Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Here They Are!

Oh you guys, I am beyond excited to announce the ladies who make up the first ever Feed Your Craft Creative Team! I was shocked at the number of applications that I received and it means so much to have such creative people from all over the world want to join me in this new adventure.

So here they are, and I know that over the next 6 months you will be amazed and inspired by what these talented ladies are making with Feed Your Craft flair.

If you don't already, you'll want to follow them on their blogs (linked below) and Instagram to keep up with their projects. You'll see layouts, cards, Project Life spreads, and much more!

So that you can be sure to have plenty of your own mini flair to create with, there is a flash sale for today only where you can take 30% off of your entire merchandise order. Use the code STOCKUP30 and pick up some mini flair that maybe you've been eyeing. There are also 7 new sets from you to choose from!

The fun continues tomorrow when I share some new projects using mini flair in ways you haven't seen me do before. See you then!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Kicking Things Off

Happy Monday! I'm kicking off a week of fun and big news with a giveaway. You have multiple chances to win here, as well as on my personal Instagram and my Feed Your Craft Instagram. To enter here, all you need to do is leave me a comment. Easy, right?!

What do you win? Well, one person will be selected at random to receive 50% off of their next order and believe me, you'll want to stock up because once you see what the new FYC Creative Team is doing, you're gonna be inspired to put your own mini flair to use!

You can earn additional entries if you choose to follow my blog (via email, Bloglovin', or Feedly) and/or by following me on Pinterest, links can be found on the sidebar. Let me know in the comments section if you already do or just signed up and you'll be entered for each follow.

This giveaway is open through Wednesday, September 30th at 11:59 pm EDT and the winner will be announced on Thursday's blog post.

Thank you so much for your support and love of my mini flair, my heart swells every time I see your fabulous creations using my mini flair!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Project Life {August 2015}

Now that I no longer subscribe to a Project Life specific kit I thought that I would put to use one of the mini kits in my stash or some of my Messy Box cards. Once I had my photos printed, I laid out variation after variation trying to get it to come together. I thought I had finally settled on cards from a previous Messy Box, but it just wasn't working so my last resort was to unzip some digital items from a purchase I'd made at The Lilypad.

I didn't need a lot of cards so I just began selecting ones that I liked along with some additional elements to print. Once everything was print and cut, my pages were assembled in a breeze. The only change I made was adding a dark pink to the mix to brighten things up. I used a banner element as a template for a repeating die cut, changing the color, font, and wording. Being able to make the products suit your needs really comes in handy!

So that my pages weren't completely made of paper elements, I added some small embellishments here and there, trying to keep it from getting cluttered. Over the course of this past year I've definitely embraced less is more for my Project Life, but it's hard when there are so many fun products. :)

Hoping you have a wonderful weekend ahead! I have all kinds of big news coming next week so be sure to stop back by. See you then! :)

Foundation Add-On Memory Pockets Monthly - The Lilypad
digital brushes - Kellie Stamps
mini flair, cork heart sticker - Feed Your Craft
kraft label, enamel dots - Studio Calico
fonts - Trend Rough, Traveling Typewriter
other - embroidery floss, gold paper clip 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Conversations with Myself

I'm so excited that Mandy of Turquoise Avenue has started back up on her weekly photo and journal prompts because they push me to record stories in a different perspective than what I might have come up with.

Last week, the prompt was conversations and since I've already documented letters to the hubs, myself, and texting conversations, I thought it would be the perfect way to document conversations with myself. This was something I'd touched on in my Week in the Life album, but wanted to expand on.

Ever since my sister and I began our weight loss challenge in early June, it's been a major focus in my everyday routine to change my eating habits, exercise, record my food and health stats in my Traveler's Notebook, and of course, battle with myself to keep going on the days when I don't want to.

For my layout, my main focal point was my journaling about the little talks I've had with myself over the past few months. Using a word processing program, I typed my journaling, then inserted speech bubbles for the text to wrap around, and printed it on 8.5x11 white card stock. Then I removed the journaling, typed inside the speech bubbles and printed it again. I cut out those elements and used pop dots to raise them off the page. I layered that onto my background paper, added die cuts, small paper strips, sequins, and mist droplets and that was that.

If you're looking for inspiration for getting your stories recorded, make sure to visit Mandy and check out her weekly prompts, a new one is posted every Sunday. This week the topic is senses which would be perfect for documenting the arrival of fall.

patterned paper - Messy Box
die cuts, patterned paper strips - {Confetti} Crate Paper 
white sequins, Heidi Swapp Chartreuse Color Shine
fonts - Eveleth, Traveling Typewriter

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Week in the Life {F-S}

It took longer than I expected, but my first ever Week in the Life album is complete. I learned some things along the way, both creatively and personally which aside from the memory keeping aspect, is more than I could have hoped to happen. With a project like this, you really put your life under the microscope and it's something that I think will become more meaningful to look back on as time goes on. Would I do this again? I think so.

For Friday's 3x4 pages I struggled a little so opted to keep them simple using a card I designed, a floral card from the digital kit I used, and a card with a stamped image. More stamping on my 3x8 card that was printed with little hearts and then I used the same floral 3x4 card as a mask for my 2x2 squares.

Since I'd covered the more fun "currently" topics on my previous 3x8 cards, I went a little deeper and talked about a particular moment from Friday that makes up part of "the good stuff" in our marriage and then for Saturday I wrote about why I like that we have routines, but what we do to shake them up.

On Saturday's pages I had a lot of fun with both making the designs for my 6x8 pages and 3x4 cards and then stamping on what seemed like everything. For my designs, I used a pie chart element, filled it with colors from the kit and then enlarged the pie chart enough so that it was no longer a circle once I used the Clipping Mask tool in Photoshop Elements.

For my stamping, I used a different type of masking technique that you might be more familiar with. For the Hello Weekend card, the weekend stamp had the word wandering below it that I covered with Post-It removable tape. Once I had my stamp inked, I removed the tape and then stamped weekend. I added the word hello using a different stamp set.

For my 3x8 card, I stamped the word routine and the arrows and then again used the removable tape to cover those and stamped a repeating pattern to fill the space. When I spell out words, I'll lay out the stamps to see how they fit and then I'll draw a faint pencil line to keep my stamping straight. I actually thought that the word would take up more space so the arrows were necessary filler. ;)

To finish off my album, I made a 6x8 page that says the end on the front and on the back I typed a letter to my future self. I wrote about what I hope this album reminds me in the future when I look back on it.

So that's that! Hope you have a great weekend ahead!

6x8 album - Ali Edwards
digital kit - Almanac Pocket Scrapbooking Collection
ink (Inky Black, Flamingo), stamps (Bennett, Square Patterns) - Studio Calico
Ready Jet Set stamp - Christine Herrin
Alpha Nut, Good Times stamps - Kellie Stamps
Here's the Story stamp - Big Picture Classes
Shutterbug, Sketchbook 2015 stamps - Kelly Purkey
mini flair - Feed Your Craft

Thursday, September 10, 2015

FYC Creative Team Call

That's right crafty peeps, I am super excited to be holding my first call for Creative Team members and would love for you to send in your application!

What am I looking for? I need enthusiastic people for a 6-month term who can create one project each month from October through March using my mini flair in a creative and innovative way. Scrapbook layouts, cards, Project Life, mini albums, or anything else - let your imagination run wild! You do need to have an active blog and Instagram account for sharing your projects and any promotions as they occur.

What do you get? Well, I'll provide the mini flair of course, and you get the flexibility to create and schedule your post each month.  Plus, I've got some extra treats up my sleeves. ;)

How can you apply? Well, that's simple. Send me an email at craftylilgik(at)gmail(dot)com telling me a little about yourself and why you would like to be a part of the team. Also, provide links to your blog and 3 of your favorite projects that best showcase your style. This is open worldwide, but you must have your application in by 11:59pm EDT, September 24th. I'll be in touch with all applicants by the 27th and will announce the Creative Team on September 30th.

You don't have to have past design team experience, just a love for creating and inspiring others and of course, a love of mini flair. I can't wait to hear from you!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Week in the Life {W-Th}

I was hoping to get my Week in the Life album completed over the weekend, but I knew that wasn't really a reality. I am pleased that I got 2 more days finished and so I'm now more than halfway done. Keeping the format the same every day and the peace of mind of being able to reprint a card if something goes horribly wrong (and it has) have kept this project manageable and fun for me.

My 3x4 pages include a selfie, a photo of my desk, and a picture of the weather. The 3x8 pocket has a title card and then journaling on the back going into detail about various items that are current with me and the 6x8 have time stamped journaling and photos. I was hesitant about using the 3x8 pockets, but I've really come to like the size.

For Wednesday's pages, I spent some time making my own patterns using solid digital papers in the kit I've been using. I also gave my outline alphabet stamp quite the workout and got a little messy with watercolors. If you like watercolors and haven't tried the smooshing technique, I highly recommend it! Adding a little watercolor to a piece of plastic and then smooshing or smearing the paint on your paper makes for a fun look with very little effort. Clean up is a breeze too with just wiping the plastic off with a paper towel and then you're ready for your next color.

Thursday's pages are much more colorful and after a couple of card do overs, I was able to get everything looking much more cohesive than when I'd started. One of the stories that I wanted to be sure to document was about the weight loss challenge that my sister and I have embarked on. It's been such a big part of each day that I definitely needed to get it down on paper and my journaling takes up the entire backside of the 3x8 card.

So there's some of my Wednesday and Thursday for my Week in the Life album and hopefully I'll have it all wrapped up soon. Be sure to stop back by on Thursday, I have a very exciting, very big announcement that you're not going to want to miss! See you then!

6x8 album - Ali Edwards
digital kit - Almanac Pocket Scrapbooking Collection
stamps (Bennett, Laina & Sam), labels - Studio Calico
mini flair - Feed Your Craft
watercolors - Loew-Cornell
enamel dots - Freckled Fawn
Tiny Attacher - Tim Holtz

Friday, September 4, 2015

Project Life {July 2015}

With so many projects going on, it can actually be a blessing in disguise because if I don't feel like working on a particular project, I can choose something else when the mood strikes. I've had my July PL photos and cards sitting in pockets waiting for me to find the motivation to work on them and it finally all came together.

It's no secret that in the past I've used and loved my Project Life kits from Studio Calico each month, but the July kit was my last from them and I had a difficult time finding cards to match my photos. In the end I decided to let the photo of the lilies direct my color scheme and went hunting down cards to match. I wound up with a variety from several different kits. Because of the bold colors, I kept things simple with typed journaling, a little stamping, alpha stickers, and one mini flair. Oh, and a label, you know I gotta use some labels. ;)

For the back of the page I had an even harder time and kept switching the cards I picked, only to change my mind again. I followed the same style as the front with my embellishments and picked up the colors in the ice cream cone card with a die cut and a label to break up the black and green.

Finally July is in the books and it's time to get August done! Hope you have a great weekend!

journaling cards - Felicity Jane, A Beautiful Mess, Paislee Press, Studio Calico
stamps - Kellie Stamps, Hero Arts, Studio Calico, Snarky Stamps
alphabet stickers - October Afternoon, Thickers, A Beautiful Mess
mini flair - Feed Your Craft
die cuts, wood veneer, printable labels - Studio Calico

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fall Means

Every time I have a shop update I get so excited to share what's coming that I have a hard time waiting until I can spill the beans. It was even more difficult this time around once I'd seen what Brandi had come up with. She has really outdone herself and I think you will all agree once you've seen her amazing doodle artworks.

Since we're ushering in fall with most of the new designs hitting the shop today, I didn't think there was any better way than to create a layout using her doodle flair to highlight what fall means to me.

I started my background with hexagons punched from paper, vellum, gold doilies, and a photo of mine that I printed. Then I arranged them around four of my favorite fall pictures from last year. For my title, I used alphabet stickers from Maggie Holmes and October Afternoon and then typed my journaling and stitched it to my page. I added doodle flair from the Chilly Nights and Welcome Back sets and accented them with gold mist droplets and a few sequins.

Before you run off to go shopping, be sure to head over to see what Brandi has created at her blog, Things You Should Know (for now). Thank you all so much for your kind words and support of my shop, it means so much to me that you love the mini flair as much as I do and I can't wait to see what you make! xo