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Before You Read You Chewed

Hey everyone!  I have a new layout for you featuring items from the Things That Shine Fall Kits and Pops of Color.

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I went down in size to 8.5 x 11 for this one.  I really enjoyed working in a smaller format.  My page is about my son’s love of reading that started when he was a baby and this size really feels like a page out of a story book.  My son is twelve now so I bet you’ve guessed I don’t scrap chronologically.  I usually scrapbook what I’m inspired to do; what I feel like scrapping.  I view all my many many photos as source material.  The thing I liked about scrapping this baby photo was the perspective I got just looking at this photo of my son chewing on a fabric book and thinking about how he has always loved books and how they are so very important to him.

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Here is something totally fun I did.  I used the Electric Blue fine glitter from the Pop of Color in Electric Blue mixed it with Ranger glossy gel medium and pull it through a JBS stencil on the vintage book pages.  You can see in the full layout that I stacked these book pages from the Sweet Fox Teal & Twill kit horizontally behind the photo.  The 3 gold photo corners are included in the Leaves are Falling kit.

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Isn’t this bear the cutest!  It is one of many little fall dimensional stickers that come in The Start of Something New kit.  The white tag with the strip of yellow at the bottom is from the Pop of Color in Neon Yellow.

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On bottom half of this kraft tag from The Start of Something New kit I stacked these darling buttons from the Leaves are Falling Kit.  I love how the dots on the blue button relates back to the dots on the book in the photo.

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I made a pattern with these neon yellow gems from the Pop of Color in Neon Yellow.  They really do “pop” layered on top of this muted aqua vintage ephemera.

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I thought this “date taken” Maggie Holmes stamp was the perfect addition to the this layout, since the photo is older but the journaling includes current thoughts.  I just stamped it with JBS weather vane ink, cut it out, and attached it with an office supply paper clip.

Thank you so much for checking out my latest creation!!!  I’m truly grateful to be able to share it with you!  Visit Ashley’s Things That Shine shop for all the items you see here and many more lovely kits and bits.

See ya soon with more fun artsy stuff.

xox

 ****For more inspiration and fun things to look at you can follow me on Pinterest.****

A Things That Shine Collage

Hi all!

The day is finally here.  The unveiling of my mystery project. 😉  Something has been creatively brewing for awhile and one of the main catalysis to finally make me “go for it” was when I received the new Things That Shine Fall Kits from Ashley.  These kits are so perfect for scrapbooking, card making, and other crafty pursuits, but the eclectic mix of awesome supplies where telling me to make a mixed media collage.  And so I did!

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I started on a gessoed 9×12 sheet of watercolor paper.  Layered on paint and collaged on this book page from the Back to School kit.

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I attached this charming little paper airplane charm from the Back to School kit with white embroidery floss from the Celebrate Summer kit.

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I penciled out the “A” stencil and painted around it with raw umber acrylic paint.  I created the frame with strips I cut from a fabric tape that came from the Little Boy Fox kit.

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And here is a closer look.  The fabric was originally a cream color with brown flowers.  I first painted on classic teal then cream paint.  Then I heighted the color with a teal Caran d’Arche Neocolor.  I used the same Neocolor crayon to write the word “lesson”. [and here I’ll say that the in reality the teals in this piece are a little more toward the greenish side]

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I used this altered label holder to contain the label maker “learned”.  The label holder was a shiney black plastic that I first painted with raw umber paint and then dry brushed on some gold.  Here you can see a bit of the teal seam binding I used on the bottom and left side of the collage.  This seam binding along with a variety of other bluey tealy colors come  from the Falling Leaves kit.

So there you have it.  A Lesson to Be Learned; the first collage I’ve done without family photos in years.  I am so inspired to make more collages along side my scrapbook layouts.  Check out Ashley’s Things That Shine Etsy shop and see where inspiration and your own creativity takes you!  Also, don’t miss Ashley’s new offer of free shipping with the purchase of three fall kits!!

For more information and how to’s in creating collages and mixed media scrapbook pages I would like to recommend these books that have really helped me to take off on this new creative journey.

Have a super fun artsy day and (if all goes as planned) meet me here at the end of this week for a new “In the Studio” post!  🙂

**Linked up to Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. Challenge: Falling in love with…(fall colors and fall kits) and Paper Issues New Issue: You’re sew cute, you keep me in stitches.

A Ticket to Ride

Hi there and Happy Fathers Day!!  That means it’s June 15th and time for a new Sketch Challenge at Sketch-N-Scrap!  Let’s start it off with Sketch #59 designed by Kelly:

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And now for my take on the sketch:

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You can tell I had fun with this one!  Finishing up with my March 2104 JBS Mercantile Kits, I only added vellum, JBS paper tape, inks, and paint.  In March I splurged and bought 4 of the monthly kits from Jenni Bowlin Studio and that basically became my Spring scrapping supplies.  I love working with all the coordinating supplies.  Jenni does such an awesome job of putting together the kits!  I love the unique items you get in the Antiquarian Kits, like this German gold foil circular element and the kraft tickets (that I turned upside down).

The picture is of my husband and son enjoying a ride at a local carnival.  It was just serendipity that I scrapped this photo for this Fathers Day post; no really, I didn’t plan it.  In this layout I concentrated on interpreting some of the details of the photo with my scrappy supplies.

And now for some close-ups:

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Here I made these pretty mini tickets with the JBS “Ticket Please” punch to go along with the carnival theme and the title of the layout.

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I painted this lovely gold foil piece with red acrylic paint, let it dry for a few seconds, and buffed it off with a paper towel.  I topped it of with a Studio Calico label and a JBS chalkboard flatback.  It’s official, I went through both packs of those flatbacks, Chalkboard I and Chalkboard II.  I just love them!

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I used the same paint technique on these beautiful gold sequins that came in the main kit.

In my layout you can see I deviated a bit from the sketch, but the basic structure and elements are there.  I feel I have gotten better and better at using a sketch as a taking off point instead of following it to the letter.  I encourage you to have fun with this sketch…go a little wild….go a little crazy!!!

To get all the details for this Sketch Challenge you can pop over to Sketch-N-Scrap by clicking here.   You could win a wonderful prize from Chic Tags and the chance to be the Featured Scrapper of the Month.

Also, there is still time to enter my P-A-R-T-Y Challenge.  Click here for all the details and to link up your project!

Love and scrapbooks,

Evie

 

The Best There Ever Was

Wow, it’s June 1st!  I can’t believe it!  Summer is fast approaching and I am looking forward to a slower pace.  How about you?  Well, before we slow down let’s get some scrapping done.  Join us at Sketch-N-Scrap for a new sketch challenge and a chance to win a prize from Chic Tags!!

Here is Sketch #58:

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Here is my take on the sketch:

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The jounaling reads:  Trying to speak our language.  He’s Murphy the talking dog. 

Murphy is a beagle mix and apparently beagles like to try to communicate with their owners in their owners’ language.  It is interesting, to say the least, with some of the sounds he makes.  Sometimes it gets a little freaky.  LOL!

Still working through my March 2014 kits from JBS Mercantile for this layout.  I only added kraft paper, inks, teresa collins photo corners, and ribbon.

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I stamped on kraft paper with the exclusive PaperCrafting Kit stamp to create this background paper.  To create the border, I painted the back side edge with chalboard paint, punched it with the JBS “ticket please” punch, and added two rows of stitching.

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I added some drips and drops of ink…Color Shine in Sweet Cherry and Coral…Mister Huey’s in Dark Calico.

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Always important on a layout, the date (or approximate date) of the photo.  I use the same Sakura white gel pen that I used for the journaling to hi-light these number stickers from jillibeanSoup.

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I just love this little cluster of embellishments!  The JBS “speak” chalkboard flatback, the Dear Lizzy puffy sticker heart, the punched kraft heart using the kit stamp and JBS Cough Syrup ink, and Murphy’s worn out dog tag.

Have some fun with this sketch and link your layout up over at the Sketch-N-Scrap Challenge Blog.  Remember, you have a chance to win a prize from Chic Tags and be our Featured Scrapper of the Month.

Also, Sketch-N-Scrap is looking for some new Design Team members!!  There’s only a few days left to apply.  Click here for all the info.

And there is still plenty of time to enter my challenge sponsored by JBS Mercantile!  Get all the details by clicking here.

Ta-ta for now!   🙂

Hotel de Ville

Hey ho, it’s a new month and it’s time for a new sketch challenge over at the super fun challenge blog Sketch-N-Scrap!!  Here is the March 1st sketch, #52:

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And here is my take, a new Paris layout:

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Taking my cue from the photos, I was really playing with dark and light in this layout.  This can be seen in my paper and embellishment choices.

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Hotel de Ville translates to City Hall.  This building is Paris’ City Hall, not a hotel…lol!  Love this red patterned paper with the elaborate bows designed by lovely and fun Lisa Dickinson for JBS Mercantile.  I used red as an accent color, because of the woman in the photo wearing the red coat.  One amazing  thing I noticed while walking in Paris that there will be a sea of gray and black and one pop of red.  Do you think only certain people are allowed to wear red to create the effect?? (I jokingly wonder.)

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I layered these vintage buttons over this amazing Clock Mechanics stamp, an exclusive from JBS Mercantile.  And what is this guy pointing at?

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I steer clear from politics, but this is definetly a sign of the times and definetly capture worthy and…

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…warranted the use of this soldier card from Jenni’s Fortune Telling Mini Deck.  The little wood veneer arrows are from Pinkfresh Studio.  They are so cute and colorful on the other side, but I turned them over to work in this layout.  The ones at the top, I inked black.

I hope you enjoyed my layout and I hope you join in over at Sketch-N-Scrap where you have a chance to win a prize (a $20 gift card to scrapbook.com!!) and a chance to have your layout featured.  You have until the end of the month to link up so pop over to Sketch-N-Scrap by clicking here for all the details.

Thanks for stopping by!!!   🙂

L’Esprit Des Lieux

The spirit of places. 

Hello everyone!  Today I’m bringing you a layout featuring an amazing Paris mural.  You can see I took the span of it in two photos and pieced them together.  You’ll also notice in the photos the last word of the title was cut off…so as you might expect, I was back on google maps playing Nancy Drew.  Low and behold I found the same photo from a couple different viewpoints; L-I was finished with E-U-X.   The street sign from my photo, Rue des Haudriettes, led me there.  I don’t know why I get such a thrill when I see almost the exact photo as mine on google maps, but I do??!! 

I took my inspiration for the layout design from Sketch-N-Scrap #44.  Here’s the layout….

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Here’s the sketch….

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A few things I did to change it up was to place the vintage Dennison lables on an angle (instead of using a circular background) and use the color of the stenciled bronze Perfect Pearls mist and the peachy lace to give a similar effect as the framing rectangle behind the photos.  I really love using sketches.  I love the challenge of putting my own spin on the sketch while adhering to the basic design.

And now for a few details….

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Okay, I have to say…I’m just a little proud of my boldness to cut the October Afternoon Travel Girl Journaling Cards patterned paper into strips.  (No hubris here, just a little proud.)  The light bulb went off and I just did it!  I really like how it brings so much energy and interest to the page.

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Here a bit of red cardstock draws attention to the word Paris as it joins in with the other reds to lead your eye around the page.

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A closer look at the photo match up, the JBS Mercantile stencil from the July 2013 Papercrafting kit, and the Jenni Bowlin Studio Red Skinny Alphas.  Because the match up of the photos caused them to be placed on angles, I really had fun playing with the placement of the other elements in the layout…deciding what I wanted straight verses not so straight.

Supplies:  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned paper: October Afternoon-Travel Girl Guidebook, Journaling Cards; Lace trim: Webster’s Pages-Best Friends; Stickers: OA-Postmarked Label Stickers; Alphas: Jenni Bowlin Studio-Red Skinny Alphas(& star), OA-Mini Market Land & Sea; Stencil: JBS Mercantile July 2013 Papercrafting kit; Stamps: Hero Arts; Punch: JBS/Fiskars-File This; Stamping ink: Ranger Archival Ink-Jet Black; Misting ink: Ranger Perfect Pearls Mists-Bronze; Ribbon: Offray; Thread: Coats and Clark; Pen: Zig Millennium; Other: Vintage perforated Dennison address labels from the JBS June 2013 Papercrafting kit.

I’ll be away from my computer next week, so I wanted to wish you all a very very Happy Thanksgiving!  Don’t forget to wear your Turkey Pants*, lol!!  *(An old “Friends”  TV show reference.)

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.

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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