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Here is a fun winter layout I created for the Echo Park Paper Company WINTER WISHES Project Challenge over at Two Peas in a Bucket.


Lately, I’ve been getting lots and lots of inspiration and ideas from Ashley Calder’s designs.  She  loves to include  fair ribbons on her layouts and some poetry or prose for her journaling.  You should defintely check out her blog THINGS THAT SHINE and I know you’ll be inspired too! 


I thought our funny little snowman deserved a prize!  I create this fair ribbon by gathering a tissue trim from Claudine Hellmuth’s Holly Jolly Holiday kit, topped with a Vintage Style button from Jenni Bowlin Studio, and layered over paper ribbon I cut from the Echo Park WINTERWISHES line with  added white dashes.


Yes, I’ve been known to write a bit of poetry in my day!

UPDATE:  I was announced one of three winners for this challenge!!  Thanks 2Peas….yippeee!!!!

Supplies:  Cardstock: Wausau; Patterned paper, stickers: Echo Park Paper Company WINTERWISHES; Clear stamp, button: Jenni Bowlin Studio; Tissue trim: Claudine Hellmuth; Ink: Ranger Industries, Memories; Ribbon: EK Success; White Pen: Sakura; Date stamp: vintage.

Merry the Day After Christmas

Hello everyone!!!!

Well I’m finally posting again after about a month.  My computer had a virus and was out of commission for awhile, plus life has thrown me a major curve ball and I am just trying to get through each day.  Ugh!!!  But….I did manage to get two Christmas layouts done with the awesome Keep Christmas kit from Things That Shine.  This amazing kit has everything you need to create a Christmas mini or some festive layouts like I did!  Here is my first layout titled The Best Gift:


My son (now age 12) penciled word “tree” for me to finish off my poem.



The greenery and Merry Merry are cuts from Things That Shine!  They come white and I just inked them up with some JBS seed packet ink.  I also layered the 6×6 papers patterned papers that come in the Keep Christmas kit behind the photos.  The bottom paper is actually vintage wrapping paper.  I love the graphic style and uniqueness of it!!


I layered items from the kit to create this one of kind embellishment to mark the date of these Christmas morning photos.

And now for layout #2 titled My Little Guy:


Another sampling of all the wonderful goodies from the Keep Christmas kit.



This Santa wood veneer is one of the many that come in the kit.  I dipped a brush in water then rubbed it over the same seed packet green ink pad and applied it to the wood veneer, which tops the layers of sparkle, twine, ribbon, and pre-sewn crate paper from the kit.  Love it!!!!!!


I used the wood veneer snow flakes as a stencil on the right side of the kraft paper, by spraying gold Color Shine mist over them.  Then I used three of the sprayed snow flakes on the layout.  I attached this tag from the kit with the included twine to use as part of my title.  I love this red dotted vellum from the kit I tucked behind more kit patterned paper and the photo.

I hope you enjoyed these layouts using photos from Christmas past.  It doesn’t have to Christmas to scrap Christmas, especially with Ashley’s amazing Keep Christmas kit from Things That Shine.

See ya all soon!!!!

xox, 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


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