Wednesday, November 30, 2011

It snowed

As the title would suggest, it snowed here yesterday. Being transplants to this area -- it was Holly's first snow ever -- and Harrison's first snow at his home. It really consumed most of the day. So much so that Harrison is STILL talking about when it will snow again. I'm hopeful it will never snow again!

Anyway, a quick layout about saying goodbye to the best friend...everyone's best friend. All 3 of them claim the same kid. Pretty sweet.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas Magic


Now that we're past Thanksgiving, I can definitely feel good about sharing Christmas related projects. I don't like to forget about Thanksgiving -- being thankful is one of the most important things to me! Instead of a December Daily or anything like that I did a gratitude journal this year. Of course, it's not complete -- but it will be soon. (Right, because I have Christmas cards to do, a few small gifts to make and some wonderful projects for the Paper Bakery to complete!)

Anyway. A fun page made with the November Paper Bakery kit, Baby it's Cold Outside!

I hope you enjoy the holiday season as much as I'm going to!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Bus Riders

So I've been eyeing this recent chevron trend with great interest. I really enjoy the pattern and I really enjoy how folks have been creating their own chevron shapes out of strips of paper.

Each time I see a page, I think about how super cute it is -- and how I'd like to do it. The thing holding me back (until now)? Laziness. Plain and simple laziness. I'd have to cut a bunch of strips, make them into a chevron and adhere them in an orderly fashion. SO.MUCH.WORK. Work I'm not willing to do.

Then, I decided I'd just do a modified chevron -- not doing the whole page. Just a couple of accents. Then, this page was born!

Another page from the glorious Field Guide kit -- Studio Calico, of course.

Friday, November 25, 2011

any given morning

When I lived in Southern California I had a coterie of great friends. They were a wide reaching groups, all kinds of different girls with different backgrounds. However, I had one friend in particular that I spent a lot of time with -- just because we enjoyed each others company.

We had a ritual that a couple of mornings a week we would go to our favorite donut shop for breakfast. My favorite part? The Diet Coke in the Styrofoam cup. Anyway, it was always such a treat and I wanted to make sure I captured that in our albums so Harrison and I wouldn't forget our morning trips.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Gift bag album

Happy Thanksgiving friends! And for those non-US friends, HELLO!

There's so much to be thankful for -- so much in our lives that is good and worthy of gratitude. I'm thankful for all the obvious and I'm so thankful for fun scrappy goodness and inspiration!

Anyway, I wanted to show you a new way to think about the Paper Bakery November add-on kit! When I received mine in the mail, after smiling with delight, I thought about these gift bags included with the kit. I knew the obvious answer would be to decorate them up adorably and use them to give a gift to someone special. However, something was nagging at me and I knew I had to do something else.

So, a modified December album was born! I didn't want to do a December Daily, per se. But, I *did* want to capture a whole bunch of December memories from 2010 in one place. So, I put together the bags, some patterned paper and some other fun items to make a festive and fun mini album! (The Echo Park paper was PERFECT for this!)

You know what the best part of this kit is, aside from the fantastic array of supplies? That there is enough stuff (papers AND embellishments!) to complete this mini album, 2 cards AND a 12x12 scrapbook page! That's a wonderful value!

PS- Sorry about the photos being a bit off. Some settings had gotten changed on my camera and I just noticed!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

new school

So part of the move was a new school for everyone, not just the big boys. I had so carefully chosen Harrison's preschool in California and really, really loved it. Now, I had to choose something different -- make a change. This is hard considering the child in question is your BABY.

Anyway, we chose a new school and all seems well. We're thankful for this.

You have to forgive the photography here. The day I took the photos of a bunch of pages we had a lot of shadows and I'm still learning when/where to photograph the pages!

Monday, November 21, 2011

almost there...

It seemed only right when we were flying from SoCal to Indiana, that I take a few photos. Unfortunately, I didn't remember to take very many, since there WAS a lot going on. However, I did manage to get a few -- and it seemed fitting to scrap them. All part of our story..

Lots of goodness here...and I have Studio Calico's Field Guide to thank. Seriously, hands down, favorite kit ever. I didn't know it was possible to love a kit so much. However, I have already made *12* pages with this kit (started less than a week ago, I think!) and there is LOTS left. (Disclaimer, I did get 3 add ons and extra paper for that yummy exclusive Sassafrass Lass!) Hope you like it, too because you will be seeing LOTS more!

Saturday, November 19, 2011


Hey! I wanted to share with you a page I created in my first days here in Indiana. Our household goods weren't even here yet, we were just in the house with contractors doing small jobs and my scrapping supplies. (Well, some of them!)

I love this one. When I started making it I wasn't sure what I was going to get. But, these Glitz goodies from your scrapbook stash ended up being perfect.

Kind of feels perfect for the cold, blustery day we're having today!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

dual purpose card

Hey there!!

I know for me, my kids go to A LOT of birthday parties and give A LOT of gifts at the holidays. (teachers, friends, etc) Sometimes, though, you are giving a gift card -- how do you create something functional yet cute/fun/lovely?!

For me, it was EASY with The Paper Bakery's Baby It's Cold Outside add on. I loved so many of the elements in the kit and it was easy to create a fun card with the pieces.

Slide a gift card of any denomination in the small glassine bag and smile, knowing you gave a gift in a really festive presentation!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

little lady

This morning I was perusing some of my bookmarks, making time for the luxuries of looking at pretty layouts and yummy recipes. I came to the Sketchy Thursdays sketch for this week and realized I had JUST taken a few photos with my phone that I could totally use.

Harrison found a ladybug this morning and he was quite smitten with the creature. He moved her all over and switched her gently from hand to hand. He was *QUITE* surprised when he learned she had wings. And she could FLY! It was a sight!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I would say flying 2,000 miles away from home to look for a new house DEFINITELY marks the beginning of an adventure!

In late August/early September my husband, sons and I embarked on our journey to find a new home. I brought my big camera but also my instax to document the journey and I am so glad that I did. We came home with some fun and unique images preserving our moments.
Enter some fun Glitz goodies from My Scrapbook Stash and you have some FUN!

Monday, November 14, 2011

WHAT have I been up to?!

I can't answer that. I mean, obviously, we're adjusting to life in a new house across the country. Obviously I'm taking care of 3 kids and a house. Obviously I'm living life. BUT, we also had weekend visitors and I've not had much time to scrap.

However, I have been working on a gratitude journal based on my status updates on facebook for the month of November. AND, this layout. One of my favorites ever. Seriously. Ever. I hope you like it too -- made with Studio Calico's Field Guide. My favorite kit ever, which really surprises me.

And, on other subjects. Have you heard that The Paper Bakery is having a design team call? Well, they are and you should totally apply if you're thinking about it. Sarah has amazing kits and she's great to work with. :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

the best

Ah, my friends...the best crew anyone could ask for. They are fun, loyal, dependable, and so much more. So, it should come as no surprise that I was so incredibly sad to leave them. So, during my first few days in the new house, while waiting for our household goods, I whipped up a layout about them...the best friends a girl could have!

My friend, the preggo in the front, has since had her first boy (and 4th child!), Jaren. I'm so sad to have not met him!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


I've been working...lots on my new house and some with paper. Today I finished a mini album, made a page and 2 cards with my November Paper Bakery kit...I'm about to go work on a few more things. But, you know what? I thought I would show you a tiny bit of where I do my scrappy work now!

This is my main work space...the french doors lead to our family room as this room used to be a formal living room. Since we have a sun room and a basement family room as well we decided we didn't need a formal living room and that this space would be perfect for an office/scrapbooky.

The view out my window. Seeing the lovely fall view never gets old!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

a sneak peek for The Paper Bakery!

Happy Saturday!

I have been gazing at the November Add-On, Baby It's Cold Outside, for a while -- wondering what I could do with it. The papers are so cute, the embellishments are perfect and the letter stickers are my FAVORITES. Needless to say, I wanted to create something wonderful with a kit this great.

After sitting back and thinking about it for a while, I think I have come up with something fantastic. I only hope when you see the full reveal you agree. For now, here's a couple of sneak peeks!

{the mists are not included with the kit, just some that I'm LOVING using with these papers!}

Friday, November 4, 2011


Hello scrappy friends!

I had a sketch up (10 days bad!) on the yourscrapbookstash blog that I created -- I was quite happy with how it turned out. And, I made a fun layout from it with the Glitz goodies I got for the month of October. Turned out fun!

Why not make a page using my sketch?! And while you're at it, post a link here so I can see it!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Please do forgive...

We did move 10 days ago from California to Southern Indiana and we're settling in. I have new stuff to share with you, but no time to photograph it! I've got rooms to put away (it's all unpacked, courtesy of the movers!!) and not enough time to do it!

In AWESOME news, I got another layout picked up by Creating Keepsakes! So, keep a look out in May/June 2012!

I'll try and post a page tomorrow!