Monday, February 28, 2011

Project 2011 Scrap Our Stash - How I did in February

Another month has gone by since I signed up for Denise's Project 2011 Scrap Our Stash group.  In January I didn't buy anything but I wasn't quite as good in February.  Before joining the group I had promised a friend I would host a Close to My Heart party at my home.  Eight people attended and amazingly they bought enough CTMH products that I was able to get $165. worth of free product and also 4 items at half price.  There were tons of things I would have liked to have ordered from the catalogue but I worked very hard to only pick items I knew I would use. I know that I shouldn't have taken any of the half price items but just couldn't help myself.  I am still working on the kids wedding album and there was an alphabet stamp that I thought would be wonderful for the wedding layouts and also there was a hostess variety pack that had papers I could use for the album.  So I ordered them at half price.  I was good though and didn't take the other 2 half priced items. I am proud of my self for being able to do 10 layouts and 4 cards using just what was in my stash.
Because of the success of Denise's Project 2011 idea I decided to start a Let's Scrap Our Stash group over at Let's Scrap.  Many of the members had already signed up for Denise's group so they joined my group also.  It has been wonderful seeing everyone encouraging each other in the group and also they have been sharing some great ideas on using up our stash.
Today I started another group as a sort of spin off of the Scrap your Stash group. This one is to for Organizing Our Stash.  I hope by getting our scraprooms more organized that it will help us to use our stash more.  How often in the past have you bought something to scrapbook with and later realized you already had it.  Or you know you have the perfect paper or embellishment for a layout you're working on but you search and search and can't find it so you go to the store and buy something to replace it.
I can't wait to visit all of your blogs and find out how you did Scrapping Your Stash.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Itty Bitty Betty Anne

This is one of the layouts I did for the blog hop challenges.  My Friend Bev's challenge was a blue and yellow layout and black and white photo.  I realized I don't have many papers in those colors so had to add in a fair amount of cardstock but I'm very happy with how it turned out.  It was the first time I had used the around the page large punch by Martha Stewart and really liked it, so I'm sure to use it again. I glimmer misted some white flowers to make them blue and yellow/

 I only had a few pictures of me growing up. Then a few months ago I went through a bunch of old negatives my Mom had, had and was thrilled to find some of me when I was little. I thought it was time I did another layout for my Book of Me.
I'm the little one in the picture and the girl holding my hands is my oldest sister Ardell. Although, she was 11 years older then me she always treated me very special. She often let me tag along after her and even when she started dating she wouldn’t go out on an evening date without reading me a bedtime story. As we grew up she wasn’t just my beloved sister, she was my best friend. Sadly we lost her very suddenly to a brain aneurysm 12 years ago. She is never far from my thoughts and I was so happy to have a picture of her and I together. The butterflies on the layout are for her.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Let's Scrap Blog Hop Was A Tremendous Success

I know you must be wondering where I've been.  I have been so busy with the  Let's Scrap Hoppy New Year Blog Hop that I haven't even had time to  make posts in here or visit my many friend blogs.  The hop was a tremendous success.  We had 138 new members join us over at Let's Scrap and there were over 1000 layouts and cards posted in our gallery.  I am a huge fan of showing my love for the members projects  so a lot of my time was spent leaving comments for very everyone and also answering lots of questions.  The rest of the time I was busy trying to complete all 15 of the challenges given to us  by all the blog hosts.  I was amazed at the talent and creativity on all the layouts and cards that were uploaded to our gallery.  Hopefully now that things are settling down a bit, I will have a chance to share some of the layouts and cards I made during the hop.

I also want to announce the winner of my Blog Hop Challenge.  It was SCRAPPIN ANNIE.  I hope that you will enjoy all the goodies I will be sending your way. 

Friday, February 4, 2011

Father Daughter Dance

     With the blog hop still going on over at Let's Scrap and my new duties as an administrator in the group I have been so busy that I haven't had much time to visit all my blogging friends or to make blog posts.  I had some time tonight so I thought I would share a layout with you before heading off to see what you have all been up to.
      In January Julie Bonner supplied us with a wonderful sketch and prize over at Let's Scrap.  So I  decided to use the sketch to make a layout of my new daughter-in-law and her father dancing at the wedding.  I was really pleased with how it turned out. If you want a closer look at it, just click on the picture and it will enlarge for you.

     I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and Happy Scrapping.