Echo Park Paper: Cousins

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Last weekend, all of my kids’ cousins slept over after a hometown parade celebration. They had so much fun staying up late into the night giggling and, no doubt, making memories.
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There is something about cousins that is just special. My daughters and their cousins have formed deep friendships with their cousins that I know will last a lifetime and those bonds are definitely something that deserve a spot in our family scrapbooks.
Today I’m up on the Echo Park Paper blog with a new layout using the Girl Cousins Mini Theme. They even have a boy version for cousins that I’m going to use soon on a page about my son.
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I am in love with the delicious felt texture of the Carta Bella Ultra White Felt Designer Cardstock. It was a natural choice when choosing a background for this page. I began by sprinkling a few drops of light gray mist around the page.
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The stickers in this mini collection have my heart and are perfect for these two girls’ wild personalities. They are always concocting some kind of an adventure to have together!
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I mean, how cute is that tent? The feather? The arrows?! I’m loving it all! I added a little dimension to the arrows and feather grouping by wrapping a length of twine around them and then tying it in a knot or a bow.
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I especially love that I had title letter stickers built right in on the Girl Cousin Sticker Sheet. I adhered them to a scrap of the Ultra White Felt Designer Cardstock and then trimmed around them with scissors, leaving a small offset edge.
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I created journaling strips for the bottom of the page with a few thoughts about these two cute girls. I accented the journal strips with a couple more heart stickers. I love the way it looks!
SUPPLIESCarta Bella Ultra White Felt Designer CardstockGirl Cousins Mini ThemeLovely Floral PaperCousin Love PaperJournaling Cards PaperGirl Cousin 6×13 Sticker Sheet

Have you taken the time to document the relationship you or your kids have with extended family members?

See you again soon!

JanaBold

Inspired by a Sketch: Photo Placement

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Sometimes the hardest part of beginning a page is knowing where to start. You have a set of pictures in front of you, but nothing concrete is coming to mind. You push them around the page and … nothing.

Turning to a sketch can be a great way to help you get started. Sketches are great as a pattern for following a page design, but they can also be great for helping you break out of your norm and arrange your photos in a way you may not have thought of.

For today’s page, lifting the photo placement from a sketch was my starting point for this design. I used the current sketch challenge at Stuck Sketches to help get me going. I used one larger photo with two smaller photos overlapping the bottom right corner. The sketch used square photos for the two smaller photos; however, I kept mine rectangular because the square shape would have cropped out more of the photo subject than I wanted.

HELLO SUNSHINE

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I could have kept going with the sketch design … because it is lovely! … But I opted to take it in my own direction. I kept the horizontal band that anchored the photo grouping, but changed everything else about the placement of my elements.

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I used both of the “Summer Lovin'” July kits from Noel Mignon as the palette of this page. I mentioned in my process video last week that it hurt my heart to cut a strip out of the Simple Stories “Sunshine & Happiness” Happy Day floral paper, because I KNEW I would want to fussy-cut those flowers for another project at some point.

THIS became that project! I cut out the flowers and layered them in clusters under the top right and bottom left corners of the photos. I grabbed some pink pearl stickers from my stash to add a bit of dimension to them, by using them as flower centers here-and-there.

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I used a journal card from the Daily Diary kit hanging off the edge at the bottom of the page to hold the journaling. Here I added more handcut flowers (this little cluster comes from a journal card), a couple of the phrase stickers (one phrase and one in a green pattern), and that adorable piece of flair with the bike on it.

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This really was a fun one to put together!

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SUPPLIES: Noel Mignon July 2016 Summer Lovin’ Classic Kit, Noel Mignon July 2016 Summer Lovin’ Daily Diary Kit, Cardstock (pink , yellow, white), Patterned Paper (Echo Park Paper Summer Party Vacation Time, Imaginisce Sunny Hello Sunshine, Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness Happy Day and High Five), Die Cuts (Imaginisce Sunny, Elle’s Studio Sunny Day), Journal Card (Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness), Stickers (Simple Stories Sunshine & happiness), Pearl Stickers (Queen & Co.), Gray journaling pen, Gray distressing ink, Scissors, Trimmer, Adhesive, Sketch Inspiration (Stuck Sketches)

So next time you are feeling stumped on where to start on a page, try looking at a sketch in a new way and just use the photo placement to get you going!

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On another note … the August 2016 kits have been released at Noel Mignon! This month the kits are the Vintage Charm Classic kit and the Vintage Charm Daily Diary (pocket style) kit. If you are interested in seeing what is included this month, I have listed a picture of each kit, as well as the unboxing videos below.

I still have several projects using the July “Summer Lovin'” kits that I’ll continue to share on my blog this coming week or so, and then I’ll start working with the Vintage Charm kits on Wednesday, August 3rd.

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Noel Mignon August 2016 “Vintage Charm” Daily Diary Kit

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Thanks so much for coming by! I hope you have a great week!

JanaBold

Echo Park: Island Ukelele Box

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Hi guys! As I was anticipating our family vacation to Hawaii last month, I was just ITCHING to have a little bit of tropical fun in my life! You know … coconuts, palm trees swaying in a warm ocean breeze, the sound of Hawaiian music and ocean waves in your ears?! Good thing I had the Island Paradise Mini Collection by Echo Park Paper to play with!

I created this fun Ukelele gift box with the filled with Swedish Fish candies.
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I created the box using cardstock. This cute guitar box is a cut file created by the ever-amazing Mary Rudakas over at SVGCuts.com. You can find it in the Vintage Valentines collection here.
Once the box was assembled I added the Island Paradise patterned paper to give it some tropical flair. I think the Fun in the Sun paper was perfect for this! Even the stripes of the Aloha paper created the perfect frets for the neck of the ukelele.
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I cut the flower and “Aloha!” sentiment from the Journaling Card paper. A few jewels add a bit of sparkle.
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I layered together a few stickers and patterned papers for a quick enclosure card.
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The top lifts off to reveal the colorful treat! Yum!
Check out more fun summer-inspired projects on the Echo Park Paper blog here.
SUPPLIES: Echo Park Paper Island Paradise Mini Theme:Carta Bella Kraft Designer , CardstockJournaling Cards PaperAloha PaperFun In the Sun PaperParadise Sticker, Dark Brown Cardstock, Jute String, Gems, Silhouette Cameo Machine, Cut File (Guitar from the Vintage Valentines SVG Set by SVGCuts.com)

Is someone in your life needing a 5-minute Tropical Getaway? Create this fun little treat for them! I’m sure they will love it!

See you again soon!

JanaBold

Scrapbook Process Video: Happy Summer

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Hello, Friends! I had so much fun playing with the bright, cheerful goodies in the Noel Mignon Summer Lovin’ kits on this page today. Pink, yellow, and aqua = Jana in scrappy-bliss!

I even made a process video! (I know, I know … it’s been far too long!) Check it out! That is, if you enjoy watching people go through their decision-making process as they create. If not, you can skip to the still shots below.:)

HAPPY SUMMER

I used the Summer Lovin’ Classic kit for all the paper on this page and then dipped into the Daily Diary (pocket-style) kit for the embellishments and journal cards. I love how the two kits work so well together! Here is the result!

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Our design team challenge this week is called the “High Five Challenge,” where we were to use 5 different manufacturers on one project OR scrapbook about 5 things we love about summer.

Using five manufacturers is easy with Noel’s kits … infact, that is one of the reasons I love them so much! She does such a wonderful job at coordinating products from across the board that helps you get a cohesive, yet unique look.

The 5+ manufacturers I used are: Elle’s Studio, American Crafts, Imaginisce, Freckled Fawn, Simple Stories, May Arts, and A Flair for Buttons.

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I LOVE this title! I just cut out the letters from a Simple Stories 4×6 card, but I’m just loving the bright, mix of colors. And that little Freckled Fawn sun embellishment … CUTE as can be!!!

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I also cut out these two little birds from a Simple Stories 3×4 journal card. I thought they looked like cute little friends … just like my daughter and her friend in the photos.

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SUPPLIES: Noel Mignon July 2016 Summer Lovin’ Classic Kit, Noel Mignon July 2016 Summer Lovin’ Daily Diary Kit, Cardstock (white, lemon, geyser, pink), Patterned Paper (Elle’s Studio Sunny Days, Imaginisce Sunny, Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness), Journal Cards (Simple Stories, Elle’s Studio), Stickers (Simple Stories), Punch (EK Success, Fiskars, American Crafts), Wood Embellishment (Freckled Fawn), Flair (A Flair for Buttons), Ribbon (May Arts), White Crochet Twine, Gray Distressing Ink, Trimmer, Scissors, Black Journaling Pen, Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives, Scotch), Tape Adhesive

Thanks for coming by!

JanaBold