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