2.24.2015

color fever wanderlust ~ heidi swapp

color fever wanderlust | @heidiswapp @jamiepate #hsWanderlust
I am over at heidiswapp.com today sharing my edition of the Color Fever theme that the team posts for some amazing inspiration.

color fever wanderlust | @heidiswapp @jamiepate #hsWanderlust

The details for the above layout are all on today's post.

Hope you will hop over and take a look. And then I REALLY hope you will play along. Please tag me up on Instagram @jamiepate. Include the hashtag #HScolorfever.

2.13.2015

oh deer ~ sizzix shape store

jmpgirl designs | sizzix shape store #digitalcutfiles @jamiepate

Last week I introduced my newest little collection of cut files for the Sizzix Shape Store. You can see that post here at the Sizzix blog. You can see how I used this collection to make ready some Valentine boxed gifts in a glittery fashion.

jmpgirl designs | sizzix shape store #digitalcutfiles @jamiepate
 Well today I wanted to share with you how I used that same collection for a little boy layout.

jmpgirl designs | sizzix shape store #digitalcutfiles @jamiepate
The 'oh deer' was cut with September Skies from Heidi Swapp. I love how it is so perfect in that pixelated grey pattern. I roughed up the edges a bit to give it a bit more of a 'manly' feel. Are ya feelin' it?

jmpgirl designs | sizzix shape store #digitalcutfiles @jamiepate
I cut the Heart in Heart design in different sizes with water color paper. I love the texture water color paper brings my pages and how the Tinsel Color Shine gave it such a perfect texture for this little boy page.

jmpgirl designs | sizzix shape store #digitalcutfiles @jamiepate

Hope you will stop by and check out the collection at the Shape Store. Link me up if you do any creatin' with the set. Would love to show you off!

2.03.2015

february mood board ~ jot magazine

We all need inspiration. Inspiration to be better people. Inspiration to eat well. Inspiration to decorate our homes. And even inspiration to create pretty stuff. I love the inspiration found in Pinterest, Instagram and even Facebook. I think we live in a time of amazing visual inspiration to be found all around us.


Kim Archer from Jot Magazine put out the most inspiring mood board for February. She found wonderful images that when put together create a visual feast for the eyes. As well as the paper. I loved this board so much. I am sure to find myself creating even more with this board as the month continues. But so far this is what I came up with:

February Mood Board | Jot Magazine @jamiepate @jotmagazine
I kept the page fairly white and light. I really wanted the black and white stripes with touches of gold to pop and keep a lot of focus on that little selfie with my littlest guy.

February Mood Board | Jot Magazine @jamiepate @jotmagazine
That little guy is my huggy-snuggler. I have never had a kid hug like him. He was all over me this day when it was just he and I home hanging out together. He's a poser, that's for sure. This photo needed a page all to it's very self.

February Mood Board | Jot Magazine @jamiepate @jotmagazine

Now to just decide if I keep the page for MY album or give it up to him...hard to know. (oh...and note to self...add the date BEFORE ya take the photo.)

February Mood Board | Jot Magazine @jamiepate @jotmagazine

I created the LOVE die cut with my Sizzix Eclips. Now...tech poor skills alert here: when I learn how to host that little die cut, I will be sure to make it available for free to you all. The glitter frame is from Heidi Swapps frames but I cut off the sentiment so to just have a simple square. The 'happy' card comes from her Capture30 class. It just worked with the green that Kim included in the board.

February Mood Board | Jot Magazine @jamiepate @jotmagazine

The floral cluster is also a mix of Heidi Swapp. The pink rose is from September Skies and the green chipboard is from last years Hello Today.

February Mood Board | Jot Magazine @jamiepate @jotmagazine

The slide frame is also one I created and then added my own marks to it to give it that stripe. And then it's wrapped in a glitter sticker from Heidi Swapp.

Hope you are inspired by this mood board. If you are, and I think you should be, be sure to link it up over at JotMagazine for the challenge over there.

supplies: cardstock: White Wood Grain (AmericanCrafts); pattern paper: Heidi Swapp: Hello Beautiful (black and white stripe), Hello Today (pink blush); Minc Foil machine and  embellishments; Glitter Shapes Banners; Glitter Frame; Inspire Lovely gold hearts; Studio Calico gold sequins.

2.02.2015

one little word ~ jan

So here we are and it's February.
Was that not the fastest January to pass through our fingers ever?

With that in mind there are a few things I am thankful for.
first off Heidi Swapp's Capture 30. That was the best way to start off this year with daily prompts intended to inspire intention. And for me that is just what it did. I am deeply grateful to Heidi for all the work and love and time she shared with that class and how it will impact the rest of my year by way of #onelittlethingeveryday as well as the Memory Planner that will walk with me daily and be a documented reminder of the blur.

I am thankful next for Ali Edward's class One Little Word.
I have taken this class for several years now. I have always started strong and then fizzled at the end. Just when I should be paying more attention TO my word and seeing it through the very end. Sometimes you just get tired of a word. Not last year, SEEK was the best intention I could have come up with. Probably the most powerful of all my olw's.

Sharing the beginning of this year's prompts from Ali's class:

One Little Word ~ January @jamiepate

To start is sort of a follow-through with Ali's process. I kept going back and forth with whether I wanted to do a smaller album this year or not. But in the spirit of keeping things simple right now, I went ahead and opted to add this new word to an existing album and keep with the same size format.

One Little Word ~ January @jamiepate

Following the prompts from the class, cards were filled out to guide us through the beginning introduction to our word and help us to get acquainted. I delayed on purpose to work through these january prompts as I really wanted to think on my own terms about this word and what I was goaling for with it this year.

One Little Word ~ January @jamiepate
Not only is this a great mental exercise, the creativity aspect is always a plus. It slows one down a bit to think through as hands are busy putting the parts together in a please and aesthetic manner. This is always the part of the process about creativity that I love the most. The thinking that comes through with the creativity.

One Little Word ~ January @jamiepate
So what is going on here creatively:
Yet another form of pocket scrapbooking. The visual basis for this first month was lots of gold, black and touches of mintish-blue.  A photograph of me, taken by Maggie Massey, is part of the prompt. Me right now to trigger what is going on with the right now. Another photo that for me sort of depicts a bit about my word. Lots of gold paint on the card prompts. A confetti pocket with sequins, a foiled butterfly as well as extra little punches. Of course there is my word that I created digitally that is my mantra for the year. And then lastly a card I painted with gold metallic paint and added butterflies, one of my favorite icons, and a great example of fly.

So welcome to a new year. A new month. A new word.
If you have not followed this process before, I invite you to do just that. There are aspects to be discovered about you that can be found in this creative, emotional and mental process.

Here is to a beautiful Monday.


1.28.2015

oh so cute ~ new citrus bliss from pink paislee

Oh So Cute | Citrus Bliss from Pink Paislee @pinkpaislee @jamiepate
Have one more new Pink Paislee layout to share. Citrus Bliss is in a word: pretty. It is such a pretty collection of sweet hues and all things welcoming and, do I dare say it...spring!

Oh So Cute | Citrus Bliss from Pink Paislee @pinkpaislee @jamiepate
I loved playing the black and white photos up against the soft hues of the pink and grey and the pop of orange polka dot.
These photos are a few of my favs of this sister and her littlest brother. He misses her so much now that she is at school full time all week. This is about what it looks like everyday when she comes home. They are such blessings to my life. Loud blessings. But blessings none the less.

Oh So Cute | Citrus Bliss from Pink Paislee @pinkpaislee @jamiepate
So this collection has, again, a great Ephemera pack. Lots of die cuts and pattern pieces and citrus clear pieces. Can we say cute?

Oh So Cute | Citrus Bliss from Pink Paislee @pinkpaislee @jamiepate
Phrases like the above clear piece won't even be a hoarding problem for me. I will use those up quick like. I love that see through and floating element on a page.

Oh So Cute | Citrus Bliss from Pink Paislee @pinkpaislee @jamiepate
Wood veneer continues to be on trend and there is plenty to be had.  So don't hoard. Share.
The little gold 'dots' are from the Gold Foil Bliss Thickers.

Had a blast creating with this collection and can't wait till it is out and available to help me think about spring.

January is almost gone. Will be sharing insight to my Memory Planner soonish.

Till then...have a fabulous day.

1.26.2015

details ~ bella rouge

Details | Bella Rouge @jamiepate @pinkpaislee #ppbellarouge
I created this page a little while back when Bella Rouge was first introduced. This is one of those photos that works perfect with the hues of the collection. Makes it one of my all time favorite Bella Rouge layouts. Bella is still shipping and can be found out at independent scrapbook stores as well as online. Scrapbook.com carries the line. It's a perfect set for all things Valentines, girlie, spring...

Details | Bella Rouge @jamiepate @pinkpaislee #ppbellarouge
Today I posted over at PinkPaislee for their Designer Details category. This project is another great example of what I was talking about over there. The little details that can be found in all of my projects. Dimension.

Details | Bella Rouge @jamiepate @pinkpaislee #ppbellarouge
Dimension is an element pretty much always found on my pages or albums. Those Frayed Flowers can't help but adding a dimensional flair to this page.

Details | Bella Rouge @jamiepate @pinkpaislee #ppbellarouge
But besides what the products bring to my pages, I add my own dimension using a few different features. And all those details can be found at Designer Details | Pink Paislee today.

Hope to see you there. And drop me some love when you do.

1.22.2015

explore ~ atlas by pink paislee


Explore | new Atlas from #pinkpaislee @pinkpaislee @jamiepate
Sharing another layout created for the Pink Paislee CHA 2015 Booth and the several mood boards that were up in the booth. Have I relayed that I love this collection Atlas? It will be one of those go-to sets of creative choices for me.

Explore | new Atlas from #pinkpaislee @pinkpaislee @jamiepate
I took several of our photos from our holiday in Buena Vista this past summer. The photos are a favorite size for me: 3 1/2x 2 1/2-inches. It only includes a few photos but serves to bring us each right back here on this day we hiked into Maroon Bells.

Explore | new Atlas from #pinkpaislee @pinkpaislee @jamiepate
As I was creating this layout while at CHA, in the hotel room with my peeps, I was stuck. And so my new sweet friend Gail, (you should really go and stalk her), suggested the letter thickers to fill in some of my spaces. Um..duh! of course! perfect addition. And thus began my love affair with the silver thicker letters that are part of Atlas. They are a flat silver color and actually look like metal. I am feelin' a hoarding issue coming on.

Explore | new Atlas from #pinkpaislee @pinkpaislee @jamiepate
Atlas is one of those kits that is made up of some really great Ephemera pieces that can be perfect for a travel theme, or stand on their own to tell any story you have hidden in your camera roll.

Explore | new Atlas from #pinkpaislee @pinkpaislee @jamiepate
So be on the look out for when this collection ships later this winter. Explore each opportunity of the stories you have to share and document your moments in life. I know I will.