Archive for May, 2009

Movin’ on up!

May 29, 2009

I’m sure you’ve noticed a sudden decrease in blogging on my behalf and I’m sure plenty of you are heartbroken (or so I wish) about my recent absent behavior. Well for those few adoring fans (meaning my husband and two dogs) I have great news: you’re reading a new blog post as we speak and several more will soon follow.

You see, I’ve actually been pretty scrap busy lately. If you didn’t know already, my husband and I are planning to move to North Carolina the last week of July and since I haven’t quite moved all my belongings completely from my parents house since we got married in October I’ve been going back and forth, house to house, moving the rest of my things (which sounds a whole lot easier than it really is).

Both of my sisters are currently pregnant (and because my sister is currently in labor I should be an auntie by the end of the day) therefore what used to be my old room at my parents house has now turned into a miniature version of Babies R Us (no joke).

So what used to look like a cute, calm, and completely tidy Kat’s room, now looks like a tornado came through with bucket loads of baby supplies, from diapers to booties, which has made packing just a tad bit more difficult. I literally spent about six hours yesterday fumbling through baby clothes just to find the rest of my shoes.

Anywho to make a long story short spending the past few days at my parents house, despite the tornado in my room, has been the biggest scrapbooking blessing that has ever happened to me. Because money is tight and moving is gonna put a nice little dent in our savings account, which is already hanging on by a thread, my parents have been more than kind to practically give me half of the furniture in their house. Okay, I might be exaggerating a little bit, but honestly I’m getting a pretty good deal out of this whole situation.

As many of you know I currently live in the tiniest house known to mankind (I’m not even sure if it can be called a house), better known as a hybrid (a combination of an efficiency and an apartment). Big enough for the four of us (Lenny, Jack, Darci, and me), but too small to fit a decent sized scrap space. But (ding, ding, ding) the good news is we’ve hit the jackpot. Since we are moving to North Carolina to go to seminary we are lucky enough to be getting campus housing, which will cost us less than half the amount we would pay for an apartment in Miami and (drum roll please) our new home will have TWO bedrooms!

After years without a decent scrap space I will finally have an ENTIRE room devoted just for scrap purposes. (Okay, well not completely for scrap purposes. I will be sharing the room with my husband who needs it for what he considers “work”. Hmmph! But at least I will finally have a space of my very own!)

And finally this is the reason for my blogging delay: a combination of the fact that we’re moving, I’m beginning to pack, and I’m constantly brainstorming ideas for my new scrap space my brain is on complete overload mode! I literally spend almost every waking moment daydreaming about my future scrap room and what I can do to make it completely amazing.

I have already come up with my color scheme, which will be a combination of hot pink, black, and white (sophisticated chic with a sassy flair). Now I am just trying to renovate my parents gracious giveaways, which include a white bookshelf, a vintage desk that will be painted black, several cute little tables, chairs, shelving and frames which will all be altered to fit my dream scraproom. I have literally hit the scrap space jackpot.

Now it’s just a matter of getting it to North Carolina and making my scrap space dream a reality! Although I am overloaded with work I will definitely have to try and take pictures of every renovation I do, from chairs to tables, and hopefully share a few ideas with you by the end of the week. It might take time, because as I said I should be an auntie within the next three hours.

So until next time, happy scrapping!

gifts galore!

May 18, 2009

May seems to be full of birthdays!! For the past few weeks I have felt like a little elf during Christmas time, stuck in my tiny workshop preparing gifts for some very special people.

I am glad to say that being a little elf has paid off and I have created some one-of-a-kind creations to celebrate those “not naughty, but nice” people. I am also very thankful to say that both gifts were incredibly scrapfordable! Each frame cost me only $1.00 from Michael’s and I had most of the embellishments lying around my scrap space. But by the look and detail of each frame you would never even guess that they were so cheap! This little spark of creativity has encouraged me to create more little gifts and frames. So stay tuned for more little knick-knacks, but for now enjoy what I’ve got so far.

This first gift was created to celebrate my friend Kristel’s birthday. Since I am currently obsessed with everything Heidi Swapp I couldn’t help but make an all black and pink frame. After making the Mother’s Day frame for my mother-in-law in black, white, and pink I realized just how much I adore that color combination. I love the fact that it looks sophisticated, yet sassy. (The perfect combination for a girl my age!)

Kristel's Frame

Materials: patterned paper (g.c.d. studios); floral embellishment (Prima); rub-ons (Heidi Grace); stamp (stampology); button; bracket embellishment (colorbok); ribbon (Basic Basic); paint (Making Memories); ink (Jo-Anne Fabrics);

Kristel's Frame Detail Kristel's Frame Detail

The second gift was created for my best friend Ana’s birthday. Ana is one of my most “eclectic” friends so of course she didn’t want just any normal frame; she wanted something completely different. There were only two things she wanted for her birthday gift: a shadow box and Martha Stewart’s Animal die cuts. A strange combination from a strange girl. I went to Michael’s on my search for her request and instead of a shadow box found the $1.00 frame and decided that it would do. I was paranoid that her frame would end up looking like a gift for a four-year-old, but in the end I was surprised to find that I actually liked it more than I expected. It could possibly be a gift for a four-year-old, but it definitely suits Ana and her crazy personality. So in the end it worked out and it’s actually pretty cute.

Ana's Frame

Materials: patterned paper; animal embellishment (Martha Stewart); ribbon (Basic Basic); paint (Making Memories); chipboard letter (Jo-Anne Fabrics);

Ana's Frame Detail

disclaimer:

May 9, 2009

Goal 1 of my digibooking adventure has already been set in motion. As you can see my header has indeed changed, but it’s not exactly what I had in mind. My husband decided that although it wasn’t what I wanted it does indeed look better than my last header. So please disregard the incompleteness of the new look. Hopefully a fully completed one will be replacing it soon!

Thankfully I’m on my way to being a MASTER digibook queen! (That’s a omplete exaggeration, but I can always dream.)

Until I have reached my ultimate digi stardome I would love some suggestions. What do you like and don’t like about my new header? What should I add or take away? You’re the one who is going to have to look at it every time you read my blog so give me some advice! I’d love to know what you think! Thanks a million and happy scrapping!

a little something i like to call…digibooking.

May 8, 2009

I recently became obsessed with a little something I like to call digibooking, better known as digital scrapbooking.

I’m not really all that fantastic with computers, especially when it comes to intense and time consuming programs, but once I laid my eyes on some of the innovative and creative things can be accomplished through digital scrapbooking I quickly fell into the trap.

After researching what felt like a million digibooking websites I finally feel comfortable saying that maybe digibooking won’t be so complicating after all. This doesn’t mean that I’m gonna be a digibooking master anytime soon, but I honestly think that I’ll be able to at least start designing some cute projects. But first I need to set some goals:

Goal 1: Create a new digibooking blog header and link icons by the end of next week! (For this I will need the assistance of two very special men in my life, Leonard–he does all the technical explaining and Gimp–a program much like photoshop just not as complex.)

Goal 2: Complete at least one digibooking layout, possibly without the help of Leonard, by the end of May!

Goal 3: Figure out the basics of digibooking and become a digibooking MASTER (hopefully sometime before the end of my lifetime, but more realistically by the end of June).

I have set my sights high and I pray that I will be able to accomplish them accordingly. But just because I’m a slow-poke doesn’t mean you have to be one too. Here are some great links to get you started on your digibooking adventure! Most of these sites have pages where you can download digital scrapbooking kits for FREE!

Shappy Princess http://www.shabbyprincess.com/

Two Peas in a Bucket http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/shop/digital-kits/kit-price-free/?source=NL20090505

Fish Scraps http://www.fishscrap.com

Simply Sweet http://www.simplysweetdesignkits.blogspot.com

DigiFree http://www.digifree.blogspot.com

Enjoy!

The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift for Under $20!

May 8, 2009

Important reminder: Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 10th!

In case you’ve forgotten, don’t worry I’ve got you covered with the perfect gift to give to that very special woman in your life.

I created these 3.5×5 frames for both my mother and my mother-in-law and each frame project cost me less than $20! This project can be copied or altered to make the perfect Mother’s Day gift for your mom.

"Sweet Memories" Altered Framematerials: 3.5×5 frame (Michael’s); patterned paper (Target $1 section); floral embellishment (Prima); rub-on (Heidi Grace); photo corner (Dollar Tree); ribbon (Basic Basic)

"Simply Marvelous" Altered Framematerials: 3.5×5 frame (Michael’s); patterned paper (g.c.d. studios); floral embellishment (Prima); rub-ons (Memory Makers); photo corner (colorbok); ribbon (Basic Basic)

For more projects, layouts, and cards all inspired my mothers check out these links:

28 Mom Themed Layouts from scrapbooksetc http://www.scrapbooksetc.com/ideas/holidays/mothersdaylayouts_ss1.html?sssdmh=dm17.377204&esrc=nwscrap44_09&email=1845931902

Handcrafted Mother’s Day Cards http://www.scrapbooksetc.com/ideas/holidays/mothers-day-cards_ss1.html?sssdmh=dm17.377204&esrc=nwscrap44_09&email=1845931902

Create a Personalized Coupon Book http://stories.scrapbooksetc.com/shop/251/?sssdmh=dm17.377204&esrc=nwscrap44_09&email=1845931902

Whether you create a special gift or purchase something from the store, remember to give thanks to all the women who raised you. And to all you special mommies out there, Happy Mother’s Day!

“B” is for Bella

May 8, 2009

I am very pleased to say that I am going to be an auntie in less than a month! My sister Cristine is expecting her first child, a beautiful baby girl who will be named Bella, on June 4th. Upon her arrival Bella will be blessed with an adorable pink bedroom jam-packed with tons of cute clothes, toys, accessories, and more. (She is  not even out of the womb yet and she is already being spoiled!) But considering that she will be my first niece, I am more than willing to applaud and support spoiling of any kind. (I’m a sucker for babies.)

To match the decor of Bella’s bedroom I decorated letters that spell out her name in pink and brown.  Bella’s room is complete, now all we are missing is our little bundle of joy. Bella, we cannot wait to see you, watch you grow and fall in love with you.  We love you very much!

BELL A

Materials: patterned and solid colored paper (Colorbok); paper embellishments (Colorbok); floral embellishments (Jo-Anne Fabrics); stamps and paint (Memory Makers); ribbon (Basic Basic)

The letters I decorated for her will be going right above her crib, shown below. Bella's Room

She is going to be one spoiled ittie bitte one. Below is a picture of only one part of her room.

Bella's Room

Camping Adventure!

May 6, 2009

While every other scrapper this past Saturday (National Scrapbook Day) was scrapping their heart out, I was miles away from home camping at Big Cypress in the Everglades.

Although I was bummed to be missing out on all the scraptastic events going on back home, I have to admit that I had an AHHHH-may-zing time camping and fishing with my husband and friends.

So this week instead of being jealous of all the amazing projects everyone else completed on NSD, I will be thankful that I had an incredible experience with a ton of great memories to look back on.

Baseball and ConverseCampsite

I have trained my husband well!

I have trained my husband well!

I caught a fish, but it was teeny.

I caught a fish, but it was teeny.

On the hunt for bait: crickets!!!

On the hunt for bait: crickets!!!

Me in the CanoeFishin'

Scrap your <3 out!

May 1, 2009

Guess what?! The first Saturday in May (May 2nd) is National Scrapbooking Day! In honor of this very monumental occasion I have created a list of fun scrap activities to do with family, friends, or all by your lonesome…

1. Shop at your local scrapbook store. Privately owned scrapbook stores depend on our business to stay open so support your fellow scrappers and buy some new materials!

2. Host a crop at your house. Invite all of your friends over for a fun-filled day of scrapping, laughing, and fun.

3. Join online crops and crop from the comfort of your own home while staying connected to other scrappers all over the world!

4. Look for updates on your favorite scrapbooking sites. Most sites have special sales or giveaways just for this special day. A few of my favs are: www.twopeasinabucket.com and www.scrapbook.com

5. Teach a friend or family member how to scrapbook. What better way to celebrate than to share your passion with others?

Whatever you do and however you celebrate make sure to enjoy every minute. Happy Scrapping!