Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

I hope everyone has a Happy Halloween! Kip and I are going to a Halloween party tonight. It should be lots of fun; I can't wait!

I completed a couple more layouts from my Disney album. I used stickles for the first time and they are so much fun. I used Collage Press, Making Memories, Bazzill, Pink Paislee and American Crafts.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Changing Colors

One thing I really miss about living up North is the leaves changing colors. I have lived in Baton Rouge for four and a half years and never get to see the fall tradition. So I was really surprised when I walked past this tree at work and saw the leaves turning red. "I don't believe it!" I whipped out my camera and took a couple photos. It's a silly thing to be so happy about but it makes it feel more like fall when the leaves change colors.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Christmas Planner

I was inspired by a christmas planner that was posted on Two Peas. I love making lists so I thought this was perfect for me to help keep me oraganized this holiday season. I used Basic Grey's Figgy Pudding collection and the inserts are from

Monday, October 27, 2008

Sale at Parisian Studio

SALE: 30% off all previous month's (July, August and September) main and add-on kits. Quantities are limited, while supplies last.

Add-on kits link
Main kits link

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

ABC's of Disney

I've been to Disney several times and I didn't want to just do a traditional album. So, I decided to do the ABC's of Disney. I had a hard times coming up with a couple of the letters and I think I am still working on finding an "O" but I started my 8x8 album this week. Below are a couple photos of the first couple pages. I used Collage Press pattern paper and stamps, Bazzill cardstock, and various embellishments including American Crafts, Jenni Bowlin and Basic Grey.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Maya Road Contest

Just wanted to let everyone know that Maya Road's is having a Home for the Holiday's Contest. Take one or more of Maya Road's chipboard houses and decorate them for the Holidays to enter the contest! Maya Road is looking for the best looking houses on the block filled with innovative techniques and more! Entry deadline is November 10, 2008 at 11:59 pm (CST).

1 - Grand Prize Winner - $250 in Maya Road products
1 - First Runner-Up - $150 in Maya Road products
3 - Finalists - $50 in Maya Road products

The great benefit is that if you alter one of their houses, Maya Road will help build someone elses by donating $5 to Habitat for Humanity for each qualifying Home for the Holidays entry.

Click here for more information from Maya Road.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Postcard Album

I fell in love with these postcards from Hawaii and immediately knew that I wanted to use them to create a mini album. I always look at postcards and I want to use them for something and this was the perfect project.

I used photos of Kip and me together from our trip to Hawaii. The paper, cardstock, buttons and brads are from Parisian Studio's October kit. The only additional items I used were felt flowers and foam thickers from American Crafts. I love the way it turned out!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Sneak Peek November

Sneak peeks of Parisian Studio’s November main scrapbook kit and add-on kits are available on their website. These kits will go on sale November 1st.

If you haven’t yet grabbed one of October’s kits, there are still a few left.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Handwritten Journaling

I do not love my handwriting and my spelling is horrible, but more and more frequently it is all I am using on my layouts.

Why you ask?
1. It's quicker (my computer is on the other side of the house)
2. I find I get more scrapping done if I don't leave "my room"
3. To me it's more personal.

So how do I overcome my problems with handwriting my journaling?

Here are a couple techniques:
1. Use a journaling block stamp (keeps you straight)
2. Journal around a photo, the edge of a layout, or embellishment (also keeps you straight and provides a decorative accent)
3. Write your journaling out on a scrap of paper to get you ideas and spelling correct before placing on you layout
4. Write your journaling on a tag, sticker, etc. before placing on your layout, so if you make a mistake you haven't ruined your layout
5. Most importantly remember it's your memories as long as you are telling the story there is no way you can go wrong.

Do you have any other techniques that you use on your layouts, please share!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Design Book

I decided I wanted to create a design book, where I could draw out sketches, write out journaling and copy down quotes. I made the following book in about an hour. I cut chipboard, white paper and lined paper down to about 6 1/2 x 6. I put two dividers into the book to separate the lined paper from the blank paper. I covered all the chipboard with October Afternoon paper and added embellishments (notice I ran out of e's and instead used a astrick). Then I bound everything together with my Bind-it-all. I packed it into my purse to take with my on my trip. I can't wait to start using it. It's just so pretty (if I do say so myself)!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

October Kit Posted

October's kits: main - Fall Memories, add on kit - Home Sweet Home and add on item - Timekeeper Clear Stamps are now posted at Parisian Studio. Enjoy!