Tuesday, June 30, 2009

There's Still Time To Enter....

The $25 Gift Certificate RAK at the Everything Scrapp'n blog has been extended (due to a blogger problem) until July the 1st. Hop on over there to leave a comment about what scrapbook products you like to buy. We really want to carry what you want to buy so let us know what you are looking for so we can target that next month at CHA. Remember the sale everything is at least 30% off to get ready for the new products we want to order.

I had a great time out clothes shopping with my mom. I so needed some new clothes since I'm going to CHA. Too often I'd rather spend the little extra money I have buying scrapping supplies. I also get frustrated when I can't find what I'm looking for. What happened to all the cute "Oprah skirts" (those skirts that hit about at the knee & are more bell shaped/a line that look good on every body type) all I could find are the hippie super long tiered skirts that I wore as a teen & I love but make me look dumpy since I'm only 5'4" and they touch the ground lol. I managed to find some white capris & a couple of cute tops. It was nice just being out with my mom... she has had so many health problems and surgeries in the last couple years but she's a plugger... using a cane to get around but still can walk me to death when it comes to shopping.

I made a couple cards before she came over in the afternoon...
One is for a dear church friend who had a heart attack on Saturday. He had surgery yesterday & I pray he will have a full recovery. His wife is such an encouragement to me & such a sweet Christian woman.

The other is for my hubby's boss' wife for her birthday.

Stamps by Unity Stamp Co.

I hope you will join in the fun tonight with the Paperclipping Live show on tonight at 9:30 eastern time (tuck the kids in bed/pop in a movie for the hubby & get some scrapbooking inspiration). We always have a lively chat & Noell is a very talented scrapbooker. I've met some really great friends in that chat room. Check out Paperclipping here.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Everything Scrapp'n Blog Hop & Sale

As CHA is fast approaching the excitement is building... What new products are you interested in seeing? What style products do you like & have a hard time finding. Everything Scrapp'n wants to stock what you want. So this weekend leave a comment on the store blog here with the answers to those questions & you will be entered to win a $25 gift certificate.

Also to make room for all the new stuff we have to get rid of the old products so that means $savings$ for you. Everything is at least 30% off. Prices valid thru July 2nd midnight eastern time.

So now for my design team projects....

I love the Graphics 45 paper. That is one company I'm excited to see what is coming with new releases. This layout is using an older photo of my grandfather. We love to visit a museum at Stone Mountain Park that has an amazing collection of vintage items. As we would go thru the cars & toys would spark memories of his childhood that he would share with us. It made the inanimate objects come to life imagining what it was like "back in the day".

Supplies: Cardstock (Bazzill & The Paper Company); Pattern Paper (Graphics 45 - Classy Correspondence, Graphics 45 - Communique, Graphics 45 - Comminque Tags, Graphics 45 - On the Dot, Graphics 45 - Photogenic, Graphics 45 - Society Page); Stamps (Unity Stamp Co); Ink (Ranger); Clock & buttons (misc vintage stash); Spinner Hands (Tim Holtz); Eyelets (The Paper Studio)

I can't get enough of the Bind it All my son bought me for Mother's Day so I had to include a mini as one of my projects. I hope you aren't tired of my flower photos....

If you are a regular visitor you know I like to use the Hambly overlays in my minis in place of true acrylic pages. Here I used a frosted sheer overlay by KI Memories. I use a Bind it All cover for stability but the pages are just 2 layers of cardstock or quality pattern paper adhered together with gel medium.

Supplies: Cardstock (Bazzill); Overlay (KI Memories - Sheer Delights Hibiscus 1); Pattern Paper (American Crafts - Backyard Boing, American Crafts - Backyard Peep, My Mind's Eye - Passion Robin's Egg, My Mind's Eye - Love Desire) Frame (My Mind's Eye - Pirouette); Ribbon (American Crafts - Leaf 1); Journaling Stickers (American Crafts - Backyard Journaling Book); Stamps (Unity Stamp Co); Lace (Hobby Lobby); String (Coat's & Clarks); Letters (American Crafts - Thickers); Flowers (Pink Paislee Fetching Petals Flower & Prima); Buttons (stash)

Thanks for visiting & don't forget to check out the rest of the design team blog after posting your comment on the Everything Scrapp'n Blog for your chance to win the $25 gift certificate there is loads of inspiration out there and maybe even another giveaway...

Have a great day!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Hip Hop Hangover

Happy Friday. Boy this has been a week that I hope to forget....

Didn't get to spend too much time doing anything crafty yesterday since I was cleaning the house for company this weekend.

Here's the lone card I made for the Webster's Pages June Challenge (combined with one of the Splitcoast challenges this week CAS20)

Supplies: Cardstock (The Paper Company); Paper (Webster's Pages); Stamps (Unity Stamp Co); Ink (Colorbox & Ranger); Lace (Hobby Lobby); Die (Spellbinders)

If you are looking for more scrapbooking & cardmaking inspiration check out Scrapperie for daily posts. Here's the inspiration forum.

Thanks for visiting & hope you have a fantastic weekend.

A Thursday Toot

Wow I have been a terrible blogger I've been busy but also in a kind of funk.
I'm working on a layout about it so maybe the creativity will be a therapy of sorts...

I was able to go up the LSS EMI Scrapbooking on Saturday before the baby shower. Traffic was horrible & it should have taken me 30 minutes & took double that. It's close to the lake but I really don't think that had anything to do with it... just one of those days. I got some of the new Cosmo Cricket Early Bird papers & can't wait to work with them. I love going up & seeing Susan & the customers. Michelle was up there making a cute photo puzzle on wooden blocks for her hubby's father's day present. Go to her blog to check it out here. It looked great in person.

How I would have loved to have been up there scrapping too but after staying only 45 minutes it was off to the baby shower of my hubby's boss' step daughter who is pregnant with her first child (it's a boy). She got a lot of great stuff. Here's the gift I took I little basket I made using a bin I got at Target $1 spot. I always like to use packaging that is usefull & not just another gift bag. I made a gift card holder card & couldn't resist buying a couple of outfits & some baby must haves like baby wash & diaper ointment. There were about 8 little babies/toddlers there all girls... I am longing for grandkids....

A TOOT for me.

I have 2 layouts in the upcoming Scrapbook News & Review July issue to toot about. It's always nice to be published. One of them is the page called "Lookin' Good" I did for my first design team work for Everything Scrapp'n a couple months ago using the Fancy Pants rainbow paper & a fun old childhood photo.

Well I hope to do a little Unity Blog Hopping in addition to cleaning my neglected house & working on some scrapbook layouts/cards. My Unity Kit of the Month that was lost in the mail finally arrived yesterday -- doing the happy dance & so wanting to ink it up.

Have a fantastic Thursday.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Weekend Blogging

It's my day to host on the Everything Scrapp'n Blog. This month I made 3 layouts & a card with my designer supplies. My theme is Anything Goes With Kraft...

Please visit the ES blog & leave me a comment.... click here

I am going to a baby shower so gotta run.....

Don't forget your dad tomorrow.... Happy Father's Day. My father in law called my hubby at work yesterday to say how much he liked the motorcycle card I made him (pictured in post a couple days ago)

Have a great weekend & remember to do something creative.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Hip Hop Hangover

It's been so busy here & I didn't even get a chance to make my cards for the Hip Hop Challenges. I went to bed at 10:30 & then creativity hit me.... so I got back up & cranked out a couple simple cards. The 2nd one was a challenge it could only have one layer & that is so not me.... but it turned out ok.

This layout also uses one of my favorite Unity Stamps "always remember" is perfect for scrapbook pages. I might use it too much but it's so true. This is for the Flashback Friday Challenge this week a layout about dad. If you like to scrap your childhood I hope you will join us on the 2peas pub board.

The designers have been busy at the Everything Scrapp'n Blog this week taking turns revealing their creations & inspiring you. There is some great projects & even a video tutorial on there. Tomorrow is my day so I'm putting the finishing touches on my projects.

I have to take a moment to share.... October Afternoon (one of my favorite companies) is having a giveaway on their blog. Details here.

Thanks so much for hopping over here during the Unity Hip Hop Hangover Blog Hop. I know you have been getting a lot of inspiration along the way. If you want to start it from the beginning head on over to the Unity Blog. If you need some stamps everything is 30% off this weekend (discount code "HAPPY") - wish I had some extra money but I've got to start saving for CHA.... Florida here I come!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

It's So HOT

I can't believe how hot & humid it's been the last couple days here in the Atlanta area. Seems like we are having a spell of August weather early this year. We were spoiled by a milder & cooler spring than usual & I just haven't had time to adjust. I'm going to look at it like it's God's way of getting me ready for Florida next month.

I made my father in law a card & popped it in the mail yesterday. He is a longtime Harley rider so this stamp was perfect. My hubby actually told me to place an order with Unity Stamps just to buy some of their motorcycle stamps. It was my 2nd order with them & of course I managed to sneak in a couple of the cuter images that they are famous for. I have actually made quite a bit of money selling these motorcycle cards at different rallies we have gone to so that's a great thing. (sorry the post is cutting off my card...at least it's not much)

Jana posted a how to video & some great inspiration for her day on the Everything Scrapp'n blog. She amazes me how much she gets done with having a newborn. I remember those days & I was lucky to get a shower some days. lol She is so creative & has a great style.

If you missed yesterdays post by Denise you've got to see the exploding box mini she made with Graphics 45! Click here

I wanted to share with you the fantastic July kit from Scrapperie. Sandi always puts together such great kits & this one is just screaming summertime. It's called "English Garden" Those of you familiar with the Scrapperie kits know that you can order different packages. This is the Pièce de Résistance or as I call it the whole shebang. You can't beat the customer service & consistent quality & value of a Scrapperie monthly kit.

Scrapperie's Inspiration du Jour month long daily dose of inspiration is underway. Today is Talent Show (showcase your favorite technique on a project) & Say the Word (provide a word & layout for inspiration). Remember that there is a Scrapper of the Week so just loading your work & being active in the forums can get you in the spotlight.

I'm feeling even better today & hopefully my back will allow me to do some much needed housework. I'm not going to overdo it because in the past that will send me back to square one & I sure don't want to be taking those muscle relaxers that make me loopy again.

Hope you have a wonderful Thursday. I'll be blog hip hopping & chatting in the SC forums for a chance to win some Unity Stamps throughout the day... There are a couple of card challenges (my challenge cards go to Cards For Heroes). I won the letter stamps (value $24) I used on my card above one week by submitting a card. They giveaway about $300 worth of stamps each & every week. I hope you join us. The first stop on the blog hop is always the Unity Blog.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I'm back

I have to be one of the clumsiest people on the face of the earth... last Thursday when I was at Sam's Club there was a horrible thunderstorm so everyone was piled up at the exit waiting it out. That was fine it gave me a chance to munch on my soft pretzel & cherry icy (I guess I'll never grow up) After about 15 minutes it seemed to have blown on thru so I decided to take a run for the car. As soon as I get about half way to the car the sky opened up again and started pouring. So I run for the car - not a good idea in sandals & my feet went out from under me & down I go. I've been nursing my back ever since. I've been a bit to loopy from muscle relaxers to risk posting anything (who knows what I would say lol).

Here's my layout for last weeks Flashback Friday over at 2peas pub board. The theme was random childhood memory. This is Halloween 1973. I remember pitching a fit that my mom made us go out when it was still daylight. She was the super over protective type of mom that would scare us to death about strangers & razors in our candy. We went out at 4 pm and only to houses we knew very well. She worked really hard making our costumes & was proud of them. I remember trying on several of her wigs & laughing. I love my mom's pants -- so classic 70's

We'd love to have you join us for Flashback Friday this week. I chose the topic & in honor of Father's Day it's something about dear old dad (or a strong male influence in your life)... So look for the thread started Friday on the 2peas pub board.

I wanted to give a huge congratulations to Daniela Dobson who won the 6 month full term design spot at My Scrapbook Nook. She is so talented & filled the gallery with beautiful creations. The 2nd place winner is the creative Alex Krypin who is a guest designer for 3 months & winning the 2 month guest designer spot is the super fun & talented Becky. Everyone who participated was challenged to the max. Thank you Leah & all the Nook designers.

Today is the last day of the Everything Scrapp'n Father's Day sale. 35% off your entire order.(Coupon Code FATHER). They have the fastest shipping around and there are a bunch of Thickers in stock as well as some great paper. They are going on vacation so all orders placed after noon Eastern time on Friday the 19th will not be shipped until the 29th (in the order that they were received).

The Everything Scrapp'n designers are taking over the blog for the next week so check every other day for a new post filled with inspiration. My day is the 20th. Teresa & Denise already have there posts up.

I'm so excited to be going to CHA Florida next month with the Heather (owner of Everything Scrapp'n) & our design team leader Denise. We'd love to know what you want to see carried in the store for the rest of the year. If you have a favorite company or type of product that will help us service you better. I will be taking lots of photos & posting them on my blog. I think my mom is going to let me take her video camera too. I can't wait to meet many of my online scrapbooking friends in person.

Please leave a comment today telling us what you'd like to see Everything Scrapp'n carry in the store.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Hip Hop Hangover

I had a super busy day yesterday rushing around doing errands & getting caught at Sam's during a horrible thunderstorm. Summer is officially here in Atlanta. Hot & Humid.

I did take some me time while I was out to hit the thrift store I like -- looking for scrapbook storage & whatever "junk" as my hubby calls it strikes my fancy... I got quite a few items & will be spray painting some that were too beat up before putting them in my room.

My "treasure" as I call it is a shelf that I think will work a lot like the Unity Stamp hanging shelf. Sure theirs is a lot nicer but still not bad for $1.71 at the Goodwill store. It has wine logo on the side so I'm not sure what it was originally used for but I'm excited to use it for hanging my wooden Unity Stamps.

I was bummed not to spend a lot of the day chatting in the Splitcoast forum. That is super fun every Thursday. Nothing like a chance to win prizes throughout the day to keep my butt firmly planted in front of the computer..... lol

Here's a card I made yesterday.... Got my dad's card made thanks to all the inspiration on the blog hop yesterday. Unity designers are amazing. (I know I said all my Hip Hop cards are going to Cards For Heroes so I'll just have to make 3 this weekend to make up for it)

Supplies: Cardstock (Paper Resources); Paper (My Mind's Eye, The Paper Studio, Graphics 45 & Imaginence) Ribbon (Olfray); Punch (Fiskars); Stamps (Unity KOTM May 09, Unity KOTM April 09, & Unity Alpha G Just My Type)

Unity released a new stamp set perfect for the summer called Sweet Summer Time (retro bbq theme) .... They will be hosting a challenge with this stamp set that your creations could be used in the Unity booth at CHA summer next month. More details will follow so you should buy your set right now to be ready (free stamp included with purchase this weekend). What a great opportunity - that's better than being published!

Well I'm off to a doctor appointment & then stopping at the farmer's market. My hubby loves potatoes & we go thru a lot of them so I buy a 50 lb bag of red ones for less than $15 (believe it or not it doesn't last long in our house). They also have some of the sweetest corn around & the only place to get good squash & okra. I have to cook southern stuff for my southern guy. To him a great meal is: beans (pinto beans), potatoes (fried in skillet), tall glass of fresh brewed sweet tea & cornbread (baked in a cast iron skillet). I'm more of a healthy eater & don't like so much fried foods so that usually means 2 meals cooked... oh well if it keeps him happy (but not healthy). The farmers market has the most amazing apple turnovers that are layers of puffed pastry.... That's my weakness & worth the extra calories right there.


Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great weekend & enjoy the inspiration on the rest of the blog hop..... If you want to start at the beginning head on over to the Unity Blog.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

I finally got it

Well I went to the Driver's License office again yesterday. The 4th time I've been up there & the other times walked out because of the wait.... This time I decided to stay no matter what. I took my copy of Scrapbooks ETC with me to pass the time. The line was longer than ever & I counted 48 people waiting to get a number. I brought my camera to take a picture of it.... not thinking I was doing anything wrong an employee came over & told me I wasn't allowed to use a camera inside & that he would need to delete the photo I just took. There were no signs or anything I think they were just worried I was going to report their inexcusable slacky way of treating the customers. So he deleted my photo & handed me back the camera.

They had one woman checking each person in & having them fill out paperwork making sure they have all the documents they needed before giving them a number. So she would have people crowded around her reception desk writing on forms then breaking back into line to show they completed it. To complicate things further quite a few people didn't speak English or bring a translator (she spoke Spanish but there were people from all over the world). I give that lone woman credit as she was working her butt off & doing the best she could. The process itself was very inefficient. It took me 1 hour & 22 minutes to get my number & wait in the chairs to be called up to the window. Once I had my number I was out of there with license in hand in just over 30 minutes which was super. They need to get the first part of the process running smoother. I purchased the 10 year license so I wouldn't have to deal with this again any time soon.

I've got cleaning to do today but plan to sneak in some time to make a card or 2. I want to enter the contest at Hero Arts but only have a few Quickutz dies so don't know if I can come up with anything that looks good enough to enter & I'm not buying one just for the challenge. Too far to ride up to Archivers.

What are you planning on doing today? Have a great one!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Creative Tuesday

Creating Keepsakes is having a free online summer camp July 13-17. I signed up yesterday & thought I would pass the info on to you. Here's the post on the CK blog. I heard about it on the weekly live broadcast of Paperclipping Newsbreak with Noell Hyman & Nancy Nally. You get such up to date info listening to those two insiders.

Since it's Tuesday Paperclipping Live is on tonight at 9:30 eastern time. Terri Bradford is filling in once again for Noell. I'm sure she will be sharing some great new products & inspiring us with her designs. Check out Paperclipping here.

Here's my card for Monday's Scrapperie sketch challenge.

Scrapperie's Inspiration du Jour summer inspiration has started. Check the board to get your daily dose of creative ideas. Each day of the week is a different type of challenge. There is sure to be one that will spark ideas in you. There are lots of prizes too. The rules state: Participation in these challenges is completely up to you: Join in as little or as much as you want. As an incentive for playing along with us, I will be offering gift certificates to the Boutique. On the 10th of every month (starting in July), I will pick 5 people to win gift certificates in amounts of $5, $10, $15, $20 & $25.

Sandi is also choosing a Member of the Week so you may have your chance in the spotlight at Scrapperie. Load your creations in the gallery.
Here is my layout from last Flashback Friday Challenge at 2peas. Topic was weddings. This is my parents. I know it doesn't have all the journaling -- my mom didn't call me back to let me know if what I remembered about the details was correct... that's why it's so important to get your family to write down the memories or take the time to talk to them. I sure wish I had done more of that with my grandparents....

If you are a regular reader you know how much I am a vintage kind of gal. I saw in the Making Memories newsletter today that they have a new vintage line exclusively in Michaels. Here's the details. I may have to swing by there today & check it out. Maybe get some of those pins with my coupon. I'd rather buy at LSS but for it seems that MM is doing a few of their lines with Michaels. What do you think about this?
Hope you have a wonderful day. I'm off to the DMV to stand in line to renew my drivers license. Sounds like fun.... not. I've been up there 3 times & left since the line to get a number to wait in line was over 40 people deep & out the door. They sure need to find a new way of doing this if you have to change info it should be able to be done online. Sorry for the rant....

Ah Finally Relaxation

Thanks so much for all the great comments over the weekend. You all really bless my socks off & encourage me.

It was really great to get away for a day. Our first trip we didn't go very far since it was a "test the waters" & get a feel for the motor home (my hubby keeps fussing at me that I call it a camper). I'm not much for tent camping anymore so this is the next best thing. It was so much fun sitting out under the awning & grilling dinner. I just felt the stress melt away.

Whenever I have a free moment I'm making cards for Cards For Heroes. I love being able to help our troops in this little way making cards for them to send home to their loved one. Here are a couple more made with scraps to add to the stack....
Hero Arts had a challenge to use background stamps so that was the inspiration for my cards this weekend. I don't have that many Hero Arts stamps & only a few that could be considered background stamps so this is what I came up with.
I really like the look of stamping on canvas fabric that I bought at Joann's in the home decorating dept. I've used Tim Holtz Broken China Distress ink for all the stamping on the first 2 cards.

The spiral thank you stamp was fun but in a circle seemed not right.... so I cut out the spiral to add interest. The ribbon is hiding my "seam" from the acrylic background stamps when I didn't use the Stamp a jig to make sure I was in the right spot -- lazy eye balling doesn't always work even with acrylic.
Checking the boards at the Nook yesterday I didn't make the final round for the guest design team prize. It sure was an intense challenge. I wish the best to each of the final 10 gals & can't wait to see what hoops you have to jump thru this week til a winner is named....
Hope you have a wonderful day.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Unity Stamp - Hip Hop Hangover

I sure enjoyed the inspiration yesterday from the Unity Stamps Design Team & I can't wait to get the June Kit of the Month. It's filled with some of the cutest images I've seen. Here's the link for the KOTM.

I had a time with my challenge cards neither one of them looked right. It was a busy day & not starting them until 7 pm didn't help either.... do you ever have trouble with certain color combinations or is it just me. Here's a couple other ones I made in colors that were "speaking" to me. These are both going into my stack to send to Cards For Heroes.

My hubby did some trading & we now own a camper. I've had him busy all week scrubbing it down. It's in super shape & we're planning on taking it up to the lake for the weekend.

What are you planning for the weekend? Well whatever it is I hope it's a good on for you.

Just wanted to give you a little heads up that a new shipment of Thickers are now in stock at Everything Scrapp'n. Can you resist them? Jewelry Box is my favorite Thickers font of all time.
They are marked 20% off until June 10th.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

What's Happening

Inspiration is coming to Scrapperie. Starting June 7th there will be 2 posts to inspire your creativity. So be sure to check this forum thread daily.

Here's more details from the email Sandi sent out: Starting June 7th, Scrapperie is introducing something I like to call "Inspiration du Jour," or in plain 'ole English: Daily Inspiration. Each and every day we'll have two sources of inspiration for you to help jump start your creativity, be it in the form of a challenge or sketch; maybe a quote or just something as simple as a color combo. Whatever the case, we want to help get your creativity flowing and share our passion for scrapbooking with you.

Also new is the Scrapper of the Week. Each week, Sandi will pick a participating member of the forums who regularly uploads to the Gallerie. In order to be chosen, all you have to do is come share in our enthusiasm and upload your creations to the Gallerie. Make sure to check every Sunday and see if you've been chosen!

Today I'd like to congratulate Stacey Hansen, aka cupcakemomcolorado, for being our first Scrapper of the Week! You can come learn more about her and see her beautiful work here: http://scrapperie.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=12038&st=0&#entry137549 Enjoy your reign, Stacey!

Look at the great summer colors in the June kits. They are down to the final quantities so hurry over to the boutique.
I also posted my weekly challenges Scrap Your Childhood & Heritage Scrapbooking over at Scrapbooking & Crafting Friends. If you haven't checked this new group out yet I have to tell you there is somthing for everyone. Come join crafters from all over the world.

And since it's Thursday make sure you check out the sales & fun at Unity Stamp Company. Hip Hop Thursdays always bring tons of inspiration & prizes. Who doesn't want to win some rubber...

Here's a quick card I made for a challenge. I tried something new with using a brad to attach 2 tags together to make a card.

It's storming here today so I'm hoping all trees stay up & erect. We're finally out of the long drought we were experiencing with the lakes at near normal levels. It is so nice not to have buckets in the shower to collect enough run off for watering the plants.
Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

It's Tuesday

I'm going to keep it short (well I intend to -- let's see where I end)

First off I'll take care of business... with Everything Scrapp'n Updates.
Everything Scrapp'n has some new items in the store. There are some cool Arizona items. Along with some of my favorite background papers that have come out in a while Lilly Lane by Narratives & Sepia by Narratives. They are on sale for 15% off for a limited time.

Everything Scrapp'n now has a Facebook Group. Become a Fan & keep up with the latest sales & everything that is going on.

Head on over to the Everything Scrapp'n Blog to give a warm welcome to our guest designer Cassie Box you'll love her style.

Now for some Paperclipping Updates.... Noell has done a video to take the mystery out of mixing paint colors. I think this is one of the best information videos I've seen about paint & color. It is a members only one but if you've been on the fence about becoming a premium member I'm saying it again... it's so worth it & now is the time. Watch the scrapbooking videos here.
Tonight is Paperclipping Live. Terri Bradford is filling in for Noell again this week 9:30 pm eastern time. It was fun seeing all the new kit club goodies last week. Remember you can always watch the recorded versions if you can't catch it live.

Paperclipping Newsbreak was very informative yesterday. Nancy Nally & Noell had lots of great information & even a Simple Scrapbooks surprise. The recorded version is up here. They announce that most of the Simple Scrapbooks team have gotten together to launch a website & see where it takes them. Check out the new site here.

The June Member Challenge is up on the Paperclipping Forum. I hope you will join in the fun there are some great topics to challenge your creativity.

Finally I have a layout I did last night. The challenge was to NOT use patterned paper but USE journaling spots instead. It was fun playing around with this & I sure have a lot of journaling spots. More of my fashion fauxpas as a preschooler....
Have a great day.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Monday Already

I was looking forward to a relaxing weekend... not quite what I was hoping for but still nice to spend time with my family. I had been spoiled by the cool weather we were getting so late into May here in Georgia... well this weekend everything changed & it was in the high 80's super humid typical summer weather. I guess my body just hasn't had a chance to get used to the big jump in temps but it was smothering & I was doing more than "glistening" I was sweating like a pig lol.

My sister & I went to lunch on Saturday then to Barnes & Nobles. I stayed in the magazine section & it was sad to see Simple Scrapbooks & Memory Makers side by side for the last time. Memory Makers had an outstanding issue filled with wonderful layouts including 1 sweet page by Crystal Brothers & 2 of Stacey Michaud's beautiful pages. It's a fantastic issue & I will really miss MM when it's run it finished next month.

I'm so glad it's June 1. The Layout A Day challenge with Lain Ehmann is finished. I so enjoyed it but it's good to have the pressure off. Congrats to everyone in the group that completed the challenge.

I'm still plugging away with the challenges over at the Nook. Stacey Michaud posted a challenge & I had plenty of time to complete it but let life get in the way & was just enjoying spending time with family instead of just scrapping it so at 8 pm I started working on my layout (I didn't even have all the photos printed in the right size). I'm amazed this slow poke made the layout, including sewing & embellishing, photographed the layout, photographed my inspiration, photoshop edited, posted in the Nook gallery, Photobucket (to link it into the forum thread post), and posted in the forum at 8:57! wow less than 3 minutes to spare. My hubby & sons were watching a movie & I was talking to myself & the computer yelling "faster". Yes I think I've lost it..... but I DID IT! It's not even a bad layout IMHO - what do you think?

Stacey's challenge was to look around & find inspiration somewhere & show that item. Our fireplace was the inspiration for the design. The bottom strip of photos over the years came from looking at the blocks on the fireplace.
The June Monthly Challenge is up at the Paperclipping Forum. I hope you join in the fun. Remember you can enter up to 3 layouts.
Monday is also the live broadcast of the Paperclipping Newsbreak with hosts Noell Hyman & Nancy Nally. It starts 1 PM eastern time.
Have a wonderful Monday!