Thursday, January 19, 2012

January LOTM class date changed

Just a FYI. I have had to move Wednesday's January 25th class to the Thursday January 26th.
My mother is having surgery done on her hand and I need to get her to the hospital and back and then spend the night making sure she is ok.
I better make sure I have lots of hand sanitizer if I am hanging out at the hospital. A good book too.

Anyone interested in the class should contact One Crazy Stamper at 905-533-0781   
Basic tools is all that is required.  

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

January 2012 layout

Progress is sometimes accomplished by taking baby steps. Maybe that should have been the theme for this months layout but it isn't. Possibly I can use it for another time. This months theme - "Our Story".
My intent for the new year was to get my monthly layouts done early and technically, considering I am known to have them done at the last possible minute, this months is early, two weeks early. However, not as early as I had intended. Still, progress is sometimes accomplished by making baby steps. I am blaming the delay on this monstrous cold I got New Years Day. Next month I am going to aim for 3 weeks before class date.

I like the feel of this layout even though it is a little shabby chic and feminine for me. Still it has features that are keeping with my style. The picture quality this time around is terrible. I need to make some kind of photo box for taking pictures but I will have to investigate the "how-to's" of that process. Needless to say the lighting is bad and the colours do not reflect the actual colours of the papers well. Hopefully I can redo the pictures when I can take advantage of some natural lighting. Enough excuses.

Papers used are from Kaisercraft's Bonjour collection mixed with some chocolate browns and some soft pinks. There is a mini album on the top right of the left page for extra photos and/or journalling. The right side has an envelope for some hidden journalling. This layout can easily be adapted to be one used for some heritage photos or even some travel. There is a little bit of die cutting and some inking along with the use of a butterfly border punch, butterfly punch and a great Quickutz butterfly.
Class is being held at One Crazy Stamper in Bolton on Wednesday January 25TH at 11AM.
Call the store to reserve your spot 905-533-0781

Friday, January 6, 2012

The first week of January and I am off to a rough start!

So, I never get sick. Well rarely. Probably because I have cootie issues and tend to avoid sharing and if I must, I wash my hands frequently. I also tend to avoid sick people. Easily done when I work from home.
Well the cosmic forces must have been against me and getting a good start to putting my New Years resolutions into action. I got one humdinger of a cold this week. My only activity was on Wednesday as I had a date with 6 teenage girls to make a Smash Book type mini album and I couldn't let them down.
Thankfully Sudafed got me through the day but I totally crashed and burned when I got home. Slept most of Thursday and I am only now feeling marginally human.

That means absolutely nothing got accomplished this week. Bummer. I am not going to let that throw me too much off track. I am slowly getting the rest of my work spaces cleaned up and may be in a position to post pictures on the weekend. Send me some positive energy and I may even get a couple of layouts posted too. Right now I am off to Ikea for another Benno storage unit as I am out of space for my Sizzix dies and there soon will be more to store. I may even let Swiss Chalet cook for me tonight.

Hope you are having a better start to your New Year.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Years Everyone!

Well, another year hast passed and I don't know if I am older and wiser or just older.
I have a list this year of resolutions I intend to make and keep as I think it is time for some change.
Hopefully the world does not come to an end on December 21st and the diet and exerciser will all be for naught. :-) So I am optimistically moving ahead with less ice cream, breakfast in the mornings. lunches and dinners. That is right, no more skipping meals and snacking on junk. Who's with me on this?
That was resolution #1.
Number #2:
One thing I know for sure is there are definitely some drawbacks to working form home. The isolation tends to make one somewhat antisocial. I realized that I need to get out more and be with people, have conversations about other things other than scrapbooking and get involved more. Maybe I will even take some pictures to add to my scrapbooks. So another optimistic step forward... take pictures and print them (an important step as I usually only do the first one) and then paste them into my scrapbooks.
Number #3:
Clean all the junk out of my house! Yes, I think I may have some hoarding tendencies. Not enough to get me on the TV show but certainly enough to impact how I live in my space. Yesterday I started cleaning and purging my scraproom as I need to get rid of stuff I probably won't use and sort stuff I can use for classes etc. Hopefully I will find room for some of my work related product as soon there will be new and I need to do something with last seasons products. Hopefully the overflow that is in my hallway will all find a home or be sent to charity or ... I don't know, just out. My friend Joyce who often scrapbooks with me and keeps me motivated will not recognize "our" work space the next time she is over. There are no mountains of stuff on the floor and it is much easier to navigate the space. Now for the office. Hopefully I will find the floor in there too this week and I won't have as many excuses for not getting my projects accomplished for deadline.
Now if I could only get someone to take the lovely sofa bed out of my living room, I would be over the moon ecstatic. Anyone reading this that wants a good sofa with almost new mattress contact me. Free to whomever wants to pick it up and take it away.
Number #4:
Discipline myself to make a project every day, even if it is something small. Even with the purge I have enough supplies to keep me and all you who read my blog happy for a lifetime. Hopefully that will translate into more classes for you and some ideas for the retailers that shop through me.
Number #5:
Last but not least as I am sure I will add to my list of challenges for the year is make a art journal to record my efforts. I think I am going to use one of the 8x11-1/2 albums I have to record my journey. Anyone want to join me? Hopefully there is at least one other person out there who wants to set some goals for themselves and record their efforts. We can support each other and give each other the occasional push.
Let me know who is in.

Now I am going to finish my tea and get at finishing my scraproom as I have a class layout to finish and my smash book class to prep for as I have 8-10 gals this Wednesday morning and I want to make sure I am all packed and ready to go before dinnertime Tuesday night.

OK, another two goals..
Number #6. Get it done now, stop procrastinating, life is simpler and less stressful when you don't wait to the last minute to pack. You are less likely to forget things as well.
Number #7,
Post more to the blog. The odd comment will help this process as I often feel like I am talking to myself. :-)

Hope everyone has a healthy, happy and prosperous year.