Friday, May 31, 2013

Baby Faces

Anyone who has had a child knows that it is not all sunshine and smiling faces 24/7. So for the cover page of my son's 3mo-12mo album (yes I scrap chronologically, and yes I am 7 years behind) I chose four sweet faces, a tired, sad, happy, and surprised look. These are layered on blue cardstock with a 1" slip of cloud vellum for the title which is placed over a light blue 12x12" cardstock sheet that I decorated with a cloud stencil by Kite Stencil Co. using Frost White by ColorBox with a sponge applicator. This is a simple page, but so important to me because it shows some of the emotions we don't always scrapbook. This project took just under an hour from designing to completion.

Happy Mail

I want to give Jane at ARTastic a huge thank you for the happy mail I got this week. I was one of the lucky winners of these great supplies from Kaiser Craft and ARTastic for participating in the National Scrapbook Day events at her website! I can't wait to start a project with these, they were a great choice for me. I don't know about you but happy mail like this just makes my week so much brighter!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Scrapbook Expo 2013

The Scrapbook Expo came once again on my Birthday weekend, very convenient for me let me say. I was again impressed by the show they put on. I was delighted to see Diane Ophelia in the group of women working the show this year, and further surprised when she said she remembered me from the year before. Little did I know she would be the first of many women I ran into at the show that I remembered from the previous year. It made it a fun sort of reunion for those of us attending this second year. Many of their great vendors were there again this year, like Tall Mouse, The Rubber Cafe, Stamps by Judith, Rubbernecker Stamps, Eyelet Outlet, and many more. Plus I found some new favorites; two being Scrapbook Outlet, and The Scrapbooking Factory.
The lovely owner Jane and manager Angie from the Scrapbooking Factory

Friday stared off with a bang, ladies lined up for half a mile it seemed, and along with Jerry I helped get everyone checked in and given their free gift. I had a blast welcoming ladies and chatting away with everyone. Being a friendly and outgoing person, this was s GREAT job for me! After check in time was over I hit the floor to do some looking. This year I was more prepared, and I am happy with how I went about exploring the expo. I came with a list this year, this list had all the things I was looking to buy with the (Gasp) cash I limited myself to bringing. I spent Friday going around to each booth, seeing what they were demonstrating and looking to see what they may have from my list. I would take pictures of it if needed, and then write down in my notebook the booth, item, and price. As a seat was available I would plop down at the creativity center and play with Diane and Lorraine with whatever they happened to have the group making, once it was a necklace and another time it was an Owl. Friday afternoon I attended the best class ever! Pictured here is the kit from the class.
It was a glitter class with Demo Donna from Sparkle and Sprinkle and it was worth every penny for the product, tips, and layout- not to mention Demo Donna's excitable energy makes the class fun and worth the time spent in it. After the class was finished, I headed down to the expo floor to make my first big purchase of the day, $50 in glitter from Sparkle and Sprinkle, and I am sooo happy with the tube of micro fine glitters I chose. That wrapped it up for the day, and I headed home with a final goodbye to Jerry and his wife at the welcome table to ice my back (and feet) in preparation for Saturday.

Saturday I joined the line of women 30 minutes before the show floor opened with my golden ticket in hand (I was not a lucky golden ticket winner unfortunately) and with extra padding in my shoes ready to shop the day away. With my list and numbers in hand I organized my coupons as I chatted and made friends with women in line around me. The wonderful thing about crafter's is you will always have an instant friend when standing in line with another crafter, have you ever noticed that? When the show floor opened I headed to the booths on my list and had all my shopping, and my Mother's Day shopping for my mom done in about an hour. So then I tooled around sitting in for demonstrations, I did a few make and takes. Made the cutest Mother's Day card for my mom and mother in law. As time and opportunity allowed I popped into a seat at the creativity center again with Lorraine and Diane and had a good time making a gift card holder, those women have great tips and Lorraine is a hoot to be around! I took a class featuring Prima flowers. It was an advanced class which I wasn't thrilled about, but the instructor was a very nice woman, the reason I wasn't thrilled with it was because I just didn't learn anything new. Personally I feel like when I send $50 on an advanced class I am looking to learn a new technique, but that wasn't the case. I still walked away with two beautiful pages. After the class was over I enjoyed making a layout at the Michael's booth, where I came across the sweetest mother and daughter who made me misty eyed for the times spent crafting with my mom when I was young. Overall it was another great year full of inspiration at Scrapbook Expo 2013! I can't wait for next year.
My haul, everything bought and all my freebies
All My freebies!

Friday, May 17, 2013

How I earn my crafting money...

A few of my facebook friend have recently asked how I earn the money to spend on all the crafting and scrapbooking items I get each month, knowing a am a full-time student who doesn't work outside the home. So I shared with them the site I earn $50-$100 per month in gift cards from; it's it is FREE to join and free to participate in. It works on a point system for searching, watching videos  playing games,
and taking surveys. Check it out for yourself and we both can earn a bonus. Let me know if you have any questions, and happy earning! If you join or if you are already a "swaggernut" let me know in a comment so I can find you.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

I've been playing!

I was lucky enough to have my Mom come into town for Mother's Day weekend, so I have been playing. We had a great time experimenting with techniques I have picked up over the past few months.
Pictured below is my first attempt at quilling. I was lucky to have my Mom and her previous experience with me for this Mother's Day card to my Nana. I love the end result, but it took WAY longer than I anticipated. Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

My New, Improved, and Organized Scrapbooking Space

This is my happy scrap place! I am a super busy mom/wife/student and have to fit crafting in as I can; so my space is out in the open where I can craft when I have a few minutes here and there or the occasional few hours. I have spent the last 3 weeks organizing and revamping my space so I would be ready to craft come National Scrapbooking Day and I am thrilled to be playing in the space today! My wonderful hubby is building the last shelf insert for all my punches this weekend and then the space will be complete...for now. 
Above is a picture of my whole space including my son's art easel. My biggest pieces of advice to any unorganized scrapping mom's out there would be:
 1. plan to organize not only what you have but what you plan to buy in the next 6 months (I like to plan out all my major purchases for the next 6 months or more so I know how I will spend my monthly craft budget) 
2. give your kids a crafty area! It never fails I sit down to scrapbook and my son wants to help me. So I found that giving him a space to create stops him from wanting to "help" me or heaven forbid grab my hot glue gun and end up burning himself! 
If you would like to see the before pictures scroll to the bottom of the page!

 My craft cabinet in the corner is still under construction. Hubby is building an insert for my punches and I want to cover my cork board with black and white damask fabric.I chose to go with black and white, with a deep teal and raspberry color for accents. My print accent where possible is damask.

Darling Hubby built this wonderful stamp shelf to go above something we keep in this corner, it's a great use of otherwise dead wall space. I am so happy with how this turned out! Plus I have a little room to grow my collection, dangerous thought.

As you can see my paper is vastly improved in organization from the before pictures at the bottom of this post. I have my card-stock in size and color order, and my printed paper organized by theme...with labels cut from one of my favorite Spellbinder's sets to make sure it stays that way!!! These are all made from recycled boxes, mostly flat rate shipping boxes I have had around the house for some time. They are painted in a glossy black to give them that special sheen I love.

This was a fun project I made out of cardboard, paint, and white boxes I had left over from my old jewelry business. I needed a new space for my growing flower collection and these small boxes fit the bill. The whole thing cost me less than $4 (for the black paint). These small boxes can be purchased at Uline for about 0.28 each if I am remembering the price correctly.
I took 2 of the extra photo boxes I had, painted them black and added a stencil on top. I turned them into storage for my stickles and alcohol inks by creating a cardboard grid on the inside so I can store my (labeled) bottles with ease. My 4x6 mat stacks fit beautifully in the photo box too!

My pen holder was a crayola crayon holder my son no longer used. The tiered boxes came from a Christmas gift of Ghirardelli chocolate from my SIL. With some paint and a stencil they now look great! The polka dot box had green and orange dots on it, so I custom mixed an acrylic paint to match my deep teal accents and painstakingly covered each dot with either teal or black and left the existing raspberry colored dots. Now it holds my Martha Stewert circle cutter, Marvy Pens, scissors, Alcohol ink refillable pen, and my watercolor pencils.

My mixing station hold all my basic glimmer mists (I mix my own) and the mini misters hold the custom colors I create for projects. I highly recommend this for those that like to make their mists match their projects perfectly! The mini misters fit beautifully into a plastic stand designed to hold tubes of seed beads. My folders are pretty self explanatory, my scrapbook inventory being the most used in my collection, it is a "can't live without" tool as far as I am concerned. It was very time consuming to create, but well worth it for the organization when crafting and especially shopping. I have yet to purchase a duplicate item, but it was only a matter of time, now I never have to question what I have when I am in a store with my inventory.

This is my messy corner, all the layouts I have done since January that need to get pics taken and blog posts done for the most unique features. The big green binder holds all my templates.

This genius idea I "scraplifted" from the gallery. Rain gutters to hold your ribbon! I ran out of wall space a long time ago and had them on the window with dowel rods but they were bending, and it was a pain to take them on or off. THIS is the best solution I have seen. I used industrial strength Velcro to adhere it to the window, so far so good!

My ribbon scraps are all neatly on cards that I punched with my Fiskars ribbon threader punch

This was made with foam board, hot glue, and wine corks cut in half for the knobs. I designed it to hold all that I needed and still have room to grow- very important!

The drawers hold my big container of Ranger embossing powder, acrylic stamping blocks, mini stamp pads, and one special stamp pad I use often.

These empty drawers will hold all the Distress re-inkers I plan to buy in the next 6 months!

Using every inch of space, I hung baskets with clear command strip hooks. They now hold my extra mini misters (I buy them in bulk), extra white glitter, and my We R Memory Keepers sew easy tool kit.

These baskets hold my peel and stick stickers- more to come on that project in another post! The bottom one will hold my embossing powders.

I used an old rolling file box I had around to store all my punch outs and stickers, organized by theme. (Not much room to grow as you can see)

Under my table I store my scrap paper by color. The Small unlabeled bin holds my paper quilling supplies. The big bins hold all my recycled materials I use for various purposes, my mixed media supplies, art stuff, and my Spellbinder machines and embossing folders are in the bottom drawer.

These stacking bins from Target hold embellishments; brads, beads, gems, buttons and other odds and ends. My "dump ons" glitter, chalk, perfect pearls, etc. I also store my blenders and some basic tools here too.

I keep my Spellbinders dies in their original package and slice down the side with an exact-o blade so I can slip them in and out. This way I can hang them with simple thumb tacks under my shelves. I also store some on command hooks down the side of my craft cabinet.

1 of 2 Before pictures with my sloppy shelves and ribbon on dowels.

2 of 2 Before with all my chaos!

Happy NSD 2013!

Today is a great day to recommit myself to both scrap-booking and my blog. In all honesty I recommitted about a month ago with a total overhaul to my scrap space-pics to come! I have been doing lots of organizing and creating while I have had time off school for medical issues, and I am excited to share tips and products I have been figuring out and playing with along the way!

I hope you are taking advantage of some of the great challenges so many of your favorite sites and blogs are hosting today. I know I am signed up to participate in all of my favorites like;, scrapbook generation, ARTastic, Craft Stop, Scrap our Stash,Club Scrap Creates, A cherry on top, Big Picture Scrapbook, and Pazzels to name all my favs I will be celebrating with today! I have also put in an order with my favorite scrapbook store owner from TX,!

I certainly won't be able to do all the hourly challenges, but I am looking forward to challenging myself as the day goes on to get what I can done and enjoy myself!