Sunday, August 28, 2011

OWH sketch #84-Happy Bird-day

Over at the Operation Write Home Star and Stamps' blog they are talking about CAS designs or "Clean and Simple." I think this creation fits that description nicely.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

OWH sketch #83-All My Love

This is a great sketch to use up some pattern paper scraps especially two-sided paper like the Little Yellow Bicycle paper I used here:

Monday, August 15, 2011

OWH Sketch #82-Happy Birthday

Wow, it has only been a little over a week since my last post, summer is definitely winding down. Decided to make a card using the Operation Write Home sketch of the week:

I used the Pooh and Friends cricut cartridge, Disney Winnie the Pooh paper by Sandylion and a {Stamp} of Life stamp.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

What I Did This Summer Part 2

After we got home from Florida, I started working on remodeling my scrapbooking studio. Here are pictures of how it turned out. Some of the items are new and some just got moved around and reorganized.

This is the Expedit 4x4 storage unit from IKEA. I have had it for years, but recently relocated it to the closet. I LOVE all the expedit units b/c they fit 12x12 papers and albums.

This unit contains:
photo boxes
12 x 12 paper (packs, cardstock, pattern paper, themed and pages kits)
8.5 x 11 paper (pattern and cardstock)
Binders with stickers, letter stickers, journaling blocks and sketches
Magazines and idea books
Sew Easy and sewing machine
8x8 and 6x6 papers
Bins for pattern paper scraps, chipboard, rub-ons and Disney embellishments

I got this end table at a garage sale to have Nik scrap on. But since that doesn't happen too often anymore, it is now the home to my legal size file bin. This bin holds all my card stock scraps divided by color.

This counter used to be in the closet. It will now be my main work space. All the supplies I use often are on the counter or on the bottom shelf. I added a third shelf so now there is room to expand.

All my punches are on the Bygel (IKEA) rails. The ones that don't clip to the rail, are either in the bygel basket or in the hanging bins. Not much room for expansion, but I can add more rails to the wall with the Fantasia poster. Expedit bookcase placed horizontally hold:

My circut and cartridges
Texture Boutique and folders
completed cards, card blanks and envelopes

I am storing some of my ribbon is the souvenir glass (from places like rainforest cafe and T-Rex) Not sure I like this set up, but at least they are out and in easy reach if I want to use ribbon.

My next project is to convert my wood-mount stamps to cling-mount. That should give me room for more cricut cartridges.

This Expedit 2x2 houses mostly computer related stuff, but on top is my Silhouette since it needs to be connected to the computer. Even though I have a cricut now, my silhouette is sticking around b/c I still will cut titles from it.

What I Did This Summer-Part 1

In June, Nik and I went to visit my sister Ruby and her partner MaryAnn in the Tampa area of Florida. The first thing Nik wanted to do when we arrived was going swimming in the condo pool. He had a blast playing with his Aunts.

We went to Busch Gardens our the next day.

The highlight of the day was going on the Safari tour where we got to feed the giraffes.

Nik thought he was too mature to have his picture taken with these Sesame Street icons, but mom insisted.

The next day was Nik first visit to the beach.

That evening we watched the sunset at the hotel across the street from the condo.

Our next trip was to the Clearwater Marina Aquarium, home to Winter the dolphin with the prosthetic tail. Here is Nik with the tail.

Winter lost her tail after she got caught in a rope of a crab trap. The have made a movie about Winter called A Dolphins Tale, that will be coming out in September

After our trip to the aquarium, it was time for another swim.

Then more time in the ocean the next day. We got really sunburn after our first beach day. That pained look on my face was caused by the wave slapping my sun-burned back. OUCH!

After our morning at the beach, we had a great lunch with MaryAnn's dad Carl. Carl was such a fun-loving guy, he and Nik even had a ice creaming eating contest that day.

After lunch we headed to St. John's Pass for some sight-seeing and black light mini golf.

One last sunset that evening before we had to head back home in the morning.

We had a great time and hope to come visit again in a few years.

76th & 77th Layouts of 2011

Wow, what a busy summer it has been so far. I can't believe I haven't posted since May...and I never finished posting the layouts that I finished back then.

Make a Wish


The summer has gone by so fast. I haven't had a chance to complete any new layouts (but I have planned several for an upcoming weekend crop). Here is what we have been doing this summer:

1. Working my two part-time jobs
2. Nik and I took a trip to Florida to see my sister and her partner (I will post some pics soon)
3. Took Nik to Cub Scout camp and Zoo camp
4. Hosted a Operation Write Home event at church where we created 365 cards to send to the troops.
6. Remodeled my studio (I will post pictures of that soon too.)
7. Finally broke down and bought a Cricut machine. I have only had it less than 2 months and already have 14 cartridges. I will post some projects I have made with it very soon.

School starts again in just 17 days, and life should be back to "normal" and hopefully that means I will be blogging regularly too.