Thursday, July 28, 2011

Floral Lane

I'm busy working on assignments today, but I wanted to share a little card I made for the Pebbles blog. It features their beautiful Floral Lane line. It went up on their blog yesterday, and you can see the it and several other beautiful cards made by members of the design team by clicking here.

Pebbles is also hosting a give away on their blog for some fabulous alphabet stickers. Hop on over to their blog to enter the giveaway!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sandy Fun!

Well, I feel like I'm finally back in the groove after our looooooog trip this summer! We had such a great time visiting family, exploring California, Utah, and New Mexico, and especially spending so much time together as a family! I love being married to a teacher and having so much time in the summer together--it is such a blessing! 

My blog however has suffered a bit, and I intend to make up for that starting today!

My layout share today features more of the Echo Park Splash collection.

With the way we love the beach, and all the orange, this was a must have line for me! 

The journaling reads: "Playing in the sand at the beach is one of the things you boys love to do best! You build castles, dig holes, fill motes with water, and get sand all over yourselves! I’m glad we live close enough to the beach that you boys can do this often! March 2010"

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Brand madness!

A little plea for help today!

For the past month, Creative Memories has been competing in an online Brand Madness Tournament sponsored by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal to find the favorite Minnesota brand. 

Much like a March Madness-style tournament, the online competition started with 64 Minnesota-based companies, and now it is down to the final two: Creative Memories and the Mayo Clinic. Throughout each round, we have been counting on our passionate and loyal fans to vote us into the next round, and the championship round will be no exception.

Voting for the championship round is scheduled to start Monday morning, ending at 9 pm Ct on Wednesday night.  Since social media has played a huge role in getting us this far, we are using every angle we can to capture as many votes as possible. We would like to ask you to help us spread the word to promote the contest through your blog and round up as many votes as you can.

Background on the contest

Creative Memories has been called everything from the giant-killer (beating Target in Round 1) to the least-known brand in the tournament, but throughout the contest we have held an average of 72 percent of the vote in our rounds. Below is how we fared in each round. 

Round 1: Creative Memories 81, Target 19

Round 2: Creative Memories 69, Arctic Cat 31

Sweet 16: Creative Memories 82, Wheaties 18

Elite Eight: Creative Memories 62, Mall of America 38

Final Four: Creative Memories 52, Dairy Queen 48 (More than 24,000 votes cast)

Championship: Creative Memories vs. Mayo Clinic (Results announced Wednesday)


The Mayo Clinic, based in Rochester, Minn., has been receiving an average of 68.5 percent of the vote in their match-ups. The number of votes Mayo has been getting has been growing by big multiples with each match, and we expect the final match to grow even more. Below is how Mayo did in each round.


Round 1: Mayo Clinic 86 percent, Tastefully Simple 14 percent

Round 2: Mayo Clinic 61, Summit Brewing 39

Sweet 16: Mayo Clinic 72, General Mills 28

Elite Eight: Mayo Clinic 55, Lunds/Byerly’s 45

Final Four: May Clinic 62, Schwan’s 38 (Nearly 80,000 votes cast)

Championship: Creative Memories vs. Mayo Clinic (Results announced Wednesday)

We would love and appreciate any help we can get in our attempt to beat this well-known hospital. Follow the link below to vote starting Monday. Thank you!


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Upside Down Blake

Oh how we love our Blake! He is our high energy, loud, rough and tumble, all boy, kid! He makes every day more fun just by being himself and we love having him in our family. We can also really, really eat! He must have his father's metabolism because he is always hungry! 

Hungry Boy

This layout uses Studio Calico's State Fair line and some Crate Paper Toy Box embellishments. The journaling reads: 

"We joke Blake that your stomach is a bottomless pit, but in truth it really must be! All day long I hear you say, “I’m hungry,” “Is it lunch time yet?” or “Can I have a snack?” I know now that about an hour after any meal you start asking about snacks and when the next meal will start. I have no idea how you can pack away all the food that you do and still want more! It must have something to do with being a boy and the energy you expend all day long! What worries me most is how much you may be eating when you are a teenager—the grocery bills are going to be high I think!"

Thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Another June Layout To Share

Drive by post today! Just a quick share of a layout I did in June for It uses some super fun new Echo Park Splash.

Sweet Summertime

The journaling reads: "Lately you Spencer, have spent a lot of time in the sprinkler! On this day we were watering the back lawn and you boys decided to take an impromptu run through the water. Stripping off your shirts you boys ran in continuous circles up and down the slide and through the jets of water. I think you all had a good time, but you Spencer seemed to enjoy it most of all! May 2011"

Hope you are having a great summer!