Monday, July 21, 2014

Brighton Pier | What I picked up!

Yay! The day is here, Brighton Pier has hit the shop over at Studio Calico!!! I know sometimes when a new collection comes in it can be a bit overwhelmin and you just aren't sure what to grab so I wanted to share with you what I picked up and why! 

Let's face facts here, this is the reason I made sure to RUN (not walk) over to Studio Calico. This handbook. It is perfect in everyway. First off the color = win. Anything with Kal = win and that adorable little mint strap (I love little touches like that) = win. (As I wrote this post this sold out, just click the notify me or watch for it to pop back in the shop) 

Masks are so HOT right now and I LOVE using them with Mister Hueys, mold paste etc! I also love the little size!! Just too much fun!

I personally LOVE 6x6 pads. Since I am not a 12x12 scrapbooker and when I do a layout it is often on a white or kraft background this is the perfect way to get all the fun patterns in a cute little compact pad, and at $5.99 that is a steal!!

I am a sucker for transparencies, and anytime one is avaialble I buy it. I am not much help here! I mean seriously they are so much fun! I LOVE using them for mini album covers, slip in a 3x4 pocket they are really perfect for ANYTHING and everything!!

What did you pick up from the collection?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Guest Designer for American Crafts

Amazingly excited to be a guest designers for American Crafts! Please head on over to their blog to see all their fun products and how I used them! I had a blast playing!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A confession I can only make to you....

.. I think you will understand....

I was amazingly blessed to be able to leave my life behind and run away with my husband for 11 days to ALASKA!!!! (P.S. AMAZINGNESS.. more to come on that!!) but I did have that itsy bitsy tiny thought oh *ohmygrapesiwillmissreveal* especially when I saw the card add-on stamp!! I had thoughts of asking a friend to pick up a couple things for me but I thought... no.. I don't NEED everything every month! :) I can TOTALLY do without it..... friends... what do you think is the VERY first thing I did after I tucked my kids in bed for the night the night we got home from Alaska? Studio Calico. That is right. Check out all the awesomness I missed (I don't know why I thought it was a good idea to torture myself like that) and I was SURPRISED to find out some amazing treasures were still up for grabs! I wanted to share with you what I picked up because I am in SHOCK it is still available!!

This was the kit I was thinking I would have to create an e-bay account to bid it out for! LOL :) But seriously... that STAMP SET!!!! I want to create MILLIONS of cards with it! The layering possibilities  I can NOT wait to use it! 

These little cards in the Project Life kit this month stole my heart and even though I wanted to just carry around in my pocket for whenever I needed to smile... I used them in my PL so HOW excited am I to see a stamp and DIE set?! Just adorable!

I love LARGE sentiments that make a statement on a page or a card so I put this baby DIRECTLY in my cart right when I saw it! I could see it being a title on a fun page about my husband or simply the front of a card.. so many possibilities!

Yes. I love tabs. I want to put tabs on anything and when I see anything tab related in a store I don't even think about it! So imagine my delight when I saw this adorable stamp and DIE set from Marcy?! SCORE!!! 

So that is what I scooped up and is STILL available!! What did you get this month? What was your favorite goodie?

Monday, June 30, 2014

Journaling Bible | Janice Matsunaga-Mochajan

I am OVER the moon to have some AMAZING guests over the next couple of weeks for our journaling bible series! Janice is someone I have gotten to know a little better through a handful of emails and I have to say she is just about the SWEETEST person you will EVER meet. So let's hear a little bit about her process!

"I've been a notetaker all my life.  So naturally, I have stacks of notes everywhere.  Stacks on top of stacks.  When I saw Shanna's Instagram post on how she was taking sermon notes using the paper53 app, I thought it would be a great way to lessen my stacks.  Then Shanna posted about her Journaling Bible.  I was instantly inspired!!
I asked my family for a Journaling Bible for Mother's Day and only recently started using it to record and document my thoughts and reflections.  I love how there is so much room to take notes.  In the Old Testament poetic books, you can write on both sides of the text.  I am also recording special verses, prayer requests, song lyrics, notes from articles and books, devotional and quiet time main ideas.  The possibilities are endless.

I find myself diggin' deeper into His word and asking myself, "What is the Lord wanting to teach me with this scripture, in this season of my life?"  I'm taking sermon notes differently now and like Jil Larson mentioned,  "I am now so focused during sermons."  And my stacks are getting shorter."

Janice, thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your process with us, I know it is such a personal journey but you have inspired me and I am sure so many others with opening up to us! THANK YOU!! 

Send Janice some love:



Sunday, June 29, 2014

Penny Arcade!!!

Do you ever have points in your scrapbooking that you take a turn in the road and it totally revunivates your creativity? I am there. And I am loving it. Now I know this may not translate to what you are seeing from me on your end.... but I am really focusing more on the STORY behind the page and it has become such a rewarding experience for me!

What I love about these kits is they are the perfect for the backdrop and I love all the embelishments that come in the packs!!

I loved the cloud theme seen throuhout the main kits

This is a 12x12 (woha) without photos, it is a love letter to Jonathan 
reguarding the time he was 1/2 around the world for a year. 

Here it is folded in 1/2 (to fit inside a 6x12 insert for PL) 

I made sure you could lift this flap to be able to read all the journaling.

I also really wanted to make a mini this month and here it is! 
VERY simple just a single piece of cardstock for the base folded accordian style. 

Project LIFE!!! Oh how I love this time of year when your binder
 starts to fill and you can see it as a collective piece!!

To check out the latest kits from Studio Calico head on over!!!

xox Shanna

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Be Right Back

Jonathan and I are unplugging and headed off on a 10 day Alaskan cruise to celebrate our 15 year wedding anniversay.  I have a couple posts coming but otherwise I will see you when we get back!!