Friday, January 30, 2015

PL & CY365 {December 2014}

To wrap up my Project Life pages for 2014, I resorted back to my usual style and left out any mixed media elements. I made sure to focus on the stories as well as photos, since last month I hardly wrote anything down.

For the first page, I included some of my hobby highlights from the year along with thoughts about them. I used just a little embellishment of wood veneer, gold, and labels and was happy my recent You Are Lovely free printables and a Gold Letter Dip Dyed mini flair matched the kit so well.

For the back side, I wound up with a color scheme of pink, black, and a pop of kelly green. I was able to add in more cards I'd made, some older SC cards, and some Midnight cards. I don't have many cards on hand, but it's always nice to put them to use!

I made a 6"x12" page to document my first trip to Illinois this winter and on the back, our adoption of Biscuit. Like I'd mentioned before, I don't mind that stories or photos get repeated, and both of these have now been documented in multiple places.

I'll be putting together a layout showcasing the photos I took for my daily photo challenge. In the meantime, just in case you were wondering, this is what 365 photos looks like. ;)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Documenting December 2014 {Days 25-31}

Here it is, my last post to wrap up my December Daily for 2014. I'm so happy I changed my mind from the format I was going to use. While I'm no stranger to pocket pages, they just weren't working for me. It was a combination of having too many page designs and becoming overwhelmed with not having any prep done beyond kit assembly. Resorting to making 6"x8" layouts and having a go at various techniques was a lot of fun and I can look back on this album and feel really good about what I made. Always important, right?! :)

Day 25 - Christmas day at my parents and since we don't exchange gifts, I was fine with covering up my photo of their Christmas tree
happy dance - used my new set of MFT dies to make faux file folders

Day 26 - my sister and I put our photos in the matching mini albums I made for us
technique - used an entire sheet of alphabet stickers

Day 27 - happened to catch the sky at sunrise
technique - stamping and stencils with ink pads

Day 28 - football Sunday at my parents
technique - I'd seen this awesome layout at Scrap Your Scraps, but it was Jill Sprott's layout that made it come together for me

Day 29 - got about 6" of hair chopped off
technique - embossing paste with a stencil

Day 30 - quality time with my sister ;)
technique - hand cut letters

Day 31 - my final photo for my photo a day challenge
technique - stencils over Dylusions Spray inspired by Christin Gr√łnnslett

***Feel free to visit my gallery if you'd like to flip through my album page by page. Last years December Daily is there as well and all relating blog posts can be found here.***

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Documenting December 2014 {Days 19-24}

Hip hip hooray, my December Daily is complete! Apologies if you're beyond over the holidays, I'll still have one last post to share after this. ;)

Day 19 - my sister and I returned from IL and went straight to our parents house where the hubs joined us and Mom fed us
technique - created my background using scraps of papers

Day 20 & Day 21 - we adopted a new kitty (Biscuit) and I made them felt fish toys
technique - made a double page spread and put the details of Biscuit's adoption in the envelope)

Day 22 - my new camera
technique - a very minimalist layout

Day 23 - holiday movies with my sister
technique - scraplifted this fun layout

Day 24 - another round of holiday baking
technique - die cut my title and stitched it down

***Feel free to visit my gallery if you'd like to flip through my album page by page. Last years December Daily is there as well and all relating blog posts can be found here.***

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Crafty New Year!

January has already been a bit of a whirlwind, but I'm back home and have had a major burst of inspiration. Not only is my 2014 December Daily complete, but I've updated my Etsy shop with four new sets of flair and I have free printables to share!

First up are my latest sets of mini flair to enter the shop. Book lover? I've got just the set for you in warm colors and fun quotes. Want to jazz up your projects? You can do that with gold letters on dip dyed styled flair. Need to make a statement? Not a problem with bold captions on watercolor backgrounds. Last up is a set to celebrate just how lovely you are with gold, glitter, and geometric designs.

Of course I have to offer you a coupon code to help you make it a crafty new year! Use code CRAFTY2015 to take 15% off your entire merchandise total, now until January 27th.

And just because you are so lovely, here's a coordinating set of 3"x4" printables. These are free for your personal use and perfect for more than just pocket pages. Though I will say, two of the designs have made it onto my December Project Life pages that are in progress. ;) Pick them up HERE via Google Drive, no login needed.

Please let me know if you use any of my shop items or printables, I'd love to see what you're making. If you're looking for additional inspiration, check out my Pinterest board of projects I've spotted using Feed Your Craft goodies!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

PL & CY365 {November 2014}

When I made these pages, I was in the beginning stages of wanting to include more artistic mediums to my projects, like you've seen with my December Daily and my first art journal page. So armed with gesso, Mod Podge, and Distress Markers, I got to work. Things didn't go as I had planned and I had to throw away some of the cards I made. All I have to say is that it was a good learning experience. :)

For the front page I used gesso on a couple of cards to tone down the pattern and give them a more artistic look. I had picked up a leaf from one of my walks, then pressed it and sealed it with Mod Podge. This was apparently a month focused primarily on food as I happened to capture a lot of our treats and meals. My journaling is almost nonexistent and I hope to remedy that in future spreads.

The back page has another card with gesso and a stamped image that I colored in with Distress Markers. I also had fun trying out a new alphabet stamp set that I picked up on sale. More food and a sister date that included meeting someone sweet for the first time.

I'm looking forward to working on December's pages and practicing with new techniques, but I think I'm most excited about January's pages and the new size they'll be in and possibly a new format.

Here's my favorite photo from the daily photo challenge in November. Hope your week is going well!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Documenting December 2014 {Days 13-18}

I've only been able to work on my December Daily album in short spurts, but as long as I have it completed by the end of January, I'll be a happy camper. I also don't mind that there will be some overlap between this album, my Project Life pages, my Adventure mini, and possibly some 12"x12" layouts. I wind up recording different details, so if there is an event or photo that is duplicated, I don't mind the redundancy.

Day 13 -hosted brunch for our parents and took selfies with mine
technique - stitched journaling boxes

Day 14 -mailed my holiday cards
technique - scraplifted this lovely layout by Allie Trumpower

Day 15 - flying to Chicago to see my sister
technique - printed my photo on a muslin bag as well as heat embossed a stamped image

Day 16 - hiking in the cold and rain
technique - mixed font, long title

Day 17 - Festival of Lights in Peoria
technique - a very apprehensive first use of Dylusions sprays and water with heat embossed images

Day 18 - a short stop at the North Pole Toledo Zoo
technique - vellum embossed and punched (thanks, Leslie for the reminder to use my embossing folders!)

***Feel free to visit my gallery if you'd like to flip through my album page by page. Last years December Daily is there as well and all relating blog posts can be found here.***

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2015: The Year of More

I've been doing a lot of thinking about what I would like to accomplish creatively in 2015 and how I want to preserve my memories. The start of a new year is a great platform to set goals and make changes and I have several ideas that I'm excited to put into effect. I think they will bring about a year full of growth and discovery.

The first major adjustment is going to be introducing more mixed media and different artistic techniques to my projects. That includes on layouts as well as keeping an art journal. I recently discovered France Papillon on YouTube and have also been inspired by blog friend, Tracy at Tracy's Treasures and her recent posts about art journaling. Here's the first page I made while awaiting the arrival of new goodies.

You can see it's about the word that I've chosen for 2015, more. I like how broad and general the word is, but I also like the opposite, that less is more. So there will be things like more creativity, reading, cooking, laughing, helping others, adventures, movement, and smiles and less things like clutter, negativity, and bad foods. If you're not familiar with One Little Word, be sure to head to Ali Edwards' blog and read all about it.

New in the shop are two sets of customizable mini flair to add a little flourish to your One Little Word projects. You can find the details here on how to order them, and now through January 6th, you can take 15% off your entire order with the code NEWYEAR15.

I'm also going to be reducing the size of my projects to fit into the new 9x12 Handbooks being released early this year by Studio Calico. The albums will be a welcome space saver!

I of course want to continue using my stash and keep it at a small amount. I work best not only with limited supplies, but also by being able to purchase new items regularly. I have gone back to only subscribing to the SC Project Life kit and while I will still do it monthly, I'm considering other format changes.

As far as other hobbies, I'm happy to say I completed an entire calendar year of my photo a day challenge, that's my last photo for it above. It was a tremendous learning experience and a little bittersweet to be putting it behind me, but I'll still be learning to better use my new camera to improve my photography skills.

I was turned on to a reading challenge that was put together by Popsugar and I'm hoping to make it through reading 52 books. It's going to be tough, since I only managed to read 33 books in 2014.

So there's my manifesto for 2015. Sorry for the lengthy post, you deserve a cookie for making it through my ramblings! Wishing you happy and crafty new year filled with many fantastic moments!