Hello everyone! After a long blogging hiatus, I am excited to be back on the team at Citrus Twist Kit Club. I'll be working with the Pocket Life kits this year, creating a mix of pocket and traditional scrapbook pages. Today I have a kit unboxing video to share with you, as well as a layout. Let's get started!
Here is the first layout I created with the Pocket Life kit this month. I love that it's so easy to create traditional layouts as well as pocket pages with the PL kits as they include 6x6 paper! As you can see, I used 4 sheets of the 6x6 paper to create my background for the 12x12 page.
After adhering the patterned paper to a piece of cardstock, I stitched around the edge of the page using my sewing machine, then layered on a piece of vellum from my stash to house my photo and title. I also loved the cut-apart sheet this month, such great sayings and icons to include on your projects.
The puffy stickers from Pinkfresh that are included in the PL kit this month are fabulous! I love that some of them are large enough to use as a title. I also included some of the glitter gold stars in the kit as well as enamel dots from the sprinkles kit.
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I look forward to bringing you more projects and inspiration soon!
One of my goals this year was to blog more. As you can see, it's June and I'm just now starting, so that's about right. Procrastinator extraordinaire right here. Anyway. A few updates about what's been going on in my world of scrapbooking.
In December 2015, I really felt that I needed to step back from the design team world. I spent most of the year on 4-5 teams (at once) including Bella Blvd, Crate Paper, American Crafts, and Elle's Studio. I also took on some special projects for Big Picture Classes, Gossamer Blue and Studio Calico. It was amazing. I've been scrapbooking since 2006, and to have my work recognized was so great. The feedback was great. The products were great. Even the motivation to scrap was great.
The deadlines were taking a toll on me along with everything else. I have two little kids - 7 and 3. I have a husband, and a dog. And I work full time an hour from where I live. Oh and don't forget grad school. So something had to give. My terms with Elle's and Crate Paper were up in December. I resigned from American Crafts and Bella Blvd on good terms. I am really grateful to have had the opportunity to work with all of these awesome and prolific companies, as it was always a dream of mine.
I have to tell you I spent most of January in a bliss-induced state. It was wonderful to no longer have 2-3 deadlines a week. I scrapbooked a little....but all for myself. There were no requirements, no deadlines. I could scrap just to scrap. It was awesome,
Then the opportunity came along to apply for the Studio Calico creative team. To say that this has always been a huge dream of mine would be an understatment. When I started scrapbooking, I thought 'if I could just make the American Crafts or Studio Calico team, then my life would be complete'. Exaggerating a bit, but you know. So I applied. And I was accepted! I was elated. This opportunity was perfect for me as we work on a rotating basis. A few months out of the year, opposed to every month. So perfect for my life right now.
So that's that. I am enjoying the creative team at SC due to the relaxed requirements. I also have a few classes in development (three, to be exact) that will be coming later this year. I spent a little bit of time planning those this week and I am excited to get started. I have really been working on upping my video skills so hopefully these will give me the practice that I need.
Sometimes, you just have to understand that you can't do it all. And that's ok. If you want to hear more from me rambling on about this subject, you can listen to Tracie Claiborne's podcast, Live Inspired - the episode I was on can be found here. (side note: if you know me, you know that I am a complete and total podcast junkie, so the fact that I actually got to BE on a podcast was ridiculously surreal for me.)
My hope is to write and blog more as a means of memory keeping. If you follow Ali Edwards' blog, you know that she frequently blogs in real time and goes back later to take the journaling for her scrapbook pages. I totally love this approach. Writing is something that I have always wanted to do more of, and honestly grad school has helped me hone my skills a little. That and writing ridiculous reports at work. But whatever.
If you're a follower and not into reading personal stories, that's cool too - feel free to unfollow. Hopefully I'll be better about posting scrapbooking projects as well (no promises, lol).
If you want to keep up with me in real time, Instagram is the best place for that. Username jenchapin. I also upload all my scrapbooking projects to the Studio Calico gallery.
Next up, my story about a recent surgery and #issues. Stay tuned :)
Hello! This week on the Crate Paper blog, we are sharing projects that have fun with foil. I used my Heidi Swapp Minc and a few American Crafts Minc tags to create this layout about holiday cookie baking.
I also pulled out the foiled Thickers from the Hello Love collection, these are so fun and went perfectly with the rest of the foil accents on my page.
I used green foil with this 'hello' tag and stapled it to a piece of patterned paper. I wanted to incorporate red and green to go along with the Christmas theme.
This gold heart tag was perfect with a Crate Paper 'falala' piece to create an embellishment for the top of the layout, along with the red gold foiled piece next to it.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you are having a great Holiday season!
Hi there! Today on the blog I am sharing a few quick Christmas cards using an older Crate Paper collection - Bundled Up. If you are like me and haven't sent out your cards yet, these ideas will work perfectly to whip up a few quick ones! I am trying to keep it simple this year and do just that.
I started out with a white cardstock card base and added a piece of patterned paper with a bold red stripe. After adding my sentiment and chipboard snowflake, I embellished the card with punched vellum snowflakes and a few enamel dots.
For this card, I used the same white cardstock and patterned paper card base. I then added the chipboard banner and "winter", stitching through it with white thread.
I also embellished this card with some vellum snowflakes and enamel dots, as well as a wooden brad from the collection.
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today, have a great one!
Today on the Bella Blvd blog, we are sharing projects that mix and match different collections. For this layout, I tried hand stitching! I started with a piece of white
cardstock and lightly traced around a plate with pencil. I pierced
holes about every 1/4 inch, then erased the markings and stitched with
embroidery floss. It took quite a while but I am pleased with the
result! It really is a labor of love.
After that, I filled in the circle with bits and pieces from different
collections. The great thing about Bella products is that they all go
together! Just find similar colors (or for this layout - a rainbow) and
start your project.
Happy December!! Today on the Crate Paper blog, I'm sharing an altered frame that I made to celebrate the Christmas season. I picked up this frame recently at an antique shop in town, but you could easily recreate one with an ornate frame, spray paint and twine.
To embellish the frame, I created a variety of tags and cards to hang on the twine. I used glitter clothespins from the Craft Market collection to secure them. I pulled out an older winter collection - Bundled Up - as I thought the colors went well with the red frame.
I thought it would be fun to add a glittered tassel from the Shine collection as well. I love the pop of pink that it gives the project!
This cute chipboard snowman is from the Bundled Up collection as well. I added it to a simple shipping tag and adhered a glitter star.
I also incorporated some of the cork numbers from the Wonder collection on another tag. The perfect touch! After I had each of the tags in place, I adhered a piece of patterned paper to the back of the frame. This will make a perfect piece to place on my side table with other Christmas decor.
I am always on
the lookout for little bins and trays when I'm out shopping. I am a
person that does best with open storage, that way I can see what I have
and I'm more likely to use it. I found these small white trays at the
grocery store of all places, and they are perfect for holding 4x6 cards.
I usually take the 3x4 and 4x6 cards out of my kit and place them in
one of these trays before I start my projects.
also love little bowls that are perfect for holding smaller
embellishments. These colored bowls are from Anthropologie and I have
several different colors. These are great for holding the smaller
elements in your kit, or wood veneer.
Mason jars are
also great. I like these little shallow jelly jars to hold
embellishments like acrylic shapes, wood veneer, or clips. In this one, I
organized some of my acrylic and wood veneer pieces.
Now for stamps!
Stamps are one of my favorite supplies, but I have found to really use
them I need to have them out in the open and easily accessible. I take
each clear stamp set out of the package and slip it into one of these clear pockets, being sure to label the top with the name of the stamp set.
tray that they are in is from Ikea, and it's the perfect size to hold
the stamps upright so I can flip through them to find what I need.
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! Have a great one!
Making titles the focus of your cards is easy and fun with American Crafts DIY Shop 3 and Documentary’s phrase Thickers. This week on the American Crafts blog we are sharing projects featuring titles!
How to: cut a piece of yellow cardstock to size and fold for card base. Weave
half inch strips of black cardstock adhered to the front of the card.
Trim off the excess. Add a punched circle of white cardstock to the card
and adhere title sentiment. Trim gold rimmed tags and adhere to card.
Adhere gold enamel dots.
I also made this fun pink card!
How to: start with a base of pink cardstock and fold in half. For the front, use
another piece of pink cardstock and score lines using a score board.
Adhere to front of card with foam adhesive. Place title using silver
foil alphabet stickers. Add circles of black cardstock scattered over
The newest issue of the Bella Buzz - Bella Blvd's inspirational eMagazine - is now available for download! You can find it here. I contributed this layout to it using the new Clear Cuts. Thanks for taking a look!
This week on the Bella Blvd blog, I shared a 2 page layout. I decided to go with a pocket page.
For the left side of the layout, I printed a large photo at 8.5x11 and
embellished it simply with chipboard letters.
For the right side of the
layout, I printed my photos at 2.75x3.75 with a white border and added
them to the pockets along with cards and an embellished Clear Cut. I
wanted this layout to be very bright and colorful with pops of black!
Hi everyone! This week on the Crate Paper blog we are talking about gratitude. I am loving the new Hello Love collection so I decided to document a photo of my husband and I since I'm so thankful for him!
I started out with a piece of white cardstock, then used pink cardstock and cut out a heart cut file for my base. I used patterned papers and embellishments from the collections to embellish the negative spaces.
The tags in this collection are beautiful as well. They are embellished with gold glitter and so beautiful!
A few stickers and chipboard and the layout was complete! This collection goes far beyond Valentines day and can be used all year long.
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!