New OA on Sunday

Well, after all of that creating last week, CHA has finally started and now I can share what I’ve been working on!

You probably saw the teaser that October Afternoon shared last week of the new 9 to 5 collection but, if not, here you go:

Let me just say that it is above and beyond anything I could have expected! I love the papers in this collection. For the booth I made this layout:

If you look closely at the banners, you can see a pretty good representation of the papers in the 9 to 5 collection. What you can’t see is the Washi Tape, mostly because I didn’t get any to work with before the show (!!). Does that tape look cool or what?

I also made a little card:

Isn’t that little lady cute?

The second collection is called Cakewalk, and it looks like this:

I love, love, love this one…it has some really fun papers that I will be reaching for again and again! For the CHA booth I made a tag and a layout:

The little retro invitation art is adorable…

Those banners are so easy to do because I cut them out from one of the 12X12 papers!

October Afternoon’s third collection is called Woodland Park, and it has some way-cool papers in it – unique florals, rich colors, and beautiful vintage images. When I first flipped through the papers, I was SO excited. Here’s the preview that OA shared last week:

I made two layouts for the booth with Woodland Park – they are really quick and simple because I had a very small amount of time with the paper!

So. That’s what I have to show. I also got to work on a mini album that is so cool. It goes with the 9 to 5 collection, and I wishwishWISH I had remembered to snap some photos of it before I shipped it… Oh, well.

There are lots and lots of other projects made with the new collections on the October Afternoon blog AND on the other design team member’s blogs. If you visit the OA blog, you can click on individual DT members’ blog links in the side bar to see more!


Gosh, can I just start over?

Well, hmm. It has been a while! Hello, I’m Stacey, owner of this blog. I used to be a blogger. Now I just own a blog. I am making no promises, but wouldn’t it be fun to just start over?

For now, I’m just sharing some scrappy stuff: October Afternoon has three new collections that are being released at CHA tomorrow. As usual, OA has come up with some fantastic, gotta-have-it designs!

Here are some sneak peeks of the projects I have been working on this week for October Afternoon’s CHA booth:

I also worked on a mini-album…and shipped it without taking any pictures! Duh. I can’t believe I forgot…actually, I can because I was cutting it pretty close for making it to the shipping place before closing time. I kept reminding myself to GO PUT ON REAL PANTS because I like to be crafty in pajama pants and I didn’t want to show up at FedEx in my PJ’s like I did that one time when I got to the post office in pajamas. That was in 2003, so it has been a while, and I’d like to keep it that way! So, anyway, I did remember to change clothes before zooming off to FedEx, but I forgot to take pictures of my little book. (insert sad face)

Here’s a photo I used in the mini – since it’s all I have to share:

Hey, look, there we are…

I hope you have a great weekend. We have some little-boy basketball planned for tomorrow and maybe some house cleaning.

tractor love.

Why am I scrapping photos from 6 years ago? They were there.

I’m following along with a free sketch class at Two Peas called “Stretch Your Sketch.” This is the first layout I made…I might get a lot of scrapping done this way because it was easy!  (All of the paper and stickers are from October Afternoon.)

I’m also doing the “4X6 Photo Love” class (also free)…so far, I think it is harder – which is really silly, but I’m just having trouble hopping out of my scrappy “box”…

Oh, my gosh, I just remembered that I have three large loads of laundry sitting on my bed…I better get folding if I want to sleep in there.

{It is to be square—a span long and a span wide—and folded double. Exodus 28:16}

belated valentine’s day.

Since four out of the six of us woke up with fever and misery on Valentine’s Day, we did not “celebrate” Valentine’s Day at my house. And that’s mostly because the mommy (that’s me) does the “fun stuff” and I was unable and even unwilling (sad to say, I know).

So…I think we’ll have “Belated Valentine’s Day” on Monday. Basically, that means heart decorations that magically appear while the kids are sleeping and sugary breakfast (something we avoid pretty much any other day of the year!) with a fun surprise for everyone and a crafty card from me with handmade cards from the kids. It’s a sweet morning and I guess I can see why my youngest woke up on the 14th and cried real tears because the disappointment was so awful.

But I was too miserable to feel very sorry…the flu will do that to an otherwise sensitive and self-sacrificing mommy.

The layouts and cards in this post are some projects I made with the Coordinates Collections February Song Birds kit. I love all of the birds and hearts and banners…it was a fun kit to play with, and I still have a ton of stuff left over! (It’s sold out, sorry…)

Today’s quote (below) made me laugh because it sounds kind of like my state of frustration with having been sick and cooped up with sick people all week…but it is actually about love. (smile)

Have a great weekend!

“This sensation of listlessness, weariness, stupidity, this disinclination to sit down and employ myself, this feeling of everything’s being dull and insipid in this house! I must be in love.”  -Emma (Jane Austen)

sewing, banners, and football.

I got to make this fabric mini-album for the Fiskars website for National Sewing Month. Here are some of the fun details:

I mostly sew on paper, so this was a little different for me. I loved making all of the little page elements…I’ll likely be using these little fabric shapes on cards and layouts in the future. I think this is my favorite page:

More photos,  instructions, supply list,  and full explanation of the project can be found here.

It’s funny, I have only recently embraced the banner as a design element (even though the rest of the scrapping world has been using them for a loooong time), and I want to put them everywhere. I used one in the fabric mini-book (above), and I used a basic one in this layout I made for the Echo Park Paper blog:

Here’s a close-up, mostly just because I love close-ups:

It’s a great weekend – no major commitments, which is heavenly. The boys played flag football this morning. I took lots of pictures because last season’s team photographer is now the coach. It was unbelievably hot, stiflingly humid, AND I got a fire ant bite on my foot…otherwise it was a lovely morning at the football field!

{They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat upon them. He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water. Isaiah 49:10}


Sometimes it scares me how dependent I am upon my environment being uncluttered.

Scares me?

That's probably not exactly the way I wanted to put it.

I don't know what the word is…um, anyway, I am. Dependent.  (I just had a mental flash of Rudolph and the elf who wants to be a dentist – Hermie? - saying "in-de-pen-dent" because they both just ran away. You know the story.)


I am dependent – on being uncluttered.

The more stuff I can see, the less I can think clearly or be productive at all.

It's really debilitating sometimes. Like now.

It makes me grouchy and unable to focus on any one task. I have to stop my life and put/throw things away. If I can't do this…well, let's just say it's not pretty.

I. Hate. This. Feeling.

I'm looking around me and it's getting worse. Like claustrophobia.

While I am having my little meltdown, you can look at a LO I did with October Afternoon stuff (mostly). Seems like I rarely do layouts anymore…I did this during the end of the hurricane this weekend when my house was clean. Because you have to clean your house if a hurricane is coming.



Heh. Heh. I love that I can post stuff here that I can’t post.

This is for a downloadable class I did for Fiskars. There’s one more sunshine project for it, but it’s not quite done…

LO Shine

I think I have used this picture of Jolie (above), but I can’t remember where, so maybe I just thought I did…

LO Loud Sunshine

Yes, I did a layout almost exactly like this one two years ago with Cody’s pictures. AND the title (words, not style) is a lift from Kelli, which I hope she has forgotten.

Card Only Sunshine

I love this card so much. I can’t imagine that anyone would appreciate it as much as me so I am thinking of sending it to myself to see what that would feel like. Maybe I’ll send myself a gift card to starbucks or something, too.

You girls are so special – even if you aren’t checking my blog, which is absolutely fine. I love having this little secret cyber-clubhouse when we can post secret stuff. 🙂

EDITED TO ADD: Oh, my gosh…I just came and visited my blog (I do this) and my “Loud Sunshine” LO seems to me a little bit like crafty throw-up! It’s amazing how just seeing my own work online affects me so intensely. Sometimes I like layouts better online than right in front of my face…but not this one! I’ll try it again in the morning. This is a time when insincere flattery may be in order because I don’t have time to make anything else…