Wednesday, June 3, 2020

WOYWW #574

That's all that's on my desk this week.. and will be gone by this afternoon. Exciting stuff? For me it is.
I've spent the past week sorting all of my Tim Holtz ephemera packs from drawers into folio pockets. You can see a bit about that HERE including a video of how I created the folios.
Paper Dolls is the last of them. There are 61 different paper dolls on this table! Geez. I think I have all of his collections - at least those released in the past four years.

Here are the folios I've filled so far from his other collections - 13 in all:

I'll be doing a video flip-through next Monday showing all of the folios and including any tips I discovered a long the way.

That's it for my desk (and story) this week. Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground  for all the details. Miss Julia has a long list of other studios you can peek into. No standing on an up-turned milk pail to look in the window. We open the doors wide and welcome you.  Please leave your number and you'll be among the first on my list. 

Creative Blessings!

Monday, June 1, 2020

MIXED MEDIA MONDAY - Ephemera Storage

Good morning, everyone!

Welcome to June 1, 2020.
Are you like me in finding it hard to believe we are almsot half-way through the year?

Bob will be home a week from this Wednesday. I still haven't finished the studio. Where have the past two weeks gone?

Well, Week 1 - not sure except Friday mail arrived, leading me in to...

Week 2 - Memorial Day was a YouTube binge day for me. The postmail on Friday had me antsy to get through the holiday so I could begin making phone calls.

The postmail? I received a letter denying me unemployment benefits.
But here's the thing... I NEVER filed for unemployment.

I spent three hours on hold every day the rest of the week trying to get through to Unemployment.
I found out from one gal in dearjuliejulie's group that also (as well as several others here in MO) received the same letter. She was able to get hold of UE on Friday and was told to send them a copy of the letter.
I got mine after hours on Friday so I guess by the time I was trying to get through on the phone last week, TONS of people had received the same letter and they were overwhelmed.

Now, I hear some of you saying this was probably a scam letter. Sadly, it wasn't. The letter contained my social security number. Lovely!

So now I'm on the hunt for a reliable security form (like Lifelock) to protect my identity and creating a protection spell. If you have experience with security forms, I'd love to hear your opinion.

In the mean time, as I stated, Bob will be home a week from Wednesday. My plan is to have the studio completed a week from tomorrow. Then I can use Wednesday for general touch-up around the house and not be exhausted when Bob walks through the door.

Here is my Mixed Media cubby. About 97% of the content is Tim Holtz. Though the drawers are large items such as sheets of tissue paper, packaging paper, foam core, chip board, etc. My overall goal here was to be able to get to the little drawer units without having to move a ton of stuff out of the way first.

Part of the items that came off this shelf is at least three more of those small drawer units that were full of ephemera. You'll see in the video (linked below) why I've changed the storage process.

Here is a picture of that vintage jewelry box where I've sorted all of his hardware items:

I'm still finishing up the Ephemera Folios. If you've not seen my process, check out my video HERE from Friday Freebie. I started with each drawer, which was sorted according to Tim's packaging labels and a diagram of how my page layouts would be.

This shows how I sorted the entire Halloween pack in prep for planning out my pockets:

This shows the Christmas ephemera all sorted to a page layout so that I knew how many pockets I would need, thus how many pages I'd need:

Next week, I'll have the final flip-through of the Ephemera Folios. I will tell you, I should have about fifteen once completed. They won't store on the Mixed Media cubby. Instead, I'll be able to keep them next to my work table, accesible as I work on projects. 

Speaking of my work table, there will NOT be a card video tomorrow. I still don't have a work table. I'm not pulling anyything else out until these ephemera folios are finished.

I did not do the May Mayhem Junk Journal Challenge. Today, Julie releases the info for the June Challenge. We shall see....

What are you working on? I'd love to hear from you. Share your favorite tip for organizing ephemera or small pieces. 

Creative Blessings!

Friday, May 29, 2020

FRIDAY FREEBIE - Ephemera Folders

Good morning, everyone!

I'm still in the process of trying to get things straightened out on the personal level. I hope to have things in place so I can better focus on the creative stuff next week.

In the mean time, I've been working on putting together Ephemera Folders to house all the little bits n pieces - primarily my Tim Holtz Ephemera. 

I've put together a video of my process. Later, I'll be posting a video of how many I wound up with and a closer look inside. 

Have a safe weekend! Creative Blessings!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020


Good morning!

This is a quick post written (Monday) as today is all about phone calls to Social Security. I'm not sure what has happened, nor am I going to speculate. I just know something isn't right. The only thing I can do is figure out the issue then move forward.

With that in mind, I'm not sure there will be any other posts this week. I'd planned to be back to work full force, though that  may not happen this week.

What I do want to point out is that I've done everything in my power to guard my personal information. I don't do business on my phone, I don't bank on-line and I have one credit card to my name for business and hotel confirmations.

Sadly, the same precautions do not appear to have been take with the U. S. Government.

I have blog posts ready to roll as well as getting videos filmed and ready to upload.
Hang with me - we'll get this straightened out!

Creative Blessings

Monday, May 25, 2020



Wednesday, May 20, 2020

WOYWW 572 - Happy Anniversary!

In honor of our 11th Anniversary, I thought I'd offer some champagne and cake. I wish I had both on hand in real life. I'll have to settle for Stevia Chocolate chip cookies later. 

Okay, and here's what you came for:

This is that big work table you've seen in many past visits with one exception.  The only items on this table are the little white drawer towers and the items I need for my current project. Off-screen there is a box with junk mail envelopes. That's it!
So what is THIS you are seeing?

I'm working on ephemera folders for all of my Tim Holtz ephemera. They will take up so much less room than those little drawers and I won't have to dig through everything in a particular collection to find what I want.  The top right of the papers (just to the left of the drawer tower) is his Christmas ephemera. Two  8-1/2x 11 sheets of paper made into a signture. I'll be doing a video soon.

The drawer in the foreground is all of his Birds/ Botanicals and the papers from Stampin' Up! I'll be using. I've tried to coordinate papers to the collection so I can see at a glance which folder I might need.  I didn't have any of Tim's 12x12 that would fit. I may use a couple of his for the Attic ephemera collections. There are 2 drawers of those. Haven't decided on the papers for paper dolls yet.

Next week, I'll try to have an ATC to share on the blog. We'll see. I'm still on dig out/ rearrange.

That's it for my desk (and story) this week. Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground  for all the details. Miss Julia has a long list of other studios you can peek into. No standing on an up-turned milk pail to look in the window. We open the doors wide and welcome you.  Please leave your number and you'll be among the first on my list. 

Creative Blessings!

Monday, April 27, 2020


As you can see from the picture, my living room is a disaster. My dining room looks the same way – like someone just unloaded a large U-Haul. This is only one of 5 areas of the living room/ dining room:

When we moved me into the studio four years ago, nothing went as planned. Bob was anxious to turn my old office into his man cave. That meant nothing got put away in the studio the way I wanted… more dumped wherever it would fit.

Since then I’ve also added more things – mostly planner and Mixed Media items – that I’ve had to find room for. Instead, those items just got added to the already disorganized mess.

I’ve been trying since January to get my office/ studio in order – all while trying to carry on with my daily work routine, write a book and keep the house presentable. I finally came to the conclusion that plan of attack wasn’t working.

First off, I have OCD. I can’t work on something unless everything is in order. Just makes my life more complicated.

Last week, after writing all my blog posts for the week, I emptied the studio into those two rooms. I’ve worked all weekend with the cleaning part. Washing windows, shampooing carpet, detailing furniture… you know what a deep clean entails.

This week I HAVE to get stuff back in place so that office work can resume as usual. Bob comes home on Wednesday. He’d really like to be able to sit at the dining room table in the morning with coffee or sit in his recliner in the evening to watch TV. To add insult to injury, his best friend is planning a visit for the coming weekend. Kevin helped us move in thirteen years ago. He hasn’t seen the house with the addition of my studio. So yeah…. This room HAS TO GET DONE.

With that, I’m taking this week off of all of my blogs, no book writing and only the 1 crafting deadline I have for Wednesday.

Blog post should resume next week – Monday May 4th or Tuesday May 5th. If Kevin shows up, I’ll have all weekend to hide in the studio and get ahead of the week. Otherwise, that’s what I’ll be doing on Monday. I always devote Bob’s first weekend home to him. He’s been gone for twenty-one days, after all.

I’m hoping with having the s

Thank you for your patience and I’ll see you next week!