Sunday, July 30, 2017

Weekly Recap // July 30, 2017

Wow, so it's week 2 of my new round-up posts here, and I'm already running late! It's been a crazy week, though- our central air conditioning unit decided to die mid-week, and it was several days before we had cooling again in the house! And, of course, those several days would be when the temperatures here were in the mid 90s with humidity hovering somewhere around 88%. Darren and I were both scrambling around working on that little hiccup, so everything else kind of took a back seat for a while.

I did scrap two digital layouts for The Lilypad this week, though! The first uses the August 2017 edition of Just Jaimee's Storyteller subscription. This has got to be, hands down, one of the best values in digital scrapbooking, and her designs are always fantastic!

I've been working on catching up on past years of Project Life (the photos and notes are all there, the time to scrap just often isn't), and I used the August edition of The Lilypad's Memory Pockets Monthly subscription for a spread from 2015. Darren was peeking over my shoulder while I was working on this one and really liked seeing photos of the progress on the workshop that he built for me that summer, so there's at least one plus to continuing to work on these pages- even if I am a couple of years late!

One last quick thing, just in case you're interested- Simon Says Stamp has all of the new Lawn Fawn goodies that will be released at the end of August up for preorder. I just finished organizing all of the new stamps and dies this week and am gearing up to make projects for the next Inspiration Week on the Lawn Fawn blog. I am so excited about all of the new products!

I hope you all had a great weekend and have a wonderful week. Until next time!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Weekly Recap // July 21, 2017

It's really time that I dust the ol' blog off and try to do something with it again! Even though the days of me having time to blog daily are long gone (let's face it, I can't even get an post up on Instagram every day!), I still scrap for Lawn Fawn and The Lilypad and would like a place to share what's going on at those two places.

Ashli Oliver had an amazing idea last year to round up all of her scrapping and art journaling posts from various galleries and social media into one blog post each week, and I'm going to borrow that idea from her and try to round up all of my work each Friday. We'll see if I can actually keep up with it!

Lawn Fawn has been showing off their new stamps, dies, papers, and accessories all week long. It's an absolutely massive release with three paper lines, 14 new stamp sets, 24 standalone dies, and new ink cubes, embossing powders, and glitter. Everything will be available for purchase in late August.

I think that my favorite of the bunch is the new Knock on Wood paper line- the colors are so pretty, and the pattern will go with almost anything!

You can see all of the new releases in Lawn Fawn's daily posts:

Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5

Last fall I joined the Pollywog creative team at The Lilypad and had been having a blast making digital layouts for them. Digital scrapbooking is so much easier and faster for me in so many ways- all of the supplies are stored on a hard drive and don't require extra shelves, the ability to "undo" changes (especially with paint!) is amazing, and cleanup is as simple as closing down Photoshop.

This week I made two layouts for their weekly Froggy Friday release. You can click through each layout to see it in The Lilypad gallery along with links to the products used for each page.

The Lilypad is also having its annual Christmas in July sale this week! If you still have photos from Christmases past to catch up on, this is a great time to grab some fresh supplies to work on them! Everything in the Christmas, Winter, and Document Your December categories is 35% off through July 30.

And I did manage to get one post up on Instagram this week! I'm the official keeper of my niece and nephew's school keepsakes, and last weekend I spent some time photographing everything in the box that my brother sent home with me at the end of their school year. 

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Some of the physical items will be kept, but a lot of it can be recycled now. All of the pictures will be printed into a photo book for each child, so at the end of their school careers they'll theoretically have one tote full of the actual projects and then a collection of slim photo books that capture everything else. 

And now I'm off to work for the day and then to enjoy the weekend. Thanks so much for stopping by!