Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Workspace Wednesday

Marcy Penner has a weekly instragram/blog series called Workspace Wednesday234 where she shows you a glimpse into her workspace. I adore this series and am obsessed with her workspace. It is so bright and white, with tons of vintage storage for everything.

My workspace on the other hand, is a major work in progress. I am very fortunate to have an entire room all to myself for all my crafty endeavours. We have lived in our house for more than three years though now and I have yet to finish the room. It's basically a hot mess.

I signed up for Marcy's Worksplace class at Studio Calico and loved it. I didn't however, finish the class. You could call me a Workspace class drop out if you will. Even though the class is broken into really manageable parts, I just found myself overwhelmed knowing how much work my room needs.

I have decided to hijack Workspace Wednesday to share a part of my workspace each week that is not working for me and what I'm going to do to change it, while utilizing the tools and worksheets Marcy gave us in the class.

The first week is my Thickers situation. The above photo is my Thicker purge pile. I ran out of space in the storage cube from Michael's that fit two rows of Thickers perfectly and I thought it would be best that I controlled my Thicker collection to what will fit in the cube, which is approximately 60 packs.

So I took all the packs I have either never used or are missing way too many vowels and made a pile on my floor. I wasn't sure how exactly I should deal with them, so I left them on the floor. This was about a month and a half ago and I cannot even tell you how many times I have reached for a pack I knew was in the purge pile and was perfect for the project I was working on. I now realize it's silly to limit myself to Thickers that fit into the storage spot I have. I love and use Thickers way too much. It's time for a new storage spot.

The compartment on the right has a shelf that makes up two little cubes. I usually store 6x6 pads on the bottom and embellishments up top, but all of my 6x6 pads are really just scraps now and I have moved most of my other embellishments to little storage tins. This area just isn't being used anymore. I am going to pull the little shelf out (it just slides in) and make ( *cough* ask my father-in-law to make me*cough*) a custom magazine holder for the right side identical to the one on the left so I can hold more packs.

And just like that, my Thickers addiction is able to continue.

Is there a particular spot in your craft/scrap area that is just a hot mess and you don't know what to deal with it?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

go sleepie

I made this layout for the October/November mood board at Jot Magazine. Can I just say how much I loved this mood board? The colours are so perfect for scrapping my little guy and I love how much texture most of the other components could have to them.

I knew I had to use this older Crate Paper line when I saw the colour scheme. Andy's current favourite game to play is what he calls "go sleepie". He takes his 'blankie' and a bunch of his 'guys' (stuffed animals) and climbs into bed. He then asks us to turn off the light and shut the door. After a few moments, he 'gets up' and then immediately asks to "go sleepie" again.

I had to get a little creative with my interpretation of some of the components of the mood board for the supplies I had on hand. I used wood veneer stars trailing up the page instead of wood grain. There is just something about the way the starts fall up the page that make me think of sleeping.

I also used a wood veneer feather as I don't have any other feathers and used a doily instead of real lace. Those Thickers were actually in my purge pile as the font is kind of big and I've never been able to use them on anything. The shade of grey was just perfect for the colours of the mood board. This just proves that you should never, ever get rid of any scrapbooking supplies, right?

I love lining little bits along washi tape. I stuck the tape to my sweater a few times so it it would lose some of its stickiness and stick up a bit. I really love texture on my layouts.

I limited my stamping to one little phrase below the photo and the date.

I couldn't find a place on my layout that I thought twine would work, so I just grabbed some thread out of a bobbin on my sewing machine and stapled it beneath a triangle of patterned paper.

 I'm really happy with how this layout turned out. Thanks for the great mood board inspiration Jot!

Monday, October 27, 2014

jump jump

I made this layout for Studio Calico's Sunday Sketch from last week in less than an hour! I'm just loving sketches these days, layouts come together so easily! I used the paper from the Planetarium main kit and add-ons. The embellishments came from some older SC kits.

I altered the sketch a bit as I used rectangular photos instead of square and used a chipboard frame to hold my journalling instead of a fourth photo, but other than that, I kept the layout mostly the same.

I just love, love, love that Crate Paper from their The Pier line. It was so hard to use half of it on this layout as now I barely have anymore yet. The subtle colour and pattern in it makes it perfect for backgrounds.

I love these Thickers so much. I have a serious Thickers addiction and I could use a few more packs of these. They were in my purge pile as there are more Es or As, but I was so excited that I was able to make the title with them. Loving getting a little more use out of  pack I thought was done. And the little bit of glitter in these if just perfect.

That 'fly' wood veneer and 'blast off' tag from an older October Afternoon Miscellany pack was just perfect for a photo of any mid jump.

I can't seem to make a page these days without adding at least one chipboard frame. They are definitely my current obsession. And I love that yellow Dear Lizzy paper.

More cloud wood veneers. They're made by Freckled Fawn and came in the Big Dipper add-on. I've been hoarding them for a long time, but were just perfect for this layout. That "let's go on an adventure' stamp is one of my favourites. I love stamps that are little phrases like that. I've been using this one a lot lately. Life with a toddler is adventurous, that's for sure.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

september part 1

I based this layout's colour scheme on Paper Issues' Pinspire Me Monday post last week. I really loved the pink with the navy and mint and yellow. I had a lot of fun with it and I loved that it pushed me to combination shades of blue I wouldn't normally put together.

I have never used the Design F page protector, but had lots of vertical photos I always use Design A unless I am cutting another size down smaller for an insert. Design A is so easy as I always know what orientation of photos I need to be taking that week. I only had to cut one 4x6 in half to fit though and I really like the way all the 3x4 photos look. I will definitely be using Design F again.

I used some I used some Studio Calico Mister Huey's and October Afternoon Sprinklers on the calender card and almost got all of the colours from the colour combo.

I placed a Crate Paper frame over a white shipping tag and attached them to a pink ombre card and did my journalling. I added some Studio Calico cork arrows and some enamel dots to fnish it off.

 All of the cards I used this week are from the Maggie Holmes mini kit. I love that kit so much and am very confident I am going to use all of it.

I backed this gold die cut banner from Studio Calico with some soft mine paper and attached it to a card that is black, from far away looks navy, so I'm rolling with it. I added a wood veneer arrow from the pack of hearts and arrows Studio Calico had a few years ago that I'm almost out of and need about a million more packs of.

I'm really happy with this spread. It came together super fast thanks to using cards all from the same core kit and sticking to the colour combo from Paper Issues.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

October Part 2

This week was Canadian Thanksgiving and we had some beautiful fall weather, so I wanted to use some fall colours. I focused on blue, orange and green.

Woodgrain thickers are my one of my faves. I have many packs of these! That dymo tape is also neon in real life and I love how bright it is.

The 'Automne' wood veneer came in a pack from I think Kesi Art? And I got it in an older Studio Calico kit. It was perfect for a photo of Andy picking apples.

I also included the tag from our turkey as it was the biggest turkey I've ever picked and the card from some flowers our sweet friends brought us. I love including memorabilia in our album. It's so fun and adds great texture and interest, but I'm horrible at remembering to do it, or I feel silly saving stuff like that turkey tag. I'm sure in 40 years when turkeys cost like $75 I'll be glad I kept it.

I cut a piece of vellum to go over this patterned paper to make a pocket. I really need to get my sewing machine fixed so I can sew around the edges.

Do you use your sewing machine on Project Life or do you find it too much of a hassle? When mine was working, I would sew down everything. I think it adds such a nice touch.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Week in July

The problem with doing my Project Life spreads on a monthly basis instead of weekly, is it is hard to know what to label them. The first and last spreads are easy, but it's hard to remember if I'm working on spread 2 of 5 or 5 of 8. I have a feeling most of these posts will be titled "random week in...."

That "There's No Place Like Home" card was just perfect for a weekend when Andy and I stayed home almost all weekend. The colours in it are perfect too for a spread of photos filled with colourful kid stuff.

I love big photos so much. I've probably done 10 6x8 photos already this year. They cost $1.99 at Costco (I put a 6.x8 photo on an 8x8 mat in Photoshop), but I just love the impact they have. I also had a little date stamping mishap on the top card. I stamped June by accident a bunch of times and then stamped July over it a few times. It looks like a mess, but I'm rolling with it because I'm not aiming for perfection over here .

Any my love of banners continues. I made the template for the two patterned paper ones from some older Basic Grey garlands and I use the template whenever I want to make own banners for a project. The silver one is from Studio Calico and I'm cursing myself for only buying one package of those.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Love Love Love

Hip Kit Club had their first online crop this weekend. I unfortunately, had a cold, so I was not able to participate nearly as much as I would like to, but I did get two challenges done- the colour and recipe and am going to do the sketch one, because it was such a good one.

This is my layout for the receipt challenge. The recipe was 4 pieces of patterned paper, 1 photo, 5 buttons, 1 chipboard, 1 alpha. 1 tag, and handwritten journalling.

I used 4 pieces of patterned paper from a Maggie Holmes paper pack that was an exclusive item at Michaels. It was on sale for $5.99- regular price $30! Michaels prices in Canada are crazy expensive. I used another piece for my background, but since it was my background, I didn't count it. :)

These are some older Maya Road chipboard banner pieces that I used some gold glitter Zing embossing powder on. Gold glitter embossing is clearly my current obsession and don't see it stopping any time soon. I made a banner with a tiny tag cut from a piece of patterned paper. Also, buttons 1 and 2. I layered it all over some neon pink washi.

I love sheets of paper that you can cut apart. The tag above is from an entire sheet that are vintage tags. It is basically the most beautiful piece of paper ever. I definitely want to use a bunch of them to make a background soon. Button 3- an older Dear Lizzy wooden one.

My only real cheating was I used 3 different colours of the same alpha font. I feel I technically only used one alpha. :) These are Dear Lizzy alphas and I just love the chunky white glitter on them. The colours are so soft and muted and they went really well with the Maggie Holmes papers

Handwritten journaling on a tag, buttons 4 and 5 and the recipe is complete. I stamped the date in Neon pink ink which is my favourite. I use every excuse I can do break out the neon.

In all, I think this layout took me maybe 30-45 minutes to make, which is super fast for me. It definitely made it easy having a recipe to work with. I also usually scrap 12x12, but I've been finding the 8.5x11 so easy these days.

Definitely hoping Hip Kit Club has another online crop soon! I'm new to the community and it was really nice chatting with all the ladies on the Hip Kit Club forum on Facebook. Everyone is so nice and very inspiring!