Friday, September 30, 2011

Ta Da!

Happy Friday to ya, friends! 

I am sooooo excited to finally be able to make this post.  I have finally finished organizing, reorganizing, moving, arranging, rearranging, purging, and labeling my scrapbook room.  This has been a long journey, but four rooms later, I am settled and thrilled!!!   Here's where my journey started.  A 60" x 48" half-bath turned scraproom.


Tiny, hun?  Oh, but it was cute.  It had capaccino colored walls, a brown and black countertop, and lots of bins and buckets.  Oh, and shelves all the way up to the 10' ceiling.  What it lacked, though, was good lighting and electrical outlets.  So, I moved in to the corner of my husband's office.



More shelves all the way up to the ceiling and lots of plastic!  Aside from the blue drawers, I loved it again.  But then, I fell in LOVE with a discount cabinet from Pottery Barn.  Had. To. Have. It.  So, I decided to take over the whole room.  And my super sweet husband let me.  Then, just last week, we swapped the entire room with my son's room.  He actually wanted the smaller room (Score!) so he would be cooler at night.  My husband and I were happy to trade up.  We share the room and LOVE it!  Here's the view from the door. 


This is my computer desk and work table.  I plan to add a skirt to the table (as soon as I enlist the help of someone who can actually sew) to add a little more color to the space and hide the trash can and rolling cart.


Here's a close up of my Making Memories carousel.  LOVE this.  It holds a ton of pencils, pens, and scissors. 


Ok, this might be my favorite area -- two Making Memories shelves and a giant pic of my kiddos over my Cricut shelves.  The baskets on the shelves hold my embossing folders, printer supplies, Imaginisce tools, etc.


This basket contains all my Imaginisce tools and accessories.  The top tray contains my i-Rock and the bling compacts.  Underneath it are three plastic bead boxes containing more bling, brad daddies, and glue sticks.




I use my Clip It Up to hold various 3D embelllishments and my ridiculous stash of Thickers.  I still have the first pack that I bought.  I just can't get rid of them.  Good thing the Clip It Up has so much space!


And here's the Pottery Barn cabinet that started it all.  It was designed for a child's bedroom, but the color got me.  And it holds a TON of stuff.


In the bottom left cabinet, I keep my Cricut cartridges in Art Bin boxes.  Each box holds 16 cartridges and the books and overlays.  Awesome storage find!

 


Here's my vertical paper holders.  I keep my paper stored by manufacturer in alphabetical order.  I put each line in a 12 x 12 plastic ziplock bag.  Then, it's very easy to grab a bag to take over to my table.


In the bottom center cabinet, I store metal embellishments, extra adhesive, and My Mind's Eye embellishments.  These are some of the same plastic bins and buckets that I started with.  Love that they are so versatile!


The bottom right cabinet holds my paint and stamps on the top shelf.  I'm not a big stamper, so that is plenty of room.  The bottm shelf is full of 12 x 12 Iris boxes.  I store a variety of embellishments in these. 


The top shelves of the cabinet are full of these canvas bins and totes that my husband found at Office Depot on clearance.  They hold pictures, assorted tools, extra ribbon, and card making supplies.



Thanks for stopping by today.  And I hope you enjoyed the tour of my space.  I think it's safe to say that there will be no more remodeling or reorganizing, just decorating!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

ScrapRoom Sneak Peek

It's almost time for the new ScrapRoom kit to be released.  And let me tell you, it is fabulous!!!  We've been showing sneaks over at the ScrapRoom blog all week.  Here's mine using Studio Calico's Memoir papers and embellishments.
Happy at Home



I normally have a tough time scrapping with Studio Calico papers (although I love them!) but Tammy put together such a great kit that I was able to put this one together rather easily.  And the fact that I was finally able to scrap these photos of Ethan playing with his Tonka truck made me really happy.

The kit will go live on Saturday night over at the ScrapRoom website.  And you are just going to love it!!!  I  know that I did.  I'll be back soon with all my layouts.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wanna Win a Cuttlebug?

This Saturday is World Cardmaking Day.  And to celebrate, the official Cricut Blog is having a card contest.  Three lucky winners will receive a Cuttlebug.  You can find the details HERE.

Between now and then, the Cricut Circle designers will be sharing cards for your inspiration.  Here's my card that went up today.

Bee Happy



I don't know about you, but the fun patterns and colors of this Echo Park paper and that cute little bumblebee makes me happy.  Hope you find some time to submit a card to our contest!  See you soon.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Two Jillibean Cards

Happy Monday morning to ya!  Today is Cards on Monday at the Jillibean Soup blog and I wanted to share the two cards that I have posted today. 

U R A Stitch


For this card, I was inspired by a quilt square template and Jillibean's Homemade 6 Bean Soup line.  Lots of sweet stitching patterns, icons, and sentiments. 

U R Sweet As Apple Pie


LOVE that Apple Cheddar Soup Fresh Apple Slices paper.  Just the right shade of green for my taste!

Thanks for stopping in today!  I'll be back soon to share some of the projects that I finished this weekend.  Lots more Jillibean Soup and The ScrapRoom.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Pebbles Goes Back To School

As you may have noticed, I am a big fan of bright colors, particularly primary colors.  So, when I saw the Fresh Goods line by Pebbles, I was smitten.  My first layout with this amazing line went up on the Pebbles blog yesterday.  I thought it was perfect for back-to-school week.  Here, take a look.

Bus Boys
 

After much internal debate about whether to let my four-year-old ride the school bus, I finally decided to give it a try.  And I am glad that I did.  He and his brother LOVE that time together since they don't really see each other much at school during the day.  And the bus driver is awesome . . . no wrestling or playing around on his bus.  So glad I got these photos of them the first time Ethan got to ride.  Here's some close ups.



I LOVE all the embellishments available in this line, and the variety made it easy to create this layout.  The toothpick flags and layered butterflies are so, so cute and add a lot of dimension to a page.

For more back-to-school layouts, be sure to check out the Pebbles blog this week!

Have a great day!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Releasing Imaginisce's Bon Voyage!

 Happy Monday everyone!  And what a way to start the week than by checking out a new release by Imaginisce.  This one is full of rich colors and fun vintage travel patterns.  LOVE it!!!  Here are my three projects on the blog today.

Vacation Journal



You've Arrived Layout





Miss You Card


So, do you just love it?  I know I do.  So masculine and vintage all at the same time.  There are so many great ways to use this line.  You can see more of those ways over at the Imaginisce blog HERE.  And be sure to leave a comment because you just never know when you might just win some for yourself.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a good one.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Dutch Mustard Soup LOVE

Yesterday was my first post on the Jillibean Soup blog since being asked to join the design team.  Pretty exciting stuff!  Here are the layouts that were posted.

XO


STILL loving me some Dutch Mustard Soup.  The colors are perfect for Fall, which is right around the corner.  These photos are from last Thanksgiving, so I was happy to finally scrap them.  And the hearts were perfect for a page about how much my youngest LOVES his big brother.


To add a little interest to the right square on my layout, I added a almost all of the words and phrases from the coordinating sticker sheet.  How fun, hun?


Sweet



Ok, wanna hear a funny story about this layout?  Well, I had actually scrapped these photos a year or so ago but never put the layout in my album.  After sitting in a crate for a couple of years all the cheap adhesive that I used had dry-rotted, so the whole layout fell apart.  Since I didn't really like the layout too much anyway, I rescrapped the photos.  I have NEVER rescrapped a layout, but I like this version a whole lot more.  And now I use good adhesive.  Lesson learned.



Goodness gracious, I LOVE Jillibean's corrugated shapes and alphas.  You just can't go wrong there!

Well, that's all for me today.  But be sure to check out the other layouts on the blog today and have a great weekend.  Toodles!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Exciting News!!!


Aphra Bolyer (LA) Wooo hooo!!! That's me!
Elizabeth Carney (WA)
Jessy Christopher (Malaysia)
Jing-Jing Nickel (MN)
Kandis Smith (ID)
Kathy Martin (NC)
Lori Allred (Coordinator)
Melinda Spinks (Australia)
Monique Liedtke (Netherlands)
Nancy Damiano (NJ)
Stephanie Buice (AL)
Rosangela Philippsen (Brazil)
Sherry Cartwright (TX)
Tiffany Hood (UT)
Wendy Sue Anderson (UT)

Thanks Doodlebug!  And congrats everyone!!!

My First Pebbles Post

It's Meet the Team Week at Pebbles, and yesterday was my turn on the blog.  So excited.  And a bit nervous.  Have you seen some of the layouts going up?  Wow!!!  Some serious eye candy.  Here's my layout.

Always Smiling

These sweet pics were taken at the beach this past summer.  I love the soft colors of the sand and my kiddos clothes and skin.  It's the perfect excuse to use some pastel papers and floral embellishments, right?  (Thanks for agreeing with me.  A momma of two boys has to really work the angle sometimes.)  Pebbles' Floral Lane papers, dimensional stickers, and alphabet stickers were just perfect! 

I used my Martha Stewart butterfly punch for these butterflies.  The print paper is actually the bottom layer of one of the dimensional stickers.  I just carefully peeled it off and then saved the top layer for another project.



Well, that's all for me today.  Be sure to head over to the Pebbles' blog HERE to meet some of the other ladies on the team.  I've been loving all their amazing projects!!!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Potato Head Parade

Happy Friday!  I'm excited today is Friday for a different reason this week.  My little man has been attending Pre-K full time this week, and I'm kinda missing him.  "Stay-at-home-days" (as he so aptly called them) are few and far between now, so I'm looking foward to a couple of days at home with my two boys.  Nothing special . . . a little TV, backyard time, toys, a movie, maybe even a parade.  Here's a layout of Ethan enjoying a Potato Head Parade during a stay at home day back in May.

Let's Play


Do you see all the Potato Head People lined up on the coffee table?  Yep, that's the parade.  Ha Ha!  I love that 4 year old.  Too cute!




I used my Toy Story Cricut cartridge and Echo Park's Little Boy papers for this one.  Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head were just too darn cute!  My cut list is below.

Thanks for stopping in today.  Have a great weekend!

Toy Story -- Mr. Potato Head

MrPtato2-s @ 4"
MrPtato2-s Layer 1 @ 4"
MrPtato2-s Layer 2 @ 4"
MrPtato2-s Layer 3 @ 4"

Toy Story -- Mrs. Potato Head

MsPotato @ 4"
MsPotato Layer 1 @ 4"
MsPotato Layer 2 @ 4"
MsPotato Layer 3 @ 4"

Toy Story -- Let's Play Title 

ToyStory Icon @ 2"
TyStry-s Icon @ 2"

Plantin Schoolbook -- Title Mat

blast @ 4"

** For some reason, blogger will not leave the carrot symbols on either side of the cuts, so I just typed the cut titles without them.  Grrr . . .