Friday, April 27, 2012

National Scrapbook Day Blog Hop!!


:celebrate: May 5th is National Scrapbook Day and we are celebrating and kicking off our new Design Team with a BLOG HOP!!! :celebrate:
Mark your calendars and join in the fun and celebration! There will be lots of inspiration and prizes, too!! Hope you'll join us!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Meet our new designers!!

We wanted to take a moment to introduce our new Design Team girls!!  We are so happy they have joined our team and we are so looking forward to all the inspiration they will provide! In alphabetical they are!!

Meet AnnaMarie!!
1) I have a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy-which comes in VERY handy with 4 kids.

2) In my pre-mommy days, I also used to train and show my dogs in competition obedience, as well as teach competition obedience classes to novice students. My Border Collie Flash was one of the top Border Collies in Open Competition during the year 2000.

3) I am an AVID drinker of tea. NO coffee, just tea. Red Rose to be specific. I have to start my day off with a cup, and end it the same way.

4) I am NOT a morning person. At all. The bulk of my scrapping (and reading and running and cleaning and so on!) takes place in the wee hours when little hands and bodies are tucked in their beds for the night!

5) I’m half Thai, but am NOT a fan of Thai food.

You can read more about AnnaMarie on her blog here:

                                                                      Meet Meg!!
1) I love everything pink.

2) I used to twirl baton for years.

3) I love going to flea markets and finding vintage goodies.

4) I enjoy camping, boating, hiking and biking.

5) I have to scrap something or at least be talking to my scrapping friends daily or my day just isn't complete.

You can read more about Meg on her blog here;

Meet Tammy!

1) I have 3 boys ranging in age from 8-25. I'm sure I'll be a grandma before I have an empty nest!

2) I love to garden and even have my own greenhouse.

3) I bowl on a league and wear a pink and black shirt with matching pink and black shoes...

4) I'm a nurse although I haven't done bedside nursing for several years. Labor & delivery was always my favorite area.

5) I'm addicted to paper crafting and buying mixed media supplies...I think I have enough stuff to supply my whole county!

You can read more about Tammy on her blog here:
Watch the gallery in May for everyone's designs and be sure to stop by their blogs and say hi!!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Introducing our New Design Team!!!

We received so many wonderful applications that this was a very hard decision to make, but we finally narrowed it down and here is our new Design Team!

Returning Design Team Members:
Lisa Spiegels - Design Team Coordinator
Karrie Cook
Nikki Hobbs

New Design Team Members:
AnnaMarie Mondro
Meg Giroux
Tammy Wilson

I want to thank everyone who took the time to send in their applications, I truly loved reading each and every one of them and appreciate you sharing all of your wonderful projects with me!

~ Sara ~

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Bunny Banner Tutorial, By LRS Designer/Co-Owner, Sara Garza

I saw the cutest Peep Bunny Banner on Pinterest and fell in love with it and being a paper crafter at heart I knew I had to make one for myself using pattern paper.  Once you see Dana's peep banner you will know what I mean.  : )  Below are the instructions on how to make the banner I made.

Supplies Needed:
Bunny Pattern - See Link in Step 1
Pattern Paper
Letter Stickers
White Acrylic Paint
Ribbon or String
Embellishments such as Jute and Flowers

STEP 1:  Print the "Peep" Bunny Pattern onto cardstock and cut it out.  The "Peep" bunny pattern can be found online here: .

STEP 2:  Pick out some of your favorite pattern papers and trace the bunny pattern on the backside of the papers (the side you don't want to show) and cut them out.  I traced and cut out seven bunnies.

STEP 3:  Ink the edges.

STEP 4:  Take a small paper punch and punch out two shapes for each bunny you cut out for your banner using the same pattern papers as the bunnies.  Adhere one punched out shape to the backside of each of the bunny’s ears as close to the tops of the ears as shown.  This will help reinforce the pattern paper when you hang your banner.  Note:   I used an XS heart shape paper punch because I couldn't find my circle punch, but I think a circle punch would probably work better when punching the holes in the ears.

STEP 5:  Punch holes at the top of each of the ears and decorate
 the front sides of the bunnies.  
STEP 6:  And just because I never know what to do with all my numbers that I always have left over on my sticker sheets -- Select a few 0's, 6’s, 9’s or 8's from a sheet of American Crafts Thickers and cut out the circle parts of the numbers and paint them with white acrylic paint.   Let them dry and then adhere them to the backside of the bunnies for tails as shown.
STEP 7:  String a piece of ribbon or string through the holes on the bunnies' ears and your banner is complete.  Note:  I used some May Arts paper raffia and tied the ribbon at each of the holes so it would prevent the bunnies from sliding around on the banner and possibly tearing the ears.

Hang your banner and enjoy!  Here is my bunny banner hanging on my office door.  I hope you try making one of these for yourself or make one to slip into someone’s Easter basket.

Supplies Used:
My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline, Fiddlesticks "Story" - Plaid Paper (Feb 2012 Kit)
My Mind's Ee Miss Caroline, Fiddlesticks "Home" - Dotted Paper (Feb 2012 Kit)
My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline, Fiddlesticks "You & Me" - Damask Paper (Feb 2012 Kit)
My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline, Fiddlesticks "You & Me" - Bloom Paper (Feb 2012 Kit)
Prima Paper Flowers (Feb 2012 Kit)
Tim Holtz Distressing Ink
Maya Arts Paper Raffia

Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone has a HAPPY EASTER!!

~ Sara ~

Sunday, April 1, 2012

April 2012 Kit Reveal

Our April 2012 kit is now available in our store for purchase.  You are going to love the Pink Paislee "Prairie Hill" papers.  The prints of the "Prairie Hill" papers remind me of spring time calico print fabrics, and they are sure to please with an breezy color palette and with the prints of flowers and kites!  Click here for main kit and kit add-on contents.

LRS April 2012 Main Kit:

April 2012 Embellishment Add-On:
April 2012 Ribbon Add-On:

April 2012 Color Cardstock Add-On:
April 2012 Alphabet Add-On:

April 2012 Coordinating Stamp:


Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!  Also, don't forget about our DT call -- see below post for more information.

~ Sara ~