Monday, February 5, 2018

December Daily: Days 1 & 2

I've finally gotten around to editing the videos of my December Daily process! I actually filmed this back in December, but you know, life.

So here's the video for days 1 & 2.

And here are some closeups of my album.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Crafting!

Monday, December 11, 2017

December Daily: Title Page & Intentions

I've had the idea for my December Daily title page in my head for months. I knew I wanted to use the transparency sheet from the Messy Box kit and that I would use coordinating glitter Thickers to write out the year. The rest of it came together pretty easily. It's simple, and that's what I need this year.

You can see my process in the video below.

December is always a busy month for us, and this year is no exception. I'll likely be finishing most of my album in the new year, so in case I'm not back here before, happy holidays to you all! And happy scrapping!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

December Daily: Plan & Supplies

This is my 7th year of December Daily. Some years have definitely been more successful than others, but I've at least attempted a December Daily project since 2011. If you're not familiar with December Daily, it's a month-long project created by the genius memory-keeper Ali Edwards.

This year I chose to keep it pretty simple. I'm using a 4x6 album from Ali's store and the coordinating kit designed by Kelly Purkey (still available as a physical or digital kit). The kit is a couple years old, and I actually purchased it earlier this year during a sale.

You can hear more about my plans in the video below.

Are you doing a December Daily album this year? I'd love to hear your plans.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

February Kit & Update

Yes, I do realize it is nearly August, and I am just now posting about my February kit. I have been woefully remiss in posting to this blog, and I feel dreadfully guilty about it.

The good news, if it can really be considered news at all, is that I'm not so far behind in actually using my kits as I have been in posting about them. So I have lots to catch you up on, starting with the contents of my February kit. 

For each kit, I started with an inspiration piece and built the rest of the kit around it. For the February kit, that piece was this super old sheet of cut-apart tabs from Evalicious. 

For the 12x12 patterned papers, I chose ones that stayed within the pastel color palette, even though there are a few brighter elements on the tabs. Since I planned to use this kit in February, I thought the brighter colors might be too much of a contrast with my winter photos. The papers are from a variety of manufacturers and collections, including Becky Higgins, Echo Park, American Crafts, and Dear Lizzy. I also included two sheets of cardstock, one an embossed teal and the other a super soft pink, as well as a printed vellum from the Dear Lizzy Neopolitan collection. Can you believe all of these were in my stash and completely untouched?! 🙄

The 6x6 papers are a mixture of Studio Calico, Maggie Holmes, and Pink Paislee. The 4x6 and 3x4 cards are mostly from past Studio Calico kits, with a few from Becky Higgins Project Life kits and pads.

For alphas, I included an old, partially used set of chipboard Thickers in black and a small, pink alpha from a past Studio Calico kit. The embellishments are a mish-mash of things, including some Heidi Swapp frames and rub-ons, a Dear Lizzy sticker pad, some bits from past Studio Calico kits, and even some Smash journaling cards. I also added a sampling of washi and sequins from my stash.

And that's the Febraury kit! In my next post, I'll share the layouts and card that I made using this kit. I also have not forgotten that I promised to share my Project Life status in my last post, and I plan to share that very soon. So check back for lots more crafty fun! 😉

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.