Monday, April 29, 2013

WINNER of Cassie's Birthday Giveaway Celebration

Drum roll please.....

If you remember last week was Cassie's Birthday Celebration at Paper Issues. I had a fabulous prize to giveaway. All you had to do was become a follower of my blog and leave a comment to be entered to win. I was blown away by the response. Thank you all so much for joining in the celebration and visiting my blog. I appreciate it so much! Here's another look for the prize that was up for grabs:

 5 rolls of Bella Blvd Designer Tape
AND a $20 Gift Certificate to the Paper Issues Store

AND THE WINNER IS.....Steffanie! 
 Congratulations! Please email me at jbckadams (at) to claim your prize!

Thanks so much for playing along with me. I hope that you'll all come back soon!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Birthday Celebration at Paper Issues *GIVEAWAY*

Hey Everyone! If you haven't been to the Paper Issues Facebook page this week you need to hop over there! It's Cassie's birthday this week and we are celebrating, BIG TIME! There are TONS of giveaways!

I have a little something for one lucky reader :)

Who doesn't love tape? I know I have quite the collection of tapes myself. I want to add to someones collection AND give them the chance to choose some of their own goodies from the Paper Issues Store.
So for a chance to win 5 rolls of Bella Blvd's Designer Tape and a $20 gift Certificate to the Paper Issues Store all you have to do is become a follower of my blog and leave a comment telling me that you are a follower. If you already follow my blog just leave a comment telling me that you were already a follower. That's it! Easy Peasy!

Thanks for stopping by and good luck! I'll announce the winner on April 29th :)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Inking and Misting Tutorial

Hey Happy Wednesday!
I'm so excited to share with you a project that I've been working on. I decided to do a step by step tutorial. I used to do them all the time when I was designing for CreativeXpress. Since that's been a while I thought I'd share one today :) Pull up a chair and get comfy, I've got a ton of pictures to share!

I started this layout with a sheet of  12x12 white cardstock and inks from Clearsnap in a rainbow of colors 
Next, I pulled a chevron mask out of my stash and taped (I used a little bit of washi from my stash) it to the upper left had portion of my white cardstock.
I started with the first full section of the mask closest to the middle of the paper. I inked that section red.
I continued toward the edge of the cardstock inking each section a different color.
When I finished with the left side of the cardstock I repeated the same process on the right side of the cardstock. So when I was finished inking my cardstock looked like this:
I added some drops of ink to the upper left hand corner and the bottom right hand corner of the page.
After the ink was dry I added my photo that I matted on several pieces of coordinating  patterned papers and my title. The title was created with Bella Blvd's letter stickers and American Crafts Thickers.
To add some interest and dimension I hand stitched the "very" portion of the title. (When I hand stitch something to my layouts I always pre poke the holes with a paper piercer. It makes it so much easier when sewing on paper.)
I wanted to make my colored chevron points to stand out a little bit more so I carefully laid the mask back on the page and went along the inside of the points with a black pen.
After a little bit of stamping I was ready to add the final touches, journaling, and embellish my project

Here are some close-ups of the layout after I finished it:

And here's the finished project:

Thanks so much for stopping by. Let me know if you'd like to see more tutorials in the future (and what you'd like to learn from them).

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Happy Moments

I'm so excited to share with you one of my all time favorite layouts. I've had this photo sitting in my photo basket for months now. It's one of my all time favorite photos and I wasn't sure how I was going to scrapbook it. I took this photo of my dad and two of my nieces at the hospital just a few minutes after my youngest niece was born. It was one of those moments that I never could have planned to capture, I just got lucky and it will forever be one of my favorite photos.
When I pulled this photo out the other day and decided to create with it I did decide to change it to black and white because I wanted it to be soft, sweet, and girly. The red and blue just didn't work with the feeling I wanted to convey.
I used a stamp/ink/resist technique. I stamped the doily stamps with Versamark ink. Then I embossed the images with clear embossing powder and a heat gun. After the embossing process was complete I painted over them with smooch paint and used a paper towel to rub it off the embossed portions and into the groves of the stamp.  I repeated this technique on 3 portions of the layout to create a visual triangle.
 I used lots of die cuts, wood veneer, spray ink, and stickers also.

 And here's the completed layout.
Thanks for stopping by :)

Monday, April 22, 2013

Exciting News!

Happy Monday everyone! I've been waiting for what seems like *forever* to let the cat out of the bag and tell you that I am now designing for Paper Issues! I am still in shock! Looking at the list of designers I'm in awe that my name is on the list! There will be some amazing work coming from this group of ladies! I can't wait to get started and get to know everyone on the team.

I want to share a layout with you today that I sent in as part of my application. This is one of my all time favorite projects, mostly because I love the photo so much. I took this photo of my sister-in-law and niece at my brothers wedding. I don't think it's possible to look at this photo and not smile.
 I used a lot of the 5th & Frolic line from Dear Lizzy. I love this collection (I may have bought 2 of them)

 And here's the finished layout! Thanks for stopping by! There's so much going on over at Paper Issues this week. They are having a birthday celebration with tons of giveaway's. *you may want to check back here just in case there's a giveaway here too....just sayin'
Also, if you stop by the Paper Issues store and used the code becki20 you'll get 20% off of your order.

2nd bit of excitement for the day

Not only have I been keeping one secret, I've been keeping 2 secrets.

Today, I'm thrilled to announce that I'm joining Express the Moment as a designer. I can't tell you how
excited I am to be designing for someone locally.  All my other scrapbooking endeavors have been with companies online. I'm so excited to actually work with someone face to face.

I worked for most of last week with the April kit and I'm so excited with how my project turned out. I'll share a couple of them with you today :)
I wanted to showcase how the kit could be versatile so I created a very masculine layout and a very feminine layout.
Here's the more feminine layout titled: Love my kiddos

 There are so many beautiful patterned papers in this kit (mostly from the Teresa Collins Fabrications line)
 Here's the layout that I created that has a more masculine feel to it.

Don't you just love that lil guy sporting the new baseball glove. He's such a great kid. He makes me smile every day :)

Thanks for stopping by. :)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Life.Paper.Scrapbook color challenge with a chance to win

Hey, have you seen Amy Tan's class at TwoPeas? I'm currently taking the class and I LOVE it. Who wouldn't love to learn from the best. I'm excited to tell you that you have the chance to win a spot in her class over at Life.Paper.Scrapbook.
Globetrotting fashion and scrapbook designer Amy Tan not only loves to mix up the undertakings of her never-boring career and the scenery through her lens, but her scrapbook pages and projects!  In this mini workshop, Amy will teach you how to keep your creativity fresh and exciting by mixing up your supplies, photos and projects.  Create perfectly-embellished layouts you love when you use Amy’s tips for mixing up your supplies.  Give your layouts an unexpected twist when you vary the sizes and edits of the photos you capture.  And finally, prevent creative ruts by changing up the projects you tackle.  Follow Amy Tan’s lead and get ready to mix it up!
 For a chance to win all you have to do is link a project using this color scheme....easy peasy :)

lots of bright bold colors, perfect for a boy project.

I created this layout about my sons. I wanted a bold design with lots of dimension. 
This is what I came up with:

 And here's the finished layout:
Thanks for stopping by! Make sure you stop by Life.Paper.Scrapbook and enter your project for a chance to win a spot in Amy Tan's class at TwoPeas!