Sunday, October 30, 2011

The One with Trunk-or-Treat 2011

Last night was our ward Trunk-or-Treat. (Trunk-or-Treat: When people gather and park their cars in the church parking lot, open their trunks, and decorate them. Then they pass out candy from their trunks. The event provides a safe family environment for trick-or-treaters. Some kids don't get to go trick-or-treating because of the fear of tainted candy (isn't it sad we have to worry about things like that?) so this is their only opportunity to collect sweets.)

Fox was only two weeks old at least year's festivities, my how he's grown!
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We dressed Fox up as Clark Kent. We couldn't even get one picture with him wearing the glasses he'd take them off so fast! Oh well, you still get the gist of the outfit without 'em :)
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We showed up at 5 and decorated our car a bit with leftovers from Fox's party.
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I didn't get very many pictures of other people's trunks, but there were some awesome ones!
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Dessert table, mmm.
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The first hour or so was spent playing games.
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There was a candy ring toss.
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Bean bag toss.
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Another ring toss. Lots of tossing games!
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I donated the Pin the Hat on the Skeleton game I made for Fox's party and didn't end up using. It was fun to see it in action!
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Jordan was a little sushi, haha!
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Some of my favorite kid costumes: a beautiful handmade tulle witch skirt by Emily and The Joker. "Why so serious?"
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Face-Book! Love it.
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Fox just wanted to walk around and check out everything. He said wassup to his babysitter, Saige. (It's fun when I call her to babysit: "Hi Saige, it's Paige!")
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This is what trunk-or-treating looks like:
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After trunk-or-treat the youth had a dance in the decorated gymnasium.
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Fox was so cute walking around with his candy bag.
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Next year Fox will be a walking machine and will totally have the hang of this trick-or-treating business. I can't wait! Bring on Halloween tomorrow!

Friday, October 28, 2011

The One with the Elle's Studio Forever Grateful Project Kit (+Giveaway!)

When Elle of Elle's Studio asked if I'd like to play with their Forever Grateful Project Kit I responded with a yes, yes, a thousand times yes! (Okay, I don't think I said those exact words in my email reply, but I sure thunk them!) I am so grateful to have been apart of Elle's Studio's very first design team from January to June 2010 - how I miss it! So it was fun for me to delve right back into all things Elle.
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Project kit coordinator and extraordinaire Jenni Hufford created the altered tray seen above.

Here's a bit about this project kit:
Capture those moments you’re most grateful for in 7Gypsies newest printers tray! With papers, buttons, embellishments and more, from popular manufactures, along with your limited edition Elle’s Studio tags that were made just for this kit, you are set with all the supplies you need to put together the perfect tray for yourself, to give as a gift or both! And don't forget, the limited edition Elle's Studio tags will never be sold or printed again - once this kit is sold out, they are gone. You can even use the instructions provided to put together your tray. Sit down with a cup of hot chocolate – all you need to grab is your photos, scissors, and glue - we’ve provided the rest! Bonus: Save the leftover exclusive Elle’s Studio Tags to use on your other layouts, cards and more!

THIS KIT INCLUDES
31 Elle’s Studio journaling + embellishment tags
Photo Shadowbox Tray (7Gypsies)
Graphic Paper (Crate Paper)
Heirloom Paper (Studio Calico)
Buttons (Crate Paper)
2 Veneer Houses (Studio Calico)
1 Doily Flower (Jenni Bowlin)
1 Wooden Spool (Jenni Bowlin)
1 Pin (Maya Road)
1 toothpick
2ft cream ribbon

So here is my pile'o'stuff before:
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And here is the finished project:
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(Yes, I know I've used these pictures a lot recently, but they match the kit perfectly so that's that!)

My goal was to use as much of the kit as possible and no other supplies besides adhesive.
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On the bottom right section, I wrapped the wooden spool with the ribbon, tied a bow with the ribbon, attached it with the stickpin, cut out a banner and glued it to the toothpick, slid it inside the spool, then added it to the tray. There was a "3 tags" printed on one of the sheets of tags, so I cut off just the "3" part and set it on the wooden house. Cuz there are three of us Evans's :)
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The only "fancy" thing I did to this section was I trimmed off the black scalloped tearaway strip from the bottom of one of the patterned papers and covered the red scalloped strip under the sentiment. I wanted to tone down the red aspects a bit cuz there's no red in our photos. Photobucket

My favorite part of this kit: the buttons! I wanted to use them all and I think they look so pretty together so I just glued them all in one section.
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I made photo corners from patterned paper, cut out a few elements from the patterned papers, and added them to one corner for a dash of whimsy.
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This section was fun. There were just a few tags that I didn't incorporate so I cut out individual letters from those tags to spell our names. I love the ransom look and am glad I was able to stick to the kit exclusively. There was even an "x" on the "xoxo" sentiment strip for Fox!
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It's true, I'm so thankful for my little family.
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On the largest section I cut out most of the tags and adhered them with either a glue dot runner, one foam square, or two foam squares stacked together for double the pop!
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Want to see even more altered trays using the Forever Grateful Project Kit? Your wish is my command! The current design team each got to play with a kit and here they are:
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Top left to right:

Because Elle is amazing, she's offering to give away a Forever Grateful Project Kit to one lucky person! Alls you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment on this post by Tuesday November (NOVEMBER??!! Time is flying!) 1st 2011 and I'll post the winner that day.
Have a happy Friday!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The One with My CRAFT Beach Retreat Class Layouts

Today's post is all about the three pages that I'll be teaching how to make for my class at the CRAFT Beach Retreat which is in just 14 days, 21 hours, and 26 minutes!
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Here's a blurb about my class:
3D Vision Workshop
Paige Evans’ workshop will help you process an important life experience by looking at it from the vantage points of before it occurred, while it was happening, and after it was over. You’ll gain clarity, perspective, and inner vision in this most enjoyable workshop. Featuring Garden Cafe from American Crafts and paper layering techniques.

So the pages I made are all about becoming a mom. From the anticipation felt during pregnancy, the first moments after Fox was born, and how I feel 1 year later.
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ANTICIPATION

Journaling says: Nine months is such a long time! Oh how we long to meet you and cuddle with you and get to know you! Your clothes are all washed, your crib and nursery is all set up. Now we just need you to make your grand entrance! I hope I'm a good mother to you and that you'll love me. I hope for a lot of things for you. So much anticipation! May 2010.

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ELATED HAPPY JOY

Journaling says: At last you arrived! All 8.3 pounds and a full head of hair of you! Now the real fun (and worry and unknown and fear...) begins! I can't wait to watch you grow and learn. I hope I'm a good mom to you! I love you so much! October 2010.

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THRIVING

Journaling says: You are one year young. I think we're finally getting a hang of this thing called motherhood. Looking back just warms my heart. I love being your mom and I love you more than words can describe. Thank you for teaching me so much and for making me a mom. I think it's safe to say we're thriving. October 2011.

I'm so excited to be teaching at this event. Putting my teaching degree to good use :) (Yeah, it's kind of an oxymoron to have anxiety and a fear of crowds yet be able to stand in front of people and talk their ears off. It's a mystery.) Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The One with Blog Your Heart

Winner winner chicken dinner, congrats Tedi!
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You are the randomly chosen winner of Shimelle's Pretty Paper Party class! Email me (paigetaylorevans at gmail dot com) your email addy and I'll get ya hooked up :)

My hero, Stephanie Howell, has started a monthly challenge where you blog your heart.
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The point is to blog your heart. HONESTLY. It can be silly, funny, serious, short, or long... whatever you want it to be. As long as it is authentic. No sugar coating. It is what it is. So here goes!

1. I feel like I am always doing something and never have time to relax between working, mommying, and side jobs. I suppose I use up my relaxing time blogging... I need to learn how to prioritize. My list o' things to do is longer than the Nile. Sometimes I find myself dreaming that I could quit all my jobs and just live off the government. But I love my jobs. I think I'm a workaholic. I get great satisfaction crossing things off my to do list.

2. I need to learn to say no. Then maybe my list o' things to do won't be so long.

3. I have stranger and crowd anxiety and get super duper uncomfortable when I'm the center of attention. I can't seem to have a conversation with anyone besides Chris or my family or close friends. I fumble my words and sound like a dork. I know what I'd like to say, but it never comes out quite right, or I think of it only after the conversation is over. I guess practice makes perfect? Who wants to talk? :)

4. Fox is in this maddening stage where he ONLY wants ME! It makes it real hard to work when Chris is home and watching Fox but he's just screaming and reaching out for me. I need an office, off-site. Apparently Fox is grand when I'm gone, but as soon as I walk in the door it's meltdown city. It's just a phase, it's just a phase, it's just a phase. I need to remember that before I know it I'll be wishing desperately that he would still want and need me.

5. Keeping a clean and orderly house is starting to become a giant hassle with a toddler. But when the house is messy I get flustered. Not sure what to do about this one.

6. I want to drive the 60 miles to Riverside to see this phenomenon:
But I'm afraid that like with The World of Color, it won't be going on that night or there'll be technical difficulties. We seem to have bad luck with stuff like that.

7. I worry too much. I'm getting more gray hairs by the day. I get headaches almost every day because either A) I'm stressed or B) I don't drink enough water. I don't like standing in long lines. I'm still working on my bucket list item of being patient. I'm not there yet.

8. I print my blog into books using Blog2Print. I make about 3 books a year and each book costs like $120+. I wait until a coupon code shows up in my email, which happens every few months. Finally a coupon arrived so I printed my blog book that ranges from May to August of this year. When it arrived I was so happy! Only to notice it was soft cover, not hard cover. Talk about an expensive mistake! I keep doing stupid things like this, not paying attention to details, forgetting things, not remembering important dates, picking out wrong stuff. I feel like I'm losing my mind sometimes!

Okay, Blog Your Heart is over! I promise I'm a happy girl and I love my life :) It's just nice to put it all out there every once in awhile.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The One with More Disney at Halloween

My aunt, her daughter-in-law Ashley (so my cousin's wife (cousin-in-law?)) and Ashley's daughter Alli (so my first cousin once removed and Fox's second cousin - get it?) came down to LA to celebrate Alli's 5th birthday at Disneyland! The happiest place on earth! Of course we wanted to meet up with them and say hello.
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So. Crowded. I bet this picture gives my dad shivers. He's anti-crowds.
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Still all decked out for Halloween!
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Riding the carousel.
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The park closed early for a special Trick-or-Treat event thingy, so we went over to Disney's California Adventure. First stop: A Bug's Life. We got these awesome 3D glasses and tried to make Fox wear them.
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Hehehe.
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Fox lasted 30 seconds in the show before it got loud and he got scared.
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A Fox amongst the pumpkins.
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Our goal was to stay until the World of Color show because we STILL haven't seen it and it's on our bucket list. The show was supposed to start at 8:15. At 8:15 the lights dimmed and the music started playing. And then it stopped. 5 minutes later it started and stopped again. 5 minutes later it started and stopped again. Meanwhile Fox was having a cow because it was way past his bedtime so we said forget it and gave up. Lame-o! We'll have to come back another day.
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Total Disneyland count since we've lived here: 39
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I just noticed yesterday when I log onto Disneyland.com it keeps count of our visits. We're definitely getting our money's worth out of our annual passes!