Saturday, June 22, 2013

Gardeners' Digest: June 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 "hop" by each of our blogs today to see what's in bloom in the Garden this month.  If you've been following the hop so far, you were just visiting the Two Peas in a Bucket blog, where the hop begins.  
Around here, the month of June is the month of Rob. My husband celebrates a birthday, an anniversary, as well as Father's Day, all within a few weeks of each other. With all of the Rob-worship happening, it is often within this month that he also finds himself a target of my scrappy impulses, as he did recently in this month's Scrap Your Stash video. 
Each Scrap Your Stash video focuses on using a particular item or product that might be found in one's stash, and this particular video focuses on something I have in no short supply: journaling cards. The most prominent cards featured on this layout are the Ormolu Made Storytellers. I not only love the colors, but I also got a kick out of using them to document different approaches to the journaling. 
If you'd like a closer look, the full layout and video can be found at Two Peas in a Bucket
This month, as I've perused the gallery each day, I've been especially curious about how my fellow peas have been approaching journaling. Though I don't believe that every layout demands lengthy journaling, I do believe that journaling is a key component of a layout. A layout is meaningful in and of itself, but our words help others to understand this meaning; in so many ways, journaling is at the heart of a layout. Here are a few inspiring ways that the peas have been using their words to enrich the meaning of their pages: 
Row 1: "I've Had an Interesting Life" by RonnieinTexas (this is an amazing, must-read tribute); "Sometimes" by Natalie Elphinstone (this page is eye-catching without the journaling, but it is powerful with it); "Love"/"Neon and Navy Page" by Michelle Hernandez (the words are honest and pure, and I so dig the way she worked them into the design).

Row 2: "Drink in the Wild Air" by GinnyHughes (there are so many ways Ginny could have approached the journaling here, and I love that she went right for the heart);  "First Week" by Jamie Leija (I admire that she doesn't hold back in her journaling while also braving a two-pager and owning it). 
(1) Of all the products that I am crazy about at the moment, the Hero Arts daubers are definitely on my list!  
I can't seem to create a layout lately without using them! Initally I thought that they'd be like paint daubers, but they're actually ink, and they slide on smoothly and beautifully, and dry quickly. So far, I've used them to edge paper, to paint frames, to add a kick to patterned paper, over stencils and masks, and on stamps. Plus, it's just fun to say "dauber." 

(2) When it comes to choosing patterned paper, I am an ardent proponent of A-side and B-side equality, so I'm always thrilled to discover a paper that I love for its B-side as much as its A-side, like this "Homemade" Country Kitchen patterned paper from the FarmHouse Paper Company. 
(3) Recently on the Two Peas General Scrapping forum there was a thread called "How Do You Decide to Buy a New Stamp Set?" For me, the three biggest factors in deciding whether to buy a set (versus just a single stamp) would be versatility, relevance, and longevity. The stamps in the set should work on different kinds of layouts, should outlive current trends, and should still be useful years down the line. Price matters, too, of course, so if I'm going to splurge, I'm going to get a lot of mileage out of that set.  The new "prompts" stamps from Evalicious definitely meet my criteria: 

(4) While we're talking stamps, my current favorite letter stamps are these Mama Elephant's Flashy Letters
I used them in the project above, and I also just used them the other day to stamp on vellum, with StazOn. I love that they aren't too huge and they aren't too small -- they're just right for titles, but I could also see myself using them to take a bold approach to journaling on a page. 

(5) Each month Two Peas has been releasing cut files and printables, and I am a huge fan of these pretties! 
There is a catch, though -- many of the files are only available for a month at at time. The June files will only be available for a few more days. I have all of them stored in my cut file arsenal, where there will always be room for more! 
To thank you for stopping by today, I'd love to offer you a chance to win a $10 Two Peas in a Bucket gift certificate. Just leave a comment on this post (including your Two Peas username) before 6:00 p.m. Hawaii time on Friday, June 28, and I will select one lucky winner. 

The next stop on the blog hop is Jen Gallacher, or if you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop, you can head to the Two Peas in a Bucket blog. Here's the full list of participants:

Jill 
Jen G. 
Celine 
Marcy 
Michelle 
Paige 
Lilith 
Shimelle 
Janna 
Melissa 
Laura 
Lisa 
Wilna 


Thanks for visiting! Happy hopping! 

61 comments:

  1. Oh, I'm going to go watch your video now - yours are some of my favorites.

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  2. I just LOVE these blog hops :)
    mariangeles_spain

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  3. I can't wait to get those daubers! They look so fun!

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  4. Forgot my peaname: serenitysmom

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  5. I haven't seen the hero arts daubers - but they look really fun. I think I need them. Thanks for highlighting them.

    juliee181

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  6. I bought my first few digital files from the store and I'm a convert!! Super fun designs!

    - stinkydudette

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  7. I love all your layouts so much and always look forward to seeing what you are up to.

    8thgypsy

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  8. Your LO cracks me up! Brutally honest but so important to record! Lots of great inspiration here! Thanks so much for sharing!
    ---meredemaison

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  9. I need to get some of those daubers.
    --tltorrez

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  10. oh, i've been debating on those flashy letter stamps, seeing what you've done may have pushed me over the edge!

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  11. I just love all your layouts and videos! Haven't seen those Hero Arts daubers before but I think I'll need to check them out. Thanks so much!

    2peas: sassiescrapper

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  12. Thanks for your inspiration and your thoughts on how you pick stamp sets! 2 peas: momm

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  13. I love all your ideas and inspiration! thank you! capegina

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  14. Would LOVE to be the winner! That will be a great excuse to buy more stuff @2peas! Thanks for great inspiration! AnyaL - 2peas name

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  15. Thanks for the chance!
    ccledbette2011

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  16. What at treat it would be to win a gift certificate to Two Peas? Fun, fun, fun!

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  17. Ack...forgot my peaname: paperpodner

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  18. I am loving the new pritables from Two Peas! Once I get a die-cutting machine I'm sure I'll swoon over the cut files! Thanks so much for hop! :)

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  20. cant wait to try out some daubers!! 2peas: iwilling

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  21. Loving your sneak! i really need a typewriter! And those HA daubers are on my wishlist! 2peas: mprantner

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  23. I also love these neon daubers, they look great!! Thanks for the chance to win! :)
    My username: ScatteredConfetti

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  24. I love your site and visit often. Thanks for the chance to win a Two Peas certificate. Scrapper1011

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  25. Loved this layout when I saw it on 2peas! :)

    username: jenchapin

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  26. Love the blog hops! kitteykaty-2peas name

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  27. We have a lot of the same favorites right now! Can't wait to see your full LO!

    - alone_inacrowdedroom

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  28. Those daubers look so fun and cool! My pea name is KimberlyMarie :)

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  29. Great suggestions! I especially love that you linked to folks whose pages include special journaling - I'm always looking for ways to tell my family's stories. Thank you!

    -soccerwidow

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  30. Thanks for the chance to win a shopping coupon for 2peas!
    jan509

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  31. These blog hops are so fun!!
    I'm JayZee on 2peas

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  32. Thanks so much for the chance...loved the unique journalling on your layout:)
    chelsp82

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  33. I think I would love to get my hands on those Hero Arts Daubers too! :)

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  34. Thanks for the giveaway! Love your blog:)
    2peasname: Triciaromo1123

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  35. Jill, Thanks as always for the inspiration and the chance to win. Pea-name-AshleyCrafty

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  36. I love your product picks! Thanks for sharing.

    2peas: aworkman

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  37. Love all your post with your tips, kinds and favorites. Thanks for the chance to win some $.
    My 2peas user: garlandandrea

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  38. I absolutely loved what you did with the letter stamps. Question though just to be clear...they look like they're stamped on paper then sewed across giving the illusion of being a different embellishment; however, in the next line you said stamped on vellum. Did you stamp the summer sentiments of vellum then fussed cut and machine stitch on your page? I can't be sure but whatever you did the bold colors and the way it's set up is incredible!!!!! Is the stamping with the neon daubers?? mightyapoo

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  40. Re: the comment above, apologies for the confusion! The image shows one way that I used the stamps. I used neon ink and stamped under die-cut letters on the mini-album pages. The stamping on vellum was for a different project (no pics yet). Thanks so much for the compliment! :)

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  41. Love your top 5 !!! I am wanting those neon dabbers for awhile now!
    Love your work!

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  42. Great post! I am definitely going to watch that video.

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  43. Thanks for the inspiration & giveaway! (shutterbugaboo)

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  44. This page and video are awesome)
    (drakumel at 2ps)

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  45. forpahl5

    I really enjoyed reading your blog thanks for sharing!

    Kathy

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  46. Loving all of those items! Love those flashy letter stamps too!

    callelillycafe

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  47. I love your product picks. Great giveaway!
    marshatf

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  48. Love your videos and these hops!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  49. Always love your inspiration Jill! And thanks so much for the gallery love and linking up one of my layouts - what an honour! (although technically you left off the link for mine! LOL! It's here in case you're interested: http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/gallery/member/457528-natalieelph/1926910-sometimes/)
    xxx

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  50. summer is the best, no alarm clocks!!
    (2Ps name, gleestormont)

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  51. Definitely want to see that page finished- very interesting looking peek! jengd

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  52. I loved your "Scrap Your Stash" video! You're always an inspiration. My username is emilyclaire817.

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  53. Jill,

    I like what you do and how you do it. I like the way you explained your all your picks in this post.

    Thanks for all your Garden Girl Goodness!

    Helen (cowgirlwb)

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  54. Those daubers look awesome, I always love your videos :)

    Fleursbydesign

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  55. Those Evalicious stamps are lucious. I am just beginning to buy stamps so I appreciate your take on them.

    2Ps name: keddypea

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  56. Lots of inspiration as always! Thanks for sharing!
    CristinaC

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  57. I believe you just inspired me to shop the printables and cut files since they will only be around a few more days:-)

    quartetdesigns

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  58. Jill I really love your blog. You are a talented lady! Thanks for the opportunity to win a 2 peas certificate.
    ~typogal~

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  59. Love the daubers too and who couldn't use some 2 Peas cash? Thanks for the chance!

    nightmer

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