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some cute cards

Hi everyone! I am doing my best to get back on the blog on a regular basis. I won’t lie – it’s not easy with working + 2 little ones at home, but I’m trying! I have been able to get back into crafting a bit lately – it feels SO good! When we moved, most of my stuff got packed away and I’m sad to say most of it had been sitting in boxes up until a few weeks ago. However, I’ve decided to take over the spare bedroom as a temporary crafting area – and get myself situated in there. Eventually we will finish our attic and turn it into a true crafting room – but for now, I will just make do 😉

If you follow me on Instagram, you can get a glimpse into my unpacking and items that I’ve been working on. Here are some pics that I shared of my crafty organizing thus far. I’m getting there!

I took a trip to IKEA to grab some essentials for organizing. I picked up an Alex drawer unit to house a lot of my smaller items. I really do love it…can’t wait to get more, ha! 😉

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Some more BYGEL rails, similar to my old setup in the old house

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OK, onto some crafty creations! The other day I sat down to make a few cards. I used the Chubby Chum Pals stamp set from Paper Smooches – such a cute set. I colored all of these images using Prismacolor pencils and gamsol. WAY easier (IMO) than busting out the Copic markers. This first card is a CASE from Kristina’s version.

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that’s it for now – stay tuned for more projects! I just finished up a felt Advent calendar that I made from scratch and I’m pretty proud of myself. I definitely want to share that with you all! :) Thanks for reading!

My *NEW* Crafty Space!

Hi everyone! I was finally able to complete the new room and get some video & photos of my new crafting space. You may remember this post where I said we completed the attic renovation? Well, we moved our guest bedroom up there, as well as my craft room.

I was excited to do this because as much as I loved my last craft room, it was very much “pieced together” with various tables and furniture. It was never really planned out as a functional space. There wasn’t a lot of places to put things away behind closed doors – and it was starting to overwhelm me. Having everything in sight was starting to make me feel suffocated and I was losing my stamping mojo. I also felt like I just had *too much* – I needed to cut down and really keep out only what I truly use.

This time I decided to get some inexpensive cabinets at IKEA. They have worked wonderfully so far. I’m still figuring out where I want everything, but for the most part things are all put away. I also took the time to do a LOT of purging during this transition – which helped quite a bit. I recommend a good purge at least once a year for all you crafters out there.

OK so on to a LOT of photos & 2 videos that give you a tour of the room. I hope I don’t make you sick in these videos – it’s a little hard to crawl around with a camera & a big giant pregnant belly 😉

Here is the room when you walk up the stairs – it’s a shared space of guest bedroom & my crafting space:

row of Jetmax storage cubes…

Items stored on top of storage cubes (please watch video for full description)

Cardstock & paper, etc.

New crafting area – this is where I sit. All new cabinets & counter top.

Closer view of where I sit:

Ribbon, marker & other tool storage:

Laptop, Silhouette, etc.

Cardstock scrap storage drawers:

Drawers w/ inks & other supplies

Punch storage

Baskets to house clear blocks & adhesives

Spinning Desktop Organizer w/ all hand tools that are commonly used:

Lots of ribbon…

Spice jars holding lots of colorful buttons:

Cabinet w/ printer, scanner, cables & cords for electronics, etc.

Clear stamp storage

Another view of my new room:

Video Part ONE:

Video Part TWO:

Now onto some helpful links & info on where everything is from:

  • Cabinets & Countertop: IKEA
  • Towel Rod/Railings: all from IKEA. They are called “Bygel” rails. They are super inexpensive. You can see all things available in the Bygel collection here.
  • Wire ribbon baskets: IKEA – you can find them here.
  • Plastic storage containers: IKEA – you can find them here.
  • Button Jars: IKEA – you can find them here.
  • White JetMax Storage Cubes: Target or Michaels
  • Spinning desktop organizer: Making Memories Carousel
  • Plastic sleeves for storing clear stamps (on my Clip it Up): these are from Office Depot. See Jennifer McGuire’s post about it here.
  • Plastic storage bin drawers (for my cardstock scraps): Target

I am sitting up here now enjoying the room as I type this. I love the room, the light and all the fresh new stuff in here. I’ve been working on some sewing today and I’m really just liking the new setup. Even the cat likes it – he’s up here with me 😉 I know that crafting will take a back seat this Spring, but I look forward to eventually being up here with our little one and getting creative. (Even if I don’t get nearly as much done as I used to…!)

Phew! That was a really long post. Hopefully I answered most questions in the section above – if not, feel free to leave me a comment. I will try to get to them as soon as I can.

Thanks!

Craft Room Organization: Fabric Panels

I’ve been into sewing lately. I get  a case of crafting A.D.D. every now & then and I need something to distract me. This month it’s sewing. It all started because I was getting tired of the way things looked under the tables in my craft room:

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Those drawers up there are where I store all of my cardstock scraps. I LOVE this system. It’s a great way to utilize the space under the table (which is otherwise wasted). I can easily pull these drawers out when I need to get to scraps (they come completely out of the unit which I really like). I sort mine by color. The only problem is that it looks messy (along w/ the other crapola I shove under there). I decided I wanted a way to cover it up so when I’m not accessing my scraps it looks more attractive.

Also, we have this trainwreck which was in desperate need of something to hide it (or blow it up entirely):

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God, I hate wires. I’m a gadget girl but I hate wires. Unfortunately the fact that I have so many gadgets creates quite the the predicament for me when I want things to look tidy. I decided to solve both of the above problems with fabric panels & some tension rods:

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All of my scraps are still nice & accessible when I need them. I just push away the fabric panel & open the drawers that I need. I bought the tension rods at Target for a few bucks each & they work GREAT. Such a cheap & easy solution.

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I found the fabric on sale at Joann’s – I like the simplicity of the colors but the pattern adds some character. I think what we mostly need to emphasize here people is that I CAN SEW SQUARES!! I CAN SEW IN A SEMI-STRAIGHT LINE!!!

It’s the little things I tell ya.

Anyway – next on my list is creating something to wrap around this table here to cover up this bad boy. (No, not the giant fat cat – look past until you see the bleeding eyesore of wires & dust bunnies.)

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Typical Max. Always in my shot. And while we are on the subject, can we discuss what is wrong with this picture below?? I mean really, how am I to learn how to sew with this giant furball always getting in my way?

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Hmmph. I suppose I will allow him to stay. After all, I did grab the camera & take photo upon photo of him lying there instead of shooing him off. And then I patted him on the head.

I promise to share this sewing project that Max is lying on once it’s complete. It’s super fun & easy to do.

Hope you are all enjoying the summer weather. It’s been great so far up here in MA.

Insides of cards

another organizing tip…this one is pretty GREEN!

I don’t know about you…but when I make cards, I never really do anything with the inside. I make the card – photograph it – then file it away. (If I’m not giving it to someone). So what happens is I get to a point where I’d like to sell some of my cards…and err – I have a GIANT stack of cards that all need insides. UGH.

To make my life easier, I’ve decided to keep a stack of “card insides” all cut & ready to go. Maybe this will influence me to do the inside of the card right away from now on? So here’s what I’ve done:

Normally, the cards I make are 5.5″ x 4.25″ (or vice versa) – which means the inserts need to be 5.25″ x 4″. This allows them to nest nicely inside the card.

So, here’s my GREEN part: The company I worked for recently moved & was cleaning out a bunch of supplies. They found that they had A LOT of these page dividers left from books that they had created. (basically they bought the dividers with letters A-Z and they only usually needed to use half of the alphabet…so they always had like K-Z leftover.) They were going to toss them – because really, what could they do with them? Then someone asked me if I could make use of them, seeing as how they were plain white cardstock. (pretty decent white CS, they just had these tabs attached.)

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The thing was, the cardstock wasn’t quite the quality I need for stamping purposes. (I’m picky!) So I thought a GREAT way to re-use this paper would be to cut those tabs off and use them for my “insides”. I decided that I would do these in batches & just keep a whole pile of “card insides” sitting in a little box – ready for me to use.

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Almost all the cards I make have a colored cardstock for their base, which is why I always like to add a white insert into them – much easier to write on – easier to read, etc. Sometimes I stamp a sentiment, sometimes I leave them blank. If the outside of the card has rounded corners, I will also round the corners of the insert so that it nests nicely.

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The box that I’m using here is nothing glamorous…you might recognize it from my Halloween & Christmas goodies during Craft Fair season. It’s just an unfinished wooden purse from AC Moore. These fit inside nicely. I had to add a label, so I thought why not jazz it up with some cute PTI ribbon, stamps & cardstock? :)

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Now, there are LOTS more ways that I can re-use this paper. And I plan to. Trust me, I have BOXES of it just stacked away – waiting to be used. I plan on using it for filler pages in the custom books that I make using my Bind-It-All. At the very least, I can use it as scrap paper when I need to.

It feels good to be finding another use for all of this cardstock. I like to try & get the most out of the materials & supplies that I buy – but it’s even better when you can re-purpose something that you got for free, or relatively cheap.

I hope this inspires some of you to get more creative in the materials you use. Anyone else have any tips on this stuff? Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear!