Friday, October 3, 2014

The Perfect Hello

Another old picture I grabbed from the stack.  This layout uses one of my Scraptastic Kits.
All of my favorite elements are on this one.....
 Flair.....
 Hand Stitching and enamel dots.....
 Glossy Accents on my stickers....


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Dot Containment

There should be a 12 step craft hoarders recovery class for people like me.  I see something I like and I have to have it in every color.  Just because.  I might use it one day.  You never know when you'll need  this.  You name it, I've used it to justify.

I'm not sure where my first package of dots came from (MME maybe?) but I've been collecting them since I held a package in my hands and fell in love with those awesome little enamel circles.

So in love with them, they I scouted places that sold them, joined group buys, grabbed 2 daily deals off a daily deals site, cleared the peg in my local scrapbook store......

I've amassed quite a collection.  I have them in their packets, not organized.  I would need to flip through the entire stack to find the right color and size each time I wanted to use them.  The fact that the colors were mixed on the cars.... *gasp*

I needed organization.

Of course, you turn to Pinterest.  Nothing.  Come on.  There has to be another dot hoarder out there like me and she *has* to have them organized better.

And then this rolled through my Pinterest account.....


Oh yes!  Exactly what I need.  I found a plastic drawer at Target that was perfect.  I sat one afternoon and *cut* each set into color groups.  I hand made cardstock dividers with tabs and started loading them into this perfect solution.

Epic fail.  I didn't even take a picture because they just slid everywhere and the colors were mixed...again.

Back to the drawing board.  I had this great drawer thing and I was determined to find a way to use it.  My idea was to find a mini file folder cut file on the Silhouette.  If I had a way to 'brace' them in the drawer it would work better.  For sure.

Instead I found this cut.

How perfect is this??  I grabbed one sheet of cardstock in every color of the rainbow and cut a little folder for each color.

Yes, I have two blue folders.  I apparently like blue.  My purple and black seemed lacking so I purchased a few more sheets of black and purple dots from Studio Calico.  I may need a second one of these drawers things to hold some variety packs or other random dots (like the anchors!)

I like having the option to grab the color folder I need and finding the right shape and size.

Here's the funny part.  I finally had time to myself in my craft room and I work on this.  Not actually using my product but organizing it.

Someone posted this to the Scraptastic Kit Club Facebook page the other day and I realized its *so* me.
Add a large chunk for organizing!


Friday, September 19, 2014

This and That

I'm cleaning out my room (again).  I started adding some new items that had come in the mail to my already ridiculous stash.  Since moving last year, I promised I wouldn't outgrow my space.  Well, I'm getting to the point where thats happening.  I don't scrapbook enough but I sure like to shop.  Hello, have you *seen* the Halloween lines??  I'm a sucker for some cute Halloween lines.  Frankie and Friends from Simple Stories and Jillibean Soup arrived this week.

So its time to move some of the older lines out and make room for the new.  Clean out those boxes of tags and half used product packages.  Sometimes you just have to cut loose what you know you wont use.  The packs of tags and diecuts you keep reaching for but the items never quite make it to your page...

Or there's the treasure you find that you forgot you had.  In this case, it was a stash of items from Chic Tags.  Some of the original tags from Veronica that were perfect for this layout.



There is a nice mix of products on this page.  I literally pulled items together from drawers, leftovers etc.

Blue/Green Ombre Washi is from a past Studio Calico Kit
Anchor is from Glitz Designs nautical line
Tags are Chic Tags
Not sure where I got the flag at the top.....
Enamel dots are from my collection of dots (I'll have a post up next week about my dot issue)
and of course, a piece of flair from A {Flair} for Buttons Etsy shop.
I used my Silhouette to cut the title from a piece of leftover paper from a Studio Calico kit.  


Monday, September 1, 2014

#hashtag Flair + Coupon

Is everyone enjoying their 3 day weekend?  I am!  Much needed rest and time away from everything.  We are enjoying the last few minutes of summer and getting ready to go back to school this week.

I've had some free time these past few weekends and I've been working on a bunch of little projects.  I threw a few layouts together using older Cocoa Daisy and Studio Calico kits.  I played with Gelatos and flair too.
 An older Studio Calico kit that had a lot of the Simple Stories Daily Grind in it.  I had to have this kit because I loved the bright colors and its sat untouched for however long....  I threw this together quickly to use up a chunk of the kit.  The rest got cut up to make cards for Operation Write Home and 3x4 cards for PL.


 I have a bad habit of printing photos out.  I would go through 3-4 times a year and send 200 or more photos to be printed at Scrapbookpictures.com when they were still open (insert sad face here) so I have stacks of 4x6 prints (sometimes duplicates) of photos I *wanted* to scrap.  I realize now its impossible to scrap every photo and that I've developed into a single photo scrapper.  Unless there are multiple awesome photos from an event or shoot, then I stick to the one photo that speaks to me.  I've slowly weeded out the photos I know I'm not going to scrap and have a very tall stack of photos left.  This was one of them.  I am on a mission to kill as many past kits as possible and as many of these photos as possible before the end of the year.
 This Cocoa Daisy kit was a little scarce in the way of products so I grabbed anything that matched the brown and teal look I was going for and came up with the layout.  Its a good thing I'm slowly moving towards rainbow storage in the craft room because it makes finding things by color easier.

 One more quickie layout.  I tested out my new Gelatos on this one.  I had a Heidi Swapp star thats made from watercolor paper so it absorbs watercolors.  I tested out a technique I saw online and love how it came out.  I need more practice with these awesome crayons but I see them being a new favorite technique to try.


In case you're looking for some {flair}, there is a sale this weekend in the Shop.


You can find the set I used here.  #Hashtag Boy



Sunday, August 24, 2014

Summer mini

As you can tell from this blog, I'm not crafting as often as I should.

I wish I was.  I have a stack of stuff in this room and more comes in each month.  I've been better about it the past few weeks since life slowed down, but I wish I had more time and energy.

I do have several layouts to share and a mini album.

I'll start with the mini.

I dug out some older photos and paper.  Bella Blvd Sand and Surf.  I stuck with the one line and a few of my leftover favorites from a stack of vacation photos from 2003.  Yes, I know.  I realize now its not realistic to scrap *every* photo you take while on vacation.  When I started this trip in 2004, that was realistic.  So I grabbed a stack of photos and went to work.

I started with a manilla file folder which I folded into itself 1/3rd of the way in.  Just to create a small pocket for tickets, memorabilia and additional photos.  I'm going through the rest of the stack now to see what else I can put in there.

I've done a mini like this before.  It was so simple and it took an afternoon to make.  Easy peasy.

The cover has some Bella Blvd papers, cardstock stickers and flair from a (flair) for buttons Etsy shop.

 All Bell Blvd products.  Palm tree was fussy cut from paper and then coated with Glossy Accents.  In fact, all elements have Glossy Accents on them.  Its one of my favorite techniques.  The crocheted heart is also Bella Blvd.


I love the fact that I have these photos documented somewhere.  I feel closer to finishing this album now.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Layouts with {flair)

One of the things I missed most in the many months I didn't have time to scrap was my room full of fun product.  I hand pick everything based on what I like.  As just like I haven't had time to scrap, I haven't had much time to actually purchase new items.

With 2 Peas closing, I didn't have a place to really shop.  Their product selection dropped these past few months so I relied on kits.  I subscribe to Studio Calico (again), Cocoa Daisy and Scraptastic.  All of them feature my favorite lines, exclusive stamp designs and the ability to add on extra kits to beef up the main kit.  I can also just get the main kit if nothing else appeals to me.  And thats fine with me.  There is always something in there I will use.

Getting back into it this past weekend, I dug into past kits.  It was time to start using them up.  I don't even remember their names and most of them are a mystery as to who I got them from unless there is a stamp set in there to identify.

This first one is Cocoa Daisy from last year (I think).  Very simple.  I printed an 8x12 photo at Costco from our trip to Talinn, Estonia.  Gorgeous city!

 The Studio Calico adventure overlay, a {flair} for buttons flair and travel related papers.  I made my own Instax looking print for the bottom photo.
 Overall, a very simple layout but it was the perfect gateway to more interesting layouts.... like this one.
 I'm still working on the tons of photos I have from our trip to Cancun in 2003.  Thats us in front of Chichen-Itza.  I journaled on the card in the glassine envelope about my trip up the stairs.  I got almost all the way up and then made the mistake of looking down at my husband.  I realized I had to get down all those steps too.

It took a while and I came down on my butt (the rope and chain were being used) and I was exhausted after.  My thighs hurt for days but it was so worth it.  I wish I had been brave enough to make it to the top and actually get my camera out of my pocket for photos.....
 This was an older Cocoa Daisy kit using a lot of Studio Calico retail lines.  I added the {flair} geotag.

Expect more from this blog over the next few months.  The last time I went through a drought due to work, I came back strong and crafted every weekend for months.  I've already got layouts in the planning stages, sketches laying around and my Pinterest boards are flowing.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Is he really 7?

Its hard for me to believe its been 7 years.

 Just a few hours old.


2008 - First Birthday


2009 - Second Birthday


2010 - Third Birthday



2011 - Fourth Birthday
Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour

2012 - Fifth Birthday
At our local rink.  The Kings won the Stanley Cup this year so I had the mascot come to the party to celebrate with us.


2013 - Sixth Birthday

2014 -