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!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Using Elle's Studio Digital Files to Create Patterned Paper

Hello! Jen Chapin here and today I am going to give you a little digital tutorial on making your own patterned paper with Elle's Studio digital files, and even how to recolor your elements if you wish.

For this layout, I used the True Story PNG file from the February Digitals. Go ahead and open the file in Photoshop (I am using Photoshop Elements). If you see this type of checkered background on a file, this means it is probably a PNG, meaning it has a transparent background. These types of files can be placed on other layers such as paper or photos, and you won't be able to see the background. Just the elements of the file. 

First, go to File + New  + Blank File. The above window will open. Create a new file that is 8.5 inches wide and 11 inches high at 300 DPI. Click OK.

Drag the PNG element up on to your canvas and release. You can then use the pointer to drag and resize the file to the desired spot.

Keep filling the canvas with your desired pattern. You can do this by repeatedly dragging the file, or on the right side where your layers are, right click and pick duplicate layer.

You can definitely leave the elements black, like I did in this layout, or you can re-color them to match your projects. One great thing about digital scrapping is that you can sample colors from different photos to match your projects! I downloaded this kit photo from the Elle's Studio site and pulled it into Photoshop. On the left side of the screen you will see the eyedropper tool. Click this, then click on a color in the photo that you want to use.

Next, grab the paint bucket tool. You can see this on the left side of my screen as well, it looks like a bucket of paint dumping out. Click this. Then go to your canvas and click on each element you would like to recolor. Easy peasy!

After you have the pattern the way you would like it, go ahead and print it out using your printer. I used 8.5x11 white cardstock. I then layered elements from the February kit and wood veneer. This is such a great technique to customize patterned paper for your projects. I hope you will try it soon!!


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Paper Issues Die Cutting Saturday - free cut file!

It's Saturday and I am so excited for the weekend! Today I have a free cut file for you up on the Paper Issues blog.

You can download the Silhouette file HERE.

I had so much fun making this layout! I used my Silhouette Sketch Pens to create the alphabet letters, then colored with watercolors and filled in with patterned paper. I used WeRMemory Keepers and PinkFresh products.

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to check out the Paper Issues blog for lots more inspiration from the DT!!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Die Cutting Feature with Crate Paper

Hello and good morning! Jen Chapin here and today I am excited to be introducing my new monthly series for Crate Paper. Whether it is punches, an electronic die cutting machine or a manual die cutter, I love incorporating die cuts into my scrapbooking projects. Today, using the new Confetti collection by Maggie Holmes, I am going to share two creative ideas for incorporating die cuts on 12x12 scrapbook pages.

The first page is a very simple die cut. I used my Silhouette machine to cut a large 9 inch circle from the center of a sheet of white cardstock. In the negative space, I placed patterned paper strips, chipboard, ephemera and chipboard from the Confetti collection.

As you can see, this line is birthday themed but I have effectively used it for a page about my little boy. The key is to pull elements that are neutral themed and incorporate those into your layout.

 I also added machine stitching around the edge of the circle for some added texture. I love all the die cuts and paper peeking through!

 You can also see here how I have actually placed the white cardstock on foam adhesive. This adds some fun dimension to the page which is even more impressive in real life.

Another closeup of some of the fun embellishments in this collection! Those 3D die cuts are my fave.

I also thought I would share a little of the die cut and vellum pieces with you. The phrases are so much larger in real life than they look online and I am excited to use them as I think they will make great titles for 12x12 pages.

You can see a bit of the gold foiling here which is just gorgeous. I love the pops of black as well.

For this page, I used a linked circles die cut in white cardstock. I added it to a 12x12 sheet of yellow striped paper from the Confetti collection.

As you can see, I had a lot of fun filling in the circles with punched paper, chipboard, stickers and buttons. I also used one of the pretty gold bow clips from this collection.

I was also able to incorporate the chipboard banner and thought it was the perfect touch for a birthday layout. And I added a little gold thread to my pink button.

I hope you have enoyed the inspiration! Hopefully you will try some of these techniques soon!