Friday, August 26, 2016

Creative Team Call #3

It’s bittersweet to know that I will soon have to say good-bye to the current Team, as it's now time to open a new call. I hope that you've been as inspired as I have by what the ladies have been creating these past months and I have no doubt you'll continue to be in the future.

First up, if you are a mini flair-loving paper crafter who is enthusiastic about using flair in creative and innovative ways, then I just might have a spot for you. This is a 6-month term beginning October 1st, 2016 and ending March 31st, 2017. You need to be able to create 2 projects each month, which can be scrapbook layouts, cards, Project Life, or mini albums - let your imagination run wild! You do need to have an active, public Instagram to share clear, well-lit photographs of your monthly projects on as well as any other sales and promotions as they occur. If you have a blog, awesome, but it’s not a requirement. Any other social media platforms or galleries that you upload to are also appreciated, but not expected.

During your term, I'll provide the mini flair of your choosing, and you get the flexibility to create and schedule your posts each month. In addition to the mini flair, you'll receive a discount to the entire shop during your term.

To apply, email me at elise(at)feedyourcraft(dot)com with the subject line - Flair 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 recent projects that best showcase your style using flair (any brand is fine). This is open worldwide, but you must have your application in by 11:59pm EDT, September 9th. I'll be in touch with all applicants on the 17th and will announce the Creative Team on October 1st.

Now for the new addition to the Team!

I am also looking for a very small number of creative individuals who are passionate about documenting their stories with 3x4 and 4x6 cards, stamps, and flair. You will be working with kits designed exclusively by Brandi Kincaid. This is a 6-month term beginning October 1st, 2016 and ending March 31st, 2017. You need to be able to share 1 project on release day and then 1 more during each month of your term. Your projects need to be made primarily using the kit (small embellishments and items from your stash may be used) and share clear, well-lit photographs of your projects. You do need to have an active, public Instagram to share your monthly projects on as well as any other sales and promotions as they occur. If you have a blog, awesome, but it’s not a requirement. Any other social media platforms or galleries that you upload to are also appreciated, but not expected.

During your term I'll provide you with each mini kit you'll be working with and you'll receive a discount to purchase any additional items from the shop. There may be the possibility that a quick turnaround will be needed for your release day projects.

To apply, email me at elise(at)feedyourcraft(dot)com with the subject line - Kit 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 recent projects that best showcase your style. This is open worldwide, but you must have your application in by 11:59pm EDT, September 9th. I'll be in touch with all applicants on the 17th and will announce the Creative Team on October 1st.

Previous design team experience is not required, just a passion for creating and inspiring others! I hope that I’ve covered everything, but don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. No matter what you are considering applying for, I cannot stress enough that you should go for it! I know it can be difficult to put yourself out there and the sting of rejection is real, but I'd love to see an application from you. FYC Teams are filled with a variety of creative styles, so you might be just what I'm looking for!

P.S. - I have no problem if you are currently on a design team, but please make sure there is no conflict with other companies you may be designing for.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Summer Stories {July 26-31}

Here it is, my final post sharing my summer notebook and I even have two videos uploaded to my sadly neglected YouTube channel. But first, the photos.

Some days it was more about the technique than the story, and the 26th was one of those. Wanting to just have fun with my pages, I turned to a technique I hadn't used in quite some time. I simply wound baker's twine around an acrylic stamp block to make add to my background and journaling card. I stamped in 3 different colors, added some washi tape, and a couple of die cuts.

For the 27th, I made notebook pages for my notebook, a little redundant, but I like the effect. I used a craft die to make the notebook edged paper and then added stamped die cuts and alphabet stickers to the pages.

On the 28th it was back to my regular afternoon hot cup of plain black coffee in my favorite mug. I pulled out several of my coffee related stamps and went a little crazy stamping my background.

We took a spontaneous trip down south on the 29th, but it was well worth it, even after sitting in traffic for 3 hours. Since I had a lot of photos I wanted to include, I made an envelope using a small kraft bag to hold them. I stamped a large journaling page, which I'm thinking I'd like to make a variety of those to use for future travels.

The 30th was all about quality time with Pound Cake. The pattern of clocks I stamped got a little messed up, but thankfully I was able to cover the worst up with some die cuts.

After seeing Kathi's page at the bottom of her blog post, I was very inspired to try that myself. My papers were a little too bold, so pairing them with the photos didn't work for me, but I'm still really happy with the outcome. Some simple word art made in Photoshop and that finished off my notebook.

Like I mentioned at the beginning of my post, I have uploaded to YouTube a walk through of this notebook as well as a tutorial on my process for full page stamping. If you'd like to take at look at either of those, you can find the walk through here and the tutorial here.

day 26 - stamps - My Day and I Love Weekends - Kelly Purkey, die cut - Pinkfresh Studio, washi tape - Freckled Fawn, inks - Sunkist and Goldenlocks - Simon Says Stamp, Wet Cement - Hero Arts
day 27 - stamps - In A Creative Bubble, alphabet stickers - Pinkfresh Studios, notebook edge die - My Favorite Things, ink - Wet Cement - Hero Arts, stamped stamps - tutorial and supplies here
day 28 - stamps - Homebodies - Feed Your Craft, More Coffee! - Christine Herrin, Stepping Stone - Studio Calico for Hero Arts, inks - Khaki - Simon Says Stamp and Walnut Stain Distress Ink
day 29 - stamps - Kelly Purkey and Studio Calico, inks - Surf Blue and Slate - Simon Says Stamp and Teal - Heidi Swapp
day 30 - stamps - To Thine Own Shelf - Simon Says Stamp, Stepping Stone - Studio Calico for Hero Arts, ink - Rosie Cheeks - Simon Says Stamp, die cuts - Crate Paper {Bloom}
day 31 - patterned paper - Pebbles, asterisk die cuts - Studio Calico, chipboard sticker and paper banner - Messy Box, font - Rainier

Friday, August 19, 2016

Summer Stories {July 21-25}

Here are days 21 through 25 from my notebook. Even though I used this format for an entire month, I never struggled with a lack of ideas. Certainly I repeated techniques, but I found that they provided a cohesiveness to my book along with a chance to use some items I'd been overlooking in my stash.

On the 21st we went for an early evening walk and spotted these beauties. Using the leaf stamps, I created my background and then did just a little stamping on the facing page to coordinate.

I'd been wanting to document how Pound Cake has been doing since we lost Biscuit and almost one month to the day, I was ready to put those feelings to paper. My photo flips up and beneath are my thoughts. I used a variety of die cuts and stamped images to embellish my pages.

For the 23rd, I wanted to record thoughts about a friendship that has come to mean so much to me. I stamped a quote I found and using a small glassine envelope, I enclosed my journaling.

The 24th was a day for relaxing and crafting and not uncommon for me, I made a page about scrapbooking. More stamp practice and I used a small scrap of paper that was also used when I made my layout.

Through the month I did a lot of reflecting on where I am, both personally and professionally and what changes I need to make. I had created the typography piece weeks before, but thought it was fitting with the story I wanted to tell for the 25th. While I could have blurred my journaling in order to share my page, it was more fun to create a layer to go over it. I used my sewing machine to hold everything together and then adhered it into my notebook.

Along with one last post to wrap up my book, I plan to have a video flip through and a stamping tutorial on how I create my pages with full page stamping. Have a fantastic weekend ahead!

day 21 - Palm Tree stamp set, Lime Light and Going Green dye ink - Studio Calico
day 22 - stamped die cuts - tutorial and supplies here, tag and glitter die cuts - Crate Paper, plastic die cut - Pinkfresh Studio, stamped journaling box - Studio Calico, washi tape - Stampin' Up
day 23 - Mercer alphabet stamp - Kelly Purkey, hybrid ink cubes in Stone, Apricot, Steel Blue, and Duckling - Simon Says Stamp
day 24 - stamps - Kelly Purkey and Studio Calico, hybrid ink cubes in Apricot, Duckling, and Slate - Simon Says Stamp
day 25 - font and vector art - Rainier, alphabet stamp - Luggage Tag by Hero Arts, tag stamp - Kelly Purkey, die cut - Crate Paper, inks - Rosie Cheeks hybrid ink - Simon Says Stamp and Mint - Heidi Swapp

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Summer Stories {July 16 - 20}

I'm back today to share days 16 through 20 from my summer notebook. If you've missed any of my previous posts, you can find them all here.

On the 16th we drove out to a farm where we could pick fruits and veggies. Since I had a variety of photos to choose from, I decided to create a small accordion pull out using patterned paper. I used a craft die to cut out the tag and layered it onto more patterned paper and my journaling is on the back of the fold out photos.

The next day I baked a peach galette using some of the white peaches we picked. I created a plaid pattern using stamps and then stamped text onto a card for the facing page.

For my story on the 18th, I documented a series of texts exchanged with a friend. Again I made an accordion fold out to adhere screenshots of our text messages and made a "phone" out of paper. I printed various emoji that we use most often and then used craft dies to cut out the speech bubbles.

Our butterfly bush hasn't slowed down bringing butterflies to our yard and some days stepping outside to visit them is all the break the day allows. My photo is printed on regular copy paper to try and keep the thickness down in my notebook.

The 20th was about work and I thought it would be fun to style my page like a planner and so pulled out my planner stamps and supplies.

I'll be back later this week with more from this notebook. Wishing you a great day!

day 16 - patterned paper - Crate Paper {Bloom}, tag craft die - Lawn Fawn, alphabet letters - October Afternoon, dotted border stamp - Kelly Purkey
day 17 - stamps - bars - Kelly Purkey, alphabet - Stepping Stone - Studio Calico for Hero Arts, journal lines - Kellie Stamps, inks - Khaki and Coral Reef - Simon Says Stamp, Tide Pool - Hero Arts, Walnut Stain - Distress Ink
day 18 - patterned paper - Crate Paper {Bloom}, speech bubble craft dies - Stampin Up
day 19 - stamps - Stepping Stone - Studio Calico for Hero Arts, mini alphabet - American Crafts, ink - Walnut Stain - Distress Ink, die cuts - Crate Paper {Bloom}
day 20 - stickers and planner page - Simple Stories, stamps - My Day and Planner Banners - Kelly Purkey, Plan it Out - Christine Herrin, Iconic - Studio L2E, inks - Slate and Cotton Candy - Simon Says Stamp

Friday, August 12, 2016

Project Life {June 2016}

For weeks I had my photos printed for my June pages, but they got put on the back burner while I worked on my Summer Stories notebook. While I could have made time to make these pages, I let them sit. And sit some more.

As I was cleaning up my work space earlier this week, I decided it was time to either put them into pockets or toss them. Yeah, I'm pretty cutthroat like that. ;) In then end I dug through my supplies and began pulling out cards.

While I was gathering supplies, I continued to think about whether or not my monthly Project Life pages were something I wanted to keep up with. This is something I've been mulling over for several months. I came to the conclusion that I'm not inspired enough with this form of memory keeping and so won't be continuing. That's not to say in the future I won't start back up again, but for now, I'm okay with stopping.

For the front page, along with my black and white cards, I grabbed a sheet of mint letter stickers that I'd had for about a year, but had just been sitting. To match the alphabet stickers, I stamped a space for my journaling in mint. Wanting to add just a little extra to my cards, I used my Tiny Attacher and stapled puffy stickers onto them.

On the back page, I used a punch to cut out circles from one of the patterned papers I'd printed when I originally began to work on my pages. I added something else from my stash that hadn't been used before, and that was the wooden buttons. I stamped some more journaling spots and called it done.

The projects I make are for the creative process first and memory keeping second. I know that's not the typical reason that people undertake this hobby and I do look back at my albums from time to time, but they're created for me as a way to express myself. That's why, if you're familiar with my projects, I'm not one for a lot of journaling, because the story isn't my priority. I'm more about the design of the page, the photograph(s) I'm using, trying new techniques, and honing creative skills.

Add to that the minor annoyances of needing bigger storage space to store albums, limited accessibility to 9x12 supplies, and not having a consistent supply of cards that coordinate from month to month.

I'll absolutely continue to create, because it's something that makes me happy. And I love shopping for new supplies, as well as looking at what awesomeness others are sharing. It's just that when your time is limited, why spend it doing something that you're only feeling lukewarm about? So after 3 years and 3 months, it's time to move on from Project Life.

3x4 cards - Messy Box - A Beautiful Mess, Seven Paper {Goldie}
patterned paper - One Little Bird {Soleil}
stamp, puffy stickers - Studio Calico
alphabet stickers - Messy Box - A Beautiful Mess
wood buttons - Shimelle {True Stories}

Friday, August 5, 2016

Summer Stories {July 11-15}

Today I'll be creating the final page to my Traveler's Notebook insert which means I'm really behind on sharing my completed pages here. My hopes are to get the remaining pages posted, as well as recording a walk-through of my album along with a couple other ideas I'd like to share on my neglected YouTube channel. But first, days 11 through 15.

I had assembled a small kit before undertaking this project and included a variety of patterned paper. Because of the thickness of it, I found myself veering away from it, but I wanted to include an assortment of techniques and products so, I tried to balance thicker paper and bulkier embellishments with pages that had nothing but stamping added. Of course the die cuts from Crate Paper also helped with the theme of story from the 11th.

It's hard to add bulk to these notebooks when you know you'll need relatively flat surfaces for writing and stamping on. This early into my book, I wanted to be sure that anything I added wouldn't affect future pages so I turned the mini flair into a clip that was able to be removed. There were only a couple of instances when I needed to take it out, but having that option was a great compromise to being able to use the flair.

For the 12th, I wanted to document the lovely cards I had received in the first couple of weeks in July. I'd mentioned in a past post that I had purchased a stamping e-course from Kelly Purkey, and while her instructions are for 3x4 cards, it's so easy to adapt them to a larger canvas.

I like the look of stamping running off the page so my paper was larger than I needed. In fact it was so big that I was able to incorporate the offcut onto the facing page.

Some days I didn't really have a particular story to focus on so it was the perfect opportunity to record those everyday items, like what I've been listening to. Again and again. More practice with the KP stamp e-course.

I wanted to also include stories that weren't necessarily about summer fun, so for the 14th it was about my work day. And I was beginning to get braver about stamping directly in my notebook.

On the 15th we headed back up to see the fields of sunflowers and this time we were thrilled to see that we arrived during their peak bloom. In an abstract way, I mimicked the flowers by creating a sunburst from patterned papers and then added a few pieces beneath my photo.

If you've missed any previous posts, you can find them here and here and of course you can always ask questions about anything you see. Hope you have a great weekend ahead!

day 11 - patterned paper - Pebbles {Spring Fling}, die cuts - Maggie Holmes {Bloom}, Summertime mini flair - Feed Your Craft, small alphabet stamps - American Crafts, smaller alphabet roller stamp - Pebbles
day 12 - vellum alphabet stickers - Pinkfresh Studio, bar stamps - KP Fifty-two card E-course, small lines - Kellie Stamps, patterned paper - Pebbles
day 13 - stamps - KP Fifty-two card E-course, today|yesterday|tomorrow stamp - Kellie Stamps, inks from Simon Says Stamp, Studio Calico
day 14 - alphabet stamp - Stepping Stones - Studio Calico for Hero Arts, line of dots and small heart - KP, larger circles - Good Times - Studio Calico, inks - Apricot, Steel Blue, Duckling, and Audrey Blue hybrid ink cubes - Simon Says Stamp
day 15 - patterned paper - Basic Grey {Hillside}, October Afternoon, and Studio Calico, die cut leaf - Basic Grey {Hillside}, stamped die cuts - tutorial and supplies - here 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Time to Eat

And it's time to shop! If you know me, you know I love to eat and so I'm extra excited that Brandi is nourishing our creative side with the delicious kit she has designed called Food for Thought. Along with the kit, in both physical and digital form, are 4 new mini flair sets that I've designed called Meh, Obsessed, Time to Plan, and Let's.

Leading up to this latest kit release, I shared sneak peeks of various parts of the kit in the form of 3x4 cards on Instagram. Before I knew it, I had the makings for a food-filled Project Life spread about some of the meals we enjoyed in July. The small format made it easy to create patterns with the stamps, do a little heat embossing and add watercolor, and just simply enjoy the patterned paper by adding a small photo on top.

I also was inspired to create a layout with one of my favorite papers from the kit. Because I adore the pattern and colors, I wanted to do something special with it. Cutting 1/4" strips, I wove them together and used that to anchor my photos from when we went fruit and veggie picking earlier this month. The great thing about doing something like this is that I still have a 9x12 sheet of paper to use on other projects.

Using one of the labels from the printable sheet, I made paper flags to tuck behind my photos and then I added a mini flair and stamping beneath my photo to finish off my page.

I hope that if you pick up any of the new items in the shop, you'll share your projects with Brandi and me. It means so much to have your support, but the icing on the cake is seeing what you create. Feel free to tag us on Instagram - Brandi, Elise, or Feed Your Craft or send me an email!

patterned paper, stamps, paper elements, mini flair - Food for Thought - Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft
ink - Soft Granite - Hero Arts, Walnut Stain Distress Ink - Ranger Ink
craft dies - notepad - Kelly Purkey stitched circles - Lawn Fawn
other - Cracked Pistachio Distress Marker, white embossing powder, Tiny Attacher