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I just returned home from the summer CHA convention and I'm extremely excited to let you in on a few updates. We are going to have some awesome new releases coming over the next few months and even some new custom dies on the way. I have to admit, although I LOVE to see all the new releases sometimes I'm not inspired right away when I first arrive at the show. Not this time!! I was wanting to purchase EVERYTHING!! Do I really need to sleep?? I would just LOVE to design 24/7!! But, I had to narrow things down and I believe I ordered a variety of collections from different manufacturers. I know I can be a creature of habit sometimes! So, do want to know whats coming??? First, I have to show you what I have been secretly working on. I was so lucky to be asked to design a mini album with this collection for Simple Stories for the CHA show. I knew my package was going to arrive in the mail and when it came I literally ripped the box open immediately! I couldn't wait to get to all the goodies inside. Want to know what it was?? A DISNEY collection!!!!!!!!! Yes, so many of you have been wanting a Disney themed album for sooooooo long!! Well, we can't call it DISNEY, because Walt might not be too happy with us, so the collection is called, "SAY CHEESE." This collection screams Disney without having anything to do with Disney, Mickey, or Minnie. I know I always say, "this one is my favorite!" but this one really is a new favorite. From the CHA buzz I was told this is one of the top new releases and I can definitely see why. It's cute, but has just a hint of that nostalgic or vintage feel. And guess what....I'm am one of the first ones to get my hands on this collection for a September release. Yep! SEPTEMBER!! I love this collection soooooooo much I am planning a mini album, a smashbook for all you smashbook lovers, and a two, 2 page layout kit. So yes, with product on the way, there will be very little sleep in August and all my worker bees will hopefully be able to put in some overtime. This is the album I created for the CHA show and the kit I will be bringing to all of you will be very similar. I have a few new dies arriving any day that I want to incorporate. So, I would love to hear what you think? Are you excited for September? Looking ahead, this year I have planned a December Daily album set to be released November. It will be completely designed to make your holidays stress free and easy. All you will have to worry about is assembling your album and taking photos. So easy!! In June, I polled you to see if anyone would like to see a cruise themed album.... Continue »
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You've probably noticed that making things is a big part of what we do here at A Beautiful Mess. We make food, decorations, clothes, gifts, crafts, art, mistakes, blog posts and everything in between. We love a good project. And we love learning and experimenting every single day. You might think that it's a quirk or gimmick or just a trend we're stuck on. But it's not. As corny as... Continue »
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Welcome to the Typepad Master Class! If you've ever wanted to delve into more advanced trickery with your blog's design, the Master Class is for you. Topics covered in this series are for the adventurous... Continue »
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I just spent five exciting, exhausting, and fun-filled days at the CHA convention. There were so many new collections I fell in love with and I definitely had a hard time narrowing things down. And....can I say inspiration galore!! I'm so inspired to get working! All I need is Mr. UPS to start delivering those pretty brown boxes. Can't wait to show you! So, since I can't show you all the new goodies I ordered I will show you these ADORABLE new releases coming February 1st. Are these mini albums stinkin' cute or what!!! Love the colors! Almost makes me want to have another baby. JUST KIDDING!! I don't need another baby, I just need to find all those cute baby pics I have saved of my babies. My babies are now 23 and 20 so I think it would be fun to go through their old baby photos and make each of them one of these adorable albums as a keepsake. And of course there are matching two page layouts which will be sold separately for boy or girl... AND...smash books are all the rage right now. Here is a little sneak peek at a smash book Paisleys and Polka Dots style. This album is great for everything; a year in review, daily life, travel journal, school, actually what ever you want it to be. If you are like me a smash book can be a little intimidating or overwhelming. Well, this release is going to give you a starting point to make things easier and also lets you add your own creativity. I have been giving this release some thought for quite awhile and I'm excited for this new concept. Hope you will be too. Find these new kits on the website February 1st. Happy scrapping!! Julie Continue »
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Hey everyone! I have a new Noel Mignon layout today. It was made with the Soda Shoppe kit along with a couple pieces of flair from {a flair for buttons}. It features some selfies (taken with the help of my... Continue »
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These three Silhouette-featuring cards were made by Sophie Crespy: HELLO by Sophie Crespy "For this card I created my own Silhouette file playing with the number 2013." Supplies: Kraft (70464) - Cardstock,Garment District (85606) - Details, Soho Garden Ribbon (84929)... Continue »
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Today's bird is a little bird I've been wanting to create for a while. She's called Mayumi Bird, which is a Japanese name meaning "true bow / archery" - represented by the little arrow on her chest! She was added to the new shop just now. Yesterday's bird has already... Continue »
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I get nervous to say that anything is my favorite. I feel like I will look back at this post a year from now, or hey maybe even three months from now and think, "That's not my favorite!" But publishing something on the internet doesn't make it a commitment in stone does it? Well anyway, here it goes: Rocky Road is my favorite ice cream flavor. It's true! It has... Continue »
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project life. if you don't know what it is - it's a system developed by becky higgins to take the stress out of scrapbooking. for me, it's a reminder to pick up my camera and capture the everyday. a place... Continue »
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