Hey Friends! Andrea back again with a traveler's notebook layout using the gorgeous new Willow kit for May!

Spring by Andrea Gray | @FelicityJane

 

I love the idea of a stencil in this month's kit! I decided to create a background but still keep it open and airy so I used a fine point pen and just traced the triangles. I but you could use a thicker marker and fill them in too!

Spring by Andrea Gray | @FelicityJane

 

Here is the result! I love that it's so imperfect and yet still a structured pattern!

Spring by Andrea Gray | @FelicityJane

 

 

I used a photo of myself in a spring outfit and layered a tag, card and a floral that I fussy cut from the patterned paper. Clustering is so much fun!

Spring by Andrea Gray | @FelicityJane

Spring by Andrea Gray | @FelicityJane

 

It ended up being a happy accident that I am using so many die cut shapes in this layout, actually. As I was pulling out flowers to use, I dropped them onto my notebook page and it dawned on me that I could do an entire side with just die cuts if I wanted - and I did!

Spring by Andrea Gray | @FelicityJane

 

Arranging them was fun too! I tried to use just pinks and blues (to match my photo) and placed them so it was just a strip down the middle. I loved being able to sprinkle the tiny puffy stickers at the end. 

Spring by Andrea Gray | @FelicityJaneSpring by Andrea Gray | @FelicityJane

 

And there it is - an easy layout using so many fun things from Willow. 

Until next time, friends!
Andrea

Products Used: May Kit - Willow | Willow Die Cut Shapes | Willow Journaling Cards | Willow Puffy Stickers | Willow Puffy Alphabet

Hi Friends, It's Dannielle here again with you today with another layout I created using the new "Willow" kit. 

The last layout I shared on the blog told the story of how much I loved getting bouquets of flowers picked by my little girl. I had mentioned in my  journaling that I knew that one day I would miss getting those tokens of love that only she could give. That got me thinking.. what are some of the things that my little London used to do, that she doesn't do anymore. I looked through some old pictures, and quickly stumbled upon the perfect story to tell.

Here is a look at my layout.

I Miss This Layout by Banning Lane | @FelicityJane

so here is the story behind my layout. When my little girl used to take naps during the day, she would always wake up and want to cuddle for just a bit. These were the best cuddles because she was still a tiny bit tired and extra willing to just sit there in my arms. I always knew that this phase wouldn't last forever, and I totally soaked up those cuddles every chance I got them. 

I Miss This Layout by Banning Lane | @FelicityJane

My first step, like I already mentioned, was finding my photo. I had more than plenty to choose from, but I choose this one because she still looked a little sleepy, and had that adorable grin on her face. I cropped most of myself out, mostly because it was absolutely not a flattering shot of me, but I love that the focus is on her, and you just see touches of me.

I used my silhouette to cut out a scalloped frame for my picture. I don't think I will ever get tired of scalloped anything. I made a choice to add some stitching to my photo, which is something I don't do too often, but I like it.

You can also see that I added some embellishments, but those really didn't come until later.

I Miss This Layout by Banning Lane | @FelicityJane

I decided to hand write my journaling on a simple white tag from my stash, and then layered the small black polka paper behind that. Just like I will always love a scalloped edge, I will also love a polka print. One of my favorite things from the kit this month is the flower die cut shapes. I clustered a few of them together to make a bouquet, and really do love the way they look placed at the end of my journaling.

I Miss This Layout by Banning Lane | @FelicityJane

I adore the alphabets that came in the Willow kit, and I knew I wanted to have a title on this page just so I could use them. I'll admit that I am totally unimaginative when it comes to a title, but I totally accept that about myself. This is the perfect title for this page though.

I Miss This Layout by Banning Lane | @FelicityJane

To finish off my layout I used some of the wood grain patterned paper that I can't help but use on every page as a border. I still felt something was missing, so I took my pen and added some messy lines to the edge of my page. After that last detail, I called my layout done!

We would love to see what you are creating with this months Willow kit. don't for get to use the #fjwillow when posting your projects on social media!

 

Hello! Anita here and today I'm sharing a new Listers Gotta List spread using the brand new Willow kit!  The addition of pre-cut journaling cards and die-cuts to our kits in recent months has made completing this type of project (and other planner projects) easy and fun. Here's an overall look at this month's spread:

May Listers Gotta List Spread by Anita Patel | @FelicityJane

I chose my favorite journaling cards this month and laid them across my planner. I try to balance colors, words and graphics on the spread and then add my Listers prompts on the cards where there is space to write. I then began embellishing using some die-cuts since they are flat and perfect for planner projects. I also created a couple of embellishment clusters to add some interest to the page and provide "anchors" on the two sides of the spread.

May Listers Gotta List Spread by Anita Patel | @FelicityJane

Below is a close-up of the cluster I created on the left side of the page. I used one of the journaling cards with that pretty doily-like design and cut it out to create my own custom die-cut. I then added some pieces from the die-cut pack and layered them on top of one another to create a fun cluster. I also used a couple of the scalloped border strips in the top left corner to add some color and design to that section of the page.

May Listers Gotta List Spread by Anita Patel | @FelicityJane

On the right side, I followed a similar approach but this time placed a small cluster on the bottom right side. I also added a black die-cut to help balance out the black on the other side of the spread.

May Listers Gotta List Spread by Anita Patel | @FelicityJane

Here's a closer look at the bottom right of the spread:

May Listers Gotta List Spread by Anita Patel | @FelicityJane

And there you have it! A fun, quick project that you can complete relatively quickly. If you don't have a lot of free time but still want to do something creative, you should definitely give the Listers Gotta List challenge a try! I've been doing this project for a couple of years now and it's still one of my favorites. It's a fun way to get creative, use your supplies, record some journaling and have fun!  If you have any questions about getting started, let me know by leaving a comment on this post. I'm happy to help!

supplies used: May Kit - Willow | Willow Journaling Cards | Willow Die Cut Shapes |

Adventure by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane

I love how every month there's a new little surprise item. Something that pulls me out of my creative box! This month it definitely was the stencil. I am not very big on mixed media probably because I don't really like messy things. I pushed through that this month and experimented with adding texture.

Adventure by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane

I started out with a few simple things - the stencil, Liquitex Modeling Paste and a jumbo craft stick. This was one of the first times I've used modeling paste and I found it really easy. I placed the stencil where I wanted to add some texture to the layout, scooped up a bit of the paste and spread it on. I didn't fill in every triangle, I just wanted a smattering.

A few things to keep in mind when working with modeling paste: 1. fill in the negative spaced and then use the side of craft stick to wipe off the excess. 2. Wash off the stencil immediately after use. If it dries it's really difficult to get it off the stencil. 3. Add a few drops to a dollop of the paste to color it. 4. You can use a spatula, but a disposable craft stick is so much easier!

Adventure by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane

 Here's a close up look at the modeling paste texture. I love how it adds a sprinkle of triangles just under the photo. I love the white-on-white look of the modeling paste. It's hard to see in the large photo, but here you can see what it looks like clearly.

Adventure by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane

I love the bohemian feel of this kit. I used the botanical floral die cuts to border the layout. They add shape and give the layout a whimsical feel. It's very light and airy!

Adventure by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane

A few stamped flowers here and there all over the layout and journaling card complete the story. A bit of texture, a floral motif and a bold stripe make up the framework of this design. Even though it's subtle, the texture if my favorite part! 

SUPPLIES | Willow Kit | Willow Die Cut Shapes | Willow Puffy Stickers | Willow Stamp Set

As I looked though the papers and embellishments that are in the "Willow" kit, it made me think of a specific photo that I recently took. A photo that will always and forever make me smile.

Before I tell you about the story behind that photo, let me show you my layout.

Love This Layout by Banning Lane | @FelicityJane

I think I could do 8 1/2 X 11 layouts with one photo and the top and some journaling underneath for the rest of my life and be perfectly happy. It is a design that just works for me. 

So back to that story. My daughter loves flowers, and weeds that look like flowers. She will pick them every chance she gets, and I get to be the lucky mama that receives all those flowers. She knows that I love flowers, but I don't think she quite understands that the best flowers are the ones that come from her. Those flowers are given with so much love that they can't help but make me smile. I know that one day all too soon, I won't get a handful of dandelions from a little girl who thinks they are beautiful. So I take pictures like these, so I will always remember that love. 

Love This Layout by Banning Lane | @FelicityJane

The first thing I did with this layout was add  the wood grain paper with that super pretty floral print on top of it to about 2/3 of my layout. I knew I wanted to use some of the yellow patterned paper to mat my photo so that was my next step. After that I just very randomly added some patterned paper layers with a bit of the die cut shapes mixed in. The finishing touch to my little cluster was the absolutely adorable little chubby paper clip. I am definitely going to be ordering more of those from the shop.

Love This Layout by Banning Lane | @FelicityJane

I wanted to add some details below my photo, mostly because it just felt empty. I decided to put a line of stitching right at the edge of my wood grain paper, and then a few more die cut shapes that went perfectly with my story.

Love This Layout by Banning Lane | @FelicityJane

The last thing I needed to add was my story. I drew some quick lines in with my pen and then wrote my words! simple as that.

What I love most about the Felicity Jane kits is that they always inspire me to tell my most important stories. I know that no matter what, my page is going to pretty but more importantly my pictures and words are going to shine. That is why Felicity Jane kits are the best. 

Thanks so much for spending a little bit of your Tuesday with me. We will see you all very soon!

Supplies Used: Willow Kit | Willow Paper Add-on | Die Cut Shapes | Miniwide Paper Clips

Hey and happy Monday! I have a fun pocket page to share using the kit contents from Caroline. You might recognize that pretty face with me in the photos - it's Suzanna - a fellow Felicity Jane DT member! 

Friend, You Get Me by Andrea Gray | @FelicityJane

 We became friends very quickly and she has family about 15 minutes away from me so when she came to visit last week we made a plan to hang and devour Hobby Lobby. And of course we documented our adventures!

Friend, You Get Me by Andrea Gray | @FelicityJane

 If you are a subscriber - you get some digital goodies to supplement your kit and I'm using several pieces from that in this pocket layout along with the main kit.

Friend, You Get Me by Andrea Gray | @FelicityJane

 The colors in the photos work so well with Caroline and I figured I could just layer and layer until my heart was content. 

Friend, You Get Me by Andrea Gray | @FelicityJane

 

We actually took photos of our paints and it's so awesome how similar they were. I used the alphas to add our initials to show who's colors belong to who. :)
Friend, You Get Me by Andrea Gray | @FelicityJane

 I couldn't get enough of the puffy shapes so I made a couple of clusters with the hexies along with some stamps to make a custom card!

Friend, You Get Me by Andrea Gray | @FelicityJane

Overall I couldn't be more happy with how awesome the colors matched! And the friend theme that Caroline offers was perfect for documenting our friendship and time together. 

See you next time, friends!
Andrea

Products Used: Caroline Journal Cards | April Kit - Caroline (sold out) | Caroline Chipboard Alpha | Caroline Stamp | Caroline Bitty Puffy Stickers | Caroline Die Cut Shapes

Happy interNational Scrapbooking Day, friends! While I'm not sharing a scrapbook layout today, I am sharing a little tutorial on creating your own notebooks to document your favorite memories in!

Notebook DIY by Suzanna Stein | @FelicityJane

I started out by trimming one of the patterned papers to a 6x8" size. Using a bone folder, I made a seam down the center to make the fold easier. Since I don't have a long arm stapler, I used my normal Swingline stapler. Place your cover over your paper (I used 5 sheets), then open your stapler and place three staples along the spine. 

Place your open book on a punch pad so the open staples can easily remain open.

Notebook DIY by Suzanna Stein | @FelicityJane

Once you have your staples in the spine, flip the book over and use the bone folder (or another flat object) to fold the sides of the staples down.

Notebook DIY by Suzanna Stein | @FelicityJane

Once your staples are in, fold your notebook in half. Using a craft knife and cutting mat, cut the excess paper from along the sides of the notebook. Make sure your notebook is closed during this step. If you cut the paper while it's open, once folded, the sheets will be different lengths.

Notebook DIY by Suzanna Stein | @FelicityJane

Notebook DIY by Suzanna Stein | @FelicityJane

The last step, and my personal favorite, is to decorate the outside of your notebook! I used a few simple pieces that will make this little thing perfect for documenting my favorite bestie memories!

Notebook DIY by Suzanna Stein | @FelicityJane

Notebook DIY by Suzanna Stein | @FelicityJane

This is also a great way to make your own traveler's notebook inserts! If you give this a try, be sure to share your photos with us on Instagram using the #FelicityJane hashtag!

Supplies Used: Caroline Kit | Caroline Paper Add-On | Caroline Die Cut Shapes | Caroline Bitty Puffy Stickers | Caroline Stamp Set

Happy Friday friends! 

Today I am going to share a pretty simple, but super cute layout I created this week. The end result didn't come easy, but it was fun getting there. I'll show you what I am talking about in a minute, but first lets look at my finished layout

He Learned How To Be Silly layout by Banning Lane | @FelicityJane

I am so loving the colors and patterns that are in the Caroline kit, but what is new right.

So as you can see I decided to do a 6x12 layout. This is a size that I don't do very often, but I always love the way it turns out. I think it would be so fun to fill an entire album with 6x12 layouts. I just need to find the album.

So remember how I said that this simple layout didn't come easy. The reason I say that is because I had two other designs that I thought about using before I settled on my final design.

Let me show you what I am talking about.

He Learned How To Be Silly layout by Banning Lane | @FelicityJane

The first idea that I came up with was to use several of the label die cut pieces placed down one side of my layout. I imagined either stamping little sentiments on those labels, or writing in some journaling. I was totally in love with this idea, but I decided to keep playing.

He Learned How To Be Silly layout by Banning Lane | @FelicityJane

The second approach was a bit more... well busy. I took out all the die cut shapes and just started piecing them together on my layout. This was a super fun look and I probably left this layout just like this on my desk for a whole day. In the end I decided to try one more look

He Learned How To Be Silly layout by Banning Lane | @FelicityJane

My third try was the winning look. It actually started with the yellow strip of paper. It was just a scrap sitting on my desk, but I loved the way it looked sitting below my photo. Especially once I added the group of flowers to it. 

I originally planned on adding my journaling below my photo, but I decided to add a title to my page. Seriously how cute are those polka dot alphabets paired with the Caroline kit!! After I added the title I decided I liked the look of the layout just as it was, so I wrote my journaling on the tag that I had sticking out of the top of my layout.

He Learned How To Be Silly layout by Banning Lane | @FelicityJane

As a finishing touch I added the oh so very cute bow on top of my little flower cluster. I just love the way all those elements look together. I also think I could use a few more of those absolutely adorable bows.

He Learned How To Be Silly layout by Banning Lane | @FelicityJane

The story of this layout is about how my calm, and loving hubby has learned how to be silly thanks to help of our funny little five year old. I love that I was able to use the sweet Caroline kit to tell this even sweeter story.

Before I go I wanted to remind everyone that tomorrow is National Scrapbook Day. We are joining in on the fun here at Felicity Jane and have all sorts of fun planned over on the Felicity Jane Facebook group. We will be hosting an on-line crop complete with some fun challenges and great prizes. We would love to have you stop by and say hi and maybe even win something fantastic!!

Hope you all have a fun and crafty weekend.

Supplies Used: Caroline Kit | Caroline Paper Add-On | Caroline Solid Paper Add-On | Chloe Tiny Dot Alphabet

Hello Friends! Can I just tell you how excited I am to share a fun project I made using the Caroline Kit?! Okay, I'll tell you - VERY EXCITED!!!

So since I don't make 12x12 layouts very often, I don't go through my patterned papers quickly. I decided that I needed to find a way to make the most of them.

I remembered that I had a few frames I decorated with for Christmas and thought maybe these fun papers would be the spring touch these photos needed!

With the frames emptied and cleaned, I chose papers and embellishments that coordinated with my current family room colors from the Caroline Kit.

Home Decor Using Papers & Embellishments by Andrea Gray | @FelicityJane

 

Then I decided which photos I wanted to use.

Home Decor Using Papers & Embellishments by Andrea Gray | @FelicityJane

 

I needed some yellow for a pop of color so I traced the striped tag and made my own with a scrap yellow patterned paper from an older kit.

Home Decor Using Papers & Embellishments by Andrea Gray | @FelicityJane

 

Then I grabbed the Alphas from Caroline because I wanted to add some letters to one of the frames and the color matched perfectly.

Home Decor Using Papers & Embellishments by Andrea Gray | @FelicityJane

 

What I ended up with were 4 gorgeous frames of the people I love and pretty paper! Since some embellishments are thick (like the rubber charms and the flair), I added those to the outside of the frame using glue dots. I am not sure how well they hold up yet but it's been over a week and they're still hangin' on!

Home Decor Using Papers & Embellishments by Andrea Gray | @FelicityJaneHome Decor Using Papers & Embellishments by Andrea Gray | @FelicityJaneHome Decor Using Papers & Embellishments by Andrea Gray | @FelicityJaneHome Decor Using Papers & Embellishments by Andrea Gray | @FelicityJane

So now you have a fun way to use some of your patterned paper you've been hoarding. Imagine being able to gaze around your house and enjoy all the pretty papers that are currently just sitting in a drawer. 

Have you ever used scrapbook paper in a fun and different way? I'd love to know! 

Okay friends, that's all from me and I'll see you soon!

Products Used: Caroline Paper Add-On | Caroline Silicone Charms | Caroline Die Cut shapes | Caroline Chipboard Alphabet

Let's talk about vertical designs - the ones that area clean and angular with lots of space for decorating and telling stories. I chose this type of design because I'm in love with this alphabet from the Caroline kit. The font, the color, the size - it's absolute perfection. What better way to show it off than to bring it center stage!

Magical Luau by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane 

 Begin by dividing the page straight down the middle with a bold title. Then start working in vertical lines to the left and right sides of that midpoint. Make sure that your photos and patterns are evenly distributed. You don't want too much weight on one side - it makes for lopsided designs! For example, if you place a photo at the lower right, balance it with another photo on the upper left like above.

Magical Luau by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane

Mix up the widths and shapes of the stacked items in your vertical rows. This keeps the design from looking static (i.e. boring). Here is a rectangular strip of yellow patterned paper with a banner just underneath. This makes for an interesting design.

Magical Luau by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane

These designs tend to be a bit busy so make sure that you highlight the photo since that's where we want the focus to remain. Using strips of pattern paper to block the top and bottom of this vertical photo, along with layers of flair, circle-shaped patterned paper, chipboard and a heart rubber charm allow this photo to shine.

Magical Luau by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane

 

Repetition of shape (and contrasting ones) is really important when creating vertical layouts. Here, the two circles at the bottom right (in the flair and patterned paper shape) and mimicked in this frame. This creates symmetry as well. I love how it highlights this smaller photo as well.

Magical Luau by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane 

 Vertical designs are a fun graphic look to experiment with. The Caroline kit with it's beautiful colors and embellishments is the perfect fit for this type of design!

 

SUPPLIES | Caroline Kit | Caroline Silicone Charms | Caroline Chipboard Alphabet | Caroline Bitty Puffy Shapes