Friday, September 18, 2015

Studio tour...before

Welcome to my mess! I have been listening to the Scrap Gals podcast and let me just tell you these girls err gals are so funny! I really relate to them so much and have so much in common with them. They are totally inspiring me to get into scrapbooking again (instead of just thinking about it) and so I need to organize my stuff. I have never completely gotten organized form when we moved in March and so it is time. I am attempting to do it this weekend but I am not sure if I will be able to get it all done. If you suffer with me until the end I will also share a little artwork.

I cleaned it up a little because I have ladies coming over for a shoebox swap. Here is the over all space. I am really struggling with the layout.

Here is my printer haha it actually does have a home but when I need it I have to move it because I need an extension cord. It doesn't sit there normally and I think the stuff under the printer is scrapbooks and some layouts that need to be put away. That little table was my Grandma's she had her microwave on it. It is a perfect little table for my bigshot but again I am not sure if I am in love with it here.

Here I have my cricut on a rolling cart. I really LOVE it on there because the paper just shoots out the back and back to the front and it takes up barely any space. In those drawers I keep tools and my PTI stamps. Next to the cart I have some CTMH stamps sitting on an old entertainment center. In those bottom drawers I have cricut cartridges on top of the entertainment center I have my paper cabinets. I love those cubes and really wish I would have gotten two more. I had my bigshot on top of those but I moved that to the other table and now this is just a catch all.

Here is the other view of my space. It looks sort of nice from this angle.I recently put this little kitchen table in my room and took out the folding table. It is smaller but much more sturdy. 

This is my original scrapbook space. If you look at my other studios in the past you will almost always see this desk. I love it and don't think I can part it but it needs some love. It need to go through all of this stuff and figure out what to do with it and make this work for me. This is obviously NOT working. 

Here is why I love the desk so much ... all that storage!

And my expedite...I had to have one of these. Now I wish I would have gotten the two x four instead of this size. I could have done some much more with them. I need to revamp this and make it work for me. I really am at a loss here of how I want to change this up. Why my messy closet is open I have no idea...

Here is the other side of the mess. Those are all my photos and most of my childhood photos as well. I need to figure out a better system for my photos too.

So that is it folks my studio tour. I have been talking about doing one but wanted to wait until it was clean. I decided some before photos would be great. If you have any fabulous ideas of what to do in here let me know.

Here is my promised art work. This is what the ladies made at the shoebox swap last night. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Welcome to the world!

My daughter had her first baby recently!

Little Spencer...he is just perfect, and sweet, and beautiful, and I can just go on and on. Mom, Dad, and baby are all home and doing great.

I wanted to make him a special little name frame that matched his bedroom so I dug into my stash and found some Hooligans Paper from way back in the day. It was so old that I had to re-glue some of the cute little felt monsters back together. blushing...this is just a lesson to you all USE YOUR STASH.

I love the way it turned out! My daughter and son in law kept changing their minds (read daughter) on what the room was going to be. First it was going to be nautical, then outer space, he suggested monsters inc early on but she didn't want to do that.

So round and round she went pinning this and that. I of course knew I wanted to do a name frame all along so every time she would get a new plan I would go digging...LOL when she told me they went with monsters I just got giddy. I had the perfect paper for a monsters inc frame...except....a while back I went to a crop where you can sell stuff and for some insane reason I decided to sell these little felt monsters. GASP what was I thinking? The best part though is my friend Natalie actually bought them and she is also a scrapbooker (errr hoarder) and so I texted her and told her the wonderful baby news and asked her is she still had those stickers. She said yes!!! Wahoooo!!!!

So I got to make my name frame and I love how it turned out. I decided to go with a 12 x 12 because the background paper is from a level 1 kit and already had that cute blue on there and so I just measured out each of the squares.

Then I popped a few of them up. I also decided I would add his details to some of the other squares. It just all came together really quick.

I made a cute card using the Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge. Here is the inside. I kept it pretty simple. They loved the gift and I had to hand deliver it...ya know so I can get some more sweet baby time. Oh how I just love newborns.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Throw Back Thursday - Perfect Day

So today our annual Convention is happening at Disneyland in California so I thought I would do a little throwback for you with one of my favorite paper packs Perfect Day.

This one is a card I made using a stamp set that I got for attending Convention in DC.
I was featuring the new colors that we got Juniper, Gypsy and Smoothie. 

The next project is one of my favorites a mini book full of photos when I went to California...and there are even some Disney photos in here.

What is your favorite paper? I know if is so hard to pick just one. Personally I have several.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Life is Wonderful!!

It really really is!

Welcome to the Rose Blossom Blog Hop!!  You probably arrived here from Mary's Blog. This blog hop is a big circle so you can just hop from blog to blog until you find your way back here. Today we are going to show you art work from the July Stamp of the Month - Life is Wonderful!

Life can be rough it has a lot of up's and downs. 2011 was not a good year and I was so happy to start a new fresh year in 2012. This past weekend I got into my craft room and got it organized. I really wanted to work on scrapbooking regularly again and so I needed to find out where I was at. I thought I was in 2011 but after all was said and done I washed my hands of it. I have most of it done but decided I would just start fresh with 2012. I tend to scrapbook both now and chronologically so I sat down started my list to work off of for 2012.

My photo's are stored in my computer by month. From there I used to put them into folders of stuff I wanted to scrapbook and I would use that to make a bullet point but yesterday I just sat down and looked at the photos and started my list.


  • New Years Eve
  • Date night with my daughter
  • silly girls
  • and on and on
Once that was finished I decided what I wanted to scrapbook. I realized I didn't even have a photo from NYE (I told you 2011 was rough) so I found a photo that I liked and noticed the other one where I am gazing out to the future perhaps...anyway I used those and thought that this months stamp of the month could not be any more perfect. So if you are still here reading this I shall stop rambling and show you the artwork!

Close up of some banners I made using the Zip Strips

Side view and some of my journaling. Funny how I know how 2012 is going to turn out so that is how I spun it.

The whole page, I have to say I like it. Really; always remember Life is Wonderful. Next up is Brenda's Blog where you will see some fabulous artwork using the July Stamp of the Month. You can see the whole set and the supplies I used below.

Cardstock - Colonial White, Flaxen, Gypsy, and Crystal Blue
Paper Pack - Wanderful
Ink - Black
Stamp Sets -  Life is Wonderful
Other - Ocean Sequins, Black Arrow Washi Tape, Black Journaling Pen, Wanderful Assortment, Wanderful Complements
       *All supplies are from Close to my Heart unless otherwise noted.

Monday, June 8, 2015

How about a little Jackson Action

I will be honest sometimes I struggle when I have a masculine paper pack. That has not been the case with Jackson. Perhaps it is because I love the colors that come in this kit. I really wanted to pair this up with some camping I plan on doing this summer. I will be offering these projects up at the end of the month in two different workshops. A Card Workshop featuring the Camper Crazy stamp set and a Scrapbooking Workshop featuring Picture My Life Cards and The Authentic Live stamp set.

Card Workshop - Sunday June 28 from 2-4 pm
Come and make 6 masculine cards using the Jackson Paper Pack from the Seasonal Expressions Idea Book. We will be learning how to distressing cards using a sponge and coloring with Blender pens.
Basic – $19.48*
½ Jackson Paper Pack, Extra Cardstock, Brave Enamel Shapes, Blending Pen, Round Sponge

Better - $38.41*
Full Jackson Paper Pack, Extra Cardstock, Brave Enamel Shapes, Blending Pen, Round Sponge, Camper Crazy

Best - $ 50.40* (qualifies for the Stamp of the Month)
Better Kit + 10 sheets Glacier Cardstock, Glacier Ink


Scrapbook Workshop - Sunday June 28 from 2-4 pm
Come and make 2 double page layouts using the Jackson Paper Pack from the Seasonal Expressions Idea Book. We will be learning how to incorporate Picture My Life cards into tradional scrapbook pages.

Basic – $25.33*
Jackson Paper Pack, Jackson Complements, Extra Cardstock,  ½ Jackson PML Cards

Better - $29.80*
Basic Kit + Full Jackson PML Cards

Best - $ 47.75* (qualifies for the Stamp of the Month)
Better Kit + Authentic Life Stamp Set

Please contact me to RSVP and sign up for the workshops by June 15, 2015

Saturday, June 6, 2015


Here is the last card I in a little trio with the Blossom Paper Pack. This one was pretty simple but I added some interest with the faux stitching around the tulips. I also added some Glacier Twine and some Coral Reef Sequins.

Here they are all together.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

All about Family

Today we are off on a road trip to go to my honey's family reunion I can't wait as I get to meet lots of new people. I also get to see some that I have not seen in a few months. Since we are traveling I thought I would share this layout with you today. The photos really are not the best and everyone that has seen is has said really that picture...but alas it is the only ones I had to work with and I wanted to document these special moments.

This layout was fun to make and it came together in the end looking super cute. I also used the zip strip to make some faux washi tape.

Cardstock - White Daisy, Sunset, Lagoon, Glacier
Paper Pack - Blossom
Ink - Sunset, Glacier, Canary, Pear
Stamp Sets -  Shower Flowers
Other - Blossom Complements, Blossom Assortment, Coral Reef Sequins
*All supplies are from Close to my Heart unless otherwise noted.