It's raining goodies

Have I mentioned lately that I've been shopping? This is scrapbookers' favorite time of year. The summer trade show debuting new products for the second half of the year has passed and stores are receiving new lines almost daily. Big box stores like Joann, Michael's and Hobby Lobby are putting out seasonal products for fall. I'm trying to be a more selective shopper this season, but with all the wonderful new temptations, it's so hard! Here are a few things that made the cut.

New stickers including chipboard alphas from Cosmo Cricket and 97% complete labels from 7 Gypsies.

This line actually came out in late spring. It's Fly a Kite from October Afternoon. The papers are adorable and can be used for tons of projects.

My Mind's Eye came out with arguably the best line of CHA Summer. Lost and Found features glittered papers and embellishments. My absolute favorite thing are the brad packs. There are four different sets and at $5 each they are quite a value.

EMI just received 2 new lines from Jillibean Soup. They have totally redesigned their journaling sprouts to coordinate with the paper lines.

I've also been scooping up paper and embellishments for two big projects. These are my supplies are an album I'm making for a friend with 2 small boys.

I loved the idea of taking papers traditionally designed for July 4th and bringing them together with boy-themed embellishments. Red, white and blue are great colors for little boys.

My other project is tackling the pictures we have from our summer vacation. I've been collecting papers from various lines like Fancy Pants Rusted Sun, Bella Blvd All Inclusive, and Making Memories Panorama. When I went to make my first layout, I discovered I had very few embellishments. I allowed myself a small shopping spree, and came back with these.

Most of these were $1 and $2 items, so I didn't feel too bad.

I look forward to sharing these projects with you. Have a great week! Thanks for reading.

As promised

My summer has not been as productive with new scrapbooking as I would like, but here a few pages to share.

This one is a combination of Pink Paislee Queen Bee and Crate Paper Brook papers, a Fancy Pants flocked transparency, and Crate Paper brads.

Little Yellow Bicycle came out with a super cute baby line this summer with boy and girl papers. These are boy papers and stickers with layered flowers from K and Co.

I just loved Bella Blvd's Estate Sale line. My favorite things are the great chipboard shape sets. There is some Cosmo and Sass on here too.

My Mind's Eye's So Sophie line was my favorite mid-season release. It was a line with a ton of value. The die cut papers are doubled sided, and the 12x12 papers came with mini bracket-shaped borders. Since the page was for a MME challenge, I included Meadowlark and Quite Contrary paper, Lush brads and So Sophie stickers.

This page was one built from my stash. Papers from Fancy Pants Road Show and Webster's 6x6 specialty vellum and die cut pack. Stickers are Basic Grey and Jenni Bowlin. The pleated ribbons are from Pink Paislee.

I'm so glad to share these with you. Thanks for reading.

CKC and the Wiggles

I'm up to my ears in great new scrapbooking products. I've recently purchased 3 new EK Success border punches 2 of which are new the large size.

This past weekend while I was in Charolotte I picked up some great $1 embellishments at CKC. I splurged on new Basic Grey flowers and pieces.

I also visited LSS Family Memories. I've been looking for We R Memory Keepers and Bella Blvd Man of the House. They had both plus Pink Paislee Starlight.

Over the course of the summer between Scrapbook Expo, CKC, EMI, Archiver's and Your Scrapbook Stash I've pick up these new paper lines: Fancy Pants Wishful Thinking and Rusted Sun, Sassafras Lass Indie Girl, October Afternoon Thrift Shop and Fly a Kite, Bo Bunny Sunkissed and Paradise, Basic Grey Max and Whiskers and Capella, Making Memories Panorama, My Mind's Eye So Sophie, Studio Calico Documentary, Girls Paperie On Holiday, Kaisercraft Peachy Keen, Prima Pastiche, Adorn It Busy Bee. I'll be the busy bee making projects with these awesome products this fall.

I've also been playing with samples from CHA for Basic Grey Wander, Jillibean Soup, Fancy Pants It's Your Day, Teresa Collins Celebrate and Echo Park Life is Good. The layouts I'm making are for EMI's grand reopening at their new location. Check out their blog for details. The store just received My Mind's Eye new lines. There are 6 in all including Lost and Found which was the talk of CHA.

While I was away, my son was treated to his first concert venue show. No it wasn't Van Halen or Snoop.

Here is Shane doing his best Captain Feathersword.

Thanks for reading.

Headed to CKC Charlotte

I've never had an opportunity to check out Charlotte, NC before. I now have some good friends living there, and with CKC happening Friday and Saturday this is the perfect time for me to go. I'm really looking forward to checking out the local scene and getting my hands on some new products from CHA Summer.

I've been working like crazy on samples for EMI. They have tons of new stuff coming in. The grand opening of the new store is this weekend, and I hate that I'll be missing it. Check back next week for pics and new projects.

Silly inspiration

It's easy to scrap when you've got such a fun subject!


So, did you follow the CHA news last week? Even better, were you lucky enough to attend? I was not, but I have friends who were there and I can't wait to peruse their pics. It looked like an awesome show. I was inspired to do some shopping and creating.

Below are papers and stickers from October Afternoon's Thrift Shop collection. I loved the vintage look when it came out, but it's taken me awhile to get to creating with it.

At the upper left corner, you can see a small section of my layout in progress. I used both of the new EK Success slimline border punches I purchased yesterday. Here they are.

The lower one is the standard size with a new bracket design. The upper one is from the new jumbo series EK recently released. Here is a closeup

I found that one along with a mess of new styles randomly at my local Joann. There had to have been 30 different ones to choose from including new Halloween and Holiday themes.

They are pricey at $17.99, but that's what 40% off coupons are for!
Another surprise at Joann was tons of new embellishments including a section dedicated to K and Co.

If you have one near you, I definitely recommend a trip in the near future. Thanks for reading.