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Saturday was World Cardmaking Day!  For maybe the first time ever, I was able to participate in a hobby holiday: I had a quiet weekend at home, and I made it a priority to set aside some time to do some paper crafting.  Not only did I get to make a scrapbook page with V, but I worked on these cards, and she planned a card, too!

These cards are based on two specific challenges I saw: the October Paper Smooches challenge to use pink, and the Jillibean Soup sketch challenge for WCMD.


They both are based on the first sketch at the Jillibean Soup challenge post…and this first one uses patterned paper from the older Jillibean Soup “Blossom Soup” collection 6″x6″ paper pad.


The featured stamp is from Paper Smooches’ “Blossoming Buds” set, and the greeting is an older stamp from KaiserCraft.  I colored the flowers with colored pencils before mounting them on foam with a little yellow banner underneath.



These are fairly plain-and-simple cards, but I hope that they will bring sunshine to their recipients!




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I wanted to see how many layouts I could complete following Shimelle’s challenge, so I tackled another one: inspired by circles.

This is another layout that I’d started planning while I was pregnant with my first child: journaling written, sketch drawn, and photos printed!  I adjusted the sketch to incorporate circles, and since the original sketch was based on a Jillibean Soup layout (the sketch contest from the blog post on 28 July 2011!), I decided to pull out some Jillibean Soup supplies for mine.



I started with the wide, green-patterned bottom strip, scalloped border, and pink floral circles.  I hand-stitched more circles with embroidery floss to create diagonal movement behind the photos.  It looked so naked to me, so I added some buttons.


That was better, but it needed more.  Labels!  Even better, but it still was looking bare and flat to me.  As I worked on some other projects in my craft room, I got out some of my doilies.  This layout was sitting nearby, and I suddenly had a lightbulb moment– and doilies got layered between the photos and pink floral circles.  Much better.


Perhaps you noticed that there is no title on this layout.  I fully intend to add a title, but I couldn’t find any alphabet stickers (either in my stash or at the store) that were quite right.  When my computer is back to normal, I am going to use my Silhouette to cut out a title from kraft cardstock– it will arc around the largest pink circle.  So for now, would you please pretend that it is there? 😉

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Thank-you card

I made this thank-you card to give to my Bible study group leader.  I’m hoping she doesn’t read my blog before tomorrow, when I give it to her!


The card is based on the recent Jillibean Soup blog card sketch.


I used Jillibean Soup’s Blossom Soup collection again. Partly because it makes up the vast majority of my Jillibean stash, and also because I just love it.  The colors and patterns make me so happy.


Inside, I added a little stamping using some Wplus9 stamps that I have that coordinate so well.  It’s a bit hard to see in this photo, but I love the little butterfly and heart-shaped path that I stamped with aqua ink.

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Most of the inserts for my Project 366 album are fairly simple.  To give myself some limits, all of the inserts are smaller than 12×12 (I wanted to make sure that it was clear that they were not part of the daily-photo weekly spreads).   I also challenged myself to only use scraps from my scrap drawer (including 6×6 paper pads that I’d already broken into) and embellishment packages and sheets that I’ve already started using.

For this insert, however, I felt inspired to be a little bit more detailed and embellish-y.  I found that to be really easy and enjoyable when I used supplies from a collection pack (Jillibean Soup’s Blossom Soup) that I’ve had on hand for a while now.  Usually these divided/pocket page protectors exhaust me creatively, but this time, I love the results!





Throughout my album, I have made title cards with my Silhouette software…  For this insert, I mistakenly cut the title card for the size of a baseball card protector (oops… I had been on a roll for some of the other inserts’ title cards), but I like how it turned out, matted on green cardstock to match the patterned papers.  Some little banner shapes layered on top gave me room to add the date.


I added lots of little layered embellishments using the die cuts and stickers that came with the collection.





P.S. There isn’t much journaling on the page, besides a few little labels, because the journaling card in the photo-a-day portion of the album gives a pretty thorough description of our day.

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A dear friend of mine has a birthday coming up.  So I decided to play with some paper and make her a special card!

I took inspiration from the Jillibean Soup sketch challenge, adapting the layout sketch to make this card.  It might not look much like the sketch any more, but I promise that it influenced my design!


I was also inspired (the butterfly in a polaroid and the circles) by a card on the Basic Grey blog the other day.

The little pink banner is stitched in place.  Originally I had intended to use a tiny staple with my Tiny Attacher, but alas, I am already out of staples!  Time for a craft store run.


I used foam adhesive (almost out of that, too!  oh no!)  to pop the polaroid, and I attached the fussy-cut butterflies by their centers so that I could bend their wings up a bit.  I love adding dimension!  Since this card is going to be hand-delivered, I don’t have to worry about it getting smooshed in an envelope.


I added a die cut (which I matted on white textured cardstock) to the inside of the card and I’ll write my message underneath.  Happy birthday, my friend!

all patterned papers and die cuts: Jillibean Soup Blossom Soup collection
sentiment stamp: Hero Arts
kraft cardstock: Recollections
textured white cardstock: American Crafts

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I made this layout about my birthday this year with some Jillibean Soup goodies I have on hand…

When I saw the sketch in a recent post on the Jillibean Soup blog, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to break out these papers and embellishments and play along.

I didn’t change much about the sketch, just the circle placements… I also hid my journaling behind the photo on a pull-out card.  There wasn’t anything particularly private about the journaling, I just felt like it looked better with my layout!  Plus, I couldn’t resist the little tab stickers!

I had fun adding more little details around the page… Machine stitching along the edge and a ribbon + twine border:

And I added some tiny embossed and die cut butterflies from my stash to finish everything off.

cardstock: Recollections (kraft), the Paper Company (white)
patterned paper: Jillibean Soup Blossom Soup (Half Pound Blossoms, both sides; Fresh Cilantro, B-side)
embellishments: Jillibean Soup Blossom Soup (Journaling Sprouts Die Cuts, Coordinating Cardstock Stickers, Coordinating Die Cut Shapes), Sharing Memories Scrapbooking (tiny butterflies)
baker’s twine: My Mind’s Eye Lime Twist
machine stitching
gel pen: GelWriter
foam adhesive: American Crafts
sketch: Jillibean Soup blog 10.5.2011

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This layout was originally posted on the Lucky Girl Crafts blog on September 25!

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There is a huge farmer’s market in our city, and Husband and I finally made it up there to sample its goodness.  I took lots of photos the first time we went, and the patterned papers in the September Lucky Girls kit with their homey, small-scale prints were perfect to fill in sections of my photo grid.  I used my sewing machine and some butter-yellow thread to give the patterned paper sections a little border.

I used the Project 12 July sketch again because I just loved it so much–it holds so many photos!

I wanted to embellish the patterned paper blocks in the grid, so I pulled out a couple of the corrugated hearts that came in this kit, inked their edges with some brown ink, and pop-dotted them in the pink sections.  I added a couple of the foam dots from the Thickers set to tie in the aqua color from the title.

For the kraft sections, I made layered flowers by cutting three circles of increasing size out of two of the floral papers with my pinking shears, inking their edges, and crumpling them.  I punched two holes and tied the layers together with twine.  I think they are pretty cute!

A Jillibean Soup label sticker was the perfect place to add the date above my title, and I framed the journaling with a large bracket die cut with my Silhouette.

Supplies from the Lucky Girl Crafts September 2011 kit, “The Little Things That Count”
cardstock: Bazzill (White, orange peel texture)
patterned paper: Jillibean Soup Staples (White Macaroni), Jillibean Soup Sweet & Sour Soup (Sauerkraut; Crushed Tomatoes)
embellishments: hand-cut/layered paper flowers with twine from Jillibean Soup Bean Stalks Twill Polkas, Jillibean Soup Sweet & Sour Soup Labels, Jillibean Soup Corrugated Shapes
alphas: American Crafts Dear Lizzy Merry Mermaid Foam Thickers

other supplies:
alphas: October Afternoon Farm Fresh Mini Market Stickers (red & cream), Echo Park A Walk in the Park 12×12 alpha stickers
Silhouette SD: bracket_1007
brown journaling pen: American Crafts SlickWriter
brown ink for edging: Stampabilities
foam adhesive: Therm O Web
sewing machine stitching

sketch: Project 12 July 2011

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This layout was originally posted on the Lucky Girl Crafts blog on September 24!

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Husband and I have made it an unofficial goal to see as many of the waterfalls in our area as we can while we live here.  Earlier this summer, we traveled about 20 minutes from where we live to see Chittenango Falls.  It was a beautiful little hike, even if it was a grayish sort of day.

I used the August Project 12 sketch as the basis for my layout, and I took it pretty literally:

The papers in the September Lucky Girls kit were perfect for the photos I had from our afternoon at the falls.  I am a B-side kind of girl, so I immediately was attracted to the gray houndstooth side of the Bite Sized Bits paper.  And probably my absolute favorite paper in the kit as the kraft-background White Macaroni.  I cut my title and the scalloped border from that paper!

The polkadot twill tape was the perfect continuation of the circle theme… and I added the vintage buttons tied with some of the twine.  To highlight the photo of Husband and I, I traced a small plate and stitched along the pencil line with more of the twine.  As a warning if you try this yourself– make sure you pierce nice big holes ahead of time!  Stitching with twine is not for the faint of heart, haha!

Supplies from the Lucky Girl Crafts September 2011 kit, “The Little Things That Count”
patterned paper: Jillibean Soup Staples (White Macaroni), Jillibean Soup Sweet & Sour (Bite Size Bits: B-side)
embellishments: Jillibean Soup Bean Stalks Twill Polkas, Jolee’s Boutique Parcel Vintage Round Buttons, Jillibean Soup Sweet & Sour Soup Labels

other supplies:
white cardstock: American Crafts (journaling cardstock unknown origin from stash)
Silhouette SD: custom-created scalloped border design, title font: HoneyScript
photo corners: Scrapbook Adhesives, “dyed” brown with pigment ink pad by Stampabilities
brown journaling pen: American Crafts SlickWriter
lime green Sharpie for edging journaling strip

sketch: Project 12 August 2o11

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This layout was originally posted on the Lucky Girl Crafts blog on September 23!

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I started as an “event” scrapbooker… where all of my pages were about holidays or trips or “big” life events.  As I’ve progressed over the years, I have started to add in pages celebrating the “little” things, too.  You know, the random everyday life stuff… and it captures what “real life” is like, sometimes even more than the big events.

This is one of those pages.  Even though it took place at the beginning of a Thanksgiving trip, I still wanted to include this episode as a separate Little Things page. The name of September’s kit, “The Little Things That Count”, was a great reminder for me to pull out these photos and scrap them!

Twin Bings are a favorite candy of Husband and his family, and they are made by a company native to his home state.  When he and his sister found out that I’d never had one, they decided that this must be remedied as soon as possible!  Of course, I had my camera with me, so I made sure to document the whole experience!

These pom pom picks are so fun, and perfect to accent my title!

The journaling is on tiny strips to caption each photo.  I added some red bling I had in my stash (haha get it– Twin Bing… bling… okay, so I thought it was pretty funny :)) for a bit of extra sparkle to go with the pom poms.

Supplies from the Lucky Girl Crafts September 2011 kit, “The Little Things That Count”
cardstock: Bazzill (Black Beetle, criss cross texture)
patterned paper: Jillibean Soup Sweet & Sour Soup (Sauerkraut)
alphas: American Crafts Dear Lizzy Merry Mermaid Foam Thickers
embellishments: Jillibean Soup Red & White Journaling Sprouts, Crazy 3.5″ Pom Pom Picks

other supplies:
white cardstock: the Paper Company
alphas: October Afternoon Farm Fresh Mini Market Stickers (red & cream)
gems: the Paper Studio
photo corners: Scrapbook Adhesives
journaling pen: Sharpie Ultra Fine point
foam adhesive: Therm O Web

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