Saturday, September 16, 2017

Scrapping Vicarious Travels

With very few exceptions, our family vacations are staycations, involving the couch, Netflix, and take-out. It's great, because the pets can join us, and we don't have to brush our hair for days. 

Of course I'd love for us to be able to take real vacations, but plane fair and accommodations for our entire family aren't exactly in our budget. However, both my husband and I really don't mind foregoing opportunities to travel in order to allow our daughter the chance to see the world. Her current location? She's in Italy for the semester, that lucky bugger!  

I may never get to Europe, but scrapbooking helps me to travel vicariously with her.
This past week on the Elle's Studio blog, a few of the DT members were challenged to use the new Foodie stamp set. I used a bunch of the words and phrases from the stamp on this layout, creating a border around the page. 
I had no idea how the layout would turn out when I started stamping, but I have to say, I love its busyness and energy, not to mention those scrumptious photos of Italian eats. 
You're as jealous of her as I am, right? 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Elle's Studio September Release

Every 10th of the month, Elle's Studio releases a new kit plus lots of extras, and this month's release is a BIG one, in that it includes the new Family Fun collection and a foodie mini-collection. 
Be sure to check out the site, as there are lots of sweet deals today, including 20% off a special Family Fun bundle and a related freebie -- including free shipping for those who check out during the bundling period.

I'm loving the September kit, with its back-to-school vibes and journaling cards that contain graphic organizers -- which teachers and scrapbookers alike can appreciate.
The kit features prominently on a layout that I recently created, documenting my return to school for my twentieth (!) year of teaching. It also includes some items from the Family Fun collection. 
Thanks for stopping by today! 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Stash-busting Challenge 2017: We Have a Winner!

Thank you to everyone who played along with this summer's stash-busting challenge. People posted on Instagram, on Facebook, in galleries, and on blogs (as well as in the comments here), adding some much-needed color to my online world.

I did my best to keep track of everyone who was participating (tagging me or mentioning the challenge in hashtags was helpful -- thanks!), and after compiling all of the names and drawing one, we have a winner: Debbie Stember!

The challenge was refreshing, and even though I didn't use every bit of the kit that I compiled, I did get some extra mileage out of my supplies, and I finally opened and started using supplies that I had been hoarding for far too long.

Let's do this again soon!