Friday, November 28, 2014

Documenting December 2014 {Title Page}

Well, it's just a mere few days until December 1st and all I've been able to get done is my title page for my December Daily album. I've been second guessing all of the decisions I'd previously made and just had to tell myself to stop looking and get to making. :)

For my title page I gave hand stitching another go, finally tried out heat embossing on wood veneer, and used my newly purchased Tim Holtz Distress Markers. I have to say, I am a huge fan of all three of these techniques and will be trying to incorporate them more often.

I had originally thought I'd use a 6"x8" page that has the 2"x2" pockets, but this is much more my style. Loads of patterned paper, an assortment of embellishments, grid design, and of course some sparkly gold.

And since it's such a huge sale weekend, I'm happy to announce my entire Etsy shop is on sale now through Monday, including the new items pictured above! Use the code HOLIDAY2014 at checkout to save 20% off of your entire merchandise order. If you're on Instagram, head over and see me to enter to win all of the new flair that's being released for you and a friend!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Our Northeastern Adventure Pt. 2

Like many others, when I don't feel like or have time for scrapping, I'll take a few minutes to view a gallery, check Pinterest, or do some shopping. I make note of ideas, sketches, and layouts and then when I need a boost, I'll return to a piece of inspiration and go from there.

That's exactly what happened with this first page. It's a lift of a gorgeous layout by Violeta, who was recently a guest designer over at Studio Calico. She has a fantastic style and I'm glad to have had her brought to my attention.

These layouts will be facing each other and so I wanted them to coordinate. I used a geometric wood grain paper from {Notes & Things} by Crate Paper on both pages as well as punched butterflies, zig zag sewing, and October Afternoon alphabets and stickers.

Like I mentioned in my first post about this trip, I have items that I'm really pushing myself to use. It was a small start, but I used 3 different alphabets, 4 Heidi Swapp Project Life cards, and a few stickers. Those are all items I kept buying, but not using, so I'm a happy camper.

If you're on Instagram, you might like to know I'm holding a giveaway with 4 sets of my mini flair for you and a friend. You can find all the details here and it's open until the 20th at noon EST. :)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Like It Was Yesterday

I've been kind of scattered with my projects lately and if you have too many projects on your to-do list, you might know the feeling. Shuffling papers around, moving one pile from here to there, not really accomplishing much of anything.

I know priority one for most scrapbookers is the memory keeping, but I approach it differently. My albums are just for me and won't be passed on to anyone. Because of that, it's the supplies that drive me to stay motivated in creating. So since I was in the mood to create, but didn't want to work on either project on my desk, I pulled out several items from {Open Book} by Maggie Holmes and got to it.

I cut up a few 6"x6" papers to make my triangles, and once they were adhered, I sewed lines between each of them with gold thread. I've made great strides in not saving items for "just in case I need it for that one project" and cut right into the vellum with the gold text print. Some flowers, stickers, and gold mist droplets and thought I was done.

Until a couple of years ago I never put a title on my layouts. While I was looking at my completed page, I felt it was missing something and so added the title. I chose it because even though she and I don't see each other often, it's like no time has passed and our conversations and laughter flow easily.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

PL & CY365 {October 2014}

For my October pages, I kept the embellishments to a minimum, but did manage to use plenty of the puffy stickers from Studio Calico's October PL kit. I liked the diamond shape so much, I used a photo from one of our outings to make my title card in Photoshop Elements.

For the back I made a couple of cards with paper from the Studio Calico card kit and also put to use one of the new flair from my Etsy shop. I think the addition of what I'm reading will be a constant to my monthly pages and the journaling card I used this time came from a set designed by Sahlin Studio.

Unexpectedly my sister came out for a visit and we were able to pack a whole bunch of fun into the time she was here. I have a stack of photos I'll be scrapbooking, but prefer to get my journaling done in the pocket pages. I love the cityscape card I made with a stamp from the Aloha set.

I had picked up an extra set of cards with my SC kits and it set the black and white tone. I used more cards designed by Sahlin Studio to help document what was going on. Since my sister and I had some crafty time, I needed a "making" card and whipped one up in PSE to coordinate.

One last thing before you go. Jennifer of Jennifer Grace Creates is hosting another one of her fantastic blog events, Frosty Festivities, this weekend. The event kicks off this Friday at 4pm GMT and she'll have projects and inspiration of all manners as well as challenges and giveaways. I'm happy to be sponsoring a giveaway and will be participating in the challenges as much as I can. Hope to see you there!