What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #576

on my desk…

Hello, my crafty friends! It’s Wednesday and I am am a bit late but you know what time it is. Time to snoop. For those of you that aren’t familiar with WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday), head on over to Julia’s Stamping Ground and you will find desks from all around the world where we get to snoop on other crafter’s desks.

My desk is messy because I left it after my last session and I have decided to work out on my deck today so it’s rather cluttered. I don’t remember if I talked to you about my renewed interest in scrapbooking. I decided to work on 2 big 12 x 12 albums, one on our trips to Hawaii and the other our trips to Martha’s Vineyard. I was surprised how hard page protectors are to come by now. I think the pandemic has restarted a lot of people’s interest to scrapbook. So I bought an aqua album since it makes me think of the sea. I loaded all of the page protectors I bought into the album. It will be easier to store them in there for easy access to use them.

Let’s face it, I have a lot of patterned paper but I thought a new paper collection would keep me interested so I found that Simple Stories has a new line that works perfectly for both albums. The colors are so gorgeous. I am fighting that hoarder voice that is trying to resurface to compel me to “save” them. Nope, I am going to use as much of this paper and embellishments as possible.

I had to buy the 6×6 paper pack because the 12×12 was out of stock. But I think it will be fine since I am working in page protectors with pockets. The washi tape was so pretty too. I also snagged another line that matched the theme and color quite lovely.

I searched the Silhouette design store for cutfiles that might go with the them and found several. I cut out two of them to see how they look. I am going to store the print out of all of these cutfiles with the paper packs so I have everything in one container for easy access.

peek in my fower beds.

I thought I would share a collage of photos taken in my garden this week. Flowers are blooming rather nicely. Lots of colors this year. The gazing ball has a lot of sentimental value since my mother bought it for me many years ago. I am so happy we have been able to keep it without it breaking. It contrasts nicely in the garden.

peek in my vegetable beds.

A peek into my veggie garden reveals some cool stuff. The broccoli is growing. I have not had success in the past so fingers crossed. I never grow strawberries for fear the squirrel may eat them. But this year, I decided to try. I also added canteloup to my garden this year. Let’s see what happens.

Yesterday was my birthday and I decided to take a picture of me on my birthday with my gray hairs exposed during a pandemic. I have to learn to be more comfortable with them at least while I can’t go to the salon.

I spent my morning binge watching a TV show called, “Community” on Netflix with my youngest son, my husband bought yummy sushi for lunch on the deck and then I spent much of the day reading my books on my deck. I didn’t wash a dish, fold clothes or tidy anything for the whole day. I milked it for all it was worth. I had a lovely conversation with two of my sisters and my dear friend that lives in California. It was a really lovely day and our new stove was delivered on my birthday. Not planned, and nope, it is not a birthday gift. I continue to remind my husband that appliances are not birthday or anniversary gifts. So the coincidence of the date of it’s arrival does not change that fact. Hee hee.. I am so excited to use it. We owned our last stove for 15 years. I hope this one will last that long.

I hope you all have a blessed day and stay well. Now it is time for me to grab a cup of tea and begin my snooping!

Belinda

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #568

on my desk…

Hello, my crafty friends! Yup, we are still on “house arrest” as I call it. Looks like it will be a while so I am continually making adjustments to make things as comfortable as possible for myself and my family. I can’t wait for the warm weather so we can spend more time outside. I thought I would share what I have been up to for the week as a good distraction since we last met.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday), head on over to Julia’s Stamping Ground and you will find desks from all around the world where we get to snoop on other crafter’s desks.

On my desk, you see my journal. I started a new journal at the beginning of the month and am following along with daily journaling prompts to kick start my thoughts. We have one word each day and I have to say this is the best thing I have found to keep me journaling daily. I actually look forward to the new word each day.

Zoom craft hour!

I connected with some of my crafty friends online on Saturday to do another craft session. I ended up there for 3 hours. I worked on my traveler’s journal scrapbook.

I am loving that I can use up some of the millions of Project Life cards that I own from years ago. I took this one and cut it down and stamped my journaling on it.

I created the title, “This makes me smile” by cutting up a 3×4 project life card. I have to add the date and maybe some little embellies and then I am down with this spread.

puzzle time

Over the weekend, my husband and I started a puzzle. We worked on separate sections and then my lovely large cookie spatula came in handy moving the pieces into the main puzzle. I would love to say we finished it but no we stopped shortly after this picture. I like the idea of working on it over a course of time. We typically do the whole thing in one day but what’s the rush? We aren’t going anywhere!! <hee hee>

Yesterday I found these cute canvas bags that I bought over a year ago at Target on clearance. I intended on stamping them but they got pushed to the side. I’ve been inspired by all of you ladies that are working on your UFOs. So yesterday I grabbed some stamps and got to it.

The final result.

Before I go I thought I would share the finished coloring page from last week. I still need to blend the background more but for now, I am calling it complete.

I hope you all are well and keeping your mind busy on fun things. I keep thinking of all the blessings in my life when I get down about this situation. Just the fact that we can communicate weekly at our snoop sessions, makes me smile. Stay well, my friends.

Belinda

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #562

on my desk…

For those of you that aren’t familiar with WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday), head on over to Julia’s Stamping Ground and you will find desks from all around the world where we get to snoop on other crafter’s desks.

Hello, my crafty friends! I hope you all are well. This lovely desk hop and snoop is a perfect activity in these uncertain times we find ourselves. I am seeking all the pleasant distractions I can get while hunkering down at home. So let’s talk about what I am up to today. I am late posting because I actually got a little caught up crafting before taking these photos. On my desk, you will see I pulled out my goodies to complete this page in my traveler’s journal.

left-side of my desk

On the left you can see the container I am keeping some of my supplies while working on this scrapbook. I found the bag of wooden stars and hearts while peeking into my messy craft closet. Yes, you heard right, I peeked in there. I plan on tackling that closet over the next week so stay tuned for a reveal. In the meantime, I am using what supplies are in my craft room.

middle of my desk.

You might have noticed I don’t have my black Tim Holtz glass mat on my desk. I had to take it off while re-gluing one of the rubber pads that are on the bottom. It kept coming off so I decided I better glue it before I lose it. So it’s drying in the corner and I pulled out my pink cutting mat.

right side of my desk.

I do have two new items to share. I bought this great alpha stamp set and coordinating numbers from Feed Your Craft. They will be perfect to stamp titles in each of my journals. The font is really pretty to me. I haven’t bought letter stickers for a very long time. But I came across this gorgeous packet from Simple Stories. It has so many pretty colors and two different sizes of each color. So I can’t wait to use them in the journals. You can see my breakfast on the right – steel cut oats, banana slices, blueberries, bare naked granola and as if that is not enough I top that with candied pecans!! Yummy!!!

close-ups of Nuvo drops.

I am still loving my Nuvo drops. On this layout, I tried to match the color of the sunrise. I have this set aside on my desk to dry completely before I close it. I think they look so pretty.

final layout.

Here is my first layout. I used my computer to type out my journaling and I used some of my ephemera to add additional accents to the layout. I can’t wait for the drops to dry so I can work on another page.

But looking at this photo makes me a little sad today when I hear that there will be an extension of the school’s closure dates. Originally they said April 7th but now it looks like it will span the entire month of April. My boys are on video chats with their teachers today so hopefully, they will be able to continue to educate during these uncertain times. I am glad they are still giving assignments because my boys need to be busy so they won’t start to stress about the isolation.

I am taking this time to do some spring cleaning, read, craft, listen to my favorite podcasts and love on my family. I will be doing some snooping today and over the next few days.

I pray you all to stay well and indulge in some regular self-care.

Belinda

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday # 561

on my desk…

Hello everyone! I am late but determined to post this week. Last week I was laid out with the flu so now I’m trying to get back to some sort of routine. It hit me kind of fast last Monday after I dropped off my boys at school. I came home and went back to bed and then my temp spiked. I am much better now with a lingering cough which I suspect could be the dreaded beginning of allergy season! My dear husband took over last week like a champ so I could just rest and recoup. It was helpful to me but my boys did not welcome the interruption to their daily routines we have established. They are so thrilled that this week I was able to resume most of my activities.

On my desk you can see the traveler’s album, a beautiful get well card from my friend Joan, some fun St. Patrick’s Day glasses, a few practice charts for my One Little Word project, a beautiful black history mug that I got at Michael’s and some old stamps I had in my stash that I think I will use on this page.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday), head on over to Julia’s Stamping Ground and you will find desks from all around the world where we get to snoop on other crafter’s desks.

My desk was untouched last week and I had no energy to visit desks. But this week I am feeling so much better. I also wanted to share my latest obsession – I have decided I am going to rejoin the scrapbooking world. I used to scrapbook, years ago and then fell for cardmaking and that was all she wrote. I dropped scrapbooking like a bad date and never looked back. I still have friends that make wonderful albums but I just didn’t feel it anymore. However, I was inspired after watching a few videos on YouTube that people were creating scrapbooks with Travelers Journals. Over the winter break, I had snagged a few on clearance at Michaels and didn’t do anything with them. But I opened my messy craft closet with all the goodies in there and decided I am going to ease back into scrapbooking with this smaller medium (8 1/4 x 4 1/4).

Back to scrapbooking.

The journals are small so it’s less daunting than covering a 12×12 page. I grabbed one of my 12×12 paper pads because the paper is very thin and I have covered my first journal with some patterned paper and have begun to printing a few photos from January to begin documenting our life.

Something about rounded corners does it for me!

I think this will be an easier transition back into scrapbooking. I plan on using one traveler’s notebook per month and if I don’t have much that month I will make up new rules. What I want is to capture the memories of my family and what I don’t want is stress. It was a lot easier to do this when my boys were young and willing participants but I think I can find creative ways to incorporate them into my memory keeping.

What really excites me is that when I eventually clean out my craft closet, I am going to have a whole bunch of stash I can use up. So this return to scrapbook will have many benefits including speeding up my clean out process of that dreaded closet.

Anyway, I am rambling but I thought I would share what’s happening in my brain.

I hope you all are well and creating beautiful art!

Belinda

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