Sunday, November 2, 2008

An Award, An Answer to a Question and Sweet Pea Scraps November Kit

Lynette is always leaving me such sweet, uplifting comments. And this time around passed this award onto me . . . Thanks for thinking of me, Lynette! ;)

The RULES for presenting this sought after Award are:

1. Pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also for contributing to the blogging community, no matter what language.

2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog.

3. Each award winner (upon acceptance) should show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award.

4. Link to the Arte y pico blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.

5. Show these rules.


Honestly, I hate this part. I hate picking only 5 people to present an award to. I could pick hundreds! And maybe this is wussy of me, but I'll just have to direct you to all the amazing people and places in my left sidebar. These people are constantly inspiring me. I even added a few new favorites that I've been stalking. If you're ever in a web-surfing mood, you'll be glad you took the time to check them out. ;)


Lauren asked me a question about what tools I use to handcut elements out of patterned paper (a technique I LOOOOVE!). I've had these trusty Fiskars Classic 5" Micro-Tip Scissors for about 5 years. LOVE 'EM!

They are one of those tools that I feel LOST without. Infact, when I can't find them on my desk (like when I've covered them up with a paper tornado) I get all panicky! I finally bought another set, so I could have 2 sets floating around my desk. LOL! They are just under $20, but soooooo worth it. The tip is very sharp and is perfect for getting in all the little nooks and crannies of things. And they are easy to turn corners with . . . that's a must in my book. AND they are great at trimming your daughter's bangs. ;) See? You NEED them! Or atleast something similar to them. What do you all like to use? I'm such a sucker for great tools and I would love to hear your favorites.


Well, I'm a little sad. This is possibly my last Sweet Pea Scraps kit that I will design with as a Design Team member. I tried out for the team again, but heaven knows there are so many talented scrappers out there! Good luck to everyone who went for it. I can't wait to see who the new team is on the 5th.

I just want to take this opportunity to THANK Julie and Kristen from the bottom of my heart for letting me design with their fabulous kits. It was an honor being a Sweet Pea Girl. The new design team is in for a delightful treat. Serious! If you haven't tried them. YOU NEED TO! Do you hear me?! LOL! Let me tell you what I adore about Sweet Pea Scraps Kits.

You get a great mix of patterned paper (usually 12 sheets) and usually 10 sheets of cardstock, 2 sheets of each color. I LOVE the two sheets of cardstock! That means I can do a double-page spread if I want OR I just have a lot of cardstock to play with. I don't have to second-guess using that special shade of orange that came with my kit in case I want to use it on another page, because I have TWO! I really love that feeling. Very liberating! :D Not only is there A LOT of paper, but you get oodles of embellishments, too! AND an alpha! For our DT assignments we created 6 pages a month, and I'm telling ya, I NEVER got bored of a kit doing those six pages. There was always PLENTY to work with. I never felt like I had to scrimp or become ultra-weird-creative to make items stretch across those six pages. GREAT, GREAT, GREAT kit! Honestly, give them a try. Okay?! Okay. ;)

Alright, "soapbox" over. I just had to let all that scrappy-love-emotion off my chest one last time. Heehee!

Here are my six layouts using the Incredibly Gorgeous November Sweet Pea Scraps Kit.




(used the November Gettin' Sketchy sketch for this one. YUM!!!)

Staying Cool

Sunday Afternoon


Happy Scrappin!


  1. Love all the layouts! I really love that owl, so I think Sunday Afternoon is my fave! Great work!

  2. WOW! Your pages are just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Beautiful layouts, Jana, especially the witch one. Thanks for showing! :))

  4. Your layouts are amazing as always Jana! And your kids are darling from your other post! Love your decor on your front walk. We are like you at the end of a dead end street not many t.o.t. either. Now I have too much candy here I don't want to eat! Ack!
    Have a great holiday season! ;)

  5. Hi Jana! Thanks for answering my question! If those scissors work, $20 won't stop me! ;) I will have to give them a try!

    And I know what you mean about Sweet Pea Scraps... I love em too! In fact, your designs inspired me to try out for the DT!

    Would love to see you on it again, your work is SO inspiring! :)

  6. WoW, Jana! You ROCKED this kit! I adore every single layout you created with it! The black lace paper makes such a beautiful background, and all the cut work you did is beautiful!

    Is that a glittered overlay surrounding the title on the "Staying Cool" page? Mmmmm it's YUMMY!!! I can't get enough of the houndstooth paper, too! Love it!

    Thanks so much for sharing your creations...they're always so inspiring to see!


Subscribe to My New Blog

Just wanted to pop in here to let you know that you can now SUBSCRIBE to my new blog by clicking on the link below. Subscribe in a reader ...