Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Adventure TN II

I'm finally back to share some of the projects that I made late August in the new Traveler's Notebook insert I'm currently working in. Like I mentioned before, this has become my current way of gathering our everyday memories since I'm no longer doing my monthly Project Life pages.

First up are photos from what has turned out to be the last visit we made to the botanical gardens that we so often frequented. On my background, I used a stencil and Distress Ink and then topped it with white ink splatters and one stamped image in white ink. Because I wanted my photos to span between the two pages, I printed them on regular printer paper and then trimmed them to fit. Using regular paper allows me to minimize the bulk of what will become a very thick notebook and I also find it easier to get the paper to adhere to the center where the pages meet.

Next up is a fun page I made about the book I was reading at the time. To reinforce my theme, I used pages from an old book and stamped along the edges of each page. I used a large die cut library card and Project Life cards to layer my photo on top of and to also die cut a tab. The last touch was to add the stamped image of the row of books in coordinating colors.

Lastly, I have the story of getting back into the habit of walking daily. Working with a smaller format doesn't mean that I want to forego using my favorite things like patterned paper and stitching. So while the pages are quite full of supplies, I feel like there is still plenty of breathing room.

I haven't been able to keep my blog updated as much as usual, and I also haven't had time to keep up with my blog reading. I'm hoping that once our move is complete, things will finally slow down and I can get back to seeing the lovely projects everyone has been up to!

Botanical Garden - Triangle stencil - Basic Grey by Hero Arts, inks - Mowed Lawn and Walnut Stain - Distress Ink, White Pigment Ink - Simon Says Stamp, patterned paper - Studio Calico, die cut tab - October Afternoon, stamps - Travelogue - Christine Herrin, Studio Calico, ink splatters - White Dylusions Ink
Good Book - library card - October Afternoon, Wander Core Kit - Becky Higgins, stamps, Studio Calico, die cut tab - Kelly Purkey for Hero Arts, ink - Lake Shores and Melon - Simon Says Stamp, Walnut Stain Distress Ink, Tiny Attacher
Begin Again - patterned paper, Simple Stories, Crate Paper, Studio Calico, stamps - Kelly Purkey and Luggage Tag Alpha - Hero Arts, puffy stickers - Crate Paper, ink - Rosie Cheeks and Slate Hybrid Cubes - Simon Says Stamp, 1-inch circle punch

Thursday, September 15, 2016

We've Moved!

I am so thrilled to announce that the Feed Your Craft shop now has a new location! It's been a long time coming, but you can now find us here. Those familiar with the shop know that since the opening, new releases have launched on the 1st of each month. Moving forward, the shop updates will take place on the 15th of the month.

And boy, oh boy, the shop has been stocked with some fun new products that I've been bursting at the seams to share! I've designed my first two stamp sets, which I'm on pins and needles about, and I hope that you are excited to use them on your projects. I have a video showing some of the ideas that I had in mind while I was designing them and you can see how Brandi Kincaid has already put one to use on a recent Project Life page here.

There is also a new set of mini flair welcoming Pumpkin Season for all those that have been anxiously awaiting its arrival.

Head over to the new shop, because now through Saturday, September 17th at 11:59 PM EDT you can save 15% off your entire purchase with the code WEVEMOVED.

Thank you so, so much for the amazing support that has been shown these last two years! Oh, and if you are wondering, October 15th might have you thinking of wintertime and the holiday season. ;)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ongoing Adventures

I had no intention of letting my blogging get pushed to the side, but things seem to have gotten quite busy around here. Next time I won't try to give the shop a complete overhaul, bring in new products, go on vacation, and buy a new (to us) house. Eep!

Before September got off to the whirlwind that it did, I began working on a new memory keeping project to continue telling our stories since I no longer document using the Project Life style. Having enjoyed my Summer Stories Traveler's Notebook so much, I decided I would start a new notebook all about adventures. I'll include things like our mini road trips, food discoveries, and quotes. Words like adventure, journey, and exploration are open to many different interpretations, so the stories that can be included are pretty limitless.

This time I did experiment with decorating the cover and stamped all over it and then heat embossed the images with clear embossing powder. I began to get anxious that the VersaMark would dry before I could complete all of the stamping and things got a little messy towards the end.

My first story is about a drive we took to Shenandoah National Park to do some hiking. We usually leave this trip until the fall once the leaves have begun to change, so you might see more pages in the future.

For the first page, I kept it very simple with a full page photo embellished with a piece of typography that I created and then die cut into a circle.

Next I printed two smaller photos about 3x3 and added some stamping. On the facing page, I printed off a trail map from the park's website and shaded it in using Distress Inks. I used a stamp to highlight where on the map we were and then stamped journaling lines to include my writing.

For the last pages I included a full page stamped quote and another full page photo. I don't often use word and phrase stickers, but since there are a couple sheets I haven't been able to let go of, I figured this would be a good place to use some.

I hope you'll stay tuned, because on Thursday I've got some very exciting news to share! See you then!

cover - stamps - Travelogue - Christine Herrin, Bo Bunny, Studio Calico, ink - Khaki - Simon Says Stamp, VersaMark, Clear Embossing Powder - Recollections
page 1 - font - Rainier
pages 2 & 3 - stamps - Travelogue - Christine Herrin, Studio Calico, Kelly Purkey, inks - Rosie Cheeks Hybrid Cube - Simon Says Stamp, Walnut Stain, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen - Distress Inks
pages 4 & 5 - stamps - Stepping Stone Alphabet - Studio Calico for Hero Arts, ink - Lime Light - Studio Calico, word stickers - Ali Edwards