Castle Gazing

Saturday, July 27, 2013

ETA: I picked the winner! Or rather chose commentor No. 4. That's you Marina! Forwarding along the code now. Cheers!

I have 3 things to share today: a confession, a layout, a small giveaway.

Confession: I totally caved on my Product Free Summer challenge. I couldn't pass up the 20% off at Two Peas a few weeks back! I just couldn't. But I'm back on a spending freeze. Especially after the $1000 I just had to spend fixing my car (eeeek!!)
Layout: This page features a ton of that new product I ordered, lots from Basic Grey's new(er) Mint Julep line. I only got three things for this line: the 6x6 paper pad, the badges and the title sticker sheet. I feel like they'll get you pretty far. I like to get at least a few things from each line so that they'll coordinate with each other.

I picked this line for these photos because of all the blue in the Edinburgh photo. I loved the blue in that floral print. I also definitely wanted to use it for that "So very charming" sticker.
I made this as part of the Two Peas CHA [Four Nature Elements] Challenge. There's flowers, butterflies, birds and stars on this page.

It's also for the [Five Senses] Challenge. This page is all about the castle gazing I've been doing over the years. I hadn't realized it until this year, but every place I've visited in Europe the last few years, has included visits to local castles and palaces.
Week 1 of Hello Story was the starting point for this layout. It's a loose timeline and a series. I used those great Chic Tags for each, to include the date, the city and country and the castle.

I also added small white letter stickers to each photo, to include the place and date.
The rest is just fun details. Love those clear mint Heidi Swapp letters. Like love! The color and the texture are fabulous. Also love that they coordinated with the Mint Julep line so well.

And I had to throw in some gold for good measure. Everything these days, needs a dusting of gold. Glad I picked up the gold star paper clips as well.
So I made my confession and shared the layout. Now on to the giveaway.

Giveaway: This apparently is the summer of the classes. First Camp Scrap, then Hello Story and I also signed up for Toolbox at Studio Calico. They were running a promo and I get to give a friend the class for free. That's where all my bloggy friends come in. I thought I'd share the class with one of yall.

Just leave me a comment below, to share which of the 4 parts you're most interested in learning more about: digital elements, mixed media, stitching or mist. [ETA: Please leave an e-mail address if you don't have one linked in your profile!!]

For me, I'm sooo looking forward to Shana's digital tutorial. Her work has been so inspiring to me lately!

I'm only leaving this open until Tuesday, 30 July at 11:59pm EST. I'll announce and e-mail the winner as soon as I can on Wednesday, 31 July. Class starts Thursday, 1 August which is why this is such a short one. I want you to be able to be part of the whole class.

Off to Los Angeles tomorrow for work. It's my first visit and I'm so excited! I'll be updating as and when I can. Catch up with yall later!

cheers & besos,


  1. Bummer about having to spend so much on your car! I find myself dealing with car trouble lately, too. I've had my car for ten years, and I just don't feel like having to spend all that money on a new one.

    I love the layout! I want to castle-gaze, too!

  2. It's so nice of you to offer up your friend code! I honestly can't decide which I'd like to learn more both the misting(for my tons of spray ink I am still unsure of) or the digital elements part. I convert to paper scrapping from digital and would love to figure out ways to use pieces of my old stash.

  3. Thank you for a chance to win this! I would like to learn more about mixed media and digital scrapbooking as I am trying to find new things to do.

  4. Thanks so much for the chance to win a spot in class.
    For me, digital & mixed media would be what I would most want to learn. I do agree with you, Shanna's work is awesome. I would love to be able to do just a little of what she does!
    Love your blog, btw.

    1. Oops, email - marina_dp013(AT)yahoo(DOT)com(DOT)au

  5. Wow. So generous. I am most interested in mist. I took a hiatus from scrapbooking and now that I'm back, I'm kinda lost. I really love the look of it, and am dying to know the proper techniques needed. Thanks so much!

    Mrs Soupy (at SC)

  6. Love that layout!! We have got to plan another Houston scrappy meet up so you can inspire us :)
    I think the stitching and misting parts of the class tie for the most exciting to me. Thanks for giving us the chance to win!

  7. I'm looking forward to the misting. So curious about the whole thing. Thanks for sharing!

  8. wow, that is so generous of you. I would like to know more about mixed media. I'm a digital scrapbooker working my way back into paper :)

  9. Sara W. forsara at studio calicoJuly 28, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    I'm happy about learning how to play with the art toys I keep buying but get intimidated to use. Would love to win, thanks!

  10. Love the colors you used here!

    Thanks for the chance to take this class...I reallllllly want to!
    - April W (april121499(AT)yahoo(DOT)com)

  11. Thank you, thank you. All signed up & ready to go!