Tuesday, April 28, 2015

One & Only

Once again I was super inspired by Mandy's #ThisWeek topic, That Special Someone, and lesson 2 in my Type class by Ali Edwards. These two sources seem to be a creative match made in heaven for me! So much that I didn't even finish reading through Ali's lesson or watch any of the videos, I just stopped and got to creating after seeing one of her shared projects.

Working from Mandy's prompt, I decided my long journaling would be a sort of love letter to the hubs about a few of his many qualities that I appreciate so much, but don't tell him as often as I should.

I used all sorts of digital goodies for my page, something I've been doing more of lately for layouts as opposed to just for my Project Life. Ali provided digital templates this week and I altered one to make my 8.5x11 page in Photoshop Elements. Mandy kindly has freebies on her blog designed by Digital Design Essentials, which I used one of for my title after changing the color. Last but not least, the pattern that I printed on vellum comes from the adorable digital paper set, Postscript, by One Little Bird.

If you're at all interested in learning more about type as well as ways to apply it to your projects, this is the last week to sign up for Type. I had never taken a class by Ali, and I got it with the early bird special, but knowing now how much I'm enjoying the class, the full price appears to be well worth it.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

For the Love of the Craft

There is so much inspiration to be found that it can be hard to keep up with, let alone find time to participate. Sometimes you just have to drop everything and get to making. That's exactly what I did and as you read on, you'll see just how much inspiration went into this one project.

I've been wanting to play along with Mandy Elliott and #ThisWeek, a weekly series she created to document a different aspect of your life through photos and words. You can create a Project Life spread, art journal page, scrapbook layout, blog post, or anything else that captures the theme. Once your project is made, link up with Mandy on her blog or post to Instagram using #hashtagthisweek.

The current theme is "My Creative Side" so I thought it would be fun to create a mosaic self-portrait made up of photos of my paper projects. So yup, that's me made out of hundreds of teeny pictures of my scrapbook layouts and Project Life spreads from last year. The idea came from the movie poster for The Age of Adaline. It's made to look like a mosaic of her from photos of all different time periods. Like I said, inspiration is everywhere. :)

To make the mosaic, I downloaded a free program called AndreaMosaic. I found it quite easy to use and in 3 steps I had my image. First you select a photo that your mosaic will be made into, then you load your pictures into the program that will become mosaic tiles. With one final click of a button, your image is created and saved.

The latest class from Ali Edwards, Type, began this week and it too provided food for thought as I worked on my layout. I went with a simple design and journaled about some of the things I've done for the love of the craft. Things like driving 100 miles round trip to visit a not so local scrapbook store, stalking an online shop for an item I just had to have, and squeezing in a trip to a store while on vacation. I'm sure many of you can relate or have similar stories to share!

Last but not least, I finally broke into my March Messy Box from A Beautiful Mess. It's a little different than what I would pick for myself, but I figured I'd give it a whirl. Plus, the papers are 9x12 and I feel the price is good. I really love the April kit and have projects planned for it already.

Apologies for the lengthy post, I just didn't want to leave anything out. Hope you have a fab day!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Last of the Fall Photos

I've been working to make a dent in the photos that I want to scrapbook from last year and today I'm sharing my final fall layouts. I'm hoping that between the 2 upcoming classes I'm taking and National Scrapbook Day, there will be more than enough inspiration to keep me going.

In the meantime, I found some great inspiration for two of my layouts from the current linky party and Saturday sketch at Paper Issues. First up is a layout I based loosely on the sketch created by Jen Chapin. Instead of using a large paper circle, I stitched one onto my background paper and then added embellishments to accentuate the shape. Although I used two photos, I wanted to keep the title in the same area, so I glued it right onto my photo.

Those of you that have been reading my blog for some time, might have noticed something a little different about my layout. You guessed it, I finally talked myself into getting an electronic die cutting machine. It sat in the box for about a week before I managed to open it. I bought the Cricut Explore Air and cut out the leaves and title with it. I'll be back later with my thoughts on it and to share a layout I've been mentally creating.

This next layout fits with the Prints Charming's Beautiful Papers linky party, which really was made for me as I do love my patterned paper. It's the companion page to the one above from our day trip to Skyline Drive to see the fall leaves and go on a hike.

Lastly is the final layout from when my sister and I visited the National Arboretum. Ironically, it's the title page to that series of layouts. I kept it simple with fussy cut stamped images, a few die cuts, and some mist droplets and tiny rub-ons. And yeah, just about everything on all three layouts is from the Maggie Holmes {Open Book} collection. ;)

Hope you have a great weekend and if you're looking for some inspiration, the linky party is going on until April 26th!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Details Mini Book {Complete}

As I began on my book I didn't have a clear cut idea of what I'd be recording. All I knew was that I would focus on details that occurred in March and go from there. Now that it's complete, I feel like it's a nice summary of what March had in store for me. I didn't wind up using everything in the kit I assembled (posted here), but I'm happy that I managed to pull in some items I wasn't sure I'd ever use.

If you'd like to see individual photos, feel free to visit my gallery. As far as techniques go, I used watercolor paper with Tim Holtz Distress Markers, did plenty of sewing, used gesso and mist, and also a good bit of Mod Podge and book pages. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask me in the comments.

I enjoyed taking the Details Mini Book Workshop by Tina Aszmus even though I strayed a bit from her provided lesson. Being able to see so many pages from her was really nice and learning a couple of image transfer techniques was fun. I felt it was a reasonable price and the list of prompts is something I'll certainly refer back to for inspiration.

In case you missed out, the class will be available again as part of the Mini Library in late May over at Studio Calico. Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you have a great day!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Guest Designer {Lisa Swift}

Today I'm over the moon to tell that my April Guest Designer is Lisa Swift, Queen of Embellishing. Well, at least that's how I think of her. ;)

I discovered Lisa when I first began blogging and I'm so glad that I did. Her projects contain an enormous amount of inspiration and even though our styles are quite different, I can always find a new idea, tip, or trick. Though we've never met in person, it's her voice I hear in my head when I look at my large stash of enamel dots and need to be reminded to use them.

I just love looking over every inch of her projects and finding all of the special touches she adds and this recent favorite of mine is no different.

Lisa is currently a member of the Paper Issues Design Team, was on the 2014 creative teams for Echo Park and Simple Stories, and has been published numerous times. You can find her on facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and of course her blog, Remember the Good Times.

Her blog is where you need to head to right now to see the fabulous new project she has created using Feed Your Craft mini flair. Say hi, be inspired, and pick up a coupon code so that you can create something of your own! I've introduced 6 new sets of mini flair that might just need to come home to you. :)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Project Life {March 2015}

It's been slow going getting back into playing with paper since we returned from our trip. I've been busy making orders, working on new designs, and to ease myself into creating, mailed off a handful of Pocket Letters.

My to do list of projects has grown and so I needed to get something crossed off of it. I put together simple Project Life pages for March, knowing that I'll be making quite a few layouts from our trip. I did remember this month to add my card for the books read for my reading challenge. I enjoyed both, The Magician's Lie by Greer Macallister and my first Neil Gaiman novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I'll definitely be looking into other books by him.

The back is even more simple than the front, but I did get to use a couple of cards I made quite some time ago. And like I said, there will be all sorts of layouts from our trip so all the stories and details will be recorded. :)

Be sure to stop back by on Friday because I'll be announcing  April's Guest Designer along with a shop update. See you then!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Love This Moment

It's funny to me how much my scrapbooking tastes differ from all other aspects in my life. I never would have guessed that I would love the patterns and designs from Maggie Holmes as much as I do. Most recently, I have been giving {Open Book} quite the workout with my fall photos and still have plenty more to work on.

This layout is another from the trip to the National Arboretum with my sister. I used a stencil and embossing paste on the background along with some black mist droplets. I placed a couple of layers under my photo and stitched down all of the vellum embellishments. The final touches were some fabric brads and black gemstones.

What about you, are there collections that you're surprised to find you really enjoy creating with?