Friday, February 26, 2010

Blog Inspiration

I have recently discovered that scrappy blogs are a GREAT place to find creative inspiration. They're free (unlike those pesky magazine subscriptions) and they are easy to find. I even broke down and created one.

The gals on the Scraptacular Forum have provided me with a lot of eye candy, and they've got endless amounts of it on their blogs. Check 'em out....

Donna's Blog

Betsy's Blog

Liese's Blog

Arlene's Blog

Elisa's Blog

Great places for creative inspiration!!!!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Some Three Bugs in a Rug!!

Hi! Rachael here!

I got to play with some Three Bugs in a Rug papers this month.

The colors are so fun! They go really well with other manufacturer products as well, like October Afternoon papers and stickers and Sassafras Lass stickers!! Don't forget to throw in some Maya Road sheer journaling tags with it too!!

After having 3 feet plus of snow, many of us folks here in PA have been asking for spring to come!! I am not excluded in this thought!! I found this picture that I took at a furniture store when my husband and I went on a weekend getaway for our 10th anniversary last year. When I saw it, I knew I needed to use it for a "bring on spring" layout! Doesn't the October Afternoon flower border strip go great with the papers?

Here's a layout of my daughter, Macy. I love this picture that was taken in September. She's sitting on a play set at a campground! The Sassafras Lass dimensional flower stickers went with the Three Bugs papers great too! I threw in a Maya Road sheer tag too. I love to use their decorative journal tags as embellishment without any journaling on them too!

This is my big, little guy, Jack, on his 5th birthday last September. Again, I threw in some Sassafras Lass stickers with this (they are my favorite!) and some October Afternoon as well! I pop dotted my balloons and used Stickles to draw the strings.

I hope this gives you some inspiration!! Thanks for looking!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Mask It, Mist It

i recently received some beautiful 3 Bugs In A Rug papers from the Scraptacular store and couldn't wait to put them to use. my only problem was the pictures i wanted to use were older and had lots of background clutter and the focus was not where i felt it needed to be... on my babies. so, i came up with a plan to make the pictures stand out more and to cut off some of the background.

first i gathered my "misting box", some misting spray, some precut circles and a neutral cardstock base.

next i placed the circles on my page in the design i wanted them, then i misted the paper and circles with glimmer mist.

here is what the paper looked like after the circles were removed... this could be the start of so many pretty pages... i love how you can change this up in so many different ways just by placing the circles in different designs.

here is the finished page... bath 4 two... these 2 are about 10 years older now... wow... how time flies!

i hope you will peek around in the store for great deals on these cute papers and other fun scrappy supplies! have the best day~~ Lisa

Monday, February 15, 2010

Scrap Layouts and a Scraptacular "SCORE"!

What is there to do during 2 BACK-TO-BACK snow storms???? SCRAP!!! I had fun playing with some of the stuff I've been accumulating.

Basic Grey's Eskimo Kisses, Fancy Pants' Trick or Treat AND Little Sprout, and Pink Paislee's Mistletoe & Co.

Check it out:

After being cooped-up for several days, with school canceled and nothing to do but scrap and be lazy, I decided to venture out (down the street) to Scraptacular and boost the economy. I scored a stack of yummy yummy scrappy paper. I also got some great deals in the bins Beth has of bargain paper. I couldn't believe it...Fancy Pants and Prima in the "bargain bins"?!?! REALLY!?!? I got Fancy Pants' On a Whimsy, All Fall, and Delight...some of my favorites! I'm in 7th Heaven and can't wait to start digging-in to it all. I also scored some of the NEW THICKERS that just came in!!! WOO HOO!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Madly in Love with....

Today is a special holiday for everyone!!! Yes, even for YOU too!!

It is Madly in Love with You Day!

February 13th has been declared as such to celebrate self love, appreciation, and acceptance for who YOU are as an autonomous person. Yes, YOU are a special person and YOU mean something!

Ok, It does sound a bit "different," but it does have so much merit and worth when you think about it. Also, think about how we, as scrapbookers can incorporate this into our work. When was the last time you sat down and created a Layout or piece of Art all about YOU? Hmmmmmm???

When the February Kit arrived in my hot little hands to play with I honestly was perplexed as to what to do with the Little Yellow Bicycle "10 Things I Love About You" Embellishment. I thought about using it for one of my children, but was torn as to which one. Then my husband was an option, but it just wasn't working for me. Sorry dear! My cat? It became almost like a mission to figure out a way in which to use it. I kept thinking and finally thought, "Wait! What about me?" Yeah, me. Ok, I can make a Layout, but what to write on all those little cards! The agony!! Things about me?? What did I set myself up for? What do I say? I would tell you, but honestly they are rather personal...

So what do YOU love about yourself? Think about it!! It is a challenging thing to ponder, but in the end, it is so very worthwhile..


Thursday, February 11, 2010

February Kit and design inspiration

have you seen the beautiful February Monthly Kit? it is so full of fun papers and embellies!!!

my favorite of the embellies was a cute little "10 Things" pocket by LYB.

here is what i made with the pocket

and look at this beautiful page i found on Marci's blog....

and here are a couple of fun design team pages from last month incase you have some snowy pictures to scrap and are still looking for a fun kit to showcase them... i *think* the beautiful January kit is still for sale!

make sure you read the last post about the design team call!!! i can't wait to see who will apply!!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

CHA Giveaway Winner and Big Announcement!

Before I let you all know about our big announcement, let's pick a winner for the Nikki Sivils mini! This is our last giveaway and I want to thank everyone for participating. Soooo......the winner is ..... Lisa Wilbur! Lisa, please email with your address so we can send you your prize!

We are so excited to let you know...

We have two open positions on our Design Team. You will be designing for Scraptacular every other month with our other team members. You will be provided with our Kit of the Month when it is your turn to design and you will be expected to create 3-4 layouts and one project before the first of the month. You will receive your kit around the 15th of the month before. You will also be expected to participate on our message board regularly including posting weekly challenges, weekly projects and weekly questions every few weeks. You will also be expected to post to the blog once a week or so. For all your scrappy efforts, you will be rewarded with free product every other month. You will also receive 25% off store merchandise and get exposure on our website and blog. This call is open beginning today. The deadline for submissions will be March 31st. We will chose two finalists on April 15th and you will start designing beginning with May's kit. To be considered for our DT, please include your name, address and email and write up a brief explanation of why you want to join the team and what you will do to spread the word about the store if you join the team. Let us know what other design teams you are currently on and have been on in the past. Please include 3 layouts and one project using products that can be purchased at the store. To be considered, entrants must have at least 25 posts to our message board and have started a gallery within our main gallery. All submissions can be made via email to Can’t wait to see your entries!

We are also looking for a talented sketch artist. Do you love making sketches? Wish you could showcase those sketches to a large audience? Then we are looking for you! As our resident sketch artist, you will be required to submit 3 sketches every month. One will be featured in our very popular monthly kit and the other two on our blog and website. That means your sketches will be seen by literally thousands of people! In return for your designs, you will recieve a 25% discount on all products in the store. To apply for this position please submit 3 original sketches as well as your name, address, phone and email to Please also let us know any other important information such as why you want to join our team, any past or present teams, link to your blog and how you will promote our store.

I can't wait to see all the fabulous layouts and projects you come up with. I know it will be a tough decision with all of you talented ladies out there!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

CHA Preview and Giveaway Day 5!

This is our last day of previews and our last giveaway! Before we jump in, let's announce our next winner.....Stacy C! Stacy, please email with your snail mail so I can send you your prize.

Little Yellow Bicycle has some very cute new lines coming out. These two won't be available until the summer but here's some sneaks:

I just had to share this:
The entire floor of Petaloo's booth was flowers! And, yes, those are my feet!

Basic Grey has a very cute new collection coming out called Max & Whiskers! It's great for celebrating the pets in your life:

And last but not least, Nikki Sivils booth had so many great new lines. Here's a layout example:
Butterfly Games:
Will He Be the 1:
Burlap Buttons!
And three more lines I forgot to take pics of! The best part about these goodies is that they are shipping NOW so we will have them in about a week or so.

Make sure you keep checking the website as we will be uploading these great CHA products for PREORDER soon. That way you are guaranteed to get your hands on these before they are sold out!

Now it's time for the rules of our last giveaway! This one is for a Nikki Sivils chipboard mini album! To enter, simply email us ( and sign up for our email list so we can keep you informed of all of the good stuff happening over at the site. We will draw one lucky winner on Tues, February 9th. And make sure you check back then, because we have a big announcement to make!

Friday, February 5, 2010

CHA Preview and Giveaway Day 4!

We are starting to wind down here with our CHA Preview! Only one more day after today of Previews and Giveaways. Is it snowing where you are? Here in PA we are supposed to get hit, so it looks like I may be snowed in all weekend!

We have another winner for Day 3 generated by! Please give it up for Kelly Messer! She is the winner of the very cute and functional slice apron. You're gonna love it Kelly! Lots of pockets to hold your goodies and it's pink to boot!

Now, onto more previews!

Here are some photos of Jillibean Soups booth and new collections:

And, of course, everyone's favorite... October Afternoon! They did not disappoint this time around with their two beautiful new collections Thrift Shop:

And Fly a Kite:

Here's a little sampling of the papers found in the Thrift Shop Collection:

And Fly a Kite:

A super cute card from the OA booth:

And some examples using these new lines:

My Little Shoebox was full of cute ideas:

They have a really awesome blog, too. Head over there for some awesome inspiration!

Lil Critter:

Just Add Butter:

Flying High:

Away WE Go
Imaginary Friends:

All a Flutter:
I also had the opportunity to take an amazing mini album class with Suzy West of MLS. She was an awesome teacher and gave us lots of great goodies!

Our next giveaway is ready to go! All you have to do to win this time is become a follower of our blog, if you aren't already! Leave us a comment here as well letting us know you are following. Deadline for this giveaway is Saturday Feb. 6th at midnight EST. We will announce the winner on Sunday!