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!

Supplies
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.


Supplies
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}

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

My Thankful 30 {2017} Days 1, 3 and 4

I've already fallen a few days behind, but I think a part of me was expecting that would happen. I was pleased to remember that I had a frosted notebook that is now serving as my album and the sun came out just long enough for me to be able to record a video sharing how my pages for November 3rd and 4th came together. You can view the video here or continue on reading about how those pages came together.


If you haven't yet seen it, here's my page for day 1. Using a Distress Marker, I colored onto a piece of plastic and then added water to the ink with a water brush. Then I laid my paper into the liquid in a couple of places. Once it was dry, I typed my journaling, added stamping, embellishments, and my photo. (The Pattern Play stamp set used here and below on day 4 is coming to the shop November 15th.)


For day 3, I went bold by printing a design I created on transparency film and adhering my photo to it. I didn't want the transparency to stick out like a sore thumb in my album, so I decided that the best way to work with it would be to have the page layered over the A5 graph paper I was using as my foundation pages. I'll also make sure to bring transparency back into my album at least one more time to maintain a cohesiveness in my album.

I used a stencil with texture paste that I tinted with Distress Ink in a few areas on my page and of course realized after the fact that I should have typed my journaling first. I covered the dried texture paste with Post-It notes just in case and then ran it through my typewriter. I added gold mist droplets around the stenciled areas and then adhered some little word stickers with foam adhesive and called my pages done.


For the last page, I went with a simple grid design after the boldness of November 3rd. I trimmed down one of the cards from the Many Thanks kit so that it was the same size as my photos, and then added a couple of chipboard shapes to a tag that I stamped the date on. Needing just a little something more, I added a stamped image in a couple of places and that was that.

None of the photos I used for the 3rd or the 4th were taken on those days, which is uncommon for me when I work on a daily project, but time restraints have meant that I need to be a little more flexible. The important thing to me is that I'm able to take the time to really appreciate a person or a place by recording each story or memory in my album.

And as a little thank you, you can download the design I created to add to your own projects, whether you're working on an album of thanks or something else. It's a unique size so that it can be trimmed to either A5 or 6x8. (If printing on transparency film, make sure you purchase the appropriate style for your printer and adjust your printer's media settings to the correct type.)

Supplies
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 1 - Wild Honey Distress Marker - Tim Holtz, Maggie Holmes die cuts - Crate Paper, Pattern Play stamp - Feed Your Craft, Dated Stamp - Elle's Studio, foam adhesive
day 3 - Apollo Transparency Film, Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink and Texture Paste - Tim Holtz, Scattered Bars stencil - My Favorite Things, word stickers - Gossamer Blue, gold mist - Heidi Swapp, foam adhesive
day 4 - Many Thanks card and chipboard shapes and Pattern Play stamp - Feed Your Craft, white tag

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

My Thankful 30 {2017} Cover and Day 2

No, your eyes do not deceive you, that really does say day 2 up there. ;) It was a comedy of errors when I sat down to prepare myself, supplies, and camera equipment. I accidentally took a photo using the day 2 prompt, I did a complete album overhaul, and had to restart my video no less than 4 times. BUT, I'm now all squared away, and am even more excited for this tradition to begin. If you want to jump straight to my video where I walk you through the products I'll be using and then show the process of my page coming together, you can view it here.


First up are the supplies I'll be using. I have the Many Thanks kit that was released in the shop, patterned papers from my scrap stash that include October Afternoon, Basic Grey, Crate Paper, and a few others, and just a few new items from American Crafts.

I've got stamps from the shop (including a new one coming November 15th), from Elle's Studio and Kelly Purkey, as well as older sets from Studio Calico and Felicity Jane. I grabbed my go to Simon Says Stamp ink colors, Fog and Pale Blush Pink along with Sunkist, Stone, Apricot, and Rosie Cheeks.

Now on to my album. I thought I'd be sticking with cardstock paper cut down to make my pages that were then bound with album rings (pictured above), but once I sat down to determine the flow of my album, it didn't feel right. I wanted a little more space to allow for breathing room and I also wanted to be able to stamp and add dimensional elements without worry.

I had just gotten a pack of dot grid A5 paper that wasn't going to work for my intended use, but found it would work great for this project. I gently removed the cover I'd made and was able to put it onto my newly trimmed album cover.


Last but not least, let's talk about how my first page came together. Using the upcoming Pattern Play stamp set, I stamped on my background in shades of grey and then typed my journaling. I added gold mist droplets over the stamped areas and trimmed a 4x4 piece of patterned paper to layer under my photo. Feeling like I needed just a little something more, I used the Stitched Leaves metal die set from Lawn Fawn to cut out leaves.

Now I have a simple formula to base the rest of my album on, which is key for me when doing a daily project. I'll also be using the prompt list again, not only because I've enjoyed seeing what's changed from year to year, but also to help keep this an achievable project for me.

You might notice a small difference from my final product if you watched my video. I was feeling unsettled by my page and decided to make a change. I cut down the 4x4 teal patterned paper from 4x4 to 3x3 and arranged my leaves on top of and below the paper. I'm so much happier with how it now looks and am really ready to get more work done on my album. :)

If you'd like to use the list, you can find it here, and if you're participating in your own gratitude album or project, please let me know, I'd love to see!