Saturday, January 28, 2012

Six for Saturday

Because I missed my usual "Five for Friday" post yesterday, I thought I'd post a "Six for Saturday" today.

1. The reason for missing my post is because we took a day trip to Brandon yesterday. The kids didn't have school and the weather was good, so we drove there to pick up some parts for Cameron's cattle oiler and did a little shopping, too. I found a three quarter length black wool coat for $40 (it was regularly priced at $150!) It's very classic and warm-- I'm sure I'll wear it for years!

2. AND, I wasn't the only one to get a new winter jacket.... When we went to Children's Place to exchange a top for Sage, I spotted a pink & black winter jacket for Sage on the sales' rack. It was regular $79.95, marked down to $19.99, PLUS I had a 25% coupon code, so I got it for $15! I also snagged a matching toque for $2.25. I love successful shopping trips!

3. I'm on Day 28 of No Sugar/No Deep-Fried foods. Yay! It's been a little easier lately, probably because I don't want to break my streak. ;) I actually had a dream that I'd had some sugar and was so disappointed in myself. I've been doing taekwondo three nights a week, but haven't started the 30 day shred up again.... yet... ;)

When I stopped at the clinic to drop off something for a friend, I noticed that they had a scale there for the public to use. Since I hadn't weighed myself in months, I thought it might be a good idea to see where I was at. Well, it probably wasn't the greatest idea, because I weighed 5 lbs more than I thought I would... It was a little depressing, to tell you the truth. However, I decided that it would only strengthen my resolve to keep going. I'll wait another 6 weeks or so before I weigh myself again...

4. I got a couple of new additions to my craft space this week.... so I thought I'd tidy up my area and share some photos with you...

My scrap space is located in a corner of our basement. I have a long table that I use as my desk and a wooden shelf (that used to be a window valence at my church) where I display some favourite photos & my wooden stamps:

On the left-hand side of my table, I store my 12x12 patterned paper in hanging file folders, sorted by manufacturer, as well as my Papertrey Ink cardstock, sorted by colours. The little basket in front of the cardstock stores extra diecuts. The little angel hanging there was given to me at church on Christmas Eve (everyone got one-- they're to remind us that God is always with us.)

This is my new revolving four tray storage container that I got this week. Cameron helped me put it together. :)

In it, I'm storing...
Top tray: PTI felt, thread and bling
Second tray: my PTI ink
Third tray: adhesive, tools and twine
Botton tray: my A Muse Studio inks and acrylic block

I have several sections empty, which will leave room for new inks, etc.

Beside this, I have a black metal caddy that holds my scissors, bone folder, large adhesive gun, pencils, pens & craft knife.

Then, I have these three storage boxes:

In the first one, I store my PTI stamps, in Tim Holtz stamp folders. I love this system, as it's super easy to flip through my stamps to find the perfect one for my project! I always think I should store them in alphabetical order, but it usually ends up that I just store them with the ones I used recently at the front.

The second box holds embellishments (diecuts, journaling cards, a few stickers, flowers, etc.)

The third box holds my photos, which are sorted chronologically (most of the time!)

Beside the boxes, I have a card display rack that I use to store my non-PTI stamps & punches.

Adjacent to my table...
I have a diecutting station set up, with my new Big Shot (which I love! Isn't it pretty?) and my PTI dies stored in Tim Holtz stamp folders, a system that works for me.

5. If you're wondering why my Big Shot is new, it's because I replaced my Cuttlebug with it. I found that my Cuttlebug just didn't cut my dies properly. I always needed the shim, even with the "non-intricate" dies, like mat stack 4. I also found that my impression plates didn't impress very well at all. And some of my intricate dies didn't cut well, even with the shim. So, after trying my friend, Marlo's, Big Shot, and finding a great deal online on, I sold my Cuttlebug (& some of my Tim Holtz, Cuttlebug and Quickutz dies) and used that money to pay for my Big Shot and the 12" revolving trays.

6. I had the week off this past week (it was exam week at the high school where I substitute teach), so on Wednesday, my friend, Susan, invited me over for the day to scrapbook (so fun!)

Here's one of the layouts I made that day:

I used Studio Calico patterned paper & letter stickers, a Pink Paislee metal embellishment ("The Best"), My Mind's Eye decorative brads and PTI cardstock (stamper's select white) & dies (mega mat stack #4, doily details).

Here's a close up of the journaling:

Thanks for looking!


Kara said...

great room!! i love the idea of storing them one layer as opposed to stacking. mine right now are stacked and it is a pain to find the one i am looking for..tfs

Elena said...

Leigh, we're in the same boat. I just weighed myself (I've been trying to eat better since the new year) and I'm 4lbs higher than before Christmas. Wow - I must have eaten myself silly :) I have to admit to being so disappointed that I broke down and ate badly yesterday. But, always time to start again, right?

Unknown said...

What a great work space you have. I love the revolving tray. Looks like it will hold a lot. Thanks for sharing.

Joyce said...

Lots going on in your life right now. Glad you got so many bargains. I always love it when that happens. It's fun to see your scrap space--now I can visualize where you are when we talk. Perhaps I should clean up my office and share some pictures...

Anonymous said...

Loved seeing your space!!! Glad the tray is working out :)

Leah said...

Your shopping trip just sounded like so much fun! I just went and got myself 2 new coats on clearance and paid the price of what just one would have been :) Your space is so cute...I should do a little tour of mine. Love the LO and I had to smile so big when I saw your Big Shot! I'm so glad you love it, I just love mine too!

Anita Rex said...

Loved reading this post! :> I got a new jacket this week too! :> Great job on the no sugar and deep fried foods! :> Love seeing your crafty space so organized and I liked how you have it! Love the layout, I really like the background paper it really brings out the photos!

Tricia said...

I really like your crafting space and your layout is so cute. YOu guys have a cute little kitty!!!

Jen Adcock said...

This is the best post. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this. What a black belt bargain shopper you are. My hat's off to you. Ooh and by the way, isn't muscle heavier than fat? All the exercise is doing you the world of good and increasing your metabolism along with your added muscle. It will all work out wonderfully for you and in so many ways too. Keep up the magnificent work. Plus, it is also likely that the public scales may not have been properly calibrated. ;-).

Your crafting nook is fantastic. I've gotten so many great ideas. Love that repurposed valance. The TH stamp things are awesome. My cracked and separated cd jewel cases are the pits. I am definitely going to look into these.

To your magical page: how fab! That mega MS4 looks wonderful. The orientation is so cool too. I adore your work so much.

Lauren said...

What a great space you have!!! I especially LOVE your photo mantle!! SO cute!!! :)

Deb said...

Love seeing your updated space. I need to spend a little time giving some things a proper home in mine. But then that takes away from what little time I actually do have to create.

Love the layout as always! I've been in V-day mode that I haven't been able to scrap *sigh* Looking forward to our next PWP challenge!

Mayol said...

Hi, Leigh! Thanks for sharing your crafting space with us. You're so organized! :) i love your revolving tray and the photo mantle. Lovely layout too!

Jenny said...

I am loving the simplicity of your stamp sets in the bin. I have mine in Hobby Lobby's stamp folders and then in their stamp binders. It gets annoying to get out multiple binders for a project but your way it would just be a flip though the bin and it will save me space. Genius.