Monday, May 29, 2017

Reclaiming my scrap space - hooray!!

The crazy weather was in Feb, but we are just now starting to remove sandbags and put things back within the house.   Figuring we are not going to flood....ooooooh, I hope that is right.

Not done, yet.  Still have a couple more boxes at a friend's house, one more at the kids'....and that may be it!  wow.

Last week I started by taking things off 3 tables that were just 'off the floor'. Not packed just stacked.  I could walk in my hallway and small room again!!


This is before I received the bins that were at our friends' house, the one filled with completed albums.   So, it is not going to stay that empty looking.  ha!

This weekend, our friends brought by 4 of the bins...and I have been orgainzing what was in bins here.  This is the entry wall.  Flower collections, ribbons, buttons project life.  The button area was redone this morning.  (after pics)  Thinking of putting a curtain over the entertainment section in the middle.



I kept a table to use as a work island, this is in front of it.  A cutting station so to speak... in the cubbies are cricut/slice/punches.   



and on top some of the buttons (man, really wanted to get it all on one shelf, but oh well) and kiwi lane templates.


Karen!  put away your tool.  This is the revamped button and project life shelf.  Put my 6x6 pads with project life, cuz that is why I buy them...for pocket pages.  

This is the biggest change area...bought the cubbies and now it holds ephemera and embellies that are organized by catagory.  (some of these were on the metal shelves in the 2nd pic...that area is now my 'other' crafts spot. (NSBR if you are a 2 Pea Refugee)



and the area facing it.  Won't stay clear for long...but looks pretty nice now.


Okay, will probably keep updating and have 3 more bins of stuff coming.  ha!!


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Birthday Month

I not only jumped out of the no spend freezer...I locked that thing up with padlocks!  (will go back in for June).  BUT it is my birthday month, so that is 'allowed'...riiiiiiight??

I started of early with this purchase of TGF Anya stamps from a Facebook Swap and Sell Group...


found this at a Marshalls and now it is my Anya and Ian stamp collection holder....will need another, as my Unity stamp collection is also growing by leaps and bounds.  and CTMH and Fun Stamper's Journey and Newton's Nook...yikes


So went a little shopping crazy, but I only took pics of the 'bigger items'.  
The haul of Unity stamps...hey, it was a one day half price sale!!   

A sampling of the Oxide Distress inks I've been hearing so much about


and an 'indulgence'...MINC.  I did not figure on getting this, till I saw and HSN demo...and I figured...its my birthday..and the granddaughters are gonna love it...so why not?


I got to spend last Sunday making cards from the Fun Stamper's Journey Bloom kit....


and ta da...using something very old.  Last month I posted a pic of a layout I was struggling with...

I knew I wanted these papers, but could not put them together...then I pulled out my old corregator...and

the final layout.  Instead of the metal embellies, found some wood.


Went to a crop earlier this month...BUT all my albums (filled and empty) are being stored at a friend's house from the Feb flood prep.   BUT did buy new albums (from HSN) and hopefully will be able to put those layouts in albums and finish any embellishing and get some pics...  

Happy May to y'all...ain't it the best month EVER!  ha!!



Sunday, April 23, 2017

April's subs and purchases...kinda...

Start with subs...

Scrapbook Circle,  pretty kit, showed both sides of the pp's...


 Gossamer Blue...also love it...



Bloom Box from Fun Stampers Journey...love the dinosaurs, very useable with 3 grandsons.

purchased in March (so I was not on freeze at the time, but delivered in April)
from a Facebook Scrapbook Swap and Shop group...Stampin Up pens


A Cherry on Top....



And a friend was cleaning out her scraproom, ,  I had showed an interest in a larger die cutter/embosser so she offered me her old one...with all these dies...and  a bag, for $50....could not resist


I was supposed to be back on a no spend freeze for April, but that darn Facebook group...
cannot resist The Greeting Farm Anya stamps...so, I am calling it an early birthday gift.

(she sent me the extra images and some page dots as a birthday gift...love them)

So, back on my freeze for April.. Just one little fall off the wagon...well, the diecutter was also an  April purchase...so 2 falls off the wagon.  But back on.  

May is a tough one, as it is my birthday month...and there is a crop coming up in 2 weeks.
Did I say crop!   I meant crop camp!  2 weeks!!  Started packing today.  Ooooooh my!!!!
I am only doing boy projects, so you pack less...don't need the bling, flowers, ribbon...right??? HA!!!

   






Thursday, April 6, 2017

Got to scrap a little this past weekend,

and yes back on a spending freeze.  Probably just for the month of April.  Good news, for me, many of the things I ordered back in March are still on their way....ha!  Can't really freeze in May, it is my birthday month.

So, for April, I created my own little 'bash challenge' like the one on 2 Peas Refugees...Pretty much just grabbed 10 items I don't use very much and put in a basket...6x6 papers (I think they came as a freebie with an order from Etsy), a border punch, some chipboard, some Queen and Co retro looking sequins, outline stickers, paper clips, blue star pins, green sparklies and red (lips) eyelets.
I put them in this basket and keep them at hand.   AND

it worked!  I am using them!! I knew I would be working on Christmas 2015, so I also stamped up these images and kept them on hand.  I actually stumbled on this by accident.  While in Tahoe last December, I stamped up some images for grandkids to color.  They did not use all of them, so I kept those on my desk...and ended up using them.  So, did it again this month (think I will every month) as a way to USE my very extensive stamp collection.   In case you were wondering these are Newton's Nook.



 This layout used the 6x6 pages and the bird outline sticker.   The green icicles were the borders pulled off the page for the glittery wish sticker (from last month's HSN purchase.  Just experimenting.




not a good pic, but can see I used the Queen and Company sparklies on the bottom left.  My brain cannot remember what that fused envelope thingy it is in is called.  (it is almost my bedtime)


This layout uses the border punch, (along the inside right) and one of the dachsund stamps



So I can say, 2015 is done for 3 out of 4 grandkids (#5 wasn't born till 2016)
one more!  
But here is where I stopped.  I was really 'fighting" this combo of papers.  The solid color is a Navy
you can see the Navy better in the next page (my next pic)  under the burgandy.   I love the combo of gold/bugandy/navy...but for some reason could not make it work in the above page.  

So had to walk away...give it fresh eyes later.


Well, gotta admit, worried about the weekend.  Guess some major storms are expected with some 50mph winds.  The river behind is is now down @5ft from it's highest in Feb.  So hopefully don't have to face any floods...but guess this is a good 'test run'.

yikes!



Sunday, March 26, 2017

shopping, maybe be back on freeze April 1...ha!

I have been enjoying my forays into scrapbook shopping.  Addicting, really

HSN...All Occassion Dazzles...blingy, shimmery, glittery stickers.  Will share most of them with the granddaughters.

 Newton's nook stamps and dies (sorry pic is kinda dark)  Darn that Newton!  ha!!  I just LOVE these stamps.
 Another HSN, We Are Memory Keeper's frame punch...so I decided to play with this one this afternoon....

It is kinda cool to make frames for pics...though I like matting also.  But sometimes I only have 1 piece of a pp...and since I scrapbook like a 2 pager, I gotta figure out a way to make that pp stretch.  Cuz I was unsure, I practiced with a brown cardstock.    


So I was able to make a 1" frame from a 12x12 piece of paper...1" is the max...I would kinda like to make bigger frames, but can work with this.

and here is the innard.  


kinda like the corners.  

So here is the completed layout...inserting a pp into the frame.
3 of the pics are matted...while bottom right is another frame I made.  I liked it cuz it covered me...only part of my face is showing and I am wearing a hot pink shirt.  So between frame and turkey,I am covered and focus is on Kyleigh.

And though not yet glued down, this is the facing page.  Just flipped the pp for the green woodgrain and used that 'innard' from the frame punch under the pics.   


Finding my Christmas embellies was a hoot.  They are all packed away in a bin...and it took awhile to figure out which bin.  But found them!  I haven't glued it down, cuz I am kinda hoping to find a Christmas embellie with a touch of orange to coordinate with the other page.  We will see.

So, yay! got a couple of pages done AND best of all played with a new toy!   


Saturday, March 25, 2017

March Subs and Club

and my spending freeze is off!   But I need to get back on...next month, next month...ha!

Club, last month for a while...Stampin Up, admit, I went a little crazy, but the Sale A Bration is still going on...so pfffft.  love that corally color...

Jouney Bloom Box...this month it is about 'puns'.   Thinking it will be good cards for the guys, esp. DH


Gossamer Blue, the goodies 


and the cards...  Some on 2 Peas Refugees (there is a thread about G.B) don't like the pink...but I LOVE these colors.  And just love that even the goodies are original to  GB.   LOVE LOVE LOVE




Scrapbook Circle is extra fun this month.  



even love the 'b' side.  To me a very useable kit.


okay, also been shopping but don't have all the pics.   My scraproom is still a mess...but hoping to spend some time creating this weekend.   I get to babysit this evening....in Livermore, so hoping to do a bit of shopping...can we say Home Goods and Kohls this afternoon.   


We reconnected with old friends.  We had lost touch with, but not really.  (does that make sense?).   It has been years since we last sat down with them, but last night we had dinner together and it was like we had seen each other yesterday.  Facebook helps!  We have been keeping up through FB.  BUT so good to see them and talk with them again.  

I did get to do a bit of crafting for last weekend's birthday party for my grandson, Jase.

Dd and Ddil finished it off with the streamers and balloons.  


okay, toodles!! have a great weekend...I plan to!  ha!!!