I was at my sister’s last weekend and one of the projects she wanted done was to cover the window that runs alongside her front door.  They have a split-foyer and her dog can see out the window and barks.    It sounded like a fun job for me and here’s what I came up with:

This is the inside view:

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And this is the view from the outside:

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The outside looks much better in person and was my favorite when I was finished.  I used a CTMH Creative Basics set of paper along with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and Old World Alphabet stamp set.  I chose cardstock letters for the outside because I’m sure it will fade.  The nice thing is that this can be changed out whenever it dies fade or she gets tired of it.  I would always choice coordinating double-sided papers.  It was a lot of fun to do.

In addition to scrapbooking, I also enjoy cross-stitching.  My sister recently had twins and so I have been busy for almost the last year making these blankets (usually I am lucky to get one blanket done during the length of a pregnancy!).

This second one was the harder of the two.  It had a lot of different stitches and all in different colors.  They were fun to do but I’m glad that they are done.  Maybe I’ll have more time for scrapbooking now?

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This layout was created for the Use it or Lose it Challenge.  The challenge is to use inchies.  I found a sketch from Page Maps that I liked and went from there.  I pulled out this Tickled Pink paper that was a special from way back.  I liked it so much that I ended up with extra so it was a good piece of my stash to use.  The ribbon is from the Designer Ribbon Pink Collection.  The die-cut flowers were stamped with the I Am stamp set (all part of the Tinkled Pink special).  The border was created with the Corner Rounder and the brads were from my stash.  The metal word by Making Memories added a nice contrasting title.

The March Challenge at Scrap Our Stash is something green.  I really don’t like to scrap with the color green.  Although that would have been a challenge, I interpreted green as in recycling.

I altered a Laughing Cow cheese container (anyone on Weight Watchers will recognize this!)  Here’s what it looks like before:

And this is what it looks like after:

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I painted it first with Making Memories paint inside and out.  Then I just covered with CTMH Lucy paper and decorated with CTMH Sparkle Flourishes, pins from the Bling Assortment, and added Clear Sparkles to the flower centers with tweezers.  The flowers were made with the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge.  My daughter wanted this one for her scrapbook desk.  It could also be used for jewelry or a set of circle cards.

I finally have a system in place that I love for organizing my scrapbook paper and scraps!  Previously, I was using these Cropper Hopper Scrap Storage envelopes and had one for each color family. (updated: Since these are out of stock at Amazon, here’s a link to Joann’s.) After seeing Jennifer Payami’s system on Pinterest (no longer available) I decided to update my system.  I use only Close to My Heart cardstock now.  It’s simpler because I am familiar with the colors and I love the weight and white core.  Here’s how it turned out:

Create labels:

I cut the labels for the front of the boxes out of my CTMH Idea Book.  (updated: As colors change, I remove theses labels and update with new ones, applying with double-stick tape.) For the most part each group fits in a box.  One or two are a bit tight but I’m stocked up on cardstock now so that will change as I use some of it up.  The basic colors (not pictured) take up two boxes because I have more of those and I have one scrap storage envelope for each color.  For the rest (seen above), I have two colors in each scrap storage envelope with the color separated with a divider.  So the scraps for the first color are kept in the front pocket and scraps for the second color are kept in the back pocket.  Scraps larger than 6×12 are kept in the front of that color.

Here’s a picture of the labels:

It can be difficult to differentiate between similar colors and this system has solved that problem.  Before I would have to dig for scraps because I only had them separated by color family.  Now with each color in it’s own place it is very quick and easy to find exactly what I need!  Dh saw what I was doing and said it looked too organized…what’s that!?! 🙂

If you want to do something like this, the holders often go on sale at Joann’s.  You can see them well on Amazon.  They come 3 to a pack.  The larger holders and dividers are sold separately.

What I use for added scraps:

Here is a picture of the envelopes that I use, pink is the front and blue is the back.  It holds 12×12 paper and there is a pocket in both the front and back that is 6×12 where I keep scraps.  I put a tabbed divider in the middle to label the paper name.  The second tab is on the envelope.  Seems like the correct term is “paper file” like these on Amazon but they don’t have the pocket for scraps.  I’d try Joann’s since they have this bundle online.  They may sell more separately in the store.  I have 6 envelopes in each holder.

Organizing paper scraps
This system organizes all of your cardstock and scraps together, making it easy to use and find exactly what you need.