Monday, February 18, 2019

Take 5 Challenge with Paper Issues

Hello friends!

Today I'm sharing my take on this month's Take 5 challenge using the beautiful My Mind's Eye Splendor collection. Of the items listed, I used polka dots, brads, the color pink, strips of paper, and mist.

The Splendor collection is perfect for this picture of my daughters and me. I chose to print the photo in black and white to keep it from clashing with the papers and embellishments.

My layout began by cutting strips of patterned paper, folding them accordian style, and then machine stitching them so they look like ribbon. 

I sewed five of the strips of paper and cascaded them down the page in addition to paper strips that lay flat.

Next, I adhered the photo to the page and began embellishing with the floral die cuts and stickers from the collection. I love all of the chunky layers.

Last, I added brads, enamel dots, and mist to complete the layout.

This collection is stunning and I love how easy it was to create a timeless layout with the lovely embellishments. I don't think it will be in the shop long - be sure to visit today and use code MCJEN at checkout for a 20% on your entire order.

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

Saturday, February 16, 2019

February Projects for Elle's Studio

This month's kit and add-ons from Elle's Studio are totally amazing!! In fact, there are so many amazing products that it is impossible to pick a favorite. 

Here's a look at a couple of the projects I have created so far.

That acrylic rainbow is gorgeous! 

Next up . . .

Here, I used the February cut file to give the layout pops of color.

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

This is Us with Paper Issues

Hello friends!

Today I'm sharing a project made for the February Paper Issues Swanky Swatches Challenge. This month's turquoise,  purple, and pink color palette is absolutely amazing and goes perfectly with the Jillibean Soup Garden Harvest collection.

For this project, I combined the FREE Love You This Much and Bloom cut files from PI to create a base for my photo. I used the X's from the cut file and laid them at an angle down the page. This was followed with the florals cut in different sizes using purple patterned paper. 

I used foam squares to lift the picture off of the page and then embellished with the hearts from the cut file as well as die cuts from the collection.

Foam hearts and enamel dots were also added for more color. 

Journaling was next and I followed that with a hand-drawn border to tie everything together.

I hope you're inspired by the color palette to create something amazing!! Use the inspiration for any paper projects - scrapbook pages, TN's, pocket pages, cards, you name it! Be sure to share your project in the Paper Issues Friends & Fans Facebook group for your chance to win one of two monthly gift cards from Paper Issues.

Remember - if you need (ok - want) supplies from the PI Shop, you can use code MCJEN at checkout for 20% off your entire order! Bonus!

Have a great day!!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

2018 Highlights Mini Album with Elle's Studio

Hello friends! To say I’m excited to share my first blog post as a member of the 2019 Elle’s Studio Design Team would be an understatement – so, just know that I’m super excited and we’ll leave it at that.

Let’s talk about social media and using it for memory keeping – I love that having these apps allows me to keep a running history of my life. Whenever I need to remember a date or find a specific photo, I scroll through my timeline or feed to get the information. Since it would be impossible for me to scrapbook every one of these photos, I decided to create a mini album highlighting my favorite memories from each month of 2018.

Creating the cover took a little bit of time because I was gluing so many small pieces with the XO Wood Confetti to the pink acrylic album. To make this a bit easier, I placed all of the x’s and o’s within the linked wood veneer hearts and covered the entire area with washi tape. Next, I slowly peeled the tape back with all of the confetti attached. Doing this allowed me to put glue on all of the pieces at once and then stick them back down in one fell swoop. To ensure everything stayed where I wanted it, I left the tape on until the glue was dry.

With each of my 12 photos printed, I went about creating the pages of the album. Each month is identified using the round months of the year wood veneer pieces. These provided me with a simple, yet consistent, way to label each page.

I kept the journaling to a minimum and let the pictures speak for themselves. Each page is single-sided to keep the album simple and is embellished bits from the January Kit and add-ons. You’ll also find the 2019 January Hearts and January Heart Banner cut files on various pages – I love adding cut files to my projects to give them that extra bit of oomph.

When I am scrapbooking, I try not to sugar coat anything because I want the stories to be a true reflection of the event. The picture of my kids not wanting their picture taken is a primeexample – while the photo isn’t the best, it records the day perfectly.

When using the kits, I love trying to find new or different uses for the 3 x 4 and 4 x 6 journaling cards. Don’t be afraid to cut them up to fit your needs just as I’ve done on several pages in the album.

Another fun trick is to attach one of the 3 x 4 journaling cards to a smaller piece of patterned paper to create a uniquely sized page in the album. With the November page, I did just that and used the Hello stamp from Title Builder set on the bottom half of the card. I love the peek-a-boo effect it creates with the next, and final, page of the album.

I hope my album will provide the inspiration you need to get those photos printed and your memories recorded.

It has been so inspiring to see all the projects created with the January Kit. Please be sure to share your projects in the Elle’s Studio Facebook Groups or on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio.

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

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Hello 2019 with Paper Issues

Hello Paper Issues friends!! In 2018, PI began the #52Favorites project and we are at it again in 2019. Each week we will do a quick layout about our favorite photo or moment from that week. It doesn't have to be an elaborate layout, rather something that you can complete quickly without feeling any pressure to do so.

With that in mind, I began my 52 Favorites project using an Echo Park travelers notebook insert. I pulled bit and pieces from previous PI kits to create the cover and my first layout.

Because I know myself and know that I have a problem committing to a weekly project, I kept the layout as simple as possible. Again, pulling bits from previous kits and using a giant Studio Calico date stamp, this spread came together in no time.

Some quick journaling and a bit of watercolor on the butterfly sticker . . . 

a few stickers . . . 

and, it's done!

I hope you will play along this year - if I can do it, anyone can! 

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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!