February 6, 2019

CKC February Mini Kit Reveal and Project

Well, January seemed to fly by in a flash and it's hard to believe it's already time for February and a new mini kit!   

You've probably seen the official reveal post already but just in case you haven't, we are using the Anthology Collection from Kaisercraft as inspiration this month.  Here's a look:

This collection has a very vintage vibe and is definitely not my usual style.  Since this was going to be a challenge for me, I decided to "go small" and make a page kit.

I'm still going strong with my untold stories challenge and so I flipped through my basket to keep some of those untold stories fresh in my mind while I pulled together my page kit.  This is what I finally chose:

I wasn't really sure where I'd go with this one at first until I decided to interpret all the botanicals with a floral pattern paper that was a fairly recent purchase (translation: something that I hadn't yet put away!).  The floral had a pretty deep teal/green color in it, similar to the solid one in the Anthology Collection, so I pulled a Felicity Jane cardstock paper in that shade.  I rounded out my paper selection with a white-washed wood grain paper reminiscent of some of the backgrounds in the Anthology papers.

At that point I decided on my page topic and chose embellishments to compliment it: the "give" acrylic and stamp set from an older Ali Edwards Story Kit/Story Stamp, and a set of embellishments from the Along the Way Collection from Pebbles which perfectly matched the colors in the floral.

Here's the page that I made:

I started by fussy-cutting that beautiful floral and adhering the larger piece in the upper left corner of the wood grain paper.  I trimmed a bit off one side of the wood grain and since it was a very thin paper, I mounted it on top of the teal paper, leaving the scallop along the right edge.  I placed the smaller fussy-cut floral piece in the bottom right corner of the page.

I used the acrylic word as my title, and placed a trio of wood/epoxy circles around it.

I didn't need a photo for the page, so I typed my story, cut the words into strips, and added them beneath the title.

To balance the bottom right corner, I added a couple of the wood/epoxy circles, a small pennant, and a trio of epoxy dots.  I also included a date stamp at the bottom and scattered more of the epoxy dots among the flowers around the rest of the page.  I'm really pleased that I documented another untold story and that I was able to take the inspiration and spin it into something my style!

Don't forget to stop by the CKC blog to see the fun mini kit that Lori put together this month.  Thanks for stopping by today, and whether you make a full size or a mini version, I hope you are inspired to assemble your own kit this month!

February 5, 2019

Five Faves - February

The winter doldrums are setting in around here but there have been plenty of bright spots, too.  So here are five things that are making me happy right now...

1.  While I am generally a black ink girl when it comes to stamping, I recently decided to broaden my color horizons just a bit.  Upon the recommendation of a friend, I ordered a couple of hybrid inks from Scrapbook.com and I really like them!  I ordered a few neutrals (let's not get too crazy after all!) and my favorite of the bunch is Midnight Blue - it stamps beautifully and is a nice shade of navy.  You should be seeing it on more projects from me in the future.

2.  Along the same "broadening horizons" intentions, I am participating in a reading challenge this year.  It's the brainchild of Stephanie Howell (maybe you remember her from the scrapbooking world of several years ago?) and she has all the details on her blog.  I've already read five books and I like that her list is encouraging me to try books that I wouldn't otherwise choose.  She does have a Facebook group to go along with the challenge; I am a less-than-active member there but I do like that I can search the group for recommendations on any of the categories.  I am making a mini-album (traveler's notebook) to document my year in reading and will be sharing some of the pages here.

3.  This next fave is related to the reading challenge.  I will be writing some notes about the books and was looking for some book-related journaling cards.  I found these library filler cards on the Made in Mojave website:

Library Filler Cards
The cards are also available in a muted color set.  The products and the website are from Suzanna Stein, a former teammate of mine at Elle's Studio.

4.  I found a wonderful resource for photo and journaling prompts through a friend's post on Instagram.  Visit Life Captured to access a year of monthly prompts - these are a free resource that I'm sure I will be using in my memory-keeping in the future.

5.  In early January, I went through a short period of the blahs with respect to creativity.  I think most of it was related to the post-holiday letdown, along with being away from my craft table for a while.  I always get a little nervous when this happens (and it's happened many times before).  I wonder if my scrappy mojo is gone for good.  Will I ever have another creative idea?  What am I going to do if I can't get out of this slump?  Eventually, I found myself feeling creative again and now all is well.  Ali Edwards recently posted a great essay about the ebb and flow of creativity.  It was nice to know that it happens to all of us!  She also listed some steps to keep connected to creativity when you don't feel like actually making anything and I discovered that I've tried a few of the things on her list.  I think it's a great read and you can find it on her blog here.

(I thought I'd mention again that I have no affiliation to any of these products - I just wanted to pass along some things I like.)

Thanks for stopping by today - here's hoping there are sunny skies in your part of the world!

January 30, 2019

January CKC Layout #4

Today I'm sharing my last layout using my January CKC kit.  I had a couple of the branding strips I'd cut from the papers I used on my previous pages and thought I'd design my page around them.  

I cut a few more narrow pieces from the other patterned papers, lined them all up on the left of the white cardstock, added three short scalloped pieces to the top of that grouping and one long piece to the right edge of the page for balance.  (I'd included the remnants of a cut-file in my kit.)

The page topic, a floral subscription that was a treat to myself, was something in my untold stories basket.  I added a 4"x6" collage print of the bouquets, and wrote my journaling underneath.  

I kept the embellishments simple: a stamped sentiment and puffy heart above the photo, and an acrylic heart and a puffy heart next to the journaling.  I had the idea to add a stamped sentiment on the acrylic heart - I wasn't sure that it would work so I stamped on the back of the heart as a test.  It worked beautifully so I repeated it on the front.  Then I repeated the stamping on the scallops on the left to tie everything together.

I think my January CKC kit was a big success. I made four layouts using it, and three of those document untold stories, so this month was definitely a win for me.  Thanks for stopping by today!

January 25, 2019

January CKC Kit - Layout #3

Today I'm sharing the third layout I made using my January CKC kit.  This page is also the second one holding one of my untold stories.  (My memory-keeping goal for 2019 is to tell at least 12 of my untold stories.  You can read about my basket of untold stories and my goal for telling them in this post here.)

I put together a mini kit for January, and while it was a little bit larger than my usual mini kit, I'd already used all or parts of the papers I included.  And I also hoped to make one more layout out of it after this third one, so I put some thought into the design before I made a single cut in the hopes that I could conserve enough for a fourth page.  This is what I had left (along with a couple of the branding strips):

The floral piece is 8.5"x11" - I'd intentionally made sure to salvage a piece that size when I was cutting bits and pieces for my first two pages - so I thought I'd use that as the background of my page.  Because of the busy pattern, I decided to use the floral as a frame around the layout and would actually use white cardstock for the base of my page.  I pulled out a circle punch to use on the other papers - this would give me lots of color and pattern for my page while leaving me with (hopefully) larger remnants that I could use for another layout.

I gutted the floral print, since most of it would be covered by the white cardstock anyway.  As a bonus, the reverse of the floral had a pretty black & white heart pattern that gave me another pattern to use on my page - it coordinately nicely with the rest of the papers in my kit.

I switched out the circle punch in the previous photo for one a bit smaller, and punched circles from the patterned paper.

And then I put together the page:

I actually scraplifted myself, using this page from my November 2015 CKC kit as inspiration:

I made a few changes to the design: I substituted a photo for the large heart embellishment, shifted the placement of the focal point to the top third of the page, arranged the circles in a narrower grid without letting any of them hang off the sides, and stitched the circles (without a messy outline on each one) onto the page.  I'd also substituted a chipboard piece from my kit for one of the circles.

As far as the untold story is concerned, I'd had a note scribbled onto the story spark card included with the Ali Edwards Detail Story Kit.  That kit was released in August 2017 so that gives you an idea of how long the story has been waiting for me.  The note read "details from when the girls were little - little voices, pudgy fingers, wispy hair".  I used a favorite photo that I converted to black and white, and then spent a few minutes remembering the toddler days and writing down more details to round out the journaling.  I typed the phrases and cut them into strips to add beneath the photo.

I embellished the page by stamping a sentiment above the photo, and then adding puffy hearts on two of the stitched circles.

I'm really pleased with this page - I love the sweet photo and snippets of memory that are recorded here.  

It was fun to scraplift myself, too.  I don't do that intentionally very often but it certainly helped me put this page together quickly so it's definitely worth doing again.  How about you - do you scraplift yourself?

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!