Five on Friday

Lots of good stuff to think about today...

1. I really want a set of these to cut my dies. I love my Big Shot but the cutting plates wear out too quickly and leave marks on the die cut paper. AND this is magnetic so the dies won't slip around!

Pumpkin Spice Coffeeand Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice (liquid)
2. The Pumpkin K-Cups finally made it to my local Bed Bath & Beyond on Monday. I have been stalking the coffee aisle for the past month. These two products combined = mornings in heaven.

3. My iPhone5 was delivered last Friday at 3:45pm. I had it activated and running by 4:05. I'm addicted. Like a five year old at Christmas. The panoramic camera is way cool.

4. Using my precious free time to do some much needed redecorating around the house. The boys' bedrooms have all been freshly painted. Cooper's room is finished, Max and Emmitt's are on their way to be done. Found this cool rack today that will be perfect in Emmitt's room for books and more.

5. The 2012-2013 Jillibean Team was revealed today! Lot's of great new talent joining a few of us "old" timers over there. Very excited about working with these lovely ladies!


My Very Own Stamps and Dies!

A little something that I have been working on...
For the past two years, I have been working behind the scenes with Kim and Jody at My Favorite Things as their primary graphic designer. MFT is a wonderful company to work for and both Kim and Jody have become dear friends. I can't say enough about their commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. When they asked me to develop my own brand of stamps and dies, I of course said yes!

My first release will be revealed on Oct 11 during the MFT Teaser Time and sales will begin on October 16. I am terribly excited about this and hope you like what I have to come up with!


September Jillibean Projects

September 26? Really. I swear this month just started! Time to share my Jillibean pages before the month is over!
 Holiday Choir Concert uses lots of new papers from the Winter Tortellini and Spinach Soup collection. I am completely obsessed with the new Banner Bites stickers. They are so quick and easy to use on pages. And as you can see...I used them on every page I made in September. And my upcoming October pages to be perfectly honest.
Cleveland Fans Forever. Love this page because I never make pages about my dad or husband. I need to do this more. The stars are cut with Die-namics from My Favorite Things. I cut the "Fans Forever" flag on my Cameo and backed it with Jillibean Brown corrugated so the color showed through. Stole this idea from my very talented friend and scrap-crush Summer. Go look at her pages. She's amazing. And she wears cool shoes.

Look at that! Husband Steve on another page. Our ancestors will be happy to realize that the kids had a dad. I'm pretty happy about that. He's a good egg and we just celebrated our 12th year of marriage.

Thanks for stopping by! Going to remind myself to post again before it's October!


Feeling Crafty Today?

Then join me for a 1- Hour Challenge over at the Club CK Blog! I'm talking Ransom Note Journaling and there are prizes involved! Join Me!



It's a monumental occasion when I actually sit down and make a card. I have about $3 trillion dollars worth of card making supplies at my disposal and yet I never make any handmade cards!!! My goal for 2013 - make cards. They're easy, people love them and I need to use up what I have rather than give more money to Hallmark.

Jillibean has been celebrating their 4th Birthday this month. To impress the boss lady, I made a couple of Happy Birthday cards to help celebrate.
These were made out of our new Soup Staples II and the new Flag Stickers. Easy as pie! I was feeling so happy when I made these that I even added glitter!

A card I plan to give my Dad...he's the best. used Macho Nacho on this one. I think I could scrap with this collection all year and never tire of it!

Back later this week with some pages to share!


Five on Friday

Finally Friday and ready for the Weekend! Football game tonight. Poor Max is still recovering from his ankle injury and will be watching the game from the sidelines. After seeing the guy he would have gone up against...I'm ok with him sitting out another week! We are headed out on Saturday to visit Denison and Wittenberg for Max. I can't believe that within months he will be applying and making his choices. Crazy. Also sneaking in a quick trip to Ikea in Cincinnati since we will be staying overnight. Furniture Shopping!

Five Things I've been excited about this Week!
1. A friend recommended...had to read the whole thing in one night. Read it. You will feel very inspired and motivated. And Brave.

2. I've had a Droid two for two years. And I hate it. Pre-ordered the iPhone 5 this morning and I am pretty darn excited about getting it next week. Can't wait to try out it's new camera!!!

3. I am completely addicted to Greek Yogurt. I have one every single day for lunch. Mango Chobani is my fav but I will pretty much eat them all except Blood Orange. It's kinda crunchy and weird.
EXPEDIT Shelving unit IKEA Finished on all sides. Can also be used as a room divider.
4. I will finally be buying this at Ikea on Sunday! My poor scrapbooks have been stacked on the floor of our remodeled basement since December. They really need a home after all the work put into them.

5. After months of contemplation...I started a Project Life album! Not for me but for Max's Senior Year of High School. I'll have pictures to share next week and some scrapbook pages as well. I have been able to carve out time to create and it feels AMAZING!

PS Spot on Subway Art II went up for sale at Two Peas last week as well...I am the world's worst self-marketer! I make this stuff, have fun and then forget it's there! Have a great weekend!


Better Digital Photos Winner!

I am happy to announce the winner of Creating Keepsakes Better Digital Photos and Scrapbooking Special Issue!

Random numbers generated Sep 11 2012 at 8:57:58 by www.psychicscience.org

Melinda said...
Thanks for the chance! Looks like a great issue!
September 7, 2012 1:57 PM
Melinda - please email your address ASAP so we can send your issue and help you on your way to better photos!
Thanks to all who stopped by the blog and entered!!!


Better Digital Photos & Scrapbooking!

Creating Keepsakes has a new Special Issue hitting new stands today!

Increase your photography and photo-editing skills and discover new ideas for sharing your photos with the tips, tricks, and tutorials in Better Digital Photos & Scrapbooking, a special issue from Creating Keepsakes. Whether you're a traditional scrapbooker or prefer to create pages digitally, you'll love how this issue will help you better capture your family's stories. Whether you use a point-and-shoot, a DSLR, a cell phone camera or a mixture of these, you won't want to miss out on this essential photography and scrapbooking guide!

This Sneak Peek gives you a taste of what is inside this helpful issue. Stop by the bonus content page to download some great guides, cheat sheets and extra photgraphy tips and tricks!

You can purchase your own copy here! CK now sells Digital Copies available here!

I'm giving away a copy of Better Digital Photos and Scrapbooking. Just leave me a comment below by midnight Sunday Sept. 9. I'll announce the winner on Monday. Make sure I have your email so I can contact you if you win!

Want an extra shot at winning your own copy? Stop by my fellow CK Bloggers to enter their giveaways as well!