Thursday, May 16, 2013

Stencil Test Drive: Apples & Pomegranates & Giveaway!

It's time for another Stencil Test Drive, featuring the Apples & Pomegranates stencil from Stencil Girl Products,
and the artistry of


Carolyn Dube
Maria McGuire and
Revlie Schuit

I'm so excited to see what they did with this stencil!
Apples and pomegranates are very biblical fruits; I have used these motifs in many of my Judaica designs for Aviv Judaica.


My daughter Mariel graduated this weekend from William & Mary, and will be spending time in Israel this summer on Birthright.  So it seemed fitting to use this stencil to create a journal for her for this exciting trip!

I started with a collection of papers I had previously made with my gelli plate.  They were just waiting for the perfect journal idea...


One thing I love about this stencil is that you can isolate the top and bottom rows of fruits to create a border:


or isolate one of the branches to create a border:


I had fun using parts, and then all of the stencil, to create different looks for this journal.  Here are the front and back:


 and some of the inside pages:



Here's a fast forward video of some of my process.  I'm sorry about the number of times my left hand is in the way -- I'm working on finding a different camera set up!


I hope this inspires you to do some stenciling! Please visit:


to see what they did with the Apples & Pomegranate stencil!
 
Linking to Paint Party Friday (so sorry not to get around last week -- I was at Mariel's graduation), and Art Journal Everyday, as well as to the challenge at Fashionable Stamping (Anything Goes)!

And now for a giveaway!   If you'd like a pamphlet stitch journal designed by me, please let me know in your comment before Sunday night, and one random winner will get one!

And finally, I just have to share a picture from Mariel's graduation.  I'm so proud of her!


(that's my mom on the left, my dad in the middle, Mariel, Samy, me and Freddie.)

Thank you for visiting! I read and treasure every comment and will answer any questions as quickly as I can.

50 comments:

  1. Congrats again to Mariel and your beautiful family. The journal is PERFECT to document the trip! Love it! To use as a border...now why didn't I think of that :)

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  2. you can't think of everything!! I love your cards. Just crisp and beautiful.

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  3. I would live to have a journal designed by you. Your test drive videos are great and inspiring.

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    1. congratulations Glenda! You won! Email me at jessicabethsporn (at) gmail (dot) com with your snail mail address. Also let me know if you would like the journal to have a special theme or title on the cover!

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    2. OMG!!!!!!!!!I am too geeked and honored. I sent me snail mail address. Your videos are so informative. Thank you so much.

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  4. Congrats to Mariel from Germany as well. What a wonderful journal for her trip to Israel you made! Just adorable!

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  5. Congratulations to Mariel and what a wonderful journal for her trip!
    BTW you look just like your mum!!

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  6. What a beautiful! Our children grow so fast.... I love the journal. So, if I don't win it, I'll have to make one! LOL

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  7. Your daughter is beautiful and what a wonderful proud moment. Congrats to her!! That stencil is so awesome and I love what you did with it. I'm honored to have a watercolor by you and would love, love, love to have a journal. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  8. First off.. congratulations to Mariel. What an accomplishments... and second, your family is beautiful. You parents are just as you say they are.. full of life and so in the moment... and your dad with all his hair.. wow.. he looks great. Ok, now on to art. That journal is beautiful.. how can Mariel not go to that for her experience. A special gift.

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  9. A journal designed by you would be amazing. I do like versatile stencils. Nice!

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  10. Stencil works great as a border and as an overall. Love your journals, love seeing the family and your Judaica work is fab too. So happy for Mariel and her bright future shining before her. xox

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  11. What a beautiful family, Jessica! A great picture of what love can do. Congrats to the family on Mariel's graduation, for I believe education *is* a family endeavor!! By creating the border with your new stencil, you show us how very versatile it is! Love your journal! Would love to have one created by Jessica!!

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  12. Congratulations to Mariel!
    And I would love a journal designed by you, so please count me in :-)

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  13. Gorgeous journal, love all of the beautiful color and the stencil uses! I would love a journal designed by you...what an awesome giveaway! :)

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  14. Hi Jessica! I had to laugh at I found your blog about 5 minutes after placing a HUGE Stencil Girl order! Great blog and wonderful video!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the chance to run a beautiful journal!

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  15. First , a big CONGRATS to Mariel!!!! and OMG your mother looks more like your sister-apparently good genes in the family :) I really love the delicateness of this stencil and would love to win one- along with a journal specially created by you. Thanks for the chance Jessica

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  16. LOVE the new design Jessica- I just got your doors and window stencil and used the window the other day- LOVE that too. Love your creation and who wouldnt love the journal? :) Congrats on your daughter..my youngest son just graduated last week from college also :)

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  17. Fun new stencil...great art using it! I love the Birthright Journal!
    Your mother looks like your sister! What a gorgeous family! Congrats all around!

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  18. wonderful project and fab stencil. x

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  19. Sweet! Love these pages and those smiling faces... you and your mom look so much alike! Off to see what the others did on the test drive...

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  20. Congrats to the graduate ~ Lovely family photo!

    Your stencil is divine and will work wonderfully with the gelli background ~ Happy Weekend ^_^

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  21. I learnt from your video, thank you. I try with stencilling but am never successful, but will try what I have seen in your video. I love Carolyn Dube's blog already, and you are all so talented.
    A very proud moment when your daughter graduates, and this is a lovely warm family photo.
    Thank you for your comment on my blog.

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  22. Great video. Love the stencil work. Thanks. Happy weekend to you.

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  23. Oh, congratulations to Mariel! She was probably at W&M at the same time as my granddaughter (W&M'11), who is now at UC-Berkeley as a PhD student in chemistry. Jessica, your work is always amazing to me. Your use of the gelli plates and stencils produces such gorgeous background papers.. Your post has some really beautiful work on it this week.

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  24. Great video. Didn't notice the left hand getting in the way? I love your style so much and how you just use all that's on your desk top in anyway that you need at the moment of crafting! Congrats on your daughter! I would LOVE to have one of your journals! Thank you for the chance to win one!

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  25. This was wonderful..I would love a journal designed by you, and also would love to know if you will be teaching this process, or any other sometime soon! Would love to take another workshop with you..

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  26. I am sure your daughter is as proud of you as you are of her. Thank you so much for the video, I could see perfectly fine. I love all the different little areas to write on and the pockets. What a heartfelt gift. You look so much like your lovely Mom! Continued happiness for you and your family!

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  27. Fabulous photo, for a sec I thought your mom was you, until I moved over...wow an amazing likeness...you have fabulous genes...she is so young looking....BEAUTIFUL family!! Congratulations to your daughter... wonderful journal too!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  28. What a beautiful gift! I'd love the chance to win a journal :)

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  29. Great idea to make a travel journal for your daughter. Wishing her a safe and memorable journey. I would be very pleased to be entered into your draw, if you ship to Canada that is. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  30. Such a beautiful photo of your family capturing this wonderful milestone for your daughter. I am really loving this stencil and the journal you have made using it for your daughter's trip. I'd love a chance to win one like this. Thanks so much for the opportunity and the inspiring video! xx

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  31. I can't believe how much you look like your Mum... what a fab photo and you all look so happy and proud... I am sure you will treasure it... as that journal will be treasured... If you are sending the journal prize thingy internationally I would love to be included in the draw, but totally understand if you are keeping it to your neck of the woods... have a great weekend...xx

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  32. Hello Jessica and congratulations to your daughter! I'll have to research what Birthright is. I am sure it will make her grow and bloom. Lovely Judaica designs! And how wonderful to make a scrapbook for her journey! Patsy

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  33. Your mother looks so young. Lovely colors and journals. count me in. thanks for your comment on my post.

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  34. What a wonderful work of art jessica! Would love to have your pamphlet stitch journal. You so much like your mom! Congratulations to your daughter!

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  35. This is such a versatile stencil, I love it! I've been a bit out of the blogging loop, but am heading off (after packing lunches) to Carolyn's, Maria's, and Revlie's blogs.
    I so enjoyed the video of how you created the gorgeous journal for your daughter. The colors are exquisite! Congratulations to her on her graduation!

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  36. You always create such beautiful journal pages Jessica and your new stencil is lovely. What a great photo of you and your family together for your daughters graduation, a real treasure:) HPPF

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  37. That is such a lovely idea to create a journal for this trip! It looks beautiful and I'm sure she'll treasure it for years to come ...

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  38. I love your new stencil and the great applications you've featured in this post! I've illustrated pomegranates on a couple of my Christian art pieces too. Blessings!

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  39. Congratulations to your family on Marial's graduation! It DOES take a family and a motivated student to arrive at this wonderful day. I always enjoy seeing gelli plate prints used as I am acquiring quite a collection. Thank you for entering me in your pamphlet stitch journal giveaway.

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  40. Mazel tov to Mariel (and you too!) What an achievement and a wonderful future she has ahead of her! And -- beautiful stencil work as always, Jessica!

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  41. What a great family photo! Congratulations to your daughter! :) Love your work, so rich, interesting and creative! <3

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  42. I also had a son who graduated from college this month and I also made some things for him. I know how significant this accomplishment is for you and your daughter. Your work is wonderfully delightful.
    p.s I also have a nephew that graduated from W&M last yr.

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  43. I would love to have one of these lovelies!

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  44. What a fabulous journal! Love the pockets and how you isolated portions of the stencil! Congrats to Mariel!

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  45. Hi Jessica: This is so funny, I am wearing a birthright sweatshirt of my daughter's this very moment. All of my kids have been on birthright - my daughter went on the Jr and the professional one and my son on the professional and my little one just waiting 3 years to go. I didn't know you designed for Aviv! Way to go!!!! I love the Seder Plate and Honey Jar for Pesach I am assuming. The journal is just so fitting with this stencil. When I got the Hebrew stencil I was stoked and used it for cards for all three of my cubs. I (a Rav.) actually officiated my son's Bar, which was a huge honor, and wish I had the stencil at that time, but all things in good time. As my son (15) says - we are a Jewstice (justice) faith tradition - I love it - because I moved from Toronto where I had the 24 and 27 year old in a Lubovitch community to the country where we are the only Jews. It is a bit mishiguna, to say the least. Anyway, I wish your daughter all the best on birthright. I know she will love it, especially the bedwin. And she will love the sweatshirt with everyone's name on the back and the year and map of Y'Israel! Lovies, Samara (Navi)

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  46. You have a beautiful family. This is a really nice post. Thank you
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  47. A wonderful journal for her!!! Loved seeing the process!!!

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  48. I love the unique way you have used the stencils. . . making memories. Blessings, Janet PPF

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