Thursday, June 27, 2013

Thanks For Being My Friend Card

A few weeks ago, I went on a girl's trip to Las Vegas with my best girlfriends. When I returned, I had a package on my desk waiting for me. I wondered if I was going crazy and had ordered some type of scrappy goodness that I didn't remember. I quickly tore open the envelope and found this:

This is the latest kit from Paper Made Bakery called This and That. It includes paper from Studio Calico and adorable stamps from Lawn Fawn. You can see more about the content on the PMB website. My awesome friend Michelle from A Page Out of My Book had this kit sent to me since the stamp set features a dachshund like my little guy Shady. I was so touched by her kindness! I am so blessed to have a wonderful friend like her.

I wanted to do something special to thank her so I tore open this beautiful kit and got to work! She knows my insecurities about coloring so I knew she would appreciate my attempt.

I used this fun sketch from Pamela's World of Scrap:

I also made this layout that I shared last week. And I still have lots of fun stuff left in my kit for more projects!

Thanks again, Michelle!


Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Memory Nest Summer Design Team - Yipee!

Happy Saturday!

I have been banished to bedrest for a few days by my husband to fight this nasty cough I've been dealing with all week. What can I say - I can't sit still! He even said no scrapping...we'll see about that!

Before I begin my forced bedrest, I have some very exciting news to share! A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was submitting an application for The Memory Nest Summer Design Team, which is coordinated by my Twitter friend, Leslie. I had submitted this layout to be considered for the team:

And this was the sketch:

Well, I am very excited to announce that I have been selected! The team will run through August. This is a fantastic group of ladies and I am looking forward to working with them. You can check out the Hummingbirds here (which I am on) and the Chickadees here.

Our first project reveals will begin in July. In the meantime, take a look at all of the scrappy goodness in Leslie's store, The Memory Nest. She's having a special on shipping right now. And who doesn't love specials!

Thanks for reading!


Friday, June 21, 2013

Las Vegas Coke Museum Layout

Hello y'all!

Last week, my girlfriends and I took our yearly "Girl's Trip" to Sin City. It was a wonderful week to lay out by the pool and spend some quality time together. Even though we go once a year (sometimes twice, teachers need to let off steam too!) we usually manage to try at least one new thing. This time it was the "Around the World" taste test at the World of Coca-Cola Museum. We had a blast trying 16 different Coke products from around the world. Some were amazing (hello Smart Watermelon from China!) and some were, well, not (sorry Sunfill Mint from Djibouti!). I printed some photos from Instagram for this latest sketch from Sketches in Thyme.

I looked up all of Coke's slogans from the last 50 years and found this one from 1979 that made a great title. I'm still using my scraps from the Pebbles "Walnut Grove" collection. I guess I'm kind of a country girl at heart! That beautiful mason jar sticker actually said "thank you" so I just found a sentiment sticker that worked and put it right over.

To see what the rest of the design team created with this latest sketch, head over to the Sketches in Thyme blog! Thanks for reading!

Linking up with:
Paper Issues - Let's Get Persnickety! (Instagram pictures)
Lasting Memories Layout Challenges - #144 Tell Me a Story


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Next to Me Dog Layout

Hello all!

Today I have a layout I created for the latest music challenge at Scrap it With a Song. This week we have our coordinator's pick, Next to Me by Emeli Sande.

This song has been on repeat for me lately! I LOVE it! I was very excited when I saw it on our challenge list. This song is about a good, trustworthy man who is always by her side. I could have easily created a layout about my amazing husband, but decided to go a different route.

I am lucky enough to have two amazing companions by my side. Shady loves my husband, but he never leaves my side. Usually he's snoozing by my feet while I scrapbook but today I caught him staring at me (most likely because he wanted ANOTHER treat). So here is my layout dedicated to my little cropping friend.

This layout was created using the latest kit from Paper Made Bakery. There is a story behind this kit that I'll be sharing shortly. I did some stitching and tried some basic doodling. I don't like my handwriting so a hidden journaling tag is the perfect solution for me! I also used this sketch from My Scrap and More Sketches.

Scrap it With a Song is currently holding a Design Team call. This team is a blast to work with. Check out the details on the blog!

Thanks for reading!

Linking up to:
My Scraps and More Sketches - Sketch #33
SWAT - June Basic Training: Fun with Stitching


Monday, June 10, 2013

Fun Stamper's Journey HUGS Trade

Happy Monday! Normally I'm not a huge fan of Mondays, but today is my first day of summer vacation so I'm loving it!

Last week was an exhausting week at work. I have been given a full-time teaching assignment for next school year (yipee!) which mean a lot of packing and moving boxes into and out of my new classroom. Amid all of the moving and end of the year craziness, I attended a special event at my local scrapbook store. Pages From the Heart has recently begun selling Fun Stamper's Journey, which is a new stamp company that began here in Southern California. Pages started a new meet-up called Peeps Petites. The idea is to create HUGS, which are like ATC's that are made into small note cards. There were 12 fabulous ladies that participated and traded cards. The only rule was that you had to use a stamp by Fun Stamper's Journey. In honor of my precious new doggie, I selected this stamp set to make my HUGS:

There were some very talented ladies that participated. Not being much of a stamper myself, I felt a little unsure. The ladies were so welcoming that I had nothing to worry about!

Here is my HUG! I used a dauber to color my guy in.

This beauty was made by my extremely creative friend Michelle from A Page Out of My Book!

This event was so much fun! And I love all of my little cards. They are the perfect size for a quick note. I have already signed up for next month's event and the theme is "Happy Birthday."

To join in on the fun or order any of these beautiful stamps, please contact Pages From the Heart in Monrovia.

I'm off to enjoy my first full day of vacation. Any fun summer plans out there?

Thanks for reading!


Friday, June 7, 2013

An In Remembrance Layout

Good morning crafters!

Today I have a layout using the latest sketch for Sketches in Thyme. This week this beauty was unveiled:

My two favorite elements: circles and banners! Here is how I interpreted this sketch:

This last week has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster for me. I attended a family funeral and  even though it was a sad time, it was also a very beautiful moment to spend with family that I don't get to see very often. It was all very emotional but also an important moment for me. So this layout was a bit therapeutic to create but I'm glad I did it.

To create this layout , I used the new nautical themed collection called Atlantic from Studio Calico. Even though I'm really not a sailor (like, at all), the colors in these papers are very soft and lovely. And how cute is that little bow?!?

Check out Sketches in Thyme for this latest sketch challenge!

Thanks for reading!

Linking up with:
S.W.A.T. Drill #9: Cool Colors
Paper Playtime Challenge #11: 2 or More Ribbons


Thursday, June 6, 2013

Suit and Tie Wedding Layout


This month at Scrap it With a Song the design team was asked to play DJ and pick the challenge songs. I'm up first with a song by two of my favorite artists - Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z!

When I was asked to choose a song, I immediately thought of Suit and Tie because not only is it a great song (and JT is pretty easy on the eyes) but the title alone has so many scrappy possibilities! This Vintage Bliss collection by Simple Stories is my favorite right now. The color palette is right up my alley.

I got this lovely PageMaps sketch from The Memory Nest. I tried out for their Summer Design Team. Got my fingers crossed!

Check out Scrap it With a Song to play along with this challenge and see what the Design Team has in store for the remainder of the month!

Linking up with:
Frosted Designs Friday Challenge: Punches (Just got that cute heart corner punch and I love it!)
Purple Mailbox: May Layout Love Linky
The Memory Nest: Whimsical Wednesday #6