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Spread the Signs - and win!

Win a personalized sign by helping me spread the word about Signs by Andrea!  It's easy. 

Here's how:

Your name will be entered to win a personalized sign once for each of the following "spreads" you do by next Sunday 10/4/09:

  1. Post about and link to Signs by Andrea on your blog or web site:
  2. Become a fan of Signs by Andrea on Facebook.
  3. Post a link to Signs by Andrea on your Facebook profile.
  4. Email friends & family about Signs by Andrea (include a link in your email and carbon copy me at

You can use this image URL if you'd like to include a picture with your "spread":

When you post or link or email, be sure to post a comment here letting me know that you've "spread" the signs to be entered into the drawing.  I'll draw next Sunday and post the winner!

Thanks for you help!  Happy spreading.


All Day Crop - Wrap Up

We had a great time at our MOPS All Day Crop yesterday!  Looking forward to another one in the winter (we think the end of January or sometime in February). 

Inbetween visiting, introducing teachers, taking mini-classes, and eating, I managed to complete 7 layouts!  Not bad.  Plus, I made it my goal to use the AccuCut die cutting machine (borrowed from Scrap Etc. for the day) on EVERY page I did.  And boy was that fun!

I'd like to extend a special thanks to, Scrap Etc. Scripts Monthly Kits, Christine Ousley from Scrapbook Mania, Shirley Ross (CTMH), and Vita Padalino (Stampin' Up!) for contributing tons of door prizes, make-n-takes and mini-classes!

And here's what I made:

Fun times.  I always feel better after a day of scrapbooking.  Plus it was my first full day away from Paxton.  Went well I think.  You'd have to ask Ben for his version! :)


Personalized Painted Signs

Did you see?  I've added a new section to my web site.  Introducing "Signs by Andrea".  I've had so many people ask me about the signs I've made for gifts over the past couple of years, that I have finally decided to start selling them.  

Interested?  Want one? Good!  I'll make you a personalized, one-of-a-kind sign for your home or office.  Or, you can buy one for a gift -- Christmas, birthdays, and don't forget the most perfect occasion of all for a personalized sign -- WEDDINGS!  Every bride will be thrilled to proudly display her new last name.


Check 'em out, tell a friend, and keep 'em in mind the next time you want to give the PERFECT personalized gift!  I'll ship to anywhere in the United States!



All Day Crop - September 19, 2009 - B'ham area

My MOPS group is hosting an All Day Crop fundraiser September 19th at Riverchase Community Church, and I'd love for you to join us! 

In addition to fabulous door prizes from and Scrap Etc., unlimited access to die cutting machines (jncluding the AccuCut & Cricut) , AND three mini-classes (taught by me), we'll also be providing lunch, dinner, and snacks.  Can't beat that for only $35!

Reserve your table space today by contacting Patricia (info below) or myself (! 

 Get updates on Facebook about this event!


Such a Great Idea...

Why didn't I think to do this? It's fabulous:

The First Year
The First Year


Baby Sling

I've always liked my Baby Bjorn and carried Ayla all over Rochester in it her entire first year (and a little beyond!).  Paxton is going to prove to be a little more difficult to carry with it, because he's so big! 

A friend of mine here in Birmingham uses a sling that she made to hold any of her three kids (3, 1, and 1 month), and it's SO cute.  She was nice enough to make me one too (I even got to pick the fabrics), and I'm in love with it.

Paxton loves it too.  I carried him around tonight for about an hour when I went to pick Ayla up from VBS, and he never made a peep.  Just sat there and enjoyed the ride with his little hands folded in front of him, smiling at everyone. 

Thanks to Hilarie (who SO needs to open her own Etsy shop with these and the adorable bags she makes) who made it for me! (She didn't ask me to drum up business for her, but I could probably convince her to make a few more if any of you want to buy one from her...just let me know!)


Holy Megapixels - Canon 40D

I got my new Canon 40D today and got to play a little bit.  Holy megapixels! And I didn't even get the newest, biggest, fastest camera on the market right now. 

This photo originally was 54 x 36 INCHES! 

That's massive.  Want to see just HOW massive?  Here's a cropped section of it at original size.

oooh, I'm gonna have fun!



Third Year

Remember this album?

Just finished Ayla's 3rd year pages...

I love albums with only one page a easy.

And if you like this style of'll also like my e-book available at

A Scrapbooker's Quick Guide - 365 Special Days (E-Book)




New Member of the Family

Consider it mine.  Should arrive on Tuesday.

A refurbished Canon 40D.  Can't wait!


Shower Decorations & Wedding Gifts

I threw a lingerie shower for my friend Tiffany this past weekend and wanted to share my centerpiece idea....a little bit of tulle, lace trim, beaded trim and a hot glue easy!

Plus, I HAD to make her one of my signs....every bride should get one:


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