August 20, 2012
So I mentioned I am slightly obsessed with designing my own stamps, right? I love it. I love having stamps that nobody else has, anywhere.
A lot of small shops have been popping up lately with stamps designed by some of the most creative and stamp-savvy women I know. They are inspiring, and they make beautiful stuff.
Elise Blaha Cripe
I’m probably missing some (feel free to put links in comments if you want), but those 4 are the biggest ones I’ve seen recently.
My own are not for sale, but the thought has crossed my mind. We’ll see if anyone shows interest. Otherwise, I’ll just stick to designing for myself. And that’s okay with me. :)
February 23, 2011
It was warm enough today to finally get my latest little project in.
A little bit of white spray paint to cover the gold and an Elise Blaha 5×7 print to make it final and complete and perfect.
It sure brightens my room up more than the gold did. It is more matte, and I am all about the matte these days.
(I just wish the light in my room was better to get the full beauty of it.)
December 6, 2010
Here it is. My first mini since Elise‘s mini class. It’s been done for a while actually, but I just haven’t had the time or the energy to take pictures, organize them, and get them on here. And I haven’t written a single word in it yet either. Soon, though, soon.
I used a lot of paper that I had laying around along with some Hambly overlays. Nothing fancy or expensive.
November 13, 2010
I wrote a poem a few days ago about myself (I’ll post it as soon as I polish it a bit) and decided that it would transition into a minibook pretty beautifully. I might just leave it out though; I haven’t decided yet. Elise did a great post in her mini class about putting books together, and it’s pretty similar to mine. Sort of throwing it together. I can’t wait to get this one done so I can show you more!
November 12, 2010
+ sleep, lots and lots of sleep.
+ clean my bedroom
+ organize craft stuff. It’s getting out of hand.
+ work on mini-book inspired by Elise‘s mini class.
+ photos of stuff. I don’t know what yet.
+ read some more of The Girl Who Played With Fire. It’s getting good!
+ watch football (of course)
+ grocery shopping. My office is in serious need of some snacks.
August 2, 2010
I am excited to have this done and ready to go. It will be full of pictures, words, and random junk by the end of my 25th year.
This year’s book measures 7.5 x 5.75, but several pieces are smaller. I am obsessed with using different sizes of paper in my minibooks. It feels like layers to me, and I am all about layers.
I’ll do a separate post on the actual goals for the next year in the next few days. They deserve their own post.
Because the bookrings are spaced the way they are, I am able to efficiently use both 4×6 and 5×7 pieces easily. I started off right away with 1.5″ bookrings because I had to upgrade the 1″ rings on my 24 book to larger ones once I got closer to the end. I have a lot of stuff in that little bitty book.
I used the Poplar STD font for all printed words, except for the double 25 spread. I thought it needed something different and just used a normal serif font.
Blue and gray were the initial colors I wanted to use (something was intriguing about the sky that day), but I needed a little splash of something bright so I made a yellow envelope and plan on using more yellow throughout for journaling backgrounds and accents. Yellow is my sunshine, I suppose. The front and back chipboard covers were left unpainted because I think there is just something rugged and comforting about the kraft brown look.
I really like the paper I used for this project. The blues are each a different shade of the sky blue I was looking for, and each have a distinct pattern. One, in fact, is pretty similar to the comforter I am ordering for my bed. I am in love with simple designs these days.
Now let’s hope I can keep up and get some of these things done!
July 19, 2010
In just a few weeks, I’ll be turning 25, and I’ll have to make a new goal minibook. I have an idea already for what I want to do with it (for one, I won’t use that pink fabric paint to try to outline the numbers, that’s for sure), but I am forcing myself to wait to get it together. I’m hanging onto 24 for as long as I can.
This book was really fun to keep up with. I found the idea via Elise (of course), and it made me feel motivated to accomplish the things I want because they were right there on the page staring at me. I won’t list all of them since some of them are (to me) personal, but in the last year, I have been able to check off most of the 24 things I have listed. For instance, I learned a new skill (crochet), ate healthier, and paid off all my debt (although I acquired a new credit card charge a few days ago when I bought the EVO). Other goals I had (like experiencing every bar at Power & Light district in KC) have changed. Going out and drinking aren’t things that really interest me anymore so that goal is irrelevant to me now.
Years from now, I look forward to looking through this book, at the goals and pictures, and reexamining how life has changed (or not changed).
24 sure has been one of the calmer years of my life, and I’m not complaining.