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.


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.


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?

Evening of Heart

A new year, a new layout. I went to a Heart concert last year, and this is my first layout about it. I got mostly fuzzy photos because I was trying to hide my camera. Still, it’s a nice reminder of the experience.

Evening of Heart (700x646)


I used a sketch from Sketchabilities as my starting point and built it up from there. One unique thing about this page is that I used a lot of purple, a color I don’t often use.

What is your least-used color in crafting?

Back to the Blog

Long time no blog. I have been scrapbooking, though not much this past week. What I haven’t been doing is posting my layouts. The reason is simple: my computer died. I’m still trying to get it up and running, but in the meantime I am using a different computer. I finally got around do getting some pages scanned, so here’s one for now.

3 Mustasheers

I have really been making more of an effort to use older patterned paper when I can, and I did that here. All of the pink papers have been in the stash a while, so this layout has a stashometer rating of 2013.

Tomorrow is the last day of 2013. It’s been a rough year for me. I was sick for several weeks at the beginning of the year. I’ve had knee issues (and need to start using my brace again, ugh!), and work has been a challenge and a half. But I’m OK today, so I’m going to call it good. And I’ve got some new adventures planned for 2014. Also a plus: this year I got a flu shot, so I’m hoping next year gets off to a better start than this one did.

Meeting Stan Lee

Comic Con was great, but my energy was really sagging by day three. Lots of waiting in line, but it was worth it if only for this.

Meeting Stan Lee

I had a VIP pass, which meant I didn’t have to wait in the general admission line for this photograph, but even the VIP line was long. I stood for a while before the line even started moving. As the journaling states, I really did think I would pass out from the heat and exhaustion. But then things got going. I’ve gotta say the people who organized the photo ops did a wonderful job of keeping things moving.

I used a sketch from Page Maps for the design of this page.

Pick Your Pizza

Here’s another layout from my August trip. Every now and then I work on a page that makes me hungry. This is one of them. LOL.

Pick Your Pizza

Words cannot express how amazing this pizza was. The pepperoni was so good we couldn’t even wait to take a photo before eating some of it. :) To create the layout, I used a sketch from Cocoa Daisy. I like how it features lots of journaling space.

I ended up adding some blue ink to the patterned paper behind the photos to help them stand out a bit more. I’ve used this technique before and like it a lot.

Another interesting thing to note is that the blue strip of people I used on the corner of the photo is not a washi tape; it’s actually the bottom strip of a piece of patterned paper. One side has the barcode and the other had this design. I don’t often use these strips, but this time it worked great.

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