Saturday, January 17, 2009

Happy me

And what a day it was. A friend and I were on our way to Guelph for a Stamp for Fun, when the strap holding up the muffler on the car broke. With no exits in sight on the 115, the muffler dragged on the highway until I could find an exit and a Canadian Tire. The strap was fixable; the muffler unfortunately had a hole in it.
But despite this "muffled" start, we had a marvelous day and learned a lot. These pictures show a few of the things we learned. More pictures will follow later.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

The scrap pile yelled at me...

My mother always told me then you felt overwhelmed about a task to start with the task that bothered you the most.
Looking at my craft room with a critical eye, I analyzed each area according to the degree to irritability factor The scrap pile won hands down.
Like most of you, I don't like to throw anything away "in case I can use it". Scraps are convenient for creating punch art, photo corners, mats, journaling blocks and other page accents. Over the years, my scrap pile grew and grew, filled one bankers box, then a recycling box and eventually spilled over onto the floor. This pile was the first thing one saw as one entered the craft room. The disorganized pile "yelled" at me, and I could never find the particular scrap I was looking for without creating a huge mess.
So, my number 1 task was born....organize the scraps, not only to stop the "yelling" but to make the most use of my scrapbook paper buck.
Little did I know how long it would take me; little did I know the degree of satisfaction it would give me; little did I know how much calmer my craft room looked with that pile in order.
1. Dump out your entire lot of scrap paper. Use a pair of scissors to trim off any frayed,m bent or awkward edges to make containment easier.
2. Sort scraps into piles by colour family. It isn't necessary to separate out solid and patterned paper. Put scraps into the following piles: white/white patterns, black and black/gray patterns, brown/brown patterns, cream/cream patterns, red/red patterns, orange/orange patterns, yellow;/yellow patterns, green/green patterns, blue/blue patterns, and violet/violet patterns.
3. Sort specialty papers by group: handmade, metallic, mulberry, suede, vellum, woodgrain,or intermix types and sort by colour.
4. Once sorted, determine the most suitable-sized storage container. An accordian type folder works great.
5. Throw away scraps than are no larger than 2 by 2".
I will honestly tell you the task took hours and hours, but it has made my life so much easier.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Happy New Year

Hope eveyone had a wonderful holiday season. Now that the New Year has arrived, it's time to put together some goals (notice I did not say resolutions) that will provide some direction for myself and my career. My goals I hope are realistic and attainable.
1. Organize - my craft and work space especially. Decluttering was my big task over the holidays and remains ongoing task. I live in a small house, and it doesn't take much to create a mess. When my environment is in chaos, so is my mind, and my creative 'juices' dry up.
2. Organize my classes and create card samples that will posted on this blog.
3. I started scrapbooking over the holidays and a personal goal related to that is to design a 2 page layout each month.
4. Be kinder to myself and to rest more. I worked hard last year, and I just can't keep that pace up any more. The doctor has warned me to cut back on my hours - that will be hard to do as I love my work.

Now, for the immediate task at hand - post pictures of Thank you notes that will be made Jan. 10.
Don't forget to register for classes early.
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