Around Here

Just a glimpse of our life right now! Spring is here and everyday is full of bike rides, playgrounds and sand pits! We've also had fun birthdays and rainy beach trips to keep our days full! I love how color starts creeping into our days and our photos as soon as spring! Happy April and happy Spring, friends! 


Designer Spotlight at Scrapbook Expo

I am so honored to be featured on the Designer Spotlight series over at Scrapbook Expo!  I always love doing featured posts because it's makes me stop and reflect on this amazing hobby and all of the amazing friends I have met along the way.  You can read some fun facts about me, and see some of my recent favorite projects over on the Scrapbook Expo blog!  And a great big thank you to the super sweet Paige Evans for featuring me and my work!!  xoxo


Sketchbook with Kelly Purkey

I am so excited to be a contributor in the latest edition of Kelly Purkey's Sketchbook class.  Kelly has taught this class multiple times and I am always floored by her amazing style and genius ideas!  I received my sketches for this class a few days ago and I cannot wait to play around with them (if I can ever find some free time)!!
Here's what Studio Calico has to say about Sketchbook:
Kelly Purkey's awesome Sketchbook class returns to the Calico Classroom with all new original ideas for creative inspiration! In this essential class, you'll fill your sketchbook with 8 original sketches, 50 all new projects including layouts, cards, mini books, and more, and 50 additional sketches based on the projects so you can revisit them again and again. 


-58 sketches - 8 original sketches and 50 variations based on the class projects. 
-4 videos and 8 all new projects from Kelly Purkey.
-42 new projects (layouts, cards, pocket pages & mini albums) from our contributors - all using Studio Calico kits!
-Ideas for adapting a sketch to fit ANY project - layout, card or pocket pages!
-PDF lessons posted each Tuesday and Thursday in May.
-Digital printable journal cards & accents from In A Creative Bubble.
-Digital die cut files from In A Creative Bubble.

If you enroll now, you will receive this awesome 4x6 Sketchbook Stamp set FREE!  Alpha stamps are the new rage to me and I cannot wait to incorporate these into my projects!!  

So are you in??  Hope to see you in the classroom!!  It's going to be full of inspiration!


Creative Jumpstarts 13

Hello and happy Monday!!
Marcy and I are back this week to share a new Creative Jumpstarts challenge with you!!  This week we are switching back to a scrapbook recipe challenge!  As I've said before - these are my faves!  I love having a starting point (or a jumpstart!!) when it comes to creating a page.  

Here's the recipe for this challenge:
Striped patterned paper
Washi tape

I usually start by gathering my supplies and then printing out a photo (this photo is actually from our last photography challenge - black & white).  From there, I try to think of a few fun ways to use the recipe products.

For my page, I started with the striped piece of patterned paper as my base layer and then worked up from there.  Since the striped paper is pretty bold, I paired it with a few bold and neutral colors.  I always like to layer my photo on top of a neutral paper for some reason.  It feels more clean and cohesive when I layer bold-neutral-photo.  And I think it makes the photo pop from the page a little more. 

I had originally thought about creating an art journal page for this recipe, but after I created my base layers, I found that I really wanted that white space to balance out the bold black and pops of pink.  I utilized the extra space below my photo for some typed journaling and then finished with a few simple embellishments - washi tape, labels and a chipboard "A".

And that's my take on this recipe challenge!  It's a pretty simple and easy page overall, but I think the colors and the words really make it complete!

Ok!  So now it's YOUR turn to show up your take on this recipe challenge!  Pull out those stripes, washi and chipboard and get to work!  We can't wait to see what you create!

Creative Jumpstarts were created by Marcy Penner and Stephanie Bryan to challenge each other with their paper endeavors. Delivered in the form of bimonthly challenges, they encourage us (and hopefully you too) to stretch supplies, think outside of the box and to remain intentional about the memories we capture.  Challenges are posted on the first and third Mondays of every month.  Projects are shared on our blogs and on Instagram using the hashtag #creativejumpstarts. We'd love it if you'd share along with us at either of those places and be sure to tag us (@helloforeverpaperco and @stephaniebryan) if you do!