Saturday, April 28, 2012
I discovered a short bit ago that I'm too addicted to collection kits. I vowed to stop buying them and just choose a few sheets from the collection that really spoke to me. The problem was, everything in the Sunshine & Happiness line spoke to me. All of it. The whole shebang. Usually it's just paper, the alphabet, and maybe some stickers that call my name. This time, it was every little part of it. I bought all buy the flags and chipboard from A Cherry on Top. I have no idea why I didn't get those. At the time, I was thinking that they're in my bucket at Two Peas so I'll just get them there.
Anyway, they arrived! I was about to do a dance of joy when I recalled the whole concussion thing. Still quite dizzy and having a constant migraine. Dancing = bad. I did unpack it and drool over it (as well as Echo Park's new summer line Hello Summer collection kit. I only picked up a single sheet apiece of the "solid" cardstock. No other complete collection kits for me! Scrapbooker's Honor!!
So, over the past week, I've slowly been working on the layout with my favorite Winter CHA release. I chose the pictures one day. I color corrected them another day. I picked out the layout from a Scrapbook Generations book another day. I even cut the strips a bit at a time. I fussy cut out clouds from this gorgeous paper this morning. After that, it was a matter of putting everything down. It took longer than I expected. It was a two page layout with clouds going across a strip at the top. It took me forever! Now, I'm regretting. Please, no one tell my husband. He'll be lecturing me about taking it easy.
It was worth it though. Everything on the layout is yummy Bella Blvd goodness except for the washi tape. When I'm feeling up to it, I'm going to take some pictures to upload here so you can see. I just adore the layout!!!!
Saturday, April 21, 2012
A concussion and sprained elbow will certainly make an interesting Project Life entry!
Scrapbooking a 12x12 page is out at the moment. I did get some of my Project Life photos for the week into the album slots but that was hard enough with the room spinning. No scrapbooking means I'm not sure what to do as a blog post! I'm trying hard to do this at least once or twice a week. It will probably be posting on the weekends mostly for me. After all day with third graders, I'm exhausted.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
I messed up the way I was going to tape the two pieces together. The heart border sticker curled and ripped so I couldn't use it all the way across like I had planned. So, I decided to have a little more washi fun! I am falling in love with this tape more and more every day.
I also brought out a drawer I started right after I gave birth. It has lots of baby themed scrapbook stuff. I was able to use a few stickers, some fabric tape, and a rub on I'd had for years! The line of paper I've used is Little Dancer by Fancy Pants. It's also some stuff I'd had for a while. It feels good to use it!
Shimelle has been doing a weekend long online crop. I've been reading through and learning a lot as well as getting some great ideas. The first challenge she did was to take inspiration from a scrapbook layout she posted on her site. I was inspired by the background color, the clouds, and the paint splatters. (that what it looks like to me at least) I loved playing with the washi tape. Having it out on that rod is pure awesome! It was also fun to be able to play with my Cameo. The clouds, yellow label in the title, and the green doily pieces are all cut from it.
Let's start with The Good
This is my Project Life box. I went ahead and added all my weekly title cards and daily journaling cards to my album. That left me with a lot of empty places in my box. I've been finding little embellishments that I like to add if I've got time to the box. Labels, letters, and assorted other things are just waiting in one place. I love that box! On the side you can see one of two glass bowls. I bought these from IKEA. One holds my Glimmer Mist/Glaze/Glam swatches that will be hung when I get a rod up and the other holds some embellishments for a canvas I'm working on. They're contained but easily accessible.
Like many others out there, I've started collecting washi tape. I've gotten some from Target and Michaels but my favorites come from Two Peas in a Bucket. I was trying to figure out a way to organize this so I could get to the colors easily. In the photo above, I have some glass bowls on my desk. That was how I was going to store it originally. I didn't like it though. While unpacking the second MM Embellishment Center, I realized (duh!) I could hang them on the ribbon organizers. I love it! As I'm using the tapes, I'm leaving the edge open so it's easy to find the next time. If my collection grows (if? Did I really say if?) I can always rearrange and add a second row if I'd like.
In the drawers of the magazine holder is where I store a majority of my Glimmer Mist. This part could technically go under "The Bad" but I didn't photograph it. I don't like it in the drawers because I can't see the colors! I've got a couple ideas on how to fix this but nothing that speaks to me yet. One thing I've figured out about myself - if the idea doesn't speak to me, wait! Something better will come along if I'm patient.
My bad things aren't really too bad I suppose. They're just things that aren't working for me right now. For instance, these buckets on my desk. I have some rods that I've purchased to hang them on but I don't have the right screws yet. Fabulous husband and I need to take a trip to Lowe's. They'll hang right above where they are now giving me more desk space.
My last bad thing is this corner. I have four quarter round Jetmax shelves. When I got to the end of the my reorganizing, they were still out in the hall. They're in my bad category because I can't really use the bottom shelves easily. It makes me sad but at least I can use the top ones!
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Here's the view from my door:
My nice, clean desk! I haven't had a desk this empty in quite a while. I love having both of my Making Memories Embellishment Centers hanging on the wall now. The one of the left I purchased on Black Friday in 2010! It's finally up! Thank you, fabulous husband! I love having all my embellishments in rainbow order. It's my major way to sort in my scrapbook room.
This next area is one I've had on my mind for a while now. I wanted a place dedicated to my electronic cutters and would also have somewhere to hook up my computer. Since getting the idea last summer, I've also acquired a printer for my Project Life photos and wanted to incorporate it as well.
It's everything I need. My Cameo is on a rolling cart so I can pull it out to cut with and push it back under when I'm not using it. The stack of papers under the Cameo is a bunch of stuff I need to still sort through. My Silhouette SD will go there when it's clear. It's also very easy to switch my Pazzles Inspiration and Cameo to I can use either machine easily.
On the floor next to the cart you can see my photo box. It's in easy reach but now has a designated place.
Next up is my card stock and patterned paper. I love the Cropper Hopper Vertical Storage. It's just amazing. The bottom row has eight slots on the left for my card stock. The eight slots on the right are all Basic Grey patterned paper.
On the top row from left to right are four slots for misc patterned paper including one place for my new purchases, a slot for scraps (which has yet to be organized), specialty paper like glitter, vellum, etc., Bella Blvd, and Fancy Pants. They are four slots for Bo Bunny, and two each for Echo Park and My Mind's Eye. While most of my products are sorted into the rainbow, my patterned paper is usually by manufacturer.
On the top is my Clip-It-Up and my ribbon storage.
Finally, the last major area in my room is my spare desk. I bought this because I invited a friend over to scrapbook and then realized I didn't have anywhere for her to sit! Oops!!
The plastic storage under the desk can easily be moved and a chair added for a friend to come visit. It holds my non-Distress ink, patterned scraps, and some embellishments I have sorted by theme.
On the top is my stamp storage for my clear stamps that I've sorted, sticker storage for my Thickers and small letter stickers, some empty storage, and my storage for some misc things including my magnetic ruler and sample sheets for my Ranger products.
I hope you enjoyed the little tour of my scrapbook room. I still have a lot left to do. There's a closet that needs sorted and all the drawers and shelves I have really still need to be sorted through and purged. I've never purged before in the almost thirteen years I've been scrapping. I think it's time. I'd love to hear what you think. Leave me a comment and let me know!
Thursday, April 12, 2012
This is the view from the door:
This is the view from the messy corner looking to where my desk is now:
This is the view from my window:
I think when I'm done moving everything (and after an insanely long nap) I'm going to try to purge some things. I have never done that, and I know there's just a ton of stuff that I could get rid of.