Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Bible Journaling:Romans 12:15

Ever have a verse that just sticks out to you for several days.  Romans 12:15 has been in my brain so I decided to art journal it and reflect a little more on putting it into practice!

Life sometimes throws some hard situations that way and although we like to share our art we may not want to share the personal journaling.  This is where SRM's Le Pens come in can use them on the back side of your cardstock and they don't bleed thru and you don't have to share your feelings with the world.  I did just that for this piece!  I let God's word do the talking to share and reflected on my own on the backside.

I LOVE the Big Faith stamps (and am so excited for the new releases!!!) and that was the focus for my verse.  But I also used several different stamp sets for my doodling!  

The Doodle Flowers set is so versatile and worked perfectly for this! After stamping with it - I then used gelatos to add some messy color.  I also used the Life is Good set for my hearts and Springtime for my butterflies.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Kitten Smitten Cards

Kitten Smitten  from Doodlebug Design is a great collection for making cards!  It's packed with cute punny phrases and tons of options to take those phrases and make a darling card!  I was having so much fun, I made six of them!!!

This one features a combination of patterned paper, stickers, shape sprinkles, and washi tape.  The washi tape was a last minute addition but I think it absolutely makes the card!  The dark contrast to the patterned paper is fabulous!

One of the things that really makes this collection pop is the black included in it - it just adds so much!  For this one I used patterned papers, shape sprinkles (seriously, how cute is that yellow cat!?!), cardstock stickers, and the new tags!

This was the first card I made!  I knew I wanted to use the "You've cat to be kitten me right meow!" I thought it would work for a variety of cards: get well, congrats, or for someone down on their luck.  I went with Congrats for this round!  In addition to the patterned paper you'll find more shape sprinkles and some Doodle Pops this time!

I was excited to incorporate the Meow washi tape into this one!  It's a white base so it will work with any color scheme!  I also added in a border from the newly designed This & That sticker sheet!

The new Cute Clips are a great addition to your embellishing - The pink cat adds just the right amount of pink to that top corner! 

My last card uses my favorite paper from this collection - the one that looks like yarn of all colors unwound!  I used another one of the adorable Doodlepops for this one along with stickers, tags, and Odds & Ends!

As you can see I had a blast making these and the variety of available embellishments made for endless options!  If you are a cat lover or just have lots of cat loving friends you are going to want to give this collection a spin!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

My Creative Scrapbook - Creative Kit Layouts

The Creative Kit at My Creative Scrapbook this month is a great one for all those summer photos!  It's packed with Echo Park Paper and full of vibrant colors and patterns!  Here's the layouts I created with it!

This is my only multi-photo layout which you know is unusual for me!  With the move, I had to work with what I it was a lot of single photos this month!

My 3 year old loves popsicles. This kit is packed with lots of popsicle embellishments so I had to make use of that and tells his story!

I also wanted to highlight a picture of my daughter in front of our beautiful peonies.  We will miss those bushes blooming every year but we've captured it in a scrapbook page at least!

Although it is great for summer themed layouts - it's also great for just general themed stuff too!  I used it to highlight the going away party for my daughter (bright colors will make us less sad to look at it right!?!)

If you haven't already reserved your copy - this kit will go quick - so hop over and check it (and all the others out) at My Creative Scrapbook

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fun in the Sun Layout

Who's been kicking off summer with some fun already?   If you have, then you are going to want to dive into the Fun in the Sun collection from Doodlebug!  It's perfect for all those pictures that capture you having "fun in the sun" ;).

This is such a fun collection for all your summer needs and it has a great mix of family fun designs and prints.  I hand cut some waves and then used a scissors to distress my edges a bit.  I then laid those out at the bottom of the layout to showcase that I was doing a water themed summer layout.

In addition to the always amazing stickers that Doodlebug makes they also have the new Odds & Ends to up the cute and versatile factor even more!  I used a mixture of stickers and Odds & Ends to create my title! I also combined patterned papers from the collection with my trusty circle punch to add some kick to the background.

Once again the combination of the Odds & Ends and stickers worked great but in this case it was for embellishing.  I also love that the This & That Stickers have been redesigned to include borders.  I used one at the top of my layout.

I can't wait to play with this collection more with new pictures that I take over the summer - I just know you will love playing with it too!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Design Team Announcement!

Two years ago I was delighted to share that one of my dreams in the Paper Crafting world had come true.  I had received a position on the team for SRM Stickers - one of my favorite companies out there!  Today I am thrilled to share that I will be sticking around for a third year with this company that I love so dearly!  As I was preparing this post I noticed that SRM Stickers is the product I have used more than any other manufacturer according to my blog post labels!

I originally came to love SRM Stickers for their stickers but they aren't just stickers!  They have beautiful containers for making all kinds of fun crafts and diy projects.  They also have an amazing clear stamp line which includes my personal favorites - stamps for Bible Journaling (and other faith based crafts of course too).  

Last fall I had the opportunity to visit the SRM warehouse and spend some time with Susan - what a treat that was!

I thought today would be the perfect time to share some of my favorite projects that I have made over the last two years with the team!

Instead of journaling directly into my Bible, I prefer to do mine on a separate sheet and slide it into that location as a reminder.  Allows me some freedom in both space and medium!

Layout playing with some SRM stamps and stickers!

Making use of the lace that SRM offers in their product line!  And the border, one of my favorite products - Sticker Stitches!

Another aspect to the SRM line is vinyl - everything from metallic to heat transfer to patterned! Love the stuff!

More Bible Journaling :)

This pocket page layout highlights the sticker stitches again AND was published in one of the last issues of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine.

I love the way that the stickers from SRM can add little details to complete a layout - just like the sticker stitches and number stickers did here!

If you are a calendar maker than SRM has all kinds of great options for you from mini stickers to big planner stickers and stamps!

Here's a recent planner spread incorporating those stamps and stickers!

This one uses a variety of stickers, twine, punched pieces, and clear tubes - all from SRM!

So there you have it, a little walk through some of my faves!  Be sure to hop over to the SRM Stickers Blog and see the whole new team!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

My Creative Scrapbook - Creative Kit projects

I was so excited to work with the Creative Kit from My Creative Scrapbook this month.  It contains a ton of product from Jillibean Soup who happens to be out of Ohio, where we are moving to!  Here's the four layouts I created!

Tons of fussy cutting on this layout - most of the arrows were hand cut!  It was a good exercise in patience and made me sit down and relax for awhile!

More fussy cutting and layering!  This one didn't photograph great - it is my favorite of the bunch in person!

I loved the watercolor circles that came on a paper in this kit (that paper is from Echo Park) so I had to fussy cut some of those too and create some cascading lines with them!

This layout really highlights the various embellishments that came in the kit - from wood veneer to stickers to cardstock frames...such a fun kit!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Mixing & Matching with Doodlebug Design

Mixing and Matching collections is so much fun - especially when using Doodlebug as the colors all match up perfectly!  I decided to put a different spin on the challenge presented by Doodlebug and use  Anchors Aweigh and Under the Sea.  Both have a water theme but one is geared at boys and one at girls.  So I played up that contrast with this "Him & Her" layout!

As you can see there was matching paper in both collections with the whale print.  I really loved that paper so it was awesome to put both color schemes side by side.

I got out a variety of the Cardstock Stickers, Shape Sprinkles, Matte Sprinkles, and Doodlepops, 

And of course her side got the same treatment but with the pieces from Under the Sea instead!

Chippers have become a go to staple for me - perfect size for titles and so many colors to choose from!  

I always include lots of text on my projects (and not so much journaling) and these stickers from the This & That part of the collections were perfect!

Stay tuned a for lots more Mixing and Matching next week on the Doodlebug Blog!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Little Bride Layout

We've been doing a lot of packing for our big move and when we came across my wedding dress, my daughter wanted to "try it on." So try it on she did and we did a little fashion show and took some very fun pictures! So today I have a layout about my "little bride" using some Paper House Productions supplies.
Bride Layout
Supply List:
I have been wanting to play with the background paper from the Nature Paper Pad on this for a long time!  The browns in it were a perfect match with my daughter's eyes and hair so I took advantage!  The Bride 3D Stickers are gorgeous and full of detail!  Do you see that pretty tulle on the dress!?!
Of course she isn't really a bride but she was having fun pretending as little girls do.  So I had to use the fun name plate from the sticker set!
I needed something special up top too and the Sisters 3D Stickers did the trick.  The colors coordinated nicely with the other pieces in the layout and the "so sweet" was the perfect added touch!
This was a fun nice step away from a lot of my normal things to scrap ;) Hope you enjoyed the results!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Twine wrapped Monogram Letter

Home Decor, Cards, Layouts, Kids Crafts...this new Doodlebug Chunky Twine is perfect for any of those!  It has the look of your traditional twine but is thicker which makes it easier to work with on projects like the one I'm sharing today!

Now I know what you're thinking, holy moly Christine that had to be really messy and sticky to make!  But I'm happy to report with this new Chunky Twine a job like this is a lot less challenging!

I started with a chipboard monogram letter.  I then used a quick dry liquid adhesive and worked on about an inch at a time.  I have attempted this before with traditional sized twine and embroidery flosses and it was a mess with sticky glue everywhere that pretty much ruined the project.  Not the case here!  

After I finished wrapping it I secured the back side with some additional glue and tape.  Then it was time to decorate!  I used some flowers from the Spring Garden Craft Kit as well as some various Flower Doodlepops!  Sweet little Ladybug Sprinkles added a different texture and upped the cuteness!

You can't go wrong with a Butterfly Doodlepop like this one!  It got it's own little special spot on the Monogram.  

Our family is going to be moving to a new home soon and I just know this will be a perfect piece for my little girl's brand new bedroom!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Bible Journaling - Trust in the Lord

It is so relaxing to do Bible Journaling during stressful times!  I love searching for a verse to create with that hits home!  As our family is currently packing up for an out of state move, there's a whole lot of trusting in the Lord happening.  So Jeremiah 17:7 felt like the perfect verse to capture my mood and serve as a reminder as I open up my Bible!  Stamps from SRM Stickers were the perfect medium to create with.

I like to journal on some sturdy cardstock and insert it by the verse in the Bible - I know lots love to do the margins - I just have a different approach :)
After creating my background using watercolor paints, I used a combination of stickers and stamps to write out the verse.  The Big Faith stamp supplied both the word "Blessed" and my stitching border.

I used the Words of Faith Stamp set for my crosses.  The solid black hearts come from the Life is Good stamp set and the others are punched out of patterned paper.  I have to mention how great the Black Le Pen is for this type of project - I used it for all my outlining and it works beautifully!
SRM will be releasing a whole bunch of new Bible Journaling stamps soon - so make sure to stay tuned for those!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Big Changes

I have been a little quiet here lately and thought I'd share why.  In April my husband received a call to serve a congregation in Central Ohio.  After prayerful deliberation he felt the Lord was leading him to accept it.  So after eight wonderful years in Central Illinois we are packing up our family to move. When I started dating my husband he was a Pre-Seminary Student so I always knew that divine calls and moving would be part of our life together.  We are very excited for this new adventure and also sad as we say our goodbyes.

Our kids took the news as you would expect.  The older two were sad but also have been very open to God's hand and knowing that this is what he has planned for our life.    They had their last day of school yesterday and things got even more real for all of us.

With this move comes a big change for our family.  We will once again be homeowners!  We chose a home in a smaller town to help make the adjustment a little easier on the whole group (we currently live in a town of about 100).  The house is about the same size as our parsonage but a completely different set-up so we have been doing lots of purging!

We will have our last Sunday here on June 12th and be completely moved out on the 15th.  

As you can imagine that means paper crafting has taken a back seat.  I am continuing to do my Social Media and Design Team Coordinator positions with My Creative Scrapbook and Paper House Productions.  And I am actually trying to keep up with my deadlines for Doodlebug Design, My Creative Scrapbook, SRM Stickers, and Paper House Productions.  I know I won't sit down and relax otherwise and those deadlines ensure I will take some "me" time.  I am not getting anything done beyond that though and don't foresee that happening before July.  So in the meantime the blog will be a little sparse - but you know I will be back - we've already got a designated Scrapbooking Room in the new house!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Summer Kids Craft

It's the first day of summer in our houset and it's always nice to have a few crafts stashed away to do with the kids! Today I have a quick and simple craft that you can make using the Original Tube and White Heart Lace Doilies.

All you have to do to create this is connect the bottoms of the heart doilies and then adhere those to the back of the tube!  Fill it up with candy of your choice! Easy Peasy!

Of course adding some googly eyes and a little smile up the fun factor!  Wouldn't this be a quick and easy treat for your kids or to do as party favors at a birthday party!?!


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