Thursday, October 29, 2009

Cox Farms - 2006

Cox Farms is such a fun tradition for me - and I hope for the kids, too! We have been going there every year since before MC was born. Ken used to take a long lunch from work and join us, since his office is so close...but that was when we lived in Springfield and the kids were much younger. I chose papers from Jillibean Soup for the DT at Scrapbooks Plus in October, and threw in the brown on brown paper from Anna Griffen. Love the Journaling tags and the corrugated letters from Jillibean Soup! I used Erin Saravia's page map for this layout.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Pumpkin Time with Jillibean Soup

Fall at the Pumpkin Patch! We have gone to Cox Farms every year since 1997...maybe a year or 2 longer than that. One of our favorite things to do is to feed the goats - I love this series of pics with Paul so I used them to create my 2 page layout this month for Scrapbooks Plus: All the products on this layout are from Jillibean Soup. I love the names of the papers: Roasted Pumpkin and Curry Powder. I did use some Bazzill cardstock as the base, although I couldn't tell you for sure what color it was - if anybody wants to know I will look it up.
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It was fun to spread the story across the pages by sprinkling around the little Journaling Sprouts, varying the size and shape of the boxes, but treating the edges with the same ink to tie them together.

I used my Base Camp Cricut cart to cut out an extra large "P" on the reverse of some of the kraft paper and pulled out my paper crimper to coordinate it with the corrugated alpha - which I believe is my favorite scrappin' product this month! I inked and heat embossed some of the letters with green - the remainder I inked with dark brown. They do pop off the page a little better in person!
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It was still looking just a little too monochromatic, so I added in some accent pieces from the Chopped Parsley. The felt flowers (Bean Seeds in Jillibean Soup lingo) added some much needed *pops* of color.

Here's the Susie Bentz Tip of the Day: Using your Creative Memories 1.5" circle punch you can center it over each of the circular graphics on the Chopped Parsley paper and get a nice clean design - you do have to exclude the outermost ring of the design, but...

...just LOOK at the cool trim you can make out of it with a little scissor action! I *love* the lace-like effect!! I haven't used it on a layout yet, but maybe next week. (and yes, I did stretch my paper by cutting those circles in half before sliding the edge under the pics or paper.)

Friday, October 16, 2009

This is the Sad Story of a Happy Tail

Sulu and his case of "happy tail" - very stressful story, very cute layout! Again, I used the papers from Jillibean Soup. I created a pocket for my journaling pages and spent all kinds of time carefully lining up the pattern...and then covered up the edges! LOL! My favorite product comtinues to be the corrugated letters. Oh! Can you tell that I added the title on the journaling tag in Photoshop? I will hand write it after I get it back from the store, but I didn't come up with the whole title until I had already taken the pic! I think it is the perfect title!

Monday, October 5, 2009

1 Cute Chick

I am Designer of the Month over at Scrapbooks Plus, so I got to put together a kit for the DT to use. Most of the kit was from Jillibean Soup, which features designs on kraft paper as well as brightly colored prints, some of which are double-sided. The little birdies in one of the papers inspired this layout. I had this really sweet picture of MC from this summer I wanted to scrap - riding back to the dock after a long day of scalloping in Appalachicola Bay - and the colors were perfect for it. The corrugated alpha and journaling spot are also from Jillibean Soup, the stickers are from Mrs. Grossman's, and the other alpha are thickers from American Crafts. I used my paper crimper on the number "1", cut with Base Camp Cricut Cartridge. I picked up the little wooden bird element on sale and decopauged him with paper from Anna Griffin - love my Modge Podge!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

All Occasion Fall Card

I don't usually share my cards, but I love the way this one turned out - and it was really easy. I started with the Autumn Type embossing folder from Provocraft and ran it through my Cuttlebug with some Coordinations card stock. After it was sanded I mounted that on Orange Sugar paper from Jillibean Soup and inked the edges. The last layer was another piece of the Coordinations cardstock, which was crumpled up and sanded - love the effect! The ribbon and cute felt flowers are also from Jillibean Soup. Simple!