Friday, December 15, 2017

Read More Traveler's Notebook

It's Friday and there's a shop update that you're not going to want to miss out on! Brandi Kincaid's latest kit, Mark Your Place, is now available, and it is so much fun to create with. The Pattern Play kit and stamp have been restocked and there are new items, including the option to purchase digital cards to the kits that are currently stocked. Whoo hoo!

For 2018 I want to continue my goal of reading more than I did in the previous year. I'm surprised at how much I read this year considering I'm not a fast reader and there were weeks when I only picked up a book because I needed to dust.

To help me keep on track and to continue recording the books I read, I'm going to be using the Mark Your Place kit and the Track It stamp in a Traveler's Notebook. Each month will have a page to track the days when I was able to read.

And even though it's not January yet, I know I won't finish my current read until then. Plus, I was so darn excited to start my project!

For my first book entry, I printed the book cover and a small graph on printer paper and got to making. I'm still on a Distress Ink and stencil kick, so I added a little bit on both pages. Brandi's cards are little pieces of art and I often just love having them stand on their own. I picked one that I felt set the tone for my notebook, glued it down and added a little washi tape at the top. A stamped sentiment and tiny flower puffy sticker finished it all off.

I'm sure I'll be using the kit in other projects and I can't wait to see what you're inspired to create!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

My Thankful 30 {2017} Days 27-30

I didn't mean for so much time to go by, but here are the last pages for my Thankful 30 album. At times it felt like I was rushed to work on it and I wasn't able to take a new photo each day like I always did in my past albums, but I'm so pleased with how it turned out.

In the end, I have an album that allowed me to reflect on moments that occurred over the course of the year, November included. In the future, when I look back at this album, I won't remember that there were times when I only had an hour to work on 5 pages or that my whole plan went out the window right when I started.

For the 27th, I used another flip up, with a quote on top and photo beneath. I layered a bit of patterned paper with some die cuts and punched a tab with my new punch.

I had been thinking a lot lately about how happy I am that I took the plunge and had laser eye surgery over a year ago. That it all went well and I no longer need glasses or lenses is something I am so thankful for.

The Distress Ink didn't come out the best on this page, but instead of throwing it away, I used patterned paper to cover up a lot of it. I used a little label and some more enamel shapes to pull the light blue from the pattern to brighten up my page.

For day 29, I documented the lovely surprise I received earlier in the month. That planner is going to be well used next year!

The Pattern Play stamp hadn't made an appearance for a while, so I made sure to use it to maintain consistency and selected a stamp I hadn't yet used.

And lastly, the 30th. I don't know if this happens to you, but I've often found myself running out of steam by the end of a project and my last page or two reflects that. I made sure this time to give a little extra attention and brought back the texture paste and stencil to add oomph to my background and then layered several stickers, some with foam adhesive.

I've been using the WRMK typewriter for all of my journaling, and as you can see it can be a little temperamental, but I really do love it. It makes it so easy to get my journaling down, which is always something I struggle with and I don't mind the imperfect text. I've had it for just over a year and while I don't use it all the time, it's not a purchase I regret.

I still plan to record a video walk through so you can see the album in full, and I'll be back soon to share more pages from my December Daily album. Wishing you all the best this holiday season!

daily supplies - A5 6-ring binder, A5 dot grid paper, Dated Stamp - Elle's Studio, WRMK Typecast typewriter, Fog and Stone Inks - Simon Says Stamp
day 27 - patterned paper and die cuts - Crate Paper, WRMK File Tab Punch, Pastel Yellow washi tape - MT, Gold mist - Heidi Swapp
day 28 - Creekside patterned paper and enamel shapes - American Crafts, Peeled Paint Distress Ink - Tim Holtz, label - Kelly Purkey
day 29 - Many Thanks 3x4 card, chipboard shapes, puffy sticker and Pattern Play stamp - Feed Your Craft, Meaningful stickers - The Reset Girl
day 30 - Many Thanks 3x4 card - Feed Your Craft, Scattered Bars stencil - My Favorite Things, Scattered Straw Distress Ink - Tim Holtz, Texture Paste - Ranger, Meaningful stickers - The Reset Girl

Thursday, December 7, 2017

December Daily {2017} Setup and Days 1-3

I'm sure I'm not the only one wondering where the first week of December went! Even though time is flying, I'm really excited about documenting December for the fifth year. As early as October I had planned to once again use a 6x8 album with a mix of pockets and mini layouts, but the first came and went and I wasn't feeling it. I spent time looking at loads of beautiful inspiration, but the idea of how I wanted my album to be just wasn't clicking.

Then it hit me, why not style my album like a planner? This is a daily project for me that I carry through the end of the month and so it made sense to me to fashion it like a memory planner. It's along the same lines of what I've been doing for my everyday albums and yet I had it my head that I needed to do the same thing as past years.

I'm using an A5 planner from Simple Stories and I created daily planner pages to use for my pages. I can still mix in pocket pages, like the cover I'd originally made, along with full size photos. Win, win! Each day features a tab with the date using the Retro Flip stamp from Artist Gather and a stamped weather report and if I'm using the planner page, I'm using a stencil with Distress Ink for a little extra oomph.

Like I mentioned above, I was able to still use the cover page I'd made earlier. I had to punch additional holes, which gave me a little trouble, but worked out in the end.

In my work planner, I don't have monthly spreads, so I thought it would be fun to include one in here. Since I wanted to embellish it right away, I could only type a few items in.

For the first, I used the photo and journaling that I'd posted to Instagram, layering it with a journaling card, dated tab, and a die cut.

On the second, the hubs and I went out to a few antique shops in the next town over. It was fun being able to visit some new spots, but alas, no gifts were purchased. With every project I do, I try to pick a couple of things that I haven't used in a while to incorporate into my album so that tools and supplies get used. This album's goals are sewing and alphabet stickers. :)

Late on Saturday we realized that Sunday would be the only chance we'd have to go to Richmond if we wanted to see the GardenFest of Lights at the botanical garden. Of course I took a lot of photos, and so to include extras, I added a kraft bag to hold more (that I forgot to photograph).

I also wanted to showcase a couple of my favorite photos from the evening, so I printed them full size. This might be the most beautiful Christmas tree I've ever seen.

When we stepped out of the conservatory, the moon was just rising over the treetops.

So that's the start of my album, and I'm looking forward to working more in it. The supplies I'm working with are the Comfort and Joy kit and Remember December kit from the shop, the December Daily 2017 Jasmine Jones mini kit, and leftovers from the 2016 Paislee Press mini kit. I also have the 6x6 FaLaLa paper pad and embellishments from Crate Paper, and of course, plenty of stamps. If you ever have a question about a product used or anything else, don't hesitate to ask. If you're working on your own album for December, let me know, I'd love to see!

Monday, December 4, 2017

My Thankful 30 {2017} Days 22-26

There was a mad dash to get my Thankful 30 album completed before December 1st, and in record time, I was able to get it all wrapped up. I was surprised to find myself feeling inspired and not at all rushed, even though I only had one hour to work on five and half pages.

For the 22nd, I was still on the roll of including some of the patterned papers I'd picked for my kit. I also used a few stickers and added more of the vellum leaves that have been popping up throughout my album, the last one being used below.

I didn't end up having a photo that I wanted to use for the 24th and since I had a couple of photoless pages earlier in my album, decided to bring that concept back. For my background, I used a stencil of leaves in a light beige.

There are times when I do miss making scrapbook layouts larger than 6x8, and so I incorporated a scaled down design that I see many others using on their pages. I folded the corner down and added a little shaped clip and a washi sticker for interest, being careful not to make my page too busy since it's small.

I tend to make a page more plain if it follows a busier or heavier one. So for the 26th, I only added a couple of small embellishments. My photo flips up to reveal another beneath which is always a handy way of including multiple photos.

Like many others, I've begun my December Daily album and will be sharing my setup and first few pages, so I hope you'll be back to visit!

daily supplies - A5 6-ring binder, A5 dot grid paper, Dated Stamp - Elle's Studio, WRMK Typecast typewriter, Fog and Stone Inks - Simon Says Stamp
day 22 - Cozy Plaid paper - American Crafts {Creekside} and Crate Paper, Meaningful stickers - The Reset Girl, vellum leaves - Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves craft dies
day 24 - Many Thanks 3x4 card - Feed Your Craft, Layering Stencil Autumn and Antique Linen Distress Ink - Tim Holtz
day 25 - Songbird paper - Pebbles {Heart of Home}, leaf clip - Pink Paislee, washi tape sticker - Studio Calico
day 26 - Peeled Paint Distress Ink - Tim Holtz, die cut - Crate Paper, punchable tab - The Reset Girl, File Tab Punch - WRMK, Salmon Pink Washi Tape - MT Tape

Thursday, November 30, 2017

My Thankful 30 {2017} Days 18-21

It's almost the first of December and I know many people are gearing up to begin documenting December, myself included. Crazy how fast this year has gone! I'll be continuing to share the remainder of my Thankful album and hope to have a full video walk through sooner than later.

My page for the 18th was a lot of fun to put together, especially because of the subject. Most days in my album have been a reflection of an earlier event, but on the 18th, I actually had the luxury of time to work on getting my album caught up.

I used a card from the Many Thanks kit and a couple of scraps to layer under my photo and then used a chipboard shape in the same colors. Needing a little more, I added the star stamping.

I brought back into my album another design I created and printed on transparency paper. I knew I needed to add it at least one more time and randomly selected the 19th to do just that. This time I went with circles, but still used the same colors.

On the page beneath, I used Distress Ink watered down and laid the paper onto it. I also added in the little word stickers just like before. If you're interested in picking up this free printable, you can download it here, it's bundled with the previous one in case you missed it. It's sized oddly, so that it can either be trimmed to A5 (pictured above) or cut to 6x8.

For the 20th, I went back to simple layers and stamping. It was unintentional to have these 3 pages feature the same supplies and colors, but there's enough variety between them that I'm not too bothered by it.

However, I did make sure that the pages after those above incorporated more of the colors I'd previously used and you can see the difference with day 21.

I'll be intermixing posts sharing the final days of my gratitude album and the beginnings of my December Daily, and I hope you'll be back to see them both!

daily supplies - A5 6-ring binder, A5 dot grid paper, Dated Stamp - Elle's Studio, WRMK Typecast typewriter, Fog and Stone Inks - Simon Says Stamp
day 18 - Many Thanks 3x4 card and Pattern Play stamp - Feed Your Craft, patterned paper - Crate Paper and Gossamer Blue
day 19 - Apollo Transparency Film, Scattered Straw Distress Ink - Tim Holtz, word stickers - Gossamer Blue, Pattern Play stamp - Feed Your Craft
day 20 - Spiced Marmalade Distress Marker - Tim Holtz, patterned paper - Studio Calico, Pattern Play stamp - Feed Your Craft
day 21 - Creekside pattered paper - American Crafts, Meaningful die cuts - The Reset Girl, Many Thanks chipboard shapes and puffy stickers - Feed Your Craft

Monday, November 27, 2017

My Thankful 30 {2017} Days 14-17

It hasn't been ideal to only have a few hours once a week to work on my album, but it's better than no time at all. These pages were made at the same time as the ones I shared in my previous post, and I kept with my trend of batch scrapping in order to get so much completed.

On my page for the 14th, I again used a photo from earlier in the year. The mix of old and new photos has been a different approach to my album this year, but I'm pleased that my inability to take a photo each day hasn't kept me from creating one of my favorite projects.

I used tinted Texture Paste with a stencil for the background and then layered my photo onto a die cut tag and topped it with a chipboard shape. My last touch was to add stamping over my journaling, hoping that it would create an interesting effect. I'm not loving it, but am going to live with it.

I had better luck with my stamping for day 15 page. Using a border stamp, I applied three different inks and then stamped it onto my paper. It's a little hard to see in the photo, but in person you can see the different shades. Since I added a couple of long, narrow rectangle elements, I used the enamel shapes to add movement to my page.

For the 16th I went back to my kit to pull together papers to layer under my photo. I love my patterns and layers, and needed to make sure I was keeping them in rotation throughout my album to maintain that consistency. I also brought in the gold thread and gold mist since those hadn't been used lately.

I think by day 17 I was running out of steam after having gotten 9 pages done. A very simple page with layers of scraps on a background I had made much earlier in the month but hadn't used yet.

For these larger projects it can be hard to remain focused and enjoy working on it when you have a moment. If you're not in the mood, don't be afraid to pick up something else to do, sometimes a break is all you need to come back to it feeling refreshed and inspired.

PS - I haven't forgotten about the free printable I'll be sharing, but I got ahead of myself in the last post. It's still coming, and hopefully next week I'll have the link for you.

daily supplies - A5 6-ring binder, A5 dot grid paper, Dated Stamp - Elle's Studio, WRMK Typecast typewriter, Fog and Stone Inks - Simon Says Stamp
day 14 - Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink and Texture Paste - Tim Holtz, Zippy Dots stencil - Memory Box, tag - Crate Paper,
Many Thanks chipboard shape - Feed Your Craft
day 15 - Many Thanks stamp - Feed Your Craft, Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, and Carved Pumpkin Distress Inks - Tim Holtz, washi sticker - Studio Calico, enamel shapes - American Crafts {Creekside}
day 16 - patterned paper - October Afternoon and Gossamer Blue, Pattern Play stamp - Feed Your Craft, Many Thanks chipboard shape - Feed Your Craft, Gold Color Shine - Heidi Swapp, gold thread
day 17 - Peeled Paint Distress Ink - Tim Holtz, patterned paper - October Afternoon, die cut - Crate Paper, label - Kelly Purkey

Friday, November 24, 2017

It's Time to Save!

Thank you so much for the continued support that you give, it means so much to me! Without you, the dream of new products wouldn't have become a reality this year, and I hope you'll take advantage of the special savings in the shop!

Now until Monday at 8pm EST you can pick up stamps and embellishments marked down as much as 50% off! There are also a handful of grab bags featuring designs from Brandi Kincaid's 2017 kits. Don't wait, quantities are limited and items won't be restocked.

Thank you again and happy shopping!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

My Thankful 30 {2017} Days 10-13

I fell so far behind in my album, but was fortunate enough to take Saturday off and spend time getting caught up. Because I worked on so many pages, some were quite simple, but I still had plenty of opportunities to continue to use techniques and elements to maintain continuity.

Some of the best motivation in getting caught up has been seeing the beautiful preparations people are making to gear up for documenting December! I haven't had much time to visit everyone on Instagram, but what I'm seeing is such great inspiration!

But first, I need to focus on November! For the 10th, I made a very simple page with stamping and die cuts to record how much I've been watching Friends. I've just started the series back at the beginning for the second time this year.

The 11th is another simply stamped page of a line from a song that I've had on repeat for the last several months. Music plays an important part in my life and and often it's an older song that I'm new to discover that will really stick with me.

It's no surprise how thankful I am for memory keeping. The creative outlet it provides me and the amazing people I've met this year has been invaluable. It's definitely more than a hobby, it really is a way of life.

I used the stencil in a few random areas on my paper and then pulled some teal embellishments to bring in a contrasting color. Brought back the gold mist droplets and popped the scissors up with foam tape. Love my chunky mini albums!

For the 13th, I'm once again proclaiming my love for coffee. The photo is from late summer when we walked downtown for an afternoon cup. It's hard to read, but their sign says, "I don't need an inspirational quote. I NEED COFFEE."

I had a lot of fun making the stamped background, it's been a little bit since I've done that, and it's not the first time it was with my coffee stamps.

While my pages are a little less involved than some of my earlier ones, I'm hoping that once they're all together, I won't be able to tell when I was short on time in getting them completed. I'll be back in a few days because I have more pages to share, along with a new free printable!

daily supplies - A5 6-ring binder, A5 dot grid paper, Dated Stamp - Elle's Studio, WRMK Typecast typewriter, Fog and Stone Inks - Simon Says Stamp
day 10 - Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink - Tim Holtz, Highlights and Many Thanks stamps - Feed Your Craft, Sunkist and Rosie Cheeks Inks - Simon Says Stamp, die cuts - The Resest Girl {Meaningful}
day 11 - Wild and Southport stamps - Kelly Purkey, Pattern Play stamp - Feed Your Craft, Pale Blush Pink Ink - Simon Says Stamp,  Peeled Paint Distress Ink - Tim Holtz
day 12 - Zippy Dots stencil - Memory Box, Scattered Straw Distress Ink - Tim Holtz, die cuts - Crate Paper, Many Thanks chipboard shape - Feed Your Craft
day 13 - patterned paper - Crate Paper, Caffeine Fix and coffee stamps - Christine Herrin, Stitched Leaves craft dies - Lawn Fawn, Many Thanks puffy stickers - Feed Your Craft

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

October Documented

The other night I realized that I hadn't given the slightest thought to documenting October in my everyday album. I've been focused on working in my Thankful album when I have time and thoughts of December Daily have been creeping in, so I completely forgot about getting last month in the books.

I'm not gonna lie, I've been excited about putting the Pattern Play kit to use, and everything came together so quickly! I paired the kit with some of my beloved papers from Basic Grey and got to cutting.

I made a layout to act as my divider page for October using the kit stamps, die cuts, and a chipboard sticker. I added my stamping in a golden yellow to make sure I tied my page into the others and the warm tones they had.

For my first pocket page, I layered hexagons with more of the die cuts onto the back side of the cards from the kit. On the other side, I cut one of the 4x6 cards in half and added patterned paper triangles and another chipboard shape. The stamping is from the Out and About stamp set, and bonus, the small sentiments fit inside the tabs that are included in the Pattern Play die cut packs!

My last page uses more cards from the kit with thin strips of patterned paper. I brought back the golden yellow ink and stamped the star cluster on each of the journaling cards. I added a couple of die cuts, popping one up on foam adhesive. Love my dimension! For my monthly Read More page, I used the new Marker Alphabet stamp set to make my title card and added labels to review what I'd read.

I had a lot of fun working with the newest kit to hit the shop and I hope that if you pick one up, you enjoy creating with it, too!

kit - Pattern Play - Feed Your Craft
patterned paper - Basic Grey {Persimmon}
stamps - Out and About, Marker Alphabet - Feed Your Craft, Wild - Kelly Purkey, Good Times - Studio Calico
inks - Scattered Straw Distress Ink - Tim Holtz, Inky Black - Studio Calico, Pale Blush Pink - Simon Says Stamp

Friday, November 10, 2017

My Thankful 30 {2017} Days 5-9

November is just cruising by and I couldn't allow myself to fall any further behind on my album or else I would risk shelving this project before it really got going. I grabbed my prompt list, figured out what photos I had on hand that would work and then took a couple of new ones.

Since I had 5 pages to complete in a limited amount of time, I resorted to the handy technique of batch scrapping. I laid out several sheets of paper, added ink in various ways and colors and while they were drying, I printed out my photos.

Once I decided which photos would go with which page, I went through the cards and papers from my assembled kit and began adding layers. Then it was on to the embellishments, and once those were decided, I slid everything off of each page, typed my journaling, and then glued all of the layers and embellishments into place.

My desk can get a little crowded when I work like this, but I've found it to be a good system because if one page isn't coming together, I can move on to another, complete it, and then go back to the problem page with fresh eyes. Often that little break is all I need to be able to have it click.

If you've fallen behind or didn't take a photo for a particular day, don't fret. I suggest making notes for the day so you have ideas for journaling or using a past picture to help capture what's making you thankful.

daily supplies - A5 6-ring binder, A5 dot grid paper, Dated Stamp - Elle's Studio, WRMK Typecast typewriter, Fog and Stone Inks - Simon Says Stamp
day 5 - Peeled Paint Distress Ink - Tim Holtz, Many Thanks stamp - Feed Your Craft, Savannah stamp - Felicity Jane, patterned paper - Gossamer Blue, gold thread
day 6 - Triangle Pattern stencil - Basic Grey for Hero Arts, Peeled Paint and Walnut Stain Distress Inks - Tim Holtz, Stitched Leaves craft dies - Lawn Fawn, At Home stamp - Feed Your Craft, Good Times stamp - In A Creative Bubble for Studio Calico, vellum paper, Tiny Attacher
day 7 - patterned paper - Crate Paper and Gossamer Blue, At Home stamp - Feed Your Craft, foam adhesive
day 8 - Ripe Persimmon and Wild Honey Distress Markers - Tim Holtz, Many Thanks kit and chipboard shapes - Feed Your Craft, Pattern Play stamp - Feed Your Craft, gold paperclip
day 9 - patterned paper and die cut - Crate Paper, Pattern Play stamp - Feed Your Craft, Home Sweet Home stamp - Kelly Purkey, enamel shapes - American Crafts {Creekside}