Thursday, August 30, 2012

Pardon Me

It's been a crazy (the kind that's pronounced cuh-raaaaaay-zee) week, so you must pardon this post-and-run.  I can compensate for this short post, however, via a longer one on the October Afternoon blog today.

I am definitely a grid kind of girl, as the sketch I created for that post attests:
More details and a supply list may be found at Two Peas in a Bucket. 
These lovely ladies are all starting college right about now, and I wish them all the luck and love in the world.

Monday, August 27, 2012

JBS Design Team Call

If you're thinking about applying, do it! Working with the team at JBS is seriously wonderful. There is such a friendly dynamic at JBS, as well as freedom to stretch yourself creatively. This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a great team.  Good luck!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

JBS Mercantile September Sneak

This weekend the JBS Inspiration Blog has been the site of one the best tennis games I've ever witnessed. The team has been serving up layouts 'round the clock, sharing creations inspired by this diagram of an actual tennis court:
It's a kick to see how a bunch of people can interpret a single sketch in so many different ways.  My own layout is based on the arrangement of the blocks in the center and the arrows that surround it. 
I used the soon-to-be-released JBS September kits here.  Most of the items come from the main kit; the MME wooden/chipboard buttons and the Amy Tangerine date stamp come from the artisan kit.  Right now I'm working on a layout using the antiquarian and mini-album kits. 
The antiquarian kit is actually making some of us a little emotional. It must be a teacher thing. :)  You'll see what I mean when the kits are revealed at the end of the month. 

On to the winner of the Garden Girl blog hop giveaway!  
The winner of Jen Gallacher's Words Unsaid workshop is...
Congratulations, Carol!  I love that bit about "Words Better off Left Unsaid."  I know exactly what you mean!  

(ETA: Carol, I forwarded your info to Jamie at Two Peas, and you should have class access soon!)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Oh, Dewey.

Ever since I first saw the Lawn Fawn CHA sneaks, they've been right at the top of my CHA wish list, and now, the new Dewey Decimal line is in the Two Peas store!
It's not often that I find a collection that makes me want to get every single item in it, but this is one of the rare ones. My cart runneth over! :)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Gardeners' Digest: August 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. 
This week, the Garden not only welcomes a new Garden Girl, Lexi Bridges (yay!), but it also features a focus on school-themed layouts and cards. School is one of my favorite subjects to scrap, not just because I love school supplies (and always have), but because I spend most of my waking hours at school.  
More details and a full supply list may be found at Two Peas in a Bucket
My daughter and I headed back to school this month, and I documented our first week back to school (with the help of the little point-and-shoot camera that I keep in my bag). I got the idea for a "week in the life" approach from the new Ormolu "Days of the Week" flair, which I worked into the journaling on the layout.  Two Peas recently restocked October Afternoon's Report Card stickers, and I was all too happy to use those on this layout as well! Even though I teach English, I also couldn't resist using the Freckled Fawn Math Class washi tape. My daughter is a huge fan of her math teacher this year, so I placed the tape under her photo to signify her math-and-science nerdlet ways. I, fittingly, have dictionary definitions over my photo (and yes, I do realize just how geeky my hand gesture is, and yes, I do realize that I'm using the wrong hand). 
Among the projects in this month's Garden is one that speaks right to my scrappy heart: it includes lots of layering, lots of color, lots of accents, and lots of journaling.  You must check out Wendy Sue Anderson's "High School Reunion" layout: 
In addition to loving this layout, I give her major props for even going to her class reunion. That takes courage. I went to my ten-year reunion, and I was pretty nervous then, but the prospect of going to my twenty-year reunion kind of freaks me out. I'm not sure that I want to see plumper and balder versions of our former selves.  I'd like to remember the tight end  as, well, the tight end. :)  Wendy's layout gives me hope, though.  A reunion could actually be fun.  
I'm getting more and more amped as new products arrive in the Two Peas store. A day after checking out, my cart starts to fill up again. What's a girl to do? It's just that post-CHA time of year.  Then again, it's always that post-CHA time of year. :) 

Here are some of my recent favorites: 
Elle's Studio Monthly Tidbits. I am so using these for my year-in-review layout when 2012 draws to a close.  
Detour Rub-ons from Bo Bunny.  I see rub-ons so rarely these days, so of course I had to snatch these up!  They're also perfect for a page I've been thinking about doing, regarding my intense, abiding hatred for morning and afternoon traffic.  These will help me to tell my story without having to resort to expletives. 

Uni-ball Signo White Gel Pen.  Two Peas restocked these recently, and of course one went straight into my cart right away.  It's the best white gel pen, hands down. I love how smoothly it writes, and it's not temperamental like other pens. It never withholds ink when it's in a bad mood. 
We R Memory Keepers Textured Cardstock.  After using WRMK cardstock just once, I was a believer.  
Jenni Bowlin Studio Die-Cut Perforated Paper.  This would make a great addition to a back-to-school layout. I actually used it as a mask in my own layout above.  You also must see how Shannon Tidwell uses it in the Garden this week.  Incredible!  
To thank you for stopping by today, I'd love to offer you a chance to win a spot (ETA: sorry -- the giveaway is closed) in Jen Gallacher's fantastic new journaling workshop at Two Peas, "Words Unsaid."   Here's more about the workshop: 
Memories fade quickly and making sure we include all our stories within our scrapbooks can seem daunting. In this mini-workshop, Garden Girl Jen Gallacher shares her approach for meaningful journaling. Jen is a dedicated journal-keeper and has kept personal journals for over 30 years (ever since she was old enough to write). Now she combines her love of record keeping with scrapbooking! This journaling-centered class covers topics from holidays, to day-to-day events, to family moments, and several often forgotten subjects. 
Lessons include: 
Chapter 1: Special Events 
Chapter 2: Day-to-Day Living 
Chapter 3: Stories to Remember 
Each chapter includes 10 BRAND NEW layouts for a total of 30 layouts. An instructional video is provided for each chapter in which Jen discusses her philosophy on journaling each memory, as well as, her creative approach to journaling design. Each chapter video highlights the start-to-finish process of one of the chapter layouts. Watch Jen select the photos, journal her story, and complete a layout all under 30 minutes!

Beyond mere journaling, Jen discusses challenges to telling the story, creative methods for incorporating journaling on the page, and product suggestions for a fresh approach to journaling design. A helpful PDF is provided for each chapter and combines into a complete, comprehensive guide to meaningful journaling. Each layout is highlighted on its own page and includes the complete supply list, a close-up photo, and the approach to both documenting the story and the design of the journaling. Additional materials found within the PDF include topic ideas, journaling product ideas, and tips and tricks for journaling.

Whether you're an experienced writer looking to incorporate journaling into your scrapbooks, or you struggle with knowing what to say on your pages, this workshop's for you! Never leave "words unsaid" again!

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 of both Jen and to connect with other participants. Enjoy! 

To be entered to win a spot in the workshop, just leave a comment below sharing your own "words unsaid."  What was something that you wish had said, but didn't say it?  Or you could share the opposite. What was something you said, that you wish you had just left unsaid?  Don't forget to include your peaname as well.  

Be sure to post your comment and pea name by Saturday, August 25, at 6 p.m. HST, and I'll pick a winner shortly thereafter. 

Thanks for hopping by today!  The next stop on the hop is the ever-always-oh-so-talented Amy Tangerine.  The full blog hop list can be found on the Two Peas blog

Sunday, August 19, 2012


It's August. 
And it's hot. 
And it's still.
And the beach is calling. 
And school's in session.
I know. 

Thus, it would be cruel to call this time of year "summer."  It will heretofore be known as "pseudosummer," a pseudoseason characterized by hot and still days spent away from the beach. The diehards shun tanning in favor of nobler pursuits such as, say, learning.  It's a challenging time of year for many; it may very well be considered a trial by fire. As the temperatures soar, those who quest for knowledge indoors shall be purified by early bedtimes and the incessant chiming of alarm clocks, and shall learn self-control through the maintenance of to-do lists, planners, and schedules.  The reserves of strength that both students and teachers build up at this time of year will carry us through to pseudowinter.  

Closure, however, is important, so as I entered pseudosummer, I said farewell to summer with a layout celebrating one of the highlights of the season: 

More details may be found in the Jenni Bowlin Mercantile gallery. 
The good news?  Shave ice tastes awesome no matter what time of year it is. :) 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Five Faves Friday (and Six-Word Memoirs)

(1) Long weekends.  This one is four -- count 'em, FOUR -- days. Granted, much of that time is already spoken for, but living without an alarm clock, if only for a single morning, is my idea of bliss. 

(2) Pop dots.  I can't seem to create a layout lately without using at least one (or two or ten). My favorites are American Crafts foam circles tabs.  I don't have to struggle to separate them from their backings, and they come in various sizes, which means they work well with giving a boost to teeny-tiny pieces and large sheets of cardstock alike:
I created this layout for a challenge post on the October Afternoon blog. The challenge?  Let your patterned paper inspire the title of your layout (and the same paper should make an appearance on your layout). I used a sheet of Guest List patterned paper from the Cakewalk line, along with a heckuva lot of OA washi tape.
P.S. Right now there's an awesome giveaway on the OA blog: a Studio Calico kit is up for grabs!

(3) Six-word memoirs.  My students composed these this week, and I am just in awe. You can see a few of them here.  I spent some time one night toying with the concept, and this is what I came up with for my own six-word memoir:
It's true. I've been going to school each morning since preschool, summer breaks excepted (and sometimes, even then). I've also never stopped learning, so I suppose that even if I didn't enter an actual school building each day, this would still be true.

I also came up with this one:
No normal for me, thank you. 
It's a tribute to my nerdlet self, past, present, and future.

The best one belongs to Elvis Costello:
Every day I write the book.
(And yes, I can see that the title in the video is just five words long, but "everyday" is an adjective, while "every day" is the proper use. Nerd moment concluded.)

(4) Deborah Harkness.  I loved her book A Discovery of Witches, and now I'm reading the second book in the series, Shadow of Night.
So far, it's captivating, giving me hope that another one of the six-memoirs that I was considering just might have been heard by the universe:
Searching for a page worth turning. 
(5) The Newsroom.  This show is just so good.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Two Scoops

Do you know what makes everything better?
More details and a supply list may be found at Two Peas in a Bucket.
He does.
And ice cream helps, too.  :)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Scraps, Brah.

Give a teacher a circle-cutter
and a box full of neglected scraps...
and she will go to town making borders for her bulletin boards.

Friday, August 10, 2012

(P)noticed: 10 on the 10th

1. Pin: 
Sonia Delaunay
2. Passage: 
"We focus in schools on that which is quantifiable when, I think, our real value as places of learning rests in that messy stuff that isn’t.
3. Picture: 
Someone actually gave me an apple on the first day of school.  :) 
4. Person: Bran.  This summer she started posting her layouts at Two Peas, and I absolutely love her style! 

5. Problem:  The weekend is only two days long. 

6. Process:  I had Tom Petty's song of the same name in my head as I worked on this layout for the Garden at Two Peas: 
Additional details and a full supply list may be found at Two Peas in a Bucket.
This came together much more quickly than I thought it would. I began by placing an actual boarding pass in the middle of the layout, situated the photo over it, and built the rest of the layout around it in five sections, one for each destination that my daughter wants to visit once she has her "wings" someday. 

7. Product:  I am crazy about the new Ormolu flair at Two Peas!   I used one of the Tag Sale flair pins in the layout above. I've also got my eye on these Bungalow Analog Clocks
8. Pleasure:  My husband and I just started watching The Newsroom. After the first episode finished, I realized that I was crying, and I had no idea why.  I keep getting teary during episodes.  What is it about this show that makes the citizen in me come to life? 
9. Post: It's definitely worth checking out the Summer Games posts this month on the JBS Inspiration blog! 

10. Present: I'm wondering how to turn the brown cat I'm currently cat-sitting back into the white cat that I took in a few weeks ago. Oops. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


School is back in full swing, which means that for the past few days, I've been crrrrrrazy busy.  As such, I don't have any scrappy shares for you at the moment -- well, not in the usual sense.  Tonight I did get crafty, but it was for a homework assignment.  My students are about to create collages depicting their understanding of the American dream, and I spent the evening preparing a sample:
I'm trying to show how the American dream, as it exists today, can be elusive. I see hope and goodness, but I also see greed and the need for instant gratification.  I do believe in each individual's potential for success, but at the same time, there are complex factors and obstacles that make the fulfillment of the American dream for each American (and those wanting to become Americans) difficult.

I wonder what grade I'll get?  :)

Monday, August 6, 2012

Let the Games Begin!

All this month, the Jenni Bowlin Studio Inspiration Blog and the JBS Mercantile Forum are paying tribute to craftleticism in a big way, with the JBS Summer Games!
I helped to kick off the festivities today on the blog, sharing a layout that takes its inspiration from one of my favorite Olympic events, gymnastics. I've always had a thing for the rings!
Deep dish pizza and gymnastics tend not to overlap much, I know; granted, that's likely why I find myself watching the Olympics rather than actually being in the Olympics.  :)

I finally got my hands on that much-coveted JBS perforated grid stamp that was on my CHA wish list, and I used it to create pizza "pies" on this layout, stamping at one angle and then at another.

Be sure to check out the JBS blog all this month to see how the rest of the design team took on the challenge of using an Olympic event as a springboard for a layout.  Consider playing along!  If you share your project on the JBS Forum, at the end of the month we'll be drawing three lucky winners who will earn gold, silver, and bronze.  Score!

And the SC Giveaway Winner Is...

Congratulations, Rebecca!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

It Was Cool.

What I know about teenagers:
  • The moment that "-teen" is added to the age of a young homo sapiens, a special lubricating hormone is released that allows for optimized, nearly involuntary eye-rolling. 
  • The amount of text that teenagers generate in the course of a day via social networking far surpasses that which they generate in a typical school day. 
  • The daily words-spoken-to-friends to words-spoken-to-parents ratio is 456:1. 
  • A teenager requires a seemingly endless amount of financial backing, but simultaneously embraces the economy of language, summing up pivotal life events and fantastic adventures in three words:  "It was cool." 

Thus, the scrapbooking mother of a teenaged daughter faces a special challenge when trying to solicit said daughter's help with the journaling on a layout. Thank goodness the kid took lots of pictures when she went to Chicago! I have to say, though, looking at the photos on this layout, I must agree -- it must have been pretty cool. 
More details and a full supply list may be found at Two Peas in a Bucket

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Guest What?

School's almost back in session, and I've been reflecting on this year's summertime scrapping wistfully. One of the highlights has been guesting at Elle's Studio and having an opportunity to use some of the cutest products ever created. When it comes to tags, labels, and journaling cards, I have a few requirements: they must be versatile, they must be easy to print or handwrite on, and they must make my eyes happy. Elle's Studio knows just how to make 'em!
Summer Lovin' Tidbits
Lil' Snippets: Tiny Labels
Summer Lovin' Cutouts
All three of the layouts that I created for Elle's Studio document summertime memories. The first layout  pulls together photos of my daughter from our trip to Disney World a few years ago.  I can't believe I never scrapped these until now!
I love that these labels are SO printer-friendly.  
In addition to using lots of labels, I also had fun working with journaling cards, like these pretties:
Summer Lovin' Note Tags
In fact, one of them became the title for this layout about my cousin and her boyfriend celebrating eleven years together at Niagara Falls this summer: 
I should also add another requirement of mine when it comes to tags, labels, and journaling cards -- they should welcome alterations, like these did when I added mist and paint to them. 

In the course of putting together my third project, I realized just how perfect the Summer Lovin' collection really is for creating summer-themed layouts:   
All of these layouts can be found in the Inspiration Gallery at Elle's Studio, along with some jaw-droppingly gorgeous projects by the incredible design team.

ETA: There's a giveaway of some of my favorite Elle's Studio products on the Elle's Studio blog today.  Check it out here.

Thanks for visiting today!