Friday, 14 November 2014

lalalalalalalala....

Yeh my reasoning is it has been a very hectic couple of months!!!
And of course, because I mentioned it, the mojo ran away again... *sigh*

But we've had the Esperance Show, Mum and Dad were here for a visit and work has been flat out! Who would have thought people would want so many coffees????
And I've had a declutter, clean and reorganising of my studio....
Not a lot of reorganising, more just sorting out the paper into collections as it had all been mixed up, and getting rid of things I know I will never use.
But I decided to pick up some new baskets rather than the plastic tubs I did have and groups things together properly.
Another thing I have done, is sort out my 'colour centre' with all my stamps, inks, stains, paints and tools so they're all in 1 spot and easy to access.
I was going to make up a new stamp index, but I saw a suggestion for digitising them into Evernote, loved the idea and a couple of days later all of my stamps are now digitised, as well as my masks and stencils, stains, distress markers, colour washes and my new purchases - dies to go with my new BigShot... oops one happen to fall into my studio from somewhere... :)
I'm also slowly adding in sketches from PageMaps, and with everything labelled with any word I can think of to search for it should be easy to search through for something that will fit in with what I'm looking for!

And pictures... of course I have pictures...

My new Colour Centre...
Paints are still in the diamond in the middle, Stains on the left, Sprays on the right...
On the top of the bookcases I've run a piece of wood for a sehlf to hold my masks and stencils (in a letter holder), the holder for my distress markers, and my Big Shot.
In the bookcase on the left I have my dies on the top shelf, Stamps are all on the shelf in the middle (in numbered folders), and cloths in the basket at the bottom.
In the other set of shelves I have all my tools and inks, all within easy reach.


I still have my large shelves...nope they're not going anywhere! And my chipboard are still sorted into my drawers on the top. I haven't done anything with them as I like they way they are sorted, the same as my ribbon and flowers.
I've replaced the plastic tubs with the baskets as it does look better. All my BTP projects are still stacked at the bottom waiting to be sorted, though I'm finding it hard to consider getting rid of any of them.... Maybe I'll just do them and give them away...
The biggest declutter was all of my pattern paper and I now have a pile to give away. I have to say I was fairly ruthless, but still have plenty to play with.

One thing I did come across is an inspiration jar.... it's a jar with numbered sticks. The idea was to use them to complete unfinished projects but as I don't normally have them, I've instead set it up to use my stash more... stamps from a particular set, a sketch, a collection, or to do an BTP project.
I can update and change it as I use I've set the challenges up in Evernote. It's pretty my my personal challenge jar which I hope will help kickstart the creativity!

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

I shouldn't say it...

and fingers crossed it stays... but it seems my Mojo has made a return to the house!
I've managed 4 layouts in the past week... OMG!!!!
But shhh..... we don't want to scare it away!

So this week I've managed 2 singles and 2 doubles, so my to-do list for entries for the show has now been reduced...





And I'm actually very happy with the way they've all turned out and I haven't even purchased anything to complete them which is good. Slowly using my stash up.

And apart from these 4 layouts, I also managed to make another baby mini album, so that one's all set for when my niece has her baby.

So onto the next project... though really I should go and get the shadehouse all cleaned up...
But then... the Mojo is home!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

A little bit creative...

Slowly getting the mojo back and I've managed a couple of little projects.

A double page of photos from Helm's Arboretum. These photos were left over from the mini album I made.




And even though it took me a while, I managed to do this little Twiddlybitz Birdhouse Moneybox.
One thing I learned... cut all of the paper and stick it down BEFORE you put it together. Was a very fiddly little job but I'm happy with the way it's come out.
I do have another little one to do too....





It wasn't originally going to be the blues and greens, but that's the way it turned out.


Well I have a rare day off and the washing is all done, so I'm heading back to my scrap table to tackle another layout. At this rate I might just have some things to put into the show this year...



Sunday, 14 September 2014

Spoiling myself...

I got a nice tax return this year, so decided it was time to spoil myself with a new craft table instead of the trestle tables I've been using.
So this baby rocked up on my doorstep....
It's a nice square table with plenty of room to scrap for me by myself or with friends!
Even room for me to check proofs for work! :)

But of course a new desk required a new desk caddy. Though I love my tote given to my for my birthday a few years ago now, I don't really travel anywhere to scrap, so when I saw this one from Kaisercraft decided it would be good to have a permanent caddy for my desk and I can load up the other one when (if) I go anywhere!

I really loved this paper from Prima and wanted to use it but I only had the 6x6 papers so it required a bit of creativity.
Do love the way it has turned out and it's that big that 3 of the drawers haven't been used yet. I also put the dividers on only 1 side instead of breaking both sides into 2 which was a better fit for my pens and tools etc.
And I've put rubber feet on the bottom so that it wo't slip on my desk either.







Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Baby Boy

Last year a friend of mine had a baby boy and I promised her a little baby book.
This year my niece had a baby boy as well... so I figured I'd better get my a into gear and actually get a couple of baby albums made.
I used up a pad of paper I had here from Kaisercraft - one of their older ranges, and picked up some of their new cards. These things are so handy for mini albums.
Here are the pics of one of them, though both were very similar...








The photos aren't too good due to the lighting because one side was always in shadow, so discount the yellow shading...
I actually have another one to make as another niece is having a baby boy later this year...

The question is... who is having a baby girl so I can use the baby girl papers?

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Some pages

Let's all die of shock as I've managed to actually finish some layouts!!!!!

Here are a couple I managed a little while ago...



They are just because layouts...

But Chookscraps had a cybercrop on last weekend and I even managed 2 of the challenges...







Both of these are special photos... and I'm really happy with the way they came out.

If I'm lucky I might actually get some stuff finished for the Esperance Show this year...

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

A Daughter's Promise

My niece asked me recently if I could do a frame for her with some photos of her mother.
Looking online for something appropriate, I came across this poem and thought it would be a perfect centrepiece.
This is the final product...




I really must remember to put hangers on the back BEFORE I finish the front of frames...