Monday, July 28, 2014

A Different Kind of Blog Hop

Last week, my sweet friend, Jana over at Scissors, Glue & Paper invited me to join in a different kind of blog hop. This is an ongoing hop that gives you the chance to get to know my creative side a little better and meet a few of the people that continue to inspire me.

What am I working on right now?
I have a couple of layouts that I'm in the planning stages of, have 2 mini books that have had their supplies kitted up, and am still on a card making kick.

How long does it take to create a project?
I'm a pretty slow scrapbooker and I get distracted easily, so it takes me at least a few hours to complete a layout or Project Life page. I rarely do it all in one sitting, often leaving it on my desk for several days. Cards come together much more quickly.

What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
I'm still loving my stamps, have been making a point to pull out my beloved washi tapes, and of course pretty paper! I am so digging Crate Paper's {The Open Road} and more is on it's way to me.

How does your creative process work?
The short version is photos, supplies, then inspiration/sketch/challenge whether it's mine or someone elses. Once I have an idea of the direction I'm headed, I stop looking and start positioning all of my elements. I adhere everything once it's all in place and then add my title and journaling.

What inspires you?
Nature plays a big part for me, not only as inspiration, but also as a way to recharge. I mean just look at the natural cluster formed by the peaches, in an odd number, amidst layers of leaves, and grounded to the edge of the photo. ;) Seriously though, I'm inspired by so many crafty folks, travel, typography, advertising, colors, and of course, new scrapbooking supplies.

So there's a look into what's going on in my creative space. I hope you'll visit the fabulous blogs I've selected, I know you'll find plenty of inspiration, and next Monday you can get to know the lovely people behind the creations.

Leslie at Dictionary's Creative Space has a clean style that I love and I always enjoy seeing what little tidbits she adds to her layouts. Her cards are always a treat with their use of Copics or watercolors!

Tisha at Tisha's Scrappy Heart is a newer source of inspiration to me and I'm sure you'll be glad you checked out her blog. I love her fearless use of layers, gold, and ribbons!

Emily at Mrs. Crafty Adams captures her memories Project Life style, but has lately been dabbling in scrapbook layouts. I feel like she has such a cheerful personality that comes through in her projects!

Friday, July 25, 2014

PL & CY365 {June 2014}

Let me tell you, I really struggled with creating my Project Life pages for June. So much that I completely redid them both. Last month I printed all of my photos at smaller sizes and really liked that and wanted to continue that style. Unfortunately the sizes all seemed off and I wound up printing many of them over. Thank goodness several fit on one 4"x6" photo paper!

My other disappointment was using the electric typewriter that I took from my parents some months ago. I was not at all keen on how my journaling cards turned out and suffered the consequence of throwing them away.

Since I needed to pull from my stash, I used cards from Basic Grey {Fresh Cut}, Crate Paper {The Open Road}, and a letterpress card I made. The second page was all cards from my Studio Calico PL kit except for one Amy Tangerine {Cut & Paste} card.

I've never redone pages before, feeling that at least I got the project complete even if I felt less than stellar with the end result. I try not to beat myself up if something doesn't turn out quite as I pictured it. There's always more pretty paper and fun supplies, you know? :)

For my photo a day pages I was inspired to stamp and heat emboss on vellum from this recent post on the Studio Calico blog. I left out the acrylic painting step, but it's something I'd like to try in the future. While I was at it, I also heat embossed the word dream on the pretty cloud card. I used one of my free striped month printables and then cut out the sentiments from a couple of Project Life {Coral} cards to add to the Studio Calico ones.

Don't forget, all products in my Etsy shop are 15% off through the end of July so be sure to get your order placed with the code SUMMERSALE before then! Have a wonderful weekend! :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Font Finds IV

Recently I got a little carried away searching for fonts and wanted to share my discoveries. It all began when I went searching for a font that I'd seen used on a scrapbooking supply. The fonts I was most interested in needed to be bought, but I managed to find a few that are free. This is a great way to customize your projects while coordinating with store bought supplies.

During my search I looked to see if I could find a font like what was used for the Maggie and Charlotte stamp sets (currently out of stock) from Studio Calico. I found Deming EP and you can download it at Lost Type.

Using it at 50pt was the perfect size to be able to layer the thinner set of letter stamps. I typed the alphabet in blue, added a heart in red, adjusted my spacing, and printed it off. I then stamped the thin letters and exclamation point in red.

While I was searching Lost Type, I stumbled across Nelma, which looks like the font used on Studio Calico's {Brighton Pier} paper, Funnel Cake. It is in the form of an EPS file and so you will need to open it in an illustration software program in order to use it.

Since I was experimenting with it, I created a fun graphic inspired by {Brighton Pier} and am sharing it in the form of a 4"x6" free printable. You can download it free for your personal use HERE via Google drive, no login needed. All I ask is that if you use it, you give credit, and let me know, I'd love to see what you do with it! I printed mine on vellum and love the way it turned out.

The last font I tracked down is called Western and it's available for free at It looks like it matches the font that was used in the {South of Market} stamp set by Studio Calico.

Whew, a bit of a lengthy post I know, but if you love fonts or enjoy hybrid projects, I definitely wanted to pass along what I'd found!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Challenge Inspiration

I'm still on my card making kick and having fun trying new supplies and techniques. It used to be that I'd make a couple a month and send them out, but now I actually have a stockpile of cards. I managed to send out three this past week and hope to keep sending them out to add a little sunshine to someone's day.

For the new challenge I'm hosting over on the forum, I made a card based on the image and colors that were provided as inspiration. There are still two weeks left to play along and you can enter as many projects as you'd like.

I used a sheet from Crate Paper {the Open Road} for my background and then stamped my sentiment and a butterfly on a sheet of adhesive backed cork. The letters and dies are from Mama Elephant and the butterfly is from an old My Mind's Eye set. Some inked die cut clouds and gold stitching finished it off.

Here's all the details for the current challenge, hope you'll play along!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mini Holiday Pt. 3

Here are the final pages of our trip to Charleston, SC. There are actually more, but these were my favorites from what I had left to share. If you'd like to see them all as they appear in my album, feel free to pop over to my gallery.

I really love how this divided page came together, it was definitely one of those times when it all just clicked. Plus, I finally got to use one of the sweet wood veneer mushrooms I'd gotten from a Freckled Fawn kit.

On all my 12"x12" layouts, I varied the photo placement and I think working on the top third worked well for my sunset photo. One of the Basic Grey {Mon Ami} papers had a repeating ticket pattern which inspired my title for the page. I cut them out, used a hole punch on some, and built up my layers from there.

On this last divided page I had a little mishap with my journaling, but because I had already stitched my embellishments down, I had to just work around it. I covered up my mistake with more of the same patterned paper and moved on.

I did have fun with the yellow card at the bottom though. I kept all the stamps on the package, inked it with Versamark, and then heated clear embossing powder on top. I am so in love with the October Afternoon {Daily Flash} alphabet sets and plan on stocking up on some more colors.

Onward to the next project! :)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Mini Holiday Pt. 2

Moving on through our little trip to Charleston, SC, today I have the pages from when we visited Sullivan's Island. We made a quick stop to the beach and saw their unusual lighthouse and then spent some time walking in and around Ft. Moultrie.

For the two 12"x12" layouts, I used sketches from Kelly Purkey's Sketchbook class. I loved the amount of material that came from the class and if Studio Calico offers a third class, I'll definitely be signing up.

I have been trying to take portrait orientated photos and this divided page protector is perfect for when I do remember. I'm not sure if you can relate, but I tend to only hold my camera in landscape and my phone in portrait. Not sure why, but I seem to forget that I can turn it 90ยบ. :)

I'll be back next week with the final installment of pages. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Mini Holiday Pt. 1

Back in April, the hubs and I took a few days and traveled down to Charleston, South Carolina. Neither of us had been there before and with spring on it's way, we were hoping for warmer temperatures and plenty of spring blooms. Itinerary in hand, we hit the road and were not disappointed!

Just like with my 2013 vacation album, I used a combination of full 12"x12" pages and divided pages. I pulled together a kit that was mostly Basic Grey's {Mon Ami} along with a plan to use up some washi tape and kept everything to a simple style. I also used my class supplies from the Sketchbook class I recently took with Studio Calico.

Even though I wound up with quite a few pages, these are going to go in my everyday album and not a separate vacation album. For the first page, I got to try out a new to me divided page style and also made a hybrid title card. The pink squares and title were done with Photoshop Elements and then I stamped the triangles once it was printed.

The back side and following page coordinate with each other and I'll say it again, I love the combo. Using a full size layout allows me to give a couple of photos extra attention, while the divided pages allow for a dedicated space for journaling. I'd never been on an aircraft carrier before and was in awe of the size of it and was overwhelmed with all there was to see.

I'll be back later in the week with a few more pages. Have a great day!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

New Goodies!

I've got all kinds of news to share with you today! First up is a small shop update with 2 new sets of mini flair badges. Every so often I'll be updating my Etsy shop, but if there is something special you would like to have, don't hesitate to contact me, I'd love to work with you on a custom order!

To go along with my new flair, I'm having a sale for the month of July. Take 15% off your entire merchandise total by using the code SUMMERSALE. Add your items into your cart, click "apply shop coupon code", and then proceed to check out. Easy peasy!

Lastly, I have a new set of printables to share and they just so happen to match the month mini flair. As always, these are free for your personal use and please link me up when you use them, I'd love to see what you've done! Once printed, you can keep the corners square or round them with a corner punch. Use them as they are or embellish them to add your own personal touch. Download them HERE via Google Drive, no login needed.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Pause in 2014 {July}

July's project was all about making my word visible in the most literal sense. I don't take on many home decor projects because I sometimes struggle with making them look as good as the picture that inspired it, but this one was easy, and I got to use up some scrapbook paper. Win, win!

I picked up paper mache letters from Joann Fabric and Craft (on sale!) and then got busy tracing the letters onto the patterned paper I'd picked out. I applied a layer of Mod Podge to the face of the letter and the back of the paper, slapped them together, and then let them dry overnight. The next day I trimmed any overhanging paper, gently distressed the edges of the paper, and then applied two coats of Mod Podge on top.

I kept the embellishments to a minimum to let the paper I used stand out. I love the designs, but struggled to use them on scrapbook pages, so this is perfect. All the papers are from Pebbles {From Me to You} except the wood grain, which is from Dear Lizzy. I made a bow with my new WRMK envelope punch board from this YouTube video and then made another folded heart flower that I recently discovered how to make.

So that's July's project, and every time I walk past the bookcases in our living room, I have a pretty reminder to pause.

Oh, I'm hosting my first challenge on the forum and it's all about saying goodbye to Two Peas. There's still plenty of time to create something and enter to win a little prize pack. You can find all the details HERE!