This month for the BLOG HOP we are suppose to focus on tips, tricks, tutorials or ideas we have learned from fellow crafters. I learn everyday from all of my fellow crafters and here are a few things that I did this week using tips, tricks and tutorials that I have learned along the way.
I wanted to make a notebook for someone and wanted to use my mat stack 1 die but felt that since I was not using a stamp that would give me a boarder I needed one. When that thought entered my over crowded mind thankfully 2 conversations were still up front so I did not have to put too much brain power into my solution. In this post from Ingrid and this post from Laurie you can see how they had a boarder around the mat stack. I asked and the answer was to flip over the die trace and hand cut. Quick, easy and looks great. Here is a photo of the notebook that I made with the mat stack and boarder.
I have to say that I love how this notebook turned out and the leaf paper with my rock and roll technique
The next project for the Blog Hop is a tea cozy that I adapted from a tutorial by Dawn. I do not often make something for me but since I am a total Chai Tea Latte FREAK I thought I should have something cute and perky for my yummy tea. I only get this as a treat on my way to work and that is usually only twice a week. They have some of these for sale in Starbucks but they are grey and BORING!!!
The flowers were placed perfect for my hand so I do not have to put my fingers over them ...... my sewing on this is not perfect........ it is kinda quirky like me!!!
And last but for sure not least. I was visiting Jenn K's blog a month or so ago and she has a tutorial on there about how she did her PTI stamps. I have been having issues with my stamps and CD cases for some time and I had to do something ASAP. I have always been a notebook kinda girl myself so I started to look for products that would help me accomplish this new storage system. I knew I would use top load sheet protectors because that is what I use in my kitchen and I LOVE THEM!!! My hang up was what I was going to use for the stamps. I finally found these and they work perfectly!!! I slice off the bottom that is sealed and about 1/8th inch on the opening side. This has changed my life of stamping. For the sets that I already had I printed the stamp set photo off the website but now all my new sets I adhere the label to a piece of white printer paper. I love having the white backing because that helps me see the image or sentiment. I love how easy I can flip through my stamps and I can combine so that helps me with space. I can get 3 background sets into one sleeve and it is not over crowded at all. I can put 4 Fillable Frames in one sleeve and 2 YOF on 1 page. I like that for these 2 particular sets because the sentiments can be used with the frame or the flower and I can have them all grouped together and just flip between 2 or 3 pages. I typed out what sets I have in each binder and slipped it right in so I know exactly where everything is located. I saved the file so if I do need to change anything it will be very easy.
Here is a photo of the page with Fillable Frames
And here you can see the notebooks put away in my cabinet and the area that I have to be creative.
This is a 100 year old built in that was originally the Butler's Pantry in our house.
The drawers under the work surface are filled with ribbon in one and my hand made paper for books in the other.
The doors below swing open and I have my cricut, cuttlebug, ext all under there.
I cannot wait to have a space that is a bit larger. I have the storage but the depth of the work surface is only 12 inches. I cleaned up a bit for the photo ....... it never looks like this.
Oh and that foot on the wall is for reflexology. Since I am a massage therapist I love studying all different types of healing and I tend to surround myself with books and photos that I can refer to on a regular basis...... I really need to get my books out tomorrow and get some acupuncture points down to help out one of my clients this week.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!