Goodbye 2008!

I’m so happy because my last 2008 planner has sold! It would have probably sold earlier if I had discounted it and I had some folks convo me (on Etsy) to see if I would but I didn’t think it was the best course of action. It still costs me the exact same amount to produce the item and since I don’t make the item till its been ordered, I always figured that if it didn’t sell, I can use the papers for another project. 

I’m really looking forward to launching the 2009 planners in the fall. I already have the guts designed but still need to pick out the papers. Last year, the plum planner sold out well before the gray or the brown which gives me a little bit of an idea of where to go. Picking out the paper is the most fun part of it all so I’m looking forward to spending countless hours at my favorite scrapbooking stores and mulling over all the lovely papers!

I’m baaack!

I know, I know…(hangs head in shame). I said that I would get back to posting on a more regular basis once I returned from vaca and I’m just now posting – nearly a month after my last post. So let me catch up…

Our trip went very well! It was Brady’s first long driving trip (about 14 hours to be exact) and for the most part, he slept most of the way. We would take some nice breaks though and made the best of a food, potty, diaper change, time-out-of-the-car-seat stops. Here’s a pic of Brady at the wheel during one of our stops. (No, I did NOT pull a Britney! 🙂 Note the disheveled baby hair – ahhh, humidity!

Once we got back, I’ve really stopped to think about what my priorities needed to be this summer. Like I’ve said earlier, now that I’m back to work, time has really been at a premium. There’s work and then there’s fun, which takes form in many ways like spending time with my family, just getting to sit and read the ever-growing stack of magazines on my coffee table, and working Keepsake Couture projects.

After some thought, I’ve decided to take go part-time with my Keepsake Couture duties. Craft fair season will be here before we know it and I’m going to use this summer to work on new products to debut this fall. I’m really excited about so many different products that I think it will do me good to focus only on development this summer. Going part-time also means that I won’t be putting up new products in my shops and just fulfilling orders as they come in. Of course, I’m always available for custom orders any time!

Other things I really want to focus on this summer is putting together a scrapbook for Brady. After visiting our family in May, I saw the amazing scrapbooks that my cousin Theresa had put together and it has really inspired me to start back up. I have a really short attention span so putting together books is challenging for me. That and I really like to have all my pics in order and that has not made a good combination for scrapbooking. So my new plan is to just do it! Just do it and love it! I plan on just putting together book of pictures I love with journaling supporting it and I know in the end I will love it and I won’t have to regret never having chronicled this time of Brady’s life.

So I do hope you’ll stay tuned! I have “met” some amazing people and entrepreneurs through the blog and I still plan on blogging, although my posts will be more related to my Brady projects and life in general. Once in a while, I hope to share some new projects that will be released in the fall. 😉

Exploding Box

Okay, so I’m being a good daughter and am already working on my Mother’s Day gifts to my mom and my mom-in-law. I wanted to do something for them that was unique and something that they would cherish for years to come. Of course, that meant that whatever it was would need pictures of my little man, Brady, on it!

Over the weekend, I worked on an “exploding box” and it was so much fun! It took a little bit of work but the end product made it all worth it. Here it is:

Now the magic happens when you open the box! There are up to 23 spots for pictures and/or journaling depending on if you want to put items on the backs of the petals. Here’s a view of it opened:

One down, one to go! This is the first scrapbook type thing I’ve done in quite some time and I had a blast working on it. I don’t know if I would ever make any to sell because of the amout of work it takes and the price point might be hard to establish but who knows? For now, I just really enjoy making them for my loved ones.

In other news, I’ve been hard at work designing journaling spots and having a blast with it. I have some blanks ones and just finished up monthly journaling tags so I hope to blog about those when I get them posted in the shop. Stay tuned!

More Postcard Notebooks!

Despite my inactivity on the blog, I actually had a really productive weekend! I had started making postcard notebooks a couple of months ago and then got caught up doing other things and it fell to the wayside so over the weekend, I went through my stash and made some more – check them out!

I absolutely love these! Two are from Italy and one is from England. When I went to visit those two places, I grabbed a ton of postcards because sometimes my own photographs just didn’t capture the beauty of it all like these perfect little postcards did.

A few years have passed and I still didn’t really know what to do with the stack I had until recently. I have more postcards that are scenic like these and some that are replicas of  artwork in Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle that I hope to make soon. These are available in my Etsy shop so stop by and check them out!

New Product – Lots o’ Dots Stickers / Seals

I’ve confessed to being a paper fanatic before, right? Well, I never knew the depths of my addiction until this past weekend when I finally got around to organizing the growing piles of patterned paper I’ve acquired. My filing system for the papers have been in place for some time now but I tend to get lazy and just stick my new purchases in the basket without putting it in the right file so this weekend I got busy!

The result from all my hard work was not only a newly organized work space, but I was able to create a new product using the the scraps of paper I found! Check it out:

Lots o’ Dots 2

Every paper crafter ends up with random sized odds and ends pieces of paper and it’s hard to figure out a good use for them. I saw my pile of scrap pieces and hated to just toss them because they’re really fabulous patterns so I figured I’d make some stickers out of them!

Lots o’ Dots 1

The Lots o’ Dots are 1 inch stickers of various patterns. The adhesive is acid and lignin free so they are safe to use in scrapbooks. Aside from scrapbooks, they can also be used for card making, stickers, envelope seals, calendar date markers, and more. Plus they’re handsomely packaged in a 2 inch reusable tin so when you’ve used up all your dots, you still have a cute tin to store eyelets and other embellishments in. The fun part? Since these are random scrap pieces of paper, each set will be slightly different from the next!

iLove iTunes

Today is such a beautiful day here in Indy! The high is supposed to reach around 60 degrees and the sun is shining which has really perked me up and has inspired me to get some things done. I have this fabulous corner window that reaches to the ceiling and lets in lots of light so the blinds are wide open and I’ve been jamming out with my iPod. (What did we do before iTunes anyway?)

Here’s my Top 10:

  1. Smile (Lily Allen)
  2. Scars (Papa Roach)
  3. Toxic (Britney Spears) – admit it, you love it too 😉
  4. Feedback (Janet Jackson)
  5. Into the Ocean (Blue October)
  6. Music is my Hot, Hot Sex (CSS) – I think this was on some commercial but can’t remember what it was for
  7. Autobiography (Ashlee Simpson)
  8. The Way I Am (Ingrid Michaelson) – Another commercial but I can’t remember what for
  9. Let It Out (Starrfadu) – from the Kleenex commercial
  10. New Soul (Yael Naim) – from the MacBook Air commercial

I’m working on finalizing a consulting project that’s due at the end of the week and writing the copy for the newsletter that I hope to send out by Friday. Off I go!

April Notebook of the Month

Last weekend, I specifically went to Archiver’s on a hunting expedition for paper for the April notebook and came across this beautiful patterned paper by Basic Grey and knew that it had to be it! I love that it is really appropriate for spring time yet the design is stylish enough to use throughout the year.

April Notebook of the Month

I started the Notebook of the Month Club in February with the first notebook going out in March. There are 3 and 6 month subscriptions and those that sign up have the convenience of getting a new notebook in the mail each month and also save on shipping costs. Subscribers get the notebook shipped to them 1 week before it’s posted on the website or Etsy so by the time they see it on the web, it’s in their hot little hands! It’s gone fairly well so far and I really look forward to picking out just the right paper for each notebook. I’ll be posting the future notebooks on the blog for a sneak peek!