Surprise, Surprise!

You’ve been waiting, and I will not disappoint!  I have TWO announcements for you today. I’m going to let you in on my family news first—and that is we are expecting baby number 3!

After a five and a half year gap, we have decided to head back into diapers, teething, and night feedings. (It has been long enough that I have forgotten how little sleep I will get and have created a blissful illusion that I will be happily snuggling a baby in my very tidy house 24 hours a day). To top off our joy, we also found out that squirt #3 is a boy! Guess I’ll be making more boy lines, huh?

My pregnancy secret better explains this or even this, don’t you think? You guys are lucky that I skipped posting on bagel week (yes, I ate bagels every day for every meal.)

Baby boy is due at the end of August. This is my first summer baby so if you want to give me some advice for staying cool, I will gladly take it!

To throw a whammy into all this new-found baby fun, today is the announcement of a brand-new company—Carta Bella. Some of you sneaky folks have managed to find out all about this scrapbooking company before we have even had a chance to announce it!

This has been a big undertaking, and I’m so excited for you to be a part of this new venture! Our sister company Echo Park made the transition from “conceptual” to “actual” a wonderful process. Getting to work with the EP team has made the process a pleasure. Second of all, I get to work with the brilliant Lindsay Moore, who is the Director of Sales at Carta Bella (Seriously, have you met Lindsay? He’s fab!). And as if I wasn’t having enough fun, I am the Creative Director over a fabulous team of designers many of who you know already.

So what’s so special about the Carta Bella brand? Other than the amazing crew, the awesome talent, and all the hard work everyone has already put in? All of our papers are TEXTURED! I can’t tell you how beautiful this makes the lines. (I wanted to add 4 exclamation marks there, but restrained myself.) I can’t help but run my fingers over the samples at my house every time I pass them. And you’ll love all the great stuff we are doing with alphabets and elements. Get ready for some serious scrapping!

Our very first collection is Beautiful Moments™, which I designed specifically for the launch (check out that little cutie in the layout! I think I know her…). I know there may be a way to win it through the facebook page although I’m not sure when (details to come!). I also happen to know there is a SERIOUS week of prizes coming up soon to those who are part of the facebook page. Don’t miss out on it!

+ Want to check out more on Carta Bella? Visit the new website here:

+ You can check out the first blog post here as Lindsay and I introduce the company.

How’s that for some big news? Lots of paper loving coming your way!

Yours truly,

A happy, fat pregnant lady

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  1. VickiR.

    Dear Happy, Fat Pregnant Lady! How totally wonderful! Congrats on your pregnancy and your new collection! You’re one gorgeous, happy, fat and pregnant – and soooo busy Mommy!

  2. Mary Moseley

    Congratulations Carina! As always, you are amazing! I wish you the best. As a mother of 3 let me just say… get your sleep NOW! LOL! Hugs, Mary

  3. Meg

    I am so excited for you & your family!! That is one lucky little dude to get to be with you all. Hugs to all 5 of you!

  4. Rachel

    So excited for both your announcements! And as I am just coming out of the fog of sleep deprivation (would someone please tell my 2 year old he is supposed to be sleeping through the night!), I’ll just remind you that even though it’s tough in the moment, that period passes so quickly! Congrats!

  5. Corinne

    Congratulations on both your announcements. I too am expecting number 3 at the end of August, so can emphasize on the large feelings!

  6. Sue TR

    How lovely!!! Congratulations on both fronts!! I was pregnant with my twin girls during the summer (they were born on August 28th) so my advice to you is…shade, lemonade, air-conditioning at night and as much ice cream as you can eat…seriously, the only thing I wanted the entire time was Breyer’s Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream…and I actually sent my wonderful hubby out at 9pm one night to get it…and he did!

  7. Elaine Anjos

    Congrats happy, fat pregnant lady! =) Dear instructor, I loved these two announcements! I am so happy for you. I wish you the best!! Hugs to you and all your family.

  8. Joscie

    congratulations on both of your wonderful announcements!
    as for keeping cool, I suggest keeping your hair up and off your neck and ears, sucking up the a/c and indulging in ice cream or shave ice! 🙂

  9. Kim Hackworth

    Soooooo excited for you guys!!! 🙂

  10. Catherine

    Oh my goodness you have so much going on!! How can you sleep at night? Hahaha, in a few months you won’t! Sorry…couldn’t help that. 🙂

    Delighted with your news – a new baby is always such a wonderful happening, but a new company too – you must be sooo excited!

    Congratulations, I’m so pleased for you! 🙂

  11. emily

    congrats on both of your new babies!! so excited for you. cannot wait to see what you come up with next. you are super human…i don’t know how you do it.

  12. Amanda

    Congrats Carina! I am so excited for you. And, I’m thankful for your cravings because that blueberry crumble looks amazing. 🙂 Congrats on your new site too. You are certainly an inspiration.

  13. Piali

    Congratulations for both the fabulous news!!!
    Love the new of Crata Bella paper collection…can’t wait to see them in store this june!

  14. monique helfrich

    Congrats! Congrats! Congrats! With all this happy news!
    Wishing you a healthy pregnancy and a good time creating and directing at Carta Bella!

    Although we don’t have those hot summers in The Netherlands I had my youngest son at the end of July ’97 when it was > 30 Celcius for 5 weeks. My advice: don’t buy small sizes anymore because he will not wear it. Create or buy some beautiful (extreme thin) pareo’s to wear yourself, to carry your baby in (two big knots will do) or to hold between you and your baby boy when feeding. So he will be able to feel you but you both will not melt away.
    The pareo’s are also great to create some shade, to use as a towel or to wear as a skirt.

    Well… in fact… by writing this I realise there should be so much more pareo’s to choose from.
    Let’s get creative! hehe

    Wishing you the very best,

  15. Rosa Mia Nissenbaum

    Congrats Carina! You are the Energizer bunny with all your energy, motivation, and attained aspirations! You look amazing!

  16. pammie~k

    Conrgatulations! Babies are such a blessing (and I love your little “bloop” – you look incredible)

    And congrats on your new business venture!

  17. Ilkin

    Oh my goodness! I hope I win! I just had my baby 5 weeks ago and would LOVE to get him some toys! I would polbabry choose the cordy roy gator. That thing is so cute! I also like the Upper/Lowercase ABC blocks. For clothes I really like the organic whale and giraffe onsies. SO CUTE!!Loved your interview by the way!

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