Saturday, October 1, 2016

Monthly Planning Challenge

I am normally not an organized person - procrastinating comes natural for me I guess - and I hate it too!!!  I'm not sure if you guys are challenged like that - but for me, it's really hard to deal with!  For this month - I have a bunch of things I need to get started on, especially to get everything finished up before I really need them done!  Grab your favorite items to organize yourself with - your tablet, planner, computer, pen/pencil, paper - and lets get started!  
  • Look at your calendar for the next 6 weeks until the middle of November - what kinds of events do you have that you need to get things done for?
  • Next look at things for the next 3 months until the end of December - what other things do you have that you need to plan out and get things done for?
  • Lastly, look at things for the next 6 months until the end of March, again - what types of things do you have going on you need to plan out things for?  
 My list is varied - from gifts to things around the house to cards both for myself as well as for a few gifts!  I can't wait to see what all I end up creating - birthday cards, sympathy cards, and a few gifts too!  
  1.  Birthday card for my husband's birthday!
  2. 9 sympathy cards, (sad face inserted).
  3. Birthday cards and gift card holders for 2 kids' birthdays!
  4. 2 more birthday cards for family members!
  5. 2 Halloween cards and decorations!
  6. Around 15 Thanksgiving cards!
  7. Unknown amount of Christmas cards, as well as gift card holders!!!
  8. Framed pages for Christmas presents
I know I have a lot more on my list - hey this alone is making me nuts!  You add this list to my other list of things I need to finish - and you have a person that simply needs to stop being on FB and get more done!!!!  No more drama for this girl!!!!
Until next time,
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme 

Friday, September 30, 2016

What Can You Do With Stamps -

I have been stamping for 25+ years now - my first project, was my daughters' birth announcements created out of a Disney stamp and cardstock!!!  Such a generic basic project in which ended up making such an impact on my life - in many different ways!  When I started creating - I purchased so many different stamps it wasn't funny - yet I wasted a lot of money doing that, I didn't use even half of them.  Now, I look at the stamps I do purchase, and make sure I will use them more than once, in order to make the most out of the purchase I DO make!  I use stamps for:
  • Making cards
  • As accents on scrapbook pages
  • As backgrounds on scrapbook pages
  • With my Creative Paperclay product
  • On my planner pages
  • With my Project Life album
  Cost effective tips - 
  1. Look in the bargain bins for stamps that don't cost a ton!  I have found wonderful stamps I use from Target, Michael's and Walmart!  
  2. You can also pick up small squares of ink pads in colors - or basic black and white so you can use on lighter and darker colors also at your local craft stores, or Walmart even!
  3. Have a class from Stampin' Up or Close to My Heart, you can get hostess credits where you can purchase other stamps and ink pads for your stash!!!
  4. Use scraps of papers from other projects to make one of a kind things!  Whether it is a background for the card, a tag, a smaller card for a gift card, a bookmark even! 
  5. Use punches along with stamps to create various cards!  Whether it you use the stamps for the background and punches for embellishments - or lets say a saying stamp along with themed punches, can make a wonderful birthday card!
  6. If you do not have any stamps, and really can't afford them - best alternative......use your printer in order to print out sayings you need cards for, and use papers, punches, etc., to create your own style cards!!!
  7. Find a place where you can keep everything card making related - such as card bases, envelopes, tag bases, bookmark bases, background papers that are perfect size for cards, finished card tops but not added to card bases - all in one box (see above)!
  8. Go through your scraps often and put away the papers that you can make wonderful cards with!  Those loud papers - when paired with cardstock, makes amazing cards!    
Since it is World Card Making Day on 10/1/16 - I hope you will join me all weekend long in making fun cards to send out!  I also have classes coming up, which will include the supplies needed to finish things up, as well as a few extras too!!!  More details to follow!!!  
Thanks for stopping by,
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme



Friday, September 23, 2016

Old and New -

I remember living in Utah where I started to scrapbook - I had already rubber stamped and had all these goodies I simply didn't know what to do with!  I went out all the time with my sister and spent so much money it wasn't funny!!!  I don't even think I used even half the supplies I bought - other than cardstock and adhesive that is, until recently!  Now, I try to purchase only what I need for my own personal stuff, and what I need to create with - I really don't purchase anything extra anymore!!!  
What about you guys - do you purchase everything out there known to mankind and paper crafters everywhere, or do you selectively look at each item you do purchase a bit more?  I used to purchase everything, now I am selective - and love to mix both new supplies, with old supplies to create something fun and one of a kind!  
A bit of a challenge for you this weekend:
  • Grab something old and add it to something new - can be cardstock, paper, embellishments, stickers - anything old and add it to new!  
  • Make a project with 70% old supplies and 30% new, can be anything you want - cards, mini albums, bookmarks, etc!
  • Take scraps of paper from older projects - and add them to new paper - whether you do a paper piecing pattern, use punches and stamps - and make something unique!!!
Mix the old supplies up with the new supplies, and make something fun!  There are plenty of holiday's coming up, start to make a list of things you need to get done!  I hope you join me!
Thanks for stopping by,
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Creative Paperclay Design Team 2016

Okay but I have to tell you - this is one of my favorite projects I have done with my Creative Paperclay Design Team - and I am so glad I got the inspiration today for this, JUST in time for my post!  I had another project I am working on - but this one, well - when inspiration hits - it hits!!!  It is one of those projects that didn't take too long to do at all - and by using the Delight product - the hearts and flowers dried quickly, so I could finish up this awesome piece in just an afternoon!  It will proudly be hanging on my "family" wall in my house - with more to come!!!  A little sneak peak here - and then check the entire project out on the design team blog here!!!  

Little by little - I am excited to create and get projects done that needs to get done!  I have had these pictures sitting here, and now will proudly hang on my wall with the beginnings of my family wall!!!  I can't wait to share the rest of the projects with you - and the Christmas presents - well...I am really excited to get those done!  I am even making a few things for myself!!!

I caught the canvas' on sale a few weeks ago at Michael's, and had a different project in mind for this than what "this" turned out to be!  That project, will be shared as soon as the photos are printed out and the rest of the piece is finished!  I also will be planning on creating a few of these for presents - hmmmmm.....the inspiration!!!  
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme and

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Organizing Space - Part One

I don't have a lot of room in the current space I have - but it's a whole lot better than living in a hotel for a year while my husband was going to school and having even LESS space to work with than I do now!!!  I can actually create in the area I have now, though it is a bit cramped!!!!  I started making a list as to what isn't working - and what I need to do in order to be able to get more done in all aspects of my life!  I am on a budget, plus my space is for both work and creative purposes, as well as my own business - so I have my work cut out for me in this project for sure!  

I know it isn't going to be overnight that I get all of the pieces I need for my space, as well as a new space all my own to create in!  In between time, I make the best out of what I have - and will grab pieces that I can bring with me, that is stylish AND can be used for different things too!!!  But - the whole key is to get more done and be more organized by the time this project is done!  I have started making a few tweaks in my current space:
  • I am going through all of my creative items - selling that in which I will never use again, or haven't used in a very long time!  If I have a cartridge from my Cricut machine that I can use instead of, then GREAT!!!  If I haven't used the stamp for the past few years - I am getting rid of it!  
  • I have been re-organizing items, and putting things with "like" items to make it easier to create in the first place, and it helps to find things quicker too!   
  • As I am re-organizing things, I have been re-purposing storage items for other things!  For the moment this is working until I can purchase the items that will truly help me to organize my space!  
  • Boxes sent to me with Creative Paperclay or birthday presents inside - made into one of a kind organizer boxes that hold various crafting items in them that are easier to get to - and things I use most often right on my desktop! (Pictured above) 
  • In my 3 drawer organizer drawers, since I have 2 of them, I use 3 of the drawers for things I am working on - such as my planner pages, cards, etc., with everything I am using included in the drawer to make it easier for me to create.  
We are looking at things that will make my space complete, which means I am getting all new furniture for my space (Or - used furniture reconditioned)!!!  This also means, since being on a budget, I have to save as much money as I can - yet get the pieces I need, including:

  1. A wardrobe piece that can have shelves added to the inside, in order to hold all of my paper craft/crafting items in one place.  
  2. I will utilize the inside of the doors with a cork board, magnet piece, and small shelves to add small items to (pictured above)! 
  3. Plenty of altered boxes to put things inside - as well as baskets that will match!  I will then be able to purchase a few key pieces to go with!  
  4. An "L" shaped desk - with plenty of room for 2 monitors (and maybe 3 down the line), a printer, a space to put file folders, drawers to put "office" materials in.  
  5. A series of cork boards, white boards and organizational items hanging on the wall!
  6. My file cabinet painted to match the rest of the items I get, in a color that I can change easily as far as the accent colors!  
I have found a lot of cost savings by simply recycling boxes and other organizing items - and simply reusing a lot of the things I have already been using - just in different ways!  The desk I have - though I love it - it simply isn't working for the things I need to use it for - I simply can't put 2 monitors in a small space meant for one!  The other desk I have, well - bad memories - vindictive things scratched into the glass, where - how many years later, it's best to get rid of the memory!  
I am excited to get things done this next year both creative wise, business wise, and work wise!  I have learned that life is what you make of it - and when I concentrate on creative things - life goes wonderful!  I hope you join me this year and go through all of YOUR stuff - if you can't make something out of it in the next year - have plans for it for the next year - then get rid of it!   
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Christmas Album 2015 and 2016, Week 3

Christmas comes but once a year (thank you thank you), but the memories we have of that one day - (no matter what holiday you end up celebrating), deserves to have a special album for those special pictures and memories!!!  I started this challenge at the beginning of the year - then set it aside due to "issues" of a creative nature...I just simply couldn't create!  I was able to get through the issue at hand, and since then - I have been having a ton of fun creating many things, this album included!  I thought it would be a quick project - but honestly - this one I want to be perfect, so quick it is NOT
Inside back cover of album w/tags

To catch up to date - week one's post is here - with week two's post here!!!!  So far I have this done for my album:
  • Album cover done - both outside and inside covers designed and finished up with the little details!   I don't have a title yet - working on thoughts for that! 
  • Everything is in one place to make it easier for me to create when I have the chance to - instead of all over the place!  I am using all of the pack of paper I got from Stampin' Up last year - and will be using this years' pack of paper on cards, tags and smaller projects!  
  • I have plenty of places for pictures, cards and journaling - as well as embellishments for each set of pages!  
  • Bottom of inside back cover
  • I have all of the pages created, and am now working on the little details for each set of pages.  I have 2013 Christmas pictures in 2 sets of pages, and I am now working on 2014's pictures, 2015's next (if I took any that is)! 
I am really happy with my album so far, and now need to get any pictures from the past 2 years printed and figured out to go in the album!  I love to use Shutterfly for printing out the photos, and also use them to print out books I have created as well - use whatever company is best for you personally!!!   

Challenges for this week for you to work on (other challenges will be starting up for Christmas):  
  1. Work on the album - try to get as caught up as you can!  If you can't finish everything up - then you want to at least make sure you are making notes for what you need to get done!  
  2. How many cards do you need to make?  Do you want the same design/papers for
    Cascading waterfall inside cover
    each card, or do you want different designs/same papers?  Or - do you want a bit of everything where you have various cards and designs?  Do you need to mail any?  If you do, start to make your list and purchase books of stamps for those you need to mail - and remember the designs for those you need to mail for postage reasons!  
  3. Start to get inspiration for the tags you need to make and packaging ideas as well!  Do you want to purchase wrapping paper - or more basic items such as bags you can design?  
  4. What about gifts for people?  Do you have anything you need to start to look at making?  
I have 4 pages left to finish up, pictures to get developed, cards to make, tags to make, ornaments to make - and I might be done!  More challenges coming up to get ready for your special holiday's at the end of the year!!!  I hope you will join me!  
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme