Sunday, March 27, 2011

Save on scrapbooking now!

I want to share something fabulous with you!
It's an ebook filled with scrapbooking tips.

I have read the 192 pages and I'm amazed how much this book covers. It has everything and anything that you can possible want to know about scrapbooking.

It's filled with tips on how to save money on this expensive hobby and it's PACKED with useful links. And get this: you will have information at your fingertips on how to make 100 different  kinds of flowers! WOW!

This book is easy to read and I would say it's a must-have for new scrapbookers. But it also has lots of useful information for more experienced scrappers.

Not only will this ebook save you money, but TIME!
The author ( Kaye Grieve ) has done all the work for you.

To find out more about this book click here.

Right now you can get an awesome deal; there's a launch price for only $14.99!

Head over to Save on scrapbooking now!
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Monday, March 21, 2011

My Top Ten List # 6

I have shared the first half of my top ten list and now I will continue. Here's another scrap favorite:

# 6 Power Layouts kit from Creative Memories

You know how life is easier if you are well organized and if you plan ahead. At least so I'm told.
Well, it applies to scrapbooking as well. I'm getting better at it and I can see the results. I get more scrapping done since I purchased this thing:

It's simply a plastic box that measures 12.75 x 12.75 x 2.25 and has 15 dividers.
What you do is plan your layouts and stack them on top of each other in this box.

I take one day...yes, that's usually how long it takes print my photos in my printer and then look for matching papers and embellishments. I go through my stash by manufacturer until I find the perfect papers.

And then I continue on with the embellishments.

I usually pick a few solid cardstocks, for background and matting and then a couple of patterned papers so I have something to choose from when it's time to create.

When I'm done with planning one layout I just put the plastic divider on top and continue until the box is filled.

Now when I go to a crop I basically only have to bring this power layouts kit and some tools and I'm all set.

I don't know if any other companies sell something similar to this, but you can buy it here from my friend who sells Creative Memories. It's only $29  and I promise you it's so worth it.
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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Giveaway winner

Thanks for all the comments on my giveaway post.
And thanks to all of you that have donated money for the tsunami victims. Every single dollar counts.

As always I went to to get a winner for my latest giveaway:

And the winner is Lauren Baker! Congrats to you Lauren!

Please email your address to so I can send this to you asap.


I will be back later this week to continue with my top ten list and I think a tutorial is long overdue:)

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

March sketch # 2- Guest designer Theresa Amlong

Time has come for me to introduce a new guest designer. This lady is not just a guest designer, but more importantly a dear friend of mine. Her name is Theresa Amlong and I "met" her on a few years ago. Both of us had lived on Okinawa before and last year when we both lived here again, we could finally meet in real life.
Theresa is the most creative person I ever met! I'm telling you, she can make a scrapbook out of anything. I've seen albums she made out of flip-flops and sea shells for example. She has taught me so much:)

This is what Theresa has to say:

Hi, I’m Theresa. I’m a Florida resident who currently lives just one block from the beach in Okinawa, Japan. When I’m not out exploring Japan, I can be found enthusiastically creating in my scrapbook room. I love to inspire others to scrapbook and encourage the belief that there is truly no right or wrong way to go about it.
Besides my husband, I have three adorable grandsons and two pretty kitties whose lives I love to document in the pages of my scrapbooks. I find that scrapbooking helps me share my stories with my family in the states; it’s so hard to live half-way around the world from them. Such is the life of a military family!

Besides my family and scrapbooking, I love traveling, the smell of ocean air, sitting beneath the trees on a sunny day, the colors purple and turquoise, and Happy Hour with a few good friends.

I currently am a Creative Contributor for Mosaic Moments  and  I am a Close To My Heart consultant.
I would love for you to visit me on my blog at Sunshine Memories where I share my latest challenges, creations or adventures in Japan.

Dozo Yoroshiku!

Here's sketch # 46 that Theresa work with:

And she created three unique layouts based on it:


Here's a few of Theresa's pages based on some of my older sketches:

I asked her to share some of her personal favorites and here they are:

Isn't this one so cool?

I have seen this in real life and it's absolutely stunning!

Here it is open:

Thanks Theresa for sharing your work! You are such an inspiration:)

Be sure to visit Theresa's blog to see more of her creations.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Time for a giveaway

I think I watched the news too much yesterday. I had such a hard time falling asleep and I was tossing and turning all night. I want to see what's going on in Tokyo and Sendai, but at the same time the images are so disturbing and makes me sad.

We are suppose to go to Tokyo for spring break, but I'm not so sure now. With aftershocks, radiation and everything else going on there, I think I rather go somewhere else.

The kids' school is collecting warm clothes and blankets to send up there, but as always money is the best donations.

I encourage you all to donate to the American Red Cross. The minimum amount to donate is $10 and I think everyone can afford that.

Here's the link to donate. Click it.

Everyone that leaves a comment to this post will be in the drawing for this paper pack from Fancy Pants. It has 48 sheets with the theme "Family"

Tell me if you have donated money to the tsunami victims or if you haven't, will you?

I will draw a random winner in a few days.
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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Layout makeover

Hey there!
I wanted to start with a few words about the earth quake. Many of you have emailed me and asked if we are OK here in Okinawa. Yes,we are:) Thanks for your concerns.

If you look at this map you can see how far away we are from "mainland" Japan. Okinawa is where the arrow is and the X is the epicenter.
We did not feel the earthquake nor did we get a tsunami.

It's absolutely terrible what happened and I will continue to pray for everyone that lost their homes and loved ones.


I have this thing- if I'm not happy about a layout, it will bother me forever and I HAVE to redo it. I know most of you think that this is a waste of time and rather move forward. I can't do that you see...

Here's an example of a layout that I don't like. It's simply not good.
Scrapping is of course not science with right and wrong. Scrapping is art and it's all about opinions, but in my opinion this layout is not good.

The colors would have worked, but the page is totally lacking a focal point, something that I'm obsessed about.

By moving the photos closer together and putting the embellishments in clusters (rather than spread them out) the page gets a natural focal point.

Here's another page I recently finished that did not turn out great. And I tell you why.
First, it's too plain and boring (for my taste). Second, the color of  the papers I chose is too similar to the photos, so the whole layout looks like a big blur.

I switched to papers with more contrast, which make the photos stand out more.

What do you think? Was it an improvement or not?
At least I'm happy and I can finally MOVE ON;)


Come back tomorrow for a nice giveaway!
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Busy with Basic Grey

Well,I might just be back in the swing-of-things. After my last blog post, I went into my scrap room and started to clean and organize. And it worked! I felt my fingers itch to start scrapping again.
While I was sorting my stuff, I realized that I have an embarrassing amount of Basic Grey papers!!
 So this is what I've done the last couple of days; scrapping and trying to make a dent in my BG stash.

These are all photos from 2009 (when we lived in CA) and I'm almost done with that album.
And do you know what that means? I can start focusing on LAST year's photos. I never,ever before been this CAUGHT UP with my scrapping. I guess my new years resolution is paying off:)


I'm thinking I should have a giveaway soon, so stay close:)

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Different crafts

I don't know what happened to me?
I started the year so strong, scrapping almost every day and now all of a sudden I haven't scrapped in weeks.
I don't know if I have lost my mojo, but I just don't feel like scrapping at all...same thing maybe?

But I've still been a bit crafty though and I wanted to share my simple projects.

For the first one you'll need some cheap pens, a glue gun, silk flowers from the dollar or craft store and you'll need a nipper, I think it's called ( never heard the word in my life before, but I googled it)

Use the tool to pull out the stopper in the pen and fill some  hot glue in there and immediately push down the flower (also use the tool to cut off the stems of the flowers)

Isn't this pretty? A bouquet of pens!
Spray some of your favorite body or room spray on them if you wish.


Then I wanted to show what Conrad and I made for his Valentine's box. We made this out of a cereal box and plenty of cardstock. I think it turned out so cute and now I will keep it in my scrap room forever. It makes me happy!

Last, I wanted to show what I did with some of all these paper flowers I've accumulated over time.

You'll need magnets, a glue gun and some of your paper flowers. I prefer the flatter ones like dahlia, fan fold flower and this flower.

Look here what a pretty company the Swedish royal family got on my fridge.

Well, I'm gonna head into my scrap room now and see what happens...I'll keep you updated:)

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

March sketch- Guest designer Vanessa De Bonis

I don't know about you, but I don't understand how it can be March already??
Wasn't it New Year's yesterday...
Anyways, March IS here I've been told and it's time for me to share a new sketch as well as a new guest designer.
Her name is Vanessa De Bonis and this is what she says:

My name is Vanessa De Bonis, I'm 34 years old and I'm from
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I work as a radio chemist for  the Brazilian government, but once I get home, "scrapper mummy" shows up!!
I have a three-year-old son who is my biggest inspiration. And although I had my first scrapbook lesson on August 2009, sometimes I feel like I have been doing this all my life. I just couldn't stop creating ever since and I love it!! Last year I had some of my work published in a Brazilian scrapbooking magazine for the first time and this year there will be more in April!!
l'm also a member of the Design Team of Sketches inThyme blog: as you can see, I have so much fun using sketches, because it is just amazing how imagination works.
Lots of different takes on the same idea!! And our dear host Helen has wonderful ideas!!
And hey, I used sketch #1, too!! LOL.
Thank you Helen, for the wonderful opportunity of being here!!

My blog:
My home page:

Lots of kisses for you all!!

And this is sketch #45 that Vanessa worked with:

And her two colorful takes on it:

And here comes a whole bunch of fabulous layouts from Vanessa using my sketches:

Thank you so much Vanessa for sharing your talent with us and also those adorable photos of your son.
And congrats to your publication. Yay!!
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