Stashbuster: 4th of July Family Picnic

I’ve had this patriotic paper collection by Pebbles in my stash for several years now. I still love it, but I decided it was time to use it or move it out.

I created one two-page layout and two single page layouts with it and then put it in my purge pile. I’ll share the two-pager today … come back tomorrow to check out the two single page layouts.

EUBANK FAMILY PICNIC

Jana Eubank 4th Family Picnic 1

Whenever I’m creating a two-page spread, I like to have a horizontal line that bleeds across the gutter (or middle) of the page. It’s not a necessity, but to me, it helps to keep the eye moving across the page.

Jana Eubank 4th Family Picnic 2

It’s a little hard to notice, but I fussy-cut the patriotic bunting from one of the patterned papers in this collection to go underneath my photos. Banners were really popular on pages a few years ago, and I think we need to bring them back! They always make a project feel so festive!

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What’s a patriotic page without lots of stars, right?! I grouped these red Jolee’s stickers around a cluster of dimensional stickers. Some of the dimensional stickers are from a coordinating Pebbles collection and some were purchased from the Target Dollar Spot in the last year or two.

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I love a title with mixed fonts! Here I used a red puffy alphabet set by Seven Paper along with some silver foil striped thickers by American Crafts.

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I had lots of journaling for this page and chose to draw my own journaling lines and handwrite it this time. I like the casual feel it added to this layout!

SUPPLIES:
Cardstock: White
Patterned Paper: Pebbles
Dimensional Stickers: Pebbles, Target Dollar Spot
Red Star Stickers: Jolee’s
Letter Stickers: American Crafts, Seven Paper
Black Journaling Pen
Trimmer/Scissors
Adhesive/Foam Squares
Brown Distressing Ink

Thanks for taking a look!
JanaBold

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Flexing My Declutter Muscle

Are you on a spring cleaning kick lately like I am? I have only just begun, but it seems like one of the things I am constantly reevaluating are my creative supplies.

I love my supplies! I love having them. I love creating things from my stash. But there comes a time when the amount of things I have starts to overwhelm my creative process and I know I need to purge.

The problem is that as a creative person I can see the “potential” in everything, so I have a hard time letting go of items I haven’t had a chance to use, even if I have had it for several years. I am trying to be better at mixing older things with newer things, using newer items right away, and matching my rate of shopping for new things to the rate of my consumption.

I recently came across a series of three videos about decluttering and purging by the amazing Origami Twist on YouTube. Her thoughts about culling our collection really hit home for me, and I have been able to give myself a bit more “breathing room” in my space.

My favorite phrase she said in the first vidoe is that each time we use our declutter muscle it will get stronger.

I FEEL that! I purged several things a month ago, but I decided to go through my stash again … and it’s true! I can feel my declutter muscle getting stronger.

I am being more realistic about the things I will truly get around to using, and more willing to pass things on to someone who will give those items a loving “home” and allow their “purpose” to be fulfilled, as well.

I have included all three videos below, if you would like to see them. They really are incredible and I suggest investing the time into watching all three.

The third video about HOW to actually MOVE the stuff out after you have decided to purge was just as ground-breaking to me, as the two about WHAT to purge.

I think you will enjoy these as much as I did!

Have a great week! and Happy Spring Cleaning!

JanaBold

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Scrapbook Pages: Using Lots of Texture

On today’s page I had fun using lots of dimension and texture. I used the Crate Paper Cool Kid collection combined with more papers and embellishments from my stash.

LOOK AT THIS

This page started with the two smaller photos on the right. I didn’t have gobs of journaling, but the fun nature of these photos made me want to do something spunky in the big empty space to the left … so I decided to get a little artsy and create a trio of pie chart shapes.

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The orange and yellow triangles are cut from the Cool Kid papers. I then mixed in some arrow paper (My Mind’s Eye) and plain teal cardstock embossed with a Teresa Collins Ebosser embossing folder.

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I added the dimensional embellishments on top of the pie wedges (these are Candy Buttons from the BasicGrey Spice Market collection from several years ago). I also added in some dome gem stickers (Adornit) for some sparkle.

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The title was created with a cut file by Lori Whitlock from the Silhouette Design Store. I cut it out twice, trimmed out every other letter and popped them up to give it more dimension. I also outlined the letters with a black journaling pen and added a shadow layer.

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The arrow is by Echo Park Paper, and can also be found in the Silhouette Design Store (Design #44512). I outlined it and then colored it in with a yellow Bic permanent marker for a doodle-y feel.

Finally, I added some stamping using the Stampin’ Up Playful Backgrounds and Gorgeous Grunge stamp sets and a little bit of spray ink.

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SUPPLIES:

OTHER SUPPLIES:
Cardstock: Navy, White, Teal
Grid Paper (Pebbles Seen & Noted)
You Are Awesome Paper (Pebbles)
Arrow Paper (My Mind’s Eye)
Ebosser machine
Embossing Folder (Teresa Collins Designs)
Silhouette Cameo 3 Electronic Cutting Machine
Wonky Pie Chart cut file by Jana Eubank
‘Look At This’ phrase cut file by Lori Whitlock (Design #8770 in the Silhouette Design Store)
Echo Park Arrow by Echo Park Paper (Design #44512 in the Silhouette Design Store)
Yellow Bic Permanent Marker
Clay Spray Mist (Studio Calico)
Black Distressing Ink
Black Journaling Pen
Black and White Baker’s Twine
Dome Gems (Adornit
Spice Market Candy Buttons (BasicGrey)
Stampin’ Up Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set
Stampin’ Up Playful Backgrounds Stamp Set
Computer/Printer for Journaling

Thanks for coming on by!
JanaBold

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Silhouette Cameo: Spring Projects

It’s no secret that I love to die cut and create 3D projects. Today I have a few “Ready, Set, Make” projects that I created for Silhouette using cut files from the Silhouette Design Store. They are the perfect way to celebrate spring!

(Click on the project title to be taken to the project in the Silhouette Design Store.)

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GARDEN BONNET AND SPADE

Jana Eubank Silhouette Garden Bonnet and Spade 1

I thought this would be a fun project to decorate your home with during the Spring months. It would even look cute adorning the table or a Mother’s Day brunch or buffet!

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TERRA COTTA POT IN GARDEN GATE

Jana Eubank Silhouette Terra Cotta Pot Gate

Give a sweet treat to the gardener in your life. Or treat your mom for Mother’s Day! Fill this paper terra cotta pot with goodies, wrap in cellophane, and then adorn it with a dimensional paper flower. Place the pot inside a garden gate box for an extra special presentation!

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SPRING CHICK CARD

Jana Eubank Silhouette Spring Card

I love these “Spring” and “Sugar Egg” images by Sweet Elsie. Combine them together with a few paper flowers, and you have a darling springtime card!

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Enjoy your weekend!

JanaBold

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