love you more :: all the gold...

Today, I'm sharing the second home decor piece I created for the current Issue: Hooray for Red, White and Blue! One of the suggested projects is use of nautical elements. I absolutely LOVE October Afternoon's new Treasure Map line and, as it so happens, the colors are a great match for the living room we are currently decorating. I've been looking around Etsy and Insta sales for a "Love You More" sign but these papers inspired me to go ahead and create my own. I'm thrilled with how this project came together and cannot wait to see it displayed in our home!

I started this project with white cardstock and cut words with my Silhouette using the Bebas Neue font, leaving room for my foiled word in the center. Then, using two printed papers, I cut the words a second time and pieced the patterned letters into the negative spaces of my white piece. Super simple with this block font. I mounted the die cut design on two thicknesses of white craft foam to create the dimension.

I cut the Lawn Fawn script love metal die from iCraft Double Sided Adhesive Foam and used gold Deco Foil on the front. The hardest part of this project was getting the super sticky foam piece off my fingers and on the proper spot! I layered everything onto another framed piece of the OA Treasure Map collection, Siren's Point (it matches our living room carpet!) and called this done.

LINK UP your own project(s) - new or existing! - for a chance to win a fantastic Therm O Web Deco Foil and iCraft adhesive pack of your own.


new issue monday :: hooray for the red, white & blue...

There is a brand new Issue up on the Paper Issues blog today: Hooray for the Red, White and Blue! PI matched up with Therm O Web for this super shiny new challenge. The Creative Team used a selection of Deco Foils and adhesives on our projects. When I saw the color selection included teal and gold metallics, I decided to create home decor pieces, as both are colors in our front hall and living room. Today, I am sharing this framed piece that I made for our entry hall table.

I used the beautiful Crate Paper Craft Market line for this project, starting with a grid design cut from the 6x6 paper pad. I created my cluster of embellishments using the Craft Market die cut stickers, puffy stickers and an alphabet I had on hand. My finishing touch and focal point was the foiled house number. I used teal Deco Foil over numbers die cut from iCraft Deco Foil White Foam Adhesive. The foil adhered completely in one application!

LINK UP to the Hooray for Red, White and Blue Issue for a chance to win a set of Therm O Web iCraft Deco Foils and Adhesives for your own projects. Here's how:
  1. Create a project (or find an existing one!) using these themes: patriotic, Memorial Day, military heroes, parades, use red, white and blue, nautical elements, use Therm O Web products, use the May or June free Paper Issues printables
  2. LINK UP HERE! Link as many projects as you'd like to the Issue post link party. 
  3. Check back to see if you are our winner!
I'll be back tomorrow with the second decor project I created for this Issue. Hope to see you again!


rise and shine :: die cut saturday

Today is Die Cutting Saturday on the Paper Issues blog which means FREE cut files for you, along with inspiration from the creative team! Danielle de Konink designed the files this month and they are fantastic, set up ready to use as 3x4 cards.

I had originally planned on using them in just that way, then this mug arrived from my mom. It needed it's own page as an ode to coffee...my mommy fuel! So, I pulled two of the designs out of the card formats and combined them for the hot pink piece, reserving the positive cuts of the hearts to accent the white space.

I combined a number of lines for this layout: 7paper Amelia 6x6 Pad and black word stickers, Jen Hadfield Home + Made for Pebbles patterned paper, Bella Boulevard felt bow, Fancy Pants Office Suite die cuts, Pinkfresh Studio enamel stickers and wood veneer and, of course, Paper Issues Swag Bag bits!

The cut files are ready to download from the Paper Issues store, completely free! should you find yourself in need of some other supplies to match up with the file, use code JENBOOM for 20% off any order!


read & explore :: paper issues swag bags

Happy Sunday all! I'm showcasing a new project on the PI Blog today using two Paper Issues favorites: Swag Bags and a sketch. The April Swag Bag was so, so good. Exclusive PI + Pinkfresh Studio rub-ons, lots of Fancy Pants Designs Office Suite and touches of gold.

I snapped this photo of Amalia as she was exploring the library last week and could not wait to get it scrapped. I pulled soft pastels and pops of bold black and white from my Swag Bag to build my layout and to play off the picture. The exclusive rub-ons are so gorgeous in black and gold and take to paper like a dream!

I've been keeping this awesome PI sketch by Jen Chapin in mind and used it as inspiration for this page.

You can use code JENBOOM to take 20% off any Paper Issues order. Happy shopping and creating!


paper issues and tombow blog hop...

Hello and Welcome to the Tombow USA and Paper Issues Blog Hop!

You probably got here from Erin Reed's post but if you got lost, head over to the Paper Issues blog to start!

My page tells a tale of mischief and two tiny banana bread thieves. My middle son (3) took an opportunity to climb up on our kitchen counter, grab the bread box and headed to his chosen hide out under the dining table, along with his one year old sister, to enjoy the prize. When I discovered them, he cheesed and asked me to take his photo. Stinker!

There are a lot of elements to this page from a die cut and paper pieced background to layers of patterned paper and lots of die cut embellishments. I grabbed the rich, colorful Fancy Pants Flutter collection to use for this page. It all came together easily with Tombow USA products. I used the
Tombow Mono Adhesive Permanent for the larger paper pieces and photos. The NEW Tombow Adhesive Dots were perfect for the large die cuts, especially that banner - giving just a slight dimension over the elements underneath. And then an all time favorite of mine, the Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue. This glue dries super clear and the fine tip allowed me to adhere even the tiny text pieces on the photos securely and without mess.

Both Tombow USA and Paper Issues are offering giveaways so be sure to visit all of the blogs on the hop.

Paper Issues is giving away a $20 Gift Certificate to the Paper Issue store! 

To win, visit and comment on ALL of the participating bloggers' posts. When you're done, be sure to head on over to the Paper Issues Facebook page and tell us which project is your favorite. You have until May 12 at 11:59 EST to comment. Winners will be picked randomly and announced on May 13, 2015.

Remember to “like” Tombow USA and Paper Issues on Facebook!

Your next stop is Jennie García.

Here is the line up in case you get lost:


living room inspiration board :: mrs. boom decorates

In my last home decor post I shared our newly decorated entryway. Today, I'm on to our next, much larger decor project...the living room. When Mr. Boom and I started talking about the design, he suggested using photos from our trips to Greece as wall art. Yes. This photo from our honeymoon immediately came to mind and became the inspiration piece for the room.

True confession: this room has sat empty under a pile of boxes for the full year and a half we have been in our home. When we found and purchased this house, we did so partially because it has room to grow. Lots of room to grow. Especially considering we moved in with three rooms worth of furniture from our former condo. We didn't need to use the formal living room and didn't have any furniture for the space. So, it sat. And it irked me every time I walked in the house as it's the first room visible from the front door. Now, we have a plan and are ready to roll!

I stalked watched the slipper chairs online for a few weeks and jumped to order two when I saw them drop to 50% off. Two for the price of one? Yes, please and thank you! The area rug was another sale grab and ended up close to 50% off. The white European fold roman shades have been installed for awhile now. The sleeper sofa has been ordered and will be shipping (fingers crossed!) momentarily. Mr. Boom has agreed to build the white console table based on plans by Ana White. The shelving photo is inspiration from @jeadoreblogger on Instagram and I have already gathered a few similar pieces from Home Goods and Target.

These accent pillows will replace some a of the printed ones that come with the couch. I cannot wait to see this all come together!
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