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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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:


And now for my take on the sketch:


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:


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.


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!


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,



Sketch-N-Scrap Birthday Bash Challenge

Happy Birthday Sketch-N-Scrap!   It’s time to PARTY!!  This month we have been celebrating with loads of challenges and prizes over at the Sketch-N-Scrap Challenge Blog and at all the Design Team member’s blogs.  There is still plenty of time to get in on all the action and fun, because now it is my turn to host a challenge.

birthday bash

My challenge is a Word Challenge, where you use things on your project that begin with the letters of the word.  So, like I said “Let’s Party”, cuz the challenge word is P-A-R-T-Y.

Here is my layout:


P = photo corners; A = alphabet stickers; R = ribbon; T = tissue paper; Y = yellow elements

You don’t have to use the same items as me, just as long as the items you choose start with the letter.

Now, how about some details:


The imperfectly-perfect title, written by my son, on the MME sticky note.


Lyrics from the 1980’s song Electric Avenue, by Eddy Grant.  So fitting for this wild rockin’ t-shirt.


I wanted this background paper by Scenic Route to look like the notebook papers my son pulls out of his backpack, so I first applied a Jenni Bowlin Studio ink pad in Weather Vane in certain areas and then sanded.

DSCN3493All the supplies I used to created this layout were from the JBS Mercantile March 2014 Kits with the addition of tissue paper, ribbon, and photo corners.  This fair ribbon I created includes a vintage milk cap as a base and a JBS Chalkboard Flatback as the center piece.  If you would like a few instructions on how to make a fair ribbon click here.

And speaking of Jenni Bowlin Studio, this challenge is sponsored by JBS Mercantile!!  One random winner, chosen by, will win a $20 gift certificate to spend at  JBS Mercantile.  Thank you JBS!!!

To enter:

  1. Create a new project (layout, card, altered art) for this Word Challenge.
  2. List the items used for the word PARTY.
  3. Link up directly to your blog post in the comments of this post.
  4. Create a link to this blog post.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!  The deadline for this challenge is June 20th.  I will announce the winner on my blog shortly after that.

Good luck!!!  🙂



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!!!!!!!!!!!!   🙂

Natural Beauty

Hey everyone!!

I’m super excited to share with you the new Inspired by Sketch Challenge from Sketch-N-Scrap!  The reason I’m extra excited this month is the Inspired by Sketch in based on one of my layouts!!!  Thanks Lisa and Kelly!

Here is the Inspired by Sketch #5:


And here is my layout that Lisa based her sketch on:


I brushed and splashed on reddish-brown watercolor paint behind the vintage ephemera and photo.  I took the photo in Yellowstone a few years back.  I think the photo looks like an organic abstract painting.


I added tangles of cream thread under the Jenni Bowlin Studio wood veener “journal” and under the title and labels.  All supplies are from the JBS Mercantile March 2014 kits.

I hope my layout and Lisa’s sketch has inspired you to play along with us this month at Sketch-N-Scrap.  Just pop over to Sketch-N-Scrap and link up for this challenge!  Remember, because Sketch-N-Scrap is turining 2 this month, there are two chances to be a winner.  The prizes are a $15 gift certificate from The Robin’s Nest and a $15 gift certificate from the Paper Bakery.

birthday bash

Don’t forget to join us for even more fun challenges and wonderful prizes all month long at Sketch-N-Scrap as we celebrate our birthday!!

See ya there!  🙂






Easter Blessings

Hi there!

I hope you’re not tired of Easter layouts, because I’m sharing my one and only.  I’m not a big holiday scrapper, but I like to at least get one layout done (sometimes two) to help get me in to the spirit of things.  This page is based on the new May 1st Sketch from Sketch-N-Scrap.  Here’s the sketch:


Here’s my layout:


I kinda changed it up a bit and created a collage that includes my little bunny sketch.  All the supplies I used for this page came from the Jenni Bowlin Studio March Kits, which are still available here.  I did add tan Bazzill cardstock, JBS Sage Lace Paper Tape, inks, and paint.

And now for a few of details:




In honor of Sketch-N-Scrap turning 2 this month, there are two prizes offered to two lucky participants…

Robin's Nest

The Robin’s Nest is giving away a $15 gift certificate and…

paper bakery

Paper Bakery is giving away a $15 gift certificate as well!!!

So, be sure to pop over to Sketch-N-Scrap for all the details to link up!  Also, at Sketch-N-Scrap there will be fun challenges all month long and many, many prizes…1504547_10202014095658852_1157651846_n

See ya there!!!  🙂


Hey all!!  It’s April 15th, time for a new sketch challenge from Sketch-N-Scrap.  Here’s the sketch:


And here’s my take:DSCN3387

A new Paris layout featuring the Notre-Dame Cathedral.  The picture in the middle is my photo and the pictures on either side are postcards I purchased on our trip.    This layout was made with the March 2014 kits from Jenni Bowlin Studio and items from my stash.  I absolutely love the kit stencil and the chalkboard style flatback designed by the lovely Betsy Sammarco!!

Here are the details:




To get this effect with the stencil, I pulled Iridescent Silver acrylic paint by Liquitex through the stencil with an old credit card.  I used the thicker paint from the tube.  It works really well and gives texture with its’ slight raised affect.

Now it’s your turn.  Pop over to the Sketch-N-Scrap Challenge Blog to get all the details and link your page up.  You have a chance to win a $20 gift certificate from Creative Embellishments and a chance to be the Featured Scrapper for the month.

While making this layout, I really got the feeling that the system I created for my Paris trip seems to be working.  So, I just wanted to share my very first layout in this series with this current page.


1st Paris layout.


Most current Paris layout.

In this case, you can see that although none of the exact supplies repeat, the colors and  techniques create a cohesive feel.  You can refer back to my post Thus Far… to read about the system I came up with to attack a large project like this and not get bored with your supplies.  You can also check my board on Pinterest “My Paris Scraps” to see all my Paris layouts.  Just click on the Pinterest link in my sidebar.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful scrappy day!!!!!!!