Posts Tagged ‘Making Memories’

du Jour!

July 8, 2009

I created this frame for one of my best friends birthdays. Although I was tempted to make it in my fav colors, I was able to control myself and complete it in the colors of her wedding.

When searching for the perfect wording to place on the frame I came across this sticker: “du Jour”. I knew the words waere obviously French, but I didn’t know what they meant so I called my husband and asked him to look it up for me and this is what he came up with: “made for a particular day”.

Although it doesn’t have any profound meaning this gift was indeed made for a particular day (Steph’s birthday) and it focuses on a very special day in her life (her wedding day). So I think it fits just fine, plus it looks really pretty, which is the real reason I ended up using it as the main focus. 

I hope you like it Mrs. Saavedra and HAPPY BIRTHDAY from your friends in Miami! 

du Jour! Detailed Close-Ups: 

du Jour! Detail 1

du Jour! Detail 2

Materials: wooden frame (Michael’s); patterned paper (K&Company); floral embellishment (Prima Marketing Inc.); sticker letters (American Crafts); swirl stamp (Autumn Leaves); butterfly stamps (K&Company); brad (Making Memories); ink (Jo-Ann Craft Essentials); paint (Apple Barrel); ribbon (Basic Basic);  

My husband says that this is his favorite frame that I have made thus far, but I get the feeling that his judgements are biased (considering that he’s totally in love with me and all). So you be the judge…what do you think?

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Scrap Out the Mess!

July 8, 2009

Do you have a whole lot of scrapbook materials that you never seem to get use of? Are you never able to find just the right paper that you’re looking for? Do you often purchase more than one of the same item because you forgot you had it buried somewhere at home? Well to help cut out the clutter, I have a few unique solutions to help make your scrap-space more organized and efficient! 

When I got into hardcore scrapbooking I dealt with all of these issues several times a week! It was often hard for me to find just the right paper or embellishment amidst a pile of materials scattered across a tiny table. It wasn’t until I became organizationally aware of my space that I began to use it to the best of my ability and my scrap-time became more productive. 

This is a picture of me in my current space. It is tiny and cluttered, but for all it’s worth it has made me much more scrap efficient. Once we move to North Carolina at the end of this month I will have an entire room dedicated just to scrapbooking, which will allow me to utilize my space much better, but for now I love my little space.  

Me in my tiny, yet awesome scrap space!

Here are a few solutions to help “Scrap Out the Mess”: 

-Organize all of your paper by colors (solid and patterned) and then place them into accordion file folders. I purchased 8×10 accordions from Target years ago and they only cost me $2 each on sale! My mother managed to find me a 12×12 accordion from a garage sale for only $1. Maybe you won’t be able to find them for these exact prices, but search around and you’ll be surprised how cheap you can buy them for.

 Accordion Folder Side View Accordion Folder Top View

 

 

 

 

 

-Organize all of your embellishments by theme (birthday, holiday, baby, wedding, floral, etc). For a cheap alternative to the “Clip it Up” you can purchase colorful pencil cases and organize your embellishments by themes, even colors. I purchased miniature wicker baskets in black from IKEA and added decorative ribbons in pink (to match my scrap space) and use them to store some of my most recently purchased embellishments so that I can always have them in sight. 

 Black Wicker Baskets for Embellishments Tin Case for Pictures and Plastic Container for Stamps

 

 

 

 

 

-Recycle your pasta sauce jars and tin cans to keep small embellishments from getting lost. Wash and decorate them to add some personal flair to your scrap space. I keep all of my floral embellishments in tiny glass jars that I purchased from IKEA (five for only $5). I leave them out on display for easy access and for pure decoration. 
Glass Jars for Floral Embellishments Prima Floral Embellishment Jars  

 

 

 

 

 

-Use a paper towel roll holder to store and organize ribbon spools. For scattered ribbons pieces, get popsicle sticks and wrap your leftovers around them.

-Use tackle boxes to store your tiniest embellishments, such as brads, eyelets, and buttons. The clear plastic ones are great because you can always see what you have without having to open it up!

Clear Tackle Box for Buttons and Tiny Ribbon Spools  Gray Tackle Box for Eyelets & Brads

 

 

 

 

-Use a bulletin or magnetic board to keep your most recent layouts and ideas on display at all times. When you get a new embellishment that you absolutely love, stick it up in plain view to keep you inspired and motivated. 

My Idea/Inspiration Board

 

 

 

 

 

-Use small colorful plastic cups to hold journaling pens, scissors, and glue sticks. When I began organizing all of my materials I used cute little black and white cups that I purchased for about 50 cents from Target. Now that I have a larger space and many more materials I have upgraded to the Making Memories Desktop Carousel, which was much more pricey, but completely worth every penny! 

Making Memories Desktop Carousel

 

Making Memories Desktop Carousel Top View

 

 

 

 

 

These are only a few of the many organizational tips that you can use to “Scrap Out the Mess” in your scrap space. If you have any questions on how to utilize a small space or even a larger space please leave a comment at the end of this post. If you have additional ideas on how to make your scrap space more efficient please leave a comment too! Throughout the next two months I hope to add more and more organizational tips to my blog as I transition into my new and improved space. 

What are you waiting for? Get to work and start scrapping the mess!

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

…these are a few of my favorite things.

December 26, 2008

1. Cutter Bee Detail Scissors

2. Cutter Bee X-acto knife (with refill blades)

3. K & Company 8.5″x11″ Scrapbook

4. $25 Target Gift Card

5. Colorbok Chipboard letters, rub-ons, stickers, and vellum phrases

6. $50 Jo-Anne Fabrics Gift Card

7. 4-Drawer Storage Cube

8. Multi-function Organizer

9. Ribbon and Accessories Organizer

10. Fiskars Deluxe Portable Trimmer

11. K & Company Contemporary Paper Stack (150 sheets)

12. Perfect Pages Scrapbook Page Kit “Family” Theme

13. Fiskars Corner Round Punch

14. Me & My Big Ideas Designer Sheets Value Pack

15. Making Memories Desktop Carousel

16. K & Company 12″x12″ Scrapbook

These are only a few of my favorite things from this Christmas. I guess you could say that Christmas was very rewarding for me this year. I was blessed with not just a few scrapbooking gifts, but many! As my husband says, I am now the “Scrapbooking Queen”. I am pretty sure I have enough supplies to last me a few months (hopefully) and enough storage to finally get my things organized in our tiny little place. It is now official: Lenny’s previous desk  and office space will now be turned into a full-fledged scrapbook design studio for me and my obsession with scrapbooking has now turned into an addiction that has taken over every aspect of my life (and every crevice of our already small house).

So now that I have a brand new collection of scrapbooking goodies (and a brand new list of favorite things) I figured this would be the best time to type my first post in my brand new blog. What better way to start of this upcoming new year than with a blog about something I’m completely in love with.

So here it goes…

This blog is meant to be a great source for the best scrapbooking tips, topics, techniques, and ideas all focused on how to keep your scrapbooking projects “chich, yet cheap”. I will be compiling a constant stream of information on all of the latest trends and then provide you with the steps on how to complete these fads on your layouts without burning a hole in your pocket.

Of course, I will also blog about scrapbooking in general and the ways in which it consumes my everyday life. But most importantly, my goal is to figure out the best ways to keep scrapbooking affordable for the everyday scrapper. I know how hard it can be when you want the best materials from the best designers, the latest papers, or the newest tools and you just can’t afford them, but I also know how rewarding it feels when you are able to create something amazing out of the supplies you already own. I hope this blog gives you some hope that scrapbooking can still be fun and amazing no matter how big or how small your budget is.

Trust me, if I can do it, so can you!