An Update

Can you guess what's gotten big in my house?



Yup Legos. Thanks to my brother for giving Shane some awesome Cars 2 sets, and even building them with him. I really enjoy seeing these two guys together. So much fun!

Michaels got new K and Co lines last week. Edamame, Julianne, Susan Winget Meadow, and Sweet Nectar along with 2 for Valentine's Day. All the stickers are 40% off this week. I was a lucky gal picking up my goodies with an extra 20% off coupon only good yesterday. MS Stewart punches are also 25% off. Not a great deal, but it's something!

Need some creative inspiration? Here is the latest Create book from Northridge Publications.

Lots of cool ideas. Buy it online here.

I need to give a shout out to one of my best scrapping buddies, Andrea Friebus. She is one of the Little Yellow Bicycle Team Members. Here are some of her amazing creations using the Winter Twig line.



See more here.

Thanks for reading.

My First Layout of 2012



Pictures are of Shane from July 4, 2011. Layout was made with products from the American Crafts Chap line. There are also stickers from Cosmo Cricket and My Mind's Eye, and buttons from October Afternoon. Border punch is Martha Stewart.

Dog Days of Summer

When its as hot as it is here in Atlanta, its hard to be motivated to do more than lay on the couch with fans blowing on you. This past weekend Shane and I went to park. It was so ridiculously hot even at 930AM it felt like I was running on a treadmill. We ran into one of his little friends from school and stayed far longer than I'd intended with the heat.




I cant believe its August 1st. I desperately need to finish started layouts. I've got ones going for Crate Paper Toy Box, a Sassafrass page for mothers day, one using 100 days of summer, and a school one. I don't know what my problem is. I have quite a few new summer pics that will be great w the new summer lines: 100 days of summer, Beach Bum and Yacht Club. And I just got some of Studio Calico's state fair including papers, die cut tags and stickers. Worst of all the new product lines I haven't touched yet like October Afternoon's Rocket Age just don't feel that inspiring. Even leftovers from lines I loved like Basic Grey's Life of the Party no longer excite me. I know it's not because I just want new CHA stuff. I look at my supplies and think I have so much stuff I haven't touched.

I spent a good bit of time last night organizing and putting finishing touches on 2 layouts. Afterwards my scrap area looked like a tornado came through.

What you can't see the papers strewn on the floor, pages waiting to be photographed, IRIS boxes with mini books and projects and various states of completeness, and drawers crammed full of new collections and embellishments.

My friend Peggy assures me I'm not alone in this ebb of inspiration, motivation and productivity. The summer always brings that for scrapbookers. In a few weeks I'm going to a scrap retreat weekend. Last time I had all these grand plans for projects. This time my plan is just trying to do a bunch of layouts and use my stash. I get stressed out when I see all the product going unused. It's such great stuff, I can't stand to waste it. How do you deal with summer slow down? Do you ever feel guilty for not using everything you buy?

Thanks for the moral support!

Can you hear the Ooos and Ahhs?

It's that time of year. CHA Summer 2011 is only a week away. Most scrapbook manufacturers are in the process of unveiling their newest creations. Crate Paper is one of my favorites. Here are 2 of their 3 new lines.







I love it all and must make it MINE!

Glitz Designs has a new release a super hot color combo I first saw with My Mind's Eye's Stella and Rose release earlier this year. Vintage Blue is just awesome. You can see more of the products here.


I LOVE everything and anything Halloween. Jenni Bowlin typically isn't my style, but her latest vintage Halloween line is awesome.

Can't wait to get my hands on the accessory sheet.


I want to give a shout out to Studio Calico's Memoir collection, and I'm eagerly anticipating the embellishments from My Mind's Eye's Lost and Found 2 release.

Reunion

This past weekend was my 15 year high school reunion. 15 years isn't much in a lifetime, but boy have I changed and so have my classmates. It was nice seeing everyone and I had the particular good fortune to reconnect with not one but two long lost friends. Hopefully we'll keep in better touch this time around.

I'm really enjoying the camera on my new phone. The feature I love the most is when I snap a pic it's automatically uploaded to my Photobucket album. So awesome! This photo was taken at the reunion picnic. Shane got along famously with the other alums' kids.


Traveling back to my hometown, Pittsburgh, PA, is a special treat. I try to visit with as many friends and family as possible. A sweet moment was taking Shane to visit his great-grandma. She's 92 years old.

I can't wait to scrap these pictures. Seeing them together brought tears to my eyes.

Cooling off with Snow Day

It's going to be 95 in Atlanta today. I'd like to pretend it's winter, so I'm looking back on some wintertime layouts. These were both made with Crate Paper Snow Day.



Enjoy and stay cool.

What can I do with my leftovers?

My last post was about all the great new summer scrapbooking products out there. Well, if you're like me, I collect (read hoard) products for certain themes. Summer, Halloween, and boy are my biggest vices. I have separate bins storing all kinds of papers, products and embellies for these 3 types. The collections are amassed in 2 basic ways. When I buy new product, and I've used as much as I want for layouts the leftovers go into a bin. Or if I see products for one of these themes on sale or deeply discounted (usually older releases) I'll buy a whack of it. That's what my friend Peggy calls it.

If you could get a peak in my summer collection stash, you'd find papers from Bella Blvd All Inclusive, Disney cruise stuff, Making Memories Great Escape, Fancy Pants Rusted Sun, Webster's Garden Gala, October Afternoon Seaside Retreat, Pink Paislee Hometown Summer, and Simple Stories 100 Days of Summer. Embellishments are an even bigger mix. Many are the remainder of what I purchased with a line but some are little finds that were on sale or just caught my eye like American Crafts Heat Wave layered glittered stickers. Whenever I make layouts or projects with summer photos I shop this collection of products.

Last night I took out this journaling book by Fancy Pants.

There are a generous number of journaling pages in various shapes and sizes. They are alittle too large to use on my 12x12 layouts, but I came up with a great way to turn them into alittle flip book. Here is the cover.

I tore out all the pages then folded the larger ones nearly in half as shown below. On the backside of the large paper, I glued down the outer edges but left the right edge open to serve as a pocket for journaling cards or memorabilia.

The ones with the same shape like the scallop edge circle I glued together like the one above. Below is the backside.

In addition to pictures, I used rubons and stickers from the Rusted Sun line, and summer/beach themed chipboard from K and Co. Here are the other pages and the back.



The last step was to punch a single hole in the upper left corner of each page and secure the pages with a binder ring. I'm a notoriously slow scrapper, but this project took me less than 2 hours. One of the reasons was because I had all my summer supplies together when I started. I also kept the page size small (under 4x4) and used only a few pictures. The result is a super cute brag book I can keep in my purse and share with friends.

Thanks for reading. Have a happy Fourth of July!