Friday, June 28, 2013

Two Peas Workshop Giveaway

Céline Navarro's new Two Peas in a Bucket workshop is now open! 
 Here are more details:
Mini books. Big Style. Become a mini album master! Join Garden Girl C éline Navarro in this brand new workshop all about mini books!

Céline has always loved making mini albums, she has hundreds of them at home. These cherished and beloved works of art are stored in a basket near her couch, for everyone to see, or are displayed on shelves to decorate her scraproom. With her colorful and freeform style, Céline will guide you in creating your own library of mini books, while making fun and artful discoveries along the way!

In this workshop, Céline shares her expertise on this favorite form of scrapbooking, covering topics that range from getting started , to editing photos, to binding, to working with different media and materials! In Mini Books Big Style, you will enjoy:

- 5 Chapters showcasing a total of 12 mini albums. Chapters include Getting Started, Ready-Made Albums, 100% paper albums, Fabric mini albums, Mini albums with artful techniques, and a bonus chapter!
- 5 in-depth videos giving you and inspiring behind-the-scenes designer perspective
- 5 PDF's with step-by-step instructions, expert advice and colorful pictures of each album
- 4 exclusive creations from talented designers Kristina Nicolai-White, Karine Cazenave-Tapie, Edwige Bufquin and Janna Werner!

Céline takes the stress out of tackling a project and infuses fun and creativity into the mini book-making process. Don't miss Mini Books, Big Style!

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 Céline and to connect with other participants. Enjoy!

Doesn't this workshop look great? 

In honor of all that is artsy and crafty and awesome and Céline,  I'm giving away a free spot in the workshop (a $25.00 value). Just leave a comment below by 6:00 p.m. Hawaii time on Friday, July 5, and I will select one lucky winner! Be sure to include your Two Peas in a Bucket pea name. If you don't have a pea name yet, you can get one at Two Peas If you purchase access to the class and end up winning the drawing, the fee will be refunded (or you can "regift" the class to a friend). Good luck! 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

JBS Mercantile July Sneaks

The July JBS Mercantile kit reveal is just a few days away, but I couldn't resist sharing a few sneaks of what's in store. 
I am loving the new BasicGrey Carte Postale in the papercrafting kit, along with the nautical treasures in the antiquarian kit. 
I'll have more to share in the gallery on the 30th! 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Want.

This just in at Two Peas in a Bucket: silver and gold Uni-ball pens. YES.

Of course they went right into my cart, but here's the conundrum: I just placed an order yesterday, so now I need to wait for my cart to build up again (or I can pay $12 shipping for two pens, ha...tempting). First world problems, I know. I know. But still. Pretty pretty. They'd be perfect with these metallic washi tapes from Freckled Fawn.
Now these I don't have to drool over for long, because they're on their way to me as I type this. I know, it's tape. But still -- just look at it. Shiiiiiny.

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! 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

October Afternoon Giveaway Winner

The winner of the October Afternoon Travel Girl blog hop giveaway is...
Congratulations, Danielle! I'll forward your info to OA. 

Have fun with your Travel Girl buttons! I'm looking forward to seeing what you create! 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Treasure

No shiny baubles
no spa day 
and no sale at Anthro
(even with free shipping)
can delight me 
the way that these can. 
Music to a scrapbooker's ears
does not sound like
"bling" or "ch-ching,"
but rather,
"click."
Click. A striking young man: a soldier, handsome, brave, and true. He is my grandfather.
Click. A toddler, playing in the yard, grows up to become my mother.
Click. The family gathers at the shore, splashing in the waves. In this moment, they are young forever.

I will spend my summer scanning and documenting each photo. I don't have most of the stories behind these, but I'll do my best to find out as much as I can. Even if I can't find the words, I know that I have found treasure. I know that I have been reminded that every click from my own camera just may be golden. What seems ordinary to us now may become extraordinary someday.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Giveaway Winners!

Firstly, I would like to give a huge shout-out to every person who commented here. It's good to know that my stash will never lack for a happy home!

Secondly, I promise that this won't be the last of my giveaways. Even after making room in my stash, there is still barely enough space for everything, so I'll need to undertake another scrappy "cleanse" soon.

I'd like to congratulate the three winners of the giveaway:


Anandi, Nirupama, and Katie, I'll be in touch!

Thanks again, all!  There's still time to enter the OA giveaway (a few posts down), and I'll have another giveaway to offer during the Garden Girl blog hop on the 22nd.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Summer De-Stashing Giveaway (Closed)

I don't have a scrap room. I have a scrap corner.

Granted, my husband would argue that I do indeed have a room, since my scrappy sprawl has claimed half of our living room. So, in honor of Father's Day, and out of respect for the poor man's sanity, I have undertaken a de-stashing project this week, and have filled several boxes to the brim with accents, alphabets, papers, and mini-albums. 
Here's where you come in -- please adopt my stash!  It needs a good home!  In fact, there's so much to go around that my stash needs several good homes.  

Just leave a comment below by Sunday at 6:00 p.m. Hawaii time, assuring me that you would be able to provide a happy home for these goodies, loving and caring for them as if they were your own.  Be sure to include your email address or a link to a blog/site where I can find your email address. Alternatively, you may leave your pea name if you're a Two Peas in a Bucket member, and I can contact you via pea mail.   THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. 

I will then pick THREE lucky winners, divvy up the items,  and head to the post office early next week.  Since shipping can be expensive, however, I can only cover the shipping of those who live in the U.S.  If you live outside of the U.S. and would like to cover your own shipping, then let me know in your comment.  

Good luck! 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Summer Reading

I'm still working my way through Inferno at the moment, but there are at least three books that I'll be adding to this stack shortly!  I'm looking forward to Curtis Sittenfeld's Sisterland, J. Courtney Sullivan's The Engagements, and Lauren Weisberger's Revenge Wears Prada. I'm also curious about Daniel O'Malley's The Rook.

How about you?  What are you reading?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

October Afternoon Travel Girl Blog Hop (Giveaway Closed)

Welcome to the October Afternoon blog hop, featuring the new Travel Girl line!
This collection is perfect for summertime scrapping, travel-themed pages, and more!
I pulled together Travel Girl miscellany, buttons, stickers, and papers here to create this layout about my  sense of wanderlust and how I have yet to visit all the places I long to see.
I began by stitching ribbon from the Travel Girl miscellany pack in a zig zag down the left side of the page, and then I tucked my photo in it and added buttons, a tin pin, stickers, and other accents. The "Stand By" sticker seemed to serve as a fitting title for the page, given the journaling.
I printed the journaling on vellum, placing it atop a collection of papers and cards from the miscellany pack and stitching over the gathering.
Don't you just love these Travel Girl buttons? How about a giveaway?
To be entered to win these little beauties, leave a comment on this post by 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18. Please include your email address in your comment (or a link to a site where your email address may be found). A winner will be announced on Wednesday, June 19.   (The giveaway is now closed.)

Thanks for hopping by today!  The next stop on the Travel Girl blog hop is Mandy Koeppen. You can also start at the beginning of the hop on the October Afternoon blog.  

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

My Big Adventure

I loved being pregnant, I thought wistfully a few days ago, remembering my full belly, the excitement of preparing the baby's room, the amusing way that people reacted when I entered a room, the fluttering within.

Then I remembered the fear, the constant, gnawing fear that something could -- would -- go wrong, that I would do something wrong or eat something wrong or I would do nothing and something would still go wrong. I remembered thinking, every day, that the only remedy for that crippling fear would be to have my child safe in my arms, finally. 

And then she was born, and the fear actually intensified with the realization that parenthood bestows only the power of influence, not control, and that the world, the wonderful, wide world, is also a terrible and dangerous world, and at some point, I would need to let my child find her own way through the wonder and the danger. 

For all of my fear and worry, however, motherhood has cultivated in me a strength and a sense of bravery that I did not know I possessed. Motherhood has been my greatest adventure. 
(Originally posted on the October Afternoon blog,  featuring the Travel Girl collection.)

My daughter is two years away from graduating from high school. Whenever I acknowledge this, I feel a momentary sense of paralysis, but when I push past that, I find strength and courage dwelling with surety beyond that brittle crust. 

I did not and do not have control -- control is just an illusion -- but I did and do possess the power of influence, and I continue to do my best to influence my daughter in ways that matter, so that someday -- sooner than I would like -- I will, despite my fears, stand behind her as she walks into the wonderful, dangerous world. My instincts may tell me to shelter her from it, but my mother's heart will know that this child will be a gift to that world. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Up for a Tutorial?

Today on the Jenni Bowlin Studio blog, I'm sharing a tutorial for how to put together this summer favorites mini-album.
As the summer goes on, I'll fill the pages with memories of how we spent these days.  Now, if I could just get my daughter to wake up before noon, we could start spending those days together! Teenagers.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Sweet Sixteen

We have been married sixteen years to the day, and I can finally share the secret to a happy marriage: 
there are no secrets.

No, really -- that's it!
The best of loves is a come-as-you-are, take-me-as-I-am kind of love.

It's a love-me-looking-hot and
love-me-with-nappy-morning-breath-and-birdnest-hair love.

It's a man-you-piss-me-off-sometimes
and only-you-can-push-that-button reality,
as well as an
I-get-giddy-when-you-look-at-me-that-way
and you-still-give-me-butterflies fantasy.

In fact,
it's the fantastic real-ness of it all that astounds me after sixteen years.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Colors of Summer

Years ago, I read Hayden Herrera's Frida Kahlo: The Paintings. In it, Herrera includes a list of Kahlo's thoughts about color, excerpted from her journals.  Kahlo identifies brown as the color of "falling leaves," navy blue as "tenderness," and yellow, the color of "madness" and "happiness."

Right around the same time, I happened upon Color in Motion, created by Maria Claudia Cortes,  The full title of the site is "An Animated and Interactive Experience of Color Communication and Color Symbolism." It's a mouthful, but the site is worth a gander. One aspect of the site features overviews of "color stars," and considers the positive and negative traits of each color, as well as the symbolism of each color. There are even animated shorts about the colors, featuring musical tracks that evoke the essence of each hue. 

From time to time, I revisit Kahlo's list and Cortes's site, reflecting on my own relationship to color, my own "color sense."  I think my relationship to color is evident in my wardrobe, in my home, in my classroom, in what I pin and bookmark, in the way I am drawn to every flower, everywhere, as well as in my approach to creating layouts: 
So how about a Kahlo-esque approach to interpreting the colors on this layout? 

Orange -- freshness, the remnants of a sun-drenched sky, juicy citrus
Aqua -- openness, horizons, sea meets sky, breath and air 
Blue -- shade, crisp coolness, exhalation, the movement within
Yellow -- levity, warmth, laughter, the tartness of lilikoi
Pink -- spun sugar, lightness, a blossoming, a ripe guava in the hand, a child's prayer
Red -- a pulse, syrup on the tongue, amusement, delight. risk 
Purple -- that which lingers, the twilight before the heaviness of night, gathering clouds before rain
(More details about the layout itself may be found on the October Afternoon blog). 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

JBS Mercantile June Kits

This month's JBS Mercantile kits have me starting off my summertime scrapping in the best of ways, with a mix of fresh and new designs as well as some vintage loveliness. I've been working with three of the five kits out this month
Papercrafting Kit
Antiquarian Kit

I used a few of the papers from the Papercrafting Kit and the accents from the Antiquarian Kit to create this layout about my grandmother. More details may be found in the DT gallery at JBS Mercantile
Mini-Album Kit

I used the Mini-Album Kit here, with a bit of added kick from Hero Arts daubers in Neon Pink and Tide Pool. Initially, I thought the daubers would be like paint dabbers, but no -- they're ink, and they glide on like ink, smoothly, with amazing color intensity.  I need more! 
More details about the layout may be found in the DT gallery at JBS Mercantile
Be sure to check out the rest of the DT gallery, and stay tuned for the mid-month reveal on the 10th. I'll have more to share! I can't wait to work more with these incredible kits!