As I came to the blog to write this post I realized that it’s my 100 Post! YEAH me! (as London Tipton says…if you’re forced to watch Disney Channel as much as I am, you’ll know just what I’m talking about, if not…count yourself among the lucky ones!) Help me celebrate my 100th post by signing up to be a follower while you’re here! I’m hoping to get to 200 followers by the end of the year, so tell all your scrapbooking friends, bloggers or not, to stop by JulieChats. I promise to bring you all the greatest new scrapbooking products & techniques. And of course, if you’re looking for more inspiration, be sure to check out my “Get Your Creative On” section, for links to other creative blogs all around the world & the web!
You’ll probably notice that I don’t have a Layout of the Week this week! Well, it wasn’t because I wasn’t creative…I did create a Christmas layout, it is quite cute, if I do say so myself. But since I submitted it in Ella Publishing’s December cover contest, I can’t share it right now! Hopefully I’ll be back to tell you that it’s going to be on their cover…if not, I’ll share it with you soon! I used LUXE’s wood design paper for the background and Creative Imaginations’ bright new Christmas paper, a couple types of American Crafts’ THICKERS, 6 different mosaic tiles from Mark Richards, those cute little black letters that look like they came from my mom’s Dymo Labeler, my large corner rounder and an 8 x 8 photo of the cutest boy in the world…you want to see it, don’t you! Well, soon you will, one way or the other, did I say to wish me luck! Oh, and be sure to stop by Ella Publishing’s blog and website to check out all their great scrapbooking ebooks available for download, they’re only $5.99! I just downloaded two and can’t wait to share all the great layouts I create with them!
But even though I can’t inspire you with my Layout of the Week this week…don’t fret! 🙂 I was lucky enough to attend a fun creative workshop put on by EK Success and Petersen Arne this week here in Portland. The event was for scrapbook & craft stores and Twila, the owner of Whimzee’s Scrapbook Studio, where I work, invited me! And boy did I have fun! We got to create some wonderful things with products that aren’t available in stores yet and some that we just hadn’t gotten a chance to try out! After getting our kids off to school & driving across town, we were a little late, but arrived just in time to create THE cutest canvas bags with Jolee’s Jewels and the Hotfix tool. The bags, even without all the bling, are so cool. And I mean COOL, my 8 1/2 year old was so sad, as she grabbed the bag & started carrying it around, showing it off to her friend….I had to tell her, “You know, Delaney, that bag is Mommy’s!” So when I say cool, I mean it, just check it out for yourself:
Cool…right??? 🙂 Well, I wasn’t really so mean, I did tell her that we’d have these pink bags designed by Carolyn Gavin and the other cool turquoise ones in the store soon and she can make her own. The crystals are kind of difficult to see on the first photo, so I did take a second close up photo. But really, the photos don’t do the crystals justice! They certainly aren’t your run of the mill rhinestones! So if you’re looking for a way to put some bling in your life, don’t miss the Jolee’s Jewels Swarovski crystal collection and be sure to pick up EK’s Hotfix tool too! We’ll have them at Whizmee’s soon, so if you’re in the Portland area, stop by the store to see our cool bags!
I promise to share more of the cool projects I made next week! Just let me tell you, we were all VERY excited to find out we could take home the new Martha Stewart Around the Page Punches that we made one of our projects with! I’m ADDICTED to them now, I MUST have them all!