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Breathe It In

Hello everyone!

It’s April 1st, time for a brand new sketch challenge from Sketch-N-Scrap!!  I just love this “arsty” sketch:


And here is my “artsy” layout:


For those of you that have been following me slowing scrapping my 1999 Paris trip…this is the last photo of that first walk we took on our first day in Paris (no foolin’).  I really don’t want to think about how long it has taken me!  So I won’t.  🙂

And today I will let my many details speak for themselves:







I hope you have been inspired to try this wonderful sketch.  This month you have a chance to win a $20 gift certificate from Creative Embellishments.  Just pop over to the Sketch-N-Scrap challenge blog to get all the details and link up.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!

Have a wonderful day!!!!   🙂





Inspired by…

Hi all!!  It’s time for a new Inspired by Sketch Challenge at Sketch-N-Scrap.  Here is the Inspired by Sketch #3:


I love this artsy sketch!!!  Here is my Paris layout based on it, titled BHV:


The building in the photo is the Bazar de l’Hotel de Ville.  It is a department store that includes a  home and hardware section, sections devoted to beauty and and fashion,  as well as a section for pet accessories.   The Parisians refer to it as BHV.   To the left is a beautiful double-decker carrousel called Carrousel, la Belle Epoque.  It is one of many carrousels thoughout the city.


Love the sheen on these gold Thickers.  The hounds tooth photo corner is by Teresa Collins, He Said She Said.


A little cluster of Jenni Bowlin Studio.  I used the Pot of Gold sequins, the File This punch, Tiny Trims Revised in gold, and a label from the Black Skinny Alphas.


Here I layered this lovely JBS Reader Flatback over my favorite Webster’s Pages trims.


I had so much fun experimenting with mists on this layout.  I first sprayed Mister Huey’s Opaque White, then I dripped on the Heirloom Blue, and added another layer of the Opaque White to give variation to the blue.  Finally, I drip, drip, dripped gold Color Shine!!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you stop by the Sketch-N-Scrap sketch challenge blog by clicking here.  You can link up to win a $20 gift card from or be chosen as the Scrapper of the Month.  They also have some awesome card challenges too! 

See ya on the 15th!!   🙂

My Son

Here I am today sharing a layout of my son and I.  If you’ve been visiting my blog you know that I’ve been lost in Paris for some time.  I am still lost in Paris and loving it, but I really felt the need to do a layout about my son, especially since he has been wondering aloud, why I never do layouts about him anymore (poor kid).   Ever since all my scrappy attention has been on my Paris photos, I have detected a hint of jealousy.  CAN you be jealous of a city?

Currently, I am taking Jill Sprott’s class Scrapbooking from the Soul at Two Peas in a Bucket and it inspired me to get a little deeper with my *journaling.  I found by digging a little deeper and telling a little bit more of my story I got the feeling like I accomplished more than just a layout.  Hmmm….food for thought.


And here is the wonderful January 15th Sketch from Sketch-N-Scrap that I based my layout on.


You have until the end of the month to link up for this sketch challenge at Sketch-N-Scrap, where you will be eligible to win a prize from Skyline Paperie and a chance to be chosen as a Featured Designer of the Month.


*Here is my mushy journaling that came to me as I was looking at this photo of us:  Having you gave me a chance at life.  A life spent enjoying every stage of your growth from baby on up.  Now you are 11 and with teenage years and adulthood seemingly so near, it is the first time I’ve really thought that I wish you could stay, stay the same age, in this time, in this place.  I want to hold you close forever, but I know you must continue to grow and change and live your life.  But, I am your Mom and will always be forever and ever here.

Telling a little more of my story, by going a little a deeper, is one of my goals this year.  But, I know I won’t do that all the time, because I like to keep things light-hearted…I just want to strike a balance overall in the layouts I do.


All the amazing supplies I used for this layout came from the Jenni Bowlin Studio September 2013 PaperCrafting Kit, which is still available here.  To create the fringe at the top, I trimmed out a strip of the triangles from the Glitz Design Multi Triangle paper from the Finnley Collection and tucked it under the Studio Calico Set Sail paper from the Sundrifter Collection.  I also, bent up the little triangles for added dimension.


I love these little camera clips by Maya Road and tied two together here to symblolize my son and I tied together with heart strings.  I painted these large cream alphas from Fancy Pants Designs with Claudine Hellmuth’s paint (sky blue + yellow pastel).  I splashed some of  the same paint onto the cute camera background paper, by Glitz, to add some texture to the layout.

So, my current plans are to try and throw in a layout of my son every once in a while as I keep working on my Paris photos.  Besides his hints, I was really missing scrapping about him too!  Again, balance.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and joining in on my scrappy journey.  I love reading about and seeing your journey too!!   Don’t forget to pop over to Sketch-N-Scrap and link up to our fun sketch challenge this month.  Also, there is still time to enter my GIVE-AWAY for a spot in Claudine Hellmuth’s amazing Technique Toolbox class. Just click  here to enter.  I will post a winner on Jan. 22nd.

xo, Evie


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  • My One Little Word
  • More Thoughts on Paris

Inside a Paris Apartment

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


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…


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.


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.


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.


Gold embossing….


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