Monday, August 27, 2012

echo park blog hop - the winner is…

Thank you so much to everyone who took a moment to leave a comment on my Echo Park blog hop post last week.  It was fun to read your comments about heading back to school.

My four kiddos are all settled in to their new classes and new routines.  I, however, seem to be feeling a little bit lost – it’s strange having the house completely to myself for such a huge chunk of time every day.  I’m sure I’ll get used to it though – and I’m planning on making those hours super productive every day…wish me luck!

And speaking of luck – the lucky winner of any current Echo Park collection of her choice is:

Jamie  Tuesday, August 21, 2012 2:08:00 PM

love your layout I'm not looking forward to school starting mainly because it means the summer is over already and that just means I'm one school year closer to having my babies go to school lol :(

Congrats, Jamie! Please e-mail me with your mailing address and the collection you would like to receive! I’ll pass your info. along to the nice folks at Echo Park who make these great giveaways possible!

Here’s to a wonderful week for all of us!! :)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

august gardeners’ digest {two peas blog hop}…


Good morning! Welcome to August’s edition of the Gardner’s Digest, a monthly update from the Garden Girls, the design team at Two Peas in a Bucket.

If you’re following along from the beginning, you should have just arrived from Becky’s blog …if you’re just joining us, welcome – either way – enjoy the hop!!


Here’s a look at one of my layouts that went up in the garden recently.  One of our garden themes this month was “school.”  Instead of creating a “back-to-school” layout (which was my first inclination), I decided to create a layout with the photos Brad took at my high school reunion last summer.


You can see more details, including links to the products I used by clicking HERE!




Ever since the day I first saw one of Jana Eubank’s layouts, I was smitten. 

Then I saw her amazing creative space and I was jealous.

Then I decided to just be happy for her instead of jealous…and I went right back to being smitten!

Here’s a teensy sampling of her amazing work:

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Jana has such a cute, clean style and super cute handwriting.  She is a pro at mixing patterned papers perfectly.  If you aren’t familiar with Jana’s work, check out her Two Peas gallery HERE.  And if you ARE familiar with Jana’s work, you know you want to see everything again – so check out her gallery HERE! ;)

Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us, Jana! :)


Look what’s back in stock again!  I love these wood veneer people!

Take Note People Wood Veneer Shapes
By Studio Calico



I am loving the new Handmade Holiday collection

by Simple Stories

especially these memo pockets:



The Sweet Life True Happiness Stamp

By Elle's Studio


I’ve purchased almost every piece of the Cakewalk Collection

By October Afternoon…just love it! 

Isn’t the elephant on this Chip N Stick sheet the cutest?



And finally, I am loving these digital journaling cards

By Baers Garten Designs “Happy Memories.”



This is always the favorite part of our monthly blog hops – the giveaway!  This month I am thrilled to be able to give away a spot in a brand new workshop created by a very talented gal, Jen Gallacher. 


Jen is an amazing scrapbooker, but an even more amazing story teller/journal writer.  I always love reading the journaling on her pages and love to learn from her.  Here’s the official description of her class:

Memories fade quickly and making sure we include all our stories within our scrapbooks can seem daunting. In this Mini Workshop, Garden Girl Jen Gallacher shares her approach for meaningful journaling. Jen is a dedicated journal keeper and has kept personal journals for over 30 years (ever since she was old enough to write). Now she combines her love of record keeping with scrapbooking! This journaling-centered class covers topics from holidays, to day-to-day events, to family moments, and several often forgotten subjects.
Lessons include:
Chapter 1: Special Events
Chapter 2: Day-to-Day Living
Chapter 3: Stories to Remember
Each chapter includes 10 BRAND NEW layouts for a total of 30 layouts. An instructional video is provided for each chapter in which Jen discusses her philosophy on journaling each memory, as well as, her creative approach to journaling design. Each chapter video highlights the start-to-finish process of one of the chapter layouts. Watch Jen select the photos, journal her story, and complete a layout all under 30 minutes!
Beyond mere journaling, Jen discusses challenges to telling the story, creative methods for incorporating journaling on the page, and product suggestions for a fresh approach to journaling design. A helpful PDF is provided for each chapter and combines into a complete, comprehensive guide to meaningful journaling. Each layout is highlighted on its own page and includes the complete supply list, a close-up photo, and the approach to both documenting the story and the design of the journaling. Additional materials found within the PDF include topic ideas, journaling product ideas, and tips and tricks for journaling.
Whether you're an experienced writer looking to incorporate journaling into your scrapbooks, or you struggle with knowing what to say on your pages, this workshop's for you! Never leave "words unsaid" again!
The content of this workshop will be available immediately upon purchase. The lessons are available for you to work at your own pace and upon purchase can be accessed in the "Workshops" section under "Classes & Events." A private message board forum is also available to ask questions of both Jen and to connect with other participants. Enjoy!

And here’s a peek at the layouts she’ll be sharing in her workshop:Words-Unsaid-Preview-Box-Marketing-Piece

I know you want to win a spot in this awesome workshop!  All you need to do is leave me a comment on this post telling me what you’re making for dinner tonight (because I always need ideas).  Please be sure to include your Two Peas username as well.   I’ll announce a random winner on Wednesday, August 29th.

Of course, if you don’t want to wait (and I wouldn’t blame you at all), go ahead and purchase the class HERE and if you are the lucky winner, Two Peas will either refund your money OR you can pass the class along to a friend!

After you leave your comment for a chance to win, hop on over and see what Shimelle has to share with you!!

Monday, August 20, 2012

echo park design team: august blog hop…


Welcome to the Echo Park Paper Design Team Blog Hop! Today the Echo Park Paper Design Team is showcasing projects from our latest collections. 

SW2005_Enjoy_The_Right_Kit_FSince we’ll be heading back to school later this week, I wanted to share a layout I created using the School Days Mini Kit.


I snapped a couple of quick pictures of Josh one day before he took his state report and display board to school.  I thought this collection was perfect to showcase those photos. :)


(Isn’t it crazy to look at a photo of your kids that seems like you JUST snapped, and you see how much they have changed in just over a year?  That was my first thought when I looked at this picture of my cute guy!)


There’s a free project PDF featuring this layout on the Echo Park Website.  You can download HERE if you’re interested too!

Be sure to follow the blog hop list below as you hop from one blog to the next. Return to the Echo Park Paper blog at any time for the next blogger on the list in case you get lost or confused! ONE winner will be selected from each blog to receive an Echo Park Paper collection kit of their choosing.

To be entered in my drawing, just leave a comment telling me one reason you’re looking forward (or not looking forward) to school starting again.  Leave your comment by midnight EST, Sunday, August 26th to qualify for the drawing. The winner will be announced Monday, August 27th so be sure to check back to see if you've won.

Blog hop list:

Echo Park Paper

Wendy Sue Anderson {you are here now!}

Susan Stringfellow

Lowri McNabb

Davinie Fiero

Linda Auclair

Tamara Tripodi

Have fun hopping – and good luck!! :)


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

a peaceful place…

Do you remember last month when I blogged about a book I enjoyed while I was on vacation?  It was this book:


I read it while we were on a relaxing little weekend getaway and I loved it.  loved it.  loved it.

Well, just last week the sequel to it was released! 


I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but it’s somewhere enroute between an amazon warehouse and my front porch right this moment, so I’ll be reading it soon – I can’t wait!

I mentioned before that the author of this series is Courtney Walsh, who, in addition to being an incredible writer, is also an amazing scrapbooker.  I was so thrilled when Courtney invited me to join her, and a handful of her friends, for this:


Courtney wanted to show some Sweethaven-inspired layouts...and then give you a chance to show off your talents by creating your own Sweethaven inspired layout.  She has put together some great prizes too!

She sent us a list of topics to choose from – all topics that are addressed in her book - here’s the list:

  • reconciled friendships
  • motherhood
  • weight loss
  • being transparent
  • distractions
  • forgiveness
  • old friends
  • best friends
  • getting away
  • the place where you can most be yourself
  • the place where the peace is
  • the cover of the book
  • a verse or quote that really means something to you
  • second chances

I chose “the place where the peace is” and created this layout:


This was actually the second version of this layout.  The first one was okay, but it had a lot more “stuff” on it, and just didn’t feel “peaceful” enough, so this one is much more simple…but much more peaceful as well. :)


I’ve shared photos, and my feelings about this location before…but I haven’t scrapbooked about how peaceful it is.  So my layout is all about this peaceful little place where I love to go. My parents bought property in the mountains above our little valley - I'm sure when they bought it they had no idea what a special place it would become. It's close enough to home that we can drive up there any time and when we get there we feel like we're a world away.


The pond is gorgeous, the surrounding mountains are nothing short of majestic, and the wildlife that often visits reminds us that we're only a little piece of such an amazing and beautiful world! I love visiting the pond, even if it's only for a short amount of time, I always leave with a feeling of peace and renewal in my heart. :)

Courtney shared my layout today on her blog (here) and I was really struck by the words she used to end her post: 

“My hope for you today is that you get a moment to stop and pause. To take in the peacefulness around you, even in the midst of chaos. To reevaluate priorities...because your to-do list will still be there tomorrow...but that child will be one day older.

How will you love them today?”

I know it’s always good to be reminded about keeping our priorities where they need to be – and I appreciated the reminder from Courtney today.

Now, be sure to visit Courtney’s blog and her author page on facebook (here) for more inspiration and opportunities to win some great prizes!