9/2/14

A Little Q&A

Happy Tuesday!  Today I'm participating in the awesome Scrapbooker's Blog Tour.  I've followed along with so many of these fun little blog tours and I am so glad that things finally slowed down enough so I could take part!  A great big thanks to my idol, Wilna, for inviting me to play along with her!

1. What am I working on right now?
Right now I am working on restocking my brand new shop!  I am shocked and humbled at all of the orders that came in yesterday.  Most items are sold out right now (so so sorry!!), but I am trying to restock a few items and will hopefully have them up by Friday!!  Yay!  Now...if only I can figure out how to clone myself!!  :)


2. How long does it take me to create a project?
Hmmm...this really all depends on my mood and the project I am working on!  Sometimes it takes me forever to finish something and I find myself having to walk away, regroup and then come back.  And other times I find myself overflowing with thoughts and ideas and am able to crank out some projects pretty quickly.  I would say, in general, I'm a pretty quick "scrapper".  I don't really fuss around too much, and if I find myself stuck on something, I usually just let it sit for a while!!  



3. What are my three favorite things to create with at the moment?
Right now, I am loving embossing, resin flowers and canvas butterflies!  I really enjoy trying out new processes to see how they work.  Sometimes they flop, but sometimes they are magical.  Negative embossing on card stock is magical to me right now!



4. How does my writing/creative process work?
My process usually starts with a thought or idea.  Sometimes I write it down and sketch it out, but usually I just run with the idea and see what evolves.  



5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
Oddly enough, exercising actually inspires me.  I feel like it's time all to myself where I can let my mind wander and plan out projects and ideas.  I've found that inspiration and creative energy ebbs and flows and I try to accept that.  Sometimes I could make a million projects, and sometimes I've got nothing!  I try really hard to not get overwhelmed when I feel like all of my ideas run out, but that's easier said than done!



6. What is my signature style?
I think my "signature style" is clean, white and airy with pops of color.  If you follow along with me, you know that I love some white space!  There's nothing better than a large blank canvas!  From there I can add in pretty papers, colors, ribbons and all kinds of fun stuff!


And now it's my turn to tag someone to play along!  I reached out to a zillion people, but it seems like everyone has already had their go round!  I've really enjoyed reading everyone's answers, so I'm linking up my favorites, even if they have already participated!!  




9/1/14

Grand Opening: Stephanie Makes the Shop



If you follow along with me on Instagram, you probably know that I've had something up my sleeve for a few weeks!  Today, I finally get to share my news with you!!

I am so excited to introduce you to my newest adventure....Stephanie Makes the Shop!!!!  I have always dreamed of creating my own products and kits and decided to follow my heart and start making some dreams come true!  My little shop includes handmade goodies, travel journals, mini album kits and more!  I have so many plans for this little place and I can't wait to watch them unfold over the next few months!  

Developing, organizing and creating products is a passion for me.  I love thinking up ideas, sketching out plans and making them happen!  I love stepping outside of the box and trying something new.  But most of all, I just love making stuff.  This little shop is a dream come true and I am just so excited to share it with you!

Today, I invite you to the grand opening of Stephanie Makes!!  Start by perusing a quick little Lookbook of my products and then hop on over to start shopping!!  

To celebrate the Stephanie Makes shop opening, I'm offering FREE SHIPPING on all products to US customers (expires September 6, 2014).  Yay!!  I'm also having a giveaway of some of my handmade goodies, so leave a comment here telling me your favorite product from my shop and I will pick a winner at the end of the week!  You can double your chances by commenting on my grand opening post on Instagram as well!!  So super fun!!

8/31/14

Blessed


Feeling super blessed on this amazing day!  How about you???
Happy Sunday!

8/29/14

Project Life: Studio Calico Poet Society Review & A Giveaway

UPDATED:
Congrats Meliandre! You are the randomly selected winner!  Email me your information and I will send it on over to Studio Calico (stephanie @ stephaniemakes.com).
Just love your spread!
I'm curious to see if I can do something that amazing with a SC kit...never tried but it's so tempting :)


Hey hey! Happy Friday friends!
I'm so excited to share a few of my new favorite Project Life spreads with you today!!  I put together these two spreads using this month's Poet Society kit from Studio Calico.  I'm also super excited to giveaway one Project Life kit (Poet Society) to a lucky reader, as well as offer you a discount code on a new subscription!  Be sure to read all the way to the bottom!!

Like always, the Project Life kit from Studio Calico is jam-packed with goodness!!  The journaling cards have a perfect mix of colors, phrases and white space!  And all of the embellishments are divine!  My plan was to put together one spread for my album, but once I started, I couldn't stop!!  

I created a typical Design A spread, as well as one insert which I trimmed to 9x12 inches.  I love mixing in sizes and having spreads peeking out and tucked in within my album. 

Let's take a look!



First up is a regular spread from July.  This was the week that my daughter started kindergarten so I included a lot of details about that week, some Q&A with her and a little experience we had with a certain white uniform shirt the first day of school.  It's so awesome that I have a place to record these memories.  I always like to "think" that I will remember the whys/hows/whens, but I know they will soon fade with time.  Thank you Project Life!



I broke my own rules and used a 3x4 photo in one of the 4x6 photos.  I had it on hand and it worked so perfectly with the Q&A journaling card that I just had to include it that way!  I love it when my journaling leads the way of my spread.



The right side of my spread is more of the same....photos and words.  Marcy's "Are you picking up what I'm throwing down?" printable card was PERFECT for the dinosaur wars my husband and son were having in the photo above!!  


Here are a few detail shots: 





The Studio Calico kits come with so many awesome cards and I just couldn't stand to pack my kit up and put them away after completing just one spread.  I loved all the different graphic and filler cards from this kit and really wanted to use them together in a spread.  Since I typically fill most of my spots with photos, I usually only have a few spots left for pretty cards!  So...I decided to print out my July 12 on the 12th photos and add an insert into the July section of my album.  


I knew I wanted to use the 3x3 inch square page protector from October Afternoon, so I started this spread by trimming 1/2 inch off the top and bottom of the journaling cards.  Don't feel like you have to use them as they are!  Get your scissors out and get creative!!  To keep with the uniformity of the spread, I printed my photos each at 3x3 inches.  


I added some simple journaling about my photos and our day, as well as a few embellishments here and there. 


Since these photos cover one entire day, I didn't really have too much journaling to add to my spread. I kept it simple and clean, which also keeps it super easy!  It's all about the photos anyway, right??


I tucked a little love note from my daughter in one of the pockets.  I love seeing how her writing has evolved over the past few years. 



I also continued my favorite way of journaling, which is typing directly onto my photos!  Cropping in white space for journaling is a must for me!


And there you have it!!  Fast, easy and super fun!!  Two more spreads in my album and July is officially documented!!  

Now do you want to know the best part??  Not only am I giving away one Poet Society Project Life kit to a lucky reader, but I also have a coupon for $10 off your first kit if you start a 6-month subscription at Studio Calico!  Just add a 6-month subscription to your cart and enter STEPHANIEBRYAN in the coupon code at checkout!  This code expires on September 12th at midnight EST!  

To win your very own Poet Society Project Life kit, just leave a comment here on this blog post and I will randomly select a winner this Sunday evening!  Good luck and happy creating!



8/28/14

Glitz Design: Handmade Gift Wrap


If you have patterned paper, then you have gift wrap!  I'm getting creative over on the Glitz Design blog today with some pretty wrappings!  Stop on over to check out how my gifts came together!!