Dec 14, 2014

Documenting December 2014 | Part 1

I know it's the middle of the month but I'm working on this December documenting thing in my own time and not on a schedule. Our holidays are so jam-packed as is that I don't need the stress of doing something else on scheule. I need something that can be swept to the side and pulled out when I am snuggled in my electric blanket surrounded by the glow of my Christmas lights...with a hot cuppa something!

So do you wanna see my pages so far? Of course ya do...


 Let the countdown begin! My album is sorta a mix between an advent calendar and a journal, and as unintended as it may be, I'm really diggin' it. Instead of starting on Dec 1st and working up toward Dec. 25th. I'm starting with 25 days and counting down. My family always counts down big events, vacations, birthdays, and certainly Christmas. We usually tag on the sentiment.. "and a wake up". The wake up being the day of the event. So for example, on Dec. 1st Christmas would be 24 days and a wake up away.


My first page is a fun overlay/cutfile thingy that was inspired by Paige Evans who created a fun cutfile using a digital goody from Ali Edwards. Check that out here. I would have added a free download for my cutfile but honestly I just opened a new file and typed in what I wanted it to say (I used Bebas font) and ta da.. instant cut file. I used an assortment of patterned papers from both my physical and digital stash. It's a little time consuming adding the different papers behind each letter but it's worth it!



In case you missed my take on those fun wood veneers from Freckled Fawn's Very Merry Christmas Kit here it is again... Between paint, wood stain, and even stamping ink I managed to color them to match my nontraditional scheme and theme. And as for the 25 a little something special.. gold embossing.


And then I did this... You see I started with the whole alphabet idea. Like Christmas A-Z. Well, that wasn't working for me and my flow. But I had already done the "A" and liked the look of it. So I kept it and layered it over a copy of our Christmas card. A for Adams. Dig it?

And in case you're wondering about our Christmas cards, I found a free template online via a Pinterest search and added my photos & changed it up a bit to fit my vibe and feel. Easy Peasy!


Simple. Colorful. and Free! Yes, yes, and yes!

As for my album I have some more pages done and quite a bit to add in. I'll try to post again soon!

Lot's of love.
-S
PRODUCTS USED

May 13, 2014

Organize | boxes, baskets and bins


When it comes to storing my favorite things I have no mercy. I am a sucker for cute storage trends. UGH. And there are a million options right? Between boxes, baskets, and bins I have enough storage solutions to hold hundreds of supplies. Let's take a look at some of the ways I store my goodies.
 
BOXES

My newest addition to my studio has been these cute little snap boxes from Target. I found them in the kid storage section at Target. They were on sale for around $3.00. I've been using them to store this past week's photos that I need to scrap and in the other I added my new cards I picked up this weekend. I haven't added these to my card storage yet because I wanted to keep them separate for now as I plan on using them this week!




I also found this cute black and white box with lid at Target. I think this one was around $6.00. It fits 8.5 x 11 papers nicely. I use it to house my Silhouette media like gold foil, double sided sheets, and cardstock.



MORE PHOTO STORAGE

Simple photo storage boxes are perfect for...well photo storage. I pick these up at crafts stores when they run sales like 6 for $10.


 LARGE STORAGE BOXES

I found this box at TJ Maxx Homegoods. I personally thought it resembled one of those cute Kate Spade storage boxes. And it just so happened to work out perfectly for my vinyl rolls! Yay!


BASKETS

MY "TO SCRAP" BASKET

As far as "to scrap" goes I have a little yellow basket that I keep photos, memorabilia and little notes from my kids and hubby. I go through this at the end of the week when I go into "scrap mode".


And by now you should know I'm addicted Target so this just confirms it. These are another Target find and were picked up for about $8 each. I added the gold book plates for labels. The book plates are self adhesive and are from the Martha Stewart's line at Staples.




BINS

Not sure what legally constitute a "bin" but I consider any thing non basket or box looking a bin. Anything that's open and easily reachable as well.

Like these magazine storage bins, trays, and even yellow dish rack. And I re-purposed one of my Project Life core kit trays as a a drawer organizer.

 







And there you have it. My collection of boxes, baskets, and bins! I can't stop. Soon one day I will have more containers to store things in than actual things to store. ;)

What kind of containers are you favorite for storing things? Anyone else addicted to buying storage boxes from Target?

Lots of love,
Steph



May 3, 2014

Happy Scrapping Day: Craftroom Quickie and Freebie



Howdy you'll! Hope you guys are enjoying this lovely Saturday afternoon. It's so pretty here. Just wanted to pop in real quick with a video of a couple storage ideas and quick tour of my crafting space. And in honor of National Scrapbooking Day I wanted you guys to have a fun freebie!

Enjoy!

 

A FREEBIE FOR YOU!!! Click here to download! 


-psss don't forget to subscribe, like, and stalk me :)

Lots of love!
-S

Apr 25, 2014

Wall Art with Pocket Cards

 

When it comes to art in our home we are far from collectors. Pretty much everything in our home has been DIYed by me or the kids. So when The Pocket Source challenged us to "think outside the album" I was initially drawn to some sort of wall art. I quickly realized I wanted or should I say needed something over our bed. Over the past few months I have pinned several ideas but never took the initiative to get anything up there.

I figured it was time to do just that!

I started out with a few document frames from the Dollar Tree. Frames for a buck, you can't beat that, right? Now, I have used these frames for photos and such for over a year but nothing had the 'ol heart skipping beats until...

this happened...

I took the frames, which were black, and spray painted them my favorite color..GOLD!

One can of gold spray paint later and these frames were good to go.





Since these were document frames I was able to take regular paper sized cardstock and cut mattes. I used my Silhouette portrait to cut mattes down to 4x6.

I took my time selecting cards to fit the frames. I chose cards I really loved. Special sayings or quotes, patterns, and colors that coordinated well with my pillows and room.



Of course hanging them was the hardest part. I'm horrible at hanging wall galleries but I do know that Pinterest offers a ton of tips and tricks to do it a little easier. There may be about a hundred holes behind those frames. ;)



I just love the color and modern "edgy-ness" that this brings to the room. It makes the focal wall a little more...well focal! It was super easy and cost me less than $20.00 to put together. 


It goes to show that with all of the scrapbooking supplies I have around I could create so much more! I just love when beautiful things come together with materials I already have. And yes, I may keep a stock of gold spray paint. ;)

So what do you guys and gals think of my "outside the album" project? A little time, a few pocket cards and the possibilities are truly endless.

Be sure to check out my BFF, Leslie Harvey's amazing project at her new blog, Modern Muse.



Lot's of love
-S

Apr 23, 2014

Maybe I'll do Some Videos

So as a lover of social media and a closeted Youtube stalker I've decided to take things up a notch. That's right I've finally decided to do a video. Truth is I really love watching videos. Crafting videos, organizing videos, make-up tutorials. All kinds really. So, I've decided to give my hand at it. I'm definitely not a pro at doing them but I'm going to try and learn a few things, keep it as real as possible and share some fun stuff. Whether it's craft/scrapbooking videos, organizing tips, DIY projects or even just chit chatting with me I hope you'll find these inspiring, motivating, and just plain fun.

So let's get started...join me as I tell ya a little bit about me and share my latest supply haul.




Hope you guys enjoyed watching this and getting to know "crazy" me a little more. I'm super excited to do a few more of these videos. If there is anything you want to see just let me know and I will try to do them!

Have you guys been shopping? What's the best deals you have found so far? SPILL! I MUST KNOW!

Lots of love!

Apr 10, 2014

DIY INSTANT PRINTS & FREE TEMPLATE



Join me at THE POCKET SOURCE as I share a video tutorial on creating "polaroid" type photos for pocket scrapbooking.


Come on over to grab this template for FREE!




Mar 26, 2014

Office Chair Redo

Yesterday I posted about painting my newly claimed studio space here. Sticking with the concept that a little paint goes a long way I decided to give my office chair a makeover as well.

My office chair isn't anything special. I believe I paid around forty bucks for it about three black Fridays ago. In the three years it's gone through a lot. My behind sits in a lot, my tiny tots have spilled pink nail polish all over it and it's been around to every room of the house for all sorts of reasons. It's a good chair still and I saw no point in throwing it out just because it looked a little shabby, so opted for the best thing money can buy....a paint job.

Let's take a gander at the amazing before and after transformation....

BEFORE



I took the entire chair apart and laid each piece on top of a plastic drop cloth in my yard. I gave each piece a coat of Rustoleum Basic Primer spray paint from Lowes. I let the primer dry over night. The next afternoon I sprayed the arms and the rolling base bright white with Rustoleum's basic white spray paint, also from Lowes. The seat and back pieces were painted with Valspar's Silver Fox. It only took the three cans and this chair was completely painted with a little bit of the Silver Fox left over. Once everything was dry I put it back together again and wheeled it back it.

AFTER



Total cost of this was around $15.00 and 2 days of waiting time. Not bad for a whole new look, huh?

Stay tuned for my studio updates soon. :)



Studio In Progress

I kicked my husband out! Na, just joking. :) Well sorta. I finally kicked him out of our "computer room". Ahhh, finally I have the space all to myself. A studio space. I'm slowly making some changes. I still have a bit to do and I'm sure the space will evolve over time. Just wanted to show you guys what I have going on so far.

How about a few before and after?

BEFORE




AFTER
A little paint (Glidden's Stone White) and...




I know this isn't much to go on. But Just wanted to share this tiny update. I have a few more projects in the mix and then I'll do a reveal of the whole area.

What are you currently working on in your home? Any one else updating their studio/office/craft space?

Mar 10, 2014

For the Love of Paper: Cutting Embellishments

Hello and happy Monday beautiful people.  I hope and pray that this week is an awesome one for all of you guys.

I have a special treat for you'll today...it's Silhouette challenge day. For those of you that don't know what that is by all means let me catch you up. Once a month a group of crafters that have silhouette cutting machines get together in hopes to challenge each other to try new things and learn more about our Silhouette Portraits and Cameos.

This year we're doing something a bit different. This year each month will have a theme.For the month of March our theme is paper. No matter what kinda project we do it has to involve cutting paper {cardstock,chipboard, etc}. Now as most of you know I love paper. I'm pretty sure I'm a paper junkie. Everything from planners ,scrapbooking, and other crafts I'm a snob when it comes to paper.  I hoard a ton and now that my scrapbooking hobby has become a hot topic over at THE POCKET SORUCE I have collected even more in very short time and I have more on the way. 

My pocket scrapbooking has fired up my paper passion so much that I'm always in search of new projects for paper and my Silhouette.When I was brainstorming on this months challenge I immediately knew I wanted yo try designing and cutting some paper embellishments for my pages and album. And my trending love for all things gold sparked an idea. What if I could create my own version of gold chipboard stickers?

By adding two Silhouette mediums together; printable gold foil and chipboard I could possibly create some thick chipboard accents for my pages.

First I gathered my materials, which included:
  • Silhouette machine
  • Chipboard or thick kraft card stock
  • Gold foil (I recommend Silhouettes printable adhesive foil) 
  • Silhouette Studio 
  • cut file
  • cutting mat
My designs we're simple. Hearts, geotags, arrows, and miniature cameras on one page. I created the png files in Photoshop and carried them over into SS. The arrows and days of the week are from a brush set by Miss Mint over at Peppermint Creative. Once I had the page fixed I traced my designs. I lowered the threshold and the high pass filter creating a thinner cut line.



Once I had my design and SS ready to go. I fixed up my material. I cut an 8x8 sheet of chipboard and 8x8 sheet of printable gold foil. The gold foil has an adhesive side so I carefully removed the backing and placed the gold foil onto the chipboard.

Entered it into my machine and began my cut. My machine suggested I use a cut setting of 5 but ultimately that did not work. I went all the way to a ten and still nothing. It only cut half way through the chipboard.

I tried several different ways and still nothing. With my blade still at ten I changed the settings to perform a double cut. And.....nope didn't work. :(



I eventually decided that the chipboard I was using {not the Silhouette brand} was just to thick for my blade. So I moved on to option B. Simple cardstock. Now I would suggest using kraft cardstock to give it a "chipboard" appeal but white was all I had with this project.

I repeated the process. Cut an 8x8 piece of cardstock, an 8x8 piece of foil and adhered them together. And cut! With the blade on seven I had a successful cut. Even though the cardstock isn't as thick as the chipboard It still gives the piece a bit of depth.



Now I have several new embellishments to add to my new pages. I even used them for this week's layout.





I really love how they turned out. Yes, it was a bit of a trail and error process but honestly it's always like that with my Silhouette. I'm no pro at all so I play with it until I get a finished product that I like and can use.

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

 
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