Monday, August 18, 2014

altered fun

I have been in a bit of an altered mood lately and what better way to use that inspiration than to make a few books. My girls started back to school and needed small planners. While doing of school supply shopping and looking at some of the planners and calendars they have at the box stores, and their prices, I knew I could make my own. So after some page formatting, I came up with this.

I used old book covers and scrabble boards and my very cool Cinch binding machine. 
I have had this tool for at least 4 years now and I have loaned it out more than I used it. It was my turn! I ended up making 4 of them. And now wish I would have also made myself one at the same time.


With the start of school, some of my favorite supplies end up being on sale! One thing I love and can never seem to get enough of are composition books. Besides the fact that the kids need 3 each for school and we use them for Girl Scouts, I grab them whenever they are on sale. Some stores now have designer composition books, they're cute but not $4.99 cute... 
Back into the craft room... I KNOW I have enough goodies in there to come up with my own designs.

I am part of a pen pal group and a Smashbook RAK group and needed a way to keep track of who and what I mail out, so I created this.

I also created one as a RAK and sent it out to someone from my group. She received it today, so now I can share with you too.



I am actually in the mood to make a few more. But with have to hold off on that for the time being...
I can't find my desk right now...
It is completely buried. 
Time to go clean up.

Supplies used:Scrabble boards, Book Covers, 7 Gypsies Gaffers tape, The Cinch, WRMK, Zutter Coils, Composition Books, Pink Paislee Secret Crush papers & frames, Pink Paislee Portfolio papers, Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go, Basic Grey paper, Assorted washi tape, Thickers

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Did you see it?

Well did you?
July... it came and went in a blink of an eye and I was lucky enough to capture some of it through the shutter of the camera phone.
So this is life...time flies when you are having fun!















Saturday, June 28, 2014

Art Journal time

I think I should give up on the fact that I will have a clean scraproom. I think the only way that will happen is it I pack it all up or stop crafting... not gonna happen... I have just enough space on my desk to work- about an 18x18 clear space.
I call it Creative Chaos... so I better create something I guess.

For the past week I have been slowly working on pages in my Art Journal-
finishing up pages I started months and months ago and even starting something new
I finished up this one the other night. From this to...
 This... Used my Faber Castell gelatos and markers. Awe, summer time...

Then colored it this stetch too. Some gelato and water color and then colored pencils to help with the shadows. I love coloring. To me it's so peaceful. I remember spending afternoons coloring with my kids and it was always awesome to get a new box of crayons!

I worked on this last night and this morning. Started with a base of scraps and then whitewashed over both pages for texture. Then some more paint and some journaling. 

I may just work on something new today... but what??

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Cleaning equals inspiration?

Sounds crazy right? But for me, every time I "plan" to clean the scraproom I seem to get inspired to create something.

Earlier this month I started my "Spring" Cleaning. I got some things cleaned up and cleared out and left  my scraproom to the end. Or better yet, the place I could go and be distracted a bit. I knew it would take the longest. Since I always seem to be in a constant dilemma with every piece of paper and trim I pick up.
In between laundry loads and overheating the paper shredder I went in there to see what or where I could start.
Baby steps... first, dump the trash- there I can see some process- HAA!


Next I worked to clear off the desk. I started with whatever was right in front of me, creating a few small piles along the way.
*Thickers and alpha's piled up and bagged.
*Precut PL sized cardstock in a basket
*Handcrafted/ personally designed PL cards in a different basket
*PL "purchased" cards sorted by design and manufacture filed in a basket
*Pens, scissors and tools put in the proper drawers
*Sprays and  stamps put back
WooHoo! I see desk and a lot of it. As I was putting these things away, I started to create my use first pile (bucket). You know those little things that make you go "oooh, I can't wait to use this" or "don't throw that away, I'm going to use it". As I was sorting through that pile I became inspired. Half used cardstock sticker sheets, a collection of misc embellishments, strips of cardstock, tags, all the little bits and pieces I love to collect and have every intention to use.
Suddenly an idea... AND I have clear desk space...

Yup, crafters A.D.D. I'm sure you all know exactly what I am talking about. Start to craft something or clean up something and then instant inspiration and the need to craft. Yup, that's me!

Ideas, Ideas, Ideas!
My clean desk was "CLEAN" for less than 10 minutes! Suddenly the cardstock basket was back out, adhesive and scissors, pens and alpha sticker bag was emptied again...but it was all good... I was inspired.

First a few cards... from cardstock scraps- stamps and a pen
 More paper scraps- this time I used a 2 different punches and some rub-ons from a Scrap for a Cure kit...yes, I have had them THAT LONG!

I think I ended up creating about 8 different cards with leftovers from my bucket. Then I found a half used cardstock sticker sheet. This one I have been hoarding, it was one of my favorites from Allison Kreft and Echo Park: Everyday Eclectic
I created these 5 PL sized cards and a layout!


I was so happy with all that I made. I could have crafted for hours...SuddenlyI remembered I was SUPPOSED to be cleaning. Oh well... can't stop inspiration when it shows up.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

sorting, cleaning and purging

My spring cleaning started a bit late this year but it is happening none the less. I started in my least favorite spot, my closet. I have clothes in there that are my favorites that I've worn too much...faded, torn or just out right "used"...clothes that are still pretty new and no longer fit...that's an entirely different problem... and even clothes that I have some kind of crazy weird attachment too.

A few black bags later, I donated a lot of things to a reuse, recycle group that a friends was supporting as a service project. Success!

Next, books and paper... There is entirely too much paper in my house! AND this does not even account for all the CRAFTING paper and supplies I have! URGH. I have overheated my shredder on more than one occasion. We went through the kids books and worked it in with a Girl Scout Book Drive and cleared out an entire shelf. Success!

Twice now I have attempted to clean and organize the scraproom. Generally, I am pretty organized in there. I have places for MOST things but I have too much stuff and somehow it always ends up looking like this...

So once again, I have created a try to sell pile, a donate pile and some things just ended up in the trash. Since I tossed so much before, there wasn't much to toss. Now it's mostly to try and sell...which mean pictures and listings. Time consuming right now so I shifted gears.

Computer File clean up...
Another TASK to say the least. My last photo transfer from my camera to my computer- FEBRUARY! Really? I just moved over 600 photos, created folders and stared to sort through blurry and duplicate images and labeling the ones to keep. Time consuming, yes, but then you come across photos like this and it makes it all worth it!

Talk about THROWBACK!!

First day of Kindergarten 2005

And then... Last Night! This is is off to High School!!

Or this munchkin... Preschool 2009

And this morning... Last day of 4th grade

Back to cleaning up... who knows what else I will find! I may even be inspired enough to clean off the scrap desk and create something...