4.18.2014

on my list ~ chic tags

One of my blogging friends, Monica from the  I Love It All blog, is always making lists. She sells these amazing journals and she is always sharing these amazing lists and I am always inspired by her.

And so I put to work some of her lists inspiration this past month and here's what I did.

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For this little Cinched book I used the Chic Tags exclusive March Kit. The March 4 x 6 journal card was a perfect mini album cover. A butterfly was cut from the School House Lessons 12x12 pattern paper and then layered with a piece of vellum. I wanted a real soft, real simple book. After all it was a journal of lists and needed plenty of room to write.

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Color Shine Teal is a great match for the blues used for this kit, and so I added that to the front as well the 'true fact' die cut piece.

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Created a title page with more of the journal cards. The 'story of my life' piece was trimmed out from a 4 x 6 card, and then layered back over that card with vellum in between. '46'...ah...what's in a number anyway...but I do love those Veneer Numbers still available at Chic Tags. They have a polka dot emboss on them, are veneer, and I have managed to use them on many projects.

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Turning the page there are more of my own die cuts, Love and Hearts, plus stamp image from the March kit. And then a prompt. I added 3x4 journal cards here and there, plus used 4 x 6 cards for answering the prompts.

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Some of the lists are obvious to me. Meaning, I don't need a list to remember. But the reality that some things are my 'right now' will be unique. I know me, and I will love looking back on this book in years to come when I am in yet a different chapter of my life.

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This IS real life, and real life seems to be relentless. I forget the seemingly little things. And there is just too much going on currently for me to want to forget.


So how about you? Need a weekend project? this would be a great project. A great way to use up some of your favorite papers. scraps you need to clean up. or break open that new kit. Whatever it is, I hope you find inspiration in creating your book of list and keep track of your here and now.

here's a free list to get you started.

and here is product info to my digital cut file used:

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sizzixshapestore.com

till next time...

4.14.2014

chic tags ~ sunday sketch

Yesterday was Sunday Sketch over at Chic Tags and I was lucky enough to participate...


Sasha shared this fabulous sketch with us and many of us played along using all things Chic Tags. Here is what I came up with...

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I took my layout to 12x12. This will be part of a double page layout with several other photos from my birthday week last month.

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I only went with 9 circles creating this mat on my Sizzix Eclips and cutting it out on American Craft Heavy Card Stock. When I trimmed it down I left a little extra on the right as a margin for the photo.

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Do you ever start a page, have an idea to start, but not sure where it is going to go? Well, that was this one. Obviously I had Sasha's sketch as the inspire point...but after that, I sort of struggled for a bit.


I knew I wanted to use the Happy Place Crisp Air pattern paper, but I also knew it was on the bright side for me, and I am always so afraid of yellow...so I decided to layer it under the circle mask I created.

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So then I painted the card stock with a wash of Color Shine Teal and gesso. Sort of a go-to technique for me right now. And I really love how the words from the paper peek through the circles in the mat, also allowing the yellow to say hello without taking over the whole layout.

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The circles made perfect little homes for simple embellishments that helped support the rest of this story. School House circle Icons fit perfectly inside layered with some Happy Place Phrases that I trimmed and edge painted. The "Highlights From This Week" is from the March Exclusive Kit (which sadly is sold out). Again, it was a little bright, but just a bit of gesso toned it down and gave it that soft spring hue I was hoping for.

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The Having a Blast flair is from the March kit. Love This Life belongs to Happy Place Phrases. I folded the edges back to give it a banner look and layered it over my photo. Sigh...I just love that photo of me and that little SuperMan. To continue to add to the soft feel of this page, I clustered yellow flowers and sequins in one of the circles. These were found in my stash and I love what they add to the over all feel of this project.

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Well for not knowing where this layout was going, I am pretty happy with it. Eager to tell the rest of the story with my other photos. Happy to have pushed through a project and just play and have fun. Happy for all these memories I am blessed to document and share with you today.

Till next time...

4.12.2014

4.09.2014

goin' glam with pink paislee

Go Glam! | Pink Paislee

Today I share mixing glam with Pink Paislee and Easter memories over at the Pink Paislee blog.

4.08.2014

scrapping for friends


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For a Christmas present to a friend this year, I subscribed her to the JMPGirl Monthly Scrapbook Page. (yep...I just made that up). She is a long time family friend who loves our family deeply and and loves any and all photos I send her way. So I thought it would be fun to purchase a stand that holds 8x8 layouts, and send her one a month. For the most part I am creating layouts with photos from last years family photo shoot, but since March was my birthday month, I want to send her one of moi!

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I simply had fun with this layout and the use of a monochromatic feel. No rules here really at all, save for mint! Yep. Mint has a hold of me right now. SO lots of mint pattern from Hello Today as well as a background from Mixed Company.


Mint played out on Color Magic Paper Goods which is a perfect match.

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You may even find some Serendipity in there as well. And of course book paper die cut into leaves breaks up the color in a very subtle way.

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More clusters of butterflies and arrows and notched banner pieces. So the challenge here today is: send a friend or family member a layout page created by you. Have fun with it. Let yourself go and layer it up with die cut and paper punched pieces. A fun little creative piece for someone else to enjoy.

4.04.2014

4.01.2014

hello april...

are you caught in the blur right now?
This time of year that leads up to May...which to me is the time of year that can feel just as hairy as the Christmas season...can be a blur to me. It's the end of the academic year and wrapping up so many schedules and activities. And I am predicting this year will be a bit more intense than previously...which is a reason I continue to be so thankful for this Memory Planner.

memory planner ~ jamie pate

Today I just want to review March. Remember when I shared this here...

memory planner ~ jamie pate

on this post? Well here it is now...filled...

memory planner ~ jamie pate

I love this. I love having this home to place random as well as specific thoughts.

memory planner ~ jamie pate

I love a place that I am looking at daily that I can place my lists. Scripture that is speaking to me. A book list. And always, one little thankful thing everyday.

memory planner ~ jamie pate

I love that Heidi shares these printables. Thematic for the month. I love a place to add a thematic photo that celebrates events of the month.

memory planner ~ jamie pate

I love places to add even more words, thoughts, gratitudes...

memory planner ~ jamie pate

I made a foldable card with the 'choose happy' on the cover. Inside provided extra room to place a very special card I received this past month, as well as a place to write down a longer list of gifts and gratitudes that were part of this month. Perfect for this 6x4 pocket.

memory planner ~ jamie pate

I love having our family photo every month in this journal. I love the story that it is telling this year. I love a place to add a photo of one of my favorite creatives while we were on FaceTime last month. Sweet memories.

memory planner ~ jamie pate

I love these notes. Some events. Something special or memorable about a day. A place to write something. It's a planner. It's a memory keeper. It's a reminder that life is actually happening in the midst of the blur I am finding myself living.

memory planner ~ jamie pate

I love this lovely place to hold pretty as well as sometimes not so pretty stuff. It's all life. And I love that it's all right here.