Monday, April 30, 2012

The Perfect Mothers Day gift. . .

  Every Mom knows that you can never have to many pictures of your kids.  They are just so darn cute!!! I know I can look at pictures of my kids for hours. One thing I have become even more and more aware of as I flip through my kids and the family scrapbook album is how few pictures there are of my kids with ME! I am the photographer in the family and so find myself behind the camera during almost all photographed events.  Even my own 30th surprise birthday party there is only 1 photo of me. Ok now let me be clear. I don't actually like to have my photo taken. I am most critical of how I look and what few pictures that are taken of me even fewer of them actually make it into the album. That said I would be really sad if my kids didn't have any pictures of the two of us together.  I don't want my kids to look back on their childhood and ask themselves "Where was Mom?" Documenting our relationship is important enough to overcome any photographic insecurities.
  On Easter Sunday I took the opportunity to have individual pictures taken with each of my kids. I warned them all before church that there would be a mandatory photo session after church. I had bought coordinating Sunday outfits for the girls and matching ties for the boys and the weather was gorgeous. I don't think I have ever edited so many pictures with me in them. Do I love how I look in every photo? No, but I love the relationship that every photo captures. It makes them priceless. I also took individual photos of each of my kids with their Dad. As an added bonus I had my son take some pictures of Jason and I as well. How often do you take pictures of you and your spouse?
  What is the perfect Mother's day gift?  How about scheduling a photo session for your Mom. Get everyone together and lets take pictures of the most important women in your life. I guarantee that she will be SHOCKED that you willingly arranged a photo session and that she will cherish the photos long after the chocolate is consumed and the flowers are wilted. Give me a call and lets schedule your session asap! (435.764.3598)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Same Paper, Same Layout, 2 Looks!

 A little Studio J love to share with you today.  I created these layouts using the new Studio J exclusive paper packet "Love Bird." First I created the layout above for my girls' albums.  I loved the birds, flowers and spring look of the stickease and paper. Perfect for my Easter pictures.
  But, all that pink would just not work for my son. No problem. Using the SAME paper packet I created the layout below for his album.  I picked different paper from the "Love Bird" collection, used different stickease and took the very feminine layout from above and made it completely masculine. Same layout, same paper, same pictures whole new look! Gotta love Studio J!!

  Would you like to create you own layouts with this super easy, user friendly, free, online program? Just head on over to my website, create your free account and start playing. You only pay to have your layouts printed.
  Do you want the best pricing and access to all of the layout patterns and kits? Become a member. Here are the details: There are two membership options available to choose from: a monthly membership that you pay for the first 3-month up front ($30) and then monthly thereafter ($10/month) or a 1-year membership for $99 - best value.

Membership benifits include: 

  • Free shipping on one order per month (between 4 and 20 2-page layouts)! That's a $7.95 value! 
  • Member's pricing on layouts is only $6.50 which is half price. 
  • Memberships give you access to "Members Only" layout patterns and paper kits. WOO HOO!
  • Members only promotions.
You can purchase a membership either right from your Studio J account or by contacting me (435.787.0125 ~ 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Front and Center: Project Inspiration Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book

We have so many great stamp sets in our Spring/Summer 2012 Close To My Heart idea book! The set featured in this short video, crafted with love,  is just one of the many that make creating a quick card or gift so easy and personal. Check out the Crafted with Love stamp set in the video below and then head on over to my website to order it. Also don't forget the April stamp of the month and the Dotty For Your promotion that started Tuesday. Both the stamp set and paper packet are a must have!


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

2012 National Scrapbooking Month: Dotty for You

I am so very excited about the National Scrapbooking Month promotional paper packet. It is just bursting with bright colors and and fun. Here is a quick little video showing the paper, potential project ideas as well as the information on how you can get your hands on this dotty paper!


You can order online from my newly designed website or contact me directly. If you order online be sure to check out April's stamp of the month as well as the while supplies last section. Newly discounted items have been added.  I can't wait to hear from you!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

B_Radel Newborn Photography

I have been taking a ton of newborn photos lately. This little guy is just adorable. Don't you just LOVE his hair? It was so soft and he was just so sweet. He was awake most of the session so we have lots of pictures with his eyes open which made Mom very happy.  If you are in the cache valley area, expecting a little one and would like newborn photos taken give me a call and lets schedule a session. It is best to take the newborn photos within two weeks of arrival. These sweet babies change so fast and usually that 2 week time frame is before the baby acne shows up. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

April Workshop Florentine

Oh how I love you Florentine - your colors, your patterns I just can't get enough! Don't tell me you have never felt that way about a paper packet before?! Well before I totally creep you out check out the layouts we are creating this month at my workshop class. Careful. You might also fall in love with this paper too! ;)

 I love this idea from Annette Green. Sometimes the design fills the whole page rather than a repeating pattern that you can easily cut and use anywhere. So for my pages, rather than cut a 4 x 12 from one of the other papers displayed in the WOTG, I used this piece above and cut two pieces at 2 x 12 of the left and right edge of the paper then put them together. 

 I also LOVE the Florentine My Stickease assortment that coordinate with this paper I added the stickease to all three layouts as the titles, accessories and I even used the stickease to add dimension to the paper.
  Another one of my favorite accessories that I always keep on hand is the Mocha Opaques adhesive gems. The warmth of the mocha gems coordinates perfectly with the warm colors of the Florentine paper. They were perfect little accessories for the center of the flowers.

  I had to use the new Timeless Charms that coordinated perfectly with the Florentine paper packet. They added the perfect touch of bling. Oh and do you see that multi colored ribbon.  That would be Close To my Heart's new color-ready seam binding ribbon.  I used my sponge daubers to color the ribbon 3 different coordinating colors - Garden Green, Twilight and Goldrush.  Love it! And I think you can see why!
  All the items used to complete these layouts can be purchased on my newly designed website. Below is a complete shopping list. If you would like to come create these layouts with me then come to the workshops held the 3rd Tuesday and Thursday of the month. Space is limited so contact me asap to rsvp.

April Workshop “Florentine” Shopping List

BASICKit G1038                                                                       Page
¡       X7153B      Florentine Level 2 Paper Pack                     52                  9.95
¡       Exclusive   Florentine Workshop stamp set                   55                13.95
¡       Z1732        Color-Ready Seam Binding Ribon               124                 6.95
¡       No #           2 sheets of  Colonial White  cardstock         8                    .80
¡       No #           Workshop Guide                                                                1.00
                                                                                                            $32.65 You Pay $29.95!!

BETTER (Basic Kit + More Accessories)
¡       G1038        Basic Kit                                                          55              29.95
¡       Z1689        Timeless Charms                                          128                5.95
¡       X7153C      Florentine My Stickease Assortment             52                5.95
¡       Z1333        **Mocha Opaques Adhesive Gems             126                2.95
¡       Z1410        **Antiqued Copper Designer Brads             126                3.95
Add ons:
S1203              April SOM: You Are                                    141                 17.95 or 5.00
Z726               Sponge Daubers                                         132                   3.95
Z1380             Spray Pen                                                    132                   3.95

*Stamp pad colors used Twilight, Garden Green, Goldrush & Cocoa

You will need 2 extra sheets of Brown Bag Cardstock

**You may have this item from a previous workshop class

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

You Are. . .

AMAZING! Original! FUN! COOL! The list is endless and with the new April stamp of the month you can share how you really feel with all these great sentiments! Here is a fun bright card (above) my upline Karen Pedersen sent me in the mail featuring the April stamp of the month. This set is perfect for creating patterns on your cards or layouts.  Don't you just love the line stamps on this set? I also love that this set can be totally masculine.

How do you pick up this set? Easy peasy lemon squeeze. You can order it through my newly designed website or you can order it directly through me. (drop me an email or give me a call) If you order it online be sure to check out the while supplies last section. There are some new added discounted products available.