Thursday, January 28, 2016

December Daily {2015} Days 16-20

Wow, after a couple of weeks of not creating anything, I found myself with an overwhelming urge to finish my December Daily yesterday. I had all of my photos and cards in place, so it was just a matter of printing out my journaling and embellishing my pockets.

After the first week or so in December, I shifted my page designs to be simpler in hopes of keeping up to date. It worked well until about day 12 and then the time to work on my album went out the window.

I'd seen a few albums that had this style of tree cut file, but wasn't able to find it for download. So after a little trial and error, I was able to create a cut file in Photoshop Elements to send to my Cricut Explore to cut out. Along with that, I also made a simple house to cut out.

Because of the house die cut, I had to make day 17 a double page spread as well, but I don't mind the simple, open space. In a way it mimics the clear and quiet place I was trying to keep my head in for the day, knowing that the rest of December was going to be busy.

On the 18th I was back in Chicago to help my sister move. She had quite the view from her apartment and I loved looking out over the city as the sun set. And of course, you can't visit Chicago without picking up some Garrett Popcorn. Seriously.

It was definitely an afterthought to snap a photo once the move was completed, but I'm glad I remembered.

Surprisingly, my sister and I had a decent amount of time to get out and about even with the unpacking we did. We had dinner with a friend of hers, drove to see the Christmas lights, and got a hike in.

I'll be back next week to share more of my album, but before that, Brandi and I will finally be unveiling the big project we've been working on. I'm so excited to share it with you and I'll see you on the 1st!

journaling cards - December Daily mini kit - One Little Bird, Feed Your Craft, Wonderland - In a Creative Bubble
patterned paper - Basic Grey {Juniper Berry}, Let it Snow mini kit - Feed Your Craft
cut files - Feed Your Craft cut with Cricut Explore Air
embellishments - DD mini kit, enamel dots, wood chip
alphabet stickers - wood grain - Webster's Pages, foam alphabet - Freckled Fawn
bear stamp - Lizzie M for Studio Calico
fonts - Walkway (journaling)

Friday, January 22, 2016

Sneak Peeks

Hey, hey, long time no see! There have been a couple of projects that have been demanding my attention lately and when I have gotten my hands on downtime, I haven't felt in the right creative mindset for paper crafting. So alas, I have no projects to share at the moment. What I do have, are sneak peeks of a very exciting product coming to the shop on February 1st.

As you can see from the photos, there is a stamp set that I then used Distress Markers to color in and yup, 12x12 paper that will work wonderfully for layouts, pocket pages, and more!

In just under 2 weeks time, we'll be sharing full details of what you see here as well as projects to help inspire you. Everything will be revealed on February 1st at 8am EST, so be sure to mark your planners! :)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Project Life {November 2015}

Oh how I've been missing playing with pretty paper. I finished these pages a couple of weeks ago, and haven't had a chance to do any more crafting. My assortment of cards came from digital files, cards I designed, and patterned paper. The pages are cut down from my stash of 12x12 pocket pages. It ended up working really well to use 6x12 pages because I was able to arrange my photos to tell a little story on each spread.

For the first page, I selected some of the nature photos I'd taken during the month and then my journaling is a general overview of how November was for me. The second page focuses on stories at home and at my parents.

The third page is about the hubs and his travel for work and the last is very dear to me because it's about the work Brandi and I did to launch a flair release and also about dipping our toes in the water with the first of new items we offered beyond flair.

I've got my fingers crossed that there is time this weekend to complete my December Daily. Hope you have a lovely rest of your week! :)

cards - MPM Mosaic - The Lilypad
patterned paper, acorn stickers, labels, "remember" stamp - Felicity Jane
leaf paper clip - Pink Paislee {Cedar Lane}
Here's the Story stamp set - In a Creative Bubble
journaling font - Intro Head R Base

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

2015 in Numbers

I'm sure you're familiar with the feeling of having an idea brewing and once you get some free time, you just have to tackle. This was one of those types of projects. For several days, I'd been mentally shaping how to add a spread to my December Project Life pages to highlight some of 2015. I had some time on Sunday and got to work sketching, shopping, and designing cards.

I sketched out my pages first, deciding how many title cards and photos I needed. I wasn't sure if I wanted 9 pockets with 3x4 slots or 12 pockets with 3x3 slots. In the end the 3x4 was better as I didn't have that many topics.

The topics I focused on were a total number of projects made, books read, pounds lost, miles traveled, and photos taken. I'll tell you what, I read less while participating in a reading challenge than I did the year before without a challenge. I also made less projects last year, but definitely more mini albums. Some of these topics are in my December 2014 PL page and so it's fun to see the comparison.

I designed my simple title cards in Photoshop Elements placing two colored rectangles behind my text. I wanted the text to be large and the same size on each card. Since the words were varying lengths, I typed each letter individually and then moved them into place. Since PSE doesn't allow you to adjust the kerning, this time consuming process is the only way I've found to adjust the spacing between letters.

Now it was time to do some shopping. I actually don't have that many digital items and even less elements, so I went looking for some graphics to use on my cards. I decided on a pack of floral illustrations and then picked colors from them so that my title cards would match. I made one filler card and then printed flowers and leaves to fussy cut them to add behind the numbers on my cards.

The last things for me to do were type my journaling and print my photos and then I was ready to assemble my pages. I used foam tape under the numbers to add dimension and needing just a touch more color, I placed some very thin washi tape under my photos. If you have any questions about how I did anything, don't hesitate to ask!

floral graphics - Petite Fleur by Mia Charro
fonts - title cards - Trend Rough, numerals - Adam.CG Pro, countless - Nexa Rust Script, journaling - Densia Sans
polka dot paper and Litle B washi tape - Felicity Jane kits

Friday, January 1, 2016

Intentions for 2016

The first of the month is always a special day because it's release day, but oh boy, we're diving right into the New Year with loads of new flair and the introduction of products that will hopefully become a permanent part of the Feed Your Craft shop. And I'll tell you a secret, there are more items coming soon.

Along with the flair that Brandi and I have designed, there is a set of 3x4 journaling cards that I've created using Brandi's awesome illustrations. And for those people that love the idea of flair, but don't care for the bulk they may add, you can now get some of Brandi's designs as a 1-inch die cut. I'm very excited about these new additions and I hope you are as well.

I don't know about you, but sometimes product just speaks to you and you know right away how you want to use it. That's exactly what happened as I worked on the flair for the Plan on It sets. Each of the designs became a prompt and it's what inspired the layout that I made.

Since I don't make resolutions, I thought about some of the things that have been on my mind lately that I want to focus on as this new year unfolds. I typed my journaling in circles that I colored to match the patterned paper and then punched them out. Using some foam tape under the year I cut out and a sprinkling of black ink and I was all done.

Make sure you visit Brandi's blog to see what she has cooked up, I know it will be inspiring, and then head over to the shop. Don't forget, today is the last day you'll be able to pick up the doodle flair that was released in November. Oh, and one last thing, if you purchase the Love It flair, you'll receive a free 3x4 card with that cheeky hippo, Harriet!

Wishing you a wonderful and crafty New Year ahead!

patterned paper - Dear Lizzy {Documentary}
flair - Plan on It Full Color - Feed Your Craft
Cricut Explore
black Dylusions Ink
font - American Typewriter