Monday, January 6, 2014

Vacation Album// Manasota Key 2012

As promised, I'm here with layouts from the vacation album I've been working on! I don't disappoint!... usually. haha Well as a warning, this is a photo heavy post because I have a lot of layouts to share! So I hope you enjoy!

Products used: Paper: blue & white cardstock, Colorbök (Friendly Forest photo mats), MAMBI Sheets (green polka dot), kraft, Paper Studio (turtle & fish patchwork) Stickers: AC Thickers (Eclair- cucumber) Embellishments: epoxy dots, K&Co adhesive borders (citronella), K&Co. tag pad, Smash Tabs Stamps & Ink: Smash stamp, StazOn (Jet Black) Other: Sharpie Pen (black), acrylic paint (white)

Beach House

Products used: Paper: K&Co. (Urban Rhapsody), Paper Studio (orange chevron), random paper scraps Embellishments: Colorbök chipboard shapes, Paper Studio brads (Affinity), mT solid washi, Recollections washi (iKat) Stamps & Ink: Love Elsie (Home Sweet Home), Inkadinkadoo clear stamps (Fancy That bottle caps), Stampabilities letters, StazOn (Jet Black) Other: Sharpie Pen (black)

Products used: Paper: coral, red, & yellow cardstock, Basic Grey (june bug in strawberry cheesecake), white vellum, Colorbök (Friendly Forest photo mats), Paper Studio (orange chevron) Stickers: AC Thickers (Daiquiri- white) Embellishments: AC mini marks rub-ons (café accents), Colorbök metal rim tags, Jillibean Soup hello wood flag, red baker's twine, pop dots, Fiskars edge punch, Sharpie pen (black)

The Great Shark Hunt

Products used: Paper: blue & green cardstock, orange vellum, Recollections (fish print) Stickers: AC accent & phrase Embellishments:Little Yellow Bicycle cork shapes, Spare Parts fabric brads, Recollections washi (green polka dot), Target washi (orange stripe), DCWV rub ons (summer), staples, Sharpie pen (black) Stamps & Ink: Studio G clouds, Recollections lower case letters, Staz-On (Jet Black)

Beauty in the Ordinary

Products used: Paper: black cardstock, orange vellum, MAMBI Sheets (yellow herringbone) Amy Tan (Ready Set Go- Green Light), random paper scraps Stickers: AC Thickers (Rockabye- white) (Doll- cucumber) Embellishments: K&Co. adhesive borders (citronella), pop dots, Recollections enamel dots, Recollections polaroid photo frame, Uni-Ball Signo pen (white)

Products used: Paper: Dear Lizzy (Polka Dot Party), forest green cardstock, Studio Calico (Abroad- First Class) Stickers: AC Thickers (chit chat), Sticko (margarita) Embellishments: mT washi (gray stripe), Pink Paislee washi (neon yellow), Heidi Swapp clear banner, Recollections enamel dots, My Mind's Eye enamel dots (Wicked), Recollections wood veneer, Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mist (Aquamarine)


Products used: Paper: coral, purple, & white cardstock, MAMBI Sheets (green polka dot), Michael's Summer Stack (green sun) Stickers: Sticko (travel labels), Jolee's 3-D (flip flops) Embellishments: Paper Studio bling, epoxy dots, Studio G epoxy brads, Making Memories clips, DCWV rub-ons (summer), MAMBI Pocket Pages card (summer), K&Co. adhesive borders (citronella), My Mind's Eye twine (Lime Twist) Stamps & Ink: Smash stamp, Escape clear stamp (not sure the origin-- Heidi Swapp?), Staz-On ink (Jet Black) Other: Sharpie pen (black), acrylic paint (white)

Products used: Paper: Michael's Summer Stack (goldenrod geo), orange vellum Stickers: AC Remarks letters (white) Embellishments: Michael's 3-D flower embellies Stamps & Ink: Smash stamp, Michael's wood mount frame, Staz-On ink (Jet Black)

Products used: Paper: Dear Lizzy (Polka Dot Party), Amy Tangerine (camera), Paper Studio (old white fence), SEI (Girlfriends- Jocelyn), My Mind's Eye 8x8 (The Sweetest Thing- Tangerine) Stickers: AC Thickers (Maple- white), MAMBI Sticks (feathers) Embellishments: Recollections enamel dots, Seventeen magnet, pop dots, Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mist (Primrose), found paper Stamps & Ink: Recollections clear stamp set, Staz-On Ink (Jet Black) Other: Sharpie pen (black)

Me & Ril-O

Products used: Paper: Michael's Summer Stack, white & orange cardstock, Paper Studio orange chevron Stickers: AC Thickers (Eclair- Strawberry) Embellishments: Recollections enamel dots, Recollections hello pennant, Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mist (Mustard), We R Memory Keepers baker's twine, Studio Calico wood veneer hearts, Recollections washi (pink) mT washi (orange) Other: Sharpie pen (black)


I know this post was really long-- thanks for sticking with me! I just thought you might like to take a peek into my current album. I'm hoping to finish up this album in the next month so I can move on to something new! :) You can check out some of my other posts on scrapbooking here!

Thanks for reading!
<3 E

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Scraps Before Snowpocalypse

Well today all of us Midwestern-ers have been battening down the hatches for Snowpocalypse tomorrow. It's supposed to start around 1:00 AM here and my area is in the 15-17 inches range right now! I'm not a big fan of snow and I really wanted to go to the gym tomorrow, so I'm a little bummed, but at least I'll get some time with the husband!

So while everyone else was scrambling to buy milk & bread (we got ours yesterday), I've been at Michael's scrapbooking all day. :) Some of you may already know this, but I'm the Scrapbook Instructor at the Michael's in my area, which I adore. I get paid to play with paper. It doesn't really get much better than that. Every first Saturday of the month I get to host a 6-hour crop in the Michael's classroom, which is way fun. But since the snow is getting ready to set in, no one was here today. haha So I just got some quality time alone with my thoughts and gluesticks.

I'm still working on my damn 2012 Vacation Album which has been taking me FOREVER to put together. Especially since I've already been on another vacation since then. I'm so behind. I'm not sure you every get "caught up" as a scrapbooker, but that would be a dream come true. I'm almost to the point with this album that I'm ready to just slap in some Project Life divided protectors, put the photos in there, and call it good! haha But I won't because I would never be able to live with myself. haha

I'm going to try to get pictures posted of some of my vacation pages in the next few days! I love scrapping vacations because the pages are usually very tropical and bright!

So to all in the Midwest, good luck out there tomorrow & be safe! To everyone else, be glad you're not buried in snow with a -40 degree wind chill!

<3 E

Friday, January 3, 2014

One Little Word

unsure of exact source. Please let me know if you have it!

Not sure how many of you hop aboard the One Little Word (OLW) train, but this year I've chosen a word for myself. I've done other OLWs before but this year feels different somehow. I'm really surrendering (ooooooo! Surrender! That would be a good word...) myself to this word and taking its meaning to heart. The word I've chosen for my 2014 mantra this year is: simplify.

Simplify our home by purging TONS of what we own and don't use.
Simplify our lives by coming up with a routine that works for us.
Simplify my mind by letting go of some of the stress I carry.
Simplify our diets by eliminating some unhealthy eating habits.
Just Simplify.
Learn to live with less.

I think these OLWs really have the potential to change our lives for the better if we let each day be driven by that very idea. I've also made a healthy list of goals to tackle this year. There's just something about a fresh start that makes me giddy with anticipation for what's to come. 2013 was a year of "almosts" for me. Lots of things almost happened, meaning we had lots of good intentions and things in progress that were stalled. With simplify in tow, hopefully those "almosts" will turn into check marks.

I'd love to hear what your OLW is for the year and how you plan to incorporate it into your life!

"Do what you can
with what you have
where you are."

-Theodore Roosevelt

<3 E

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Welcome 2014: You are Magic!

Hello & Happy New Year, bloggers! After a long and restful 3.5 months off from blogging, I'm back at it! GITDS has a new look, a new attitude, and most importantly: new inspiration! After a heinous job situation, I really needed to take a step back and reevaluate what I had & what I wanted. I know I lost readers, but I figure that's par for the course. I'm eager to begin 2014 on this blog with gusto!

What you can expect from GITDS in 2014 is this:
*Project tutorials
*Lots of shares of scrap projects I'm working on
*Project Life shares
*Book reviews
*Fashion inspiration
*Home Decor
*& a few new features!

Be sure to come and "like" our Facebook Page too! I'll be updating that frequently with little extras for all you lovlies.

...It feels good to be back.

<3 E

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Project Life: Week 12

Week 12 happening. Slowly but surely I get caught up one week at a time. haha
 As I said in my Instagram preview, this layout was brought to you by quick decisions. I really just placed the photos, chose the paper, and stuck on whatever embellishments spoke to me. 
One thing I realize as I've looked back on this layout is that I didn't put the days of the week on any of these pockets. haha Well I guess that whoever is reading this album is just going to have to do their research and pull out a 2013 calendar to figure out the days of the week. Lol
 I've been holding on to these SIS die cuts for YEARS. Truly. Feels good to put them to use. 

Contents of Week 12: Seafoam Core Kit. Paper: Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go (On the Clock), DCWV (Playtime pad), Studio Calico (Darling Dear pad), My Mind's Eye Lime Twist (Happy Go Lucky "Hello"), kraft. Stickers: American Crafts Remarks (JFK), Love Elsie epoxy stickers (Riley), Sticko mini alphas (silver). Embellishments: American Crafts Mini Marks rub-ons (Rock Star), Recollections bright pink washi, SIS die cuts, Recollections flair badge, Me & My Big Ideas Pocket Page card, Echo Park Memos card, Recollections wood veneer sentiment, Bella Blvd. washi (Punch Chevron). Stamps & Ink: Recollections (lower case alphas), Paper Source (Mum Solid Small), Staz-On (Jet Black), Heidi Swapp Color Shine spray ink (Mustard). Found Objects: Wal-Mart paint chip, old planner cover, ticket stub, image from flyer, "D" gift tag.

How are your albums going? Please someone tell me that I'm not the only one that is never up to date on this thing! haha

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Project Life: Weeks 10 & 11

I'm going to write a song called "Project Life is never caught up." Because we all know the best songs are the ones that are written from experience. And BOY do I have experience catching up on PL. It's never-ending, I tell you! These 2 layouts are ones that I did quite awhile ago admidst my blogging funk, so they never made it to the blog, but I still get half credit because late is better than not at all. I know this.

Week 10:
For some reason this layout is one of my favorites so far in this album. I think it's because it came together so effortlessly and so colorfully. Not to mention I'm obsessed with that feather to put it lightly. :)

That cough drop wrapper was an impulse. I was sick that week and after I added the Thickers, I needed a little something extra and realized a wrapper to my favorite type of cough drops would be perfect.

Contents of Week 10: Seafoam Core Kit. Paper: Scenic Route, Love Elsie (Toby), Amy Tangerine Ready, Set, Go (Lounge Fest), Crate Paper (Storyteller pad), Me & My Big Ideas (MAMBI Sheets), turquoise and tangerine cardstock. Stickers: Echo Park (This & That), Horizon mustache labels, American Crafts Thickers (Boardwalk). Embellishments: Dear Lizzy flair badge, paper clip, Smash polka dot washi, mT gold stripe washi (Happy Tape), Queen & Co. black chevron washi. Found Objects: notebook paper, old planner page, FCS gift card, feather, Halls cough drop wrapper. Etc: Uni-Ball Signo (black), Instagrams.

Week 11:
March 10-16 was mostly errands, misc crafts, and a baby shower on Saturday but lots of random Instagrams and some choice wrapping paper filled it out quite nicely. Note to self: Need more pics of Ian in this album!
I love that pocket in the top left corner-- the color palette is my favie! Btw... I'm sad that my Hambly kraft labels are almost gone and I won't be able to replace them! I cutting them in half trying to stetch out their lifespan! haha

Contents of Week 11: Seafoam Core Kit. Clementine Core Kit. Paper: Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go (On the Clock), Studio Calico (Darling Dear paper pad), SEI Girlfriends (Jocelyn), Crate Paper (Storyteller pad), turquoise cardstock. Stickers: Hambly kraft cardstock labels, American Crafts Thickers (Hardcover), Making Memories label (5th Ave), Target foil spot alphas. Embellishments: Studio G epoxy brads, Target washi, mT peach washi, Smash sentiment washi, Paper Studio vintage icon clip. Found Objects: BBW candle label, wallpaper shop business card, kraft star wrapping paper. Stamps & Ink: Smash date stamp, Paper Studio circle stamp, JoAnn's clear stamp set (Lovestruck), Staz-On Ink (Jet Black). Etc: Uni-Ball Signo pen (black), Instagrams.

Yes my friends-- those layouts are being posted 10 weeks late! YAY! lol
Back atcha soon!
<3 E P.S. To all you cuties that commented on my last post, I want to thank you for all the support! I guess every blogger goes through an eventual burnout and it's good to know that I'm not alone! You are all SO supportive and the absolute best!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Blogger Burnout

I need a serious blogger re-boot.
I need digital revitalization.
I need help developing content.
I need more hours in a day to get everything done.
I need the people out there that ARE reading to identify themselves because I feel like I'm talking to no one.
I need to rewind the last month & stop sulking about not blogging and just do it.
I need so many things.

But right now I think
I just need to start fresh.