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News, Ideas and Tutorials

So Much Love
(So Much Love: Credits and instructions below)

Well hello! Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve shared my scrapbook ideas – hopefully I can make up for it a little bit today :).  First things first though, I want to say a BIG Thank You to everyone who has emailed me to say you’ve missed my posts, you are thinking of me and especially those of you who have been praying for me!! It is very touching and much appreciated.

So, here’s a little update on why I have been MIA for the past couple of months: as you can maybe guess by the layout above, I am pregnant! We are very excited about this happy news – what a blessing :)!! For the first trimester I was veeeeery tired, and although I luckily have not had to deal with “morning sickness” I have had to deal with an ongoing chronic illness which unfortunately came out of remission right about the time we found out we were expecting. So I have been pretty wiped out, but I am learning how to cope and I am blessed with an awesome husband and a group of caring friends who have been very helpful and supportive.

Anyway, that is why I have taken a break from designing, blogging, article writing, etc. for a while.  Now that I have a bit more energy, I hope to get back into the swing of things (at least with scrapping and blogging). So let’s get started, shall we?

For those of you who read the Prima Blog, these will not be new – sorry. The only creating I have been doing recently has been to fulfill my requirements for the Prima design team. I am glad I made that comittment, otherwise I might not have gotten anything done at all!

So Much Love (seen above and at the Prima Blog)

Digital Supplies: Signs of Spring Chipmates (SKU19843)

Physical Supplies:
All from Prima: Signs of Spring Papers (#881290, #881276, # 881368, #881283), Alphablends (#840716, #840723), Whispered Words (#812010), Voila (#881634), Die-Cut Chipboard (#400026), Clear Epoxy Stickers (#400002), RFH Sticker Sheet, Essentials 3 Coquette flowers (#517281) and Sprites 2 (#517144).

I used the RFH (Retail Friendly Hybrid) Die-Cut Chipboard, Sticker Sheet and Clear Epoxy Stickers along with the Signs of Spring Chipmates to create customized matching embellishments for my page.

Hybrid Steps:

  • I opened the Signs of Spring Chipmates file in PhotoShop, and used the Ellipse Tool to draw a white oval over the yellow sticker shape.
  • I used the Eyedropper Tool to choose a pink color from one of the other stickers, and used this color to type the words “a baby” over the white area of my yellow sticker.
  • Next, I printed out the sticker sheet onto the RFH sticker paper (be sure to print a test page first to make sure the stickers line up correctly).
  • For the yellow title sticker, I just adhered it to the matching chipboard sticker and placed the matching epoxy sticker on top to create a custom title sticker.
  • For the green and blue chipboard arrows and the yellow heart, I cut the stickers out by hand before adhering them to the matching chipboard. This gives them an uneven edge, so the chipboad underneath shows a bit.
  • I added an epoxy sticker over the heart, but I didn’t use them on the arrows, instead I created even more dimension by using the Alphablends stickers on top.

Orchid Farm

This layout was for the March BAP (Build-a-Page) Sketch.

Orchid Farm

Digital Supplies: Beautiful Day Kit by Vera Lim; font: Century Gothic

Supplies: All from Prima – Loft 18 Burgandy #520045; Elysee Lace#519520; Sprites #517212; Center Kissed Round 6 mm # 520700; Whispered Words #812119; and Steel Toe Mary Jane paper #602178

Tip: to create the blue block of color along the right hand side of the page, I opened the background (digital) paper in Photoshop and drew a rough selection using the lasso tool, then I feathered the selection and on a new layer, I filled the selection with white. Next, I layered the blue digital paper on top and “clipped” it to my shape, using the keyboard commands ctrl+alt+g, then ctrl+e (commands might vary depending on the version of Photoshop you use).

Thank You Card (originally seen here)

Thank You Card

Digital Supplies: Prima Fancies Silhouettes #1 by Valerie Foster

Physical Supplies: From Prima – Fancies #518806; Whispered Words #812010; Build-A-Bauble #400033; and The Bitty Bag paper flowers #506988. Other supplies: blank card, pink brad and a pen.

Hybrid Steps:

In Photoshop, I created a new document with the same dimensions as my blank card. I opened the Mixed Fancies digital image, and positioned it on the front of the card. I used the custom paper size option in my printer settings to enter the card dimensions. Before printing, I checked my print preview, to be sure that things were lined up correctly. Then I printed the image right onto the blank card. I used a brad to attach the flowers onto the perfectly coordinating design. Finally, I added a message and a few more embellishments and I was done!

Card, Tag and Gift Bag  Set (originally seen here)

Card, Gift Bag and Tag Set

Digital Supplies: Parcel Post digital stickers by IOD

Physical Supplies: From Prima – Fancies #518639, Mulberry Paper Leaves 170684, Elysee ribbons 519513 & 519520, Belle Fleur 518042 & 518059, Voila! Art Strips 880200, Whispered Words 812119 & 812010, RFH sticker sheet, & Clear Epoxy Stickers #400002. Other Supplies: Kraft cardstock and gift bag.

Tip: In Photoshop, I re-sized the digital stickers used for the card, so they would be a little smaller and fit my card better.

That’s it for today, more to come soon!

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15 responses to “News, Ideas and Tutorials

  1. Sharon Dale April 2, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Wow Jess, I was only thinking about you last night and was wondering how you were going and was going to leave you a comment today. Then I wake up to your beautiful post about being pregnant…not so that you’ve been unwell. Your work as always is beautiful and I just love the creations on the Prima blog…so much inspiration. Glad to hear you’re okay and take care of you and your little bubby :)

  2. anneberit April 2, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Aww, so nice to see you today – I was thinking about you and wondering where you went ;) Glad to hear that everything is okay and big congratulations on the baby news, so great!!! :D

    Take care and enjoy life!

  3. Jenni April 2, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Glad you are back- I had been wondering too!
    What an awesome reason to be tired and take a break- CONGRATS on your pregnancy!

  4. Teresa April 2, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Oh I knew it!!!! :) Congratulations!!! Been missing you and your posts and hoping everything was OK. So happy for you guys!! Gabe is going to be such an awesome big brother! Looking forward to hearing more about your pregnancy over the next few months- wishing you a very blessed and healthy Spring/Summer!

  5. ruthmelody April 2, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Hi sweetie!!! CONGRATS!!! Glad you are back- I had been wondering too!

    God Bless!!!


  6. Brooke - in Oregon April 2, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Cute stuff Jess! WOW you have been pretty darn creative for being pooped out! lol Seriously Love it all :)

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! What happy happy news!

  7. Brianna T. April 3, 2009 at 8:07 am

    Congrats on the pregnancy! Love that first page and all the bright colors!

  8. BettyC April 3, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Congratulations, Jess! I’ve been worried about you! I pray that everything goes well for you, new little one, & your family.

  9. SunshineDiver April 3, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Congratulations on the pregnancy! We missed you and we’re glad you’re back!

  10. Jennifer April 4, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    YEA! Congratulations!!!! I am so glad to hear the great news! When are you due? I am pregnant too :) Due September 15th. Glad you’re back!!! I’ve missed you!

  11. Ruth April 4, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    It’s so good you have enough energy to do some scrapbooking! I hope this middle trimester is easy-going and enjoyable for you. I’m so looking forward to another grandchild! And I’ll be there!

    Love you, Mom

  12. Alison April 5, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your little boy or girl! How exciting! I am glad to hear you are doing better. As always, your pages are beautiful.

  13. katessacrafts April 8, 2009 at 8:47 am

    What a cute page to make your announcement! I love it!

  14. Wendy April 8, 2009 at 9:49 pm


  15. Margie S. April 9, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Congratulations Jess! What exciting news! I pray you will be gaining strength as the days go by. Praise God for your husband :)
    Good to see your art again!

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