Sunday, October 15, 2017

Documenting December

The wait is finally over and I'm so glad you're here to share in the excitement! The response to the new products has been so amazing and I can't thank you enough for the kind words, support, and encouragement that continues to be shown!

As December nears, I can feel myself getting excited to welcome the month and documenting each day. I learned the hard way that I can't do any preparation in my album because I need to let the story for the day dictate how I want to document it, but creating an introduction page came together so easily.

I used one of the 4x6 cut apart cards and embellishments from the Remember December kit to fill the 2x2 pockets. I left plenty of empty space and filled in some of the remaining pockets with a gold star patterned transparency.

The Creative Team will be sharing projects today and over the next couple of months to provide inspiration using both the Remember December and Comfort and Joy kits, and they're being joined by a special guest this month. Once December gets under way, I'll be sharing my album process here.

Thank you again for being here and I hope to see you in the shop!

2x2 cards, mini flair, chipboard shapes - Remember December
gold star transparency - American Crafts

Friday, September 29, 2017

Many Thanks

I am so thankful for the support that continues to be shown and the kind and encouraging words I receive. Because of that, I'm able to grow the shop in ways I've been dreaming about. September has always been a month of milestones for the Feed Your Craft shop, and this year is no different. I'm so excited to announce that the first of many new products have hit the shop this morning!

The Many Thanks kit is now available, along with the ability to just purchase the new embellishments that are included in it. I'll be using the kit for documenting #mythankful30 in November, but I'm sure you'll be seeing pieces of it pop up in my projects before then.

In preparation for November's gratitude album, I assembled my mini album by simply cutting 8.5x11 card stock into quarters and using rings to assemble the hole punched pages. The size means I can easily pop a 3x4 card from the kit onto a page, get inky with the stamp set, and of course have fun adding dimensional embellishments.

For my cover, I layered several Distress Inks and then heat embossed the large pattern from the stamp set in white. I added a chipboard shape with a little gold thread underneath and now I'm all set for November's arrival. You can see my past albums here and find the prompt list I've worked with here. I'm not sure I'll use it again, though I have used it for multiple years in the past. I love seeing the differences from year to year, but for now, I'm leaving my options open.

I hope you'll head over to the shop and take a look at all of the new products and if you place an order, I'd love to see what you create! Happy shopping!

Many Thanks kit - Feed Your Craft
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Inks - Antique Linen, Scattered Straw, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin, and Vintage Photo

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Summer Stories TN {Pt. 2}

Even though summer isn't officially over, it sure does feel like it's wound down. I'm glad to have just added the final spread to the Traveler's Notebook that I started back in June, and it was fitting to have the solar eclipse be the last entry.

I've shared a process video showing how I made those pages and then I walk you through my completed notebook. You can watch the video here, and if you'd like to see all of the photos, you can view them in my gallery. Below I've shared a few of the pages that I've made over the past several weeks. This has become one of my favorite projects to do each summer, probably because summer is my favorite. :)

If you have any questions about products or techniques, don't hesitate to ask!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Creative Team Call

If you're an enthusiastic and passionate memory keeper, I'd love to see an application from you! You can find all of the details on how to apply here.

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