, and enamel dots.

The summer will no doubt fly by, but I'm hoping to soak up as much of it as I can. My list of things to do is a mix of relaxing and adventuring, and of course there will be enjoying many summer sweet treats.

Using digital labels, I typed on them and then printed and cut them apart. It took much longer to arrange them so they all fit. Then I had to remove them all because I wanted a little stamping on the background (which got washed out on brightening my photo). Once the labels were adhered into place, I wanted a little something to go on top and found the perfect size alphabet stickers.

Our first outing found us picking strawberries after a nice lunch outside at a local restaurant. After we dropped our berries safely off at home, we drove out to the arboretum. There's a large ginkgo grove that we had yet to explore and are looking forward to seeing it in its golden glory in the fall.

I had a couple of mishaps putting this page together and those little accidents determined where my embellishments went. I managed to get ink smears around my title, so the little die cuts worked to cover up the worst of it. Then I got roller adhesive on the right page, so that was the perfect place for the photo of the hubs getting ready to pluck a strawberry.

Since there was no journaling yet, I wanted to make sure I had room to include it on the second part of our outing. My initial thought was to type it directly onto the patterned paper, but I was worried it wouldn't fit well, so back to the computer I went. I stamped and die cut the tickets and leaves and then finished it off with little enamel triangles and the date.

Hope your summer is filled with lots of sunshine and happy moments!

Traveler's Notebook insert - Repapered Shop
Cover - die cuts - Crate Paper {Oasis} ephemera, glitter Thickers - American Crafts, stamp - Wonky Backdrops by Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson, enamel dots - Messy Box
Go See Do - digital labels - Studio Calico, journaling - Traveling Typewriter, alphabet stickers - Gossamer Blue June TN kit, stamps - Studio Calico Library Card, ink - Simon Says Stamp Fog
Berry Pickin' - alphabet stamp - Kelly Purkey Southport, ink - Simon Says Stamp Khaki, die cuts - Gossamer Blue June TN Kit
Adventure Log - patterned paper - Crate Paper {Oasis} 6x6 paper pad, stamps - Studio Calico Been and Gone, Feed Your Craft Wanderlust, Kelly Purkey Take Flight, MFT stamp and die Flashy Florals, Dear Lizzy roller stamp, inks - Distress Inks in Spun Sugar, Antique Linen, and Vintage Photo and Simon Says Stamp Key Lime hybrid cube, enamel triangles - Gossamer Blue June main kit