Tuesday, October 27

Scrapbook Expo Sacramento and Melissa Frances

So much for catching up on the summer events but I had to share this. A little over a week or so ago I attended the Sacramento Scrapbook Expo, a yearly convention for both beginner and die hard scrapbookers, or artist as I like to call us. I attend every year and usually make it a "mom" weekend, arriving Thursday evening and leaving Sunday afternoon. This year however with times as such as they are I was not sure I would attend and registered very last minute. I had heard through the grapevine that Melissa Frances had been teaching her own classes throughout the year and being a huge fan of her vintage inspired product lines

I really wanted to try and get into a class. Melissa Frances is known for ecletic, vintage and shabby designs of craft/scrapbook and card making products and also as a breast cancer survivor she has an extremly popular pink ribbon line of products as well. I love the softness of her lines, the colors, the sheer vintage look to them, her style is my style, love...love...love it!

So anyways to make a long story shorter, I registered for a class called Scrapbook your Hobby and was happy to get in being I was registering so late in the process. Now the theme was not why I wanted to go but the project was cute and I did learn a few things. So day of class I show up to find out yes she was not only teaching the class but...there were only 2 of us in the class! How awesome! Not that I mind a full class but I got basically a one on one from someone I admire I guess you would say. She is talented and creative and her business is successful, she is a fighter, a mother and a fellow human being. The three of us sat at a table, Melissa across from us and the teacher aid and we did the project which did not take long at all, it was a double page spread with crepe paper flowers, love the look of those.

So..the class was an hour and a half I believe and the project took 20 min or so, so the remainder of the time we chatted it up like we had all been friends for more than an hour. I learned a lot both about the craft and also personally. Melissa was extremely friendly, down to earth and funny. To be honest I knew really nothing about her, so I had no preconceptions of her, just that I liked her style of designs and products. After getting to know her a bit I would imagine that she and her fiance would be a hoot to be around socially and they seem to make a great pair.

So anyways...that was one of the highlights of my weekend, so Thank you Melissa.

The other highlights were scrapping all day, sleeping in, being alone in my room and really being alone with no mom this and mom that, hanging out with and getting to know Tami even better (a fellow mom from my kids school that I went with) enjoying a girls night out (twice) having a few cocktails and realizing we were a few of the oldest people in the place (that hurt, LOL!) and laughing so hard at night you almost pee yourself and oh leaving for the day and coming back and having my room be clean when I got back!! Now if I could only have that happen at home.

Tuesday, October 13

Halloween Mobile

This is a fun decor item. I bought the main kit from I believe Scarlet Lime and went from there. I made each embellishment double sided since it turns and you can see both sides, If I recall the sample from the kit did not. I then which I have not finished yet as evidenced by some blank sides, placed photos of my kids in there costumes from over the years on various pieces of the mobile. The great thing about this is that as your kids get older you just add more pieces to the mobile and make it longer. The pieces are all strung together with wire which hang from a painted black embroidery hoop. I love this as I can look at how my kids have grown and how cute they were when they a witch or a tin man or whatever and.....it coordinates with my halloween banner (see post below).

Halloween Banner

Not exactly catching up chronologically but..this is a banner I made for Halloween last week. The letters were from a K&Co halloween kit I bought last year on clearance. It was a glittered purple that I painted black and then glimmer misted with Graphite glimmer mist. The embellishments vary, chipboard, stickers, acrylic, all different techniques, paints, inks, rock candy, diamond glaze, glimmer mist, JB Bingo cards, downloaded images, glitter you name it, all the tulle is torn and the cheesecloth I dyed with glimmer mist, tons and tons of buttons strung on the wires, I wish you could really see just all the detail in it. It was really fun to make and looks awesome, if I do say so myself. (remember if you want to view the pictures bigger just click on the picture you want to view).

MIA

Has it really been 3 months since I last posted, I am so bad!! I have tons to upload, Tennessee trip, Florida trip, Vegas Trip, back to school, birthday, oh I am so behind! I thought I would have so much more time now that both kids are in school all day but I am apparently not good at managing that time yet, it is a work in progress. My goal for the month of October is to get caught up....

Sunday, July 12

Got time to scrap?

I did today! We leave for vacation in 4 days, my house is a mess, I have a million things to do but after I got this paper/kit in the mail today I had to find the time to play with some of it, so I took an hour or so and created this . This kit was from the kit club Scarlet Lime and the colors are just fab! Butterflies are hand cut from paper, and I used the pom poms from some ribbon to fill the centers of them. Accented with my staple diamond glaze of course and lots of fun flowers, a few buttons, and lots of distressing. Oh and thanks April (cute brunette in the picture right above the butterflies) for the pictures I am pretty sure I copied them from facebook or your blog LOL! as I know I never used my camera that night!

Thursday, July 9

In need of a Blog Designer

I just opened an Etsy shop, well I have the name and have registered but nothing is listed yet. It is called Paperie Pretties, cute huh? So I was looking for referrals to a "reasonably" priced blog designer. I am in need of a Etsy banner, blog banner and signature. A button and a coordinating image for a business card and or shipping labels. I do like the designer who helped with this blog but she is very new at it and the button option and Etsy banner were quite a challenge so looking for someone with knowledge in those areas. So if you know of anyone could you please leave a comment with the info so I may go check them out. Thanks so much!

Design Team Call

I recently went on a buying spree of monthly scrap kits and a few of my purchases were from this place: www.serendipityscrapbooks.com. So, a few days ago I was checking out there site and noticed they were having a design team call for there site. Now my husband is always telling me to do something, the new owner of the LSS was just telling me last week I need to get on a DT, so why not try right? So the last few days I have been working hard getting the projects done that is required. 5 projects in total, one of which I already had done, a Bio/Resume and a Q&A form. So I went for it and applied today....want to see what I submitted: You had to do one altered item , one card or tag, one layout using 3 pictures and hand cut work, one layout using hand cut work and use of embellishments, and one page about you. Just a Note Card Product used: Bazzill bling cardstock, Basic Grey lace die cut paper, Basic Grey chipboard bird and tag, various ribbon, Prima flower, Glimmer mist in Wheatfield and Bubblegum. Edges distressed with Heidi Swapp distress tool. Hard to see in picture but front of card sprayed with Glimmer mist in Wheatfield and edges distressed and then dragged in Bubblegum Glimmer mist to create pink glimmer edges. Simple, soft, and vintage inspired. Family Layout Product used: Webster’s pages cherry line, Webster’s pages journaling spot (under picture) Jenni Bowlin Crepe Paper ribbon in red, Jenni Bowlin milk buttons, Jenni Bowlin ticket and packaging, red eyelets, Glimmer mist in Coffee shop and Diamond Glaze. Woman, flowers, cherries, labels, brown scallop trim and quote hand cut from patterned paper. Layered and pop dotted to page. 2 large red flowers are the red crepe paper ribbon adhered to chipboard circle to create flower, edges sprayed with Glimmer mist in coffee shop, topped with milk button and string. All white flowers and cherries have Diamond Glaze on them (cannot see in picture). I printed the picture on White Bazzill cardstock so I could really distress the edges. Red and cream lined paper chipboard layered under picture and ticket is the packaging from the milk buttons, crumbled and distressed. Machine stitched in brown. Lisa Layout Product used: Serendipity July kit, Glimmer mist in Meadow Green and Bubblegum, Prima chipboard letters, Bazzill Swiss dot cardstock in black, Uniball Signo pen in white, Kaisercraft bling in green and pink. Patterned papers layered, transparency cut and applied to left hand side. All green flowers, green photo mats, animal print background paper and torn paper under lace have been Glimmer misted with Meadow Green. Edges of photo and butterfly Glimmer misted with Bubblegum. Smaller butterflies and center of flowers are the rub ons from kit, applied to thin clear plastic then cut out and applied to page, butterflies are raised with 3D glue dot. Hard to see but black lace has both green and pink bling inside each flower design in lace. Entire layout and photo mats machine stitched with silver thread. Journaling reads: I am a wife and mother of two. Carson is 6 yrs and my baby Ella is 4 yrs. I have spent most of my life in the Beautiful Napa Valley in Northern Ca. I am funny and creative and my life revolves around my family. I love coffee, flip flops, and soap operas. I am an internet junkie, I Facebook and I blog. I am Lisa, and I am happy! Bike a Thon Layout Product used: Cosmo Cricket Early Bird line patterned papers and die cut chipboard pieces. Diamond Glaze and American Craft red felt letters, Bazzill cardstock, unknown leaf stickpins and unknown ribbon. Flowers, scalloped trim and the many leaves were hand cut from patterned paper. Bike hand cut and pieced together. Bike spokes, flower centers in tire and frame and handlebars have Diamond Glaze applied to them as well as all centers of the flowers and the berries throughout the page. Hand cut flowers and leaves stacked onto chipboard die cut pieces and leaves attached to ribbon running up from bottom of page. Leaf stickpins placed in flower arrangement and layout machine stitched in brown thread. Journaling reads: Ella has been waiting for “her” day to ride in the preschool bike/trike a thon for the last 3 years. She was too little when her big brother attended, so she was ecstatic that this was “her” year. While most still had training wheels, our Ella did not. She was fast confident and she out rode all her classmates…and she knew it! My Family Tree Mini Album I designed this album for a class I taught at the LSS...the class focused on different mediums ie: ink, embossing, paint, paper, glimmermist, glossy accents etc... Product used: Maya Rd mini album, Graphic 45 patterned papers, word stamps, Bazzill cardstock, Glimmer mist in Olive and Coffee Shop, Tim Holtz Distress Embossing powder and Ranger crackle paint, various ribbons, paper flowers and brads. Leaf punch, Colorbox chalk inks, Kaisercraft acrylic paint, manila tags, Sakura glaze pen in black, Uniball Signo pen in white, Cuttlebug tree branch embossing folder, staples. Techniques used in this album include the following: Front cover tree trunk with distress paint, patterned paper sprayed with Glimmermist. Some of the pages have been painted, inked, or covered with photos in its entirety. Distress embossing powder used for another trunk in the tree on one page, another page inked with chalk inks in green and brown. Several pages covered with patterned paper, a few pages completely glimmer misted, and yet another page painted and then diamond glaze and paint mixed together and dabbed on with a sponge brush creating foaming like shiny spots which dried this way (looks cool). Embellishments, buttons, flowers, tags, etc have been stapled on, glued on or pop dotted on. Back cover pattern was created by using cat eye chalk ink and just stamping it on creating a leaf like pattern. So....the call runs till the 27th I believe and I will be on vacation at that time. Please cross your fingers and wish me luck...thanks!!

What I did while the kids were gone.

I am just about caught up on my scrapping! Few layouts here and there that need to be done, but while the kids were away at my folks a few weeks ago I scrapped my tush off! Well, not literally, although I wish! So here are a few of the (30 or so)layouts I did, in the quiet of the house. Of course the ones that are just my favorites I already took down to the LSS and are on display, and I forgot to take photos. If you happen to run in there anytime soon, my current favorite is a Birthday one I did, using the Jenni Bowlin Bday Bingo cards (large and small), a ticket strip from Creative Imaginations and all sorts of other fun stuff. Will these make it into an album anytime soon? I doubt it, my pile of completed is getting taller and taller, in fact it is 2 piles. That is what I did at the last crop I went to....I organized and filled my albums and I tell you what my load in my car was nothing compared to the usual crop taking luggage! Sorry I just edited the pics and the quality is not great....my good camera is out for repair! This is the left side of a rare 2 page layout: and yes it does need one more picture, I thought I printed it but missed it. Right side: , This was a scraplift, I saw it in a magazine and had the pictures to go with it. I did use different papers and choose not to sew on it and the clouds I used self adhesive linen. . I scraplifted this idea from some magazine, I just loved it! Of course I changed some of it up but cannot take full credit for the idea. Gosh editing this I again have to apologize for the picture quality which is just awful..... :(

Monday, June 29

A Field of Beauty

On the way to my parents house you pass through miles and miles of farm land. Corn fields, nut tree fields and the most spectacular sunflower fields. These golden fields look as it they stretch for miles and are truly one of natures beauty's. On the way home last week it just so happens I had my camera with me so I pulled over to the side of the road and the kids and I walked down to the fields to get a closer look, and of course to take some photos. Carson was not really into the photo shoot mode but I was able to take a few worth sharing. Now to find the perfect scrap paper to best suit these photos!

Tuesday, June 23

A special gift for a friend

My kids have been visiting with my parents for the last week and it has been so quiet, I loved it! My house has been clean for a week too, that is a record. However, Tuesday was the day I went to pick them up. My parents living 2 1/2 hours away I had quite the drive today, listening to music, rocking out. LoL So anyways, pull into the town near them and remembered my mom was wanting a couple of those stepping stone kits. We usually make them every year with the kids feet prints in them but missed the last year. So I called her and asked if she wanted me to run by Michaels since I was in the area and pick a couple up. So I get the kits and am browsing each isle of the craft store of course, relishing the last shopping event by myself for awhile and I come across this book, I saw it and knew I had to get it. You see my friend April (Funky Vintage Kitchen) makes the cutest aprons and sells them on Etsy, craft fairs etc... I hope she does not already have this book and if she does not I hope she loves it...this book has the cutest ever aprons in it! I love coming across items that immmediately make me think of someone I know and knowing it would put a smile on there face. Don't you just love giving or receiving a gift for no apparent reason because someone was thinking of you...I know I do!

Wednesday, June 10

Bye Bye Baby

Well it is official...I now have both my children in elementary school!! Today was the last day of the school year and school will resume August 19th. Whatever happened to the good ole days of starting the school year AFTER labor day! So, Carson will be entering 1st grade and my baby girl will be a big kindergartner!! I just had to share this picture of Ella, today was her last day of preschool and they celebrated by having a luau party, she came dressed in her little grass skirt, lei, flower in her hair and even her cute little coconut bra, which she got a total kick out of, isn't she the cutest? It was a sad day to say goodbye to teachers and staff at the preschool. Between both kids this was our 4th year in a row at the school. When Carson started there Ella was not even a year old, in fact if I recall correctly she was still in an infant carrier and I would have to carry her in to drop him off, so they have seen her grow from a small infant to what she is today. I was not gonna cry today...however I make no promises on the day she starts kinder!

Monday, June 8

New projects coming....

One of the reasons I am so excited about summer vacation is I will have the time to finish some projects and get my darn Etsy store up and running! I have many items ready to list and more ideas in my head!! Lots of new product just sitting in my space ready to be used and created. I have also been picking up lots of vintage jewelry to revamp into hair accessories and perhaps some rings. My friend April (Funky Vintage Kitchen, see link at right) makes these really cute button rings and when I was over there last week to buy some it got my creative juices flowing when I came home to a a package in the mail of a vintage necklace and earring set I had purchased on ebay. I thought how cute to turn the clip on earrings into a cocktail type ring or matching hair pin. And of course I do not want to do the same thing as she is, she is doing the cute lucite roses and button rings/hair pins/earrings, you should check hers out, and the cutest dang aprons you ever did see. So, with the idea in my head I ran with it and have been buying online left and right for the last several days. The majority of my purchases have been vintage enamel pins, the bright metal chunky floral ones, and beaded clip on earrings, but mostly the enamel items. I cannot wait to turn these into hair pins/clips or even rings! So stay tuned for some fun stuff coming up, as well as some new mini albums, maybe even page layouts for sale.

Moving on up!

Today my son Carson had his "promotion" ceremony at school. He is moving up next year from Kindergarten to the BIG 1st Grade! Why is it the schools do this I am not really sure. I can see when they promote from grade school to middle school or middle school to high school but why kinder to first grade? They had a small little ceremony, my parents even drove up for the event and stayed the night last night which was nice. My Mom and Ella and I hit Starbucks this morning and had a nice time sitting outside drinking my lifeline, took Ella to dance class so grandma got to see her dance as well. Matt rode into town with my dad, a little one on one man time. At the ceremony the kids recited a cute little poem, and of course Carson was thrilled to perform, it is what he loves to do! We need to get that kid into drama or something, dance, some kind of performing arts. Then each child got to come up and receive a certificate and take a photo with the teacher and then afterwards they had a little gathering in the classrooom and each child was given a gift (a book) and each parent was given a picture (the picture above and cap and gown was only for the picture, not the ceremony). If you follow my blog you know our daughter will be entering Kindergarten in the fall so we get to this all over again! 2 years apart the kids are (to the month) but only one year apart in school (we waited till Carson was older) I think it will be great to have them so close in school in the future. Plus we will have just done the homework so when it rolls around for Ella, we might actually know how to do it! LOL Before I know it he really will be wearing a true cap and gown and we will be watching him cross the stage at his high school graduation. Until then however I am going to enjoy each and every one of these little milestones and take lots of video!

Sunday, June 7

A rare family photo

For someone who takes thousands of pictures a year and whose hobby is scrapping them, I am terrible at getting professional pictures taken. Just ask my husband who has many times reminded me of the lack of family photo in our home. In fact our youngest child is almost 5 years old and we have never had a family picture taken professionally, bad mommy, bad mommy! So, yesterday we were at a wedding of a good friend Debbie and I thought "hey", lets get a family shot! We took several and of course the best of us, were under a tree with a nice little shadow covering most of our faces, perfect! Aware of this fact we moved into the sun and as luck would have it, either one of our eyes were closed or the kids had some quirky look on there faces, sure...we actually are dressed nice, are all together and it just was not meant to be. It would seem I need to find the time to make an appointment that suits our schedule, gather us all up for the grand event, and spend a small fortune on a family photo. I am aware more than ever that I should get this done sooner than later. Before I know it the kids will be heading off to college (well, not really) but you never know what life will throw you. It is proably best to have that precious memory taken while you still can, and while they are still little so you can reflect back on how stinking cute they were and how young we actually looked 20 years from now when the kids have moved away and I have nothing left of my babies but a few photos and an occasional phone call! So this is what we ended up with. Not quite gallery quality, but it will have to do until the next one.

An end to the T-ball Season

Our T-ball season is over, oh thank you Jesus! Yesterday was our last game and hopefully my last game coaching the little ones. This was my second year coaching (last year my girlfriend and I Stacey co-coached together). This year I did it solo and it was not really that bad, however it would have been so much better had my own two kids not have been on the team! They cannot seperate the mommy role verses the coach role and I as the coach cannot be dealing with there little tantrums and issues, I have 13 other kids to deal with who are NOT giving me attitude! We did have fun, it was a great bunch of kids, but I am glad it is over and we can move onto the next thing this summer. Yesterday right after the game we had our little team party at the school, the parents did an awesome job serving us a "brunch, I handed out the trophies, the kids played and I even got a great coach gift (a $100 gift card to Applebee's). Between all the gift certificates Matt gets teaching DARE and this one, we now have quite an assortment of great places to go for "date nights" now we just need to set aside the time to do so! Here is the team for the last time all together, I am standing inbetween both my little ones.

Ella graduates from Pre-school

I can hardly believe my baby girl is going to be five years old here in a few months, and going to kindergarten. This week she graduated from preschool in a little ceremony they had for the kids. This is the 4th year in a row we have been at the preschool, Carson our son went for 3 years and then Ella went this last year. Sad, but I will sure be glad to not have to make those payments anymore. The difference from Ella and Carson at this age is night and day. Her, being a girl gave her an advantage and also being the younger child of the two. Carson we waited and started him in Kindergarten a bit later (he turned 6 in Oct, just a month or so after school started) and he still struggled this year. Ella will be turning 5 in October a month or so after school starts and she is so far ahead of where he was at, at age 6. So here is to crossing our fingers she does not struggle like he did, I am sure she will be fine. The school we have them has the 2nd highest ratings in the county and is called an "alternative program", in which parent particpation is required and you are scheduled to work in the classroom so many days per child you have in the program. I will have two in the program next year so I will be there a lot, so I also decided to be the kindgarten room mom since I will be there anyways. A BIG bonus is that kindergarten is all day too! yippee! Mommy time, no kids! So here are pictures of my baby girl the day of her graduation, such a big kid now!

Sunday, May 24

A bit of Cricut work this weekend...

I have not scrapped in FOREVER!! Not for personal use or for classes, I have just been to busy and not in the mood when I have a moment. So this weekend, stuck at home I decided to make a couple of layouts, it took me forever! I stepped out of my "box" a bit. I am usually a one page scrapper, one page, one photo is my usual. However, this weekend I did 2 two page layouts, WOW! Not only that but I dusted off my Cricut and used it alot! I very very rarely use diecuts in my work, but I made a bunch, boy are they time consuming. Cutting different papers, piecing them together, now I know why I never do this. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. For a larger picture just click on each picture and a new window will appear. Layout one: can be used for ice cream, cold treat pictures. Proably will use the ones I just shot at Disneyland. Layout two: great outdoor eats page, now how many of us will attend at least one BBQ this summer?