Category Archives: Smashbook

In the Spirit of Lists

Another Pinterest find which fit my day and my creative mojo perfectly:

http://www.baubauhaus.com/

 

Also, while I am on the list tangent, 30 days of lists  is something that I have wanted to try and was quite popular when I first started smashbooking, butI always seemed to miss out on the start date and then it just seemed like more of a hassle to try and sign-up and catch up.  It was an awesome way to use smashbooks and a lot of the smashers I followed in the beginning were using theirs for their #30daysoflists.  But, this time around I have notice and I am kind of a believer that you can never have too many lists thus I am toying with the idea of signing up for this as well… We shall see.

-thejensspin

 

 

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Because I too like Projects!

Doing my morning scroll through my google reader and I have found two new blogs to follow, www.hernewleaf.com, from my own wandering on Pinterest and the other via Ali Edwards’ perusing of Pinterest, where I found www.moorea-seal.com. I absolutely LOVE Pinterest, but it is one of those places that I have to tell myself to NOT GO TO quite often because if I do then before I know it 3 hours of my life are gone and so are the three hours that I could have had to work on all of the incredible Pinterest projects I had posted on my last binge… It’s a vicious cycle but also an incredibly inspiring place to visit.

  • I am working on not saying “So” SO MUCH in my writing, so I am going to put it in parentheses for a little while, every time that I would have used it… Starting… now:

(SO) On my EXTREMELY long monthly Project Life post last week I mentioned that I really want to find a way to get myself back into Smashbooking and this morning I was inspired by a project that Ali Edwards is doing, it’s called 52 Lists and she found it on Pinterest via the lovely Moorea Seal’s blog.

I’m a sucker for lists…

Simple enough, A new prompt each week for a new list.

Isn’t it amazing how much easier it is to get a project going when you have the reassurance of someone else giving you the prompts?  LIke #fmsphotoaday,

there is nothing too incredibly unique or unusual about the prompts that are on here monthly lists, but the fact that someone else came up with the subject matter just gives me the freedom to focus on the fulfilling the request and responding openly and that is what I find most enjoyable about projects like this.  I would feel completely overwhelmed and unsure of where to start without the prompts as a starting point, but this is something that I think I can get into.  It would/could be an insert into my Project Life, but I think it will be more fun and interesting to use a Smashbook to document it.  (SO) Along with my Project Life I will now be doing 52 Lists.  I plan on trying to incorporate some of the Studio Calico kits that I have been hoarding since I joined the monthly program as well as magazine clippings that I have been habitually collecting, categorizing and hoarding since birth it seems like!

  • I once took an art class (and by that I mean that I took EVERY one available to me whilst at community college, to the point that my parents got a real kick out of asking me how “basket weaving classes” were going) and we had a couple of mixed media projects that we were assigned.  Most of the other students brought in a couple of current magazines or pulled from the stash of magazines at the studio… but not me.  I came in with my six categorized gallon size zip-lock bags completely full of clippings.  The Professor came by and took notice of my collection and asked where I had gotten “all of that”, I replied that I had been saving “this stuff” for as long as I could remember… “Just in case”… Spoken like a true hoarder LOL  But, there have been many times when my collection has come in handy so I’m happy that I have kept up with it.  I can never send a printed material of any sort off to be recycled until I have determined that there is nothing else in it that can be useful to me in some way, UPCYCLE/RECYCLE for the win!

This will also give me a chance to start using up some of the washi tape that I have been collecting and hoarding since I purchased my first roll from the K&Company Smashbook line.  Moorea is encouraging those that decide to take part in her project to link their blog posts and/or pictures back to her site corresponding with the prompts so that we can all see and share our lists with one another.  (SO) I will be doing that as well, look for that post on Mondays most likely as I am a procrastinator to the core and she posts her new prompts on Tuesdays so I will most likely be completing the previous weeks lists just before the new one comes out (of course that’s just after I catch up on the last 5 weeks worth of lists!)

-thejensspin

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What to do with Mister Huey?

This is just a super cute video showing some great ways to use Misters.  I have quite a few misters but haven’t really used them all that much but I am feeling inspired after seeing this video so I thought I should share 🙂  Enjoy!

 

 

Misting Techniques from Dear Lizzy on Vimeo.

 

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thejensspin meets smashbookcrackbook, jepaperie and project life

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Blogging is a labor of love which can of course become lucrative, but I think most people who start one do it to share a part of themselves and to make connections with others that share the same interests, at least that was my motivation when I got started.

As the new year starts and I am assessing my list of new ideas, goals, projects and commitments for 2013 I have decided that all of my “worlds” need to meet, melt and become one as far as the cyber world is concerned.  Initially I felt as though I needed to keep my blogs separated by subject matter, even though the idea behind this blog was “a deposit box for all things jen”, because I was worried that my “first world friends” would tire of my cyber endeavors.  But alas I finally realized that there’s no reason to hide my passions in shame just because I don’t think the majority of my friend group would be interested and it’s also keeping me from discovering whether or not writing and sharing about my passions can be interesting and perhaps even inspiring to the very friends that I ASS(outof)U(and)ME-ed would not be interested.  So, this blog is now where I will share EVERYTHING.  Which simplifies my life and makes me that much more eager to share.

 

PROJECT LIFE 2013!

 

My path back to “craftyland” was paved with Smashbooks:

“Messy and beautiful”

 

 

and of course, Washi tape:

 

Along the journey I discovered another incredibly awesome and simple way to incorporate photos, journaling and memory keeping.

Que Project Life by Becky Higgins

“Project Life is a solution-based approach to scrapbooking that was created to simplify the process in order to allow you more time to enjoy life! It requires no glue, no scissors, no tools, and no skills of any kind. The design of our products takes the guess work out of layout design so that you can focus on recording your everyday moments through your photos and journaling. The simple design is stylish and makes it possible for you to complete more pages in less time.”

Even though her system can be incredibly simple it turns out it can also be very complex.  But, that is the beauty of it, make it as fancy and ornate as you wish or as plain as you like or have time for.  A brilliant method of documenting the everyday things that so often get overlooked or just snapped into the iphone only to get lost in the sea of one’s camera roll.

 

This is an awesome example of a more detailed spread, which I absolutely LOVE!

This is a BEAUTIFUL example of what Project Life pages can look like from one of my favorite blogs http://www.cherisheveryday.com.

 

I will still be Smashbooking, but I will use those more as a themed method and Project Life will be my way of documenting weekly, the ins and outs of The Husband and I’s first year of married life.  Ultimately I hope that one day our kids (future kids) will look back through these little time capsuled modge podged pages and see what their parents were like, to get a glimpse into the psyche of their “creators” pre-creation.  And hopefully by the time they come around I will be in the swing of things and documenting their lives will be like second nature at that point. WARNING: PL (Project Life from this point on) WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO HAVE A CHILD LOL! If not just for the quality and content of your photos then for the necessity of acquiring Becky Higgins’ newest line of core kits, the baby editions!

 

So, thejensspin is now the only blog I will be using to share craft projects, life stories, etc…  Looking forward to 2013 🙂

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I Smashed, Crafted, Documented and Discovered my way through the last few days.

It was a productive end to a busy busy month and it was also very enjoyable!

I got to catch up with my long lost love Dexter and find out what crazy shenanigans he has in store for me.  Was very happy with the new twists and turns that I got to catch previews of at the end of the season premiere. The end of the episode was pretty hard core, I mean, he’s gonna have to come clean to Deb??? Say what???

I worked on multiple Smash Book pages, including one on “National Cheeseburger Day” which I thought turned out quite nice!

Hated this page!

Pretty happy with the way it turned out though!

The wheels are spinning for the next one which focuses on “Never underestimating the power of a cursively written Thank you Note”.

The power of cursive… and purples and graph paper and mustard yellow….

Wedding crafting galore has taken place, complete with multiple pinterest inspired projects.

Including “Love” wine bottles coated in spray paint,

Yellow spray painted “Love” wine bottles!

cursively handwritten bridal shower thank you notes complete with custom stamping and washi tape,

blue and green tinted/stained repurposed glass bottles made with modge podge and food coloring

Food coloring/modge podge/patience equals tinted glass.

and assembly of our centerpiece, it seems all of the pieces have finally come together!

So beautiful and cute!

Yellow Pop!

I’ve discovered just how incredibly popular #FMSphotoaday really is and have followed through with both prompts so far this month.  In case you missed it on my last post about it, here’s the list, click on the photo for her blog page:

Just snap a picture a day and choose a way to share it!

Day 1 “Where I stood

(If you click on this photo it will take you to the blog I used for directions for this project, should you be interested!)

Surround by bottles in blues and greens.

While looking at others submissions I found a new iphone app that I think is absolutely wonderful, called “over” which lets you place words over your photos, choosing alignment, fonts, sizing, etc….

Finally, a cursive layer for my digital images… sigh….
Click on image for Tech Crunch run down of the app.

I have also been enjoying adding “vintique” filters to my instagram photos, which is another app I have discovered in the last week or so.  I really like the added effects it has, especially when combined with the instagram filters.  I used vintique, over, instagram and diptic on todays “Day 2″‘s photo submission.

Day 2 “Lunchtime”

Never a dull moment. Centerpiece assembly, wedding lists, broccoli cheddar soup, a visit from the future hubby, 38 Special ammunition delivery and this month’s calendar assembly, all in a girl’s lunch.

Today I worked on my new wedding list, the RSVPed attending, meal selection, table number, song suggestion list and came to realize with exactly one week left until the “due date” that about 75 percent of those invited have yet to respond…  Mildly concerning, but I am hopeful that my mailbox will be filled to the brim with vintage stamp covered craft paper envelopes tomorrow!  I was saddened and pretty much moped my way back up to the house today upon discovering that today was a day that none had come.

Many more things left on the list of course, place cards are the next big mission and because I’ve been so darn crafty and thoughtful thus far, no way will simple, ink jet printed cream colored simplicity work at this point, I am going to have to concoct something worthy of our affair, focus on that tomorrow!

Picked up two incredibly lovely vintage props “for the wedding” (oh yes, it has begun and I am deep in the “everything can be justified with “for the wedding” phase”) I am thinking of it as a reward for all of my hardwork 🙂  Etsy was a good friend to me this weekend and the sweet shops of “littlepart” and “frenchhen1”.

Vintage Tool Box (This photo does not do it justice!)

Can’t wait for it to get here!

Vintage Smith Corona Portable Typewriter

I just could resist… The French Hen Shop has more to offer, click this pic to find out

Going to use the tool box possibly on the backdrop for the ceremony or on the guestbook table.  The typewriter I am going to put on the guest book table as well, think it will be fun to give guests the option to type their message (although I would naturally prefer cursive) typewriter is the next best thing though!  Plus they just look cool, who can resist an old fashioned type writer?  I mean I am old enough that I actually took a TYPING class in the 7th grade, I was damn good at it too lol, I looked forward to that class, I will always be a nerd.  My sister got a fancy ELECTRIC typewriter for her highschool graduation, complete with the little digital 3in. calculator like “display”, my sister is 10 years older than me and I was seven at the time, I was SO jealous of her that day I could barely stand it!

One last tidbit, I am EAGERLY awaiting the arrival of my new Polaroid z2300 camera

“It will be mine… Oh yes, it will be mine.”

that I ordered from Urban Outfitters (because I had to have the white one…) that I will be using as part of our Polaroid/Smashbook/Wedding Guestbook.  What’s that you ask?  Stay tuned and you shall most certainly find out!

Until then.

-TheJen

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Love that she is writing and photographing SmashBooks right now 🙂

In The Process of Living

I cannot be the only one who loves SMASH books. I made myself make one last year for my 26th year, and honestly, I lost interest pretty quick. I got bored. It was too much work gluing pages of that composition book together to make them strong enough to really hold anything. It felt like it took forever to actually get anything worth showing onto the page.

But a real SMASH book? Fantastic. Greg’s sister, Genny, bought me a wedding edition for my birthday (just 4 wks ago), and I have since gotten 3 more (not including the small one).

They are fun and don’t have to be perfect or super organized. I can add whatever I like, cover up the paper that isn’t really suitable for whatever I’m doing, make it as pretty (or ugly I guess) as I want. They are quick. I mean, we just got home…

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