I'm starting this new year off slow blogging. My excuse is that I've been devoting lots of time to working on my house. I'm back in earnest stripping wallpaper & moving everything around in the basement -- literally -- so we could have the floor replaced. Anyhoo... I'm going to post what I've been doing, scrapbook-wise in one big post.
The current challenge up at Method Playground is to go green -- upcycle something. So I looked around the house and recycling bin to see what I could find. I had recently gotten my January Studio Calico kit, so I grabbed the brown bag packaging. I also pulled a paper towel roll & plastic spice jar top from our recycling bin.
To start with, I used the Studio Calico bag as my background for the layout. I cut it the top & bottom of the bag so it'd be 12x12 and stitched around the edges. I used the entire bag to give it a bit more heft.
On the patterned paper I used the paper towel roll and the spice lid to stamp circles and then added Tim Holtz's rock candy distress paint in the center (inked after it dried). Finally, I took a leftover piece of the bag and ran it through my cuttlebug, inking over the top.
Our January kit for ScrapbooksPlus was from the Man About Town collection from Upsy Daisy Designs. When I looked at these papers I first thought "boy pages" -- which is a good thing because I'm behind in that area. However, these are way more versatile -- just look what I came up with.
For this page I changed my photo -- but I think the brown is just beautiful for a winter layout. The snowflake stamps are Tim Holtz.
This layout is for our monthly pagemap contest. I made a few small changes, but basically stuck with the map this month.
For Christmas Thomas and Rachel made me a homemade gift. A story about Twilight. They know that I like the books & movies and "helpfully"point out everything they see that's Twilight-related. Rachel was even telling people that we all were going to see New Moon (yeah, right).
So... here's their story. It's apparently Bella & Eric....
"Look out!" says "Eric" when he sees a wolf.
Top: the man turns into the wolf. Bottom: they fly in an airplane. I think a wolf is riding on the tail of the plane.
Our hero & heroine have evaded the wolves by standing on top of the airplane. Then they take a taxi....
They are excited when they arrive at their hotel. Thomas parting words: "Where do you think they are?"
Ali Edwards always picks a word for the year on which to focus. I've joined in the past few years. The word that popped into my mind for this year is "purge."
Purge - to rid, clear, or free. Cleanse. Purify. In my case, declutter, clean, simplify. Oh, and I'd like to purge a few pounds, purge my name off all those annoying calling lists, and purge a lot of things out of my kids' rooms.... but we'll see how far I get. My focus this month is on my environment.
I find that I can't really focus on being creative if my workspace - or in this case my house - is a mess. I look around and see all the things that need to be done, that I want to change, that annoy me. Like looking at all the unfinished projects I've got going around here.
I've already started with gusto and have spent the majority of my time since we got back from Florida doing just that. I've already gotten rid of three pieces of furniture in the kitchen, condensing things into an Ikea bookcase with doors. In December I got rid of three pieces of furniture. The past few days I spent a lot of time going through my stuff in our room - which started when we got a Cal. Closet system installed in December. I'm down to finishing going through an old jewelry box and my room looks more spacious without the piles of stuff around.
Next up is our basement. I will be happily purging the old stained carpet and weird tiles and trading them in for some engineered oak floors within the next couple of weeks. In preparation for the install the basement has got to get cleaned up (and emptied). I'm stocked up on contractor-strength trash bags!
And, on the to-do list is purging the basement of the hideous basement bathroom - peach tiles, beigy tub, unmatching fixtures. I'm hoping to get the laundry room & bath redone this year, including adding back the doorway from the family room that a prior owner covered up. It'd be really nice to have a clean, usable bathroom downstairs and a well-planned laundry room. Big dreams ....
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