Monday, September 28, 2009
You can read more on the JBS blog here.
Thanks for letting me share, everyone! I've been so excited about this, and I had an absolute blast creating with the kits! They're goooorgeous!
Hope everyone's week is starting off great!
p.s. Tammy, please contact me by Wednesday so I can get you into Doris' class! I have no contact info for you. Thanks!
Friday, September 25, 2009
I just found you! Adorable little cuties you've got there! Would love a free pass to Doris' class! Love her style! Thanks for sharing!
Congratulations Tammy! Please e-mail me at email@example.com, and I will forward your info on to Doris. Enjoy her class!!
I have a Fancy Pants layout to share using the Rough and Tough line. I don't think there are enough cute boy lines out there, so I was thrilled when this line debuted at CHA this summer. It's perfect! I just got a big 'ole box of more Fancy Pants in the mail the other day, so I can't wait to get to work with my new goodies.
So, my little man turns 5 next Friday, I can't believe it! His birthday party is on Sunday, so he's super excited! We're having a magic/carnival party... you know i'll be back with pics to share!
Happy weekend, everyone!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Doris is at it again, teaching another one of her awesome classes! Doris is one of my all-time favorite scrappers, and it's because she definitely has that "wow" factor. Her new class, Product Pizazz 201 teaches you how to add that wow factor to your own layouts. This is the class description: Are you ready to add the “wow” factor to your layouts? Surprisingly, it’s the smallest details that can have the biggest impact on your designs. In Product Pizzazz 201 we’ll be polishing our layouts, taking them from fine to fabulous. You'll get your scrapbooking to the next level by using tiny embellishments, basic tools, and simple techniques.
There will be 8 lessons posted on Mondays and Thursdays over 4 weeks, starting September 28th. Here are some sneaks to get you excited, and you can click on the link above to learn more:
Leave me a comment on this post, and i'll pick a winner on Friday.
We had a lovely weekend full of lots of sunshine. I'm so loving this fall-like weather! Here are some pics of my cuties:
I am off to go get creative! :-) Hope that everyone's week is starting off great!
Friday, September 18, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Journaling reads: Your infectious smile brightens even the darkest of my days. I love you! Love, mommy
Everything is Fancy Pants (On a Whimsy line) except for the bling on the sun, and I covered the chip letters with some funky stuff (was it called Magic Scraps?) I borrowed from Heather at the crop (thanks, Heather! :-) This is one of my favorite FP lines - love how fun and whimsical it is... perfect for little girl pages!
Yesterday was a good scrappy news day for me - I got two layouts requested for the Feb. Scrapbook Trends, and it's the first time they've ever requested more then one at a time for me. It's amazing how e-mails can make your day, lol.
Yesterday was Noah's first day of his last year of preschool (that was a mouthful, huh?). I'm so bummed that I had to work, as Mondays are one of my work days. Tony took the day off so that he could take him, though, and he even got some pictures for me (I trained him well, lol). I'll post some next time :-)
Off to get ready for a board meeting at Noah's school... Happy Tuesday, everyone!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Chloe got her second haircut ever (her first was when she was 10 months old and we got bangs cut) - this is moments before:
And after - hard to tell, especially since she's leaning forward, but she got about 3 inches taken off, and most importantly, it's finally even, lol!
Now, onto my exciting news. My first piece of exciting news is that I am going to be joining the Design Team for A Million Memories! I am SOOO excited about this! AMM was my first scrappy "home", and not only are there amazing girls who hang out there and design there, but I truly adore the owner, Michelle. It's also super exciting for me because so many of my CMK friends have migrated over there over the last few weeks, and now I feel like I have many of my online scrappy friends together in one place. Thanks, Michelle, for adding me to your amazing DT family!!
My second piece of exciting news is news that I can't actually share yet, lol. But, I was asked to guest design next month for a company that I reaaaally love, and i'm super duper excited about it (anyone keeping count of how many times I use the word exciting or a variation of it? lol). So, I guess that one shall remain unshared exciting news for a while longer ;-)
I spent the day at a crop today scrapping with my friends Lisa and Heather and had a blast. Will be back soon with one of my layouts to share. Since scrapping all day long is really hard work ;-), I'm signing off now, but not before I congratulate this person on winning a spot in Sherry Steveson's awesome class:
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Tara Powell said...
Thanks for offering this Staci & Sherry!
Whoo hoo!! Big congrats, Tara!! Please e-mail Sherry at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she will get you a pass into her class.
Well, my friends, I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend!!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Good luck everyone! I'll pick a random winner over the weekend :-)
Monday, September 7, 2009
Anyway, i'm thinking a children's performer doesn't exactly count the same for "first concert" status, but boy did Noah have a blast when we took him to see Ralph's World two years ago! It was in a small venue in Annapolis, and we had fabulous seats (it was first come, first serve). He put on an awesome show and totally made the kids feel special. Good times! Everything on this layout is Fancy Pants except for the bling. I kept it on it's backing and cut out around it, so that I could let it hang off the page. (Don't forget you can click on the photos for a larger view)
So, when it comes to number of photos on a layout, how many do you scrappers prefer? I have noticed that i'm very varied when it comes to number of photos. I have plenty of layouts with just 1 photo, and plenty with a lot like this one. I guess there is no rhyme or reason to my scrapping, lol!
Anyway, I hope everyone is having a wonderful long weekend! I had a wedding shower for one of my good friends yesterday, and then my mom and I went shopping for a dress for the wedding. It was nice to get in some girly time with my mama! We've also had lots of downtime this weekend which is nice. The kids and I are off to run some errands, so I hope everyone has a great day!!
Friday, September 4, 2009
The first one, When Life Gives You Lemons, has such a great topic that it makes me want to slap myself for not thinking of it first ;-) Although photography is a passion of mine, I am by no means a fabulous photographer. I definitely have my share of "lemon" photos. Sherry's book encourages you not to pass over those poor quality photos, but to include them on your layouts by finding unique ways to play up their strengths and downplay their faults. Her book gives you ideas and techniques to overcome common photo blunders. This book seriously liberated my way of thinking, as there have been many times i've passed over a photo even though I really wanted to scrap the story behind it. I thought the book had so many wonderful ideas for including poor quality photos that I would have never thought of without Sherry's help!
Sherry's second book, The Scrapbook Embellishment Handbook, is a thorough reference book to help you use your embellishments in creative ways. I love that Sherry gives examples for using not only "newer," more trendy embellishments (such as chipboard and acrylic), but she also shows ways to make "older" embellishments (such as eyelets and fibers) new again. The book covers acrylic, brads, buttons, chipboard, die-cuts, digital, eyelets, fabric, fibers, flowers, letters + numbers, metal, ribbon, rub-ons, stamps, stickers and tags. One of my favorite parts of the book is the gallery at the end which shows a "basic" layout and then gives two examples of how to "step it up a notch" and use embellishments to add to the overall visual interest of the layout. Sherry's book is a handy reference that I know I will pull out again and again!
Soooo, it's Friday, whoo! And it's a holiday weekend - even better! :-) We don't have too much going on this weekend, actually, so I hope to get in some R & R! Anyone have any good Labor Day plans? Hope you all have a great one!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Paper is Pink Paislee, Jenni Bowlin, October Afternoon, MM; diecut circle is Collage Press; transparency is Hambly; letters are MM; file folder is Teresa Collins; pearls are Kaiser and food stickers are 7 Gypsies.
I'm going to a crop in less then two weeks with next-door Lisa and down-the-street Heather - I can't wait! I feel like it's been awhile since i've been able to sit down and create for multiple hours at a time! :-)
Last but not least, i've got a couple of pictures of my ballerina before starting her first dance class of the season this morning:
and my stormtrooper who felt like dressing up for a bit before we left:
Happy Tuesday, everyone! Hope your week is treating you well so far!