Friday, September 19, 2014

Finding My Groove Again

I didn't realize; although, I somewhat suspected that when we decided to put our house up for sale back in March that our lives would change and change drastically. What I didn't realize is that from March when we first began prepping the house to sell to even now in late September, that I would have trouble keeping up with it all.

It's almost like pregnancy. You forget all the stress moving causes.

From the insanity (and complete blessing) of selling the house in 10 days. To a very crazy move in just three weeks during which I was both sick and working long hours. Then there was the mad dash to find a place to live, to miraculously finding a month-to-month rental in the form of a townhome in our city.  And then the thoroughly exhausting and overwhelming search for a home continued with us trying to decide between building and buying. And even when we settled on this dream home, realizing that there were some repairs and updates that needed to be made before we could fully move in. To date, we still have boxes and furniture in our storage unit. I do have my appliances back in my house, but half my kitchen is still boxed up. It's been a crazy, crazy time for us; and while I'm thoroughly grateful for all the blessings we're received I have also been very overwhelmed.

On the work side of things, there were lots of big changes as well. Two Peas closed their doors, a sad day for all of us Garden Girls. I stepped back from some of my other freelance work as I tried to make a temporary office work for me. I also learned that my book title had been pulled. And Echo Park and Carta Bella Paper's demands became greater as I worked to help with product development for the companies' new die and stamp lines. And in the middle of all that, I just could not find my creative groove. I think I lost it somewhere amongst the boxes waiting to be unpacked in my scrapbook room.

It's difficult to feel creative in the middle of chaos. And because I'm so affected by things like change and chaos, it was even more difficult than I imagined it to be.

We're getting there. Soon (or at least I hope soon) I will be able to put my scrapbook room back together. I can actually cook in my own home and do laundry, which are neither of my favorite chores but I'm ready for the return to a routine again.

What can you expect from me in the future? I'm still working behind the scenes to relaunch my 2Peas classes. I have a few extra and NEW items in the works that you will be able to download and access as well. I'm pretty excited about them. I'm also in negotiations with some great companies to provide you with some some exciting new things. Looking for a way to interact with me? Be sure to check out my True Scrap 6 class HERE, which I will be teaching in October.

As far as design work, my new office has enough room to set up a better filming studio. That makes me all kinds of excited. I thank each of you for subscribing to my Youtube channel. I am working to get more how-to videos and vlog entries up on my channel. In the meantime, check out the Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine channel HERE and the Echo Park Paper channel HERE as I film many of their videos as well.

I'm ready for my creative juices to begin flowing again so I'll be ready to tackle some new things. Stay tuned as I find my groove again.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Free Scrapbooking EBook from Popular True Scrap Instructors

Looking for inspiration from professional scrapbookers? Wondering what the "pros" do when they hit a creative block? Want to know more about some of your favorite designers? 

This volume has it all! With short, informational profiles from nine of your favorite scrapbooking instructors and designers, "Profiles in Scrapbooking" will give you ideas for busting through your own scrapper's block, for simplifying your creative process, and for falling in love with memory-keeping and scrapbooking all over again. Perfect for newer and more experienced scrapbookers, "Profiles in Scrapbooking" is a jolt of creative caffeine for crafty souls.

The True Scrap 6 Instructors serve as co-authors to this fabulous book which you can download from Amazon:

Download HERE.
(NOTE: You do NOT need a kindle reader to read this book. You can use your computer or E-Reader of choice.)

This book is FREE for a limited time ONLY. Get yours today!

Want to learn more from professional scrapbookers? Consider joining us for True Scrap 6, an online scrapbooking event. This event already has 200 registered and is growing every day. Be sure to sign up before the event is full! I'll be teaching a class on using moodboards as inspiration for your layouts. 

You can find more information HERE.

 Here's a little peek at my upcoming class:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Scrappin' Madge Birthday Blog Hop

Welcome to a very special blog hop for a very lovely girl. To celebrate "Scrappin' Madge's" birthday, a few bloggers are each sharing a fun birthday project. I'm sharing a birthday mini album I created with the Carta Bella Paper "It's a Celebration" collection. Here's a look at what it looks like:

Want a peek inside? Be sure to watch the video below or HERE on Youtube:

Want a chance to win some exciting prizes? Be sure to hop along on the blog for your chance to win (visit Madge's post first to see the prizes). Please leave a comment on every blog as part of your qualification to win!

Here's the blog hop in order:

Scrappin Madge:

Rhonda M. Bewley Ratliff:

Jessica Douglass Wilson:

Jennifer Gallacher:

An'Jenic Gibson:

Linsey Rickett:

Jenny Johnson:


Sarah Biswabic

Rhonda Helm:

Bev Code:

Dawn Marie:

Amy E.

Rhonda Emery:

Melissa Fromm:

Tammy Smith:

Jessica Kephart:

Be sure to visit each blog to see a fun birthday project. You won't want to miss out on the ideas these girls are sharing!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Want a Peek?

Want a peek at the flooring we've had installed? Here's a few before and after shots. A more thorough blog post is on its way, but hey I had to share:

BEFORE (previous owners' photos):



Despite a minor setback with the fridge leaking and warping the kitchen floor, we're getting there. After three weeks of having this in my garage, I'm VERY happy to be betting my house back:

Later today we're hoping eliminate this cobalt blue wall in our front room:

Stay tuned!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Make It Meaningful: Thanksgiving Placecards Tutorial

In today's tutorial I wanted to create some Thanksgiving place cards with the charming "A Perfect Autumn" collection from Carta Bella Paper. The paper in this collection is printed on heavy-weight, textured paper, making every project a bit more sophisticated.

Step 1: Cut each of the patterned papers you wish to use into 3 1/2" x 5" rectangles and then fold in half. Because the paper is double-sided, you can use which every you side you like or use both by creating two rectangles from the same paper.

Step 2: Using the "Designer Tag Set 1" Designer Die from Echo Park Paper and a manual die cutting machine, cut several tags from kraft cardstock.

Step 3: Rub the edges of each of the die cut tags with brown stamping ink.

Step 4: Type up each person's name that will set at your Thanksgiving table onto cream cardstock. I used a font called "Vintage Typewriter" at 14 pts and printed it out on my computer in brown ink. Use scissors to cut out each individual letter from each person's name.

Step 5: Rub the edges of each of the letters with the brown stamping ink pad. Then mount each person's name on one of the kraft die cut tags.

Step 6: Mount each of the brown name tags on the right side of each folded place card. (NOTE: longer names may require a smaller font to fit on the die cut tag shape.)

Step 7: Add one of the stickers from this paper collection to the place card, tucking it behind the die cut tag.

Step 8: Thread twine through a button and mount on the tag. To keep the twine from coming undone, add a tiny bit of clear glue to the knot of the bow. Once dry the bow will hold its shape.

Here's the completed place cards again. You can use any themed paper collection to create place cards for a special event or a party. Look for tools that will help the process go quickly such as premade stickers or designer papers. Manual and digital die cut shapes can also make quick work of any project like this.

Did you enjoy this project? While you can always use items you already have on hand, if you're looking for these products, consider shopping from the product list below. Purchases made from my links help subsidize the cost of sharing projects here on my blog.

Looking for additional "Make It Meaningful" projects? Simply search on my blog side bar to find additional paper crafting projects under this heading.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

When Did Your Hobby Become a Job?

This week I had the pleasure of serving on a panel for Paperclipping Roundtable again. This popular scrapbooking podcast addresses and discusses all kinds of memory keeping subjects. This week we discussed how working in the industry changes our hobby from a passion to a job.

Listen in HERE!

What a fantastic topic! I started working in the industry not long after I started scrapbooking so for me it always has been a job.

Here's a little peek into my job history:

* PaperKuts Magazine: Writer/Designer
* Li'l Davis Designs: Designer, Convention Worker
* Karen Foster Design: Designer
* C-Thru Ruler Company/Deja Views: Designer
* Little Yellow Bicycle: Designer, Catalog Photographer
* Making Memories: Designer
* Designer
* Savannah Scrapbooking: Teacher
* Roberts Crafts: Teacher
* Inque Boutique: Designer
* The Stamps of Life: Designer
* Nth Degree Co-host
* Northridge Publishing: Assistant Editor, Video Instructor
* Two Peas In a Bucket: Garden Girl (Designer)
* Echo Park/Carta Bella Paper: Marketing Coordinator
* Scrapbook and Cards Magazine: Video Instructor

After 17 years, my hobby has become a full-time job. I write, edit, photograph, design, and manage marketing for 8 hours a day. And then when my full day's work is done, then I do freelance jobs for myself and others.

I LOVE what I do. And while after eight hours, I'm mentally done for the day I can say that I spend the day in some way documenting my family's memories. What more could I possibly ask for? I'm one lucky girl.

What about you? Are you crafting or scrapbooking as a job or as a hobby? I'd love to hear.

If you'd like to listen into the podcast I recorded with Noell, Lain Ehmann, and Erin Bassett, be sure to check it out HERE.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

True Scrap 6 Class Reveal: An Online Scrapbooking Event

Today is the big reveal for all of the True Scrap 6 workshops. This fabulous online scrapbooking workshop event takes place on October 18th. Want to learn more about this event? Check it all out HERE! This online event is likely to sell out so grab your spot NOW!

I'm excited to be teaching a class that will help you increase your creativity when it comes to designing and creating layouts. Be sure to read through the description below.

Interested in learning more about this event?
Sign up for more information HERE.

Mood-Based Scrapbooking:

Lost your creative mojo? Not in the mood to document your favorite memories? You need new inspiration! How about using a mood board? In this course titled "Mood-Based Scrapbooking," designer Jen Gallacher will show you how to find inspirational boards you'll love, how to curate your own, and then how to shop your own stash to create dynamic layout designs. These incredible boards can inspire new ideas for sophisticated pattern combinations, beautiful color schemes, exciting textural elements, and perfect embellishment choices. Rediscover your creative spark in this course designed to set the mood for ongoing inspiration.

Save $20 off your registration with the coupon code "HERO".

Mark your calendar now for this exciting event. I'll be joining several other incredible instructors, including many industry favorites. Look for additional information coming soon.

Click HERE for all the details!