Friday, January 25, 2013

Finally: Friday. Soon: Saturday.

Barely awake, lumbering through the house with wild hair, bleary eyes, and kickin' morning breath, my daughter and I made contact this morning, taking a moment to acknowledge the presence of another cranky creature in the room. Initially we grunted our usual morning greetings (Me: "Morning."  Z: "Unnh."), and then, the synapses fired and a single thought materialized into coherency: "Tomorrow is Saturday."

"Unnhmh," she replied to my unimpressive statement of fact, reaching for her toothbrush. 

"I'm so excited for Saturday!  We get to sleep in." 

She held the toothbrush still, her eyes widening. Then she suddenly increased the speed at which she had been brushing her teeth, urging herself onward toward Saturday. 

This is so us. We had just woken up, but already we were making plans to go back to sleep.

When I was a teenager, I could sleep for twelve hours straight, easily.  My mom would get upset with me -- "You're sleeping your life away!"  And though I knew she had a point, I would smile at the thought.  As I get older, I still maintain that there is nothing quite like a warm bed on a cold morning, a dog curled up beside me, and sweet, sweet dreams.  Because I never get enough sleep on the weekdays, I treasure my weekends, which allow me to get eight hours of sleep at a time, with real peace of mind. The best weekend "sleeps" are those when there is no "to do" list, no traffic jam, and no alarm waiting for me the next morning -- no real reason to wake other than the fact that I am rested.   

The best Saturdays are those when I've slept in and then get to scrap the day away (while my daughter continues to sleep, working up to the twelve hours to which she is entitled as a teenager).  I'm hoping that tomorrow will be a scrap-happy day for me. :)  My scrappy energies are highest on the weekends.  

I'm not alone in that respect, apparently.  There's a hilarious thread on Two Peas right now called "Too Tired for Weeknight Scrapping?"  At one point, someone presents an interesting suggestion, leading us to wonder whether wearing a bra while scrapping has an impact on one's energy level.  Seriously!  If my daughter still did science fair projects, I so know what her topic would be this year.  The nerdlet in me is fascinated to know whether there is anything to this. 

I won't tell you whether the following layouts were done sans brassiere.  Let's see if you can guess. ;) 

The first includes a snapshot of a common sight 'round these parts: 
This cat-shaped parasite (as I refer to her in the journaling) is never far from my daughter.  Crazy. The title is so not an exaggeration. 
The bright colors in this month's JBS Mercantile January kits were perfect for this playful (albeit a little psychotic) page.  Don't you love those stencil numbers?  They're from this month's kit cuts, which are a cinch to use with a Cameo. 
I should also mention that there are just a few days left to take advantage of this month's special offer at JBS Mercantile:
This week's October Afternoon Wednesday blog post featured another of my layouts. This one is also a wee bit on the silly side -- it involves a fangirl's thank-you letter to Santa. 

I broke away from my usual 12" x 12" mode and went for an 8.5" x 11" approach here. It was a time-based decision, since the layout was created for a 30-minute challenge. Yep -- I, the (arthritic, gout-ridden) turtle (climbing uphill) of the scrapping world, actually completed a layout in 30 minutes!   If you'd like to check out the full details of the challenge (and the process I followed), you can read the full post on the OA blog, "Can You Spare 30 Minutes?" 

I'm off to tend to important business. The dog has been jumping at my chair as I compose this, desperate for a belly rub.

Have a happy Saturday!  Sweet dreams. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Gardeners' Digest: January 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 visit each of our blogs today to see what's in bloom in the Garden this month. 
With February just a few weeks away (already?), Valentine's Day-themed layouts are sure to be "cropping" up everywhere.  The Garden Girls will have a bunch to share with you in the gallery on February 1!  Here's a peek at my layout: 
I love that this year's Valentine's-themed lines are not limited to the usual pink-and-red fare. In addition to traditional Valentine's Day colors, Crate Paper's Fourteen line contains yellow, blue, and my absolute favorite shade of green (which you can see above), plus a mix of map and ledger patterns.  
Looking through the pages that I have bookmarked from the gallery at Two Peas in a Bucket over the past few weeks, it's clear that my eye has been drawn to layouts that mix neutrals with brights. Here are a few that I am crushing on, big time: 
For more details, check out "Hello My Lovelies" by bronte10, "Happiness & Fun" by magdam, and "Task Party" by Sigmagirl in the gallery at Two Peas.  
(1) These "On Target" stamps from Mama Elephant aren't just great for Valentine's Day pages, but are meant for loving all year round! Just look at those arrows...and that "love" stamp...and that bullseye (which wants painting!).  When a single stamp set gets my wheels spinning like this, there is nothing left to do but make it MINE! 
(2) Here's a peek at what's in my cart at the moment: I've been stocking up on ink pads! The Hero Arts Navy, Ocean, and White dye ink pads were calling my name, and it's also time for me to replace my Versa Mark ink pad so that I can emboss with abandon.  I see mucho stamping in my future!  
(3) BasicGrey's True Love collection has definitely piqued my interest. Just look at those arrows -- and that sheet of patterned paper with woodgrain on one side and ledger paper on the other?  The collection is aptly named, that's for sure. 
(4) I'm also crazy about this Doodlebug Dear Heart Lovebirds paper!  It's terrific as is, but I think I'll cut it into smaller sections and work it into more layouts that way. 
(5) These lovelies are back in stock at Two Peas!  I can't decide which of these Freckled Fawn wood chips shapes I love more, so I'm not forcing myself to choose. They both belong in my stash! 
To thank you for stopping by today, I would love to offer you a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to Two Peas in a Bucket.  To be entered to win, just leave a comment by Sunday, January 27, at 6:00 p.m. Hawaii time.  Don't forget to include your pea name, so that I can contact you via pea mail if you win.  

Onward!  The next stop on the blog hop is Garden Girl Marcy Penner. You can also start from the beginning by going to the Two Peas in a Bucket blog.  Happy hopping! 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

JBS Mercantile January Kit Layouts

The mention of love at first sight generally prompts me to roll my eyes. I can buy the idea of lust at first sight (Ryan Gosling, ahem), but love? Really?

Then I saw the JBS January kits. 
And then I started using them. 
The first layout that I created is a tribute to one of my favorite couples, Tinky Winky and Ed, the pigeons who live just outside my classroom. My daughter gave them their nicknames. I've been trying to get a photo of them for the longest time, but every time I think I've found my moment, one or both of them will fly away.  Thus, this photo is so Tinky Winky and Ed. 
As luck would have it, this month's exclusive die-cuts are feathers! I tucked a couple of them (cut from this month's exclusive papers, designed by Lisa Dickinson) within the layers behind the photo. 
I used Adrienne Looman's "Cherry Kiss" action on the photo.  This is one of my favorite actions these days -- and it only cost $4 at Two Peas.  I'll get lots of use from it! 
The second layout that I created documents my memories of my husband's grandfather. 
I mixed items from the kits here, incorporating items primarily from the Antiquarian kit (which is now sold out -- sorry!).  The ledger paper that you see here makes me giddy -- as I was trimming it to use on this layout, I noticed that it was dated 1897. I almost couldn't use it, because it just felt too precious. 
I seem to have this crisis every time I dip into one of the Antiquarian kits. This dilemma reminds me of Alice Walker's story "Everyday Use," in which a mother and one of her daughters have conflicting ideas regarding what to do with an heirloom quilt. The daughter sees it as an artifact, and wants to treat it like an item in a museum, hanging it on a wall, while the mother regards the quilt in terms of "everyday use."  She gives it to her other daughter, who will use it for its intended purpose -- to keep her warm. 

So I used the paper. I'm glad I did. 
I'm working on a few more layouts using the kits. My package was a little late, so I have to make up for lost time! I'll have more to share soon! 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

CHA Shares!

CHA is in full swing, which means that the amount of drool generated by scrapbookers across the world has been rising exponentially over the course of this week. I've been doing my fair share of drooling -- in fact, I started early, when I caught sight of one of the new Elle's Studio's lines, Day to Day.  I've been a longtime fan of the tags and journaling cards from Elle's Studio, so imagine how excited I was to learn that the company is branching into patterned paper! Then imagine how stoked I was to have the chance to create a few layouts with the new line!
 You can see a few of the new patterns peeking through the die-cut background in the layout below:
One look at the tags and journaling cards in the collection reveals why the collection is appropriately called "Day to Day."
Don't you just love CHA?  

All this weekend and early next week, Two Peas in a Bucket invites you to participate in its CHA online social.
Tomorrow I'll be hosting a chat at 3 p.m. CST on the Two Peas CHA Winter '13 message board. I'd love it if you could join me! 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Popping In (and Up)

Whew! I am in the midst of a whoosh-bang week, but surely I can take a little break to say hi, and to share my most recent layout for Jenni Bowlin Studio Inspiration Blog
This month, the JBS blog will focus on die-cuts, which are among my scrappy loves. In fact, this entire layout includes even more of my current scrappy loves:
  • Negative space. I get such a rush out of creating something where there appears to be nothing. 
  • Cursive titles. Don't you dig that loopy loveliness? I used Halo Handletter here.  
  • Circles and circles and circles and circles.  And circles. 
  • Clocks. I am ever-so-conscious about time ticking away, and scrapbooking helps me to freeze it momentarily. 
  • Green. I can't get enough of it. 
  • Gold and pink -- together. I've always preferred silver to gold, but lately, gold is calling to me.  Alongside pink, it's sweetly decadent. 
  • Machine stitching. I can't seem to make a page without it. 
  • Mist. Must mist. 
  • Dimension. Pop dots, thou art awesome. 
  • Hidden journaling.  I probably should stop doing this, so that people can read the journaling on my pages more easily, but I just can't.  It's a thing now. 

The JBS blog also includes a bunch of CHA sneaks.  I am crazy about the new stamps! Here's one of my favorites:

Have a great week!  See you on the other side!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Right Now...

I am

cracking up laughing as my husband and daughter trash talk each other while playing Little Big Planet Karting...
listening to my Cameo as it goes to work on some die-cuts (those circles, to be specific)...
drooling over the January JBS Mercantile kits...
experimenting with some new Photoshop actions...
adding the first (of many) items to my CHA want-list...
ILS -- I'm coveting that first page (the white one). Of course the hyper-talented Anna-Maria Wolniak would be behind this line!  (Be sure to check out the ILS post for a giveaway.)
accepting that I'll need to clean and reorganize my scrap area again (and again) to make room for those want-list items...

realizing that the holiday break just isn't long enough.