May 24, 2011

Three is the Magic Number...

It is no secret that one of my favorite scrapbook companies is Echo Park. I remember when Sweet Summertime was released--I knew I had to have it because the colors and designs seemed like they were made for me. I love using bright colors and happy, playful designs. I think I have gotten every collection that has been released since that very first one last year. You can't beat the price for a whole collection including patterned paper, journaling card sheet, paper strip sheet, alphas and stickers all coordinating and all the cutest ever! Here is a collage of a few of the layouts I made last year:
So of course when I had the opportunity to grab a few of the current collections I jumped at the chance. I have three layouts to share with you made with three different Echo Park collections.
Here is one using elements from Dots and Strips:
I added a piece of white Bazzill cardstock and some American Crafts Thickers but everything else is from the Dots and Stripes Metropolitan collection.
I loved that the banner sticker was flexible enough to "hang from a few spots at the top and the mini alphas bring that lighter blue color in a second time:
I couldnt resist rolling a flower to match the one on my daughter's dress and then spiraling thin strips of the EP paper around a paint brush to mimic the corkscrew ribbon curls in her headband:
I also got the new Echo Park Splash collection! We have a LONG, HOT summer here in Arizona so water is completely our friend and I have a ton of sprinkler, pool and fountain pictures.
I used a piece of pink polka dot paper from the Dots and Stripes Candy Shoppe Collection and then layered a bunch of Splash paper and stickers over it. Every product on this page is made by Echo Park.  I love layering a bunch of the sticker elements together as I did here to make the title (and you get so many on the 12x12 sheet that you dont feel like you're using them all up on one layout!):
Finally, I decided to make one layout with an oldie but a goodie--Little Boy. All those moms of little guys out there know how hard it is to find cute scrapbooking supplies for little boys. In my opinion Echo Park's Little Boy remains one of the best ever:
Again, I just love the combination of journaling spots, border stickers and fun alphas all included in the collection.
I know I don't need to convince any of you that Echo Park rocks. I mean, they have a staggering number of Facebook fans and blog followers! I just can't wait to see what they come up with next! How about you?
♥ Rebecca

May 23, 2011

Big News!

I am beyond excited to share that Elle'S Studio first project kit is now available. Doesn't it look gorgeous??!! Lots of fun goodies AND exclusive Elle's Studio tags! Run over and put your order in--once they are gone, they are gone! And if you order today May 23rd you will be entered to win a Fujifilm Instax Mini! All details can be found on the Elle's Studio Blog.
Speaking of Elle's Studio, did you see that the May inspiration gallery is live? I love the way Elle puts the designer slide shows together. I literally sit with my coffee and watch them a few times over lol! Here is one of mine from this month:
For the first part of the title I used one of my all time favorites, the Sweet Stitches Note Tags.
and tied for favorite are these This Moment Circle Tags. (I think I could use one of these on every layout!)
I also love the long thin tags like this one from the Details Tiny Tags set.
And finally I thought this little scallop was perfect behind the "o" and a Studio Calico heart: (from the Owl Love You Forever Scallop Circle Tags set).
 I'll be back to share more of my May Elle's Studio Gallery. Dont forget to stop by the blog and get your project kit!
Have a great night!
♥ Rebecca

May 19, 2011

Elle's Studio Sketch Thursday

Have you seen all the fun going on at Elle's Studio blog lately? Project Kits for sale, Step by Step instructions for a quickly created layout and now Sketch Thursday!  Melanie created this sketch:
based on DT member Lory's gorgeous layout. I HAD to play along! I turned the sketch into a 12x12 layout and used circles instead of squares, but otherwise it is very similar to the sketch:
Want to take a crack at it? Get a layout done using this sketch and link it back to Elle's Studio blog HERE by 11:59pm on Weds. May 25, 2011 and you will be in the running for a $5 gift certificate to Elle's Studio shop! I hope you'll play along!
♥ Rebecca

May 13, 2011

Blogger is Back!

Ok, I could blame my long absence on blogger. Truth is, life was a bit busy this past week and it wasn't until last night that I had both the energy and the time to try and blog. And that happened to be the same time that Blogger was doing site maintenance. Go figure. Oh, well, let's just keep blaming Blogger ;)

So I do have tons to share. For Mother's Day I got an entire afternoon to scrap--best present ever ;) The kids went from playing outside, to crafting in the office with me, to nap/quiet time without too much struggle and so we all had a nice day. Then we all went to Cafe Rio so I could get my favorite big salad. AND I actually have a picture of the three of us:
And Little Miss took a few pictures too. Ok, so the little guy is completely cut out but at least she got one of Scott and I lol:
OK, so on to the scrapping. It also happened to be National Scrapbook Day last weekend so there were lots of crops and activities going on. I used the remaining parts of my Scrapbook Circle May and Anniversary kits to complete some challenges at 2peas. Here was my take on a sketch challenge (with the Anniversary kit):
Here was a folded paper challenge (with the May kit Grandma's Attic). It has been SO long since I did an 8.5x11 page and I'd forgotten how fun they can be.
So I had to do another *lol* (with the Anniversary kit) for a scraplift challenge (this is a scraplift of a layout by Jen Gallacher):
And finally a Create Your Own Embellishment with Bits and Pieces Challenge.
The Anniversary kit was perfect for this challenge because it came with the fun Ephemera, corrugated pieces and Lily Bee stickers. I added some of the digital printable and sewed everything on top of the Jillibean Corrugated frames packaging:
I have more to share, but I think I will save what's left from that weekend for another post.
But before I go, I wanted to let you know that Scrapbook Circle is continuing the anniversary month with challenges and giveaways. In fact today they are giving away a $20 GC to Shey B.'s site (maker of those gorgeous camera straps). Head over HERE for your chance to win!
♥ Rebecca

May 5, 2011

Hey there winner...

Sorry I have been a bit absent the past few days. I have been madly finishing up Teacher's Appreciation gifts, Mother's Day cards, a mini album for my Dad for his birthday and a load of products for my first GCD Studios assignments (super exciting!!). But I do have a winner for the $10 Scrapbook Circle blog hop.First, I want to thank everyone for all the sweet comments and for all the new friends following my blog--if you didn't win this time, stick around-- more giveaways are sure to come soon! ..... My winner is ANDREA:

Blogger Andrea said...

I am following your blog and you LO is excellent! these kits are great!
May 2, 2011 3:39 PM

Congrats Andrea! I didn't see your email address so be sure to head on over to Scrapbook Circle if you dont get an email about your GC. As a matter of fact, you should all head over to Scrapbook Circle because there was a load of winners and maybe you were one! AND there is lots more fun going on this month at Scrapbook Circle. There is ANOTHER anniversary kit up for grabs if you participate in our sketch challenge going on. You have until May 18th to create your version of this awesome sketch by Diana:
I loved this sketch! I rarely do the patterned paper blocking thing, so I had fun with it:
I used the scrumptious May kit Grandma's Attic for this one. ♥♥♥ those tile alphas. And I am SURE I have mentioned my spazziness with rub ons here before? No? Well let's just say, while I know applying rub ons is not rocket science, it may as well be as far as I am concerned because I am bound to screw it up. BUT these Hambly rub ons are seriously magical. Decide where you want them, remove the backing and take a swipe or two and the whole thing instantly applies itself neatly and without wrinkles. I am in love ;)
I've seen those little birds (from the Studio Calico paper) all over the place too and couldn't resist cutting some out for this page:
One last note? The Crate Paper trims are divine:
If you take the sketch challenge be sure to link it up to the Scrapbook Circle blog for your chance to win the fabulous Anniversary kit!
Have a great night!
♥ Rebecca

May 1, 2011

Scrapbook Circle's Anniversary Blog Hop and Giveaway!!

Welcome to Scrapbook Circle’s Anniversary Blog Hop!  Scrapbook Circle is celebrating their 5th anniversary and wants you to celebrate with us. 

We will be celebrating all month long with several giveaways each week from amazing sponsors, so be sure to check out our blog throughout the month.

This month there is not only a regular May Kit, Grandma’s Attic,

 but there is also a special Anniversary Kit

All of our current subscribers can get the Anniversary Kit at the amazing low price of only $18. This is a regular full sized kit, but we are offering it at a big discount as a thank you for your support.

If you aren’t a current subscriber, but still want to pick up an Anniversary Kit, you can do that too. Just go to this page for purchasing info.

If you start your subscription with our May Kit, that qualities you for the discount on the Anniversary Kit.

I can't say enough about how much I ♥ these kits!!! I ♥♥♥ LOVE them! I cant recommend one over the other because they are both seriously SO awesome. Here is one layout I made with Grandma's Attic:
Everything you see here (besides the green cardstock) is in the May kit. Lots of yummy Crate Paper and gorgeous embellies by Girls Paperie and American Crafts:
Isn't this a must have kit?? Well how about a chance to win a 10$ gift certificate to Scrapbook Circle? One random winner from my blog (and all the other designers blogs) will win 10$ to spend at Scrapbook Circle! Leave me a comment and you'll be entered into the drawing. If you want a second chance, follow my blog and leave me a comment telling me you did (or that you already do). The winner will be chosen on May 3rd--good luck!

Now, hop on over to Diana's Blog for some more inspiration and another chance to win! 
Thanks for stopping by!