Monday, September 1, 2014

Home Tour | Playroom Makeover

Sometimes it amazes me that we ever bought the house we did.  Looking back at the old real estate photos it is hard to know what drew me to the house in the first place.  We really did not want a fixer-upper.  We are that couple who didn't even want to worry about painting after moving in, let alone some kind of DIY project.  But, buy the place we did.  Painting commenced soon after once I realized we had over a week lag in between closing and needing to move out of our rental.

I initially was going to just touch up a few rooms myself.  A friend suggested I paint the shelves as well so they would feel fresh and clean when we moved in.  I took Avinash over to the new house and 'we' painted for four hours.  I got one tiny shelving area painted and basically gave up on that plan.  In between nursing the baby and not wanting him near paint fumes I knew this was not going to work at all.  We had a green kitchen, bedroom and bathroom that needed not to be.  Also, the media room.  Was horrific.  Just awful.  A room I can only describe as a dark plum pit in the middle of our house.

 {These pictures are from our real estate packet.  Apparently this room is where outdated furniture and velour went to die.}

A media room was totally useless for us.  We only have one TV in our possession and have every intention of keeping it that way. What we were in need of was a place to keep ALL THE TOYS. So, we had the room painted.  It took four coats of Benjamin Moore's Simply White to cover all that plummy badness, but they finally did it.

The room kind of stayed that way for months.  A few toys were unpacked and then toys and empty boxes littered the room. 

I had ideas but it was hard to move forward.  We moved all of our cheap white metal Ikea bookcases into that room.  We organized the room a little.  Ryan started going to these auctions at Goodwill and buying old, I mean, vintage toys.  Something magical started to happen.  Avinash and Nandini started playing together.  Making up stories.  Mostly about their new old hot wheels.  Each has a name and a birthday.  They recently had a long talk about what their special powers would be.  Oh my word, it is just amazing to listen to them.

I knew I needed to make them a better place to play. 

Then something else magical happened.  We organized the toys.  All the toys.  My mother in law came to visit and she was eager and excited to help me.  And we actually had a fun time doing it.  She loves reading and playing with them.  Her love for them really showed while she helped me sort and put away all the leftover boxes from the garage.  It just really warmed my heart. 

While having flashes of the Berenstein Bear's Messy Room transformation we sorted toys by type into canvas bins (from Land of Nod) and stacked books on the shelves.  We also cleared out a ton of trash.  Ryan took bags and bags of stuff back to Goodwill to donate (our old stuff, not theirs).  The kids went up north with her for a week and we completed the only real project for the room, putting up shelves.


I started by moving Avinash's globe collection out of his room.  It's for the greater good, plus it gives him more space to display his lego creations.  Totally win win.

Sometimes things start to look worse before they look better.




 Luckily, since everything was already organized it didn't take much time to get everything set up. I tried to avoid overcrowding the shelves.  I like to have a balance of display items, like the suitcases, ferris wheel, and globes with regular everyday toys.  The muppets even found their way on to a shelf of their own.

 I painted a couple more things for the playroom.  The dollhouse looks so much classier in grey instead of pink.  Plus, I used chalkboard paint (when do I not?) so they can draw on the walls if they want. The little magazine rack now holds coloring books and art supplies.


Actual playing.  The hallmark of a great play room :)





Wednesday, August 27, 2014

This happened | Muppet Babies Can Come True


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Project Life | Yes, Indeed.



This Week| Avinash's last week of ballet for the season.  An outdoor ballet show at the park 'for Nandini'.  Unpacking, getting settled in to the new house. And, lots of snuggly baby time of course.


First Side| I used several full patterned cards here.  I think these were easier to mix together and work with because the colors are softer.  I have a harder time doing that with bolder colored cards because they take away from the photos too much.  There is definitely extra space to add some journaling about the baby.  SO need to get over my mental block and do that. 


Second Side| Keeping it pretty simple this week.  Photos and a bit of journaling.  Not sure I love how the postcard turned out, but it is done and that's it.  I snipped a bit of journaling card off to add extra words to a photo.


Window pocket| More die cut water color paper, this time hearts.  Also, you can see the die cut from the previous pages showing through.  Love how the see through elements layer up on each other making you want to turn the page and see more.


Card Idea| The watercolor was already done for me on this card so all I had to do was add a die cut word and letters. I mixed different textures too by adding cork and wood.

You can see all of my Project Life pages here.  This is my third year of doing Project Life and I love this method of memory keeping for our family.  The PL kits I am using generally are the Studio Calico kit, and Midnight kit, with mostly Design A pages this year. I am linked up with the Mom Creative this week.


Now it is your turn!  Add your link back to your Project Life pages here and try to visit and leave comments for each other as well.  Grab a button if you'd like, or just pin it to your favorite scrappy pinterest board, anything works!  Thanks to everyone who linked up last time!  I will be holding a regular weekly link up from now on.

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Different kind of blog hop

Hi! I was tagged by two wonderful scrappy ladies for a scrapbookers blog hop that has been making the rounds.  The lovely Betsy Sammarco, aka PharmGirl, who is also our fearless leader at the JBS digital team.  She is such a lovely person to work with and I consider her a friend and major source of my self-esteem.   She does that amazing thing where she combines talent and organization and sweetness and encouragement all in one.  The very  talented and sweet Tisha also tagged for this blog hop.  She has such great style and awesome ideas. Like, her recent post about placing albums around the house for people to see.  I love that, scrapbooks need to be shared!


 
  1. What am I working on right now?


So many things.  My oldest two kids (that feels so weird to type, since we always now tell the baby that Avinash and Nandini are his kids) have been with their grandparents for a week so I have time for everything and nothing.




I find myself painting a lot.  This little antique book holder we had got some circus-y triangles painted on it.  I also repainted the pink doll house a more stately grey. The chalkboard frame also got a fresh coat of grey paint.  Turns out chalk markers aren't always as washable as they claim.


Also put up shelves in the playroom.  I couldn't decide between staining the wood or painting but ended up doing white on white.  Love it.  Now I just need to keep the shelves organized and neat.  And pray they don't climb on them when they get back.

I recently had one of my digital designs licensed for resale by The Ink Road, a really cool Etsy shop.   So exciting and fun to do something different for me.  Hope to do more of this stuff in the future.


        2. How long does it take me to create a project?
Forever and no time at all.  Take this layout for example.  I spent a whole afternoon stamping and watercoloring along with the kids.  I loved it so much that I turned the scrap paper it into a layout.  That part took no time at all and I finished three other layouts that night.  The longest part is usually coming up with an idea.  I think I am guilty of trying way too hard to scrap each page differently. 



        3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?

Have I mentioned paint yet?  Yes, that.  Also, stamping and mini books.  I have too huge a stamp collection not to use them.  I started a few mini books with Avinash.  We actually finished one about the aquarium and I am still plugging away at my Disney book



        4. How does my writing/creating process work?

I used to have naptime.  Now it all happens after bedtime.  I love scrapping because it lets me unwind while we watch TV.  It also helps me pause life, just for a little bit.  I do all of my cutting and pasting at night and find little quiet times during they day when I'm alone to write.  I need to capture the things that are going on because otherwise I get overwhelmed with the feeling that life is just whooshing by me.   


        5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
Um. Pinterest?  Yeah, defiintely that actually.  I just love to look at a bold image, grab an idea from that and put it on a page somewhere.  It is a lot tougher for me to scraplifta page, than to just take one idea or embellishment and make it my own. 


        6. What is my signature style?
  Still evolving.  Always evolving I hope.  I have a lot of different interests, knitting, nature and science, scrapbooking, painting, photography, etc.  I like my pages to reflect that when I can.  They definitely vary a lot, I think.  I have been finding more of a style with my PL pages lately though.  Lots of black and white elements, because it is so bold and clear cut.  I also love to add openness to my pages by adding see through elements. 


I am tagging three crafty ladies of my own:

Michelle Hernandez, aka my analog life.  This woman has style for days.  Is such a tough New Yorker, who is so tough she even dared to leave Brooklyn and start something new for her family.  I love following all of her adventures on instagram too.

Smitha Katti, from Smiling Colors.  She seriously does it all.  There is no crafty skill she can't teach you.  Did you see her statue making abilities?  Blown away so much, I can't even describe it.  

Anandi Raman Creath, of papercraft labratory.  Seriously? Could her shop and blog name be any cooler? I love that she shares so many great memory keeping tips all the time and shares her memory keeping talent with others who want scrapbooks but can't make them or don't have time.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Project Life | #DFTBA


This Week| Let it go (actually that's every week, but I had to document it sometime).  Also, shadow puppets, mini golf and un-birthday free ice cream. 

Full Spread| Lots more pink. This time paired with yellow and aqua. I mixed up a few different kits.

Letterpress card + die cut embellishment. Perfect for my little diva. 

 I scatterd the stars and then dotted them with glossy accents after they were on the photos.

First Side| Oh, let it go.  I had to use that letterpress card from Kelly Purkey to document Nandini's Frozen obsession.  I think that and the rock star with sunglasses photos say it all. This page was a little more of a checkerboard than I've been doing lately.  I just love adding black and white elements to pages. The rest of the cards are SC.



Second Side|Sort of randomly stamped make stuff, from the Jubilee stamp set, onto a gold label and used pop dots to stick it on.  These journaling cards from Penny Arcade are so gorgeous I don't need to do much to them. #DFTBA (dont' forget to be awesome). These two brothers together have such a bond already.

Window pocket|  I used a pre made die cut made out of watercolor paper.  Love the rich feel they have to them. 



Card Idea| I made two artsy cards this week. One had a stamped design colored in with watercolors.  The other had a die cut title, also watercolored to add depth.  Simple titles are also a great way to add interest.

You can see all of my Project Life pages here.  This is my third year of doing Project Life and I love this method of memory keeping for our family.  The PL kits I am using generally are the Studio Calico kit, and Midnight kit, with mostly Design A pages this year. I am linked up with the Mom Creative this week.


Now it is your turn!  Add your link back to your Project Life pages here and try to visit and leave comments for each other as well.  Grab a button if you'd like, or just pin it to your favorite scrappy pinterest board, anything works!  Thanks to everyone who linked up last time!  I will be holding a regular weekly link up from now on.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Project Life| You are my fave


This week| Met up with old friends from Houston. Did the usual rounds of dance class, yoga and checking in on the new house. Avinash and Nandini also had their class play for Chinmaya. Avinash got to be Ganesh and Nandini was his little mouse friend. Seeing them in a play together was everything I hoped it could be and more. The cuteness was over the top.


The full spread. Love all the pink and navy this week.





First page| I've been waiting to use the pink and blue scallop card for a long time.  It just fit perfectly here to combine the colors of the spread. They boys wear a lot of blue so it creeps into all my pages. The Ganesh play pictures were pretty busy so I printed the group photo with a wide white border to help. All of these cards are Studio Calico.





Second side| The cat party quote is one of my favorites from Nandini.  She talks about her cat party constantly. I added more pink here with the pink doily cut up and glued down in two places.  It makes a lovely open pocket place too.  The fun banner card is from Paislee Press and didn't need much embellishment.



You can see all of my Project Life pages here.  This is my third year of doing Project Life and I love this method of memory keeping for our family.  The PL kits I am using generally are the Studio Calico kit, and Midnight kit, with mostly Design A pages this year. I am linked up with the Mom Creative this week.


Now it is your turn!  Add your link back to your Project Life pages here and try to visit and leave comments for each other as well.  Grab a button if you'd like, or just pin it to your favorite scrappy pinterest board, anything works!


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Mini Scrapbooks | Walt Disney World Mini, part one


As promised here is a look at the inside of my Walt Disney World Mini Book.  I used a gold WRMK 4x4 album that is just amazing.  I used that as a starting place for a metallic color scheme.  I decided to mix in some silver and gold, as well as a lot of wood veneer.  If mixing gold and silver is wrong, I don't want to be right.  For more info on how I used google plus stories to start my album, go check out this post first.
Here is a list of the supplies I used most heavily.  I took a mini class with Marcy Penner this month for inspiration.  I didn't get the class kit but I managed to use my other kits and a few new alphas from Brighton Pier. 

Supply List:
gold WRMK 4x4 album
chipboard pieces
Studio Calico Smalls kit + castle stamp
Brighton Pier Thickers
LLP Tab Stamp set
Wood Veneer Marquee Words
Sandlot card kit paper pad
Shipping tags


Simple simple simple. Brown + black + silver. There is something marquee lettering that always says Disney to me.  That stamp is from the SC Smalls add-on.

I back the chipboard with patterned paper and made a flair mickey with enamel dots for ears.

I printed out the google story maps and stitched the flight path on in gold metallic thread.
See how google plus stories blurred a photo of the cover page of day 2?  I never would have done this on my own and I love it so much.  Plus,  I don't have to try and remember what day anything was on.




In busy albums I like the look of plain patterned paper here and there to give the eye a little white space.  I added a black Marcy Penner printables from her class since it seemed to fit (and I had a hole to cover up, eep!).  I printed for the next day divider on vellum to play up the blurred look.



I love adding tabs and flags to the edges of mini book pages.  It just makes the book feel that much more interactive.
Another connecting theme in this book is stars.  Something I use all the time anyway, but I like having similar elements throughout a mini to make it look cohesive.

These are the first few days of the album. I will continue posting pages here all week. Thanks for sharing this!
Mini Scrapbooks is a new blog series I am starting.  I have a ton of mini albums that I start.  But not many that I finish.  An attempt to blog about them regularly so I can follow through on these fun little projects.  You can see my other mini book projects here

Linked up with Paper Issues for the Admit One issue, because when it comes to amusement parks Disney is my favorite!

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