Monday, February 27, 2012

playing catch up

February Photo A Day


I’m so glad that I decided to participate in the February Photo A Day Challenge. Love the shots I’m getting. Above is February 19 – 24.

something you don’t like to do | your handwriting | favorite picture of you | where you work | shoes | bathroom cabinet

And yes, that is me in Underroos in 1978. And yes, that is my favorite photo (for real!).

True Scrap 3

Last week I threw myself into my class, finishing up all my projects. I can’t wait until March 1st when I’ll share some sneak peeks and registration opens for True Scrap 3. Did you get a chance to meet all the teachers? Check out the video below.

If you want to sign up for the True Scrap 3 emails and stay up to date with the latest info, please visit the True Scrap 3 page. :-)

This past Saturday

I went with Karen to an awesome store called Scrapp’n Savvy. Oh my goodness! We had way to much fun!!! Karen was demo’ing Sizzix products and doing a make-n-take her new Pop `n Cuts system and I was her helper.


I also got to meet the fabulous Nancy! Sadly, I didn’t think to get a photo with her. Next time! Check out Nancy’s blog and gorgeous work HERE.

The store is full of cool stuff! If you’re in the Houston area, I highly recommend checking it out.

Other Stuff

Friday night was movie night… we watched Jurassic Park. I may or may not napped through all of it. On Sunday I got inky working with the The Stamps of Life stamps (look for a new video on March 1st). This week I’ll be in full editing mode. I forgot how much I enjoyed teaching online. I finished my book on Sunday too, I was reading Burnt Offerings in the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton. 4 books so far this year, go me!

Alrighty! That’s it for now. Happy Monday!!!!

Monday, February 20, 2012

February Photo A Day: update


The month is flying by!!! The above is February 13 –18.

blue | heart | phone | something new | time | drink

I’m contemplating doing the March Photo A Day but I am undecided. I love the concept but some months are just busier than others so I just don’t know if I can swing it. What say you? Are you up for a photo a day in March?

And may I just say, FatMumSlim, you are awesome! I love the photo prompts and you have the best online handle name ever!!!

Happy Monday everyone!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

True Scrap 3 update (and a special shout out to alums!), photos, plus a card to share

True Scrap 3

TS3comingsoonalien-240First thing’s first – if you’re a True Scrap alum, be on the lookout for an email from Lain today (Feb. 15!) inviting you to re-enroll in True Scrap 3 at a very special price. Want a sneak peek on what you can expect? Visit the TRUE SCRAP 3 page here. Not an alum? Hang tight! General registration begins March 1. Get on the mailing list at the True Scrap 3 site to be kept up to date of the latest news AND to receive a special offer!

One more thing – class descriptions are now available! There are 15 instructors offering some pretty amazing classes. You can find a link to the class descriptions on the True Scrap 3 page.

The description for MY class Jumpstart Your Art: What to do when you’re just not feeling it -

Do you ever go into your creative space to make a layout and hear crickets in the background because you just don’t where to start? It feels like creative paralysis – the mojo has left the building. We’ve all been there! Gretchen’s got some fun projects, creative ideas, and tips to help get you back on track when you’re just not feeling it. There will be plenty of examples to help you jumpstart your creativity and get back into the scrapbooking groove in no time.

I’m having fun being creative and working on my class for True Scrap 3. I’m a girl that’s all about bang for your buck so I’m trying to pack it full of as much content as possible. :-)


Me and my sinuses, they aren’t friends. I was pretty much out of it all weekend and Monday too. So, the blog post I was going to do on Monday (which was going to be fabulous I tell ya, had it all planned in my head), didn’t happen.

So, the short version of Monday’s blog post:


I’m playing along with the February Photo A Day Challenge. These photos represent day 7 – 12.

A card

So Tuesday rolls around and I feel better. But Tuesday was yesterday… you know, Valentine’s Day. I preplanned things for the kids but not the man. So after lunch at Panera with my wonderful friend Karen (hey! a girls gotta eat), I made my husband a card.

So, the short version of Tuesday’s blog post:


Supplies: Pop `n Cuts XL Die Set #657802, Pop `n cuts Insert Phrase Die – Love #657800, Sizzlet Love Set #657789, Sizzlet Hello Set (the flourish) #657788, Movers & Shapers Heart & Wing Set #657793 (Karen Burniston, Sizzix).

Other: gray cardstock

What else?

On to today. It’s Wednesday. I’m officially back on track. Well, except for my wordless Wednesday, that’s probably not going to happen but one thing at a time.

So, here’s today’s blog post:

Hi! :-)

Short and sweet right?

Hope you’re having a great week! Back to work…

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

fun True Scrap opportunity and February Photo A Day

TS3comingsoonalienI just wanted to share a fun opportunity that is going on right now for True Scrap 3 that envolves True Scrap 1…

If you join the “Early Notification” email list, you’ll get a coupon code for 30% off of one class of your choice from True Scrap 1. If you’ve never taken a True Scrap class before and have always wanted to, this is a great way to try it out (at a discounted price!). Just click on the banner to sign up. :-)

February Photo A Day

I’m participating in a February Photo A Day Challenge. These challenges are so fun.feb2-final2feb1-6

I had to take some liberties with day 4. I didn’t leave the house that day so instead of taking a photo of a stranger, I picked something strange. That weird cartoon that my youngest likes seems to fit the bill!

It’s not to late to jump in if you want to play along. :-)

Just wanted to share!

Saturday, February 04, 2012

December Daily 2011 | Cover, Title, and Final Page

Time to wrap it up. My December Daily 2011 album is complete. I’m relieved (and pretty darn proud of myself too!).

Cover Page


Title Page


Final Page


Side View


This album turned out a heck of a lot thicker than last years. I didn’t expect that. I’m going to have to find some bigger rings!

For a complete supply list of what I used for my December Daily 2011 album, please check out my Foundation Pages… all the links are there.

Additional supplies for Cover, Title, and Final Pages:
Other: Pearl Jewels (Stampin’ Up).
If you’d like to see the entire album, please head on over to Flickr and check it out: December Daily 2011 album on Flickr.
Doing a happy dance!!!

Friday, February 03, 2012

December Daily 2011 | Day 25


I am d.o.n.e. DONE!

Everything for my December Daily album has been on my desk waiting for me. Todays goal was to finish. It happened.

Huge sense of relief! I did the cover, title page, and final page too. I’ll share those tomorrow.

If you missed my foundation pages, you can check that post out here: December Daily 2011 | Foundation Pages (there’s also a complete supply list).

Additional supplies:
Doing a happy dance!

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

excited to share: I’m teaching for True Scrap 3


True Scrap 3 | April 20 – 21

Super excited! I cannot wait! Want to know who else is teaching? Check it out here! You can also join the email list for special offers and discounts. Enrollment starts on March 1st. Stay tuned for more info on sign ups!

Jumpstart Your Art: What to do when you’re just not feeling it

To stay up to date for the latest details you can:

I know I need a new adjective but I really am excited! It’s going to be awesome!

Can’t wait to share more!!!

Create Scrapbooks: The Stamps of Life February 2012 release: umbrella4you

It’s the 1st of the month! woo! I’ve got newest release from The Stamps of Life to share with you. This stamp set is called umbrella4you and it’s the February club release.

You can find the official blog post at Create Scrapbooks. :)

Card showcased in the video:


Supplies: umbrella4you (The Stamps of Life), Licorice, Bubblegum, and Banana Premium Dye Ink (Colorbox), Pop `n Cuts XL Die Set and Label Insert (Karen Burniston, Sizzix), Movers & Shapers Label and Ribbon Set (Karen Burniston, Sizzix), Open Scallop Border Punch (EK Success), Fly a Kite “Genuine” Sky Paper (Lime Twist, My Mind’s Eye), white cardstock (Bazzill).

Stay tuned! I’ve got a second blog post coming!!! ;-)