I’m In the Mood: Hip Kit Club October Mood Board

I am always in the mood to scrapbook. All the pretty paper and embellishments just puts me immediately in a happy place. I wanted to pop in and share with you all one of my layouts with the October 2015 Hip Kit inspired by the October Mood Board. I was immediately drawn to the leaves and butterfly images as well as the gold touches and woodgrain. With the jammed packed paper and embellishments in the Hip Kit along with some items from my stash , I was able to put together a layout that really captures the spirit of the Mood Board. Take a look and let me know what you think!

Mood Board:

Mood Board Hip Kit Oct 2015Layout:

Say Yes Cover

Say Yes Detail 2

Say Yes Detail 1


Title: SAY YES. Cardstock: American Crafts (Storm, Peach); Stampin Up (Coral Calypso); Neenah Classic Crest (Natural White, Dessert Storm).  Patterned Paper: Pebbles-Jen Hadfield- DIY Home (Blue Skies, Wood Floors, 6×6 paper pad); American Crafts-DIY Shop (Thick Gold Stripe on White Paper); Chickaniddy (Gold Foil). Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Linens). Die Cut & Punches: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Linens); Stampin Up (Itty Bitty Accents); Nicole (Leaf Punch): Fiskars (Scallop Punch); Studio G (Mini Flower Punch); Crate Paper-Maggie Holmes (Confetti-Flower Die); Memory Box (Arched Stems); Impression Obsession (Layered Floral Set); Silhouette Design Studio (Design ID# 78459-Rose Decoration). .Embellishments: Pebbles-Jen Hadfield- DIY Home (Printed Chipboard Shapes); American Crafts- Thickers (Amy Tangerine-Grace); Queen & Co (Pearls Sunflower Yellow). Inks and Color: Stampin Up (Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral); Versamark (Watermark); Simon Says Stamp-Embossing Powder (Ultra fine Gold).  Picture: September 2011. Layout Completed: October 2015. Kit-Hip Kit Club (October 2015).



Scrapbook Therapy: Stitch Witchery

For all of you that are joining me here today are probably well ensconced in the world of scrapbooking and all of the various techniques. And for those crafty people who use scissors and glue as tools, extending those basics to a sewing machine is not a huge leap. It is actually come so popular to sew on scrapbook pages that it’s not even innovative anymore. And why, most crafty people probably already sew anyway and it is the PERFECT way to add that little bit of texture to your pages.

So this Scrapbook Therapy session will deal with my want to sew on my pages in a unique way that not only creates texture by another design element.  So I dug back into my scrappy supplies for a fun and happy Echo Park collections, some stamps and some cardstock, printed some phots and my handy dandy Brother sewing machine. Since I knew I wanted the stitching to be an integral design element, I laid out my pictures with some paper layering and embellishment clusters in the third quadrant of the layout. I also left a pocket space for my journaling to tuck in behind the pictures.  That left the rest of the page available to experiment with tone on tone with a pop of color and texture by stitching cardstock strips that match the background with red thread that matching the rest of the colors in the collection.

I have to admit that I was very pleased with the outcome. So let me show some shots of the layout and I hope you are just as pleased.


39 Cover


39 Detail 1

39 Detail 3

39 Detail 2

Thank you for joining me on the couch for another Scrapbook Therapy session. See you in group again soon! Celia.


Title: thirty 9. Cardstock: American Crafts (White, Cricket). Patterned Paper: Echo Park- We Are Family (Star Slides, Hot Air Balloons, Family Stripe, Small Floral, 6×6 paper pad); Fine And Dandy (Blue/Teal, Red/Orange), Dots & Stripes (Peony Small Dots), Photo Freedom-Volume I (Red Stripe, Be Kind). Stamps: Kelly Purkey (Happy Birthday). Die Cut & Punches: Silhouette Design Studio (Design ID# 58872- Echo Park Flowers); EK Success (Swiss Cheese Edger Punch). Embellishments: Echo Park- We Are Family (Alpha Stickers, Element Stickers); Misc. (Paper Clip-Office Depot). Inks and Color: Prima Chalk Edger (Ladybug, Black Coal, Blossom Tree, Blue Jay, Worn Jeans, Olive Vine).  Picture: June 2015. Layout Completed: October 2015.

Color Challenge: Color Story Inspiration with a Sketch Twist (CSI Case File #122)

CSI Case file No. 122: With the CSI challenges, you must use all five colors in the scheme, at least 2 elements in your layout from the evidence list and at least 1 element from the testimony. And this week they threw in an extra twist by adding a sketch.


Case Solved- The Layout: This was a really fun color combination and let me dig into my patterned paper stash for a layout that combined several different companies and collections (from Teresa Collins, Basic Grey to Simple Stories and My Mind’s Eye). The sketch was actually quite interesting and I liked the large white space with the suspended pictures and embellishments. I stuck to the sketch except for I had to put my spin on it by titling the white patterned foundation paper.

Girl Code Cover Update

The Evidence: The evidence list of this challenge was just made for my scrapbook style so I incorporated five items in the layout scheme. (1) Flowers- I used several die cuts to create a floral swag. (2) Something Transparent- I layered the black cardstock butterflies with a patterned vellum on top. (3) Cursive Font- I used a cursive font for the die cut title. (4) Circles- The white foundation paper was a little distressed but a little to0 stark white. So I created a circle mask and stamp and ink circles onto the foundation paper to create some more graphic texture. (5) I added a floral sprig on the black swag and leaves to the flowers.

Girl Code Detail 4

Girl Code Detail 3

The Testimony: This was a little more tricky for me- the picture is one of my favorites from my law school friend’s wedding. And lucky enough I was wearing my favorite orange dress and all my girlfriends looked fabulous and elegant.

Thanks for stopping by. More to come. Celia


Title: Girl Code. Cardstock: Project Life (Honey), American Crafts-POW (Honeycomb); Core’dinations (Forest Moss, Bundled Sage). Patterned Paper: Teresa Collins- Something Wonderful (Black Stripes Paper); Basic Grey-Hopscotch (Four Square), Clippings (Flannel Suit, Cotton Dress), Green at Heart (Sage); My Mind’s Eye- Lime Twist (Fly a Kite Spring), Stella And Rose (Mabel So Sweet), Lost & Found (Sunshine Memories Blossoms), Lush 2 (Orange Damask), Necessities Black & Grey (6×6 paper pad), Sweetest Thing Tangerine (6×6 paper pad); Simple Stories- Snap (6×6 paper pad); Studio Calico- Darling Dear (Hepburn). Stamps: Kaisercraft (Stains); Hero Arts (Brush); Technique Tuesday (Best Banners); Impression Obsession (Borders, Beauty Text). Die Cut & Punches: Lifestyle Crafts (Lemonade); Memory Box (Petal Party); Silhouette Design (Flowers-Retro #45256, Flowers #55045, Three Vines with Leaves #54802, Set of 12 Leaves #55158); Impression Obsession (Butterflies); Stampin Up (3/8 Circle punch, punch); EK Success (Scalloped Scallop, ½ Circle punch); Marvy Uchida (5/8 Circle punch); Martha Stewart Crafts (Monarch Butterfly); Fiskars (Small Flower punch); Recollections (Mini Starburst, Mini Flower punch); Studio G (Mini Flower punch). Embellishments: Chic Tags (Happy Place-Phrases); Freckled Fawn (Washi Tape); Recollections (Washi Tape); Studio Calico (Die Cut Shapes, Color Theory Enamel Dots); My Mind’s Eye (Wicked-Enamel Dots, Lost & Found Halloween- Brads); Basic Grey (Fact & Fiction – Alphabet Stickers); Spare Parts (Brads); Misc. (Pearls, Washi Tape). Inks: Momento (Tuxedo Black); Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Wild Honey, Dried Marigold).

Manic Diecut Monday: Take a Picture it Last Longer

Not for nothing, there is a reason why I call my blog Just The Paper. Its all of the beautiful patterned paper that made me fall in love with scrapbooking. But once you get pulled into this subworld of adhesive, stickers and glitter you glom on to all the other wonders like Stamping and  Die Cutting. If you are reading this blog, then you likely know all the different ways (manual and electronic) you can make wonderful scrapbook embellishments with die cutting.  Personally, I am totally bicurious when it comes to die cutting. Although I have a Silhouette and a Cricut, I also still have tons of old Quickutz, Lifestyle now We R Memory Keepers, Spellbinders, Impression Obsession, Memory Box, Papertrey Ink and Simon Says Stamp dies and I don’t seem to be slowing down in my acquisitions (hoarding, collecting depending on whose asking).

So with all the above said,  I wanted to dedicate a Theme on the blog to my love of die cutting with all of the paper wonders that scrapbooking has to offer. First up for this Manic Diecut Monday is this layout:

Snapshot cover

Die Cut Details: What initially inspired the layout was the Dear Lizzy patterned paper with the cameras. I thought that a little die cutting would just turn up the fabulous of this patterned paper. This week I concentrated on Silhouette diecuts but stay tuned for more.

Snapshot 1

Snapshot 4

Snapshot 3

Thank you for stopping by. More to come. Celia.


Title: SNAPSHOT. Cardstock: American Crafts (Ash. Denim); Neenah Classic Crest (Antique Gray); Stampin Up (Raspberry Ripple). Patterned Paper: American Crafts Dear Lizzy-Polka Dot Party (Picture Perfect, Fascinating Friends) – Lucky Charm (6×6 paper pad); My Mind’s Eye-Cut & Paste (Charm-Carefree); Echo Park- All About a Boy (rough & Tough). Stamps: Technique Tuesday (Life in Pictures); Maya Road (Snapshot Words). Die Cut & Punches: EK Success (Dotted Wave); Silhouette (Love Heart Circle #39214, Photo Viewer #5525), Kerri Bradford (Life Additions #2). Embellishments: American Crafts Dear Lizzy-Polka Dot Party (Large Tags)- Lucky Charm (Printed Chipboard Shapes) -Fifth & Frolic (Brads)- Amy Tangerine-Yes, Please (Remarks Letter Sticker Book- Life); Freckled Fawn (Washi Tape, Camera Paperclip); Basic Grey- Capture (Label Stickers)- Kneehighs & Bowties (Brads)- Basics (Candy Buttons); October Afternoon-Eggnog (Enamel Dots); Tim Holtz- Ideology (Chitchat Stickers, Filmstrip Ribbon); Misc. (Camera Charm, Twine). Inks: Stampin Up (Costal Cabana); Hero Arts Shadow Ink (Soft Graphite).