A Few of My Favorite Things in 2019!

I must admit that as a crafter of over 3 decades it is challenging to find new products that blow me away. My 2019 list of My Favorite Things are not all new things to the craft industry. The items I have listed are currently my “go to” things this year. Most are new, but not all and there is one that might surprise you! Here is the direct links to each item. To see them up close, in action and more information please check out the video I created for you!

The List!

Rinse Well The most go to thing on my desk to clean my brushes!

Ultra Mod Podge This is a multi-purpose medium! It is a glue, sealer and can be used to paint pour. I like it because I can use it as traditional Mod Podge and get no brush stroke marks.

Dina Wakley Media Journal The paper in this little journal is amazing! It is super absorbent with wonderful texture and thickness.

Make Art Station I think it is the magnets that set this apart for me. They don’t pinch!

Simon Hurley Stamps Not only are these super cute, but they also can work with other sets in his line.

Archival Mini Ink Pads The best waterproof ink pads around and in the perfect size for my over crowded craft room (my real estate in my studio is super valuable!)

Dome Ink Blenders Not only do they leave no harsh lines I like them better than blender brushes. They are cheap and can be used with a multitude of handles.

Catherine Pooler Mini Ink Pads Once again the size is what gets me! Take the best colored ink around and put them in an easy to store container. You will want the refills for these!

Etchall Stencil Spray I like this better than the trending Pixi spray because I can actually find it and it’s not sold out. I have been using this for years!

Tri-Blend Markers I appreciate that this solves all my shading questions in one marker! No longer trying to match and buy three markers. Tri Blends take the guess work out of it.

I hope you enjoyed this year’s list! Now, I want to know…what are your favorites for 2019? Tell me in the comments!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

10 Things Beginner Runners Need

Crafter Gone Runner

In August of 2019 I decided that I wanted to change up my exercise routine and start running. The reason I decided to run is quite simple –I was told I can’t. I have hip dysplasia and was over weight — not a good combo for running. Well, I am that person in which when I am told I can’t do something I set off to do it. That is exactly what I did! I started to run and documented it along with my health and wellness journey on my Instagrm account,  Scrappy Betz to hold myself accountable. A lot of people started following along and requested this article — What Beginner Runners Need.

The List!

Here are my ten tried and true must haves for running. This is not a sponsored post and everything (with the exception of the Sudio Ear Buds — which are the BEST) I purchased on my own. I stand behind this 110%!

Puma Sunglasses

I run in the sunny state of Arizona. Sunglasses are a staple in my car, wardrobe, purse and anywhere else I can stash them. I learned quickly that the glasses I wore everyday were not good for running. After researching different options I found these at Costco for $29! I love them and didn’t break the bank purchasing them.

A Cute Hat

A pony tail works and so does a thick sweat band, but I prefer a hat because it protects me from the sun and I don”t have to worry about my hair being cute. Tiny Trucker Co has my favorite hats!

A Little Motivation

I never realized how important self talk is when running. I love motivational quotes and images from this store. I am a closet comic book nerd, so I find a great deal of encouragement and joy when I see my magnet on my refrigerator everyday.

A Sassy Sweatshirt

I run in the morning and it is chilly, so a sweatshirt is a must. You could use any sweatshirt, but I love mine from SheShow because when I get to hot I tie it around my waste so the sass is on my butt! If you do order make sure you size one to two sizes larger than you think you wear. These run a little small.

A Sports Bra

The most terrifying running experience I have ever had was not on my run, but after trying to take off a sports bra! I thought I was going to strangle myself or rip a boob off. The ones that give me the best support and are easy to get off are by Under Armour. I take any padding out too! Otherwise it slips around and makes your boobs look weird.

My daughter and I at our first 5K!

A Good Pair of Running Shoes

This is probably the most important thing on the list — what you run in! I am embarrassed to say that when I first started running in August my shoes were over 15 years old. I was tripping and realized the soles were falling off the bottom. I went to my local run shop — Tortoise & Hare Footware . They watched me walk and scanned my foot for the perfect size and fit. I immediately started running better and my time improved. Plus, I was no longer sore. A good pair of running shoes is a must!

Socks!

I did not discover the importance of socks until a few weeks ago. Occasionally, I would get blisters. Come to find out it was my sock that were the culprit. When I was shopping for running shoes for my daughter, the sales rep told us about SwiftWick socks. The store had a sale of by three get one free. They are a bit pricey, but I bought four pairs. They are amazing! It is important that you get the right size for your foot because they have compression in them and that needs to be in the right spot.

Wireless Earbuds

Anyone else have a hard time finding good earbuds? Sound quality, comfort and range are important to me. I really like Sudio! With its wireless design, minimalistic charging case, and microphones on both sides, Tolv is the perfect match for any adventure. The sophisticated earbuds hold 7 hours of battery life while the portable case offers 4 additional charges for an astounding 6 days of standby life. Tolv introduces a new graphene driver for intense and clear sound quality. It also features the latest Bluetooth 5.0 technology compatible with IOS and Android, and up to 15 meters of range.

Athletic Bottoms

Nothing is more annoying than a crappy pair of athletic bottoms that itch an cause rashes. I have sensitive skin and most material that is skin tight leaves me a rashy itchy mess. I was watching the news one morning and RBX came on boasting about their amazing workout clothes at affordable prices. They were offering a great sale, so I ordered a pair. When they arrived I noticed they were not only buttery soft, but they fit great! Like my bum looks amazing in them. I promptly ordered more.

A Stamp Set

Last but not least, every crafty runner probably would love a runner stamp set. I really have no practical purpose for this other than I like it. I wanted it and I bought it. It is part of the Lovely Legs Line by Colorado Stamps.

Now Go Run!

I never imagined that I would end up enjoying running. I still am as slow as a turtle and have a long way to go, but I am loving every minute of it. My daughter has joined me in my 5K and my youngest is doing his first next month.

Until next time – Happy Crafting!

Vacation Layouts

Do you know what is frustrtating? Thinking that you are done with a series of pictures to scap and finding ONE more. I thought as I concluded with these last pages I was done, but nope. There is another photo that needs to be scrapped. It is an epic photo too! So, as much as I want to say I am done I can’t just yet. Regardless, here are three vacation layouts I want to share with you.

Very little journaling is needed on all my pages for vacation, so I keep it pretty simple!

To create more interest on this page I ran the stars I had die cut through with an embossing folder and ran an ink pad in the same color darker shade over the top. Gems were randomly placed to finish off the page.

This banner was so fun to make! I may have taken these pictures just so I could create this ice cream themed page.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Back to School Albums

Last year was tough completing the very last page for my son’s school album because he was graduating. This year has proven no easier. It is my daughter’s last year of high school and she will be leaving home in the fall for college. My youngest has four more years of school left, but it will go by so quick.

Layouts

There was lots of left over Harry Potter paper and I decided to use it for this year’s back to school pages. This is the first year that I did not use a sketch much less the same design on each layout.

By mating each piece of pattern paper and picture with black cardstock it gave the layout a cohesive look that is not so busy. The multitude of patterns allows for little embellishment which is a good thing for these types of albums.

The Inline Alphabet stamp set from Close to My Heart is perfect for school layouts!

Walk Thru

I took a little stroll down memory lane by sharing a walk thru of her album. Not only has she grown, but so has the trees she stood in front of yearly and the car behind her is not the family car. It is her car.

https://youtu.be/3RfOCG2zLJA

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Halloween Hop with Cut Cardstock

I am honored to be part of my first blog hop with Cut Cardstock. Have you heard of this awesome company? They carry an extensive selection of not only cardstock, but also other paper crafting basics at a great price. I discovered them through my friend Hannah and have been hooked ever since!

Hop Details

Cut Cardstock is giving away a $40 gift card to their shop to one lucky winner. To be entered to win make sure you comment on each post on the hop and consider following each designer. I will provide a list of all the hop stops at the end of this post 🙂

Cardstock Based Mini Album

I got a little carried away with my hop project. This little mini album has been rolling around in my head for months.

I was taking pictures of each step on how to create this interactive album, but I decided a video tutorial would be better.

The inside of the album after I got it decorated!

Each pocket holds an insert and more can be added as needed!

The corner pieces have three pop dots holding them down so pictures can easily be slid behind them.

Tags were created with leftover paper.

A couple close ups of the binding I created with cardstock:

To see the album in action, a complete walk thru and other supplies I used to create it check out this video:

I hope you enjoyed my Halloween project and found the tutorial on how to create the mini album useful! I am going to give this album away on my Instagram account once I hit 5K followers.

Now it’s time to hop! Your next spot is:

Heidi Randazzo

Home Spun Christmas Card

The sweet little icons on the Christmas stamp set from the CTMH bundle I have been working out of are so cute, but nothing to me is more iconic than Christmas trees.

How to Make It

Select two different shades of green and stamp the trees alternating between the two. Use kraft paper as your base to give it that home spun feel. Bazzil dot card stock is a wonderful card front that compliments the images. Use a circle that you die cut from the card front for the sentiment. Simply swipe your lighter ink over it and stamp it with the darker. To finish the card add a few Nuvo Drops.

To add a little more dimension use pop dots to adhere the card front to the base.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Black and Gold Cheer

The star icon from the CTMH bundle caught my eye. I knew I wanted to create an elegant gold card featuring it.

How It Came Together

This card is also extremely easy to create. Just swap a white card base out for a black one. Emboss gold stars and add a gem to the center of each. Use the same gold embossing powder for the sentiment on black paper and back it with a little pattern paper. The gold paper is from an 8.5 by 11 inch paper pack I found on sale.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!