Saturday, March 1, 2014

Conserving Cardstock

I learned a great trick recently for making efficient use of my cardstock.  When you are using cardstock as a "base layer" for a scrapbook page, cut out the inside of the paper and use it for other embellishments or on another project.

In this example, I used Chocolate cardstock as my background, but before I adhered the rest of the layout to the Chocolate, I cut out a 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 inch square from the middle of each paper. (which leaves 1/2" showing around the edge and 1" underneath)  I used those pieces to cut all the photo mats that you see on the rest of this layout. 

Zipline layout @
I also cut the Olive, Indian Corn Blue, and Colonial White cardstock into appropriate sizes and strips before I added them to the page rather than "layering".  This helped reduce the thickness of my finished layout and saved paper!

Here's what the back looks like (but nobody will see it once it's in the album).
Save paper by cutting out the inside of your base paper -

I used 2 sheets of Chocolate, 1 Colonial White, 1 Olive and 1 Indian Corn Blue for this layout and had plenty of scraps left over for other projects.

Stamping Technique:
I found the Zipline sticker sheet while I was attending a scrapbooking convention.  (Stamping Station: Zip Line) I knew I wanted to use it for these pictures.  I decided to use the gorgeous Close To My Heart cardstock colors for this layout to match the colors in the stickers. While the colors matched perfectly, it still  looked a little bit plain to me so I used a background stamp (D1544 Distressed Backgrounds) to give the layout a little texture. I randomly stamped the design around the edges of the paper in a contrasting (but coordinating) color.
texture stamping @

Monday, January 13, 2014

Use sponge daubers to colorize a stamp

Here's a way to use sponge daubers to colorize your stamped images.  Instead of pressing the stamp into just one color ink, use sponge daubers to apply color to specific sections of your stamp.  The stamped image takes on a whole new look!

Here's January's Stamp of the Month (2014), Cross Stitch Wishes.  I used Chocolate, Olive, Garden Green, and Smoothie inks on this stamp to make it look hand stitched.  No masking required.
Use sponge daubers to colorize your stamped images.

Sponge Daubers        Z726    $3.95  (3 pack)
Daubers Foam Insert  Z1897  $14.95  (holds 60 daubers)
Small Organizer        Z4138   $12.95  (Dauber foam insert fits inside)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Let's get organized

I always take some time in January after the holidays are over to organize something.  It seems like a good time to do it since things are quiet and it’s too cold to go outside (at least where I live).  Getting my craft supplies in order helps me to be more productive and creative when I go into my craft space.  Here are some great options from Close To My Heart that will organize your stuff either at home or at a crop.  [Organization Products]
Oh, these are my new FAVORITES!  They can hold everything since the dividers are removable and you can configure the inside whatever way works best for you.

The Organizer comes in three sizes: 
Small Organizer (14½" × 10½"× 2")         Z4138        $12.95        
Medium Organizer (14½" × 10½" × 5")    Z4139        $16.95
Large Organizer (14½" × 10½" × 7½")     Z4140        $22.95

The Small size works great for embellishments or you can customize it with one of four foam inserts to hold sponge daubers, craft boxes, Pigment Inks, or My Acrylix® blocks.

Inserts for Small Organizer
Daubers Foam Insert (holds 60 daubers)        Z1897    $14.95
Pigment Inks Foam Insert (holds 40 inks)      Z1898    $14.95
Craft Boxes Foam Insert (holds 12 boxes )     Z4140    $ 8.95
My Acrylix® Blocks Foam Insert                     Z4141    $ 8.95

The Medium holds so much it’s shocking.  Here’s an example of what’s in mine.  
CTMH Medium Organizer -
The lid has some height so you can even lay things across the inside of the box and the lid will close over it.  I put my stamp scrubber, ruler and longer blocks in here just fine.  
CTMH Medium Organizer -
The compartments are designed to hold Ink Pads comfortably.  Since the container is clear, you can easily see the color labels.  I use my Medium organizer when I go to a crop.  It holds everything I need in one convenient container.
CTMH Medium Organizer -
The large organizer holds 40 stamp sets (yes – FORTY!).  It’s huge!  I learned a little trick from another consultant – if you turn some stamp sets sideways (left and right, so all the flaps aren’t in the same direction) you can squeeze in a few more.  (I have 51 stamp sets in this organizer.)
CTMH Large Organizer -
All of these organizers are wide enough to hold your cutter across the top and still close.
CTMH Small Organizer -
I hope you have as much fun getting organized as I do.  Get a couple of great Organizers and get started today!