Monday, June 25, 2012

Creative Keepsakes Scrapbook Convetion 2012

I was driving on the 215 last week when a billboard caught my eye.  "Scrapbook Convention...South Point...June 22nd-23rd..."  I thought I had to check that out, that's too close to my house for me to miss out.  So I googled and texted several people to find out more.  By the time I found out, online registration was closed.  Nevertheless, on-site registration was still available and I ended up registering for 4 classes over the span of two days.

Minnie Mouse by Shoestring Productions

Simply Beautiful by Shoestring Productions
There were Make & Takes on the spot at the Vendor Faire.  The Shoestring Productions kits really caught my eye.   I bought several of their 6x6 and 12x12 kits and completed the Minnie Mouse layout above at their booth while my friend, Daniela, completed half of the Simply Beautiful kit.

I learned how to curl flowers at SimpliCraft
Two of the classes I signed up for were by SimpliCraft, Piece by Piece Collage Page Techniques and Made in Minutes.  Each class was an hour and we were able to complete six 12x12 layouts.  It was fast-paced.  The teacher, Vicki, had some great, practical and EASY techniques to share.  So by the end of the convention, I actually had TWELVE layouts ready to go, yey!

And guess who won a door prize?!!

11 AM winner :D
with my Punky Sprouts voucher
What fun when you get a text from your upline saying that you won something, woohoo!  I would have totally not checked the "Winners' Board" since I was too busy checking out the latest and greatest of what scrapbooking has to offer, lol.  Thank you Punky Sprouts for my glittery goods.  And they're from Gresham, OR, another fellow Oregonian :)

pretty papers, sparkly glitter, and more!
By the end of the convention, my back was aching and my shoulders hurting...and I would do it all over again.  So in about three weeks, I'll be heading to Salt Lake City for the ONE I've been planning to go to.  Stampin' Up! Convention 2012 here we come!

Happy Scrappin'!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sneak Peek: Red, White & Blue Invitations


We're having a Red, White & Blue Birthday in about two weeks.  Full party prepping is on.  Here's a sneak peek of the invite I made:

seeing stars

I mainly  use Stampin' Up! products:  Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla card stock, Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper, Cherry Cobbler and Night of Navy stampin' pads, July 4th  stamp set, Riding Hood Red striped grosgrain ribbon, and star brads.  On the back are the deets of the party. 

Stay cool!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

FlipFOLD® Laundry Folder

Long, long time ago, the hubby and I both worked in retail.  I've worked at the Gap, Nordstrom, Coach, Limited, Bath & Body Works and other places during holidays and summer vacations throughout college and even when I first started teaching.  He worked at the Harley Davidson retail store, Blockbuster Video and some watch store at the Forum Shops.  Anyway, we have folded a ton of jeans and shirts during our clothing retail career.  And we both loved using the folding board.  A couple years ago, the hubby said he was going to make one of those boards.  Well, fast forward to a couple years later...The Container Store opened right here in Las Vegas, yes!  And as I was perusing one of their catalogs, I spotted a folding board, double yes!!  So tonight, the hubby said he was going to buy the folding board, yippee!  And so we did.  Yes, we have a very exciting life in Vegas, hehe.
FlipFOLD® Laundry Folder
We were a little doubtful at first since this had more components than what I used at the Gap.  Back then, we just used a board that looked more like a clipboard.  This was fancier.  After reading the 4-step instruction on the tag, I looked for some shirts to fold.

Step 1:  lay & smooth the shirt on the board

Step 2:  tuck in the extra from the bottom

Step 3:  flip the board

Step 4:  flip the other board and tuck in the extra sleeve that's peeking out

Step 5:  flip the bottom board
The original 4-step instruction was, "flip, flip, flip, fold."  I added some extra tucking and smoothing out to make it work for me.  It does say it only takes 5 seconds to fold a shirt.  And I really do think you can.  Hubby took out all his shirts from one of his drawers and started folding.  They stack neater and takes up less space.

Now if we can only color coordinate these shirts, lol.  Below are some shirts I folded.  Thanks, Ann for the Hard Rock shirts straight from Macau.  They were perfect for my demo :)

Happy Folding!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

storage issues

So I'm officially on summer vacation 2012!  Woohoo!  We kicked off my vacay mode by going to Rancho Cucamonga to watch the Pacquiao fight last Saturday, boooo!  He lost.  And spent couple days in Newport, California.  As I was getting ready to pack for the trip and putting school stuff away, I got distracted by this...

yup, I'm having storage issues!

Such wasted space.  Those folding shelves are not enough.  I got a yard stick and started measuring other shelving options around the house.  And so we left for our trip and when we got back, I took almost everything out of that closet.

I left the top shelf as is.  That's for another season of a project.  I decided to use the two Ikea Expedit shelves we bought last December in the closet for better storage.  They are only $39.99 each and come in different colors.  It's still a work in progress but I call it done for now.

I still need to get those plastic drawers to house the new Stampin' Up! punches and stamp sets.  If only I wasn't lazy, I'd paint the closet inside.  I have a million projects in my head that I'd like to work on during my vacation.  Let's see how far I get.

Have a wonderful week!