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Summer Clean your business/hobby

Dear Fellow Crafters,

We all are familiar with spring cleaning right? Heavy drapes are replaced with light-weight curtains and flowers (real  and fabric) bloom all over our homes. So it’s true in our hobby and business too.

In summer cleaning we need to consider two distinct areas: your supplies and your space. Supplies not often used degrade in quality over time.

  • Eliminate any materials that are old or to poor of a quality to use for providing your best pieces. If you can’t bear to throw out a beautiful color of dried up clay, put it in a special place for more consideration.
  • How are your tools holding up? Do your scissors or sewing machine needles need sharpening or replacing? Start a “to do list” or put it on the calendar to follow up.
  • Do you need to replace any items?This can be a costly endeavor so plan on doing so in increments, if possible. For instance, several of my dye inks are extremely dry and no amount of refreshing is helping. I put a list together of which colors I needed and determined to look for sales.
  • Do you have any samples of products you no longer make? Either take new pictures or use the samples as sale. Items.
  • I have an on-going obsession -I tend to leave no space empty. In essence I live in a cluttered hobby room. If this is your problem too, try spending some time thinking about your space. Can you rearrange  your area? Do you need .more shelving?
  • Is your space filled with someday projects? You know the ones – the clay pot or new dress or scarf you want to make but seldom have t time. Commit to one project at a time and free some space.
  • Freshen up your work environment. If you like a particular theme try adding a pillow or new curtains or wall decoration.

~Sallie

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Quick Fix – Organizing scraps

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Scraps of paper always find a way to clutter up my space. I hate to throw them away as they may be useful “someday”. If you suffer from this malady there’s a couple of suggestions I found in a magazine recently:

  • Stamp on them
  • Die-cut interesting shapes or flowers out of the more colorful pieces
  • Use as borders on envelopes
  • Glue behind your Han-stamped or die-cut greeting for the inside of your card

Happy Crafting!

~Sallie

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Embellishment Organization

Dear Fellow Crafters,

If you’re a paper/ card crafter like me, you tend to have a large stash of embellishments- buttons, woodenware, silk and paper flowers, brass and charms. When I first started using ” That Folder” I bought a number of self-adhesive gems and pearls. At first, I stored them in a drawer with the folder. As usual, I found that I was buying duplicates because they weren’t visible. Then I decided to use the clear pocket solution. Years ago, when our son was younger, he collected baseball cards. We bought him plastic storage pockets to store the growing collection. He left some of the pockets behind when he moved out so I thought that I had found a perfect solution.

Well, I started out by separating the colors and shapes of the gems and pearls. Then I took some left over white card stock and cut them down to fit the pockets. Sets of the same color fit together and others stood out because of the white card stock. I found a refrigerator storage box from IKEA and used it to store the gems.

Other ideas you can try are:

You could use ziploc baggies with a piece of cardstock inside to help the baggies keep their shape.
You could staple the sets of embellishments to pieces of cardstock, divide them by color, and store them in a fridge binz or a binder.
You could separate the embellishments by color and put each color group in a different ziploc baggie and then store them in a pretty basket.
You could store them in mason jars or Tupperware containers, grouped by color.
You could store several sets in clear CD  grouped by color.

Happy Crafting,

~Sallie

 

 

 

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Planner stamping (2)

Dear Fellow crafters,

Remember this post?

When I first started rubber stamping years ago, I stamped on every surface available! Wrapping paper, party paper napkins and tablecloths, magnets and of course greeting card blanks were fair game. I tried calendar stamping too but back then the stamps were very plain. So, with the newest fad of planners on the market, I thought I’d give it another chance. For those of you who are new to planner stamping, here’s a video just for you!

Happy Crafting,

~Sallie

https://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=dtIiD62PQXQ

 

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Getting wrapped up..

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Making your own designed wrapping paper and bags gives your present the “hand-made-by-me” look and says you cared enough to put your love and best wishes into your gift.

It’s easy to get started. All you need is ink (I use dye ink) rubber stamps, plain craft paper (measure first for fit) and permanent markers.

When I first started back in 1995, dye ink only came in the color black but now you can buy red, green, purple and a “gazillion” other colors.

Start with a theme. I usually use non-intricate images like stars, bells, candy canes, gingerbread boys, greetings. Ink up your stamps and stamp either in a coordinated fashion or haphazard way, whichever way you choose. You can also only stamp sentiments like Merry Christmas in a mixture or red and green ink. One Tip – make sure when you wrap your present that the images are right side up! One of the simplest ideas is to use pre-printed scrapbook paper for smaller gifts.

Bags are easy to make. You can emboss them with snowflake embossing folders and mount appropriate images on top, such as a giant snowflake, snowman, tree etc. I found out the hard way that those glossy type bags (from the dollar stores) really are glossy and don’t take to ink well. A plain lunch bags works just as well. Please follow the link below for a tutorial:

http://www.bing.com/videos/search? q=christmas+gift+tags+make+your+own+with+rubber+stamps&&view=detail&mid=FD279C73BA00BABDB09DFD279C73BA00BABDB09D&FORM=VRDGAR

..and don’t forget the tags:

https://caregiversactivitysource.com/crafts-creative/stamp-your-own-wrapping-paper/

 

And lastly, if giving a bottle of wine use a bottle gift tag – like mine ( which are in sale!) this week. If interested, please email me.

 back of tag

Happy gift wrapping!

~Sallie