Thursday, July 30, 2009

Jotter's a Plenty

Jamie are you doing this fine summers day? Hope you are having a great summer and enjoying lazy days with family and friends.
Along with all things fun and summery, I have been having a time of making jotters. Easy, peasy jotters that are so very simple to put together, yet so very useful when they are done. Since I am one to always be making lists, I am now making just about as many jotters as I am lists. Book lists, sketches, future trips I dream about, movies and books I want to see and read. See all the excuses, I mean reasons you have to make a jotter?

So here's what you'll need:

chipboard trimmed to 3x5
patterned paper to cover inside and outside of covers
book rings
filler paper trimmed to 3x5
corner rounder
crop a dile
adhesive of choice
sanding block

Cover inside and outside of chipboard covers with patterned paper. Round corners. (I just bought the We R Memory Makers corner chomper...I LOVE IT!!!!). Sand edges as needed.

Now, as far as filler paper goes, the sky is the limit as to what you can use. Trim up scrap papers, or recycled paper. I like to purchase old grid pads of paper at thrift stores for super inexpensive. And these grid sheets are excellent for sketch work. If you rounded the corners to your covers, round these too. And I gotta tell ya, that corner chomper is great to round lots of paper at one time. (Another shameless plug.)

Using your crop a dile punch two holes at the top of the chipboard covers. Use those holes as a guide to make the holes in the filler paper.

Add book rings. The rings used for this book are 3/4 inch. These were found on etsy. Then, embellish at will. Or not at's up to you.
For this particular book all paper and embellies are from the August WIP kit...a most excellent kit I might add.
These are just great jotters to have all around the house, in your bag, in the car. A great way to utilize your scraps too. And as a bonus, I love to have my fav papers on the covers so I can look at them all the time.
And for your viewing pleasure, here are a few I found at etsy...
this one is sweet
something circular perhaps
ah! these are fun
i like this one too.
have a fabulous day!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Celebrating 25 years together

This past weekend my husband and I were surprised with a 25th anniversary party given by our family and friends. We did not suspect anything, especially since it was during a camping weekend we had planned since back in February.

There were so many cute ideas, I thought I would share them here.
  • Adorning all the tables were these votive holders

After being married 25 years they did a raffle, for everyone that brought a towel to benefit our bathrooms, they got a raffle ticket to win one of several prizes.

I don’t think I will hear that we need towels for a long time in this house!

  • A raffle for everyone that brought a towel
  • gifts wrapped in towels
  • Words of wisdom cards filled out by everyone
  • A laminated picture signed by guests (made at Staples)
  • Smore's favors

It was a fun weekend we got to share with wonderful family and friends!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Everyone seems to be cutting back these days. I decided to challenge myself and see how much I could make with a limited amount of supplies.
I purchased:
4 sheets of Making Memories Giggle Kids double sided paper = $3.96
1 pack Making Memories
Giggle Kids embellishments = $2.98 (used a coupon)
Total out of pocket cost = $6.94
I supplemented the rest from my stash. (cardstock, letters, ink, adhseive and stamps). From this I was able to create 4 layouts. After I finished the pages, I used my scraps to create 15 quick cards. That's pretty economical and now I have tons of cards for all the birthday parties my boys get invited to. Challenge yourself this month to try this with your WIP Kit. how many pages can you make? How many cards can you whip out with the scraps? With all the money that you save in greeting card purchases, you'll be able to buy some new CHA goodies when they come out!

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Bottomless Mini Album

Hi Everyone! I have to tell you that I am in love with the WIP August kit. My husband and I travel a lot, and we love visiting new places and revisiting old places, so this kit is perfect for us.

One of the things that I've done with this kit is to create a mini album to showcase all of the places that we've visited, and will visit in the future. The neat thing about this kind of album is that you can keep adding to it, and these papers are so versatile, you easily add new ones from past WIP kits or future WIP kits to the album when your August kit runs out.

Here's what I did...
First I cut my papers to 4x6, mostly because that's the size that I print all of my photos. I'm not too worried about landscape or vertical photos, because that is just too much to worry about right now. The point is to showcase the photos and the memories.

Then, you want to decorate your cover. I just did something simple. Again, focus on those memories, the cover is just that...a cover.
snapshots mini
Punch holes through your papers with your crop-a-dile or a hole punch and get yourself a jump ring, or some chain, or a piece of ribbon to hold the album together. Now you are ready for photos!

I decided to focus on a favorite photo from each trip. Some of them are a fave of the trip, and some of them are just duplicates that I somehow printed twice. I tend to do that a lot, and this is a nice place to put those extra photos. A few things you can do with your photos are adhere them directly to the paper with a journaling card or simple label of place and time of visit.
snapshots mini
Or, you can do another little trick I learned. Adhere your photos together. I do this a lot, and it is a great way to add space to your minis. So, one page is just two photos, back to back, and then you have room to add a journaling card or whatever to the corresponding page.

So there ya go!
A fast and easy mini album that you can add to whenever you feel like it.


Friday, July 24, 2009

Decorative Masking Tape

I had a couple of questions on the masking tape found in the July Add-On kit, so I wanted to post a layout and give a bit of insight on it...
I don't really measure it out, I just rip a piece off and go with the flow. When doing a grid type of formation like this one, I just play until I get it right. The bond on the tape is a bit forgiving, so if you need to pull it up and readjust, it compensates. I used 3 different types of the same colored tape in this one.
I simply chose a photo and embellishments, and put them on top of the design. If you wanted to use them as journaling strips, be sure to use a slick writer of some sort, as the coating on the tape won't absorb the ink otherwise. Nothing to it!
The same thing could easily be accomplished with strips of patterned paper, too. Kind of fun!!
(Journaling reads: "I hope you always stay close.")

Hope you all enjoy a wonderful weekend!!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Recycling old tees...

Talkinsquid has these beautiful pillows and rugs over on her etsy site. Love the colors!

Did you know you could crochet with it? Sure can!
I love how blockbyblock took her old tees and turned them into a quilt!! Too cute...
These adorable dresses are actually repurposed old t-shirts by Prairiemama. She also has adorable sundresses made from pillowcases over at her etsy site. Thought the idea was amazing!

T-shirts. Who knew??

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A few more nuggets...

...This one is from the August WIP kits...This photo of my niece was printed at It appears they're having one heck of a sale, so be sure to check them out! The candy box project was posted last year and can be found here.
This layout of my daughter uses the printed masking tape found in the July add-on, for those of you who are still working on those. I can't get enough of that tape!! I will probably use them again in a future kit of some sort. The rest of the elements on the page are from the August add-on kit...

Several local gals who frequent our home have seen this in person. Hard to get a scope of the size, but this is a canvas photo of our kids on the landing. It is big--20x30 is the size of the canvas. I got it at, and I can't sing their praises enough. From now until August 31, they're running a special on these huge canvas'...TWO 20x30 canvas photos for $24.99...with FREE SHIPPING. (coupon code 2030CANVAS).
Now, when I ordered this baby, I was tickled because I got ONE at that price. Couple of things...the canvas ships rolled up. I was hoping for the stretch canvas--this is not the same thing. I went and got the frame at Michael's and used a coupon, so it is under glass. I didn't purchase a mat for it, I simply kept the packaging label inside the frame, turned it over and mounted the canvas on top of it. I love it--and when I get sick of it, I won't think twice about changing it up. The entire project cost me less than $50.

So you gals who are still dreaming of this (like me) can also get on it...

Order away, people...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I've been playing...

...with the August WIP kits, and it feels good to finish a few up. I thought I'd share. The first one is a layout about our nephew, Matthew. Such a cutie patootie...
And this one is of our youngest little stinker. The pictures were taken by his older brother, and I'm happy with how they turned out!

Lots more to come...

Enjoy your day!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Life's travels...

Tina here with thoughts on the August kit...

When I first saw this month’s kit I was giddy with excitement with layout and mini book ideas for all the recent vacation pictures I have taken.

But then I thought about life in general and all the detours that my family and I have been through, the travels through life itself that take us in different directions.

Like that job change that you didn’t plan on, or how a relationship grows and changes throughout your life. So many directions and quotes that have to do with life in general, I found new directions no pun intended to go with the kit.

Here's a layout I did for my teenage son whose coming into those years of his life where there are many changes, many detours.

Here are a couple other sayings I thought would be good for those travel through life photos...

Take the high road

Appreciate the detours

Make a u turn when needed

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing - Helen Keller

Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey

Friday, July 17, 2009

Another Round...

You thought this was going to be a post about beer, huh? While I do enjoy one on occasion (and this one in particular on a hot, sunny day recently...) this post is about something entirely different...

I'm tickled to announce that Work in Progress Kits is doing another Design Team Call!!

Work in Progress Design Team Call!!

Work in Progress Kits is a monthly scrapbooking kit club and we are looking for at least 2 new designers for our team. We are looking for designers that can create pages using not only traditionally not-matching kits, but also projects and altered items as well. Are you that person who can think outside the box? We will be taking submissions from now until Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 with the winners to be announced Monday, August 3rd, 2009.

As our designer, you will be asked to:

  1. Provide quality scans/photographs of 4-5 projects a month using (but not limited to) our kit. The work has to include a title, journaling, and not just single photo layouts—I’m looking for a variety of work that showcases your style.
  2. Provide tips along with detail shots of projects for our website & blog.
  3. I feel strongly that the WIP blog represents not only the kits, but me personally. That being said, I expect the design team member to post twice monthly on scrapbooking techniques, projects or layouts (in addition to the ones they submit monthly).
  4. Help promote Work in Progress Kits on other message boards and facebook.
  5. Design for Work in Progress on a 6-month term, beginning on August 3, 2009 (with the September kit) and ending with the February, 2010 kit.)
  6. Provide a link to WIP kits and the WIP blog on your blog and/or facebook account.

All projects made with the DT kit are yours to keep, and when used in the newsletter or on the website, you will be given full credit. As our designer, you can also submit your own work for publication after 1 month of debut of the kit, as long as you give Work in Progress Kits proper credit. Your compensation will be a free monthly kit along with no shipping charge!

To apply, please email Trish at the following::

  1. 3 recent layouts (12 x 12, 8 1/2 x 11, doesn’t matter). I have to be really honest here—I am looking for not only detailed work, but work that is also heartfelt. Titles and journaling should exist. Really tell me who you are through your work. Please submit pages that don’t all contain one photograph—I’d like to see a variety in your presentation. Please only submit your original work!
  2. An altered item you created & designed
  3. A card you created & designed
  4. A mini book you created & designed
  5. Link to your online gallery, blog (a blog is a requirement to be on our team) and scrapbook resume. Please also list what current design teams you are on, along with any other commitments you may have.
  6. Your full contact information: name, address, phone number, email address.
  7. A short paragraph or two of why you want to be one of our designers. Describe your style, who and what inspires you, and your passions outside of your family and this hobby.
  8. Being a current customer is always a bonus, but not a requirement to apply.
  9. If there are any other reasons I should consider you as a DT member, please list them! If you do sketches, have a certain talent for cards, belong to 12 message boards, design original stamps, sing your own praises!! I won’t know unless you tell me, so stick your neck out and brag about your strengths and hidden talents.
  10. Being published doesn’t really hold any weight with my decision. This isn’t to offend anyone who has been or will be pubbed—it is simply to encourage those of you out there who think they’re not good enough to indeed apply. I go with my gut, and I know what I’m looking for, so don’t be discouraged.

** When sending us your projects, please send us your best work. This can be posted online; we just want to see your best stuff! (File size not exceeding more than 200kb, please!)

I will be looking for at least 2 designers, possibly more at this time, for a 6 month term. I am also looking for monthly guest designers to line up for the coming year. I really look forward to seeing what you guys come up with!! It is an exciting time...

Let the submissions begin!! Good luck to you all!!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Summer Reading

I saw this over at 2Peas in the Designing Garden as part of the Make Mine Mini series, and I LOVE the concept. This particular one is done by the amazingly talented Shimelle Laine, and the directions and pdf for creating your own summer reading log can be found here. Looks like my Friday evening crop time project, don't you think? She had me at, "Free Library Card Printable." I'm a sucker for those!

I'd also like to direct your attention to my dear friend, Jen Forbus' book blog. She is a local gal that I've known forever, and she started her book blog over a year ago. She has traveled all over and interviewed a lot of authors, so be sure to check out her blog and say hello.

What are you reading this summer? My nose is finally in The Time Traveler's Wife (thank you Colleen and Jen). I've had the book forever, and since it came so highly recommended by two friends who are total saps, I knew it would be one I'd savor...and I am. Can't wait to see the movie now (but my mental version is so good, I don't want that tainted, ya know?)

Have a great Thursday, all!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Join us.

I just wanted another excuse to give another August WIP kit away. :) Join us, and I'll do a random drawing from the group of WIP Facebook Fans on Thursday, and you could be the lucky winner!! Check it all out here.

Have a wonderful day!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Ahhh. August WIP...

Maybe one of my most favorite kits ever. Two alphas. Loads of embellies. See those Wild Cards in the top right corner of the picture? To Die For. October Afternoon, Scenic Route and Making Memories--what more could a girl ask for?

More soon...

Monday, July 13, 2009

Winner, winner...chicken dinner!!

And the winners are...

The winner of a JULY WIP kit--Charla Lang and Emily P. and Julie K. in Ohio!!!

The winner of the NEW AUGUST Main kit--Amanda Engweiler!!!

Congrats, Ladies!! Please email me at and I'll mail your kits out to you ASAP. Special thanks for all the kind birthday wishes, too!! :)

I'm sending out email notifications for the August WIP kits today, so be sure to check your inbox. They will go on sale to the public on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at noon EST. I'm over the moon about the kit this month--October Afternoon has the most amazing product!!

As for details about Paula's restaurant, here's the scoop...

Getting in to eat there is no easy task. Good thing I have a cute hubs (long story--but the hostess thought he was sweet and took pity on the man, and we got in!!) Chris and I had the Southern Buffet--complete with fried chicken and fried catfish, the best mac and cheese on earth, sweet potatoes that melted in your mouth and salad. Get a load of that sweet tea, complete with a sprig of mint. Ahhh... He picked peach cobbler for dessert, and my daughter and I elected to go with the gooey butter cake.

Now, I had no idea what was in it when I made my selection, but I know that anything with that title had to be good.

It was the best dessert I've ever tasted. I mean it.

Thank goodness her website is equipped with all the yummy recipes. I've been trying to re-create them for a week now, with only moderate success. The gals who scrapped here on Friday night enjoyed the gooey butter cake as much as me! Completely sinful, that stuff. But anything that packs two sticks of butter along with cream cheese has to be good, no??

Enjoy your afternoon...

Friday, July 10, 2009

Whoopie!! A Give Away!!

A week ago today, I celebrated my 42nd birthday at Paula Deen's restaurant, The Lady and Sons in Savannah, Georgia. This is the photo of my son, serving me the most wonderful "hoecakes" (cornbread) ever (seriously--the most incredibly delicious food). Had a wonderful vacation, and I feel like celebrating a bit more...

So I'm going to draw a couple random names on Sunday for WIP kits. Be sure to leave a comment, and have an awesome weekend, ya'll!! (said in my best Paula impersonation...)

Thursday, July 9, 2009

july kit share....

hi to all our friends out there!
just wanted to share what i did with the july kit.
my layouts never made it onto
the site--- so i wanted to share
them with you here:

thanks for taking a little peek....
show us what you have done with the kit! :)
happy scrappin! ♥