I have new wheels!

Today I am showing you another fabulous product by Unique Laser Designs that you may not of seen yet.  Take a look at this puzzle box.   I just love that you can easily connect it together after embellishing each side.  It is so much easier to decorate compared to orking on a solid cube or block.

I decided to paint each side gold.   I plan to distress the edges and I wanted to colors to match the Tim Holtz paper I used.


Here are the pieces before I got started.
You can piece it all together & paint or take it apart.
I used gold paint to cover each side.
I love the wheels from Tim Holtz.



Hinges from Tim Holtz.



Tin Star & a Door Fixture on two of the sides.


I added one of the ULD mustaches as a layer to the Tim Holtz Ruler.


I love the variety of Gears from ULD.



the top view.


Gears and wheels.. I added a vintage key and a key from Tim Holtz.


Although the inside is empty and I glued it all shut.. it is really interesting to look at and everyone that sees it has to push it to see if it really moves.. & YES it does.. It is a conversation piece in any room .. and if you Love Unique Laser Designs and Tim Holtz you can now see how well the two go together.  So if you have wheels.. you need to order a box.  The best part is all of the screws went through the wood sides with out any problems.. so those wheels are meant to last.. even though I did add extra adhesive.  I hope you enjoyed seeing another side of Unique Laser Designs.. I love that their is finally a hollow box that makes using all of our embellishments so much easier & fun.

Unique Laser Designer & Fan

Stencil Storage

Stencils, Stencils, Stencils.. they are everywhere.. oh and don’t forget about the masks too.  I love them both.. but trying to find the perfect storage is driving me crazy.  I need a specific storage container, cabinet, or drawer for everything.  I like organizing my supplies and I like to think I find the best storage solutions for it all, but when it comes to my stencils I have issues.

Here’s the problem.  Stencils vary in sizes.. at first I had only the small ones, under the 6×6 size.   Well then I had to get the Tim Holtz, Wendy Vecchi, Prima, Dylusions, and other odd size stencils.  So what once worked as a perfect stencil storage, changed quickly and frequently.  I have to tell you when the 12×12 stencils came out.. I tried to not buy any, since I wanted to store my stencils together.  But of course they are too cute to pass up.  I have this awesome black cabinet full of drawers that held my stencils for a very short time.  Once I outgrew that cabinet,  I moved my stencils & masks into a huge drawer.. but I didn’t like the cabinet in my craft room, so I moved them again.  Then I had this metal basket that fits perfectly in my Ikea cart.. however the big stencils don’t fit the way I want.  So then I tried a basic basket and I hang the 12×12′s on a board I made.  This worked but the stencils are getting tight in there & if I have loose ones they tend to get tangled up in the basket and they sag.. so now I switched to a magazine organizer which seems to work great.












Well as of  right now it works.. until I get way too many and need to add another matching magazine container.  (which I already  have for back up)

Ok so once you find your storage container for your stencils.. next question.  Do you store them in the original package? Or do you take them out?  I try to store them in the original packaging so I can keep track of whose is whose.. plus it keeps them from getting tangled.  Once the packaging tears , I toss them.. maybe I should use a sharpie and label them all.

For your viewing pleasure, here are few different places I stored my stencils in the past.


some multiple sizes of stencils & masks

photo 1

Here is the basket I once used.

photo 2

View of the 12×12′s hanging & the old basket.

photo 3

previous solution, my cart and metal basket

photo 4

I originally used these drawers.

photo 5

loved the over-size drawer, just didn’t like the cabinet.. to picky!































Since I bored you with my stencil dilemma..  I think you deserve a prize.   Link up a photo of your current stencil storage solution.. the best solution will win this set of goodies.

  1.  6×6 Ronda Palazzari Mini Fancy Feathers stencil by TCW (The Crafters workshop)
  2. Balzer Bits Number Mask
  3. wood feather from Unique Laser Designs
  4. wood tag from Unique Laser Designs

best stencil storage wins this

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Where am I ?? Good question~

The snow has finally melted off of the top of our pool, now I know, Spring is on its way!    I love the changing of seasons!  I use that as a perfect time to make a few changes in my personal life and business life.

I am often asked, “Where are you working now?  Where are you teaching?  Who are you working for?”  Then I have to ask myself.. Really? Where am I? 

Coincidently I just updated my “working” resume and my “craft” resume.  I am surprised how often changes are made to the craft resume.  Mainly just adding new locations or changing the dates of past design team terms.  However, when I answer those questions about where I am, most of the time the answers are the same.

I am still the Paper Craft Instructor at the Kenosha Hobby Lobby, in fact I have been there since 2009.   I still have my ties to the Kenosha Public Museum, area schools, the country club, and stores.  But most of the time I am teaching in my home studio and classroom.  I have a few proposals on the table for a few other locations to start teaching at.. but that’s on hold till we finalize the details.  I am still a Close To My Heart consultant and of course the owner of my Scrap It Girl business.  I am a full-time paper craft instructor, designer, and retailer.

My classes range from Scrapbooking, Card Making, Tool & Technique classes, Cricut Classes, Kids Crafts, Home/Holiday Décor,  Mixed Media and Altered Art.   I teach about 2-5 classes per week, but every week is different.  I am currently scheduling myself at the Kenosha Hobby Lobby 2 times per month and 2 times per month at other locations.  The rest of the classes will be in my home studio.    Another huge question I get is.. how do I find out about your classes?  Easy answer.. just ask me, message me, or call me.   My class schedule, info, price, and additional info, is emailed out once a week.   I do have a class every Tuesday at 9:30-11:30 a.m and 5:30-7:30 p.m.   I usually have Kids Classes on Friday’s.  My private classes are all over the place, same with group events.  But I am available to teach pretty much any day or time of the week, as long as you let me know in advance.  This is my full-time job, so I try to meet with you according to your schedule.  I also have women that schedule private classes for groups of their friends.  I have had bridal shower parties come in and make what they need for a brides wedding, a baby shower class, and even a graduation party.  I can either help with the ideas of planning, decorating, or maybe just renting out my tables and party props.   I also make party invites, decorations, and help set up.

Here are just a few pictures of recent happenings…


Ask Chicagoland Scrapbooker Magazine, My Ask CS article.

Ask Chicagoland Scrapbooker Magazine, My Ask CS article.

Another Girl Scout troop earns an arts & craft badge from my classes.

Another Girl Scout troop earns an arts & craft badge from my classes.

I make custom party props from wood. Order your props from me for your next event.

I make custom party props from wood. Order your props from me for your next event.

Getting ready for a new sink and countertops this summer. This is the painting/wet bar area, in my studio.

Getting ready for a new sink and countertops this summer. This is the painting/wet bar area, in my studio.


Card Class for 25 Kindergarten Students @ a local school.


One of my classes made front page news.

































Between teaching, kitting, designing, and blogging about classes, I also take classes. I know how important it is to stay up to date with the newest tools, brands, and collections.
If you are ever in my area and want to stop by to see my studio give me a quick call.

If you are interested in following me elsewhere you can find me here.

Design Team Calls Website
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ScrapChallenge Website
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Scrap It Girl Facebook
Unique Laser Designs, Design Team Coordinator & Designer


Now you know where I am today.. let’s wait to see where I am tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping by!
Scrap It Girl, Kimberly

Tags & Bags April Challenge

Welcome to our new Challenge for the month of April.  This month we want to put some of our bags and tags to use.  You can use both or just one.   You can create a layout, card, altered art project, mini album or even a holiday project.. whatever you want as long as you use bags or tags.. or even both~

Our March Challenge winner is #19 Laura Turcotte & our winner for the February challenge was #18 Catherine.. please use our contact page to send me your address and info so we can send you the monthly prize along with your winning badge to add to your blog.

Amanda is our Host this month, thank you Amanda for this awesome prize package.  Stop by her blog to see some of her recent posts and projects.


Our April Host

Here is what the winner for our April Challenge will receive.


April Prize Package









Here is a look at what my design team did with bags and or tags.

Time to link up your projects using bags and tags.

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