This and that

Sometimes a lazy weekend without plans is just what you need to come back to the work week feeling relaxed and recharged. Of course my weekends are never that lazy without a toddler to keep track of, and I always try to get in some scrapping!

Joann had the new scrapbooking lines from Colorbox, and K and Co 40% when I stopped by on Saturday. I also picked up a few new embellishments from EMI at the evening crop.

I'm working on 2 layouts at the moment. The first is with my collection of October Afternoon Report Card papers and embellishments. I really like their Wild Cards and journaling stickers sheets. I think it's a non-traditional layout because it's school related, but not how one might think. This picture was taken on a trip Adam and I made to Penn State for a football game in 2003.

I'd always wanted to be one of those Alumni who climb up on the Nittany Lions for a cheesy photo. How about this one?!

Here's a sneak of the layout.

I really like the Jenni Bowlin Mini Paper sets that come out with each paper collection. I used the Red and Black Extension Line papers for this mini book last fall.

I hand-covered and trimmed all the pages and edges. This time I decided to take a shortcut. Using a Sizzix Big Kick and I 3 1/2" scallop circle die, I cut a bunch of chipboard pieces and papers.

This is MUCH easier than the alternative. Now I can just adhere and begin the project.

Sometimes inspiration doesn't come from the latest and greatest, but from styles of old. My friend, Andrea, shipped me a box of goodies last week and included in there was this sketch magazine from Scrapbooks, Etc.

The sketches are what you would expect from this publisher, but the layouts were different. It's especially interesting for me since I only started scrapbooking in mid-2009. The products and techniques seem less developed and complex to me. These layouts had a hint of paint or spray misting, some glitter accents but not overwhelming, things were layered but not obscured. I chose this sketch to use with some of the new Scribble Scrabble papers.

I'll share at least a sneak later this week. I have another big project I'm working on at the moment. It's my first ever opportunity to design a mini book kit for EMI Scrapbooking. They are known for their amazing, heavily embellished and highly affordable kits. Check out their work here. I can tell you it's using Bo Bunny Gypsy papers, and it has a family theme.

Check back Monday or Tuesday for a boat load of new layouts! Thanks for reading and have a great week.

Organizing and creating

Whenever I get an influx of new products, it makes me a little antsy. I start reorganzing some of my scrap space. Once I change one thing, I feel compelled to change other pieces. I've added some new organizers to my system. I've pulled out a few adapted USPS boxes to hold older paper lines I'm still using. This frees up space in my 12x12 drawers for the new stuff. I absolutely love the drawer set I bought for my Expedit. I need to get back to IKEA for another one. They are $30 each and a pain to build, but really handy.

These shelves are closest to my desk. I found a Sterlite mini drawer organizer that has 5 slots. It's a great find because the 3 drawer ones are too wide to sit side by side in a cube and too tall to stack. I migrated all of my chipboard pieces (Basic Grey, Cosmo Cricket, Pebbles chips, K and Co and others) into these slots. That freed up nearly 1/2 of the other mini drawers, which are sitting on my desk (again). The magazine holder is perfect for all those 6 x 12 sheets.

I simply cannot make up my mind if I prefer having these items on my workspace or not. At the moment, here they sit along with my tool carousel, which I'm still loving. Now that I've migrated the chipboard, these drawers are free to hold cards and ephemera, journaling spots and journaling stickers, word stickers, die cuts, rubons and transparencies. Small layering embellishments are such a hassle for me to keep organized! Anything from dimensional stickers, gems, buttons, layered flowers, or small die cuts. The narrow organizer hold all of my Thickers set.

Another good storage find was at Archiver's. They've started carrying the iCube system. I got my set from Costco for a bargain last year. Unfortunately I think they've discontinued carrying it. The set of orange fabric quarter bins I bought were only $7.50 for 2. They are sturdier than the plastic drawers

One of the bins in now home to all of my smaller Sassafras embellishments and paper scraps. The other is empty (imagine that). I'm sure I'll find a way to put it to good use!

My scene stamping friend invited me over to her house for a stamping and embossing lesson recently. Here are some samples we (she) created.

The card on the left was created with 7 Gypsies Venice paper and a Hero Arts Cling stamp. The embossed and glittered flower was a Hero Arts wood mount stamp embossed with pigment ink with gold fine detail powder. We added the glitter after using a Sakura glue stick pen and some ultra fine glitter. I bought some supplies to try this technique at home. The other embossed image was created by accident when I mixed some red and aqua embossing powder together. It came out pretty cool. We used the cat w/books stamp to get me started on some ATCs.

Thanks for reading.

All these new paper lines

As you know, I've been eagerly awaiting manufacturers' releases of new paper lines revealed at Winter CHA. In the past week I've gotten quite a few and I wanted to share some pics.

These 3 lines are all designed by Glitz Designs. I picked up some of their papers at Eclectica Scrapbooking in Memphis last fall, and I really liked them. These lines are (from let to right) Vintage Love, Kismet, and Distressed Couture. These papers came from AMLT. The embellishments are arriving next month.

This pic has lines from 3 different companies.

On the left are Nana's Trunk and Bric-a-Brac from Scribble Scrabble. The middle set is Joy Ride from Cosmo Cricket, which is totally adorable. I knew it would be, but it exceeded my expectations. AMLT was sold out of the coordinating chipboard pieces, but my LSS should have them this week. I can't wait to see them. The set on the right is Studio Calico's Anthology line. Very funky and vintage.

My Mind's Eye went in a different direction with this season's release. There isn't a whole lot I love, but I really wanted to try a few of the Quite Contrary sets.

These are papers from Little Man and Jack and Jill. I also got a mini sticker sheet.

I promise to bring you photos and commentary as I get more new products. It's an exciting time to be a scrapper! Thanks for reading.

Finally the new Sassafras!

It's another Monday. I hope you had a good weekend. My weekend including some treats!

These are Sassafras Lass' Sweet Treats stickers for the 3 new Winter 2010 lines - Apple Jack, Nerdy Bird, and Cherry Delicious.

These are the B sides of the 2 paper lines I ordered. I decided to wait on Nerdy Bird, because it's the "girliest" of the 3.

I really like the new designs for the border edges on these.

These are the journaling stickers for Cherry (left) and Apple.

I like how they've updated the border sticker on the right side to be 12 inches, and they've redesigned some of the shapes to increase the total number of pieces. Great job!

These are the 12 inch banner sticker strips everyone's been waiting to see.

They were so neat, it inspired me to make my own banner using a piece of Bazzil cardstock and 2 different Sass papers for a layout I was making.

It was super easy to construct this. Just cut about 15 small triangles from a scrap of paper in nearly the same size, then adhere them to a strip of cardstock with the top edges just touching. I added another length of paper above the banner and left a small edge of cardstock for a border around each triangle. There are a ton of different variations for this technique.

Thanks for reading. Stay tuned for new products and projects coming to you soon.

Out with the old, in with the new!

That's been my motto this week. My weekly trip to EMI was postponed to this past Tuesday because of weather and a sick baby last weekend. Waiting for me where these new items from Jenni Bowlin Studios.

In my quest to buy everything Sassafras, I picked up the two Token Chipboard alpha sets. Plus these latest and greatest Ready-Set-Chip alphas from Cosmo Cricket.

I placed my first order with A Cherry on Top, an online scrapbook store. I was very pleased with their selection, pricing, and how quickly they turned the order around. If you subscribe to their email newsletters, you'll receive monthly discounts. I took advantage of the $2.99 shipping for $25 orders. Considering the box came USPS priority mail, it was an excellent value. The primary item in my order was these two new lines from Scribble Scrabble.

Michael's and Joann's have been getting on an the action with lots of extra sales and 50% off coupons. I purchased a few embellishments

and this Martha Stewart border punch.

I used the punch on this project.

My big box from A Million Little Things should be waiting on my doorstep when I get home this afternoon. It has all the new Sassafras Lass goodies, 3 of the new Glitz Designs collections, plus some papers from My Mind's Eye, Cosmo Cricket Joy Ride and Studio Calico Anthology. I'll have pics and project next week.

Hope you have a great weekend. Thanks for reading!

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New Basic Grey Projects

A few weeks ago I purchased Basic Grey's Origins line. I've really enjoyed creating with it. So far I have 3 layouts, but I have not yet been able to share them with you. This 4th one is in progress. Here is a preview.

One evening my dad and mom were over. In effort to get Shane to dance, my dad thought he'd show him a few moves. Up until now, I've exclusively used Origins products with exception of the alphas. For this project, I went with a dark orange cardstock background, and some complimentary non-Basic Grey products from my stash. The tag is 7 Gypsies, the brad is Bo Bunny, and the glitter chipboard is Pink Paislee. You might also notice that I outlined part of the scallop diecut paper with cinnamon Stickles. There are quite a few other products in the remainder of the layout. More to come on that.

In the fall I purchased a Basic Grey Nook and Pantry mini album kit. I have quite a few papers from the mini deck leftover, and I decided to put them into a new inspiration mini. For my mini books, I always start by selecting a primary paper line and shopping my stash for complimentary papers and embellishments. Here is the pile of products I've accumulated.

Then I go through the somewhat tedious process of covering, trimming and sanding each chipboard album page.

Once I make a page or two I get a feel for the direction I'd like the mini to take. This one is going to be about dreams. Here is a closeup of the first page I completed.

I don't work on these books every day. This one could take me anywhere from a week to a month or more to complete. It's just whenever the inspiration strikes. I also have another mini book in progress. It's a photo mini, and it's almost done. Mini books are nice projects because you can tackle a small section at a time. I always feel pressure to finish layouts I've started and begin layouts on my to do list.

Rumor has it that 2 of Basic Grey's new 2010 lines, Kioshi and Green at Heart, will be available later this month. They aren't my two favorites, so I'm not sure if you'll see me making projects with those products. I am really excited for Max and Whiskers and Capella. Both will be released in April.

I hope you're enjoying your Basic Grey products. I'd love to see some of your projects. Post a link when you leave a comment. Thanks for reading!

A Rare Sight

We had snow in Atlanta this past weekend. Here are some pictures Adam snapped of Shane and me playing.

At first he didn't know what to make of it.

Once the snowballs started flying Shane got over his fears and giggled like a crazy man!

You know I'll be scrapping these! Thanks for reading.

Playing with Sassafras Lass

With the very near release of Sassafras Lass' CHA Winter 2010 lines, Nerdy Bird, Apple Jack, and Cherry Delicious, I've been inspired to create with my stash of products. This layout is for the PageMaps Scrapdango Sketch Contest.

These are pages for a new mini book with pictures of Shane playing and having fun.

I've been spending alot of time on the Sassafras Lass blog, and I was inspired to create this layered embellishment.

I took the large circle sticker from the Anthem journaling sticker sheet and backed it with red cardstock. I outlined the edge of the paper whimsy flower with Waterfall Stickles. The center flower stack is a smaller paper whimsy layered with a Thickers chipboard scallop frame, and a Sassafras layered blossom in the center. The red gems on the flower petals were a last minute addition.

Have a great weekend. Don't forget to check out TES for my Sketch Sunday post. Thanks for reading.

More New Layouts

I've discovered I have a backlog of layouts created in the fall that I haven't shared with you. Please accept my apologies for holding out!

This layout was inspired by my husband's grandmother who was very sick in October and November of this past year. We were going to visit with her for Thanksgiving, and unfortunately she passed away before we made it there. She was a beautiful person, and she will be dearly missed.

The vast majority of products in this layout are from Sassafras Lass. The flower is a combination of Basic Grey chipboard, American Crafts rub-ons and craft supply adhesive peals. The letter stickers are 3 different sets from Making Memories. The journaling stickers are 7 Gypsies.

This picture is of me and my good friend Fran on Halloween. We had a brief minute to pose together before running after our 5 children (4 hers and 1 mine). Scared you, huh? She is my mommy hero!

The patterned papers are Graphic 45.

This is a layout I created while in Memphis for the Thanksgiving holiday. I brought my entire supply of Sassafras Lass products and I was very excited to use papers from their Amplify collection. In addition I used a journaling card from Monstrosity, and a variety of paper whimsies and stickers from older lines.

It took me almost a year to get around to scrapping this picture. It's of Shane and Adam on Shane's first birthday. They look so cute together. I'm not even sure if they knew they were having their picture taken.

The layout was inspired by a layout by Christine Middlecamp. This design leaves plenty of room for layering great products. I used the My Mind's Eye Ooh La La for him paper pack and coordinating die cuts. The chipboard pieces are Sassafras and American Crafts. I glammed it up with some Stickles.

Thanks for reading.

My first CHA Goodies

I've been hunting around in Atlanta for the latest products from Winter CHA. I picked up paper pads and embellishments from K and Co's Handmade and Blossomwood lines at Michael's. They also have quite a few new florals and embellishment from Prima. I made a trek in the rain over to Archiver’s last night. They didn't have as much out as I was hoping, but I did get the newly styled Cosmo Cricket chipboard alphas and a Maya Road baby onesie mini chipboard album.

I believe my Archiver's has the new paper lines from Cosmo as well, but they hadn't been inventoried yet. Bummer! I've decided to pick up Joy Ride. It's so cute and perfect for boys.

It's been very busy at 2 Peas in the New Products area. They have posted quite a bit of the new lines from American Crafts and Prima. I'd like to try some of AC's new tape runner, and they have some really fun Thickers. I really like the new Studio Calico line, Anthology.

On the left are journaling cards, and the right is the border strip patterned paper.

I'm torn between placing my first online order with A Million Little Things or Blue Moon Scrapbooking. AMLT has the SC release, but BM has Webster's Pages and 7 Gypsies Avignon.

Avignon Diagram

Webster's Lullabye Lane

Webster's Life's Portrait

Check back next week for new layouts! Thanks for reading.