Friday, March 2, 2012

Organize your glitters, glitter glues, flocking, embossing powders and beads

Hello organizers,

CHALLENGE #14 WEEK #4 - Glitter, Glitter Glue, Flocking, Embossing Powders, Micro Beads etc.

I am not sure if you all know but I am a glitter fanatic! LOL. To put it lightly. I have over 100 shades of glitter and embossing powders. I have almost 40 different colors of glitter glues. I am a bit obsessed about the sparkle I think ... LOL.

REMEMBER: Always leave room for your stuff to grow!!! Especially you collectors!Photobucket
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Organize your stickers and rubons - Scraproom Organization

Hello Organizers,
Challenge #13 - Stickers/rub-ons/bling

If it has a paper backing and requires you to peel & stick or rub it on it is time to clean it up and organize it.

I seriously have stickers from ... 15 years ago... I NEED TO PURGE. Please feel free to join me with this one.

Stickers/rub-ons/ bling - only have one storage issue. THEY MUST BE STORED FLAT. If you choose vertical storage or horizontal these are items that can not be bent. It usually is easier to keep them stored in the original package too. Just for safe keeping, to make sure nothing begins to peel off an image you may need later while it is jumbled around without the protective packaging.

You will be needing to decide how to sort them...

Stickers/Rub-ons - Themes is probably best. One sheet of stickers usually does not have just one color. But one sheet usually has just one theme on it.

Bling - This could be sorted by color, size or shapes/styles what ever you search for fist. There are the individual bling dots (for lack of a better term) the flourishes and the shapes like stars, flowers, etc. and the Alphas and letters.

Storage Options:

Clip it up options:

Bulletin Board with page protectors: id=232050...

Binder with page protectors:
Stickers Storage By Glad2scrap0802 id=215184... id=139900...

Magazine, paper, stencil and sticker storage. By Shirleyanne4557

Not quite a clip it up but a space saver:
sticker holder By Joelle M

Vertical paper holders: id=186212...

In a drawer (be very careful with this don't let them slide around brace it from the back of your stash to prevent them from laying down so they don't get mixed up and start peeling the stickers... messy) id=177087...

Files: id=221262... id=217984... id=374119... id=391763...

Portable file: id=124336...

Alpha Sticker and Rubon Storage By ReadySetDistress

Honestly there is not many options in this gallery besides the clip it up... tons of people like this concept so it must work. Try it you might like it. But there are still several options to the clip it up.
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Moss and Book page hanging wall art - Decorating on a Dollar

Hello everyone,

I am still wrapping up all the "homework" I have from CHA I have been having some creative fun this past week. Moving into spring and starting to gear up for Easter how about you? Us crafty types start early... got to leave time to make those fantastic projects, right?

Today I bring you a very large, yet simple and sweet, wall art project.

Bless this nest wall art

Here was my favorite part... moss is messy but I found this Super Moss Mat (a flat roll) at my local craft store and when you use Helmar 450 (click for tutorial post) with it... OH MY GOODNESS, it was SO EASY AND FAST!

Helmar and super moss

Here is a close up. You can see the "N" is one of the 3D letters and the "E" and "S" are chipboard and are flat.
Bless this nest wall art closeup_L Grace Lauer_Helmar

I actually went through and curled all the page corners forward to give it some playfulness and then I was done.

Bless this nest wall art_L Grace Lauer_Helmar 450 Acid Free

I hope you have enjoyed this post. Please feel free to let me know your thoughts in the comments below or if you are working on any spring projects I would love to see them.

Have a Happy Scrappy Day!

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Organize Your Ribbons and Fibers - Scraproom and Craft room Organization

Hello Organizers!
Challenge #12 Week #3 - Ribbons and fibers

The biggest problem with these items is the potential of tangling and unraveling from the spool. The largest storage problem is the size that the spools take up. Because of these issues many scrapbookers remove the ribbon from their spools, especially if they collect a lot.

You will find most people sort them by color. However there are few that do it my MFG. It all depends on what way will be easiest for your brain to search and find what you need.

Storage Options for spools of ribbon:

Embellishment Center: id=260185...

Cropper Hopper Embellishment Center:
Ribbon Storage By Candace M.

Handmade Ribbon Box: id=259026...




Craft locker: id=759299...

Ribbon box: id=108272...

Plastic Bins: id=124191...

Wire Shelves: id=142257...

Wire Prima Flower shelf used now for ribbon: id=239826...

Curtain Rods: id=238397...

Towel Rack (Behind the door): id=197752...

In a Drawer: id=170872...

Vertical Pegs: id=164391... id=892841...

Storage Options for removing them from the spools:

Pant Hanger (closet organizer): (This is mine)
*PK GLITZ DT* Ribbon Rack Label By Hanging By A Moment

Easy Pulls Handmade:
My Edition of EZ Pull By Vh678

Ribbons on cards in a photo box: id=259429...

Ribbon box By SwedishDesign


Coat Hanger:
ribbon storage By Greenqueen

Towel Rack (behind the door):
Ribbon Storage By Sarah-Scraps

Embroidery floss plastic boxes:
Ribbon storage By Jennie_C_vetc

In Jars (though I would worry about creasing): id=159043...

Shoe rack (Door Hanger): id=142326...

Card and paper clips: id=145223...

On Rings:
collected By Northernmemories

Close up of he rings:

Clothes pins and Jars:  (this is mine)
Fibers Storage By Hanging By A Moment
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Mini - Mini Mouse Cake Melia's Second Birthday

Hello readers!
I am going to share with you a quick post about a cake I made last week and today in the (hopefully sunny natural sun light) get some great photos of my new projects and pieces I was working on this past week. Until then though here is the birthday cake.

Here is a Mini- Mini Mouse cake I made for Melia who turned two. There was not much room for writing and this was a late night, quick put together and don't have time to freeze the cake prior to icing, run out of powder sugar while the hubby is out of town and cant run to the store in the middle of the night to get more cause the kids are sleeping, kinda cake and it really isn't my best work. Here is my inspiration from this post about this Mini Mouse First birthday cake....

 This is Melia blowing out her candles... HAPPY BIRTHDAY MELIA!

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Organize your Buttons/Metals, Eyelets, brads, etc. Challenge #11 Scraproom and Craft room

Challenge #11 Week #3 - Buttons/Metals, Eyelets, brads, etc.

I know some of you are done with this (woo hoo a night off for you). Today we are going after all our little pieces, Itty bitty embellishments.

Lets go over really quick all those types of little pieces.

Buttons: Some of us are at a loss of what to do with them so here is an article excerpt from Ezine @rticles it is written by Christine Perry

    Buttons are not just for clothing. It's unclear when scrapbooking with buttons began as a trend. Even in early scrapbook albums, it wasn't unusual to see a button placed on a scrapbooking page. Quite often it was a keepsake button, like from a vintage piece of clothing or a baby girl's first dress. As scrapbooking pages started to become more 3-D and scrappers looked for unique embellishments for their pages, buttons became more popular. Manufacturers started offering buttons to coordinate with their paper lines, and buttons with themes like Christmas and sports became available. Monthly scrapbooking kits and page kits often include complementary buttons as part of their packages. Consider these tips for using buttons on your pages.

    1. Buttons lined up together can make a border for your scrapbooking page layouts.

    2. Place buttons in your titles by using them to dot your "i"s. You can also use them as the center of letters like "o" and "p."

    3. Buttons can be secured to a page using embroidery floss by sewing it onto the page.

    4. Glue dots work very well to adhere larger-sized buttons to a page, as well as buttons that are not flat on the bottom.

    5. A few buttons make nice accents to anchor a ribbon border to a page. Again, glue dots will securely attach the buttons to the ribbon.

    6. Try placing a button on the flap of an envelope to decorate a simple page element.

    7. Flowers are still very popular on scrapbooking pages. Silk or paper flowers come in all sizes and colors now. A button makes a perfect center for a flower. An added benefit is that the button can hide the adhesive that typically shows through a paper flower.

    8. Take 4 small buttons and attach them to the 4 corners of a photograph. The buttons will look like they are holding the photo to the page.

    9. Create a bullet list for journaling. Use buttons as the bullets.

    10. Scrapbooking tags can be used for page elements, photo mats, and journaling blocks on a scrapbooking page. You can use a button to decorate the hole at the top of a tag.

    11. Try placing a button on a page and then hanging the string from a scrapbooking tag from it as an anchor.

    12. An antique, vintage or unusual button can be used individually on a page as a page element all its own. Try double matting the button to highlight it on your layout.

    13. Attach a button to a page with the holes empty, or thread some floss through the holes and tie it in a knot or bow for an added accent.

    14. Don't limit yourself to one size of buttons on your page layout. Mix sizes and styles of buttons. You could stay with the same color, but have a variety of different buttons in that same color on a single page.

    15. Buttons can be memorabilia. Save buttons from shirts, handbags, hats and other clothing that have sentimental value, but that you no longer can use. The buttons can be added to a scrapbooking page to remember the times when you wore those items. Baby buttons look cute on a baby page layout as well.

Metals: These will be your clips, hinges, keys, name plates, tabs, wire, frames, staples, tags etc. Anything that is metal (accept brads and eyelets). Some of you may not have any of these... I love adding metal to my pages but I always forget I have them. They are stuffed in the back of a drawer. Lets take some time to organize them.

Eyelets: These are great for lacing ribbon techniques or just adding color and texture to you page. They are the metal and have a hole in the middle. These items that take a cropadile or two tools to set them into your paper. They come in all shapes and several sizes. I have seen a few that don't have the hole in the middle but that is rare.

Brads: Are the ones with the two prongs on the back of the metal shape. They have no holes usually but I have seen them mimic eyelets every now and then. The prongs are pointy and can pierce the paper then be folded back behind the sheet to secure the item onto your page or card. They are colorful and can add a little extra pop to your work.

Beads: There are various beads being used in the scrapbooking world too. These are also used on flowers, strung with wire or even the micro beads that are adhered like glitter with adhesive to your project. Beads come in glass and plastic and can add a 3-D sparkle by catching the light with their commonly shinny surfaces.

STORAGE SOLUTIONS: The majority of these are tiny and micro sized so we are going to be looking at much smaller options for storage today. You will need to decide if you want to sort them by color or by style, MFG, shape or size.

    Here is mine they have not changed from last year:

What I truly love about most of these is you can think outside the Box store and create a trash to treasure by using something you would find at a thrift store, garage sale, Craig list or for free from your kitchen. Even the metal storage tins on the metallic board. Try using a cookie sheet and some wedding treat tins, adding magnets on the back. Have fun!
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