Monday, January 11, 2021

A little update

Happy new year, everyone! I know we're all wishing and hoping for a better year than the last. (Can we just count last week as part of 2020?) It's been a rough transition into the new year for me personally, and I'm definitely hoping the days ahead are brighter. I figured it was time for a little update so here we go:

In a Creative Bubble // Shop News

Thank you for your patience as I worked on some shop maintenance behind-the-scenes at In a Creative Bubble! The site is now live again and those of you waiting to make orders can head to the site.

I am so grateful that the creative community's continued, enthusiastic support has allowed this little digital store to flourish over the years. Seeing my designs being put to use on your memory keeping projects always puts a smile on my face and I'm thankful that you've found these products helpful for documenting your stories.

With growth does come some changes, and in 2021, I will be charging GST/HST on Canadian orders. I was hoping to be able to implement this while doing the site maintenance, but it appears that Big Cartel (my e-commerce platform) has a very simplified set up/website back end and is not the best platform for setting up these rates. As a result, I've temporarily disabled/suspended Canadian orders as I work on exploring options and possible solutions for charging GST/HST on Canadian orders. To my Canadian customers, I apologize for the inconvenience and I appreciate your continued patience as I figure out a solution!

As for an update on UK/Brexit VAT, Big Cartel has gotten back to me with the following: "We don't have specific details to share on how Big Cartel will be handling this at this time - our legal team is looking into whether OMP (online marketplace provider) status applies to us based on the guidelines set forth. We will keep you posted as we get updates on this." Unfortunately, this means that I will have to continue the policy of no longer allowing orders to UK addresses. I'm sorry and wish I had better news to share.

In a Creative Bubble // Elsewhere

It's been awhile since I've updated you on the recent collaborations I've had the pleasure of working on. As much as I love the convenience of digital products, it is always so awesome to have tangible products to use too, especially since I'm a hybrid scrapbooker (combining my love of digital + physical supplies!). I'm delighted to share these projects:

Pinkfresh Studio recently shared their latest scrapbook collection releases and I had the wonderful opportunity to work on Keeping it Real with fellow designers Inna Moreva and Kaitlin Sheaffer. This new scrapbook collection is a mix of beautiful florals and bold, modern designs, designed to help you tell your imperfect, everyday stories. According to Pinkfresh Studio, the estimated ship date to retailers for this collection is mid-February.

Studio Calico's January kits are now live and I got to design some of the kit components in the January documenter kit and traveler's notebook kit. I love how bright and fresh these kits are and you can find some of my designs in the cards, chipboard pieces, and both kits' stamp sets. I'm also designing the 2021 3x4 monthly stamp series for Studio Calico, and they have a handy designer filter here where you can shop all the IACB for SC stamp sets.

Feed Your Craft's next shop update is coming this Friday on January 15th at 10AM EST and I designed the latest kit called Happy at Home. It's perfect for this season of hibernation as many of us are spending lots of time at home right now. I'm still waiting for my kit to arrive (those darn shipping delays!) but I'm excited to see all the sneaks of the creative team working their magic with the kit and add-ons :)

Memory Keeping Plans 2021

The 2020 pandemic year wasn't good for me creatively as many of my creative projects took a back seat; I lost a lot of motivation to create as I grappled with anxiety, loss, grief, and other personal circumstances. Thankfully, working on my December Daily album last month was a good way to jumpstart that creativity again and I really enjoyed putting together my album. I also purchased an Epson PM-400 photo printer to hopefully help me scrapbook more regularly! Photo printing is one of my biggest setbacks and normally, I would batch print photos at my local Costco. Unfortunately, local Costcos closed down their photo centres last summer and while I can still send my pictures to print online, shipping would take 10-15 business days (according to their site). So far, I'm loving the print quality of this little Epson PM-400 printer and I think it's going to be really convenient to print pictures on demand.

There are no ground-breaking plans for my memory keeping this year, but I hope to get back on track and find more time to create. I want to continue with Project Life and along with all the missing gaps/old spreads I want to make for both my 2017 and 2020 albums, I'm thinking of going with a 9x12 format for 2021 (haven't made any final decisions yet!). I also have lots of travel mini-books I still want to tackle, and I'm crossing my fingers I will find time and stay motivated to work on them as it seems like a lot of this year will still be spent at home.

If you've made it this far, thank you. I hope you are well and safe and this year brings hope and joy in the days ahead. xo.

Monday, December 28, 2020

2021 Freebie + Shop News

Hey everyone! Hope you had a lovely holiday season and are enjoying the winter break. This Christmas season felt a little off, to put it lightly, and I admit there were days where it was difficult to find joy amidst it all. Somehow we've reached the end of 2020 and I'm looking forward to leaving behind this horrible, no-good year. I'm continuing the tradition of offering free new year cards and I've got a set of 2021 cards for you today, which you can download here.

I also wanted to share an update on In a Creative Bubble's digital shop. After December 31st, 2020, I will no longer take digital item orders from UK addresses due to the Brexit tax VAT system which goes into effect on January 1st, 2021. I am afraid I cannot comply to these changes with the limited resources I have. This was not a decision made lightly and I apologize to all UK customers for the short notice. I'm still trying to get more information from my website provider (Big Cartel) if they will act as the marketplace facilitator in this circumstance as they've done so with US state taxes, but I haven't heard back yet. Thus, to be on the safe side, I will not be taking UK orders in the new year. If there are any changes to this, I will keep you updated. Thank you for understanding.

I also wanted to give you a heads up that I'll be doing some site maintenance behind the scenes and the site will be down/offline starting January 1st (11:59PM EST). Hoping to get it back running soon.

Thank you for sticking around and I hope you have a cozy and safe new year! xo. 

Monday, November 30, 2020

December Daily 2019

Sneaking this post in before the holiday season officially begins! I think last year was the first time I didn't blog about my December Daily album (an annual project by Ali Edwards that I've been participating in since 2010) as the month progressed. Honestly, it was nice to not have the added work/self-induced stress of photographing, editing, and writing blog posts throughout an already busy month. I'm really in awe of people who do so, especially those who do process videos! I did share lots of December Daily updates on my instagram (all my DD posts can be found under the #gsydecemberdaily hashtag) and this is probably something I'll be doing again this holiday season - more IG posts and less blogging.

I actually finished my 2019 December Daily album in January of this year. It's one of my favorite albums I've completed, so I wanted to share a round-up of my favorite pages. Flipping through this album, some of the things I've particularly enjoyed were:
  • Making sure I used old supplies from my stash along with new stuff. It was fun to go through my supplies before December and rediscover old stuff that would work perfectly for my album.
  • Mixing up page protectors and pages outside of pockets. I still love my pocket pages, but it was fun to do some things outside of pockets as well. I also continue to enjoy mixing up page sizes so that there are different layers in my album.
  • Having the opportunity to get extra creative in this album. When I work on travel albums and Project Life, my focus is more on photos + words + ephemera, but I really enjoy experimenting and getting crafty in my December Daily!
Last year, I used a mix of Crate Paper, the Jolly and Joyful kit I designed for Feed Your Craft (digitals available here), my own printables, and supplies from my stash. If you have any particular questions, just leave a comment down below! :)

My title page was a combination of a 2019 cut file I made and adhered on a 3x8 transparency and a green screen-printed wrapping paper from a local stationery shop.

DD2019 was my 10th December Daily! I wrote a bit about that milestone on this large tag and printed out one of my TN sized printables on a full sheet of vellum for the right side.

I decided to create a customized tag to hold the story of our tree. To add a bit of texture to it, I handstitched a vellum tree to the middle of the tag and I love how that turned out.

This is an example of one of my favorite "outside of the page protector" pages. I found this gold foiled chipboard frame (from a past Crate Paper collection) in my stash and used it on a sheet of patterned vellum.
On the back side, I used a black polaroid frame from my stash. This is actually a true polaroid frame but the polaroid photo didn't develop properly, so instead of wasting the polaroid and throwing it away, I cut out the picture and just used the frame with a digital photo I printed out myself.

I documented my holiday playlist last year with a page protector that has the 2" pockets. It was easy to print out little photos of the album covers and slip them in the pockets, and overall it makes for a really bold and graphic page.

This is the other side of that 2" page protector...lots of little photos to document a holiday lights event. I printed another one of my 3x8 printables on vellum and I love the translucent effect. 

This is another example of how I used the 2" page protector pockets. I cut off the last column and I used these 2" pockets to document my holiday watch list. I alternated photos + journaling and used an arrow stamp to indicate which pockets went together as well as a date stamp for noting down when I watched the movie.

I made this custom page protector to house little tags and I love how it turned out. I used a mix of kraft paper and Crate Paper's Snowfall patterned papers for the tags and I printed little photos of details around the house.

The backside of this custom page protector includes more tags (kraft paper + ones from Rifle Paper Co) and photos + journaling. This is definitely one of my favorite pages in my album :)

Very happy when I get a chance to enlarge a favorite photo! I also added an old letterpressed polar bear postcard to match my polar bear ornament photo in the bottom right corner, and there's some extra journaling on the back of that postcard.

Last year, we went on a short family trip to Portland and I was incredibly inspired by Ali Edwards' New York traveler's notebook from a few years ago so I scraplifted her idea. I made my own pocket to hold the traveler's notebook and thankfully it didn't add too much bulk to my album.

My cover of my homemade TN is from a sheet of wrapping paper I picked up in PDX. Added a couple of stamps + stickers + washi tape and called it good :)

Inside the journal, I followed a simple format with a daily summary on the left and six photos from the day on the right. Here are two pages from inside the notebook.

I also lifted Ali's idea at the back of her traveler's notebook and I made a grid to house bits of ephemera for the left side and wrote some thoughts on the trip for the right side.

At the end of my album is one of the patterned papers I designed for Feed Your Craft as well as some extra bits of ephemera and paper I saved throughout the month.

My 2019 December Daily ended up being filled to the brim but I was able to fit everything into one album! 

Hope you enjoyed the little recap and thank you for sticking around! Will you be doing December Daily this year? I'm excited to tackle this project again and I'm using the 6x8 format this year. Happy December, everyone!