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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Another LO with the May Kit

This kit is more than just Easter pics. I created this layout for a challenge over at Willow Traders: use Cathy Z's four square style. Not as easy as you would think :-) Perfection means recognizing that we are all variations of the same thing. I want to put that quote on there, but not sure where without disturbing the design. I love that flower pic. It is the one I posted last week or two weeks ago.

God's Gift

I woke up this morning to beautiful weather and thought I must go outside today. I love nature, not the creepy crawly kind, but the sun, the trees, flowers, fresh breezes. They all call to me. My personal deep thought for the day is that you can't be any closer to God than when you are outside in the midst of his creation. This was the one reason I wanted to get married outside. Didn't happen b/c we were married in November in Chicago, but we did get married in a glass tent, so technically we were surrounded by nature from every angle. It was a beautiful sight to see everything covered with a light layer of white, so pure and pristine. Anyhoo, I think we are going out today to enjoy God's gift.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

I've Been Tagged and so Have YOU :-)

1. deep dish pizza
2. tacos
3. cheese popcorn
4. new york strip steak

Four Jobs I've Had:
1. teacher
2. office manager
3. customer service at the PO
4. residence hall manager

Four Places I've Lived:
1. Chicago
2. Jacksonville
3. Saint Louis
4. Houston

Four Vacation Spots I Have Been:
1. Cayman Islands
2. Belize
3. Jamaica
4. Las Vegas

Four Places I would rather be:
1. Jamaica
2. Disney World
3. Aruba
4. nature

Four TV Shows I watch:
1. CSI
2. Desperate Housewives
3. SpongeBob
4. The Simpson's

Friday, April 27, 2007

Another MAY KIT layout

This is my younger sister and I knew I just had to scrap this photo when I took it. ***click the pic for a larger view


Here are our new kits for MAY.... Bright fun colors to scrap the end of Spring and the beginning of Summer. Papers are from Cherry Arte and Bo Bunny. Check out our Gallery to see the beautiful work done by our Guest Designer Ari Macias . Think the Cherry Arte paper is just for boys, think again. She did a fab job and has only girls. I have also posted a few layouts done with the kit, and no boys were allowed :-) Kits go on sale this weekend.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

May Kit Layout

Here is a layout with ONE of our upcoming kits for May, which goes on sale this weekend. This is my mom and poppie :-) Check out the site this weekend. The guest designer rocked both kits. ***click the pic for a bigger view :-)

Guest Designer Call--June

Name of Call:
Color Your Memories Guest Designer Contest

Close date:
May 9th, 2007

Color Your Memories is in search of a Guest Designer for the month of June. Submit your designs using the theme: JOY. What brings you JOY, what does JOY mean to you, what does JOY look like? We are looking for someone who can use bold, bright papers and create with a fun and whimsical style.

Submit your creations to our gallery area. One winner will be chosen based on style and originality. The contest is open to everyone.

Only two submissions per person (can be a LO, card, or altered art) Items must be submitted by May 9th, 2007. The winner will be our June Guest Designer and receive our fabulous June kit to design with. The kit will be packed with new products from CHA (Tinkering Ink, Crate Paper and Creative Imaginations to name a few).

Please make sure you upload your creations into the challenges album located in the gallery. I can't wait to see what you create :-)

Link to site: Color Your Memories

Link to gallery: CYM Gallery

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Winery Pic

Here is a pic I snapped of our first wine trip of the season. I didn't take this pic until the end of the day. It was gorgeous outside and I just really wanted to take all that in. I love being outside and sharing it with my hubby. Good Food, Good Wine, Good Weather, and Good Company :-)

click on the pic to see it close up.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Sewing On Paper -----PROBLEM SOLVED Thanks to Willow Traders :-)

Okay so I bought a machine a Brother, thank you to those who gave suggestions. The Janome was virtually impossible to find here and once I did find it, I had already bought this one :-) No patience. The problem is that on my practice samples the white bottom thread is showing through the top of my design. I added a pic, so I hope it makes sense. I have played with the tension, bought good thick thread, and bought a denim needle to use with it. What else can I check or what am I doing wrong.
Is there a special technique for sewing on paper?

Some Cards

Just thought I would share some projects I have been working on. All sketches are by Di Hickman who has a cool sketch blog. The papers and embellies are from the April kit and the one with the stars is from the May kit. There are a few April kits still available and free shipping over $25 still applies.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Now Is The Time....Spring Sale....Free Shipping

Hello ladies,

My husband is complaining about the ever growing amount of space the business is taking up, so I am having a sell on past products to clear out some room for new stuff and to keep my hubby happy :-)

I am having a SALE on all past kits, add ons and additional merchandise added to the store. Including products from Heidi Swapp, American Crafts, Prima, Junkitz, Fancy Pants and more. Most products are 25% off or near wholesale. We are also offering FREE shipping :-) on orders of $25 or more (will be refunded through PAYPAL). If you have been thinking about trying a kit, now is the time to do so. FREE shipping ends April 28th

Saturday, April 14, 2007

May Sneak Peek

It's that time again. Photos are curtesy of our May Guest Designer Ari Macias. These kits are extra cute and perfect for scrapping Easter pics or for the males in your life or your adventuresome daughters as well.

Friday, April 13, 2007


Just some pics of the flowers Rob bought me last week. They are so pretty and fragrant. These were taken with my 50mm lens. Tootally LOVE it.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Computer Tricks for Scrapbooking by Jessica S.

I LOVE Jessica Sprague's new book: Computer Tricks for Scrapbooking. I have Adobe and I am proficient with it, but I learned so many new things. She uses simple language, great sample photos, and she really makes use of the whole program. You don't have to do digi to love this book. Most of the layouts are paper, but she shows you how to use your computer to turn your photos and layouts up a notch. She focuses on photos, journaling, titles and embellishments. Here is a Before and After photo using three of the tips in the book. I have a lot of idea books, but this one is a definite keeper and one I will keep close at hand and not on the shelf. Plus, there are awesome layouts in the book, so it is definite eye candy and inspiration.

Just For Me

I have really been feeling this creative drain lately. Something about taking your passion and turning it into a business changes how you do your hobby. This week I decided I NEEDED to scrap just for the pure fun of it. I went to Archiver's browsed around and bought new stuff that I had been eyeing. These are two of the layouts I have created using Basic Grey, Autumn Leaves, Heidi Swapp and Creative Imaginations. I love them both and had fun making them. Not sure which is my fave, but I definitely plan on submitting one or both. Any suggestions :-) Hopefully you can read the journaling b/c they are both good.

bye :-)

Monday, April 02, 2007

What did I do today??? I bought a small sewing machine and practiced sewing paper. Sewing on LO's is the newest trend and I have been wanting to try it for a while. I tried 3 machines before I found one that was cheap, small, worked, and had easy directions. I am super excited to test it out even more. Like on a real LO and not on sample pieces.

So super tired b/c I had to go back to work today after a week off. I was so upset I couldn't sleep last night. The end of the school year needs to come quick. I need a rest from this class and a fresh start with next year. Only two more months :-) and then I will be in Europe for the first time ever :-) Sweetness.

I saw some shelves in the Real Simple mag that I must have. I have gone to at least 7 different stores and no one has them. I guess I must break down and pay the Pottery Barn price, hopefully it is not too much. I will not be defeated by shelves, no not me and not today. If I finally figured out the sewing machine thing, than I should be able to find these darn shelves at a reasonable price.

bye :-)

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Here and There

Friday we went to the movies to see Blades of Glory. If you like Will Ferrel, you will like this movie. It was very funny and felt like Ricky Bobby. Mindless laughter, but sometimes we need that.

After the movies we went to this new store that I read about on someones blog. It is called Lush. They make handmade and all natural body products. So freash, that some of teh stuff has expiration dates on it. They even make shampoo, deodorant, lip balm, you name it.


Bubble Bath

Shower Gels

Check them out. You can also order online. The stuff smells like heaven and moisturizes as well. The bubble bath stuff has notes and flowers ticked inside that float up once the ball fizzes out. so super cool. The whole bathroom smelled like total relaxation.

Saturday I picked up a copy of Real Simple, and loved it. I had heard good things about it and finally decided to give it a read. Lots of great ideas in there. Such a ficus on serenity and orderliness. I really need that right now. So we are off to Target to buy some organization and simpleness :-)

Simple Scrapbook magazine has an advertisement for my business in the back. Check it out :-) Hoping this is the break the kit club needs.

Computer Tricks for Scrapbookers by Jessica Spague. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. Check it out. The tips are awesome and well explained. Gotta love it. Can't wait to use them.