It's officially summer

Our neighborhood pool opened this past week and yesterday we spent a few hours there. It's amazing how different Shane is in the water from last year to this year. He practically wants to swim by himself. We've decided to invest in some private lessons for him, so look for fun pool layouts soon! The arrival of summer has also meant we're busier than ever with outdoor activities. This is great, but doesn't leave much time or energy for scrapbooking! I have several projects in progress. Here are a few sneaks.

Sassafras Lass Cherry Delicious

My Mind's Eye Life Stories and Bella Bella. New Jillibean Soup journaling sprouts.

New photo mini book. The background papers are My Mind's Eye and Webster's Pages. The accent papers are from one of my all-time favorite lines, Pink Paislee Fetching/Fascinating/Captivating. Embellishments are GCD, Basic Grey, Pink Paislee, 7 Gypsies, and K and Co.

I'm very excited because Crafting Jewish Style is rolling out all new content and projects starting in June. Look for projects using all 3 of the current product lines, techniques and tutorials and more. Lisa Spiegel will host the first featured scrapper, Keshet Shenkar. I'll be hosting a sketch inspiration and challenge on Sunday, June 27.

Have a great week. Thanks for reading.

Scrapbook Trends: Mission Accomplished

One of my scrapbooking goals for 2010 was to get a layout published in Scrapbook Trends magazine. I received an email from the magazine's editor yesterday requesting one of my layouts for publication. I'm very excited to be included, and I hope I'll have more opportunities to show my work in print. It'll be included in the October 2010 issue, so it will be November before I can show the piece online. If you subscribe or get the magazine on occasion, it will be included in the rub-ons feature.

1 year anniversary

Hello everyone. I hope you had an enjoyable weekend. I can hardly believe we're half way through the month of May. In the south, schools let out before Memorial Day. This is their last week. It'll be nice to have a break from the morning school/work commute traffic. I don't remember there being a pronounced change where I grew up, but there certainly is here.

April marked my 1 year anniversary as a scrapbooker. Technically I started in February 2009, but April was when I went to my first LSS (local scrapbooking store) and bought what would be the final issue of Simple Scrapbooks. I found it disappointed that I discovering a hobby when it was in such a time of downturn and turmoil. In honor of this milestone, I thought I'd share one of my first real "layouts."

These are pictures of Shane and his friend Jonah. The papers are a huge mismash of companies and styles. I did use a sketch so the basic composition is there. Contrast that with a layout I did a few weeks ago using Pink Paislee's Bayberry Cottage line. The pictures are also of Jonah, 1 year older.

What a difference a year makes! My one year blogging anniversary is in July. I'll have to think of something fun to reward my loyal followers. I know you're out there!

I've had some great opportunities coming my way lately. Last month I found out 1 of my layouts was selected for a new book by Memory Makers. There will be over 500 pages featured, and it's an honor to be included. I believe the book will be available in late 2010 or early 2011. There was a large call for Hanukkah projects by Creating Keepsakes. I was able to submit several layouts, and I hope at least 1 will be included. In addition, there may be some Crafting Jewish Style products featured. Another opportunity of sorts have been the summer design team calls going on. Unfortunately, I was not selected for the Noel Mignon kit club or Glitz Designs, but I'm hopefully one of my other applications will result in an invitation.

Here are some sneaks of pages I've completed this month.

Fancy Pants My Family

Basic Grey Kioshi and Origins

Fancy Pants Roadshow

Here's a snapshot of Shane I took with my phone in the car this afternoon. Could he be cuter? I'll have some pics of a new mini book and lots of new paper lines I've been hiding! Thanks for reading.

A treat for the weekend

I know I have been alittle inattentive to my blog the past two weeks. To make up for it, I'm going to share a few layouts I created in April. I think it was my most productive month ever. My last count of projects was 35 layouts and 2 mini books. Whew! I also took on responsibility as the blog coordinator for Crafting Jewish Style's blog. I love working with our design team. At the moment, we're very excited to submit projects for Creating Keepsakes' huge holiday projects call. You can check them out here.

These projects all use different paper lines released in 2010. I just love getting into the new collections, and I had so much fun creating these.

Papers and corrugated alphas: Jillibean Soup New England Chowder and Cabbage Stew.

Papers and chipboard: Cosmo Cricket Joyride

Papers and stickers: Basic Grey Kioshi

Papers and chipboard frames: American Crafts Letterbox

So far this month I've worked with Bella Blvd Estate Sale, Crate Paper Pink Plum, Fancy Pants Roadshow and My Family and Pink Paislee Queen Bee. Check back for sneaks of those projects next week. Have a great weekend and thanks for reading.

See my newest layout on Crate Paper's blog

Cruise over to Crate Paper's blog today to see my layout among the entries for their sketch challenge this past weekend.

NSD Projects

This past Saturday was National Scrapbooking Day. I've never participated in organized crops or events, but I did make time to create several layouts. I can't share the whole enchilada, but here are a few previews.

This layout is based on a sketch by Jana Eubank. The papers are all Basic Grey from some of the older lines. In this shot you can see Infuse, Sugared, Offbeat, Boxer and June Bug. I made the mini pennant using a Fiskars edge scissors and Jenni Bowlin stickers.

This layout is for the current Bo Bunny sketch challenge. I used a collection of different paper lines. The background paper is from Snowy Serenade. The die cut is from Gypsy. You can see some Kitchen Spice and Delilah I used Bo Bunny brads from the Persuasion line.

I probably spent the most time on this project. Several kit clubs have combined papers from Pink Paislee's Queen Bee and Crate Paper's Brook lines. I wanted to try a layout with that combination and I added in a flocked transparency from Fancy Pants' new Roadshow line.

You can't see it in this pic, but the whole reason for this layout was because I wanted to use the new sewn cardstock from We R Memory Keepers. The base of my layout is this paper.

It's a very pretty pink and the cardstock has a weave texture. The paper is a fantastic value for $1 a sheet. There are a variety of colors coordinating with each of their lines, but they work well with other products. For my layout I used papers from Crate Paper's Pink Plum, Prima's Bloomin Retro, and the title tag is Basic Grey Kioshi. This layout was important for me because I used a stamp. I know, stop the presses. I wanted to include a little journaling spot and I got the idea to stamp on a scrap of the cream pattern paper from Pink Plum. I used Dew Drop and a Basic Grey clear stamp from the Casablanca set. It really is the perfect compliment to the layout.

For all these projects, I put alot of emphasis into layering papers and defining layers. I didn't use as much pop dotting. I tried to be more selective about which elements I wanted to emphasize by bringing them forward. Looking back over these projects, I realized that I used alot of scraps and leftovers from paper lines I bought last fall. While I absolute love getting new paper lines and products, I sometimes ignore paper when I don't use it immediately. I'm glad I pulled out something that might have gone unused and created from it.

Thanks for reading.