Wednesday, October 27, 2010

November Sneaks

Ooh, the November kit was a blast to create with!! My usual process for pulling layouts together is to spend one evening deciding what photographs to use, and to loosely pull items together... Then a couple more evenings completing each project. Well, this month I scrapped the night away and completed 3 layouts and a few cards:) I think I was able to use just about every piece of patterned paper in the kit, it is fab! I would love to know your favorite parts of the November kit.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

the little things in life

are so good!!! i have been a little quiet around here, but that does not mean i have not been scrapping my little heart out! I have been playing with the very festive and very autumn~y November kit, but before I share what i have been up to with that kit in about a week, I wanted to share with you some everyday moments... some dress up pictures inspired this page... a big part of my home life is all about girls... girls who dress up and make believe....

today i hope you will find some time to scrap some moments that fill your home...

Monday, October 25, 2010

October Thrills

Can you believe Halloween is next week? It seems like every post I make is about where the time is flying! We had a costume party this last weekend for my daughters birthday and the week disappeared before my eyes! I did get the November kit late last week and have only had a chance to open it - you will not want to miss it! I'm hoping to scrap some tomorrow :)

So, one last layout from me from the October kit. I used the sketch included with the kit for this layout, sort of for both pages! My pictures came out dark (I know why, the wrong paper was selected in my print box) so I may reprint them. But I think I finally have my Mt. Princeton pages from 2010 finished for the year!

Would love to see what you did with the Echo Park papers! Be sure and upload your projects in the gallery!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Smaller can be Better

Hi, It's Valerie here, with a little project for multiple photos. Walking to the mailbox is quite an event around our house, and I just had to scrap it! I tried to pull together a layout, and felt that all my pictures were a little busy to use together. So, allot of the times when that happens, my alternative is to scrap them with page protectors that have pockets. Not only do I get to use all the pictures, but it simplifies scrapping by making each pocket a mini page. I was also able to use more of my September kit. So, next time you feel stuck in a rut, try a new approach!! Happy Friday:)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Antique Your Own Papers

I'm sure you all have seen some of the vintage-y pattern papers that look like old newspaper articles. Graphic 45 is famous for this and October Afternoon also has some too. Here is a picture of a piece of the Domestic Goddess collection from Graphic 45:

Why not create your own papers and embellishments using newspapers? You can even use some articles that you have cut out to keep. This is a great way to incorporate them onto your layouts. You can do this and I'll show you how.

First, gather your supplies:
You need some newspaper or articles that are special to you. (You may want to use some scrap newsprint first to practice on) You also need Mod Podge, brown craft paint and a paint brush (I used foam).
First of all, take the newspaper you want to use and glue it down onto some scrap cardstock to give it some thickness.
Next, pour out some Mod Podge onto a paper plate or something and drop just a tiny bit of brown craft paint in it.
Mix it together good with your brush.
Now, brush it over your newspaper in very thin layers
until you have covered all that you wish.
And because I am impatient, I used my heat gun to dry it. Worked fantastically and quickly too.
You could certainly let it dry by itself if you wish (and are patient). I love the finished look and feel to it! Now you can use it to make flowers, punch butterflies (or whatever) and make mattes.

You can also cut out the parts of the articles that you want to include on your layout.

Here's my finished layout.
I used pieces of the newspaper that had news from our school to make my mattes and embellishments.

Then I used the specific articles that had my children's names listed in them.
I love the idea of having a bit of history on my layout using the newspapers. Because Mod Podge is acid-free, I know that the newspaper print will be here for a long time to come and now with the tinting technique, it looks like it already has been!!

If you decide to give this try, leave me a link to yours in the comment section. I'd love to see it!

Monday, October 18, 2010

November Full Reveal and Add-Ons!

Hey all,

The November kit is all ready to go! It's one of my favorites and I'm so sad that you can't see the paper in person because it is simply divine! The colors of the Bella Blvd line and the embossed papers of the Imaginisce line are so pretty in person!!! If you don't already get the patterned paper add-on, you'll definitely want to this month... all sheets are double-sided!!!

There are just a few of the November Add-Ons left. This one has a value of nearly $20. Subscribers to the add-on will get it for the same monthly price of just $15!!! (Keep in mind, this picture is missing a package of Petaloo Turkey Dazzlers - they haven't arrived, but are scheduled to this week!) There's also a handful of extras available this month - so be sure to check out the Add-Ons page on the website...

Now really is the time to get signed up for your subscription! The 2011 Year of the Sussie is right around the corner and you want to be signed up in time for that! During 2010, loyal customers received over $130 in FREE PRODUCT! Think about this - each kit cost them $29.95, but was worth $36.00. So, that's another $72 in savings! OVER $200 in DISCOUNTS throughout the year!!! How can you go wrong????

Sketch Winner!

Thank you everyone for participating in our sketch challenge !!!
Our winner is ...

Congratulations Kim and thanks for playing with us!
If you could email Lara with your address we'll send out an awesome prize for you ;-))

stay tuned for our next sketch challenge on Oct 29th

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Some Sussies Stash

I dug into my stash today and pulled out an "old" Sussies kit with lots of Dear Lizzie. I saved it for when my niece was born, and now I finally have the chance to go to town with it.

Let's see some layouts with older Sussies kits....Leave a comment and link them up here!!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

A Late Evening Post

Just a quickie (where did the time go today? Oh, yeah, that's right, playing a game on my iphone! LOL). Just wanted to share a quick layout with you that I did using the WR Memory Keepers Heebie Jeebies line! :

I kept the layout fairly simple and linear (nothing new there!) I did cut off the scallops from the shaped paper and used them as the border on the bottom of the page. I wanted to be sure and use all I could!

Can't wait to see what you did with this half of the kit! Hope you are enjoying some nice fall weather - it's going to be rather chilly tomorrow!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Echo Park....

I'm really liking all of the lines that have come out from the new company Echo Park. I was SO excited to discover that some of their products were in the October Sussies kit!!! Here's some of my creations...

Friday, October 8, 2010

November Sneak Peek!!

Fall days are right around the corner and, this year, CHA had lots of fun fall stuff available! This is going to be one of those kits that you don't have to split up because EVERYTHING goes with EVERYTHING! And it's all so cute! The pictures are not going to do this kit justice!

Also, right now is the time to get your subscription. With 2011 right around the corner and a new Year of the Sussie about to begin, you won't want to wait to get your subscription! (Sometimes the subs run out right at the end of the year...)

If you do start your subscription right now, you'll be in for a treat with the November kit. Think crisp, fall days. Sweaters, apples, leaves, FALL!! The kit will feature both Bella Blvd's One Fall Day and Imaginisce's Apple Cider!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Time to announce the Spread The Love blog challenge winners!!!
I had about 15 of you who were participating a lot and I hope you enjoyed yourself. This is the first major challenge that we've done. I'd love to get more people playing, but for all you ladies who really went after it, it's going to pay off.

Now, I was all set to do a big video and have my first Sussies video posted here to the blog. I was actually kind of excited about it. I was going to show you the names being put into the hat and someone (my son or daughter) drawing the name of the winner out of the hat.
But, after tallying all the points, the decision simply had to be changed....
I promised that the person with the most points would receive a 3 month subscription, didn't I?
Well, I never accounted for the fact that we might have a tie!!!
SO!!! The two 3-month subscriptions will be going to.....


Rebecca Kvenvolden and Anet Tietjen!!!!

You'll receive the October, November, and December kits for FREE!!!
Email me your addresses and I'll get the October kit sent your way ASAP!!!

Now, all of you other ladies who accumulated over 100 points, don't you worry. I promised that I wanted you all to have a chance to win as well....
There were three additional ladies who had over 100 points.

They were...
Patricia Flores
Sandra Morlock
Kim Allen

So, my initial thoughts were to put those three names into a hat and draw for another 3 month sub prize. But it would feel so bad to get so close and not win. So I hope it's OK with you ladies that I'm changing this at the last minute. Instead, I want all of you to gain from this. So I'm splitting up the THIRD unexpected 3 month subscription and giving each of you a free kit (and I'll throw in a free add-on!!).

Just email me your addy (for those of you who are subscribers, I'm assuming that I'll just do the November kit as your freebie??)
Congratulations to everyone and thank you to all of you for playing along!
I hope you had fun!!!

Life Is Good!

Life is Good, isn't it?! I was so happy to see that some of the Life Is Good line from Echo Park Paper Co. in our October kit. This paper went perfect with some pictures of me and my husband on our 15th Wedding Anniversary. I love that the kit had so many embellishments that were perfect for the sentiments that I wanted to share. Here are two layouts that I did using the Echo Park side of the kit.
For me, Life Is Good because he is a part of it! Now it's your turn...tell me what makes your life good? Do you have these papers and what do you plan to use them for?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sussies October Kit

Our Sussies October Kit includes >>

Echo Park Life Is Good AND We R Memory Keepers Heebie Jeebies



One 12 x 12 of each of the following (Life Is Good line):
The Neigborhood
Fancy Border
Happy Borders

One 12 x 12 sheet of the following Bazzill cardstock:
Grasshopper / Passionate / French Silk

One Echo Park Life Is Good Element Stickers Sheet
One package Crate Paper Restoration Collection Rub-Ons
Partial package Colorbok Fabric Flowers
One WRMK You Are Adorable Die Cut
One Anna Griffin Laugh Layered Title


One 12 x 12 of each of the following (Heebie Jeebies line):

Edgy / Creepy / Ghastly / Scary

One 12 x 12 sheet of the following Bazzill cardstock:
Rain Forest / Bouquet / Blackbird

Partial package WRMK Heebie Jeebies Layered Chipboard
One WRMK Hocus Pocus Die Cut
One WRMK Little Monsters Die Cut
One Basic Grey Spider Bling
One Dream Street Halloween Rub On
Partial package Little Yellow Bicycle Booville Clear Cuts
Partial package Making Memories Toil & Trouble Artisan Plates

As an autoship club, once you sign up, your kits will be automatically shipped to you each month until you tell us to stop sending them. You can skip whatever months you would like to skip. There will be deadlines - you will have to tell me by the end of the previous month if you want to skip, but you'll have control over which kits you get!

The add-ons will work the same way. You will be able to sign up for them as autoship as well. There will most likely be leftovers for you to purchase separately, too, but if you want them to come every month automatically, you got it! (And it will be at a set price no matter how much the add-on - obviously cheaper than the add-on purchased separately...)

Autoship membership $29.95 per month (plus s&h)
One Month Kit Purchase (No subscription) $33.95 (plus s&h)

Monday, October 4, 2010

Vegas Baby!

Posting at you live from Vegas baby! Actally I'm getting ready to go hit the pool and have a few drinks! I'm hoping I set this up correctly and it's automatically posting for me!

It will be a quick one though - it's been a ridiculously hectic week here and I didn't get nearly as much done as I was hoping too. The first half of the week someone was home sick (including me) and then the second half was a whirlwind trying to get things organized!

So I'm behind on my layouts (although all my pictures are printed!) for this month but I did manage to get one done for the sketch challenge! Here's my take on it!

I thought it was interesting that Telah and I used a lot of the same papers! Can't wait to see what you do with it!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Sketch Challenge

Here is an awesome sketch from our very talented sketch artist, Kristine Davidson.
This sketch was going to be the September sketch challenge, but it's coming at you a little late. But that's ok, because better late than never.

And here is my example I did using the new October kit.

Now we would love to see your layouts using this sketch. And best of all,


Once you get it done, add your name with your blog or gallery address
and leave us a comment ;-)

Deadline to enter is October 15th

Be sure to check out the gallery, the blog and our Facebook page for more reveals using the October Kit!!