Wednesday, August 31, 2011

September Stamp of the Month "Special Edition"

Welcome to September! School's back in and life is starting to return to the oh-so-predictable schedule!  While I'm not bouncing out of bed in the morning yet, I do have a bit more bounce to my step since returning from my weekend scrapbook retreat last weekend! :)  Scraptacular Getaways was great!! (More on that another day tho!)

September has a really cute Stamp of the Month called "Limited Edition" (pictured above).  I really love the notebook paper stamp - it'll be great on school projects!! Two of the stamps coordinate with shapes from the new Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge. I got mine just yesterday and can't' wait to use it!

Follow the blog hop HERE to see many various ways to use the September Stamp of the Month.  And remember, it's only $5 with any $50+ order!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Oh a scrappin' we will go!!

The weekend before last I was in San Jose, with my partner in scrappin crime, shopping at the Scrapbook Expo.  I was frantically searching for adorable page kits so that I have something to put together THIS weekend at the scrapbook retreat I'll be attending! I took a picture of the above layout and purchased the paper needed to complete it.  We'll see how close I get ;)

So my bags are packed, as is my adorable pink rolling tote (too bad she only gets out once a year!) and I'll be off just after 8:00 am tomorrow :)  No kids, no hubby, just lots of time to crop!  This will be the first retreat I've attended where you can literally crop around the clock! Most of the one's I've gone to you have to leave the room around midnight & can't get started until 8 am the next morning.  It is also a MUCH larger group of women attending this event than any that I've been to.  So we'll see how the lack of sleep and the many distractions of games & people milling about affects my productivity.  I've set a goal of 14 layouts this year (28 pages!)  I'll let you know next week how I do! :)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Finally, a layout completed!

 I'm getting ready for my annual "Mommy Getaway Scrapbook Retreat Weekend". Which means frantically searching for photos & putting together page kits.  I've been meaning to do a layout for my son's baby book about his nursery. (Yes, I'm 4 years behind!!)  I already had the photos ready, along with a paint chip & fabric swatch.  So I found some cute airplane paper & then cut my title with my Cricut machine.
 I wanted an airplane behind my title, but wasn't sure how to go about that.  So off to the internet I went.  I found some airplane clip art images and was able to blow one up and print it.  I used it as a pattern & cut it out of black cardstock.  Then I cut vellum for the airplane windshield.
I used a journaling spot that looks like a postcard and made a tag to go in it that resembles an old luggage tag.  I even decided to use my own handwriting for the journaling! (gasp!)  I got so carried away that I ended up completing the entire layout in 2 evenings!  (That's pretty good for me & limited scrap time!)  I'm happy to say that with this layout, Ryan's baby book is now finished! I think it turned out "just plane cute!"