Monday, July 20, 2009

baby card

i'm going to a baby shower this saturday, so i've been working on baby cards. here's my favorite so far. not sure if it's the one i want to use but i thought i'd share.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

SCMS-finding joy everyday

here's the first scat card making session!! i've been watching different scrapbookers and card makers on youtube, and it looked like so much fun. i had to try it for myself. i was so excited making this video, and very nervous. (as i'm sure you'll be able to tell since i stumble over many words. =) hope you enjoy. if you have any questions please leave them in the comments.

supplies used:
standard notecard: 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches
(the white paper is cut to 3 1/2 x 4 inches, the print paper is cut to 2 x 4 inches)
K&Company papers, die cuts, and boarder
hero arts stamps anytime messages

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Finding Momentum

One thing that I have learned whether you are scrapbooking, making cards, or cleaning out your closet. In order to accomplish your task you must have momentum. Something that inspires you to sit down and go through pictures, discover a colorful and creative way to show off you baby's first party, or their graduation day. Lately I have been looking for new tools, techniques, and paper to inspire me. All this week I have been working on an 8-12 page paper that I need to write for school and I have struggled with getting motivated to sit still long enough to get past the title page. So I decided to get out my scrapbooking tools and make some cards hoping it would inspire me or at least relax me enough to complete a few pages. To my surprise I was not motivated to make cards either, it was almost as if it was a chore instead of a wonderful addictive hobby. Which made me me to wonder what the heck was restricting me from creating? Then it dawned on me card making is something fun and relaxing and unfortunately this has not been a relaxing month due to all the things that I have had to take care of at home. So I decided to reinvent my happy place and stir up my creative juices and here are the cards that I created. I enjoyed using different patterns and putting wonderful vibrant colors together. I hope you enjoy them leave me a message and let me know what you think.

Monday, July 13, 2009

not ready to go digital

ok, i've been thinking a lot about digital scrapbooking lately.

so far my computer's only involment in my scrapbooking has been printing out text on white computer paper. so it's going to be a big leap to get me to go digi. it seems so complicated. also i feel like i'm going to loose some of the 'handmade' feel to my layouts/cards.

my husband bought me the cricut design studio for my birthday (june 13-a full month ago.), and i still haven't tried it out yet. pretty sad- i know.

what else has me thinkin digi? the latest finally friday video featuring one of the cutest cards i've seen.

when i first heard about digital scrapbooking i was adamant about avoiding it. but its becoming harder to resist. i forsee branching out in my future, but for now i'm just not ready to go digital.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Toya's Must Haves

Like most scrapbookers I feel like I can never have too many new tools, gadgets and product to explore. I was thinking about all the wonderful things I have on my "Must Have" list and decided to share it with everyone.

Monday, July 6, 2009

A New Discovery plus a GIVEAWAY

Whenever I travel outside of my neighborhood I love to explore and find scrapbooking stores that I have never visited and check out their product. Whenever I go to a scrapbook store I enjoy getting that feeling of "Home" and "My Happy Place". For example anytime I go to Sonja's Spot at the Bridge in Los Angeles I get inspired every time I walk through the doors, the vibrant colors and the atmosphere makes you want to stay for a while and spend money and create wonderful projects and scrapbook pages. Well last weekend I went to visit my mom in Pomona, California and I discovered a scrapbook store down the street from her house called Scrapping Lounge. OMG! I fell in love with this place, it was so cute and inspiring and the people there were extremely friendly that I just wanted to sit down at the wonderful work station and scrapbook for the rest of the day. It had such a vibrant colors and displays that just opened up your creativity. The various choices of paper was great and just the set up impressed me. I was truly in "My Happy Place". They offer FREE table time during work hours! So if you are in the area take the time to check them out. Their web site is Thanks for sharing in the excitement of my New Discovery.
The first person to go to Sonja's Spot or Scapping Lounge and send us a comment about them we will send you a little gift. The email for SCAT is Have a great day!

Two Peas In A Bucket Sale of the Day

Like my partner in crime I get a natural high anytime I get a bargain, there is just a sweet rush when you are able to purchase something at wholesale price instead of retail. It's like walking into your first scrapbook store, you are so giddy and can't take the goofy smile off your face. Anyway I just went on and discovered that they taking 50% of Bo Bunny Press products just for today. This is a sale you don't want to miss.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

once again i'm reminded why i love ebay

since i refuse to develop the kind of self control needed to stop myself from constantly wanting to shop for new scrap supplies, i am at least proud that i've developed the kind of shopper savvy to seek out great deals. i've been in love with hero arts sending happy thoughts stamps since i first saw them. (about a month ago). but i couldn't bring myself to spend $15 for them. (man that makes me sound cheap-sorry but that's how i felt.) without at least trying to get a better price.
and i did. . .thanks to the joy of ebay i got them for $5.15 plus $2.50 shipping. $7.65!!! can you believe it.

thank you ebay
i can't wait to get started using these. be sure to check back for all the cute cards i'll be making with them

july wish list

here are my picks for this month's wish list.
Maya road chipboard shapes. those cupcakes are adorable!!!
Fiskars scalloped boarder punch. anyone who's as big a fan of Kristina Werner's finally friday video's knows how useful this punch can be.
basic grey's 6x6 paper pad in lemonade. i really love those colors for summer.
KI memories pop art icons stickers. i'm really into birds right now and the two little "love birds" on that branch would be perfect on a little "love" themed card.

as always thanks for stopping by scat, and feel free to leave comments or questions!

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