Monday, May 30, 2011

The One with Yoda

Doing lots of crafting this weekend! I'm working on some photo albums for the boys' teachers {thank goodness for the Walgreens 10 cent print sale!}.
Not only that but I finished up my Bo Bunny Fun in the Sun Mini Album-this will hold last year's 4th of July/Family Reunion pics.

I did a little work on Moosey's baby album. I just love Becky Higgin's baby kit. I bought a second one for our second youngest and I'm going to work on his album next. I'm debating whether I try to do the same system for the twins'. {Yes, I'm that far behind.} Anyway, Moose's album is almost done and when it's finished, I might just do a little video of it for you guys.

I also finished this layout of Moosey as Yoda from Halloween 2009. These pictures have been sitting on my desk for awhile now just waiting for inspiration to hit me. And it finally did. :) I used one of the alphas from the Sassafras box and some cardstock and the story behind the title. That's it. simple scrapbooking at it's finest.

Don't forget to there's still time to enter my giveaway here. And check back, I might just have a few more giveaways in the next few weeks. :)

Enjoy your Memorial Day and don't forget the reason behind this holiday-please say a prayer for those who are serving and the families that have loved ones serving!

Friday, May 27, 2011

The One with the Sassafras Mystery Box and a Giveaway!!!

I'm a frequent visitor to the Two Peas in the Bucket message boards. And a few weeks ago the Peas were excited about the Sassafras mystery box sale. Now I have bought into mystery boxes in the past-only to be disappointed.{I'm looking at you Pink Paislee...}
Here's the deal with mystery boxes, you have to really like that particular manufacturer and you have to be okay with the fact that the lines you'll be getting aren't their most recent.
Now, I love Sassafras, but find them to be a wee bit expensive at my local scrapbook store. I think their Monstrosity line is one of my all time favorites and I recently scored their entire Bungle Jungle collection super cheap at Micheals.
So, I was on the fence. To buy the box or not buy the box. It seemed like a great deal $49 shipped for $215 worth of product-and I knew I would probably be happy with 80% of the products. And I had the money in my paypal account from some eBay sales. So I caved.
And within a week it arrived:
Yeah, that's a lot of stuff! Holy smokes. Was I happy to open that box!! Wowzers. You want to see close ups, don't you?
Here's the Felties {love these}:
And the vintage brooches-2 blue, a pink, and a yellow:
Whimsies, seriously, I've been wanting these so much but they were $3.99 a pack at my LSS!!:
Entwined Blossoms-in Tender Green and Yellow-already know what I am doing with these!:
Two wee bundles-Count Me In and Mix and Mend:
And 10 Alphas and Count Me In stickers. Oh, how I love alphas, I shouted for joy when I saw these. My son came downstairs to check on me:
And the paper packs, each has 4-6 sheets of double sided paper, a border sticker sheet, journal stickers, and accent stickers. One also came with another set of alphas. (Score!) I got Cherry Delicious, Mix & Mend, Count Me In, Nerdy Bird, and Indie Girl.
Whew! So much stuff! I can't wait to play with it this weekend!

Now for the giveaway. I put together this cute little bundle for my blog readers:
The winner will get the Sassafras Mix & Mend Wee Bundle, the blue Vintage Brooch pack, and two packs of Autumn Leaves stamps! :) Giveaway winner will be announced on Wednesday, June 1st.
How to win:
1) You MUST be a follower of this blog. It's super easy to do, just follow me over there to the left.
2) Leave a comment with your first name and your all time favorite patterned paper line.
3) You can win an extra chance by blogging about this giveaway-just leave me a comment with the post.
Good luck! 

Monday, May 16, 2011

The One with the Mother's Day Gifts

Thanks so much for the kind thoughts and prayers for my momma. She's the toughest person I know. :)

She also loves handmade gifts. Fortunately, I have a {few} craft supplies down in the scrapbook room to accomodate her request for a scrappy Mother's Day gift.

For Christmas I had put together a 7 Gypsies painter's tray for her, so I wanted to do something different but that would match. {if that makes sense...} I got this white 12 x 12 scrapbook layout frame at Archivers and created a layout with black & white photos and blue color scheme.
I'm not sure why it won't let me rotate this-darn you Blogger!!!

The papers are from the Echo Park Little Boy line {but they don't look the least bit childish here}, the letter stickers are American Crafts Thickers, and the crocheted flowers are from Close to My Heart. {Photography by my amazing sister in law Bobbi.}
Fun fact: I have identical twin sons who are 10 years old, I have no trouble telling them apart in real life, but sometimes in pictures....I hesitate. I spent waaaaay too long making sure I had a picture of each. individual. twin on this layout because they looked soooo much alike in these pictures.

Might just have to recreate this layout for myself, with Momma's Boys as the title. :)

Of course, I couldn't leave my mother in law out. So I grabbed one of those 7 Gypsies trays and whipped something up for her too. Same paper line and color scheme.

Flowers are from Prima this time and the ribbon is from Keeping Memories Alive. Do you remember KMA? They had this wonderful catalog that you could look through and then order online? I love technology, but sometimes I just want to sit down and look through a paper catalog. Know what I mean?

I'll be back later this week with more layouts...have a super Monday!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

My Apologies...

So sorry for being absent for so long. But we had a fairly serious family emergency happen. My momma (who also happens to be our day care provider) had a massive heart attack on April 20th. It was totally unexpected, out of the blue. My momma is a super healthy  and active 53 year old. She's a vegetarian that works out and lives much healthier life style than I do. But she also has a rare blood clotting disorder that we now know about-and that disorder caused the heart attack which led to congestive heart failure. I've taken a leave of absence from work to help out with her care and recovery.

After a scary couple of weeks, she's doing really well. We'll met with her cardiologist next week, but as of now it looks like she will not need surgery to repair the damage (God is good!).
Don't want to be Debbie Downer-so I'll leave you with the post I had planned on writing the day everything happened:
My Echo Park Little Boy kit was calling to me. So I sat down and created this layout from our trip to Colerain Park from last year.

This line is perfect for all of the boys running around in my house! And it's even more perfect for all of the reds and blues of the park equipment. :)
I used my Close to My Heart Edge Distresser for the very first time on the patterned paper strips and I love the look and added dimension. I know I'll be pulling that out quite a bit in the future!!

I really liked the picture of the playground equipment and thought it added a nice visual to the title. It also provided a nice balance to the journaling card on the opposite side of the layout.

What looks like a collage at the bottom of the layout is 4 different 2" x 3" photos with their corners rounded. I had them printed at Shutterfly with the white borders (no need for matting!).

I'm loving this line so much, I really wish there were other versions of it-Halloween, Christmas, etc...

Supplies: Patterned Paper, journal card, letter stickers: Echo Park Little Boy; Cardstock: C'oordinations Lake; Buttons: CTMH; Edge Distresser: CTMH; Adhesive: Scotch ATG