Hey everyone . . .I’m so excited for today! Help me welcome our newest creative team member
Miss Naomi Atkins!
I first saw Naomi’s work a few months ago when she shared a page (using one of my shapes) with me. It was beautiful! Wanna see it too? Yeah . . . well . . . it’s on the cover of September’s Scrapbook Trends Magazine!
Is that not just gorgeous?? And her daughter…the lighting…hello! Beautiful! In case you hadn’t guessed it, she’s an amazing photographer too!
I cut the leaf shapes out in all different sizes, and cute them out and attached to the top right. I used the leaves as masks for the top tags, and then I used the negative space from the large “FALL” word to spray on the burlap ;)
And you can check out more of her amaaaazing work on TwoPeasInABucket.com HERE. you must. :)
And now here’s a bit about Naomi herself!
My name is Naomi Atkins, and I’m a wife to Jonathan, and mama of five amazing kids- Katlyn, Elise, Everett, Weston and Camille! Growing up I never thought I would have five children, but I do…and I LOVE being a mom! My children are my source of inspiration! I recently left an eight year teaching career at a local college, teaching legal research and writing classes. I only taught one or two classes a semester, but I enjoyed it. Once my business took off, I had to quit. There was just no time for everything! I co-own Inspired and Enchanted Photography with an awesome business partner, who has been shooting a few years longer than I. I have learned a lot from her! I homeshool my oldest daughter, and she is SUCH a huge help to me…she is just a lovely girl! I love to do so many things and there are never enough hours in a day! I enjoy reading, baking, sewing, and of course Scrapbooking, my favorite!
I have been scrapbooking for about eight years! When I got married, I told my husband, “I’m just not creative.” But my sister in law was a scrapbooker, and got me hooked! Then I started paying attention to pictures in layouts that I liked, and wanted mine to look the same! That is what started the photography journey, and I’m so grateful to do what I love! I currently have layouts being published in Scrapbook trends, and design for Crate Paper, the Freckled Fawn, and the new monthly kit club Gossamer Blue! I had my first cover layout in September, so that was exciting for me! I am SO excited to be on this design team. I LOVE my silhouette.. I bought it just so I could use Kerri Bradford shapes and words. I have been in love with them for a long time…and with the other girls on this design team!
So soooo thrilled to have you here Naomi!!!
Can’t wait to see what you have up your creative little sleeve. :)
So during the big school rush in August, I went to Walmart and purchased some composition notebooks. That’s when they have the cutest stuff available dontcha know.
I came home with these two books in my bag.
I was bound and determined to have color, not black and white as per my usual notebook insanity choices. Remember this ensemble?
Their purpose? One was to be my new idea book and right-hand tool in my creative life and the other was to be my holding place for all the words and phrases I need to save–in a much more organized fashion than my current looooong list, multi-page method.
Craziness ensued in my life and the two notebooks sat.
Additionally, I couldn’t decide which one I wanted to use for which purpose.
I finally decided. The stripes would be my idea book at and the orange–which I want to add vinyl to–would be my phrase book.
The day comes. I need to jot down my first idea in my new striped and very colorfully pretty book.
I eagerly grab my pen.
I set the base of my hand on the clean sheet of paper to begin to writing that one idea.
Ick! What is that feeling??? The paper has a kind of rough texture. ’Oh no, no! I can’t use this on a daily basis! It will drive my hand nuts!’
What does the other one feel like?, I think to myself as I open the very orange notebook.
Smooth as a baby’s bottom. Ahhhhh….this must be my daily notebook.
Indeed. I am a paper snob.
And dare I even talk about the fact of my deep affinity for American Crafts cardstock that you all know about already? It’s true. I’m a paper snob.
And p.s., I do believe I’m going composition books all the way now. You should see the one I have dedicated to my classes. I love that crinkly sound! And I love that they are all the same size and there is no coil binding to get mashed or caught on. And I love that it doesn’t take up as much space, yet it’s still got lots of space to work with. Plus they are cheap and, it’s the same size as my iPad. :)
What am I going to do with all these notebooks I use when I’m done with them??? They are a history, of sorts.
And now, on a completely unrelated note. Many of you who have followed me for a while know of my love for Lost. Last spring when we signed up for Netflix I was beyond excited to see Lost on there to watch. I missed seeing that baby on a weekly basis. So I started watching it–with my youngest (16 at the time), who was now old enough to not be scared by it. ;)
But she decided she couldn’t wait for me to watch it and got ahead and I could never spend enough time to catch up with it.
Well, just a little bit ago, Lost became my nightly thing to watch on my little iPod while laying in bed. I can watch something and not disturb Dan that way. I’d watch 2…3….maybe even 4 or 5 episodes in a night. Who’s counting, really.
Including last night.
I was down to the final few episodes. I knew I had three left and decided to go ahead and watch that last one even though it was almost 11:30. As I started into it, and thought to myself, ‘Wasn’t this a two-hour episode?”
Indeed it was.
I had to watch it. No ‘buts’ about it.
And I don’t know about you, but I love that episode! The moments when they ‘discover’ each other??? I didn’t want my little series to end…again. It just makes me want to watch it all over again! This morning I was seriously contemplating watching the whole thing all over again!!!
Goodness gracious! Looks like there’s quite a few of you who are excited about this class! I can’t blame ya, I think it’s gonna be awesome!
So, ya wanna know who the winner of the Studio Calico class is?
Well, that would be:
ASHLEY STARKEY – OCTOBER 13, 2012 – 3:24 PM My name is Ashley and I’m from beautiful Oregon!! I’m in LOVE with using arrows and circles on my layouts right now!!! I Really love all the different arrow/circle backgrounds too… they are so fabulous!!! Thank you so much for the chance to win a spot in this class… it looks absolutely AWESOME!!!
And now for the two winners of the KBS $15 spending spree:
KIM – OCTOBER 12, 2012 – 2:51 PM
Hi, I am from the Netherlands and I love al kinds of designs! But I mostly use words and phrases. This is such a great class that I really hope to win!
KAT – OCTOBER 12, 2012 – 7:21 AM
Oooh, cute page! I’m Kat from Ontario and I love accent type shapes like leaves, tabs and things that I can plunk down throughout my project life :)
Congratulations all! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get y’all hooked up!
I really enjoyed reading all of your comments! Some of your favorite shapes are actually some kits I have in the works too. ;) I’m really excited to get them done. Another thing I noticed is that many of you are brand new to Silhouette–whether it’s in the mail or it’s been sitting in a box or you’ve used it a handful of times.
So because I have new visitors, I thought perhaps you might like to know that I also teach Silhouette classes on JessicaSprague.com. These classes are designed a little different than the amazing class with Studio Calico.
In ‘Silhouette: Getting To Know You’ you’ll learn–in depth–the very basics on how to use it and lots and lots of great tips on using the program as a whole. I have to say, that people that thought they knew the program still took this class and learned a ton. And you even make that mini album! In ‘Silhouette: Oh The Places You’ll Go’ it teaches you all the features of Studio in greater detail and you get some fabulous freebies in addition to the class materials.
And then if you’ve purchased the Designer Edition? I got a class for that too. :)
This program is just a bunch of awesomeness all wrapped up in a simple little update. I have to admit, I like to find a good deal, so if you can find a coupon out there to get it for half off (that’s how I bought it), it’s totally worth it! Class freebies in this one too. :)
And then, just for fun, in my latest class, you can learn alllll about the Studio color tools and how you can utilize color and all the resources and choices out there to work to your advantage! You’ll be making three pages with all the fun shapes needed to make them.
For more information on my blog about any of these classes, click on the Classes link under Categories, or click HERE. To see the classes on JessicaSprague.com, use the link in my sidebar on the right or click HERE.
Wanna see the freebies too? :) They aren’t available for sale on my site.
So there are lots of extra goodies in these classes to play with in addition to the shapes within the class materials. The classes are jam-packed with information and tips galore!
I think that any of these in conjunction with that super fun Studio Calico class will be gettin’ you to ‘expert status’ in no time!
Welcome! I’m so excited for the Studio Calico blog hop today! It’s a BIG day! Lots of goodies to share!
As you may or may not know (depending on if you’re new here ;) ), I am a huuuge Silhouette fan! Digital cutting in general is just an ever-so dreamy way to scrap for me. I could live scrap on cardstock and Silhouette alone.
The teachers in this class are phenomenal! Even our very own creative team members Nichol Magouirk and Robyn Werlich can be found there! Oh, and the ever-so delightful Jen Gallacher too! The list goes on and on, really.
Their objective? To help you make Silhouette an integral part of your crafting goodness.
And I’m alllll for that!
And just when you think it couldn’t get any better,
did you see the class kit???
Here’s a little bit about the class:
It’s time to CUT IT OUT. You already know that your Silhouette is a pretty amazing machine, and Susan Weinroth wants to help you put it to work on your pages and cards. In this self paced class, we’ll be exploring a handful of basic techniques and fun cutting materials, but the real focus of the class is helping you make your Silhouette an integral part of your projects. Susan is joined by a talented group of contributors (Ali Edwards, Nichol Magourik, Lisa Dickinson, Jen Gallacher, Lexi Bridges, Robyn Werlich, Becky Novacek, Sasha Farina, Rebecca Trump, Shanna Noel, Julie Campbell, Lilith Eeckels, and Nicole Harper) and they will be showing you step by step just how they make using their Silhouette a part of their design process. The PDFs will contain 20 layouts, 3 cards, and a countless number of tips that will leave you inspired and ready to CUT IT OUT on your next project!
This class is sponsored by Silhouette America, and every student will receive a $10 download card to the Silhouette Online Store. We’ve also put together a collection of cool exclusive cuts from Studio Calico, Ali Edwards, and Kerri Bradford Studio and a printable PDF of journaling cards and accents.
While supplies last, Cut It Out students will also receive a class kit including vellum, American Crafts POW glitter paper, WRMK Washi Paper, Silhouette Sticker paper and an exclusive stamp set.
Registration for Cut It Out ends on October 31st, and class starts November 1st.
Oh, and then there’s the icing on the cake . . . the freebies!!! You can see all of them HERE. And yes, there’s some there from me too!
Wanna see what I made with mine? (I know, if you’re a fan here, you’re thinking to yourself, ‘She actually did a page??’ ;) )
I used the freebie flourish and background that I made for the SC class on this one. That’s me, keeping it sweet+simple. I told ya I could practically live scrap on cardstock alone.
The title I made in the set of freebies didn’t quite work with the photos I wanted to scrap, so I decided to do this Friday Freebie today . . .
We went 20+ years without a pet. You can’t really count hermit crabs or fish as a pet, can you?
Then all of a sudden, about 3 1/2 years ago, We got this little guy.
He’s a quirky little cat. Okay wait, he’s not so little–in the immortal words of Helena Bonham Carter in Alice In Wonderland, “I love my fat boy.”
(I do think he’s losing a little weight since cutting back on his food though. ;) )
His ears are larger in proportion to his head and somehow the end of his tail must have had some kind of trauma as a kitty kitty, because it’s shorter than most and there’s a bend in it.
But just like all of us, we are all different + we all have flaws . . . and we love him just the way he is. And goodness, I look at that photo and realize just how much white he’s lost on his underside.
And now, that’s how this has kit has come about. Cats have their moods, don’t they? The want the love, they don’t want the love. They are fairly independent. I think that’s why I like cats. They aren’t needy like a dog. Try having a ninety pound rotweiler-lab mix want to be a lap dog. It doesn’t work very well.
So the phrases in this kit are inspired by what we say to our cat and how he is in our house. I’m guessing it’s pretty much universal in cat-land. :)
Of course, the cat doesn’t get to be ‘king of his castle’ when the dog is in the house. And he’s not happy about that.
As many of you know, I am LDS…or Mormon as many people call it.
This weekend we had our General Conference. It’s where the leaders in our church come together and speak on television for 8 hours over the course of four sessions in two days.
Yes, I do ‘church’ for eight hours in two days. At least I can be in my jammies and under a blanket on a brisk autumn day. :)
I generally try not to get to church-ee on my blog, but religion is such a big part of my life–as I’m sure it is in many of yours, that when I do hear something that I know will speak to everyone, I do like to share it.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf is the Second Counselor in the Presidency of our church and he spoke on Saturday. He’s always one of my favorites to listen to. His talk was about spending meaningful time together and regrets from people, who did not spend meaningful time, as their life is coming to an end.
I promise, it is very uplifting and not too church-ee. It’s definitely worth listening to.
Additionally, a historic announcement was made regarding the age when missionaries can serve. Up until this weekend, a boy had to be 19 and a girl had to be 21 to serve an LDS mission.
Now a boy can go at 18 and a girl can go at 19.
My youngest daughter, who is in her senior year and will be 19 next fall, was very excited and touched by this new announcement. I can imagine that the Missionary Training Centers around the world are going to be inundated with young girls who no longer have to wait about three years after graduation anymore. It gives them a new choice after school.
It’s very exciting.
Anyway, just wanted to share that with you all. I hope that you will find it as inspiring as I did.
And I leave you with these quotes from him.
“The more we devote ourselves to the pursuit of holiness and happiness, the less likely we will be on the path to regrets.”
“We are in charge of our happiness.”
“Sometimes in life we are so focused on the finish line that we fail to find joy in the journey.”
“[Do] not wait until we are ready to die before we truly learn to live.”
And I think this one is my most favorite of all. It’s what I do to find happiness every day. It’s what I do to keep such a positive attitude. I’ve had my share of hard times, and I can tell you without a doubt, that this is essential in keeping a positive happy life. Find joy in the simplest of things.
“There’s something in each day to be embraced and cherished. There is something in each day that can bring gratitude and joy if only we will see and appreciate it. …Look less with your eyes and more with your hearts.”
“Let us resolve to be happy regardless of our circumstances.”
I appreciate ya letting me be a little church-ee today. :)
Did you take a gander at the birthday freebies over on Becky Higgins site?
She asked several of us Project Life designers + design team members to create fun little cards to use with that lovely system. (mine is the ‘perfect day’ one. i love that phrase.) I think it’s pretty funny that many of us were yellow and/or aqua inspired. It is a lovely combination. :)
But what a fun little grouping of free cards! And she has new phone wallpapers too!
The ‘Queen of Cards’ is at it again with something very thrillering (yeah, it’s a word) for Halloween! There’s no escaping their fabulousness. They just send chills up+down my spine. This mortal just can’t resist them.
(I think my continual listening of Thriller has affected my thoughts today.)
Okay, I think that creepy hand is becoming my all-time favorite from that kit! I looove seeing all the different uses the girls have done with it! Additionally, I love how Shari used the printable elements from the full This+That kit to create her card. You can always use those babies for more than just the kit. Remember what Laura Vegas did with her printables? At the tip of your brain? Maybe checking it out again HERE + HERE will help refresh your memory. :)