Saturday, January 12, 2019

Besties with Elle's Studio

Hello friends!

It is so exciting to share my first project as a member of the 2019 Elle's Studio Design Team!! I have been a fan of ES for as long as I can remember and can't believe my good fortuned in being on the team with designers I have always admired from afar.

This project uses the January 2019 Kit with many of the ava


The title was created using the Large Jane Alpha Outiline stamp, which I fussy cut and layered using foam squares. Just beneath that I stamped the date using the Mini Date Stamp Set.


The remainder of embellishments were pulled from the January Kit and add-ons.



I love this layout and the friendship it records! Be sure to grab these supplies while they last in the Elle’s Studio shop by clicking on the links listed below or viewing the gallery in the sidebar to the right.



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

Monday, January 7, 2019

What's Brewin' with Paper Issues

Hello Paper Issues friends! I hope you have all recovered from the holidays and are enjoying the new year!!

Today I am sharing a layout created for the What's Brewin' challenge that documents my love of coffee, in particular, Death Wish Coffee. My son got it for my daughter as a Christmas gift and we brewed some while she was home - it was magic! She and I both loved it so much that we went to the store and bought K-cups the very next day.


To create this layout, I used the PinkFresh Case of the Blahs of collection, which was perfect. I also used this month's sketch as a jumping-off point to get the project started.


Since the photos are black and white, I stuck with a black and white theme and threw in a dash of green for a bit of color.


The title was created with Thickers and small alpha stickers from the Pinkfresh collection.


I created a border along the bottom of the page by fussy cutting squares from patterned paper.


I added a few die cuts and puffy stickers along with a date stamp and called it good. 

If you stop by the Paper Issues shop, there are still pieces from this collection available along with many other great items. Please tell Cassie I sent you by using code MCJEN at checkout and she'll take 20% off of your entire order!!


Thank you for stopping by today - I hope you are inspired to create!

Friday, December 28, 2018

Oh Christmas Tree with Paper Issues

Hello Paper Issues friends! I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season, relaxing, and spending time with family and friends.

Today I'm sharing a layout created for the Remember December challenge using this month's Hard Candy Christmas kit with the FREE Songs of the Season cut file.


For this layout, I let the cut file do all of the work . . . there wasn't much need for embellishing with so much going on in the background.

The poinsettias are from the Kaiser Craft die cuts as well as fussy cut from one of the patterned papers in the kit.


Red paper was placed behind "Oh Christmas Tree" to make it stand out from the other lyrics in the cut file.


The finished layout is so festive! I love documenting this time of year!


Please stop by the PI store - there are still kits available for purchase. Use code MCJEN and receive 20% off of your entire order!


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Odd Man Out with Paper Issues

Hello friends! Today I'm sharing a project created for the Odd Man Out Challenge at Paper Issues. The main idea for this challenge is to use an odd number of items on a project; such as three photos, one circle, five enamel dots, seven stickers, etc. 




Creating this layout was easy peasy because I chose to stick with one collection - Simple Stories Freezin' Season (get it here). 


My odd number of items focused primarily on three photos with three colors for papers and embellishments - pink, white, and green.


Limiting the color palette is a great idea if you are struggling with a project. 


Thank you for stopping by today! 

Be sure to visit the Paper Issues shop - Cassie has loads of new product in stock. Use code MCJEN at checkout for a 20% discount on your entire order!!






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!

McJen