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

Confessions of a Scrapbook Kit Hoarder…#11

Happy Monday!! I’m back.  So sorry for the long pause but my son was very sick for several days which took all of my time and energy waking up in the middle of the night, disinfecting, washing clothes and sheets, you know the drill. Momma had to ramp up to meet the demands!  So something had to give and my crafting took the hit.

My first layout with the October kit from Cocoa Daisy.

My first layout with the October kit from Cocoa Daisy.

But I am back and cranking out projects to wrap up the October kit.  I know the November kit is on it’s way so I am really hustling to catch up.  Anyway, welcome to my blog series, “Confessions of a Scrapbook Kit Hoarder“. If you haven’t already, please read The Intervention so you can understand the inspiration for this craft adventure.

Creating this layout with some of the papers from the October kit began as a challenge but now I like how it turned out. The colors in this kit are very muted. I am coming off of summer colored projects so I had to embrace the less vibrant colors and these photos seemed to complement them well.

I took pictures of my son playing in the leaves a few weeks back and had to create a layout to capture his pure joy with nature.  I love that he sees all those leaves as something that must be investigated and played for some time in. I love them when they are on the trees but knowing that raking needs to be done when they fall, I am not as thrilled as he is about them.

I know geotags are big right now and have not used them before so it was fun using the yellow heart geotags in this layout.  I also snagged some old October Afternoon labels to include a little journaling.

With each scrapbook layout I do I feel the cobwebs falling away. As I said before it’s been over a year since I made any scrapbook pages so I am a little rusty.

Hope you all had a great weekend and I will see you on Wednesday with another project from this kit.

Happy crafting!

Belinda

Confessions of a Scrapbook Kit Hoarder…The Intervention!

Overflowing storage bins filled with kits

Overflowing storage bins filled with kits

I have a confession to make…I’m a scrapbook kit hoarder!  I have subscribed to scrapbook kit clubs for over 8 years now.  In the beginning I would get my kits in the mail and pick through and make layouts with all the coordinating papers. It was so nice to have someone else do that sort of thinking for me.  But then slowly I started looking at the kits differently. I started to say, oh this paper is so pretty oh and this embellies is so cute, I can’t possibly violate them by using them on a layout.  And one after another, the kits started coming in and I keep waiting for the “perfect” layout to use the products.

Ended up buying another bin  to fill with kits.

Ended up buying another bin to fill with kits.

Then about 3 years ago, I started making cards and abandoned the whole traditional scrapbooking process. I dabbled here and there with mini projects like ‘Week in a Life” with Ali Edwards and December Dailies but still not parting with my prized stashes of kits.  As a matter of fact,  I would buy different paper for these projects rather than finding a way to make my stash work.

This shelving contains other items but much of it is ancient kits.

This shelving contains other items but much of it is ancient kits.

This past year, I told myself that I wanted to dip my foot in the water of scrapbooking again.  So for 2013 I have been working on a Project Life album.  Which I am proud to say also after many failed attempts in years past is actually getting completed. I worked out a system that works fairly well.

Another thing I have been doing to get my scrapbooking mojo on is listening to great scrapbooking podcasts while I work in my craft room.  The one I listen too most is called Paperclippings and I went ahead and subscribed to their podcasts.  The lovely part is that the host has guest panelists that talk about different aspects of scrapbooking.

The most recent one talked about kits and I felt like I was meant to hear what they were discussing. One panelist in particular (Tracy Banks) talked about how on her blog she shows her process on how she uses her kits.  Thus using practically all before the next kit arrives. Not a new idea but presented in such a way that I have decided this was just the intervention I needed to break the hoarding cycle.

So I am going to start a new series on my blog documenting my journey to freedom. I will start with my most recent kit from Cocoa Daisy which is the September kit. So come back to see if I can stay on the right path.

If you come to visit, maybe I can inspire you to break the cycle.

Happy crafting!

Belinda

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