Thursday, August 14, 2014

Throwback Thursday...An End to Elementary School

It seems just yesterday that these girls were starting Pre-school, and so excited that they slept in their clothes the night before (shoes and all!) their first day.


(Just look at the tiny Dora beds-they loved Dora the Explorer!)
 I had a lump in my throat as they waved goodbye to me then, but I must admit I was a bit excited that I would have a bit of time to myself, and to actually be able to keep the house clean for a few hours. The lump in my throat and tears in my eyes are swelling now, as I realize that this will be a year of lasts for me, as my babies are growing into young ladies, and this will be their last year of elementary school.


I have seen such a change in them, even since last year. Last year was all about comfort in clothing-t-shirts, jeans, and jackets. This year, they are starting to develop a bit of a style, wanting to match their shoes to their shirts or clothing, hair chalk for fun, colorful streaks... and Cecilia (on the left) told me yesterday that she wants to grow her hair out long. I love the young ladies they are becoming, smart, and beautiful, but I do miss those babies, too! Ah well. Time marches on. Time to embrace the change and try to shrug off the nostalgia, as my mommy heart breaks just a little.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Workspace Wednesday: Paper Storage

Pretty papers are such a big part of my scrapbooking. Give me paper and I can make just about anything. Flowers, embellishments, journaling cards, you name it! Which means that I may have a wee bit of a paper addiction. If I see a pretty paper, it is hard to walk away! So inexpensive and useful, I think. Well, I don't know how I jammed all of my supplies into one little closet, but a whole room is so much better! I finally have a place for all of my pretty papers, and my storage system makes it so much easier to find that paper that I know I have "somewhere". It took a few days and evenings to label and sort, but this is my system, and right now it is really working for me.

I store most of my papers in these fantastic storage units from Wal Mart's Better Homes And Gardens brand , for less than 70 bucks each:

The fabric cubes in the bottom of the storage units are also from WalMart, about 6 bucks each, and they have quite a few color choices. So roomy,and they fit the storage units perfectly. I don't have an Ikea anywhere close to me, and these units fit my 12x12 papers and albums very well, so this is a great solution for me.
I have loads of paper pads, because that is what is most readily available to me, from Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx/Marshall's, and Joann's.  I saw the idea of labeling the spines or sides with a Sharpie on a craft organization group on Facebook that I am a part of, thought it was brilliant, and had to duplicate it:

Labeling the sides makes it so much easier to pull the collection I want, and I use these paper pads all of the time when I am pulling papers for my monthly stash kits (I'll show you how I store my kits another day). I also have them grouped by manufacturer, just to make it a little easier. This saves me so much time when making my kits, because I don't have to pull out all of my paper pads to find the right one! I have a pretty good memory for what most of these paper pads contain within each collection. And yes, I still have some Hot Off the Press booklets of paper. Anyone else? Or is it just me? LOL!

My loose papers and cardstocks are sorted by color into Cropper Hopper Paper Holders , which I also found on for about $6.50 each.

I made the labels myself with some chalkboard label downloads and sticker paper, and cut out by hand.
The only thing I don't like? They are jam packed FULL, especially the Brown and Cream bin. Which means I can't purchase loose paper without using or getting rid of some. Oh well, I have realized in doing my craft room that, save the occasional adhesive purchase, I have enough supplies to scrapbook for a LONG time with out buying anything at all...but, new goodies are so much fun! I guess a mini freeze on scrappy spending until Christmas might not be too painful. We'll see...

How do you store your scrapbook papers? Link me up or leave me a comment,  I would love to see!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday Morning Inspiration and Sharing

Does anyone else get a case of the "Monday's" like me? You just feel a little tired and blah, and uninspired? Well, I was looking through my photos and editing a few (basically because I didn't feel like doing anything else yet), and I realized that I had never shared the layouts that I made in a class I took a few months ago. If you have followed my blog for very long at all (as I know most of you have), you already know that I am a big fan of Shimelle Laine a.k.a. Glitter Girl. And, when she gives a class I generally try to join in. Her most recent class was a Return To the Collection , a spin-off on a popular class that she gave for True Scrap a few years ago, called The Perfect Collection , which was all about using a collection pack up from start to finish (or really, just about overcoming your fear of cutting into those pretty papers!). The Return to The Collection was  focused on using a single collection, but also inspired us to add in embellishments and stamping to complete our pages.  I signed up with the early birds, and was lucky enough to be given access to the first Perfect Collection class for a week. I used the first class as it was meant to be used, cutting by the pdf diagram, etc, and then jumped back in to do the second class. Here is a look at the pages the that resulted from the second class, using Glitz Designs Wild And Free Collection:

journaling reads:
 "S'mores by the fire; Fun time together with our family always seems to include some type of yummy food."

"Happy Hikers": 
journaling reads:

  •  Finding walking sticks
  • Swimming under the falls
  • Braving the open sheer cliffs
  • A rainy day for a hike
  • Treasured moments to remember of time spent together
"One of the highlights of our first trip to John and Trina's cabin was definitely the hiking! We braved a few steep trails (and sore muscles on the 2nd hike), but it was worth it to see Greeter Falls and The Great Stone Door. Sept. 2012"

Flip Day Fun: 
journaling reads: "In honor of "Flip Day", Maggie Moo's gave away ice cream-if you could catch it! I'll get serious to catch Red Velvet Cake Batter Ice Cream!"

Must See:

journaling reads: "Bethany told me about this treasure in GA-a wonderful nature center. Lots of plants and animals to see-and it was FREE?! Can't beat that! Of course I made the kids pose on the wooden alligator! 7/24/2013"

This Is What Happy Looks Like:
journaling reads: "I don't know what it is, but being around Molley makes you act so silly! "Pawface" and "Cutie Patootie" are often heard, along with lots of other baby talk and the occasional "snuggle muffins." It it so funny to watch! Molley&Natalie 11/18/2012"

To Cool To Smile?
journaling reads: "Ahh... those wonderful teenage years, when you are still young enough to want to play (sometimes), but you don't want us to see you having fun and enjoying it! I get a glimpse of it in your eyes every once in a while, though! 7/14/13"

Silly, Fun, And Colored Tongues:
journaling reads: "An afternoon at the mall in Newnan, GA, finished with a trip to the candy store. Pixie sticks & blue Icees equal colorful tongues to show off for mom's camera. July 23, 2013"

If you stuck with me for this long, thank you!  If you are in need of some crafty inspiration, why not take a class? I highly recommend Shimelle's classes if you are looking for an easy to follow, inspiration-based class! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Workspace Wednesday

I haven't forgotten my promise to show you my crafty space when it's all finished, but for now, I will keep showing you bits and pieces, as I put them back into the room. I am ever so slowly getting all of my little bits unpacked and organized. I have decided that, as I am a very visual person, the best type of organization is by color. So, here is a peek at some of my pretties as I sort and put them away:

A spice rack for brads that I picked up at a garage sale, and I spray painted (my room's accent colors are red and turquoise), and punched pinked circles to label the lids:

A rolling cart of drawers that I purchased with a gift card on line for my flowers (still working on sorting and filling this as I have tons of flowers):

Now, any ideas or inspiration for using all of these flowers?

Friday, August 1, 2014

I Have Fun News!

I am back on the Master Forgers' design team for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog again! When I had to step down last year, because of selling our house, packing, and moving-it made me sad, because I have such FUN making these kits! Well, I am happy to report that I am back on the team! Which means I am sharing a kit today for your August inspiration.  We were asked to make up kits from our stash based on the fun and fantastic Studio Calico Penny Arcade kit:

And here's my stash kit that was inspired by Penny Arcade, "Summer Solstice":

This was a quick stash dive for me-luckily I know where all my stuff is now. I got the invite yesterday, and I had about 45 minutes to pull my kit and photograph it before I headed off to my kids' open houses for school. It was fun to just go with my gut and pull out the first thing that I thought of that would work for my kit. I started with the map print paper- I knew I had one very similar to the one in the SC collection  in my Crate Paper Storyteller Paper Pad, and my kit just took off from there. I pulled a couple from Crate Paper's "The Pier" collection (yellow polka dot and doily clouds), the coral polka dot from Dear Lizzy's Polka Dot Party, yellow stars from American Crafts My Girl, a large monogram print from Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934, and 2 sheets from Glitz's Finley collection. I didn't have time to make fringe, so I grabbed a yellow ticket style washi and a white washed woodgrain washi instead, a couple of doilies, a template, a pack of stickers from Basic Grey, wood veneer from Studio Calico, brads from Cosmo Cricket, badges from Studio Calico, some new chipboard cameras. Oooops-got ready to photograph and realized I had forgotten the letter stickers-so I added in a pack of chipboard alphas from We R Memory Keepers. I am quite happy with my "quickie kit"- I may have to add in a bit of mist and cardstock later, but I am fine with that!

Monday, July 28, 2014

We Have a Winner! And a layout share

Remember the little stamp I had up for giveaway last week? Well, Cindy F was the lucky winner!

Congrats, Cindy! Shoot me an email with your information to margie_visnick@yahoodotcom, and I will get it right out to you!

I also have a little bit of scrapping fun to share with you, a couple of pages made from my stash kit for the month:

The base for this next page was a starting point that I had already made up from my other stash supplies months ago, but I finished it off this month with a picture, and added embellishments from my kit:

Sorry about my reflection in the photo, it has one of those Maggie Holmes photo overlays on it, which is gorgeous in person, but hard to capture in a picture.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Photo Friday: Sunrise and Sunset on Siesta Key

After our hectic, fun-filled 5 days at Disney World, we knew that we would need a soft sandy beach to relax on for a few days before we went back to every day life, and Siesta Key, FL was the perfect place for that! Gorgeous white sand (I swear that powdery sand was magic on my sore feet!), the perfect place to soak up a few rays and just relax. After starting our vacation off very high-key and high-speed, it was nice to kick back, grill out, and enjoy some gorgeous sunsets and sunrises before we headed home. It's hard to beat sitting on the lanai, drinking coffee, and watching the reflected sunrise over the Gulf of Mexico:

Walking onto the beach from our condo, it looked like this:

And it's pretty hard to beat watching a sunset that looks like a painting, while sipping some white zinfandel and walking down the beach. Of course, I was the girl with a giant camera, too. ;-)

Thanks for letting me share with you today!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Workspace Wednesday...It's A Process!

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I have been working on making over the bedrooms in my house. Lucky for me, one of those bedrooms that I am making over is going to be a scrapbook studio! I have been working on it, and organizing, organizing, organizing, organizing....16 years of scrapbooking=A LOT of stuff! I will show you a few little peeks, and when I get it done (hopefully with in the next week or two!), I will show you my whole room completed.
disclaimer: These photos are all taken with my phone, I will pull out my "real" camera for the big reveal.
Here is the space I started with:

Negatives: dingy walls and trim, 20 year old wallpaper on one wall (it was a fabric wall paper and kind of fuzzy-it was probably gorgeous and expensive way back when), ancient ceiling fan, loose outlets (all the plugs fall out), broken blinds, old, bent register cover that doesn't open...

Positives: Great space, great windows, lots of potential-and hey, it's a studio space of my very own!

I started by taking down the wallpaper and patching holes-it's messy but necessary!

After I got it all puttied, filled, sanded, and painted, Eric came in and wired a new ceiling fan for me, wired new electrical outlets, and hung new plantation blinds and valances (I am sooo blessed to have such a handy hubby!):
And I started bringing in the furniture:

Which I am now in the process of unpacking into, labeling, moving things around, and filling. I can't wait to show you all the big reveal! Soon, I promise!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

How To Use Project Life Cards on a Traditional Layout

I was perusing my edited photos, and I came across a couple of layouts that I haven't shared on my blog yet, so decided to share with you today. The first layout is a great of example of how I would use 3x4 project life type cards before I actually started Project Life:

Which brings me to my first tip:
*Line them up under the photos. Especially if you have one horizontal photo and one vertical photo, the line of 3x4 cards adds a sense of balance in the uniform sizes.

Here is an example of how I used a 4x6 card on a traditional layout:

Which brings me to my second tip:
*Use them as Titles for your pages- there are lots of cards in the packages/on the sheets that can be used this way!

More examples of my pages using 3x4 and 4x6 cards:

Ways to use Project Life (or any cards meant for those Pocket Pages) on a traditional layout:
*Use them as Subtitles/Secondary Headings. Many of the cards have cute expressions on them, and this is a great way to use them.
*trim them (or don't) and layer them up-they are just cardstock/paper, after all!
*journaling cards, this may seem obvious, but this is my favorite way to use them! Before Project Life became a big "thing" it seemed like there were never enough journaling cards/easy ways to add a few words to the page. Since I journal by hand, it is nice to have a card that I can write on, and throw away if I screw it up too badly (which I inevitably do!).

There are many other great ways to use Project Life cards, and others have blogged about about it, so check out this Pinterest board for lots more links and ideas for using Project Life in gifts, home decor, mini albums, cards, and more:

Use Project Life Cards

If you are feeling inspired, but don't have a huge stash of  3x4 and 4x6 cards, you can find links to tons of free printable cards here:

Crafty- Project Life Printable

Thanks for visiting me today, while you're here, don't forget to leave a comment on Saturday's post for a chance to win a roller stamp! There aren't a lot of entries yet, so your chances of winning are great!