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Beauty Contains Beauty

We’re back in Paris today; in the Musee d’Orsay.

The Musee d’Orsay was one of my most favorite museums in Paris.  The building itself, is a former railway station, which contains mostly Modern Art.  In our short visit, we actually went there twice.  Today I’m using kits from Things That Shine to preserve this beautiful memory.  I mainly used the Celebrate Summer kit with the addition of one of Ashley’s handmade gorgeous glittery bows.

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I hadn’t scrapbooked in about three weeks and I was feeling pretty rusty before I began this layout.  So, I decided to use Sketch #64 from my friends at Sketch-N-Scrap.  There is nothing like a sketch to get you back in the groove again.  It didn’t take long for the ideas to start flowing and the layout to take shape.

A closer look….

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I had been hoarding this JBS clock rub-on just for these picture, but I never though I would rub it on the gold-dotted MME vellum and layer it with these wonderful elements from Things That Shine.  The leather doily is from the Celebrate Summer kit, the seal and gold tag come packed with the glitter bow embellishment, and the red sequin is from the Pop of Red embellishment pack.

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And here is that gorgeous bow that comes two to a pack.  I tucked a Things That Shine tag behind it and added some red twine.

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I love this multi-colored triangles washi from the Celebrate Summer kit, which acts like arrows on this layout.  I layered it over some scrap painted paper that I saved and tucked under the polka dotted fabric tape, also from the kit.

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Texture, layers, drops, and a label.  I am amazed at all the goodness that comes in Ashley’s kits. It makes scrapping so much fun!

For more Things That Shine pop over the Ashley’s blog.  While you’re there why not sign up for the Things That Shine newsletter and mailing list to keep you in the shiney loop.

To see more of my Paris layouts just click on Paris Series in my Categories widget.  You can also see them on my pinterest Paris Scraps board.

Have a shiney day!!

**Linked up a Paper Issue’s new issue Anything Goes and at Lisa Dickinson’s blog Gettin’ By for a Weekly Project Round-Up.

A New Shiney Pocket Page

Hey everyone!

As promised I’m here to share my second ever pocket page.  This is a Design D pocket page from Becky Higgins.  I just cut one side of the 4×6 pockets off to suit the amount of photos and cards I wanted to use.  I made this insert to go between my last two Easter layouts, using the same Things That Shine Kits and other scrappy products.  I used the Things That Shine Spring Showers kit, sequins from the Pops of Colour packs in neon pink and neon green, a hand painted tag from the Pop of Colour pack in neon yellow, a bit of washi from the Days of Summer kit, and one of Ashley’s gorgeous handmade feathers.

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Here you can see I have two see through pockets.  I made a shaker pocket with sequins and those super cute wood veneer umbrellas from the Spring Showers kit and stitched an arrow, cut from Echo Park patterned paper, on top of another page protector pocket.  I handmade the 3×4 cards using patterned paper with a little misting, pink patterned fabric tapes from the Spring Showers kit, and  stitched on sentiments cut from an Easter card sent from my mom.

DSCN3937Even though this is a pocket page I can’t seem to get away from making titles.  At age 11 my son is still Lovin’ the Bunny and I wrote a little note to him about that in the top right 4×6 card that I made.  I use this floral patterned envelope, tag, and lavender floss included in the Spring Showers kit for this secret journaling.

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I love that the Crate Paper patterned paper I used for this card says Field Research in the top right hand corner.  I thought it was a perfect background for notes and a taped on feather.  And here is where I apologize for my lack of photography skills!!!  I am having a tough time with the glare on the pocket pages and would love any suggestions for improvement and also I was experimenting with the size at which I was photographing my pages and I guess I went to small.  Yikes…but I wanted to post it…You can always enlarge on your computer to get a better view and please feel free to ask if you having any questions about how I did anything or what supplies I used.

Here is how my Easter pages will go in my album:

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Did you know Ashley sells washi tape by the foot in her Things That Shine shop?   It is great to get a foot or two of a variety of tapes instead of having to by whole rolls that you never will use.  I for one am loving this.  Pop over to her shop and check out all the amazing patterns she has!  Also, consider following me on Pinterest where you can see the current Things That Shine kits and bits I am using, my Things That Shine projects, and all sort of other of loveliness that catches my eye.  :)

See ya next week with a new Shiney layout, that I have to reshoot :(

Happy Scrapping!!!

**Linked up at Niru’s Project Life link-up.

I’m back…

…with a little sneak for Ashley Calder and the Things That Shine.

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Layers of hearts; a handmade pocket page card using the Spring Showers kit.  I hand cut both the vellum and fabric hearts using a good old template!  I decided to leave the pencil around the vellum heart to help define it against the light background.  I just love the sweet fabric tapes that come in the Spring Showers kit and that is what I cut this floral heart from.  On top of the page protector I added this acrylic mint heart  (also from the kit),  to complete the layers of love ;)  I can’t wait to share the full pocket page with you.  Look for it next week, here on my blog.

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During my two weeks break from blogging, my family and I packed up the tent trailer and went on a road trip.  It was so nice to get away from everything for fun, adventure, and quality family time! Part of our trip included traveling through the great state of Texas.  Our mission was to see the Alamo, which is great and all, but I was super excited to meet a fellow blogger Connie Mercer from Crafty Goodies!!  It was so great to meet this super crafty scrapper in person.  We met at her local LSS, Craft Crossing, and had a blast talking up a storm about scrapbooking, of course. I love Connie’s artsy vintage style and it truly was inspiring to meet her!!  Connie also shared with me some awesome JBS goodies (thanks Connie!!) and I just had to go shopping in the store…Pam the owner has created the best little craft shop and she is super sweet too!  Connie posted a picture of us at Craft Crossing on her blog.  Click “here” to check it out.

Thanks for stopping by today and don’t forget to visit Ashley’s amazing etsy shop Ashley Calder and the Things That Shine for some shiney goodness!

:)  Evie

Finding What the Bunny Left

Hey there!

I’m back with another Easter layout for Ashley Calder and the Things That Shine.  I used Ashley’s Spring Showers kit, handmade feathers, and a few sequins from her Pop of Color in Neon Green.  I really love the BE AWESOME card included in the Spring Showers kit and knew I wanted to include it in this layout featuring my son showing off his Easter Egg Hunt loot.

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Now for some details…

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Here I layered a few sequins form the Pop of  Color in Neon Green over these lovely silver lined labels from the Spring Shower kit.  I added a little bit of light blue acrylic paint on the labels to relate back to the BE AWESOME card.  I misted the dictionary page that is part of the kit packaging with a bronze mist.  Who says you can’t mix metals!  I also did rows of machine stitching to bring a subtle texture to the background.

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A close up of the wonderful handmade feathers by Ashley.  They made me want to get some paint on my page too.  So I grabbed this parchment color and dry brushed it on.

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Like I said, I totally love this sweet “awesome” card and wanted it to really stand out on the page, so I used a walnut ink dabber to color cream photo corners to frame it.

Be sure to check out Ashley’s shop here, because it is so wonderful to work with things that inspire you to get even more creative!!

Thanks for visiting today!  I am taking a bloggy break and will be back the first week in September.  I am just about done with another Things That Shine pocket page and I can’t wait to share it!!  And for more fun things to look at, you can  follow me on Pinterest.

:)  Evie

**Linked up at Stephanie Makes, Paper Issues, and Memory Nest No. 25.

Scrapbooker’s Blog Tour

Hi everyone!

Recently I was tagged by Ashley Calder to be part of this fun and amazing Scrapbooker’s Blog Tour.  Being new to the scrapbooking online world, I first discovered Ashley’s blog a few years ago.  Her blog was so inspiring to me and I remember distinctly sitting at the computer and showing my DH and saying to him, “This is what I want to do”.   Besides Ashley’s blog inspiration, I totally admired her style, which I would describe as artistic, methodical, and soulful.  I just love her layers upon layers, handcrafted embellishments, and little surprises (a bit of ink here, a stroke of paint there, and a little sparkle).  I count Ashley among the group of artistic scrappers whose work gave me the confidence to bring my own artistic flair to my pages.

So now it’s my turn play along:

1. What am I working on right now?

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Right now I am working on a layout for Ashley Calder and the Things That Shine.  I love designing with Ashley’s kits full of unique and beautiful scrappy  goodness.

2. How long does it take me to create a project?

“Don’t rush your art”, said Claudine Hellmuth I’m probably paraphrasing, but that is one of the things that stuck with me from Claudine’s Composition for Collage class.  I try to remind myself of this when I’m feeling rushed while creating my scrappy projects, because I approach my layouts as little works of art.  But, to answer the question I’d say three to four sittings, which usually translates into days, in which I spend an hour or two at a time.

3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?

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and inks and paints.

4.  How does my creating/writing process work?

As I said earlier, I approach my layouts as little works of art.  I have a fine arts background and this is what comes natural to me.  Everything I learned from studying art and all my acquired scrappy skills come into play.  When I’m stitching  a line, if straight or purposely crooked, I am drawing with my sewing machine.  When gluing sequins down on a page, I feel as if I am painting with them.

As for the writing or journaling on my pages I too try to let that come natural.  Sometimes I just write a few lines, sometimes I write a story, and sometimes I get poetic.  Right now I am loving word stickers, phrases, and sometimes incorporate them into my journaling.

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?

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My guilty pleasure….many, many, home décor magazines!!  I look at them every morning when I wake up and every night before bed.  Other inspirations are found purusing and pinning on Pinterest, looking at other scrapbookers and crafters beautiful work, and of course the adventure that is my DS.

6. What is my signature style?

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Because it seems I am always trying things that are new to me on my layouts my style is ever evolving. I do think my pages have a certian look, although I don’t know if I can put it into exact descriptive terms.  For me the photo is the most important; it is what I want to stand out, so I usually chooses papers, patterns, colors, and embellishments to enhance it.  I love layers and seeing through.  I love combining the old with the new.  I love a softness, but a richness to my colors.  I love putting it all together like a puzzle to lead the viewer around the page.  I love bits of journaling and quirky titles.  And I just love telling the story through my eyes.

And now it’s my turn to tag a two of my favorite scrappers to continue the blog tour.  These talented ladies pages and projects continually inspire me:

They will have their posts up on Monday, August 18th.

Thanks for looking and reading!

:)   Evie

A Simple Tradition

Hi all!  I’m super excited to share with you a new layout I created with Ashley Calder and the Things That Shine embellishment kits.  In the layout featuring our colorful Easter eggs from this year I used Ashley’s beautiful Spring Showers kit, her handmade feathers, and Pops of Color packs in Neon Yellow and Neon Pink.

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The items in the Things That Shine kits are so dreamy and I just love how the various kits work together.  Also, I love how the kits are wonderful on their own, but can also bring your stash to life.  Here I chose some patterned papers from my stash that weren’t too old, but now they feel brand new.  The feather pattern from Studio Calico make the eggs feel like they are in a nest and so I pulled out this gorgeous silver feather handmade by Ashley that goes perfectly with the label and other hints of silver in the Spring Showers kit.

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I just love how the tip of the feather appears to have been dipped is chunky silver glitter.  Behind you can see a bit of the pink gingham fabric.  This is actually one of three patterns of self-adhesive fabric tapes that come in the Spring Showers kit.  I just cut this one in half and stuck the pieces down to go underneath each side of the photo. These pink sequins, from the Pop of Color in Neon Pink pack, are so pretty I felt like I was painting with them as I placed them over misted drips.

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When I first saw the pale aqua blue tulle from the Spring Showers kit I thought of Easter dresses, so I created a ruffly little banner at the bottom of the page.  I hung these tags, also from the kit, and adorned them with the included bits and pieces.  The star tag in the center is made by Ashley; I just added the turquoise bow.

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I just adore these hand painted tags from the Pop of Color in Neon Yellow pack and with the addition of the cute hearts that also come in the Spring Showers kit I created two more tags for my banner.

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And one more detail of the sequins because I just have to share my hand stitching.  I really love the look of this embroidery floss hand stitched over the machine stitching.  Ashley includes the perfect amount of coordinating floss in her kits and I just love the soft feel it brings to my projects.

Why not treat yourself with one of Ashley’s beautiful embellishment kits; just pop over to her shop and see all that she has to offer for your scrapbooking and crafting needs.

Also, you can follow me on pinterest, where I created a Things That Shine Kits and Project board where I not only pin my shiney projects, but the shiney kits that I am currently working with.  That way you can get a sneak peak, before the actual sneak, lol!

As always, thanks for stopping by and have a fun and crafty day!  Stop back by on Monday when I will be posting my addition to the “blog tour”.

See ya then!

:)  Evie

 

*Linked up  at Paper Issues New Issue: Mix Tape.  I used a “mix” of products from one company (etsy shop), sequins, and fabric tape!

*Linked up at shimelle.com.

 

A Things That Shine Pocket Page

Hi everyone!  Today I’m excited to share with you my very first pocket page and I created it with items from Ashley Calder and the Things That Shine Kits.

When I look at Ashley’s kits I see so many possibilities: traditional layouts, cards, art journals, Project Life, etc.  Even though I don’t do Project Life I am intrigued by the process and have wanted to try some pocket page scrapping for myself.  I had recently done two layouts from the same camping trip, but I still had some photos left that I really liked.  One layout #catch was for JBS and the other You Love to Camp was for Things That Shine, so I blended the look of both layouts using mostly items from the First Days of Summer kit and the Electric Blue and Neon Green Color packs and created and insert using the Becky Higgins Design A pocket page.

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Here’s the back:

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I created some of the 3×4 cards with leftover patterned paper from the two original layouts.  This is a sort of a title card with thickers and stitching around the edges.

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This corrugated tag and colorful twine is from the First Days of Summer kit.  It lays over and envelope (also from the kit) that you can see from the other side.  I was so excited to make a see through shaker pocket which you can see a peak of here. It contains sequins from the Electric Blue Color pack.

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Here is that pretty envelope from the First Days of Summer kit.  I just trimmed it so it would fit the pocket and stitched the bottom closed.  It holds the business card from the candy store I refer to in the journaling.  I added three gems from the Neon Green Color pack to the fun shaker pocket.

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This pretty little fabric heart is from the First Days of Summer kit.  I added it to the outside of the pocket and I just love the dimension it brings to the page.

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This tag, thread, and this sweetest little camera charm also comes in the First Days of Summer kit.  The 3 relates to the three trees and the journaling from above.

Here are the two layout this insert goes with.  I can’t wait to get them all together in my album.

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I had so much fun doing this pocket page, I already have plans for another one.  With all the bits and pieces that come in the kits from the Things That Shine you can customize  and personalize pocket page filler cards that you have, make your own unique and beautiful cards, and embellish your photos.  Visit Ashley’s etsy shop by clicking here to see all the shiney goodness for yourself.

One last thing, I just have to give a shout out to Niru and Stephanie., two project lifers that I follow.  Their beautiful PL spreads are what inspired me to try pocket page scrapping for myself.  Yay!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and see ya soon for more shiney projects!

Also, I am linked up at Paper Issues new issue, Say Cheese and on Niru’s blog.

:)   Evie

 

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