Wednesday, June 21, 2017

January Kit Update

Yes, I know it's June. Sometimes living life gets in the way of sharing it.

So today I wanted to give you an update on how I used my January kit. In case you've forgotten, this year I decided to abandon all of my kit subscriptions and create my own monthly kits from my overflowing stash in an attempt to use what I have. You can read more about my decision and see the contents of my January kit here.

First of all, I want to tell you that the monthly kits are working out perfectly...well, almost perfectly, but we'll get to that later. I am a bit behind in using them up, but I'm working my way through them. My goal for each kit was to use to create at least 3 layouts, 1 card, and my monthly Project Life spread. So far I've been able to do that plus some. I loaded these kits with plenty of products.

Back to the January kit. I love that I was able to get three very different looks from this one kit.

This layout is definitely my favorite. I stuck to papers that were grey, blue, green, and yellow, leaving out the pinks. I'm usually at a loss when it comes to using floral stickers on my pages, but with a little inspiration (found here) I was able to incorporate them in a fun way. Love the way this turned out!

The second layout is a traditional 12x12. I challenged myself to use one of the doilies from the kit, something I very rarely use. It turned out a little "girly" for my taste, but with all the pinks in this kit, I guess that was bound to happen. I didn't have a pink mist to match, so I mixed up some watercolors to create the splatters. Overall, I think it turned out nicely.

I have to be honest, I'm not in love with this third layout. the watercolor didn't work out the way I had planned, and it warped the cheap cardstock I had on hand. The layers are a little off to my eye, and the stamping may have been a mistake. I'm not in love with it, but I guess that's just the way it goes sometimes. 

A friend of mine had a birthday in February, so I decided to use the kit to make her birthday card. I'm not normally a card-maker, which is part of the reason I challenged myself to make a card every month with these kits. I'm actually really happy with the way it turned out, even if the ink did smudge a bit on the title. It's very simple, but I think it's kinda cute. I even made the envelope myself from a paper in the kit. :)

That just leaves the Project Life pages from January, which I'll share in another post. I have a bit more to say about how these kits are working (or not) for Project Life, and this post is long enough as it is.

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!