I'm so excited to announce the Guest Designer of the Week: Jill Cornell
Here are her great layouts, cards, and altered project focusing on love:
We Love (?) Snow Supplies: 12x12 Cardstock Kraft (71464) – AC Cardstock, Sparkling Seasons Paper (35213) – Dear Lizzy Christmas, Comfort & Cheer Paper (35203) – Dear Lizzy Christmas, Can't Get Enough Paper (35181) – Love, Can't Help Falling Paper (35177) – Love, Parfait Heart (53093) - Thickers, Wine Fantastic (53107) - Thickers, Endless (42164) - Remarks, Love Mini Pearl Brads (85508) - Elements, Stream (61773) - Mixtape, Variety Buttons Love (85509) - Elements
"This winter was really the first time my twin daughters could be out playing in the snow, and they weren't quite sure what to think. The series of photos I used on my layout really captures the essence of their little personalities and their reaction to the snow. The color combination of purple, turquoise, pink, and red gave a really fresh look to a layout about winter (and coordinated just perfectly with my girls' hats and coats!). I punched snowflakes from patterned paper and accented them with buttons and twine as well as used several dimensional stickers to create a banner."
How Sweet It Is... Supplies: 12x12 Cardstock White (71081) – AC Cardstock, Emma Paper (35300) – The Classics, Mountain Park Paper (35231) – City Park, Gentle Badger Paper (35253) – Dear Lizzy Enchanted, Nutmeg Chestnut (43045) - Thickers, Marquise Rose (53026) - Thickers, Duchess (89389) - Dear Lizzy Enchanted Ribbon, Love Mini Pearl Brads (85508) - Elements, Stream (61773) - Mixtape, Love Variety Buttons (85509) - Elements
"On this layout, I wanted to create a clean look using photos of my girls for Valentine's Day this year. I punched border strips from white cardstock to create a tone-on-tone look with white cardstock as the base. I used a variety of patterned paper in pink, brown, and white behind the punched holes in the cardstock. I used another punch to add accent strips above a couple photos to add flow to the layout and then embellished the top of the layout and the focal point photo with a few simple accents."
Love Card Supplies: Supplies: 12x12 Cardstock Kraft (71464) – AC Cardstock, Falling Paper (35172) – Love, Take A Chance Paper (35182) – Love, Ender's Game Paper (35317) – The Classics, Sweet Tomato (53091) - Thickers, Endless (42164) - Remarks Dimensional Stickers, Heartstrings (89384) - Ribbon
"I adore the combination of kraft, turquoise, and red and pulled together several products to create this simple card. I rounded the corners of the patterned paper at the top and bottom of the card to create a cohesive feel. I simply knotted the turquoise ribbon in a couple places and used glue dots to adhere the ribbon to the card."
Happy Valentine's Day Card Supplies: Supplies: 12x12 Cardstock Kraft (71464) – AC Cardstock, Lakeside Park Paper (35224) – City Park, Lasting Paper (35178) – Love, Ender's Game Paper (35317) – The Classics, Love Phrase Color (43381) - Minimarks, Love Mini Pearl Brads (85508) - Elements, Love Eternal (72005) - Delights, Love Printed Tags (85511) - Bits
"Again, more kraft, turquoise, and red! This time I combined three different turquoise patterns as my background, added a Love Bit tag, an Eternal Delight embellishment and brad. I machine stitched a little bit on this card as well."
Be Mine Card Supplies: 12x12 Cardstock Kraft (71464) – AC Cardstock, Can't Help Falling Paper (35177) – Love, Love Eternal (72005) - Delights, Stream (61773) - Mixtape, Ned JR Sidekicks (43165) - Minimarks, Love Mini Pearl Brads (85508) - Elements, Duchess (89389) - Dear Lizzy Enchanted Ribbon
"For this card, I used a couple Eternal Delight embellishments as flowers and folded the pink Mixtape in half to form a stem and leaves."
Love Mobile Supplies: Ender's Game Paper (35317) – The Classics, Gentle Badger Paper (35253) – Dear Lizzy Enchanted, Comfort & Cheer Paper (35203) – Dear Lizzy Christmas, Love Eternal (72005) - Delights, Tenderness (78034) - Details, Fantastic White (53110) - Thickers, Duchess (89389) - Dear Lizzy Enchanted Ribbon
"I wanted to create a piece of shabby home decor for Valentine's Day and pulled this wooden heart mobile out of my stash of things to alter. (I picked the mobile up at a local craft store for about $3.) I covered the hearts with patterned paper and added white paint around the edges to shabby it up. I embellished the largest heart with the Tenderness Details and Eternal Delights. Finally, I added Thickers, ribbon and tulle, and I had a simple, yet shabby mobile!"
Here's a fun questionnaire to get to know Jill a bit more:
How did you get started scrapbooking?
I started scrapbooking shortly after I was married in 2003. I wanted some way to document all of our photos and memories from our wedding and honeymoon. I took a break from scrapbooking layouts for a while and focused on cards and paper crafting. After the birth of my twin daughters in 2009, I had plenty of material for layouts again! :)
What would you say your scrapbooking “style” is?
My style is very feminine but I also love to use clean, linear design elements. I add feminine touches by machine stitching, distressing, and using lots of pink!
What is your favorite technique?
I love incorporating distressing techniques - whether it's by painting, inking, or sanding.
When do you find time to scrap?
I do most of my scrapbooking when my girls go to bed at night but I'll occasionally sneak in some scrapbooking during nap times too!
On average, how long does it take you to complete a project?
I plan out my projects in advance so when I actually sit down to work, it usually takes me a couple hours to put a layout together. This is after I've edited and printed photos and somewhat have a design in mind. I like to work on layouts in "batches".
What is your favorite thing about American Crafts?
Um...THICKERS! I could use Thickers on about every project. The fonts... the textures... they just add so much visual interest.
Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us Jill! Make sure to check out her inspirational blog!