Tuesday, January 31, 2012
I had so much fun doing WOYWW I had to do it again. But there's not a ton of difference in my space. The fall decorations are still sitting there. (And I'm sticking to my story about MEANING for them to be there. Yeah, that's the ticket.) I closed a couple of drawers and a few things have been taken out and then still haphazardly put away because I went to a crop on Friday. I'm still working on putting some stuff away and minor organization, so you can see some of my brads there. Which leads me to my brad storage tip. I was keeping all of my brads in the little drawers of my tool shelves. But I was never super happy with it. I was perusing blogs and I came across an idea that I adapted for myself. I wish I could remember the blog to give credit, but alas, I have no idea. Anyway, I saw an idea to make a mini-album for decorative brads out of foam. Now a mini album for brads is just TOO much for me and a bit TOO cutesy-poo, but a little light went on in my head--and I bet my electricity bill will be sky high next month because of it, but it'll be worth it. I snagged some of that cheapie Fun Foam at Joann's and began to stick my brads through it. And right away I was loving it. I like it because I can see all my decorative brads at a glance and don't have to search through my drawers or through a million packages of them. The foam is easily to travel with--it can lay flat OR roll up into a tube. And it's just beautiful to look at. I swear I look at it and fondle it lovingly every time I see it. It's sort of a pain getting them all on there, and I'm not close to done right now, but it's the sort of thing that i can do when I watch TV. I tend to walk past and do one or two at a passing. I kept my plain colored brads in the shelves and I'm still happy with that system. I love brads SO much. I always say, "When in doubt, use a brad." People look at me really strangely when I'm at the grocery store saying it, but I'm not ashamed of my brad love. They're just too stinking cute.
Monday, January 30, 2012
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Friday, January 20, 2012
Now that Christmas is over, it seems an apt time to post a Christmas page. Because Christmas is right around the corner and just over 11 months away. Anyway, here's a page of myself and two of my friends at my LSS in Northampton, MA, Paper! Paper! during a morning crop. I'm the strange looking person in the red shirt. Technically, I was supposed to be Santa. I got the bright idea about five minutes before leaving to go into Kevin's closet and pull out the shirt he wore for a Christmas show the year before. Sure, it was wrinkly, but when one is infused with Christmas spirit, wrinkles don't matter quite as much. I arrived at Paper! Paper! bearing gifts and donned in my huge wrinkly shirt and realized that I'd forgotten the Santa Hat at home. Suddenly, my idea wasn't sounding so good. Now I was just sort of wrinkly and red and not quite as festive. But I persevered and even have photos to tell the tale. By the way, this layout uses mostly Echo Park stuff, except I believe that's a Doodlebug journaling box and I don't remember where I picked up the funky Santa Belt ribbon. I'm not even sure the ribbon goes with the page, but I was determined to use it.
And speaking of Paper! Paper! (which I was a few sentences above, if you care to go back and check), tomorrow is their monthly 12 hour crop, and barring a possible snowstorm, I'm excited to go. The only bad part, of course, is packing for it. I always start out with the best of intentions. I plan on making very detailed page kits so that I don't have to carry much. Sounds simple, doesn't it? And I always start out well. I get one page kit ready--I pick out the paper, the embellishments, think about how the layout is going to look. And then I look at the clock and realize that it took me two hours, because in between I've been puttering around, ogling my stuff, staring meaninglessly out the window. By the end of the day, when it's getting time to have it finished, I end up haphazardly throwing a bunch of stuff into a bag. Ribbons? Sure, I'll need ribbons! Hmm...you never know what color ink I might need--better grab these 27 pads. I don't KNOW what pictures I want to do. I'll just grab this stack and then these 700 papers that might possibly go with it. Well...you get the picture. I'm hoping to avoid that today and get an early jump on things and get some fine work done towards the packing. And then we'll get 40 inches of snow tomorrow.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Ah, butterflies. Who doesn't love them? Me, actually. I'll clarify that--I think that they're beautiful and I love the symbolism of them...but don't get any of them near me. To me, they're just cleverly disguised moths, and since I'm slighly phobic of moths, it's my rule of thumb to just generally steer clear of butterflies, too. Luckily for me, paper ones hold no such phobia for me and I can happily punch them out to my heart's content and dream of world where moths all go jump off a cliff, which is what I did as I completed this layout of my beautiful niece, Samantha--dream of moths that is, not jump off a cliff. All the papery stuff is Aunthentique and then I used a wooden flourish by Kaiser Craft, which I painted with Stickles. I have a thing about Stickles. I have to restrain myself from wanting Stickles on every page. Stickles for President!!
I also used some nice, puffy ric rac and a button. Ric Rac is also one of my sublime pleasures. Ric Rac for President!! You can see why my scrapbooking supplies hate me.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Brrr...it's windy out there today. Winnie the Pooh and his blustery day ain't got nothing on me. So 'tis a good day for a blustery wintery page. This one is all done completely with Little Yellow Bicycle and the Winter Twig collection, which obviously, is great for winter pages. These winter pictures were courtesy of Hillary, my stepdaughter and her boyfriend Jacob. We had a freak storm here in Massachusetts at the end of October and were hit with a plethora of snow and power outages and general mayhem. We, however, were one of the few towns that didn't lose power so I just had to sympathize with all my friends around us who were affected. Anyway, I was a bad scrapbooker and didn't venture outside to take any photos at all. Hillary, a scrapbooker herself, was undaunted, however. And out she traipsed to take some fun snowy pictures which I snagged from Facebook and was able to use some fun pictures for my new scrapbooking paper. I really do love paper collections these days, although it almost feels like cheating to have everything already matched and ready for me to go. But there are no rules in scrapbooking, I like to tell everyone. They get tired of hearing it, but I do love saying it.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
I sort of really love Simple Stories. I like the embelllishments and I particularly like how most of their papers are embellishments of sorts that you just cut out and use--like the cool "Family" Bingo card. I'm sort of stuck in the vintage look, though I like my bright colored pages as well. Just thought this paper line, "Generations" worked well with these photos, taken at my niece's wedding. It's unfortunate about the poor lighting in the photos, but at least we're all in there. Not too many family photos with all of us floating around. I also like how my brother Gary is trying to suck the energy from Kevin's head using only his hand. My family is talented that way. Anyway, the day was a big deal--the first of my niece/nephews getting married and these pictures were taken at the end of a long night of dancing and debauchery. I think there was definitely more dancing, though. Anyway, I used Simple Stories for pretty much everything except the ribbon, lace, button and the screw brad that I happily pulled from my stash. I bought them absolutely eons ago and I swear that this was the first time I've used one. There's a first time for everything they say. Duly noted.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Yeah, I've had a blog before and had fun with it and wrote a bunch of drivel and then ended up deleting it. But here it is again. I figure I'll give it another go, though it's likely that the stuff I post won't be of terrible interest to a terrible amount of people. Yet, it's still my plan. And because it's my plan and not terribly diabolical, I figure I'll give it a go. Because the best laid plans of mice and Stephanie often don't get underfoot. And in saying that, how is underfoot a good place to be? If I happened to get under a giant's foot, for example--that really wouldn't be a good thing. Getting under a mouse's foot could make me squeamish. Seals kind of have cute feet. I guess I could get under the foot of one of them. Hey, anything's possible, eh?