Thursday, July 21, 2016

I AM Strong Illustrated Faith Kit with Wilna Furstenberg

The new Illustrated Faith I Am Strong kit is now available!! Designed by the lovely Wilna Furstenberg and it is gorgeous!!  You can grab it with the 25% off sale!!

And, remember, you can always use code IFSHIPSFREE for free domestic shipping on any Illustrated Faith orders.

Don't forget they released their new planners this week too. 3 super cute options to choose from and a wall calendar.....

I'd love to see what you create with yours!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Celebrate Christmas In July

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Focus On Sketches: On An Adventure

I'm so excited to be back this week with another layout from the Focus On Sketches.  Last we looked at stretching and expanding a sketch to go across the entire page. This week we're looking at squishing it together and making a very linear sketch into a fun free flowing layout.

A look at the process and the idea of stretching a sketch.

If you're reading in email click the link below to watch

If you've missed any of the others you can see the entire series at this link

Here's the sketch and there's still time to play along with Creative Scrappers!

Supplies Used


Friday, July 8, 2016

Focus On Sketches: Love You

I'm so excited to be back this week with another layout from our sketch. This week we're looking at stretching and expanding a sketch to go across the entire page.

A look at the process and the idea of stretching a sketch.

If you're reading in email click the link below to watch

If you've missed any of the others you can see the entire series at this link
Focus On Sketches: 3 Ways or More

Supplies Used
Black Soot ink pad
Navy color shine


Thursday, July 7, 2016

Scrape Paint FUN!!

One of my favorite things to do in my Bible journaling is to scrape paint. LOL Yep it's that easy. I learned about these awesome paints and Shanna Noel created these pretty plastic cards to use with them.

With just a few colors you can mix and come up with the entire rainbow!!

Grab them and all your other supplies during the 
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Friday, July 1, 2016

Focus On Sketches - Love Dream

Are you ready for a new sketch and more ways to use one? Todays sketch is from Creative Scrappers and we're teaming up with Just Nick cut files so be sure to check it out and play along.

Here's a look at the process

If you're reading in email click the link below to watch

This time around i'm sharing turning the sketch 180 degrees but keeping the elements in the same place. I did swap out the photo and journaling spot for one bigger photo since I didn't have a lot of journaling for this photo.

Be sure to come back next Thursday when I'll show you how to expand your sketch!!

And some close ups

supplies used
October Afternoon stickers
Crate Paper Maggie Holmes bow
Cocoa Vanilla Totally Rad stickers
Wood Veneer
sewing machine

Focus On Sketches Pinterest board - for all the layouts and sketches I'm using for this series.
Focus On Sketches - Complete Playlist on Youtube

Creative Scrappers has a sponsorship from Just Nick Studios this month and a FREE Cut File for you to use with  sketch #296.  There is also a great giveaway of $25 Store Credit to Just Nick's Online Store for you to get TONS of new cut files! I hope you feel inspired to create with CS#296 and please share it on Social Media using #CreatingWithSketches. 



Friday, June 24, 2016

Focus On Sketches - Cherish

I hope you've been following along and enjoying my new series Focus On Sketches - 3 Ways or More. I'm up with the 3rd and final layout for June's sketch from Creative Scrappers Sketch #295. Don't forget you can play along with the sketch and win a fabulous Jillibean Soup prize.

This week we're looking at changing up the foundational pieces of the layout. If you look at the background you'll see multiple layers of paper cut into squares. I'm sharing how to do a watercolor background and layered digital die cut to take up the same amount of space but give a whole other look to your layout.

I'm also stretching out the tags to take in the space of the journalling. Still two tags but pulled apart to take up more space on the layout. The title remains in the same place.

Here's a look at more of an explanation of how to expand your sketches for more looks.

If you're reading in email click the link below to watch
Focus on Sketches - Cherish

And some close ups

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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At the top of my list is the new Illustrated Faith Yes and Amen Bible Journaling kit

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Friday, June 17, 2016

You Are My (Scrap-Room June Kit)

I've had a blast this month guest designing for the Scrap-Room and hope you've enjoyed seeing what I've created. This is my final layout using the kit but I still have some scraps and you know I'll be using them up! Today I'm working with the Echo Park Pinstripe collection.

I love the challenges over at the Scrap-Room and this layout is done with the formula from the Freaky Fast Friday challenge. It really stretches me and is so fun to see all the different designs that can come out of the same starting place.
You can join in with the Freaky Fast Friday challenge for prize over at the Scrap-Room.
Along the top I used one of the long stickers as well as the throw away pieces between two of the. You know me I'm always on the look out how to use every last bit up!

To ground my photos I added a strip from the washi tape and another long sticker. I thought the ruler was perfect since the fish stories always grow and my hubby is in construction so they go hand in hand.

I used a die cut from the ephemera and word stickers from the sticker sheet to create my long title.

The bingo card was cut from one of the patterned papers and then I added some twine through a tag to document my journalling. A few more stickers and it was done. Such a fun fast layout.

Be sure to visit the Scrap-Room and check out their Flavors of the Month kits and the other designers layouts. Lots of fun challenges there and on their Facebook group.

A BIG thank you to the Scrap-Room for having me!


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Focus On Sketches - 3 ways or more

I've started a new series on my Youtube channel and if you're not already following me there I'd love to have you subscribe and create along with me. I love sketches! they're a great starting point if you need a little nudge and sometimes they're great to just follow exactly when you want to create quickly or lost your mojo. I'm going to be sharing how I change this sketch up to create two more examples. I've already shared my layout following the sketch almost exactly so back up and check it out if you haven't already seen it.

Here's the first sketch I'm working with from Kristine Davidson and Creative Scrappers.

I started by one of the easiest ways to change a sketch and that is starting with the photos. I substituted the two small photos for one 6x4 portrait photo.

I didn't stop there. Instead of two pieces behind the photo I used one sheet of the floral then created the separation shown on the sketch with border strips. Instead of the tags I used my stamps to create a large embellishment to take it's place.

Here's a look at the whole process and more of my thoughts working with this sketch.

We Are Family Process Video

Hop on over and check out the pinterest board I've started to collect the sketches and layouts I'll create. I'd love to have you play along and share with me. So come along on the adventure to have your sketches go even further.

Pinterest Board - Sketches 3 Ways or More
Youtube Playlist - Focus On Sketches: 3 Ways or More

Supplies Used
Creative Scrappers Sketch #295
CTMH Happy Times paper
CTMH stamp
Cricut Artiste cartridge
Simple Stories - We Are Family, I Am, Carpe Diem clear stickers, wood veneer, sentiment, and photo stickers
Echo Park Family Stickers
CTMH ink pads - glacier, smoothie, fern, canary, saffron
CTMH gold shimmer trim
Sm scallop border punch
Tim Holtz Tea Dye ink pad
Sponge dauber
pink gems