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Imagine a weekend devoted exclusively to you and your favorite hobby... SCRAPBOOKING!


Sunday, July 31, 2011

Mr. Personality

I created this layout using some Kaisercraft paper we sold a few retreats ago. The actual layout design is from the Sketch books that we sold at the last retreat. I LOVE those books for inspiration. Go here to get your own or let is know you want them and we will try to get them at the next retreat.
This layout is about my nephew. He was 13 months old. He made the funniest faces and stills does. It may be hard to tell in these pictures, but he has an Elvis look in one of them. :)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Party at Grandma's House

Ok, this layout isn't quite finished but I wanted to share it anyway. I used paper from a My Mind's Eye paper pad called Twinkle Twinkle Little Boy. This paper made me think of floors in a house.

Take note of two new Stampin' Up products that I am excited about. One is the brown scallop polka dotted ribbon. I have it across both pages. Also there is a new punch that is awesome. You can see it best on the second page below, on the flip book I made, but it is on both pages.

I just need to add a title and a CD of the videos I took of the babies.

Leave a comment of title suggestions.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

CHA Day 2

We are SO wiped out. Sorry this post will be weak. Hopefully we will make up for it this weekend. :)

This is what was in a prize box that I received just for being the "timer" during a Minute to Craft It event. As I was pulling things out of this box, it seemed to be never ending. Can't wait to see who wins some of this at retreat...

This is a picture of the make and takes and some gifts I received today. Only thing missing is a little banner we made. We had to rush to the booth giving prizes away so we didn't get to finish the project. I will finish it then post a picture.

The headband uses the iTop tool.

The halloween bag uses the new sew ribbon tool by We R Memory Keepers. You may see that this retreat.

The door hanger uses Harry Potter paper and another project that I asked a couple of times but they didn't explain it at all. Great huh!

There is a little white box from Spellbinders.

A file folder from Tattered Angels and Prima. (love their new products)

The turquiose rectangle is made from sheets of duck tape. Neat.

We decorated a scissor holstor and received a pair of scissors to go inside.

I also made a ring using melt art and mold and pour. Neat technique.

The gray bag is from Silhouette and we die-cut flocking sheets and they ironed it on the bag.

We R Memory Keepers has new Sweetheart Inkers. This picture has an exclusive silver inker.

I will have to share the rest with you at retreat. :)

Monday, July 18, 2011

CHA - Day 1 for Croppin' Train

A Fun Day 1.

First, Dora took a class and used the new Cinch, Sew Easy, Brad Setter, and the Heart Attack. We made a 6x6 book with pocket pages and note pages. You might see something like this at a future retreat.

Then Melissa and Dora took a class on Asian Knot Tying. I don't have a picture yet, but will soon. It was a neat technique.

Then we went to the Navy Pier and rode the Ferris Wheel. That was cool. 15 stories high.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

About to leave for the airport to head to CHA in Chicago. So excited here!!!

T-Ball 2009

This layout is of T-Ball practice. I cut the title from the Baseball Cricut cartridge (which we have at retreat for you to use). The base paper has printed stitching around the edge and I purchased it at Hobby Lobby.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

K.I.S.S. Summer Fun Crop

Dora and her mom attended the K.I.S.S. Summer Fun Crop in Siloam Springs back in early June. It was a lot of fun and they got a lot completed. They also won some great prizes (look at all that paper/cardstock they got below) and got a few ideas for the next retreat we host. What was neat is that all proceeds from this crop went to Joplin families and volunteers.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Dora's Room - Day 7

My punches are propped up on curtain rods that we mounted on my wall. I love that they are out where I can see them and remember I have them. I like the design of the new punches except they do not work for this type of storage. I will have to come up with something else. The little buckets hanging on the ends hold the punches that are too small for the curtain rods, like the 1/2" circle punch. And one is holding the glimmer mist at the moment.

I saved my favorite for last. This is a zoomed in picture of my Ikea shelf. The bins with the the circles are from Lowes and the solid blue ones are from Ikea. Each bin is labeled with its contents. When I purged my room, I divided the undone kits from the completed kits that just need pictures to the paper collections. I also have a bin for Cricut, Slice, card making supplies, tools, and two for Glimmer Mist. Now when I go to crops, I can just go to whichever bin and pull projects. One of my bins has packs I put together that have the paper and pictures together. That is the easiest one to pull when I am ready for a day of scrapbooking.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Dora's Room - Day 6

This is the corner of my room that is opposite of the closet. I love my shelf from IKEA. It was well worth the money. I have four squares of stamp sets. I am slowly converting them to cling mount and hope to get that down to two squares. I store my scrapbooks on top of my shelf. In front of my shelf is where I store my solid 12x12 cardstock.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Dora's Room - Day 5

This is my closet. I hope it doesn't look too crazy. We took the doors off and added shelves to it when we moved in. I have lots of bins and drawers and everything has its own place. I also made sure the lowest shelf would still allow my rolling drawer carts to fit underneath.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Dora's Room - Day 4

This is my computer desk. I have my scanner and color printer on top. My laptop and natural light lamp on the desk top and the keyboard and mouse in the drawer. I love this desk most of the time. Sometimes the desk top is too small for what I need to do. But then I bring in a TV tray. :)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Dora's Room - Day 3

I have a nice ink rack that I purchased online years ago. (Actually I have two) It holds Stampin' Up ink and other ink pads very well. I am even storing a sponge wedge temporarily on one of them in this picture. :o) This one is on my scrapbook desk. The other is on top of the desk with retired colors and my Powder Puff inks on it.

This is a shelf I purchased at Sam's Club. It comes with the bins too. This one is a mix of office supplies and craft supplies. I love to have my bins labeled so I know where everything is.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Dora's Room - Day 2

I was so lucky one day to find a brand new kitchen cart at Helping Hands for only $75. I have been wanting one and they are normally $100+ and shipping. I store my Sizzix, Cinch and some Sizzix dies of the shelves. I don't have anything in the drawer yet. I have my baby laptop and the xyron inside the door of the cabinet. On top is my cricut and gypsy. This was the main purpose for this cabinet. I had to keep my cricut boxed up. So I rarely used it. Now it is ready to use anytime.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Dora's Room - Day 1

I will post a series of pictures of my room. I just finished purging the whole room. It feels good and I now remember what all I have and know where it is. (At least for a month or two) ha ha

First picture is a zoomed in look at my scrapbook desk my husband built me. I have pegboard as the "wall" so all my tools I use a lot and are easy to loose on a desk are up there. I also have my watercolor crayons handy in a votive holder. In another votive holder I have other handy tools: rulers, bone folder, stylus, pencils and pens, eraser, fan brush, etc.
Later in my series of pictures, I will show a zoomed out picture of the whole desk.