Sunday, June 24, 2012


Hello dear friends!  Such a slacker I am.  But I have good reason, I swear.  Since the last time we were together, my sweet hubby and I found out some wonderful news that will change our lives forever in the best way possible.
21 weeks

That's me!  I'm now 22 weeks pregnant (this photo was taken a week ago) and filled with joy.  We found out the day after Valentine's day, had to wait a week to tell my parents so we could make the trip to Seattle to see them in person.  I went through 13 weeks of feeling sick and wanting to just sleep the days away.  Of course we couldn't tell anyone but our families for several weeks so that made it even harder.  I did absolutely nothing during that time, I'm not even joking.  I would come home, lay on the couch, and my absolutely fantastically wonderful husband would cook me dinner and put me to bed.

I woke up at week 13 and felt so much better!  I wasn't feeling sick and I was slowly gaining my energy back.  My Studio Calico kits were collecting in my scrappy nook upstairs; the house was a mess; and I needed to find something to get me energized and excited about actually doing things again!

Scrapbooking it is!  I go on maternity leave in October.  That is my deadline to get things lined up for giving my Etsy shop a boost and for working on lots of layouts so I can start posting them in galleries and on my blog.  Oh and for my birthday, the hubs got me the Silhouette!  So I have had lots of fun playing around with that.  I absolutely love it.  Here's my first layout using it.  I wanted to do something special for my husband's Fathers-Day-to-be:

I'm not a writer by any means.  But I wanted to journal something special to my husband about why I think he'll be a good husband.  Ultimately it comes down to how wonderful he is as my husband.  The photo is one I took of him sitting in Luxembourg Garden's with the Luxembourg Palace behind him.  This was our absolute favorite spot in Paris.  The garden's are so beautiful.

A few more Father's Day photos.  Better late than never! :)

I'm not very happy with how the photos turned out.  I did them in a hurry and am looking for a better place in my house that has more natural light.  



Saturday, February 18, 2012

Layout Love (and an extra)

My Favorite Person {Can't you tell!}

As I promised, here is my first layout I did with my Studio Calico Daydream Believer kit.  There were so many papers that I would have never thought to put together but alas, they did and I loved them all.  So much fun.  This is one of my favorite photos from our engagement session a year and a half ago.  I love how it captures our playful affection for each other.

My Favorite Person LO closeup

My Favorite Person LO closeup
If you're a Studio Calico fan, be sure to check out these sneak peaks for next months kit!

52 Things I Love About You

For Valentine's Day I decorated a deck of cards and wrote on each one 52 different things I love about my husband.  He loved it!  It ended up being a lot bigger stack than I expected so I'm still trying to figure out a way to bind them all together.  So when he opened the box he just had 2 stacks of cards to read through.  He loved it!  He even made me a card!  I love it when he does that.

I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!



Sunday, February 12, 2012

My Studio Calico Kit it HERE!

The photo above isn't actually from the kit.  It's a Valentine's Day card I made my sister from my stash of scraps.  I love how it turned out!  Funny how I can spend countless hours planning a layout before glueing it down, but when I quickly just put pieces together without worrying about how it's going to look it turns out to be one of my favorite cards!  I must take note as this is a lesson to be learned.

Products used:
My own stash

Happy Valentines Day Card

This card I made for my parents.  I did some fussy cutting to cut the flowers and picture frame from the Dear Lizzy and Sassafrass paper.  Then I added some twine and put a few pieces from my stash together.

Products used:
-Sassafras exclusive paper

XO card

My last card was made for my youngest sister.  I had some pre-cut hearts and kraft circle to add to the delightful Dear Lizzy papers from my kit.  I also added the Pink Paislee Mist-ables banner and some twine.

Products used:
Scraps from my stash

No, I did not forget about my wonderful hubby.  I am working on something for him but I cannot reveal it just yet.  But I'm super excited about it.

I'm having a lot of fun playing with this kit from Studio Calico.  Here's a sneak of a layout I'm working on. {The photos have been "instagramed".  I'm so excited to finally be able to jump on the bandwagon!}

Studio Calico Daydream Believer kit layout

Studio Calico Daydream Believer kit layout

I will post the finished product soon!  I'm very excited about it.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Card Kitchen Kit Club

Recent Kit

Have you see this card kit club, The Card Kitchen?  I just came across it when I was browsing the Jillibean Soup blog, Bean Talk.  They even send you ideas and instructions for making 8 cards!  This might just be the next club I subscribe to.  There are so many out there it's hard to choose!  What are your favorite scrapbook kit clubs?



Sunday, February 5, 2012

My Little Paris book

Where was this before we went?  This book looks super cute.  And it's something we could have used while frolicking the streets of Paris.  We got lost a couple of times, but we found our way!  And I cannot tell you how hard it was finding a restaurant that was different from all the others.  {I am not complaining, trust me}.

My Little Paris presents its book from mylittle on Vimeo.

Make sure you check out this website for more tips if you ever go to Paris!



Saturday, February 4, 2012

2012 Winter CHA Must Haves

As some of you may know, the winter CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) has just ended and there was a tremendous amount of simply delectable new lines from our favorite scrapbook lines.  I cannot wait to get my hands on some of these. {For those of you who don't know what the CHA show is, it's a bi-annual craft show where all scrapbook companies, big and small, have booths to display their newest product lines for retailers to come and look at}.

Here is Crate Paper's Storyteller collection.  These delicious goodies would be perfect for creating layouts of our first year together.  We just had our 1 year anniversary {January 22nd baby!} and I've been collecting photos from our first year to make an album.
I just love the subtle colors of this American Crafts Dear Lizzy line, Neapolitan.  This line makes me wish Mr. Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow so spring could come 6 weeks earlier! 

American Crafts Dear Lizzy Neapolitan 

American Crafts Dear Lizzy, Neapolitan

I ADORE this paper from Studio Calico's new line, Take Note.  Such a great mix of patterns and colors.  Can't wait to get my hands on them!

Studio Calico, Take Note paper

And look at these fun butterfly stickers!

Studio Calico, Take Note butterfly stickers

These are just a few of my favorites.  Of course, I would love a little bit of everything.  But I don't think my bank account {or my hubby} would be too happy about that.



Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Studio Calico February Kit

I am so excited that I have finally decided to start a membership with Studio Calico and receive their monthly kits.

Studio Calico kit - Daydream Believer
Studio Calico kit - Daydream Believer

This is their February kit called Daydream Believer.  You can choose to buy their kits with a 6 month membership or you can just buy them monthly but then you aren't guaranteed to get your little hands on one because they run out so fast!

I am so anxious to find this sweet package waiting for me on my doorstep and to get started with some layouts.  Here are a few examples I found from the Studio Calico website that I just adore.

By Susan Weinroth

By April Foster

By Kelly Purkey

By Dawn McVey

As you can tell there are some lovely things in this kit and I can't wait to get my hands on it!  All you non scrapbookers, I know you're judging me right now.  But you just don't understand the excitement!  When you have a whole room dedicated to scrapbooking and you get to fill it with all the newest trends and trinkets, it's so...FUN!  For lack of a better word.

Also, make sure you check out the Studio Calico blog.  It's loaded with sketches, tutorials,  and more fantastic layouts.  They seem to have a really awesome community so I'm excited to be a part of it.