Happy St Partick’s Day!

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Blog, layouts | 2 comments

Tommy arrived to breakfast wearing orange this morning. The horror! I had to explain that was not done on St Patrick’s day – it had to be green! Then I made the kids sit while I tried to take photo. It doesn’t get any easier the older they get – why is that? Or is it just my kids? Probably.

In any case – Happy St Patrick’s day!


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Inspiration Challenge #121

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Blog, Inspiration, layouts | 4 comments

Bet you were wondering what happened to me and my ad challenge. Well, I have to say, this winter has pretty much sapped my enthusiasm for many things, and scrapping suffered. Even Calvinball didn’t kick me back into gear. Today is a glorious day however, and I’ve gotten so much done that I think I might be back in the swing of things. I’ve got a new inspiration piece today:



And here’s my interpretation (pretty close to the original, although I was looking through my stash for a bow that I’m sure I had but I can’t find it):


I’ll be back later in the week with a few of my Calvinball layouts. I’ve made two new ones today. Not sure what my total is, there’s probably no point counting since I’m so far behind but I’m happy to be creating again.


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Happy non-mushy Valentine’s Day!

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Blog, cards, Jillibean Soup, Projects | 1 comment

Just a quick drive-by with some valentine’s projects the kids and I have been working on. I think this is probably the last year for class valentines for my two and we kept it simple. One big requirement for Valentines for these tweens is that they couldn’t be mushy or mention love.

Tommy was obsessed with Rainbow Loom for months so we have oodles of the bands around the house. I knew this would be a good opportunity to use some of them up. Tommy picked a loom-connected phrase to put on the Valentines and I printed them up using a fun font. We made 20 fishtail bracelets (I helped to speed up the process) to go with the cards so everyone in the class would get a bracelet.  We mounted the cards on some Jillibean Soup Soup Staples to give them some heft. I love the way they came out:


We adopted a similar approach to Molly’s cards. We found a bunch of glow-sticks tossed in the back of the closet – a hold over from a birthday party perhaps. After searching for an appropriate phrase to go along with them, Molly finally picked “You brighten my day”. Definitely not mushy :) We printed them out on cardstock and mounted them on 3×4 Jillibean Soup Soup Staples rectangles. After she wrote them we taped a glow-stick to each one with decorative tape.


Happy non-mushy Valentine’s day!

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Inspiration Challenge #120

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Blog, Designer Digitals, Inspiration, layouts | 1 comment

It’s Tuesday, time for the inspiration challenge and I’ll have to admit that I haven’t been feeling very inspired of late. Nothing popped out at me this week so I went back to an old standby to find something to work with this week – the Designer Digitals weekly challenge.  This was from a while back – November I think, but it spoke to me today so I went with it!


I must admit that I’m on a big of an Anthro kick lately so that might have helped. Here’s my take – I think it worked really well with my less-than-stellar photos (I took these from inside the house, too cold to go outside with those kids!):


I loved how the inspiration piece had those colorful photos but it works just as well with snow photos, right?

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Inspiration Challenge #119

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Blog, Inspiration, layouts | 1 comment

I perused Pinterest for my latest inspiration -it’s based on a web design and it’s prety clean and simple. I’m guessing it’s not that new though since the hexagon shape is a fad/trend that been around for a while but I decided to use it this week:


And here’s my take. Look, another white background! :o


Next time I’ll try to use a different color background…or will I?

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Inspiration Challenge #118

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in Blog, Inspiration, layouts | 0 comments

Greetings from a very rainy MA. It’s not snowing, so I’m not complaining. I spent the past week preparing for my daughter’s birthday party – no prizes for guessing the theme of this week’s layout! My inspiration came from a movie poster that I found on a new-to-me site: http://gathr.us/ – a site for previewing new films. Lots of interesting movies = lots of wonderful movie posters! Here’s one that caught my eye:


And my take:


Still stuck on white backgrounds. Wonder if that will change this year?  How ’bout you?

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