Friday, March 2, 2012

New Scrappy Space

I am absolutely beyond excited...the furniture for my new scrappy space is installed!!!  This is a dream come true and I'm so happy that I'll finally have a space for my stuff.  Derwin is the best - he knows how I'd love to have a space just for scrapbooking and he knows how much this hobby means to me.  So, he told me to decide what I wanted to have in the scrappy space and get it made.  Aren't I married to the best guy ever?!?!

Making the decision was really hard.  I really wanted a big island-style table in the middle of the room to work at where I could stand or have a tall stool.  However, with the space that we have and how we share it with play space, I felt it wasn't the best fit.  I looked through all kinds of pictures to find what I wanted and then had my ideas ready.

This is the desk and shelf that I had made.  I wanted a U-shaped desk so I could be working on one side while the kids did their crafts next to me.  If they need help, they're right there so I don't have to get up and go to them.  I got the shelf made for above for all those embellies that fit into those pretty jars.  :D

This is the set of drawers I had him make for all my itty bitty stuff - bottles of paint, Stickles, stamps and inks, etc.  I'll be putting my chipboard, stickers, etc in here.

This is where I'll be keeping my papers.  I like vertical storage so I'll be keeping everything in the Cropper Hopper vertical containers in these slots.  I'll also keep the albums I'm working on here, if there's room.  The space to the left is the desk where the kids can do their projects.  There's an opening on this side and another on the other side so they both can be there.

And this is my customized Expedit-style shelf.  I got it made so it'll fit the WRMK d-ring albums so the squares are bigger than the Expedit units.  This is where my albums will go.

Now, it's just a matter of finding a new home for all my goodies!  How exciting!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Thanks Living February 15

The other monthly challenge that I've vowed to keep up with is the Thanks Living challenge.  I've been keeping my journal but I have to admit that I haven't been doing it daily.  I was so good at first but then slacked off.  I was doing it every week or so but now I'm back on the daily track.  Not only is it good for the soul, it's good for the memory and all those daily happenings!

So this layout came from one of my statements on February 15th.  I wanted to get a photo of the kiddos to send to Pascuala.  I have no idea why I thought of it but I asked A if he wanted to get his hair spiked.  He was so pumped about it - I even had to get the full-on shot (as requested by Mr. A).  K also got fancy for the picture and put on her bright pink lipstick - wowzers!  Fun times with my two munchkins are so precious and I love each of them.

Digi supplies used:  "Rawr" kit by Melissa Bennett; "Date Bits" by Misty Cato; "Thanks Living" download by Deena Wuest

Since this month's lesson was on visual hierarchy, I focused on the words to play around with it.  I took Deena Wuest's design for the title and recoloured it to suit the colours in my layout.  Then I played with fonts, colours and sizes in the journalling block.  With the block being that green, it made it a bit tougher to decide on colours but in the end, I'm happy with what I ended up choosing.  I decided to make key words bigger and change their colour to have them stand out and I made sure that my Thanks Living statement really stood out, which is why I "framed" the journalling with them.

I have a couple more statements that I'd like to scrap yet so I may have more of these coming.