Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Make Stuff

It was looking like my intentions to begin creating an art journal were going out the window due to lack of time, but I was still purchasing supplies here and there. Always the case, right? ;)

For March I've been participating in the Fat Mum Slim photo a day challenge and it wound up being a very timely decision. It's giving me material for my Details mini book, getting me back to practicing my photography, and made me sit down and make this page.

My background began with putting droplets of Dylusions Ink Spray on watercolor paper and then pushing it around with a water brush. Then I added some small mist droplets in yellow and black and let it all dry.

Being on an image transfer kick due to the mini book class I'm taking, I wanted to try text transfer with Mod Podge. It wasn't quite a success, but I still like the effect I was left with. I'm not sure what the problem was as I've since tried it with different book pages as well as different paper and the results were the same, which was not text transfer. Anywho.

I added some ink with stencils and adhered my hand cut letters. Feeling like it needed one last touch, I placed a few enamel dots and then called it done. Even though I haven't been focusing on my art journal, I hope to slowly grow it over time. What helps you make time for being creative?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Project Life {February 2015}

For this month I wanted to try out printing my photos to have the look of a Polaroid picture. Since I (now) always print my photos for Project Life with a white border, it was easy enough to leave a large white border along the bottom.

Using Photoshop Elements, I created a 4x6 canvas and placed two 2-1/2 inch pictures towards the top of my canvas, leaving roughly the same amount of white space above and on the sides. Once printed I cut the 4x6 in half and had my two Polaroid style photos.

I kept my pages simple which was probably best with the bold colors of February's kits from Studio Calico. I'm still using plenty of labels on my projects and also made a point to use washi tape and alphabets. I seem to have an abundance of them and so I'm working to get them out of the packs and onto pages.

My journaling is on the back of some of the cards and I'm really happy about how quickly these pages came together. Hope you have a great rest of your week! :)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Details Mini Book {Prepping}

I didn't plan on signing up for another class so quickly after taking On The Grid at Studio Calico, but having become a big fan of mini albums, I signed up for just the first one in a series of four that they will be offering throughout this year.

The class, hosted by Tina Aszmus, is about building a mini book that focuses on the details of your everyday. In part of the material she provides prompts to help you look at your daily life in a different perspective. Her book is an ongoing project, meant to be carried with you and added to as time goes on. For right now, that doesn't appeal to me, so I'll be gathering photos and thoughts from now until the end of the month to complete my book. Since my art journal is something that I'm adding to whenever the mood strikes, I'll incorporate some of the ideas from the class into that as well.

I made my mini book out of thin cardboard that I cut to 6-1/4"x12". I made several score marks at 4-1/2" and 9-3/4" so that once folded there is plenty of space inside. I punched holes at the top and bottom and then used binder rings to hold my pages. I've got 4x6 journaling cards, grid cards, and watercolor paper inside all ready to go. The book is kept closed with a magnet in one of my mini flair and another magnet on the left page inside.

You can still sign up for the class until March 31st and there are class kits available as well. You can find out more here. I didn't purchase the kit, though I had a hard time resisting it. Instead I bought one of the Project Life Add-ons and am really happy with the contents. I added a few items from past kits and will probably add some more things once I begin working on my content. No matter what, I'll be sure to share it with you. Hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Guest Designer {Sasha Farina}

I am so excited to tell you that each month there will be a guest designer for Feed Your Craft who will be sharing a new project using mini flair from my shop. To kick things off is a woman whose work I've admired for the last couple of years.

I discovered Sasha Farina when I first started my Studio Calico scrapbook subscription in early 2013. I was immediately drawn to her hand and machine stitching, creative use of embellishments, and whimsical touches with mist droplets and stamped images. Here's one of my more recent favorites of hers.

Sasha is currently creating gorgeous projects as part of the October Afternoon Design Team and the Ali Edwards Digital Creative Team. You can view her gallery here as well as find her on Instagram, Pinterest, facebook, and Twitter.

Now head over to her blog, Sasha Farina. Paper. Play., and see what she has created using Feed Your Craft mini flair! I have no doubt that you'll be inspired by Sasha's work so she has a coupon code for you to purchase your own flair to make something lovely.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Font Finds V

It's been quite some time since I've shared any font finds, but that's not because I haven't been looking. I really do spend an awful lot of time searching for fonts, but lately they've been ones that need to be purchased.

I found myself with a bit of downtime and went searching for free fonts and stumbled across quite a few that are new to me and wanted to share them. Free is always good, right? :)

You can click on each of the font names to be taken to the site where you can download them. I can't make any guarantees about the files, but I do only search sites that I have downloaded from before and have never run into any issues. The below came from BÄ“hance, Dafont, Font Squirrel, and FontFabric.

If you're a font lover like me and a good deal on a font is enough to get you to hit the buy button, you can check out sites like Mightydeals, My Fonts, You Work for Them, and Creative Market. I've purchased from all of them in the past and have spent way too much time lately at Creative Market. Lots of great work there and not just fonts and every week they have 6 items available for free download.

Monday, March 2, 2015

A Big Month

Wow, it's March already, but that's okay because I've got exciting news from the Feed Your Craft shop. Today I'm happy to share a big shop update that launches 14 new sets of flair in themes like springtime, coffee and tea, weather, work, and much more. There are also a few kit items I won't use but want to see go to a good home.

I have a coupon that's good now through Friday, March 6th for 20% off your merchandise total. Use the code LUCKY2015 at checkout to claim your discount. If you're feeling especially lucky, you'll want to head over to my Instagram and enter to win your choice of 4 packs of flair, but hurry, the contest is only open until noon EST tomorrow.

Since I was still feeling inspired by the lessons from On The Grid, I went back through them and used some of the techniques that were discussed over the course of the month to create this layout.

Using a mixture of embellishment clusters and photos, I created my gird in the horizontal center of the page. I always lay everything out first, moving it around until I'm happy, and then adhere it all into place. If there are a large number of layers and elements, I'll snap a picture so that I can put it all back the same way.

I used several flower die cuts and some paper from Maggie Holmes {Open Book}, white doilies, and black mist. From my shop I used the small white shipping tags and the new Tiny Hearts mini flair.

I still have another surprise for you this month, so I hope to see you back. In the meantime, happy shopping! :)