Say Cheese

This week I heard the news that Two Peas in a Bucket is closing. I joined the community in 2001 and was Pea #12633. I’ve always been an on-and-off scrapbooker, and Two Peas was always there when I was in an “on” phase. I’ve been inspired by their challenges, enjoyed their classes, and loved chatting on the message boards. I’m pretty sad about the change and what it might mean about the scrapbooking community. It’s always unnerving when one of those places that seemed so strong for so long closes. Thanks for the memories, Two Peas.

I have a small pile of photo strips just waiting to be scrapbooked. I decided to use these to tell the story of how I like going to movies, even if I end up going by myself.

Say Cheese

I used a sketch by Ashley Horton and added lots of fun flair. Another page done, hurray! On to the next photo strip.

Shiny

This photo is a favorite moment from the 2014 Fan Xperience, and I had a lot of fun scrapbooking it.

Shiny

I used a sketch from Nuts about Sketches as inspiration for the design.

Have you ever scrapbooked about meeting a celebrity? If so, who did you meet?

 

So Happy . . . or Not

I’m a firm believer in scrapbooking the bad as well as the good. So while some people wouldn’t scrapbook this photo, I couldn’t resist. Look at that face. LOL.

So Happy or Not

I used a layout from Creating Keepsakes’ 101+ Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies (page 18) as inspiration for the design. I miss that magazine, so I grabbed this when I saw it at Barnes & Noble. I almost don’t mind that the magazine features a bunch of previously published layouts. In any case, I had fun putting this page together, and I got to use some brads and scraps as well.

Girl Who Waited

It’s been a crazy couple of months. I rediscovered that being able to breathe is really a good thing, and asthma attacks are no fun. I also learned at a convention (see below) that walking and sitting still for long periods are usually OK, but standing in line hurts. But the pain is eased a bit once you rest your feet afterward and get some good photos in the meantime.

Which brings me to this layout. One of my favorite sites for scrapbook sketches has done several layouts using an 8 x 10 photo. So I knew where to go for inspiration for my photo op pictures from the 2014 Fan Xperience convention. You can see the sketch I used (and several example layouts) here.

And now you can see my take.

Girl Who Waited

I had planned to use hexagons as shown in the sketch, but once I pulled out this photo, I knew I had to go in a different direction. I pulled out the flowers that have been in my stash for more than 10 years. Yep, you read that right. I first misted the flowers to turn the petals yellow. Then I added ink and a rhinestone to the center of each. The light brown patterned paper is also from the stash, so this page has a stashometer rating of 30%. Really, it should be higher thanks to the flowers.

I still have more 8 x 10s from the con, but I’ve got several other sketches I can choose from for the design. Fun scrapping ahead!

 

A Little Organization

I decided it was time to do a little organization, this time for my blog! I have a new design courtesy of Designer Blogs. I’ve been using one of their templates, but this time I had a custom look done. I really like it. :)

Speaking of organizing, I am plugging away at the clothes project. Sorting clothes every day isn’t really working for me, so instead I set aside a chunk of time on the weekend to do a massive sort-a-rama. Now that I have a new chest of drawers all set up, I’m getting my T-shirts organized. Here is one drawer.

Hurray for T-Shirts

I have so many shirts that I need multiple drawers. You’ll notice, for instance, that there are no black tees in this drawer. They get a drawer of their own. I also have a drawer for shirts with sayings.

Anyway, I got the general folding idea here, though I adjusted the fold somewhat. There is room for more shirts, and I’m sure I will need all of it as I continue to buy sort. I am also setting aside shirts that I like but won’t wear (many from high school and college) to get a T-shirt quilt made.

It’s a work in progress, but I am making progress! It’s so cool to be able to see what I have.

Joining the Crowd

I was minding my own business, picking up an order at Scrapbook Steals, when I noticed a Silhouette Cameo on the shelf. For $110.

Silhouette Cameo

If you know anything about how much these usually cost, you’ll know this is a pretty good deal. So I have joined the crowd of scrapbookers who own a Silhouette Cameo. I downloaded the software to my recently repaired computer and I plan to give it a test go this week. I will report the results soon.

Stay Calm and Trek On

I dug into my old photos to come up with this one from college. (I hate calling this an old photo, but it is what it is.)

Stay Calm and Trek On

This layout was a lot of fun to create. I especially enjoyed digging into my Club Scrap paper stash and pulling out some paper that both matched the photo and gave the page a sci-fi feel. I also finally got to use my deep red washi tape. I’ve had it a while but it never quite suited a project I was working on. Until now.

Some fun things to note:

  • There was a big empty space on the photo. I didn’t want to cover all of it because I want the part about the door decorating to show; this was a fun element of my on-campus experience. But I didn’t need all of it, so I used the space for the title.
  • I embossed some wood chevron pieces with silver and added them in a row along the bottom of the photo.
  • I had so much to say that I needed two journaling spots.

The stashometer rating is 40%.

Clothes Project Update

I’d like to say that the clothes project is going well, but it isn’t at the moment. I’m having a hard time with it because I don’t really have a place to put the clothes once they are sorted. So for now they have been piling up and becoming a bit overwhelming. I’ve started washing the clothes and just put in a green load. That’s right–I don’t have a load of colored clothes. I have a load of green clothes! And towels (most of my towels are green). Next up is a load of pink/purple. Once it’s all sorted and organized, it will be amazing. But until then, it’s a bit intimidating.

I will continue to report my progress (even if it’s small).

The Clothes Project Begins

I set aside the book project a while back when my sister and niece moved in. Lately I’ve been thinking about decluttering again. The truth is, I do much better when I have structure, like I did with the book project. But at the moment, clothes are the bigger problem, so they are now the subject to my new project. Since I have a lot fewer clothes, though, I’m going to sort five items a day. I know I have a bunch of shirts I have not worn often, so I look forward to uncovering them and putting them to good use.

Yesterday was day one of the project. I started with a bang, putting eight shirts in the keep pile and four in the discard. Once I wash them, I’ll have some new shirts to wear to work. Yay! I was telling my sister that I was thinking about getting some new clothes . . . until I considered that I really have a lot–they just need to be reclaimed and organized.

I will keep you posted on my progress. Look for before and after photos at some point. I’ll share the before photos once I’ve made more progress.

Lollipop

I have not been scrapbooking much lately; instead, I am following my annual tradition of being sick for most of January. I’m feeling loads better now, but even so I have no energy and tend to hack up a lung or two each night. A couple nights ago, I had a moment of wanting to scrapbook. So I’m hoping that feeling will return when I have some stamina.

In the meantime, here’s another page I hadn’t gotten around to sharing yet.

Lollipop

Scrapbookers have a rep for taking lots of photos of food. I don’t take all that many, but I was so amused by the name of these chicken drumsticks that I couldn’t resist. When it came time to scrapbook them, it was nice to pull out a bunch of brown supplies–it’s a color I have in excess. I do use it a fair amount, especially with the boys, but it’s always fun to use up some supplies.

What’s a unique food you’ve tried?

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