How is it October in my sweet life?

My mind is realing at the fact that is October 17th…apply all the cliche’s here about how quickly time goes by! Time really does fly.

In some ways that is frustrating when I have so many things to get done in the day. I want to clone myself and send each of me to take on different aspects of my life just so I can keep up & do all things well. Working, Creating, Wife, Mom, Friend, Auntie, Sister…finding the balance. The sweet spot where everything just jives is a hard persuit.

In some ways it’s exciting that time is going by so quickly. It means we are getting closer to the holidays (my favorite time of year) and also closer to vacation which is 33 days away! We have planned for a year for this family vacation. It is a treat we are so excited to give my parents & siblings – perhaps once in a lifetime trip although I hope it spurs a tradition! I am so looking forward to boarding the big cruise ship and checking out of life for a solid week. Just pure relaxation and family time. It’s so needed right now. I live a sweet life and I don’t spend enough time savoring that so I hope time sloooowss down for our vacation so we have loonnng days to enjoy.

I did take some time this week to do some creating which re-juvenates me so much. Here is a layout about one of the sweetest parts of my life, my amazing husband. It’s hard to remember my life before him, we met & started dating when I was 17 years old – just babies! Now he turns 30 this week which is just crazy in my mind…again time flies. I wish him a very happy 30th and look forward to making more sweet memories in years and years to come. XOXO

Back to my layout, which I couldn’t share without talking about the awesome product. 99% of the goodness I used for this page is Pink Pailee’s Sweetness line. It is a non-traditional mix of colors in a line about love & valentine’s day. There are amazing rub ons, papers, & stickers to coordinate. And guess what??? I WON ALL THE PRODUCT! I was the very lucky recipient of a HUGE Pink Paislee prize basket at fun scrappin’ event. Our LSS, Signed, Sealed & Delivered brought in Rebecca Cross who is the founder & owner of Pink Paislee to teach for a day. We all got tons of product for the great classes she taught and then to win was just the icing on the cake. Stick a fork in me I am done! She’s amazing… the entire day was amazing and getting to create with heaps of free scrappin’ product is amazing. Another sweet spot in my life this week.

 

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Upcoming CHA

Greetings fellow scrappers! We are just a few weeks away from the semi annual CHA Show in Rosemont, IL. This is THE show for scrapbooking companies to release their newest products and I am very excited to be able to attend this year on behalf of 2 Katie Designs. Since my business partner is very much pregnant (popping any day now) I am dragging my husband along with me to the show. (Shhh…he will never admit this out loud but I think he is kind of excite to be there as he knows just about as much about scrapbooking as myself!)

Anyway, lots of companies are offering sneak peaks that get your mouth watering before the show here are a few we are just loving.

Bella Blvd. – http://bellablvd.typepad.com/bella_blvd/

Crate Paper – http://crate.typepad.com/cratepaper/

Cosmo Cricket – http://www.cosmocricket.typepad.com/

Sassafrass – http://sassafras.typepad.com/sassafras/

My Mind’s Eye – http://mymindseye.com/LF/021-LF-Line.asp#

Stay tuned for daily updates on 2Katie Designs Facebook page during CHA for updates live form the show floor!

Happy Scrappin’  – Tennis

Feels like summer

Arkansas weather feels like we are just on the edge of summer. The season I love the most!

I love no school, which equallys sleeping in!

I love a sweating kiddo

I love big sunglasses and sunscreen

I love afternoons splashing in the pool & the smell of chlorine

I love having time to read (currently enjoying Jodi Picoult’s “19 Minutes”)

I love Watermelon and BBQ’s

I love NO agendas, NO activities, NO sporting events

I love watching her jump in the sprinkler & eating popsicles

We are right there, so close! A few more weeks of school then we are home free. Awe

Of course we have to scrapbook all those amazing summer moments as well! I LOVE bright colors for summer and I have a few favorites I can’t wait to use, they are really just screaming to have photos on them of swimsuits, beaches, big sunglasses and kite flying.

The first is from a new company Echo Park Paper Company. Summertime is their first and only line released so far and they have my mouth watering as to just what they will put out next. It is very bright and great for boys or girls. It features a lot of banners which are the “it” thing right now too.

The second is from October Afternoon and it’s called “Fly a Kite”. It is more muted but still summer ready and very kitchy which is totally cute. Good for far more than kite flying pics.

As soon as I get my pics on this paper I will share! Happy Scrapping.

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2Katie Designs

Chances are if you know me, you know my BFF Katie Tillman as well. Call us Thelma and Louise, Twiddle Dee and Twiddle Dumb, Thing 1 and Thing 2, Dumb & Dumber…you get the point. When you get one, most of the time you get the other too. We work together professionaly, our families hang out together, we scrapbooking together and now after years of dreaming and discussing we are entreprenuers together with the birth of 2Katie Designs. Our friendship began with scrapbooking and I can’t wait to see where it takes us in this new venture.

We didn’t start this business because we think we are rock stars (that’s just fact -j!), but because we see a lack of class options and scrapbooking events in our area of the woods. We hope to share or love and cultivate more scrapbookers to get into the hobby. It’s a hobby that records our families legacy and it’s an awesome creative outlet for us.

The business side of things has taken weeks but it feels good to be official and actaully teaching our “students”. We are glad to have all of you along for the ride with us. Join is at www.facebook.com/2katiedesigns

Scrapbook News & Review

So I am just tIcKLed and have to share with someone…or everyone

I am going to have 4 layouts published in Scrapbook News & Review coming out October 24th!!! I recieved an email yesterday regarding the publication and while I am so excited to be a part of it, I am bummed because my husband is out of town for a 3 day drill weekend and left his phone behind. So of course the one person I want to share with most isn’t here to cheer me on. Bittersweet I suppose.

Anyway, this is only the 2nd online submission I have made so I was excited to be selected for the issue. From my understanding it is for an article revolving around different scrapbooking styles from Modern Clean lined, to Shabby Chic, Digital or Ecclectic. I think I am falling into Shabby Chic, maybe Ecclectic though. We will just have to see. But they picked 4 out of 4 of the layouts I sent to them for consideration.

Like I said I am just tickled because I have won a few contests before but this is my first publication…look out Lisa Bearson here I come!!!

BTW, I of course can’t post the layouts as they have the rights for them for the magazine but I will scan pics of the magazine once it comes out to share. Kaia is also excited to be the model in the magazine since she is in most of the pics but Blaklie, Boston, Chelsie and myself as well as a huge family group shot will be in there.

Acrylic Album

My favorite gal  pal, Katie Jo, did this AmAzzzInGG acrylic album for a baby gift for another friend. I think you will agree that any new mama would love to get a gift like this!

The album is over the top girlie with pastels, bling, butterflies, flowers and everything to showcase the perfect little girl poses.

Thanks for Katie Jo for letting me share with everyone on my blog as well!

Obnoxious Shirts

So I just have to add another pic from the CK Tulsa Convetion…this is actually in my driveway once Katie & I have returned home with an SUV jam packed full of scrapbooking goodies! We are worn out but still smiling. The big sunglasses are oh so typical of us and the Paper Ho shirts just top off the weekend. They make me laugh, while I am sure to others they are just obnoxious but OH WELL!

The Paper Ho's are finally home...with more than 100 sheets of new paper each!

The Paper Ho's are finally home...with more than 100 sheets of new paper each!