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!

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!

Friday, March 1, 2013

March JBS Mercantile & My Project LIfe

Good morning, ladies! Today's the day - JBS Mercantile March kits are up and ready for purchase to subscribers! Non subscribers can grab one up tomorrow. This this is the first project I wanted to share with you. This is a road trip getaway our family went on in 2011. To start out, this is basically one of Becky's Design D page plastics to start out and a Design A to finish with a Design G, an 8x10 insert, and a 5x7 horizontal insert sandwiched between - those are all available through Becky Higgins. I used primarily the JBS Mercantile Mini-Album Kit and the main kit for this quadruple page spread.

The first gridded card you see was cut from the base of the Maggie Holmes flip book mini album you get in the mini-album kit. I also cut the transparency cover to make my first small pocket, the one that says, "Wonderful Today." You also get a sheet of really awesome Webster's Pages cards - which is what the next two pockets were cut from. The last small pocket is cut from a piece of the exclusive main kit paper designed by Lisa Dickinson. I cut the word art in Silhouette then trimmed my paper down to 3x4. The text on the first journaling card was all done on the computer as I'm sure you can tell.

Here's maybe my favorite thing about Project Life and that is that Becky has made it possible to use all sizes of plastics so you can use all your lovely large pictures and stagger or layer them and in a way get a peek of what's coming up next. This is a horizontal 5x7 plastic layered in front of an 8x10 plastic. I love love big photos in my book.

This is a peek of what it looks behind the first 5x7. This is two photos put together and printed onto a 5x7 in photoshop. I added what looks like number digital brushes but it's actually a number font.

This is what you see when you flip the 8x10 over - another carousel picture this time with Ava. Here you can see the Design G insert on the right. Again, the two smaller cards are cut from that Webster's Pages sheet from the mini kit. The gridded card is again cut from the Maggie Holmes mini album. I kept the first card just as it is, no embellishment because it's just perfect how it is. The second card, the map card, I just simply typed the location of our trip and glued it in the bubble. The large journaling card - knowing I wanted some kind of decoration on the top of that card to bring just a touch of embellishment to this spead, I left a large white space on top when I printed it. Then I had room to embellish with the label, stickers, and butterfly punch. 

Here's a shot a little closer focusing just on the Design G side. I like Design G because you get two each of horizontal and vertical 4x6 and it also leaves 2" open on the right so you can see the goodies on the next spread like that butterfly label/chevron bag.

So here's the back side of Design G and a Design A on the right side.

The grid card here is cut from a main kit paper. The colorful card is the back of one of the Webster's Pages cards. The gray diagonal is cut from the Maggie Holmes flip book. The first journal block was typed on the computer leaving a border on the left because I knew I wanted to run a line of washi tape down the side. The next card is simply adorned with a May printed digital strip from JBS Digital (available at I also used a JBS Digital brush on the roller coaster picture - the arrow that says There pointing to my group on the coaster.

This is Design A although it may not look that way at first because of the bottom row - the first pocket of the bottom row contains two 3x4 pics printed on a 4x6 but then not cut apart. The next pocket over has two 3x4 cards placed in the same 4x6 pocket. The red Remember brush is from Cathy Zielske. You get the cool printed bags in the mini kit as well - love 'em! So the last patterned papers found on this page are from the main kit. 

I typed the journaling on the diagonal following the white lines using my typewriter.

Next Up! This is a double spread I made of one play session in our backyard. And this is another reason I love Project Life. I scrapped about this on a page not too long ago. There was one picture and some text and lots of area to play with patterned paper - but there wasn't room for ALL these pics. And I need to see ALL these pics, lol. I love them all so much. I love each one of these for something I see special in each one. This spread is also mostly the mini-album kit. I saved all the pastels from that kit to use on this spread. 

The black rounded rectangle label is actually a template from Cathy Zielske. You can also se how I used pink printed cardstock to hightlight key words on my journaling box. I just printed the journal block (computer journaling) again on pink cardstock and cut out the words, glued them onto the Notes journaling card. It's really soft and adds just a little something extra to the journaling area.

I thought I was clever to print the words, "iphone video," and then draw a box and a check next to it so that I'll know I have video during this picnic and I can go back and re-live it again, in a way.

Here's the full shot of the first page. I used Florabella photoshop actions on these pictures. The cut frame on the second card is from the Antiquarian Kit. You'll get a 3D vintage picture matte. I made copies of that, cut them out, and used them to embellish this spread.

Here's the close up shot of the second page.  Again, there's a mix of Webster's Pages and Maggie Holmes/Crate Paper Mini Album on here. You can see the vintage frame in full here on the first 4x6 card (I mean that's a full copy - it copies well). "Sept" is another one of those JBS Digital calendar strips that I custom colored to match my daughter's shorts. The smile card was typed with the typewriter since the line spacing was so large it would've been a nightmare to try to get your computer journaling to line up on those lines. 

I really love the simplicity of the wooden patterned paper pocket. I used one of the doilies and Jenni's soft green alpha to add an A for Ava with two little stars on each side. I also kept the floral card simple and unembelllished only typing the date on the bottom.

So, I can 't think of much more. These will all go into books according to the year - and then suborganized by month. All pictures were printed at home with my large format Epson. I rounded all the corners on the first set using a little yellow Fiskars 1/4" corner rounder. The second set (these of Ava in the backyard) I left all those edges square except one of those cards came with rounded corners (the Notes card) so I rounded two more but left the rest square. All journaling cards were either written on the typewriter or printed on the computer depending on the kind of card I was working with.

As you can see this isn't a traditional week of life here. I've got a single day and a road trip. I just love that I am actually using all my lovely pictures! I don't have to pick just one or two and make a scrapbook page - I get to use however many I want! Giddy over that, I mean it.

Now, if I can just get the journaling done soon (it's all on the computer already, thank goodness for that), I have *so* much more to share!

Thanks for stopping by!