Saturday, January 21, 2012

Smash Book

It snowed for the first half of the day today, so it was a good day to get some scrapping done. I worked on my smash Book. I had some things glued down but the pages still looked unfinished so I went back and added journaling where it was needed and added more pages today. I completed 13 pages in the book and have 20 pages with embellishments on them. Some more need to get finished but I don't want to rush this project. I am hoping to add to it thoughout the year.

This is my Extreme Couponing page. I gave couponing a go, and was able to save $ 306.06 in three shopping trips. I wish I could save this much every week but to do this is VERY time-consuming with all the research needed to find the best deals. I average between $10 - $40 a week with coupons now.

Cost of Living Page. This is just showing how much things cost now. The right side is a page about my last birthday at a Red Sox game.

a day trip I took with my kids to NYC. We got airfare for only $9 each way. It was a great day even though I was still recovering.

This is a mish-mash of different events from the surgeries I had to scrapping companies I was repping for.

These are my Goals for 2012. the close up of my title and then what I have written so far

two pages of last Saturday's Patriots game against the Denver Broncos.

These two pages are mini postcards of a lot of places I have been to.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

More Organizing

I decided to re-organize my Cricut Cartridges. I had them stored in Snapware ribbon holders, but I had so many cartridged that it took three (3) of these holders to store them all. I did like the concept of using the cross-stitch mesh so I made a bigger one to fit into a 12 x 12 tray from Target. Much like the one I made for my Stickles. and the nice thing about this one is there is still room for expansion. I still have 18 empty slots. When full this tray will hold 119.

Then for the books and overlays I was using two of these drawers that my daughter no longer wanted. The books fit in perfectly, but I needed one more drawer to fit them all. I drove to the Container store and was going to get another whole unit, but found just the inner part of a drawer set on clearance for only $3, so I bought that. It sits on top of the others just fine. These drawers still have a little room for exspansion. Right now I have an empty Cricut box in the back of each drawer to, not only keep the books upright, but to block the back because it is hard to reach the back of the drawers when they are in their containers. But should I get more books, I can take the boxes out and have room to add more books.

The other thing I did this week was to check all my paint dabbers. These tend to dry up from lack of use. After watching a Tim Holtz video, he said to simply add a few drops of water to the bottle to bring the paints back to life. So I did. It took about 4 hours to get through all the bottle but they are all working again and I have moved them so they are closer to my work space in hope I start using them more before they get a change to dry up again.

These ones on the shelf are the colors I may not use too often.

The more popular colors that I do think I will use more often, I put into this Tim Holtz storage tin. These are more of my favorite colors so i plan to place this tin right on my work desk in hopes that by seeing every day I will start to use these more often.

And these are the few bottle of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. I have not used this very often so I only have a few colors.


I love color. The brighter the better! I was looking around my scraproom and I love seeing all the bright colors around the room.

Happy New Year!

OK, I know I am a little late at wishing everyone a Happy New Year. Today is Sunday, January 15th. But a little late is better then never.

What have i been up to lately...

My last surgery was almost 3 months ago. I can honestly say I feel GREAT! Maybe I can go surgery free for 2012. I will remain hopeful.

Last night I spent the evening at Gilette Stadium watching the NE Patriots anialate Tim Tebow and the Denver Boncos. It was bitterly cold but the game was so exciting we never felt the cold until walking back to our car. The Patriots' defense finally woke up and it was the best game I had seen all season. The final score was 45 - 10.

I have been playing with my Cricut machine. I wish i took photos of some of the decorations I made for my class of pre-schoolers. I used the Sesame Street Seasons cartridge and made some of the winter decorations for our walls.

Besides that I have spent a lot of time re-organizing. If I spent half the time actually scrapping that i do re-organizing my scrap space my albums would be full by now and I would have run out of photos to scrap.

My latest project was re-organizing my Stickles. I loved the CD case I had for storage. It spun around and stored my bottles upside down so they were always ready to use but it didn't even store half the amount of bottles I had so I spent an afternoon making this storage unit using cross stitch mesh I got at Wal-mart and cutting it up to fit into this drawer I got at Target.

I love how many it holds, even though it still was not big enough for all the bottles I had, it still works better.

The drawer slides right into one of the shelves on my Jetmax cubes.

To find the bottles I wanted easier I added a blob of Stickles on the bottle of each bottle so I know exactly what they will look like on my projects.
I can fit 60 bottles in this drawer.

What was left I put back into the CD storage case I had. This storage container holds 36 bottles. I really did like the idea of the double layers of storage on this unit. the top layer lifts up so you can get access to both layers. both layers also rotate around so you can see everything. I just needed something larger. this one is now holding my overflow of Stickles that did not fit in the drawer unit I made. I have 22 bottles in it now.