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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’!



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!



Gift Cards November 9, 2008

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I recently attended a Stampin’ Up party at my friend Heather’s house.  Her friend Andrea started selling it this year and had lots of great ideas to share.  We had fun making some cute cards and goodies.  I also bought way-too-much-stuff!!  I will share that I will be giving away one of the goodies I bought soon! 

I thought I would share a couple of mini cards that we made.


Simple, but cute.  These really focus on the stamp.  We had fun with chalks and glitter!

I decided to make some mini cards or gift cards with some Jillibean Soup products.  Most of these I will use with gift bags, presents, short-notice gift or with a gift card.  I always need cards around and these are perfect.




These are on display at B&B Scrapbooks in Powell.  You can visit the store to see them in person.  Pick up some JB Soup goodies while you’re there. 🙂 

For most of the cards I printed “sayings” instead of stamping.  This is an inexpensive way to get the “stamped” look without having to invest in a bunch of stamps.  There are several sites that I like to download fonts from…  (free)  (free – I use Pea Jenny quite a bit)  (free)   (you will have to pay for fonts on this site, but you can get some cool stuff from Ali Edwards and others)

Enjoy!  Thanks for Looking!



Fun Stuff from Jillibean Soup friends November 5, 2008

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I have some fun stuff to share…


Here’s a “missing you” card from Tracy.  Tracy used paper from the Blackbean collection.  Love the pink and black flowers/buttons that she added. 


A “thank you” card from Heather.  Heather used “Portobello” from the Cream of Mushroom line.  Heather pulled the red from the design and inked the edges in red to make the paper pop from the card.  Cute card Heather!


A layout from Missey featuring the Spicy Pumpkin collection and her beautiful daughter.  I love the way she weaved the papers – cool Missey!


A “fall” layout from Sue.  Sue also used the Spicy Pumpkin collection.  Sue used cinnamon and gold Stickles and a copper gelly roll glitter pen to add bling to the page.  Very cute Sue!


A “thank you” card from Tracy.  Love how she combined the solid colors and the green Bo Bunny paper with the JBS kraft papers.  Cute flower too!


“My Shining Star” layout from Jen.  Jen used paper from the Split Pea collection.  Love the way she cut out the star – very innovative!  Love the drawn stitching too!


A notecard from Missey.  Love the way the Spicy Pumpkin flower peeks out from under the “half & half” (birds) paper.  Cute Missey!

Thank you everyone for sharing your great ideas and for using JB Soup products!!!



Need a Quick gift? October 14, 2008

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How about a cute little Spicy Pumpkin gift bag?  It’s inexpensive, it’s cute and it’s easy to make.

Add dimension by popping it off the bag.

Add your favorite Jillibean Soup cards…everyone can use a couple extra handmade cards!

A great gift for teachers this Holiday season.

Thanks for looking!


Birds, Birds and more Birds October 7, 2008

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Here’s another card from the card party.  There’s that kraft paper again! 

Love this cute little guy.  He’s from Creative Imaginations.  He’s stamped on kraft paper and the flower is colored in with colored pencils. 

If you’re a paper crafter/scrapbooker then you know there are massive amounts of birds on various products these days (including Jillibean Soup products 😉 ).  It’s amazing how all of these trends not only appear in this industry but also appear in the jewelry, fashion and interior design industries. 

printable stationery set -   bird pdf templates

Check out this cute stationery from Etsy.

Heard It From A Little Bird Pillow

And this oh so cute pillow.  Also from Etsy.

Tweet Tote

And this tote…love it!

Have a “tweet” day!  Ha!


A couple of Jillibean Soup cards September 30, 2008

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“Thank you card that could easily be a “give thanks” card for Thanksgiving.  Patterned Papers are from Jillibean Soup, Ribbon is from Michaels (Michaels branded), and the tag is from Avery.  I used a Stampin’ Up stamp for the tiny “Thank You”.  The baby safety pin is one of those things that’s been in my stash for years.

Recognize this Jenn?

Again, using the cute little Avery tags and Stampin’ Up stamps.  Wanted to add some different colors to the green/brown birds.  The patterned paper is Jillibean Soup and Bo Bunny, cardstock is from Bazzill, die-cut flower is from DCWV, ribbon is from Michaels, flower is from Prima and the brad is from The Paper Studio.  The Avery tag comes with a little looped thread.  I wrapped the thread around the brad to hold it in place. 

One last one with that Martha Stewart Butterfly punch.  Patterned paper is from Jillibean Soup and American Crafts, ribbon is from Offray.  I also used a Stampin’ Up scallop punch and my oldie but goodie Creative Memories circle punch for the inside of the scallop.

Thanks for looking!


Little Brown Bag… September 16, 2008

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Hi All,

Been doing that krafty thing again.  As you know I’m obsessed with kraft paper.  I bought some little kraft bags at Hobby Lobby and decided to spruce them up…

Not all kraft paper is created equal (meaning color).  To make things more cohesive, I’ve inked the edges in Chesnut Roan from Colorbox.  The tree was traced using 3 different size triangle stencils.  The bag on the right is stamped with a “curl” stamp by Stampabilities.  I will give a complete product list at the end of this post.

These little bags can be filled with a Christmas message as seen above or a gift card as seen below.

Fill with your favorite Target gift card or some other store. 😉 

Again, inked edges make the different colored kraft paper look more cohesive.

“Happy Holidays” was printed on my printer using the Cooper Std Black font.  You don’t need to have a huge inventory of stamps if you have a computer and printer.  I used a fun glitter pen to fill in the Christmas tree. 

Grab your scraps and get started on some Christmas goodies!!!  Thanks for looking!

Product listing:

  • Cardstock: Bazzill Basics, Cardstock Warehouse
  • Embossed Cardstock: Used Cuttlebug embossing folder
  • Patterned Paper: Jillibean Soup, Scenic Route (white graph)
  • Stamps: Hero Arts (tree, “merry christmas”, paisleys, message), Stampabilities (curls), Penny Black (“happy holidays”)
  • Ink: Ranger, Colorbox
  • Ribbon: American Crafts (green), Ribbon FX (polka-dots), May Arts (sheer red)
  • Floss: Janlynn
  • Button: Autumn Leaves (red), Bluementhal Lansing (wood star)
  • Flowers: Prima (print), DCWV (brown)…all others are cut using punches (Fiskars, McGill)
  • Bling: Chatterbox, The Paper Studio, Hero Arts
  • Glitter Pen: Marvy Uchida
  • Other: font – Cooper Std Black


Cards, Cards, Cards… September 1, 2008

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Here a couple of simple cards to share.  No big frills, just some cute paper, a “saying” and a little embellishment or two.

I like this card.  I have a difficult time coming up with masculine cards.  Even with the polka dots – this could be used for a male birthday. 

Materials: Card: DMD; Patterened Paper: Jillibean Soup; Ribbon: Berwick Offray; Stamp: Unknown (sorry) ; Ink: Ranger; Brads: The Paper Studio

Some fun colors put together for a simple “thank you” card.

Materials: Card: DMD; Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Jillibean Soup; Ribbon: Berwick Offray; Stamp: Hero Arts; Ink: Ranger, Colobok

Very, very basic and no stamps needed!!  I know I’ve said it before, but I use my computer for tons of journaling and also card titles or sayings. 

Materials: Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Jillibean Soup; Felt Leaves: Target $1 bins

Thanks for looking! 



A couple more cards… August 8, 2008

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Here are some more cards ideas.  I told you I’ve been busting them out – having fun with Jillibean Soup products!!! 

Yep, I know some of the birds are upside down – still like it. 🙂

Thanks for looking!