Thursday, December 31, 2009

Take Pictures Tonight!

Happy Last day of 2009!
I hope when you take a look back over the year - you can see the good things that happened!
I know I do!

Whatever your plans for tonight - a big party or a quiet evening at home...take some pictures!
They will go great on this new 1 Creative Bug Quick Kit!

Quick Kits are only $7.00 - and they go together QUICK!
There will be 1 to 3 new Quick Kits a month - all for just $7.00 each!
Here is the first January Quick Kit:
"New Year"

This kit comes with everything you see here as well as years 2008& 2009 - and if you need a special year cut, I can do that free of charge! Just let me know!

Quick Kits come with most items precut- there is some simple assembly required,

but I promise - they are QUICK!

If you'd like to order the "New Year" quick kit- shoot me an email!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A Very Disney Christmas...


This layout is so cute! 1 Creative Bug designer Shannon Blinn uses a lot of layering to give this page subtle dimension. Shannon and her family paid the magic kingdom a visit in 2008 - giving 1 Creative Bug the challenges of creating die cuts and paper piecings for Shannon to use in her album. For this page I created the mouse ear hat die cut. I love how Shannon added the jewels for an accent.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas in California . . .

Christmas in California tends to be special... no snow- just abundant sunshine. The cousins LOVE playing at the Rosas Ranch Playground any day of the year.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Don't forget....

to take a picture of the tree BEFORE the kids attack it... I try to get a picture of each child's "pile" ... it shows their new "buddy" as well as the wrapping paper of the year...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Paper Piercing Fun


It's kind of hard to tell in the picture--- but I created my title (Believe) by poking holes in cardstock... easy to do!

Print your title in REVERSE on plain paper. Use a temporary adhesive to attach to a cardstock strip that coordinates with your layout. Now use a piercing tool or a push pin and poke in even intervals along the word. When you are finished remove your pattern, flip your cardstock over and wa-la!- a paper pierced title.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Make an Easy Magnet

Howdy Blog Fans!! How is everyone doing? Getting ready for the Holidays... we are already 5 days into Chaunaka and well on our way to Christmas.
This is an easy project you can whip up anytime --- the base is just a chipboard rectangle with a square window cut out for the picture. Covering chipboard is not a new technique - but man I am loving it. I made chipboard tags this year to adorn all my packages.
What are you doing with chipboard these days?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

It's all about the PRESENTS!


This is another 3 page layout I did showing the opening of the presents... my favorite part of this layout has got to be the chipboard presents I created with various rectangles covered in patterned paper - it was time consuming, but so worth it!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Even our Fur Babies get into the Holiday Spirit!

Look at this adorable layout of designer Shannon Blinn's doggie Jenny!
Shannon used 1 Creative Bug die cut snowflakes and a cute calendar embellishment too!
Don't forget to document your fur babies and their part in the holiday season!

Monday, December 7, 2009

The 2009 Visit with Santa

Let me first thank Santa Claus - because this was no "helper" !!!
Santa was the Real Deal and the kids couldn't have been more excited. Thanks Santa for taking the time to visit the Festival of the Trees this year.

I love how the bugs are looking at Santa and just chatting. They sat with him a good 5 minutes!





Then Santa stopped over to revisit and read a story - the Bugs and their good friends even participated in a Parade with Santa. I think this this will be a year to remember!
Here are some fun ideas for scrapping your Santa Visit Layouts:
* Create a page "looking back" at all the visits with Santa over the years
* Journal the requests your kids made to Santa
* Put letters to Santa as hidden journaling
*Record the date, time of day and place of your visit
Do you have more ideas??? Please share them by leaving a comment!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Sitting with Santa

I love our annual visit with Santa... this layout uses the 2007 picture... now the bugs are getting older and more observant, we had to introduce the idea of Santa's Helpers since Santa might look differentfrom year to year... this year we got so lucky - I'm telling you the REAL Sanata... keep checking he blog for this years layout and you'll see what i mean!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

It's Cookie Baking Time!



Many of our holiday traditions start in the kitchen! How many of you bake cookies for Christmas? Raise your hands! I DO, I DO! We have some that we ONLY bake at Christmas time.


Here is a layout I made documenting one such event - I had so many pictures I made it a 3 Page layout!









3 page layouts are not common, but they sure are fun. I create more of them now that I discoverd a neat product:











Panoramic Page Protectors








These work in postbound albums, you get 6 in a pack for $9.00... if you use strap hinge albums, have no fear, you can also create 3 page layouts!




This pack of Expand A Pages fits all Strap Hinge albums (including Creative Memories) . It is available for $6.50 and you just slip on your regular side load page protectors.
These two products can be special ordered at anytime - just let me know what and how many you'd like!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Get ready to Crop!

I have two crops this weekend - back to back! First it's Friday night Fun at St. Catherine's for our Holiday Crop and Potluck. From 6 pm until midnight we'll be celebrating the season - bring a potluck dish to share, your $5.00 donation and if you'd like to participate in the ornament exchange - bring one of those too! Take a look at this GREAT ornament I received last year:



If you are not busy this Saturday - I'll be cropping for 12 hours at the California School for the Deaf in Riverside. Our monthly 10 - 10 - 10 crop is always a blast. From 10 am - 10 pm you can crop for just $10.00 and a potluck dish. We always have YUMMY food!

I hope to spark your holiday creativity with some affordable homemade gifts. I'll have plenty of stickles and adhesive on hand as well - both make excellent stocking stuffers or Secret Santa Gifts.

If you need more information, or want to reserve a spot at either of these events, shoot me an email by clicking HERE.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The BIG move is finished!


Hello everyone! It has been awhile since I blogged because of our Family's BIG move... my relocation to Riverside is complete and I look forward to better serving my local scrappers needs. For all you Far Away Fans - order away, I'm here for you too!