Hello Bronx Zoo :: Elle's Studio Cienna Spotlight

Today, I'm joining in the Paper Issues Product Spotlight on Elle's Studio Cienna collection. This is one of my favorite releases this year! It is bright, playful and works with so many different themes. My initial impression was that it lent itself more toward girly photos but, not so at all! My share today is a photo of all three of our children taken on our first trip to the Bronx Zoo this year.

For this page, I used a few of the 12x12 patterned sheets as well as the Bits & Pieces, Cutouts and Hello Stamps, all from the Cienna line. Lots of pieces and fun layers! Once I was nearly finished with my design, I stepped back and decided to play up the yellow a bit more. I pulled a sheet of colored vellum from my stash, cut off a strip and hand pleated it to tuck under my journaling strip. It was a new technique for me (also super simple!) and one I think I'll end up using again and again.

Need some of this collection for yourself, or other scrappy supplies? Use code JENBOOM for 20% off your next Paper Issues order!
Patterned papers, tags, stamp, ephemera: Elle's Studio Cienna; Kraft alpha stickers: Elle's Studio; Kraft heart stickers: Studio Calico; Other products: vellum, colored pencil, roller date stamp, black pen, black ink


batter up! :: april pinspire me...

Good morning! Today I'm playing along with the April Pinspire Me board at Paper Issues. As George started his first year of TBall just recently, the baseball stood out right away and I had to run with it.

You have until May 17th to link up in the Facebook Group - Paper Issues {Friends & Fans}, you'll find an April Pinspiration Post there! If you link up to the post, you have a chance to win one of two Pinspire Me Grab Bags inspired by the Pins you see in the link above! What are you waiting for? Play (ball)! 


New Issue Monday :: Prints Charming's Beautiful Papers...

It's new Issue Monday at Paper Issues! Today starts the Prints Charming's Beautiful Papers Issue sponsored by Scrapbook Circle. I was thrilled to work with the March Scrapbook Circle kit for this Issue, especially once I spotted this gorgeous Webster's Pages background paper in the mix! My layout features a photo of myself and my little princess playing a bit of dress up with my necklace.

If you play along and link up to this Issue on today's Paper Issues blog post, you'll be in the running to win a March Scrapbook Circle kit for yourself! Look at all of the pretty things...

Here's how to play along:
  1. Create a project (or, even pull out an OLD one!) around one or more of these suggested themes: use charms, Disney trips, castles, stamping, animal and paw prints, pets, animals, princes and princesses, dress up, use your favorite patterned papers, especially the ones you've been hoarding. Go ahead, cut into them and showcase them so you can enjoy them and document a memory, use Scrapbook Circle kits
  2. LINK UP! Link your project to the Issue blog post HERE for a chance to win. You can even link an Instagram photo if the project isn't blogged. Simple! 
And, if you need a little something extra to get you going? Take 20% off any PaperIssues.com order using code: JENBOOM


in my bag :: #hashtagthisweek

Yesterday, while scrolling through my Instagram feed, a feature caught my eye. A fellow Project Lifer had posted a nicely laid out photo of the contents of her bag for something called My Selfie Scrapbook. Curious, I followed the hashtags and came to the Record Life blog.

As a scrapbooker I take plenty of photos and many of them a selfie of one form or another - even if just my hand holding something important or my feet where I stand - as a way to get myself in the family album. This concept meshed well with the way I already document.

My bag contents tell the story of life right now. A little of me but, mainly child centered. The life of a stay at home mom toting loads of stuff. But, also that of a third time mom trying not to carry the world on her shoulder - literally and figuratively! As it so happened, I came upon this prompt after I had just cleaned out my bag, vacuumed it of crumbs and tossed a zillion receipts. This is a far neater version of my everyday:
  • wipes for diaper changes, messy hands and faces, etc
  • wristlet wallet
  • coupons
  • headband for baby girl
  • measuring tape for on-the-go home improvement planning
  • my favorite lightweight scarf, also the most fashion forward item I own
  • diapers, in two sizes
  • preschooler sunglasses
  • pen assortment
  • learning game cartridges
  • fruit snacks
  • squeeze fruit/veggie pouch
  • goldfish or other snacks
  • incentive sticker from a pediatrician visit
If you would like to play along, look for  #hashtagthisweek on Instagram and/or follow the Record Life blog. Want to see more of my photos? You can find me on Instagram: @jenboom


happy st. paddy's day: i'm pinspired...

Today, I am sharing a layout with photos from last St. Patrick's Day and marveling at how much these little people have grown in 365 days! This layout fit the new Pinspire Me inspiration over at Paper Issues to a tee! Lucky me.

Link up your own Pinspired projects to the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook Page for a chance to win some awesome swag!

And, if you haven't checked out the Paper Issues shop in the past few days, well, you should. It is STOCKED to the gills with brand new products. Take 20% off your full order with code JENBOOM


george at five: painting by the numbers...

Hello all! I'm sharing a layout today for the brand new Issue: Painting by the Numbers over on the Paper Issues blog. As soon as I saw the Waffle Flower stamp set the creative team was sent to use, I knew exactly what I wanted to create. Our oldest, George, turned FIVE in December and I love this photo I snapped of him wearing his birthday crown from his school party.

I started off with the Crate Paper Boys Rule collection in front of me and pulled out a blue-ish/aqua cardstock to coordinate. Using a Versamark ink pad, I stamped the open number 5 over and over to created a waterfall effect down the page. Using mainly the cutaway sheet in the 6x6 paper pad, I pieced together my embellishments to frame the photo and allow the stamped background a starring role. Speaking of stars, how awesome is that gold puffy star? It's actually May Arts ribbon!

The much of the Boys Rule collection is in stock at Paper Issues, along with so much other awesomeness! Pick up something to get your creativity flowing at 20% off using code JENBOOM


a fantastic card...

Happy Monday all! The sun is shining here, it is almost 50 degrees (finally!) and the thaw is coming. So to celebrate, I made this fun little card to link up with the new Issue over at Paper Issues. The fan, stars and phrase are from one of Lawn Fawn's new releases, Best Pun Ever.

Enamored with Enamel is wide open to interpretation. I chose to use the enamel dots and polka dot patterned papers to play along this time! I hope you'll make something to join in the fun. You could win a Paper Camellia March Kit for linking a project by March 15th - new or old! Here are the details:
  • Use enamel embellishments, like enamel dots, hearts, chevrons, words, etc.
  • Do you love stars? Let them take a starring role on your project.
  • Are polka dots your thing? Go ahead, go dotty with dots.
  • Get things pointed in the right direction by using arrows, geotags, globes, etc.
  • Is punctuation your thing? Add punctuation symbols to your project.
  • Share the love by using hearts.
  • Show us something you absolutely love, whether it be a person, flower, food, thing, place, movie, song, etc.
  • Use Paper Camellia's kits.
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