Saturday, December 19, 2009

UPDATE: The drawing for the winner will be posted by this Saturday. Thank you! :)

Here is my newly built scrapbook space! Can I just say...I LOVE it! After scrapbooking on my kitchen counter and totally consuming the dining room table for waaaay too long, I was able to build this space out of a niche in my bedroom. Thanks to my unbelievably patient and accomodating sister and brother in law who hauled themselves up to IKEA for me, I had the components needed to get cabinet bases, shelves and a countertop of my dreams. I still have to paint a couple of 2x4's (don't look too close) :), but other than that it's complete. I can't wait to finish up a few scrappy projects and start some new ones. My sewing machine is tucked behind the dress form on the right, and I even have cutouts for the electrical cords. In honor of my newly defined space and also because my blog is about to pass the 13,000 (!) mark with hits from 38 countries, I want to give away my first RAK to you, my faithful readers. It'll be a good one, promise. Who knows, I might even throw in an extra surprise! ;) Here's what you need to do to win.... Each thing you do gets you another entry!

1. Leave a comment on my blog under this post. If you post an organizational tip, you'll get an additional entry.

2. Become a follower, then leave a post that you did that.

3. Leave a link to my blog about this RAK on another site, and come post and tell me where you did it.

4. Leave a post about your favorite thing you like about my new space (just cause it's fun for me to read!) hee hee

Ok, did you count them? That's five separate posts that mean five entries you can rack up! The RAK will be a great big 'ol honking package! If you want to see before photos and also pictures of the entire room my scrappy space is in, check out the two previous posts of this blog! P.s.: In case you're wondering, yes...those jars are all filled with ribbon. ;) They are beautiful recycled candle jars! If you want a zoom shot, just click on any photo.

UPDATE!!! You have til Dec 31st to get all your entries in! :) Drawing will be held the first week of Jan. 2010., so sorry, but contest for US residents only.

In the words of Julie Andrews...these are a few of my favorite things.

Dreamy organization...sigh

The deal of the century right here...Michael's had these dies on clearance for $9.99 and yes, you could use a coupon! Regularly priced @ $149.99 each..yes, you can gasp now!

Prisma yumminess!

Sweet Inspiration, oh, can you see the tiny hat stand and hat that my handsome prince bought for me?

My heart belongs to them...look at those eyes.

The Cherry on Top!

Scrap area....the bedroom

Here is the room my scrapspace is in.

Galveston Homes

Galveston Street Scene

Galveston Yard Sale Treasure, a very special doll from a very special friend, oh and see the beautiful jewelry box my little boy got for me?

Gifted Treasure from my Sister in Law, see the tiny quilts, too? :)

The before photos...

of my scrapbook area....lots of work ahead!

It's Coming!

And for your viewing pleasure....a RAK! My very first! Thank you for your patience in waiting for photos of my newly built scrapbooking space. I cannot wait to show you all the magic that has been worked. :) Photos will be forthcoming, probably tomorrow at the latest, cause it's really already tomorrow. It's about 2 a.m., but shhhh, don't tell my mother. ;) My hubbie has been so patient with me over the past two weekends while I work long into the night in our bedroom and he sleeps with our little boys on the floor in the other room. If you have computers, phones, faxes, a cricut, postal machines, etc. etc then you know the tangled web we weave of USB cables, phone lines, cable lines, and electrical cords when we unplug everything, rearrange furniture and start all over again trying to plug the chaos back in. It's finally done. All is assembled and working, the furniture is built, the counter top is cut and the pretty little inspiring touches are in place. Tomorrow I vacuum and then the picture taking will begin! In conjunction with that I'm hitting a huge milestone on my blog! I'm almost at 13,000 hits from over 38 countries! I really cannot believe it and want to thank you all so much for coming to visit so often. My blog is relatively new, only starting in April, so that is super exciting for me. I remember being amazed when it hit 100! The RAK is not to be missed and will be loaded with scrappy goodness. Stay tuned...

Monday, December 7, 2009


I think it must stand for: I know, everything's amazing! I actually haven't ever been, but have lived vicariously thru my wonderful sister (in law) who treked herself and my husband's twin that was born one year after him (hee hee) up there today and picked out my new scrapbooking workspace for me. Can't wait to get it! It's been a dream in the making for a long, long time. It'll be here Thursday, so I hope to have photos of the completely remade space by Sunday night. See. Now it's in print. I have to finish it! I love the drawers in the base cabinets, they're like map drawers, shallow and wide. Perfect for scrapbookers who love stamps and punches. Anyway, stay tuned for pictures. I have shelves, pretty glass jars, wall decor, the whole works, just waiting in the wings to have a new home. I've been saving things for awhile, some new and some vintage. Imagine that. lol

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Mysteries of Me Mini Album

OK, here it is! This is probably the most involved project I've done in awhile, but it certainly was worth the effort. This is the result of a wonderful Lizzy Kartchner class I took online, and we were given the idea and asked to use it as a catalyst to create our own album. I loved using my own supplies and things that were special to me. There were many techniques I used on this, including cutting shapes from acrylic and covering them with vintage German glitter glass, hand dyeing the tags with tea and vanilla and tinting paper with alcohol inks. Each section is like a little chapter of my life and I've included photos that fit the topic. I have photographed the project for you before I've included most of the journaling. It's a very personal project, so I'm sure you'll understand. All the pages will be attached with a ring and nestled together. The holder for the album is a vintage cloth covered book.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Mysteries of Me

I'm so loving the online class I'm taking by the ever fabulous Lizzy K. We're working on altering a vintage book, inside and out...and the inside holds a fabulous surprise.'ll have to wait to see that part of it cause it's not finished yet. :) Here's the cover. I didn't purchase her entire kit cause they sold out (yeah Lizzy!), but am using my stash... which is plentiful but that's just our little secret, ok?
Oh, you can click on the photo to enlarge for details if you like. Isn't it cute?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Two Boys, Dirt and some Marshmallows...big fun to follow

Hi friends! Thanks so much for hanging with me during my absence. I'm back and have so much to post for you! We've had some big changes going on in our lives, not all of them good. So...we're in the process of reinventing ourselves and figuring out what our next steps are. My wonderful husband is in the process of being laid off from a job he's had for almost 14 years. I have stayed at home to raise our two young sons for the past 7 years so there in lies the delimma. I like being at home with my children. We have both decided to go back to school. That part is exciting, and intimidating. We homeschool my oldest little guy, so we have a lot to figure out as my husband is busy applying for other jobs, of which there are very few in this particular state, an in particular in this part of the state.

Better news! We took our little miracles camping for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Super fun, memories were made to last a lifetime. Lots of wildlife, in fact Tucker stood right by a doe nursing her little fawn. Yes, they came right up to him. Awe inspiring for sure. Of course, had to get a shot of Wyatt's first marshmallow ever. My sweet baby. Isn't his hair gorgeous? Oh, and in case you're wondering...yes it was very cold at night but we'd have a 60 degree jump during the day.

Lots of scrapbooking projects to be posted over the next few days. Finally! Shout it from the rooftops! ;)

It's a proven fact that there is a direct correlation between how much dirt is on a kid and how much fun he had. I think T. scored big.

and here's that look that got me exactly 20 years ago this month. He's still got it.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

To Do List

I have to give credit for this great idea and layout to the always talented Lizzy Kartchner. I just love her work. This is the third in a series I'm doing for the Book of Me album I'm working on for my boys. The cardstock is Bazzil and the embellishments are from Chatterbox. Adorable, aren't they? :)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

My Son...the Robot

Well, it's been far too long since I've been able to post, but hope you will overlook that when you see these hilarious photos. My six year old is completely bonkers for robots, so we spent quite a bit of time working together on this costume for him. I have to say he had quite a lot to say about the details of this design! What fun it is to have a six year old running around the house. Stay tuned for lots of scrapbooking projects in the next couple of weeks. I'm working like a busy beaver these days!