Vegas may not seem like the ideal place to take a 4 and half month old for their second trip on a plane, but because Aunty Cindy was there for a Physical Therapy conference last month, it was a must do for us. Cindy has been in Chicago since the beginning of January doing a clinical/internship so it’s the longest she had gone without seeing Jack. It was the first time I had flown with Jack by myself, and he did great the entire journey. I am including going to the airport (thank goodness for Uber) and also hanging out at the Delta Sky Club and on board the 40 minute flight. He flirted with the woman in the seat next to us chatting up a storm, and then poor guy fell asleep 5 minutes before landing. He got only a 10 minute nap, but was delighted by all the lights and sights in the airport. He got high roller treatment as the driver and silver stretch limo were waiting for us upon arrival. The driver was surprised we didn’t have any luggage, only a diaper bag. My mom (Jack’s ahpo) actually took a later flight and had a suitcase with our stuff (mostly diapers). I had the limo swing by Caesar’s Palace to pick up Cindy and 3 of her friends. Upon arriving to the Aria Sky Suites, we were really impressed with all the decorations still up from Lunar New Year. There was a red carpet (perhaps that is always there), and gorgeous flowers and golden Asian touches.One of the things I look most forward to is The Buffet. I mean, they cut their crab legs for you. So easy and oh so delicious.Jack fell asleep while at dinner, and I may have accidentally dripped some butter on the Ergo.The next morning was leisurely. While Ahpo watched Jack, I took a little time to walk around the hotel and even managed to squeeze in a much needed visit to the spa. Cindy finished up her morning meeting and we were planning on all going to lunch. But when we got back to the room, Jack was still asleep. Instead of going to get lunch, we decided to order room service. That decision made my belly very happy.Maybe on our next visit, we will spend more than 24 hours and actually venture out of the hotel.
This should probably be titled, “Workspace Saturday” as this was what my table looked like at a pre-Oscars event at the Peninsula Hotel last weekend. If you’re old like me, you may recognize Kathleen Robertson from her days on 90210. More recently, I loved her character on Boss.
It’s Plus One week on the American Crafts blog!
Love how Becki Adams uses my newest collection and shows step-by-step how this mini album came together. Look for Plus One products at your local scrapbook store and online at Simon Says Stamp and Two Peas In A Bucket.
Also, in case you missed it, I did a little interview on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog.
As a lover of instant gratification and tangible results, I think the new Fujifilm Instax Share is one of the funnest (wait, that is a word!) and coolest gadgets ever. It’s true, I recently got the Instax Mini 90 and have had the Instax Mini 7S and Fujifilm INSTAX 210 WIDE for years. I love the credit card sized photos they all produce, but don’t often carry the cameras with me. And then there’s the Pivi, which I’ve had since 2010 and still love, but is sadly no longer available.
Perhaps like many of you, most of the pictures I take these days are on my iPhone 5. So when I found out that a printer was being released that wirelessly prints credit card sized photos from my iPhone? I couldn’t resist. I got the Fujifilm Instax Share shipped from Asia. Thankful the batteries were included, I installed them and then downloaded the app, and followed the instructions. It’s easy to set up and use. (The only part that was a bit confusing to me was in between printing photos, sometimes I had to go back and select the Instax wifi.)The printer uses the same type of film as the cameras. And the prints come out of the printer really quickly and take about a minute to fully develop.The only thing I did notice was my photos were a bit blown out compared to what I saw on the screen. Knowing this, I may in the future edit the photos accordingly, or simply choose slightly darker photos to print. Overall though, I am delighted with the results.I am so happy to share this awesome gadget with you. Have questions? Most of them can probably be answered here. Still have questions? Leave them in the comments and I will try and answer them and update this post. Pre-order the Fujifilm Instax Share here (available April 15).
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You may notice a pretty consistent theme this month with all my Office Hours projects… they all feature Jack. I just couldn’t help it. What I really love about the Studio Calico PL kits in general is that they truly are helping me stay on track (well, reasonably anyway – let’s just say I don’t feel too behind). Also, it makes me realize that if I do want to play quick catch up, it’s fairly easy to do so, even with a limited amount of time – while Jack naps, for example. I am spending less time worrying about how each week fits together, and just going with it. My newest problem is actually having too many photos from to sift through. These couple weeks’ photos were printed by Persnickety Prints – I have found that printing the same photo both in 3×4 and 4×6 is really the way to go, especially since I can always hand off the pictures I don’t use to family members. Then I don’t have to fret about not having the right size. And if I find myself missing a particular photo, I can use my Epson XP-950 Wireless Photo Printer. Using the Project Life main kit only:Here’s a spread utilizing the Project Life kit & Report add-on, where I used a photo for the title card. Ann-Marie Espinoza took some photos of Jack that are absolutely irresistible. There was stitching involved because it’s something I can plan out ahead of time. It’s therapeutic while we sit on the sofa and watch tv in the evenings. Now for the Office Hours Scrapbook kits. Using only the main kit, I created 2 layouts, this one and the one at the bottom of the post (along with the video). At first I wasn’t sure about including floral patterns in a layout for a boy, but then I got over it really quickly after seeing how good it looks.
And as you can see, I went a bit overboard (sorry buddy) and managed to use the fantastic floral paper that I am just crazy about as a background for this layout using the main and add-ons. Baby photobooth pics (taken with the Pocketbooth app printed with the Epson XP-950 Wireless Photo Printer) might be my newest obsession. The app also offers a print & ship option for $1.99 a strip. Using only the To Do add-on (my favorite), I created this layout. Here’s a little video showing how this Main kit only layout came together
You can see all my Office Hours projects here.
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When it comes to scrapbooking for live events, we do much of the prep work beforehand according to the client’s requests. This particular Bar Mitzvah, held at the SLS Hotel, was black, white and silver themed. The hand stitching and stamping is better to get done in the studio. At the event we can focus on the guests, photos, embellishments and the hand written notes.Supplies: Elle’s Studio stamps and Mama Elephant ink in Smoke (the perfect grey!)
It’s been a while since we have showcased some of the lovely photos you all are posting to Instagram using the hashtag #amytangerine. So fun seeing the variety of projects using our stamps, embroidery stencil templates, stickers and papers. Shop for the latest products online at Two Peas In A Bucket and Simon Says Stamp! I always suggest supporting your local stores as well. Here are some of the photos catching our eye:
From left to right, top to bottom:
1. @jennsdoodles | 2. @cathy_vee | 3. @xoylee | 4. @tonifrom | 5. @ladymento | 6. @scrapbookcircle | 7. @sooziesoul | 8. @ari_no_su | 9. @jannawerner
JC and I had originally intended on visiting David Kordansky Gallery for the William E. Jones exhibit on one of our date nights last month, but the time slipped away from us. Just before closing on the last day (2.22) we all got in and checked it out. Jack’s 5 months old so we figured it was about time to take him to look at some art. His jabbering echoed rather loudly in the space, and from what we could tell, he enjoyed it. As did we.
Had the pleasure of being the February guest designer for Elle’s Studio. Here’s how a couple of my projects came together. I started off with the Teammate stencil kit from Plus One for the frame.
With this layout, I began by using an older Fiskars punch for the word bubble.All new Elle’s Studio just arrived to Two Peas in a Bucket!
While it’s really fun designing collections, I think it’s even better when I get to teach classes with them. And even better than that is actually meeting so many of you creatives in person! I have added some links in the sidebar ——> under Upcoming Events. There are a couple more I am finalizing details for, but if you own a store or know of one that wants to host me, there’s only 1 or 2 spots open for the summer. Would love to hear from the stores that are interested! Can’t wait to see some of you soon.
PS- I will be at Craftcation Conference for the 3rd year in a row. It’s really such an amazing gathering and I would highly recommend attending. You can see my past posts about it here and learn more about the one coming up in April here.