Thursday, June 30, 2011

Summer Days with Echo Park

The bright colors of Echo Park's Summer Days is perfect for these summer play pictures. Just playing around, dancing and twirling in the outdoor sun. Maddie brings these bright colors alive. I just love Echo Park. The designs are so bright and fun. I enjoy putting foam squares under the stickers to help them pop from the page, like the banner stickers. Cutting just a simple circle from such bright and colorful patterns add a lot of design to your page. I added buttons to the centers of the flower stickers to give them dimensions and used the letters in the kit to cover a label with maddie's name .

Monday, June 27, 2011

Mojo Monday! Crafting with Kids and Shimmerz Paints!

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a scrappin' fun weekend. So we're in full swing for summer and it's been a little rainy here in Des Moines.  So, I decided to get some paint out and let the kids have some fun.  Here's what they came up with...

I received some samples from a company called Shimmerz Paints and W O W is this a FUN, FUN, FUN product line.  I can't wait to see them at CHA...I'm thinking I need to place an order and let the creatitivity flow. 

Shimmerz  are premixed. No recipe, no mess. *They are rediculously shimmery. *They dry on glossy or non-porous surfaces, perfect for use on acetate or metal. *They are made in the USA. *70 Options Available: 39 Spectacular colors of Shimmerz, 11 Brilliant shades of Blingz, and 20 Fabulous Choices of Spritz! *They are non-toxic. *They are water-based.

Shimmerz also has a great channel on You Tube.  I scraplifted a layout from artist Lesley Langdon so I could get a feel of the product...Here's what I came up with:

Be sure to check out thier YouTube channel and let me know what you think!


Friday, June 24, 2011

UnityTV - Sew Cute Video Tutorial

Happy Friday everyone.  I wanted to share a video with you all today featuring a store kit from Unity Stamps.  It is "sew cute"  This kit will also be on sale in our store Reg. $25.00 on sale for $15.00...That's $10 off MSRP.  Hope you enjoy the video.  Have a great weekend!

Sew Cute Tutorial by Unity Stamp Company

Thursday, June 23, 2011

It's just not summer without Watermelon

Jillibean's Watermelon Gazpacho that is! This is such a beautiful line. I LOVE the colors. I used the decorative cut-outs and layered them and added foam squares to add dimension. Now all I have to do is catch one of my beautiful niece's dripping with Watermelon juice and add their pictures.
look Watermelon Gazpacho at:

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Lemonade for Sale!

Pink Paislee Hometown Summer was perfect for these summer photos I had been hoarding. I used a variety of Pink Paislee goodies on this page including the Punchouts, Border Stickers, Chipboard Shapes and Fruit Stand and Summer Fun patterned papers. (click the photos for a better look)

My journaling didn't show up the best in my photo, but here is some background on these pictures. A couple summers ago I looked out the window and there sat my son in the backyard, sun blazing with an empty cat litter bucket and a handmade sign that read Original Lemonade Stand 25 cents. We live in the county so not sure who exactly was going to be strolling around the yard and need a drink! He was really bummed he hadn't had any customers, so after moving him into the shade, I offered him 50 cents for a cup. He said no Mom, it's only 25 cents - see the sign. (My son is very matter of fact) Then my daughter also had to get into the action with some microwave popcorn. The popcorn even came with some extra grass for additional flavoring. I also never told him he was false advertising since it was really water :-)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Featured Artist: Anna Wesselink

Happy Friday! I received this cute little card from one of the gals in our Club Copic.  This darling little girl is actually a digi-stamp from Just Some Lines. Anna took her newly learned skills and techniques from Club Copic and entered a contest.  WAY TO GO!  So many times, we need to challenge ourselves to take that next step, or go out of the box.  How are you going to challenge yourself?  WHAT have you been wanting to do or learn?  WHAT are you waiting for?  Give it a
W H I R L... You never know unless you try!  Have a great weekend challenging yourself.  I want to hear ALL about it!


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Embrace imperfection

My scrappy mojo has also been a little stuck lately, so I thought I'd work on designing a perfectly imperfect page. That way if there were any little mojo-missing speedbumps along the way I could just absorb them and keep going.

This is probably one of the greatest scrapbooking lessons my dear friend (and fellow design team member) Linda has taught me - there are no mistakes, just new creative turns in the road to completion. Yes, there were a few "bumps" as I went, but mostly I just kept working around them.

For example, after I drew the line around the upper right corner of the photo, I decided that I really didn't like it. Instead of starting over or being unhappy with it, I decided to incorporate it into the page and use it as a place to ground my journaling.

Here's my scrappy challenge to you this week: Embrace imperfection. :)

Supplies: Cardstock - Bazzill; Die cuts, sparkly buttons - "Hometown Summer" by Collage Press/Pink Paislee; Markers - Copic, American Crafts; Letters - Pink Paislee; Doilies, Mist - Maya Road; Pink buttons - Making Memories, stamps - Unity, Ink - Momento; Font - Bohemian Typewriter (free online).


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wedding Bliss

Thank you to everyone that left comments on my last post. I am excited to get started on the wedding album and share some of my creations with you.

This week I wanted to share with you some of the decorations we made for my sisters wedding using supplies I purchased through That Scrappy Girl. My sister had the florist doing about half of the center pieces for the tables at the reception that were going to be more elaborate so we decided for the other tables we would just do something simple. Below are photos of glass cylinders that we put ribbon around and then glued on a circle (circles/polka dots were the theme) that was cut from the dotted swiss line and then embossed with their "M" monogram that we used throughout the wedding. Then around them we set just plain white votives. Very elegant and simple, yet worked well with everything else working in the room.

The reception was at the Waterloo Center for Performing Arts.

The BIG HIT of the reception was the candy table that Lindsey and Travis had at the reception. My sister Trish is queen of sugar so this was her project! Trish ordered all purple and green candies - the wedding colors - and assembled this adorable table.

These boxes were at every place setting and were used to put candy in from the candy table. We carried the circle and "M" theme out with as well.

Friday, June 10, 2011

This Thing We Call "Life"

Mimi talked earlier in the week about being MIA because of moods which I too can relate with. I have been MIA for the past two months too, but mainly because of this thing we call "life" has gotten in the way! :) However, if this thing called "life" didn't get in my way once and a while I wouldn't have anything to scrapbook! For the past two months I have been running from one thing to the other which I know all of you can relate to. All good things, so I am not complaining, but it does feel better to get back to my normal at least!

One of my younger sisters was married in May and so even though I have had more than a year to get things done for the big day, the past two months were getting ready for the wedding. (Next week I am planning on sharing with you all the cool things that I was able to made by using products from That Scrappy Girl for the wedding.) Below are just a few photos that I wanted to share with all of you from the big day.

My family including my grandparents!

Me with my three lovely sisters.

My little man made it down the aisle with no problem!

So as you can imagine I have a TON of photos to scrapbook from this wonderful day. However, I am so overwhelmed with where to begin. I need your help! Tell me how you stay on top of your scrapbooking - everyday events and then when you have BIG events happen that can use scrapbooks of their own?

I would love to hear what you have to say! Please share your tips with us on how you organize how and what you scrapbook.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Summer with Maddie

I love the new Jilli Bean Watermelon Gazpacho! It says "SUMMER FUN" to me. Being in Texas, I have the opportunity to see my niece Madison and take pictures of her enjoying the summer. The two together have made a fun page showing all the beautiful JB papers and all the fun Maddie is having.


Off the Page!

Recently I shared with you that I have been in a FUNK with my scrapbooking.  So I decided to take an online class.  How many of you own a SILHOUETTE machine?  Well, I bought mine a few years ago (the original version).  I hate to admit, but I hardly used the darn thing.  So, to the internet I went and found a great gal and resource Jennifer Priest.  She teaches online classes at My Creative Classroom.  What a B L A S T!!!!
The classes are great and it renewed my much needed spirit.

I recently took a class called Off the Page using my Silhouette to create non-scrapbooking projects.  Here are just a few things I created.

 Have a great CREATIVE day!



Monday, June 6, 2011

What Color is your MOOD?

Happy Monday All!  You have probably noticed that I have been MIA for quite some time.  I have to be honest with you friends...My personal life has gotten the best of me.  I haven't been scrapbooking because of my M O O D.  I have been a little down and sad and I haven't wanted to show that in my scrapbook pages.

Luckily for me, I have great friends, goofy kids and enough projects in my head to get me back on track.  Ultimately, what got me out of my FUNK was just to embrace and document what I was feeling. Having S U P E R cute paper from Jillibean Soup doesn't hurt either.  So to embrace my M O O D, I decided to go BLUE...the C O L O R blue that is.

EMBRACING BLUE...featuring Jillibean Soup - Watermelon Gazpacho Soup

So, what color is YOUR mood?