Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wrapping up February with a Sale

And just like that, we're halfway through March! It has been a very exciting and simultaneously exhausting past couple of months, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Today brings one of the biggest shop updates, and if you haven't heard the news, I'm launching Flat Packs! What are those you ask? They are die cut packs that come with an assortment of cards and elements featuring bold type and patterns that I've designed to coordinate with mini flair and stamps.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that I've been documenting the books I've read. Using the same format from January, I changed up the cards, but kept everything else very similar. I actually found myself doing that for a couple of themed pages. I like the consistency that it brings each month, but I still have the fun in making each one different with the new supplies I've most certainly purchased.


For my February highlights pages, I used pieces from The Story Flat Pack to quickly record additional moments from the month that hadn't been yet.


There are 3 new stamp sets and I used the set called The Story to document some surprise happy mail that arrived. The quote was taken from a text message and I love including those in my albums.


Last, but not least, you know I love alphabet stamps and hooray, there's a new one! It is an inline alphabet and coordinates with the bold one that was previously released. The same letters, numbers, and characters are included so that you can mix and match or layer the sets, but this newest set also includes two labels.


Before you rush off to the shop to pick up one of the many new items that have arrived, be sure to grab your code for the sale that is taking place now! Use the code SPRINGSALE to take 20% off of your entire purchase now until March 17th at 8pm EDT. Happy shopping!

Supplies:
Read More
3x4 cards and die cut elements - Read More flat pack - Feed Your Craft
patterned paper - 6x6 Moonstruck paper pad - Pink Paislee
background paper - Life Documented planner pages - Simple Stories

February Highlights
3x4 cards and die cut elements - The Story flat pack - Feed Your Craft
currently stamp - Journal It - Feed Your Craft
journaling font - Traveling Typewriter

She Said
stamps - The Story - Feed Your Craft
patterned paper - Studio Calico
inks - Pale Blush Pink and Catkin Hybrid ink cube - Simon Says Stamp 

Early Bloomer
patterned paper - Studio Calico
stencil - Scattered Bars - My Favorite Things
stamps - Inline Alphabet - Feed Your Craft, Herbs n Honey Astronomy background stamp - Hero Arts
ink - Pale Blush Pink and Fog - Simon Says Stamp
texture paste - Ranger
Peeled Paint Distress Ink - Tim Holtz

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

December Daily {2016}

As I work to get caught up on sharing projects I've completed, I thought I'd go back to December, and more specifically, my 2016 December Daily album. This was my fourth year participating in documenting our December and once again, I'm glad I did.

I take my album through the 31st of the month, telling one story each day with topics such as decorating for the holidays, a simple treat, and our favorite tradition of going out to see the holiday lights. Each day has my journaling, but sometimes it's tucked behind a photo or slipped into an envelope. I varied my page sizes and styles because I've learned that using all pockets or making all layouts doesn't suit my needs. Sometimes I want the structure and ease that the pockets provide to be able to include several photos, and other times I like to make interactive elements that work best without a page protector.

It's funny how realizing one simple thing can make a project come together so quickly. With the freedom to create each page however worked best, I was able to complete my album right after the new year began.

Below are a handful of pages to show the variety that makes up my album. You can view my entire album at your leisure in my gallery here and I've also uploaded a video where I talk a little more about my pages and share how I stored my supplies for easy access.






I worked with a few different kits throughout my album, but I feel that I'm able to maintain consistency in how I use my supplies. Also, no project of mine would be complete without making some of my own papers and elements, so if you see a product used or are curious as to how I created something, feel free to ask in the comments!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

When a Craving Strikes


I know I've just gotten back to regular blogging, and while this isn't paper related, I still feel like it goes along with why my blog was created, to share inspiration and ideas, and in this case a really good recipe.

I've been craving chocolate chip cookies for several days and while we have an excellent bakery nearby, I have yet to find a place to pick up the occasional cookie. So what's a girl to do, but make her own! The recipe is adapted from one that I found from the NY Times many years ago, but a quick search didn't yield the recipe that I started from.

In case you find yourself craving a crispy around the edges, chewy in the center cookie, here's the recipe. Enjoy!

Note: I didn't give my dough time to rest in the fridge which resulted in crispier cookies. So, if you're in a hurry, don't fret if you can't leave the dough for a day, they'll still be plenty tasty. :)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Creative Team Call {April - September 2017}


Wow, the time sure does fly and once again it's time to accept applicants for the next Creative Team. It's always an emotional time as I say goodbye to the wonderful ladies that have been a joy to work with and an inspiration to many.


The team will again consist of two parts, the first being for mini flair and stamps. If you love working with mini flair and stamps and are enthusiastic about using them in fresh and creative ways, then I just might have a spot for you. This is a 6-month term beginning April 1st and ending September 30th, 2017. You need to create 2 projects each month, which can be scrapbook layouts, Project Life, or mini albums - the choice is yours! You must have a public Instagram account to share clear, well-lit photographs of your projects in full as well as any other sales and promotions as they occur. Any other social media platforms, blogs, or galleries that you upload to are appreciated, but not required. Previous design team experience is not necessary, but please make sure there is no conflict with other companies you may be currently designing for.

During your term, I'll provide the mini flair and stamps of your choosing, and you get the flexibility to create and schedule your posts each month. In addition, you'll receive a discount to the entire shop to use any time in the 6 months on the Team.

Please make sure you have read the above carefully and feel confidant you can fulfill the requirements. To apply, email me at elise(at)feedyourcraft(dot)com with the subject line - CT Application. In your email, please tell me a little about yourself and why you would like to be a part of the team. Also, provide a link to your Instagram (and blog if you have one) and 3 recent projects that best showcase your style using flair and/or stamps (any brand is fine). This is open worldwide, but you must have your application in by 11:59pm EST, March 6th. I'll be in touch with all applicants on March 12th and will announce the Creative Team on April 1st.


For the other part of the Team, I am looking for creative individuals who are passionate about documenting their stories with 3x4 and 4x6 cards, stamps, and flair. You will be working with kits designed exclusively by Brandi Kincaid. This is a 6-month term beginning April 1st and ending September 30th, 2017. You need to be able to share 2 projects each month, one of them being on the release day of the kit. Your projects need to be made primarily using the kit (small embellishments and items from your stash may be used) and share clear, well-lit photographs of your projects. You must have a public Instagram to share your projects on in full as well as any other sales and promotions as they occur. Any other social media platforms, blogs, or galleries that you upload to are appreciated, but not required. Previous design team experience is not necessary, but please make sure there is no conflict with other companies you may be currently designing for.

During your term I'll provide you with each mini kit you'll be working with and you'll receive a discount to purchase any additional items from the shop while you are a part of the Team. There may be the possibility that a quick turnaround will be needed for your release day projects, so the ability to work within deadlines is a must.

Please make sure you have read the above carefully and feel confidant you can fulfill the requirements. To apply, email me at elise(at)feedyourcraft(dot)com with the subject line - Kit Application. In your email, please tell me a little about yourself and why you would like to be a part of the team. Also, provide a link to your Instagram (and blog if you have one) and 3 recent projects that best showcase your style. This is open worldwide, but you must have your application in by 11:59pm EST, March 6th. I'll be in touch with all applicants on March 12th and will announce the Creative Team on April 1st.

No matter what you are considering applying for, I cannot stress enough that you should go for it! I know it can be difficult to put yourself out there and the sting of rejection is real, but I'd love to see an application from you. FYC Teams are filled with a variety of creative styles, so you might be just what I'm looking for!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Some Days


Some days are tough and that's okay. It seems to be harder for me in the winter months. When the days are so short, often gloomy, and cold, cold, cold. I wanted to create a page for my album documenting my feelings and the sweet photo of Mocha hiding under her bear was the perfect photo to use.


I'm still experimenting with how to use transparency sheets in my projects after seeing Brandi Kincaid use them in her December Daily album last year. I thought it would make a fun visual impact to print my journaling and then print faux marker lines on the transparency to black out most of the text. It's something I'd seen from writer and artist, Austin Kleon but had yet to try for myself.

Using Photoshop Elements, I typed my journaling on a 3x4 canvas. Then I added a layer and used the brush tool to draw lines over everything except for the 4 words I wanted to remain visible. I printed my journaling on white cardstock and then the lines on the transparency film. I did outline (stroke in PSE) both of the images so that I'd know where to cut.

I have flip-up pocket from Simple Stories, so I put the overlay in that and matched it up over my text. I added a couple of die cut shapes for contrast and then topped them with mini flair. A simple page for some very real talk.

Supplies:
patterned paper - Studio Calico, ABM Messy Box
alphabet stickers - American Crafts Thickers
mini flair - Tough Stuff - Feed Your Craft
transparency film - Apollo Color Laser Transparency Film - Amazon
flip-up pocket - Snap 3x4 Photo Flips - Simple Stories
font for journaling - Traveling Typewriter