April Guest Designer - Jessica Upton

April Guest Designer - Jessica Upton

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We are very happy to introduce our guest designer for the April release, Jessica Upton. We love Jessica's bright and fun use of color and can't wait to share the projects she made.

But before we do that we asked Jessica a few questions about her scrapbooking history and her design aesthetic so we can all get to know her a little bit better.

How Long have you been Scrapbooking?

I have been scrapbooking since 2002 when I found the hobby through Creative Memories. I was desperate to find a way to supplement my husband’s income as we had just had our first daughter and I was staying home with her. I had never scrapbooked and had no idea what Creative Memories was. In researching companies to work from home, they came up often. I found someone in the business and signed myself right up. I didn’t really enjoy selling the products, but I sure did love the new way I had found to preserve my memories!  I then found some local scrapbook stores and got hooked! I have been preserving my memories ever since. First through traditional 12x12 layouts, then 8 ½ x 11 and then in 2010, I moved over to mostly using Project Life to document, while also keeping a few mini albums each year. I have a new found love for the travelers notebook format too.

What are your favorite types of projects to work on?

If you would have asked me that question a year ago, I would have said Project Life 100%, but that has changed. While I do still really love doing Project Life, my new favorite projects is Travelers Notebooks. I love having multiple going at once grouping stories together. I am making a notebook of my oldest and all of her fun photoshoots that her and her friends go on and I absolutely love it. I am so excited that she is going to have something tangible to remember her High School years.

Do you like to scrapbook certain types of stories?

I like to scrapbook all the stories! Everyday stories, Big stories, small stories, happy stories and even the hard stories. They all deserve to be documented.

What is your go to style of scrapbooking?

I would say that my go to style is clean and graphic. I am not a messy scrapper. I have never been able to get a hang of splatters, or messy water color background. I love to look at them, but just can’t nail the look myself.  I love using stamps and embellishments to help tell my story.

What is your scrapbooking philosophy?

I scrapbook for myself foremost. It is my creative outlet and how I deal with all of my photos and stories. Where I keep those cherished moments in time. Next, I scrapbook for my kids. For them to hopefully love some day as much as I do. I sure do wish I had more stories and photos from my childhood.

Thank you so much for sharing Jessica we love hearing your scrapbooking story. 

Jessica created three projects for us this month so we are going to turn things over to her and let her describe the projects she made herself.  


For my first project, I created a Traveler’s Notebook spread. I knew right away as I looked through the 100% Fun Travelers Notebook kit papers what I wanted to do with the paper that had a grid of squares. It was perfect for documenting my newfound love of podcasts. I also used the new Charleston alphabet stamp for my “Podcast” title. This alphabet is so pretty and easy to use.


I used some of the labels and stickers along to add some dimension to my spread. Labels are one of my favorite embellishments and they often give just the right pop of color or a nice finishing touch to a project.


I also like cutting some of the pattern papers apart to add to my projects. They don’t always have to be used as full Travelers Notebook backgrounds. I also added the “On Repeat” stamp from the 100% Fun Travelers Notebook kit several times on the right hand side of my layout. I love repeating elements like this throughout my spreads.


For my second project, I created a Project Life spread from some photos I had from my trip to Hawaii last year. I have a few missing weeks from 2017 and the Project Life kit this month was perfect for these Hawaii photos!


The stamp set from the Rest & Relax Travelers Notebook kit was the perfect set for this spread also. I really really love the leaves and sentiments in this set and see myself using them a bunch in the future! I stamped everything on white cardstock and then punched out circles in different sizes. Perfect embellishment for this spread.


The mint letter stickers are such a great font and a favorite color of mine, so I used them in 3 different places to add little mini titles throughout my spread. I love the consistency of this!


For my last project (although I know I will be creating many more with the bits and pieces I still have left from these gorgeous kits), I created a Travelers Notebook spread with a photo from my happy place, “Eternity Beach”. It is such a beautiful place to visit and I wanted to highlight that in my Travelers Notebook.

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I again cut some of the gorgeous pattern papers from the Rest and Relax Travelers Notebook kit up so that I could spread them over the 2 pages. The palm tree background sheet was one of my favorite patterns from this months kits. Isn’t it gorgeous?

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I also used a couple of the Good Things main kit cards on this spread. Just a little note, those do not need to be just used in Project Life spreads. They are perfect for Travelers Notebooks too. I popped my “Eternity Beach” title up on foam adhesive just to give it a bit of dimension.

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I have loved being a guest and can’t say enough about the amazing April release. Thank you so  much for having me!


We love the projects that Jessica created and we hope that they give you a spark of inspiration of some fun ways to incorporate the kits and stamps into your own projects. To get even more inspiration from Jessica you can follow her on Instagram where she posts images of her creative work under the name Jessica_Upton.

Thank you again Jessica for being our guest designer, we just loved having your unique and fun take on the kits shared with our readers.

Products Used: Good Things main kit, 100% Fun Travelers Notebook kit, Rest and Relax Travelers Notebook kit, Charleston Alpha stamp set

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