Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New Layouts!

Things are slowly getting back to normal in my little corner of scrapville. This weekend I unpacked the last box that had been sitting in the middle of the living room floor after our move, and suddenly the house was clean and I had some time to scrap!!

I've been wanting to do a layout of my little niece Sophie since she was born last month. This Hambly transparency and some old Prima paper that I've had for ages were the perfect backdrop for her newborn photos.

hello sophie

I believe that this layout was a lift of a page by Francine Clouden. My cat Griffin is very reminiscent of the Muppet Rygel from Farscape (yes, my pages are full of odd sci-fi references).


Karen Grunberg's project for the Big Idea Festival at Big Picture Scrapbooking was the jumping-off point for this page that features 27 of my favorite photos from my trip to Orlando and Star Wars Celebration V.

four days in orlando

This page was heavily influenced by Jennifer Johner. I love her easygoing style (and Basic Grey's Mistletoe and Pear line!).

silent night

And, finally, I made a card, too, while I had the Christmas supplies out.

christmas card

It feels so good to play with paper again! I can't wait for my two new online scrapbooking classes to start!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Orlando Day 5: The Scrappy Boutique

I spent most of my last day in Orlando simply getting myself to the airport, but I did take the time to visit a scrapbook store that I've heard a bit of chatter about on the message boards- Scrappy Boutique.


After browsing the store for quite a while, I was just amazed at the amount of product (especially the newest, latest releases) they stock and how well organized it all is. So as I checked out with my purchases I asked the girl behind the counter if she would mind if I took some photos of the store to post on my blog. Lucky for me she said yes, so I can share this fantastic place with you!


The store is rather compact, but they manage to squeeze so much scrappy goodness into the space (all the while keeping it easy to browse) that the store feels several times larger than it actually is.


Up front they had a display of new 7 Gypsies product. As I said earlier, they are constantly getting new goods in, and they update their Facebook page regularly as new stock arrives. I wish my own LSS would take a lesson from them!



Also right up front was display after display of brand new Halloween product- right now it doesn't get any newer than this stuff from Echo Park!


I love how they keep the paper lines together and sprinkle in coordinating embellishments, either from that paper line or from generic lines that happen to match. (Again, I wish my own LSS would take notice of some of this!)


They also stock quite a bit of Martha Stewart's line.


Thanksgiving papers are also among the first displays the greet customers.


And Christmas items, too.


Loved, loved, loved seeing all the Dear Lizzy items in person. I also love that this store orders the whole line of papers and embellishments, not just a select few. I'm a whole-line-buying kind of girl.


Scrappy Boutique also puts quite a bit of their older stock on sale. The clerk told me that they try to clear out items quickly as the new releases come out so they always have something fresh in store.


Be still my beating heart...so much Basic Grey in one place!




And October Afternoon- yum!


More Echo Park papers, along with some great sample layouts.


And more Primas than I've seen in one place, ever. I love that they carry both the regular Prima flowers along with many of their more intricate styles.


I was in awe of this huge punch display- rows and rows of nothing but paper punches, mostly by EK Success and Martha Stewart.



And how awesome is this rainbow wall-o-Thickers? I mean, seriously, these people have turned merchandise display into an art form.


Rainbow wall-o-cardstock.


And inks, embossing powders, paints, and Stickles galore.


If you're in Orlando and have the time, I highly recommend stopping by Scrappy Boutique and checking out what they have in stock. Just make sure you've got enough room in your suitcase to bring all the goodies home. :)

Orlando Day 4: Leu Gardens and Taking it Easy

Friday was my last full day in Orlando, since my flight left around noon on Saturday. I was still completely wiped out from the previous days' festivities at Celebration V, so I took it easy and ran some errands, mostly just goofing around.

I hadn't planned on visiting M&M World, but when I took a wrong turn while looking for Office Depot (to get a box to ship all my IKEA goodies back in), I spotted the huge M&M figures by the shopping mall entrance and just had to go inside!



These backlit M&Ms changed colors periodically- so cool!



I really should have bought this shirt.


And I absolutely HAD to get a picture of this rainbow wall of candies. I've seen similar photos from other people's travel pictures, and it was high time I had one of my own. :)


After I left M&tM world I hunted down an appropriately sized shipping box, bought curtains and a light fixure (yes, a light fixture) at IKEA, and picked up waaaaaay too many rolls of pretty packing tape on clearance at Michaels (for 50 cents a roll I couldn't leave it there)

After dropping all that stuff off at my hotel, I then ventured back out to visit the Leu Gardens. As soon as I got there, though, it started raining, so I amused myself in the lobby with my iPhone for 20 minutes or so until the storm passed.

And then, of course, it felt like a sauna outside!

That didn't stop me from appreciating more beautiful Spanish moss...


...and taking in the lovely tropical plants...



...or from playing with my macro lens.





The Leu Gardens are divided into several sections, and I was most excited to visit their formal English rose garden.


I love roses.


I'm just not good at growing roses.







I had no problem heeding the warning on this sign.


And I think that the sound of wind through a stand of bamboo has to be the most peaceful sound I've ever heard.




I was so hot from the sauna gardens that I just had to have ice cream when I got back to the hotel.


And then I spent the rest of the evening relaxing and eating Chipotle (and editing photos) by the hotel pool.