Crate Paper Design Team : Gather Memories

Hello again! I'm super excited to share this layout that I created with Maggie Holmes latest collection called Gather. Absolutely love how this collection gives a cozy & homespun feel to my layout. I also adore how this collection can be used in so many themes/topics.

One of my favorite go-to tool that is always nearby is my faithful precision scissors.  I love being able to use Crate Paper patterned papers in fun and unusual ways and fussy-cutting is one way to do just that. Fussy-cutting is pretty therapeutic to me. I've also used fun elements from the new Gather collection, specifically focused on the texture & dimension of the patterned papers and ephemera.  

 I love layering and by doing so, it gives a lot of depth to my design and also a flow of all the elements together. I sure love that the photo in the middle steals the show among all the beautiful floral around it. Sure gives a very warm + cosy feel to my layout. 

Adding other fussy-cutting elements like the bird among the floral will create a 'fuller' design to your layout. 

Foam dots are one of my favourite supplies. By adhering behind your fussy-cut elements, it instantly creates a dimension. 

 That's it from me today! Be sure to grab Gather collection from your fav/nearby scrapbooking store. I'm pretty sure you don't want to miss this stunning collection. 

Supplies : Maggie Holmes Gather Jane (375816), Maggie Holmes Gather Kindred (375821), Maggie Holmes Gather Sweet Life (375814), Maggie Holmes Gather Ephemera (375841), Maggie Holmes Gather Rub-On Pens (375853), Maggie Holmes Gather Embellishments (375850), Maggie Holmes Gather Thickers – Blessed (375839), Maggie Holmes Gather Accent Stickers (375842)
Xoxo Jessy


The winner of the Gather giveaway is...

Dianne Williams @dearlydee

Please email me to claim your sample prize pack!

Thank you to everyone once again for playing along :)
Xoxo Jessy


Hello creative people!

Today, we are introducing Maggie Holmes' newest collection for Crate Paper called GATHER

 This stylish, modern collection is filled with classic floral patterns and sweet graphics of animals, bows and hearts. Stunning patterns and icons are presented in an elegant color palette of blush pink, sunshine yellow, and sea foam green. Lovely textures and gold finishes offer the perfect finishing touch to a host of darling embellishments!

In the Gather collection, what I love are the embellishments. There are layered dimensional embellishments, plus wood and epoxy buttons, some label tags and epoxy shapes too. It's a fun variety of different materials and the cute designs from the collection.

I absolutely adore those tiny little tassels. They are perfect for scrapbooking, card making, to tie onto gifts and even make jewellery (bracelet, necklace or even earrings) with! How fun :)

And for this special day, we are doing a blog hop to celebrate the release of this new collection and hope you will join in on the fun! Each of us, the design team members are sharing different sneak peek images. We are each doing a giveaway as well! Yay! 

* Yup, I am giving away a sample prize pack of the new GATHER collection here on my blog!! To enter the giveaway ... be a follower, leave a comment here on this blog post. I will draw one random winner next Wednesday (AUGUST 17, 2016) and announce the winner on my blog. 

** Extra entry : Be sure to check out my Instagram page or you may search my Instagram username : @jcchris and leave a comment there for a second entry, tagging a friend so they can join the fun too! (You can tag as many friends as you want, one username per comment.)

You can enter to win on each of the design team gals blog, so be sure to visit each one to increase your chances! Head on over to Amanda & Kim :)

After you visit each of our blogs, be sure to visit Maggie's blog & Crate Paper's blog to see the full reveal!! 

Thanks for coming by! Happy Hopping!
Xoxo Jessy

Crate Paper Design Team : Never Stop Exploring

Last May 2016, my lovely friend asked if I can create a layout for her little girl. Of course I said yes! I told her that it will be my gift for her. She wanted to educate her child that creativity comes in many forms and creating with paper is one of them. Isn't she an amazing mummy? I love her heart. 

My friend told me that her daughter loves the colour blue and the photo taken was when her family traveled to Taiwan. That immediately sparked an idea to use the theme, Travel + some girly & cute design to subtle the bold colours & designs. As I was going through the new Crate Paper collection called Cool Kid + Cute Girl, I found many elements that have travel theme and cute stickers too.

 It was certainly fun to layer all those cute ephemera on top of each other and yet keeping the layout cute! Adding the girl's name is definitely special!


Thanks for coming by :)
Xoxo Jessy

Citrus Twist Kits : Bible Journaling Tutorial

Hello there again! Jessy here to share with you the creative process on how I created on my journaling bible page. It's always refreshing to receive the GraceBox each month! 

To begin, I will usually prime my page with gesso. I applied gesso so that my page will not be too wrinkled and the colours on the medium will stay true. The Faber Castell gelatos are amazing medium to use & you can usually spread it smoothly by using water. I love how easily they blended. 

Once everything is air-dried, I adhered some gold washi tapes randomly. I love how subtle they look against the background colours. 

Next, I decorated my page with all the embellishments that come in the July GraceBox. I always love the mixture of pastel + bold colours in the box. It is always fun to hand-lettered some words, that would give personal touches to your creations! 

Here's the completed page... 

I hope you enjoyed today's creative process using the July GraceBox. Do share with us what you have created as we would love to see and be inspired! Thank you for coming by!

Xoxo Jessy

Crate Paper Design Team : Sweet Girl

Hello creative friends! Jessy back with you today to share a fun & girly layout using Crate Paper's new "Cute Girl" collection! I absolutely ADORE this whole collection simply because I have a toddler girl + 2 cats. Can you tell Cute Girl collection is just perfect for me? In fact, I think CP secretly created them for me *haha*. 

As soon as I was browsing through the papers + embellishments, I instantly knew that I have create a layout with these photos I've snapped of my girl + her fur-brothers. I printed 2 of the same photo, one in colour & one in black and white. That will create a very interesting look among all the cute elements.  

To begin, I chose 3 patterned papers that I wanted to use on my layout. By layering patterned papers, it will certainly give a great look to your design. Then, I decided to tone down the colourful paper that's right in front with a piece of vellum paper so the colours won't scream too much of attention against all the colourful embellishments. Next, I worked on the composition of my photos and the ephemera pieces. Once I'm happy with the composition, I continue to add more stickers and ephemera pieces to fill the gap so it would looked balance. Finally I complete the layout with stamping arrows & machine stitching all around the layout. 

Below are some close-up shots of my layout: 

 Layering ephemera pieces are absolutely fun! I just can't enough of the little cute girl + the cat! Cute die-cuts are my weakness *lol*

That cute puffy sticker is just too cute not to add to my layout!! What a brilliant design!

Thank you so much for letting me share today & I can't wait to see all the beautiful projects with the Cute Girl collection :) Have a great crafty week! 

Cute Girl - Sisters paper (680945), My Girl paper (680500), Be You paper (680502), Cute Girl Ephemera Pieces (680509), Cute Girl Puffy Phrase & Accent Thickers (680507), Cute Girl Stamps (680515), Cute Girl Chipboard Stickers (680508)

Xoxo Jessy

Maggie Holmes Design Team : Hello Beautiful

My photos always inspire me & often I have a title in my mind as well. I love the brown & black hue in the photos and decided to select all the papers and embellishments along those colors. As I was going through the products, I was drawn to the gold-black-white. What a classic color combination. These colors certainly made the photos stand out & overall gives you a cohesive look too.

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To begin, I used the marbled-like background paper as my base + layered the gold rose vellum at the bottom. Next, I placed the photos in the middle and slowly added b&w design patterned paper to give interest to the photos. I slowly worked my way by adding more embellishments like paper doilies, chipboard stickers, sentiments & ephemera as well. Once I'm happy with the composition, I'll snap a photo for reference, just in case I forget of the placement while gluing the elements down. By snapping photo from the bird's eye view gives you a different perspective to your layout too. That way, you can make the necessary adjustment to your layout. 

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Maggie Holmes Bloom 12x12 Patterned Paper - Delight
Maggie Holmes Bloom 12x12 Patterned Paper - Afternoon
Maggie Holmes Bloom 12x12 Patterned Paper - Hello, Hello
Maggie Holmes Bloom 12x12 Foiled Vellum - Delight
Maggie Holmes Bloom Chipboard Stickers
Maggie Holmes Bloom Ephemera Die-Cuts
Maggie Holmes Bloom Cardstock Stickers
Maggie Holmes Bloom Foiled Clear Stickers

Thank you for coming by! Have a great week!
Xoxo Jessy