Wednesday, April 23, 2014

You're Never Too Old For Easter

I was a little worried about Easter this year. As the kids get older, my role has changed quite a bit. Where we used to have lots of traditions and activities, we are now figuring out what works for a 17 year old and an 11 year old. Not always willing to do the "little kid" activities any more, sometimes I'm not sure what they want to do. But I was happy to hear that they both wanted to do an Easter Egg Hunt again this year. Here are a few photos from our very quick hunt:

(Kate totally knew that her Dad would hide her "big" egg 
in the grill as she loves a good steak as does he.)

Beyond the candy and Easter baskets, we also wanted to focus on what Easter is truly about. We shared this video together as a family, and I wanted to share it here with you:

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Documenting Memories: Story or Products First?

It seems like a simple question, but for some of us it's difficult to know where to start when documenting or recording our memories. When scrapbooking, do you prefer to start with the latest products you've purchased or do you have a story in mind?

To help you get started on focusing on the story first, Lain Ehmann is offering this FREE Scrapinar called "Start with the Story."

Click HERE to sign up for this amazing FREE workshop!

This one-hour Scrapinar will include tips and tricks from one of the industry's finest. As always Lain will leave time at the end of the Scrapinar for any questions you might have about storytelling. This fully interactive webinar is exactly what you're looking for if you're trying to share your personal or family's story.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Make It Meaningful Scrapbook Process Video #15: Preference Dance Mini Album

Welcome back to another "Make It Meaningful" scrapbook process video hosted by Two Peas in a Bucket. This week the Garden Girls have been discussing "Moments." Sometimes moments happen organically and you can capture all the photos you want on a special day. Other times you have to create those moments. In this week's video, I discuss the concept of creating moments.

Make It Meaningful #15: Preference Dance Mini Album

Here is a closer look at the small tag album I created:

 You can find additional information on this layout and video HERE at 2Peas.

In the scrapbook process video, I how you the inner pages of this mini album. This album is photo centric with little journaling. It's simply meant to hold some meaningful photos from her special day. You can watch the video HERE on the 2Peas Youtube channel or below:

You can find 6x6 paper pads HERE, which are great for mini albums like this. You can also find the complete supply list for this project HERE at 2Peas.

Friday, April 18, 2014

A Change in My Job Title and New Adventures

For the past three years, I've worked as the Marketing Coordinator for Echo Park Paper and Carta Bella Paper. My duties have varied and have included many things, but two things in particular that I was hired to do were manage both companies' design teams and to blog and share their beautiful work.

In those three years, I've been able to get to know so many amazing designers. Because both companies' designers are hand-picked, I feel I had the opportunity to work with the cream of the crop from the industry, especially in terms of talent, creativity, and professionalism. I'm truly thankful for the opportunity to work with both teams and to have had an hands-on relationship with so many great girls.

At this time, the two companies are growing and evolving and my duties are changing as well. In consequence of those new duties and the time involved, we hired the lovely Wendy Sue Anderson to take over the blogs and Design Teams. Wendy Sue is the consummate professional, and has been in the industry for many, many years. I'm excited to see where she takes the blogs and our two fabulous design teams. I know she's going to do amazing things!

As for me? I've been taking on some exciting new responsibilities. One thing I have been working on behind the scenes is consulting on a few new product types for Echo Park and Carta Bella. As an avid stamper and die cutter, I'm thrilled to see these new products make their debut. Here's just a few of my favorites from our latest releases:

In addition to consulting on some product releases, look for additional new things coming from Echo Park and Carta Bella. While my job title as "Marketing Coordinator" still remains, I'm looking forward to some exciting new job duties. It's going to be a fun year!

I want to personally thank all of the women with whom I've had the pleasure of working with over the past three years. They have impressed me with their talents and their ability to work under tight deadlines. They're all just fabulous!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

In Living Color: Bright Scrapbook Layouts with Bella Blvd.

Who doesn't love a brightly colored scrapbook layout? I love the scrapbooking products from Bella Blvd. because they are easy-to-use, colorful, and playful. I was honored to play along as a Guest Designer or "Bella of the Ball" this month for them. Here's a peek at what I created for them:

Be sure to read through the 10 random facts about me. I shared some lesser-known items that might make you smile.

You can find more inspiration from Bella Blvd. HERE in their monthly newsletter or follow their blog HERE for a constant stream of delightful inspiration.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Scrapbooking and the Power of Play

My soul has been a little out of sorts this month. Between changing job duties at work, planning a new workshop, missing my son, prepping our house to sell, and the end of school right around the corner, I feel "off" and "discombobulated" (my new favorite word).

I am grateful to have Scrapbooking in my life. It makes me happy to look through photos I've taken of my family. It makes me happy to ink up my fingers, cut out intricate designs, and rub new paper between my fingers.

And while I fully embrace the importance of memory keeping, I'm also grateful for the power of play and creativity.

On days like today when my soul seems disjointed, a little play helps ground me again. Here's to play time for the grown ups!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Make It Meaningful Scrapbook Process Video #14: Laughing and Playing

Welcome back to another "Make It Meaningful" scrapbook process video hosted by Two Peas in a Bucket. This week I discuss how to use your supplies and tools to help you with the "Storytelling" process.

Make It Meaningful #14: Laughing and Playing

Here is a closer look at the layout I created:

You can find additional information on this layout and video HERE at 2Peas.

In the scrapbook process video, I share a few tips for stamping a secondary title/journaling area. I also share how to incorporate a tissue paper border onto the bottom of the layout. You can watch the video HERE on the 2Peas Youtube channel or below:

In the products section below, I share both the items that I used to create this layout; as well as, additional items you might already have on hand or could consider when recreating this layout.

You can find tissue paper on Amazon HERE if you're looking for some fun options.

Suggested Products (click photos for product information):