Saturday, August 30, 2014

JBS Mercantile September Sneaks

After one of the busiest weeks of my life, I found sweet relief this afternoon in immersing myself in the September JBS Mercantile kits. Here are a few peeks: 
When I opened the kits a few days ago, I had to smile, as it was like a trifecta -- three wins in a row, featuring my three design teams: JBS Mercantile, October Afternoon, and Crate Paper. That might explain why working with these lovely kits has been such a delight so far.  

The kit reveal is tomorrow at midnight at JBS Mercantile.  I'm off to start my third layout now! 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Yay OA!

Today's announcement on the October Afternoon blog is definitely one worth sharing: 
I'm absolutely stoked to be a part of this team! 

Monday, August 25, 2014

She Lives!

Yes, I'm still around.
Yes, I know I haven't been posting much lately.
Yes, I'm really busy.
Yes, "busy" is overrated.
Yes, I still made time to play.
(See the October Afternoon blog for more details.)

Yes, that is a lot of buttons.
Yes, the page probably could use even more. :)
Yes, I will try to post more often!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I'm Back.

The process of going back to school isn't just a matter of getting into my car, sitting in traffic, pulling into the parking lot, and walking onto campus.  There is, of course, a stop for coffee somewhere along the way. 

Okay, maybe there's even more to it than that.   
My most recent layout for JBS documents my first day and first week back to school. It's been a monumental one, what with my daughter, a senior (!), attending her last first day of school. This year I am also teaching a bunch of new classes, one of which (as mentioned in an earlier post) focuses on folklore and mythology. The August JBS Antiquarian kit turned out to be a serendipitous match for this page, since it includes folk-tale-themed elements, among other vintage finds.
What I love the most about heading back to school each year is the feeling of possibility.  We all start fresh, filled with hope. Thank goodness, however, that it isn't all entirely new -- I bring back what I have learned in prior years, including a sense of what works and what doesn't. Still, I always feel like a newbie, and that's a good thing -- I want to be ready and willing to learn more. I never want to become the kind of teacher who cycles endlessly through the same lesson plans, year after year.  Change is good.

Here's to the year ahead. It is going to be a memorable one.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Story Play!

Coming on September 3rd...
I am so excited about this class! 

Being a part of "Story Play" has been such a creatively challenging and rewarding experience. Maybe it should have been called "Scrap Yoga" instead, because I definitely had to limber up for the assignments, and afterward, felt so much more flexible and capable of reaching farther than I had before I started.  

The images above give you a peek at what is in store, but they are just tiny glimpses of  the work of the contributors and the true nature of the "play" involved.  At least three of my projects are included in the sneaks -- can you spot them?  
I'm looking forward to the two live webinars that are part of the class.  I had a chance to be a part of the "Visual Storytelling" webinar over the summer, and it was such a wonderful experience. 

Be sure to check out Get It Scrapped for more details -- and if possible, do it soon, because you can save 25% on a GIS membership through next Friday, August 22.  Sweet deal. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014


We're okay!

My daughter arrived home safely a few hours before the winds picked up, though she did have an emergency stopover in Portland due to someone on the plane being sick.  I felt badly for the sick person, but I also kept thinking that every minute that the plane was delayed, the storm was moving closer.  By the time she arrived, there was a cloud cover over the island already.

Luckily, Iselle did not hit the island chain as hard as expected, though parts of the Big Island are still struggling to recover.  Julio is passing north of us, and though it will impact the surf, it hasn't brought any rain or wind today.  It's actually very still and humid at the moment.

It's back to school for us now, and I'm excited about it, if not a little thrown off by the stress of the past few days.

Before I head off to deal with my day-before-the-first-day jitters, I have a layout to share, celebrating one of the bright spots of my summer: time with my doggie dear.
I created this layout for Thursday's "Grid Upon Grid" sketch post on the October Afternoon blog. It combines an aligned grid with a less structured one.  I had some fun playing with the dog-themed elements from the Public Library collection here.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, August 4, 2014

My Sweet Summer Is Gone

Summer vacation has come to an end...and, in response to my emotional state, a hurricane has decided to head toward the islands. Figures.
I won't lie. I'm kind of freaking out here, especially as my daughter's arrival home coincides with the arrival of a major storm.

I'm sure we'll be fine.  Just in case, though, I've stocked up on water and batteries.

What a summer sendoff.

I prefer the sendoff that I gave in my most recent layout -- the last of my summer pages.
One of the bright spots of my summer was being asked to do some design work using Ashley Calder's Things That Shine embellishment kits.  You know how much I adore all that Ashley does, and her style is evident in each of her kits.
On this layout, I used items from the Celebrate Summer (above) and Days of Summer kits.
I also worked in a dictionary page that made me gasp when I saw one of the definitions on it. It makes perfect sense with this page.

Of course I had to also include some gold misted circles on it, as a tribute to Ashley herself and her love of gold and, well, things that shine. :)

I'm looking forward to working with more of her kits. Each one is filled with little treasures.

Thanks for visiting today! If you have any convenient methods for scaring hurricanes away, let me know.

Sunday, August 3, 2014


This past week, I've been

...watching Guardians of the Galaxy. I've already seen it twice. It's actually pretty funny, and the soundtrack is awesome. It's not just background music, but an integral part of the film and its atmosphere.

...thinking about fairy tales, in preparation for a folklore and mythology class that I'll be teaching this semester. For some reason, this image keeps popping into my head. It speaks volumes.

...prepping school supplies, including these pretties, which I shared on the Crate Paper blog a few days ago.

...listening to my summer playlist. Most of the songs are attached to memorable moments from the past two months.
For instance, that Ariana Grande song was from the night my students got me to dance at a graduation party. I don't dance in public. It's not pretty. I still don't know how they pulled that off. They managed to get a bunch of teachers onto the dance floor, my uncoordinated self included. There were even photos taken, I later discovered. Behold:
To be honest, it was crazy good fun, though not exactly habit-forming (you're welcome).

...messing around with the Party Party app, which is designed for nutty people like me with nutty pets.

...sporting multi-colored fingers. I've been reconnecting with the wonder that is mist, as evidenced in my most recent October Afternoon layout.
...awaiting my daughter's return from Russia. I can't wait to see her again!

...looking forward to the week ahead. There's so much to do, with the new school year starting, but I'm filled with hope and anticipation of good things to come.

Friday, August 1, 2014

JBS Mercantile August Layouts

As of last night, the August kits are available at JBS Mercantile. All three of my kit layouts combine items from the Papercrafting kit and the Antiquarian kit, which, I discovered, complement each other beautifully.  This month's kit contents definitely fit JBS's "fresh vintage" aesthetic. 
A few of the items from the Antiquarian kit were wrapped in tissue paper, which I worked into the layers of this page. I love the added texture. The colors in the photos are so bright that they work better with a neutral background, but I was able to give everything a bit of a warm, summery glow by slipping a piece of red paper behind one of the tissue layers. 

The journaling is tucked behind the bottom layer, to the right. 
I think this is the third time this summer that I've included photos of shave ice on a layout.  No trip to the North Shore is complete without a stop at Matsumoto's, and it's impossible to avoid snapping a photo when something so colorful and delicious is right there in front of you. 

It's possible we were just there this afternoon.  We're addicts. 

On to the second layout: 

One of the items in the Antiquarian kit is a real treasure -- a vintage French novel.  I found that I treasured it even more once I had torn out a few of its pages to create the background for this layout. 

My daughter's friend drew this likeness of her, labeling it with uncanny accuracy to depict Z's style. The photo that I included demonstrates the sunglass and flannel fixation, but maybe this photo that Z shared with me today (taken in Russia!) will serve as more validation: 
I give you her favorite combo: tights and shorts (also, note the sunglasses on her head).  My husband doesn't understand this aspect of her personal style, but I get it. I was there when it all started. We were at a Shins concert, and Z couldn't get over the awesome Jessica Dobson, who happened not just to be wailing on the guitar, but also to be rocking a shorts-and-tights combo.  

Speaking of combos, my third layout shares some dog and human selfies (us-ies?). 
Putting this page together was just plain fun. Plus, I got a chance to use some of the ledger paper in the kits (there's quite a bit this month -- score!). 

I'm going to miss spending lazy summer days with this dude. She'll be fine, though. By the time she wakes up for the day, I'll likely be home from work. 

Be sure to check out more kit layouts in the design team gallery at JBS Mercantile. There'll be more added to the mid-month gallery as well.  

Thanks for visiting today! 

Giveaway Winner

Thank you to those who commented on the blog hop/blog tour post! I appreciate every word!  The winner of the giveaway is...
Congratulations, Kat!  I'll be in touch via email to get your address, and I'll send your goodies off soon!