Spot light- Selena Kimsey

Meet our Spot Light Gal
Selena Kimsey
Why we picked Selena:
We found that Selena had a fun style and I personally loved... how she cut and layered her pattern papers! She has a very refreshing style, that invites color. Great job Selena!

Selena's Styles & Techniques
I am mainly a simple scrapbooker with a slight flair of freestyle and eclectic. I love trying new things. Depending on my mood I can be simple one minute and eclectic the next. I am always up for a good challenge.

a little about Selena:
I am a work at home mother of two young sons. I have a 9 year old and a 4 year old . I am a semi-professional photographer who just took the next step into building my photography business. I am a Navy wife.
I am an experienced designer currently working with Magistical Memories and My Scrapbook Nook Kits. I am great with a quick deadline, and my work is consistently professional and well done. I have been published a few times by Scrapbook Trends/Cards as well as E-zines and other websites.
When I am not scrapbooking you can find me in a martial arts studio. I am currently a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo and will be testing for 3rd degree before the end of the year. I am currently ranked Top Ten in the World for my age and rank division in my martial arts organization. I will be competing for World Champion in June in Little Rock, AR. Other things I enjoy is photography of course, reading, working out, kayaking and skydiving.
Over at the Paper Crafts blog... you'll see a delightful gift idea by our very own Lori Roop!
You rock Lori!!


This week...

This week over at Unity Stamps Company, we were thrilled to sponsor their 1 year anniversary. Go check it out here Unity Stamps Blog


PS don't forget to sign up for our blog follower. Remember the blog followers will be taking part in a challenge/contest.


GCD Wearhouse Video

What a fun weekend I had. My sister and her family came into town and we had a yummy family dinner, with them on Sunday. I hope you all had a great weekend like us.

On Friday I promised you a video and here it is. Keep in mind I used my cheesy camera and the lighting is not the best, but you can see where all the action happens. In the video I introduce Brien, one of our talented computer guys AND if you look at his desk... you can see one of the new collections coming out soon ;) just a little hint.


Weekend winners

I wanted to thank everyone for signing up for our "Blog follower".

Their is a reason I asked you all to sign up. Coming up in the next month all of the Blog followers will be taking part in a BIG contest/ Challenge... and it has to do with our NEW collections ;) just another little hint.

sanwanyak said...
oohh aww would love some green what a awesome give away and so cant wait for pictures and the video!!Have a fantastic weekend!!
April 24, 2009 1:59 PM

stinker said...
It's funny, for most of my life I hated the color green. And now it's one of my go-to colors for scrapping! Your green goodies made me drool!
April 25, 2009 6:30 AM

Congrats girls.... Please make sure you send me your info at hsonboul@gcdstudios.com and Please place "Going Green give away" in the subject line :) Thanks so much




Good day everyone!
Today I'm going to the office and while I'm there, I'm going to take a few pics. PLUS... I'm going to make a small video of the stock room! Anyone up for a video???

While I'm gone... I thought I'd do a "Green Give Away". Hope you enjoy your day/weekend and I'll be back on Monday with a video/photos/ the winner.

Don't forget to sign up for our followers list (over to the left). Signing up for this will allow you to know when I post something new.
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In fact, I'll do a 2nd give away (same green pack)! I'll pick a random person from our followers list ;)


Reflections Event 2009 + GCD Studios= one fun weekend

We are so excited to announce that May 1st- May 3rd, GCD Studios will be taking part in the Reflections 2009 Event. We were so excited about it, we decided to donate a pad of paper to each person's gift pack (that registers). GCD Studios is based out of Southern California and the Reflection Event is about 25 minutes away from us.

If you are a cali gal looking to scrap and having fun... Come join us!

Here is all the info and the link to the site. We hope to see you there!


Join us this year during National Scrapbook week for a premiere scrapbooking event! Reflections will be the host to seven incredible designers and a great deal of activities that will be filled with fun and the opportunity to push yourself creatively.

Designers that will be on hand to make this a memorable weekend are:

*Christine Middlecamp
*Shannon Tidwell
*Mara-May Baca
*Teresa Collins
*Jamie Waters
*Melissa Phillips
*Maggie Holmes

Reflections will be held in beautiful Newport Beach from Friday, May 1st through Sunday, May 3rd. For further details and information on how you can sign up, please visit our website at:


Seed Matchbooks By Jenyfur Pohl

When I received this project from Jenyfur... I JUST LOVED IT! I loved it so much, I saved it for today! Wouldn't this make the cutest gift for Earth Day???!!!

For full instructions... head over to Jenyfur's blog
Products used:
Paper: Margarita collection
Stickers: Margarita collection, Making Memories

GCD Mail:

The other day I received two emails from blog followers, sharing how they are helping Mother Earth.

Jessi Wilson wrote and shared:
Hey Heidi,

I have done all kinds of planting this weekend and still have more to go. My mom gave me some plants and flowers she was dividing up(B/C she has way too many) and so I've become a gardener! I actually love it. I always love a hobby where I can get my hands dirty! Hope you enjoy...Jessi
Mimi Leinbach said and shared:

Hi Heidi,
I saw your going green challenge on the blog and thought I would send a few pictures I took today. On top of just planting my pansy's and parsley, we just raised a bunch of painted lady butterflies and released them today. Of course they loved all the flowers and I captures a few pictures of them on the blossoms.
Thanks girls for sharing these beautiful photos!
and don't forget to give back to Mother Earth this day.


Earth Keepsake Box by Lori Roop

Here is another cute idea, that are fun and talented Lori Roop made. I myself want to make one because my boys love to collect out door things. I love the bright colors! LOVE this!

Lori said:
here's my project....it's an earth keepsake box. My kids love to find unique rocks, leaves, flowers and seeds....they're always coming in the house with some new treasure. Now we have a little box to keep these "treasures" in.


Cardboard box from Wal-Mart
Patterned paper: Schooled by g.c.d Studios
Chipboard: lustrous lime and sunkist gold by g.c.d Studios
Epoxy stickers: lustrous lime by g.c.d Studios
Rub-on art: lustrous lime and sunkist golds by g.c.d Studios
Paint: white craft
Marker: Stampin' UP
Twine: On a cord
Ribbon: Wright's


Monogrammed child's magnets- by Grace Tolman

By Grace Tolman

When you mention Earth day, the first thing that pops into my head is recycling, so I decided to alter some old refrigerator magnets.
I made these so I can display my children's artwork proudly. Since both my children have the same initial, I went with a pink color scheme for my daughter and a blue color scheme for my son, to tell the difference.
Materials used:*
all from GCD studiosPattern papers- (pink) Eye Candy line; (blue) Canta linechipboard shapes- Ravishing redsLetter stickers- Glitter black and turquoiseStar ribbon- Planes and trainsOthers- Magnets
For the Pink Magnet:
-Place the initial onto your choice of chipboard shape.
-Cut pattern paper into about an inch strip.
-Take off the adhesive part of the chipboard shape and adhere the pattern paper strip around the shape, in my case it's the circle, folding as you go to create the pleats.
-Take a scrap cardstock about the same size of the chipboard shape and sandwich the pattern paper pleats between the chipboard and cardstock.
-Adhere to the magnet.
-Embellish more if desired.
For the blue magnet
-Cut a circle from pattern paper, big enough to cover the magnet
-Adhere the desired letter onto your chipboard shape.
-Adhere a strip of ribbon, with edges cut in an angle, over the bottom part of the circle paper.
-Place the monogrammed chipboard over the pattern paper and ribbon.
-Glue the magnet on the back of the circle.-Embellish more if desired.
This is a simple and crafty idea, to help out Mother Nature!


Weekend Challenge= Going Green

Like I said before... I love gardening! Being that I love to garden, this is my challenge for you.
Head over to your local plant store
Pick out a plant or two
and plant it :)

This is a simple challenge that will help beautify our earth.

At your local plant store, you should be able to find a few flowers under $2. It's a great deal.

Feel free to share photos with me at hsonboul@gcdstudios.com and I'll share the photos here (of our gcd friends going green!).
Have a happy weekend.
PS I'll be back here on Monday for more Craft ideas about Earth Day.
Oh and over at Shop Crop Suey they are doing a GCD Studios give away :) you have until April 30th


Earth Day+ Winner

GCD is going green... to celebrate Earth Day. Starting today through April 22 (Earth Day), our new DT will be sharing some fun new ideas. All the ideas will welcome and help invite Mother Nature, into our lives a little more. So, share the news! I've created this little photo tag to bring awareness to the up coming holiday.

This lovely layout was made by: Lynn Ghahary
I love that Lynn thought to scrapbook her garden. I myself, find great joy in gardening and this layout makes me want to take a trip to The Home Depot, so I can pick up some spring flowers to plant.
Lynn placed our GCD pattern papers on this recycle paper. What a great idea! I also love this cute little tree and that each circle is a different color.
For me, a layout isn't finished without a title and I love how Lynn allowed this little flower... to take the place of the "o".
Just in case you'd like to scrap this layout, here is a sketch to go with it.
Products used:

GCD Studios supplies used:#605 Cotton Candy Stripe/Carnival Ride Collection#612 Aqua Carnival Flowers/Carnival Ride Collection#555 Green Spring/Spring All Over Collection#558 Love Squares/Spring All Over Collection#560 Buds/Spring All Over Collection#561 Tulips/Spring All Over CollectionOther supplies used:Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Georgia PacificBrads: Queen & CoFlowers: American CraftsFloss: DMC; Craft SupplyThread: Coats & ClarkChipboard: Basic GreyButtons: Craft Supply; Making MemoriesStickers: Making MemoriesPunches: EK Success; Stampin' Up!Corner Rounder: FiskarsFont: 2peas Weathered Fence (www.twopeasinabucket.com)Photo Collage Template: Scrapbooks Etc (www.scrapbooksetc.com)Foam Adhesive: All Night Media
Paris Nights Winner
Elaine said...
I'm a newsletter subscriber! I hope your little one is better soon...hugs~Elaine :)
April 15, 2009 4:09 PM
Congrats :)
Send me your info at hsonboul@gcdStudios.com and please place "Paris Night Prize pack" in the subject line.


Sign up for our New Letter + GIVE AWAY= Paris Nights

Last night was a long night for me. My little guy Calvin... was super sick! So, today I'm going to keep this post fast and simple.
Do you love the Paris Nights Collection?
Here is your chance to win it and a few extra goodies. All you have to do is sign up for our NEW News Letter and leave a comment here (letting me know you did). In 2 day I'll check the News Letter "email list" and pick a winner :)

Good Luck everyone and here is the News Letter Link

Oh and here is the prize pack ;)


It's Spotlight Time- Rita Barakat

This was an easy choice! I decided that Rita Barakat should be our very first spotlight gal.

I don't know if you remember, but Rita won the Caribbean Blues contest a while ago. She then turned the stuff she was given, into this fun and beautiful mini album!

Take a moment to look at this beautiful work. I really enjoyed how she used the letter Chipboards.

A little about Rita


I have been married to my wonderful hubby for 18 years. I am a SAHM of five beautiful children. Scrapbooking is my passion. I am always thinking about ideas for layouts and stories to journal. I have three cameras stashed in several places so I am never without one! When you have 5 kids you learn to be prepared!
And here are three more beautiful layouts made by Rita :)
I love this one. What great action photos!
I love that she added touches of green to this.

Thanks Rita for all your hard work!


Catching up

Hello and good day!
I hope you all had a very Happy Easter Holiday. I know my little family did :)


For all of the Spotlights and Product tester gals, I'll be in contact with you this week :)
I've been super busy getting things in order for the DT and up coming Holidays. We have lot of fun things coming up!


Over the weekend I found out about this:
Shemaine Smith turned in a card to this site
Two Sketches for you and she won! Congratulations Shemaine and thanks for using GCD Studios products. This is such a beautiful card and I love how she added pearls to the flowers.


Over the weekend all of our DT gals received their 'box of supplies' and a few shared photos.




Happy Monday


Easter Tags

I had 5 siblings growing up and that means... 6 Easter baskets were at the table. Our bunny would write our names on a piece of paper and tape it to the basket. Now that I'm older and I help 'our' Easter bunny, I love to specialize the tags.

Step 1) Place a letter sticker on a piece of paper, cut it out and add foam tap to make it 3D on the circle tag.

Step 2) I stuck this chip board flower on craft paper and cut it out with my craft knife (All of our chip board has adhesive on the back).

Step 3) Take your hole punch and punch a hole, for your ribbon

Step 4) add the circle and flower tags together, using more foam tape. Then tie on your tag to the basket.
This project took 5 minutes to make and it's the perfect touch... to finish the look of the basket!

Happy Easter everyone. I'll see you back here on Monday.