Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Choose Five Challenge

So, I mentioned last week that I am on a spending freeze (mostly...).  I really want to start tackling some of the supplies I rarely use, so I've created for myself a "Choose Five Challenge".

Now I can't claim that I completely invented this concept.  I remember someone posting something like this sometime ago on Two Peas (let's all pause for a brief moment of silence in its memory....)


But I loved the idea of challenging myself to use those oft-neglected items in my stash.  So, I'm going to give this a whirl.  And if I get any scrap time in anytime in the near future, I'll post some of my results.

What this entails, for me anyway, is posting a list of items I'd like to start using more of on my layouts.  I'll stick this puppy up somewhere near my scrap desk.  From said list, I shall choose five items to incorporate into the layout I'm working on at that time.

My list:

Washi Tape
Wood Veneer
Enamel Dots
Silhouette Cut File
Old Buttons
Old Brads
Old Stickers
Old Letter Stickers
Sew Fun Banner

I have tons and tons of stamps.  I have no idea what to do with them most of the time, so guess what?  I never use them.  I forget about most of the other items on the list or I'm just super lazy in my process and avoid them.  Especially my Silhouette.  I have a monthly subscription.  I almost always use up all the credit given me every month.  But then I don't actually get around to cutting shizz out.  So, I'm going to make an effort to use those files more frequently.

What are some things that you need to remind yourself to use more often in your layouts?

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Just For Kicks

Full Disclosure:  December Daily 2014 is nearing completion.  December Daily 2013 isn't complete.  I think I just wasn't feeling it that year.  Late 2013 was a weird, weird time in my life.  And what I have completed, I'm super unhappy about.  

Anyway...I say all that to say this:  While my 2014 album is still incomplete, I do have a few shots to share, so thought I would do that now.  You know...just to keep my blog somewhat alive and kickin'.  Or at least keep the very faint pulse of it all chugging along before it just sees it's end.  ;)

These are not the best quality photos, as I snapped them with my phone while I was in the process of creating them several weeks ago, but they give you an idea of what I've been up to.  The middle photo shows an album sized envelope into which I slip little trinkets of the season - tickets, gift tags, etc.  

Stay tuned...I'll be back in the next couple of weeks with photos of my completed album...it'll be Christmas all over again, friends!  

Thanks for reading!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Hello Again!

Well, hey kids!  It's been quite sometime since I've posted, I know.  I think I've just decided to hide myself away a bit from all the blogging madness.  It's a new year, folks and I have some resolutions.  I won't bore you with the details of all of them,  but I will tell you that one of my biggest resolutions pertains to my crafting budget....specifically my scrapbooking budget.

I'm sure many of you share the same addiction to the purchasing of scrapbooky goodness that I do.  I love, love, love me some pretty paper and embellishments and stamps and so on...but I realized as I was working on my 2014 December Daily project (it's still not finished), that I really don't need to buy any more Christmas products for next year's album...and maybe not for 2016...or 2017 either!

With that thought, came this thought...I am almost drowning in supplies.  I spend probably $1,000 or more annually on scrapbooking products, many of which I never get around to using.  I'm currently working on becoming as close to debt-free as I can be and will be moving into (and furnishing) a new apartment in the next few months.  Additionally, I'm on the precipice of deciding whether or not I want to be a mom before it's too late.  So, I've learned the art form of "budgeting".  With that, I've decided I'm going to have a scrapbooking purchase free year.*

*with a few exceptions.

I belonged to two kit clubs.  I have canceled those memberships.  Mostly the kits, as beautiful as they are, have been sitting undisturbed in their little plastic bags for 3...4....6 months or more.  I've spent today going through the vast majority of my crafting supplies and my patterned paper alone (the vast majority of which is from 2012 or later) - if i were to stack it, I'd say there would be EASILY 4 feet of 12 x 12 PATTERNED paper.  That doesn't include the other 6 inch stack of 6x6 and 8x8 paper I own, nor does that include solid cardstock.

I have so many embellishments it has become overwhelming trying to decide what to use on which layout.  I didn't even know what all I had!  It, too, has been sorted and I now have a better idea of what I have.

My Thickers take up an entire shelf on my Raskog cart, as do my washi tapes.  I have Project Life kits and embellishments that do nothing but collect dust, because...let's be honest...PL has not been touched by me since January of last year.

And I haven't even mentioned my growing stash of yarn that I use to support my recent knitting and crocheting habits....though other than the 10 uncompleted projects I have already started, all those other balls and skeins are just resting and waiting for the chance at the needles or hook.

I have so much STUFF.  What I have may not seem like a lot to many other scrappers and crafters, but it does not really mesh well with my tiny living space.  And when I move, while I fully intend to create a full-on craft room, I still don't want to be overrun by crafting supplies.  Additionally, having SO much to choose from, SO many options sometimes makes starting a new project or layout rather intimidating.

So, I've regrouped my paper.  I'm using the same system I've been using for sometime - I organize alphabetically by manufacturer and then by line.  My patterned paper collection has spilled over into a third basket, however.

My embellishments are now grouped by the following categories:  3D flowers, flair & wood veneer, stickers (large sheets in one basket, smaller sheets in another), chunky embellishments, tags & labels, envelopes & pockets, bling, brads & buttons, ribbons & twine, frames & overlays.

I also reorganized my yarn and grew that stash into a bigger basket (not counting the three smaller bins that already housed said collection).  My four year old niece is staying with me during our winter break from school, so needless to say, she's been a tremendous asset in all of this!

Now...my scrapbooking (crafting) spending freeze has the following rules...meaning, these are the ONLY things I can purchase until 2016....and yes, I did just get a little nauseated from panic as I typed that.  Just in case anyone is concerned.

1.  Adhesive - ATG refills, glue dots, pop dots, glue, doublesided tape
2.  Solid cardstock - white, vanilla, kraft, and black only
3.  Albums and album refills, on an as needed basis only.  No albums just for fun or because "it's so cute!"
4.  Journaling pens.  Though I don't really see this being a need this year, I've put it here in case of emergencies!  lol  Again, on an as needed basis only.
5.  Photo processing - whether it be refills for the Selphy or sending my photos in to be printed.  Next year, I might challenge myself to finish scrapbooking all my printed photos BEFORE printing more, but that's a little more than I can chew this year.
6.  Other crafting supplies for specific purposes (non-scrapbooking related) - ie...yarn for a specific knitting or crocheting project that is to be started within the three days following purchase, though, again, I don't really see this being a need for a good few months, if at all.

Though I do get a tad nervous thinking about not buying any fun scrapbooking supplies this next year, I think this will really help whittle down my stash AND help me to have some cash for moving purchases (and did I mention the Disney Cruise to Alaska this summer?)

So, your turn....what are some craft-related resolutions you've made for this new year?

Thanks for reading!  Until we meet again, my friends!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Scrap Your Scraps: Using Your Ribbon, Buttons, & Brads

Hi all!  I have a new post up on the Scrap Your Scraps blog today about organizing, storing, AND using all those ribbons, buttons, and brads we all seem to have lying around our crafty spaces.

Here's a preview:

Please stop by and check it out!  

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!  I still hold out a smidge of hope that I may one day join your ranks!

In honor of Mother's Day, I bring you a recent layout featuring my own precious, sweet, wonderful, loving mom!


This was a very simple, color blocked layout that came together quickly.  I recently got in a big order of *ahem* much needed  scrapbooking supplies from A Cherry on Top and had so much fun playing with them last weekend.  The papers I chose come from Studio Calico's Wanderlust collection.

The story behind the photo:  Just a quick snapshot of my mom in front of one of the facades at Disney's Hollywood Studios at WDW - aren't you shocked this is another WDW layout?? - last June.

Supplies:  patterned paper - Studio Calico; chipboard elements - Crate Paper;  brad - October Afternoon; sequins - Lawn Fawn;  die cuts - Crate Paper, October Afternoon, Studio Calico; wood veneer - Studio Calico; letter stickers - Basic Grey

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Scrap Your Scraps!

I am so excited to be a contributor to this brand new blog!  Please stop by and check it out.  There are lots of great things happening at Scrap Your Scraps, so stay tuned!!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Happy NSD!

Hi all...It has been months since I've posted anything new.  Life has simply gotten in the way!  I've been scrapbooking quite a bit lately, but I've also started knitting again.  I'll be posting those projects too.  Right now I'm on a scarf knitting kick.  I really want to learn how to crochet, but beyond making my first chain, I can't get it figured out!  If you have any good crocheting links, please feel free to share!

Meanwhile, here's my first posted layout in some time!


I don't do many two pages layouts anymore and in fact, now find them very intimidating despite the fact that I used to be pretty much exclusively a two-page scrapbooker.

I loved these photos of my niece, The Musher, that I took of her playing with her Dora the Explorer cash register last spring.  (BTW, you'll be seeing that Minnie Mouse shirt in a lot of my layouts.  I bought it for her in Dublin in 2012 and she got quite a bit of mileage from it - including when we went to WDW last summer).

I'm super in love with American Crafts #Summer line and created this layout using mostly products from that line.  It's definitely in my top 5 favorite lines EVER!  

Supplies:  patterned paper - American Crafts; die cuts - American Crafts, Crate Paper, Elle's Studio, Studio Calico; chipboard heart - October Afternoon; letter stickers - American Crafts;  flair - American Crafts; button - Jillibean Soup; brad - Echo Park; stars - Studio Calico; flag - Basic Grey

Thanks for stopping by!