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!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

(Almost) Silent Sunday

Happy Anniversary (12 years!) to this wonderful man who I have chosen to spend my life and build a family with.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday Scrapbook Sharing

Since it's Saturday, and since I love you all for sharing it with me, I thought I would do a little giveaway:
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And share a recent scrapbook page with you:
I was inspired by this fun sketch from http://www.shimelle.com/paper/1906/sketch-to-scrapbook-page-repeating-simple-shapes :
I pulled supplies from my June stash kit:
Such a fun page to start my Disney album! I usually prefer to work with soft colors, but the bold colors suit the photos and album, and just the general feeling of vibrant summer days and sunshine. Here is a closer look at the cluster where my Hidden Mickey resides:
If you'd like to be entered in the drawing for the stamp, leave me a comment! I will draw names next Saturday, July 26. I'd love to know what you are creating or doing right now! Have a crafty and wonderful Saturday!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Photo Friday

I am always striving to improve my skills, and I am a huge proponent of making the most of any equipment that I have in my photography (that doesn't mean I don't want the newest shiniest toys, but it just isn't practical for me to always have them). So, when I heard that a photographer in my area was giving a wedding photography workshop, I signed up right away! Here are a few of the shots that I was able to capture:







Isn't it fun to learn? It is to me! What have you learned recently?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Golden Summer Afternoon Kit...and Connections

I have a couple of things I wanted to talk about, since today is "the day" for scrapbookers. Today is the day that Two Peas in a Bucket formally closes its doors. And although the message boards have been locked since the announcement, the finality of "the last day" is sad for me. I have downloaded my classes that I paid for, pinned a bunch of layouts and inspiration, and just browsed the forums and galleries for hours. I have spent hours watching the free content on youtube (although I am still holding out hope that they will leave that up!). And now, I have been looking for ways to connect with other scrapbookers. Of course, I read blogs a few times a week in my Feedly reader, but the personalization, and variety of topics that a message board has, well, it's just different. Unfortunately (or maybe fortuitously, it has yet to be determined), it looks like the peas have scattered to a variety of places.  Scrapbook.com was great in making a tool to transfer our galleries from Two Peas, so the 308 layouts that I posted to Two Peas since 2002 was easily transferred over there (If you are interested in seeing the progression of my work, you can see my transferred gallery HERE ). But, although I have been a member over there for a while, I haven't been at all active on the forums (at least, not yet). My Stashbuster friends all moved to Cocoa Daisy forums HERE , which I will visit for the wonderful and inspiring challenges that they share, and several of the peas visit the board that were quickly started by an NSBR pea, I believe, the 2 Peas Refugee boards which you can find HERE . I love this because they have a General Scrappin and an NSBR board, just like my 2 most frequented boards at Two Peas in a Bucket. And, I know that some people are already members and frequent users/ posters at places like Studio Calico, as well. I listen to the Paper Clipping roundtable when I am driving, cleaning, or painting, and I discovered that they set up a free forum, as well. All of these places seem like great places to chat with other scrapbookers, and I set up accounts on each of them, but my head is swimming with all of the choices! Where are you all going to connect with other crafters? Of course, there are all sorts of crafty groups on Facebook, too! I am Margievis on all of these sites, just like I was on 2Peas, and I will keep trying in my little bits of free time to see where I fit in the best. Or maybe I will just keep dabbling in all of them!

Now that I have gotten that off of my chest , I have to share some crafty fun! If I am in need of inspiration to create, one of the best ways for me to do that is to create a kit of supplies from my stash to craft with! This month, I was very inspired by the colors and textures in this month's Either Way Kit and add-on from Scraptastic Kits:

I loved the colors especially, so I dug into my stash and came up with this kit, which I am calling "Golden Summer Afternoon":

The papers are some lovely pinks, gold, coral, and minty aqua from a variety of my favorite paper companies such as Crate Paper, Carta Bella, and Sassafrass Lass:
I added in some favorite embellishments, mists, and free printables from Studio Calico and Kaitlin Schaeffer. I am also planning to try to use some of the free cut files from Studio Calico, as well, maybe these:
We shall see how it goes! Thank you for allowing me to share with you today, and be sure to let me know where you will be on the web! I am linking up with the Counterfeit Kit challenge for this post, and I will be around.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Scrappy Saturday

Just posting to share another layout that I made for Shimelle's crop weekend last week! I love her sketches, and the freedom they give for interpretation! I am scrapping Disney photos (at least some of them!) while it's still fresh in my mind, and this was one of those moments that I did not want to forget! I followed a prompt for June over at Disneyscrappers, "All Spaced Out", for this page about Spaceship Earth:
 A little peek at the "Hidden Mickey" on my page:

The supplies for this page came almost entirely from my June Counterfeit Kit, and I painted the DIY Thickers with silver Distress paint, which I was also going to use the chevron mask to apply to the navy patterned paper, but it bled all under the stencil, so I just smeared it all over the navy constellation paper and rubbed off the excess with a paper towel. I added all sorts of little bits of washi tape, mist droplets, stickers from the sticker book, brads, star studs, and little punched stars to cover my stamping mistakes (p.s. don't try to stamp without a stamping block unless you want a messed up stamping look!LOL!).  The journaling says: "Natalie was my little "ride buddy" for most of the rides. As we settled into our seats on Spaceship Earth, she exclaimed, "It's a time machine, Mommy!" Isn't that cool?!"
I just thought that was the cutest thing for her to say, so I had to record it!
The sketch that (sort-of) inspired this page:

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend

*Edited to add the link to 2Peas Cookbook HERE -hope you all enjoy these recipes as much as I have!
At 1:30 pm yesterday, I saw that Two Peas In a Bucket would be closing down. Two Peas has been so much more than a scrapbook store for me! It was one of the main reasons that I talked my husband into getting the internet in our home many years ago, because I had read about this great site in Creating Keepsakes magazine, and I wanted to visit it and be a part of this community. Even though I never really posted as much as some people, or used the site as a stepping stone to become a famous scrapbooker like some, it was a sight that I have always visited daily! I have learned so much from the Peas about scrapbooking, and life in general. Here is a glimpse of my profile at 2Peas:
If you would like to look at my pages on 2Peas, you can see them HERE , at least as long as they are available there. The first page I ever posted on 2Peas was this one:
I was so proud of this page, mostly because I loved the photo. I see many "mistakes", but the start of so many treasured memories as well! I am reminded by looking at it how I started out as an 8 1/2 x 11 scrapper, mostly so I could share my layouts via scanner to 2peas. I see a sweet little girl that is a sophomore in high school now, and that makes me want to cry. I see the beginnings of a hobby and many friendships that mean so much to me. And I still see things about this page that I love. I love the textured photo mat tied with raffia.  I love the fact that I used my own handwriting, too! But oh, how far my skills in scrapbooking and photography have come since then, and how technology has changed since then!
My most recently shared page, using a selfie from my iphone:
Still handwritten journaling! Much more layering, 12x12, and so much lovely product is available to me now-back then, I had one little clear plastic box of supplies that I kept under my bed. Now, I am working on putting a scrapbook room full of supplies together. Which, of course, I was so looking forward to sharing on 2Peas. But I will, of course, share my progression on my room here.

So, I guess this post is to say thank you, more than anything. Thank you, 2Peas for the many late nights of inspiration, hours spent reading "Pea Soup", and and perusing beautiful layouts when I couldn't sleep. Thank you, 2Peas, for inspiring me to be a better scrapbooker myself. Thank you, 2Peas, for all of the wonderful people I met through challenges, the message boards, CHA chats, and the friendships that I have developed because of them. Thank you, 2Peas for the inspiration to develop my photography skills, and the wonderful people on the Photography board that helped me to learn my camera, and taught me how to "see the light" through my lens. Thank you, 2Peas, for the NSBR board, where I got so much life news for a while, where I got so many recipes (several recipe books worth!), and where I learned about Flylady and the Pioneer Woman (my family thanks you for these!). Thank you, 2Peas, for the Swap board, where I swapped many times over a few years, made lovely friends, and learned to make lovely layered embellishments (I still have many beautiful goodies from these swaps in my stash, and a couple more recipe books from these swaps as well!). Thank you, 2Peas, for the General Scrappin board, where my heart stayed throughout- I was challenged and inspired many ways. To buy a Cricut, to start a blog, to start Project Life, far too many to name. Thank you 2Peas, for all of the wonderful weekly classes. I learned so much from Glitter Girl, Jill Sprott, and all of the others. The videos have been my friends as I cleaned and folded laundry, or just whenever I wanted to be inspired. So to sum it all up, THANK YOU Two Peas In A Bucket! For all of the memories, for everything! You have given me so much more than I have given you, and I will ever be grateful. You have made my life richer!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

CKCB Members Blog Hop

Welcome to the CKCB Members blog hop, where we all get to show off what we did this month with our Counterfeit Kit Challenge kits! This month, I pulled a fun, colorful kit together from my stash:
I had great plans and intentions to use it all month in all sorts of crafty endeavors, but I made this page of my nephew and me, using a Scrapbook Circle Sketch:


and then, my kit sat in my scrap basket mostly untouched for the rest of the month.
The sketch I used:

When I heard that Shimelle was having a crop this past weekend, I knew it would be just the boost in my creativity that I needed!

I have a huge stack of Disney photos to scrap, so I figured I would work on them for a while. I combined the CKC Tone On Tone challenge  with this fantastic sketch from Shimelle:
And I came up with this page:


I still have to journal on it, but, plan to write about meeting the princesses after midnight, and how funny Rapunzel was. I loved her interaction with the girls!

I also used a "Spaced Out" challenge from Disney Scrappers and combined it with this sketch from Shimelle's blog:

To make this page:


So, tons of scrappy fun this past weekend! What have you done with your kits? On all of my Disney pages, I am adding "Hidden Mickey's", some with a punch, some with brads or enamel dots, since my kids took an interest in finding the hidden Mickeys at the parks and hotel.

If you would like to see what the other CKCB members were up to this month, here is the list- take a few minutes, and you are sure to be inspired!

CKCB    http://www.counterfeitkitchallenge.blogspot.com
Jemma  http://just-jimjams.blogspot.co.uk
Tina       http://tinasscrapcorner.blogspot.com
Margie   http://scrappinmargie.blogspot.com  * You Are Here
Lesley   http://ohblogitifyoucantbeatthem.blogspot.co.uk  *Go Here Next
Virginia  http://celtichouse.blogspot.co.uk
Cindy    http://www.cindyscreations-cinmfoster.blogspot.com
Lisa       http://lisahausmann.blogspot.de