Paper and Petals

Monday, August 23, 2010


Thanks so much for all the nice comments over the weekend! It was a fun blog hop and I'm so glad you could join me!

The winner of the Merry Moose set is Lori Subosits. Lori, email me your address to julieokada (at) live (dot) com and we'll get your set sent out.

Thanks so much!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

OCL Blog Hop + Blog Candy

happy holidays

Hi there and welcome to the OCL blog hop. Today I'm sharing a peek for the new set Merry Moose. It's full of very cute holiday Moose and this image which has no moose but is equally cute!!

Want a chance to win a set of your very own?? Well, leave a comment on this post (make sure you sign in so we can find you if you win!) and I'll draw a random winner on Aug. 22nd (1 pm eastern). The blog roll is below so you can check out all the other fabulous sneaks!

Here is where you can find all the fabulous OCL products.

Amber Hillman
Beate Johns
Beth Silaika
Bev Gerard
Broni Holcombe
Cambria Turnbow
Charmaine Ikach
Cindy Lawrence
Deb Felts
Debbie Corbari
Deborah Anton
Denise Marzec
Heather McNally
Holly McMillen
Jeanne Streiff
Joy Kennedy
~Julie Okada you are here~
Kendra Wietstock
Kisa Peters
Lori McAree
Maree Truelove
Michelle Fowler
Pam Hooten
Tammy Hershberger
Terri Thill
Vicki Garrett

so much love.

so much love

So much love. that's what I think when I see this picture. I fell like I've been saying that alot these days. These two kids of mine just keep surprising me with their good attitudes and generosity and kindness. And even though they're older and I don't get tons of cute sayings from them anymore, when I do they are fabulous! Just the other day Jack called me up at work to see if we could go to bed early that night, get up the next morning and get somewhere by 8:15. He wanted to practice for the start of school a day later. So funny. Cute funny. And so mature all at the same time. I'm so proud of them some days I could just burst with a heart full of love. So that's the inspiration behind this page now I need to find a picture of Jack and duplicate it for him. I'm planning on adding some journaling to it but the right words haven't come yet so that will wait until they do. Maybe a letter attached to back or put into an envelope. Have to think on that one.

studio calico grannys cupboard kit which it appears as though there are amazingly some left. I have used up almost every. single. bit of this kit. I may be able to squeeze one more layout out of it before I put the few bits of leftovers in my stash.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Our Craft Lounge + back to school

day 1

I've already scrapped this picture from last years 1st day of school but since I haven't printed this years photos yet I decided to scrap it again! I just had to use this cute school set from OCL that I haven't inked yet so I decided to scrap it for J to put in her album. I'm delighted to say that she has become a scrapbooker too! Yay!! Funny how it was 10 times easier to scrap for her than for myself. I'll have to trick myself into thinking I scrapping for someone else from now on. :)

I went the cardstock route so as to not take away from the cute stamps. I colored the apples with copics and added the apple green sparkly fluff to the leaves. Perfection! I stamped the abc123 in white onto a kraft cardstock strip. I wanted the strip there so it went with my other strips but i also didn't want to mess up the base of my page so it worked out! I used thickers for the title (big surprise) and a sprinkle of buttons for some fun. Hope you liked it!
Come on back Friday for the OCL blog hop. They're releasing a bunch of new stamps and I'll have one set to give away! The sneaks are up starting today so check out the OCL blog if you want to play along.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

where did the time go?

time go_edited-2

another kelly purkey sketch. so fun to get a pile of layouts done. i say pile it's more like 3 but that's 3 in one week. way more than i usually do anyway. there are so many different ways to spin these sketches that I actually have a ton more pages i could do and it's only day 4!
back soon with more pages. next week it's back to school. i plan on scrapping all week their first week back just for fun!

Sunday, August 8, 2010



another Kelly Purkey sketch class sketch. So close to finishing up my 2007 photos. Really think I just have Christmas left, but I'm going to try and get my son's school album caught up first! I think I may have kindergarten done and he's starting 4th grade next week. Kinda sad they're going back to school so soon but I do hope to get some major scrapping done...we'll see! :)
totally rambling today must get to work. boo!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Kelly Purkey sketch class


I started a fun new sketch class with Kelly Purkey and the Studio Calico girls (yes it's all Studio Calico all the time around here these days! I'm loving it over there) I'm caught up until today but haven't been able to share them until now. This is based on the first sketch and I loved it! The great things about her sketches is that they are totally up to you to interpret how you want. I've got the second one done and will share as soon as I can get a photo taken.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


the broncos

sweet thing

These two layouts were based on a couple of different Sunday sketches from the Studio Calico blog. I busted these out in order to get ready for Kelly Purkey's Sketchbook 2
class. It was good practice and for the most part these came together so fast! I always have trouble deciding what font to use and where to put the title on my layouts. I also struggle with leaving room for journaling and then actually getting something decent down! I should probably take a journaling class LOL!!

The first layout uses Continental (which looks like it's still available).
Second one used Granny's Cupboard.



these two are actually a double page spread. haven't done one of those in a while. not my favorite set of pages but it will do! I used the partly sunny kit on this one. they didn't photograph very well for some reason but i'm sharing them anyway!

have a great day.