Closing Up Shop & Retirement Sale

A few months ago, I had to make a tough personal decision… I had to face the fact that the day had finally come where real life was calling me to press the pause button on my design career for a good, long time. When I first started designing, I knew this day could come–the day when I would no longer have the free time to keep up with designing and running a business. You see, 14 years ago–before we even had kids–Travis and I both had a big heart for homeschooling. For a while, I could keep up with homeschooling and designing, but there were several times over the last 4 years where I had to throw our school schedule out the window in

Pixels to Paper : Spring Crafts

Pixels to Paper : Spring Crafts

My new self-passed class, Pixels to Paper : Spring Crafts, begins today at Scrapaneers! Now that I’ve taught an introductory class that covers all the basics of hybrid, I’ve created a projects-based class that focuses on showing you just how to create three gorgeous crafts to help you celebrate the season! This class includes everything you need to make three beautiful springtime projects, including all papers, elements and template files that I used to make the samples for the class. And you can re-use the templates included in this class for future projects that you may want to make–they aren’t just limited to celebrating spring! Each video in the class walks you step-by-step through the entire process, from start to finish. We’ll move from Photoshop

Freebies and Parades!

Freebies and Parades!

I have lots of awesome news to share today! I’ve been working on a ton of things behind the scenes and it’s time to kick off the celebration now that the first of the month is here. New Freebies, Just for You! I have created two new freebies this week! First, newsletter subscribers will find that a new freebie mini kit is available for them today. Cherished : Part One is a direct download for all subscribers to The Paperie News: Not a newsletter subscriber? No worries—you can become one now! You’ll be sent this mini kit right away when you sign up for The Paperie News. The second portion of this coordinating collection is available here on my blog and on Facebook today! Just

Team Digital Press at CHA 2015

Team Digital Press at CHA 2015

For the last ten years, I’ve been dreaming of the day that I would get to fly to California and attend the Craft & Hobby Association’s annual convention. I had first heard about CHA when my rubber stamping friends would start to ask “Who’s going, who’s going?!” every six months. I wanted to raise my hand! Then when I embarked on my digi adventure, I wanted to go even more! See all the new pretty things? Meet up with other digital designers? Heck, yeah! Sign me up! But it wasn’t until this year that everything was perfectly lined up and I was able to go… and now that I’m home, can I just say: Let’s do this every year, ladies! Every momma needs a trip

From Pixels to Paper : Hybrid Basics

From Pixels to Paper : Hybrid Basics

I’m not sure if you heard the news, but there’s a new face at Scrapaneers… and it’s me! I have been invited by Tiffany to teach on a topic that I really love—hybrid papercrafting! I’ve been spending a lot of time in my studio over the last few months, working on my class. I’ve been recording every part of the process—from what I do in Photoshop, to how I print at home, to how I use different tools in my studio—to bring you a comprehensive class that covers everything you need to know about hybrid from start to finish. If you’ve been wanting to play around with hybrid papercrafting, but you don’t know where to begin, this class was designed for you! Over three sessions,

Who’s That New Girl at SHCo.?

Who’s That New Girl at SHCo.?

Lookie, lookie! It’s me! 😀 I am super excited to be joining the team at SHCo. today. Now you can find all my commercial use Sugarplum goodies at SugarHill… kinda fitting, wouldn’t you say?! (Sugar, sugar everywhere!) I’m celebrating my grand opening with a 50% off sale on all the products in my new shop now through Wednesday: And it’s the start of a new month as well, which means that there is a new freebie available for you! Just stop by the Commercial Use Department or my Facebook Fan Page to pick it up: For all the latest news about new releases, sales and freebies, be sure to subscribe to my newsletter as well: Enjoy the freebie and the special savings! Happy Scrapping!

Project Life 2013 : Week 1 & 2

Project Life 2013 : Week 1 & 2

So… indulge me a moment while I get long-winded with a little introduction here. 😀 I love blogging. I really do! I’m one of “those” people. But I hate blogging here. Ugh—I’ve made it such a chore! This blog has been a virtual newsletter from the beginning because I felt like if anyone wanted to read me ramble on about life, scrapping, quilting, knitting, painting and homeschooling, they could wander over to my personal blog. This was the Sugarplum Blog! Well, that idea might have been fine in the beginning, when I only had a three year old and a baby. These days it’s hard to make the time, especially when it seems my audience… is a bunch of spam-bots. Boo! So in an effort

Get Writing : Challenge #9 : Stories You Don’t Know

Happy Saturday! It’s time once again for another challenge here on the blog! I hope you’re ready for this one today… this one is something that’s very close to my heart. When I was a kid, my life was a mess. I don’t often talk about this—because there’s too much to tell. But I lost both my parents when I was young (my mom when I was 10 and my dad when I was 16). When I was 14, my mom’s best friend stepped up to become my mother and my stepdad stayed close and over the years he stepped up to become my father. )You can see how this gets complicated when I’m talking to people about stories from my childhood. The mom and

Get Writing : Challenge #8 : Literally Life Changing

Get Writing : Challenge #8 : Literally Life Changing

Hello! Happy Saturday! I hope today finds you well and up for another challenge! Have you ever watched Parks & Recreation? I love that show. I can’t help thinking of Rob Lowe saying “Lit-rally” as I write this post today. (Please excuse me while I go over there giggle to myself for a moment…) Challenge 8 : Literally Life Changing Today’s challenge is simple and straightforward: Make a list of 10 books that have changed your life—and why. With emphasis on the why, of course! I had high hopes to have a mini album page or two to show you today, but it’s December—and my December Mini comes first! (The first few pages are over here, if you’d like to see them: december daily.) Plus,

Get Writing : Challenge #7 : What’s in a Name?

Hello! Happy Saturday! It’s time again for another writing challenge here on the blog! I was thinking to myself this week… there are a lot stories that can be told about a name! It’s very interesting when you stop to think about it! Why do you have the name you have? Is there a story behind it? What are the names of your children or the names you have picked out for your future children? Why are they special? Do you have any nicknames? There’s a story there, whether you do or you don’t! Have you ever stopped to record these stories? I have, but only twice (once for each of my girls). Here’s Penny’s page: Challenge 7 : What’s in a Name? This week,

Get Writing : Challenge #6 : A Full Plate

Hello again! I hope you are having a great (and restful!) Saturday, especially those of you who worked so hard this week to prepare for Thanksgiving this week. It’s time once again for another Get Writing Challenge on the blog. Yay! As I look over the last few weeks, I’m kinda glad to see that I am at least posting something here on the blog while I work on my next collection. Ha! I hope you all are enjoying these challenges as much as I am! Let’s get to today’s topic, shall we? This week I was thinking about having a “full plate.” Probably a lot of you were as well, with Thursday being Thanksgiving and all. And I’m sure that many of you had

Get Writing : Challenge #5 : Today

Happy Saturday! Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend. It’s time for another Get Writing challenge here on the blog. I hope you’ll join me for a little journaling exercise today! Grab your cameras, too. This week, we are going to be focusing in on the little things that make every day special! This week we’ll be using one little word for our inspiration: TODAY Challenge 5 : Today Think about what you would like the subject of your page to be about: you, your kids, your pet, your house, some beloved object. What do you want to record? Once you have a subject in mind, go and get a few good snapshots of it! Now, for the fun part: the journaling! First, be