Let's Stay In (and make stuff)
So, it turns out that when two introverts take a risk, their first adventure might end up being about the art of being a homebody, but when we live in a world filled with so many good books, great coffee and tea, yarn, music, movies, and Murder, She Wrote, can you blame us?
There is so much I want to say about what it's like to be asked to design pieces that people will use to record their memories, or how it feels to hold paper professionally printed with your illustrations for the first time, or the the mix of butterflies and war ships that seem to be floating around in my stomach as I prep this post knowing that this kit, the one that feels like my baby, will go live tomorrow. There is so much I want to say, but I've no good words for a lot of it, so it will have to wait.
For now, what I can say is that I am as impressed as always by the lady behind the heart of this project, Elise. She's a one woman show who somehow manages to be one of the best small shop owners I've ever known - honest, responsive, thoughtful, and lightning fast.
We've been plotting and planning this new adventure for quite some time, with so many "could we"s and "would we"s that at any point we could have taken the safer route and held back but that Elise, she's a doer. Let me rephrase that: thank goodness Elise is a doer!
The kit, called Homebodies, of course, is packed with designs that are perfect for documenting your everyday adventures even if they take you outside your cozy nest. Each kit has six 12x12 papers printed on the dreamiest paper I've ever felt, one 12x12 cut apart sheet with 12 3x4 cards on it, a 4x6 stamp set full of buildable designs, three coordinating pieces of flair, a digital file that will be emailed to you and contains more 3x4 designs as well as punchable die cuts and labels, and little something extra from me tucked into the box, but I'm staying strong and not giving away the surprise on that one.
With so much goodness, I couldn't wait to dive in, and though I always do full layouts for our releases, I felt like my weekly Project Life deserved a little fun, so I've got a two page spread to share that uses the kit exclusively except for the number stamps on the weekly card.
I love how much I was able to get out of just a few pieces of this kit, and I have so much left to use (not hoard - I WILL NOT HOARD THIS KIT) (yeah, right).
I loved using the mug stamp with the addition of the flower to make a little cut out that would add a bit of dimension to this patterned card.
Speaking of stamps, the main "homebodies" stamp is great as-s, but for the times when we need to documents just one person's story (my husband is much more outgoing than I am), we've added in a cursive "y" that fits perfectly in line with the original stamp, so you take take the plural to singular with ease! Just cover the "ies" when you ink and stamp the main portion, then stamp the "y" right in line with the first stamp. I have a little video I will share later in the week with a how-to for those who might want to see it in action. Here's a little shot of what it looks like when use this way (plus, the mug three ways, because i cannot get enough):
Thank you so much to all of you for your support and encouragement this past year, and to Elise, for believing in me enough to keep asking me along for the ride. I am incredibly humbled and honored to be part of your projects and memories.