Saturday, April 12, 2014

Creativity

One of the things I love about creativity and crafting is its healing power.  Over the past few months I have dove into my scrapbooking, using it to heal my hurting heart.  The pages I have created over these past few months are some of my favorite pages ever! And since I haven't blogged in awhile I want to share some of my favorites with you. :)


I just love this layout for so many reasons.  I love these pictures of me and this layout is a reminder to myself that I am beautiful.  I also love the bright fresh colors of the layout and all the fun stamping on here.


I just love the simplicity of this layout. The beautiful photos really shine and the stamping just helps tell the story of capturing this beautiful butterfly at the farmer's market.



I love this layout for so many reasons. I love that I got so many photos on these pages to tell my story of visiting NASA in Houston in 2010 using Kerri Bradford's photo collages. I am SERIOUSLY addicted to these things! ;) I also love that I got to use a bunch of my space themed scrapbook products! And lastly I love the title that I was able to create with my Silhouette using the logo off the internet.


This is just one of those layouts where everything came together perfectly to create this beautiful layout. The colors, photo, and elements just make me happy to look at this page!


I have had these pictures on my scrapbooking to-do list for a few years now. These photos represent a dream lost and are a reminder of a difficult time in my life. Although I loved teaching, there were so many parts of this job that I absolutely hated! Now that I am back in the teaching profession I was able to pull these pictures out and document my first classroom.  I just love the bright colors on here and the fun die cuts that I sprinkled across the top of my page. :)


This layout was inspired by a layout on Nichol Magouirk's blog. She is one of my absolute favorite scrapbook inspirations and I just love everything she does.  I had been struggling with what to do with these photos since I had so many.  Her layout was perfect and so I scraplifted it.  I love the fun and eclectic look to this page and I love that I got to use so many of my stamps on here. :)


Another project I finished during this time was scrapping my friend Emily's wedding. I was her maid of honor and I wanted to document the day. This layout is one of my favorite ones. :)


This was another one of my absolute favorite pages from Emily's wedding.  I just love how this page turned out! :)


This layout was super time intensive but I totally love how it came out! The bottom half of the page is my journaling taken from the blog I wrote that night. I stamped lots of the words to really make the journaling stand out.
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This is just a smattering of my favorite layouts. To see all that I have been up to over the past few months visit my page at Scrapbook.com. All of my layouts are posted over there and your can see more details about each of these layouts there too. :)

Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.

These well-known words from Charles Dickens' novel A Tale of  Two Cities perfectly sums up 2013 for me. In 2013, I got a new job, met a pretty amazing guy, got to know my adorable nephew, and finally got a new car. I also lost one of my favorite places ever (which was also my place of employment), had 2 of my best friends move away, and the amazing guy mentioned above broke my heart.

Tonight as I was double backing up my photos from 2013, I realized this truth. I have so many amazing memories from this past year, but many of these memories also bring pain...the realization that things will never again be as they were.  Change is necessary but sometimes is oh so Difficult. Sometimes I wish I could go back to some of these wonderful memories and freeze time, but I know that is not reality. So I must remember the good and learn from the bad and strive to make this next year even better. So here's to 2014...may it be an even better year than last!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

More Got Sketch Fun!

A few weeks ago amid the craziness of changing jobs (see previous post), Valerie from Got Sketch asked me to contribute another layout to the Got Sketch blog.  So of course I said yes.  I am a huge fan of her sketches and this one was just so much fun to work with. 
 
The sketch actually went live last Monday, but with starting my new job and getting a cold at the same time, I just didn't have the time or energy to get my layouts on the blog. 
 
Here's the blog post with the sketch as well as all of the designers' interpretations: http://gotsketch.blogspot.com/2013/04/sketch-155.html
 
As soon as I saw the sketch, I knew I wanted to use it for a Disney layout. The 3 circles in the upper right corner reminded me of the shape of Mickey's head so I went off in search of the perfect Disney photo.  I found this awesome picture of my friend Debbie and I last November when we went to Disney for Christmas. 

 
I used a mixture of patterned papers from various companies: EK Success, Fancy Pants, BoBunny, and Queen and Company but I love the effect of all the different patterns and colors.  The Mickey head was cut out on my Silhouette Cameo.  And some fun Ali Edwards stamps complete the page. :)
 
After I completed the Disney layout, I  had one last picture from my sister's wedding ceremony to scrapbook and it was also perfect for this sketch, so I decided to use it again. Love how versatile it is...from fun and vacation layouts to elegant and wedding type layouts!
 
 
This layout was perfect to use up some of the 6x6 papers I have from this beautiful collection from Basic Grey. It was also a fantastic place to showcase this fun organza flower from Jolee's that I picked up on clearance. :)
 
Well I hope you all enjoyed my layouts and I'll be back later to share more!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Change

Lots of stuff going on here in my little world over the past few weeks. Some sad and others oh so very good. Firstly, my local Archiver's store closed last Sunday. It has been a very emotional and busy time for me, since Archiver's has also been my job for the past 3 1/2 years as well as my scrapbook store and source of information and scrapbook goodies for many years. I have learned so much about this amazing hobby and have grown as a scrapbooker and as a carmaker in so many ways. I have also made some amazing friends, including Peggy, Robin, Pam, Jennifer, Heather, Wenona, and so many others. I have been able to come together with these ladies and share my love for papercrafting with them and also be inspired by them. The past few weeks have been filled with reminiscing and making new memories towels us remember the times we have spent at Archiver's. Today was my last day there and although I am sad to see it end, I know that God has bigger and better plans for me.

As I close out this chapter in my life, God has opened up another, unexpected opportunity for me to get back into the classroom and use the talents and training that He has given me. About the same time that I found out that the store was closing, I filled out an application and had an interview for a teaching assistant position at a local Montessori school. I knew it might be a long shot since I have no training or experience in the Montessori schools, but at my interview the directors and I hit it off really well. So this past Thursday they offered me a job as a teaching assistant in their lower elementary classroom. It is working with students in grades 1-3 and I start on Monday. They also want to train me as a montessori teacher in a year or two which is so exciting!

It is just so amazing those God at work through all of this. His timing is so incredibly perfect and this new job seems to be a perfect fit for me, my talents, and my passions. I have been waiting and praying for the right job to come along and for God to show me where He wanted me to be. Lately I had become so discouraged with teaching and I was beginning to wonder if this was really where God wanted me. I started looking for other job opportunities outside of teaching and tried to wrap my head around the idea that I wasn't going to be a teacher. I clearly remember having a conversation with a dear friend about 2 months ago. I was just feeling so discouraged and lost about my career path. I didn't know what to do and I just felt like everything was such a mess. My friend sat down and prayed with me after church and her prayer was that God would bring me a position out of the blue, something I wasn't expecting but that was the perfect fit for me. And this job is exactly that. I wasn't really even looking for it but now in about 3 days I will be back in the classroom full time, able to share my knowledge with students and guide them as they grow and learn.

This has been such a long journey for me and there are so many family and friends that have been praying for me throughout this entire journey. I want to take the time and thank you all for your love, support and encouragement to me through this long, difficult process. I want to leave you with some verses that have been so important to me throughout this time and maybe they can be an encouragement to you too.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart." -Jeremiah 29:11-13

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Got Sketch

I am a huge fan of scrapbook sketches.  They are a fabulous way to jumpstart a layout because most of the design work foundation is already laid out for me.  I just plug in photos, papers and embellishments, and a dash of my own creativity and I end up with gorgeous layouts. 

For the longest time, my absolute favorite go-to sketches have been the Got Sketch sketches from the amazingly talented Valerie Salmon.  Aside from the sketches she releases on her blog, she also has these amazing classes that are chock full of sketches, inspiration, tips, and tricks that are the source of so many of my layouts.  I have taken all of Val's classes, or "the whole enchilada" as us Got Sketchers like to call ourselves.  To check out the blog and Val's classes, check out the blinkies on my sidebar.  :)

So when Val emailed me last week and asked me to contribute a layout to the blog, I was so excited!  Today the blog post went live so I can share the sketch and my layouts....yes two! I was so inspired I actually created 2 layouts for the sketch, but I only submitted the blue one.  :)

To see Val's sketch, go here.

Here's my first take on the sketch.  This is the layout that Val featured in her blog post.  These fun pictures of my friends and I were taken when we went to see The Hobbit back in December, hence the funny 3-D glasses. :)



I used some of the My Mind's Eye Indie Chic collection and stamps from Ali Edwards and Hero Arts to create my fun layout. The title was cut with my Silhouette Cameo. A few brads and punches finish off the layout.

Next up is my second take on the sketch.  These pictures are from Valentine's Day 2011. The sketch was perfect to display these fun photos of my parents and I opening our Valentines.

 
This is a fairly old collection from Bo Bunny called Sweetie Pie. I loved the added green in the papers to coordinate with my dad's shirt.  The heart was diecut out of some Creative Imaginations dotted felt and a stamp from Ali Edwards created the caption with the photos.
 
I loved playing along with Val's sketch and if you love sketches as much as I do, head over to Got Sketch and check it out! :)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Few New Things....

Hello there my blog readers. I just wanted to pop in here on my blog and share a few new things with you all. :)

First up....if you look over there to the right ----------> you will notice a new blinkie on my page. If you click on that it will take you over to "my place" over on Scrapbook.com. I post all of my layouts over there so you can come on over and check out my work as well as sb.com's amazing site.  They have awesome galleries, formus where you can meet the nicest scrapbookers and papercrafters around, a fabulous online store where you can buy just about anything, and awesome resources to share with us who love this amazing hobby! :)

Next. I want to share a new layout I made a few days ago. 

 
 
These pictures are from our first visit as a family to the new Tincaps Stadium in downtown Fort Wayne. We had just gotten a brand new stadium and a new team so I really wanted to do something cool with the team's logo on my layout.  So I turned to my favorite scrapbooking tool, my Silhouette Cameo.  I downloaded the image of the team's logo from the internet into my Silhouette software and used the trace feature to make my own custom diecut for my layout. 
 
 
 
I love the large graphic look that this title gives to my page and it adds a personalized element to help me tell my story.  :)
 
 
I used a combination of cardstock and patterned papers to give my diecut some dimension and texture.  I also combined my diecut title with sticker letters from Jillibean Soup's Gameday Chili collection and also some old Making Memories rub-ons to create my custom title. 
 
If you are a Fort Wayne Tincaps fan and want the cut files for the Silhouette, just shoot me a message and let me know... :)

 
To add to the baseball theme of the layout, I hand-stitched the baseball border using a Silhouette diecut as a template. 
 
 
I also found this really old denim pocket from Making Memories in my stash and it was the perfect place to house my memorabilia: tickets and the schedule of games from the inagural season of the Tincaps. 
 
 
And a fun fact...the team is named the Tincaps because Fort Wayne is the burial place of Johnny Appleseed who, as folklore tells us, wore a tin pot on his head.  :)
 
And in a few days, I will be able to share more fun scrapping goodness on my blog...stay tuned! :)


Friday, February 8, 2013

My Creative Space

Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE to be creative.  Whether it be scrapbooking, stamping, photography, or other crafty venture, I love to make beautiful things. And the place that I do most of my creating is in my scrap room in our basement.  I have taken over the space and today I thought I would share it with you my blog readers. :)

 This is what my space looks like...nothing fancy but it is very scrapper friendly.  I love to escape down here and immerse myself in my projects.
 
The pink bins at the bottom here hold all of my punches and fabric supplies. 
 
This is my huge shelving system. Most of my stuff is organized on these shelves.  They are from Closet Maid and are perfect for holding 12x12 albums and papers. I did add extra reinforcement to each shelf because the papers and albums can get really heavy really fast. 
 
The following photos detail the shelves and what is on them...going from left to right.

This section of shelves holds lots of embellishments. The top shelf holds my newest albums and this really cool cookbook holder holds some of my most recent pages that need to be put into albums.
 
The next shelf down is almost all chipboard. The little drawers are from Cropper Hopper and hold their 4x6 photo sleeves that hold so much more than photos. I have tons of them for everything from chipboard and journaling spots to gemstones and tags.
 
The shelf below that holds more miscellaneous embellishments. The little containers in the middle hold all of my brads and eyelets, and the purple bins on the right hold my rub-ons.  The red basket in the front holds my rolled ribbons. Other ribbons are stored on embroidery floss cards in a plastic box on a shelf to the left of these shelves. Below that is all patterned paper.

This is the center part of my shelving unit. The shelves here are longer to accomodate my Paper Sticker Binders (see below). The top shelf holds more chipboard as well as buttons and other miscellaneous embellishments.  The bear is a Build-A-Bear Scrapbook Bear that I got a few years ago...love him! (But I heard that they don't make the scrapbooking outfit anymore...)
 
The next shelf holds my letter stickers in a divided embellishment box from Cropper Hopper, flowers in jars from Making Memories and the purple drawers hold miscellaneous twine and flowers.
 
Below that is my stamping supplies. The inks and embossing powders are all aranged in these drawers. Love me my inks! :)

All of my paper is organized in these 12x12 paper holders from Cropper Hopper. These babies hold over 200 pieces of paper apiece.   I have my paper organized in a few different ways which seems to work for me to be able to find what I am looking for.  My patterned paper is organized into holidays (Christmas, Winter, Beach, etc) or by manufacturer (BoBunny, Basic Grey, My Mind's Eye, etc) and I also have a few miscellaneous ones as well.  I found these great little labels on clearance at Michaels several years ago and bought out everything the store have...love them!
 
Cardstock is also organized in these paper holders.  I have a pretty meticulous system for organization...its a bit of OCD coming out in me. I only use Bazzill cardstock so I keep a current list of all of their colors in my computer. I then organize my paper based on that list starting with the reds/pinks, and moving through the rainbow order. I store my papers in plastic Cropper Hopper sleeves, 2 colors per sleeve.  The full sheets and all scraps of that color are stored here.  I also created color rings with a swatch of each Bazzill color so that I can perfectly match my patterned papers to the cardstock I want and then easily find it in my stash. Crazy right? But it works and I love it!
 
Most of my stickers and flat embellishments are stored in Paper-Sticker Binders from Crop in Style.  These binders have 12x12 page inserts. Some are divided to store smaller embellishments .  I actually have 4 of these....the other one sits on a small table to the side of my shelves.  My goal is to get down to 3 eventually...I hope.  The binders are divided into themes such as baby, beach, kids, Christmas, fall, etc... The binders are on pull out shelves so that I can easily pull them out, look through the binder to see what I want and then push it back in out of the way. My dad altered the shelves so that I could have this feature and I love it!

This section of my shelf holds lots of different things.  The top shelf holds extra page protectors, page holders and other kits that I have gathered over the years.  The album holds unifinished pages that I made at convention classes, etc. The blue bin holds all of my journaling spots and other miscellaneous journaling embellishments.  The box above that is the box I use when I use spray adhesive on my diecut shapes.
 
The next shelf down holds all of my manual die-cutting supplies including all of my Quickutz dies, embossing folders and steel-rule dies.  The pink bin holds all of my spray mists and behind that is miscellaneous stuff including my 6x6 pads, some 8x8 paper and other embellishments.
 
The shelf below that holds all of my Thickers. I have them in 2 Rubbermaid boxes but because I am a Thickers addict, there are more piled on top of the bins that don't fit.  Next to those is my decorative strips from Doodlebug and Bazzill. The Doodlebug ones are sorted into silverware containers from Bed Bath and Beyond.

 This is my stamp corner. Almost all of my stamps are stored here. All of my clear and cling stamps are stored on this Clip-It-Up Mini with the attached upper section.  I put the stamps into these bags from Office Depot, cut in half.
The stamp shelves are from Cropper Hopper and are great for holding wood mounted stamps..I also have 3 more of these on the other side of the spinner. 
 
Below this shelf is miscellaneous storage including idea books, photo supplies, and my Copic markers.
 
This is my computer desk...pardon the mess. It's kind of a catch all for the miscellaneous stuff in my scraproom.  Above my computer is where my Silhouette Cameo is. And on the little shelf next to it is more of my wood block stamps....did I mention that I love stamps?!? My printer is also located here...its an Epson Artisan 837 printer...the print quality is amazing and it is wireless which I love.

 
And finally, this is my scrap desk. This is where I do all of my creating.  It is a giant executive desk that we got free from my Dad's work when they remodeled.  There is actually another one behind it that holds my sewing machine, another Clip-It-Up with miscellaneous embellishments on it, markers,and my Cricut.
 

Back to the desk itself.  My trusty scrapbook sketch binder is always on the left. In front of me are all of my Scarlet Lime kits that I haven't yet used up.  Right now since I am working on my sister's wedding album and using the same papers throughout, those papers are also stored here.  The right side of the desk holds my most used supplies (adhesive, tools, etc).
 
Inside the desk drawers, hold extra adhesive, alcohol inking and other inking supplies, glitter, paint, circle punches, and other miscellaneous embellishments.
 
I also have a 6 foot white table that I use for extra space while I am working, or to have friends come over and scrap. 
 
 
Well there you have it....a thorough tour of my scrap space. I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse of where I create and spend a lot of my free time. I love it down here! :)