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Hybrid Butterfly Card

Here’s a birthday card I made for my sister-in-law a little while ago. It’s a fun mix of grungy and delicate, earthy colors and bright colors, digital elements and physical embellishment. (As seen on the Prima blog)

Hybrid Birthday Card

Digital Supplies: Prima Sprites 2 Silhouettes – YELLOW

Physical Supplies: By Prima: Sprites 2 (#517144), Butterfly (#528355), Center Kisses (#520717). Other Supplies: Kraft cardstock, distress ink by Ranger, glitter glue and black ink.

Steps:
In Photoshop, I created a new document with the same dimensions as my blank card. I opened the Sprites 2 Silhouettes – YELLOW digital image, rotated it 180 degrees, 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 and embellished it with Sprites flowers and a butterfly!

Tips and Tricks:

  • The digital silhouette I used for this card was designed for the yellow Sprites flowers, but it still works – don’t be afraid to experiment!
  • When I printed my digital image, the printer messed up and made black smudges of ink on the edges of my card – that’s when I decided to go with the grunge look :). I used more black ink to ink the rest of the card edges, plus some distress ink and glitter glue. I ended up loving it!
  • Even though I was going for contrasts between the bold flowers and grungy background, I still inked the flowers with a little distress ink to help them fit in with the rest of the card.

P.S. I usually try to avoid using my own handwriting – especially on the fronts of cards,  but I thought this one was just funky enough that it would look like the messy lettering was intentional ;).

Handmade Baby Shower Cards

Looking for new ways to use your scrapbooking supplies? How about some handmade cards :)! I always save paper scraps left over from my scrapbooking projects to use later for cards, mini albums and other projects. These My Mommy and Me papers, by Prima were the perfect thing for some Baby Shower cards I made recently (as seen on the Prima blog).

Handmade Baby Shower Card Ideas

Handmade Card Making Tips

  • Stretch your paper scraps by cutting out paper design elements and using them to embellish your card front (like the flowers on the first card, and the turtles on the second).
  • Mix and match papers from one or more paper collections for a more exciting design.
  • Use a square or circle punch to instantly crop out cute sections of patterned paper, then create a mosaic out of them (you can download the free card template here).
  • More ideas for handmade baby shower cards and gifts: Girly Baby Shower Card and a Baby Shower Gift Idea

Digital Supplies: Signs of Spring Chipmates by Prima (first card)

Physical Supplies: All by Prima: Alphablends (#840723), Lovables Frilly flower (#701062), My Mommy and Me papers (#870195, #870270, #870294), Die-Cut Chipboard (#400026), Clear Epoxy Stickers (#400002), RFH Sticker Sheet. Non-Prima supplies: white cardstock, glossy photo paper.

A Little Giveaway and a Mini Album Idea

I finally finished my most recent mini album! As I mentioned earlier, I had gone to Michael’s to pick up some of the goodies from the Nursery Tales Collection by Prima.  I got some great deals because I had a 30% off your entire purchase coupon and I also went back on another day to use a 40% off coupon for the paper pack.

Want to see what I bought?

Nursery Tales Collection by Prima

As many of you know, I am expecting a new baby in September, so I was thrilled to see this new collection!! The timing couldn’t have been more perfect too because I wanted to make a mini album just for Gabe and the Nursery Tales Collection worked wonderfully for this project.

Mini Album Idea for Older Siblings

My son Gabe will be turning three just before we expect his new little sibling to be born. We have been trying to prepare him for our new arrival and get him excited about the new addition to our family. I want him to feel like he is a big part of what is going on. Gabe loves books, but I had been having a hard time finding one that I thought was really sending him the right message. Then it hit me, Gabe LOVES to look through all of my mini albums – why not make him his very own mini album about his early days as a newborn? I used photos from Gabe’s first few days to show him what life with a newborn baby is like.

I love this idea because it accomplishes at least three goals:

  • Help the sibling learn about everyday life with a newborn by sharing photos of bathing, changing, feeding, sleeping, cuddling and even crying.
  • Use photos of the sibling as a baby, so that they can see that they were once a newborn and were cared for in the same ways.
  • Give the sibling a special mini album of their very own – Gabe loves his even more than I expected him to!

I used a 5×5 Accordion Album, which also comes with its own keepsake box – too cute :)! Here are some pics of the finished box:

Altered Keepsake Box using Nursery Tales, by Prima

And a close-up one so you can see the adorable mini roses and beautiful flocked paper:

Keepsake Box using Nursery Tales, by Prima

Here’s the front of the album – I love the rub-ons in this collection!

Mini Album Cover using Nursery Tales, by Prima

I love the little bunnies too :)!

Nursery Tales Collection, by Prima

Now for some pics of the inside of the album – awww, was he really ever that little?

Mini Album using Nursery Tales Collection, by Prima

I love that the album has built in pockets and frames – it really is the perfect thing for a preschooler! Plus, you can add extra photos on the backs of the tags.

Mini Album using Nursery Tales, by Prima

What a great photo for the last page ;).

The Nursery Tales Collection, by Prima

Tips and Tricks for Mini Albums for Kids

  • I used the distressed look, with rough, inked edges – that way, if the book suffers some wear and tear at the hands of my preschooler, it won’t be as noticeable.
  • I attached clear transparency sheets over each of the photos to protect them from little finger prints.
  • I made double-sided tags for all of the pockets in the album, making it more interactive and fun for young viewers.

Still with me? How about that giveaway :)! Leave me a comment on this post with your guess about the color scheme of the new baby’s nursery… PINK or BLUE? In a couple of days I will randomly choose somebody from the winning group of answers to receive a special sampling of the Nursery Tales papers and embellishments :)! P.S. If you are a friend or family member who already knows, please keep it our little secret for a few more days, OK? ~xo Jess

Custom Greeting Cards Tutorial

Here’s a gift idea to try – handmade custom greeting cards! I made this set of cards as a birthday gift for my sister-in-law. The bold colors and designs remind me of her fun personality. The cards can be used as-is to send a quick note, or she can choose from a variety of greetings to stick on the front of the cards to suit a special occasion. As seen on the Prima blog.

Custom Greeting Cards Tutorial

Handmade Custom Greeting Cards

Digital Supplies: Tea and Silk chipmates sticker sheet

Physical Supplies (all by Prima): Life Colors papers (#910013, #910099, #910068), Say it in Crystals (#529314), Say it in Crystals packaging (#517328), Loft 18 felt flowers (#520052, #520045), Scribbles flowers (#528607), Center Kisses (#520724, #520717), Die-Cut Chipboard (#400026), Clear Epoxy Stickers (#400002), RFH Sticker Sheet.

Steps: Use a pre-made set of blank cards with envelopes or create your own out of sturdy cardstock. Trim patterned cardstock to fit the card fronts (I left a slight border showing on mine).Custom Greeting Card Stickers For unity in the set, I chose coordinating papers all from one paper collection. Next, add simple embellishments, leaving room for the greeting to be added later if desired. TIP: I used strips of polka dot paper on most of the card fronts, this creates even more unity between the cards and makes them look like a set. The polka dot paper is actually from the packaging of some Prima Say it in Crystals :). Once your cards are ready, you can create some custom greeting stickers. I created mine on the computer, using the digital Tea and Silk chipmates sticker sheet. I just opened the sticker sheet in Photoshop, used the “eyedropper tool” to select a coordinating color, and used the type tool to place messages on the stickers. TIP: once you type a message, you can rotate it to fit the orientation of the sticker by using the “move tool”. When I was happy with the custom stickers, I printed them out onto the RHF sticker sheet, stuck them onto the coordinating chipboard pieces, and placed matching epoxy stickers on top.

That’s all there is to it! Here’s a close-up view so you can see those funky flowers :).

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Baby’s First Easter Faithbook Page

Happy Easter! I am looking forward to spending time with my family and friends at church tomorrow morning, so I thought I’d share this with you a day early :). It’s a hybrid scrapbook page I made celebrating Gabe’s very first Easter (2007). I can’t believe how much he’s grown in the past two years!!

First Easter Hybrid Scrapbook Page

Digital Supplies: Fancy Leaves and So Flirty kit, by Jess Gordon

Physical Supplies: Flowers, Crystals, Cardstock and Letter Stickers all by Prima

First Easter Scrapbook Page

Here’s a close-up look at the hidden journaling area behind the main photo. You can see my full tutorial for this page in the April issue of the DST Insider . Check it out  – it’s free!

Mini Album Faithbook Idea

Happy Good Friday!

Have you been to Michael’s lately? They have some gorgeous new scrapbooking collections from Prima, so I went shopping!!!! First, I picked up some of these:

First Blush by Prima, available at Michael’s
First Blush by Prima - available at Michael's

I loooooove this new collection, and I’m especially proud of the papers by Doris Castle and Dianne Rigdon, two talented digital designers I have been lucky to work with in the past! The flowers and other embellishments are also as lovely as can be! I will be stopping back at Michael’s again tomorrow (with a 30% off your entire purchase coupon) to pick up some of the new Nursery Tales collection too – perfect for me right now :)!

Mini Album Faithbook

Mini Album Faithbook

Here’s a project I made recently with the new First Blush collection by Prima. Since the paper pack has 96 papers, I’m sure there will many more fun projects to follow! I have been trying to memorize a group of Bible verses about four topics; Kindness, Gentleness, Patience and Self-Control – areas I would like to improve on in my life, especially since I will soon be the mommy of two ;). So, I printed out the scriptures and added them to this mini album. I love using an accordion album for projects like this, because I can display the open album along a shelf and look at it every time I pass by.

Mini Album Faithbook

To add a calming, peaceful feel to the album, I included springtime flower photos I have taken at a nearby botanical garden recently. It was tempting to go overboard with the beautiful floral papers from the First Blush line, but I tried to stick to mostly muted green papers, so as not to overwhelm the flower photos in the album.

Mini Album Faithbook

I am really happy with how this album came out, and I hope it will inspire me to learn these Bible verses and serve as a reminder of them for years to come.

Supplies: flowers, patterned paper, die-cut felt strip, stickers and crystals all from the First Blush Collection by Prima, available at Michael’s stores.  Album from Oriental Trading Company. Distress ink by Ranger.

Altered Flower Pail Tutorial

Here’s a fun project I made almost a year ago! The full tutorial with step-by-step photos is on the Prima blog today. Actually, I made two of these last spring -  for my nieces, Emma and Madison. I don’t know which they were more excited about, the pretty pails or the candy inside ;).

Altered Prima Flower Pail

If you are into “going green” with your scrapbooking projects, this is one way you can reduce/reuse/recycle! The little pail I altered is actually a recycled flower container. Here’s a shot of the flower pail before I started the project.

Scrapbooking Supplies from Prima

Click Here for a Step-by-Step Tutorial with Photos

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

Physical
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!

Flirty New Release and a….FREEBIE!

I have lots of new scrapping supplies for you in the store today :)!

Here’s my new kit, So Flirty!

So Flirty Digital Scrapbook Kit by Jess Gordon

I also made a quick page set:

So Flirty Quick Page Set by Jess Gordon

*Click Here for the So Flirty Quick Page Set*

And Kelleigh designed these super adorable printables with it too:

So Flirty Printables by Jess Gordon and Kelleigh Ratzlaff

If you purchase the kit, you’ll also receive this new Fancy Leaves element pack – FREE!

Fancy Leaves Element Pack by Jess Gordon

You can save over $5 if you purchase the bundled set – this is a GREAT deal :)!!

So Flirty Bundle by Jess Gordon

And check out this super fun printable project, designed by Brooke – in Oregon!! She was sweet enough to let me offer this as a freebie for you all – thanks Brooke!!!!

So Flirty Candy Bar Wrapper Freebie

*Click Here to Download the So Flirty Candy Bar Freebie*

Coming soon: tons of inspiration from my So Flirty One-Kit-CT!!!!

Christmas Gift Basket Idea

****FAMILY MEMBERS: Don’t look at this one please :)!****

Here’s an idea I have been wanting to try ever since I saw it on Kayla’s blog last year around this time: homemade caramel dip! I was amazed that you can make this great treat right in the can without ever even opening it :). You just remove the labels from some cans of sweetened condensed milk, put them into a deep pot, and completely cover them with water, then boil them for three hours (adding water when needed). The milk turns into a caramel-y type sauce – who knew?? But I learned after the fact that it can be dangerous because the cans will exploded if the water level drops below the tops of the cans! Good thing I remembered to keep adding water :)!!! Despite the risk, I will be making more of these – I tested some, and it is YUMMY!

Christmas Gift Basket Idea

Here’s a gift basket idea: Decorate cans of homemade caramel dip (I used printed papers from Chrstmas Heart), add some apples, candies and bags of nuts and you have a sweet gift to  be enjoyed by all … I hope ;)!

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