Friday, April 14, 2017

Day 10 / 100

I'm cheating. I made this printable yesterday, but I never got the chance to post it. So technically it really is #10, even though I'm posting it on day 11. I make my own rules.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Day 8 / 100

Today is National Library Workers Day, and I'm a card-carrying librarian, so I knew I had to do something book related. These fit the bill.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Day 7 / 100

Another day missed, but as my mom would say, "Too bad, so sad, oh well."

On to day 7. This one was inspired by #siblingsday and my crazy siblings.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Day 5 / 100

It's only day 5, and I've already missed a day. 😞 Oh well, I'm not giving up.

So here are today's printables. I felt this sentiment was appropriate on many levels today.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Day 3 / 100

Two of my coworkers are going to see My Favorite Murder live in Indianapolis tonight, but it sold out before I could get tickets. :(

Instead I've been listening to episodes all day and doing my best to SSDGM.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Day 2 / 100

Because the Grouch Anthem has been on replay in my head on this rainy, April day.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Day 1 / 100

Day 1 of The 100 Day Project. I figured this sentiment would be appropriate. Feel free to download and use these images in your crafty endeavors, and please let me know if you do. I'd love to see them in action!


Do you know about The 100 Day Project? I followed along with Elise as she participated last year, but I honestly didn't know much about until earlier this week. The 100 Day Project is a free global art project that anyone can participate in, started by Elle Luna and Lindsay Jean Thompson. The purpose of it, as I understand it, is to make time to be creative and to pursue something that interests and inspires you. You pick one thing and you do that thing for 100 consecutive days, beginning today, April 4th.

I loved the concept immediately, and I knew I wanted to participate...but I had no clue what I wanted to do. I thought about it for days, turning different ideas over in my head, trying to decide if they would work for me. I considered photography. I thought about cardmaking. I even briefly considered digging out my acrylic paints. But ultimately, I knew I needed to choose something that didn't require much in the way of supplies and that could be done pretty much anywhere.

So I chose #100daysofprintables. Each day, starting today, and for the next 100 days, I'll be creating a digital print that I can use for Project Life or scrapbooking or even just to frame, and I'll be sharing those prints with all of you here on the blog.

This is something I have wanted to do for so very long, and something that I'm excited to finally tackle. They won't all be artistically great. I'm still learning about design and have yet to master Adobe's Creative Suite, so I fully expect to make mistakes. But I'm learning, and hopefully this project will push me to learn at a greater speed than I have been.

So I hope you'll consider playing along, or at least follow along as attempt this project. Here's to new challenges!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

My Monthly Kits

As I've mentioned before, part of moving to our new house involves some serious down-sizing. Our new house is about 900 square feet; that's about a quarter of the size of our previous home. And there is only one bedroom, which means no separate offices and no craft room.

As someone who has amassed a shitload of supplies over the last 20-or-so years, that was a hard pill for me to swallow initially. But I've come to terms with the fact that my habits are going to have to, I've more than come to terms with it, I've embraced it. I'm ready for change. I'm ready for new challenges. And I'm ready to have less stuff to deal with.

What I'm not ready to do is to simply toss all the things I've collected over the years. There are a lot of supplies in my stash that I still love, even if they are a little out of date or out of trend. So instead of getting rid of everything and continuing to collect new things, I made a pact with myself. I cancelled the Studio Calico Documenter Kit subscription that I've had for over two years and instead decided to make my own kits from things I already own. 

My goal for 2017 is to limit what I buy to essentials (page protectors, glue runners, etc.) and a small amount of digital products. Other than that, I want to only use things that I already have. It's a big goal, and I'm almost positive that I will slip up at some point, but that's okay. I will still be adding less to my stash than I have in past years, and more importantly, I will be using the things I already have and love. 

For each kit I tried to stick to a kind of recipe so that I would be sure to have enough to work with but wouldn't add too much and overwhelm myself. Each kit has two sheets of 12x12 colored cardstock, 10-12 12x12 patterned papers, 8-10 sheets of 6x6 paper, 8-10 of both 4x6 & 3x4 journaling cards, alpha stickers, washi tape strips, and various other embellishments. 

When I sat down to make the kits, I started by picking twelve of my favorite items from my stash, then built a kit around each item, keeping seasons and holidays in mind. Each kit is coordinated and completely different from the others. 

I had more than enough in my stash to make 12 kits, and I can't even tell you how fun it was to put them together. I have all of them packaged up and waiting for me to rediscover at the beginning of each month. 

I also set some goals for using the contents of each kit, like I want to make more traditional layouts and even try my hand at card-making, in addition to continuing with project life. And there's plenty in each kit to do all of that. 

Now the only thing left to do is get this house finished enough that I have space to actually make something!