A long list of projects

Happy Monday. I know you're thinking "it's Monday, no one's happy." True, but I am! This morning a long-lost Target Gift Card magically appeared from it's hiding place. It was from a gift we returned for Shane's birthday. I took this as a sign that it needed to be spent IMMEDIATELY! I did hold out until lunchtime. Shane is getting into cars. I bought him his very first Hot Wheels car set, and an Elmo DVD. I know the way to this kid's heart!

This weekend I started thinking about my scrapbooking projects. Back when I was new to scrapbooking, I would start a layout and finish it within a day or two. Then move onto the next one. Every so often I'd get stuck on one. I'd start another one and come back to the first later. When I started doing more detailed work with paper layering and custom embellishments, the amount of time it took to design and construct each project increased, but I was still completing one before moving on.

At the scrapbook retreat, I started 4 layouts and a mini book. When I came home all were in various states of doneness, and none were completed. In the past week, I've finished two more. Whoo's a Cutie was introduced at the Sunday Sketch over at TES. The 2nd is history. It's about the trip Adam and I took to Washington DC in July 2007. Without realizing it, I'd selected a title that was actually a pun. Yes, the siteseeing was historical, but the irony was it would be our last trip together as a married couple. I was pregnant with Shane, and didn't know it yet.

As soon as they were finished, I starting finding things I could have done better. You know what they say - everyone is their own harshest critic. On a positive note, the Early Bird paper under the letters for "history" made that layout. I think it's the bright red and greens. The overlaying circles on the left side of Whoo's a Cutie were so much fun to make, and a great touch.

What about the others? I'm proud to say I spent about 3 hours on the mini book yesterday. I finished 2 pages. So that makes 3 out of 8. The other 2 layouts are still unfinished. One is about Adam's trip to the make-believe Kwik-E-Mart straight out of the Simpsons. It needs a title and some finishing touches. The other was a scraplift of a super cool layout using only BG June Bug papers from CKC Charlotte. All that needs is a 5x7 photo to be done.

Seeing all these great new products from CHA is inspiring me to do a bunch of projects. I had to make a list so I wouldn't forget all of them. On top of that, I've found a few contests I'd like to enter in September. That means creating layouts to the specifications of the call. I just finished the first. It's for Scrap Heaven's October Guest Designer. Working on layouts I know will be evaluated is something nice to work towards. It makes me spend the extra moment getting something just right.

These contests will be my first attempt at "getting published" I'm trying not to get my hopes up. Ok, I am getting my hopes up. My real goal is to get one recognition by the end of 2009. Do you think I'm good enough?

It's the end of August, and that means the long awaited arrival of new Basic Grey lines Indian Summer, Eskimo Kisses, Eerie and the 2010 Calendar Kit designed by Kelly Goree should happen any day. If that doesn't make you happy on Monday, I don't know what will!

Weekly Shopping Update

After all my excitement with Sassafras on Friday, I got a $5 off coupon from 2 Peas so of course I had to order the new Amplify and Sweet Maramlade lines.

The flurry of CHA Summer goodies continues at EMI. I picked up a few sheets of the new Pink Paislee Amber Road line, Kaisercraft's Lorie Valley, and some very inexpensive embellishments.

I also picked up the much covetted Jenni Bowlin Halloween Bingo cards. You can bet you'll see those in a few layouts later this fall.

The intown LSS, Scrap Chic Boutique, had a free crop on Sunday. I've been wanting to check out their store, so I made the drive to my old stomping grounds in Decatur. It has quite a different vibe than EMI. Setup in an old Victorian-style house on College Ave, it's got the old creaky floors to go along with all your scrapbooking needs. They had a great selection of 7 Gypsies products, and offer a class on ATCs. For those of you who aren't in the know (like me), ATC stands for Artist Trading Card. Check this site out for more info. Scrap Chic had lots of different products, including the new Lullabye of Birdland from Scribble Scrabble. This was a layout in their design gallery using the papers.

The Big Box Good Deal Alert goes to Hobby Lobby. All albums and page protectors are 50% off this week. Time to stock up on those awesome American Crafts 3 ring binder albums. They also have the Spare Parts line on 50%. That includes brads, buttons, eyelets and other 3-D embellies. If you haven't scooped up the Michael's clearance items you've been eyeing, now's the time. I had a paper pad ringing up for $.01 this weekend. The cashier explained that their computers were acting up because of all the new Christmas items that were coming in. I just nodded and smiled. What a lame response!

Happy scrappin'

For Kathy at Sassafras Lass

Sassafras Lass is this amazing, unique scrapbooking design house. When I first started scrapping I didn't have a clue what to do with their stuff. Once I found Christine Middlecamp, who is one of their designers, I had a new found love for them. And you all know how much I L-O-V-E Christine. Here is her latest Sassafras creation.

If you read blogs, online galleries or scrapbooking magazines you'll recongize their products from the crossword puzzle and "sunshine" type papers. They have a truly signature look. Right now they are having a blowout warehouse sale. Here are the details. You can see pics of one of the boxes here on the 2 Peas board. I'm dying to have one of the boxes, so I called to get some info. Kathy was my friendly customer service staff, and she is just a doll. She let me go on and on about scrapbooking and how much I love SL. I promised I'd post some pics here on my blog so she could see what I've been doing with their products.

This layout includes one of their signature "sunshine" papers from the Anthem line.

This layout uses one of the "free" border strips that comes with each piece of Sassafras paper. They are such a neat extra.

This layout features papers from the Bungle Jungle line.

I love this picture of Adam and his grandmother, Maw-Maw. Sassafras also makes some very subtle papers with vibrant colors that really add punch to the page. There are also paper whimsies and stitched flowers.

Here are some close-ups of the awesome stitched embellishments.

Thanks to Kathy for some great encouragement. I can't wait to get my hands on their new lines: Amplify, Sweet Marmalade and Monstrosity.

Have a great weekend!

This Week's Shopping Report

Hey all. I've been taking a break from blogging, but not from scrapping. I've got some new pictures ready to be uploaded so stay tuned.

This week's shopping report is light because I haven't spent much, and there aren't any deals! Not very much on sale at Michael's. Looks like they've completed reorganizing the scrap section. It was a whole lotta mess for not much new stuff! This is a very interesting post on the 2 Peas Message Board about Michael's policy for selling discontinued items. Beware - it's pretty ridiculous. See the post.

Joann has things on sale this week, but only 30% off. The best buy was the Sakura gel pens they have been clearance out. They are down to $.50 each plus you can use a 40% coupon for each one. Hobby Lobby was quiet this week too. My store has completed their reconfig, and has a bunch of stuff now on clearance. Hopefully the lack of deals means better stuff next week.

I haven't made my weekly trip to EMI yet. Sorry Susan! Check their blog for new arrivals. Scrap Chic is having free all day crops this weekend both Saturday and Sunday! Check out their blog for info.

2 Peas in a Bucket got the new Making Memories holiday line in this week. Very cute stuff. For those of you who are Sassafras fans, they also have the new Sweet Marmalade and Amplify papers and goodies. Love that stuff.

Have a great weekend!

Scrapping Stupor

I'm back from the retreat, and barely conscious. Not only did I stay up till 2AM on Friday night, I spent 10 hours scrapping on Saturday, and another 3 on Sunday. Can you say overload? The retreat was great. Our host, Donna Gibbs, did a fantastic job. There were goodies, freebies, and contests, home-cooked meals, and a fun atmosphere. My tablemates, Cyndy, Mimi, and Lanae, kept me laughing and inspired. I finished the weekend with 5 projects in various states of doneness. I made 4 layouts: history, about the trip Adam and I took to DC in 2007; welcome to springfield, about when Adam and James went to the Quik-E-Mart; Whoo's a Cutie, adorable summer pictures of Shane and owl-themed papers, and an unnamed projects exclusively made with Basic Grey's June Bug line. My big accomplishment was getting started on a 5 page mini-book with pictures of Shane playing at the beach. I am using Bo Bunny Calypso and Mango Luau papers. It looks super cute, and I can't wait to share the finished product.

The retreat was a great opportunity to see all kinds of techniques and tools Lots of people had the "baby" Cricut or Expression. I also saw a Slice, and tons of different stamps, glitters and acrylic paints. Cyndy bought a Crop-a-Dile on her way up and used it to punch holes in my chipboard album and set eyelets on a layout. It was a great by for only $10 at Walmart. I attempted to break out my stamps and inks on Saturday. It was a dismal failure. The cross-hatched border stamp wouldn't hold ink, and I only played with 1 acrylic stamp. I'm pretty much at the point where I know stamps are not my thing. I did try some neat things with Crystal Stickles.

I was very proud of myself since I didn't buy tons of stuff. Donna is a Creative Memories consultant, and she brought tons of different products to the retreat. I picked up a zip mesh bag perfect for holding tools or embellishments, and a pair of CM's famous all purpose scissors. We stopped in a the LSS in Helen called Scrapbugz. The owner was super sweet and very knowledable. She had the new Fatherhood and Motherhood 97% complete stickers from 7 Gypsies, so I had to get those. I tried out some rub-ons from Kaisercraft - not a good experience - and got some of my favorite art markers, Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust. They recommended the clear one, and it's awesome. My last goodie was a gift from Cyndy. She belongs to MemoryWorks, and ordered a few of their monthly page kits. I really liked the PP and embellies. It was so sweet of her to give it to me.

It took me nearly an hour to pack up all my supplies and another hour to unpack when I got home. I didn't even think about scrapping last night, but I think I'll regain my motivation later this week. My #1 thing to do is take pictures of all my new work so I can share it with you.

Have a great week.

More shopping - online sites

I've been to the Big Boxes here this week, and I can't say I found any great deals. The place to be is EMI Scrapbooking in Cumming. In my first shopping post this week, I raved about the new My Minds Eye. As of this morning, they have Graphic45 and Pink Paislee as well.

For those of you who shop for your scrapbook supplies online, MellyPea's Warehouse Walk over at 2 Peas in a Bucket was ginormous thise week. They have all the MME, Bo Bunny, My Little Shoebox, Halloween lines from American Crafts and Pink Paislee. The American Crafts phase and accents sticker books for Halloween are super cute. Check them out here. I thought the new 7 Gypsies was the coolest. One of my favorite fancy embellishments are fabric covered brads. These are the Savannah ones.

They also have some new 97% complete stickers include ones for Motherhood and Fatherhood. You know those went straight in my shopping cart.

Another great online shopping resource my friend, Peggy, has introducted my to is Frantic Stamper. They are an independent retailer out of Oregon, and the inventory of products is as big or bigger than 2Peas!!! One of the new products they have in stock right now are the new lines from Bo Bunny. I love Kitchen Spice.

Here is a little preview with the diecut paper.

I highly recommend checking it out. If you choose to order there, all orders shipped in the US come in a USPS Priority Box for a flatrate of $10.50, so go big!

I'll be back next week with more shopping updates. Tis the season for new products, and the fun is just getting started!

Destin, Magazines and A Scrapbook Retreat

Hey all. It's been a couple weeks since the family was in Destin, and we finally got the pictures uploaded and organized. Here is my favorite.

My plan is to make my first mini-book album with pictures of Shane at the beach. The rest I'll incorporate into scrap pages.

On my shopping trip to EMI earlier this week, I picked up the supplies for the mini book. I had planned to use papers from MME's Breaking Free line which is a summer/beach theme, but I was concerned about how hard it would be to work with the heavier weight cardstock. Also, the papers have cool prints, but they all have a faded/distressed feel, and I wanted to go with more vibrant colors that will pop off the page. Bo Bunny's Mango Luau and Calypso lines seemed just right. I also grabbed some summery papers from Piggy Tales. I can't wait to share it with you.

While perusing the latest issue of Scrapbook Trends magainze, I kept pausing on the layouts done by Davinie Fiero. She does beautifully detailed work. See what I mean:

This layout was made using the brand new Abbey Road line from Pink Paislee. It should also get you in the Halloween spirit. Adam and I have already picked out Shane's costume, but it's a secret! You can check out more of Davinie's work at her 2 Peas online gallery.

Another layout that caught my eye was in the final issue of Memory Makers. The layout uses the Pink Paislee Fetching and Captivating lines, and was made by Debby Schuh. I love how Debby used 2 sides of the coordinating diecut paper to make the banner at the top by overlapping the edges.

I had to make my own version immediately. The basic structure of my layout uses the same papers and dimensions. I changed to a 4 photo collage and have several different embellishments. It was great opportunity to use my first set of Glitter Thickers. They bring an amazing element to the page, but I see where you could overdo it! I'll share the finished project soon.

That brings me to the last part of the post. This weekend I'll be going to my first ever scrapbooking retreat. My friend, Cyndy, has gone a couple of times, and encouraged me to come. She and her are going to room together at the retreat, which is being held at a hotel in Helen, GA. Helen is a cute little town, and they have an LSS if we have forgotten any supplies. I'll be bringing my camera and my entire scrapbooking stash! Look for stories and pictures next week. Have a great weekend!

New and Exciting

Oooo those who don't live in Atlanta should be jealous. Those who do, if you have not been to EMI Scrapbooking this week, you should be!!! I was there today, and there were so many fantastic new things to see. All the new lines from My Mind's Eye were out on display. I am pacing myself with those. I started off with the Ooh Lah La for Him paper pack, Boo to You chipboard stickers and a few Halloween papers. So cool. The added bonus was open access to older lines at a discount and a new issue of Scrapbook Trends magazine.

I've been at my computer for about 30 minutes eagerly waiting to see if I could catch the weekly edition of Noell Hyman's Paperclipping Live. It's just started, so I'm going to sign off and give that my full attention. Back tomorrow with a new layout and the shopping report.

Weekly Shopping Update - Pt1

I was at Archiver's yesterday scrapping with my Scrapbook Expo friend, Kathy. It's been about 2 weeks since I was there, and I expected the store to be packed with new product. No such luck! They had the Autumn Bliss line for Little Yellow Bicycle, and were unpacking some products from Cosmo Cricket Earth Love. The BG Lime Rickey and Wisteria embellies are now 25% off. Not sure about the open stock papers. Make sure you bring your coupon for the Buy 2 Hot Spot items, Get 2 Free.

Will have more updates after my shopping stops later this week. Happy scrappin'!

Sick Baby

The week coming back after vacation is always tough. It's especially tough when the little one comes down with a fever. Wednesday evening was when the trouble began. Now it's Friday and he's still feverish. I stayed home yesterday, and my wonderful husband volunteered to stay home today. If I'm lucky he'll take some good long naps over the weekend, and I can do some scrapping.

Speaking of scrapbooking, I did finish the layout I started in Destin, and another one this week. Those will be forthcoming if I get a chance to photograph them. Here is a layout about Shane's swimming lessons.

I am pleased with how it came out. I tried out some new techniques, and needed some unconventional thinking. The design was inspired by a layout in the 2 Peas Member Gallery where the die cut paper was cut into 2 sections. 1 was 1/4 of the paper, and the other was 3/4 of the paper. I decided to try that here. I made the "diecut" edge of the white and blue plaid paper by tracing the line of a diecut paper from My Mind's Eye. The gold colored background paper is from the Core'dinations Gemstones line. Joann stocks it, and when it goes on sale 6 for $.96 you just can't beat it! I have at least 1 sheet in every color.

The white and red circle mats were made with my new Creative Memories Jumbo Circle pattern. It goes along with their custom cutting system, which I think is the best in the biz. The last technique was an attempt to make a "mosaic" a-la Christine Middlecamp. I placed it above the larger of the 3 pictures. Everything is a little more squished than I would like. I learned after by reading Christine's blog that she traces the border onto a background paper first, then adds the insides of the mosaic, finishes it by placing the border strips along the outside edge. That's why she's the expert!

The rest of the layout came together by playing off the circles and diecut theme. The rainbow scallop border came from the edge of a Sassafras Lass paper. Those are such an awesome little freebie. The circular scallop cutout on the left came from a set of Scenic Route raw chipboard nested circles. I simply inked it with a Dew Drop and layered circle cut papers behind it. One last thing I wanted to point out about this layout are the small red dots on the bottom right side of the white circle. I made this with Ranger Dimenisonal Paint. I'd never used the product before, and I wanted to test it out. They added a little something with the dot-ring pattern. Look for the paint to appear in future layouts.

Whenever I'm putting together a layout, I inevitably run into problems or make mistakes. They don't tell you that scrapbookers are also problem-solvers and improvisers. My first problem came up when I decided to cut the back of the gold cardstock out from behind the blue and white plaid paper. I like doing this for 2 reasons. 1) It makes the layout lighter which is important if you have alot of heavy chipboard or metal embellishments. The second reason is to recycle your paper. I cut out the back if there is at least a 6x6 piece to use at a later time. Typically I plan ahead by cutting the back out with the help of my rotary trimmer or xacto knife before I adhere the overlapping paper. This time I was cropping with friends and not paying as much attention.

When I realized I wanted to cut the back out, I tried doing it free hand from the bottom side of the cardstock. This worked well until I turned it over and discovered a small hole between where the 2 pieces of diecut meet. I cut a piece off of the cardstock scrap I removed and taped it on behind the hole. You can see the seam if you look closely. The second problem was with the spacing of the title lettering. I placed the numeral "1" and the red felt s-w-i-m before the "st." In order to make the "st" look right I had a larger than desirable gap between the 2 words. I improvised by placing a flourish that came with the MM blue glitter letters to fill the space. In the end it added a nice touch.

That's all for now. TGIF!


I'm very pleased to be posting the first of many layouts on my blog today. While I take alot of pride in my work, I'm still my biggest critic. I would love to hear what you think. Please leave a comment.

It wouldn't be right if I didn't start with a layout about Shane, my original and biggest inspiration for scrapbooking.

I really enjoy working from sketches or layouts I find inspiring. Sometimes I borrow elements of the sketch/layout such as how to arrange the pictures or placing different patterned papers. For this layout I used Pencil Lines Sketch #20. Have you ever tried rotating a sketch 90 or 180 degrees? I did that here, and it turned out really well.

Since I've gotten hooked on scrapping, I decided to scrap the pictures of Adam and me when we first started dating. My goal is to create an album that will capture memories of us from the beginning to the time Shane was born in early 2008. Here is the first layout I created for that album. It's not the first picture of us when we were dating, but it's pretty close!

I'll continue to post my older work along with new creations. I have not ventured into mini-books, altered items or cards yet. Check back to see how I do.

Thanks for reading!

Weekly Shopping Update

Joann's: almost everything is 40% off this week except for pens/markers and adhesive . I picked up a Fiskar's Apron Lace border punch, a set of MAMBI glitter chipboard flowers, 1 pack of K and Co fabric brads (my new indulgence), and some more Core'dinations cardstock for 5 for $.95.

Michael's: Email coupon is for 20% off your entire purchase on regular priced items. I clipped the 40% off any item in the paper. The ad didn't have anything too impressive.

Hobby Lobby: pretty much nothing on sale this week, and no coupon for scrap stuff. The was some rearrangement of the displays and lots of things going clearance. My store only has 4 BG paper packs left. I wish I knew if they were going to be stocking new styles soon.

EMI: Expecting 3 Bugs in a Rug shipment this week. Closed Friday and Saturday for CKC Charlotte.

2 Peas: The new Cosmo Cricket lines are STILL in the New Products section. They've been usurped by new Prima stuff in the What's Hot section. New arrivals in the last 7 days include: 7Gypsies, Imaginisce, Inkadinkado, Jenni Bowlin (love the School and Halloween Bingo Cards), Making Memories (goodies for the Slice), Prima Marketing, and Ranger. KI Memories Softies embellishments are a great deal at 75% off, and there are almost 1,000 products that are 50% off.

Don't forget to check Peachy Cheap, Crop Chocolate, and Flowers to Flourishes for their daily deals. There's a new one everyday! 2 Peas also has a deal of the day. I recently found this site. Not sure how often their deals change.

Happy shopping!

Back from the Beach

Hi all. After nearly a week off from blogging, I'm back in force. Adam, Shane and I drove from Atlanta to Destin, FL last week. We spent 3 days enjoying the area. We played in the sandy and braved strong waves in the ocean. Shane didn't like the salty water when it got in his mouth, but he had quite a good time making and crashing sandcastles. Adam's parents treated us to meals at some of the local favorites including Graffiti and Fudpuckers. Shane particularly enjoyed having ice cream all 3 days! We even found an actual Dippin' Dots store. They had over 20 flavors to choose from. We were in Dot Heaven.

I'm waiting for all the vacation pics to be uploaded. Here is one we took on Saturday night of Shane trying out a kayak.

I convinced Adam there would enough room in the rental car for me to bring my scrapbooking stuff. I got a ton of supplies in my rolling bag, but I barely touched them! By the time we got Shane to bed, I was exhausted and didn't have the energy or creative juices to do much. I managed to complete 1 layout while I was there. It's ironic because it used pictures from the Blaiss family trip to San Francisco in 2007. It's based on this sketch by Valerie Salmon, and uses Red Journal Kraft Kuts Paper by Fancy Pants.

My plan had been to visit 2 scrapbooking stores in the Destin/Ft. Walton Beach area. I made it to A Scrap in Time with a slight (30 mile) detour on the way to the hotel Thursday afternoon. It was a short visit with Adam and Shane waiting in the car. Nice store, lots of products. I was specifically looking for any CHA Summer 09 releases, and they, sadly, had none. I didn't make it to the 2nd store on my list, Croppin' Corner. Oh Well! The good news is when I checked the EMI blog this morning, there was a post saying the new 3 Bugs in a Rug lines had shipped. Susan and Co will be at CKC Charlotte this weekend (I'm jealous) so I don't know when I'll get to see them in person. There are some super-cute papers.

That's all for now. Look for layouts in the next day or two!

PS - I'm trying out something new. A weekly shopping update. I'll plan to review the deals and steals for Michaels, Joann, Hobby Lobby, Archiver's, and 2 Peas in a Bucket.

Finally some pictures

Ok, they aren't pictures of recent scrapbooking pages I've made, but they are pictures of me making scrapbooking pages. The real attraction is Shane "helping."

It's been a super busy few days getting organized for TES, working, and creating. I picked up a photo display stand, and it is perfect for photo-taking. One of my weekend activities was meeting my Scrapbook Expo friend, Kathy, at Archivers Scrap Mania. We had lots of fun together, and I did a lot of "enabling." She walked out with twice as much stuff as I did!

Pictures of some of my recent work are coming soon. Here is a parting shot - Shane and Ethan after dinner.

The Everyday Scrapper

Just posted my very first entry for the Sunday Sketch for theeverydayscrapper! Check it out here.

New Toys

It's been a techie two days. I was treated to a cell phone with all the bells and whistles. It's the Blackberry Tour for Sprint. http://na.blackberry.com/eng/devices/blackberrytour/ I can barely make a phone call let alone figure out all the cool stuff this thing can do. The other new techie toy is a humongous 17" laptop. I almost deleted all my bookmarks getting it setup, but no worries. What saved me is this cool add-on for Foxmarks called Xmarks. http://my.xmarks.com/ Love that thing!

Thanks to Fran for hosting a mini-crop at her house last night. The kids played and watched Mary Poppins. Once they were in bed, we retreated to the basement for some scrapping. I got to try out the new Jumbo Circle cutter from Creative Memories. http://www.creativememories.com/MainMenu/Our-products-and-services/New-Products/New-Albums--Accessories/Jumbo-Circle-Pattern I'm working on a layout using the paper I cut, so look for that soon.

Off to some quality time with the fam. Don't worry though, I'm going to the Archivers scrap mania crop with my new friend, Kathy, this evening. Hope you all have a great weekend, too.