trending resource endpoint

URL: /assets/trending.<format>

Supported Methods

GET Gets a stream of trending assets across TypePad

Query String Arguments

start-token
The value of the moreResultsToken property of a previous response, to retrieve more items from the same query.
max-results
Maximum number of items to return in the list response.

Resource Type

This endpoint returns an object of type Stream<Asset>.

entries (array<Asset>)
The items within the selected range.
estimatedTotalResults (integer)
An estimate of the total number of items in the whole stream of which this object is a chunk. null if a count cannot be determined at all, or if an exact count is returned in totalResults.
moreResultsToken (string)
An opaque token that can be used as the start-token parameter of a followup request to retrieve additional results. null if there are no more results to retrieve, but the presence of this token does not guarantee that the response to a followup request will actually contain results.
totalResults (integer)
The total number of items in the whole stream of which this object is a chunk. null if an exact count cannot be determined.

Client Library Methods for PHP

Gets a stream of trending assets across TypePad
$tp->assets->getTrending(array(


    # Optional Parameters
    "limit" => $limit,
    "startToken" => $startToken,

))

Example Request

GET /assets/trending.json HTTP/1.1
Host: api.typepad.com

HTTP/1.0 200 OK
Content-type: application/json
Content-length: 698438

{
   "moreResultsToken": "a5b2cd1298df5385",
   "entries": [
      {
         "excerpt": "There is so much scrapbook inspiration today on the blog. Jane Tregenza shares two heartfelt and beautiful Time to Flourish monthly layouts, and Robin Shakoor has a great tutorial using our new World's Fair! What a way to kick off...",
         "embeddedAudioLinks": [],
         "content": "<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01b7c7c5be27970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"July Right Page\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a011570479cdc970b01b7c7c5be27970b image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01b7c7c5be27970b-800wi\" title=\"July Right Page\" /></a></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">There is so much scrapbook inspiration today on the blog. <a href=\"http://janetregenza.blogspot.com.au/\" target=\"_blank\">Jane Tregenza</a> shares two heartfelt and beautiful&#0160;<em><a href=\"http://www.scrapbook.com/store/gf-4501055.html\" target=\"_blank\">Time to Flourish</a>&#0160;</em>monthly layouts, and <a href=\"http://robinshakoor.blogspot.com/\" target=\"_blank\">Robin Shakoor</a> has a great tutorial using our new&#0160;<em><a href=\"http://www.g45papers.com/products/worlds-fair-category\" target=\"_blank\">World&#39;s Fair</a>! </em>What a way to kick off the week. </span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">First, <a href=\"http://janetregenza.blogspot.com.au/\" target=\"_blank\">Jane</a> shares two incredible double layouts. We&#39;ll let Jane take it from here:</span></p>\r\n<p dir=\"ltr\" style=\"line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 10pt;\">&quot;<span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">July was month of reflection and reassessing just what I am going with my life after hearing the sad news of the passing of Heidi Swapp’s beautiful son Corey.</span></p>\r\n<p dir=\"ltr\" style=\"line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 10pt;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">I came to know Heidi after she stayed with me for a few days when she was teaching in Adelaide in 2013. I had 3 very enjoyable days in her company. We talked about all kinds of things including our families and just our special all our children are to us.</span></p>\r\n<p dir=\"ltr\" style=\"line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 10pt;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">So I was very sad to hear about Corey’s passing. &#0160;It was very moving to read Heidi’s tribute to her son and to see the photos she posted. Her comments about why we scrap and how important it is record the everyday events in our lives is so true. &#0160;&#0160;</span></p>\r\n<p dir=\"ltr\" style=\"line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 10pt;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">Corey’s passing reminded me just how precious life is and not to take it for granted. You never know when your time here will be over. Each day needs to count and not just be wasted. At the end of my time I want to be able to say that I made my life count rather than just having flitted it away.</span></p>\r\n<p dir=\"ltr\" style=\"line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 10pt;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">During our life events happen that make us reflect on how we are going and gives us the opportunity to change our ending. It is up to each one of us to make our life the best we can, not in a selfish way - only thinking of our wants and needs, but rather how we can affect and can help those who come into contact with us in a positive way.</span></p>\r\n<p dir=\"ltr\" style=\"line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 10pt;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">One of my daughters is expecting our first Grandchild, and with Corey in mind I decided to do a layout for Leah and Stuart – my daughter and son in law who are expecting their first child.</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong id=\"docs-internal-guid-53b23d46-75d4-294f-a157-fef0425782a7\" style=\"font-weight: normal;\">It is a very exciting time for our family as we watch this little “bump” grow and count down the weeks until our bub is here. &#0160;Lots of preparation is going into getting everything ready. I have even been doing some knitting. &#0160;I am so grateful to Leah and Stuart for giving us the chance to be grandparents and can’t wait to be able to hold and love our grandchild. &#0160;So our family story continues and the next stage in our life is nearly commencing.&quot; ~Jane</strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01b8d14fa613970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"July Double Layout using Time to Flourish by Jane #graphic45\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a011570479cdc970b01b8d14fa613970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01b8d14fa613970c-600wi\" style=\"width: 600px;\" title=\"July Double Layout using Time to Flourish by Jane #graphic45\" /></a></strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01b8d14fa63f970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Left side of the July Double Layout using Time to Flourish by Jane #graphic45\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a011570479cdc970b01b8d14fa63f970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01b8d14fa63f970c-600wi\" style=\"width: 600px;\" title=\"Left side of the July Double Layout using Time to Flourish by Jane #graphic45\" /></a></strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01b8d14fa65b970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Left close-up of the July Double Layout using Time to Flourish by Jane #graphic45\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a011570479cdc970b01b8d14fa65b970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01b8d14fa65b970c-600wi\" style=\"width: 600px;\" title=\"Left close-up of the July Double Layout using Time to Flourish by Jane #graphic45\" /></a></strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01b8d14fa67a970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Right side of the July Double Layout using Time to Flourish by Jane #graphic45\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a011570479cdc970b01b8d14fa67a970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01b8d14fa67a970c-600wi\" style=\"width: 600px;\" title=\"Right side of the July Double Layout using Time to Flourish by Jane #graphic45\" /></a></strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01b7c7c5c0d0970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Right close-up of the July Double Layout using Time to Flourish by Jane #graphic45\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a011570479cdc970b01b7c7c5c0d0970b img-responsive\" src=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01b7c7c5c0d0970b-600wi\" style=\"width: 600px;\" title=\"Right close-up of the July Double Layout using Time to Flourish by Jane #graphic45\" /></a></strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><strong><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">Supply List</span></strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">3x G4501041 July Cut Aparts<strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong>1x G4501042 July Flourish<strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong>2x G4500883 Herbal Infusion<strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong>6x Black cardstock<br /><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong id=\"docs-internal-guid-d234f37f-75d5-fa03-6c00-39a5d5009c5e\" style=\"font-weight: normal;\">Black photo corners, metal filigree corners, brads from Seriously Scrapbooking</strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\">&quot;</strong></strong>August is going to be a special month for me.</span></p>\r\n<p dir=\"ltr\" style=\"line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 10pt;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">My Eldest daughter and her partner are getting married after being together for a few years now. &#0160;We were very delighted to receive a phone calling telling us of their engagement. The wedding is being held in Sydney so we are all flying there to share in their special day. It is at the end of the month, so I have made the layout for them and will add the photos after the wedding.</span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong id=\"docs-internal-guid-d4ebce12-75d7-00e0-f2d9-aeb512d2957e\" style=\"font-weight: normal;\">I am so grateful for my wonderful sons in Law. After this wedding I will have three of them in my life. &#0160;I have four daughters and only one son. So having three more beautiful “sons in law” is just amazing. &#0160;Each of their mothers has done an amazing job of bringing them up. They are all so different and come from different walks of life. The one thing they all have in common is that they each love, respect and cherish one of my precious daughters. &#0160;I cannot tell you how grateful I am for that. To have your daughters married to men that treat them well, love them and respect them is a real blessing. &#0160;To be able to share in their lives and watch them grow closer together is a delight. &#0160;For some this is not the case and my heart goes out to any woman in a relationship that is harmful to her and her health. Whether it is domestic violence or mental torment no one should have to face that. Easy to say, but so hard to change. I am so grateful that my girls at this stage in their lives are not facing this trial and hopefully never will.</strong>&quot; ~Jane<br /></strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01b7c7c6ba1d970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"August Double Layout by Jane using Time to Flourish #graphic45\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a011570479cdc970b01b7c7c6ba1d970b img-responsive\" src=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01b7c7c6ba1d970b-600wi\" style=\"width: 600px;\" title=\"August Double Layout by Jane using Time to Flourish #graphic45\" /></a><br /></strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01bb086a1278970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Left side of the August Double Layout using Time to Flourish by Jane #graphic45\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a011570479cdc970b01bb086a1278970d img-responsive\" src=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01bb086a1278970d-600wi\" style=\"width: 600px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Left side of the August Double Layout using Time to Flourish by Jane #graphic45\" /></a></strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01bb086a129b970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Left close-up of the August Double Layout using Time to Flourish by Jane #graphic45\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a011570479cdc970b01bb086a129b970d img-responsive\" src=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01bb086a129b970d-600wi\" style=\"width: 600px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Left close-up of the August Double Layout using Time to Flourish by Jane #graphic45\" /></a></strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01bb086a12b8970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Right side of the August Double Layout using Time to Flourish by Jane #graphic45\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a011570479cdc970b01bb086a12b8970d img-responsive\" src=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01bb086a12b8970d-600wi\" style=\"width: 600px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Right side of the August Double Layout using Time to Flourish by Jane #graphic45\" /></a></strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01b7c7c5c180970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Right close-up of the August Double Layout using Time to Flourish by Jane #graphic45\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a011570479cdc970b01b7c7c5c180970b img-responsive\" src=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01b7c7c5c180970b-600wi\" style=\"width: 600px;\" title=\"Right close-up of the August Double Layout using Time to Flourish by Jane #graphic45\" /></a></strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><strong><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">Supply List<br /></span></strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">&#0160;</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">3x G451043 August Cut Apart<strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong></strong>2x G4501044 August Flourish<strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong></strong>2x G4500916 Globetrotter<strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong></strong>4x Black Cardstock<strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong></strong>2x Dark Teal Cardstock<strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong></strong>2x Imaginarium Designs Chipboard Corners IDC0002<br /><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong id=\"docs-internal-guid-d4ebce12-75d9-0925-6a16-d3631703b981\" style=\"font-weight: normal;\">Black Photo Corners and lace from Seriously Scrapbooking</strong></strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\">Now, check out this <a href=\"http://www.g45papers.com/products/worlds-fair-category\" target=\"_blank\"><em>World&#39;s Fair</em></a> layout and tutorial from the brilliant Robin! Amazing! </strong></strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\">&quot;<strong id=\"docs-internal-guid-ccd7b1d3-75da-7653-198a-8e30383fa6ef\" style=\"font-weight: normal;\">This quick and easy layout is simple to create, yet packs a beautiful punch. &#0160;I used a die cutting technique to create a pretty focal point for my page. &#0160;Adding a large decorative image really &#0160;brings interest to my page design. &#0160;Embellishments are easy to create by cutting images directly from the gorgeous designs found on the pages of this collection.</strong>&quot; ~Robin</strong></strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01bb086a12fe970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Imagination Layout, World&#39;s Fair, by Robin Shakoor, Product by Graphic 45\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a011570479cdc970b01bb086a12fe970d img-responsive\" src=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01bb086a12fe970d-600wi\" style=\"width: 600px;\" title=\"Imagination Layout, World&#39;s Fair, by Robin Shakoor, Product by Graphic 45\" /></a></strong></strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><span class=\"sg-embed-wrapper\" data-format=\"wide\" data-height=\"474px\" data-slug=\"create-a-layout-using-graphic-45s-worlds-fair-1\" data-url=\"//snapguide.com/embed/v2/guide/create-a-layout-using-graphic-45s-worlds-fair-1/\" data-width=\"516px\">Check out <a href=\"http://snp.gd/hbriw6\">How to Create a Layout Using Graphic 45&#39;s World&#39;s Fair</a> by <a href=\"//snapguide.com/robin-shakoor/\" target=\"_blank\">Robin Shakoor</a> on <a href=\"//snapguide.com/\">Snapguide</a>.\r\n<script src=\"//snapguide.com/load-embed.js\" type=\"text/javascript\"></script>\r\n</span>&#0160;</span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><a href=\"https://snapguide.com/guides/create-a-layout-using-graphic-45s-worlds-fair-1/\" target=\"_blank\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">Robin&#39;s Layout Snapguide Tutorial</span></a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01b7c7c5c1a0970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Imagination Layout, World&#39;s Fair, by Robin Shakoor, Product by Graphic 45\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a011570479cdc970b01b7c7c5c1a0970b img-responsive\" src=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01b7c7c5c1a0970b-600wi\" style=\"width: 600px;\" title=\"Imagination Layout, World&#39;s Fair, by Robin Shakoor, Product by Graphic 45\" /></a></strong></strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; 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We hope you have an awesome week. Thanks for kicking it off with us! <br /></strong></strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\">Happy Scrapping,</strong></strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\">The G45 Family<br /></strong></strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\">Want to try these projects out? 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We&#39;ll let Jane take it from here:</span></p>\r\n<p dir=\"ltr\" style=\"line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 10pt;\">&quot;<span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">July was month of reflection and reassessing just what I am going with my life after hearing the sad news of the passing of Heidi Swapp’s beautiful son Corey.</span></p>\r\n<p dir=\"ltr\" style=\"line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 10pt;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">I came to know Heidi after she stayed with me for a few days when she was teaching in Adelaide in 2013. I had 3 very enjoyable days in her company. We talked about all kinds of things including our families and just our special all our children are to us.</span></p>\r\n<p dir=\"ltr\" style=\"line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 10pt;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">So I was very sad to hear about Corey’s passing. &#0160;It was very moving to read Heidi’s tribute to her son and to see the photos she posted. Her comments about why we scrap and how important it is record the everyday events in our lives is so true. &#0160;&#0160;</span></p>\r\n<p dir=\"ltr\" style=\"line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 10pt;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">Corey’s passing reminded me just how precious life is and not to take it for granted. You never know when your time here will be over. Each day needs to count and not just be wasted. 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I have even been doing some knitting. &#0160;I am so grateful to Leah and Stuart for giving us the chance to be grandparents and can’t wait to be able to hold and love our grandchild. &#0160;So our family story continues and the next stage in our life is nearly commencing.&quot; ~Jane</strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01b8d14fa613970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"July Double Layout using Time to Flourish by Jane #graphic45\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a011570479cdc970b01b8d14fa613970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01b8d14fa613970c-600wi\" style=\"width: 600px;\" title=\"July Double Layout using Time to Flourish by Jane #graphic45\" /></a></strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01b8d14fa63f970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; 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font-size: 10pt;\">Supply List</span></strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">3x G4501041 July Cut Aparts<strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong>1x G4501042 July Flourish<strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong>2x G4500883 Herbal Infusion<strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong>6x Black cardstock<br /><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong id=\"docs-internal-guid-d234f37f-75d5-fa03-6c00-39a5d5009c5e\" style=\"font-weight: normal;\">Black photo corners, metal filigree corners, brads from Seriously Scrapbooking</strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\">&quot;</strong></strong>August is going to be a special month for me.</span></p>\r\n<p dir=\"ltr\" style=\"line-height: 1.3800000000000001; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 10pt;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">My Eldest daughter and her partner are getting married after being together for a few years now. &#0160;We were very delighted to receive a phone calling telling us of their engagement. The wedding is being held in Sydney so we are all flying there to share in their special day. It is at the end of the month, so I have made the layout for them and will add the photos after the wedding.</span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong id=\"docs-internal-guid-d4ebce12-75d7-00e0-f2d9-aeb512d2957e\" style=\"font-weight: normal;\">I am so grateful for my wonderful sons in Law. After this wedding I will have three of them in my life. &#0160;I have four daughters and only one son. So having three more beautiful “sons in law” is just amazing. &#0160;Each of their mothers has done an amazing job of bringing them up. They are all so different and come from different walks of life. The one thing they all have in common is that they each love, respect and cherish one of my precious daughters. &#0160;I cannot tell you how grateful I am for that. To have your daughters married to men that treat them well, love them and respect them is a real blessing. &#0160;To be able to share in their lives and watch them grow closer together is a delight. &#0160;For some this is not the case and my heart goes out to any woman in a relationship that is harmful to her and her health. Whether it is domestic violence or mental torment no one should have to face that. Easy to say, but so hard to change. I am so grateful that my girls at this stage in their lives are not facing this trial and hopefully never will.</strong>&quot; ~Jane<br /></strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01b7c7c6ba1d970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"August Double Layout by Jane using Time to Flourish #graphic45\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a011570479cdc970b01b7c7c6ba1d970b img-responsive\" src=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01b7c7c6ba1d970b-600wi\" style=\"width: 600px;\" title=\"August Double Layout by Jane using Time to Flourish #graphic45\" /></a><br /></strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01bb086a1278970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Left side of the August Double Layout using Time to Flourish by Jane #graphic45\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a011570479cdc970b01bb086a1278970d img-responsive\" src=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01bb086a1278970d-600wi\" style=\"width: 600px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Left side of the August Double Layout using Time to Flourish by Jane #graphic45\" /></a></strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01bb086a129b970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Left close-up of the August Double Layout using Time to Flourish by Jane #graphic45\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a011570479cdc970b01bb086a129b970d img-responsive\" src=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01bb086a129b970d-600wi\" style=\"width: 600px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Left close-up of the August Double Layout using Time to Flourish by Jane #graphic45\" /></a></strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01bb086a12b8970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Right side of the August Double Layout using Time to Flourish by Jane #graphic45\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a011570479cdc970b01bb086a12b8970d img-responsive\" src=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01bb086a12b8970d-600wi\" style=\"width: 600px; 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font-size: 10pt;\">Supply List<br /></span></strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">&#0160;</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">3x G451043 August Cut Apart<strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong></strong>2x G4501044 August Flourish<strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong></strong>2x G4500916 Globetrotter<strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong></strong>4x Black Cardstock<strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong></strong>2x Dark Teal Cardstock<strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong></strong>2x Imaginarium Designs Chipboard Corners IDC0002<br /><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong id=\"docs-internal-guid-d4ebce12-75d9-0925-6a16-d3631703b981\" style=\"font-weight: normal;\">Black Photo Corners and lace from Seriously Scrapbooking</strong></strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\">Now, check out this <a href=\"http://www.g45papers.com/products/worlds-fair-category\" target=\"_blank\"><em>World&#39;s Fair</em></a> layout and tutorial from the brilliant Robin! Amazing! </strong></strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\">&quot;<strong id=\"docs-internal-guid-ccd7b1d3-75da-7653-198a-8e30383fa6ef\" style=\"font-weight: normal;\">This quick and easy layout is simple to create, yet packs a beautiful punch. &#0160;I used a die cutting technique to create a pretty focal point for my page. &#0160;Adding a large decorative image really &#0160;brings interest to my page design. &#0160;Embellishments are easy to create by cutting images directly from the gorgeous designs found on the pages of this collection.</strong>&quot; ~Robin</strong></strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01bb086a12fe970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Imagination Layout, World&#39;s Fair, by Robin Shakoor, Product by Graphic 45\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a011570479cdc970b01bb086a12fe970d img-responsive\" src=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01bb086a12fe970d-600wi\" style=\"width: 600px;\" title=\"Imagination Layout, World&#39;s Fair, by Robin Shakoor, Product by Graphic 45\" /></a></strong></strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><span class=\"sg-embed-wrapper\" data-format=\"wide\" data-height=\"474px\" data-slug=\"create-a-layout-using-graphic-45s-worlds-fair-1\" data-url=\"//snapguide.com/embed/v2/guide/create-a-layout-using-graphic-45s-worlds-fair-1/\" data-width=\"516px\">Check out <a href=\"http://snp.gd/hbriw6\">How to Create a Layout Using Graphic 45&#39;s World&#39;s Fair</a> by <a href=\"//snapguide.com/robin-shakoor/\" target=\"_blank\">Robin Shakoor</a> on <a href=\"//snapguide.com/\">Snapguide</a>.\r\n<script src=\"//snapguide.com/load-embed.js\" type=\"text/javascript\"></script>\r\n</span>&#0160;</span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><a href=\"https://snapguide.com/guides/create-a-layout-using-graphic-45s-worlds-fair-1/\" target=\"_blank\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">Robin&#39;s Layout Snapguide Tutorial</span></a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01b7c7c5c1a0970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Imagination Layout, World&#39;s Fair, by Robin Shakoor, Product by Graphic 45\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a011570479cdc970b01b7c7c5c1a0970b img-responsive\" src=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01b7c7c5c1a0970b-600wi\" style=\"width: 600px;\" title=\"Imagination Layout, World&#39;s Fair, by Robin Shakoor, Product by Graphic 45\" /></a></strong></strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01b8d14fa79f970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Imagination Layout, World&#39;s Fair, by Robin Shakoor, Product by Graphic 45\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a011570479cdc970b01b8d14fa79f970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01b8d14fa79f970c-600wi\" style=\"width: 600px;\" title=\"Imagination Layout, World&#39;s Fair, by Robin Shakoor, Product by Graphic 45\" /></a></strong></strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><strong><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">Supply List</span></strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">&#0160;</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">Graphic 45 – World’s Fair – Flower Power – 4501171<strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong></strong></strong>Graphic 45 – World’s Fair – Ticket to Ride – 4501170<strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong></strong></strong>Graphic 45 – World’s Fair – Inspiration Station – 4501173<strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong></strong></strong>Graphic 45 – World’s Fair – Wonder Works - 4501169<strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong></strong></strong>Graphic 45 – World’s Fair – Journaling Chipboard - 4501180<strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong></strong></strong>Graphic 45 – World’s Fair – Envision Expo – 4501172<strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong></strong></strong>Graphic 45 – World’s Fair –Balloon Bouquet - 4501174<strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong>Other Supplies<strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong>Anna Griffin – Lace Cards and Embellishments Cartridge<br /><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong id=\"docs-internal-guid-ce1e88b0-75df-314f-e473-667ef7bcfdfb\" style=\"font-weight: normal;\">Cricut Die Cutting Machine</strong></strong></strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\">Let&#39;s see who won last week&#39;s blog hop giveaway! Our randomly chosen winner is....<br /></strong></strong></strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><strong><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">-Judy Bock </span></strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\">Congratulations, Judy! Please email joanna@g45papers.com to claim your prize. Thanks to everyone for taking part in our awesome blog hop with Clearsnap! </strong></strong></strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\">Didn&#39;t win? Don&#39;t even worry! We have a new giveaway sure to make you smile! Check out this <em>Home Sweet Home </em>prize pack! Enter now:</strong></strong></strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><a class=\"rcptr\" data-raflid=\"7bb38a7435\" data-template=\"\" data-theme=\"classic\" href=\"http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/7bb38a7435/\" id=\"rcwidget_84r6yxtf\" rel=\"nofollow\">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a>\r\n<script src=\"//widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js\" type=\"text/javascript\"></script>\r\n</strong></strong></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\">Don&#39;t forget to head over to the <a href=\"http://blog.papercrafterslibrary.com/\" target=\"_blank\">Paper Crafter&#39;s Library blog</a> for extra inspiration from Robin Shakoor. 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I remember one of the first times I went there I got a lime and mint popsicle that was such a breath of fresh air on that hot summer day, and I thought it would be fun to try to make my own version since I can&#39;t always run across town every time a popsicle craving hits. Plus, I think it would make the perfect party dessert, so it&#39;d be nice to make my own. 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Remove when frozen and enjoy!</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c7c44768970b-pi\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Lime + mint popsicles (no added sugar!) click through for recipe       \" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c7c44768970b image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c7c44768970b-800wi\" title=\"Lime + mint popsicles (no added sugar!) click through for recipe       \" /></a><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c7c4476c970b-pi\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Lime + mint popsicles (no added sugar!) click through for recipe       \" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c7c4476c970b image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c7c4476c970b-800wi\" title=\"Lime + mint popsicles (no added sugar!) click through for recipe       \" /></a>The crisp mint is perfect with the tart and zesty lime and the cucumber cools off the intensity a bit and gives the popsicle a thicker consistency. 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I was only surprised at how little&#0160;my family knows me--to think it necessary to spare me the grief.&#0160;<br /><br /><em>Le secret</em> was revealed late one night, after Jean-Marc had taken me into his arms for the second time. &quot;There is something I have to talk to you about,&quot; he said. The tone in his voice was unfamiliar and it woke the inner stranger inside of me. &#0160;As different as we are to one another--as mysterious as our hearts are even to ourselves--our married souls occasionally reveal an ongoing conversation, so that we will be thinking exactly the same thing at the moment one of us voices it (if not in unison).<br /><br /><em>Except this time</em>. This time I could not have fathomed what my husband was about to say--his thoughts being nowhere on the cusp of my mind. Even my trusty vibes had abandoned ship. 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This fictionalized love story about the author Robert Louis Stevenson is an eye-opening look into the creative life. &#0160;<br /><br />With chapters set in Paris, in nearby Hyérès and in the wild American Southwest, you may also be taken by the backdrop of this love story between creative types.<br /><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0345516540/mdj-20\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\" target=\"_blank\"><img alt=\"Wide-starry\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d834515cae69e201b8d1508ef0970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e201b8d1508ef0970c-300wi\" style=\"width: 290px;\" title=\"Wide-starry\" /></a><br /><br /><br />If you are new to this word journal, you might like to read the backstory about it in this book: <a href=\"http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1496139550/mdj-20\" target=\"_blank\">First French Essais: Venturing into Writing, Marriage, &#0160;and France</a>:<br /><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1496139550/mdj-20\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\" target=\"_blank\"><img alt=\"First-French-Essais-book-cover\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d834515cae69e201b8d1508fc6970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e201b8d1508fc6970c-300wi\" style=\"width: 300px;\" title=\"First-French-Essais-book-cover\" /></a><br /><br />Many thanks for reading today&#39;s post, and thanks for forwarding it to a friend.</p>",
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I hope it continues for a very long time!&#0160;<br /><br /><em>Amicalement</em>,<br />Kristi</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.provencedreamhouse.com/\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"float: left;\" target=\"_self\"><img alt=\"Nov2014\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d834515cae69e201b8d08b72f3970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e201b8d08b72f3970c-100wi\" style=\"width: 80px; margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;\" title=\"Nov2014\" /></a><a href=\"http://www.provencedreamhouse.com/\" target=\"_blank\">Mas de Perdrix</a>. A home in France that artists and writers love to rent.&#0160; Work on your creative project&#0160;<a href=\"http://www.provencedreamhouse.com/\" target=\"_blank\">in this inspiring environment</a>.<br /><br /><br /><br /><span style=\"color: #800000;\"><strong>Today&#39;s Word: DEVOILER</strong></span><br /><br />&#0160; &#0160; : to reveal, to disclose<br /><br /><em>dévoiler un secret</em> = to reveal a secret<br /><em>dévoiler ses batteries</em> = to show one&#39;s hand (cards)<br /><em>dévoilé </em>= laid bare</p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.france-monaco-rentals.com/\" style=\"float: left;\" target=\"_self\"><img alt=\"Paris Monaco Rentals\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d834515cae69e20120a8f7f148970b\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e20120a8f7f148970b-75wi\" style=\"width: 75px; margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;\" title=\"Paris Monaco Rentals\" /></a></p>\r\n<p><a href=\"http://www.france-monaco-rentals.com/\" target=\"_blank\">France and Monaco Rentals</a>:&#0160;short-term holiday rental properties throughout France.&#0160;<a href=\"http://www.france-monaco-rentals.com/\" target=\"_blank\">Click here for pictures</a>.</p>\r\n<p><br /><br /><span style=\"color: #800000;\"><strong>A DAY IN A <em>FRENCH</em> LIFE... by Kristin Espinasse</strong></span><br /><br />Toward the end of our family vacation, I learned my family had been keeping a secret from me. &#0160;To the relief of my husband, I was not angry on finding out the truth. I was only surprised at how little&#0160;my family knows me--to think it necessary to spare me the grief.&#0160;<br /><br /><em>Le secret</em> was revealed late one night, after Jean-Marc had taken me into his arms for the second time. &quot;There is something I have to talk to you about,&quot; he said. The tone in his voice was unfamiliar and it woke the inner stranger inside of me. &#0160;As different as we are to one another--as mysterious as our hearts are even to ourselves--our married souls occasionally reveal an ongoing conversation, so that we will be thinking exactly the same thing at the moment one of us voices it (if not in unison).<br /><br /><em>Except this time</em>. This time I could not have fathomed what my husband was about to say--his thoughts being nowhere on the cusp of my mind. Even my trusty vibes had abandoned ship. Instead, like a drawstring that closes a hood, it felt as though my skin was shrink-wrapping around my bones, and I held my breath, wondering: <em>What is he going to say next?&#0160;</em></p>\r\n<p><br />(To be continued... in the story &quot;Riptide.&quot;)</p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\"><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/motdujour/2015/08/riptide-a-secret-revealed.html#comments\" target=\"_blank\">COMMENTS</a><br />To leave a comment or to read the comments, <a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/motdujour/2015/08/riptide-a-secret-revealed.html#comments\" target=\"_self\">click here</a><br /><br /><br /><a href=\"http://www.sablethome.com/\" target=\"_blank\">Provence Dreamin&#39;? Maison des Pelerins, Sablet</a>. 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         "content": "<p><strong> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://askharriete.typepad.com/.a/6a00e55107d144883401b7c7c66f86970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"PATHETIC-AESTHETIC-appearance-t-shirt-apron\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00e55107d144883401b7c7c66f86970b img-responsive\" src=\"http://askharriete.typepad.com/.a/6a00e55107d144883401b7c7c66f86970b-600wi\" style=\"width: 600px; border: 1px solid #000000;\" title=\"PATHETIC-AESTHETIC-appearance-t-shirt-apron\" /></a><br /><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://askharriete.typepad.com/.a/6a00e55107d144883401b8d1505b3a970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"float: left;\"><img alt=\"Wanted-Better-Display-6-iPATHETIC-aESTHETIC-appearance\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00e55107d144883401b8d1505b3a970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://askharriete.typepad.com/.a/6a00e55107d144883401b8d1505b3a970c-200wi\" style=\"width: 200px; margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px; border: 1px solid #000000;\" title=\"Wanted-Better-Display-6-iPATHETIC-aESTHETIC-appearance\" /></a>There are a couple more issues related to the previous post,&#0160;<a href=\"http://askharriete.typepad.com/ask_harriete/2015/08/wanted-better-display-offender-6-pathetic-aesthetic.html\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"WANTED Better Display- Offender #6 Pathetic Aesthetic\">WANTED Better Display - Offender # 6 Pathetic Aesthetic</a>.</strong> The first is a very personal, yet important component to the booth display aesthetic -- the artist&#39;s appearance.</p>\r\n<h2><strong><span style=\"font-size: 11pt;\">Yes, YOUR appearance in your booth should reinforce the aesthetic signature of your display and your work.</span></strong></h2>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 10pt;\"><strong>At every art and craft show the appearance of the artist is very much a part of the story that your customers want to buy. </strong>The moment someone walks into your space, the artist/maker is playing a role as the creative individual that every customer wishes they could be. This is why so many art/craft shows require the artist/maker actually be there to sell their work.&#0160;</span></p>\r\n<p><strong>The artist/maker is always selling more than just a vase, plate, cups, clothing, piece of jewelry, sculpture or painting.</strong> You are selling the personification of the creative individual. YOU are the star of your booth!&#0160;You are walking your own red carpet moment in your booth, yet too many artist&#39;s and makers let this moment slip by due to a disappointing pathetic personal aesthetic.<br /><br /><strong>Where is Tim Gunn when you need him with his sharp eye?</strong><br /><br /><strong>O.K., runway couture is not really expected,</strong> but &quot;<a href=\"http://askharriete.typepad.com/ask_harriete/2015/08/wanted-better-display-offender-6-pathetic-aesthetic.html\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"WANTED Better Display - Offender # 6 Pathetic Aesthetic\">for&#0160;maximum impact the aesthetic of your booth display needs to align with your art/craft, absolutely 100%&#0160;down to the last detail.&quot;</a> This includes you.&#0160;</p>\r\n<h2><span style=\"font-size: 11pt;\"><strong>Almost any attire can work, but there are some definite do&#39;s and don&#39;t&#39;s.&#0160;</strong></span></h2>\r\n<p><strong><span style=\"font-size: 13pt; color: #ff0000;\">Artist attire should match the price range and style of the work.</span></strong><br /><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://askharriete.typepad.com/.a/6a00e55107d144883401b7c7c3ecc8970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"float: left;\"><img alt=\"David Guiletti at his booth at ACC San Francisco 2015 \" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00e55107d144883401b7c7c3ecc8970b img-responsive\" src=\"http://askharriete.typepad.com/.a/6a00e55107d144883401b7c7c3ecc8970b-200wi\" style=\"width: 200px; margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px; border: 1px solid #000000;\" title=\"David Guiletti at his booth at ACC San Francisco 2015 \" /></a>David Guilette &amp; I had a pretty frank discussion about his shirt at ACC San Francisco. &#0160;The picnic casual plaid of blue and white did not match any other feature of his display nor did it reflect the price point of his work.&#0160;&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>&#0160;</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://askharriete.typepad.com/.a/6a00e55107d144883401b8d14dccce970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"float: left;\"><img alt=\"Jonathan Spoons\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00e55107d144883401b8d14dccce970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://askharriete.typepad.com/.a/6a00e55107d144883401b8d14dccce970c-200wi\" style=\"width: 200px; margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px; border: 1px solid #000000;\" title=\"Jonathan Spoons\" /></a><strong>The Jonathan Spoons husband and wife team both wore the same brown shirts</strong> matching the burnt wood colors of their display. The individual utensils were mostly about $35- $50 so the matching t-shirt and tank were completely fitting in every way.<br /><br /> <strong>Wardrobe choices can&#39;t get any simpler than a t-shirt or tank,</strong> but it fits their booth perfectly. When walking up to the booth display, there was no question that this dynamic duo were there to represent and sell their work.</p>\r\n<p><span style=\"color: #ff0000; font-size: 13pt;\"><strong>Artist/maker clothing style should match the artistic influence expressed in the work for sale.</strong></span><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://askharriete.typepad.com/.a/6a00e55107d144883401b7c7c3ed5d970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"float: left;\"><img alt=\"Davide-Bigazzi-display-materials\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00e55107d144883401b7c7c3ed5d970b img-responsive\" src=\"http://askharriete.typepad.com/.a/6a00e55107d144883401b7c7c3ed5d970b-200wi\" style=\"width: 200px; margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px; border: 1px solid #000000;\" title=\"Davide-Bigazzi-display-materials\" /></a>David Bigazzi wore a white shirt that felt like a classic, European styling. This matches his technical background and the metalwork.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://askharriete.typepad.com/.a/6a00e55107d144883401b8d14dcc07970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"float: left;\"><img alt=\"WP_20150802_021\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00e55107d144883401b8d14dcc07970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://askharriete.typepad.com/.a/6a00e55107d144883401b8d14dcc07970c-200wi\" style=\"width: 200px; margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px; border: 1px solid #000000;\" title=\"WP_20150802_021\" /></a>emiko oye wore a contemporary white and bright combination to match her booth and jewelry.</p>\r\n<p>&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>&#0160;</p>\r\n<p><strong> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://askharriete.typepad.com/.a/6a00e55107d144883401b7c7c632eb970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"float: left;\"><img alt=\"Apron-logo-printed\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00e55107d144883401b7c7c632eb970b img-responsive\" src=\"http://askharriete.typepad.com/.a/6a00e55107d144883401b7c7c632eb970b-200wi\" style=\"width: 200px; margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px; border: 1px  #000000;\" title=\"Apron-logo-printed\" /></a>A potential customer should be able to walk up to your booth and identify the maker/artist/craftsperson immediately without confusion or hesitation.&#0160;</strong>Other wardrobe possibilities could include an apron, dress or shirt made from the same material as the booth background, booth theme or display materials.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p><strong>It doesn&#39;t take much effort to align your appearance to the aesthetic of your booth display</strong> and walk the walk to success, but you have to think about it. It is a shame that so many sellers miss this opportunity to impress.&#0160;<br /><br /><strong>Am I asking too much that your appearance align with the aesthetic of your booth?</strong>&#0160; No way! Your customers are accustomed to going to stores and restaurants every day where the employees wear clothing that matches the style of the store or venue. &#0160;High end stores to discount stores control every aspect of the retail experience. So should you.<br /><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://askharriete.typepad.com/.a/6a00e55107d144883401b7c7c633bc970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"float: left;\"><img alt=\"Dial-up-aesthetic copy\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00e55107d144883401b7c7c633bc970b img-responsive\" src=\"http://askharriete.typepad.com/.a/6a00e55107d144883401b7c7c633bc970b-300wi\" style=\"width: 300px; margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;\" title=\"Dial-up-aesthetic copy\" /></a><strong>Every aesthetic decision about your booth affects the customer experience and can move it from pathetic, to average, and into extraordinary.&#0160;</strong>Using the words of Tim Gunn, &quot;Make it work.&quot; &#0160;</p>\r\n<p>&#0160;</p>\r\n<p><a href=\" http://askharriete.typepad.com/about.html\" rel=\"author\">Harriete Estel Berman</a></p>\r\n<p>&#0160;</p>\r\n<h3>Previous Posts in the series WANTED Better Display:<br /><a href=\"http://askharriete.typepad.com/ask_harriete/2015/08/your-display-is-an-invitation-to-walk-into-your-booth-or-walk-right-by--1.html%20\" style=\"font-size: 11pt;\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Your Display is An Invitation To Walk Into Your Booth or Walk Right By Bye\">Your Display is An Invitation To Walk Into Your Booth or Walk Right By BYE</a></h3>\r\n<h4><a href=\"http://askharriete.typepad.com/ask_harriete/2015/08/wanted-better-display-display-offender-1-black-booths.html\" style=\"font-size: 11pt;\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"WANTED Better Displays - Display Offender #1 Black Drape Booths\">WANTED Better Displays - Display Offender #1 Black Drape Booths</a></h4>\r\n<h4><a href=\"http://askharriete.typepad.com/ask_harriete/2015/08/wanted-better-display-display-offender-2-not-enough-lights.html\" style=\"font-size: 11pt;\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"WANTED Better Display - Display Offender #2: Not Enough Lights\">WANTED Better Display - Display Offender #2: Not Enough Lights</a></h4>\r\n<h4><a href=\"http://askharriete.typepad.com/ask_harriete/2015/08/wanted-better-display-offender-4-inconsistent-aesthetic.html\" style=\"font-size: 11pt;\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"WWANTED Better Display - Offender #3 TOO MUCH STUFF On Display\">WANTED Better Display - Offender #3 TOO MUCH STUFF On Display</a></h4>\r\n<h4><a href=\"http://askharriete.typepad.com/ask_harriete/2015/08/wanted-better-display-offender-4-purchased-racks-and-props.html\" style=\"font-size: 11pt;\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"WANTED Better Display - Offender #4 Purchased Racks &amp; Props\">WANTED Better Display - Offender #4 Purchased Racks &amp; Props</a></h4>\r\n<h4><a href=\"http://askharriete.typepad.com/ask_harriete/2015/08/wanted-better-display-offender-5-inconsistent-display-materials.html\" style=\"font-size: 11pt;\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"WANTED Better Display - Offender # 5 Inconsistent Display Materials\">WANTED Better Display - Offender # 5 Inconsistent Display Materials</a></h4>\r\n<h4><a href=\"http://askharriete.typepad.com/ask_harriete/2015/08/wanted-better-display-offender-6-pathetic-aesthetic.html\" style=\"font-size: 11pt;\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"WANTED Better Display - Offender #6 Pathetic Aesthetic\">WANTED Better Display - Offender # 6 Pathetic Aesthetic<br /></a><a href=\"http://askharriete.typepad.com/ask_harriete/2015/08/wanted-better-display-offender-6-pathetic-aesthetic.html\" style=\"font-size: 11pt;\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"WANTED Better Display - Offender #6 Pathetic Aesthetic\"><br /><br /></a></h4>",
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The individual utensils were mostly about $35- $50 so the matching t-shirt and tank were completely fitting in every way.<br /><br /> <strong>Wardrobe choices can&#39;t get any simpler than a t-shirt or tank,</strong> but it fits their booth perfectly. When walking up to the booth display, there was no question that this dynamic duo were there to represent and sell their work.</p>\r\n<p><span style=\"color: #ff0000; font-size: 13pt;\"><strong>Artist/maker clothing style should match the artistic influence expressed in the work for sale.</strong></span><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://askharriete.typepad.com/.a/6a00e55107d144883401b7c7c3ed5d970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"float: left;\"><img alt=\"Davide-Bigazzi-display-materials\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00e55107d144883401b7c7c3ed5d970b img-responsive\" src=\"http://askharriete.typepad.com/.a/6a00e55107d144883401b7c7c3ed5d970b-200wi\" style=\"width: 200px; margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px; border: 1px solid #000000;\" title=\"Davide-Bigazzi-display-materials\" /></a>David Bigazzi wore a white shirt that felt like a classic, European styling. 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Use with stamps, paper, wood, metal, glass, plastic and more for a timeless matte finish on craft projects.Â&#0160; Very fluid water-based, multi-surface acrylic paintÂ&#0160; Timeless matte finish paint in 1 oz. bottles.Â&#0160; Reactive with water like Distress Inks and Stains, but permanent when dry Convenient dabber system application Â&#0160;\"><img alt=\"\" border=\"0\" class=\"_inlinkzI\" height=\"75\" src=\"http://simonsaysstamp.blob.core.windows.net/images/products/1_327469_TH.JPG\" style=\"height: 75px;\" /></a></div>\r\n<div style=\"overflow: hidden; width: 82px; line-height: 1.1; text-align: center; vertical-align: bottom;\"><a href=\"http://lm.inlinkz.com/go.php?i=818616&amp;c=151413\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"The Color of the Month for July! Distress Paints are very fluid water-based acrylic paints for multiple surfaces. Tim and Ranger developed these special paints to be reactive with water just like Distress Inks and Distress Stainsâ��perfect to accomplish a wide variety of artistic techniques. Distress Paints have a convenient dabber system for easy and mess-free application. Use with stamps, paper, wood, metal, glass, plastic and more for a timeless matte finish on craft projects.Â&#0160; Very fluid water-based, multi-surface acrylic paintÂ&#0160; Timeless matte finish paint in 1 oz. bottles.Â&#0160; Reactive with water like Distress Inks and Stains, but permanent when dry Convenient dabber system application Â&#0160;\">RESERVE Tim Holtz Distress Paint BLUEPRINT SKETCH Ranger TDD43553<br /></a></div>\r\n</div>\r\n</td>\r\n<td>\r\n<div style=\"display: table-cell; text-align: center; float: left; height: 164px;\">\r\n<div style=\"display: table-cell; vertical-align: middle; width: 82px; height: 79px;\"><a href=\"http://lm.inlinkz.com/go.php?i=757085&amp;c=151413\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Cut what you see. It&#39;s that easy and efficient with Framelits. These wafer-thin chemical-etched die sets feature the perfect registration without interference from any ridges at the edge of the die opening. Plus, they&#39;re excellent for clearly cropping photos and cutting windows in cards, bags, boxes and scrapbook pages. Designed to cut a single sheet of cardstock, paper, metallic foil or vellum, these dies also make great stencils and are perfect for layering to produce a 3-D effect.Â&#0160; This Framelits 8-Die Set showcases the bold and edgy style of Tim Holtz®. The Framelits Dies in this set are compatible with the BIGkick, Big Shot and Vagabond machines (used with a pair of Cutting Pads and the machine&#39;s included Platform; when using the Essentials Platform or Solo Platform &amp; Shim, the Extended Adapter or Solo Adapter is required). All items sold separately.\"><img alt=\"\" border=\"0\" class=\"_inlinkzI\" height=\"75\" src=\"http://simonsaysstamp.blob.core.windows.net/images/products/1_301270_TH.JPG\" style=\"height: 75px;\" /></a></div>\r\n<div style=\"overflow: hidden; width: 82px; line-height: 1.1; text-align: center; vertical-align: bottom;\"><a href=\"http://lm.inlinkz.com/go.php?i=757085&amp;c=151413\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Cut what you see. It&#39;s that easy and efficient with Framelits. These wafer-thin chemical-etched die sets feature the perfect registration without interference from any ridges at the edge of the die opening. Plus, they&#39;re excellent for clearly cropping photos and cutting windows in cards, bags, boxes and scrapbook pages. Designed to cut a single sheet of cardstock, paper, metallic foil or vellum, these dies also make great stencils and are perfect for layering to produce a 3-D effect.Â&#0160; This Framelits 8-Die Set showcases the bold and edgy style of Tim Holtz®. The Framelits Dies in this set are compatible with the BIGkick, Big Shot and Vagabond machines (used with a pair of Cutting Pads and the machine&#39;s included Platform; when using the Essentials Platform or Solo Platform &amp; Shim, the Extended Adapter or Solo Adapter is required). All items sold separately.\">Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits TAG COLLECTION Wafer Thin Die Set 658784<br /></a></div>\r\n</div>\r\n</td>\r\n<td>\r\n<div style=\"display: table-cell; text-align: center; float: left; height: 164px;\">\r\n<div style=\"display: table-cell; vertical-align: middle; width: 82px; height: 79px;\"><a href=\"http://lm.inlinkz.com/go.php?i=741016&amp;c=151413\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Each package contains 72 double sided flashcards Flashcards measure approximately 1.5&quot; x 2.5&quot;\"><img alt=\"\" border=\"0\" class=\"_inlinkzI\" height=\"75\" src=\"http://simonsaysstamp.blob.core.windows.net/images/products/1_315711_TH.JPG\" style=\"height: 75px;\" /></a></div>\r\n<div style=\"overflow: hidden; width: 82px; line-height: 1.1; text-align: center; vertical-align: bottom;\"><a href=\"http://lm.inlinkz.com/go.php?i=741016&amp;c=151413\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Each package contains 72 double sided flashcards Flashcards measure approximately 1.5&quot; x 2.5&quot;\">Tim Holtz Idea-ology Flash Cards 2015 ELEMENTARY TH93190<br /></a></div>\r\n</div>\r\n</td>\r\n<td>\r\n<div style=\"display: table-cell; text-align: center; float: left; height: 164px;\">\r\n<div style=\"display: table-cell; vertical-align: middle; width: 82px; height: 79px;\"><a href=\"http://lm.inlinkz.com/go.php?i=492543&amp;c=151413\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"These Metallic Frame and Trim stickers are perfect for embellishing cards, tags, photos, and more! Each pack includes 26 stickers in a variety of patterns. Â&#0160;\"><img alt=\"\" border=\"0\" class=\"_inlinkzI\" height=\"75\" src=\"http://simonsaysstamp.blob.core.windows.net/images/products/1_133219_TH.JPG\" style=\"height: 75px;\" /></a></div>\r\n<div style=\"overflow: hidden; width: 82px; line-height: 1.1; text-align: center; vertical-align: bottom;\"><a href=\"http://lm.inlinkz.com/go.php?i=492543&amp;c=151413\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"These Metallic Frame and Trim stickers are perfect for embellishing cards, tags, photos, and more! Each pack includes 26 stickers in a variety of patterns. Â&#0160;\">Tim Holtz Idea-ology FRAMES and TRIMS Industrious Stickers TH93136<br /></a></div>\r\n</div>\r\n</td>\r\n</tr>\r\n<tr>\r\n<td>\r\n<div style=\"display: table-cell; text-align: center; float: left; height: 164px;\">\r\n<div style=\"display: table-cell; vertical-align: middle; width: 82px; height: 79px;\"><a href=\"http://lm.inlinkz.com/go.php?i=498760&amp;c=151413\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Found Relatives: Vintage portraits used in collage or mixed media projects. These old-fashioned photos are perfect for adding a vintage touch to any project! Each photo measures 5&quot; x 3&quot; Package includes 24 photos.\"><img alt=\"\" border=\"0\" class=\"_inlinkzI\" height=\"75\" src=\"http://simonsaysstamp.blob.core.windows.net/images/products/1_133213_TH.JPG\" style=\"height: 75px;\" /></a></div>\r\n<div style=\"overflow: hidden; width: 82px; line-height: 1.1; text-align: center; vertical-align: bottom;\"><a href=\"http://lm.inlinkz.com/go.php?i=498760&amp;c=151413\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Found Relatives: Vintage portraits used in collage or mixed media projects. These old-fashioned photos are perfect for adding a vintage touch to any project! Each photo measures 5&quot; x 3&quot; Package includes 24 photos.\">Tim Holtz Idea-ology FOUND RELATIVES Portraits TH93121<br /></a></div>\r\n</div>\r\n</td>\r\n<td>\r\n<div style=\"display: table-cell; text-align: center; float: left; height: 164px;\">\r\n<div style=\"display: table-cell; vertical-align: middle; width: 82px; height: 79px;\"><a href=\"http://lm.inlinkz.com/go.php?i=492547&amp;c=151413\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Remnant rubs: Pressure sensitive transfers that can be applied to various surfaces. Package includes 2 sheets ofÂ&#0160; 5&quot; x 7&quot; Rub-ons Per TimHoltz.com :Â&#0160; whether youâ��re creating on paper, wood, glass, metal, or plastic, these rubs will give you added imagery for great effects. Â&#0160;iâ��ve loved rub-ons for years, but of course there is always the concern of â��will they work?â��. Â&#0160;well trust me on this one when i say these remnant rubs definitely do. Â&#0160;i designed them as a cluster of imagery that can either be carefully cut apart, or simply place the sheet on a project, randomly rub an area, and reveal â��remnantsâ�� of the design. Â&#0160;the best part is you get 2 sheets of the same design per pack so you donâ��t have to worry about using your favorite one on a single project â�� funny but true right?â�¦\"><img alt=\"\" border=\"0\" class=\"_inlinkzI\" height=\"75\" src=\"http://simonsaysstamp.blob.core.windows.net/images/products/1_133223_TH.JPG\" style=\"height: 75px;\" /></a></div>\r\n<div style=\"overflow: hidden; width: 82px; line-height: 1.1; text-align: center; vertical-align: bottom;\"><a href=\"http://lm.inlinkz.com/go.php?i=492547&amp;c=151413\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Remnant rubs: Pressure sensitive transfers that can be applied to various surfaces. Package includes 2 sheets ofÂ&#0160; 5&quot; x 7&quot; Rub-ons Per TimHoltz.com :Â&#0160; whether youâ��re creating on paper, wood, glass, metal, or plastic, these rubs will give you added imagery for great effects. Â&#0160;iâ��ve loved rub-ons for years, but of course there is always the concern of â��will they work?â��. Â&#0160;well trust me on this one when i say these remnant rubs definitely do. Â&#0160;i designed them as a cluster of imagery that can either be carefully cut apart, or simply place the sheet on a project, randomly rub an area, and reveal â��remnantsâ�� of the design. Â&#0160;the best part is you get 2 sheets of the same design per pack so you donâ��t have to worry about using your favorite one on a single project â�� funny but true right?â�¦\">Tim Holtz Idea-ology BOTANICAL REMNANT RUBS TH93119<br /></a></div>\r\n</div>\r\n</td>\r\n<td>\r\n<div style=\"display: table-cell; text-align: center; float: left; height: 164px;\">\r\n<div style=\"display: table-cell; vertical-align: middle; width: 82px; height: 79px;\"><a href=\"http://lm.inlinkz.com/go.php?i=428272&amp;c=151413\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"From Tim&#39;s Blog: the assortment of new mirrored stars are wonderful for adding a sparkle to your projects. filled with various sizes, these reflective stars can also be tinted with alcohol inks for a customized look. Stars come in assorted sizes ranging from 0.25&quot; to 1&quot; Package includes 24 pieces\"><img alt=\"\" border=\"0\" class=\"_inlinkzI\" height=\"75\" src=\"http://simonsaysstamp.blob.core.windows.net/images/products/1_125250_TH.JPG\" style=\"height: 75px;\" /></a></div>\r\n<div style=\"overflow: hidden; width: 82px; line-height: 1.1; text-align: center; vertical-align: bottom;\"><a href=\"http://lm.inlinkz.com/go.php?i=428272&amp;c=151413\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"From Tim&#39;s Blog: the assortment of new mirrored stars are wonderful for adding a sparkle to your projects. filled with various sizes, these reflective stars can also be tinted with alcohol inks for a customized look. Stars come in assorted sizes ranging from 0.25&quot; to 1&quot; Package includes 24 pieces\">Tim Holtz Idea-ology MIRRORED STARS TH93083<br /></a></div>\r\n</div>\r\n</td>\r\n<td>\r\n<div style=\"display: table-cell; text-align: center; float: left; height: 164px;\">\r\n<div style=\"display: table-cell; vertical-align: middle; width: 82px; height: 79px;\"><a href=\"http://lm.inlinkz.com/go.php?i=127834&amp;c=151413\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Alcohol Inks provide vibrant colors and endless possibilities! The Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks are formulated to create a vibrant, polished stone look. Use on glossy paper, dominoes, metal, foil, shrink plastic, glass, or other slick surfaces. Acid Free 0.5 fl Ounces Dye Based Multi-Surface Ink Quick Drying Precision Tip Designed and Used by Tim Holtz! We are selling the refillable alcohol ink marker in our store, too. These inks fill perfectly into the marker end because they have easy-to-use, precision top bottles.\"><img alt=\"\" border=\"0\" class=\"_inlinkzI\" height=\"75\" src=\"http://simonsaysstamp.blob.core.windows.net/images/products/1_46721_TH.JPG\" style=\"height: 75px;\" /></a></div>\r\n<div style=\"overflow: hidden; width: 82px; line-height: 1.1; text-align: center; vertical-align: bottom;\"><a href=\"http://lm.inlinkz.com/go.php?i=127834&amp;c=151413\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Alcohol Inks provide vibrant colors and endless possibilities! The Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks are formulated to create a vibrant, polished stone look. Use on glossy paper, dominoes, metal, foil, shrink plastic, glass, or other slick surfaces. Acid Free 0.5 fl Ounces Dye Based Multi-Surface Ink Quick Drying Precision Tip Designed and Used by Tim Holtz! We are selling the refillable alcohol ink marker in our store, too. 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Tim and Ranger developed these special paints to be reactive with water just like Distress Inks and Distress Stainsâ��perfect to accomplish a wide variety of artistic techniques. Distress Paints have a convenient dabber system for easy and mess-free application. 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Tim and Ranger developed these special paints to be reactive with water just like Distress Inks and Distress Stainsâ��perfect to accomplish a wide variety of artistic techniques. Distress Paints have a convenient dabber system for easy and mess-free application. 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Use with stamps, paper, wood, metal, glass, plastic and more for a timeless matte finish on craft projects.Â&#0160; Very fluid water-based, multi-surface acrylic paintÂ&#0160; Timeless matte finish paint in 1 oz. bottles.Â&#0160; Reactive with water like Distress Inks and Stains, but permanent when dry Convenient dabber system application Â&#0160;\">Tim Holtz Distress Paint FOSSILIZED AMBER Ranger TDD43584<br /></a></div>\r\n</div>\r\n</td>\r\n<td>\r\n<div style=\"display: table-cell; text-align: center; float: left; height: 164px;\">\r\n<div style=\"display: table-cell; vertical-align: middle; width: 82px; height: 79px;\"><a href=\"http://lm.inlinkz.com/go.php?i=818616&amp;c=151413\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"The Color of the Month for July! Distress Paints are very fluid water-based acrylic paints for multiple surfaces. Tim and Ranger developed these special paints to be reactive with water just like Distress Inks and Distress Stainsâ��perfect to accomplish a wide variety of artistic techniques. Distress Paints have a convenient dabber system for easy and mess-free application. Use with stamps, paper, wood, metal, glass, plastic and more for a timeless matte finish on craft projects.Â&#0160; Very fluid water-based, multi-surface acrylic paintÂ&#0160; Timeless matte finish paint in 1 oz. bottles.Â&#0160; Reactive with water like Distress Inks and Stains, but permanent when dry Convenient dabber system application Â&#0160;\"><img alt=\"\" border=\"0\" class=\"_inlinkzI\" height=\"75\" src=\"http://simonsaysstamp.blob.core.windows.net/images/products/1_327469_TH.JPG\" style=\"height: 75px;\" /></a></div>\r\n<div style=\"overflow: hidden; width: 82px; line-height: 1.1; text-align: center; vertical-align: bottom;\"><a href=\"http://lm.inlinkz.com/go.php?i=818616&amp;c=151413\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"The Color of the Month for July! Distress Paints are very fluid water-based acrylic paints for multiple surfaces. Tim and Ranger developed these special paints to be reactive with water just like Distress Inks and Distress Stainsâ��perfect to accomplish a wide variety of artistic techniques. Distress Paints have a convenient dabber system for easy and mess-free application. 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Stars come in assorted sizes ranging from 0.25&quot; to 1&quot; Package includes 24 pieces\">Tim Holtz Idea-ology MIRRORED STARS TH93083<br /></a></div>\r\n</div>\r\n</td>\r\n<td>\r\n<div style=\"display: table-cell; text-align: center; float: left; height: 164px;\">\r\n<div style=\"display: table-cell; vertical-align: middle; width: 82px; height: 79px;\"><a href=\"http://lm.inlinkz.com/go.php?i=127834&amp;c=151413\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Alcohol Inks provide vibrant colors and endless possibilities! The Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks are formulated to create a vibrant, polished stone look. Use on glossy paper, dominoes, metal, foil, shrink plastic, glass, or other slick surfaces. Acid Free 0.5 fl Ounces Dye Based Multi-Surface Ink Quick Drying Precision Tip Designed and Used by Tim Holtz! We are selling the refillable alcohol ink marker in our store, too. 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She told me about a resale shop that offers quite a bit of Chico’s. When we finished shopping for provisions we dropped them off at home and drove over to the shop. Very nice resale shop, where I found a hot pink Chico’s tee to go with my hot pink checked shirt. That was my only Chico’s find. I found a jacket and bracelet with a different label. I’ll tell you about them in another post. The resale shop is on Mid Rivers, St Peters, across from Red Robin.</font></p> <p align=\"center\"><font size=\"4\" face=\"Verdana\">We stopped at Aldi for <strike>staples </strike>wine and cheese. I also picked up mushrooms and flatbread for supper. As we were about to check out there was an announcement that transactions would need to be cash, due to a glitch in the system. We were told the glitch affected every Aldi store across the country. We were lucky to have cash. 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