Friday, November 21, 2014

Packing for a Crop - Part 2

As I promised yesterday, today I am sharing with you my packing list for the 2-day crop that I am attending this weekend.

I've divided my things into categories:
Rolling craft tote
Craft caddy
Grocery bag/tote
12x12 paper bin x 2
Page protectors

Cutting mat
Craft mat
Scissors:  for paper, ribbon, adhesives (non-stick), all-purpose/regular
Paper trimmer
Photo trimmer
Craft knife and replacement blade
Cricut spatula
Cricut piercing tool

Paper and adhesives
Patterned paper
Solid cardstock - 12 x 12, 8-1/2 x 11, and white
Adhesives:  wet glue, 2-way glue pens, foam tape, glue dots, regular tape, ATG gun, ATG refills

Page maps - the page maps that I use came from a book (photo below):

I think this will be awesome for when I get "scrapper's block" (I don't know if that is a real term, I may be making that up).  You know, that feeling when you just draw a blank when you're trying to plan a page or figuring out how the different components of your layouts fit together?  This comes in a book form, and then in the middle of the book are tear-out page map cards.  You can keep the cards in the box that comes with the book (you assemble the box, and ta-da -- handy-dandy page maps that you can take anywhere with you).  I love, love, love this.

Stamps and inks
Stamps: alphabet, baby/family stamps
Stamp scrubbing pad and spray
Dye ink pads
Chalk ink pads
Pigment ink pads
Distress ink pads
Sponge daubers

Cricut cartridges in ArtBin
Cricut mats x 2

Personal comfort
Pop-up trash bin
Ott lite

In case anyone is curious, this is how these things are packed right now:

And in case you want to know what's inside the bags/cases:

The extension cord, and the cords/charges for all of my electronics are in the side pockets.

I think I'm all packed!!!  I hope this is helpful to someone.

Thanks for looking, and a great day!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Packing for a Two-Day Crop - Part 1

Since signing up for a crop a few days ago, I thought about how I'm going to have everything ready in time.

I want to share with you my thought process, and I'm hoping that it will help first-time crop-pers, and maybe even seasoned crop-pers, in figuring out what to bring.

Plan your project.  Since I have taken a crafting hiatus, I really have no on-going projects right now.  I've Googled tips on how to plan for a crop to make the most out of my time there, and saw that most experienced crop-pers plan their pages and their layouts in advance (if they are scrapbooking) or their card projects (if they are card-making).

I know I'm going to be working on r's baby scrapbook, but since I signed up late for this crop, I will not have the time to plan layouts, paper packs, embellishments, and photos for each page.  I've managed to choose some photos I've managed to scrapbook, and will bring what I need for them.

Make a list.  I'm a fan of making lists (I stick it in my planner and check things off as I go).  For this crop, I've made a list of things to bring, which I will share with you in more detail in my next post.  In order to avoid bringing my whole craft room with me, I focused on things that I think I will need to complete r's baby scrapbook.  Making a list helps me figure out what supplies I already have, and what supplies I need to buy.

Buy the things you need.  With little time left until Friday afternoon (when the crop begins), and with little time to go to the craft store (gasp!!!), I turn to the ever trusty Amazon.  With the supplies that I do have in abundance, I needed to buy:

I could not believe that I had no alphabet stamps for labels, journals, etc!!!  I've been eyeing this set from Lawn Fawn for a while, but am resisting the urge to buy all the alphabet stamps they have available (and trust me, they have plenty).  Does that sound familiar?  Needing to buy one thing, and then ending up buying ten times more than you originally planned to do?

I am bringing a paper trimmer, but I plan to use this to trim photos.  I have a full sized trimmer that I use for photos in the craft room but I wanted a smaller, more portable one for crops.  The trimmer I have had been discontinued, but I think this may be similar (maybe a little smaller).

I saw this at one of the Youtube videos that I've been watching (you can search "How to pack for crops" in Youtube).  The lady in the video said she uses this for trash at her table in a crop, so she won't need to keep getting up, especially if the trash can is in the other side of the room).  This folds down, so it's very compact and lightweight. 

I'm planning to bring a few Cricut cartridges with some "baby" images.  They will have Cricut machines at the crop, but since they may not have the cartridges that I will need for r's scrapbook, I've decided to just bring my own.  I'm going to take the cartridges out of their boxes for the crop, since packing them in their boxes will take up so much room.  Unfortunately, my Gypsy had died on me -- that would have been ideal for this crop.

The best part -- I have Amazon Prime!  I've had it since I gave birth to r, and it was very, very convenient.  My orders get to my door in two days, free!  Woo-hoo!

Pack your things in bags/containers that will do the job.  Even if I'm trying to keep the supplies that I'm bringing to a manageable amount, I still have a lot of supplies and things that I will be bringing with me.  I think it will be important that my things are organized, so I know where to find them in my bag.  I have this bag:
It is the Big Mama of scrapbooking/craft bag, but it's sturdy, holds a lot, has a lot of compartments, and it rolls.  I think it will do the job very nicely.

I will also be bringing with me this caddy, for my tools and my most reached-for things:

Having a game plan/strategy for this crop is helpful.  I feel like I am more prepared (all things considered), and hopefully have a decent chance at getting tons of scrapbooking done.

I'll share more photos of what I've packed in my next post.

Thanks for looking, and have a great day!!!

Monday, November 17, 2014

I'm Still Here!!!

And I'm going to a crop this weekend!  Woo-hoo!

Excuse the exuberance.  I've been away from my blog, and paper crafting in general, that my supplies have gathered dust.  Well, not really.  Every now and then I went to my craft room to "play," but I had been overwhelmed with my responsibilities with family and work that crafting and "me" time had been pushed to the back burner.

In any case, I've arrived at some realizations:
1.  If something is important to me, then I have to make time for it.
2.  I need to have some time for myself, so that I can be a better wife, mom, and person.
3.  r is already 2 and a half years old, and I still haven't completed my pregnancy album.  I've yet to scrapbook so many of our life's moments that came when r was born.
4.  To jump start my creative mojo, I need to surround myself with like-minded people.

Enter the crop.  Ta-da.

I stumbled upon this crop's website less than 2 weeks before the event itself.  I just completed my registration today, which gives me:  Three.  Days. To plan/pack.

Did I mention that I have a family and work that both keep me fully occupied?


Review resolutions #1 to 4.  Okay, I can do this.  I'll go for now, I have to plan/pack.  Note to self:  "I can do this.  It's not impossible.  I can do this.  Go, C!!!"

Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

r's Elmo-themed 2nd Birthday Party

r turned two last May -- hurray, we're at terrible terrific two's!

He loves Elmo, and so we decided to host an Elmo-themed birthday party for him and his friends.  Everyone had a great time!

I started brainstorming party ideas in March, so you can imagine me going crazy about party details, decorations, etc.  R, my husband, pretty much gave me all the freedom to decide on things I liked for the party, which I thought was nice of him.  He only told me to "not go too crazy," which I promised I wouldn't.  Famous last words.

Here's the invitation we sent out to r's friends:

I chose a simpler design this year, compared to last year's invitation, so it was much easier to mass produce.

And then, the party decorations.

I made this Elmo "Happy Birthday" banner using my Cricut and Silhouette Cameo cutting machines.
The banner and the letters were cut with the Cricut.  The medallions were cut with the Silhouette.  We're not allowed to hang or stick anything to the party room's walls/furniture, etc., so I planned to put this banner on the sweets table, together with letters of r's name, and the number "2."

These letters and number are 3D boxes, which I got from the Silhouette store.  I loved how they are able to stand by themselves.  After the party, I planned to use these as decor in r's bedroom.

Here's a photo of the sweets table:
r's birthday cake is not in the photo, because I was still picking it up. :p

I made these chocolate cupcakes and topped them with Elmo's icing decoration (from Wilton).

We also had Elmo chocolate lollipops, chocolate-covered Oreo's with Elmo's face, and Dorothy marshmallows.  I got the idea for the Dorothy marshmallows in Pinterest.

Unfortunately, I was not able to take close-up photos of the other treats, but you can see them a little bit (at least, I hope you can) on the photo of the sweets table.

And no, we did not just feed the guests dessert. :p  We also had Caesar salad, vegetables and dip, chips and spinach dip, cheese and crackers, Dorothy goldfish crackers, four different kinds of pizza (since half of the guests were at the picky-eater age), three-cheese tortellini, roasted chicken, and fruits.  We served water, pop, and juice for drinks.

I don't have a photo of the individual tables, but each table was covered in red table cloth, with a Dorothy the Goldfish centerpiece, again, thanks to Pinterest.

And then we had the goody bags.  I printed each guest's name on a label with an Elmo clip art, and attached it to white paper bags from Michael's.

I made these Elmo water bottles using red water bottles from Michael's, and stickers of Elmo's face (that I made myself):

I also included in the goody bags:  a small red beach ball, bubbles, and Playdoh.

And then we gave each guest a party hat.  I got this idea from Pinterest.

We also gave the guests some crayons and Elmo coloring sheets while waiting for the program to start.

And then, the guest of honor arrived, and he played and danced with r and his friends.

By the end of the party, we were all pretty tired, but so happy, since everyone had a blast!  It made all the prepations and hard work all worth it.

Thanks for looking, and have a great day!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Flower Birthday Card

I'm baaaccck!!!  I've been gone for a while (wow, really?), and I'm pleasantly surprised that readers are still stopping by my blog.  I really, really appreciate that, so thank you very much.

My mother-in-law will be celebrating her birthday this Saturday with a picnic for the whole family, and I forced by husband to let me my husband asked me to make her a card. :p

She loves flowers and her garden, so I pulled out my Cricut and Walk in My Garden cartridge, and made her this:

Here is a closer view of the sentiment and the flowers.

I used the following to make the card:
Walk in My Garden Cricut cartridge
Turqouise and kraft cardstock (Recollections)
Yellow, orange, green cardstock (my scraps)
D'vine Swirls embossing folder (Cuttlebug)
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set for sentiment (Stampin' Up)
Word Window punch (Stampin' Up)
Stampin' Dimensionals (Stampin' Up)

I'm pretty happy with the card, and I hope my mother-in-law likes it, too. :)

Thanks for looking, and have a great day!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

"You Color My World" Crayon Valentines

Hi, everyone!  Yup, I'm still here.  I have not fallen off the face of the earth. :p

I'm swamped with work, and it does not look like things are going to be letting up until early June (I can't even think of summer right now, although I'm wishing for it, with this long, dreary, and very, very cold winter that we're having), but it's really just four months away.

In the meantime, it's Valentine's Day tomorrow, and I have made valentines for all of r's classmates.  There are now 17 other kids in his class.

Of course, I had to make a Valentine for r, too.  And of course, that little reminder that the crayon is not food.

I saw this idea a while back in Pinterest, but I could not remember the source.  Okay, so maybe I was a little "trigger-happy" with the "Pin It!" button, without thinking about how my pins should be organized.  It's probably in one of my boards, among the 2,000+ pins.

Even if this was not my original idea (the heart-shaped crayon for valentines), I'm very happy with how the turned out!

I used the following products for these valentines:
Crayola heart-shaped crayons (I made these!)
White cardstock (Georgia-Pacific)
Red cardstock (The Paper Studio)
3-inch scallop circle punch (EK Success)
2-1/2 circle punch (EK Success)
Heart Blocks embossing folder (Cuttlebug)
Big Shot - to emboss
We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper - to round off the corners of my card

Thanks for looking, and have a great day!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Gamer Birthday Card

Happy new year, everyone!

What better way to start the year than making cards and participating in challenges?

I made this card for my nephew, who just turned twenty-one.  Like most males in my family, he loves video games, so I know this stamp set from Papertrey Ink is just perfect for his card (and for other cards that I will make for my other male family members, of course).  I struggle with masculine cards, mostly because I find myself out of ideas/inspiration for them, but I'm glad I did not have too much trouble with this one.  The right stamp set does help sometimes. :)

Yup, it's a video game controller.  And I love, love, love the sentiment.

Here is the actual card.

I'm entering this card to the Less is More challenge for the end of the year, which is to repeat any challenge from the past year.  I am repeating Week 7's challenge:  Masculine Cards.

I used the following products for my card:
Blue cardstock (Coredinations)
White cardstock (Recollections)
Midnight Black chalk ink (Versamagic)
Aegean Blue chalk ink (Versamagic)
Game On stamp set (Papertrey Ink)

Thanks for looking, and have a great day (and a fantastic new year)!