Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Spring Flowers

Just wanted to share a page with you I made a while back using JBS Mercantile Kits. I layered two different colors of yellow cardstock, yellow washi, and yellow patterned paper to make the matte for the photo/flower block. This is my daughter on my birthday in our back yard with a daffodil (the little bouquet my husband made me) this past spring.

The flowers and butterflies were cut with Silhouette and you can find those cut files there a well. I love love how you can see the red leaves from the photo appearing like it's a part of the flower cut.

I used my cuttlebug and embossing folders on the yellow cardstock behind the cream flower cut negative to provide a little subtle texture and dimension back there. I also used the same texture on the butterflies. I cut out the orange vellum dots from the paper sheet and stapled them to the butterflies using a tiny attacher before I stuck them down.

Thanks for reading today!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Collecting Judith Ripka Jewelry

Hey all you ladies in scrapland. I am actually updating my blog but as you can see it's not about scrapping - but collecting jewelry! This is 14 ct gold clad over sterling, so it's not the solid real deal but it sure does look like it! Anyway, I've been chatting on a message board full of Judith Ripka jewelry lovers, The Ripkanistas, and when they get their jewelry in the mail they like to take pictures and share with each other. It helps us all keep our wish list pretty full as you can imagine. 

So today I got these beauties and I had Ava model them so I could take some pics to share with the girls. And I needed a place to put them online so I can insert them into the message board so I thought my blog would be the perfect place to do so! Don't you think these are gorgeous! I tell you, you can not tell the difference between these and the real thing!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Sleeping In

I'm just now catching up on some pages I haven't shared yet. These pictures are from our Spring Break, the same morning as the last page I made. What a great lazy day that was. I made this one for JBS Mercantile April using mostly the Mini-Album Kit and the Main Kit. I started off by painting the white doily white. Sounds odd but I wanted the white doily bright white so I used a brayer and white acrylic paint and rolled it on. I let it dry and it made the edges lift ever so slightly and ended up giving the page more dimension without adding too much bulk, something I've been striving for as of late. This is actually a scraplift of myself, a page I had published quite a while ago using a teal and white Hambly doily paper as the base with vintage floral wallpaper polaroid frames I cut by hand, back before I had a Silhouette.

These frames were cut with Silhouette. The smaller gray frame come pre-cut from the April Main Kit. That little butterfly charm from the mini album kit fits perfectly onto the yellow tags from the main kit.

I made the title in Photoshop, sized to fit in the opening of my Silhouette cut polaroids. I love how the title words are all spaced together as one word, with the word differentiation being in two different colors. I saw Ali Edwards do that long long ago and I never forgot that. The pink lace pattern is the JBS Mercantile exclusive stamp from the April Main. I stamped it over and over then used that paper and fed it into the Silhouette.

And you know what?  I think I may have stamped the music notes upside down?? I don't know for sure. I tried to meditate and bring back my 6th grade flute playing self but I could not. It's a shame I used to could read music and now I can't.

I like that this is a simple design done with frills and layers - it's just a grid design on a circle. I love the mix of paper colors and patterns on this one. I mixed color and black and white pictures as you can see.

The text was done in photoshop using the same sized text box at the title. The little heart stamp is from the mini kit. 

I like this picture of Ava on her pallet. I love the soft low morning light and that sweet expression and little pose she's got going on.

My two crazy sweets.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Blankie Business

Ava coined the phrase Blankie Business last December when we'd had a very long day and it was going into the evening and we were still running holiday errands and she was in the car without her blankies outside of the Homeland grocery store. She said so despondently, "I need some blankie business," lol, I thought that was so cute. This picture was taken over our spring break.
And here's the page I made with it. This was made with last month's JBS Mercantile kits. I had to get creative on the left side of the pic since her brother was over there watching cartoons not completely clothed. I wanted this page to have a strong focus on the photo so I went with 5x7. I kept the background light and scattered pops of color. I love the neon pink paint drops.

I used the stamp from the mini album kit and embossed it with white Zing on the red polaroid frame. I played around with the exclusive stamp. You can see where I embossed the dark pink and then went back with watercolors to blend the colors. And those gold pleated circle sequins -- love love. I sewed french knots in the center to hold them down. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April JBS Mercantile Revealed + A New Kit

April JBS Mercantile Kits are up and since today is the 2nd - kit shopping is open to everyone! I made this Project Life spread using the main kit and a few bits from our new kit, Historian. This is two of Becky Higgins' design A page pocket pages. One thing I really like here is that I had the horizontal 3x4's I wanted to include but obviously Design A doesn't have a spot for those, exactly, anyway and I didn't want to crop those photos into a 4x6 because the ratio they were originally taken in was not 4x6. I cropped the smaller pictures to 3x4 --- but I chose the entire image and cropped to 3x4 which is like re-sizing them. So the ratio is right to a 3x4 so all I had to do was re-size them. 

I opened a horizontal 4x6 canvas and dropped the horizontal 3x4 onto it. I realized my photoshop drops them dead center. Or am I crazy? :) So I printed them off and left the big white border around allowing them to fit perfectly centered in the 4x6 pockets. It ends up looking like a nice photo mat to me and brings some nice white, clean space to the spread. And some variety. Clean variety.

I guess you could call this event based Project Life vs. the everyday life kind, if you wanted to label it. This is a spread about the time my daughter and I went to the Princess Tea Party at Disney World in  May. 

The floral card cut apart paper from the main kit could not have been more perfect for this! I only used two of my "cards" - feel like I might sense some hoarding coming on, lol. No, I can't wait to use those up on the rest of my projects. 

And these mini polaroids, aren't those adorable! Main kit there too. I did pull a plain gridded Becky Higgins Project Life card from my stuff as the base for that pocket. I laid the polaroid down, traced with pencil, then typed in the space with my typewriter. The phrase stamp is from the new Historian kit as well as the little star puffy sticker I placed on the star.

Closer view of the right side. The puffy stickers are from Historian, everything else is from the main kit except for the Becky Higgins gridded journal card from my stash.

I love love this little detail. This is a Cathy Zielske brush, called Girlie Typesets or something like that - from Designer Digitals - it's an older one. I had the perfect spot for a little puffy heart sticker. All that in pink on that pretty black and white picture.

Again, those lovely floral cards! And look at those awesome crimped gold sequins! I used embroidery floss to wrap those around my cards. Simple and perfect if I do say so myself :) I used the little alpha stickers from the main to embellish the aqua polaroid - those are so cool - they have a sheen to them, like they have a special coating unlike regular stickers of that style.

Introducing . . . . . . our newest add-on kit, "Historian," now for sale at JBS Mercantile!  Packed with journaling cards, typography, and tiny embellishments, Historian is perfect for Project Life and other projects created with pocket pages.  It also coordinates beautifully with our Papercrafting Kit and other add-ons to offer even more variety for your April scrapbooking needs.  This month's Historian also comes with a bonus downloadable pdf of the exclusive journaling cards.  Documenting your family's history has never been so easy and fun!

Our first Historian includes puffy stickers, red and pink JBS chevron tape, twine, a multi colored sequins pack, three different sets of journaling cards, an alpha, and fabric phrase stickers, and little stamp set! I've got lots of Project Life pages in the works with this one - will be sharing those with you for gallery updates on the 10th.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Rockin' the JBS Quilt Star Punch

 I made this page using Jenni's new Quilt Star Punch which I used like a border punch. The punch is 1.5" wide so it's a great size. I used the new JBS Modern Mercantile line designed by Lisa Dickinson as well as a piece of blue paper from Wren. The light blue dot was an exclusive from the February Mercantile Main Kit. When I got these papers out, I knew I had the most perfect picture to use with them - a photo of my son standing in front of the stained glass window at church on Easter Sunday last year. Modern Mercantile is perfect for all kinds spring and summer stuff! It reminds me of green grass, sunshine, and blue skies.

The quilt star scrapbook page is going in my Project Life album as the intro to the Easter Project Life pages I made using the February Mercantile kit.

Jenni Bowlin Studio Quilt Star Punch

Look how well these papers go together. From Wren I've used Blueprint. From Modern Mercantile I used: Hodge Podge, Patchwork, and Miscellany. After I had glued down the border strips I sewed over each of them with coordinating colored thread. I used white along the top of each row and then went back with the matching color down the center of the star row. When I used the white, I pulled extra thread out when I rotated the page without trimming it and beginning a new row so that when I went back with the colored thread it trapped strands of white thread. I love the way that ended up - kinda messy with a bit of added texture.

To ground the picture I cut banner tails in a strip from Fancy Checks and layered a printed tag,Vintage Flag, behind the photo.

 To finish off the top of the page I punched the quilt star along an extra piece of the white dotted cardstock background to create a white on white border along the top. I trimmed and tucked the happy sticker under the white punched border. The dark yellow alpha stickers (Shadow Alpha Stickers) look so good with Modern Mercantile. 

Here's an example of how I made the quilt star border using cardstock. I grabbed these sheets from my scrap pile and took the punch and punched right along the edge of the paper. Don't worry about getting the spacing just right - once you get all those layers going it doesn't look like they're supposed to be perfectly aligned, in this case anyway, and it ends up looking rather charming with the imperfections. Then you simply lay one sheet on top of the next and glue them down.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Mercantile March Antiquarian - Princess in Waiting

I made this double page spread using the JBS Mercantile March Antiquarian Kit (sold out). I was just so crazy about the botanical sheet we got - and it's doubled sided so be sure to make a copy of the side you don't use! I had wisteria on the back of mine. So that botanical sheet was the starting point for this design. I knew I didn't want to cut it up so in a sense I knew it was going to need to be a double in order to get both pictures and have room to play around with the goodies. See the white frame with gold trim? That's a copy of an old picture frame matte - I used that on two of my projects - great size, shape, and color with that. I tried to spread bits of the frame out all over to bring your eye around the page. I repeated my banner shape three times and tried to carry a small pop of bright green onto the very left of the left page to keep it pulled together.

I titled this Princess in Waiting because for one thing, it's so totally her right now - this is her dressing up in her pretend wedding dress, on her own, and asking me to take her picture :) Ah, she really knows how to make a scrapping mom happy. This is outside the front of our house so the stone pathway really made a nice background and she's barefoot. Not sure a pro could've done much better here and this was just impromptu!

This is a detail shot of the upper right hand side page. I wanted this gorgeous gold Greaseless Cream label to stand out so I used it all alone on grounded with a cigar band banner - doing something like that - centering a small thing in the upper middle of a page seems so classic to me, like beautiful stationery or something, I don't know :) Also, you can see a how I used one of Jenni's brand new punches - the label shape.

Thanks for tuning in today!