Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Natural :)

Hi everyone :) 

I wanted to share a layout I made for a sketch challenge at The Memory Nest :) 

I used the Scrapbook Circle May kit on my layout :) 

 Here is their sketch :) 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

First Day ... Last Day -- featuring Bella Blvd. :)

Hi everyone :) 

I wanted to share a layout I made for the latest sketch challenge at Let's Get Sketchy :) 

I made this using Bella Blvd.'s Summer Breeze collection :) 

This is all about Brookie's first and last days in the 1st grade :) 


And here is their sketch :) 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Top Recycler -- featuring Bella Blvd. :)

Hi everyone :) 

I wanted to share a layout I made this weekend for the challenge at Frosted Designs  -- which was to incorporate Stars & Stripes on your page :) 

I made this using papers and embellishments from Bella Blvd. -- including the Summer Breeze collection :) 

In the bag behind Brookie's photo, I put her certificate, ribbon and my journaling for the award Brookie won at school that I mentioned in my last post :)

And I also wanted to wish my Mommy a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY today!! Love you Mom!!!!! :) 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)

Monday, May 26, 2014

What am I up to? *wink* :)

Hi everyone!! :) 

A couple of weeks ago, Michelle invited me to be a part of a continuing blog hop and today is my day to share :) 

I have always admired Michelle, and was lucky to meet her in real life 5 years ago in Tennessee when she and I went to a scrapbooking convention weekend! I just love and always find everything she makes so INSPIRING!!!!! :)  

Michelle had a few questions for me -- and here they are along with my answers :) 

1. What am I working on? 

 Awhile ago, the family and I were antique shopping at one of our fave antique stores ... and one of the vendors was selling this peg board stand (it's over 4 feet tall!!!!!!) and I just envisioned it for my embellishments in my scrap space ... and the best part -- the woman sold it to me for $12.00!!!!! STEAL!!! :)

I am HOPING I am not the only one who has a hard time using embellishments on their projects -- because I ALWAYS forget what I have available to me! LOL!!!  So I knew this peg board/stand would be PERFECT for my embellishments!!! :) 

So this weekend, I painted it and set it all up for my goodies!! :)

Here is what it looked like BEFORE .... (PS .. it is 2 sided!)

And here is what I did with it!!! :)  I painted it PINK (I know, I know ... you are shocked!!!) and then bought peg hooks for it and sorted/organized all my embellishments on it :)   

Here is side ONE :)

Some close ups of SIDE ONE :) 

 And for the side -- I took some Pebbles papers and adhered it to the side :) 

 And here is SIDE TWO :) 

And some close ups of SIDE TWO :) 

And here are some other things I have been working on :) 

Last weekend .... I made 58 (YES ... 58!!!!!) of these cards -- for my co-workers and some of my Dad's co-workers too ... some of you will remember that Brookie's school is involved in a NATION WIDE recycling contest with Waste Management (garbage company) ... and the schools involved bring in plastic bottles and soda cans for recycling ... well this past Thursday, Brookie was awarded with the TOP RECYCLER at her school!!!!!!!!!!!

So because she wouldn't be the top recycler if word had not gotten out at my work and my Dad's work that we have SO MANY PEOPLE drop of their plastic bottles and soda cans at our desks on a daily basis -- I wanted to give a THANK YOU to all of our co-workers that helped Brookie earn this award!! :) 

Waste Management gave the school a medal, a trophy, a certificate, a ribbon and a reusable water cup for the prize!!!!! :)

And let's see -- I am also making this mini album with some Authentique papers :) 

And I am also finishing up this MILESTONES baby book for my friend at work for her Baby that is due in August  :)

Ohhhhhhhh and while I was looking for all my embellishments for my new-to-me peg board stand -- I decided to go thru my papers and reorganize my paper drawers!

I used to have TWO of these FILLED with papers and embellishments -- well, I purged the embellishments to the peg board stand -- and I purged a TON of PAPERS and EMBELLISHMENTS to make up two BIG boxes of donations that I will be taking with us to Brookie's hospital (Phoenix Children's Hospital)  this summer for their craft rooms.  

Phoenix Children's Hospital has 6 craft rooms for the kids that are there long term -- so anytime I purge, I donate my stash to them :) 

So now I PURGED SO MUCH .. that I only have ONE paper tray filled!!!! GO ME!! :) 

I sort by manufacturer ... so that's what the alphas are for ... welllllll except for Bella Blvd. and Bo Bunny ... I have enough of their papers that they have to have their own drawer! LOL!! :) 

And one last thing I wanted to share that I did this weekend ... I had bought these 3-tiered metal trays at an antique store about a month ago (another STEAL ... all 3 for $15.00!!!!) and this weekend ... I organized my paints, mists and adhesives on it!!!

Gonna be so much easier to see what I have now!!! :) 

And here is Michelle's second question for me :) 

 2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? 

I don't think my work differs from others that are in the industry right now -- a lot of people tell me all the time that they can ALWAYS tell if it's a "Julie page" ... but looking out there in blog land ... I think I am pretty close to other styles right now ... 

I know I like to alter/upcycle a lot of things ... so I think I stand out that way VS. other crafters out there ... I see a spaghetti sauce jar and see something to hold my embellishments ... and others see it as trash .. so there's one way that I differ from others  ... lol :) 

 And Michelle's 3rd question for me :)

3. Why do I write/create what I do? 

I scrapbook for my kids -- I want them to have a legacy for when I am gone :)  And I know it must be working .. cause every time I make a page or mini-album .... both Brookie and Adam check it out and look at it :)   To me that makes it all WORTH IT!! :) 

And Michelle's last question for me :)

4. How does your writing/creating process work?

I work full time (and lately .... it is MORE than full time, as I have been putting in a TON of Over Time!! YIKES!!!)  --  so I only have time to create on the weekends ..... 

So I get up a lot earlier than everyone in the house on the weekends (like 4:30 AM early!!!!!) and start creating then ... and depending on what we have going on that weekend ... I will create on both Saturday and Sunday ... and then Sunday afternoon, I photograph my projects, then Sunday evening I edit/write blog posts :) 

There you have it ... a little more about me :) 

And I am honored to be tagging YVONNE for next week's continual blog hop :) 

YVONNE is one of the MOST TALENTED scrappers/upcyclers out there .... I so ADMIRE and LOVE this girl .. and I hope SOMEDAY we get to meet in real life!!!! :)

And today is also Memorial Day in the US ... so I want to take a moment to thank all the men and women that have paid the ultimate price for my freedom ... 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)