Thursday, August 22, 2013

Gardeners' Digest: August Garden Girl Blog Hop

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 Lilith's blog. 
This month's Garden theme is "It's the Little Things," which I took to heart not only in my August gallery layout, but also in my most recent "Scrap Your Stash" video, which focuses on the "little things" that can hold a layout together -- clips! 
I actually made a dent in my stash of clips, thanks to this layout, and I've been reaching for them more often as I create. 
Maybe the clip-fixation is to blame, but this month, as I've browsed the gallery at Two Peas,  I've been noticing the different ways that the peas have been using accents as "peacemakers," uniting the layers and different sections of their layouts. Here are a few that I have bookmarked recently: 
(Top row: "Smile," by Brickle and "Just Be Amazing" by Jens3; bottom row: "In Just 10 Short Days, This..." by Soaphousemama and "Sunset Stroll" by Listgirl)
The time has come: we're moving beyond CHA peeks and into the post-CHA harvest.  I've been gathering up quite a bit in my cart lately! Here's some of what I've "reaped" over the past month: 

(1) I wasn't too sure how these FYI Rolodex cards from FarmHouse Paper Company would look in person, and when I finally saw them, I fell in love. They're amazing. They don't look like "manufactured" vintage-ish cards; they look like the real thing. 
I used a few on my "Little Things" layout. Each card is about 3" x 4.5" -- perfect for housing journaling!  

(2) I'm also crazy about the other FarmHouse Paper Company items, including this "Desk Top" patterned paper.  
The yellow ledger A-side is awesome -- I can see it used as a bright background, for sure -- but it's that library card B-side that has me panting over paper. I need more. 

(3) I am not exactly sure why some companies stopped manufacturing rub-ons with their lines over the past few years, but I am so grateful that Jenni Bowlin Studios has continued to manufacture them. These aren't ordinary rub-ons, mind you -- they're gold, with a subtle shimmer, and go on smoothly like butter. 
(4) This month I've also gone through a bottle of my favorite new Mister Huey's mist, Shell

I hardly have any left!  It's a lovely cream color that looks incredible added to backgrounds. I recently used it as a foundation color when using a stencil/mask, and added other colors over that. You can see it on the title letters here as well as in that misted circle in the background: 

(5) The last of my August favorites is my first ever Two Peas class, Scrapbooking from the Soul.  
I still can't quite believe that it is out there in the world now!  Although I've already given away a spot in the class, if you'd like another chance to win a free spot, you'll find giveaways throughout the hop today. 
To thank you for visiting 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, August 30, and I will select one lucky winner. 

The next stop on the blog hop is the ever-always-talented Jen Kinkade, or if you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop, you can head to the Two Peas in a Bucket blog.  Thanks for hopping by today! 

Monday, August 19, 2013

New at Two Peas!

Today I happened by Two Peas in a Bucket, and was psyched to discover that the new Glitz lines are in stock! They jumped right off of my CHA wish list and right into my cart. 
Oh, I so love these colors...sigh...I can't wait to play!

As for these lovelies...
they'll be making an appearance within the pages of my holiday album this year. I know the colors are traditional red, yellow, and green, but they seem almost...juicy, sweet.  Do you know what I mean? 

There's also new Prima in the store. I couldn't resist these pretties:
I can't wait to see more CHA releases in the store. The first peeks were great, but the waiting is sooooo hard. 

Friday, August 16, 2013

JBS Mid-Month Reveal

Last night was the mid-month gallery reveal at JBS Mercantile. There are still a few kits available, including the lovely August Papercrafting and Artisan kits.
I used the Papercrafting kit to create this tribute layout:
It's not really a tribute to bacon, but to my grandmother, who taught me how to prepare it just right. To this day, I cringe at too-crispy bacon. It's just wrong. 
I had fun experimenting with the chipboard hearts in the kit. I added a coat of gesso to some and painted over them with a pale tomato paint dauber, and I added two layers of white embossing powder to the others.
Granted, hearts and bacon have had an uneasy relationship through the years (or so medical history would have us believe), but I couldn't resist using hearts here to celebrate my bacon love. 

The second layout that I created uses both the Papercrafting and Artisan kits.
I built this page layer by layer, pulling together papers and accents from both kits. 
I was stoked when I discovered a sheet of gold vellum paper in the Artisan kit. I love that stuff! I placed it over the red and pink circle pattern (an exclusive designed by Lisa Dickinson), and the gold transformed the entire pattern.
 I tucked the journaling into one of the layers. In it, I focused on all that the photo reveals to me.
To create the striped/lined background, I painted a sheet of the corrugated paper from the Artisan kit and pressed it over a sheet of cardstock, lifting it gently. I'll reuse the painted paper on a future project. 

My third project incorporates items from the Historian and Mini-Album kits: 
This is a "just as I am" self-portrait layout. I grabbed the camera, headed outside, and snapped a few head-to-toe photos. I didn't brush my hair or "prettify" myself (which is pretty much the norm for me on weekends) because the idea was to capture myself in the moment. After printing the photos, I put together the layout, focusing on a stream-of-consciousness listing approach to the journaling. 
After writing the words using a white pen, I called attention to certain words by underlining and boxing them with a gold pen and stitching around others. 

To see the full mid-month gallery, stop by JBS Mercantile

Thanks for visiting! 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Two Peas Workshop Giveaway WINNER!

It's been a crazy week, but an exhilarating one, too.  Now I'm ready to take on a long weekend (yay for Admissions Day here in Hawaii!). I think a good way to begin is by announcing the winner of my Two Peas workshop giveaway.

The lucky winner is...

Congratulations, Rene!  I'll share your info with Two Peas and we'll get you enrolled in the class.  I hope you enjoy it!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sort of Here

Judging by my sporadic blog updates lately, you might be able to guess that the school year has started again. Whoosh -- just like that, summer was gone.  Whoosh -- just like that, another school year has begun.

Lest you think I'm lamenting the end of summer, in truth, I actually needed the school year to begin when it did. The lack of established routines over the past two months has made me a little loco en la cabeza -- and I'm not the only one who has felt the impact. When the dog skips breakfast and starts sleeping in, you know it's time for a change.

So yes, it's back to school for us around here. This will be my sixteenth year of teaching.  The oddest thing is that I still get nervous on the first day of school.  Stronger than my nervousness, though, is a sense of excitement and hope. It's the mix of these emotions that motivates me to give it my all, to invest myself in ensuring that each day, each week, each month, each year will matter.

I actually created a layout about my first day jitters for the Monday challenge on the October Afternoon blog.  Although it's still Sunday here in Hawaii, it's Monday on the mainland, so the challenge is already live.  Here's a peek:
The challenge itself is a fun one. It's something different.  Instead of a single challenge, there are actually nine different challenges, each based on a number. More details may be found on the OA blog. 

I also have a layout on the JBS blog today. I had some fun using the many gold accents found in JBS's new releases.
The full layout may be found on the JBS blog.

Well, it's off to bed for me. Alas, a new school year means an early bedtime. The dog is not going to be happy about this. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Scrapbooking from the Soul Giveaway!

In my last post, I shared some of the happiest news I've ever shared on this blog. 
It was indeed like a birth announcement, such a rush and so worth celebrating after a long labor (no epidural, by the way).  Welcome to the world, little workshop! 
I didn't do it alone. Some of my favorite "soul scrappers" contributed to the workshop: Ashley Calder, Caroline Ikeji, Stephanie Howell, Marie Lottermoser, and Doris Sander. It was an absolute dream to work with them. 

And now that the workshop is officially here, I'm over the moon, and I want you to be a part of it! From now until August 11, Two Peas in a Bucket is having a storewide sale -- 20% off of everything. I mean ev-er-y-thing. That includes classes!  That means this mini-workshop, which usually goes for $12, is now $9.60. Sweet deal. Of course, you can also win a free spot, too. More on that below! 

Here are a few more details from Two Peas in a Bucket: 
As scrapbookers, we do not document life as passive observers -- we have the power to make meaning, sharing what matters in ways that matter. Join Garden Girl Jill Sprott for Scrapbooking from the Soul, a workshop that explores ways to embrace the “soul scrapper” within and infuse pages with layers of meaning.

In this workshop, Jill shares a variety of approaches and strategies for how to become more invested in creating layouts that feel authentic to you as well as authentically you. The workshop emphasizes in particular the role that journaling plays in enhancing meaning and contributing to a sense of unity.  

To serve as a creative springboard and to help you expand your repertoire of strategies for journaling, the workshop is based on a series of challenges, each of which serves as a key, unlocking the possibilities of a page and making the idea of scrapbooking from the soul a more accessible concept. 
The three chapters of the workshop include the following: 

-  Chapter 1: “What Do I Say?”  This chapter focuses on ways to generate ideas for layouts and the journaling on them, including tips for “listening” to photos, finding the “flow,”  moving past a feeling of wordlessness, making the ordinary extraordinary, and writing through the rough stuff.

-  Chapter 2: “How Do I Say It?”  This chapter shares strategies for structuring and presenting journaling, drawing upon techniques such as using handwritten journaling, sensory language, repetition, metaphor, a stream-of-consciousness approach, and more.
-  Chapter 3: “Where Do I Say It?” This chapter considers ways to present journaling as a seamless aspect of the design, with advice for incorporating lengthy journaling, finding a “home” for one’s words, making a bold statement, and moving beyond conventional approaches to journaling.
Members of the class can also look forward to the following:  
 three videos (40+ minutes total) including start-to-finish process-based narratives relating to the key concepts in each chapter 

-  30 layouts total, including 20 from Jill and 10 from fellow “soul scrappers” and peas Ashley Calder, Stephanie Howell, Caroline Ikeji, Marie Lottermoser, and Doris Sander.  These layouts not only take on the fifteen challenges in the workshop, but also feature a variety of themes and topics, including childhood and adolescence, marriage (for better or worse), family, friendship, nature, food, travel, work, and more. There are even a few self-portrait and heritage pages in the mix. It’s also possible that Vanilla Ice makes an appearance (but don’t let that scare you away). 

-  Three PDFs (60+ pages) containing thoughts about the what, how, and where of journaling, an explanation of each challenge and how it relates to scrapbooking more meaningfully, details about each layout and the creative processes behind it, and tips and strategies to use in creating your own layouts. 

-  exclusive class design files (and versatile) cut files (also in png format) 

-  badges for participating in each chapter 

If you would like to adopt a more thoughtful approach to your layouts, hone your journaling skills, and seek the “soul” within your scrapbooking, then this workshop was made for you. 

The content for this class will be available immediately upon purchase. The lessons enable you to work at your own pace. Upon purchase, the workshop may be accessed in the “Workshops” section under “Classes and Events.”  A private message board forum will be available to ask questions of Jill and to connect with other workshop participants. Enjoy!

If you'd like to win a free spot in the workshop, just leave a comment below (include your pea name or your email address) by Wednesday, August 14, at 6 p.m. Hawaii time. I'll announce the winner here by August 15. If you've already purchased the workshop and you win, no problem!  You will receive a refund, or you can gift the class to a friend.

Throughout the month you'll also find similar giveaways on the blogs of the class contributors, the Garden Girls, and Two Peas in a Bucket, so be on the lookout! 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Scrapbooking from the Soul

My first ever workshop at Two Peas in a Bucket...

is LIVE!  Find out more here! (There's also a chance to win a free spot in the class if you leave a comment on the Two Peas blog.)

Monday, August 5, 2013

JBS Mercantile August Kits

This month's JBS Mercantile August kits have made for some great summertime scrapping for me. Here a few peeks at the projects I recently completed with the papercrafting kit...
and the historian and mini-album kits...
I have another layout in progress, this one using the artisan kit, and it's fast becoming one of my favorites. There are lots of layers, including one of my go-to products of late -- gold vellum.  LOVE. 

You can find the full kits and the first wave of design team inspiration at JBS Mercantile

Friday, August 2, 2013

Friday I'm in Love

From time to time, musical acts visit Hawaii, though most of them play in small venues where the beer taps run freely, the oxygen is in short supply, and the whole place is standing-room only -- places where my daughter and I would never venture. A few times a year, though, there are actual concerts held at the Blaisdell Arena, the Blaisdell Concert Hall, or the Waikiki Shell, and once in a blue moon, these concerts are worth attending. Z and I have seen some great shows over the years, including Jason Mraz, Gwen Stefani, No Doubt, The Shins, and just a few nights ago...
The show was incredible. The group was inexhaustible, playing thirty-eight songs, including two encores. Robert Smith's voice hasn't changed at all over the years. I nearly broke into tears when the group started playing "Trust," and almost lost my mind when I detected the first familiar notes of "The Lovecats."

My daughter is a fan, but sadly, only one of the few her age on island, based on the lack of teenagers at the concert. She kept playing the "is there anyone else my age here?" game and losing. There were a few gray-haired folk a couple rows in front of us who were fully into the experience -- "we're thirty years too late, but we're here!" one of them shouted to the others just before the show. Thirty years?  Really?

I did the math, though, and he was right. It was a little over thirty years ago that my brother first introduced me to "Close to Me" by playing it on repeat all night long over the course of a month. Not long after, he gave me Standing on a Beach, one of the few Christmas presents I ever received from him, now that I think of it. Is it possible that after all these years, I have my brother to thank for giving me The Cure?

It's inconceivable to me that some people still don't get how amazing they are. Some people at the concert left before the first encore, and some left during it, and I just kept thinking, "Why did you even come?" They were probably waiting for their favorites, which is why I must give it up to the band for holding out until the second encore to unleash them all.  Too funny. It was gift for the die-hards only.

All in all, the concert was a landmark one for me. Plus, my daughter's musical education continued with one of the best field trips ever.
The morning after the concert I created this layout for Amy Heller's sketch challenge on the October Afternoon blog. There are no Cure-themed scrapbooking products, alas, but I think I made it work.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

In the Garden

Don't let the title fool you -- there's no dirt on these hands. Maybe a little mist and paint, but an actual gardener I am not.

I am, however, one happy Garden Girl today. The gallery is packed with GG inspo! 

The Two Peas store is also packed with new exclusives -- I love 'em all! 
I used a few of the cut files to create this layout: 
This month's Garden theme is "the little things," and I set about to capture the little things that make our house a home. 

Did you happen to notice the new stamp sets? I told myself I would just choose one for now, but that's turning out to be an impossible choice. 
I also have a new Scrap Your Stash video up today, focusing on how to work clips into layers. 
The Garden Girls have contributed so many beautiful layouts to the gallery this morning. If you haven't seen them yet, be sure to check them out! I love how we've all interpreted the "little things" theme in our own ways.

You can also find a TON of new products in the store today, from Bella Blvd and My Mind's Eye!  Off to fill my cart!