Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mid-week Scrappiness!

Happy Scrappy Wednesday all! Wanted to share a New LO that I just finished up a few minutes ago. The photos are from a couple days after Christmas last year. I was preparing for the "After Christmas Dinner Party" we were having when this impromptu photo-shoot took place.

 I was inspired by an old Sketchabilities sketch, (#18), that I'd saved a while back in the hopes of doing when I came across pictures I thought would do it justice. I was also inspired by a couple of different color palettes I came across in The Color Room- #128 and #131!

I'm also thrilled that I was able to use up a ton of product from previous Vintage Chic Cafe Kits that have been lying around in a box, untouched, for over a year now! I finally broke down and decided to go through them the other day so I'd at least know what I had in them when I was looking to pull items for my next LO. I'm getting such a feeling of satisfaction chipping away at my stash with each new page I create and I hope to be able to keep this momentum going as long as I can!

 Time for a few close-ups!

One thing I like to do is layer my flowers, which you can see I did here w/some older primas. I also placed a heart sticker on a scrap piece of cardboard and cut it out to make the heart embellie accent. For the title I combined Echo Park's Life is Good Alpha's w/Scenic Route Orange Letter Stickers & I absolutely love them together!!  : )

Behind the photo I layered a crumpled coffee filter with a scrap of a doily I had leftover, and Sassafrass's beautiful Mix & Mend doily-looking paper, Fancy Free. I also doodled stitch marks w/my brown Zig writer to add a little more detail.

I decided to add my journaling right to the page since the background had a light grid pattern which helped me to keep my lines straight when writing.

Supplies: PP-DCWV, Jillibean Soup Lentil, MME Lush & Sassafrass Mix & Mend Fancy Free; Basic Grey Hello Lucious Laser-cut Doily paper; Alpha's-Scenic Route Dark Orange & Echo Park Life is Good; Flowers-Prima; Stickers-DMD Industries Red Hearts and MME Tres Jolie Birthday Boy French Borders; Brown Zig Writer; Misc.-cardstock, buttons, brads, doily & coffee filter all from various Vintage Chic Cafe Kits.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a scraptastic day!  : )

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Double the Scrappiness!!

Happy Tuesday morning all!! : )

I have a very special LO to share with you all this morning. It's one I've been dreaming of scrapping for almost a year now and I am overjoyed to have finally been able to put it together this week!!

 These photos were taken of me leading the children's ministry in worship during one of our Christmas services last year. I was excited to have found that someone took these pics and uploaded them to Facebook since I was unable to get my own photos of the event.

I used a kraft cardstock for the background and went with a combination of Cosmo Cricket, (Jolly by Golly & Oh Joy), and Basic Grey, (Figgy Pudding), pattern papers that have been in my scrappy-hoard for a few years. The alpha's are also from my stash-Basic Grey Figgy Mini Monogram stickers & Making Memories Noel Shimmer letter stickers. I also mixed a couple new elements w/the older papers--Basic Grey Aspen Frost Collection stickers and the 'Joy' die-cut. I did my best to try and keep this one simple and not add too many embille's in order to keep the focus on the main subject, my photos.

Thanks for stopping by and please let me know what you think if you have a couple seconds-your comments are always welcome! : )

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Saturday Morning Scraps-Part 2!

Here's the other LO I've been working on and just finished up last night. It's going to be my submission for the DT over @ Sketch-N-Scrap!

I knew exactly which photos I wanted to scrap when I saw their sketch and I absolutely love my finished product! So excited to share this w/the ladies over @Sketch-N-Scrap! Thanks again for taking the time to evaluate my 'scrappiness' and considering me for the New DT!  Have a Scrap-tas-tic day y'all!!

Saturday Morning Scraps...

Good morning everyone! Wanted to share a new project I just finished up...

This is a photo of my husband's mother. His cousin sent it to us a couple years ago and I'm just getting around to scrapping it. It's really the only nice shot of her in the whole bunch so I decided to give it the royal treatment! : )

The inspiration for this LO came from a couple of places. It is based on the November Sketch from OUAS...

...and the color palette I used I found while stalking The Color Room's Facebook page last night, lol. It's from Week 125.

Now for a closer look...

 I pieced together the bling flourishes at the top right from what was left of the large Prima one I'd cut up. I added loose gems from Queen & Co. to fill in and complete the swirl accents. I also dug into my flowers and pulled all the coordinating ones I could find for this LO. After I finished the page, my husband said that the flowers were perfect because they reflected his mom's love for flowers. The mini bingo card is the newest item on this page-it just arrived in a package from earlier this week! : )

 The challenge for OUAS requires that we have some journaling on our LO somewhere, so I used a small envelope to tuck my thoughts into and hid it behind the photo. 

I used a combination of Basic Grey and My Mind's Eye pattern papers as well as Die Cuts With A View cardstock-Immortal Love Stack-on this LO. Everything you see here has been in my scrappy-stash at least 2 years, with the exception of the above mentioned mini-bingo card, & I am super excited about finally using these papers!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a scrap-tas-tic day!! : )

Sunday, November 4, 2012

My Playful Pooch...

Now that I've just about wrapped up the gift album I have been working on, I'm excited to get back to scrapping more of my own family's photos. On my latest trip to CVS I printed out 60 shots that I've taken over the last couple years & here's the 1st two I've scrapped from this new batch of photos!!

I took these pics of my overly playful pooch, Fiona, sometime in the days following last Christmas. I know this because the toy she has in her mouth was a Christmas gift from my parents. While playing with her a couple days later, I somehow was able to capture these adorable shots of her. I love them because they truly do show a genuine picture of her playful personality. Being part Mini-Pincher, she is a true toy-lover! I'm thrilled to have finally scrapped these photos and to be adding this page to our family album!
Since these pics were taken around the Holidays I wanted to incorporate Holiday themed papers into this page. I ended up using a combination of scraps and previously unused Basic Grey, Bo Bunny & Cosmo Cricket papers that have been in my stash a couple years now. The dog themed embellies were a recent acquisition from a co-worker who used to scrap.

 For the title I went small to try and keep the focus on the photos. I used a mix of My Little Shoebox, Jenni Bowlin & ADORNit! tiny alphas. I knew I wanted to use the little food bowl embellie in my title too, but there was originally wording printed on it. I decided to add Fiona's name to it to cover it up and I LUV the playful touch it added to the title!

Overall I'm happy with the finished product, but mostly I'm happy to finally have some pics of our furriest little family member scrapped! Thanks for stopping by and have a scraptastic weekend!!

~jami lynn bishop

Friday, November 2, 2012

C'est Magnifique November Sketch Challenge!

The inspiration for this page came from a brand NEW scrappy-friend and her incredibly beautiful sketch which just so happens to be the sketch for this month's C'est Magnifique Sketch Challenge!

The sketch...

This is the original sketch rotated to the left, which is what I did w/it to accommodate the oversized photo I wanted to use. And here is my take on it--as well as the final LO for my baby nephew's gift album! So thrilled to finally be finished w/this project and very satisfied with how it turned out.  : )

This is without a doubt the most feminine page of the whole entire album, and probably also my FAV of all the LO's I've made for it. I kept to the same basic color palate as the rest of the album, but decided to give this page a soft and elegant feel to help bring out the timeless quality of the photo.

The title was probably what gave me the most difficulty on this LO, and in the end I decided to borrow a line from a song by one of my all-time favorite artists-Karen Carpenter. I think it helps convey the sentiment that this journey is just beginning, which is just what I wanted the last page of his 1st Year album to say!

The title and flourish around it are rub-ons. I also added a bit of bling to the rub-on flourish bits to dress it up a little. The flowers I used are a mix of old Prima's that I layered with newer Recollections fabric and crocheted pieces. The acrylic heart embellie was the last one I had left from a package of Heidi Swapp acrylic accents that have been in my stash for the last 5 years! Needless to say I am thrilled to have finally used it on a LO, lol!!!!

The larger burlap flower w/the metal center is Jolee's, and as you can see I used a combination of bling and brads for all the flower centers. The metal keyhole accent, the butterflies, the vintage trims, the rub-on title, & the doily are all from a mix of previous Vintage Chic Cafe Kits. 
The stitching is hand doodled across the strips of pattern paper on both sides of the photos as well as in the top left and bottom right corners of the background paper. For this LO I mixed papers from various Basic Grey lines along with My Mind's eye, Die Cuts w/a View and Jenni Bowlin. Thanks so much for stopping by and happy FRIDAY!!

~ jami lynn bishop

Monday, October 29, 2012

Happy Scrappy Monday!!

Good morning my scrappy friends! It's Monday and that means a brand NEW sketch is up on the Monthly Sketch Challenge I host over! Check it out...

This month I will be featuring a very talented NEW sketch designer, Michele Singh!  I stumbled across her fabulous designs last week while doing a blog hop & instantly fell in love w/them! I am super excited to share her talents and see what my sketch challenge members will come up with! Interested in joining us? You can find us HERE and sign up to play along anytime during the month!

That's all for now, have a scrap-tastic day loves!!  : )

~Jami Lynn

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Mid-Week Inspiration!

Hello all my scraptastic friends! Just wanted to share a bit of scrappy-inspiration with you and invite those who are interested to play along in the challenges I host over! As many of you know already, I host a Monthly Sketch Challenge, where I post a new sketch each week, plus a bonus sketch for additional inspiration, for a month full of scrapping pleasure. Here is the Bonus Sketch for this week!

 I absolutely LUV Susan Stringfellow's sketches and this one is no exception. I came across her blog about a year ago and it has been quite a source of inspiration for me since then. You can view more of her designs on her blog

I also opened a brand new challenge this month which has helped me take a deeper look at why I scrapbook. Lately, I've been feeling the Lord leading me to document my relationship with Him in my scrapbooks as well as my family's everyday memories/major life events. Since He was the one to use this hobby to reach me 2 1/2 years ago, how  appropriate would it be to start an album that's all about my faith as well. So, in an effort to follow my Lord's lead, I thought, why not encourage other women of faith to do the same?  That's how the New Scrap Your Faith Challenge was born! In addition to posting daily scripture passages, I'm also posting a few sketches a month on this challenge as well. It is my prayer that this will become not only a place of scrappy-inspiration, but also a place where women of faith can share their hearts and journeys, and support one another as we strive each and every day to follow our Lord and Savior and live for Him. Below is the last sketch of the month for this challenge.

That's all for now friends! Would love to have all who may be interested join us for the scrapping challenges anytime! Thanks for visiting & have a blessed day!!  : )

~jami lynn

Monday, October 22, 2012

Happy Fall Y'all!! : )

Even though I live in a year round tropical climate, I have to admit that Fall is my FAVORITE season of the year. Not that I regularly get to experience it, except by the changing of the merchandise in the local stores, but none the less, I love it!!!
Today I have a LO I've recently completed featuring photos from our anniversary trip last November to the big city of Roanoke, VA--{the hubby's hometown}--where fall was in full swing, check it out!!

Visiting Mill Mountain & seeing the Roanoke Star was easily one of the things I enjoyed the most while we were there. As you can see the weather was beautiful as well, and the trees were all pretty shades of orange, red and green. We're likely to retire here one day, but for now I will have to enjoy reminiscing.
I was inspired to create this LO by a page I came across in my Sept/Oct CK Magazine, (pg. 91 First Day of School by Cora Vincens). This is a little different than my traditional scrappy-style, but I loved her page design so much I had to give it a try. I added a bit more of the inking & misting to my page, in an effort to bring out all the different colors of fall in my photos. I also added a 4th photo underneath the 2 at the bottom right, that I just couldn't stand to leave out. It's the view of the city from the top of the mountain, have a look.

Here you can also see a close-up of the doodled stitching I added around the photos to help 'tie' all the various bits of paper together that I used to frame my photos. In an effort to help keep the focus on the photos, I decided to go w/a minimalistic title that pointed to my subject-hence the use of the acrylic star. It also felt good to use an item from my embellishment hoard that I haven't used on a LO in ages, lol!!
Overall, I couldn't be happier w/how this page turned out and it was a wonderful stroll down memory lane creating it! That's all for today. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope that you are enjoying the beautiful season of fall wherever you are!!  : )

~Jami Lynn

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Gettin' Scrappy!

Well the year seems to have flown by. I can hardly believe we're almost to the end of October already.....REALLY!?!?! Until recently I haven't had much time to devote to scrapbooking, and the little bit I have scrapped this year I've been keeping under wraps since it's going to be a gift I give to someone & I don't want them seeing it before it's finished. However I have had a few more spare moments to scrap lately & here's a peek @ some of my latest work.

 My Sis-in-law actually mailed me this photo of my adorable little nephew and from the moment I saw it, I couldn't wait to scrap it! The photo was so fabulous I decided to go w/a simple design in order to let it shine. I couldn't be happier with how this page turned out!! I used a combination of three different Basic Grey Lines; Capella, Boxer & Granola-(both pattern paper accent blocks & the rub-on). I scissor distressed the edges of the cardstock, inked the edges of both pattern paper rectangles, and added a simple doodled border around the photo block.
This next LO is a bit more detailed and was a ton of fun creating. It's actually a lift I did for a challenge on scrapbook(.)com. This is one of my FAV photo's of me & Dr. Luke, (as my hubby & I have been referring 2 him since birth). It was taken @ Luke's Great Grandmother's home in Boca Raton, FL a few months after his birth. I dug into my Sassafras Lass & My Mind's Eye stash for this one and can't believe how many coordinating papers I found to match the colors in this photo! I even used a few ancient alphabet stickers from the 1st set of letter stickers I ever bought back in 2001!!

That's all I have to share for now but stay tuned...I just started working on scrapping more of my own photos this week so in another few day's I hope to post my next finished project! Thanks for stopping by and have a Scraptastic Day!!!!

~jami lynn

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Good evening my wonderfully talented scrappy friends! : )

It's been quite a while since my last post and I am pleased to share that I have finally scrapped recently! With the pace of life I've been keeping these past couple years scrappy time has been scarce, so I feel blessed in a way that things have slowed down at work and allowed me to have some additional time off during the past few weeks. I'm actually in the middle of a scrappy project I started a couple months back that I cannot yet share, since it's going to be a gift for someone very dear to me, but I did finally finish a layout I can share w/you all and that's the reason for tonight's post.
This is only the second page I've completed for our wedding album, which will be the next major scrappy project I tackle once the one I'm currently working on is completed, but I am excited to share it because the photo is one of my FAVS that our photographer & friend, Kelly Coulson, got of my step-son at our after ceremony dinner party. Check it out!

When I came across a sketch that a friend of mine posted on recently this is the photo that came to my mind. I knew it would be a perfect fit! I used Basic Grey's Capella Line of pattern papers, which I purchased almost 2 years ago in anticipation of scrapping my wedding day photos, lol. I wanted to keep the focus on the photo, so I kept embellishments to a minimum by adding a touch of bling rhinestones & pearls, a beautiful flower from Prima's Autumn Harvest Ginger assortment & a black metal key. The gold ribbon I saved from a package/gift & I'm glad I did cause I love how it looks on this page!
Well, back to work on the gift album for now, but hope to be able to post more LO's soon for your viewing and commenting pleasure. : )

~Mrs. Jami Lynn Bishop <3 br="br">