Another batch of new layouts

Here are some new layouts in no specific order.

This was my first layout with Studio Calico's Anthology line. The glitter swirl is a new Jolee's embellishment. The "Memories" gummy title is from Making Memories design shop series. The other stickers are Studio Calico.

This was my first layout with the Origins line. It was featured on The Everyday Scrapper this past week. Read the post for more details.

This layout has some fun pictures of Shane walking my in-laws dog last Thanksgiving. The patterned papers from American Crafts Abode line. I've never used much AC pp, but I really liked that line and Letterbox. I paired it was a sheet of Basic Grey Indian Summer paper and element stickers to complete the fall look.

Here is a very, very old picture of Adam and me. It was taken during the first year we dated while we were in my hometown, Pittsburgh, PA. I used Bazzil swiss dot cardstock for the background paper, and Scribble Scrabble Nana's Trunk patterned paper. The "made with love" tag is from Basic Grey's Sugar Rush pieces.

October Afternoon's Report Card line is so fun. I love the paper, stickers and wild cards. My problem was I don't have any pictures with school age kids. So I decided to interpret school very loosely and used a picture of Adam and me at the Penn State Nittany Lion shrine. The flowers are Prima.

I hope you enjoy these, and perhaps find some inspiration here. Thanks for reading.


Over the past few weeks, we've been getting some sneak previews of nice weather in the Atlanta area. It's been a long, cold, wet winter here, and everyone is itching for the warm sunshine. I've been celebrating the impending arrival of spring with projects featuring new spring products.

Banners are all the rage right now. I picked up a Maya Road chipboard banner kit a few weeks ago. I pulled up some unused papers from Basic Grey Lemonade to cover the pieces. I added some coordinating chipboard and stickers. My last step was picking letters and tracing over them with glitter glue. Such an easy project. I finished it in less than 2 hours.

There are some great paper lines being released for spring scrapping. One of my favorites is Basic Grey Kioshi. The feature colors are light pastels - especially yellow, purple, orange and green. However, a few of the papers are black or brown, and that gives them a rich undertone. Here are sneaks of 2 different projects I made using the Kioshi papers.

These are some other great spring releases I've recently picked up.
Fancy Pants My Family

Pink Paislee 365 Degrees (left) and Bayberry Cottage

Pink Paislee embellishments: new pleated ribbons, punch outs, new Artisan tape, clear border stickers, and new cork buttons.

Spring is also the time when Passover is celebrated. The holiday began last night, and one of my Passover layouts is featured on the Crafting Jewish Style blog today. I hope you'll check it out. I'd like to wish all my readers a Happy Passover and a Happy Easter, and thanks as always for reading.

Guest Designer for Liz Qualman's Sketch blog

Yesterday my first layout was featured as a Guest Designer for the sketch blog, My Little Sketch Book. If you'd like to play along here is the sketch.

I'll have another GDT opportunity in July. Thanks for reading!

My First Design Team

This is what I and hopefully you have been waiting for! I've been invited to join the design team for a brand new company. Crafting Jewish Style makes Jewish holiday themed products for crafting projects. I first saw their Passover line at a local store here in Atlanta. I was so impressed by the papers. They remind me of Cosmo Cricket and Kaisercraft for the contemporary colors and patterns and the texture and weight of the paper. The designs are really beautiful, and I'm honored to be working with this company.

Over the past few weeks, I've been creating projects for CJS. A preview of my Rosh Hashanah mini book is up on their blog. I hope you'll bookmark the page and check it often! This is just the beginning of exciting things for the company.

A tour of my scrap area

First of all, my desk is a mess!

When things are in this state of disarray, I try not to let it bother me. You can see I was working on a layout, and had a bunch of ongoing projects in my 3 tier tray. The plastic bag on top holds the many pieces, gems, brads, and ribbon for the Origins mini book kit I'm designing.

It seems like scrappers are always interested to see what each other's workspace looks like and how they bring organization to their stash. Now that I'm settled into my semi-private space in the living room with my Ikea Expedit bookcase and 4x5 work table I feel like I've hit my stride. So many scrappers struggle with keeping things together, knowing what they have and remembering where they put that special embellishment they bought just for this one project. I don't have a tried and true method, but I here are some items that I can't live without.

I rely on my 3 drawer 12x12 organizers to keep my patterned paper sorted by manufacturer, but I didn't have a good system for cardstock. This hanging file organizer came from Target. It was $9 and is wide enough and just tall enough to store 12x12 paper.

I try only to keep a few sheets of each color family on hand.

It's easy to get carried away buying cardstock, especially if you go for the 500 sheet jumbo box at Sam's. I limit myself to buying some only when it's 4 sheets for $1 at Joann, or I have an Archiver's coupon. Watch out with As, though, because the "free" sheets only cover the cost of the Archiver's cardstock. Bazzill is nearly double the price! If I feel like splurging, I'll pick up a select few colors of Bo Bunny double dot. At $1 a sheet, use sparingly!

For me, the more organizers and drawer space I have, the more comfortable I am with what's available to me and what I can quickly put my hands on. The drawer inserts for the Expedit are a great way to maximize the space in each cube. Look how much you can fit in 1 unit (2 drawers).

Here are alot of my miscellaneous and infrequently used "art" supplies. I do have to dig for some things, but at least I know they're in here somewhere!

This drawer has always held my punches. I recently migrated my smaller shape punches to container sitting on my desk. When I reorganized my stamps, I tossed my heat gun in with the border punches. On a trip to Ikea, I picked up a second set of drawers. Not sure yet what will live there.

The very first scrapbooking organizer I bought was a starter set from iCube. The 4 12x12 cubes snaptogether and are made of durable plastic. The cubes can has plastic drawers. I absolutely love this item. In one of the larger drawers, I keep some random supplies I'm not regularly using.

There are also a few "why did I buy this" and "what I am going to do with this" in there. In addition to the 12x12 drawers, the iCube sells 6x12 fabric bins that I love.

They are ideal for storing sticker embellishments like layered flowers and dimensionals. As well as those pesky border strips.

I still haven't figured out how to keep them from tangling together! One drawer exclusively holds my Sassafras border strips, stickers and embellishments

The last item I have to share are some new storage boxes I picked up for $4 each at Ikea.
If they look familiar, it's because they are similar to the Plano organizers designed like tackle boxes. I've never cared for those because the sections are either too small to hold anything, or they require those flimsy inserts.

I like these because there are 3 large sections and they are deeper than the ones I've found at Joann or Target. I added some small containers to hold brads and buttons. This way they are together, but if I want to dump some out I don't have to turn the entire box over.

I packed nearly all my stamps, ink pads and embossing powders in this box. I like this storage method because I can pick up the container and go, rather than keeping them in a bigger box and having to pick and choose what I want if I'm going to a crop or class.

Maybe these pictures will give you a brainstorm for the supplies that have been driving you crazy. Thanks for reading!

Oops I did it again (shopping spree)

Does this happen to you? You go into a scrapbooking store and think "I'm only going to spend $15." You take a look around to familiarize yourself with what's new. Start prioritizing what you really want and what would be nice to have. If you have a coupon you're working hard to calculate the discount you'll receive based on the various combination of products now in your basket. Now it's time to check out. You've committed. It's your final answer, at least for today. The items are rung up and, whew, $14.75. You manage to come in under budget, and you're proud of yourself. The only problem is, if you're like me, you repeat this process a couple of times every week or two.

I'm addicted. I admit it. Are you surprised? There are simply too many wonderful products out there, and too many pictures to be scrapped. Enough excuses. Here's the damage.

Lots of layered flower stickers. The 2 on the right came from Hobby Lobby when the dimensional embellishments were 30% off. The remarks ones were part of a sordid online order I placed late one evening at 2 Peas. I had a coupon!

The 7 Gypsies stickers are 2 of the new 2010 styles. They came from Scrap Chic Boutique in Decatur. Floral epoxies are from SEI's new Jocelyn line. I ordered them from 2 Peas. They are also available at Impressive Ideas. The pastel epoxy stickers are from Little Yellow Bicycles' Clothesline collection.

The chipboard album is a new one from Maya Road. Adorable and perfect for a gift.

I've never tried Basic Brey's Bling It gem designs before. Archiver's had a few varieties in the Hot Spot for $2. Even then they seem a bit expensive. I tried to pick ones that had more than 1 in the pack. In contrast the Prima Pebbles are an excellent value. There are 8 dimensional clear gems per pack and the cost is $2. Can't beat that.

The Prima flowers on the right were a splurge. $5 for this pack of 4. I felt like that was a fair price for how intricate each blossom is. Some of their products are $5 for only 1 flower.

There are so many fantastic paper lines coming out in March and April. When I can't afford to buy an entire collection for $20 or more, I pick out a few papers I really like. That's what I did with Cosmo Cricket's Material Girl on the left, and Basic Grey Kioshi on the right.

I skipped the embellishments all together for Cosmo. The Basic Grey Element Stickers sheet (not shown) is a good deal for $3.

It's common knowledge that I have a weakness for Sassafras Lass. But have you noticed I haven't posted any projects or sneaks with the new papers? I simply don't know what to do with them. So what do I do? I decide to buy some Nerdy Bird. It was the one line in the release I was abstaining from.

I justified this purchase by telling myself they additional patterned papers would inspire me to combine the lines together in projects. The cardstock glitter alphas shown above are a great price for $2 at Scrap Chic. Peas had them listed for $3.50 which I think is highway robbery!

If you haven't had time or money to shop for new scrapbooking goodies, feel free to live vicariously through me. Thanks for reading!

New layout sneaks

It might seem like I haven't worked on any new projects recently. Just the opposite is true. But I will admit I haven't made many layouts. Here are some sneaks to share.

I'm experimenting with using black cardstock as background paper with bright colors and bold patterns such as Cosmo Cricket's Joyride collection. I made this layout for PageMaps ongoing A Cherry On Top layout challenge. I'll be able to share the completed page soon.

Does it look like a Halloween layout? Well you're eyes are not deceiving you. I'm going against the norms and scrapping Halloween pictures and papers in March. Seems like I should be able to scrap these any time of year. These are 2 paper lines I didn't get a chance to use during the holiday. The purple, green and black scallop papers from Pink Paislee Twilight. The burnt orange and pumpkin papers are from My Mind's Eye's spider web. Both lines were more mature and I wanted to use them with non-kid pictures.

I didn't include the picture from this layout in the sneak shot. Sorry to keep you in suspense. I really don't want to reveal much because you'll see it soon enough. This page was made for my debut as a Guest Designer with Liz Qualman's My Little Sketch Book blog. It'll be up next Sunday. Check back here for details.

I'm already writing 2 additional posts for my blog this week. One is going to be a ton of new product I've picked up in the past few weeks. I made a trip to Ikea today and picked up some new storage solutions for my workspace. I'll have new pics and suggestions for organization in that post towards the end of the week.

This is the end of a great weekend. We celebrated Shane's birthday with family on Friday, and with friends at the Johns Creek Fire Department on Saturday. They hosted us for a tour of their station. All the kids really enjoyed meeting the firemen and playing on the fire trucks. I was thankful they didn't get an emergency call! I'll have some pics from the festivities later this week.

One last thing I almost forgot. I have a big, huge, no enormous, announcement to make. It's scrapbooking related, so don't start thinking I've got a bun in the oven! More info tomorrow! Thanks for reading.

Thanks for reading!

A pile of projects

I know my blogging has not been as frequent as I would like. I hope you have not taken offense and decided to stop checking on me. Today is the week of my son's 2nd birthday. It's a special and busy time for our family, but also emotional and stressful for me as a mom. I'm thankful to have scrapbooking as an outlet. It's been taking quite a bit of my free time since I've offered to design additional mini books for EMI. I've completed 2 samples that should be available for sale soon. My 3rd is under construction, and may be the most challenging. Susan's only directions were to use Basic Grey's Origins line and have a mother theme in anticipation of Mother's Day. Origins is beautiful paper, and I've really enjoyed working with it. However, it doesn't really scream "I love you, Mom."

I spent some time going through my supplies and paper trying to think of ways to add a feminine touch. It didn't take me long to pair the bold Origins prints with some patterns from Sultry. It's an older BG line with similar browns and greens to Origins. The soft pinks and small geometric patterns really made it a good match. Michael's carries it in their open stock paper section, and it happens to be on sale 30% off this week. With the paper dilemma out of the way, and a few embellishments, the other challenge I had was what kind of chipboard to use for the base pages. I purchased a Basic Grey mini book kit last fall and it came with a chocolate brown tabbed chipboard album. I had 3 boards left. The color is very rich, and I like 5 x 5 1/2 design with the 4 punched holes. I got creative with paint and matched up an acrylic paint to cover some chipboard sections I cut to size and punched with my Crop-a-dile. I spent the majority of the late afternoon and evening on Sunday selecting base paper patterns, cutting them out, and starting on a few page embellishments. I'm stepping away from my comfort zone with some of the items but I hope it comes out beautifully. I don't want to share too much, but here's alittle peak at how I'm combing Origins and Sultry.

I haven't done much shopping lately. On a trip to Archiver's last week I was pleased to see they received all the new Bo Bunny lines. I picked up a few sheets from Jazmyne and Sophie as well as the Jazmyne coordinating chipboard. I was pleasantly surprised to see the colors and patterns from the two lines played nicely together. However, I noticed A's did not get all the patterns for either group. The backing for the chipboard pieces was cut very poorly and it took me over 30 minutes to pry all of them out. They will be great for adding glitter glue and gems.

After only creating 1 layout last week using Crate Paper's Brooke line, I knew I had to get some cranking over the weekend. I'm going vintage with Graphic 45 Renaissance Faire and 7 Gypsies Venice papers. Here is a sneak of the Venice layout.

I've created a few ATCs and altered items with the 6x6 paper pad, but this is my first project using the 12x12 designs. I paired a Jenni Bowlin journaling spot. Those 2 designers are a natural combination. You may be wondering what the back strip is between the white and black pattern background papers. It's 7 Gs gaffer tape. It's there because I wated to use both sides of a single sheet of patterned paper to create the base background. Even cutting out the inside square carefully meant I'd have a few gaps when I flipped it over and inserted it, so I used the gaffer tape.

The next layout on my list is another one for EMI using the 2nd Crate Paper line they got last week. Pink Plum is very pretty, and very pink. Christine Middlecamp made a mini book using the line and black and white pictures of her son for their CHA booth. I'm not that confident I can pull of something for a boy, so I found some super cute pictures of me with my friends' daughter on her 3rd birthday. She's 7 now, so that tells you how old these are.

I'm only working with 3 of the patterns. The sheet behind is Basic Grey's new line Kioshi. I picked up the element stickers at Archiver's. I'll try to put up a sneak when I start this layout a little later this week.

Thanks for reading.

Drumroll please

I've been selected as a Guest Designer by Liz Qualman. 3 times in the next 6 months, my work will be featured on her blog My Little Sketch Book. I'll also be playing along with her weekly Sunday sketch posts. In honor of my selection, I created a layout using her sketch from February 28th.

Here is my layout.

I used Studio Calico's Anthology line. My layout was also inspired by Studio Calico designer, Kimmy Achord. I've recently discovered her, and really like her work. She also has a little boy around Shane's age.

Another project I'm very excited about is the opportunity to design kits for my local store, EMI Scrapbooking. I've just completed my first sample using Bo Bunny's Gypsy line. My next one will be a boys album with My Mind's Eye's Abbey Road. I'll be sharing pictures of the albums and lines to EMI's etsy site. The kits sell for between $20-25. Really an awesome deal when you see what is included.

My last announcement is I'll be leaving The Everyday Scrapper at the end of April. I've been writing weekly sketch posts for the site since the September 2009. It's been a great experience for me, and the choice to stop was a difficult one. I want to thank Catherine, the blog owner, and the TES Design Team for everything they've done to support my scrapbooking.

Thanks for reading.

Something cool with glimmer mist

The page below was made using Glimmer Mist. A tutorial was on the Pink Paislee blog last week.

The more I see with this stuff, the more I think I might want it!

2 Peas Box and Target Clearance

Good morning and happy Monday. I know it's been nearly a week since I blogged. My only excuse is normal life took over! I found some time to scrapbook at a crop with my girlfriend, Fran. She's to blame for getting me into scrapbooking. Here are sneaks from 2 layouts I completed.

This one is Shane taking my in-laws dog for a week last Thanksgiving. I combined American Crafts Abode papers with Basic Grey's Indian Summer element stickers.

This is a layout I made using a picture of Fran's daughter. It's rare that I have a chance to crap with pink. You may recognize this layered embellishment. It's a combination of Sassafras paper flowers, stickers and gems.

Friday evening I had a chance to look through my latest 2 Peas order.

The chipboard frames are American Crafts and coordinate with the Letterbox papers below.

These are papers and embellishments from Jillibean Soup's winter release. The kraft paper is the NE Chowder line, and the other is Cabbage Soup.

From left to right are MME Lush Brads in red and brown, Webster's Pages journaling cards for the Life's Portrait line, and October Afternoon Wild Cards for Road Map.

The fam went shopping at Target Sunday morning. Of course I must duck my head into the single scrapbooking supplies aisle. Yesterday I found a feast on markdowns including Fiskars border punches for $4.50, and K and Co Grand Adhesions for $1.99.

Behind the punches is a new jumbo wavy template from Creative Memories. It's the same cost as the jumbo circle - $14.50. This is a really versatile tool. It can be used for making large die cuts with patterned paper or cardstock, and the square is a nice guide to cut the back out of paper for resuse.

I'll be back later this week with some project pics. Thanks for reading.

New Layouts in my Peas Gallery

This morning I added 5 new projects to my 2 Peas Gallery. Here are the layouts with a few details.

In January I had an opportunity to go to a scrapbooking treat. My primary focus was completing a mini book kit. In my free time, I created a few layouts.

This layout was based on a Pencil Lines sketch. In stead of using all patterned papers for the layering, I picked out a few bingo cards. Just something different. The papers are Bo Bunny Persuasion and MME Life Stories. The floral border is from K and Co 's Handmade line.

I paired a sketch from Let's Capture Our Memories with Fancy Pant's fall 2009 line, Rough and Tough. This layout was really alot of fun to make. I happen to bring my Martha Stewart Loops border punch, and the pattern matched the paper perfectly!

This layout is special to me because my grandmother passed away not even a year ago. She had a full life with three children, 6 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchilden. Unfortunately the last year she was very ill, and we were sad but relieved for her to leave us.

Occasionally I prepare layouts for my local scrapbooking store, EMI. In December they received quite a few new lines from Kaisercraft. I used one of them to make this layout. The only matching embellishments are the brads. The die cuts came from My Mind's Eye's Bloom paper kit, which came out in spring 2009. I also added a few gems and a Jenni Bowlin baby boy bingo card. It's a super cute layout.

Even though a scrap tons of pictures of my son, Shane, I typically don't create very kid-boy layouts. This is a one of those rare occasions. Fancy Pants' winter release included a line called Frosted. I picked up a few sheets including this blue die cut at Archiver's. All the graphics stickers are from American Crafts' Junior line. I had fun adding tiny dots of Stickles to the fabric covered Thickers alpha letters for a little extra bling.

Another thing I don't get to scrap often are little girls! This is my good friend's daughter. She is incredibly adorable and sassy. I didn't snap this pic, but I saw it in a pile and asked if I could scrap it. I used Sassafrass Lass papers, chipboard, stickers and layered florals. The background paper is a sheet from My Mind's Eye Life Stories. I very rarely work with kraft paper, but I wanted to keep the focus of the layout on the picture and color in the bottom corner and I thought the muted background would help accomplish that.

Sharing 6 layouts in one post is fairly unusual for me. I made a resolution at the beginning of the year to keep up better with this, and I hope you enjoy these projects. If it's any consolation, they were only made in the past 3 months!

If you're wondering where I might put all these layouts, I saw these awesome display shelves on Mugsyboo's blog.

Thanks for reading.