Wednesday, May 22, 2013

two peas gardener's digest | may 2013

Update: Congrats to LeAnne S. who is the winner of the spot in Jen's class! LeAnne, I've send your Two Peas user name over to Jamie and you should be set up with your spot very soon!

 

It's that time again! Each month on the 22nd, the Garden Girls at Two Peas in a Bucket team up to bring you a blog hop full of inspiration, and this month I have a giveaway, too! If you're following in order, then you'll have arrived from the blog of the ever fabulous Shimelle. If you arrived here semi-randomly and would like to start at the beginning of it all, then the Two Peas blog is the place for you!

 

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Yes, that is my (slightly dirty- thank you, gymnasium floor) foot side-kicking in a sneak peek of my newest Garden layout, coming to Two Peas on June 1st. I had lots of fun using a patriotic themed collection in a non-themed way and will also have a quick tip to share for those who want to include more photos along with their trendier-style layouts.

 




There has been so much goodness in the member gallery lately that it was hard to choose five favorites! I'm especially loving SuzannaL's two-page layout this month along with GeekGalz's gorgeous Project Life page. Click on any of the images above to see the full project in the gallery.

 




With so much in the way of paper already flooding my scrap room, I've been looking more and more to embellishments to help me get the "look" of a new collection without having to buy an absolute ton of stuff (I'll be sharing more about how this works for me next week). If I choose my embellishments wisely and get items such as chipboard, die cut, and journaling card packs that carry most or all of the motifs in a collection, it's pretty easy to then find older papers in colors that coordinate. New pretties and using old stash- the best of both worlds! The items above are some that I've either recently purchased or am eyeing for my next order. And those Freckled Fawn Wood Chips made the list because they're just so stinking cute!

 
And now for the really fun part! I have a spot in Jen Gallacher's Tool School mini workshop at Two Peas to give away to one of my readers! Simply leave a comment below by Sunday, May 26 to enter, and I'll draw a winner on Monday. And if you've already signed up and happen to win? Two Peas will refund your purchase price. :)

Here's a bit about the class:

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We all have them: punches, die cut machines, die cut shapes, and even our most basic tools. And while some of these tools get more use than others, some get completely neglected. Garden Girl Jen Gallacher comes to the rescue with this workshop designed to help you use your tools in creative new ways. 
Whether you're looking to purchase and use new tools, or whether you're looking to stretch your tool supplies even further, this fun and exciting workshop will give you plenty of ideas to choose from. Lessons can be completed at your own pace. A private message board forum is also available to ask questions of both Jen and to connect with other participants.
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I'm so happy that you stopped by my little corner of the interwebs today! The lovely Paige Evans has the next post in our little hop ready and waiting to inspire you!