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Elle's Studio from Sketch to Finish Vol. 4

It is so exciting that I was asked to be a contributor for the Elle's Studio From Sketch to Finish Vol. 4 ! Not only am I humbled but a...

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Put a Word on it with Paper Issues

It's fall, y'all, which just so happens to be the word of the month at Paper Issues. It is also my favorite season and one that I love to document, so November's Put a Word on it challenge is perfect!

Today's project uses the Simple Stories Forever Fall collection with two FREE cut files from Paper Issues - Fall Y'all and Fall Fun.

To begin, I used watercolor paints to create the background on white cardstock. Next, I cut two of the Fall Fun file using vellum and placed them behind the photo, which is also backed with vellum.

After the photo was adhered, I cut the Fall Y'all file with white cardstock and backed it with plaid patterned paper. The same patterned paper is also behind the layout background.

Embellishments and enamel dots followed and were placed around the title and above the photo. 

This was a fun project to put together and I love how it turned out.

Please visit the Paper Issues Friends & Fans Facebook group for details on this month's challenges. If you're looking for supplies, Cassie has you covered. Stop by the shop, use code MCJEN at checkout, and receive a 20% discount on your entire order.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Where's Waldo? with Paper Issues

Hey there, friends! 

It's Waldo Jen today with a project for the October Little Ras-Skulls Challenge. My favorite thing about this layout? The fact that it was made with the Uma Thurman October Kit from PI (get it here). Cassie curates the most amazing mix of papers and embellishments - if you have yet to purchase one of the kits, I encourage you to do so. They are amazing.

To begin, I used the Halloween Snarky Stamp and a dot stamp from my stash on the background paper. Next, I used the Here for the Boos FREE cut file from Paper Issues with black cardstock to create the "Boo's" behind my photo.

To create the splatters of paint, I used the Pinkfresh Studio Licorice liquid watercolor paint. 

Before placing the photo, I backed it with striped paper from the Fancy Pants packaging with the black and white hearts paper from Elle's Studio. Next, I used several of the embellishments from PLS included in the kit. I also added black Nuvo drops on the embellishment cluster, but it is hard to see in the photos.

Last was the tag on the right side of the layout and the title, which was created with Thickers.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! If you love this kit as much as I, be sure to grab one from the shop before they are gone! Tell Cassie I sent you by using code MCJEN at checkout and she'll give you a 20% discount on your entire order.

Have a great day!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Elle's Studio from Sketch to Finish Vol. 4

It is so exciting that I was asked to be a contributor for the Elle's Studio From Sketch to Finish Vol. 4! Not only am I humbled but also grateful for the experience and opportunity to have my name included with so many fabulous designers.

The seventy-page PDF class includes 10 different sketches with 10 designers contributing 2 projects each, as well as 40 additional sketches for a total of 50!! 

The class comes as a downloadable PDF file that becomes available via email once your purchase is complete. It provides inspiration for working with the sketches and adapting them to fit with your photos and supplies.

Be sure to visit the Elle's Studio website to order your class today by simply clicking on the image in the sidebar.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Paper Patch with Paper Issues

Hey friends!

It's October and that means a fresh batch of challenges from PI. Today I'm sharing a project I created for The Paper Patch challenge using the new Pink Paislee Auburn Lane Collection (get it here).

To create a patchwork quilt of sorts, I machine stitched 3x3 squares of patterned paper onto the background. To give more dimension, I folded the edges of the seams up on each side.

Next, I used stickers, die cuts, and rub-ons to embellish each of the squares.

The photo was backed with more patterned paper and adhered with foam squares to lift it above the edges of the background.

Last was the title and that was created with Thickers from the same collection.

If you love this collection as much as I, be sure to pick it up in the PI shop and use code MCJEN at checkout for a 20% discount on your entire order.

Remember! You have until November 5 to enter each of the challenges for October. I can't wait to see what you create!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

One of a Kind with Paper Issues

Hello Paper Issues! 

Today I'm sharing a project made for the September Heavy Metal challenge. What I love most about this layout is that everything used to create it comes from the August kit - Blue Ain't Your Color (you can find it here).

To get started, I used the stencil included in the kit with Vicki Boutin silver glaze - this is what counts as my metallic element on the project. Next I splattered white paint onto the background. Once everything was dry, I dropped sequins onto the paper and then glued them where they landed (it's very scientific).

Next, I backed the photo with packaging from the kit and one of the patterned papers.

With the photo in place, I then embellished with the fun bits and pieces included in the kit.

Last was the title, which was done with h (again, from the kit).

If you hurry, there are still some kits available in the PI shop. Please tell Cassie I sent you by using code MCJEN at checkout and she'll discount your order by 20%!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you are inspired to create!


Saturday, September 8, 2018

The Secret Life of Pets with Paper Issues

Hello friends!!

Have you begun playing along with the Paper Issues September challenges? If not, you must because they are awesome this month.

Today I am playing along with The Secret Life of Pets challenge using all things Pinkfresh Studio. For those who have seen my projects, you have most likely come across a layout or two of my dog Mabel Jean. Even though we are focusing on our pets' secret lives, it's no secret that Mabel runs the show around our house.

This layout began with a piece of white card stock that I splattered with different mists from Nuvo, Dylusions, and Mister Huey. Once the paints were dry, I used Snarky Stamps to add the sentiments and hearts.Strips of patterned paper along the right side of the background were next followed by pieces of washi tape. 

The photos were mounted on patterned paper and then adhered to the background using foam squares. I then cut a chipboard frame in half and added it to either side of the photos.

Embellishments were next and included chipboard stickers, die cuts, wood epoxy buttons, and puffy stickers.

Last but not least was the title, which is also by Pinkfresh.

I love this picture of Mabel and was glad to finally get it scrapbooked. She is absolutely pathetic and I love everything about her.

You can still find Pinkfresh Studio products as well as the Snarky Stamps in the Paper Issues store. Be sure to use code MCJEN at checkout to receive a 20% discount on your entire order.

Stop by the Paper Issues Friends & Fans Facebook group for information on this and other challenges.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Get Away with Page Maps

Hello friends and happy first day of September!

I'm excited to finally share that the Paper Issues team is collaborating with Page Maps this month, and the girls knocked it out of the park. Each of us was provided a sketch and given the go-ahead to create what we wanted. 

Here is my sketch . . . 

and the layout I created.

It was so fun to play along! I used Webster's Pages patterned papers for my background and for the free Fashionista Frames cut file from Paper Issues (get it here). I first applied gesso to the background and splattered watercolors along the area where I knew I'd be placing the photos and embellishments. The cut file was sewn in place using a bunch of messy stitches back and forth across the page. The threads were left in place because I love all of the texture.

Next, I layered my photos and ticket from the Monorail.

On the right side of the layout, I placed my journaling and title (Thickers) before embellishing.

Last were the dies, stickers, tags, and chipboard which are all from Crate Paper.

This was such a fun project and I'm glad I was able to play along. Be sure to visit the Page Maps site to see all of the Paper Issues design team projects!! 

You can also pick up these and other supplies in the Paper Issues shop. Use code MCJEN at checkout and Cassie will give you a 20% discount on your entire order. Woot! Woot!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Oh $%&*! with Paper Issues

Hello friends! 

Today I'm sharing a project created for the August Oh $&*^! challenge, which prompts you to use punctuation marks on your projects. Naturally, I used the punctuation to represent cuss words.

This layout began with my splattering watercolors onto white cardstock to match the Doodlebug Hello collection I used. While that was drying, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the title using a font I already had on my word processing program.

The photo was matted on turquoise patterned paper from the collection and adhered to the cardstock. From there, I used die cuts and stickers to embellish the layout.

I chose to use the negative cuts with some of the letters and embellished these with tiny flowers.

Flowers were clustered on each side of the photo with speech bubbles declaring my love of coffee, and a few enamel dots added dimension.

I love how this project turned out because it was super easy and it's totally fun. 

Be sure to visit the PI Friends and Fans Facebook page for information on the August challenges. If you need supplies, shop the Paper Issues store and tell Cassie I sent you by using code MCJEN at checkout - she'll give you a 20% discount on your entire order!!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you're inspired to create!

- Jen

Friday, June 29, 2018

Fourteen with JustNick

Hi JustNick friends!
It's Jen today with my final project as a member of the design team, which is a layout using the Age is Just a Number cut file with Lawn Fawn papers.
I began this project by creating the background paper, which was done by splattering watercolor paints on white cardstock. Once the paints had dried, I trimmed the paper 1/4 inch on each side and backed it with patterned paper.
Next, I created the title by cutting the "fourteen" with white cardstock and then shadowing that with another patterned paper. 
The embellishments are a hodge podge of goodies collected over the past couple of years. I tried to keep them to a minimum because I really love the bold title and wanted it (and the photo) to be the focus of the layout. The fringe was added to the bottom by chance after seeing it on the floor of my craft room. LOL!
The acrylic stars and sentiment are from Scrapbook Circle. 
Thank you so much for joining me today! It has been a wonderful year with Nicole and the other team members, and I look forward to loads of inspiration from the incoming team.
I hope you are inspired to create today!