Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Crate Paper Journey

Hello hello! Today I'm sharing a travel themed layout using the new Journey collection by Crate Paper. It's just perfect for documenting vacations, road trips, and anything in between! A few years ago, we went to Las Vegas for my 30th birthday. It was such a fun getaway, and we got to go with friends and had a blast. Believe it or not, I have not documented too many photos from this trip! I started a mini album with good intentions, but it is still sitting on my shelf about half done. I thought I would dig out a few photos to pair with this collection and make a 12x12 layout.

Recently, I purchased a Fujifilm Instax printer. I have one of the cameras which is fun too, but this appealed to me as I could print photos that were previously taken on my phone. This printer is even small enough that you could take it on a trip with you and scrap on the go. How fun would that be? I found a few photos from my trip and transferred them over to my iPhone.

There are a lot of vacations when I don't even take my big camera with me. Depending on where we are going, many times it is much easier to just take my phone and not quite as intrusive. Don't get me wrong, I love the photos I get from my DSLR. But especially now with all the new editing apps, the iPhone is great too. And you know the saying.....the best camera is the one you have with you. So don't let that deter you from taking pictures on your next trip!

After I printed my photos, I started on the page. I knew that I wanted to use the big chalkboard letter stickers from the Journey collection. I used a ruler and a pencil to draw an even line across the page, then placed my letters on that as a guide. I later erased the pencil line. I also mixed some fonts by adding some of the beige Thickers from this collection.

After my title was complete, I added my photos and started filling the page with bits and pieces. I used chipboard, ephemera die cuts, vellum and wood veneer from the collection, working from the title and around the page.

Here is the completed layout! I love how it turned out. I even got to use one of the adorable gold chipboard states from the collection and added an enamel star where Las Vegas its.

 As you can see with all the different textures this makes for a really striking page. The white background is also nice as it doesn't compete with any of the colors or elements that I used.

I hope by now you have gotten your hands on some of this great collection and scrapbooked some of your own vacation photos. If you have projects please link them up in the comments, I would love to see them.

Thank you for coming by and have a great day!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Elle's Studio April Kit

Hey there! A new monthly kit by Elle's Studio was released on April 10th, isn't it pretty? You can pick up this kit at the Elle's Studio shop along with lots of other goodies.

Also make sure you check out the cut file and printable too!

I created this layout using the kit along with the new Cienna collection. I used my 2" circle punch and punched circles from the different patterned papers, then layered them up with tags from the collection and April kit.

The word stickers that are out right now are some of my favorite embellishments ever. I love using them for titles.

I also created this pretty Mother's Day card using the kit along with the Cienna collection.

I used some enamel dots, a paper clip and stitching for texture.

Thank you so much for stopping by and make sure you pick up this fab kit before they are all sold out! I am looking forward to making some PL spreads with it too :)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Easter Projects with Crate Paper Craft Market

Hello hello! Jennifer Chapin here, and today's Crate blog projects are all about Easter. It's just around the corner! It seems to have come much sooner this year, and here in the Midwest it has even been to chilly to hunt eggs! I created this layout using a photo of my kids from last year's Easter morning. They are always so excited to wake up and find out what is in their baskets, and we also hide eggs throughout the house. The Easter bunny even brought them their very own bunny ears!

I started out with a sheet of white cardstock and cut a 6" strip of the floral pattern from Craft Market. I knew I wanted to keep this side of the page simple due to the busy floral pattern.

I matted my photo on a sheet of neutral patterned paper, then added the title underneath with Memo Thickers from the Craft Market collection. These letters are so beautiful! I also added some more chipboard embellishments to round out this part of the layout. The bunny topped mason jar was also a perfect addition to this page. Who knew Craft Market was so versatile?

A technique I always seem to fall back on is typed journaling. I used the same color of white cardstock as my background, then typed the journaling on my typewriter and adhered to the page. I added chipboard diamonds from the Craft Market collection chipboard embellishment sheet as well.

Next up, a cute treat bag and Easter card. I used Craft Market as well on these projects; the linen bags are perfect for a quick gift for any occasion.

To make the card, I used a piece of smooth white cardstock and added a strip of patterned paper and stitching to the bottom. I then added chipboard letters as well as a happy sticker. I carefully added some pink mist droplets to the top of the card, then punched white butterflies and adhered to the card with tiny glue dots.

The result is a simple card that makes a big impact! Anyone would love to receive a card like this. I love the subtle dimension that the tone on tone butterflies create.

And a quick look at the tag on my linen sack. I simply embellished with a sticker and some enamel dots, then added a glittered mini clothespin from the Craft Market collection. Since the sticker did not say what I needed it to, I quickly typed out a sentiment and punched it with a 1" circle punch, adding it to my sticker. This works great for any use and you can customize stickers for any theme!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. Have a great week!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Watercoloring with Crate Paper Craft Market

Hello friends! Jen Chapin here today and I am sharing a card with you using some water coloring and the new Craft Market collection. I chose this neutral outline patterned paper as it just begs to be water colored. I gathered my supplies, just a water color palette I picked up from the craft store and a water brush.

I worked through the pattern, adding colors as I went. I chose green for the leaves, then yellow, pink and blue for the florals.

Afterwards, I let the paper dry completely before adhering it to the card base.

I gathered a few bits and pieces of ephemera, tags and one of the chipboard hoops from the collection to decorate my card.

I knew I wanted to add lots of texture and dimension, so I used some foam adhesive squares on the wood hoop as well as the embellishment inside the hoop. And here's a fun fact - that twine that you see in the background actually belonged to my great grandmother. I love to use it on projects as it gives a great vintage feel.

Here is the finished card! As you can see, I have also added some machine stitching, as well as a vintage stick pin and some stickers from the collection. I love the way it turned out, so bright and colorful.


Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you get your hands on this collection soon - the colors and patterns are just fabulous. It is vintage with a modern twist. Word on the street is that it is finally  making it's way to stores! If you make a project please link us up in the comments so we can check it out. Have a great day!


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Another Year with Bella Blvd!

I am so excited to announce that I am going to be spending another year with Bella Blvd! I have been so lucky to be a part of their team in the past and in fact, this will be my third year with Stephanie and Laura and the rest of the crew. Their products fit so well with my scrapbooking style and I am excited to get started on projects for the blog.

Be sure to stop by the blog and congratulate the rest of these ladies. It's going to be a great year!

I thought I would share the projects I made for CHA this winter with the new Bella Blvd collections. This layout highlights the new enamels. They come in a rainbow of colors and there are both dots and arrows/hearts/stars.

The new Color Chaos collection comes in a rainbow of colors as well!

Another new embellishment this year are the felt bows. They are the perfect size and come in a rainbow of colors as well!

New transparencies are here as well! I really love these and love that they come in every color. There are even silver and gold!

The new Star Student collection is perfect for those back to school layouts.

And another with Star Student, this one highlights one of the transparencies in that collection.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great week.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Elle's Studio March Kit Reveal!

Here is the March kit from Elle's Studio! Isn't it fab? I love the color scheme this month, it makes me happy!

I created this layout using the kit along with a few elements from the new Cienna collection. I was inspired by all the bright colors and decided to do a color blocking technique across the page. I love how it turned out!



I also used the new Daily Grind printable for a few of the elements too. So good!

The next project I created was this fun rainbow themed hello card using the Hello stamp from Cienna. I stamped on white cardstock then added coordinating enamel dots.

Such a fun technique!

The new Cienna collection is now available! Grab it while you can, it's even more awesome in person!

Thanks so much for stopping by, you can pick up your kit today only for $9.99. Tomorrow the price goes up to $11.99. Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Crate Paper Project Life 6x8 Pages

Hello! Jen Chapin here, and today I am going to share some 6x8 pocket pages with you. I love doing Project Life in many different formats. Currently, I have 3 albums going. 12x12 and 9x12 family albums, as well as a 6x8 personal album. This is the album that I am filling with things all about my life as a person....not just as a mom but as a wife, co-worker, friend, student, etc. I had the idea a few months ago because I think that it is so important to document the story of us for our children.

For all of these projects, I used a mixture of the new collections Craft Market and Confetti. Even though they are not specifically designed for Project Life, the patterns and elements lend themselves well to it. This page is a full 6x8 and it is such a fun size! I love how little it takes to fill up the page but yet makes such a great impact.

These chipboard Thickers from the Confetti collection are just gorgeous. I am quickly working my way through a package of them! I also love that butterfly patterned paper and the ephemera/vellum elements too.

This is also a 6x8 single page. I wanted to document getting to make projects for the Crate Paper CHA booth and thought that my personal album would be the perfect place. I used elements from both Craft Market and Confetti on this one.

It seems I cannot make a project without my sewing machine....and stitching through chipboard Thickers are one of my favorite techniques to add to a page. I love the texture and interest it adds.

I also took advantage of the birthday theme in Confetti and created a few pages about my husband's birthday celebration in January. I had fun layering stickers, chipboard and vellum to create a balanced spread. Paper clips make a great addition to pocket pages as they add some fun visual interest without being too bulky.

One technique I also love to do when pocket scrapping is to layer my enamel dots on the outside of the pocket. This creates more dimension and lessens the glare from the page protector.

This black and white floral patterned paper is from Craft Market and it is one of my favorites - I love the pattern and eventually want to spend some time water coloring it. I slipped that into the pocket then added a chipboard sticker and gold heart from the Confetti line.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I had so much fun making these pages and I hope you have taken some inspiration for your own pocket scrapping. Don't forget to document your story as well -- you are worth it and it is so important!