Has it really been a week?

I just realized my last post was Saturday. It's been one of those weeks that was busy, but I'm not quite sure what I was doing. I know there was some scrapbooking involved. Mainly trying to finish layouts I've started and abandoned. That doesn't happen to me often. Usually I start a mini book, and I might not touch it for weeks. I have one of those I'm desperate to finish. It will get done this weekend! I did the cover last weekend.

Looks good, huh?

I've been thinking alot about the organization of my scrap area this week. My space has been pretty much the same since I moved into the living room last fall. While browsing through Julie Fey-Fan Balzer's blog pics of her space, I lingered on this one.

Are you, like me, wondering what those organizers are? Here's a closeup.

I did alittle investigation and it turns out they are organizers for nuts and bolts. Hmm. Do hardware and scrapbooking go together? Apparently yes. This caused me to make a trip to a store I typically avoid. Home Depot. I came home with this.

That one is filled with washers and plugs and outlets. Mine is filled with buttons, brads, stickers, tools. Believe it or not, I have more packed into this thing than I could fit on my desk before.

I also picked up the organizer to the left. It's got 2 drawers that are much bigger than my 3 drawer organizers. For the moment, I've given up on my Making Memories tool carousel too. Here's the new view from my chair.

There is quite a bit more room, but I feel like I shrunk my stash.

Another big reorg is what's behind me. Before the living room was my scrap space, it was a general holding area for things we no longer use. That included an entertainment center that could not fit our new TV. When I moved in it was dusty and held a few toys. Over the past few months, I've relied on it more and more. A few weekends ago I sorted out the last of the toys, and claimed it as mine. This week I relocated my paper drawers to make it official.

I've taken to storing my most recent layouts in USPS boxes. Several of those and more fit in the section behind the glass door. There is also storage below, but it's empty for now. As I settle into this configuration, it may need some tweaks. For now, I'm happy to have a more spacious work area where more embellishments are at my fingertips.

Thanks for reading!

15 new layouts in my 2 Peas Gallery

Hope you're having a good weekend. I was a busy bee over at 2 Peas. Check out all the new projects in my gallery.


A banner and a sneak

I posted a sneak of the banner I was creating for Crafting Jewish Style last week. You can check out the completed project and another layout on the CJS blog.

Last week I mentioned that I lost my voice. Well it was still very hoarse a week later, so I went to see a doctor. He ordered me to have strict vocal rest for 3 full days. That means NO TALKING or whispering or anything else that comes from your voice like ooos and ahhs. I've been doing alot of hand gestures and pointing, but it's tough. When you can't talk to anyone, I have found there is plenty of time to scrap. Here's a preview of a new project on my desk.

I'm especially proud of this ribbon bow. They are all the rage right now, and I typically don't do well with fabric. I practiced tying the bow with several different ribbons and this one worked the best. It was also a nice color match with the Bo Bunny Sophie and Jazmyne papers I chose for the layout. The layout was inspired by this one from Julie Bonner.

I've been really inspired by her projects and sketches. Check out her blog for some really awesome stuff.

Check back next week for a whole mess of new projects I've been hiding. Have a great weekend. Thanks for reading.

Shopping Update

It's been awhile since I wrote a shopping update. Don't worry, it's not that I haven't been shopping! In fact, I've been shopping too much! I took some time yesterday to take stock of my supplies and reorganize a bit. These are a few pics I wanted to share.

You can never have enough layered, glittered and gemmed stickers! These sets usually retail from $3.50 to $5.50. I try not to pay more than $2 each. I regularly check the clearance items in the scrapbooking aisle at Target.

The flower sets on the left and right are from the Le Petites collection at Hobby Lobby. They are 50% off this week with the printable coupon. The set in the middle is a Making Memories Design Shop. Super cute, but I haven't put them to good use yet. The bottom left are some Basic Grey Pops from the Origins line, and the right are from American Crafts Letterbox line.

Lately I've been using and buying more chipboard than ever before. While raw chipboard has a variety of uses and can be altered to fit nearly any project, I prefer the predesigned ones.

The punchout sets above are 2 sheets from Lily Bee's new chipboard flowers, and chipboard buttons from Making Memories spring line, Flutter. The items below are Thickers accents chipboard sets in a couple different colors and designs.

This is the bulk of my chipboard collection. One drawer just for raw chipboard. All differents designs and manufacturers in there. Upper right are chipboard sets from Cosmo Cricket. I think I've got some from Little Man, Nutmeg, and Joyride plus a bunch of alphas. Lower left is a mix of pieces I like to use for layering. Some chipboard frames from American Crafts, buttons and stars from Cosmo Cricket, cork buttons from Pink Paislee, frames and flowers from Basic Grey, and pieces from Pebbles Chips in brown. The right drawer holds the leftovers of Basic Grey Lemonade and June Bug chipboard, and the new 12x12 chipboard sheet from Bo Bunny Jazmyne. I'm really enjoying those. I didn't include photos of my chipboard alphas. I'm really liking the older sets from Pink Paislee.

Hopefully you've enjoyed this look into my stash. When I see these pictures, I get excited to create. Maybe you will too! Thanks for reading.

New and Old

It's another Monday. We had beautiful weather here in Atlanta this past week and weekend. It's hard to justify staying indoors to scrapbook when it's just so nice out. That's only a tiny excuse for not getting done as much as I would have liked. Here are a few projects in progress.

These are part of a banner I created for Crafting Jewish Style.

I brought home new papers from Fancy Pants Rusted Sun and Roadshow on Friday. My intention was to make a layout with Roadshow, but I started looking at some papers I had from Vintage Valentine that I never used and was inspired to create with those.

Many of you know how much I admire Christine Middlecamp. Her work is absolutely amazing. Occasionally I try my hand at scraplifting one of her incredibly intricate layouts.

This is the work in progress. I'm using Jillibean Soup's Grandma's Stew papers and stickers along with paper and embellishments from my stash.

This was the scene at my work table at 10Pm last night. I was simply too tired to make the last push to finish the layout above using American Crafts Letterbox paper and chipboard frames. It's going to be my submission for this month's PageMaps sketch contest.

Thanks for reading!

News and favorite Shane layouts

Hi all. I have been a bit abscent from the blog, but I have been scrapping. First I wanted to share a few layouts I've made in recent months.

This is one of my favorite Shane layouts. The patterned paper and stickers are Basic Grey Lime Rickey. It's not my favorite line but I like it in small doses. The layered flower is built on a Jillibean Soup journaling sprout and I embellished it with Stickles and a fabric K and Co brad.

This is another of my top 5 fav Shane layouts. This one also uses Basic Grey. The line is Periphery. Definitely a vintage one. The flower stacks are a combination of Prima paper flowers and Sassafras Lass paper whimsies. Great products. The "easy to love" title is from a set of GCD Urban Artsy inspriation cards. Love those.

One more favorite Shane layout. This is one I put together for the Pencil Lines design team call at the end of 2009. I really enjoy their sketches. While I didn't get selected for the DT, I did have a ton of fun making this layout. The pictures are Shane getting to know his new cousin, Eli. The paper is Bo Bunny's Gypsy line. Not necessarily one you'd think to pair with baby pictures, but I just love how it turned out. I didn't have any Gyspy embellishments but I borrowed some stickers and brads from Basic Grey Marrakech. Turns out they have very similar color schemes. There are also a few tiny paper embellishments from Crate Paper Seasons.

Now for the news. One of my layouts has been selected for the Special Relationships chapter of a new book by Making Memories. The book will include over 500 never-before-seen layouts and will be available in early 2011. I'm so excited to be part of that publication. It's also my first appearance in print.

The second piece of news is I've completely and totally lost my voice. It started about a week ago and I've been whispering since last Saturday. Bad for my day job, but good for scrapbooking! Here are a few sneaks from new projects.

Basic Grey Kioshi, Glitz Vintage Love, Pink Paislee Artisan Tape

Crafting Jewish Style Passover line

Bo Bunny Mamarazzi

Bo Bunny Sophie, American Crafts Letterbox frame and flower.

That's all from here. Thanks for reading.

Featured on Crate Paper's Blog

Hey all. I happened to be cruising the Crate Paper blog, and look who's layout was shown with the Brook collection! You have to scroll down a bit to see mine, but you can't miss Shane and his vacuum.

Family Time

I hope everyone has enjoyed this past week's holidays as well as any spring break vacation or stay-cation. I know it's been hectic in our home. We celebrated Passover seders with family and friends. We did have some difficult moments last week. My son, Shane, who just turned 2, tripped in our entryway and took a bad fall one evening last week. He fell on a sharp corner and needed stitches in his nose. Fortunately, he's already on the mend and should only have a minor scar. It was a scary moment for mom and dad, but Shane took it exceptionally well.

In between the holidays, caring for Shane, and working, I did find time to stop in at my LSS. They received the entire new line from Pink Paislee. I picked up these embellishments and papers.

Over the weekend, I found some time to create a few layouts. This is a shot of my desk mid-project. I am using Studio Calico's Anthology collection with some pictures of Adam and his brother playing video games.

These are a few close ups of another layout I recently completed using American Crafts Abode papers. The "reality show" sticker is from 7 Gypsies.

I created this layered flower with the brand new EK Success large slimline punches. The larger brown circle was made with the 2 1/4" scallop circle. I punched the layer above with the Retro Flower.

The red shimmer flourish is from Jolee's new Bling stickers. Love those!

Thanks for your patience with my infrequent posting. I'll have more new products and projects later this week. Thanks for reading.