The Beginning of Year Two

On this day last year I never imagined I would be celebrating my one year anniversary of Birdwing Paper Designs and still moving forward strongly.  To be honest, I thought I would have given up long ago!  I think it is my love of creating photobooks and knowing that there is a need to help people document the important events and everyday moments in their lives.  The photos and stories that go with them need to be shown off, not just for ourselves but for other generations to see.  This is what keeps me going.

In celebration of this big day, I thought I would give my faithful followers and friends a free 5″ x 7″ print that I created.  This print was inspired by the “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster that has become quite popular.  If don’t know the story behind the poster, here is a really interesting video about it:

There are so many parodied versions of this poster all over Pinterest and I thought, “What would my version be?”  It came to me almost instantly: Be Calm You’re a Good Mom.  You have no idea how many times a day I say this!!!  I have been wanting to print this out and I thought today would be the perfect day to share it with everyone.  I made two versions so if you would like me to send you one just leave a comment saying which one you would like.  Pleases share this offer with anyone you know who needs a little inspiration to get through the day.  Offer expires August 2, 2012.

Traditional Card One:

or Modern Card Two:

Elements from Stampin’ Up and Katie Pertiet.

This print can be framed or add a magnet to the back and stick it on the fridge.  I have the traditional card in my office to remind me that I am a good mom even though life with kids can be crazy and stressful!

In the above picture I would just like you to note my new Swarovski pen and USB stick that my awesome husband gave me for my one year business anniversary.  Now I am really ready to head into year two!!  I am very excited to see what direction my business takes this year and I am certain that it will be challenging, scary, and so rewarding.


My Gallery

I just started posting my latest scrapbook pages at My Scrapbook Art if you are interested in checking out any of my work.  How often I put layouts in the gallery depends on how many photobooks I am working on, and how well the kids are sleeping!!  Here is the latest one that I added of my beautiful girl:

Elements from “Worn” by One Little Bird Designs and Sahlin Studios.

My previous gallery is with Stampin’ Up at where I have almost 100 pages that I made over the last year and a half.

Thanks for stopping by,   Leah

It is not too late!

It is not too late right now, and it won’t be too late tomorrow… to start your 2012 Family Album!

Elements from Fei Fei’s Stuff and TaylorMade Designs (Small Talk), One Little Bird and Sahlin Studio (grid, lay flat to dry tag), Stampin Up (tape)

It doesn’t matter if you only took three photos last month or a hundred (I think I am at 300!) because I can change any page in this book to suit your photos.  Here are a few more samples from the February pages:

Elements from Fei Fei’s Stuff and TaylorMade Designs (Small Talk), Stampin Up (eyelet)

Elements from Fei Fei’s Stuff and TaylorMade Designs (Small Talk), Stampin Up (buttons, stitching)

So if you are still thinking about doing a family photobook and just haven’t decided yet, get your photos together and go for it!!  Next year when you receive your finished book, you will be so happy you did!



Old, “Worn” Family Photos

All elements from One Little Bird and Sahlin Studio

I have several friends right now that are coping with sick parents and I can’t help but think of my mom who passed away almost ten years ago.  It is very difficult to watch your mom or dad be sick and my heart goes out to those friends who have to go through that now.

I don’t know if it was coincidence with these thoughts of my mom, but I discovered an old CD of photos this week that had so many pictures of my mom and her family when she was young.  Then this new digital kit was released by One Little Bird and Sahlin Studio called “Worn” that I thought would be perfect to showcase some of these photos.  I loved it so much that I even changed up my blog a bit using these elements (checkout the “About” and “Contact” tabs).  I think this kit would make a great heritage album!  Here is a peak at the full kit:

A few years ago I went through the thousands of photos of my mom, my dad, their families plus all the photos of us kids growing up.  I made an album for each of my parents with as much history as I could dig up from my Dad and my cousin, Neath.  It took me six weeks to complete the albums as they were done by traditional paper scrapbooking.  I wish I had waited for digital scrapbooking because it would have taken me a lot less time!  Maybe I will end up making a photobook with my mom’s pictures or maybe you feel as inspired by this beautiful kit as I do and would like to make a heritage album for your parents.