Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Scrapbooking on a Budget - secrets 16 - 18!

Hello friends! It's been forever since my last Scrapbooking on a Budget post. Today I want to share a few of my favorite secrets! They are all related to the same topic, but are important enough to be highlighted separately.

Secret # 16: Use your scraps.

We all like new products and new papers, but once in a while it's good to create a page or a few cards using just what you can find in your scraps. At some point all of those papers were new and loved. Another interesting fact is that since all of the papers in your scraps are cut into various pieces, they may actually guide you in a slightly new direction while designing your page.

A few weeks ago, I challenged myself to make a page using only scraps and here's what I got.

I picked a color combination and started pulling out pieces of paper that matched it. Even my background yellow paper is a combination of two pieces - it has a space in between, but I knew my photos will cover the space.

Some of these papers are older - like the one with white dots on green from the Scenic Route paper company that doesn't even exist anymore; and some were bought on my last trip to LSS - like that gray diagonal stripe by October Afternoon, but was already used for another project earlier.

Here is a close up for those who likes to read the story and check out the details. ( I just realized I haven't stitched anything on the page... that's really rare for me :)

Another example of using scraps is a set of five cards I shared last week - yes, all of them were made using scrap pieces of paper. That's actually one of my favorite way to use up some of the leftovers because cards don't need big pieces of paper.

Secret #17: Make your scraps are easy accessible!

That's a big one. It made a huge difference for me when I changed the storage solution for my scraps. I used to keep them in colored plastic envelopes -

but honestly, as soon as I placed anything there I lost all interest and value of that item pretty much immediately and I never, seriously never wanted to pick up an envelope and start serching for a paper unless I specifically new what I was looking for. Even though in the beginning it seemed like a perfect solution, I hated taking everything from an envelope to look for something I might use.

After getting a new scrap table, I changed the storage solution and that changed the way I look and treat my scraps today!

I have a long and skinny drawer right in front of me. I placed three lids from old decorative boxed that measure about 6x10 each, and sorted my scraps in three categories:

1. blue and green colors of paper
2. pink and grey, and some purple (I don't have a lot of those)
3. yellow, orange, red and brown.

I have a separate little drawer full of white scraps of paper, because I use a lot of whites.

Now, it's easier to pull out my drawer and check if I have something there before going to my new stash. But there's one more thing to it - what do you consider a scrap? Since my boxes are only 6 inches wide, anything larger than 6 inch, I keep with regular or new paper on my paper rack.

Secret #18: Any paper larger than half the original size keep with new supplies. 

This way your paper rack will always look fuller and will not make you go and spend even more money on new supplies! I never consider a piece of paper scrap if I only cut three inches off of it. If it doesn't fit into my drawer - it is kept with the new papers (unless I don't really like it anymore, then my daughter gets it).

I hope you find some of these tips helpful. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your scrapping!

See you soon!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A set of cards...

Good morning! I'm back, a little later than expected, because we decided to repaint yet another room in our home, which takes time and energy out pretty fast! Hopefully it will be worth the efforts after everything is done.

I've made a few cards last week that I wanted to share with you today. I had a lot of fun playing with colors, patterns, flowers and gems...

First one has a green theme. I just love these flowers! They make a great statement on a card. Used a decorative brad in the center of the flower.

Number two is in blue tones. This one is a little more contemporary. It has an envelope that can hold a note or some cash if you wish...

Number three is in pink with flowers, ribbon, rhinestones and hand cut banners - which made me want to make it a Birthday card.

And number four is a scraplift from a card I found on Pinterest. I really liked this simple yet elegant design, so I just copied it in different colors and added a ribbon and enamel dots.

So, that was one of the productive days last week. I really hope that soon we'll get everything back in place and organized, so I can start creating again... but right now it a big mess in all three rooms upstairs, since we had to move out all the furniture from one room, cluttering the other two.

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your last week of July! And I hope to see you back here soon!

Have a great day!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Still enjoying SUMMER...

Hi! Last week my kids spend five days in camp and I happened to be all five days in the kitchen at the camp. It was fun and exhausting at the same time. At least the weather happened to be very nice - not to hot with a few short showers.

Well, a week away from home resulted in another not very productive week in scrapbooking. I did find time to make a few cards... and still have a LO sitting on my desk.. and I'm about ready to share a small project we did in one of our bathrooms. So, hopefully, being home this week I can share all of that!

Just wanted to pop in for a moment, but promise to be back with something real to share :)

See you soon!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

We are here...

Мы здесь :) У нас лето... Мы никуда не собираемся пропадать, всё также любим скрап но просто в даный момент лето любим больше и поэтому наслаждаемся каждой минуткой этой прекрасной поры года! А для тех кто интересуется, пару слов из нашего настоящего...

Вот например на прошлой неделе собирали наши любимые ягоды...

А потом из них пекли пироги...

Делала по рецепту которым когда то давно поделилась свекровь.

Наблюдаем как растёт наш огород.

Если его огородом назвать можно. Он у нас буквально размером метр на два, но зато уже собрали свой первый урожай!

Много путешествуем. Вот например фото с прошлой недели из соседнего города. Мы всегда получаем огромное удовольствие посещая это место! Здесь совершенно не редкость вот такой вид транспорта...

Поедаем то что нам совершенно противопоказано... Вот как нас сестричка вкусно угощала! Спасибо тебе Алёна!

Она сама делает вот такую вкуснятину из своего собственного мёда!

Наслаждаемся свободным временем...

Ловим рыбу... Хотя не совсем так. Родственники наловили и нам повезло что они не захотели её чистить, поэтому они подарили нам. Она правда была совсем крошечная, но очень вкусная!

Один из самых любимых моментов лета это когда старшие девочки что то мастерят на кухне! Для меня это всегда праздник. Вот часть из того что Алёнка приготовила сегодня...

А также... делаем ремонт в туалете (надеюсь показать фото до и после), работаем, готовим деток в лагерь, отдыхаем, загораем, читаем книжки, отсыпаемся и иногда скрапим (сделала новую страничку, но это тоже отдельный пост).

Спасибо всем кто посещает! Обещаю скоро вернуться а пока всем хорошего дня и прекрасного настроения!

До встречи!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What a coincidence!

Good morning! There was another part I wanted to share from our trip to FL. This one is scrapbooking related though! Well, two days before we left, I was listening to PRT episode and one of the guests on the show shared how much she loves her local scrapbook store. Surprisingly, this lady was talking about St.Pete, FL! You can imagine my excitement, knowing that we will be in St.Pete in just two days!

One of the days, while my little one was taking a nap, my DH let me go enjoy the time at a place that makes me happy! This store was on the opposite side of the city where we stayed, and in about twenty minutes I was in downtown St.Pete.

If I haven't heard about that store online, passing by the store I probably would've not realized all the treasured hidden here! Whim So Doodle - that's the name of this awesome place. Yes, I was like a kid in the candy isle... I took my time to go through every little corner, checking every piece of paper there was in the store!

I was surprised how much new stuff they carried! I found SO many items that I actually had in my cart in one of the online stores! Seeing these things in person makes all the difference. Some of the items I really wanted I ended up not getting, and others that didn't grab my attention online, I totally fell in love with!

Two hours went by like five minutes... I promised myself not to buy the whole store, but leaving empty-handed was impossible. I ended up with just a little bit of new and exciting things to add to my stash of favorite things.

All of these papers are double sided, but I forgot to snap a picture of the other side - there are some awesome designs as well. Some of these papers and embellishments already got their way to a layout or a card...

I used to keep my favorite items for a "special" project, but time has taught me that it doesn't work! Favorite becomes not-so-favorite if I keep it for too long. Now I work with what I love right away and that makes me happy!

Thank you so much for stopping by and if you are planning to visit St.Pete in the near future, make sure you find time to visit Whim So Doodle - you will not regret it! Have a great day!

See you soon!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Blue and White box...

Девочки привет! Мне посчастливилось получить заказ от одного уважаемого человека. Ей нужна была коробочка на свадьбу в бело-синих цветах в стиле Blue and White Porcelain china. Вот примерно так выглядит эта китайская посуда:

На первый взляд вроде ничего сложного, но когда я стала подбирать бумагу, я просто не могла найти ничего подходящего. Нашла один лист бумаги от Teresa Collins на интернете, но мне кроме него ничего в тот момент в магазине не нужно было. Пришлось подбирать другие варианты... В конце концов я собрала её, надеясь что она хоть немного будет подходит по стилю.

Использовала набор бумаги от DCWV и много элементов вырезанных с помощью Silhouette.

Похоже что заказчик остался доволен, а это самое главное!

Хочу навести порядок с альбомами и всё никак не хватает смелости этим заняться. Знаю что в принципе это дело не должно занять слишком много времени, но всё же не могу подобрать подходящего момента чтобы это дело довести до ума.

Спасибо что заглядываете! Понимаю что сейчас лето и существует много более интересных дел чем просто сидеть на интернете :)

Всем хорошего дня и прекрасного настроения! До скорой встречи!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Birthday cards in red...

Good morning! I've got an order to make a Birthday card in red, and as you probably already know, I like to give my customers a choice so I've made two cards. I purposely made them in two different styles, so that she can pick whichever one speaks more to her.

Here's the first one:

with flowers, ribbon, glitter, dimension and enamel dots...

And the second one is a little more on a modern side.Here I've added black accents, pearls, swirl, calendar and more enamel dots. Here's number two:

This sweet lady also ordered an explosion box for a friend's wedding in special colors and style. It was an honor to work for this person! It was also fun to work on something new. I like to challenge myself. So I'll be back to share that one with you very soon. 

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great and creative day!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Hello from Canada...

Hi! It's summer and that means our schedule is full and we travel a lot! We just came back from Canada two days ago. This time it was a four day trip. I'm not going to do a summery of our trip, but I did want to share a few pictures...

You can tell US doesn't have many phone booths...

We had an awesome company to explore this wonderful country with...

Breathtaking scenery, that could not be captured with a camera...

While we do unpacking and laundry, our girls started packing for another trip already.

They are leaving tomorrow for another four day trip to Virginia. This summer seems to be so busy already, but we love it! I just have to be realistic and shouldn't expect too many creative projects done this season.


I hate to leave on a sad note, but I've got an e-mail about closing of Two Peas in a Bucket store. Really? That's the one I thought will never go! That is really sad... I love their online store and their Garden Girl team and weekly videos they produce! Seems like it's all going to go, even the gallery... I just wonder what was the reason for such a heartbreaking decision... I will miss TwoPeas dearly...

I hope this industry is still going to stay strong! There's enough people who love this hobby so much and will find another place to shop. Speaking of other online stores, I really like Emmaspaperie. They usually have older items in stock that are sold out elsewhere. And the way they pack your order is so sweet - with tissue paper and ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by! I'll be back tomorrow to share a few cards I made last week.

Have a great day!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Adding long journaling to 8.5x11 page...

Девочки привет! У нас началось лето... и мы уже потерялись какой сегодня день и сколько дней прошло с последнего нашего визита сюда... Потытаюсь искупить свою вину новой (напоминала о ней уже раз двадцать) страничкой и маленьким секретом как можно добавить journaling на страничку, когда вы очнулись а у вас уже совершенно не осталось для него места - как обычно это бывает у меня.

Гуляла я с малышами на улице и начала вспоминать про детство... Это мой любимый способ "писать" журналинг для страниц. Так часто у меня и начинаются идеи для новых стрничек- на прогулке.

Пришла домой, страничку склеила, а куда написать всё о чём вспоминала не знаю. Решила напечатать отдельно и вспомнила про обрезки от PL page protectors. Я когда то давно купила набор и мне к сожалению попался бракованный - в нём каждая вторая страничка рвалась в одном и том же месте - нижняя часть листа для двух 4х6 фотографий. Я уже не стала жалобу писать, а порванные странички порезала так чтобы их можно было использовать в меньшем формате (одна 4х6 фото и две 3х4) и оставила их как дополнение к тем неделям где было много фото. И у меня ещё оставался ненужый кусочек - нижняя часть для двух 4х6 фотографий и здесь то я его и решила использовать.

Срезала один инч сверху, вставила в карманчики два кусочка белой бумаги и сложила пластик ещё между двумя плотными бумагами чтобы он прошёл через дырокол. Здесь напечатала всё что хотела, а обратную сторону совсем немножко украсила чтобы она не была совершенно пустой.

Так они будут выглядеть вместе в альбоме:

Хорошо что я не все остатки повыбрасывала.  Думаю что теперь частенько придётся их использовать таким способом.

Так что девочки, не спешите выбрасывать бракованное! Хотя так же можно использовать и простой sheet protector только отрезать его по размеру и прошить скраю, но мне нравится что этот выглядит как будто для этого и предназначен.

Спасибо что не забываете! Желаю вам прекрасного дня и творческого настроения! Побежали мы любить наше лето!

До встречи!