Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Holiday Gifts

Here's the acrylic frames that I made into post-it note holders.  One will be for me and the rest are going to co-workers.

And here are the 3 day planners I personalized for my kids.

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Monday, December 12, 2011

CTMH Dreamin layouts

Here are more layouts using the CTMH Dreamin kit and I used an older stamp set from last year. The pictures are of my daughter in law Misty's parents and older son Cameron and new daughter Zoë.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

CTMH cards

These are the cards I made with the CTMH Dreamin kit. There are 2 each of each design.

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Idea organization

I finished week #7 of the organization challenge--ideas. I set aside all but a few magazines and I cut out all the layouts/ideas I pulled from the magazines and put them into their basket slots by number of photos on each layout or by card idea or other. I even dressed up my divider and tabs. Remember all that blue paper I haven't been using from paper week, well I only used blue paper in my basket. Each divider sheet was plain white cardstock and I covered each one with a blue patterned paper and for each tab I punched blue scraps of cardstock with my Quickutz tab dies and used leftover number stickers to label them. I stored my magazine files (I even have an empty one) and idea basket on the shelf over my desk and my CTMH books, catalogs and sketch books are all filed in a cube to the right of my scrap desk. I'm not sure if everything will live where it's placed at right now, but it works for the moment.

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Zoë's first layout...

This layout uses this month's CTMH Dreamin kit and it's the first layout that I've made of Zoë. 

I just realized while I'm looking at this that the layouts are photographed in the opposite order. The dandelion flowers are blowing in the wind across the layouts.

Those letters aren't from CTMH, they are old American Craft from my stash.

2 part process for the circle border along the bottom, I stamped the circles and then used glitter glue to color around them.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas decorating...

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!!
I know this photo doesn't really do it justice, but our Christmas tree is all blinged out! It's absolutely beautiful!!! And in case you can't tell just how enormous our tree is, it's 10 foot tall and at least 5 foot wide at the base. It's definitely a pain in the kiester to decorate, but it's so worth it!

That's me working on a wreath, Mr Gulley wanted it up on the wall in the living room this year and in order to dress it up some I put some lights on it and some golden poinsettias, nothing too fancy, just pretty.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Idea Organization

It's week #7 of the Organization challenge over at 2 Peas in a Bucket. That means that I have to pull out all of my magazines, my idea files and sketch books.I gathered from all over my office and closet and stacked up everythin on my desk. I sorted all of my AD Sketch Books, Page Map Book, CTMH books and catalogs out and put them on a shelf by my desk because I refer to them frequently. I went through all of my magazine files and threw out old ideas that I have already tried or was no longer interested in. I sorted throug most of my magazines, I left all of the Simple Scrapbook magazines and the last 2 years of Paper Crafts on the shelf as well as 2 Becky Higgens sketch magazines, 2 mini album idea books, and several other idea magazines that I refer to once in a while. The last thing to work on is my idea basket. I have pulled out layouts from different magazines over the years and have filed them into my basket that is divided by the number of photos on the layout, cards or misc. ideas. I have a stack of magazine pages I've pulled out that I need to cut down further and sort into the basket. I also want to dress up the dividers and put new labels on them, something that is relatively pretty since I will store them on the shelves over my desk now. 

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Photo Organization Update

Here's a quick update on my photo organization. I have managed to get all of 2011 into albums, that's them in the first photo. I've stacked up like photos in the same sleeves for later scrapbooking and sharing purposes.

 Next photo is all the boxes I've emptied so far, they were half full or had random photos in them and they have all been sorted either into other boxes or into albums.

Here's all of them back on the shelf, since I've made this picture I've actually filled another album with the remainder of 2010, so all of 2010 are in albums as well. I plan to work on this project more this week as I finish up my idea organization.

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Snowman Family

We had our family Thanksgiving on Nov. 6, it seems ages and ages ago. On the 5th I had planned a craft project for my grandson Cameron and I to do since he was spending the night. We made a snowman family with mother, father, brother and baby sister...OK so I provided the jars and paint and cut the felt and scarves that my daughter in law Misty picked out. LoL!!! We have quite the funky snow people!!! They took them home and put lights in the jars and they glow beautifully. The best part though is that Cameron got to be creative and he actually said that doing crafts was funner than being on the computer....who would've guessed?!?!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Photo Organization

Remember me talking about organizing my photos before I went on hiatus?  Well, during the last 2 weeks that is what I have been doing along with working and working and working!!! No really, I've been working!

So on to updating about my efforts to sort and organize photos:
If you will remember I had a whole shelf in my closet dedicated to photo storage and well...I had photos stashed here and there all over my room, so I gathered everything (and that's 30+ years of photos and put them onto my table to start the sorting process...
The albums on the far left are 3 up albums and have hundreds and hundreds of photos in them...ugh...very few of them are in chronological order!
Here's the empty shelf in the closet...completely bare!!!
After going digital I have kept photos sorted in boxes like this one after I've printed them out, but it's been kind of hit or miss for printing, I still have a ton of photos in cyber storage that haven't been printed.
This box is full of old negative from the good old film days. Man what do I do with all of these? For now they will continue to live in this box.
This is a pretty good sized plastic bin and it holds all of my boys school pictures, sports pictures and anything over a 5x7 size. I have a large envelope that I keep some 10x13's in.
I gave up taking photos out of there sleeves and just added date and information to the top of the sleeve.
I actually have some photos in a different album I bought at Archievers, it too is a 3 up album, and I have the dates on the sticky tabs on the side. I started putting in all of 2010 for this album, but I never finished and still have a box with the other half of 2010 in it. That will be on my agenda to get done this weekend since I know I have all of 2010 printed. This album is sitting on top of the plastic bin in the overall photo.
You would think I have this big bin full but it's not, there's really only a couple hundred photos in here. I bought this box with the idea that it would help me sort all the photos in my 3 up albums that are in total random order. Another goal for prolly next week...start on the 3 up album sorting.

I didn't take a photo of my computer screen with my cyber storage. I have a master photo file, in that are year files and in each year there are month files. If there is a big event during the month or several events then those will get their own file within the month file, otherwise random pictures go just into the month file. Even though I don't always scrap chronologically I like for my photos to be in chronological order.

Since these photos were taken 2 weeks ago I have progressed quite a bit. I had 2 boxes full of random pictures collected from all over my room, those have been sorted and put into their appropriate boxes. I have emptied 2 1/2 boxes into the large plastic container freeing up the boxes for the sorting I am planning on doing when I empty the 4 3up albums I have. I have also put all of 2011 photos into 2 albums I bought on Thanksgiving night at Michaels that were 1/2 off. They are 5up photo pages with 3 horizontal photos and 2 vertical phots per page. I put duplicate pictures of events in the same photo sleeve to make scrapping and viewing them easier. 

I had friends over last week to scrapbook with me so I moved all of my photos back to their closet shelf. I will be taking them back out this weekend so that I can start working on them again. 

Well...that's it for now!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Another Wedding Album

I finished another wedding album last Friday, I had worked on it all week while my sister was here and managed to finish all 10 double page layouts. This one will be a Christmas present for my niece Amber and her husband Jeremy who got married on the beach in Florida this summer. I used Allison Davis sketches for each layout and paper and embellishments from my stash.
I did buy the pink glitter paper, the butterfly embellishments, the pink and black hearts and the black glitter ribbon for this album. This layout is based on a sketch in AD Sketches Volume 1.
I bought the pink glitter ribbon for this album as well, the rest is from my stash. This layout is based on  an AD sketch from volume 2.
This layout is based on an AD sketch from volume 2. That shoe embellishment has been in my stash for years!
This layout is based on an AD sketch from volume 2. It's difficult to see in this photo but there is an overlay on the large picture frame with the word family on it.
Here's another splurge I made for this album, the pink rose ribbon...I just love this stuff! This layout is based on an AD sketch from volume 3.
This layout is based on an AD sketch from volume 3.
This sketch is based on an AD sketch from volume 3.
This sketch is based on an AD sketch from volume 3.
Here's another purchase for this album, this lovely white pleated ribbon...I love this stuff! This layout is based on an AD sketch from volume 3.
This sketch is based on an AD sketch from volume 3.

Well that's it for this album, there isn't any order, I just loaded the albums as I took pictures.

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