life LATELY & Video - Come on Get Crafty DT

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Last week I had my day to "hog the blog" at Come On Get Crafty and I thought I would
use a few of my favorite 'go-to' scrapbook elements for this LO challenge!
Believe it or not, I also made a video of my process from start to finish.
You can see click the YouTube link HERE or click on the movie below!

I love tags, shipping tags, mini tags, any kind of tag.  It makes me think of not just an scrapbook embellishment,
but as a potential interactive piece, as a theme for a travel page, as lots of different things...
even as just an addition of a splash of color!  I love tags!  I also love Project Life, love the idea,
the products, and the devotion and dedication people give to it.  I can't commit to that,
but I can appreciate everything that goes along with it...especially the products! ;)
This American Crafts set of PL Bits in 'Blush' has the most amazing colors and patterns, very applicable
for any project!  And finally I love wood veneers since there are so many ways to customize and use it...

Those three products being chosen, I was ready to tackle this LO!  My style is to provide a background
making a "photo" or journaling mat that is the central focus of the page and to embellish around it...
lots of the embellish part! And then, throw in some sewing...joining pieces of paper, stitching ideas and
dates together. The first thing I did was to spread some Pearl embossing paste over a 12x12 circle dot
stencil to the text patterned paper, to add some dimension and mute the text a bit.

The patterned papers I chose helped me narrow down my color palette to grey and teal with a
little yellow and pink thrown in...I know he is my little man, but there is so much love and he doesn't mind pink!
I love the fiddling and fussing, placing the cards and tags exactly how I want them.  I layered tags, PL cards
and the photo on top of a 6x6 piece of Crate Paper paper...I misted the wood veneer with a combination
of Heidi Swapp Color Shine in White and Mister Huey's in Calico White.

By layering this punched tag on top of another one, I think the contrasting chalkboard and hot pink worked great!
I tried to limit the colors to 3, but I just love color.  I think the complimenting colors are subtle enough that it doesn't
take away too much away!  Wood veneers are great to customize adding texture, dimension and interest! 

 Thanks for stopping by the blog and letting me share a few of my favorites!
Hope you all have a safe and happy Labor Day!


Monday, August 25, 2014

Last week I was tagged by the super talented Gina Lideros to participate in a Scrappy Blog Tour.
We are on the Scrapbook Circle DT together, but she is on some other fabulous teams as well!
Gina's style is so full of detail and she has an effortless way of combining colors and patterns that amaze me.
Looking at her projects, I can really see the love she puts into them! 

Here are a few questions and answers, so you can get to know me and my
obsession that is scrapbooking as part of this scrappy blog tour:

1. What am I working on right now?
I am currently working my way through the September Scrapbook Circle kit
and a couple other exciting projects on the horizon!  Here is a sneak peek...

2. How long does it take me to create a project?
It usually takes me anywhere from an hour to two and a half to finish a project.
That being said, I usually keep a sketchbook handy to jot down some journaling or sketch a LO.  I hardly ever get a large enough block of time to do an entire layout from start to finish, between 2 kids and going back to work part time (last week was my first week back)!  On the weekends though, my super supportive husband takes care of the kids, so I can have an afternoon or evening locked in my craft room!  It is precious, cherished time with paper, photos, music (or catching up on my fav series) and maybe a glass of wine.  ;)

3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
I love my Silhouette Cameo and will cut titles and elements in either white cardstock or  watercolor paper to paint/mist.  I also love chipboard, vellums, and my sewing machine.  I have a Singer Heavy Duty and it
would sew through my craft table with no is awesome!

4. How does my writing/creating process work?
Like I said, I keep a sketchbook handy and will make a note of a specific photo or event I want to document.  I usually start with photos and they inspire the project's theme or color palette.  If there is a paper or product I want to use, that helps me decide whether I want to print my pictures in color or black & white.  After the photos, usually comes the title/theme of the page and then piling on the embellishments!  Yay!

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
Like many of us, I love Pinterest and the endless barrage of creativity!  I am also inspired by many other things like magazine graphics/fonts, clothing and fabrics and lately, song lyrics! Sometimes, I find the most inspiration looking back at my own work, either by technique, the layout design or reminding myself to do a follow-up page!

6. What is my signature style?
My signature style is fairly eclectic, sometimes varying from simple to busy, but mostly I love layering.  I like the details it brings to a LO, adding just a hint of color or pattern, a little something tucked here and there.  I also love to watercolor, stencil or mist on my pages.  It may only be on a tag or the entire background, but I love the unique and completely customizable (not a word) element it brings!

I am tagging two of my favorite scrappers:
Missy Whidden 
Missy has one of the most recognizable styles in the scrapbooking community, they always make me smile!!

Ashley Fowler

 Her Blog is called "I Sweat Glitter"...need I say more?  I love her style process videos on YouTube are so inspiring!

Look for their scrappy blog tour posts in a wee
k, next Monday September 1st!!
Thank you so much for letting me share a little bit of myself and my most favorite hobby!
Have an amazing day!

RIGHT now - Scrapbook Circle Designer's Choice

Sunday, August 24, 2014

This is the page I shared on Scrapbook Circle yesterday and the last using the 'Island Paradise' kit and Add-ons from August.  I LOVE this Allison Kreft paper from Echo Park.  It is my color du jour and add some bokeh = love.

I wanted to keep as much of this paper without covering it up as possible.  It is such a beautiful design and the color is stunning.  One of my favorite reasons for buying the extra paper pack that is offered from Scrapbook Circle is for this reason.  I could use the same piece of the same paper to overlap specific pieces I punched out.

The exclusive 'happy day' stamp fit perfectly into my 1" circle punch.
I inked the edges of both the circle and heart to tie in the other colors.

After lining up the hearts I had punched from one piece with the matching piece of paper I cut,
I stitched through them on my sewing machine.  The Heidi Swapp glitter stickers add some sparkle
without taking too much away from that bokeh paper.

Thanks for checking it out!

Pinkfresh Studio August - Cards

Sunday, August 24, 2014

I am playing major catch-up this weekend

These are a couple cards I made using the Limited Edition Kit from Pinkfresh Studio
as well as some Pinkfresh goodies!  I love to make cads but don't consider myself to be a
very good cardmaker.  These gorgeous transparent cards with symbols and unique
sentiments make it pretty easy! and inspiring...

I made this card using some distress ink misted with water on my craft mat tho get
the watercolor sky look...I stamped and fussy cut the bike and sun from two
different Pinkfresh stamp sets and heat embossed my sentiment on vellum.  

More posts to come today!

Pinkfresh Studio August - Layouts

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hi everyone!  Yesterday was my monthly post for Pinkfresh Studio and these are the two 
LO's I posted.  You can find the original post on the Pinkfresh Blog HERE.

Both are using photos from our trip to Britain this summer.  I have endless photos to be scrapped and this collection of 'Vacation' wood screen printed chips were perfect for this trip.  I wanted to use
them to accent the title and theme, and also decided to use the other ones to line up along the journaling.

I watercolored a piece of paper in a soft green to lay underneath the vellum map card from Studio Calico.
I had to use the Pinkfresh Geotag veneer to point to our destination and made a tiny stitched arch
marking our journey across the Atlantic.

The 'Think Less Live More' framed stamp was appropriate for the sleeping kiddos,
in between all the delays and layovers along our trip.

My second page was using a photo of my Mom, Sofia & I in England.  It was one of the our
nights out and so for once on our trip, we weren't wearing raincoats! ;)  I am a little obsessed with
this color combination of peach and pale teal.  These coral/gold foil alphas from Pinkfresh
were the starting point of this color palette.

I stamped a couple of Pinkfresh Studio stamps onto plain tags and lined them all up with the
canvas pocket from Pinkfresh.  I ticked my journaling tag into that printed canvas pocket.
I had some pale peach crepe paper ribbon which I though would add some nice texture under
the photo and stitched through all of it.

I love this Ampersand stamp from the '& Hello' stamp set and thought the vine outlines looked
great with the lacy details in a couple stickers and the doily.  I love combining pieces from
different collections that go together like this, and sort of making up my own kit!

Thanks for stopping by today...tomorrow I will post about the cards I made and have more
posts throughout the week!  Come back and have an amazing day!

SOMEWHERE - Scrapbook Circle August Sketch & Pinkfresh Studio Prize!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

There is a new sketch challenge at Scrapbook Circle and it is, as usual, it is super inspiring!
I looked at this sketch and thought the horizontal strips would be perfect for a rainbow of colors.
There are so many vivid colors in the August 'Island Paradise' kit.  And I had the perfect photo to use!

Here is the sketch below and you can find the original post HERE along with lots of
great interpretations from the rest of the design team.

I chose my colors for the rainbow stripes to match the colors of spray mist I had.
I misted groups of the wood veneer sequins from Chic Tags that were part of the
'Tiki Torch' Add-on in those colors in the six colors.

  I chose some embellishments from both Add-ons kits and the main kit and added the
like colors elements to the same colored strips.

I used the Scrapbook Circle August stamp to get lime green color I
wanted and that would match my mist and flair.

The prize for this challenge is the current Limited Edition kit from Pinkfresh Studio!
It is an amazing collection of stamps, canvas pockets, a metal die and so much more!
Definitely a fabulous prize! :)

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you get crafty and join this challenge!
The challenge ends at 11:59pm on August 27th.
You can upload your LO based on the sketch to either the post on the Scrapbook Circle Blog
or to our Facebook page!  Have a great weekend!

Love Is All You Need - Scrapbook Circle Designer's Choice

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Today on the Scrapbook Circle Blog, I am sharing this LO about using inspiration from text,
script and most especially patterned papers using song lyrics.  The source of my inspiration
is this love script paper from Echo Park-Capture Life that is in the August ‘Island Paradise’ kit.
I also used both the Tiki Torch’ and ‘Bungalow’ Add-ons.

Even if I have photos and a plan for a scrapbook page, I draw inspiration from the colors or composition
in the photo and most especially the patterns of the paper. I love papers with text, typography and print.
I also love music making the title and theme for this page an easy.

This was actually a photo I had already printed for scrapping and thought a simple, bold, color palette
would work well with the photo. My husband took the photo walking behind us and I never saw it until
I downloaded all the photos off of his phone.  It makes me smile and a little sad that one day,
my little man won't want to hold my hand.  Sniff...

The map print paper from Crate Paper was perfect for vacation photos, and provided
a neutral background. I placed the wood veneer sequins on the cities and intersecting
lines on the map, to emphasize the idea of travel, or destination.

The ‘sounds’ in the Elle’s Studio tag also emphasized my theme.  And I cut this title from my Silhouette.
I know the Beatles song is actually "All You Need Is Love," but I thought this cut file was too perfect.
 I wrapped the twine around the entire photo/mat cluster I created, sort of holding us all
together. That may sound like a stretch of symbolism for a simple scrapbook page,
but I love this song, and it inspired lots of love in me!

Thanks so much for sharing a piece of your day with me!

DUNLUCE CASTLE - Come On Get Crafty * August Sketch

Monday, August 11, 2014

Happy last of summer, for us anyway...another layout documenting our UK Invasion
and using the new August Sketch from Come On Get Crafty.

This is sketch below and you can find the original post HERE.
I have so many photos to scrap from this trip and had been planning to use some sort
of postcard or stamps in a layout.  This postcard was a piece of cut-apart paper from Pebbles.  I used it as this center element instead of a 3rd photo.  I love this black & white of transparency cut from a Webster's Pages piece.  I used a postage stamp punch to add some color and pattern on top of it.

 I went to Dunluce as a kid, but it has been years.  I never walked down to the cave that goes out to sea at underneath it though.  It was SO many least a hundred or more.

Lots of stickers from Bella Blvd., Pink Paislee & Webster's Pages added some fun on my "postcard.

Thanks for stopping by today...make sure you go by the Come On Get Crafty blog
and enter you take on the sketch!  You have until August 23rd to link up your L 
and get a chance to win $5 to spend in the shop!  Now, go get crafty! 

hello summer - Scrapbook Circle One Item Wonder

Friday, August 8, 2014

This is the first of the projects I made using the Scrapbook Circle August kit "Island Paradise."
I also used both Add-ons - "Tiki Torch" and "Bungalow" as well as one of the digi cuts.
My assignment for this project was to use the Basic Grey 'Grand Bazaar' papers together and
show a combination of the patterns together.  I was a little wary of this assignment because
even though I love combining patterns, these are very strong graphics, individually,
much less combined with other patterns.

After deciding this was the photo I wanted to use, I chose these from the Basic Grey patterned papers included in the main August kit.  I loved the contrast of the yellow with the blue skies and chose the Byzantine pattern print to act as bookend borders for the main background.  It was still very bright and almost distracting,
but layering with a piece of vellum toned it down enough to accomplish what I wanted.  It also allowed me to bring in other colors with the Scrapbook Circle printables and kit included tags.

I cut lots of different sized pieces from the digicut files, watercolored some and misted the negatives.
I thought they looked a bit like sunbursts and would help break up all the sharp lines of the patterns in the papers.  After painting the pieces I cut on my Silhouette, I stitched through all of the layers  to match the pattern of the background piece.  

The new exclusive corkboard pieces from Scrapbook Circle are awesome and I loved this large
title piece and texture it brought to a page about the beach!  I added lots of the vellum stickers
from Heidi Swapp and Elle's Studio tags as accents.

Thanks for stopping by today and make sure you check out the August kit and the
other Scrapbook Circle DT pages in the Idea Gallery.

Have an amazing day!

Come On Get Crafty - Everyday Life. Documented.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

This is the LO I am sharing today on the Come On Get Crafty Blog!

I took a break from my summer memory keeping to document a piece of our everyday routine.
A piece that is a precious moment I wish I could freeze in time, definitely one of my goals in scrapbooking.
I don't keep an up to date scrapbook that documents our everyday life, although,
I think it is a wonderful way to remember the little things that make the bigger picture of our lives.
I do, however, love to scrap moments like this, usually captured with my phone, of something
I know I want to commit to memory in a permanent way.

Unbelievably, my children start school next week as a 5th grader and a 2nd grader.
I know that all too soon, our night time routine will be taken over with other things.


I wanted to balance out the darker bottom corners of the photos with the dark stained wood veneer
and wood grain paper and made a pocket for the wood veneer using one of the transparent overlays.
I also punched the top of this journaling card that looks like a library book card.


I added some watercolor to this word die cut from Pink Paislee and balanced out the color with a sticker
in the top corner.  I would love to start a Project Life album one day, but until then, I enjoy making
pages like this one.  My children love to look back at these pages, sometimes more than our vacation
or holidays scrapbooks, which is great, since most of this is for them! :)

Check out the store at Come On Get Crafty to take a closer look at the supplies I used!


Scrapbook Circle Blog Hop - August PageMaps ** GiveAways & Deals! **

Friday, August 1, 2014

Welcome to our Scrapbook Circle Blog Hop!
Scrapbook Circle has a new creative team, as well as a fabulous August kit, "Island Paradise"
and we'd like to introduce you to both. You could win one of five August kits by
commenting as you hop from blog to blog, meeting faces new and old to Scrapbook Circle.

If you just left new DT member Jamie's Blog, you are in the right place. If not, I hope
you'll join us for the entire hop by starting at the Scrapbook Circle blog, HERE.

I am Jenni Calma and am SO excited to continue on as a Design Team member for Scrapbook Circle
for another year.  I honestly believe they have the most versatile scrapbook kits available!
I can't wait to share another year of my creative perspective on the Blog with you.

The August kit consists of Island Paradise - Main kit,  the 'Tiki-Torch' Add-on,
and the 'Bungalow' Add-on.  How cute is that theme??  I used all three for this layout.

And how about this for new subscribers:
If you start a subscrpition with the August kit, you get any in-stock past kit FOR FREE!!!

1. Add the August kit to the cart.  Link to August Kit:

2. Select a past kit that you want for free.
Link to view all kits:
3. Use code FREEKIT in the promo box.

As part of the Blog Hop, I participated in the PageMaps e-blast/website update and used this sketch for my LO.
I think it is such a cute sketch and love the patterns and all the ways it could be interpreted!
You can find the link to the PageMaps post HERE!

After looking a the sketch and choosing these photos, I knew I wanted lots of color and flowers!
The diamond pane windows in the first photo looks almost navy in color,
so I used that paper from Basic Grey with the repeating diamond patterns.  

I used a couple of the chipboard frames from Crate Paper, as well as the other chipboard pieces from Basic Grey, all part of the Tiki Torch Add-on.  I stitched some of the chipboard letters from Basic Grey for part of my title.

My journaling is written on one of the Scrapbook Circle exclusive Tags.
I finished by embellishing with other pieces from the Add-ons, including flair from
American Crafts, Heidi Swapp stickers and the heart die cut from Elle's Studio.

** Make sure you leave a comment to be eligible to win a kit! **
It is gorgeous, as you see below!!  Hop ends Monday, August 4th at 9:00 p.m. Pacific.

Hop on over to Tessa's Blog next.
Here is the list of Blogs in case you get lost along the way, or you can go back to the
Scrapbook Circle Post HERE to start from the beginning!

                        <<< Jenni >>>  you are here

Happy hopping!
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