Wednesday, March 30, 2011

WOYWW - Playing Hooky

Normally I would be posting a photo of my craft table, but that would be completely boring today, as it is totally empty. Zip. Zilch. Nada. But I have a good excuse. I spent a few hours yesterday with some good friends at Treasure Mart, a downtown consignment shop. Plenty of stuff to see in here and much more interesting than my bare scrap space.
Confession: I am not a a flea market shopper. Too much stuff and I'm not really into vintage. Just wanted to hang out with my girlfriends. So I took my little camera to keep myself amused. Tried to pretend I knew what I was doing.
And then I saw this from across the room. 
A curio cabinet that would be perfect in my dining room and rescue my glass pieces from storage oblivion in the basement.
What do you think? Should I go back and snatch this up before someone else does?

"What's On Your Workday Wednesday" is a weekly event where over one hundred crafters show and tell what's going on in their corners of the world. You can go to Julia's blog for more glimpses of our creative endeavors.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Counterfeit Kit Blog Hop

Welcome to the Counterfeit Kit March Blog Hop! If you're here out of order and want to start the blog hop from the beginning, please go to Counterfeit Kit Challenge to find the starting line. Since you're likely following the blog hop trail, I'll keep this short and sweet.  The mini challenge was to Scraplift Yourself. So here is my original layout.....
 ..... and my scraplift. I kept the background elements and photo placement the same. The colors are different, of course, and I changed the location of my title and journaling.
Now, that was fun! Why don't I do this more often? (both scraplift myself and participate in blog hops, that is) The next person on the list is Melissa over at The Scrappy Jedi. May the scrapping force be with you!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Using My Counterfeit Kit

This month I'm participating in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge. I chose the Studio Calico add-on kit, Sunny Clearing, because I liked the bright colors and smaller number of items. Here's my kit, which includes papers from Crate Paper, Basic Grey, Fancy Pants and KI Memories.
I don't usually start with product, so I chose to make a few cards this first time around and not stress about making a scrapbook layout. Didn't have to mess with photos, journaling, title. Just played with the paper!

The design of these thank you cards is a total scraplift from this blog post. Thanks, Lisa!

So that was fun! I even had enough supplies (and confidence) leftover to go ahead and attempt the mini challenge. But, I'm saving that layout for the Blog Hop, so I hope you'll come back next Monday! Okay, I hope you'll come back before then, but you know what I mean.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Scrapping My Stash

Here is my contribution as a member of the Design Team over at Scrap Our Stash. The March Challenge is to dust off that thing you have been ignoring and use it! 
These recent photos of my dad are not the greatest pictures, but they triggered a memory, so I seized the opportunity.

Journaling reads: "I grew up knowing my dad loved to fish. When he had a little free time, he'd head out to Krieger's pond or up to his boat on Lake Erie. Fishing in the surf at Holden Beach was another favorite. I remember one time on vacation, he took us to a trout farm that had just been re-stocked. He spent the day baiting our hooks and we reeled 'em in! I don't think he had any time to fish at all on that day!"

The layout contains older papers from my stash, and the swirl stamp has been hiding out for some time in my supplies. I recently moved my stamps closer to my work area so I'd remember to use them!
You have until the end of the month to give this one a try. There is plenty of design team and reader inspiration posted daily on the Scrap Our Stash blog. This layout reminds me to just tell the story and don't worry if the rest isn't perfect.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Today you're catching me between projects, so there's odds and ends spread out all over my desk. On the left is what remains of my Counterfeit Kit. I made some cards last weekend which I hope to post soon. 

In the middle are 6x6 paper pads from My Mind's Eye and Basic Grey. I'm getting hooked on these. Not only are they great for card making, but the smaller scale is perfect for cutting titles and embellishment with my Slice. I needed a small piece of patterned paper for a layout and was able to use the paper pad instead of cutting into a 12x12 piece. Any one else have tips for using these handy little paper pads?

And on the right are the beginnings of my next scrapbook layout. Photos and a few sketch ideas. Hoping to get started on this later today.

"What's On Your Workday Wednesday" is a weekly event where over one hundred crafters show and tell what's going on in their corners of the world. You can go to Julia's blog for more glimpses of our creative endeavors.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Challenge #100 at Journaling Junkie

Over at Journaling Junkie, in honor of Challenge #100 the journaling prompt is to create a layout about a celebration! Now this one is right up my alley. I have an entire album dedicated to Celebrations. Here's a peek inside.
Those of you using the Library of Memories system will recognize the organization of this album, which includes a title page, dedication page and section pages
My mother in-law's 75th birthday. I love the photo of her, Phil and his brother. (Phil is the one not wearing the bow tie)
Our son and his lovely bride at their wedding reception. A magical evening for us all.
The 50th wedding anniversary of my parents. With the Library of Memories system, it was so easy to lay hands on photos that span the years.
We had a family get together before my nephew headed out to Iraq. I'm happy to report that he is now safely back home.
The most recent high school graduation open house, this time for my nephew. We have celebrated 7 of these and only have 3 more to go!

This is the album I like to take to the latest family gathering. There are layouts from Thanksgiving, Christmas, beach vacations - really anytime we all get together. How do you celebrate extended family in your scrapbook pages? 

Sunday, March 6, 2011

My First Counterfeit Kit

This month I've decided to participate in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge. If you're unfamiliar, every month they choose a kit from a popular kit club for inspiration and challenge you to create a "counterfeit kit", using just supplies you already own. Also included are a few challenges to use your kit, a few tutorials for creating your own embellishments, and a blog hop toward the end of the month for everyone to share their creations. The March Club Kit for inspiration is Studio Calico, with not one, but 5 kits to choose from! I chose the add-on kit, Sunny Clearing, because I liked the bright colors and smaller number of items. Here is the kit from Studio Calico......
And here is my Counterfeit Kit. The papers are from Crate Paper, Basic Grey, Fancy Pants and KI Memories.
I've included Thickers, my own numbers stamps, Basic Grey flowers, a Doodlebug Sweet Shoppe Assortment and some journaling spots I bought at Michael's. (can't remember who makes them)
I plan to use my little kit to make some cards this month, but I'll also keep an open mind to what the Counterfeit Kit blog suggests. More to come!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Design Team Catch Up

Wow, the beginning of the month is busy out here in the blogosphere! I'm a bit behind in bringing you all my design team news and updates, but I'm planning to rectify that situation right now. So here goes-

#1 Earlier in the week, Kathy made this announcement that I was being added as a full Design Team Member at Scrap Our Stash Challenge! (I was one of the Guest Designers for February) The March Challenge is to dust off that thing you have been ignoring, something you've let go by the wayside. It could be a tool, a technique, a supply, a project. Whatever it is, dust it off and use it! You can find the entry details here and daily posts for plenty of inspiration!

#2 The first challenge of the month is up at Journaling Junkie. It's a journaling prompt I submitted as a Design Team Member, based on this layout.
You can see the exact challenge and some of the other Design Team layouts here.

#3 Earlier in the week, I posted this layout for the monthly challenge at Scrapbookers Anonymous. Time to dig out the flowers for this one!

There, all caught up! All of these challenges are inspiring in themselves, but you could easily combine any of them with a sketch or color challenge and make multiple submissions. Great for us multi-taskers! Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Welcome to the Before and After edition of WOYWW! 

I'm currently enrolled in Finding Your Way at Big Picture ClassesThe first lesson is all about prep work Before You Scrap. Karen, our instructor, has broken the lesson into four exercises: What Inspires You, What Stymies Your Creativity, What Are Your Must-Have Elements, and How Do You Decide What Products To Put On A Page.

This led to a minor rearranging of my craft space last weekend.

Before - my main work space had tools within easy reach, but most of my Slice stuff was packed away and a pain to pull out in the middle of making a layout. This was a major creativity bummer, so an expensive tool was left gathering dust. Unacceptable! 
After - not only are my must-have scrapping supplies and tools in this area, I relocated some items to make room for a.......
Slice Station - now everything is out and ready to go! Plus, just looking at this new work station is inspiring me. I've used it already and it's so much easier.
Before - embellishments sorted by color and stored in ten containers, mostly leftover odds and ends from kits. Lots of fun to look at, but not getting much use. I think in color, but tend to look for embellishments by type or size. It's just time to admit that. 

After - a seriously paired down embellishment center, no longer sorted by color (gasp). Ten containers reduced to six!
Disclaimer: these are not ALL the embellishments in my stash. Not even close. I scrap by manufacturer and keep coordinating embellishments with the paper line.
Pairing down and re-grouping my embellishments freed up four containers for my stamp sets! Now I don't have to get up and rummage around my scrap room to find a stamp for a layout or card. I'm reaching for these more often.
Before - three containers filled with leftover brads, buttons, odds and ends that I rarely used. Again, they look good but most of these are pretty old and just don't fit the way I'm scrapping these days.
After - down to one container of buttons that I will use!
Before - bulletin board used as inspiration and ideas for layouts. Looks good, but I was constantly re-working this space more than I was using it. Most of these pages eventually ended up in the trash.
After - bulletin board is now used to hang scrap paper, lists of what I want to scrap, how-to articles. It's more of an information center, right above my main work area.
Ideas from magazines, sketches and design inspiration now have a separate station at the end of my L-shaped desk and on my bookshelf that you can see in the background. Close to my main space, but not in the way. Have you done any tweaking to your craft space lately?

"What's On Your Workday Wednesday" is a weekly event where over one hundred crafters show and tell what's going on in their corners of the world. You can go to Julia's blog for more glimpses of our creative endeavors.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

March Challenge

The March Challenge is up at Scrapbookers Anonymous. This month it's all about flower power. You must use at least 7 flowers on your layout. You can mix up the kinds, but please do not use homemade flowers. The point of this challenge is to use up your existing flower stash! Here's what I came up with. First, I spent an evening just playing with my flower stash to create this assortment. That was so much fun, I left them on my desk for a week or two, loving the eye candy they provided!
But I finally needed to get it in gear and actually create a layout. I used 8 flowers on this page, but if you count each individual layer, I really used up 24 flowers from my stash! (trust me on this one and don't strain your eyes counting)
Design: Shimelle Laine's 4x6 Photo Love January Class over at Two Peas
Paper, Tags, Star Embellishment: Basic Grey Basics
Stamp: Hero Arts
Lettering: Thickers  

I hope you'll consider giving this challenge a try. You have until the end of the month and there is a great prize - new stuff from CHA! You can see that prize and what the rest of the design team came up with here.