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!

Supplies
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

Monday, April 24, 2017

WITL 2017 {Wednesday}


Wednesday was a day when it was even harder for me to stop and take photos. I wound up using two photos and two screenshots. But I made do with what I had and spoiler alert, this isn't the only day to come that has a limited number of photos. ;)


I whipped up a card in Photoshop Elements that perfectly sums up my day, and while tasks got added, moved, and squeezed in, it was a full day of goodness. I realize that my pages are quite simple and may not be to everyone's liking, but I do hope that you can see how some days may not have the most photos or the best photos, but don't ever let that stop you from telling your stories.



Supplies
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
patterned paper - No Rain + No Flowers digital paper pack - Allison Pennington
stamps - Distressed Patterns, The Next Chapter - Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft
inks - Something Blue - Studio Calico, Seafoam - Simon Says Stamp

Saturday, April 22, 2017

WITL 2017 {Tuesday}


Tuesday started off much like Monday and I found myself with many of the same photos. As the week progressed, I found I was I able to capture a photo of my office and my afternoon coffee each day. While that might not seem earth shattering, it does show exactly how my week has been. How much was similar, how my ability to remember to stop and take a photo would come around the same time (late afternoon) when I finally felt I had a handle on the day.

I did end up needing to make one small change to Monday's pages because I wanted each day's journaling on facing pages. To remedy that, I had to include a 3x8 page at the end of Monday. I chose to use a quote and my hope is that I'll have a video walk through of my album so you can see it all.






So for Tuesday, I had the same number of pages as Monday, but that won't be a hard and fast rule for the rest of the week. I've been using a lot of foam tape to pop up some of the elements and mini flair has made it onto some cards. You know I love a chunky album!

Also true to my style is to use stamped images as embellishments and the newest sets I've purchased have been coming in quite handy.

Oh, if you can't read my journaling above, not to worry, it's just a sprained ankle from falling last week. I didn't go to the doctor right away, but ended up going on Tuesday because it didn't seem to be getting better as fast as I would've thought. :)

Supplies
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
patterned paper - Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams
stamps - Distressed Patterns and Flashy Florals - My Favorite Things, Plan It Out and Caffeine Fix - Christine Herrin, Journal It - Feed Your Craft
inks - Melon, and Catkin - Simon Says Stamp
mini flair - It Happens - Feed Your Craft
phrase stickers - Small Talk - Tim Holtz

Thursday, April 20, 2017

WITL 2017 {Monday}


I knew it was going to be a crazy week to document for Week in the Life, so I had prepared my kit and supplies a couple of weeks ago. Initially I had thought I'd do a 6x8 album like usual and had even drafted a couple of inserts. As the week began, I kept thinking about how I wanted to create my album because my early thoughts weren't doing it for me. Coupled with the fact that I had very little photos for Monday and Tuesday, I began to have second thoughts about starting at all.


Late Tuesday, a new plan began to form and I found myself cutting down a 6x8 album and trimming page protectors to create a 3x8 album. It was something I had seen Geralyn of In a Creative Bubble do with a recent travel album she made and I figured with my lack of photos, this would be a great fit.

I'm not good with using a ruler and knife to cut straight and since my album isn't raw chipboard, the washi tape along the edges helped to conceal my poor cutting.


In the past I have made my albums with themed photos for each day, but that was a no go this time, it's more of a snap a photo whenever I remember process. I am trying to get myself into my photos since this week is captured from my perspective. I'm also trying to include more journaling about each day, and thanks to Casie Gutierrez on Instagram, I was inspired to state the facts of each day and a feeling, which I'm using something I'm grateful for.


I had to change around my photos and found myself with an empty slot right after my 3x8 journaling so my solution was to list out how my day went. Now that Monday is completed and I have my formula for each day, I'm feeling hopeful that the following days will come together quickly.




If you have any questions about anything you see or you want to share how you're documenting your week, please let me know in the comments, I'd love to hear from you!

Supplies
6x8 album trimmed to 3x8 - Echo Park Kraft album
wood veneer numbers and day of the week - Ali Edwards
3x4 cards - Memory Pockets Monthly Renew - The Lilypad
die cuts and patterned paper - Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams
stamps - Distressed Patterns - My Favorite Things, Plan It Out and Caffeine Fix - Christine Herrin, noted stamp - Studio Calico, food stamps - Kelly Purkey, Journal It and At Home - Feed Your Craft
inks - Rosie Cheeks, Melon, and Seafoam - Simon Says Stamp, Something Blue - Studio Calico

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Making It


Sometimes the choices are so abundant that I get frozen and don't know what to do. That was exactly the case as I sat down to really dig into the Make It Matter mini kit. Brandi Kincaid has once again crafted a kit that tugs at my heart and gets me thinking about a variety of stories that I didn't even realize I had in me.


My life right now consists of a lot of making and I wanted to get my thoughts out and onto paper as a way of working through them. There are days when nothing seems to be going right and it feels like I don't have a good idea left in my brain. But I try keep things in perspective and I'm thankful to be able to reach out to supportive people, and of course it doesn't hurt to have pretty places to keep all of the ideas when they do begin to flow again.

I hope that you'll head over to the shop and pick up your Make It Matter kit or some of the other new items that have been released today because I can't wait to see what you make!

Supplies
Make It Matter mini kit - Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft
Pale Blush Pink ink - Simon Says Stamp
narrow washi tape - Recollections
other - black spray mist, 1" circle punch, foam adhesive

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Spring and Summer Creative Team 2017

Once again I was made to feel all the emotions at the response to the latest Creative Team Call. It's still quite shocking to me that there are so many creative and kind ladies that are willing to give their time and energy to help support my shop. I cannot thank each and every one of them enough and they certainly made my decision a tough one.

I'm excited to introduce you to the newest Team and hope that you find them inspiring and will stay tuned to Feed Your Craft on Instagram to see what they're making. You'll see some of the Team working with Brandi's awesome mini kits and others working with FYC mini flair and stamps. As an added twist, over the next 6 months the Team will be joined by special guests to keep that inspiration and mojo flowing!



Make sure you tag @feedyourcraft and #feedyourcraft so that I can find what you've been making with our products and for a chance to have your project shared!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Revising my Planner

About a year ago I switched from my Traveler's Notebook to an A5 planner and I've been using that system ever since. At the end of last year, I debated on switching back because there were some things I missed from not having my TN.

Using my TN certainly took much less time to get the information I needed into it. I really liked having multiple notebooks to keep track of a variety of topics and so I didn't wind up with lists everywhere. I had a designated notebook that was a running to-do list. Items were added as they came up and I would simply cross off what was completed. That way, at a glance, I could see what still needed to be taken care of.


Last April, I switched for the simple fact that I had found a planner that I liked and wanted to give it a whirl. Once I decided I'd stick with the A5 planner, I bought a new one (below) and I'm using my old one (above) to store past months. As 2017 approached, I gave a complete overhaul to my pages so they would include specific sections beyond the daily columns. I printed them at home on 28lb bright white laser paper from Staples.


Then earlier this month, Brandi and I got to talking about Bullet Journals and what works for us as far as using a planner. I began to research them every time I had a spare moment. In the end I decided it wasn't a good fit for me, but really liked some of the ideas. Suddenly my mind had been opened to using my planner in the ways I was missing from my TN. Why hadn't I realized this sooner?


I created a blank graph paper to print off as needed so that I could now include collections in the front of my planner. Different lists to jot down orders arriving, books read, ideas, goals, and more. I'm in list heaven and hopefully can rid myself of the scraps of papers tucked into my planner here and there.



Suddenly I had a renewed passion for organizing my planner, but wait, there's more! Brandi recently updated her shop and she has a gorgeous set of floral prints that happens to include 12 illustrations. Back to the computer I went to print new dividers and small tabs. I also made a couple dividers for my collections, one for personal and one for work using the Mary cards.


I'm hopeful that these changes will help to keep me more organized and on track. One of my current goals is to better manage my time. I usually spend about 15 minutes 2-3 times a week keeping my planner up to date, which I feel is reasonable, especially if it keeps me from forgetting anything. I store all of my supplies in this bucket and just grab it when needed.

If you have any tips and tricks, please share, I'm always on the lookout for fun ways to plan!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wrapping up February with a Sale

And just like that, we're halfway through March! It has been a very exciting and simultaneously exhausting past couple of months, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Today brings one of the biggest shop updates, and if you haven't heard the news, I'm launching Flat Packs! What are those you ask? They are die cut packs that come with an assortment of cards and elements featuring bold type and patterns that I've designed to coordinate with mini flair and stamps.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that I've been documenting the books I've read. Using the same format from January, I changed up the cards, but kept everything else very similar. I actually found myself doing that for a couple of themed pages. I like the consistency that it brings each month, but I still have the fun in making each one different with the new supplies I've most certainly purchased.


For my February highlights pages, I used pieces from The Story Flat Pack to quickly record additional moments from the month that hadn't been yet.


There are 3 new stamp sets and I used the set called The Story to document some surprise happy mail that arrived. The quote was taken from a text message and I love including those in my albums.


Last, but not least, you know I love alphabet stamps and hooray, there's a new one! It is an inline alphabet and coordinates with the bold one that was previously released. The same letters, numbers, and characters are included so that you can mix and match or layer the sets, but this newest set also includes two labels.


Before you rush off to the shop to pick up one of the many new items that have arrived, be sure to grab your code for the sale that is taking place now! Use the code SPRINGSALE to take 20% off of your entire purchase now until March 17th at 8pm EDT. Happy shopping!

Supplies:
Read More
3x4 cards and die cut elements - Read More flat pack - Feed Your Craft
patterned paper - 6x6 Moonstruck paper pad - Pink Paislee
background paper - Life Documented planner pages - Simple Stories

February Highlights
3x4 cards and die cut elements - The Story flat pack - Feed Your Craft
currently stamp - Journal It - Feed Your Craft
journaling font - Traveling Typewriter

She Said
stamps - The Story - Feed Your Craft
patterned paper - Studio Calico
inks - Pale Blush Pink and Catkin Hybrid ink cube - Simon Says Stamp 

Early Bloomer
patterned paper - Studio Calico
stencil - Scattered Bars - My Favorite Things
stamps - Inline Alphabet - Feed Your Craft, Herbs n Honey Astronomy background stamp - Hero Arts
ink - Pale Blush Pink and Fog - Simon Says Stamp
texture paste - Ranger
Peeled Paint Distress Ink - Tim Holtz

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

December Daily {2016}

As I work to get caught up on sharing projects I've completed, I thought I'd go back to December, and more specifically, my 2016 December Daily album. This was my fourth year participating in documenting our December and once again, I'm glad I did.

I take my album through the 31st of the month, telling one story each day with topics such as decorating for the holidays, a simple treat, and our favorite tradition of going out to see the holiday lights. Each day has my journaling, but sometimes it's tucked behind a photo or slipped into an envelope. I varied my page sizes and styles because I've learned that using all pockets or making all layouts doesn't suit my needs. Sometimes I want the structure and ease that the pockets provide to be able to include several photos, and other times I like to make interactive elements that work best without a page protector.

It's funny how realizing one simple thing can make a project come together so quickly. With the freedom to create each page however worked best, I was able to complete my album right after the new year began.

Below are a handful of pages to show the variety that makes up my album. You can view my entire album at your leisure in my gallery here and I've also uploaded a video where I talk a little more about my pages and share how I stored my supplies for easy access.






I worked with a few different kits throughout my album, but I feel that I'm able to maintain consistency in how I use my supplies. Also, no project of mine would be complete without making some of my own papers and elements, so if you see a product used or are curious as to how I created something, feel free to ask in the comments!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

When a Craving Strikes


I know I've just gotten back to regular blogging, and while this isn't paper related, I still feel like it goes along with why my blog was created, to share inspiration and ideas, and in this case a really good recipe.

I've been craving chocolate chip cookies for several days and while we have an excellent bakery nearby, I have yet to find a place to pick up the occasional cookie. So what's a girl to do, but make her own! The recipe is adapted from one that I found from the NY Times many years ago, but a quick search didn't yield the recipe that I started from.

In case you find yourself craving a crispy around the edges, chewy in the center cookie, here's the recipe. Enjoy!

Note: I didn't give my dough time to rest in the fridge which resulted in crispier cookies. So, if you're in a hurry, don't fret if you can't leave the dough for a day, they'll still be plenty tasty. :)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Creative Team Call {April - September 2017}


Wow, the time sure does fly and once again it's time to accept applicants for the next Creative Team. It's always an emotional time as I say goodbye to the wonderful ladies that have been a joy to work with and an inspiration to many.


The team will again consist of two parts, the first being for mini flair and stamps. If you love working with mini flair and stamps and are enthusiastic about using them in fresh and creative ways, then I just might have a spot for you. This is a 6-month term beginning April 1st and ending September 30th, 2017. You need to create 2 projects each month, which can be scrapbook layouts, Project Life, or mini albums - the choice is yours! You must have a public Instagram account to share clear, well-lit photographs of your projects in full as well as any other sales and promotions as they occur. Any other social media platforms, blogs, or galleries that you upload to are appreciated, but not required. Previous design team experience is not necessary, but please make sure there is no conflict with other companies you may be currently designing for.

During your term, I'll provide the mini flair and stamps of your choosing, and you get the flexibility to create and schedule your posts each month. In addition, you'll receive a discount to the entire shop to use any time in the 6 months on the Team.

Please make sure you have read the above carefully and feel confidant you can fulfill the requirements. To apply, email me at elise(at)feedyourcraft(dot)com with the subject line - 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 a link to your Instagram (and blog if you have one) and 3 recent projects that best showcase your style using flair and/or stamps (any brand is fine). This is open worldwide, but you must have your application in by 11:59pm EST, March 6th. I'll be in touch with all applicants on March 12th and will announce the Creative Team on April 1st.


For the other part of the Team, I am looking for 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 April 1st and ending September 30th, 2017. You need to be able to share 2 projects each month, one of them being on the release day of the kit. 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 must have a public Instagram to share your projects on in full as well as any other sales and promotions as they occur. Any other social media platforms, blogs, or galleries that you upload to are appreciated, but not required. Previous design team experience is not necessary, but please make sure there is no conflict with other companies you may be currently designing for.

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 while you are a part of the Team. There may be the possibility that a quick turnaround will be needed for your release day projects, so the ability to work within deadlines is a must.

Please make sure you have read the above carefully and feel confidant you can fulfill the requirements. To apply, email me at elise(at)feedyourcraft(dot)com with the subject line - Kit 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 a link 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 EST, March 6th. I'll be in touch with all applicants on March 12th and will announce the Creative Team on April 1st.

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!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Some Days


Some days are tough and that's okay. It seems to be harder for me in the winter months. When the days are so short, often gloomy, and cold, cold, cold. I wanted to create a page for my album documenting my feelings and the sweet photo of Mocha hiding under her bear was the perfect photo to use.


I'm still experimenting with how to use transparency sheets in my projects after seeing Brandi Kincaid use them in her December Daily album last year. I thought it would make a fun visual impact to print my journaling and then print faux marker lines on the transparency to black out most of the text. It's something I'd seen from writer and artist, Austin Kleon but had yet to try for myself.

Using Photoshop Elements, I typed my journaling on a 3x4 canvas. Then I added a layer and used the brush tool to draw lines over everything except for the 4 words I wanted to remain visible. I printed my journaling on white cardstock and then the lines on the transparency film. I did outline (stroke in PSE) both of the images so that I'd know where to cut.

I have flip-up pocket from Simple Stories, so I put the overlay in that and matched it up over my text. I added a couple of die cut shapes for contrast and then topped them with mini flair. A simple page for some very real talk.

Supplies:
patterned paper - Studio Calico, ABM Messy Box
alphabet stickers - American Crafts Thickers
mini flair - Tough Stuff - Feed Your Craft
transparency film - Apollo Color Laser Transparency Film - Amazon
flip-up pocket - Snap 3x4 Photo Flips - Simple Stories
font for journaling - Traveling Typewriter

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

January Highlights with The View From Here


Hi, hello, howdy! Yes, I'm still here, but as you can see, with the various day to day happenings, my blog has been the one thing that I've had to let slide. I am working to get it back into the mix as a way to continue sharing my creative pursuits, keep you up to date on the shop, and most importantly, to provide a spark of inspiration.

With the start of 2017, I changed how I would be documenting our everyday stories and after a long internal debate, I selected a 6x8 album to hold those moments and a Traveler's Notebook for our adventures, whether they be traveling, exploring our town, or getting lost in a good book or movie.

My everyday album is a mix of layouts and pocket pages and to wrap up January I decided to print photos that didn't get any attention throughout the month. Using the newest mini kit, The View From Here, designed by Brandi Kincaid was perfect because much of the focus in the kit is about capturing our lives through photography.


I selected a few cards that I felt best worked with my photos, added my journaling with little strips of typed text, and finished it off with a stamped sentiment. To go a little more in depth about the month, I used one of the digital 3x4 cards (included with the kit) and enlarged it to 6x8. I added more journaling and used one of the tags from the digital printable and popped it up on foam adhesive.

You can pick up The View From Here in the shop now and I'm excited to see what you create! For more kit inspiration, be sure to visit the Creative Team gals - Brandi, Diane, Laura, and Susan. And of course, a shop update wouldn't be complete without new mini flair!


I hope you'll stay tuned as I get back on track with sharing and making and making and sharing. :)

Supplies:
cards, stamp, and paper - The View From Here Mini Kit - Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft
alphabet stamp - Bold Alphabet - Feed Your Craft