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):

Monday, April 14, 2014

Grief Creeps in Through the Back Door: In Memory

Happy Birthday, Joey! Today would have been your 20th birthday. 20 years old. That's such a grown-up number. We miss you terribly, but we know that you are resting with a loving Heavenly Father. We know that you are with Mark and all of our other loved ones who are now in heaven.

It's a difficult day for us. We're proud that you earned the right to return home early to Heavenly Father, but because families are meant to be together forever we will always feel a piece of us is missing on days like today. We cannot wait until we get to be with you again, son!

Here are 20 things I love about you:

1. Your kind disposition and your concern for others.
2. Your infectious laughter.
3. The way you treated your dad like your best friend.
4. Your ability to make me feel special when I would volunteer at your school.
5. The loyalty you had towards your friends.
6. Your beautiful thick hair, dark eyes and eye lashes, and soft skin.
7. Your love for Legos, Soldiers, Star Wars, and video games.
8. The way you made up fun games for Katelyn and James and tried to always include them.
9. Your gentle heart that always cared more about other people's feelings even over your own.
10. The courage with which you faced your cancer and all your ongoing illnesses.
11. Your faith and testimony in the gospel.
12. Your desire to always be good and your concern that you weren't good enough (which you were).
13. Your honesty.
14. Your dedication and hard work at school.
15. The respect you showed your teachers, leaders, and even your family.
16. Your gentleness with babies, animals, and people who needed you.
17. Your willingness to try new things and look for new adventures.
18. Your love of reading, well into the wee hours of the night.
19. The quiet way you said "I love you" just when we needed to hear it the most.
20. Your arm draping hugs that made me want to squeeze you and squeeze you and squeeze you.

I am sure you are with us today. I thank you for that. I thank you for gracing us with your presence for 13 whole years, for choosing our family, and for taking care of us even when we were trying to take care of you.

I love you, I love you, I love you, son!

Happy birthday!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Craft Room Tour Blog Hop with The Country Chic Cottage

Today I'm joining several other crafters, DIYers, and people who love making beautiful things to share our craft rooms. Follow the list below to jump from one craft room tour to the next. Be sure to pin and share your favorites!

Jen Gallacher Craft Room Tour:

I recently spent an entire weekend cleaning up and restaging my craft room for a magazine photo shoot. Many of you have seen my space before, but I'm sharing it again for today's tour. For the complete tour of my space, you can watch the video HERE on my Youtube channel or below:

My philosophy when setting up a craft space is to keep your most used items closest to your workspace. Here are some photos of my craft room:

(Use craft supplies to decorate your space.)

(Determine whether you'll organize by color or theme.)

(Keep plenty of your favorite adhesive on hand.)

(Keep your most used tools handy.)

(A drawer system near your desk can help hold additional tools.)

(Look for a storage system designed to hold specifically sized items like 12x12" paper.)

(Some supplies are decorative in nature. Create vignettes around your space with them.)

(Your space should reflect your personal style.)

As a professional crafter in the paper industry, I use this office over 60 hours a week. It's hard-working set-up helps me stay efficient AND creative. It took a few tries to get everything in a place that works for me, and it's evolving all the time dependent on changing trends and new products that require unique storage solutions.

Looking for some additional inspiration? Be sure to hop to each blog below for some additional ideas on how to set up your own craft space!

Craft Room Tour Blog Hop List:

The Country Cottage Chic (has all the blogs from this entire week's tour listed in one place)

Mrs Greene
Insitefull Living -- you are here!
In My Own Style
Lolly Jane
Today's Creative Blog
The Crafted Sparrow
Daisy Maebelle
Imparting Grace
Positively Splendid