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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!!!!  🙂



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:


Here is my take on the sketch:


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.

Here are some details:DSCN3534

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.


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


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.


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!   🙂

A Dreamy Day in Paris

Hey there!!

It’s mid-month…time for another challenge at Sketch-N-Scrap!!  Here is the May 15th sketch; Sketch  #57 created by Kelly:


And here is my take…A dreamy day in Paris:


Instead of using gesso, like I would usually do, I decided to change it up and use a sheet of vellum to tone down this patterned paper.  I really had fun with the vellum, figuring out what to put under it and what to put over it.  I dripped Mister Hueys in Clay on the patterned paper under the vellum where the sequins where attached.  Also, I just love how you can see the entire Teresa Collins photo corners through the vellum.  I will definetly be playing with vellum more!!!

Here are some details:






I hope you have fun with this challenge!  Just pop over to Sketch-N-Scrap for all the details and to link up your layout.  There are now 3 prizes available from The Robin’s Nest, Paper Bakery, and Paper Secrets.

birthday bash

And don’t forget our month long Birthday Bash where you’ll find loads of challenges and prizes.  All the info for this fabulous celebration is at Sketch-N-Scrap as well.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!  Keep scrapping and remember to have fun!!!!!!!!!!!!   🙂

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!!   🙂

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! 

TT collage 2

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!!!    🙂

Look Smart

Hello everyone!  Today I have a new Paris layout for you titled Look Smart.   It is also my entry in the Tic Tac Toe Stash Challenge #8 over at the Scrap Our Stash challenge blog.  My three in a row is Washi Tape, Journal Card, and 5+ Brads.



There is so much I want to say about this layout…so I’ll try to be clear and concise!

  • In my previous post Thus Far…I thought I came up with a full proof system to beat the boredom factor when working on this big “scrap my trip to Paris” project.  Well, I have to admit even with all my ideas, my inspiration was waning until I decided to enter this challenge.  That perked me right up and I had so much fun working on this layout!!
  • When you look at my layout, you might be thinking “What’s the big deal about a Smart Car?” or not…, but you have to remember I was in Paris in 1999 and there weren’t Smart Cars in the U.S. until 2008.  Yes, I was on Wikipedia again.  I found out that Smart Cars were dreamed up in Germany and manufactured in Hambach, France.  So this is indeed a little French car!
  • The stamped, painted, and inked background paper I am using for this layout is something that happened along the way.  I have a big Provo Craft Slab (remember those?) of patterned paper that I no longer use in my scrapping, but the 12×12 sheets are perfect for covering my layouts in progress, to put underneath something that I’m painting, and to try out and practice media, like stamps and inks.  Well, when this “practice paper” got to a certain point I thought it looked pretty cool and hoped it would find it’s way into a layout in some shape or form.

Here is a detail of it pre-layout.


And now for the layout details.


I used this LOOK journal card from Jenni Bowlin Studio’s To Do Flashcards for the first half of the title and I trimmed the name portion from an October Afternoon Travel Girl journal card with the addition of some tomato red Alphabeans for the second half the title.  In this detail you can see my very old 5+ brads, Jenni Bowlin Studio Sage Lace washi, and the red stars and seal stickers from the JBS Skinny Alphas.


To create this embellishment cluster at the top of the page, I layered the JBS sage lace washi, Sew Fun Travel Girl  Banners, more brads and JBS stickers, and a vintage “old fashioned” car button.


I can’t get enough of these tiny gold rub-on arrows, from Jenni Bowlin’s Tiny Trims Revised, running along my punching and stitching.  Amazingly enough, the patterned side of my “practice paper” was the perfect green, so I just had to show that bit of scrappy magic off.


Yummy, yummy layers!

Supplies:  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned paper: Provo Craft; Banner Flags: October Afternoon; Rub-ons, washi, stickers: Jenni Bowlin Studio; Journal cards: Jenni Bowlin Studio, October Afternoon; Alphas: jillibean Soup; Stamps: OA Travel Girl “Streets of Paris”, teresa collins Fabrications Canvas Stamps; Ink: JBS for Ranger Seed Packet, StazOn Jet Black, Heidi Swapp Color Shine Gold, Clearsnap Gold; Acrylic paint, multi-medium: Claudine Hellmuth Studio; Colored pencil: Prismacolor Slate Blue; Punch: Fiskars Threading Water; Pen: Marvy UCHIDA; Thread: Coats and Clark; Other: brads, button.

I hope you enjoyed todays additon of Paris.   Remember,  if you need a little inspiration for your scrappy projects, try a challenge to get your creative juices flowing again.  It worked for me!

See ya soon!

xo, Evie

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