Jitney's Journeys : Take Hope | Share Hope GIVEAWAY with Shattered Magazine!!

The day is finally here!!

We're partnering with Shattered Magazine to host our first true giveaway ever!! We're calling it the Take Hope | Share Hope Giveaway. And we're pumped. So pumped, in fact, that we have been working the last few weeks getting these custom goodies ready. Prepare to have your knee-high socks knocked off.

The winner will receive ALL the custom designed goodies by Jitney's Journeys pictured here, including TWO subscriptions to Shattered! Why two? Because we know you love to SHARE and you can keep one subscription for yourself and give one away! Plus we're pretty sure a friend or two would love to be encouraged by a couple of the other goodies in the bag too. So enter to #takehopesharehope as we continue to #celebrateShattered!

Each product included in the giveaway (with the exception of the Shattered Magazines) has been created and handmade by the Jitney's Journeys team. Whoop whoop!


Here's an up-close look of what's in the bag:

(1) Large "Take Heart" Burlap Tote (John 16:33)

(1) Large "Take Heart" Burlap Tote (John 16:33)

(1) Small Barnwood Hope Sign

(1) Small Barnwood Hope Sign

(1) Hand-etched "Take Heart" Leather Beaded Bracelet

(1) Hand-etched "Take Heart" Leather Beaded Bracelet

 

Side Note: This is also a semi-celebration for new products that we are adding to the Jitney product line. Most of these products will be available in the Etsy Shop in July. Can't wait to place a special order? Email us at jitneysjourneys[at]gmail[dot]com or message us on Facebook and we will begin working on your order as soon as possible. Why are we waiting until July? Read about it here

$10 Credit towards your purchase in the  Jitney's Journeys Etsy Shop

$10 Credit towards your purchase in the Jitney's Journeys Etsy Shop

(2) Subscriptions to  Shattered Magazine

(2) Subscriptions to Shattered Magazine

(1) "LOVE" Banner with flowers on each end

(1) "LOVE" Banner with flowers on each end

(1) Coffee Cuffee

(1) Coffee Cuffee

Feel free to share the giveaway on your blog, Instagram feed, Twitter and FB pages! Be sure to post the giveaway with #takehopesharehope and #celebrateshattered. Enter below and good luck!!!

Itty Bitty Jitney : Baby Shower Necessities


We have officially created our first Baby Shower Package. My best friend from high school (and one of my most amazing-est friends to this day) asked me to help her out with a baby shower her and her mom were hosting for her cousin. I had sooo much fun with this design / theme which they so lovingly ran with... "Sugar & Spice"

This was the final banner design:


Please excuse the pink which was not this "pepto-bismol" pink you see pictured. Truth be told, I was a procrastinator in taking these photos and the lighting was just not working with me. So I did was any amateur photographer would do: increase the exposure, get crazy with the tripod and attempt at Photoshopping the correct color. Well, at least now I know which classes I should take next.


The ends have a paper flower with a sweet pink vintage brooch at the center of each.



The finished package (sans pro photography and Photoshop color correction):


The package included the banner "Ella" with paper flowers on each end, Sugar & Spice poem (8" x 10"), 24 cupcake flags with the baby's monogram (ELE), Sugar & Spice tags for the spicy foods and the sweet desserts, and Everything Nice display tag for the gift table. I also designed and printed the invitations and addressed the envelopes with the classic Jitney handwritten font. :) 


Jitney's Journeys : Baby Banners

Banners have been a popular item the past couple of weeks at Jitney's Journeys!

One of my Zeta sisters emailed me and asked if we could make a banner for a friend's baby shower. After sending a few options, this is what we ended up with. I fell in LOVE with the soft floral background and the fancy script. 



We normally do flowers on each end but went with rosettes for this banner to keep the aesthetic really clean.

Rather than using jute between each flag, I used this soft white ribbon between each flag and added a light pink ribbon on the ends. 


And then we shipped it off to Dallas. :)



This Blessed banner is one we did for another friend I met through ladies' bible study...
It was also used for a baby shower and given to the mother-to-be for the baby's nursery.

I love the hot pink with a pop of sage green! 



We used baker's twine between each flag on this order with a large flower and vintage button on each end.


They are both such different designs!! 
Which design fits your style best?

DIY Todd Nest : Hymnal Banner {Come Thou Fount}

After we took down our Christmas decorations, the front entryway seemed so bland. 

Solution: Banner across the glass block wall (can you tell I'm really embracing it these days?)

I wanted to make a banner that would fill the entire wall so it needed to be a phrase with either three words of similar length or three phrases that could be made into one. 

Micah 6:8 stuck out to me. I could have one banner with "act justly", one with "love mercy" and one with "walk humbly with your God". I got super attached to this idea but it wouldn't work out the way I had planned. 

Next idea. Mama E sent us home with a box of old books and hymnals when we came back from our Christmas visit. "Come Thou Fount" had just about the same number of letters, it's one of our favorite hymns and it was the first hymn in sight when I opened up the book. It's a song of redemption and Christ seeking us out while we were but strangers.

It was the obvious choice. 

My original plan was to feed the hymnal pages through the printer but they looked like this (two examples on the left) when they came out. The color didn't hold well and the printer devoured the top of the page (see the wrinkled ink-blotted top). Instead, I decided to print each letter off on cardstock and trace the letters onto the hymn. Time-consuming, yes. But so worth it.

Supplies:

Hymnal Pages (I used 14 pages since I made a flower for one)

Pencil

Black Marker (or whatever color your heart desires)

Hole Punch

Jute

This is the pen and pencil I used...

I printed two letters to one page since the hymnal page is about half of an 8.5" x 11".

Then I went old school and traced the letter silhouette using a sunlit window.

After you have traced your letters, fill them in with a brush pen or marker.

I like to put a decorative paper on the back for more support and to give the banner a finished design. Hole punch the tops and string jute through. If you use only the hymn, be very gentle in stringing the jute!

The banner is a lovely complement to the three palette frames my dad made us!! I still need to put some photos in them but I'm also kind of okay with them being empty for now. 

I used the actual "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" hymn for the first flag and added a paper flower onto it.

What is your favorite hymn?

Jitney's Journeys Products : Halloween 90th Birthday Surprise Party


My sweet friend, Kandess, asked if we could make some special accents for her grandfather's 90th surprise party. 

Theme : Spook-tacular Halloween 
Location : Gorgeous Barn

As with all of our products, all of the goodies here were custom made and passed by Kandess first to certify perfect satisfaction. 

Not gonna lie... I had a pretty difficult time figuring out which direction I'd like to go when designing these products. The original thought process was chalkboard-inspired but then I thought that maybe I should go a little more grunge or even maybe a little more cute-sie. After hours of that not working out, I decided to try proceed with the chalkboard-look. 

That's when I designed this lovely banner...
and kept pressing forward.

Inspiration, achieved. :)


{happy birthday banner}


{up-close of the birthday banner}


{table goodies}


{menu cards - Kandess did an amazing job coming up with fun names for all of the food and drinks!}


{table numbers via papergravy.com / thegraphicsfairy.com}


{assorted signs to display}


{up-close of rosettes}


{black and orange striped straws via The Charm House}


Kandess and her husband dressed up as a gangster and flapper girl. 
"Ridiculously cute" cannot express how amazing they looked!!


{Daniel & Kandess}


{table set-up - isn't that cake fantastic!?}







DIY Blog Design : How to Make a Blog Button {Step-by-Step}

Today we're going over....



Are you pumped?

Let's do this.

**You can use any photo editing program but I believe Photoshop is the easiest - as well as the most convenient - tool when trying to make more than one blog button in the same format.

STEP 1: Getting Started
Open a new document in Photoshop. 
I made the dimensions 500 px x 500 px with a transparent background.
We will change the image size before posting the image but this size is much easier to work with.


STEP 2: Create an Ellipse
Click on the ellipse tool and create an ellipse by pulling from the top corner to the bottom corner, forming a perfect circle. Be sure to hold down the Shift button while creating the circle for perfect measurements on all sides.




STEP 3 : Place an Image
File  > Place 
Choose the main image you would like to use for your button.




STEP 4 : Size / Adjust the Image




STEP 5 : Grab & Pull
Grab and pull the ellipse shape into the same layer as the placed image. 

STEP 6 : Pioneer Woman Action
I use the "Seventies" action from the Pioneer Woman to add some vintage love on my blog button images. You can download her incredible group of Photoshop Actions here
If your actions window doesn't appear, click Window > Actions. After you download the actions, click the action you'd like to use and hit the Play button.





STEP 7 : Erase Background
Click on the Background Eraser Tool.
Select the Shape layer (unlike the screenshot below - whoops!).
Erase AWAY!! 



STEP 9 : Or Delete the Shape Entirely
I feel ridiculous after doing that step. You can delete the shape entirely and have the same outcome. 
But erasing is just so much fun...



STEP 9 : Add Banner
Find a banner image online and download (or you can make your own). 
File  > Place the banner. 



STEP 10 : Color Overlay
Pull up your color scheme in a different window so that you can still see the file you're working on AND the color palette. 
Double click on your banner layer.
Click on Color Overlay. 
Click on the color block to change the color of the banner.




STEP 11 : Change Banner Color
Click on the eyedropper tool.
Click a color of choice from your color palette with the eyedropper tool.
Click OK.
There's no need to copy the number. I'm not really sure why I put that there.



STEP 12 : Add Text
Click on the Type Tool.
Add text, change the size and have fun with font options.



STEP 13 : Align Layers
Maybe I don't know my way around PicMonkey enough yet, but this is a big reason I choose Photoshop over other photo editing programs.
Select the text and banner layers (hold down Command while clicking on the layers). 
Click Align Horizontal Centers. 
Boom. 
No eyeballin' here.

**Now is the best time to save this document. We will use this document as our Blog Button Template.
File > Save As > "Blog Button Template"
Save as a Photoshop (.psd) file. 


STEP 14 : Resize Image
Let's make this image the perfect size for your blog. 
I like 200 px x 200 px for a toolbar size. You may want to go smaller though. Just make sure that the width and height are the same sizes. 

Click OK. 
File > Save As > "Blog Button {Image Name}"
For example, I saved my image as "Blog Button France".
Save as a .png file.


STEP 15 : Create More Buttons
Guess what!? 
You don't have to start a new document in order to make more buttons. 
Open your Blog Button Template again.
File > Place a new button image.
This image should be a layer in between the first image and action. Your Layers box should look a little something like this: 


Pull the circle shape into the new image layer. Click the eye on the first image layer so that you won't be able to see that image any longer.
Hopefully you have the image sitting perfectly in the circle now.
Change the text in the banner.

File > Save As > "Blog Button {New Image Name}"
For example, I saved my image as "Blog Button Bungalow".
Save as a .png file.

Voila! 

You just made two blog buttons. 
Whoop whoop!
Now you have the ability to make as many as you'd like!!

Come back tomorrow to see how we will place the buttons onto our blog.


We hope you enjoyed this tutorial - and that is was super thorough and helpful!
We aren't professional designers by any means but I love playing around with our blog's appearance on a frequent basis. Please let us know if you have any questions and we will try our best to help!


New Etsy Arrivals Coming Soon to Jitney's Journeys!!

You've asked for it and we are about to rock your face off with some new amazing stuff in our Etsy shop


Prepare yourself.

And your wallet. ;)


Mark your calendars for August 20. We will have an awesome Release Party going on right here at Jitney's Journeys where we will introduce all of our new handmade products. 

In the past two weeks, we've added a new member to our team... Mama E [my mom]. Talent truly flares from her fingertips like a freshly-lit sparkler. It baffles us. We're thankful for her inspiration and the joy she takes in sharing her creativity with our shop. 


Are you dying for a sneak peek yet?! Ok. Ok. Here's a few snapshots to tickle your fancy...



People always come to our little home and ask, "Where did we get that awesome LOVE banner from?" We made it. And now you can have one too! It's on super heavy duty cardstock... as in, I had to put on safety glasses just to use the scroll saw to cut out these letters. In fact, I don't think I would even classify the backing as cardstock. It's that intense. :)

These other pieces were created by Mama E. We (especially, I, Whitney) are infatuated with birds and nests. They have such a sweet spirit about them, but at the same time, scream freedom. That's my style.


Glass-etched, monogrammed Mason jars


And this. Oh. Isn't it just lovely? I have officially created burlap napkin rings. It was a far cry from an easy task, but we're really hoping people will fall in love with them as much as we have. 

Who wants some fantastic Chevron napkins? This girl does. I think we'll put some of those up in our shop too. 


Follow us on Instagram for more sneak peeks over the next two weeks.
@jitneysjourneys