Saturday, May 28, 2016

Project Life® and Ikea: How to Organize and Simplify Your Desk Inexpensively

So Ikea opened in town, and hubby and I spent our 22nd Wedding Anniversary there!

With just four Ikea desk organizers,
I was able to declutter, simplify, and organize my kitchen desk! 

Here's how you can do it too!

View of the whole desk! Gray storage ottoman from Target. The only new purchases are the white metal Ikea Desk organizers, called KVISSLE. The box with lid set of four, desk organizer, letter tray, and magazine file set of two. The white vase holding fresh roses is from Ikea as well.

Project Life® is a part of everyday life around here. I love to document our family, and it is a simple and easy way to get that done. Part of paring down, simplifying and decluttering this desk was to only bring back absolutely necessary items into the space. One Project Life® album, the light pink Sugar Paper LA planner as my Project Life® planner, and the Websters Pages Color Crush Planner for Family Planning. You can see details on how I use the Project Life® planner here at . You can cover the Ikea magazine file with your choice of scrapbook paper. Here, I used the Heidi Swapp new Marquee Love paper on a roll, and the Pink Paislee Fancy Free scrapbook paper designed by Paige Evans on the left. 

One pair of scissors, one black American Crafts journaling pen,  We R Memory Keepers Confetti Punch, pencils and a ball point pen. The succulent and planter came from West Elm, purchased last April. 

All the white frames were in my craft room upstairs so they were free right? :) They are from Michael's Arts and Crafts Store Studio Decor line. Had the pegboard from a previous project, so cut it down quickly with a jigsaw to fit inside the white frame. The four box set from Ikea holds post it notes, bill paying essentials and stamps, and rubber bands. 

The letter sorter from Ikea will hold one tray of incoming papers for each family member, and this makes it easy to add ephemera to our Project Life® albums. Think movie tickets and such. The bottom shelf holds the Currently Edition Project Life® Kit!

American Crafts Details gold paperclip magnetic tin fits right there on the side of the letter sorter. Candle from Papersource. It smells like lemon gelato!

These Heidi Swapp Marquee letters are for my name Artful Leigh! Used the new Pink Paislee line by Paige Taylor Evans called Fancy Free!!! Yay!

This itty bitty 8x10 pegboard holds just the essentials! Project Life Currently line flair can be found at

Threw in some foam core board and the adhesive backed cork to make a cheap cork board and the gold washi holds some inspirational Project Life® cards from the Currently Line.

Learn more about simplifying your memory keeping at
and thank you for stopping by!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Clique Kits May 2016 Pep Rally

Hello, and welcome  to the May Clique Kits Pep Rally!
You should arrive here after Kim Allen's blog.

 Sketch Challenge from the May National Scrapbook Day FB Crop using May add-ons from the Clique Kits Store, Amy Tangerine Better Together Collection.

National Scrapbook Day You-tube Hop Layout featuring the May 2016 Clique Kits called Northern Lights.  Featuring exclusive cut files,  and the Fancy Pants Designs Atwell Collection.

 Sketch for the NSD FB Crop 9am Sketch challenge.

Second Layout for the NSD FB 9am Sketch Challenge, showing 12x12 variation and the Basic Grey  Urban Luxe collection May Clique Kits and Add-ons.

My Clique Kits Scrap Your Heart Out NSD You-tube Hop Video

Made these midori style notebooks for my TN with Amy Tangerine Better Together Collection papers from the Clique Kits Shop ( hint: scroll down and click on page two to find the Amy Tangerine products)

June Kit REVEAL is today!!!! La Dolce Vita!!!
Thank you for hopping along today!
Next up in the hop is Stephanie

and the whole hop line up is here:
Clique Kits
Erica Thompson
*Donna Espiritu
*Justyna Skowron
*Maryam Perez
*Melissa Vining
*Kim Oedekoven
Sandy Gonzalez
Janet Perafan-Babar
Kim Allen
*Leigh Ann Odynksi
Stephanie Kisewetter
Renee Aslette
Sara Mishler
Janet Zeppa
Jennie Garcia

Monday, May 23, 2016

New Elle's Studio "From Sketch To Finish" Class Available Now!

The brand new "From Sketch To Finish" Class is available now with 
so many talented scrapbook page designers contributing for the class.
You get 50 pages of content within this class,
for all types of projects; from cards to pocket pages, and scrapbook pages!

Link to the class here:

There are a limited number of Little Moments Bundles available for purchase at a special price, so go get yours! 
Link here:

Thank you for stopping by today!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Kellie Stamps Creative Team May Projects

Love the New May Release stamps from Kellie Stamps!! 
They are so versatile!

May 5th Project using the My Fave stamp set to create the text paper, and pink happy happy label.

May 10th Instagram Hop Layout, using the  May"Label That" set as a digital stamp to create the label printed on the white card stock.

May 19th layout using the May "My Fave" clear stamp set and different ink colors to create the text covered stars. Love! Also love that these two had a blast, and were great sports even in the rain! (You can see it sparking on their clothes in the above photo!) Using the November Studio Calico Canyonlands Scrapbook Kit:) 

Thank you for stopping by today!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Scrap Your Heart Out NSD You-tube Hop with Prizes!

There are so many generous sponsors that have donated prizes for today's You-tube Hop!

Will you join in the fun today???

Here is my full layout made with Clique Kits May 2016 Kit just for this  special You-tube Hop today!

The process video for this layout walks you through step by step on how 
I created it, and it's part of the Scrap Your Heart Out NSD You-tube Hop with Clique Kits!!!!

There are tons of creative and talented  ladies in this hop, and I am so excited to be sharing as well!

NSD 2016 you-tube hop
Claudia van Rooijen -
Jody Spiegelhoff

Shimelle Design Team Layout #4 High Roller

Happy National Scrapbooking Day Weekend!
There will be so much scrapping going on this weekend,
Starting today!

My Shimelle 2016 Design Team Layout for the Arrow Challenge at
goes live today!
This was an amazing challenge!

My project title is "High Roller" and that's our local landmark Ferris Wheel (Observation wheel).
 For the Arrow Challenge this week and theme of local landmark, I wanted to use a photo of our local landmark the High Roller. Looking at the photo, I knew I wanted to try circles as a design element to highlight all the circles in my photo. I found the sunburst background cut file at the Silhouette Design Store and thought the rays mimicked the cables on the wheel. So now, before I even started the page, I had a direction for the layout. 

When I cut the pattern on my Silhouette, I forgot to change the depth, and it didn't cut all the way through my paper. It was a happy accident though, because it led me to use an Exacto knife to cut out every other ray on the design. This gave me fewer rays to fill with punched circles and worked out better as far as how many colors I wanted to showcase. You can use 5 different sized circle punches to  punch out different Shimelle Starshine and True Stories papers. It was so fun to pick from the large variety of patterns you get in each color. Arrange them behind each ray. I used quick dry glue to adhere just a part of each circle and lifted up the edges for added dimension. 

I stitched around each sun ray that was backed with circles, and around the edge of the Starshine Mariner paper. Fold down the top portion of the blue patterned paper and  pick cut apart strips to add around your journaling block. The title in white glitter Thickers makes sure that the colors on the layout stand out and adds another texture and sparkle!

Did I forget about the arrows? No, I added arrows to point to the photo on the sun rays without the circles. You can add enamel shapes or any Starshine Embellishments you like in between rays. 
I added mine on the edges of the stitching to give more texture and interest to the layout.

Add a doily or other circular paper behind your photo and pop it up on dimensional foam. Then stitch underneath the title, and you have a completed page. 

I like to try to think of new ways to use my supplies, and I hope you enjoyed this variation on the sunburst design. What ways can you think of to use cut files other than they were intended? 

Happy crafting and Happy National Scrapbook Day Weekend! 

Artful Leigh