Saturday, February 28, 2015

December 2014 Project Life and 12x12 Calendar Layouts

I have my final Project Life and 12x12 Calendar layouts for my 2014 album to share with you today. 

I finished December 2014 and am sharing them with you on the video below. 

Here is my December 2014 calendar. 

I create this using the Collect app on my iPhone. 

I print it at my local Costco. 

For my supplies, I pulled every Christmas paper collection and embellishments from my stash and put them in a 2 gallon Ziploc bag. 

This is what I pulled from while creating my layouts. 

I also used all of  my Ali Edwards Christmas stamps, Stampin Up Real Red ink, and some Becky Higgins Project Life photo overlays. 

Here is my title card. You can't tell in the picture, but the vellum card behind the Dec. 2014 has an ampersand sign.  I added some sequins to the pocket and stitched the stop closed. 

For the next two layouts, I used  Becky Higgins Panoramic page protectors. 

This first layout covers my foot surgery and unexpected hospital stay plus getting ready for Christmas. 

This is showing the layout with the flap open. 

I love using Polaroid frames on cards. 

On this one, I journaled inside of it and added some enamel dots. 

This next layout covers our family Christmas gatherings. 

They are photo and collage heavy. 

I saved one 3x4 pocket for my journaling on each side of the layout. 

Another fun use of a Polaroid frame. 

The don't always have to cover the entire picture, but frame the people in the picture. 

This covers Christmas Eve and Christmas day. 

Layout with the flap open. 

On the collage below, I didn't have enough pictures to complete the four picture collage. 

I printed it anyway and used the empty space to embellish. 

For my last layout in the album, I pulled my paper collection by Maggie Holmes. 

I used a Becky Higgins Design J page protector. 

This covered our annual New Year's Eve party with friends. 

I used a Heidi Swapp gold overlay on the Maggie Holmes filler card. 

Backside of the layout. 

I had another collage where I didn't have enough pictures. 

I love how these look with the embellishments. 

I will be doing this again!

I used my last pocket for a 2015 filler card found here on Pinterest.  I added some gold and wood grain sequins and stitching. 

I thought a confetti pocket would be fun for the last card of my 2014 album. 

I am so happy that my 2014 album is complete!!

Thank you so much for looking. 

Hugs, Shelly

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

November 2014 Project Life Layout and 12x12 Calendar Layout

I have my November 2014 12x12 calendar and project life layouts to share with you all today.

Here is the video linked below showing you everything in detail. 

I created this 12x12 calendar using the collect app on my iPhone. 

I used some Crate Paper paper collections and various embellishments from my stash to decorate it. 

Here are the supplies that I used for my project life layout. 

I used the Kraft edition Becky Higgins project life cards, stamps from Ali Edwards and RUKristin, letter stickers, Ranger Archiver Ink in the color coffee, brown sharpie, and embellishments and journaling cards from Elle's Studio. 

This month I covered some backyard fun, Veteran's Day, and our first light dusting of snow and getting to use the fireplace for the first time this fall/winter season. 

I pulled this card for my November monthly card from Pinterest and used it to hold my Ali Edward Nov. die cut. I just listed some of my gathered thoughts for the month. 

I used a Becky Higgins design C panoramic page protector. 

The top two sleeves cover a movie/sleepover night for my daughter and a lost tooth too!

When you flip up the top, the next two top pictures cover my shopping cart full of groceries for Thanksgiving and I captured all of the rainbow loom bracelets that my daughter made...and didn't want anymore.  That was a short lived hobby!

The rest of the spread covers our family Thanksgiving gatherings. 

I used one Kraft edition project life card for the journaling. 

That wraps up my November 2014 project life layouts. 

Thank you for looking. 

Hugs, Shelly

Friday, February 20, 2015

Product Review - Fine Line Applicators - Perfect for Paper Crafters and Artists!

Today I have a product review for the Fine Line Applicators, both fine and standard tip. 

This is not a sponsored post. I purchased these with my own money. All opinions are my own. 

If you do crafts and use glue, then you might be interested in these glue containers. 

Especially if your glue likes to get clogged like mine does. 

Does this look familiar to you? Unclogging your glue with a paperclip or straight pin?

These are my current glues that I like to use on scrapbooking and crafting projects. 

They are all great glues, except for the fact that they all clog. 

If you are tired of the clogging, then you will be interested in these Fine Line Applicators. 

I bought these glue applicators at my local Hobby Lobby.  They are located in the paint/car model section of Hobby Lobby. They are $4.99 each. Don't forget that you can use a 40% off coupon for one item either by printing the coupon online at Hobby Lobby or get the Hobby Lobby app on your cell phone. 

You can also find them here and here at Amazon. (not an affiliate link)

The fine tip is a 20 gauge tip and the standard is a 18 gauge tip. 

As you can see from the label, these glue containers are re-useable, air tight, non-clogging, and they have a cap/wire closure. 

Per the Fineline website, these applicators are stainless steel applicators that use FL air-tight non-clogging cap wire closure system to insure that the applicator and your preferred glue medium are always ready for immediate use.  

Did you read that?.....Ready for immediate use. There is nothing worse than trying to finish a project and having to fight with your clogged glue bottle and then having a big blog come out all over your project once you do get it unclogged. 

To use, you remove the lid and add in your favorite glue. 

Place your lid back on the bottle and you are ready to go. 

This is the cap/wire closure. This is my favorite part of these containers. 

No more using paper clips or straight pins to unclog your glue. 

The cap/wire system helps to eliminate the clogging and provides an air tight closure. 

The other great thing about these containers is they are perfect for gluing on smaller chipboard, letters, Thickers, titles, etc on your scrapbook or Project Life pages. 

Here is a look at how thin the glue comes out of both containers. 

I had these extra die cuts in my stash, so I will show you the glue on the colored side for a better visual. 

Here is the fine tip. 

It is perfect for these intricate, small die cuts.

Here is the standard tip.

It comes out just a little bit thicker and is perfect for a larger die cut or paper, picture, etc on your layout. 

Here are both tips on this one die cut. 

Both sizes work great. 

I went ahead and purchased both sizes to have on hand. 

I highly recommend these glue applicators for your crafty needs. 

You also can add other mediums to these applicators such as acrylic paint. The tip is perfect for outlining , doodling, or writing on mixed media projects, layouts, etc. 

Here are some videos showing these applicators in use if you would like to watch. 

I hope you find this review helpful. 

Let me know if you use these applicators and for what kind of projects. 

Thanks for checking out this post. I hope you will subscribe for more. 

Hugs, Shelly

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Drawer Organization for my Kitchen and Bathroom

This week I worked on reorganizing some kitchen and bathroom drawers and wanted to share it with you today. 

I made a video showing you everything that I bought and what is in each drawer if you want to see everything in detail. 

I headed to Walmart first and bought some drawer organizers. 

I found these either in the office supply, kitchen, or closet/travel sections of Walmart. 

I have two drawers in my kitchen that needed cleaning out and reorganizing. 

The drawer on the right is the junk drawer or catch all drawer. 

The drawer on the left had kitchen utensils that are large and just needed better organizing. 

Here is everything that I cleaned out of the infamous "kitchen junk drawer" that needs to be put back in the drawer using my newly purchased organizers. 

Here is the after for the junk drawer. 

Much better!

I used two containers, one divided and one large rectangle container. 

Here is the drawer on the left that holds larger kitchen utensils. 

I used four different sized containers and it worked out perfectly.

Let's move onto my master bathroom. 

I have one drawer in my bathroom vanity and it is shallow and small. 

I need to get everything that is on the counter back into the drawer. 

Here is the after. 

I used one of the larger acrylic divided trays and two gray smaller containers. 

It works and makes me happy that this it is organized and looks neater!

For the remaining drawer organizers that I purchased, I placed them in my Ikea Alex drawers in my master closet. 

I am reorganizing my jewelry and makeup collection so these organizers and drawers will be used for that project. 

I will share that project once it is completed. 

There is one more thing that I want to share with you.

I found these pretty glass jars from Hobby Lobby. I placed them on an antique mirror tray that sits on our bathroom vanity. 

The two on each side hold Q-Tips and Round Cotton Pads. These are items we use everyday, but I love how pretty they look in these glass drawers versus being stuffed in a drawer or medicine cabinet. 

For the big jar in the middle, I thought it would be pretty to add my current favorite seasonal nail polishes for some added color to my vanity. 

I plan on changing the colors for each season. 

So much fun!

I hope you are inspired to reorganize some drawers in your home!

Thank you for reading this post. 

I hope that you will subscribe for future posts. 

Hugs, Shelly

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