Jeune Girl Studio

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Theeeeeeeeey're Heeeeeeeere!

All 18 name albums arrived safe and sound at my doorstep yesterday. I needed a forklift to pick it up... it weighed over 6 pounds!
I immediately went to work on a set for a local mom to give as gifts and they couldn't be any more opposite! They are obviously for 2 very different families!

I still have so much more work to do but I' m happy to be busy! I will be taking orders for more albums up until October 20th when I will be placing my final order for guaranteed Christmas delivery.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Happy Birthday QITM

QITM is my Ebay selling group and we're happy to be celebrating our 1st Birthday! I've been a member for almost the entire year and we now have 23 members! To honor this occasion, we're having a Birthday Celebration sale Oct 8th-15th where we will be featuring unique projects with a birthday theme. Here is a sneak peak at 2 listings I will be putting up (anyone interested in purchasing before the big listing, contact me before the 8th)

Both are a Birthday Boy theme:

We also just began our Halloween Spooktacular sale. This is NOT limited to Halloween crafts... it's just the title of our sale. We will be featuring lower listing prices, free shipping (on certain items) and great sale prices so please make sure to search QITM when you are at Ebay from now until Oct 31st for some great deals!

Saturday, September 27, 2008


I have had an Etsy shop (click here to see) for a little while and have kept a constant supply of crafts in stock. Etsy is a great site for crafters and artists to showcase their work away from the glare of other sites (like Ebay). I have wanted to do well on Etsy since their listing fees are much more reasonable and I love the look and feel of the site. Since I opened my Etsy shop I have only made a few sales and most of them outside of Etsy (someone would see something on Etsy but then contact me about customizing something). But now I am proud to say that I have made my 1st OFFICIAL Etsy sale. A woman came across the customizable word albums I have listed there and wanted me to make 2. The buying/selling process on Etsy is a little more involved than Ebay (Ebay: I see it, I like it, I buy it) and there is a dialogue that has to happen to ensure the buyer will be getting their item customized to their specifications.

I hope to grow my Etsy shop in the next few months as the holidays approach. This doesn't mean I'm abandoning my Ebay!! In October I will be having some great birthday, fall, and Christmas theme items listed.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

This will be the last chance to order name albums with a GUARANTEED holiday delivery! I have to do these early. With the last order I had 18 albums ordered and I want to make sure I have the time and materials on hand to make your album unique and to your specifications.

These are absolutely precious. Anyone who receives these albums is sure to treasure it. Here are some photos of some past work:

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wall Letters.... Remember Them?

I almost don't! I was going through my old emails and ran across this photo sent to me earlier this summer showing the wall letters actually hung up in my client's home. It reminded me that I haven't done a set of these in a while. I think I have adult ADD ... I do somethings for a while and then I move onto another project. I love making wall letters and hope to get back into it again soon.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Scrapbooking Tip #8: Get Organized!

If I haven't said it yet I'll say it now.... most of these tips I think of are just an excuse to show off some of my latest work and this is no exception. My tip this week is about organization. I was having a conversation with a woman at my church yesterday about her daughters' photos and how she really wants to scrapbook them but they aren't organized. Her daughters are both teenagers and she hasn't started a scrapbook for them yet but she really wants to (I hear this A LOT).
One tip I gave her to begin getting organized is to divide each daughter's photos into themes. It would be overwhelming to do it chronologically (unless you're like my long-time customer, Jen, who recently gave birth to her FIRST DAUGHTER after several boys and she's getting off to a good start with her organization).

If you have older children and want to scrapbook key events I recommend 2 things: Themes (dance, soccer, school, vacations, holidays, birthdays) and mini-albums. With theme related scrapbooks and making smaller albums on one subject, the project becomes much less daunting. This example is for a client to give as a gift for her relative who loves her cat:

Finally, the best thing you can do to get organized is actually, the easiest tip of them all. Take your shoebox of photographs, drop it off at my house and in a few weeks it magically gets organized into a beautiful family keepsake.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

My New Favorite Color Combo

Intense Blue and Deep Pink.

It must be the skirts the girls were wearing in their photo shoot that made me gravitate towards these two colors. They just work so well together. This layout also made my wall of fame... it's almost completely different now that 5 of the 9 frames have been changed to my pages with Melissa's photos.

This is the last layout I'm making with the photo shoot pages... the rest of the photos are either already on my wall in the family room or waiting to be hung in my living room. Now I'm back to scrapping my regular , boring photos.

The new and improved "Wall of Fame"

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I Need More Room on My Wall of Fame

My scrap room has a "Wall of Fame" where I display 9 of my all time favorite layouts. Now that I'm making pages with my Surprise Photography photos, I think I need more frames! It's out with the old and in with the new... these guys will be on my wall of fame as soon as I'm done writing this update (and getting Catrina more goldfish crackers)

"Capturing the Adventure"

"Her Eyes"

I found out through some online research that only 1% of the population has green eyes... the rarest of all the colors:

My Current "Wall of Fame". 2 have to go now... so hard to choose:

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Taste of New Paltz

Ever heard the expression "Be careful what you wish for... you just might get it"? Well, that's what happened to me. The forecast all week said RAIN RAIN RAIN for Sunday so I kept hoping and praying for NO RAIN and I even had friends doing "anti" rain dances for me. Well, I think it worked TOO well! Here it is, Sept 14th and it was 90 degrees today with matching humidity! I didn't realize that the power of prayer (and some great dancers... thanks Melissa and Jenn M) was so potent! I have convinced myself to only do INDOOR craft shows from now on! My delicate constitution can't handle the stress. I met some great people today and even sold some things. Thanks to my great assistant (mom) who sat through the soup with me to keep me company and help set up the tent (which, BTW, was actually too big for the space I was allotted but no one complained. Thanks Debbie for the loan).

The paparazzi was out and about today. Surprise Photography managed to snap one of me at my booth:

and one of my "baby"... My Halloween Mini Album that I just listed on Ebay and hope it doesn't sell so I can justify keeping it:

Friday, September 12, 2008

Good Things Come in Small Packages


I have been designing mini-albums for some time now but for some reason, this one really stood out to me as being special. Mini-Albums are perfect when you want to create a piece that can also serve as a home decoration and when you have a specific event that you want to contain within a small album. They make great gifts for vacations, weddings, prom, holidays, birthdays, baby showers, etc! This Halloween album is 6x6 but I have made them in varying sizes. The pages are thin cardboard that is somewhat flexible and the covers are sturdy chipboard. It is bound with binder rings that have ribbon all over them.