Guest Designer | Jaclyn Rench | Second City







We are so thrilled to share the talented Jaclyn Rench with all of you! She chosen Kelly Purkey’s Second City collection and created these wonderful layouts and cards! Be sure to visit Jaclyn’s blog for more ideas and inspiration.


We love how Jaclyn sewed down all of the ephemera she added to this fun and funky Las Vegas page:




On her Missing You card, Jaclyn fussing cut the black and color rows of buildings and glued them onto the yellow paper for an amazing sunset look!




Showcasing her adorable daughter, Jaclyn’s Let’s Go Play layout is a well-designed grid of photos, embellishments and awesome journaling!




Her Hello There card is a great combination of die cuts and transparencies, clustered together with sewing details. So pretty!




Before we let Jaclyn go, we had her answer our BG Baker’s Dozen:


Favorite color: Rainbow because I can’t pick just ONE!

Buttons or brads: Buttons (and they MUST be sewn on!)

Dr. Phil or Dr. Oz: Dr. Phil

Dots or stripes: Dots

Mac or PC: PC

Ribbon or twine: Twine

Ninjas or pirates: Ninjas – I’ve got two of them my 6 and 9 year old boys!

Google or Yahoo: Yahoo

Sweet or salty: Both, together!

Chipboard or wood veneer: Chipboard

Mountains or beach: Beach

Dog or cat: Dog

Cake or pie: Cake


Jaclyn, thank you so much for being our September guest designer. We love what you created with the Second City collection!



Reminder of Our Amazing Blooming Blowout Sale!

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Blueprint | Ann-Marie Espinoza | Second City







Ann-Marie Espinoza: When I spotted this image ( on Pinterest, I was immediately drawn to the tight cluster of elements surrounded by plenty of white space. I knew it would make for a great Blueprint, so I grabbed my favorite Second City supplies and got to work.




Since the background color in the photo is so strikingly bold, I decided I wanted to replicate it by using a 12 x 12″ sheet of the Kedzie paper. From there, I chose my favorite papers from the 6 x 6″ pad and either punched them into 2″ circles to use as mats for my photos, or freehand cut them into leaf shapes to mimic the leaves found in the Blueprint image.




I also tried to keep the same directional effect on my layout as found in the inspiration piece, so I positioned the elements on the page in a diagonal fashion.




For the finishing touch, I added some of my favorite chip stickers, metal flair, and candy buttons to help build out the design.




12 x 12″ Paper (Kedzie)

6 x 6″ Paper Pad

Chip Sticker Shapes

Metal Flair

Title Stickers


Highline Eye Spy





We spotted a couple of really unique Highline cards created by Kathy Harper and couldn’t wait to share them with you!


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We love how she used a quarter of an alpha sticker sheet for the foundation on the “Oh Hi” card, and the little spool of baker’s twine on her second card is so darn cute. Kathy, thank you for letting us share your creativity with everyone!