merry

Although we don't send out holiday cards, Red Stamp (a free app!) makes it a bit too easy to create cute postcards on your iPhone. Send a virtual one for free, or for under $2 they will mail an actual paper postcard for you. The simple fact that they use iPhone's address book makes me giddy. So user-friendly and the designs are fantastic. If we were to send out a card, this would likely be it.

Hope everyone is having a very merry holiday!

Lost & Found Two

Did a post for The Scrap Review on the My Mind's Eye collection, Lost & Found Two. For your chance to win some goodies, leave a comment on today's review.

For the first layout, I printed some Instagram photos from last month (about 2"x2") and arranged them in a simple sewn grid. This reminds me there are still photos from the end of October that I would like to share here, along with my not-so-great progress on the December Daily.

Balzer Designs Stencil Hop (frames)

Back in October I participated in a Stencil Hop celebrating the launch of Julie Balzer's new stencils with The Crafter’s Workshop. Back again using these fantastic designs, this time stretching my comfort zone a bit with a page using the Leaf Frame:

I started off using 3 different Mister Huey's and then added some watercolor, along with some American Crafts stickers and the map mixtape. The journaling was done pretty quickly, listing whatever highlights came to mind.

And for this layout (which happens to be my current favorite), I used the Flower Frame with the  Handmade Studio Calico kit, along with white Mister Huey's and this must-have white gel pen. To emphasize a few of the white spots a bit more, I added a touch of white watercolor. Side note: Still working on doing a post for our epic trip to Kauai. Though our recent Thanksgiving trip to Lima was wonderful, the journey home was very long, and feeling sick (and still feeling sick) made it all the more miserable.

On a happier note, check out what these other folks made, and enter for a chance to win a set of these fantastic stencils on Julie's blog.
May Flaum
Karen Ellis
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

The H word

I'll be spending my Halloween on a red-eye flight from Hawaii back to the mainland this evening. Hope all those who love this holiday are out having a heckuva time. This Thriller pumpkin was carved by the super-talented husband of my friend Shannon. Happy Halloween!

Christmas comes early

Rhonna Designs has launched their Christmas card kits! To celebrate, they are giving everyone a free photo card template. See other stuff that you love? You can also receive 25% off your order by entering: RDcaRd5 in the 'discount code' box at the bottom of your shopping cart before checkout.

Registration has opened for 12 Days of Christmas at Big Picture Classes. It's 12 prompts from 12 BPC teachers, and then after Christmas 12 layouts + extras (including videos) from all the instructors. Rather than rushing through the holidays this year, give yourself the gift of happy memories documented in a delightfully doable way!

Happy Weekend!