It's been a busy week. I've started my new position full time at work, and if my brain had muscles, they would be protesting greatly. As it is, I'm pretty tired at the end of each day. Satisfied, but tired. Getting into balance with the new workflow will take some adjustment time, I'm sure.
I've got about five or six blog posts sitting on the back burner that I gotta get finished and get posted... I'm hoping it will happen this weekend, because I am really excited about them.
But then again, my weekend plans include a cleaning my desk (truly a feat), going to a movie, breakfast at pike place market and a trip to the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), hanging out with friends, going to an art fair, and possibly, maybe, catching up on some sleep.We'll see how things go.
On the scrappy front, I finished a whole forty page scrapbook album last week. It was a pretty intense round of craftiness. The album was a birthday gift, and I was literally working on it till the last minute, so I didn't even get any photos of it before I gave it away. But I think it was pretty well received.
I love making and giving meaningful gifts like that. :)
Anyway... it's almost time for the summer craft and hobby association show, and the internet product peeks have been going out fast and furious. Overall, I'm finding that I don't like most of the craft releases this time around. I'm actually kind of happy about it though. It's certainly encouraging me to use what I've got on hand, and also is good for the old budget.
Though Basic Grey and Hambly have yet to post more than teases... so we'll see about them.
Anyway... let's do a round of five of most favorite released peeks, in no particular order:
Studio Calico - Elementary and Accessories
Despite certain events, I think that SC is developing into a pretty strong brand. I continue to enjoy the designs and color palettes that they use. Their Elementary line is pretty great.
I will, of course, be buying some new stamp sets. This one is my favorite:
More of the accessories are here.
Pink Paislee - Parisian Anthology
I have to admit that I was not as wowed by their new releases as I was with the last one (oh Queen Bee, I do adore you)... until they showed up with this line, which is in collaboration with the House of 3.
And that book. Oh, the divided page protectors. I'm going to buy three. One of which WILL be my December Daily this year. Mark my words.
More information is here.
((I think the other lines they are showing are a little too overworked, design wise. They look like really fussy digital pattern papers, which doesn't appeal to me at all. I'm hoping to be surprised by their real-life appearance, but not holding my breath.))
Martha Stewart Crafts - Punches (of course!)
"Every time I think I'm out, they pull me back in."
The Christmas ones are just not an okay level of good. The dove. The snowflakes. Oh, my. I'm really hoping that Michaels will carry these. So I can buy them with coupons. ;)
More images are here.
My Minds Eye - Lost & Found, Haunted
MME has been a long time staple in the scrap world, but despite the luscious textures of their papers, I just could not get into their designs. Until the Lush line came out last year. And then they got me.
And the colors. Soft blues, creams, and greys. With text. I feel like I'm just hanging out at Sally Jean's blog.
Lost & Found full line here.
And what about Halloween? Carina Gardner can do no wrong when it comes to Halloween.
Full line is here.
Lily Bee - Catching Fall
For some reason, and I can't quite put my nose on it, but this line reminds me a lot of the mini books that Eve Johnson (aka Evalicious) used to do with scenic route stuff.
This line has fantastic colors. I hope the real life stuff is as good as the internet previews.
I sense a mini-book in my future.
More of the line here.
Well that's all for now.
I hope you've enjoyed my enabling.
I'll be back later with some fun photos of a barbeque, my recap of Summer Urban Craft Uprising, and hopefully, some crafty goodness.