Jul 27, 2011

She's Back! Miss Personality!

My sweet little Miss Personality is back and so this project:

Is now finished with her sweet little face full of personality:

Here's what we did!  I positioned my sweetie in front of me, told her I was going to say words to her that she had to act out.  Miss Personality had no problem with this.  She IS Miss Personality.  Actually she said to me, "So you're doing this with me and not my sister, right."

Woops - must have next project ready for sweet sister!

These are the photos I got that fit right into the pockets of the mini:

I used the July Mercantile Project Kit to make this mini and there are still some project kits available.  Jenni designed this kit as Mercantile's first card kit, but it's such a beautiful kit that you can use it for anything as I did here!  Buttons and ribbons on the photos above are from my stash.

Jul 25, 2011

And They Caught Frogs

Two adorable cousin boys have been waiting almost a year to come to our house to catch frogs.  You can imagine the pressure.  It was dry.  Our pond was now a mud hole.  And for sure those frogs were keeping cool elsewhere and wouldn't let a net near them.   Oh the pressure!

I was nervous.  The sweat poured off my brow.  These boys were CUTE.  They wanted frogs. 



And the adorable boys were very very happy.

Jul 14, 2011

Have You *Smooched* Your Computer Lately?

I have.

Oh I LOVE my computer. I LOVE how it helps me organize my life!  I LOVE how how it helps me scrapbook!

And yes ... when it does cool things for me ... I will give it a smooch.  Like when it helped me do this:

And now I get to share some of these cool things with you at a Masterful Scrapbook Designs webinar!

I LOVE MSD - the seminars are jammed full of information and inspiration. I'm so excited to be a part of the Hybrid Scrapbooking webinar with Paula Gilarde and Aly Dosdall!  What is hybrid scrapbooking? Just like it says on the header of my blog: "Using your computer to make fun stuff."  I love using my computer as a tool to enhance scrapbooking with traditional supplies ... and now I get to talk about it!

Here's info MSD in July and August:


If you're not subscribing to Masterful Scrapbook Design in July and August you're missing out on 12 value-packed webinars with over 24 scrapbook page designers.

The August issue of Masterful Scrapbook Design is a special "interview" issue that will sell as an archive for $36 on September 1st. (While subscribing will cost you just $12.50 for one month.)

August members at Masterful Scrapbook Design will receive video and audio recordings from 8 focused interviews with 24+ designers. These recordings will be accompanied by pdfs with scrapbook pages, designer notes, and worksheets.

So why am I telling you about this in July?

July members are all invited to attend the live recordings of these 8 interviews (in addition to the 4 webinars for our July "Fast Starts" issue).

Each of these special interviews includes three guest teachers. You'll hear them talk and see their layouts on your screen at the same time. You can even type in questions during these webinar recordings and I'll work them into the conversation. We've rounded up a balanced group of paper, digital, and hybrid scrapbookers who create with a variety of styles--What's more, these are scrapbookers who have a lot to say about their process.

The first three live events are this Thursday, July 14th so click here and subscribe today.

Webinar topics and participants are as follows:

Pages that Reflect the "Times" with Noell Hyman, Sharyn Tormanen, and Doris Sander (July 14 at 11am ET)

Current trends impact all of us. The times we are living in right now -from global politics and trade, to technology and styles- are especially remarkable. Scrapbook pages that weave in such references have a richness that endures and triggers long-forgotten memories decades later. We'll talk about a range of approaches to this, looking at and talking about pages that weave in little mentions, pages that use elements other than journaling toward this end, and pages that are all about "the times."

Finding and Evolving Your Style with Kayleigh Wiles, Doris Sander, and Dina Wakley. (July 14th at 1pm ET)

Guest designers talk about their past and current scrapbooking styles, sharing layouts and exploring how they got to the styles they're embracing today.

Making Digital Pages Inspired by Paper Techniques with Melanie Grimes, Amy Mallory, and Amber Ries. (July 14 at 3pm ET)
So how do you get a digital page -- or an element on it -- to look like paper? Start with good product and add a helping of the right technique. We'll talk about those techniques as well as how to translate inspiration from paper scrapbook pages to digital ones.

Clean and Simple Pages that Wow with Vivian Masket, Erin Clayton, and Celeste Smith. (July 25th at 9pm ET)

We'll take a look at lots of clean and simple pages and talk about what gives a clean page its pizzazz as well as how to keep things fresh when reusing compositional motifs.

Composition with Karen Grunberg, Francine Clouden, and May Flaum. (July 25th at 11pm ET)

While a good eye helps when putting your page elements together appealingly, learned skills are even more important. We'll talk about the favorite compositional approaches and processes these designers employ for making awesome pages.

Pages with Lots on Them with Emily Pitts, Michelle Clement, and Lynnette Penacho. (July 27th at 9am ET)

Got product? Just how do you get a nice helping of it onto your scrapbook page and make it "work?" We'll look at layouts and talk about the techniques and products these designers love working with on their delightfully full pages.

Hybrid Scrapbooking with Paula Gilarde, Aly Dosdall, and Betsy Sammarco. (July 27th at 11am ET)

We're looking at pages these designers really love as a result of "going hybrid" rather than straight paper or digi. We'll talk about when hybrid is preferred as well as favorite digi products for hybrid pages and best tips for making hybrid pages efficiently.

Favorite Techniques for Paper Pages with Lisa Dickinson, Wilna Furstenberg, and Cindy Liebel. (July 27 at 11am ET)

In past issues of MSD, members have been bowled over by the looks these three designers get on their pages using tools and techniques. In this webinar we dig into everything from glue guns to die cutting machines and see just how they do it!

Click here to subscribe now for $12.50/month.
(Remember, the first big interview day is Thursday, July 14th, and when you're subscribed you'll get a reminder of it.)


Have a wonderful and creative day!

Jul 12, 2011

Boy Grown

I so loved the Mercantile Park Bench Add-on kit:

Lovely colors, lovely vintage, lovely bits and pieces.

After Matt's graduation he was standing by the car, the sun was setting, and i snapped a photo and the add on was just perfect for the layout ...

The carnation was the actual carnation on his graduation gown.

oh love that kid - love these boys ...

totally exciting scrappy news coming up - a post for tomorrow!

have a wonderful wonderful creative day ...

Jul 1, 2011


July has the potential to be very "exciting" around our house.  Lots of baseball, lots of covering co-workers on vacation, lots of let's pass out at the end of the day kinda days.  I want to get it all done, but keep that "hey it's summer" frame of mind!

And July also welcomes in a new Jenni Bowlin Mercantile kit.  I've done 3 projects so far and have a bunch churning in my head.

This one:  totally inspired by a trip to the mall. There was an amazing window display at Banana Republic.  A whole lot of Polaroid's against a teal background.  I went back a few days later with a camera and the window was already switched out!  Anyway, I took their simple idea and went to town with all the great embellishments in the Mercantile Papercrafting and 2nd Add-on kit. So much fun to put them all in a pile and just embellish.  The brads?  To die for!

And this one: the soft colors and sweet little doily embellishments reminded me of these photos:

And my favorite favorite favorite thing of all this month was the Project Kit.  The intention of the kit was as a gorgeous "card making kit" (the first ever at Mercantile), but I turned this one into a mini:

What's the idea of my mini?  Do you have a little "Miss Personality" in your life?  I do, and as soon as she gets home from visiting relatives, I'm going to set up my camera, and have her act out the words on the Bingo Cards.  the photos will fit right into the pockets of the mini.  This is SURE to be gorgeous, hilarious, and entertaining all at the same time!

Have a wonderful and creative 4th of July!