Monday, February 23, 2009


So, I KNOW I've mentioned Scrapblog before, and maybe you're sick of it, but I just LOVE it! And every time I use it, I love it even more. I just feel kinda bad cuz I've never actually made a scrapblog, per say. If you look at my scrapblogs, you'll see that all I've made are blog banners and other stuff like this PLANNER you see here. SO excited about this planner!

I really wanted to get this one from PapaYa! but it's a bit bigger than I'd like. I have a small planner that I keep in my purse to write my work schedule and important dates in, but I needed something that I could plan things in advance and have room to write on.
2009 weekly planner

So, I decided to see what I could come up with over at Scrapblog and the result is something totally my style, in colors that match my kitchen, and with plenty of room to WRITE. I made it to hang on the front of the refrigerator, out in the open, so that I will actually LOOK at it and USE it. Here's a closer look at a couple of the pages:

I've ALSO been busy organizing my Flickr photos. There is SO much inspiration on there, whatever kind of photo you might be looking for, you'll find it on Flickr. They even have an easy to use photo editing tool to help you out. I tend to just upload and leave em. But after today, NO MORE! Ya, well, we'll see...but anyway, these are my favorites that I uploaded today.

lThey are pictures I took when letterboxing, which I TOTALLY want to get back into!

Lately, I've been spying some delicious PRETTIES..

fabric by Anna Maria Horner


Sis Boom

this COULD be the year that I become a seamstress....we'll see!

things to do on a rainy day...

count raindrops...
do laundry...
take a picture of a rainbow...
run outside for a beautiful sunset...
eat warm chocolate chip cookies :)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

February Class

I'm offering another session for the first of the "Album in a Year" series. This one will be on a Monday, my more traditional class day. Depending on how it goes, I'm thinking to have two sessions available each month so attendees will have options. Scroll down or read here for the class description.

If you're already signed up, be sure to visit the private blog created just for you! Just follow the link to the right----> or click here.

album cover

class description:

It's not too late to get on board! Join us for a repeat session of the first class for the "Album in a Year" series. During the first part of class you'll receive detailed information on how this year-long class will unfold and a couple of goodies I've put together to help you along on this journey. The second part of class will be spent creating your "January" layout, a two page spread with room for a bunch of photos and lots of journaling. Like each of the 12 layouts (one for each month of the year), January's layout will be based on a sketch, available to you at the time you sign up. A sample layout using the sketch is available in the store and on my blog for you to view. You should com to class equipped with all of your favorite photos taken in the first month of 2009, as well as the basic kit (trimmer, adhesive & scissors), sanding block, edge distresser, paper piercer, and optional corner rounder, small & medium circle punches. The goal of this class is to capture the memories of 2009 right as they happen and bind them into a single piece of artwork. The photos and journaling take focus and I will be there equipped with handouts, prompts, and creative ideas to guide you throughout this process. Email me with any questions, subject line "album in a year".

album back cover

LG Dare

My new baby.

Monday, February 16, 2009

a garden bit

After my obsession with my container garden this past summer I've actually enjoyed having this winter off. I thought this time of hibernation might even cure me of my obsession. I thought that maybe I would be satisfied with all that I already have and not feel the need to buy more plants/pots this next year. I was wrong. I've felt it already! Cruising into Target to buy a few needed cleaning supplies I'm too easily distracted by the pink and purple primroses (that wall planter outside the kitchen window never had anything planted in it and these would surely brighten my dish washing sessions!). Running into Miller's to buy a gift certificate for Christmas I see a few new pots that must be the first of the orders for spring (I always hoped this pot would come in orange!). Checking out with a few groceries at Ray's I spot a cute little yellow cottage accented with a row of beautifully colored hydrangeas on the front of a magazine that is now 20% off--how can I not?! So I'm doomed. While I must practice self restraint because I think I'm too young to be that crazy plant lady, there will be some slight indulgences. Cruisin' around the blogosphere tonight I came across something I thought I'd share--can planters!

Apartment Therapy How to: make can planters

These are actually made using recycled canned pumpkin and condensed milk cans, but you could use any size can and customize with any of your favorite papers. Put em in a little tray like the one below and HOW CUTE is that?!! earthenware candle tray

Thursday, February 12, 2009

some pretty

Here's some pretty to look at 'til I can get back with a real post. In the mood for a little Spring?

Saturday, February 7, 2009

January classes

This morning marked the beginning of a memory making journey...the first class in a series for my "Album in a Year" took place. The series of classes take place at Scrapper's Edge here in Eureka. I'm guiding people to do exactly what the title says--to complete a scrapbook album over the course of the year. We will be meeting every other month to scrapbook our memories and will eventually even make the covers for the album itself! It's going to be so much fun, I'm really excited!! It will be awesome to arrive at January 2010 with a complete album summarizing the whole year's memories. So cool.

Coming up this Monday I have another class at Scrapper's Edge, a fabric mini album.
It feels good to get back into the swing of things..for awhile there I kind of felt like a stranger to the girls at the shop! But I'm back, with great ideas for new classes in this new year!

Monday, February 2, 2009

House of 3

Speaking of digital stuff...there's an awesome new site in town full of digital goodness! I'm in love! I seriously love anything Heidi Swapp does, and Rhonna Farrer's signature swirls and frames make my heart melt! Janet Hopkins always has such great project ideas on her blog, too! Go on over to the House of 3 and see for yourself. Oh, and one of the best parts is that they even have a page dedicated to helping you figure out how to use their products-too cool! You'll probably be seeing one of those beautiful backgrounds on my page pretty soon:)
And if that isn't enough to fill your eyes for awhile, check out the sites of these two talented photographers: Nichole Van & Jefra Linn. Wow. And for more photographic inspiration you HAVE to check out Nichole's blog!


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