For Starters | Meet Me Here


The idea for the Meet Me Here kit [still a work in progress] came from an image similar to this that I added to my “things to do”  folder in my Microsoft Office Portfolio about three years ago. I’m just a little obsessed with the possibilities contained in that simple phrase. Meet me here. Someday [when we’re both independently wealthy] I’m going to send this to Erin. We can wander the streets, shop, eat desserts, and basically do all the things our husbands wouldn’t want to do with us, all while we brainstorm ideas and call it a business meeting. A girl can dream, right?


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This year I really, really don’t want to dye Easter eggs. So we’re not going to. We’re going to decorate easter egg boxes. I made this lemon box last year for a friend and loved the possibilities. For this project I’ve simplified the process and put my handy-dandy cutter to use. I created a nesting box template and an egg shape for the top/bottom [think heart shaped boxes of chocolates]. Now, to all of those lacking in the electronic cutter department, please don’t tune me out quite yet. While it’s nice to have an electronic cutter for any project, it is, by no means, necessary for this one. The template is simple and straight forward, and the project is just as easily accomplished with the printed PDF template and a pair of scissors.

For the boxes I wanted a heavier material that would stand up to my kids, so I picked up some shirt boxes at Target. Unfortunately, the Silhouette doesn’t play well with such heavy materials. I fussed and tinkered and cursed before resigning myself to the fact that if I wanted the machine to do all of the cutting and scoring I would have to use standard cardstock. I shouldn’t whine about it. They turned out awesome anyway. If I do say so myself. Here’s how we did it…

Eggcellent Egg Box at Purdue Avenue

1.  Using the Egg-cellent Egg Box Template and heavy cardstock cut one each of the top + bottom and two of the egg shape. Also cut two egg shapes from your paper of choice for decorating. I liked using a second egg because it made the box feel more substantial. 

2.  Glue the cardstock and paper eggs wrong sides together for thickness but don’t attach them to the box quite yet.


PurdueAve_Egg-cellent43.  Decorate the eggs in any way you would like. We tried a few different things: watercolor, colored pencils, patterned paper, solid paper with patterned paper polka-dots/zig-zags/stripes. We like it all. Please note that if you are using any 3-D objects do not attach them yet. This step is for flat paper application only. We just used glue sticks, but mod-podge would work as well.

4.  Assemble the box by folding along the score lines and gluing the tabs to the inside of the box. I tried this with a permanent glue stick and it worked fine, but I did have to use paper clips to hold the sides while the glue dried. In the end I used my hot glue gun. I much prefer the hot glue gun. I did not try my tape runner.



5.  Mark the desired position of the box on the back of the eggs and attach the egg shaped tops and bottoms to the corresponding piece of the box.

Eggcellent Egg Box at Purdue Avenue

6.  Attach any 3-D objects [optional].

7.  Fill the box with whatever your heart desires. Me? I love Cadbury Mini Eggs. And I’ve just been introduced to Laffy-Taffy jelly beans and, though I’m really a chocolate girl, I think they’re pretty good as well.

So that’s it. Awesome, gift-able eggs that are fun, easy to make, and 100% customizable.

The template kit includes Egg-cellent Egg Box Template in PDF/SVG/ PNG formats. The finished size of the box portion is 3 x 5. However, the template can be enlarged or shrunken as desired. We did some 3 x 5 and some 2 x 3. If you choose to adjust the sizes just be sure to adjust all the pieces accordingly.

ps. This week only the template kit is free. Get it here. Happy Easter!

pps. For those using the Silhouette and really wanting to use the heavier shirt box, it will work with a few alterations. For whatever reason, the machine had problems with the score lines. To bypass this problem simply un-group the lines on the box templates and  remove the score lines. Set the blade to 10 and the thickness to 33. It’s possible I need a new blade, but I had to go over it four times. To do this, make a copy of the template by holding down ctrl and clicking [cmd+click on a mac] on the portion of the template you want to duplicate. This will make a copy directly over the original and will tell the machine to cut it twice. In the cut settings choose the double cut option to make two more cuts, bringing the overall total to four cuts. And, like I said, it’s possible I just need a new blade, so I would do a test cut first to see if just two cuts will work. After cutting the box shape, score the fold lines with a bone folder or whatever tool you prefer. I used the edge of a spool of thread because it was right here. Anything will work. Assemble as instructed above.


Good morning everyone! Mandi here. I am just about ready to begin this Scrap-along! It will start in a few minutes at 11:30 am MDT. I’m going to go ahead get the little man climbing on my back situated with PBS kids and a snack… and cross my fingers that he’ll cooperate!.

This is where I’ll post the steps. They’ll be in color for distinction. If you need an intro on the how-to of a Scrap-Along you can see those below.

Let me know if you have any questions as we go along. I’ll be here, chatting and playing along with you.

Here is how a Scrap-Along goes:

* I will post a new instruction every 10 minutes for the next hour for a total of 7 different “rules” for you to follow in creating your layout. I will update this post with each of the instructions.

* At the end of the hour, when all instructions have been given, you will then have until next Wednesday to complete, save, and upload to gallery of your choice [or e-mail me a screenshot/copy and let me know in the comments so I’ll know to watch for it…].

Bubblegum Alley Meet Me Here kit teaser by Mandi Miles

* After you upload your layout to the gallery of your choice make sure to come back to this thread to let me know you’ve posted your layout with a direct link [ps. instructions on how to do that at end of post]… everyone who participates [determined by a finished layout linked up before next Wednesday] will receive a mini-kit courtesy of Bubblegum Alley Design Company [that’s me, Mandi].


Are you ready? Today we’ll be dreaming of places to meet. Here we go!

1. Choose 2 photos. One of a person and one of where you’d like to meet them OR of something than represents the message you’d like to convey [ie. could be a photo of yourself]. If the meet place is a dream there are some great photos on Wiki Commons. Also, keep in mind that this doesn’t necessarily need to be a physical place, the place that keeps coming to my mind is in the middle.

2. Choose one background paper and any coordinating papers you think you’d like to use. Add your chosen background to your layout canvas.

3. Add your photos to your layout with any frames and/or techniques you’d like.

4. Make a connection between the photos in some way… i.e. overlap them, have an arrow from one to the other, lines/dots.

5. Using a favorite font write the words: MEET ME HERE. Use your favorite technique to jazz them up… i.e. embossed, stroke + shadows to make a sticker look, shadows + warp to make a paper cut look, grunged for a stampy/painty look… you choose. 

6. Choose and add up to three decorative elements of your choice. 

7. Complete your layout with journaling or a favorite quote. 


So that’s it. Send me your links and I’ll send out your freebie. Thanks for playing along!

Here’s mine:

Mandi Miles | Meet Me Here

ps. How to post links in comments:

1. Copy + past the code below into the comments

2. Replace the yellow section with your link

3. Replace the bolded portion with your words to identify the link

<a href=”http://www.location of image to link“>Here’s mine! Or other words of your choice here</a>.

Meet Me Here

Purdue Avenue Scrap-Along Invite 20MAR2013


Next week [Wednesday, March 20th] I’ll be here leading a scrap-along. What is a scrap-along? Well, I’m glad you asked. A scrap-along is my remake of the speed scrap concept. I think speed scraps are loads of fun. I love that there are parameters to keep me from over thinking a page. I also get a kick out of chatting it up in the forum and getting to know people. But I know that sometimes it’s hard to be available at the specified hour. And to finish in the allotted time limit.  Well, the scrap-along will encompass the best and leave the rest.

For those who can make it, I’ll be blogging the instructions or “rules” for a specified hour beginning at 11:30 am  MDT on Wednesday March 20th [1:30 pm EST/ 6:30 pm GMT… here’s a handy-dandy time zone converter if the need arises]. I would love to have you join me. Blog comments will be used as a forum of sorts for questions and general gabbing/getting to know you stuff.

For those who won’t be able to make the time slot, the instructions will be available indefinitely and you can play along at your convenience.

For those who love a prize, I’ll be offering up Copy Cat Template #1 [that’s the preview there on the left side of the invite] + a handful of digital items [scribble, confetti sprinkles, word art, textured paper].

The freebie will be available for one week to those who complete and share their completed scrap-along layouts [via e-mail or a link in the comments to the gallery of their choice or blog post].

So mark your calendar and join me. Won’t you?

ps. The Copy Cat Templates are exactly what the name implies, templates made from images I’ve seen. I would love to link to the image, but I can’t seem to find it. I could have sworn it was in my Pinterest. Or Amy Tangerine’s Pinterest. Or Molly Irwin’s. I’ve looked for over an hour [longer than I would like, but I really think it’s only proper to give credit where credit is due], but alas, no luck. I will link it up when it turns up. As it most certainly will. Now that I’ve given up the search.

pps. Here’s the quick info:

Who? Everybody

What? Scrap-Along


When? Wednesday March 20, 2013 | 11:30 am MDT

Why? Because it’s fun. And there’s free stuff.


Good Golly


Say hello to Miss Molly.

She is very large.

10 lbs 12 oz to be exact.

+ 22.25 inches long.

I apologize to all who have been anxiously awaiting this news. My inability to handle decent pain meds have made the surgery recovery a bit harder to handle this time around. Not so young as I once was I guess. Worth it though. She is 100% worth it. And I’m doing much better. We’re home and we’re good. We’ve had lots of wonderful help.

ps. I’ll be sure to take more photos soon.

December Daily | Day 1-4






As I worked on the pages I realized that I needed to pay attention to the book as a whole unit and not the individual pages. Example: the back side of the day 2 photo. I’ve got nothing. Though I am positive there’s some piece of kid art around here somewhere. Or I could always take a photo of a big pile of tissues and a warm cup of something. After all, that’s what this week has really been about. I’m just a little bit tired of it.

Pretty much everything I’ve used here came from my Hello December Journal Kit. The only exceptions are:

  • The December calendar. It’s a free download from  Rebekka Seale at Dear Friend. I altered it slightly so it would tie in with the rest of the chalkboard stuff in my book [hopefully that’s okay].
  • Day 4 is one of the digital papers from my Brown Paper Packages paper pack [still not up in the shop]. I printed it onto the back of the print of the Etsy treasury.
  • The black/white polka dot washi is Smash tape from my stash.
  • The gold letter stickers on day one. I got those at Michael’s. They’re sticko from EK Success.

I would have shared my cover, but it’s not done.

Not even started, actually.

Though I do have some ideas.

And some liquid gilding.

In gold.

I Am Here

Christmas Whites Treasury by Amanda of Her Beautiful Life... Fantastic.

Just thought I’d pop in to share… My Merry & Bright printable was featured in this fantastic collection of Christmas Whites at Etsy. So exciting. Mostly I just love how the print looks with all of the other beautiful projects.

On a different note, I’m sick.

Well, mostly we’re all sick around here. I’m just the only one who can’t mask the symptoms with drugs and feel like a normal person. But, I’m planning on getting some December Daily goodness up tomorrow.

If all goes well.

I’m in need of some accountability.

So there you go.

ps. Don’t forget about the FIFTYOFFDIGI and PURDUEAVE15 codes good for both the Purdue Avenue Shop and Bubblegum Alley [links in the sidebar]. Codes are good until Saturday night.

Pin it to Win it Winners with a treat for everyone!!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our Store Launch Giveaway!  We are happy to announce the winners of each item! But just as a treat – if there was something you love – but you are not a winner – here are some BIG THANK YOU COUPON CODES (usable in both shops) valid through Saturday December 8th.

For 50% off of all digital items (card customization, digital art, paper kits, etc.) use code: FIFTYOFFDIGI

For 15% off all shippable products (Hello December Kit, Chalkboard Gift Tags, etc.) use code: PURDUEAVE15

And now to announce the winners!!

Bubblegum Alley Shop:

Item #1: Hello December Journal Kit


Winner: Mindy P.

Item #2: Merry & Bright Chalkboard Art


Winner: Autumn S.

Item #3: Santa, Please Stop Here Art:


Winner: Autumn S.

Item #4: Hello December Digital Paper Pack


Winner: Mindy P.

Item #5: Hello December Flair


Winner: Mindy P.


Purdue Avenue Shop:

Item #1: Til’ He Appeared Handmade Christmas Cards:


Winner: Autumn S.

Item #2: Christmas Gift Tags:


Winner: Shelly T.

Item #3:  Vintage Postcard Digital Download


Winner: Wendy H.

Item # 4: May Your Days Be Merry & Bright Digital Download


Winner: Jodi P.

Item #5: Merry & Bright Vertical Customizable Christmas Card


Winner: Mindy P.

Item #6: Merry Christmas Circled Flourish Customizable Christmas Card


Winner: Kristen F.

Item #7: Chalkboard Art Merry Christmas Pennant Customizable Card


Winner: Becky P.

Item #8: Bokeh Lights Digital Image or Customizable Christmas Card


Winner: Wendy H.

Item #9: Merry & Bright Horizontal Customizable Christmas Card


Winner: Becky P.

Item #10 – Merry Christmas Customizable Christmas Card  w/ color choice


Winner: Wendy H.

Thank you so much to everyone that entered the giveaway!!!

**If you are a winner – please go to our etsy shop and click the “contact seller” button and leave a message with your option choices. [If that makes no sense – just leave a message and we will let you know what your options are ;0)] Still Confused?  Email us at

**Erin & Mandi

Pin It To Win It Giveaway!!

We are so excited about our Etsy shops finally being open and we’d like to ask for your help in spreading the word… It’s time to play Pin It to Win It!  What’s that? How do you play? Well… You will be given various tasks through rafflecopter [more on that below] and with each completed task you will be entered for a chance to win one of these fantastic prizes…

**In the Bubblegum Alley Shop Mandi will be giving away one of each of the following:

Hello December Journal Kit

Hello December Flair – full set [that’s 16 flair buttons… including those designed for and sold exclusively in the December Journal Kit]

Merry & Bright Chalkboard Art Printable

Santa Please Stop Here Customized Printable

Hello December Digital Paper Pack

**In the Purdue Avenue Shop Erin will be giving away:

1 OF EVERYTHING  {Click them all.  ha ha.}

All you have to do is click on the link and it will take you to Rafflecopter to complete the contest.  You will be directed from there.  Winners will be announced on Saturday December 1st.  Thanks for your help!!  Good Luck!!


Click here to play Pin It to Win It


P.S.  If you can’t find the pin it button in the Etsy Shop just click the image of the item you would like to pin. The pin button will be in the bottom right corner.   Here’s a picture of where it is located:

**For the Customizable Cards in the PurdueAvenue shop – it will include the customization & a digital file that will be emailed to you.  Professional Printing is not included, but can be added for the fees stated in the store.  :0)

Happy Pinning!!

**Erin & Mandi

I Did It


It’s been a long time coming. That is to say, I’ve been working on it for a long time. And by that I mean I’ve been listening to Christmas music since July.



So come on over and visit.

The door is always open.