Wednesday, April 24, 2013

spring break @ voa {a scrapbook layout}

Thanks so much for all of the nice comments on my last layout. I have met some of the nicest people through this hobby!
Today I have a double page layout to share. I used my very favorite scissors, Cutterbee scissors, to fussy cut the sun and kite for this one. I use the yellow and black handled Cutterbee scissors, the ones that have the teflon coating. They are super sharp and nothing, I mean nothing sticks to them. Love them for intricate cuts.

I'm still using the Simple Stories kit-I got a lot of mileage out of this kit. I used Simple Stories Sn@p alphabet stickers for the title and some WRMK twine for the kite.
I cut the sun from one the 4x6 cards that came with the kit:
I added some pop dots to give it some dimension and have it "pop" off the page.

The kite was a bit more challenging. It was on one of the patterned papers. I cut the tail off and looped some twine around the pop dot I used to adhere it to the layout. Then I used other colors of twine for the bows in the tail.

Forgot to add that I used Swiss Dot Bazzill cardstock as the base. Fun stuff.
I'm super excited because I just got the shipping notice from Scrapbook Generation that my first Super Saver Sketch Club Kit is on it's way. I can't wait to play with it this weekend!! I'll post photos here on the blog once I get it.

Monday, April 22, 2013

they are the fabric of my heart {a scrapbook layout}

Got in some serious scrapbooking time this weekend. I finished working with a Simple Stories kit that I'd been hoarding for a bit. So all the layouts you'll see this week will feature that line.
This one is a one pager, with one 4x6 photo. All the materials are from Simple Stories, except the letter stickers and heart stickers-those are from Jillibean Soup.

Super happy with how this turned out. This one is currently on display in my craft room.

Close up of title:
And of the heart banner:

Just looking at this makes me happy.
Happy Monday friends!

Monday, April 15, 2013

jillibean soup warehouse box 2013 {scrappy shopping}

It's that time of year again, where many manufacturers put together warehouse or mystery boxes for fans to purchase at a low price. If you really love a particular collection, you can grab a steal with these boxes.
In the past I have purchased:
-Pink Paislee
-Sassafrass (my all time favorite!)
-Bella Blvd
-Jillibean Soup

I actually had a reminder on my calendar for the Bella sale (if it's on the same schedule as last year it should be happening in the next few weeks!) Anywho, that made me look up Jillibean, whose box was wonderful last year. Low and behold, they had held a warehouse sale just 2 hours from my house at the end of March. And I missed it. BUT they still had the box for sale on their retail site! Yay. The boxes were $25 and my shipping-USPS Priority- was $6.60, I also had to pay tax because I live in Ohio where Jillibean is located.

I got my box on Friday-2 days after I ordered it. I am thrilled with the contents!
I haven't had a chance to go through and see how many duplicates there are from last year but I don't think there are very many. Maybe 5-6 sheets of paper, but that's okay-I do a lot of double layouts!
And all of the extras-alphas, buttons, stickers are different-YAY!

So what was in the box??
Buttons, bean stalks, felts blossoms, bean blossoms, and epoxy buttons.
Three sets of alphabets (one cardstock).
One corrugated alpha in brown (love these) and two sheets of cardstock stickers-sweet & sour soup and watermelon gazpacho soup.

 Two soup labels, two packs of journaling sprouts, and a butterfly corrugated mini-album.

And then there's 30 sheets of paper:
7 Sheets of Winter Tortellini and Spinach Soup

4 Sheets of Homemade 6 Bean Soup

2 Sheets of Blossom Soup and 1 Sheet of Barley Soup (this is a duplicate from last year)

3 Sheets of Spotted Owl Soup (I either bought this or it's a duplicate from last year)

4 Sheets of Summer Squash Soup and 2 Sheets of Chilled Strawberry Soup (also duplicates)

2 Sheets of Game Day Chili (yay-I was very excited to see this)

5 Sheets of Southern Chicken Dumpling Soup

Whew. So much stuff for just $25!! Go here to buy one for yourself.
Happy Monday!

Friday, April 12, 2013

a peek into my scrap area {scrapbook room reveal}

When I first moved my scrap area into the basement, I had a ton of Jet Max cubes-which were great but I really wanted an Expedit unit from Ikea. So I watched craigslist for months, just waiting for my perfect shelving unit at the perfect price to appear.
And then last year, just before Christmas {as if it were a present, just for me}, the listing appeared. My Expedit unit for just $50. Oh boy. I couldn't call fast enough. After borrowing a truck and sweet-talking my husband into dis-assembling it to carry down to the basement, and re-assembling it, it was mine! And it was perfect!
No, I still don't have carpet but I have an area rug! Yay!

I still have my awesome antique desk that I refinished.

Back over to the Expedit-which holds a ton...

It holds all of my patterned paper, cardstock, stamps, current magazine issues & idea books, and all of my albums. Wow.


A third of my albums

I love that I can use the top shelf to display some favorite family photos and pretty scrappy supplies.

I'm sure you are wondering what's in the blue bowls, right?!? Washi tape. Lots of washi tape. LOL.

All of my Thickers are now stored in these document boxes from JoAnn's-they fit perfect!
Yes, three boxes of Thickers-I have a problem!
 Here's what it looks like when you open the boxes:

I have them organized by color. :)

That's a little sneak into my scrap area. Some day I'll have carpet and a TV....ohhhh I'd love a TV. Until then, my iPad works just fine. 
If you have any questions-feel free to leave a comment.
Have a great weekend friends!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

why i organized the scrapbook room and vbs {a scrapbook layout}

My scrapbook room has been a mess. A big giant, unable to move around or do anything in it, mess. I finally decided to something about it a couple of weeks ago. I took all of my patterned paper and cardstock out and reorganized it into closed containers. Ah. So much nicer. Only problem was every time I tried to get paper out it was a NIGHTMARE.
So last week, I decided to re-reorganize all of paper vertically. But while I was doing it, I realized I had an enormous amount of cardstock. Like enough cardstock to open my own store. So I ruthlessly boxed a giant stash of it and listed it for sale over on Two Peas. It felt really good to only have the colors I'll actually use on hand. I should probably do the dame thing with my patterned paper!
I also came up with a brilliant idea for storing all of my Thickers. (My 100+ collection of Thickers.) I'll share that tomorrow, along with photos of the newly organized scrap room.
All that being said-I can actually work in there now.
I think I've used this sketch about 30 times in the past couple of months but I just love the clean and simple look.

You can't really tell but the title is pop-dotted up for dimension and I've added the name our church with smaller alphabet stickers.

I love this little cluster of brads with the journal card from Elle's Studio.

I'll be back tomorrow with photos of my space and my new Thickers storage!