Thursday, December 15, 2016

Be All There

It's an exciting release day in the shop as the first of the new mini kits designed by Brandi Kincaid is now available! The Next Chapter is filled with so much charm and reminders to be kind to yourself which is perfect as 2017 is about to begin. While the theme may include showing up and believing in dreams, the kit can be used in a variety of ways to document your stories.

You know I've been in mini album mania lately, but I have been itching to work in my Traveler's Notebook that is all about my everyday adventures. Using the stamp set and one of the cards included in the printable PDF, I wrote about some of my first thoughts on the New Year. I printed off a photo that I took in the fall because I thought it worked well with my journaling about where I would like to see myself.

My page design was inspired by a recent layout by FYC Creative Team member, Melanie, who I still would like to lift more closely, but I'm digging the punched circles running diagonally down my page.

I hope you'll visit Brandi, Diane, Susan, and Laura for more kit inspiration. In addition to the kit, there is a new stamp set and mini flair available, so I hope to see you in the shop!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Super Sale!

Happy Friday! I hope you'll head to the shop and take advantage of the store-wide sale that is taking place. Everything is on sale and no coupon code is needed for these big savings! It's the perfect time to stock up on mini flair, grab a stamp set or two, or pick up the kits designed by Brandi Kincaid before they're retired.

If you signed up in time to receive our first newsletter, don't forget to use your special thank you coupon for an additional savings. If you haven't signed up yet, you can do it here so that you don't miss out on the latest news, sneaks, special offers, and more. Hope to see you in the shop!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

My Thankful 30 {2016} Days 12-16

Last night I was able to get caught back up on my album. It had been a long day, but I was itching to get some creative play in. It feels good to be focusing on my mini because as soon as November is over, I jump right into documenting our December.

For the 12th, I once again focused on football because it's definitely something I look forward to in the fall and it means keeping the tradition going of watching it with my parents. My dad is the reason I got into the sport, so I'm grateful we can all enjoy it together. I felt like I had gotten away from stamping in this mini, so I was still on a kick of full page stamping.

It's all about the coffee for the 13th (and any other day), but this year is different now that we've moved. We have 2 local coffee shops that we've been enjoying walking down to and supporting. Perfect use for the coffee cup 4x4 card!

I used the prompt for the 14th to document some of the new to us restaurants that we've discovered. Good food makes me so happy! Since I used a collage of photos, I didn't want to try to squeeze my journaling onto the page. Instead I went through my stash of cards and found a 3x4 in a nice fall color and added my writing to that.

The 15th was about documenting a delicious pie we picked up. I used a paperclip to hold my photo to the page. Before I adhered my journaling to the patterned paper, I stamped on it to have it peeking out from beneath both my photo and writing.

On the 16th I documented about some of the other mini albums I've made. My journaling is on a tag that pulls out from behind the photo.  The black marbled print was another from the pad I didn't think I'd use, but it worked well to contrast the colors in the photo without being distracting.

To all that celebrate, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I hope to see you back here on Friday when I share the details of the shop's Black Friday-Cyber Monday sale.

day 12 - (front) alphabet stamps - Studio Calico, leaf stencil - Tim Holtz, distress inks - Antique Linen, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, and Vintage Photo (back) die cut - Crate Paper {Gather}
day 13 - patterned paper - Crate Paper {Gather}, 4x4 card - Gather the Good - Brandi Kincaid for Kelly Purkey, stamp - Christine Herrin, ink - Rosie Cheeks Hybrid Cube - Simon Says Stamp, enamel dots - My Mind's Eye
day 14 - patterned paper - Crate Paper {Gather}, 4x4 card - Gather the Good - Brandi Kincaid for Kelly Purkey, 3x4 card - Hangry - One Little Bird for Kelly Purkey
day 15 - stamps - Felicity Jane, Studio Calico, and Food for Thought - Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft, die cut tab - Scored Tabs Kelly Purkey for Hero Arts, burlap stencil - Tim Holtz
day 16 - patterned paper - Crate Paper {Gather}, mini flair - I Am a Maker - Feed Your Craft, die cut banner - ABM Messy Box

Friday, November 18, 2016

My Thankful 30 {2016} Days 7-11

Every couple of days I've been able to spend some time working on my album. I'm sure you can relate that as the year winds down, things seem to get busier. I've had to be more flexible this year and I have found myself taking photos as the opportunity presents itself and then I match them up with the prompt for the day.

So far it's working well, because when I sit down to make my pages, I can take the time to remember the snapshot and remind myself how truly grateful I am for these small moments that are making up my November.

For day 7, I bought a small pillow that's fashioned after a library check out card and I'm thankful for these touches that give our home a little more personality. Since the photo strip on the preceding page went off the edge of the paper, I backed it with patterned paper and built up my layers from there.

On the 8th I documented about the new grill we got. I trimmed a 3x4 card from my stash and adhered it with foam tape. That way I could use the metal leaf clip to hold my photo and journaling.

My page for the 9th went in a completely different direction than I had envisioned. My first attempt was to stamp the leaves in various colors and cut them out. It wasn't going the way I wanted, so I replaced all the colors with a light grey and made my own patterned paper. I stamped on directly on my photo and then used washi tape so that it could be flipped up to reveal my journaling.

For the 10th and 11th, I went without photos and had fun stamping away. I really need to remember how much I like the look of stamped images on patterned paper. For day 10, I used the journaling block stamp I designed and embellished it with more stamps.

A lyric from the song Waste a Moment by Kings of Leon made up my day 11. I didn't think I'd use the music sheet patterned paper when I first saw it, but it turned out to be perfect. Since my page for the day was taken up by the quote, I used a die cut tag and included my writing on the back.

I hope to back sooner than later to share more pages. My plan is to have this all finished up right after the month ends because like so many others, I'm excited to get my December Daily on!

day 7 - patterned paper - Crate Paper {Gather}, stamp - Gather the Good - Brandi Kincaid for Kelly Purkey, ink - Rosie Cheeks hybrid cube - Simon Says Stamp, washi tape - October Afternoon, enamel dots
day 8 - patterned paper - Crate Paper {Gather}, 3x4 card and stamp - One Little Bird for Kelly Purkey, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, metal leaf clip - Pink Paislee, Peach Heidi Swapp Color Shine
day 9 - stamps - Gather the Good - Brandi Kincaid for Kelly Purkey, Christine Herrin, ink - Fog - Simon Says Stamp, Inky Black - Studio Calico, washi tape - My Mind's Eye
day 10 - stamps - Journal It - Feed Your Craft, Gone Exploring - Spring Break - Christine Herrin for Kelly Purkey, ink - Rosie Cheeks and Slate hybrid cubes - Simon Says Stamp, date roller stamp
day 11 - patterned paper and die cut tag - Crate Paper {Gather}, stamps - Stepping Stone alphabet - Studio Calico for Hero Arts, ink - Goldenlocks - Simon Says Stamp

Thursday, November 10, 2016

My Thankful 30 {2016} Days 2-6

It's been busy, busy around here, but most days I'm able to find 15-30 minutes to keep up on my album. So far I've been enjoying working with the variety in page sizes, though it does present a challenge to have space for my journaling. I've been solving that by using different ways of tucking my journaling behind my photo because with a project like this, it's important for me to have my words along with my pictures.

For day 2, I used a die cut to mat my photo and then made some more leaves like what is on my album cover and then finished it off with a mini flair.

On the 3rd, using the same mini clothespin that was used in my photo, I adhered it to the page and it's holding my photo and journaling. The patterned paper is something I made using a stencil and Distress Inks.

Since I wanted 2 photos for day 4, I decided a double-page spread would be best. I used the same patterned paper on both sides and then a few die cuts to embellish my journaling. Because our kitties are a couple of nuts, the acorn stamp was perfect and I colored them in using a water brush and Distress Inks. There are also some ink droplets that got mostly covered up, but I always like the little bit they add to a page.

I had 3 photos for the 5th, so using patterned paper, I extended my page by having it open up to reveal my pictures and writing. To balance the die cuts, I stamped on my journaling block. I like to make sure I rotate between the primary pieces of my kit to keep my album cohesive. So from page to page you might see any combination of patterned paper, die cuts, stamps, and stencils.

Between the 5th and the 6th, I inserted a 4x4 card to use as an embellishment. Similar to how in Project Life spreads you might have filler cards, I wanted this one to show prominently because I love the design and it matched well with the pages it's tucked between.

On the 6th, I once again had multiple photos I wanted to include so I printed them in a photo booth style and adhered them to my page that I stenciled on. I cut out a couple of stamped images for my embellishment and then added my journaling to a small white tag that I held in place with the top album ring.

I've been enjoying seeing who else is participating in this project or one like it on Instagram. If you're also documenting your November, let me know, I'd love to see it!

day 2 - die cut - Crate Paper {Gather} Ephemera, die cut leaves - Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves, Distress Inks - Scattered Straw and Fossilized Amber, mini flair - Feed Your Craft So Thankful
day 3 - stencil - Tim Holtz Set 22, Distress Inks - Antique Linen, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo
day 4 - patterned paper and die cuts - Crate Paper {Gather}, acorn stamps - Gather the Good by Brandi Kincaid for Kelly Purkey, Distress Inks - Antique Linen and Vintage Photo, mist - Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Peach
day 5 - patterned paper and die cuts - Crate Paper {Gather}, stamps and 4x4 card - Gather the Good by Brandi Kincaid for Kelly Purkey, mini flair - Feed Your Craft So Thankful
day 6 - stencil - Tim Holtz Set 22, Distress Inks - Antique Linen, Fossilized Amber, and Spiced Marmalade, stamps - Kelly Purkey Around Town

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

My Thankful 30 {2016} Album Cover and Day 1

Happy November! This year has been filled with some amazing moments and so it's even more important for me to take the time to reflect on what I am grateful for as the year comes to a close.

For this year's Thankful mini, I went with a looser page style, mixing a variety of sizes. I was inspired after seeing prep work from Kelly Purkey and her December mini on Instagram. I trimmed white cardstock into 4.5x6.5 pieces and smaller. For my front and back cover, I cut 2 pieces to 5x7 and used album rings to bind it all together.

I knew when I purchased the patterned paper with stenciled letters that I wanted to cut it apart. I arranged them onto my cover so they would all fit and embellished it with die cut leaves, thread, and a few gold enamel dots.

For my first page, I very quickly put together my photo, journaling, and a couple of embellishments. The key for me to completing my album, just like in the past, will be to keep it simple. I have everything on my desk, ready to grab when I have a moment to get crafting.

I recorded a quick video talking a little more in depth about this project and you can view it here. I share a brief look at my past albums and then show the process of how my page came together. If you're participating in any form of a gratitude project this month, let me know, I'd love to see it! You can share with the tag #mythankful30 or leave a comment on any of my blog posts. See you soon!

PS - if you need the prompt list, you can find it here! :)

cover - patterned paper - Happy Place - Crate Paper {Gather by Maggie Holmes}, craft dies - Stitched Leaves - Lawn Fawn, Fossilized Amber Distress Ink, enamel dots - Twine and Ink

day 1 - stamp - Felicity Jane, Fossilized Amber Distress Ink, chipboard shape - ABM Messy Box

Thursday, October 20, 2016

So Thankful

There are always things to be thankful for, even on the gloomy days when you just want to bury your head under the covers. I especially like to focus on the little things that might get overlooked, like making a new purchase, texting with a friend that's recently moved away, or being reminded of something that your better half does that helps keep you sane.

So it's that time of year for me to gather up supplies and put together My Thankful 30 album. This will be my fourth year and I'm still using the same prompt list that I created when I first ventured into this memory keeping project. I've enjoyed looking back on what has changed each year for the prompts.

I really liked the simplicity of last year's mini album, so I think I'll be sticking with that format. It was scraps of white cardstock bound together with rings. Keeping it uncomplicated is key for managing a daily photo project, especially since right after November, I'll move into documenting each day in December.

My initial kit is made up of pieces from the Gather the Good mini kit designed by Brandi Kincaid for Kelly Purkey and papers and ephemera from Crate Paper's Gather collection by Maggie Holmes. Of course I'll add some other items, you know, like stamps and mini flair.

If you're interested in joining me in November to photograph your moments of thankfulness, please share on Instagram using #mythankful30 so that I can see your beautiful photos! You can find the prompt list here, and all past posts with my albums here. Happy fall!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Feeling Festive

I'm not huge on birthdays and celebrations, but I am definitely a fan of Christmas because it means family coming together, keeping up with old traditions, and plenty of merry memory making. So of course I'm excited to be sharing with you all of the wonderful new products hitting the shop today.

Brandi Kincaid has designed the Calm and Bright kit to focus on the little bits of the season, reminding us to slow down. It is packed full of heart and I hope you're excited to use it to document your holiday stories. As an added bonus, you'll be receiving the printable file like with all past kits, but you'll also get digitals of all the patterned paper and journaling cards. Whoo!

The kit is created to blend seamlessly if you're using supplies to create a 6x8 album to document your December, but it can be used for so much more. I'm leaning towards making a homemade Traveler's Notebook insert and so my first project is in that style.

It was hard to cut into the rich blue paper with lovely lighted houses, but I reminded myself that there's now enough to use it in at least one other place. The script card was perfect to help tell my story, as was the string of lights stamp. I colored in the light bulbs with watercolors and then finished it off with some gold mist droplets.

Also hitting the shop are plenty of mini flair to keep you covered from Halloween through the New Year and there is a brand new stamp set, December Memories, that you guessed it, is perfect whether you make layouts, cards, or anything else.

I hope you'll head over to the shop and do some early holiday shopping and be sure to catch up with the Creative Team to see the amazing inspiration using the new Calm and Bright kit!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Adventure TN III

Well, October is showing no signs of slowing down from the whirlwind that September had us in. I've been trying to balance everything with a little creative time here and there.

This was a page I made right before packing up the last of my non-work items before moving. I had received a lot of well wishes on Instagram and there was many mentions of starting a new chapter. Taking inspiration from that encouragement, I used my favorite book set stamps to create designs to write my journaling around.

My first chance to have some me time after moving, I picked up where I left off with documenting a photo I took right before we left our old house. I almost forgot to snap it, and it's certainly not well composed or lit, but it's important all the same.

Since I didn't have a lot of time or energy, but I wanted to get the story written while it was still fresh in my mind, I kept my pages very simple. Using a triangle stamp, I created a space to anchor my photo and embellishments. Then I stamped my title, wrote my journaling on scratch paper, and added some white ink drops.

Slowly, but surely things are coming together around here and I'm excited to continue documenting our move along with welcoming fall, and gearing up for some fun projects to take me through the end of the year. Hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!

A New Chapter - To Thine Own Shelf Stamp Set - Simon Says Stamp, inks - Rosie Cheeks and Stone Hybrid Cubes - Simon Says Stamp, Lime Light - Studio Calico, Walnut Stain Distress Ink, Honey I'm Home 6x6 paper pad - We Are Memory Keepers

Moving On - stamps - Bold Alphabet - Feed Your Craft, Studio Calico, Dear Lizzy roller stamp, ink - Slate Hybrid Cube - Simon Says Stamp, washi tape - Freckled Fawn, patterned paper - Crate Paper, White Linen Spray Ink - Dylusions

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Inspiration Galore!

I am so excited to announce to you, the new Creative Team! These talented ladies will be providing you with inspiration on using all Feed Your Craft items over the next six months in a variety of styles and formats.

No matter what type of memory keeping has your heart, I have no doubt that you will energized to get your products out of the package and onto the page! Please welcome, Diane Williams, Laura Wonsik, and Susan Brochu who are joined by Brandi Kincaid to dazzle you with ideas on how to use the new mini kits that are coming to the shop. The first one arrives October 15th and you're not going to want to miss it!

Helping to fuel your love of mini flair, you'll find Julie Taylor, Maryana Volkova, Melanie Funke, and Sarah Zayas bringing fresh and fun ideas to you. They are joined by Marie Friant and Tracey Fox and you might see any one of these ladies also sharing how they get the new stamp sets inky.

To see all of the inspiration coming from the Creative Team, follow us @feedyourcraft. You can also get familiar with each of these lovely ladies via the links on the right that will lead to either their blog or personal Instagram.

Don't forget, if you're using Feed Your Craft projects, we want to see! Be sure to tag us #feedyourcraft! Thank you so much for the awesome support and enthusiasm that has been shown to us every step of this incredible journey!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Adventure TN II

I'm finally back to share some of the projects that I made late August in the new Traveler's Notebook insert I'm currently working in. Like I mentioned before, this has become my current way of gathering our everyday memories since I'm no longer doing my monthly Project Life pages.

First up are photos from what has turned out to be the last visit we made to the botanical gardens that we so often frequented. On my background, I used a stencil and Distress Ink and then topped it with white ink splatters and one stamped image in white ink. Because I wanted my photos to span between the two pages, I printed them on regular printer paper and then trimmed them to fit. Using regular paper allows me to minimize the bulk of what will become a very thick notebook and I also find it easier to get the paper to adhere to the center where the pages meet.

Next up is a fun page I made about the book I was reading at the time. To reinforce my theme, I used pages from an old book and stamped along the edges of each page. I used a large die cut library card and Project Life cards to layer my photo on top of and to also die cut a tab. The last touch was to add the stamped image of the row of books in coordinating colors.

Lastly, I have the story of getting back into the habit of walking daily. Working with a smaller format doesn't mean that I want to forego using my favorite things like patterned paper and stitching. So while the pages are quite full of supplies, I feel like there is still plenty of breathing room.

I haven't been able to keep my blog updated as much as usual, and I also haven't had time to keep up with my blog reading. I'm hoping that once our move is complete, things will finally slow down and I can get back to seeing the lovely projects everyone has been up to!

Botanical Garden - Triangle stencil - Basic Grey by Hero Arts, inks - Mowed Lawn and Walnut Stain - Distress Ink, White Pigment Ink - Simon Says Stamp, patterned paper - Studio Calico, die cut tab - October Afternoon, stamps - Travelogue - Christine Herrin, Studio Calico, ink splatters - White Dylusions Ink
Good Book - library card - October Afternoon, Wander Core Kit - Becky Higgins, stamps, Studio Calico, die cut tab - Kelly Purkey for Hero Arts, ink - Lake Shores and Melon - Simon Says Stamp, Walnut Stain Distress Ink, Tiny Attacher
Begin Again - patterned paper, Simple Stories, Crate Paper, Studio Calico, stamps - Kelly Purkey and Luggage Tag Alpha - Hero Arts, puffy stickers - Crate Paper, ink - Rosie Cheeks and Slate Hybrid Cubes - Simon Says Stamp, 1-inch circle punch

Thursday, September 15, 2016

We've Moved!

I am so thrilled to announce that the Feed Your Craft shop now has a new location! It's been a long time coming, but you can now find us here. Those familiar with the shop know that since the opening, new releases have launched on the 1st of each month. Moving forward, the shop updates will take place on the 15th of the month.

And boy, oh boy, the shop has been stocked with some fun new products that I've been bursting at the seams to share! I've designed my first two stamp sets, which I'm on pins and needles about, and I hope that you are excited to use them on your projects. I have a video showing some of the ideas that I had in mind while I was designing them and you can see how Brandi Kincaid has already put one to use on a recent Project Life page here.

There is also a new set of mini flair welcoming Pumpkin Season for all those that have been anxiously awaiting its arrival.

Head over to the new shop, because now through Saturday, September 17th at 11:59 PM EDT you can save 15% off your entire purchase with the code WEVEMOVED.

Thank you so, so much for the amazing support that has been shown these last two years! Oh, and if you are wondering, October 15th might have you thinking of wintertime and the holiday season. ;)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ongoing Adventures

I had no intention of letting my blogging get pushed to the side, but things seem to have gotten quite busy around here. Next time I won't try to give the shop a complete overhaul, bring in new products, go on vacation, and buy a new (to us) house. Eep!

Before September got off to the whirlwind that it did, I began working on a new memory keeping project to continue telling our stories since I no longer document using the Project Life style. Having enjoyed my Summer Stories Traveler's Notebook so much, I decided I would start a new notebook all about adventures. I'll include things like our mini road trips, food discoveries, and quotes. Words like adventure, journey, and exploration are open to many different interpretations, so the stories that can be included are pretty limitless.

This time I did experiment with decorating the cover and stamped all over it and then heat embossed the images with clear embossing powder. I began to get anxious that the VersaMark would dry before I could complete all of the stamping and things got a little messy towards the end.

My first story is about a drive we took to Shenandoah National Park to do some hiking. We usually leave this trip until the fall once the leaves have begun to change, so you might see more pages in the future.

For the first page, I kept it very simple with a full page photo embellished with a piece of typography that I created and then die cut into a circle.

Next I printed two smaller photos about 3x3 and added some stamping. On the facing page, I printed off a trail map from the park's website and shaded it in using Distress Inks. I used a stamp to highlight where on the map we were and then stamped journaling lines to include my writing.

For the last pages I included a full page stamped quote and another full page photo. I don't often use word and phrase stickers, but since there are a couple sheets I haven't been able to let go of, I figured this would be a good place to use some.

I hope you'll stay tuned, because on Thursday I've got some very exciting news to share! See you then!

cover - stamps - Travelogue - Christine Herrin, Bo Bunny, Studio Calico, ink - Khaki - Simon Says Stamp, VersaMark, Clear Embossing Powder - Recollections
page 1 - font - Rainier
pages 2 & 3 - stamps - Travelogue - Christine Herrin, Studio Calico, Kelly Purkey, inks - Rosie Cheeks Hybrid Cube - Simon Says Stamp, Walnut Stain, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen - Distress Inks
pages 4 & 5 - stamps - Stepping Stone Alphabet - Studio Calico for Hero Arts, ink - Lime Light - Studio Calico, word stickers - Ali Edwards

Friday, August 26, 2016

Creative Team Call #3

It’s bittersweet to know that I will soon have to say good-bye to the current Team, as it's now time to open a new call. I hope that you've been as inspired as I have by what the ladies have been creating these past months and I have no doubt you'll continue to be in the future.

First up, if you are a mini flair-loving paper crafter who is enthusiastic about using flair in creative and innovative ways, then I just might have a spot for you. This is a 6-month term beginning October 1st, 2016 and ending March 31st, 2017. You need to be able to create 2 projects each month, which can be scrapbook layouts, cards, Project Life, or mini albums - let your imagination run wild! You do need to have an active, public Instagram to share clear, well-lit photographs of your monthly projects on as well as any other sales and promotions as they occur. If you have a blog, awesome, but it’s not a requirement. Any other social media platforms or galleries that you upload to are also appreciated, but not expected.

During your term, I'll provide the mini flair of your choosing, and you get the flexibility to create and schedule your posts each month. In addition to the mini flair, you'll receive a discount to the entire shop during your term.

To apply, email me at elise(at)feedyourcraft(dot)com with the subject line - Flair CT Application. In your email, please tell me a little about yourself and why you would like to be a part of the team. Also, provide links to your Instagram and blog (if you have one) and 3 recent projects that best showcase your style using flair (any brand is fine). This is open worldwide, but you must have your application in by 11:59pm EDT, September 9th. I'll be in touch with all applicants on the 17th and will announce the Creative Team on October 1st.

Now for the new addition to the Team!

I am also looking for a very small number of creative individuals who are passionate about documenting their stories with 3x4 and 4x6 cards, stamps, and flair. You will be working with kits designed exclusively by Brandi Kincaid. This is a 6-month term beginning October 1st, 2016 and ending March 31st, 2017. You need to be able to share 1 project on release day and then 1 more during each month of your term. Your projects need to be made primarily using the kit (small embellishments and items from your stash may be used) and share clear, well-lit photographs of your projects. You do need to have an active, public Instagram to share your monthly projects on as well as any other sales and promotions as they occur. If you have a blog, awesome, but it’s not a requirement. Any other social media platforms or galleries that you upload to are also appreciated, but not expected.

During your term I'll provide you with each mini kit you'll be working with and you'll receive a discount to purchase any additional items from the shop. There may be the possibility that a quick turnaround will be needed for your release day projects.

To apply, email me at elise(at)feedyourcraft(dot)com with the subject line - Kit CT Application. In your email, please tell me a little about yourself and why you would like to be a part of the team. Also, provide links to your Instagram and blog (if you have one) and 3 recent projects that best showcase your style. This is open worldwide, but you must have your application in by 11:59pm EDT, September 9th. I'll be in touch with all applicants on the 17th and will announce the Creative Team on October 1st.

Previous design team experience is not required, just a passion for creating and inspiring others! I hope that I’ve covered everything, but don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. No matter what you are considering applying for, I cannot stress enough that you should go for it! I know it can be difficult to put yourself out there and the sting of rejection is real, but I'd love to see an application from you. FYC Teams are filled with a variety of creative styles, so you might be just what I'm looking for!

P.S. - I have no problem if you are currently on a design team, but please make sure there is no conflict with other companies you may be designing for.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Summer Stories {July 26-31}

Here it is, my final post sharing my summer notebook and I even have two videos uploaded to my sadly neglected YouTube channel. But first, the photos.

Some days it was more about the technique than the story, and the 26th was one of those. Wanting to just have fun with my pages, I turned to a technique I hadn't used in quite some time. I simply wound baker's twine around an acrylic stamp block to make add to my background and journaling card. I stamped in 3 different colors, added some washi tape, and a couple of die cuts.

For the 27th, I made notebook pages for my notebook, a little redundant, but I like the effect. I used a craft die to make the notebook edged paper and then added stamped die cuts and alphabet stickers to the pages.

On the 28th it was back to my regular afternoon hot cup of plain black coffee in my favorite mug. I pulled out several of my coffee related stamps and went a little crazy stamping my background.

We took a spontaneous trip down south on the 29th, but it was well worth it, even after sitting in traffic for 3 hours. Since I had a lot of photos I wanted to include, I made an envelope using a small kraft bag to hold them. I stamped a large journaling page, which I'm thinking I'd like to make a variety of those to use for future travels.

The 30th was all about quality time with Pound Cake. The pattern of clocks I stamped got a little messed up, but thankfully I was able to cover the worst up with some die cuts.

After seeing Kathi's page at the bottom of her blog post, I was very inspired to try that myself. My papers were a little too bold, so pairing them with the photos didn't work for me, but I'm still really happy with the outcome. Some simple word art made in Photoshop and that finished off my notebook.

Like I mentioned at the beginning of my post, I have uploaded to YouTube a walk through of this notebook as well as a tutorial on my process for full page stamping. If you'd like to take at look at either of those, you can find the walk through here and the tutorial here.

day 26 - stamps - My Day and I Love Weekends - Kelly Purkey, die cut - Pinkfresh Studio, washi tape - Freckled Fawn, inks - Sunkist and Goldenlocks - Simon Says Stamp, Wet Cement - Hero Arts
day 27 - stamps - In A Creative Bubble, alphabet stickers - Pinkfresh Studios, notebook edge die - My Favorite Things, ink - Wet Cement - Hero Arts, stamped stamps - tutorial and supplies here
day 28 - stamps - Homebodies - Feed Your Craft, More Coffee! - Christine Herrin, Stepping Stone - Studio Calico for Hero Arts, inks - Khaki - Simon Says Stamp and Walnut Stain Distress Ink
day 29 - stamps - Kelly Purkey and Studio Calico, inks - Surf Blue and Slate - Simon Says Stamp and Teal - Heidi Swapp
day 30 - stamps - To Thine Own Shelf - Simon Says Stamp, Stepping Stone - Studio Calico for Hero Arts, ink - Rosie Cheeks - Simon Says Stamp, die cuts - Crate Paper {Bloom}
day 31 - patterned paper - Pebbles, asterisk die cuts - Studio Calico, chipboard sticker and paper banner - Messy Box, font - Rainier

Friday, August 19, 2016

Summer Stories {July 21-25}

Here are days 21 through 25 from my notebook. Even though I used this format for an entire month, I never struggled with a lack of ideas. Certainly I repeated techniques, but I found that they provided a cohesiveness to my book along with a chance to use some items I'd been overlooking in my stash.

On the 21st we went for an early evening walk and spotted these beauties. Using the leaf stamps, I created my background and then did just a little stamping on the facing page to coordinate.

I'd been wanting to document how Pound Cake has been doing since we lost Biscuit and almost one month to the day, I was ready to put those feelings to paper. My photo flips up and beneath are my thoughts. I used a variety of die cuts and stamped images to embellish my pages.

For the 23rd, I wanted to record thoughts about a friendship that has come to mean so much to me. I stamped a quote I found and using a small glassine envelope, I enclosed my journaling.

The 24th was a day for relaxing and crafting and not uncommon for me, I made a page about scrapbooking. More stamp practice and I used a small scrap of paper that was also used when I made my layout.

Through the month I did a lot of reflecting on where I am, both personally and professionally and what changes I need to make. I had created the typography piece weeks before, but thought it was fitting with the story I wanted to tell for the 25th. While I could have blurred my journaling in order to share my page, it was more fun to create a layer to go over it. I used my sewing machine to hold everything together and then adhered it into my notebook.

Along with one last post to wrap up my book, I plan to have a video flip through and a stamping tutorial on how I create my pages with full page stamping. Have a fantastic weekend ahead!

day 21 - Palm Tree stamp set, Lime Light and Going Green dye ink - Studio Calico
day 22 - stamped die cuts - tutorial and supplies here, tag and glitter die cuts - Crate Paper, plastic die cut - Pinkfresh Studio, stamped journaling box - Studio Calico, washi tape - Stampin' Up
day 23 - Mercer alphabet stamp - Kelly Purkey, hybrid ink cubes in Stone, Apricot, Steel Blue, and Duckling - Simon Says Stamp
day 24 - stamps - Kelly Purkey and Studio Calico, hybrid ink cubes in Apricot, Duckling, and Slate - Simon Says Stamp
day 25 - font and vector art - Rainier, alphabet stamp - Luggage Tag by Hero Arts, tag stamp - Kelly Purkey, die cut - Crate Paper, inks - Rosie Cheeks hybrid ink - Simon Says Stamp and Mint - Heidi Swapp

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Summer Stories {July 16 - 20}

I'm back today to share days 16 through 20 from my summer notebook. If you've missed any of my previous posts, you can find them all here.

On the 16th we drove out to a farm where we could pick fruits and veggies. Since I had a variety of photos to choose from, I decided to create a small accordion pull out using patterned paper. I used a craft die to cut out the tag and layered it onto more patterned paper and my journaling is on the back of the fold out photos.

The next day I baked a peach galette using some of the white peaches we picked. I created a plaid pattern using stamps and then stamped text onto a card for the facing page.

For my story on the 18th, I documented a series of texts exchanged with a friend. Again I made an accordion fold out to adhere screenshots of our text messages and made a "phone" out of paper. I printed various emoji that we use most often and then used craft dies to cut out the speech bubbles.

Our butterfly bush hasn't slowed down bringing butterflies to our yard and some days stepping outside to visit them is all the break the day allows. My photo is printed on regular copy paper to try and keep the thickness down in my notebook.

The 20th was about work and I thought it would be fun to style my page like a planner and so pulled out my planner stamps and supplies.

I'll be back later this week with more from this notebook. Wishing you a great day!

day 16 - patterned paper - Crate Paper {Bloom}, tag craft die - Lawn Fawn, alphabet letters - October Afternoon, dotted border stamp - Kelly Purkey
day 17 - stamps - bars - Kelly Purkey, alphabet - Stepping Stone - Studio Calico for Hero Arts, journal lines - Kellie Stamps, inks - Khaki and Coral Reef - Simon Says Stamp, Tide Pool - Hero Arts, Walnut Stain - Distress Ink
day 18 - patterned paper - Crate Paper {Bloom}, speech bubble craft dies - Stampin Up
day 19 - stamps - Stepping Stone - Studio Calico for Hero Arts, mini alphabet - American Crafts, ink - Walnut Stain - Distress Ink, die cuts - Crate Paper {Bloom}
day 20 - stickers and planner page - Simple Stories, stamps - My Day and Planner Banners - Kelly Purkey, Plan it Out - Christine Herrin, Iconic - Studio L2E, inks - Slate and Cotton Candy - Simon Says Stamp