Thursday, March 31, 2016

Meet the 2016 Team!

It's an exciting day as I get to introduce you to the 2016 Feed Your Craft Creative Team! Coming back this term are Brandi Kincaid, Cari Orellana, Jana McCarthy, and Nathalie Leonelli who are joined by ladies that no matter your style, I believe will inspire you. Please welcome Amy Jo Vanden Brink, Dawn Ritchie, Elodie Lusseau, Krista Wells, Marie Friant, Olga Moss, and Tracey Fox.

Many of the ladies are fellow bloggers, so if you are looking for more in depth inspiration, be sure to head over and visit them. All can be found on Instagram, which is such a fun way to learn more about them and see what's going on, so give them a follow.

Amy Jo BLOG IG // Brandi BLOG IG // Cari BLOG IG // Dawn IG
Elodie BLOG IG // Krista BLOG IG // Jana BLOG IG // Marie BLOG IG
Nathalie BLOG IG // Olga BLOG IG // Tracey IG

Beginning in April, you'll see inspiration from these talented ladies as they put their creative powers to use showing how awesome and fun Feed Your Craft mini flair is. And speaking of mini flair, there is a shop update tomorrow with three new styles and the next kit designed by Brandi Kincaid, Keep Growing. I'll see you then with my first kit projects where I managed not to hoard my new favorite floral patterned paper. :)

Friday, March 25, 2016

Sending Happy Mail

Since April is National Card and Letter Writing Month, I thought that I would make a point to send out some happy mail to friends near and far. I don't know if I'll be able to take on the challenge posed by Write_On to send 30 letters in 30 days, but I hope to send many smiles through the mail in April.

I've been trying to make my cards when time allows, and while a couple were sent off already, here are a handful of the ones I've made so far. I'm working with 6x6 paper pads and stamp sets and I've found it fastest to make them in pairs even though I try to mix up the finished product.

Apparently 6x6 pads are my latest obsession and my stack of them keeps growing. Card making and mini albums are the best way I know to work through them, but it seems those little pads really last. And after seeing Leslie's latest layout, I was reminded to put my lone border punch to work. :)

Still trying to work my way through loads of enamel dots and if I could put my washi tape to work, then I'd be able to say I've worked my way through just about everything in my stash recently.

You guys know I love my stamps, and these border stamps have become a new favorite of mine for sure! Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead!

Dear Lizzy {Fine & Dandy} paper pad
Maggie Holmes {Confetti} die cuts
Prima Sugardot enamel heart stickers
Fiskars Scallop Border Punch
black Thickers

Shimelle {True Stories} 6x6 paper pad and die cuts
yellow enamel dots
Simple Stories alphabet stickers

Waffle Flower Pattern Play stamps
ink - Wet Cement - Hero Arts, Coral Reef and Sunkist - Simon Says Stamp
Avery Elle Fabulous Floral stamps
alphabet stamps - Studio Calico
ink - Teeny Bikini, Cotton Candy, Duckling, and Surf Blue - Simon Says Stamp, Butter Bar and Tide Pool - Hero Arts, Coral - Heidi Swapp, Inky Black, Lime Light, and Going Green - Studio Calico

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Enjoy the View

I've recently begun working on the photos from our trip to Abu Dhabi that we took this time last year. I had actually made the title page for the trip ages ago and have had the photos printed, but only this month have I started recording those memories. I've made less and less layouts and have found myself struggling with the large size which makes me wonder if I'm going to be phasing them out of my albums. We'll see what happens, but for now my goal is to get the two big trips we took last year scrapbooked.

Along with my photos, I had a kit assembled to work with but pulled in some additional supplies that I've gathered over the past year.

My page came together very quickly until I realized that my title wouldn't fit in the space I wanted to use. I stopped everything and made a mini flair to fix the problem. Another idea I was toying with was stamping my title onto the photo, but that still wrecks my nerves, so stickers and flair were the best solution for me. ;)

I've since completed designing a set of flair all with the word "the" and they'll be in the shop on April 1st along with a couple other sets and a new kit designed by Brandi Kincaid. Yippee! If you haven't seen our sneaks on Instagram, I hope you'll pop over and check them out. Have a wonderful Tuesday!

patterned paper - Felicity Jane
alphabet stickers - Seven Paper
wood veneer, enamel dots, word stickers - Studio Calico
mini flair - Feed Your Craft
tab die cut - Clearly Kelly Scored Tabs Stamp & Cut

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

2016 Photo Journal {February}

It wasn't until closer to the end of February that I worked in my mini album. I'm enjoying having a place to put my mixed media projects, but still haven't been writing as much as I thought I would. Actually, I haven't been writing at all, and so went in search of journaling prompts to use in the future.

For the mixed media page I created, I had happened to stumble across a quote from Stephen Hawking and had to put it to use. I began my background with watercolors and absolutely no idea or direction in mind as I began to paint. I started with the lines, then added rectangles, and then the dots. I filled in the entire background in one way or another and while I wasn't completely happy with it, I kept going. Old me would have started over, but I allowed the page develop on its own.

Once all my paint was dry, I used a stencil and texture paste to add the gold dots. Then I stamped the quote and gave it one last look. I'm still not crazy about the dark pink lines, but I feel like they convey a force that goes along with the quote. That inside the mind can be a loud and hectic place for us introverts.

For my self-portrait pages, I was inspired by a recent course I saw that Kelly Purkey is offering about using stamps to create patterns for 3x4 cards. While I didn't sign up for it, it got me thinking about more ways to put my stamps to use.

Using large triangle stamps, I started with a couple on each page, but then decided I needed to add more. I had two triangles of paper cut from earlier that I hadn't used so I layered those with a couple of embellishments and thread to add texture to my page. Then I adhered my selfies and sprinkled a little gold mist.

Hopefully the weather will cooperate and I can photograph some layouts that I've recently made to share here. Hope your week has gotten off to a good start! :)

Title Page Supplies:
outline alphabet stamp, die cut label - Studio Calico
die cut notebook paper - To-Do List - Clearly Kelly for Hero Arts
patterned paper - Pink Paislee {C'est La Vie}
ink - Soft Granite - Hero Arts
Dylusions black spray

Mixed Media Page Supplies:
alphabet stamps - (large) Williamsburg and Greenbriar - Kelly Purkey, (small typewriter) American Crafts
ink - Wet Cement - Hero Arts, Golden Glitz - Tsukineko
texture paste - Gold Metallic - Heidi Swapp
stencil - Zippy Dots - Memory Box

Selfies Page Supplies:
stamps - Studio Calico
ink - Soft Granite - Hero Arts, Glass Slipper - Studio Calico
patterned paper and black stickers - Pink Paislee {C'est La Vie}
purple sticky note - Clearly Kelly - Hero Arts
mist - Gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine
Tiny Attacher, white sewing thread

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Project Life {February 2016}

Continuing with self-imposed challenges, I'm really trying to focus on using items in my stash that I can't seem to let go when I pare my supplies down. I had an idea in mind to use my letter stickers as a way to create filler cards for my page, but turning them into cards I was happy with was another story. I wasn't keen on the direction I was headed, but after a supportive boost from a friend, and I kept at it.

Something that's been a little mantra for me is that, less is more. At first I was going to use those pink and red tile stickers as full 3x4 cards, but it just wasn't working for me. Realizing it was making the page too busy, I tore them into strips, cut down the black and white letter stickers and layered both against patterned paper. Once that was done, I felt good moving forward with the rest of my page.

For the other cards with alphabet stickers, I adhered the letters, applied a coat of gesso, and added some color with watercolors. Then I gave it a white wash with watered down white acrylic paint. The final touch was adding some tiny droplets of pink ink.

I printed my photos at slightly smaller than 3x3 and then popped them onto white cardstock so that they looked like Polaroids. I printed my journaling and trimmed it down and added my alphabet border strips with gold paperclips. In the end I was able to use three small alphabet sticker sheets and most of one 12x12 sheet. Now to find ways to use the rest!

patterned paper - 6x6 Becky Higgins paper pad {Everyday Edition}
alphabet stickers - Basic Grey {Scarlet's Letter}, My Mind's Eye {Sky's the Limit}, ABM Messy Box
mini flair - Rainbow Hearts and Hello Life (designed by Jana McCarthy) - Feed Your Craft
other - transparent gesso, watercolors, white acrylic paint, gold paperclips
journaling - Traveling Typewriter

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

I Make Stuff

It's the first of the month and that means it's release day in the Feed Your Craft shop and there are several new flair designs from Brandi, Jana, and myself! That also means that the current flair from Brandi and Jana will be retired tomorrow and then you'll only have a limited time to pick up the new ones that have just hit the shop. There are also a couple of free printable goodies for you with this release, so keep reading to find out what surprises we have!

Using flair from the Make Something doodle set, I got to work on creating a layout documenting how important my computer is to me. It serves as my most valuable tool for printing photos, designing products, finding inspiration and how-tos, and connecting with fellow crafty friends. As much as I would like to limit my screen time, it's not really an option for me.

I created a patterned paper to use as my background and then pulling from my newly organized die cuts, found several that I thought might work with the 6x6 papers I'd selected. Creating two embellishment clusters, I layered, added, and moved around the elements until I was happy. Then I needed my photos. I used the timer on my iPhone and sat it on a small box on my desk and snapped (way too many) photos. Using two different ones, I turned the larger one black and white and typed my journaling onto it before printing. I left the smaller photo in color and placed it on top at a slight angle with pop dots.

You can download the patterned paper for free here, and I've included the pattern in a variety of sizes for easy printing. It's free for your personal use and when you do, please let me know, I'd love to see how you were inspired to use it.

The second surprise is from Brandi, who has generously created Spring Cleaning calendars for March and April. These are 8.5x11 printables in two different colorways that you will receive for free with the purchase of any Spring Cleaning doodle flair set. Brandi has an example of how she's using her calendars to help keep her home fresh and clean.

Be sure to visit Jana as well, because I know she'll be sharing projects with her new flair designs and you will be inspired for sure. Then head over to the shop to pick up your own sets!

patterned paper - Feed Your Craft (download for free here)
6x6 patterned paper - Becky Higgins {Project Life Everyday Edition}, Crate Paper {Wonder}
mini flair - Make Something designed by Brandi Kincaid - Feed Your Craft
die cuts - Crate Paper {Craft Market}
tab die cut - Clearly Kelly Scored Tabs - Hero Arts
chipboard asterisks - Studio Calico
mist - Black and Bubblegum Pink Dylusions Ink Spray
date roller stamp - American Crafts