Saturday, August 25, 2007

Gea's "Sock it to Me Rock" Room Reivew

Gea's Room: "Sock it to Me Rock" Room Review

A huge thank you to Gea for sharing her space with us this time in the "SOCK IT TO ME ROCK" room review challenge. I love doing these reviews and hope you all enjoy reading them. My hope is that you can learn a few tips from them. I so appreciate the gals who offer their photos for review. I know sometimes they have to be patient while I work the reviews into my schedule-- but we hope it will be worth the wait!! :) Please feel free to use any hints you see here in your own work areas if they will help you!

Thanks to Gea for this room to review! She has a wonderful open, clean space and my points will mainly have to do with where she is keeping her items in the drawers and cabinets. We want Gea to be able to work effectively and efficiently in her deskspaces. To do that she needs to keep her essential items handy-- but not necessarily out in the open.

Left side of black desk:

Looking at the desk pic above, I see a lot of wall space going empty. Not that you have to fill it but at least use it to hang the picture or artwork that is leaning against the ledge and the art leaning on the window blinds. :) Let your inspiration shine and showcase it. Whether it is art, photos of family or your completed layouts. Hang it up and be inspired!

Your pegboard is a great idea. Use it to the fullest. Add a basket or shelf for all the flower jars. Add more pegs for the dimensional embellishments. Unless you are using them right away you couldalso store the dimensional stickers in the file cabinet drawer by theme with the rest of your accent stickers.

Wow, this whole area looks like a spiffy, clean space! Everything is out of sight.... clean desktop. :) Bravo!

Great chair. Good paper storage in cart under desk. Not much clutter. Good job.

If you want to, you could try moving the 12x12 paper cart out from under the desk over to the left of the desk. This would free up leg space under that area of the L shaped desk and give you a more comfortable work space on that side. To give you even more elbow room in that desk area, consider moving the white scrap paper drawers over to the right of the Ott light at the far right on the black L desk. (Near the folding table)

Letter stickers and accent stickers above: all organized by theme. Looks great!

When we open the drawers, this is where I can see a few things need to be tweeked. In this drawer alone we see an assortment of varied tools and types of items from brads, eyelets, asst. embellishments to tools to ribbon to ? Looking further down in other drawers we see some items of the same "catagories". From this, I gather we need to work on not only stashing things out of sight-- but work harder at keeping like items together.

Make this drawer JUST for embellishments and the Crop a Dile setter/eyelet setters. Take out all the fibers and ribbons and place elsewhere.

In the next drawer we see more adhesives, pens, and so on. I would make this drawer adhesives only and move my small Xyron to it also. I would then keep my pens on the desktop where I am more likely to see them and remind myself to use them in varied pages. Pen collections go dry much too soon as it is. Keeping them out of sight means I use them less and then money was wasted when they dry up.

The drawer above looks kind of item-cutters! No overflow. No confusion. Love it.
Pencils, chalks, all look good. But the iron could go out on the heat safe desktop/ironing surface wherever the outlet is that you use it at. Instead of storing a warm iron back in a drawer, get a pretty teflon hotpad to set it on up in the open. Just to be safe.

Now let's turn to the right side of the same black desk area.

Trash can is ample and handy. Yeah for that! If you can possibly move the sewing machine UP off the floor permanantly , do so. You will find you use it ten times as often! And your pages will benefit!

I can't quite tell what is in the pink and green baskets on the right of this desk. If they are accents, store them in the file folders by theme with your stickers. If they are photos, consider a photo storage box until they are needed.

I like that your punches are all together and in a sturdy drawer like this. My only comment here would be that maybe if you end up having more drawer space in the nextr drawer up or down, that you move half of these to it so you have a single layer of punches in any one drawer. It will be easier to see what you have and probably safer than overloading weight in one drawer. If that is not possible, get sturdy boxes to slide in here and 'divide' up your punches by type or catagory (flowers/geometric shapes/corners/letters) so you can go right to the kind you want.

More adhesives, more ribbon, more embellishments (buttons). I am noting a trend here. :) Let's seperate and put ALL the fibers and ribbon in one drawer and ALL the glues and adhesives in one drawer (see above comments), and ALL the embellishments in one drawer (see above).

White Iris Cart under left side of black desk:

Heat gun, inks and stampers. All rubber stamping related it is true. But look at the next pic.

We have stamps, glues, giltters, and more inks? Again like the punches, try to get your wood mount stamps in a single level so you can see them. If needed, sort the rubber stamps into clear trays which can then fit back into this Iris cart drawer or project box. Lifting out one tray to look undernear is preferable when searching over rustling in dozens of awkward items.

Is it possible to put the sewing machine up on this white counter with the die cutting? Looks like enough room and there is a stool to sit and sew. Will that work?

OK OK I say "uncle" here. :) You have a die station to "die" for and I envy you! :) It looks fantastic and is so tidy I can't comment a bit on improvements.

I also liked in your photos above at top that you have a spare folding table. I think that would come in handy for cropping buddies, sewing projects, or planning page kits!
All in all I love your space. Work on keeping like items together. You time finding items will be streamlined by a few minutes each time you search. And that ads up to many more minutes cropping time to get pages DONE! :)

Thank you Gea and good luck! Let me know how your changes go...
Best wishes,

So happy for them.....

Hurray for us! Here is my baby boy (almost 22) and he is .....ENGAGED!! :)

photos by me. :)

My son asked his sweetheart to marry him this last tuesday afternoon. We are sooooo very happy for them. Here are a few recent pics of them and of her with her ring.

photo by Brittany Bly

Wedding planned for Summer 2008.
Yeah us! Happy happy happy..... :)
Can you tell we love her and have for over 5 years?

Scrapping 4 Inclusion

Thank you Laurie Weishar for sending us this info:

Scrapping 4 Inclusion: The mission of Scrapping 4 Inclusion is to combine one of the fastest growing hobbies in North America with the need for creating awareness and raising funds on behalf of children with disabilities and their advocates.

Scrapping 4 Inclusion is a nationwide fundraising and awareness program benefiting The Bubel/Aiken Foundation. I am establishing a large (or soon to be large) network of volunteers who are planning a Fundraising Crop to benefit the Foundation. Currently we have 55 locations across the US planning events.

We also have a subscription partnership with Memory Makers Magazine. Ali Edwards has mentioned our program in her blog as she has a son with Autism and she can appreciate what the Foundation we are supporting is all about. Our goal is to spread the word about our program and let all the scrapbookers out there know how they can get involved. Involvement can be planning an even in your own community, helping with one that’s already started or simply attending your local event. Even if none of these options are appropriate you can still help us grow this initiative by simply talking to others about it You can find out more about this program by visiting our web site at htt://

The Bubel/Aiken Foundation:

The mission of The Bubel/Aiken Foundation is to create communities where ALL children can learn, live, and play together.

The Bubel/Aiken Foundation envisions a world where young people with disabilities are totally immersed in all life has to offer. The mission of The Bubel/Aiken Foundation is to provide services and financial assistance to facilitate the full integration of children with disabilities into the life environment of those without. The Foundation will encourage a society where children can enjoy together the activities of life. It is their goal to create an environment for children where inclusion is embraced.

TBAF grew out of the relationship between Clay Aiken and Diane Bubel and Diane’s, then 13-year-old son, Mike who had been diagnosed with autism. The bond between Clay and the Bubel family grew strong as they shared a vision of a world where children like Mike could be fully immersed in society. Both Clay and Diane had witnessed children with disabilities repeatedly turned away from activities opened to typical children. They knew with the right support system doors could be opened to these individuals that had thus far remained closed.

Please visit their website to find out how you can help to spread the word of inclusion. There are many ways that you can get involved. Visit

Spreading the word to all those who can benefit from The Bubel/Aiken Foundation and those who would be interested in Scrapping 4 Inclusion is a challenge but with help from people like you we can look forward to reaching many more who can benefit from these programs. Statistics show that 1 in 5 Americans are affected by some sort of disability. Chances are that many of your group members have a personal connection with a child with special needs. Help me to let then know what we are doing.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this message and I truly hope you are willing to help us out.

Laurie Weishar
Scrapping 4 Inclusion

Monday, August 13, 2007

How to organize Rub On lettering tablets

I love, love, love rub on lettering. Let's just say it is one form of lettering I can master and usually looks great. In minutes, I can lay down a word wherever I want to on whatever surface I want to. I love that. I scrap F>A>S>T!! So rub ons are very useful tools for me. It didn't take me long to gain a collection of rub ons in the dozens of styles available.

But the question was how to store them so that I could also quickly find the letters and styles and colors I want? I mainly travel to crops with my Making Memories rub on lettering stack tablets. I had maybe 14 of them total and I used them weekly. Soon I had used up so many letters that all 14 packets were a mess. I never knew where I'd find an A, or a T, or a K when I needed it. Did I still have some "P's" left in this packet or in that packet?

I started by necessity to blend and mix up fonts for my title lettering. All the words then started to have a typography kind of style. My words had combined fonts just because I liked the look very much --and I had to improvise these partial stacks of rub ons.

Using up what I had was not the problem. Finding a letter when I wanted one was the problem! What to do to organize this pile of rub on stacks? I hated flipping thru 14 booklets just to find one good "S" or a couple of zeros for a year date. Finally, it struck me to take apart all the little stack tablets of MM rub ons and re-assemble them into ONE gigantic black stack and one gigantic red stack and one gigantic white stack. Genius. Every now and then I scare myself with a plain and simple good idea.

Here is my daughter helping me sort our rub on letters. Within the black color family of rub ons, we put all the A's together and all the B's together and all the C's together and on down the line. Then we made one giant stack. Starting with the Z's we put them back in reverse order on the post. We used a post album post extender screw extension to stack them all back together with A's on top and Z's on bottom. You can put your numbers back on tha tpost after the Z's or before the A's--wherever you prefer.

Here is what the new BIG stack looks like all fanned out with many styles of black rub on letters and numbers all in one convienient place. One stack. One color. One long post!

Now I can find what I want in a flash. There is only one stack to look through for each color of rub on. I can determine my labeling or titles, see if I have all the letters, and create the item quickly. I am so glad I streamlined my stash of rub on stacks! Watch out, I am labeling everything with them now! :)


Saturday, August 11, 2007

Making an Acrylic Stamp Storage Binder

I love my acrylic stamps!!

I have about 20 sheets of Acrylic stamps now. I love them and wanted them to be together and mobile. I usually scrap away from home at least twice a week. I want storage that is truly innexpensive, is easy to view my stamps, will not 'dump out' in transit, and is compactly portable.

Here is what I came up with... I made it from a secondhand store zippered day planner binder, extra 12x12 chippboard cardboards, and some extra 8.5x11 page protectors.

zippered day planner binder that is larger dimensions than your scrylic stamp sheets.
staples and stapler
page protectors 8.5x11
hand held hole punch
cardboard pieces (I used 12x12 and 8.5x11 cut them down.)
my acrylic stamps, block, ink pad to store in binder
optional- reuse the dividers from the day planner to label stamp catagories.

My binder as it looked when I got it secondhand.
1. Cut cardboard pieces slightly larger than the acrylic stamp sheets that you want to store.

2. Measure your stamp sheets and make your cardboards about 1 inch longer and wider. Cut cardboards. Insert the new correct size cardboards into a 8.5x11 protector. Cut off the open top of the protector so it is flush with the cardboard.

3. Fold over the opposite edge (top of the above photo) and staple in 3 or 4 places along edge to make the protector 'narrower' in the binder.

4. Use the hole punch to punch out any needed extra holes in the white edging where the binder rings go. (bottom of the above photo near my thumb.)

Your finished pages should look like this below. You can add stamp sets to both sides of each cardboard in each page protector
5. Place all acrylic sheet plastics into the new resized page protectors.
6. Add in your acrylic mounting block at the front of the binder and one pad of ink. I use black ink a lot. So in those go. They won't fall out because the unit has a zipper!

7. Lastly add rub on lettering to identify what is in the binder. I placed mine on the vinyl cover. Poof! You are done! Now your acrylic stamps are organized and mobile!! If you need more than one binder, make two or three and just keep different catagories of stamps in each one.

I love my new storage method. Now when I need to stamp, I can quickly leaf through my choices, pull out a sheet, peel off the right stamps and work away! Clean up is a breeze too. I just use a wet wipe on the stamps and tuck them back in their page protector homes.

I hope this inspires you to create some great recycled storage that is useful to you. :)

Milk Jug Frosted Accents

I was experimenting with the concept of using water and milk jug plastic in my punches and dies to make card and page accents. Here is what I did.

1. Cut a clean milk jug apart near the handle lines
2. Assemble your ink, punches and dies.
3. Ink a small piece of the plastic if you like. Otherwise you can leave it with a plain 'frosted' look. Here I used a bumpy looking part of the plastic, but you can work with a smooth area also. Both cut the same.
4. Blot off any excess ink with a tissue to keep your hands clean. You will still get a gently colored look.

5. Use punches or dies on the plastic piece. Red and green Sizzix dies and the Jumbo Thumb-style punches work the best in my experience.
6. You can also freehand cut some swirls from the larger sections of the jug.
This was a fun idea and I especially liked the tabs I made. I plan to use these on a page soon and to make some wording from my leftovers. When I get all that done I will add a pic of the finished layout here! :)

Speedy Baby Albums: sample pics of LOs

Don't you love babies?
Here are a few sample pics of my speedy baby albums done this summer. Amidst all the chaos of the rest of our spring and summer we wanted to handmake gifts for two very special new arrivals. Luckily both were girls and we kept the color scheme pink. One sweetie is my grand neice and the other is the daughter of a friend. My dd and I did these speedy blank albums in record time --about two days. We did 40 pages total over two 12x12 albums for two young moms. Every page had a matching facing page-- even though they are not all shown here.

Simple yes. Rip and Flip I say!! Twenty pages in a day--not bad. Using stash, even better! A gift of love? That's the best part of all.

I made a resolution to use all the baby accents we had left in my stash and to use as many pink papers as I could from my stash. If I had two matching pink papers, those were the backgrounds. I then chose the same hue of pink for a second pattern paper or cardstock. Simple, cute blank pages for baby's first year in themes fitting those first twelve months. I know these young moms are so very busy right now and that they will love having these scrapbooks ready to use. Off they will go in the mail later this week.