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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Casey's Baby Album

I made this album for my granddaughter, Casey.  It was fun to make, and easy.  I created this pages each from one 12x12" card stock page.  The flaps on the front of the pages were added separately.  Each page features a large pocket within the page and a pocket on the back of the page.  I added a bunch of mats that fit a 4x6" picture, so that my beautiful Daughter-in-Law can just pick her favorite pictures and put them in the album.
 I have a video slide show on YouTube and I show all of the pages in their entirety, including what's under the flaps on the pages.  Please come check it out!  I'm sorry that I had to blur out Casey's picture, but believe me, she is GORGEOUS!

I only put two pictures in this album, the rest is us to Sarah!

Stay Crafty, My Friends!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

August and September Arc Pages

Welcome to my page share for my Arc Planner!
 Hi everyone!  I am finally feeling like I am getting to a place where I can relax and enjoy my new craft room!  I have actually finished two projects, and am working on posts and videos on them.  I am hoping to get them up and running by the end of the week.  Until then, I thought I would share my pages with you.
 Some weeks have been soooooo hard!  We  have been working on fixing the old house to sell, trying to settle into the new one…it has been a ton of work.
 This page, the beach page, has been my favorite page so far.  I always felt more calm when working on this page.
 I used my mini page for Wednesday this week.  It worked very nicely!  I colored the tab with a highlighter to make it stand out a little.
 This fold out page was done at work.  I had a little extra time on my hands.  So, I did it, brought it home, and punched it to add it to my book.
 Here's whats behind that page.
 I hated this page.  The stickers were cute, but I had to use a Sharpie on them.  You can tell I figured that out after the fact.  I was not happy, but I was also stressed out, so it went well with the theme.
 I love this page.  The 50's I think are my favorite decade.  I sometimes think I would have liked to be a young adult during that time.
 Love it!
 The week coming up.  I am feeling uninspired, but I think as I work on it, I will get into it.

Thanks for looking.  Stay Crafty, My Friends!!!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Happy Birthday, Max!

My Awesome and Wonderful Nephew recently turned 16, and this is the card I made him.
 I was trying for a manly type of card.  I decided to go with this Polaroid theme for it when I saw this awesome cut file on my Silhouette shopping site.
 I changed the actual "picture" that came out of the camera.  I found another cut file that said "Happy Birthday" on it, so I resized it and used it.  I cut a little piece off of it, and adhered it into the slot so that it wouldn't fall out.  Behind the camera is a slot that I hid his birthday money in.
I hope he likes it.  He loves my cards (he saves them all) so it's very stressful for me trying to come up with another cool card for him.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Stay Crafty, My Friends!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A few things in my new craft room I wanted to share

Remember this awesome typewriter that I made using Paper Phenomenons tutorial?  I was using it as a decorative piece in my old house.  I was making the signs for the months and using this to display them.  Well, I'm in my new room now, and I have decided to use it a little differently now. 
 The typewriter sits on my desk now (fitting, don't you think?), and I am using it as a memo paper holder.  I put the papers in it on the top, and I have pens propped up on the side.  It works great, and really is handy to have!  Plus, it looks like it should…a typewriter with paper in it.  I should make some memo papers with some typewriter font on it, that would be cool!
 This is my ribbon storage.  In my old room I could put these rings on the wall behind my door using the Command Hooks.  The texture in my new room is such that they won't stick no matter what I do.  So, I came up with another solution.
 I hung the hooks under my cabinet, then used curtain rods to put the hooks on.  It works great.  I can see all my ribbons, and they are easy to get to and remove from the rod if I need them.

 I did the same thing when hanging my "Create" banner.  I attached the hooks under my shelves.
I kept my Mississippi Mud jug from the old house.  My hubby drank from it while he was building my old craft room.  It sits on my desk still, but now since I have more room, I have a variety of pictures displayed with it.  I think it looks very pretty.

Thats what I wanted to show you today.  I am working on an album for my granddaughter and will get it on this blog soon.  I am also going to do a quick tutorial on how I did the pages for it.  I am slowly getting back into the crafting groove.  (I am getting my free time back!)

Stay crafty, my friends!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

July Arc Pages (Yes, I'm late) and a NEW DESIGN for my Arc Planner!

Finally, back to regular blogging!  Hi, everyone!  I missed you very much!!

We are in the new house.  The craft room is done.  We are finished with the old house, and it is going on the market next week.  (YAY!)  I have been doing a little crafting, and designing for my planner.  I thought I would share that with you today.

First, here are some pages from July.  Yes, it's been a long, long time since I have done any posting.  Bear with me.

This is the week that we ended up putting an offer on the new house.  This what when all of the stuff hit the fan as far as my crafting time goes!  I loved these stickers, and thought it would be a cute theme for this week.  I had made this note from my Print Shop program.  I just printed it out, cut it out, punched it and used it.  It had an important task on it!
 More stickers, this time a sewing theme.  Can you tell that I was already starting to dread the whole "packing up my room" thing?
 Too much to do, to many things, to much stress, not enough creativity to handle it.  This is a sad page.
I started packing of the craft room, so I had minimal supplies out for my planner.  I had colored pens, though.
Last week of July.  Still sad.  Lots of packing and stress and packing and more stress.

August pages will be coming, they are a bit better.  But, in the meantime, lookie what I made…

I broke my toe.  I fell off of the last step on my new deck, and hurt myself good! It was so dark on that side of the deck, and I didn't see the step.  (Now I can, because Hubby put in lights the next day for me!!)  For a couple of days I sat on the couch, feet up, in my new house, and couldn't do a whole lot of anything.  So, I got the laptop and started playing with my page designs.  This is what I came up with.

 They are basically the same design as my old sheets which I love and work perfectly for me…but tweaked.  There were lots of influences from others' pages, namely the grid.  I love the grid look.   I am going to use them for the last part of August and September, and see if I like them.  I made the top boxes for the date and week number.  I'm not sure what will go in the other box yet.  I also added a grid  for my daily stuff so I don't have to draw it every time.  I am adding the letters and the week days myself, but that is because I might want to use different colors of pens for that.
 I added a grid to my boxes.  I thought it would be fun to do.  The days are in dot-boxes, and I'll add the numbers of the days as I go.  The page for the left of the week spread also has the grid.  That took forever to do, as I had to figure out how to create one in Pages and it was NOT easy to do.  Sometimes I am a dunce when it comes to computer stuff.  :)
Then I made these smaller pages.   Sometimes my days off (Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday) are FULL of stuff and notes and etc.  I wanted to make a page just for that.  I can add it into my weekly spread, but it is smaller, so I can see the left page easy, it is not covered up.  I trimmed the pages, and when I need a specific day I just cut off the tabs I don't need…viola!  Pages with tabs for those days!  I also cut some pages without the tabs, just because.  I am going to try them, see what I like, tweak them if needed.

OK, that's that for now.  I am glad to be back and I will see you soon.  I have more planner pages to show for August.  I have some new things about my craft room that I want to show you, and I am also finally finishing my last baby album for my granddaughter!!!  I wasn't able to make it before I had to pack, so now I am getting it done, and it is gorgeous!  I made one for the twins before the move, and I will post that soon.

Stay crafty, my friends!!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Welcome to my new craft room!

Hey everyone…I'm Baaaaaacccckkkkk!  Woo hoo!  The move is finally done, and I finally have a craft room again!!!
This is a picture of my hubby getting ready to install my cupboards.  Look at this room!  It's pitiful to see a naked craft room! I did a video of the finished project.  Save for a little finishing touches, my room is done!

Come to YouTube and check it out!  Please, also, let me know what you think.  I am soooooo happy to be back in the crafty world again, it has been way way way too long.

I'm getting crafty again, my friends!
Michelle

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Statement Rings

I was on Pinterest and I came across this post about making Statement Rings out of buttons...I couldn't resist making a couple for myself.
I have a jar of funky buttons, and these were just too cool to pass up for this project.  I got the ring blanks from JoAnn's and with the button and a little E6000 I now have two new rings to wear.  I think they turned out really awesome!  I totally am going to make more.  These are too fun!!!

Stay crafty, my friends!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

It's really happening!

Hi, All!  I hope you are all having the most excellent summer!  We are super busy getting ready to move!!  I am so excited, because I am going to get a craft room that's twice as big as the one I have now…I can't wait to create some awesome things when I get it all set up.

I thought I would show you my sad, sad current craft room.  UGH!  I haven't' been able to craft anything in weeks.  I am needing a crafting fix, right NOW!!

 All I kept out was this tote full of stuff for my planner and my computer.  Can you see the movie on it?  I was watching "Double Indemnity" while packing the last of my stamps.  If you haven't seen it, you MUST!  It is an absolute classic that everyone should see, I highly recommend it.
 My poor, sad, empty drawers.  No more stamps available.  BOO HOO!
 My work table has been packed, and is now a packing table.
 My closet is full of  boxes…but that's not all of them.  There are a lot of boxes in the garage too!
No more yarn, no more fabric.  The paper is all shrink wrapped.  It's soooooo depressing…

But…I can't wait to get my new room up and running!  I'll give you the tour as soon as I can.

Stay crafty, my friends…and craft some for me!!!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

DIY Rolodex

I made this just because I really wanted one.
 I used some wooden dowels that I had and constructed a chipboard box that would accommodate their size.  I covered it with papers and then used a Rolodex card as a guide to glue the dowels in.  I added a drawer pull by Tim Holtz and TAA DAA!!
The corners are made of card stock, cut in a circle then wrapped around the corners.

Stay Crafty, My Friends!!!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

"Report Card of Life" Mini Album

 This is another book I made from a kit purchased from "The Button Farm".  I bought it in March of 2011…and just now got around to putting it together.  It was so much fun to do!!!
 I took a few liberties with their patterns, but for the most part, this is what they designed.  I created a pocket with the page on the right, so that I could put a journaling tag behind it.

I created this last page on the left.

This was a fun album to do.  It was simple, as the pages were chipboard covered with patterned paper, so there wasn't any page construction to do.  I had a ton of leftovers as well.  That is one of the things I love about "The Button Farm".  You have plenty of supplies to make their books, and then some leftover!  I used the leftovers to add more embellishments!

Stay crafty, my friends!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Button Farm, June 2011, "No. 2" Album is done! (And an Update)

Good morning everyone!

I wanted to start out with the update first, then to the blog post.  My hubby and I are currently buying a new home!  We have a ton of work to do with all of the new home stuff, the old home stuff, moving, etc.  So…because I need to take a break from crafting and blogging, I will be posting some older projects that I have in my drafts, as new projects are not going to be done right now.  (Although I can't wait to post new projects for my new home!!!)  There may be a little longer gaps in the posting, but rest assured, I will be back as soon as I possibly can…as soon as I get settled into my

NEW CRAFT ROOM!!!!

I hope I can get through the creative withdrawals without too much problem.  :(

OK, wish us luck, and now…on to the post for today!

I made this beautiful book from a kit I bought from The Button Farm.  I have been trying to put together some of my kits and get some stuff done!  I am a terrific craft supply hoarder, and need to get some things made!!!
 I made the pages almost exactly as the directions said, with a couple of my little changes.
This album used an existing album that is covered in different papers by Prima…Gorgeous!

Stay crafty, my friends!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Wreath Crazy!

 I had two SEI paper crafting kits sitting in my "To Do" box and decided that it was time to make them.  I needed some new wreaths for our door, and these are perfect, I will use the one above starting tomorrow, as it feels "springy" to me.
This one is bold and colorful, and it feels like summer to me.  It was supposed to have a chalkboard banner across it that said "Welcome", but the hot glue gun and the banner did not get along.  So, I decided to bling it up with some Recollections gems.  I like how it turned out!

Stay crafty, my friends!