Saturday, January 24, 2015

My new scraproom...and a RAK!

Hello all!

It's finally time to share my new scraproom with everyone! It was a long time in the making...most of my scrappy stuff sat in storage for six months while we moved and found a house, then it sat in boxes for four months in the basement while the room was being constructed from a completely unfinished space. In the meantime, I scrapped with a pared-down stash first in my in-laws sunroom and then in the new dining room at our new house. I was fortunate enough to have supplies and space to scrap during those eleven months, but it sure does feel great to finally have a room back. So now it's time to share some photos of the new space!

Here's the view when you first walk through the door. The artwork is my aunt and uncle's, who are professional artists out of St. Petersburg, Florida. Their pieces have always hung in my scraproom and I love how bright and cheery they are. The little table from Ikea is for my little guy to work on his masterpieces while I create mine.

And here's a better view into the room. I wish we didn't have to have the support pole in the middle of the room but there wasn't much we could do about that. I placed my scrap desk in the middle of the room so it would be against the support pole and also sit right underneath one of the banks of lights. I worked very hard with the electrician on lighting choices and placement. I am so happy with how it turned out. 

And here's the view from the southwest corner of the room. It's nice that the room is so big that the futon still fits in here. It's nice to have this option for when guests stay over. I truly love my two Besta shelves from Ikea...they made it through the move fully assembled which was nice. Next to the shelf are my Display Dynamics acrylic trays I use to house my cardstock. And next to that is my Raskog cart from Ikea that houses lots of my essentials. It's nice to be able to wheel it right up to my desk when I am ready to scrap.

Here's the view from the northwest corner of the room. The closed door in this photo leads to the laundry and storage area. The yellow paint and white trim in the room was picked to keep the room bright and cheery. I wanted the space to feel the furthest from a basement room as possible.

Here's a better look at the scrap desk and my smaller Besta shelf unit. On my scrap desk sits my Pampered Chef tool turnabout with all my essentials. Next to the shelf are my Jet Max cubes and milk crates. My JetMax cubes store Thickers, chipboard and finished layouts that need to be filed into albums. The milk crates hold my 12x12 Crop Hopper pockets that store flat embellishments (stickers, rub-ons, die-cuts, etc) by theme.

Here is the computer area of my room. The dog crate had to find a home in this room and I actually am happy it's here because it gives me more tabletop space for my printer and printing supplies. The crate used to sit in the middle of our family room in Portland, so we splurged and got one with a wood frame so it could double as an end table. It was stained with a cherry finish, but me husband painted it white to match the rest of my scraproom furniture. My Ikea Alex drawers sitting to the right of the computer desk holds my Cricut and lots of other scrapping and office supplies.

In regards to organization, I did my best to copy my storage and organization exactly as I had it in Portland after I redid my scraproom there. If you want to reference that post, here's the link!

Now, it's time for a RAK! I cleaned out my supplies before we moved and donated a lot of it. But, the good stuff that I just didn't think I'd use I put in a box to give away to my scrappy friends. So, for a chance to win this RAK from my goodie box, all you have to do is be a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this blog post. For an extra entry, "like" my scrappy FaceBook page here! I'll draw a winner next Sunday, February 1st!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Top Ten Layouts of 2014

I am a bit behind in the scraping world. Keeping my blog updated, Project Life, my December Daily and keeping up with my traditional layouts. A cross-country move, selling a house, buying a house, getting my son placed into a preschool and set with an IEP through the local school district and being pregnant with Baby Boy #2 are what took up most of my 2014.

But, even amidst the chaos, I did manage to complete 66 traditional layouts, 24 Project Life spreads, 32 December Daily pages (from both 2013 and 2014 albums') and 15 cards. Not too shabby. I would have liked to have completed more, so hopefully I can meet my 2015 goals of finishing my 2013 and 2014 Project Life albums, keeping up with my 2015 Project Life album, finishing my 2014 December Daily, starting Liam and Baby #2's baby books (doing these Project Life style) and scrapping some traditional layouts as well.

So, with my scrappy goals for 2015 laid out, I'd like to take a moment and review my top ten favorite traditional layouts I created in 2014. Here they are in no particular order...

Dreamer

Growing Our Garden

Love By The Moon

Love You To Bits

Miles Apart

My Boys

Never Lose Your Sense Of Wonder

Smile

This Is Life

You Put The Spring In My Step

Saturday, December 20, 2014

December Daily 2014: Week 2

Time to share week two of my December Daily...and a couple pages of week three. I wanted to work ahead a bit because I won't be able to touch the album again until the week of the 29th since we are headed out of town for the holiday tomorrow. So here's the next several pages!

Day 8.

Day 9.

Day 10.

Day 11.

Day 12.

Day 13.

Day 14.

Day 15.

Day 16.

I'll be back to share more pages after the holiday! Merry Christmas everyone!

Friday, December 19, 2014

"All In The Family" Challenge at Frosted Designs!

Hello all! I'm here today here with my last Frosted Designs Friday challenge for you. :(

Thanksgiving was just three weeks ago, Hanukkah started this past Tuesday and Christmas is only six days away! Then we all have the New Year's celebrations to enjoy. With all these holidays upon us, it makes me think of my favorite part of the holiday season - spending quality time with family.

So today's challenge is titled "All In The Family." Your project (layout, card, art journal page, mixed media piece, etc) must focus on family and include a quote about family somewhere on it.

Here is my example featuring a beautiful quote from Maya Angelou. I first printed the quote onto a sheet of letter size paper, then took a 3x4 journaling card and taped it onto the paper over the text so when I ran the same sheet of paper through my printer again, it printed the text exactly where I wanted on the journaling card.
Products used from the Frosted Designs store:
Heidi Swapp Hello Today Paper Pad
Heidi Swapp Hello Today Acrylic Words
Heidi Swapp Hello Today Flair
Heidi Swapp Hello Today Puffy Glitter Stickers
Heidi Swapp Hello Today Clear Stickers
Heidi Swapp Hello Today Acrylic Stars
IDenti-Pen Permanent

And here are some more creations that the fabulous design team made for this challenge...
We would like to also welcome back Scrapmatts as this challenge's sponsor! Scrapmatts is offering up a prize pack valued at over $30.00!

You have until noon (CST) Wednesday, December 31st to link up your project to the Frosted Designs Blog for your chance to win this awesome prize!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 14 (using Frosted Designs Store goodies!)

I am months behind in my Project Life album...yep, months. With the pregnancy, the move and now the holidays, I can barely find the time to scrap. But, that's what I love about Project Life. It's such a quick, easy and fun way to preserve your memories. And, no matter how far behind I fall, I still can jump right back into the project easily at any point because I write a weekly journal entry on my blog to include and organize my photos each week as well! So, no matter if it's the next week or the next year before I get around to scrapping a Project Life spread, I don't forget anything and the project remains stress free. I also turn to easy-to-use products that seem to "scrap themselves," such as all the awesome Elle's Studio products found in the Frosted Designs store. Their products are not only fabulous for Project Life but traditional layouts and other paper crafting projects as well!

Here is my Week 14 2014 spread using my Project Life core kit and some fun goodies from the Frosted Designs store. I'm sure you can tell from this spread that I love wood veneers. They are the perfect relatively flat embellishment for pocket pages and I don't think I have yet to scrap a Project Life spread without them. This spread is very photo heavy, so I relied on simple embellishing as to not make things too busy; not only are the wood veneers great for this purpose, but die-cuts as well.

Here's a closer look at the left side of the page. I gotta say, I really love the mini placemats from Jillibean Soup because they make great filler cards. Love this sentiment one here that I backed with light green cardstock and accented with orange sequins.

Now here's a better look at the right side. Both the photo of Liam and my mother-in-law vacuuming and the photo of Liam with my sister-in-law in the lower left are on Elle's Studio die-cuts. I totally love how the Everyday Moments die-cuts blend seamlessly with my Jade Edition Core Kit!

Finally, here are a couple close-ups of my spread...

This is my last post as a member of the Frosted Designs Design Team. I am stepping down in the new year to focus on Baby #2 coming in the Spring of 2015. I have loved being a part of this team and am looking forward to seeing what Barb and the rest of these talented ladies have in store for us all in the new year!

Products used from the Frosted Designs Store: