Tuesday, April 14, 2009

One can never have enough pretty ribbon...

Like many crafters I have a love for ribbon and fibers. What started out as a dozen rolls quickly grew into many, many multiples of dozens. Storing and displaying that many rolls becomes a challenge especially in a small scraproom. I started out with dowels. Then display racks I picked up from my local scrapbook store. Then a combination of both plus a couple of drawers filled to top. Still it seems each time I needed that certain ribbon it was in the middle of a dowel or the bottom of the drawer. Worse yet I ended up using something that wasn't quite as perfect for lack of finding the perfect one in the jumbled organization I called my ribbon stash. Last week I was browsing in a store called Tuesday Morning and found a carton of Cropper Hopper ribbon and storage units. I had always seen these at Joann's but was not willing to lay out the cost of them at full price not knowing how well they would work for me. At 70% off I figured what the heck I'll give them a try. I am truly amazed how well they work for such a small investment. I filled up a 30 gallon trash bag of empty rolls and fit it into this neat little area. I even gained back the use of 2/3's of my peg board. They also had the embellishment containers that fit into the drawer units but I found them more useful as stand alones for my needs.
Before this entire board was covered with ribbon rolls, plus 2 full drawers. It compacted down to 6 of the drawer units. I left my small thin ribbons on the rolls because it reminds me of a ribbon rainbow, LOL! These are the small embellie containers, easy open and compact.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Embelishment Heaven...

How do you know when you over do it on the embellishments you use on a layout? Can one over do the amount of embellishments as long as it ties in with your page? My life has always been a 'collection of things' and that theme seems to carry over into everything I do. I think that is why vintage is my favorite style. Vintage invites collection and always gives me a homey feel, a sense of treasures. I am partaking is a team challenge on the Cricut message board where we need to use a card cut as part of our project. That idea inspired this layout. This is a photo of my baby boy who turns twenty in two months, how quickly the years pass. I used so many different bits and pieces putting this one together. The paper base has four layers and my thanks goes out to ScrappedLives' Nestie look alike cut file. I used it making an oversize version for my matting. The title is done with Ranger distress stickles and I must say I really love these, they are a perfect amount of glitz without the glaring sparkle. In place of Ranger Perfect Pearl I used metallic Scribbles to get the same effect. The flowers are from the Prima Nursery Tale collection. By the time I was done loading my selection of files into my DS I had used five different carts to get what I needed. I love how you can take a cut file and skew the proportions to fit your picture. Embossing always adds just a little extra so part of the title and photo frame were done using the A2 Swiss dots folder. I think I ended up pleased with the overall effect of this one. I know I love the little boy it is all centered around.

Friday, April 3, 2009

A Prima Nursery Tale...

Leaving work yesterday I found I still had a couple 50% off coupons calling my name in my purse. Calling rather loudly I might add. Seeing as I pass right by Michael's craft store on my way home I thought I just might be able to quite them a bit by stopping to just look. Well I'm sure all avid scrappers know the outcome to this story. To look is to buy - oh my! I found the most delightful new line they have in. It's called the Nursery Tales Collection by Prima. I love it, when I looked at it I thought of Beatrix Potter. They have the paper stack, flowers, resin emblies and letters etc. I couldn't resist the paper and a couple packages of flowers. I will most likely go back for more flowers and the resin embelies. For anyone who loves vintage nursery tales this is a must. I can't wait to use it!


These 2 are flocked paper