January 19, 2019

CKC January Mini Kit - Layout #2

Today I'm sharing a second layout I made with my January CKC mini kit.  (You can see my mini kit and first layout here.)  

I'd like to tell you a little about the background behind this page first.  Last April, I participated in the 100 Day Project.  You can find lots of information about this project online, but basically it involves participating in some kind of creative project for 100 consecutive days.  I'd decided that my project would be taking a photo on my daily walks.  This ended up being a win-win for me: it gave me incentive to get outside and moving again, and it was a relatively easy creative project.  Along the way, I found myself taking photos of heart-shaped things in nature.  I was posting my 100 photos on a separate Instagram account and I started tagging those particular photos with a specific hashtag: #heartsonsusanswalk.  I initially did that so I'd be able to see them all in one place but then I got the idea to document them on a scrapbook page.  So that's the behind-the-scenes story of this page.

I wanted to use the special hashtag as my title, but the alpha I included in my mini kit was too large to fit on the page, and it didn't have all the letters I needed.  So I rummaged through my Felicity Jane supplies and found another set that fit all my requirements.  I placed the letters on the left side of my page and stitched over them to help hold them in place.

For my photo, I just took a screen shot from my phone - fortunately I had just enough hashtagged photos to perfectly fill my screen.  I used a journaling tag from my kit to hold my journaling, and then added some small embellishments.

To keep the other side of the photo balanced, I added some paper strips and repeated some of the embellishments from the left side, too.

I have a little bit left in my kit, so I might be able to get another project done with it.  And I'd rather use most of it up, so I don't have as much to put back into my supplies!  

Have you heard of or participated in a 100 Day Project?  Let me know in the comments - and thanks for stopping by today!

January 15, 2019

December Daily - Final Page Shares

I was able to complete my December Daily just as the month came to a close, and while I truly enjoy this project, I was very glad to finish that last entry.  I only document through Christmas Day - by that time, I'm definitely over all the holiday documenting and am ready to move on to something new.

I posted my pages on my Instagram account and I have a flip-through on my IGTV as well.  The link to my account is in the right sidebar.  I'm just going to post a few of my favorite pages here, along with my thoughts on this year's project.

I included a cut-file for the very first time this year.  This particular one is from Elle's Studio and I backed it with a sheet of pale blue vellum.  I like this new addition - I really need to become more proficient with my Silhouette so that I can include more cut-files in my memory-keeping projects.

I also had fun adding lots of interactive pages.  I made a flip-up out of our Christmas card and added the details of our little photoshoot under the card itself.

This next spread was inspired by pages from Brandi Kincaid and Tazhiana Gordon.  I love the way they split the top photo or paper to reveal another one underneath.  So I gave it a try to document our tradition of visiting New York City every December.  

It took me a little while to figure out how to approach this design but it worked out just fine.

On the opposite page, I used the page protector with the  twelve 2"x2"squares, which is one that I usually avoid!  On the first side I added small photos of details from around our house, mixing in a few patterned paper punched stars.

The reverse side features photos taken from around our town.  And the right side of the spread is another new page design - a semi-circle.  I think this might be my favorite page in the album!

And it was pretty easy to make.  I just traced a plate on to white cardstock and then cut it in half.  I curved the "fa la la la" stamp sentiment (from an Elle's Studio set) onto a stamping block and then stamped it along the inside edge of the semi-circle.  When I added my journaling, I just followed the curve of the stamp.  I really like having this circular element to break up all the squares and rectangles in the album.

I covered the back with patterned paper and a photo that corresponded to the journaling on the front.

The right side is a 3"x8" page protector and I fused a 3"x4" pocket onto the front for another flip-out.

I made the existing top 2"x3" pocket into a shaker using snow globe wood veneers from Elle's Studio and some snowflake sequins that I've had for a few years.

Next up is my usual "letter to self" that I've included in almost every December Daily I've made.  I used an extra envelope from our Christmas cards and embellished the top to disguise the opening flap.

The next page is from Brandi Kincaid's Made Merry kit from Feed Your Craft (I have the digital kit).  I loved how both Brandi and Elise included snippets of gift wrap on this page and so I did the same, punching stars out of some of the papers and adding them to the squares. 

I put a vellum page in last year's album and repeated that again this year.  Simple and effective, I think.

For the final spread, I added one more large photo and then on the opposite page I added a glassine bag to hold four 3"x4" pocket cards and nine 3"x4" photos from Christmas Day.  I had a lot to say about the festivities and wanted to include the photos that corresponded with the stories!

Whew - this is quite the lengthy post!  Thanks for seeing it through to the end.  I'll close with one last photo of the album.  It's just slightly chunky but I was still easily able to use the binder rings that came with the 6"x8" acrylic album from Colorcast Designs.

And that's a wrap on my 2018 December Daily!

January 10, 2019

Thoughts About the New Year

Well it's the time of the year for resolutions and goal-setting and I was thinking about what I want my memory-keeping to look like in 2019.  I confess that I did get caught up in all the hoopla over new products, new albums for pocket scrapbooking, and everyone posting on Instagram about the changes they'll be making.

But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I'm happy and content with the way I've been memory-keeping, with one exception that I'll address below.  Before I look forward though, let's take a quick look back at 2018.  

I continued documenting everyday life in 12"x12" pocket pages.   As of the date of this post, I completed January through mid-November but then the craziness of the holidays struck, along with some traveling and the all-consuming December Daily documenting.  I hope to finish those few remaining weeks soon, although the thought of selecting photos from those weeks is a little overwhelming right now.  

I was a member of the Elle's Studio Design Team last year and while I thoroughly enjoyed being on the team, I decided not to return for another year.  I will definitely continue to create with Elle's products though - you know how much I love those puffy hearts!

My love for the mini album continued throughout 2018.  I completed a pocket page traveler's notebook about our long weekend in Nantucket.

I put together another traveler's notebook about my love for reading.

Summer saw me working on a Little Summer Joy traveler's notebook.

I put together another traveler's notebook with photos of the flowers that fill my house during the year.

And I made my first acrylic cover traveler's notebook about a getaway to Newport.  I think this was my favorite project of the year.

And finally, I recorded my monthly "currentlys" in a traveler's notebook.

I continued making counterfeit kits all year, too.  I love that the monthly inspiration kits encourage me to use what I already own.

So what's the exception that I mentioned up above?  I made far fewer layouts this year than ever before.  The lack of full-size pages isn't the problem though.  What I do want to do this year is tell more of my untold, important stories.  I have a basket which holds some notes and photos on topics that are important to me but sadly, that basket has sat untouched for the past year or even longer.

So my goal this year is to tell one story from that basket each month.  I'm already off to a good start as I used my January CKC kit to tell the first one.  I will most likely use the standard layout format for these but as long as I'm telling the stories, I don't really care whether it's done on a traveler's notebook page, mini album or 12"x12" page.

Do I have other unfinished projects?  Of course!  As I mentioned, my 2018 Project Life is incomplete, I'd like to make another volume of my flower photos, and I have one more short vacation to document.  I also have plenty of ideas for new projects, too.  I decided that I'm not putting any pressure on myself to get these done.  I'll work on them as I'm inspired and  if I don't get to them, no worries.  It's so easy to get overwhelmed by the idea of all there is to document but instead I'm going to focus on how much I've already done.

And I have some non-documenting "want to's" as well - curb my scrappy shopping, organize my photos, organize my supplies, get rid of what I don't use.  But again, no pressure.  If it happens, it happens.

So that's my plan for the year: continue with Project Life, tell one important story a month, and then do anything else that inspires me.  I still love telling my story through this creative hobby.

January 7, 2019

The Ton's 4th Anniversary Blog Hop - Day 3

I am very happy to be participating in Day 3 of the mini hop for the 4th Anniversary celebration for The Ton!  Here are the details about the mini hop, along with info about a great giveaway you can enter:

The Ton is celebrating 4 years this month and Effie has introduced 9 new designs for this release. There are some free gifts with purchase promotions ongoing. Head over to The Ton Stamps' blog for more details. 

GIVEAWAYS: There are also giveaways everyday on these mini hops! Win a stamp of choice from The Ton's new release. To enter, leave a comment on each blog each day. Effie will choose one winner per day (4 winners total) and announce the winners on The Ton's blog by January 12. The comment period for these giveaways will close on January 11 at 7pm EST. 

You should have arrived here from Kira's blog -  I'll have the links to your next destination at the bottom of this post.

I'm sure it will come as no surprise to you that when Effie offered me my choice of stamp for the mini hop that I selected a floral one.  Take a look at this beautiful "Today's Cosmos" set - it is so detailed and lovely and reminds me of the cosmos flowers I grow in my garden every summer.

And here is the layout I made with the stamp set:

I began by stamping the flowers onto pink and standard vellum and then fussy-cut them.  These images stamped beautifully and I love how you can see all the details of those pretty flowers.  It's winter here where I live so these stamps are the next best thing to the real cosmos flowers!

I also stamped and fussy-cut the smaller accent flowers and the two leaf sprigs and then arranged everything into a wreath on a 12"x12" sheet of light pink wood grain paper.

Once my wreath was in place, I added my photo and a stamped sentiment inside.  I didn't want to disrupt the flow of the page with anything else, so I added my journaling on the reverse side of the page.  The sentiment reminded me that we can find beauty everywhere, even in the petals dropped from a tree in the spring when their bloom has faded.

Thanks so much to Effie for asking me to participate and to you for stopping by today!  And now you'll want to head over to Olga's blog to see what she is sharing in today's mini hop.  

Here is the complete list for today's mini hop.  You can also find all of the links on The Ton's blog, the first stop listed below:

4.  Kira Ness
5.  Susan B  (you are here!)
7.  Ilda Dias

Don't forget to leave a comment on all the stops to be eligible for the giveaway, and Happy Anniversary to The Ton!