Home, Life

The Craziness of Moving

July 3, 2015

Photo Jun 26, 8 46 48 AMHey friends! Back when, a whole week ago, when I shared that we were going to be moving to Indy. It was kind of a vague future event that was going to happen at some point. Well since then things have started moving very fast. We will be moving there in the next few weeks, we have plans nailed down for our current home and are searching for our next place, fingers crossed. Which brings me to this post. In the next two weeks, I will be spending a lot of time packing, downsizing, cleaning, and getting ready for our new place. I would love to have time to update Happy Apple at the 3 – 4 times I was used to, but I don’t think for this month it is realistic. So please hang in there with me, I’ve got great ideas to share with you and some awesome plans for Happy Apple but I won’t be posting regularly until August, once I’m settled, unpacked and organized.

While I won’t be posting regularly that doesn’t mean I won’t be planning, is there anything you would like me to post about or talk about?

 

Crafts, Home

Crafting Skills : Embossing

July 1, 2015

Crafting Skills : Embossing | happyapple.us

One of my favorite crafting skills I learned last year was how to emboss. I learned this to be able to emboss my Christmas tags, you can check out that project here. Since then I’ve used it to decorate cards in my Project Life album, and now I’m moving on to embossing some chipboard for decorating my home. I’ve seen chipboard designs floating around Hobby Lobby and Michaels on my last several trips and I couldn’t figure out what I would do with one. When I came across this create piece on the clearance rack I knew it was time to start figuring out how to decorate it. I went back and forth on paint, decoupage, fabric, and back to paint again, when it hit me. I knew it needed to be gold and shimmery, enter embossing.

Crafting Skills : Embossing | happyapple.us

You need your chipboard design, embossing powder, Versamark watermark stamp pad, a piece of paper, and an embossing tool. Believe me your hair dryer does not get hot enough all you will do is shoot the embossing powder into the air. Once you have gathered all your supplies press your design into the ink pad, this is what will make the powder stick, next lay it on your paper and sprinkle, generously, with the embossing powder. Use as much as you need to to cover the design well, you can put the leftover powder back into the pot. Once covered gently lift the design up and tap off the excess, at this point you can put the extra back.

Crafting Skills : Embossing | happyapple.us

Using your tool heat the embossing powder until it goes from looking like glitter to a smooth enamel-like look. Then you are done, see easy peasy. Now the hard part, deciding where to put your newly finished piece in your home.

Crafting Skills : Embossing | happyapple.us

 

Around My Town, Home, Life

Indianapolis Bound

June 30, 2015

Indianapolis Bound

I’ve got some big news with you, we are going to be relocating to Indianapolis! Whew! It feels so good to finally share it! It has been something we have been thinking about and looking into for a while, and then at the beginning of this year Gunnar mentioned casually that he was maybe interested in looking for a job which got the ball rolling. Two weeks ago now he started his new job in Downtown Indianapolis.

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Gunnar is currently commuting to and from Indy each day, and we ultimately want to be down there. We have a couple things to figure out first, like what to do with our house and finding a place that I can also work at down there. Know anyone who needs a designer with front-end skills?

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When Gunnar first mentioned that he was interested in other opportunities in Indianapolis we weren’t actively looking to switch up our lives this much. It was several days of we aren’t ready/we are ready/I’m not ready/let’s do this thing. Now we are trying to get all the other pieces to fall into place. It is going to be a wonderful adventure, one because neither of us has lived in a large city and we are thinking about trying out a place in the downtown area and two because it means a new chapter in our lives with new experiences. Life has a way of shaking things up and surprising you when you least expect it.

Soon we are going down for a visit to check out different neighborhoods and try to decide where we want try first. Do you have any favorite spots we should check out?

Project Life 2015

Project Life: Week 24

June 26, 2015

Project Life 2015  | happyapple.us

And we are back with week 24! I underestimated the time I would need to wrap up projects and prepare for my first solo wedding as a photographer. But that’s ok and that is what this project is all about capturing life and how it really is. Project Life 2015  | happyapple.us

Looking back week 24 was really busy for us. We got our new car a Golf TDI, Gunnar started his new job, I took a photo walk with a friend around campus and I started preparing for my first wedding.
Project Life 2015  | happyapple.us

It was crazy, fun and exciting for us. Years from now I’ll be glad I took time to document what all was happening in our lives this week.

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Crafts, Uncategorized

DIY Stamps for Your Scrapbook

June 24, 2015

Stamp Carving | happyapple.us

I’ve seen hand carved stamps on Pinterest for a while now, and while I did something similar in high school I have been itching to try it again, especially since one of my favorite parts of scrapbooking is stamping.

Stamp Carving | happyapple.us

You need paper, pencil, x-acto knife, a stamp block, and carving tools. I purchased mine in a kit, that way I knew I had everything and it wasn’t that expensive.

Stamp Carving | happyapple.us

Once you get all your supplies you will want to draw out your designs on a sheet of paper. You will want to do it with the pencil so you can transfer your design onto the stamp for carving. Transferring the image is really easy, easier than I was making it out to be. First you need to line up the design with the stamp and using the blunt end of a pen or in my case the blunt end of my x-acto. Just remember to put the safety cap on. Then rub the design with a medium amount of pressure.

Stamp Carving | happyapple.us

This will transfer the graphite to the stamp, see! Neat right? Depending on the carving tool you bought you might be able to do finer detail than the ones in the kit. I wasn’t able to keep my heart or the steam for this one, but I’ll try again.

Stamp Carving | happyapple.us

I first cut a rectangle out around the design so it would be easier to work with then used the x-acto knife to edge the entire design. This helps with getting close to your design while keeping a clean line.

Stamp Carving | happyapple.us

Next start carving, Take shallow slices out of the negative space. As with any piece you are carving you can always take more off but never add it back on.

Stamp Carving | happyapple.us

Wonderful, once you think you are ready ink it up to test it out. Here is where I decided to eliminate the steam, I couldn’t get it to look right when stamping so I just removed it.

Stamp Carving | happyapple.us

Remember to go slowly and watch your fingers, these tools are sharp and could cut you quickly. Also have fun with it, create repeating patterns and if you want try try again, the more you do something the better you will get!

Stamp Carving | happyapple.us