Have you ever started work on a great idea and then at some point, probably right in the middle of the process, wondered what have I gotten myself into?
Yeah, us too.
We’ve never been happier than to see the printed copies of our Party Ensembles book arrive in our office, mainly because it meant we could officially put a great big check mark next to this item on our to-do list. But oh, what an AMAZING item it is!
As Susan told you yesterday, our journey to get this book into your hands was truly epic. The work behind the scenes to get everything photographed was equally epic, and I thought you’d enjoy a peek behind the photography curtain, which also includes a peek at the oh-my-gosh-my-head-might-explode shopping list as well.
And, since there aren’t many parties that are complete without cupcakes, you can imagine all the cupcakes we needed for this book.
Of course we used every single white prop that Brian Smith at BPD Studios had in his collection, because our art director Matt Anderson knew that a white set would really make the projects stand out.
I wish I had a photo of Brian’s wife Shoko in the kitchen, because she was a food fashionista extraordinaire. Most of the food in the ensembles started out frozen or from a package, yet she made it look like it was fresh from a chef’s kitchen. So appetizing, in fact, that Kelly Smith started to grab a slider for lunch until Shoko told her they were almost two days old. Ooops!
Speaking of appetizing, Susan also mentioned yesterday that I made a Swiss Fondue ensemble for my editor’s note. That fondue pot you see in the photo (technically referred to as a caquelon) is one that my husband and I bought in Switzerland on our honeymoon 12 years ago. Try THIS RECIPE for cheese fondue, which is the closest I could find to our own make-it-as-we-go recipe (don’t omit the kirsch, which is cherry liqueur—it’s just not the same without it!).
One of my favorite items in the ensemble is the paper bowl – it’s so easy to make (I’ve already told you my “I’m not a scrapbooker story” and how I love to use my 12 x 12 patterned paper in non-scrapbooking creative ways).
And that brings me to one of the best insider secrets about this project: we included all the patterns, downloads (graphics, custom invitations, and more), and detailed supply lists on a CD in the back of the book. We’ve also put them in the downloads section of our website HERE. So, for the bargain price of $24.95, you’ve got not only the book but everything else you need to make any occasion extra festive, too!
Ready to party? Good, because I have a copy of the book to give away! Let me know in the comments if you’ve got a favorite way to use 12 x 12 paper that isn’t necessarily a scrapbook page. From all the comments received by 5pm MST on Thursday, March 1, I’ll pick one random winner, and don’t forget to visit Cath over at the Moxie Fab World blog for another chance to win!