Tuesday, April 30, 2013

BasicGrey Album Bundle + Giveaway!

Hello, everyone!

Happy last day of April! (Can you believe it?!)

I have something so fun to share with you today. I created this Year of Us album using my Project 365 photos and BasicGrey's amazing BowTies album kit + a few BowTie embellishments. I absolutely LOVED doing this project and getting all those fun photos down in one place where I could look at them and remember rather than just have them sitting there on my computer. And I have to tell you. I have never been a Project Life-r...The large scaled intimidated me and to be honest, my family isn't all that interesting ;) but this small scale (7x9) was perfect for letting me try the PL style and not feel overwhelmed. And I LOVED it!

What is even more fun for you is that BasicGrey is giving one of my lucky readers a kit of their very own to make their own special album!
You will get the album, inserts, page protectors, 6x6 pad, snippets, alphabet stickers, element stickers and either buttons or chipboard pieces!
Seriously! Isn't that amazing! 

Here are a few images of the album I created below (and you can see a few more pages in the BasicGrey promotion material as well). 

Now, here's what you have to do: Simply leave me a comment here on my blog between now and Saturday, May 4th at midnight est (National Scrapbooking Day, of course!) telling me what kind of album YOU would make and you'll be entered to WIN!

Now, don't despair if you don't win - BasicGrey is offering these albums kits to EVERYONE for just $25!! What a deal! You want want to miss out! In fact, I suggest getting yours now and if you win, then it's a double bonus! ;)

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Good morning!
I know, another post, right?! But I have at least one more thing that I wanted to share today - something that has me so excited!

If you know me and my scrapbooking at all, most likely you also know how much I adore Becky Fleck and her website PageMaps. Beck and I have been friends since my very early BasicGrey days and I have admired her and her work since then. I truly think she's a scrappy genius but don't tell her I said that, it might go to her head ;).
Anyhow, I have never been able to get enough of her sketches. I have a folder on my computer that constantly keeps new Becky ideas in there and it is one of my first "go to" places when I'm stuck creatively. I LOVE THEM. Seriously.

So when Becky asked me if I'd like to be a part of the first ever PageMaps design team, I couldn't say anything but YES, YES and YES again! Truly, it's a perfect match for me.

We started with February's newsletter and this is the very first page I did. It also features Becky's new PageMaps dies for Spellbinders - this one uses the tickets. We LOVE family game night at our house.

Supplies: PageMaps for Spellbinders dies That's the Ticket, MME Sweet Caroline PP, BoBunny Cardstock, Pink Paislee Portfolio PP

And here was March's newsletter. It was a bit different for me with all that fuchsia and pink, but I loved it! Some fun BasicGrey Hey Girl! here along with the "Charmed I'm sure" and "On the Border" PageMaps/Spellbinders dies. We have the cutest little bakery literally right down the street and Carson & I had to check it out when it first opened.
Supplies: PageMaps for Spellbinders dies Charmed I'm Sure and On the Edge, BasicGrey Hey Girl! PP and alpha stickers, Assorted Butterfly punches (Stampin' Up, Martha Stewart, Fiskars), Queen & Co. pearls, BoBunny Cardstock

And then finally for April's blog - this one was a bit of a flashback for me - This was Carson in kindergarten! Oh, how I miss that baby face! More BasicGrey Hey Girl! here along with the "On the Border" Pagemaps/Spellbinders dies.
Supplies: PageMaps for Spellbinders dies On the Edge; BasicGrey Hey Girl! PP, chipboard, brads, alpha stickers; Bazzill Cardstock

I hope you'll subscribe to the PageMaps newsletter and check out the amazing monthly inspiration. Not only are there always design team contributions, but many other guest designers as well showing how wonderfully versatile sketches can be!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

I'm Bella Blvd's APRIL Guest Designer!

Hello! Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Now don't fall over that I'm posting two days in a row, but I had to share another fun thing with you all. A bit ago my sweet friend Laura asked if I would be interested in doing a Guest Designer gig over at the Bella Blvd blog during the month of April. Of course It was a total no-brainer for me as the bright fun colors of Bella Blvd. products truly make me happy!

I was sent the beautiful Love & Marriage and Sand & Surf collections plus what is quite possibly my new favorite “staples,” the Freestyle Sophisticates line. Truth be told, I immediately gravitated toward Sand & Surf with its cool blues and hot orange and yellows. I *am* the mom of boys, after all! It didn’t take me long once I sat down to do this layout -  it practically created itself. I layered way more chipboard onto it than I might usually use but all the pieces were so cute that I couldn’t help myself! I especially love how I was able to take the word “vacation” and with one minor alteration using some orange cardstock I created the word “captain” for my title. The only thing brighter than my little man’s smile here is that fun chipboard sun!

Supplies: Bella Blvd Love & Marriage CollectionCiao Chip - Self Adhesive Chipboard - Sienna Alphabet - Frosting, Alphabets & Bits, Cardstock Stickers Miniatures - Wedding Day.
Next I grabbed hold of Love & Marriage. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with all that pink, but I fell.in.Looooove. with the beautiful polka dot paper and I knew something great was going to come out of it. Luckily I had an entire cd of photos from my niece’s recent senior session and it gave me just the right excuse to break them out. This photo captures her inner spirit while the gorgeous papers allow it to shine. I loved using the sticker sheets on this project along with some more of the awesome chipboard shapes. One of my favorite things to do with stickers or chipboard is to chance their size and/or shape like I did here – I split the scalloped piece and used it to perfectly frame the sweet photo.

Supplies: Bella Blvd Love & Marriage CollectionAlphabets & BitsCardstock Stickers Miniatures - Wedding Day.

With one more project to do I thought for sure I was going to go back to Sand & Surf, but those sweet polka dots called to me one more time! I had just come back from a trip to Canada for one of the best Crop & Create events yet, and the colors in Love & Marriage were perfect for our color scheme and these happy photos! Again I clipped and snipped some stickers to make them work for me. I have no problem using lines in ways that they were not originally intended. I only find that makes them more versatile and extends their longevity and use in my scrap stash, right? This time the “love” in Love & Marriage was all about my love for what I do and the amazing ladies I get to do it with!

So thank you again to Laura and Stephanie over at Bella for allowing me to work with your gorgeous products! I really had a great time!
That's all for today! I hope it is a great one for you.

Monday, April 15, 2013

BasicGrey's NEW Carte Postale

Hi, all! 
I know it's been a long time and I have no promises for just now long it might be until the next post, but for now I just have to share THIS news!
BasicGrey | Carte Postale

Check out BasicGrey's new CARTE POSTALE colletion - a gorgeous mixture of colors and patterns with a travel-inspired theme! I promise you that if you like these photos, you're going to LOVE the actual products because they are SO.MUCH.BETTER. in person!

First up, the paper:

BasicGrey | Carte Postale
Did you see that travel journal? Seriously. I die. LOVE this stuff. (Have I mentioned that?) And that wood veneer diecuts? Swoon. 
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And finally, here are a few projects I designed using this amazing line....

So there you have it! Carte Postale begins shipping in June – just in time for summer vacations! And because BasicGrey doesn't peek any new line without giving you a chance to win it yourself, of course they are giving away one awesome prize pack complete with several goodies to a lucky poster! To be entered, let them know which of the products shown today is your favorite…best of luck! ENTER HERE!
Hopefully this eases the yuck of Mondays and Tax Day!