With Thanks

First and foremost, thank you to all my friends and visitors for all the support in the Let’s Get Sketchy Cover Girl search. I was not selected and I’m ok with that. There were a lot of great layouts submitted, and congratulations to the winner (it has not been announced yet who/what layout won). I’m genuinely thankful for the opportunity to participate, and am proud that I went out on a limb and tried anyway. That was a huge bold step for me and who knows what the future holds. This I know for sure, I am better off for having made the attempt in the first place.

In all my scrappings this week I created a layout to go with the Let’s Get Sketchy January Week 2 sketch. I don’t love my take on it, but I got to scrap some pictures I wasn’t sure how I was going to, and I got to use some fun papers I thought I’d never have the chance to use on a layout. So, here is the sketch, and my take:

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It’s far too busy for my liking, and I have no idea why my cam decided to make this worse in pic than in person. Anyways, go, play along, link up, lather rinse repeat!

That’s it for this girl for one night, both blogging and scrapping. I was at a crop today and I’m not sure I could glue another piece of paper if I tried right now. And we won’t even discuss my atrocious sleepy typing skills. Buenos noches amigos!

Stuck?! January 15 Sketch

Short, sweet, to the point. If you’ve read my blog more than once you know how this works. They post a sketch, I post a layout. This time it’s a Stuck?! Sketches sketch, and my take on said sketch.

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Once again, a happy mix of old and new product, some classic me touches (helloooooo Prima flowers), follow a blueprint sketch, and here we are!

ScrapMuch?! Scrappy Challenges

I’m guilty of crafting lots, posting little. So here comes a couple of posts to get caught up on the several sketch challenges I’ve been doing. ScrapMuch?! has changed the format for their sketchy Fridays a little making it easier for more people to play along. Here’s a few of their recent sketches and my takes on the sketches:

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Finally, I took part in the colour challenge for this month as well. The way that works, is you take the colours in the palette and create a layout. Pretty easy! Definitely worth a hop over and a try!

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I’ve really enjoyed using my stash of paper and embellies, and photos too! I’m really thankful I’ve had time, and the inspiration in the clean space to get down to business!

Where I Create

As I mentioned in my last post, my scrapbook room became quite the disaster over the holidays. It became the catch-all for presents, garbage, out of place items, scrapbook supplies I simply dropped off after I cropped the weekend before Christmas, etc. It became a haven for hidden cat toys, if the cats could even get through the door. Don’t believe me? Here’s proof:
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With the addition of the sewing machine from Santa Steve, I also needed to find a way to give it a new, functional home in the space. I scoured 2Peas and Pinterest for some inspiration. I was willing to rearrange the furniture some, but I did want to leave one corner available for a TV that I’d dearly love to add. So, that also meant that I couldn’t really change the orientation of my desk, now sitting perpendicular between the 2 windows in the room.

Under Matisse’s watchful (read: pesty) eyes, the overhaul and clean began.
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And now the reveal of the finished product, that is always a work in progress.
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My scrap table, Raskog Ikea cart, sewing machine, Silhouette Cameo and photo printer on Bygel utility cart, also from Ikea. In fact, the bulk of the furniture in this room is from Ikea. The table that my sewing machine is on is an old repurposed printer stand. On the walls hang 3 of my fav pieces of scrapbook paper from Rouge de Garance before they were bought out by Sandylion. I just bought some frames for them at Ikea to create the triptych. The Welcome sign in the window is an old Creative Escape project, and is joined by my Michigan and Red Wings gnomes on the sill. So much of this room is a collection of all things “me”, like the gnomes.

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The Ikea Expedit shelving across from my scrap table holds completed albums and fully empty albums, idea books, completed cards, a few personal trinkets, projects on display, some pictures, some Build a Bears – Galadriel Bunny and Arwen Bear, my Patriots flag, my running medals and sports teams spirit beads. Most importantly, it also holds my Sirius Stiletto radio dock. The clear drawer cart holds seldom used tools and other extra supplies.

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Hanging on the closet door is my Heidi Swapp & Jessica Sprague apron from a Creative Escape, decorated with some Jennaye and Kelli Collins fabric flowers also made at a Creative Escape, and in the corner is the catnip blanket for a quiet cozy place for Socks to curl up, and she does in the summer all the time. Right now she prefers the warmth of the heating vent, and I can’t say as I blame her.

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My small diecutting table and gallery wall featuring some of my fav pictures. The table is an old Ikea Mammut. On the shelves on the side unseen is my Zutter Bind-It-All and my 7Gypsies Binderie punch. The shelves hold my Vagabond accessories, dies, embossing folders and my old QuicKutz alpha and shape dies I can’t bring myself to part with yet, even though I haven’t looked at them in easily over a year.

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I moved one of my Expedit shelves around the room to give me a little more behind the desk space, a home for my Clip-It-Up, and to make those supplies a little more accessible to me. On display are more mini books, projects, and photos. The heart rug on the floor? Also Ikea. Most of the items in storage in the cubbies are empty mini-albums that were my previous passion until I started doing sketches.

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Behind my table you’ll see another Expedit, and a bunch of the Michael’s paper storage cubes. I keep changing up how I organize my paper in those, some are theme, some are colour, some are manufacturer and far right is all cardstock and transparencies. Now that my 6×6 paper pads are in those holders I made with the Silhouette I have used them a lot more than when they were stashed away. I’ve put all my ribbon together on top of the cubes in the spools, or in the 2 & 3 collapsible bins, the QuicKutz magpie storage has trinkets and binder rings and displays more projects. On top of my ribbon storage is my Sweet Pea stuffie, one of Steve’s names for me 🙂

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Now a closer look at some parts of my storage; like the Raskog and Bygiel carts, and the Expedit that holds a lot of my supplies.

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Storage bins from a store called Solutions holding unfinished projects, chipboard and flower embellies, miscellaneous paper embellies, and acrylic stamps.

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The Raskog cart with my wet and dry adhesive, paint, distress inks, embossing powder, glitter, markers, glimmer mist, and some extra supplies.

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Inks, woodmount stamps, projects in progress, page kits, paper packs, misting screen and Project Life style card holder.

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Bygiel cart with Cameo, photo printer and iris cases storing extra page protectors but also easily accessible to take papers on the go. Punches and twine are stored in the little drawer beneath the Cameo.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed the mini-tour of my space where I love to create! I hope I’ve been able to inspire some storage ideas as well. I’m very much a type of person who needs things accessible and visible or they are easily forgotten and not used.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stuck?! January 1st Sketch

Hi everyone! I’m sharing another creation that was inspired by the January 1st sketch over at Stuck?! Sketches. It’s been a bit of a challenge for me to find time to scrap these days, and my room needed a massive cleanup after the holidays before it was even remotely useable. There will be more on that overhaul in a later post!

So here is the sketch:

With the cold and snow I found myself dreaming of happier, sunnier, warmer times. I also had some amazing new papers from Simple Stories I was dying to play with. So, here is my take on the sketch:
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Patterned paper, journaling card, tag stickers, banner sticker – Simple Stories; paper clip – Freckled Fawn; ribbon – Pink Paislee; flair – American Crafts Dear Lizzy; rhinestones – Kaisercraft; stick pin – My Little Yellow Bicycle; flower – Prima; pen – Zig Photo Signature.

The pictures are from an amazing trip to Aventura Spa Palace in the Mayan Riviera. It’s one of our favourite resorts and we have so many happy memories from such a special place. After the week of cold and snow and ice we’ve had I’m so ready to go back right about now!

Have a warm day! 🙂

Be Bold

When it comes to sharing my craftings I am extremely shy. I scrapped for several years before I was ever willing to bit by bit share my creations – starting with some blogging, some posting on ScrapMuch? blog to support my friends, and then I started to venture out and put some on 2Peas, and some on other sketch challenge sites. Enter: Let’s Get Sketchy. My friend Laura, has been with LGS for a while and that’s how I found them, and started taking part in some challenges. In July, one of my layouts was selected as a design team fav for the month (WOW!). And as I mentioned recently, I was published in their December e-zine. What an amazing and flattering ride it’s been!

The Let’s Get Sketchy crew are now compiling another e-zine for February release and blogged that they are looking for a Cover Girl. In real life I stand a mere 5’1″ and I’m not a twiggy waif, so I realistically know that I’ll never be a fashion mag cover girl. But maybe, just maybe, through the hobby I’ve grown to love, I could be a cover girl in another way…

Step 1 was to pick one of the 2 sketches to play along with. I chose this one:

With Valentine’s day right around the corner, and my pick up of some of the fab new Teresa Collins You Are My Happy, I created this layout to be considered for their cover (yes, really!!!).
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Patterned paper and enamel dots – Teresa Collins You Are My Happy; Wood hearts – Studio Calico; title stickers – Lawn Fawn; cardstock, crochet flowers – Stampin’ UP!; cork stick pin – My Little Yellow Bicycle; die cut – Silhouette Cameo; pop dots, journaling pen – American Crafts; circle punch 1 1/2″ – EK Success; other adhesives – Ranger glossy accents, Scotch ATG, Zots

At this point, I may win, I may not, but I’ll never know unless I try. This is a huge, and exciting, step forward for me.

Step 2 was to blog about the contest. Done!

Step 3 is to cross my fingers and wait, and be proud that I actually tried. And I will keep trying, consider yourself warned LGS 😉

If you haven’t played along with LGS, what’s stopping you?! They are an amazing bunch of inspiring, creative scrapbookers. If you want to try your hand at being their next Cover Girl, you have until January 15th to get your submission in!