I am having a crazy week, but knowing that I won’t be able to scrap for a while (my mom is coming tomorrow!!) I knew I wanted to scrap as soon as I saw Mari’s new release:

This kit was originally made when Mari competed in (and won!!) the DSA designer apprentice contest, but it has lots of yummy additions! I love the patterns of the papers, and the colors!

Monthiversary #47

Refresh by Mari Koegelenberg
Alpha from Easter Bunnies by Mari Koegelenberg
Font: Pea Pumpkin Peters

I went a bit crazy with the design of this page, but I love how the pattern of that paper shows through the cuts! ๐Ÿ™‚

Let’s see how much else I can squeeze in before my mom arrives. No matter how happy I am to have her  here, it will be tough for me not to create for over two weeks!

Surviving Easter

It has been a tiring weekend! First getting the house and food ready for our Easter guest, and then eating all the delicious food DH made. I’m almost glad to be back to work today! (almost) ๐Ÿ˜‰ DH got an Easter card for Project 52 Cards, Week 17:

Week 17

You can see the Week 17 card here.

Easter’s On Its Way!

I know, I know… I’d said that I wanted to stay away from hybrid this week so that I could focus on getting caught up with my P365 and getting the house ready for my mom’s visit… But when I saw the new Easter kit by Jenn Barrette, how could I possibly resist?? ๐Ÿ™‚

It is adorable!! The colors are perfect for Easter, the patterns so soft and delicious, and the bunny and chick are too cute for words! I love this kit! I made a quick but oh-so-cute project with this kit, an Easter centerpiece:

Easter Vase 1

Easter Vase 1

Easter Vase 1

It will turn in handy, too, because we’re having a friend over for Easter, and this will look so nice on the dinner table! ๐Ÿ™‚ I also made a pretty card, but I will post that here tomorrow. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Do You LOVE Books?

There’s a gorgeous new collab in the ScrapMatters store today, from two of the April guest designers, Eva Kipler and Kate Hadfield.

I absolutely adore Kate’s doodles, and these will be so perfect for many pages! Bottle + glass of wine: check! Chocolate bar: check! Camera: check! Laptop: check! And so much more! But today I started by doing a page about my love for books. It sounds a bit stupid, but I had this big revelation a few weeks ago, and I wanted to document it. I had never thought about it, but DH is not a book lover. And this was quite a shock to me, since I have been raised up with love and books. ๐Ÿ™‚

A Lifelong Love Affair

Itโ€™s funny: Iโ€™ve known DH for almost 12 years, but Iโ€™ve only just realized that he doesnโ€™t LOVE reading. Sure, he likes it, but heโ€™s not crazy obsessed like me. I have always loved books. It started in kindergarten and grade school (I loved Spotโ€™s books and Roald Dahlโ€™s)and I really never stopped. My mom was just like me, and I never realized before that there are people who arenโ€™t like that. Of course, I know people who never read, like my grandma, or are intermittent, slow readers, like my dad and DH, but I never filled the dots. Anyway, we were out for dinner a couple of weeks ago, when I started telling him once more how he should really read a book that I loved, when I finally got it: he doesnโ€™t love to read. So I asked him if he liked to read as a kid, and he said he hated it! Thatโ€™s when I finally understood how blessed I am to have this passion. I couldnโ€™t live without books. Every few weeks or so, I feel the physical need to go to the bookstore to pick up a new book or two, and dream on…

Me, Myself and I by Eva Kipler and Kate Hadfield
Math’s Class Alpha by Kate Hadfield
Font: JH Kari

I also plan to make a little hybrid notebook with this kit to record my reads (I am a bit of a control freak at times ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) but it might not be for a while, with all the other stuff I should be doing first. ๐Ÿ™‚ This will be a busy weekend. We’ve invited a friend over for Easter and it’s the last weekend before my mom comes to visit (yay!). I am quite pleased with how this week went. Work-wise, I got a paper accepted in a journal, and two other papers accepted at a conference (earning me a trip to the West Coast this summer); scrap-wise, I made some good progress on my P365. Instead of finishing up one week at a time, I’ve decided to go ahead and get the journaling and photo selection and editing first, while my recollections are more fresh. I’ve done 4 weeks’ worth of pages this way already! I’m still only up to April 10 though, so more intense catching up is needed.

Easter Bunnies

Mari Koegelenberg has a new kit out today, an Easter kit!

It is totally adorable, full of bunnies and chicks. The papers are absolutely to.die.for!! Since bunnies are probably my favorite scrapping subject, and I had some brand new pictures to scrap, I made this:

Hoppy Easter

I admit to having a moderate obsession with bunnies. While shopping for some essential craft supplies at A.C. Moore, I stumbled upon some adorable bunnies in the clearance section. But then I hurried to grab my supplies, and by the time DH joined me from another store and started telling me to hurry (as usual), I had forgotten all about the bunnies. So the following day I convinced DH that we really had to buy parchment paper (we’d been out for a month already, so it wasn’t really that urgentโ€ฆ) using a 50% coupon, and brought him back to the bunnies. He was equally smitten, and, somehow, we decided we could do nothing else but bring all four of them home with us, with a little dog thrown in for good measure. No doubt, we’ll be having a HOPPY Easter this year!

Easter Bunnies by Mari Koegelenberg
Font: JH Kari

I had so much fun recoloring the bunny to match my bunnies. I think they turned out so cute! ๐Ÿ˜‰


Less than one week to Easter, less than two weeks to my mom’s visit… and I have so many things I’d like to get done before then!! First of all get the guest room tidied up (=move all my craft supplies out of the way…), then catch up on some of my P365… Luckily, I have at least 4 or 5 weeks’ worth of P52 Cards done already, so if I can force myself not to do any hybrid for the next few days, I should have quite some time on my hands to get the other stuff done. ๐Ÿ™‚ I gave DH one of the monkey cards yesterday. ๐Ÿ˜‰

P52 Cards - Week 16

You can see the Week 16 card here.

I am waiting to hear about three important things today, 2 work related and 1 scrap related. I hope to hear some good news soon! Hearing bad news on a Monday is a sure killer. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great week!

Choose To Be Happy

Jenn Barrette has a fabulous new collab out today with Lauren Reid (and it’s 20% off!):

All the word art pieces in this kit are so cool! I am loving all the pages with this kit in the galleries! I used it for an inspirational ATC, and, boy, did I need it on Wednesday evening when I made it: I’d had a pretty rough day at work and really needed to think positive.

ATC Choose to Be Happy

As you can see, it’s already sitting in my artist printer’s tray along with this ATC, and when I’ve filled in the remaining 10 spots I’ll get it hung on the wall. ๐Ÿ™‚

Monkey Business

I finished these cards on Monday and only just realized I haven’t blogged them yet. I am SO happy with how they turned out! But it’s no surprise, since I used this gorgeous collab by Jennifer Labre and Kate Hadfield:

Those monkey are adorable! (And I’m not even particularly fond of monkeys! ๐Ÿ˜‰ But these are just irresistible! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

I Love Hanging Out With You card

Monkeying Around by Jenn Labre and Kate Hadfield
New Growth alpha by Kate Hadfield
Font: Firefly castle

This card is so much more fun in person: I didn’t adhere the monkeys’ bodies to the card, so they swing around when you move the card. Too cute!

You Drive Me Bananas card

Monkeying Around by Jenn Labre and Kate Hadfield
Background paper from Growing Something Good by Jenn Barrette
Font: Firefly castle

I told you I was in love with that wood paper. ๐Ÿ˜‰