{summer CHA must haves and a big update}

Oh my word it has been a LONG time since I last blogged, and I am so sorry to all of my loyal friends and followers out there!! I have been out of touch for many months, but I am back, and I mean business!
For those of you interested to know, I finished my very, overwhelming Spring semester with a bang; I made 4 A’s, and that means I received a 4.0. My Summer classes started that following Monday, and I completed both classes with an A, so another 4.0, now I am out of school for about 4 more weeks. I am living it up at home, in the evenings just spending time watching movies with my family, scrapbooking, swimming, and going to bed early/on-time.
Our house is still on the market. It is still in great condition, but we are getting a brand new roof due to hail and wind damage. Also, we extended our listing contract, so it will be on the market until October of 2011; at that point, we will take it off the market for the holidays.
I’ve gone through several hair transitions this summer. In the Spring, I went caramel blonde, it was very golden and gorgeous. When my roots started coming in, I drove down to San Antonio, spent time with my dear sister Megan. I went platinum blonde. It looked fantastic, and I loved it, but it was short lived. My roots came back in less than 3 weeks, so now I am a light shade of red, and I am in LOVE with it. I get tons of compliments on it, so I know it was a good move on my part.
I recently got back from my annual Summer Scrapbook Retreat at Memory Lane Inn in McKinney, TX. I had so much fun seeing my family and good friends. I didn’t get as many pages done as I did last year, but I still got a lot completed. I also reorganized all of my papers by manufacturer, created some kits out of my stash that include everything I need to travel with to crops, purchased a new trimmer from Michael’s, and I finally spent my gift card reward from Scrappin’ Bunnies on loads of new paper and accessories. I purged a ton of patterned papers, an entire Iris Container full of solid cardstock, and several stickers and accessories that I know I wouldn't use, and it FELT SO GOOD. I love to PURGE.
Now that I am back from my brief vacation from life, I am reorganizing my scrapbook room, and I am getting ready to start a new job on August 1st. I applied to and was offered a job in the College of Education at UNT, so I am transitioning so to speak. During my free time, I am reading over the office manual, and I am getting great design ideas for my very own office. This will be the first time that I am not working in a cubicle, what fun! I am so pleased, grateful, and ready for this new challenge in my life. I look forward to my future at UNT and making new friends and colleagues. Thank the Lord; He knew just what I needed after this tough year.
And onto something a bit scrappy…
I will be posting a few layouts later on this week; I need to take pictures of my most recent works; I have several that I am very proud of. And since I don’t have super layouts to share with you today, I would love to share with you my top faves for the Summer CHA which is going on right now in Chicago; wish I was there!!!
Summer 2011 CHA Favorites:
1. Basic Grey – Nordic Holiday
2. Crate Paper – Farmhouse, Random, and Peppermint

3. Cosmo Cricket – Assorted Sized Glubers
4. Studio Calico – Memoir
5. Webster Pages – Trim, Pins, Flowers, Trinkets

6. My Mind’s Eye – Lost & Found Two Rosy
And I have several honorable mentions as well, so I've included those:
1. Pebbles – Fresh Goods
2. American Crafts – Amy Tangerine Papers & Coordinates
3. Pink Paislee - Nantucket

I am following all the CHA Summer releases at The Scrap Review, and I am definitely giving my opinions on what is hot and not this CHA, and I hope that you check them out and do the same!


Liz Michaud said...

We have the same taste! Everything on your faves list is on mine too. Going to have to save lots of pennies to get it all :)
Congrats on your new job! Good luck with it.
Have a great rest of the summer!

Gabrielle said...

Thank you Liz! I know I was thinking that I might just tuck away money from groceries, like withdraw an additional $10 each time I shop and put it in an envelope to take to Scrappin' Bunnies when they get some of the new releases. I know that I absolutely must have the Glubers, Crate Paper, BG Nordic Holiday and MME Rosy, and I will set aside some money for the trinkets and buttons from Websters, love those!