Sunday, July 18, 2010

Organization


Good morning everyone, today I thought I'd share with you a goal I've been working towards for a while now {but only seriously for maybe 2 weeks}.  The goal is for me to clear out the clutter, in my scrap stash! 
Now in all honesty, I think I'd rather have teeth pulled, but thus is the reason that I have an over abundance of supplies.  I have been doing crafting of some sort my entire life, on the scrap side for 10+ years, and well as you can most likely imagine - things start to add up.  After listening over & over again to the Paperclipping Roundtable Podcast {episode#6 - how to deal with all that stuff} I decided it was high time I made a few major changes within my own system of doing things, I especially like the idea of not having to wade through all the extra crap to get to the good stuff, so on with my mission.  Below I have some photos of my craft closet, this is the one I tackled last Sunday and I wish I had thought to take a before and after picture because you're probably gonna wonder why I didn't clean it out - the fact is: I did!  This is what my closet now looks like and so far I am very happy with it.  Most of my shelves have a specific product on it.  In this top photo I have my stamp shelf, all lined up nice and neat so that when I am looking for a certain set I will be able to find it quickly and not waste precious time.
In this next photo I have my embellishments shelf, with everything from archival spray, to adhesives, to glimmer mists, to buttons, and of course my paper towels, and toilet paper.  This shelf is kinda where I keep all my 'go to' products, and of course the ones I have entirely too many of {buttons - I mean come on - 4 cans of buttons - crazy - and what's worse that's not all of them - shame - I know}
On this shelf I have all of my over flow of paper, some card stock, some patterned, lots of 8x8 stacks, and then themed packs.  I think I have a couple of Christmas packs in here {Christmas is about the only holiday themed paper pack I will buy other wise it just goes to waste}.
On this shelf I have my over flow of punches in the drawers and then all of my stickers in the white binders.  I know there are a lot of different ways to store stickers, I've even toyed with the idea of re-doing mine, but the fact is that the binders work just fine.  I do have them broken down into categories: one is just for letters & numbers, then another one has everything to do with family, parents, kids, pets, etc., and then the last one has travel, and holidays, and then just borders & corners.  Yes sometimes it does suck to have to dig through the entire binder to find what I'm looking for, but then I think about what it'll cost me to re-do the system, ahhh NO, I'd rather spend that else where.
On this shelf I have all my miscellaneous items, raw chipboard, printable fabric, photo negatives, mini envelops, and a few other odds & ins that probably aren't even related to scrapbooking; but hey what's a girl to do?  I gotta have my 'lighthouse' coloring book stored somewhere!  : )
This is the last of the individual shelves, and on this one I have my extra 12x12 albums that I hope to fill one day, I also have in the boxes lots & lots of mini albums just waiting for the right story to be told in them.  Those particular boxes I do have categorized as well:  one box is all chip board minis - including their pages, another box is just minis with pages already in them, another box has acrylic albums only, and then the last box is all tins that will be used for a mini someday.
These last two photos will give you a better look into my closet; I wasn't kidding when I had an excess of stuff, I still have an excess of stuff but hopefully over time I can get this stash back down to a more manageable size.  The top shelf of my closet is where I decided to put all of my tools, now there are a few tools I kept even though I haven't used them in a very long time, but that was one thing I decided not to get rid of just yet.  Who knows when that one thing you do get rid of could be the next big thing again, so tools - I'll keep and store them for a while longer before I toss 'em, just to be sure.
As you can plainly see, I have a lot of stuff to use; this is not even all of it and that's why I desperately needed to do this, so as the weeks go by and I continue to go through my stash I will keep you updated on the latest re-organization goal/process, it's more for me to keep me in check but what's the harm in sharing then maybe you can give me a nudge when I need it.
Hope everyone has enjoyed this little peek into my scrap world, hopefully I have a new post for you all this coming week; I finally got a major project done and will be taking photos tomorrow for it - stay tuned and have a great rest of the weekend!
Just B ...... organized!!!!! 
I will be organized I will get organized I will be organized I will get organized I will be organized I will get organized

Sunday, July 11, 2010

twins baby memory book

Good Morning everybody, just wanted to do a quick post here of a mini I made for a friend of mine who recently had twins.  The concept for the book came when we all found out that they were expecting two, I wanted to find a way for them to track each twin side by side each month for the first year, so this is what became of that idea.
Throughout the book I used the 'Fly a Kite' paper line from October Afternoon, it made a wonderful nursery themed alternate because I didn't want it to be completely 'baby' in the sense of pink & blue pastels with baby bottles & rubber duckies, that just didn't seem to fit either parent and this is a book for them, so I wanted it to represent them in a more genuine way.
I love the front cover with the KC on it because not only do the twins live in Kansas City, their names are  Kayla & Colby.  Going one step further, I just happened to have a couple of ribbons, one that says 'baby girl' and the other that says 'baby boy', how fitting is that? and they matched the papers to boot....lucky!

The album ended up being kinda thick but I think that since I did a 'gate fold' (where it opens in the middle) with the dual binding, it'll be able to withstand a bit more wear & tear.


Inside of the album I did a couple of things; first I decided that I would split up the two sides, the left side being Kayla's and the right being Colby's, their are a few exceptions where the journaling prompts apply to both twins the same (ie: they both have the same 1st home & the same 1st vehicle) so in those cases it's a double spread, no need to be redundant.
  The second thing I did was add photo protectors on each side for each month so that they could compare the twins side by side to see how each was growing and changing or for that matter to see how much they remain the same.

As for the journaling prompts, each month has a different idea to document.  And on the back side of the photo sleeves I gave them some ideas of other photos to take to help tell the story.
The first page is 'our day of arrival', even though they were c-section babies I figure it is still important for them to have the story of their journey into this world told.

On these two pages I have put a mini envelop for each twin to have a lock of their hair placed in it (an older tradition I think but one still worth doing)
Another page has a place for their older brother to put his story, his name and how he got it, his birthday, and what his first impressions of his two new tiny sibblings is.  A couple of other pages have a place for mom & dad each to tell their story, their name and how they got it, their birthday, etc.  Another page has another oldie but goodie which is best song, and artist, and album.  Another page has a place to put each twins medical stats from their bi-monthly doctor's appointments.  Another page has a place to document what each twin likes: be it a certain toy, or song, or game, etc.  I suppose it is very similar to a typical baby album, but with a whole lot less stress
On the very last page I left it open for mom & dad to jot down tidbits that maybe I didn't think to add or things that they think might be worth remembering.  And I also included a page sized envelop to add the little things like the hospital bracelets or the little tag that the hospital puts on the side of the crib to let everyone know who that little someone is.  I think these are all things worth documenting and remembering, if not for us, at least for the next generation.

Well that's all she wrote, hope you like my first 'baby' album.  Feel free to leave me a comment and in the meantime I will try to get some more things done.  Hope you are having a great weekend...thanks!
just B

Saturday, July 10, 2010

the final outcome

                            
Hello everyone, boy how is it even possible that I've been gone for so long?  I used to think my mom was crazy when she'd tell me that time flew, but she was right; here it is already July and I think I'm still stuck somewhere between May and last year.  Anyways, I have finally gotten around to post this mini - finished.  Yes, it is done it's been done for awhile now I just can't seem to find the time to jump on here and get it up.  So without further ado.... I present to you the very first mini I have made for my youngest daughter, Justice.                        
If you'll scroll on down to the last post you will have an idea of where this mini started and can therefore is how even that beginning turned into this adorable little masterpiece.
The front cover has several embellishments on it, including the flowers I made with my own flower punches.  I punched several of them, distressed them, stacked them on top of each other to give them some dimension, then used the copper brad in the middle to hold them together; the final step was the distress stickles by Tim Holtz that I added to the edges to give it a softer shine.  I then used my butterfly punch added 2 pearl dots for the body, then tossed on a straight pin and a copper heart that says 'love'.  Justice's initials are also on the cover!
On the inside cover I used a very old sticker from my collection {in the near future I will be using lots of my older product along with the newer stuff} and then one of the new memo pins by Tim Holtz.  The tag you see hanging from the pin is actually a punch that I purchased a couple of months ago and I am loving it, using it constantly {a very good buy for my scrapbook stash} the butterfly I used as a constant throughout the rest of the book, just to help keep it all grounded a bit more.  Besides I just like the punch, another of those 'go to' tools that I use a lot {which is why I bought it - having 2 girls I figure it'll never get old}
In this mini I created it to be interactive, which basically means that there's a lot to look at.  Most every page has something to pull out and look at because that's where all the photos are - they're hidden - not that I didn't want people to see them, but rather wanted people to look for them.  That and I also was practicing with 'collage'.  I have not really cared about collaging until recently, with all the stuff that Tim Holtz does, it has certainly grown on me, but it's not a style that anyone can just do, @ least not me, so I have been practicing - over all I don't think I did half bad.
This project has been really fun - although it's been a semi-long one {seemed like it was on my desk for awhile anyhow} - I must have finished it in a good amount of time because I wasn't totally sick of it by the time I completed it so that is certainly saying something
What's cool about this mini is that the original idea for it was to have a mini done for Justice, but it turns out that I learned something too {go figure} -collaging is fun - no I'm not very good @ it just yet but this has been enough of a taste that I'm ready for more and willing to try something bigger next time.
After looking through these photos again {haven't seen them in awhile} I can honestly say that I am very happy with the way this mini turned out.  Not @ all your typical 'baby' mini but then again I'm not a very 'typical' kind of girl.
As I'm sure some of you can see, I have used a very wide range of products, everything from very old to very new, some everyday to very original and I have to say I like that.  I think sometimes we get caught up in the very latest fashion - be it clothes or shoes or electronics - when really all that 'older' stuff is just fine and sometimes better.  Right now in scrapbooking {for those of you that don't know} 'vintage' is all the rage and some of the things that people are using to tell their stories are things that your grandma and my grandma used daily and thought nothing of, to me that's saying something and I think it's totally cool.  "Antique Market here I come" : )
Another thing that this project taught me, is to think even more outside the box.  The flower in this photo again is one that I made using a punch that I have; I stamped it, distressed it, inked it, folded it and aged it, then added the 3 tiny pearls to the center of it, and in my opinion it looks as good as the flowers that were on the market so hot & heavy just a few years ago, if not better than those.  Of course I have a ton of those but think of all the ways to alter them now and use them in new ways - damn makes me wish for just a split moment of insanity that my days were a bit longer.
And oh boy does this remind me of a couple of new favorite products; I tell that Tim Holtz is a genius some of the things he has come up with - I absolutely love his new embossing folders, they are cool!  The piece of paper that looks kinda like a 'bingo' card is one of his folders and I like it - it gives a very well defined raised surface which only enhances the inking technique, then he has expanded his grunge line to include 'grunge paper' - that stuff is amazing - it's like cardstock but almost like it's made from rubber, because you can bend it and wad it up and punch it and emboss it and sand it and God knows what else and it keeps its sturdiness, it's flexible and has a give to it that no other paper that I have found can.  Amazing stuff!
Well I am going to stop typing for a moment and let you get through the rest of the photos !








Okay I have to jump in here just real quick because I want to point out my hook & eye ensemble that I did here, if you look closely you'll see it on the measuring tape ribbon.   I love it and will certainly use that again - I'm thinking on my next series of layouts that I have lined up


Alright well this is it, the finished book, hope you liked what you saw.  Unfortunately this is all that I have for you today but as always my goal is to never wait as long as it usually ends up being but if I can get something else up for you all soon then I will, until then Thank You for stopping in and have yourself a great weekend!

Just B....creative....your way!