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Tuesday, May 18, 2010


I cannot believe how popular these Ikea Expedit shelves are, I mean look at this book that I stumbled across OMG!  Siigh... I wish my journey to scrappin' freedom had been paved with information like this ;)  I scoured and searched and combined all the ideas I thought would work for me in the small space I had to make my creative space FLOW :)

I've been up to some things that I haven't been sharing... I'll be designing baby shower thank you card for my sister in law, and helping a wonderful lady capture her faaaaabulous at 70 birthday MONTHSsssss celebrations... so awesome!

So, I'll be busy.  I'll share some of the final creations once I'm there... I just organizing my thoughts now ;)

Have a wonnnnderful day!

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((¸¸.·´ ..·´ Create with passion!
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

My Creating Space/Scrap Room-Part 4.0

I did it!!!

Not only have I (almost) completed my new creating space, but I've got it on video for you too :)

Some of the bits and pieces I used to create this space were:
IKEA Expedit shelves $60x2
IKEA apothecary jars $4 per 4 pack
IKEA ribbon jar $5
IKEA fabric drawers $6 each
IKEA plastic drawer $20
Paper stacker
6 pack bucket $10 to hold my copic markers
Peg board $5 bucks, peg board starter kit $6, peg board ribbon rack pegs $3, ribbon rack dowel $3, ribbon used to trim home-cut melamine shelves $3 adhered with my handy glue gun.
See through drawers for scrap papers

Have a wonnnnderful day!

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¸.·´ .·´¨¨)) Live with integrity.... -:¦:-
((¸¸.·´ ..·´ Create with passion!
-:¦:- ((¸¸.·´* -:¦:-    NikkiNix

Stamp Storage

Well, I'm on a video roll now... here's my stamp storage solution... sorry for the rambling ;)

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((¸¸.·´ ..·´ Create with passion!
-:¦:- ((¸¸.·´* -:¦:-    NikkiNix

Sunday, May 9, 2010


A woman, renewing her driver's license at the County Clerk 's office, was asked by the woman recorder to state her occupation.  She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself.

"What I mean is, " explained the recorder,
"do you have a job or are you just a ....?"

"Of course I have a job," snapped the woman.

"I'm a Mom."

"We don't list 'Mom' as an occupation,
'Housewife' covers it,” Said the recorder emphatically.

I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself
In the same situation, this time at our own Town Hall.
The Clerk was obviously a career woman, poised,
Efficient, and possessed of a high sounding title like, "Official Interrogator" or "Town Registrar."

"What is your occupation?" she probed.

What made me say it? I do not know..
The words simply popped out.
"I'm a Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human Relations."

The clerk paused, ball-point pen frozen in midair and
Looked up as though she had not heard right.

I repeated the title slowly emphasizing the most

Significant words.
Then I stared with wonder as my pronouncement
Was written, in bold, black ink on the official questionnaire.

"Might I ask," said the clerk with new interest,
"just what you do in your field?"

Coolly, without any trace of fluster in my voice, I heard myself reply,
"I have a continuing program of research, (what mother doesn't)
In the laboratory and in the field, (normally I would have said indoors and out).
I'm working for my Masters, (first the Lord and then the whole family)
And already have four credits (all daughters).
Of course, the job is one of the most demanding in the humanities, (any mother care to disagree?)
And I often work 14 hours a day, (24 is more like it).
But the job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers and the rewards are more about the satisfaction rather than just money."

There was an increasing note of respect in the Clerk's' voice as she completed the form, stood up, and personally ushered me to the door.

As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career, I was greeted by my lab assistants -- ages 13, 7, and 3 and upstairs I could hear our new experimental model, (a 6 month old baby) in the child development program, testing out a new vocal pattern.

I felt I had scored a beat on bureaucracy!  And I had gone on the official records as someone more distinguished and indispensable to mankind than "just another Mom."


What a glorious career!
Especially when there's a title on the door..

Does this make grandmothers
"Senior Research associates in the field of Child Development and Human Relations"

And great grandmothers
"Executive Senior Research Associates?"
I think so!!!

I also think it makes Aunts
"Associate Research Assistants."


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¸.·´ .·´¨¨)) Live with integrity.... -:¦:-
((¸¸.·´ ..·´ Create with passion!
-:¦:- ((¸¸.·´* -:¦:- NikkiNix

Sunday, May 2, 2010

My Creating Space/Scrap Room-Part 3.2

So in this post you are going to see sneak peaks of my Fresh new crafting area LOL, it's not quite ready for reveal but it's getting close!!  The peg board is up, the ribbon is up, all of my crafting supplies are in the area, accessible and sorted and now... the clock is up too :)  I need a few more shelves, and a bit more organizing to make it all "work" at a hand's reach and ta daa!!!  Soon.. I promise ;)

Today was my last trip to Ikea to get some more of these absolutely wonderful glass jars for all my embellies.  It'll be like an apothcary/candy store :)  Siiigh... being able to see what I got is so so soooo fun!  I also grabbed this jar for tidbits of ribbon so they can be handy, visible and cute.

So today, I've altered the Rusch clock from Ikea - at $2.99 + a $0.33 sheet of patterened paper, some scrap white that I rolled through my QK Revolution using my Finale alphabet and it's the cutest clock a girl ever had!!

Here's what I did:

Took it all apart - it easy pretty easy, paying attention tot he way the minute/second hand attached for reassembly later.

Used the clock face paper template to cut out my water paper background.  Have I mentioned recently how much I looove these scissors?! I touched up some bad cutting with Copic markers to hide the white, and used my finger knife to cut out the center circle.

Then I airbrushed the plastic clock frame.

And stamped a totally unknown stamp randomly using stazon ink straight on with my hand as the base so I could curve it.

Then I cut out my numbers using my QK Revolution and the Finale alphabet
*SPOILER* you can see my peg board in the background ;)

Stuck on the numbers using reposition able tape and my zig pen glue

And there we have it, all the tools used 
(+QK Revolutionand alpha)

I've submitted this for the Copic Challenge#27 - using Copics on other surfaces too - yay, don't I looove me a challenge!!

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¸.·´ .·´¨¨)) Live with integrity.... -:¦:-
((¸¸.·´ ..·´ Create with passion!
-:¦:- ((¸¸.·´* -:¦:-    NikkiNix


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