Sunday, June 28, 2015

Our Northeastern Adventure Pt. 6

I'm still dealing with class overload and so there has been no shortage of inspiration. The class, Make It Big by Paige Evans has just wrapped up and the last lesson was about big backgrounds. In it I got to see how she puts together one of her intricate layouts. I'd been wanting to try this technique and while time consuming, it does make for a dramatic effect.

I really like the design Paige has used for a class offered at Craftsy called Silhouette Savvy and that was my starting point for my layout. Not having taken that class or owning a Silhouette, the hubs helped me to create a design that I could cut with my Cricut Explore.

Once that was done I went through all of the papers that I'd assembled for these vacation photos and got started piecing them all together. My only embellishments once the background was complete were some die cuts that I layered to help (I hope) keep my photo from looking like it was just slapped on top. I'm looking forward to trying this technique again in the future as I've seen many beautiful ideas.

I hope to see you back on Wednesday, I'll be sharing a shop update and projects featuring new designs from Brandi Kincaid. In the meantime, here's a little sneak and if you're on Instagram, head to my feed to enter to win a 50% off coupon to my shop for you and a friend. Hurry, you only have until noon on June 30th to enter!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

My Turn to Host

I'm excited to share that I'm hosting #hashtagthisweek, a weekly photo and story prompt over at Turquoise Avenue. Mandy Elliott is the brains behind this free and inspiring challenge and I've really enjoyed using her prompts. They've been a way to help me capture bits of our life that might have otherwise been overlooked.

My topic this week is Where I Go and I've been making a point to photograph things that will tell the tale of where my travels have taken me this week. The hubs and I tend to be creatures of habit, but our routines have been shaken up lately and so it will be interesting to look back and see what's changed.

Since I have plenty of travel related mini flair in the shop, I thought it would be a good idea to have a sale in case you need to stock up for your adventures, whether they're near or far. From now until midnight, Saturday, June 27th, take 20% off of your merchandise total with the code HASHTAG. It's good on everything in the shop, so feel free to load up!

Be sure to pop over to Mandy's blog and see how easy it is to join in the fun each week!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Traveler's Notebook Art Journal

I've been using my Traveler's Notebook for two weeks now and I'm still gushing over it. I've made a couple of minor changes from my initial set up and later on down the road I'll share another video of how my notebook has progressed, any more changes I've made, and of course where it's traveled to.

One of the inserts I had made has become an art journal and today I'm sharing the pages I've created along with a short process video showing how my latest one came together as well as a free cut file.

First up is a currently page I made using stamping, die cuts, and ink splatters. I have new black Dylusions Ink spray on the way to me because the Heidi Swapp mist in black doesn't dry on clear gesso and just smudges. I went back over the smudges with my water brush and tried to blend it with the other colors.

Next I made a mini 2-page layout with Maggie Holmes {Open Book} paper and embellishments and October Afternoon letter stickers.

While I made this last page, I recorded my process as I worked. It's a simple page but I still had plenty of fun getting messy as well as trying my hand at a different kind of background stamping.

You can download the cut files that I made HERE via Google Drive, no login needed. It is a zip file that contains two different scribble shapes which are free for your personal use.

With the pages I've made I've had to quickly come to terms with quite a few imperfections but I think that adds to the fun. Once this insert is full I'll put it with my mini books and add a nice clean insert to make a mess all over again. :)

Friday, June 19, 2015

Our Northeastern Adventure Pt. 5

I'm slowly making progress on my vacation photos from last year and have two more layouts to share. The first I made a few weeks ago and was based off of a sketch by Shimelle Laine. I've actually used this sketch before but since I like it so much, I decided to use it again.

The papers are a mix from We R Memory Keepers, Webster's Pages, Crate Paper, and Fancy Pants and the embellishments are mostly from Crate Paper, Studio Calico, and My Mind's Eye and of course since this was inspired by Shimelle, I had to ink my edges. ;)

This next layout I made uses an 8x12 photo and it's the first time I've scrapbooked a photo this big. In my head I had pictured a different outcome and while I don't love it, I am happy to have given it a go. The background paper is an older one from the Basic Grey line {Carte Postale} and then I made most of the embellishments that ran down the side of my photo.

If you'd like to see the previous layouts that go along with this series, you can find them all here in my gallery. I hope that you have a lovely weekend! :)

Monday, June 15, 2015

Project Life {May 2015}

For my May Project Life pages I wound up with 4 instead of my usual 2. Since my albums hold both Project Life spreads as well as layouts, I feel like I have more freedom to give stories a lot of room with a layout or a little room inside a pocket. It in no way diminishes the story I'm recording, but instead allows me the right amount of space to get the memory documented depending on the creative mood I'm in.

The last class that I've signed up for has begun and it's all about pocket pages. The first lesson was focusing on letting elements go off the edges of cards and pockets, which is something I've found myself doing plenty of this year. Since I have a special love for labels, I used a few with stamped sentiments and varied their positions on my cards. I also cut apart the card that says "May" and layered it on top of a card I wouldn't have otherwise used. And I got to put to use a card I made a little while ago with a stamp I won from Kellie Winnell. All of my journaling was printed on vellum using a font I happen to have that matched some of the cards from my kit.

The next page is all about food from the month that we made at home. I had gotten a Kelly Purkey mini kit some time ago because I loved the stamp, but wasn't sure I'd use the cards. I'm so glad I held on to them because they were perfect for my page. In the center is a card with a digital design I purchased from The Shiny Bits by Brandi Kincaid. I printed it on watercolor paper and colored portions of it using a water brush and Tim Holtz Distress Markers.

The last page I'm sharing is about events at home and down the road. I once again have a typo, and while it would be easy enough to fix, I'm going to leave it as is. :) Overall, I've seen some changes with my Project Life this year versus previous years and I'm really happy with how my spreads have evolved. I've loosened up about keeping each photo in chronological order and have found that it makes it easier for me to match my photos with the cards to make a more color coordinated spread.

How about you, have you made changes to your crafting processes that make it easier for you to create?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Guest Designer {Jana McCarthy}

I have a lovely friend to introduce to you as my Guest Designer for June, please say hello to Jana McCarthy. Jana and I met through my blog about a year and half ago when she reached out to me to swap Christmas cards. Since then we've stayed in touch and found that we have things in common like sharing the same birthday and having multiple tattoos.

Jana has a gorgeous style of scrapbooking and her pages always look so carefree and whimsical. She makes layering and embellishing look so easy and you can watch for yourself in the videos that she shares showing her process. You can find Jana blogging at Scissors, Glue & Paper and sharing on Instagram. She is also a creative team member for Paper Issues and a member of the challenge blog, Happy Scrappy Friends.

This layout is one of my many favorites from Jana, I just love how she's not afraid to put herself out there and share the silly moments. Head over to her blog now to see what she has created as Guest Designer. She also has a coupon code so that you can do some shopping and pick up some mini flair for yourself!

Monday, June 8, 2015

My Traveler's Notebook

I can't remember the last time I was this enamored with a material item. I know it's just a notebook for goodness sake, but oh, it makes me feel like this is what I've been missing and I didn't even know it.

I had actually looked into Traveler's Notebooks over a year ago and decided against getting one because the cover is a little pricey and then you need inserts to fill it up. But then Studio Calico had to go and offer a reversible cover in aqua and lime and I caved.

With this I was able to consolidate the (bulky) planner I was using, the notebook I carry in my bag, and the scrap papers and Post-it Notes that litter my desk with lists. Plus, when I travel, I can add or remove inserts as needed to keep my itinerary, notes, and memorabilia in one safe place.

While I waited for it to arrive, I did a little research online and found that it is easy to make your own inserts. I had already ordered a monthly calendar, graph notebook, and plastic pouch, but I wanted some that were for specific topics. Using Photoshop Elements, I made an insert for my blog/shop using this digital paper from One Little Bird for the cover and I also wanted to make one using patterned paper so I used a piece from Pink Paislee {Citrus Bliss} for my health tracker insert.

The above insert I made for crafty ideas and I'm sharing the cover in case you're interested in making a notebook for yourself. Even if you don't have a Traveler's Notebook, it's still something you can make if you like to write lists, want to add photos and make a mini book out of, or even give as a gift. There are two versions (one yellow, one coral) and you can download a zip file containing them both HERE via Google Drive, no login needed. I have 10 pages of dot graph paper I printed in mine that I bound it together using a saddle stitch, but they can also be stapled.

If you're interested in seeing my Traveler's Notebook in greater detail, I have put together a very short video. (I don't know why the thumbnail is such poor quality, the video doesn't look like that I promise!) I also have photos in my SC gallery that I took as I was getting my notebook set up.

What about you, do you have a notebook or planner that you adore?

Friday, June 5, 2015

Dined Well

Since I got my Cricut Explore, I've had some time to play with it, but I thought what better way to get really acquainted with it than to take a class offered by Paige Evans over at Studio Calico. If you're not familiar with her work, she does amazing things with her Silhouette.

Using the first lesson from Make It Big and another lesson from Type by Ali Edwards, I created my background before I really knew where my page was headed. When I decide to use a quote on a project, I usually search Google Images and Pinterest to find words of wisdom, like this one by Virginia Woolf.

I created my cut file in Cricut Design Space, but I am wondering if it wouldn't have been faster (for me) to have made it in Photoshop Elements and then import the PNG file. The ability to line things up is easier in PSE, but I was already in DS so decided to just go with it.

The background paper is from Shimelle's {True Stories} line and the paper that I cut was from my May Messy Box. A scrap from a recent layout and mostly homemade embellishments were all I needed to complete my page.

For my photos I went back over the last year and selected four pictures from dining out that are some of my favorite dishes. The hubs and I love food and we go out to eat regularly. When he saw the title of my page he said, "we dine well". Why yes, yes we do. I hope you have a great weekend ahead! :)

Monday, June 1, 2015

1st Birthday Sale-A-Bration!

I am so thrilled to be able to celebrate the first birthday of my Etsy shop, Feed Your Craft. It has been a fun-filled year of working to grow my little shop, making new friends, and best of all, seeing what you create with my flair designs.

In honor of this occasion my shop is on sale 30% off! That's right, use the code FIRSTBDAY and get 30% off your entire merchandise total. Hurry though, the coupon expires tonight at 11:59 pm EDT. In addition to the sale, I've released 4 new flair sets and several embellishments that are in need of a good home.

But wait, there's more! One lucky customer will be chosen at random to have the cost of their order refunded back to them. Woo hoo! I'll use to select one person from all of the orders placed today and contact you directly to let you know you won.

I made this fun layout last week using 3 of the customizable Plain Text mini flair that have hit the shop today. It's based loosely off of a sketch from Sketchbook 2015 which was a huge help in using the chipboard frames. I always struggle with them for some reason.

My sincerest thanks to you all for helping make my little shop what it is. I appreciate your support more than you know! A special thanks goes out to Brandi and the celebratory cupcake doodle that she sent me!