Friday, February 27, 2015

Day of the Week Tab Printables

It's no secret that I love office supplies and that love has inspired several of my projects in the past. Tabs, labels, and shaped clips are just a few of the items that have found their way into scrapbooking and that makes me very happy.

Building off of the tab theme, I created these new day of the week free printable journaling cards. Help yourself to one or both sets and use them on your personal projects. You can download the color set here and the black and white set here via Google Drive, no login needed. They can be used vertically or horizontally, with square corners or rounded, or even fussy cut.

To show you how diverse these cards are, I created a layout using the color set. Since coffee starts off each morning for me no matter how early or busy that may be, my photo was perfect for an every day theme.

The top of my layout is an adorable paper from the Echo Park {Simple Life} collection, and then I layered several labels to connect the patterned paper to the white card stock. I matted my photos and stack of cards to vellum and then topped it off with a gold paperclip and a new mini flair hitting the shop on Monday. The last bits I added were drops of mist, a stamp from Kelly Purkey's {At The Table} kit, and some white sequins.

I hope that no matter how you choose to use my printables that you enjoy creating with them and I'd love to see what you make! Have a fantastic weekend! :)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sister Time Pt. 2

I mentioned earlier that I have photos from the fall (and now winter) that I am making my way through creating layouts for. I'm glad that I select my papers once I have my photos because when I find some time to work on them, I already have a jumping off point.

For my background, I used a stencil and embossing paste and then added some mist droplets. Lots of layers, some die cuts, and stitching topped off with a few enamel dots and I was all done.

This layout faces the one I recently shared here in my album and it happens that they're both from the same day out with my sister. I think {Gramercy Road} by Gossamer Blue was my favorite fall line last year and I bought plenty of it. And for the first time, I accidentally bought two of something in my haste to put it all in my cart.

I used the same design that inspired my December Daily day 28. Since there are several differences in the pages and they're in different albums, it didn't bother me to use the same design.

Do you ever repeat page designs, design principles, or go back and scraplift yourself? As you can see, I loved this one so much, I just had to make it again! :)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Project Life {January 2015}

I made myself carve out some time to sit down and work on my January Project Life pages and I'm glad I did. Uncharacteristically, I had been putting off editing and sizing my photos for printing, but once that was done, my pages came together faster than I'd have thought possible.

So that the front didn't wind up being all food pictures, I doubled up cards in the first pocket and also omitted one photo. I tend to hibernate in the winter and apparently aside from traveling to Illinois again, all I did was eat. Well, I did do some reading too. :) I'm working my way through this reading challenge and have found myself reading books I wouldn't have selected. It's good because I'm always on the lookout for something new to read.

I'm finding it easier creating my pages with my journaling hidden. Not because what I write is overly personal, but since my handwriting is large and a little hard to read, it can be distracting to my pages.

The back side is all about being back in Illinois to help out my sister. In between driving to and from Chicago from her town, we managed to get some very cold, but very fun activities in. We again visited Starved Rock State Park and spotted bald eagles, saw a demonstration of sled dogs, and hiked to St. Louis Canyon to see the 80' waterfall magnificently frozen. We did enjoy some down time and of course, some good food. ;) Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, February 16, 2015

All Curled Up

I sometimes wonder if I would enjoy having a Silhouette Cameo, because I've seen projects from crafty folks that are seriously awesome. For now I'm going to continue holding back from buying one, so when I saw a recent layout by Paige Evans that I could create with just scissors and a paper trimmer, I had to scraplift her.

I gathered a half dozen patterned papers and started slicing them into strips. I got carried away and cut way more than I needed. I then started cutting them to length to create my heart shape. Let me tell you, it was a nice change to have made my layout without measuring a single thing!

Once my strips were in place, I used my least sticky washi tape to outline the heart shape and then ran it through my sewing machine to stitch the strips in place onto the background paper. I die cut a tab and stitched a cork heart to it and then found the purr-fect place for the wood veneer kitty. I used foam dots to pop up my paper layers and photo. Some mist droplets and sequins and I was all done.

Thanks to everyone that joined in my latest giveaway and shared a little tidbit about themselves, I enjoyed reading all of the comments. Please give a big congrats to Penny for being selected by! Penny, email me at craftylilgik(at)gmail(dot)com to let me know which 4 sets you would like and where I can send them.

I hope you will all stay tuned because I have several new sets coming out at the beginning of March as well as some exciting news to share! Follow me here or on Instagram so you don't miss a thing!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Sister Time

Let me tell you, this layout was quite the challenge for me! But it was a good sort of challenge. The second lesson for the On The Grid class that I'm taking at Studio Calico was all about random grids. Creating grids from random shapes is something that I was looking forward to when I signed up and the inspiration provided did not disappoint. While it was a bit of a struggle to let go, I think I've taken a step forward in my ability to break out of the box and be less structured.

I've been working on layouts from photos from the fall and felt this single photo was perfect for this lesson. 99% of the time, if I have a Starbucks cup in hand, then I'm with my sister. She's quite the fan and if she's treating, who am I to say no. ;)

I used a combination of products from Gossamer Blue {Gramercy Road}, vellum from a Studio Calico kit, and some embellishments from my shop. As I was arranging the paper bits, I was feeling like they were too small in relation to my photo. Then I had the revelation that I could layer the die cuts and labels to balance out my 4x4 picture. I'll blame my slowness on lack of sleep.

Once I made those embellishment clusters and added the day of the week tabs to the top and bottom, everything else fell into place. I wanted to add plenty of machine stitching and even though I have vellum adhesive, I just used a small piece of washi tape to hold the vellum in place while I stitched it down. The final touch was stamping on the tag. Now that I look at it I think I might add "Starbucks Time" to the bottom tag, but I'm not sure. Any opinions are welcome!

If you haven't already, there's still time to enter my giveaway here or purchase items from my shop at 25% off, it all ends Sunday, February 15th. Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Spread Some Love

I'm excited to tell you that I have a big update to my Etsy shop! 10, that's right, 10 new sets of flair, as well as several other items that need to go to good homes where they can reach their full crafty potential. :) But wait, there's more!

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, it's a great reason to spread some love. Just leave me a comment about whether you're yay or nay about Valentine's Day and you'll be entered to win 5 sets of flair, your choice.

If you're not feeling lucky or just want to start shopping now, I have an extra treat for you. Use the coupon code, LOVE2015 to take 25% off of your merchandise total. Both giveaway and sale will be going on until Sunday, February 15th and then one random winner will be selected and announced Monday morning.

Oh, in case you were wondering, the hubs and I don't celebrate Valentine's Day, but we do try to make sure each other knows how much they are loved and appreciated every day. :)

Friday, February 6, 2015


It's been a while since I've taken a class, but when Studio Calico announced a class about grids, I was sold. It started this week and the first lesson is all about basic grids. I am hoping to learn how to strengthen my designs and ironically, how to make my layouts not always so structured and square. We'll see how that goes as the class progresses, but first is a layout inspired by one of the contributors, Lisa Spangler.

I'd recently shared a collage of all 365 photos from my daily photo challenge from 2014 knowing that I would be making a layout using it. Creating a basic grid with patterned paper for my background seemed to me the perfect complement for all of those pictures. To provide ample separation, I matted my collage on a piece of gray patterned paper, leaving a wide border.

I used a few of the printables from the class along with die cut tabs, sequin, mist, and one of my Black & White Geometric mini flair. It's a little hard to see, but some of the squares are popped up on thin foam tape and then the collage is on thicker foam dots.

I'm hoping to at least be able to create one project each week as the lessons are released. Even though I'll have the material forever, it's much more fun to participate while the class is current. Are you a fan of grids or do squares stifle your creativity?

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Project Life {Title Page 2015}

Aside from layouts, all of my 2014 projects are complete and it's a good thing because I am excited to begin working in the new to me size of 9x12. When my album arrived, I found myself inspired to create a title page, which I've never done before. I gathered up my stash of {Open Book} by Maggie Holmes and got to work.

I wanted my spread to reflect the stories that will be contained in the pages beyond and so first selected some recent photos. The hubs doesn't like having his picture taken, so I printed one of us holding hands. There are pictures of our kitties, hidden journaling, and some simply embellished filler cards. The bottom of the page is made up of one photo from the top of one of our bookcases. I segmented it in Photoshop Elements and then printed each frame as a 3x3 square. I have the tutorial here if you'd like to be able to do this as well.

For the back, I knew I wanted to create a page about the word I'm focusing on in 2015. I decided to create a layout and then cut it apart to fill each of the pockets. I had a lot of fun making the page and took some process photos along the way.

First, I created my background by stamping in two corners, adding droplets of mist, and then using embossing paste with a stencil. Then I used Mod Podge to adhere a dictionary page to the patterned paper.

At this point, I cut my layout apart so that I'd know where my elements would lie in the sections. I used a mixture of die cuts, patterned paper, and a roller stamp. Once it was complete I thought it needed a little more and added some glittery gold enamel dots.

The tab sticking up with "important" stamped on it is another file folder for me to include my thoughts about why I chose to focus on the word, more, in 2015.

So there's my first page for my 2015 album and I'm looking forward to making more! What about you, have you made any changes this year? Any new techniques you're going to be trying?