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A Bundled Up Baby

Hey guys!  I’m here today, bringing you a cozy Things That Shine layout using the Leaves are Falling kit.


Here’s my little guy, just 5 months old, all bundled up in his stroller and getting some fresh air.


This soft blue double bow was made from seam binding layered over a wood veneer flag tag and topped with a gold fabric leaf all from the kit.


Also in the kit are a beautiful array of soft blues and greenish doilies that I tucked behind the photo and embellishments.


I love this large label trimmed with aqua blue that comes in the kit.  It really sets off the photo from the background.  About the background…I used this blue floral paper from Crate Paper, but wanted to tone it down.  I tried layering a sheet of white tissue paper over it which is actually from the kit packaging (along with a beautiful ribbon and tag), which Ashley so neatly and beautifully wrapped up the contents of the kit in.  I stitched the tissue on in a quilt like manner and was pleasantly surprised with the blankety feel the background has.  I also used gold photo corners from the kit to finish off the layout.

You can get your own Leaves are Falling kit and other beautiful and unique kits and bits at Things That Shine.

Have a wonderfully creative day and I will see you back here soon!!!!  🙂



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.


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.


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:





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.

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!!!    🙂

UR loved at Sketch-N-Scrap

It’s February 1st and we would love for you to join us for the new sketch challenge over at the Sketch-N-Scrap sketch challenge blog!!  Here it it…Sketch #50, designed by the talented Lisa Hidy:


And here is my layout:


The supplies used in this Valentine’s Day layout are from the Jenni Bowlin Studio August 2013 PaperCrafting Kit still available here.  I had fun creating lots of texture with stamping, painting, embossing, stenciling, and glitter.  So lets look at some details.


Here I made a little faux valentine card.  I cut to size a piece of exclusive JBS Mercantile pink/red dotted paper to fit inside the glassine envelope.  I topped off this “Valentine” with a thought bubble cut from the Chalkboard Quotes Echo Park patterned paper and a glittered up Maya Road chipboard heart.  I created the chevron patterned strip by using the kit exclusive stamp and stamping with white pigment ink and embossing with clear embossing powder.  I really love the texture that was created with my imperfect stamping!


I created the background texture for this layout, by first painting around my photo and embellishments with white acrylic paint (inspired by Wilna), then stamping with the date stamp, and adding another layer of paint.  I embossed the chipboard heart with Zing embossing powder in the color Rouge.


For The background stenciling I used the kit exclusive stencil and Jenni Bowlin Studio ink in cough syrup.  I then toned it down with a layer of  white acrylic paint (blank canvas by Claudine Hellmuth).


I love this Jenni Bowlin Studio flatback…so perfect for this photo of my son and his “M&M Guy”.

Have fun with this awesome sketch and pop over to Sketch-N-Scrap and link up to win a prize!  You have until the end of this month.

I also linked up my layout to Paper Issues new issue, You Are Just My Type.

Ta-ta for now!   🙂

My One Little Word and a Winner!

MAGNIFIQUE…. of course, I had to pick a French word and doesn’t it just sound fun! 

This year I decided to try Ali Edward’s One Little Word class and I am so glad I did.  It is only the first month and I can already feel the benefits.  It felt so good put down, in one place, all my thoughts, goals, and ideas that I randomly scribble in my daily journal.  I feel much more focused and I can see what really matters to me; the core.

I picked such a word as magnifique, because like I said, it sounds fun.  To me it means to be brave and bold with a sense of fun.  Fun…the opposite of serious, of which I am usually too much of.  When I thought of choosing brave or bold, it did just feel too serious.  When I thought of choosing magnifique, it made me smile.

DSCN2950I am still waiting on my page protectors for this assignment, so I just laid the pieces on top of an 8.5 x 11 cream piece of cardstock.  I changed up the placement of the different items we were to include on this page, because I wanted to use this horizontal photo of me.  Yes, I’ll admit, not the most flattering photo of me with the angle and blurriness.  I wanted to use it, though,  because I took it of myself while in the top of the Space Needle.  Going up to the top was something I was afraid to do and I liked that I came up with an artsy photo by turning off the flash.


I was inspired by Ali’s use of grid transparency and chose this Crate Paper grid patterned paper that I had in my stash.  The vintage postal service sorting card is from a past Jenni Bowlin Studio kit.  I thought it was a perfect addition with the words Skyway Terrace printed on it.  To place the Kraft Bazzill numbers 2-0-1-4 on, I found this vellum in my stash with bits of metallic confetti in it.  I thought it really work well with the blurred lights in the photo and the gold Color Shine mist I used.


For  the symbol to represent my word I chose the Eiffel Tower, because it is pretty magnifique!  Here I stamped the tower with jet black StazOn, on top of the gold Color Shine.  I had dripped the Color Shine on the paper and lifted up the paper at angle so the ink would run across creating those little gold lines.  I did the same thing on the paper behind the photo of me.  I definetly will be playing more with that technique!

And this would be the back, page 2.  See detail shots below it.


The quote I chose.


And the why I chose this word.  (I’m dating myself with the Mary Tyler Moore reference!)


I did indeed complete the next two pages, but I feel that they are too personal to put out in the blog-o-sphere.   (I think I already let out enough of my gooniness for one post!! )  When I am working on these monthly assignments, I don’t want to be hindered about what I write.  I don’t want to be thinking in the back of my mind that it may go on my blog; since ultimately this class if for personal growth.  Also, you can see that I used pencil instead of ink.  I’m trying to think of this more a working  notebook or project, not looking for perfection.  This way I can quickly write down my thoughts, erase if I have to and move on.  This is what is working for me.

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for…picked by…the winner to the free spot in Claudine Hellmuth’s Technique Toolbox class with Big Picture Classes is #4, Amy Coose!!!

Congrats Amy!!!   I will email you with your coupon code.  Thanks to everyone for playing and thanks for stopping by today to check out my OLW!

xo, Evie

Adore – A Paris Mini Album

Hi everyone!!  I’m so excited to share this new project with you.  I did skip ahead in my Paris photos in order to create this Paris mini album featuring The Eiffel Tower and my love for Paris.  This mini actually started out as an October 2013 Halloween Mini Album Kit designed by Jenni Bowlin that I purchased at JBS Mercantile.  To transform Jenni’s kit, I took out the orange and the spooky and added the pink and the Paris.  I did follow the kit’s instuctions, but customized them by changing things up; adding items and taking items away to suit my needs.


  • Cover –  I added a black embossed Eiffel Tower, pink trim, and letter’s cut from the included Bazzil Basics Halloween word stickers.


  • Inside front cover – I used the included chalkboard paint and marker to design my inside cover and added iridescent star sequins.
  •  Page I front –  I love the JBS sillohette rub-ons included in the kit, especially because I had used the silhouette images in a recent Paris layout.  I added the JBS chewing gum paint to use with the JBS Fishnet stencil and added a word sticker from 7gypsies.


  • Page 1 back – I added an October Afternoon label sticker and some journalling.
  • Page 2 front – I made a black and white photocopy on cardstock of my photo and painted in some pink clouds.


  • Page 2 back – I added Echo Park patterned paper from the So Happy Together collection, a Webster’s Pages flower, and pink butterfly sequins.
  • Page 3 front – I added the JBS Black Vellum Butterfly and some embroidery floss to this JBS Clock rub-on.


  • Page 3 back – I add this double-sided mulberry paper from my stash to the JBS Black Skinny Alpha stickers and the black German foil trim from the kit.
  • Page 4 front – I trimmed my photocopy to fit the included Lilybee Index Journaling Cards and added trim.


  • Page 4 back – I added the quote and 7 gypsies sticker onto the Echo Park pink paper.
  • Page 5 front – To this JBS Photographers Mark rub-on, I added a butterfly punched out of the mulberry paper and topped it with a Black JBS Butterfly sticker, which I backed with another butterfly sticker, so that once I attached it with the staple I could fold up the wings for some added dimension.


  • Page 5 back – Here I added the gold embossed Eiffel Tower and a little description of what actually happened for the Year 2000 celebration.  Even though we weren’t actaully in Paris then, I really wanted to use the count down on The Eiffel Tower as an underlying theme in the mini as it could only be seen in 1999, the year we were there.
  • Page 6 front – This is a color photocopy that I sized down to fit the Lilybee index card.  I added a different trim, some gold confetti stars, and a vintage button.


  • Page 6 back – Recording the actual date we were in Paris.  I added an October Afternoon label sticker and some gold JBS sequins along with the included Bazzill Basics Kraft die cut numbers.
  • Inside back over – To give The Eiffel Tower that chalkboard look, I used a Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paris Holiday stencil and Claudine Hellmuth Studio Blank Canvas paint .  I added gems from my stash.


  • Back cover – I covered the back cover with the included JBS Mercantile exclusive patterned paper to match the front cover.  I then added the JBS Mercantile Film Negatives stamp.  On the stamp I recorded what envelope of my Paris pictures these photos came from (4 out of 5) and which frames on that roll of film (yes film) these photo are.  I also stamp all my Paris layouts on the back like this.


Ahhh…Paris love!  With this mini, I am linking up to Paper Issues Fallin’ For You Issue.  I definitely fell for Paris when I was there and now that I am currently scrapping all my Paris photos, I am falling for Paris and all things French all over again!!

I really loved Jenni’s original Halloween mini when I first saw it!! I had been thinking of creating a Paris mini for a while and when I saw the black and cream polka dotted paper and the included rub-ons in her kit the ideas to add pink and Paris started.  This was such a fun and challenging project to work on and I think it makes a nice additon to my Paris Series.  Click here to see the cover of Jenni’s Halloween mini.

Supplies I used from the kit:  JBS Circle Chipboard Mini book; JBS large tart tin; Lilybee Design Index Journaling Cards Harvest Market Collection; Americana Chalkboard paint; Marvy Uchida Chalk marker; JBS Mercantile pattern paper; Bazzill Basics Halloween word stickers; black cardstock; black German foil trim; JBS Rub-On singles; Bazzill Basics Kraft die cut numbers; JBS Black Skinny Alpha stickers; JBS Kraft folder; 2 small manilla tags.

Supplies I added:  Cardstock: Paper Reflections(pink); Patterned paper: Echo Park So Happy Together-Neighbor; Mulberry paper: The Paper Company; Stickers: 7gypsies Collection Stickers-Trousseau; October Afternoon Label Sticker-Postmarked, JBS Butterfly Black Stickers; Embellishments: Vellum Butterflies-Black, Webster’s Pages Perfect Petals-pink flower; Clear stamps: Stampendous! Charm Collection, JBS Mercantile; Trims: Simplicity; Sequins: JBS April, June kits; Paint: Jenni Bowlin for Ranger, Claudine Hellmuth Studio; Punch: Martha Stewart Crafts; Tiny Attacher: Tim Holtz; Embossing Powder: American Crafts Zing-Gold, Stampendous! Stamp-n Stuff-Detail Black; Stencils; JBS, Claudine Hellmuth Studio; Other: embroidery floss, vintage button, confetti, gems.

I’m so glad you stopped by to see my latest project!!  I will see you soon with a new Paris layout!

UPDATE:  My Paris Mini Album is being featured today, November 12, on the Jenni Bowlin Studio Facebook Page!!  You can see it over there by clicking here.  Thanks JBS!!!

xo, Evie

A Pretty Little Shop

Hello, hello!!  Today I’m sharing my Paris layout, A Pretty Little Shop, that I created using the sketch from the October-Week 1 Let’s Get Sketchy Sketch Challenge.    Here’s the layout:


Here’s the sketch:

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A Claudine Hellmuth wood veener dress form that I painted with her painterly pink paint and layered with her rub-ons (featured in a previous post).    Both chipboard buttons are from Jenni Bowlin Studio.  One is in her Wallpaper pattern and the other was raw chipboard that I made rather minty


My take on the inky droplets from the sketch.  Gold dot rub-ons from Pink Paislee, sequins from the JBS April Papercrafting kit, pink buttons from My Mind’s Eye, and some tiny green and blue buttons from my Claudine Hellmuth HSN stash.


Showing the layering and depth.  I finally had call to use this amazing diecut doily from Josephine Kimberling, which also came in the JBS April kit.

Supplies:  Patterned paper: BasicGrey mint Julep carolina & lois, Webster’s Pages Best Friend’s BFF’s, Echo Park Paradise Beach (6×6 pad); Ribbon: Webster’s Pages Best Friends; Wood veneer: Claudine Hellmuth HSN; Rub-ons: Pink Paislee (gold); Diecut doily: Josephine Kimberling a division of Anna Griffin; Alphas: October Afternoon Mini Market Land & Sea, Jenni Bowlin Studio Graph Alterable Alphas; Chipboard, sequins: Jenni Bowlin Studio; Buttons: MME Find Your Wings and Fly-Sky’s the Limit, Claudine Hellmuth HSN; Twine: Webster’s Pages; Stamp: October Afternoon “Streets of Paris”; Ink: Jenni Bowlin for Ranger(Seed Packet); Paint: Claudine Hellmuth Studio; Punch: Fiskars Threading Water; Thread: Coats and Clark; Pen: Zig Millinenium.

There are items in this layout from the April, June, and July JBS Mercantile kits, which are all on sale at JBS Mercantile.  Also, I purchased  the Wallpaper chipboard buttons and Graph Alterable Alphas when they were featured as Jenni’s monthly Mercantile Dime Store Deals…love those!!!

I feel like this post is a little short and sweet for me.  I guess that’s the kinda mood I’m in today.  🙂 

I hope you enjoyed your visit.  See ya soon!!!!

xo, Evie