Friday, February 19, 2010

Sponge Dauber Storage Part 2

Well the racks came in and Mike immediately started to label each and every little post with the CTMH colors. While this storage method will not work for everyone, I am really enjoying having them in plain sight.  I am also finding that by having the daubers hanging on the wall in front of me I reach for my inks more often.  What is that phrase… out of sight out of mind?  Not anymore.  Enjoy!



Scrappin My Little Heart Out

Well the surgery went well and I am back to myself, and chopping at the bit to get some scrapbooking done.  I spent yesterday putting my house in order, laundry and getting some cooking done just so I could play all day today! 

I was home for a couple of days last week and tried to do some layouts with anesthesia still on board – yea they look exactly like you are thinking!  But after some thought I decided that I would post those too so you can see that not every layout has to be a “perfect 10”.  So with my trusty pug at my side and the IPod playing the Twilight score, I will put forth the layouts I worked on during this past week.

These are still photos of the week we spent in Florida 2008 for the Close To My Heart Convention.  You will see papers that are not CTMH, but since I do not have a scrapbook store near me, I splurged and spent some money in a local Orlando store and picked up “theme” papers for some of the parks in the area.


Made with CTMH Topstich papers DSC_0004

Back ground papers are from Orlando but all cardstock is CTMH DSC_0005

This is the “stickles” technique I was working on one night.  I painted the stickles on to the letters because I wanted a shimmer effect.  I think it turned out really well.

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Here is the start of the “Anesthesia pages” DSC_0008 DSC_0009

I thought this looked “great” with drugs on board …

note to self listen to the 13 year old when she says “It sucks”  DSC_0010 DSC_0011

Back to myself again…. DSC_0012

Mike likes the stitching so I thought I would post an up close shot.  DSC_0013 DSC_0014

Beach pictures using the Summer Celebration color family DSC_0015 DSC_0016 DSC_0017 DSC_0018

The background paper is from Orlando but the cardstock is from CTMH All stickers are from NASA.DSC_0019 DSC_0020 DSC_0021 DSC_0022

The paper is from Sarsaparilla paper pack.  I am going to have to buy more of this paper. I love it!  DSC_0023

I am still working on finishing out some layouts from the Air Boat ride, so I think I will let you get back to your day and I will start to play.  I have missed being in my scraproom!

Friday, February 12, 2010

A story book

I am sitting here listening to a Paperclipping Round Table podcast episode and Ali Edwards just said something profound….

Scrapbooking is making a story book!

That is it!  People ask me all of the time “why do you scrapbook” or “why invest all that money on a photo album?”  I am creating a story book of my life and my families life for generations to come.  I am really big on journaling and to me the photos are just a part of the story, if you do not tell someone what is going on in the layout, then it is just a dressed up photo album.  So … this is why I scrapbook, why I love to scrapbook.  I am capturing moments with my camera and telling the story of my life. 

Snow Day!

My kid sure does put up with a lot from her mommy, I was going downstairs a few minutes ago to make a sandwich. When you scrap in the middle of the night you get hungry… I happened to look outside and was amazed that at 0230 it was so light outside.  I had to check the clock because I would have sworn that it was closer to 0530. 

So what do I do?  I grab my child and we go outside at 0230 to get the perfect snow pictures.  When else can you stand in the middle of the road without getting run over?  So out we go giggling like a couple of loons, with snow getting our feet wet.  Welcome to a rare “blizzard” in Texas.

These shots are in my backyard



Now this is the front yard. 

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Kaela is really starting to wonder about her mothers state of mind. DSC_0011

Kaela’s feet, up to the top of her boots. DSC_0016 DSC_0019

So now I owe the child “coffee and donuts” in the morning. So worth it!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Still loopy but starting to feel better

As some of you know I had dental surgery Tuesday morning.  I finally woke up yesterday about 4:00pm and the first thing I wanted besides something to drink was to scrapbook!  I am not going to post those layouts because they look like a 3 year old playing with paper. I was back in bed about 4 hours later.  I am trying to get some work done but I keep getting dizzy so scrappin is slow going and lets not talk about my spelling!  But I am not in any real pain so I have to be very thankful for that.  Until then… I think I will go back to bed now.  See you soon.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

A Whole Day To Play

What do you do when you have a day off from work, no laundry, no errands, and your child is at school?  Scrapbook of course!  My day began at 8:00 AM and as you can see I am still going…..with lots of coffee.  I have to stay awake so that I can sleep tomorrow, to go to work tomorrow night so here is what I have done so far.

Well before we begin let me introduce to you someone that has just recently decided she can grace the Scraproom with her presence…

Callie the Calico Cat.



She normally would not be caught dead in my room but as you can see she is wrapped up in Radar’s blanket so she must feel like teasing the dog. 

Now back to scrapbooking

These photos were taken during the week we were in Florida for the last Close To My Heart Convention in 2008.

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I have Gatorland finished, Sea World is next. Wish me luck because I am trying a new technique with Stickles and if it works I will share.  Oh look at the time, it is 4:00 am maybe I should try and get some sleep while the Stickles dry. Wish me luck because you guys know sleeping is considered “optional” when I get my scrappin mojo going.

Oh yea, the papers that are being used in these layouts are Sarsaparilla Level 2 and if you like it you can always order it online by hitting the button on the right side of your screen.  Happy Scrappin’.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Getting ready for more Scrappin

Well I have over 300 photos to get processed before I can begin the art of scrapbooking again.  Last night I made piles and sorted by theme (birthday, Christmas ect) All of these photos are for 2009 so I am not having to worry about mixing years together.   Here is my system for keeping my photos organized before scrapping them.


DSC_0001Photos and Journaling go into envelopes, these get filed by month  



Here is a peek inside the accordion file that I use for each year or theme album.  I normally scrap by year but vacations get their own albums.



Any larger memorabilia gets placed with the photo envelopes.  I will make a note on the envelope not to forget I have larger items to scrap also.


While I was getting ready to send photos over to Snapfish for printing I made a point of printing doubles for the photos that are going to be in the FAMILY 2009 album  and KAELA 7th GRADE album.  I will also make sure to print the journaling  for 2 times for these photos also.  There is really no point to trying to journal the same set of photos 2 different ways if they are going in 2 separate albums.

Here is a sample of how I get the journaling pre-done before scrappin my photos.  I get all of the pre-work done so that I am not so rushed to get all of my photos in to albums.  I do not have to worry about forgetting details because I have already written them down.  I feel I can take my time on the creative side once I get the story finished and my photos are properly stored.





I print the “story” for each group of photos on one sheet of vellum and cut it into squares (4 per page).  This is a good standard size for my pages.  And I love that the vellum will match any layout I decide to do in the future.

Well back to processing for me.  I want to play later on today.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Hearts For Haiti! February 1-28, 2010

Order any textured cardstock combo pack at full retail price and receive a second textured cardstock combo pack of your choice FREE. Eligible packs include:

  • X5747 Basic
  • X5681 Spring Harmony
  • X5745 Summer Celebration
  • X5669 Autumn Harvest
  • X5670 Winter Cozy

For only $14.95, you get two packs of 12” x 12” textured cardstock (a great deal at about $.30 a sheet!) and Operation Smile will receive $2 US to benefit the urgent, important cause in Haiti. 

Note: You may choose a FREE textured combo pack that is the same or different as the full retail combo pack.

Dates: February 1-28, 2010
Featured Product:
12” x 12” Textured Cardstock Combo Packs
For Customers: Order any textured cardstock combo pack at full retail price and receive a second textured cardstock combo pack of your choice FREE. Eligible packs include:

How do I order?:  Online of course… Press the Close To My Heart button of the right side of your screen.

There is no limit! You can buy as many as you want, and get the second free! Customers can have multiple qualifying textured combo packs on one order and receive multiple free textured combo packs.

Donation for Haiti:
From February 1-28, 2010, our textured cardstock combo packs are buy one, get one FREE—and with every offer purchased, Close To My Heart will donate $2 US to Operation Smile’s Haiti relief efforts.

Operation Smile is always a fantastic charitable partner—offering free facial reconstruction surgeries to needy children throughout the world. They’ve currently marshaled their medical teams and resources to provide emergency relief in Haiti, and the donations given as part of Hearts for Haiti will be used exclusively for Operation Smile’s efforts in Haiti. For more information on their on-the-ground response, you can visit

See pages 100–101 of the current Idea Book to view the available colors and details about the textured cardstock combo packs.

(click the catalog on the right sidebar)