Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Quiet lately

I know things have been pretty quiet around my blog lately.  Sorry.  this is just a quick little update to let everyone know what I have been up to.

School has started.  Just the Friday before the new school year started I received a letter in the mail saying I have been transferred to a new school.  I went from being a teacher's aide in a CARES preschool to being an aide in a High School CARES class.  I was so excited to get this news but surprised at how last minute the letter came.

I have been working in this classroom for a month now and I am loving it!!!  It is so nice to have a real conversation with my students.  I can play a game of chess with them, one boy is teaching me how to play.  He is actually very good at it.

I have been given my own class to teach crafts to.  I have 5 Freshman and we have made a bunch of earrings so far.  Today we started Halloween treats.  We are going to try to sell what we make in the school store. 

I am so happy with my new job.  Thank you to whomever it was looking out for me.

I decided to leave Michaels and thought I would miss it, but have decided this was a very good decision.  I do not miss it all all.  I have been teaching scrapping classes too long to deal with the hassles of teaching someone else's classes.  I am looking forward to the freedom of putting my own class schedule together.

I plan to start offering classes in my workshop this winter.  Maybe even sooner.  I have to get my room back in spice and span condition again before I even think of letting anyone see what this room looks like.

I signed up with Stampin' Up! and have received my starter kit.  I just have not had a chance to play with any of my new "toys" yet.

Anyone that would like to see what Stampin' Up! had to offer, I do have a website.  It is sharonscraps.stampinup.net  There is a link to go shopping from that site, as well.

I have been busy planning crafts to do with my class so when I get home i have not been on the computer much.  So this is why I have been so quiet lately.

I will start posting on a more regular basis once I start putting together some class samples.

Thanks for sticking around.

Sharon

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I LOVE teaching

If it were a perfect world I would be teaching classes full-time and being creative every chance I had.

 Unfortunately, reality says I need to have a job that covers health insurance for my family so my dream is not exactly coming true, but I did teach 2 classes last night and I was in my glory.  I truly love teaching!

I had three students in 2 different Martha Stewart classes and I could have stayed there all night working on the projects, sharing tips, and just talking to these wonderful ladies. 

I get so pumped up when I teach that  I go home and start thinking of what other classes I can offer.

 So, to my students that were there last night, I thank you. I hope you enjoyed the classes.



Sharon

Thursday, September 6, 2012

My Homemade Scraprack

The saga continues...

If you are just started here, hold on a moment.  This is part two of a long post.  Go back and read the earlier post from today then come back here.

Once I got my own Scraprack system, I started filing all my "like" items together into the system as described on www.TheScraprack.com webinars.

Here is a photo of my scraprack set up and filled with some of my more popular themes.

Low and behold I am scrapping again!!!

This system really does work.  Not only can I find things, but seeing everything together makes me think of new layouts to put together.  I feel like I have a whole scrapping store at my convenience now because I can actually see what I have instead of trying to find things in closed up drawers and boxes.

I was so excited that this past summer I started a Summer Scrap your Stash Challenge on my blog.  Everyday I posted a new prompt or idea to scrapbook about. I did not feel a need to go scrap shopping even once this summer because i could find everything I needed now.  The best part, I got scrapping again.  And not just once in a while but every single day this summer.  I could actually find what I needed and got tons of cards and layouts completed.  I even got around to finishing up  some class projects from years ago that got filed away and forgotten.  I even filled up two albums with all the pages I did this summer thanks to this new system of organizing.  It really does work.

I love my original Scraprack.  It is thin metal and folds up so I can take it with me to classes, or crops. (I teach scrapbooking) So I am absolutely loving the portability of this system.  Once you get home you can set this unit back up and scrap again.  I was getting tired of breaking it down and setting it back up, though.  So back in June I figured I would build a more permanent unit to keep in my scrap room and keep my original for my Crop crate.
 Here is a photo of my original Scrapbrack set up on top of my Crop Crate.  I can have this sitting next to me at a class, crop or even out by my pool so I can get a few pages done while enjoying the weather.   When it is time to leave or just put things away, everything fits inside the tote. the photos below shows my scraprack and the spinders fitting nicely inside the crate and I close up the cover and roll away with it.

So now that I decided I wanted to keep this one for my travel bag, the dilemma of how to build a permanent unit came.  I knew I wanted it made from nice wood.  Something sturdy enough to hold lots of weight.  But I am not great at cutting angles from wood, so I asked my hubby if he would cut the wood for me and I could build my own Scraprack. Like I said this was back in June.  I would remind him every once in a while.

Just 2 days ago, he not only cut the wood but assembled this for me.  It is 45 inches wide by 14 inches high and sits at a 30 degree angle. 

 I filled the nail holes with wood putty. My dog had to inspect it for quality control.

 Here is a photo of the back side of it.

 This is where I planned to put it once it was finished.  this counter top had just been waiting for a new Scraprack to be placed on it.

 I added two (2) coats of white paint and strips of industrial strength Velcro.  I was concerned the Velcro would not be strong enough but believe me it is!  I got a little edge stuck to my counter top and really had to pull and tug to get it off.  So now it was ready to get loaded.

 Here is a photo from the side to show the angle is sits at.

 Ta-da!  This is all my Themes from "Animals" to "Travel".  I didn't realize it would take up almost the whole unit.  I still have my Alpha and Calendar sections to go.


This is all the space left.  Maybe enough room for 4 more Spinders.  But, I am thrilled with my permanent Scraprack.

Now to start up the fall session of the Webinars and to keep working on getting organized.

Sharon


For those reading this post.  I am cleaning up my scrap room and have lots of retired Stampin Up products on sale.  If you are looking for some bargains Click Here for Shopping

Organization of Scrapping supplies

For those of you that may not be familiar, there is a company called The Scraprack.  Tiffany Spaulding is the owner / inventor / organizer extraordinaire. She came up with an organizational system for your scrapbook supplies that not only stores your items, but her system promises you can find anything you are looking for in less than 5 minutes.  Now how cool is that! 

Of course I did not buy into her system for years.  I would see her at scrapbook expos and walk on by.  I have a great system going.  Why would I spend all the money and time to start over!!!

Boy, was I wrong.  Her system really does work.  I have seen the light and am now a True Believer!!!

First let me share how my things were organized.


Mind you these photos are a little old.  I think they were taken in 2011. But doesn't this look great?  See all those drawers to the left?  I have tools, chipboard pieces, alphabets, some card making supplies, different inks and embossing powders, etc... stored in these drawers.  Doesn't it look all neat and tidy?  Now in the center, below the counter, is paper.  The rack on the left is all Close To My Heart and on the right is all Stampin' Up!. I not only have cardstock, but also background paper or DSP as Stampin Up calls it, , page kits, etc...  Look up and see the wall to wall cabinets.  ALL PAPER!  Different Brands, tons of page kits, paper pads, solid cardstock.  These cabinets are filled left to right with just paper.


Then this is the part of the room I spent most of my time,  I sit in the corner area and had everything in arm's reach.  The photo is a little small but I will try to explain how I stored things.  See over the tissue box in the bottom left? I have tons of the Iris clam boxes.  I stored page kits, class projects, half finished layouts, seasonal items that only got used once a year, along with just random paper in these.  To the right on the floor I had some themed paper in Cropper Hopper Paper holders.   I think these had all Disney stuff in them.  Next is my box of scrap paper.  Keep going toward the right and you see the plastic drawers.  These are color coded with all types of embellishments, brads, buttons, fibers, bling, etc...   Up on the top shelves are shoe boxes with just ribbon/fabric/fiber scraps.  Again stored by color.



 




This is just showing one of the corners in my room.  The spinner on the floor is by Clip-It-Up. I adjusted it to be able to add three layers and this had tons of stickers and other embellishments.  There is another spinner on the counter with Close To My Heart acylic stamp sets.  And then the paper racks on the walls were from a store going out of business.  These stored the current line of Stampin Up card stock.









So this was how everything was stored in my scrap room.  All was and actually still is neat and tidy and many things tucked away so you didn't have to see them.

The problem was, if I sat down and wanted to work on some football photos of my son.  I would have to go through 15 feet of paper to find football themed paper.  Sift through tons of embellishments to find football stuff, open drawer after drawer to find the right brads, fibers, chipboard, etc to put one layout together.  It was exhausting just thinking about starting a layout so, instead, I would just sit in my room and soak in how much I loved this room.  But did not get any projects done.

Then, I started subscribing to Tiffany's free organization webinars.  These would be weekly and broke down different items to work on for that week.  it might be paper one week, next week embellishments, etc...  You can learn about these on her website www.thescraprack.com   this would be a good time bcause I new series of the webinars just started up this week.  Anyway, the first time I signed on, I would watch and listen to her weekly webinar show and I just was not "getting it".  Why on earth would I want to pull out EVERYTHING and re-organize it. 

I listened to the whole series. But didn't really give it a try. That was last fall's series.  Then I signed up again for last Winter's series and it started to make sense to me.  So I started with paper.  I only did about 5 - 7 inches of paper at a time, but I would pull out paper and look at it.  Do I still like it?  Will I use it?  If not, is it worth trying sell? Donate? or just Toss? I even did this to the pads of paper.  There are some papers I LOVE and others I knew I would never use so I started tearing out the paper I knew I would never even think of using.  (There was more than I thought)

By the time the Spring session started I had purged about 32 inches of paper.  And I had sorted the  paper that I liked into her method of Themes.  Now if I wanted to find a piece of football paper it only took me a minute or two, as opposed to hours.  Hey, She may have something here!!!

By the time the Spring Session started I was hooked!  And to top it all off, I was one of tghe few chosen to work at The Scraprack Booth at Creating Keepsakes Convention in Manchester.  I had the option of working for pay or work for products.  Of course I was working towards getting my own Scraprack System that Tiffany designed. Plus I got to meet this amazing woman in person.  She is so warm-hearted.  Just the nicest person.  So, I placed my order and could not wait for my new system to arrive.

I know this is turning into a novel so I will end it for now... but check out my next post to see how things continued.

Sharon


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Monday, September 3, 2012

Healthier Me

My legs are still sore from all the walking I did this week.  I walked 19.99 miles, climbed 64 flights of stairs and my weight lose is at 10 lbs so far.  I am feeling better about myself and even though it is hard to walk around when I first get out of bed I like seeing the waistband of my clothes getting looser.

My next Jenny Craig weigh-in is on Tuesday.  I hope I can keep the momentum going.  I am going to a new school this year so I am really excited about this and think it will help me stick to the plan.  I was not exactly happy with my position for the past 2 years.  I am sure that was a contributing factor to my weight gain. I am going from a pre-school classroom to a High School classroom.  It means more hours each week and a longer commute but no more diapers and lugging car seats!  Yah!!

Now to start thinking about what I will bring with my for my lunches each day.  Fruit, yogurt and a healthy salad or sandwich, maybe.  I am not sure what is available at the new job.

I never even went school shopping this year for the kids or myself.  It was depressing to think I was going back to the same school and age group.  Maybe today or tomorrow I may just have to go out and buy a new blouse or pair of pants for my First Day of School.

Here's to a Healthier Me.

Sharon

SSS September 3 Moody Monday

It seems appropriate to end the Summer Scrap your Stash posts on a Moody Monday.

But rather then being sad about it today's prompt is...

 What makes you happy. 

Does the thought of the kids going back to school make you smile?  Is the thought of cooler days and the colors of Autumn bring a smile to your lips?  Are you a big football fan and thrilled that the season are beginning?

Make a happy card or layout today.



Thank you for checking out my blog each day this summer.  I am thrilled to have a whole pile of finished cards on hand for when I might need one.  AND I have 2 scrapbook albums filled with pages I put together thanks to this challenge.  I hope you have been able to get some projects done as well.

I just got my official letter on Friday that I am being transferred to a different school this year.  School for me starts on Wednesday.  I will be leaving my special needs pre-school class and working in a CARES program with High School students.  What a jump, from pre-school and diaper changes to High School and I am sure Teen Drama.  But, I am excited about the new school and I am looking forward to this new challenge.

With this said, once I get settled into my new routine, I may decide to start up a new challenge on my blog.  So come back every once in a while to see what is going on and if I have started posting new ways to get some cards or layouts done.

If you are interested in Stampin' Up! you can find me at http://sharonscraps.stampinup.net  I hope you will take a look around the website and maybe even place an order to help get my new business started. 

Thanks again everyone for staying with the SSS Challenge.  If you have any questions you can email me at sharonscraps@aol.com

Sharon

Sunday, September 2, 2012

SSS Sept 2 Family Day

It is sad to see my SSS is coming to an end.  Tomorrow will be the last of the challenges.  But if you kept up with it, you should have 75 layouts or cards completed for the summer.  That is quite an accomplishment and you should be very proud of yourself.  If you only got around to a few of the challenges, Good for You!!! That is still something more that was accomplished that either wise you might never have gotten to.

Did any of the challenges take you out of your comfort zone?  Did you learn anything new?  Did you find a new use for a tool or embellishment you might have forgotten you even had?

This challenge did this for me.  I learned I can get a great layout using things I bought as much as 14 years ago as I can with something that might have just come out this year.  I learned to look at my stash with fresh eyes and see the potential they still hold. 

The biggest benefit was actually scrapping instead of just thinking about scrapping.  Over the past few years I have found less and less time to actually spend on layouts and seemed to spend more time on shopping for supplies instead.  So I am thrilled with what I have gotten done this summer.

My son commented on how I have done more layouts including photos of his sister then of him.  My reply was  "Think about this for a minute...Whenever I have asked you if you wanted to go somewhere what did you usually say?  If you do not spend time with us, how am I going to get any photos of you to scrap?"  Oh, I guess so. Was his response. 

We really didn't do much this summer.  No vacations, not really much for road trips but we made the best out of what we could do.  We went bowling quite a bit since we had free bowling all summer thanks to a Kids Bowl Free program I enrolled the family into.  We won free tickets to the Zoo so spent a day at Southwick, and got some free nights at a hotel at Foxwoods so spent a few days in Connecticut.  Other than that our summer was spent at home swimming in our pool or just hanging out.  Even with not doing much it will be a summer we will not forget because it is all documents and I have the layouts to prove it.

Today is Family day...What does the end of summer mean to you and your family?  Scrap about it.  do you have a big cookout, go to any family parties, head to Cape Cod for a final beach weekend (even though all the beaches are closed this weekend due to too many shark sightings)

Are the kids happy to be heading back to school?  Are you heading back to work?  Scrap about the end of summer.

My phone and computer are still not talking to each other so I do not have a photo to share today.

Scrap from your Stash

Sharon

Saturday, September 1, 2012

A new Business Venture!!!

I have been an Instructor for a local Michael's store for just over a year now.  I was so excited when I started.  From the way I was hired, to how I was given the freedom of making my own schedule of when I wanted to teach classes.  I even loved doing the demos and make and takes out on the store floor. 

Well, this summer I have gotten a little discouraged.  No one is signing up for classes.  It may be because of local scrapping stores are offering classes, as well. I do not know. But I was truly hoping to share my passion of scrapping with others and build up a little following.

I have decided to give Michael's another month to see if things will pick up once the kids are settled back into school and in their daily routines.

If it does not get better I am giving my notice and going to try getting a business going on my own. 

Yesterday I signed up with Stampin' Up! to be an Independent Demonstrator.  I have a website now.  http://sharonscraps.stampinup.net and I hope you will take a little peek at the site and maybe even place and order to help me get my new business started.

I plan to host monthly crops and workshops and once I get my Starter Kit and put some cards together I will even offer Card Camps and some clubs, maybe a ribbon Club or Marker Club, I am not sure, yet.

I am excited for this new adventure and just wanted to share my news with everyone that has been following my SSS (Summer Scrap your Stash Challenge) 

Once I get started with my new supplies, I may start a new challenge using exclusively all Stampin Up products.

Sharon
Check out my new business venture

SSS September 1 Theme Day

Theme Day - Nerdy or Geeky.  Something that you do or did that may be considered a little Nerdy.

For me it is getting my photo taken with Scrapping Celebrities. Anyone that has been scrapbooking for a while would know these people and may have even met them in person, as well. Outside our realm, people would say "You got your photo taken with someone that scraps like you? And you are excited about it!!"

I have photos with Lisa Bearnson, Tracy White, Rebecca Sower, Heidi Swapp, Becky Higgins, and my favorite photo was with Tim Holtz.

So yes it may be a little geeky or nerdy to get my photo with people that scrapbook like i do but these people make a living out of what I would love to do. That is so cool!

Yes, that is me in the tacky flowered shirt. I think as soon as I saw myself in these photos I threw that ugly shirt in the donation box.
 
Scrap From Your Stash and happy Labor Day weekend everyone!!
 
Sharon

SSS August 31 Color Challenge

This is the last time for a Color Challenge so lets add a some Olympic metal to today's challenge.  the colors are Gold, Silver, Bronze.  You do not have to use all three.  You can use just one color or any combination of colors.

 My sample is using Silver along with Black and White. I did a page regarding the 1st movie I ever saw that left an impact on me. It was Star Wars so these colors worked well with the layout.


It does not look like silver in this photo, but the 2 x 2 squares along the bottle are metalic silver.


Scrap from your stash.

Sharon
 


Thursday, August 30, 2012

SSS August 30 Tool Time

Your Pen is today's Tool.  Or rather, your pens, copics, markers, colored pencils etc...

You have heard the line "The Pen is mightier Than the Sword"?  Well, we may not get that deep with this challenge but using your pens can definitely add to your project.

By adding a little or a lot to a page you can draw emphasis to what is important on the page.

Stitching may not seem like much but it will draw the eye to what you have stitched around if the stitching stands out enough. 

The layout I am using for this example is from another challenge I did this past winter.  The challenge was something totally different.   I think it was to think about a crush you had when you were a teen, and scrap about it.

The only way I could think to do this best was to make a page look like a teenagers' bulletin board in her room with photos of her crush clipped to the board and then hand drawn doodling around it like a girl would do on her notebooks.



I think this draws the whole page together very well. 

Also included in this layout was a piece of cork for my bulletin board, a piece of notebook paper for the typed journaling, and a miniature photo copy of my actual notebook entry.

The entry tells of how I had dinner with Charles Martin Smith, he was in Niagara Falls filming a movie with John Travolta, and how I came so close to meeting my idol. (he was not feeling well the next day and even though I did get to see him, I did not get to meet him in person)


So today use your pens for something other than just journaling.  Add some doodling, stitching, draw some flowers, whatever you would like on your project today.

Scrap from your stash.

Sharon

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

SSS August 29 Story Time

Today's story is to tell a story about changes in your life.  You can decide to do this several ways.  Comparing you from a certain time and now.  Of if you went through a drastic change at some point.  Moved across the country, got divorced, quit a job you had for what felt like forever.  You decide what you would like to put into your scrapbook. Tell a story of what has changed and how it effects you.

Mine is kind of a Hopes and Dreams layout.

 The left side of the layout is writing what I thought my life would be like or, at least back then what I had hoped it would be like.
The right side of the tells about what my life really is like today.  It may not have turned out the way I had expected but it is a great life and I feel blessed every day!

So tell your story today.

Scrap from you stash.  (This page went together very quickly because it was using a class project i had done at a store somewhere and never added any photos or journaling so it make for a quick page today)

Sharon

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

SSS August 28 Technique Tuesday


CASE it today’s technique challenge.

 

Find a card or layout idea that you like and totally Copy And Steal Everything you like about it.
 
My sample is below.  First I must apologize to the original designer of this card.  They deserve credit for coming up with  the idea but I did not make note of their name.  I am so sorry!!! So, if you are reading this and designed this card, thank you.  I love your idea so much I just had to case it.

I saw this card last week when I was cutting tons of ideas from old magazines.  There was a stamp I kept seeing in the card magazines.  I thought it was the cutest little stamp and even though I do not have the exact same stamp I did find one in my stash I could use.  It is the little comfy looking chair in these cards.

 This is the clipping I cut from an older Papercrafts magazine. This shows the front of the card and the inside.

 And here is what I came up with.  It isn't the exact same chair but it was the closest I had.

And here is the inside of my card.  I used up little pieces of scrap paper, otherwise I would have made a bunch of these cards.  I think they are so cute. 


So CASE something today, and if possible give credit to the original designer, they deserve that much.  It is definitely a compliment to want to copy some one's work.

Have fun and scrap from your stash.

I may not be able to post for the next 2 days.  I am going away on a little mini vaca and I do not think my DH will let me bring the laptop this time.  he has no clue how to use it, but the last time I took it he called in a panic, "Honey, I needed to do some work on it while you were gone!" 

So i will try to post but if I cannot I will play catch up when I get back.

Happy Scrapping!

Sharon
 
 
 

Monday, August 27, 2012

SSS August 27 Moody Monday

I know what I want for my prompt today but I am having the hardest time trying to find photos for what I wanted to do today.

Mondays are Moody Mondays so what I wanted for today's prompt is this...

Have you ever had one of those moments when things just did not go as planned.  Maybe you planned a beautiful picnic for the day and just got to the park and set up you lunch goodies when the skies opened up and decided to rain on your parade?

Or you got your daughter all dressed up for her first day of school and while you were getting ready she decided to have some chocolate pudding she found in the frig and now its all over her pretty dress?

There is group I am in about organizing and there is a member there that is dealing with the TERRIBLE TWOS with her son.  She sends the group photos of his latest adventures.  As upsetting as they can be for her, I love to hear the stories of what he has done this week.  These stories usual involve permanent inks or new markers she just bought or something else that has to do with her precious scrapping supplies.

I think back to my own children when they hit this same stage of curiosity.  It was before I started scrapbooking so I never thought to go grab a camera but we certainly had our moments.  I remember waking up one morning to hearing soft little sounds in the kitchen.  My 2 year old son had either decided to make himself breakfast or to clean out the refrigerator for us.  Either way, the whole contents of what he could reach in our refrigerator was on the kitchen floor.  He emptied every liquid container so that meant milk, orange juice, pancake syrup, ketchup, I can't remember what else, was puddled on the floor around him.  I also remember pieces of bologna stuck to the floor and the walls. The lower shelved in our refrigerator were completely empty. When I walked in on him he had the biggest smile on his face.  He still was not talking, yet, but he looked so pleased with himself and just so happy like he was doing us a favor.  When I walked on the kitchen tiles you could actually hear a squish sound from all the milk and other liquids that seeped under the tiles.

I never thought to go grab a camera.  But this is a memory that will never be lost even without the photos to document it.

So this morning I have been searching through boxes of photos to find some kind of mishap that I did decide to capture on film.  So far no luck.

Even though I can't find the photos for today's prompt,  this is the Challenge I am posting.  Scrap about something that did not go quite as planned.  Even if you do not have a photo to go with it, tell the story.  Someday you will be able to laugh about it and you will be glad you put it down in writing.

Scrap from your Stash.

Sharon

Sunday, August 26, 2012

SSS August 26 Family Day

We talked about family vacations and vacations away from the family.  Now I am adding a twist.  A family vacation but use something in one of your photos as an embellishment on your layout. 

A t-shirt one of the kids is wearing, a sign in the background, maybe even some pebbles on the ground in a photo.  Try to duplicate the image someway and add it as an embellishment in a vacation layout.

Mine is from a vacation we took years ago.  I loved the pedora hats my husband and son bought while we were at a beach in St Maarten.  So I cut out a hat on my Wishblade, made it open like a card and used it not only as an embellishment but I wrote my journaling inside the hat.

See how creative you can get with something in one of your vacation photos.



Scrap From Your Stash.

Sharon

SSS August 25 Theme Day

Sorry. I had this prompt typed up and scheduled to post yesterday.  I didn't hit the save button though so it never did post.  So today there will be two Challenges.

August 25th already.  Summer is picking up speed and coming to an end too quickly.  Only 9 days left to the Summer Scrap From Your Stash Challenge.  I hope everyone is enjoying this.

Today is Saturday so that means Theme Day.  Today's theme is Food/ Cooking


Scrap about a favorite food or about cooking.  Do you like to cook. Do you have a chef in the family or a baker?  What is each family members' favorite meal?  Anything to do with food or cooking is today's challenge.

My sample is talking about my daughter, the budding Pastry Chef in our family.  I really do not know where she gets it from.  I still can't boil water with out setting off the smoke detector.  She is taking her second year of Culinary at High School and wants to go on to college to learn how to run a bakery.  This layout is from photos of a college Open House we attended last March.

I was trying to be careful cutting my background paper.  I love this line.  It says never trust a skinny chef.  It is kind of a joke in our family.  My daughter wants to be a chef but she doesn't like to eat.  Go Figure!

Scrap from your stash.

Sharon

Friday, August 24, 2012

SSS August 24 Color Challenge Day

It is Friday so time for another color challenge.

Very soft colors today.

Pale Pink, Cream and Lavender.

When I see soft colors I think babies. 

This is a photo I took when my niece was born.  I printed it as large as I could and simply added some stickers and her name in puffy 3-D glossy sticker letters.  the pale pink plaid was a scrap I had so I cut it in half and used it on the top and bottom of the page.



See what you can come up with using these nice soft colors.  A card, a scrapbook page, any project at all.

Scrap from your Stash.

Sharon

Thursday, August 23, 2012

SSS August 23 Tool Time

Thursdays are Tool Time.  What is your favorite tool to use for card making or scrapbooking?  Do you use it for every page, once in a while.  Get creative and use your favorite tool today in a project.


My sample is a Class Sample I use when I teach the Cricut Expression.  Sorry for no photos but I like to just show off the cuts.  Everything from the background to the little circles in the center of the flowers was cut on a Cricut.  I love how easy this machine is to use.


What is your favorite tool.  Get creative and make something with it today.

Scrap from your Stash

Sharon

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Magazine Clipping update

I am still working on clipping out ideas from older magazines so I can toss them and stop letting all these magazines take up so much precious storage space on my shelves.  I spent 2 hours going through the pile I had in yesterdays' blog post.  Well, this morning I searched the rest of the house and gathered up another pile just as big as yesterdays.

So another couple of hours this morning, but not any many things torn out this time.  So I have a pile of torn pages.  Next step is to go back and trim them down to just the photos or ideas I liked and then slip them into page protectors for use later. 

Here are my new binders I plan on putting all these clippings in.

Some of these binders are already full, My Michaels, SDU and Cricut binders are used for classes I teach at Michaels, the binders on the left are online classes I downloaded and have not taken the time to go through, yet.

From Christmas Ideas  to Magazine Clippings are what I am working on now.  I recycled the kids old school binders for my needs.  I do not know why they feel the need for new binders each year when these are still in "Like New" condition but I find new uses for them.

Back to working on my clippings.

Sharon

SSS August 22 Story Time

Wednesdays ate Story Time. I think this is my favorite prompt of the week. I like thinking about the stories in my families lives. I hope the stories I convey in my scrapbooks mean more to my kids then even the photos do.

Today's Prompt.... Volunteer work

Have you or anyone if your family ever done volunteer work? Maybe help out at an animal shelter, food cupboard, homeless shelter? Or even faithfully help out an elderly neighbor. What good deeds have happened with the assistance of a family member.

Journal about that today.

My prompt is about being a Scout Leader for both my daughter's Daisy through Junior Girl Scouting days, and my son's Den Leader for 2 years.

I guessed on the year of this photo as being 2003 but I will have to go back to my old calendars and see if this is correct. I just typed it in quickly to finish this layout. If I found out it was the year before or after I may re-do my journaling.

As far as yesterday's Progress...

This is the before and after photos of the stack of magazines I went through yesterday. It took over 2 hours to go through them all but what a difference. the saves pages take up less space then one whome magazine. So worth the time.
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Today, I may go sit out side and trim out the photos and add them to my binder system into sections for what I like about each photo.
Have fun with today's prompt and scrap from your stash.

Happy Scrapping.

Sharon

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

SSS August 21 Technique Tuesday

I have been on a purging frenzy lately.  Lots of cleaning and re-organizing.  With this said, today's prompt is an Organizing one...

Technique Tuesday Prompt - Idea Storage.  How to do you keep track of ideas you see or come up with for card or layout projects?

Michelle mentioned yesterday that she keeps a sketch book with her where ever she goes so if she has a few minutes to spare she can be thinking of layout ideas and put them down on paper. 

I like to cut out photos from magazines and store them in notebooks, binders, my Smash book, where every I feel is the best place for them.


 These are composition notebooks that I first started using to store ideas.


then I went to binders and page protectors, this method was easier to update.  If an idea got old and out of date I could just pull it out of the page protector.  But they are still a little mish-mashed and not in any real type of order.

Now I am re-thinking this and wish I had a better system so I can find the ideas I want to use.  So today's challenge it to share what system you use for storing ideas.

For me I wish I had put all my ideas into page protectors then into binders so I could have everything in categories or themes,  All sport page ideas together, all technique ideas together, all product reviews together, etc.  Mine are scattered between different books.



So today I am going through this big pile of magazines in this photo, and cutting out the ideas i like and then tossing the magazines.  I will sort the photos I cut into categories so I can actually find them when I need them.

Today's challenge is to work on Card/Layout Ideas, how to store them,  if you already have a system that works for you , please share it, explain what you do and how this method is working for you.

Thanks

Sharon

Time to Clean my Scrapping Supplies

Yesterday while walking around the Goodwill store I saw the cutest little set of drawers being rolled out of the back room.  The guy didn't even get it off the 2-wheeler when I saw the price and asked if if that was just for the glass top or the whole thing. He said it was the whole thing.

Another gentleman came right over while I was looking at this and asked if I would mind if he looked at it as well.  I said yes but I let him know I was strongly considering on getting it. 

Long story short...He was an antique dealer and showed me all the little details that made this a quality piece of furniture.  He valued it at $250 - $300. I got it for $11.99.

I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it but knew my DH would not be happy about me bringing it home so I knew I had to find a pace for it and get it all set up before he got home.  I spent the next 4 hours cleaning, purging, running up and down my cellar stairs.  I totally revamped my storage area in the hallway just outside my scrap room.  In order to get this piece to fit I had to move both bookshelves down about 10 inches.  Of course both book shelves were loaded with books, supplies, albums, photos, etc.. Everything had to be taking out because the shelves were just too heavy to move with the supplies on them.

Time to do a major purge.  I cannot believe how many books I still had from 10 years ago that I actually thought I would still use.  I filled a trash barrel with them.  And made lots of space o my shelves.

I cleared away enough space to move all the school supplies I had tucked away if different boxes and drawers. They now sit on the shelves to the kids can see what we have and shop from there rather telling me what they want me to go buy for them.

I I did not do anything different to this area other than remove any school supplies I had stored here and then dusted and polished.

 This was in my post for yesterday.  Again I didn't do anything different other than remove school supplies I had stored here.  the pile on the top shelf are the magazines I decided to keep.  I am going to go through this today.

 This is a front view of my die cut center.  Nothing new other than cleaning and polishing


 Here is where the majority of yesterday's work took place.  I had to slide the two bookshelves down 10 inches to make room for the set of drawers in the front.  So I took everything off and went through it all to decide do I Keep It? Toss It? Donate It?  I am thrilled that I actually have some empty shelf space now.  It won't take long to fill it up with something, but it is clean for now.

 Here is my new School Supply Storage.  There are enough notebooks, filler paper, pens, index cards, erasers, glue sticks, etc.. for a whole classroom of kids.

 And here is the new piece I got yesterday.  It is valued at between $250 - $300 and I bought of for $11.99 leaving with $2 for now but I am happy with my new purchase.

Oh, and I was concerned with what my DH would say.  He actually likes the piece, it reminds him of a piece of furniture his mother had in her bedroom so he likes it and says it looks way better than the plastic storage drawers I did have sitting there. And he is thrilled I did NOT pay $300 for it.

To get everything cleaned up and moved I walked 10,0034 steps, walked up 14 flights of stairs, burned over 3,000 calories. And felt better after having an upsetting Doctor's appointment .

 These two photos are all that is left to organize, This is a pile of 12 x12 paper that was in different kits and boxes, I tossed the boxes and will sort this into my paper supplies.
And these are the magazines and idea books I decided not to throw away.  I am going to go through these and cut out the photos and ideas I like and store them.  Which brings me up to today's SSS Challenge.

Go on to the next blog post for today's challenge...

Sharon


When Life gives You Lemons

Yesterday was Moody Monday.  My Summer Scrap Your Stash prompt was getting things done when you only have 5 minutes to spare.  If I had typed in my prompt after seeing my doctor yesterday it would have been more in the theme of Moody Monday.

I didn't get great news and it put me in a funk for the rest of the day.  Anyone that has been following my blog since I started it will know I have severe sinus and asthma issues.  Months can go by without any symptoms and I can actually forget I have any problems, then they flair up for whatever reason and the simple task of trying to get air in and out of my lungs leaves me physically and emotional exhausted.

Well, this has been a pretty good year, as far as symptoms go.  I am doing everything right, getting my 4 allergy shots every month, a big improvement from a year ago when was getting the four shots twice every week.  TI am taking my daily medicines for both asthma and allergies, etc...

But, I have seen my doctor 3 times this summer.  Summer is usually my best time of year.  He is concerned that I have been there already when my worst season is just around the corner (late August - early November)

The swelling in my sinuses that I saw him for 2 weeks ago, have not gone away.  It has improved but not gone away.  Still getting headaches nearly every day.  He will not give me any more steroids because that isn't good for me either.  I have to start taking two different allergy meds and keep taking everything else I am already on. 

The worst part is he says I may be a candidate for the sinus surgery, AGAIN.  I have had this 4 times.  The surgery is relatively easy and quick.  The recovery of it is extremely painful and leaves me totally useless to my family for the first two weeks.  I really can't go through this again.  Every time I have had this surgery I tell myself afterward.  No, never again.  It is just too painful to deal with.

So he said the best way to fight it is too do everything I am supposed to be doing every day.  Do not miss a day even if I feel good.  Keep getting my shots and he will see me in 6 months unless I feel like it is getting worse instead of better.  Then he looked me in the eyes and said "Do not be afraid to call me. If you need it, you need it.  Don't let it get so bad that it is harder for me to help you!"

So I left the office, cried a little and on the way to the drug store for more meds, I let myself get side tracked.  Instead of going to CVS, I went into the Goodwill store.  Lately this has been my favorite place to shop. Actually it is the place I can afford to shop at for now.  While walking around the back doors opened and a guy wheeled out a very pretty little set of drawers. 

My first reaction was my scrap room could use this....

Continued on the next blog Post...

Sharon

Monday, August 20, 2012

SSS August 20 Moody Monday

What do you do if you only have a few minutes to spare to get something done.  Do you have a plan or just forget it until you have more time? 

Today's Prompt is - 5 Minute Projects

You may think "I can't get anything done that quickly!?"

Well, if you plan well, you just might be able to.  This morning I had to make lunches, find football pads, fill out football paperwork, wake both of the guys up and get them out so my son can make it to practice on time, at 7:15 this morning.  My husband is bringing him to school to grab his equipment, then dropping him off at the field and coming back home to finish getting ready for work.

That gave me 5 minute to be creative and now I am typing my prompt...

Here is what I do when i only have a few minutes...

 See these plastic Iris Clam boxes.  Each one has a project in it.  It may be for a themed book I am working on or just a few layouts I started but if I don't have time to finish it, I put everything in its own box for each project,  when I have a few minutes I grab a box and see what I can do.  the smaller one in the front is my Smash book supplies.

 This has all the cute little things they sold to go with these books along with other stuff I threw in myself.  I keep it all together for quick pages
 This is my smash box and some of the stuff I have thrown in this box. It is very handy even if I go away somewhere and know I will have some time to play, I can grab the box and take it with me.

 This morning I opened the box and just laid down some cut out flower letters I had in the box.  I love the flowers in the letters but never seem to find the right photo to go with it.  There are a pinkish purple, not a color I am fond of, so this morning i tried to use these again with a pool photo.  No, they don't work so i will tuck them back in the box for another day.

So I pulled out another box I threw together while my DH was away.  I had some paper I was very tempted to get rid of.  Instead I matched it with sold paper, cut all the paper up into pieces and made a Card Kit Box.  I threw in some ink pads, ribbons, 2 stamp sets and a few tools.  Again, another box I can grab when i only have a few minutes to spare. 
 I also have some card bases, my stamp cleaner and some scotch tape (a must have for added ribbons to cards quickly)


These are 2 cards I made in a matter of just minutes this morning.  Very simple but now I a couple of extra cards on hand if I need them.

So what do you do if you only have a few minutes to spare.  Whip together a project and see if you like the results.  I tend to like these quick projects better then the ones I spend hours on.  I am forced to use what is in my box rather then digging through all my supplies so I must be as creative as I can with what ever is in my project boxes.

Have fun I with today's prompt and work with what is in your stash.