October Scrapbook Classes

October’s Hostess Rewards Workshop is completed, and I’m so excited to share it with you!

I used the new (upcoming) Boutique range to complete this workshop. The colors are beautiful, rustic, romantic, and charming! There’s watercolour patterns, florals, soft pinks and modern whimsical patterns too (which might be my favourite of all!)

We’ll make 5 layouts in this workshop- two 2 page layouts and a single page layout. To attend this workshop, some supplies are needed! You need:

X7235B Boutique paper packet $14.25

X7235C Complements pack $9.75

X7235D card stock pack $13.00

*Taxes and shipping will be added to the total.* These can be found on my website here. In order to attend the workshop, the orders must be made by October 1, 2018. We will be using them at our workshop! If you don’t have them, you can’t participate! Sad face! 😔

If you’re coming to my Edmonton event, your order must be placed by October 5, 2018. I hope to see you at one of these events!

Want to see what we’re making?

There’s some close ups too.

We’ll be trying out inking and using CTMH thin cuts with this workshop. If you’ve never tried either technique or tool, come on out and learn something new. This was my first time using the Thin Cuts, and I love how clean the cuts are. They are very nice to work with and I want more! You’ll love it, too, when you try them!

So, where is the fun happening? There’s two separate events planned- one here in Whitecourt, and another in Edmonton.

Whitecourt- October 13 from 1-5 pm @ Whitecourt Days Inn. Deadline to register is October 1, 2018.

Edmonton- October 15 from 11:30-2:30 @ Strathcona County Library. Deadline to register is October 5, 2018.

I hope to see you there!

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Budget Friendly Paper Storage Options

Ah, I have just enough time left in the morning to wish you a good morning! Five minutes to spare. Phew! The morning just flew by- and now I’m here spending time with you!

If you’re anything like me, finding ways to store your craft supplies is hard. Especially if you’re looking for budget friendly (meaning cheap or FREE!!) storage solutions. As more supplies are added to my arsenal, finding inventive ways to store it all in one place becomes challenging. As a result, what I store items in changes and evolves over time to make more room for things and free up space elsewhere. Other times, its finding something else that just makes sense.

Storing my paper has been one of those challenges. There are so many options to consider when storing your paper! Do you store horizontally, vertically, by color, by theme, by collection, all together, separately, do you divide them…the list goes on. Those are some of the things that run through my mind when brainstorming ideas. The monkey wrench: not having shelving in my craft room! I have a very eclectic collection of hand- me- down pieces of furniture from my parents, my mother in law, and even a teensy little table that a previous homeowner (that we bought a house from) left behind. If you’re lucky enough to own your own shelving system from Ikea, Canadian Tire, or another office type store, consider yourself very lucky! If you’re like me, and have a small space (or a bedroom, like I’m lucky enough to have), but don’t own the furniture you’re dreaming of having to make your life easier, then read on! This may help you! (I hope, at least!)

Obviously, the option we’re left with is making the best of the situation we’ve been dealt. Right? That’s all we can really do; make lemonade from the lemons in your life. I’ve concluded that the bottom line is deciding what works best for me. Your job is to do the same for you. Even if you have all of the furniture and storage options, you’ve got to find something that jives with how you operate and do things, otherwise you’ll be left searching, looking for another epic way to store your craft items. Often times, that becomes a work in progress, because our tastes change, we realize something isn’t working, we’ve added more to our stash, maybe you’ve moved…the list can go on and on.

Happily, though, I think I’ve stumbled upon a system of storing paper that works perfectly for me. Because I’m a home business owner, finding a way to keep my current papers separated from the retired ones became a new challenge. Even if you’re not a business owner, this might be an option to consider, too. Especially if you’re a nerd for organization, like me. Side note: until recently, I was a believer in keeping everything I purchased from CTMH. While the deepest part of me would seriously love to keep everything, my craft room would love to beg otherwise. So, I sell some stuff, and organize the rest better.

I don’t remember where I dreamed up the storage idea I implemented for my card stock (see below), but it was a sheer stroke of genius. Truthfully, I think I saw something similar on Pinterest, and wondered why a person couldn’t just build them, rather than buying them. I’m uber lucky to have a dad that’s handy with wood!

He built me these storage boxes from left over wood he had lying around his shop. The dividers the paper lies on pulls out, and as you can see, it makes for a lot of room to add paper! Until you decide that some of the paper you own needs to go (for whatever reason- mine was to de-stash and make more room), I hadn’t thought of labelling the sides of the boxes until this latest batch of CTMH card stock retired. Then- Uh oh. I had a problem. I didn’t know what some of the colours were!

Enter my label maker. Everything is now organized, labelled clearly (certain colors are still a mystery to me- there’s one that I just can’t figure out what color it is), and just the way I like it. No more getting confused, or sitting staring blankly at my computer screen when I’m trying to blog about the latest papers and colors I used!

Did you notice that some of the stickers aren’t staying put very well? It kind of annoys me (truth be told), but I’m relieved to say that they are not permanently attached! If I need to replace that color with something else, they’ll be easy to change. Phew! (And, look at that- more room to grow! There’s some empty slots there! Seeing some empty space makes my heart happy!)

For a long time, now, I’ve used a legal-size hanging file folder system to store my patterned papers from CTMH. Recently, I decided to separate the current patterned papers from the retired ones. The retired papers I just can’t bear to part with, so I had to find a solution to store them and make room for them. I thought about this option for some time. I looked for ideas on Pinterest, I looked at storage boxes and filing cabinets, and eventually found a great idea that was posted to one of the CTMH group pages I belong to on Facebook. I don’t have what this person used. I had even pondered using 31- style boxes for storing my paper, but ultimately settled on the best deal of all: things I already had at home. It isn’t pretty, or glamorous, but it works. That’s all a girl can ask for, right?

As I mentioned, I don’t own what this person used to store her papers (It looked like a filing cabinet drawer on casters. And, it was full. #paperstoragegoals LOL) My tall upright filing cabinet has two empty drawers at the bottom. I tried that first. I couldn’t close the drawer because the paper is too tall. (12×12). My little filing cabinet is broken- neither drawer has the rails in it to hang file folders from. And, I’d run into the same problem with the little filing cabinet- the paper is too tall. Hmm. I shopped at Walmart and pondered the storage options they had there. I wasn’t interested in spending money if I didn’t have to. I finally settled on trying my Bankers Boxes, (they usually come in a set of three, which is what I have), and which has been collecting dust since we moved into this house. (October will be 7 years, in case you were wondering). Surprise! It works!

If you’re a part of any of my groups on Facebook, you’ll have heard me refer to my scrap paper Sterilite drawers that I use for scrap paper storage. I probably have mentioned it here once or twice, as well. There was enough room under my little work table to store my Bankers Boxes next to my Sterilite storage boxes, and still work comfortably. (No pictures yet of my work table. Its currently a mess because I’m mid- workshop planning!) The hanging file folders fit neatly over the edges of the box, and the paper fits comfortably inside. The lid doesn’t fit on the top of the box (of course, paper is sticking out of it!), but it doesn’t need to. I put the lid on the bottom of the box, should I ever need it. (Also, as you can see, not all the paper in there is CTMH. There’s one giant paper pack that I can’t part with from Michaels, and a paper pad gift I got from Creative Scrapbooker Magazine.) My plan is to utilize a different file folder for a different collection. When I need to purchase more file folders (note that they are legal size, not letter size), I can pick up another pack from Walmart for a decent price. You can, too! Or, don’t use the hanging file folders. Nothing is set in stone. I like using it because it keeps the paper together, in one place, and neat looking. Someone else may just opt to throw their paper in a box willy- nilly, and carry on with their day. More power to them if thats how they roll!

This is how the file folder storage system should look (when you purchase the entire system, not just the file folders):

The black case and file folders all came together for one nifty price. (Check your local Walmart for them). I’ve had this filing system for a number of years. It began as my card stock storage (see, evolution at its finest!!), which is why you see a half circle (homemade) tab that’s coloured orange. I abandoned that idea a long time ago, but kept using the storage system for paper- now patterned paper, not card stock. (I also use this idea elsewhere in my house- one for storing the current years’ pay stubs, bills, receipts, and medical expenses to include with our taxes because of my husbands’ health issues; and a second for storing gymnastics board stuff. It works well. When the year is out, I empty the one that stores pay stubs and bills and start over! (They go into the large filing cabinet in my office).

In the picture above, you can see that I left the paper in the plastic bag it comes in from CTMH. My plan is to leave them that way so when they are moved over to the retired filing box, the sticker on the front of the package will tell me what’s inside that bag! Genius! This idea dawned on me after the fact, so that’s why they are not in a plastic bag in the Bankers Box picture above.

So, there you have it, my paper storage ideas in one neat blog post. Did you find this information helpful and useful? Not everyone is going to find this method of storing paper beneficial for their needs, but that’s ok. The beauty of sharing this information is providing people with options and ideas, because you just never know when the ideas presented here will work for someone else. I’d love to see how you store your paper, and what you love about it!

I just have to make a disclaimer- CTMH does carry paper storage items, and they are phenomenal storage ideas, as well. I couldn’t draft this post without sharing what they offer, as well. While I would like to add what they carry one day, right now I’m more focussed on using what’s on hand. If I had a million dollars at my disposal, I’d be all over all the storage options, LOL! I’m making lemonade from lemons. Remember that ❤

Don’t you love how sleek and classy this paper tray looks from CTMH?! It fits a 12×12.5×2 inch stack of patterned papers or card stock, its stackable, and perfect for storing your papers within arms reach. The best part is, there’s an entire system of storage options that coordinate with it, too! Think pen storage, ink storage, washi tape storage (oh, yes!!), and more! There’s boxes, too, for your ink pads and stamps! (Watch the new catalog for new storage boxes from CTMH).

If this looks like something you’d like to give a whirl, let me know! I can get it ordered for you, or you can do it yourself by visiting my CTMH website. While this item is available to customers across all our markets, I can only offer this to Canadian residents. Sorry. If you are located outside of Canada, you can search for the consultant nearest you via my website. (In America, New Zealand and Australia).

Thanks for joining me today!

New CTMH Event Coming Soon!

I know I said it somewhere. I don’t know if it was here or in one of my groups, but this year is going to be even better than last year. And, last year was phenomenal (for my CTMH business).

I’m so excited to announce that I’m bringing my scrapbook workshop to Edmonton! How awesome is that?! If you live in the area, you should absolutely join!

Each event will be held monthly on Mondays from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, starting on September 10. That’s right, September 10th!!! The 2019 calendar is not yet available for our venue, so for the time being, there’s only 3 dates confirmed. Those are: September 10, October 15, and November 12.

Here’s how it’ll work: prior to the event date, a supply list will be posted to the group page and event (also found in the group); each guest needs to order those supplies in order to participate. Consider it your registration fee. It’ll be $30-$50 each month. If you have a paper trimmer and glue, please bring it along with you, as well as pictures. All other supplies (Cricut die cuts, ribbon, embellishments, ink, stamps, etc) will be provided. The order should be placed at least one week before the event date, to ensure they arrive on time. Bring those items with you, as well.

At the workshop, I’ll walk you through cutting and assembling your layouts; we’ll explore simple techniques, tips and tricks, as well. By the end of the year, you’ll have a completed scrapbook album!

This event is only open to Edmonton and area residents. Join my Facebook group and let’s make this happen! Find it here. I hope to see you there!

A Friendly Little Reminder

Hello, dear friends!

I’m dropping in with a friendly reminder that September’s Hostess Rewards Club starts on September 8, and the deadline to register and order your club supplies is August 27! That’s coming up super fast!

If you’d like more information about this event, follow the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/437036340098563/?ti=icl

This event is only open to residents local to Whitecourt, Alberta. Sorry!

CTMH Sugarplum and Boutique

Both layouts have something in common. I bet you don’t know what it is!

If you guessed Boutique, you’d be 100% correct! It isn’t as noticeable in the top layout as it is in the bottom layout, but it’s still there. Beautiful Friendship appears in both layouts, as well.

Here’s the differences. In the top layout, I kept the color palette to sapphire, mink and bashful; the bottom layout features Sugarplum, our new color of the month (available soon!!), pansy, sapphire, and black. There’s also much more Boutique in the lower layout than the upper one.

The biggest difference is that I used some Heidi Swapp spray in the background. It’s been a lonnnng time since I used it, and I think I like the finished result. Maybe there’ll be more of it in the future? We’ll see.

I’ll be away on vacation for a week, starting tomorrow, so you won’t hear from me until I return! The beach is calling…

What Can Be Inked?

Are your kids into sports?

Mine are. Gymnastics, specifically. In fact, the twins’ mom (me) really digs it, too. I fill the secretary position on the club board. It keeps us busy during the cold winter months!

I finally got around to making a page in honour of our favourite sport. I also implemented the inking technique (in a small way) on this layout, too. Let me show you:

The stamps I used are old. Ancient, even. One of them, I bought off a lady on Kijiji, and I’m honestly not sure where I bought the other one. They were both second hand and gently used. (If you ever need one to document your babies’ gymnastics careers, let me know. By then I may be ready to pass them on to you!)

See the small black heart 🖤 on the tag? It didn’t start out black! Nope, it began its life as a brown chipboard piece from the Documented complements pack. To make it black, I used my sponge dauber to apply black ink to it. Now, it just pops off that chipboard tag!

Inking isn’t just for paper. Using the right type of ink, you could apply ink to the edges of wood veneer, chipboard (like above), paper flowers (like you’d find at Michaels or your LSS), and even your photos! (I’d recommend using Staz-On ink for that option). To ink chipboard, veneer and paper flowers, dye- based or water- based inks work well.

Would you like to try inking on your photos? Let’s do that at our next virtual class- it’s on August 21! It’s at 11 am MST. You’ll need access to my exclusive fb group, though! If you’d like to join, comment on this post to let me know, then head over to Facebook and join my group! Follow this link!

You will need Staz-On ink for inking your pictures. Brown or black will be fine. You choose. Both inks are available on my website. Visit it here. And, of course, inking only happens with sponge daubers. Those are available on my website, too. (The three pack is about $8).

Any other questions? Just ask!

Fresh Air Surprise

Good afternoon, friends!

I’m dropping in with a little layout I created today. The deal was if my husband napped- I scrapped. And, I did. (He napped, too). Lol!

Here’s what I made:

I mixed Gimme Some Sugar with Fresh Air for a layout of a chance encounter we had with a wren building a nest and raising her family in our backyard. Unfortunately, that adventure was short lived. The birds got to her eggs and chased her away.

What have you made recently?

What’s Up at TEDS?!

It’s time to share some news with you!

Here’s what’s on the schedule this week, and for the remainder of the month. Ready?

First, join me for my first ever virtual techniques class! We’re discussing inking and we’ll be making a simple card using this technique. Later in August, on the 21, well apply our knowledge to a layout, and attempt inking on things other than straight lines (such as a punched border). We’ll also discuss storage ideas and when it’s time to replace your sponge dauber. What is a sponge dauber? Find out at tomorrow’s virtual class!

That’s right, my first virtual class it at 11 am MST tomorrow (Monday, August 6). It’s posted to my techniques group on Facebook, so you’ll have to be active on FB, and request admission to the group itself. Links will be found at the bottom of this post.

Secondly, I have a simple challenge going on my Facebook business page right now! You must love paper crafting, paper crafting challenges and winning free CTMH swag. Available only to North American participants. (Canada and the US of A). For your chance to win some fab CTMH products from me, like my business page, then hunt down the pinned post at the top of the page. Share your finished projects using your scrap papers, embellishments, fibres…whatever you’ve got lying around. September 4, 2018 is the deadline to enter; two winners will be announced on the 5th. Come and play!

Lastly, I have two additional events taking place in September- Hostess Rewards Club in the 8th, and card blitz on the 22. You’re welcome to join both! Both events have been shared in previous posts, but in case you missed it, here’s the important details:

Hostess Rewards Club September 8 from 1-5 pm at the Days Inn Whitecourt. Join me monthly, and create 2-3 double page layouts every month. By the end of the year (May), you’ll have a completed album! The best part? Earn free ctmh products in your hostess month. Each guest will take turns playing hostess. If it sounds like fun, RSVP!

On September 22, from 1-1:45 (same location) set aside time to get a jump start on your greeting cards. Make as many as you can in 45 minutes, but please do not take home any of the supplies. There are 10 cards to choose from and create for yourself. The cutting and stamping is done; you get to color, watercolour fussy cut and assemble! Easy peasy!

So. Which event(S) would you like to attend? Choose one or choose all! Find the links below:

August 6 virtual inking class

https://www.facebook.com/events/1725464440894815/?ti=icl

August 21 virtual inking class

https://www.facebook.com/events/274949543286675/?ti=icl

Try It Out Tuesday with TEDS (my fb group page)

https://m.facebook.com/groups/2057047594515697

Hostess Rewards Club

https://www.facebook.com/events/437036340098563/?ti=icl

Card Blitz

https://www.facebook.com/events/1253996201369803/?ti=icl

The Everyday Scrapbooker Business Page

http://www.facebook.com/theeverydayscrapbooker.ctmh

Up For a Challenge?

Do you like participating in challenges, especially paper crafting challenges? What if CTMH swag was involved? Would you participate then?

I’m holding a challenge over on my fb right now- on my business page, and it’s super easy to enter.

If you’re familiar with paper crafts of any kind, you’ll know that scrap happens. Scrap pieces of paper, embellishments you’re hoarding, bits you’ve decided not to use after you cut it with your die cutting machines…the list goes on.

Exhibit A

Notice all the (messy) paper and junk around my little orange paper bin? That’s all (mostly) scraps, too. I was mid- workshop prep, which is why it looks as though a tornado ripped through. It did; her name is Alison 😃

Of course, there’s little pieces of paper in my orange bin, too. It’s what I’ve set aside because it’s too large to throw out. It can be used for something. Eventually. Maybe?

There are two more three- drawer sterilite containers on the floor underneath my desk with larger pieces of card stock and patterned paper in them. I dive into them any time I prep for my card blitzes. The orange container- not so much. Rarely, actually. (That’s not including my box full of CTMH zip strips and die cuts that haven’t been used for one reason or another).

So, what to do, what to do? Hmmm.

Exhibit B

Exhibit C

The layout features way old CTMH chipboard (it’s at least 4 years old; I’ve been with CTMH that long). I still have lots of it left from the Skylark collection. My embellishment binder keeps growing, instead of shrinking. Like everything else I’d rather not grow 😉

The card features Make Waves, of which I still have some patterned paper left. There was a good chunk of it left in my three drawer containers (those papers are organized by colour, btw). It found a home here!

A challenge I was involved in inspired me to hold my own. Mostly as a way to pay it forward. Share the wealth, right?! So, I’m looking for people that like winning things, that enjoy simple challenges, and that adores paper crafting, but hates wasting precious materials. This challenge is for you.

Between now and September 4, share to my fb business page projects you’ve created using your scraps. May it be paper, fabric (think ribbon, twine, other fibres) or embellishments, anything goes. Look for the pinned post at the top of the page. Two lucky winners will win CTMH swag! Play along and you could win!

Visit my business page here: http://www.facebook.com/theeverydayscrapbooker.ctmh

If you haven’t visited before, say hi then give it a like! I hope you join! I want to share fab CTMH stuff with you!