Tuesday, February 24, 2015

new habit | knitting

I've said that I don't know whether I am just a slow knitter or I can't/don't sit still long enough to progress quickly. Either way, this knitting thing has become a daily habit--mostly in the evenings when I have more time or allow myself to sit and feel more relaxed/plain tired.

It doesn't bother me that I am not 'fast'. I simply enjoy knitting. This blanket I am currently working on is becoming one of my favorite projects for me. This is mindless activity for me and I can even keep up with a television show while knitting!

My little sidekick seems to approve as well. :)

This blanket is inspired by my love for IKEA and the pillow in the first picture.
If I actually lived near an IKEA, I would probably be there weekly. It would be like another Target for me. Since I have to travel 1.5 hrs to get to one, I normally only make it one or two times a year.
Knitting a IKEA inspired blanket seemed to be perfect.

It is a simple garter stitch (knit stitch both front and back) that is worked flat, but on US11 circular needles (addi Turbo Rockets 32-inch (80cm) Circular Knitting Needle; Size US 11 (8.00 mm)
purchased through Amazon Prime. Amazon Prime has quickly become my go-to source for quality needles since I don't have anywhere local to purchase. Circular needles hold more stitches when making larger items such as blankets.
The yarn is Plymouth Encore Mega in black (0217) and off-white (0146).
I use up each skein, then switch colors. The biggest pain is weaving in the ends, but totally worth it.
Just make sure if you try this and do a wide stripe using up each skein that you switch colors on the same side since there is a right side and wrong side of your work. When you switch colors, the wrong side will have a discernible switching row.  Once I finish, I am hoping to do a post of the finished blanket. My goal is for it to be a smaller lap blanket with somewhat square dimensions.

Can't wait!!

Hope to be back soon with the finished details!!


Thursday, February 12, 2015

I am...

this is me. simple as that. period.

who's with me?!! :)


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

2015 | this year i will...

Creative Jumpstarts are always fun every now and then.
Marcy and Stephanie do a great job of coming up with fun, cool challenges!

Truth is, I don't make pages as much anymore. But that doesn't mean that I am not doing it at all.

All kinds of creative things make me happy these days :)
Paper and glue were calling to me today.
I found myself reaching for familiar supplies in my newly organized and recently purged stash.
(And when I say recently purged--I mean that I got rid of 80% of what was sitting in my area--
paper, embellishments, stickers, the works!!  I threw away partially used items and donated the remaining. It was SO good to do that. It was necessary.)
I knew right away some form of hand lettering would be my title.
The rest just flowed naturally from there. It took my usual time of about 30 minutes, give or take, to complete.

so this year is about finding more smiles, yet being tougher.
taking care of myself, but saying no to things that drain me.
hoping to see things with brighter eyes and just enjoy this life.

I will keep this page posted in my creative space as a reminder to myself throughout the year.

Make it a good one!!


Supplies Used:  Bazzill Orange Peel white cardstock; thinned out yellow acrylic paint by Martha Stewart from Michael's; various Crate Paper patterned papers to fit the color theme; Crate paper photo overlay;  Pentel Arts Aquash Pigment Ink Brush, Light Black Ink, Pack of 1 (FRHMNBPA); enamel dots; Mister Huey's mists in city scape and taxi yellow; glassine bag; white shipping tag; index tab; office depot date stamp; old Two Peas badges and clips; various inks for date stamp; twine.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


I always use Pinterest as a source for quotes and being inspired to letter.
Whether I am practicing calligraphy or just doodling for fun, Pinterest is a great source for sure.

You may remember this hand lettered quote I posted on my Instagram:
Pinterest source :  this is what I could track.

I always try to find the original author when I letter words because I don't want to take credit for something that isn't mine. Sometimes the internet makes it difficult to find 'who said what'--and for
copyright purposes, is one of the reasons I don't normally sell what I letter. Generic phrases or salutations are the exception.

I decided to digitize this lettering because I wanted to reconfigure some of the letters. After all, this was a something I did on a whim while avoiding what to fix for dinner. :)

If you would like to download a similar 8x10 sized file, without attributions,  to print out at your leisure for FREE: go here.

If you frame it or share it on Instagram or social media, please link back to me or tag me @jenkinkade on Instagram!

Happy Wednesday!!


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Keeping secrets are kinda hard...


I am overjoyed with this collaboration with Elle from Elle's Studio!!
I had provided a few scripted designs for Elle that you may have already noticed around her shop.
Lots of Love Wood Veneers 

Her design team has done some amazing work already showcasing product and I am anxious to see the elements from the Cienna collection used.

From concept and ideas to collaboration to finalization of designs to actual product--it takes a LONG time. As you can imagine it's quite a process! It has been hard at times for me to keep a secret because I get so excited!! :)
Then when I see it come to life in the form of actual product, I can't tell you how awesome it is.

You can see the full Cienna collection on the Elle's Studio blog.

I have sort of shifted my role these days from a page designer to more of a freelance designer with my calligraphy, brush script, and lettering. I had a desire to grow and explore my in a way I hadn't before creatively. Instagram has always been my 'portfolio'. It's where I hang out. I share my creativity and communicate with a variety of awesome makers. It's amazing how something so small can be an awesome platform to share, collaborate, and get to know so many talented creatives/artists.
My family insists on calling me an artist, but I just say, 'hey...I'm a creative. I'm a maker' :)
I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has encouraged and supported me as a creative and as a designer!!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

December Daily-ing | 2014

December Daily is one of my favorite projects to do.
While I am not able to show all of my pages here,  I do hope that you will be joining me in the
SC 25 Days classroom over at Studio Calico!!
The class is taught by Stephanie Bryan and has some amazing contributors ;)

My approach is simpler this year, I think. More big photos that tell a story is the approach I am taking.

I will share a few pages for now...starting with my cover and working back from day 8 of December.
I technically started my album Nov. 30 because that is when all of my girls were home to decorate the tree :)

White, gold, and simple. My cover for 2014. I used one of my digital cuts, december, that you can still purchase from my Etsy shop. I will keep these up through the end of 2014.
I am working on new designs for 2015!!

Day 8
 Currently, my favorite. I painted 'it's a wonderful life' on a transparency that fits nicely over a large photo of my girls. love.

Day 7

this one makes me laugh. you can tell how much she loves us, right? ;) she will do anything for a treat...
the 'fa la la' card is another hand scripted and fun, personalized addition.

Day 6

We baked cookies and it wasn't even about baking cookies as much as it was about being together.
There wasn't anything that screamed "HOLIDAY" about what we made at all! ha!
I made the chalk-look menu board with some black cardstock and my white charcoal pencil.

My goal this year is telling the stories simply. I consider my most complicated yet satisfying embellishment to be my hand lettering, and I wanted that to be very prominent this year.
So far, so good.

I will share my album mostly through Instagram with a few pages here.

thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holiday stamps | Flourish Designs

I was *really* excited to create these stamps and have them ready before Thanksgiving for everyone to see!!

My two favorites are the 'to, from'  and 'peace on earth' stamps :) I know it might sound silly to have favorites, but I do. I think the 'to, from' stamp can be a year round versatile stamp for gift giving needs!!  It fits perfectly on a shipping tag.
Visit Flourish Designs for more details.

Right now, I only keep very limited quantities in stock of physical product.
Custom orders are available if a designs sells out. Please message me on Etsy for details and pricing.

I also wanted to make a digital bundle of these stamp designs plus 2 EXTRA brushes/files!!

You will see a slightly different version of the 'merry & bright' stamp here + a 'december' file that I showed on my Instagram. There are 6 designs with a .abr + .png file for use.
I plan on doing a video tutorial soon showing how you can use these files next week sometime since our Thanksgiving break is beginning!

I'm so excited to see where this shop takes me!!!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

the story of my shop | flourish designs

This past year has been a creative whirlwind of change.
I went from being a part of creative teams for different types of scrapbooking entities to completely being on my own--a creative free bird. I wondered what I had left to offer, but what I did know is that I was changing they way I created.
At times it felt odd, but most of the time I enjoyed exploring new and old creative outlets like photography, knitting, hand lettering, and calligraphy.

I always show my work on Instagram because duh! it's Instagram and I love interacting with other creatives there. A lot.

Soon, I began getting hints that I should share my lettering gifts in the form of selling what I made.
I had already done some work for Wilna Furstenberg at iheartstudios where Wilna offers die cut files and printables. My biggest joy was incorporating my hand lettering and calligraphy into my creative projects. It was me, totally and completely me. I think it was so different that it excited me to no end!!!

I wasn't sure how to execute it all in the beginning. The biggest mind struggle for me was how to offer high quality prints or originals--that had me stuck for the longest time, to the point where I had stalled. Local sourcing or USA sourcing of product is important to me. All the while, still hearing from my awesome IG followers that they would actually buy things that I made or provided, and listening to some pretty awesome and inspiring podcasts.

A HUGE factor in me taking this leap is credited to listening to some creative, business based podcasts.
My favorite one being Elise Gets Crafty by Elise Blaha Cripe . She's brilliant and energetic, but most of all she is super informative, encouraging and passionate about passing along information to other creatives. So. awesome.

Fast forward a few more weeks and I thought, 'Why not see what a stamp would look like with my calligraphy?' I would order a few, keep one for myself, then determine what to do with the extras.

Anyone who knows me at all knows that I am an observer. A quiet, very detailed observer. Not in a creepy way mind you. ;)  It's like I am soaking up information like a sponge and storing it in the form of physical lists or most likely mental lists. The mental list making I have done over the years has to be epic!

To my surprise when I posted my stamped image on Instagram, I received a very positive response from my followers. After more thinking, of course, and research I decided to list my 2 remaining stamps on Etsy, creating my flourish by jen kinkade shop.
(To me, this shop is technically 'flourish designs' but I couldn't use it for various reasons. I didn't want to just use my name because evidently my last name causes all kinds of confusion and I didn't want it to be name-based after doing some branding research.)

The 2 'i love you more' calligraphy stamps sold out that afternoon/evening!!
Why only offer 2 stamps you ask?

1) This was a test to see if I had any interest
2) I didn't want $200 dollars worth of unsold stamps lying around my house--worst case scenario
3) I didn't have a lot of money to invest in a big lot of stamps. I used what I had, which is my best business and financial life advice--DON'T SPEND MONEY THAT YOU DON'T HAVE!!!!

So, what is in store? If I showed you my physical and mental lists, we might go crazy!
I am planning on adding some different items as time and money allows. With the holidays and a lot of family birthdays approaching I have to be careful how I decide to spend my time.
I try to balance 'work for myself' at home for the shop with at home responsibilities the best that I can. When evening rolls around and my family is home, work for me and my shop goes off.
Evening and weekend time is family time.
Let's face it, no one is going to do my laundry, clean my toilets, or cook my dinner! Though, some days I wish it were possible. :)

If I were to give you a small hint of what is to come in the next 1-2 weeks...
Fingers crossed!!

Let's GO!


As always to keep up on the latest, find me on Instagram @jenkinkade--->

Friday, November 14, 2014

SC 25 days 2014 | And a history of my December albums...

I'm really amazed that this is going to be another year of completing a December album!!
I'm also contributing to the SC 25 days class this year with Stephanie Bryan as the lead teacher!!
I will be contributing along with Nicole Reaves, Kelly Noel, and Paige Evans. Such a variety of talent and styles! I can't wait to be inspired by them and YOU! :) I hope to see you in the classroom!

Picture 1 of 25 Days 2014

Please take a moment to scroll through Stephanie's awesome post today about the class as well!!

Now...let's take a stroll through history of my albums, so grab a cup of coffee or tea!! ;)
(This is a seriously LONG and photo heavy post)

Starting with 2010...
This is my cover with all of my pages planned and ready to go!

This spread may be the first time I used a larger photo to scrap. I used lots of Ali's digital templates this year as well.  To see more of my 2010 album, you can view it in my Flickr photo stream.

On to 2011...

This is the year I see my style starting to evolve a little along with my photography.

This was the only year we did the Elf on the Shelf. My girls were too old to begin with, but I wanted to do something a little fun to mix things up ;)

Again, this album is in my Flickr photo stream with more photos.

2012 and things really begin to change with my style...

I begin working with more non-traditional colors and fall in LOVE with more white aspects, like with my album cover.

2013 arrives and so does more mixed media or watercolor type elements...

The above spread is probably one of my favorites :)

So, how am I planning to do 2014? Here is a peek of what I am gathering for this year's album...

My cover is a bit naked for the time being. Thanks to Nicole's idea to do a wood cover, I decided to go with that idea for mine as well. I white washed my wood first with gesso, then white paint. The gesso was a bit too thin on it's own, so going with a white paint worked great. I then spray painted large, probably 3", binder rings with gold metallic paint. One of my favorite aspects of my December album is creating a custom cover. It's almost as if I have to make one!!
I've decided that white, gold, and black will be my prominent colors this year.  My style will be similar to last year, but look for hand lettering and calligraphy to be BIG in my album for sure.

I have two trays that sit side by side with most of my embellishments out at all times. These trays sit on an extra table where my sewing machine stays as well. Perfect for whipping up pages in no time!!
The expandable utensil tray is perfect for a variety of supplies. The tray was a cheap one from Target or Wal Mart, no doubt.

Here's a closer look at a few items...

In  order...
*flair badges and wood veneers
*variety of shipping tags--crucial and one of my favorite elements
*variety of stamps--some are my own, and a few from Nicole, and Tina as well.
*papers--traditional and non-traditional
*shiny things--sequins galore
(note: I pull from my stash a lot. some items pictured are no longer being sold or available)

What isn't pictured are things like page protectors, digital printables or cut files, and mixed media supplies. But pretty much everything else + the kitchen sink, right?

For more fun ideas, inspiration, and my 2014 album pages,  you can follow my Pinterest board:

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll be joining us at Studio Calico for more 2014 December album inspiration!
Enjoy your weekend!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Inspired By... | A *NEW* Workshop!!

It's here! As Shimelle Laine as our fearless leader on this, a group of some of my favorite scrapbooking friends have collaborated to bring you Inspired By... , an online workshop dedicated to  showing our viewers how we interpret inspiration and put it to work on a page.
With a line up of fabulous ladies-- Shimelle Laine, Wilna Furstenburg, Nancy Damiano, Paige Evans, Marcy Penner, Jill Sprott, Laura Craigie, Stephanie Bryan, and myself--we have a variety of styles and sources of inspiration to learn and choose your inspiration and ideas!! We show you how we are inspired with our own personal styles. We would LOVE for you to come along and join in on the fun!

*The cost is $15 US dollars, but Shimelle has currency worked out for everyone, no worries. :)
The class is self-paced and contains a total of TEN videos. There will also be digital files available for download from Wilna's video, as well as mine! woohoo!
*For all of the nitty gritty details, you can head over to Shimelle's blog to read all about it, then GO sign up!! At the bottom of her post you will see the image for the workshop, like the one above, click on the appropriate image and it will take you to your payment option.

Here is a sneak of what I created for the workshop...

Lots of fun color! :)

BUT, when you go to Shimelle's blog to sign up ;) PLEASE send her a big hug and many thanks because she really has worked tirelessly on this for us all to host it on her site, with Wonder Boy in tow!

I really hope you decide to join us for some fun inspiration pieces and process videos!