This blog as been primarily created as a place for me to record and organize my scrapbooking thoughts and ideas. Hopefully, it will inspire other scrappers in their endevours! Have fun!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I've Been Busy...

...as a little bee! I have 3 of the prizes for the January contest made!!! I have two mini altered comp books and a mini album! I am super pumped with the mini album because I got to use my BRAND new Cinch. I am loving it, so far I have used it on two projects and it is fairly easy to use. The only thing I'm having a slight issue with is the oil. I've heard that some of the first ones that were released were having issues with excess oil but I'm not sure if what I'm experiencing is excessive or normal. All I can say is I'm not happy about the extra oil getting on some of my projects. Despite wiping it off right away there is sometimes still a residue left on the paper. I'll head over to Google and see if there are any quick tips for getting rid of that oil. Anyways...My January Journal is also coming along beautifully. Right now I am working on the layout of the pages. I cut 3 pieces of paper that fit together on each page. It's taking a bit of time, and TONS of adhesive might I add, but hopefully I will get it done or mostly done in the next day or so because pretty soon it will be time to start writing! I really don't want to get behind...like I've said before I really want this project to be successful so I have the motivation to keep going. If January goes well I think the plan is to maybe keep it going on through out the year; an album every month about what life brings my way that month. Now the hard part is going to be keeping my album interesting. Doreen brought that up the other day on her blog. I told her the two of us will just have to think of some interesting things to do together! So anyways, what started as a little update on my productivity and the prizes I made and it turned into a tangent on this and that. Well, I guess the only logic thing to do is to go to bed!
Happy Scrappin'! SB

Saturday, December 25, 2010

January Projects!

Well it's not even the new year yet and I am already starting to plan out new projects! One of the things that I will be working on right away on January 1st is a mini album all about the things that go on in my life in the month of January. Now I've done swaps on Swap-bot where you journal everyday for a whole month but I have never done a mini every day for a month. I got this idea from Doreen who made a similar album for December. Click HERE to check it out. Anyways, I thought it was so cool I decided I wanted to do one for December and that we could do it together so that's the plan. Because I'm up in Williston visiting Josh over my Christmas break, I decided to get started on the design and even helped myself out by purchasing an already pre-assembled album. It's tough crafting up here because I'm not in my usual space and there's only so much of my stuff I could bring with me! One other thing that I decided to do with this album, which I've never done before, is limit myself to the supplies I'm using. WHAT?! AM I OUT OF MY MIND?! Here's my thinking: I am only going to use products that are blue(any shade), white or silver in color and I HAVE to use majority of the stuff I already have. No buying new stuff until the old stuff is gone. Sure I can say that now because I bought some stuff for this album on Thursday...hahaha. Okay but to give me some credit the only things I bought was some paper and the actual album. I'm really looking forward to this album and can't wait to see what Doreen and I come up with at the end of the month.

Okay another thing I should probably give a little update about is this contest I talked about earlier this month. The details are still in the works but pretty much all of what I said in my last post will be the rules but I will elaborate in a post later this week. As far as prizes, this is what I'm thinking. A set of greeting cards (various for all seasons), a set gift tags (again various holidays), an altered comp book, and...hmmm....maybe I'll make one BIG prize as a secret! The goal here for me is just to get more exposure for my blog (no I did not mean it that way!) and get a few more followers. So even if I just get 10 or even 20 more followers that would be worth it to me. So I will work out the details and then I will make this topic my first post for the new year.

As a side note, I know this post is super boring with no pictures. I actually took a bunch and realized that Josh's computer, the one I'm working on, doesn't have an SD card reader like mine does which is sitting next to me with a dead battery and the power cord is four hours away. What did I say about not being able to bring...or should I say remember everything? Well, I guess this is all I have to say in 2010. I hope your year brought you many blessings and I'll see (really? see?) you all in 2011! Until then, Happy Scrappin' and MERRY CHRISTMAS! SB


Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Presents!

Hey all! Well, it's close enough to Christmas so I took pictures of one of the Christmas gifts I am giving to some of the ladies in my family. I made this recipe box from scratch...yes from scratch! I got the idea from Marion on YouTube. Click HERE to check it out! She originally designed this box to hold photos but I thought I would turn it into...a recipe box. I found the cutest paper kits at Hobby Lobby. The paper line on used on this box is Mom's Diner designed by Gwen Gunter. I love the colors and the old fashioned look. I'm going to make myself one of these boxes after Christmas! I also used Gwen Gunter's UR Cookin' paper line for another design but sadly I am still working on those so pictures will be yet to come. Anyways, enjoy the pics of this box and try not to spoil the surprise...if you know who this is for!

Okay so these photos got uploaded backwards but I know you'll understand my laziness or should I say my 'I don't have enough time' attitude to fix it right now...lol! Anyways this is the back of the box.

This is the top and front of the box.

This is the inside of the lid and a view of one of the recipe cards that came with the kit. Cute huh?!

This is the front of the box...LOVE IT!

Alright, as soon as I get the other designed box done I will try my very hardest to get pictures up. Until then, Happy Scrappin' and Merry Christmas! SB

Thursday, December 16, 2010

After Christmas Surprise...!

So I've been thinking about doing this for a while now to try and lure, what I really mean is BRIBE, people to come on over to my blog but I think I am going to host a little give away on my blog in January. The plan is to make some super cute projects while I'm in Williston visiting my husband, I mean really what else am I supposed to do up there, and then hold some type of drawing. I'm thinking that my followers prior to this post will get their names put in five times. If you refer someone to my blog and they follow, the person who referred will get their name put in two more times and the person who was referred once. Now if someone referred you to my blog and you are now following you may be thinking that's not exactly fair that your name only goes in once. Well if you keep referring people your name will go in another two times for ever person you get to follow my blog. That's the most important part! You have to become an 'official' follower. This is just what I am thinking so I will try to have the details finalized by the 1st of January. So if this is all sounding a little confusing don't worry....more details to come! Well, I think that's all for now. I'm pretty sleepy and my pillow is calling my name! Until we meet again, Happy Scrappin' and Merry Christmas! SB

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Busy Busy Day!

Well, today I spent some time with my mother-in-law, Doreen, working on some scrapping projects. I was finishing up my Christmas cards and she was working on the coolest scrapbook album. I have to say I'm a little jealous...mostly because she is using the My Mind's Eye Christmas paper that I have boon drooling over! I'll put a link to her blog at the end of my post. Anyways, I got at least 6 more cards done so I'm thinking I will be able to have them ready to send out on Tuesday after I get the Christmas letter from Josh.

Hopefully early next week I will be able to show you the Christmas presents I have been making this week. I can't show you until they're done because there are some people who read my blog who are getting the gift I am making. What I can say is it is so cute that as soon as Christmas is over I am going to make myself one!

So I guess that's all I have for today. I'll try to take some pictures of the cards I made today...they turned out really cute! Until then, Happy Scrappin' and Merry Christmas

http://doreenscrapbookstoo.blogspot.com/ Doreen's Scrapbooking Blog!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Tag Swap

Hey Scrappers! Here are some Christmas tags that I made for a swap and I thought I would share them with you!

The tag on the left and the right I made by gluing tissue paper to manilla tags. I'm telling you it is the coolest technique I have discovered! I think it give the tags a softer look that just covering the tags with patterned paper. Anyways, then I did a little stamping and put some stickers and tinsel through the top hole.

Here is a look at all the other tags I made. The large pointsettia stickers are soo cute! I bought them at Hobby Lobby in their Make it Christmas section.

Hope you enjoy these tags...my partners sure did! Happy Scrappin' and Merry Christmas!

MORE Christmas cards!

Hey all! Here are some more of the Christmas cards that I made to send out this year.

This one I made using Paper Studio sheet music paper, holly stickers from Make it Christmas from Hobby Lobby, and I think that's what the other stickers are too. I've gotten into a bad habbit of ripping stuff out of the packages right away and then I don't remember what line they come from!

This card I used making the same same paper as above, red and silver cord, and a wreath sticker.

This card is one of my favorites that I've made so far. I found this really awesome holly trim at Wal-mart for only $2.50 a roll! It is way cute! The snowman sticker also came from Wal-mart and the chipboard sentiment I bought at Runnings in their dollar section! It came with two full sheets of chipboard pieces.

This just goes to show that crafting does not have to be expensive! Well that's all for now. Until we meet again, Happy Scrappin' and Merry Christmas! SB

Monday, December 6, 2010


I am so excited! I think I am finally ready to start blogging! In the month of November I was really busy with swaps on Swap-bot. Of course I was in such a hurry to get them in the mail I didn't take very many pictures of them but hopefully I can get a few posted. Well, today I tackled task of figuring out how I'm going to do out Christmas cards this year. We haven't sent any out in a few years but I have so much Christmas product (I kinda went a little overboard!) that I thought I could make my own.
This is the first one I made. I want to re-work it a little but it's not bad for a first draft! I'm thinking of punching holes in the top and looping ribbon through the holes so that the card can be hung. Oh, I printed the pictures out at Target. I found out that you can now make 2x2 in pictures by selecting the ID option on the main menu. I love that I can now use these smaller pictures in my minis but I don't have to select a sheet of the same picture. I can pick one of

many different pictures and they print off 6 2x2's on each 4x6 page. Well, enjoy the card! Until next time, Happy Scrappin' and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

p.s. I'm starting small so the goal is to get one blog post a week at a minimum and if I get in more fine. I have pictures of some Christmas tags I made for a swap a few weeks ago so I'm thinking that's what the next post will be!