Monday, August 3, 2015

Fusing a Plan...

Hello, hello! It's Monday and that means we have a new challenge waiting for you at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.

Planners are all the rage these days! We’d love to see your crafty planner pages, but this challenge can be taken many more ways! You can share a project about plans you’ve made, you could get a jump on holiday crafting, art journal a dream or hope for the future, or make a crafty plan of some other kind, and show us what happens!

I decided to document our daily plan, or list... as we call it around here.

I had lots of fun with my fuse...
And I decided to work up a little video showing my process for creating this design...
I just love this fun tool and the possibilities it opens up in my scrapbooking! Like, making a page full of little interactive pockets...
And some fun mixed media too!
So, now it's your turn! Get your crafty plans on and be sure to link-up with us! Every week a random winner is chosen to win a $50 spending spree from SimonSaysStamp.com.

Here is my supply list (affiliate links included): 





Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Softer Side... Class Sneaks!!!!

Last week, I mentioned that I have been working hard on my first class offering here at Purple Mailbox. I am so excited about this and am in the final stages of editing and writing the course content. I will share more details soon.... but, in the mean time... here are a few sneaks!
I have so much in store for you...

In this course, I will demonstrate my favorite go-to techniques for creating a soft, ethereal look on any scrapbook page. Using a few basic supplies, such as white paint and watercolors, you will learn how to blend and paint with ease, while creating a light and airy look to your projects!

The Softer Side will be available to purchase very soon. Until then, be sure to email me (soaphouse@gmail.com) to request a personal notification as to when the course is available to purchase. 

Oh - and I'll let you in on a little secret... those of you that email me (BIG thanks to all of you that already have) will not only have the first chance to purchase, but will also be offered the LOWEST price. YAY fun! So, shoot me an email and I promise to have more details soon!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Time to Share the Hemingway Goodness!

Oh yes it is! Hemingway just revealed over at Cocoa Daisy and I can't wait to share with you what I made!

But first, let's have a look at the unboxing of all the goodies, shall we?


Oh yes! So many fun things to create with! Let's see what I came up with....

I have been wanting to play with these fabulous wood hoops from Crate Paper and was so excited to see them as an option in the BYOA (Build Your Own Add On)...

The fun jewel tones in this kit had me thinking back to the 90's and on this layout I scrapped about my love of riding in a boat, using a picture from back in the day. Oh, and I had quite the good time doodling the "boat" embellishments and filling them with things like pineapples and birdies... because that is exactly what every boat should have in it.
You might have noticed that this kit also had me scrapping multiple photos. So rare for me! But, I embraced the mood and went for it. For this next layout, I used a bit of a "deconstructed" project life style approach. Lots of the cards. Lots of journaling. Lots of photos. No pockets.

This next one came together so fast with that hoop and the tissue paper from the packaging....

And here is a super fun card using the adorable birdie from one of the stamp sets, as well as one of the DITL cards...

Another fun card using some hand cut letter action...

Look! Lot of photos on this one! The bottom left one is interactive and opens to reveal my journaling...

This next page has a process video coming soon...

And here, I put the Heidi Swapp journal that is available in the BYOA to use as a place to hold lots of photos about my sweet 16 trip to CA...

And last, but not least, another page of yesteryear... this time using some planner kit goodies and more DITL cards...


So, as you can see... the Hemingway kits are FABULOUS! Head on over to Cocoa Daisy to see all the goodies! And, you can also see detail shots of all these layouts over in my Gallery.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hello Hemingway!

Guess what reveals tomorrow night? The Cocoa Daisy August "Hemingway" kits, that's what! And they are awesome!

Here are some sneakies...
These kits have the perfect mix of jewel tones, punctuated with softness. Oh - and the birds.... 
THE BIRDS!!!!

I hope to see you on the Cocoa Daisy message boards tomorrow, July 28th at 8 pm EST for the fun chat and reveal!

My Little Birdies...

Hello, hello! It's Monday and that means we have a new challenge waiting for you at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.

From specialty stamping paper to glitter, corrugated to extra heavy mixed media to tissue – special papers abound! This week we challenge you to use something other than regular patterned paper or cardstock on your page – and inspire us with the world of papers available!

My starting point for this layout is some specialty stamping paper, a glassine bag, and some tissue paper. Oh, and fabulous stamps too - of course!



I want to start a new album, all about what it's like to have four girls. So, I stamped four little birdies on specialty stamping paper and watercolored them. Then, I scribbled a messy circle on the remainder of the specialty stamping paper, to serve as a "nest."

Then, a little bit of yellow tissue paper for the background...
... with a bit of white paint and some more watercolor...

I then wrote all their names on the glassine bag, cut them ou,t and added them along the birdies. I stamped my title, then found some little flowers to add...
Some mist droplets, stitching, and a few little bits of bling... and there we have it!

A perfect intro page to my new album...

 All about what it's like to have four little birdies...

And now it's your turn to get crafty!

Be sure to link-up with us! Every week a random winner is chosen to win a $50 spending spree from SimonSaysStamp.com.


Here is my supply list (affiliate links included): 



Thursday, July 23, 2015

Favorites...

The July prompt over at CATfile is all about our favorites. 

We pretty much have two favorite places around here...
Our home, which I chose to focus on for my Family Portraits Spread:

I am loving this geotag!

And this doodly heart flower thingy was perfection to add my own doodles to...

And our other favorite...

Sunday lunch with family...

I filled this layout with lots of fun bits from the July printables...

And there's that geotag again!



Be sure to head over to CATfile to check out all the fun things and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Working on a New Venture...

Hello lovely blog friends!

I am joining you today with some exciting news! I have been working hard behind the scenes on something very exciting... 

Perhaps you have notice the new button at the top right of my blog? (email subscribers, you will need to click over to purplemailbox.com to see it). 

Did you click on it? YAY! 

Yes, yes... it is true! I have been working towards a long-time personal goal of mine and with much encouragement and advice from a wonderful crafty friend, I am on my way to offering classes here at the Purple Mailbox!

I love taking online classes and have been lucky enough to contribute to several along the way too! You really can't beat the affordability and ease of a class that appears right in your home, via your computer or tablet, and infuses you with tips, tricks and inspiration... all while in your favorite fuzzy slippers, or whatever your comfortable footwear of choice may be. 

Not only do I love being a student of online crafty classes, I really do enjoy teaching as well, putting together tutorials, and overall just having a really good and messy time in my studio!

And I love sharing all of that with you! 

I can tell you more soon, but in the mean time... here is a little sneaky peak of what I my first class offering will be...



I'm going to leave you in suspense on more details, but let's just say that I have been busy editing lots of great video content!

And, remember to email me (soaphouse@gmail.com) to request a personal notification as to when this class is officially on sale!

Thanks for stopping by today, for loyally following my blog, and for your continued support of my work. I can't wait to share more details soon!
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