Hi again! What’s on your plate this week? For me, it’s TESTING. In all caps. <sigh> Yes, indeed. Tuesday and Wednesday my third graders will be subjected to the second of three rounds of testing. I know they will do great, but I don’t enjoy putting them through their paces like that. 

In other news – Monday Mojo news – today we’re creating handmade embellishments using journaling cards and bits and pieces we may have lying around. Fun, huh?

  

All four of the following tags started as pieces of a Heidi Swapp cut-apart sheet.   

This embellishment layers a die-cut piece, stamped, fussy cut flowers and label, and a bit of bling. Perfect for a card, or even a layout. 

 

The next piece mixes a pennant sticker and a couple of stamped fussy-cut shapes with the journal card.  

The next piece follows a similar pattern, with layers of die cut pieces, stamped pieces, stickers, and bling. This time, the colors are chosen to pop against the gray background and the items are set slightly off the edge of the journal card. 

 

And the last piece, though similarly assembled, has an entirely different look. I’ve actually already used this one on a layout, but you’ll have to tune into next week’s Scraps & Stash Saturday to peep it. 🙂

I hope I’ve shown you how easy it can be to create your own embellishments from just a few bits and pieces. I’d like to see your creations, too! Come on over to our Facebook group and start sharing today!

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Organization. It’s just not in my DNA. Attribute it to whatever you will – the fact that I’m the youngest of 6 children, or the idea that I’m the “creative type.” Whatever the reason, I just can’t seem to ever get-it-all-together and keep it that way. Rather, it doesn’t come naturally to me. I don’t get a buzz buying boxes, baskets, and bins, and I despise label makers.

Still, even someone like me can appreciate the need to be organized, and so I do work hard at it. Particularly when it comes to organizing my time. Particularly when my time is divided between my full-time job and my life at home, which includes caring for my family and running this – ye ol’ blog.

So I was more than keen to be a beta tester for my friend Cara’s Practically Perfect Planners class, and I’m so happy I did. After working through the class materials and thinking through my process, I decided to create my own, simple but useful blog planner. Today I’d love to show you what I’m working with. P1160487

I started with a 3-ring binder in my favorite blue. I’m fairly sure I got it at Wal-Mart a few years ago for school, but I snagged it for this project.

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One of the elements I wanted to include was a yearly setup so I can quickly see what long-term goals I’ve set and where I am in progression toward those goals.P1160490

I also wanted a page for monthly goals. I got both these printables from the Living Well Spending Less website.P1160491Rather than individual weekly pages, I decided a two-page monthly spread would be just what the doctor ordered. I printed these from No-Frills Calendar and made washi tape dividers for each month.

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I also like to track different scrapbooking challenges around the web, so I created a page for those. Finally, I added a few sheets of loose-leaf paper in between months for any note-taking I might need to do.P1160493There are lots of other pages in the back of the planner. There’s a log-in tracker, a page for website analytics, and several pages for blog post ideas.

In the process of putting it all together, I downloaded several versions of pre-made blog planners, but I wound up picking and choosing from different ones to get exactly what I wanted. All in all, I’m very happy with the planner I’ve put together. It took a little bit of thought (printing pages front and back just the way I wanted them, deciding on the order of the contents), but in the end it’s very functional and easy to use. For someone like me, that’s a must!

I hope you got a kick out of this peek behind the scenes. If you’re on the Make it Monday blog tour, your next stop is Alice, who’s showing you how to put your office supplies to work in your scrapbooks. Hop on over to Scrapbook Wonderland and see what she’s got in store!

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Hello and welcome to Week 3 of Scraps & Stash Saturday – December Daily Edition! This week, I’m sharing eight base pages using the notebook inserts that came with my 6×8 SN@P album. Since I’m just setting up foundation pages for my actual December scrapping, all I’ve done is added a few stickers and die-cuts to each page. In essence, I’m making my own, custom, Christmas-themed patterned papers.

These pages don’t need much explanation, so here they are for your viewing pleasure:

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Stickers and die-cuts are from Simple Stories Handmade Holiday, Echo Park’s This & That Christmas line, and Fancy Pants’ St. Nick line.

So, what do you think? I’d love to see YOUR December Daily album, if you’ve started on it.

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Hello again, and happy Monday!

Today I am thrilled to share a project created by my friend Kristie Sloan from Artful Adventures based on this month’s color scheme.

First, a little bit about Kristie:

Kristie Sloan takes you on Artful Adventures at KristieSloan.com. She has enjoyed arts and crafts as long as she can remember, and currently focuses on scrapbooking, card making, art journaling, and mixed media. She enjoys learning and sharing techniques, urging others to try new things to stretch their creative muscles!

And another peek at this month’s color scheme to refresh your memory:

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And, finally, Kristie’s awesome double-page digi layout titled Giddy Up. I just love what she did with the color scheme – she managed to create a super-happy page, and her photos are perfect for the theme and patterns she chose.

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What will you create with this month’s prompts? Remember, if you submit a project using any of the prompts before the end of the month (August 31), you will be entered to win a scrappy prize! So get creating, then come back here and comment with a link to your project so we all can see. Good luck, and go mojo!

Day One of the CHA Paper Arts Show in Atlanta was exactly one week ago, on Tuesday, July 29. This day was dedicated to classes put on by show sponsors. That evening, the show floor was open to a sneak peek during a Welcome Reception, and attendees had the chance to browse and chat while enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres. Here’s a recap of my experience.

I took three classes on Tuesday – one from Spellbinders, one from Sizzix, and one from Stampendous.

1. Spellbinders – Cele’brations Class

Taught by the designer of the new Cele’brations line, Richard Garay, this class was awesome. We created three cards using Richard’s stamps, inks, embossing folders, and dies, and I got tons of ideas about using them for future projects.

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And, to our great surprise and delight, not only did we get to keep the products we’d been using, but they handed out three additional sets for each of us to take home. I later commented to one of the instructors that I felt like I was leaving with half the line, and she said, “You are!” Wow.

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2. Sizzix – Stephanie’s Favorites

This class was taught by Stephanie Barnard, and we created cards using her interactive card dies. We made a Step-Up, a Stand-Up (with a variation), and a Flip-It. We got to play with some of her Trip-lits dies and matching stamps.

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This class was fun, but a little stressful, as it didn’t seem as organized as it could have been. At the end, we were given a Stamper’s Secret Weapon, an interactive card die, and two catalogs to take home.

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3. Stampendous – Beauty Journal with Fran Seiford

Oh, my. This class was probably my favorite. I got to play with Stampendous’s version of a gelli plate, called the Creative Palette. We were smooshing and swirling and brayering paint around, and it was just an all-out dirty fingers good time. Fran showed us how to use her Blossom Beauty stencil and stamp set to create infinite looks, and taught us how to make a journal using our monoprints – that was what we created, after all – to create a journal of sorts. SO much fun! AND we each received our own Creative Palette and stamp and stencil set to keep.

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Below are Fran’s examples – mine is still unfinished. I’ll post my own when I’ve had a chance to at least add hair. Oh, and I’ve got a darling idea for a class using these supplies, so stay tuned for that to be coming in kit format soon.

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In the evening, once all the classes were concluded, we had a chance to visit the show floor. I have to say, I’d expected it to be smaller than previous CHA Summer shows, but I didn’t expect to be able to complete the tour in less than thirty minutes. Still, there were some amazing projects on display, and lots of fabulous new goodies to look at, so I was thrilled to be a part of it all. In the next few days, I’ll be recapping what were, to me, the highlights, so I’ll close for now.

What do you think of the class projects you’ve seen? What ideas are floating around in your head?

Scraps & Stash Saturday has been delayed due to uncharacteristic wintry weather here in Louisiana.

Nahhh, not really – it’s delayed because it’s been such a BUSY week I haven’t had the chance to put together layouts. Never fear, though, it will be back tonight or early tomorrow. Hope you’ll check it out! 🙂

S&S Saturday January 11

Hello! Coming to you on on my birthday with a new video showing 2 layouts created using my Scraps & Stash kit. Enjoy!

 

Here are the layouts a little bit closer up:

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And a look at the materials I’ve still got left:

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And, links to the inspiration kit and challenges:

3Scrappy Boys (Inspiration Kit)

Glitter Girl Adventure 095 – Fearless Layering

Two Peas in a Bucket Stashbusters Challenges – January 2014

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Hi all!

I’m so pleased to announce the launch of my new scrappy buying club!

With the closing of my beloved MemoryWorks, I’ve been at a loss as to how I (and other consultants like me) could continue to get great scrapbooking supplies at a discount so that we could keep going with business as usual.  That’s how the idea for this buying club was born.

The way it works is this – at the beginning of each month a new selection of products will be made available for pre-order. Members will have the opportunity to browse the products and even offer them for pre-order to your customer base. Once you (and your customers) have made your selections, you enter your quantities in the easy-to-use order forms. Simple!

The great thing about it, though, is that you DON’T have to be a consultant to participate. The group is open to hobbyists as well!

The levels of discounts are as follows:

Hobbyists receive a 15% discount off retail, any quantities
Consultants receive a 25% discount off retail, minimum quantity 3 of any item

Consultants have an opportunity at an even greater discount (30% off retail) when individually meeting the supplier’s minimums – usually 25 sheets of a single patterned paper, etc.

Are you excited yet? Me too! And to add even MORE excitement, I’m offering a little New Year’s gift: Join anytime between now and midnight New Year’s Eve, and your membership fee is WAIVED!

Just click to download the My Kreative Pursuits Buying Group Terms and Conditions. 

Fill out the membership form, sign it, and return it to me by midnight on the 31st, and not only is your membership FREE, but you’ll be joining just in time to get in on our January Buys. So what are you waiting for? Get started today!