Friday, November 8, 2013

Noel Mignon - November Sketch

Me again, not continuing my studio tour :)  Sorry, I got my new Noel Mignon kit for November and am in kit killing mode at the moment for the two older kits!  Julie from the Noel Mignon design team posted this great sketch:

And I find sometimes if I don't play along right away... I forget!! :)  Here is mine using bits from the Sept and Oct kits (they are all mixed together on my floor right now - see last picture!!)

Sorry this isn't great, my iPhone camera seems to be getting worse and worse!

Here's the MESS that is my studio floor!

(Psss... see my new kit all tempting and pretty sitting there on the bottom right corner... it's whispering to me!!)


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Creative Scrappers - Sketch 255

Sorry, a quick break in my studio tour to post my version of the CS Sketch 255.  I need to retake the layout shot tomorrow (it's evening here so I can't get a shot without a shade of me in front of the light!) but wanted to post.

Here is the original sketch:

And here is my version!  I used a mix of the Sept & Oct Noel Mignon kits as well as some Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Navy (from the new Nov kit as I just could NOT keep my hands off of it!!).

Here's a close up of the top embellishments. I kept this layout pretty simple.  This was my son's1st birthday (the aftermath of his first cake eating) so finally got to use this wood veneer 1!!

Close up of the title and large star. Can you see how GORGEOUS the new Heidi Swapp navy is?  Oh I'm in love!!!

Be back soon with the rest of my studio tour!


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Kit Storage

Sorry it took me so long to get back to this. I had company all last week and... well, I wasn't able to sneak away up here and finish this off.  So here I go again now!

First, my last 2 months of kits are stored in empty Project Life page protector boxes.  This is a relatively newer system I'm working on.  You can see them there:

To the right of my Project Life stuff there are boxes with labels you can't read :)  I use a bit of washi tape on the ends and label them with the month and name of the kit that is in it.  These are my Sept and Oct Noel Mignon kits - which is my montly scrapbook kit and the only kit I get currently. These kits are HUGE and keep me more than going all month long for both layouts and Project Life spreads! 

So here's what is in these boxes:

Not so helpful but that's the view from the top.  I completely and TOTALLY stole this method from Tracey Banks (Mercy Tiara).  She hangs up her alphas and long sheets on a peg board while I leave it all in the box but otherwise, stolen from seeing her work in her You Tube process videos. And ironically, about 2 weeks after I started this, she did a video about her kit storage.  It was funny as I'd pieced it together first! (wish I'd been lazier and waited until after this video... but I didn't know she was doing it, LOL)

So the bottom of the box has my cardstock, then patterned paper (this kit is well used), then my alphas. This kit has a photo tucked in as I was messing with a layout and it all got shoved back into the box. The ENTIRE REASON I use this method.  Easy, fast clean up but it's all still right there when I am ready to pull the box down again.

So, the silver tray has the larger embellishments in it.

The crystal dish has the smaller embellishments in it. All easy to find and poke around in.  My very wonderful and thoughtful friend Sweet Scrapista bought me the tray and dish.  I had told her I started using this for kits and funnily enough so had she (and we hadn't even talked about it with each other!!).  So when she saw these, she bought them and sent them to me.  BEST SCRAPPY GIFT EVER!!

So there you have it, my kit trays.  Once I get the majority of the kit used up or am just ready to move on, I put all the stuff left into my stash and the next month's kit goes into the tray.

This method now means I don't need to store a lot of kits elsewhere but the few I do have from before are all in one of the blue cubes in my expedit:

Next post will be my new method for embellishments!  I hang them all on book rings.  It's new, I love it and I am USING UP so much stuff cause I can see it and it doesn't take me long to find anything.

Until then...