All about Halloween

Halloween is my all-time favorite holiday of the year. I love the candy, I love the costumes, I love the parties, I love how the incessantly ringing doorbell drives the dog crazy. I just LOVE Halloween. Of course I take every opportunity to collect cool Halloween-themed scrapbooking items so I'm prepared for all the pictures. Here is what's lying in wait:

This picture is just the patterned paper. On the lower row, the piece with the arrows on the bottom is from Sassafras' new Monstrosity line. The fun papers with the house and trick or treat bags are both from American Crafts Haunted line. The top row left is a die cut paper from Pink Paislee. It's not Halloween themed, but it's the perfect orange color. Then there are some sheets from the Summer 09 MME lines. The remainder are previous seasons' papers from Heidi Grace and MME. I didn't show the 5-6 pieces of cardstock I've set aside. I think the Bazzill Bling Tuxedo Black will be a great backdrop.

This photo shows the embellishments. The orange and black borders are Just the Edge Halloween strips from Bazzill. I also have a Remarks Halloween stickers book, Jenni Bowlin mini Halloween bingo cards, assorted cardstock stickers from Cosmo Cricket, and my pride and joy - a 12x12 sheet of glittered chipboard from MME Boo to You line.

I don't expect I'll use all of this for this year's Halloween pictures, but the good thing with these items is they really won't go out of style. I may grab some additional items after the holiday when they go clearance. And of course there will next year's releases!

Happy scrappin' and thanks for reading.


The last 2 months have been crazy with all the new CHA Summer 09 releases. I'm just starting to really dig into my stash of new paper lines. Here are a few samples of things I haven't mentioned previously on the blog:

Scribble Scrabble's Lullaby of Birdland - note the border strips on the bottom of the page a la Sassafras

KaiserCraft's Loire Valley

My Mind's Eye Ooh La La for Him

Lily Bee Designs' Vintage Poppy - this was a new line at EMI

Pink Paislee Amber Road

Sassafras Lass Amplify

I've also been collecting a variety of Halloween-themed papers and products. Halloween is my favorite holiday. This year we got Shane an Ewok costume. I'm tempted to buy some Star Wars paper! The one product I'm most excited to use are the MME's Boo to You glitter chipboard elements. They look like so much fun!

There are two places I look online to keep up with new product releases. The first is the New Products section on 2 Peas in a Bucket's shopping home page. You can view the newest things they have received from the last 48 hours, 7 days and 30 days. The other place I go almost daily is the Frantic Stamper's New Products page. They have a ton of unique products that you won't find in locally stores like Archiver's or at 2 Peas. They also offer flat rate shipping for $10 anywhere in the US by USPS Priority Mail.

There were also some awesome releases from companies I have not mentioned. If you have little ones or you're expecting here are some lines to check out:
Fancy Pants Little Sprout
Prima Animal Bash
October Afternoon Ducks in a Row
My Mind's Eye Colorful Christmas
Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses
SEI Playday
My Little Shoebox Whoo Loves You
Crate Paper Cottage
KI Memories Heirloom
American Crafts Junior
Bella Blvd Plastino
K and Company Greenhouse

Happy Scrappin' Thanks for reading.

Scrap Pink!

I only just got home from the Scrap Pink! event at EMI, and I had to share all the fun right away. The day started early for me, and I was at the store shortly after opening. I always struggle with what to bring to a crop. In this case, the easiest thing to do was to transport my collection intact. This required several trips to the car, several trips into the store, several trips out of the store at the end of the day while dogging rain, and several trips back into the house this evening. But it was worth it! And wouldn't you know, I still left a tool at home that I could have used!

The store was in immaculate shape when I arrived. All the work tables were cleared and set with handmade name-tags for each cropper. Snacks and drinks were also at the ready. I was very proud of Susan. It wasn't till I crossed over to the "back" of the store that I realized where all the clutter had gone! I saw new faces and familiar ones. The most exciting was meeting Crafty Suz in person. She is a fixture on and we've corresponded a few times through the 2 Peas boards as well. The day was filled with interesting chat both scrapping and non-scrap, alot of laughing, a few family visits, and lots of sweets. As I was getting ready to leave, Susan told me they are planning an all-night crop. That should be a BLAST.

I didn't have any specific project plans today, but it seemed like a good time to attempt a replication of a layout I saw awhile back. The layout is Time Flies by Andrea Friebus, and it appeared in Memory Makers magazine. It has a circle cut into 12 slices of a pie. In each section is a picture of her son from 1 month to 12 months. It was slow going guessing the dimensions of the circle and each section. Once that was done, I had to find pictures that would conform to the pie shape. I think I got 9 out of 12. That was an accomplishment, and I was ready to move onto the papers.

I wanted to use the remainder of my Earth Love mini deck.

This format has advantages and disadvantages. The patterns are shrunken to fit the smaller format, and you won't have enough to make a complete 12x12 page of a single pattern. I don't know that I would purchase one in the future knowing I wanted to make layouts. That being said, I just purchased a Sassafras Lass Monstrosity mini deck (they call them Wee Bundles).

When I saw how the patterns had translated to the 6x6 size, I immediately thought it would be perfect for a 6x6 mini book.

The second project I started was using a paper line from Marks Papers.

The colors are vivid blues, greens, and sand tones with purple and red accents. I just love them, but I didn't know what projects to use them with. I recently printed a bunch of pictures from while I was pregnant. 2 had blue and 1 had pink and black. This combination has become my "expecting" layout. The design is based on a layout rather than a sketch which can be problematic. I like how it's coming along, but it's now at the embellishment stage and that's going to be tricky. I find I work in one of two ways. Either I'm planning embellishments throughout the construction process, or I get the main components and the pictures done and then I have to add all the rest. That's when I know inspiration needs to strike.

My ego got a big boost from everyone admiring my Penn State mini book. Someone commented that surely it would get published. As they say, from her mouth..... There is nothing that would make me happier, and it would be ironic if the first thing I had published was a mini book and not a layout. What I really need to do is get my act together for the last 3 pages and call it done.

Of course, you know I couldn't escape from the store without purchasing a few things. I really tried to be conservative, and it wouldn't have been bad if I didn't pick out 2 bottles of Stickles in the latest colors, new Crate Paper Seasons papers and sticker sheets. This is my favorite.

The big hit was $20 for the next 3 months of Scrapbook Trends. That magazine is obscenely expensive and I can only justify buying it at 2/3 off the list price.

I just can't say enough good things about EMI and the owner, Susan. If not for that store, my scrapping may not have come as far as it has in the past 9 months. They have beautiful products including all their one-of-a-kind mini book kits. It's really a special place for scrappers. I wish them the best of luck in retail success for many years to come.

Good night.

New stuff this week

With all the distractions this week, I only managed to create 1 additional page for the PSU Mini. Here it is.

A Quick Shopping Update

Hey all. I know I've been kind of quiet this week. That's what happens when work gets busy and the little guy is home from daycare for 3 days out of five with a fever. The good news is I still found time for some scrapbook shopping!

Joann: Believe it or not, I couldn't find a single thing to buy this week. I tried my hardest with all those 40% off coupons burning a hole in my pocket. The one thing I really wanted, Somerset Studio magazine, was discounted 10%, so the coupon wouldn't work. I'll wait for next week when they are regular price.

Michael's: Just the basics here. No sales and not much new to see. I picked up my first StazOn ink pads. High quality.

Hobby Lobby: Sales were scarce, and I simply didn't find anything I was dying to have. What is the world coming to?!

Archivers: Friday night trips are becoming a ritual. Last weekend I saw some awesome Sassafras Lass things. This week it was a surprise box with Bo Bunny's Gypsy and Kitchen Spice line. Let me just say Gypsy by far the best of the four. The colors are vibrant and the patterns are unique. It was hard to resist the "scrapbooking" stickers from Karen Foster. I'm patiently waiting for the Basic Grey spring embellishments in the Clearance section to go from 25 to 50% off.

Tomorrow I'll be spending 10 hours at EMI! I know there is new Crate Paper, Bella Blvd and the nifty Transatlantique line from Graphic 45. I can't wait to hear all the news from the big mini-book retreat last weekend.

A final note: Some sad news from the scrapbooking world. I learned today that manufacturer Scenic Route has ceased to exist. I've really enjoyed their paper lines and embellishments, and it's sad to see them go. Farewell!

College Life

Happy Monday! It's been pouring rain in Atlanta for nearly a week. I should be depressed, but I've been too busy scrapbooking to notice! I want to share a project I've been working on for the last week. It's very special to me because it features pictures from my college life. The memories I have when I see them are so strong. I loved my time at Penn State, and I had an amazing college experience. This album is a tribute to those times.

There are probably 3-4 pages I need to add. The length of the book will ultimately be determined by the number of photos I include. The papers in the book are exclusively Basic Grey. The lines include Urban Prairie, Offbeat, Sugared, Infuse, and Mellow. The embellishments are wide-ranging. I tried to find the most creative way to feature them, and really go outside my comfort zone. I hope you leave a comment to let me know what you think. Feel free to share memories from your college days, too!

Using so many great things to make the mini required me to go shopping! Here are some of the newest items I've bought.
  • Earth Love 12x12 chipboard stickers
  • Chatterbox Fabulous epoxy stickers, felt embellishments, and 3-D frames
  • Lily Bee Vintage Poppy papers rub-ons
  • Prima e-line paper flowers - 3 different kinds!
  • Prima Tropics Pebbles
  • Fancy Pants Rough and Tough transparencies
  • Sassafras Lass rascal blossoms
  • Sassafras Lass Monstrosity 6x6 paper pad- I have an idea for a mini book using this
  • Hero Arts Pastel Collage Art Flowers - just gorgeous and I can't wait to buy the Vintage ones
  • Basic Grey Periphery Paper Pack - it's an older release with a very cool vintage look
  • Basic Grey Ambrosia, Sultry and Boxer papers
  • American Crafts clear journaling sticker book
I can't wait to start using everything in my layouts and project. I already have a few to post. Look for them in the next few days. Thanks for reading.

Fall layouts for EMI

In the past 2 weeks, I've created several projects to be displayed at EMI Scrapbooking. It's a locally-owned scrapbooking store in Cumming, GA. The owner, Susan, has been a great support for me since I discovered her store in the spring. I am thrilled that she agreed to display some of my work. Here are 2 layouts I created using papers and embellishments from the Little Yellow Bicycle Autumn Bliss line.

Here is a closeup

The second one

Closeup of the tag

My good friend and Archiver's companion, Kathy, helped me design these layouts. Having a creative team is so helpful!

That's all for now. Have a great week.

Weekly Shopping Update

Joann: nothing special
Michael's: 50% coupon if you had them from previous week's purchases or clipped the one in the weekly flyer.
HL: Not much on sale. There is a 40% off coupon this week.
Archiver's: haven't been. new coupon good thru 9/21. Tons of new products in stock. I'll be headed there for some Sassafras Lass embellishments. I saw the BG Eerie and Indian Summer and Bo Bunny on my last trip. I've decided even in person the latest lines are not for me. I was actually disappointed with the Bo Bunny. The colors and textures really flat. I'm still waiting to see the Gypsy and Kitchen Spice lines.
2 Peas: They have the BG 2010 Calendar Kit in stock. Check it out here. The 4 Summer CHA lines from Fancy Pants. I'm not in love with any of them. EMI just got their shippment, so I'll check them out in person this week. New calendar and number journaling sprouts from Jillibean Soup. New Bella Blvd lines. I've never worked with their products. The PP reminds me alot of October Afternoon.

A 2 page layout

I must be falling behind with the blog. Right after I posted those 2 new layouts, I remembered the 2 page layout I created in honor of the Good Eats 10th Anniversary show. Adam and I went to see this at the end of August.

Closeup of the left side

Closeup of the right side.

This layout was featured on TES in this week's Sunday Sketch. You can read more here.

2 New Layouts

Here is a little beginning of the week treat. I created both of these layouts in the past month for design team submissions. I didn't get the first one, but I'm still waiting to hear back for the 2nd.

The Independence layout uses papers from Pink Paislee's spring lines: Captivating, Fascinating, and Fetching. I incorporated some embellishments from Jillibean Soup, Basic Grey and K and Company. If the "e"s look alittle strange in the title, it's because they are the "3"s from the sticker sheet.

This was my dual-purpose layout. I created it for the DT call, but I used the new Cosmo Cricket Earth Love papers and chipboard so EMI could display it. My favorite part is the collage rectangle at the bottom of the page. I'll try to post a close-up shot later this week.

Thanks for visting.

Scrapbook Trends

Have you seen this magazine? It's a beautiful 8X8 glossy publication that comes out monthly. Here is the latest issue's cover

The price tag is pretty hefty - $14.95 per issue or $85 for a year subscription. Each issue is packed with amazing layouts and a few cards, mini books and altered projects. There aren't many articles which typically focus on inspriation ideas, techniques and new products. For many scrappers, being published in ST is the pinnacle of recognition in the crafting world. I'm no different. I decided to take the leap and submit 3 layouts for their March 2010 issue. Wish me luck!

See me in action

Check out this post from Jana Eubank!

On a roll

It's funny how one week you can really feel down and uninspried about scrapbooking and your own creativity. Then something happens and you've got a laundry list of projects you can't wait to start. For me, discovering amazing layouts and buying beautiful products sparks the flame. Have you thought about your motivator? Maybe it's some great shots from pictures you recently printed. Maybe it's an article of clothing, interesting color palette or intricate magazine cover. I know lots of people read scrapbooking magazines, scan the 2 Peas Member Gallery and various forums for fellow scrappers work. These are all great ways to "get inspired."

This layout had a triumvirate of inspiration for me. Fun Sassafras Lass papers, cute pictures of Shane on a tunnel slide, and a Creative Scrappers sketch that leaves a lot of room for interpretation.

Scrapbooking is the perfect arena for puns, a play on words, double-meaning, and overshadowing. I wonder it they did a study, would they find that English teachers are more likely to scrapbook? I chose "Slide" as the title of the layout because that's what Shane is doing. Here is a close-up:

The positioning of the title almost mimicking a slide came by accident. I knew I wanted to add the element in the lower right corner. This dictated how I would position other embellishments and the title on the page. Since I was using classic Sassafras papers, I decided to combine the letter stickers with some cutouts from this paper. The letters are Making Memories Poolside Shimmer Alphas. When you're deciding where to place the title on your next layout, try thinking of different ways to position the letters or papers to back the letter for a more interesting take.

Speaking of MM alphas, there is a new line of mini shimmer alphas that just came out in silver, gold, black and brown and 2 fonts. You'll see some brown ones in two upcoming layouts. I've also got a rare 2-pager to put up, and some layouts I made especially for EMI with Little Yellow Bicycle's fall line, Autumn Bliss. Stay tuned, and thanks for reading.

Weekly Shopping Update

Typically I've been posting the shopping info later in the week, but I'm taking a little vacation from all things scrapping to enjoy the weekend with my wonderful husband. That being said, here's what I've seen:

HL: 40% on Paper Studio chipboard and gemstones this week. Most of their gemstones are $2.99 each. Michael's has very similar ones for $1.99. I don't feel like the HL ones are a very good buy. The are some nice choices for chipboard, but it's most the basics because it's restricted to the PS brand.

Michael's: Not a whole lot on sale this week, but plenty of 40% off coupons available. I had a clearance find over the weekend. A Making Memories Vintage Findings paper pad marked $4.99 that I purchased with a coupon coming to $3.16 with tax. Not bad for 36 sheets. It was orginally $9.99. The clearance area is looking pretty picked over at this point.

Joann: To my dismay, the individual Sakura Gelly Roll pens that have been on clearance for several months are almost gone. I managed to pick up 1 of each color in the Stardust line, few metallics and a few shadow pens ranging in price from $.25 to $1. You can now only buy the sets, and the prices are higher than Michael's and HL. When I was at Archiver's this weekend, I discovered Sakura Shades and picked up a 2 pack of covetted Clear Stardust.

Archiver's: Tons of new products finally in stock here. If you're looking for latest in Halloween lines straight from Summer CHA look no further. I say BG's first ever Halloween line, Eerie, the super fun American Crafts line (I had to have the haunted house and trick or treat papers), Bo Bunny's Boo Crew, and Making Memories Spook Alley just to name a few. They also had the LYB Autumn Bliss line. I'm sure it's only because I've never noticed before, but there were stacks of Scrapbook Trends magazines going back to the March issue.

I was just at EMI today. Susan was eagerly awaiting the arrival of the UPS man who has at least 10 boxes of products on board. Included is a ridiculous amount of brand new Prima, all the new Distress Stickles, 7 Gypsies, and all the new Fancy Pants. I was bummed I didn't get to see it. I did go home with some Webster's Pages and MME Abbey Road papers and embellies to make some more LO for the store. Very exciting.

Till next week. Happy Scrappin'

That beautiful USPS Priority Box

There it was. Finally! Waiting on my door step as I pulled into the driveway this afternoon. That long awaited (9 days) package delivered straight from Mecca aka 2 Peas in a Bucket's warehouse in Wisconsin. I already know what's inside when I crack it open. Those silly popcorn styrofoam thingies that will never biodegrade with not many scrapbooking products in between. No matter how much I spend there, the box seems to dwarf it's contents.

Today's delivery included papers and cardstock stickers from Sassafras Lass, as well as an 8 page sticker book from American Crafts for this season's Halloween line. It was worth the wait, but as soon as I deliver all these items to their rightful home in my semi-organized dining room which is currently doing double-duty as the scrap room, it feels like I didn't even get anything new. I'm an addict. Some is never enough! You scrappers out there know exactly what I mean. There is always something new and cooler coming out. Or a new designer who's exclusive line you HAVE to have.'s a love-hate relationship.

After all this hemming and hawing I'm sure you'd like to know if I've bothered to actually make anything with these hallowed items I seem to hoard rather than put to their rightful use. Well, as a matter of fact it's been quite a productive week. I can't share 2 very fine (if I do say so myself) layouts that I will be submitting for guest designer calls. I can share the pics I've taken of the Destin mini book. Beware, it's still a work in progress.

This is a 6x6 mini book built on basic chipboard pages cut with a Sizzix. The papers and embellishments are a combination of Bo Bunny and Imaginecse. I also mixed in some things from my stash and rub-ons from Piggy Tales. Enjoy!

Thanks for looking and enjoy the holiday weekend.

My Layouts at EMI

Exciting news for me. Susan, the owner of EMI Scrapbooking in Cumming, GA, wants to display some of my layouts in her store. Here is the first one.

It probably looks familiar because I talked about Debby Shuh's layout using the same papers last week. It was definitely the inspiration for my project. I absolutely love the Fetching/Captivating lines from Pink Paislee's spring 09 release. Look for a new layout using the Amber Road papers in the fall.

In addition to giving Susan @ Play, she asked me to create 2 layouts using the Autumn Bliss line from Little Yellow Bicycle. I'll be working with these papers
as well as this
and these
The first layout is with the decorative edge piece, and has a fall theme of course. I'll also be creating a 2nd layout with some of the lace frames. If you're a local, look for these in the store next week.

In the past week, I've been working on 3 layouts for design team calls. Plus, I have a 2-page layout in the works from the Good Eats 10th Anniversary show that Adam and I attended last Saturday night. Keep checking back for new stuff. It's coming!