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23 April 2014

Paper, scraps, books, etc. on my desk

Welcome to this week’s WOYWW – What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday post!

Today you get a got of my desk in the den as my desk in the studio is quite tidy excepting a layout in process for Get It Scrapped is sitting front and center.  No peeks for you, today.


In the den, is much evidence of my pleasantly busy life right now, including:
  • Two phones, my old Samsung and my new Samsung smart phone.  I just got it over the weekend and while I was able to take the picture of my desk with its camera, I was not able to email it successfully to my home computer – something to do with encryption that I probably should have ignored.  I guess either the phone or me is not as smart as needed.  But my trusty point and shoot did the trick.
  • A newspaper clipping that hubby brought up to me from the weekend paper.  It is news that my old boss at the newspaper wrote a book called Paperboy in his retirement.  It’s racking up the accolades apparently, named a Newberry Honor book among other things.  I think he’d say in his modest self-effacing way:  “Who’d’ve thunk it?”  Not me, but congrats to him. Okay, that sounded like a back-handed compliment, didn’t it.  I just mean that you don’t often think of people you know well as “award winning authors”.  (Do you?)
  • Under that is a piece of Basic Grey Basics patterned paper that I will be printing my journaling on for the aforementioned secret layout.
  • 2 soon-to-expire catalogs from Stampin Up – I ordered a “few” things from the retiring list yesterday.  As they have just announced a partnership with Becky Higgins for their own Project Life line, I suspect another order will be in the offing sooner rather than later.  (You’re shocked, right?)
  • A list of J’s senior pictures that I want in electronic form – I have to call about those and then go pick up our proofs.
  • Then there is the stack of books I picked up on my last outing with L.  It’s always good to have a couple extra books ready for when I finish the 3 I now have in process.
  • You might spy the syllabus from Project Life Lessons.  Yes, I decided on that class at Big Picture (deadline to join class is today, BTW).  I am also signed up for the Sketchbook 2014 class of Kelly Purkey’s
  • My reading glasses – I don’t often put my contacts in at 4 a.m. when I sneak up to the den.
  • There in the back is 5 days worth of mail that I need to sort.  So I’d better be off.

You, on the other hand, might want to drop by Julia’s Stampin Ground and see what everyone else is up to today.  I’ll hopping around there tomorrow, when the laundry is running.  See ya!

22 April 2014

Get It Scrapped On a Two-Page Shelf

Gimme A Smile – A Layout for Get It Scrapped

Story: This two-page layout is to showcase lots of photos of my little boy in his first year.  Being so very far behind, I decided to gather up pictures with all kinds of happy facial expressions, and crop them in close.
Style: I arranged them on a shelf that extends across the pages tying together two related patterned papers used as backgrounds.  You will also notice that I used a third pattern on the bottom of both pages.  I made the shelf substantial to support two rows of photos, incorporating banners, hexagons and flags, topped with scattered buttons to draw your eye across its entire length.  Your eye is then rewarded with little bits of journaling at that end.

shelf detail
Stash: Papers, transparencies, chipboard and buttons, My Mind's Eye; Alphabets, Basic Grey, October Afternoon and Adornit; Punches, EK Success and Stampin Up; Stamps, Stampin Up; Tags, Ormolu and Jenni Bowlin Studio.

16 April 2014

Spring Cleaning–Successfully Balanced

If you dropped by last Wednesday you might remember that my studio was pretty neat, with one little recent purchase on the island.  As it was already tidied up, I started spring cleaning in there, dusting nooks and crannies.

Before long, I decided to fix something that had been bugging me.


The end wall with the window lacked symmetry. The reason was the wall phone connection, that I had to work around – placing two tall racks to the left of the window and two short racks on the right by the phone.  It was an annoyance – ever so slight but nagging.

About a month ago, I had to replace the phone.  I selected a cordless model that did not connect to the wall – yippee, I say.  (You may say – S, why in the world do you still have a home phone at all?  But that’s a discussion for another day.)  Anyway, I decided to address the visual balance.



To the right side, I moved one tall rack and a short rack from the island.  I also installed a double wall shelf from downstairs, placing it approximately where the calendar was on the right (and hiding the hole from the plate hanger).  I was able to incorporate a few more baskets this way, and eliminate a few cups and dishes.

I had to hang the shelf myself, and find something suitable to hang downstairs where it had been removed.   (So hubby didn't see more holes.)  All this took more time that it should have.  Dog-gone-it if I didn’t have to put off spring cleaning other rooms for another day.

Doesn't it look so much better balanced – with equal weight on each side, but not absolute symmetry which tends to be boring.  Design principles employed – further spring cleaning delayed.  That’s a win-win!
Oh yes, and because it is Wednesday, I thought I’d join in on a little meme that many of my friends do called Zoom In Zoom Out.  It is hosted by the gracious Helena @ Helena’s Creative Maven, who is encouraging all of us to become better photographers along with her.

So let me ZOOM OUT:

symmetry out

And out a bit further:

symmetry medium

I could have zoomed in, but didn't want to risk capturing missed dust on camera (wink!).  Today I have been back on task to spring clean some other rooms, which I have not been judging on design principles as I do - 'cause I don't want this project to last to fall. Thanks for dropping by today!  I hope to be back soon with something crafty to show from all this order.

13 April 2014

Sketchy Decisions - Let's Get Classy About It

It seems that everyone thinks spring, May in particular, will be a good time for a sketch class.  They could be right, and as a result, I am quite torn about what I should do.

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I really enjoyed Donna Jannuzzi’s e-book from Ella Publishing (now merged with Big Picture Classes) Stretch Your Sketches.  It came out just as I was learning to use sketches.  She’s a very no nonsense kind of gal with a classic scrapping style, and I learned a lot from her e-book.  A copy of the first e-book is included in the class, as well as a discount on the second edition – Stretch Your Sketches 2.

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Kelly Purkey is also a great sketch artist.  I’ve taken all three of her previous sketchbook classes through Studio Calico, and enjoyed them immensely.  This time there is also some coordinating product available through Studio Calico to go with the class – a little extra fun for a little extra funds (wink, wink, it is SC, after all.)

Both of these classes are right at the $29/$30 price point, so that’s not a deciding factor.  Like I said - I am torn.

There is an alternative (or two):  I have been entertaining this wild and crazy idea that all my scrapbooking should be pocket page scrapbooking.  (Did I conceive this notion while sipping my way through the wine country of Napa Valley . . . maybe.)  Just consider how this would simplify my craft life.  Think of how much I could save on supplies.  (No, that would not really happen – as you can see here.)  Think of how many more photos I could give my attention.  Think of all the extra time I would have to spend on cards.  Whadda’ya think?

Okay, you may be right to call my bluff. I am not likely to go all the way there. (Although it is far short of the “dodgy deep end of going digital").  Still, I could stand to get a better grasp on pocket scrapbooking.  Up until now, I have been winging it off and on.  I am not sure if that is a confidence issue or what.  I tend to treat the itty bitty pocket inserts too much like little layouts.  I load them up with too much product taking too much time – that is a stumbling block to the ease and quickness of the concept.  This has led me to consider this class from Lain Ehmann’s True Scrap series:

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There are actually several more classes in the series, and the bundle of 6 is on sale for $45 until the end of April.  It would be self-paced since the live event is over, but that may be all the more convenient.

Naturally, Big Picture has a class called Project Life Lessons that looks interesting as well.  And it starts next week.  Coincidentally (and certainly not in blatant violation of anti-trust laws) it is also priced at $45. (Heavy sigh from ex-accounting-type!)  It is a re-run of a class that has already been offered but they open a new forum and gallery for the new class period.  It starts this week incidentally!!

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Like I said, I am torn here.  Are you interested in any of these classes?  We could take them together – and you’ll be at a safe distance so you won’t have to worry about me pulling your hair or looking over at your paper.  Well, I can’t really promise the latter, I’ve been known to scrap lift from my friends on occasion.

What looks best to you? Whadda’ya think?

Wait, wait!  Just as I was finishing this post - I learned that Debbie Hodge has added a resource for sketch users who are members over at Get It Scrapped - a sketch and layered template library.  Sketches from various articles/classes pulled together all in one spot and it is included in your membership price.  I'm telling you sketches are trendy right now!!  So let's get classy about it.