A Whole Lotta Stuff

I had a crazy crazy weekend! Here's a looooooooooong recap:

Scrappy Sale & Feeding Our Community
First the Divine Desert Divas had our second “Stamp and Scrap” Sale on Friday and Saturday. I went through my room TWICE pulling out all kinds of things I have not touched in a year or longer. My room is a little cleaner but my garage is a mess because I had to bring whatever didn't sell back to my house. I bought a bunch of stuff but sold even more. It was a HUGE success!! You are welcome to come shop or sell–just go to the Divine Desert Divas blog to sign up for our newsletter to find out when we're doing our next sale. Let's just say we made well over a couple thousand dollars. Yeah. I said THOUSAND!

We also collected canned food for Victor Valley Christian Church's Food Bank as part of the Fiskateers' and Scrapbook Royalty's “Feed Our Communities” Food Drive this past weekend. I helped collect 180 items of food over the last two weeks!! WOOHOO!! I just had Xaver and Katie count them. Check out this pile in my front room:

I am taking it all to the food bank later this week ;) I am sure they need it and this will help alot of hungry families. Thank you to everyone for your generosity.

Twenty Pages In A Day

On Sunday I headed over to Pink Pineapple Scrapbooks to teach the last installment of “Twenty Pages In One Day”. We had a blast!! Always a fun day at Pink. One of the Divine Desert Divas came to the class to assist so that was fun as well–she would not let me take her photo! LOL

I am going to teach this class ONE LAST TIME at my house this summer. Keep an eye out for that announcement. I am thinking we'll do Carne Asada or Pulled Pork for lunch — yum yum! I am also planning to have an extra kit with more pages available for purchase that day as well.

Due to popular demand, I will be teaching a second “Twenty Pages” class later this year with a whole new set of pages and products. This last time the focus was on Prima and next time it will be something totally different. I know the class fee is alot in these times but you really do get alot for your money– 2 chipboard alphas, 1 felt alphas, rubons, a stamp and journal spot set plus all the goodies for all the pages. It cost me well over $300 just to buy all the stuff to make the SAMPLE! Yikes! I love this class because I can offer alot for the money and I get my own pages done too. So I hope you will consider joining me either at my house for the last installment of this class or in the fall for the new version—or both!

Scrap Room Under Construction

While I was gone Xaver put more lights in my scrap room! I loved my track lights but with summer coming it was getting mighty hot in my scrap room every afternoon. I cant' afford to run the AC all the time so we looked at fans last week while we were at Home Depot for something else. I got a 52″ Hampton Bay fan with light for $34 on clearance!! WOOOHOO! Xaver put that in on Friday but my room was too dark for scrapping. So last night he put in 4 can lights. I LOVE it!

I'm Hosting!

I'm hosting a challenge over on the Bind It All Blog so please be sure to check it out. You can win some great stuff too and maybe get a gift made for dad in the process. Here's a little “dad” project I came up with for Xaver to use at work:

Dad’s Memo Board

My husband works in an office and he has surrounded himself with photos of our children, stuck to the wall with tape and thumbtacks. He really needs a nicer place to keep our kids! I created a “manly” memo board for him to hang at his desk with a photo of the kids.

He can also put photos or notes on the post it note pad or little corkboard section of the memo center. I also added some scrap o-wires across the bottom for him to hang keys and lanyards for his ID badges.

After binding several books I am usually left with odd piece of o-wires so this project is a perfect use for all those “scraps”. I used a nice sturdy piece of Zutter’s Clipboard Wood Covers to mount the project on—it will hold up to all the man-handling it will get hanging on my husband’s wall at work.



O-Wires, Clipboard Wood – Zutter

Paper – Close to My Heart

Cardstock – Bazzill

Cork – Unknown

Sticky Notes – Kirkland/Costco

Stick Pins – Staples

Waxy Twine – hydrangeahippo.etsy.com

Ink – Colorbox Chalk

Photo – Gypsy Isle Photography



1. Cut paper to the size of the clipboard wood and cover both sides. Ink all edges. Cut a piece of black to 1” smaller than the clipboard wood on all sides and adhere to the board.

2. Using the Bind It All, punch binding holes across the bottom of the board.

3. Adhere the cork board and sticky notepad to the cardstock.

4. Add a 3” square photo above the notepad.

5. Insert o-wires into the holes on the bottom of the board. Bend them closed slightly by hand.

6. Punch two holes in each of the upper corners of the board using the Bind It All. Use the holes printed on the top of the machine as a guide to only slide the board far enough in so that the machine will only cut two holes.

7. Tie waxy twine through each of the holes on the top of the board to form a hanger.

That's wayyyy more than enough for today. Catch you all later!


Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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6 thoughts on “A Whole Lotta Stuff

  1. no kidding about being busy huh?? That class twenty pages is so rad – I just didn’t think I could sit still!!! Ha!!! Can’t wait tower the results of the scrap room!!! See you soon!!

    Posted on June 16, 2009 at 2:22 am
  2. I read your blog & I get tired…lol!!! You always have sooooo much going on.

    Posted on June 16, 2009 at 3:16 am
  3. Hi Jennifer!!! Your twenty pages class is soooo worth it and I highly recommend it to everyone. I hope you do it again because I plan on doing it! :-P

    Posted on June 16, 2009 at 3:30 am
  4. Hanging keys & whatnot off the coils is brilliant!! -Way to think outside the box! :D


    Posted on June 16, 2009 at 3:50 am
  5. Hey Jen,
    It was so nice to see you on Sunday…You did a really great job making everyone feel so comfurtable at your class…you are a great teacher…untill next tme…LOl gloria

    Posted on June 16, 2009 at 5:09 am
  6. Busy Busy girl – I SOOOOO want to take that 20 pages class – I may have to spring for a sitter that day or maybe wait until installment 2 if Mike is back by then!!!

    Ok so I had the same idea to do a cork/magnetic board with the O wires as a place to gather notes and keys and such – maybe you are finally rubbing off on me:)

    And Thirdly – I was surprise to see you didn’t alter the fan blades!!! I guess I know what you’ll be doing this weekend:) LOL!!

    Posted on June 18, 2009 at 4:02 am