March 8, 2014

The purge is over ...

Hello!  It's been a month and I thought I'd let you know what's happening in Linda's craft room.  But first, it may not officially be Spring yet, but it surely has arrived here in Northern California.  Trees are budding and blooming.  Daffodils and paperwhites and poppies (my favorite) are popping up everywhere.  And today I saw the most gorgeous tulips when I was out walking Marley.

My purging is now complete although I still have a full bin of stamps and dies that I need to add to my For Sale page.  Of the rest of the purge pile, my scrappy friends have taken what they wanted and the rest has been donated.  Feels good!  So how did I celebrate?  Ran to IKEA and bought another Raskog cart.  Yes, I did!

So, I've decided that I really like the mixture of traditional and pocket scrapbooking, where one page of a two-page layout is a traditional scrapbook layout and the second page is a coordinating pocket layout.  I've completed several of these layouts so far and I really like them.

Over the last several months, I have subscribed to three pocket scrapbooking kit clubs - Studio Calico, Gossamer Blue and Cocoa Daisy.  Is that too many?  I just love what I've gotten so far.  And I like that I can also get the scrapbook kits, coordinating papers and other add-ons if I like them.  I love that the kits have fun, coordinating embellishments, everything you need to make awesome layouts.

I worked really hard and finally finished my Utah National Parks album last weekend.  Since I hate my handwriting, I used my computer and a typewriter font to do the journaling.  I like how it turned out - I hated the hassle of doing it on the computer, then printing it on cards.  So I decided that I need to get a typewriter.  I found an old Olympia on eBay and bought it.  Right now, it's in a repair shop getting all cleaned up and a new ribbon put in it.  I really have no idea if I'll like it, but we'll see.  Since I got it, I've seen typewriters with wide carriages.  What?  I could have gotten one that would fit a 12x12 page?  Hmm...  Let's see how much I like the one I got; maybe I'll need to trade it up for one with a wide carriage.

I'd love to share the layouts I have made so far but first I need to figure out how best to photograph them.  I don't have a good spot for natural light.  Cards are easy to photograph, but they're a lot smaller.  If you have any tips, please let me know.

I'll end this post with some of my favorite recent finds:

Amy Tangerine Plus One 6x6 paper pad - love the colors and patterns!


Cocoa Daisy March 2014 Scrapbook Kit - "Grey Street" - fabulous!


Cocoa Daisy March 2014 Exclusive Stamp Set - "good day/bad day" - a big thumbs up!


Studio Calico Lemonlush Gold Punchinella vellum - gorgeous!


20% off your order - free shipping on orders over $60 - fast shipping - 'nuf said


Have a great day!

February 8, 2014

Purge! Purge! Purge!

Hello!  I thought it was about time I popped in with an update on how things are going here in Linda's craft room!

Well, winter seems to have finally arrived here in Northern California and as I write this it is raining cats and dogs outside my window.  These are my favorite days to hang out in my craft room with my cozy slippers and a cuppa cocoa!  As you may know, we are currently in a drought here in California due to the last couple of years with very little winter rain.  You see, we don't normally get rain during the summer and fall months, so we need that winter and spring rain.  So, here's to hoping the rain keeps up through March and April.  And here's to more cozy crafting weekends!

Well, Resolution: Pocket Scrapbooking is continuing here in Linda's craft room.  And boy am I having fun!  And I haven't even really done much scrapbooking yet.  Why is that?  Because I have still been in an purging and re-organizing, collecting and preparing mode of operation.

You may know that I have been a scrapbooker for many years.  After my daughter went off to college, my scrapbooking started to revolve around our fur baby Marley.  I continued to meet my friends at the local scrapbook store for all day crops at least once a month.  Then it all changed overnight - my favorite local scrapbook store went out of business.  What was I to do?  I went online.  And my crafting world changed.  I discovered stamping and fell head over heels in love with card making.  My scrapbooking supplies were bundled up and tucked away in the back of the closet.  I even left a number of layouts partially finished.  That was in late 2009.

I am now in the process of pulling out all the old scrapbooking stuff and purging and re-organizing it, bringing it front and center!

Dusting off the old scrapbook stuff!

So, who remembers these?

Ignore the terrible photo!

Crop In Style Paper and Sticker Binders (PSB)!  I have 10 of these (yes, you heard that right!) in various colors.  Six of them are full of stickers and die cuts that had been collected over my 13 years of scrapbooking.  All prior to when personal die cutting became available.  One of the binders is dedicated solely to soccer stickers and die cuts - my daughter played competitive soccer for 10 years.  The other four binders are still full of unfinished scrapbooking projects.

I love these zipper binders!  I am not surprised to see that they are still available.  They are perfect for holding your scrapbooking projects - keeping your papers and embellishments together.  They were especially great for going to crops.  I will definitely continue to use them.  But, for now, I am going through each one and purging like mad.  My plan is to cut the sticker binders down from six to three.

The purge pile so far!

That's it for now.  I have so much more to talk about and show but I'll save it for future posts.

I am loving all the new CHA products that are showing up at my [new] local scrapbook store - Scrapbook Territory in Berkeley.  They've been around years so they are not new, but they became my new local scrapbook store.  Unfortunately, it is not close to where I live, but it is very close to where I work so I can easily pop over during lunch breaks.  They are amazing about keeping up with all the new products and the boxes were pouring in last week.  I've already picked up lots of fun new "toys", including these:

The new Project Life dies!

These are going to be great for creating my own journaling and pocket cards!

More later!

Cheers!

January 12, 2014

Resolution: Pocket Scrapbooking

Hello!  I thought I'd pop in and update you on what I've been doing since I haven't posted in a while.  I haven't really decided whether I want to continue blogging or not.  I won't be posting as often as I did in the past, and I'm not sure it'll be interesting to anyone.  But, for now, it's still here and I'll be posting off and on.

So my primary crafting goal for this year is to get back into scrapbooking full-time.  I've been primarily making cards for the last several years; I loved it and I still love making cards.  But recently, I've really been missing scrapbooking.  So I decided to jump into the deep end of the pool and devote myself to it again.

I love the idea of pocket scrapbooking and I've purchased a few kits over the last year and even started a couple of albums.  I definitely don't see following the Project Life concept of weekly layouts.  I could have done that when my daughter was little, but now it's just me, hubby and the dog and that's not going to work.  What I will do is pretty much what I've done in the past, one 12x12 album per year and additional theme albums where photos warrant it.  I'll just pocket scrapbook them now.

Trends

I'm spending a good deal of time on pinterest and message boards checking to see what's going on in the world of scrapbooking these days.  Wow!  It's amazing how things have changed in just a few years.  While I think the pages are beautiful, I'm definitely not into the latest trend of putting just one or two (or multiple small) photos on a 12x12 page and then covering the page in embellishments.  How much do those pages cost?!  Maybe not that much if you use leftovers from kits but I prefer to get lots of photos on a page, with some exceptions.

De-clutter

I've made a first pass through all of my stamps and dies, weeding out the ones I don't use anymore and don't see myself using for scrapbooking.  I've put them up for sale on my blog and a couple of message boards.  I have already sold quite a few but there's still a lot left.  Check out the For Sale page on my blog.  I plan on making another pass through stamps and dies, and through all my other supplies too.  I so need to de-clutter!

Organization

I've decided to re-focus and re-organize my craft room for scrapbooking.  I am the type of person that needs to see what I have or I forget about it.  My craft room will attest to that fact.  So I decided that keeping what I have in it's original packaging and tucked away in shelves or in the closet won't work.  I need it out and looking pretty!  I found this awesome tray at CherieBee:


This tray will contain all the pocket scrapbooking supplies for projects I am currently working on.  For now, I've filled it up with the contents of kits I currently have.  It didn't even fill up the tray - I love how much it can hold!  I've cleared space on the shelves behind my desk for it so it will be easily accessible when I am working on a project.

Now for additional supplies, I'm loving the idea of the Ikea Raskog cart:


A gorgeous color and I have the perfect spot for it right under the window in my craft room.  My daughter just bought one for her apartment and is using it in her dining/living room as a bar.  Very cute.

And I've just placed an order for a medium and a large organizer from Close to My Heart.  I think these will be perfect for storing additional supplies and my large collection of 6x6 paper pads.  I might get the small organizer too - it looks awesome for holding wash tape.  I just don't have that much washi tape (yet).

Kits

Okay, so another one of the things I've been checking out is all the scrapbooking kits out there.  LOVE!  So much pretty stuff!  And I am already getting sucked in.  I have already subscribed to the monthly Studio Calico and Gossamer Blue kits.  I'll have my new tray filled to the brim in no time.

Silhouette and Selphy

I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I have finally unpacked my Silhouette Portrait - I only bought it over a year ago!  I love the small size.  I've only played with it a little so far.  I'm taking the Kerri Bradford online classes to help me get started with it.

I bought my Selphy about the same time as the Portrait and it's still packed up.  But I hope to get it unpacked soon and give it a try.  I've heard good things about it and I love the small size; but, I've heard that it doesn't print a true 4x6 and I'm not sure if I like that.  I need to do some more research on it, try it out and decide if I'll keep it or not.

That's it for now.  I just picked up my new Close to My Heart Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book & Catalog and I need to start making my wish list.  I love the new papers and the new Picture My Life products!

Cheers!

January 4, 2014

Thank You

Hello!  I hope you are having a lovely weekend!  I'm supposed to be cleaning house but I just had to take a break - a crafty break!  There's no card I need to make right now so I decided to add to my stash. I can always use another thank you card.  


I got my inspiration for this card from a new challenge blog - FUSION.

I decided to combine the challenges.  Fun!

Okay, back to my cleaning.  :(

Cheers!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Vintage Cream, Smokey Shadow
Patterned Paper: Authentique Carefree collection
Stamps: SU Mixed Bunch, Curly Cute (retired)
Ink: PTI Terracotta Tile, Versafine Onyx Black
Other: Circle punch, Mandarin twine (The Twinery)
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

January 1, 2014

Happy New 2014

Hello!  I've been very much enjoying my staycation from work.  I've gotten so much done around the house.  The garage is organized, most of the trimming and pruning in the backyard is done and several closets have been cleaned out and organized.  Feels good!

I did manage to steal an hour today for crafty time and made this card:


I used the Stamp Club Sketch #157 at the My Favorite Things blog:


I love the sketch and I thought it would be perfect for the High-Rise Numbers dies.

Did you have a fabulous holiday?  I did!  I received a mini iPad from Santa and I LOVE it!  I have it all set up for reading my books and keeping up with my favorite blogs.

And, one of the things I really want to do this year is play more golf.  I haven't played in several years. I had developed plantar fasciitis in both of my heels and the walking was painful so I stopped.  It was intended to be temporary until my heels healed, but somehow time just flew by and even after my heels got better, I wasn't ready to go back to golfing.  Well, I'm ready now.  And now these little beauties are on their way to my house:

 

I'm so excited!  My old irons and putter are like 30 years old - I'd say I definitely got my money's worth out of them.  I'm so looking forward to playing with the new clubs!

And I'm looking forward to a great new year!

Cheers!


Details:
Cardstock: SU Very Vanilla, Basic Gray
Patterned Paper: SU Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP
Stamps: MFT Holiday Subway Art
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Other: MFT High-Rise Numbers dies, Teresa Collins Posh Glitter paper, Oregon Raindrops
Size: 5.5" x 4.25"

December 25, 2013

Happy Holidays



This is a CASE of a card I saw in March/April 2013 issue of Paper Crafts Magazine by Mignon Jessica Bear.  I thought it was so pretty that I tore out the page and kept it with my Christmas supplies.  I loved the idea of making the whole card a banner.  And I loved the red snowflakes, so I decided to use red snowflakes too.  I adapted my card to fit the standard A2 card size.  I decided that this would be the last Christmas card I would make this year.

I hope that you have a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Rustic White
Stamps: MFT Snowflake Splendor
Ink: PTI Pure Poppy, Versafine Onyx Black
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

December 22, 2013

I Love You

Hello everyone!  I am in my happy place right now and loving it!  I am so lucky that my work shuts down starting Christmas Eve through New Year's Day.  With several extra days of vacation I get two full weeks off.  Yay!

This year we are not traveling anywhere for the holidays, it will be just our little family.  I am all ready for Christmas - presents are bought and wrapped/under the tree or packed/hipped.  So now I can start working on my long TO DO list.  I have some not so fun things on the list like clean out the linen closet, clean patio and trim shrubs, organize financial papers, etc., and some fun things like get my new SU catalog order ready to place, get my Silhouette out and really learn how to use it, and going for lots of walks with Marley.  I made a good start already yesterday with cleaning the linen closet and craft room.

For fun yesterday I got my December Papertrey Ink release order and had to stop and play a little.  I just love the new Cover Plate: Hearts die and the coordinating Happy Hearts stamp set!  I used it to make this card:


I ran the cover plate die through my Vagabond and punched out lots of little hearts in white card stock. I then used the Happy Hearts stamp set to stamp each heart in a pretty pattern and color.  I love that the stamp is a little bigger than the punched out heart so that you ink up the whole heart and have no border.  I then laid the cover plate punch out over my card base and used the heart punch outs to place my stamped hearts.  When I removed the cover plate punch out, I was left with a scattering of hearts on my card.  I added an appropriate sentiment and voila!  Fun!  It's actually a pretty quick and easy card.  Most of the time was spent in stamping all the little hearts, but so easy.

That's it for now.  I hope you are having a wonderful and crafty weekend!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Stamper's White
Stamps: PTI Happy Hearts and Tremendous Treats: Valentine
Ink: PTI Spring Moss, Lavender Moon, Aqua Mist, Smokey Shadow, Versafine Onyx Black
Other: PTI Cover Plate: Hearts die
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

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