rise and shine :: die cut saturday

Today is Die Cutting Saturday on the Paper Issues blog which means FREE cut files for you, along with inspiration from the creative team! Danielle de Konink designed the files this month and they are fantastic, set up ready to use as 3x4 cards.

I had originally planned on using them in just that way, then this mug arrived from my mom. It needed it's own page as an ode to coffee...my mommy fuel! So, I pulled two of the designs out of the card formats and combined them for the hot pink piece, reserving the positive cuts of the hearts to accent the white space.

I combined a number of lines for this layout: 7paper Amelia 6x6 Pad and black word stickers, Jen Hadfield Home + Made for Pebbles patterned paper, Bella Boulevard felt bow, Fancy Pants Office Suite die cuts, Pinkfresh Studio enamel stickers and wood veneer and, of course, Paper Issues Swag Bag bits!

The cut files are ready to download from the Paper Issues store, completely free! should you find yourself in need of some other supplies to match up with the file, use code JENBOOM for 20% off any order!


read & explore :: paper issues swag bags

Happy Sunday all! I'm showcasing a new project on the PI Blog today using two Paper Issues favorites: Swag Bags and a sketch. The April Swag Bag was so, so good. Exclusive PI + Pinkfresh Studio rub-ons, lots of Fancy Pants Designs Office Suite and touches of gold.

I snapped this photo of Amalia as she was exploring the library last week and could not wait to get it scrapped. I pulled soft pastels and pops of bold black and white from my Swag Bag to build my layout and to play off the picture. The exclusive rub-ons are so gorgeous in black and gold and take to paper like a dream!

I've been keeping this awesome PI sketch by Jen Chapin in mind and used it as inspiration for this page.

You can use code JENBOOM to take 20% off any Paper Issues order. Happy shopping and creating!


paper issues and tombow blog hop...

Hello and Welcome to the Tombow USA and Paper Issues Blog Hop!

You probably got here from Erin Reed's post but if you got lost, head over to the Paper Issues blog to start!

My page tells a tale of mischief and two tiny banana bread thieves. My middle son (3) took an opportunity to climb up on our kitchen counter, grab the bread box and headed to his chosen hide out under the dining table, along with his one year old sister, to enjoy the prize. When I discovered them, he cheesed and asked me to take his photo. Stinker!

There are a lot of elements to this page from a die cut and paper pieced background to layers of patterned paper and lots of die cut embellishments. I grabbed the rich, colorful Fancy Pants Flutter collection to use for this page. It all came together easily with Tombow USA products. I used the
Tombow Mono Adhesive Permanent for the larger paper pieces and photos. The NEW Tombow Adhesive Dots were perfect for the large die cuts, especially that banner - giving just a slight dimension over the elements underneath. And then an all time favorite of mine, the Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue. This glue dries super clear and the fine tip allowed me to adhere even the tiny text pieces on the photos securely and without mess.

Both Tombow USA and Paper Issues are offering giveaways so be sure to visit all of the blogs on the hop.

Paper Issues is giving away a $20 Gift Certificate to the Paper Issue store! 

To win, visit and comment on ALL of the participating bloggers' posts. When you're done, be sure to head on over to the Paper Issues Facebook page and tell us which project is your favorite. You have until May 12 at 11:59 EST to comment. Winners will be picked randomly and announced on May 13, 2015.

Remember to “like” Tombow USA and Paper Issues on Facebook!

Your next stop is Jennie García.

Here is the line up in case you get lost:


living room inspiration board :: mrs. boom decorates

In my last home decor post I shared our newly decorated entryway. Today, I'm on to our next, much larger decor project...the living room. When Mr. Boom and I started talking about the design, he suggested using photos from our trips to Greece as wall art. Yes. This photo from our honeymoon immediately came to mind and became the inspiration piece for the room.

True confession: this room has sat empty under a pile of boxes for the full year and a half we have been in our home. When we found and purchased this house, we did so partially because it has room to grow. Lots of room to grow. Especially considering we moved in with three rooms worth of furniture from our former condo. We didn't need to use the formal living room and didn't have any furniture for the space. So, it sat. And it irked me every time I walked in the house as it's the first room visible from the front door. Now, we have a plan and are ready to roll!

I stalked watched the slipper chairs online for a few weeks and jumped to order two when I saw them drop to 50% off. Two for the price of one? Yes, please and thank you! The area rug was another sale grab and ended up close to 50% off. The white European fold roman shades have been installed for awhile now. The sleeper sofa has been ordered and will be shipping (fingers crossed!) momentarily. Mr. Boom has agreed to build the white console table based on plans by Ana White. The shelving photo is inspiration from @jeadoreblogger on Instagram and I have already gathered a few similar pieces from Home Goods and Target.

These accent pillows will replace some a of the printed ones that come with the couch. I cannot wait to see this all come together!


spring motivation: getting things done...

The first of our daffodils bloomed yesterday so, in our area it is finally spring! It's been quite awhile since I've posted anything related to our home and decor. We had a big push to get some projects completed before hosting Christmas and then, well, winter. With the weather warming up and finally seeing the light at the end of our first year of owning our home, it is time to really focus and get things accomplished.

Our entry way is something I've thought about for some time. While we have a traditional center hall Colonial home, the entry way is rather small. The one wall available for a table is narrow and finding a piece of furniture that I loved and that would fit was a challenge. Then, a few weeks ago while in Home Goods, I spotted it from across the store. It's possible that I sprinted across the store. Maybe. The table was exact color I'd been imagining (and figured I'd need to paint) and, as luck would have it, was even on clearance!

I'd hoped for something with drawers for keys, sunscreen, and to keep small decor pieces to rotate, along with a shelf that could hold a basket for odds and ends, if needed.. Done and done! I did not have the wall measurements with me that day but, winging it worked out perfectly. The "hello" sign is a piece I won in an Instagram giveaway last year and tucked away in a closet until it came time to decorate this area.

I love walking in the front door now. This little spot is the perfect, colorful welcome home. We added the runner to the hallway last week to pull it all together. The pattern is the same as in the hall light fixture, pulling it all together.

Next up: the formal living room. Some of the furniture has arrived and the rest ships next week. I cannot wait to share this next transformation! If you'd like to see sneak peeks, you can follow me on Instagram: @jenboom and/or #mrsboomdecorates

SOURCES | Accent Table: Home Goods, Hello wood sign: Letter Craft, Runner: Threshold for Target, Vase: Tiffany & Co., Canvas Monogram and Wood Bird (painted by me): Michael's, Sunburst frame, Pitcher: Home Goods


project life monday :: love you more...

Happy Monday! I'm starting off the week on the Paper Issues blog with my favorite...pockets. This page is documenting week nine which included our wedding anniversary so, I went with a love inspired theme of pinks and corals with mint and gold accents.

While my husband and I never managed a selfie (us-ie?) on our celebratory date night, I documented some thoughts on our 6 years of marriage in the embellished bitty bag on the top row and again with the Date Night card on the bottom row. Oh, and that bottom left list? Remembering my eldest son's first head injury requiring a trip to urgent care. The plus sign - from the MME On Trend Gold Foil Sticker pack - and a staple were quite fitting. Here's a closer look at some favorite bits:

For this page, I used mainly Swag Bag pieces, MME On Trend and the March Scrapbook Circle kit from our current Prints Charming Issue (hint, hint: LINK UP HERE!).

Grab some goodies from the Paper Issues shop for your own pocket pages and creations at 20% off with code JENBOOM. Happy creating!!


Hello Bronx Zoo :: Elle's Studio Cienna Spotlight

Today, I'm joining in the Paper Issues Product Spotlight on Elle's Studio Cienna collection. This is one of my favorite releases this year! It is bright, playful and works with so many different themes. My initial impression was that it lent itself more toward girly photos but, not so at all! My share today is a photo of all three of our children taken on our first trip to the Bronx Zoo this year.

For this page, I used a few of the 12x12 patterned sheets as well as the Bits & Pieces, Cutouts and Hello Stamps, all from the Cienna line. Lots of pieces and fun layers! Once I was nearly finished with my design, I stepped back and decided to play up the yellow a bit more. I pulled a sheet of colored vellum from my stash, cut off a strip and hand pleated it to tuck under my journaling strip. It was a new technique for me (also super simple!) and one I think I'll end up using again and again.

Need some of this collection for yourself, or other scrappy supplies? Use code JENBOOM for 20% off your next Paper Issues order!
Patterned papers, tags, stamp, ephemera: Elle's Studio Cienna; Kraft alpha stickers: Elle's Studio; Kraft heart stickers: Studio Calico; Other products: vellum, colored pencil, roller date stamp, black pen, black ink

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