Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Summer of '69 + A Giveaway!

"Summer of '69" isn't just one of the best songs in the history of ever, it's also the name of the latest Studio Calico kit, which is chock full of October Afternoon Woodland Park loveliness.
As part of a special October Afternoon feature on the Studio Calico blog, fellow OA DT member Lexi Bridges joined me in creating a few layouts using the kit for today's "Monthly Kit Spotlight." The colors in this kit are perfect for scrapping summer photos.
When my daughter went to Chicago on a school trip this summer, she asked if I wanted her to bring me back anything, and I made one request (since deep dish pizza wasn't an option): PHOTOS!  Lots of 'em.  The Best Daughter in the World not only took tons of photos (and handed off the camera so that she could be in some), but she also saved ticket stubs and other ephemera from her trip.  Her scrappy mama trained her well. 
I can't think of a better background to have used for this layout than the October Afternoon Woodland Park "Blue Sky" paper. I kept with the sky motif by misting and layering frames as well as the title. 
The second layout features photos from a recent visit to A Cup of Tea, in Kailua. I love that place. ;)
The doilies, floral and pearl accents, and patterned papers in the kit most definitely were fitting for a layout about afternoon tea with the ladies. I pulled out my doily punch to create additional accents as well as to give the background floral paper (OA's "Gooseberry Falls") kind of a lace tablecloth feel.
My SC Mister Huey's Color Mists also make an appearance on this page. I used Boss Lady to lightly tint the tag before I printed on it, and I went to town with Boss Lady, Sherbet Orange, and Buttercup to create an "ombre" look for the title:
I had such a blast creating with this lovely kit.  Granted, I've had Bryan Adams singing "Summer of '69" in my head for a couple of weeks now, but it's all good. It's an awesome song anyway.

So...what do you think of "Summer of '69" (the kit or the song or both)?  Let me know in a comment to this post, and you may be the winner of a $10 gift certificate to Studio Calico, care of the generous folks there.  I'll select a winner on Monday after 6 p.m. Hawaii time.

Thanks for visiting today!

(P.S. Images of the full lines from the new OA releases are up on the OA website now!)

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Giveaway Winner + More JBS Sneaks

Happy Sunday!  It's been an, um, interesting day around here.  I had a slapstick kind of morning, reenacting practically every cliche in the book, including burning myself on the stove (worth it, because I was cooking bacon), stepping on a tack (and making my hypochondriac brain go crazy with thoughts of tetanus), and spilling hot coffee down my shirt (and pants). Luckily, the remedy was to be found at my scrap desk.  I avoided scissors, though, just in case. 

Here are a few more sneaks of the projects I've been working on with the August JBS Mercantile kits: 
I finally figured out the secret to glitter -- using a glue pad!  It actually works.  The glitter goes on smoothly instead of becoming clumpy.  It's brilliant.  All this time, while my glue pad sat neglected in a drawer, I believed that I was glitter-impaired, but no longer.  Dare I say, I even like the stuff now?  

On to the giveaway winner from the Two Peas blog hop!  Congratulations to...

Hooray, Donna!  I've forwarded your info to Two Peas, and you should be enrolled in the class shortly.  Have fun!  

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Case Closed (for Now)

This is my last week of playing along as a "Special Agent" at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration. All month I've found myself stretched creatively, and I have four layouts that I love to show for it.  This week's Case File features a color scheme that I might never have thought to use otherwise, but as I found, it's really quite lovely!
Here's my approach to Case File #30: 
For the testimony, I focused on my daughter's sweet voice and told the story of how she has been singing in choirs since she was a child. The journaling is on a tag tucked behind a photo. 
For the evidence, I used fabric, ribbon, metal, brads/eyelets, and though I didn't add my own distressing, I did use some papers with a lightly distressed look. 
I mixed old(er) and new(ish) products here from Studio Calico, Pink Paislee, Bazzill, Prima, My Mind's Eye, October Afternoon, Jenni Bowlin, American Crafts, and BasicGrey.  I dug deep in my stash for some of this stuff!
It's been a great month guesting at CSI. I am hoping that when the school year starts up again, I will still be able to play along from time to time.  If you haven't yet checked out CSI, you so should!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Lovely Loot

Usually, a honking horn is not a good thing, but when the horn is that of a mail truck bearing a box o' loot from Two Peas, it's an awesome thing.  Here's a peek at my happy mail, which was full of new My Mind's Eye and Echo Park. 
These Wood & Chip Buttons from My Mind's Eye caught my eye in the Two Peas store, but I didn't know that they'd be this cute and colorful in person. I love that loopy aqua one on the right. 
Next to October Afternoon's label stickers, My Mind's Eye label stickers are my favorites, because they're so easy to print on, and they're just plain FUN. 
The Sweetest Thing collection from My Mind's Eye was on my list of CHA must-haves, and though initially I was drawn primarily to the Tangerine line, Bluebell and Honey have stolen my scrappy heart as well. 
How could I resist the new Everyday Eclectic papers? I'm all for an Echo Park/Hambly hybrid collection. 
I will be digging into these lovelies soon!  In the meantime, I've been busy with other projects, including those that I'm working on using the new Jenni Bowlin August kit.  Here's a peek at what I've been up to this morning with the artisan kit: 
Thanks for visiting! 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

We Can Take Off the T

Since I fancy myself a realist rather than a pessimist, I've decided that it's perfectly acceptable to use the word "can't" in my everyday language. At times, however, I do wonder about whether there really is power in positive thinking, and whether I need to embrace the Tao of Piglet more often than I do the Blah of Eeyore.

Still, the realist in me won't let me forget that no matter how inspiring this video might be, it's still an ad for a bank. :)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Another (Little) Sneak

Just popping in to share an itty bitty sneak from the special October Afternoon feature on the Studio Calico blog at the end of the month:
Mmm...lots of misty fun here. Granted, I love mist a little too much, judging by my multi-colored fingertips. :)

By the way, a compilation of the design team's CHA layouts is up on the October Afternoon blog.  It's so great to see everyone's different styles and uses of the lines. Check it out here.

Monday, July 23, 2012


My summer vacation is winding down, and instead of rushing to make it through some ambitious summer bucket list, I've decided to whittle down that list to a whole lot of sleeping in and an extra helping of sitting on my butt. Soon enough, I'll be consumed with to-do lists, so I'm just going to enjoy the lazy days of summer while they last.

So...here's what I've been up to: 

...reading Girls in White Dresses
I just finished this today. It was a decent summer read. I wanted to like it more, but as I made my way through its pages, I kept feeling as if I had read this book before. Several times. Single girls in New York City, looking for love, dealing with commitment issues?  Sound familiar? It's become a genre unto itself. Sex and the City did it well.  I'm not sure that anyone else really has since then.  Still, the book has its moments, and there are some likeable characters within it.  I actually like Jennifer Close's style, and I look forward to seeing what's ahead for her.  

...watching Breaking Bad. We just started the series a few days ago. It's oddly absorbing.  Z and I have also been rewatching Grey's Anatomy. We're on the second season right now.  It's strange to rediscover Grey's this way. It seems as if character development was primary in the early seasons, while now, it's all about throwing those characters into extreme situations (as in, violent rampages and plane crashes) and watching how they react.  Grey's Thunderdome

...scrapping a heckuva lot. Studio Calico is including October Afternoon's Woodland Park in its August kit, "Summer of '69," and I had a chance to play along, as part of a special October Afternoon feature on the SC blog. 
There will be more to come on the SC blog (and here) at the end of the month. 

I'm also putting the last of my JBS July kits to good use, and I'm starting to dig into the August kits, which are lovely. I'll have some sneaks to share soon!  Here's one of my layouts from the July kit that I haven't yet shared here: 
I had fun experimenting with techniques in this title. After cutting out the title with my Cameo, I used watercolor pencils and Speckled Egg re-inker (in mist form) to add some color in tiers. 

...listening to a mix of old and new favorites -- The Psychedelic Furs, Mr. Little Jeans, Jack White, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Of Monsters and Men, Beastie Boys, Ellie Goulding, Coldplay, Oh Land, Coconut Records, Matt & Kim, Depeche Mode, Translator, The Lumineers, and Sinead O'Connor. 

...cooking almost every night. When school starts again, this will all change, so I'm enjoying playing Martha while I can. 

...hanging with the furbabies. They love sleeping in even more than I do. 

Thanks for stopping by today.  Don't forget that there's still time to get in on yesterday's blog hop giveaway! 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Gardeners' Digest: July Garden Girl Blog Hop (Giveaway Closed)

Welcome to the Gardeners' Digest, a monthly update from the Garden Girls, the design team at Two Peas in a Bucket. We'd love it if you'd visit each of our blogs today to see what's in bloom in the Garden this month. 
Most of the layouts that I've created so far this month have been based on challenges. There's nothing like a good challenge to give you a much-needed creative push, am I right? Are you up for a technology-inspired journaling challenge?  
I created some dimension on this layout by giving the kraft cardstock a boost with one of my tried-and-true adhesive favorites, American Crafts Circles Foam Tabs.  Under the die-cut letters, I placed pieces of patterned paper that I had printed over using binary numbers. The journaling itself was already done for me, care of Facebook.  I compiled a few of my status updates from the past month, printed them out on white cardstock, and added some accents to them.  The full supply list can be found at Two Peas in a Bucket, if you'd like more details. 
Every week when new items appear in the Garden, I find myself "liking" (in truth, loving) and bookmarking so many projects. For instance, the moment I saw this layout by Becky Novacek, I gasped. It's just so pretty.  
She has amazing skills with a camera AND with paper...and I so dig her handwriting. I think I have those very same Prima flowers, but I never thought of using them against aqua paper like that. It's such a stunning combination! 
I know we've all been gaping at the new CHA releases this past week, and I'm sure that by the next Gardeners' Digest, I'll have a bunch of those products to share. In the meantime, though, I've been busying myself with some goodies from Two Peas that arrived about a week ago. Here's what I'm loving (and using!) right now: 
BasicGrey Paper Cottage Printed Chipboard 
BasicGrey Paper Cottage "Backgammon" Patterned Paper
BasicGrey Clippings Snippets
Studio Calico Heyday "Weather" Mistable Shapes
American Crafts for Crate Paper Lullaby Thickers
To thank you for visiting today, I'd love to offer you a chance to win a spot in Nancy Damiano's new Two Peas workshop, Scrapbooking Family Vacations  

Here's more about the workshop: 

Relive the magical memories you’ve shared with loved ones as Garden Girl Nancy Damiano takes you on a creative journey documenting your family vacations. From America’s favorite theme parks, cruises, road trips to day trips – we’ve got you covered! (Note: This workshop covers domestic travel only – we’ll tackle Europe and the rest of the world in a future workshop).  
So whether you’re still in the planning stages of this year’s vacation or sitting on stacks of old photos, Nancy’s got a plan for you! Join her as she guides you through a step-by-step process to divide, conquer, and scrapbook those vacation photos.  
Included in the workshop are 50 brand-new scrapbook pages showcasing a variety of family destinations, helpful, printable PDF's and 5 brand new videos to walk you through the ins and outs of organizing and scrapbooking your vacation. Each video covers Nancy's approach to tackling vacation layouts, her perspective on using design on your pages, and the creation of a layout from start to finish.  
The lessons include: 
Chapter 1: Planning & Organizing Chapter 2: Put Your Mouse Ears On Chapter 3: Day Trips & Tourist Destinations Chapter 4: Beachside Chapter 5: Round-Ups & Memorabilia  
Nancy’s eye for detail and design, paired with her passion for travel and knack for teaching make this a workshop you do not want to miss!
The content of this workshop will be available immediately upon purchase. The lessons are available for you to work at your own pace and upon purchase can be accessed in the "Workshops" section under "Classes & Events." A private message board forum is also available to ask questions for Nancy and to connect with other participants. Enjoy! 
To be entered, just leave a comment sharing a fun fact or story about your most recent family vacation (and I promise, I will read them all!). Be sure to post your comment and pea name by Sunday, July 29, at 6 p.m. HST, and I'll pick a winner shortly thereafter. 

Thanks for visiting today!  The next stop on the blog hop is Garden Girl Lisa Truesdell

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Sherlock Love

While this summer has sped by more quickly than any other summer on record, I did accomplish at least one of my summertime goals: watching both seasons of the BBC Sherlock series. My daughter is crazy in love with the show, and she has been after me for some time to watch it.  After viewing just a few episodes, I could understand the appeal -- intrigue, witty humor, fascinating characters, and complex plotlines. In addition (and perhaps, most importantly), it stars Benedict Cumberbatch and is set in London, both of which aren't half bad to look at longingly whilst sitting on my couch in my pajamas.

So when Case File #29 from CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration was revealed, I realized that it was about time to document my daughter's love of all things Sherlock
At first I wasn't sure if I could make the color scheme work with the subject matter, but I actually love how the neutrals and brights look together here.  For the challenge, my "evidence" includes labels, wood/woodgrain, a transparency, paint, angles, and journaling peeking out of a pocket.  The "testimony" includes a top ten list of quotations from the series that my daughter happily volunteered to compile for me. 
The yellow patterned paper is from Amanda Johnson's Housewife collection, from a few years back.  I've recently decided to stop hoarding it. It looks so much better on a layout than in some bin.  I also worked in some Studio Calico papers. The map of London and the crime report found their way out of my stash and onto the layout for which they were truly intended. 
The layout's details all relate to Sherlock and/or to my daughter's Sherlock love in some way. Many of them were selected in consultation with a Sherlock expert (the kid). 
More details and a supply li st may be found in my Two Peas in a Bucket gallery. 
Even though I had to do some detective work to locate everything for this layout, it was worth the hunt.   My daughter loves the layout, which means this case file is officially solved. :) 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations to the winner of the Woodland Park Tin Pins giveaway...
and to the winner of the Jenni Bowlin $20 gift certificate giveaway...
Hooray, Glee and Miriam!  I'll be in touch. :)

Thanks, everyone, for taking the time to visit and post comments. Stay tuned for another giveaway on Sunday, as part of the Garden Girl blog hop!

Thursday, July 19, 2012


Ever since an electric company truck accidentally plowed through my cable line yesterday morning, I've been on a non-self-imposed Internet fast.  Yesterday I tried to access the Internet via my daughter's cell, but I am way too blind for that tiny screen, and apparently my fingers are massively bloated, like so: 
No, her keyboard was designed to be used by abnormally teeny tiny fingers, like these:
In any case, I felt so old, squinting at that screen, shaking my head, and whining about young'uns and their newfangled gadgets.  

My Internet connection was restored today, at last.  Three cheers for the tech guy who climbed a telephone pole to make it happen!  Channing Tatum on a pole? Not as impressive. 

Now that I'm back and using a keyboard that does not induce paralysis after three minutes of use, I'd like to invite you to check out the CHA challenges at Two Peas.  Although the folks at CHA are packing up, the fun continues at Two Peas, where you still have the remainder of the week to complete the challenges.  I came up with Challenge #3, which is to undertake a little bit of a scavenger hunt through your stash.  Locate (or create) the following items and incorporate them on a layout.  
- a product from your "old" stash 
- a product you've never used or opened 
- something from your purse/bag 
- your own handwriting 
- a computer-generated element 
- a quotation 
- a photo of yourself 
- at least 6" of thread, twine, or ribbon 
- a "C," "H," or "A" (or all three)
Here's my version: 
A full list of supplies may be found at Two Peas in a Bucket.
I used a few ”old" products here, including a Making Memories Vintage Hip trinket pin, a 7gypsies library card pocket, a vellum envelope, and a metal clip that's been sitting in my stash for years (and years). My never-used/never-opened item is a package of Crate Paper Pretty Party buttons, and I also cut into a few sheets from the BasicGrey Clippings, BasicGrey Paper Cottage, and 7gypsies Trousseau collections here. 
The item from my purse is an appointment card from my dentist. The computer-generated element is the journaling in the pocket. The quote is from Sylvia Plath (I'm so happy I finally used it on a layout!). As for the ribbon, I used a piece that I snagged from a box of candy (is it sad that I was more excited about the ribbon than I was about the candy?).
Thanks for stopping by today!