Hello all you WOYWWers.  Pop over to Julia’s for the desk hop, but go back a post to vote for your favourite new-look WOYWW badge.

My desk?  I mess, as ever.  I’ve been working hard to clear up months and months of shoving stuff to the side, or piling things up on the floor (indeed, any flat surface) and am feeling the relief and anticipation of a clean workdesk.

Mostly what is left is the debris from Monday’s post re: the altered mahoosive playing cards.  SO much fun, I am fighting the urge to jump right to a new one.  But I won’t.  I’m sticking to one per week so I can make it last the year and allow new ideas and new techniques to get tested.  I find something I want to try EVERY DAY and am determined this project will enrich my crafting, but it won’t do that if I just push on, using the same old tried and true techniques.

Another little something to share – at the crop last week it was mentioned that there is SO much going on over on UKS.  One of my favourite things is Leo’s Simple Recipes.  It really is the whole enchilada, as we say.  It’s a colour set, a sketch, a counterfeit kit idea and sample layout all in one.  But that isn’t all – one layout appears on the first Tuesday – and that could be with a use-your-stash focus or a new product focus, depending on who’s doing the layout, and then the third Tuesday, an alternate layout using the same recipe.  I got to do the second layout this month (as Darling Julia will recognize because I dithered over it at the crop for AGES) and am pleased with it.  I’m usually not a sketch person.  I recently got Page Maps (used from the Marketplace and a bargain) thinking I might give sketches a go.  Really all I ever seem to take from them is photo placement.  I find without a kick up the rear I will fall back on tried and true placement and that gets boring.  So maybe I’ll find I like using a sketch, even if it is only for where the photos should go. I did follow Leo’s sketch with this one and it didn’t hurt to do so at all!

Anyway, here is the layout.  Some of the supplies are so old, but I am happy to use stuff up.  And seriously, clearing up in my room has reinforced the knowledge that I do not need to buy a single thing other than adhesives to keep creating pages till my deathbed!

Between the Simple Recpies, the UKS Art Journey, Shim’s new class, Cal’s Thursday Techniques, and SNAP:2012 (photography challenge) I don’t know what to take on next.  Thankfully there is no pressure, and no need to get manic about it (although there is a challenge to do one of each thing to get your name in the hat to win a Daylight light, it’s just for January, then everyone can slow right down) which is just how I like it.

Have some car stuff to sort out today, then DD gets her new leg brace made tomorrow and other boring stuff, during which I will ensure my wallet is clutched in my hot little hand the entire time. 🙂

26 thoughts on “WOYWW 137

  1. Ohh your desk is exciting, looked at some of your other creations too I loved the valentines card, I feel good when i use up ‘stuff’ from my stash, and then i feel like i am not too naughty if i do buy something else, its also great when you have a good clean and find things you forgot you had. I love your scrapbook page. Lou x#94

  2. I think we are all guilty of having enough stash to craft for ever, but so many lovely new things keep coming out to tempt us don’t they? Love your LO. The colours are lovely with that beautiful photo.
    I’ve switched to Chrome which seems to have fixed the comments problems…touch wood!!
    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs Lisax #101

  3. Very pretty layout. I like what you have done on the card as well. Hopefully, blogger/google will settle down shortly.

  4. Pretty layout! Your desk has some great things to play with.

  5. Great photo – happy WOYWW – sending prayers to your daughter! 🙂


  6. I love the layout! The colors are wonderful!

    Happy WOYWW (on Thursday!)
    Katie #16

  7. Your layout is excellent and it is extra great in that you are using up some stash. I like you have things from yeeeeaaaars ago. Unlike you I’m not quite ready to not buy more than adhesive, but truly except for that and black brads (I’m out) I needn’t buy another thing and could craft this lifetime away. Anyway, good to visit your desk and I say it is a creative mess, not a disaster mess and that makes all the difference.

  8. Its great to have a clear out isn’t it? I love starting with a fresh table. I really like the layout and in particular that gorgeous rose trim. I shall head over to UKS to find out more.

  9. The colours in you page are beautiful and all that detail , I just love it. I think I’ll try and keep your words in my mind next time I feel the urge to splurge. ” I only need to buy adhesive ” Thanks for the peek , have a great week

  10. Oh you’ve taken a lot on! I like your self control with the playing cards…well done you!! It’s still a lovely LO, and all the better for using up stash…I think we might have to say that the gal that dies with the least stash left is the winner!!!

  11. spring cleaning always reveals hidden treasure – and then we get to use it. Happy Crafting XX Sharne ( Fresh as a Daisy)

  12. A nice busy desk! Love your LO

  13. love the idea of the altered cards and had a quick peek. very good. love the Jack too. desk nice and tidy now. good for you for using up old stuff and not buying new

  14. Love the layout!
    Happy WOYWW Aeryn (15)

  15. Blimey, that’s a load of swaps and challenges to keep up with! Good for you. I’m with you on the recycling. When I did the big shed sort out last ŷears, it was great to give loads of boxes to local schools. Stuff I’ve had and never used for zillions of years, so now I have pared it back to what I like and ditched the tut I know I’ll never get round to using or few out of…you can grow out of your supplies can’t you….hmmmm I do wonder why I bought some stuff at times.

  16. im trying really hard as well not to buy new stuff, i have so much as well, great layout by the way

    thanks for the snoop

    judie xx

  17. Good for you using all your stash and doing a clean up – I must attack mine too – loving that pink on your LO and the UKS ideas sound great!!! Thanks for sharing with WOYWW? today! Sarah at 4.

  18. great layout and love the playing card project that you are doing, really tempted to give it a go myself. Becky#45 x

  19. I made a new years resolution to use up some stash before buying more. I can’t justify buying more right now. Have a great week and thanks for sharing! Vickie #33

  20. Thank you for sharing a bit of your world with us WOYWWers this morning! I hope you have a wonderful week.
    Neil # 34

  21. Love the layout, and yes the need to clear up is great, especially in my place!
    Have a very happy woyww day
    Jennie #5

  22. Love that your working hard to use up stash, we all could take a lesson from that! Don’t you love it when you’re digging through and you come across some great item that you forgot you found/purchased/were gifted and get all excited to use it!! Happy WOYWW #23 ~Robin Panzer Art Studio 33

  23. Love the look of the pre inky mess , that’s my kind of mess! Happy woyww hugs trace x no9

  24. I think its that time of year… you look at all the stuff you already have and feel the need to purge before CHA makes you want to go and buy a heap more!!

  25. I have to agree. I’m recycling and using up my stash of everything this year. Although I don’t scrapbook, I know what you mean by having enough stash to last a lifetime. Happy WOYWW from #1.

  26. gosh you have been busy but the desk tidy will be well worth it.Im sure like me youve forgotten the stash you had until you come to good old clear out.Have fun love the layout!
    hugs judex14

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