MotherLOAD Catch up.

I’ve been doing my MotherLOAD assignments but I’ve just plain old forgotten to post them. Whoops! I’ve also been SUPER preoocupied with other stuff that I am hoping to post about soon. I’m just not sure yet what form that post will take so stay tuned …

Back to MotherLOAD. I last posted about Week 4 where the theme was “use what you love, lose the rest”. Week 5 we were talking about cutting corners – not literally, but in a more “scrapping faster” kind of way. We had taken notes about our usual scrap process in Week 3 and now we were to revisit those notes and find ways to shave off time. To be honest, I’m not sure where I’m wasting time. I’ve gotten into the habit of pre-printing a whole stack of photos at once so when I want to scrap something, they are ready to go. I do sometimes spend forever picking my papers – trying to find the “perfect ones”. So I can endeavour to make decisions faster there. Harkening back to my Embracing Imperfection workshop, I can embrace what I have and use it. Perfect or not. Oh, and through the process of using my old stash during Apron Strings July challenges, I now am more intimately acquainted with my stash so digging through it to find the right papers doesn’t take nearly as long! I can also get bogged down in photo and embellishment placement but if I find I’m having trouble, I know that turning to a sketch can be a real life saver.

Lain challenged us to create a layout in only 30 minutes. Set a timer and go for it! I created this.

When I’d finished I actually had to check my phone (I was using it’s alarm clock) to see if I’d set it correctly as I was sure I’d gone over the 30 minutes but the alarm hadn’t gone off. Clearly something was wrong with my phone! But no. It took me 29 minutes to complete this!

Products used: Cardstock – Bazzill; Patterned paper – DCWV Nana’s Nursery Baby Girl stack; Journalling tabs – Jillibean Soup Journalling Sprouts Circle in Brown and Colorbok Sticky Journal Stax Pastel Baby; Alpha’s AC Thickers Stroll Glossy letter stickers and Jewelry Box Chipboard number stickers; glitter embellishments – from stash, manufacturer unknown.

In Week 6 we started focussing on Journalling and the challenge was to start our layouts with the journalling. Plan for it from the beginning so as to ensure there was enough room and that everything else supported it. I was so inspired I actually made 2 layouts (I’m a keener that way!) When I was looking at the stack of photos from our trip to the PNE in 2009 I knew I wanted to include a page about it in Paige’s album but most of the pictures were of Marley on rides. What to do? Make two pages!! One for Paige’s album and one for Marley’s. I started by writing down my journalling for both in my new notebook dedicated to such things (another Lain prompt) and then transferred it to some Basic Grey paper which I cut out on my Cuttlebug.

Here’s the layout for Paige.

Products used: Cardstock – Bazzill; Patterned Paper – Nana’s Nursery; Scalloped cardstock – from stash; Alpha’s – EK Success Sticko dimensionals Large Black Foam; Butterflies, hearts and circles cut out with Marvy punches from scraps of Nana’s Nursery and black cardstock; Flowers – Heidi Grace dimensional flowers Day Dream Believer; Word stickers – Bella Blvd Sunny Happy Skies and Plastino; brad – from stash.
And here is Marley’s.

Products used: Cardstock – from stash; Patterned paper – Echo Park Dots and Stripes and Bella Blvd Sweet Celebration’s Stardust, Hello Beautiful’s Borders and Blocks (the B-side) and Swing Into Spring’s Rainbow Ribbons; Arrow – Basic Grey Element Stickers from Sugared; Labels and stickers – EP Dots and Stripes, Bella Blvd Plastino and Firty; Punches – EKSuccess Open Scallop and corner rounder.

Well there you have it. The other thing I wanted to share with you today was my continued efforts to reorganize my scrap space. While the girls were at Granny Camp and Greg was laid up recovering from his “procedure” I got busy in the office. Greg and I actually share the space but I think I am slowly pushing him out! 🙂 As my stash takes up more and more room, his computer gets more and more hidden. If my new business venture (hint, hint, hint) takes off, he may have to leave altogether so we can claim that office as a tax write-off. We’ll see.
Anyway, here are some pictures of the new space.

A friend of mine was getting rid of all her scrapbook supplies and I snapped up this paper rack and the Clip It! display. I love, love, love being able to see all my cardstock and my most used papers!! I also love how the new arrangement has opened up the space. Even though the amount of stuff remains the same in there, the new configuration allows for much more ease of access. Always a good thing!

I used to have to move this 3-drawer unit all the time to access the lower shelves of one of my bookshelves. No more! Now I can grab alphas as I’m working or rummage for ribbon to match my project. The added bonus of having all those tempting rolls of ribbon effectively hidden from LC is AWESOME!!!
I managed to get all the stickers and rub ons from my bin onto the Clip it … now the bin has another use!!

This is where I moved my bookcase to. I used to have all my final Interior Design project boards tucked into this corner but they are destined to find a new home somewhere else. Currently they are still hanging out in my living room … but soon I will move them! Maybe the garage. Maybe the bedroom – where the giant vase with all my rolls of drafting paper and old projects went. The boxes in front of the big bookcase have (from the bottom up) fabric and other sewing supplies for when I get my sewing machine fixed and start sewing again (HA!!!), old scrapping supplies that will be going to Paige’s kindergarten class, and miscellaneous “stuff” that is still waiting for a permanent home.

Take a close look at that middle box. It used to hold my stickers and rub ons. Can you see what it holds now?

Oh, and a view of Greg’s little corner. Yup, it pretty much looks like this on any given day. And nope, the mess is not mine!
Well, thanks for tuning in again. I’ve got a big day tomorrow so I’m going to head to bed now. I will try to get back on here on Sunday and let you in on my little secret. Until then, have a great weekend!
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1 Response to MotherLOAD Catch up.

  1. Roxy says:

    Hey, Alison, how are ya? Lovin’ the layouts – 30 minutes, what?! I’ll have to try that, that’s awesome! And you know, I used to journal in a notebook, and at times I would just rip the page right out and put it on my page, I LOVED doing that because sometimes the journaling is a real stumbling block for me. Anyway, haven’t been writing anything at all these days, so you’ve just prompted me to start up again. Those paper holders and clip-it are total scores, you lucked out on those big time! And I think I know what your new business venture is… Sounds like a good idea! Enjoy your weekend, hugs, Roxy.

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