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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Story: A Scrapbook Page

Happy Sunday friends! It's not often that I get a chance to sneak in some scrap time during a weekend day.  We are often so busy with kid activities and/or enjoying family time - today was an exception, though!  The boys were all off at baseball practice for a couple of hours this afternoon and the 'star' of the following page was taking a nap.  So, I brewed myself a cup of coffee and bolted to my craft space to finish up a page I started working on last night.

Supplies used: Crate Paper/Maggie Holmes - 'Confetti' patterned paper, ephemera die cut pieces, "Confetti' hardware; DCWV - Adhesive Fabric paper and cardstock;  Jillibean Soup - patterned paper; Simple Stories - patterned paper; Kerri Bradford Studio - 'Line by Line' stamps; Hero Arts - black dye ink; Becky Higgins - date stamp; Other: string, machine stitching, glue dots, computer font.

Some of the pieces/patterns from this project might look a bit familiar! A few days back I shared this page featuring lots of new Crate Paper and Maggie Holmes goodies that I scored from the Paper Issues shop.  I had so much fun creating with them that I had to dive back in to many of those same supplies for another page. 

I love the collage and flea market style to many of the Maggie Holmes and Crate collections!  They lend themselves to lots of mixing, matching and layering.  Combining that shabby style with bits of gold and sparkle is the perfect formula for an ultra feminine page.  My sweet girl dressed in her tutu and ready for her first dance class - couldn't get much more girly or feminine!


Can you tell I had fun with layers and stitching?!  I just couldn't stop adding little bits and pieces.


The pictures don't translate well, but the page background is full of gorgeous, subtle texture.  I used a piece of DCWV adhesive fabric layered over top of white cardstock.  I used my sewing machine to stitch horizontal lines every 2", or so, down the page. The stitching adds some additional texture and combined with the fabric, really supports the shabby, flea market vibe.


Thanks for joining me today!  Hope you're squeezing in some time this weekend to do something that makes you happy, too!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

DCWV/Tombow Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY


 
 
Hi and Welcome to the Gold and Cork Blog Hop with Tombow USA and DCWV! We have 2 days full with gorgeous projects using GOLD and CORK! You probably came here from Jennifer Priest's blog but if you happened to stumble across my blog initially, go to the DCWV Blog to start at the beginning of the hop! 
 
'Here is the button for the blog hop :)'
 
I've put together a trio of cards using the DCWV's gorgeous Gilded Stack and a whole lot of awesome Tombow adhesives to keep everything stuck down and in tact.
 
 
Supplies used: DCWV Gilded Stack, DCWV Gem Stickers, DCWV Star Mirrors; Tombow Mono Multi Glue; Tombow Xtreme Adhesive, Tombow Foam Tape.
All three of the cards I've put together for this post have a cream colored card base, with a front panel cut from various papers from the Gilded Stack, to 4.25" x 5.5" to completely cover the card front.  To be sure these gorgeous gold papers don't separate from the underlying card base, I made sure to adhere them with the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive for extra stick and security.
 

I wanted my buttons on this card, to peek out from under the sentiment square.  Since buttons are dimensional, I needed to add some layer and dimension to the 'Hello' piece.  The Tombow Foam Tape was the perfect width to lift that sentiment piece up off the card base and leave room to tuck my button accents partially underneath.


The next card uses more of the Tombow Foam Tape, to lift the wood patterned paper panel off of the background paper. 


I wanted to add some additional sparkle around the card's sentiment, and DCWV gems and mirrors seemed to be the obvious choice.  To ensure that the bling doesn't move as it goes through the mail, I used the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue to secure the mirrors and gemstones in place.

 
For the final card, again the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue was a necessity!  All of the gem stickers I adhered to this card front were placed over top of the slick foil dot surface.  The liquid glue provided for a secure hold that the normal adhesive might night guarantee, especially as it travelled through the mail.

 
More Tombow Foam Adhesive Tape was used to attach this card's sentiment strip and the fussy cut ampersand, creating an overall look of lots of interest and dimension.

 
So, now on to the really fun part of this post  - the GIVEAWAYS! There are plenty of prizes to be won!  To win, visit and comment on the participating blog posts. You have until March 31st at 11:59 EST to comment. A winner will be picked randomly and announced on April 1st 2015.

 


 
Tombow will be giving away: Tombow Xtreme Adhesive, NEW Tombow Adhesive Dots, NEW Tombow Foam Tape and everyone’s favorite the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue!
 
Remember to “Like” Tombow USA and DCWV on Facebook.

 
Your next stop on the hop is Sara Andrews!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

One day at a time: A Scrapbook Page

I'm not always the best about including my personal story in our family scrapbooks.  But, I've had a pretty productive year committing myself to a healthier lifestyle, and I knew I needed to document that story and remind myself how far I've come!  A challenge from the Paper Issues online weekend crop, a pile of pretty new scrap supplies and a decent selfie (after getting my hair done) made the perfect recipe for putting together this page.


Supplies used: Crate Paper - patterned paper, diecuts; American Crafts - thickers; Heidi Swapp - chipboard frames and gold label sticker; Simple Stories - chipboard frames; Paper Smooches - roses die; DCWV - gold glitter paper; Basic Grey - wood veneer; Studio Calico - wood veneer; Queen & Co - mini clothespin; Stampin' Up - butterfly punch. Other: vintage buttons, kraft shipping tag, seam binding ribbon, date stamp, machine stitching.
As you can see, I had lots of fun layering all kinds of bits and pieces on my page. But the primary concept of the design came from the desire to include as many of these Heidi Swapp and Simple Stories chipboard frames as I possibly could.  Filling one of the frames with my journaling was a give in!


How about this gold, glittered frame?  I LOVE it!  I even went back and purchased a second package of these frames just to get another one!  It makes a great focal point of the page and a perfect home for my page title.  Add in a little stamping, a pretty punch, some stitching, and wood veneer and it's complete!


Many of the frames are filled with bits and pieces cut from a sheet of the Crate Paper Confetti collection.  I loved this little camera image and knew it needed a special spot on the page.

 
How gorgeous is that rose diecut?  It's a recent purchase from Paper Smooches and I just love how it looks cut out of this DCWV gold glitter cardstock.  Again, it's the perfect accent to bring about a little more sparkle to this page.

 
Are you good about scrapping yourself?  If not, I hope this motivates you to take the challenge and scrap some of your personal story! 
 
Thanks for joining me today!
 

Friday, March 20, 2015

#SNOWDAY: A Scrapbook Page

Hi crafty friends! In celebration of the first day of spring, I'm sharing a page documenting our adventures in the snow this past winter.  Not the best timing though, huh?!  Well, once you see how bright and colorful this page is, you might just forgive me for mentioning the 'S' word on this first spring day. LOL!

Supplies used: Bella Blvd - patterned papers, icon, border & word stickers, letter stickers, washi tape, button; Doodlebug - brad, enamel dots; Martha Stewart - snowflake punch; American Crafts - cardstock; Other: foam adhesive, machine stitching, computer font - Veteran Typewriter.
I really hoped to convey the fun and memorable time my little family had on one of our winter snow day adventures, when I put together this page.  The first step in doing that was to select some bright and fun patterns.  In my opinion, nothing quite says bright and fun like anything and everything Bella Blvd!  So, I dove into my stash of Bella and went to town pulling bits and pieces from several different collections. 
 
With a handful of 2"x2" photos and lots of colorful prints, I needed to find a way to make sure my page didn't look too busy or chaotic.  Trimming blocks of patterned paper into 2.5" and 3" squares, for which to mount my journaling and smaller sized photos worked out to be a great solution.  It gave each little photo and journaling square, it's own 'home' on the page.
 

These Bella letter stickers are such a playful font.  They worked well, because I had them in a mix of colors to tie in with all of the other patterns and colors of the page.  With the space I had left for the title, I was even able to sneak in some last little bits of journaling.  If possible, I love to break my journaling up throughout the page, as I've done here.  It's an easy way to create movement and guide the reader's eye to all four corners of the layout.

 
As much as I try to avoid it, this Martha Stewart snowflake punch ends up being incorporated to every winter and holiday themed page I make.  I just can't help it - it's just that cute!  On this page, it makes a subtle appearance in a sprinkling of snowflakes tucked in and down the left side of the page.

 
Thanks for allowing me to hang onto winter for just one more day, to share this page with you! 

Happy Friday, friends!  I hope there is some crafting among your weekend plans!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

You float my boat: An Altered Project

Good afternoon!  I have a different type of project to share with you today.  If you visit my blog often, you know that I typically default to making scrapbook pages and/or cards - they are my favorite!  But occasionally, the creative mood pulls me in a different direction.  
 
I've been eyeing all of the different type of message/memo boards that have been popping up in home d├ęcor.  I love that many of the ones I've seen allow for the pictures and other elements to be switched out, if desired.  A simple clip or clothespin is often all that's used to attach these items to the frame.  Yesterday, I shared my own mini version of one of these memo boards on the Love My Tapes blog.
 
Supplies used: Love My Tapes - red/white stripe washi, light blue star print fabric tape; DCWV - patterned paper; Lawn Fawn - image stamps and sentiment; May Arts - rope-like twine; American Crafts - twine and glittered clothespin; Stampin Up - ink; Other: IKEA frame, Veteran Typewriter font, machine stitching, hot glue.
I used a cheap white IKEA picture frame as the base of my memo board. Once the frames surface was decorated (with washi tape and 'rope-like' twine), I attached my chosen clothespin with a bit of hot glue to the right side of the frame.  The photo booth strip and banner style tags are simply clipped in place and can easily be removed and/or replaced, if I so choose.


Since the photo booth strip was long and narrow, I had extra room for embellishment along the left side of the frame.  I created a sweet little sewn pennant banner to fill in that space, and adorned it with more adorable Lawn Fawn stamped images.

 
This turned out to be a quick and fun project that I'm anxious to display in my home.  I can see myself making many more of these memo frames and switching out the theme, products and color to make each one entirely different from the next.  It could be a pretty fun gift idea, as well!
 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Cheeri"Oh": A Scrapbook Page

Good morning, friends! I've been all over the place with the photos I've been scrapping lately.  Sometimes you just have to follow where the creative mood takes you though, huh?  This time around, my creative mojo had me digging through Emme's baby photos to find the perfect set to pair with this Simple Stories collection that I've been holding onto.  I think the two make a pretty sweet pair...

Supplies used: Simple Stories - patterned paper, diecut pieces; Bazzill cardstock; Silhouette;
American Crafts - wood button; Studio Calico - wood veneer
There are so many feminine and sweet patterns in this Simple Stories baby collection I had to be sure to find a way to include as many of them as possible.  I knew a sweet quilt-like design, alongside my photos, would accomplish my goal and also reinforce my overall theme.  The 'quilt squares' not only remind me of a snuggly baby blanket, but they also provide a nice home for additional diecut pieces and dimensional embellishments.


It's no secret that I tend to get a bit wordy when it comes to the journaling I include on my scrapbook pages.  By sizing my photos down and keeping most of the page design toward the top two-thirds of the page, I was able to secure a large space at the bottom for my journaling (or incessant rambling - whatever, you prefer to call it!?!).


Now unlike journaling, page titles are not my strong suit.  I usually go for the obvious when naming my pages.  In this case however, 'cute baby in highchair' didn't really feel right, so I decided to get a little more creative! I did a play on the word 'cheerio', since that is what my baby girl was feasting on in these pics.  Does it work?!?  I don't know that I'm convinced, but I do know that it's better than the first alternative ... ha!

 
Well, that's all I've got for today.  Thanks for stopping by for a visit! 
 
Oh, and one more thing....I mentioned in my last post but will do so again, in case you missed it - If you're on Instagram, I have an all new account @jaclynrenchstudio.  Once I reach one hundred followers, I'm giving away a $25 gift certificate to scrapbook.com!  There will most certainly be other random giveaways, as well.  So, I hope you'll come and check out my new account and follow me!
 
Wishing you a happy and crafty weekend!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Being your mom: A Scrapbook Page

Happy Monday, friends!  It's a very happy Monday at my house, because my darling children finally returned to school today, after being off for a full week due snow and below zero temperatures. Don't get me wrong, I do cherish all the time I get to spend with my kids as a stay at home mama, and we certainly made some wonderful memories this past week.  But a full week stuck inside the four wall of our home, where the temperatures wouldn't even allow much outdoor play - left us all wanting back to our routine this morning!
 
I've got a scrapbook layout to share with you today that, like the aforementioned scenario, documents the struggle and sacrifice yet outstanding rewards that can be experienced in motherhood.
 
Supplies used: Heidi Swapp - patterned papers; American Crafts - wood buttons, 3D bows, cork hearts, thickers; Crate Paper - chipboard frame, fabric brad; Studio Calico - mini badge, Mister Huey; Tim Holtz - mini paperclip; Other: Silhouette, Veteran Typewriter computer font, hand stitching.
I dipped into an older paper line by Heidi Swapp, called Mixed Company.  One of my favorite papers from this collection was this paper with the continuous grid of circle icons.  In fact, this paper become the starting point for my page.  I knew using the page as is, would create a background that was much to busy for my liking.  To remedy that, I found another subtle gray background from the paper pad and cut and adhered a smaller selection of the circles to my page.  I re-centered my grid, allowing some of the circles to work off the edges of the page and also left several spots blank.  Both of these design decisions create a resting place for the eye and allow for flow and continuity throughout the page.

I had so much fun selecting which circles I would use in my redesigned grid.  In many instances, I tried to tie the selected circles in with my journaling to give the page more meaning and connection.


The circles without journaling were just begging for some embellishment.  I enjoyed digging through my stash to find little bits and pieces that would adorn my page just perfectly.  I seem to use these Crate Paper chipboard frames on just about every page I do lately (have you noticed?!).  I'm not sure what I'm going to do when I run out! LOL!


With so many colors and elements going on throughout the page, I chose to stick with a solid dark gray for my title.  The beginning part of my title is composed of raw chipboard thickers from American Crafts.  I used some Mister Huey's mist to customize them to fit my page.  Since I did not have a matching cardstock to cut the remainder of my title, I simply used my Silhouette to cut the word 'Mom' in white.  A quick misting of the same Mister Huey ties both pieces of the title together and makes them perfectly coordinate!


Thanks for visiting me on the blog today!  Before I go I wanted to mention that I've created an all new instagram account - @jaclynrenchstudio!  I'm still posting at my old account, if you follow me there, but that will mostly be filled with personal stuff and photos of my kids.  My new account will be dedicated to everything crafty - sneaks, my latest projects and what's inspiring me!  You'll definitely want to come visit and follow me there because I'm doing a GIVEAWAY!  Don't miss out on your chance to be entered and hopefully inspired!