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Hey all!!  It’s April 15th, time for a new sketch challenge from Sketch-N-Scrap.  Here’s the sketch:


And here’s my take:DSCN3387

A new Paris layout featuring the Notre-Dame Cathedral.  The picture in the middle is my photo and the pictures on either side are postcards I purchased on our trip.    This layout was made with the March 2014 kits from Jenni Bowlin Studio and items from my stash.  I absolutely love the kit stencil and the chalkboard style flatback designed by the lovely Betsy Sammarco!!

Here are the details:




To get this effect with the stencil, I pulled Iridescent Silver acrylic paint by Liquitex through the stencil with an old credit card.  I used the thicker paint from the tube.  It works really well and gives texture with its’ slight raised affect.

Now it’s your turn.  Pop over to the Sketch-N-Scrap Challenge Blog to get all the details and link your page up.  You have a chance to win a $20 gift certificate from Creative Embellishments and a chance to be the Featured Scrapper for the month.

While making this layout, I really got the feeling that the system I created for my Paris trip seems to be working.  So, I just wanted to share my very first layout in this series with this current page.


1st Paris layout.


Most current Paris layout.

In this case, you can see that although none of the exact supplies repeat, the colors and  techniques create a cohesive feel.  You can refer back to my post Thus Far… to read about the system I came up with to attack a large project like this and not get bored with your supplies.  You can also check my board on Pinterest “My Paris Scraps” to see all my Paris layouts.  Just click on the Pinterest link in my sidebar.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful scrappy day!!!!!!!

Breathe It In

Hello everyone!

It’s April 1st, time for a brand new sketch challenge from Sketch-N-Scrap!!  I just love this “arsty” sketch:


And here is my “artsy” layout:


For those of you that have been following me slowing scrapping my 1999 Paris trip…this is the last photo of that first walk we took on our first day in Paris (no foolin’).  I really don’t want to think about how long it has taken me!  So I won’t.  :)

And today I will let my many details speak for themselves:







I hope you have been inspired to try this wonderful sketch.  This month you have a chance to win a $20 gift certificate from Creative Embellishments.  Just pop over to the Sketch-N-Scrap challenge blog to get all the details and link up.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!

Have a wonderful day!!!!   :)




Thinking Green

Hey peoples, I’m so glad you stopped by!!

It’s the 15th of March, which means time for a new sketch challenge from Sketch-N-Scrap.  Here is Sketch #53:


Isn’t it so cute??!!  I think so and of course it made me think of Spring.  So I pulled out my Modern Mercantile from Jenni Bowlin Studio, which is the perfect collection for any Spring layout.  I absolutely love this collection designed by Lisa Dickinson.  It makes me think of soft quilts and sunny days.  It was the perfect choice for me to use in creation of this St. Patricks Day layout.


For the background I first applied a thin layer of gesso.  After that dried, I painted on top of it with Mister Huey’s in Dark Calico letting the ink pool and puddle in places.  And over that I added a few drips of the same ink.


I so enjoyed making these JBS Alterable Alphas green.  I just rubbed a Q-Tip on the JBS Seed Packet ink pad and then rubbed it on the letters.  I went for an uneven application to give variation to the color.  …and those little JBS navy circle letters…how perfect are they for this page!

DSCN3180 Each journaling strip relates to each photo.


Like I said, this collection of patterned papers reminds me of quilt fabrics, so I couldn’t help but break out the doodle stitching.  I also crumpled and sanded the papers for a worn look.  I used a vintage payroll sheet from one of Jenni’s kits to frame each photo.  I have gotten so much mileage out of that one payroll sheet, tucking it in here and there on various layouts.


I created this button by adhering a leftover scrap (I having been saving every little bit of this collection) to a JBS Plain Chipboard Button and sanded the edges.  I folded over and tore the background paper to mimic the little colored squares from the sketch.

So, that’s my layout…time for you to create your own and link up over at Sketch-N-Scrap by clicking here.  Remember, you have until the end of the month for a chance to win a $20 gift card from and chance to be a Featured Scrapper!!  Have fun, you may get LUCKY!

See ya soon and don’t forget to wear your GREEN on the 17th!!!   :)

I linked up to Paper Issues New Issue:  Count Your Lucky Stars.  Thanks Lisa Swift!!

Inspired by…

Hi all!!  It’s time for a new Inspired by Sketch Challenge at Sketch-N-Scrap.  Here is the Inspired by Sketch #3:


I love this artsy sketch!!!  Here is my Paris layout based on it, titled BHV:


The building in the photo is the Bazar de l’Hotel de Ville.  It is a department store that includes a  home and hardware section, sections devoted to beauty and and fashion,  as well as a section for pet accessories.   The Parisians refer to it as BHV.   To the left is a beautiful double-decker carrousel called Carrousel, la Belle Epoque.  It is one of many carrousels thoughout the city.


Love the sheen on these gold Thickers.  The hounds tooth photo corner is by Teresa Collins, He Said She Said.


A little cluster of Jenni Bowlin Studio.  I used the Pot of Gold sequins, the File This punch, Tiny Trims Revised in gold, and a label from the Black Skinny Alphas.


Here I layered this lovely JBS Reader Flatback over my favorite Webster’s Pages trims.


I had so much fun experimenting with mists on this layout.  I first sprayed Mister Huey’s Opaque White, then I dripped on the Heirloom Blue, and added another layer of the Opaque White to give variation to the blue.  Finally, I drip, drip, dripped gold Color Shine!!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you stop by the Sketch-N-Scrap sketch challenge blog by clicking here.  You can link up to win a $20 gift card from or be chosen as the Scrapper of the Month.  They also have some awesome card challenges too! 

See ya on the 15th!!   :)

Hotel de Ville

Hey ho, it’s a new month and it’s time for a new sketch challenge over at the super fun challenge blog Sketch-N-Scrap!!  Here is the March 1st sketch, #52:


And here is my take, a new Paris layout:


Taking my cue from the photos, I was really playing with dark and light in this layout.  This can be seen in my paper and embellishment choices.


Hotel de Ville translates to City Hall.  This building is Paris’ City Hall, not a hotel…lol!  Love this red patterned paper with the elaborate bows designed by lovely and fun Lisa Dickinson for JBS Mercantile.  I used red as an accent color, because of the woman in the photo wearing the red coat.  One amazing  thing I noticed while walking in Paris that there will be a sea of gray and black and one pop of red.  Do you think only certain people are allowed to wear red to create the effect?? (I jokingly wonder.)


I layered these vintage buttons over this amazing Clock Mechanics stamp, an exclusive from JBS Mercantile.  And what is this guy pointing at?


I steer clear from politics, but this is definetly a sign of the times and definetly capture worthy and…


…warranted the use of this soldier card from Jenni’s Fortune Telling Mini Deck.  The little wood veneer arrows are from Pinkfresh Studio.  They are so cute and colorful on the other side, but I turned them over to work in this layout.  The ones at the top, I inked black.

I hope you enjoyed my layout and I hope you join in over at Sketch-N-Scrap where you have a chance to win a prize (a $20 gift card to!!) and a chance to have your layout featured.  You have until the end of the month to link up so pop over to Sketch-N-Scrap by clicking here for all the details.

Thanks for stopping by!!!   :)

A Face in the Crowd

Hey guys!!

It’s the 15th, which means another awesome sketch challenge from Sketch-N-Scrap!!  You have until the end of the month to link up here for a chance to win this amazing prize and a chance to be the Featured Layout Scrapper.

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[Love these Crate Paper goodies!!]

So, let’s get down to business…here is Sketch #51:


Isn’t it so fun?!!  I just loved working with this sketch.  I used it to create this new Paris layout:


Now for the deets:





To create this bit of atmosphere on the background, I first painted a light wash of white acrylic paint (dabbing some paint off with a paper towel), then I sprayed over top of it with bronze Perfect Pearls Mists.

All I can say is get over to Sketch-N-Scrap and win yourself those amazing Crate Paper goodies!!!  If you have any questions about the supplies I used or techniques, feel free to ask me in the comments and I will leave an answer there asap.  :)

Thanks for stopping by today and Keep Scrappin’!!!!

A Peak at the Pompidou

Happy Monday!  Here I am with a new Paris layout for Sketch-N-Scraps’ new Inspired by challenge.  Here is the wonderful sketch by Kelly Holifield; Inspired by Sketch #2:


And here is my layout:


I remember walking down Rue du Temple, turning my head and unexpectedly seeing the Pompidou….I felt my college Art History classes coming to life.  The Centre Georges Pompidou is a museum for modern art, a public library, and a center for music and acoustic research.  Then center is named after Georges Pompidou, who commisioned the building.  He was the President of France from 1969 to 1974.  Unfortunatly, the museum was closed while we were in Paris, so I never got to go inside it.  However, I do have photos taken on a later date of the colorful water fountains in front of the museum.  I can’t wait to scrap those!  If you would like to learn more about the Pompidou, click this link.

Details, details:


 Incorporating fortune cookie fortunes into my layouts is something I use to do in the past.  I decided to revive this fun tradition of mine!

DSCN3042  I layered and stitched down these October Afternoon banner flags and then bent them up for some added dimension.

DSCN3045  I used some of my “try it out left over stampy paper” to create this banner.  This camera stamp is an exclusive from JBS Mercantile and the yellow tag is vintage from one of Jenni’s past kits. 


This My Mind’s Eye chipboard bird cage banner flag completes the underlying bird theme going on in this layout.  It started with the little October Afternoon bird saying, “Shhh,” in the middle of the trims, to the little bluebird on the banner flags, to this bird cage, that I thought related to the building of the Pompidou itself.  I also just love these Teresa Collins photo corners that I’ve been trying and trying to use.  I was so happy when they worked on this layout!

I really loved working with this sketch and I know you will too!  So, get yourself over to the Sketch-N-Scrap challenge blog for all the details and link up to win.  The prize this month is sponsored by Sketch-N-Scrap, which is some awesome goodies from Crate Paper’s Love Notes collection.

Also, reminder…reminder…Claudine Hellmuth’s Technique Toolbox at Big Picture Classes starts today! 

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If you want to boost your creativity and get daily inspiration from Claudine, this class is for you!!  You have until February 13, 2014 at 10:00 pm PST to register.  And remember that gets you forever access to this class.  Just click my affiliate link to find out more and to register.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!!    :)


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