Wednesday, May 2, 2012

New Blog is up!

Yay! Thanks to Blogger I lost my blogs for a bit, but thanks to Blogger I have both blogs back now.

I was able to make changes and add some fun things to my new blog...excited for those changes and more that will come.

I will miss this blog, but I'm moving on and choosing to not regret moving forward.

I hope you'll join me at my new blog, www.kandiphillips.blogspot.com as I continue to blog about papercrafting, but also books, DIY projects, daily life and foodie experiences.

See you there!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Hacked emails, new blog...

I recently had my email hacked and after several issues was forced to create a new email address. That led to importing all my contacts and emails, saving all my Google docs, and even giving access to this blog to my new email. What a pain!
The one thing I didn't think to do though was to save all my Picasa photos...and now my blog is all blank! What a drag!
This is a huge set back for me (I've had my blog for 4 years!), but I have been thinking of getting a new blog url where it's my name instead of the "kraftykandikrafts" url. Although this was not the route I hoped it would take, it's here now and I'm going to follow it.
I had felt for awhile that I was losing the joy in paper crafting and I wanted to somehow rekindle that passion. Life is always going to be busy and I love that I have something just for myself but I found I couldn't commit deadlines on myself lately.
So with all that, I'm setting up a new blog...yay and ugh all at the same time! ;)
I have a lot of work to do on it, but if you'd like to continue to follow what I'm up to, please visit me at:
ETA - Apparently Blogger's spam bots are working overtime and their system auto detected my brand new blog as spam so disabled it, yikes! I get they are trying to protect everyone, but it's a brand new blog with nothing on it so I'm hoping it get's back soon! This blog came back up tonight so I'm confident they are working on the issue and I can schedule my posts as planned on the new blog...so much fun, ha. ;) I will update this blog as the new one is ready to go! (5/1/12)
Hopefully I can work on it this week and weekend so I'll be up and running by National Scrapbook Day on Saturday!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Closet – Clothing Organized App

I read somewhere that women wear 10% of their wardrobe 80% of the time. Think about that stat for a minute…

I would agree that I fall into that statistic. I have my favorites and I tend to wear those outfits or tops more often. I also run into a problem, that I’m sure is common among most women (and maybe even some men), where I spend more time than necessary trying to figure out what I’m wearing in the morning. Whether I feel like I have “Absolutely no clothes!” in my closet and lament the shortcomings in my wardrobe, or I try on five different outfits in the morning until settling on the first outfit I tried on, some mornings are just rough in the clothes department. So what’s a simple and organization loving girl to do?

Find an app, that’s what.

Since my iPhone and I are besties, and my whole life resides in my phone and calendar, it only makes sense that there had to be an app to solve this issue for me.

IMG_0743

After a quick search for “outfit organizer” I found a few different apps and all seemed from the details that it would be a fit for what I was looking for. The only downfall I thought, was that each app was $2.99 or $3.99. Now I didn’t have a problem paying that price, but what if I didn’t like the one I purchased and another one might have been better?

Luckily there was an app that was a “Lite” version and was free to test out. Closet Lite is a basic version and you can really get into the app and see what it’s all about. The only downside is it only lets you upload about 15 items, which I didn’t even get through all my shirts with this. By that point though I felt like this would be a good solution to what I needed and it was user friendly which I loved. I went ahead and purchased the full priced Closet - Clothing Organized app and started adding in all of my tops and bottoms, and then created my own categories for skirts, cardis and tanks.

IMG_0742

Something I loved that was a result of adding in all of my clothes, was it forced me to evaluate what I had in my closet. If I didn’t think something was worth being photographed and possibly become part of a randomly generated outfit, then I knew it wasn’t for me anymore. Sure it was still cute and in style, but just not something I loved anymore. I organized my tops and tanks (that I layer with cardigans) and was excited to see everything laid out in front of me, just ready to be paired up into an outfit!

IMG_0740IMG_0741

Once you’ve added in your items, you can start to create outfits. I do have a couple casual outfits in here, like for Fridays, but my main ones are work outfits, which I created a category for. The nice thing is you can go as simple or extreme as you want when adding your items in. I didn’t add in shoes or accessories for the most part since those I just pair up in the morning and they’re easy, but you can add those in and they take up the blank space to the sides you see. You can create your outfits manually, or get random outfits when the app pairs up items for you.  As you can see I have a lot of black pants to work with. ;)

IMG_0739

I’m on my second week of using this app, and I had scheduled my outfits four full weeks out. The great part - I won’t wear the same top over the course of four weeks!  I didn’t add in my casual weekend wear clothes though, only my work type outfits. This not only saved me a little time, but made sure that I was getting my main outfits in that I would be consistently wearing.

 

IMG_0738

Another fun feature I like is you can click on the outfit at the bottom to see what pieces these are (you can name each piece and outfit) and even see the dates you’ve worn these on. That was one of my problems too, I would forget what I had worn the previous week, ha!

I’m not a fashionista or trendy dresser by any means, but I am a girl and I do love clothes and a cute outfit. Not only can I stay organized, but feel like I’m getting more out of my wardrobe! If you have other fun tips to share on staying organized, or if you have recommendations on other organizing apps I’d love to know!

Friday, April 13, 2012

A Fond Farewell to SSD

You may have noticed that I have not been participating in the weekly Skipping Stones Design sketch challenges recently. After much thought I decided to step down from the team. I know I will miss the weekly challenges, and working with some fantastic ladies, but I had to take some time out for my family and my kiddos.

I absolutely love this amazing hobby, but I'm going to step back and enjoy the next few months. With spring upon us and summer on the horizon, we're in for lots of softball games and practices and wrestling practices and tournaments, and all the joys of summer.

I had been on the team since December of 2009 and felt so privledged to be working with Heather, the owner of SSD, and the extremely talented guests and DT members. Not to mention some super cute stamps. ;) I'm sad to step down but I'm excited for the girls that are on the team. I love seeing what they've been up to!

With that being said, my posting on here may be a bit more sporadic than it has been this past year. I'm debating on what to post in the future. I'd like to mix things up like I'd intended to once up on a time and make it more than just a craft blog. Definitely something to think about.

Anyway, I just wanted to post a little note explaining my absence and to thank SSD and all the amazing ladies on the team for showing me such a wonderful time these past couple years!

Take care and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Beautiful Botanical’s Release!

Hello, friends! Today Skipping Stones Design is excited to be releasing another beautiful stamp set! It is called Beautiful Botanicals and it is a must have! Even better, Skipping Stones has joined up with the fabulous Scor-Pal team for an amazing blog hop! The hop will begins at the Scor-Pal blog and will finish off at the Skipping Stones blog!

If you came from Amy Tsuruta’s blog you are already on track! If not, you may want to hop on back to Scor-Pal to join in on ALL the fun! Don't forget to leave comments! Skipping Stones Design will be giving away one stamp set to a lucky winner and Scor-Pal is giving away a Scor-Buddy, so there is lots to win!

Angi Barrs SSD Sketch 119

Here’s the sketch Angi has provided us for this week!

I have to say I love my original Scor-Pal, but I am loving my Scor-Buddy! It saves so much room on my desk and is perfect for cards! I used my Scor-Buddy to make this Gatefold card. The Scor-Buddy has two dots at 2 3/8 and 6 1/8 so if you’re using cardstock which is  8 1/2 long you simply score on those two dots and you have the perfect Gatefold card!

I decided with the sketch to focus on the largest sentiment in this set, the Happy Mother’s Day. I stamped it repeatedly on a piece of pink cardstock and then separated them into strips for the card front. The trick with a Gatefold card is to have some type of closure. In this case I used ribbon and when it’s slipped off the inside is revealed.

Here’s a peek at the inside! A simple little flower on the inside, perfect for you to add your own heartfelt sentiments!

ow it's YOUR turn! Join in the sketch challenge this week by creating a card using the featured sketch and link up to the Skipping Stones site for your chance to win FREE stamps! You don't have to use Skipping Stones Stamps, but we love when you do! Do you have a Scor-Pal or Scor-Buddy? We would love to see you rocking those, too!!! We ask that you don't combine the challenge with more than five total in your post (including SSD) and please link back here! Have fun! Your next stop on the hop is Wendy Price blog! A HUGE thank you to Scor-Pal for providing Scor-Buddies to the Skipping Stones Design Team! We LOVE THEM!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Love you, Mom

Welcome back to another sketch with SSD, but an all new month with new guests and a brand new stamp release! This month we have Angi Barrs as our sketch artist and this week we have such a fun sketch to work with!

You’re getting a sneak peek at the new set being released this month, Beautiful Botanicals. If you are a fan of Dandelion Dreams then you will absolutely LOVE this new set!

Another fun thing happening this month is the team is being sponsored by Scor-Pal and each member of the DT received a Scor-Buddy! I have the original larger sized Scor-Pal and while I love it, I am definitely enjoying a little bit of extra desk space when working with the Scor-Buddy! It’s the perfect size for cards and in this case helped to add a little dimension.

I scored at half an inch across the card back five times so that when flipped over the impression lines would show through to the front in place of a block like in the sketch. I love being able to add some visual interest and texture to my cards with such little effort!

Here’s the sketch we’re working with, we’d love to see what you come up with!

Angi Barrs SSD Sketch 118

Stop by the SSD Blog for more Skipping Stones Design inspiration!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Grandma

I was lucky enough to spend some time with my family at the end of December and beginning of January this year. I celebrated my birthday there, laughed and relaxed, but the best was just being there with my family and for the kids to spend time with Grandma and Grandpa. These two layouts were another Soul Scrappers challenge with a theme of “grandmas” and were easy to pull together with this great photo of my mom and the kids.

I used some different themes on each of these but used the same layout. I love the differences between Gwynie’s and Brady’s pages.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Bloom

I created this page a couple weeks ago for a challenge on Soul Scrappers and since spring is hopefully not far off, I’m hoping these flowers brighten up my day! ;)

The challenge had been to use flower patterned paper, a flower cluster corner and at least 9 flowers on your layout. I paired up a MME collection with some chipboard flowers to create a blooming garden.

The journaling talks about Gwynie growing up and while I will miss her at this age, I’m excited to seem the beautiful woman she will blossom into. She has a fun personality and I’m glad it comes through in these pictures.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Cowboy Brady

Switching gears from Christmas yesterday, I have a Halloween layout to share today. I still have so many Halloween things, like the pumpkin patch, carving pumpkins, etc. to scrapbook, but I’ve decided to let them just come instead of forcing them since the results will be better I’m sure.

I’ve had these papers and products for awhile and finally put this page together. Everything was from the old Cosmo Cricket “Wanted” collection aside from a few buttons and the washi tape. It was fun making that discovery that they would work so well together.

We’re going to a friends birthday this weekend so I don’t plan on scrapping a lot, but hopefully I have a few new things to share next week!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Joy

This may seem a little odd since we are getting closer to Spring each day, but since it’s been snowy I figured now was as good a time as any to share a Christmas themed layout!


Now, before I share these pages I have to admit that I have my fair share of weird quirks and/or mannerisms, and I often hold my self accountable for things that probably no one else cares about. ;) Once of those things is the way my thought process works on scrapbooking. See, I make each kid a book, and typically I try to do the same or very similar pages in their books. One, it’s easier because all the materials are there and I just cut and do things in two’s and two….well it’s easier, really. ;)


Sometimes though I change it up and will do different layouts for the same photos, but mainly I do the same layout with the same product, maybe only varying the colors. In this case I just varied a couple colors to put these together.




Both pages use die cuts and papers from Crate Paper, and the title was cut out on my Cricut. For Brady’s layout I used blue and orange, and for Gwynie’s I used purple and pink.



It’s such an easy way for me to get pages done for each kid and I love how fast it goes once the idea is already there!


I’m stuck on some pages now because I have several holidays worth of Halloween, Christmas and Easter to scrapbook, but I’m not feeling super inspired by those pictures/events right now, ha. Hopefully some “holiday mojo” comes my way so I can get those done!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Spring Pix

Each year the school does spring pictures, and typically each year my kids forget to tell me about it so I generally don’t end up purchasing those pictures, ha. The one year they told me (and I remembered) I actually bought those pictures, but that was about 2 years ago. Enter this photo, the ONE spring picture I’ve purchased of Brady’s. ;)

It’s a different pose from the normal school pictures which is nice, but sometimes the background/props are weird, or my kids didn’t do their hair nice that day since they forgot and didn’t tell me, or they wore bulky winter clothes in a clearly “springy” background. Luckily though, the one year we were all of the same page I ended up with this cutie picture of Brady. Such a baby back then, this was in Kindergarten! Hard to believe my little man was so little! :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A little birdie

I love that I can combine different sets to create a new look and use a fun sketch at the same time!


SSD116


We’re back with another sketch for SSD and the DT and our guests have some fun inspiration with the sketch!


I paired up the bird from Garden Kiss with the sentiment from Heartsong to create this simple little number!



I love that this bird is a silhouette and can be treated in different ways for different looks. In this case I had some fun patterned paper going on so paired the bird with a matching color. This set is also fantastic for stamp kissing and is just so versatile.


Make sure to stop by the SSD blog and visit the rest of the DT!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Love & Joy

We can be silly and don’t act quite like grown ups, but that’s one of the many things I love about my relationship with Jake! :)

There was a song lyric challenge (SLC5) at Soul Scrappers previously and I realized I hadn’t shared that layout yet. The challenge is to be inspired by the lyrics from Celine Dion’s "Because You Loved Me.”

I will be honest, I couldn’t decide what photo to use for this and had a hard time until committing to use a strip of photo booth photos from a work party last year. From there it just seemed to click for me and everything fell into place.

The idea behind the challenge is to take a lyric or a word and use that on your layout. The patterned paper (Bo Bunny) was perfect as it actually held several of the words and even a phrase or two from the song!

I used a punch to create the movie strip piece for our photos, and then added some little embellishments in to round out the page. The mini bag holds a tag I journaled on. It talks about how Jake makes me laugh he will be silly with me, but that while we may grow old together, I hope we’ll never grow up. :)

Here’s the tag pulled out.

I have a few more layouts to share, still working on making a dent in my huge stack of photos. :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sassy Cats Release!

Welcome to Sketch Challenge 115 and the release of Sassy Cats! If you just came from Taylor’s blog, you are in the right place. If you just happened along my blog today, start at the beginning of the hop at Skipping Stones Design. The entire hop order is there and you can hop from blog to blog with ease.


Be sure to hop along and leave comments on all the fabulous designers’ blogs. This month we are welcoming Cyndi Bundy and Barb Turpin to our team as Guest Designers! Kazan Clark will be providing all the fabulous sketch inspiration this month including the sketch we're using in today's hop!

 

Sassy Cats is such a funny set filled with great cat sayings for all the cat lovers out there! 

Here’s the sketch we’re working with today!

SSD115

Also, the Tweet Heart sale has been extended! You can still Buy 3 and Get Heartsong #2 FREE before you can buy it! See the SSD blog for more details!


Head over to Barb's blog for some more Skipping Stones Design inspiration!

Wendy J.
Karen
Kazan
Shannan
Cyndi
Taylor
Kandi
Barb
Wendy P.
Stephanie
Jingle
JoAnn
Katie

Friday, February 10, 2012

Feature Friday!

It’s my turn to post on the SSD blog today! For the month of February Garden Kiss is our featured set and I wanted to show off some of the smaller stamps in this set. Birds, butterflies and prints are the larger stamps in this versatile set, but I choose to focus on the circles in this set for a simple little valentine for my guy.

I started off by making a heart mask and stamped in the center of the mask so only the inner heart shape would remain making it a one layer card. Once that was complete I outlined the shape and added washi tape, a few staples and the sentiment from Grunge 2.

A cute little card sure to make him smile, and just one more use you can get out of this fantastic set!