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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

This totally slipped by me! I was refreshing a single blog post at wondering when my guest post would come up. I did this for weeks, so curious why Shimelle wasn't updating her blog. Then I realized...I'm just not very bright sometimes! 

Anyway, I put together 5 ideas for how to use globes on non-travel related pages. Below are a few sneak peaks. Head over to to see the entire post.

Also, I made a pocket page to go under a transparency divider. Confusing I know! But here's what the pocket page looks like without the divider.

cheers & besos,

Decades Minibook

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Don't you just love it, when you have an idea in your head and you get so excited about it?! And then you actually sit down and do it. 

For me, the ideas come quick and fast. So many ideas and not enough time is my consistent problem. I get really excited about something and some times start (or not even start) and then I lose my momentum. I think this is why I'm so proud of this mini book. I made a whole friggin MINI BOOK on a Sunday!

I'm calling it the Decades mini book. It's all about me, my mom, my aunt and my cousin. Four ladies, all related, all roughly 10 years apart in age. We have 50, 40, 30 and 20's represented here. To any marketing overlords, if you're interested in product testing for a diverse age range of Hispanic women, we're your girls! ;)

I blogged about this mini over on the Scrapbook Circle blog. I even included a slideshow to show you how this came together, how I worked on it bit by bit and page by page.

cheers & besos,

unKit Club

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Well hello there! I don't know what it's like where you live, but here in Houston, it's starting to feel just a teeny tiny bit like Fall! I'm so so so beyond excited about it. I love this time of year that much! So I figured it was about time for me to wrap up my summer layouts.

But let me back up just a minute. Last month, Jennifer brought back the idea of the unKit Club. Which is a curated grouping of products from an online retailer. This allows you to buy what you really want from the "unKit" and switch things out for other colors, or combine with stuff from your stash. Jennifer posted a link to the current unKit on

I loved the mix of products but didn't want to buy it all. So I decided to just get the 6x6 paper pad and shop my stash for the rest! I also know that I'm not the biggest fan of printed die cuts. So I didn't even try to find a set to work with. It's so freeing!

Here's my pulled together kit: Crate Paper 6x6 paper pad (bought), Shimelle Enamel Dots (in my stash already), Studio Calico Word Stickers (pulled from stash), Chipboard Thickers (pulled from stash), Project Life White Washi (pulled from stash) & Pink Paislee Glitter Stickers (pulled from stash). 
So the basics of my kit are:

  • 6x6 Paper Pad
  • Enamel Dots
  • Word Stickers
  • Chipboard Alpha
  • Washi
  • Glitter stickers
And this is the layout I made using it all! 
Like I mentioned early, I'm really keen to wrap up my summer pages. And so this page is about the awesome snow cone truck that came out for a friend's daughter's birthday party.
The basis of the page is a sketch from the latest Spark Magazine. I loved how the sketch was cut down the middle. It made working with that 6x6 paper pad super easy! And all of the patterned papers coordinated together beautifully.
I couldn't not use this awesome snow cone print from Crate Paper. I jazzed a few of the snow cones up by cutting circle glitter stickers in half. So simple! And for my fellow Simple Scrapper Creative Team members, I included that watermelon like I promised!
Maybe you're interested in joining in on the unKit fun? Here's Jennifer's original blog post about the kit. There's still plenty of time to join in!

cheers & besos,

2015 Reading List

Thursday, September 10, 2015

I admit it. I overthink this whole pocket page thing. Every. Single. Time! I don't find them to be simple or quick. And I think it's because I scrapbook because I love the design aspect of it. I love pushing paper around, cutting and pasting, tweaking the details. And you're just so much more confined when you're working with divided page protectors. Which may be great for you, but isn't so great for me.

Never the less, I still think they totally fit my purpose from time to time. Like this month, as I was using the September Story Starter from Simple Scrapper

If you haven't already figured it out, this month's theme is all about reading. One of my absolute favorite things to do! The first part of this year, I wasn't reading near as much as I wanted to. But I've been reading up a story lately. Even since making this page in August, I've finished 4 more books! I'll print images of those and neatly tuck them into the backside of this page protector.
I only decorated two little journaling cards. The title card, with it's miniature lil book. And the journaling card with just a few scribbled thoughts. You would think that meant I was super quick about it! But alas, just working on those two little cards took roughly an hour.
Oh, I also stamped on vellum and embossed with white powder. I love this technique. It's so quick to do and I love the bit of texture it adds to the page. Also, playing with opacity is kind of my jam.
Pocket pages and I, well we have this whole love/hate thing going on. I think they work best when I keep it simple. Lots of photos + just a few decorative cards seems to be my sweet spot.

cheers & besos,

Me & U

Monday, September 7, 2015

Do you get inspiration from mood boards? I definitely do! I blogged about the September Scrapbook Circle mood board over on their blog. Head over there to see what inspired this page!
I LOVE how this turned out and I think a lot of it has to do with the story here. Also, those wee chipboard birdies are rocking my socks today. I don't often use printed chipboard but these two were just too cute to pass up.
I also love any layout where I mix lots of patterns. They seem to pack a bigger punch! And the papers in the Hello Hello kit were just so luscious! Usually my go-to neutrals are black and white. But there was a lot of brown in this kit and I completely embraced it.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! And if you're in the USA, I hope you're having a relaxing Labour Day!

ALSO, I almost forgot to mention that it's the last day to get 30% off of your next Scrapbook Circle order. Use this link and enter  the code TAKE30 at check out. Happy shopping!

cheers & besos,

Favorite Podcasts

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The latest Scrapbook Circle kit, Hello Hello, is available and I totally loved creating with it! The colors are just so good, you guys. Like soooo good! I love good black and whites paired with teals, yellows and grays. In true Jamie fashion, I pulled out all of the stuff in just those colors and here's what I came up with:
Tessa challenged me to create a layout with speech bubbles. I couldn't think of a better icon to use on a page about my favorite podcasts. Lately I'm loving Being Boss & Art for your Ear. And of course I love any podcast that let's me get in on the action. I'm looking at you Paperclipping Roundtable! The screenshot for PRT is from one of the episodes I was on.

The page design is based off of the SBC sketch from last month. I loved it so much but didn't get the chance to use it. So happy it made it work this month.
Head over to the Scrapbook Circle to see more ideas using the Hello Hello kit. Be sure to snap it up if you haven't already. The add-on this month is already sold out!

cheers & besos,