Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Final Desk Setup: Stamp-N-Storage Organization

Doesn't it look great?  Clearly, I will need to work at my desk before I know if this configuration will work for me, but aesthetically, it looks amazing.   I am very happy with it.  I had to move a number of things around, but I had already anticipated that.  Many of the items that were here in baskets will be reorganized and likely end up in a drawer.  The inks and many of my Project Life cards (at least the partial kits that I had no boxes for) were in the two sets of Alex Drawer units (from Ikea) that hold most of my essentials.  I'll do a video of my entire work area and include photos at a later date.  This week it's all about my Stamp-N-Storage units.  I thought I had way more Stampin Up' ink than I actually have and I'm glad that I have room to grow.  The ones in the very middle column are all still in their packaging so I haven't attached their labels, yet.  In addition to the 29 SU ink pads, I also have 5 of the new Heidi Swapp inks that Michael's is carrying on the far left and there are 4 Hero Arts Shadow inks and 2 American Crafts inks (the ones that were $1.49 or $1.99 at Tuesday Morning).

 *Sigh* I could just stare at my scrap desk all day.  In fact, as I'm writing this up from my computer desk (which is also in my scrap room), I keep turning to take it all in.  What can I say?  Organizing makes my heart happy.

I don't have a need for a combination organizer from Stamp-N-Storage, but if I did, I wouldn't hesitate to purchase it from them.  I did want to make sure I had room to grow, though, so I purchased the 60 Ink Pad Organizer when it was on sale a few weeks back.  There are several combinations including an organizer for the entire 48 Distress Ink pad set from Ranger/Tim Holtz.  The only thing the biggest combo holder doesn't hold is the lone Picket Fence marker since it doesn't have an ink pad or re-inker that coordinates.  The quality of construction is superb and I was surprised to learn that horizontal dividers actually come out.  For all I know, it is stated on the website and I never bothered to read it.  Ha!

Lastly, here is a peek at the project life organizer full of goodies.  If you recall from yesterday's post, I hadn't quite filled it, yet.  The only thing I didn't stick in here were the Sunshine 4x6's.  As I was going through that kit, I realized that I really don't like it all that much.  I will probably end up pulling a handful that I like and sell the rest of the kit.  I am falling more and more in love with this unit by the minute and just couldn't be happier with my purchase.  There are many times when I get buyer's remorse because of the cost of something even if it's a practical use item but NOT this time.  There is definitely no regret here.  I can't wait to jump in and get some scrapping done with this amazing view to keep me inspired.

If you are interested in the project life organizer, you can email Brett at: contact@stampnstorage.com.

Thank you for stopping by!


Monday, February 24, 2014

Custom Built Project Life Organizer From Stamp-N-Storage

I'm so giddy, I can hardly contain myself.  I have been working with Brett from Stamp-N-Storage to build a unit for my Project Life (and other pocket style) cards.  I designed the unit and we went back and forth on how the end result would look.  No stone was left unturned.  I am no doubt going to be reaching for this unit to grab cards ALL the time now.  Thank you, thank you, thank you, Stamp-N-Storage!

Feel free to check out my video here, showing all of the features of the unit:

If that isn't your thing, not to worry, I also took several still shots to show you the highlights.  First off, the organizer measures 21 3/4 inches wide, 12 1/2 inches front to back, and 8 3/4 inches tall at the highest point in the back.  Each compartment is 3 1/4 inches wide to allow for plenty of wiggle room, 3 1/2 inches front to back, and 2 inches deep.  The unit includes 18 compartments with 15 removable divider inserts to accommodate a multitude of configurations depending on how 4x6 or 3x4 card heavy my stash becomes.  I designed it to be tiered in order to allow each section to be visible without an overstuffed compartment in front of it blocking anything.  Each compartment EASILY fits over 300 cards and I'm sure you'd be able to get several full core kits into it.  If Project Life is the only way you scrapbook, this would make a great solution for you.  Since this was a custom piece, though, it is not for sale on Stamp-N-Storage's website, but you are welcome to contact Brett at contact@stampnstorage.com and let him know that I sent you if you would like to purchase this unit.  The only reason to specify that I (Denise) sent you is so that he knows the product that you are talking about.

Isn't it just so pretty to just look at?!

Side view...it even looks good from an angle!!

Just a close up showing the slots that the dividers can be pulled from.  The video shows how easily they are removed. :)

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Layout Share: 9 Months

I had my lighting redone on President's Day while my husband and I worked just as hard as the electricians and painted a very hard to paint (thanks to stairs that curve) area in our entryway.  The painting was about 10 months in the making.  I had painted just about everything that was easy to reach, so the paint lines were unfinished during this entire time.  We still have one side of the stairs to paint, but we ran out of time.  It took us about 7 hours to get 90-95% of the job done.  The electricians worked for about 8 hours and worked in 6 different rooms of the house.  This layout was the first one that I was able to make in my room since the lighting was done.  I didn't have to work hard to see anything.  I didn't even need my OTTlite until I took photos and even then, that was just to keep the flash from coming on.  It was awesome!!

For this layout, I used a Becky Fleck PageMaps sketch posted over on the message board at www.acherryontop.com.  I try to participate in their sketch challenges whenever they have them.  There is usually one every other week, but sometimes we'll luck out and get them in back to back weeks.  You can see the sketch on their facebook page if you aren't on the boards by clicking here.

I flipped the sketch and took some liberties with it as well.  I had to add the yellow journaling block because something inside me was screaming to use a white chalkboard marker on it.  It looked GREAT on the blue only strip of paper that I tested, but it looked just plain AWFUL and was impossible to read over top of the polka dots.  Rather than have to re-mist and pull apart everything to replace the blue paper, I just decided to use another piece of paper that I had been toying with for another element that didn't work out and added it to the page.  I'm not sure if I love the way this looks, but at least the journaling is legible and that's the important thing.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please let me know if you have any questions regarding products.  I am far too tired to try and put together a list tonight but wanted to keep the promise I made to myself of including my work here.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Decking The Halls - Layout Share

I had the hardest time with this layout.  It doesn't help that I started working on it late at night when I was already tired, but I gave it a go anyway.  Add into that the fact that I bought a little bit of what seems like every Christmas collection released, it became incredibly difficult to narrow down my options.  I had THE hardest time with this layout.  It doesn't help that I started working on it late at night when I was already tired, but I gave it a go anyway.  After sifting through 50 plus papers, I set the ones that I was leaning toward down together and just walked away.  I sat back down today and managed to pull together something that I was happy with.  This layout is a PageMaps sketch from December 2013 (when you click on the link to get to December's sketches, it is the very first one listed). After sifting through 50 plus papers, I set the ones that I was leaning toward down together and just walked away for the night.  I sat back down today and managed to pull together something that I was happy with.

This layout is a PageMaps sketch from December 2013 (when you click on the link to get to December's sketches, it is the very first one listed).

The supplies I used included patterned paper from Simple Stories December Documented, Washi tape from an overseas supplier that I purchase from, enamel dots from MME and Basic Grey, a Maya Road tree paperclip, three pieces of ephemera from the Heidi Swapp Believe Ephemera Pack, October Afternoon alphabet stickers, a flair button from A {flair} for buttons, a label from Chic Tags, an American Crafts date stamp, and an overlay that I think is from Crate Paper, but I'm not 100% sure.  I don't typically do a supply list, but I think that about covers it.  I added in a few close ups just that you are welcome to check out below.

This is quite possibly one of my favorite fonts for a date stamp out there.  Beware that most of them are made to only include winter months since it is a holiday themed date stamp, but I've seen some people say that they have a full calendar year.  Since most of the time I don't use the phrases, I wish mine was the full calendar year, but it is not.  Instead, it is November through February repeated three times.  The washi tape I used here and as a border element on the left hand side of the page is one of my favorite washi tapes, ever.  If I ever go further into detail regarding my washi tape, I'll show you my all time favorite (it made an appearance in my washi storage video if you want to take a guess).

I am really happy with how this cluster turned out.  There were three phrases like this in the ephemera pack and they all start with a hashtag.  I am not a big user of hashtags (in fact, I think I may have only used them once or twice and only for very good reason) so it was perfect that the sketch called for a circular element here, which I used to cover it.  I love how the clip looks, too.  I didn't add a ton of silver, but this helped tie in the silver staples that I used to attach the photo overlay to my photo.

At first, I added the title straight to the layout, but it felt like it was missing something.  I have quite the stash of random Chic Tags tags and labels, and this felt like the perfect opportunity to use one.  I think this may also be the first time breaking into my October Afternoon alpha stash.  I haphazardly trimmed the Silent Night chalkboard alphas that make up the word 'the' down to fit better on the tag.  I really like how the alphas layered together and the pop of blue pulls blue over from the chevron paper in the middle of the page.  The biggest part that was bothering me before adding the label was that the alphas were on an uneven surface since they occupied about the same space before I added it in.

My main goal with this layout, given the number of paper elements that were so heavy on the left hand side of the page was to bring a bit of each color over to the right.  I also added a few pops of black very close to the photo overlay so the overlay wouldn't be the only black you saw.  Originally, I was going to have chalkboard papers from the collection pack play a large role in the layout which was why I opted for the overlay that I used, but I loved the look and still wanted to use it so I did my best to keep it from looking out of sorts when I nixed the chalkboard idea.

And there you have it!  The first layout share of what I hope to be many more to come.  I don't typically go into great detail about what I come up with, so don't expect close ups or explanations all the time...I was just so fed up by the time I finally felt confident in how this was coming together, that I felt like it warranted some explaining.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, February 13, 2014

A Quick Washi Tape Storage Suggestion

Let's just jump right in, shall we?  A couple of weeks ago, I decided that I needed another storage solution for my washi tape.  I have close to (if not more than) 400 washi tapes.  I use two k-cup 3 drawer/9 row units currently and several colors are completely out of room.  Add to this the fact that washi with more than 10 meters fit a little too snugly for my comfort and washi with 10 meters on the larger than normal spools fit so snugly that you end up denting your washi (they also catch on the feet the drawers have that keep them from falling out when opened), I decided a new solution might be best.  After some looking around, I found a great option that would not only solve the problems that I mentioned, but it would also allow me to keep several dozen rolls within reach of my desk.  I decided on spring/tension rods that I managed to find in small lengths at sears.  I did a quick video here to show you what it all looks like:

If there is any desire for me to go more in depth regarding the k-cup unit, please feel free to leave a comment and I can do a quick video on that as well.

Until next time,


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3

Okay, so, yeah.  This is my first post so I thought maybe it was a good idea to start with an introduction.  I am a 27 (soon to be 28) year old stay at home mom to two boys (3 and just turned 1).  I chose my name because that's what I feel like I am.  It all started back when I was pregnant with our first son.  My husband is an avid Dan Patrick fan and listens to the show on podcast every morning.  There was a 'Danette' as they are called who's wife was expecting a baby.  Just before the baby was due to arrive, Dan gave him a camera and told him to take a photo everyday for the baby's first year because that's when they change the most.  My husband really liked the idea (he's probably kicking himself daily over it by now) and suggested it to me.  I liked it as well, so we went with it.  Seeing as I'm a creature of habit and that I have a hard time stopping things once I've started, I just couldn't stop when he turned one.  My oldest will be 3 1/2 in April and still has his pictures taken everyday.  He reminds me to take them at night if I haven't gotten the camera, yet, and he is already tired of the camera.  Some days we have to take what feels like 100 pictures to get one where he's looking at the camera without him looking goofy (making crazy faces, rolling his eyes...sometimes we even struggle to have images of his face because he will turn away right when we're about to press the shutter button).  It's safe to say that my husband isn't the only one getting tired of them.  It has developed a love of photos from my son, though, so he has a couple of toys that take actual photos (one is a camera and the other is the leap pad explorer thing that has a camera built into it), so it's nice to let him take pictures, too.  He's even figured out how to get to the camera function on our cell phones and I've discovered some pretty fun ones on them.

If you stick around long enough, you'll learn that I'm pretty long winded.  My conversations consist of telling my three year old to stop taking toys from his brother (he knows what toy belongs to which child but it doesn't mean that they aren't all really his) and babbling to the baby.  I consider typing to random (but not always) people on the internet my 'adult interaction'.

I decided to create this blog to share my passions.  I started scrapbooking when my oldest was about 4 months old (I'm right around the 3 year mark this month) but between you and me, I enjoy shopping for supplies and organizing them all to be much more fun.  Don't get me wrong, I love to scrapbook, but I find spending money on new supplies and then figuring out new ways to store it all in order to have it to be nice to look at more in line with my personality.  I'm not a natural artist...math was my favorite subject in school.  The point of this blog will be to:
  • showcase my creations and I do scrapbook 99.9% of the time based off of sketches.  I will do my best to link to the original sketch when I share something, but if I don't have it readily available (I print them, not so much save them on my computer) I'll at least make note that it WAS a sketch and if there is a watermark, I'll refer to the site where I got it.
  • share my tips and tricks for organizing.
  • share good deals on stuff that excites me.  I started scrapbooking with a class at my local JoAnn's, but in between the classes, I found www.scrapbooksteals.com.  They do weekly sketches and have a great community of women.  It is thanks to them (and specifically the original blogger/photographer Kristy Lee as well as the buyer, who is the current blog organizer, Melodee Cloud who is a very sweet and friendly person) that I jumped in with both feet and never looked back.  For those of you familiar with them (for those of you who aren't, you should check them out...no, I'm not being paid to say that) you know they sell primarily older product at extreme discounts.  This has created a mindset that I can't shake.  I DO NOT PAY FULL RETAIL FOR ANYTHING SCRAPBOOK RELATED!  I have a very select number of exceptions (my kit subscriptions are two of them), but the bulk of my purchases are made by hunting down sales, buying things from groups on facebook, and taking advantage of rewards programs from companies like www.acherryontop.com (this is where I do most of my shopping right now).  I also buy the occasional (maybe not that occasional) warehouse box or grab bag and when I come across those, I will try and post about them.
Those will be the main points of my blog, but at some point, I may also showcase some designs that I've come up of my own.  After much back and forth, I decided to cave and purchase a 1" Tecra Button maker to make my own flair last summer.  This is a come and go venture for me, but as I find a way to balance being a mom with my hobby (I usually have time to design, make and sell flair OR scrapbook, rarely both), I'm hoping to start designing more flair.  If I decide to go down this road, I will likely end up starting a facebook page to use as a selling venue as I am not sure I can handle running an etsy shop on top of everything else going on in my life.

That's pretty much the gist of it for now.  I am sure that if you stick around you will learn plenty more about me, but for now I think I have rambled on long enough.  If you've managed to get this far, thank you for sticking around and please do whatever it is that allows you to follow me!  The more people I have to try and entertain, the better my chances are of keeping this up.