Friday, May 27, 2016

Week in the Life 2016 {Saturday}

As the week wore on, I became less focused on documenting the days and from Thursday through Saturday, I had only just enough photos to continue the format that my pages had taken. I also neglected to keep up with my notes at the end of the day so as I looked back, I had a hard time filling in my doodle journal prompts.

For a brief moment, I contemplated not completing my album, but decided that having less photos and stories was an accurate reflection of my week and so I spent the latter part of last Saturday finishing my album.

My 3x4 cards had been placed into pockets in preparation for when it came time to assemble and I left them as they were once I started adding my photos. Not only did it make it easier, but I'm happy with how the colors of the cards coordinated with the photos of the day. Some I left without embellishment and others had a little stamping or small accent added to them.

Saturday's desk photo was working on the new Color Crush planner I got that week. I'm using it as a notebook and so needed to add my own paper and dividers. The weather was finally sunny, so no hiding indoors from the grey and rain. The story for my 3x8 page for the day was about my feelings about wrapping up documenting my week.

Last year my last photo of the week was me at bedtime, so I figured I'd continue that. For my 6x8 page, I once again was short a photo and so I used a screenshot to go along with the story I wanted to tell.

Each day ends with the doodle journal prompts which I found were a great way to capture the little details. Note to self, fill them out each day. ;) Once my album was completed, I went back to the beginning with paper scraps in hand and made my title page. I used a 6x8 page with 2x2 squares and filled each pocket up. So that's that and depending on the week that is selected for next year, I'd be game to do it again.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead!

WITL kit - Ali Edwards
Journal Boxes printables - Brandi Kincaid for Ali Edwards
patterned paper - MPM Status - The Lilypad, Project Life 6x6 paper pad {Everyday Edition}
3x4 cards, die cuts - MPM Status - The Lilypad
mini flair - DOTW - Feed Your Craft
stamps - Kelly Purkey, Studio Calico
die cut tab - Scored Tabs Stamp & Cut - Clearly Kelly for Hero Arts ink - Slate - Simon Says Stamps
other - enamel dots - Studio Calico, Tiny Attacher - Tim Holtz

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Week in the Life 2016 {Wednesday}

I've been working on my album in batches, one night getting all of my photos printed, then another spent typing up my journaling. Now that that's complete, I've been working my way through each day assembling and embellishing and my hope is that by this weekend, I'll have everything completed.

Here are most of my pages for Wednesday. I still need to do my 3x8 page and also my doodle prompt page for each day that I've completed so far, but those will be done last because they'll take a little more time to complete. Around Thursday I hit my slump, and found myself taking less photos each day and also forgot to jot my notes down at the end of the day. I talk about that in my album because it was a fact of life that while I am still inspired by this project as a whole, it began to be less of a focus as the week wore on.

The first page for each day uses the first photo that I took and I tried to vary them so that when I look back at the week as a whole, I can see our morning routine which hasn't changed for quite some time.

Again, I kept up with one desk photo each day, but unlike last year, I made a point to change up the perspective and focus of my photo and story. This page is paired with a photo that shows the weather, which for the week was a lot of grey and rain.

I have to say I am really pleased with how the columns of photos and text have turned out. For me this kind of project really puts your life under the microscope and I feel like having this page of zoomed in and close cropped photos really reinforces that.

I'll be sharing at least one more day from my album once it's complete and I'm also thinking about recording a video flip through, but we'll see. Hope that you have a great weekend ahead! :)

WITL kit - Ali Edwards
patterned paper and 3x4 cards, die cuts - MPM Status - The Lilypad
mini flair - DOTW - Feed Your Craft
die cut tab - Scored Tabs Stamp & Cut - Clearly Kelly for Hero Arts
stamp - Studio Calico
ink - Slate - Simon Says Stamps
other - washi tape, acrylic word - Studio Calico, gold paper clips - Staples

Friday, May 13, 2016

Project Life {April 2016}

Last weekend for National Scrapbooking Day I was able to get my April pages and one layout completed. That's a lot for me, because inevitably, as quickly as I get started, I falter with the final touches.

For these pages I grabbed a bunch of old and new supplies and got to work. I no longer worry about keeping my photos in chronological order, instead I categorize them by topic. The front is about having Epilase eye surgery, girl time, and cats with a box. I used cards and embellishments from one kit along with a stamped card I made.

The back page focused on what currently had me pumping my fist in the air, listening to my first audio book, and three things that I became obsessed with during the month. I used old and new filler cards and then stamped a couple more.

Since my pages go into an album that has layouts, I've always used the front and back of one single pocket page for each month. It gives me the freedom to have them be completely different if I don't have or want the supplies to match. I've been thinking I might stop creating full size layouts because they haven't been inspiring me as much and so that means I could have each month's pages face each other. Decisions, decisions. ;)

If you do Project Life, do you make the all of your pages for the month or week match or treat each side as it's own project?

cards and embellishments - Blinks of Life
stamps - Oh, Harriet - Feed Your Craft, check box and lines - Kellie Stamps
ink - Slate - Simon Says Stamp

cards - Tiny Victories by Brandi Kincaid for Kelly Purkey, Messy Box
stamps - Oh, Harriet - Feed Your Craft, AM to PM - Kellie Stamps, Studio Calico
white puffy alphabet stickers - Seven Paper
die cut tab - Scored Tabs Stamp & Cut - Clearly Kelly for Hero Arts
flair - Tiny Victories by Brandi Kincaid for Kelly Purkey
ink - Slate - Simon Says Stamp, Teal - Heidi Swapp

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Week in the Life 2016 {Sunday}

Like many other memory keepers, I'm participating in Ali Edwards' Week in the Life. I started my documenting my week on Sunday for a couple of different reasons and had a Post-It note on my desk to remind me to take photos throughout the day.

I assembled my kit a couple of weeks ago because I wanted to be sure that I had time to get it all together and because I was excited for this project to begin. Last year was my first time doing it and I really enjoyed the process, stories, and looking back at that album.

Here's a look at my pages for Sunday that I seriously couldn't wait to get done. I worked on Sunday so that I could be sure to have time on Monday to get started. The rest of the week won't be done as fast, but with the format that I've come up with, things should come along quickly when I have the time.

I made clear dividers from transparency sheets and a piece of paper I printed off from the digital kit I'm using. I then affixed the large plastic letter from Ali's kit with a gold paperclip.

Once the divider is moved, I have my first photo of the day along with journaling about why I wanted to take on this project again. I'm hoping to incorporate more words and less photos this time around.

Like last year, I have a photo of my desk and one of the weather. Also like last year, the 3x8 pocket is all about one particular story from the day.

The back of the 3x8 has hidden journaling and another photo. Not every 3x8 will have two photos, but I thought having one on the front and back was a simple fix to getting them both to fit. I'm printing all of my 3x4 photos to look like Polaroid pictures. For my 6x8 page I wanted to something completely different than last year and since I knew I'd be taking a lot less photos, I came up with this page inspired by a magazine layout template.

Of course I had to figure out a way to work in mini flair because I do love my chunky mini albums!

And the last new addition to my album are these fun doodle prompt pages that are a complement to the ones Brandi designed last year. I love the boxes underneath to fill in, but honestly writing in unlined spaces stresses me out and so my fix was to use little torn pieces of paper. Since torn paper is something that occurs throughout my pages, I felt it worked well and I liked the texture it added. Plus, the peace of mind of being able to write my journaling without needing to reprint an entire new sheet if I messed up is priceless. :)

WITL kit - Ali Edwards
Journal Boxes printables - Brandi Kincaid for Ali Edwards
patterned paper and 3x4 cards, die cuts - MPM Status - The Lilypad
mini flair - DOTW - Feed Your Craft
stamps - Christine Herrin, Studio Calico, Kelly Purkey
ink - Slate - Simon Says Stamps
other - washi tape and label - Studio Calico, gold paper clips - Staples, Tiny Attacher - Tim Holtz

Friday, May 6, 2016

FYC NSD Challenge!

Hey, hey! There hasn't been a lot of creating going on here, but I'm hoping to change that this weekend and I'm challenging you to do the same! I thought it would be fun in honor of National Scrapbook Day to offer you an extra incentive to get your Feed Your Craft items out of the package and onto the page. Simply use any product on a new project that you've made and be entered to win a 50% off coupon good in the entire shop.

You are free to combine this challenge with any others that you are participating in and you have until next Sunday, May 15th to link up. If you're on Instagram, enter to win by posting your project and using the hashtags, #feedyourcraftnsd2016 and #feedyourcraft. You need to use both so that I can be sure not to miss your project.

If you're not on Instagram, you can leave a comment on this blog post with the link to your project whether it's in an online gallery, Pinterest, or your blog.

No matter how you enter, you can do so as many times as you'd like, but remember, you need to have your projects posted by May 15th at 11:59 pm EDT. The winner will be selected at random and announced here on Monday, the 16th.

In case you need some extra inspiration, you can find projects galore on the Pinterest board here and here. Happy scrapping! :)

Sunday, May 1, 2016


It's an exciting release day! I mean, they all are, but this one is super fun because Harriet has taken over the shop and had stamps and mini flair made of herself, some of her favorite things in the world, and sweet sayings. To top it all off, there is also a special thank you gift that you'll get with the purchase of your Oh, Harriet stamp set.

With the stamp set and mini flair I was inspired to make this page for some Instax photos I'd recently taken. I thought I'd make a layout, but then decided it would be fun to slide the photos just as they are into a pocket page. I used my Tiny Attacher to affix each one in a pocket and then placed Harriet in a chipboard frame. I made some simple filler cards with patterned paper, stamps, and more chipboard embellishments. I love the way the photos are floating in the pockets and could see myself doing this again in the future.

Here's a look at the full stamp set and special thank you gift you'll receive with your purhcase. These stamps were designed by Brandi and myself to be buildable, so you can place items or text on Harriet's shirt or have standing Harriet hold the pennant or balloon. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination!

I inadvertently left off the zero with the numbers and while the numbers aren't the focus of the set, it does make them slightly less functional. Because of that the stamp set has been reduced in price from $16 to $15. There is a workaround if you have to have a zero. If you are good at masking your stamps or have Distress Markers, you can ink the "O" in Monday in order to create things like "2016" or anything else that has the need for a zero.

Also hitting the shop today are 5 new sets of mini flair, one specifically created for celebrating National Scrapbook Day. Don't forget, there are also special savings and you can find those listed at the very top of the shop!

For more inspiration with the Oh, Harriet stamp set, be sure to visit Brandi on her blog and I have no doubt you'll see more from us in the future! Actually, I'm already planning out how I'll be using this stamp set on April's Project Life pages. Happy shopping! :)

patterned paper - Meadow Run {Keep Growing} - Feed Your Craft, wood grain - Simple Stories
stamp set, mini flair - Oh, Harriet - Feed Your Craft
alphabet die cuts - Jillibean Soup
chipboard phrases, label - Studio Calico
ink - Soft Granite - Hero Arts