I’m a Polly!

I still can hardly believe it!  On Monday I received one of the best emails EVER!  I’ve been a guest (on the Creative Team) at The Lilypad for the month of October and it has been amazing.  It’s by far my favorite online store for digital scrapbooking supplies and by being a member of the Creative Team (CT) you can get free digital scrapbooking supplies in exchange for using those products on scrapbook pages before they are released and then the store gets to use your pages for advertising.  It’s a wonderful win/win situation for everyone.  Well, on Monday, one of the owners of the store sent me a message and asked if I’d stay on full time.  I couldn’t write back fast enough to say yes!  It’s a dream come true for me!  It’s like being a kid in a candy store for me!

 

Everyone over at TLP is getting ready for a big “holiday” for digital scrapbookers this weekend too.  It’s Digital Scrapbook Day on Saturday.  It’s really an excuse to have tons of sales at scrapbooking stores and lots of games and prizes, but it’s always so much fun to see all the hoopla in digi-world.  Of course The Lilypad will be of hopping place to be all weekend.  I can’t wait:

 

Should be lots of fun and I am so excited that I get to be behind the scenes to enjoy it all!

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A Hopping HallOween

Welcome to my stop on the Hopping HallOween blog hop.  I have a fun halloween quick page to share with you today made with the ginormous collab between the designers of Oscraps and The Lily Pad.  I couldn’t believe all the stuff the designers jammed into this beauty!  You can find the collab at either store (click links below the preview):

1st half at at TLP

2nd half at Oscraps

Here is my page using the kit:

and here is the quick page for you!

Download here!

For the next stop on the blog hop you’ll be traveling to Sue Falstaff’s blog.  Enjoy!  If you get lost, you can start at the beginning of the blog hop here.

iPhone Cover

Anyone that knows me, knows that I love digital scrapbooking.  I discovered it in May 2006 and it literally changed my life.  I would stay up until all hours of the night learning how to do it and would get up early to work on a page for a just a few minutes before work.  I learned so much because I became a member of a couple of forums with other digital scrapbookers.  I’ve “met” some amazing people on these forums.  Now, my main hang out is The Lily Pad.  I love that forum.  The people there are amazing scrapbookers, but there are also a bunch of avid readers there and recently we’ve started a book club amongst ourselves.  There are also so many amazing creative and craft girls over there.  People are constantly posting cool pictures of craft projects and ideas and then I can’t get them out of my head until I make them myself.  A couple weeks ago, someone posted a felt stitched owl made into an iPhone cover and I immediately fell in love with it.

Saturday after we went to the beach, we stopped in our local 5 and dime store that has a decent little craft section.  They had a rack of felt and on a whim I decided to buy some colors and give that owl a try.  I needed one piece of regular fabric for my owl, so I ran out to Joanns after the boys were in bed.  I found exactly what I wanted in the clearance section.  Bonus!  I came home, fired up Photoshop and set to work on a pattern.  I printed my pattern and then started tracing onto the felt.  I cut the pieces out tacked them together with a little Alene’s tacky glue and then looked up the blanket stitch on the internet.  I work on it while watching TV with my husband and I just couldn’t stop until it was finished.  I finally finished it at 1:20 in the morning.  Whoops!  I guess it’s a good thing I’m a night owl…. pun intended.  🙂  Anyway, this is the adorable iPhone cover I came up with.  I bought some more felt tonight to make another one… pictures to follow.

If you are interested in the pattern that I made, you can download it HERE.

You need to stitch all of the little pieces onto the front piece first.  Leave the stitching along the outer edge of the wings off, until you stitch the front to the back.  Make sure the left wing goes on first and then the right.  The pattern for the left wing is jagged and the one side is not mean to show.

I’d loved to hear if you make one for yourself!

The Vacation Pages Continue

Last week, was officially dubbed “Date Week” for James and I.  James’ parents took the boys up to her trailer at a private campground last week, so we had the whole WEEK to ourselves.  My first inclination was to take the afternoons off of work so I could scrapbook from noon until midnight, but he said I wasn’t allowed.  He told me I could do that any day of the week that I wanted and he’d take the boys to the beach so I could scrap in peace and quiet.  So, instead, we went out almost every single night.  We didn’t even have to call for a sitter.  Woo-hoo!

Monday night we went to Silver Beach Pizza and were able to order our favorite BBQ chicken pizza without having to consider whether the kids would eat it or not… for the record, they wouldn’t have.  We each had a Schooner of Oberon and just chilled.  After dinner we walked the pier and just sat there until sunset.  It was kind of a weird feeling.  I kept thinking we had to hurry home to get the kids to bed.  After the sunset, we walked up to the bluff and watched the kids play in the fountain until they turned it off at 10:00.

Tuesday we met some friends at El Cozumel, a delicious Mexican place just up the street from us for pitchers of Margaritas.  I told James on Monday night that I was a little worried about going to the Jimmy Buffett concert on Saturday because I haven’t been drinking much this summer and I was worried I’d pass out after two beers that day!  So then I declared that I needed some training before Saturday.  Ha ha!  I was mostly joking.  Wednesday, James went golfing and I did get to scrap for a good portion of the day (took the afternoon off work) and finished 9 pages.  Thursday night we went to dinner (again) at Wheatberry with another couple from work.  Wheatberry is about a half an hour away and their specialty is smoked and slow cooked meats.  I had a pulled pork sandwich and it was delicious.  We had some wine with dinner and then met another friend at a different bar/restaurant and had a few more beverages.  That was a late night!  Friday night James’ Sister and Boyfriend came into town and so did my friend Colleen from college and one of her friends.  We had a fire on the patio that night and just chatted.  Saturday was the big Jimmy Buffett bus trip to Chicago and was a very fun day.  I’ll save that rambling for another post.  🙂  I told James that I was going to need a vacation day to get over our mini-vacation of Date Week.  It was really nice to have so much time to spend together alone, but I sure was happy to see my boys come home on Sunday again.

Here are some of the pages that I was able to finish on Wednesday.  I’ve rambled WAY more than I intended to, so I’ll do half today and the rest tomorrow:

I have decided that since I took so many pictures with my new camera and since I can’t stand not using as many as possible, I’m doing a lot of big pictures, blocked onto pages instead of making each page so fancy and time consuming.  I really like that way they are turning out too!

More Vacation Pages

I finished a few more scrapbook pages from our vacation over the last few days.  I’ve been trying to keep my mojo going by doing one page each night after the kiddos are in bed.  Maybe I’ll finish scrapping this vacation before I forget all the details this time.  The last batch of pictures were all from just the trip to the U.P.  These are first night in the campground (fishing and the amazing sunset over the river) and then our trip to see the Lower Falls of Tahquamenon.  Enjoy!

I’m still having a little trouble figuring out how to display the proper credits for my layouts.  I’m adding the information into the description of each page, but that isn’t showing up anywhere, so I really need to work on figuring that out…

Sad Day in Digi World

I feel the need to post today because it’s an end of an era for me and for a lot of other people.   Tomorrow at midnight Scrap Artist is closing it’s doors forever.  Scrap Artist has been such a huge part of my life for several years.  First I started shopping there over three years ago and then in May 2009 I received an email from Gabi asking me to join the site CT there and I was so happy!

I dove in head first and almost didn’t know what to scrap first with the entire store full of amazing designs at my disposal.  I made about 25-30 LOs each month and it didn’t feel like an obligation, I couldn’t wait to work on the next new kit.  There were so many fabulous designers there that I couldn’t believe my luck at being allowed to join the team over there. 

It only got better from there.  Not only did I get inspiration to scrap piles of pages, I met some of the most amazing women that I know today.  People that shared my passion for scrapbooking and understood being tired because you stayed up too late the night before to finish just one more page.  But, on top on that shared interest, these women are fun, smart, quirky, and amazing.  They are talented photographers!  They know the best books to read.  They even know where to go on vacation!   We chatted about the every day stuff going on in our lives.  We chatted about break-ups with boyfriends, lost jobs, new jobs, sick kids, fun vacations and everything in between.  I never thought I’d have such a bond with people that I only talked to on the computer, but I do.

It is all of things and so much  more that I am going to miss at Scrap Artist.  So Nancie, Gabi, Aja, et. al…. thank you so much for the opportunity you provided me by letting me join this corner of the digi-world and letting me meet so many amazing new friends.  You will be sorely missed!

Another Crop!

Last Saturday my hubby was kind enough to let me leave for the entire day to go to another scrapbook crop.  This was from 8:00 a.m. until midnight, so I had 16 hours of scrapbooking bliss!  Woo-hoo!  There were two great things about going to this crop.  The first was that I was nearly caught up on the boys books and the family album as well, so I didn’t have to rush through any pages and I was able to work on some topics that maybe wouldn’t get done otherwise… like making a bucket list.  The second great thing about this crop was the food!  The gal that put this whole crop together made some killer homemade meals.  There was a cream cheese coffee cake for breakfast that was to die for yummy, along with banana split and blueberry struesel muffins.  Yum!  Then for lunch she made three different kinds of soup.  Dinner was pasta with marinara sauce and/or chicken alfredo sauce.  I opted for the alfredo and it was easily the best chicken alfredo I’ve ever had.  SO good.  And to top it off she made her special strawberry/cream cheese/brownie torte.  I’ve had that one made by her before and it is unbelievable!  I’m a little sad thinking about it now because I didn’t even take pictures to share!  Ah, next time. 

Anyway, here are the pages I completed:

a Cody version:

Now I just have to find time to get these all probably posted in my online galleries!  I’ve done a few on them (which are linked) But the rest I hope to get uploaded this weekend.

We’re expecting upper 80’s this weekend too and the boys have been begging to go to the beach to use their new boogie boards.  I hope to get some fun pictures of them to scrap next.  Happy Weekend!