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If you follow my personal InstagramFacebook or Blog, you'd know that I have mentioned my craftroom and that stuff has been packed in boxes since April.

Which is when we received a blessing from God to leave the 3-story townhouse we were renting and move out.
It was an answered prayer in that we had been wanting to move out.
The area didn't feel safe any longer.
It was tough keeping up with 3 levels of things and we just were tired of it.
The owners foreclosed on the house and the bank offered us "keys for cash".
The 11 days it took to donate, trash, pack and move were so hard, but I did it with joy.

I was so happy to go.
I was so happy to get away from that area.
I was so happy to downsize.
So many positive things came of it.
Even bought a cake to celebrate our last day there... lol.





(here's a quick snapshot I took of the last time I saw my old craftroom)



We have yet to find a place to live.
Either we're really picky, or God is guiding our steps.
Which is okay, but it has been a very frustrating, exciting, humbling, overwhelming, fun, uncomfortable, life-changing, adventurous, spiritual, freeing and boring experience.
Yes, all that.  lol.
It's a process that I know God has taken us through, and I believe the reason was to mature us spiritually.
For us to truly TRUST in Him.

My plans last year were so different from how I see my future now.
I wanted to be a stamp designer.
I wanted to be on a few DT's.
I wanted to Filofax my blog posts, my laundry sessions, my craft time.
But God...

There could be other reasons for this direction in life, but I haven't figured those out yet.  lol.
Through this I have learned so much about myself.  About the areas of my life that need work.
Things that need changing.  Things that need growth.
Deep things.
Inner things no one knows about.
Not even me.
Making more time for Him and less time on things that carry no weight or value for my eternal life...
but that's another topic that I didn't mean to get into here...
If this has peeked your interest, read more about my personal/spiritual growth on my personal blog here.
(i tend to update it monthly)...

So how & where have I been crafty?
In my parent's dining room, out of my IKEA Raskog cart...hehe.



It's been very challenging (in that I don't have access to all the supplies I own), but that has pushed me to be more creative.

I started out with whatever was already in my cart, but along the way I was forced to add supplies that either I REALLY needed and didn't have.  Or that I did have (stored away), but didn't have access to, like a paper trimmer.




And today, as I worked on personal errands and looked over to my cart, (thinking to share a photo of my little "craftroom" on IG), I felt ashamed at how unorganized and messy it looked.  So I spent the last hour cleaning it up, trashing clutter (like left over pieces of whatever), and organizing it better.

On the top tier I have every type of sticker and embellishment (except diecuts).  They are in order of size, type and color.  In the front I have puffy stickers and enamel dots.  In the middle section are random stickers that are smaller in size, next to a few packs of wood veneers.  In the middle/back are more stickers that are larger.  In the back are all my alphas in ROYGBV order.  In the way way back I have stencils and doilies.  On the sides of the top level I have photos to be scrapped/smashed, paper trimmer and dimensional adhesive.



In the side buckets I have a stash of those MME, Jillibean & Bella Blvd sticker labels (that I'm obsessed with).  I also have another bucket of tools (glue, scissors, etc.)

In the front 2 buckets I have things like washi, twine, sequins and flairs.


On the 2nd tier I have stamps, inks and diecuts that either came pre-cut (like by October Afternoon & Amy T.), or that were leftover from my Silhouette cuts, or that I cut by hand from pattern paper.



On the 3rd tier I have items that I barely use.  6x6 pads, PL cards, inks, mixed media supplies and punches.


On the side of the cart in a tote I have my 12x12 paper pads and 12x12 alphas.

When I get the urge to enter a challenge or smash a page, I simply pull the cart 12 inches closer to the dining table, set up my laptop to play some music, and get to crafting.

The cleanup is so quick & easy, that I'm considering downsizing my craft supplies EVEN MORE once we find another home.

I'm excited to start over.
My desire last year was to destash, downsize, declutter, sell, donate and trash.
I even read 2 books about it!
And with this process, I have been able to do all of that.
Even though I'm currently (somewhat) limited, it has taught me to be appreciative of everything.
What's important in life.
What I should spend more time on.
And that I really don't need every single washi tape or 6x6 pad in existence!
lol.


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Our Everyday Life.

Here's another quick 12x12 page I made using a Dear Lizzy paper collection.  I also included touches of October Afternoon, My Mind's Eye, Freckled Fawn and Chic Tags.

The page was inspired by a sketch challenge over at Sketch-N-Scrap.







I had a lot of fun with this layout.  It almost felt like a smashbook page to me.

And speaking of that, I was able to get a clearanced out smashbook over the weekend so that I can document our summer being that I don't have access to any Project Life supplies as of now.  I hope to be sharing some of those pages with you soon.

Thanks for checking in, I always appreciate the lovely comments.

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Challenges:
1 - In The Navy : Paper Issues.



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Photo Love.

I work on this layout last week (when my mojo and energy was at an all-time high), and wasn't too happy with the outcome, and I didn't think I'd be sharing it.

But after looking at it over, I realized that it's impossible to be "in love" with everything I create.




Using mostly October Afternoon diecut pieces, strips of paper by Dear Lizzy and a Freckled Fawn puffy, I created this layout based loosely on a Dusty Attic sketch.  I used a plastic grid-type "mask" that I found in the sewing department at JoAnn for less than a dollar, and Heidi Swapp sprays for the background and plenty of OA stickers as embellies.


The photos were taken outside at high noon, and I couldn't get the best lighting.  Sorry for that.

Now that I look at it again, it's kinda growing on me... hehe.

Have a great weekend!

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Challenges
1 - The Dusty Attic - June sketch.
2 - Paper Issues - In The Navy.

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Project Life - Week 10.

This is the last PL layout I was able to complete, before packing up my craftroom back in April.  I was already a few weeks behind and now that we're heading to July, I doubt I'll ever catch up.  I think I will either create a layout for each month (with as many photos as I can fit), or skip it and start again fresh when I am able to do so.

In any case, you won't be seeing anymore PL layouts from me for a while.  I will continue my 12x12 layouts... I've actually been enjoying those a lot.  I think I just might work on another tonight.




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[right side]




I created a cute pocket on this 4x6 card,
in order to fit a photo and some journaling,
and use red double side tape to adhere.






I used supplies by Maggie Holmes, Heidi Swap, Fiskars, Amy Tangerine, October Afternoon, Recollections, Studio Calico, American Crafts and Silhouette diecuts.

I seem to gravitate to this color scheme; yellow, pink, mint green, with some accent colors...
It's the 3rd layout like it.

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Boy Genius.

This $5 Old Navy shirt that I got Gio when he was still in diapers is my favorite shirt in his closet.  I love the bright orange color.  I love the sentiment and I love how it looks on him.

When I took this photo, I knew I'd be using it on a layout.  So I tried to take shots that looked "artistic".  I wasn't too successful because the background makes no sense, but I still love his pose, outfit and nerdy glasses.



I used an array of paper craft company collections to complete this layout including Pink Paislee, October Afternoon, Freckled Fawn, Studio Calico, The Twinery, Simple Stories, American Crafts and Recollections.

The background was made with a Heidi Swapp polka dot stencil, paintbrush and watercolor paint.  I sprayed the SC feathers and also painted on them.



Adding twine is messy and tricky.
If you want it to look random just put a glob of glue anywhere and swirl it up randomly.
If you want some sort of order to the "mess",
first apply the adhesive in the shape/form you like, and then add the twine along the glue-line.
(see photo below)



I wanted the word "GENIUS" for the title to be red,
but I didn't have them available for the letters I needed.
The next best thing was to paint over these
white American Crafts fabric-type alphas with watercolor paint.
It was pretty messy and messed up my layout a little...




I added touches of teal & red to the all black dotted "faux leopard" background,
for a little interesting pop.
(and to cover the minor mess that "GENIUS" made on my layout - lol)






I had so much fun creating this layout, using the Scrap365 sketch challenge, and I hope you will bust out some 12x12 paper and join me in getting back into the heart of scrapbooking.

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Challenges
1 - Scrap 365 - sketch challenge.
2 - Southern Girls - diecuts and/or punches.
3 - Mei Li Paperie - inspired by orange and the black messy doodling.
4 - Mixed Media Monthly - sprays & inks.



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This Happened...

...last week when I went on a little craft binge.  Hit up 3-5 spots on 5 different days...
The Goal: to purchase items I need to keep my craft hobby going, without buying the same items I already own, but don't have access to.
It was pretty difficult, cuz I kinda have a ton of stuff....
But I succeeded, with the exception of a paper trimmer.


Today I want to share a layout I made using the Amy Tangerine "PLUS ONE" collection I've been kinda hoarding. I printed out some photos at Walmart in B&W knowing I'd use it with this paper.  I also added touches of Heidi Swapp, Simple Stories, October Afternoon and Bella Blvd.





The "enamel dots" you see throughout are really dabs of fabric paint.  I purchased a pack of 6 neon bottles for $3.97 at JoAnn, hoping to make my own enamel dots... It might be that I used a waxy paper plate as my base, but it didn't work.  The dots stuck to the surface, and pulling them off was torture.  Needless to say, there's a really pretty plate somewhere in a trash dump now.  lol


I'm loving making 12x12 layouts again.  It's the only type of crafting I'm able to do without unpacking my entire craftroom....  lol.

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Challenges

1 - Sketch - N - Scrap - Challenge #59
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