Thursday, April 28, 2016

UAE Travel Mini Album {Part One}

For what felt like the bazillionth time, I flipped through my assembled kit and tried to work on the photos from our trip to Abu Dhabi from last year. I had made a title page last year and then got a few more layouts done some weeks ago, but I just wasn't happy with how things were (not) coming together.

Wanting to get my photos and memories into an album, I realized that the album was part of the problem. I had intended for the pages to go into my chronological album but wasn't feeling inspired by my supplies or the completed pages. I've not done this before, but I took apart the 3 layouts I'd made and created a new cover page. You know what, I was immediately motivated and felt things clicking right away. Using a mix of 6x8 pages and pocket pages, I placed all of my photos into a new album. I also selected several older cards from various mini kits and slid them into pockets. I haven't had much chance to work on it since this revelation, but I'm excited for the next opportunity that I get.

My title page was inspired in part from this travel mini made by Kelly Purkey. Using the 6x8 album, I found it much easier to incorporate memorabilia into my album and for some larger brochures, I could simply hole punch them and add them between my pages.

These next photos had layouts previously made, but I had been pretty unhappy with them and never shared them. Scaling them down in size, I removed a couple of the elements I'd previously used, while still being able to salvage some of the others.

Last up is a layout I was happy with, but had to dismantle. I had shared the original version here, but I was pleased that I could keep the overall page design in the new, smaller size.

My journaling will be added after everything is in place. I'm toying with the idea of writing it all by hand instead of my usual type and print. We'll see if I change my mind on that as well. ;)

Hope to see you back here on Sunday because there's a shop update at 8am EDT with five fun new mini flair sets as well as an awesome stamp set featuring a sassy hippo that has stolen the hearts of many, myself included.

cover page
patterned paper - Felicity Jane
stamps - Take Flight, Ready Jet Set, and Kelly's Scored Tabs - Kelly Purkey
plastic letters - ABM Messy Box

patterned paper - Basic Grey {Prism}
journal card - Shutterbug kit - Kelly Purkey
stamps - Greenpoint - Kelly Purkey
alphabet stickers - Kelly Purkey

Enjoy the View
patterned papers - Felicity Jane
stamps - Greenpoint - Kelly Purkey
alphabet stickers - Studio Calico (left), Seven Paper (right)
mini flair - The - Feed Your Craft
die cut tab - Kelly's Scored Tabs - Kelly Purkey
small embellishments - Studio Calico

Friday, April 22, 2016

Project Life {March 2016}

Lately I've been trying to make my projects come together more quickly by starting with a sketch I've drawn out. Since I was working with a digital kit, I decided I'd take my sketch a little further and map everything out in PSE before printing anything.

Once I was happy with my choices, I used an 8x10 canvas and inserted my patterns and elements onto it and was able to easily print just the supplies I needed. Then I printed off my sheet of title cards and sheet of journaling cards.

I was moving quite quickly until having laid everything out, I felt like something was missing. The squares of just patterned paper had me feeling like they needed a little finishing touch. I tried adding small layers of other patterns. I tried adding a little sewing for texture. I tried printing off additional embellishments. Nothing was working and I'd spent way too much time on it.

After taking a break, I came back to my pages and decided to add small puffy gold plus signs to my journaling cards. In the end I felt like adding anything to the patterned paper squares was competing with the page as a whole. Even though I was using plenty of white cardstock, all of the white squares had something on them. So in the end, the patterns became the white space that your eyes could land on and not feel overwhelmed. At least that's how it went down in my head. :)

Be sure to head over to the One Little Bird blog to see more inspiration and ideas from the Creative Team using old and new collections. Hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!

patterned papers, die cuts - Elysian - One Little Bird
puffy stickers - Studio Calico
fonts - Intro Rust (title cards), Intro Head (journaling cards) by Fontfabric

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Planning and Destashing

Oh, the never ending quest to be organized and have a stash of supplies that actually gets used. It's an age old problem that will probably always exist as new items continue to come out. :)

I used my Traveler's Notebook everyday since I'd bought it late last summer and found it to be great for keeping me on track. I used a monthly calendar and created my own inserts to suit the topics and format that best worked for me. But then I went and finally picked up the Hello Forever planner that I'd debated on purchasing for months.

Once I got it, it sat on my desk unused because I still wasn't sure it was the best planner for me. Why change the system that had been working so well? After a little urging from a friend, I decided to give it a whirl. If it works out for me, I'll convert my beloved TN into something else and I can put my planner to use instead of just staring at it. Win, win.

I'm definitely a planner minimalist and like keeping it simple with a little stamping and writing in my daily to-dos. So far I spend about 15 minutes at the beginning of the week filling in what's coming up and then as new items arise, I can quickly add them.

So far I'm really enjoying it and of course I've already bought a couple more planner stamp sets. The few items pictured above are the things I've found myself reaching for again and again.

I do miss my running to-do list and have found it more difficult to figure out what still needs to be done and carried over to the next week. I bought the digital set of planner inserts from Studio Calico and the weeks are set up vertically with space at the bottom to list tasks, so I might change them in time.

And since new items are always making their way to me, I figured it'd be a good idea to do a big destash and put those items up for sale in the shop. Most everything is brand new, but there are a couple of larger stamp sets where only one stamp was used. I also put together some fun kits of paper and alpha stickers that coordinate. I hope you'll take a look and maybe see something you can give a good home to and use. Better than sitting on my shelf unloved! :)

Hello Forever Planner - Studio Calico
Plan it Out stamp set - Christine Herrin
Hybrid Ink Pad Cubes {Karma} - Simon Says Stamp
The Happy Planner Colorful Dot stickers - Me & My Big Ideas
Iro Clear Circle stickers {Garden} - Hisago

Friday, April 15, 2016

Sending More Happy Mail

Surprisingly, I've been able to keep up with the Write On challenge of sending 30 letter in 30 days. Though I hope no one holds it against me that my cards go out in batches and not daily. So far, 11 cards have been sent and I'm all set to get my next ones out the door.

Here are the last few that I've made. If you saw my Day in the Life mini album, you can imagine that I had plenty of scraps and squares of paper left over. Putting some to use, I made these two cards.

I was inspired by Olga Moss to try using different colored inks on one stamp from a card she recently made here. I don't know why I hadn't thought to try this sooner, and you can see I could use some more practice. And I should have thought it through to stamp the yellow ink then the orange because I transferred some of the orange onto the edge of my yellow pad. All cleaned up, but need to remember lighter to darker next time. :)

Hope you have a great weekend ahead!

patterned paper, chipboard stickers - {Everyday Edition} Becky Higgins
heart and circle punches - Recollections
white doily - Doodlebug Designs

flower stamps - Birthday Flowers - Simon Says Stamp
inks - Goldenlocks and Sunkist - Simon Says Stamp, Butter Bar - Hero Arts, Inky Black - Studio Calico
gold mist - Heidi Swapp Color Shine

Monday, April 11, 2016

Plan to Keep Going

I don't think I'd mentioned it here that I'm one of the April guests with the One Little Bird Creative Team. I feel very fortunate to have been asked and I've had to keep this secret for quite some time. My first project that I shared with the team uses the latest collection called Milestone. The color palette was different for me to work with, but I found myself really liking it. Plus, it gave me a reason to use some of my neglected kraft cardstock.

If you know me, then it probably doesn't seem that odd to you that I created my layout centered around my planner. Sometimes products push us into a direction for a story and that's exactly what happened when I started looking at all of the elements included in this kit.

After I printed a few of the patterned papers, I also printed some of the elements to turn them into die cuts by simply cutting them out by hand. For the lettering and plant flourishes I used my Cricut Explore to print and cut. You know I love my layers and dimension, so I used a craft die to add a notebook edge to my stack of papers and pop dots under the "keep going" script. My journaling was added in one of my favorite ways of cutting it apart into strips.

I hope you'll take a look at the One Little Bird blog and see the other wonderful inspiration that is there. If you've always thought that digital designs weren't for you, it might just change your mind.

patterned paper, die cuts - Milestone - One Little Bird
alphabet stickers - Seven Paper
notebook edge die - My Favorite Things
journaling font - Traveling Typewriter

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Hello 40

When I sat down to create my layout, I had a sketch I'd drafted and thought I was all ready to go. Then I completely changed my mind on everything except having a triangle of patterned paper on my page. :)

Starting with my papers, I cut them all down to size and began the search for alphabet stickers and embellishments. Then I got the bright idea to use the digital stamps to create cut files. Except that my Cricut Explore was being temperamental and didn't want to print and cut. I'm not the greatest at fussy cutting, but managed to get my flowers trimmed without losing any of the image or my fingers.

The size of my digital stamps are bigger than I had anticipated which meant that the resolution became a bit fuzzy. I kind of like the distressed look they wound up with because I feel like it accentuates the fact that they were hand drawn. I glued one down and added pop dots to the other two.

I sprinkled some droplets of gold mist and enamel dots around my flowers and then added my journaling onto a die cut tag that I slid behind the paper at the top. The last piece was a chipboard phrase sticker.

I don't normally document my birthday, but since this was a milestone, I figured why not. Plus, the Keep Going paper worked perfectly for doing so. Do you usually scrapbook your birthday?

patterned paper - Keep Growing kit designed by Brandi Kincaid- Feed Your Craft
digital stamps - Keep Growing digital stamps designed by Brandi Kincaid - Feed Your Craft
alphabet stickers - Fitzgerald foam Thickers - American Crafts {Shimelle True Stories}
enamel dots - My Mind's Eye {Market Street}
chipboard phrase sticker - Studio Calico
mist - Gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine
tag - Tag, You're It metal craft die - Lawn Fawn

Monday, April 4, 2016

Day in the Life {March}

I enjoyed participating in Ali Edwards' Week in the Life so much last year that I thought I'd give Day in the Life a go. Just like with all of my mini albums, I have to go into them with a plan or else I fear I'll wind up with an incomplete album on my shelf.

Using a chipboard album that I made for another project but didn't use, I then came up with a rough idea of using squares of patterned paper in a grid design with my photo. I really wanted to use my new Instax, but in the end decided it would be better not to stress over getting my photos throughout the day, so I used my phone for all but one of my pictures.

I designed my inside cover page with the date in PS and then made dividers as a fun way to separate my morning, afternoon, and evening. To save myself time, I wrote my journaling by hand and also stamped my titles onto scrap paper to then layer onto my page. That way if I made a mistake (which I made a couple) I could re-stamp my word and not need to re-do my entire page.

I feel like my page layouts are a little different for me, but they turned out exactly as I had pictured in my mind, so I'm happy with that. And I have a completed project which is also good. It was interesting to document one day so closely and I'm curious as to how similar or different another day 3 months from now will be.

Ali Edwards had mentioned possibly doing this project 4 times this year and I had intentions of using this mini book to hold all 4 days, but may have to change that. I used more photos than I'd thought I would and of course wasn't going to give up my mini flair and foam adhesive. Love my chunky mini albums. :)

Day in the Life kit - Ali Edwards
6x6 paper pad - Project Life Everyday Edition - Becky Higgins
alphabet stamp - Studio Calico
lined stamp - Kellie Stamps
ink - black - Michael's, Hybrid Slate - Simon Says Stamp
mini flair - Time of Day - Feed Your Craft
paper tabs - Kelly's Scored Tabs Stamp & Cut

Friday, April 1, 2016

Let's Getaway and Keep Growing

It's release day and a big one at that! Brandi and I have been bowled over by the support that is continuously shown to us and we cannot thank you all enough. We try our best to listen, learn, and grow with every release and so with this kit, we are offering more. There are individual stamp sets (Homebodies and Keep Growing), add-on paper packs, a full digital kit, and a digital stamp set available for purchase.

I realize that shipping is costly and I try to make the charge go as far as possible. With any kit buy, you won't pay extra if you add additional items to your cart. And since there are still some Homebodies kits available, if you purchase both kits (and anything else) it will all ship for the cost of one kit. As always, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me. Now onto my projects. :)

A couple of weekends ago, the hubs and I took off for a little getaway. Now that I've come out of hibernation, a little road trip was just what I needed and we timed it with visiting family and (luckily) spring blooms.

I wound up working my way backwards from the order the pages will go in my album because I was immediately inspired to use that luscious floral pattern along with an oversized photo from our trip. Patience is not a virtue I possess, but it paid off and I was able to snap a photo of the bloom filled walkway without anyone else in it.

I didn't want to cover up the patterned paper and also wanted to give my page the same airy feel as my photo, so my embellishments are minimal. Using a digital stamp from the Keep Growing kit, I created a cut file and then layered it with a label from the kit and an acrylic word.

For my coordinating pocket page, I couldn't let the scrap of the floral paper go to waste, so I used that to hold my title. Then I cut some of the striped patterned paper and layered it under my photos to give them a little pop. Using the 4x6 stamp set, I created a patterned 3x4 card that I cut diagonally and added stamping and journaling.

The front of the pocket page I used another of the stamps to create more cards and was able to cut one label to fit the stamping for my title and journaling. I'm a huge fan of quotes and while I wasn't familiar with this particular one, I just felt it really fit well with my page. It made me think of the dreams and growth that traveling can bring.

If you want to see more about the kit to help you decide if it's something you need (you do), Brandi has filmed an unboxing video where she walks you through not just the kit but also the inspiration behind it. She's a charmer, that girl! She's also got a new project on her blog and we're excited to be joined by Leigh Odynski who is our guest for the Keep Growing kit. You can find Leigh on her blog and Instagram, so I hope you'll give them both a visit and then head off to do some shopping! :)

Keep Growing kit - Feed Your Craft
acrylic words - In the Deets - Color Cast Designs
stamp set - Clearly Kelly New Adventures - Hero Arts
ink - Inky Black - Studio Calico
other - Cricut Explore