Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Week 2 in the ScrapRack Get Organized Challenge we worked on Embellishments. I do not store most of my embellishments in the scraprack. My fingers and those little 2.5 x 1.5 jewelry bags do not get along. I keep mine in the drawer of my stamping center. What I do plan to do is put a representation of each embellishment on my Color Family 12x12 in the Rainbow section so when I'm looking at colors I will know at a glance if I have the color I'm looking for before I go to the drawer.

However, since most of my Christmas embellishments are bulkier than a small brad/ eyelet style and I don't have room to store them in the drawers anyway I decided to go the bag route and store them in the Christmas section of the scraprack. Prior to this they were stored in one of those 3-drawer sterilite rolling carts.

I still have those little boxes of smaller embellishments to file but here is how the SR pages are shaping up...

I still have the other holidays to do but I'm running out of pages and I have to spend some time on business for awhile so I'm kind of on a hold for a week at least.

Finally, yesterday I showed you my punch storage. This next picture kind of goes with punches but also would work with scraps.  Whenever I punch something, I keep the negative. This gives me a free stencil to use in my art journals. Even if I only get one or two uses out of them, that's more than just tossing them initially. 

I hope to finish embellishments soon. 
Creative Blessings!

Monday, November 9, 2015


I'm pretty sure Bob will frown at me for posting this picture. But I am so proud of him. He spoils me rotten. Anything I say I need, he finds a way to make it happen. While I do not recall him promising the moon, he does try. 

In this picture, he is designing my punch storage. I had the idea to use this untapped 6' length on the back side of the work island. Hard to believe we built this almost 30 years ago and we never put any kind of finish on the back or ends.

A little wall board, some leftover trim from the room construction and we have a start.

Before I show you the next picture, let me say I do not have as many punches as some of you. Though I am building a stash for specific needs. 

With the exception of the 2 new We R Memory Keeper punches I just purchased, these are all of my paddle and Martha Steward punches. See.. I have room for more! 

We purchased this 3-rack shelf at menards in their closet organization department. The initial plan was to hang 2 of these on the long length of the work island but I forgot to account for that drop-down leaf. So We put one on the end cap to hold all of my SU punches as well as the ones that do not have a deep enough paddle to hang such as the EK Success ones you see in the 2nd basket. 
My challenge will come when I add more of the SU style punches. I might have to put all the minis from that bottom shelf in a bowl on my work table. But for now, everything is at my fingertips as, while I have that space in front of the window in the stamping area, I really prefer to stand when I work and the island is perfect to spread out and really get into a project. 

If you're wondering what happened to Week 2, I did begin sorting the embellishments and I'll show you those tomorrow. I'm spending this week trying to catch up on all of my blog posts. 

Creative Blessings!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

WOYWW #334

Goodmorning, peeps! Not a lot has changed on my desk from last week except the addition of some shopping we did while in the city for Bob's birthday last week. A trip to the city always means a stop at B & N. I picked up the newest copy of Scrap & Stamp as well as one of the UK mags.

This was a bonus Christmas Card collection. This Bumper Pack magazine included:

32 Christmas papers
12 decoupage sheets
87 toppers & motifs
12 stamps
71 festive greetings
8 cut-outs to colour
2 embossing folders
Project magazine

Well, they had me at this adorable stamp set:

I will be playing with those adorable polar bears soon. 

That's my desk? What's on yours? I can't wait to peek but Bob is home for a few more days so I might be late again getting 'round. But leave your number and you'll be first on my list. 

Not sure what's going on? Hop on over to Miss Julia's at Stamping Ground and pick up the trail of lots of lovely work spaces to peek into and join in the fun. We won't touch.. just look :-)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


SU CARDSTOCK & Designer Paper

Last week, our assignment was to begin sorting our paper. I had most all of mine sorted from the fall class last year in preparation for the move (that took a year LOL).

I have learned through the challenge that I like storing my cardstock by the Rainbow as opposed to color family.  The top shelf is all SU Cardstock 8.5x11. The bottom shelf is GP White, SU Black as well as what I have left in SU 12x12 and the SU Designer Paper (DP).


This shelf is all of my Slabs - DCWV,, Paper Studio and Craft Paper. One of the discussions that always comes up when talking about the ScrapRack is 'should I tear my slabs apart?' The best answer is NO. The concept behind the ScrapRack is to store things together that you will use together. Most slabs are a theme within themselves... so you will use those papers together on your projects.  

So that I have a reference of what I have taken a picture of the cover of each slab. As soon as I have an ink cartridge for the photo printer, I will print them out as a 4x6 photo. These will store in the pockets of the Perfect Six page, giving me a visual reminder of each slab I have here.

6 x 6/ 4.5 x 6.5

I will cover these boxes with fabric to match the studio. I'm a flipper and this works for me.

Loose paper by Theme

Divider tab made from a plastic place mat.

Because I don't have a lot of pages per theme, I plan to move these to the ScrapRack in their specific categories.  I am going to keep the Christmas paper stored like this as I have a lot of Christmas papers.

I have pictures of my scrap rack as it's shaping up but they are on my phone. I'll have pictures of that soon.

I can't believe how much more space I have within the studio now that I'm storing about 90% in the ScrapRack.  The key is finding what works for you. I am a flipper so file storage and book page style work best for me.

And because I've accomplished Week 2, I get my Reward...  $50 in my Travel bank!

What is working for you? Please share!

Creative Blessings! 

Monday, October 26, 2015


Last Thursday was Bob's birthday. He wanted to go to Springfield to shop for a gun barrel. His birthday wish put me in proximity to lots of shopping options. I did 'shop with intent' as I'm learning with the S2S thread on Splitcoast Stampers and through the ScrapRack.

I'm building my stencil supply and couldn't pass up these lacy designs in the Christmas section at DEALS. Over time I'm sure the glitter will flake off but that will not hurt the stencil any.

Mostly, I was on the hunt for things I could use in my 2016 Glam Planner. I'm saving the planner specific items for another post but here were some of the little extras I found:

These are actually tiny vials of nail art. There are punch shapes, angel hair flakes, fine glitter, micro beads and chunky glitter. I found these at Dollar Tree and my first thought was cute additives for shaker cards. I picked up several of each.. Some will be included in a Spring Giveaway coming up after the new year.

I got these from the $1.50 tower bins at Michaels. They are adhesive border strips in pretty metallic. They'll be awesome on cards or decorating my planner. I bought one of each of the colors available.

Everything in this picture came from Hobby Lobby except the embossing folders. Not sure why they got in this picture. LOL I bought a 4-pack of Tim's distress ink spots at Michaels a couple of weeks ago on their Halloween 50% off (which is still going on in case you want to make a trip). So I needed the tin. The foot ball stickers and notepad will go in with my planner stuff. The heart charms I picked up in case I do any more book promotions. Just wondering where these hearts were at when my book came out last year. They would be perfect as a give away since a heart on a chain is a token in the book.

And a close up of the two embossing folders I got at JoAnns:

I thought both of these would be great for a more elegant style card.

I always pick up 5 packs of the Studio G pop dots when I'm at Michaels. I won't run out for awhile. The smaller tape runners and package of glue dots are for my planner kit.

And lastly, I found these cute candy-stripe med. clothes pins and the gold washi tape at TJ Max. I plan to string the clothes pins on twine for hanging our Christmas cards this year. In past years we have always taped them around the doorway of the living room. Between the blower for the heat kicking on and the cats thinking everything belongs to them, this is no longer an option. The clothespins will be perfect. 

And if you think that's all the washi tape I came home with... well.... The rest I'll be showing in a planner post later. I will tell you two things.

DEALS had an excellent selection.
TARGET  has a new stash hitting their $1 bins. If they've not materialized yet, they are in the back room waiting to be put out. I found an errant one in the office supply and the guy checked... only to inform me it hadn't come out yet and that someone had probably picked that one up at another target and brought it back to this store. Hmmm... why would anyone buy Washi then RETURN it? LOL Whatever.. just if you are into Washi... keep an eye on your local Target $ bins. 

That's all I have for today. I'm already behind on stuff.. as is usually the case when Bob is home. But I wouldn't trade my time with him for anything on this computer. Life is too precious. 
Creative Blessings!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015



Good morning! Would you like a cup of coffee? As you can see, there is a bit of room at the desk for us.

Actually, this is the big island in the center of the room that seems to have become my work station. Not a lot of change from last week. In the foreground you will see (L to R) new Sharpie Pens. They've come out with a 4-pack black, red, blue, green! Other stuff below there I'll be showing in another post. Next to that are the 2016 2-pg monthly pages for my 2016 planner. I'm on the hunt for the binder to use but otherwise everything else is ready for a separate post. Next to that is my tool caddy to keep things off the work surface and in reach. 

Aside from that, everything is pretty much the same as last week. All the card making supplies out so I can make one here and there when I need a break from the computer.

One quick pic before you head out. My cutting station is finally set up:

The whole purpose of this area was so I could leave my Cricut and Vagabond out all the time, ready for use. Below the Vagabond you can just see the shelf where I keep all of  my cutting pads. You will get a better look at this area when I give a studio tour in a couple of weeks. We're almost THERE!

Oh, don't wash your cup! I'll take care of that. You have lots more studios to peek in on. Hop on over to Julia's at Stamping Ground to pick up your travel itinerary. Have Fun!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


We are always looking for new ways to organize our crafting supplies. These thin dies seem to be a challenge. We need an easy access to them without worrying about them getting warped or bent. I am just getting started with these dies so I don't have a lot... only 8 sets, in fact. But I only buy things I know I will get multiple uses from. 

I got the idea for this storage from Tiffany Spaulding and crew at The Scrap Rack.  Last year she came out with the Die-Namic Storage and I fell in love with the concept... except for one small issue. The die storage sheets are tacky, like the old 'magnetic' photo albums. I saw a potential problem with this (for me personally). The tackiness may wear out after a few times of removing/ replacing the dies. What I do like about the Die-Namic storage is the slender, flip style of the pockets. 

A couple of other companies, such as ArtBin, use magnetic sheets for storing the dies. I liked this idea much better so I decided to combine the two into a less-expensive version of both.

I chose the gusseted similar to these from Office Depot. These run just under $6. I know you can buy these at $ Tree but I wanted something a bit more sturdy and as I won't need 10 or 12 (as I know some of you might hehe), I opted to pay more for durability. 

Each envelope pouch will hold 13 sheets.  I bought magnet sheets from Michaels (never could find the less expensive, larger sheets at the home improvement store. I was told they were out of 'season') 

I cut each sticky-backed sheet  8.5 x 4.75 and adhered to a sheet of chip board (recycled from backs of tablets and other sources). 

There is room in the pocket behind the mat sheet for any recipe/ description sheets from the packaging. 

I can slide these on the shelf below my cutting station 'book' style, taking up less than 1.5" of space on the shelf!

This is one of many 'new' organizational ideas I'll be sharing in the coming weeks as I finish putting the new studio space together.
Creative Blessings!