Little Announcement

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I’m so excited to share that I will be designing for Scrapbook Customs!! I’m thrilled to be working with such a great team and can’t wait to showcase their fabulous products! I was lucky enough to meet many of the people in the company and see their facility. It’s truly a hands on process and so much care and detail goes into every product they send out. You can buy directly from their website or if you want to add more products from other retailers, you can make your purchase at Scrapbook.com!

Scrapbook Customs has a huge offering of papers and embellishments that are perfectly matched to your memories. Scrapbooking a cruise that your family took? They have the perfect supplies!! What about those first day of school photos or graduation? They have you covered! Need some basics that are classic and timeless? Again – they’ve got it! Weddings, sports, foreign countries, stamps for your projects, there’s something for you at Scrapbook Customs. They also support both physical and digital scrappers. It’s the best of it all!

I’ll do an unboxing video when my supplies come in, and of course, you’ll see the fun stuff I create with the supplies! I can hardly wait!

Update to Typecast issues

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I have finally been able to follow up with WRMK about the issues I’ve been experiencing with my machine. Ultimately, I’m getting a replacement. They wanted me to ship it to them and then they would send out the new machine. I have an online weekend crop starting later today and I really don’t want to be without…..and, their offices are within five miles of my house. Seriously. So, to save on shipping costs 😉 I offered to drive over to their offices to exchange my machine in person. YAY!

I’m packing up my beauty and will trade her in for a twin 😉

November Beach Crop!

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Tomorrow I’ll have a post about our family’s move to Utah. Today I have an exciting announcement. The title above probably gives it away!

I’ve been happily teaching at local scrapbook stores and crops or events for many years. I love to share my love of creating with other crafters! I also love to have fun and laugh as I teach – I really do adore the women I work with! I’ve been lucky to teach for Christy, the owner of ScrapHappy, at her semiannual Beach Crops since 2014. We always have a blast in class! With my move to Utah, I didn’t think I’d be able to teach at another of her events, but I’m so happy to announce that I’ll be back for the November Beach Crop!!!!! (yes, 5 exclamation points was totally warranted!) I have a class or two that I’m developing to teach….not sure which one (or more!) I’ll end up fully developing…. The classes I love to teach the most are techniques. Showing you how to use a new product works or how to create a different piece of scrappy awesomeness using your long loved products in a new way. I also love showing off how *easily* a “complicated technique” can be achieved. I’ve taught everything from card classes featuring a little technique to a full on mixed media canvas class! (remember how “stupid easy” that one was?! So fun!!) Creating isn’t supposed to be stressful – we are supposed to be enjoying ourselves!

I’m developing my November Beach Crop classes now, SO – today, my question to you is this: What do YOU want to see in a class? What would you want to learn or do? Leave your comments below sharing what you’d love to see in a class or what your favorite past class has been!

Sign up for the November Beach Crop in Destin, FL HERE. Remember, even if you can’t attend the whole weekend of the crop, you can always drop by to take classes and shop the amazing vendors that will be there! (but we’ll miss you cropping with us!!)

Organizing A Creative Space

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Since moving, I have to rethink my organization and layout to fit my new area and current storage options. After my assembly debacle in the last post, I purchased some screws and assembled the storage piece. While assembling the piece, I was analyzing how I wanted to use the space I have. I used part of the afternoon brainstorming and running through creative process ideas – what do I want to accomplish? How will I use the space? What do I want closer to me as I work? What is less important to have at my fingertips? What areas will need space to grow as I add supplies and are there things I really don’t need anymore? All these answers affect the way I want my space organized and the layout that will be most efficient for my creative process.

Think about your space and the way you have your supplies organized. Think about your creative process. Do you look at a project and think – hmmm….I need a tag/label/button right here…. Or do you look at it and think – I need something blue/red/green…. Knowing your own creative process and how your brain works and what your eye looks for will help you to be more efficiently organized. If you tend to look for color vs supply type can help.

I used to be organized by color – all my red items were together. I had one divided organizer that held all my red brads, clips, buttons, glitter packs, ribbon, twine, etc. After a few years I noticed that my creative process had changed. I found myself often looking for a specific shape or type of supply – regardless of color, or rather less specific on color. I could choose any tag that coordinated with my layout, but I knew I wanted a tag in that one spot. As a result, I reorganized my space to fit my creative needs.

As I keep tweaking my new space, comment below… How are your supplies organized? Do you notice that your creative eye tends to look for a specific color or item? Has your organization style changed over time?

Some Assembly Required

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I’m putting together a piece of recollections storage furniture. I purchased two identical pieces a week ago. First one went together without issue. Opened the second unit’s box…..missing one of the bags of screws. The main bag of screws to assemble the whole piece! (no bag #1 in photo above!) I called the number on the directions – it was a recording saying the number was disconnected but gave another number to call. I dialed and a woman answered the phone: “Hello?”

I was taken by surprise – I totally expected a professional business type greeting! I said, “um….I’m trying to reach Recollections?” Yes, it was a question… She said “Yes?” So I explained that I had purchased a piece of storage furniture from Michaels Craft Store and was missing one of the bags of screws included in the hardware. She asked my name, phone number and email address. Then she said I needed to EMAIL them my address and request the screws!! I told her that the instructions clearly stated I could call to get the parts, and could she please take my info over the phone. She seemed a bit put off by my request, but said she could. I gave her my mailing address and the item number of the product I purchased. (and clearly I did not think this through before calling because….) She then said it would take about 48-72 hours to process my request, then they would ship them out and it would take 5-7 business days to be delivered. That’s maybe waiting 10 business days to receive the part. While I have all the bits and pieces scattered around ready to be assembled…… So I’m headed out to go buy some screws.

Hi there…

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Well, it’s been a while…. I almost feel like I should be re-introducing myself! My life got a little more crazy and full when I picked up a second part time job last spring.  For the past few years I’ve held a small part time job as a seamstress sewing patches and hems for a local uniform shop. It’s pretty flexible since it’s something I can do at home and I have a couple days turn around time.

Last April, I had the opportunity to pick up another part time job at a flower shop. I absolutely love my job! I know there’s still lots to learn, but I can now say I’m a floral designer. I have a wonderful coworker that took me under her wing and showed me the ropes, er, flowers…. I’m proud to say that I survived my first Valentine’s Day! It was super busy and a bit hectic, but it was also a great learning experience. Because of how busy we were, I was basically forced to trust myself and not over think what I was doing, and just DO IT. It really pushed me and gave me a confidence boost. Being a floral designer is a great fit for me because it allows me to flex my creative muscles! The only downside is that my schedule has been busier and I have to manage my time better to get any scrap time. (managing my time better is a good thing, though!)

My blog stalled after I starting working at the flower shop. I felt like I was juggling so many things with family, kids, jobs, etc, and this was the easiest to let slide. I want to recommit to my blog and scrapping on a regular basis. I went to a crop a couple weeks ago, and it re-energized me! If you look at my archives, you see that I mainly posted cards and layouts, weekly challenges, some tutorials, and was just starting to do videos. Please leave a comment with any suggestions on things you’d like to see. Do you love sketches? Process videos? New tools or techniques? For now, I’m going to finish clearing off my desk so that I can get scrappy!