Thursday, December 31, 2009


I had so much fun with the mistletoe and more kit!
I loved christmas themed papers, they werent "too"
christmassy,,,, if you know what I mean.
so completed three layouts and a cute little gift box too.
one layout is from julie bonners sketch here.. and the other two are from my head(a very scary place indeed!) and the gift box , welll that little bit of eye candy was inspired by the papers themselves. I made those little paper roses from the papers in the kit too,,,,I hope you like them!
does anyone have new years traditions??? it is a tradition in our family to eat black eyed peas and collard green for new years day,,,, the beans represent all the money you with make in the new year , and the collard greens represent the growth of a new crop.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Whatever Wednesday - Mini Album

Here is a Christmas mini album/journal that I made with December's Mistletoe and More kit. I thought this would be perfect for jotting all of the stories, gift ideas, pictures etc. that happen during the crazy month of December. It is always a flurry of activity and then after it's over, I can't remember most of what happened!

Just a reminder that there is a drawing for some Jenni Bowlin products on the previous post. Anyone doing anything exciting for New Years? My husband is in a band and is playing on New Year's Eve, but I'm staying home with the kidlets. I'm just not that wild and crazy anymore!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Jenni Bowlin Giveaway!

Hi, all. It's me Sarah, and today's highlighted manufacturer is Jenni Bowlin. Have you seen her products?! They're total yumminess! :) If you're into vintage-looking scrapbook products, then you're going to LOVE her stuff.

The December kit features some Jenni Bowlin products, so if you're interested check out That Scrappy Girl's store for some vintage yumminess!

Also, if you want a chance to win some of Jenni Bowlin products, do at least ONE of the following and comment to let us know which one you completed:

1) Become a follower to our blog.
2) Share this giveaway on your blog, facebook, twitter, etc.
3) Send someone over to our blog to participate in our giveaway.

Remember, comment to this post to let us know you've done one of the above. :) You have until Thursday, December 31st.

Winner will be announced shortly that.


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays!

On behalf of me and the design team, we want to wish everyone a joyous Holiday Season! I am so thankful to be spending the holiday with my family and my mother who braved the weather and even made the 6'o'clock news. She arrived yesterday afternoon just in time to wake the twinkies from their nap.

Thank you for all of the comments and following us this year. The winner of the Elle's studio goodies is Calia Yang! Please send me you mailing address to me so I can get your goodies in the mail.

Until next week...Happy Scrappin'

xoxo, Mimi

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Team Member Tuesday!

'Tis the season to be running around like a crazy person - shopping, wrapping, baking, packing, the list goes on and on! Here is a quick post sharing a couple quick cards using December's Mistletoe and More kit. On the first card I layered different pieces of Bazzill (pop dotting some for dimension), used some Elle's Studio paper and sentiment and a piece of paper from the Jenni Bowlin mini album. On the second card I cut a small piece from the large scalloped Pink Paislee paper and added one of the die cuts to make my sentiment.
Don't forget about the Elle's Studio giveway on yesterday's post. I hope that everyone has happy and safe holiday!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Manufacturer Monday!

Today we're going to be hilighting Elle's Studio. In December's Kit, we have added some of her super cute calendar tags, holiday papers and holiday tags. We have been posting all sorts of fun projects this month made with some of her items. She and her design team post other projects and ideas on their blog. Be sure to stop over for a visit!

We are so excited to be featuring her products that I figured let's give some away. If you aren't regularly following our blog, please sign up or leave a comment. Anyone who leaves a comment or is a blog or FaceBook Follower/Fan will be eligible to win the prize. The winner will be announced in Thursday's blog due to the holiday. Have a great Monday!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Fab Friday!

Yeah it's Friday and though I've been fighting a cold all week and one of the twinkies woke up at 5:07am, it's totally going to be a Fab day! Yesterday, Sarah talked about scrapbooking on a budget. We all love those FAB tips she gave us.

When I run into people the biggest complaint I hear about scrapbooking is the lack of time to work on our passion and craft. I have never been the fastest scrapbooker, but here's my layout inspiration for today and a breakdown of how long it took to create:

7:00-7:08 print and trim pictures
7:10-7:15 kiss hubby goodbye for the day and get crayons/coloring book for Hailey (Hunter still sleeping...sshh!)
7:16-7:18 look for paint and paint brush
7:18-7:20 paint brown onto cardstock
7:20-7:30 place pictures on cardstock, grab Pink Paislee Alphas out of car (don't ask why
they were in the car!), convince Hailey that 2 pictures on her layout are cuter than the 3 used for Hunter
7:31-7:32 place title down on cardstock
7:33-7:35 pick out glitter letter for Hailey's layout...she didn't have any on her' fair!
7:36-7:38 finish up title
7:39-7:45 cut strips of coordinating paper for accents, pop up circle punchout from kit.
7:46-7:52 glue down paper for star. Sand and paint edges. Add another star to
Hailey's layout
7:5 -7:55 finish gluing down embellishments, cut edge of Jenni Bowlin paper and adhere
7:55-8:00 take picture for blog post
8:00-8:15 mini meltdown from Hailey - she hit her head on my scrapbook table
...writing blog post.

8:16am DONE loading pic to blog post
8:17-8:26 Hunter woke up...finish loading pic to blog post...Now I'm done!

Like I said, I'm not the fastest scrapbooker, but having some time with my daughter this morning has been super fun...Now if Hunter would have been up, well either add an hour or rather, there might not have been a blogpost today.

Have a FAB FRIDAY! Mimi

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Happy Thursday!

Hi to all you "scrappy" fans!

Hope your holiday season is going great so far! Are any of you done with your Christmas shopping?! ;) Okay, okay... Just kidding! I just had to ask for fun.

Anyway, I thought I would share a couple of tips for the scrapbooker on a budget. Let's face it - our hobby can get pretty darn expensive. For instance, punches all seem to range over $10 each. instead of using punches, look around you. Shapes are among us!

To create a circle, trace around:
-top of a pot
-bottom of a canned good
-a glass bottom

To create a square/rectangle, trace around:

To create odd shaped pictures, trace around:
-cookie cutters

What other items can you think of tracing around?

...and I wanted to share a couple of layouts I created using this month's kit. If you haven't, make sure to pick one up. You can do so much with this one kit!

Happy Thursday!


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Whatever Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday everyone! There are officially 8 more shopping days left before Christmas! Well guess who hasn't even started? Luckily for me, my DH came home one day and said he bought his gifts...I didn't even have to wrap them. Gotta' love men who love to shop.

I am ashamed to say I haven't even started on my holiday cards either, so I thought I'd better get started. Here are a couple of cards I made. I really like the oversized cards even though they require a little more postage. Glad I'm scrapbooking with some gal pals this weekend to finish up the rest.

I used the Elle's studio collection for these cards plus I used a couple of items from Maya Road (scroll coaster album) and the back side of Dew Drop Inn from October Afternoon's Road Map collection. Base of card is from Jillibean Soup kraft cards/envelopes.The larger pink snowflakes were cut out from the Sihlouette and Happy Holiday are rub-ons.

I'll be back for Fab Friday...until then, Happy Scrappin'...Mimi

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Hiya fellow scrappygirls! its team member tuesday!
and I have a few really cute layouts that I made for you to see.
We have had some winter weather in wisconsin,and we went out all bundled up in the 12 degree weather to play in the snow, and I got some great pics so I hope to use some
glitter and white paint on the misletoe and more kit!!!(I CANT WAIT!)
But in the meantime, I had some super cute pics of my two cute twin boys, And even though when I looked at this paper I saw cute, pink,,, well you know....
I still think they worked out with thses boy pics too!
Well here they are,, you look and let me know what you think.............

Monday, December 14, 2009

Manufacturer Monday: Basic Grey

I am highlighting another of my favorites this week - Basic Grey. Here are some projects I made recently with June Bug and Lime Rickey products which can be found in That Scrappy Girl's store. Basic Grey is always coming out with something new. I love their felt woolies and am always a fan of their cardstock sticker sheets. They also have different card kits where you create a variety of cards in a short amount of time and cheaper than you would buy individually in the store.

Is everyone ready for the holidays? I still have a few gifts to buy, but the weather here is once again yucky (this time ice) so looks like I'll be procrastinating a few more days!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Fab Friday!

I'm not sure if it's "fab" here in the Midwest. The news is saying we had around 15 inches of snow, the wind chill is below zero and schools have been closed for days. On an up note, I never lost electricity and I got to sleep in! Today the kidlets are back at school and I really need to buckle down and get my Christmas decorating and shopping done. But instead I'm thinking about hanging out in my scrap room today :-) Here is a quick and easy card I made using this month's December kit.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Winter Wonderland Wednesday!

Hi everybody, it's me Mimi. I live in Des Moines, IA and if you haven't seen The Weather Channel, or read today, well, we made the headlines. So far we have had 15" of snow and it's still coming down. And shhh! we're still in our pj's.

Now that we are getting closer to Christmas about all I have to bribe my children with is the thought that good ole' St. Nick will soon be here. They have a great understanding, thanks to Dora's Christmas special of the Nice and Naughty list...and frankly the threat of the Naughty List was the only way I could get them to take a nap today. So in keeping with that spirit, here is my take of the concept.

...stay warm today; hopefully we'll be able to dig ourselves out tomorrow...Mimi

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Team Member Tuesday : Sarah

To better serve all of you "scrappy gals," I thought I would run a poll to see what our customers want to see in the future. So, if you could please take the time, could you please vote below.

Thanks for your input!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Its Monday!!!!

Well its monday again,, I hate mondays! It always seems that they are crazy busy and I just never seem to get athing done!
Anyway,, I got my scrapbook room all unpacked and semi-organised, after our move from florida to wisconsin.Whew! that was a loooong ride!I felt like my butt had grown to the seat by the time we finally got here!lolol!we found a big old farmhouse to rent and it came with an extra room,,,,,, ta da,,, instant scrapbbok room,, aka moms "studio".
so I did get a chance to scrap some this weekend and got to play with the jillibean soup kit,, its so stinkin cute! so that is who I am featuring on this crazy monday.
here are a layout that I made with the jillibean soup kit.
I like thses papers because you can put them with any kind of photos, even thisone with all the colors of the rainbow looks cool with them...What cha think????

Friday, December 4, 2009

Fab Friday!

It is in the 20's here in Iowa today...a shock from the 60's we had just a few days ago. So I had a hard time getting out from under the covers this morning, but here I am with this week's Fab Friday. Using the December kit here is my take on Julie's Fab December sketch. I made a card and remember you can make any type of project to compete in the monthly sketch challenge - layout, card, home decor...anything goes! We would love to see what you can do. See this recent post for all of the information and remember it is due January 5th.

Have a nice weekend everyone!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Technique Thursday - Glitter!

Another one of my favorite (and easy) techniques is to use glitter to emphasis patterns on paper. I used a glue pen to trace the snowflake pattern, sprinkled some glitter.... super easy! On this mitten ornament in addition to tracing the snowflakes I also added lines of glitter to the cuff of the mitten. If there isn't a pattern on the paper, you can always create your own. I then attached the papers to the chipboard mitten found in the December kit. Repunch the hole using a paper punch or Cropodile and you are ready to hang this on your tree.

Tips when using Glitter:
  • When using a glue pen, do a small area at a time, so the glue doesn't dry out too quickly.

  • You can also use a glue pen to apply glitter to flowers, stickers or anything else needing a little sparkle.

  • When doing a large area such as a chipboard piece, I often use Modge Podge. You can also rub a glue pad over the surface or use a spray adhesive or other liquid glue.

  • Use a tray or small, flexible paper plate, so that you can easily put it back into the bottle.

  • There are different sizes of glitter - the glitter I used was very fine. If you have a chunky glitter, you would want to use on a much larger, less detailed project.

  • Baby wipes are a great way to clean the tray or help to get the glitter off your hands. They also help with static cling.

  • Use a small paint brush, Q tip or eyeshadow applicator to brush away excess glitter.

  • Be prepared - you will probably be a little shimmery for awhile! Whenever I go to a crop on Saturday, I always seem to be a little sparkly at church on Sunday :-)

  • If anyone else has any other tips feel free to share!

A couple other non glitter related tips on this project. I used the left over foam dots packaging to add dimension to my cuff. Never throw it away - it is great to use on larger pieces of paper for dimension. I used a border punch for the cuff, but you could easily draw a scalloped cuff and cut out with scissors.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Whatever Wednesday - Part 2 :)

Welcome back to Whatever Wednesday - Part 2 :)  Mimi posted earlier with an adorable layout but I wanted to make sure to "pop" in and share the winner for the November challenge!!  It was again a difficult decision - you all did such a great job!! Congrats to our winner Mica!! Check out her layout here!!  Mica, please email your mailing address to Mimi at so she can get your goodies out to you!!  A BIG thank you to all who participated, hope you can join us again this month using the following sketch:

Here is my take on it using TSG's December Main Kit, featuring Pink Paislee's Mistletoe & Co. line:  

Remember, you do not need to buy or use a kit from That Scrappy Girl to enter - feel free to use your stash!!  Entries must be submitted by January 5th .  One lucky winner will receive this AWESOME Basic Grey Card Kit!!!

How do you enter???  Just upload your layout to your blog on any online gallery.  Then copy the URL and paste it in the Mr. Linky link below.  Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with :)

It's Whatever Wednesday!

Happy Hump day everyone! Today I'm bringing you a 12" x 12" layout using the collection featured in this month's kit: Mistletoe and More. Now that the twinkies are getting older they are less and less cooperative with the camera. This photo was actually taken by our accountant. Well, at least Christmas cards went of the embellishments I used I made myself.

The oragami tree was made by 4 pieces of paper...sizes are 1.5" x 1.5", 2" x 2", 2.5" x 2.5" and 3" x 3" the stick is from the yard.

Hope you enjoy! xoxo Mimi

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Team Member Tuesday

Sarah, here.

Happy December to all of you. Can you believe that we are in the month of December already?! Christmas is only a few weeks away! YIKES! So, to get everyone into the Christmas spirit and cheer, I wanted to share a couple of projects that I made using December's kit. You're gonna LOVE all of the goodies in this one.

Here's a couple of cards I created:

...and two simple mini albums I created:

...and you can't have a Christmas without gift tags:

Hope all of these projects have inspired to create something fun for the holidays!


Monday, November 30, 2009

CYBER Monday! Free Gift with Purchase

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday in the U.S. Today is considered CYBER Monday, the largest internet shopping day. There is still time to take advantage of our Black Friday sale - 25% OFF your entire purchase: enter code BLACK25 and with every online order placed today, you will receive a FREE gift of AlphaBeans Stickers from Jillibean Soup (please specify preferred color-may vary due to availablity)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Fab BLACK Friday!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I actually went to the gym for a killer workout, ate some delicious Turkey and hung out with the family. In keeping with the Black Friday tradition of bargain sales, I am offering 25% off your ENTIRE purchase. Also, there will be free shipping on orders over $30.00. This offer will expire on Nov. 30th. Make sure you enter the discount code to receive the discount: BLACK25.

Have a wonderful time with family and friends and we will resume our inspiration next week!


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Whatever Wednesday - Hoot!

Here is a gift bag and card I made with November's add on kit - Look Who's Talking. I will confess that I snitched the Jillibean ABC's from the main kit, but any alpha set you have in your own stash would work just fine too. Owls are "in" with papercrafting and these Jillibean Soup owls are super cute. I put pop dots behind the owls I cut from the paper and also added some Clearsnap Chesnut Roan chalk ink (it's my go to ink anytime I need a brown) to the corrugated alpha to distress them a bit.

I had some cardstock scraps with a crease left from when I made the friend card and so I left that crease at the top to give this simple little card a little something special.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I need to get some pumpkin pies made and do some last minute shopping today. I should make the pies soon, that way if they go horribly wrong I still have time to hit Walmart before going to the parents on Thursday!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Team Member Tuesday!

Hi Everyone! It's Mimi again. This year, I know with me finally able to stay home with the twinkies and needing to save money, I wanted to come up with a solution of gift giving and saving money. So this season, I decided to make some home made goodies as gifts. I vowed to used as many of the products I already had in my scrapbook room. Here's what I came up with:

I also decided to try some projects using the new December kit. The box icicle is a downloaded template using my Silhouette from QuicKutz. You can put money or candy inside or just use it to decorate the tree. Treat Jar is from Making Memories filled with Hershey Kisses. Don't forget to decorate the top of the jar. This one is decorated, but I didn't have a good photo to show.

We would love to see some of your homemade crafts. Email us a pic of your project or send us a link to your blog and you could win some more scrappi goodness from our Featured Manufacturer TaDa Design Studios mentioned in yesterday's blog.

Don't forget about our sketch challenge. Deadline is December 1st. Here are the details.