Monday, October 3, 2016

Back with Citrus Twist Kits

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!

Watch the video above to see what's included in the October main Pocket Life kit, as well as the sprinkles kit.

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.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! You can check out my YouTube channel here; I've been working on creating more process videos to share. I would love for you to subscribe!

I look forward to bringing you more projects and inspiration soon!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Updates on Scrapbooking and the Design Team Scene


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.

But.

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 :)

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Clique Kits and Bella Blvd Blog Hop!

Hi there and welcome to the Clique Kits and Bella Blvd blog hop! Today we are showcasing the February kit which features products from the Valentina collection.

Here is the kit we got to work with, it was gorgeous!

Here is the first layout I made, I used my circle punch to create a background then added embellishments.

I also added stitching to create some texture.

The second layout is a bit simpler but features a gorgeous transparency and some great embellishments.

Here's the complete blog hop list:

Clique Kits 
Becki Adams
Candace Perkins Corri Garza Bella Blvd

Hop around for the chance to win a kit! Happy Saturday!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Crate Paper Fun with Foil

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!

-Jen

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Christmas Cards with Crate Paper

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!

- Jen

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Bella Blvd Mix and Match

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.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Supplies:
Tiny Tots: Sweet & Sassy, Borders, Treasures & Text Stickers, Chipboard Icons
Star Student: Treasures & Text Stickers, Star Student Invisible
Daily Chevies: Pickle Juice
Designer Tape: Yellow Chevron, Orange Stripe
Ciao Chipboard Embellishments: Borders

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Crate Paper Holiday Decor

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.

Thanks for stopping by!
- Jen

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Workspace Wednesday with Elle's Studio

Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday - today I am sharing a few storage kits for my Elle's Studio monthly kits and stamps so let's take a look!

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.

 I 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.

 


The 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!

 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Friendsgiving - American Crafts

Today on the American Crafts blog, I am sharing this Thanksgiving themed layout using the Finders Keepers collection. Hope you'll check it out!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Cards with American Crafts

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 front.

Supplies: Dear Lizzy Documentary (340199) –Snapshots Phrase Thickers, DIY Shop 3 (370868) – Silver Foil Alphabet Stickers, DIY Shop 3 (370888) – Gold Enamel Dots, DIY Shop 3 (370891) – Metal Rim Circle Tags, Seasonal Cardstock Pack (712P12)