December Guest Designer: Jen Schow

by Altenew

Hi there everyone! Welcome to our December Guest Designer Post.

Today, we welcome the fabulous and super cheerful Jen Schow as our December Guest Designer. If you know her, you would know this already – her excitement is contagious! Oh my god, you will love her and her work equally! Her style is fun and quirky. Also, she can do freehand botanical watercolor like it’s nothing! You can have a quick look at her work on her Instagram.

Jen Schow Guest Designer

Get to know Jen!

My name is Jen Schow and I’ve been scrapbooking since I was 12. I have a true passion for creating and telling my story through words + photos + pretty products. I’m especially a huge fan of anything floral! I also enjoy card making and recently took up watercolor and I’m obsessed! I love sharing my projects on Instagram, on Facebook, and especially on my YouTube channel. You can find links to all of my social media at craftyjenschow.com!

Jen’s “Friends” Layout

For my project as a guest designer for Altenew, I wanted to focus on the amazing Floral Flurries Washi Tape. I think I want to wallpaper my craft room with that tape! It’s so absolutely gorgeous. Instead, I decided to use it on a layout. 😉

For this page, I adhered the washi tape to some white cardstock and punched it out in 1.5” and 2” circles. I added the circles in a brick pattern above and below my photo.

I added a title using some chipboard letters and the Block Alpha Stamp Set – this time without the shadow. I created an ombre look by stamping it in three different colors and I adhered the letters to the bottom of my photo.

I also added in some hearts that I created by scribbling with the Watercolor Brush Markers in Rubellite, Midnight Violet, and Autumn Blaze and then punching them out. Easy and pretty!

You can see how it all came together in the process video. But first, one more project!

Jen’s “Winter Hugs” Card

I was so excited to try out the new Watercolor Brush Markers and ironically, I used the Spring Garden Set to make this pretty card with a winter scene.
I started with some watercolor paper and stamped a house from the Neighborhood Stamp Set in a light brown ink. I stamped it off a few times so it would be even lighter because I’m just using it as a guide and wanted to paint over it. I masked the bottom because I wanted it to look like there was a layer of snow over the front of the house.
I covered up my stamped house with a mask and painted the sky first, using mostly the Dusk Watercolor Brush Marker and some water. I added some trees with a mix of Moss and Emerald, concentrating on a clump of trees surrounding the cabin. I then painted the cabin brown with the Altenew Watercolor 36 Pan Set and added some light in the window too.
I added some “snow” with white acrylic paint and made my sentiment with a combination of my handwriting (winter) and a stamp from the Sentiments & Quotes stamp set (HUGS). I’ll walk you through the entire process in the video!
You can watch both the videos below or on Altenew’s YouTube Channel.

Video: Friends Layout

Video: Winter Hugs Card

Thanks so much to Altenew for creating awesome and beautiful products that help me tell my story in such a lovely way!

~Jen

Wow! Her projects are just amazing. You should definitely watch her videos to see how she corrects her mistakes and brainstorm through a minor creative block. And oh that card, you do not want to miss that card video! To see more of Jen’s work, you can check out her Instagram, Facebook, YouTube channel. and her blog at craftyjenschow.com

Thank you, Jen!!! It was an absolute honor to have you as our guest designer!

~Supply List~

Floral Flurries Washi Tape
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Watercolor Brush Markers – Spring…
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Watercolor 36 Pan Set
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Neighborhood Stamp Set
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Sentiments & Quotes Stamp Set
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Block Alpha Stamp Set
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Erum Tasneem December 20, 2018 - 2:05 pm

Your creations rock! I am blown away by your card the most. Just love the way you handled yourself while working on the layout! You are awesome!

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Teri Ives December 20, 2018 - 11:34 pm

Hello. Great ideas. LOVE the scrapbooking layout

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Kirsty Vittetoe December 21, 2018 - 12:05 am

Love what you have created here!

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Hamutal Shafrir December 21, 2018 - 1:16 am

Wow, lovely layout and gorgeous card! Thank you for great inspiration!

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Patricia Wilson December 21, 2018 - 12:58 pm

Love your “Winter Hugs” card. You made the painting look so easy and you made me want to try it. Thanks for sharing!

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Henriëtte December 21, 2018 - 4:36 pm

Super page and card. I love the gorgeous Washi tapes from Altenew, they are so beautiful. You made watercolouring look so easy, I have to give it another chance. Thank you so much for both tutorials and have a great weekend.

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Kathy P December 23, 2018 - 7:54 am

Welcome, Jen! Your work is AWESOME! I really like how creatively you used the Washi tape on your punched circles, and those beautiful hearts. And that card is designer gorgeous! I will be sitting down after the holiday crunch to really delve into your vids. Thanks so much for sharing your inspirational talents with us here. Hope to see more of your work!

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