Sunday, January 26, 2014

Good Decemeber

I finished my December Daily.  I don't have layouts for everyday, but I'm happy with what I have, so I took this video of my finished album this afternoon:

The video ended up being longer than I wanted to, but now it's all documented and I can finally put away all my holiday craft supplies.   

I don't have photos of every page, but here are some:

  the cover   xmas boxes everywhere

 a favorite photo from last year  my son's band concert

 random thoughts of my lack of xmas spirit

a collage of our decorated house 

a collage of favorite ornaments

  me at work, making our xmas cards

our family room xmas tree

our favorite xmas movies

the Donny & Marie Concert

xmas day photos


For most of us, December is the last month to give our selves another project, but honestly this album is one I enjoy looking at months after December has passed.  If you haven't tried you hand at making a December Daily album you should give it a try.  

This year I found being a member of School Of Scrap to be very helpful and encouraging, because we were all working on My December albums and we were all facing similar issues... and talking to each other on Facebook was a great de-stresser.    

Lots of photos on the blog today :)  I hope they have inspired you to make a MY album... if you are interested, School Of Scrap members will be making a few more My albums this year.  I think the next one is My March.    Until next time... keep crafting.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Lets Talk Storage

Thin metal die storage to be exact.

I have always loved dies for their ease of use and the impact they give a project.  I still have my first Sizzix, you know the one w/the handle that pressed down and I have a cabinet full of thick Sizzix dies.  But I'm not going to talk about those today, because honestly they don't see the light of day that offend this days.

Since joining the Die-Versions' design team, I only have eyes for thin metal dies and my collection has grown a LOT.   I'm currently storing my dies in three different ways.  This Artbin cabinet is my first method... here's a photo of it:  

It's a good system.  The cabinets were super cheap and several can be stacked if you have the space.  It fits most of my dies and the drawers allow me to sort them into categories like spanish dies, medium fonts, small fonts (large fonts don't fit), animals, flowers, etc.  

Since the large fonts sheets didn't fit in the drawers,  my second method of storage is on an adhesive back magnetic sheet that I put on the side of a bookcase.  Here's a photo:

I LOVE that I can see all my large fonts in one quick look.  I would love to display more dies this way, but I don't have the wall space.

My third and final way of storing dies are in these StampinUp clear stamp cases.   I'm using them to store my holiday dies.  In this photo you see my birthday dies all in one case.  I LOVE this method for how little space the case takes up.  I also like that I can add any coordinating clear stamps in the case.  

Just so you know, these cases are not tall enough to hold the Die-Versions 4x8 font dies... the case is only 7.5 inches long. 

Well... that's how I'm currently storing my thin dies.   How do you store your thin dies?

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

New design team and new blog

Hello Craft Friends, 

Die-Versions has a brand new blog and a brand new design team.  I'm on the team and I'm super excited to start making cards, scrapbook layouts and more to show you in the months to come. 

Come join us in our new blog for a chance to win some free goodies.  We will be giving away 20 gift certificates to our store valued at $10 each.  Participating is easy and simple:  
  1. Leave a comment in our blog found at 
  2. Become a follower of our blog
  3. Like our Facebook Page
We will announce the lucky winners Sunday, Jan. 12th.  


I made the team... The Die-Versions' Design Team that is

I'm so very excited to be on Die-Versions' Design Team for a second term.  I truly love their dies.