Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Happy Place

Thank you all so much for your wonderful responses to our kit release! The support Brandi and I have received has been truly overwhelming.

I've definitely gotten out of the creative funk that I was in and have been crafting up a storm. Maybe it helped having some brand new items like the Homebodies kit and Pink Paislee's C'est La Vie collection. ;)

Using those items along with some bits from my stash, I created a layout about my workspace. I spend a lot of time sitting at my desk. Whether it's crafting, working, video chatting, or eating lunch, it's a place where so many memories are made and recorded.

Recently I pinned this scrapbook layout by Lisa Dickinson and that was the inspiration for my page design. Instead of triangles, I used hexagons to create a wide border at the bottom of my layout. While I looked for embellishments, I stumbled across two wood veneer hexagons that were perfect for adding a little texture and dimension. Building off of those pieces, I used small wood grain alphabet stickers and paired them with black Thickers. My finishing touches were stamping the flower onto the yellow hexagons, a little fussy cut heart from the Cozy patterned paper, and my journaling.

If you were to document a happy place in your home, where would it be? Crafting area, kitchen, couch, or somewhere else? :)

patterned paper - Cozy {Homebodies} - Feed Your Craft, Let's Party {Fine & Dandy} - Dear Lizzy, 6x6 paper pad {C'est La Vie} - Pink Paislee
wood veneer hexagons - Studio Calico
stamp - Homebodies - Feed Your Craft
alphabet stickers - tiny wood grain - Webster's Pages, black Thickers - American Crafts
journaling - Adam.CG Pro

Monday, February 1, 2016

Coffee + Books with the Homebodies Kit

At long last, it's release day for Feed Your Craft's first full size paper crafting kit, Homebodies, and Brandi and I couldn't be more excited! Brandi has designed a charming collection perfect for documenting your home life, but don't let the theme limit your imagination. Whether you scrapbook, create pocket pages, or make cards, this kit will provide you with plenty of products in cozy colors. Cards to congratulate new home owners, Project Life spreads about your favorite activities when you hibernate, or layouts about what makes your house a home are just a few ideas.

Brandi is sharing her first project over at her blog, and we've invited a special guest designer to further inspire you. Be sure to visit Jil Larson (RESON8ED) on Instagram and see what's she's created. You'll see more projects from all 3 of us while you wait for your kit's arrival in the mail.

When I first saw the Shelve That paper, I knew I wanted to cut out the books from the background. Since I scrap in 9x12, I didn't want to lose any of those darling books. Using the pale blue background that was left over, I matted my photo and added a strip to the top. The polka dot paper, Street Lights On, was the perfect complement to pulling in more of the colors from the books and also, because I love my layers. I used a couple of die cuts from the printable PDF as well as a mini flair.

Thank you to everyone for all of your support as Brandi and I work to bring new products to the shop. The responses we've received have been so amazing and help us to keep on doing what we're doing. Oh, and if you're a mini flair fan, there are a few new sets in the shop as well!

I hope you'll come back tomorrow when I share my second layout that mixes the Homebodies kit with some old and new items from my stash. You'll see just how easy it is to integrate this kit with supplies you already have on hand.

patterned paper, embellishments - Homebodies Kit - Feed Your Craft
alphabet stickers, alphabet stamps, date stamp - American Crafts

Thursday, January 28, 2016

December Daily {2015} Days 16-20

Wow, after a couple of weeks of not creating anything, I found myself with an overwhelming urge to finish my December Daily yesterday. I had all of my photos and cards in place, so it was just a matter of printing out my journaling and embellishing my pockets.

After the first week or so in December, I shifted my page designs to be simpler in hopes of keeping up to date. It worked well until about day 12 and then the time to work on my album went out the window.

I'd seen a few albums that had this style of tree cut file, but wasn't able to find it for download. So after a little trial and error, I was able to create a cut file in Photoshop Elements to send to my Cricut Explore to cut out. Along with that, I also made a simple house to cut out.

Because of the house die cut, I had to make day 17 a double page spread as well, but I don't mind the simple, open space. In a way it mimics the clear and quiet place I was trying to keep my head in for the day, knowing that the rest of December was going to be busy.

On the 18th I was back in Chicago to help my sister move. She had quite the view from her apartment and I loved looking out over the city as the sun set. And of course, you can't visit Chicago without picking up some Garrett Popcorn. Seriously.

It was definitely an afterthought to snap a photo once the move was completed, but I'm glad I remembered.

Surprisingly, my sister and I had a decent amount of time to get out and about even with the unpacking we did. We had dinner with a friend of hers, drove to see the Christmas lights, and got a hike in.

I'll be back next week to share more of my album, but before that, Brandi and I will finally be unveiling the big project we've been working on. I'm so excited to share it with you and I'll see you on the 1st!

journaling cards - December Daily mini kit - One Little Bird, Feed Your Craft, Wonderland - In a Creative Bubble
patterned paper - Basic Grey {Juniper Berry}, Let it Snow mini kit - Feed Your Craft
cut files - Feed Your Craft cut with Cricut Explore Air
embellishments - DD mini kit, enamel dots, wood chip
alphabet stickers - wood grain - Webster's Pages, foam alphabet - Freckled Fawn
bear stamp - Lizzie M for Studio Calico
fonts - Walkway (journaling)

Friday, January 22, 2016

Sneak Peeks

Hey, hey, long time no see! There have been a couple of projects that have been demanding my attention lately and when I have gotten my hands on downtime, I haven't felt in the right creative mindset for paper crafting. So alas, I have no projects to share at the moment. What I do have, are sneak peeks of a very exciting product coming to the shop on February 1st.

As you can see from the photos, there is a stamp set that I then used Distress Markers to color in and yup, 12x12 paper that will work wonderfully for layouts, pocket pages, and more!

In just under 2 weeks time, we'll be sharing full details of what you see here as well as projects to help inspire you. Everything will be revealed on February 1st at 8am EST, so be sure to mark your planners! :)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Project Life {November 2015}

Oh how I've been missing playing with pretty paper. I finished these pages a couple of weeks ago, and haven't had a chance to do any more crafting. My assortment of cards came from digital files, cards I designed, and patterned paper. The pages are cut down from my stash of 12x12 pocket pages. It ended up working really well to use 6x12 pages because I was able to arrange my photos to tell a little story on each spread.

For the first page, I selected some of the nature photos I'd taken during the month and then my journaling is a general overview of how November was for me. The second page focuses on stories at home and at my parents.

The third page is about the hubs and his travel for work and the last is very dear to me because it's about the work Brandi and I did to launch a flair release and also about dipping our toes in the water with the first of new items we offered beyond flair.

I've got my fingers crossed that there is time this weekend to complete my December Daily. Hope you have a lovely rest of your week! :)

cards - MPM Mosaic - The Lilypad
patterned paper, acorn stickers, labels, "remember" stamp - Felicity Jane
leaf paper clip - Pink Paislee {Cedar Lane}
Here's the Story stamp set - In a Creative Bubble
journaling font - Intro Head R Base