Friday, November 28, 2014

Week #46 Pocket Scrapbooking Layout!

I pray you guys had a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving with your family & friends. We had an ABSOLUTE BLAST! 

Here is my Week #46 pocket scrapbooking layout:
Week #46 Pocket Scrapbooking Layout
Mixed Media Week #46 Title Card
Monday ~ Prayer Asking God to Guide My Week
Tuesday ~ My Filofax Layout
Wednesday ~ Preparations for Documenting My December
Thursday ~ Cover for My Journal Notes for Week #46
Friday ~ My Starbucks Gift Card
Saturday ~ Pocket with Pics from Nia's Acting Workshop
Hidden Journal Notes for Week #46
Sunday ~ My Unique Laser Design's Mixed Media Tag

Thanks for stopping by & have a GREAT weekend!

Much love,

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Documenting My December 2014 ~ "My Storage & Organization"

All of my December documenting preparations are now complete. I can't believe the month of December begins on Monday. Where has the time gone? Today, I am finally sharing my December documenting storage & organization. YAY!!! ;D

I opted to use a mix of new, vintage, thrift, & unconventional storage options to sort & store all of my scrapbooking goodies. To house EVERYTHING, I decided to use this oversized (24" x 18" x 3") vintage wooden tray, that I picked up from Goodwill last year for only $8. My supplies are both 1) easily accessible AND 2) portable. Oh yeah! 

Vintage Wooden Tray
With All Of My
December Documenting Supplies

Here's how I put it all together:
Oversized Vintage Wooden Tray as My Foundation
Alphas & Sticker Sheets 
In The Bottom Of The Tray

Acrylic Poppin Tray With All Of
My Mixed Media Ephemera

Cement Planter Houses All Of My
Patterned Scrapbooking Paper

Alphas,Ephemera & Scrapbooking Paper In My Tray

Heidi Swapp Color Shine Spray
In A Small Colander 

A Mix Of Die Cuts & Small Ephemera
In A Large Latte Bowl
Sequin Mixes, Clips & Seam Binding In
A Painted Christmas Tree Mold Tin

A Variety of Buttons In A Divided
Milk Glass Bowl

Faber-Castell Gelatos In A
Small Latte Bowl

Roller Date Stamps In A MiniLoaf Pan

Variety Of Sequins In A Medium Loaf Pan

Washi Tape In A Medium Muffin Tin

Small Unique Laser Design's MDF Wood, 
Cork,& Chipboard Embellishments 
Are Stored In This 
Vintage Jello Mold 

All Of The Embellishments Added To The Tray

Bling, Enamel Dots, Large ULD Embellishments,
& Christmas Stamps Simply Stored
Next To The Scrapbooking Paper
Documenting My December 2014
Storage & Organization 
(Bird's Eye View)
In my next "Documenting My December 2014", I will be sharing my December journaling process. You don't want to miss it!

Shop Update: New Goodies In!

I have updated my shop with some of the storage & organization items included in this post. Please be sure to check it all out at "The Grunge & Glam Boutique" TODAY!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!

Much love,

Monday, November 24, 2014

Week #48 Filofax/Planner Layout Using Paperbag Studio's "Natural Elements" Stamp Set by Rae Missigman!

Hey Guys! I decided to test drive the new "Natural Elements" stamp set designed by the fabulous Rae Missigman in my Documented Life Project inspired Filofax layout for this week. This super versatile stamp set is a wonderful balance of feathers, flowers, and other mixed media shapes.
Paperbag Studio's "Natural Elements"
Stamp Set by Rae Missigman

Beautiful Postcards 

Designed by Roben-Marie Smith

Here is my Week #48 Filofax layout:
Week #48 Filofax Layout (Left)
Rae's Flower & Triangles Stamps
Week #48 Filofax Layout (Right)
Rae's Arrow & Scallops Stamps
Week #48 Filofax Layout (Tip In Front)
Rae's Feather Stamp
Interactive Journal Pocket with 
Washi Tape Hinge (Front)
Interactive Journal Pocket (Back)
Rae's Feather Stamp
Week #48 Filofax Layout (Tip In Back)
Rae's Feather & Scallops Stamps
My Coach Keychain for Added Glam
Week #48 Filofax Layout (Complete)
This "Natural Elements" stamp set is definitely a CLASSIC and would be a wonderful addition to any art lover's stamp collection. You can check out Rae's super awesome "Natural Elements" stamp set at Paperbag Studios.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 


Friday, November 21, 2014

Documenting My December 2014 ~ My New Studio Workspace!

Today, I was planning to share my organization & storage setup for all of my December documenting supplies. Guess what??? TOTAL change of plans!

Okay, so here's what happened:  This past week, I spent some time evaluating my workflow as I documented my December 2013. Now remember, I worked on both my 'main' scrapbooking album & my December Memories 'mini' album SIMULTANEOUSLY last year. Needless to say, it wasn't pretty ;D! Well, you see, things got a little out of hand and before I knew it, I had completely taken over the kitchen table with all of my stuff. It was CRAZY! Although the size of my dining room table is perfect for scrapbooking (seats 6), every time my family and I got ready to sit down and have a meal together, I had to clear everything off the table. Who has time for THAT??? SERIOUSLY!!!

So, after reflecting on last year's workflow debacle and an effort to increase my December documenting productivity this year, I decided to make some changes in my studio workspace. There are two key "non-negotiables" that I took into consideration for my studio update:
  1. A massive work surface is a "MUST"! "Documenting My December 2014" is a month long project. I need the freedom to my layouts and supplies out in plain view so I can quickly & easily pick up where I left off.
  2. ORDER is imperative!!! Clutter & chaos block my creative flow. Therefore, I must maintain a workspace that is organized, yet 'clutter-free'.
With these "non-negotiables" in mind, there was no other alternative but to increase the work surface in my studio area. The solution…………I replaced my current workspace desk with my 6-person dining room table!!! OH YEAH! It's absolutely PERFECT! As an added bonus, Kevin pulled a 24'' inch tv monitor from another room and set it up with my laptop so I can create, blog, & watch all of my favorite 'peeps' on YouTube 'in style'. Whoo~hoo!  I am so grateful that I actually took the time to evaluate my 2013 workflow. I KNOW my time will be REDEEMED this year!

So, here is my updated studio workspace:

My New Studio Workspace Using My Dining Table (daytime)

My New Laptop & Monitor Setup (daytime)

My New Studio Workspace (nighttime with Christmas lights)

I am sure you guys are wondering where we are going to eat now that I have confiscated the dining room table, right? Not to worry….we are now using our "old" dining room table (which also seats up to 6 people) in the kitchen area. Two thumbs up!!!

Up next, "Documenting My December 2014" ~ My Supplies Organization & Storage (I promise, LOL!)

Have a great day, guys!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Week #45 Pocket Scrapbooking Layout!

Happy Birthday, Dad! I love you! :D

The New Heidi Swapp "September Skies" line is absolutely phenomenal. This beautiful mix of floral and simple patterned scrapbooking paper definitely ranks as one of my favs of all time!

Here's Heidi's gorgeous paper in my Week #45 Layout:
Week #45 Single Page Protector Layout 

Week #45 Shaker Title Card

Nat's GT Chorus Concert
Donuts @ Red Robin's
DIY Origami Project for Unique Laser Designs

Nat's GT Chorus Concert
(Program & Photos Inside the Pocket)

Christ "Sweet Forever"
Studying "The Moon" at School
Poise & Posture Weekend Workshop
(Pictures & journaling inside the pocket)

Weeks #44 & 45 Complete in My Pocket Scrapbooking Album
Thanks for dropping by & enjoy the rest of your week!

Much love,

Monday, November 17, 2014

DIY Filofax/Planner Stickers Tutorial!

The super talented ladies at Art to the 5th Academy have inspired me with their AMAZING artwork in their Documented Life Project planners. For the past few weeks, I have experimented with Documented Life Project inspired layouts in my Filofax to see if I want to fully commit to The Documented Life Project in 2015. I have thoroughly enjoyed planning on so much COLOR! The pretty painted backgrounds motivate me to stay on track each week.

After posting my planner layout this past weekend on Instagram, I have received several requests to share how I write or plan on painted backgrounds. Today, I thought I would show how to create quick & easy activity stickers for everyday planning.
My Black A5 Chameleon Filofax
My Week #47 Filofax Layout (Left & Right Side)
My Week #47 Layout (Right Side w/Tip-in)

Instead of writing my scheduled appointments directly on the painted background, I LOVE Jennifer McQuire's idea of creating stickers out of Avery removable stickers & Post It Notes.
Avery Neon & White Repositional Stickers
I prefer to use stickers with color in my planner. If I can't find the colored labels I want at my local office supplies store, I simply add color to my stickers by using Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Heidi Swapp Color Shine Sprays, or Dylusions Spray Inks. 

Here is how I use Dylusions Spray Inks:
Sprayed pink & orange Dylusions Ink Spray 
on a non-stick craft mat. 
Picked up the ink with my Avery Removable Label Sheets
Used these Dylusions Alpha Stamps & 
Black Archival Ink to Create a 
Sheet of Activity Stickers

I also enjoy using planner stamps to create stickers. Studio L2E, Sweet Stamp Shop, Waffle Flower, & Bella Creationz are my current favorite planner stamp companies.
Studio L2ESweet Stamp Shop
Waffle Flower, & Bella Creationz

Here are just a few stamps I made using my planner stamps:
Bella Creationz Planner Stamp

Studio L2E Planner Stamp

Waffle Flower & Sweet Stamp Shop 
Planner Stamps
Overview of Planner Week #47 with 
My DIY Planner Stickers
I pray this tutorial helps. I will share how I add other ephemera (journal cards, washi tape, die cuts, etc.) to my planner layouts in a future post. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Much love,