What’s that you say? It’s Thursday and we have a blog post for you? That’s right! You’ll be seeing more random blog posts here and there to further spur your creativity. Isn’t that kind of like the best bloggy Christmas gift ever? Today’s blog post comes courtesy of Brenda Smith, who did a fantastic job using today’s steal, Blossom Soup by Jillibean Soup.

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Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be here today and can’t wait to show you what I’ve created with Jillibean Soup’s Blossom Soup. If I can be honest, upon first glance I was a little intimidated by the soft colors of this collection. They are typically outside of my comfort zone. But when I started cutting into the papers and placing them on my layout, I was surprised by how much I loved them. And as I continued to work, I loved the papers more and more and couldn’t get enough of them. I only created three projects today but you can bet that you’ll be seeing these papers on my future layouts.

The first layout I made, “Shine,” was inspired by the pink text paper in this collection. With phrases like “sun in my eyes,” “birds chirping,” and “morning dew,” I knew exactly which photo I wanted to use with it. This picture is of Harper the day before her first birthday. She wanted to play outside all day long that day and as she was playing on her own, I realized she was no longer a little baby. I started by using the printed Kraft paper that is included in this collection. I misted it on the right side using an acrylic template and then built on top of it with all these beautiful papers. I’m in love with how it turned out!

The second layout I made, “Homegrown,” was so fun to make. Do you remember in elementary school when you used to make hearts out of construction paper by folding them in half and drawing a half heart shape and then cutting them out? That’s what I did with the blue and white stars paper. Then I punched 1″ circles and glued them to the outer edge of the heart to make a scalloped look. The stickers that are included in this collection have the cutest little sentiments, and I thought this one that says “Homegrown from the heart” was perfect for this layout.

Lastly, I made this card from leftover scraps. The patterned papers in Blossom Soup complement each other so well that putting together cards like this is an almost brainless process. You can bet that I’ll be making many more cards like this with my scraps.

That’s all I’ve got for you today. If you are on the fence about today’s steal, don’t hesitate. You will not regret owning these papers! Thank you to Lisa and Kristy for having me here today and thanks to all of you for stopping by.

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Thanks Brenda! We always love seeing your amazing creations, and right now I can think of nothing better than curling up in my crafty room with some soup―Jillibean style!

Have a great day everyone and remember we absolutely love seeing your creations. Feel free to share them on our Facebook fan page so that we can all oooh and ahhh over what you create.