Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The One with CHA Winter 2012

I've been a busy girl the past couple of days: I've been working at the Amy Tangerine booth at American Crafts at CHA Winter 2012 in Anaheim! Chris is so nice to take time off school to stay at home and watch Fox. Let me tell you, coming home and having Fox run into my arms and give me the world's biggest hug is the happiest feeling in the world. My life is complete :) I've loved getting to meet some of my blog readers in real life and meet new people. Scrappers are awesome. 

Walking into the Convention Center.

Half of American Crafts. There's also the Studio Calico booth, the Pebbles booth, and the Crate Paper Booth. Next, they're buying Google :)

The Amy Tangerine: Sketchbook booth where I've been workin'!

The Dear Lizzy booth.
So much eye candy!

The Studio Calico booth. Say hi to Greg!
Kelly Purkey's awesome map project.
The layouts at the Studio Calico booth are a.m.a.z.i.n.g. So much talent on their team! Here's just a sampling:

Then my homegirls Alisha and Nichole came to chat! Oh how I miss them!
I haven't had a chance to walk around the entire show yet. Hopefully tomorrow cuz I'm sure there's TONS to see!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The One with January 2012 American Crafts Layouts

I saw Amy the other day and and she had a set of her awesome new Amy Tangerine - Sketchbook papers. When she asked if I'd like to create a sample for her CHA booth I didn't think twice - heck yeah! So here's what I made (which I'm also counting as my two monthly postings for American Crafts):

Journaling says: The day after Chris got home from his 2-year mission to the Philippines I flew out to Colorado to see him. Two years was over at last - oh how I had missed him! We picked up right where we left off and life was good. That same week the very first annual Evans family reunion took place. I even wore an official Evans t-shirt when we weren't even engaged! Good thing it all worked out :) We spent a wonderful week up in the Rocky Mountains at Grand Lake. It was so beautiful and peaceful and the perfect way to get to know each other again.
How to: Punch a 3" square from each of the 24 patterned papers in the new Amy Tangerine Sketchbook line by American Crafts. Cut each square in half along the diagonal. Arrange the triangles in a chevron pattern and leave a larger gap between the top sets. Trim any excess paper hanging off the edges. Sew along the chevrons using a different color of thread for each stripe. Add a pink glitter foam letter sticker Thickers title in the large gap. Write journaling on the top triangular section. Trim a photo into a triangle and glue it to the bottom triangular section. Place a blue striped heart sticker at the top of the photo. Cut a scalloped border from patterned paper and adhere it along the top left and bottom right corners; draw an "x" with a black pen on each scallop.

Supplies: Cardstock, patterned paper, stickers (heart, letters), pen, adhesive, paper cutter: American Crafts; Square punch: Marvy Uchida; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clarks

Journaling says: One of my favorite "tricks" that we've taught Fox is to give me kisses on demand. Not just any kiss - big, wide, open-mouthed kisses! I'll pick him up, hold him close to my face and say, "Give me a kiss!" and he'll lean in for the kill. It's so precious and makes me laugh so hard. It's been fun to teach Fox things and see him figure life out. 
How to: Drop India ink across a gray cardstock background and set it aside to dry. Trim flowers from a variety of patterned papers from the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook line by American Crafts. Adhere a square photo to the center of the layout using foam squares then tuck and layer all the flowers under and around the photo using different levels of adhesive. Cut out a frame from the Paige's Portraits paper (this deserves a post of its own!) and tuck it under the photo; write "kisses" on the frame with a black pen for the title. Glue a sequin to most of the flower centers. Adhere a photo corner to each corner (made with a square punch and trimmed in four pieces). Sew borders around the layout using four different colors of thread. Write journaling around the inner most border.

Supplies: Cardstock, patterned paper, pen, adhesive, paper cutter: American Crafts; Sequins: Berger Beads; India ink: Artworks; Square punch: Marvy Uchida; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark

CHA-bound tomorrow!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The One with the 2nd Trimester!

Today marks a big day in pregnancy numero dos: hello second trimester!
Say goodbye to morning all day sickness!
Bye bye fatigue and headaches!
Soon my muffin top will start looking like an actual preggo belly!
Here's to the next 14 weeks!
And yes we're doing week-by-week photos again. I love looking at the ones of Fox so I figure, what they hey, we'll keep the tradition going!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The One with And I "Quote"

Pinterest Pinterest Pinterest. I know I know I know. It's everywhere and talked about non-stop. But what can I say, it's an amazing thing! I have a board just for collecting quotes and I thought I'd share a few of them today!

To Chris:

Also to Chris:

So glad I don't have to deal with this for another 7 months or so...



Duely noted.

It's true.

Every day:

Yes please.

Guilty as charged...

I may have shared this one many moons ago, but it still holds true.

Make this:

Pinterest rocks! See more of my boards HERE and let's be Pinterest buddies!

The One with Dear,

My SIL Tanya Taylor (how fun is that to say?) is such a great blogger, always coming up with fun new ideas and trends. I feel like I'm always copying her. So I'll follow suit and copy her once again with this Dear (insert blank here), format.

Dear Weather,
You were so beautiful today - I even wore shorts for the first time in months! Keep it up!

Dear Candy,
I hate you. I love you. Right now I'm on a gum kick. I've never really been a gum person, but the more sugary and flavorful the better!

Dear Malm and Dald,
It was so fun having you here for a few days, come back soon!

Dear Courtney, wait, let me rephrase that, Snatchy Courtney,
You're manipulative and I really really really hope Ben doesn't propose to you. This face says it all.
(FYI - this in reference to The Bachelor).

Dear Tomorrow,
I can't wait for you to be here! Fun things are happening which I hope I can share soon! Plus I get to eat at one of my favorite places - Lemonade!
Beef short rib mac ‘n’ cheese get in my belly!

Dear Baby #2,
I swear I feel you moving already, even though I'm only 14 weeks. Maybe it's just gas.
I saw you via ultrasound last week and you were flopping around like a fish and making me laugh. I love you already and can't wait to find out if you're a girl or boy!

Dear Fox,
Every day you get more and more fun and cute. I didn't think that was possible! You say a few words now like "dog" and "Buzz" (as in Buzz Lightyear). My favorite new thing is when you're in the bathtub and I say, "Where's your bellybutton?" and you grab your wee-wers. We'll have to work on that. You're also learning how to 'stack blocks' which reminds me of the episode of Modern Family called The Bicycle Thief when Cameron and Mitchell go to playschool with Lily. When they find out that all the other kids are much more advanced than Lily they decide to steal some blocks that another child has stacked. When the employee informs them of the CCTV cameras and that they can have a copy of Lily stacking the blocks, they quickly leave. Who knew stacking blocks was so important?
I love you and I'm so glad I'm your mom, even if it isn't always sunshine and roses!

Dear Toy Story 1 and 2,
I know you by heart and I never want to watch you ever ever EVER again.

Dear Spring Break,
I look forward to spending you in Seattle with my family! And hopefully we'll get to go to the house in Wallace for the first time.

Dear Husband,
I'm so proud of you. You're like an actual dentist now working on patients and what not. When you come home and start telling me what you did that day I have no idea what you're even saying - you're that smart! :)

Dear Future,
What do you hold? Where will we be for the four years we owe the army? What about after that? I can't focus too much on you or I'll go mad. It's time to live in the present and enjoy the moment!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The One with Amy Tangerine Sketchbook and Dear Lizzy Neapolitan

Have you seen the new Amy Tangerine Sketchbook and Dear Lizzy Neapolitan lines? Unless you've been living under a rock I bet you have! They're alllllll over the internet! Or unless you don't scrapbook, in which case, I forgive you and just skip this post altogether :)

Is this line unique and beautiful and so happy or what? I can't wait to get my little (actually, I have rather large and manly) hands on it!

The Paper


The Embellishments






And this line is somethin' else! It looks good enough to eat!


The Paper


The Embellishments






Not to mention this video that Elizabeth, Ann-Marie, and Lindsey put together to promote Neapolitan. What a fun job! I miss it!
CHA and designer goodie boxes can't come soon enough!