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Thus Far…

Hello there everyone!  Today I wanted to take a moment to talk about what is happening thus far on this Paris Series journey.

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Firstly, when I began this project I did choose a few Paris/travel related supplies to work with, which you can see in an earlier post here.  But these few supplies were certainly not enough to complete an entire trip album.  I have made trip albums in the past where I have bought all the papers and embellishments I would need up front and frankly, about the middle of the project I started to get bored with the same supplies.  I knew this project would be a huge undertaking and I wanted to keep it fresh and exciting for myself.

Secondly, because of the amount of photos I have I didn’t want to get overwelhmed, so I decided that I would just work on the photos as I took them and not look too far ahead.  I wanted to tell the story one layout at a time making my way through the trip.

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And here is the “stack” of photos!  Maybe, not as big as some, but big enough!!

Now back to the supplies.  To defeat boredom, I decided I would just choose papers and embellishments that would go with the photo or photos I was working on for each individual layout.  But, as I finished my first Paris layout and moved to the second, I realized that I wanted some consistancy from page to page.  Although I still planned on using papers unique to the photos and their layouts, I wanted the album/project to have a cohesive feel. 

As I was finishing my layouts,  I started putting any left over papers, embellishments, ribbons and letter stickers in a box.  This way when I’m working on a new layout and am looking for something to add to it, I go to this box first.  I also keep items I’ve used on my Paris layouts on my table;  like washi tape, spray inks, stamping ink, punches, and itty bitty scraps of paper.   I find this system combined with my style of working does created a cohesive feel for the project and I really do notice this when I view all the layouts lined up together.

Supplies:  Patterned paper: October Afternoon Travel Girl Guide Book, Jenni Bowlin Studio Wren and Modern Mercantile; Punch: JBS/Fiskars File This; Gesso: Claudine Hellmuth Studio; Pen: Zig.

Thanks for stopping by today!  See ya next Tuesday with a new Paris layout!!

xo, Evie

Entrez, vous – we have a winner!

Hi everyone!!  I have a new Paris layout to share titled Entrez, vous.

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Graffiti??  I’m not an advocate for graffiti, so I’ll try to put into words why I took these pictures.  Like I said in my very first Paris layout, I had awe and amazement for my foreign surroundings and the graffiti on these ancient doors was no exception.  Maybe I took the shot because I didn’t expect to find graffiti in Paris, on beautiful old buildings.  Although, most big cities have graffiti, it’s typically not what one thinks of when thinking of Paris.  The Eiffel Tower, the Arc De Triumphe, and the Louvre, but not graffiti.  I remember seeing part of an episode of Project Runway that was filmed in Paris and the contestants were to use Paris as inspiration for a design.  Well, one designer used the graffiti she had seen in Paris as inspiration.  I remember one of the judges couldn’t understand why she would use the graffiti for inspiration when there was all the beauty of Paris around her.  I was thinking… I get it…I get why she used the graffiti.  It is not as simple as “Wow, look, that’s French graffiti”, but in a way it is.

This is actually 2 photos; doors (left) that open up to a courtyard (right) for an apartment building.  My husband reminded me that these large entrys were orignally made for the horse drawn carriages.  I used foam strips to raised up the right photo and slightly layer it over the left one.  I decided to use the photos in my layout symbolically.  For me it is about having faith in yourself every day, having faith to take the next step even though it may be a bit scary, and having faith to continue on your path.

And now for the details…

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I painted an uneven layer of Claudine Hellmuth Studio gesso over the BasicGrey patterned paper.  I then cut up this Jenni Bowlin Studio Rub-On Single into random shapes and roughly rubbed them on, overlapping as I went.  I have been using a lot of gold thus far in my Paris layouts, but I thought the sliver picked up the silvery tone is some of the spray paint in the photo and that the floral pattern contrasted nicely to the graffiti image.

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Another shot of the rub-on with a bit of JBS Bleached Woodgrain Paper Tape.  You can see the silver rub-on looks darker here.  It’s tone depends on the way the light hits it.

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A little stack of labels and tags to support the title.  I used foam strips and glue dots to seperate the layers and give the stack dimension.

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This transparency is a page from the JBS Hodge Podge Book-Look.  Through the darkness to “Sunshine Hall”.  This layer couldn’t have been more fitting behind this photo.

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Faith, gotta have it to get you through it!  To make the word faith stand out amongst the other letters, I left f-a-i-t-h the orignal mushroom gray color and painted a thin layer of gesso over the rest.  I also sanded them a bit.

Supplies:  Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper: BasicGrey knee highs hopscotch, JBS Modern Mercantile Etcetera; Journaling tags and labels: Chic Tags Snip’em Tags Road Trip, JBS Flag Tags, vintage from the JBS Mercantile May 2013 Papercrafting Kit; Transparency: JBS Hodge Podge Book; Rub-Ons: JBS Floral Background, 3 Birds; Paper tape: JBS; Aphas: jilibean Soup Alphabeans; Gesso, multi-medium: Claudine Hellmuth Studio; Punch: Jenni Bowlin for Fiskars File This; Thread: Coats and Clark; Pen: Marvy UCHIDA; Glue dots: Glue Dots International; Foam strips: Therm O Web.

For those of you that are new to my Paris Series and those of you that have been following along, you may be wondering, “Where are the pictures of the Eiffel Tower, the Arc De Triumphe, and the Louvre?”  Well, they are coming, they are in that stack, but I decided to work with the pictures in the order I took them.  I’m really enjoying the process and I hope you are too!  Hopefully, we’ll make it through this first walk, on this first day in Paris by Christmas, lol!!!

And now for the moment you’ve been waiting for…. the winner to my Lucky Me, Lucky You Give-Away is #14 Totem.  Yay Totem!!  Congrats to you!  I will email you shortly for your address and send your kit out to you asap!  Thanks to everyone for playing along!

See ya soon!

xo, Evie

paint brush = le pinceau

Hey there!  This week I’m playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  It’s my new thing!  The challenge is: Stamping on anything but plain paper.  I think I got that covered in my French Word tag below.  🙂

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This time I thought I’d show you a bit of my process in making this tag.

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I started with the Claudine Hellmuth Studio sticky-back canvas in white and cut it to the size of a Ranger #8 manilla tag.  I then painted the canvas surface with Claudine Hellmuth Studio paints and when the canvas was dry I applied it to the #8 tag.

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Here I did a laser photocopy transfer, using one of my own Paris photos, on top of the painted tag.

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And now let’s start stamping on this photo transfer on painted canvas surface, lol!  I used Jet Black StazOn ink with the Jenni Bowlin Ink Spots stamp.

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And here’s a detail of the paint brush and title on the My Mind’s Eye pattern paper.  I used the same StazOn ink to stamp the brush and painted a sweeping of gesso to write the title on.   I also used foam tape to raise up this hand cut patterned paper shape.

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As a finishing touch, I edged the top and sides of the tag with gold pigment ink.

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Another inky, painty, transfery, canvasy detail.

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Supplies:  Tag: Ranger Inkssentials; Sticky-back canvas, multi-medium, acrylic paint, gesso: Claudine Hellmuth Studio; Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye Notabe “Memo” Reminder Paper; Clear Stamps: JBS Mercantile; Anna Griffin Creativity Clear Stamp Kit; Ink: StazOn, ClearSnap Color Box Pigment; Chipboard: ki Memories; Ribbon: May Arts, other; Twine: Martha Stewart Crafts; Pen: Amy Tangerine; Foam Mounting Tape: Scotch.

If you haven’t entered my Give-Away there’s still time!  Click here to enter.  Also, it’s my b-day today, Woo hoo!  Another year older, Boo Hoo!!!

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see ya on Tuesday with a new Paris Series layout and a Give-Away winner!

xo, Evie

Lucky Me, Lucky You – A Give-Away!!!

Recently, I was lucky enough to win a random challenge over at Jenni Bowlin Mercantile Forum.  Part of my prize was this awesome JBS Mercantile May 2013 Papercrafting Kit.  Now here’s where the lucky you comes in…since I subscribe to the monthly JBS Papercrafting Kits, and already have this kit, I though I would pass it along to one of my lucky readers.  It’s perfect timing too, because this month marks my one year anniversary as a blogger and what better way, than a give-away,  to thank all of you who come and visit my blog!!!

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Wow…there are so many goodies, right!  Notice the vintage tags and labels at the bottom left.  I love that Jenni includes some real vintage items each month.

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Love, love, love all these papers!  Some from Bazzill, Pebbles, BasicGrey, My Mind’s Eye and two exclusive JBS Mercantile sheets designed by Lisa Dickinson.

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Here are the other sides of the paper, plus the JBS Mercantile stencil and stamp that has become available to non-subscribers as of Summer CHA.

To enter to win the give-away, please leave either your email address, or 2 Peas name, or scrapbook.com name in the comments so I can get in touch with you.  Also, I would love it if you would consider following my blog and or following me on Pinterest.  The cut off for entering is Monday, September 23rd, midnight eastern time.  I will choose the winner with random.org and make the announcement here Tuesday, September 24th.  Good luck!!

Just for fun here is a link to my very first post.  I have to say “I’ve come along way baby”!!  I really think my scrapping stlye and blogging style has evolved over this last year.  Although, looking at the layout in this first post I notice I am still using the Fiskars Threading Water punch, including trims on my pages, and using Claudine Hellmuth’s Thought Bubbles.

It’s been an amazing year and it has been so fun getting to know all of you and to be inspired by you daily!! 

See ya soon with more Paris!

xo, Evie

Inside a Paris Apartment

Today we find ourselves inside a Paris apartment, well through my journalling that is.

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You can see that the photo in the layout shows the outside of Paris apartments, so I used my imagination to describe what it might be like on the inside.  I was back on Google Maps finding the exact location where this picture was taken.  There is a sign in the lower left side of the photo, sticking out from the building, that says AtolL PALME (sorry it’s illegible here), which is a women’s clothing store and is located right below.  So there is apartments and offices(?) on top and shops below.  But that AtolL PALME sign helped me find that these buildings are located on Rue du Temple.  I feel a bit like I’m playing detective when I go on Google looking for some of the locations in my photos.  My husband says that if we ever get back to Paris that my head will explode…I think he is right!!  And now for some details…

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This wood veneer chair is from Claudine Hellmuth’s HSN line.  I painted and stamped it with Claudine Hellmuth Studio paints and used the Floral Background clear stamp, an exclusive from Jenni Bowlin MercantileHere are the paint recipes:  traditional tan + dash of red =  muted pink; dash of red + sable brown + a tiny bit of smidge of blue = burgundy.

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Tearing back layers of paper,…painting and stitching in cracks,…and using Claudine’s paints to customize my light gray Bazzill cardstock.  Paint recipe:  sky blue + painterly pink = the perfect sort of dusty blue to go with the Jenni Bowlin journaling card.

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To make these mushroom gray letters, by jillibean Soup, stand out against the background I colored the word “apartment” with an Amy Tangerine dark gray Slick Writer.  You can see I left the centers of the letters the orignal lighter gray, which ties back to the “a” in the title and the gray bouquet bow.  I also love the grid pattern in the very center of the letters that relate back to the upper background paper and the JBS journaling cards.

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Gold embossing….

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more gold embossing!!  The Monday Challenge Blog over at Simon Says Stamp is featuring embossing this week.  I was inspired to pull out my gold Zing! embossing powder and Teresa Collins Fabrications “Canvas” Stamps to add some finishing touches to this layout.  I think it really says “Paris” and ties together the other gold elements in the layout; which are the gold Color Shine spray ink and gold flower button.

Supplies:  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned paper: BasicGrey knee highs four square, Taylor for daisyd’s (grid); Journaling cards: Jenni Bowlin Studio Be Our Guest; Doily sticker: Martha Stewart Crafts; Dimensional sticker: K&Company Happy Trails Paris Grand Adhesions; Wood veneer: Claudine Hellmuth; Alphas: Glitz Teeny Alphas, Heidi Swapp, Jillibean Soup Alphabeans; Punches: Fiskars; Embossing Powder: American Crafts Zing!; Clear stamps: JBS Mercantile, Teresa Collins; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink frayed burlap; Spray ink: Heidi Swapp Color Shine; Acrylic paint, multi-medium, extra-time: Claudine Hellmuth Studio; Photo corners: 3L; Pens: Amy Tangerine, Marvy UCHIDA, Zig Millennium; Thread: Coats and Clark; Other: fabric, ribbon, button.

I hope you enjoyed my Paris musings.  As always, if you have a questions about how I did something on my layout, feel free to put it in “Comments” and I will answer you back there asap!

Look for a “Big Giveaway” here on my blog at the beginning of next week to celebrate the fact that I have been blogging for one year this month.  Yay!!  See ya then!

xo, Evie

the kite = le cerf-volant

Hello!!!  I’m joining in over at Ranger this time.  They are having a challenge to celebrate the addition of 6 colors to the Tim Holtz Distress Paint product line.  You just have to use any of the 6 colors in your project.  I decided to use my dusty concord ink pad.  Here is my entry…

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The background is a photocopy transfer.  I used one of my own Paris photographs that I enlarged on the copy machine and then transferred onto this large grid patterned paper.

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I stamped this playful kite from the Claudine Hellmuth Studio “Toy Box” clear stamp set with the dusty concord ink.  I really love how it came out on this yellow checked paper, because the brightness of the ink varies depending on if it is stamped on the white, yellow or darker yellow of the paper.

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Behind the title, I used the awesome Tim Holtz idea-ology Kraft Resist paper.  I used the Inkssentials blending tool to apply the dusty concord ink.  I love the added detail the resist gives to the tag.

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To top off this French Word tag, I added some ribbon that I made from Claudine Hellmuth Studio sticky-back canvas in natural.  I first applied the dusty concord ink with the Inkssentials blending tool and then used a paint brush, that I dipped in water, to saturate the canvas and blend the ink into it.  Once the canvas dried I peeled off the paper backing and applied baby powder to the sticky side to get rid of the stickiness, cut it to size, and simply attached with Tim’s tiny attacher.

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Supplies:  Tag: Ranger Inkssential #8 manilla tag; Patterned paper: Tim Holtz idea-ology Kraft Resist, Elle’s Studio Serendipity Collection (large grid), Pebbles basics Honeycomb Dot, October Afternoon Travel Girl Journal Cards, Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink dusty concord; Clear stamps, multi-medium, sticky-back canvas: Claudine Hellmuth Studio; Trim: Webster’s Pages Best Friends; Punch: Fiskars Threading Water; Pen: Zig Millennium .005; Tiny attacher: Tim Holtz idea-ology.

I know I’ve been going a little tag crazy, but I have a new Paris layout in the wings waiting to be posted.  Hopefully, I will get that up Tuesday.  See ya then!!

xo, Evie

window = la fenetra

Hey everyone!  I’m playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog again this week.  The challenge is Stamping All-Stars, where you feature your favorite go to stamp or ink pad.  Here is my entry…

DSCN2231 I love the Claudine Hellmuth Studio “Words and Frames” stamp sets; they are so useful and versatile.  My all time favorite stamp from these sets if from set 2,  this cloud-shaped thought bubble.  I use it on cards, layouts, and repeat it for background patterns.   Hmm…is it a cloud,…is it a thought bubble,… or is it both??  I think it is both here layered on top of a photocopy transfer from one of my enlarged Paris photographs.

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I have my favorite inks, but lately I’ve been grabbing for Claudine’s paints to do my stamping.  With these thought bubbles, I really loaded up the stamp with classic teal and pushed down hard while stamping to get a thick painterly line.

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I chose this JBS  Mercantile paper with the swirly pattern, in which to do my transfer on,  because I thought it evoked weather that would work with the cloud-shaped thought bubbles.  Also, if you notice I stamped the bubbles capturing words that might describe someone on the other side of this window. 

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I am calling this a French Word tag.   Hmm again….I think another series is brewing.  I decided to create a French Word Series as an offshoot from my Paris Series.  I put a category in my sidebar so you can find all my projects in this series.  Besides being inspiration for my creations, it is a fun way to learn a little French.  I even go online to a site that I can hear how to pronounce each word.  I never said I wasn’t a bit kooky!

Supplies:  Tag: Ranger Inkssentials #8 manilla; Patterned paper: Jenni Bowlin Studio Vintage Red Bookprint, JBS Mercantile May 2013 exclusive by Lisa Dickinson; Lable: Chic Tags Road Trip Jounaling Tags; Clear stamp, acrylic paint, multi-medium: Claudine Hellmuth Studio; Charm: JBS Garnet Pearl and Rhinestone Charms; Pen: Zig Millennium .005; Ribbon: Michaels Stores, Inc.

One more thing.  I’m so excited to share that I was chosen as one of four for the Designer Spotlight for the Dotty Challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  Yay!!!  Thank you so much to the Monday Challenge Blog Design Team…I am beyond thrilled!

See ya soon.  Tomorrow I think! 

xo, Evie