Friday, February 26, 2016

Unexpected Organization

Last weekend we made an unexpected trip to The Container Store where I was hoping to find an organizer for file folders and notebooks to sit on my desk. What I wasn't expecting was to buy supplies to house the packs of ephemera, sheets of chipboard, and mini Project Life kits that I've amassed.

When it comes to organizing my supplies, I've learned what works for me, but it's a matter of being able to find systems to implement those ideas without spending a fortune. I need my supplies to be in sight and in arms reach, and have found that being able to flip through things makes looking for items and putting them away a much easier task.

I bought a DVD storage rack and a pack of CD sleeves and got to work once we arrived back home. In the front of my rack are journaling cards from when I subscribed to The Messy Box. I already had mini kits from Kelly Purkey and Studio Calico in plastic bags, so I stacked those next. In the CD sleeves, I opened up packs of die cuts and placed them inside. I have a few packs of stickers and you can see them sticking up in the back of the rack. I placed them with their coordinating ephemera packs so that I don't forget that I have them.

While spending about $30 to hold these items isn't exactly cheap, I'm really happy with how this turned out. Having a designated space for these types of items also means that this is all the space that I will give to them. If I want to purchase anything new, I need to use what I have in order to make room. That's the same rule that applies to all of my storage and I'm in trouble as far as my stamps go. ;)

DiscSox DVD Tray, DiscSox CD Pro Sleeves - The Container Store
5x8 Clear Bags - Simon Says Stamp

Tuesday, February 23, 2016


Once again I found myself inspired by Mandy's weekly prompt and created a layout based her recent prompt, home is where the heart is. I'm sure you can tell by now that I can't get enough of Pink Paislee's {C'est La Vie} collection and used it for my layout.

On the background paper, I sprinkled gold mist all over the page and then worked my way from the bottom up. Using large chipboard letters, I spelled out "home" and then placed a mini file folder under the "h" so that I had a place for journaling.

Most of my photos were taken right before assembling my page, but a couple are older. I wanted photos that showed snapshots of some of the items in our home that I love and bring me joy. Creating a grid, I arranged my pictures, leaving space for embellishments. Simple, but full of love, just like our home. :)

patterned paper, cork heart, mini file folder, stickers, die cuts - Pink Paislee {C'est La Vie}
gold chipboard letters - Crate Paper {Maggie Holmes Shine}
gold mist - Heidi Swapp
other - gold sequins - Studio Calico, Tiny Attached - Tim Holtz

Friday, February 19, 2016

FYC Creative Team Call {Apr - Sept 2016}

Hello, crafty peeps, I'm here today to announce a new call for Feed Your Craft Creative Team members and I cannot wait for you to send in your application!

What am I looking for? If you are a mini flair-loving paper crafter who is enthusiastic about using my mini flair in a creative and innovative way, then I just might have a spot for you. This is a 6-month term beginning in April and running through September. Scrapbook layouts, cards, Project Life, mini albums, or anything else - let your imagination run wild! You do need to have an active, public Instagram and/or blog to share your monthly projects as well as any other sales and 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. In addition to the mini flair, you'll receive a discount to my shop that is valid for 12 months and free or reduced shipping during your term.

How can you apply? Well, that's simple. Send me an email at craftylilgik(at)gmail(dot)com with the subject line - April 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 of your favorite projects that best showcase your style. This is open worldwide, but you must have your application in by 11:59pm EST, March 4th. I'll be in touch with all applicants by the 13th and will announce the Creative Team on March 31st.

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

P.S. - I have no problem if you are currently on a design team, but since Feed Your Craft does sell scrapbook kits, please make sure there will be no conflict with other companies you may be designing for even though you will only be promoting mini flair. Thanks!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

2016 Photo Journal

In early January, Mandy over at Turquoise Avenue resumed her weekly memory keeping prompts, with the topic beginnings. From that I was inspired to take a self portrait every Sunday in 2016. I felt that the word beginnings was appropriate on so many levels for me. I have a milestone birthday coming up quite soon, there are big plans for the shop, which means a lot of fun working with people like Brandi and Jana, and of course beginnings can even mean (for me) to begin again. Reading more, creating often, and keeping up with my weight loss, are a few things that sometimes need an extra boost.

I finally decided on using a Simple Stories 6x8 album to hold not just my selfies, but also journaling, quotes, art journaling, and anything else creative that comes my way. I've purchased just about everything from the Pink Paislee's {C'est La Vie} collection and am going to be using that along with a items from my stash as I work on my album over the course of the year.

I made all of the monthly dividers in one sitting so that they would be consistent, following the same format for each. In January I took a little time to write some journaling, but haven't been keeping up with that and want to get back to that.

I've uploaded a video walk through of my album so far and you can also see the remainder of the monthly dividers. Each month I'll be sharing the progress made on my blog and hopefully on YouTube as well. If you have any questions about anything you see, don't hesitate to ask!

album - Simple Stories Sn@p! binder
inserts - Simple Stories {Life Documented}
patterned papers, embellishments - Pink Paislee {C'est La Vie}
gold chipboard numbers, 3x4 cards - ABM Messy Boxes from 2015
3x4 Pep Talk doodle card - Brandi Kincaid
alphabet stamps - Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and Mercer - Kelly Purkey, Felicity Jane, Studio Calico
dot roller stamp - American Crafts
dies - Clearly Kelly To-Do List - Hero Arts, File Folder Edges, Notebook Edge - Die-Namics from MFT, Pinked Circles - Paper Smooches
inks - Inky Black, Glass Slipper - Studio Calico, Cotton Candy, Coral Reef - Simon Says Stamp, Wet Cement - Hero Arts
black ink - Dylusions Ink Spray

Monday, February 15, 2016

December Daily {2015} Days 26-31

Whew, back with my final DD post and while we're well past December, my hope is that you can take some of these ideas and use them for any mini album you might create, holiday or otherwise.

On the 26th, the hubs and I relaxed with take-out for dinner and I like the idea of turning that into a new after-Christmas tradition. After my journaling I added in the fortune from one of the cookies.

A very simple page for the 27th, but I was super happy to put the polar bear card and patterned paper to use.

On the 28th a group of us went to see Star Wars and then on to lunch. I slid two ticket stubs into the pocket below my journaling card.

If I remember correctly, I didn't have a photo for the 29th, but I'd been wanting to include some of the holiday cards I'd received so it worked out well. I used small gold binder clips to hold the cards together and they also acted as fasteners for the album rings. In the pocket below my journaling card, I included a couple pieces from a card and envelope that came.

On the 30th, my sister and I did some shopping which also included some yummy snacks. Oh how I love my donuts. ;)

The evening of the 31st was spent with family to celebrate my sister's upcoming birthday and we made homemade egg rolls that were just too good.

If you're interested in flipping through just the photos of my album, you can find all of my pages here and all blog posts are here. On to the next project! :)

journaling cards - December Daily mini kit - One Little Bird, Wonderland filler cards - In a Creative Bubble
patterned paper - Basic Grey {Juniper Berry}, Let it Snow mini kit - Feed Your Craft
embellishments -chipboard stars - Studio Calico, paper tape - DD mini kit, binder clips - Heidi Swapp
stamps - At The Table - Kelly Purkey
die cuts - Stitched Snowflakes - Lawn Fawn
font - Walkway (journaling)

Friday, February 12, 2016

December Daily {2015} Days 21-25

Well, it's still winter and our temperatures are letting us know it, so I hope you'll be okay with me sharing two more posts about my 2015 December Daily.

Like I mentioned in my last DD post, I moved towards simpler pages, but I was still enjoying creating my own elements in Photoshop Elements and varying my pocket pages. For the 21st, I added type to my photo and then printed it on white cardstock. Not needing a full 6x8 to accompany my picture, I cut down a pocket page in order to have a 3x8 page.

On the 22nd, our monthly Sister Date was extra special since my sister was home to join us. I used a few more large gold chipboard letters, but since there is only one of each letter, I'll have to find creative ways to use the rest up.

Work returned to normal on the 23rd now that my travels were over.

On the 24th I baked some holiday cookies and had my sister help me with the decorating. I joked that everything was snow covered because we filled the tops of all the sugar cookies with white glacé icing.

The 25th was a quiet Christmas day for us with a delicious dinner at my parent's house.

I'll be back next week with my last DD post and then I can share a new project for 2016 that helped motivate me to get this mini alum completed. Hope you have a fantastic weekend ahead!

journaling cards - December Daily mini kit - One Little Bird, Feed Your Craft, Let it Snow mini kit - Feed Your Craft
patterned paper - Basic Grey {Juniper Berry}
embellishments - Color Cast Designs, gold letters - A Beautiful Mess, sequins, enamel holly leaves - American Crafts
font - Walkway (journaling)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Project Life {January 2016}

Last year as I worked on my Project Life spreads, I introduced a lot of white into my pages in the form of white space and white cardstock. Apparently I'm sticking with that trend as I begin 2016.

Something else I realized as I looked back on past projects, it that I rotate through different tools, supplies, and techniques. Currently I'm in the mindset of putting my alphabet stickers to use after a conversation with a friend revealed that we both have plenty of packs that aren't being used due to stamps and dies. So while I've been using my letter stickers, I can only consider this a partial success because there's only one package that I keep going back to. I guess it's something. ;)

To keep my pages from feeling too formal, I varied the position of my photos and also added the triangles of patterned paper. I made labels in Photoshop as a way to caption a few of my photos and then some of my journaling focused on other topics. Realizing my Tiny Attacher has also been neglected, I used it to staple my text blocks.

Do you have supplies you need to put to work?

patterned paper, 3x4 cards, die cuts - Homebodies Kit - Feed Your Craft
3x4 colorful mug card - The Shiny Bits
other - Thickers, Tiny Attacher
font on text blocks and labels - Traveling Typewriter

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Happy Place

Thank you all so much for your wonderful responses to our kit release! The support Brandi and I have received has been truly overwhelming.

I've definitely gotten out of the creative funk that I was in and have been crafting up a storm. Maybe it helped having some brand new items like the Homebodies kit and Pink Paislee's C'est La Vie collection. ;)

Using those items along with some bits from my stash, I created a layout about my workspace. I spend a lot of time sitting at my desk. Whether it's crafting, working, video chatting, or eating lunch, it's a place where so many memories are made and recorded.

Recently I pinned this scrapbook layout by Lisa Dickinson and that was the inspiration for my page design. Instead of triangles, I used hexagons to create a wide border at the bottom of my layout. While I looked for embellishments, I stumbled across two wood veneer hexagons that were perfect for adding a little texture and dimension. Building off of those pieces, I used small wood grain alphabet stickers and paired them with black Thickers. My finishing touches were stamping the flower onto the yellow hexagons, a little fussy cut heart from the Cozy patterned paper, and my journaling.

If you were to document a happy place in your home, where would it be? Crafting area, kitchen, couch, or somewhere else? :)

patterned paper - Cozy {Homebodies} - Feed Your Craft, Let's Party {Fine & Dandy} - Dear Lizzy, 6x6 paper pad {C'est La Vie} - Pink Paislee
wood veneer hexagons - Studio Calico
stamp - Homebodies - Feed Your Craft
alphabet stickers - tiny wood grain - Webster's Pages, black Thickers - American Crafts
journaling - Adam.CG Pro

Monday, February 1, 2016

Coffee + Books with the Homebodies Kit

At long last, it's release day for Feed Your Craft's first full size paper crafting kit, Homebodies, and Brandi and I couldn't be more excited! Brandi has designed a charming collection perfect for documenting your home life, but don't let the theme limit your imagination. Whether you scrapbook, create pocket pages, or make cards, this kit will provide you with plenty of products in cozy colors. Cards to congratulate new home owners, Project Life spreads about your favorite activities when you hibernate, or layouts about what makes your house a home are just a few ideas.

Brandi is sharing her first project over at her blog, and we've invited a special guest designer to further inspire you. Be sure to visit Jil Larson (RESON8ED) on Instagram and see what's she's created. You'll see more projects from all 3 of us while you wait for your kit's arrival in the mail.

When I first saw the Shelve That paper, I knew I wanted to cut out the books from the background. Since I scrap in 9x12, I didn't want to lose any of those darling books. Using the pale blue background that was left over, I matted my photo and added a strip to the top. The polka dot paper, Street Lights On, was the perfect complement to pulling in more of the colors from the books and also, because I love my layers. I used a couple of die cuts from the printable PDF as well as a mini flair.

Thank you to everyone for all of your support as Brandi and I work to bring new products to the shop. The responses we've received have been so amazing and help us to keep on doing what we're doing. Oh, and if you're a mini flair fan, there are a few new sets in the shop as well!

I hope you'll come back tomorrow when I share my second layout that mixes the Homebodies kit with some old and new items from my stash. You'll see just how easy it is to integrate this kit with supplies you already have on hand.

patterned paper, embellishments - Homebodies Kit - Feed Your Craft
alphabet stickers, alphabet stamps, date stamp - American Crafts