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Rue de Bretagne

Hi all!  Today, I am bringing you the 2nd layout in my Paris Series.


Okay, so this is the 2nd picture I took on our first walk in Paris.  We were just walking and I was taking pictures, so obviously I wasn’t taking notes about what I was photographing.  But now that I was going to scrap this photo I wanted to figure out where it was.  Especially, because this photo shows the gates to a park (on the left side) and I wanted to figure out if it was the park that we later went in.  My husband suggested I Google the hotel and go from there.  The first time I  used  Google Maps I didn’t know how the little arrows worked and I literally (I mean virtually) got lost on the streets of Paris!!  On my second attempt, I got the hang of those arrows and an amazing thing happened…I found almost the exact photo that I took.  Wow, I was excited…it gave me the approximate address of 53 Rue de Bretagne.   As for knowing if it is the park we later visited,  I’m still not sure.  I think the one we went into was smaller and there was a smaller one dipicted on the map.  Also, there wasn’t a name of the park from my picture, the map just says Square Municipal.  You can read in my journalling that I combined the two experinces of taking this photo and later inside a park.

DSCN2099 I toned down the bright MME patterned papers (orange leaf pattern, yellow dotted) with gesso and went crazy with the machine stitching.  I think, it gives the papers the feel of an old quilt or blanket.


On top of the JBS gray Paris postmark paper, I layered colored pencil lines, gold Color Shine, an arrow painted the same color as the “R” in Rue, and some pleated minty ribbon from my Minty Stash.  Even though I knew I wouldn’t need these lines at the bottom left corner of the layout for journalling, I repeated them here as a design element.

DSCN2110I painted this chipboard frame with the same minty paint I used on the other chipboard pieces in the layout, as well as stamping over the paint in jet black StazOn ink with the OA “Streets of Paris” stamp.   You can see I stamped the “Streets of Paris” stamp on the background in Jenni Bowlin seed packet green.  I just knew I would love this stamp!!!

DSCN2102I created this layered embellishment beginning with the gold leaves.  I heavily misted the top leaf with the gold Color Shine, to give the embellishment more dimension and relate it to the other brighter golds on the page.   I also used the same process on the photo corner in the upper right corner of the layout.

DSCN2105This guy here is from a Me and My Big Ideas sticker sheet called Inernational Stamps.  It is from 2003!  Besides looking like a cool piece of French ephemera to include on this page, I decided he could represent my “man in the park”.  I looked up Jean de La Fontaine on Wikipedia and perfect, he was a French fabulist (a writer of fables) and a poet.  Jean de La Fontaine was born July 8, 1621 at Chateau-Thierry, Champagne, France and died April 13, 1695 in Paris.  I’m sure, in his day,  this literary fellow would find himself enjoying a book in a Paris park.

I would like to share a little creative money saving tip that I used for this layout.  I wanted a dark brown piece of cardstock to layer my page on.  Well, the closest thing I had was a sheet of Bazzill Dotted Swiss tan, so I painted the edges of it with raw umber acrylic paint and placed the layout on top.  Yay!  Also, I have two new Paris pin boards for your to check out….my Paris scraps and your Paris scraps.

Here are the supplies for this layout.  Some of them are from the Jenni Bowlin Studio May 2013 Paper Crafting Kit.  SUPPLIES:  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterened Paper: JBS Mercantile, MME Collectable and Boy Crazy; Cling stamp: October Afternoon Travel Girl; Chipboard: JBS (button, alpha); Letter stickers: JBS, OA Land & Sea; Jounaling tags: Chic Tags; Stickers: jillibean soup (arrow), Me & My Big Ideas; Metal leaves: Freckled Fawn; Brad: Making Memories; Ink: Jenni Bowlin for Ranger, StazOn; Spray ink: Heidi Swapp; Paint: Claudine Hellmuth Studio, Liquitex; Gesso: Claudine Hellmuth Studio; Marker: Amy Tangerine Slick Writer; Colored pencil: Prismacolor (Blue Slate); Rub-on: 3Birds; Punches: Fiskars, Jenni Bowlin for Fiskars, Martha Stewart; Thread: Coats and Clark; Adhesive: Claudine’s multi-medium, Scotch, 3L; Other: Ribbon, Chipboard (frame, dot).

I hope you enjoyed this Paris Series post!  I am taking a little 2 week bloggy break and then I will be back to bring you more Paris.  I can no longer ignore those little piles of neglected “to be filed” papers and other household matters.  Alotta cleaning and organizing is in order!

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See ya soon!!!   xo, Evie


My Paris Scrappy Supplies

In this post I want to share with you my scrappy supplies (old and new) and a little bit about how I thought I was going to scrap my Paris photos in the past and my current plans.

We took this trip to Paris in 1999.  That was before I began scrapbooking so, my original plan was to put my pictures in a regualr photo album that would include ticket stubs, postcards, and brochures.   Hmmm….we know that didn’t get done.  I started scrapbooking in 2002, after my son was born, and although I was busy scrapping photos of him I did think about those Paris photos.  Now though, I thought about how to scrap them.


 As you can see, I bought a wire bound Canson album with black paper inside.  I was going to use it with black photo corners and maybe a few of those Frances Meyer stickers.  Although I was scrapping regular 12×12 pages at the time, I wanted to make an album that would resemble an old photo album.  These pictures were so precious to me and had all the awesome details of Paris, I thought they could stand on there own.  Hmmm….I’m glad that didn’t happen.  The negative strip was bought a few years ago and happened to have some French words on it and the K & Company I bought last summer on a whim.  As for the yarn, button and charm…they were actually purchased in Paris!  The memory is a bit fuzzy, but I went into a little Paris shop and picked the yarn out of a bin, which is actually made in Belgium, and I picked the little snowflake button out of a dish on the counter.


Fast forward about ten years and here we are.  Paris pictures still not scrapped, but major inspiration has come my way (the how to be revealed in a future post), new supplies have been purchased, and a new plan has been devised.  Above, from left to right, we have some exclusive Jenni Bowlin Modern Mercantile, October Afternoon Travel Girl, some October Afternoon from 2011 that I found on 2Peas (map with green border), and jillibean soup (postal).

As for the plan or philosopy if you will…my idea is to approach this project like an old scrapbook.  Remember those scrapbooks that maybe your mom or grandma had that held newspaper clippings, recipes to try, a favorite actors picture, and a lovely card from a friend.  A place for things of interest; a place for things worth saving.  I’ve choosen this idea as a start, because I may have the urge to make a page about the orgin of the fleur-de-lis or about the painting that brought tears to my eyes at the Musee d’Orsay.   I’m defintely figuring it out as I go, but that is the exciting part and it is not going to be perfect, but it is going to be art…memory keeping art. 

DSCN2076  Here is some more October Afternoon Travel Girl.  I love the streets of Paris (Guide Book)  paper, but I especially love the Streets of Paris stamp.  I just had to order it.  The possibilites are endless, don’t ya think?


Here is a mix of old and new or really the “I forgot I about that” shot.  I absolutely love the Teresa Collins stamp set.  I know I’ll be using those fleur-de-lis stamps a lot!

So, that is everything for now, plus my Paris Holiday stencil from Claudine Hellmuth.  I’m not sure what I’m going to use out of this, but I wanted to show you it as a little history of sorts.  I may purchase more items as I go, but this is a start.  There is so much Paris related supplies out there, I’m thinking as I get more and more into scrapping these pictures I will see what I want and need.


As promised, a sneak peak of my next layout.  You can see, I’m using the OA Streets of Paris stamp.  Isn’t it awesome?  And if you made it this far in my post, I think you are awesome!!!

Future Paris Series posts will include:

  • The above layout.
  • Consistancy between layouts?
  • The book that got me going on all this.
  • That stack of pictures.

Super glad you stopped by!!  See ya next Tuesday.  xo, Evie

We have a winner on Bastille Day!

On July 14th, France celebrates Bastille Day.


photo pinned from

Bastille Day honors the memory of the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789.  This event helped ignite the French Revolution.  This national celebration includes fireworks displays and parades.

Just for fun here is a link to Cost Plus World Market.  They are celebrating Bastille Day with a lot of imported goodies from France.  My son and I picked up some Madeleines (petite French cakes), Sable’ au Beurre Frais au sel de gue’rande ( butter shortbread with gue’rande sea salt), Eiffel bon bons (chewy candy), and some French triple milled Poire Pomme (Pear Apple) soap.

And now for the winner of the spot in Claudine Hellmuth’s Technique Toolbox class, which begins tomorrow, July 15th.  I went to and the number that was generated was 17.  Congrats to Kim Stohl!! 

Kim Stohl | July 11, 2013 at 12:55 pm |

Oh, this is just what I need to satisfy my lapse in creativity this summer!! Thanks for the chance to win a space on Claudine’s class!!

Yay Kim!!  I will be emailing you shortly with the certificate from Big Picture Classes.  I look forward to seeing you in the class room!

Come back on Tuesday for another Paris Series post.  It will include my Paris scrappy supplies and a layout sneak peak!

See ya then….xo, Evie

It’s a Give Away!

Claudine has given me one spot to give away for her Technique Toolbox class at Big Picture Classes!


Master 25 mixed-media techniques in 5 weeks!

Class starts:   7/15/2013   Cost:  $45.00

Create a faux tintype image transfer, make art with Elmer’s glue and a plastic bag, create a gesso chalkboard—these are just a few of the amazing techniques featured in this class! Technique Toolbox is your chance to brush up on these (and 22 more) mixed-media techniques with nationally known collage artist and illustrator Claudine Hellmuth as your guide.

BPC TT cards

Technique Toolbox consists of 25 instructional videos and 25 professionally designed “recipe cards” that outline each technique. You’ll file these printable recipes inside an adorable handmade toolbox you’ll create in class. And that’s not all! Claudine has invited 20 fellow artists and crafters (including me!) to create exclusive projects with her techniques, giving you plenty of ideas for creative, real-world applications—from scrapbook pages to wall décor.

Read the rest of the class description here.

New to Big Picture Classes learn about us and set up a free account here.

To win a spot, just leave a comment with your email address, 2Peas username, or username so I can get in contact with you.  I will choose the winner by using and announce the winner some time on Sunday, July 14th.  You can always check back here to see if you are the winner!  Good luck and I hope to see you in the classroom!!



Claudine Hellmuth


A Little Paris and a Big Reminder

Hello everyone!  First things first!!  I just have to say how completely thrilled I am to read all your thoughts and stories about Paris here on my blog and on the message board at 2Peas.  I’m so happy that you are getting inspired to scrap your trips to Paris and other foreign countries (or amazing trips in your homeland for that matter).  Let’s do this together!!

I just got back from a little weekend get away with my husband and son, so I’ve only got a little Paris for you today.


Don’t you just love this super cute “Paris Holiday” stencil from Claudine Hellmuth Studio with Ranger and The Crafters Workshop!  I do!!  I have loved it, since it was first released for Winter CHA.  I recently purchased it from to use on my future Paris layouts, but also for Claudine’s Technique Toolbox class through Big Picture Classes that starts this Monday, July 15th.  I am a Contributing Designer for this class and I will also be in the classroom.  I am excited to learn 24 more techniques!


Although there is a supply list, Claudine encourages you to use the supplies you have and I do have quite a few stencils, but how could I pass up this super fun Eiffel Tower?!  I’m sure I will learn some amazing techniques for this stencil that you will see on my future Paris layouts. 


It seems we are getting a good group for the class, so I hope you will join us.  Remember there is forever access, so you can really work at your own pace.  I am looking forward to seeing what everyone creates in the class gallery and chatting with everyone and Claudine(!!) on the message boards.  Click here for more information about the class and to register.

Now, for a little more Paris:

  • Webster’s Pages has come out with a beautiful new Postcards from Paris II collection for Summer CHA that you’ll want to check out.  I pinned a shot of some of the embellishments on my Paris pin board.  I just love the light green fleur-de-lis!!  What’s your favorite?  Also, you can click here to go straight to the Webster’s Pages blog post that shows the whole wonderful collection.
  • Check out my Pinterest boards.  I have 3 that you may particularly interested in: PARIS, so French, and impressions.  You can always take a look at my boards from the link in my side bar under Find Me At and/or consider following my boards.  I am always pinning new stuff and looking for images that will help me with my next Paris layout.
  • Under Categories in my side bar you will find a Paris Series category that you can click on to find all my Paris posts.
  • Consider following my blog.  I usually post on Mondays or Tuesdays, but since it is summer and my son is home, I think it will most likely be Tuesdays.  But, if you follow you won’t miss a post.  

Upcoming Paris posts:

  • My Paris scrappy supplies and the stories behind them.
  • A  new Paris layout.
  • Let’s see that daunting stack of pictures.
  • What Paris/French related books I am reading.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Feel free to leave a comment.  I am loving this conversation we have started.   xo, Evie

Let’s take a trip to Paris!

I would like to welcome you, dear readers, to the very first installment of my Paris Series.  The concept behind the Paris Series is to give you an armchair visit to Paris.  You can just sit back, scroll down, and come along for the ride.

My husband and I took a trip to Paris in April of 1999.  We arrived in the “City of Light” on April 13th and departed on April 18th, to be exact.  Although, this trip was less than a week, it had a profound effect on me and every few years I get into everything Paris; everything French.  Well, I’m into it again, big time!  I’m reading French lifestyle books, French history books, and books on French artists.  I am also getting obsessed with all things Paris and French on Pinterest.  But, the biggest thing is that I am finally scrapping that stack of pictures I took while we were there!!!   So, without further ado, here is my first layout, with the first picture I took in Paris,  titled Kiosk.


A couple things about this layout.  Firstly, since the kiosk in the photo is basically a silhouette, I decided to make a pencil sketch, so we could see what a Paris kiosk really looks like.  Now, what I did was pin some images of kiosks on my Paris pin board to draw from.  There was one main image I used and a few others to get ideas for the advertisements.  Secondly, if you haven’t noticed, I used  basically all  Jenni Bowlin Studio supplies for this layout.  After seeing Ashley Calder’s recent DIY JBS Kit video and layout, I was inspired to challenge myself to make an all JBS layout.  If you check out Ashley’s layout here, you’ll see I used a few similar elements.


Sketch detail.


Layers of Claudine Hellmuth Studio gesso, JBS Cough Syrup ink and exclusive stencil, and JBS Notebook Grid Paper Tape. 


I stitched over the cardstock alphas, painted them with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Dab of Yellow and Yellow Pastel acrylic paints,  and then sanded them.


Painting and layering detail.


I distressed the Flag Tags a bit, before I added my journaling.

Here is a list of the JBS supplies I used for this layout:  Patterned Paper: the b-side (5 cents) of Lace Curtain from Wren, Miscellany (yellow-striped) from Modern Mercantile; Tags: Flag Tags-Vintage; Sticker: Star Banner-Yellow Stickers; Embellishment: Red Rhinestone Bow; Stencil: Exclusive to Feb. 2013 PaperCrafting Kit; Paper tape: Notebook Grid, Alphas: Black Tiny Dot Cardstock Alphabet Stickers; Dye ink pad: Cough Syrup; Punches: File This, Ticket Please.

Please join me for future Paris Series posts that will include things like:

  • how big is that stack of pictures?
  • a look at my Paris related scrappy supplies.
  • the books that really got me fired up about Paris and all things French.
  • what type of “scrapbook” will this be?