Friday, June 27, 2014

Perfect Day for a Drive

I love road trips, long or short, driver or passenger, it doesn't matter. Cruising along with the windows down and the music turned up can be so freeing. The hubs shares this love and so it's not uncommon for us to just take an afternoon, head out west and enjoy a drive.

I've really been trying to use up my stash and so pulled out the Basic Grey {Carte Postale} papers and stickers I had on hand to go with my photo. The supplies had been on my desk for a couple of weeks and I had a page design in the back of my mind. It all changed when I sat down to work and felt inspired from the last couple of Glitter Girl Adventures where she worked on the top third of her pages. It's a shame that those were the last two, but thankfully Shimelle will continue to be a source of inspiration!

I enjoyed using a variety of supplies and finally tried out an embossing folder that I had picked up with my starter set of goodies for my Big Shot. I also used a couple of dies, some Freckled Fawn washi tape and pearls, and inked the edges of most of the paper elements. I am digging the Jillibean Soup Beanboard Chip Alphas and have a feeling I might be picking up a couple more colors.

Has there been anything you're loving lately, scrapbooking or otherwise?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Sad Day

I'm sure there were many people that weren't surprised to find that Two Peas in a Bucket has announced they're closing up shop on July, 10th. I was quite shocked as I felt that things were turning around after the arrival of some new merchandise. Sadly, I was mistaken.

I've met so many wonderful people there and was certainly inspired time and time again. I've set up a forum in hopes to be able to maintain those friendships and cultivate new ones. I'd love to see everyone there and be able to continue to inspire one another, share insight and tips, and just have a good time catching up. I hope you'll come chat with us!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Pause for the Moments

For my June project for focusing on my word for 2014, I had decided I would capture snapshots throughout one of our days. I picked an ordinary Saturday earlier this month that was filled with quality time and relaxing.

It was more important that I collected the moments of our day than the quality of them. Knowing that I could crop them and would be printing them at a smaller size helped keep this from being a big deal as the day went on. Just snap a couple pictures and then keep on keepin' on. :)

If you frequent my blog, you'll notice that I've been going back and forth between page sizes and am enjoying mixing it up. For these pages, much inspiration came from Shimelle Laine and Geralyn Sy. Shimelle hosted a little online crop over the weekend with loads of challenges and inspiration and it was her sketch challenge HERE that I used for my left-hand page. Loved the simplicity of it!

For the right-hand page, I used a stamp set designed by Geralyn for Studio Calico as well as her layout HERE as my foundation. I used several elements on both pages in order to tie the pages together. The white chevron paper is on both pages, I used the same font for my printed quote and title, die cuts from the Basic Grey {Fresh Cut} waterfall pack, a little bit of Heidi Swapp Color Shine in gold, and some sewing.

I had a lot of fun putting these two pages together and liked taking on a day in the life type of project. I didn't wind up captioning the photos because I felt it would make it too cluttered. In case you care, we ate breakfast, I caught up on Instagram, got ready for the day, ran errands and grabbed lunch, went for a walk, and relaxed until I reached the end of the internet. Then I snuck a photo of the hubs giving Pound Cake some pets, enjoyed homemade chicken souvlaki for dinner, went and picked up desserts from a Korean bakery, and then it was time for bed.

Have you ever done a day in the life project?

Friday, June 20, 2014

PL & CY365 {May 2014}

I was in a creative groove when it came to putting my May Project Life and daily photo pages together. Everything was just clicking and it all came together really quickly. I tried a couple of new things, changed a couple of things, and am loving how it all turned out.

I had a different card to use for my title card, because I'd stamped directly on my intended card and messed it up. Such is life and I found a Maggie Holmes card to replace my goof. For the first time I tried using a stamp ink pad on a letterpress plate and am happy with the results. I got a good impression and the ink coverage was even. Nice to be able to do that when you don't have the time or energy to bust out the letterpress ink.

I had a lot of photos to choose from for May, but pared it down and printed smaller photos with a thin white border. I've been trying to clean up my style and keep my pages from looking chaotic, while still using plenty of color and fun supplies. Stamping has definitely found it's place with me, I also got to put some of my shop flair to use, and made a point to use some of the alphabet stickers in my stash.

I completely changed my daily photo pages from the style of past months and may again next month, we'll see. That's the beauty of these albums being made for me to enjoy. It's always nice if I can inspire someone else, but the bottom line is that I do what I want on my pages and never worry about comparing them to someone else's style. I think that's why I so enjoy the blogs I follow. I feel that the ladies are genuine with what they create, doing it just for themselves and enjoying every minute of it!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Back to My Roots

Lately I've been in the mood for simpler and smaller scrapbook pages. In a way I feel like I have stepped back to creating layouts similar to my style when I first began all those years ago. Clean lines, less embellished, but still plenty of patterned paper, all on an 8-1/2"x11" canvas.

For this first layout, I played along with Scrap & Play and their tic-tac-toe challenge. I chose to use fiber, enamel dots, and chipboard. The photo is from a couple of weeks ago when the hubs and I took our anniversary pictures at the lake where our wedding photos were done. It's become a tradition for us, but I don't know what we'll do if we ever move out of the area.

I took my parents to the botanical garden last month and was able to snap this sweet photo of the two of them. The bow and the yellow chipboard letters are on pop dots to give the page some dimension, but with the bold patterns, I felt it didn't need anything more.

For both pages I used quite a few My Mind's Eye {Market Street} papers. When I first saw the collection, I really loved it, but then talked myself out of buying any. It kept calling to me so I decided I'd pick up just a little bit. I've found that I need to have a project in mind for the supplies I buy or else they just sit there, and that's no fun! :)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

June Celebrations

I found myself with a little bit of free time but didn't want to get started on a layout. When that happens, I often will make a card or two. They're perfect for those little pockets of time when you don't want to get into a full blown project, but still want to be creative.

I made a simple Father's Day card for my dad, but then decided I would jazz it up with some sequins. The inspiration came from the Stash Busters challenges on the forum at Two Peas in a Bucket. If you're ever looking for a great challenge, Marianne puts together 5 prompts every 2 weeks and it's always fun to see what everyone creates!

I also made a birthday card for a girlfriend using the Camelot card kit from Studio Calico. The stamp set designed by 1Canoe2 put me over the edge with becoming a card kit subscriber. I figure between the cards I make and using it to supplement my monthly Project Life pages, I shouldn't have too much left over each month. That's the plan at least!

There were so many wonderful cards created with the kit, but this one by Julie Campbell caught my eye to lift straightaway. You can see it in her gallery HERE. I also finally picked up a heat gun and so tried my hand at a bit of heat embossing. I always said I'd never get into rubber stamping. Never say never, right?!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hip Hip Hooray!

Thanks to everyone that joined in Jennifer Grace's blog hop, I had a lot of fun meeting new bloggers and hope you did too!  Her free weekend blog event was filled with loads of inspiration and her challenges are open until Sunday, June 15th. You can find all the details HERE.

Now onto the winner of my giveaway! I used and it selected Frances.

Congrats Frances, please email me at craftylilgik(at)gmail(dot)com with your address so that I can get your goodies on their way to you. If you didn't win, don't despair, you can find the vintage themed embellishment pack, book and dictionary mini flair badges, and much more in my new Etsy shop, Feed Your Craft!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Refresh Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop

Hello, I'm so excited to be a part of Jennifer Grace's most recent blog hop, which is just one part of the free, multi-day blog event she has planned. Not only will there be plenty of crafts, tutorials, and challenges, but of course there are goodies to be won! If you've never participated in one of her events, you're in for a treat!

The theme, Refresh Your Craft & Soul, stems from Jennifer's word for the year, cleanse. Immediately I began to think of watercolors, which I've been trying to use more and more. Another word that came to mind was simplify, so I wanted a lot of white space as well as a minimalist photo.

On a regular piece of graph paper, I applied gesso and once that dried, used a few shades of blue watercolors. Once that was all dry, I matted my photo on a 6"x6" patterned paper from Glitz {Uncharted Waters} and adhered everything together. For my background, I stamped the words and then decided I wanted to treat that area as a second photo. I cut a piece of transparency and stitched a border onto it with my sewing machine.

I wanted to soften the angles so decided to cut out a few circles, then cut slits and brushed them with water to give them extra dimension. For my finishing touches I used yellow watercolors and more stamps, some jewels and flair, and matted the whole layout on the black and white patterned paper.

Now that you've been thoroughly inspired, here's how you can enter to win a fantastic prize pack featuring Glitz {77} and My Mind's Eye {Now & Then Izzy} items, totaling over £25! You must comment on all the blogs in the hop and then go back to Jennifer's blog, Jennifer Grace Creates to let her know you've been round. You have until Monday, June 9th at 10:59 pm BST (5:59pm EST) to enter.

But wait, there's more! Your comment on my blog post enters you for a chance to win a vintage themed embellishment pack and 6-piece flair badge set from my new Etsy shop. If you choose to follow my blog, Pinterest, and/or Instagram, you will earn an extra entry for each follow. If you already do, you still earn the extra entry(ies). You have until Monday, June 9th at 6pm EST (11pm BST) to enter and then I'll announce the winner on Tuesday, so come back and see if you won.

Thanks so much for stopping by, now head on over to Jacky at scrappyjacky!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Get Your Shop On!

I am super excited to share with you the grand opening of my Etsy shop, under the same name, Feed Your Craft. I have lovingly made handcrafted embellishments and paper goods as well as searched high and low for fun accessories to adorn your paper crafting projects.

Whether you make cards, document with Project Life, or scrapbook your memories, I have the goods for you! If you don't see something you need, want bigger quantities, or would like me to create a custom item, contact me straightaway, I'd be more than happy to work with you.

Since this is such noteworthy news, I also have a new set of printables to share. As always, these are free for your personal use so download your set HERE from Google Drive, no login needed.

I will continue to offer free printables on my blog and all shop updates and news will take place here as well. You'll want to be sure to subscribe to my blog via email, with your favorite reader, like Bloglovin' or Feedly, or bookmark me to stay informed. Alright, now go get your shop on! :)