Friday, January 31, 2014

Favorite Things Friday - Crafty Storage

Time for another Favorite Things Friday post! The Scrap It Girl Design Team shares favorite crafty storage items.

I decided to share how I store my ribbons. For now this is the most organized area in my scraproom.
I store my ribbons in one from the  drawers of my Michael's craft cubes. The dividers came with the drawers. I started by wrapping the ribbons around a 3x3 piece of cardboard but later I started to use  Cropper Hopper dividers cut in squares. They are supposed to be used as dividers for the paper holders in but I had a lot of extras. I cut them in squares and they work perfect. If I know the ribbon brand I put a little sticky label.

The drawer contains all ribbons that are longer than 12". The shorter lengths of ribbon are hanging on my slot wall using binder clips.

This system really works for me.  Check what other DT members shared and share your favorite crafty storage solution with us here.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Favorite Things Friday - Craft Tool

Time for another Favorite Things Friday post! The Scrap It Girl Design Team shares our favorite craft tool. I have lots of fancy tools that I love and use but I decided to pick something that I use ALL the time - scissors. Not just any scissors but my orange Fiskars scissors.  I couldn't pick only one pair so here they are, three pairs of my most favorite scissors.

The top pair is Fiskars Titanium Non-Stick Scissors. I love the soft grip and they are perfect for cutting pieces of adhesive foam tape that I use all the time now.

The second pair is classic Fiskars 8" scissors. My name is engraved on the blades and they are a gift from Fiskars. Of course I love them!

The bottom pair is Fiskars Comfort Grip Micro-Tip Scissors. The handles are super comfortable and the micro-tip blades allow for very detailed cutting.

Do I sound like Fiskars commercial? ;-) Sorry, I love my scissors.
Link up your favorite tool here and if you do, please let me know!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Hello, smile!


Love this picture, love the simple sketch from My Scraps and More, love how the papers compliment the colors in the picture and create the playful mood.

Usually I am not into cutesy papers and I bought few sheets of My Mind's Eye "My Girl" paper and some embellishments only because they feature a roller skate. But when used in moderation, the bright and bold designs can make a really fun page.

The wood grain background is from Simple Stories "Take a hike" collection. The washi tapes are by Freckled Fawn. Everything else is My Mind's Eye "My Girl".

I cut out the speech bubble with a craft knife and raised it with adhesive foam.I added few brads and two butterflies cut out from the patterned paper. Cute and simple, just like I like it.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Top ten projects 2013

2013 was my least productive year in terms of creating. We moved from Wisconsin to New Jersey in July and my creative life came to a complete stop for few months. I wrote only 48 blog posts in 2013 compared to 111 in 2012. Still, I managed to make quite a few projects so here they are - my top 10 favorite projects from 2013 with the links to their blog posts.

Few words about the last one. I managed to do only 9 weeks. I absolutely love them. Unfortunately it took me much more time that I hoped and when the life became too busy I wasn't able to keep up. I am still on the fence about doing Project Life in 2014. If I do I will have to find a simpler approach. I would love to hear your thought and ideas!

Here it is. If you posted your top 10 on your blog, leave me a comment, I would love to see them!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Favorite Things Friday

Hello Friday! Today and every other Friday, together with the Scrap It Girl Design Team, I will be sharing one of my favorite things.  Today we are sharing our favorite handmade project.

Choosing only one project from thousands I made is so hard. They are my babies and they all are my favorites :) I was scrolling through the pictures of my layouts and that one struck a chord with me.

I actually remember when Ofir took this pictures and I think  can still feel Eli's tiny breath on my skin.

Here are three reasons why I chose this layout.
1. The picture, no need to explain this one.
2. Simple layout with fun techniques - machine stitching, painting and fussy cutting
3. The layout was made as a response to a challenge to use words from a song. I would never make this layout without this challenge. I love doing challenges because they make me step out of my comfort zone and stretch my creative muscles.

Stop by Scrap It Girl blog and share your favortie project. I would love to see it!

Tomorrow I am going to share 10 of my favorite projects from 2013.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Another trip to the past

Supplies: patterned paper, stickers (Recollections), letter stickers (Sassafras Lass), frame, safety pin (Making Memories), fabric star and star stickers (Freckled  Fawn), twine

Another layout with old pictures that I am happy to add to my albums. My dear friend Angela with her newborn baby. My own first baby was just few months old at that time.  I am feeling nostalgic just from looking at these pictures.

I added a big metal frame prompted by the challenge on "Yotzot mehakavim" blog. I have this frame (and few others) in my metal drawer forever. I almost never use metal embellishments on my layouts but I love how this turned out. I also added a small white safety pin to the twine knot.

I am slowly going through my photo albums and scrapping the printed pictures. Eventually I want all of them in my scrapbooks.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Pictures from the past

It's not very often that I make layouts with pictures of myself but today I am sharing not one but two with some oldies.
The first is a simple layout with a picture from 8 years ago.It was taken on January 1st, 2006 at Milwaukee's breezy lakefront. On that day we braved the cold and went to see the annual kite festival.

I had few big snowflakes cut with Fiskars Fuse that I spread over the page and misted with light blue glimmer mist. I used one big snowflake to embellish the picture.

I embroidered few small snowflakes and triangles through the punchanella holes.

The next two pictures are from November 1998, 5 days before Lila was born. The pictures are the original prints from 15 years ago.

Supplies: patterned paper, vellum, thickers, chipboard (American Crafts), glitter glaze (Li'l Davis Designs), tags (Simple Stories), metal clip (Freckled Fawn)

I don't think I even owned maternity clothes back than, I was so small.

I covered chipboard clouds with a thick layer of glitter glaze.  It is very old product that was made by Li'L Davis Designs. I love this stuff! Do you have a favorite old product? I would love to hear!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Shiny star for the new year

Happy New Year my dear blog readers! I wish you a wonderful 2014 filled with exciting adventures, new accomplishments and warm hugs!

I am starting 2014 with new layout for the Scrap It Girl January challenge. The theme of January challenge is Resolutions or Shiny star. I am not that big on resolutions, especially on keeping them, so I decided to make a layout about my recent visit to New York. Lila and I spent the day in the city looking at the Holiday Window Displays, taking a tour of the New York Public Library and enjoying the festive vibe of the season.

The pictures on this layout are from the Bryant Park Holiday Shops - what a great place! We had our lunch there - butternut squash soup and sweet potato empanados for me and pita with falafel and hot chocolate for Lila.

Supplies: patterned paper (American Crafts, Martha Stewart), jewel (Martha Stewart), letter stickers (Target), Silhouette Cameo, snowflake charms

I designed the nativity star in the Silhouette software to mimic the star ornaments on the tree and cut it from American Crafts foil cardstosck.

Check what other design team members did for this challenge and share your project for a chance to win a great prize.

Speaking of resolutions, I have a huge bin of single yarn skeins. Any ideas for small knitting or crochet projects?