Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Art in Bloom



This two pager celebrates a day spent at the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh.  We visited the annual Art in Bloom for the first time in 2019.  It was close to my mother's birthday so it was her day. She loves flower gardening and does beautiful arrangements herself.  She thoroughly enjoyed the visit.

If you live near the Raleigh area, this is a wonderful event.  Here are the details for this year's Art in Bloom.  https://ncartmuseum.org/calendar/series_parent/art_in_bloom

For the page, I took most of the photos and had them printed on 2 8x10 prints.  Several other photos are on 4x6's for a total of 18 photos on this two pager!  Watch the video to see where the other photos are hidden on the page.

Another lesson of this page is to use your supplies!  I discovered some Thickers that were so adherred to their backing sheet, I had to cut them out to use them.  Also some of my washi tape will no longer come off the roll.  I'd already had to throw out dried up paint.  Use them or lose them!

Here's the video for the layout:


Thanks for watching!

Monday, January 6, 2020

Craft Room Tour

A couple of years ago, I moved my sewing machine upstairs on a small table just to see if I could do all my crafts in one room - my guest bedroom.  This room has wonderful light so there was no going back to the basement.  Eventually I was doing all sewing in the room and I needed more work and storage space.  Recently I moved some things around, added a design wall and a cutting table.  I condensed my scrapbooking and other papercrafting supplies.  Not to worry, I still have lots of stuff to work with for cards and layouts.

Here is a tour of the bedroom/craft room/chill out space.




Thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Happy New Year and New Decade

Happy 2020!  Can you believe it has been 20 years since we welcomed the new millennium.  I can't. 



Each year, I review the previous year and then create goals and objectives for the new year.  My goals may be similar from year to year or there may be some big thing coming up.  This year they were fairly similar to last year.  I made some progress toward my goals via objectives I completed last year but there are still plenty of things to do. 

One example is a goal to have my house more 'company ready.'  It really isn't that we have that many guests but I always love how it looks when I've cleaned up for visitors and want it to look more that way just for us.  We used to wash the house down or have it done every year but got away from that due to illness one year.  This past spring I had the house washed down and what a difference! We also did some landscaping with weed control in mind and made good progress.  This year I have a few other things in mind to do.  All of this with a goal of making our home more enjoyable, creating less stress and making it easier to get away once in awhile.

Rather than try to fit everything on one page, I did a two pager for the new decade.  Here is the process video:



My resolution for the year is to journal something positive every day.  I made a resolution to journal every day a few years back and it has stuck.  A journal is a good place to vent however I noticed that many days, venting was all I was doing.  So this year, I can vent but I have to record at least one good thing that happened to me or that I accomplished.  Those things are there, they just need to get notice more.

I'm also reading more now thanks to being a recent convert to audiobooks.  I use our public library and Scribd.  If you haven't tried Scribd, here is my link for 2 free months.  (Disclosure:  I get 1 free month for anyone who tries it.)

Have you made resolutions?

Monday, December 23, 2019

Breaking Down a Collection

Is there ever enough space to store all of your crafts supplies???

I remember when we first moved into our house, I had more cabinets than I had stuff.  I mentioned this to my now husband and he mentioned my comment to a female friend.  She got a good laugh out of it and assured him that eventually the stuff would grow to fit the space.  Now I always seem to be cleaning out a cabinet, or closet or a space under the bed to store more stuff!

The craft room continually goes through changes as I use product, buy new things and change my interests.  A couple of years ago, I moved some of my sewing stuff up the the craft room that had previously been only papercrafts.  Now I need about half the space for sewing which means a lot less papercrafting storage.  I'm spending more and more of my time sewing again so I need the space to fit the function.  I'll have more on this change in an upcoming video.

In the meantime, I'm working through collections and emptying drawers. In this video, I share my process for breaking down a collection.  I still save a lot of stuff but not in a drawer devoted to one waning collection.

Video: 



How do you break down your collections or kits?  Do you move items to other areas, donate supplies, throw out what you haven't used?

Thanks for watching today!

Saturday, November 2, 2019

I think I can!


There are bicycle paths all over Hilton Head Island. This one stretch though you biked by the road until just a few years ago when they added paths through the trees. The only catch is there is a fairly steep hill to get over.  I cut over to the roadside and bike around it.  DH bikes over that hill every time he can.  He really has to get a running start.

The page also captures some photos on the beach and a good one of the two of us together.

Here's the process video.


Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, October 28, 2019

"Reading" while crafting

My husband has always loved books on tape. That's how far back it goes.  He started listening to books when they were actually on cassette tapes!  Then Cd's and now he listens to audiobooks.

I have taken a lot longer to come around to this type of information and entertainment. I read traditional paper books until about 2 years ago when I bought a tablet.  I still like to read a book and I think it engages the mind in a different way than an audiobook.

However, an audiobook does engage my mind.  I can see now why he wears his headset everywhere listening to books on the go, while working, or walking.  I haven't gone that far but I have found one place I particularly love to have a good novel being read to me or listen to an author share their non-fiction book and that is my craft room.

When I'm cardmaking or cutting fabric or even practicing free motion quilting, I can listen at the same time and I love it.

We download books through our local library system; however, sometimes the wait is long and the selection more limited in audiobooks than ebooks so I went looking for another option.

I've been using Scribd for about a month now and I like it a lot. (see link below)  Books aren't unlimited as it does hold back some popular titles for another month; however, I found the book I most wanted to read.  Our next book club choice was Educated and the library wait was too long. I've listened to another non-fiction book, a popular novel and am now starting another book club selection that had a long library wait time.  Another advantage of Scribd is that you can download the book or you can just stream. I've streamed a few to decide whether I wanted to continue or not.  Mostly I download so I can listen from anywhere.

The main reason I like audiobooks now when I didn't like CD's before is that I can adjust the speed.  I often speed up the speaker to 1.2x and that little extra can make all the difference.  Some books have both male and female voices so it is more like listening to a play.

Now when I'm cutting quilt fabric or making cards, I'm usually 'reading' as well.  It's fun and informative.

If you like audiobooks or would like to give them a try, here is my Scribd link for 2 free months. Full disclosure, I get one additional free month for anyone who signs up. You can cancel at any time so you don't have to continue past the first 2 months if it isn't for you.  At $8.95 per month it is much cheaper than Audible.com and gives you far more books per month.

Scribd Free 2 Month Trial

Hope you are having a crafty fall!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Working with a collection



I've been cleaning out my craft room again.  This time it is to make way for more sewing things which means some papercrafting product must go.  This collection by Crate Paper is one of those that I loved the idea of it more than the practical application. I figured it had one more scrapbook page in there, so I found a photo of my cousins, my mom and me and did a page commemorating a day we spent together when one cousin traveled to NC for a visit.  The journaling captures snippets of our day together and provides memory triggers that I hope will still be working for me in years to come.  If I can't remember everything, I can always call my cousins. Good memory is a family trait.

The process video is here:


After completing this page, I did about 2 more cards and then put the rest in my donate bag.  It's cute stuff but I just couldn't make it work for most of my cards and scrapbooking.  It's hard for me to part with pretty paper but I have to realize I can only use so much.

Thanks for visiting today.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Cute Little Umbrellas and 10,000!



To celebrate with friends, I made some pina colada cupcakes (minus the rum) and I wanted them to be a little more festive.  What these cuties needed were those little umbrellas you find in drinks.  I didn't have any and live in a small town with few shopping options so I decided to make my own.

I'm using a scallop punch, toothpicks, paper and glue.  Here's the video:



The cupcakes spelled Congratuations with takes a remarkable amount of table space to display.  Next time I might try just Congrats.  :-)  The cupcakes are coconut flavored with a pineapple filling and then buttercream frosting and a sprinkle of coconut. 

Oh and I'm celebrating too.  My YouTube channel at LisaEDesign now has 10,000 subscribers!!!
Thanks for visiting!

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