Color Shine Candy Canes

Well helllerrrr!!! So glad to see you today! Are you ready to make something festive?!
Okay sooo necessity is what caused this little project to come about, I wanted to alter a notebook so I can jot down all of my favorite Christmas Recipes in one place, just in case... I might also have a few other peeps write down their favorites in there too because that would just be a cool thing to have I think! Like a circle journal but just writing down a recipe or 2?
The aqua/minty & red combo is one of my faves ever, but I wanted to use those colors this time because I want to have this notebook on display in my kitchen in a little stand, and my Christmas décor in my kitchen is all sweets and pretty ribbon candies and things like that! So it'll be perfect!
So here's what we're making;
What I did was cover a cheapy notebook with paper from the Pink Paislee Merry & Bright Collection, then layered on top of that. The red & white scalloped piece is a Spellbinder's Die and I just sanded the edges to give it a worn look ;) The minty polka dot piece is from the Heidi Swapp Color Magic Value Kit from Project Life! I first sprayed it with the Mint Green Color Shine, then repeatedly sprayed that with the White Color Shine until it was the right shade I wanted!  Like how  I placed the word Christmas in the R? I can be so sneaky sometimes... 
Now here's the fun part... the Candy Canes woohoo!! In the Heidi Swapp Color Magic Value Kit, there's a 4x6 striped card which happens to be my favorite ;) Before I sprayed the card, I drew a couple sad lookin candy canes on the back with pencil. I hope you can handle my mad drawing skills... 
Then flip that baby over and give it a good spray down with the Cherry Color Shine! You will definitely need to touch up with some glass cleaner, that red is potent! But I wouldn't have it any other way, I love it! So vibrant!

After you let it dry, go ahead and cut out your canes. Slather on a coat of the Heidi Swapp Clear Magic Medium, then a dusting of the Tim Holtz Rock Candy Glitter! You can use any glitter though really, it'll be gawjus!
Doesn't it look sugar coated?! I love it!! Yummo!!

Then add your layers to your notebook! I added a doily (of course), some snow flake die cuts, red & white Doodlebug bakers twine, seam binding, a jingle bell, and some Pink Paislee Merry & Bright Ephemera and silver stickers! Add whatever pretty things your heart desires, there are no rules here, dudes. Don't forget your Heidi Swapp wooden veneer word... I used favorite because it's going to be my favorite sweets ;)

Seriously looking at this thing makes me happy! I might leave it out year round who cares? I think you should surround yourself with things you love and things that make your heart happy, whether they match your décor or not what the hay? Life is too short to be nit-picky. Live it up paper peeps!
( **On a side note; my plan was to cover this thing with that pretty iridescent snow stuff but I didn't want to do that  yet until I showed you the deets on the candy canes, but now that I showed you I am going to rock on with my snow. I'll update with a pic once it dries. Carry on.)
Can't wait to see what you make!! Don't forget to tag me up on Insty!! We'll call this one hmmm.... #sugarcoated @sarahbargo
xoxo Rah


Pink Paislee Countdown to Christmas~ Day Two!!

Well hello there! Welcome to Day 2 of the Pink Paislee Countdown to Christmas partayyy woohooooo!!! It's my turn today and can I just say how thankful I am that I got to be a contributor to this?! How amazing! Whooda thunk it?! So hopefully yesterday you tuned in and played along with the "deck the halls season opener" as I like to call it heh heh, well today we're going to start our "Naughty & Nice" lists! I kinda giggled while pondering who would go onto my Naughty list, but instead of doing a list, there was only one little elf that I could think of that would make it onto it without question...

Yep that's the guy. Chocolate chippy is his name, hustlin for cookies is his game... Look at him there... lickin his chops...don't let his cuteness fool you... he's pure. evil. Rotten to the core....

On that happy note, here's the full 2 page spread!

I wanted to create interactive pages because mini albums are so much fun to look at when there's doors n pockets n tags n boxes and bags! (ok Grinch) On the left, we have the "Nice." I didn't make a list, I journaled a love note to the boys about one of my favorite Christmas memories I have of them. The mug is just a bonus ;) thank you Target!! Seriously those little bows? The cuteness.

Christmas always brings about so many emotions for me, and this year I've been thinking a lot about how fast these kids are growing. I miss the days of "haulin~a" like a mad woman thru "Toys-uh-mus" (as the boys used to call it) and just piling carts with toys and treasures! Now, the gifts seem to be smaller and more expensive and not fun. For me anyways ;)  I'm going to try to slow down this December and cherish every second I can with these boys, and try not to get all caught up in the huh bub of the season!
To create a fun and easy interactive piece, just make a card out of cardstock and cover it with pretty papers!

Works perfecto! Then you can add extra pics and journaling and whatnot!

And here we have, the dark side...
It's kind of hard to read his sign but it says "I ate 3 dozen cookies." He snuck into the kitchen and ate 3 dozen fresh ginger snaps. I almost cried. Like a baby. I got the cute little chalkboard at Hobby Lobby, I wanted to find something to match the chalkboard paper (ohmygosh I love it)?! Sooooo awesomely done!!! I just pulled some red & white striped ribbon through the holes and voila. The perfect-shame-your -bratty-dog sign.

These letters are not part of Merry & Bright but they are Pink Paislee and honestly, I am hoarding them. I love them. A lot.

This guy opens up as well;
I used an actual picture for a pocket! Just punch a half circle out of the top and adhere the left, bottom, and right side of the picture. Then slide the tag in!

Little bratski! And no, Chippy's not evil. He's actually pretty darn cute. Now anyways... ;)
Thank you so much for hangin out today! Don't forget your free printable over at the Pink Paislee blog and I really hope you will play along this month! Just think, at the end you'll have a whole month of wonderful holiday memories to cherish! So awesome.
Just remember to slow down and enjoy the season, and enjoy each other. Talk a walk somewhere and gaze at twinkle lights. Turn the tv off and read a story out loud to your family by the glow of your tree. Bake something so that when your kiddies and hunny bunny get home they walk into a warm & cozy home filled with a sweetly spicy aroma... You can do all of these little wonderful things without having a lot of money. Don't use money as an excuse to not make memories with your loved ones. Cuz you know what? It's those precious little moments you spent with them, your time, that's what they will remember, not the gifts. Not the gifts.
Love, Rah xoxo




Hello loves! Just poppin in today to remind you that the new Jot Magazine 8 came out today yeah baby!! There's so much inspiration in there so grab a fresh cuppa somethin or other and enjoy ;) Oh yeah! You might see this little layout o mine in the gold gallery... I used the amazing new collection by Maggie Holmes, Open Book. Seriously, the colors in this collection are so rich I just love them.

Maggie Massey captured this photo of me at the end of one crazy. Magical. Day. We hosted our first ever Daydream the Event this year and it was totally awesome. To say the least. I was exhausted but floating on a cloud at the end of the day and then the girls started chanting "scrub the floors Cinderelly" and then started laughing at me then whipped tomatoes and cats and empty beer bottles at me nahhh I'm just kiddin hahahaa ;)  were you like whaaatt????

Anyhoo have an amazing day and get scrappin woodja?!
xoxo Rah