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

Hey, all! Welcome back to my little corner!

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:

scrapbook kit

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

Letters for Linny! (ReneaBouquets "Initial" Swap)

Linny’s Initials – for the ReneaBouquets Initial Swap hosted by Donna (bonprof) over at!

At the start of the swap, when we exchanged addresses, Linny told me her craft room was mauve, burgundy, pink, green, and cream, so I tried to make it so her letters would match her already established decor! (She told me they would go well in her craft room, so mission accomplished!)

Below you’ll find the process video, some close up photos, and the full product list!
Process Video:


  • [From the] Tres Jolie Cards, Tags, & More Sept. 2019 Kit
  • Dress My Craft
  • Vintage Saga
  • 6×6 Collection Pack
  • Lindy’s
    • Embossing Powder
    • Oakleaf Olive
        • ReneaBouquets
          • Shard Glitter Glass
          • Pearl
        • Beautiful Beads
          • Glass
          • Cranberry (Gifted to me by Terry in the Nov. 2018 RB Swap! Thank-you, Terry!!)
        • Mulberry Paper Roses
          • Green (Don’t know the “proper” name.)
          • Pink Spring Mix
          • Mini Mermaid Tails (the ivory ones)
          • The ‘other’ pink ones (I don’t know which set they came from)
        • Ranger
          • Perfect Pearls
          • Blush
        • Prima
          • Finnabair
          • Metallique Acrylic Paint
          • Red Wine
        • Texture Paste
          • White Crackle
          • Paper
        • Wax Cire Cera
          • Sweet Rose
        • Art Anthology
          • 6×9 Stencil
          • Lattice
        • Simon Says Stamp
          • Embossing and Watermark Ink
          • Clear
        • Liquitex
          • Matte Super Heavy Gel
          • Matte Gel
        • JudiKins
          • Diamond Glaze
        • Jacquard
          • Gum Arabic
        • Unbranded
          • L & J Wood Block Alpha (Sold by Fantwa, according to my Order History, on Amazon)


          My great grandmother, about 82 years ago!

          The majority of this layout is made using products that came in the June 2019 Tres Jolie Kit Club Scrapbooking Kit (product list below), and was created for the June Sketch Challenge hosted by Kim & the Tres Jolie Kit Club!

          The Tres Jolie Kit Club June Sketch

          I just love 49 & Market, and those laser cut shapes made this layout go together much faster than fussy cutting flowers!!

          Adding some foam under the photo gives it just a little lift from the layers underneath.

          I set out with a goal to see if I could use an entire package of flowers on a layout! I think it’s a first for me!

          I just happened it have the perfect Say It In Crystals in my stash for this project!

          Another big, flower milestone for me…using a mix of flat & 3D flowers. I don’t know if I’ve ever really succeeded at it. It always makes me panic!

          A bit of the lace from the Tres Jolie Kit & a ReneaBouquets Heart Paper Clip for some little touches.


          • [From the] Tres Jolie June 2019 Scrapbooking Kit
          • 49 & Market
          • Bold & Beautiful Collection
          • Dear John
          • Edge of Reason
          • Whispers
          • Laser Cut Shapes
        • Blossom Blends
          • Bluebell
        • Lace
        • ReneaBouquets
          • Beautiful Board Heart Paper Clips
        • Art Anthology
          • Keyholes 6×9 Stencil
        • Shimmerz
          • Creameez
          • Lapis Dance
        • Dazzlerz
          • Foiled Again
        • Prima
          • Finnabair
          • White Crackle Texture Paste
        • Jamie Dougherty
          • Bloom
          • Spark 6×6 Stencil
        • Frank Garcia
          • Santorini
          • Say It In Crystals
        • idea-ology
          • Tim Holtz
          • Tiny Attacher
        • Tonic
          • Tim Holtz
          • Paper Distresser
        • JudiKins
          • Diamond Glaze
        • Art Glitter Glue
        • Silly Winks Sticky Back Foam Sheet
        • Liquitex Clear Gesso
        • Altered Box – ReneaBouquet May Swap!

          Altered ‘cigar’ box for the May 2019 ReneaBouquet Facebook Swap!

          **Someone mentioned the word ‘tutorial,’ and I’ll try that here as best I can…

          I do have a computer and a webcam and everything, BUT in early 2018 the power supply on my computer fried itself…I mean there were sparks and everything! And well my computer works well enough-ish, I’m pretty sure the motherboard took some damage because it hasn’t been quite right since (and my webcam tends to overpower it now). All this happened right before we moved almost 2300 miles, so getting my computer back to 100% hasn’t been a priority! (Although dealing with it being like 85% is starting to get on my nerves A LOT!)**

          Ok…the short and sweet “tutorial.”

          I used Art Glitter Adhesive to hold the papers to the wood. The lid has the 13 @rts paper, and the bottom is only wrapped on the sides with the Hip Kit Club paper (the bottom of the box is just white gesso). I used quite a bit of glue, basically “painting” a thin layer where it would be touching the paper and burnishing it down with the edge of my bone folder and some elbow grease. And I let it dry a full day before moving on to the next layer!

          I did not gesso my paper, gesso is wet and I found that to be a risk I didn’t want to take! I used Krylon Workable Fixative as a protective coating before gluing down the Mould pieces, flowers, 7 Gypsies doilies, and ReneaBouquet Grid Beautiful Board. All of these parts, except the Beautiful Board which has it’s own coating, needed gesso before the next step.

          Next I did the bits of embossing.

          Now, the really wet, “please let the glue and Krylon work their best,” part! First, I had to spritz water where I was planning on adding all those Lindy’s & Jaquard powders, then I had to add more water on top of the powders! I did heat dry, and there is more than one layer of powders (Between the layers I used more Krylon Workable Fixative so there would be no reactivation of the lower levels!). I did the same technique along the sides of the bottom, except there was only one layering of powders. And, because I heat dry the powders, it reheated the embossing powder which caused it to push it’s way through in spots!!

          Now, to help everything withstand being used, there is three (I think) coats of (Mod Podge) acrylic sealer. Some is glossy, some is matte. Yes, I did it that way on purpose!

          After all that was dry I added the feet, hinges, and latch, then the butterflies and cabachon.

          *The cabachon is a 50mm dome on top of a piece from Tim Holtz’s Botanical Layers & a ReneaBouquet butterfly, adhered with JudiKins Diamond Glaze. The edges are done with Finnabair waxes, White Gold & Peacock.*

          On the inside of the box I used Mod Podge Vintage to glue the Prima tissue paper in place then let that dry. After the Mod Podge dried I randomly added spots of color with the Finnabair Waxes and coated the edge of the lid and bottom with Finnabair wax. And everything is coated in acrylic sealer to (hopefully) add durability.


          • ReneaBouquets
          • Beautiful Board – Grid Elements
          • Butterfly Kisses
          • Delicate Beauty (the black & white butterflies)
        • Magical Miniatures
          • My Romantic Heart (the butterfly under the cabochon)
        • 13 @rts
          • Aqua Flora
          • Countless Love
        • Hip Kit Club
          • Color Dazzel
          • Rainbow
        • Art Anthology
          • Lotus Stencil
        • Lindy’s
          • Magical Shaker
          • Alpine Ice Rose
          • Bratwurst Brown
          • Grab A Guy Gold
        • Jacquard
          • PearlEx
          • Reflex Violet
          • Misty Lavender
        • Emerald Creek
          • Seth Apter
          • Baked Texture
          • Patina Oxide
        • Ranger
          • Big Emboss It
        • 7 Gypsies
          • Architextures
          • Doilies
        • idea-ology
          • Tim Holtz
          • Botanical Layers
        • Prima
          • Finnabair
          • Art Alchemy Wax
          • Vintage Silk
          • Mint Sparkle
          • Peacock
          • Electric Violet
          • White Gold
        • Mould
          • Mechanica
        • Tissue Paper
          • Musica
        • Heavy Body Gel
          • Unknown/Unbranded
            • Cabochon
            • Box feet
          • **I think the box is Darice (Cigar Box)
            • Always

              My sons … a few (13!) years ago!
              For the month of February the More than Words Challenge was “Always & Quote.” My favorite quote of all time is by Helen Keller, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be see or even touch – they must be felt with the heart.” The greatest of all emotions is Love, and I don’t think there is a greater love than parental love – Always.
              February 2019 More Than Words Main Challenge
              A quick overview of what I did:
              • I first coated the Creative Embellishments Heart Flourish in the Prima Pastes and set it aside to dry.
              • I started with some clear gesso on the background, then added the stenciling & embossing.
              • All parts from the Prima Mould were coated in black gesso, then Bronze Age wax…and I just started stacking and arranging and gluing the ReneaBouquets Grid with the gears…And hoping for the best! LOL!
              • Then the pastes … layering and mixing and blending and watering down and building back up and drying … and doing it all over again!
              • The hearts & “Always” were both coated in black gesso, but the hearts only have Electric Violet Metallique Wax & “Always” has a mix of Electric Violet, Old Denim, and Mint Sparkle on top of Bronze Age.

              Cluster at top of page.
              Cluster at bottom left of page.
              Area under photo.


              • [From the] Tres Jolie February Scrapbooking Kit
              • 13@rts
              • Aqua Flora “Blue dreams”
            • Prima
              • Midnight Garden Collection “Old Map”
            • Resin Icons
              • Chalk Black Gears
              • Chalk Black Words
            • Creative Embellishments
              • Heart Flourish
            • ReneaBouquets
              • Beautiful Board
              • Grid Elements
            • 13@rts
              • Rose Fields Collection
              • “Always” Chipboard
            • Prima
              • Finnabair
              • Metallique Wax
              • Bronze Age
              • Electric Violet
              • Old Denim
              • Mint Sparkle
            • Rust Effect Paste
              • Burnt Sienna
              • Royal Blue
              • Lavender
            • Mechanica Mould
            • Vintage Trinkets (Clock)
              • Art Anthology
                • Diamond Grunge Stencil
              • Ranger
                • Antiquities Embossing Powder
                • Frosted Crystal
              • Archival Ink
                • Jet Black
              • Tim Holtz
                • Aged Mahogany Distress Oxide
              • Freckled Fawn
                • Wood Chips – Hearts
              • Stampers Anonymous
                  • Tim Holtz
                  • Bubble Stencil
                • Silhouette Curio
                • Silhouette Pen – Black
                • Unbranded
                  • All the other gears not from the Prima Mould!

                  Blossom by blossom …

                  A layout, with a photo I took, using the Tres Jolie February scrapbooking kit.

                  I was smitten with the 13@rts paper used for the background, and fortunately Mother Nature let the first signs that spring will return peek out so I could have a photo that matched the colors perfectly!

                  I grabbed my Ranger Gold Embossing Powder, TCW Paste, & my Art Anthology Lotus stencil for the background, and the bit of ribbon on the bottom I’ve had for a few years!

                  Under the photo I cut apart Prima’s “Rose Receipts” for layers and fussy cut “Midnight Garden” for the darker flowers peeking out at the top and bottom of the stack.

                  All of the “top flowers” (the ones with centers showing!) came from the Prima flower packs that were included with the February Tres Jolie Kit, and I dug into my stash for the “bottom flowers” (the ones where only petal peek out!) and the leaves.


                  • February 2019 Scrapbooking Kit
                  • 7 Gypsies Architextures
                  • Iron Fence
                • 13@rts 
                  • Aqua Flora: Pink Bouquet
                • Prima Midnight Garden Collection
                  • Rose Receipts (12×12)
                  • Midnight Garden (12×12)
                  • This Place (Flower Pack)
                  • Dark Romance (Flower Pack)
                • Ranger 
                  • Gold Embossing Powder
                • Prima
                  • Wildflowers Pillar
                • Art Anthology Lotus Stencil
                • The Paper Studio
                  • Bright Lace Ribbon Scrap Pk
                • TCW
                  • Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste
                • AC This to That
                • FabriTac
                • JudiKins Diamond Glaze
                • Altered Box

                  An altered box I did for the Reneabouquets Feb 2019 Valentintes/Romantic Mood Board Challenge over on Facebook!

                  I started with the Shimmerz Raspberry Sherbet for the lower half of the box then used their Salt of the Earth for the upper half & lid, and left it to dry overnight. When I work up the next morning I felt that something was missing, so I pulled out my new Prima Indian Pink wax, my Nuvo Mousse, and my jar of Iridescent Glaze, and I sat down to ponder what to do with it all!

                  Eventually I decided to put the Indian Pink wax on top of the Raspberry Sherbet, I added a middle band of color with the Nuvo Mousse, and I put the Iridescent Glaze on the remaining white Salt of the Earth. After it was all dry I was arranging the flowers on the lid and kept thinking I should add something subtle, which is where the lattice stenciling came from. Then I finished arranging my flowers, sprinkled on some glitter glass, and added the “Astrial Pink” butterfly from ReneaBouquets for some extra color.


                  • ReneaBouquets:
                  • Hot Pink Shard Glitter Glass
                  • Astrial Pink Glass Wing Double Butterflies
                  • Tropical Summer Limited Edition Anemone Mulberry Paper Flowers (the light pink flowers & leaves)
                • Shimmerz:
                  • Paste-eez
                  • Salt of the Earth
                  • Raspberry Sherbet
                • Prima
                  • Finnabair
                  • Art Alchemy Metallic Wax
                  • Indian Pink
                • Art Extravagance
                  • Paper Texture Paste
                • Tonic
                  • Nuvo Embellishment Mousse
                  • Peony Pink
                • American Crafts
                  • Vicki Boutin
                  • CreativeFX Iridescent Glaze
                • Art Anthology
                  • Lattice Stencil
                • KaiserCraft
                  • Paper Blooms
                  • Hot Pink
                • JudiKins Diamond Glaze