Thursday, June 30, 2011

{that's my girl}

Coloring in her nightgown. Her two favorite things.

Yeah, we think she's kinda cute. :)

{then you stand}

Hi friends! Jennifer here, and I'm going to show you a great technique today to use up those scraps of patterned paper we all have lying around. I don't quilt with fabric, but I can show you how to 'quilt' with your scrapping supplies! Let's get started.

First off, grab some patterned papers and a solid piece of background cardstock.

Cut and trim your papers in any shapes you like. Here I've done strips, but you can even do squares, triangles or any other shape your heart desires! I like to use my decorative scissors to trim a few edges too for interest. After you arrange your papers, ink the edges with a light brown ink and sponge, and adhere them to the cardstock with just a little adhesive. One great thing about sewing on your pages is that you can use less adhesive!

Stitch around the edges of the patterned papers with a straight stitch. You can alternate with a zig-zag stitch too, if you'd like.

Here's an example of just part of a piece that I've done. Once you do this across your whole layout, it's quite a lovely touch!

On this layout, I've used some narrower strips of paper from Material Girls and Homespun Chic.

Here's another quick tip for journaling - you can print computer generated journaling on patterned paper! Just be sure it's a light or neutral pattern so the type will show up.

I hope I've inspired you to grab your sewing machine the next time you sit down to create a page. It really adds such a nice homespun look and lots of great texture!

Monday, June 27, 2011

{crate sketch challenge}

This month I had to again participate in the Crate Paper sketch challenge - such a great sketch to work with. Here's my take:

For Father's Day, I got out the finger & water color paints and let Keira get to work creating a masterpiece for her daddy. I framed a picture of her along with a 4x6 trimmed piece of her 'artwork'. He loved it. Both the Grandpa's got one too.

I mostly used the Neighborhood line, along with some Mr Huey mist & Bella Blvd chipboard letters.

Have a good night!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

{you share!}

First of all, I want to let you know that the newest collection from Pretty Little Studio is now available! I can't wait to get mine and start creating; this line is perfectly vintage and I love it. Here are a few of my faves from it - click here to go to the store.

Cute right?? Check out the patterned paper too - very cute.

I have a layout to share with you today made mostly with the Hopscotch line:

A layout all about sharing! Or Keira learning to share for that matter....we are still working on it ;)

I based the sketch of this layout on one by Megan Klauer you can see here...... hi Megan! You are one of my scrapping idols! Hee ;)


Keira had a ton of fun (and made a huge mess) dying eggs this year. In fact there may or may not still be a faint pink stain on my kitchen table.... ;)

For this project, I also used pieces from Elle's first projet kit. This tag is one of the exclusives that came with it...I can't wait til the next kit comes out!

I actually punched this heart out of part of the packaging... it was too cute to waste!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great Sunday ;)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

{june elle's studio}

Well this post is a little bittersweet - as I'm sharing one of my projects from my last month on the Elle's Studio DT! It has been great fun and I'm sad to see it end, but I'm so excited about what the upcoming team will show us ;)

I had a few pictures of Keira outside, enjoying a sucker, so I decided to use Elle's Project kit to do a layout with them.

Next up is a card I made with the kit as well.

This was one of the exclusive tags - I really love it and wish I had a few more! :)

Thanks for stopping by! I have one more layout to share tomorrow. Meeting my mom for a Chinese lunch today and then pretty much doing nothing this weekend. Glorious. ;)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

{me & you}

Hi again! It's time for another sketch over at Pencil Lines.

Here's my take:

Got to use my new Pebbles goodies!

Along with this really cute typewriter digi stamp from Little Musings - our sponsor this month.

I created this cute little window embellishment by punching squares out of white cardstock with my square punch. After adhering it to some blue patterned paper with foam tape, I added the embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by! I am worn out after the father's day bbq we had today! Have a great week

Saturday, June 18, 2011

{thank you}

Hi there! I'm back with my second post for the day - another layout for Pretty Little Studio. I am in love with their vintage flashcards and patterned paper. Here's a page I did a few weeks ago:

For the title I used a little girl vintage journaling card for the base, then added some older Making Memories chipboard letters + some Sassafras letter stickers. Also tucked a 123 flashcard in there as well.

Butterfly doily from Frost it Pink.

I've been using these delights from the Peachy Keen line a lot lately too!

Thanks for looking! We've got a busy weekend ahead of us - Keira has a haircut today, then I need to do some Father's day and grocery shopping. Adam is smoking two briskets and two whole chickens for Father's Day tomorrow, I'm excited for all that good BBQ. ;) Which brings me to another question....if anyone has a good recipe for mustard potato salad would you link me up in the comments? Personally I'd rather have bacon and ranch potato salad....but you know, it's father's day and all :)

Hope you have a great weekend!

{custom paint colors}

Hi there! Jennifer here - and today I'm going to show you how to make your own custom paint colors to jazz up that plain chipboard we all  have laying around in our scraproom ;)

GCD offers a ton of cute chipboard - in just about any shape you can imagine. Alphabets too!

I think my favorite package is the butterflies, but for this layout, I decided to go with a star.

Gather up your chipboard, white acrylic paint, and some sort of liquid ink. Here I've used a re-inker that goes with one of my ink pads.

Put some paint in a little cup or container and add a few drops of ink. Stir it up with a toothpick or popsicle stick. Start out with a little and see how dark the tint is; you can always add more. Alternatively, you could mix different colors of acrylic paint (yellow + blue to make green), or even mix a color with white (black + white to make gray) - you could even get really creative and add a little glitter!

Using a paintbrush or sponge, cover the chipboard with paint. You may have to add a few coats to get even coverage.

When mine was dry, I felt it still wasn't quite dark enough so I sponged it with some additional ink.

Here's a peek at the chipboard on my finished layout.

For this layout, in addition to the chipboard, I've used the Soul Food line of papers and embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope I've convinced you to pull out your chipboard shapes and paint to play a bit!