The Soup Bowl

Tidbits about Jillibean Soup and the life behind the bowl…

Introducing… January 14, 2009

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The Minestrone and Whitebean Collections will be introduced at CHA next week.  I’m very excited to share these with you!  Check back for some awesome projects made with our new lines!



Celebrate Life in 2009 January 13, 2009

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I’ve been working on a zutter bound book for 2009  (it’s not bound yet).  The album is a Teresa Collins bracket book that I used JB Soup papers to cover.  I love the brown board – it goes great with the kraft paper!  Anyhow,  I’m going to add pages to it each month…things that are special.  I don’t have time to do a 365 book, so I’ll do a 12 mo book :-).  I’ve started some of the January pages as well as added a few “extras” to make it fun.   I will keep sharing new pages and ideas each month.  When our design team is chosen next month…I will ask them to play along too! 

I’m debating whether or not to throw a couple of kits together so that others can play along.  Let me know if any of you are interested in doing this with me.

Have a great day!



She’s at it again… January 9, 2009

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Nope, not Brooke, but Jen.  My good buddy in Iowa.  Check out these great stars she just sent.





Can’t show you too much or you’ll know everything that’s going in our booth. ;-0


Since we’re talking about Jen, now seems like a good time to share some other goodies she sent me for Christmas…


How cute is this…




Remember me telling you about the birds I “lifted”?  Here are a couple of them…






I love to get packages from Jen…can you see why?

Since we’re talking about Christmas, how about I share a couple other favorite presents…





This was a recipe calendar that my SIL Kathy put together.  She pulled several of my grandma’s recipes and scrapped them in the calendar.  She even used some JB Soup paper for a couple of the pages.  Love it, Kathy.  Thank You!




Here are a couple of cute gift certificates that my husband made up…he even printed them on kraft. 🙂   It’s hard to see them in the pic…one is a gift certificate for “Date Nights Every Other Month”.  The cutest thing about it, is that in the fine print he wrote “non-transferable, not to be used by any other suitor”.  Love it! 


Thanks for looking folks.



Did I mention CHA yet? January 7, 2009

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Just a few of the fun things going into the booth for CHA.  For those of you that don’t know…CHA stands for Craft and Hobby Association.  They host 2 large (probably the largest) tradeshows for the craft industry.  This is where all the paper crafting manufacturers go to showcase their products.  The JB Soup booth is taking on a “shabby chic” look.  Did you see that I SEWED on the card?  Woo Hoo!  Got the bird thing going on too.  I can’t take credit for that though…Jen sent me a bunch of adorable birds for Christmas.  I copied off of her. 🙂  I am lovin’ the sprout flowers…these will be spread out throughout the booth.  Right now their sitting in a “recycled” test tube holder. 

Thought I would share a few things…not too much. 😉



Speaking of Sprouts… December 20, 2008

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I’ve been working on some layouts/cards/projects for CHA.  I will be sharing some of them in the next couple of weeks.  This one uses the Cream of Mush Collection, Brown and Green Journaling Sprouts,  Harvest Bean Seeds and ribbons/fibers from our Bean Stalks.

More to come…



Need a quick gift this Christmas? December 16, 2008

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Give someone a decorated journal.  It was so easy to put these together.  It does not require much thought and it’s fairly inexpensive!  What else could you ask for?




I purchased this journal at World Market for $7.99.  The polka dot papers were already part of the journal.  I added some JB Soup ribbon and “Bean Seeds” (felt pieces).  I’m sure you could dress it up with just about anything!




This cute “Take Note” journal is from Target – I think it was around $5.99.  The black edge was already part of the journal so I added a couple of papers from the “Black Bean” collection.  I also added a b/w Journaling Sprout, a punched butterfly and some bling.  You could go all out and add lots of ribbon to the binding if you like. 




“Life at 37″…this is my journal for next year. 🙂  I turn 37 in January, so it’s a gift to me.  I purchased this book at Archivers but know you can find the Ecojot line several places.  Like my paper, they are 100% recycled.  The flower is from Bazzill Basics and the felt numbers are from American Crafts…everything else is JB Soup!  Love it – it makes me want to journal!


Thanks for lookin’!



A little help from some Jillibean Soup friends – part 5… December 12, 2008

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I can’t remember, is it part 4, 5 or 6?  You guys have been awesome in sharing ideas with me!  So now, I’ll share them with everyone else!


Here’s a great layout from Jennifer!  Jennifer is teaching classes and selling kits at Scrapbookings Inn in Hellertown, PA!  She made this adorable page kit with the Cream of Mush line!  Thanks for sharing Jennifer!



Here’s a cute layout from Jen!  Jen used the “Fresh Raspberries” from the Cold Raspberry collection.  I’m all about cutting out those butterflies and using them to add extra texture!  Thanks for sharing Jen!


Here’s a sweet layout from Kimber.  Kimber used a hint of “Brown Sugar“, Brown and Orange Graph Alphabeans, and a orange/kraft Journaling Sprout.  Love it!  Thanks for sharing Kimber!


Here’s a cute layout from Jana.  Jana used “Jalapeno Pepper”  and “Black Bean” from the Black Bean collection.  She also used black Alphabeans.  Adorable!!  Thanks for sharing Jana!

Thanks for your great inspirations ladies!!!



Brown Paper Bag Album December 7, 2008

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Yesterday, Karen and I did make n’ takes for B&B’s 2nd anniversary celebration.  Thank you everyone who made the trip in inclement weather.  I posted this mini-book last week and said I would post instructions this week.  I left a few of the kits at B&B and they will be available for purchase for $5.00.  Also, for you bloggers who are not local, if you would like a kit, send me an e-mail. 

Here’a pic of the finished album…instructions will follow.






To make the book, simply take 2 brown paper bags (lunch bags) and lay them out in opposite directions.  Put one on top of the other and fold together.  When it’s folded this way, you will create 2 pockets on the sides – we will add paper inserts for these pockets.






Next you’ll want to add 2 holes to bind your book with ribbon.  You can use any hole punch for this.




Add the ribbon and tie into a bow or knot.




Now we’ll start putting the pages together.  The first thing I did was ink all of the edges of my paper.  This is optional.  I used black ColorBox Catseyes  (see photo below) to do this.  To “ink”, I dab the ink pad down the edge of the paper.






Next, I ripped the edges (both edges) of the Black Bean paper.  This will be used on the front page and page 5 for the Sprout pocket.  If you do not have a tearing strip, you can rip by hand.  I recommend that you pull the paper towards your body while ripping. 




Next, you’ll add the Chopped Onion paper.  Then you’ll add your torn Black Bean paper as shown in the photo.  The scalloped title comes next. 




I added the red scallop first, then the star-Journaling Sprout (a package of red Sprouts are included with the kit).  Next comes the black scallop and the titles “Life’s Joy”.  The “Life’s” was made using the Dymo label maker and the “Joy” was cut with the “Opposites Attract” Cricut cartridge.  I also added some snowflakes throughout.  I used Martha Stewart’s snowflake punch for these.   Please note…all of these items are included in the kit.




Pages 2 and 3…add the Chopped Celery paper first.  Next, I added a mini brown bag for a pocket. I covered this with a little bit of JB Soup black polka ribbon, another Journaling Sprout and another snowflake.  The 2nd page can be used for adding photos.




Pages 4 and 5 are similar to the last page.  Add the Chopped Onion paper to page 5.  Then to create a pocket for the Sprout, I added the torn Black Bean paper and only used adhesive on the outsides and bottom of the paper.  This will create a pocket for the Sprout.  Add a snowflake to the Sprout.





Pages 6 and 7 have a small piece of the Pinch of Garlic Salt paper on page 6 with a black scallop and snowflake.  Photos can be added to the rest of the page.




The back of the book has Chopped Celery on it.


In addition to the pages, I added some inserts to the pockets. 






I used the Pinch of Garlic Salt paper and added a large red scallop for the tab – I added 2 of these for the 2 pockets.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!


I also said I would be doing a giveaway if I had extra kits.  Soooo, how about another giveaway to include: the kit, the snowflake punch, some bling and a Dymo label maker (everyone needs one of these :)).

All you have to do is post a comment about snow – whether you like it, don’t like it or some other funny story. will pick the winner on Wednesday at 9:00pm EST. 

Good Luck!



A little help from some Jillibean Soup friends – part 3 December 4, 2008

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More talented gals have been making goodies with Jillibean Soup stuff. 

Check out this adorable card from Kimber McGray…


Kimber is a well known scrapper and just happened to do a little shopping at B&B this past weekend.  She picked up a couple of JB Soup papers and made this adorable card!  Her book “Scrapbook Secrets” will be out in April of 2009.  You can pre-order it here on   You can check out her blog here.  She’s got lots of cute ideas and pics of her cute kids!  While you’re at it, you can say a prayer for Kimber and her family…her hubby is currently serving in Iraq.  Thanks Kimber!

Here’s another great idea – too bad I’m not sure who made it or atleast I don’t know her name.  I met this very sweet woman at the Scrapbook Groupies retreat in November.  She was making these books for Christmas gifts.  If someone knows who I’m talking about…can you shoot me an e-mail so I can give her the proper recognition.







What a cute book!  She even sewed on it!  I love it!  Thank you mystery woman!!! 🙂

Speaking of recipes, here’s a cute recipe card that Judy made for the Columbus Scrappers recipe swap. 


Love those birds and love Tortilla Soup!  Thanks for sharing Judy!

Have a great night!



Life’s Joy Mini-book December 2, 2008

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Karen and I will be at B&B Scrapbooks in Powell again this Saturday from 3-5pm.  They’re celebrating their 2nd anniversary and we get to get in on the action!!!!  We will be making this “Life’s Joy” mini-book out of brown lunch bags.  Please stop by!  We will also have a card option for those not interested in the album.  We even get to use Stickles for you Stickles fans – you know who you are. 🙂




Everyone will get a package of the red sprouts with their mini-book.  Some will be used in the book and the rest are yours to keep.  Here are some great ideas for using the sprouts – other than scrapbooking.





If we have any kits left over, I will give one away next Monday.  Also, I will post instructions for the mini-album in case you can’t make it to Powell on Saturday.

Have a great day!