Friday, June 15, 2012


Wow, it's been so long since I've made a post that blogger has completely changed... kind of intimidating.  I needed a little scrapbooking and blogging break as we've had a crazy busy spring, and now I'm so excited to be digging back into my favorite hobby. :)
I have 2 layouts to share that were actually made back in May on NSD.
This first one is totally scraplifted from the book Art of Layers by Ronda Palazzari.  Great book with lots of fun ideas.  I especially liked this one because it uses a lot of paper and don't we all have a lot of paper!
(Cocoa Daisy March kit)

With this next one, I felt like playing with a stencil so I decided to water color it.  Overall I like it but it sure made the paper hard to work with.  Lots of bubbles and wrinkles, which I tried to just embrace by adding some wrinkled washi. Oh and look at that picture, I can't believe I even captured this fleeting moment! :)
(Stencil- Crafters Workshop, Julie Balzer)
(Basic Grey Bloomers)
(some Crate, MME, AC, Bella Blvd, and Tim Holtz)

The one thing I think I'll change on both these layouts is more twine!  Why am I being so stingy with it really!?!

And... I made some cards as an end of the year gift for Gavin's teacher.

(Paper scraps Bella Blvd and Echo Park)
(Stamps- Lawn Fawn)

Bright colors, lots of fussy cutting and quite a bit of Copic-ing here.  I'm really starting to LOVE my Copics.

And I have one bit of news to share... lets see how many of you actually read to the bottom of this? :)
The biggest reason for my blogging and scrappin' break has been due to pregnancy (yay).  This pregnancy was intentional but a bit insane, as last summer we got rid of the bulk of the baby gear... and babies require a lot of gear.  But this winter, the DH and I had a change of heart and thought if this baby is meant to be, it will happen... and it did... immediately. :)  I've been exhausted, I swear the baby just sucks all energy out of me, especially in the beginning.  So staying up late to scrap or getting up early to blog has been... laughable.  Now I'm at 14 weeks and the energy has been back. And now I'm back! :)


Anne said...

HI Lea,
It is so nice to have you back, for many reasons, I loved reading your blog, but I will tell you why later. I love all your bright cards and your cute lay outs.
Welcome back


Missy Whidden said...

Congrats, Lea!!! That's awesome...I'm so happy for you! I love your layouts & doesn't seem like you've missed a beat. I really love the watercolor effect you created. And that is one sweet photo :) I wish I was more of a card maker...yours are so cute!

Roxy said...

Oh wow, that is soooooo awesome, congrats!!! I did wonder where you were, but now it all makes sense! Love your layouts (the photo in the 2nd is so gorgeous!) and your bright cards (I think that EP paper line is some of my favorite, I'm down to tiny scraps!) Hope to see more now that your energy is back to normal, especially some pregnancy layouts with a big round b-ball belly! Hugs, Roxy.

Linda Jordan said...

Awesome to have you back! Gorgeous projects, I especially love the cards. I really have been dying to try some copics but I just can't justify the cost right now! Congrats on the baby!!


Debbie P said...

Congratulations!!!! That is awesome! Love your cards! They are so cheery and adorable. Love your layouts too. The banners, the stencil work, your product choices and the photos are so lovely!! Good luck with everything! I hope all goes well!

Jessie said...

Congratulations Lea that's fantastic!!!!! I love your LO's and all your cards are so cute! Take care!

Helen Tilbury said...

Oh WOW Lea I am sooooo happy for you! Congratulations!! Wow, well now I can understand why you needed a break - those first few weeks are utterly exhausting! Months actually!! Congratulations again and take it easy! Tons of beautiful things to see here already :)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Just sayin' *wink wink* -- Congrats love!! You know I am happy for you!!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeee all your projects!!! Just gorgeous!!!!

Jennifer Grace said...

Lovely to see you back Lea! And congrats on baby bump, I hope he/she doesn't drain your energy too much!

Love your projects, especially the stencilling on 'aww', it was worth the hard work! And the photo is just darling! The cards are all so cute too! x

Lizzy Hill said...

Awwwww....LEA!!!This is FANTASTIC NEWS!!! Yep, made it to the bottom of your post:):):) ADORE your cards & I really, really like your 'painted' LO.... wrinkled washi works well:):):):) And I LOVE that piccy...soon it'll be group hug of 3!!! Grreat to see you back blogging & creating:):):)

JulieJ said...

Congratulations. Check out this blog I've been following:
She is pregnant with her first and is making the sweetest, quirky cool things.
Love your cards.

yyam said...

Woohoo! Congrats on your happy news! :)

So glad you are back and creating again! These are lovely projects! Love the happy hues!

Take care and rest well!

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Wow! Love your work here! That monster card for the teacher is super duper cute! Welcome back! :D

Lynnda said...

Congrats on your happy news!!!
I am so glad to see you back... beautiful layouts!!! ANd look at you huh.. those cards are totally fun, fabulous and gorgeous...LAWN FAWN can be addictive ... tfs all those wonderful projects!!!... hugs...xoxo

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Wonderful and fun projects!
Yep, I really dislike all the changes blogger has, when I finally get used to something, they changed it again, sigh.....

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