Friday, November 27, 2015

A little bit of time

I think I have been saying it for years, but it's time to make time...
I love to craft and create fun things, but it always seems as though I don't have the time. I am always busy doing something. And honestly, most of the time I am doing the same stuff I do week after week. But when I look back, I can't help but think, was that really worth all of my time?
How can I manage my time better and make time for ME?
Make time to do things that make ME happy or bring ME joy?
Don't get me wrong,  I love helping others. I love helping with band boosters,  planning events and helping with trips.  I love my Girl Scouts and doing things with them, teaching them skills, taking them camping and organizing projects.  I love having a clean kitchen and preparing nice home cooked meals for my family.  I love watching my daughters perform with band, play soccer and bowl,  but I also love to spend time with my friends crafting, creating cards and trying new techniques. Yet, that last "love" is always the lowest on my priority list. I feel like I am always trying to squeeze it in and by the time I get to it,  I am too tired or uninspired.
Time to get inspired.  Time to get motivated.  It's time to make time for ME!

I have tried to get into my scraproom at least once, each day, this week.  The first 2 days I just say in my chair and stared at the mess on my desk.  I was almost to the point of pushing it all, in one swoop, into the trash.
No can do.
I talked myself out of that...
Instead, I created one big pile. I put one thing away at a time. Within the next 2 hours, 2 laundry cycles,  I could actually see the desk and had enough space to make a couple cards from some scraps I found.

Funny how just a little bit of crafting makes the day seem better.

Yup, it's time to make time!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

still here...

Thought I would share some work I have been doing in my Art Journal...

I am participating in a challenge group, Fabulous and Free Art Journal Challenge, set up by Susan at Irreversiblymoi There are 2 new challenges a week. I am a bit behind but am inspired! 

The other day I tried some zentangle or Zendoodle as some people call it. It took me several hours to finish, but love the way it turned out. Can't wait to play some more!

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??