Sunday, October 4, 2015

fess up Friday, end of Sept...also some deep thinking...ooooooh nooooo

Went a little crazy a couple of weeks ago on the website...after shipping managed to spend...siiiiiigh, ($100) on PAPER!   how did that happen.  I blame Websters Pages and Simple Stories... there was only one 12x12 pack...a couple of Pocket page cards...then the vellum bokeh paper pictured below

but for the most part it was buying single sheets 2 at a time.  This is what that kind of thing looks like in a stack.   

here are the Webster's pages culprits.  They are actually for their planner...but I will use on pages. After I got them I realized I did not get gotta back order those.

Simple Stories culprits....

and their backs...just love them they have a slight umbre affect

This week as far as scrap goodies, did better as far as $'s. Picked up a couple of things at Walmart...glitter/prism paper and found these We R Memories pocket page at $3 each...Pffffftttt, you know I grabbed all I could find.  Look at the pics above, I've gotta do a ton of pocket pages!

Picked this up off of Craig's List yesterday.  This island cart...Put all my Christmas related scrap I can say all my scrapbook stuff is in one room.  Which was the goal when Dh moved me to the guest suite.  riiiiiiiiiight????

Made the top my new Cuttlebug station...the 'tub' was a garage sale find last Saturday.  Don't ask, I don't know what it is about these old fashioned tubs...I even have a pink one on my mantle.

deep thoughts,  It has occurred to me that at 54 I am the age my dad was when he passed away.  He died in a car accident, But something about that milestone really makes you think about your own mortality.  Dh and I are really starting to feel the effects of our life choices when we were young.  I wear mine out front, in the form of a big belly...from overindulging  in you can see my issues.  I feel pretty lucky the only health issue is high cholesterol.   so far.  Dh has had  issues with basil cells, pre cancer, that luckily has been treatable.   ... I don't know, just really makes you consider that we truly are not promised tomorrow.  

I don't have any deep words of wisdom for you young ones, except maybe skip the soda and cheesecake and wear sunscreen.   But I do know, for myself, I am thankful for the blessings I have with my family and home.  I think we need to concentrate on that.  IF these are my last days on earth, I want to spend them...glorifying God, with my grandchildren (kids and dh, too), and my cats .   

All else is fine and fun...but they are not what is important.  

This song has become real special to me, I'll leave the 'deep thoughts' sequence with this...

William McDowell - I Won't Go Back

Sunday, September 13, 2015

'Fess Up week end Sept 13.

ha!  No Scrapping this weekend, so far.  But tomorrow I have been given the 'day off' as it is Jase's 6month appt and Chris is going with ...  except for an Eye Dr. Appt and a li'l work in the morning ...I MIGHT get to play.

This weekend, was actually spent doing some organizing.

and that is part of 'fess up.
 Bought these on  On top is a 12x12 We R Memory keepers Teresa Collins was on sale for $9.99 from 19.99...I have been looking for one that I can use to store all my pocket pages until they are chosen for my albums.  So I put all those empty pages, according to configuration. Then in the top corner put a piece of cardstock in which I had mapped out that make it easier to see.    I will see if this works.  Oooooh, yeah, got the album for the discount price...but paid $10 for shipping...ha!!

These are Antonius diveders from Ikea.  They are configured for the cart.  Had visions of having my pocket page cards all in order in these.  But, siiiigh, I hate breaking up collections.  So it did not work out that way for me.   These sell for $5 each online, but again think I paid $10 or so for shipping.  The closest Ikea is 2 or so hours, so worth not making the trip.  Just not a good week saving ship costs.  

But this is how my personal cart looks.   I did use 4 of these in the scraproom.  The fifth got put in my nightstand drawer to keep those knickknacks from rolling around.  (most important item in that drawer are my earplugs, sure needed them last night)

the bottom shelf.  

This month's Gossamer Blue Life Pages Kit club.  

and the top is Scrapbook Circle for this month...and on the bottom is an Echo Park bike riding set.

But looking at the pics of Adriana's motorcycle riding...I'm thinking I may use the papers from the kit instead of the Echo Park....hmmmmmm

Today is a big day Jase is exactly 6 months old.  We are going to his house tonight for brisket and fixings.  Of course Grammy is bringing ice cream for dessert.  He cannot have any yet.  

Monday, September 7, 2015

Labor Day Crop

Finally had a chance to scrap today.  Was hoping to be able to do a little all weekend, but got very busy.  I actually gave up a family bbq to crop today.    I kept calling it a "Labor Day Crop" and last night when there was chocolate cream pie left...I told the family "I'll just take it to my crop".  Fooled dh, but son in law called me on it...'but you are the only one going'...ha!

Spent about 6 hours, know this cuz I watched 3 movies.  ha! For me, watching Secretariat when scrapping is not a good idea.  No matter how many times I watch that movie, I always 'ugly cry' at the know, when Secretariat is running that last race of the triple crown...and Penny quotes the Bible verse, and they play "Oh Happy Day"...holy moley...took me a few minutes to compose myself.

 Got a lot organized from Expo, layouts into books and finished some..also got a few new ones done.

This was the first 'new' layout done today...I was about 3 hours into my cropping for this first dgs #1...#2 is on his way...

Had a helper during the last few hours...Adriana was actually over for the first part, she made a card for her Uncle...and I sewed a stuffed animal for her.  But while she was here, worked on the Expo stuff.  It was funny, she looked at a pic of a tiny baby I was working on...and told me, "Hey that's Kyleigh's blanket and That is Kyleigh's , why is Jase using it?".   "Ummm, because that is baby Kyleigh"... I mean they are all cousins, and do look a lot alike.   

One of my first time using pre bought die cuts...did not know you had to finish gluing them together!  I used them on page 2 also, (not pictured) .  This was tough, so many colors, that matting pics took a while.

Cannot take credit for these pics, the kids' friend, Matt Schenk, who is a professional photographer out of Las Vegas took them.   Too pretty to crop, so let them speak for themselves with very simple paper choices.   and a fox from Newton's Nook stamps.

This is an unfinished layout, nothing is glued down.  I like the frame around Big Memories card...but feel it may be too dark.  May pull out a cricut cart and make my own with a different color.  These pics are also Matt's . 

Oh, fess up accountablility.   This is from my Stamp Club, Stamps of Life...siiiigh, gotta start thinking about Christmas.  ALREADY!!!

My Geisha Anya arrived.  Ain't she cute!!

This is from a couple of weeks ago.  Got the C plate for my cuttlebug...and more Best Friends stamps...of course more Echo Park (which is just about a fave pp manufacturer right now)

These were from Amazon this past week.  Boy papers, (2nd grandson is on the way)   and I actually used the die in the first layout.  But I may need lessons on how to use these in my cuttlebug die cutter, as I ended up leaving an impression on the 'B" plate  before I figured out how to cut into the paper.  Youtube time!

Monday, August 24, 2015

weekend catch up...and some organizing too

 Was able to finish some of the pocket pages from Expo over the weekend...this one, I know doesn't have a lot of scrapping going on...but I was sooo proud, cuz i finally used one of my hamster stickers!!

this one I did quite a bit...adding the washi, the cow and the card...kinda low on pics on this page....

and this is one of my faves...but cannot post all of  it cuz dgd is just wearing a diaper...guess she is dressed Indiana country style.  but I did love the mason jar paper and the stamps. (Newton's Nook)   

I still have blank spaces in my pockets, but guess as I do more of them, I will get better at it.

I was inspired by a thread on 2 peas to re-organize my kits.  I have been subscribing for years.  First it was Bad Girls, till she stopped (siiiigh, I loved those kits) Now it is Scrapbook Circle which I also love, her taste is what I like...before I had them stored in these oversize bins...

found these on  They are sized 14x14 so Iris bins fit in them!
Now they are catagorized by 'brands' (Teresa Collin, Sassafrass kits) feminine, neutral, themes, and masculine.  With one bin fairly open...right now it has packs that have multiples of one sheet.  I don't buy many of those, but did pick up a couple at last Expo.  I do like to keep my kits together, as when I pull them out to use, I like that they have embellies already pre-done for me.
This last area is then next to be tackled, At Expo I started dgs's 1st need to work on finishing those layouts.  I use the center table in my room as a catch all for current project.
The piles, containers and even Iris cases on the floor are all baby boy stuff.  Still need to work on this process.   But it is next.  

Saturday, August 22, 2015

'fess up Friday, a day late...ha!

I've decided to do a 'fess up Fridays for my scrapbook shopping.  I was doing sooooooo good in 2015, then Expo opened a floodgate of shopping...before, during and now after.  So I figure if I log it, have to see it, maybe I'll slow it down.  So, 'fess up Friday for the week ending Friday Aug 21...

Amazon had these MME cards on sale...from @ $3 to $ of course had to pick up a few packs.
But look, even as I took the pic of the purchase, I had a layout that I could use one on!  Now that layout pictured is not yet glued down (I wasn't sure about the yellow)...but that Memories card did work!

There was a thread on 2 peas refugees about taking apart your kits, and someone linked in about these for storage...not sure if they will work for me for kit storage,esp at @$9 for a pair...but thinking good for kit taking to crops....and this upcoming crop, I do need to pack 'kits' as I am not going to have much space.

And of course, Newton's Nook...siiiiiigh.   I have a Newton addiction.  I mean isn't the business card they sent adorable.   "Hope you enjoy getting your paws inky" picked up their dies that go with a stamp set I have...and of course mermaid stamps.  I seem to have an addiction for all things mermaid these days.  

And here is a b-day card I made with another mermaid stamp set.  The one I got at expo...though the fintastic birthday sentiment came from Newton.  The colors are copic, except the tail..that is Spectrum Noir... and the background is gelatos...I do love them gelatos.   One Expo class I am really glad I took.

And used mermaids on these layouts.  Same pic going in each of the granddaughter's books.

the one on the left is Mermaid Anya...and the other is one I got at Expo...can't think of the name...sooo cute!   

Monday, August 17, 2015

Pocket Pages from Friday Expo

At Expo, I like to bring a different project per day.  Maybe I have a slight case of scrappin' ADD and would get bored with 3 days of the same project.  Day one was my oldest dgd's 2014 book and Friday, Day 2 was Kyleigh (dgd#2) 2014 book.  I am doing her in a partial regular 12x12 and pocket pages...Dgd's #1's first year was 3 books I am hoping if I do pocket pages, I get more pics in less pages.  So far, I seem to be doing okay with it...only one book so far, and I am in October.

This was the first I did over the weekend from a trip to Oregon, needs some journaling

this is full pocket pages.  I find I take more time doing these than regular.  But I should use more of the cards made for pocket pages, and then maybe I will take less time.  I sure buy enough.

While at Expo, had the chance to use some tools at the tool station.  Used the Cricut, I bring my own matt, but only once.  This is one of the first crops where I did not use the cricut a lot.  But my Gypsy is broken, I cannot get the images to size...note to self, see if it can be fixed.  siiiiigh

Also used the wireless photo printer, Canon it was so cool.  I have an Android, so had to download and App, set up the wireless and printed my pic.  It is the one of my grandson you can see in the blog header.  If only I had wireless at home, I would seriously consider it.  (I know so dark ages, only landlines at home)

But I did buy myself, from Amazon after the crop, a new embosser... Cuttlebug...wanted to use one at Expo, but one of the plates 'walked away'...but I did watch the volunteer use the electronic embosser. 

I looked around the Expo, but could not find any for sale.  Got this because I am still on the old red Sizzex at home...hoping this is more portable ... I've only embossed, not cut yet,  I do like it so far...

This weekend my grandaughters came over and we did a li'l crafting.  I have a small table set up for Kyleigh, the younger...but she made an 'executive decision' and moved her stuff to my workstation...guess she likes the pink rolling chair.

As long as she was 'crafting' I did not mind, okay, I did not mind at all...she is too adorable to get mad she did play with stickers.

and here is the page Adriana made...she prefers to take a pic and surround it with stickers, stickles and bling... 

Okay, next post will post some pics of the pages I made for dgs #1's new book.  Finally started!  

Sunday, August 9, 2015

EXPO!!! Part 1

What a terrific weekend, though I 'overpacked' as usual.  Seriously, it took me two trips to the car...1 wagon, 2 XL totes and several bags.  And another trip with hotel on Thursday, I got my workout going to.

And Saturday, got my work out...packing up.  On Saturday, had to add another trip to with the shopping, one does always leave with more than you bring.  

My car as I was leaving, this is just first layer in the back...also had stuff in front seat and one of the back seats...left the other open, as I was taking dgs to his parent's work on the way to the Expo.

My workstation Saturday evening...

Thursday night is the make and take type of crop, several vendors give you a project to highlight their product.   I admit toward the end of the evening, I stopped doing the projects.  It was my first chance to create all year, and I really wanted to concentrate on doing layouts.

My first scrapbook layout in 2015

Thurs night concentrated on my dgd Adriana's book...starting with the trip we took to Oregon
the following Layout is a fave...just love the pic of her and her sis on the driftwood 'throne'...and the Mermaid Anya stamp is a fave ..she is from The Greeting Farm...Which reminds me, I want to order Kimono Anya (she was not in the booth this year)

Even though one packs a ton of still don't have enough, so the layout below needs to be completed at home.  But got the basics done.

and cuz you gotta, here are the purchases.  Now because of make and take, also had a bag of projects...  MY purchases.  Every year I like to get an Anya stamp, a Sherri Baldy My-Besties stamp, and stamps from Rubbernecker..just love the booth.  (Rubbernecker are the stretchy cat, and bird stamps)  An I sub to The Stamps of Life, but I like to stop by the booth each year to get the dies and completer for a fave set...this year it was the whales.  

This was from one of the projects I did had the yellow..Chalk $3 each, I HAD to get more!!  

One of my addiction is paper collections.  the bottom 3 are Authentique...let's just say, in my storage, I am starting a new Authentique space...and Simple Stories  

My friend Nancy loves to go to the booth where you can buy packs of pp (the same design) for $4 each...and then the price goes down the more paper you buy.. This year they had October Afternoon and Echo Park... I did break down and buy 2 packs of them...on the bottom of this pic...the rest, Nancy shared a couple of pages from her packs with me.  (she bought over 40).  Yes, she does realize this is an addiction.  But to her credit she knew how much space she had on her shelf .

And I will call this "Winners and Losers"

This is my 'winner', won this as a door prize in the one class I took ....

"losers'...the one class I took.  It was the Latest and Greatest Pocket Page class...$47
Got over $80 in product...a 3x4 punch (which I had so I gave it to Nancy)...Echo Park calander set (which I kind of Liked)  and then 2 other sets...Prima (liked the cards, thought pack with feathers and chipboard was gaudy)  Like the You and Me set  (but only had a couple of pages)(not the complete collection)

 ...but the projects in the class...siiiiiiiigh, it was one of those set projects that you follow along.  One was a mini album using 3x4 cards.  In bottom corner, cute and bright okay...then the "pocket page' was top corner...about food?  and gave us the project sheet to follow which was basically cutting down the card page and inserting...what?  For one this does not look like the project advertised.  So I felt cheated by this 'class'.   Very disappointed.  And $47 down the drain.

Okay, gotta go to bed, work day starts early tomorrow.  Hopefully can work on Part 2...and post some pics of some of those layouts.  The next couple of days, worked on the other grandbabies first year book, and these are a combo of 12x12 and pocket page layouts.