Friday, October 29, 2010

Fabulous Fall

This afternoon I has some fun creating with a 7 Gypsies Receipt Holder and the Scrapbook Circle November Kit.

One of my favorite things about working with kits is that it takes so much time out of the project. With everything already coordinated and sitting in front of me, it took under two hours to put this together.

My favorite part of this project is the banner. I used bakers twine for the string and laid out all of the little pennant stickers. I did keep the backing on the stickers so that they can hang free and not stick to things. To attach the stickers to a string, I set the string out on my table and used a little glossy accents on each banner sticker to glue the sting and stickers together.

I've loving the corrugated shapes from Jillibean Soup in the kit. I used Glimmer Mist on a couple and layered them up with some burlap for an embellishment.

This receipt holder is really cool because you don't have to glue the paper to the board. The clips just hold the papers in place. This makes it easy to switch out elements for different seasons or you could just change out photos each year.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

This and That

I just saw this fantastic idea from this blog. This makes such a stunning statement with black cardstock and scissors.

I'll need to file this idea away for next Halloween.

I bought these apothocary jars last weekend at a local boutique. My friend, Jennie, made them. Don't they look great? She did such a great job collecting jars, bases and top and matching them all up.

I have a real weakness for Peanut M&M's, so I'm not sure what I was thinking when I put some in one of the jars. The rest of my family is really enjoying the sour pumpkins I found at Sweeties Candy Store.

It's been a very productive scrapbook week. Lots of layouts have been created and I'll be sharing them soon. For now, here's a peek at one of them:

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Halloween Fun

Halloween is such a fun holiday. I love that there isn't the stress of buying gifts or even making a fancy meal. It's just about having fun together with friends and family.

This weekend we went to a Halloween party in my parents' neighborhood. The party had bounce houses, face painting, snow cones and pumpkin carving. It was a perfect way to spent a cool fall evening.

This year we have a Candy Corn Witch, a fairy and a ninja. It was fun to get a little extra use out of their costumes.

We added a little Halloween decor to our kitchen today.

I found these Halloween paper lanterns at Paper Source in NYC when I was there a couple of weeks ago. They survived the trip home in my suitcase and I really like how they look.

Hope you are looking forward to a great week.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Happy Mail

I just received my most recent copy of Scrapbook Trends Magazine and look what's in it...

My "We Love Disneyland" layout. Sweet! It's always so fun to see my work in print. :)

Any fun weekend plans? We're having friends over tonight for pizza and games. We'll have 2 moms and 9 kids. Should be a real party!

Hope you're having a great day.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sweet Berry Farm

While we were in Newport, RI last week, we found a great local farm where the kids could run free in a pumpkin patch. They also sold homemade ice cream (the salted caramel was so delish!) and they had a market with a lot of fresh produce.

I used the upcoming November Scrapbook Circle kit for this layout with a few of my favorite photos from our visit to Sweet Berry Farm.

And, here's peek at the kit...

More peeks are over on the Scrapbook Circle Blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Elle's Studio Inspriation

I had so much fun working with Elle's Studio's Halloween products this month. The new Halloween products are digital and they are now all available at

Here's a little peek at my Elle's Studio layouts for this month.

The full projects will be up in the Inspiration section today.

And here's a peek of work from everyone on the Elle DT.

Can't wait to see the full reveal!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Exciting News!

I've been asked to join the Fancy Pants Designs Creative Team! I'm so excited about this. Fancy Pants has been one of my favorite scrapbook manufacturers for years and now I get to create with even more of their fantastic goodies.

This was one of the layouts I shared in my submission for the DT. Love the combo of the Fancy Pants and Glitz on this layout.

On another note, I was in Concord, Massachusetts yesterday and got to actually see trees with changing leaves.

This may not be exciting to many of you, but to someone from the Phoenix area, this is something that we don't get to experience and I was pretty excited about how beautiful the leaves were. The pictures just can't capture the vibrance and beauty.

We are now home, doing laundry and getting back into the swing of things.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Halloween and Fun in Boston

We are still on our fall break vacation and we are in Boston this weekend. I've never been here and it's been to fun to explore a new city. We also have been spending time with old friends who drove up to meet us from Baltimore. So fun!

Today we went to Clear Flour Bakery for breakfast and it was amazing. The nine of us sampled croissants, tarts, quiche, focaccia bread and morning buns. Delicious. If you are ever in the Boston area, I highly recommend a stop here.

We also made a stop at Louisa May Alcott's home. The area is so beautiful and completely different from Arizona. So many lush trees with leaves changing colors and such charming homes. We loved the area in Concord where the Alcott home is...

Plus, we made a quick stop at Walden Pond. Beautiful.

Just one creative share...

It's the last of the Halloween projects that I worked on before our trip. I'm looking forward to being home and having some creative time soon.

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Halloween Canvas

I've had a few 6 X 6 inch canvases in my closet for a while (at least 3 years) and I decided that it was time to dust one off and use it.

I love decorating for the holidays and like to add a few new things to the collection each year. Here I used a canvas, but used the back side for the main project of it so that it was a little shadow box.

I covered both the front and back of the canvas so that it can be propped up on a table and have both sides be decorated since they will both be seen.

Everything came from the Scrapbook Circle Spooky Town kit. Really loving the Girls' Paperie paper and stickers in that kit!

Oh, and if you haven't seen it yet, Elle posted a little interview with me and a special Halloween project I did with a bunch of Elle's Studio goodies on the Elle's Studio Blog a couple of days ago. Stop by if you get a chance!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Happy 8th Birthday!

Happy 8th birthday to my sweet boy. We love his clever sense of humor, sweet smile and love of sports!

We've been celebrating today in Newport, RI. We visited a local berry farm for fresh homemade ice cream, did a tour of this amazing house, went swimming at our hotel and enjoyed a walk around town.

Halloween Fun with Glitz

This month I wanted to share a couple of Halloween layout ideas using Glitz products.

The Distressed Couture line was perfect for creating a spooky Halloween page. I played in Photoshop with a photo of my daughter from last Halloween to make the photo look grainy and a little messy.The red and black color combo was perfect for this Vampire Bride layout.My next layout has a photo of my other daughter from Halloween last year. Her costume wasn't very spooky, so I decided to try out brighter, happier colors.
I added some plastic spiders for a quick embellishment with a Halloween vibe.If a line doesn't seem like it will work for Halloween, give it another look and you may find out it is just what you are looking for.

Vampire Bride Layout: Paper, stickers, alpha, glitzers are all from Glitz Distressed Couture Line
Happy Halloween Layout: Paper from Maya and Distressed Couture Lines. Alpha and Rub-on are also from Glitz.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Shopping in NYC

While the boys were off at a soccer game today, the girls decided to do some shopping around NYC!

We started of at the American Girl Store where we had Kit's ears pierced and did some exploring of the store. The three story store was packed. Whoever invented American Girls dolls would have been happy to see that store today.

A few months ago I read about Tinsel Trading Company on Debbie Schuh's blog and added it as a place to visit while here in NYC. Today was the day that we scouted out the store. It was full of little trinkets and vintage items plus loads of premium ribbon. I handed my daughter the camera to take photos so that she would be busy while I took a look around the store. Here are a couple of my (blurry) favorites.

And here's my little one holding up the number 6 since she just turned six last week.I didn't even buy anything because I couldn't bring myself to spending $18 on a small jar of buttons or $45 on a small pack on vintage goods. The whole store was eye candy and I'm happy we made the stop.

My favorite store of the day was Fishs Eddys. This was an amazing store packed with things for the kitchen. I really wanted to get one of these cake stands, but I didn't want to take any chances of it breaking on our trip home, so I'll just have to remember them by looking at this photo.
I did pick up a few of these little 1 ounce nut bowls. I have a weakness for bowls and just couldn't resist these in a bunch of different colors.We also visited Chinatown where we found some cute crochet headband wraps and hats. For some reason I forgot to take any pictures while we were there.

Plus, we made a stop at Paper Source. I found some cool paper Halloween lanterns that I plan on hanging up in our kitchen.

Fun day this lots of walking and exploring. Thanks to my sister for helping me find all of these (and more) places to shop.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Food, a Layout, a bag and NYC

A couple of days ago I saw this Pumpkin Enchilada recipe on the Cheeky Kitchen blog and knew that I needed to make this very soon.I love pumpkin recipes and this one sounds like something totally unique. I'll let you know the results when I make it.

Earlies this week, I had a little creative time with the Scrapbook Circle Spooky Town Kit and I made a layout for our Halloween Album. I created an 8 X 8 page to put into a Halloween album.

The glittered spider web from Pink Paislee is one of my favorite kit elements. It's great that the sticker sheet has two webs on it.I've been on the lookout for the perfect camera bag for a while and I've found another great one to add to my idea list.It's a bag from Ketti Handbags and I just love the cheery yellow fabric.Last night our family took the red eye flight to NYC. We've decided to spend a few days of the kid's fall break here. My sister flew in to meet us here! So fun. After a very full day of site seeing today and going on only a couple hours of sleep last night, everyone is now sleeping and I'm enjoying a few quiet moments to myself. I'm sure we will have a fun and super busy next few days!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Happy 6th Birthday!

Six years ago today, this sweet girl was born into our family.

She is so happy, energetic, full of life and lots of hugs. I feel so blessed to be her mom.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Birthday Seaon

Hello! It's been a busy week around here. We've been busy celebrating two of my kids' birthdays this weekend. We're not finished celebrating yet, either. Tomorrow we have a bowling party planned for the two kids and a bunch of their friends Should be really fun!

We've also celebrated two of my sister's birthdays this weekend. It's definitely birthday season around here! Here's a look at a card I made for one of my sisters.I used the Scrapbook Circle Oct. Kit for this. Love that paper flower from one of the Scrapbook Circle design team ladies, Diana. Her etsy site has a lot of fun stuff. I love adding unique items like that flower to the kit.

Hope you have a great day!


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