Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Just A Typical Family Portrait …

Remember how I mentioned that when my mom was out visiting during the holidays I had her snap a few pictures of me and my husband? Well, at the end of that photo shoot we ended up taking an impromptu group selfie … And it might just be my favorite photo from the day!

It wasn't planned but I think this selfie captures our personalities so perfectly. 
Alan - conservative, "the normal one". 
Me - overly excited, childlike, quirky. 
And my Mom - just downright hysterical :) 

I used papers and embellishments primarily from the January Clique Kit, Tailor Made, for this layout. The kit is full of product from Amy Tangerine's Stitched collection and I'm really loving the greys and blues! The kit is still available right here.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

My CHA 2015 Wish List

CHA - the Craft & Hobby Association's big shinding where new collections are unveiled and the scrapbook industry struts its stuff. It's the largest craft trade show in the world with over 400 exhibitors from 55 countries and 3,000 buyers. Attending CHA (and shopping the new releases in person) is on my bucket list but, for now, I enjoy watching the unveils online and getting excited about all the new crafty goodness coming my way!

Here's a peek at some of the items that have caught my eye so far … 

The Project Life Inspire Core Kit + Album 

… and the Project Life + Southern Weddings core kit as well *swoon* … 

… I think my favorite paper collection this round is Shimelle's True Stories collection … 

… or perhaps it's the Confetti collection from Maggie Holmes …

… I also love these Thickers from Amy Tangerine's new Rise & Shine collection ...

… and, last but certainly not least, the Food Coma stamp set by Kelly Purkey + Hero Arts …

What about you? Do you like to look over all the new releases and pick out your favorites - or do you prefer to keep your wallet safe and avoid the CHA hoopla? What has jumped out at you and made your 2015 scrappy wish list? 

You can find pictures, sneak peeks and price info for all the new releases over on the Scrapbook Nerd message board … you can also place your CHA pre-orders with Scrapbook Nerd! Yup, I'm an enabler :) 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

My Goals + Resolutions For 2015

I am having so much fun playing with my January counterfeit kit, Bright Ideas! The supplies I pulled out of my stash were a nice mix of old and new, and it feels great to see them finally being used on layouts and projects.

I decided to make a 12x12 layout about our goals and resolutions for 2015. I'm definitely a New Years' Resolutions kind of girl and every January I spend a good amount of time pondering what I want to change and things I hope to accomplish. Here is the layout I made documenting this year's list …

Here are a few of the plans we have for 2015 …

Make 2015 "richer in joy" - stay positive, stay focused on what truly matters
Continue eating healthy
Read a lot … at least 45 books for me, 20 books for my husband
Go on more dates
Scrapbook more photos that have me in them 
Spend and consume less - appreciate what we already have more 
Grow our family … a pregnancy? a puppy? who knows what that looks like!

For this layout, I combined papers from the Love Notes collection by We R Memory Keepers and the Plus One collection by Amy Tangerine. Isn't that pink ombre woodgrain paper just divine?! The wooden sequins were from an old Clique Kits kit (August I think) which is sold out now, so be sure to subscribe so you don't miss out on awesome goodies like that again! :)  

Now it's your turn - what are some of your plans for 2015? 

The current challenge up on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog is to all about scrapping with lists … so, if you make a layout using your counterfeit kit that includes a list of resolutions (or any list, really) be sure to link it up!! Speaking of challenges, Paper Issues is having a "Pop-pin the Cork" challenge and they've got a whole list of ideas to inspire you. Check it out right here! xo