Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Project Life - end of January

Yay! I finished Project Life for January! And January isn't even quite over. (Hopefully nothing really eventful happens yet tonight that I want to include, or it will throw my whole plan off!) I decided that I really want to do this more by month, than by week. Maybe that weird, but that's just me. Weird. Anyway, here's the two page spread

And close-ups of the two sides

Okay - I'm off to get some supper started for the kids. I'm trying to work on making food from my pantry, instead of buying more all the time. My plan tonight was to make a Tuna Helper that has been in there a long time (we pretty much never eat packed meals like that), but when I pulled it out a little while ago, I saw it only had 4 servings. Probably not good since there will be 7 of us tonight. So, it was back to the drawing board. I found two packages of mac and cheese and 2 cans of Spam. It's crazy what's hiding in my pantry! Add some green beans, and I guess we've got a weird meal! :) Yep, that's me, weird!

New Pink Paislee and Heidi Swapp!

Just as I said the other day, preorders are now available for the new lines from Pink Paislee at Stop & Scrap! They also have the new Heidi Swapp lines! These are the two lines I am most excited about!

But Prairie Hill, She Art (from Christy Tomlinson), and Indigo Bleu are all available for preorder now too! I am totally in love with the clear stamps from Indigo Bleu!

Oh, and they also added the new lines from Lily Bee yesterday!! And remember, if you use the coupon code REBECCA you receive an addition 12% off your order! I love that!!

I HOPE to be back later with my finish of Project Life for January, but we'll see how the day goes... Take care!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Wow! Check out these preorders!

Oh, my goodness! The preorder collections at Stop & Scrap just keep getting better and better!! I am so excited about these new Basic Grey collections! I mean, seriously, how pretty are they???

And I really think this new collection from Simple Stories is quite nice too!

They've also added today Simple Stories Fabulous and Awesome lines!

Guess what else they just added?

Yep, Jenni Bowlin's awesome new release! These are so fun! Even the new Chalkboard Easel and Mini Reproduction Box!

I'm also really stunned with the beauty of this new release from Echo Park! Especially the Graceful collection!

And, remember, if you use my coupon code, REBECCA you will get an additional 12% off your order!! That is so sweet!!

PS - I also see that the new Pink Paislee lines will be available here for preorder this week. I soooo want them!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Project Life Weeks 2 & 3

As promised, I'm back with some Project Life photos. I got a little behind last week, but yesterday made the time to get totally caught up. This week I'm going to try my friend Sasha's idea of just doing one pocket at a time - I can totally see taking a few minutes each day to work on this, as opposed to an hour or two each week. I'll give it a try at least! Anyway, here is week 2's pages:

And week 3's pages:

I'm not sure how y'all get both pages in one photo - I have a hard enough time getting high enough to get one full page. Oh, duh! I could photograph it with the book on the floor I suppose. Hmm... I'll have to see where in my home there is plenty of natural light on the floor...

Take care, my friends!

New Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Collection!

Is anyone else as excited about the new line from Dear Lizzy as I am? Just the name - Neapolitan - alone evokes a response from me, since my favorite book as a kid was called "Striped Ice Cream". But, aside from that, the whole collection is so darn cute! I mean, seriously, check out this stamp!!

And pardon me, but the ruffle papers are the bomb!!

These are all available, plus the other new American Crafts and Pebbles collections, for pre-order at Stop and Scrap! And if you use my code, "REBECCA", you will save 12% off your order! How sweet is that? I seriously would have bought the whole collection if I could have, but I had to draw the line somewhere...

I'll be back later today to show you my weeks 2 AND 3 Project Life! I was a busy bee yesterday getting all caught up on it!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

New Prima Available for Pre-Order, plus a coupon!

Have you seen the lovely new collections from Prima? I just pre-ordered some of the new goodies. I got a few goodies from this lovely collection - Nature Garden.

Of course that's not all I got... I also added to my cart some of the great new stamp sets from the new My Mind's Eye collections. Yay! Check out all the items available for pre-order at Stop AndScrap! They've got a lot of fun goodies!

If you use the coupon code "REBECCA" when you check out, they will take 12% off of your total! How fun is that??

Monday, January 16, 2012

I was being hasty.

Yes, I was. In being honest with myself, I know that if I don't show off what I do somewhere, I'm probably not going to do it. It has to do with some amount of accountability, but much more to do with the fact that I'm proud of what I do, and no one in my real life (save my younger kids) really has any appreciation for it. And I am NOT going to let fear of what some monster might do to with my kids' pictures stop me from showing you all what I'm doing. It's just not going to happen. My husband can say all he wants about how I make the kids think that technology is all wonderful, and how I'm being so irresponsible putting our kids' photos all over the internet. I just don't feel like I'm doing anything wrong. You know? I try to be very tasteful in what I post. My brother-in-law (who works in government security) told me that Facebook is one of the worst places to be posting photos of kids, so I stopped. But, I am not going to let fear keep me from doing what I love. So there! lol

That said, here is a photo of my finished December Daily album. I had taken photos of each page that I hadn't shown you yet, but then last week I deleted them all, and I just don't feel like going through all that again - sorry. Maybe someday I'll have some streak of wanting to photograph and process several pages at once, and do it, but for now, I hope you're happy with a photo of the whole book - I am! It got quite huge, but for now the binder rings are working, so that is likely how it will stay.

Moving on, I did my first week of Project Life last week. I am in love with this project! It took me a while to figure out what I was really doing, but once I started putting things in here, I don't think it could really get much easier (well, I guess I could just put photos in and use the PL journal cards and call it good, but what fun is that?) So, here are the pages of my Week 1 (I haven't made my cover page yet...)

I used a lot of Crate Paper's Farmhouse line, and a paper from their Random collection. I hope to start printing out photos and working on Week 2 later today, as long as things work out for that.

One of our daughters celebrated a birthday this past week, and after I finished making a card for her, I loved the design so much, I made 3 more! Why not? Here are 3 of them:

And a photo of all 4 (the close up of the 4th was all blurry.)

I used papers from Crate Paper's Emma's Shoppe line, a stamp from Papertrey Ink, Versamark ink, Zing embossing powders, and flowers from Sassafras. Oh, and my Zap heat tool, my ATG, and my Fiskars 2" circle punch.

When I finished making those cards, I made a little banner for her birthday cake with some of the scraps. I hadn't planned on putting a candle on this cake, but she really thought she needed to blow something out, so we put on one candle (not 12, as the banner probably would have caught on fire!)

I hope you are all having a fantastic start to your week! You all rock, you know that? I love that there are some people here who enjoy seeing what I make - it makes me feel good! Thank you for that! Take care!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Gonna make a little change

Okay, maybe that should read a big change. We've had an incident that has made me now very wary of putting info or photos on the internet of my kids. It was nothing really serious, but it was a wake up call to me. So, in the future, I won't be posting photos of my kids, or pages that have their photos in them. I'm not sure yet if I'm going to go back and delete all the blog posts that include those things - that would probably be most of my blog. I really want to show you my mini-books, and my Project Life, and any pages I might happen to scrap, but I just don't feel right about doing it now. I'll still show you cute covers of books! And pages that might be without photos of my kids, but I feel an intense need to protect them right now, as well it should be, right?

But, that won't leave much of a blog. Or much chance to get published again, which I REALLY want! Or much chance of getting on a design team, another thing I REALLY want! So, I'm going to make a bit of a transition. I'm going to try making more home decor projects. And more cards. Hopefully lots more cards! In fact, here are a couple of birthday cards I made this past weekend.

Before I go, please just let me take a moment to say something. Please, PLEASE, if and when your children are old enough to start using cell phones and email, PLEASE make sure they know that even if they think they are sending someone things that will stay private, they had better expect that at some point, someone else will see them. Remember anything you do electronically can be seen by more than just you and the intended recipient. I've had, not that long ago, where I sent someone an email about something rather out of the ordinary, and suddenly the next day, I had web banners showing products to help with what I thought I had sent in a private email. Not so private, right?? And more than likely boyfriends, and girlfriends, will not always stay your boyfriend or girlfriend, and suddenly things you may have sent them in that past, may seem like pretty tempting things to humiliate you with. So yeah, please just make sure you make your kids aware of these things!!