Friday, September 28, 2012


Have you noticed the burlap trend in interior decor and crafts? Heavenly!!
This simple burlap runner, finished off with a touch of lace is a beautiful, classic accent to any table.
This Burlap and Lace Dessert Table from Kara's Party Ideas is to die for!
This beautiful wreath looks like an upcoming DIY Project, for sure...
You know you want to make these.
Burlap CURTAINS!!  Yes!!
This burlap pumpkin is simply made from strips of material, sewn together.  Adorbs!
And these framed accents from Cosmo Cricket are totally doable!!
Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

December Daily 2012 Sneak

I've been fielding quite a lot of email about the December Daily kit that I'll be doing this year.  So today, I thought I'd tease you a bit...
The album is a 6x9 Pink Paislee embossed chipboard album, and it comes with a variety of divided protectors, which will be new and FUN.  I can't wait to share more as it comes!!  I'll be teaching it as a class at the Fall Retreat at the Bertram Inn, and it will be up for sale in kit form here at the blog (available in mid-October).  Every year, it is always my best selling kit, so if you'd like me to add  your name on the wait list, please drop me a line at  Those who do will receive the notification emails first!
Enjoy your day!

Monday, September 24, 2012

New Kits for Sale!!

Main Kit--$30  ($28 for Subscribers)
Contents of this kit include:  12 Sheets of Paper (5 Cardstock, and 7 Patterned papers), 1 Echo Park Fall Fever Elements Sheet, 1 Jillibean Soup Elements Sheet, 5 colored envelopes as shown above, 3 packs of felt flowers, 3 shipping tags--white, 1 silver metallic washi tape, 6 cards/cardstock sheets, various mini posters and Fall Fever from Echo Park cardstock sticker sheet.
 A Closer Look at the Main Kit:
Basketball Mini Kit--$20
 Contents of this kit include:  12 sheets of paper (6 Echo Park Basketball, 6 Cardstock that coordinates with the line), 1 Cardstock Sticker sheet, 1 sheet of mini basketball stickers, various mini die cuts and title die cuts, Jillibean Soup stickers, 3 shipping tags, and 4 blue and green labels.
Football Kit--$20
 Contents of this kit include:  12 papers (6 patterned papers from Echo Park, and 6 coordinating cardstock sheets, 3 shipping tags, 1 Jillibean Soup cardstock sticker sheet, 1 Echo Park football cardstock sticker sheet, 1 sheet mini football stickers, and American Crafts Thickers--newsprint.
If you are interested in any or all of these kits, please email Trish at with your paypal address, and we'll get an invoice out to you ASAP.  Thanks so much!
Enjoy your day!!

Thursday, September 20, 2012


New kits will be up for grabs later on this evening. So excited to share! I'm ready to buckle down and crop with friends this weekend, and this kit will get a workout...

I've been swamped with editing, and very grateful to have the opportunity to have yet another successful photography season. Add to the mix two boys in travel soccer, and a girl in volleyball, and I'm stretched pretty thin these days. As crazed as they seem, I'm really happy with our family life as of late. Feeling a bit more balanced these days (even with Bertram Inn Classes and product
Go buy the new Pink CD or download it on iTunes.  Nothing more wonderful that a productive work day rocking out to her.  Love, love, love...
Wishing you a bit of joy and fufillment today.  Be back soon with kits!
Until then...enjoy your day!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Volley for the Cure

I wanted to post this today for the locals who might be interested in attending Volley for the Cure a week from tomorrow at North Ridgeville High School.  All proceeds from the evening will be donated to breast cancer awareness.  For more information, please click on the photo above.  I hope to see you there!
Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Favorite Fall Things

I wanted to share a few new favorite Fall things with you today, and I wanted to link you up to my favorite past Fall Favorites blog posts from WIP Kits, too...
This post is one of the most popular blog posts of all time, thank you Pinterest.  Be sure to scroll over the hyperlinks and click on them--there truly is a TON of fun suggestions/sites to keep you busy!
I'm a huge fan of Little Debbie's Pumpkin Delights.  I get giddy every year when I see them!!
This blog post is also visited frequently.  The "head" is a bracket die cut from Stampin' Up.  It is still a favorite of mine!!
Life an awesome site where you can buy shirts and accessories with the infamous "Life IS...
sayings.  I love how it turned out!!  You can check them out and like them on their awesome facebook page here.

Enjoy your day!!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Mike & Mandy's Wedding--Part 2

 Here are the rest of the photos I wanted to post and share.  So many good ones, with details and side notes to share for every one.  But for now, I'll post and comment a bit.
Mike and Mandy, the happy couple.
 The Father/Daughter Dance...
So many fun photos that night.  There was a guy walking around with an Instax, and of course we played with those.  There was also a professional photo booth, complete with props and accessories and FUN.  Total hit!
 Loved her updo.  This shot was taken at the end of the couple's first dance.
 There were two dance floors--one on the inside, one on the outside.
 Tangerine gerber daisies...
 And THIS was the gift from the owner of the restaurant to the happy couple.  Yeah.  Barrel and all...
 Their guest book was a poster purchased from Etsy, customized with their colors.  Love this idea!  It will hang in their home as a reminder of the day...
 Love that the wedding was indoor/outdoor, complete with the fire pit.  It was a perfect evening.
 Mike and Mandy, I am forever grateful for your friendship and faith in me.  Thank you so much for asking me to do your photos.  I hope you had a blast on your honeymoon!!
 Enjoy your day!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Shutterfly Team Sites

ETA: There will be NO KITS for sale until the 20th this week. I was set on using the Echo Park Fall Fever collection, and I thought it was worth the wait (hope you do, too!) Can't wait to share the awesome new felt embellishements I have in store to go along with it. Thanks for your patience!!
If you're a team mom of any sort, make sure to check out Shutterfly and their Team Sites.  It is a FREE service provided by the company in which one can upload and share photos privately with others in the group (and it isn't limited to sports--it can be a theatre group, church group, retreat, etc.)  From this site, one is able to upload meeting dates and times, a schedule for snacks and games, messages, updates, scores, stats and anything else you could possibly dream up.  It is a GREAT tool, and we are hooked.  My favorite feature (besides sharing photos) is that there is an option to send reminders to people just in case they forget something is upcoming.  Be sure to check it out here.
Enjoy your day!!

Friday, September 14, 2012

An Instagram Favorite...

You know I love a great collage app, right?  Fuzel Pro is my latest new fav.  You can catch it here.  I love all the funky options!! 
Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Next month, our oldest child becomes a teenager. Last week, her best friend turned 13, so it got me thinking about a party, and how to celebrate...
 For her friend Rachel, we decided part of her gift had to be sentimental, and it also had to include photos.  Since I had a spare piece of foam core laying around, we got to work...
We covered the foam core with photos and quotes that celebrated becoming a teenager.  I love how it turned out, although this photo isn't the best.  You can bet I'll post another photo of the one we're going to do for our daughter in a few weeks.  Not bad for a project that didn't cost more than $10!!
Enjoy your day!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Monika Write--Guest Designer

I'm thrilled to announce the guest designer for September...Monika Wright.

Known for her amazing mini books, she created a beautiful one for WIP Kits, and I'd like to share it with you today...

In her words...

The chipboard word dream was the inspiration piece for this mini book. I knew as soon as I peeked into my goody box that I was finally going to make a project just for me, a place for me to document what I'm thinking, feeling and dreaming of. Now, I'm not a person to remember her dreams, but I have plenty of dreams in my waking hours, believe me! I embossed the circles and then misted the chipboard to really allow it to take center stage.

Now for the good part...all the pages in a variety of sizes, shapes and formats. You'll see that I envision filling this book with lots of goodness and used 1.25" o-wires to house what will become a chunky bit of what I'm thinking about. I'll be able to add on to this book over the next month, few months, years, however long it takes me to fill it up with my stories.

I like to add unexpected places to tell more private stories and that's what I'll do with this fold out page here. Oh, and see that camera page peeking out from beneath the fold out page? I added it after I had already bound my mini book. Let me show you how I made it a part the design and no one will ever know. Right? Right!

I used the border strip on the cardstock and incorporated it into my design. And on the back side, I added a border strip that comes with so many papers now. The red chevron strip has been adhered to the back side of this paper to cover up the manufacturer's info, allowing me to still use the patterned strip on the front!

What's not to love about's already designed for us. Add a story and a photo and call us ahead of the game.

I circle punched and then pop dotted those circles to the cardstock and used that bright red as the next page to peek out and add even more interest. Nothing wrong with a little fun.

Told you I was a fan of layering. And you may have already guessed...I use up scraps. The chevron strip below the word art is a border strip that I fussy cut and the banner strip adhered with the washi tape was trimmed into the v and fussy cut around the circles. If you have it, use it, I always think. Why let those bits and pieces get lost and eventually thrown away?

Machine stitching with my Mom's vintage Singer sewing machine is also a neat way to add interest and texture. Here, I've made a little pocket folder for one of the journaling cards and the long narrow page has also been stitched adding in a border strip scrap. The flap will be a nice way to add yet another layer when the time comes.

I used the paper names, punched, as journaling prompts for this page. Nifty, eh?

Just because it's a mini album doesn't mean it has to be mini. My dream book, that I'll add to over time, is sized to 8x12 at the largest and has pages as small as a shipping tag. I hope you'll give mini books a try sometime.

Thanks so much for joining us, Monika!! 

For those of you who would like to check out her Etsy site, you can view her amazing mini books and creations here.

Enjoy your day!!