a very scrappy weekend

Supplies: all American Crafts, except for Hambly bird sticker, Anticca camera stamp, and Fiskars punch for the DCWV stars
Very much looking forward to scrapbooking a bat mitzvah with LA Photo Party Saturday night. They are so much fun to work with, and are happily extending a discount to my friends. Just mention you know me when booking your event and receive 10% off your package plus a free DVD ($250 value). Awesome deal and an amazing addition to any event, even if you're not in Los Angeles. LA Photo Party has traveled to Atlanta, DC and Toronto, and would love to bring their fantastic photography skills to you.

Also excited to see all the new and innovative products at CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) Winter Conference being held in Los Angeles. Mommy will be joining me for her first time and Cindy (my cousin who just got into USC grad school-yay!) will be coming along for the ride too. We'll be sure to take lots of photos of all the eye candy we see. Now doubt there will be a lot. What are you up to this weekend? Hopefully something fun!

the scene

The party decor is all set, the food is getting ready to be served, the drinks are pouring and guests begin to stream in. The party planner's running around making sure every last detail is taken care of, and thankfully it is. This is usually the calm before the storm for us when we're scrapbooking on the scene. Guest take photos, have them printed, come over to us & they write a note to the guest of honor. We then carefully craft a scrapbook page to go into the album that the guest of honor will receive at the end of the evening. It's a pretty simple concept & we've done it many times before, yet every party is something completely new. The best part is seeing the faces & reactions to such a wonderful keepsake. I haven't shared too much of the parties I've done in the past, but as we get more and more double booked for events, I thought I would follow Paige's lead and show you what kept me busy Saturday night. Cindy & Paige worked a Bat Mitzvah for LA Photo Party (you need to check out the stunning photos Paige has up on her blog), while I worked Ariana's 19th Birthday Party. The backyard was set up beautifully, an idyllic setting for a jungle themed event. all the guests were so polite and a delight to be around. The invitation read, "Come Dressed to Kill": girls were asked to wear animal print and the guys dressed to impress.

Ariana was overjoyed with the way her album turned out. After they get their shots back from the professional photographer who was at the party, we'll be adding more pages so that she has an amazing memory book of her 19th birthday celebration. Always fun parties going on, thanks for letting me share this one!

nuts

I am nuts about being on the Shabby Chic Crafts Design Team! (I'm cheesy, I know)
Here are the other girls...
Leslie
Megan
Michelle
Sasha
Christina
And the Flickr group
(Sassafras, American Crafts, Shabby Chic Crafts, Heidi Swapp, My Little Shoebox, Queen & Co, Elle's Studio, Love Elsie, Kitty Robot, photo by LA Photo Party)
And here's something else that's been keeping my hands busy. Just a fun project using a film canister. Liking the idea of upcycling.

behind the scenes

I love doing the scrapbooking for some of LA Photo Party's events. While I enjoy doing all kinds of different events, I think my favorites are birthday parties and Bat Mitzvahs (although I really enjoy weddings as well.) There's just something about the young spirits and teens who come together to celebrate and have fun with making something for their dear friend. At the end of the evening, the scrapbook is complete & becomes a great keepsake/glorified guestbook.




Also great for private events and smaller gatherings, the creative mess just flows and seeing the smiles on everyone's faces with their project completed is total joy.

collaborate.

I like the collaborative efforts that go into some of the scrapbooking that gets done around here. Here's a layout started by Danielle, topped off by me, with journaling from JC.
Some of you may know that I scrapbook for LA Photo Party's events. From birthdays to Bat Mitzvahs, to weddings, I have been there with the guests as they smile and add an extra fun photo for the guest of honor's scrapbook. At the end of the evening, the scrapbook is complete & becomes a great keepsake/glorified guestbook. Here's a bit of press about it in Here Comes the Guide. I wish I had photos of the pages to share here, but often there isn't enough time or light to get a good shot of the page. But I was lucky enough to grab this one shot from a wedding in Paso Robles, right before the wedding party entered.



Here's a behind the scenes glimpse of what goes on with LA Photo Party's coolest, newest thing: Photosphere360. Mention you saw this on my blog and receive $100 off your next event.