DD 14 | days 1-6 by Tina Aszmus

I'm finding a good rhythm with this years December Daily. I'm devoting to done on this project. I think I've only completed 2 other years, last year not being one of them which makes me sad.

The cover page is simple, I just used one of my scanned in paint palettes with a template from Paislee Press's Dec Faves No 3.

using lot's of odds and ends from my "favorites" pile like a piece of white punchella and a sheet of MS mint green woodgrain paper paired with some of my favorite Studio Calico designs. 

More stuff from the favorites pile....Jamaica Makes FUN letterpress card in the perfect shade of green and a sheet of marbled paper I had made and photocopied. 

I find working on my book every couple of days keeps me on track. If I fall behind, it'll deter me from finishing. I want to make this an enjoyable part of my holidays and so far it has been. All of my supplies are gathered in a cute little Amy Butler tote that I keep by the Christmas tree. It's nice documenting next to the glow of the twinkle lights.  

How's DD going for you this year? 

Tina

week end | 49 by Tina Aszmus

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First week of December. Done.
Accomplished a lot and feeling as though I'm on top of things like finishing up my gift shopping (for the most part) and diving right into December Daily. I've been giddy about this project, most likely due to Tyler's growing enthusiasm for Christmas and I'm looking forward to working on it tonight while watching American Horror Story (this season is insane).

Happy Weekend.
Tina

Studio Calico Park Ave reveal by Tina Aszmus

You may have seen the announcement of the new Studio Calico Creative Team on the blog. A few new faces mixed in with returning designers. I'm happy to see some of my favorite paper crafters on the team. You'll also notice a list of contributing designers which is where I'll be for 2015. 

What does that mean? More time to explore and create on my own terms. That was the biggest reason I decided to apply for this part of the team. Getting a box of goodies each month and having to create a set amount of layouts sounds like a dream job and it is for the most part but after 7 straight years, a change was necessary. 

This is a super positive change and I'm looking forward to having more time to invest in taking some classes and finishing a few projects for the LLP shop . I really want to take this year to polish up my skills as a working artist/illustrator/graphic designer. 

Yay for change! 

Okay so I wanted to do a quick tutorial on how I added gold foil digitally onto a photo. 

First, you'll need a nice gold foil image. The image I'm using can be found here along with some other gold textures. 

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Easy peasy! Also works great on digital stamps like this one from Studio Calico's .

There is another way to apply gold foil digitally and that's using the clipping mask option in the Layers menu. Bother are simple ways of adding a little shine to your paper crafting.

Week End | 48 by Tina Aszmus

It's been a lovely Thanksgiving holiday. Feeling oh so grateful for all good things that have come our way this past year, especially since 2013 and the start of 2014 wasn't so great. 

And now comes Christmas! So excited about dusting off the xmas decor and getting the tree up. It's always been a tradition for us to kick off the holidays the weekend after Thanksgiving. 

How about you? Is your tree up already or do you wait until after turkey day? 

Happy weekend,
Tina

Studio Calico Park Ave sneaks by Tina Aszmus

December's kit really kicked my creative drive into full gear. Remember when I talked about purple and working with colors outside of your comfort zone? That really pushed me into seeing things differently and having fun with color...something I think I struggle with. 

Kits go live in a few days! (Thursday, November 27th!) 

xot

*week end | 47 by Tina Aszmus

Another productive week down, another weekend to enjoy. 

left side is part of my Project Life process. I don't worry too much about putting things in chronological order but I find it helpful to jot down dates and quick titles/journaling for photos I've just printed. I have my planner and pocket journal on hand but having it all at a glance makes it come together a little quicker. 

right side is what's currently on my workspace and a little glance at the 12 month 3x4 calendar set I designed for the December Studio Calico reveal. Each month has a scratch off circle with a hidden message. I left out S-M and only added dates so it can be used any year! 

Now I must call it a night and get my to do list ready for the weekend. We're having my son's 4th birthday party and I'm planning on making this cake. Ambitious but I'm dying to taste the end result. I had thought about ordering a cake from a baker but I couldn't see myself paying that much for a cake and my grandmother would probably shake her head at me from above. I can't do that to her. 

Do you usually bake the cake for a loved ones birthday or leave it to the professionals? 

happy weekend friends. 
xot

Studio Calico December Kit Inspiration Board by Tina Aszmus

Don't adjust your eyes...you are seeing purple. I'm pretty excited about working with this color. It's totally out of my comfort zone but I'm really into jewel tones right now. I'm curious to see how it'll work in my Project Life next to my November photos. 

What color do you consider "out of your comfort zone" ? 

xot

Here! by Tina Aszmus

It's been a long while since I updated which honestly has been really nice break. I think I finally have all of my ducks in row here on my new blog...I think. I keep tinkering with it, trying to get use to the new format. What I thought would be a simple transition ended up being more involved, mostly because I really wanted to import all of my old posts. 

The shop will be live soon but will not house any new items. Just the older digital items will go up for now. Which leads me to the new path I've started, a path I've been on for a good month now. I was given an opportunity to design with Studio Calico on a more permanent basis and well...I've taken that opportunity. What does that mean for LLP? Good things I think. I'll break it down...

-No paper packs will be produced anytime soon. Screen printing several designs by myself and pushing them out on time wasn't working for me and the return wasn't there which is my fault. I didn't want to price them accordingly and ended up losing money on the project. Not a good thing when you're actually looking to make an income with your craft. No brainer, right? 

-There will still be screen prints in the future but they will be produced in smaller batches and possibly be outsourced to another awesome printer. Why? Because my small space sucks for screen printing. I need room to work, good lighting and a comfortable, productive space. My garage isn't cutting the mustard. 

-I will most likely release more prints and designs through my Society 6 shop. 

-This "job" will allow me more freedom to work on my own personal projects like catching up on Project Life and really enjoying it. Or watercoloring and working on patterns for fun. Or trying some of the million crafts I've pinned in the past couple of years. I feel as though I haven't had much free time in the past since part of my time was working on designs for SC and the other part working on screen prints for LLP. It was too much and not an enjoyable process. I did all this to help support my family. It was a great learning experience, one I wouldn't change. I'm adapting and evolving, trying to nurture my own creative needs and wants. I think that's important in this industry. 

-This will help balance my schedule. I spent a lot of time trying to earn an income rather than carving out time to just be. Self-care, being a mom who is there (not on the laptop and phone) and being a wife (not working while trying to enjoy a movie or forgoing dates because of deadlines). 

-This will allow me to blog more and put up more tutorials and freebies. YAY!

I went back and forth when offered the position. I wondered most if I was compromising my own brand. But after writing a pros and cons list, looking at my weaknesses and stregnths and a long convo with a good friend, I decided this move is actually what LLP (I) needed. 

I'm looking forward to designing more for Studio Calico and having time to slow down and really focus on LLP. 

xot

 

 

oh hey. by Tina Aszmus

The LLP shop is still closed for the time being. I've decided to make some changes and take some leaps. The shop will reopen next week at my old Etsy location since they now offer instant downloads on digital items. There will also be some new digital prints added as well!

My blog will be moving too (fingers crossed). This is something I've put off for awhile now but really needs to be done. So I may be in and out here.

Lastly, I will not be offering a paper pack for the holidays this year. Sadface, I know. But after returning form my trip to Portland and getting inspired not only creatively but business wise, I've decided to change a lot in this area. In addition, I've had some new opportunities come up that are both exciting and a little scary but it's a leap for sure and I'm ready for the change.

TGIF, happy weekend and all that jazz!

Travel Journal | Part II by Tina Aszmus

Now that I have my book assembled, it's time to figure out what supplies I'm going to bring with me. Things are going to be kept to a minimum so no embellishments and Thickers will be making the trip. I want everything to fit in this beautiful Supplies canvas bag that was a gift from my dear friend Jamaica. It's the perfect size and keeps me from trying to bring more than I need which is a huge fault of mine.

So what supplies made the cut? Here's what I consider to be most important in my creative documenting.

-roller date stamp + ink pad -a few pretty paper clips -brush pen -waterbrush -Neocolor water crayons. (some of these were already broken in half during use so I just snapped the remaining ones to fit into the plastic box) -1 roll of skinny graph washi -tiny tape roller (found at Micheals in the $1 bin) -pencil + pencil sharpener -Frixion pen (a pen that erases completely. what is the this magic?) -Studio Calico vellum letter stickers.(these are nice and thin and fit nicely in the bag because you never know when you're going to need to spell out a word using letter stickers) -a small envelope of flat paper ephemera like tickets and tags. -Fuji Instax 150 (Jamaica let me borrow hers. At this point, I wasn't sure if I wanted to invest in one since I already own a Polaroid mini but when she told me you could turn the flash off, that peaked my interest. Now that I've tested it out at home, I know I've got to have one for myself.)

I also plan to purchase a few supplies during our stay in the PNW as well. I've got a few places mapped out on Googlemaps like Moorea Seal in Seattle (there's a tape there that I need) and Ecru in Portland. Thinking about shopping in these places makes me soooo giddy. Not the clothes or shoes but PAPER and fun things that will fit into a plastic pocket. :)  How many of you can feel me on that?

Any other places I should hit for paper and cool things in?

xot

Making | Travel Journal part 1 by Tina Aszmus

Every time I return from a trip, I have great intentions of creating a super mini dedicated to said trip. Never happens. I have several boxes full of photos and travel ephemera dating back to the late 90's. Maybe one day I'll get to those.

I'm going to switch things up a bit and document while on my trip. I don't plan on spending hours working in this book while I'm away. I want this to be a quick and simple process...something I can work on with the downtime we'll have which will be a fair amount since my traveling companion is an almost 4 year old.

I'd also like to note that before assembly, I searched Pinterest for travel journal ideas. Lot's out there but Kelly Purkey's travel binder really sparked this idea of creating on the road.

Here's the construction of the book.

1. envelopes and pockets are essential since there will be lot's of ephemera and found objects. Collecting is the best part of traveling!

2. fun post its and tags.  I'll use these as journaling spots.

3. overlays. because why not?

4. hole puncher + d rings. I thrifted the hole puncher the day after I read KP's travel binder post. The thrifting/crafting gods were on my side that day.

5. cover pages. both are LLP screen prints that were cut down to fit. I thought about making the cover slightly larger to hide the index tabs but I liked having them be even with the pages which measure 4x6.

6. index tabs. these were part of the most recent LLP paper pack. I simply typed our destinations on the tabs. Glad I kept a few for myself. :)

7. watercolor paper. I plan on bringing a waterbrush and Neocolor water crayons with me just for fun.

8. inside pages. I knew that I wanted to use up some of the excess 4x6 Project Life cards from past Studio Calico kits in this book. I went through my stash and picked patterns and colors that fit the mood of our destinations. I plan on adhering Instax photos and journaling on these cards.

I'm still adding in things and finishing it up and trying to find some type of packet/bag/box to hold the journal and the few supplies I plan on bringing. That will be part of 2!

How do you go about documenting your travels? Do you take this approach of documenting on the road or do you bust out all your findings once you're home?

xot

Blog Tour! by Tina Aszmus

I was tagged by the lovely Melissa Mann to continue on with a blog tour!

  1. What am I working on right now?

I'm packing orders and tackling my to do list for the day even though it's Labor Day! It's a labor of love so it's all good. :) 

  2. How long does it take me to create a project?

Depends on my mood. If I'm uninspired and struggling, maybe days but I've learned to not create at these times. When I'm in the mood, a couple of hours spanned in a few days. 

  3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?

I'm making a travel journal to take with me on my upcoming trip to Seattle and Portland.

  4. How does my writing/creating process work?

My Creating process depends on my mood but usually it starts with an idea. Then I'll do a quick peek on Pinterest boards and things I have saved in my mental pinboard. Then it's down to the nitty gritty. Once I'm in the thick of creating, I don't open my browser or pick up my phone. 

  5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?

Getting outside, taking a walk, traveling....doing these things help me continue to live a creative life & keep the inspiration going. It also helps to bounce ideas off of a fellow creative friend. 

  6. What is my signature style?

Simple with a quirky details. I love working with negative space in layouts and photography.

I choose to tag, Jamaica Makes, Vee Jennings and Maria Lacuesta 

Thanks for choosing me Melissa!

xot

Huge Sale! by Tina Aszmus

All items (except for digital downloads) are currently marked down in the LLP shop! I've also reduced shipping costs as well. Here's your chance to grab some great prints for less! I want to make room for new stuff that will be debuting soon!

The sale will run from August 29th - September 15th.

Have a safe holiday weekend! Tina

 

Studio Calico Poet Society Reveal! by Tina Aszmus

What a doozy of a reveal, huh? Well...I do hope those of you that were affected most by the time change were able to snag what you wanted!

My favorites were the Dickenson & Alcott add ons from the scrapbook kits and Yeats from the Project Life kits.

LLP had quite a few stamp designs this month, the cactus being my fave. I could have doodled plants all day with that one.

Cactus   stamp | digital Rocket   stamp | digital Speech Bubble    stamp | digital

ok...one last self promo item :) LLP digital printable!

xot