Feed Your Craft

Hello! I have some fabulous news to share: I am a special guest for the Feed Your Craft Creative Team this month, and got to play with the July kit designed by In a Creative Bubble: Soak Up the Fun! I had a blast using the kit, which works great for traveler’s notebooks, scrapbooking, card making and Project Life.

I made an unboxing video for the kit. In addition to the physical products shown, you also get a digital version of the stamp set, and some printables (which I used in my projects below).

For my first project, I had fun with the 4″x6″ stamp (stamps always my favorite thing!).

I also used one of the journaling cards and added stamping to that. here’s a closer look:

For my second project, I also used some of the digital printables (the tag and the labels):

I added some stamping on the printables.

For my third project, I used another journaling card along with more stamping.

This stamp set is perfect for summer, but several of the stamps are great year-round. Here’s a closer look:

I was loving the stamp set so much, that I made a card to feature it.

I colored in the images with Copic markers. So fun!

 

Feed Your Craft Sneak Peeks

Finally I can spill the beans… this month, I’m a guest Creative Team member for Feed Your Craft! Here are a couple of sneak peeks of the projects I made using the July kit:

 

The kit will be available for purchase on the 15th, and I’ll be sharing my projects then too, so hang tight!

Summer TN

Hello! I have been buried in work lately with no creative time. Send help!!

In the past month I have started a spring/summer traveler’s notebook, and here are the spreads I have made so far (you can see the first one I made here). I’m loving this format!

We planted a garden in our backyard. Things are just about starting to grow now, let’s see if we can gather before the wildlife raids it! 🙂

On this spread I used distress paint on the background, and added some stamping. Quick and easy and colorful!

 

I adhered a couple of pieces of patterned paper from the Confidant scrapbook kit. Then I added stamping, washi tape, and die cuts.

I am also taking the Summer of Sketches class at Studio Calico and these next couple of spreads in my TN were inspired by two sketches from the class.

Getting back on track with healthy eating is my summer project. So far – one week in – it’s going well! This first spread was a motivational one that I made right before starting. And this next spread is about the first day.

The paper is from the Confidant scrapbook kit, and I added some stamping and some embellishments from the defunct Gossamer Blue kits.

Another paper from the Confidant scrapbook kit, and I embellished with stamped images that were fussy cut. I love how this spread turned out!

 

I love scrapbooking in this format because it’s really quick and easy. Have you been jumping on the TN (traveler’s notebook) bandwagon? I can’t wait to continue filling this notebook up, and then moving on to another.

Ready for Summer

I went shopping when my mom was visiting, and ended up with a few fun outfits for summertime. So I documented them in a traveler’s notebook spread.

The background is made using an old stamp set from Studio Calico, Cotton Candy, which I inked with distress oxide inks (in picked raspberry and carved pumpkin) and spritzed with water before stamping, to get a watercolored look. Then I added the title using two of my favorite new stamp sets: Conrad and the alpha from the May scrapbook kit, Hey Girl. Here’s closer look at the embellishments:

I look forward to filling up this TN with our summer adventures!

Catching Up

Hello there! I have been super quiet lately because work has been swallowing me, and then my mom came to visit us (yay!) so all my free time was spent with her. But I did manage to work on a few projects earlier this month, so I thought I’d share them here finally.

This was a fun page I made to document a few things I am loving right now. It’s made using the Confidant scrapbook kit from Studio Calico.

Here’s a look at a couple details:

I added some gold acrylic ink splatters. I love the shine and texture they add!

This next page is also made primarily with the Confidant scrapbook kit.

Finally, an all purple page. It’s a color I don’t use often, but I went all in on this page! 🙂

I have also been keeping up in my weekly traveler’s notebook documentation (in my Hobonichi weeks). Here are a couple recent spreads I made.

I hope to be back soon with some fun projects! Until then, have a great rest of May!

Fun Neon Spray from Acrylic Ink

I recently bought 3 bottles of acrylic ink by Daler-Rowney. (here’s a set of neon colors, and I also bought the gold).

As you can see the colors are incredibly vibrant and fun! The bottle they come in has a dropper and I was planning to use that for making drops on my projects, but then I had an even better idea – to use a mini mister bottle and make my own spray!

The acrylic ink is very fluid so I used it straight from the bottle, without diluting it. It worked like a charm!

 

Here’s an example used in my traveler’s notebook (Hobonichi weeks):

(it’s really hard to photograph these vibrant colors, but they are so vivid in real life!!)

I’m so happy to have found these inks – especially since my go-to gold spray (Heidi Swapp’s color shine) has been discontinued!

Stella – Foxy Fix Perfect Fit Cover

I am in love!! Last month Foxy Fix released a new leather called Stella – it’s the same leather as Rowena, but it is grey instead of brown. And it is absolutely gorgeous! I ordered a perfect fit cover for my Hobonichi cousin – A5 size.

And it feels amazing! Smooth and soft!

You can customize the perfect fit cover – I chose white stitching and yellow elastic.

For the inside, I chose the criss-cross pocket. You can see my Hobonichi Cousin Avec inside, which I labeled with some monthly tab stickers from Studio Calico – I love being able to quickly flip to the right month!

The Hobonichi Cousin Avec has same A5 format as the Cousin version, but it’s split into two volumes (January-June, and July-December). I prefer it because I can only carry one volume around with me.

This is what the back pocket looks like.

Now, is this really a perfect fit like the name claims??

I tried my perfect fit cover with these 3 notebooks:

The cover I bought is for the Hobonichi Cousin, and you can see that with the Avec version there is some extra room. The Leuchtturm1917 A5 (hardcover) fits pretty well, even though it is a snug fit to insert the back cover into the pocket. Foxy Fix also sells a model of perfect fit covers specifically for the Leuchtturm1917 A5. I wish there were a slimmer version to fit the avec, but as it is it’s not too bad at all, I like having the option of using my cover for all these notebooks!

Overall I am thrilled with my purchase! These covers come in a variety of leathers and colors if you want to try something different. Save 10% off your first order with my Foxy Fix Referral.

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2017 Weekly Traveler’s Notebook – Catching Up

I haven’t posted my weekly traveler’s notebook spread in ages! The truth is I stopped documenting in this format over the summer, when some very stressful events, including a death in the family (my father-in-law), occurred. Then in the fall we moved and I have been super busy with life. But I love this form of documenting too much to quit, so I am now catching up. I also started documenting 2018 in that format, so keep an eye out for a post on what I’m using this year too. 🙂

OK, here we go – this is from July:

Most of the stamps I use are from Sakuralala – they are just perfect for the small TN format! She has put her shop on hold since her move to Japan, but I hope to see some new products soon, since they are always fantastic! In the meantime, I have no shortage of stamps among her earlier releases so I am really happy to work on these spreads. Luckily I am keeping daily journaling in my Hobonichi so it’s very easy to remember the events I need to include.

I also use stamps and stickers and other things from Studio Calico – mainly from their Planner and Documenter kits.

Each week I start from a roll of washi tape from my stash, and that is the starting point for my color scheme.

This process is so much fun, and I love that each week can be totally different from the previous one. Each week I fall in love with what I am creating, and I feel like it’s my favorite ever. 🙂

This was the week my father-in-law got diagnosed with cancer… I couldn’t embellish this week as usual, so I went with a black&white scheme.

As you can see in this photo, I use pigment inks for all of my stamping since it has the least bleeding; I love these little VersaCraft cubes and own 35 colors of them. 🙂 I also use Distress Oxide inks quite a lot (they are a hybrid of dye and pigment, and ghost just a bit more than straight pigment inks), but I love the colors too much – the only issue I have is that they take longer to dry, so I often end up smudging them because I forget to let them dry! 🙂

This week I went a bit crazy with tape and stickers, so I kept the stamping at a minimum. 🙂

And that’s where I am at right now. I caught up 5 weeks this week so I am happy, but this has brought me to the end of August, so I have 4 months to go still!

TN 2017 – Week 26

Hi there! I’ve been quiet lately, and the main reason (other than a crazy busy life) is that I’ve been catching up on my Project Life album. I have fallen horribly behind, but lately I’ve gotten back to it, finished up 2016, and started 2017. I also have an upcoming move coming up, so I will stay quite for a little while longer, but in the meantime here’s a spread I made in my traveler’s notebook from earlier this summer. 🙂

The stamps I used here are my favorite ones for traveler’s notebooks – from Sakuralala!

Foxy Fix Coconut (July Special)

Hello! I just received some very happy mail today so I thought I’d share some pictures of my latest purchase with you. For the past couple months, Foxy Fix has offered a couple of monthly special items: single notebook covers, of a couple of different leather types, and available in 2-3 sizes (out of the 9 they offer) at a deep discount. Also, these items ship in only 3-5 business days  (vs 20-30 for their couture items).

If you’d like to get 10% off your first order above $50, use my referral code to sign up for an account (at no additional cost to you).

The July specials are Sugar Coconut and Boss Babe Cambridge leathers, in sizes #2, #3, and #5. The specials this month are stitched and have a pen loop; they also come with secretarial adhesive pockets, a jump band (to fit two additional notebook inserts in the cover), and  a dot-grid notebook insert.

The prices are $30 for the #2 (normally $43 with pen loop and dot-grid insert; stitching is $5 additional), $33 for the #3 (normally $46 with pen loop and dot-grid insert; stitching is $5 additional), and $40 for the #5 (normally $54 with pen loop and dot-grid insert; stitching is $5 additional) – so it’s really a nice deal. As such, they have been very popular so they are currently out of stock, but they said they would restock them once more before July is over (likely this week). And then there will be new leathers and sizes for next month’s special!

I chose a #3 (A6 size) Sugar Coconut. You could add personalization to the front cover, so I chose a gold foiled embossed tree (for $6 additional), since I am currently planning to use this notebook for Christmas. 😉

This notebook came with pink elastics, but I’m planning on changing mine to red if I end up sticking to my Christmas theme. 🙂

Like most orders, they also sent me a free leather sample – I got the Moccasin Sandstone, which is in fact my very favorite leather! You can see all my previous Foxy Fix purchases (including the Moccasin Sandstone) here.

If you’d like to get 10% off your first order above $50, use my referral code to sign up for an account (at no additional cost to you).