30 October, 2012

Finally, New Paper!

I just got back from 3 days in Disneyland with my BFF and this is what awaited me. A whole pile of new toys! None of it is Halloween though, and I'm still on the Halloween kick, so I'm going to get back to colouring a zombie scene.

16 October, 2012

2012 Ontario Scrapbook Expo

 The last Scrapbook Expo of the year was on Saturday in Ontario, CA and I was so excited for it because the fall ones are my favourite. The summer CHA stuff is out and that's usually the best for me because I love all the Halloween, Fall, and Christmas stuff. I was also shopping for my Secret Santa, so her stuff is mixed in here as well (the embossing folders, two of the 6x6 pads, and four of the packages of Prima). I got a great deal on those 6x6 pads, and that's all the Christmas I ended up buying, but I did pick up a bunch of the Pink Paislee Phantom line from last year as my 6x6 pad is almost gone. I love that paper and the mix of colour.

10 October, 2012

Halloween Goodies

The good thing about travelling is that you get to visit new scrap stores. I asked on 2Peas where we should go in Phoenix and they came back with a store called Scrapbooks Etc. The best thing about this store? It's a duel scrapbook and quilting store!!!! I HAD to go!
 First I hit up the fabric area and picked up these. The two layer cakes in the back are great because, really, there's no cutting required. I can just take those blocks, sew them together, give them a border, and that's quilt done! The littler packs will require just a bit more work, but it's still simple. Plus, with all that Halloween loveliness, I don't really care how long it takes!
 Then I went through all the scrapbook goodness they had there. I picked up some older papers, some new papers, some clearance stuff, just a mix of everything. I'm super happy with that trip!
The next day we did a bit of shopping, some eating, and I hit up Michael's. They had all their Halloween stuff on 60% off, so I got a few more things to decorate with. I got those neat new boxes to put stuff in on my desk, LOVE it! I got a stamp set, some stuff to make my own wreaths with, a few glass jars, some ribbon and embellishments, and a few ornaments. 

28 May, 2012

Studio Monday: Scrap Closet Re-Do

(All pictures are clickable for a larger image, in case you want a closer peek at anything. )

It's been six month since I did any work on my scrap desk and honestly, I've been pretty frustrated with it. I'm frustrated with our living situation in general, but I didn't like how small my space was. I was forever hitting my arm on the edge of the closet! And of course swearing like a sailor when I did it. Add to that the plastic drawers were falling apart, there was crap in them I didn't use, and I couldn't get hold of things I DID use when I needed to!
No, something needed to be done. On May 25th I woke up with the idea to take the desk apart, use just the top of it, and use Jetmax cubes instead as the supports. Unfortunately I only had THREE Jetmax cubes, so I had to use Iris holders as the supports. Thankfully they were just a 1/2" higher than the Jetmax cubes would be. If you don't know, I live in a rural mountain town that doesn't much allow for just jetting off to Michael's whenever you want. I'd have to wait until we travelled down the hill on Saturday to get the next cubes.
 This was the result. I got to scrap in this space the whole day and I found I really liked it. I realized quickly that I'd need different Jetmax cubes though. One with four square drawers, and another with three pull out drawers. The cube on the bottom left would not work for my space anymore and has been relegated to the kitchen. The two cubes on the right would need to be put on the left as their supplies wouldn't be needed as much as the stuff that had been in the plastic drawers before.
 Saturday, May 26th, we went down the hill, enjoyed a movie, and did our shopping. When we got home we sat down and put together the two cubes on the right. I then took apart and put my desk back together. I cleaned *everything* completely, vacuuming once again too. I moved my paper cart to the left because I figured it would not only add more space for the drawers, but it would make for less of a "footprint".
 The top of my desk hasn't changed much at all. I added SMASH books, and a pants hanger for my washi "collection".
 Moving my light to the left side of my desk wasn't something I really wanted to do, but since it's now more "vacant" over there, and since the top drawer on the right wouldn't be able to open with the lamp holder sitting there, I didn't see as I had much choice. So far it's not been in the way though, so it's okay. My stamp shelves holding their envelopes remain as useful as ever.
And the right side of my desk. It's quite colourful with all my stickles, my ribbon, and my buttons.
 Here's the new drawer cube. They hold 4x6 photos perfectly, which I LOVE. The next is full of my dewdrop inks and their various applicators. On the bottom is my Greeting Farm stamp collection (and a few Some Odd Girl stamps waiting for a home). And then my Spellbinders dies as well as my Cuttlebug folders so they're right at hand when I'm ready to use them.
 These are my favourite drawers. The top holds all my most used tools. I really like this as it's easy to grab what I need and then put it right back in that top drawer. Right beneath that is all my general embellishments. Flowers, brads, multicoloured ribbon, Jolee's stickers, that kind of thing. Below that is my Halloween and Christmas themed embellishments as well as my specialized adhesive like pop dots and really sticky tape.
 This here's my paper cart. It went through some big transformations cos I got rid of two paper holders full of paper by USING it. A big accomplishment. Most of my Basic Grey is gone too, so I'll be getting rid of that soon I'm sure. I'm starting to think buying all that cardstock was a bad idea. Two paper holders full?! Ugh! Anyway, I'm down for using up all the paper on this cart quickly cos I don't like when things linger. I've also got on there my supply SMASH book, full of Copic combos and supply lists. And I've got my little tote with my Cricut carts and booklets. I haven't opened that in... oh, nearly a year now? Need to get to that!
 This is the top cube on the left side of my desk. It has a selection of wood mounted stamps, most from Stampscapes all organized in the drawers and my sort of "overflow" inks and my embossing powders. I don't use them that often so it's not a big deal if I have to crawl under my desk to get them. I've also got my coloured pencil set, my Copic paper, my Kraft paper, and my Cricut mats up there in the paper holders.
 The drawers here on the last cube hold bigger tools, my embossing gun, my tiny attacher, my glue gun, and then the bottom has an assortment of mini albums. For someone who doesn't like mini albums I sure have a lot of them!

So, that's it! My brand new scrapbook closet! I LOVE it, just so you know. I'm really liking the organization of it all and the cleanliness of it. I hope you like it too!

08 May, 2012

2012 San Diego Scrapbook Expo

 National Scrapbook Day was also the day of the San Diego Scrapbook Expo. I got a TON of good deals at the Anaheim expo and I used almost all of what I got in the short time between the end of February and the beginning of May. SO, Mike agreed to take me to the San Deigo Expo. I was really excited because some of the booth's that I'd enjoyed and dropped big bucks at in Anaheim were going to be present in San Diego and I could stock up again. Plus I could get some random little things that I don't really like having to order off the internet. 

But I was a bit disappointed. The stores that were fabulous in Anaheim just didn't "bring it" in San Diego. They had less inventory and the things I was hoping to re-buy or stock up on just weren't there. I did manage to get some good deals. Mike helped me out at the Prima booth, holding and counting my packages so I could get the best deal. I'd forgotten my wallet too, so he was "payment man". He was really good though, quietly following behind me, typing on my phone, as I searched through the booths I was interested in for goodies.

This is everything I got, spread out on our bed as I did before, hehe. I took advantage of the new CHA releases being present to snag some more MME Follow Your Heart papers and embellishments because I'd been using them so much. I also got some of the Queen & Co. washi, cos it's pretty and it's nice to be able to use a ton of something on a project without worrying about using it all up. Mostly what I picked up though was flowers. I've been using a lot of them lately, finding them fun, so I'm just going with it. I find I like these packages better than the whole "bottle of flowers you'll never use up" because, well, the likelihood that you'll use them up is higher. As I said, I used up all the package I bought at the Anaheim Expo, so I needed more. I *did* get two bottles, but they're various colours in the one bottle, and pure white in the other, easy to colour with my Copics to suit my project.
I also got this really cool little tin of embellishments. One place had a lot of bins that you could pick and choose what kind of bling and bits you wanted. I filled a $4 tin to the bursting point so that when I use the new flowers that I got (the ones that don't have centres) and the flowers I already have (none of which have centres) I can put a little crystal in the centre and have it look more "finished". Yay.

This here is my embellishment drawer. With all the new embellishments I bought I had to shuffle things around in the drawer. Look how full it is! And it's so great because I spent the whole of Sunday using a lot of the MME embellishments and a few of the bottled flowers on the scrapbook pages I posted previous. I like when I bring new stuff in and then get to use it right away.
 I also got to see this on our trip.
And do this. (socks cos I really don't like sand between my toes) I'd been wanting to go to the beach and Mike found a cool tide pool beach for us to visit. We even got to see sea lions. I wish I'd brought my swim suit, because there were people out swimming with them, and it would have been awesome.

28 February, 2012

2012 Anaheim Scrapbook Expo

 For the Anaheim Scrapbook Expo this year Betty, her daughter Rio, her friend Dawn and I planned to stay down there for a girl's weekend. An entire day at the Scrapbook Expo is just exactly what I needed, and dragging Mike down to have him bored and following me around is just not fun at all. My friend Katie and I went last year together, and it was awesome, but unfortunately she couldn't come, too much school.
The shopping was fun. I'd waited so long for it, you know? I spent half of January, and most of February until the 24th biding my time, saving my moneies, and using up as much stuff as I possibly could. I NEEDED shoppings. And the great thing about the Expo is it's like having a bunch of LSS all in one place. I love it! I've been going to the Scrapbook Expos since 2004 when I first started scrapbooking and since I'd missed the October 2011 one it had been a year since I'd gotten to go. Stupid snow. So I went a little nuts. I'm good with it though. And so is Mike. He just sent me with a credit card and a smile, happy to have the weekend all to himself to play video games. Mike chilled at home, waiting rather late to cook me a special dinner Sunday night. He said he probably should have just gone ahead and come down, since he missed me and he was kinda bored. That's right, cos I'm AWESOME!
And here's my haul! I spread it out on our bed so I could see everything.
 The first picture includes stamps from the ScrapBuck booth. The little stamps were .50 each and the larger set of embellished words was just $1. The Dreamweaver stencils were something I had seen at the Copic retreat I went to in AZ and I've been wanting them since. I have to try them out with my paste stuff and my airbrush!
 Up here is what the Crafter's Nook had to offer this time. Instead of the quite cheap Stampavie stamps I was looking forward to, they had only this brand of stamps, Art Impressions or something. I liked the owls that Betty pointed out (she got a few too) so I got just those. At Krafty Kreations (I took a class from them last year - Katie's idea) I got these Greeting Farm stamps. I love the Greeting Farm, obviously, and since they were the same price as iCopic has them, I figured "why not?"
 The one thing I was VERY excited about was the new Lawn Fawn stamps. They say everywhere that they're shipping their new stuff on Feb 29th, so I was VERY surprised to see these actually at the show. The Scrap Yard (first picture) was our first stop and they had literally everything Lawn Fawn has ever made. So happy! I picked up the two new sets that I wanted, plus a few I've been coveting for a while. I dunno what it is about these guys, I just love the style. Apparently the owner Kellie is really awesomesauce too, so that's always nice to know. You can also see the little ink dauber box I got. I've been using the TH distresser but I keep getting my inks mixed up, so this should solve that. I also got the newest 12 Copic markers for $50. A booth had a deal where the more markers you bought the cheaper they got, and $50 for 12 just can't be beat anymore. My Copic collection is once again complete, and up to 358. WOOOO!
 Here's the paper I got! Woo! Right to left I have some of the new Dear Lizzy Neapolitan, a paper pack by Canvas Corp, some of last season's MME papers including the non-glittered Lost and Found, and the new paper by Lawn Fawn.
 This here's a pack of last season's Pink Paislee Nantucket. I had a 6x6 and I used most of it, and I have beachy photos to scrap, so I figured I'd take advantage of the 30% off. AND when I went back last I found that they had the stamps too, which I was mentioning earlier that I wanted so I was happy to find them on sale as well. Score!
 While Betty was getting chatted up at the Prima booth (and making business connections for her store) I was searching through the baskets they had there. The more you bought, the cheaper things got, so I picked through pretty thoroughly. I know, I KNOW, I've said I don't need more flowers, but I actually have ideas and pictures for these ones, so I should be good. Plus they had phrase stamps and little frames which was cool. I also got some Crafter's Workshop masks for my airbrush. I paid a bit more, cos I fell victim to the whole "I saw it here, I better get it... oh shit, it's cheaper four booths down". It's an Expo thing. It has to get you at least once every year.
And this here is the package I came home to. I slipped a bit before the Expo. Our CC called about fraud detection, suspecting someone got our number, so we got new cards. Which meant that we had to go through everything and change the saved numbers and whatnot. Which meant he had to give me my PayPal password back. And two seconds later I bought this. The Greeting Farm Creepin' Kit was something I've been wanting forever, and it went from $50 to $32 so I figured I'd better pounce. Then... Well, then shopping happened. Anyway, it arrived on Saturday so I came home to a package on my desk and with all the new toys I'm just friggin' over the moon, kwim?! I had a great weekend with my friends and now I have so much to play with I don't even know where to start!

29 January, 2012

Intermediate Copic Certifcation Class

 Saturday, Jan 28th I went to the Intermediate Copic Certification class in Anaheim. The whole CHA thing was going on, and I think that's why we got so lucky, but though Sherrie Siemens was officially teaching the class, Marianne Walker was also there to teach and entertain us! I took my first class from her and she remembered me, which is pretty cool. The picture above is all my things packed up to go to the class. It's a good thing I brought my own markers cos there weren't a ton of sets and it was pretty much one set per four people which really made colour choices a bit difficult.
 Since Marianne's book had just come out when I took my original cert class, they were hard to find and she only had 5 there to sell. I was not one of the 5 that got one, and then subsequently got them signed. My jealousy knew no bounds. But I eventually got one, and then got another at Jenn Dove's retreat. Well, I sold that one to my seat neighbour, and Marianne was kind enough to sign my copy for me. Isn't her handwriting pretty?
 Mickey Jack learned a lot.
 Marianne is a fun teacher. She's nutty like me, in the fun way, so it's cool. And I love when she goes off on a tangent. The room was set up perfectly, all of us in a U shape, and basically Marianne and Sherrie each started at one end, met in the middle, and then went around with the samples and answering questions that anyone might have on the techniques we were doing. We covered a ton of stuff. Some of it new, some of it I knew from Jenn's class, but it was good to hear other teachers teach it. I think my brain was a bit numb by the end though, and I've been exhausted all day from the overload or from just talking and socializing so much. I met some fun gals, Laura to my left, Laura to my right, and Kathy were my seat mates and they were cool. It was Kathy's first time with Copics ever and she did a real good job.
 And boy did we get swag! We got our regular booklets, we got a pot of Opaque White, that kind of thing. We got out certificates and this neat little pin, but the feather in the cap was they gave each and every one of us a Copic Carry Case. New, in box, completely free. Since I already have this case, I'm selling mine to a reader (first come - first serve, just email me at aerynkelly@gmail.com) for $70 plus actual shipping, but it's still an *awesome* gift. The reception was kind of similar to the Oprah car thing. hehe
 I had to get a picture with Marianne this time, just cos, why not? You know? She was cool enough to indulge everyone in a little "star treatment" and took the time to answer any questions we might have on specific projects or anything that might have been troubling us in general.
And here's my certificate. The best thing was that since Marianne was there this time too, my name on both of them match cos she did the Calligraphy for both. Both of them are now framed and I'll hang them above my closet. I didn't want them to get all bent up or lost, so framing them seemed the easiest way.

23 January, 2012

Studio Monday: New Stamp Shelf

 And it's finished! All my stamps are hung up on yet *another* stamp shelf made by my very lovely, amazing, wonderful husband! Look how handy he is. For the first time in history the stores in Big Bear had what we needed and we were able to get all the supplies to build me another shelf this morning. He got it up in about 15 minutes and I just spent the last half hour getting all the little clips up and organised with their stamps on them. On the top shelf are all my SBS stamps together (all on the right side), and on the left side of the middle clip are seasonal stamps and lesser used general stamps. On the bottom shelf are my Papertrey Ink stamps all together (all on the right side) and on the left side is background stamps, general images that are more common, and all my Penny Black and Lawn Fawn stamps because those are the ones I reach for most often. On the very, very left I have my stamps that are best for my Project Life. Things like date stamps, letter stamps, and journalling spots.
And here's my neglected little Iris case. It's been emptied out! The only stamps that remain are the Greeting Farm ones, still mounted, and I haven't decided if I want to unmount them or not. I mean, there's no reason not to, they're not "more special" than any of the others, I'm just conflicted about them and for now they have their own space so that's fine. Also at hand I have the little bin for my acrylic blocks, the little bin for my Spellbinders and miscellaneous dies, the little pail for my embossing powder, the empty pail I use to show you the markers I've coloured an image with, and a tiny pail that's filled with random pony parts to be altered with clay.

I hope you enjoyed *yet another* peek at my storage, and since it's done now I promise this will be the last one, lol!

21 January, 2012

Studio Monday: My Evolving Stamp Organization

 We went to Michael's today and finally found the proper, best clips there. They're part of that whole Recollections storage stuff. All the cubes we all have? Well one of the cubes must have some sort of hanging device because they sell a baggie of 24 clips and all their stuff was 40% off today so we got a bunch of those packages. 5 to be precise. 
 Of course, the problem is that I have so many stamps and still quite a small closet. Apparently 20" just isn't enough space! Look how crunched together these stamps are! Mike and I were considering coating the metal bar in some sort of lubricant so that the washer will move on it more easily, so I can page through the stamps, but the amount of stamps I need to put up on there is SO much that they just have to be crammed in and won't be able to move in the slightest!
 Here they are all hung up. That's *nearly* every stamp that I own.
 
All my wood mounted stamps have been unmounted and the wood disposed of to save space, almost all the packaging of clear stamps has been disposed of, all the cling mount has been ripped off the backs of mounted stamps, it's all gone! These are the only stamps that still remain untouched in their original packaging and with their cling mount. My Lawn Fawn, Greeting Farm, and Penny Black stamps. And the only reason for that is I've run out of room! If I had room on my shelf they would be up in there as well. I'm toying with asking Mike to build me another shelf tomorrow, above the current one. These stamps are not small in number, and then if I happen to add to my collection once the Scrapbook Expo comes to town *those* stamps will need somewhere to live! OMG! Finding space for stamps is nearly as difficult as finding space for paper and embellishments!!

But it's okay, cos I LOVE organising!