Sunday, December 13, 2009

Thanks and Merry Christmas!

Thanks to everyone for visiting me at the Boutique! I was writing a response to Chris' comments and it was getting pretty lengthy so I just decided to make it a post. I had a great show this year! There were tons of people there and everyone was great. I handed out a bunch of cards for hopefully more business.

One gal bought three that day and then called last week to see if she could get some more. When she came over, she fell in love with six of them!!! Can you believe it?!

Then I did this small little show during parent teacher conferences at the Junior High. I didn't really expect a lot, but I sold more than I thought I would.

There are still books here, so don't hesitate to call! If you are looking for a great gift to fill that last hard-to-buy-for person on the list, I can probably help you out!

All together, it's been a fantastic year for me. I so appreciate all of the business and support from my clients. I wish you all the very best for the Christmas season! I hope you find peace, joy and everything else you wish for under your tree!

From the basement,

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Boutique time...

It is Boutique time and I want everyone to come! I'm working on some fun stuff this year and the papers are gorgeous! So put it on your calendars: November 21, 9am to 5pm, Bonneville High School. My booth has moved a little, but is still in the commons area of the school. Tell your friends, bring a bunch of friends, there is no admission-- just a ton of fun!

From the basement,

Friday, April 24, 2009

So many memories...

I've so much to talk about! I've been busy working on these projects and I'm excited to share the news.

First the memory book. Last year sometime, a friend for whom I'd done some books for previously had an idea. When her Dad turned 90, the family had put together 90 memories that various members of the family had of him and how he had influenced their lives. So for her Mother's 90th birthday last summer, she wondered about doing the same thing, only in book form. I must credit this family for such a wonderful idea! It's such a tribute to those you love and cherish!
This particular book was done for another member of extended family for her 89th birthday this summer. When I am able to put these kinds of things together, I am often reminded of the quote, (which I'll have to look for in a bit but it's something like...) When you're old you won't remember how much money you made or how successful you were, but if you'd done any good in the lives of your children. (If anyone knows what I'm talking about, I'd love the help!) Anyway, I think this is a beautiful way to convey feelings of gratitude and tribute to those we hold dear.

The baptism program jacket was so fun for me to get to put together! I must also credit someone else for this idea! I have done some books for Cecilia's mother in the past. The books were for each of her adorable children and included in them all were the program jackets that she had made for their own baptisms, and they were adorable! Such a fun family tradition and keepsake! I am thrilled to have been asked to do these for Cecilia.

I can't express how honored I am to have been able to participate in these families lives for a small time. I hope they enjoy sharing them as much as I enjoyed creating them!

From the basement,

Thursday, April 16, 2009

From the basement...

I am often asked if I have a website, and frankly I have wondered for a couple of years now how to do just that. But, I am not computer savvy in any way and seriously lack the skills to even ask the right questions to the right people. I have a brother-in-law who sort-of set one up, but it required me to actually attempt to make changes on it. I quickly abandoned the whole thing, and was shocked when trying to show a friend this site, the other one popped up. Guess what, I don’t even know how to delete it from the outer stretches of cyber-space!

Thus the birth of the blog. A site that allows me to update as often as I choose and although I am still trying to decide on its actual feel and function, it ultimately serves the purpose that I would want from a website. I will periodically paste this post as new so as to keep newcomers informed, because when I tried to include it in my profile, it would only allow me “1200 characters”…sheesh! (Although now, as I sit here, I can’t even think of what I must have been trying to say that could possibly have been so verbose!)

Because what I do is so personal to you, or should be, I feel like it’s important to communicate with you freely and directly about what you need, rather than filling out an order form. I have created countless books from baby to vacation and from heritage to wedding guest signature books. Currently, I'm working on baptism programs and a book full of written memories for a grandmother in Texas.

I love doing this. I love the preservation of pictures and memories, and I love the idea that maybe someday, if they're not packed in a shoebox, your great-grandkids will be able to discern a certain part of who you were and what your life was like.

The entirety of the bottom of the blog is photos of previous books done either custom or for the Unique Boutique Craft Fair held every year in Idaho Falls. I think I will start including paper collections here to view as well. It will be sort-of a before and after, as well as what’s available to pick from for your own custom book.

Paper collections do come and go, so not all shown is available, but if there’s a style you like or a direction you want to go, it’s always possible. Sky’s the limit- as they say…and I’m ready if you are.

Let me know what you like, or what you’d like to see.

from the basement,

Monday, March 16, 2009

The Cure for "Spring Blahs"

I have been working on this post off and on for a full week now (pictures included), and finally have something to show for it. These are just a few of the things I've been working on. The book for Kylie turned out so adorable! Working with those colors definitely was the cure for "Spring Blahs". The 12x12s that I posted pictures of were definetly fun to put together. I love incorporating the interactive elements in books to both keep the eye moving and save space, not to mention time, with more pages.

In keeping with the updates on my household projects:
My husband took all of last week off and we spent the entire time repainting our livingroom, dining room and kitchen. Finally, my furniture is back in place and all I'm missing now is the pictures back on the walls and the window treatments rehung. Wow, what a difference. It does feel better to have a new look. Secretly, I'm hoping for some new furniture out of the whole deal because now the old stuff doesn't match...Secretly. Poor guy.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Valentines Wedding

I spent the first part of this month workinig on a book and when it was done I couldn't even show it off because the book was a surprise for this couple! I'm so excited to be able to finally make this post! It's a combined wedding and guest album, and the happy couple were married on Valentine's Day! How romantic! And easy... there's no guessing what colors or theme to use when you get married on a holiday like that!

P.S. You'll be happy to know that I have finally committed to some colors to paint that pesky room and my husband is taking some vacation time to help me with it in a couple of weeks. And I'm also starting to find my routine again. Having some deadlines really helps me focus.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


I've been spending some time visiting some other blogs over the last couple of days, which has inspired me to be a little less serious on this one. I now realize that it's okay to admit, to you, that I am having such a hard time getting back into a routine. And by that I mean that I am really struggling to get back to scrapping!
Maybe it's the weather, (-9) today. Maybe it's that after having the kids home for 2 full weeks for Christmas break and then a few holidays or inservice days and having Shane home for a week has really made it hard for me to just buckle down and do something. Plus the house is a mess and the laundry...oh the laundry. Maybe it's just January and I have so many goals that I don't know where to start. I want to paint the livingroom, but can't commit to a design. I want the kitchen to be clean, but can't keep up. I want to get 4 stars or better on every song of Guitar Hero!!! And, I want to ignore everything else and use that cute paper that's been sitting on my work table for a few weeks!
I did get some new books like I was telling you about and I was so excited. I'm still excited, but I can't concentrate. That's why there's no new pictures to show.
So, I apologize. To be completely honest, I am also a little afraid of my computer these days. It needs a bit of maintenance and is really slow.
So! Back to scrapping...or Guitar Hero...or scrapping...

Thursday, January 22, 2009

And Happy New Year!

I do hope the new year has found everyone happy and healthy and embarking on exciting new adventures! I'll admit to having taken several weeks off from my scrapbooking and am missing it terribly, but it has been nice to relax!
I'll be working on some 12x12 layouts during the first part of the year that I'm excited to showcase. I love traditional scrapping, it really gets the creativity moving and sets the tone for the things I'll be inspired by for upcoming events.
Yesterday I ventured over to Book City and spent a while shopping. I came home with some great sized books that are unique and hard to find, and I'm excited to put them to good use! I'm looking forward to your orders. Please let me know your needs for those one-of-a-kind gifts you need for baby showers, birthdays and Mother's Day!
You can contact me here, by phone at 524-8923, or by email at Can't wait to hear from you!