3.31.2009

I can be messy too!

Now you know why I need to research paper storage.


*hangs head in shame*

Sometimes my closets can get messy. That's right, I can be messy.

This is where I store my 12 x 12 paper:




A look closer, these boxes are packed with paper:




My scraps. I never go in these bins, I couldn't even tell you what I have (besides paper) ;)



So there!! Contrary to popular belief, I am not perfect!

3.30.2009

Mission: Organized TWO days later

Well I made a mission for myself: Organize scrapbooking stickers. Mission impossible you ask? For me, I have nothing BUT time. I don't have children and I don't like doing things outside the home :D

Warning: If you plan to do this, give yourself at least 3-4 hours. It took me a couple of days, but I am very meticulous. Like 8 hour meticulous. I suppose it depends on how big your own supply is too.

Recommendations: I TOTALLY recommend buying a lot of baseball card plastic holders. I started out with the 8 x 11 page protectors but found everything slips and falls. Good thing Derek has a bazillion hockey/baseball card protectors that I could steal from. I probably used 95% card protectors (for all the small pieces) and 5% page protectors (for the larger).

Some of my work:

(baseball card protectors)



Larger pieces in page protectors:










In the end, I filled 4 large binders.





The end result:


I ended up with the following categories:

Animals/Pets, Christmas, Baby, Fashion, Hearts/Love, Flowers/Nature, Parties, Sports, Wedding

Let me tell you, I am thrilled with the work I did :D Now I can see everything. I am an "out of sight, out of mind" kind of girl and I can't wait to set aside some time to do a little scrapbooking!

Seriously though, I am NOT looking forward to the paper portion *Yuck*

3.27.2009

Organize, organize, organize!

Now this is what I was born for: Organization

After doing a whole lotta research (Derek would be so proud!), I have come up with a handy guide of what and how to ORGANIZE.


I love organizing stuff. I took a couple of snapshots of the one room in our house that is organized and labeled: my craft room.



I always buy the storage boxes at Michaels when they are on sale 3 for $5 (they are regular $4.99 each). At the moment, I have about 13 boxes. Incidently, they are on sale right now - go grab some!!







My Rubbermaid rollies:




1st Rubbermaid:
Yarn
Keepsakes
Bought Cards

2nd Rubbermaid:
Seasonal (stickers)
Occassions (stickers)
Alphabet ~ Words (stickers)
Misc (stickers)
Supplies (cutting mat, scissors, etc)
Paper (12 x 12 paper)

3rd Rubbermaid:
Paper pads
Stamps (and ink)
Cardstock Pieces (all in baggies)
Flowers (material, silk flowers)


Now obviously, my craft room isn't the worlds greatest room - it needs some work and MORE organization!!!


Organizing Stickers and Embellishments:


Binders: A large binder filled with plastic page protectors makes it easy to flip through all of your stickers at a glance. If you have a number of smaller stickers, the pages commonly used to store baseball cards will be quite useful.








When deciding how to organize scrapbook stickers, you have a number of options. For example:

Theme: Scrapbookers who frequently complete pages with travel, baby, or holiday themes may find this method of organization most logical.

Style: If you don’t scrapbook thematic pages, you can try organizing your stickers into general style categories such as vintage, grunge, contemporary, or ethnic-inspired.

Color: If most of your stickers are general-purpose embellishments, sorting by dominant color is a simple yet highly effective organizational strategy.

Purpose: Separating your stickers into categories such as alphabets, titles, borders, tags, and general embellishments is a simple way to organize smaller supply collections.

Product Manufacturer: If you love Basic Grey, Chatterbox, KI Memories, or other coordinating product lines, sorting your supplies by manufacturer will make it easy to quickly pull together a finished layout.

I, myself, am going to organize my stickers in themes. I have my binders and plastic page protectors, all I need are baseball card organizers for the smaller pieces. Can't wait to get started!!!!!


Some themes ideas are:


ABC's (letter stickers), Animals, Baby, Disney


Garden/Floral, Halloween, Autumn, Hearts


Parties, School, Summer, Sports


Vacation, Winter, Christmas, Words, Holidays, Weddings



Plastic Storage Drawers: Drawers help protect your stickers from damage while accommodating very large collections (like the Rubbermaid rollies).

Boxes: If you’re looking for a storage system that is both functional and attractive, pick up a number of decorative boxes and label each box with the appropriate category (again, go to Michaels).

Bulletin Board: If you like to be able to see all of your stickers, place them in plastic storage bags and tack them to a large bulletin board. Now this, I have to try!!

I also found this:


"Clip it Up" System







Next lesson in organizing: Paper (this is my Achilles heel - I am terrible at organizing my 12 x 12 paper as well as all my little scraps)...
P.S. Please excuse any typing/spelling errors - my computer at the moment does not have spellcheck.

3.26.2009

At the office

I took my camera to work today, the office had gotten a beautiful rose bouquet from a patient.


3.25.2009

In with the 80's Wednesday

Installment #2: Strawberry Shortcake and Friends

And I am talking about the berry original 1980 Strawberry Shortcake not the re-release in 2002.

I loved, LOVED Miss Shortcake growing up. I had everything, EVERYTHING. I had earrings, dolls, strawberry houses, books, clothes, blankets, pillows - you name it, I had it all.

The Strawberry Shortcake line of characters each had their own fruity or dessert-themed name with clothing to match, and they each had a dessert- or fruit-named pet. Like the Strawberry Shortcake doll, all the other characters' dolls had hair scented to match their dessert theme. The characters lived and played in a magical world known as Strawberryland. Hmmmmm, they used to smell so good!


Strawberry Shortcake & Custard ~~ Raspberry Tart & Rhubarb Monkey ~~ Plum Pudding




Orange Blossom & Marmalade ~~ Sour Grapes & Dregs ~~ Purple Pieman & Berry Bird




Lemon Meringue & Frappe Frog ~~ Lime Chiffon & Parfait Parrot ~~ Huckleberry Pie & Pupcake





Butter Cookie & Jelly Bear ~~ Blueberry Muffin & Cheesecake ~~ Cherry Cuddler & Gooseberry Goose






Angelcake & Suffle Skunk ~~ Apple Dumplin and Tea Time Turtle ~~ Apricot & Hopsalot


Angelcake and Suffle Skunk were my favorite characters, I remember her as being the soft-spoken angel.

My Grandma made me a quilt with Strawberry Shortcake herself riding on top of a strawberry. I still have it - unfortunelaty, in the mid 80's I thought Miss Shortcake would look better with some make up on. I put marker and nail polish all over her eyelids :S






Some of the gang (minus Custard and a few others):




And I also had a plastic Purple Pieman:





Anyone remember the cereal?? It was berry good and came out in 1983. It turned your milk PINK - the things they think of. I thought FOR SURE that I was going to win the Strawberry Shortcake bedroom package on the back of the box. I very disappointed when I never heard back from the contest.


I really do miss the 80s.

3.24.2009

Max in bad lighting = crappy pics

But nonetheless, I still had to post my favorite little guy :D

While we were eating supper tonight, Maxxy decided to "hang" with us. I was able to take 2 photos then he got distracted by something out the window and was off...



Then he sat in his favorite place in the house -- over the heating vent. He is so fat he can't even share any blowing heat with us.

3.22.2009

Kitty litter furniture

I didn't know such a thing existed. Not only is kitty litter furniture beautiful but also functional. Anything that can organize kitty poop is "A-OK" in my books.

Having a nice place with a big ol' smelly litter box is definitely a challenge, but these below samples sure could help.







Great for an office, I don't know if I'd want this right beside a living room sofa though.










I would love to make my own litter box - these above are quite costly (ranging from $200 - $350).

3.20.2009

White

I am still always amazed at what a little bit of paint can do. After almost 1 1/2 years of living in our home I finally made repainting our front door a priority.

Before: the (what we call *hospital*) green and my white patch, which actually I put on there wayyyyy before Christmas.

and After: nice and fresh (too bad my photos are crappy)

3.18.2009

In with the 80's Wednesday...

My new weekly In With the 80's "segment" on things that make me smile.



I loved (and still do) tv when I was a kid - it practically raised me. One of my favorite shows was My Little Pony 'n Friends from the mid-80's. I never actually had a My Little Pony but the show was so bright and magical *sigh - ponies*.

It got me thinking that I remember a super-duper show that came on after My Little Pony 'n Friends, I must have been around 9-ish.

It took we quite awhile to figure out just what that show was - something to do with Glow Worms. I was fortunate enough to have one Glow Friend:

Glo Butterfly carries a magic wand. She believes that she can do magic tricks, although she actually can't.

She was made out of plastic and you stuck her on your finger.

After going to Wikipedia.com I was able to come up with the following information about Glo Friends, the tv series!!!


Glo Friends was also a TV Show based on the Glo Friends´toy-line, originally aired in 1986 as a segment of My Little Pony 'n Friends, that only lasted one season (26 segments were made in total). The show was made by Marvel Productions and Sunbow Productions. It featured the Glo Friends as a community of small insects that live in a magical place located in the middle of the forest called Glo Land, where they build their homes and they stock the Moondrops in the Glo Pond, the substance that makes them able to glow in the dark and live.

The main villain in the TV series was Starnose, leader of the Moligans, a group of mole-like creatures that were fired of their homekingdom (called Moleslavia) by their King. Since that moment, the Moligans look for gold and fortune, living in underground tunnels. According to the Glo Friends released books (such as the Ladybird ones, see above), they are short-sighted, and because of that, they want to use the Glo Friends as slaves and lanterns to find the gold of their mines.





It was only on for one season!!?? I need to get my hands ON that :D

3.17.2009

A dreamer lives forever scrapping

Installment 3: I finished the front cover of our wedding album.

Our Wedding: June 10, 2006
A dreamer lives forever.











I have an idea how to scrap our invites -- that will be next. I hope I saved a completed invite somewhere - it has been almost 3 years :S

Puppy Food

This is what happens when we change Mr. Peepers food on him (no, we don't do this on purpose). We think he may have a food allergy to his old food so on the weekend we bought something different.

Here he is in transition between his old and new food. He spits out his old kibbles ALL over the place - looks like a bunny has been pooping around the house.

3.16.2009

Fresh

I know Spring is on it's way when you can purchase tulips at our local shops. Fresh flowers just put a smile on my face, too bad I didn't have them in the house everyday. I should really plant some in our front garden in the spring and maybe next year I will have tulips growing.