Monday, February 19, 2007
I started making some wood boxes but didn't get to finish. Will finish up another day and post those.
So, this was my first attempt using the Bind it All. I did put the spine in backwards. Dah. Had to take it apart and do it all over again. Yep, might help to read the directions Bullseye. I tried to salvage part of the used binding wire and was able to do so.
Here is me and my Bind it All. Evelyn took this picture. She is a photographer in training!
I know I said I would post links to my favorites at the Expo. Be patient as I will. Hectic day today with kids at home and 3 friends over and trying to work. AHHHH. But it was a fun day:) My kids have great friends :)
Saturday, February 17, 2007
We cruised through the first building and headed on over to the second building where we caught up with our great friends from A to Z Scrapbooking (http://www.atozscrapbooking.com/), Vivian, Steve and Mom and Dad.
We also had plenty of time to walk around and admire all the new products and get tons of great ideas for our own books. I have a stack of biz cards, postcards, you name it, to check out on line. I will post them all later. I also finally got to see in person the Cosmo Cricket line. Love it! I have seen this on a web site and wanted to see it in person.
When I left the Expo I headed to Michael's to get some supplies for some gift ideas. Then had some rare quiet time at home before Greg got back. Greg was hanging out with Grandma Shirley today. Tom and Evelyn are in Big Bear with the Adventure Princesses. I got to admire my new purchases and think of the oh so many possibilities. Can't wait till next Friday - going to Angels for a long over due scrap night.
The Expo goes through Sunday so there is still one more day to get there. Go early and enjoy the day browsing and chatting.
Movie time now, I promised Greg we would have a movie night tonight.
Check back Sunday or Monday for all the links I mentioned.
Friday, February 16, 2007
If you are going to be at the Expo in Costa Mesa this weekend, make sure to stop by the Bind it All booth to see Jessica and Nan at the booth. You can become a Zutter Zister too at http://www.zutterzisters.com/. Michele and I will be cruising around on Saturday to promote our April Crops2Remember fun and exciting scrap weekend. Look for are very stylish C2R shirts. We look hot! Croppin' in the OC? Yes, you need to be. Don't forget to save http://www.crops2remember.com/ in your favorites.
Looking for a place to buy the Bind it All or Dream Kuts without going to the Expo? Go to Angels Scrapbook Garden in Mission Viejo. Check them out on line at http://www.angelsscrapbookgarden.com/
I know, a lot of plugs here. Why not! This is my site to share my stuff with you.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Monday, February 12, 2007
And, if you can not make this weekend, we do plan on hosting more this year. Those dates will be published later.
Keep checking the blog, www.crops2remember.blogspot.com and the website, www.crops2remember.com for more information as it becomes available.
The Scrapbook Expo is this weekend, Feb 16, 17, 18, in Costa Mesa. If you have not been, oh, you should go. So many stores, vendors and just fun stuff. It is a great experience.
Be sure to check out the Angels and Zutter booths for demos with the Bind it All and Dream Kutz. Jessica and Nan, other members of our Fab Four, will be at these booths.
If you are there on Saturday, look for Michele and I in our new C2R shirts handing out flyers.
See you all soon :)
I know when I am cropping, doesn't matter if it is for the evening or over several days, my crop space is quite cluttered. Trying to keep everything I might need on my table, the current layout I am working on, my drink, snack and whatever else happens to land on the table just doesn't give me very much room to work. I am always looking for great storage ideas and time saving ideas.
Then I saw a photo of this........ well it wasn't quite like this, but you can get the idea.
What you see here are 2 expandable collapsible shelves. Yep, they sit right on top of each other. What a great way to free up space on your table. You can keep your tools, stamps, paint, ink, pictures, whatever, right in reach and not taking up too much space on your table. (no, this is not my scrap table, just my kitchen table where I was trying to re-create a scrap are without digging in to my scrap totes for supplies)
I got these shelves at WalMart. They are the medium size and are right around $6 each. There is a large size and a smaller size. I also found them at Target. They are in the area where the kitchen stuff is, like drawer organizers, dish racks, storage shelves.
This is my table when I was on a scrap cruise with Michele on October. I would have a lot more room with the shelves!! Oh, and the picture of me on my blog is also from the cruise, dinner on our first night.
Thursday, February 8, 2007
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Monday, February 5, 2007
Before I go to a crop, I like to have my pictures all organized. I match up paper, embellishments, ribbon and whatever else I can think of with the pictures. It does not hurt to throw in extras for just in case. The large zip loc bags work great to hold a layout or several. You can label them by month or event or whatever. This is easy to do in front of the TV at night.
Keep one of these bags on hand at the crop to put in the paper and extra embellishments you don't use. It makes it easier to put things away later. I never seem to get them put back when I am scrapping.
I also keep a journal of what I want to accomplish. This is nothing fancy. A few years ago my neighbor gave me a great journal as a gift. It is now my scrap journal. I keep it hand on my desk. When I think of an idea, or a layout, I jot it down. I write in the date of the future crop I am going to be at and list the pages I have ready to go. When I am done, check them off the list. I stick extra pictures on the pages in my journal too. It also comes in handy for keeping track of all those neat scrap sites out there.
Also with my journal, I can keep track of how many pages I got done and who I was scrapping with. I also like to write notes to myself or my goal for a crop.
I mostly print my own pictures. When I am behind I will use a photo site, like Snapfish or Shutterfly. I like them both. Buy a prepaid package and the pictures are cheaper. I have also heard raves about Costco and Walmart one hour photo. Easy to upload pix to and pick up later. I have used Yahoo too, which makes it easy to pick up pictures at Target when I need them right away.
Happy scrapping everyone. Scrappin' in the OC? You should be. Be sure to check out Crops2Remember.
This is the way I used to scrap. White paper with some color and as many pictures as I could fit on the page. I still take a lot of pictures and like to put a lot of pictures on the page, but have parred it down a bit.
These are some of my more recent layouts. I used the Cricut on some for the titles and extras.
I still like lots of color, but now use color in the background paper and page embellishments.
I have a book for each of my kids, it has their birthdays and special events. Evelyn's now starts with her baby showers. Greg's baby pictures are the next big project. I also have 2 Christmas albums; a school album for both Evelyn and Greg; several vacation albums; an album of our house showing the condition it was when we bought it and through the remodel; an album of our informal wedding pictures and honeymoon; and one or 2 albums for each year beginning with 1998. I also have my own album with photos from my teenage years, high school and some college ;an album for Tom; have done albums for my parents and Tom's parents and many many mini albums.
Future big projects are: Greg's album (he keeps asking to see his); Scotland vacation album; Europe vacation album; and about 6 very dusty childhood albums. Plus the every day stuff (I am current through summer of 2006).
So, I think I have plenty to keep me busy through retirement, whenever that will be :) But I love to scrap. It is my outlet. I can be having the worst day but when I sit down to scrap, I can forget my day and get lost in my pictures and ideas.
I don't have any layouts posted on other websites or entered in contests. That is a goal for another day. My kids and husband love to look through the albums. Whenever we have company over, I conveniently place a scrap book on the coffee table ready for viewing. One day when Tom was home all alone, he said that he went through all the scrapbooks I had done. :) That is my grand prize, just knowing that my family loves to look at my scrap books, well, their scrapbooks, over and over.
Friday, February 2, 2007
I took the Cricut with me on a scrapbooking weekend last month and used it all the time too. Making titles, shapes, cute flowers, you name it. I have had the Cricut for a little more than a month and have not encountered any problems. I sure hope they offer a computer connection soon.