5.01.2015

national scrapbook weekend ~ pink paislee



Happy National Scrapbook Weekend! The Pink Paislee team wants to wish you a fun and creative weekend! Whether you are at home or at a crop this weekend, we would like to share some inspiration with you along with what this holiday means to us! Start at Pink Paislee's blog and let's get this party started!

You should have made your way here via Patricia Roebuck's blog. So welcome!

National Scrapbook Day/Weekend | @jamiepate for @pinkpaislee Why do you scrapbook. My number one reason I am creative in the world of paper and embellishments.

To celebrate this very fun scrapbook weekend I, of course, created a layout.

National Scrapbook Day/Weekend | @jamiepate for @pinkpaislee Why do you scrapbook. My number one reason I am creative in the world of paper and embellishments.

As I was working through the papers from Citrus Bliss by Pink Paislee, and more especially this fab photo from my girlfriend trip to Charleston, I was thinking through the question, 'why do I scrapbook?' And it was actually a really simple answer. Because it makes me happy! That is why I do it.

National Scrapbook Day/Weekend | @jamiepate for @pinkpaislee Why do you scrapbook. My number one reason I am creative in the world of paper and embellishments.

It makes me happy to play with pretty paper and elements and move them around and place them in a pleasing manner. It makes me happy to have a completed page that speaks to my emotions about a time and place.

National Scrapbook Day/Weekend | @jamiepate for @pinkpaislee Why do you scrapbook. My number one reason I am creative in the world of paper and embellishments.

It makes me happy to look back at those pages in my albums, whether it's the next day, or weeks from today, and relive the moments and feelings on those pages. We are nothing if we don't have our memories, someone once said. I believe that to be true.

National Scrapbook Day/Weekend | @jamiepate for @pinkpaislee Why do you scrapbook. My number one reason I am creative in the world of paper and embellishments.

So why do you scrapbook? I don't believe there is any one answer. I believe there to be a myriad of answers to that question. And I hope at least one of those answers includes the simplicity of happiness that it may bring to your life.

Click on over to the next Pink Paislee team member, Gina Lideros, to be inspired! 





Make sure to also enter our National Scrapbook Weekend Facebook Giveaway! Have a creative weekend!

4.15.2015

misc photos ~ jot magazine

When I first came upon Jot Magazine I was amazed at the creative beauty that went into that magazine. It is such a wonderful resource of inspiration and ideas for documenting life. Then I dared to apply for Jot Girls 2015... and to my amazement was asked to be apart of that team!

Today I want to highlight one of my layouts from Issue 9.

misc photos ~ jot magazine issue 9 @jamiepate @jotmagazine #deer #scrapbook #siblings

The theme for this gallery was Oh Deer. I created a cut file that you can find here at the Sizzix eShape store. And that was the focus of these photos.

misc photos ~ jot magazine issue 9 @jamiepate @jotmagazine #deer #scrapbook #siblings
The oh deer is how I feel most often when these two hang around together. Because this daughter is with me and being home educated this year, her brother gets a lot of face time with her. These are special moments we get to all have together. To sort of slow down. Take a walk on the trail. Find out what we can discover. And simply create a memory together.

misc photos ~ jot magazine issue 9 @jamiepate @jotmagazine #deer #scrapbook #siblings
I used a mix of DearLizzy and MaggieHolmes embellishments as well as an old stash from RhonnaFarrers line a few years back. The deer was cut out with watercolor paper and then I washed it with watercolor.

misc photos ~ jot magazine issue 9 @jamiepate @jotmagazine #deer #scrapbook #siblings

The background paper is also a bit of stash from HeidiSwapp's Hello Today line. Still some of my favorite patterns found in that collection.

misc photos ~ jot magazine issue 9 @jamiepate @jotmagazine #deer #scrapbook #siblings
Capturing these little moments bring me right back to the point in time when I go back and view this a few years from now. I so easily forget, so this is why it is so important to me to document life right now. Even a simple sibling time walking the trails.

4.14.2015

stationary planner ~ pink paislee

Stationary Planner for Pink Paislee @pinkpaislee @jamiepate #stationaryplanner #planner #ppCitrusBliss

Last week I shared this mini planner on the PinkPaislee blog. The team had a week of
Get It Done articles on the blog. Great ideas were shared how to take your Pink paper products and turn them into very useful everyday planner pieces. Loved seeing the CitrusBliss collection made up so pretty for the desk.

Stationary Planner for Pink Paislee @pinkpaislee @jamiepate #stationaryplanner #planner #ppCitrusBliss
The tool that was most useful to me was the WeRMemory Keepers Envelope Punch Board. What a great way to whip up some perfectly sized envies and put together a stationary set and have quick notes on hand for the sending.

Stationary Planner for Pink Paislee @pinkpaislee @jamiepate #stationaryplanner #planner #ppCitrusBliss
Even my 11-year old daughter has taken to absconding this tool and making her own envelopes. And I am thinking she is a bit more obsessed than I as I am finding envelopes all over the house.

Stationary Planner for Pink Paislee @pinkpaislee @jamiepate #stationaryplanner #planner #ppCitrusBliss
There are lots of gift-able opportunities coming up here from Mother's Day to graduations to bridal showers. If you make one for yourself, be sure to make an extra while you are at it for a gift. And try to avoid getting too addicted to that there punch board.

Oh...and if you do create your own, would love you to tag me on instagram: @jamiepate and hashtag #stationaryplanner.

4.01.2015

hello ~ sizzix digital cut files

Just when you think I have given up on ProjectLife and pocket scrapping...
alas...
I have not...



This page is part of a Sizzix blog post found here...

My newest digital cut collection is called Hello.



You can purchase as a collection or individual cuts.

It's just a cute little set that invites spring into our every day projects.

Hope you check it out!



3.30.2015

imagine ~ pink paislee atlas

There are so many reasons to document and make creative all at the same time.

imagine | Pink Paislee Atlas  #travel #journey #document #ppAtlas #tradlayout
We talk so often of telling our story.
Telling their story.
But I struggle with the stories that have not the opportunity of 'The End.

imagine | Pink Paislee Atlas  #travel #journey #document #ppAtlas #tradlayout

For you see...
this girl and I are on a journey.
Not unlike many journeys that many a mom and child have been on.
This girl and I have been on a journey of discovery to a place called learning disability.

And it's a journey that only shows us a few steps at a time.

imagine | Pink Paislee Atlas  #travel #journey #document #ppAtlas #tradlayout
Part of my personal creative journey is to talk to my kids through these picture books I create for them. While I am in the midst of pulling color and photo and words and icons together, I am thinking deeply of the subject at hand. Praying. Meditating. And sometimes even crying. Because I take the time to create said stories and store them away in many an album, it gives way to opportunity later down the road and look back at a place in time. To remember. To reflect. To actually see how God was leading us all along. Even when we did not know where the destination was to end.

imagine | Pink Paislee Atlas  #travel #journey #document #ppAtlas #tradlayout
When my children doubt my decision on a matter (not that THAT ever happens),  I am often heard to tell them, 'trust me, I always have a reason for what I say'. Same is true for when I create. There is almost always a reason behind the creating a page of photo and image. There is authenticity that can be found behind it.

She and I will need to imagine our way through the unclear path before us. And this will require a new kind of faith on both of our parts.

imagine | Pink Paislee Atlas  #travel #journey #document #ppAtlas #tradlayout

PinkPaislee's Atlas is found all over this page. A travel themed collection. Because...we will travel this together.

supplies used on this project:
Pink Paislee | Atlas
pattern paper: Souvenir. Take Flight. Here&There.
Ephemera.
Puffy Stickers

Heidi Swapp: pattern paper Hello Today
Marquee Love Tape
Color Shine Teal

label: Studio Calico
watercolor paper: Canson

3.20.2015

happy day


it's my birthday.
and i have more than my share on my mind and heart right now.
it's just that time of life where there is a whole lot going on and you feel it is up to you to keep it all together.
yeah.
that feeling.
now there is another side to that emotion.
and it is this.
i have a whole lot to be thankful for and happy about even in the midst of the 'whole lot of'.
the whole-lot-of is a reminder that i have been blessed with the work of my hands, that happens to include many souls that are in my care.
and i get one chance at it.
and thank GOD for forgiveness.
amen.

 i want to celebrate with all you lovelies in this creative and visual community that i am apart.
below are a couple of files for cutting...
my birthday present to you.
to remember...
to have a...
click for dfx file









click for png file







I only ask you use these for personal use only. Let's be good to one another in that way.
and have the best day today!!!

3.19.2015

here we go ~ world wide insta meet up

In light of the World Wide Insta Meet this weekend over on Instagram, the Heidi Swapp Media team decided to create their own way to celebrate the visual world of Instagram.


Off We Go ~ World Wide Insta Meet @jamiepate #hswanderlust #instagram #minialbum


A couple of us are sharing ways to use Instagram photos by taking them out of our phones and documenting the story.

Off We Go ~ World Wide Insta Meet @jamiepate #hswanderlust #instagram #minialbum
And this is my way.

Off We Go ~ World Wide Insta Meet @jamiepate #hswanderlust #instagram #minialbum
I used the Vintage Gold Foil binder from Heidi Swapp's Wanderlust collection.  With this album I collected Instagrams from my phone as well as my girlfriends' phones from a recent little vacay to the coast.

Off We Go ~ World Wide Insta Meet @jamiepate #hswanderlust #instagram #minialbum
All the details for how I went about printing these photos can be found today on the HeidiSwapp blog.

Off We Go ~ World Wide Insta Meet @jamiepate #hswanderlust #instagram #minialbum
Today I would encourage you to grab a tall glass of something something, and simply enjoy the eye candy here of this 'best trip ever' as well as how my Insta's made it into this here album.

Off We Go ~ World Wide Insta Meet @jamiepate #hswanderlust #instagram #minialbum
As I explain in the original post, I am using the pocket page protectors that are part of the Wanderlust collection and fit 3x3 photos. Perfect Insta size, right? The top pocket here holds part of the Lace Paper, glitter tape from the Flea Market Pouch Kit, and a clear star geo element from the Flocked Acetate Shapes.

Off We Go ~ World Wide Insta Meet @jamiepate #hswanderlust #instagram #minialbum


Off We Go ~ World Wide Insta Meet @jamiepate #hswanderlust #instagram #minialbum
I have always loved clear elements and think there is no reason to make pockets perform for this function.

Off We Go ~ World Wide Insta Meet @jamiepate #hswanderlust #instagram #minialbum

Something that I have always adored about mini albums is the invitation factor. To see all these elements and that spray painted gold Charm peeking out and inviting the reader in. Ah...I could look at this all day.


Off We Go ~ World Wide Insta Meet @jamiepate #hswanderlust #instagram #minialbum
Next page is a Journal sheet with plenty of journaling as well as one of our Instas. The 'today' Wood Veneer is sprayed with Tea Color Shine.


Off We Go ~ World Wide Insta Meet @jamiepate #hswanderlust #instagram #minialbum
Gold is found everywhere in this album. The subtle hues of the salmon and tea and gold set the tone for this whole book for me. Not to mention some of my friends Instas were filtered, so it just all worked together to keep the same feel. THE OC was foiled using the Letter Foil Kit. So fun.

Off We Go ~ World Wide Insta Meet @jamiepate #hswanderlust #instagram #minialbum
I did not take to over embellishing every page. This one is fairly simple. But the Tab Dividers just take on a whole focus of their own...that with the PURE HAPPY Foil Kit words added to it's cover...it needed not much else.

Off We Go ~ World Wide Insta Meet @jamiepate #hswanderlust #instagram #minialbum
 If you follow me at all, you know I keep my albums just repeating the same page elements so I don't have to keep making stuff up...LoL. So here, after the Tab Divider, another clear element is used to introduce the reader to the next section of the book. The next day in our mini vacay.


Off We Go ~ World Wide Insta Meet @jamiepate #hswanderlust #instagram #minialbum
 You can see I did the same process as before. A photo on the bottom half and the Lace Paper on the top half.


Off We Go ~ World Wide Insta Meet @jamiepate #hswanderlust #instagram #minialbum
The next page is showing up the same as page two in the beginning of the album. Did you notice the Minc pieces I have been using throughout? The 'good times' is part of my favorite Chipboard Shapes. If you pick up just one Minc accessories pack, get that one...oh...and the Icon Stickers too.

Off We Go ~ World Wide Insta Meet @jamiepate #hswanderlust #instagram #minialbum

Here again, a Journal Page with a photo, some Wood Veneer, and a few other elements. I call this 'not re-inventing the wheel everytime'. Just follow a page plan and the focus in the creating is on the photos+story.

Off We Go ~ World Wide Insta Meet @jamiepate #hswanderlust #instagram #minialbum


 And this might be my most fav clear page..and also the end of this post...

Off We Go ~ World Wide Insta Meet @jamiepate #hswanderlust #instagram #minialbum
The Foil Kit with dimensional words. I love how this looks on a clear page! With words layered on top of the page. (WordJumbleStickers found at HobbyLobby), and glitter and that ocean! ah...it makes for a most happy page. A new fav album. And inspiration to go on another trip!

Thank you for staying till the end.