A look back: Warped 2k8 layout

I really miss the days of my hubs and I going to Warped Tour (and other summer festivals).  I used to look forward to Warped Tour every summer.  The line-up usually is, for the most part, amazing!  Where else will you get to see 50 + bands on a hot and sweaty day filled with loud music and teen angst?  Pretty much NOWHERE!  

I first shared this layout here.  What's funny is that I had already scrapped this photo once, but wasn't the happiest with it, so I ended up stripping the layout and redoing it.  Originally there were a few photos on the layout, but for this one, I decided to use just one.  I really love this photo of my hubs with Chris from In This Moment.

This Warped Tour was CRAZY!!!  In addition to Alex meeting Chris, he also got to partake in a circle pit while Maria from the same band was singing in the crowd (for those of you that don't know what that is, it's basically a "pit" in the crowd with people running around in a circle and hitting each other...I know it sounds sillier than it actually looks).  This was also the year I got to meet the amazing Anthony Raneri from my #1 fav band ever, Bayside, and he sold me my t-shirt.  Yah!!!  This was a pretty exciting one!

I shared a little more details on my layout in the previous post, but one of my fav elements of this layout I just HAD to mention again is including memorabilia in this layout.  When you go to Warped Tour, people are always handing out fliers, CD samples, etc.  This is the perfect place to collect some good stuff.  In this layout, I used one of our wristbands as a border (top right corner) and cut up the band schedule into three triangles and adhered them to the layout.  STILL REALLY LOVE THAT I INCLUDED THESE IN THERE!

I'm linking this layout up to Paper Issues "Mixed Tape" challenge.  Warped Tour's compilation CD is the ultimate "mixed tape" and includes some of the best bands from each tour.  And the tour itself is the ultimate mixed tape!  One of the few places to see tons of bands live that rock AND roll.

Kelster Jean


Last week, I was a bit under the weather and stayed home from work.  (No, I DID NOT play hookie!)  In between the gazillion hours of sleep I got, I watched a marathon of Love It or List It, ate a snack or two, and lectured the furries for making me so sleepy.  (Seriously, they sleep ALL DAY.  Just watching them makes me tired!)  In the 2 or so hours I was awake that day, I went a little pin crazy and pinned things like an addict!  (I blame it on the house shows...)  So I figured it's about that time for another Pinspiration post to share all the great ideas I found that I might one day use!  (haha!  Don't quote me on that!)

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<From top to bottom>
  • This pin is the most perfect pin for me EVER because I often complain how people take their bad days out on other people.  Please don't be that person!
  • Again, ME!  I always think "It has to be the right time" or "I have to plan it out" when really, I need to just start DOING!  Less thinking, more doing!
  • Hello little beauties!  I want every light switch to have its own frame now...OH and my hubby abruptly shot this down when I suggested doing this for all the covers in our apartment...DANG!
  • Um hello full length mirror AND hidden storage.  I call this a WIN WIN!
  • Yes....enough said.
  •  I would definitely own more cookbooks if they were housed in these pretty baskets...and use them!
  • I want to be invited to this pretty party!  Or at least throw one of my own.  I'm thinking a fancy excuse to dress up and drink tea might be in order.
What have you been pinning lately?  Follow me on Pinterest!

Kelster Jean 

winner winner chicken dinner!

The other day, my hubby spread his Magic the Gathering stash out all over my desk and left it there for two days.  (That's right.  We BOTH have expensive hobbies!)  I said I was fine with it being there since my craft stuff was all over the kitchen table, but was I really fine with it? ;)  HA!  I have been working furiously the last two weeks to complete my layout for the next Just Two Midwest Girls challenge.  It is up on the blog today if you want to check it out!  I'll share it on my blog here in a few days.

And now to the most important part of this post, the WINNER of my Christmas in July giveaway!  First, thank you so much for all of your sweet comments!  I love reading them and checking out your respective blogs.  I just LOVE the blogging world and how you meet so many amazing people through it!  We all pour our hearts out in our blog posts, so we need to make sure we support each other.  (Winner chosen through random.org)

Lyne Blodgett
 come on down! The price is right!

Lyne, please email me at kelsterjean@gmail.com with your mailing address and I'll send out your Christmas-themed goodies!  Also, I'm thinking that if I reach 100 followers on Google Friend Connect, I might have another giveaway.  What do ya think? :)

Kelster Jean



Scrapping Our Stash blog hop *Christmas in July*

HELLO!!!  Welcome to my blog!  Today I'm participating in a blog hop with some amazingly talented ladies.  You should have arrived here from Cheryl's blog.  If this is your first stop and you want to hop along, you can start at the Practical Scrappers blog.

*Christmas in July!*

This month, we thought it would be fun to play along with the theme Christmas in July!  Seems kinda silly to me that I'm using words like "brrrr" and "chilly" in my projects when it's 85 degrees outside.  LUCKILY, my hubby likes to keep the AC super low so it was easy to channel the inner me that's freezing all the time.  (Yahhh!  Brrrrr!)

I've pretty much depleted my holiday stash over the years, and never replenished, so I didn't have much to work with.  I did have these kraft tags from Martha Stewart though that I still had never opened (seriously, have had these things at least TWO WINTERS!).  After I ran across this pin on Pinterest, I knew I wanted to make some pretty gift tags.

I filled these tags with lots of layering and some cutie cute stickers and die cuts I had leftover from other kits.  The little starry-eyed snowman above is from a collection by Moxxie.  I paired it with strips of paper by Dear Lizzy (for American Crafts).

Stamps are awesome because you can use them over and over again.  The "chilly" stamp above has gotten some good use so far!  Aren't those little skates cute too?  I'm pretty proud of myself for using purple since it's my least favorite color.

The "love" circle above is also a stamp, from Elle's Studio.  I "love" their stamps!  (hehe...see what I did there?!)  These little tags were awesome because I was able to use a lot of scraps.  The ribbon and the patterned paper are both scraps.  Look at those cute little sugar dots!

Penguins are my FAVORITE!  My whole family knows it and my sister just got me a big fat stuffed penguin for my birthday.  (He has yet to be named so if you have any ideas, CHIME IN!)  These penguin stickers were from Wal-Mart that I purchased several years ago, so I'm THRILLED that those are finally gone!


Of course I have to have some fun goodies to send to someone!!  They include some tags from American Crafts, vintage ric rac ribbon, and a brand new snowman stamp from Great Impressions.  I'm also going to through in a few Elle's Studio Christmas-themed tags (not pictured).  For a chance at the goods, you can do any of the following:
  • Leave a comment.
  • Follow kelsterjean designs on Bloglovin.
  • Follow kelsterjean designs on Facebook.
  • Become a follower via Google Friend Connect. 
I'll choose a winner on Friday, August 1st.  (Open to international readers!)  Please make sure to leave a place for me to contact you if you are the winner!  Your next stop is Kristy's blog!  This is her first blog hop so make sure you show her some love.  (And can I tell you a secret?  SHE'S MY SISTER!)

Kelster Jean

lots going on at Just Two Midwest Girls!

Have you checked out the Just Two Midwest Girls blog lately?  Even if you haven't had a chance to play along with our fun challenges, there's lots going on over there!  Heather and I have been sharing lots of awesome inspiration and projects all month!

*Heather's awesome layout that included a mini album on the layout!
*Pretty project inspiration using journaling cards.
*My Tiny Memories in a Tin Mini Album.
*Currently loving... which shares some links to Heather's and I's current favs.
*And today, I'm sharing our first entry for "Diary of a Scrapbooker."

Whew!  It's been quite busy over there!  Hope you will check some of it out!

Kelster Jean

crafting and life-ing.

<recents from my Insta feed>
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>My guy.  He makes me smile every day of my life.  Even when I turn into a monster cuz I'm sleepy and threaten to make him sleep on the couch.  (haha. Sorry baby!)
>Murphy likes to fool people with his cute good looks.  Really, he's the biggest troublemaker in the house.  His new favorite hobby is teasing the dog...
>have fun and scrap on!  (Enough said).
>I created a quick Pinterest-inspired card last week for my Grandpa's birthday.  This is the only photo I have of it.  He loved it!
>Some days, I feel so fancy!  I wore my newest thrifty find and felt cheery ALL DAY!  Also, the bathroom mirror at work is perfect for selfies! 

>The best our "nice photos" get.  We took this at a secret rendezvous.  Shhh!  Yeah, we're badass!
>So many crafting photos in my feed lately!  Washi tape and beer, that goes together perfectly, right?
>Baby, you're a FIREWORK!  One of the main reasons I love the 4th is because I get to exhaust the use of this song lyric.
>  Remember *smashing?  I've been getting into that again....I'm loving it!
>One of my Thursday three photos.  I tried to include the dog this week but she would NOT stop licking me!  So this is the best I get.
>A happy craft table.  Very sad, though, that my local scrapbook store is closing down so no more group meet-ups.  We will continue: someway, somehow!

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Kelster Jean

birthday wish list.

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T minus 1 day until I can start referring to my age as "the late 20s."  I've been dropping subtle little hints to Alex for a while now as to what I might want for my birthday.  (haha, yeah right).  More like "Baby, add that to my list!"  I wouldn't be all too upset if one of these beauties showed up at my doorstep!
 REALLY THOUGH, I'm just happy we both have Friday off to hang out and maybe find some trouble.  Time with my hubs will always be numero uno on any wishlist!

Kelster Jean