Archive for March, 2008

I’m in the midst of re-doing the room where I scrap and taking it from home office/craft room/storage room/guest room to just a scraproom.  :0)  (It’s also been where DD has been living for several months while we were working on our addition.)  It’s going to be a long process with moving everything out, finding homes for everything and purging and re-organizing all my junk.  Not to mention the painting, cleaning, and re-decorating that is required. 

I got a few boxes at IKEA last time we were there, just to see if they’ll work for me.  For a lot of my stuff I think I will have to have open storage boxes.  You know, out of sight, out of mind.  But there are some things that I want to box up.  Acrylic paint is one of them.  I’ve had them piled in a clear plastic box, but they were ugly and messy.  (And way too easy for DD to get into!)  So I thought I would use one of the IKEA boxes.  Problem: how to see which color I want without taking them all out of the box?  Solution: do what the hardware stores do.  Put a drop on the top!

UHU Photo Glue Stick

The last sample package I recieved from UHU contained this photo glue and some envelope sealer.  I haven’t had a chance to use the envelope sealer, but I used up every little bit of the photo glue! 

Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m totally addicted to UHU gluesticks.  They’re my adhesive of choice for scrapbooking, cardmaking, altered projects.  So the chance to try out this photo glue, was very cool.   🙂  Compared to the regular UHU gluesticks, I think the photo glue has one major advantage and one (kind-of) flaw. 

First, I LOVE the way that it is shaped!  The oval shape allows you to apply the glue in a smaller amount for the edges of photos or in a large swath for objects that need extra sticking power.  It was super versatile, too.  I used it not only on photos, but on altered projects and cards as well.  Everything adhered very nicely. 

The problem I ran into is probably something that will only bother other people who use gluesticks a lot in their crafting.  I found the gluestick hard to hold onto at first.  The top part of the package acts as a plunger, pushing the glue out of the tube and onto the page.  The problem I had is that you have to hold down on the plunger part while applying the glue, or the glue will slide back inside the tube.  Not all that difficult, and I eventually got the hang of it, but if you’re used to regular gluesticks, it may be a bit awkward at first. 

 Overall though, I was very happy with the product.

March Projects

35. Leaves and Grandma K.

36. Chicken Little

37. Big Helper

38. Aunt Beth

39. She Keeps Us Laughing

40. Rings!

41. My Girl

42. Dress A Cow

43. Easter 2005

44. On the Road with Mouse

45. Glow

46. She Says Altered Book

47.-49. Paper Easter Baskets

50. Butterfly Collage

Still a few days left! 

Let someone else do the heavy lifting this month! My challenge is really simple. Just choose a layout made by any member of the design team and lift it! You can do a direct lift, use it as a sketch, or just be inspired by something in the layout. As long as it is obvious how the layout inspired something in yours. Then, post your layout in the gallery and post BOTH your layout and the layout you lifted back to this thread.

1. You may enter the contest each month unless you have won the month prior.

2. Your layout must meet the contest rules and guidelines to be eligible.

3. Your layout has to be newly created specifically for this contest.

4. You may share your layout on other websites.

5. You must be a registered member with the forum and have a minimum of 10 posts to enter the contest.

6. If you do not meet all the requirements of the contest rules your layout will be disqualified so please pay close attention to the guidelines and rules.

7. Contest runs each month from the 1st to 28th, so you have to upload your creations by midnight MST on 28th each month to be eligible to win.

8. If you win the contest you will be a guest DT member for the next month, and SNS will send you one of the ribbons kits to create 3 projects with.

The Guest Dt will be working with the April zz#1 kit


Next year, we will have to do more!

A couple random pics…

Autumn playing with pick-up sticks…her own unique way.

Autumn and Micah–I think she’s in love.

More Layouts from the Weekend

I haven’t been scrapping in weeks, but participated in an online crop last weekend over at Simply Obsessed (great forums and cool-looking kits, btw) and got 10 layouts done!

Here are a few.


Simple, but I like it.  Raided DD’s craft bin for some of those flowers! 

Supplies: Hobby Lobby Cardstock; Prima and Target $1 spot flowers

My Girl

I’m not terribly happy with the title, but I love the way the bow came out!  First time I’ve used fibers in a really long time!


Dress a Cow

Just for Jessica!  LOL!  🙂

I’ll try to come back and add supply lists, but got to get back to work on housecleaning right now.  🙂

What a fun kit to work with this month!

I’ve finished four layouts so far and still have LOTS of ribbons to work with. Can’t wait till I have another chance to sneak into my scraproom! 🙂

She Keeps Us Laughing

For this layout I went for a digi look with “real” scrapping elements.

I used a lot of Making Memories and Rhonna Farrer rubons, along with my Dymo label maker to build the title. Then I used this super versatile blue grosgrain from the kit, randomly stapled along the bottom of the photo. This is currently my FAVE ribbon technique and so easy! Just twist it, fold it, and staple!

Supplies: SnS Ribbon; Autumn Leaves and MM rub-ons; green Swingline staples

Chicken Little

Sometimes nothing works like ribbon to bring out the texture in pictures. I love these pictures of my daughter in her fuzzy chicken suit, and the white velvet ribbon was the perfect texture to match! I randomly folded and stapled it and then added yellow velvet ribbon from the September kit as well. (And if you want one of those kits, better hurry! There are only 6 left in the store!)

Supplies: Hobby Lobby CS; MME and Anna Griffen papers; The Paper Studio and other buttons; Lil Davis and American Crafts chipboard; staples

Aunt Beth

A super-easy way to add ribbon to your layouts! Just thread through a homemade or purchased journaling spot!

Supplies: Hobby Lobby CS; handcut and doodled scalloped paper (made by a friend); Ribbon by SavvynSassy and Ribbon FX; MME paper; American Crafts thickers; Dymo label

Big Helper!

I made this layout for Amanda’s challenge using a “faux ribbon” technique. Stitched and grosgrain ribbons are from the kit. The green one is an old one from my stash.

Supplies: MME and Anna Griffin papers; SavvynSassy and unknown ribbons; Hobby Lobby cardstock; American Crafts thickers; Hobby Lobby felt flowers; Provocraft eyelets

I don’t know if the spring cleaning bug got me or I’m just so glad to be home. But lately all I want to do is work on the house. This last week has been a busy one!

We went to IKEA on Thursday and got Autumn this HUGE Expedit shelving unit. It takes up a whole wall in her room. Assembled it Sunday and attached it to the wall last night (keep in mind that everything from IKEA is Metric and of course didn’t line up with the wall studs–ugh–took as long to attach it to the wall as to build the thing!).

Here’s a pic from the website:
Hoping to work on getting her toys organized and put up after lunch today.
I painted the door between the kitchen and Matt’s future office with 5 coats of magnetic primer, and finished it off with chalkboard paint, so it’s now one big magnetic memo board. Autumn LOVES drawing on the bottom half of the door and the top is great for lists and things. 🙂 Talked about doing it forever, so glad I finally did.
Painted the front door. Not quite the color I was expecting, but it’s a million times better than it was. Took a few days to finish since I was working around the rain.
Yesterday I did my regular housecleaning then moved all the furniture out of the dining room and scrubbed the table legs and the chairs (with Autumn’s help, of course ;-)). Then got down and SCRUBBED the floor on my hands and knees. Exhausting, but totally worth the effort. 🙂 Wiped down the walls and washed the windows and then moved all the furniture back.
Today I’m planning on doing basically the same thing in the kitchen. Making sure everything’s clean clean clean!