Thursday, September 12, 2019

Documenting the Not-So-Good

The Sleeping Bear Dunes area of Michigan is one of our favorite places in the country, and we try to make a trip up there every year. Last year we planned an epic 10-day camping vacation, and we were super excited about it.

Unfortunately, the morning we were scheduled to leave, I woke up feeling awful. I tried to fight through it to get us packed up and ready to go, but I felt like death. About half-way through the 8 hour drive, J reached over to discover that I had a high fever. For rational people that would have been a good point to turn around or maybe find an urgent care center. But not us. I convinced him it was only a 24-hour bug and that I would be fine the next day.

I spent the next five days miserable in our campsite. I refused to go to a doctor, and the only reason I can think of to justify that decision was that I was in some kind of fever-induced delirium. There were good points during the trip, moments when I felt well enough to enjoy some time at the beach or around town, so it wasn't a total loss. But overall, I was miserable. I couldn't sleep, could barely breath, and I was in a lot of pain.

So how do you document a trip like this? How do you scrapbook the times that you want to remember but that you'd also sorta like to forget?

I put it off for a long time. I knew I would make a mini album eventually, but I wasn't sure how to approach it. Finally, this month I decided to tackle the project, and I made the decision to focus on the good.

I'm not completely ignoring the fact that I was sick or that there were times during the trip that were incredibly difficult for me, but I'm not focusing on those times. I've made note of my illness, mentioned a few of the issues I was facing, but then moved on to the parts that I want to remember most. We took some beautiful pictures and had some really wonderful moments. That's what I want the album to be about.

I'll be sharing pages a few at a time on my YouTube channel. Here are the first three sections:

How do you document the hard times? I'd love to hear your strategy!

Products Used:

Citrus Twist Kits Life Crafted Album in teal

Citrus Twist Kits September "Explore" Life Crafted Kit

Citrus Twist Kits September "Explore" Digital Papers

Citrus Twist Kits September "Explore" Digital Cards

Citrus Twist Kits September Add-on Kit

Citrus Twist Kits September Traveler's Notebook Stamp

Citrus Twist Kits September This is Life "Let's Wander" Stamp

Citrus Twist Kits Simple Words Version 2 Stamp

Citrus Twist Kits June "Around Here" Life Crafted Kit

Pinkfresh Studio "Out and About" New Places Paper

Pinkfresh Studio "Out and About" Ephemera

Pinkfresh Studio "Out and About" Puffy Stickers

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

2019 Project Life for Push Print Studio

I'm back again with another page in my 2019 Project Life album. This one goes all the way back to February! 😳

This page has sat there, undone for months. It didn't really have a big story to go with it, and no matter how I tried, I couldn't figure out what to do with it. Enter Push Print Studio.

While I was working on my last layout for the PPS Creative Team, I was drawn to the gorgeous deep burgundy color in some of the cards from The Lovely Pear collaboration. And then it just clicked!

Once I figured out that I wanted to use these cards with this spread, it came together so easily! I grabbed some other favorites from the Push Print Studio shop, as well as a few random bits from my stash, and voila, the page was done!

You can watch the entire process in the video below.

Thanks for watching, and happy crafting!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

2019 Project Life: June in Maine, Part 2

When I saw the "You Are So Brave" card in the Clear and Cloudy kit designed by Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft, I knew I had to use it on the spread. This section of my 2019 Project Life album documents a trip Jesse took to Maine with a friend of his. They were there nearly a whole week, saw a couple of Phish shows, then hiked Mount Katahdin.

If you've never heard of Katahdin (I hadn't), it's the mountain at the end (or the beginning) of the Appalachian Trail. It's a steep rocky climb up something like 5,000 feet. It's crazy. And I'm so proud of Jesse for accomplishing this goal of his.

To document this page from his adventure, I used two of the cards from the kit. The "Brave" card, obviously, and a 4x6 card that looks like a topographical map, which I cut in half to make it fit a 3x4 pocket. I also used several pieces from the digital cut apart sheet that comes with the kit, including a tag, some labels, and a couple decorative circles.

To finish off the spread, I also added stamping from two other Feed Your Craft sets. I used the stamp set from the "Summer On My Mind" mini kit designed by Beshka Kueser to add a few sentiments around the page, and the "Head High" stamp set to add "you got this" to the picture of him rock climbing up the mountain.

I also added a few of the All Hearts Puffy Stickers around the spread. I love these things so much! I'm going to need to stock up, since my sheet is nearly gone already!

And that's about it! You can see the whole thing come together in the process video below.

Thanks for watching and happy crafting!

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Monday, August 26, 2019

So Very Loved for Hip Kit Club

Hi guys! I'm here today to share a layout I made for Hip Kit Club using the August kits! My assignment for this layout was to create a layout based on this week's sketch using punches and a monochromatic color scheme...phew, that was a lot of parameters to keep track of. 😅

As a challenge to myself, I chose to use the tones of purple in this month's kit for my monochromatic color scheme. I'm normally not a big fan of purple, but these dusty purple tones are just so freaking gorgeous! I wanted to use all of them immediately.

I started with some mixed media. This month's color kit came with a purple shade of Magical Powders from Lindy's Stamp Gang, so I knew I had to give that a try. I tested the color on a piece of scrap paper, and decided to mix it with the pink tone in the kit to get a better match to the purples in the kit.

I kept the mixed media towards the center of the page, just as it is in the sketch. I actually stuck really close to the sketch for the entire layout this time. It makes it so easy to put a page together! I used one of the Vicki Boutin stencils from the color kit along with some gel medium to add an additional layer of color and texture to the background. I love how it turned out!

Once my mixed media had dried, I pulled out everything from the kit that was purple and just started playing! I printed my photos in black and white so that they wouldn't compete with the color on the page, and added several layers behind them using paper and journal cards from the pocket life kit.

I used a notebook edge punch on the layers at the top of the page and one of the stamps from the color kit to add additional texture to the page. I also used lots of foam adhesive to give the elements on my page dimension.

And that's it! You can see the entire process in the video below.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy crafting!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

2019 Project Life: June in Maine for Feed Your Craft

When I saw the new "Clear and Cloudy" kit designed by Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft, I knew I wanted to use it to document Jesse's recent trip to Maine. He traveled there in June with friends to visit Acadia National Park and hike Mount Katahdin. The water/rain theme, as well as the bravery/"do your own thing" vibe of the kit was a perfect match for this section of my album!

I decided to document his trip right in our Project Life album. I could have made a separate mini album, but I thought that we would be more likely to view the PL album in the future. And since it wasn't a trip I actually went on, it seemed easier to just tuck it into the timeline of an existing album.

For today's project, I chose a double-page spread from this section to focus on. I wanted one with lots of water pictures and plenty of space to embellish. I actually had to remove one of the photos on this page, but not to worry; it will make it back in at some point.

Once I had chosen the spread to start with, the whole thing came together really quickly. I added lots of little bits from the cut apart sheet that comes with the kit, stamped a few of the  icons and sentiments from the coordinating stamp set, and that's about it.

Of course, I'll add journaling from Jesse once I'm able to. He's been out of town for work, so after he returns I'll get him to sit down and write out the stories of his trip.

And that's about it! Here's a video of my process so you can see just how quickly everything came together.

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Crafting!

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Feed Your Craft August Unboxing

The August kits are here! You can see all of this month's goodies, plus a few extras, in my unboxing video. All the products mentioned are listed below.

Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft "Clear and Cloudy" Kit
Little Lamm Paper Co. for Feed Your Craft "Everyday Ordinary" Kit
Rainbow Heart Puffy Stickers

Head High Stamp Set
Chin Up Stamp Set

In a Creative Bubble for Feed Your Craft "Local Living" Digital Kit
In a Creative Bubble for Feed Your Craft "City Loving" Stamp Set

Caffeinated Stamp Set
Beshka Kueser for Feed Your Craft "Summer On My Mind" Mini Kit

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

2019 Project Life: June for Push Print Studio

When Caytlyn of Push Print Studio reached out to me and asked if I'd consider being on her very first design team, I was absolutely thrilled. I've been a fan of Push Print Studio since I first saw her designs in use, several years back. She recently took a short hiatus, but now the shop is back and updated with a new look and new collections, and I'm so honored to be a part of it.

For my first project as a member of the design team, I had the chance to play with the brand new collaborative collection with The Lovely Pear. It's absolutely gorgeous and full of so many fun details. I printed out a few of my favorites and found the perfect spread in my 2019 Project Life album to document.

I grabbed a few embellishments from my stash: a couple sheets of chipboard stickers from Studio Calico and A Beautiful mess, some enamel dots from Prima, a bit of washi, and some printable labels from Illustrated Faith

I was amazed at how well everything coordinated with the colors in this collection. It all came together so easily.

I started with the cards, then chose a few bits of chipboard to add here and there. I tried to spread around the beautiful colors in this kit to make the whole spread feel balanced.

I used the labels to add some handwritten journaling to a few of the pictures and cards, and typed up some longer journaling to add as well.

I used gold staples to add a bit of sparkle to some of the cards. It was the perfect finishing touch to all of these rich colors.

I had a little extra story to include in the middle of this spread, so I used one of the two-pocket page protectors from Citrus Twist Kits. It fits perfectly in the Studio Calico album I'm using this year.

It also gave me an opportunity to use a couple more cards from this collection! I love the way the whole spread turned out. You can see all of the details in the video below.

Happy Crafting!

Exciting News!!!

I'm so excited to be joining the Citrus Twist Kits Creative Team!!! It is literally a dream come true!

If you've been around here for any amount of time, you know I'm a huge CTK fan. At the beginning of this year when I decided to start applying for creative teams, being on the CTK team was my goal...and it's finally happening! I love their products. Their kits make putting together project life pages so stinking easy, and because it's all exclusive product, the end result is something so unique. 

I'm seriously overjoyed right now, and I can. not. wait. to start playing with the September kit!!

If you're not already familiar with all of the beautiful faces in the image above, do yourself a favor and go read all their details on the Citrus Twist Kits site. 

Friday, May 10, 2019

On the Hip Kit Club Blog today!

I'm over on the Hip Kit Club Blog today sharing a layout I made with a Mother's Day theme using this week's sketch (which I also happened to design 😊). Here's a little sneak...

Let me just say two words: Rain. Bow. 😁

See you there!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Traveler's Notebook: Plant Killer for Feed Your Craft

I'm back with another traveler's notebook layout. This one is in a new TN I started just for fun. I'm really loving this format! It's so freeing! And it takes no time at all to put together a spread. You can count on seeing more TN spreads here in the future. 😊

Anyway, back to the spread at hand...

I used the High & Low kit designed by Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft. It was perfect for documenting this story. And amazingly, it's still available in both physical and digital formats. Go get yours now if you haven't already!! (FYI, these are affiliate links 😊)

I used one of the stamps to do some repeat stamping to create my own background. I wanted a light grey ink, but the lightest grey I had was still a bit dark. So I chose to do a second generation stamp to get a lighter impression. I inked the stamp, stamped it once on scratch paper, then stamped it on my background. Easy peasy! And it got just the shade I was hoping for.

I used a couple of the journal cards as layers behind my photo to add some color to the spread, then embellished with some of the printable cut-aparts that come with the kit. So simple! But I really love how this one turned out.

You can watch my full process below:

Happy Crafting!