Sunday, October 15, 2017

Documenting December

The wait is finally over and I'm so glad you're here to share in the excitement! The response to the new products has been so amazing and I can't thank you enough for the kind words, support, and encouragement that continues to be shown!

As December nears, I can feel myself getting excited to welcome the month and documenting each day. I learned the hard way that I can't do any preparation in my album because I need to let the story for the day dictate how I want to document it, but creating an introduction page came together so easily.

I used one of the 4x6 cut apart cards and embellishments from the Remember December kit to fill the 2x2 pockets. I left plenty of empty space and filled in some of the remaining pockets with a gold star patterned transparency.

The Creative Team will be sharing projects today and over the next couple of months to provide inspiration using both the Remember December and Comfort and Joy kits, and they're being joined by a special guest this month. Once December gets under way, I'll be sharing my album process here.

Thank you again for being here and I hope to see you in the shop!

2x2 cards, mini flair, chipboard shapes - Remember December
gold star transparency - American Crafts

Friday, September 29, 2017

Many Thanks

I am so thankful for the support that continues to be shown and the kind and encouraging words I receive. Because of that, I'm able to grow the shop in ways I've been dreaming about. September has always been a month of milestones for the Feed Your Craft shop, and this year is no different. I'm so excited to announce that the first of many new products have hit the shop this morning!

The Many Thanks kit is now available, along with the ability to just purchase the new embellishments that are included in it. I'll be using the kit for documenting #mythankful30 in November, but I'm sure you'll be seeing pieces of it pop up in my projects before then.

In preparation for November's gratitude album, I assembled my mini album by simply cutting 8.5x11 card stock into quarters and using rings to assemble the hole punched pages. The size means I can easily pop a 3x4 card from the kit onto a page, get inky with the stamp set, and of course have fun adding dimensional embellishments.

For my cover, I layered several Distress Inks and then heat embossed the large pattern from the stamp set in white. I added a chipboard shape with a little gold thread underneath and now I'm all set for November's arrival. You can see my past albums here and find the prompt list I've worked with here. I'm not sure I'll use it again, though I have used it for multiple years in the past. I love seeing the differences from year to year, but for now, I'm leaving my options open.

I hope you'll head over to the shop and take a look at all of the new products and if you place an order, I'd love to see what you create! Happy shopping!

Many Thanks kit - Feed Your Craft
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Inks - Antique Linen, Scattered Straw, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin, and Vintage Photo

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Summer Stories TN {Pt. 2}

Even though summer isn't officially over, it sure does feel like it's wound down. I'm glad to have just added the final spread to the Traveler's Notebook that I started back in June, and it was fitting to have the solar eclipse be the last entry.

I've shared a process video showing how I made those pages and then I walk you through my completed notebook. You can watch the video here, and if you'd like to see all of the photos, you can view them in my gallery. Below I've shared a few of the pages that I've made over the past several weeks. This has become one of my favorite projects to do each summer, probably because summer is my favorite. :)

If you have any questions about products or techniques, don't hesitate to ask!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Creative Team Call

If you're an enthusiastic and passionate memory keeper, I'd love to see an application from you! You can find all of the details on how to apply here.

Monday, August 21, 2017

More Catch Up with Catch Your Breath

Last week I shared the start of my July pages in my 2017 everyday album and today I'm back with the last 3 to finish the month. If you'd prefer, you can watch how they came together in this video here. While filming my work in progress is still a bit of a struggle for me, I hope that as I talk you through my process, you can learn about the decision making that occurs and see how easy it was to coordinate the Catch Your Breath mini kit with my photos and stories.

I had fun with this first page, trimming a couple of the cards into triangles in order to fit them together to give my page a little added oomph. I liked how the fluttering wings pattern paired with the fireworks and how the colors complemented my photos. I used the same alphabet stickers as on a previous page to continue to tie everything together.

Next, after much shuffling around of the cards, photos, and journaling, (which I edited out of my video because it wound up back in the original arrangement), I made a small embellishment cluster to bring dimension to my page. I stamped onto the card and then placed an element from the PDF printable included in the kit. To add a mixture of textures, I used another puffy sticker from the pack I used last week and then one of the mini flair from the add-on pack.

For my last page, I ended up changing my mind from my original plan and used a card from the printable sheet. My sister and I had been anticipating the return of Game of Thrones and there has been so much happening on the show that I thought the "catch your breath" card wasn't only a perfect color match, but the sentiment made me think about how I need to catch my breath after every tense or shocking moment that occurs.

Thank you so much for your excitement and support surrounding the kit, it means so much to Brandi and me! And for now I'll leave you with the hint that big things are coming to the store and I hope you'll stay tuned to see what we've been working on.

cards, stamps, and paper embellishments - Catch Your Breath mini kit - Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft
inks - Green Apple - Simon Says Stamp
puffy sticker - Gossamer Blue
alphabet stickers - Kelly Purkey

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Catch Up with Catch Your Breath

Happy day, it's the 15th and with it comes the release of the latest mini kit designed by Brandi Kincaid! Catch Your Breath is now available for purchase and I'm sharing 3 pages that I made using it. If you'd prefer to see how my pages came together and to take a closer look at what the kit includes, you can watch my video here.

I had inadvertently printed the photos I wanted to use for July in a 3x4 size and so not wanting to be wasteful, it meant that my month would be in pocket pages and not the usual mix of memory planner and pockets. But no worries, because using the kit made my pages come together so quickly.

For my first page, I selected one of the 3x4 cards with a great quote on it and then using the stamp set, made an additional filler card.

Next, I quickly put together a page selecting cards that were a great color match to my photo and tickets. I added a puffy star and one of the circle embellishments from the printable PDF included with the kit to add some texture and dimension.

The last page I got completed was for my monthly Read More series. Every month I include the book(s) that I've read along with a card that says "read more". This time I used the stack of books from the stamp set and a label from the printable and called it done.

As you can see, this kit worked for a variety of topics and the colors, while different for me, were so fun to use. I have 3 more pages that I'll be working on to wrap up July and I'll be continuing to use the kit and hope to share that sooner than later.

I hope you're excited to get pick up your own kit and I hope to see what you make. Happy shopping!

cards, stamps, and paper embellishments - Catch Your Breath mini kit - Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft
inks - Green Apple, Leaf Green, and Pale Blush Pink - Simon Says Stamp
puffy sticker - Gossamer Blue
alphabet stickers - Kelly Purkey
other - Tiny Attacher, foam tape, EK Success Photo Labels large punch

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Make Every Day

It's release day and that means new products have hit the shop! Today I have a little extra to share and really hope that it will be something that happens more frequently. Along with the pages I made, I have a process video that you can check out here. If videos aren't your thing, not to worry, read on!

Two new stamp sets have arrived to help you document your Workday and time spent running Out and About. To coordinate with them, mini flair is available in both black and white and color packs. Last but not least, there's a brand new Summer themed flat pack with a blend of modern and retro designs. It's all ready to come home to you and get crafty with!

I have plans for both stamp sets, but right away I used the Workday set along with a mini flair to create a new page for my 2017 everyday album. Using several stamps, I created embellishment clusters. I changed my mind several times as I went along, letting the building of stamped layers grow on its own.

For the pocket page on the left, I masked off areas of 2 cards and stamped the days of the week using the Daily Doings stamp set. The large chipboard letters make quite the impact, so I wanted my embellishing to be more subtle and balance out all that gold.

I hope you'll head over to the shop and pick up some items, because I'd love to see what you create!

stamps - Daily Doings and Workday - Feed Your Craft
inks - Pale Blush Pink and Fog - Simon Says Stamp, Inky Black - Studio Calico
chipboard letters - Maggie Holmes {Shine} for Crate Paper
mini flair - Workday - Feed Your Craft

Thursday, June 29, 2017

June Catch Up

Much of June had passed by and I only had two pages completed, so I got the pesky task of printing photos out of the way, and armed with coffee, I worked to get my moments recorded. Each month, I stamp a quote to use as a divider and found this wonderful one from John Steinbeck.

Since I had so many pages to work on, I once again resorted to creating in batches. I laid out my pages and then placed my photos. Just like May, I'm continuing with a loose style of memory planners, but I'm not sure I'll stick with it for July. I do like the addition of the pocket pages, but it takes a lot more coordination for me to feel like my pages are cohesive.

Each month this year has been treated like its own little chapter and I use the same supplies and techniques within each section. I was less concerned about that when I did Project Life, so I'm not sure where this mindset is coming from.

For June's pages, you'll see the same stamps in the backgrounds along with sticky notes and die cuts repeating throughout. While the colors may vary, using the same elements gave me the coordination from page to page that I was seeking.

When it came to the pocket pages, I used the same ink colors for my stamping, but gave myself more freedom with how the pages came together. My only goal was that they color coordinated with the facing page, but the supplies varied.

I'll have a couple more pages to add for the month along with my monthly recap of books read. Those might be my favorites to create and maybe one day I'll get to that mini book all about reading that has been on my mind for over a year. ;)

June divider - stamps - Kelly Purkey Southport, ink - Simon Says Stamp Green Leaf, die cuts - Maggie Holmes {Chasing Dreams}, small white doily, Pebbles alphabet roller stamp
page 1 - stamps - Basic Grey Herbs and Honey Astronomy Background and Studio Calico, inks - VersaMark watermark stamp pad and Simon Says Stamp Catkin hybrid ink, Ranger Gold embossing powder, Twine and Ink puffy shapes
page 2 - stamps - Wonky Backdrops - Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson, ink - Simon Says Stamp Duckling, sticky notes - Kelly Purkey for Hero Arts, ticket die cuts - One Little Bird for Studio Calico
page 3 - patterned paper and die cuts - My Mind's Eye {Meow}, stamps - Make It Matter - Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft, ink - Simon Says Stamp Catkin hybrid ink
page 4 - Wonky Backdrops - Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson and Daily Doings - Feed Your Craft, ink - Simon Says Stamp Pale Blush Pink, Fog, and Smoke, sticky notes - Kelly Purkey for Hero Arts, ticket die cuts - One Little Bird for Studio Calico
page 5 -  Wonky Backdrops - Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson, ink - Simon Says Stamp Duckling, sticky notes - Kelly Purkey for Hero Arts, ticket die cuts - One Little Bird for Studio Calico
page 6 - 3x4 cards - Studio Calico Story Board, stamps - That's the Ticket - One Little Bird for Studio Calico and Wanderlust - Feed Your Craft, inks - Simon Says Stamp Smoke and Duckling

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