Tres Jolie Kit Club–Let’s Explore!–May 2023 Scrapbooking Kit

Hey, y’all! This week I have a mood board inspired layout for you using the 49 & Market “Everywhere” collection from the Scrapbooking Kit and the mediums and stencil pack from the Mixed Media Kit. I started my paper crafting journey close to 15 years ago – with paper, glue, and scissors – it didn’t take long for me to realize I “needed” a few more supplies! I started with solid papers – I was terrified of patterned paper! How do you not have elements clashing?!?! And, even though I used duplicate photo prints, I still couldn’t fathom cutting them! Suffice it to say, my initial layouts are, comparatively, bland.

What was my biggest game-changer? Learning about the existence of gesso – especially clear gesso. I have zero formal training in physical art, so for everything I do now, I had to learn from videos, experience, and luck! Lots and lots of “dumb luck” LOL! Y’all, I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how others were adding wet mediums to their layouts and getting them to move around instead of soaking in and becoming splotches. Then I learned about gesso. Clear gesso when you don’t want to cover everything, and white gesso to create a “clean” area for your feature photos. And, even though I haven’t needed to (yet!), black gesso could easily be used too!

That brings us to my layout! A remarkable evolution from my first layout which had two solid colored cardstocks and two 4”x6” photos. Make sure you check out my process video to see what I did to put it all together!


This project was also inspired by this month’s mood board – maps, travel, and adventure – even if the adventure is a walk and picking flowers. Plus the twist “Oh The Places You Will Go” has both a literal and figurative interpretation. There isn’t just the physical adventure or possibilities of adventure, but the great adventure of life!

Tres Jolie Mood Board


After I finally managed to decide which sheet of patterned paper I wanted to use, I added a coat of clear gesso. While that gesso dried, I remembered I needed to coat the Tres Jolie Chipboard pieces – but I had already rinsed out my brush and was preparing to wind down for the day, so I gave them a spray of Workable Fixatif for convenience!

After the gesso had dried, I used the Seth Apter “Flakey” Texture Paste and the Tim Holtz Circle Fade Stencil from the Mixed Media Kit this month to start building my background with a few random areas of texture where I was planning on adding my photos and clusters.

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After the texture paste had dried, I mixed together each of the three PearlEx Powders from the Mixed Media Kit with water in a small palette to use as watercolors to add on and around the stenciling – then I just dipped into my three watercolors, let them move around on the background naturally and added a few extra splatters of the “Duo Aqua Blue” and “Sky Blue.” I also added a light coating of Workable Fixatif after my colors had dried to hold those powders in place.

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As I started playing around with the elements I had decided to use, I realized I needed a little extra separation between the background and the photos, so I added some extra, torn-edge, pieces of paper as part of my layering process. I have my photos backed with some adhesive foam to help stabilize them, and then I just started positioning everything where I wanted it, then came in and added hot glue underneath the pieces – because I didn’t want to “forget” what I had originally planned if I tried taking everything off then rebuilding with the glue!

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For the Tres Jolie Chipboard, I used a mix of the “Worn Jeans” Chalk Ink found in this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit, the three PearlEx Powders from the Mixed Media Kit, and clear embossing ink (refill bottle) and Extra Thick Embossing Powder from my stash. I started with the chalk ink, sprinkled, brushed, and watered down the PearlEx Powders while the ink was still wet, then decided what I really needed was some embossing – and that’s when I used my refill embossing ink to “paint” my powders in place before adding the Extra Thick Embossing Powder. Then I did it a second time – minus the chalk ink – so I have two layers of color and embossing powder!

After everything was in place and the hot glue had cooled down, I came back with my palette of “watercolors” to extend the areas of color and to blend in the torn pieces of paper I had added with my clusters and photos.

I hope you enjoyed this layout and it gave you some ideas of how you can use the mediums from the Mixed Media Kit and the “Everywhere” Collection from the Scrapbooking Kit!

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In addition to this month’s Scrapbooking Kit and Mixed Media Kit, I used:

StazOn “Jet Black,” Dear Lizzy Date Stamp, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, Finnabair Clear Gesso, Ranger Clear Extra Thick Embossing Powder, Ranger Clear Emboss-It Ink Refill Bottle, double-sided adhesive foam, Krylon Workable Fixatif, Art Glitter Glue, Gorilla Glue Gun & Glue Sticks

Faces of You-May 2021 More Than Words Challenge

Hey, all! Welcome back to my little corner!

Today I am bringing you a (redone) layout. I originally did “Faces of You” 10+ years ago, and of all the layouts I’ve done, this is one I remembered! (Seriously, when looking for the layout I came across too many layouts I have no recollection of!) Anyhow, when I saw that this month’s More Than Words Challenge was “Faces & Kraft,” I knew I’d (finally) redo “Faces of You.” (I have grand plans to redo most of my layouts from when I first started scrapbooking.)


Process video:


Here is my original layout. I thought I was really getting fancy by adding stitching & ribbon! And, my goodness, there is almost some pattern going on with the light paper and the circles on that ribbon; I even overlapped the photos some! I remember when I started I was, more or less, afraid of colors and patterns! It was all too new. I didn’t add mediums; I didn’t even own mediums beyond a few to Tim Holtz’s Distress Ink pads, in varying shades of brown! A lot has changed since my early days.


And now, I have layers, embellishments of all kinds, mediums, and colors galore! Instead of being “afraid” of using “too much” I try to use as much as I can so I can work through my stash!



So many layers! I have my photos on foam, and the torn papers lifted with foam so the frame wouldn’t leave a weird lump.


I discovered long ago that I really LOVE cutting frames apart and having them look bigger than they actually are. It turns out, scissors are my friend, and I don’t have to be nervous about altering items!


I just used some white texture paste with my Fabrika Decoru stencil and used some Distress Oxide sprays as my paint!


I went through my stash, pulled out a lot of different choices, and eventually worked out what I wanted to add to this layout!

Thank you for joining me here, I hope you enjoyed this remake of one of my original layouts and it inspires you to be more daring with colors and mediums or to redo something!

Stay Crafty, Friends

Red heart C.J.


Project Life “Kraft Edition,” The Paper Studio “Everyday Kraft,” Ranger-Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Sprays “Evergreen Bough,” “Pine Needles,” “Candied Apple,” & “Wild Honey,” Fabrika Decoru “Leaves” Stencil (FDTR 162), Maggie Holmes “Chasing Dreams” Ephemera, Maggie Holmes “Willow Lane” Frame, Pretty Little Studio “Sunny Memories” Fresh Phrases, Echo Park “The Story of Fall” Enamel Dots, AC Shimelle “Box of Crayons” Stickers/Folder, Teresa Collins “Summer Stories” Die Cut Borders, Pink Fresh Studio “Life Noted” Puffy Alpha Stickers, Pink Fresh Studio “Escape the Ordinary” Chipboard Stickers, Fancy Pants Designs “Off to School” Sticker Sheet, Queen & Co Alphabits “Orange,” Hip Kit Club Stickers, Prima-Finnabair Clear Gesso, TCW Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste, Fabri-Tac, Art Glitter Glue, Variegated Thread, Unknown Red “XOXO” Frame

Best Bed Ever!

Hey, all! Welcome back to my corner!

For my final project for the month of April, I have a layout that will (most likely) be getting mounted in a shadow box. I couldn’t resist turning this photo of my husband & our granddaughter into a star filled project! This project is full of dreamy blues for the Creative Embellishments April 2021 Challenge – Monochrome & Washi (I have Tim Holtz Tissue Tape along the edges!).


Check out my video to see how this came together!




I used a sheet of Fabrika Decoru Golden Mini Drops Mysterious Garden Sky 12×12 paper as my base for my starry sky. Then added some stenciled stars and some “Unicorn’s Hair” Sparks splatters for even more of a dreamy, starry sky.

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Under and around the photo I have resin pieces from the Finnabair Stars & Moons Mould, chipboard and flair/buttons from Creative Embellishments, white gardenias from ASC Supplies, dusty blue and white roses from ReneaBouquets, and some glass glitter from Darice. All working with a variety of paints from Finnabair, some Old White Matte Wax, and Nuvo gold gilding flakes.


Thank you for joining me here in my corner! I hope you enjoyed this project and it inspired you to go get your craft on!

Red heart C.J.


Creative Embellishments Music Note Borders & Music Bar Flair; ReneaBouquets Mini Dusty Blue & Ivory Roses; Hip Kit Club Stars Stencil; ASC Supplies White Gardenia’s; Prima-Finnabair Stars & Moons Mould, Clear Gesso, Matte Wax “Old White,” Metallique Paint “Royal Blue,” Opal Magic Paint “Yellow-Blue,” Sparks Paint “Unicorn’s Hair,” Fabrika Decoru Golden Mini Drops Mysterious Garden Sky (UAH 18); Ranger-Tim Holtz Distress Oxide “Weathered Wood;” Ranger Dina Wakley Media Black Gesso; Ranger Blending Tool; Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder; Nuvo “Radiant Gold” Gilding Flakes; idea-ology – Tim Holtz Tissue Tape “Symphony;” Darice Glass Glitter “Vintage Gold;” LineCo PVA Glue, JudiKins Diamond Glaze, Liquitex Matte Super Heavy Gel, Amazing Cast Resin (White); Pro Marine Supply Epoxy (Clear)

Spring Perfect-April 2021 MTW Main Challenge

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Today I’m bringing you a layout I did for the April 2021  More Than Words Challenge, “Perfect & Sketch.”


To create this layout I used Mintay’s “Secret Place” paper pack, a perfect fit for a soft, spring layout! Spring is one of my favorite seasons, the flowers bloom, birds are singing, and the Earth is waking up. Plus, it’s not too hot or cold! I love this photo, courtesy Fielder Photography. I think it captures spring perfectly with the fresh green and new flowers blooming. Check out my video below to see what I did.


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To create the stitched background rectangle seen on the sketch, I used my “Ornate Lace” Finnabair stencil, some TCW texture paste, and Tim Holtz’s “Kitsch Flamingo” Embossing Glaze, then added stitching using a gold metallic thread.

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In the photo on the left, you can see some of the splattering I did using Tim Holtz’s “Kitsch Flamingo” & “Shabby Shutters” Distress Oxide Sprays. The photo on the right gives a nice close up of the various elements I used in my clusters; cut apart pieces from the paper pack, printed beautiful board from ReneaBouquets, some gold Thickers leaves, and some beads.

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I didn’t “plan” where my beads were going to be glued down, I just sprinkled them on, let them roll into place, and then went back and glued them down; maybe only fine-tuning them a bit. For my title I cracked open a couple of alpha packages I’ve had FOR-EV-ER! and stuck them down into place. I really love overlapping title words when I get the chance!


I must say, I am very happy with how this layout came together and I hope you enjoyed checking it out as much as I enjoyed making it!

Thank you for joining me here in my little corner! See you again soon!

Red heart C.J.


Mintay “Secret Place,” Ranger-Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Spray “Kitsch Flamingo” & “Shabby Shutters” and Distress Embossing Powder “Kitsch Flamingo,” TCW Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste, ReneaBouquets Printed Beautiful Board Small Tuck It In “Sweet Daisy,” Prima-Finnabair Clear Gesso, “Ornate Lace” Stencil, AC Thickers “Recollection,” Unknown Thickers, Hip Kit Club Alpha – White, Liquitex Matte Super Heavy Gel, Fabri-Tac, JudiKins Diamond Glaze, Art Glitter Glue, Unbranded Beads

Tres Jolie Kit Club-August 2020 Sketch-“This Beautiful Life”

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This week I am bringing you a layout I created for the Tres Jolie Kit Club’s August 2020 sketch challenge using the August 2020 Scrapbooking Kit! This kit includes the scrumptious “Diva” papers from A.B. Studio, some beautiful Prima flowers and ephemera, chipboard from Dusty Attic and Scrapaholics, and a pack of resin pieces from Scrapberry.


I just adore the “Diva” Collection, and it took me a little while to figure out exactly what I was going to do with it, and to tell the truth, the large cut out bonus piece in the pack did a lot of the work for me! Check out the sketch this month, then look below it to see my process video!

August 2020 Tres Jolie Sketch:

August sketch

Process Video:


To add a little texture to the background I did some water distressing along the edge of the blue-grey paper and added some light stenciling, using an Art Anthology stencil and some texture paste from my stash, where it would peek out from behind my layers.


Even though fussy cutting isn’t my most favorite part of crafting, I just had to add in some of the black & white flowers and foliage from the cut apart sheet in the “Diva” collection. For my chipboard keys and ornaments I pulled out a couple of Prima Fluid Chalks (that came in previous Tres Jolie kits) and just dabbed them on!


Those Prima flowers were the perfect complement to the “Diva” papers, and the pack of “Darcelle” ephemera gave me the piece I needed for the perfect title.


If you haven’t checked out my video yet, that photo is of my grandmother and mother, which I edited and added that sparkle filter to.

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August 2020 Scrapbooking Kit:

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In addition to items from this month’s Scrapbooking Kit (*from previous Tres Jolie kits), I used:

Prima/Ingvild Bolme Quick Dry Fluid Chalk Ink *“Faded Jeans” and *“Tin Can,” Art Anthology 6×9 Stencil “Lotus,” The Crafters Workshop Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste, Liquitex Matte Super Heavy Gel, Art Glitter Glue

“Make A Wish” (Birthday Layout) – Creative Embellishments July 2020 Challenge

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Today I’m bringing you a layout I did for the July 2020 Creative Embellishments Challenge showcasing my son’s birthday – in 2011! I’m not that far behind in documenting (well, maybe I am), but this is a redo. My style and skill has changed quite a bit over the years, and sometimes I decide to “update” one of my layouts.


Check out my process video, under the Creative Embellishments mood board, to see how everything came together!


The July 2020 Creative Embellishments Moodboard


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After I put down a layer of clear gesso, I added some Shimmerz where the three clusters would be getting set. And, I’m happy to say, I used up items from my stash!

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I really love using black as an accent color on brightly colored layouts, and I think it worked perfectly with the colors, and the holographic foil by Prima that I used on the frames. (*Note: the pack from Creative Embellishments comes with three I believe, I had already used one so I had to use a different frame from my stash for the frame in the third cluster.)


I hope you enjoyed the video that shows my process as I put this layout together, and thank you for joining me here in my little corner!


Creative Embellishments “Film Strip Picture Frame Set,” A Flair for Buttons Flair/Buttons, Pink Paislee/Paige Evans 04 & Paige Evans Pick-Me-Up 07, Prima [Rub-On] Foils “Holographic Dreams,” Shimmerz Paints “Coal” (paint/original Shimmerz – I think), Coloringz “Oh Say Can U Sea,” & Aqua Huez “Crazy Daisy,” Hip Kit Club “Summer Bliss,” AC/Thickers “Twlight” foam letter stickers, “Crique” puffy phrase and accent stickers, Dear Lizzy “Petals” chipboard letter stickers, “Ranger Glossy Accents, JudiKins Diamond Glaze, FabriTac, StazOn “Jet Black,” Dear Lizzy Date Stamp, Little Birdie Black Gesso, Liquitex Clear Gesso, Art Glitter Glue, 4×6 cards & printed chipboard frames I can’t say with certainty but I think they came from Hip Kit Club a few years back, black thread

Hello Spring-June 2020 More Than Words Challenge-Hello and Doors & Windows

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It took me three different background attempts to finally get this all together. This was one of those projects where I had an idea, but I was having trouble getting it from my head to my hands. I finally succeeded though, and I have my layout for the June Challenge (Hello and Doors & Windows) on the More Than Words blog.


This month I added the word part of the challenge right to the photo with my title. The photo is very representative of “hello spring” because I took it in March 2019 when I was walking to my mailbox one afternoon. My driveway is a half-mile long, and up until I came to where this bush is it had still been a rather drab walk with all the trees still winter brown. Then I got to this bush, with its white flowers blooming and butterflies fluttering all about! Spring was telling me hello! For the “Doors & Windows” part of the challenge, I used some window chipboard pieces from Creative Embellishments, coated in “Orange Blossom” embossing powder from Ranger, and placed them in my clusters.

(Below the More Than Words Challenge image, you’ll find a little process video and a few close-ups.)

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I wanted to add some texture, but I didn’t want it to necessarily “stand out” so I opted to use colors similar to the papers I was using.

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I love the “Dreamland” collection from A.B. Studio, and most of this layout is made up of papers and cut-apart pieces from it. The only pieces from “Vintage Elements 1/2” are the black and white roses, which I think added just enough “separation” between the elements cut from “Dreamland.”

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I love texture so I added texture pebbles, glass microbeads, sequins, and some cabochons. I also splattered some “Spun Sugar” Distress Oxide on the layout (I love that the Oxides can be used on light and dark backgrounds!).

I hope you enjoyed this project! Thank you for joining me in my little corner!!


A.B. Studio “Dreamland” & “Vintage Elements 1/2,” Creative Embellishments “Arched Windows Set of 2,” & “Arched Windows Set of 3,” Lindy’s Gang “Cosmic Pink Blue” Embossing Powder, TCW Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste, Prima-Finnabair “Graphite” Texture Paste, Fabrika Decoru Stencils FDTR 36 & 132, Ranger-Wendy Vecchi “Orange Blossom” Embossing Powder, Ranger-Tim Holtz “Spun Sugar” Distress Oxide Spray, Prima Flowers Item# 635176, Brea Reese Texture Pebbles, Little Things from Lucy’s Cards “Warm Golden Glow,” Simon Says Stamp Clear Embossing Ink, Scotch ATG, Liquitex Clear Gesso, FabriTac, Art Glitter Glue, JudiKins Diamond Glaze, Unbranded Gold & White Microbeads

More Than Words May 2020 Challenge-Stripes & Funny

Hey, all! I’m on a roll this month! If my brain is deciding to give me ideas, who am I to argue?!?!

Today I have a layout I created for the More Than Words May 2020 Challenge, “Stripes & Funny.” The photos on the layout are not the best quality, they were taken with a phone camera…and I don’t mean a phone camera from today, I mean one from 10 years ago! That’s right, those little faces on this layout are adults now! And what’s funnier than seeing if you can stick half an orange in your mouth?


I really dug into the deepest, darkest corners of my stash and pulled out my Pink Paislee, “Hello Sunshine,” papers, chipboard stickers, and ephemera for this layout. As soon as I saw the striped paper in the pack, I knew I wanted to use it with those striped paper straws I received from Doreena a couple years back!

Check out this quick process video to see the construction!

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The May 2020 More Than Words Challenge

Now, how about a few close-ups?

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In the close-ups, you can really see the splattering, and how well Distress Oxides work on a dark background! And aren’t those buttons from A Flair For Buttons the perfect touch sitting on a nest of thread?!?! (The thread technique I picked up from Missy Whidden a few years ago. I found it to be absolutely brilliant!)

Thank you for checking out this project, I hope you enjoyed it!


Pink Paislee “Hello Sunshine” Paper, Stickers, & Ephemera, Echo Park “The Story of Fall” Enamel Dots, Distress Oxide Spray “Carved Pumpkin” & “Mustard Seed,” Ranger Heat-It, tissue paper, StazOn “Jet Black,” A Flair For Buttons, Dear Lizzy Date Stamp, yellow thread, Silly Winks Sticky Back Foam Sheet, FabriTac, Art Glitter Glue, JudiKins Diamond Glaze, BEST 1” Double Sided Tape, Liquitex Clear Gesso, Prima 2” Silicone Brush, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, scrap heart print cardstock, paper straws from Doreena!

Tres Jolie Kit Club-May 2020 Sketch

Hey, all! Welcome back to my blog! Today I’m bringing you a quick little layout I created for this month’s sketch challenge for the Tres Jolie Kit Club!


I had a very craft-filled May, and by the time I got to this project I had one whole sheet of the beautiful Craft o’Clock paper left! There was a time when the thought of using such a “busy” pattern as a background would have terrified me, but I have learned sometimes less is more, so I kept everything else simple! (Sketch below the video)

Check out my video for the process!


May 2020 Sketch


Behind the smaller cluster in the upper-left corner and behind the photo layers I added a touch of stenciling using the “Golden Glaze” paint (mixed with some 13@rts MAGIC! Powder) and a homemade texture paste that contains some of the “Caribbean Teal” paint, both [paints] from this month’s mixed media kit. Also, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, the teal flowers on this layout were from the Prima “vine” that came in the kit! Don’t be afraid to cut things apart if needed to make them work better for your purpose!


I didn’t want to just plant the photo directly on the background, so I used some torn pieces of papers from the kit, some tissue paper, and the square, white frame from the chipboard (cut apart!) behind the photo! Then I added one of the chipboard tabs!


The beautiful black and gold butterflies were the final touch needed for this layout! They provide just the right amount of accent!

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In addition to items from the scrapbooking kit & mediums from the mixed media kit (*from previous Tres Jolie Kits), I used:
*Prima Stencil Item# 564278, *13@rts MAGIC! Powder, tissue paper, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, FabriTac, Liquitex Clear Gesso, and in my homemade teal texture paste: *13@rts Acrylic Modeling Paste, Little Birdie Caribbean Teal Metallic Paint (May 2020 Mixed Media Kit), Lindy’s Gang Magical Shakers *Bratwurst Brown & *Glittering Gold, *13@rts MAGIC!Powder, Art Philosophy Concentrated Watercolor *Onyx & *Bora Bora, Vicki Boutin Watermelon Blast Paint

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