Category Archives: Digi-scrapping

ICAD 2016 … warm up time

I’ve decided to play along with Yellowdaisy.com Index card a day challenge.  I’m not sure I intend to do all of them, but the ones that appeal I will do.

The challenge runs 1st June to 31st July for 61 days with the idea of creating on an index card every day. 

There are some warm up challenges… of these (10 as of a couple of days ago when I wrote this post) I have done half so far.

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Will try and share a few of the cards as I go along… but probably more likely to just share them in batches like this randomly throughout the period.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

A month in the life!

On the last day of February, the Project Life App was released on Android.  I already had it for my ipad but as all my pictures are taken on my android phone I never used it.  I decided that I would give it a try at the beginning of March and I ended up using it everyday, even if I didn’t take pictures. 

It has helped me to note the things that happened each day, how my mood was, take notice of achievements and teamed with using the hash tag #happythings on Instagram feel grateful for my life.  It coincided with me returning to work after a period of sick leave and has really helped.

Not sure if daily use will continue but I love the fact I managed a month of using the app on a daily basis and creating a record of life for a month.  Here is a quick run down of the pages I created.

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Didn’t always represent good or the positive times but did try to be positive in my reflection even when acknowledging the things that weren’t good. I think that is important to note.

Have you tried a scrapping app before? I’ve done digi scrapping and I’ve made real pocket page layouts but decided I didn’t want to do the project life … I decided that it wasn’t for me… but this is such an easy app to use and not too pricey to get kits etc. So think it might be something I will use for a while to come!

It will be interesting to see if the print element ever works in the UK too… In the meantime if I ever feel the need to print them I guess saving them as pictures will be the way forward!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

TPIF: forever attitude

Oh yes thank Pinterest it’s Friday!

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I have another Pinterest inspired digi scrap for you today… This time I chose bright and funky to contrast with a black and white pic of the child showing me her five year old attitude! It was a pose in jest but the reality is this is what she looked like a lot of the time during this period … Completely unkempt and full of attitude!

The inspiration for this page came from this page which I pinned … I particularly loved the pop of the patterned paper at the edge and all the lovely embellishments and tags, although I didn’t do so many for mine as the colour and patterns were so bright, I thought it was more of a less is more approach.

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Hope you like what I did with my Pinterest inspiration!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Thank Pinterest it’s Friday! Introducing Digitally inky fingered Cat!

Yes let’s all thank Pinterest it is Friday!

Now the first few days are over and done with at least we get a weekend before we get back into some kind of routine and … Dare I say it …. Normality! Ha ha! Me and normality do not mix so well so I doubt it! Anyways … On with the blog post!

I was thinking the other day … When I lost an hour of my life to perusing the wonder that is Pinterest…. How I rarely use the stuff I see on Pinterest once I’ve pinned it! I rarely copy what’s there or use it deliberately to create anything at all!

Now I am sure I am not the only one. I know I probably do things as a result of seeing pins … But it is more subconscious than through conscious choice to use Pinterest to inspire my creations. And I basically have over 5000 pins, most of which are craft based, being pretty much ignored, but added to, on an almost daily basis! So time for that to change!

No I am not setting up a new challenge … I have plenty of those keeping me going this year … But I am going to pledge to use Pinterest in a more productive way and see what happens! And the badge I am using is …

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Well the first thing I need to do is sort out Pinterest! Before they handily updated it to tell you that you had already pinned something before you pressed Pin it I had managed to accrue a fair number of duplicates … Think the most I have found so far is six postings of the same idea! Doh! How of course I was meant to remember thousands of pins I’ll never know … So I first of all have to do some filing!

When I started on Pinterest I only had a few generic boards … Such as Christmas card ideas and craft ideas… So it was time to sort those out first into the stamp set specific folders, or into technique boards etc.

This was a truly fulfilling idea … And incredibly timeconsuming … and a real work in progress! But whilst I was doing this I had a look in the Scrapbook layouts folder and wondered what to do with all that inspiration. And I decided the best idea was use them as sketches first and maybe do some digi-scrapping. So I took three pages and made three digi pages using them as the starting point, and now it is time to share them with you as a Friday feast!

I used the easy to use CraftArtist Pro software and created the pages by looking at the original and then picking a digikit. I have so many digikits as I got so many when I first started using this software, it was good to look through them again, and start playing with them!

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The inspiration for this came from this blog post which I pinned.

I then moved into this page …

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The inspiration for this one came from this blog post.

Finally … This page was inspired by a pin that led to CreativeScrappers website although I couldn’t find the original post … But I did end up bookmarking the site as the inspiration on the page is brilliant!

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So not bad for finally remembering to use Pinterest rather than just pinning nonstop!!! I wonder what will happen next time I decide to do something with the fun that is Pinterest!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

The Documented Life Project

Oh my goodness! Am I a sucker for challenges or what???

Well I was introduced to the idea of The Documented Life project by my dear friend Darcy. Now this seemed a fab idea. To combine a planner with art journaling etc! Weekly prompts and some like minded people in a fb group… What could possibly go wrong?

Well as per usual I set off at a ridiculous speed and enthusiasm! Bizarre considering my chosen word for the year is actually PACE as a reminder to myself not to do too much! So on the night I bought my chosen notebook in the sale at Hobbycraft, I designed 27 weekly templates and printed them off (times two) using CraftArtist. I then cut them out using the trimmer, with the princess helping me keep count of how many I had done.

Then I decided on how to stick them in, with glue and washi tape for embellishment. Then I stamped or hand wrote the dates in for the full year in different colours. Next I started adding the blog post topics in for the full year for those that I have already planned!

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So in just one night I had gone from zero to a hundred miles an hour into the project … And this is several days before the thing even got off the ground!

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After this I was determined to throw myself into the project even more! Yes I was completely forgetting my word of the year! As per usual I was going off on one! When will I learn?

Well my body decided to put pay to me doing too much more as then I got a sore throat, lost my voice and had a raging headache. So I slowed down! I managed to insert some tip ins (extra pieces of paper added to the edge of a page to fold out and give more space to write/art/play!) just one for each month to start with using watercolour paper from my mountain in the cupboard, and washi tape! Yes finally get to use some of my washi tape stash properly! Ha ha!

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Next I started on the cover. Didn’t really know what I wanted from it so decided to put my name on it and try a bit of Zentangle fun!

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And then I grabbed my Promarkers and added some colour. This was as much as I could manage as feeling so rough … So it was put down again for a couple of days despite the desperate desire to continue!

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So it was New Year’s Eve and whilst the hubby and princess were Wii engrossed, I decided I had enough energy to pick up the documented life project once more. I decided rather than work on the cover, that I would instead create a monthly calendar for January in the style of Kate Crane and her Calendar challenge. So here was my process…

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And the final view of the calendar …

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As for the tip in … Well this is what I did with this… In keeping with the butterfly theme…

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The Neil Gaiman quote came from the Facebook group for the Documented Life Project and I thought was a perfect start to the project for me to include.

Really pleased with how this came out … And boy was I tired at the end of it! Now I await finding out what the first prompt will be and then getting on with using the planner and journal. My intention is to try and map my moods so I can see if there are themes to my mental health issues that I can then start to deal with in addition to sorting my crafting life out etc. will be interesting to track how I progress!

Happy crafting!

Catherine