Monday, March 28, 2011

April {SAS}sy Kits Sneak Peek!

Scrap Attack Scrapbooking is debuting 2 kits in April - YES, I said 2! Both kits will debut on Friday, April 1st, 2011 so keep your eyes peeled for the full reveal at that time!

Sunday, March 27, 2011


Iron-On Word: Heidi Swapp
 Doilies: Hallmark
Flowers: Pink Paislee, Prima
Rub-on: Kaisercraft
 Mist, Ink: Clearsnap
Miscellaneous: Cardstock, Punchinella

One world really can speak volumes. This new continuing series in Scrapbook News and Review Magazine, features a new word each month. The word for February was "Delight."  I took this photo of myself while I was attending one of my husband's gigs with my girls.  I can't think of a better time than listening to live music.

The word for May is "Imagine."  Submit your artwork by April 12th for your chance to be published!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Carving Out Memories - {SAS}sy Scrap Your Stash Challenge

Paper: Prima
Letter Stickers: Cosmo Cricket, Jenni Bowlin
 Flowers: Precocious Paper, Prima
Leaves: Recollections
 Chipboard: Prima
Calendar: Elle's Studio
 Butterfly Button: Chatterbox
Rox: Queen & Company
Ribbon: Offray
Mist: Tattered Angels
Pen: Zig
Sketch: Carey Bridges

I created this layout for the March Scrap Your Stash Challenge at Scrap Attack Scrapbooking. We were asked to use a background paper that was difficult to scrap, old Prima, a calendar, ribbon and stickers.  I'm really happy with how this page turned out and I'm always happy to use up my older stash. 

As a reminder, all scrappers who complete the minimum amount of {SAS}sy challenges per month are eligible to win a coupon good for an additional 10% off all purchases from the SAS Store! The {SAS}sy Team would love to see how you interpret this challenge and how you are inspired by any of our other monthly challenges, which include ad, color, sketches, journaling, croppy cat and scrapbook play challenges.

My favorite element on this page is the Tattered Angels mist in "Marmalade", a wonderful shade of deep orange.  I was the lucky winner of the limited edition Spring 2011 Glimmer Mist Collection and I'm LOVING the colors!  If you have not purchased this set of mists, I highly recommend them.  I've also used "Sun Sisters" on another project, and it is like sunshine in a bottle, a perfect color of bright yellow for spring.  Thanks again to Tattered Angels for the generous prize!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Cute As A Button

Paper: American Crafts
Sticker: DCWV
Frame: Provo Craft
Thread: Iris
Miscellaneous: Buttons

Each month, Scrapbook News and Review Magazine asks crafters to dig deep into their stashes for a popular or once-trendy product to use when creating a layout. February's product was buttons, an item that seems to keep multiplying in my stash.  I had my daughter Scarlett help me find the colored buttons that I used on this page.  Her little fingers were the perfect size for grabbing buttons!

The May call features photo corners and/or photo turns.  Submit your layouts by April 12th for a chance to be published in the next issue of SNR!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Creative Soup March Madness Crop!

Paper: Basic Grey, Pink Paislee
Letters: American Crafts, October Afternoon
Felt: Creative Imaginations
Ribbon: Celebrate It
Stickers: October Afternoon
Journaling Card: Jenny Bowlin
Rox: Queen & Company
Ink: Clearsnap
Pen: Zig
Sketch: Sketchy Thursdays

Come join us over at Creative Soup this weekend for our March Madness Crop! Its a great time to catch up on all those projects you've been putting on the backburner! We have challenges, games, prizes, and lots of fun!  I was lucky enough yesterday to shoot this cute photo of my girls.  They sparkle and shine much brighter than a pot of gold and are so much more valuable to me.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Wishing you a rainbow for sunlight after showers,
Miles and miles of Irish smiles for golden happy hours,
Shamrocks at your doorway for luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends each day your whole life through!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I Hold The Key

Rub-on: Kaisercraft
Ink: Ranger
Miscellaneous: Book Page, Key, Twine

I've recently started making altered trading cards and I totally love the idea of making a little piece of art!  This is my very first ATC.  I have to admit that I didn't really know how to start as I have never created anything from scratch.  I love patterned paper, so I usually use that as my inspiration.  It was a new experience for me to look at a blank piece of poster board and create from there.  I have made several more ATCs and I'm having a lot of fun!  I am storing all of my work in my 7 Gypsies Mini Library Drawer. I was one of the 6 lucky winners of the Mini Drawer Giveaway, so a big thank you to 7 Gypsies for their generosity! My goal is to have this drawer FULL by the end of the year.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I'm Souper!

I'm "souper" excited to announce that I was asked to join the Creative Soup Team!

Creative Soup is a scrapbook challenge forum whose goal is to inspire scrapbookers to create, create, create! Creative Soup has several challenges and events to help people get their mojo going!

1. Mojo Mondays: Weekly challenges that rotate between four different kinds of challenges (AAM, Sketch, Inspiration, and Random).

2. Quarterly Classes: We offer one free quarterly class with detailed format instructions and journaling prompts where scrapbookers can follow along online.

3. Fun inspirational threads that post each week including: Talk Tuesday (journaling prompt), Web Wednesday (cool sites to check out), Font Friday (featured online free font), and Snapshot Sunday (photography challenges/ideas).

4. The forum: unlike most challenge blogs, this site offers communities where people can chat, ask questions, and share their creations.

If you are looking for a great place to talk and be inspired please come join the forum!  Join by March 17th and participate in our March Madness Crop!  This 4-day event will let everyone catch up on their favorite challenges, scrap those layouts you've been putting off, make that mini book you've had your eye on, and lots more! There will be games, prizes, and a sneak peek at our Spring Class (debuting May 1st). The only requirements are you, some supplies and fun!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

SNR's March Issue - Now Available!

It's time for another issue of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine! Over the next few weeks, SNR has a lot of fabulous things headed your way. Stop by the homepage to welcome the new staffers, check out the latest issue, chat on the message board, read some cool articles, and submit your artwork for our calls. You just might see your beautiful projects in Scrapbook News and Review Magazine!

SNR is growing by leaps and bounds and we're proud to announce that you'll now get to enjoy NEW content every two weeks! Yes, that's right. We're now not just publishing great content once a month, we're sharing the love twice a month!

On the second Sunday of each month, we'll publish all In Every Issue content such as current calls and inspiration, scrapbooking articles, product reviews, sketches; Cards and Stamping inspiration, sketches and special features; Digital Delights inspiration, special features and tutorials; and all Mixed Media inspiration. On the last Sunday of each month, we'll publish tutorials and technique articles for the Scrapbooking, Cards & Stamping and Mixed Media sections as well as Products on Parade and all Primers and Series content such as our Ink Series and the upcoming Paint and Collage Series.

Here's a taste of what's to come on March 27, 2011!

Tutorials & Primers

Mixed Media Tutorials
Faux Leather
Faux Leather Tag
Textured Flowers
Scrapbooking Tutorials
3-D Transparency Butterfly
Acrylic Flowers
Coloring Embellishments with Alcohol Ink
Faux Dew Drops with Gems
Faux Dew Drops with Glossy Accents
Faux Dymo Tape
Faux Paper Pebbles
Faux Pearl Flourishes
Faux Silk
Masking with Dies and Punches

Stamping Tutorials
Distress Ink Waterspot Backgrounds
Eclipse Masking
Faux Handmade Paper
Faux Woodgrain Patterns
Marbelizing Paper with Alcohol Inks
Marbelizing Paper with Shaving Cream
Saran Wrap Technique with Alcohol Inks
Saran Wrap Technique with Spray Mists

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Scrap Attack Scrapbooking March Reveal!

I had a blast working with the Webster's Pages Spring Market Collection this month for Scrap Attack Scrapbooking! The coordinating embellishments in this collection are so fun and they all added some fabulous texture to my pages. I am LOVING the sheet of Webster's Pages alphabet stickers! With 2 sizes and 4 colors to choose from I was able to easily add contrasting colored titles to my pages and I didn't even come close to running out of letters after creating 6 pages! This Webster's Pages Spring Market pairs well with collections that many of you may have in your stash like Crate Paper's Snow Day and Pink Paislee's Old School. With a little Petaloo, Prima and LYB Feathers these layouts practically made themselves. For a full list of products used on each page, please visit my Scrap Attack Scrapbooking Design Team Gallery. Thanks so much for a fun and fresh kit Lauri!

I used the vellum sheet on this layout. I attached my photo to the cardstock beneath the vellum sheet and cut a window in the vellum for my photo. I framed my photo with a floral print sticker from the sticker sheet.  I love the mix of pearls and rhinestone on this new Prima flourish!

There's nothing better than fresh blueberries! The blueberry branch embellishment is soft and fuzzy and the Little Yellow Bicycle feathers are gorgeous in real life.

More fresh berries! The Webster's trim on this page is just as yummy!

This photo was taken during my honeymoon trip to Key West, Florida at the Hemingway House. I'm standing under a banana tree. I love bananas!  This Webster's collection actually has a banana seed packet on one of the patterned papers. Perfect!

This photo is of DH and me the summer after we graduated High School. My family took a vacation to Grand Haven, MI and we stayed in an old lighthouse. My parents had my brother and sister acting as their spies and I'm still not sure who took this photo, LOL. The fabric leaves I used on this page came packaged with the Webster's Pages Velvet Berries. They're not attached!

This is another photo taken while I was on my honeymoon in Key West.  If you haven't visited, I highly recommend it!

Sunday, March 6, 2011


Paper: GCD Studios
Letters: American Crafts
Overlay: Prima
Journaling Card: Jenni Bowlin
Brick Patterned Packaging: Prima
Pen: Zig

I had so much fun creating this page!  All the butterflies on this page were cut from a single sheet of GCD Studios paper.  I LOVE butterflies and have been hoarding this patterned paper for such a long time.  If I had to make a list of my favorite paper of all time, this would be number one for sure!  This is a photo of me as a baby. The journaling is an Irish blessing and reads; "May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun and find your shoulder to light on, to bring you luck, happiness and wishes, today, tomorrow and beyond."

Friday, March 4, 2011

U R My Fave!

Paper: Bam Pop!, Kiki Art
Overlay: Hambly Screen Prints
Chipboard Letters: American Crafts
Rub-ons: Moxxie
Lace: Prima
Ribbon: Details
Star: Teresa Collins
Sketch: SNR

I had a lot of fun using some odds and ends found in my stash to create this card.  I also used a card sketch from Scrapbook News and Review Magazine. Each issue of SNR Magazine contains card sketches with several examples from the talented staff. If you are looking for even more inspiration stop by the homepage and join some of the fabulous groups in the Card Universe for free!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Feeling Groovy - {SAS}sy Scrapbook Play

Paper: Sassafras
Chipboard Letters: Girls' Paperie
Flowers: Sassafras, Petaloo
Doily: Hallmark
Stamps: Studio G
Mist: Clearsnap
Ink: Clearsnap
Miscellaneous: Lace, Ribbon, Staples

Who says there are rules in scrapbooking? The Scrapbook Play Challenges at Scrap Attack Scrapbooking will help you "cut loose" and open your eyes to all the rules you follow, consciously or not. You do not always have to use a self-portrait to feature yourself or loved ones on a scrapbook page. The challenge this month is to create a page about your favorite physical feature or personality trait or a personal habit and look for interesting ways to photograph it. This photo of my daughter Claire was taken before she had her first haircut. I loved her long silken locks, especially the way they curled at the ends. She borrowed my hat for some shade while we were blueberry picking last year and looked like such a flower child. I'm glad that I have this photo of her taken from behind, showing off her beautiful long hair.

As a reminder, all scrappers who complete the minimum amount of {SAS}sy challenges per month are eligible to win a coupon good for an additional 10% off all purchases from the SAS Store! The {SAS}sy Team would love to see how you interpret this challenge and how you are inspired by any of our other monthly challenges, which include ad, color, sketches, journaling, croppy cat and our new stash challenges. Happy scrapping!