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June Domestic Guest Designer- Jody Ferlaak


Please meet our first Domestic June guest designer (out of four!) Jody Ferlaak. We sent Jody the June Scrapbook Kit to use.

We fell in love with Jody when she applied for our design team. I (Stephanie) have loved and admired Jody for many years and I couldn’t be happier to see her creating again. I had planned to have Jody share a post with another designer but when I saw how above and beyond she went with her creations…I knew I had to spotlight her in her own post. Thank you so much, Jody- you rock!!

Hello, I am Jody Ferlaak and I currently live in west Michigan with my husband and six kids. I am a good-kind of busy all the time, as you might imagine! In 2006, before I had ever started scrapbooking, I submitted 20 layouts and won a top ten spot in Creating Keepsake’s Scrapbooker of the Year contest. Scrapbooking has been a part of my life ever since. I have been on design teams at various times over the years and currently do product photography for Maya Road. 

I enjoy mixing lots of products, colors and textures on my pages, cards and minibooks. I love that creating helps me savor memories too! It is a great thing to be able to combine crafting, friendships, great products and inspiration all in one!

It was a privilege for me to scrap several layouts using the Gossamer Blue June Kit. I kept some simple, but loved how the products made the pages come together easily and with lots of impact! The colors and embellishments were so fun for a variety of themes and I can’t wait to put the cool stamp to use. I have grand plans for a minibook and will be sure to post it online once it’s complete!

I have been inspired by the Gossamer Blue creative community and designers! So glad I could give back as guest designer this month! Happy Summer scrapping everyone!

Find her here: blog//IG


Jody’s projects in her own words:

This is the first of four layouts that I scrapped using the June Gossamer Blue kit. I was inspired by the palm leaves I see in home decor and design lately, so I pulled a photo up online, grabbed the green cardstock in the kit and just hand-cut a leaf. Since I’ve had a bit of a break from full-time scrapping for companies, I had so much fun just keeping all my pages simple, and this kit made that so easy and fun too!


I basically stuck to: the kit contents, scissors, double-sided tape, stapler and a tiny bit of machine stitching. The results turned out simple pages all done in just under two hours. I even swapped laundry from wash to dryer in that time and sipped coffee as well, so it made me feel like I’d had a very productive morning! 🙂

I ended up scrapping 3 of 4 ‘boy pages’ because I had a stack of pictures from my son’s recent high school graduation party. I love how this kit could work so seamlessly as a travel kit, foodie kit, boy or girl or anything in between kit!

You’ll notice the cork shapes on this page were cut and left on their plastic backing sheet. I liked the spacing of them and it worked as an element stuck down with tape- as is. The green ‘photo corners’ were also snipped from the cardstock and I was pleased to let the embellishments add small pops of colors and sentiments to this page. So this was one and done in no time!

For my second layout I randomly cut the strips of patterned paper to my liking to fit the photo strip I had of my kids enjoying lunch at a diner in Chicago. I roughed up the edges with my scissors and then stitched a bit of zig-zag in a few spots to hold the papers together on the blue cardstock with mint-colored thread. 

I love loose threads on my projects, so I had plenty for added texture and whimsy on this! The rest of the pieces were simply taped in place and I lightly bent the edges of some to add more dimension. I loved the mix of colors and patterns in this kit…they made pages like this one come together easily!

This third page was another that I kept clean and simple. I made it ‘interactive’ with a pull-out card with the journaling/photo notes on it. My boys are funny and this page is one that I know they’ll get a kick out of seeing when they are grown up. Loved that the ticket had “ticket to ride” on it…added just the right saying to this!

The pull-out card was the packaging insert from the cut-out shapes. I flipped it over and had a blank card to write on! Voila! A good reminder that a kit goes a long way when you use anything in the box!


This fourth page was the most organic and turned out to be my favorite, as titled too. I used the flipside of the paper I had cut from the second layout. It is roughly 8×9, but not measured nor cut straight. I love just letting pages “be” sometimes and this one has the look and came together so well because there is something freeing about just cutting, crumpling, and sticking things down on a page. At least for me! 🙂 I know some scrappers love their straight edges and paper trimmers, but when scrapping a picture of boys at the carnival holding foot-long corndogs it just seemed even more fitting to let go on this page.

I turned one side up just a bit and paper clipped a couple of tags cut from the 12×12 ticket paper. I loved the mint green, soft pinky-red and pops of yellow color combo on this page. The tissue layered behind the photo was the kit packing paper. I just folded it to a size I liked and crumpled it a bit- like the tissue paper you often get when handed food at a fair. I trimmed another square of tissue and hand cut a rough circle and made the sort of ‘flower’ with the cute rubbery-soft FAVE embellishment stapled as the center.

A few cork stickers and a sentence and date noted on this and that was it! Loved working with this kit so much as each page took on its own personality and seriously was easy to create with in no time!

Jody – thank you again! We are in love with every bit of what you created…you blew us away!

April International Guest Designer- Laetitia Poissy

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Last week you met our April domestic guest designer Holly. This week we are introducing you to our April international guest designer…Laetitia Poissy!

We fell in love with Laetitia and her style when she applied for our design team call.

A bit about Laetitia in her own words:

My name is Laetitia, I’m 34 years old and I live in the East of France with my spouse and our daughter Lisa. I have scrapped since 2007 and the passion hasn’t left me. I like to make pages, mini albums, PL spreads, and I love photography.

I share on social networks and I’m always on the lookout for the latest news. Scrapbooking is part of my daily life! I find it very important to create memories for her children and having fun and creating at the same time is very rewarding. I also love sharing with all scrapbookers all over the world. I find it magical to share it all together.

You can find Laetitia here:

Blog // IG // Pinterest // FB

Oh. My. WORD.

Laetitia you have blown us away. These are absolutely stunning. Thank you so so much!!

See you all tomorrow, have a wonderful Monday!

April Domestic Guest Designer- Holly Humbert


Happy Monday, GB fans and friends!

Each month we will be featuring a domestic and an international crafter who has caught our eye.

We will showcase them here so that you can be inspired by their creativity and talent!

Today we are introducing you to our March guest designer, Holly Humbert! We fell in love with Holly’s style when she applied for our design team call, we knew we had to share her talent with all of you!


A bit about Holly:

Holly started scrapbooking in middle school and that’s when her crafting began. She started like most, with Creative Memories. She expanded from there in high school, when she got a job at a local scrapbooking store. Her love for paper and patterns grew there, and she was introduced into the wonderful online world of crafting. She spends her days homeschooling her daughter and working as a tour coordinator. But she spends her nights tucked away in her craft corner, playing with paper or fabric. She loves classic designs and anything with stripes. She is currently residing in sunny SoCal.


Blog // IG  // Pinterest // Facebook



I loved the spring colors of this kit, but I was really excited when I saw that the B sides featured black, white and grey. I’m drawn to neutrals, so my first layout, I naturally went with the B sides. The first thing I used was the herringbone washi tape. I was sad that there was only one strip, but I dug into my washi stash and found I had a similar tape, so I added that in places as well. Can you spot it? Also, the Bette Midler quote spoke to my soul. As a homeschooling, working mom, delivery of everything would be amazing.

One thing people learn very quickly about me is my love for stripes. I LOVE stripes on almost anything. Combine stripes and flowers and I’m in heaven! This layout is my favorite for that reason. I combined the striped paper with the floral pattern in the die-cuts and the washi tape to make a spring-y page, that makes me smile whenever I look at it. Also, the puffy hearts! Did you notice I used them on every layout? I just couldn’t get enough of them. They are perfect to stick anywhere!


One of my favorite bits in the planner kit was the quote cards. I use the MAMBI Happy Planner, which is decent sized, but I struggled to incorporate the 3×4 card size on my weekly spread. I took a hint from the design on the card and cut the words out into word strips. I was able to save space in my planner but still keep the quote and feel of the card.

I had such a fun time playing with the April Planner kit. This was my first planner kit that had more than just stickers in it, and I loved the ability to “scrapbook” my planner. I don’t always have time to sit down and make a 12×12 layout, so this was a great chance to be creative without needing to print out pictures or to clear off my entire desk.

We LOVE what you came up with , Holly! Thanks for inspiring us all. 🙂