Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Project Scrap Organization: Still Purging & another From Our Hearts Card Contribution

Someone has certainly lit a fire under my ass because I've been purging and organizing at a record rate these past two months.

I've watched enough Clean Sweep episodes that the following mantra is now my personal mantra:

If I haven't used it within the last 6 months, it's getting tossed.  I simply want minimalism and the peace and order it will bring into my life.  
So guess what? I started going through boxes in the garage.  Do I seriously need bank statements and receipts from 1997? Why am I storing boxes and boxes of empty photo albums, candles, xmas ornaments, linen, curtains, etc.   Yes, I just shed approximately 30 boxes of emotional and psychological weight out of my life!! 

I've come across another fabulous non-profit organization to donate to in addition to the ones I found last year. 

  • Out of the Closet Thrift Stores is a nonprofit chain of thrift stores owned and operated by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), a Los Angeles-based global organization that provides medical, preventative, and educational resources for patients. AHF is the nation's largest non-profit HIV/AIDS healthcare, research, prevention, and education provider. Out of the Closet thrift stores generate income to help fund the medical services AHF provides for those patients who are unable to pay. Proceeds from Out of the Closet Thrift Stores directly benefit AHF.
I've driven past this thrift store for literally the past year on my way to my Bikram studio when I finally had the time to pop in while waiting for car repairs a few blocks away the first week of June.

I loved the vibe of the store, the employees, and the very obvious bold positive signs promoting SAFE and HEALTHY LIFESTYLE PRACTICES.  The fact that they help the community, i.e. those people who cannot afford basic medical care or preventative medicine, with information, products and healthcare really pulled my heartstrings.  These are the kinds of charity organizations I've always supported my entire life.

Well, I have A LOT of great stuff, of which the proceeds, could help this organization do their thing.  So yah, I've filled my car to the brim - trunk and the entire interior - and have made 4 car trips so far.

Back Story: So many years ago, I, along with a few other Peas saw Sheri A's (zooreturns) amazing Disney Scrapbooks for the Make a Wish Foundation (MAW). We contributed all sorts of hand made embellishments, supplies, etc towards the making of albums for kids who's last wish was to visit Disney World.  Sadly, as is with life, life catches up with all of us and Sheri was no longer able to continue the effort.

I found another pizza box full of Disney page kits, shakers, etc that I had been saving.  My style has changed since then, so instead of it going to waste, this was the impetus for my search of yet another MAW type organization which could put these to good use.

Via a quick google search, I found a new contact, Make-A-Wish Missouri, Southern Missouri Region, that is willing to take Disney related supply/completed page/album donations:

Ashley Kennedy
Make a Wish – Regional Office So Missouri
1510 W Elfindale
Springfield, MO 65807
(417) 873-9474

Their Disney Scrapbook Wish Page

Their Organization Website

Their Facebook Page

All that purging was A LOT of work and it's been overwhelming I'll admit.  So much so that I decided I needed a break from it all and do something I enjoy.

I decided to make up as many cards as I possibly could over the long 4th of July Holiday (I took Thurs and Fri off, so it became a 5 day weekend! Whoohoo!) to donate to the effort of From Our Hearts.

Lo and behold, my final tally was 184 cards total!  I don't even know how much card stock I used up too as a result.  It just felt great!

Here's what the top filled to the brim of the large flat priority box looks like:

And underneath all of those cards were these along with 5 spools of Bazzil ribbon that are also being donated:

These were
  • more found card fronts,
  • personally received handmade cards from friends that I repurposed, 
  • cards I made for Design Team assignments
  • cards I made using  paper piecing swap embellishments, i.e. the shaker cards that I thought would be fun for kids, and 
  • cards I made from finally cracking open one of my Club Scrap kits I still have (actually I won it back in 2005 at a Scrapbook Expo since I've long sold off most, if not, all of my Club Scrap kits on ebay for a killing - I still thank my lucky stars I sold those off when I did when I could garner close to $80 for each of those retired kits.)
  • cards that were incomplete from various classes, i.e. most likely convention/expo, CKU, Heidi Swapp events. 

So I'm definitely sticking with the New Years' resolutions I made in 2011 that I'm still upholding.

Here's my tally of my personal donations to From Our Hearts as of this posting:

  • 2012  Donations = 150 Pens & 184 Cards
  • 2011 Donations = 598 Card & Card Fronts
  • 2010 Donations = 751 Card & Card Fronts + 4500 Envelopes

I urge you to take a look at From Our Hearts and see if you can donate too....cards, envelopes, clear envelopes or even paypal money to help them send those boxes of greeting cards to our troops. It's a small but heartfelt way to thank our troops for their service to our country.


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

From Our Hearts: Pen Donation

Like many of us, I'd imagine, most of us save and recycle where we can. I know I've gotten even more zealous with my recycling as of late with actually redeeming my bottles/cans/glass now for money. It makes a nice chunk of change for either a free lunch or some good laundry money. :)

One of the best recycling for money deals out there is at Staples for turning in your used printer ink cartridges. They used to be worth $3 each but now they're only $2 each; that's ok, it's better than nothing, right? So I save em up til I have about 10 at a time to redeem since 10 qty per month is the maximum. That way I get $20 to spend towards batteries, more ink cartridges, scrapping adhesives, etc.

Lately, I seem to be ok on my supplies, so I haven't needed to buy anything with my earned rewards. Instead of letting it expire, I redeemed my rewards for writing pens to donate to our troops stationed overseas. I also picked up a few packets of pens at my local 99 cent store, whenever I have any spare change.

I haven't contributed to From Our Hearts since this same time last year, and I haven't really been crafting so I thought to contribute 150 writing pens and a few note pads to their effort. From Our Hearts will send donated handmade greeting cards to our troops, but our men and women don't have anything to write with.

Here's my tally of my personal donations to From Our Hearts over the past couple of years:

  • 2012  Donations = 150 Pens
  • 2011 Donations = 598 Card & Card Fronts
  • 2010 Donations = 751 Card & Card Fronts + 4500 Envelopes

I urge you to take a look at From Our Hearts and see if you can donate too....cards, envelopes, clear envelopes or even paypal money to help them send those boxes of greeting cards to our troops. It's a small but heartfelt way to thank our troops for their service to our country.

I need to find my scrapping mojo soon and whip up some new cards to donate. 


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Design Diva's FaceBook Group OBG Blog Hop

I know it's high time I dust off my blog here as it's been FOREVER since I got crafty. I've been so overwhelmed with a SERIOUS reorganization and purge of ALL my crafting supplies that until recently has been spread out between my bedroom, living room and god only knows where else.

I. Just. Couldn't. Function. Anymore.

Know what I mean? I'm still not done yet but I sure miss playing with paper and glue.

So today, I'm hopping along with the talented ladies of the Facebook DIVAs blogging group and forced myself to actually finish something! The theme of the hop is Oldies But Goodies (OBG). The rules are to create an item (card, scrapbook page, framed art, etc.) using at least 1 item in your supplies that you not used for 6 months or more. Join us every 3rd Wednesday each month for a blog hop.

You've arrived here from Maria's blog. If you've arrived here mistakenly and would like to begin at the very beginning, click on over to Carloyn's blog.

Here's my layout of my sweet little niece who is now almost 2 and half years old today but in this layout, this was her very first Thanksgiving with her extended family back in 2009.

I call this old school since I employed NONE of the trends of what's hot today, i.e. no banners, no cleverly placed mixture of strips of lace, patterned papers, border punched strips, etc. The funny thing is that I still like what I like. I can't tell you the last time I was able to reach all my embellishments that I've worked so hard on organizing into drawers and containers, all to be blocked by larger boxes stacked in front of them for years. Yes, I function really well in "organized" messes but I can't tell you how well I'm breathing now with all this space I've been creating for myself with this huge purge I'm undergoing.

I don't care that no one's using chipboard anymore, but I thought these little chipboard phrases were darling and the color was perfect to match with the Basic Grey Indian Summer floral print. Somehow I even found a glittery K & Co red chipboard "K" for my niece's name. I totally forgot about the Maya Road Sheers I used to love so dearly back in the day when they were all the rage. I decided to use one called "This month..." to document all of K's 6 month firsts.

Here's a detailed close up shot of my hand cutting. I still love doing that as it's a great way to tie in elements and color schemes of a page. Here I couldn't resist that vintage polka dot whispy flower from a Prima patterned paper to give this layout that features my baby niece a more decidedly feminine flair to it. I decided to add a few of those burgandy wine berry blossoms twiggy things from the BG Indian Summer patterned paper and layer it all on top of a felt Prima twig sticker I had laying around for hopefully a fall / autumn and yet girly feel.

Ha ha! What fun it was to pull out my mom's sewing machine to give it whirl!! I sewed the borders on the left side to give it some added texture. I can't thank my friend Kari enough for giving me her left over sienna ribbon that is so rich and silky. I thought it was perfect for this layout!

It feels soo good to be scrapping again. Maybe the next one I'll get with the program and employ lots of banners and textured strips of decorative media like everyone else is doing nowadays. But for now, it sure was fun playing with all my old toys that I've been stashing away as if I was going to take it all with me after this lifetime. ;-p

Thanks to my friends of the Design Diva's for getting me to actually take time to play and create.

Thanks for stopping by! Click on over to Angie's blog now.

"Treasure Always"
Paper: Bo Bunny, MM, Prima & BG Indian Summer PP's; Bazzil CS
Embellishments: Prima Felt Stalk & Flower; Maya Road Journaling Sheers;
Lil Davis Small Chipboard Phrases; K&Co Chipboard Glitter Alpha; Misc Silk Ribbon from my friend Kari
Tools: Fiskars Border Punch; Sewing Machine

Monday, June 20, 2011

La-La Land Inspiration Monday {Lace, Pearls & Punches}

Monday, Monday........I'll admit, Monday's aren't my favorite days but it's Inspiration Monday over on the La-La Land Crafts Blog again. :)

This week, I decided to play with Dress Up Marci since our challenge was to use Lace, Pearls and Punches. Isn't she just perfect for this?

You can get Dress Up Marci as a rubber stamp or as a digi-stamp at the La-La Land Crafts Shop.

Copics Used:
Skin: E00, E11, R20
Hair: W25, E31, E50
Hat & Dress: R81, R83, R85
Flower on Hat: Purple Prismacolor Pencils

Thanks for popping my blog and don't forget to check out the other DT creations over at the blog today and again on Friday.

Happy Monday Everyone!

"When I Grow Up, I Want to Be Just Like You"
Paper: Creative Imaginations IOX PP; Neenah Solar White 80# CS, Bazzil CS
Stamps: La-La Land Craft "Dress Up Marci"; Phrase is Verve
Accessories: Copic Markers, Spellbinders ?; SU Pop Dots; Prima Ribbon & Lace, Kaiser Pearls; Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch

Thursday, June 16, 2011

From Our Hearts: Another 199 for Our Troops

Will my purging ever end? lol, it seems card fronts from my SU Demo Days are coming out of my ears. I'm tackling a new closet of boxes and I found another couple of ziplock bags worth of card fronts made back in the day when I was an Uber Hostess of SU Demo Only Swaps. That was many years ago and I no longer need my card fronts, so what a better way to make use of them than to donate them to a wonderful cause.

Will you believe I just counted 199 of these? Whoa!

I'm also sending along a good portion of non standard sized cards made and donated by my friend Marina F also for the FOH volunteers to salvage/alter into standard sized usable cards.

2011 Donations = 598

2010 Donations = 751

I urge you to take a look at From Our Hearts and see if you can donate too....cards, envelopes, clear envelopes or even paypal money to help them send those boxes of greeting cards to our troops. It's a small but heartfelt way to thank our troops for their service to our country.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

La-La Land Sports Collection Release Party Blog Hop

Welcome to La-La Land Sports Collection Release Blog Hop for the release of another super cute series of SIX new Marci and Luka stamps.

If you didn't just arrive from Jeanette’s Blog then be sure to head on back to the La-La Land Crafts Blog for the full details.

You'll want to leave a comment on every blog you visit along the way to be eligible to win a $25 Gift Certificate to our store.

I got to play with the new Soccer Luka stamp here with some Pink Paisley Bayberry Cottage PP's.

Copics Used:
Skin: E00, E11, R20
Hair: E25, E31, E50
Uniform: Y17, C3, C5, C7
Shoes: C3, C5, C7 & White Paint Pen

I'm a fan of sketches and really loved this one from Splitcoast so based my card layout on this SCS Card Sketch #322

Yes, I took a small liberty with the sketch. :) Now keep on hopping to see what Cindy has for you today, and be sure to comment on ALL the blogs for a chance to win the $25 Gift Certificate!

Good luck and enjoy the hop everyone!

"So Proud of You Little Man"
Pink Paisley Bayberry Cottage PP, Bazzil CS & Neenah Solar White 80# CS
Stamps: La-La Land Crafts Soccer Luca; Verve Phrase Stamps
Accessories: Copic Markers, Spellbinders Mega Labels #8; MFT Cloud Die