Sunday, August 28, 2011

{lego party...


{summer memories...

Hey creative people! Check out this adorable bit of inspiration I got to work with for GCD Studios this month...


So cute right?
The colors made me think of a few photos I took of Ella last month. Everyone goes for a walk in the woods in a dress right?


So when choosing my colors, I started with the two Animal Crackers line. Then, with a few touches of Melody Ross's Soul Food collection, it was the perfect combo!


I cut strips of the "Cube Leaf" papers from both collections and alternated them horizontally on my layout to stay with the look of Ella's dress.


By placing a few random flower brads on the background of my photo, it added a fun touch to the design...

And finally, here is how the layout came together...

I hope you're enjoying the rest of your Summer!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Saturday, August 20, 2011

{happy wishes card...


October Afternoon & Elle's Studio

Monday, August 15, 2011

{and the winner of the mymemories software is...

Jill said...
Love the candy corn embossed pack. This is NOT your mother's digital software. I would have ignored this had you not showed the AC kit and sent us looking at their site.

Congrats Jill! Please contact me at and I'll get you your code for your free software! Yay!

{first grader...

One of the best things about being a photographer is the advantage of always having updated pictures of my nieces & nephews. This little guy is growing up way to fast!




My Minds Eye - Lime Twist available at Scrapaganza

and here are a few quick teacher themed cards I made using some left over scraps...




Friday, August 12, 2011

{you always sparkle...

I couldn't pass up the Boardwalk kit from Studio Calico this month. I just loved the soft color combination. And, it's still available!



And yes, I've already scrapbooked this photo, but I had an extra 8x10 of it and couldn't resist using it again. :0)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

{scrapbook available!!!

I am SO excited to get my hands on this book! I can't say enough how honored I am to have been a part of it.

There are hundreds of scrapbook designers out there doing fabulous work and showing it online, either in scrapbook community sites like or on their own blogs. But much more rare is the blogger who has fabulous ideas AND can teach readers how to get a similar look with innovative techniques. In Scrapbook Workshop, we have brought together popular and up-and-coming scrapbook bloggers who share their techniques along with great layouts, cards and more.
For the crafter who isn?t interested in blogs, the book will serve as an idea book filled with projects and techniques to use again and again. For the scrapbooker, this book will share not only ideas, but also introduce them to people to watch and follow for continued inspiration. The experienced scrapbooker and the blog savvy scrapbookers will find fresh ideas from favorite bloggers, as well as new blogs to try and people to watch.

There's a sneak HERE! SO yummy!

Just check out this list of talent:::

Anna Aspnes

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Kimberly Crawford

Lisa Dickinson

May Flaum

Nora Griffin

Debbie Hodge

Sasha Holloway

Nathalie Kalbach

Megan Klauer

Kendra McCracken

Becky Olsen

Katie Pertiet

Kelly Purkey

Debee Ruiz

Doris Sander

Keshet Shenkar Starr

Melissa Stinson

Irene Tan

Sharyn Tormanen

Lisa Truesdell

Tammy Tutterow

Iris Babao Uy

Wendy Vecchi

Dina Wakley

Deena Ziegler

Now go get it HERE!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

{this guy is seven today...



Happy Birthday little Roonie!

Monday, August 8, 2011

{mymemories giveaway...

It's giveaway time and I've got a great one today!

The wonderful team behind has been nice enough to allow me to give away the software to one lucky blog reader! How cool is that?

It is an award winning digital scrapbook software that is extremely easy and fun to use. My Memories Suite helps anyone create digital scrapbooks, cards, calendars, etc. without having to buy expensive programs and then learn how to use the software.

After downloading the scrapbook software, I started playing around a bit. It was super fast and easy to work with! I could totally see using this for creating wedding or senior albums for my photography business.
While shopping through there available kits, I was excited to see that they had the American Crafts - Campy Trails line! One of my favorites...and now to have it that!

Here are a few quick layouts I put together...



Whether you are a seasoned scrapper or just getting started, check out this digital scrapbooking software today!

Now for the contest:
Simply go visit the mymemories website and tell me what your favorite digital paper pack is! Leave your favorite in the comments below and I'll choose a winner on Monday August 15th!

Good luck!

Friday, August 5, 2011

{converse one stars...

I couldn't talk the boys into these shoes {well not pink of course} for school this year, so I just had to buy them for Ella...

Head on over to the Sassafras blog to see how I created the star embellishments!




Thursday, August 4, 2011

{back to school supplies...



Sassafras, Studio Calico, and the faux "iphone" photos from HERE.

Monday, August 1, 2011

{adventure at wild cat den...

We all seem to gravitate towards a color grouping. So where do you fit in?
For me, it's the earth tones. I tend to stay within those tones for most of my personal clothing. They calm me.

This was my choice of inspiration for this months assignment. The perfect combination of "me" calming colors.

I turned to my favorite GCD line once again, the {Great Outdoors}. It's just what I thought of when I chose my inspiration piece.


The boots in the photo reminded me of a piece of suede leather I had in my craft stash. I then created the title with the fun Chip Art tool and the Sparrow lower case alphabet set.


Take inspiration from your everyday color choices and see what you create!
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