hello there, 2012

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There’s something so deliciously lazy and contemplative about this week between Christmas and New Year’s. I’ve had a bit of time to just sit and think this week about goal’s for 2012. I spent a little time pondering my word from this past year, amazed at how His vision has carried us through this crazy year.

2011 was such a year of transition.

I’m hoping 2012 is more of a year of putting down roots and growing.

My big goal, and my word, for 2012 is simple:

Well.

My goal for 2012 is to continue to seek wellness – body, mind and soul.

To break it down a little more:

Body – continue with this paleo diet and lifestyle, knowing that – for me – it is the key to physical wellness. I have about 15 more pounds I’d like to lose, and then I just want to learn to live and maintain that weight. Exercise has slipped from my routine for these past few months, and I need to find the best workout for me.

Mind – I’ve seen over these past few months how integral creativity is to who I am, and how much I need it to calm my frazzled brain. I’m commited to Project Life, have several vacation scrapbooks I want to finish, am hoping to make the time to scrap those everyday pages again and have been wanting to take up some sort of needlework.

Also, I want to keep learning and implementing – about food, about nutrition, about budgeting…and there’s always more.

Soul – so much of what’s good for my mind and body is good for my soul, but I also need to be more consistent in my time with my Creator. It’s the first thing to drop when life gets crazy, and it’s the one thing that shouldn’t. His is the well that doesn’t run dry.

And more frivolously…I will get over my fear of cooking shrimp and save enough to buy my new camera (luckily, it will take time because I’m totally undecided between a Nikon DSLR and one of the new mirrorless cameras).

Are you ready for this new year, this new beginning?

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december daily, part two…days 1-14

A little peek at where my December Daily album has gone on this Christmas Eve…

I love it, even though it’s becoming a bit of a stylistic mess, I need bigger binder rings and I’m sort of regretting the odd size I chose. Lots of thoughts for next year that I need to sit down and make notes about before I forget them all!

The base of my album is the paper bag cardstock from Hobby Lobby (which I might love even more than my beloved Bazzill kraft). The papers, embellishments and alphabets are a huge mish mash I pulled from my stash – all at least a year or more old…and it feels nice to get it used up!

The little tags in the pocket still need to be filled out by hubby and the kids…The pictures on the 11th and 12th were all taken on the 11th, but there were so many I spread them a bit…I’ll add photos of the rest of our new ornaments as we get them…And then it started to change a bit….

It’s becoming more of a hybrid project the further we get into December, mainly because I have more pictures I want to use. Definitely something to keep in mind for next year – I might do a digital base with paper embellishments.

I’m actually caught up as of yesterday with photos – just waiting until the 26th to send them all in to get printed in a big batch.

I’ll share the rest when they’re done next week~

Project Life

I’ve been watching the evolution of Becky Higgin’s Project Life since she debuted it a few years ago.

I love the idea of a yearly record of our lives as a family in one album. Scrapbooking has been a huge part of my life for over ten years now, but in the past two years I just haven’t had time to keep up the way I’ve wanted to  – in part because paying clients took precedence over my own albums and in part because I was just feeling creatively drained.

I’ve also come to realize that scrapbooking for me is about the story – the story of our lives as a family, the things we do, the way we live. It’s never felt natural to me to focus more on embellishments than photos, to add a cute (and usually generic) title but no words.

I miss telling that story.

But I needed to find a way to make it feel organic to me again. After a lot of Project Life research (like the amazing series from Lisa Truesdell and serious perusing of the Creative Team at PL), I think it’s the perfect avenue for me.

I’m making the commitment this year to do Project Life. My album, page protectors, core kit and a set of papers are all wrapped up under the Christmas tree. I’ve been scouring blogs and pinning ideas, and as soon as I get my December Daily mess cleaned up, I’ll pull some more supplies to go along with it.

I’m truly excited and inspired to tell those stories for the first time in what seems like a long time.

A few random thoughts, as I head into this:

  • I’m hoping to have the kids do at least a journaling card a week each – so I make this a family album and not just one with my voice.
  • Pondering how to include a few favorite tweets, facebook updates and text messages each week – it’s a regular part of our life today and I want to include it, just not sure how.
  • Contemplating photos – we don’t have a photo printer here at home and I’m fed up with my Costco. I’ll definitely have to do an online developer – possibly ever 2 weeks so I don’t get too behind. I’ve been reading lots of good things about Persnickety Prints and I’m going to test them out with the rest of my December Daily prints early next week. The plan now is to figure out where photos are going each week and use sticky notes to keep me on track until the photos arrive.
    I think.
  • I’m seriously considering joining the Photo-A-Day class at Studio Calico – I miss being part of an online community and for a dollar a month, I think the inspiration will be worth it. I have a real fear of getting to February and totally losing steam and ideas.
  • I think I’ll be blogging my Project Life progress twice a month – still working on a blogging schedule for next year of some sort to help with focus, and admittedly not getting very far with it. I’m aiming to have a one-day-a-week crafty/scrappy posting day, with Project Life taking two spots a month (assuming I keep up on photo printing).

Are you doing Project Life this year? Are you blogging about it? Let me know – I’d love to follow what you’re doing!

December Daily, part one

I’ve been talking about doing a December Daily album for the past few years, but just haven’t been able to pull one together in time.

This past weekend, I grabbed a pile of Christmas-ish scrapbook supplies, made a gigantic mess and got started.

Not sure what a December Daily is? Ali Edwards has gobs of blog posts and info, but basically: it’s a daily scrapbook for the month of December.

I tend to be absolutely horrible at scrapping the holidays, and I’m hoping this helps. I’ve also been going through a bit of a scrap-drought, but have been really feeling the urge to play with paper and glue lately.

My main goal was to keep it simple, and I think I did that. I did make a master list of about 20 of our holiday traditions and events I want to capture: chocolate advent calendars, celebrations at different family member’s homes, St. Nicholas Day on the 6th, making cookies, annual ornaments, decorating the church and on and on. I’m half an hour from my Costco, so I’m planning to label each day’s photo with the date, figure out where it will go on the page with a place-holder and will *hopefully* be able to keep up with journaling on a daily basis. I’ve also got a basket of odds and ends to finish pages off with that I’m keeping with the album.

 

And some of the inside pages:

From the Studio…10.06.10

It seems like it's been a long, long time since I've had a Stickergirlstudios update to post…in part because of all of the craziness around traveling to California for my brother's wedding and because of the general craziness life has been since we got home. 

And it's really not much of an update, but I finally have a few new things to list tonight (links will be added tomorrow)…

Kidasaurus Final 
Kidasaurus wrecks - I've had this title hanging around for months, and I'm so glad to finally have put it on something!  It reminds me of a certain little boy who loved dinosaurs (okay, still does) and making messes (hmm…okay, maybe he's just gotten bigger and not much else has changed!). 

Pick of the Patch Final 
Pick of the patch – most overused Halloween/Fall title ever?  Maybe.  It just works so well and for so many different memories =)

Cast a Spell Title Piecing 
Cast a spell – a title and piecing all in one.  Everything is adhered as shown – just add background paper and photos!

Lots of plans and piles to work through for next week!

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In the Studio – 08.29.10

Oh goodness, has this ever been a crazy week!  I think I'm only about 4 days behind with this post…which seems to be the way life is right now. 

A quick note – this is my last week of full listings until the middle of September.  I'm getting ready to head back out to California for my brother's wedding and while I will be continuing to list while I'm out there, it will only be items that travel easy like my Simply Sets and possibly a few borders and titles.

That said, I'm a bit sad to be taking a break from layouts for the next few weeks. I've really been enjoying this week's and I'll miss working on them.  Hopefully, I'll be able to bottle up that enjoyment and inspiration, and open it up when I get back home!

Harvest of Fun Final A Harvest of Fun! – I think my longing for Fall is already here, which isn't a good thing when you live in the state that Fall forgot!  I've got sketches and plans for at least another half dozen different Fall layouts, and I can't wait to get to them…but right now, I really love this one!

Back to School Final 
Back to School – Love this one, too!  I've had a few requests for more back to school listings, and I'm happy to oblige…expecially when I've got bears and papers as cute as these to work with.

We're All Ears! – Disney layouts tend to be some of my most requested, and I adore this one.  Sweet bears, fun Mickey paper and a sweet title – perfect for those favorite family moments!

B Fireside Final 
Fireside Fun – Just one border this week, but it's a cutie!  Perfect for camping, cabin trips, or even backyard marshmallow roasting.

SS Lil Pumpkin Complete Set 
Our Li'l Pumpkin – I really love this Simply Set…maybe because that little cutie peeking over the pumpkin reminds me of my own little pumpkins!  With lots of photo mattes, several piecings, a title and journaling tag, all you have to add is background paper and memories!

SS Book COmplete 
Lost in a Book – Reading is such a huge part of who we are as a family, and it's also an important memory for me to keep in our scrapbooks.  Perfect whether it's a first time reader or one who's never without their nose in a book.



From the Studio – 08.12.10

I think I'm finally getting back into some sort of groove in the studio.  Thursdays through whatever I need of the weekend is set aside for working on piecings, with the early part of the week for putting them on  layouts and other such stuff.  For now, it seems to be working quite swimmingly…we'll see how well I can wrap all of my other responsibilities – and maybe get in some personal scrapbooking – around it once school starts!

I was able to get three new layouts completed this week.  My goal – once the our weekly schedule works itself out – is to list two to three layouts, along with more of the less expensive items like borders and Simply Sets.  Again…we'll see.

Happy Trails Final 
Happy Trails – I don't do them very often, but I always love cowboy/western themed layouts!  I'm still cutting by hand, which makes me extra-thankful for the patterns made by Treasureboxdesigns.  Hers are just a bit easier to cut by hand – with larger shapes and great layering.

Princess in Training Final 

Princess in Training – more Treasureboxdesigns patterns.  This layout just reminds me of Hanna when she was three or four years old, and everything was all about dress-up, princesses and pink.  As girly as they get!

S'more Fun Final
S'more Fun – this layout is killing me!  Somewhere between finishing it up and getting it photographed some of the blue cardstock at the top got bent.  I've never had that happen before, and it's just making me sick.  It's such a sweet layout – I couldn't bear to toss it, so I listed it with a lower starting bid and am crossing my fingers someone gives it a home. 

BO Once Upon Final
Once Upon A Time – more girly and sweet, and I have to admit the pink and purple unicorn makes me way, way too happy =)

BO Scaredy Cat Final 
Don't Be A Scaredy Cat! –  I can't believe how many requests I've had this summer for Halloween themed creations!  I'm not sure if scrapbookers are getting ready for this year or trying to catch up, but I'm happy to oblige. 

BO Sleepy Yet Final 
Sleepy Yet? –  a simple little border for sleep-overs…which always come with that inevitable "aren't you sleeping yet?" moment.  These patterns were created by Little Scraps of Heavens Designs.  Positively darling, but definitely a little more work when I'm cutting by hand!

SS ABC 123 Full Set 
ABC 123 – only one Simply Set for this week, but I've got so many more planned as soon as I can fit them in.  I'm not sure which I love more – the piecings or the paper!

And now, I'm at the part of the week  I enjoy the most…a clean slate, a jotted list of what I'd like to maybe do for next week and new inspiration from my paper stash.  I've still got new Disney paper that hasn't been touched, as well as a gorgeous and glittery new Fall line. 

I can't wait to see where it takes me!

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From the Studio…hello, August!

I think I'm finally getting back into the swing of things…which is probably good considering we've been home for a week and I'll be heading out to California again five weeks from today. 

*sigh*

I've got a so much to get done between now and then, including getting two weeks ahead on my eBay listings.  I think the stash-building will have to wait school starts in a few weeks, but I'm excited to share sneak peeks of this week's listings.    This is the first year that I gave myself a vacation from listing – and I'm so glad I did. 

Edited to add: links are up!

Back to School Final

Back to School – I adore this layout.  I really do.  All of the piecings are cut by hand and, while I don't like it when my Cricut won't cooperate, I do love the more personal result it gives the piecings.  

On the Road Final 
On the Road –  another one I'm really fond of…maybe because it reminds me a bit of heading up to my grandparents cabin as a kid.  I also like the funky, triangle trees.  The sun wasn't quite working with me yesterday, and the photos all turned out a bit dark in the corners, but still…this layout makes me smile.

Spooktacular Final 
 Spooktacular - Fall and Halloween layouts tend to be some of my favorite to create (I think it's the colors…or maybe the fact that I enjoy Fall vicariously through my layouts).  I'm so happy with this one.

Summer Lovin Final 
Summer Lovin' –  another favorite (okay, I think this week's layouts are all favorites!).  I've always stayed away from kids (as opposed to critters), but I'm pleased with these.   And the Echo Park paper?  I am completely in love…so much so that after I picked up the last few sheets they had at Pocketful of Treasures in Clovis, I had to order all of the sets from Two Peas

SS Just Plane Fun 
Just Plane Fun – only one new set this week.  I'm hoping to focus more on these and borders, but this week I just had to get those layouts out of my system first.

 

From the studio – early June 2010

No personal scrapping for me this weekend…I got a bit of a cleaning bug, purged Caleb's room and did a pretty big clean in the office/studio.  I've still got to go through all of the drawers and cupboards and closets in there, but that can definitely wait until after vacation.

I'm also trying to find some time to sit down with the calendar and figure out my listing plan for vacation.  I hate being "naked" on eBay, and it's easy enough to travel with layouts and piecings…I just want to make sure I don't have anything closing or that needs to be shipped when I'm on the train heading across the country!

Just a few new listings this week.  I think my listings will probably be a little lighter than usual until we return home from our trip out West, but I will still try to keep a fairly consistent presence.

BOR So Berry Sweet Final

So Berry Sweet – I've always been a sucker for anything with strawberries. 

BOR Woods FInal

 Into the Woods – it's funny…I think most of my listings this week are definitely inspired by my upcoming vacation and things I want to do on it!

SS Boy Toadally Set 

Toadally You (boy) –  one of the first Simply Sets I did a few weeks ago had this little frog piecing and a girlier background.  I've had so many requests for another set, I had to do a boy one…

SS Girl Toadally Full Set 
and while I was at it, another girl one =) 

SS Halloween Full Set 

I've had a few requests for Halloween items lately, and am still in love with the paper BasicGrey put out for it last year.  Too Cute To Spook! might just be the most overused title in all of scrapbooking, but I still love it. 

SS WIld One Girl Full 
And my personal favorite for the week – Wild One!  I love the combination of red, fuschia and zebra print…especially when the zebra print is flocked!  

Patterns are by Treasure Box Designs and Myscrapchick.  

California Dreamin’ Layouts

We're getting down to just about a month until we arrive in California…and I am sooo ready to see my nephews and the rest of my family!  When I sat down to scrapbook this weekend, the only photos I wanted to play with were ones from last summer…

Homemade Ice Cream 
We're a big homemade ice cream family.  In fact, I think we had it three times last summer in the 4 weeks we were there! 

I'm getting down to the ends of last month's Studio Calico order, but I think this makes 6 or 7 layouts I've gotten from that one add-on kit with a few extra sheets of kraft cardstock (with enough to do another layout or two still!).   Definitely worth the money!

Homemade Ice Cream Detail 
Just a little peek at the stitching.   A layout just doesn't seem finished until I've sewn something down.

Ian 
And my requisite cute nephew layout.  Hard to believe how much he'd changed between these photos and when I saw him a few months ago, and I can't wait to see how much more he's changed again.

Ian Detail

Same letters as the ice cream layout, but I painted and sanded them lightly.  I really like the effect (almost sort of fuzzy or a bit like chenille). 

Four weeks of scrapping in a row – and I'm realizing that I never finished my album reorganization project (i.e. I need to buy about a dozen albums just for the layouts I have sitting in stacks!).   

I'd better get on that before the piles of finished layouts completely take over!