Heidi Swapp Embellishments

I looooooove Costco. I went to costco on Wed to pick up some prints and guess what i found. A 567 piece Heide Swapp embellishment collection for just $7.97. This set sells for $35.00 in scrapbook stores and for $25.99 on ebay. I was so thrilled, I bought it immediately. It has so much stuff in it that I haven’t even had a chance to play with it. It even has a  6×6 album and I already know what I am going to use it for. Here is a pic of my new goodies



A Layla Story

This weekend I decided to start a themed album project. Its going to be a 8×8 album of the Laylster. I made a Title page for it on Sunday. Since it was my first 8×8 layout, I made some really big mistakes and somehow barely managed to salvage it. I also made some changes to the Title, from Layla to A Layla Story. But the pics had already been taken and uploaded and I was too lazy to take another one.  Also the Laylster’s cuteness makes everything look good. Right? right?

I give this Layout a low C



Blog Roll

So because I occasionally blog about scrapbooking I had my blog added to a Scrapbooking Blog Roll. This makes me nervous because I feel like I have all this pressure to make my posts good but I’m also super excited.

So in the spirit of that here’s a scrapbooking post. During lunch today, I went to Big Lots. I had read on the different scrapbooking forums that you could find really good deals on albums and embellishments and paper. And the forums were right, they had tons of designer stuff for one dollar.

I bought a transparency,  two metal tags,  and a sheet of rub ons for a dollar each. One postbound album for $5.00 and a 30 sheet sheet of printed paper for $3.00.

 It was worth fighting the lunch hour traffic.


Snow Layout


I did this layout this weekend about the one time in snowed this winter in NC. I was going to use fewer embellishments but I thought the stickers were too cute to not use. Especially since I don’t know when I might see snow again. I think it still turned out okay though. I am still undecided about adding journaling.

Life, Scrapbooking

Life Art

Since I mentioned Cathy Zielske a couple of days back, I thought I’d mention another of my favorite designers- Ali Edwards. Ali, however likes to think of herself as a “life artist” rather than a designer and she also encourages most people who are inspired by her work to think of themselves as life artists as well. Ali’s designs are clean and simple, but always personal. I have been most inspired by her appreciation of the little things in life.  Her blog is a great reflection of the things going on in her life. She is an active artist, campaigner for autism research and of course a mom. Her stories and layouts are so humorous and insightful that it forces me to learn more about myself.

Her stuff can be seen here and on her blog(listed under blogroll).

Life, Scrapbooking


I think a mentioned a while ago that I have taken up scrapbooking. Its a really fun hobby and I have found some really great designers whose work I think is really exciting. They are simple and focus more on recording one’s thoughts on clean , graphic layouts and are less about embellishments and stickers.  One designer who really inspires me is Cathy Zielske. She is often criticized that her layouts look too much like advertisements but maybe because I am a marketing major,   I find them enchanting. My favorite is one where she finds inspiration in a Jones Soda Bottle Label. Jones Soda and Simple Scrapbooks (She is the creative director for the magazine) put it up here.

Anyway, yesterday after working out , I decided to go check out the Scrapbook store. There is only one in Durham, apart from Michaels and AC Moore. In a tiny little town in  Utah there were atleast 4 or 5. Its funny all the major scrapbooking companies have their offices in Utah. Woo Hoo UT Scrap Capital of the world.

I am really happy with my new hobby and that it allows me to express my self visually and through words