Tuesday, 30 October 2012

laying it out | two for one

I have two layouts to share with you today!

I really wanted to do something with the photo from the other week's Project 52 that I took on our walk in the woods. It was such a magical moment and I wanted to put that into words somehow. I am so in love with how soft and pretty this turned out. Of course, it's entirely due to the beautiful kit by One Little Bird.

(Supplies: It's a Start Templates 5 by In the Making Design, Time Capsule Kit by One Little Bird)

Then you knew I had to do something with the table decoration photos from the husband's birthday party. I just had to.

(Supplies: Oct 31 Kit by Fany Pants and Press Plate #29 by Paislee Press)

I feel like I am getting back into the groove of doing more clean and sleek layouts. I like it. I feel like I somehow got lost for a while in my scrapbooking, and I am feeling so much more at ease now. I will happily take that any day of the week!

Monday, 29 October 2012

closing up shop

Let me tell you a story. It's about a girl who took a few classes online and found a new way of expressing her creativity. One day she got the amazing opportunity to not just use that creativity for her own pleasure but also share it with the world. From this opportunity a dream was formed. A dream to maybe one day being able to create all the time, every day. It was a beautiful, shiny, and colourful dream.

The only thing was that the girl was growing increasingly run down from not only working on that dream of hers, but also holding up a steady job, a demanding one at that, and trying to be a good wife, daughter, sister, friend, and not the least healthy person. There weren't enough hours in the day or energy in her body to juggle it all. The girl was starting to lose sleep, to forget things - both big and little things - and to show signs of several physical problems related to severe stress syndrome.

The girl faced a tough choice; to power on and hope for the best or to make changes. Changes that would make her function better in her day to day world, to be a better person to her loved ones, and to be able to get up in the morning without having to rely on pain killers and medication to get through the day. Changes that would mean that her dream had to die.

Facing the fact she was just a simple girl with a dream bigger than her mind and body could handle was very difficult and needed many tears and long talks with her husband. But in the end, she understood it was for the best and she did it. She made the changes.

That girl, she was me. I was the one who had a dream of designing. I was the one who a couple of months ago said enough. I stopped designing and slowly started on my road to recovery. After six months of taking care of myself, and getting back to just expressing my creativity for fun when I have the time and energy for it, I know that even though it breaks my heart it was the right decision.

So, it is with very heavy heart that I am now closing my shop at JessicaSprague.com. From today and a week forward everything in my shop will be 50% off. After that all my designs will be gone for good. If there is anything in my shop that you like but haven't already bought, now is the time!

Please come over and visit my shop at JessicaSprague.com!

I want to thank each and every one of you for your support and encouragement in the past couple of years. For all the shout outs, the emails, the comments, and the praise I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. And to all those of you who bought my products - I will forever be grateful for your business. You all have my eternal love!

I hope you will all continue to come over and visit me here on my blog. I will continue to scrapbook, take photographs, create books, and throw over the top parties. And who knows, maybe there will be another adventure waiting for me around the corner?

All my love

Sunday, 28 October 2012

a black and white halloweenish party

The husband is a big fan of having parties on (or around) his birthday. He turned 38 the other day and yesterday we had the parents and siblings over for a nice little dinner party.

I decided early on that it would be fun to do a halloweenish theme. Partly due to a gorgeous picture on Pinterest that had me super jazzed, and partly because I already had a couple of decorations from the rock party that the husband threw for his friends a while ago.

I wanted a halloween kind of theme carried out in a more sophisticated and adult fashion. I wanted black and white. I wanted pumpkins and skulls.

I used sleek black table linen in a checkered pattern with the black and white napkins that were made for my sister's wedding this summer. I used our everyday, but very much loved, white china and altered round and square plates. Red and white wine stemware were also altered to give the guests an option with regards to beverage.

Each place setting had a paper banner with a message alternating three different sentences. A small plastic spider was also placed on each plate.

We had a few children attend as well and they got a set of plastic vampire teeth to have fun with. Of course, even the straws matched the decor.

I used candle holders, picked up at a flea market, spraypainted in a high gloss black with black candles, and pumpkins, spraypainted in a matt black, down the centre of the table and scattered plastic spiders and orange beads around them.

I had four skulls, also spraypainted in a high gloss black and decorated two of them to make them look just a little more scary and moody. I had to do a lot of hacking up and destructing to make this work. The veil was a piece of metal netting that I spraypainted and then cut to size. The flowers were tiny little scrapbook accessories that I stemmed and put together, the "ravens" were a pair of wedding doves that I cut apart and painted black. Hey a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do to get it right!

I also created some bottle labels, with parts from The Chillingsworth Manor Kit by Echo Park that I put on some bottles from IKEA. These were a big hit with the guests. The labels said; "Rat poison", "Vampire Blood", "The drink of death", and "Witches' brew". Hee!

I have no pictures what so ever of any of the food, including the super delicious frozen Tiramisu that I made. I was just too busy playing hostess. You will just have to take my word for it when I say it was all fabulous.

I think I am pretty much done with throwing parties now until Christmas and New Years roll around. Better get my rest on, as it's drawing near!

Sunday, 21 October 2012

p52 | autumn walk

The husband and I decided to take advantage of the amazing autumn weather we've had this week, and went for a really lovely walk in the woodsy area just a few minutes from us on the bike. It's the end of October and all the colours of the trees and plants show it. I love the warm and bright colour spectrum of autumn.

We slept in yesterday, so that meant the light was a little too harsh for taking really good photographs, but who am I to complain when the sun is out and it's warm enough to leave the gloves and scarves in the bag?

I wanted to challenge myself a little during the walk, so I practiced shooting against the sun, and also shooting blind. It was fun, but also meant that I got some pretty catastrophic shots in my camera, LOL.

But not all were true catastrophies, some were decent enough to share here.

Alright, some "shooting blind" ones.

And some "shooting into the sun" ones.

And here is one combining the two.

But my favourite one of the walk gets to be photo of the week.

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend!

Friday, 19 October 2012

laying it out | the boy

You know I had to use the photo I shared yesterday of my nephew in a layout. That one, and two more.

(Supplies: This & That Stickers Elements Pack by Liv.e Designs, This & That Full Kit by Echo Park)

I really wanted to go back my my minimalistic roots and do a layout with tons of white space. I do love me some white space don't you know. Well, I guess if you've been following me for a while then you do know! But anyway, I love how this turned out. You are allowed to love your own work, right?

Have a great weekend, friends!

Thursday, 18 October 2012

p52 | beautiful boys

I have the great fortune of having lots of gorgeous boys around me. OK, so they aren't *just* gorgeous, I love them for a whole lot of other reasons too, but it does make for some lovely portraits. Please allow me to share two of them with you now.

The husband. My rock and my comfort. Love!
I know I've got horrible glare in his glasses, but I am letting that go because I love the look in his eyes.

The nephew. The sparkle, the spunk, the vivacity. How can you not love this little guy?
I love that his big brown eyes shine, and those super cute little teeth - oh my!

OK, so this is supposed to be a white hydrangea. It used to be a white hydrangea. I have no idea how it turned into this but I love how autumnal it looks now. I really like how it greets us on our front porch when we come home.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

laying it out | hello autumn

I think this layout needs no explanation. I mean, what can get a person more excited about autumn other than pie? I made this one a few weeks back and oh my! It was delish!

(Supplies: The Spider's Web Mega Collection by Carina Gardner)

Friday, 5 October 2012


After almost three days with a killer migraine I needed something to bring a smile to my face. This did the trick.

Now, carry on  ...

Thursday, 4 October 2012

laying it out | rockin' it out

This iphone photo of me pretending to play the husband's guitar always gets a laugh out of me. I think I'm the least bit of rock a person can be. OK, so I do have a two row stud belt, maybe I am a little tiny piece of rock after all? LOL!

Anyway, I thought it would be cool to do something with it, and now with all the gorgeous Halloween stuff coming to the digishops, I had the perfect opportunity.

(Supplies: Phantom Paper Pack, Stickers Pack and Transparancies by Pink Paislee, For the Record 2 Documented by Echo Park, It's a Guy Thing by Design by Dani)