Sunday, November 13, 2011

Playing Catch-Up

Is it just me, or have you also noticed that time seems to be moving faster than ever?   Every time I sit down to do something it's time to get up to do something else.   I know that this will just intensify as Thanksgiving and Christmas draw closer.

I've also been stockpiling layouts and projects to share, apparently.  

The JBS November kit is really quite a beauty.  It includes the new Red and Black extension line, which is easily my favorite Red and Black extension ever.
This layout pulls together the main kit and the antiquarian kit.
Every time I use an item from an antiquarian kit, I always use it so cautiously -- it's ephemera, not designed to last forever, but it's also a piece of history.  I also know how much thought Jenni puts into selecting items for the kits (and how much hunting is involved as well), which in itself infuses pages with extra meaning.
This particular page was a challenge (which I talk about in the upcoming JBS Gazette), especially because it does not just document my grandmother's 85th birthday.  It also documents the fact that she is losing her memory.  I was not really sure at first how to convey the topic through the design and the page elements, but the kit helped me to tell the story.  I also incorporated thread on the page, which represents my grandmother's memory.  At times, everything comes together and makes sense, but at other times, her memory unravels.
The second page that I made uses the JBS November artisan kit, a kit that can be adapted for cute school-themed pages and more mature, refined pages as well.
I used the kit to help me showcase two photos that I recently discovered.
Not only was I amazed to find photos of my grandparents kissing, but when I flipped over one of the photos, I found my grandmother's handwriting there.  I made sure to include her writing on the page as well.
 I also had a bit (okay, a lot) of fun with paint and mist here.
My third page from this month's JBS gallery also uses the artisan kit.  I used bits and pieces of it since the page itself is photo-heavy.
In addition to immersing myself in the JBS kits, I've also been getting crafty with JBS goodies.  All this month on the JBS Inspiration blog, the design team is contributing ornaments to a communal Christmas garland.  Here's mine:
If you're interested, you can find more details on the original post on the JBS Inspiration blog.

I know that it may seem to early for Christmas, but it's right around the corner!  Our family rule has always been "no Christmas until after Thanksgiving," but I think that an exception can be made for cards and crafts.  I'm about to start working on holiday cards, and I've been browsing the Two Peas in a Bucket gallery for ideas.  I'm not the most savvy card-maker, but I really want to try to make all of my own cards and gift tags this year.

Speaking of Two Peas and holidays, here's a recent layout that I did about our gargantuan Halloween pumpkin, featuring the Bella Blvd. "Too Cute to Spook" collection.
It's rare to find a Halloween line that can work with almost any costume, isn't it?  I just love those polka dots.
The last layout that I have to share was featured this past Tuesday on the October Afternoon blog, in a tutorial for stitched letters.
As I mentioned in the post, "Although we live in an age of die-cut machines and electronic cutting tools, sometimes there's just nothing quite like good ol' messy hand-cut charm."  I stand by that statement!

Thanks for visiting!


  1. Beautiful work, Jill! Is that stamp set available outside of the Artisan kit?

  2. love all of your pages, jill!! i just got my kit yesterday and can't wait to play.

  3. I LOVE your work! Great use of vintage goodies, and your style has such a fun, whimsical flair. TFS!

  4. I am with you on the "hand-cut charm." Word!

    I gotta say, you are rockin' the buttons, esp. on the "That Kiss" and "Phone" layouts. You are making me think about buttons in a whole new way.

    I love that you included your grandma's handwriting on the "That Kiss" LO. That is what scrapbooking is all about!

  5. These are all beautiful, but that first layout is just stunning. Love.