Using Templates To Find My Mojo

I’ve been away from my computer for a few days (for Thanksgiving weekend), so I needed something to get my mojo going again.  I decided to use a couple of templates to create some layouts I’ve been meaning to do.

The first template is “Cut It” from Studio Basic Designs.  I used papers from the kit “Inspire Me” by Jen C Designs.

The second template I used was “Single 18” from Sweet Shoppe Designs.  The kit is “Loving You”, also by Jen C Designs (I’m a big fan of hers!).  The beautiful baby is my daughter when she was nearly 3 months old.  Seems like a lifetime ago!


If you love what you see and wish you could do the same with your pictures, contact me (visit Jennifer Martin Designs for more details). I would be happy to digitally scrap your photos!


I hope everyone is enjoying the lovely fall weather.  It is gorgeous out there!


Pinterest, Part 2

First of all, my “cross-stitched” page for our front entrance arrived this week and it was perfect!  I love how it turned out and now officially have a favourite printing company for my digital scrapbooking work.  I strongly recommend you check out Persnickety Prints for all your printing needs!  They also offer free scrapbooking kits on occasion.

Here is the original post about my personalized sign.  And here is a picture of the printed and framed version.  I was so excited to hang it up in our front hall.


Second, I have completed my second pinterest-inspired scrapbook page.  I saw this monogrammed print and thought it was cute.  I decided to use Christmas papers for mine, since it is nearly time to start decorating for the holidays.  Here is the final version.  I’ll be getting it printed this week and I already have the perfect spot to hang it.

Credits: “Christmas Traditions” by The Scrappy Kat

Pinterest, Part 1

I recently discovered Pinterest, a website that allows you to pin and sort images of things that inspire you.  I’ve spent most of my time there so far looking at the DIY crafts and home decor ideas.  Today, I finished my latest project based on this image.

It was the first project I made with digital scrapbooking.  I decided on the word I wanted to use (family) and then I looked through my kits to find one that would go well with our future kitchen/family room wall colour and chose 6 papers (each one was a separate image).  I put one letter on each paper, using different fonts for all the letters.  When I was done, I sent the six images to the printer and then put each in a frame.  The letter “i” will get a smaller frame once I find one.  I love how it turned out.  I fully expect this will become one of the projects I will do through my S4H business.  For now, my family and I will enjoy my very first one.

Here is a view of the entire mantle.  So far, it is pretty bare, but as I complete more projects (and once the room is painted), it will be perfect.

Baby Memory Books

I’ve been working on James and Leah’s baby books.  It’s fun going through all the notes and pictures we’ve taken of them since before they were even born.  So many beautiful memories!  I am having a hard time narrowing down what to include in the books.  If I had my way, I would include everything, but then the books would be 365 pages long.  That’s too expensive and probably unnecessary.

The books will be 8×11 and I actually purchased the kits I will use to make them.  They were my very first purchases.  The kits are adorable and they are S4H friendly.  I’m not ready to share pages from the books yet, but here is a 12×12 page I made when I first bought the kit (girl and boy version).

Credits: “Child of my Child – Girl Kit” – Fayette Terlouw


Credits: “Child of my Child – Boy Kit” – Fayette Terlouw

Personalized Signs for Home Entrance

I got started making prints with quotes when I decided to make a print for our front entrance.  We used to have a white board and calendar at the entrance for the daycare.  When I closed the daycare, there was no longer a need for the board.  Now we have a blank wall to look at every time we walk in the house.  I worked on this page for a few weeks, picking out the right quote, the right papers, and then finally choosing the right elements and layout.  I got cross-stitching stuck in my head and decided to make our family into “cross-stitched” people.  I’m finally done and will be ordering the print sometime this week.  I’m anxious to see how it looks on paper.

J’s 2011 Brag Book

As I have mentioned before, I am working on brag books for both of my children.  At the end of each year, I will print them in a book and they will have them as keepsakes when they are older.  I think the books would also make great gifts for family members.  I have shared a couple of the pages I have made so far for Leah’s 2011 book here and here.  Tonight, I want to share a couple of the pages I have made for James.  I decided to make his in black and white and so far, I am pretty happy with how it is turning out.

Credits: Centellazul, Butterflies and Bluebells