Saturday, January 31, 2009

I made the Serendipity Scrapbooks Design Team!

Whoo-hoo! I just found out today that I made the Serendipity Scrapbooks Design Team. I screamed so loud today when I found out, my coworker jumped out of her skin! From March - August 2009, I will be a design team member for this awesome site. Serendipity Scrapbooks is a great scrappy site - they have hoppin' message board full of some fantastic scrappers, a great store with lots of selection and amazing monthly kits, an inspirational gallery and some really cool challenges! I am thrilled to be a part of the Review Team for this site - trying out the latest and greatest products found in the Serendipity Scrapbooks store. You gotta check out this site if you haven't already. You'll find me there under my standard alias Daisymeh. 

The Crop Addict February Kit is Gorgeous!

I just finished up my layouts using the Crop Addict February Kit and I gotta say this kit is amazing. I am not a huge Valentine's Day fan which is pretty evident in the fact that none of my layouts below feature my husband Andrew and myself. But, this just goes to show how versatile these pretty papers and embellishments are! I really love the kit option for this month with all it's extra embellishments but especially for the awesome flocking kit. If you don't have enough money in the piggy bank for the full kit, Crop Addict now offers half kit options as well.

Monday, January 26, 2009

So long friend.

I didn't get the news that Janice had passed away until Saturday. I hadn't been on the board much the few days before and didn't see all the postings about her sudden and tragic death. When I read the news Saturday morning, I just stared at the computer screen in disbelief and started to cry. Janice was a truly amazing woman who always had something nice to say about everyone. She was everyone's friend and we could all turn to her for words of encouragement. We all got to know the family she loved through her beautiful layouts. Even though I never met Janice in person, I counted her among my friends. The scrapbooking world lost a gem with Janice and heaven is lucky to have her. I'll miss you Janice.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

A Becky Fleck Exclusive!

I am so excited! We are having an awesome Cyber Crop at Crop Addict February 27th through March 1st and as a member of the design team, I am responsible for hosting two challenges over the weekend. Well, I am hosting a sketch challenge and Becky Fleck of Page Maps is going to design an exclusive sketch for our challenge. I am such a big fan of hers and am just bursting with joy about this! So, be such to check out the crop for a Becky Fleck exclusive!

Crop AddictPage Maps

Monday, January 19, 2009

Tis the season to reorganize.

So I decided to reorganize my scraproom! This reorganization was spurred by the purchase of a second Closetmaid Cubicals unit and an utter dislike of the plastic drawers that used to sit in it's place. I also purchased some wood containers that originally were intended for kitchen utensil storage and found they work well as embellishment storage. I love my room now - even more than before. It looks so much more put together!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Winter Sketchfest!

So I just discovered this awesome site, Serendipity Scrapbooks, and it looks like I came at the right time. They are having a sketchfest! So if you are a sketch fan be sure to check it out!

Serendipity Scrapbooks

Sunday, January 4, 2009

I received the Kreativ Blogger Award!

I am honored to have received the Kreative Blogger Award from two scrappy friends...Lisa (Just Lisa) and Aimee (Every Meaning In My Life)! Both are scrappy friends from Treasured Scrapbooking and do some awesome work. Be sure to check out their blogs!

Here are the rules (aka "Pay It Forward"):
1. The winners may put the logo on their blog.
2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Provide links to their blogs.
5. Leave a message for your nominees.

I am passing this award on to these FABULOUS Blogs:

Congrats are in order!

Thank you all for visiting my blog the past few days and leaving me such nice comments about my Top 8 of 2008 and my new position on the Crop Addict Design Team. Also, I had great response to my RAK for the Glue Glider Pro. I used (see the image below) to select a winner and it chose 2 so the RAK goes to.....
Kayla (aka MustangKayla)!

Congrats and I will get your new Glue Glider Pro out this week. Thanks again everyone for participating. I hope to see you all here again soon. Also, be sure to check out my friend Amy's blog because she now has an AWESOME RAK up for grabs there!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Top 8 of 2008

2008 was a fabulous scrappy year for me. I got 2 layouts and 1 mini-album published, was fortunate to serve as a Designer for a few of my favorite scrappy sites and developed as a scrapper. To celebrate my year of scrapping, I chose my favorite 8 layouts I created in 2008 to showcase here and explain why they are favorites.

"Unique" is a favorite because it showcases my all-time favorite photo of my childhood friend, Laurel. This was also the first layout I created using Glitz Design products, which has now become a favorite manufacturer of mine. This layout also won second place in the Glitz Designs contest at Scrap 4 Life!

"PDX BFFS" highlights our newfound friendship with Ashley & Justin. The photos are real photo booth shots we took one random night out in downtown Portland. I created this layout using the first sketch featured during Feeling Scrappy's Sketchapalooza 2. It also features KI Memories Pop Culture paper (one of my favorite lines from this year), one of my new favorite techniques-stitching and trim that came from the Treasured Scrapbooking trim swap!

"Me from A2Z" was this year's birthday layout. Each September I create a new BOM layout about my favorites at that moment in time. I used the letters of the alphabet as prompts and stuck to a very simple, graphic design to keep the focus on the photo and journaling. I also let the gorgeous paper from the Basic Grey Perhaps line be the star embellishment. I created this layout using the Crop Addict September kit while I was a Guest Designer.

"I am a Canon kind of gal" is a layout I have been wanting to do for my BOM for awhile. Sketchabilities was a new sketch site developed this year (which unfortunately has gone by the wayside due to the creator's hectic life changes) and I created this layout as my submission for their design team. And I got the position which thrilled me, even though it only lasted a couple months. I absolutely love the Fancy Pants transparency on this layout - it worked perfectly!

"Happy Jack" got me far this year. It was a submission for several design team applications but was originally created for the Design Team call at Sketch This! Part of the charm of this layout is definitely the adorable photo which I can take zero credit for - the baby is Andrew's cousin's baby and he took the photo. But I do love how the layout turned out. I took the Sketch This! sketch and angled it adding an interesting perspective. I also really like how the Love Elsie Riley line added to the playfulness of the layout.

"Forever In My Heart" is the first heritage layout I created for the heritage album I am working on for my father's side of the family. This is a tribute layout to my grandmother whom passed away in 2002. It shows my favorite photo of her which was taken the night of her wedding as her and my grandfather drove off from the reception. The Basic Grey Scarlet's Letter line was perfect for this layout. I originally created this layout for the Scrap 4 Life design team call and our challenge was to feature transparent items - so I used a Heidi Swapp ghost heart, a Hambly overlay and created my own flower embellishment using an office transparency, alcohol inks and my heat gun.

"Be the best" is a layout I created for my personal album. It features my favorite senior photo of my baby brother, Kevin. This photo is fantastic and the black and white lent itself perfectly to a monochromatic layout! Most of the products are Die Cuts With A View and Creative Imaginations - all which have a very masculine feel. I created this layout to serve double duty - it was to complete the Word Challenge at Feeling Scrappy (you had to use the word "Best" in the title) and as an entry in the Sports page contest.

As a first birthday gift to my baby cousin Cece, I am creating a scrapbook documenting the first year of her life. This is my favorite layout to date for her album. It features adorable photos from her 3-month portrait session. I also love that I got out a very old EK Success heart punch and used it and some pop dots and ink to create the heart border. I also created this layout using the Crop Addict September kit while I was a Guest Designer.

There's still time to sign up!

You don't want to miss out on two fabulous classes at Feeling Scrappy! One is called from "Mess to Success" and the other is "A Year Of Cheer!" In the first class, we will be creating an organizer that will become your vital sidekick in the new year. In the second class, we will be creating a year's worth of greeting cards and a storage box for them, that way you will always have the perfect card on hand for every occasion. Each class is only $10 or you can sign up for both for only $18. So sign up soon because Mess to Success begins January 15th!

A little RAK for you!

Happy New Year everyone! To ring in the new year, I decided to give away a little something. How does a Glue Glider Pro sound? All you have to do is comment here on a scrappy resolution you have made for 2009. That's it! I'll keep this open until midnight PST on Saturday, January 3rd. Then I'll choose one lucky winner. So let's hear those resolutions! I'll start by saying I'd like to scrap a layout a day in 2009 (or 365 total by year-end!)