Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Summer Stories TN {Pt. 1}

For the past few years I've made a mini album that focuses on some of our summer activities. Even though I have an everyday album that I keep up on, I don't mind having the same events in two places. Not everything will be in both albums and I try to vary the photos if I'm recording the same story.

This year I'm using a Traveler's Notebook insert and will document our summer activities for the next 4-6 weeks. I decorated the cover first by stamping on it, then layering die cuts and adding glittery gold Thickers, thread, and enamel dots.

The summer will no doubt fly by, but I'm hoping to soak up as much of it as I can. My list of things to do is a mix of relaxing and adventuring, and of course there will be enjoying many summer sweet treats.

Using digital labels, I typed on them and then printed and cut them apart. It took much longer to arrange them so they all fit. Then I had to remove them all because I wanted a little stamping on the background (which got washed out on brightening my photo). Once the labels were adhered into place, I wanted a little something to go on top and found the perfect size alphabet stickers.

Our first outing found us picking strawberries after a nice lunch outside at a local restaurant. After we dropped our berries safely off at home, we drove out to the arboretum. There's a large ginkgo grove that we had yet to explore and are looking forward to seeing it in its golden glory in the fall.

I had a couple of mishaps putting this page together and those little accidents determined where my embellishments went. I managed to get ink smears around my title, so the little die cuts worked to cover up the worst of it. Then I got roller adhesive on the right page, so that was the perfect place for the photo of the hubs getting ready to pluck a strawberry.

Since there was no journaling yet, I wanted to make sure I had room to include it on the second part of our outing. My initial thought was to type it directly onto the patterned paper, but I was worried it wouldn't fit well, so back to the computer I went. I stamped and die cut the tickets and leaves and then finished it off with little enamel triangles and the date.

Hope your summer is filled with lots of sunshine and happy moments!

Traveler's Notebook insert - Repapered Shop
Cover - die cuts - Crate Paper {Oasis} ephemera, glitter Thickers - American Crafts, stamp - Wonky Backdrops by Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson, enamel dots - Messy Box
Go See Do - digital labels - Studio Calico, journaling - Traveling Typewriter, alphabet stickers - Gossamer Blue June TN kit, stamps - Studio Calico Library Card, ink - Simon Says Stamp Fog
Berry Pickin' - alphabet stamp - Kelly Purkey Southport, ink - Simon Says Stamp Khaki, die cuts - Gossamer Blue June TN Kit
Adventure Log - patterned paper - Crate Paper {Oasis} 6x6 paper pad, stamps - Studio Calico Been and Gone, Feed Your Craft Wanderlust, Kelly Purkey Take Flight, MFT stamp and die Flashy Florals, Dear Lizzy roller stamp, inks - Distress Inks in Spun Sugar, Antique Linen, and Vintage Photo and Simon Says Stamp Key Lime hybrid cube, enamel triangles - Gossamer Blue June main kit

Thursday, June 15, 2017

5 Years and Better Together

It's release day in the shop and oh, it's a good one! When I sat down to dig into the Better Together mini kit, I didn't have a lot of time, but Brandi's designs made it so easy for my pages to come together. How timely that a kit all about relationships and connections arrived in the same month that the hubs and I celebrated our 5th anniversary.

We didn't have a chance to take our annual photos, so I happily went through the professional pictures we had taken for our backyard barbecue reception in 2012. I've changed the format of my everyday album just a little, but am still mixing in planner pages with pocket pages.

The Creative Team is also sharing inspiration on how they're using the kit, so there will be plenty of project ideas to help get you ready for when your kit arrives. And in case you missed the latest newsletter, you can now find Feed Your Craft on Pinterest with boards categorized by product and project style.

Also arriving today are a few new mini flair packs and here's a sampling of what you'll find. I hope to see you in the shop!

3x4 cards, mini flair, label - Better Together mini kit
stamps - Better Together and Food for Thought - Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft, Wonky Backdrops - Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson
ink - Pale Blush Pink - Simon Says Stamp, Inky Black - Studio Calico

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Come Celebrate With Me!

It's a cupcake and confetti kind of day and I hope you'll join me in the festivities! The Feed Your Craft shop turned 3 today and that calls for a sale. You can take 30% off of your merchandise total with the code 3YEARS now through June 3rd.

Of course, I couldn't have a sale without releasing a few new items. You'll find mini flair and a new stamp set to help you document newsworthy moments as well as a bold music themed flat pack and flair.

And, back for a limited time (and limited quantities), are some of Brandi Kincaid's beloved mini flair and stamp sets. Thank you so much for your amazing support over the last 3 years, the shop wouldn't be here without you!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Start of May

With the completion of my April pages, my first everyday album for 2017 was filled. I'm still finding myself drawn to a combination of memory keeping and planners, so I designed and printed pages to use, but once I got started, things didn't go quite as I had envisioned.

I thought that having a specific space for each day would mean that I would better utilize the area and fill it with additional journaling beyond the photos I was including. That way I would have more details from my week included. Since I could only work on my pages in short bursts of time, I forgot that was my intention and ended up only focusing on the photos I'd printed.

I'm not 100% sold on the format of these pages, but I have a couple more to make to finish out the month and then I'll reevaluate if I'll stick with this style moving forward of if I'll change it up again. I'll be adding these to another 6x8 kraft mini album like I used for the first 4 months as opposed to using a planner. The album has a much wider spine and I'll be able to add the dimensional embellishments that I like, mix in the pocket pages I have on hand, and hopefully fit another 4 months into it.

The weather here has been overcast, so when brightening my photos, I lost the light yellow stamping that's in the last 2 images. Hopefully this detail shot helps to show the stamping that's alternating on the pages. As always, any questions, don't hesitate to ask! :)

scrapbook kit - May 2017 main kit - Gossamer Blue
stamps - Distressed Patterns - My Favorite Things, 6x8 Pattern Builder - Studio Calico, At Home and Inline Alphabet - Feed Your Craft
inks - Lemon Chiffon and Pale Blush Pink - Simon Says Stamp, Inky Black - Studio Calico
white alphabet stickers - puffy - Seven Paper, flat - Studio Calico
thin washi tape - Green and Yellow Narrow Washi Tape - Recollections

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Read More {April 2017}

In my previous post, I shared how I did my April pages for my 6x8 everyday album. Usually I mix up pocket pages and little layouts, but because May was well under way and nothing was made, I went with a memory planner style and documented my highlights.

But I wasn't quite finished with April. Each month I document the books I've read in pocket pages and wanted to maintain that format because I've been including an image of each cover. Since I only read 2 books in April, I cut down a 6x8 page to be 3x8 and put one book on the front and one on the back. I could have easily pulled two cards from my stash to fill the other pockets, but thought it would be fun to make my own.

I've been on a black and white kick lately and with the mostly black book covers, I thought going without color would be the best match. I found a quote by Dr. Seuss to type and then using some floral vectors, I created a loose pattern then added some digital splatters to give it a little depth.

You can download the cards here if you'd like to use them on a project of your own. Let me know if you do, I'd love to see how you're inspired to use them!

digital cards - free download from Feed Your Craft
labels - Read More flat pack - Feed Your Craft

Monday, May 15, 2017

April All at Once

My poor 6x8 everyday album has been sadly neglected and I had no pages completed for the month of April. Because it's most helpful for me to stay current in order to see a project through, I needed a different strategy to get my photos from April documented. And new supplies didn't hurt, because yay, today is the 15th and that mean new products in the shop!

Since working in batches helped me to get my latest Traveler's Notebook insert completed, I decided to do the same for these pages. I printed out all of my photos, lined up the number of pages I'd be using and then arranged all of my pictures. After that, I placed embellishments onto the pages, using the photos as a guide to the colors that would best coordinate.

With a pencil, I marked out where my journaling needed to be and then removed the items, one page at a time, and typed my thoughts. Each page was reassembled, finally with glue, and stamped images. Then I went through and gave each a last look to see if there was anything more I wanted to add. (There wasn't.)

I could have easily used 3x4 pockets with cards, and stuck to the similar style of highlights each month has previously had, but I've been very inspired by memory planners and so went with styling my pages with them in mind, just with less writing and also not sticking to specific dates.

I used both of the new stamp sets that have hit the shop as well as the newest addition to the Flat Packs, die cut flair. You can see that I still can't get away from a little dimension on my pages and popped one of them on with foam adhesive. The other I stapled using the Tiny Attacher.

Because these pages came together so quickly, I even had a little time to prepare my planner pages for the next week by getting the dates stamped and adding a couple of extra sentiments. I only work one week out in my planner in case I decide to change my color scheme or new supplies arrive. I've been known to re-do pages, so this helps to reduce the need.

I hope you'll head over to the shop to see all of the new items and pick up some new items!

patterned paper, die cuts, washi strips - Pink Paislee {C'est La Vie}
Monthly Matter, Daily Doings, and At Home stamps and Currently flair flat pack - Feed Your Craft
inks - Spring Rain, Smoke, Catkin, Rosie Cheeks, and Rose Apple- Simon Says Stamp
other - WRMK Typecast, Tiny Attacher, foam adhesive, Dear Lizzy date roller stamp

Monday, May 8, 2017

Road Trip Traveler's Notebook

I hope you had a creative National Scrapbook Day this past weekend or at least had the chance to make some new memories. This year I didn't participate in any challenges, instead imposing one on myself to make a notebook for the little road trip we took last week. I made sure I used some new stamps I'd gotten as well as some patterned papers that haven't been getting much love lately. I did just the tiniest bit of shopping to add to the papers I'd selected.

I made my own notebook and with a plan of attack, I got started. My initial thought was to do stitching on my pages and so I created my book in batches. I adhered all of my photos into place and trimmed patterned paper to fit where I would glue it after it had been stitched on. Then I typed my journaling on labels on the computer and printed them out.

Using a new stamp set, I made embellishments to add in as layers behind my labels. In the end I decided that the sewing wasn't a good match for how my notebook was shaping up and so I glued all of the journaling labels into place. Then I went back to the beginning one last time to add little finishing touches of mini flair, stamped sentiments, enamel dots, and a sticker.

I kept thinking I wanted something else just to give it a bit more oomph, but I've learned that when I get to that point, it's best for me to leave it as is. Other things I thought about besides the stitching was to add mist droplets or use a stamp set to add the look of drops, to add more stamped embellishments, or to include one more layer of paper.

My thought about adding one more detail was so that my pages didn't wind up looking too formal or structured because of all of the vertical design. Since it was for a fun trip that we took, I wanted there to be a carefree feel to my pages. But I kept thinking back to my initial inspiration, which was editorial design, and decided to go with my gut and call it complete.

patterned paper - Between Us - One Little Bird
black and white papers - Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft, Crate Paper, Felicity Jane, Studio Calico
labels - Studio Calico
font - Special Elite
stamps - Wanderlust and The Story - Feed Your Craft, Memory by LLP for Studio Calico, OLB and IACB for Studio Calico, Christine Herrin
inks - Pale Blush Pink - Simon Says Stamp, Inky Black - Studio Calico
mini flair - Vintage Floral - Feed Your Craft
enamel dots - Bumblebee Sprinkles - Doodlebug
phrase sticker - Small Talk - Tim Holtz

Friday, May 5, 2017

WITL 2017 {Sunday}

So here are the final pages of my album to wrap up my third year of participating in Ali Edwards' Week in the Life. It remains one of my favorite projects to do, because it takes a random week out of the year and puts it under the microscope. You get to capture all of the nitty gritty that might get left out of general scrapbooking projects and you can see how much has changed (or not) from year to year.

This is the first time that I had doubts of completing it once the week began, but now that it's all done and ready to be shelved, I'm thankful I didn't stop. As with all of my memory keeping, it's created just for me and told from my perspective, and so when it seems like there's nothing interesting to photograph or document, it can be easy to talk yourself out of it. The quote on the card below is a perfect reminder of why memory keeping is important to me.

If you ever fall into the trap of where you feel that you are too busy, nothing exciting happened, or it's the same routine as always, try to remember that you and your stories are important and it can also be therapeutic to spend time crafting. And on days when you might have forgotten to get a particular photo, you can still record it with words. Sometimes I had several photos for the day and others I had just a few, but I let myself go with the flow. Deep down I knew that if I didn't complete this project, I would be disappointed to not have it among my other albums.

I'm glad I made the shift to go simpler, my style has been working towards that more and more, but I still try to make a point to use new and old items, scraps and bits, and to just have fun. Often, I'll learn a new technique or find inspiration in a place I wasn't expecting, which is another bonus. If you're working on your album, let me know, I'd love to take a look and be inspired for future projects!

6x8 album trimmed to 3x8 - Echo Park Kraft album
wood veneer day of the week - Ali Edwards
3x4 cards and die cuts - Memory Pockets Monthly Renew - The Lilypad and No Rain + No Flowers digital paper pack - Allison Pennington
additional 3x4 cards - Laura Digital Journal Cards - The Shiny Bits and Make It Matter mini kit - Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft
stamps - Distressed Patterns - My Favorite Things, At Home - Feed Your Craft, Plan It Out - Christine Herrin
inks - Seafoam and Catkin - Simon Says Stamp
mini flair - Feed Your Craft

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

WITL 2017 {Saturday}

Saturday was another day when I didn't take very many photos and I have to say, it might be a good thing. My album filled up nicely, is quite chunky, and I'm not sure one more page would have fit. Since I'm nearing the end of sharing my album, I wanted to chat a little about my process and what helped me to complete an album that can easily become overwhelming.

Even though the cards and some papers all came from the same digital kit, I wanted to make sure that there were other ways to maintain a cohesiveness throughout my album. I used the same font when making titles and text to add to my filler cards, I used the same ink colors and stamp sets throughout, and I kept it clean and simple in order to make completion of my album attainable.

Working with a kit has always been a time-saver for me, because once the supplies are at hand, I very seldom need to go looking for something else to add in. This time around, it also helped to do my journaling for each day at the start of the day's pages. That way I could gather my thoughts, type and print them out, and not need to start and stop as I worked with my photos.

The last thing that helped keep this manageable was to use my computer to type up titles and phrases as opposed to stamping them out or lining up alphabet stickers. I've always relied heavily on designing cards and templates when it comes to creating my Week in the Life albums and I think a lot of that has to do with the repetitiveness of documenting each day. I find that a formula for each day can be a great tool, not only to provide a consistent look throughout, but it aids in speeding up the overall process because you know that the first page for each day is the same, the second page is the same for each day, and so on.

I'll be back soon with my Sunday pages and final thoughts on what is now my third WITL album. Hope your week has gotten off to a good start!

6x8 album trimmed to 3x8 - Echo Park Kraft album
wood veneer day of the week - Ali Edwards
3x4 cards and die cut - Memory Pockets Monthly Renew - The Lilypad and No Rain + No Flowers digital paper pack - Allison Pennington
stamps - Distressed Patterns and Flashy Florals - My Favorite Things, Begin Again and At Home - Feed Your Craft, Plan It Out - Christine Herrin
inks - Seafoam, Melon, Pale Blush Pink, and Catkin - Simon Says Stamp
wood veneer clip - Gossamer Blue

Sunday, April 30, 2017

WITL 2017 {Friday}

I made a mad dash to get the last days completed in my album and I was pleasantly surprised to find that my photos for Friday were already printed. I had forgotten that was done, so it was one less item to tackle.

Even though I had printed out my cards and assembled a small kit of supplies prior to the week starting, I soon found myself needing more filler cards because of the format that I ended up with each week. I had to go back to The Lilypad and pick up a digital paper pack and then just turned the designs I liked into 3x4 cards.

Other than that small task, everything went smoothly as I finished up Friday and got started on recording the weekend. I hope you'll be back to see how my album concludes, I'll also be talking about my process for completion and my thoughts now that it's done.

6x8 album trimmed to 3x8 - Echo Park Kraft album
wood veneer day of the week - Ali Edwards
3x4 cards and die cut - Memory Pockets Monthly Renew - The Lilypad and No Rain + No Flowers digital paper pack - Allison Pennington
patterned paper - Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams
stamps - Distressed Patterns - My Favorite Things, Maggie Holmes roller stamp, The Story and At Home - Feed Your Craft, Hangry and Around Town - Kelly Purkey
inks - Seafoam and Melon - Simon Says Stamp

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WITL 2017 {Thursday}

I got back on track with remembering to take photos when Thursday began and since I no longer needed to keep the cats out of my office, I was able to provide snuggles and even do some work in a different part of the house later that night.

Over the weekend I was able to get up caught up through Thursday and I'm desperately hoping to have my album finished by this weekend. When I undertake projects that span a specific time, like WITL or a vacation album, if I don't finish it up as soon as possible, there's a real possibility it won't get finished. I'm looking at you, vacation album from last fall.

Aside from the photos that you've seen me share here, the only other ones I might have taken but chose to leave out were of our meals. I included a couple, but decided to not use all of them. While they're a good way to represent how the week went and how much was not cooked by us, I would have liked to have been a little more creative with the photos beyond food on a plate. Or out of a plastic tray. :)

If you've begun to put together your album, let me know, I'd love to come take a look!

6x8 album trimmed to 3x8 - Echo Park Kraft album
wood veneer day of the week - Ali Edwards
3x4 cards - Memory Pockets Monthly Renew - The Lilypad and No Rain + No Flowers digital paper pack - Allison Pennington
patterned paper and die cut - Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams
stamps - Distressed Patterns - My Favorite Things, Plan It Out and Coffee - Christine Herrin, Make It Matter - Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft, At Home - Feed Your Craft
inks - Rosie Cheeks, Seafoam, Pale Blush Pink, Khaki, and Melon - Simon Says Stamp
phrase stickers - Small Talk - Tim Holtz
banner sticker - The Happy Planner stickers