I posted a question to my group page this morning, asking you what your favorite rainy day activity is. I agree with all of you! I love cuddling up under a warm and cozy blanket with a good read, or baking, and cuddling with my kids and husband. In addition to that- and its a no-brainer- I would add scrapbooking. Duh. The girls and I chilled in my haven this afternoon- them watching movies on YouTube, like retro My Little Pony and Alvin and the Chipmunks (their choice, I swear!!), and me...well...scrapping. I got three layouts done, but I'm only going to share two of them with you tonight. The other will wait until tomorrow; I'll share it along with whatever else I do tomorrow!
How do you store your pens? Or, more specifically, your special pens, like journalling pens, or markers for shading and stamping? Do you have a special container to hold them, or do you throw them into a pencil case...what's the method that works the best for you?
You'll notice that there's a nice little home for my pens atop a container of buttons, and the rest of my button storage to the left of it. I don't know where I came across this notion, but I thought it was a really cool idea to sort my buttons into like colours, and put them all in matching jars, with a coordinating button glued to the outside of the jar (you'll notice a grey button glued to the outside of one of the jars). Its been a very slow process, as I like using the jars that my basil pesto comes in. They're a nice size and shape. I don't have nearly enough of them yet, so the rest are hiding in various jam jars. And, they are not neatly sorted anymore, due to four little hands diving into them and making their own versions of art. All this pretty well takes the entire bottom shelf of a shelving unit I have hanging above my work desk.
We're also going to go with shorter curtains. Oh- here's a tip: want curtains, but can't find what you're looking for? Buy a set of sheets or a duvet cover, and whip them up yourself! That's what my MIL did with these curtains- they were a set of sheets she bought at Walmart, and she sewed them into curtains. They matched the color scheme I had going in the twins' nursery as babies- green and pink. In this photo, she had bought the sheets in either queen size or king, I'm not 100% sure. This time around, we're going with double or full size sheets. I've got them picked out already, too. I just hope the Walmart here in Whitecourt carries them, otherwise it'll mean a trip back to the city to find a super centre and pick them up. (I found their comforters when we were in Edmonton last, at the North End super centre).
I had three pictures to scrapbook this time around; the girls like helping me scrapbook every so often. When they do, they help me stick adhesive to the paper, or help me cut paper to size using my paper trimmer. It usually doesn't last long, but its a sweet way to bond and teach them to enjoy art and being creative. Addison still tells me on a regular basis that my layouts 'aren't good enough'. She says they need to have more stickers on them, but I DID finally get positive feedback from her on this particular layout. She told me, "I cannot believe it!!" (Anyone know what I'm referencing here??!), then went on to tell me she liked it. Finally. Success!
I have to agree with her. I'm loving this layout. I used Colobok's Faded Denim (patterned papers) and Earth Tones card stock on this page, then embellished using left over papers from My Minds' Eye (Blush and Lost and Found Market). The piece of patterned paper that the title is stamped to is K&Co, I think. I picked up the stamp at Michaels from the dollar bin- it works perfectly as the title here! I used some bakers twine I had planned to use on another project and didn't, and threw a little chipboard sticker on there (Carta Bella) to finish on this piece. I smile when I look at this. Such fond memories.
One of the many places Neruda liked to chill in. If she could climb into it, she would. And, that gift bag was no exception. You could be laying in bed, late at night, and hear her crunching and making peculiar sounds as she was trying to get comfortable inside whatever it was she had discovered. Sometime in the future, you'll see a layout about her going missing (for nearly an entire day), only for us to discover she'd discovered my dresser, and got stuck inside it. We figure she'd crawled in through the back, and couldn't get back out. My clothes were FULL of cat hair after that. All my pants needed to be washed.
The patterned paper on this one was too good to pass up. My husband wouldn't agree, but I agree with the sentiment: You should know that you are charming, adorable, and ever so sweet. We could add crazy, victim, and psycho, but we'll just skip over those negative personal traits. She was my little buddy, and I miss her terribly. To me, she was exactly what the sentiment says.
I picked up the color scheme for my layout from the gift bag she's lying in. I love purple and green together, so that makes up the background card stocks on this layout. I added some beige to help tie the patterned paper into the whole mix (which is MME, or My Minds Eye's The Station collection, 6x6 pad). The rest of the patterned papers and card stocks are all scraps that I'm trying to use up! I used some of my buttons and bakers twine as embellishments, and finished it off with a Jillibean Soup label. Uber simple, but another favorite of mine.
As always, thanks for dropping in and spending some time with me! Hope you have a terrific night, and catch y'all again tomorrow!