Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Make a Statement

I have plans for three daily photo projects from November on through next year, so after much deliberation and research, I bought a photo printer. I had looked into them back in April, but talked myself out of it. I decided on the Epson PictureMate Charm, and while I have only printed 16 photos, so far I'm a very happy camper!

Earlier in the month, the hubs and I went to Pittsburgh to see The Rubber Duck. He was created by the Dutch artist, Florentijn Hofman, and was there for the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts. We had no idea how many other people would be there, but we were able to snap a few good pictures of him. I knew that one 4"x6" photo wasn't going to do him justice, and since my printer was on the way, I did some research.

Using Photoshop Elements 10, I found a way to evenly divide a 4"x6" image into 4 segments. That way I could place each segment into the pocket of a divided page protector. Here are the steps in case you'd like to give it a go!

Doing it this way provides an alternative to ordering enlargements and I think it packs quite a punch!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Challenging Challenges

In the past, I've always had my photo(s) first, and then selected my materials. Another benefit to my participation in challenges has been the push to look at my scrapbooking with different perspectives.

I've never before worked with a color challenge like the one Life.Paper.Scrapbook puts together monthly. Having kept myself in my comfort zone, I always shied away from them. First, I chose my supplies that matched the palette, and then I needed to decide what to do.

With my recent switch in phone brands, I've discovered I really, really like Instagram. I'd never felt one way or the other about it, but now having tried it out, it's safe to say, I'm hooked. I decided I'd make the layout about the first picture I uploaded.

My Mind's Eye is one of my favorite manufacturers and I enjoy the challenges they put up as well. I used their current sketch challenge and while I adjusted it to my style, think I still hit on most of the components in the sketch.

This layout was definitely a challenge in many ways, all of them good!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Thankful {Album Prep}

I had a blast picking out my supplies, and earlier this week I spent a couple hours preparing my album. I made a title page and wrote my thoughts on why this project is important for me to to. I cut filler cards from my Basic Grey {Persimmon} 6"x6" paper pad, cut out the printable labels I created, and made a couple of 3"x4" confetti shaker cards.

I also made some feathers based on a tutorial I'd seen on Manda Moore's blog, Mandalika Designs.

I'm going into this as prepared as I can because I don't want this album to feel like a chore. I am doing a photo and journaling for each day, carrying the same page design throughout. You can see my list of prompts here, and my full kit of supplies here. A few days ago I decided I'd also be documenting our December, but that album will be much more whimsical!

I had to forego using a link tool, but feel free put in the comments where we can go to look at your album preparation. You can also share on Instagram using #mythankful30!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Another Winner

Thank you to all that entered to win my most recent little giveaway! I thoroughly enjoyed reading what each person is thankful for, your words were heartwarming, honest, humorous, and uplifting!

A big HOORAY goes to today's winner, Gina200, she was the 25th person to leave a comment!

Please email me at craftylilgik at gmail dot com with your mailing address and your goodies will be on the way!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Thankful {The Supplies}

I've gathered all my supplies for my Thankful mini album, and I'm really excited to get underway. So excited that I changed my mind on the supplies and wound up buying a whole bunch of Basic Grey's {Persimmon} collection. I'm using Project Life {Kraft} cards as well, and will be alternating between the both for filler and journaling cards. I'm using an orange Sn@p 6"x8" album with the 4-3"x4" divided pages.

Most of the embellishments I had on hand already, and of course had to include my favorites, washi tape, enamel dots, sequins, and wood veneer.

I made a couple of label printables because I have a specific design idea for each day. You can find the round labels HERE, the notched edge ones HERE, and my 3"x4" fall printables HERE. The circle printable flair at the bottom of the photo are free from Two Peas in a Bucket's August collection, found HERE.

I'll be sharing my album prep and some DIY embellishments before November begins. Again, if you're participating in any manner, I'd love for you to link up your blog or gallery photo here so that others can be inspired! You can also share with me on Instagram using #mythankful30. Hope to see you around!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Thankful {The Giveaway}

I'm gearing up for a couple of daily photo projects, the first being a November Thankful album, and I wanted to be sure I did at least one last little giveaway before the year ends.

For me, one of the things even more present during the holiday season is taking the time to show others how important they are. I don't have any scrappy friends in real life, but I truly appreciate the support of the ladies that frequent my blog or other social media outlets, leave kind words, and in general, brighten up my day.

This is open to all US residents (sorry international ladies!) and you can enter to win these goodies* by leaving me a comment below letting me know something you're thankful for. The giveaway closes on Tuesday, October 22 at 10 am EST. The winner will be selected using and I'll announce it immediately, so be sure to check back then. Good luck!

*all items are new and unused except for the Jillibean Soup {Happy Camper} Pea Pod Parts

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

B&J Wedding Album - Pt. 2

I haven't been working on this album constantly, but the last burst yielded me 5 layouts. I'm not going to complete it in time for their first anniversary, but that's ok. Aside from the obvious completion of the album, the only thing I am trying to be conscious of is to provide plenty of room for them to put their thoughts from the day.

If you are a fan of Glitter Girl and Shimelle, you'll probably be able to see her influence on many of the pages. Taking her current class has definitely been a great reminder to use techniques and supplies that we sometimes forget. You can read more about the class and see the first part of this album in my post here.

So that's what I've made so far. Design wise, I'm trying various ways of adding stitching to the pages and remembering to incorporate my stamps. The letter stickers for the word "sister" are Thickers that I removed the paper print from and then painted with a watered down gold acrylic paint. I've also been thinking that once completed, I'll video the entire album so that it can be viewed at once. We'll see. ;)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Font Finds - II

free fonts

I still haven't been able to convince myself to purchase the Veneer font, as much as I love it, so I appease myself with my ongoing search for fun fonts that just may come in handy one day. I did get the Veneer Extras though, since they are free. These are some of the latest that I've found, though they are by no means new, just new to me.

Blackout by The League of Moveable Type comes in 3 styles and I suspect it would be a good font for those that have a Cameo. I found PROMESH when I was looking for fonts for my football printables and also comes in 3 styles.

I like the retro look that Stalemate provides and think it will work well paired with a modern sans serif font. I've been a long time stalker of the work shared on Deviant Art, and have gotten many brushes for Photoshop there, but Dominique was the first font I've found that I really liked. Mission Script* and Marcelle Script aren't new to my collection, but I wanted to share in case you hadn't seen them before.

I downloaded Stateface a little while ago because I had a project in mind, but that has yet to come to fruition. If you have any fonts that you love, let me know, I'm always on the lookout!

*You can enter $0 as the amount and still download the font

Friday, October 11, 2013

Be Bigger Than Your Fears

Life.Paper.Scrapbook Issue 3 came out yesterday and it is a stunner! If you're not familiar with the publication, it is a quarterly online magazine being curated by a team of one. Manda has knocked it out of the park with this most recent edition, and I was fortunate enough to have one of my layouts included among so many talented ladies!

A few different challenges led to the creation of this layout. I used the October sketch challenge from Life.Paper.Scrapbook for my design. The inspiration for the photo I used came from the current theme, "All About Me" over at Two Peas in a Bucket, where I'm still playing along with the Stash Busters.

While I was working on this layout, I had no idea that my October OHDEERME kit was sitting in our mailbox. I made some adjustments to my design because I had to incorporate some of the newly arrived goodies! All of thhe paper items and letter stickers are from the Glitz Design {Finnley} collection except for a scrap of Fancy Pants {What a Wonderful Day} Swell paper, the washi tape is from My Mind's Eye, and everything else is from OHDEERME kits.

The reason I look rather somber in (my first ever) selfie is because I was going to talk about fears. I was going to use the 3 places on the sketch as areas to journal 3 different fears. I printed my photo on vellum, but once I selected my supplies, I realized my layout was going in another direction.

I'll still share those 3 fears with you in no particular order, heights, death, and the dark.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Month Printables

The thought has crossed my mind to participate in a photo a day challenge next year and I like the idea of having the album be more streamlined than how I mix and match my monthly Project Life pages. Since I love fonts (a lot), I was inspired to create these month cards as a way to showcase some of my favorites.

The cards are vertical 3"x4", and of course you can use them as title cards for each week. If you use them as week cards, you could cut them in half to show the two months when a week overlaps. You can download the printables HERE, free for your personal use!

Monday, October 7, 2013

You Taught Me

I wanted to try my hand at showing the process that goes into my layouts. From the last batch of photos I had printed, I had an old photo of my dad and me that I have no backstory for. Because of that, I decided I'd use it as an opportunity to document some of the hobbies and obsessions that he instilled in me.

I always begin with my photo(s), and then I'll select the background patterned paper and a couple of coordinating papers. For this one I chose Basic Grey {Carte Postale} Ocean Drive paper, 2 scraps from past Studio Calico kits, and a sheet from the new Best of Basic Grey paper pad.

Next I decide on the placement of the photo and which papers I want to layer beneath it. I usually mat my photos and also like to use pieces of paper as embellishments. You can see on this layout I used two strips at the top and bottom, two triangles and some punched shapes, all from the papers I had originally pulled. I move things around for a bit until I feel they've found their place, and then I'll adhere everything. This time I wanted to stamp a little under the paper layers, so did that right before gluing.

I use a ruler to hold my letter stickers so that I can see where I want to put them, and if there is ample space. Since I was including stamped letters, I lined them up as well. While I was working on the title I thought about how I wanted to do my stamped words, and then I needed to let it all marinate before finalizing everything.

Sometimes when I finish a layout, I know it's not completely finished. I set it aside for a day or two, and then take a fresh look at it. I decided to remove the enamel dots and add one last stamped word strip. Then I felt it was complete!

The other items I used were a geotag clip from the Ohdeerme kit, old Basic Grey letter stickers, Hero Arts Stepping Stone alphabet stamp set, My Mind's Eye {Find Your Wings and Fly} stamps, and Pebbles alphabet roller stamp.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Thankful {A Daily Photo Journal}

In the hustle and bustle of life, it can be so easy to forget the little things, the simple pleasures, that occur so frequently, we overlook them or take them for granted. No matter how big or small, on even the gloomiest of days, one can always find something to be thankful for.

As a reminder to myself, I want to create an album that represents many of the things that I am thankful for and what better time to do it than the month of November! I've created a list of 30 prompts that I will be working from, and wanted to share it in case anyone else would like to join me. The list is meant to be an inspirational tool and can be used in full, part, or not at all.

Next I'll be sharing the supplies I've gathered for my mini album. It's not a lot, and most of it I already had on hand. I realize this is not a new concept, but it is my first endeavor with a project like this and I hope that you will join me in creating your own album full of gratitude, thanks, and appreciation. I'll have a link tool at the bottom of future Thankful posts so that you can share your photos and album. I'll also be posting to Instagram using #mythankful30 and invite you to do the same!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

My Adventures with Glitter Girl

I am constantly amazed and inspired by so many scrapbookers on a daily basis, but there is one that I can honestly say has changed scrapbooking for me. Earlier this year I stumbled on Shimelle Laine's blog, which then led me to her sparkly friend, Glitter Girl.

After having learned so much already from the pair, I was jumping up and down at the announcement of a new Glitter Girl workshop at Two Peas in a Bucket. There are 5 chapters, each with 2 videos to watch, a PDF file to read, and several new layouts to inspire. At your own pace, you can follow along as Glitter Girl breaks down some of the everyday problems that can plague any memory keeper. You can read my full review and purchase the workshop HERE.

I have just begun a wedding album to give to a girlfriend for her first wedding anniversary and this workshop has come at the perfect time. I am more inspired than ever to use my tools and supplies to create layouts I love and hopefully will be loved. Here are the first two pages!

Cutting and stitching the background paper on the first layout is something I lifted from Sasha Farina. She is yet another source of inspiration for me, and if you have the time, check her out!

The kit I put together this time consists primarily of the My Mind's Eye {Find Your Wings and Fly} collection. I felt that those items help to convey the fun atmosphere for a wedding that had a caricature artist, a photo booth, a local band, and a DJ. I've also gathered some older My Mind's Eye {Stella Rose} papers and embellishments left from my Studio Calico kits and from Freckled Fawn.