It's that time again, though I'm slightly behind in disclosing the news of Gossamer Blue's February Kit. It did make an appearance at Crate Paper though thanks to it's array of Fourteen contents - gotta LOVE that! Anyway, sadly, this dear sweet kit is Sold Out, as are many of it's add-ons, though it's still worth a glance if you haven't yet seen the kit up close and personal. I spent ample time working with it a few weeks ago. I shared parts of this layout with you already, but here it is in it's entirety! And yes, I went overboard on details!! GB's kits are full of small tidbits, so the details come easy. It's one of the main reason's I like their kits so much :)
These stitched vellum banners are THEE best! They're a Fourteen item and are just one example of how Crate is expanding their embellishment selection. Lisa is really going out of her way to express "Crate" using non-traditional materials and newly developed designs to keep Crate feeling "fresh" and "ahead". Even with this latest release of DIY Shop, Party Day and Maggie Holmes, the embellishments have really taken off! Crate never stops evolving, and I imagine there will be more come.
Speaking of embellishments, Basic Grey is another one of those manufacturers that is always pursuing embellishment possibilities. These bottle cap stickers are simply adorable. Upon first inspection, I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with them, but it didn't take a long to find one a home. I stacked it on top Basic Grey's transparent arrow, Crate Sticker, and a hand-made tissue envelope of punched hearts w/petite stitching.
Now that I'm back at school and involved in a graphic design introductory course, I've a new project underway - one that involves photos, paper and all things scrappy! Each week, I'm to take five photos of myself implementing a design element/principal such as "line", "Contrast", "Balance", etc. I'm then to write a personal response about the subject and document it (alongside the photos) via "book format". The book prototype is entirely up to me. At the end of the semester, I'm required to turn in the project for full review. As to it's return, well, I'm not really sure. Something tells me I'll have to investigate that a little further...
In starting this project, I thought it might be kind of fun to share the process here, with you guys! I know that not everyone is interested in "design" per say, but the basis of the book is "scrapbooking", Project Life style :) Already, week one is complete (one 9-pocket page per week). I plan to photograph it tomorrow and post it this weekend. The theme is "Lines" - either creating or capturing them. So, I put my iPhone to work, printed out some great images of "me" in action w/lines and documented them with the help of my scrapbook stash. Astonishingly, it's been crazy, fun!
Here's one of the photos I grabbed for the new ongoing project...
I was akin to the strong vertical line of this mirror at CB2, Crate and Barrel's sister store. Lucky for us, there's one conveniently located in Uptown Minneapolis! Check out them silly faces!! Who says you have to be a grown-up all the time?! Not "I"! Cheese!!
This is a random image I captured of Ethan while at the same location - it's not in the new album, but it's still pretty darn funny...
Any idea'(s) as to what this kid might of been up to while us "two adults" roamed the store looking at all the cool home decor items? Mom had her eye on her busy lil'guy! ;)
Again, I'll bring the first page to you this weekend. Can hardly believe I'm attempting a semi-Project Life album....maybe I should reference it as "Project Design" instead - LOVE that!
I posted this photo on Facebook a number of weeks ago - it was taken at Eric's family farm in Southern Wisconsin. We'd visited there over the weekend. The scenery was breathtaking - uninterrupted bluffs sitting parallel to the Mississippi River and scattered throughout are old fashioned farms, beautiful pastures and a lot of dirt roads :) Next time, there will be no forgetting to bring my boots! True Country!