Monday, February 20, 2012

Giveaway Winners!

Thanks to Heather, my 50th follower (!!!!!!), I have two winners today!  First up, the winner of the Rocket Age goodies is Mandi and the second winner of some fun October Afternoon goodies is Amanda (okgirl).  I will contact you both on the Club CK forums for your info. 

A huge thank you to everyone who stopped by and left me a comment!  I appreciate it so much!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Not Too Spooky

I made this layout using the Frosted Designs Sketch Along Tuesdays Sketch #34.  I stuck pretty true to the sketch only changing up the photo sizes and rather than adding a banner I across the middle I swirled a bit of twine. 

I have been waiting to scrap these photos from this past Halloween and I knew this was the perfect sketch for them. The photos make me smile!  I let the girls choose their own costumes and they picked a rather boyish monster and dragon so I just added tutus to girly them up a bit.  They were cute and many people remembered them when we went around trick or treating on Halloween. 

I used Bella Blvd.’s Too Cute To Spook papers along with Making Memories corrugated alpha and Cosmo Crickets Tiny Type stickers as well.

Don’t forget about the giveaway I have open here.   I extended the deadline to tomorrow and if I get to 50 followers (I am just one away) I will draw 2 winners!  So go become a follower of my blog and comment on the post to enter to win so fun scrappy goodies!

Saturday, February 18, 2012


I was going to draw a winner today for the October Afternoon goodies but I noticed I now have 49 followers so I decided to giveaway a second prize if I can reach 50 followers by Monday morning.  Spread the news and double your chances to win! 

If you are just stopping by now please leave a comment on the post below to enter to win some fun scrappy prizes! 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

My 3 Year Blogging Anniversary!

It is my 3 year blogging anniversary and I am so happy that I have managed to stick with it for this long.  I really enjoy blogging and need to put a little more effort into posting regularly.  I admire all the talented people who manage to post 5 or 6 days a week.  I just run out of stuff to say!

To thank you for sticking around I have some October Afternoon Rocket Age goodies to give away. If you want to win the 8x8 paper pad, Rubber Charms and Chip n’ Stick pictured below you just need become a follower if you are not already following this blog and then leave me a comment.  I will leave the comments open until 9 am PST Saturday, 18 February and then post the winner here.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog!  I really appreciate it. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Travel Journals/Scrapbooks

If you read my blog regularly (or at least when I post something) you know that we travel a bit since we have been fortunate enough to live in Germany for the past few years.  When we first started taking amazing trips I would take tons of pictures, save a few bits of ephemera, and print a bunch of photos a few times a year.  97% of those photos are still sitting in their orange packaging and I have bags of ephemera sitting around waiting to be used or recycled!  That is such a terrible thing for me since I want to be able to easily look back at a trip and re-live it for a few minutes.  I am swimming in a sea of travel photo guilt!

Last April Ali Edwards added an online, self paced class called “Scrapbook on the Road” and it has forever changed the way I document our vacations!  Honestly, it is the best online class I have taken because I have applied the concept several times since I have taken the class and it was only $14.  The concept is simple and requires a little bit of pre-planning before you leave as you get the guts of the travel journal put together before you leave. 

I put my first travel journal together in record time before we left for a week long trip to Belgium, The Netherlands and a quick stop in Frankfurt and remembered Ali’s advice and guidance as we went along.  I took the time to document our adventures every day and enjoyed doing so as we all settled into our hotel room for the night.  I took tons of photos.  I saved our story.  When I came home I simply needed to upload my photos and print them to add to the journal.  This process, for the very first time, made me excited to tackle all the photos we had taken and finally complete our story!  Of course not every photo I print makes it into the travel journal but I have a plan for the leftovers.


This is a pile of stuff I had collected and was sorting through in our hotel room and below is part of the finished spread as it continues on to the other pages.

I have made all of the albums 6x8 inches and it is a great size for me.  It leaves room to add 5x7 collages or 2 4x6 prints on a single page. I am currently putting together the journal for our trip to Barcelona.

I don’t make a journal for every trip since we often just sneak away for a weekend but I still need a place to save some of our memories so I picked up the International Smash Folio.  I love this, too!  It is so much fun gluing things down and just making some quick and simple notes about our day, random things we saw or things that I love!  I will probably add a few wallet sized photos in here but don’t see this becoming a project for lots of photos but mostly just a place for random observations and ephemera.

Since I have solutions for current trips I still have to tackle the older photos sitting in a box.  I have been thinking of purchasing some of Becky Higgins’ Project Life products for a few months so I could quickly get the photos organized and out of boxes.  I finally took the plunge and ordered the Clementine Core Kit.  Of course, I was a little late to the game and I am currently waiting for the divided page protectors to come back in stock so I can begin this project.  I am looking forward finally getting our story told!

This post just ended up being much longer than I planned!  I have so much to say about this topic though since I have struggled with scrapbooking our travel photos because I have always felt overwhelmed.  I do believe photos need to be printed and shared.  I am glad that I have been printing as we go along rather than waiting for a reason to print them.  I just want to get it all under control before we move back to the United States.

What type of photos do you struggle with?  How do you document  your travels?  I would love to hear from you.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Valentine Blog Hop Winner!

A big thank you to everyone who commented on my blog!  I always read the comments and really appreciate the time you take to leave me a comment.  I went to and number 3 popped up.  So, Becky (bec_scraps), you are the winner of the 2 chipboard albums.  I will convo you on the Club CK forums.

I have some fun projects to share this week and a big giveaway on Friday to celebrate my 3 year blogging anniversary so please come back and check it out!!!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Valentines Day Blog Hop

Hello!  Welcome to my blog!  This weekend 14 talented ladies from the Club CK boards are getting together and sharing 14 different cards made from the same supplies in a fun Valentines Day Blog Hop!  You should have arrived here from Becky's blog.  If you are just stopping by and want to join in on the adventure you can head to Amanda's blog to get the complete list of the bloggers playing along. 

As you know we needed to use most of the supplies Amanda sent us and I used the glittery flower paper along with all the chipboard hearts and buttons as well as all the bling.  I only added a doily, a little paint to the buttons, and a bit of eyelet ribbon.  The chipboard hearts were covered with the paper and then I added foam squares to the back to give them a lift.   I am not good at clustering but get a little bit better everytime I try so I just went with the flow and I do love the way it came together for me.

Thanks for taking the time to hop along and visit my blog. I have two chipboard albums:  A Cosmo Cricket Flirt Blackbird Album and a "adore" album to give away to one random commenter.  Just leave me a comment and you will be entered into the drawing and I will announce the winner Sunday night. 

Up next on the blog hop is Stacia's blog!  I hope you enjoy the rest of the inspiration shared as you make your way through the rest of the blog hop.