It's technically Saturday (always the first Saturday in May), but many shops have already started their festivities and sales. It's an awesome time of the year. (Cue the big cheesy grin.)
But before I get into that, let me tell you a little story. Once there was a lovely girl who had almost completely filled up her terabyte external hard drive with thousands of photos and WAY too many digiscrap supplies. This was her only source for these things. Her computer was getting older, so to make it run faster she stored nothing on the computer's hard drive and EVERYTHING on the external hard drive.
And then one day it crashed. And the data recovery folks couldn't get any more than 8% of the data (for a cool $900!). So she lost everything. And she cried a lot.
Moral of the story: BACK UP YOUR FILES!!!!!
But that isn't actually why I'm telling you this story (though it is a good moral, believe me....). I want to tell you about the....opportunity....this has given me in terms of my digi stash. Before my hard drive crashed, I was trying to slowly make my way through my supplies and eliminate the excess. It was a hard process. Not a fun process. But now since my involuntary purge, I "get" to start over.
When I first started digiscrapping, I collected freebies like crazy. 'Cause they were free! Well, this time around, I am EXTREMELY picky about freebies. I only download
1) Templates (I adore templates, they do the hard work for me)
2) Full kits that I REALLY like (no mini kits unless they are absolutely incredible)
3) The occasional alpha or something else that I fall in love with
I do NOT download
1) Mini kits
2) Anything requiring a daily download (I think my time is worth more than that)
3) Blog trains (again, the time issue, and I also feel often they just aren't cohesive, though there are some big exceptions to this)
4) Odds and ends
I have found that all those things just clog up my hard drive and I just don't use them.
This leads me to iNSD!!! Man, is this a week of craziness in digiscrap land! There are TONS of freebies, and this event (and iDSD in November) are my blog train exceptions. So I thought I'd tell you about the freebie trains I'm following this weekend:
The Daily Digi (this is not just a iNSD thing, it runs all year and is a TERRIFIC way to build your stash)
And some eye candy....some of my favorite purchases (or plan to purchase as soon as the sale starts!):
Whew. Believe me, I could link up more!!! :) (And if you think I must be spending a fortune, well, you're right! My husband offered me a very generous budget to replenish my digi stash since we didn't spend 900 buckeroos on data recovery...bless his little heart....)
Two years ago today, we closed on our house! As I am fond of saying, you know those things in life that you've built up in your mind and then when they actually happen, you find out they are kind of overrated?
Being a homeowner is not one of those things!
We recently had some family visit for the first time, and we took them around our house. My mom and grandma kept piping up to tell them all about the things we have done to our house, and I realized....wow, we have accomplished a lot! So often, I just see everything I still want to do, rather than how far we've come. Just for kicks, here is what we have done in the past two years:
I made a pretty cute card last week, if I do say so myself, for a swap with fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators. I've been loving rainbow color schemes lately, so based on that, here's what I came up with:
Big Shot: Cloudy Day Textured Impressions Folder (Spring Catalog 2013)
Now is the best time of the year in the Stampin' Up! world...Sale-A-Bration! For every $50 you spend, you can pick a freebie, one of 19 pretty awesome options. 6 of these options are regular catalog items, but 13 of them are exclusive limited-time Sale-A-Bration products. Sale-A-Bration runs from now until March 22nd, so don't miss your chance!
Also, this is the BEST time to be a hostess and reap the rewards! If you are in Utah, from Layton down to Lehi, and would like to host a workshop or private class, drop me an email and we can plan something fun! email@example.com
I love giving handmade gifts. It gives me a thrill to imagine up a design, personal in nature, and then create it. Two of my good friends recently moved into a new home, so I made a couple simple housewarming gifts for them.
I took a 1X8 pine board and cut a couple rectangles (end dimension of 7.5 by about 6.5 inches) on the table saw, then sanded them down and drilled two holes in the top.
Then put on several coats of white spray paint...not enough to cover it completely, as I wanted more of a whitewashed look with the wood grain showing through.
Next, I designed the quotes with my Silhouette, and cut them out and used them as a stencil. Mixed a couple different colors of brown acrylic paint to match the brown grosgrain ribbon, then filled in the stencil with around 6 coats. Removed the stencil, and sanded the lettering and wood to get a worn vintage look. Sanded down the edges as well, and then added a coat of Valspar translucent Mocha glaze, then threaded the ribbon through. I love them!
One week until my due date....oh, and Christmas! We have been extremely busy getting our house ready for this new addition....I have lots to share with you, but I can pretty much guarantee it won't be until the end of January! Don't give up on me, I have craft room progress to share, as well as two new kids' bedrooms complete with decor. I WILL be back!!!
It's been awhile, I know. I still even have one more post to do about the wedding. But I've been busy, to say the least. Working on these:
Yep, we built those cabinets all by ourselves! I'm pretty proud, not gonna lie. All the lower cabinets for my craft room are done now, we just need to move a couple outlets, then we can install the cabinets and the countertops....then on to the upper cabinets! This craft room WILL be done by the time my baby is born around Christmas!!!!
Anyway, just wanted to drop in and tell you guys to be sure and pick up the free digital downloads Stampin' Up! is offering in honor of Digital Scrapbooking Day.
You can find them here through tomorrow (November 5th).
This is one of my favorite projects from the wedding. To make these embellished frames, you need:
an unfinished wood frame, $1.00 at Michael's
a 1 inch foam brush
I just discovered I have literally no photos of this process! So I'll describe it as best I can.
First, find or create your patterned paper. I made mine in Photoshop. I used a linen look digital paper, then put the lyrics of ten of my favorite love songs over the top in a typewriter font to look vintage. If you'd like to use my papers, you can find them here (1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10).
Next, trace the outline of your frame onto the back side of the patterned paper. Cut an X in the center hole, but be careful not to cut over the lines you traced.
Then using the foam brush, coat the front of your frame with Modge Podge and then place the frame face down on the backside of the paper, making sure to line it up with the lines you traced.
Next, brush some Modge Podge over the back side of the frame, and carefully fold the paper over the edges, kind of like you are wrapping a present. Make sure the paper is taut, you don't want any creases. Trim off excess paper as necessary. The Modge Podge may cause the paper to look wavy, but don't worry, it will dry nice and smooth.
This is optional, but I didn't like how messy the backside looked, so using the white cardstock, I again traced the outlines of the frame and then cut out around the lines and then Modge Podged it onto the back of the frame.
Let it dry, and in the meantime, make your embellishments! I used fabric strips, felt and a hot glue gun to make rosettes. Once whatever embellishments you choose are ready, hot glue them on!
And there you have it! A very inexpensive but very cute frame.