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I want to start off by saying I do not have green fingers. Or at least I wouldn’t know if I did because the closest I’ve come to any type of gardening is watering the plants when someone is away for a week. I love a cactus as much as the next person so I decided I wanted to plant some terrariums. I had a quick look on Pinterest and it looked pretty simple to me so I went to the garden centre to buy the materials.

I already had the glass vases and  had been using them for candles but decided to change it up. I bought the cacti and succulents  (between IKEA and my local garden centre. IKEA was considerable cheaper), soil and stones.

The process was pretty easy and enjoyable. I covered the table in plastic sheets (it was raining outside!!) and got to work. I put some white and some black stones in the bottom of the vases for the water to have somewhere to drain to. Next I added the soil almost to the top. The most difficult part was planting the cacti because there wasn’t a lot of room but I wanted to fit three in each vase. Once they were in, I put a few more stones on top to cover the soil and make it look better. 

I enjoyed it so much I decided to plant a larger succulent in a plant pot and some more in a wooden box that was supposed to be used for an indoor herb garden. I waited a while to write this post because I wanted to see if they’d survive…and they have! 

I love that cacti and succulents don’t require a lot of looking after. Any tips for easy to care for plants?

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1) Empty Raskog Cart,   2) Full Raskog cart,   3&4)  Bygel containers,   5) Washi tape and my Eiffel tower scissors,   6&7) Project Life kits,   8&9) Stamps, embellishments and Canon Selphy,   10&11) Paper punches, ink pads, stickers and project Life envelopes and page protectors,   12) Sticker collection.

I think it’s nearly a rule these days that if you have any interest in scrapbooking, and project life in particular, you have to buy a Raskog trolley for storage. Obviously it’s so popular because it works so well and I love it. I can move from room to room depending on where I want to work on my Project Life and just bring the trolley with me. I only wish I had one for upstairs and one for downstairs.

I have a lot of stuff so the trolley is pretty packed. At the minute I have enough room to keep my Canon Selphy on it too but I don’t think that will last much longer. Soon a new Project Life kit will convince me to buy it and I’ll have to find a way of hanging the Selphy off the trolley.

I use the Bygel containers for paper clips, sharpie markers, washi tape, scissors and glue. The top shelf is for Project Life cards and I’ve used washi tape and white card to make tabs to separate the kits. At the minute there’s some pink and yellow card separating some kits because I’m in the middle of making the rest of the tabbed laels. I like the idea of handwriting but a label maker would do the same job. I found the plastic containers for storing the cards quite cheap in Tesco and they fit perfectly.

I keep all of my stamps, some ink pads, embellishments and the Selphy on the second shelf.

On the third shelf I have a container for paper punches, some spare journaling cards and the rest of my ink collection. I have a small Project Life box from a Studio Calico monthly kit that I use to keep any tickets or memorabilia I want to add to my spreads. I also keep Project Life storage envelopes and page protectors on this shelf. Finally I have A4 project binders to store my stickers. One is used just for letters and numbers and the other is for all other stickers.

I don’t doubt that as my collect grows I will need more storage for Project Life than just this one trolley but until then it works perfectly and I enjoy moving and changing things around to make the most of the space. What way do you store your scrapbooking or Project Life material?

Memory Jar 2

I, like many people I’m sure, often lose entire evenings to Pinterest. It is absolutely addictive. I’m pretty much a Pinterest creep because I never actually pin anything, I just look at other people’s boards. I’m now vowing to pin my own projects as well ideas belonging to other people  that I’d like to try out.

One of those Pinterest dedicated nights I noticed lots of memory jar pins and my brother and friend mentioned them too. I think it’s a really good idea to write down all of the good things that happen in a year and keep them in a jar to be opened on New Years Eve. It’s really easy to forget the small things that make you smile throughout the year. I had a lot of fun preparing my memory jar. I sprayed the lid gold because it’s gold, duh! Do you need a reason to spray things gold? I used a project life card which I believe is from the Sunshine Edition by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman over at A Beautiful Mess but I could be wrong. I liked the idea of using this card because I felt it looks at all of the little moments individually . I then used number stamps to add ‘2014’ to the card and some washi tape to stick it onto the jar to finish it off. 

This year has started off well so I’ve already added some memories to it. I hope to see a lot more memories in it by the end of 2014.