This is a pretty big day for one of my favorite designers! Michelle, formerly of Partners In Crime, has now opened up a new store at Scrapbook Bytes under her origional design name, Ohana Designs. I’m happy to get to work with her kits again. Here are some other LO’s I’ve made with Michelle and Mara’s kits last year.

And here are a couple of new LO’s to kick things off with.

I love the cute Spring Is Here kit. The bird elements reminded me of a story I’ve wanted to scrap for a really long time.

Spring Is Here by Ohana Designs

Journaling reads- We say “Chirp” a lot in my family. Chirp can mean anything from a greeting to an affirmation. We often begin conversations with “Chirp”. “Chirp” can be used in place of ”yes” as well. It can also be a non-responsive answer. For example, if you are asked “Did you eat all the cookies?”, an appropriate response could be “Chirp!” It’s a sort of non-answer, like pleading the fifth.

The Sewing Junkie kit has a mix of lovely textured papers and vintage sewing elements. Unfortunately I don’t sew (one day!), so I decided to talk about my one and only homemade Halloween costume. No pics of me wearing it, but I did have a couple of my sister. Love that big smile and her adorable curls! (She’s totally going to be pissed that I’m posting these pics, but I don’t care… muwahaha)

Sewing Junkie by Ohana Designs  Paper Lovers template by Kimeric

Journaling reads- Mom made me a princess costume for Halloween one year. Jamie loved to dress up in it when she was small.

Sewing Junkie and Sewing Scraps alpha by Ohana Designs
Paper Lovers template by Kimeric

And here is one more layout. Sometimes you just want to make a pretty page with pretty product. I think I want to eventually make this into a double page LO with journaling, but for now I like it as is. I’ve been really inspired lately by stories of my grandparents. I want to add several more pages about extended family members to my books.

maw web

Vintage Spring by Ohana Designs
Template by Fiddle Dee Dee

Mandy also has a fabulous new grab bag releasing today for iNSD. Here’s my layout using Joy Seeker. The kit colors were fantastic with the Statue of Liberty picture from our trip to New York last week. I really like the mix of green with the patriotic red white and blue.

Joy Seeker by Mandy King

Joy Seeker by Mandy King

Thanks for looking 🙂

Top of the World by Mandy King

As soon as I saw this kit I knew I wanted to scrap our trip to the Lighthouse in St. Augustine last summer. You can’t get much more “top of the world” than that :).

Top of the World kit by Mandy KingFuss Free Freebie 48 by Fiddle Dee Dee

Top of the World kit by Mandy King
Fuss Free Freebie 48 by Fiddle Dee Dee

Thanks for looking!

“Me” using Girls Night Out by Inspired by Dominic

This one was for the Quote challenge at Scrapbook Bytes. Isn’t that quote the cutest? My only problem was that I had to narrow down the vast number of photos I have of myself looking ridiculous. There are So Many!

But I finally got it down to this one, taken at Macy’s on one of the infamous Ladies Nights. This is when I get together with a couple of my former coworkers and we run around City Place acting like goofballs. Sometimes this includes squeezing my big ole head into a tiny shark hat. Because that’s what everyone does on Ladies Night, right?

Girls Night Out by Inspired by DominicTemplate by Crisdam

Girls Night Out by Inspired by Dominic
Template by Crisdam

“Following in Daddy’s Footsteps” using Pinstriped by Inspired by Dominic

Here are two LO’s that I made using Tiff’s Pinstripe Collection. I can’t even tell you how inspired I was by this kit, especially the colors. Both of these stories have been on my “To Scrap” list for a long time.

First up is “Following in Daddy’s Footsteps”. This was a really special story for Jason and I’m so glad I finally scrapped it. The layout design was inspired by this page by Stephanie Howell.

Following in daddy's footsteps web

Journaling reads- In 1977, a very young Jason put his footprints in wet cement at a house in West Virginia. In 2009, [Little Man] visited that house, now belonging to his Grandma Z. It was so special for Jason to see his son standing in the same footprints he made as a child.

(And now that I write that, I realize the date is wrong. This happened in 2010).

Credits: Pinstripe Papers 1 and 2, Pinstriped Wordbits, Pinstriped Elements, Pinstriped Journaling Bits, Pinstriped Mats available here.

The second page, “Favorite Shirt”, was inspired by the Impromptu Challenge at Scrapbook Bytes. The directions were to scrap a favorite piece of clothing using colors/ patterns similar to those in the clothes. I immediately thought of my favorite shirt that the Little Man wears. And it just so happens that the colors in the Pinstripe collection go perfectly.

Favorite Shirt web

Journaling reads- This is my favorite shirt that [Little Man] wears. I love the color and it looks great in pictures, especially when there is greenery involved.. I make sure to ask his mom to pack it every summer when he comes to visit. I’ll be so sad when he grows out of it! March 2013

Credits- Pinstriped Elements, Pinstriped Papers 1, Pinstriped Journaling Mats, Pinstriped Alpha, Pinstriped Mats

Thanks for looking!

Scrapping about food

Today on the Document Workshop, we’re talking all about food!

It’s pretty obvious how much I love talking about food. That’s kind of the point of this blog, or at least one of them. Whether it’s recipes, what we’re having for dinner, or going to food festivals, much of our life revolves around food. So of course I had to join in on this challenge. It was almost more of a challenge to narrow down what I wanted to scrap!

I decided to do a page on our recent trip to the Garlic Festival in Delray.

Lucky 13 template by Mandy KingBless This Mess by Mandy King

Credits: Lucky 13 Templates and Bless This Mess kit by Mandy King. Photos edited in Instagram. The Blue Cabin font.

Thanks for looking 🙂

“The Lucky Ones” using Lucky Me by Simple Girl Scraps (and a little random scrapbooking news)

I was super excited when I saw that Theresa of Simple Girl Scraps was holding a CT Call. I’ve been a fan of hers since the day she opened at SDD. I love her fun style! Some of my favorite LO’s I’ve ever done have been with her products.

I’m so excited to join her team and get to play with all her new goodies!

So here is my first CT LO for her, called The Lucky Ones.

Lucky Me kit by Simple Girl Scraps Mom's Typewriter font Lyrics by Lana del Rey

Lucky Me elements and papers by Simple Girl Scraps
Mom’s Typewriter font
Lyrics by Lana del Rey

Here are a few of my favorite older LO’s using Simple Girl Scraps products.

Daddy’s Princess Party using Celebrate.


What Family Looks Like using Our Story.


And Special Moments using Love You Much.


In other news, tune in next week for some cool projects for the Document Life Workshop, Mandy King, and Inspired by Dominic. Ooooh suspense!

Last month I got a Layout of the Day from Gotta Pixel for this LO. Yay!!

I also got a shout-out on Theresa’s blog last week! (This was before I got on her CT).

Okay, enough tooting my own horn 😛

#30Lists Project Life pages 1 and 2

The last time I did 30 Days of Lists, I had every intention of adding them into my Project Life book. That didn’t happen, but I did blog them so I can always go back and do it later. This time around I really want to DO something with them. As soon as I saw the way Megan is doing hers, I knew that was how I wanted to do mine as well.

I have a tendency to overcomplicate things, so using the Design J templates forces me to simplify. I’ve never used this template before, so I was happy to see that it shrinks down to 8×5. That’s the size I like to do my inserts so I’m sure I’ll be using this one often.

30Lists 1-2 web30Lists 3 web

Template J by Becky Higgins Lucky Me by Simple Girl Scraps 30 Days of Lists cards by Rukirsten Papercrafts and Allie Turnpower Fonts- Bebas, Architect’s Daughter, and Mom’s Typewriter

Layout: Christmas at our new House

A New Day cardstock and Vellum Alpha by Inspired by Dominic

A New Day cardstock and Vellum Alpha by Inspired by Dominic 

Ever since I read the Project Dig Deep ebook, I knew I wanted to make a few LO’s using the Project Life templates in new ways. I thought initially about doing a “Then and Now” type of page showing the progress we’ve made decorating our apartment. Then I saw December’s Little Things challenge at Scrapbook Bytes and decided to go in a slightly different direction.

I changed up one of the Becky Higgins templates to better suit my pictures. Most of the photos are instagrams that I enlarged to fit the spaces. The quality isn’t fantastic, but they get the message across. I’m going to put this in my Project Life album, so I wanted it to somewhat match my mostly grey backgrounds. Luckily the A New Day kit has a ton of great neutral papers. My favorite parts of the LO are the vellum numbers! Vellum is Everywhere right now, so I was excited to use them on my page to correspond with my numbered journaling.

This was a fun page to make, and it was cool to look through photos of Christmas Past. Some of my favorite LO’s are ones that show the passage of time.

“Your Home” using My Everything by Mandy King

Mandy has lots of goodies in this month’s Gotta Grab It at Gotta Pixel this weekend. Here’s a LO I made using them. I made it for the Lyrics Challenge at GP.

My Everything by Mandy KingLyrics by Philip Philips

Jason vetoed the super cute pink frame, which is a bummer because I loved it mixed with the silver corners! So I did my usual “put a stroke on it” to frame the pic. This is one of my favorites of him, taken right after he put together these bar stools. I used Pioneer Woman’s free photo actions to get the sepia color. The lyrics are from the Philip Philips song “Home”.

Interview with the Little Man

In 2011, I started a tradition of interviewing the Little Man around his birthday. I use the same series of questions, and I hope to continue doing this each year. This was the LO I made from that year’s interview.


This summer, I did another interview of him on video answering the same questions. I sat on it for a few months, then I saw a challenge from the Document Life Workshop. I knew it was about time that I did a page.

Here are the videos of the interview I did in 2012. Warning: they are not great quality. At all.  And don’t ask why they’re in portrait instead of landscape. I have no idea 😛

It’s cute seeing his little mannerisms, like shifting from foot to foot. His Dad is shifty like that too. 🙂

IMG 6060 from Jen Johnson on Vimeo.

IMG 6061 from Jen Johnson on Vimeo.

Here are the interview answers, in case you don’t want to sit through my terrible filming.

Favorite games- Supreme Commander 2, Synthesizer game on the DS, and Red Alert 3, Angry Birds Space, Dungeon Defender,  Zombie Farm, Munchkin, Zombie Fluxx, Go Fish

Favorite colors- Black, red, and blue

Favorite foods- The video got cut off, so I’m going to take a wild guess and say Pizza again, and thai food. He still likes vanilla frappuccinos and Daddy’s pancakes. He also loves ice cream and he raved about his stepdad’s bean soup once or twice this summer too.

Unfavorite foods- broccoli still, and my fish tacos (ha!)

Dislikes- Waiting in lines

Best Friends- Evan and Dakota

Then the video pooped out again, so I’ll fill in the rest.

Likes to read- Warrior Cat books and 39 Clues books

Likes to watch- G. I. Joe, Transformers, and X-Men

Favorite place- Florida

A new thing he can do- make Angry Bird videos

I wanted to keep the same general theme and colors for this year’s LO, so I picked a similar kit from my stash. I used the Sketch Challenge from Scrapbook Bytes as design  inspiration for the layout. Here’s the result…

Star Power by Connie Prince

Star Power by Connie Prince

Thanks for looking!