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


  1. I am bad about NOT SAYING anything when someone upsets me. I would rather keep the peace...looking back there are now many times I wish I would have said something. Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. My word unsaid is "No!". I sometimes go with the flow too much and do things when I really don't want to. Thanks for the chance to win!


  3. Probably should be saying 'I Love You' more to my family.
    2peas: MicheleD_utah

  4. I wish I had told my grandparents when they were around that I loved them. I'm sure they knew it, but it's always nice to hear it. Thanks for the chance to win Jennifer's class!
    User name: dpiercey

  5. Always fabulous, love the sideways journal by day on the first one.Lucky you... great preservation of the High School Reunion, we didn't get prom right and obviously can't get a reunion right either.

  6. love, Love, LOVE your layouts! Great eye-candy.
    2 Peas user name is LaScraps

  7. I wish I told my grandparents that I loved them and spent more time with them.

    2peas: jojobeth1

  8. I love that layout! Love how you did the journaling and used the flair, and thanks for the chance to win! Words unsaid - I have a hard time saying I'm sorry. I need to say it more.

  9. Always enjoy your layouts.
    Word unsaid used to be I'm sorry, but I can say it a lot more easily these days.

  10. Love your LO! And your picks especially those tidbits :)

  11. I probably don't say no enough and get a bit overwhelmed at times. I love your LO-Wendy Sue's is awesome, too!

  12. As a retired language arts teacher, I really love your first week layout! Thanks for a chance to win a spot in Jen's class! I really like her style and visit her blog often

  13. Lovely layout!
    Words unsaid: I don't think I tell my children enough that I love them. I don't think I journal in my scrapbooks like that either. Need to do that! thanks for the chance to win!

  14. Out of all the pretty things in your post today, it's that boring (or not!) white pen that I really want! LOL.

    My unsaid word is a genuine "I'm sorry." I'm too sarcastic for my own good. :(

  15. Thanks for the chance to win! Username is: acraftybookworm

  16. Thanks for sharing and for a great giveaway!
    My Username is Anneliesse.

  17. Love your layout, thanks for a chance to win

  18. One time a friend was having her second baby. When she told me it was also her second boy I said, "Oh, another boy?" in a very disappointed voice. I still feel bad about that!

  19. I have a mouth that is not attached to my brain so I often say things and then have to back up and explain them...even reading this comment back it doesn't make much in point! User name is Lou.jervis

  20. My words unsaid are all related to my feelings which is really hard for me to express.
    bikeller @ 2peas

  21. Love how you do your layout. Looks cool. Thank you for a hance to win this great class.
    2peas name: sj95014

  22. Love the layout. How neat and so right on. nanarose5

  23. tnstampgirl....thanks for the giveaway great blog hop

  24. I am bad about saying things in my head good or bad, but never opening my mouth.


  25. Great LO- love that it features both of you. Just wish I had the luck with my white Signo that you apparently do. I can't get a white gel pen to work for anything. :( jengd

  26. Love your layout! I usually don't say everything I want to say. I hold back because I don't want to hurt others or myself.

  27. My favorite thing on your layout was the way you journaled sideways. I so want to scraplift that! Thank you for that idea, and the chance to maybe win the Words Unsaid workshop.
    Words Better off Left Unsaid could be another whole workshop.
    My 2peas name is seawest.

  28. My husband thinks I don't say "I'm sorry" enough...its hard for me to admit when I'm wrong. My two peas name is melt003.

  29. Hm, I often don't say what I think when I'm upset and it takes me a lot of time to just say what bothers me..
    My username: Ms-terious

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  30. Love your layout! Those Ormolu badges are supercute! And what a great giveaway! Would love a spot in her workshop! Thanks for a chance to win!

    peasname: Sparklin

  31. I need to remember to focus (both quietly and out loud) on the positive

  32. When I'm upset I say some things I regret later.
    Thanks for the chance(drakumel at 2ps)

  33. My word unsaid is "NO", I need to say that more often.
    Thank you for the chance to win this!!

  34. I missed my 10 year reunion (I was 7 months pregnant at the time and it was a few states away) I dont know if I'll go to my 20 year... thanks for the chance to win, my username is isadari

  35. I wish I had told my mom that I loved her and appreciated her way back when I was a teen. I totally did, but didnt' say it. I'm sure she wasn't always feeling the love from me as a teen.

    Love your layouts!!! Love those tidbits too, must have for my cart.

    *pink* at 2 peas

  36. I'm not very good at saying 'sorry' when I've been unreasonable or argumentative. I guess that's a journal topic, isn't it?! Thanks for sharing the giveaway.


  37. Just went to my 30th class reunion two weeks ago and it was fun despite our balder, chubbier selves.

    2Ps name: keddypea

  38. I need to say, "ok, you are right" more! Thanks for the chance to win a spot!


  39. I love the products you hightlighted. definately need a few added to my 2peas cart! Thanks for the chance to win a spot in this class. username: debpereira

  40. Great school layout. Love the washi tape and flair buttons. Thanks for a chance to win a spot in Jen's class. 2 peas name: Miss Kathy

  41. I have a hard time saying "I was wrong." Thanks for the chance to win!

  42. I wish I could tell my Mom and my Aunt that I love them, just one more time... CyndeeBK

  43. Thank you - I seem to not say to say it as much as I should..

    - stinkydudette

  44. First of all: Happy New (School) Year from a fellow teacher! My words that should be unsaid are those spoken in frustration and impatience with my kiddos. It doesn't happen too often, but when it does it eats me up...

  45. My words unsaid would be the words I would have written in my daughter's scrapbooks about her first year, but couldn't because I didn't keep journaling details and can't remember much 5 years later. User name: luv2scrap19