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My apologies!

Oops!  When I left for Florida I had set a few posts up so I’d have the pictures off my computer and MEANT to do the talking while I was on vacation but never got back to it!  I promise I’ll get back in there and give you all the details on those projects here in the next day or so!  In the meantime, THIS is where I’ve been for the past 8 days and why you haven’t heard from me…

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So I will have around 1000 photos by the time it’s all said and done and I have everything loaded…I’m even in the mood to scrapbook now, lol!  Plan on seeing lots of mini albums, items altered with the gazillion shells I picked up, etc. in the coming months!  🙂  Posts with words – I promise!

Bittersweet Storage House

This piece was one I featured in an article in the February issue of Scrapbook News + Review on altered items for your craft room/studio.  I gave up on buying pre-made storage for my craft supplies ages ago.  I’ve found that by thinking outside the box I can come up with something custom-fit for just about any supply PLUS I get to alter it – woohoo!  I pretty much stalk the unfinished wood section of Michael’s.  Hobby Lobby is my other option, but I’ve found I don’t like their selection quite as well (or their quality – always check each piece before purchasing!) and they don’t change out their stock as often as Michael’s does.  When I came across this house shadow box (I think it was $5), my mind just raced with all the possibilities for what might fit into those cute little sections!  

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I’ve pictured here a variety of things that fit into the sections, but I actually use it solely for my Stickles and Glossy/Crackle Accents.  I like having those out and handy plus being able to see the Stickles colors at a glance.

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First I painted the whole thing with black acrylic paint (Jo Sonja’s by Chroma – it’s a nice, thick paint in a tube.  Step above craft grade, step below artist grade).  Then I started playing with the papers from the Bittersweet line from Basic Grey and just filling in all the spaces.  Paper packs are awesome for projects like this where you want a variety of papers – they’re all pre-coordinated!  I used an Xacto knife to cut out a few strips from one of the papers to decorate the “attic” area.  Then I just started dotting away with Scribbles (Duncan) in a shiny pink to make the edges more interesting.  Even with drying time on the Mod Podge and paint, I think the whole project only took me a couple of hours.  

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So next time you’re out at your local craft store, wander through the unfinished wood section and think outside the box!  Take a piece over to the scrapbook section to see what might fit – you might be surprised!!!

Flowered Tier Storage

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ATC – That Ship Has Sailed

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Spring Wooden Gift Basket

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Blue Green Necklace

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Yeah, so naming pieces is so out of my reach, lol!  I know, I know – this one definitely needs a more original name – I’ll get to it later, lol!  Another piece created solely to showcase these beautiful Chinese Chrysocolla beads (15x20mm horse eye shape) I got from Auntie’s Beads.  I just love all the variation in color!  When I first got the in I was a bit disappointed in the lack of an attempt to have the strand a little better matched, but have to admit that I love it’s imperfection as well.  It’s interesting (albeit a bit uncomfortable for a self-conscious person, lol) to note that when I wear it, people tend to take a moment and follow the line around my neck with their eyes to take in the different designs within the beads.  I strung them with tiny silver spacers from Fire Mountain Gems and a pendant from Blue Moon Beads.  The pendant wasn’t what I had planned on using, but my original piece just hadn’t been large enough to pull some focus to the front and got almost “lost” among the stone beads.  

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Spring Fling Crop at Scrapbook News + Review

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There are buds on the trees and the birds are singing. We see flowers, and the weather is warming up. Whether Spring has made it to your area, or you only wish it had- Scrapbook News and Review has the perfect Springtime Celebration. Come celebrate Spring with us at the SNR Spring Fling Crop, Sat, March 21st. From 12-6 pm CST, we will have games, challenges, mini classes and loads of Scrapping inspiration in the forums. This is a grand afternoon of fun, planned for everyone’s enjoyment. Are you are scrapper or a card maker? Traditional, digital or hybrid? Do you love paper? So do we- and we have something for everybody! The fun will start with at noon CST, with a handful of Spring themes and inspired Challenges. These will be open for any form of project: scrapbook, cards, altered or digital. The fun continues with mini classes on a variety of topics and techniques, held hourly, all afternoon. Our talented staff and contributers have outdone themselves with these classes- and you are going to love it! As if all that wasn’t enough, just when you are ready for a break- we’ll be there for that too. The forum will be filled with fun topics, games and conversation to keep the party hopping. Makes plans to join us this Saturday, 12pm CST, on the SNR Forums. It is going to be a great day of Springtime Fun!