Wednesday, August 31, 2011

GIVEAWAY: CK's Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking

CK's newest SIP Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking is out and filled with 225 ideas, tips, techniques or layouts to stretch your scrapbooking dollars. This issue is all about exploring just how much value each supply has to offer. And even if you are not a budget scrapper, I think you would enjoy the techniques presented.

And here's one of my pages from the issue.

You can take a peek at another of my layouts from this issue here for a free downloadable.
Check out the sneak peeks for more ideas.
And if you wish to win a copy of Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking, all you have to do is
1. leave a comment to this post sharing with me one budget-friendly tip of your own.
2. leave your email in your comment so if you win and forget to check back, I can contact you to send you your prize.  
3. comment by 9/5
I'll pick ONE random winner and CK will send you a copy of the issue.
Good luck!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Class on Saturday

at Whim so Doodle from 2-4pm. We are making a school mini book. You  can call the store at 727-827-4911 to sign up. If you are not local but want a kit, you can find it here.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

First Day of School

23rd day of August, Two Thousand Eleven: Nini starts 4th grade and Om starts 1st.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Another glorious summer

Today is bittersweet for me... today is the last day of summer vacation. The last 73 days have been fun at times, stressful at times and sweet at times... it was hard when there were tight deadlines and the kids fought relentlessly; it was sweet when mornings didn't have to start so early; it was awesome doing things with the kids or just do nothing and hang out quietly resting on each other... there were things we would have loved to do more if we had the time, but just having them at home was wonderful! Tomorrow we settle back, or struggle to settle into a new routine of early mornings, rush rush, sudden quiet, bus stops, chess clubs, homework and more... looking forward to it all, but can't ignore the sense of time passing all too quickly and the urge to fill more life into it!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Stampin' Up! Day 4

My collection of punches is quite big too. With all the beautiful punches out there, it's hard to resist! Here's one of my new favorites: the Doily Triple Layer Punch by Stampin' Up! It is open to so many layering possibilites and here are just a few...

And here's the page I did with it.

Here's what I used:
1. Doily Triple Layer Punch by Stampin' Up!
2. Live Every Moment Embosslit die by Stampin' Up!
3. Contempo Alphabet stamps by Stampin' Up
4. Stampin' Spots ink pads
5. DCWV Lemon Flower Stack
6. Machine Stitching

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Stampin' Up! Day 3

For today's project, I used:Stampin' Up! Button, button stamp set
Stampin' Up! Classic Stampin Pads - Brights Collection
Stampin' Up! Sweet Buttons Embosslit Die 
Stampin' Up! Tiny Tags stamp set
Stampin' Up! Jewelry Tag Punch
Stampin' Up! 8-1/2X11 Smooth Card Stock - 2010 In Color Assortment

This is what the stamps look like. And these are the inkpads I used.

I stamped and cut out the buttons and used the Sizzix embosslit buttons die (the embosslits emboss and cut all at the same time!) with color core cardstock and gently sanded them.
Once all my buttons were ready, I arranged them near the photo and moved them around till I liked the look. Then I attached the buttons, some with foam tape to add dimension. A few more elements later, here's the finished layout.

Happy Thursday :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Stampin' Up! Day 2

Here's today's card...

For this one, I used
Stampin' Up! Things I Love Stamp set (the stamp set came with perfect images, captions and sentiments taking guesswork out of design... very quick & easy! It can also be a layout or minibook title.)
Stampin' Up! Classic Stampin Spots - Getting Started Collection (the itty bitty stamp pads were just right for the itty bitty stamps)
Kraft and white cardstock, Postage stamp punch and Foam tape by Scotch 3M

Check back tomorrow for more :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Stampin' Up!

Recently as I was organizing my stash, I found that over the years the item I have collected the most are stamps! Like many of you, I am fond of stamping. My woodmount stamps have long become part of my studio decor. Some of my very favorite stamps are from Stampin' Up! I was introduced to their products back in 2006 when I got an incredibly generous selection as part of my CK Scrapbooker of The Year 2006 finalist prize pack. Ever since, I have used those stamps time and again and loved them. You can check out the latest Stampin' Up! catalogs here.
I'm so grateful for the wonderful products they have come up with and have kindly sent my way. Let me share with you a card I created using their older and new goodies.

For this one, I have used the following Stampin' Up! stamps:
1. A to Z background stamp
2. Puns from the Past Sentiment set
Here's another one using the same set of sentiment stamps Puns from the Past

Keep checking back for more Stampin' Up! projects throughout this week :)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Where did

the last week go? I'm not sure! It was strangely busy with little room to breathe...
I'm glad I went to the crop at Whim So Doodle with Kelly on Friday... it was fun to see Anita and Katie again... seriously, while I was there, I only shopped and cropped nothing...huh!
Anyways, here's a share:

I used the 7 Gypsies Lille chipboard alphas for the title. I love this notebook edge punch by EK Success... there's something about edge punches that I can't resist... I have quite the collection of EK and Martha Stewart punches now! That grid paper is from Bella Blvd. and the kraft cardstock from Michaels. Journaling pen is from Faber-Castell. School themed stickers are handmade by me. Adhesives are by Scotch 3M.

Happy Monday!

Monday, August 08, 2011

My Glitz layouts for August

As we are gearing up for the coming school year, all things related to studies and the first day of school are on my mind. You'll see the reflection of those thoughts on my layouts this month. However, instead of taking the traditional primary bright color route for such layouts, I wanted to experiment with elegance as I find my Glitz products really versatile that easily lend themselves to any theme. Here's my first page.
From pink harlequin to swallow to butterflies, I wanted to use them all...

My second layout is about the simple truth of time flying by all too quickly and children growing up in the blink of an eye and attending milestones. For this layout, I tried the artsy mixed media style.

Love Games Floral 12x12 paper
Afternoon Muse Carte Postale 12x12 paper
Afternoon Muse 6x6 Glitzers
Laced with Grace Whatnot
Teeny Alpha Cream
Cardstock stickers

Back To School
Afternoon Muse Stripe 12x12 paper
Laced with Grace Floral 12x12 paper
Afternoon Muse Whatnot
Distressing Clear Stamp Set 3
Teeny Alpha Cream

Monday, August 01, 2011

And the winner is...

Thanks for sharing your memorabilia storage tips with me ladies!
Today's winner, according to Random Number Generator is comment # 5

Savannah O'Gwynn said...
OH my--this page is super amazing! As for my summer memorabilia....I keep it all in a ziplock back- I have a bag from last summer that I haven't emptied! LOL! THANKS for the chance!! sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com
4:05 PM

Congrats Savannah :) Please email me your addy at
Happy Monday!