Back In The Day

Aug 11, 2011

Hi there this is Car­o­line Lau — one of the part­ners at Maya Road. When Lisa asked me to post here on her blog I was first at a loss at what I would post. So I decid­ed that I would talk about how Lisa made it onto the Maya Road team way back in 2006 dur­ing our very first (and only so far) Design Team call. I hon­est­ly had nev­er heard of Lisa or seen her work before. Lisa was new to the world of scrap­book­ing back then. The first time I noticed her work was when I saw this project on Two Peas In A Buck­et: Lisa had done some amaz­ing things with our bot­tle­caps that I had nev­er seen before. I was floored at the exe­cu­tion and details of her work....

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CHA Day 2

Jul 21, 2011

It was anoth­er fun day at CHA. This after­noon I helped Car­o­line teach her 6 Ways To Use Maya Road Work­shop. It was a won­der­ful class and most every­one fin­ished their project. Then I walked the floor with Ron­da look­ing at all the won­der­ful new prod­ucts which will be hit­ting stores soon. Chris­tine on the oth­er hand was stuck in her hotel room sort­ing through all kinds of projects for the Cocoa Daisy Kits. All I can say is they are going to be AWESOME!. Today, I have to share a few pho­tos and tell you about all the fun we had in the Crafters Work­shop booth. After look­ing at all of Julie Balz­er’s new sten­cils Ron­da and I played with Julie and a great group of friends. We all know I’m not a get messy kin­da girl...

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Anniversary Card

Jul 18, 2011

I cre­atead this card using pat­terned paper from my Cocoa Daisy “Urban Loft” kit and sev­er­al new Maya Road release items. The new “Win­ter’s Ros­es in Hound­stooth Pump­kin” goes per­fect­ly with their new “Satin Pleat Edg­ing in Gold­en Yel­low” and “Ruf­fle Cro­chet Trim — Sin­gle”. I had to put a “Black Wood­en Bin­go Cal­en­dar Piece” inside the rose cen­ter as it fit too well to pass up. I then accent­ed the Win­ter’s Rose with “Vin­tage Pearl and Leaf” Trin­ket Pins. And one can nev­er get tired of accent­ing cards or projects with the “Large Daisy Vin­tage Trim”. I love the soft­ness it adds to my projects. FYI: You can mist this trim with any of the sol­id Maya Road Mists to col­or coor­di­nate it with any of your projects. To make the col­or per­ma­nent just heat set it...

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Smile Sweet Heart Card

Jul 1, 2011

Here is a bright and cheery card I cre­at­ed using the Cocoa Daisy Main Kit “Urban Loft” and the “South Loop” Add On Kit. I’m lov­ing all the bright col­ors and designs on these flow­ers and accent­ed with self adhe­sive pearls which are includ­ed in the main kit, makes them even cuter. You all know how much I love pearls! Today, I will be cre­at­ing with some new CHA release prod­ucts for Maya Road which make me so hap­py, just wait until you see them… oh my good­ness did Car­o­line and Deb ever out do them­selves with this release. I think it’s my favorite ever. Then tonight, I will be edit­ing into the wee hours of the night, again. My Aunt would cringe if she saw my sleep sched­ule right now it’s worse than...

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Set Up Day…

Jan 28, 2011

Set­ting up the booth begins. Yep, all these crates con­tain the prod­uct you want and pur­chase. But before the store own­ers can get the CHA‑W release prod­ucts into their stores set­ting up the booth and get­ting all the prod­ucts and show sam­ples up for dis­play must be done. This is cer­tain­ly NOT the GLAMOROUS side of trade shows. But at least Car­o­line makes it as fun as pos­si­ble. Sarah and Lau­ra find the humor in lots of things dur­ing the process and make you laugh but David well… he is like a grumpy old man. The open­ing up of the crates… let the mad­ness begin. David a.k.a Mr. Grumpy pants, Car­o­line and Lau­ra. We just fin­ished putting down the floor and are now get­ting ready to put up the walls. Walls are up and...

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And the fun begins…

Jan 27, 2011

Last night we ate at this real­ly good place called Mat­sui. Every­thing was won­der­ful but I soon found out along with design team mem­ber Sarah that the one thing that was not so won­der­ful was their Japan­ese tea. Yikes that was some hard stuff to drink. Need­less to say the laughs start­ed right then. Sarah is Aussie tough she drank all of hers and well I must admit Lau­ra helped me with mine. Thank good­ness. Although I could have fin­ished it off if I had, had about 5 pounds of sug­ar to put in it. So note to self… when the wait­ress says, “this is Japan­ese tea” take note… it is not just like any oth­er tea. Japan­ese tea is cer­tain­ly a long way away from the sweet tea of the south I’m used...

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Maya Road Make-n-Take Schedule

Jan 25, 2011

Okay here are the super fun and super cute projects Car­o­line cre­at­ed for me to teach in the Maya Road booth (#761) dur­ing CHA. These are going to be fun, fun, fun and I know as always I will be super busy. You guys keep me jump­ing. Day 1 will be this cute Art Ban­ner then once the ban­ners are all gone we will make a cute Resin Ring. Day 2 I will be show­ing you how to make this cute Kraft Flower Doilie Pin then once the Doilie Pins are all gone these cute Pleat Flower Pins will be made. Day 3 we will be mak­ing this cute Valen­tine’s Day tag Day 4 we’ll be mak­ing a lug­gage tag that is per­fect to attach to your tote or suit­case. Oh here is a...

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Being Productive…

Jan 22, 2011

feels so good and yes­ter­day was a won­der­ful­ly pro­duc­tive day.. I got the make-n-take I will be teach­ing for F+W Media all bagged up, start­ed gath­er­ing the extra items I need to bring to CHA and cre­at­ed, cre­at­ed, cre­at­ed. I fin­ished up the inspi­ra­tional baubles. Won­der who’s hands these will end up in at the show. Made this ring… Ans­ley is going to keep me super busy mak­ing these for her and her friends. Had an awe­some mail day… Thank you cThru Ruler Com­pa­ny… they are a book spon­sor and sent me the entire Art‑C line. Talk about loads of inspi­ra­tion in this box! Yikes I can­not wait to start play­ing with this. And then I topped the night off by mak­ing this cuff using vin­tage lace, cream felt and new Maya Road trims....

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CHA Schedule…

Jan 19, 2011

I tell ya this show seems to come faster and faster every year. But I love it as I get to recon­nect with friends from all over the world. Once again I am going with Maya Road (Booth #761) and will spend most of my time doing make-n-takes in their booth as well as being harassed by David. Yes, I’m an easy tar­get and he pulls pranks on me A LOT!!! Car­o­line designed all the make-n-takes for me to teach at the show and they are cute. Those attend­ing are going to have fun mak­ing them. Here is the sched­ule of where I’ll be dur­ing the show. Sat­ur­day, the 29th I will be with Maya Road all day. Sun­day, the 30th I will be with Maya Road until 2:00 and then with Fiskars (Booth #1323) from...

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What a weekend…

Oct 3, 2010

Artis­tic Jour­ney was AWESOME! I had so much fun meet­ing and cre­at­ing with every­one and can­not wait to do this again… next year, right Car­o­line? Since I have so many pho­tos to post I will not be too wordy and let the pho­tos speak for them­selves. Enjoy! Down­town Wax­a­hachie and The Crafty Scrap­per. Some of the atten­dees cre­at­ed tags pri­or to the event that were show­cased in the store­front win­dow… Lau­ra was busy check­ing every­one in while Katie and Car­olyn chat­ted with a few of the guests. Every­one got a goody bag filled with AWESOME prod­ucts. Mary Lou and Ker­ri were always super busy at the reg­is­ter. Return­ing from hav­ing a group pho­to tak­en. Fri­day evening was filled with Make n Takes. Once every­one fin­ished each sta­tion they had an adorable mini album to...

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Artistic Journey

Sep 30, 2010

I have been so excit­ed for Artis­tic Jour­ney to begin and can’t believe it is final­ly here. Tomor­row, I head down to Wax­a­hachie to spend three days with a won­der­ful group of ladies at The Crafty Scrap­per. These ladies are com­ing from all over ready to cre­ate, make new friends, shop and have fun. Fri­day night will be filled with make n takes and lots of laugh­ter. Then Sat­ur­day and Sun­day, I will be teach­ing my shad­ow box class along with Katie Wat­son and Aubrey Rives. Katie cre­at­ed an adorable recipe card hold­er and Aubrey cre­at­ed a super fun and whim­si­cal mini album. I can­not wait to see these two as I only get to see them at CHA. Lau­ra my online vin­tage bud­dy and CHA pal will be there too as well as...

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Show Day 3

Jul 30, 2010

This one is a day late but by the time we fin­ished break­ing down the booth and eat­ing din­ner it was late and I was pooped. As you can see my day start­ed out as usu­al at the make-n-take booth. Peo­ple loved learn­ing how to make medal­lion flow­ers. They loved it so much so that I taught 100 peo­ple how to make them. That is a lot of mak­ing and tak­ing in 5  hours. Right before the show start­ed I went to anoth­er one of my favorite man­u­fac­tur­ers… Crafty Secrets.  They have some adorable items com­ing out. You will notice sev­er­al projects using my friend Vic­ki Chris­man­’s 3D shad­ow box frame dies and they are super cute. Their booth is filled with loads of vin­tage good­ness. Notice the 3D Shad­ow Box Frame above… I...

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Pre CHA day 2

Jul 26, 2010

First let me say… yes, dreams do come true… check out what Maya Road now has.… GLITTER!!!! I have begged and begged and begged for Car­o­line to PLEASE make GLITTER well not only she and Deb make GLITTER I actu­al­l­ly got to help pick the col­ors. All I am going to say is it is super awe­some GLITTER and if you are a glit­ter lover like me you will LOVE this fine glit­ter. So after I fin­ished doing the hap­py dance we start­ed adding all the design teams projects. Our team ROCKS… those of you attend­ing will be so inspired after­ing see­ing what every­one has cre­at­ed. And about 5 hours lat­er we were done.… Love that I have a larg­er and taller Make-n-Take table (thanks Car­olyn)… tomor­row’s project is going to be fun and the give away...

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Pre CHA day 1

Jul 25, 2010

Start­ed my day play­ing with this lit­tle cutie Miss Olivia. After break­fast we head­ed to the con­ven­tion cen­ter to start putting the booth togeth­er. The blank area you see will soon be filled with lots of Maya Road good­ness.  This is Lau­ra and Aubrey work­ing on the walls. Once it gets past the sec­ond row I am ver­ti­cal­ly chal­lenged. Here is Lau­ra and David with a lit­tle orga­nized chaos going on. It is always such an accom­plished feel­ing once we get the walls all set up. Here is some seri­ous orga­nized chaos.  The rib­bon wall is plain tor­ture for me… thank­ful­ly, Car­o­line knows this and gives this task to some­one else… Lau­ra. I have no idea how she man­ages to com­plete this task. If it were up to me to get it done CHA would be over and you...

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What a bad blogger I have been…

Feb 9, 2009

As soon as I got home from CHA I hit the ground run­ning. No time to relax for a sin­gle sec­ond. I guess I will do a lit­tle run down of what has been going on in my lit­tle neck of the woods… 1st… CHA was a blast. Going with Maya Road is always so much fun. I did loads of make n takes, gave away fun stuff and got to chat with lots of won­der­ful peo­ple. 2nd… As soon as I got home I had to instant­ly start on a lay­out for Mem­o­ry Mak­ers. It is going to be includ­ed in an arti­cle in the July/August issue. I am not even going to tell you what it looks like as you will know it is mine the sec­ond you see it. It uses...

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A little Valentine Tutorial…

Jan 19, 2009

I guess you can tell I LOVE Maya Road. Seri­ous­ly love every­thing Deb and Car­o­line make and the great thing about their prod­ucts are they mix and match per­fect­ly. I always look at their coast­er albums and think they would make won­der­ful fab­ric pat­terns. Well need­ing a break from book projects yes­ter­day I decid­ed to use the bird pat­tern to cre­ate my own fab­ric embell­ish­ment. Talk about super EASY to make. Seri­ous­ly easy. This is the first piece of fab­ric any­thing I have ever sewn. Yes I got the sewing machine to sew on paper. Any­way, I thought I would cre­ate a lit­tle tuto­r­i­al think­ing you might like to give this a try. Sup­plies Need­ed: 2‑Ring Heart Binder (1 page) Sheer Heart Scal­lop Book (1 page) Heart Chip­board Book (1 page) Bird Chip­board Book...

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Did you know…

Jan 9, 2009

Maya Road has a Valen­tine’s Day release? If you did­n’t you need to check out this cute lit­tle “Love Tick­et” Sin­gle­ton Stamp. I love that the words are seper­ate stamps too, so per­fect for lit­tle sen­ti­ments on tiny tags. Then they have this adorable “For­ev­er Postage” Sin­gle­ton Stamp. I real­ly love this trio… so per­fect to accent your Valen­tine’s or can­dy wrap­pers. They also have this won­der­ful Maya Mist set of Red and Sil­ver… gor­geous col­ors used sep­a­rate­ly or in com­bi­na­tion. The “Love Key­chain” set is so cute and has so many pos­si­bil­i­ties for projects… no favorite here as I love each one. And last but not least they have this real­ly cute “Key Key­chain” set. This set would also be cute as embell­ish­ments for a new home or car for those of you...

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Just a little pretty…

Apr 15, 2008

The base of the wall hang­ing is a page from a Maya Road 2‑Ring Heart Chip­board Book, the scroll is from their new Scrolls II Chip­board Sets (LOVE THESE) the small­er heart is a page from their Heart Coast­er Album and the flow­ers are their new Trin­kets Vel­vet Pleat Blos­soms and you know I love these!

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What a fun day…

Mar 30, 2008

The Crafty Scrap­per is locat­ed on the his­toric town square of Wax­a­hachie and is nes­tled among lots of quaint shops so after you fin­ish shop­ping at The Crafty Scrap­per you can spend sev­er­al addi­tion­al hours shop­ping and eat­ing at “The Dove’s Nest Restau­rant.”

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I love fabric…

Mar 28, 2008

So here is what I cre­at­ed and I think I am in love! Tomor­row I am going with Car­o­line to help her teach a class at “The Crafty Scrap­per”. Car­o­line will be teach­ing her adorable altered house class with a mini album tucked inside.

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Class Sneak Peek #5.…

Mar 9, 2008

But some­thing tells me with one class Fri­day night, three class­es Sat­ur­day and one class Sun­day morn­ing I’m going to be a bit crunched for time. Any­way, here is a sneak peek of one lay­out I cre­at­ed this week­end for the 2 — 12 x 12 lay­out class I will teach on Sat­ur­day.

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