Tuesday, March 27, 2012

My Minds Eye: Follow Your Heart

Today I am sharing a layout with you that I designed for Cord Scrapbooking Studio's using My Mind's Eye: Follow Your Heart line! I LOVE My Mind's Eye and this is my most recent favorite line! {Errr....I have a lot of favorite lines by them, LOL}.

One of my best friends Holly has this precious little girl, Lola, Lola Cotton to be exact {or-- how she says it "Lola Da Cotton, LOL-- not sure where she got the adding "Da" in there from}.... she really is the sweetest thing. Every Monday I visit my little Lola and this Monday in particular I took her shopping at the Dollar Tree while her mommy was getting her hair cut, I told her she could pick out 2 things, any 2 things that she likes and I would buy them for her. The Dollar Tree had Barbies, balloons, stuffed animals, tons to choose from--- but Lola had her heart set on these bright colored water jugs-- yes, she decided she wants water jugs, 2 of them! LOL. I took her around the store one last time with the water jugs in the basket to make sure that indeed this is what she wanted. Yes, there was no changing this determined 3 year old's mind, she wanted the water jugs and that's what I bought her.

Materials Used:

My Minds Eye-Follow Your Heart: Be Amazing

*Kraft Unique
*Geo Star
*Be The Best
*Be Striped
*Blue Doily
*Layered Stickers
*Decorative Buttons
*Jillibean Southern Chicken Dumpling Soup: Cardstock Stickers
*Tim Holtz Adirondack: Butterscotch
*Liquid Pearls: Butterscotch
*1 ½ “ Circle Punch
*Cats Eye Ink- Chesnut Roan
*Knock Outs Punch-Notebook

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Sketch Contest: #1

Welcome to Designs By Ashley Rock's very first Sketch Contest!!!! In this contest you will be entered into a chance to win Designs By Ashley Rock: 12x12 Scrapbook Sketches Volume One! {AWESOME!!!} The contest opens starting now and will end March 29th, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.

The contest is open to United States, Canada and UK.

Here is the Sketch:

You can enter your design using this sketch by using the Inlinkz button below!

Winner will be announced April 5th, 2012. Be sure to check back!

Also, Designs By Ashley Rock: 12x12 Scrapbook Sketches is officially available for purchase on our website!! Click Here for more {amazing} information and to purchase.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Jillibean Soup: Coconut Lime

Wow- It is such a BEAUTIFUL day here in Columbus, Ohio. The sun is shining, current temp in the high 70's and the tree's are in full bloom! Today I have a page to share with you, it is a Sneak Peak from the April Sketch Of The Month Club with Pizazz It! Scrapbooks , this months kit is filled with tons of Jillibean Soup's Coconut Lime Line along with several other embellishments and cardstock.

If you happen to be in the Columbus, Ohio area tomorrow or Saturday for Memories Expo, stop by Scrap Happy -or- Cord Scrapbook Studio's booth and say "Hello" to me! I will be there selling my newly released sketches book!

This page is from my last trip that I made to The Gambia {West Africa} in 2010/2011. My boyfriend is originally from there and all of his immediate family still resides there so we were making a trip to visit with them. I had been to The Gambia once before and while I was there I realized an extreme {and I mean EXTREME} need for help in the educational area. So, since I was already planning a trip I thought it would be a wonderful idea to gather school supplies to ship there and donate them to the Peace Corps Educational Volunteers in The Gambia who would use the supplies at their local village schools. I was on a mission, I called my mission "A Future For The Gambia" and I was fortunate to work at a fabulous store who offered a discount for those who brought in school supplies to donate, I was also able to host a raffle, I purchased a $100 gift card and sold Raffle tickets $1 each. I was so, so thrilled with the response, with all the items that were donated and the additional items I had purchased to donate we filled FIVE 55-gallon containers worth of school supplies! I was able to raise a little over $600 with the raffle which just covered the cost of shipping. The supplies were split up amongst 22 different schools in 22 different villages throughout The Gambia. I am so happy I had the chance to do this and was overwhelmed by the amazing response of those who wanted to help me through this amazing journey-- To those of you that helped out, THANK YOU so much for making this possible, the children were so grateful as was I!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Kit Of The Month Club: April Sneak Peek

Kit Of The Month Club is a kit club that I am a designer for at Scrap Happy in Tiffin, Ohio. For more information on KOTMC click here.

This month's kit club is using the beautiful Authentique "Celebrate" line, not only are Authentiques pattern & color choices amazing but all of their product is made in good ol' USofA! {not to mention their paper quality is the best out there, seriously, THE BEST!}

Now, onto the Sneak Peek:

This kit will be available by April 1st, just a little over a week, so be sure to stop on in at Scrap Happy and check out the rest of the pages made with this kit!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Pizazz It! Scrapbooks Sketch Club

Happy Friday Everybody! TGIF!!!! I have an exciting announcement, I will be doing the Sketch Designs for Pizazz It! Scrapbooks new Monthly Sketch Club! I am soooo excited about this club, I have been working the last couple of months on the upcoming kits and trust me, it's a club you will LOVE!

The Sketch Club will include five new sketches each month for 12x12 pages designed by me, Ashley Rock. Four of the sketches will be exclusive to this kit club and one will be a featured sketch with a special opportunity! You will also receive hot & new on the market pattern papers, plenty of cardstock and embellishments. This Sketch Club is different from any other monthly club because when you sign up for a 6 month commitment Pizazz It! will provide you with your own unique log in to an online gallery specifically for Sketch Club members only. Here you will be able to (but you don’t have to) upload your own layouts you have created using the sketches and materials along with being able to view what other members have made.

As mentioned before, there will be a featured sketch each month. One layout uploaded on to the gallery using the featured sketch will be chosen and will be published in an upcoming Designs By Ashley Rock Sketches Book! So not only do you get the benefits of easy scrapping but also the opportunity to have your work published! Sounds like fun, huh?

Their first kit will start up April 1st, you can choose to do a commitment of 6 months or simply pick and choose each month, but there are a couple of differences:

Sketch Club with 6 month commitment: $25 + $7 flat rate shipping, United States. (free shipping with pick up zone option, see Pizazz It's Website Here)
-guaranteed kit every month
-receive the kit at the discounted price of $25
-access to private online gallery to view and post layouts made with sketches
-chance to be published in a future Designs By Ashley Rock sketch book
-option to choose a pick up zone, this is only available on 6 month commitment for sketch club

Sketch Club non-commitment: $27 (plus $7 flat rate shipping, United States)
-no guarantee of extra kits, no access to gallery and no pick up zone available

For more information or to sign up for Pizazz It's Sketch Club Click Here.

Ok, so a lot of reading (sorry) but to explain a little more with a few samples.....

Below is Pizazz It's "sample" Sketch Kit, they are doing an extra kit that is sold separately and not with the "club" for if you want to try it out without a commitment (This is NOT the April Kit). I have featured 3 out of 5 layouts that I made using the sketches and materials included in this kit.

In this kit since it is a "sample" kit you receive the 5 sketches and in addition, you will receive a printed sheet with the samples of the 5 layouts I make using the sketches. Typically you will only receive sketches with product-- but if you do the commitment you will be able to go online to view what I make using the sketches along with anybody else in the club who uploads what they made using the sketches too!

I am extremely, extremely excited about this club and I can not wait for it to get started!!

For more information or to sign up for Pizazz It's Sketch Club Click Here.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

I'm Back With A Birthday Card

Good Morning =)

I have been slightly absent from blogging this last week, all due to the excitingly overwhelming response I've had to Designs By Ashley Rock: 12x12 Scrapbook Sketches Volume One being released! On a side note-- if you make any layouts using a sketch I have posted you are more than welcome to post it, share it and please feel free to post it onto Designs By Ashley Rock's facebook page ;) I absolutely LOVE to see what creations have been made using these sketches!!

Onto Today's project--- A couple of weekends ago I got together with a group of great scrapbook/card friends for a fun lunch get together, and it also happened to be one of the ladies in our groups birthday (Sherry!). So early that morning when facebook {thank you, facebook}
reminded me it was Sherry's birthday I knew I had to throw together a card! With her being such an amazing card maker herself I must say I was a bit intimidated in making a card for her and with the lack of remembering until the day of, time was not on my side! But I did manage to pop out this creation:

Materials Used:
*6x6 pad- My Minds Eye: Lime Twist, Life Of The Party
*Vanilla Cardstock (Bazzill)
*Prima Flower

Monday, March 5, 2012

Scrapbook Sketch Books Are Ready!!

Surprise, Surprise, Designs By Ashley Rock: 12x12 Scrapbook Sketches is ready to be purchased, click here to buy! {Get excited!!} You know I had promised the beginning of April but in an amazing turn of events the books are ready early- WOO-HOO!!!

Designs By Ashley Rock: 12x12 Scrapbook Sketches is a sketch book unlike any other! This book is very compact at 8"x5.5" and light weight so you can easily take it to classes, crops, retreats or travel. Inside you'll find over 45 original one and two page sketches with easy to follow measurements. Plus find real color page samples and helpful hints and tips along the way.

A MAJOR thank you is in order--- THANK YOU, Tiffany Henderson at I Am My Design for making the layout and design of the book look absolutely amazing and stunning! She has been a little absent from her blog lately-- and that is because she has been so dedicated to making this book a success, so stop on over to her site and show her some love ;)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Sketch Of The Month: March 2012

Yay, get excited!! It's Sketch Of The Month time, for those of you who may not know, I do a sketch on 1st of every month, typically either a single or double page layout for 12x12 scrapbook pages. To see past Sketches you can check me out on Facebook or Pinterest for easier more organized ways of viewing all the sketches. ;)

Here is March 2012 Sketch:

And here is a layout I made to go with it:

The time is QUICKLY approaching for the first release of Designs By Ashley Rock: 12x12 Scrapbook Sketches to come out, I can't believe the time is almost here! The book will be available in stores and online beginning of April. Be sure to check back next week for not only a Bonus Sketch but a Bonus Sketch with an amazing prize attached ;) {Sketch Contest anyone??}