Sunday, March 30

Survey with Prizes!

Hop over to the Blue Moon Beads blog to take their survey and have the chance to win Blue Moon Beads and DCWV prizes.

~ Kate ~

Thursday, March 27

The BoBunny Problem

As my mouse hovered over the checkout for another piece of 12x12 storage, I thought to myself 'Why do I need this?'  I have 12x12 cube storage, Artbins and hanging files, why do I need more?  So, I started a huge turnout of my paper supplies and made some scary discoveries.

I knew that I had boxes dedicated to certain manufacturers, but as I looked through an entire Artbin of untouched BoBunny products I was shocked and nearly in tears.  How could I have bought all this stuff and never used it?  There were whole collections, unopened embellishment packs and multiples of double sided papers bought because both sides were so nice.  I was overwhelmed.

One of the reasons it remained untouched was that old idea that my project wasn't 'good enough.'  That the products deserved some mythological better project that was going to happen some time in the future.
Totally unconnected picture of cute notebooks made using Lisa Moorefields ideas with Project Life cards 
My first instinct was to shut the lid and slide the box back in where I'd found it.  Instead I resolved to tackle the BoBunny problem.  I separated out the patterned papers, cut apart sheets, embellishments and so on and mixed them into my filing of other similar products where they could be seen and used.  Any little scraps of paper where I had cut into a (duplicate!) sheet I threw away!  The hoarding of BoBunny in this house has ended.
And that new piece of 12x12 storage?  Well I still went ahead and bought it.  I had wanted a metal rolling cart for quite a while, like the Ikea Raskog trolleys, but they are quite expensive; then I spotted an Advantus one reduced to £19.95 and it was too good a bargain to miss!

~ Kate ~   

Wednesday, March 19

WOYWW #250

A quick WOYWW today as I'm late and busy with spring cleaning and DIY jobs.  Lots of info about WOYWW can be found here at Julia's if you need to know more.

Just wanted to share that on my workdesk today is navy washi tape!
I'd mentioned last week that I was on the look out for some and by chance spotted this lovely set by MME at Sarah's Cards and they were on special offer too, so consider yourself enabled!

Off to arrange them in my new washi storage (see last week's WOYWW) and maybe even try and get a project made.  If anyone knows the secret to less buying and more making please let me know!!!  I'll be back to visit some desks this evening whilst I make the tea.
~ Kate ~  

Thursday, March 13

Big and Bold - Blue Moon Beads

Something big and bold today using flat backed Blue Moon Beads available from Jo Ann Stores.
I've used some beautiful, large, iridescent beads that look a little like uncut rocks.
Combined with metal connectors and chains in different metallic finishes, it gives a very striking effect.
~ Kate ~

Wednesday, March 12

WOYWW #249

It's a while since I was a WOYWWer, but some attempts at massive tidying and organisation mean that I have something to share today in the weekly desk nosy.  If you are new to WOYWW, you can find all the details on Julia's blog.
I've some new washi tape storage.  They were in a cookie jar which they out-grew, then they moved to a clear box, but they were too jumbled for frequent use.  I thought I would try this tray out after seeing someone using a cutlery tray online (sorry I didn't note who you were,)
I like to use washi tape on my projects so the open tray seemed worth a try and it also fits inside one of my larger boxes if for some reason I need to stash it away.  Note there is lots of space for more tape and sorting by colour means I can see there are some definite deficits -- like a good navy?
My creative side is leaning towards scrapbooking at the moment and my desk currently contains 23 part made pages (about half a dozen of which are in divided page protectors due to the sheer number of photos.)  I'm following parts of Shimelle's The Perfect Collection with a sprinkling of ideas from numerous other places.  The plan is for a video of the finished pages.

Other than the scrapbooking and my weekly jewellery creation, I've no other projects on the go.  I keep thinking that I will start something at any moment, but it doesn't seem to happen.  That doesn't seem to stop me trawling through the new season's releases and buying new stash and gadgets, funny that!

~ Kate ~    

Tuesday, March 11

Return to the Collection - Completed

Here are the last few pages that I haven't shared from Shimelle's Return to the Collection class.

One of the 6 videos concentrated on a double page combining a 12x12 and a divided page protector.  Again I haven't managed to find anywhere to photograph them together!
There were lots of ideas for making the two pages blend together.  I've used the same stamps, flower stickers and washi tape here.  I don't think it really notices, but I only buy divided pages protectors in 6x4 format and then make up little fake 3x4 sections attached to a card if I want that design.
Close-up of the painty technique Shimelle demonstrated.
This all left me with the blank back of the 6x4 page in my album and I decided to make an extra closing page for the day's events that I was recording.  Using my fake 3x4's on the other side meant that I didn't have to use that format on this page.  I added a couple of cards and a die-cut from the BasicGrey Capture waterfall kit to compliment the orange already in the Amy Tangerine kit I was using.  The page nicely closes the day and fills in the details of why we were in London.  The actual photos of the dancing will be in my separate dance album which I've started working on and will use mainly divided page protectors and Project Life kits.

Apart from that album, I've also embarked on a mammoth 23 pages in one go this weekend.  Shimelle very kindly gave us exclusive limited access to her original class The Perfect Collection and I've been making the most of it scrapping a camp the family went on in 2010.  I need a little time to give the pages some finishing touches and then I will video them as there's far too many to photograph.  Hopefully that will also give me time to get rid of the awful cough I am struggling with.  It's into its 4th week (due to a stomach bug keeping my immune system low.)  I have some antibiotics now, so it will be defeated (I hope!)

~ Kate ~  

Monday, March 10

Spring Greens - Blue Moon Beads

Spring is definitely here and it's a welcome sight.  We've had 3 straight days of sunshine and mild weather and have been able to spend most of the weekend in the garden.

I've a Blue Moon Beads project today that I've been meaning to share.
It's made with their lovely new range of flat backed, resin and acrylic, beads and connectors.  A simple design, but using lots of different shapes and angles for a contemporary feel.
All of the components and findings are from Blue Moon Beads.
The range of new flat backed brads are available from Jo-Ann Stores
~ Kate ~

Sunday, March 2

Return to the Collection - part #6

Hoping to start March with a bit more crafting, which in turn should lead to a bit more blogging.  Here's the last page I made following Shimelle's Return to the Collection class.  Well almost the last page.  I still have day #4 to photograph and I made an extra closing page.

The idea behind the final layout was to use up all the scraps left over and make little clusters of embellishments using punches, tapes, stickers etc.  It's quite a rarity too, as it's a picture of me.
I had a full sheet of paper left in my kit and a nice big piece of pink cameras that I'd saved for cutting apart.  I've added some Studio Calico letters and kraft butterflies to the Amy Tangerine kit as well as the little word stickers.

Right, off to spend my Sunday plumbing in the new washing machine and then ploughing through mountains of laundry.

~ Kate ~