Back to Family, Cottage and Paper

Hi Friends!

A lot has happened in these last few months. As many of you know Design House Digital closed it’s doors last summer. I had just started selling my digital kits there so this was very sad for me since I felt like I had found a digital home at last. I was planning on selling at another well know digital company, but after a lot of heart to heart talks with myself, I decided that it was important to focus more on my family. Designing would have to take a back seat. So this summer was strictly about hanging out more with the kids and helping my husband fix up our little lake cottage that we bought a year and half ago.

We bought our little cottage right after my husband came home from a year’s deployment in Afghanistan. We found this small slice of heaven while my husband was home on leave and all four of us fell in love with it! It was structurally sound, but needed some major cleaning and TLC since it had not been lived in for about 4 years. The first summer we cleaned and fixed small things… the kitchen sink needed replacing, the toilet upstairs, and the whole process of cleaning from top to bottom including getting rid of 3 trailer loads of stuff! We also cleared a LOT of brush since you could hardly see the lake through all the trees! This last summer we worked on expanding the parking area (there was only enough room for 2 vehicles), cleared more trees including one HUGE pine that was making it’s home in a portion of our septic field and building a deck and stair system down to the beach (the cottage is situated on a steep hill). The kids were also a big help with smaller things and when they got tired, they loved being able to run down to the beach to build sandcastles and swim! We had a lot of family time too… walks, bike rides, kayaking, boating, fishing and just hanging out on the beach. It was definitely a good summer and a good decision to put designing on the back burner.

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beach-sunsetRibbon Tag from the Shabby Princess Shoppe.

During the summer, I also had some time to hang out and do some traditional scrapbooking after the kids went to bed. I had forgotten how much I loved working with paper after all the years of digi scrapping! I’ve posted a couple of layouts that I have done since I’ve gone back to paper.

luke-campingMainluke-camping2luke-campingMain3The first page is of my son Luke while camping at one of our state parks that we have in the area. We had taken a hike and found this amazing cabin! The last picture of this layout shows some green and orange accent paper behind the photo. I achieved this look by running it through my Tim Holtz VagaBond Machine with a Darice embossing plate. I then took some sandpaper and roughed up the embossed part to distress it. Supplies used: Paper -My Mind’s Eye and Basic Grey, Large Diecut – Crate Paper, Chipboard Letters – Making Memories, Embossing Plate – Darice, Thread – Iris, Chipboard Stickers – Basic Grey, Frame – My Mind’s Eye, Rubon – Cosmo Cricket.

halloween-mainhalloween2The next layout is actually from Halloween a couple of years ago. I’m definitely NOT a chronological scrapbooker!! I tend to scrap whatever catches my eye or the way that I feel at that moment. Scrapbooking is a bit about therapy too, not just preserving the past… don’t make it stressful by worrying about having to scrap those 15 more pics of Cousin Robert’s birthday party instead of the vacation to Disneyworld that you just took just because the party came before your vacation! Supplies used: Paper – Coordinations, Imaginisce, and Bo Bunny, Rubon Letters – Swatch Book Impressions, Tags – Basic Grey, Chalk Tag – My Mind’s Eye, Washi Tape – My Mind’s Eye, Embossing Plate – Darice.

Thanks for visiting!
Jen  :)

Alpenfest

I’ve been taking time to create a few pages instead of concentrating on just designing digital kits. I wanted to share with you a page about a local festival we have called Alpenfest which we attend every year.

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This layout works well with several photos, but still has plenty of “white space” to keep the page from looking too busy. Journaling could have easily been added using several lines of type at the end of the title.

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Another special little touch that I love is all the sewing! I love to sew on my pages!! It’s my favorite thing to do even though it takes a lot of time. Here I sewed a line along the top and bottom edge and also along the top and bottom of the scallop edges. The chipboard letters in the title looked a bit boring to me so I decided to sew some color on them also. The scallops were freehanded and then cut out without the use of a stencil. It’s very rare that I will use a stencil. I have nothing against them; I simply love the rough, uneven look that is achieved by drawing and cutting freehand.

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Here’s a list of the materials that I used to create this layout:
Paper – Basic Grey
Chipboard Letter – Making Memories
Date Stamp and Ink – Close to my Heart
Embroidery Floss – DMC

A Day on the Slopes Mini Album

My husband and I use to be ski instructors. He instructed for 2 years and I ended up instructing for 10 years. In fact, I was still teaching when I was pregnant with my son. I loved ski instructing! So it was natural for us to get our son and daughter out on the slopes at a very young age. They both started right around a year and half and fell as much in love with it as we did! I love that it’s something our whole family can enjoy together (and that it doesn’t take batteries)!

I came across these pictures from a while back of a beautiful, sunny day that we went skiing, just the four of us. I had plans to create several 12 x 12 pages with them, but decided to use this mini wood album by Kaisercraft. I’ve been working on it for several weeks on and off and finally finished it. I really love the way it turned out and thought I would share it with you. I’ll be happy to post my list of materials… just as soon as I remember where I put it!  :)

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Taking a little break…

So I thought I would take a little break from designing and finish a page that I have been working on for some time. I’ve never been very good about doing my pages in order (chronologically or any other way) so right now my focus is Easter… last Easter… as in 2011. I know, a little late, but it’s how I roll. I’ve starting working with fabric (my new love!!) on my pages and really like how it’s been coming out. 

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The little green flowers at the top are not apart of the page. They are actually little magnets that hold the layout to the metal rope on the wall.   :)

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The tag I hand stitched from scratch.

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I used strips of different patterned fabric and stitched them by hand to my paper. I also used fabric fringe and distressed it with ink before also adding it to my page. Another love of mine… hand stitching on my pages.

Materials Used:
Paper: Basic Grey; Paper for Frames: Basic Grey; Fabric: Hobby Lobby; Fringe & Canvas Tag: Canvas Corp.; Embroidery Floss: Iris; Ribbon: American Crafts; Clouds: My Mind’s Eye Paper with distressed ink; Ink: Ranger