Tuesday, January 29, 2013

TIME: January #SMBiGbloghop

Hello again blog hoppers! I hope you're having a great time joining our blog hop this month, and that you have lots of new inspiration for the new year! Here's my project, a layout all about the countdown to midnight on New Years Eve:

What kind of projects involving time do you need to work on? I hope we inspire you to get out those scrappy supplies! Next on the hop is the amazing Trisha, go check out what's she's made here.

Monday, January 28, 2013


Thank you to all the wonderful ladies who entered my CHA giveaway, Amy Cloud, you lucky lady, always win cool stuff, and rafflecopter picked you!!!   Send me an e-mail at sbookinshay29@aol.com and I can get it mailed out to you! xoxo

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Friday, January 25, 2013


The Currently Journaling Challenge takes five minutes out of your week to document your story.

8 Questions. 52 Weeks. Embracing Right Now.  Currently is a weekly journaling challenge created by Kristin from rukristin papercrafts. Currently fits in perfectly with Project Life and can easily be tailored to whatever your needs are. Every Friday, Kristin shares her Currently list journaling card on her blog, as well as on various social media sites like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Join the Currently community, use the hashtag #CurrentlyList to share your list and find great inspiration from others.

Here's my currently project:

Watching: Sixteen Candles
Reading: LOTS of e-mails
Listening: to California by Phantom Planet on repeat
Making: a million scrappy projects on my to do list
Planning: my LIFE
Loving: my new CHA goodies
my bestie
my munchkin

I LOVE the currently, but didn't want to over do it in my PL with every week, so I came up with this idea, thanks to mini file folders I bought from Paper Source. I LOVE the size [slightly larger than 4x6] and that I can still slide it into my Project Life pockets. I think it'll be a wonderful addition to my monthly dividers, & cannot wait to see what everyone else is doing!

Ways to play along:
Enter for a chance to with the Currently Journaling Cards: Color Edition. Each blog on the hop is giving away one set of journaling cards to a lucky reader!  These journaling cards come in both an easy to print .pdf file and individual high res .jpg images for use in digital scrapping. Leave a comment below for your chance to win a set, or purchase the cards here for $1. 
currently color edition journaling cards
Look for new sets of Currently Journaling cards each month; each set will retail for only $1 and will be available in the rukristin papercrafts shop
Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out the Currently Journaling Challenge blog hop. Make sure to hop along to all the other participants for more inspiration and more chances to win a Currently Journaling card set. 
Next up: Megan & Allie http://documentlifeworkshop.com/
In case you get lost, here's a link back to rukristin papercrafts and the entire list of blogs participating in today's blog hop. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Newport Beach.

I don't know if any of you out there are fans of the O.C. but this girl is obsessed.  If you've never seen it, go watch it & fall in ove with Seth, Summer, Ryan & Marissa-- it has been my nights in with ice cream, the reason for hope, the soundtrack to my life. With CHA being in Annaheim, I LOVED knowing I'd be in the OC myself, and was dying to go check out some of the filming sites, and see Newport Beach, Balboa Island & other familiar places that are so much a part of my favorite show. Even luckier to have a tour guide or two to show me around ;]

Here are the details of my layout:
Using the Amy Tan stitching templates from her new line, Yes, Please, I added the perfect dash of sunshine & clouds to the corner of my LO. Everyone NEEDS this product, whether you've previously been a sewing kind of gal on your projects before or not. It is SO easy to use, and the shapes are totally versatile for ALL projects, I'm sort of obsessed with it....

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Here's a detail shot of the journaling on my page:
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If you've never ordered and used Chic Tags on your projects, RUN over to her site & order them NOW. The quality is incredible, the designs are beyond amazing, and SO unique as far as bits & pieces go. Below I used a few of her products; all of which are part of her new CHA W releases, which will be shipping soon!
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Another product you MUST have are these Whittles clips. I LOVE the dimension they add, and the colors & designs mix with the gorgeous papers SO well. I just cannot gush about both the Amy Tan line & the new Chic Tags enough, look how perfect they are together?! Thanks for stopping by today to check out my layout, I hope you're enjoying my CHA W recap week!

If you still haven't gotten your chances in for the CHA giveaway, make sure you go here-- you have until Sunday night at midnight EST to enter! xoxo

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

my top 13. CHA W

Every show, I love guessing which products I'm going to love before show, based on the sneaks & what people are talking about and seeing if they're STILL my favorite when it's all said & done. This year, there were a few surprises, and plenty of I need it NOW products on that show floor. Today, I'm going to share what my top 13 Winter CHA picks were, in no particular order:

[warning: photo heavy post ;]

1. Hipster by Basic Grey is everything I dreamed it would be & more. I love the more boyish color scheme, and the embellishments are to die for. Their new Journaling Binder is very similar to the SC Handbook, but with a different feel, and slightly different size. The page protectors in it are amazing new sizes, and I cannot wait to see where they take it in the future ;]
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2. Lucky Charm by Dear Lizzy is adorable. I'm already in love with all the colors, patterns & whimsical feel that it gives off. Liz is one of the sweetest people I have ever met, her style always translates so well to her designs, and even her booth design. I wasn't sure I'd be able to use this collection as much, having a little boy, but seeing it in person has made it my favorite EVER of hers. Anchors, arrows, a color scheme to die for-- what's NOT to love about this line? Getting to see her & Collin was a huge highlight of my trip ;]
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We spent plenty of time in Liz's booth, with her adorable Instax photo booth & props, what's not to love about it?! I was lucky enough to bring some of this collection home with me, woot!

3. Glitz Design-- These girls & their new collections are just gorgeous. I got to meet them for the first time at CHA Summer last year, and I am in love with their products && them. Always classy, inovative & beautiful, their lines are a perfect representation of these three ladies. My favorite has to be Uncharted Waters, and I cannot wait to hoard the line because it is simply stunning. The new washi in all the new collections are incredible, and I love that they brough back roller stamps-- SUCH cute designs! Overall, this might be my favorite set of releases from a company this show.
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4. Speaking of Glitz Design, as you all know I am a HUGE Echo Park fan, and love getting to work for them at events. I adore the Photo Freedom collections and using them for my everyday album, and the new Photo Freedom collections are just incredible, super excited that they are working with Glitz for the Birthday Wishes collection. The new collections are fabulous, with great new colors perfect for everyday.
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5. Studio Calico, all three collections-- Sundrifter, Here & There, and Snippets have pieces I just cannot wait to get my hands on. Here are some of my favorite pieces from their booth:
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Studio Calico had a major impact on my trip to Cali-- almost everyone I was lucky enough to meet IRL, I knew from the message boards there, and I had SUCH an amazing time getting to know each & every one of them. Love all you girls, already miss you!

6. Fancy Pants knocked it out of the park this CHA. I want every piece of this collection. Fancy Pants has always had great embellishments, but they've outdone even themselves with new stickers, bags & envelopes. I want to go on vacation JUST to use this line ;]
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7. Chic Tags Veronica is AMAZING. Somehow I didn't end up with very good photos in her booth, but you can check out her CHA wrap up here. For a first year booth, it was beyond incredible, in fact it was one of my favorites period-- that adorable desk, the globes, the bits & pieces, that's before you even really check out her tags, a&b tags in all of her great new designs. IN LOVE. Her & her hubby, Albert did such a fabulous job, and it was a pleasure to meet & spend time with them both during CHA!
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8. GCD Studios, a total surprise, with a STUNNING booth, I am now anxiously waiting getting my hands on their new collections. & if Heidi started an interior design company, I'd be all about it ;]
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9. Lilybee Designs has been a strong favorite of mine the past few years, and this shows designs may be my favorite yet-- & I didn't think it could get any better than Autumn Spice!
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10. Allison Kreft joined up with Webster's Pages this show, and it could not be more gorgeous. Patterned bags, gorgeous ribbon, and of course, transparencies! What collection by Allison would be complete without them?! Two collections, both totally adorable, and her booth was just amazing!
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11. Yes, Please by Amy Tan This line shows that Amy just keeps getting better & better at what she does. Stitching templates? Calendar date stamp? Wood block letter stamps? Those are just the embellishments, and the paper designs leave nothing missing. Just INCREDIBLE.
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12. Jillibean Soup is always a favorite, and LOVE that they're from Ohio like me ;] Jill & Kimber are two of my favorite crafty people, seeing them at shows, classes & events always makes me happy. Their new alphabets are gorgeous-- though I MUST stock up on the Alphabeans before they're all gone because I have a small addiction lol The new collections are just perfect for Project Life & everyday layouts, I cannot wait to get my hands on them!
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13. Maggie Holmes is truly an inspiration. Her photography & designs are always incredible, and Crate Paper couldn't be a more perfect fit for her. This collection has been an overwhelming favorite, full of pretty pastels, perfect patterns & bits & pieces I myself cannot wait to make into a mini book. I mean FABRIC frames?! Bows?! What's not to love in this collection?!
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If you made it through all that, I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my CHA W favorites, and are in the same boat as me-- cannot WAIT for everything to start shipping! It was so much fun picking out what to carry in my shop, and I know you'll all be happy with my choices ;]

Don't forget about my CHA giveaway, you can still enter here.

Monday, January 21, 2013

miss Cali already.

BOO to being back in freezing cold Ohio, when it semms like minutes ago I was sitting at Starbucks in the sunshine & 75 degree weather with Trisha lol. And Meesh woke me up this morning to SNOW. [we are now hibernating all day, and pouting lol]

CHA W was just amazing I could NOT have had a better time. From the incredible new products I got to see, to the ones I brought home with me. To the friendships that got even better when I finally got to meet them in person this week. New friends from all over the world, that I feel like I've known forever, and cannot wait to meet up with again in Vegas this summer [or sooner!]. Here are a few highlights from the trip, and I will be sharing some of my favorites, projects & photos from the show all this week, so make sure you stop back by! If you'd like to see more of my photos from the show, follow me on instagram @sbookinshay29  

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And of course I couldn't come back from CHA & NOT bring some goodies home for my fellow blog readers & crafties who couldn't make it to the show! Here's what you can win:

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Goodies from Teresa Collins, Freckled Fawn, American Crafts, Carta Bella & Echo Park-- all up for grabs! Most of the items will not even be available for purchase for months, so this is your chance to grab it early ;] You have from now until Sunday night at midnight EST to get in your chances, and you can re-enter each day while I share my CHA fun, good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway