Monday, July 14, 2008

Saturday, July 12, 2008

See Stuff, Scrap Stuff

So my July Jenni Bowlin kit arrived in the mail today...along with these embellies, which are just, well, charming. For some reason, though, the addition of even more charming embellishments to my already very charming stash led me down a path that I do not take very often. Since I had to make room for more schtuff, I actually...

CLEANED.

I know. Me?
Well, I also blame Wal-mart for my organizational impulse. I found a very cheap, very practical "tackle box"-type thingie for organizing my embellies...well, a FRACTION of them. I love all of the colors and textures peeking out of these little compartments. It was tough to take all of the embellies out of their cutesy little silver tins and glassine envelopes, but c'mon -- it had to be done. I can't even count how many times I exclaimed, "Oh, I forgot about THIS!" today. I'm subscribing to a new scrappy mantra -- see stuff, scrap stuff. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

While at Wal-mart, I also sold my soul...

Yep, Martha Stewart possessed me in one of the craft aisles. Forget the negative buzz that surrounded poor Martha's products when they first came out. The woman has a bad rap, but maybe we need more girls who behave badly in the paper-and-glue arena. That's right, you heard me. Martha is one crafty ex-con.

So there you have it. I've been Marthafied. I couldn't resist the butterfly punch. I mean, I've been trying to track down this little gem for months now. As far as the tags -- my favorite colors all in one two buck bag? Oh, please, no argument there. Then there are the pens -- which I need. They're a staple. These little goodies are -- dare I say it? -- just charming.

Now, to find more room...

Friday, July 11, 2008

Mini Me

So this mini literally came together in minutes just now. All it took was some labels (thanks, Debbi), patterned paper scraps, glue, and fear. Yes, I said "fear."

I'm really (really) afraid of flying. To die in an airplane crash is #1 on my list of worst deaths imaginable. My logic tells me that statistically speaking, I will be fine when I board an airplane in just a few days. However, logic's evil twin keeps jabbing another fact at me -- SOMEONE needs to be on the losing side of that statistic from time to time.

I KNOW, I'm overreacting. No, I really do know this. BUT I can't stop the voice inside that's whispering, "What if...?"

So what do I do? I SCRAP. Uh huh.

I make a mini about the things that I need to have said...well, the Cliff's Notes version...and in under an hour, this book is assembled, completed. Wanna peek at some of my crazy ramblings? Here you go...just a few of the pages.

It has an uber-dramatic title. In fact, it's so silly my eyes still haven't stopped rolling since I came up with it. It's very original. Ha. "Notes on 32 Years of Life." No, really. It's that original.

I figure, I needed to get all of this stuff out of my head right now. I'm sure that I'll make ten more minis over the course of the next few days...but it's definitely more constructive than rocking back and forth in fetal position, right? Plus, it's a LEGACY. Har har. Of a madwoman.

Talk about a RAK!

A few months ago I made a layout for "How Much Is Too Much?", one of my favorite challenge blogs. As a result, Debbi T., a Two Peas fixture and a scrap legend in her own right, sent me peamail so that she could send me a RAK. I put up a little bit of a fight -- I mean, really, I don't participate in challenges to win RAKs. The layout produced as a result of a challenge is its own reward.

Well, Debbi is persistent, and way too kind -- today I received a box BULGING with scrap goodies. I totally did not expect this RAK to be a G-RAK -- a gargantuan random act of kindness. Here's a peek at just a BIT of what Debbi sent:

I can't wait to put these goodies to work on my pages. Thanks, Debbi!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Framed

Today my daughter and I went to Borders. We came back with books...and with a stack of $1.25 postcards from Paperchase. Initially I was thinking mini-album, which I still am, but a few of the postcards were redirected toward this little project:


We framed them using cheapie $3.00 Wal-mart frames and pp from Heather Bailey, October Afternoon, and KI Memories. They're going up in my daughter's room this afternoon. I love them. I think I'll make at least 100 more and put them all over the hallway. Or not. But still...

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Liberated

Today was the last day of summer school for my daughter and me, and you know what that means...

MORE scrappy mornings for me!

Hey, and since it's that time of year to celebrate one's independence, I exercised free will and treated myself to something I've been eyeballing recently:


The merciful souls at Cocoa Daisy apparently hearkened their ears across the Pacific and heard me throwing a tantrum the other night when the July kits premiered and these Ali E. travel stamps were already sold out. Today, I took a peek at them again as I was Windows-shopping, just to sigh over what I couldn't have, and lo and behold, they were back on the site, for sale once again! In two weeks, they will be mine. Oh, yes.