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Mixing Florals

In Bloom, Chasing Dreams, Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes Design Team, My Product Line, Scrapbooking, Silhouette, Watercolor

Hi friends! If you follow me on Instagram, you know how much I love flowers! I really can’t ever get enough… whether it’s fresh flowers in a vase in our home, planting flowers in our yard, a pretty floral notebook, pillow or skirt, using them on my scrapbook pages, or even taking photos of pretty flowers. I’ve always loved flowers… they really just make me happy! Design team member, Kim‘s layout today features lots of flowers, so naturally I absolutely LOVE it!! One thing I am definitely loving about her page is that she shows us it’s totally ok to mix lots of different florals together! She’s used a mix of flowers from different collections and also different styles and it all looks so pretty on her page! Read on for Kim’s tips for making this beautiful scrapbook layout.

I wanted to create a light page with lots of layers so I painted my cardstock a pretty light lavender color.  It was actually too light to capture in my photos but you can see a tint of color behind my photo.  I gathered lots of the flower bits from past collections and used them around my photo as well as some floral cuts I had in my stash.It’s time for spring and that means using all of my favorite things.  A bit of paint and florals does the trick.  I love to really layer them on.  I used to hoard them but slowly you realize you should use them, your stash gets bigger and there are always new collections of pretty things. Happy crafting everyone! Happy Tuesday!

xoxoxo

Supplies Used >> Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams Collection / Watercolor Paints / Silhouette Electronic Die Cut Machine / Watercolor Brushes / Chasing Dreams Chipboard Stickers  / Chasing Dreams 12×12 Paper Pad / Chasing Dreams Ephemera / Chasing Dreams Thickers Stickers with Gold Foil / Chasing Dreams Stickers / Chasing Dreams Puffy Stickers

Large Gold Foil Letters for the Win!

In Bloom, Crate Paper, Gather, Maggie Holmes Design Team, My Product Line, Scrapbooking, Shine

I think as crafters, most of us are guilty of holding onto (aka hoarding) our favorite products from time to time because we just can’t seem to use them! It’s a funny thing because when we create scrapbook pages, we will always still have those beautiful supplies to look at in our albums. But there’s just something about tearing into a package and using it all up that instills an urge to save it for later! Can you relate?? Haha!

Well design team member, Jessy, is here to inspire us today to go back through what we have and use up some of those older products that we have been saving onto. She’s even using elements from different collections and combining them to make a beautiful page! Sometimes we also think that we can only use certain products together because they were part of a collection. Well, you can definitely jump outside of that box and mix and match all of your stuff. You will find that tons of things will work just wonderfully with older and newer products that you have!! Just go for it!

Recently, I revisited Maggie Holmes’ older collections – Shine & Bloom. I realized I sure missed these collections. After looking at them again, I thought I should combine them together to work with them in a new way. It’s certainly a good excuse to finish using up older collections in my stash as well. As much I love these collections, I probably shouldn’t hoard them furthermore, but use them to create memories with them. I’m pretty sure we all can relate with the hoarding part. Lol.

Let me share with you my creative process….

In the Shine collection, you’ll find these beautiful 4” tall gold foil alphabets. Mind you, anything gold is my jam! I knew I had to include them on my layout. It took me a while to figure out how I should include these alphabet letters and finally I decided to adhere the word “PRECIOUS” in the middle of my page. It’s a perfect way to showcase this beautiful alphabet!Once I was done with positioning the word precious, I noticed that the gold alpha didn’t stand out much on the polkadot paper, well not as much as I wanted it to. So I took out my gesso and painted over some the black dots, especially those in the middle. I truly loved how subtle it looked when the gesso dried up.

After pasting the alpha down, I adhered some embellishments around the letters C & I. That helped to create a fuller look to my layout.

Tip: To make each letter stand out, use a pencil/pen to trace the outer line of each alpha. That will darken the edge. If you look closely you can see the outline that I added around each letter.Also, can you spot the gold glitter ribbon bow on the headband? That’s from the Open Book collection. I sewed that bow onto a nylon headband & I totally love that my baby girl has a cute & stylish headband to complete her darling attire.

I just couldn’t resist pairing some embellishments from the Gather collection along with Shine. I just simply love the fact that all 3 collections matched together nicely!

Thank you for swinging by! Have a lovely day! xoxo JessyHappy Thursday!

xoxoxo

Supplies Used >> Large Gold Foil Chipboard AlphabetGather EphemeraGather Chipboard Stickers / Black and White Polka Dot Paper / white gesso

Best Little Friends

In kids, Life, Me, Photography

These two are the best little friends and they have really developed a close relationship the last few months. As Henry has gotten a little older and is more able to interact and play, they have formed this wonderful bond. It’s so heart warming for me to watch them together and to see them having fun and playing all the time. In fact when Elizabeth started kindergarten this last fall, Henry was so lost without her. He would ask for her and look for her all morning long until she got home. He would also be super clingy and want to be right on my lap or following right along with me whatever I was doing at home. Then as soon as she would get home from school, he would run off and be happy and content to play with her and be right by her side. It was then that I realized just how close of friends they were and I love it so much!

Elizabeth is also a little mother and protector and it’s adorable to watch her take care of Henry and be so concerned about every little thing he does. She talks to him in her sweet little mothering voice and makes sure he is always very happy and well taken care of!!

We stopped off the side of the road one day and snapped a few photos. I don’t feel like I have taken as many photos of Henry with my big camera as I did with the other kids. Probably because we always have our phone cameras now and I take so many of them with that. But it’s nice to take some higher quality images every now and then as well! I just love the ones of Elizabeth posing and Henry playing with the rocks. It shows their cute unique personalities!  Happy Thursday Friends!

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P.S. Elizabeth’s Dress is from here >> Remie Girl Instagram / Remie Girl Website It’s the perfect twirl dress for little girls! It’s comfy and so cute and she loves wearing it because it “twirls so good!”

Painting Tips from Kim

In Chasing Dreams, Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes Design Team, My Product Line, Scrapbooking, Silhouette, Tips, Watercolor

Hello! Hope you are doing well!! Today we have a beautiful new scrapbook page to share with you from design team member, Kim. She is one of my very favorites when it comes to painting and watercolor so when she shares tips, I am all ears! We all make mistakes when it comes to our art or crafts, but it’s good to remember that every “mistake” is actually a learning experience and a way for us to grow in our creativity! I love that Kim is sharing a mistake she made when it comes to watercoloring on your pages, so that we can also learn from her trial and error. Thanks Kim!! Read on to find out what NOT to do when you are using watercolored paper with your Silhouette Cameo or similar electronic die cut machine.

One of the things I like most about scrapbooking is that it allows me to explore different materials and get an idea for what I like.  I can figure out what papers can take a little or a lot of paint, which cardstock allows me to use watercolors on it, also which papers cut the best on my Silhouette.  I had a little bit of a challenge before completing this page.  I wanted to paint on some of the cardstock and then cut flowers out wit my cutting machine and my first try didn’t go so well.  I’m pretty impatient so I attempted to cut before my pages were dried thoroughly and ended up shredding my poor flowers.  Paint dries fairly quickly, but to cut watercolored paper, it definitely has to dry completely before you try to cut it!I used a small amount of gesso to paint on this pretty bird paper.  I like white space but I also love a bit of the paper peeking through.  I kept this page light and airy and just used a few of the paper cuts to add a little spring to my page.  I love the bright bits of green that appear on some of the edges.

One of my favorite things, besides using paint, is the surprise result you get from cutting elements from painted papers.  All it requires is getting your hands a bit messy!  The end result is always a lovely page with a subtle mixed media effect! Have a great day! Happy Tuesday!

xoxoxo

Supplies Used >> Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams Collection / Watercolor Paints / Silhouette Electronic Die Cut Machine / Watercolor Brushes / Chasing Dreams Chipboard Stickers  / Chasing Dreams 12×12 Paper Pad / Chasing Dreams Ephemera / Chasing Dreams Thickers Stickers with Gold Foil / Chasing Dreams Stickers / Chasing Dreams Puffy Stickers

Free Easter Printables & Clip Art

In Cards, Crafts, Digital Printable, Easter, Free Download, Scrapbooking

Hi friends! These Vintage Easter Clip Art Images and my FREE Easter Printables are among my most pinned posts over on Pinterest so I thought I would put them up again in case you missed it!

Easter is by far one of our favorite holidays! We love the Spring season and Easter and all of the meaning and celebration that goes along with it. So naturally, we take a lot of photos during Easter time, which means lots of scrapbooking and mini album making to follow! These clip art images and the printables are perfect for all of your scrapbooking and Easter crafting! You can use them to make name cards, banners, cards and tags. So many possibilities and the ideas are endless!!

Click over here to my FREE EASTER PRINTABLES and FREE EASTER CLIP ART post to download all of the images. Then you can use all of them however you like… I just ask that you tag me and link back here if you share your creations on your blog or social media… mainly so we can all see the cute things you made and so others can get the links to the printables as well!

P.S. Don’t forget to hover over the images in this post to PIN them to your pinterest boards and then you’ll have them saved for future access!

ALSO, I will pop back in later this week to share something I’m working on with these Easter printables and clip art!!

ENJOY!!

Happy Monday!

xoxoxo

Tips for Making Cute DIY Cards

In Cards, Chasing Dreams, Crafts, Crate Paper, DIY, Handmade, Maggie Holmes Design Team, My Product Line, Tips

Recreating the wheel is definitely not something you need to do when you are scrapbooking or making cards! All too often I think we fall into the trap of thinking we have to do something totally different every single time we sit down to make a page or card. But in all reality, it’s absolutely OK to stick with a style you love and even use previous designs or layouts as a framework or “sketch” for another project! It takes the frustration out of the process and also allows you the freedom to stick with designs you’ve tried before and love!

It’s in the choosing of your products that your page or card will turn out looking very different and unique anyway! For example, Jessy used the same basic design or “sketch” to create both of her cards below, but they feel very different in the end. One has a large title/message and the other one has smaller sentiments and a big pop of yellow. At first glance you might not even realize she used the same formula to create both. Follow her lead and create a bunch of cards at once, using the same basic design idea. You will love the process and the results!!

Handmade cards are really fun & easy to create. Often times, it is something I would create when I wanted to be creative but having limited crafting time. This is when I choose to work on a smaller canvas. Working on a smaller canvas can be really fun. Sometimes that will spark amazing ideas for bigger projects like scrapbooking layouts. And today, let me share with you 2 handmade cards I created just by featuring 3 products: ephemera die-cuts, stickers and glittered acetateI began with a white base for both cards. Then I adhered glittered acetate as a background. Once the background was adhered to the base, I stuck the paper rosette in the middle and slowly layered the other ephemera die-cuts all around it. I completed the cards with sentiments. Easy peasy and yet they look so pretty!

Do you notice that these handmade cards are somewhat similar? The “sketch” I had in mind for the first card led to the second card, where I added a couple more layers to it. I absolutely love how the glittered acetate creates a subtle background against the bright colored ephemera die-cuts. I hope these cards inspire you today. Thank you so much for coming by! xoxo JessyHappy Thursday!!

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Supplies Used >> Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams Collection / Chasing Dreams Ephemera / Chasing Dreams  Stickers / Chasing Dreams Gold Glitter Polka Dots on Acetate Specialty Paper