Monday, 15 September 2014

HAPPY MONDAY Craft Space - Sanna

Hello there!
Sanna here today to share some views of my scrap area. Before we moved to this house, I used to have my stash and tools in cardboard boxes piled in various corners of our living room. It was very frustrating because I often did not find what I was looking for. I knew I had that particular embellishment/piece of paper, but just could not find it, and then eventually just left it out of my layout/card.

When we started building our house, one of the things I gave lots and lots of thought, was to create an area I could leave my crafting tools out in the open. I have a space upstairs under a sloped roof, so I didn´t have the wall height for big cabinets. So I chose lots of small units (mainly IKEA, because they are cheap and practical).

I store the things I use all the time on little shelves on the wall and on the table. That way I can just grab them when I need them. Then I have two "Alex" drawers under the table and I used to store my inks in there too. That did not work, since I have quite a few inks, and when you pile them over each other into a drawer, you never find the colour you need there and the! I now store wooden stamps, minibook covers, dies and embellishments in these drawers.

So I bought a bathroom shelf (IKEA again) and have my inks there now. I can just grab the colour I need and use it and place it into the shelf again. Easy!

I have random and very various little boxes on my table where I store tags, chipboard, paint brushes and all kinds of little tools and goodies.

I store my flowers in 3 IKEA glas jars and that is more than plenty for my purposes.

 I used to store brads in glas jars too, but that was not at all practical. I now have them in these little plastic boxes, sorted by colour. Much easier to take them out this way than from a jar...
 For some reason I have managed to collect a reasonably big amount of wood veneer embellishments. After sorting them into these little boxes it has been much easier to find what I need and to use them.
I store my papers in organizers (Cropper Hopper) and have them sorted by manufacturer. The cardstock is stored by colour but I find it easier for me to sort the patterned papers by manufacturer. In the beginning I also used to have my media stored on the wall (IKEA - metal kitchen wall baskets), but they were soon full so I had to find a new place for all the media.

I have now bought a RÃ¥skog serving wagon (IKEA kitchen dept.) and find it really practical. I have the heavy media stored on the bottom of the wagon, next are paints and glitter glue´s and on top are all the mists. I like the fact that I can pull the wagon next to my working area when I need it and then push it back on it´s place when I´m finished.

I also have a little video of my scrap room. Have fun watching :)!


Friday, 12 September 2014

Annette's Mini Album

Hello all 
Annette here sharing my mini album I made for a gift 
I have had this box with concertina pages in my stash
for absolute ages ... 
one of those 'one day' projects
 the papers had been around for a while also 
yes I admit it ....  I'm a hoarder !!!
so keeping that in mind I hunted out other older stuff
to create this mini ... 
7 gypsies book binding tape, scraps of net & ribbons tied on the rings
rub-ons (Daisy D), door knob & butterfly (Megs Garden)
red ribbon tied with a flat bow to highlight.
Inside cover & page one 
roses washi tape, punched butterfly (Martha Stewart) 
pages two and three
papers (7 gypsies, creative imaginations) embellishment (creative imaginations)
music washi tape
pages four and five
narrow black tags for writing notes? set in a pocket 
paper doiley, ribbon & epoxy flower
  pages six and seven
punched butterflies ( Martha Stewart), stamped diamonds, rub-on (unknown) 
LOVE epoxy (creative imaginations) doiley (Martha Stewart)
pages eight and nine 
more mini tags, washi tapes, paper doiley
back cover

its good to go through our stash once in a while and use our hoarded product
I found 'stuff' I had forgotten.. 
Hope I have inspired you to create a mini .. they make terrific gifts 
Thanks for visiting today 
cheers for now 

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Supplies On Hand: a Class With a Giveaway!

Hello there! It's Sian here today with news of a new stash busting class I'm going to be involved with.

Stashbusting? Let's think about that..
Mmm...yep. I could do with using up some of that paper, all of those brads, most of that pile of alphas. You too? Then read on...

 May Flaum's Supplies On Hand online class will be running from 1st to 10th October, with a new theme every day (paper! alphas! stamps! trims! buttons! you name it! and a line up of contributors which looks like this:

Ashli Oliver (all subjects); Lisa Dickinson (alphabets); Paige Evans (buttons, scraps); Ronda Palazzari (stencils);Patricia Roebuck (alphas, stickers, patterned paper); Shimelle Laine (scraps); Sasha Farina (buttons);
Anna-Karin Evaldsson (stamps, dies); Michelle Wooderson (journaling, trims); Mel Blackburn (trims, journaling);
Emma Williams (punches/dies); Sian Fair (paper); and May Flaum (all subjects)

I'm delighted to have been asked to be a part of May's stash busting drive - I'll have a patterned paper project to share -

and there'll also be
videos or how to PDF for over 35 new projects, a message board, chat events and a gallery for sharing projects.
You can find out more over at May's Craft With May. But, wait! Scrap365 has one class pass to give away today. If you have already signed up, you'll be reimbursed. If you haven't, make a start by leaving a comment here - tell me which kind of scrapbooking supply is stacked up highest on your desk - and you'll be entered into a draw to win free entry to class.

The draw closes at midnight GMT Monday 15th September 2014 and the winner will be announced on Tuesday 16th. Best of luck! and maybe I'll see you in class?

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Pockets with Pizzazz

Good morning everybody........I'm sooooo behind still, I'm still taking photos and writing notes,  just to remember what we've been up to,  just incase the photographs don't jog the old memory....

Not to worry though, I WILL CATCH UP !!!

I've been very envious of all the new Heidi Swapp Project Life kits available in other countries, unfortunately the UK is behind in receiving anything. Although I do believe one company has now managed to get a limited amount in, obviously most of it sold out straight away !!!
Not to be outdone, as I've been admiring the gold foil embellishments - although I never thought I would - I got some gold foil cardstock (it was actually small Xmas cards  and cost 50p for 8 small sheets, bargain or what?) I used some of my dies to cut these embellishments out........

Ta da.......... my own gold shiny embellishments!!!!!! I'm so pleased with myself, they're gorgeous and a fraction of the cost.

Week 28: 

Not as busy week as normal, the kitten growing up and the puppy - who incidentally is dressed in a babygrow ???? A birthday to celebrate, with an English Breakfast, more dogs having fun, and the St Pauls carnival in Bristol.

Its a pity the gold doesn't show up all shiny and bright in the photographs, but I assure you it is IRL as you can see at the top of the post !

I'll be seeing you all in 4 weeks time, hopefully I will have caught up a whole lot by then...I've been busy taking millions of photos for other peoples events and editing them all, but I have planned a whole day this weekend to catch up - hopefully I won't spend the whole day talking instead...I'm looking forward to seeing the other designers work though - I love all the inspiration

Elaine x

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

CSI Special Deputies

Hello lovely scrappers!

It's that wonderful time of the month to share the worthy winners of the special CSI/Scrap365 Case File:

This month's line up are exceptional; how do those CSI gals choose?!!

So, without further ado let me show you whose evidence tickled their fancy!

A big thank you to everyone who solved our special Scrap365 Case File in August. It was hard to choose our favorites, but after a thorough investigation we have our lineup. These talented artists will be our Special Deputies in October.

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Congratulations to each and every one of you!! Thank you so much for playing along with the Case File and have lots of fun as CSI Special Deputies next month :) 

If you would like to play along with CSI then pop along and check them out here.

You may be wondering what will happen to our CSI challenge now that the magazine is not being published....all will be revealed in good time ;) 

Thanks for popping in today,

Ali (Ed) x

Monday, 8 September 2014

HAPPY MONDAY craft space - Jaine Drake

On-line I'm known as Basement Gal and you'll find me in my workroom/studio in the basement. Here in Luxembourg all houses are built with basements or caves (pronounced caarves ) and at times I've definitely felt a bit like a hobbit, but that said not all basements are totally underground and that's true of mine. I do have access to outside and a window so it's not too dungeon like.

I used to take up a lot less space and this first part, which is underground, used to be all wine and drinks storage, but since my stash has grown this part has been taken over to my husbands dismay. The upside of that is I get to use the fridge for snacks and a bottle of Amaretto.The downside is we have less reason to buy and store wine.

When I first moved down here I hated the thought of bare white walls thinking it would be boring and sterile so in need of an injection of colour, I painted everywhere yellow to bring the sun in, then later it became green to bring the garden in but more recently I've gone back to the white, preferring the clean bright look. Its funny how my tastes have totally changed.

I'm a bit of a magnate for second hand furniture and most of the furniture has been re-purposed from somewhere else, like this glass fronted cupboard which once hung on the wall of a friends kitchen. I hate to see things thrown out and my need was great so I took it off her hands. I had to turn it upside down though as the handles were at the bottom.

My best piece of furniture reclamation is this art studio table which I acquired from a pottery studio which was closing down. It's huge and I can alter the height of it to suit what I'm doing which is perfect as I prefer to stand and never sit down to work. It scrubs up pretty well and has taken any amount of abuse in the past.

My desk is snuggled under the stairs.

Even though I have that enormous table I still work squashed up under the window which looks out onto my herb patch. The washing machine and dryer provide a great base for a piece of kitchen worktop and my view into the garden is my inspiration for lots of projects. Having to share my workspace with the laundry is all part of the compromise I have to make for having my own space.

I hope you liked the peek into my workroom.

Jaine xx

Friday, 5 September 2014

Layers Made Easy

Hi its Kim here with you today!

Today I want to share a layout I created of my two girls when they were younger. I love how the sunshine highlights their hair on this gorgeous Spring day, and I wanted to create a page with a definite Spring feel to it. To help with that I've used bright pastel shades along with softer toned patterned papers - these colours simply shout Spring to me!

To create my background I've used texture paste with a favourite polka dot stencil, allowed to dry and given it a light spritz of mist in a lovely shade of aqua. I've then gone ahead and added layers of pretty papers, including a scrap of lovely gold chevron printed vellum. I'm never fussy with these and will often tear my papers, cut them up with crooked lines on purpose and mix and match them to create interesting colours, layers and textures. I also enjoy adding scraps of washi to these layers.

After adding my photograph, I've gone ahead and adhered some fun embellishments such as sequins, a multi-layered banner, wood icon, my title and a cute as ever flair button. You really don't need to measure anything, line anything up or make sure you have straight lines! The important thing is to enjoy the process.

Thanks for calling in today, Kim Price