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Jamie Sorenson

Member Since November 2007, 6215 forum posts, 398 public projects

Location: Wisconsin

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Valentines Card + Favorites with Jamie

I am often blogging about the amazing projects of our designers and members, but seldom have I shared something I create myself.  I wasn't quite on the ball this Christmas to do a holiday card, but as a new mama I couldn't resist showing off some of my favorite pictures of my baby girl with my friends and family.  A Valentines photo card?  Not quite traditional and a little random, but fun!

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You can see my supplies and how I put this together in the gallery here.  I've also pooled together some of my favorite Valentines products perfect for creating little cards and gifts.  Shop my Valentines card making and gift giving favorites here! - Jamie

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A few more sneaks...

We're just two days away from our February Garden Girl project release!  Here are a few more peeks at what's coming:

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We've hinted before, but wouldn't want you to miss out - we've got a free, card making class starting February 1st too!  We can't wait.  :)

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Trends Watch: Typewriters + Workshop Giveaway Winner!

Though this mechanical device used to put our thoughts onto paper is used less and less in our fast-paced world, the typewriter is seen more and more in our paper crafting designs.  Here are a few projects where we've seen this classic vintage icon being used:

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My Type by april yap

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Love You So Very Much by digikiwichick

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She Believed by Lucy Abrams

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A Life in Letters by Jill Sprott

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I Love You Card by Joscie

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Shop the type and typewriter look here!

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Congrats to moadibp2 - you are the winner of our Journey Into Cardmaking Workshop giveaway!  You will receive an email shortly welcoming you to the class. :)

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Looking ahead to Valentines Day! by Wilna

Hi Peas! I am just being honest when I say that Valentines Day is my favorite. Mostly because of all the gorgeous scrapbook products that comes out this time of the year and I always get extra supplies to use for the rest of the year... even on non themed pages. A HEART is such a all-year-round symbol. Today, I dug out some of my Valentine Mini albums that I have made over the years (some are over 5 years old) and took some new photos that I want to show you. I am also going to link you to some products in the 2peas store that would work beautifully if you wanted to scraplift any of these.

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Here's a few of my favorite products that I spied in the 2peas shop:

Should you have any questions leave a comment... ALSO, I would love to hear from you... tell us what's your favorite Valentine collection this year! Much love and HEARTS Wilna Furstenberg

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Product Spotlight: 10 Don't-Miss Sales & Collections at Two Peas

If you love hot products and a good deal, this post is for you!  Ready for our 10 don't-miss collections right now?  Let's start off by looking at a few favorites we've just put on sale!

5th&frolic708x1981.  Dear Lizzy's 5th & Frolic with American Crafts.  A sweet collection at sweet prices!

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2.  Amy Tangerine's Ready Set Go with American Crafts.  Pie charts, cameras and chevrons - just a handful of the what's-hot-right-now motifs in Amy's line.

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3.  Rhonna Farrer's All is Bright with My Mind's Eye.  Vintage and collage collide in this cozy Christmas line.

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4.  Hot products like this washi tape, wood veneer, speech bubbles and more here!

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5.  The fresh-on-the-shelves My Girl & Boy Crazy collections from My Minds Eye.  Gumball machines, roller skates, robots and sneakers - just a few of the playful motifs you'll find here.

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6.  The Collectable collection from My Mind's Eye.  With four different color palette mixes there is something for everyone here.  The die cuts and new washi tapes are very popular.

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7.  Scoot by Echo Park A line almost as adorable as the little man in your life.

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8. Photo Freedom Volume 1 by Echo Park.  A perfect match for your Project Life album.

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9.  True Love by Basic Grey  A great pairing of current trends and Valentines.

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10.  3,000+ items that are a little easier on your wallet.

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10 Tips for Scrapping Your Everyday

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The January theme the Garden Girls were assigned to scrap was "365/Everyday."  Here are 10 tips we've collected from their pages!  We hope these make you want to get out your date stamp and favorite photos as much as we do!

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1.  Number your photos and create a numbered journaling list like Amy Tan and Jen Gallacher.  No in-depth storytelling is needed for these kind of in-review pages. "This is My Wonderful Life" by Amy Tan"2012" by Jen Gallacher 

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2.  Selecting photos to capture a window in time like a month or year can be tricky.  Choose close-up images, as well as far-away shots to add variety and interest.  "Flew by" by Elizabeth Kartchner
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3.  Scrap a habit you've developed. Good or bad!  "Almost 365 Days a Year" by Melissa Stinson
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4.  Hold yourself accountable to taking photos regularly by playing along in a photo challenge, working through a photo prompt list, or taking part in a photography class or group.  Janna Werner follows the photographer fatmumslim on Instagram and participates in her photo-a-day challenge using the hashtag #fmsphotoaday.  "366" by Janna Werner
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5.  Ask yourself how your supplies can help tell the story of your pages.  Mini letter stickers and wooden alphabets are used to label the monthly photos on these year-in-review pages by Lisa and Corrie.  "iPhone Review" by Corrie Jones & "2012" by Lisa Dickinson
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6.  Check the B sides.  Theme-y products that don't work for your subject?  Just flip those patterned papers over!  The black and white diagonal stripe belonged to a Halloween paper pack.  "(almost) everyday by Shannon Tidwell
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7. Fit it all in.  Jill's page is stuffed (literally!) with good stuff.  Her page is proof you can use a lot of photos without compromising journaling; she's tucked notes into these Studio Calico calendar pockets. "Z 2012" by Jill Sprott
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8.  Use a shortcut.  Using a collage of photos is a quick and easy way to make a big impact.  Free photo programs like Picasa make collages automatically for you with just the click of a button. "In 2013 I wish for..." by Lilith Eeckels & "365' by Wilna Furstenberg
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9 & 10.  When buying supplies, select product that will reinforce your theme or will allow you to get a lot of mileage in the future, like this weekday tape both Kristina and Marcy has used on their pages.  "The Best Time" by Kristina Nicolai White & "Twenty-Four 7" by Marcy Penner
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Bakers twine and clothespins could be used for a million different things, but Lynn has made them work to showcase their family's everyday life photos on this page looking back at 2012. "The Good Stuff" by Lynn Ghahary
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Numbers are everywhere and are so versatile!  Lexi has repeated them in her background, title, borders and accents.  "525,600 Minutes" by Lexi Bridges
And that concludes our 10 tips - we hope you find them helpful!  Don't forget our Garden Girl blog hop giveaway is open through Monday - you could win a spot in Julie's Journey Into Card Making workshop!

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Behind the Scenes: January

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A few snippets from around here lately.  We like to doodle, snack, surround ourselves with puppies and stare at pretty product.  Happy Wednesday, friends.

p.s.  TONS of new product added to the store this week!  Check them out here.

 

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Gardeners' Digest Blog Hop: January

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Hello friends!  It's the 22nd which means it's time for another Gardeners' Digest, our monthly blog hop with the Garden Girls.  Each stop along the way will share sneaks, favorite products, current inspiration and more.  Scroll down for a giveaway; we're gifting another spot to our current card making workshop!

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We've shared sneaks for our February project release... (going up on the 1st), but oh, do we have so much more up our sleeve!  We can't wait to share an upcoming (free) card making class, workshops, and special blog posts, just to name a few!

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We loved seeing all of the projects pop up in the gallery as Peas played along in our CHA Online Social challenges.  Here are just a few we spotted, you can browse the other entries here.


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Okay, less like 5 and more like 500.  Do you blame us when we say we couldn't choose when we have this huge clearance sale going?


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We're giving away a spot to our latest mini workshop, Journey Into Card Making with Julie Campbell.  Just leave a comment below with your Two Peas username by next Tuesday for your chance to win a spot.  If you've already purchased the class, you could get your money back or gift the spot to a friend!

Now, hop along to see what our amazing design team has been up to!  Say hello and be inspired at your next stop, the blog of Lexi Bridges.  Here is a complete list in case you get lost along the way:

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Lynn Ghahary

Melissa Stinson

Shimelle Laine

Julie Campbell

Amy Tan

Wilna Furstenberg

Jill Sprott

Marcy Penner

Lilith Eeckels

Jen Gallacher

Corrie Jones

Nancy Damiano

Lisa Dickinson

Paige Evans

Laura Craigie

Shannon Tidwell

Anna-Maria Wolniak

Janna Werner

 

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Photographing Your Projects with Jen

You spend hours gathering your supplies, and planning your project. You carefully craft your layout, card, or altered project to perfection. Now you MUST share it with the world. But the photograph you've taken of your project is grey, muddied, and unworthy of the perfection of your project. It's defeating and frustrating when something we've worked on doesn't shine online.

Today I thought I'd share my process for photographing my projects. Now don't run off and check my gallery to make sure I've followed this process every time. I don't. I'll just admit that right now. Sometimes I complete a project in the middle of the night and without a professional photography studio and the gear to properly photograph a project in the dark, I'm left to get creative. But this will give you one option for making your project photographs better.

Step 1: Gather Some Basic Photo Props

At the very least I suggest you invest in a white posterboard. Yep. Really. Look for one that is matte on one side and has a bit of gloss on the other. Not a big deal, but when you photograph your project on the glossy side it gives it a bit of reflection which is lovely.

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Want something a bit more spiffy? Then look for natural woods. I shop for cast-off desktops and cabinet pieces at my local hardware store (or I've also found them at Ikea). I also found some beadboard that was already painted white that I cut down to a more manageable size.

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And I've even invested in some photography canvases that look like wood. See this photo? It was taken on a photography canvas. I know! It totally looks like real wood. You can find these canvases through Etsy or other online retailers. Make sure you purchase one large enough for your 12x12" layouts.

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You will also need something to hold up your layouts. I went the expensive route and selected two shampoo bottles to hold up my layouts. You can use whatever works for you.

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Step 2: Lighting is EVERYTHING!

Look for a room drenched in light. Not the fade the sofa, blind your eyes kind of light; but rather the illuminate the room in soft sunlight kind of light. Place your project near the light source.  You can see right now mine is sitting on the floor where the window light brightens the project but doesn't directly shine on it.

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Not enough light on your project? Sometimes you'll get dark areas on your project. You'll need something white to "bounce" light back onto your project. Again, those expensive posterboards or foam core boards come in really handy about now. Place the posterboard where it captures the light and bounces it back to your project. No you won't instantly notice a bright pool of light on your project, but you will notice the entire project looks evenly lit (sometimes I can't even see it until I develop the photo).

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Step 3: To Stage or Not to Stage

That is the question isn't it? You can add additional props to your project if you want. I've gathered a few cute things over the years that you've likely seen pop up in my photographs. I often raid my teenager's room for her things or my son's room for toys. I keep a box handy of props. Again, this is completely optional. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking. When I use staging, I set the project on a piece of wood and then choose a background such as beadboard or a sheet of patterned paper, or even a cute piece of fabric placed behind my project looks great.

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Step 4: Close-Up Photos

Taking a few close-up photos of your projects helps the viewer see the little details on your page. I prefer to place the project down flat on the white posterboard or the wood piece I've selected. Then I shoot in to the project like this:

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Repeat this for each section of your project where you have a fun technique, or a unique cluster of products. Imagine you're seeing your project for the first time. What would YOU want to see? Include those detail photos when you share your final project photo.

Step 5: Processing Your Photo

I use Photoshop to clean up my photos. Many designers use Lightroom. And cameras are getting so smart these days that there is a lot you can do with your photo before ever printing it or uploading it online. If you're using your camera phone, try an Instragram setting. If you're using Photoshop be sure to check out Adrienne Looman's actions here in the 2Peas store or her Lightroom Presets here. I REALLY recommend the Clean Exposure one as it makes your photos nice and bright and very true to color.

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Processing your photo takes some practice. And everyone has a style they like. I like bright, bold colors that aren't too in your face. Others like a warm, washed out tone on their photographs. As long as you feel it celebrates your project appropriately, go for it!

Here are some examples of projects for which I used the above photography steps:

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Hopefully you'll discover a system for photographing your projects that you love. You deserve to have your projects SHINE!

 

 

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This Week's Class Videos 1.20.2013

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Preparing for Valentines Day

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In case you missed our recent newsletter, we've got a fun Valentines Essentials guide to share with you!  Who would agree that polka dot washi tape is pure perfection and would make a darling envelope seal?!  Shop our Valentines selection here; when you place a Valentines order we'll add a free gift!

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Watch for our Garden Girl Valentines project release going up February 1st!

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Member Spotlight: Smultringunn

The clean and simple style of Smultringunn has caught my eye lately.  Loving how she carefully chooses her embellishments and the gorgeous photography in her pages:

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I love how she backed this KI Memories phrase sticker with an icy aqua patterned paper on her page, Above the Clouds.

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The subtle woodgrain pattern in her title perfectly depicts the subject.  She's sandwiched it with journaling on this cozy layout, Lumberjacks.

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If the photography on this page Nobel Bob doesn't tug on your heart strings, the story behind it will.

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And this is an older project in her gallery, but no less inspiring!  Her Utah/Nevada Vacation Scrapbook features gorgeous transparencies and white accents against her vivid photos.

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Be sure to check out the rest of her gallery here!

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Get the Look: Baby It's Cold Outside

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The inspiration for this month's edition of Get the Look comes from Two Peas member magda mizera!  We love the outside-the-box primary color scheme on this page all about Winter!  Here's how one might achieve magda's look:

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Browse these products and more from our selection here!

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February Garden Girl Sneaks

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Love is in the air!  And will soon be in the Design Team Garden!  Check out the Valentines projects the Garden Girls have been hard at work creating on February 1st.  We think you're going to fall hard. :)

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Journey Into Card Making + Vendor Challenge Winners

Congrats to tuffcookie, you are the winner of a spot in our Journey Into Card Making workshop!  You will be sent an email shortly welcoming you to the class. :)

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Congratulations also to the winners of our final vendor challenges!  The winners of a $50 Echo Park prize pack go to sharon fritcheychristina collins, & artfulscrapbooking!  The winners of a $50 Little Yellow Bicycle prize pack go to mizzkb00izzy b, & christie5163!  The prizes will be sent to the addresses in your Two Peas account shortly.  

Thanks to everyone who participated, and don't forget we offer a challenge for each class lesson that goes live Monday-Saturday here.

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Kristina's CHA Winter '13 Diaries: Day 3

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Project Life continues to dominate our market and industry. As predicted, it continues to grow as more and more people find this process of documenting their lives easier as their lives grow more busy. What a marvelous invention this has been. Thank you Becky Higgins! With this, there are products all over the place that bleed into that program. Page protectors and mini books, etc. So many die cut journaling card packages, label stickers, date stamps, pockets and folders and so much more. There is at least one paper in almost every collection with a sheet of 3x4 journaling cards on it. Perfect for pocket page protector style scrapbooking!  American Crafts has picked up the Project Life brand and Two Peas will be carrying this product this spring! We are very excited! 

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My Minds Eye is so consistently good. They consistently release great journaling cards and embellishments with each of their collections that have such great impact for any project. They always coordinate so well, but are so easy to use in every day projects aside from their own products. I love the Hello My Name is journaling cards and little label stickers, and how they change each year, adding a new bit of trend in their design. Arrows and hearts and icons and trendy colors. I love the addition of the deco pins and washi tapes to their collections. As always, the embellishments are so good.

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Echo Park has some really great everyday collections that go in their Photo Freedom line (their pocket page protector style scrapbook system).

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The colors are great, one very pantone colors of the year, the other more primary-rainbow, both with strong design elements. Simple, everyday and very broad appealing. I think the boy collections are also very strong. Great designs and colors. Their boy collections have always seemed to appeal to everyone. Can't wait for these to arrive.

 

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Designer Interviews: Brandin O'Neill

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We hope you're enjoying our CHA Winter designer interview series.  Today we're excited to share what Brandin O'Neill has to say about the new collections from Webster's Pages!

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What are your upcoming collections? Modern Romance, New Beginnings, Composition & Color by Allison Kreft & Sweet Notes by Allison Kreft

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What was the inspiration behind them?  Where do you look for inspiration? Color, color, color! Everything starts with a color palate & what makes us happy. Clippings from home décor, parties, live events, textures, fabrics, coffee shops…ha…lots of coffee shops.

Once you have a concept for a collection, what is the design process like? Everything starts with pantone selections and then the unexplainable “mood” designing comes in. What I mean by that is putting uplifting music on, filling the air with great scents & surrounding myself with happy, pretty things. Then designing on paper & on the monitor with the selected colors just starts to  “happen”.

How do you decide on the name for a line?  How do you name the papers? Sometimes we start with a name that gets us the mood that we want to create & we use that as a design springboard, but sometimes as the designing starts, we come up with great images that were not a part of the plan and puts a twist on the collection name….honestly, I love when that happens!

What is the most rewarding part of developing a collection?  What is the most challenging? Rewarding & challenging are the same for me…sending it to our international fan base for the first time. We have so many loyal fans & friends that we consider family & that’s great. But sometimes family gives you opinions that sometimes are hard to hear…but that’s GREAT, because we design for them. Not us. So with every collection, we take the inputs from our fans & try our very best to create the perfect blend of lines for them…because that’s what it’s all about. Our customers.

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What is your favorite piece from your new releases? It has to be our new relationship with Allison Kreft Designs. I love all of our new collections but I cherish our new brand added to our family. Allison knocked her two new collections, Composition & Color and Sweet Notes, out of the park. And I think Modern Romance & New Beginnings collections will make our classic Webster’s Pages customers very happy. That’s our ultimate goal :o)

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Thanks so much for sharing with us, Brandin!

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Kristina's CHA Winter '13 Diaries: Day 2

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I knew what to expect. I knew what it was going to be like here in Anaheim, I had looked at the weather before leaving home. But still. I was hoping that 30s-50s in Southern California would be warmer than the 30s-50s we get back in Wisconsin. Surprise. It's the same. Cold.
Especially when the sun goes down, and the wind picks up. Disneyland is cold at night when it's 37 with whippy wind. I kinda wish I had long underwear along.....

The CHA show started yesterday; we were not there at open and missed the grand march of bagpipes. We entered with an agenda, a short list of things we needed to see and with a good sense of excitement for seeing the new products. 
 
It's rather quiet at the show. There really isn't anything we have to wait to see or anyone we have to wait in line to speak to. We did get a chance to talk with Leeza Gibbons, who has a collection with Prima. That was an interesting experience, as it was more like her interviewing us rather than us asking about her collection or about her charitable organization with which she incorporates scrapbooking. Her collection has quite a few "everyday" elements with it-tab stickers, little pockets, envelopes and folders for putting tags and other journaling. 
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Prima has all kinds of new embellishments this release. Wood shapes in small divided boxes. Shaped paper clips--cameras, keys, birds and more. Tapes, fabric and washi; wood stamps---some that look like washi tapes. A lot of little clear stamps that are not only usable and versatile, but also a great price! 

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Elle's Studio has 3 great new collections---including papers! The You & Me collection is my favorite. It's my favorite colors and full of hearts and love. 
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The new partnership with Allison Kreft and Webster's Pages is exciting! Allison used to design for Hambly and some of that previous style is easily recognized in the new collections. There are 2, both very lovely and complete with unique items and embellishments. Though Allison brings a strong style, there are signs of Webster's usual style in there as well. There are some lovely overlays, airplanes, 3x4 journaling cards and chevrons. Great woodgrains, maps, cameras, chevrons, typewriters and stripes on papers.  Washi tapes, paper bags, trims, folders and cards. I love it. I can't wait to get these new collections in my hands! 
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Pink Paislee has a new metallic collection called Luxe that should do really well with the sparkle, gold and silver trends carrying over from the last few months of 2012. Everyone loves gold and we see it all over in fashion and other design related places. The foil chipboards and metallic glitter alphabets should be really received! 
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Heidi Swapp continues to bring out strongly designed products and in great colors. The Memory File system has so many great pieces that are easily brought into all aspects of your paper crafting. Labels, little pockets, die cut cards, tabs and acrylic alphas--- all completely wonderful and lovely. Very Heidi.

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Designer Interviews: Lisa Dickinson

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We are so excited for Garden Girl + Graphic Designer Lisa Dickinson as she's partnered with Jenni Bowlin Studio to release her first paper line.  We were lucky enough to get a little background behind the collection from Lisa!

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Tell us about your upcoming collection: "Modern Mercantile" is my debut line with Jenni Bowlin Studio and it combines the classic vintage charm you expect from JBS with a bit of modern flair. The collection features fresh color palette in aquas, greens, and yellows that coordinate with the Jenni Bowlin Studio for Ranger ink colors. There are six double-sided papers, a journaling tag sheet, and a mini pattern sheet, along with coordinating Printed Chipboard, Flatbacks (metal "flair buttons") and Mini Deck Card Sets.

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What was the inspiration behind it?  Where do you look for inspiration?  I started with several inspiration pieces from Jenni's personal collection, including old quilt squares, fabrics and trims, along with printed pieces:  catalog pages, advertisements and books.

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My goal was to incorporate these antique elements with simpler, more modern designs like chevrons, stripes, and polka dots in a fresh and bright color palette.
Once you have a concept for a collection, what is the design process like? 

I start with (very rough) sketches to get an idea of which elements are going to work together.  I also start brainstorming about a color palette, selecting swatches that will both coordinate with existing product and work well together across several patterns.

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Once I have a basic idea for several papers, I begin by translating my sketches into digital images on my computer. Some of the vintage pieces were scanned and incorporated into the patterns. I worked on the "A" sides of each paper first, trying to get a wide variety of scale, patterns, and colors throughout the collection.

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How do you decide on the name for a line? 
The collection has its roots in antiquarian imagery, with trendy and modern colors and patterns mixed in. Modern Mercantile was the perfect name because, ultimately, the collection is a fusion of contemporary and vintage. 
How do you name the papers? 
I sought out terms that you don't hear everyday to christen these papers. The names are somewhat old-fashioned monikers for items you might find in a mercantile: Sundries, Patchwork, Novelties, Miscellany.

What is the most rewarding part of developing a collection?
 After weeks of viewing/tweaking/critiquing/ adjusting the digital images on a computer screen, I was thrilled to actually hold the printed papers in my hands!  Having something tangible to show for your work, and being able to put the papers to use on a scrapbook page is definitely the most rewarding part of this process.
What is the most challenging?
Because this is the first paper line I've ever designed, I had countless ideas floating around in my brain. Narrowing down all my brainstorming concepts into just six designs was difficult, but it forced me to focus on the overall theme of the line and choose only those images that best reflected that theme.
What is your favorite piece from your new release?

I am partial to the paper Sundries, the large chevron pattern. It was the first piece I designed and It's definitely the boldest, brightest piece in the collection. 

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Thanks so much for sharing with us, Lisa!

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CHA WINTER '13 Designer Interviews: Jenni Bowlin of JBS Mercantile

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We're excited to have Jenni Bowlin sharing with us today!  Read all about her inspiration, design process and favorites.

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What are your upcoming collections?  For the first time ever we have partnered with another artist to design our paper collection for this show and it is none other than new Garden Girl, Lisa Dickinson!  We are so very excited about it (and know you will all love it).  We also have some great embellishments, the return of our high quality rub-ons and several additions to current lines (like Mini Decks) that are sized perfectly for Project Life!

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What was the inspiration behind them?  Where do you look for inspiration?  It’s no secret that I love the past – from 150 years ago to 30 years ago.  I am always inspired by classic design and giving new life to something that needs a new audience.  You will always see that same vein running through everything I design.

Once you have a concept for a collection, what is the design process like?  Since I am not a graphic designer, it involves a lot of sketching, scanning and note-writing to convey exactly what I want!  I don’t typically work in organized collections (meaning here’s your paper that matches your stickers that matches your embellishments).  I always stick to 12 core colors (for the most part) and rely on the classics so that everything can intermingle – even if it’s something you bought from us 3 years ago, it’s still going to match something new just released. 

How do you decide on the name for a line?  How do you name the papers?  I must admit this is always last minute for me.  I let the papers show me the way I guess, once they are complete.  I once named papers in a line after family members!  That was my favorite.

What is the most rewarding part of developing a collection?  What is the most challenging?  I think the answer to both questions is the same – it’s rewarding when a collection is well loved and well received, but it’s challenging when it’s not.  I’ve been around long enough to know that you won’t always get it right.  I try to stay true to what I know and love and put it out there.  There is always a vulnerability to that though.

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What is your favorite piece from your new releases?  As I’ve been playing around with everything on my desk this week, I would have to say the Clear Stamp Book Sets!  They are so adorable put together as little mini books but they are perfectly sized too for Project Life or for page embellishments.  We produced a set of Mini Decks with the same images, but there is such a versatility with the clear stamps – you aren’t stuck with one color option!

Thanks so much for sharing with us, Jenni!  Be sure to check out her video here giving you a closer look at the new product, as well as enter our giveaway!

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CHA Winter '13 Designer Interviews: Stephanie Hunt of Bella Blvd

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We're excited to have Stephanie Hunt of Bella Blvd chatting with us today about her newest collections!  Enjoy!

Tell us about your upcoming collections. The upcoming collections are very close to my heart as they were directly inspired by my current life. My boyfriend of 7 years proposed last January....which means I have been planning a wedding for almost a year  now ;) the newest collections include Engaged at Last which is geared specifically towards the planning process. I found it hard to find scrappy supplies for things like food tasting, appointments, dress shopping and bridesmaid fun like wedding showers and bachelor/ette parties! Naturally, the second collection followed, Love & Marriage. This collection is a wedding collection, featuring everything about the actual wedding day!  And finally, the honeymoon inspired vacation collection, Sand & Surf. 

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In addition to these three paper collections, I've designed some awesome new Freestyle Sophisticates that are great everyday basics, hand drawn by yours truly :) Crochet Hearts are to die for and the new feathers are getting a lot of attention already from press and designers alike :)  

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Where do you look for inspiration?  The inspiration for the Engaged at Last and Wedding collections came naturally as I have been searching web sites, bridal magazines, color trends, wedding blogs and Pinterest for the latest and greatest in wedding events! 

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Once you have a concept for a collection, what is the design process like? The design process, for me personally at Bella Blvd, usually follows the same suit: first, I must be inspired by a theme or idea (ie. wedding), then I gather plenty of inspiration in that theme and form a color palette based off my narrowed down mood board. After the color palette is decided it's all about prints, patterns and illustrations. I draw the majority of the elements within a collection. It's one of my favorite parts of the process.

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 How do you decide on the name for a line?  I make a list. Then google to make sure no one owns a copyright. And I pick my favorite! How do you name the papers? The papers are always a lot of fun to name. It's one of those little details that creative people and designers alike really appreciate. I poll the DT team or my Bella Blvd staff, but sometimes when I hear a name suggestion I "just know that's it!" This time around I personally named a lot of the wedding papers with details about my wedding (ie. Turner Hall Ballroom patterned is the chevron stripe. This is the name of my reception venue. My florist has also been given credit in a paper name this CHA, and an ode to my new last name "Smokovich" is a long-time family knickname, Smokey. Hence, the patterned paper "Smokeys in Love" was born!

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What is the most rewarding part of developing a collection?  What is the most challenging?  This is really hard to answer, because there are so many rewarding parts. Seeing the first round of samples arrive is amazing. But then seeing the first round of Design Team layouts is even cooler. The DT often plays with the product before I get too (since I still scrapbook :) and so it's so fun to see how they take my products and play with them! 

I would definitely say the most challenging part of the developing process is trying to be original. Because the industry is very secretive, you never quite know what everyone else is working on, and you have to hope and have confidence that your idea is original and unique. At the end of the day, all art of any sort is subjective. So there is always the fear, "will everyone love this as much as I do?"

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What is your favorite piece from your new releases?  LOL. I hate this question because it's not fair :) It's like choosing your favorite children. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the feathers. They are fluffy and pretty and I just want to lay in them. I also LOVE the color palette in general of the Love & Marriage collection. I think it's so versatile for just about every wedding....my hope is that no one feels limited.

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Thanks so much for sharing with us, Stephanie! Read more designer interviews here, and check out all of the fun activities we have going on for CHA Winter here.

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Kristina's CHA Winter '13 Diaries: American Crafts

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I think American Crafts has been releasing some of the most exciting and trendy designs in our industry for the last couple of shows…. having great designers like Elizabeth Kartchner and Amy Tan and brands like Studio Calico, Crate Paper and Pebbles under their umbrella is so exciting. 
They don't disappoint with this show's line of up new collections! They have done a great job of putting out unique new product types within some of these collections. I love that. We as paper crafters love that. We love having some new material or a new spin to gravitate towards. American Crafts is consistently helping us move along on this path. 

The new Dear Lizzy and Amy Tangerine collections are wonderful. The colors in the Dear Lizzy collection are very pantone color of the year, the icons being very hip on the blogasphere as well as in fashion. Anchors! Horses! There are here. 
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The Amy Tangerine Yes Please collection is beautiful and sketchy and consistent with the Amy Tangerine brand with her ever present cameras, clouds, skylines and hearts. Trendy chevron, woodgrains, arrows also make an appearance. I love the new unique to Amy pieces in this collection, especially the stitch templates that allow you to add some of your hand sewn elements to your projects --- something Amy is known for. 
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Crate Paper has a new collection design designed with Maggie Holmes that is doily-licious and full of beautiful imagery like Maggie herself.  Everything with Crate is very antiquey and vintage in style. Their big new product is washi tape PAPER. A whole sheet of washi sticker paper. In strips. 
Studio Calico has added a bunch of new chipboard sticker shapes, wood veneer shapes and embellishments. They have some wonderful new paper collections, with great designs that fit perfectly with Project Life type projects.
 
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Crate Paper's DIY Shop photo overlays that can take any photo and add an instagram filter style without the technology. No Smart phone, No Problem!
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Amy Tangerine's Yes Please rub ons--- they look like pencil drawings. Love the camera in this collection this time. The puffy stickers are excellent. Just love the colors and patterns of this the papers in this collection. They are very me.

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Dear Lizzy, the Astrology circle chart paper. I Die. The overlays. The colors (navy!), the chevrons, the perforated die cut booklet.
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Studio Calico Snippets chevrons/arrow heads, thickers, the stickers, well, about everything in this collection. 

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American Crafts themselves have some very lovely little pieces within the My Girl collection. I adore it. 
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And Pebbles Love You More is this release's Seen and Noted. Lots of great little journaling bits and pieces. I like the clean simple easy feeling that this collection has. So great for documenting children's lives.
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CHA Winter '13 Designer Interviews: Amy Tan

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How would you like to hear about the new Yes, Please! collection from the girl behind the collection herself? Garden Girl and Designer Amy Tan tells us all about the behind-the-scenes design process.

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Tell us about your upcoming collection: It's called Yes, Please and it might be my favorite collection thus far.
What was the inspiration behind it? I wanted a softer watercolor look than Sketchbook. We wanted to stick with hand drawn elements but incorporate a bit of nature - flowers and trees, with grey details like concrete and pencil lines. 

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Where do you look for inspiration? I look at the world around me. It can come from travel (near or far) as well as movies and magazines. But mostly from just experiencing life and connecting with interesting people.
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Once you have a concept for a collection, what is the design process like? The development is one of the best parts of my collaboration. I get to work with talented designers at American Crafts who can help hone in on the concepts we most want to convey. Sometimes we come up with too many ideas that it's hard to narrow them down. But it's important to have focus. Every line I have had so far has had cameras. They're so versatile and fresh each time. Oh back to the process. We do these things in random order sometimes, but the color scheme, design elements (like the camera for example), and overall feel have to be determined rather quickly. From there, a style sheet (similar to a mood board) is made from all the inspiration that was gathered. Then we can focus on the products and specific designs. We doodle, paint, and experiment. Then the designers will get on their computers and do their magic.

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How do you decide on the name for a line? I like to have a general idea of the name near the beginning of the process, so I just write down what comes to mind. Usually it's left until the end though so we can see how the line has evolved. How do you name the papers? Typically a theme is chosen, and we will try and stick with it. This process is rather time consuming, but I find myself just going with what first came to mind. For example if a paper makes me think of "hope", I wouldn't want to later name it something that differs from that, especially since hope is such an uplifting word.

What is the most rewarding part of developing a collection? Truly it's seeing what crafters do with it. I love to see how many creative interpretations can be made from the same products. 
What is the most challenging? Sometimes we have some great ideas, but because of production issues or pricing, it may not get made. It can be difficult to deal with the fact that these factors are out of our control.

What is your favorite piece from your new release? It's hard to choose just one. Because we are introducing so many brand new products, it's a bit difficult to narrow down. I would say that I love the embroidery template stencil kits as well as the calendar stamp. Oh and the pencil rub ons.

Thanks so much for sharing with us, Amy!

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CHA Winter '13 Online Social: Earn a badge for your profile!

ChabadgesIf you love collecting flair for your Two Peas profile, you'll be happy to see we've got several badges lined up for you!

CHA Ready! - This badge is earned by being one of the very first Peas to our online social. You got this party started!

CHA Party Pea! - Earned by collecting THREE or more of our CHA badges. Papercrafting supplies aren't the only things you like to collect, huh?

CHA Chatty Pea - Earned by joining in on any of the discussions on our CHA discussion board.  Thanks for sharing with us! 

CHA Chat Starter - Earned by starting a discussion on the CHA message board. We're so glad you spoke up! 

CHA Prize Lover - Earned by winning one of the prizes generously given to us by our sponsors!

CHA Challenge Accepter - Earned by uploading to any of our CHA creative challenges.

CHA Challenge Conquerer - Earned by uploading to THREE of our CHA creative challenges. We knew you could do it.

CHA Challenge Master - Earned by uploading to all TEN of our CHA creative challenges. There is just no stopping you!

CHA Shopper - Earned by placing an order at Two Peas during our social. Thanks for helping us make room in our warehouse for all the new product we'll be ordering! 

CHA Bargain Shopper - Earned by shopping our sale section at Two Peas during our social. Now pat yourself on the back for your savings! 

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CHA Winter '13 Challenge One - Use 1 Color

Our CHA Social challenges are all drawn from numbers this year.  First up?  Use primarily ONE color in your project, or a monochromatic color scheme.  Neutrals like black, white, cream and gray can be used in addition to your color of choice, as well as different shades of the same color.  What color will you pick?

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Upload your project to our member gallery for your chance to win a prize pack of new product released at the Craft and Hobby Tradeshow!  You will also earn a badge for your Two Peas profile when you do!  Don't forget to check the challenge checkbox, and remember you have one week to upload your project.  The challenge winners will be randomly selected (though the project must follow the guidelines of this challenge) and announced on the CHA Winter Online Social message board.  While you may upload more than one project per challenge, we ask that you not combine challenges.  Thank you and have fun!

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CHA Winter '13 Challenge Two - Scraplift 2 Concepts

Challenge #2 is to combine TWO ideas.  Find two projects that have caught your eye and scraplift those ideas.  Be sure to give credit to your sources in your description, and let us know what it is you loved about those project and how you interpreted their concepts.

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CHA Winter '13 Challenge Three - Play with 3 Trends

Use THREE trends on your project.  What current things are you seeing in papercrafting, fashion or the blogosphere that you've been wanting to try?  A few ideas are metallics, instant photos, and geotags.  Have fun with it!

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CHA Winter '13 Challenge Four - Titles with 4 Words

Choose your words carefully!  How will you convey the subject of your layout or card?  Try repeating a word that is meaningful to you, choosing a song title or consider a phrase you often use.

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Upload your project to our member gallery for your chance to win a prize pack of new product released at the Craft and Hobby Tradeshow!  You will also earn a badge for your Two Peas profile when you do!  Don't forget to check the challenge checkbox, and remember you have one week to upload your project.  The challenge winners will be randomly selected (though the project must follow the guidelines of this challenge) and announced on the CHA Winter Online Social message board.  While you may upload more than one project per challenge, we ask that you not combine challenges.  Thank you and have fun!

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CHA Winter '13 Challenge Five - Feature 5 Photos

Do you easily gravitate toward using multiple pictures, or is this out of your comfort zone as a single-photo scrapper?  Selecting five photos to feature on your layout is the challenge for you now.  Open up your photo files and decide what story you're ready to tell next!

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CHA Winter '13 Challenge Six - Scrap with 6 of the Same

Gather six of the same accents and embellish your project with them.  This could be washi tape strips, buttons, die cuts, anything!  This is your opportunity to use a lot of what you love, or perhaps make a dent in your stash and put those products to work.

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CHA Winter '13 Challenge Seven - Select 7 Different Patterns

We all hoard it ... the patterned paper more delicious than sugary sweets.  Find 7 different patterns you're ready to make shine on your next project and stick them down!  Don't be afraid to pair up polka dots with stripes with florals.  The more variety the better!

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CHA Winter '13 Challenge Eight - 8 Great Pieces

Find eight different materials and use them for this challenge.  This will give your project extra interest and added texture.  Your eight pieces, for example, might be patterned paper, stickers, a brad, a paper clip, a stamped image, a handwritten caption, cardstock and a button.  Concoct the perfect recipe for your next project!

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CHA Winter '13 Challenge Nine - Grab 9 Items On Your Space Right Now

Chances are if you've started on a challenge or two you have a mix of goodies sitting out on your workspace.  Grab 9 items and mix them together - use them on your project and make room for your next page!

 

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CHA Winter '13 Challenge Ten - Combine 10 Brands

Your tenth challenge is to combine TEN different brands of product on your project!  Dig into your supply stash and start counting!  Do you gravitate toward a handful of the same favorite manufacturers, or do you buy from several companies?  Whether you're able to pool together different brands to create a cohesive feel for your project, or you prefer a more eclectic style, we can't wait to see what you come up with!

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CHA Winter '13 Online Social Challenges

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There is nothing quite like seeing the newest scrapbook products soon to hit the market to get you wanting to get your hands on some paper.  Now is your chance!  When you play along with any of our challenges, you are entered to win the collections that have yet to arrive in stores provided by our generous sponsors.  Just click on each challenge for details!

Challenge One - Use 1 Color

Challenge Two - Scraplift 2 Concepts

Challenge Three - Play with 3 Trends

Challenge Four - Titles with 4 Words

Challenge Five - Feature 5 Photos

Challenge Six - Scrap with 6 of the Same

Challenge Seven - Select 7 Different Patterns

Challenge Eight - 8 Great Pieces

Challenge Nine - Grab 9 Items On Your Space Right Now

Challenge Ten - Combine 10 Brands

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Welcome to our CHA Winter '13 Online Social

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The party has begun!  Check out all of the fun activities we have going on from our event page here.  We hope you'll check out the photos we'll be snapping from the tradeshow floor, play along with our creative challenges and enter our product video giveaways. Don't miss the extras we're presenting this year on the blog like interviews with the designers behind the lines you're loving, and the return of "Kristina's Diaries." Join in on the Garden Girl-led chats for additional opportunities to win prizes! 

Finally, collect badges when you participate in all the fun, and acquire points toward our Customer Loyalty Program: 

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Join us for our CHA Winter '13 Online Social

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It's almost time for our semi-annual CHA Online Social!  While papercrafting companies release their latest and greatest designs at the Craft and Hobby Tradeshow in California, we're celebrating with a party!  Starting this Saturday, chat about your new favorite products with the Garden Girls and fellow members on the message board.  Check out the photos we're snapping from the tradeshow floor.  Participate in our creative challenges for a chance to win the brand new product showcased, and read about the stories behind the collections from the designers themselves.  Follow Two Peas Founder Kristina as she shares her thoughts on the new releases from her online diary. And finally, collect a badge or two for your Two Peas profile!  Look for all of the festivities from the Events section of Two Peas and here on the blog beginning Saturday morning. 

Here is our chat schedule for the festivities.  These Garden Girl-led chats will not only provide a place and time to connect with fellow papercrafting enthusiasts, but you'll be entered to win a prize pack of new CHA product when you participate!  You'll find these chats on our dedicated CHA Winter message board.

SATURDAY 
10 am - Marcy Penner & Lexi Bridges
1 pm - Wilna Furstenberg & Corrie Jones
3 pm - Lilith Eeckels & Anna-Maria Wolniak

SUNDAY 
11 am - Paige Evans
3 pm - Jill Sprott

MONDAY 
12 pm - Shannon Tidwell

TUESDAY 
2 pm - Melissa Stinson & Lisa Dickinson
7 pm - Shimelle Laine

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Tips for Creating a Year in Review Gift Album with Kristina Nicolai-White

Hi Peas! I am sharing this year-in-review mini gift album that I created for my parents here and in the Two Peas Garden this week. I am sharing some tips for putting a project like this together that will delight your creative soul and the recipient at the same time. For tips on how I put this album together in 4 easy steps, please look at the site here

Rather than address how I put this together, here on the blog I wanted to talk about ways to make it more personal or some creative ways to think about what you want to include when making a year-in-review mini album. 

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Create a couple of "big" spreads, or higher profile pages. A few really nice, signature layouts that you can make colorful and creative. These can be your main headers… think big events for these pages. Perhaps first day of school, or birthdays.  Use these pages/layouts for your feeding your creative soul. Make these ones really special. Use those products you love and make these pages be your statement pieces. You will love those pages the most. Especially because my next tip is to not use the best photos that you have.

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When choosing your photos, make sure you choose photos that are indicative of the event or child. These might not be the best photos of your child, or may not be your favorite photos, but that isn't what the recipient is looking for actually. It is more fun for them to see your child in the actual detail. If your child's first day photo shows a spaghetti stain on their shirt, use it, and make note of the stain. They will laugh, and love it. That is more special to them than an actual perfect shot of your child. There is always a place for your favorite photos, even in this Everyday Life type album, but always, always make sure you include these captures of their everyday rather than a perfect life.
Include at least one page that is just information about your child's year. Even if it's little things. Something funny that they said, even if it was just once. How much they grew, how many teeth they lost, if they learned to ride a bike, had a new favorite food, wore cowboy boots everyday or….. this can be anything you want it to be. This could be a place that you use that favorite photo, that just shows how lovely your child is. You could always have more than one page with just information on it, without photos. If you are including more than one child in your album, documenting the year for more than one, you could have a page for each of them, or include all of the information on one page as I have done. 

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Try to include photos and document events where the child and recipient shared time together. This is so special. Even if they already have those same photos printed out, and probably remember the event themselves. Having it documented as an important part of your child's year, showing how special this time shared together was to your child's year makes it that much more special.  In my case, I include a trip to Chicago that we took with my parents. I didn't do a lot of journaling, but instead made sure to include the photos that were the most indicative of the time together. We had a fun meal at a fun restaurant and using those photos I knew would get a good chuckle out of my parents was my tactic. I knew they would look at them, remember right away that it was a fun time, perhaps not remember the exact things, the name of the place, but remember the feeling of being there and how much fun we all had together. 

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For more information, tips and photos of this year-in-review album, please see this post on the Two Peas in a Bucket website.  Thanks for looking! - Kristina

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Announcing Journey Into Card Making: A Mini Workshop with Julie Campbell

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We've got some exciting news to share!  Garden Girl and talented card maker, Julie Campbell, has been working oh so very hard on writing and preparing this workshop.  If you enjoyed her Finally Friday card making videos, you will LOVE what she has in store for you.  Scroll down for details on how you could win a spot in this class!

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Whether you’re a seasoned card maker or have yet to make your first card, this workshop will take you on a journey to create handmade cards that your friends & loved ones will cherish. 

Julie will start out by teaching you card making basics; you will create a card organizer to file away all the new cards you'll be designing!  You'll then travel on to gain greater design skills.  You’ll dive into design principles and learn how to create an eye pleasing design.  You’ll learn all about composition & balance in a way that will take your cards from good to great! 

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Become adventurous and explore some of the hottest trends in paper crafting!  In this workshop, you’ll also learn how to incorporate colors in your projects & how to create cards in several unique styles.

Included in this workshop are over 30 brand-new card samples from Julie and her contributors.  The three chapters contain a printable PDF for a total of over 40 pages, and 80 minutes of coordinating video tutorials.  Julie’s talented contributors include card makers Laura Bassen & Michelle Wooderson.

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At the end of this journey, you’ll find a BONUS chapter filled with souvenirs!  Create a trendy card set with the card making kit designed by Marcy Penner of Hello Forever.  The kit will be available for download as a PDF and as a cutting file you can use with your Silhouette machine.

The content of this workshop will be available immediately upon purchase. The lessons are available for you to work at your own pace and upon purchase can be accessed in the "Workshops" section under "Classes & Events." A private message board forum is also available to ask questions for Julie and to connect with other participants.  Enjoy!

Cost of Class: $12 | Buy now!

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We're giving one lucky winner a spot to Julie's class!  Just leave a comment here with your Two Peas username telling us why you want to take a journey into card making.  Giveaway is open through next Tuesday, the 15th.  We'll announce the winner Wednesday, the 16th.  Good luck!

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Product Spotlight: Getting ready for Project Life

Happy new year everyone.  Marcy here with some Project Life product inspiration.

If you are jumping on the Project Life bandwagon this year you've more than likely starting to get ready to document this first week.  Maybe you've even got your cover page done!  (And if you do you're further along than me!).

So, today I wanted to spotlight some items from the shop that I use for my own Project Life that might help you in your journey this year.

First... the basics.  Page Protectors.

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The shop is full of a wide variety of page protectors that are perfect for Project Life.  The example shown here is an American Crafts 12x12 page protector that has a very common orientation familiar to veteran Project Lifers.  But there's many other styles and arrangements in the shop as well.  American Crafts and Doodlebug have some great styles I hope to implement in my album this year.

I'm totally loving the Project Life albums that I've seen popping up using the @Snap album and Studio Calico Handbook.  A smaller size and a great alternative to the large 12x12 albums.  They also have some divided page protectors that would make using an album with a smaller size a great option!

So, now to the fun stuff.

Notepads.  I love these notepads from Kikkerland.  The 4x6 and 3x4 sized ones work great in the Project Life pockets as a background.  Perfect for journaling on.

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I also grabbed a few notepads from Knock Knock on my last order that will be going into my Project Life stash.  I'll be adding this on to my kids art cart and taking the resulting artwork and including it in my album.

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Journaling cards.  Whether you want physical journaling cards or want to print off your own from a digital file, you can find those in the shop.  

I love printables.  I can use them over and over.  There's more and more printables being added to the digi shop every week.  

Physical product is ready to go.  You can find a wide variety of journaling cards in the Two Peas shop.  Companies like Pebbles, Evalicious, Echo Park, Ormolu, October Afternoon, Studio Calico and more all have many journaling cards to pick from.

Here's a couple of my favs.

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Page protectors, notepads and journaling cards are the core of my Project Life pages.  The rest is all embellishing.  The skies the limit for that part.

Tools.  I use my Tiny Attacher on almost every spread.  My Cameo also make a regular appearance.

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Washi.  I love using washi tape on my journaling cards and photos.  It's fast and flat, adding little bulk to my pages.  There's so many patterns and colors available you're sure to find something you like.

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Labels.  Label stickers are essential.  They're great for adding a little of journaling on a busy photo or card.  October Afternoon label stickers are some of my favorites.

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Tags.  Again, functional and interesting.  I usually end up journaling on them.  These tags from Dear Lizzy are the perfect combination of embellishment and journaling card.

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Alphabets.  I don't title a lot of my cards... but when I do I look for small alphabets from companies like October Afternoon and Basic Grey.

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Brads and Enamel Dots.  I little more chunky but I love using them to add interest and a little pop to my journaling cards.  My Mind's Eye and Studio Calico are two of my favorites.  My Mind's Eye's Enamel Dots are smooth, while Studio Calico's gems have a bit of a texture to them.

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Wood Veneer.  Wood Veneer is another one of those "pretty flat" embellishments.  From time to time I'll add those to my pockets as well.  I usually leave them plain, but they're fun to paint with mists or emboss as well.

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Patterned paper.  I've just starting appreciating the 6x6 and 8x8 paper pads in the shop.  Their small scale patterns are the perfect size for these smaller pockets.

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Stamps.  There are SO many stamps geared towards Project Life and the everyday.  I'm making it a mission of mine to stamp more this year.  These Project Life-themed sets are my favs right now.

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There's also a date stamp that finds it's way onto every photo or card.

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There's a ton of Project Life friendly products in the shop.  These are only a few of my favorites. You have a whole year to figure out what you like to add to your pockets!  Have fun recording 2013.

 

 

 

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Get to Know: Paige Evans

GettoknowpaigeIt's our last new Garden Girl interview!  Today we're getting to know newly added Garden Girl Paige Evans.  Welcome, Paige!  See all of the new Garden Girl interviews here.

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My name: Paige Evans

About me: I've been scrapbooking since I was 16 years old (12 years ago now) when I got my very first job at a local scrapbooking store in Redmond, WA called Yesterdays. Sometimes I think about what my life would be like now if I hadn't walked in and asked for an application (which they didn't have, they just took my phone number!) because so much of my life has revolved around scrapbooking since then. I work from home for Northridge Publishing (the makers of Scrapbook Trends/CARDS/Simply Handmade/Create: Series/Signature Series/Cricut Magazine) and for American Crafts as the Blog Hostess/Design Team Coordinator. I love to create on a daily basis and enjoy dabbling in everything from fine arts (painting, drawing, sculpting, printmaking, etc.), to bookbinding, basketweaving, photography, graphic design, and more!

About my family: I've been married to my better half, Chris, for five years. He's in his fourth and final (yay!) year at USC School of Dentistry class of 2013, and he's a Lieutenant in the Army Reserves. Once he graduates in May we'll go wherever the Army tells us to go for 4 years - we're still waiting to find out where! We have a handsome son named Fox (2) and a sweet baby girl named Jane (5 months). They bring so much joy to our lives and they are the stars of my scrapbooking pages.

About my style: I LOVE patterned paper, fussy cutting, and paper piecing. And most of the time you'll see bits of sewing on my pages.

My top 5 papercrafting essentials: Patterned paper, spray mist, sewing machine, buttons, jewels.

On any given day you might find me: living life to the fullest and not wasting a single second!

Catch up with me on my blog, Pinterest, Twitter, & Instagram.

My debut Garden layout: Serendipity

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Get to Know: Melissa Stinson

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Today we're getting to know newly added Garden Girl Melissa Stinson.  Welcome, Melissa!

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About me: I'm a 32 year old software engineer married to a full-time
graduate student (and med school hopeful). We don't have kids, so my
scrapbooks are filled with photos of our everyday (and not so
everyday) adventures. We love to travel when our work and school
schedules line up to allow it, and when we're at home we're always
into something (the current project is DIY'ing a new kitchen from the
floor up). I love documenting all of those things in my albums and
having them to look back on. It's amazing how many things my
scrapbooks remind me of that I would have otherwise forgotten!

About my family: My husband and I have been married for almost 11
years, and recently we decided to send him back to school full-time to
finish his Master's in microbiology with hopes of getting into medical
school. It's been a long and non-traditional route getting him there,
but it'll be so worth it in the end. We don't have any children and
spend our time when he's not in school (and I'm not at work) DIYing
around the house, traveling, or reading like crazy on whatever new
subject interests us at the moment (currently it's sailing).

About my style: I never know quite what to call my style and usually
just settle for "simple and eclectic." I like lots of white space
(though often that space isn't quite so white as I love using
patterned paper backgrounds), just one or a few small photos blocked
together on a page, and lots of little bits like die cuts, stamped
images, tags, and another other tiny pieces that I can layer up. I
love lots of COLOR especially, and am working in 2013 toward
incorporating more of it into my pages.

My top 5 papercrafting essentials:

Cardstock (one goal for 2013 is to use more colored cardstock and not
just neutral)
Adhesive (love my trusty Scotch ATG)
Silhouette (this versatile cutter has become a staple of my
papercrafting since I got it a year ago)
Patterned Paper (I'm a sucker for a good B-side print)
Computer (I edit all of the photos I scrap, so Lightroom is a must,
and in 2013 I also have a goal to use more digital brushes and to
print more of my journaling)

On any given day you might find me...working, exercising (running and
weightlifting), reading, scrapbooking, or playing a silly dance game
(Star Wars Kinect is the current favorite) on my XBox.

My debut Garden layout: Almost 365 days a year

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Get to Know: Lisa Dickinson

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Today we're getting to know newly added Garden Girl Lisa Dickinson.  Welcome, Lisa!

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My name:  Lisa Dickinson   

About me: I'm a graphic designer who's been scrapping since 1998. Shortly after, I discovered Two Peas and it opened up this amazing world of scrapbooking to me!

About my family: I  live in Colorado with my husband Mike and we spend most of our time chasing around our two kiddos, Hayden & Riely.

About my style: I'm a simple scrapper at heart and most of my pages reflect that.

My top 5 papercrafting essentials: Patterned paper, my Silhouette Cameo, kraft card stock, alphabets, and foam squares.

On any given day you might find me: on the running path. My daily run keeps me sane!

My debut Garden layout: 2012

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Get to Know: Lilith Eeckels

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We announced we've added a handful of talented women to our Garden Girl Design Team.  Over the next few days we will be taking some time to share more about them with you!  Today?  Get to know Lilith Eeckels

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My name: Lilith Eeckels

About me: I was born in Belgium on January 26th 1979. As a child I grew up in South Africa but my family moved to the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg when I was 12. I got married in 2000 and am currently living in the South of Belgium near Bastogne. I have the Belgian nationality but am South African at heart and miss my home country every day. I started scrapbooking just after I got married as I wanted to make a special album. It become an "addiction" 5 years ago and I can't see myself not playing with paper. As I work full-time and have 4 kids aged between 3 and 9, I have to be very organised. I have always been a planner and this helps me to find time to scrapbook.

About my family: I got married in 2000 and my husband and I have been blessed with 4 sweet but mischievous boys: Damien and Noé (9 years old), Robin (6) and Elouan (3). They can be found on most of my layouts. 

About my style: I usually make 12*12 layouts. I have always found it hard to define my style and just call it Lilith style. I love trying out new techniques and changing things once in while. I do like white space and I love layering. I love making mini albums too but as they are timing consuming I often create them during my holidays.

My top 5 papercrafting essentials: My cameo. I love this machine and even though I don't like spending too much money on machines I thought it'd be a good investment and it was. Paper: I love pretty designs and the versatility of it. Mists/inks: before buying mists I had a bottle of India Ink and used that to make splatters. I love adding them to my layouts. Foam dots: If I don't have any I panic. I love having elements pop up off my pages! Photos: It might not be a papercrafting essential but I couldn't start if I didn't have a photo that meant something special to me. It doesn't have to be a perfect photo but a snapshot of a perfect, unforgettable memory.

On any given day you might find me in my office. The only time I can work is in the evening! I prepare my lessons and once that is done I squeeze in some me time.

My debut Garden layout: In 2013 I wish for...

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Get to Know: Janna Werner

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We announced we've added a handful of talented women to our Garden Girl Design Team.  Over the next few days we will be taking some time to share more about them with you!  Today?  Get to know Janna Werner.

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My name: is Janna Werner, actually I got 3 forenames... Janna Berit Neele :)

About me:  I am a 34 year old full time artist from Oldenburg, Germany.

I live in a house with a small garden and a pond, together with my Danish husband Jesper, our dog Sindri, two rabbits and a few “foster”goldfish. I spend a lot of time in my studio which is in the first floor of our house. Here is where I craft, paint, take photos and work on the computer.

My love for papercrafts and mixed media art evolved in 2010 when a friend introduced me to scrapbooking. Since then I have been working together with well-known papercrafting companies, magazines and artists. Furthermore I am teaching scrapbooking and mixed media online classes as well as in-person workshops.

About my family: Jesper and I are married for nearly 3 years now. In the beginning we had a long-distance relationship, as he lived in Denmark and I lived in Germany. Gladly he was able to move to Germany quite fast. We haven´t been seperated for more than 7 days in a row since then. We do not have any kids yet, but a sweet dog named Sindri who is probably one of the most spoiled dogs ever.

About my style:  Believe it or not, the style question is always the hardest one for me... I do not like to limit or categorize myself by giving my style a certain name... I like to be influenced by many styles and designs.. but if I had to name it, I´d go for a modern-experimental-eclectic-clean-freestyle-style ;)

My top 5 papercrafting essentials: This changes from time to time, so right now it would be

- sewing machine

- white cardstock

- black Faber-Castell Pitt Pen size S

- wood veneers

- patterned paper

... may I sneak in a 6th one? Would be masking tape :)

On any given day you might find me... Sitting in the kitchen - reading, browsing instagram, watching tv series (I just started the first season of Fringe..), playing with the dog and – of course – scrapbooking.

My debut Garden layout: 2012 - 366 

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Get to Know: Elizabeth Kartchner

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We announced we've added a handful of talented women to our Garden Girl Design Team.  Over the next few days we will be taking some time to share more about them with you!  Today?  Get to know Elizabeth Kartchner.

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 About Me: You can call me Liz, Lizzy, or Elizabeth... it's all the same to me. Just not Lizardbreath. :)

When I am not chasing my kiddos, or doing those "mom" things that would make my 16 year old self laugh, you can find me at my scrap desk. Where I am scrapping or working on my newest Dear Lizzy line of products released through American Crafts. This upcoming January 2013 I will release my sixth collection.
I've scrapbooked since I was a little girl and technically started my first album in 5th grade... and it's grand. Just in time to document boy crushes and soccer games. But I would have never pictured that I would get to do such great things with this incredible hobby... it's definitely so much more to me than paper and glue.
I also enjoy photography, fashion & being with my family.  Escaping these snow covered mountains and traveling to the beach sounds reeeaally nice right about now too!
I am a mother to three girls & wife to my first date and best friend, Collin. There is also a baby growing in this belly of mine who is due this Spring. Did I mention that it's a boy? Yeah, I am pretty excited about that! 
I would say my style: Simple & Layered
My top 5 papercrafting essentials: Patterned Paper, Thickers, Kraft Cardstock, Buttons, Silhouette. Give me those and I am a happy girl.
On any given day you might find me: Holding Lola on my hip, filling up her bottle, wiping crocodile tears from one of the girls cheeks, making lunch for the other... all while uploading a pic to Instagram. 

My debut Garden layouts: This Year & Flew By

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Get to Know: Corrie Jones

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We announced we've added a handful of talented women to our Garden Girl Design Team.  Over the next few days we will be taking some time to share more about them with you!  Today?  Get to know Corrie Jones.

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About me:  I am a 30-something year old girl, married to my BFF and mom to three girls.  My world is filled with these four people.  I love, love, love the beach, good coffee, photography, reading, and hanging out on my front porch.

About my family:  My family is awesome.  My hubby is super supportive of all of my creative outlets and can totally talk scrapbooking with me.  My girls are my models and muses.  I joke that they are camera trained, but it really is true.  I just hope they keep all these albums someday. 

About my style:  Oh, this is a hard one.  My style?  Well, I'd say it is a little bit collage-y, a little bit artsy, a little bit sweet, a little bit layered, a little bit trendy, a little bit fun.   

My top 5 papercrafting essentials:  Adhesive.  Neutral colored cardstock.  Spray mist.  Thickers.  Tiny attacher.

On any given day you might find me: driving around town, listening to art podcasts on my iPhone, suddenly pulling over to write down an idea.  My kids think I am nuts.

My debut Garden layout: Everyday/365: iPhone Review

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Gardeners' Digest Blog Hop Giveaway Winner + Two Peas Instagrams

Congrats to machellenelson6, you are the winner of our Gardeners' Digest blog hop!  A prize pack of goodies from the Two Peas office is on its way to you shortly.  

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And because every blog post needs a little eye candy, here are some (unrelated) photos we've spied on Instagram.  Peas are sharing their orders and Garden Girls are sharing project sneaks using the hashtag #twopeasinabucket and #gardengirlsneak. You'll find us on Instagram too!  Our username is 2Psinabucket.

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Get to Know: Anna-Maria Wolniak

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We announced we've added a handful of talented women to our Garden Girl Design Team.  Over the next few days we will be taking some time to share more about them with you!  Today?  Get to know Anna-Maria Wolniak.

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About me and my family: I am a little, Renaissance person who by a total coincidence has found herself in the middle of commercial Europe. I live in central Poland. Even a few years ago scrapbooking was only a part of my artistic activity, this trivial section, which I practiced just because I wanted to archive some moments of my life. Quickly it developed in one of my passions, and how it came out not long ago - a way of life. One thing that haven't changes is that I'm still doing it for pleasure. In terms of education, I studied in the Academy of Fine Arts in Lódz. Out of choice, I am a mother to an almost 6-year-old son Jas, a wife to a wonderful and terribly handsome man, and a mistress of a cosy, though tiny, flat on the 7th floor of a skyscraper.

About my style: Adore painting and drawing, in love with mixed-media - but not to much :) only a touch. I prefer bright palette and light backgrounds and pops of colours. What is my style? I don't have an answer on this question like for so many others... This is what I'm like, undefined.

My top 5 papercrafting essentials: paint, mists, gesso, glue, scissors

On any given day you might find me: On my blog, my Facebook page, my Instagram or on Pinterest.

My debut layout for the Garden: It Always Seems Impossible

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Thank you, Anna-Maria!  We're so glad to have you here.  Check back in the week and hear from more of our newly added Garden Girls.

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Prima Challenge Winners

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Congratulations to tilleys, the winner of our recent Prima creative challenge!  You have won a seat at the Prima Art Venture with Leeza Gibbons!  We will be in touch with you shortly with details. :)

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Congrats also to our runners-up!  A prize pack of Prima goodies will be sent to Jossiah, ania79 & ginajo15 shortly.  Please ensure the addresses in your Two Peas account are current.  Thanks so much to everyone for participating, and to Prima for sponsoring such generous prizes!

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Announcing the 2013 Garden Girl Design Team + New Free Classes!

We've got news...

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We have a few new faces joining our talented team of Garden Girls!  Help us welcome Elizabeth Kartchner, Corrie Jones, Janna Werner, Paige Evans, Lisa Dickinson, Melissa Stinson, Lilith Eeckels and Anna-Maria Wolniak.  We are so excited to have these fabulous women joining us; learn more about them this week on the Two Peas blog!

We've also made some changes to how we will release our Garden Girl projects.  In 2013 look for a new batch of Garden Girl projects under a monthly theme on the 1st of every month, as well as a new project and video tutorial each and every day, Monday - Saturday.  Yes, you read that right. ;)

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With a new year beginning we thought it would be fun to take a look back.  See what the Garden Girls did with the theme "365/Everday" here, and check out our first video tutorial from Wilna Furstenberg here.

Now, let's take a look at what series we'll be featuring in the new year!  You'll find these projects in our Design Team section as well as our Videos page.

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213 in 2013 is a twist on challenges.  Each layout and video tutorial will present a few prompts; be inspired by one or all of them!  By the end of the year there will be a library of 213 prompts to inspire you - from photography to journaling to color combos and sketches.  Taught by Shannon Tidwell, Corrie Jones, Lilith Eeckels, and Anna-Maria Wolniak.

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In the Mood to Scrap explores the creative process - from curating a moodboard to translating that inspiration to a page.  Taught by Wilna Furstenberg, Elizabeth Kartchner, Janna Werner, and Kristina Nicolai-White.

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Your favorite scrapping superhero is not going anywhere in 2013!  Glitter Girl will continue to save the world one crafty dilemma at a time each Wednesday.  Don't forget to post your questions for her on the General Scrappin' message board.

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Scrap Your Stash equips you with ideas for making a dent in the papers and stickers and goodies you've collected.  Taught by Nancy Damiano, Jill Sprott, Paige Evans, and Amy Heller.

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Seeing Double is all about getting a lot of mileage out of your supplies.  See how the Garden Girls use the same design element in both a scrapbook layout and card or tag.  Taught by Jen Gallacher, Laura Craigie, Lynn Ghahary and Lisa Dickinson.

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We'll wind down each week with our Project Life* series taught by Amy Tan, Lexi Bridges, Melissa Stinson, and Marcy Penner.  See how these four talented ladies document their everyday lives. *Project Life is a memory keeping system developed by Becky Higgins.  Learn more at beckyhiggins.com.

We're confident 2013 will be the best year at Two Peas yet.  We hope you're as excited as we are for what's in store!

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