Wednesday Already?

I swear the days are flying by lately! We had a good Easter weekend - you can read about it here

I also posted about the new Martha Stewart wall organizers from Avery (that I LOVE) with a giveaway on All for the Boys

I posted a couple of new AC Pages this last week

I am learning video and editing so I can start posting some videos for you all!

Scrapping = Doodling

In my strange head I sometimes use scrapbooking as the equivalent of doodling. When I need to think of ideas, work through something, or have a lot on my mind I find it easier to process when I’m doing something creative like doodling in class. They’ve only done a small study on it but it actually points to doodling as being good for your memory (I need all the help I can get).

Anyway - that’s what happened when I was creating these two layouts. Sort of something fun for half of my brain to do while the other half was processing/working.

I had some fun with the new AC stamps on these. I LOVE the big triangle/corner stamp from My Girl! Used a bit from Yes, Please / Lucky Charm / My Girl

American Crafts Valentine's Day Blog Hop

Happy Valentine’s Day! We don’t do much for Valentine’s Day around here. I use it as an opportunity to buy the boys a little something (candy and a small LEGO set this year) and an opportunity to use pink on a layout (although still not much) lol!

Today American Crafts has you hopping around to all the designers’ blogs where we are sharing a Love themed project! Here’s what I came up with (the only time you’ll see me do duck lips ;)


I have a little assortment of embellishments to give away to one of you today! I may even make you a little something to throw in there as well ;)

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below! (Comments open until Feb 21 11:59pm PST) I’ll announce the winner next Friday!

Next on your hop is Becky Williams

If you are just starting or get lost on the hop here is the complete list!

Leslie Ashe
Andrea Budjack
Jen Chesnick
Jill Cornell
Sophie Crespy
Lilith Eeckels
Paige Evans
Leah Farquharson
Monika Głód
Angie Gutshall
Corrie Jones
Michiko Kato
Heather Leopard
Carina Lindholm
Melissa Mann
Kimberly Neddo
Patricia Roebuck
Erin Stewart
Diana Waite
Allison Waken
Becky Williams
American Crafts


New American Crafts

I am really loving the new American Crafts lines! I’ll update you as soon as they are readily available but I wanted to share a couple of layouts I’ve already made!

From the Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm line - love the colors and I think those die cut cards are my favorites from the line. I may use them all!

And from Amy Tangerine Yes, Please - those stamps will definitely be used a lot around here!

CHA Winter 2013

I have no idea how to write this post lol! I thought I’d do a “recap” but I’m not really sure how to! I attended my very first CHA show this last weekend! Catherine and I met up to walk the floor as “first timers” together. It’s a complete mix of scrapbooking manufacturers, adhesive, jewelry making supplies, and any type of craft supply in between. Of course our first stop was the AC / Studio Calico / Project Life section. 


April / Me / Catherine - Me / Lisa / Kari

The Studio Calico booth looked great! Here & There might be my favorite line!

I’m sad I didn’t get to run into Liz but I did get to see her GORGEOUS Project Life kit in person

Maggie’s booth was as gorgeous as she is!

And Amy’s booth was SO fun! You’re going to LOVE her new calendar stamp and embroidery stencil kit!

I got to see my Elle’s Studio layouts hanging up in her booth (I’ll share those here tomorrow) AND meet Elle herself who is just as sweet as she seems online!


Another highlight was getting to chat with Ali Edwards (and Katie too!) Chai latte with a shot of espresso was a necessity!

One of the lines that surprised me (in a good way) was Special Delivery by Heidi Sonboul for GCD Studios and their booth was super cute!


That night I got a chance to go to Disneyland / California Adventure with some of my crafty blogger friends. Will be posting more about that on All for the Boys and All for the Everyday! It was SO cold! I’m wearing leggings, jeans, long socks, tank, dress, sweater, sweater, jacket, and scarf lol! I was pretty good that way!

The next morning I was excited to meet up with some of my Studio Calico / Instagram pals to walk the floor! The Allison Kreft for Webster’s booth was always so busy because her line is gorgeous!

Liz Kartchner and her husband Colin are awesome people and her new line is stunning. Suz and I got to akwardly dance around her booth lol! (Suz can’t keep her eyes open ;)

Basic Grey’s Hipster line was another favorite of mine!

Official CHA mirror shot

Shay / Me / Suz

That night I went to dinner with the Studio Calico crew and it might have been the highlight of my trip! SUCH an amazing team to work with!

I feel like there were SO many people and products that I didn’t get to see. I need a list next time (says the non list maker)! I am still so honored and humbled to be working for the best companies and was excited to see the booths and products so early and in person. If you have a picture of/with me link me to it so I can save it!

I spent Monday with my Mom - we saw Les Mis! and my two crazies were very happy their mom was home

For lots of detail I recommend keeping an eye on The Scrappy Jedi (who I also flagged down while I was there ;) she does some awesome CHA posts and she actually had her camera out!


Can you believe it’s almost Thanksgiving?! I need to get pie crust going! Here are some Thanksgiving layouts I had go up on the American Crafts blog last week.

and a card that went up on the Scrapbook Circle blog

Those that have asked for a step by step of how I go about desiging a layout I haven’t forgotten about you! I have a lot of assignments due with the holidays coming up I’ve been crafting late at night which isn’t great for photos. Just wanted to let you know I haven’t forgotten you!

American Crafts!

Last week my very first Design Team spotlight went up on the American Crafts Blog. I still can’t believe I’m on this amazing team. Such an honor!

Here are the pages I’ve made this month so far. I just got my shipment of all the new product and it’s just sitting here taunting me to play with it!


Stamp pre-order announcement - stamps are on their way to me I should have them no later than Friday and will get them out to you on Saturday!


Allison Waken - from Phoeniz, AZ
Amy Heller - from Newtown, CT
Andrea Budjack - Orlando, FL
Angie Gutshall - from James Creek, PA
Becky Williams - from Wolfforth, TX
Carina Lindholm - from Koping, Sweden
Corrie Jones - from Dallas, GA
Erin Stewart - from El Paso, TX
Heather Leopard - from Cypress, TX
Jenny Chesnick - from Brooklyn, MD
Jill Cornell - from Windsor Heights, IA
Kimberly Neddo - from Bigfork, MT
Leah Farquharson - from Lauderhill, FL
Leslie Ashe - from Fort Worth, TX
Lilith Eeckels - from Bertogne, Belguim
Melissa Mann - from Pensacola, FL
Michiko Kato - from Japan
Monika Glod - from Krakow, Poland
Paige Evans - from South Pasadena, CA
Patricia Roebuck - from Mandeville, LA
Sophie Crespy - from Saint Jean De Maurienne, France


To say I’m honored would be an understatement! I can’t wait to create for American Crafts (not like I didn’t use it all already!) Love this product so much so to be able to recieve and make projects just for them is so, so cool! Thanks American Crafts!

Here’s a mini album I made of beach/ocean quotes