Sunday, December 30, 2012

Wrapping Up 2012

It has been a busy year.  I love the year in review concept I have seen in so many blogs, so here goes another.

January and February 2012 - Blogging was all done on the original Scrapbooks and cows ( - catching up after Christmas and getting my Valentines (aka late Christmas cards) mailed out.

March - Work Out Wednesday idea listed - no takers, but glitter was tried!

April - Tried three minis.  One for a swap, learned what build a page by Kathy Orta was, and tried something I learned from Creative Cafe?  I can't remember where, but followed my notes to create this fun double type mini.  The two sections at the top are mini's that are stored in the box below.

May - I kept fairly busy and did some blogging.  I learned how to spin yarn, participated in a charger plate swap and got Scraprageous Totes off the ground!  PS - like a tote, check out for more information.

June - pneumonia and Achilles issues really slowed me down (sort of).  Used the build-a-page to create a fun interactive card.
July - busy times!  A chicken tour at our place and some dear friends who came and helped get things ready since I was still in a brace.  The outdoors never would have come together and the inside wouldn't have been cleaned either without their assistance.  More work on bags - it is one thing I could do while sitting (I prefer to stand to scrap)

August - my version of a Tim Holtz tag (with step by step photos) and a rolodex class.

September - Back to school time so not too much crafting, new puppies and another ustream class.  This one on Ranger's Alcohol inks.  Also - the highlight was a Retreat in PA with some of the ladies from  We had a phenomenal time!

October - puppies are growing, building a trebuchet and pumpkin fest.  Hurricane Sandy slowed some swaps, but we decided that better late than lost!

November - Back in the swap grove, a few more mini's and completing some challenges from other blogs

December - it isn't over yet!  However, so far, mini's for Christmas gifts, a mini for me!  (yes, that happens when I decide it is too ugly to give, but all the work involved, I just can't toss.  After some minor altering (more to occur as the year goes forward), I am beginning to develop a fondness for this poor December Daily Lapbook Mini.  More contest entries (I rarely win, but have a ton of fun competing), A really challenging Giraffe Mini as a gift/custom job, and a really fun secret sister punch arrived!

At first I didn't think I had done that much.  Loosing almost 12 weeks due to injury set things off, but with the help of great friends, family jumping in and being understanding as well as helping, I can clearly see God's blessings during the year.

Wishing you and yours a Wonderful 2013!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

December Daily - Now a year long binder for me

The December Daily (Paper Phenomenon's site links to instructions on you tube) is finally about finished.  You all know that I decided to keep for myself, due to some imperfections (color, mis-cuts that can't be fixed properly, but they work for me with a bit of altering) and I am happy with that decision.   The Granny's Memories album worked out beautifully for my friend (I forgot to take pics of that as well as the memory album I made for my sister and had people send memories to fill it about 1/2 way before she rec'd.  I guess she cried (joyfully) the entire way through).

Below are a few photos - I found the tags at Archivers last week and the additional paper line is from DCWV Heirloom Paper Stack.  Having a blast with this - my plan - put good memories from each week into different pockets.  There are 68 at this point.  Then I have it to look back on if I am feeling down.

I will continue to alter pages/pockets and add throughout the year.  Definitely looking forward to this.

Calling all Scrapbook Swappers.  Have you ever wanted to try out being a hostess?  Scrapbooking Fun.Biz is currently looking for a few more hostesses.  If you would like to try, register at the site and then send a PM to Scraprageous (aka me) with a few of your qualifications.  Thanks for your interest!

If I am on another board with you, feel free to ask me through that board too.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

All finished

Giraffe Wedding Album - very challenging, but one of the most fun projects I have completed.

And a fun card for Secret sis - love this punch (it was a gift from my secret sis) - Used liquid pearls and distress stickles as well as some metal flower (think it is Tim Holtz - but not sure).  Some paper from Fancy Pants.  I know it is older, but I still love the Holly Jolly papers!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Giraffe Album

Just to show some photos - this is inspired from a book I found online (it went into a box and is located in an earlier post on this blog - Wizard of oz Theme) and this piece from a thrift store.

still some work to go, but getting there

Sunday, December 2, 2012

A few more items

for the Hard Core Crop.  Unfortunately I ran out of adhesive, so I will be stopping until I can get some more.  I like my die cut bag and tag, but the double sided tape I found does not work as well as regular adhesive and I didn't want wet glue for this particular project.  The challenge was for a gift bag created with die cuts and can be found on the Scraps of my Life Blog HERE

This was the first time I used my sizzix snowman sizzlet die cut strip.  Had some fun with it, but thinking they would have looked much better in foam or felt, but I don't think those cut that thick.   The snowflake glue on the base of the bag isn't quite what I had hoped for either, but as this is a disposable gift bag, I will still use it :D.  

 I do like the little snowmen and the stickles add just enough to make me happy.  Of course, all the little blue snowmen and the red/white topper are cut or ripped from core'dinations!

I couldn't resist making some more layered tags.  These are from Core'dinations Foundations Cardstock.  Add an Imaginesce stamp, a bit of ink and viola - quick, simple and cute.

These are some fun deco squares for a 12 days of Christmas 'swap' I am participating in.  Can you guess which day?  There are 4 calling birds!!  I know my partner likes Graphic 45, so I used some of their papers as well as more Core'dinations Foundations papers to create a wonderful gift item for her.  I hope she enjoys them (and not telling who in case she visits my blog)!  These are for the Highly Entertaining blog that can be found HERE
Found a different picture to use for this one.  Santa and the title don't quite work, but this is for the recipe challenge.  Real photo has boy/tractor and lots of snow in December.  This is for the I'm Living On Scraps! Recipe challenge - loved this! Blog link is HERE