Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Design School Guest

Brrrrrrring.  Two Peas in a Bucket Design School is in session!  And I was asked to be a guest designer for this week's lesson on Emphasis and Repetition.  Eeek!  So excited.   Here's my Back 2 School layout using my oldest son's last three first day of school photos to illustrate the design principle of hierarchy

You can see this week's lesson, the Garden Girls' layouts, and the rest of the guest designers' layouts HERE.  So much inspiration all in one place!

Thanks for stopping by.  I'll be back soon with some ScrapRoom layouts and cards.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Back 2 School Mini

Today at the official Cricut Blog, I have a fun Back 2 School mini album made from paper bags.  I love how it turned out, and I can't wait to fill it with first day of school photos of my two boys.  You can see more pics and get cut information at the Cricut Blog.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Fun Scrappy News

Hi there my favorite scrappy people.  Happy Friday to ya!  I am off today and have big plans to hang out in my scraproom all day until the kiddos get home from school.  Love me a scrappy Friday.  Ok, sorry, I'll stop rubbing that in and get to the good stuff.  My news!

A few days ago I got an email from Jill.  Like Jillibean Soup Jill.  She asked me to join her design team.  Needless to say, I am super flattered and excited.  I LOVE everything Jillibean Soup.  You can see the announcement at the Bean Talk blog.

Thanks for letting me share!  And thanks for all your support and kind words when I pop onto the blog and gush over how excited I am to be doing this or that.  Your sweet comments are a real treasure!!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


My Memories Suite Version 2.0 digital scrapbooking software is a fun and creative way to keep and share memories, whether you have a Mac or PC. The software's design tools will help you to build entire albums effortlessly using one of the many installed templates, or designing your very own pages from scratch.

And if you aren't a digital scrapbooker, you can make other projects.  I made a binder cover for a new Home Binder that I'm working on.  I plan to print it out and slip it into the front cover of a plain white binder.  This will make it a lot more colorful and fun.

This is a great program to have. It comes with a lot of great free images (all the ones I used above were free).  Plus, there are even more available at http://www.mymemories.com/, and the easy part is that the images are added directly into you MMS for you! 

I'm so excited because I get to give one lucky follower their very own My Memories Suite program.  All you have to do is visit the site http://www.mymemories.com/ and choose your favorite digital paper pack or layout.  Then, come back here and leave me a comment telling me which one you chose.  If you want extra entries into the contest, then go follow their blog HERE and like their Facebook page HERE.  That's three entries!  Woo hooo!!!  I'll choose a winner next Wednesday.

And if you just want a good deal, I have a special code for you to use at check out. With this you will get $10 off your purchase.  STMMMS9135

Have a great day!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Imaginisce's New Line Is SPECtacular!

Don't you just LOVE this new line by Imaginisce?  Such great colors and patterns.  But mostly, aren't the die cuts just too cute?  I loved them so much that I piled them onto this back to school layout.

Back To School

Check out the new bling heart on the glasses die cut.  Those are pretty new, too.  Fun!

For my second project, I altered a bead organizer to hold school supplies.  It will be fun filled with paper clips, binder clips, glue sticks, erasers, and such.  We plan to fill it up and give it to one of the boys' teachers as a little treat.  Gotta keep those teachers happy.  ;)

School Supplies Box

I made a couple more projects with this line, but I can't share them just yet.  But you can pop over to the Imaginisce blog HERE for the release party all week.  Woo hooo!!!

See ya soon!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A Few Disney Pics

Well, we've been home from Disney for a week now, and I thinnk I've finally recuperated.  Walking around for eight to nine hours a day in hot, humid weather sure wears a girl out.  LOL!  It was worth it, though.  We had an amazing time.  And my family and friends have been asking to see some pictures.  Here's a few, fresh from the camera, no editing.

How cool, hun?  This towel art was waiting for us on our bed when we first arrived.  We stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  I highly recommend it!


Upon check-in, the hotel gave each of the boys a First Time Visitor badge and gave Jonathan a Happy Birthday badge (his birthday is actually next month, but close enough).  They put the badges on and were ready to go to the park.

This is one of about twenty pictures that I took of the Tree of Life.  It was pretty amazing!

My kiddos had a blast banging on the drums at Animal Kingdom.  The faces that they made cracked me up.  I have enough photos for a double-page layout on just the drumming.  LOL!

Decked out Disney style!  They both had to have a hat.  Of course, Jonathan was a bit too old (so he says) for the Mickey ears.  He got a baseball cap and pin lanyard instead.  He had soooo much fun trading pins with all the park staffers.  That's another layout in the future.

Awww . . . sweet, hun?  Ethan LOVED all the characters.  We got to meet all the Winnie the Pooh characters at lunch at Crystal Palace.  And then we met all the classic Disney characters in Epcot.  All those pictures are just as sweet as this one.

And this is my favorite photo.  At the end of our day in Magic Kingdom, we sat right in front of Cinderella's castle to watch the parade.  The castle changed colors the entire time.  Amazing!  And a great way to end the evening.

Well, that's just a  few of the over 500 photos that I took.  That's a LOT of photos to edit and scrap.  LOL!  Maybe I'll get them done before we go again.

Have a great day!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Back To School Teacher Gifts

School started for my kiddos this week, and everyone is happy about it.  My oldest son started sixth grade.  Big man on campus.  Last year of elementary school.  Almost in Junior High.  Gosh, where does the time go?  And then my baby is starting Pre-K.  At the big boy school.  With a uniform and a back pack.  And he'll be riding the bus soon.  Sigh.  It's been a tough week.

In anticipation of the new school year, I made a couple of teacher's gifts for Cricut Circle and I thought I'd share them with you today.

Welcome Chalkboard

This was such a fun project!  I used the Birthday Bash and Simply Charmed cartridges along with some vinyl.  Won't this be cute hanging in my son's Pre-K teacher's classroom? 

Altered Candle and Thanks Tag

And for this little set, I used the Imagine Vintage, Straight From the Nest, and Plantin Schoolbook cartridges.  I loved the bright colors of Nikki Sivils' paper paired with the chalkboard and text Imagine papers.  Such a great contrast!

Thanks for stopping by today!  We're off to school to deliver a couple of gifts to butter up the teachers while my kiddos are still somewhat behaving themselves.  See ya soon!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Spotlight On i-Rock Bling

Today at the Imaginisce blog, we are putting the spotlight on cards using the new i-Rock bling that was released back in January.  With all the different colors and styles available, we wanted to be sure to show off some of our favorites.  And by doing it on cards, you can really see how amazing they are.  Here's my card.

Snowflake Card

After embossing a piece of white cardstock with my Cuttlebug Snowflakes Card, I added a bunch of white glittered Hot Rocks.  I liked the subtle texture it added to my card.  And to add a pop of color, I added one turquoise rhinestud Hot Rock to the middle of the Santa's Little Helper snowflake die cut. 

I am still making these paper bows.  LOVE them!  You can find a tutorial HERE if you'd like to add one to your project.  Warning:  they are addictive.  Ha!

Thanks for checking out my blinged out card today.  Be sure to go see Shemaine's and Beth's beautiful cards featuring more new Imaginisce i-Rock bling.  You won't be disappointed.

See ya soon!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Somebody Pinch Me!

I am soooooo crazy excited to be invited to join the Pebbles Design Team for 2011-2012.

I got the email last week while we were vacationing at Disney World.  My kids thought I had completely gone over the edge when in the middle of our 45 minute wait to ride Soarin', I let out a huge "WOOO HOOO!!!" 

You can see the announcement HERE. And, hopefully, in a few short weeks you can see my first projects there, too!

Thanks for letting me share. Be back soon with some scrappy projects!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

I'll Send Ya a Postcard!

With just a little over a week left before school starts, we are grabbing our mouse ears and heading off to Disney World for our last days of summer.  So, so excited!  Before I go, I wanted to share a quick Disney project that I made with my Cricut.

Disney Postcard

I used my Mickey Font cartridge and some simple cardstock.  Pretty fun, hun?  I have another Disney project (and a giveaway) to share when I get back.  See you soon!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Imaginisce and August PageMaps

I was soooo excited when Becky Fleck asked the Imaginisce DT to create layouts for her August PageMaps.  LOVE me some Becky Fleck.  Here is the fab sketch that I received and the layout that I created.

Fall Memories

As soon as I saw the dress form on the sketch, I knew that I was going to use a tree.  At first, I thought about the new Christmas line, but the photos I had didn't really work.  When I found these pumpkin carving picks, I pulled out Happy Harvest and what do you know?  A tree!  Love when things just Fall (How punny!) into place.

Imaginsice makes it soooo easy to embellish your layouts.  I added a title and some leaf die cuts and some i-Rock gems and presto!  I've got layers.  Fool proof really.  Which is just what I need when I'm sitting at my scrap table at midnight after my little one has finally decided to go to sleep.  Oh sorry, tangent.

I really enjoyed working with Becky's sketch.  And from what I saw of the August PageMaps HERE, so did my fellow design team members.  Their pages were awesome! 

Thanks for stopping in today!  See ya soon.  Until then, stay cool.  This heat is ca-RAZY.

Monday, August 1, 2011

ScrapRoom Gallery Projects

Ok, so I probably say this every month at this time, but I can't believe it's August already.  Seems like the summer just flew by.  It's almost time for my kiddos to go back to school, which means no more impromptu trips to the park or yogurt shop.  Oh well, good thing I took lots of pictures, right?

Since it is August 1st, it's time for me to share my projects with this month's ScrapRoom Flavors of the Month kit.  And oh. my. goodness. I loved every bit of the Flavors of the Month kit.  Here's what I made.

Just Me & My Boys

Summer Cutie

Fall Treat

Hi Friend Card

Treat Bag

I love all the bright colors and playful patterns that I found in this month's kit.  And there were no shortage of embellishments either.  In fact, I actually have quite a few left over that I plan to use on some more projects.

The gallery is FULL of amazing inspiration.  Be sure to stop over and take a look!

Have a good one!