Friday, November 29, 2013

Documenting December {The Supplies}

I had to seriously contemplate whether I would do a daily December album or not. Like many, I do Project Life, so was there really a need to document December in it's own way?

Being true to my personality, I made a list, a list of various things that happen in my December that I would want to capture. And you know what? There is plenty that I want to capture and record as we count down the remainder of 2013. So I did what anyone else would do in my position, I went shopping!

I bought quite a bit of the October Afternoon {Silent Night} collection and some bits from Fancy Pants {Merry Little Christmas}. I also bought a few sheets from Heidi Swapp {Believe}, Echo Park  {'tis the Season}, and Simple Stories {December Documented} to incorporate some chalkboard elements. Lastly, October Afternoon just released {Daily Flash} and I had to get a few sheets from the Eggnog line.

I already had a green 6"x8" Sn@p! binder on hand, and while I would love to have these pages outside of protectors, I worry about them holding up over the years, so I'm going to use the full page ones. I made all of my foundation pages and this time I'll be numbering each day, so I made those as well.

The cover of my album isn't done yet and of course there will be washi tapes and sequins added to this kit. At the last minute I bought a few more October Afternoon {Silent Night} bits, because how can you pass up 50% off your order?!

How do you document your December? Share with me throughout the month because I'd love to see!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Found Some Time

I found myself with a little bit of time to get another layout done this month. I think this has been the least I've created in a month, but that's ok since my focus has been on enjoying the fall with my hubs and keeping on top of my Thankful album.

I saw the current sketch challenge on the My Mind's Eye blog and instantly knew how I wanted to make it work for me. Even though the only MME paper I used was a scrap to punch 2 butterflies, all the decorative tape, buttons, brads, enamel dots, and stickers are from various collections of theirs.

I began with using a foam brush to apply watercolor to the background and then added some drops of mist. I then cut out vellum pieces roughly in the shapes shown in the sketch. I inked the edges of some, and put decorative tape on others. I added stitching, all my little bits, and put my title on. Lastly I adhered my photo and all was done.

I think it's quite different from what I normally create, but I've been wanting to do a monochrome layout and this picture I took right before we headed down from the summit of Pike's Peak was perfect for it!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Thankful {Day 19 - Day 24}

Just one more post after this and my Thankful album will be complete. Even though I wasn't as diligent with getting my page done each day, I didn't find it too hard to keep up. I've still been using my prompts, but switching them around as needed, and changing the way they might be interpreted at first glance.

I also want to give a warm thank you to blog friend, Mary Jo Rhoda, who included my album with some lovely projects on the Craft Your Nest blog last week, including an awesome layout by Mary Jo. If you're not familiar with either, please take the time to check out their blogs, you'll find plenty of inspiration!

If this is your first time seeing my Thankful album, you can see all the previous posts HERE. Let me know in the comments if you're working on projects of gratitude, I'd love to take a look!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Butterscotch Pudding

I've never been that big a fan of pudding, but I also had never made pudding from scratch before 2011. The difference is staggering, honest to goodness!

This is a rather labor intensive recipe, but if you see it through, you will be blown away by the rich, creamy, just enough of a tang, melt in your mouth pudding. Drooling yet? Here's pictures of the process and below that, the full recipe and instructions.

First you make some ooey gooey caramel.

And then you make the pudding.

If butterscotch isn't your thing, I've also made chocolate pudding before which is much simpler and again, nothing like what you buy from the store!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Project Life {October}

I had an A-ha! moment while putting October's spread together. I think working with the small pocket pages daily has helped me with some much needed practice to find my style.

I found it was easier to coordinate colors between the photos and cards, and I really like how they both turned out with the limited color schemes. I don't often type text on photos prior to printing, but sometimes it's nice to mix it up. I also didn't heavily embellish the filler cards, but any use of product beats the items just sitting in drawers!

The cards I used are from Project Life Kraft and We R Memory Keepers Chalkboard. All three washi tapes are from Freckled Fawn, and the mini gold letter stickers are from Glitz Designs.

Have you ever had a moment when crafting where things just clicked right away?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Thankful {Day 10 - Day 17}

I had a very pleasant surprise last Thursday when I checked my Bloglovin' feed and saw that Paper Issues had featured my Thankful album on their blog. There are so many wonderful places within the scrapbooking community to share work, gain inspiration, and participate in challenges. I can only imagine the work that goes into maintaining these sites, magazines, and independent shops, so I like to show support by being active with them when possible.

My album is trucking along and I can't believe that we are less than 2 weeks from the end of November. These days highlighted some of the things in my life that provide balance. Hobbies, entertainment, and of course food supply creative outlets and allow me to cut loose.

You can see all of my Thankful posts HERE in case you've missed any. Please let me know if you're working on a special project for November, I'd love to see it!

Friday, November 15, 2013

My Photo a Day {October}

There are a few different photo a day challenges out there, but when I stumbled across Capture Your 365 earlier this year, I was really taken by the lists of prompts that are provided. I was going to wait until the beginning of 2014 to undertake this photography challenge, but I decided there was no better time than the present!

Already, one month later, I have found that I am taking better photographs, paying more attention to the inspiration in the world around me, and just plain enjoying myself! Going into it, I knew how I wanted to add the snapshots to my album and so it was easy to put these pages together. I'm using my month printables, some navy and mint labels I made, and Project Life Midnight cards. Of course, no project of mine would be complete without sequins and washi tape!

Pay no attention to the missing photo for 10.28.13, I accidentally deleted it and will be printing it with November's photos. :) If you're on Instagram, there is great inspiration that you can find at #cy365, whether you want to participate, or just like looking at pretty pictures!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Squeezing in a November Challenge

I may have taken on too many projects at the moment, but thankfully my spending has toned down, and I'm really happy with the balance I've struck with using my supplies. There are tools and techniques that I would love to try out, but I know after the initial newness wears off, dust would settle on those had-to-have items.

If I were to buy everything that I wanted, I wouldn't have the time to really master something before the next shiny object showed up on my doorstep. My head would be all over the place with ideas, overwhelming myself to the point where I wouldn't accomplish anything.

So without a die cutting machine, using the watercolors I want to get better at, and getting more use out of the sewing machine I bought over the summer, I created this layout. It's for the November sketch challenge over at Life.Paper.Scrapbook. Last month, while I wasn't a winner, I was selected as a Top 3 pick for this layout, which was a very pleasant surprise!

Do you keep your supplies to a minimum? What tools can you not live without? Do you have a wishlist?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Thankful {Day 4 - Day 9}

Well, so far so good on keeping up with my daily album for November. It reassures me that I'll be able to make it through my first attempt with a daily December album as well. I honestly don't think I'd be able to remain so motivated if I had to send my photos out to be printed.

From here on, I'll be working with my prompts out of order. I know others that are participating are doing it much more randomly and without prompts, but I'm happy to be using them as it gives me direction. That being said, I am changing one of them completely. :)

I'm also enjoying the continued photography practice I'm getting from taking a photo a day. Getting down low or standing above for a different perspective has been helpful in obtaining many of these shots. Also, making the filler cards has been great practice, so hopefully my Project Life pages are jazzed up a bit more in the future!

You can see my previous alum posts HERE, and on Instagram I post my daily picture using #mythankful30. Please share if you have been or will be putting together a project of what you're thankful for, I'd love to see it!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Scrumptious Soups

It's been a long time since I've posted anything about food, but with the cooler temperatures, I thought sharing some soup recipes was a good idea.

My mom's chicken and rice soup is something we grew up with and hits the spot whether you're feeling under the weather, or just looking for some comfort food.

This simple, creamy potato soup is one of my favorites, and leftovers always taste even better.

This fire-roasted tomato soup requires a little more attention, but the end product is definitely worth the extra work. I like to pair it with ham and cheese pastry puffs. Yum! (I adapted my recipe from one at Food & Wine.)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

B&J Wedding Album - Happily Ever After

I didn't think completing this album would take as long as it did. I found that it was hard to design some of the pages because the photos weren't mine. Even though I was in the wedding, and the photos had meaning for me, working on the pages in a style that I hoped they would appreciate made it difficult.

There were 2 pages that I really struggled with getting done, but once they were put in order, they didn't stick out as any different, and the entire album flowed nicely.

These are some of my favorites from the last pages I created. You can see the other posts HERE and HERE. I'm so glad that I was able to give them one last gift from their wedding, they are an awesome couple!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Thankful {Day 1 - Day 3}

As much as I was waiting for November to begin, I'm still a little shocked that it happened. This year has gone by in a flash and so I'm definitely grateful that I'm taking this month to stop, capture, and reflect.

It has already helped going into this with a simple page design that provides a place for my photo, journaling, and of course embellishment. Once I have my photo, I spend about 15 minutes getting the page done. Definitely manageable since I want to do this each day to make sure I stick with it!

I have to say, I'm getting very proficient with using a self timer on my camera and phone. I did enlist the help of the hubs for Day 2, and his photography skills are something else I am thankful for!

If you're doing any form of this project, I'd love to see how you're capturing it! You can see my previous Thankful posts HERE and you can see my photo a day in full on Instagram, #mythankful30.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Project Life {September}

I really want to figure out how I can better embellish my PL spreads. I see so many fantastic pages out there where the colors are coordinated, everything looks very streamlined and matches well, and then I look at mine. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy with what I create, but if practice makes perfect, it's going to be a while since I only do this monthly.

I'm still digging the variety of page designs and this month used a half sheet for two events, one on each side and then a 3/4 page design for the rest of the month. I haven't done a calendar page for the past 2 months, instead opting to experiment with highlighting the dates.

I used several cards from the Amy Tangerine Cut & Paste mini kit, did hand and machine stitching on some of the cards, and got to use my football printables finally!