Monday, July 7, 2014

My Scrapbook Room

I was just looking over my organization posts from way back in 2012. My room was so neat and organized! I miss it looking that way. It's currently a disaster and a half. I really need to get in there and get it fixed up. I will post some pictures when I get home if y'all promise not to laugh. It's embarrassing!

I know this is a short post. I'm on vacation and just felt the urge to blog. So, I'm blogging! I have some more Project Life stuff to share when I get home. Also, I was thinking about doing a kit club comparison. I'm subbed to three different PL kits. It might be fun to see the positives and negatives of them.

Until then!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Project Life - Week 14

A summer promise I made to myself is to blog more. I feel like most of my posts are about me not blogging. Here's to a summer full of blog posts and what better day to start than my birthday!  I got two layouts done this morning because my wonderful husband told me I could spend the day alone in my scrapbook room. It turned into only the morning because I didn't feel like editing last week's pictures. I ended up being able to photograph some prior weeks so I'm starting with week 14 for you guys. I may go back and add in the earlier weeks or I may not. It just depends on what happens. I do know that I won't be doing week 15. It was the week of our school musical and is mostly dedicated to that. Since I'm not comfortable showing student pics unless it's my daughter (in my role as mom), I won't have that layout. On to the pictures!

Left Side of Week 14 - I have a picture of my Wizard of Oz mani (close up below) and a 3x4 of one of our last rehearsals.  Elizabeth will draw on my board in the morning.  I had to snap a pic of this picture.  She did a pretty good job of sounding out the words!  In case you can't read kindergartener - "I like marshmallows in my hot chocolate." I have a close up of the receipt below with the story. Since the month of April started, I also have the pic of our house.  It was such a cold and long winter!  Usually by now our grass is green and we have leaves on our tree.

I had to include an insert for some stuff this week.  Elizabeth got her report card, drew me a card, and did a bug book at school.  I just slipped them all into an 8.5x11" page protector.

Right Side of Week 14 - This is actually just Friday and Saturday.  My husband and I both went to Appalachian State University (go Mountaineers!).  I had a music minor and had to attend concerts as class assignments.  My favorites to attend were the Steely Pan band!  The director is retiring and this was one of his last concerts.  I'm so glad we got to bring Elizabeth.  They let her hit the gong a couple of times during one of the audience participation songs!  She was grinning so much!

Saturday was soccer of course.  It was a chilly morning but that child had a blast!  She's already talking about doing it again in the fall.  

I adore the 3x4 of her with the slinky.  She loves that thing.  She got it as a reward from her speech teacher and will play with it all sorts of ways.  The favorite sticker is from a Bella Blvd sheet.

I love to do my nails!!  I saw something similar that inspired on another blog last October.  I knew I had to do it when showtime came around.  I love the marker I wrote on the photo with.  It's a silver one from AC.  I got it from the dollar spot at Target!!  I sent my husband back to get more so I have three silver and three gold ones now.

I'm so glad I saved this receipt.  We had run out to pick up food at a local Mexican place to take back to school for rehearsal.  Elizabeth wanted to know why I put an E in my name when I signed it.  I explained what it was.  She picked up the spare receipt and had to sign it with her name.  When she ran out of room for her last name, she even drew a line so she could sign it.  So cute!

Well, this is it for Week 14.  As you can see, I'm still big on using the Honey kit from Becky Higgins.  I just love the bright colors and patterns of this core kit.  I actually got it about a year ago on my birthday (in June) and saved it for six months for 2014.  It's just gorgeous!!

See you next time!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

National Scrapbook Day

Yikes. I knew this would happen. We return to school from Christmas break, and I get busy with the musical. We did The Wizard of Oz this year. So much fun! I even got a promotion to assistant director! It meant, like always, lots of work and little free time. Say bye, bye to the blog!

Well, the musical is over. It's so strange to have so much free time on my hands. I've enjoyed coming home during daylight hours! I've got time now to grade papers, do lesson plans, and even relax! Yesterday was National Scrapbook Day. This is one of my favorite days of the year. I tend to spend it at Two Peas participating in their chats and doing their challenges. This year though, I couldn't get my creative juices flowing. I decided to start a sketch challenge from a new blog called Scrap & Play. They have a design team call out right now too. It's May through August. Oh my goodness...a DT during the summer months when I'm free?! Yes! I think I'll try it out. Who knows what could happen!

Anyway, their first challenge, like a said, was a sketch. I love doing sketch challenges. When I'm struggling creatively, they tend to get me back on track. I finally scrapped a pair of photos from last summer when Elizabeth got her first library card.  She was so excited about it!

I used the Snapshots collection kit from Bella Blvd primarily. I also got out my Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist to spray the butterflies from Studio Calico. It's been forever since I've used my mists. I love how they look!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Project Life 2014 - Week 1

I am happy to say that I finished Week 1 already. One goal I have with Project Life is year is to use a bit more embellishment. I bought a ton of things to use on both my regular pages and my PL pages. I sorta, kinda haven't really been doing that as much as I'd hoped. So, I bought an awesome box to toss in the little things I like to keep on my desk all together. It has on the lid "Stuff I Know I'll Never Organize." I might have laughed out loud in Michael's when I saw that. I also repurposed a small divided box for my wood veneers. Finally, I resorted my washi tape. I need a third bowl for my neutrals, metallics, and multi colors. They're in a bag and the other two bowls are sorted warm and cool colors.

On to the pages! I used the Honey kit primarily. I added some Bella Blvd stickers and washi tape as well as some Studio Calico wood veneers. The Week 1 cut out is from Kerri Bradford. I love her stuff for the Silhouette! The stamps are from Simple Stories and Citrus Twist. I can't wait to get my January kit from them! I may switch out the filler card if they put a January calendar in there. The filler card has a vellum saying I punched and trimmed. I do not know when I bought that. I think it must be 10+ years ago. It felt great to use it!!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sister Date

Today I decided to try my hand at making a page from scratch. The pages from a couple days ago, if you remember, had the paper already picked out and laid down as starting points. I've always loved to follow sketches and the one Shimelle posted recently on her blog spoke to me. I ended up printing a photo of my sisters and I on a "sister date" over Christmas this past year.

I found it so hard to choose paper for this! I don't know if I did any traditional pages at all in 2013. I really do love Project Life. However, only scrapping that way has made me forget about pulling out paper and supplies to create a page from scratch. I almost gave up! Yes, there was that much anxiety. Crazy, I know. But, I'm glad I kept going. I pulled out some Amy Tan stuff from her Sketchbook line (paper, stickers, and stamps) and got to work!

One thing I loved about Shimelle's sketch was that there was only one photo. One thing I didn't like was that everything was so centered! I've noticed those centered layouts are harder for me. Again, I just told myself to breathe and I watched her video. The video made it so much easier! I'm quite glad she does them. 

Enough chatter...on to the page!

I added some turquoise washi tape to kind of match the blue paint stripe at the top right. I also added the date and location at the bottom right which was not in the sketch. I like putting dates there, or if my daughter is in the picture, how old she is. I love how the page turned out. The colors are fun and reflect the fun we had that night just chatting and eating and making memories which is what Christmas is all about. 

Friday, January 3, 2014

I Actually Scrapbooked!!

Yes, you read that right. I actually scrapbooked today. Husband and daughter had a movie afternoon (The Croods, Monster U, and Toy Story) so I got to relax upstairs and scrapbook!  

Did you see on that she is having a new class starting January 20? I am so excited. I took her Perfect Collection class from True Scrap 3 and adored it. I remember cutting up two different collection packs and actually using them! Well...most of them. I never used all the starting point pages! Ack! I made these back in July 2012. Well, today, I used up six of them and got some pictures scrapped. They're not the most decorative pages but I don't care. I love that I actually sat down and got stuff done. 

Here are the pages... (Well, five of them. No idea why the sixth isn't showing up in my photo stream.)

New Year, New Post

have the best of intentions with this blog, I really do. I just can't seem to get myself together. Here's to a year of blogging in 2014!

Let's see...some scrappy updates...

I know my last post was in 2012 showing week four of that album. I did finish it. Love it!! I love it so much that I did Project Life again in 2013 with the Cherry kit. Honestly, as much as I love the colors in that kit, I didn't like the kit itself very much. I got a subscription to Citrus Twist's Pocket Life kit. Between the two, I was quite happy with how 2013 turned out.

I like CT so much, that I'm continuing my subscription there. It's not a ton of stuff but it's enough that satisfies my shopping need because I have new stuff to play with. I also get their add on stamp. I love stamps in PL!

I will be doing 2014 in the PL kit Honey. OMG. I adore that kit!! The colors are amazing! The patterns are fabulous! I am in love with that kit. Since PL took up two albums the previous two years, I went ahead  and bought two of the Honey chevron albums. I already have them set up with the nice spine labels from Becky Higgins matching the albums. I went ahead and did that for the others too.

Here is my cover page for 2014. I kinda think I want to add our family in "potty people" under the hexagon names. I've seen that on a couple of other albums and I really like it.

Ok...just realizing that I didn't sign my name yet as the person who is recording the album. Oops!