Friday, January 23, 2015

Making Progress On My 2014 Digital Workflow

Along with working on completing our 2011 chronological albums, this month I've also been striving to catch up with processing photos from last year. As I mentioned a couple of months ago, I'm creating some digital layouts along the way. This two page layout allowed me to showcase eleven photos from our day in Edmonton this past summer.

Journaling reads: After breakfast, we enjoyed a walk across the High Level Bridge, taking lots of photos along the way. It started misting, then sprinkling on our way back, but we made it to the car without getting too damp.

I also created two layouts showcasing photos from our trip to Ohio in the fall.

Journaling reads: When Tommy & Kathy suggested we go to the corn maze, we had no idea what to expect. They had not been there either but knew about it because Thomas's class had gone several years ago. We were all thrilled to find lots of activities along with the actual corn mazes. It was a gorgeous sunshiny day & we all wished we'd gone earlier in the day to have more time to enjoy it all! There were also wonderful displays with pumpkins and scarecrows scattered throughout the area.

I've also ordered lots of photos that I'll add to my storage binders to be scrapped when the INSPIRATION strikes. I'm currently up to mid-November in my digital workflow, so I'll be working through the photos from our Florida trip next. Have you processed and/or printed your 2014 photos?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pun'kin's Cooking

This year I am planning to complete several scrapbooking albums that have been in progress for a while now. The first of these projects is my 2011 chronological albums. I've sorted and organized all my completed layouts for 2011, flipped through the remaining photos and memorabilia from that year, and made a list of stories and photos I want to scrap to complete those albums. It's quite a list, so I imagine I'll be working on this goal for a couple of months.

One of the things I love most about scrapbooking is preserving memories so that we can enjoy looking back on them, so I'm excited to remember and record stories from several years ago. I started by recording two stories about Pun'kin's Natashia's cooking during her summer visit that year.
Journaling reads: Pun'kin had planned on her list of things-to-do to cook supper for us during her visit. She did a great job and had fun doing it!

Journaling reads: It all started out so well: Pun'kin and I were trying out the new giant cupcake baking dishes. We layered the pieces together with mousse, and Pun'kin started putting the icing on . . . and it kinda all fell apart!

Have you scrapped any cooking stories/photos lately? Or shared a cooking "disaster" story?

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Authentique's Faith Collection

If you've been around my blog for a while, you know that my faith in the Lord is a huge part of who I am. I enjoy scrapping about my faith and the activities and ministries I'm involved in as I serve the Lord, so I was excited to use Authentique's new Faith collection to create a layout for the Scrappin' Goodtime Design Team.

Click HERE to see the full layout and read more about this great collection on the Scrappin' Goodtime blog.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Bag Lady

I am a bag lady! I like bags - canvas bags, cloth totes, small bags, large bags, totes with quotes, colorful totes, duffel bags, satchels, bags with zippers, drawstring bags, book totes . . . well, you get the idea.

To aid in my goal of deep cleaning/decluttering/organizing/ redecorating each room/space in our home this year, I'll be focusing on accomplishing small tasks each week. I decided to begin by decluttering and re-organizing my collection of bags and totes. I store most of these in our guest room closet, however they were beginning to take up quite a bit of space and weren't really convenient to grab quickly at times.

I decided to gather all my bags & totes in one place so I could decide which ones to keep and which ones to donate. (I did not include purses, backpacks, briefcases or computer bags in this project.) Here's a tally of what I found:
22 - guest room closet
6 - stored in bins on the Launch Pad shelves
3 - master bedroom closet
9 - garage
5 - Suburban
3 - Robbie's car

I know we do not need 45 bags and totes, so I started by sorting these by size and type and ended up with six in the donation pile. Yep, only six . . . did I mention that I really like bags (sigh)!

However, I re-evaluated each bag and how it would be used and finally ended up with 13 bags for the donation pile. I placed the remaining bags in locations where they would be most convenient based on how I'm most likely to use them: 6 larger bags in the guest room closet to be used for travel or weekend getaways, 5 cute bags in the craft room closet to be pulled out when I'm corralling supplies for a crop or inspiration outing, 7 bags in a bin on the launch pad to be grabbed when I'm headed out the door, 10 in the Suburban and 4 in Robbie's car ready to be filled with groceries at any time. One small project completed . . . a whole bunch more to go!

Do you like bags and totes? Where/how do you store them?

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Problem With Page Kits

These first two months of the year, I'll be attending several out-of-town crops. My plan is to put together page kits to work on at these crops so that I can be productive but also enjoy time visiting with friends.

I started by scrolling through some old class materials and printing sample layouts that I want to scraplift or use as a starting point. I then chose a photo (or set of photos) to go with the INSPIRATION and pulled a few papers from my stash to begin a page kit.

Next I add in some coordinating papers from my scrap file and some borders, ribbon or washi tape.

And finally I choose some alphas and a variety of embellishments to complete the kit.

The next step is to slide all these pieces into a page protector. I'm collecting my page kits in an extra 12x12 scrapbook album so they will be easy to transport to the crop.

However, I've discovered a problem with this system! As I'm putting these page kits together, looking at the INSPIRATION pieces, pulling photos, choosing supplies, visualizing my layout . . . I want to scrapbook it NOW! I have everything together and I'm inspired to create. So, after creating ten page kits, I acted on that INSPIRATION and created a layout with the eleventh kit.

Whew - Now I'm feeling much better and think I can put together a few more kits!

Do you create page kits? Is it hard for you to save all those pages to scrap later?

Friday, January 9, 2015

Making My Word Visible

As I'm pondering and planning my year of INSPIRATION, I'm making my word visible in several places. Like last year, I used letters to spell out the word on our fridge. I also included it on the inside of my calendar/planner.

I added it to the title page in my INSPIRATION notebook.

At Crafty Tuesday earlier this week, several of us created vision boards.

I enjoyed having my FUN vision board in my FUN album last year, so I chose a similar format for this year. I used an 8 1/2 x 11 page protector that has a 3x11 flap on one side.  Here's how it looks in the album with the flap closed.

And with the flap open.

For the back side of the page protector, I included a quote page from an old calendar.

I'm currently working through and enjoying the INSPIRATION in the Simple Scrapper Start Fresh planning event as well as reviewing the first few prompts from last year's One Little Word class and will be sharing plans for my year of INSPIRATION in a future post.

How have you made your word visible this year?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Scrapping Christmas Surprises

After finally recording some of my childhood Christmas memories in a blog post last month, I knew I wanted to create a layout using those words and photos. I found the perfect INSPIRATION when Jennifer Wilson posted the Jumpstart 2.1 Challenge as part of the January Simple Scrapper membership materials. These challenges pair a story starter and a sketch. The story starter was journaling about a day that was magical, and my Christmas Surprises stories came to mind because, of course, Christmas is a magical time. I used the sketch as a starting point for this 12x12 layout.

I'm excited that my word for this year led me to take this INSPIRATION and act on it right away! Have you created any layouts in 2015 yet?