September 26, 2012

you can find me...

Tomorrow I'm the host at the Simple Stories blog, and I'll be sharing a few ideas for simple fall cards and tags.  I hope you will take the time to stop by!

I know it's been really scrapbook heavy here lately.  I have a few non-scrappy posts planned in my head, and I want to get to them soon (Friday, maybe?)  There is just a lot going on, and when things get a little hectic around here blogging is the first thing to go.  The scrapbooking, it most definitely stays. =)

I hope your week is going well, I'll be back soon!

September 21, 2012

happy to finally share this...

A couple of months ago I received my very first layout request from Scrapbooks & Cards Today!  The Fall 2012 issue went live today, and you can download or view the entire issue online for free!  Free is always good.  =)

You can find the issue, here.

Enjoy your weekend, and the first day of fall!

September 14, 2012

baby love

My official term as a design team member for Pebbles, Inc started this month.  The past two weeks they have been introducing the team and we have been sharing projects on the blog.  This is the layout I created for my introduction

The title was cut using my Cameo, and was inspired by an image in the Pebbles Silhouette library (you can find the image here).  I removed the "love" part from the title in the software and then used a different font for that word.

Sam is about two weeks old in the photos above.  He was so tiny!  We were just commenting last night how big he has grown.  Those weeks after giving birth are difficult for me, and I never quite feel like myself.  Even though I didn’t feel my prettiest when these photos were taken, I knew that I would want pictures of the two of us together.  The lighting in these photos isn’t the best, which is why I chose to convert them to black and white.  Also, that change allowed me to put a lot of color and pattern into my layout design.  We were sent the Sunnyside collection to work with for our blog debut, and I can honestly say that even as a mom to three boys, I adore it.  There are a lot of pinks and florals, but they are offset by the navy and blue-green.  And I love the polka-dot and ledger patterns.  It ended up being the perfect choice to scrapbook this memory of Sam’s early days.

I also decided to make a card,

and as you can see, my infatuation with butterflies and doilies continues.  I think my favorite piece of paper from the collection is the From Me to You patterned paper.  I plan on using every last scrap of that sheet.

I received the newest collections from Pebbles this past week, and all I can say is I am excited to start creating!  Yes, I know I work for them, but even so, I wanted all of Seen and Noted from the moment they previewed it on the blog.  It is just perfect.  Bold, bright colors, great patterns, and the embellishments are truly versatile.  The other collections are really cute too, and in fact, my first assignment will be made using Walnut Grove (going to work on that this weekend).  Over the next several weeks the team will be sharing projects on the blog using the new products so be sure to stop by.

Enjoy your weekend!

September 13, 2012

a work in progress...

Yesterday I said I would try to share a recently made layout and card.  But oh boy, it was definitely one of those days.  I also mentioned something about a little quiet time during my last post...  should have put "little" in bold.  I think no sooner had I hit publish on that post than a certain someone, a very cute and chubby and sweet someone, woke up from his nap.  And I knew it wasn't going to be good because it was about an hour too early.  But such is life with babies.

Just like on the Millennium Falcon, the work is never done.

So, last night I played with my blog's template instead of writing a real post.  I've been wanting to make some changes and updates for a while now.  You could think of it as not-so-routine maintenance.  Still not sure I like it.  The changes are subtle, but I suppose you get used to seeing something a certain way so I notice them.  I'm going to continue to make some changes over the next couple of weeks.  Let me know if you have any suggestions or comments for the design, or if you notice anything that looks strange or out of place. 

Tomorrow is daddy's Friday off, so today is what we call first Friday.  Tomorrow will be second Friday.  Love having two Fridays. 

See you again soon!

September 12, 2012

and the winner is...

I promised to choose and announce the winner of The Good Life giveaway yesterday, but the day got away from me I'm afraid.  My apologies.  Today has been pretty busy too, but the baby is sleeping right now, and the boys are outside releasing their wiggles, so I'm taking advantage of a little quiet time.

The winner of the giveaway is Gina!!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway, and for sharing your BIG ideas with me.  In case you haven't had a chance to register yet, there are still several days left in the Big Idea Festival.  It is not too late to sign up and remember, admission is free!! 

I will try to be back later tonight with a layout and a card.  Until next time!

September 5, 2012

BIG news & a giveaway!

Did you hear the BIG news?  Ella Publishing, home of amazing eBooks for scrapbookers and crafters, is now part of the Big Picture Classes family!!

The news was part of the kickoff for the Big Idea Festival going on right now:

As it says above, admission is FREE and there are prizes, giveaways, and discounts available to those who register and participate in the festival.  I mention discounts because there is even more good news, Ella's eBook library is now ALSO available at!  Click here to browse all the titles.

And now for even more fun - I have one spot to giveaway in Amy Tan's ongoing, self-paced workshop, The Good Life!

Class Description
This class will focus on some of the components that make up the good life. You'll create and be inspired by fashion, home/office, travel and crafts. You'll also learn plenty of techniques that you can use on your various projects, which aren't limited to just fabric and paper. In this class, you will spend a little time learning, absorbing, feeling inspired and then be able to spend more time actually experiencing and doing. Isn't that what life's all about anyway?

The Good Life Projects Include:
      Craft: Step-by-step instructions to create a layout.
      Travel: Instructions for creating a scrapbooking on the go kit.
      Travel: Instructions for creating an on-the-go mini book.
      Home Office: Instructions for creating a layout including stitching on paper.
      Fashion: Instructions for creating a reverse applique' design on a t-shirt.
      Amy also shares a lot of inspirational stories, tips and techniques in this wonderful class!

Want your chance to win?  Leave a comment telling me your newest BIG idea.  What do you love lately?  What is inspiring you?  Also, you must include your email address in the comments so that I can contact you if you win.  Comments will remain open until Monday, September 10th, 11:59 pm PST.  The winner will be announced on Tuesday and will be contacted shortly thereafter.

Good luck and thanks for stopping by!! 

September 3, 2012

{simple} inspiration

I hope you are enjoying your Labor Day weekend!  We are, although, 4 out of 5 of us are now officially sick.  My husband let me sleep in this morning though, so I'm feeling a lot better than I did last night.

I did promise a you a layout last week, so here it goes...  I didn't get a chance to work with Simple Stories' Christmas collection, Handmade Holiday, for CHA, and so when I received it in the mail several weeks back I was immediately inspired to use it to create a layout.  Something I really like about Simple Stories is how the papers have lots of little design details, especially the cut-apart papers.  They are great for using as is, but you can also take those ideas and make them your own.  I was inspired by the snowflakes combined with the kraft grid on the 6x8 photo mat pictured below
Using that design as a starting point, I came up with this layout

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut several different style and shaped snowflakes from the Dictionary paper.  Which I love, by the way; anything with text is always a favorite of mine.

Then to add a subtle sparkle, I misted them with Mister Huey's Shine.  If you have never used it or seen it in person, it is a silvery metallic color.

And is admittedly, a bit difficult to photograph.  You will just have to trust me when I say it is very pretty!  I also layered the larger snowflakes with smaller ones, and used foam adhesive to add dimension to the page.

Likewise, I used foam adhesive to attach part of my title to the page.  I use one very simple sans serif font combined with a script font to create a more playful title.  I love how the page turned out, simple and yet fun.

Well, I am going to try to wrap-up all my unfinished chores, attend to my grumpy children, and relax... all at the same time.  Not sure that is possible, but I'm going to give it my best effort.  =)


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