Friday, April 10, 2015

CanvasPop Review and Giveaway!!!

Hello friends! A few weeks back, I was contacted by Liam from CanvasPop, an online canvas printing company, about doing a product review. I have not had the best of luck with canvas printing in the past, so I was a little reluctant, but I am SO glad that I gave it a go.

First off, let me start with their quality of customer service, to me this is a HUGE factor in how I feel about a product. It can be the most beautiful, wonderfully made, delicious thing ever, and if I am treated badly, or my questions are not answered, I am done. So not the case with CanvasPop. In fact, as I had the site pulled up to get info from for this post, and it was sitting for awhile, the popped on and asked if there was any help needed. Very polite, courteous, and friendly.

Second, I want to talk about the ease of their site. So easy to navigate, very user friendly. All of your options are laid out easy for you to find, and its not a lot of hassle. I have had other places where I am wanting prints, and spend a half hour or more trying to get everything uploaded and ordered, not the case with CanvasPop, quick and easy!

Now, onto the canvas itself. The quality in one word AMAZING! I was more than impressed with how crisp the image was...in past experiences, my canvas prints have never been up to par. I was always disappointed in how they looked like the print was just laid on top of the canvas, and not an actual part of it...I have even been able to peel the print off the top of the canvas before. Not the case with CanvasPop, this image is crisp and clear with a great resolution.

I also really loved how well it was framed. The edges were all attached tightly, and I had no fear of it coming loose ( something I had also have happen in the past). They hardware to hang the frame is included, attached to the back in a nice easy to see bag, and the wire to hang it with, is not some flimsy florist or jewelry wire. It is a sturdy heavy weight wire.

I am going to link you up to their why us section on the website here, because they are so clear and open about their procedures and their value in what they do. They do such a great job of letting the consumer see the pride they take in their product! You can check out their "Why Us" section here.

Next, I want to share a few photos of the canvas they sent me.

Loved how clear everything came through on this! I have several prints of this photo, and never noticed our little guy's monster truck in the background until this canvas. Love how the didn't skimp any on quality and detail!



I really appreciate how easy they make the hardware to access, and how thick and sturdy the hanging wire is.


Loved this!





I will definitely be going to CanvasPop for all of my future canvas purchases...which, after the quality of this one, I feel will increase significantly!

Then to sweeten the deal even more, CanvasPop has given me a discount code to share with all of you!

They are offering a 35% discount for your entire order at canvaspop.com. To redeem the discount, simply enter code RS35 at checkout. This code is good until April 30, 2015!

I also have a free canvas to give away to one lucky reader!!! The free canvas is for a 16 x 20 canvas stretched on a .75" frame depth and includes the cost of shipping!!! 

To be eligible for this giveaway, you simply have to leave me a comment on this blog post about what photo you would use if you were to win the free canvas...AND go "like" canvaspop on Facebook and tag me in a post on their wall! You can find them on facebook here.

I will also be posting this giveaway on Instagram, so join in over there for an additional entry! 


Monday, March 30, 2015

Best Summer Ever

Hello friends! I have another Gossamer Blue layout to share with you today! For this layout, I wanted to focus on the more fun and bright colors and embellishments in the kit. The Pinkfresh Up in the Clouds items were perfect for this summer layout.

This photo holds a special place for me. This fall, I went back to work...first time I had been back full time since having our first daughter 8 years ago. I was feeling all kinds of emotions...I was excited, terrified, guilty, nervous...you name it, I was feeling it. So, the kiddos and I spent that last week spending as much time as we could together...and this day at the lake was one of my favorites from that week.

I snapped this photo as they were walking down to the water, and it just hit me how much was about to change for us...and how hard, but hopefully good it was going to be.


Now, the school year is almost over, and I am so looking forward to having the summer to spend everyday with these three sweeties, and have another summer just as good ( if not better) than the last one was! :)

Have a great day, and take time to create something you love!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Simple Joys

Hello friends! We are on Spring Break here this week, so I have been enjoying the nice weather and time home with my kiddos...and I have snuck in a little crafty time when I can! :) Still putting the finishing touches on most of those.

So today I have a layout to share with you from a few weeks back, this one is using the Gossamer Blue March kit. I loved the pink, mint, black, and gold color scheme of this kit...with a few fun and bright embellishments and papers thrown in using the Pinkfresh Studio Up in the Clouds collection!

For this layout, I focused on the first color scheme...bringing lots of elements from the Life Pages kit along with the Main Scrapbook kit.


I loved the acrylic "2" gether embellishment from the February kit, and had been bummed that it had never made its way onto a layout. so I was beyond excited that it fit in so well on this one.

The rose pattern paper are all little out of the norm for me, but I thought they went so well with this photo, that I embraced them, and tried to find the right way to make them work for my style. I was pleasantly surprised with the finished product! :)

I will be sharing a few more layouts this week...and be on the lookout for a fun review coming soon!! :)

Have a great day, and take time to create something you love!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Gossamer Blue

Hello friends! I recently joined Gossamer Blue kit club, and I have to say I am so glad I rejoined! Loving the February kit so far, and I have my first layout to share with you today.
My middle daughter recently lost her first tooth, and it would be an understatement to say that she was excited! I thought the fun colors and embellishments in this kit would be perfect to document this moment!


I loved the custom wood veneer titles, and thought this one went great to cluster in with my title.


I also had so much fun using the office themed embellishments on this layout! The ended up working perfectly, and I am so in love with the finished layout!


Stay tuned for some more layouts using the Gossamer Blue February kit...my hopes are to kill this one just in time for the March kits to get here. Loving the sneaks so far!!

I'm linking this layout up to the current issue at Paper Issues " Hip to be Square". Nothing beats a grid layout, and this challenge helped to inspire that.

Have a good one, and take time to create something you love!!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Picture Perfect

Today I have a new layout to share with you using up some bits and pieces from my stash. I decided its past time to keep holding on to all those items I just "had to have" and start using them!


I wanted to keep this layout bright and fun, my daughter had been so excited about the camera she had got for Christmas, that she wanted to take a picture of me...taking a picture of her! lol. 

For the background, I used this horizontal striped paper from Simple Stories, but I wanted to liven it up a bit, by layering a transparency from Crate Paper over it, I was able to bring in some more of that bright pink, but still let the stripes shine through. This layout started out all pink, black, and white, but I just wasn't feeling it, so I layered in that rainbow heart paper from Bella Blvb, and then was able to build off of those colors with some of my embellishments!

Hoping to have some more layouts to share soon, have many in the works! In the meantime, keep creating projects you love!! :)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Ignore the mess and a new layout

Hello friends! I don't know if you noticed all the chaos going on here on the blog, but I somehow lost all my photos. I am slowly working on getting everything straightened out, but in the meantime, bare with me! :)

To (hopefully) make up for it a little, I have a fun new layout to share with you today! I loved this Max collection from Bella Blvd, and knew it was perfect for these photos of my boy.


I wasn't sure about this background paper at first, but love the way everything pops off of the stark black and white. A few layers and embellishments help to all draw the focus in on the photos, loved the little studio calico clip to work as a holder for my journal card!

Check back in later this week for another layout...and hopefully a little cleaner of a blog!

Have a great week, and take time to create something you love!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Top 10 of 2014

I have done one of these posts for the last few years, and its always fun to look back and see how my style has changed over the course of a year. To see what has happened over the year. I was lucky enough to design for some amazing people over the year, meet some great people both in person and through the online community, and of course, document all the wonderful memories I have made with my family. So, here are my top 10, not in any special order.












Whoops...ended up with 11, couldn't narrow it down quite enough! lol. Here's to a great 2015! Wish you all the best and healthy wishes! Keep creating things you love!