Thursday, February 26, 2009

Teacher Layouts

Here are my latest two layouts. Though they are my usual straight laced linear layouts, I still love them. It has been a while since I have played with different color combos. It was fun matching different patterned papers, and I LOVE how quickly the first one came together. And these teachers? They were the best!!!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Look what I found

Just look what I found at WAL-MART! Yep...I said Wal-mart! Don't you just love this pillow? As soon as I saw it, I had to have it. I love all the colors and the inspirational was meant to go in my scrapbook room! And it was only $7.00! They also had solids to coordinate with it. (I couldn't find it on-line or I would have posted a link.)
Okay...I probably won't get to post much this weekend. Ed's doing the taxes, and I plan to take the kids to mom's for a couple of days so he can have quiet. But I'll be back Sunday or Monday. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

You are my Sunshine

I needed a little sunshine on this rainy day today! Used Leaving Prints cardstock torn into strips and layered. Don't remember who made the sticker at the bottom. But I think the layout works well with the sunny colors and black and white photos. Have a sunny day!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Man Power!

I really like this layout because of all the fun colors. I rarely do layouts on a white background, but I think it I used up some patterned paper and buttons from my stash.
I did this layout a few months ago...I'll try to get some fresh stuff up soon.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Softball Layout

I hope to do a lot more baseball layouts in the near future. This one is of Jonathan's biological half-sister in her softball play-off game. She's such a cutie! I added the strip of negative flower punches to give the layout a more feminine feel.
I plan to do some giveaways here in the near future, after I purge some things from my stash! Stay tuned!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tennessee LO

You can probably tell by now that I have a clean, linear style. Even if my photography skills aren't to the point I hope they one day will be, I still want my pictures to be the focus....not all the bling around them. These photos were taken in Pikesville, TN. Beautiful place....especially Fall Creek Falls. I used my Cricut for the title and a leaf punch to make the leaves look as if they are falling right out of the picture. Have a good Wednesday! :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Mom Layout

Occasionally I still like to do 8 1/2 x 11 layouts. It's fun to mix it up sometimes. This one was done for a class I took from Big Picture Scrapbooking. It was a class designed to get you to use your stash of scrapbooking products. I happened to have several photos of my mom where she's wearing a similar color. I love how this layout turned out. And I used up a bunch of my button collection! :) Where do I put this layout? I haven't decided yet, but I have noticed lately that people using three ring binder type albums are now mixing in different sized layouts within the same album. LOVE it!
Have a great week!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Places We Love LO

Here's another layout that I enjoyed doing. I was blown away that I actually got 11 photos on a two-page spread. This is a good idea for a layout when you like to use lots of photos at once. Almost none of these photos are related except that they are snapshots of places our family loves to go! Included are Beaufort, SC; Jekyll Island, GA; Redcliffe Plantation, Cumberland Island, and part of my parents' backyard (pictured in the lower right hand corner of the page). After trimming the photos and arranging them on the cardstock, I just used chipboard letters for the title to spread across the top of both pages. Easy breasy!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Fresh Air

This is the most recent layout I've completed (besides my Project 365 pages...which I'll share at a later date). I really like this page. It's simple, but I had been wanting to do something with these photos for quite a while. And the icing on the cupcake is that I got to use my new Cricut cartridge, Graphically Speaking. I used it to make the circle embellishment that says "Fresh Air." These photos were taken at the River Watch in Augusta, GA. Such a pretty place to walk and take photos. Hope you enjoy!

Friday, February 6, 2009

My Scrapbook Room (Part II) here's the rest of my scrapbook space.
On top of my hutch are clear jars that hold silk flowers sorted by color or by company (depends on how they came). You can also see that I have favorite photos and an 8x8 layout on top of the hutch to inspire me.
If you stand in front of my desk, you can see to the right my wire cubes full of 12 x 12 cardstock sorted by color. Then toward the bottom is my patterned paper, which used to be sorted by color, but has totally gotten out of hand. Any suggestions on sorting this stuff? I just have too much to do it by manufacturers. On the floor is a single wire cube full and overflowing with scrap paper. Sooooooo in need of some organization! Between my hutch and the tower of paper is another plastic drawer unit holding printed quotes, chipboard numbers, and ink pads. Under my table is a drawer unit containing my Cricut cartridges and tools and some mini albums. In the photo you can also see my trash can and Cropper Hopper that I take to crops.
To the left of my table is another wire cube unit housing binders that contain rub-ons, clear stamps, and MORE patterned paper, like DCWV Stacks. Then I have this rolling cart I just acquired from a yard sale. I think that works in progress are going in this.
Finally, I have two tall filing cabinets. These hold artist trading card stuff, files for church crop stuff, and files of ideas for layouts. I REALLY need to sort and purge the stuff in these drawers. On top of the cabinets are some finished albums and some albums in progress.
Okay...this is behind the door at the light switch. I have a tall bookcase holding idea books and completed albums. At the foot of the bookcase are two file totes that contain my boys' school stuff. I house the stuff there until I incorporate it into their albums. The other door goes to a storage/unfinished attic area where the heat/air pipes are. I have an organizer hung on the back of that door to hold my Crop-a-dile, my Dyna label maker, my paper crimper, etc....
So there you have it. My scrapbook room in a nutshell. It is painted sage green and cream with black accents here and there. I love my Pergo, oak-colored flooring and my sage green oval rug. I love that my file cabinets match so well with the floor and my desk. My only complaint is that I really wish I had more workspace and more wall space. Since it is a converted attic, the walls are sloped/angled on each side. If you're wondering where my computer is, it's right outside the door in a hallway that adjoins to the kids' playroom. It's a happy place to be. My husband did it all for me. The flooring, paint, filing cabinets, along with my clock (not hanging at the moment), my phone, my desk and chair were all one HUGE Christmas present to me! Isn't Ed and sweetheart?
If you have any organizing suggestions, send them my way. And maybe you can take an idea from here that you can use as well.

My Scrapbook Room (Part I)

Just thought I'd take a few minutes to show you my scrapbook room. There's lots I love about it, and a few things I don't like about it, but I admit I'm lucky to have one at all. First of all, it's a scrapbook/craft room. All of the drawers, cabinets, etc....are NOT filled with scrapbooking stuff. You'll get the idea with the following tour.
This is what you see on the right as you walk through the door. The cabinet in the corner holds my printer (which prints on 12 inch paper). The drawer holds my glue gun, extra glue sticks, trash bags, light bulbs (realize this is on the third level of our house...and I don't want to go all the way down for these things), extra printer cartridges, etc....The cabinet houses items I want to alter; spray paint, modge podge, and other crafting supplies.
The short wide file cabinet to its left holds negatives and extra photos in one drawer and file folders and storage baggies in the other. On top of that is a three drawer plastic unit that holds what little 8 1/2 x 11 patterned paper and cardstock I own and blank tags. The wire unit in the middle of it all holds paper for the printer (white cardstock, vellum, transparency paper, photo paper, etc...).
As you walk in further on the right side, you see that my CD player is there, along with my Project 365 supplies. Then to the left of that is the wire shelf that holds unused albums and my boxes of photos categorized as follows: All about us; baby; People we Love; Places we go; Things we do; Christmas; Other holidays; and Family Celebrations. This is what works for me, and when I want a photo that I haven't scrapped...I know just where to get it. The category names were from Stacy Julian's book, Photo Freedom, which I highly recommend.
As you walk all the way in, there are two more short filing cabinets. In the first one, there are past issues of SB magazines inside, with current issues and most used idea books sitting on top. The last filing cabinet holds rubber stamping and card making supplies inside, along with ribbon and fibers on top. There's also a white plastic drawer unit holding pre-made transparencies, sheets of vellum titles and embellishments, and some foam letter stamps. As you look along the back wall on the window seat, there are several wire cubes and plastic drawer units. These hold embellishments, some by color, and some by theme. Some of the drawers hold more foam stamps and blank chipboard, as well as cutting tools not frequently used. I also have letter stickers organized by color in a file box there. On top of one of the drawer units are plastic shoe boxes holding my acrylic paints.
This is the far left corner of the room. It looks the most cluttered. I have been working on de-cluttering my room a bit, but haven't made it to this side. My work space is my biggest pet peeve. I frequently end up scrapbooking on the floor. I have my Cricut machine on my desk, along with a Pampered Chef carousel of most used items like scissors, glue runner and glue stick, rulers, pencils, etc....The hutch holds plastic containers of small embellishments like buttons, brads, and eyelets (organized by color), and some of the cubbies hold my Xyron sticker makers and most used punches. I also have a stand on my desk holding my collection of Zig pens. And there's always work in progress cluttering up the workspace.

If you've made it this far...I'm impressed. Thanks for hanging in there! Part II coming up!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

First Post

Hey scrapbookers! This is my first post on my new blog that I chose to do separately from our family blog. I wanted this one to be more about scrapbooking and anything related to it. I actually took the photo and created my own header using MS Paint. I'm new to the program, but I think it turned out okay. The text could be more centered, but hey...this is my first try! Stay tuned! Exciting things to come!