Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Weekend Wrap Up and Upcoming Classes

It's been a busy week around my house.  The Roomate and I have been de-stashing and re-arranging the craft room.  We spent all day Saturday moving stuff out the room and make "keep", "donate", and "ebay" piles in the kitchen and re-arranging furniture.  I purchased four more modular storage cubes from Michaels last friday at 50% off and then an additional 15% off.  Gotta love coupons!  Since the Roomate had to study on Sunday, I enlisted Isabelle as a helper.  We managed to get alot done till the wall shelving unit decided to come crashing down on top of me.  Luckly, Isabelle was in the kitchen dancing.  We then spent the rest of the day creating my own clip-up system using a curtian rod and rings.  Over 75 packages of AC thickers, remarks and stamp sets were hung.  Later in the day, the pegboard(to which the curtain rod is attached at the bottom) fell off the wall also.  Shelf and pegboard have been put aside till the Roomate's BF comes over to hang it "properly" for me.  Before and After pictures to follow in a later post once the room is complete with detailed organization solutions.

Although I did not get any layouts done for May Flaum's "Use Your Stash" class a BPC( now Big Picture Classes), I will count this weeks organization accomplishments.  I was able to get together four printer paper boxes full of "to ebay" scrapbooking stuff.  Look for a later post with links to my ebay store.  I have tons of AC products, page kits, embellishments to match and grab bags.  All stuff will be shipped in flat rate boxes, so the more you buy the more i can stuff in the boxes.

"Use Your Stash" class ends tomorrow and I am quite sad.  I haven't accomplished my goal of 20 layouts (5 per week) but I did get a list together of layouts I would like to make.  I have been working on a Scrap Planner to go along with my Scrap Notes Notebook. The planner has sections for calendars to hold upcoming classes and crops, Project Lists, Page Planners, and Inventory.  I love my Scrap Notes Notebook for jotting down found ideas and class notes, but i needed and more organzied system with tasks and lists.  Once its complete, I will post pictures and details about it section.

On to upcoming classes.....

On Thursday, two more classes from BPC will start.  Donna Downey's "Fun with Fabric", which i won a spot in from Big Pictures Blog and Jen Molher's "Saving Your Santity: Throughout the Holiday Season".

Since I didn't have to pay for the "Fun with Fabric" class (priced at $99 and registration is still open), I was able to spend the money to order some the needed supplies and kits.  There are 10 projects total, but i can't afford the supplies for all ten at once.  I did purchase the "pretty ladies" kit and the basic canvas apron.  I will defintly be following along with those two lesson during the class and will pick up the rest of the supplies over the next couple of months.  I love how BPC classes have forever access to instructions. 

Jen Molher's class is going to help me prepare for the upcoming holiday season.  I hope to get out of it, some new ideas for holiday organzation, home decor and page layouts.

Later in the month Two more classes from BPC begin along with Amy Tangerine's first online class (So excited about this).

Georgana Hall's "Cut the Crazy Out of Christmas" runs from 10/14-11/10.  This class produces a Christmas binder to help with the craziness during christmas time.

Elisha Snow's "Get Great Photos with Any Camera" runs from 10/28 - 11/24.  This class is geared toward beginner photographers to learn the basics using any type of camera.  I am hoping to learn how to use some of the settings on my SLR besides Auto.

If you would like to sign up for any of the Big Picture Scrapbooking classes please do so using this link for refer a friend:

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Here's how it works:

Give your friend the Registration Code below (or send themm the URL) and tell them to enter it in the "Refer-A-Friend" box when creating their account. Once your friend has purchased his or her first class, you'll both receive a code for 10% off** your next order!

One of my favorite American Crafts' Desgin Team Members, Amy Tangerine, is holding her very first online workshops this month.  "Get those creative juices Flowing" runs from 10/11 - 10/22.  The class is priced at $27 and you also have the option of buy the kit for a total of $45.  Amy recently posted pictures of some of the goodies in the kit and it is so worth so much more than the actual price.  You get a orginial one of a kind Amy T "Handsewn" notebook, washi tape and other neat items.  I so can't wait for the kit to arrive and this class to start.

Most of these classes will run through the month of November and "Fun with Fabric" continues into December.  In January I will be attending my first Scrapbooking Weekend crop with the lovely ladies from Scrap Mania. 

Woo what a busy couple of months i have coming up.  I also have to find time to get the house decorated for fall and then christmas.  At least this year I will have help, just havn't informed the Roomate and her BF about it yet!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

CCL XX Prepartion list

So I am very excited to say that I will attending my very first Scrapbooking Crop Weekend in January of next year.   I have signed up for Memory Mania"s (my LSS) Camp Crop Alot Weekend Retreat.

So many prepartions will need to be made.  Here is my list:
  • Have my sketches organized on a binder ring
  • Have my stamps into portable  usable binders
  • Have 52 card pick up class completed to bring for inspiration
  • Come up with a way to get all supplies and stuff to the crop
  • Get pictures all organized and tagged.
  • Figure out what supplies to bring along with what pictures

I also have decided to re-organize my scrap room to make it more functional.  My list:
  • clear square bookshelves to only include scrapbooking supplies
  • try to get all the supplies to fit on those shelves
  • add an addition of a cutting, sewing maching, bind itall table to the corner
  • Clear out items in stash that aren't going to be used
  • Move holdiay decorations elsewhere

Weightloss Countdown Week #3

Week #3 officially started Tuesday, so I am a little behind on posting the update.  Here we go!  Week #2 wasn't as productive as I would have liked it to be.  I only lost .9 lbs bringing my total weightloss to 6.4.  I believe this was due to a number of factors.  One, there was two days last week that i fell "out the box".  I had a handful of cashews, which although calorie wise are bad, fat wise they are, and the salt retains water.  I will not do this again.....not worth the non-loss of weight.  Two, I tripled my PA(physical activity), before this program, I had one day of dance class. Now added to the day of dance class is at least 4 days of moderate intensisity walking.  So the added muscle as weight.  Three, it was a water retaining week of the month.

Forgeting my days out of the box, I did managed to make it 6 days meeting my minimun prescription of HMR foods.  The one day that I didn't was a day of working from home and I was really busy.  I made up the missed two shakes throughout the week with the pudding, so i did end up with my minimun prescription for the week.

The HMR coach has challenged me to have at some PA everyday of the week.   So far I haven't done it.  I had the dance PA on tuesday but no PA yesterday.  But I am going to attempt to get some in rest of the week.  I am also challenging myself to stay in the box all week.   That barely one pound loss was not worth the cashews.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

HMR Weightloss Update - Week #2

So an update on my progress.  Had my second weigh-in and class today for the HMR Program.  I am proud to report that i have lost 5.5 pounds.   Wow, all in one week!  Because of Labor Day, class got pushed back a day.  I have to say I did not get my minimum prescription in each week.  I was short a shake four days. I also had only one day of physical activity.  I had the lowest PA score in the class.  I will do better this week.  So far I had dance class last night and Ashley, Chris and I walked 45 minutes tonight.  

Since there are two other people at work doing the program, we are going to make a point to walk around the campus at least once a day together.   Plus work has a Healthy Living challenge starting up on the 25th of this month that all three of us are going to sign up for as a team.  The Biggest Loser male and female will each get $1000.  What an incentive!  Enough to motivate me.  The program will last till May 14th.   This is plenty enough time for me to drop the original goal of 50 lbs and maybe more.  Wish me Luck!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Birthday Cards

Since my morning started off really early (3:00 am) due to work issues, I had to find a way to keep myself awake while babysitting the server jobs.  I created two birthday cards.  One is for my cousin's birthday shrimp boil later today.  She is turning 16!

Supplies: American Crafts "Teen" patterned paper, Remarks - Awesome Accents (42535), Journal Text (42533), Flair - Tunes (70014), Details - Fierce (78012), Thickers - Rockabye Leaf (42956), Making Memories Shimmer Alpha

The second is for a dear friend of mine's birthday on monday.

Supplies: American Crafts "Botanique" patterned paper - Evelyn (34868), Viola (34849), Betty (34866), Edith (34864), Greta (34847), Minimarks - Poppy Accents (43353), Orchid Copper (43350), Aster Phrases (43351), Elements - Pearl Brads (85231), Fieldhouse - Patterned Chipboard (77215), Paper (77216), Flair - Beauty (70035), Remarks - Finch (42569), Haute Ribbon - Glamour (87610)

Now off to get ready for the Party!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

BPS Class: "Adventures in Scrapbooking: Use Your Stash" Week #1

Friday night I was able to get my long awaited halloween project completed.  I found the idea here: http://alydosdall.blogspot.com/2010/08/three-on-thursday-some-projects-and.html and knew this would be perfect for Halloween this year.

Supplies: American Crafts "Halloween" line of patterned paper, flair; Slice design card "Basics #1"

So I had a pretty crafty day today, despite having to work most of the morning.  In between waiting for server jobs to run I put together the Christmas wreath I am going to give to Miss Machita.

Supplies: The Paper Studio patterned paper, American Crafts Flair and dimensional stickers, random brads

I also managed to get four layouts done....

#1: "Cousins"

Supplies: Anna Griffin patterned paper, Artisan Tape, Cosmo Cricket - Ready Set Chipboard "Pink Oak", Prima Flowers - ELine Orange, Zva Creative - Pearls, American Crafts Precision Pens

KP's Sketchbook 2 - Sketch #1, LOM-People I Love

#2: "Isabelle"

Supplies: American Crafts "Dear Lizzy Enchanted" - patterned paper "Fashionable Peony" (35266), "Wonderful Alice" (35247), Premium Ribbon "Lovely" (89290), Remarks - Journal Bk1 CS1&3 (42504), Emma Bubblegum (42615), Georgia Lavendar (42618), Porter Aqua (42613), Thickers Daiquiri (42744), Elements Assorted Brads Dear Lizzy (85504), Cardstock, Thickers - Daiquiri (42744)

KP's Sketchbook 2 - Sketch #2, LOM-People I Love

#3: "USS KIDD"

Supplies: American Crafts Cardstock, Premium Ribbon (92199), Thickers "Dolce Charcoal" (42925), Elements Round Buttons Ash (82122), Metallic Marker Silver (62212)

KP's Sketchbook 2 - Sketch #5, Tatianna's Big Buddy Album

#4: "To: My Sister"

Supplies: American Crafts patterned paper "Dear Lizzy Spring" - "Flowering Fields" (35086), Speciality Paper Damask (35157), Remarks "Dear Lizzy" - Flutter Dimensional (42702), Frolic Accents (42705), Elements Metal Photo Corners White (85132), Thickers Lullaby Blush (42958), Poolside Vinyl (42872),  Maya Road Craft Envelope Rectangle (K1197)

KP's Sketchbook 2 - Sketch #6, LOM-People I Love

Friday, September 3, 2010

Hi I'm Christi and I have am a scrapbook shopaholic......

Below is the challenge to myself that I have posted on the BPS Use Your Stash class message board for the duration of the class( wow one whole month, gonna be tough!)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Beautifully Handmade e-books

While listening to the latest paperclipping roundtable discussion "Memory-Go-Round" they advertised a new collection of 3 e-books available from getitscrapped.com. 

The three books are“Beautifully Handmade” self-paced classes with Tania Willis.  Sold separately they are $20 a piece, but they are offering 20% off if you buy all three together and if you listen to the paperclipping episode they also give you instructions on how to get an additional 10% off.  They are auto-downloads after checkout, so I was able download and print them (i printed black and white, double sided to use less paper) and I will be stopping by kinkos to get it bound on my way home today.  While they were printing (over 300 pages), I was able to look through the lessons.  I can't wait to get home and start creating.
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