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Meet Jennie McGarvey

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Hi GB fans and happy Monday!

We are back today with our second domestic guest designer- Jennie McGarvey.  We have been fans of Jennie for quite a while- we are in love with her creative and functional planner designs. We couldn’t be happier that she’s joining us this month! We sent Jennie the June planner kit and we LOVE what she came up with!

Jennie in her own words: I am a stay at home mom to 3 school aged boys. When I’m not driving them here or there I am also a social media coordinator for a company in the papercrafting industry, as well as a designer. 

Find her here: IG//YouTube

Jennie says: The Gossamer Blue June planner kit is just beautiful! I knew the colors and patterns would be perfect in my memory planner – how could they not be?

My favorites are always die cuts and patterned papers to use with my photos. These certainly didn’t disappoint. They were perfect because they are beautiful + playful and were the perfect accent to everything going on this particular week. (I was also proud of how I used those tiny number die cuts to notate the time. So much fun!)

Jennie says:  Talk about pretty! I’m a huge fan of plaid and this one is tops. I use my traveler’s notebook every day and I love having it be pretty, especially for mundane details.

This kit was perfect, I could use the cards that were included for inspiration + motivation, then I added puffy stickers and die cuts to pretty it all up.

Now, even to-do lists can be something to look forward to!

Thank you so much for your beautiful designs, Jennie. We are even bigger fans than we were before!

Happy Monday everyone!

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!