Friday, August 28, 2015

Week in the Life {M-T}

For me, scrapbooking is about creating first and memory keeping second. Because of that I tend to put a lot of focus on trying different techniques and I have to tell you, I am really loving the hybrid approach I've taken for my Week in the Life album. I doubt it will replace buying my favorite supplies from companies like Basic Grey or Crate Paper, but it's definitely been a fun learning experience.

Once I'm ready to work on a day I select a digital design to set the color scheme and then I make my 6x8 pages. I print those along with coordinating 3x4 cards (either included in the kit or ones I've made) and my photos. I had a pretty wacky system so it's a wonder it all came together. ;) Since there are so many repeating elements and formats I'll just be sharing just a couple photos for each day.

Monday's selfie was snapped at a stop light while out running errands. The 3x8 pocket focuses on a different topic each day and this was about the dinner we made and how my plans for shrimp and grits had to be turned into shrimp and cauliflower mash. A pretty clean desk and the hottest day that we had that week.

In addition to the Almanac digital kit, I've only been adding in stamping, sewing, labels, and my DOTW mini flair. I used 8 different stamp sets, but I was most excited to break in my newest ones from Kellie Stamps (Alpha Nut and Good Times) and Christine Herrin (More Coffee! and Ready Jet Set). To add dimension, I'm using pop dots on various elements and then sewing and layering to add texture.

For Tuesday I started off with a first thing in the morning selfie and went with a grey and yellow color scheme. My 3x8 pocket talks about the fabric rope baskets that I just had to make and why I don't let myself start every DIY project that catches my eye. I thought the the fun paint splatter graphic was perfect for my story.

I'm hoping that since I've completed a few days I can streamline my process and get the rest of the week wrapped up pretty quickly. We'll see!

Be sure to pop back over on Tuesday, I've got a huge shop update including the most adorable new doodle designs from Brandi Kincaid. I'm telling you, she just outdoes herself with each release!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

See Yourself Clearly

I haven't been making many full size layouts lately as more energy has gone into various mini albums and it actually has me wondering if I could let layouts go because I'm feeling pulled in so many directions. But this layout, this one needed to be made and it needed to be big.

I was one of the fortunate 100 that received a doodle from Brandi Kincaid and her take on the 100 Day Project. Along with my doodle, she was gracious enough to send me a surprise that just floored me and I'd been thinking ever since how I was going to document it. I finally made myself sit down and just start.

Brandi had written me a very sweet note on the back and so I didn't want to put her artwork directly onto my layout, instead I took a photograph of it and printed it on a piece of muslin fabric I cut from a bag. This is actually the second time I've done this and just love the results. Because of what she wrote, I paired it with a blurry selfie that I snapped a few weeks ago and had in mind making up a quote about seeing yourself clearly. I headed straight to Google to see if I'd come up with something unique or if it was something that had already been said. Come to find out the phrase I was toying with was similar to a quote from Ellen Degeneres, so I opted to use that.

I stamped the entire quote onto my paper and hoped for the best. My pencil lines got slightly skewed so some letters don't line up quite right, but I was more than halfway done when I realized it. Also it took more space than I thought it would and so I had to change everything about my page design.

The background paper is from an old Fancy Pants collection but everything else is from Crate Paper {Wonder}. The stamps are Stepping Stone from Hero Arts/Studio Calico and Alpha Tabs from Sweet Stamp Shop stamped in Glass Slipper from Studio Calico.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Week in the Life {My Process}

I'm sure if you've been anywhere around social media you've seen that Week in the Life has begun. It's a week long documentary project created by Ali Edwards that focuses on capturing your everyday life. This is my first year of participating and to be honest, as the start date drew nearer, I began to have second thoughts. I wondered what I would have to document and why I thought a project like this was worthwhile. I struggled with this for several days and in the end, chose to move forward and as this week winds down, I'm happy that I did.

I had purchased Ali's kit, but once it arrived I didn't feel that the items included were quite my style. Instead, I've taken a hybrid approach and am using the Almanac digital kit from The Lilypad. I have completed my pages for Sunday and will follow the same format for each following day. Oh, and that empty 3x4 slot below will be filled as soon as I figure out with what. ;)

The front of each 3x4 page will include a random selfie (I try to take one at a different time each day) and some sort of journaling.

The back will include a photo of my desk (taken about the same time each day) and one of the weather. The 3x8 will be a different topic each day and the front will have the title and the back will have the journaling.

The 6x8 pages I designed in Photoshop Elements will have some of my snapshots from the day along with time-stamped journaling and a DOTW mini flair.

I'm still including techniques and elements that I love, such as sewing, watercolors, stamping, and mini flair. I like my pages to have texture and dimension and since the album is plenty big enough, there won't be any issue with using bulkier embellishments or pop dots. Have you ever taken on Week in the Life? Why or why not?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Little Summer Joy Pt. 6

Summer is winding down, though with temperatures in the 90's, you'd think otherwise. Leaves are gathering on the ground and the days are getting noticeably shorter. sigh. In between a weekend of relaxing and eating good food, I was able to finish up my summer mini.

My friend Mandy over at Turquoise Ave. provided the prompt, summer traditions, and since we don't have any big summer traditions, I focused on the little ones. Like driving with the windows down and getting pedicures.

The hubs traveled much of the summer for work and it was a coincidence that we each captured the evening sky.

Annette Haring provided the prompt, hello adventure, and I thought that heading someplace I've been numerous times before can be an adventure as long as you keep your eyes open. I paired my photo with a currently page, which is part of the free printable set I shared here.

Having the hubs home meant that he was able to join me on a walk through the gardens so I snapped this picture to use as a way to say goodbye to summer.

Since I worked on my pages out of order, I made a video flip through, but you can also scroll through just the photos in my gallery and all of the related blog posts can be found here.

The inspiration from Little Paper Projects definitely made this project possible. I wouldn't have thought about making a summer mini, but there were great prompts, beautiful examples of mini albums ranging in size and style, and best of all, it was all free. I'm sure I'll be in for the next memory keeping project from Julie and Jen!

Don't forget, use the coupon SUMMERJOY in my shop to take 20% off your merchandise order through August 31. Pick up some summer themed mini flair or grab Brandi's doodle flair before they're retired on September 1.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Little Summer Joy Pt.5

I'll be wrapping up my summer mini soon, I just have a few more pages that I want to include, but I'm happy to say it's filling up nicely! Today's pages focused on something that occurs all year round, but I thought it would be fun to include a couple of snapshots of what I'm currently making. Aside from this mini. ;)

I knew that I wanted to use my WRMK Fuse tool on one of the 4-pocket pages and had a loose idea in mind of the design I wanted to create. It wasn't until I had one of those ah-ha moments in the shower that I figured out exactly what I wanted to do.

Using a stamp I'd recently picked up on sale, I made my own die cuts and patterned paper, stamping the design on both sides of the paper. Then I added some sequins and paper from Crate Paper {Poolside} and got to fusing.

My photos are of a layout that I'm currently working on and another item on my summer manifesto, which is to practice my brush script. I discovered the Letter It Challenge from someone I follow on Instagram and found that to be the perfect way to practice. I don't do it each day, instead I'll do several phrases in one sitting. I've been wanting to include more black and white photos so printed these both out that way. I'm hoping to remember that more often, along with the eighty-eleven other things to try. :)

Hope you have a fantastic weekend ahead!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Guest Designer {Ginny Hughes}

Well, just like that it's August, but the good news is that means it's time to introduce you to my guest designer, Ginny Hughes! Be sure to head over to her blog and see the fabulousness she has created, but first let me tell you a little bit about why I asked Ginny to join me today.

I became aware of Ginny's projects through Studio Calico and have always been impressed with her title work. She is not afraid to stamp, cut, layer, sew, or go vertical with her text and it's apparent that her love of letters keeps her inspired. Patterned paper also plays a big role in her projects and whether it's a grid design or something with a lot of circles, you'll see plenty of color.

This recent layout by Ginny is one of my many favorites of hers. I mean, look at the patterned paper books she created, too cute!

Ginny is currently on the creative team for Ali Edwards, can be found teaching at Big Picture Classes, and creating and teaching for Studio Calico. You can also find her on Instagram, Pinterest and her blog - which is where you need to head to know to see what she has created, because I know you'll be inspired! Ginny is also sharing a coupon code, so pick that up while you're there.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Little Summer Joy Pt.4

In record time I put together two more pages for my summer mini album. I kept these pages pretty simple but still had some fun with stamping and a few embellishments. I'm working on my photos out of order, but you can take a look at my gallery if you'd like to see it in chronological order and I hope to make a flip through video once it's all complete.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember me mentioning that the hubs and I drove 3 hours round trip to purchase a pie so of course it needed a place in my album. We love going on road trips so taking the morning to drive out west is not unusual for us.

A couple of items from my summer manifesto are to read a book and to unplug each day. While it's certainly convenient to have books on an e-reader, there really is such a lovely feeling about being able to curl up with a book.

I haven't been adding any journaling, which is pretty common of the projects I work on, but I wanted a fun way to include some stories so I created these journaling cards. They are 4x4 and each have a different caption. Even better, you can pick up your own set for free HERE via Google Drive, no login needed. It's a PNG file so if you have Photoshop, PSE, or other software like that, you can easily change the color of the cards.

I hope that you have a fun and crafty weekend ahead!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Love Bugs

Using one of the inserts in my Traveler's Notebook as an art journal has been a quick and easy way for me to experiment with various techniques when I don't have a lot of time but still want to get crafty. And after watching a recent video from my friend, Jana, I was definitely in the mood to create.

In her video, she showed a technique where you place your watercolors onto a piece of plastic and then use that to transfer the paint. While it might not be a new technique, seeing her beautiful results was the kick I needed to try it myself.

For my pages, I heat embossed my stamped title and then added my watercolors like I described above. Then I fussy cut a couple of kitties from some paper, used an October Afternoon roller stamp, and stamped their names with a smaller alphabet stamp.

While the stamping can be a little tedious, the overall project was done in record time. I have plenty of space to add my writing, but the fear of messing up has kept me from doing so yet. Maybe I need to find a truly erasable pen. Or just bite the bullet and give it a go. ;)