The never ending Christmas stash!

Good Wednesday! I’m a few days late with my post but I’ve been having a tiring cold which kept me in bed (or on the couch to be honest) the past few days. I’m feeling a bit better today and less tired so I should be back on track pretty soon although I sound like an old whiskey drinking hungover smoker when I talk.

Anyway, apparently I’ve put my chipboard ice creams for our challenge someplace very, very safe… I’m not really sure where this safe place is sooo… I will have to find that out and make something pretty, I know I started playing with them a while ago so they shouldn’t be that far away, right?

I’m still working on using up my stash and even after weeks of crafting I see no end of it, at least not of the things I want to use or get rid of, what a big surprise huh? Every time I try to use some of my forgotten items I just end up youtubing and making something else or finding new things I _clearly_ need in order to be able to make just about anything ever again. How did I even manage to get here without them? If I happen to actually use any of my stashed away stuff it feels like I’ve made the tiniest of tiny dents in the stash, so small you can barely see it. Bah!

New strategy!
I decided to take a look at my Christmas stash as it contains old, so very old, things from the stone age of my scrapbooking life. I feel like an archaeologist every time I open the Christmas box and I just sigh while finding relic after relic… However this stash is somewhat limited and it’s very possible to actually make a difference! I realize I do have a very very long way to go and when I’m done I’ll probably have all my Christmas cards covered for the next decade or two.
Anyway, I’ve made a bunch of simple cards using up some scraps and a few 12 x 12 paper, some embellishments and colored card bases I still wonder why i got in the first place. I’ve also used some stamps and dies I haven’t used much, great success!

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I’m not sure why but I just fell for this patterned paper at a sale a few years ago, I guess it was close to my kraft hunting era when I basically just bought anything kraft I could find. The wooden embellishments were a gift from my mom from her trip to Berlin. There were a few different figures; 9 elves and 9 snowmen. I cut out the label behind in three different colors; green, brown and red and I got to use up some of my twine.

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I’ve had a bunch of buttons/plastic items in my Christmas stash since forever and they annoy me every time, I simply don’t know how to use them! At one point I started to cut of the loop on the back to make them flat and easier to use but I ended up leaving them in my stash a few more years, until now! Finally! I even threw two of them away. Useless! For these cards (I made a bunch, all different) I used some scraps (yay!) and some sort of twine I slightly regret buying, and (!) more of my red and green card bases, I even used a few brown and gray!

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This is a stamp I got on sale this winter I believe, I’m happy to use it as it is quite new and very pretty! From Stamping Bella! I colored her with my distress inks (good practice), some wink of stella and stickles for a glittery touch! The red frame is actually one of my 12×12 papers I never use and the card base is slightly structured and not one of my favorites (only had about five left or so), so yay for getting to use them too!

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Last but not least, and maybe one of my favorites, using a fantastic snowflake die from Memory box which I haven’t got to use until now. I also got to use some more colored card bases and my scripty Christmas stamp from Lawn Fawn.
I cut a bunch of white cardstock pieces to use with the die and added different fancy/colored paper (mostly scraps) behind, it’s hard to see in this picture but there’s red glitter in the background! Parthey!

So, anyone fancy some Christmas cards?

CAS birthday cards

I made a few quick and easy birthday cards a few days ago using distress inks, stamps, dies and some sequins. I think the most time consuming part was to decide on which colors to combine and what sentiment/die to use.

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I made a bunch of these or similar ones with different color combinations while I was at it, some thank you cards but most of them for birthdays or other occasions that require a congrats!

The color strokes are stamped using the stamp set “Color Wash” by Pink Paislee. The dies are from Lawn Fawn and Mama Elephant.

DIY Embellishments – dimensional die cuts

Good Sunday evening! Today I thought I’d write a shortie and give you a DIY post of an idea I got from Jennie (of course) about how to give your die cut sentiments some more dimension.
Instead of cutting your foam squares into tiny little pieces which get stuck everywhere and require at lease one tweezer to even get a grip of, simply cut out the same die a few more times and glue them all together.

Depending on how thick your selected paper is and what result you are looking for, I use about 3-6 cut outs. You can really just glue on one at the time and stop whenever you want.
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Try to add just about enough glue on each piece, don’t use a glue that dries super quick, it’s quite tricky to get the pieces to stack up properly sometimes. If you happen to get some excess glue outside I just scrape it off with my tweezer or a tooth pick (my new favorite tool).
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Try to squeeze the pieces together before you add the next one, I found it easier to stack them all neat and tidy if the layers got to dry up a bit under some pressure, you do want to make it look solid.
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Finish off by adding your top layer and if needed, add some pressure and leave to dry for a while.
As you can see the color of your stacks do matter and can be used as a nice detail or contrast.
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I just love doing this on all sentiment dies I use, it’s such an easy way to add dimension, plus the cut out gets really sturdy and less fragile. And it gives a very nice touch to it!
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I guess spray glue would be ideal for this, at least if you have very delicate dies. Of course this can be used for any die cuts and not just sentiments. If you add enough pressure and layers they actually feel similar to wood veneer. It’s a great way to use those scraps that are big enough to cut from.

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I’m sure this is nothing new but I thought I’d share it as I use it frequently myself and maybe you find some inspiration or ideas for using this technique too!

 

p.s. This post has also been published on stuckintheglue.com. Skip on over and have a look if you would like to have a look.

What not to bring to a crop *note to self*

So, it’s been a week since we went for a two day scrapbooking crop (well, two and a half for some of us) and we both happened to bring a tiny bit too much stuff this year. I can honestly not remember that I brought this much last year, but on the other hand we only went for one day and I think I was a bit more prepared with plans and stuff. PLANS!
Last year I had this album in mind for my new born niece, it was already planned with color schemes, sketches and themes for all 20 pages. So yeah, packing was easy.
This year, on the other hand, was certainly not planned or prepared at all. I’ve been crafting like crazy the few free weekends up until the crop, I had plenty of ideas and projects in mind which also affected my packing and (lack of) planning. I brought so much stuff that I couldn’t even carry it all by myself and asked my mother to drive me to the venue. I filled my largest suitcase (which I normally use for longer vacations), one messenger bag and two or three shopping bags. I even brought some things home after my first day (but brought some other things with me for the next due to some workshops and yeah, I don’t even know..). But on the other hand, I did write down all the things I never (or barely) used;

  • Guillotine cutter (I ended up sacrificing my fiskars cutter instead)
  • Sequins
  • Punches (brought like three, used none)
  • Stamped images to color (and some already colored)
  • Most of the twine
  • A lot of the dies (brought all, who knows what I might need?)
  • The selection of washi tapes
  • Embellishments such as pearl stickers, enamel dots and rhinestone stickers
  • Most of the card bases
  • Two of the three border punches
  • Almost all 50 promarkers (used some for one card)
  • All my wood veneer
  • Ink pads other than the black ones
  • Dylusions and other sprays (brought way too many, I used one or two)
  • Most of the selection of stamps

Things I should consider next year:

  • BRING LESS STUFF!
  • BRING LESS STUFF!
  • Do plan more, please!
  • Bring a blanket to cover everything at night
  • Bring a seat cushion
  • Use slippers and comfy clothes
  • Pack smart using bags on wheels
  • Don’t bring projects that heavily relies on the use of a heat gun unless you pick seats close to the heat gun station

To sum things up: I need to have a plan or some projects to focus on. Preferably in a box with all related paper, items, photos or whatever gathered.
If I don’t have any ongoing projects or ideas; find the challenge in bringing only a few items and focus on using them. I will probably buy stuff too, most likely way too much stuff so there will be no need to bring a whole bunch of paper “just in case”.
Leave embellishments at home, just finish any projects after the crop. It will also give me time to move on with a new project and look at the half finished ones later on with new eyes. For some people this seem to help avoid adding just a little bit too much.

I hope some of my babbling will help you (and my future self) make wise decisions before going to a crop, think twice about every item and make time to plan ahead. Don’t pack stuff “just in case” or “what if I get bored or run out of projects?”. You wont.
Even if you would miss something you can always finish the project at home, maybe borrow from someone else or even buy whatever needed (set your own limits, don’t buy anything you already have and find hard to use up. Be smart).
If you go with friends, tell each other what stuff you will bring to avoid ending up with several copies of the same tools, punches, stamps, dies or whatever you know you all have. If you plan to use something very much then I guess it would be a good idea to bring your own just to avoid getting stuck waiting.

Less is more (easy to carry).

Make use of your stashed away stash!

I have slowly moved the contents of my crafting closet into my kitchen, barricading my kitchen table, parts of my counter and floor. My kitchen looks more like a crafting room than a kitchen and I love it. It’s been like this for a few weeks and I can’t remember that I’ve ever gotten this much done. I think I’ve made about 20 cards each weekend since Easter. It’s crazy!

I have been thinking about sorting my stash and put some of the stuff I never use away to use when I craft with my cousins or give away. With this in mind I’ve been digging through parts of my stash I haven’t touched for years and found more or less interesting things. Some items have been moved to my “nah” box immediately and some have gotten a second chance, it’s now or never. I actually managed to find use for some of them! Great success!

At the early days of my scrapbooking era I have found and bought somewhat suspicious kits with (mostly) paper and some embellishments. A lot of things have been left in my stash unused since then but now, they have gotten their 15 minutes of fame and a chance to be moved or used.

So, today I thought I’d share these cards with hope of giving you some inspiration to do something similar with well hidden things in your stash! I am far from done with this but it feels great to be crafting again and to actually make use my stash.

These four cards are made of paper from one of those suspicious kits. I think I bought them just because of a wood mounted stamp that accompanied the paper. I put several sheets in the box immediately but thought that these were actually pretty and usable.

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The plan for this weekend was to prepare for the crop we are attending next weekend but I found a lot of other things to do instead, I guess I just want to save this very exciting task to the last minute and pack my stuff in panic, forgetting most of it and therefore give myself a reason to do “some” shopping.. I’m so unconsciously clever!

Anyway, I might just copy Jennies list (this year too) and buy the rest!

p.s. This post has also been published on stuckintheglue.com. Skip on over and have a look if you would like to have a look.

Storage Sunday – How to store adhesives

Oh it’s been a while! I think both me and Jennie have been busy and caught up in our personal lives but now we’re back! Today I’m going to share how to store adhesives in a somewhat messy way, just like I use to, hehe.

I’ve had this way of storing adhesive since I started I think and I still like it, it works fine for me! I more or less keep it all in a plastic box which I keep close to my crafting area for quick and easy access.

The box is quite messy but I keep sheeds of foam squares on one short side and a bag of glue dot sheets along one of the longer sides, the rest of the space is a mixture of tape, more foam squares (smaller sheets) and tape runners.

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I keep some glue on the shelf above the crafting area because I want to keep them in a standing position and accessible.

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I also have a box of refills and some other stuff I haven’t found a good spot for yet. I do love my foam tape as you can see! This box is places abit above my craft space as I don’t need to access it that often. I might move it even further away if I find some space for it, hehe.

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So that’s how I store my adhesives, let me know if you have any awesome ideas for storing these items! One can always make improvements!

How to store and organize photos

Good late evening and welcome back!

Today I’m going to share how I store and organize (or the lack of organization) my photos. Since I don’t work much with projects including photos I thought I’d add my, aehm, “storage” for stamped images too. I do have a few more of those to be honest.

Anyway. The pictures I have printed so far, all fit inside a 6×6 storage box. I have one for my self adhesive bling too (I should really put a label on them to keep them apart). At the moment this box is on a shelf on my workspace, easy to access since I plan to make more albums/photo layouts/project life.. at some point.

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This is probably the worst possible way of storing photos, in a total mess: I used to stack them in nice piles but I think a scrapbooking crop happened and ruined it.. Oh well, I don’t move it around much so I think they should be OK for another day or year.
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In a drawer below my workspace I have another mess; my stamped images. I usually stamp a few of each on a sheet of letraset paper and color one or two, sometimes I do one for testing and finding colors. I cut out and use the best one on my project and sometimes I just sit down and color stuff for the fun of it. I actually have a coloring book now so I think this will happen less often now. I try to organize the sheets somehow by size and when I need something I just browse. Once in a while I actually remember using one stamp and find it in my black hole, aka the mess which is great, sometimes I don’t and just stamp a few more. I should really just use these up or at least color some. Maybe cut them out too and keep in a smaller box on the desk instead.. hmm..
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A very short post but I don’t have much to contribute with in this so far. I should sit down and organize my stamps better, maybe in a binder with plastic folders and sort by designer or theme. That’s not a very bad idea to be honest. I’ll keep that in mind for the next time I’m bored or in need of some therapy.

If you have any other ideas for how to store and organize photos (or stamped images), feel free to share them with us! I’m sure I will do some improvements here, maybe soon! I will let you know, fo shoo!