Monday, October 31, 2011

Scrap Room Organization

     I think I've lost my mind!!! I've decided to take part in the Organize Your Stuff Challenge over at 2peasinabucket. It's Crisann's last time to host it (it's the 5th run since the original Wookiemouse posted this challenge back in 2009) and's time for me to get a handle on my space.

      I love my room, it's the brightest room in the house with the largest window. Mr Gulley put in a new floor that I just love, it's a laminate that is light in color and matches the oak counter top of my scrap desk and shelves. The room is painted a pale yellow with white trim, which I love. I'm toying with the idea of putting a french door on the room (I only close the door when Mr Gulley is watching a scary movie with the surround sound at full throttle in the other room).

      I share my room with the home office, which of course is my office since Mr Gulley prefers to use his laptop in front of his "ginormous" TV in the living room. I have a huge desk that I use to do school work when I am in school or pile up random scrapbook stuff on when I'm  not in school. Currently I am not taking any classes but I will be applying to graduate school in December so I may be back in school in January so I need to keep the large desk for now.

Week #1 space audit:
I must be crazy!! With the holidays approaching and having so much to do to get ready for them I have decided to do this challenge.

What works:
Paper sorted by color.
Embellishments sorted in color bins.
Stamps in drawer tower.
Kits kept together.
Travel supplies kept together.
Sticker storage.
Scrap storage.
Ribbons on the wall.
My ink pads are easily to see and pull.
My tools are fairly easy to access.

What doesn't work:
-That my paper is so tight I sometimes have trouble pulling out what I want.
-That some of my embellishments get bent and I don't have all of my embellishments in my bins.
-That I have stamps I don't use and they are taking up space.
-That my sticker folders don't support my sticker and they get bent.
-That I have a box full of ribbons wound up and a jar full of bits and pieces that aren't really organized.
-I don't always remember which punches I have and therefore I don't use them often enough.
*I have chipboard everywhere.
*I have storage units that aren't used in the best ways.
*I have project spread all over my room.
*My quickutz storage binder is too heavy and needs to be redone (I'm currently working on this one).
*Only 1 person can scrap at my desk.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The last of the wedding layouts

This post will wrap up the last of the wedding layouts. I'm super excited to have this album done, I only wish I had all the pictures to put in it, but that will have to wait till I get them all printed.
Layout #8
This is an AD sketch from Volume #7, the black border on the bottom with the bling is a new purchase for this album.

Here's a close up of the black adhesive border sticker, I added the bling. The black and red ribbon has been in my stash for a long, long time.

The black flowers are part of a sticker embellishment and I added the white ones and the bling.

That's a white rub on title that I've had for prolly 10 years.
Layout #9
This is an AD sketch from Volume #7, everything here is from my stash except for the black glitter ribbon.

Close up of an embellishment.

Close up of butterflies, I didn't like the stark white feel of them on this layout so I inked them with some vanilla ink.

I used letter stickers here, they don't look so great here but in person you can't tell that they are stickers.

I love that black glitter ribbon.

Layout #10
This is an AD sketch from Volume #7, I bought this red glitter paper especially for this album.

This is an old chipboard embellishment.

This is a sticker and a clear overlay with a verse.

Old bits and pieces from my stash.

I do...

I created a layout from Shimelle's starting point this week and wanted to post it before I forget.
That's my dear sweet Mr Gulley (who btw would do anything sweet Shani asked him to) acting the part of the blushing groom! LoL!! This is actually Layout #12 from the CKC October kit ( I might actually have one more). The dk rusty orange cardstock was in my kit, the patterned paper scraps are the back side to a pink flower paper from CTMH as is the blue photo mat, I love being able to use up my scraps!!

I tried to get a close up of the ink splatter I attempted on this layout in the upper right corner and the bottom left corner. The little metal embellishments are leftovers from a CTMH kit that I used several months ago and I included them in this kit but hadn't found a use for till now.

I layered a couple of the journal pieces I had and used up another of those beautiful blue/white flower embellishments. The pink crochet flower is topped by an embellishment I made this summer and of course don't forget the bling I added to the journal spot and the flower stickers. I journaled with a blue sharpie pen.

The blue circles started out white and I just inked them before applying them. The bottom flower border is a rub on and I added some bling to it.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Father and Son

Here's a layout I did based on a The Color Room Blog palette #81.
To me this doesn't even look similar to the sketch provided but that's the beauty of a's just a starting point. Everything on this layout was from my stash. The photo was a little grainy, but I don't always get pictures of Mr Gulley with his father so I took it and ran with it.

I'm trying to be brave and showing my attempts at splattering paint. I used a grey color (an old one from MM), it's not very obvious, but I tried. The base taupe and bluish grey card stocks are from bazzill, the patterned paper is from Karen Foster Designs and the white card stock is from CTMH. I used a fiskars punch for the border on the right side of the bluish/grey card stock.
This embellishment cluster is mostly from MME (old die cuts) I added on some metal accent pearls from K&Co I think, and the dk brown pearls and family clip are from CTMH. The green picture frame under the white cardstock is from crate paper.

I used 3 different Quickutz fonts, English Rose for father, Chocolate for the & and Chicken Noodle for son.There are some small colored brads on the title space and one up top, I'm not sure what company they are from.

The flower, vine and leaves are all basic grey, I'm not sure about the journal block and lettering there, I journaled using a black sharpie.There is also a border accent strip across the bottom of the photo that is from basic grey.

Still more wedding layouts

I am continuing to show the layouts I made for Jason and Misty's wedding album that will be given to them as a Christmas gift.
Layout #5
This layout is from an Allison Davis sketch in Volume #4. With the exception of the black glitter ribbon all the embellishments and paper were from my stash.

Here's a close up of a sticker and the alpha I used.

Here's a close up of a rub on embellishment, sticker and bling.

And finally here's a close up of that beautiful black glitter ribbon.
Layout #6
Another AD sketch from Volume #4, again everything is from my stash except for the black glitter ribbon.

I love those glass embellishments I used in the center of the flowers.

This title has been in my stash for years!

Layout #7
Another AD sketch, this one from Volume #7

This is the embellishment cluster in the upper left corner, I added some sticker backing to the round sticker so when I add pictures later I won't have to pry it up.

Embellishment cluster in the lower right corner, again I added sticker backing to the round sticker to make adding pictures later easier.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Counterfit Kit Challeng blog hop

Welcome to the CKC blog hop, if you have landed here and are interested in following along then you can start at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog and I will post the rest of the links at the bottom of this post. I know I haven't been taking part in the counterfeit kit challenge very long but I am loving it and the challenges. I especially love shopping through my very own stash to find forgotten treasures to use. Since I started coming to the CKC blog I have been inspired to use some of the stash that I have had for years....and years....and years...well you get it, right? LoL!! I've never been one to have the newest product, I buy whatever catches my if that's new then woo hoo, but if it's a clearance item...then woo hoo too! So now it's on the the subject at hand...
The October CKC BLOG HOP CHALLENGE: Alter some stickers and use them in an unexpected way on your project.  Let's see if we can even recognize them as stickers any more!

In order to win our lovely prize package this month from Momenta ALL you have to do is friend them on Facebook and e-mail us to let CKC and let them know at

This challenge was a bit of a struggle in that I wanted to figure out something other than masking or cutting shapes from existing stickers. So I used a border sticker and folded it around a piece of card stock in order to make an outer most layer for a layered flower. Sounds simple right...well, it was!
Here's the border strip on the sticker sheet, it's from CTMH and if you have ever bought any of those then you know how stiff they are, I love the quality of their card stock stickers.

The folding process, this was the most difficult part because the border sticker is made out of card stock and it was pretty stiff. The paper is just a scrap of card stock, I put a hole in the middle so that I could keep all the folded sticker and ribbon in a sort of even pattern.

By the time I had completely folded the sticker I had lost a lot of the stickiness so I just added some additional glue dots to help it stay stuck.

Here's the final outcome, the border strip is the outer most layer.

I layered red ribbon, then green ribbon, placed a green flower, a pink flower and a button center.The red and green ribbon were a little easier to deal with, I used my ATG to apply adhesive to the back of the ribbon and it folded like a charm...of course the loose end of the ribbon kept sticking to everything. LoL!

It's not too thick.

Here it is used on a layout (btw this is #11 from the October kit), the layout was inspired by a Shimelle's sketch of the week.

Those little birdies are rub ons, originally on a border strip, I cut out some of them for added detail around the layout.

More rub on birdies. The journaling sheet is really only about 3 inches long, I cut it so that a small portion was at the top of the title circle and the remainder was at the bottom. I used a sharpie in blue to journal.

And here's a different angle of the flower with the sticker border layer.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and I hope I inspired you to use some of your old or outdated stickers to come up with something new. Now on to the next stop...

Counterfeit Kit Challenge
Julie<----you are here!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

More Wedding Album layouts...

I am updating layouts that I made to go into Jason & Misty's wedding album, it will be a present to them for Christmas. All the sketches are from Allison Davis sketch books.
Layout #3
This sketch is from Volume #4, I bought the marriage stickers just for this album.

Close up of a sticker and black bling.

Close up of that gorgeous red glitter ribbon and a sticker.

More sticker close ups.
Layout #4
This sketch is from Volume #4, All of the embellishments and paper are from my stash except for the black glitter ribbon.

I love stickers!

Another close up, trying to get a better shot of that black glitter ribbon.

I love how this grouping of embellishments turned out.