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Wednesday, September 29, 2010


The very wise and considered people in our local council have decided that our extension plans need to change AGAIN.  We are back to having to make the extension look as if it is seperate to the original house Arghhhhhhhh! 
The bigggest impact this has for us doesn't seem that bad on paper but in reality it is a pain in the arse.  Our fridge has nowhere to go!

Our beautiful kitchen now does not work.  Who would have thought that one fridge could ruin the design of an entire extension.

Sooo today I am on the hunt for fridge alternatives.  Maybe a slimmer fridge will help - maybe an under the counter fridge - maybe a seperate freezer in the pantry....
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Our First Link Party!

Welcome to our first ever link party! We are so excited to offer this opportunity for you to share your SEI projects at the end of each month. This is how it works...

1. Add a link to your SEI project on our blog by clicking on the button at the bottom of this post. Your project must use at least one SEI product to participate.
2. Link back to us by adding this button to the bottom of your blog post.

3. Check each other's projects out and be sure to leave lot's of comments.

Let the party begin!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

2011 Design Team

The time has finally arrived for our big reveal! Thanks again to everyone who applied for our design team. Now, please welcome six ladies who are the best of the best... SEI's 2011 Design team!

Audrey Yeager
• I am a former high school Biology teacher, now a SAHM to 16 month old Charlotte, and married to my sweet hubby Keith.
• We moved to Houston from New York about 3 1/2 years ago. I love the winter and spring in the south, but nothing can beat the summers and fall in New York State.
• I love being "domestic": all things crafty, baking, cooking, and sewing (but not so much on the cleaning part! :) )
• I love the outdoors and am so inspired by nature. I love indentifying birds and butterflies and trees.
• I listen to all kinds of music, but most of the time I will be singing out loud to heavy metal or hard rock!

Caroline Ikeji
• I live in foggy San Francisco, where summer seems to finally be starting as the official start of fall just passed. No seriously, summers are like winters here. Other than the fog, though, I absolutely LOVE it up here.
• I'm a college student, scrapbook designer, photographer, and I recently started working at a chocolate shop. It's a sweet job, literally (although it hasn't been good for my waistline).
• I loooooooove food, and especially talking about it. My specialty is making people hungry :)
• I am a coffee addict, especially Blue Bottle Coffee. You don't want to cross me when I'm not caffeinated, it seriously won't be pleasant!

Julie Bonner
• I live in Crownsville, Maryland with my husband, 3-year-old son Ryan, and 3 toy poodles.
• I have always preserved pictures, cards, newspaper clippings, and mementos in albums, but it wasn't until the birth of my son that I threw myself completely into all the wonderful products & techniques the industry has to offer :)
• I enjoy using hand-sewing, inking, misting, and pen detail to add that special touch to my projects - while still maintaing a focus on photos.
• I LOVE exploring new ways to organize photos, patterned papers, and embellishments on a page & am constantly creating sketches to record these ideas.
• SEI was one of the first brands of scrapbook supplies I created with & I am SO excited and honored to be part of their 2011 Design Team!!!

Kate O'Brien
• I am originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. We relocated to Seattle, Washington last year and I am loving it so far!
• Being a mommy is my first priority in life and my family means the world to me!
• I love anything creative be it photography, scrapbooking or sewing.
• When I am not working, making art or hanging out with the people I love you can find me in the kitchen baking something sweet!

Lisa Johnson
• I live in Anacortes WA with my Husband/best friend (Chris) and our four daughters (Alex, Hannah, Pepper and Ella). We have two boy cats, Mozart and Haydn, to keep Chris company.
• Making cards is my favorite type of paper crafting. Stamping is my favorite creative method!
• My styles are typically clean, simple, cute and elegant.
• In addition to my passion for paper crafting I love being involved in my church, spending any time with my family, singing, dancing, hiking, camping, hanging with my friends, blogging and being a silly girl!

Lori Mancini
• I live in beautiful Ontario Canada with my husband Dan and our two handsome teenage son's.
• When I’m not scrapbooking until the wee hours of the morning I enjoy spending time family and friends, and keep busy running our Custom Cabinetry business with my husband.
• I am a "Scatter-Brained" blonde who loves to read blogs by the hour, take photo's by the 100's, and finds inspiration in everything around me.
• I enjoy The lazy days of summer, Starbuck's pretzels, and cheering my kids on in whatever it is they're doing. In the winter you will find me hibernating in my scrap room with fuzzy slippers and a cup of tea, or camped out in front of the TV watching Grey's Anatomy or The Biggest Loser.
• I am honored to have had my work published in Canadian Scrapbooker, Scrapbook & Cards Today and Scrapbook Trends magazine’s. I look forward to inspiring all of you with my creations and being inspired by all of you!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

October Calendar Page

Are you ready for October? The leaves are starting to turn in our neck of the woods and the air is getting wonderfully crisp! And you know what a new month means...a new calendar page.

Here is October's calendar page and lovely layout. All you need to create this is the Spooks assortment pack. We hope this helps you with our challenge to scrapbook one page each month.

Each month we post a FREE monthly calendar download and a single-page scrapbook layout idea. Create the layout, print off the calendar page and slip them into a sheet protector so at the end of the year you will have a calendar to display with your own photos and twelve great layouts to represent the year! Go here for previous layouts and calendar pages.

Just so you know...our big Design Team Reveal happens Monday! If you haven't received an e-mail from us, let us know at seiblog(at)shopsei(dot)com.

We really want to thank everyone who applied. We enjoyed getting to know you a little. You have all been so patient and kind as we have been busy sorting, sending, and replying to so many e-mails. It was a difficult decision because there were a lot of talented paper-crafters to choose from. We are excited to announce the new team so come back soon!

Wednesday Wedding - At Camp.

Love Me Do Phpotography has posted the most wonderful wedding on their blog. Ben and Katherine's wedding at Camp Choconut.
This couple rented a camp for the entire weekend and invited friends and family to 'come stay, swim, play games, dance, sing, and celebrate with them all weekend long.'
You can read more about it over at Love Me Do

Thursday, September 23, 2010

3rd Thursday: Moonrise

Club SEI's October kit features the lovely Moonrise collection. Click here to see what club members can make with this kit. If you aren't a club member, you can still sign-up.

We love the beautiful, custom journal that comes with the kit. It has a band to keep it shut and a convenient little pocket in the back for keepsakes, coupons, whatever!

Today we would like share a card that you could make with some of the contents of the kit. This card has great details, like the beautiful layouts from the kit.

We love the layered pumpkin, which is a technique from the kit. The mesh paper adds another great detail. Happy 3rd Thursday!

Behind The Red Door

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Just Some Eye Candy

The Brownlow - My Picks Of The Night

Rebecca Twigley                                               Kylie Brown
Lauren Phillips
Jacinta Jellett
Catherine Heard

Saints Are In The Grand Final

This fabulous photo is courtesy of St. Kilda Football Club - taken before the weekends game against The Doggies. 
(I'm tipping our supporters are quite a bit cuter than Collingwoods!!)

Monday, September 20, 2010


Thank you for commenting on Jamie's posts last week. She is such a sweetheart! We agree with you. She did a wonderful job showing a variety of ideas and fun uses for the papers.

Also, thanks to those who entered the giveaway. We are excited to giveaway some wonderful monster goodies to the winner, as selected by random.org, who is...

Congratulations, Christy (aka Emeraldvalkyrie)! Now just send us your mailing address at seiblog{at}shopsei{dot}com so you can enjoy your prize.

Thanks for participating everyone! Happy Monday!