Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday Deal!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!
Now it's on to black Friday, the big day of deals, and there is no exception here =)
Today you can get a copy of Designs By Ashley Rock: 12x12 Scrapbook Sketches for only $4! WOW. Regularly $13.99 so this is an amazing deal.  

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Basic Grey: "Soleil" Card And Sketch

One of my favorite performances I have ever seen was about 10 years ago by Cirque Du Soleil in Disney World at Downtown Disney, I fell in love with their acrobatic performance and fun bright colors. Cirque Du Soleil is French for Circus Of The Sun and I think their performance matched the name perfectly! When I saw the Basic Grey collection "Soleil" the name brought me back to seeing that show and the colors were a fun mixture just like the performance, I only have one picture from that day but this collection makes me want to go back to see it again (and of course take more pictures) ;]

But for today I have this card I made using the collection: 

And here is the sketch that inspired the card:

Material List: 
Summer Daisy
Yellow Umbrella
Bazzill Wayfarer Flowers: Yukon Gold, Lava, Whirlpool
Liquid Pearls: Buttercup
Bazzill White Cardstock

Friday, November 2, 2012

Sketch Of The Month: November 2012

Happy Friday! I am a day late on this post, oops!

It's sketch of the month time and this month I have a fun double page sketch and a layout using the sketch to share. Yay.

November Sketch:

My layout using the sketch. The paper line for this layout is Jillibean Soup "Grandma's Lima Bean Soup" collection: 

Material List:
*Bazzill Cardstock: (2) Hillary, Kraft, Powder
*Cardstock Stickers
*Pea Pod Parts
*Bite Size Bits
*Soup Staples II: Yellow Salt, Turquoise
*Small Onion
*Liquid Pearls: Buttercup

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Cards!

Good Morning ghouls and ghosts, it's one of my favorite times of the year, Halloween! I am excited that this year Trick Or Treat falls on the actual Halloween day (at least here for us) and in honor of the holiday I have two spooky cards using My Minds Eye "Lost & Found Halloween" collection to share with you!

Materials Used:

*American Crafts Neutrals Cardstock Pack
*Accessory Sheet
*Liquid Pearls: Buttercup

Materials Used: 
*American Crafts Neutrals Cardstock Pack
*Accessory Sheet
*Hallows Pattern
*Hallows Halloween Ads
*Bazzill Cardstock: Yam

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Jillibean Soup "Grandma’s Limabean Soup" Layout and Sketch

Today I have another sketch and layout to share, I have been a busy bee making these sketches and layouts to go with them, I will have several to share over the next few weeks and I am so excited about that ;) 

And here is a layout I made using the sketch above: 

This layout is of my beautiful sister Koria, this picture was taken two years ago, a couple weeks before she got married--- this has always been my favorite picture of her. It's so colorful, bright and full of energy which is every bit Koria to the core!

Material List:
*Bazzill Cardstock: Vanilla
*Lean Ham
*Pea Pod Parts
*Cardstock Stickers
*Dry Lima Beans
*Soup Staples II: Red Salt, Navy Salt
*Cats Eye: Black
*Bazzill Wayfarer: Yukon Gold Flowers
*Brown Twine
*Stickles: Black Diamond

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Scrapbook Sketch and My Minds Eye Halloween Layout

Halloween is quickly approaching---- I went out yesterday and picked up some make up for my zombie costume!! I am so excited, I loooove Halloween ;)

Today I have a double page sketch to share along with a layout I created using this sketch.

This layout is from last August when I went with my sister and niece to Charleston, SC to visit my nephew Tommy for a week--- it was amazing, I absolutely LOVE the south, from the beautiful 200+ year old live oak tree's to the haunted buildings and culture. While exploring the lively downtown area of Charleston we stopped off at The Battery Carriage House Inn across from Battery Park to see if we could see this infamous ghost that resides at the inn---- I don't know the story behind it yet but what I do know is there is a headless male ghost that stays at the inn and is rumored to hop on in with some of the female guests who decide to stay there..... So we were off to check out this ghost, we walked around the inn and went through the garden and checked all the windows but there were no headless men walking around =[.

However--- later when I got home I noticed that the only pictures that were blurry were from inside the Battery Carriage Inn--- and not only that but every photo I took of Tommy, Mariah and Angel they had a body part blurred out or missing, coincidence??? Hmmmmmmmm.....

Material List:
*American Crafts Neutral Cardstock Pack
*Accessory Sheet
*Hallows Music
*Hallows Halloween Ads
*Hallows Skull Doily
*Hallows Dot
*Hallows Rounds
*Jillibean Grandmas Limabean Soup Cardsotck Stickers
*Liquid Pearls: Buttercup

Friday, October 12, 2012

Card Sketch Of The Month: October 2012

Good Morning!

Today I am sharing with you a sketch and card I made using it ;)

October's Card Sketch:

And here is the card I made using the sketch above, you can also find this card on display at Cord Scrapbook Studio

Material List: 
*Cardstock Stickers
*Pea Pod Parts
*Soup Staples II: Red Salt
*Bazzill Cardstock: Kraft
*Stickles: Black Diamond

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Good Morning! Hope you all are having a great start to the day, it's half way through the work week--- woo-hoo! This week has actually gone by pretty fast for me =} Hope your week is going the same way.

I recently received some purses from my boyfriends mom, her aunt who lives in the village in The Gambia hand made these lovely purses and she asked if I would do her a favor and sell them for her, of course I said sure!  

*The purses are a basket woven style, the material is like a plastic and they are tote size.
*They sell for $35 each plus shipping.

If you are interested or have any further questions, e-mail me at

*Shipping within United States only.

Have a great day!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Making A Card With October's Layout Sketch

On October 1st I posted this double page layout sketch:

But this sketch does not have to be used just for layouts, Sybrina K has a lovely Christmas/New Years card that she made using the sketch above:

To create this card Sybrina focused on the left page of the double page sketch and simply replaced the photo spot for a sentiment! I absolutely love the layering circle's she made as an embellishment along with her sub title----- and what a great idea to include a "Happy New Year" along with the Merry Christmas, Thanks Sybrina for sharing how you turned a layout sketch into a card.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Sketch Of The Month: October 2012

Welcome October! I don't know why but I am always so surprised by the coming of a new month, you would think I'd be prepared at least once but no-- as always I cant believe it's here already! Not to mention it's the month that begins all the seasonal holidays, bring on Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years--- but let's not get ahead of ourselves!! 

Since it's the first of the month that means it's time for a new sketch, yay! Today I am sharing with you October's Sketch Of The Month. This months sketch is all about fall and the changing of the leaves, my favorite thing about this time of year ;] 

You can check out more sketches on my Facebook, Pinterest and exclusive sketches in my book, Designs By Ashley Rock: 12x12 Scrapbook Sketches Volume One.

Monday, September 24, 2012

BoBunny Camp-A-Lot: Adventure Layout!

Today I have a layout to share with you that I made for Cord Scrapbook Studio using the BoBunny "Camp-A-Lot" collection! This collection is great for so many different things such as camping trips, wondering around in the woods, bike rides, fishing, picnics, trips to the park or any ol' guy thing! It could just be me, or an Ohio thing--- I am not sure, but I am obsessed with the outdoors and random adventures so this line had my name written alllllllll over it!

I am always up for an adventure, especially when it is a new place that I have not yet been to! Tiffany and I had set out to Hocking Hills and went to Cantwell Cliffs to take pictures and enjoy nature. We spent a good hour or so hiking before setting off to try another park--- only after a few minutes in the car the GPS lost signal and we could not find our way to the next park (what did we do before GPS again?) With nowhere to stop and ask directions we back tracked our steps to get us back to the main freeway, slightly disappointed that our adventure ended sooner than we wanted we began to head home. It didn't take long for our disappointment to wear off, we soon were distracted by a sign directing to Clear Creek Metro Park (perhaps a "sign" saying "your adventure is not over!"), neither of us having ever been there we both looked at each other and said "Let's Go!".

We arrive at Clear Creek within minutes, it was not far off the freeway at all. Excited we get out our camera and walk along the grassy path enjoying the view of the lake and trees along the way. After a while we decide we better turn around and head back before the sun begins to set. We make it most of the way back without a hitch, until I feel something brush against my legs and I do a little jump, Tiffany turns around and starts screaming and running! Now I know if Tiffany is running than I need to book it, so without even knowing what brushed up against my legs I run and run and run while screaming and yelling at Tiffany to tell me what it was that touched me! We stop running once we are close enough to the parking lot and Tiffany catches her breath enough to tell my it was a snake and it was approx 3ft long and in mid air when she saw it. I'm not typically scared of snakes but a 3ft snake in mid air attempting to attack my legs is one I am not a fan of either.

Happy and a bit overwhelmed in the success of our adventure we get in the car to take off and head home, back to the city where snakes don't typically randomly attack people. Only---- half way home I realize I don't have my cell phone anymore. Oh no, I need my phone! So after a 5 second debate we head back to death valley and put on our brave faces as we tip toe on grounds we once peacefully walked along not even an hour before to look for my phone. Unsuccessful at finding my phone we determined the snake must have taken it since its attack on me did not satisfy him. We once again head back home only to first stop by Verizon to get me a new phone..... Naturally they man working there asked what happened to my phone, I took a deep breath and told him my story while Tiffany is hysterically laughing. I really am not sure he believed me, he had the strangest look of disbelief on his face--- I swear Verizon guy, it's true! (I can not make this stuff up!).

Finally, I am back home and must start messaging everyone for their numbers (because I am not smart enough to do the backup online, oops), imagine telling this story 105x! Oh boy, it definitely made for a good laugh. Next time, I will be sure to make my phone first priority when running. 

Material List:

*Bazzill Honeycomb Cardstock (2)
*12” Campalot
*In The Woods
*Cut Outs

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

BoBunny Camp-A-Lot: Card

Today's post is using the material from BoBunny's "Camp-A-Lot" Collection--- I made this card for Cord Scrapbook Studio

I left the title on this card blank because I am not sure exactly what occasion I want to use it for yet. I always seem to have a harder time coming up with guy cards (mainly because I love flowers and super sparkly bling oh so much). But I love that it is a generic guy card so when the time comes I can easily slap on any sentiment for when something pops up. I have a lot of friends who are graduating and going on to interviews for their first major career, perhaps a birthday coming up or a get well soon card.... either way which ever comes first I am for once prepared! I really should make cards like this more often.

Material List:

*Kraft Cardstock
*Falling Stars
*Stickles: Black Diamond

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Unrelated Topic: Earn Coupons & Gift Cards

So this post is not scrapbook or craft related, but it could help you save money to buy more supplies (so it's kinda related... right? I know-- it's a stretch, lol). Anyway, I came across this website last week called Recyclebank and basically it's a site where you read articles, play games, take quizzes to earn points. Your points accumulate and then you can trade your points in for items as small as coupons of everyday household cleaning products to items as big as $10 gift cards to places like Steak and Shake or Walmart.

I just opened this account last week and I've already redeemed points for $10 off two entree's at Ruby Tuesday and a $10 Ruby Tuesday Giftcard, so I was pretty excited about it and wanted to spread the word along to you! (Hmm--- that sounds like a sales pitch, it's not, I promise) Anywho, if this is the type of thing your into I definitely suggest checking it out =]. Click Here to take a looksie. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Bazzill Wayfarer: Banjul Market!

Today I am sharing with you another layout that I made for Cord Scrapbook Studio using the Bazzill Wayfarer Collection! I highly, highly, highly recommend this line, I love the texture and weight to this collection, not to mention the patterns and colors are stunning too! 

I have been noticing in pictures that most of the tshirts I wear are scrapbook vendor tshirts--- LOL. You know you are a scrap-addict when most of your wardrobe consists of scrapbook vendor tshirts! I always get a lot of questions and comments on them too--- love it!

One hot afternoon I wandered off to the Banjul Market with Baz and his sister Koria, I was on a mission to buy some fabric to get some traditional african outfits made. We are walking around looking at all the different patterns and textures, I love it, it is like buying scrapbook paper that you can have turned into an outfit! I purchased a couple different fabrics and as we are walking around I spot this man selling watermelons. In The Gambia you can really only buy food that is in season and for whatever reason while I am there I get the strangest cravings, I had been telling Baz for about a week at that point that I need a watermelon, I just have to have one. So, when I saw that man across the way selling slices of watermelon I was overwhelmed with joy! I yelled for Baz and Koria and ran over to that man and got what my little heart (or perhaps, stomach) had been desiring. It was the tastiest watermelon I ever ate, and I was on cloud 9! After consuming my watermelon I was at peace............ until the next day when I craved pizza, oye!

Material List:

*12x12 pack
*pretty buttons
*paper tape
*stickles: Black Diamond

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Bazzill Wayfarer Double Page Layout

Today I am sharing with you a double page layout that I made for Cord Scrapbook Studio using the Bazzill "wayfarer" collection. This collection may be one of my absolute favorite lines, (it's so hard to have a favorite but this is def in the running!). I really like the soft colors and the patterns that went along with this collection, it is a fabulous travel line!

This layout is of the actual traveling Baz and I did to get from Ohio to The Gambia, which trust me, was an adventure all  on its own (And it's a good thing I LOOOOVE adventures)! We left for the Columbus airport around 8am on a Saturday morning all bright and perky, filled with excitement to see Baz's family. Everything goes fairly smoothly (and by fairly smoothly, I mean we didn't end up having to leave the Columbus Airport and reschedule another flight for the next day out of a Washington DC airport and drive all the way there in a rush like the last time--- but that's a whole other travel story!) Like I was saying--- "fairly smoothly", we get checked in and go through the scanner, I go through no problem but Baz's pants with "bling" on them set off the detector (whoops, we forgot about that!) so he gets the extra pat down, which by now he is used to--- his name usually gets him the extra pat down anyway. We are grabbing his carry on's when he suddenly realizes he cant find his green card, a fairly big problem to have while in an airport and leaving/entering the country. I'm trying to calm him down and telling him to check certain places, his pockets, wallet, outside zippers but it does not help because he is freaking out. The airport workers are all looking around trying to help him find it, checking under machines and everything, after about 3 minutes which felt more like 30 Baz found it--- in his back pocket. Men.

So after that minor fiasco we board our first flight, a little over an our to JFK where we have our layover. Once we arrive we get lunch and browse around until our next flight which we board perfectly fine and prepare ourselves for the next 7 hours in the air. Thank God our flights were relatively smooth because when we landed in Senegal we had enough energy for all the chaos, we got through customs fine, got the passports stamped and headed off to get out luggage---- which is where the chaos began. Now, African airports aren't quite as organized as American ones in the first place so I don't have high expectations to begin with, but I have to say I was not prepared when we arrived at the luggage area, stood around for about 15 minutes and then all the airline workers decide since the conveyor belts are not working to go ahead and just throw everyone luggage out on the floor for people to trample over each other and find our own bags and it's not just our flight's luggage either, there were about two other planes full of people whose luggage was all thrown everywhere. I stood off to the side with the carry on's while Baz went into the crazy crowd (imagine everybody there is a pre-teen and the luggage is Justin Bieber--- that's what it was like!) After about an hour Baz managed to find all 4 of our bags and we went outside to meet his friend Yusuf who was waiting for us.

From there the three of us caught a taxi to get us to the car park. A car park is pretty much a large parking lot filled with cars from the late 1980's early 1990's with certain cars set to go to certain long distant routs. You find a car that is traveling where you are wanting to go and looks like it wont be breaking down on the way--- Yusuf does this for us because he is a pro! Now we just have to wait for other people to come who are heading the same place as us but that did not take long,I am not sure weather I attracted the other passengers to the car or if it was just a coincidence but after I sat down to wait two other white people who I could tell were not traveling together end up in the same car. Being my second time traveling here I knew this was not the typical tourist way of traveling, it was more of the way locals went so I was surprised.  We all settle in for the 7 hour drive and set off on the long, dusty, bumpy road. I find out along the ride the one lady is from Germany and she was visiting because she heard how amazing it was and she wanted to travel in such a way as locals do to gain full experience, we talked about Germany, The Gambia and America. The second girl was sitting in the seat behind me in a packed car so it was hard to try and talk to her but at one of the rest stops at a local market we started talking and I was excited to find out she is a fellow American who was in the Peace Corps and stationed in The Gambia! I was meeting up with some Peace Corps people in a few days for some supplies I had shipped to donate to them and she had heard about me and the supplies, it's funny how small the world can be!

Several hours later we arrive at the car park near the boarder, from there we take a donkey cart to get to the actual boarder. We go in and get our passports straightened out and then take a taxi to get us to Barra, a city in The Gambia where we need to get on our next transportation system----- a ferry boat! We sit there waiting for the boat and buy some bread and water from the vendors to tide us over for now. All 3 of the boats were up and running so it was not too long of a wait, only about 20 mins. We get our tickets and board the ferry along with hundreds of other passengers. We sit and relax as the wind blows on us and keeps us all cooled off, I buy another water from a vendor on the boat and watch as the ferry begins to dock, our journey to our destination is nearly over. We get off the ferry and catch our last taxi that will take us to Baz's family compound, as we pull up everyone is out front awaiting our arrival and the happiness and tears begin! We have made it home safely.

Travel Summery:
*1 short plane ride
*1 long plane ride
*1 taxi ride
*1 looong shared car ride
*1 donkey cart ride
*1 more taxi ride
*1 ferry ride
*1 last taxi ride
And all with 4 checked type of luggage, 2 book bags and 2 carry on size luggage. Lol, We have become traveling pro's.

Material List:

*Bazzill paper flower: Yukon Gold
*4x6 journaling cards
*12x12 paper pack
*Catseye: Creamy Brown
*Prety Buttons
*Brown Twine
*Paper Tape

Monday, September 10, 2012

Card Sketch: September 2012

Hooray! Today I have September's Card Sketch to share =) This sketch is filled with lots of circles, I really love circles! I didn't think about this until after the sketch was finished--- but don't ya think that Jillibean's Sprouts would work wonderfully with this sketch?? I know I do!

And here is a card that Sybrina K made using the September sketch!

Materials Used:
Jillibean Soup: Watermelon Gazpacho Soup

Friday, September 7, 2012

Sketch Of The Month Club: September 2012

Septembers Sketch Kit is up and ready over at Pizazz It! Scrapbooks. This months kit is featuring the Pink Paislee "Prairie Hill" collection!

 Septembers Sketch Club Kit includes:

Fancy Pants: Wave Searcher Collection
Pattern: Spool, Sunspot, Kite Strings, Country Meadow, Flight Pattern, Hill Top
Embellishments: Ribbons, Buttons, Flowers from diecut, Element stickers, Bling, Pizazz It! Titles
Cardstock: 9 Bazzill Pieces
Sketches: 1 Double Layout, 4 Single Layouts

And here is one of the layouts I made using this months sketches and materials!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Bazzill: Wayfarer Card

Thursday already? I love these short 4 day work weeks! Well my birthday was last Tuesday and it was wonderful, I started celebrating Saturday with my family and then Sunday and Monday Baz and I went to Niagara Falls then on Tuesday I went to my friend Holly's to celebrate! It has been a fun filled week for sure!

Today I have a card to share with you that I made using Bazzill's Wayfarer collection for Cord Scrapbook Studio. The card  is perfect for graduation, for someone who is about to travel or anyone with any change going on in life! 

Materials Used:

*Kraft Cardstock
*4x6 journaling cards
*paper tape
*whirlpool flowers

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Sketch Of The Month: September 2012

Hellllo September! I love September, particularly because it is my birthday month =) In just a couple of days (the 4th actually) I will officially be 26! I'm not too sure yet what I have in store for my birthday, but surely I will find something fun to do ;)

Now, onto more important things----- Septembers Sketch!  

And here is Sybrina K's take on the sketch in the form of a card:

If you make a layout or turn this layout sketch into a card be sure to share it with me on my facebook page: Click Here

For more sketches, Click Here to check out my book!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Echo Park: Homemade Card

Yay! I am able to post agian! I am not sure why, but since last Friday, an ENTIRE week, I have not been able to upload any pictures onto blogger. It was killing me to not be able to post my projects but luckily the problem was fixed and now I have plenty of posts to prepare =)

Today I am sharing with you a card that I made for Cord Scrapbook Studio using the fabulous Echo Park "Home made" collection.

Material List: 
*1” Circle Punch
*Bazzill Wayfarer: Laura

Friday, August 24, 2012

Fonts, Fonts, Fonts!

Exciting stuff is happening once again! Those of you who used to take Rebecca's classes at Pizazz It! Scrapbooks and marvel at her ever fabulous hand writing (yes, yes, we are all sooo jealous!), well, now you can own it! Say whaaaaaaaat? Yup! Pizazz It! Scrapbooks is officially selling Rebecca's hand writing as a font so now you can have her beautiful handwriting in your album. =)

Of course that is not all that Pizazz It! is up to, if you have ever dreamed of having your own hand writing as a font now you can! We've always said how important it is to have at least a little of your own hand writing in your albums to pass down for generations but if your anything like me, it's just easier to type it out rather than try to perfect my own hand writing every time, so I am really excited for this because it definitely is the best of both worlds!


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Echo Park: Homemade Layout

Mornin', today I have a double page layout that I designed for Cord Scrapbook Studio using Echo Park's "Homemade" collection. 

This is yet another layout that I made from my last trip to The Gambia--- I think I may be scrapping this trip FOREVER! Lol. The layout is of Baz's family's compound (home) where his mom, dad, brothers, sisters and many other cousins, aunts, uncles all live together. In the common area where everybody hangs out, does laundry and pretty much spends most of their time the ground has always been dirt which is standard for Gambian compounds, but Baz wanted to make it not only look much nicer but make it easier to keep everything clean (imagine all the dirt simply from all those people running in and out of the house all day!), so he had it tiled and boy did it turn out beautifully! It only took about 3 days to complete and their compound looks so different! Everybody loved it, it is a great feeling knowing that we were able to do this for his family and as time goes on hopefully we will still be able to help them out to improve their living standards, one step at a time. 

Material List:
*Kraft Cardstock (2)
*Sticker Accents
*Homemade Stripe
*Homemade Journaling
*Stickles: Black Diamond
*Bazzill Wayfarer Deco Tape
*Catseye Creamy Brown

And here are some of the pictures used in my layout, I have to share so you can see the great detail in their tile work: 

Before: Dirt Ground:

Making Cement:

Breaking and laying tile by hand:

After: Amazingly beautiful tile:

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Card Sketch: August 2012

Although I somehow managed to miss posting a July card sketch (oops) I am back with one for August! Today I have a very simple card sketch to share. If you make a card using this sketch feel free to share your makings with everyone on my facebook page =)

And here is a card that Sybrina K made using the August sketch!

Materials Used:
Jillibean Soup: Watermelon Gazpacho

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

We R Memory Keepers: Down On The Boardwalk Single Page Layout

Good morning! Today I have a layout to share that I made for Cord Scrapbook Studio, using the We R Memory Keepers "Down On The Boardwalk" Collection. 

Last year I started up cycling, I really like it......a lot! I am very fortunate in where I live, there is a bike trail less than a mile away from my house and it is part of a major plan that the city of Columbus has to connect several bike paths so it would be possible to bike entirely around the city of Columbus and further into some suburbs as well as attach to other major cities. Connecting the paths will likely take several years but the one near where I live has extended a lot since I first began cycling. When I first started the path was just 5 miles one way, now it goes as long as 20 miles one way. It is a really nice, beautiful, paved path and it is so close to home, can't ask for anything better than that!

Material List:
*Down By The Sea
*Layered Chipboard
*Prima Flowers

Saturday, August 11, 2012

School Supply Deals: 8/12-8/18

As usual there are some pretty good deals this week! I mentioned before about thinking ahead in the school year while the deals are hot and giving school supply gifts to teachers as Christmas/Teacher appreciation gifts, another great thought for those who have the ability to purchase more than what you need for your own use is to consider donating the extra items to your local foster care facility or local hospital. A lot of times these places are not thought of when it comes to school supplies but they are most definitely places that would be more that happy to receive these types of items.  


Paper shredding: Shred up to 5lbs. on sensitive papers for free.
Zebra Z-grip retractable ballpoint pens: 7-count bag on sale for $4, with $4 back via Easy Rebate.
Staples composition books:10 cents each with any minimum purchase of $5 or more.
Staples yellow pencils: 8-count 25 cents each.
Staples slider pencil case: 50 cents each.
Staples dual-size pencil sharpener:50 cents each.
Lucky hand sanitizer twin-packs:50 cents each.
HammerMill CopyPlus printer paper: 500-count pack on sale for $6.99, with $5.99 back via Easy Rebate. $1 after rebate. Limit 2 rebates per household.
HP Everyday photo paper: on sale for $9.99, with $8.99 back via Easy Rebate.  $1 after rebate. Limit 2 rebates per household.
Martha Stewart dry-erase weekly planner: on sale for $4.99 each.  Use the 40% off in-ad coupon and pay $2.99 for yours.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Imaginisce: Hello Cupcake Card

On Tuesday I shared with you a layout that I made using the Imaginisce "Hello Cupcake" collection, today I have a card to share with you using the same line, this card is also a project that I designed for Cord Scrapbook Studio as well.

I used the 6x6 paper pad to create this card, as I mentioned on Tuesday as well, the 6x6 papers are great (especially for cards) because of the tighter patterns. I also love them because it is so easy to create multiple cards and not have a ton of paper left over that you are not sure what to do with.

Material List:
*6x6 paper pad
*Cardstock: Kraft
*Sticker Stackers
*Cats eye ink: Chesnut

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Sketch Of The Month Club: August 2012

Today I am sharing with you a layout that I made from Pizazz It!'s Sketch Of The Month Club for August!  

To check out this months kits and other Sketch Kits: Click Here
What's included in the kit:
Fancy Pants: Wave Searcher Collection
Pattern: Shoreline, Shovel, Goggles, Bucket, Floating, Summertime, Strips, Cards
Embellishments: Ribbons, Buttons, Butterfly Gem, Alphabet Stickers, Element Stickers, Doily, Custom Pizazz It! Diecut Titles
Cardstock: 8 Bazzill Pieces
Sketches: 1 Double Layout, 4 Single Layouts

And here is one of five layouts that I completed from this months kit!

Also-- for all you card lovers out there, Pizazz It! has a new card kit up that was designed by the ever fabulous Tiffany at I Am My Design. =) Last time I didn't even get a chance to mention it before it sold out, so if this is a kit that you want I wouldn't delay because these card kits are HOT!

To Check Out This Card Kit: Click Here.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Imaginisce: Hello Cupcake Layout

Today I am sharing a layout that I made for Cord Scrapbook Studio, using Imaginisce "Hello Cupcake" collection. This layout was made using the 6x6 paper pad, I love the 6x6 pads for the tighter design patterns, it makes it look great when wanting to cut strips here and there =)

This layout is of one of my best friends, Holly's daughter, Sophie! In April Sophie officially turned one and of course there was a big party full of friends and family to celebrate. Holly's little girls are like my own, I love them to death and I make sure I make the 30 minute trip to visit them at least once a week, so when Sophie turned one you know I was there to capture every moment. =). She was adorable and very shy with everyone around staring at her as she was served her cupcake, it took her a few mins but she eventually dug her hand in to the cupcake and began eating it. It amazes me just how fast time goes by, with Sophie now one and her older sister Lola, soon to turn five, I wonder when all this happened? Where did all that time go and how did I let it escape so fast?

Material List:
*Cardstock: Kraft
*6x6 paper pad
*Sticker Stackers
*Knock Out Punch (bracket)
*Simple Stories: Summer Fresh-cardstock alpha stickers

Saturday, August 4, 2012

School Supply Deals: 8/5-8/11


Post-It multi-use labels -- on sale for $2.99, with $2.99 back via Staples Easy Rebate.  So free!  Limit 2 rebates per household.
Bic Velocity gel pens -- 2-packs on sale for 25 cents each. 
Pilot FriXion yellow highlighters -- 3-packs on sale for $1 each.  Use the $1 off Pilot FriXion coupon that's apparently arriving in the 8/5 Smartsource insert, and get yours for free!  Limit 2 per customer.
Bic White-Out correction fluid -- 2-packs on sale for 50 cents each.  Buy two, and use the $1 off 2 coupon from the 7/29 Smartsource to get yours for free.
Staples filler paper -- on sale for 1 cent per pack with minimum purchase of $5 or more.
Pentel block erasers -- on sale for 25 cents per pack.
PaperMate mechanical pencils -- 5-count bags on sale for 50 cents each.
Staples pencil box -- on sale for 50 cents each.
Simply poly binder -- on sale for 75 cents each.  Limit 2 per transaction.
Crayola classic markers -- 10-count box on sale for 75 cents each.
Sharpie permanent markers -- 5-count pack on sale for $1 each.

Office Max

All shoppers -- Spend $5 or more, and receive up to five free composition books while supplies last.  Your $5 purchase excludes any MaxValue items.
Schoolio crayons -- 24-pack on sale for 5 cents each.  MaxValue item; limit 3 per customer.
Schoolio pencil sharpeners -- on sale for 5 cents each.  MaxValue item; limit 3 per customer.
Wooden ruler -- on sale for 5 cents each.  MaxValue item; limit 3 per customer.
Dixon pencils -- 10-packs on sale for 10 cents each.  MaxValue item; limit 2 per customer.
PaperMate pens -- 10-packs on sale for 10 cents each.  MaxValue item; limit 3 per customer.
Office Max filler paper -- college or wide-ruled paper packs on sale for 50 cents each.  MaxValue item; limit 3 per customer.
PaperMate erasers -- multipacks on sale for 50 cents each with in-ad coupon.  Limit 3 per transaction.
Sharpie highlighters -- 5-packs on sale for $1 with in-ad coupon (normally $7!)  Limit 1 per transaction.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Simple Stories: Summer Fresh Card

"Celebrate Summertime"

With August here it feels as if Summer is almost over, though we do have a couple more months of good weather to come (hopefully!), but what better way to round up the summer before school starts that with a little party? I think this Summer Fresh collection by Simple Stories is a great one to make up summer party invite cards, and they make it very simple with paper that is labeled with "Journaling Elements", the paper is pretty much already designed with an amazing pattern where all you have to do is cut it down and adhere it to the front of your card, just add a couple of embellishments and BAM, your done! 

Materials Used:
*Cardstock: Kraft
*Expressions cardstock stickers
*Fundamental cardstock stickers
*Journaling card elements #1

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sketch Of The Month: August 2012

Hello August! Where has the summer gone??

Since today is the first day in August, I of course have a brand new sketch to share with all of you =) August's sketch is a double page sketch and a great sketch to use for those smaller wallet size school photos that you always seem to collect every year at the beginning of the school year. Great for showing all the kids in your family's school pictures or one of your child and all of their friends pictures!

Get creative and have fun with this sketch! And of course, be sure to share it with me on my Facebook page, here. 

Saturday, July 28, 2012

School Supply Deals: 7/29-8/4

It seems that the closer the school year gets, the better the deals are. When you find deals this amazing you just have to stock up (Especially on the penny deals!! Wow!). There are a lot of fun things you can do with the items that are on a deep discount sale that you may not have done otherwise, like melted crayon art! Pinterest has so many awesome ideas, check out a couple of my favs (below) that I found there (and with crayons at a quarter or less--- I will def be trying this out.).


Staples standard-size paper clips -- 100-count box on sale for a penny with any purchase of $5 or more.  Limit 2 boxes per customer.
2-pocket paper folders --  on sale for a penny with any purchase of $5 or more.  Limit 10 per customer.
Home Select pocket tissue packs -- on sale for a penny with any purchase of $5 or more.  Limit 6 per customer.
RoseArt crayons -- 24-count boxes on sale for 50 cents each. 
Bic mechanical pencils -- 5-packs on sale for 25 cents each.  Limit 4 per customer.
Prang chalk -- 12-count pack on sale for 25 cents each.  Limit 4 per customer.
Avery one-inch durable binders -- on sale for $1 with any purchase of $5 or more.  Limit 2 per customer.

Office Max

Duracell copper-top AA and AAA batteries -- 10-packs on sale for $9.99, with $9.98 back in MaxPerks Bonus Rewards. Limit 2 per MaxPerks card.
All purchases -- spend $5 or more before tax, and get FREE paint, erasers, and glue while supplies last!  Limit 2 of each item per customer.
All backpacks -- pay regular price, then get that entire price (minus a penny) back via your free MaxPerks Bonus Rewards. Limit 2 per MaxPerks card.
Office Max glue sticks -- 4-packs on sale for 50 cents each.  Limit 3 per customer.
Just Basics mechanical pencils -- 12-count boxes on sale for $1 each.  Limit 3 per customer.


Penway colored pencils -- 12-count pack on sale for 69 cents each.
Wexford mini highlighters -- on sale for 19 cents each with in-ad Walgreens coupon.  Limit 6 per customer.
Wexford hard-handled scissors -- on sale for 49 cents each with in-ad Walgreens coupon.  Limit 2 per customer.