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

Thursday, June 15, 2017

5 Years and Better Together

It's release day in the shop and oh, it's a good one! When I sat down to dig into the Better Together mini kit, I didn't have a lot of time, but Brandi's designs made it so easy for my pages to come together. How timely that a kit all about relationships and connections arrived in the same month that the hubs and I celebrated our 5th anniversary.

We didn't have a chance to take our annual photos, so I happily went through the professional pictures we had taken for our backyard barbecue reception in 2012. I've changed the format of my everyday album just a little, but am still mixing in planner pages with pocket pages.

The Creative Team is also sharing inspiration on how they're using the kit, so there will be plenty of project ideas to help get you ready for when your kit arrives. And in case you missed the latest newsletter, you can now find Feed Your Craft on Pinterest with boards categorized by product and project style.

Also arriving today are a few new mini flair packs and here's a sampling of what you'll find. I hope to see you in the shop!

3x4 cards, mini flair, label - Better Together mini kit
stamps - Better Together and Food for Thought - Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft, Wonky Backdrops - Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson
ink - Pale Blush Pink - Simon Says Stamp, Inky Black - Studio Calico

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Come Celebrate With Me!

It's a cupcake and confetti kind of day and I hope you'll join me in the festivities! The Feed Your Craft shop turned 3 today and that calls for a sale. You can take 30% off of your merchandise total with the code 3YEARS now through June 3rd.

Of course, I couldn't have a sale without releasing a few new items. You'll find mini flair and a new stamp set to help you document newsworthy moments as well as a bold music themed flat pack and flair.

And, back for a limited time (and limited quantities), are some of Brandi Kincaid's beloved mini flair and stamp sets. Thank you so much for your amazing support over the last 3 years, the shop wouldn't be here without you!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Start of May

With the completion of my April pages, my first everyday album for 2017 was filled. I'm still finding myself drawn to a combination of memory keeping and planners, so I designed and printed pages to use, but once I got started, things didn't go quite as I had envisioned.

I thought that having a specific space for each day would mean that I would better utilize the area and fill it with additional journaling beyond the photos I was including. That way I would have more details from my week included. Since I could only work on my pages in short bursts of time, I forgot that was my intention and ended up only focusing on the photos I'd printed.

I'm not 100% sold on the format of these pages, but I have a couple more to make to finish out the month and then I'll reevaluate if I'll stick with this style moving forward of if I'll change it up again. I'll be adding these to another 6x8 kraft mini album like I used for the first 4 months as opposed to using a planner. The album has a much wider spine and I'll be able to add the dimensional embellishments that I like, mix in the pocket pages I have on hand, and hopefully fit another 4 months into it.

The weather here has been overcast, so when brightening my photos, I lost the light yellow stamping that's in the last 2 images. Hopefully this detail shot helps to show the stamping that's alternating on the pages. As always, any questions, don't hesitate to ask! :)

scrapbook kit - May 2017 main kit - Gossamer Blue
stamps - Distressed Patterns - My Favorite Things, 6x8 Pattern Builder - Studio Calico, At Home and Inline Alphabet - Feed Your Craft
inks - Lemon Chiffon and Pale Blush Pink - Simon Says Stamp, Inky Black - Studio Calico
white alphabet stickers - puffy - Seven Paper, flat - Studio Calico
thin washi tape - Green and Yellow Narrow Washi Tape - Recollections

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Read More {April 2017}

In my previous post, I shared how I did my April pages for my 6x8 everyday album. Usually I mix up pocket pages and little layouts, but because May was well under way and nothing was made, I went with a memory planner style and documented my highlights.

But I wasn't quite finished with April. Each month I document the books I've read in pocket pages and wanted to maintain that format because I've been including an image of each cover. Since I only read 2 books in April, I cut down a 6x8 page to be 3x8 and put one book on the front and one on the back. I could have easily pulled two cards from my stash to fill the other pockets, but thought it would be fun to make my own.

I've been on a black and white kick lately and with the mostly black book covers, I thought going without color would be the best match. I found a quote by Dr. Seuss to type and then using some floral vectors, I created a loose pattern then added some digital splatters to give it a little depth.

You can download the cards here if you'd like to use them on a project of your own. Let me know if you do, I'd love to see how you're inspired to use them!

digital cards - free download from Feed Your Craft
labels - Read More flat pack - Feed Your Craft