Thursday, December 11, 2014

December Scrapping Ideas #5

Today we are giving you our final idea list for December. We know there were a bunch of lists, but some work better for others so we wanted to share something for everyone. You can also save the lists and use them during the winter or next December. They may also help you with journaling. 

  1. Favorite Christmas movie
  2. Wish Lists
  3. A copy of the Letter to Santa
  4. Santa breakfast
  5. Family traditions
  6. Family recipes
  7. Holiday cards
  8. Crazy weather
  9. Opening presents
  10. Christmas Eve
  11. Christmas morning
  12. Christmas dinner

We'll have some lists for January that will focus on the new year and winter.....winter has seriously arrived at the Inky Hot Mess studio! We've received about 8 inches of snow in the last day! And it's snowing again. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

December Scrapping Ideas #4

Ready for more December scrapbooking ideas? Well, we are ready so let's go!
  1. fireplace
  2. holiday movies
  3. stars
  4. wreath
  5. kissing ball
  6. mistletoe
  7. pinecones
  8. sleigh
  9. sled
  10. snowman
  11. village
  12. candles
  13. gifts under the tree
  14. ornaments
  15. bows
  16. front door
  17. Christmas cards
  18. crafting
  19. candy cane
  20. tree topper
  21. gazebo
  22. Christmas sweater
  23. advent wreath
  24. advent calendar
  25. tinsel
  26. garland
  27. family
  28. gingerbread
  29. cookies
  30. holly
  31. santa hat
  32. ice skating
  33. paper chains
  34. popcorn strung up
  35. nativity
  36. north pole
  37. icicles
  38. hats
  39. mittens
  40. scarves
  41. winter boots
  42. snowsuit
  43. polar express
  44. tree skirt
  45. eggnog
  46. gift exchange
  47. cookie exchange
  48. hot chocolate
  49. chestnuts
  50. snow angel
  51. holiday cheer
  52. Dicken's A Christmas Carol
  53. Christmas play
  54. stockings
There will be one more list tomorrow! See you then.

Friday, December 5, 2014

New Items 12/04/14 @ Inky Hot Mess

Have you seen what goodies Inky Hot Mess has released recently? We have been adding products left and right to our store. Lots more to come. We'll be adding new products every Thursday for the rest of the year!

Items now in stock:

Copper Liquid Pearls

Silver Maya Gold 

Warm & Cozy 6x6 Paper Pad

Peppermint Swirl Captured Moments 3x4 Cards

Peppermint Swirl Captured Moments 4x6 Cards

Basecoat ChristmasCaptured Moments 3x4 Cards

Basecoat ChristmasCaptured Moments 4x6 Cards

Scrumptious Sentiments Stickers

Be sure to stop back next Thursday to see what's new in the Inky Hot Mess shop! We have lots and lots of embellishments on order.

December Scrapping Ideas #3

Today our ideas for the December Daily or December Photo Checklist are all about color and texture. Got your camera ready? Off we go! 

  1. something red.
  2. something white.
  3. something green.
  4. something silver.
  5. something gold.
  6. something glitter.
  7. something sparkle.
  8. something plaid.
  9. something flannel.

Get creative! Something sparkle could be a jewel or an ornament or a sparkle in an eye. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

December Scrapping Ideas #2

If you're doing a December Daily, we've got more suggestions for you today! Today we're caroling away. Here we go...

  1. jingle bells. jingle bells can found in so many places! on horses aka sleigh bells. i seriously have a pair of christmas socks with jingle bells. we have tons of decorations we hang in our house that are made form jingle bells. i have a teeny tiny itty bitty thing for jingle bells.
  2. let it snow. can't find the real thing? no sweat. find someone who has a little village and the cotton batting all over. or you could get a bag of snow from hobby lobby and go outside (that's important!) and throw it at each other for some fun. why outside? no sweeping necessary!
  3. 12 days of christmas. ok so there's 12 things here! way to knock out half the month! you may not be able to find a partridge, but how about shopping for the turkey or cornish game hen for christmas dinner? 2 turtle doves. i'd be sneaky with this one and take some pics of turtles at a pet shop. 3 french hens....chicken dinner this month? 4 calling birds....what the heck is a calling bird? make a sign and have a family member hold it up. 5 golden rings would be awesome for this! both sets... 6 geese a could stalk some canadian geese nearby or if you're lucky like me the snow geese will be here soon. if you have a goose for christmas dinner or someone is in a christmas carol, this would be pretty jazzy. 7 swans a swimming...well in the spring we have swans here. i live in a huge area for birds who migrate. swan ornaments? plastic swans floating in the town pond? 8 maids a milking....get creative with this one. i know most of us don't have access to a milking parlor at a farm, but if you do go have some fun! do you make ice cream? make whipped cream? wow that sounds so good right now....have an ice cream treat this month and photograph it...pop on 8 ice cream cone stickers and call it done. hehehe. 9 ladies dancing....go have a ladies night out...or dance with your daughter/mom/sister/aunt/grandma. 10 lords a leaping...i can only imagine how much fun little boys would have if you told them to jump as much as they want. 11 pipers piping.....go to a concert. 12 drummers drumming....go to another concert...parade... 
  4. boughs of holly. make sure you take tons of photos of your home decorated. i like doing this twice. once when everything is lit up and once with the lights all unplugged. why? side by side, the difference is usually pretty neat. 
  5. dashing through the snow. go sledding!
  6. walking in a winter wonderland. go snowshoeing or cross country skiing or just go for a walk during a snowfall or right after. i love snow photos because they're so bright. they seem so happy.
  7. 'twas the night before christmas. take photos of your children reading or on christmas eve when they open that one present that's a teaser.
  8. deck the halls. go tour a historic home that's decorated for the holidays.
  9. god rest ye merry gentlemen. children love staying up late to wait for santa and then there's christmas night when many of us stay up too late because we're enjoying all of of new treasures. photos of the kids in crazy positions because they fell asleep is just darn cute!
  10. joy to the world. find something that brings you joy. your morning cup of coffee. a puppy or kitten. your children. your significant other. your grandparents. your car. your mailman. the coca~cola delivery guy at your grocery store. or cheerwine if you're obsessed with it like me...for those who don't know...cheerwine is not wine or any type of alcohol. it's this amazing wild cherry soda made in north carolina. you can find it at cracker barrel. 
  11. o christmas tree. decorate that tree baby! don't forget to take photos along the way while reminiscing about the ornaments. make sure to snag one of the tree topper going on! 
  12. o holy night. now if you're religious, there's only about a million things that work for this. but i wasn't going there. i was thinking about photos taken at night...outside would be awesome. a flash may or may not be needed. some of my favorite photos are dark and full of shadows because they're outside and it's evening.
  13. little drummer boy. my brother loooooooved this song when he was little. he would beg to hear it all christmas long. he would listen to it over and over and over. my grandmother still has his ornament of the little drummer boy. take some photos of your brother. if you don't have a brother, grab your dad, grandfather, husband/boyfriend, uncle, etc. a male relative i guess is what i'm trying to say. 
  14. frosty the snowman. go build a snowman with the kids and bring your camera. make sure they get pics of you in the snow as well.
  15. silver bells. find a family heirloom to take a treasured photo of....hint hint....grandparents and parents are lovely and they've probably already made it to their silver anniversary.
  16. rockin' around the christmas tree. sing and dance with the kids/family while listening to your favorite christmas songs.
  17. carol of the bells. do the kids go caroling? have a school concert? a christmas pageant at church? make sure you snap away at those events!
  18. away in a manger. take a photo of your nativity scene, your town's live nativity, or your church's nativity.
  19. silent night. take some family photos while everyone is quiet while watching tv, studying, playing, etc. sneak up and get some great shots that no one knows about.
Come back tomorrow when we talk color and texture. Sounds fun!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December Scrapping Ideas #1

December is a crazy month for so many of us. There's so much to do and so many places to go. Photos are key to keeping those memories we've made during our craziest busy moments. A photo checklist can be super handy! It also gives you ideas of what moments to capture forever. 

Our list is going to take a few days. Instead of giving you 25+ ideas at one time, we're going to give you 10-12 each day so you have time to think about what you'd really like to cherish and what moments you will have to opportunity to photograph this month.

  1. Choosing the tree or setting the tree up. This depends on if you go out to the woods and cut down your tree, purchase a tree at a farmstand, or take your tree out of your attic or basement and stand it up. 
  2. Decorating the tree. Don't forget to take photos of putting the lights on the tree and sorting them out if you don't have a pre-lit tree. Many giggles can be had while sorting the lights out.
  3. Visiting Santa. A trip to the mall, local American Legion, Bass Pro Shop, parade, wherever you see Santa. Don't forget to take one of Santa by himself without your children.
  4. Reindeer. Now this one may be a bit tricky, but they don't have to be real live reindeer. The light up ones in someone's front yard work perfectly as well.
  5. Elves. If you do Elf on the Shelf, you have over 3 weeks worth of photo ops! If not, look for an elf at the mall, Toys R Us, anywhere!
  6. Caroling. Even if you don't walk around the neighborhood singing, make sure you have photos of your loved ones singing at home, at church, at a school concert. 
  7. Baking. Whether you bake cookies from scratch or open up a tube of Pillsbury cookies, have some fun and be a little crazy.
  8. Shopping. Online shopping isn't as fun as shopping at the mall with a group of friends, but live on the edge.
  9. Decorating your home. Inside and out.
  10. Wrapping presents. Get crafty with some paper and bows.
That should get you started! Come back tomorrow more ideas. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Weekend Sale

Would you like to do some shopping at Inky Hot Mess and save a few bucks? Well, you are in luck! 

Beginning Wednesday at 5 pm EST, enter the code GOBBLE14 at checkout and you will receive 25% off items excluding shipping and sales tax (if applicable). In addition, you will receive FREE shipping on orders over $100 after the discount (excludes shippings and sales tax). This sale ends at Midnight EST Monday. 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

PS There will be an extra free treat in every box! Could be flair. Could be veneers. Could be stickers. You won't know until your box arrives! 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Info About Living Life Kits

Inky Hot Mess now designs all of our journal cards, veneers, and flair in house. We have our own suppliers and craftsman now! One of Creative Team members has also begun designing for us. She will be creating Silhouette cutting files that are exclusive to Inky Hot Mess and coordinate with our Living Life Kits.

Here's some info about our new journal cards......

Each card is designed by Inky Hot Mess and is exclusive to us.

Our cards are locally printed. They are not outsourced and printed overseas.

The cards digitally printed so the colors are vibrant. They will not fade like ink jet printing does.

Our cardstock is thick! We print on 80# cardstock weight. They are heavy duty!

About our flair....

All of our flair are designed by Inky Hot Mess and are exclusive.

They are printed locally as well. They, too, are digitally printed so the colors are vibrant.

We hand cut each one. We hand assemble each piece.

The steel and mylar used to make our flair are all Made in the USA!

Our wood veneers, corks, and acrylics...

All of these embellishments are designed by Inky Hot Mess and are exclusive.

These are all cut by a craftsman in California for us so they are Made in the USA!

Now you know a little more about our products!

Future Releases

We have been very quiet this month. We sincerely apologize for our quiet. Our fearless leader has been very ill not once, but twice. She did get to go on a fabulous retreat that she has been looking froward to. She was sick before it and after it. She's still recuperating, but back to work. And she's working like crazy.

So here is where we are.....

On Tuesday, we will be releasing Autumn Harvest and Happy Haunting Living Life Kits. Yes, they are very late, but guess what autumn and Halloween come every year. And many people still have to scrap them from this year and previous years. We are super excited about these kits because they are the first 100% designed in house. They were also locally printed. We had several issues with our printer that took a few week sot work out, but we have everything worked out and know what to expect in the future.

Both kits contain exclusive 3x4 and 4x6 cards that we designed, flair we designed, and wood veneers we designed. None of those items will be for sale anywhere else! We have lots of add ons as well including several mixed media items.

We also have an autumn Paper Crafting Kit we will be releasing on Tuesday as well. This kit will be our last scrapbooking focused kit for a little bit. We have some projects coming in the next few months. The Paper Crafting Kit contents will always vary.

We have a new item as well. Candace, from our Creative Team, has begun designing for us. She has created digital cutting files that coordinate with Autumn Harvest and Happy Haunting. The files are designed for Silhouette lovers!

We have a lot coming for December! We will be releasing our Grace & Gratitude Living Life Kit first. We will also be releasing our Gratitude Journal at the same time. The Gratitude Journal was offered locally as a workshop and now we are bringing it to everyone in America! There will also be a video for it.

We have more for December! We will have 3 Living Life Kits! Yes, THREE! Our kits are going under a little remodel. We are decreasing the price significantly. To reduce the price, we are reducing the number of embellishments in the kits. The bulk of the embellishments are made by other companies and are made overseas. We are really trying to stick to Made in the USA as much as possible.

The three Living Life Kits each have a different theme. There is a Christmas kit, a New Year kit, and a winter/snow kit. Each kit will contain our exclusive journal cards, flair, and veneers. We may be expanding our embellishments into corks and acrylics, but you didn't hear that from me!

The Paper Crafting Kit is the Family Memory Box. We offered this as a local workshop and now it's available to everyone! We will have a video for this as well.

There's lots coming in January as well! More embellishments exclusive to Inky Hot Mess! We are working hard behind the scenes and have lots up our sleeves.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

teresa collins.....very sad news

i have many paper crafting friends on here......many of them and a few others know this person because i love her products and i have met her. at one point, we were exchanging emails for a few weeks. teresa collins has lost her husband ty. if you don't know he has been battling lymphoma. tonight one of her daughter's posted that her dad is gone.

earlier today i had read teresa's blog and they knew the end was coming. he was going to be sent home from the hospital soon and receive hospice care. there was nothing more that the hospital and doctors could do for him. they were just given this news in the last few days. my heart breaks for her and her entire family. she is one of the sweetest and kindest people i have ever met. her family means the world to her.

together they have 7 children. all of them aren't biologically ty's children, but they were raised as his. this is an amazing family. to see what they have endured over the years and watch teresa's career become what it is today and for them to remain normal people is astounding.

my heart absolutely breaks for and what she has endured the last months. this is so far from the outcome i was truly hoping they would have. the are a mormon family so they believe they will be a family together again one day. ty said he will be there watching over everyone in the meantime.

rip ty
much love to teresa's family <3

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Weekend Retreat

Ever attend a weekend retreat or a weekend crop? If not, you must! They are fabulous. I just got home from one hosted by an amazing scrapbook store in Butler, PA which is just outside of Pittsburgh.

The Scrapbook Super Station is really one of the largest scrapbook stores I've ever been to. She carries so much more than just paper and cardstock. She has lots of embellishments, inks, stamps, mixed media (squeal!), altered are item, lots of Tim Holtz, and so much more.

This week there will be tons of pics and info about what I completed. Inky Hot Mess is introducing something called Glam Veneers this week. They're pretty sweet. I'm sure you will love them as much as we do! There were tons of questions about them at the retreat.

I will show what to do with photos that aren't printed in true 4x6. Oops! Did you know digital pics are actually 4x5.33? Yeah, I printed these pics loooooong before I started pocket scrapbooking. Imagine my surprise and annoyance. But it all worked out and the layouts are pretty jazzy if I do say so myself.

You'll also see what the girl who dislikes journaling does with her journaling. Yeah, back in the olden days before electricity and running water when I did traditional scrapbooking, I never journaled. Absolutely hated it. I sucked at keeping track of date also.....hello they are on digital photos so how hard was it to write it or stamp it? Apparently, it was too challenging for me. :)

This girl previously hated alpha stickers. Save your'll need them for the salad you'll be eating tonight while you check out my posts. I used bunches of them. You'll get to see what happens when they collide with ink and what I do what I can't get them to sit perfectly on a card. No point in having a nervous breakdown over a letter....especially since the trash was sitting just 8 inches away.

Come back soon for lots of info and goodies! You'll be happy you did! Come back even if you don't pocket scrapbook. You'll love all the info and pics. This stuff will work for anyone who has ever taken a photo!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

It's Official!

Well, Inky Hot Mess has finished up the Creative Team blog posts. I was last, of course, since I'm the Creative Director! Pretty cool seeing all this info about me....and then there's the pic of me with know Dave, right? As in David Cook....the dude who won American Idol Season 7. The guy who started that guitar guy thing winning on Idol.

Me & Dave

Well, when I lived in South Carolina a few years ago, I traveled to 2 of his concerts. I met him at both. The first time I met him was in a Subway at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina...yeah as in Subway the sandwich shop. I still remember what he ordered. I could NOT have eaten it!

The second time I met him was at a VIP event in Athens, Georgia. The pic is from that event. It was a great concert. I got to to soundcheck and he took requests. The man played my favorite song and I was sitting right in front of him in the front row! EKK! Athens is pretty cool. So if you ever get the chance to go, go! Visit. Take pics.

Oh if you want to see the write up about me. Go to the Inky Hot Mess Blog! Like right now. What are you still doing here? RUNNNNNN!!!!

Me, Dave, and The Anthemic (his band)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New Workshops!

If you live in the Finger Lakes, Central NY, or Western NY, you're in luck! Inky Hot Mess has 3 brand new workshops!!!!! Run over to Inky Hot Mess and sign up!

The workshops are:

Family Memory Box - perfect for saving holiday and family favorite recipes along with photos, notes, and memorabilia for days such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. These make for great wedding gifts as well.

Gratitude Journal - what are you thankful for this year? Thanksgiving is the day we celebrate with our families.....some do some shopping...sigh....put the iPad down and enjoy the pumpkin pie grandma baked with fresh pumpkins grown in her garden. Maybe next year she'll teach you how to grow pumpkins or make pumpkin pie.

Jazzy Clipboards - clipboards that decorated with pretty papers, ribbons, and buttons. They have many choices available so there's one that totally fits your style.

All of the workshops are being offered locally as well as a kit that they will mail to you. Yes, the kits have instructions!

Now, run over to Inky Hot Mess! There are a VERY limited number of Family Memory Box and Gratitude Journal Workshops available. Once they sell out, they are gone forever.

Lots of detail are available here:

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

want some free flair?

check this out! inky hot mess is giving away free flair....seriously! all you have to do is go to this blog post and you can win it. only a comment is necessary. pretty simple. 

there are 8 pieces of flair being given away. all of them are from the adventure seeker living life kit and the adventure seeker cards & flair kit

here are the flair inky hot mess is giving away:

adventure awaits:

roughin' it:

bear paw:




pine tree:


run over to this blog post and comment so you can win! the giveaway is only open until wednesday night....get commenting and be sure to share with all your papercrafting friends. good luck!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

croppin' on the keuka

we still have seats available for croppin' on the keuka! the crop is this saturday. it begins at 10 am and ends at 7 pm. we have included lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, dessert, beverages, goodie bags, door prizes, and raffles in the registration fee. the registration fee is $45 and inky hot mess is donating $10 from each registration fee to the humane society of yates county!

for lunch we are having deli sandwiches, cole slaw, and macaroni salad. the afternoon snack will be chips and dips. our dinner is a hot dinner. we will be having baked ziti, meatballs, sausage, italian zucchini, garden salad with your choice of dressing, and italian bread with butter. we are offering a chocolate bar for dessert. bottled water, coca~cola, sprite, diet coke, and iced tea are the beverages available.

a special note....inky hot mess believes in our community and the people who call the finger lakes home. just about all of the produce is grown here in the finger lakes. we purchase it directly form local farms. there are a few items we are not able to get locally.....if we find them we will in the future! the sausage and meat used in our meatballs are also raised locally and purchased from bostrom farms.

the crop is all indoors. the building sits just off of the coast of keuka lake. the view is absolutely stunning!

please contact us if you would like to attend! we would love to have you!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

BIg Shake Up at the House

Seriously. I am a tad on the crazy side. I'm downsizing my studio! I have gone through everything and have parted with lots of things....there maybe more as I move. Yup. I'm leaving the largest room in the house and moving to a room half the size. Gulp.

Not everything is moving with me. Our albums are staying put. My quilting is also staying put. My business has moved out of the room as well.

Here's hoping this all works out! I did buy some new furniture. I have been working on loading them up today.

There will be a tour when I'm done....

Have you any idea how many ink pads I have? Oh good grief! There's inks I didn't even know I had. I still have the first inky pad I ever bought!

Normally, I just use my Close To My Heart ink pads because they are handy. I keep them out so I can use them. But I have inks from all kinds of places. I put my Close To My Heart inks in the bottom of my drawer units. Shock and awe, right? I plan on using other inks for awhile and getting some rotation in there. I have soooooo many colors to choose from. It's crazy!

The embossing powders were also moved and now I can find them without digging through a bucket of them. The glitters and flock are up next!

Hold onto your hat! It's going to be a bumpy ride. :)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

croppin' on the keuka 2014

croppin' on the keuka 2014 registration is now open!!!

where: keuka lake state park on keuka lake in the finger lakes (we will be in a 100% enclosed shelter and we are cropping rain or shine)

when: saturday, september 20th 10 am until 7 pm

how much: the registration fee for the day is $45. the fee includes a $10 donation to the humane society of yates county. every cropper will receive a goodie bag loaded with lots of goodies. we will have tons of door prizes and raffles as well!

food: all of your meals are included! we have included lunch, an afternoon snack, hot dinner, and dessert. water, soda, and iced tea are also included.

space: each cropper will have half of an eight foot long table. there will be 2 people per table. don't forget that the gorgeous keuka lake is right in front of you and you can stare at it all day long!

electricity: we have very limited electricity in the building. please bring a surge protector and extension cord with you!

registration: contact inky hot mess for the registration form. you must fill this out and either email or mail it to inky hot mess. seating is extremely limited!!! payment is due when you register!

inky store: inky hot mess will be bringing product with us for sale! lots of cardstocks, kits, embellishments, twines, stamps, dies, veneers, glitters, and more!

inky hot mess believes in giving back to our community. all water and soda bottles/cans will be donated to the geneva little league & lassie league. we will be collecting donations for the humane society of yates county. they are in need of paper towels, canned dog and cat food, and scoopable cat litter.

questions: send an email to

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Inky Hot Mess July Kits

Inky Hot Mess has revealed the new monthly kits for July! The Living Life (similar to Project Life) kit has two themes this month: nautical & Americana. They also introduced a new kit this month. They are now offering a Paper Crafting kit. It's full of 12"x12" papers, cardstocks, and embellishments. The theme for the Paper Crafting kit is summer.

The Living Life kit contains a mountain of embellishments. There are 30 3"x4" cards and 21 4"x6" cards in this kit. The wood veneers and flair are made in the USA! 

The Paper Crafting Kit  contains 10 papers, 7 cardstocks, and a sheet of glitter paper! There are lots of embellishments as well. A whole mess of stickers, enamel dots, clips, flair, wood veneers, ribbons, and more.

They have also announced the Embellishment Kit. It's all nautical & Americana themed. Lots and lots of stars, glitter, and cork! More veneers!

Shipping for the month of July is only $8 no matter how large or small your order is! Remember, you can purchase subscriptions for Inky Hot Mess. These kits will be available for purchasing on the 15th at 1 pm EST @  

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Creative Team Call

Inky Hot Mess is on the hunt for s brand new creative team! I'll be leading the team. Below is all the info to apply. 

inky hot mess is a family run business located in the heart of the finger lakes in upstate new york. the focus of 
inky hot mess is on pocket scrapbooking. our goal is to get everyone to get their photos off their computers and 
phones and printed. we offer a jammed packed monthly kit featuring dozens of journaling cards and a mountain 
of embellishments. we also offer theme kits, stamps, dies, and embellishments.

what are we looking for? we are looking for individuals with mega talent. all team members 
are asked to stay with us for six months. inky hot mess will provide all the goodies needed to
create your masterpieces as well as a discount at our shop. 

submissions are open until july 31st at 2 pm est. all team members must be located in the 
usa. the team will be announced on august 15th. your commitment begins september 1st and
ends february 28th. 

you agree to submit a minimum of 12 journaling cards every month. more than 12 is highly encouraged! 
the bulk of the cards will need to correspond to the monthly kit themes. you also agree to promote inky hot mess
on your blog, facebook, pinterest, youtube, instagram, etc. you agree to keep the upcoming monthly kit themes 
under tight wraps. we don't announce our monthly themes before our reveal on the inky hot mess blog. you agree
to post our creative team member on your blog.

please send the following items to please use "creative team" for the subject so we get 
your message right away! 

include your blog, pinterest, youtube, facebook, instagram, address, phone number, and a bio. 

​photos required:
six - eight journaling cards you created
six - eight layouts (pocket page protectors filled) you created 

please answer the following questions:
how long have you been working with project life/pocket scrapbooking?
what is your artistic background? 
what design/creative teams have you been apart of?
have you taught classes? if yes, where?
can you successfully complete a six month commitment? 
why do you want to be a creative team member?
would be able to travel to new york state for a team meeting during your six month term?
are you comfortable working with mixed media?
​do you take fabulous photographs along with step by step instructions? 

*if you don't have a youtube page, no worries! prior design/creative experience is not a requirement!

Shipping Discount @ Inky Hot Mess

I'm super excited about amazing offer from Inky Hot Mess. We all looooove discounted shipping. They also have several kits on sale and a whole bunch of new kits!

inky hot mess has some exciting news about shipping prices. for the month of july, shipping will be $8 for all orders! no matter how large or small! so get shopping @ right now!

no discount code required. it will be automatic in the shopping cart. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Round #2: Handmade Journaling Cards

Ready for another round of handmade journaling cards? This batch is also from Crop on the Cape. I said I was busy! It was one productive crop. That's for sure. I really can't wait for it next year! 

Here we go!!!

This card is made from a cardstock base. There's a glittered baby quilt sticker and yellow/green twine. The "Bundle of Joy" stamped image is from Close To My Heart (not sure which set - I don't have it anymore).

When I was into traditional scrapbooking, I never used alpha stickers. They just weren't my thing. Now with pocket scrapbooking, I've been using them here and there. This card is built on cardstock. The stickers are all from Echo Park. The heart and arrow are enamel dots.

This card is super simple! It's just cardstock with several stickers from Echo Park along with a clear sticker that says "cute". 

Super cute card! I love this one. Something about yellow cardstock just makes me happy. The stickers are from Echo Park as is the tab on the right hand side. To make sure it stays attached in my album, I used my tiny attacher from Tim Holtz. Love those teeny staples! On the bottom left corner, there are 3 enamel dots.

A baby boy card! Cardstock is the base. "Baby Boy" is a bunch of stickers from Echo Park. The twine is yellow/white/blue. To keep the twine in place, I used my handy dandy tiny attacher again. The upper right corner is a giant brad. The bottom left corner was stamped with a roller stamp from American Crafts in white pigment ink.

The next few cards have photos included. The face has been blurred to protect the identity of the child. I'm not into posting photos of children online. There's far too many freaks in this world! Sorry if this upsets some viewers, but I need to protect those in my life when I blog. 

The photo was cut down to 4"x4" and attached to a 4"x6" cardstock card. The blue and white is washi tape. I cut the tape along the chevron blue line to make it look like an arrow. To help keep the end attached to the back of the card, I used a couple of tiny attachers. The stamped image is actually 2 different stamps. The ticket is one stamp. The circle with "baby" is the second. Unfortunately, I don't know who made either one! I wish I did because I really like this ticket stamp. 

This card was made with a 4"x6" cardstock card and a 4"x4" photo. The navy blue polka dot washi is attached with tiny attachers. The little elephant stamp is from B1391 Zoology from Close To My Heart. The little stars stamped under the elephant are also from this stamp set.

The photo is 3"x4" and the cardstock card is 4"x6". The stamp is from S1201 Little Reminder from Close To My Heart. It's actually 2 stamps. The number in the center is one stamp. The outer ring of months is another stamp. The writing was done with a chalk marker.

This is the final journaling card with a photo. It's 4"x4" on 4"x6" cardstock. I made a little banner on the side with white/green twine with pennant stickers from Echo Park. The twine is attached with tiny attachers. 

Super simple card alert! It's made from striped paper with glitter and a "Bedtime Stories" sticker.

I love making these simple cards. They are a great way to use up stickers that I've had in my stash for ages. they are also really fast to put together. I have an organizer with just precut cardstock. This on is 3"x4" with a clear sticker and 3 enamel dots. Easy peasy! 

A 3"x4" cardstock card. The upper left corner has a sticker from Close To My Heart. I don't know who made the stickers on the bottom right corner.

Sticker party! This card is 3"x4". Not sure who made the stickers. The stamp is from American Crafts.

A 4"x4" cardstock base had a get together with some rub ons. I love the calendar stamp! I really do love calendar stamps. I wish I knew who made this one so I could see if they have others. The washi on the bottom is cut on the left side and the right side is held on with tiny attachers.

Another 4"x4" card. The stickers are all from Echo Park.

This one is 3"x4". In the center, it's all one sticker from Echo Park. The grey heart and arrow are enamel dots.

This final card for this round is 3"x4". The sticker is from Echo Park. The stamp in the center is a mystery to me! The green polka dot washi is held on with tiny attachers.

Be sure to check back for Round #3!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Handmade Journaling Cards

Many moons ago, Crop on the Cape happened. I used some premade journaling cards. I also made a ton of cards that weekend. All of the cards I made were immediately used and are in my album of my nephew.

So today I'm going to show you a ton of the cards I made! I hope you enjoy. I tried to keep track of what items were used on each card and which stamps were used, but I wasn't always successful. I do have the info on most of them though! Feel free to ask me any questions about them.

This card was for the beginning of the album for my nephews. I started with the baby shower from nephew #1 who is now seven - yup 7!!! - years old. Sadly, this is the first I've scrapbooked him! In one weekend, I finished the first 11 months of his life. It was over 600 photos. His mom and I would scrapbook together every week or two so I saw him lots and cough cough my camera was busy. :)

The base of the card is just Bazzill cardstock. 

Next, I stamped the pregnant lady in chocolate onto the cardstock. The stamp is from Studio G.

I stamped " Mommy to be" in navy ink next to the pregnant lady. Don't know who the stamp is from. Sorry!

The journaling image was stamped next in navy ink. I think it's a stamp from We R Memory Keepers, but I'm not 100% sure about that.

To finish this card off, I added polka dot washi tape and a brad. I did journal some, but I'm not sharing the personal details. 

Up next is a fun card! I looooooooove calendar stamps. I seriously can't get enough of them. I hunt for them every time I go stamp shopping. 

This card was made from Bazzill cardstock, the calendar stamp (no idea who made it), a diaper pin stickers, and a bit of twine.

This card is super cute! I love little ducks. This card was made from Bazzill cardstock, 3 washi tapes, an adorable ducky sticker, and the april stamp is from Close To My Heart's S1111 Cherish the Day. 

Who doesn't love booties? Even better when they're not attached to a swinging foot! This card is made from Bazzill cardstock, a bootie sticker and then I stamped a blank ticket. Not sure who made this stamp. I used a white chalk marker/pen to write the name and date.

This cards is made from Close To My Heart cardstock and a rub on. Simple, easy, and fast!

Bazzill cardstock is the base. A little rhino sticker from Animal Crackers from Close To My Heart and red and white twine. 

The base is cardstock along with a lion sticker from Animal Crackers from Close To My Heart. A few simple embellishments include a red button and red and white chevron washi. The stamps from from D1378 Notice the Details from Close To My Heart.

Pale green cardstock is the base of this card. The alligator stamp along with the "Cloud I be any Cuter?" and hearts are all one stamp from C1501 New Arrival from Close To My Heart. I finished this card off with 3 enamel dots and yellow/white twine.

I love the phrase "Cutie Patootie." The base of this card is scrapbook paper. The "Cutie Patottie" is a rub on. The bottom of the card has navy polka dot washi along with a huge pearl brad.

This card is 4"x4". I have tons of pocket page protectors and they have pockets in a variety of sizes besides 3"x4" and 4"x6". The base of this card is paper. The stars on the right hand side are rub ons. There's a sticker from Echo Park in the center. The calendar stamp on the left is from D1468 On This Day from Close To My Heart.

This card is also 4"x4". The base is scrapbook paper. The "baby sweet cheeks" is a rub on. I finished off the card with 3 enamel dots and baby blue foot print washi.

I made this card as a 4"x4" as well. It's a very simple card made from paper and stamped from D1468 On This Day from Close To My Heart.

This pair of cards are both 4"x4" and they are placed in pockets next to each other in my album. they are made from scrapbook paper and stickers that spell baby.

Remember how I love calendar stamps? I warned you about that. :) The base of this card is cardstock. There's a sticker and some enamel dots. The stamp is from D1468 On This Day from Close To My Heart. 

I did some freestyle journaling. I know many of us are less than excited about our handwriting. I'm part of that crowd! I always feel like a 4 year old wrote for me. It is what it is! One thing I love about Project Life and pocket scrapbooking is the journaling. I've never journaled much at all in my 12 years of traditional scrapbooking. I couldn't stand doing it, but now I actually journal quite a bit! I'm not so afraid of it. I figure my handwriting is mine so deal with it. :)

I totally can't get enough washi. This card is made from cardstock, a sticker, and 3 washi tapes that I cut. The stamp is from C1338 Just for Boys from Close To My Heart.

This card is made from Close To My Heart cardstock. The sticker is from Echo Park. I really love their cardstock stickers! They have some really great graphics and colors. The little blue glitter hand is a brad. The date is handwritten on lines from D1378 Notice the Details from Close To My Heart.

Well, that's all for today. Be sure to stop back tomorrow and I'll be sharing more handmade journaling cards.