Monday, March 6, 2017

Scrapbooking finishes in February 2017

Art journal finish in February 2017

Fun with inks and a white crayon for a great resist technique.

Sewing finish in February 2017

Knitting finishes in February 2017

2017 Craft Space Organization . . . the final challenge . . . #10


Many of us have fallen victim to the lure of scrapbook swaps among local and online groups. All the hours, material, creativity, and postage costs make these items difficult to purge. But let's face it...not everything is YOUR style, you are NEVER going to use some of them. It's time to make S.P.A.C.E.

SORT: Keep only what you love.  If the colour or style do not make you smile, it must go.  Keep only what is significant to you - don't keep the soccer page swap items if your kids are into hockey and dance.  Sort into: KEEP, TRASH, SELL, DONATE

PURGE: Pack up the DONATE pile and give it to a beginner scrapbook who might appreciate these items.  Throw out the TRASH pile.  Bag up and assign a price and your initials to the SELL items and put them directly into the garage sale box.

ASSIGN: sort your KEEP items into categories, theme, holiday, colour, whatever makes sense to you.  

CONTAINERIZE: Store your keepers in page protectors by theme in binders, or get them into giant ziplocs to create page kits for your next cropping session.

EQUALIZE: next time a swap arrives in the mail, take a few minutes to toss or give away what you know you'll never use, create a page kit for your next cropping session, or put in a page protector in your swap binder for storage.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

2017 Craft Space Organization Challenge # 9 . . . Inspiration

Inspiration for scrapbook pages is everywhere - how best to organize it so that it's actually USEFUL?

Image result for scrapbooking magazines

First consider cutting up your magazines and idea books, and only saving the ideas that you really plan to use. Magazines and idea books only sit on you shelves, they aren't really useful. It can take hours to go through your books to find the one layout you remember. Having your ideas in a condensed form, arranged in a way that makes sense to you is much more effective.  If you are able to cut up your magazines, here are some ideas for arranging them:
  • theme (holidays, birthday, babies, pets, travel etc)
  • number of photos used in the layout
  • journaling ideas
  • colours
  • quotes
  • techniques

Now that you've decided how to arrange them, where to store them?  A few ideas:
  • a composition book or some other kind of sketchbook: you can sketch in here and adhere page ideas into it It's also portable, so you can take it with you to crops!  
  • an index card box: adhere your ideas to index cards
  • idea file folders. Place your ideas inside file folders and label the index tab.  Store in a portable file box.  Add categories as needed.
·       binder with page protectors: tuck clippings into the page protectors

Okay,  you have decided you are NOT cutting up your magazines. 

SORT: Make sure that the magazines and books are still relevant to you. If you are holding onto magazines more than a year or two old, REALLY make sure they still interest you. Sort them into piles: KEEP, DONATE, SELL, TOSS

PURGE: Trash the TOSS pile.  Arrange immediate drop-off or pick-up of the DONATE pile. Bag up and assign a price and your initials to the SELL pile.

ASSIGN: sort your magazines/books by title/date of issue, and consider storing your books and magazines down low due to their weight.

CONTAINERIZE: store in boxes or magazine holders.

EQUALIZE: Consider getting varied colours of post-it flags, and setting up categories for ideas. Each time you get a new book or magazine, flag the pages you like according to your system, s
o that you an easily see from the outside of your books which one might have an idea applicable to the project you are working on.

Only one week left . . . how's your space looking now?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Don't miss Caught in the Net at the Princess Ave. Theatre

You'll be rolling with laughter during Caught in the Net!
Directed by Mary Anne Ciuciura

The Play

Caught in the Net is written by Ray Cooney, considered by many in the theatre world as The Master of Farce.

In Caught in the Net, John Smith has been happily married to two wives for 18 years. Of course, the two women don’t know about each other. Barbara and her 16-year-old son, Gavin, live in Streatham and Mary and her 15-year-old daughter, Vicki, live in Wimbledon.

One day Gavin and Vicki meet while surfing online and they are amazed by all the coincidences between their fathers.  Both are named John, aged 43, and are taxi drivers. What are the chances of all those similarities in two different fathers? Right? Of course, Vicki invites Gavin for tea.

When John finds out that Gavin is coming to tea he spends the next two hours attempting to stop the inevitable meeting. His friend and lodger, Stanley, who is not really the brightest, could be John’s saviour . . . or not.

And so the farce begins.

The set envisioned and created by ETG’s volunteers blends two apartments into one stage with plenty of stairs to run up and down and lots of doors to slam in true farcial tradition.

The Cast

John Smith is played by Jason Freeman.  Jason’s most recent role was Lawrence and Liam in ETG’s Calendar Girls.

Mary Smith is played by Phyllis Leighton. Phyllis’ last role was as Mrs. Potiphar, in Joseph & the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat with the Kincardine Theatre Guild

Barbara Smith is played by Ronda Stewart. In 2016, Ronda enjoyed her role as Elaine in Calendar Girls and March Hare in the British Panto of Alice in Wonderland.

Stanley Gardner is played by Timothy Hedden. Tim has graced the ETG stage numerous times over the years, most recently played the orphan sister Brandy in the British pantomime Alice in Wonderland and Tom Shaw in Ned Durango.

Stanley’s dad is played by John Palmer. John will keep you in stitches with his wonderful character’s silly antics.

The Smith children are played by Kaitlyn Stollery and Chris Trottier.


Tickets are available online at or in person at Simply Pure Water, 123 Wellington Street in St. Thomas.

The show runs from February 23 to March 5 with evening performances at 8 pm and Sunday matinees at 2 pm.  Preview night is Thursday, February 23rd and tickets for this night only are $12 each. Tickets for all other nights are $18.

For over 40 seasons, the Elgin Theatre Guild has been entertaining audiences with productions ranging from comedies to dramas. Run entirely by volunteers, the ETG produces four shows each year at the historic Princess Ave. Theatre which is located at 40 Princess Avenue in St. Thomas.