May 6, 2019

CKC May Mini Kit Reveal and Project

Hello! It's time again for the reveal of my CKC mini kit, so let's get right to it...

Our inspiration this month are the March 2019 kits from My Creative Scrapbook.  I used one piece from three of the kits to guide me as I put together my (very) mini kit.  The main kit is travel themed, which helped me decide that I would tell one of my untold stories that is connected to a vacation (in a somewhat roundabout way).

My Creative Scrapbook March 2019 Main Kit

Both that kit and the Creative/Mini Kit contain black word thickers, so I decided to include a package in my own mini kit.

My Creative Scrapbook March 2019 Creative / Mini Kit
And there is a colorful layer cake pocket card in the Album Kit that inspired me to include a striped paper in my kit.

My Creative Scrapbook March 2019 Album Kit

The red and pink colors in these kits were also on my mind as I pulled my mini kit ingredients.  It's a pretty minimal kit as I was intending to use it for one page; here it is:

I wasn't sure what I'd want to use for embellishments so I decided to just give myself what I'd need for the basic page and then pull things from my supplies once I had my photo and story in place.  I again pulled a photo from my untold stories basket; here's how everything came together:

I've been reorganizing supplies and happened to have some chipboard frames out on my table so I used one of them to contain my journaling.  I made a red tag from a piece of cardstock in my scrapbox, added a circle embellishment that was punched from a pocket card, and used some hearts that were included in the set of word thickers.

This came together very quickly since I didn't have to sift through a lot of supplies and I'm pleased that I told another one of my untold stories.  Is it one of my favorite layouts in terms of design? No, but again, my goal is to get those important stories told and this page does exactly that.

Don't forget to visit the CKC blog and see Lisa's mini kit - she always puts together something lovely!  And I hope that you'll play along this month and link to your kit and projects in the Facebook group, on the blog, or on Instagram.

Thank for stopping by today!

May 5, 2019

Five Faves - May

It's springtime and gardening season! This month's list will be short and sweet so I can spend more time digging in the dirt and enjoying the sunshine!

1.  I'm always looking for interesting podcasts to listen to while I get things accomplished around the house and yard or while exercising.  Lately, I've been listening to "Scrapbook Your Way", hosted by Jennifer Wilson of Simple Scrapper.  I especially enjoyed her conversation with Jess Forster in episode ten and how Jess is using Instagram stories in her memory-keeping.

2.  I've been slowly going through my supplies, deciding what to keep and what to sell or pass along.  This process has actually been enjoyable - I've found that sifting through supplies helps reignite my creativity. It's fun to rediscover supplies that I love and had forgotten all about, and then think about how I can use them in a project.

3.  An Instagram account that I love to follow is @peoniesandposies.  Her floral feed is just stunning.

4.  Crate Paper had a cute free download of journaling cards on their blog last month.  I'm not sure what I'll do with them yet but they would be great for an "all about me" mini-album.

5.  I have a pair of extra large scissors that I use quite often when scrapbooking.  Their long blade is helpful for trimming longer pieces all in one cut.  I found mine on Amazon here.  

(These are not affiliate links; I'm just sharing things that I use and enjoy.)

What have you been loving lately?  Please let me know in the comments.  And now, I'm off to the garden...

May 4, 2019

Happy {Inter} National Scrapbook Day!

Happy {Inter}National Scrapbook Day!  Whether you are participating in group challenges and on-line crops, doing a little scrappy shopping, or just enjoying a little time at your craft desk, I hope you get to celebrate the day. 

The CKC blog is collaborating with the Bash Your Scrapbook Stash Facebook group (link here).  There's a special inspiration kit just for the occasion, and I've provided a sketch (based on one of my layouts from earlier this year) for a challenge.  If you're interested in participating and want more details, you can check the CKC blog, the CKC Facebook group or the BYSS Facebook group.

I have a full schedule for today so I won't be able to participate in many activities at all but luckily, since I had a little inside info on the inspiration kit and the challenge, I was able to make a mini-kit and a layout.

I decided to concentrate on the colors in the inspiration kit and pulled some 6x6 papers from my supplies.  I wanted to document a particular story from my untold stories basket, and so I also selected a couple of wood veneer pieces that would complement that story.  This is my mini-kit:

I also included a 12x12 sheet of white cardstock and a circle punch to go along with the sketch.  Since I designed the sketch from a layout I'd already made, I decided that I'd switch it up a bit for this new page; you can see some of my notes below.

And here is that page:

I cropped my photos into circles and then popped them up on dimensional adhesive to distinguish them a little from the patterned paper circles.  I added the wood veneer embellishments to one circle in each row and included typed journaling on strips of white cardstock. I used some older Thickers and alpha stickers for the title and then at the bottom of the page I adhered rectangular bits of each of the patterned papers I used for the circles. I didn't use two of the papers: the wood grain and the aqua stripes with pink edges.  I tried to make them work but they just didn't coordinate very well with my photos.

I hope you'll participate in the challenge. Please leave a comment and a link if you do because I'd love to see what you make.  Thanks for stopping by and Happy {Inter}National Scrapbook Day!

April 6, 2019

CKC April Mini Kit Reveal and Project

Hello and welcome to the reveal of my CKC April mini kit!  We are using as inspiration the March 2019 Kits from the Hip Kit club.  Here's a look at the scrapbook kit, which is the one I used when I assembled my mini kit:

This kit has such a lovely range of colors and patterns, including the pinks and florals that I love, with pieces from the newest collections from Heidi Swapp and Crate Paper.

I was a little pressed for time when I needed to assemble my mini kit, so to keep things easy I decided to pull all my components from one manufacturer, Felicity Jane.  I've got a very abundant FJ selection in my supplies and I know that their collections mix-and-match very well, too.   My mini-kit turned out to be very paper-heavy, but I had trouble narrowing down the prospects and decided to just include them all.  After all, there aren't any rules when assembling a CKC kit, right?!  Let's take a look at the full mini-kit:

And here are closer looks at the papers:

And some of the embellishments (puffy stickers, foam alphas, die-cuts, and enamel hearts):

And the rest of the embellishments:

When it came time to make my project (a layout from my untold stories basket), I had the same indecision problem with my patterned papers.  So once again, I decided to just use them all, employing a design technique I've used many times which allows me to feature a variety of patterns:

I started by cutting paper strips in a variety of widths and lengths; I used the front (and some backs) of the papers, along with the branding strips which also had patterns.  To add a little more interest to the design, I also varied the edges by cutting notches or diagonals, distressing, fringing, and using some of my edge punches.

I arranged the strips on a piece of white cardstock, lightly adhered them and then stitched them all onto the page.

I layered some die-cuts and tags under my photo, added a paper clip, and then placed the entire piece on top of a glassine envelope which holds a tag with journaling.

The photo/journaling cluster went on the left center of the page and the title on the right center.  I added three enamel hearts and tucked three labels into the paper strips to finish the page.

I hope you'll join in the CKC fun this month!  Whether you make a mini kit or a full version, please share it with us: you can post it in our Facebook Community, tag us on Instagram, or add a link on our monthly link-up page.

Thank you for stopping by today!

April 5, 2019

Five Faves - April

Hello and welcome to the April edition of my five faves!

1.  I guess winter hasn't really been that bad in terms of snow and cold, although ice is another story, but I am definitely over it and ready for spring.  There are some signs of it around here: birds singing earlier in the morning, the temperature has warmed up just a bit, the peepers are peeping in the evening, and some of the spring bulbs have appeared.  I really get a mental lift from seeing things in bloom and I know it won't be much longer until I can be outside digging in the dirt and working on my garden.

2.  I sometimes like to have a little bit of dimension on my scrapbook projects but I don't like anything with too much bulk.  I've been putting craft foam or fun foam under photos and embellishments for a couple of years now and that gives me exactly the height I like.  It's very thin - thinner than chipboard - and less inexpensive than pop dots or other dimensional adhesive.  I buy it in packs of 4x6 sheets at my local Walmart and it's available at in Michael's, JoAnn's and on Amazon as well.  It's also available with adhesive already applied on one side but I haven't been able to find that around here yet. (I don't believe that the foam is archivally safe so if that is a concern for you, you'll probably want to skip it.)

Foam Sheets

3.  Staying with the scrapbooking topic, another fave this month is a pair of tweezers.  I've seen creatives on Youtube using tweezers to place delicate stickers or alphabets on their projects and I finally decided to try it myself.  I think there is an actual crafting tweezer but I use one meant for beading and it really works well to help me line up those narrow or small alphabet stickers that I sometimes use on my pages.

Beading Tweezers

4.  While browsing in a nearby HomeGoods store, I found (and promptly purchased) a Chai scented candle from Sand + Fog.  It has a lovely cinnamon and spice aroma, which is a favorite of mine even though it's probably more appropriate for fall and not spring.  I will be looking to pick up another one soon.

Sand + Fog Chai Candle

5.  And back to scrapbooking for my last pick...Kellie Winnell, designer and owner of Kellie Stamps, recently completed a project for which she did something creative for 31 minutes every day for 31 days.  She designed 3x4 pocket cards and they are all available to download for free on her blog here.  I've downloaded many of them and will be using them on some upcoming project life spreads.

So those are my picks for April.  What have you been loving lately?