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.

Friday, July 31, 2015

been packing for Expo...sooooo excited

Yesterday was an 'odd' day for me, got to babysit my dgd, Kyleigh (@ 2) and my dgs, Jase (4 months), instead of the usual work from the other kids' home.

My son and ddil went to the memorial for Sgt. Lunger in Oakland.  My son is a police officer in the area, and knew Sgt Lunger.  They did not get home till close to 9pm.   It was a loooooong day.
for those out of the Bay Area, Sgt Lunger is the Hayward police officer who was shot during a traffic stop.

Luckily, Kyleigh's mom set it up so I could tag team with a friend, Tammy.  2 grandma's spending the day with the 2 babies.  Fun!  Today, Jase's  parents took today off,  as family drove in from Oklahoma for the I have today off, my 'normal' job is to watch the baby and do some accounting work from their home.   (my oldest granddaughter, age 6,  took off with another friend and had a date day with her and 3 other kids)

Of course, as ya'll know a day off, does not translate to a day OFF.  It means doing the laundry, housework you put off all week because you are not home to do it.  So, though I got to sleep in till 6am...I have been going all morning.   But did get freezer and fridge and pantry cleaned of expired food, grocery list, bank deposit ready, laundry in dryer, dishes in dishwasher started, cat boxes are cleaned.   siiiigh.

and I've been packing for Expo...did this part last weekend.

An Idea that I once saw for Washi,  the loops are a little big on this 'caribiner with wire' set up, so could only use the wider tapes.  Will probably bring something for the smaller ones....don't know yet.
Been toying with the idea of one of those old fashioned straw holders...but at Expo, don't want to have too much taking up too much table space....ya know?

Today has been some embellies, like the washi, last minute pics, and charging what needs to be charged.   Camera, portable charger for phone, Gypsy...

Gosh, almost overwhelmed, going to be able to be creative.  Wow, time set aside...I am looking so forward to this.  Only problem, I have been shopping like crazy for it.  Aren't I supposed to shop there?    But put in an order for baby boy stuff on more washi thru Etsy...have a couple of Echo Park kits coming from Amazon.   siiiiiigh 

I will be a concentrating  on grandkids.   I will work on the 2 girls, Thurs night and Friday. on the baby boy on Saturday.  (next year that will be boys, as there is another one 'in the oven' so to speak). Thurs night can be a bit hard to get pages done, as it is the make and take crop and vendors do mini demos.   Not that I do not like the demos, do learn new products and stuff...just makes it tough to get layouts done.  

A problem, I cannot find a couple of 'idea books'  Now with moving the crop room, I guess that is to be expected.  One of the ones I cannot find is the Kiwi Lane Idea book, I worked their booth last year specifically to get that book...and other product...but I cannot find it.   It actually was very fun booth to work...but did not sign up for anything (even classes) this year.  Just wanna crop (and shop) and hang out with 'the girls'...yay!

Monday, July 27, 2015

summer church hop

I teach Sunday School...and don't get me wrong, I love the kids and love doing it.  BUT we go to a small church that only has one service.  So, when you teach kids, you don't get to participate in church.   Now, for  the younger kids, there is a rotating teacher schedule.  Where you teach every other Sunday, (though with a lack of volunteers, even that has been sidelined)  but for  my class...nope.  It is hard to get people to volunteer for children's church when there is only one service and double hard to get people to volunteer for my age..4th thru 6th grade.  Most parents want a 'break' from their kids Sunday morning..and don't want to be in the classroom. 
(I do have a terrific assistant...he is a former youth leader...but he has a busy schedule and comes in when he can)

But this summer  Children's church has been suspended.  Lack of volunteers.  So, I've had a couple of months off.  Well, except the Sundays the kids and I decide to meet for a special project.

The other Sundays, dh and I have been going on our own church-hop.   Not with the goal of leaving our church, but to see and hangout with our friends around town who go to other churches.  (though there is a serious shake up going on at our church, for those of you who might like to pray for us...pray for God's will and His Spirit)

First  was the Covenant Church...dh is good friends with the pastor and a few men from a community Bible Study he attends.  It was cool.  They had a missionary family that the pastor 'interviewed' ....  they are in Tanzania, Africa.  But, we will probably be back to hear a sermon.  They have a weekly 'potluck' and get together after service. 

Then, a hop to our own church, with me upstairs I haven't heard a sermon.  It was the start of a series on Matthew...what did Jesus say about ______?   I liked it, it was a good sermon. Kinda wish I could hear the series (good thing they post online)

 Then we visited the church we went to when we first moved to town.  First Baptist.  So good to see old friends, as one of the gals said, it felt like a 'reunion'.  Just loved seeing their grown kids and the next generation, their grandbabies.  siiiiiiiigh.    Again, the pastor did not preach, had a guest speaker...but he was good.  About being content not apathetic.  I was thinking about what he said the next day, so to me, that was a good sermon.  This is a church where everyone hangs out after. It was that way 20 years ago when we went.  What is most exciting to me is seeing the next generation taking ministry into their hands.  The kids my son went to Youth Group with are the ones running the yearly VBS and children ministries on Sunday. 

Last Sunday, the Christian Fellowship.   Very cool, we got to see 2 young people get baptized.  Very warm, friendly people.  Lots of positive energy, and I liked the worship...simple but heartfelt...I got tearful  while singing Oceans.  Dh knows quite a few through his work for the local homeless shelter.   The sermon was on Psalm 91...simple, heartfelt, to the point...we really enjoyed it.  They had a bbq after...but we did not stay.

Fun thing about summer church hopping, sometimes there is food involved!  ha!

So, back to our church next Sunday.  Told the kids we would get together to chalk paint jars.  I also gave them a month assignment of spending time getting to know Jesus.  I have been reading Matthew for myself and a couple of books.   I also bought them Max Lucado books...thinking of doing a 'right/left' game to give them away.

Then back to Covenant to hear dh's friend teach...and a visit to our kid's 'mega church' in the next town.   And that should take care of our church-hop.

Sunday, July 26, 2015


After 10 years in the home, we are going thru room by room and making changes.

First and wonderful step was moving the my scraproom.  I now have the 'suite'...which means my own bathroom also.  ha!    Only problem, not much scrapping bing done.  DGD has named it the 'girl cave' though, now that I have a grandson, we will need to change it.

I got the suite with one condition, scrap stuff can no longer be piled up throughout the house, I had it in the hallway, office, front room.... Now it is pretty much consolidated.  I little still in the hallway.

So, I've created 'stations' throughout the main room.  This is my 'other crafts'...with emphasis on Sunday School prep.  Right now it is full of jars and my chalk paint.

This is my 'stamping' station.   Though a lot of stamps are stored in the upper cabinets.  Having a friend who was a Stampin Up consultant is dangerous for the collector minded.

General view when you walk into my room.

shelves next to the door.  flowers, ribbon, buttons, mainly
of course, small tv for dvd's and mini boom box for music

the wall with my Sunday School, stamping stations

cabinets directly across from those stations.  need Stickles?  this is the place to go.
in the Binders are some of my acrylic stamps.  I belong to a stamp club, Stamps of Life, my Prima Paper dolls, and mini stamps in baseball card pages.  

Work stations!  Mine is the one directly in front, Dgd's is to the side (she has the puppy and mermaid pic flanking her spot)  Those uppers are filled withStampin Up stamps and Inks.

Center station, where I keep what I am working on currently, (this was a mini book filled with the Wishes for Baby cards for my grandson)  and a small desk for dgd #2, so she can have 'her space' when visiting.  Not that she is one for sitting...siiiiigh.  Just to the side you can see my cricut cutting station.  Also has an Ikea cart, with Slice stuff too.

Off the room is a hallway, was a separate entry for the suite when used by my mom.  These are my cricut carts...Organized by type and yes, alphabetically, but I am not OCD. On the side walls I have the Ikea curtain rods with clips, going to put up layouts.   As soon as I can get them out of storage.

this is the former bedroom of the suite, now storage.  Papers, albums, idea books, embellies

When my ddil walked in for the first time, her comment "Now you ARE crazy"  ha!!

I have other curtains, these are my dd's ...  Mine are an old Chinese print!!  But gotta get the guys to switch the hardware.  

Closet...crop stuff and some sewing room for a sew spot...yet!

and cuz I did not want to end the pics with an ugly closet...a vase I painted for dgd#2, cuz every 18 month old needs a vase!!!   Just an old spaghetti jar using chalk paints.

Right now, Dh is having all our wires put into the walls, so no more tripping on wires around computers and tvs.  Just about every room is affected and boy, what a mess they are making.  But I tell myself it is like road work, will be worth it when they are done.

Next area is the hallway leading into the suite.  We are deciding on some shelving.  I have old, really old, Ethan Allen shelves that were my dad's.  I remember them from his house when I was in high school.  and how many years is that?  But it is time to update.  And being a scrapper...I can take pics and do a layout about the memories.    

 Dh is wanting built ins ... I am pushing for one of those old library bookshelves with the ladder on a track.   like this...