Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hello Blue Skies

I'm getting excited for Spring.  We've had a lot of rain here as of late which is a bummer but everything is turning green and my tulips and other flowers are starting to come up so I am hopeful Spring is just around the corner.

In that respect I've been trying to create some happy Sunny cards.  I found this wavy textured paper in my stash.   It is probably over 15 years old and I've been saving it that long.  I finally gave myself permission to use it.  I love the texture it gives this card.  I used some Memory Box Dies as well as Impression Obsession and a gold Hello sticker.  All together this card made me Happy I hope it makes you Happy as well.

Thank you for stopping by to visit.  I'm going to share how I organize my small embellishments like brads and buttons this weekend.  Hope you can stop back by!

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Rainbow of Thanks - Nested Die Organization

I've been building up my card stash once again using my scraps.  I can never have enough Thank You cards or Birthday Cards.  Today I have a Quick and Easy Thank You card.  Plus a little storage idea  I'm always cleaning and reorganizing trying to get things just so in my craft room.  I really work better when things are not tucked away in drawers in boxes or cases so I've moved all of my nesting dies to the inside of the cabinet doors over my desk.  I'm so happy with this system I just open any cabinet and find the shape I need for my current project cut put it away and I'm done.  Here is a picture of the way have set it up.

This process also gave me a couple of empty drawers I can put 6x6 pads in so it's a twofer!!!!!  

I will share more of my new or old organizing ideas  that really seem to work for me lately next weekend.

Thank you so much for stopping by have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Make Great Things Happen - PLAN Planner post 1

New Year New Planner - I've been perfecting this size for a year now. The Personal Filofax size.  Love love my little Filofax.  This year my planner is a lovely sea foam color so fresh and inspiring for the new year.  I have added a lot of pink items to my planner love the color combo so far.

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I found some menu planning pages at Michael's so I've added that.  I also did a couple of charts for myself for my Stitchy WIPs and for all my other Paper Crafty WIPs.   Between my planner and my new cleaner semi organized craft room(pictures to follow at a later date). I'm excited for a crafty new year.  I also have to share my new purse that matches my planner.

Hope everyone is having a Wonderful week.  Thank you so much for stopping by.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Highlights from Holiday 2016 - Happy 2017

This year I tried to take some photos in between the videos and busyness of the Holiday Season.  This year while working full time at a college the Holiday's landed during finals, end of term and graduation so that meant longer days at work and a lot of evenings!  We had concerts a lot of evenings and weekends as well as the end of both terms for both girls with projects and finals.  This season was definitely a challenge and there were a few bumps in the road but we persevered and made it through 2016 and now we can relax and ring in the New Year!  So looking forward to 2017!  We wish Everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year filled with Joy!

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Christmas Raskog cart Stitchy Set Up

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Puppies enjoying their new blanket from Santa

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Christmas Puzzle beginning and end.
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Decorating the Gingerbread House
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Correy's special present Emily Wrapped it Brilliantly.

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New PJ's for Everyone Holiday Tradition!

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Christmas Eve the Tree is looking Bright

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Our Great Nephew opening Gifts on Xmas Eve.
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Children make the Holiday so much more Joyous!

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My MIL's tree is Gorgeous as always!

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PJ day at school, means go as a Reindeer.

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Graduation night for Work!

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Dave knows how to deal with SNOW!

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Barnes & Nobel Holiday Performance

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The beginning of Dave's B-Day Dinner

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50 bottle of Beers when you turn 50!

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PCC Winter Concert

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Honors Choir

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First Snow is always pretty!

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Clason house strings performance

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It's tight in the Clason House for the Performers

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Holiday Decorating is never boring

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Holiday Shopping with my Munchkin!

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The Tree Lighting Celebration in the Town Square - PCC sang carols

Just some of the highlights from this Holiday Season.  There were a few concerts and events I only took video those are on my Instagram and/or Facebook page, along with other items throughout the season.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Wedding Follow Up

Followup to Letters.  

Working really hard in my craft room on these letters.  Even on Halloween in my costume.  

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Here are the completed letter boxes.  It was so cute how they filled them with mints and put one box on each place setting alternating L and J for the bride and groom.  I am so happy to have helped make someones wedding a bit more special.  

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Ok blog catchup in action!  Hold on to your pants people!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Latest Project - A Wedding

Today my latest project only 1/4 is cut I have to switch gears and start assembling.  This should be fun!  A little movie a little snacks and a lot of tape!  What more can a girl ask for on a Saturday night.  Well a Cubs win would have been nice but if I can't have that I'll take crafting any day!

Have a Wonderful Saturday night!

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Returning from a Blog/Creative Hiatus

It’s been awhile since I’ve been on here.  In the last 6 months my life has changed significantly.  I changed from working in a LSS and teaching 5-6 creative classes a month for the last 6 years to working full time at a fast paced growing college.  The change for me and my family has been major to say the least.  I have been creating layouts and such for myself and those around me.  Mostly for pleasure that has been fun.  I have also been working in my ETSY shop a bit utilizing the new listing tools ETSY has put in place(I like them a lot).  But to be honest all of this the creative stuff needed to take a back seat to my Family and regaining some of my energy and enthusiasm for the Crafty World and everything around me again.

I still love my hobby don’t get me wrong I can’t imagine doing anything else but the physical and mental drain of mass creating for no other reason than someone elses gain has taken its toll on my creative mojo.  I’ve read a lot lately of many bloggers discouragement with this industry and how things work and how the general viewing public is unappreciative.  I don’t know about that?  I found those that took my classes very appreciative and many became friends and people I am proud to know.  But they were sitting in an actual classroom learning from me, we exchanged ideas and stories and built up a relationship so the basis is different. I personally was burnt out from time and sheer volume of creating and had to make a choice continue for little or no money doing what I love or take a leap of faith and return to working full time and see what happens.   I am proud of myself that I made all of my own choices and took control of what was really a losing situation, for that I give myself all of the credit.  Big pat on the back or is it a round of applause(my teenagers are rolling their eyes I’m sure).  

So enough of that let’s talk about NOW.  What’s happening!  Well I’ve been out of the 9-5 workforce for about 15 years now and wasn’t sure I could go back?   I mean 15 years of not going to a regular job working at a desk 8 hours a day to suddenly working 9-5 Monday thru Friday was daunting.  I was lucky, I created a resume, applied for a couple of jobs online, went on one interview and that was that.   It’s taken me a few months to figure it out, only partially, and I’m still struggling with kid’s schedules, dinner, household chores, appointments etc.  But it gets better each week and I find I enjoy working everyday outside the home it is very rewarding in so many ways.  Not only did I  start a new job but in an industry I know nothing about.  I went from Stock Market/Investment Data to Education at the College level.  To say that I had no idea what was going on is the understatement of the year.  I sometimes know I must have the Deer in Headlights look to people that are speaking to me at work.  My mind is frantically trying to piece it all together whenever I am asked a question, but I have to say it gets easier as well each week.  And it is totally fun learning something new, since I am naturally curious.  Today for instance a student was sent to me and I got nervous, they are going to ask me something I won’t know (I have a standard line about looking into it and sending them and email…..).  But the student asked their question and I actually knew the answer, with confidence could tell them not to worry, they even walked away happy.  There is some satisfaction in learning a new job and doing it well.  So there is that.  I’ve also been getting back to my scrapping which, I was surprised to learn isn’t really all that stressful (it was for a while) nor demanding (it was for a long time).  I can usually get about 2 layouts a week done which is my new goal.  Sometimes I take pictures of the layouts more often than not they just go into the books.  If it feels stressful or not fun, I won’t attempt it in the creative time I allow myself.  I’ve been cleaning in my craft room again little by little and will hopefully be able to get to a garage sale to unload some things.  I’ve unmounted a ton of stamps (lots of clear boxes I’m afraid to throw out) making more room and a more organized way of finding things.    I’ve also taught myself a bunch of new techniques and explored various tools I have, most notably I created my own stickers and cut them on my Silhouette, my mind is swimming with ideas for this among others.

Outside of creative and work ventures, I’ve also had a lot of fun doing things on the weekend with my family and we’ve taken an actual vacation where we went to the beach and everything.  The puppies are also awesome and this summer I need to get them signed up for obedience training.  Potty training, for the puppy has been a challenge especially with being in the kennel for the first part of my back to work but now it’s summer and someone is usually around so she can hopefully learn what she’s supposed to do.   In the mean time she has given some of her bad habits to the older dog that has to be broken.  Oh well it’s all pretty good until it rains but then they are Doxies, they do not do rain or snow or dew or anything that may touch their little belly’s or feet or ears or back or fur (you get the idea), EWWWWW.  We’ve also spent a bunch of time in the last 3 months with family so that is good as well, and we have plans to do more.  I am even went to have a massage with me, myself and I.  CRAZY right?  Well in my old world it would be.  In my new world everything has changed and that is really what needed to happen.  

I look forward to reinventing my creativity, my blog and my shop to be what I have started to envision in my mind now that it is clear.  To say that I am starting to become re-energized is an understatement.  If you’ve stuck it out to the end of this post thank you so much and I promise to try to stay away from long winded posts in the future.  And I will definitely add pictures in my next posts of creative things!

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

CalvinBall is here! Soooo Excited!

March 1st is here and it's time for CalvinBall!   I'm going to try to post the layouts as I go but I find the taking pictures and editing a challenge.  Maybe I'll do some through Instagram?  Or maybe just bits through there.

But first I want to share a bit of my set up.

Layouts preplannedish A La Katie Scott -

Ephemera tray stuffed full for quick embellishments more being cut on my Silhouette as I type this -

Extra 6x6 pads(those 2 front ones are from HL 4x6) I've been collecting just to add a bit more when needed - 

Some new(to me) Product to Inpsire me - 

Pinterest Boards full of ideas - My Pinterest

Some goodies to have around while I work because that's part of Scrapbooking too -

My laundry is almost caught up and my house is pretty clean, we did a big push this past weekend I even steamed all the floors and the Donation stuff went to the Vets yesterday so besides Work, dinner for the Family, kids concerts and events I'm ready.  Bring it on!  Can't wait to get a ton done.

And a last minute addition when I just went out to the mailbox woohoo!  Orders have arrived some photos and the last of my adhesive -

Now I'm truly ready!  Ok that's what I think....  Life will prove me wrong I'm sure! 

Monday, February 29, 2016

February 14 layout challenge - Final Post and CalvinBall

Ok so these are my last 3 layouts for February.  I challenged myself to do 14 which is about as many as I have done in the last 2 years total.  I haven't really scrapbooked in years.  What did I learn this month?  Well first I can find my mojo if I don't overthink it.  No page needs to take longer than a day(really)!   Seriously there is another one coming up right behind it, it's like getting a do over every time you sit down to create.  I have had a problem in the past thinking each layout has to be perfect.   I did a project last summer/fall where I put all of my layouts into albums, they were in boxes.  I was really impressed with what I did in the past for the most part.  I couldn't remember what I was stressing over on each layout and it was a ton of fun to look back at the photos and stories.  The point being I have thousands of photos that haven't been printed just waiting to be made into a layout that my family will appreciate no matter what I do to it.  Above all HAVE FUN!
Ok here is that paper from the Authentique Renew Expo kit.  I really like how it looks with older photos.  Lots of embellishments from my ephemera tray.  These pics are fun that's me on the top left and on top of my Dad in the bottom photo.  The baby is Cris when he was tiny.  We were all Cut & Happy then, heeheehee.
 This one is of Emily in one of her first Dance Classes.  I'm not sure why I dressed her in black but she does stand out(I'm sure I was not thinking like that then).  I hand cut the title I traced with a stencil, I remember doing this on all of my layouts years ago before electronic cutters.
 Love the frame to show off Em.  The colors of the photos are so odd because of the room lighting.
For the most part all of the papers came out of my pink scraps.  I only cut a new sheet of light green vellum for the mat on one photo.
This one is using almost all new product from the Box I ordered from BasicGrey.  So sad they are not going to be doing paper anymore.  I have a ton of old lines I've been hoarding away.  I've planned a few layouts for March with them.  Can't wait to dig in.
These photos are older Mia was an only puppy then and it's hard to remember when she was the only dog my Mom and Joel had plus look at how tiny that little puppy face is.  I did break out my sewing machine for this one and left it out for next month.

So this wraps it up.  I did 14 layouts in February granted the one above was last night.  But I still completed them in February.  All of them can be seen at in my gallery

For the month of March I am participating in CalvinBall over at Get It Scrapped.  It will be my first year, I found out about it from YouTube Katie Scott and Nicole Jones 911.  So I went signed up and will figure it out as I go.  My goal is not 100 pages like some or even 50 I will be happy if I get more done than I did last March or even last month.  I have prepped over 60 pages(much like Katie with some of Nicole's tips thrown in for good measure) but those should hold me for a bit.  Even if I wasn't working full time again and traveling this month.  I'm not sure I could scrap that much I'm still working my way back to it, but I'm having a blast. I do have a ton of layout ideas in my Pinterest boards.  I've bought some paper pads and ephemera from Mike's, the big box from BasicGrey, not to mention a years of collecting stash and some new adhesives from Thermoweb and I've got my table all set up.  For now I'm as ready as I'm going to get considering it starts tomorrow.   Wish me luck!

Hope everyone is having a great start to their week.  I'll be back with more updates throughout March.