Sunday, February 20, 2011

Oh baby what a sunny day!

First of all, I just wanted to say a big ol' thank you for all of your support as I entered my first scrapbooking contest. I didn't win but I still had fun doing it. Stay tuned for my next contest entry later this week.

I've got two new classes to announce this week! Both will be at Scrapbook Buddies in Temple City. First up, a Baby Paper Bag Book. You can choose to make a girl or boy book. They are exactly the same except for the color schemes of the paper. The girl papers are pink, peach, green, and purple.

Paper bags are an easy (and budget-friendly!) way to make a small scrapbook album. There are a variety of sizes and colors to choose from. You can add lots of pictures by using inserts in the openings of the bag.

We will make this book using the new Safari Baby line by Best Creation. This new line is one of my favorites! I love glittered paper! Kind of makes me want to buy some and save it for my own little ones one day...

There's lots of space for journaling!

Get ready to do some fussy cutting!

These inserts go in the openings of the paper bags. You could add pictures to both sides if you wanted.

This class will be on Monday, February 28 from 6:30-8:30 pm. You will need a basic tool kit but make sure you have a good pair of scissors, glue dots, foam squares or pop-ups, and distressing chalks (a Crop-A-Dile would be great too!). Most of these items are available for purchase at the store and I'd be happy to help you find them! This class is $16.00. Make it for yourself or as a gift! Please specify if you want to make a girl book or a boy book when you call to sign up.

Class numero dos...Sunny Days Are Here Again! And as I type this it is pouring rain outside. =)

Quick story about the pictures: my best friends and I headed up to Santa Barbara for Spring Break last year to check out some wedding vendors. We thought it would be fun to rent a surrey and ride it along the beach. And it was fun...for about 10 minutes. It was a total work-out!

For this class we will use Glimmer Mist to color chipboard letters for our title and we will also be doing some simple paper piecing. This will be a quick class that would be great for all of those Spring time pictures you will be taking. Join me on Tuesday, March 8 from 6:30-7:30 pm. This class costs only $7.00. You will need adhesive, foam squares or pop-up dots, and distressing chalks.

Both classes will be at Scrapbook Buddies in Temple City. Call (626) 286-2846 to sign up over the phone.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you at a class soon!


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Bo Bunny's Layout Challenge - "Before and After"

I am participating in my first scrapbooking challenge! I decided to try out Bo Bunny's latest challenge which was "Before and After." As soon as I read it I knew exactly what I was going to scrapbook - the mister and I!

Ben and I met in high school and we got married in November of last year after ten years together. I dug around for our prom portrait (thank goodness Grandma saved a copy!) to show "Before" and chose one of my favorite shots from our wedding for the "After."

I used papers from Bo Bunny's ADORABLE new Crazy Love collection along with some from the Dot line.

I found this pretty lace at a fabric store. What do you think? Do we look the same? =)

I used some Diamond Glaze on the title and added pretty jeweled brads.

Supplies Used: Bo Bunny's Crazy Love Collection, Blush Dot and Passion Fruit Dot
Other Supplies: Lace, Bo Bunny Staples, jewels, glitter, and Diamond Glaze

So that's my first contest entry! I had a lot of fun making this page and I look forward to many more challenges! Thanks for checking this out! Next week I'll be posting some pictures of my next couple of classes.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

My Scrappy Wedding

When my lovely fiance and I reached the 5 month mark until the wedding, we had to do some serious adjustments to our budget. I knew some things were going to have to change. No more red trolley for us and the wedding party. See you later 5-tier fondant wedding cake and Maggie Sottero gown. Gone were the beautiful letterpress invitations and programs. But I wasn't discouraged. I was still determined to have the wedding of my, ahem, our dreams. So I started to get creative.

First up - the invitations!

I found this wedding kit at Target on clearance but it was the wrong colors and a little bit boring. So I took out my paper trimmer and gems and went to town!

Found some pretty inner envelopes at Paper Source (on sale, thank you very much!).

Created an extra card for directions, some labels with our monogram for the inner envelope, embossed our custom-made return address stamp (Martha Stewart would be so proud!) and before I knew it I had an invitation suite!

It was definitely a labor of love. Thank God for my awesome MOH, MOB, and Mister to Be!

Here are some other things I made:

Programs (Got to use my embossing gun again!)

Reserved seating signs (and I made the pomanders =))

Escort Cards

Candy Buffet signs, tags, and bags

Table Numbers

I used my Cricut to cut out numbers for sizes and attached one to each pair of flip flops using jute

These Out of Town Boxes were given to hotel guests as they checked in for the weekend. They had pretzels, candies, water, and some information on the area.

This schedule of events informed guests of what was going on that weekend, if they were interested in joining us.

So that's a glance into my DIY Scrappy wedding. Was it a ton of work? Yes. Like packing my suitcase the night before we left for Santa Barbara and gluing candy buffet tags to ribbon. Did I save myself any money? Probably not as much as you would think. But I do feel like I was able to do A LOT more than I would have had I purchased everything. Would I do it again? Absolutely. There's nothing like looking around on your wedding day, surrounded by all of the people you love most in life and realizing all of your (and your Mom's and your friend's) work had paid off.

Now I'm off to bake some cookies for my mom because I was just reminded how much I put her through...