Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Those pages I said I'd post...

Here they are!

I used the May Mosh Posh kit on both of these:

In other news, we had a great Memorial Day weekend. On Sunday we celebrated my brother's 23rd birthday at a really really (really) nice resturaunt called NY Prime. My in-laws got to watch Ben for us that night... they were in heaven. On Monday we spent time with my family. Dad made sausage & pepper sandwiches that were out of this world. We had potato salad, fruit salad, watermelon, and corn on the cobb. Then we played Mancala out on the patio and had birthday cake. Lots of eating! The long weekend also was a great time of visits to the pool, escaping the heat in the mall (shopping!) and some dedicated scrapping time! It's so nice to have that extra day with my hubby... but it does make it even harder to get into the swing of things on Tuesday.

Anyways, I am exhausted MAJORLY. Aaron woke up last night sick to his stomach. He thinks it was something he ate when we grabbed Pollo Tropical for dinner. He was up from 2-4:30 a.m. and I couldn't fall asleep either because I was so worried for him. This morning he woke up and felt fine, if a little tired. Thank God. ;)

I'm anxiously awaiting my Mosh Posh kit to arrive so I can start creating with it. I'm excited to be part of this Design Team, it's going to be so much fun!

Thursday, May 22, 2008


I'm on the MOSH POSH design team!!!! Holy cow! Yay!!!

I've been waiting to share the news because... well, it didn't seem real to me. haha. It was a shock at first because I've never tried out for a Design Team before but when I saw the call on the website I thought: "eh, why not." So I did and wouldn't you know? I made it!

I couldn't ask for a better bunch of ladies to work with, or a better kit. The design team is super talented which makes me tremble with fear. All of a sudden I am feeling nervous about scrapbooking which is totally lame of me! But it's like the first day of school. I am scared & excited in a really good way. Gets the blood pumping, you know? I think being on the team will stretch my creativity and challenge me in new ways. And I hope I will do Kristen and her kit club proud!

I have a few things I've been working on to share. Some digital, some pulpy... AKA paper product. But first, some thought on digi VS non-digi: It's funny, but digital scrapbooking has made paper scrapbooking easier in some ways. And in other ways, way harder. When I'm digi scrapping I can move things around a billion times if I want to with no worries of adhesive or having to make a final choice about placement. I can stop working at any time and when I come back everything is in its place. That's nice! But with paper scrapping I'm finding a whole new bravery when it comes to layering and layout that I never had before I was a digi scrapper. I'm also more likely to get in there with the scissors and use stuff up. I know I will never be without scrapbooking supplies at my disposal because I have a computer hard drive full of them. ;)

Credits: BAM designs (yours truly): buttons; Little Dreamer Designs: tied ribbon (michelle coleman), hullabaloo staple (Lauren Reid), hullabaloo journal spot green (Leora Sanford); Ah! Designs: Melon Madness alpha, Melon Madness transparency; Designer Digitals: Kellie Mize Ad Challenge freebie (blue and striped papers); Natali Design: blog freebie stitches; Digichick: mira spring garden add-on frame; fonts: CK Becky & another typewriter.

Anyways, on to the sharing. I made this LO above as a RAK for my friend Bonnie. I'm hoping once she gets it printed out she will decide to try her hand at digital scrapbooking (*wink, nudge*). Also, she's super busy with her 3 kids and I wanted to do some pages for her since she has even less time to scrap then I do! This is one of three I plan to do for her. She still has to send me the other pictures (hurry, send them, chica!).

Credits: BAM designs (that's me): pink grid paper; Memory Makers: wild sorbet flower rubons & blue paper & scalloped frame & enjoy word art (michelle coleman), frosted blue bow (michelle coleman), art nation blossom acrylic flower (emily powers); Little Dreamer Designs: hullabaloo scalloped edge (heidi larsen), loveable chipped paint frame *recolored* (michelle coleman); Jackie Eckles: textured bracket brushes freebie.

This page above was created for my mom for mother's day. I bought her an album and started filling it with pages for her. I love digital because when I make a page for her I can print two of them (one for me!) and vice versa. I love the pink & blue in this one. I hardly ever get to use pink because I have a son but the other day I was thinking: "why the heck not?" so I did. And, you know what? I don't feel like it's all of a sudden a girly page because of the pink. Power to pink! ... and stuff.

Ok... I've gotta go now. I'm meeting a friend in 30 minutes, but I have more LO's to share. So, I'll post them tomorrow OK? :) Until then!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Mostly non-creative things...

Ah! What a week! I feel like my head is spinning.

Where do I start? Aaron's car broke down on the highway on his commute home from work on Friday. By the time we picked it up last night it was up to $1,000 in repairs. OUCH! I'm busier than ever, too. This freelance job is a tough one. I'm working more than I expected to during the day. And that's not an easy thing to do with an almost-2-year-old. Speaking of, Benjamin has been such a difficult... or different... kid lately. He whines and demands so much time and attention from me now. There's a lot of frustration going on because he's trying to tell me what he wants and I still can't understand most of his babble! The past few weeks he's been up earlier than usual. He'll sit in his crib and say: "Daddy... daddy. Daddy! Daddy. Daddy. Daddy, DADDY!!! Hey! Daddy!" until one of us comes to get him. He used to just lay quietly for 20 or 30 minutes (we're guessing) before officially waking up. Not anymore! :)

Today I'm trying to get last minute things wrapped up here at home (laundry, packing, running to the library to return overdue books) because tomorrow Aaron and I will be heading out for a short 2 night trip to Disney. We decided our last trip fell short in so many ways, and because we had 2 days left on our 4 day park hopper ticket we decided now would be the best time to go back. Before the blistering summer heat hits us. And, we even decided to go without Ben right off the bat. If you remember, last time (2 months ago) Ben got sick and couldn't go. It actually was a blessing in disguise because after seeing all the miserable parents with 2 year olds, I can't imagine it would have been fun for us to drag him around the parks after all. By the way, it turns out these next few weeks are going to be a busy time at Disney World. Almost all of the lower priced Disney hotels were booked and most of the Disney resturaunts. I see waiting in lines in our future. But, it will be fun because I will not be sick this time!

Scrapbooking!!! I know, this is supposed to be a crafty creative blog. Well, I've been spending a lot of my usual scrapping time designing digital scrapbooking supplies. I have completed a huge set of buttons, stitching, and lots of doodles. I'm planning a few digital kits to possible release for sale in the next few months. I just have to figure out exactly HOW to sell them. Or where. Suggestions, anyone?

The freebie was a huge hit. In fact, I've seen more hits than ever before. I think I know now why people offer them! So, on that note, you will definitely be seeing more freebies. Fun, fun!

I have some pages to share with you that I made from the most recent Mosh Posh kit. It was such a bright and colorful kit... tons of chipboard! I had a blast playing with it. Unfortunately, I won't be able to get those up until later this weekend. Maybe Sunday!

Wish me fun and safety on our little trip! I'll be back soon.

Friday, May 9, 2008

First BAM Designs Freebie!

I am so excited to share with you my first ever digital scrapbooking freebie! Yay! Yippie!!!! :) It's a digital stamp (aka brush) so you can make it almost any size and any color you want. A .png file is also included for those of you who aren't able or don't want to use it as a brush. For more info on how to use brushes visit this tutorial by scrapologie: HERE.

Get your freebie here!(expired)

Here is an example of how I used this brush on one of my layouts:

(layout credits here)

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Designing is a blast...

So, if you've been keeping up with me you already know that I'm dabbling in designing some digital scrapbooking supplies. This weekend I was busy making patterned papers! It was a ton of fun. Before I knew it I had 12 papers made... unfortunately they're not the best when it comes to a set of papers. I still have to work on making a good variety of patterns (for example, not 3 striped papers and 3 papers with grid, etc.) and stay within a color pallette. It's harder than it seems. I've been scanning in textures & illustrations and studying up on my photoshop skills. There's a lot I had forgotten how to do... like how to make a dotted line! Here's a preview of what I've been working on: everything is my own creation with the exception of some free roylaty-free texture brushes. I did my illustrations of the bird and flowers in illustrator. Fun fun fun!!!

Anyways, I hope to have a decent set of papers up for you guys to download very soon! Yay!!! Now this weekend my challenge is to create some elements like buttons, ribbons and stitching. Wish me luck!

As far as paper scrapping goes, I have a new one to share. I finally finished it! These photos of Ben have been sitting in a pile forever waiting to be scrapped. They're so stinkin' funny! He's sucking on the sliding glass door... silly boy.