Friday, July 31, 2015

Little Summer Joy Pt.3 & Shop Update

I've been able to make a little progress on my summer mini, but more importantly, I've been making sure to take photos so that when time allows, I can get my summer memories documented. The third prompt from Little Paper Projects was all about focusing on capturing the moment and so I printed out several 4x4 photos so that I could just slip them into a pocket as is.

I had some fun experimenting with different techniques, the first being using digital art from In a Creative Bubble. I added it to the white space in my picture and played around with the opacity of it. In the end I decided to leave it at 100% because I wanted it to stand out.

For the facing page I put my Fuse to work, which was only the third time since I'd gotten it. I cut a 4x4 piece of paper diagonally, stamped on it, and then adhered a phrase strip to it. I sealed it with the Fuse and then worked on the other half.

I love the look of shaker pockets, but don't like how the insides will just fall to the bottom. My solution with this is to use a piece of clear transparency and adhere some of the sequins with glue dots to the upper portion of the transparency. I did this to both sides so that you can't see the glue and then poured in about 100 more sequins.

For my next pages I cut another piece of paper diagonally and glued several die cuts to the paper. I was conscious of the embellishments I used on both sides so that everything would match the neutral sequin mix I used.

Here's a look at all of the pages outside of the album.

Don't forget, you can use the code SUMMERJOY to take 20% off of your entire merchandise order, regardless of whether or not you're participating in this particular project. August will be the last month you'll be able to pick up the adorable doodle flair designed by Brandi Kincaid that are in the shop and I'll also be retiring some of my designs in the next week. There are several new sets to hit the shop today as well as some items in need of a crafty new home. Happy shopping and have a fantastic weekend!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Project Life {June 2015}

I struggled with finding the motivation to work on my June Project Life pages even though I had plenty of photos and stories to document. I didn't feel my usual excitement for either my June or July kits from Studio Calico, finding the designs and embellishments not really fitting my style. Because of that it's time to mix things up.

After my July pages, you'll still see my use of hybrid cards but there will be products from a new kit that I've subscribed to. I enjoy receiving a kit each month and have tried a few different ones over the years. It makes me happy to see so much choice available as our tastes, styles, or budget may change.

For June I wound up making 3 pocket pages in varying styles, the first being the one I shared here last Friday. For my main page I focused on some of the celebrations that occurred that month and like last month, I printed my journaling on vellum then adhered that to the cards.

The back page was all about travels that the hubs took for work and almost all of the photos are from him. Before he left for each trip I asked him to try and remember to snap a few pictures for me. :)

In early June we celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary. We once again went back to where we had our wedding pictures taken and with the help of a tripod, took our anniversary pictures. This was the first year that I took them and sadly I didn't do such a good job. Portrait photography is something that I desperately need to work on, but rarely get the chance to try. Turning the photo black and white did help, and of course it's better to have one not so great photo than none at all.

The cards were made from the same digital pack I used with Friday's page from One Little Bird and then I used another set of hers for the back where I documented some of the things that I was obsessing over. I loved setting up my Traveler's Notebook, I made my 650th post to Instagram, and I was fortunate to receive 3 lovely pocket letters from ladies I met via Instagram.

So June is complete and in a few short days I'll be able to start on July. My how time flies! I hope you have a great day! :)

Friday, July 24, 2015

Project Life {June 2015} Single Step

I began arranging my June photos into pockets with cards, but got no further once I remembered that I wanted to include an additional page to record the beginning of my journey to a healthier me. I had taken a picture as I headed out for my morning walk, but at the time didn't know what I would do with it. Then an idea struck me like a lightening bolt and I was off and running.

Using the same method that I shared here for segmenting a photo in PSE, I turned my square picture into multiple images to print as 4x6 photos for my 9x12 pocket page. I was torn for adding my title with alphabet stickers versus a stamp set, but I really wanted to try stamping on a photo. In the end I reminded myself that I could print the photos again should anything go awry.

Taking my time, I spelled each word backwards so that they were all right justified and while it's not perfect, I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I don't know if I'll introduce more stamping on photos, but I don't think I'm as scared to try anymore.

When it came time to select cards for the back, I decided to dig into my growing collection of digital products. I chose digital papers from One Little Bird's Postscript pack and turned some into plain 3x4 cards and also did a little experimenting with adding portions of digital paper along with digital watercolor splatters to others. The card in the center was made with the font, Eveleth and behind two of the cards I have my journaling.

My cards are printed on 65 lb white card stock and once trimmed, I added stamping to two cards (in pink) and created some stamped labels. In the end I used 5 different sets and it felt good to be putting them to use.

If you have any further questions about the techniques or supplies I've used, don't hesitate to ask. I hope you have a fantastic weekend! :)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Little Summer Joy Pt.2

I am taking a very casual approach to my summer mini inspired by Little Paper Projects in the hopes of making it a fun and manageable project. So far I've been making 2-page spreads and I'm liking the results.

I took my parents to Chicago to visit my sister for a few days and so of course that had to make an appearance in my album. I'm not bothered by duplicating photos or stories so I'll go into greater detail in either my Project Life or scrapbook layouts about our trip.

The week 2 prompt from LPP was about using a planner to organize your summer activities and didn't really apply to me because of my breezy approach. Instead, I found the inspiration from Mandy's #HashtagThisWeek to be the perfect way to add a fun currently list. I also combined a class challenge from Inked | Alphabets to stamp in at least two different colors. I've actually been stamping on each 2-page spread so far thanks to that class.

Because I'm working with 4x4 pages, I alternated stamping numbers and spelling them out in order to make sure everything fit. I typed my strips of text with the free font, Amatic SC Bold, and cut 6x6 papers from Crate Paper {Poolside} for my backgrounds. I used an entire pack of Bubble Icon mini flair from my shop as my embellishment. From now through August 31st, you can take 20% off of your order with the code SUMMERJOY. It's good for everyone, whether or not you're participating with this particular project.

My next pages will be about items from my summer manifesto and I've finally printed off my photos to make my June Project Life pages. Hope to see you back here! :)

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Soft Kitty Mini Book

I'm going to try and keep this short as it's a rather photo heavy post. Over a year ago I had assembled all my supplies and photos to make a mini album of our Pound Cake. I had been all ready to work on it but then other projects kept pushing it to the back burner and it sat for months with only a couple pages completed.

In early June I realized I really should finish this project because I'd also like to make one for Biscuit. I think I hadn't really been feeling the size of my album and that was another reason I found myself in no rush to work on it. I carefully took apart the pages I'd made and trimmed everything from 6x6 to 5x5. Once that was done, I was so much happier and was able to complete my mini in an afternoon.

You might recognize the titles to each page if you're a fan of The Big Bang Theory. ;) The supplies I used were primarily Simple Stories {SN@P! Cat}, an old My Mind's Eye 6x6 paper pad, and various Thickers alphabet stickers.

What about you, do you have any unfinished projects in your crafty space?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Little Summer Joy

I jumped in with both feet to join Julie Gagen and Jen Lake of Little Paper Projects and their latest free memory keeping project called #LittleSummerJOY, but once I decided I would participate, I began to wonder what would I document. Then I remembered that one of the great things about memory keeping is that these projects are easily adaptable to fit any lifestyle. We're not taking a summer vacation, we won't be spending time at the pool, or several other typical summer activities and that's ok.

As I sat down to write my summer manifesto, I focused on things we would normally do and since they're occurring over the summer, ta-dah, I had content for my mini book. My goal is to create a simple mini that captures some of our little joys this summer. I've found that projects like this help me to slow down and focus on time for myself, time for us, and various outings, whether new or old familiars.

As soon as I saw the latest digital release from One Little Bird, I knew that was what my supplies would be centered around. I picked up the Scoop papers, journal cards, and elements and had fun making my own 4x4 cards and die cuts to use in a WRMK 4x4 album. Then I gathered some Crate Paper {Poolside} papers, labels, enamel shapes, letter stickers, word and phrase strips, and mini flair. I'll also be using my stamps, sewing machine, and hopefully my Fuse tool that hasn't seen hardly any action.

While this project launched on July 6th, don't fret if you want to jump in now. One prompt is being provided each week through August 10th all with the focus of finding and recording your joy over the summer season.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Guest Designer {Kellie Winnell}

I love that every month I get to introduce you to someone you may not be familiar with, someone that might inspire you, and most importantly, someone who shares the same passion for memory keeping as you do. This month I'm over the moon to introduce Kellie Winnell as my July Guest Designer.

I became acquainted with Kellie earlier this year through Instagram and from seeing her photos and reading her blog, I've found that we share a love for coffee, lists, and getting crafty with our hands. These are a couple of my favorite pages she has shared and are part of her Project "My" Life album.

Kellie is the owner of Kellie Stamps and I love her clean, fresh designs that have just the right amount of attitude. You can also find her making projects as part of the creative teams for Big City Designs and Gossamer Blue. To stay up to date with Kellie, you can find her on Instagram, Facebook, and of course, her blog, which you want to head to now to see the fabulous project she has created. You'll be inspired for sure and so she's got a coupon code so you can do some shopping for your own mini flair!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Letter Stamping Galore

Today I have two pages from my Traveler's Notebook art journal insert. I'm taking yet another class (I know, I know) on the fun topic of using your alphabet stamps.

I'd shared this first spread on Instagram, but hadn't shared it here yet. At the beginning of the year I had selected the word, more, to be the word I would focus on for 2015, but had decided not to do a monthly project like I did last year. It's always in the back of my mind and putting it onto paper as we're half way through the year seemed like the perfect way to get some letter stamping practice in.

I applied clear gesso to the pages and then started stamping various words that I want to be sure I do more of, now and in the future. Since there was gesso on my pages, the dye inks didn't absorb into the paper quickly and so I had to be careful not to smudge the ink until it had a chance to dry.

As my pages were coming together, I knew that I wanted to add strips of text to some of the words. Using the free font, Impact Label Reversed, I typed my text, cut it into strips, and then adhered them. My last touches were to use Distress Markers and Dylusions Ink to create a watercolor effect and add ink droplets.

For my next page, one of the class assignments was to use 3 more more alphabet stamps on your project. Since my work area was small, I decided to use one set as an embellishment and then two other alphabets to stamp my title.

The yellow scallops around the bottom left corner were made using the letter U and then I put to use my new Alpha Tabs from Sweet Stamp Shop and an older stamp set that has outline and solid letters.

I gathered an assortment of items and the layering just kind of fell into place. There's a SC Project Life card, die cuts from Shimelle {True Stories} and a tab I made with my Cricut Explore. Machine stitching and ink drops finished it off. My journaling will be on the left side which is why I carried the ink droplets onto that page.

Do you like stamping with alphabet stamps or would you rather use stickers or an electronic die cutting machine?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Fun in the Sun

Hold onto your hats, fellow crafters, Brandi Kincaid of The Shiny Bits has done it again and designed several charming sets of mini flair perfect for adorning your summertime projects. Don't care for the bulk that flair adds to your albums, not to worry, they can easily be turned into magnets or pushpins!

All of her new sets can be found in my shop and if you want any from her May release, today is the last day to purchase those before they are retired.

Of course I had to have a go at using several for my projects and I'm sure this won't be the only time you'll see them pop up. First up are some cards I made to add to my Project Life pages. I mixed Brandi's awesome doodles with digital journaling cards by Paislee Press. Love how well they worked together!

I also made a layout that goes along with my Northeastern Adventure series. A lot of layers, beginning with a piece of vellum to tone down my background paper, then more paper, tags, and die cuts all topped off with a jar full of lightening bugs, one of my favorites from the new collection.

Be sure to visit Brandi as well, she's sharing projects over at her blog, and I know you'll be plenty inspired to then do some shopping. ;) Oh, one last thing, if you order any of Brandi's designs, you'll receive a free gift with your purchase. It's our way of saying thank you so much for your support of this creative endeavor that has a big place in our hearts.