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SugarBabe Sunday 8/16


We’ve added a fun, new weekly post during this summer! We’re having the SugarBabes hang out with Stacia and I on the blog. We only have a few more weeks of this & i’m so sad. I’ve loved seeing what the SugarBabe’s write.  Today we’re lucky to have Niki with us & she’s got a fun one if you have kiddos going back to school! Thanks Niki!

With all the gorgeous new (and old) back to school kits and the awesome blog post this Thursday on taking great photos for the big day, I thought I’d keep the theme going. Only today I thought it might be fun to get ready for the new school year in a little bit of a different way. We all know that if we take a picture on our kid’s first day of school and then compare it to a picture taken on the last day – that kid would look pretty different. Those darn kids just change and grow all year long. But it’s not only their looks that change throughout the year…they’re changing little by little on the inside too.

So why not start the new school year with an interview with your kids? I bet if you were to ask them a series of questions at the beginning of the year and then ask then the very same questions at the end of the year – some of those answers would be totally different! I’m going to give it a try with my littles this year and see how their interests and ideas change over this next 9 months or so.

Here are a few of the questions I’m going to ask and document. Hopefully these will help get you started!!

  1. What is something you do really well?
  2. What are you afraid of?
  3. What do you want to be when you grow up?
  4. Who is your favorite person to spend time with?
  5. What is your favorite book?
  6. If you could meet someone famous, who would it be?
  7. What would you do with a million dollars?
  8. What’s your favorite thing to do with your family?
  9. What new thing/skill would you like to learn this year?
  10. What is your least favorite chore?

Here is a page I made asking my 9 year old these questions…

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I think it will be fun to ask these questions again at the end of the school year and then show my kids what’s changed and what has stayed the same!  I’m also going to challenge myself to turn these questions into a layout for each of my kids and then at the end of the year they’ll hopefully have a fun 2 pager all about them. I challenge you to do the same. Happy new school year!!

Thursday Treats – Back to School 8/13



What did we do before we had the internet available to us? We now have infinite sources of inspiration and examples to fuel our own creativity.

I wanted to change it up a little bit this week and offer a few back to school photography tips to go along with some kit ideas. So of course, I went prowling the internet spying tutorials and pretty Pinterest images to share with you.

Let me show you what I’ve found: (I’ve tried to credit the images and tutorials so that you can go and see ALL of their tips!)


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The Dating Divas have a great list of prop ideas for your photos including pencils, chalkboards and globes among others.





What a great idea! This could be a scrapbook page in itself, capturing a little bit of what’s happening right at the beginning of school. What fun would this be to see several years of these in your child’s album!



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Progression photos are a surefire favorite for most of us. It might be the same spot in front of your home, at your front door, in front of the bus, in front of the school sign, with their siblings. A collection of these showing year after year would be great title pages for a child’s album, art for the walls of your home or gifts for the grandparents.

Here’s a different take on the progression photo:


Isn’t this a great idea from Call Me Crafty Al? Can’t you just see her as a senior in high school holding a huge frame with all of her younger photos?




Here’s an interesting take on a first day of school photo:






Don’t forget to get a shot of your elementary school child’s teacher. They can be such an important part of a child’s life. It’s fun for them to look back at the end of the year and maybe even years later. I mean can’t you remember at least one teacher that really affected your life?

Hope this helps a little with your next back to school photos!


Are you ready to meet the sixth and final new designer coming to the Sweet Shoppe this summer? You only have to wait until tomorrow! Check your inbox tomorrow before you come shopping.


In The Works Wednesday – 8/12



It’s another exciting week behind the scenes at Sweet Shoppe as we get ready to unveil our last of six brand new designers in just two days! Some of our designers are back from vacations so we have even more goodies on the virtual shelves  just ready for you to grab. And if that’s not enough… we have another gorgeous Featured Designer Kit coming as well!

So let’s just get on with the show-and-tell, shall we:


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And a little somethin’ from the SugarBabes and designers!





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Did you see something already that you know you just have to have? Not too long to wait at all!

Be on the lookout for your newsletter Friday night to see all of these lovelies AND more. Then hop over into the Forum to say “Welcome” to our newest designer.

Thursday Treats – 8/06 Beach Trip



For many of us in North America, it’s getting close to the final days of the summer. It’s the last hurrah, just a few more days spent splashing in the pool or maybe even one final trip to the beach for the year before school starts again.

I thought I’d share a few kits you might use for a layout about your own beach trip:




























How about you? Do you have one more beach trip planned for the summer? Link us up to a layout so we can see and appreciate it.

Are you ready to meet another Sweet Shoppe designer tomorrow? I can promise you’ll love this week’s addition to the Sweet Shoppe family!

In the Works Wednesday – 8/5

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Well, WOW!! I wish I could show you everything that’s brewing back behind the scenes but I can’t…  I’m afraid you’ll have to wait until Friday to see it all. But, I can show you just a few of the things that you’ll be seeing in the weekend’s newsletter.


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And no sneak peek post would be complete without a little inspiration from the SugarBabes (and designers!!):








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And if all THAT wasn’t enough, there will also be products from our newest designer that will be making her debut on Friday. You are definitely going to want to stick around for this one!!

I’ll see you around the Shoppe on Friday night! ;)

Tuck It In Tuesday – 8/04



It was an awesome week in the Sweet Shoppe gallery! I love having so many gorgeous pockets layouts to choose from for my weekly showcase post.

Let me show you just a few of my favorites:
































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Have you looked in the gallery recently and left a little love for your fellow scrappers? Take 10 minutes and go in there today. Tell someone that you find their layout inspiring and why. You’ll make a fellow scrapper smile!

Check back tomorrow and see what new goodies are headed your way this weekend!

SugarBabe Sunday – 8/2

SugarBabeSunday-header-KimWe’ve added a fun, new weekly post during this summer! We’re having the SugarBabes hang out with Stacia and I on the blog. They’re going to post whatever they want. That could get pretty surprising, right? ;) Kim’s with us today, talking all about her summer vacation. See what her family’s been up to!

Hi everyone!  It’s Kim Walker here with my SugarBabe Sunday post.  I thought I would share with you today a little bit of our summer fun.  All 3 of our boys still at home play travel soccer, so we don’t have much time in the off season to do things.  Soccer takes up about 11 months of the year and our time off is scattered throughout.  We make do with our time off and spent a lot of time outdoors or going to fun places in the area.  We even got another quick trip to Florida in too.  Here’s a peek inside our summer fun…

Soccer is over, but baseball still had another few weeks!  We had two boys in baseball this year.  Here’s a peek at our lefty on deck.


Our  boys LOVE to climb trees.  This is THEIR climbing tree in the backyard.  Two in the tree and one of the ground are mine.  I babysit a little here and there so we had a few extra boys playing on this day.


Here’s our little slugger!  This was Derek’s first year playing and he was a natural.  He shocked the coaches because by day 2 of practice he knew the name of every position on the field!  And check out those red shoes.  His favorite color is red and he HAD to have these cleats!


We are pretty lucky to have a park about 3 minutes from our house.  They added a splash pad late last fall so we decided to try it out when it opened for the season!  The boys did eventually run around and get wet but they had to check it out first!


Our swing set really needs to be upgraded because the boys are too big for it, but they don’t mind.  As you can see, Derek is our little monkey!


Christmas in July?  No…it’s just what Derek decided to put on and I am not one to argue with a strong willed 4 year old!  He got an oak sapling from preschool and Daddy and him planted it in our front yard.  After the rabbits ate half of it, Daddy decided to get a cage to put around it.  Derek was pretty excited to see his little tree now has leaves!


One of our favorite places to go is the gym.  The boys love going into the childcare center.  They can run around in the tubes, play ball in the gym or explore on the computers.


We have had a membership to Brookfield Zoo since the boys were born.  We go several times a year.  Daddy decided we would go for Father’s Day since we had soccer on Mother’s Day.  Here’s Thing 1, Thing 2 and Thing 3.


Jason turned 9 at the end of June and decided he wanted to go to the Lego Discovery Center on his birthday.  They boys had a great time.


Really?  There are no words to describe these three sometimes!


We managed to squeeze in a quick trip to Orlando at the beginning of July.  It was an impromptu vacation.  We found out a few days before that they were able to get us a two bedroom suite at Bonnet Creek.  We have a Wyndham Vacation Membership and had been on a waitlist for anytime in July.  We had told the boys that we were ONLY hanging out at the resort, swimming, playing miniature golf, etc….but….as you can see, we did go to Magic Kingdom one day.  It was a last minute decision and the boys were excited!


We spent a week at Disney last July and Derek was too short (missed it by an inch, maybe less) to go on Splash Mountain.  His heart was crushed!  Well, he was all smiles this time as he turned in his Fast Pass Voucher that says he is tall enough to ride!  He was given the voucher last year and was told when he was tall enough to come back and he could pass everyone in line!  Yes, I kept that voucher safe in my wallet for a year just so he could turn it in!  Of course, they let us keep the voucher because I HAD to scrap it!


There is something Magical about this castle at night!  I wish we lived closer because we would have season passes!


They boys got to play a little miniature golf at the resort.  They all enjoyed it, even though Seth looks bored!


Tim and I celebrated our anniversary while we were in Florida and we went to Downtown Disney for dinner…just the two of us!  It was heavenly!  Normally we have the boys with us for our anniversary dinner but since our oldest son and his girlfriend came along on the trip, we told them they had to babysit one night so we could go to dinner alone!


We took a day trip to the beach.  It was so calm at Treasure Island, I think we will go back there again.  They boys had great splashing and swimming and there weren’t huge waves or a strong undertow that we had to worry about.  We even saw a manatee up close and personal swimming a few feet away from us!


There is nothing like having to go to the doctor with 3 boys.  Thank goodness their iPads were charged!


We took the boys to see Minions.  Oh my, I love those little yellow guys!  This movie was so funny!!


The boys have spend A LOT of time in the backyard swimming.  Derek ditched his puddle jumper one day and started swimming underwater, the whole length of the pool, which is 15 ft. Just a few weeks before this picture was taken, he could go under for about one second, had to plug his nose and wipe his eyes after.  He has turned in to a little fish overnight!


Thanks for letting me share a little bit of our summer fun!


Thursday Treats – Book Lovers Unite! 7/30

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If you’re a book lover, you just might know that tomorrow is Harry Potter’s birthday. Raise your hand if you enjoyed reading the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling perhaps just as much as your children did. I raised my hand right along with you! Since I was a child, I’ve always loved to get lost in the pages of a book. You truly can go anywhere by reading!

Most of us have a favorite book or book series and hate to see them come to an end. It can almost feel like losing a friend when you come to the very last page.

I thought I might share a few kits from the Shoppe that you could use to tell a story about a favorite book of yours or maybe someone in your family:
























Have I inspired you to grab a book off the shelf and read a few chapters tonight? I hope so!

You know what else happens tomorrow? That’s right, another brand new designer joins the Sweet Shoppe family tomorrow! So get ready to do some shopping after you see all the goodies that she’s bringing with her.

In the Works Wednesday – 7/29

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Are you excited for another weekend? Another Wednesday here on the blog means another set of sneak peeks into the products being loaded onto the shelves at the Sweet Shoppe. It’s looking to be another fine week so far, with gorgeous kits from our designers new and old AND a brand new featured designer kit that you are going to LOVE!

Let’s get a little look at what you are going to see in Friday’s newsletter:


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And a look at what the SugarBabes (and designers) are creating with all of these goodies:


















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All these lovelies and MORE will be available in the Shoppe on Friday evening, so watch for your newsletter! Did you notice I mentioned NEW designers…? I know everyone is waiting patiently to see who the newest designer is joining us at SSD. You won’t have to wait much longer to find out. Don’t forget to pop into the forum after the newsletter is posted to share your warm welcome with her. I know she can’t wait to “meet” you all!