Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Finally! Free TIme to Read

A couple of weeks ago our family was lucky enough to get to take a Disney Cruise over fall break. It was an absolutely fabulous week that will be hard to top. One of my favorite things about getting away is having time to read. It really is such a treat.  When I’m at home, it seems the only free time for reading comes right before I go to bed and it’s almost impossible these days for my eyes to stay open for more than a page or two.

I’ve had a hard time finishing books lately because the stories having been grabbing me and pulling me in. I think I’ve been starting the wrong books. So I was very happy that the two books I choose for this trip were both fantastic.

 The first book I read was The Rent Collector by Camron Wright. This book pulled me in from the start. It is about a family in modern days living in a dump in Cambodian. This story was filled with hope and inspiration. It not only really put all of the blessings in my life into perspective, it also reminded me to always look for the best in others and to never give up hope. This was a quick read and an easy to follow story that wasn’t too complicated. Perfect for a vacation book.

The second book I read was The Lavender Garden byLucinda Riley.  This was recommended to me somewhere online (likely on Amazon or Goodreads) as a book similar to Kate Morton’s books (which I love.) This is a story that takes place in the current day and during World War II. The stories are intertwined and it was engaging and kept me quickly reading to find out how things turned out in the end.  It’s a bit of a mystery and has well-rounded believable characters that you are cheering for throughout the story.

Let me know if you end up reading one of these books. I’d love to hear what you think!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Craftsy > Here I Come!

This blog space has been quite neglected for a few weeks. It certainly wasn’t intentional, but my time has been pulled to other places lately. My biggest project has been doing class prep for two Crafty classes that I will be filming for four days this week. Now that the work is finished and I’m on a plane to Denver, there is finally time to blog.

Have you heard of Craftsy? I’d heard of it, but hadn’t spent much time of the site until recently. It’s an online crafting education website filled with inspiring classes on all sorts of crafts such as quilting, sewing, photography, jewelry, woodworking, gardening, cake decorating and more. They have done a few paper crafting classes and plan on adding more. I'm excited to be part of their paper crafting class expansion.

I was contacted a couple of months ago by Cratfy to see if I would be interested in working on two upcoming classes for them. It was a great opportunity that I couldn’t pass up! I’ve worked on class outlines, materials and lots of demos and it’s all finally prepped and ready. I’ll be in the filming room at the Craftsy Studios in Denver for the rest of this week. Wish me luck!

Here’s a little peek at some of the pages I’ve been creating for the class.

Want to follow along with me on this adventure this week? I’ll be posting updates to my Instagram account (lisaandrewsaz) and I can’t wait to report back on how the week goes.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Flying Through September

What has the time gone? Seriously feeling like we are in t crazy fast time warp.

Here's a peek at some of the things I've been up to so far this month.

Girls trip to Park City. We drove 12 hours from Arizona to spend three full days enjoying beautiful Park City. We spent an entire day a Swiss Days which is the ultimate craft fair and then next day we rented bikes, took them up the Park City ski lifts and rode the bike down switchback trails. Slightly terrifying, entirely beautiful. We spent our third day relaxing at the place where we were staying. The views from the house were amazing!

Celebrated a friend's birthday at Kneaders. We've been friends since we were six years old and it's always fun to be together. For some reason, I only took a picture of the food. Yes, we had the bottomless French toast. Delicious.

Took this awesome group of teenagers to the Gilbert Temple at 5:15 in the morning last week. Perfect way to start the day.

We had a crazy amount of rain here last week. Water was pouring into our garage and game room off of our garage. Many of our neighbors came to our rescue and helped us pump and sweep water for several hours. It was a crazy day.

After the rain, we had to go and check out the retention area near our house. It's normally a soccer field, but after the rain it was filled with 17 feet of water. It was like a private neighborhood lake.

Taught a class creating this Christmas burlap banner at a Super Saturday craft day we had at church last Saturday. It was fun spending the day crafting with friends.

We said goodbye to my sister Michelle who is heading off to London to go to pastry school. We wish she lived closer so we could be her taste testers.

We went to Joe's Farm Grill on Monday with family to celebrate my birthday a few days early. Great company and food!

There's a look at the happy highlights of the month so far. Hope your month is going well!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hello Oceanside

When our family went to Oceanside a couple of months ago, I took a lot of pictures. I've already created a layout with a few favorites, but I wanted to use more photos from our trip on another page.

My favorite thing on the page? It's got to be those cork "who" and "when" fill in the blank pieces. I sketched out the idea for those a few months ago and now it's excited to have then through the design and manufacturing process and actually on a scrapbook layout.

I love that I fit six photos on this page. Photos really helped tell the story. Isn't that what scrapbooking is all about - telling our stories?

Layout Supplies /// Island Adventure Kit /// Bungalow Add-on /// Tiki Torch Add-on

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Cake for Breakfast? Yes, Please!

This morning I got together with some friends from church for a meeting. It was one of the friend's birthdays tomorrow and I decided that it would be fun to take along a little breakfast birthday treat to share. I hadn't gone to the store or specifically planned to use a recipe, but noticed that we had some strawberries in the fridge that were begging to be eaten. So I did a web search for "strawberry breakfast cake" and found a great recipe.

It's always a bit of a risk to just use a recipe from a random blog, but today it was a success! Here's the recipe for the Fresh Strawberry Breakfast Cake that I used. The only thing I changed was that I used almond milk for the 1/2 cup milk.

It was perfectly sweet and moist. Just note that if you make it, it does take an hour to bake. So plan accordingly. I do *try* to avoid sweet things in the morning and generally try to stick to eggs or smoothies, but this morning this sweet treat was just the perfect way to start the day.

Friday, August 1, 2014

K + D >>> Scrapbook Circle Blog Hop

Welcome to our Scrapbook Circle Blog Hop! Scrapbook Circle has a new creative team, as well as a fabulous August kit, and we'd like to introduce you to both today. We are giving away five August Kits and the winners will be selected from the comments posted along the hop. 

If you just left the talented Tessa Buys blog, you are in the right place. If not, I hope you'll join us for the entire hop by starting at the Scrapbook Circle blog.

We are all so excited to feature the new August Island Paradise kit today. I hope you are filled with inspiration!

One fun thing to note: Scrapbook Circle is running a promotion this month that all new subscribers can choose a past kit to ship for free with their August kit. Just add the Island Paradise kit to your cart, then add a favorite past kit to your cart and use the code "FREEKIT" in the promo box at checkout.

As I mentioned in the post about my sister's bridal shower, we've had a whirlwind couple of months around here prepping for Kristen's wedding. The day came and went earlier last month and I'm now enjoying time looking through some of the pictures I took on the wedding day.

I printed off a couple of my favorites and used them on a layout celebrating Kristen and Doug's wedding day. Their story is quite amazing and I hope she gets it all written down somewhere. Not only does she now have a wonderful husband, but four really great kids too. Instant family. I couldn't be happier for her.

I loved using the August Island Paradise Kit on this page. The black and white background paper was a perfect backdrop to the wedding photos mixed with pops of color from the embellishments.

Layout Supplies /// Scrapbook Circle August Island Paradise Kit /// Bungalow Add-on /// Tiki Torch Add-on

I hope you've had a fantastic time hopping around to the Scrapbook Circle team blogs today! Remember to comment along the way while you hop and we will choose five lucky commenters to win an Island Paradise kit. Winners will be posted on the Scrapbook Circle blog next week.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hello Island Paradise!

Island Paradise. Doesn't that sounds nice right about now? Well, I guess the next best thing to being on an island paradise is having a scrapbook kit with that name. The August Scrapbook Circle Kit, Island Paradise, is now live on the site!

I'm loving the bright colors and the cool textures and layers that can be created with the embellishments. I think my favorite embellishment is this cork. It's a Scrapbook Circle exclusive and I'm loving using it.

Want to see more? Head on over to the Scrapbook Circle site.

Also, Scrapbook Circle is offering a FREE PAST KIT to all new subscribers. Sweet! Just add the Island Paradise Kit to the cart, then choose a favorite past kit and add it to the cart too. Use promo code "FREEKIT" at checkout and the charges for the past kit will be removed.

If you've been thinking about a new Scrapbook Circle subscription, now's the perfect time. Plus, subscriptions are only a 2 month commitment, so what do you have to loose?


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