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.


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.


adventure ~ new atlas by pink paislee

Adventure | Atlas Collection by @pinkpaislee @jamiepate
Introducing Atlas from Pink Paislee...

Pink Paislee Atlas 2015

This is a beautiful selection of papers, stickers, words, ephemera and gorgeous paper that will really bring a lot of mileage to lots of themes for telling your stories.

Adventure | Atlas Collection by @pinkpaislee @jamiepate
This collection is beautiful. It is so versatile to tell very specific stories as well as travel themed documenting. I am trying to make up trips for us to take just so I can use all the fun fun travel motif.

Adventure | Atlas Collection by @pinkpaislee @jamiepate
It comes with plenty of little embellishments to fancy up any page. I am a fan of layering, as you may or may not know. Anything to point to my story in my own personal style.

Adventure | Atlas Collection by @pinkpaislee @jamiepate
Do you not adore that camera chipboard piece? I made this layout up at CHA for the moodboard found in the Pink Paislee booth. I loved how it turned out.

Adventure | Atlas Collection by @pinkpaislee @jamiepate

Be sure to watch for this set to be in your local scrapbook store as well as online. I know you will fall in love with the paper selection and find that you will need this as much as I do.

Thanks for stopping in!


marquee diy

Have you had a chance to play with the new MarqueeLove from Heidi Swapp?

Marquee Diy | @jamiepate @heidiswapp #hsMarqueeLove

They are fun letters available at Michaels that come all white and ready for you to diy to your hearts content.

And that's just what I did. Today I have a little tutorial of how I altered a few letters for a gift for a 17 year old male teen.
If you have any 17 year olds in your life, you may well have an idea as to the challenge it can be to buy for that guy?
But this is what I am came up with...

Marquee Diy | @jamiepate @heidiswapp #hsMarqueeLove

The plan was to alter the 'N' and the 'arrow' to give it a faux vintage metal look.
I used:
metallic silver spray paint
black chalk paint
a wide bristly paint brush

Marquee Diy | @jamiepate @heidiswapp #hsMarqueeLove
First: the letters were spray painted with the metallic silver paint.
Make sure they dry well between coats.
It took about three good coats to get them covered as I liked them.

Marquee Diy | @jamiepate @heidiswapp #hsMarqueeLove
Next, take the bristly brush and your choice of black chalk paint...

Marquee Diy | @jamiepate @heidiswapp #hsMarqueeLove
...dry brush the black onto the painted letter.
To do this I would dip the paint brush into the paint, and then dab off as much as I could but still have some paint on the brush.

Marquee Diy | @jamiepate @heidiswapp #hsMarqueeLove
As I applied the black paint, I would take a rag and wipe off the excess paint.

Marquee Diy | @jamiepate @heidiswapp #hsMarqueeLove
You can see here the completed 'N' and then a bit of the before and after on the 'arrow'.

Marquee Diy | @jamiepate @heidiswapp #hsMarqueeLove
This is the end result before the lights were added. Did you know that each letter and icon comes with its own set of lights that are made specific for that light? It makes this marquee letter kit so easy and doable. Even IF the gift is for a guy.

Marquee Diy | @jamiepate @heidiswapp #hsMarqueeLove
Tada! and there you have it. Faux vintage metal letters ready for the giving.
I loved how these turned out and hope you found some inspiration here today.
Would love you to link me up with the letters that you diy!
and tag me on instagram too... @jamiepate ...share what you did with your Marqee Love.


let's fly

Let's Fly | @jamiepate for @jotmagazine @kimarcher

So excited and happy to share my first project for JotMagazine. Kim posted a Mood Board earlier in the month and it was a great challenge to play along.

Go here to see the rest of the entries and give it a try yourself!

Let's Fly | @jamiepate for @jotmagazine @kimarcher
For this page I picked up the pinks and yellows and charcoal from the mood board image. Pink Paislee Bella Rouge is mostly used to make this page. One of my methods for creating is to hone in on specific colors. Keep the page congruent with specific hues and enjoy that as a creative process. There was such a celebratory feel to the mood board and so sequins were a must have for this page too.

Let's Fly | @jamiepate for @jotmagazine @kimarcher

The reason for the page was to introduce my #olw (one little word) for the year: FLY.
I created a cut file and colored with black water color surrounded by splatters for Gold Color Shine. I love the simplicity of the page yet how that word really takes center stage for me.

Let's Fly | @jamiepate for @jotmagazine @kimarcher
Words always find their way on my pages. Just about almost always. These word strips from Heidi's collection at Hobby Lobby could never be a hoarding issue for me. I love them all and will use up every bit. Using words to emphasize creativity is huge for me.

Let's Fly | @jamiepate for @jotmagazine @kimarcher
 A closer look at the sequin and vellum pocket. Just fun and perfect for a celebration type project.

Let's Fly | @jamiepate for @jotmagazine @kimarcher
So allow me to sum up a couple of things here...
firstly: go visit Jot and check out what many of the rest of the 2015 Jot Girls created for the mood board.
secondly: do you pick a word for your year? if you never have, I challenge you to do so. And then to join Ali Edward's year long class to keep you connected to your word. I promise you will not be disappointed.

o.k...for now...stay warm!


december memory planner ~ heidi swapp

I cannot even begin to express how much impact this Memory Planner from 2014 has had on me this year. I feel like I am holding a real family treasure in my hand. It astounds me that a whole year, the blur, the one little thing every day, is right here and complete.

Here are my last pages for 2014::

december memory planner 2014 @jamiepate @heidiswapp #hshellotoday

december memory planner 2014 @jamiepate @heidiswapp #hshellotoday

it's such a sense of accomplishment this planner. this journey. this documenting what was.

december memory planner 2014 @jamiepate @heidiswapp #hshellotoday

This album is so full of thoughts.
memorable photos.
the jotting down of the significant as well as the insignificant.

december memory planner 2014 @jamiepate @heidiswapp #hshellotoday
Some things I included:
I like to mimic the Zing printer by printing several photos in a 1-inch format. I think they are a cute perfect size for remembering these little moments.

Added a post card from Starbucks. Loved their graphics this year. Picking up ephemera here and there will be great to have in years to come.

Printed Heidi's December Printable and adorned my pages with them . I adore having her art work on these pages throughout the year.

december memory planner 2014 @jamiepate @heidiswapp #hshellotoday

december memory planner 2014 @jamiepate @heidiswapp #hshellotoday
Family photo. Remember how I goaled to add a family photo each month...well this capture taken on Christmas day at my mother's house is the most meaningful to me of all. All of us. In one place. At one time.

Added a tag from Pink Paislee's Merry&Bright. It was my fav tag and was becoming a hoarding issue so I thought it would just be safe here.

The 'merry merry' is one of my die cuts I did for Sizzix. It became a sort of theme for me this Christmas season. 

december memory planner 2014 @jamiepate @heidiswapp #hshellotoday

december memory planner 2014 @jamiepate @heidiswapp #hshellotoday
SheReadsTruth is an online community of women with a daily devotional shared each day. The season of Advent was beautifully celebrated this year on their site. I found myself really drawn to a few of the graphics and photos and quotes. This side of the pocket page is mostly dedicated to the impact that had on my Christmas spiritually.

december memory planner 2014 @jamiepate @heidiswapp #hshellotoday

I am so thankful to Heidi for inspiring this process. For sharing her heart a year ago when teaching this in Anaheim. I ate up every word she spoke and have put it to practice by way of this planner this past year.

And the journey begins again.
You should all be more than aware of her Capture30 class available at BigPicturesClasses.

This online workshop is still available.
It's not too late to start at all.
I cannot encourage you enough to journey through this class and discover just what it means to stop the blur and write down one thing every day.

Happy New Year you all!!!


out with the old...in with the new

How excited I am about this theme right now...
the out with the old and in with the new.
it is really bringing a certain energy to my core right now.

As I was thinking through my last assignment for the year for Pink Paislee that posted today on their blog, I kept find words pop up in my head about the year I just travelled through.

2014 Inventory | Pink Paislee @pinkpaislee #ppbellarouge @jamiepate
This has been the most interesting year. In many respects it has been a very very hard year spiritually and emotionally. I have probably been the healthiest this year of the past decade. So I was all in for everything. I failed miserably on some issues. BUT...and this is a big but...I learned from those failings. I did.

2014 Inventory | Pink Paislee @pinkpaislee #ppbellarouge @jamiepate
The learning is not always fun, because we think we should know better by now...especially at my age...eh hem. But that is just it, the learning NEVER ends. Never. Not for a day. Not for a week. and most definitely not for a year.

2014 Inventory | Pink Paislee @pinkpaislee #ppbellarouge @jamiepate
So these words were coming through my heart pretty clear.

2014 Inventory | Pink Paislee @pinkpaislee #ppbellarouge @jamiepate
I adore how the Bella Rouge collection from Pink Paislee supported what I was doing here with this album. This cover page I cut apart one of the Ephemera tags that had those phrases. I wanted them to stand out on their own. Be kind...not only to others, but to myself. Ah...probably the hardest thing of all to do at times, do I hear an amen? Be strong...I have a faith that allows me to not be strong in myself, but in God who is always strong. And be you...this is about continuing to find my me. Who I am to be in all the challenges that come my way.

2014 Inventory | Pink Paislee @pinkpaislee #ppbellarouge @jamiepate

write. I was turned on to Julia Cameron's The Artist Way again this year. So this inventory is about the exercise to write daily. First thing in the morning. Three pages of whatever comes up. AH!mazing.

2014 Inventory | Pink Paislee @pinkpaislee #ppbellarouge @jamiepate

This has been so vital to my heart. They say that writing is the mirror of the mind. If you are like me you carry way too much in your mind. It not's perfection that this writing creates, but it's a certain perfecting of those thoughts that get a chance to get out of my head and rest somewhere else.

2014 Inventory | Pink Paislee @pinkpaislee #ppbellarouge @jamiepate

hospitality. Speaking of perfection...this word is by no means perfected in my life yet. But it found a place to be planted and begin to grow.

2014 Inventory | Pink Paislee @pinkpaislee #ppbellarouge @jamiepate

The 'be kind' word strip was perfect to sum this up for me. Hospitality is not always about having someone over in my home. Although that is indeed part of it. It's a state of heart. One that I am cultivating at a new level in so many ways. I love this process I am in right now.

2014 Inventory | Pink Paislee @pinkpaislee #ppbellarouge @jamiepate

open. Now that's a word with lots of context to it. This word was also inspired by my OLW for the year, 'seek'. It came right out of my adventure with that word.

2014 Inventory | Pink Paislee @pinkpaislee #ppbellarouge @jamiepate
This discovery has found me much more open with my heart and sharing it with others. Seeking wisdom and direction from friends and family. Laying it all out there...mostly the ugly...with the intent of allowing their words to help, heal and give me hope in my situation. I have prided myself in the past to be a private person. But it has found me still longing for certain connections with people around me.

There are several more words that have found their way in this mini album of inventory. I may share that with you another day.

But here's my challenge...find a WORD for your new year.
Resolutions are great.
But if you are like me, they can fall through the cracks of everyday life. But a WORD for the year will do a certain magic in your heart IF you pursue it and allow it to take you where you wherever it will.
And then allow that word to do just that...take you where it will.
I pray with the LORD's help it will bring you to a deeper awareness of you and the life that surrounds you.

Many many blessings to you, my friend, this new year.
May you find a way to be done with the old,
and bring on the new.

See you next year.