Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2010 Crop Schedule

I'm making a few minor changes to my class/crop schedule for the new year.

Instead of offering monthly papercrafting classes, I'll be offering one every other month, beginning in February.

Also, instead of holding our layout class and crop on the third Saturday of every month, I'll be holding it on the LAST Saturday of every month.

I hope you find this new schedule convenient, and most of all, I hope to see you at many of these fun events!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A card and a layout

Hi all! It's been awhile since I updated here, so I thought I'd share my two latest projects. Only two, because November and December have been very busy months for me (as for you, I'm sure).

The first is a layout I did about our Christmas vacation at Disney World in 2006. We had told the boys that the trip was their gift. They knew they'd receive stockings, but were totally surprised when they had actual gifts to open up on Christmas morning.

The next is a simple card I did. It's very easy to assemble: Just cut a strip of cardstock 4" x 12." Use your Top Score Scoreboard to score it into a trifold, then trim from each fold to the outer corner, creating the triangular flaps. Cut your patterned papers to fit, adhere, and embellish. I will be using mine to tuck a gift card into, so I kept it simple, but these cards are gorgeous all done up.

Both projects use Bazzill cardstock and the December Details paper set from AC Bailey.

Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 7, 2009

December Paper Crafting Class

Saturday, December 12 10 am - 12 noon
You're going to love making this set of 8 cards and adorable matching tote! It comes together so quickly and easily, you'll amaze yourself. We'll take a workshop approach to this class, in that you will choose your patterned paper and cardstock and create the project. Then you'll have access to my inks, sentiment stamps, embellishments, and TIME to really personalize it. You'll also leave with complete instructions to recreate it again and again. Cost for the class is $15, and the deadline for signing up is this Thursday, December 10.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Welcome to the Jingle Bell Hop!

Welcome to the AC Bailey Jingle Bell Hop! With the holidays literally around the corner, the AC Bailey Design Team has decided to help Santa (and you) out this year with some fun and easy projects to help make the holiday gift season a bit easier. And just like Santa, we've also gotten some extra help this year and asked some additional elves to help out and post some of their cool projects too! And if that isn't enough help...we've also arranged for some early Black Friday sales just in case you need some products to get the projects completed.So come out and meet our Elves...check out their projects...leave a comment on their blogs and be eligible for a prize - upload some of your completed projects from any of the tutorials into the AC Bailey gallery and be eligible for another prize! Projects need to be completed and uploaded into the gallery by Tuesday, November 24th at Midnight Eastern to be eligible for a prize

Hi! I'm Lisa, and I've been a consultant with AC Bailey for about a year and a half, and a Design Team member for just over a month. I love AC Bailey because we always have the newest, freshest scrapbooking products out there. We also have some great perks, like the goodies kit of the month and FREE shipping on the first of every month! We have a great forum as well, and we're always doing fun things like this awesome blog hop! Enjoy!

Now on to the tutorial...

I've been a busy little elf getting my house ready for Thanksgiving. I like to keep the decorating for this holiday simple, because the minute the last guest leaves, hubby and I are outside hanging Christmas lights, and I start really decking the halls!

But I wanted my table to be pretty for this Thanksgiving, so this is what I came up with:

I made all the decorations you see here - the napkin ring/place cards, the Thanksgiving menu luminaries, the flower centerpiece, and the decorated candles.

Today I'm going to show you how to make the candle decoration. You can adapt this technique for any occasion, and it's super easy to do!

All you'll need are:
Pillar candles (as many as you'd like to decorate)
Patterned paper (I used Kaisercraft Pennyroyale)
Packing tape
Hot water in a large bowl
Paper towels
Heat embossing gun
Ribbon or ricrac for embellishing

Follow these easy steps:
Step 1: Run a strip of packing tape the entire 12" width of your patterned paper, smoothing the tape as you roll it.

Step 2: Cut this strip of tape and patterned paper. It doesn't matter if you cut it precisely, but don't cut into the tape.

Step 3: Soak this strip of tape and paper in hot water for about 30 minutes.

Step 4: With your thumb, rub the wet patterned paper off the entire length of the tape strip. Your goal is to have no white paper fibers showing when done.

Step 5: Allow tape strip to dry on paper towels - should take about 1 to 2 hours.

Step 6: Wrap tape strip around pillar candle. Secure with a small amount of adhesive.

Step 7: Heat tape strip with heat embossing gun. You will be able to see the tape "melt" into the candle beneath the surface. Keep the heat gun moving so as not to cause the candle to drip.

Step 8: Embellish with ribbon or ricrac, and enjoy! (Caution: remove ribbon when burning candle)

That's it! I hope you enjoyed this stop on the hop. Stay tuned to the forum for tutorials on the rest of these projects. Now it's time to visit Kristii's blog, Honestly Speaking - she's cooked up something extra sweet for you!

Monday, November 16, 2009

'Tis the Season to Start Saving!

November 20th thru the 27th
Enjoy Black Friday ALL week at AC Bailey!!

Take 40% off ALL
American Crafts
Cosmo Cricket
Staz on inks
Bulk Buttons and Ribbons
and EVERYTHING in the While Supplies Last Section!

*Offer not valid for Albums.
*In stock items only.
*One coupon per customer, cannot be combined with any other coupons.
*Discount will be taken from the price shown in your cart. Consultants, discount will NOT exceed 40%

Use code BLACK to get your discount.

Buy a Gift Certificate and get a December Shopping Pass for 1/2 the amount FREE!
Buy a $10 GC and get a $5 one, FREE!
Buy a $100 GC and get a $50 one, FREE!

*Limit 1 per customer
*Shopping Pass must be used between 12/2 and 12/31
*Additional Code will be sent separately to the Buyers email address provided with the order.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Quick Quotes Class

Here's a photo of the Quick Quotes layout class scheduled for November 21. Let me know by the end of today, Nov. 1 if you'll be attending!

Questions? Email me:

Sunday, October 18, 2009

October Layout Class

This month's layout class is going to be a lot of fun! We'll be making two double-page spreads. The layouts are inspired by sketches from PageMaps by Becky Fleck. Take a look:

Class begins at 10:00 on Saturday, October 24m and should be done around noon. See you there!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Button, Button

Who's got the button? Well, AC Bailey does, of course!

Aren't they pretty just to look at? They're even prettier to use on layouts and cards. And this week, they're 10% off! Buy them "by the scoop" and save!

Need the link?

Friday, October 2, 2009

ScrapPink Report

Our ScrapPink event on Saturday, September 26 was so much fun! I had a wonderful time getting to know each of the attendees, and the level of talent in the room was through the roof!

I am happy to report that our tenacious little band raised $450 for breast cancer research. Them's braggin' rights, because last year's event raised the same amount of money, but with seven additional croppers!

We're not done raising money, either. For the month of October, I will be donating all my class fees to the Susan G. Kohmen Foundation. So, if you've never taken one of my classes, consider letting your first one be this month - you'll learn how to make a fun project, and you can feel good about helping out a very worthy cause while doing it. :)

ScrapPink Survey

If you attended ScrapPink this year, please take a moment to fill out this easy survey. If you do so before next Saturday, October 10, your name will be entered into a drawing to win our oh-so-spooky October Goodies Kit!

Scrap Pink Survey

Sunday, August 9, 2009

ScrapPink 2009

I can't wait for ScrapPink this year!

We're all set for Saturday, September 26 at Emmanuel Baptist Church.

To register, scroll down and fill out the form below. Be sure to click "submit." You will be redirected to a Bravenet Web page - this means that your form has gone through successfully. I will contact you by email to arrange payment. Thanks!

Classes are now available! For more info, click here: ScrapPink Class Offerings

ScrapPink Registration

Monday, July 20, 2009

BONUS! Send me the names and contact information for anyone you think would love to do what I do. If that person (or persons) sign on with me, you'll receive a $10 gift certificate to spend however you like with our online store. No limits - send as many names as you like, and receive as many certificates as sign on!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

BIG Sale at AC Bailey Tomorrow!

The owner's away, so the members will play!

We're having a one-day only, "Cat's Away" sale! FRIDAY, JULY 17th ONLY!!!

3 ways to get great deals:

1. Get a FREE gift when you shop the "What's New" and/or "While Supplies Last" sections of the e-store. Simply order normally, and type GIFT in the comment section of your order.

2. 10% regular items (not including kits). Shop all the others sections of the store and load up on some great new goodies for 10% off. Type DISCOUNT in the comment section of your order.

3. 15% off "HOT" colors. At the top of the store page, you'll see a search box. Type "yellow" or "orange" into this box, and take an additional 15% off items on this page. Type HOT in the comment section of your order.

BONUS: If at least 30 people order tomorrow, all their names will go into a drawing for a PRIZE GOODY! I'm not sure what it will be, but I know it will be awesome!

Fine print: Your cart total will be WRONG as the discounts will not be reflected until your order is processed- that is FINE! Go ahead and check out as usual, Erica will adjust your prices and totals before charging you and shipping your order. You WILL get a copy of the final order summary via email with the correct amount shown when your order is processed.

Now, go forth and SHOP!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Card Class

Sorry the photo is a little blurry - I think my lens was fogged over for it.

12 multi-occasion cards using the Love Shack line from BoBunny.

Class begins at 1 pm on Saturday, July 11. Cost of the class is $15.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Back from Mexico

Richard and I made it back into town around 1:30 yesterday. I was so tired from the trip I didn't even check my email till around 8:30. That's tired.

We had a great time. Saw some new places, met some new people, and enjoyed some new experiences (like a random security check and a Mexican cab ride). Most of all, we enjoyed reconnecting with each other.

Here are a few pics of our adventures. I can't wait to scrapbook them (196 in all)! And, of course, I've already got the papers - some Cosmo Cricket "Snorkel," some Fancy Pants "Soiree," and the AC Bailey July Kit of the Month - awesome!

Wastin' away at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville in Cozumel

Horseback riding in Progreso

Our "Love Boat," the Carnival Fantasy

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Mission (somewhat) Accomplished!

Ahhhh! I'm FINALLY done overhaulin' my scrap space!

It feels so much roomier and clean in here, and I can't wait to get scrappin'.

Here are a few "after" pics.

My new and improved crop store. It will be SO much easier to find things!

The bookshelf where I keep my finished albums and idea books/magazines

My paper rack: The top rack is sorted by manufacturer/line (I still need to add some of the wire dividers in there); the middle rack is sorted by theme/color, and the bottom rack holds my textured and non-textured cardstock sorted by color, plus 8.5 x 11 cardstock and chipboard. I've also got my stickers hanging on the side on binder rings, as well as my shape templates.

My "office area." SO much more organized than it was, but I still want a nicer desk.

My Home Depot cabinet. Right now it is mostly empty. I will hold all my photo binders and category boxes once I get going with my Library of Memories system. It also holds a few tools I didn't have room for in other storage areas. This pic also shows my work space. It's just a card table, but it's just right for me.

These drawers hold all my tools and stamps. The plastic bin on top holds my miscellaneous page additions - some stickers, some flowers, that sort of thing. I like to be able to dig through my stuff. The problem will be not letting my stash grow bigger than this container. The bottom drawers in this tower are empty except for my extensive collection of zip-lock bags (???). They may wind up inside the cabinet, used for photos or memorabilia. I'm keeping my options open with that.

Perhaps my favorite part of this room - the sitting area. I can read, write, sketch, look through photos/albums. Nice.

What's left. Yep, allllll this is going in the garage sale. See something you like?

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Scrap Space Overhaul of 2009

So I joined a challenge on 2peas called the "Organize Your Stuff" challenge. In my usual form, I got way too enthusiastic and decided I didn't need to follow the challenge in steps, I'd just go ahead and dive in with both feet.

Here I am, five days later, with all my scrappy stuff sitting in my front hallway and dining room, and my scrap space is totally empty. BARE! See pics...

Hard to believe ALLLLLL that stuff was somehow crammed into a 6' x 6' space. Honest! I measured!

But, this whole process - while painful, for sure - has inpsired me! I am going to bring back into the space ONLY the things I love and will use. And the rest? Well, I'm going to throw a scrapbooking garage sale! So, if you'd like to join me in a couple weeks and sell off some of YOUR scrappy stash, well...get started purging sisters! I'm not sure of a date yet, but I'm thinking we'll do it on July 11 before the project class.

Stay tuned for pics of my uber-organized, dream scrap space. I'm believing it'll happen!

Monday, June 8, 2009

GASC 2009

Jakki and I had a blast, and next year we hope to make it an even longer trip!

We cropped, shopped, and took a class (for the first time in 6 years!). Here are a few pics of our adventures.

Waiting for the Friday night fun to begin...

Cindy and Melissa - making pretties at the Saturday night crop...and catching up on gossip! :)

Jakki and Mary working hard...

I've just finished making a 12-card class what?

Everyone at the crop waiting for the Grand Prize drawing - a Silhouette. We think it was rigged. ;)

Tired but happy at the end of another fun girls' weekend.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Jumping into June!

I haven't been such a very good blogger lately. It's been quite some while since I've updated anything, but hopefully that's all about to least for the next 2 1/2 months.'s out, and I intend to enjoy every minute of it. That means TONS of scrapping, organizing, and gathering new ideas and inspiration. And it begins THIS week. I am going to the Great American Scrapbook Convention in Arlington. My best friend, Jakki, and I try to make this a yearly getaway. Some years it hasn't worked out, but most years it has, and this looks to be another one of them. We're attending two of the cropping parties and taking one class. I plan to take lots of pics and share them right here.

For now, I think I'll leave you with photos of our May class. We had a blast "blinging" things up on these layouts, and they turned out pretty cute, wouldn't you agree?


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