Thursday, March 15, 2018

Welcoming Spring with Grow Wild

Happy Thursday! The newest kit, Grow Wild, is now available in the shop along with some coordinating embellishments and stamps! This kit was inspired by my love of nature and created with a fresh color scheme, a focus on growth, and a splash of hope for those less than stellar moments.

This is a layout I made in my everyday notebook using the Grow Wild stamp and die cuts. I can't wait to experiment more with the large floral border stamp!

If you know me, you know I love stamping and I had a lot of fun working with the All the Moments set to make my patterned background, title, and an embellishment.

I had begun this year's memory keeping with the plan to only use Traveler's Notebooks, but they can sometimes feel limiting to me. The worry of getting too bulky, having inks show through, and the stress of a bound pages has had me itching for mini layouts like I made last year. So what else could I do, but go where my creativity took me?

As you can see, I've created a few projects already, but I'm excited to be inspired by what you make! Thank you so much for your support, because of it there are some amazing new products coming to the shop and I can't wait to share more with you. In the meantime, happy crafting!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Carried Away with Hold Tight

It's an exciting day of new releases in the shop and you'll see that I just couldn't stop creating with the Hold Tight kit designed by Brandi Kincaid! Every time we geared up to share a sneak, I found myself inspired to create a project because the illustrations and colors worked so well no matter what I wanted to document.

My first project was made using the Hold Tight stamp set to create a patterned background. I wanted to be able to utilize a few more of the stamps, so I made embellishments with a punched circle and punched tab. Because of the white on white, I inked the edges of the punched shapes to help them stand out.

My everyday notebook has a weekly page where I jot down moments from the week so that I can then freely document any photos without needing to worry about journaling. I thought it was the best way to make sure highlights were noted since I tend to struggle with what to write when I work with my photos.

I actually haven't been taking many photos week to week, but it worked out well to use a journaling card from the kit and stitch a stamped sentiment to it. It was a little pep talk to myself to help work through some disappointing news. On my weekly page, I added stamping and then stitched on the die cuts before adhering them into place.

My newest project with the kit was inspired by Alyssa (@myvisualmark) and I made a layout about the notebooks I'm working in at the moment. I always like to take photos of my projects because it shows how much they change over time, not just in format, but in style. I loved using the "Today/Tomorrow" card for this story!

In addition to the Hold Tight kit, there are several other new items that have hit the shop and I have one last project showing more of the Narrow Alphabet and Outline Narrow Alphabet stamps. I used it above, and I know I'll get a lot more use out the sets.

I hope you'll head over to the shop if you haven't already and check out all of the new arrivals and I thank you for your support, it means so much!

Monday, January 15, 2018

A Day and a Year In Review

Hello, hello! It's the 15th and that means a new kit is now available in the shop! It's called In Review and was designed to be used all year round, story after story. The lifestyle of memory keeping means that moments big and small are being collected and with this kit, you can document them all.

The stamp set is perfect for journaling and list-making, many of the die cuts offer plenty of space for extra notes, and the cards are a rich mix of colors.

The first project I created using the kit was a simple spread in my everyday Traveler's Notebook and I just love the journaling card with my photo.

I cut the 4x6 card in half and placed it on the lower half the layout and then adhered my photo to the left side and added a couple of the puffy photo corners for dimension. On the right side, I used the ledger stamp and then typed my journaling.

The last touch was using a pattern stamp from the Begin Again set in the same light blue that I stamped the ledger in, and then I added the "photographed:" stamp and date.

I also created a pocket page to add to the end of my 2017 everyday album. I really enjoyed looking back at the thousands of photos I'd taken and selected a variety that really stood out to me. I printed off fun adventures, laughs with loved ones, and delicious treats as 2x2 photos.

I already had the cards pulled that I knew I wanted to use and so it was just a matter of putting the pictures into place. I didn't worry about keeping anything chronological, but I knew I wanted to include the dates.

After the embellishments were added, I focused on my journaling. I simply typed a loose list on the computer and printed it out to fit onto my card. Then, using a roller stamp, I added the date to each line item.

I can't wait to see what you're inspired to create with the In Review kit and hope that it helps get your stories told time and time again!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

December Daily {2017} Days 19-23

This is going to be a photo heavy post, so I'll try to keep it brief, but if you have any questions at all about my pages, don't hesitate to ask in the comments!

The 19th was one of those days that really made the holiday season feel magical. It was filled with simple treasures and since I made up for the lack of photos I'd been taking, I wanted to include several of them.

I cut down a 6x8 page of 2x2 pockets and added my photos with plenty of patterned paper and cards. If you're like me, you have way too many holiday supplies, and instead of saying how pretty they are and putting them back on the shelf, I've really been trying to make a dent.

For the 20th, I documented my new inspiration wall above my work desk. I love how it turned out and am excited to be able to easily change out the pieces as the months go by. I used patterned paper and a stamp set to punch circle embellishments and added a little bit of gold mist for some sparkle. Circles have made several appearances in my album and I like how they've been able to represent ornaments and decorations along with maintaining the consistency I always crave.

Another photoless page for the story of the 21st, which again gives me the opportunity to use more fun supplies. I don't mind that I don't have at least one photo for each day since in a project like this I make sure to include journaling.

I had a lot of fun making my page for the 22nd, especially since it turned out just the way I had pictured in my head. I wanted to include the recipe for the cookies I'd made and using a digital card from the Comfort and Joy kit, I was able to design my 3x8 insert as if the piping bag spelled out "recipe" with a little flourish.

Using a scrap of transparency film, I adhered my card to the front and the recipe to the back. Since my cookies were all winter related, I used die cut snowflakes topped with puffy stickers to embellish my page.

Another sweet treat for the 23rd decorated with die cuts and stickers to balance out the heavier page from the day before. I'd started out with just the die cuts on the photo and then decided it needed more, so on went the stickers. Then the strip of paper and another die cut. And still feeling like I wanted more, I added some subtle stamping in Fog ink.

Lastly, I added a simple kraft envelope because there are a few more stories that I want to include. I certainly could have expanded on any day and shared more than one story, but I like that there is a focus for each day. With the addition of the envelope, now I don't have to leave any magical moment out.

If you're interested in an overview of supplies I've been using, you can find it here, all of my December Daily posts are here, you can pick up a free download here, and the pages I've used for the base of my album are here. :) I carry my album through the end of December, so be sure to pop back by to see the 24th through the 31st! Wishing you a very Happy New Year in the meantime!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

December Daily {2017} Days 14-18

Here are the last pages that I've gotten done to date. I had so much fun working on getting caught up and am looking forward to getting back to it. I take my album through the end of the month, but hopefully I'll have time to work on it before then.

I've only been sending out holiday cards for a few years and didn't want this year to be the year it stopped. I just added a few chipboard stickers to my page because I wanted to the sentiment on them to stand out.

But for the 15th, I had more fun decorating my page. And since it snowed a little bit that day, I added snowflakes with stamps and a die cut.

I think the only thing that could've made the quick run out more festive would be if we'd seen Santa. It was mad crazy at the Post Office as people shipped off gifts, there were young carolers at the coffee shop, and as we left, there was a horse drawn carriage taking a couple through downtown.

For the 17th, I made a little collection box and printed it out. Washi tape is holding it on the side so that it flips up to reveal my photo underneath. I layered some stickers to embellish my page, once again using foam tape for that extra dimension.

I might have picked up a few little items for myself when I did some Christmas shopping. After I matted my photo to the journaling card, I noticed the bits of yellow and accented them with a yellow puffy heart.

I also had a holiday stamp set that hadn't been used yet, so in my favorite Fog Ink, I stamped and stamped all over the grid section.

If you want to see any of my previous pages, you can always click on the #decemberdaily category from the right-hand column. Thanks so much for taking your time to visit and I hope that you're having a wonderful holiday season!