Saturday, April 8, 2017

Is it APRIL??

Good Day my friends!  What an amazing ride this year has been.  One would think that not having a house to sell, and not having a husband to take care of, I would have time to get things done.  Well, the truth is, I'm just about ready for January to start.  And, It's, APRIL 2!

I really can't complain. I have had so much fun this year already.  A road trip to Minn. in February with my sis. and I just finished a scrap booking retreat with friends that I have scrapped with for years.  In the mean time, I have spent lots of time with girlfriends, and lots of time catching up on some scrapbooking.

This weekend, I made 2 mini baby albums for a good friend of mine.  He step daughter is having a boy in May and her daughter is having a boy in July, so I wanted to have basically the same thing for both of them.  I am so excited for them all.

I used up a retired set of pocket life cards from CTMH, and the paper that coordinates with them.  Then I added fun cuts from the ARTBOOKING cartridge from CTMH and inked all the layers.  Putting them all together was fun.  I am still planning on adding embellishments and banners and stamping a little bit through out the albums.  I'm pretty sure one of our older sets has a weight/height stamp I can put on each month for mommy(s) to fill in.  and I think a 'CURRENTLY' card will be necessary throughout the albums too.  You know, CURRENTLY eating, CURRENTLY loving, CURRENTLY saying .... All the wonderful things we want to remember about our children but often forget.

As I sit here chatting with you all, I have my planner open next to me, and I realize I have a very full life (even though I get pouty now and then) and I am very thankful for that.  I have a ton of friends and a ton of interests to keep me out of trouble.  That's a good thing  - right?

Tonight I have a meeting and when I get home, I hope to start laying out pictures of my grand daughters first visit to REPTILE GARDENS.  CTMH has the cutest 'bug' paper , and I've known since I saw it that REPTILE GARDENS would be the subject for it.  It looked like miss Z had fun.  I saw a video of her befriending a lizard....  I'm betting her mama din't let her bring it home!

So, blah, blah, blah ....  It's time for me to let you go.  I'll get some more art up soon.  C

Saturday, January 7, 2017

December is coming (OOPS!)

Well, look what happens when you open your blog in JANUARY!  I took pictures several days in December, saved them to my BLOG to write a nice BLOG update, and then walked away.  Who does that?

So, this happened.  I fell in love with my XYRON 250 again!  When using the CTMH die cuts, this is perfect for adhering them.  Just run them through the XYRON, and there is adhesive o those little tiny lines, and everything sticks where you want it to.  LOVE IT!!

I had actually planned on this being a teaser for my CHRISTMAS CARD/ PARTY INVITATION.  But, they have been sent and received , so no teaser.  But, I loved working with the CTMH die cuts for the cards.  It made them go so fast!  This may be my tool of the year!  

So, since this is getting out about a month late, I am going to stop here and post it.  You will be hearing from me again atlas once again today.  :-)  c

Sunday, November 6, 2016

CHRISTMAS state of mind ...

Well, I ended up with an unexpected morning at home, so, I decided to start pulling together my DECEMBER DAILY.  This will be the third year following ALI EDWARDS  plan for documenting my December.  I am approaching it a bit differently this year, as far as my thinking, and I think it is going to be so much fun!!

My first commitment, is to not buy anything.  I am ONLY using the stash I have.  I kind of started pulling stuff together for this album last year.  Right after Christmas, there were some good sales.  What can I say, I thought of a plan.

GOLD AND BLACK.  That was the plan.  I saw this paper pad and it put  a plan in motion.  So, when I saw things that worked, I picked them up.  (Only for about the first 3 months of 2016!  Don't judge me!  )

Foiled papers are hard to find!!  I picked up a flat foil gold, 2 different textured gold and a textured silver when I saw them.  Tossed them into the box.

2 Gold alphabets, GOLD words, GOLD & BLACK arrows, RED & GOLD foiled labels, and SILVER labels, GOLD & BLACK little note labels. All of these little bits are in the box to add to pages as the month goes on.

I found this cutting die on sale one day, and LOVED it!! Even if I don't use it in my DECEMBER DAILY, I will use it to make some cards this year.

These POCKET LIFE cards are some that I have had in my stash forever.  The ones on the left are from the BECKY HIGGINS - MIDNIGHT PL kit.  The one on the top right is from a SIMPLE STORIES kit I found on sale at Michaels last year.  I am scattering the pieces all through this years album.  The pieces on the bottom right were gifted to me by a friend, I'm glad to be able to use them.

The pieces below are all from CTMH.  I have clear overlays from the GOLD & SILVER collection and the BLACK collection from the last couple of years.  And POCKET LIFE  cards from the BEAUTIFUL ME  collection. (And maybe the water color collection?)

And, my pages are all on a ring and starting to get filled.  I used a planning page by ALI EDWARDS to sketch out an initial layout.  Then, I started pulling my pages in the order they will be in the album (unless I change my mind!  ha ha ) I am using an 8X8 album which is creating some challenges.  I'll explain later.....
                   This will be my title page.

I LOVED the Merry Christmas paper on the left, so I am going to use that page as my intention page. An explanation of why I'm doing this album and what I want to get out of this holiday season.
The page on the right needs to be altered.  Like I said earlier, the 8X8 format is creating some challenges.  I bought a FUSE tool for a different project, but I will be starting by using it on this album.  I am going to turn this one pocket 8X8 page into a page with 2X2 pockets in it.  My initial plan was to put 16 pockets in this page and leave it 8X8, but I may put 2X2 pockets in it and cut it down to 12 or 8 pockets, depending on the way things play out.

I used sticky notes to mark my pages so I don't get lost. I confuse really easily!  LOL  I dropped PL cards into pockets where I thought I would want them, but everything can be moved at this point in time.

I am also going to use my FUSE  tool to create 3X4 pockets in my 8X8 pages.  The 3X4 cards on the left are marking that for a visual reminder.  And of course, I want to use those cards in the album somewhere!  The are gorgeous!!

I already had 4X4 pocket pages in my stash that fit in an 8X8 album.  Obviously purchased for some other project.  Hhhhmmmm, I wonder what that project was?

This sparkly ornament paper will hold a group photo from the CHRISTMAS PARTY I'm having for my club members.  The facing page will hold 3X4 pictures I believe.

I am also making little design notes to myself on the post it notes.  If I don't write it down, I don't remember what my plan was.

Another page that will be altered to hold 2X2 pictures and other yummy things.

Big plans for CHRISTMAS EVE pages.

The album!  Isn't it YUMMY!?   I think I am going to heat emboss the numbers 2016 in either BLACK or RED and attach it underneath the BELIEVE.  Which color do you think I should use?

Since I store all of my CHRISTMAS stuff together, it was easy to go through my little CHRISTMAS BOX and pull all the things that I though would go in my album.  I included anything SPARKLY!


 I had some CHRISTMAS flair, sparkly WASHI TAPE, some WOOD VENEERS (I may heat emboss these!) and a selection of sparkly buttons.  I think that this will about complete what I need.  I do have a roller stamp I'll add and of course, photos!  This is going to be great!

I just thought I would add a picture of the sketches ALI EDWARDS provided that I have scribbled all over getting my plan together.  If you want a copy, let me know!  I'd love to have someone doing this with me this year!

Talk to you soon, and I'll keep you updated on my progress.  C

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Fall Retreat

So, the problem I have packing for retreat is, as I am going through all my supplies making sure I bring everything I am planning to share, I keep finding random things to "work on".  I don't know about you, but I NEVER seem to get to all of the projects I want to do.

This October retreat, I am planning on making sympathy cards, using up some old paper, doing a layout for my sons car show last month, and working on some photoshop projects.

But .... look what I have ready to load into the car.  And this doesn't even have my clothes and personal things yet.

I thought about loading it all up today, but I heard it's supposed to be really cold tonight, so I am waiting.

Is there something that you always forget when you go to a retreat?  for me, it's slippers.  I am going to have to look for mine when I get home from work tonight, while I'm baking my treat for retreat , and while I am wondering through the house checking my list twice.  LOL    Oh, and I better remember to throw my allergy pills in the bag.  I will be miserable without those!

I am close to ready.  Will load up in the morning, finish a few things up and head up the hill.  See my scrapping friends soon, and I hope that some new ones will come join us in FEBRUARY!  

Once again, I am hoping I can get it all in the car.  And I am hoping I didn't forget something important, but, in the end, it doesn't matter, because I am spending 4 days with some of the nicest people I know!! 

Hope you have a great weekend too!  c

Saturday, September 24, 2016

A new beginning

Good morning!

I have been going to update you on my life for some time, but I was feeling very overwhelmed and didn't want to post while I was in that state of mind.  I don't know that the feeling overwhelmed is any less, but I am adjusting to it and taking control of what needs to be done.

As you may know, the house sold and I have moved into a lovely apartment.  I am very excited about getting it all our together, but it is going very slowly.  And some things have been by discovery.  Let me explain.

I moved with "Christmas dishes" as my main dish assortment.  That was fine.  I love the dishes and they were plain, so they would work fine.  But, they are BIG!  and HEAVY!  So when all you're having is toast, it seemed like a bit of overkill.  So, I decided to go get smaller plates.  A reasonable dinner plate (maybe I won't over eat!) And I headed off to Pier 1 with a friend.  All I wanted was plain barn red plates to compliment the 'chargers' I already owned.  Well ..... You can see how well that went!
Aren't these beautiful??  I fell in love!
I decided since I was only buying 4, I could get seasonal ones and in the spring, I will find 4 spring plates.  These have the water color look I LOVE! and look at those colors!  I have committed to surrounding myself with beautiful thing that make me heart sing at this point in my life, and this is the first!

But, the rest of the apartment .... ugghh!  It is hard to put it together when I don't have all the pieces I am going to have .... eventually.  I am currently waiting for a couch and chair.  Let me tell you, folding chairs are NOT the best way to end the day.  But, I am thankful that my sis loaned me these.  I can still put my feet up and watch a little TV at the end of the day.
I am however tired of boxes!!  I have a layout plan that involves refinishing a piece of furniture (I am starting that right after I am finished writing this for you all!) But, I can't unpack my scrapbooks until I move the shelves the TV is on right now.  It is going behind my desk so the books are close to my creative space.  My 'project' is going to hold the TV.  Then I hope to have room for all the little pretties I was to display in my living room.

Can you see the sewing machine in the corner?  That was my great great grandmothers!  A gift from my Uncle Bob last summer!  I am so excited to finally have it set up, although, I am not sure that is where it is staying.  The box on top is a button box and I believe it was made by my grandfather for grandma E.  I love it and store, what else, scrapbooking supplies in it.
I can't post without the latest picture of my beautiful grand daughter!  She went to a car event with my sone and daughter in love last weekend and went to work!  ;-)  What a doll.  And determined!  When she gets that look in her eyes, look out!  There is no stopping her!

And one last little thing for this post.  This is the couch, chair, and pillows I am waiting on.  It is so hard to find things that fit this short little body God blessed me with.  But, after checking every furniture store in town, I finally found furniture for short people!  And I love it.  Can't wait till it gets here!  I'll post pictures when it does, I promise.

So, for today, that is it.  I am off to refinish some furniture and go to a wedding!  I hope you all have a great week and do something creative!  


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

And the end is near!

Well, it's about time for me to update you all.  

The house has been sold, for the second time!  But we are past the point of no return and I am mentally moving one to the new life I have been looking forward to for a year! I am moving LABOR DAY weekend and hope to get some basic organization done very quickly.  I want to hit the ground running with my scrapbooking. In my head, I have a plan on how to get the apartment put together. I have some projects already in mind to make a beautiful space for me to live and create in.  I am going to be posting a lot more here, and I am going to be doing a lot more creative scrapbooking once I get semi settled  

I kind of feel like it it the week between Christmas and New Year's day the way my mind is going.  I am planning.  I am trying to put together the list of specials I am going to offer at my daily  job (anyone need a facial??) and a plan on how to offer classes for my scrapbooking friends over the next few months.  I am excited to have the time and the place to offer more creative time to my customers.  

There is SO MUCH fun stuff in our new catalogs.  I have 2 very specific classes that I am going to offer and I am so excited about them.  But, I am not spilling the beans here, I am going to announce them once I get some dates locked in.  We are going to rock it this year!  I'm also getting our schedule worked out for our CLUB paper pack list and fun things that we will be doing this year.  

Right now, I am working on the kitchen table, trying to make some creative time without having all my creative 'stuff' accessible. It is interesting to only have a small amount of papers and accents to work with.  I am anxious to be able to actually sit down and scrap what I feel like scrapping not just what I have within reach.  

This week, I finished up the FLORENCE workshop, and I am so excited to get together with my friends to put this pretty kit together.  It is always such a blessing for me to get together with my friends once a month and spend the whole day visiting and being creative.  And, although I didn't think I would like the cards, I really do like them!  I was going to sell my stamp and thin cuts right away after CLUB, but I think I'm keeping this one and I am going to make many more cards with them.  

I have had the pleasure of spending a lot of time with my beautiful grand daughter!  It is the most amazing thing, being a grandmother.  She is bringing love and JOY into my life at a time that I am appreciating it so much.  And having a daughter-in-love is an experience that I am also so thankful for.  She is adding a new element to my life that I can only compare to what I thought having a daughter would be like. Without the challenge of raising her.  LOL  So, as I end today's post, I want to share my thankfulness for the good things in my life.  God has blessed me in so many ways and I am thankful to have you, my friends along with all the other JOYS I experience on a daily basis.  


Sunday, May 8, 2016


This is the day I look forward to all year long.  Not only is it NATIONAL SCRAPBOOKING DAY  the first Saturday of every May, but it is the day I get to spend celebration my birthday with my scrapping friends.  I always go with a Mexican theme, since my birthday in on Cinco De Mayo!  This year, we had Margarita place markers!  What fun.  I used one of the NEW  stamp sets from the SEASONAL EXPRESSIONS 2!

Isn't that little piƱata stinkin' cute!?!  

I love when all the girls show up and we are all in chatting and creating mode!

Cindy even came with her BLUE AND PURPLE HAIR!!   Love it!

And a NEW SCRAPPER joined us.  Missy is making something special for her hubby for their FIRST anniversary!  I love when people realize how important it is to document their lives!  

And so, another NATIONAL SCRAPBOOKING DAY comes to an end!  But we all had a great time, got some memories recorded, got some stories recorded and made some more!  

LOVE THESE GIRLS!  Cant wait till next time!  

Keep on scrappin'  - connie