the sampler blog hop (GIVEAWAY), bella GDT, and STORE!

I’m surprised that whole title even fit on that line, but that’s besides the point. I’ve been swamped like you wouldn’t believe… or maybe you believe me, haha!

…so today is The Sampler blog hop.

…and guess what?! My project today is based on the December kit, which is filled with goodies galore. Yes, it’s filled with some fun holiday stuff, but it also works for other projects. Here’s the sketch that Holly created:

…and here’s my take using the December kit:

Wanna know my favorite part about this kit?! It’s get TWO sets of letters. Not one, but TWO! Now that’s a rockin’ kit.

Okay, so I think you are at the end of the blog hop… but make sure to head on over to The Sampler blog because there are some awesome prizes going to be given away to FIFTEEN winners (three of which will be from my blog).

Leave a comment to this blog telling me what you plan on eating on Thanksgiving, and we’ll pick three winners as soon as possible!

I have more fun news for everyone. Stephanie from Bella Blvd was so sweet to pick me as a guest designer for Bella! I absolutely LOVE their stuff, so getting the chance to design with their products was tons of fun. If you want to see what kind of cute stuff I came up with, head on over to the Bella blog. In the meantime, here’s one of the layouts that I created for Bella:

Pretty, pretty stuff… both to my face and to the Bella stuff, haha! 😉

As for Our Paper Place, it’s going GREAT! I’ve had some smiling faces stop by the store to peek in, and it’s been fun chatting with all of you. Seriously, the response has been UH-MAZING!

Today, I ran out of flyers again. They are literally “fly”in’ out of the bin at the front of the store. I plan on bringing more today, so if you happen to be in the area and want to check out the latest classes and events going on over at Our Paper Place, swing by this weekend to pick up your flyer. 😉 If you find something you’re interested in, don’t hesitate to call or email with questions!

Here are some random pictures around the place:

Hope all is well with everyone! When life becomes more “normal”, I’ve got my fingers crossed I can post more regularly.

PS: I’ve got less than a week to get everything in order! YIPES!!! Wish me luck because I’m gonna need it. …and who’s gonna stop by the store on Black Friday?! Hopefully, I’ll be able to see some of your pretty faces!



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42 responses to “the sampler blog hop (GIVEAWAY), bella GDT, and STORE!

  1. already have my plan to drop by Black Friday. Hope to be there first thing. We are having Thanksgiving at my sister’s this year. Fairly traditional with turkey, potatoes, cranberries, rolls..not sure of the veg yet. I think she has to wait to see what looks good at the market. Your layouts are fabulous! hugs……

  2. Wow! you have been a busy girl! Good luck with your store. Too bad I live across the ocean – otherwise I would have stopped by!

    As for Thanksgiving: Since it is not a tradition at all here in Austria, I am trying to get the traditional items. So far, I have not had any luck with the cranberries, but I still have one store left! The turkey is ordered and I am sooo looking forward to the stuffing. It is the best part of the dinner!

  3. great layout! i love the sketch.
    good luck on getting your store organized! can’t wait to see more pics =)

    well since we’ve already celebrated Thanksgiving in Canada, i can tell you what i ate.. LOL … turkey of course, stuffin, cranberry sauce, baked mashed potatoes/ scallopped potatoes, steam veggies and hubby made some hot crab and artichoke dip. Oh and for dessert we had a black forest cake! yummmmm……

    hope you have a great Thanksgiving dinner too!

  4. Chris Aiton

    we are having all the traditional stuff – turkey, stuffing, cranberries, and on and on – YUM! Love your Sampler layout and the Bella layout! Good luck with your store – so wish I lived close enough to visit it!

  5. We have the whole traditional meal and I’m on a ‘get fit’ journey. So I will be having whatever I want, but in much smaller quantities. My favs are squash and sweet potatoes, so if we don’t add too much butter and brown sugar, I should be all set. 🙂

    Congrats on the BB gig! I’ve been seeing you everywhere….that’s fantastic! 🙂 Best wishes with the store! Will you be online? 😉

  6. julie

    hehehehehe…I have to be your rebel here (I know…you are SHOCKED! LOL!)…we are having BBQ chicken for Thanksgiving as Brian can’t eat Turkey! LOL! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee the lo’s!! CONGRATS on the GDT! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  7. We already had Thanksgiving but I ate tons of Turkey and stuffing!
    Good luck with the store!

  8. Polly W

    Wish I could be in SF Bay area on BF, but it’s a long trip from New England!! LOL! Love the layouts!

    On Thanksgiving day I will NOT be counting calories! LOL! Turkey, Cider Glazed Ham, Stuffing, Gravy…yum gravy! Sweet Potato Casserole, Carrots, Cranberry Sauce, Peas and Onions, My Great Grandmothers Pecan Rolls….(to die for!) and for dessert Apple Pie, Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, Chocolate Cream Pie, Pumpkin Pie and Red Velvet Cheesecake!! About a Tablespoon of each and I can stay on track!! LOL!

  9. Lisa D(pdrnc)

    I’m working on Thanksgiving until 8pm. I’ll be eating leftover turkey the next 😦

    Good luck with the store. It must be so exciting!

  10. I’m eating gluten-free cornbread stuffing on Thanksgiving! And turkey!

  11. kat

    im glad your stuff is going so well 🙂 it looks like a lot of fun….i wish i lived closer to it!

    for thanksgiving i’ll be eating a meat s=dish (yet to be determined), some side dishes (among which my faovrite will be a yummy, yummy pasta)….and strawberry daiquiris…it has become a fun tradition!

  12. You have been busy! We will have turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, the works really, but we have to have some ham for hubby as he is deathly allergic to poultry… Thanks!

  13. Christy Miller

    I plan on eating turkey, ham, potatoes and lots of pie!!! I’m also thinking about making leaf shaped gingerbread cookies…yum! Good luck with your store!

  14. Mustangkayla

    FABOO sketch and layout! 🙂 Good luck with the store…its getting so so close!

  15. Your layouts are beautiful! I wish I could stop by your store… unfortunately I live in Michigan. 😦 As for Thanksgiving, I’m heading over to my dad’s house and other than turkey, stuffing and pie, I don’t know what they’ll be serving. It’s always good though and I’m looking forward to it!

  16. I won’t be in the area on Black Friday, but I hope to be able to swing by soon and check it out!! 🙂 I’m sure you’ll have a great turn out on your first day and everything will look fabulous!!!

  17. Great take on that sketch!! Wish I lived in your area as I would SO be stopping by – good luck! And for Thanksgiving I am most looking forward to pumpkin pie with cinnamon ice cream – ohmyheavens!

  18. Pam

    I love the two layouts! Thanksgiving is going to be with 20 family members, so there will be tons of traditional sides – mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, candied yams, etc. For me, it’s all about the turkey and gravey! Wish I was in the neighborhood to drop by black Friday. I hope it’s a great day for you.

  19. I always love your work but this first layout just rocks! LOVE the little caption under “take a photo” LOL! For Thanksgving I will be eating a bit of everything….lol. Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, veggies, sweet potato casserole, mac n cheese, stuffing, pumpkin pie and peanut butter crunch cake!

  20. AWESOME layouts, Sarah!! And I love the little peaks of the store… we won’t be able to make it up there on opening day but we hope to plan a trip one of these days!! I’m really looking forward to eating pie on Thanksgiving!! 🙂

  21. Rebecca Yahrling

    We are a very traditional family so it’s traditional fare (which is my favorite dinner of the year!): turkey, sweet potatoes, olives & celery, cranberry and more and of course, pumpkin and apple pie with whipped cream (or ice cream!). I’ve lost a few pounds just so I can stuff myself. ha ha Hope your Thanksgiving is delicious!

  22. Heather V

    After giving up sugar for going on three weeks, I will be eating pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin roll, and cornbread casserole… yum! And of course, all the staples: turkey, stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce… can’t wait!

  23. We will be eating pretty much everything on Thanksgiving – turkey and all the trimmings. Will only be the 3 of us but I will do it all up!

    Love your layouts!

  24. I’m so glad that things are going so well for you Sarah!! What an exciting time this must be. 😉

    Love your layout! As for what we’re eating on Thanksgiving…we’re going all out, like we do every year. Turkey, Ham, Rice, Stuffing, Yams, Green Beans, Corn, Peas, Dinner Rolls, Macaroni and Cheese, Apple Pie, Banana Pudding, Pumpkin Cheesecake, and Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Crackers. I can’t wait!!
    – April

  25. We will be eating deep fried turkey, corn casserole, stuffing, green bean casserole and a few pies. This is only my second t-day meal that i’ve cooked! Wish me luck

  26. Patricia Flores

    Thanks for the chance! We’ll be having turkey, macaroni and cheese, homemade rolls, mashed potatos and gravy, a big salad, and pumpkin and apple pie for dessert. Yum!

  27. I so wish I could be there! I’ll be thinking of you!

    And thanksgiving…turkey, stuffing, my mom’s rolls, and hopefully some derby pie!

  28. Good luck with the store opening! I’m sure it will be a FUN day! 🙂

  29. Ally White

    Great layout!! I wish i lived closer to your store! How bad is it if i say that my Mother in Law is not the greatest cook so i usually end up eating the things off of the veggie and fruit platters and then carbo load on my Sister in Laws homemade rolls. Yummo. Have a wonderful holiday everyone!

  30. Great layout. We are eating turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin pie.

  31. Brigid Christianson

    I wish I lived close to your store!!!!!! I think this Thanksgiving I will be making the gb bake. Of course I use 98% fat free soup with it! Good luck on the opening!!! I hope that you end up having an online store too!!

  32. I’ve been missin’ your posts, Sarah! But, I understand your busy with the store (and the sneaks are great!).

  33. I will be making the traditional Thanksgiving meal.
    Can’t wait for the Pumpkin Pie with a ton of COOL WHIP!!!

    Oh and I am sending you all my energy to help you out.
    Good luck with the store 🙂

  34. traditional stuff! i’ll bring you some of the test run of sweet potatoes on wednesday!

    love the layout lady!

  35. Suzanne C.

    Great sketch and layout! Enjoy your Thanksgiving dinnerHere in Canada we’ve already celebrated Thanksgiving. We had turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables and jelly style cranberry sauce.

    hope you have a great too!

  36. I cant wait for Thanksgiving dinner.
    I hope you plan to post more photos of your new place once you are settled and open for business.

  37. Beautiful LO’s Sarah!

  38. Great work as usual girl! And I’m so excited for you about the store! All the best!! Wish I lived closer to go see!!!

  39. So very excited for your store opening!!! For sure on my list of places to see if I can get to when we’re down in the bay area next…

    Hope to pack away some pie today…so love apple pie…guess I better go take the dog for an extra long walk!!

    Thankful this day that I can call you friend…blessings to you this holiday…best wishes!

  40. sam

    beautiful layouts! and I love the picture of the flowers!

  41. I wished we celebrated THANKSGIVING, just so that I can eat turkey, oh well will wait for Christmas day…

    Loving your projects and Big Up on the GDT stint…YAY

    Loving the shop…♥ Good Luck!

  42. GIRL! Congrats!!! My best friend owns a scrapbooking store… get ready to have no free time! LOL!
    I SO wish you had been open when we were in the area! We spent our 10 day vacation in Rio Del Mar and Santa Cruz! I use to live out there, and MISS it so! Made the hubby put his resume out there… maybe I will still get to see you! Hope so!

    Again CONGRATS!!

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