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Monday, May 31, 2010

CRAFTING TIP OF THE WEEK (#39) WALL CALENDARS

Hello Bloggers!


Use wall calendars to document snippits of your everyday living.

Life's journey is often filled with funny stories even those that may seem uneventful take on new meaning when you think about them a month or year later.

For me, jotting down a few sentences about my day in a wall calendar helps me remember.
I just fill in the box with anything that we might have done, something my kids might have said that was funny or unique, family get-togethers, school trips, etc.
This idea serves as a journal on a much more manageable scale.

You can reference the calendar when you are scrapping or making mini albums to jog your memory. It can help you piece a story together or be the journaling you need for that special project.

Around this time of year you can find wall calendars for .25 cents.

I hope you give this a try. It will change the way you look at journaling and make it less of a challenge.

Happy Crafting!

Friday, May 28, 2010

FABULOUS FRIDAY FIND-FREE DOWNLOADABLE SEE PACKET WRAPPERS

This week's find is from Hello, Good Gravy who is offering fabulous seed packet wrappers.

Here's the link: http://www.goodgravydesigns.com/GoodGravyDesigns_SeedPacketTags.pdf


Head on over & get yours.

They have other wonderful freebies too.

They are truly a fabulous site.

Enjoy!

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

FREEBIE UPDATE

Hello Bloggers~ just wanted to post a quick update regarding the freebies I offered in a previous post.
Those have ALL been spoken for so they are no longer available.
Thanks to all who were interested.
I am so glad that those unused items found homes.
I may be posting again with freebies you never know so keep checking back on my blog.
Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

"TOOL TIME TUESDAY" DINOTALK FOR TALKING CRAFTS

Hello Bloggers!

This week I share an interesting "tool" that allows you to record a message on just about any project you create.

This fun, innovative & versatile tool is brought to you by DINOTALK.

Check it out :



Imagine your kid's voice, a message to a loved one, a quick song snippit...

Looks like a lot of fun.

The prices vary from $ 3.99 - $6.49 (seems like a good price point)

They are currently being sold @ SCRAPBOOK.COM.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, May 24, 2010

CRAFTING TIP OF THE WEEK (#38) PLASTIC, PAPER OR BOTH?

You know those trading card, plastic insert pages used to store & protect collectible cards?

They look like this:



They make for great, fun & easy scrapbooks.

Use these page protectors to insert an assortment of photos per pocket, then a few journal spots and a couple of embellishments and you're done. You don't even have to use cardstock.
You can crop your photo to fit in the pockets easily. If you want you can fill all the pockets with photos or just alternate between memorabilia
(like ticket stubs, park passes or a lock of hair) and a journal block.

The versatility of these pockets and the advantage of their smaller size allows for you to quickly get through putting together an album with the essentials that tell your story.

You do not need too many embellishments.

You can pick these up at places like Walmart, Target & Camera Shops. E-bay also has vendors selling them. Prices vary on quantity.
One page usually has 9 inserts.

You can easily buy a 1", 2" or 3" plain ring binder available at the dollar store & fill it with these trading card inserts. Rendering you an inexpensive, quick & easy scrapbook album.

With the purchase of a plain binder comes the added bonus of customizing the album cover to suit your subject.

These trading card insert pages also make a great place for you to display, protect & store your ATC cards if you are a collector and/or swapper.

You can also make small note cards of this size & store them in these inserts until you use them up.

See how many more ideas you can come up with for these wonderful trading card insert pages.

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

CKC BUFFALO!!!!!

Hello Bloggers.

My sweet husband gifted me the opportunity to attend CKC BUFFALO this past weekend which I attended with my BFF and it was so much fun. (Thank you honey!)

One of the highlights of my adventure (other than sharing it with my BFF) was meeting Melissa Frances & Holly Fossen. Those are two industry greats. I must admit I was a bit craft "star" struck. I am such a dork!

They were both quite nice & even let my friend take a picture of me with them. By the way, I could not even get up the nerve to ask. My BFF asked while I turned 2 shades of red. (I really have to work on the shy thing).

When my BFF gets them downloaded from her camera & sends me copies via e-mail I hope to post them.

We took 3 classes, learned some new techniques, SHOPPED like mad women and met lots of SUPER NICE crafty folks just like you & me.

It was truly a fun experience.

Having my best friend share it with me was the icing on the cake.

Have a great week.

See you back here for the Crafting Tip of the Week, Tool Time Tuesday & the Fabulous Friday Find.

Friday, May 21, 2010

FABULOUS FRIDAY FIND-AVERY.COM-YES THE LABEL MAKING GIANT!

This week's find is: AVERY.COM.

I know when you think of AVERY, labels come to mind.

They do make some fine label products but did you know that their website offers you the ability to use free templates? It also contains project ideas, tips and printables?

They are a great resource for your crafting needs.

So head on over to their website and see for yourself. I am sure there will be something there you can use at home, work or for play.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

"TOOL TIME TUESDAY" TAG MAKER TOOL KIT

Hello There Everyone!

This week I thought I would showcase the : Making Memories Tag Maker Tool Kit.
It is not a new tool by any means but one that can be very useful in crafting & gift giving.

Here is what it looks like:


Here's how it works:


Here are a couple of samples:


This easy to use tag maker is great for customizing gift tags, mini albums and even for making luggage tags.
I am sure you can come up with many more ideas to put the Making Memories Tag Maker to good use.

Hope you enjoyed this week's tool time segment.

Remember, if you have a tool you are interested in seeing or knowing more about just leave me a comment on my blog & I will be happy to get the skinny on it for ya.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, May 17, 2010

CRAFTING TIP OF THE WEEK (#37) PUFFY PAPER!

Hello Bloggers.

This week I want to share how you can stuff paper to make party favors, home decor or embellishments with more dimension which can make your projects pop.

To make something stuffed you can use filling, batting, cotton or cellophane. The cellophane is fun because when you squish the stuffed item it is like a feast for the senses. It will crackle and feel fun at your fingertips.





So in a few easy steps here's what you do:

1- Obtain a pair of mirror-image designs onto the craft paper of your choice.
2- Cut out the designs and either sew them together back to back, adhere or use a stapler to emulate sewn stitches leaving a small opening for the stuffing.
3- Fill your design with your stuffing of choice.
4- Sew, adhere or staple the images closed & you're done.
You can decorate it further with glitter, paint or ribbons.

"Stuffed or puffy" items would be great as table decor, party favors or embellishments for cards & scrapbook pages.

Here is one I made: It's a puffy heart which I used colored staples to put together instead of stitching.




Happy Crafting!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

FREE TO A LOVING HOME...

I have been organizing & pruning my craft supplies again.
So guess what that means?

Freebies!

If interested in any of the items listed below contact me.


Sizzix Dies: Locks, Medium Balloons, Super Scallop Tag, Sizzlets Wreath, Sizzlits Phrase Joyous with Holly & Ornament Ball.

I also have a set of Fiskars Texture Plates II Assortment Pack & a Martha Stewart Rotary Cutter.

My e-mail is: archivingangel@yahoo.com

I will respond on a first come first serve basis.

I am hoping to give them a good home.

So please rescue these items from the scrap "yard".

I already donated many items to my daughter's school & am also donating to CKC Buffalo next week.

Keep an eye out on my blog for more freebies.

I look forward to sending these to someone in need of them.

Take care.

Friday, May 14, 2010

FABULOUS FRIDAY FIND-FREE DOWNLOAD-ORNAMENTAL BOX

This week I found a file to download which can be used as an ornament box, a favor box or even a carrot.

I am certain all you crafty folks can think of a million ideas.

Free downloads are great for crafters who don't own die cutting machines like the Cricut or Big Shot. Or even if you do, sometimes you don't want to look through your cartridge library or run the machine. It's nice to have some preloaded images on your computer as go to downloads.

Here's the file:
carrot and icicle box_mf.svg

Here's a sample of what it looks like as a carrot made by Denise over at Paper Pastime:



This is truly versatile because by changing the paper & fillings you can adapt it as a birthday party favor, a holiday favor, a wedding favor, a bridal shower favor or just an ornament dangling off your Christmas tree or used for home decor.

I hope you enjoy this free Friday find.

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"TOOL TIME TUESDAY" EASY BRADMAKER

Hello Bloggers!

This week's tool is the new Easy Bradmaker by Chatterbox.



A few week's ago I highlighted the I-TOP by Imaginisce which is also a brad maker but for those who wondered if there was anything easier out there...Chatterbox has come up with a solution.

Can you tell I love brads?

Get ready to hold in your hands the most unique & completely customized embellishments you have ever seen… and the best part is, you will have made them yourself in just a matter of minutes! When you’re done, you’ll find a million ways to use them on all of your artsy projects... from paper-crafting, to jewelry making to adding special touches to home d├ęcor projects.

You can create unique brads in 4 easy steps
1. Punch out paper, photo or printed message to use as center of brad
2. Adhere appropriate sized crystal to punch-out
3. Apply spot of adhesive to back of punch-out circle
4. Attach crystalized punch-out circle to matching sized brad.

The starter set includes: 8 large brads, 10 medium brads, 14 small brads, 3 punch tools, 1 sheet of self-adhesive epoxy crystals, and 1 sheet of self-adhesive circles.

This would work great for making custom buttons too! You would simply buy clear buttons, chose your paper , photo, monogram or message, punch it out and adhere it to the back.
So super simple!

I noticed that OVERSTOCK.COM had it at a really great low price of just $16.99 but I am not sure how long that price would last. The $2.95 shipping is a money saver too unless you can get free shipping.

If you love brads & buttons as much as I do and relish in the thought of being able to customize your own, I think this tool is a must for you.

Happy Crafting!
Let me know if you love it :)

Monday, May 10, 2010

CRAFTING TIP OF THE WEEK (#36) PERFUME BOTTLES

Hi Bloggers!

This week's tip offers up an interesting way to make use of perfume bottle caps.

Are you looking to add a faux door knob to a mini album cover or a fabulous accent for a shadow box?

If you have perfume bottles don't discard the caps once done with your lovely fragrance.
Start a collection of perfume bottle caps or lids only.
You can attach them to your crafty projects with a strong, wet adhesive like E6000 and with a little ingenuity and careful placement that cap will be a beautiful accent piece.

You can also drill a hole through it with your Fiskars drill if you have one and string it through some fabulous ribbon.

Here are 2 caps I have removed from empty bottles that I plan on using as knobs for the cover page of mini-albums:



Check out the wood block I embellished to use as home decor where I incorporated a perfume bottle cap on the top.







Just another use for something you might have otherwise discarded.

Flea markets & antique shops may prove a great source of luck at finding some one of a kind perfume bottles.

Have fun trying this tip!

Remember though you must use a super strong adhesive. Also when storing what you embellish with the perfume bottle cap, be careful of its' placement.



P.S. sorry for the poor quality of the pictures- they were taken with my cell phone.

Friday, May 7, 2010

FABULOUS FRIDAY FIND-FREE DOWNLOAD FOR THE BOW EASY

Happy Friday Everyone!

Today's fabulous Friday find is a FREE download for the Bow Easy which I featured as the tool of the week.

Go to : http://www.box.net/shared/iyd0xdtjl4 and get yours free.

You should try to print it out on heavy cardstock then trace the pattern on a light chipboard, acetate or lightweight plastic. You would then cut it out and have your very own FREE BOW EASY.

Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

TOOL TIME TUESDAY-THE BOW EASY

Hello Everyone!

This week's tool time highlights the "Bow Easy".

A lightweight, plastic gadget that allows you to make bows in different sizes.
Check out the video below:



NOW STAY TUNED FOR FRIDAY'S FABULOUS FIND BECAUSE IT WILL "TIE" BACK TO THE BOW EASY.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, May 3, 2010

CRAFTING TIP OF THE WEEK (#35) COMFY CRAFTING 101

In this week's tip I will focus on how to create an ergonomic space for crafting.

Recently I have offered up tips on craft spaces from setting up to paring down.

This week I am still focusing on our craft spaces while addressing a personal and environmental need. One that you may not have thought to make part of your focus when crafting.

Why would you want an ergonomic space you ask?

Because it is going to allow you to craft comfortably and be more in tune with your body, your art form and your environment.

Haven't you ever experienced craft related discomfort or pain? When you perform repetitive tasks you can cause muscles, tendons and or nerve tissue excessive wear & tear. As crafters, we typically practice risky postures such as hunched shoulders or backs, over reaching for tools, bent wrists, long periods of sitting & more.

By making simple changes to your posture, your work space and the way you set up your crafting area you will notice a difference.

Here are 4 essential things you can change:

1- POSTURE: this will almost immediately make your body feel better. Height & weight are your big factors here. Your back should be straight when sitting with a slight, supported curve in the lumbar or lower back region. The neck & wrists straight,shoulders relaxed, hips parallel to the floor and knees bent at a 90 degree angle. Feet should rest flat.Your work surface should sit more or less at forearm height. Your furniture should suit your individual stature.
My chiropractor gave me this information. (Thank you Dr. Reed)

2- REPETITION: this is a tough risk factor to control when crafting but we have to try because it increases strain & pressure on the joints, tendons, blood vessels & nerves. If you have ever experienced Carpal Tunnel Syndrome you know it can be caused by repetitive movements such as the ones we endure when crafting.
The most effective way to reduce repetition is to change your tasks & take breaks. Set a timer to remind you to switch jobs or if listening to music set your tasks to the music. Or the simplest thing...take frequent breaks..ie: 10 minutes each hour.
Using die-cuts or pre-made embellishments can reduce the amount of time you spend cutting & trimming eliminating scissor syndrome.

3- FORCE: there are certain tools that cause us to increase force like using craft knives or working on a slick surface. If you notice your knuckles turning colors when using a craft knife, there's your sign. Change your grip to help reduce the force. You can also reduce force by standing at a work surface when stamping or punching. Have you noticed all the new forms that punches have taken? Manufacturers have made them more ergonomical & practical for regular use.

4- LIGHTING: this is important because it can affect your vision. You want to increase task lighting to alleviate eyestrain. Proper lighting will also allow you to see your true colors.

As I researched this topic I found a few ergonomic products that may help you in your quest for total ergonomic comfort for far better productivity and overall health.

A Footrest
Pencil & Knife Grips
A Lumbar Pillow
Daylight Task Lighting like the OTT LITES
Strongarm Punch from McGill which reduces the amount of force needed to punch
Fiskars Spring Loaded Scissors
Lever Punches

Take note of how you feel when you're crafting. If you feel uncomfortable or uninspired chances are you could use a little ergonomic tune up.

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

I RECEIVED AN AWARD FROM LIZ @ LIZ'S PAPER LOFT



First, I want to thank Liz for this award. It means a lot that she cared enough about my blog to deem me worthy.

Now I must follow the award rules which are:

1. Post the award on my blog.

2. Mention the blogger who tagged me.

3. Give the prize to 5 friends.

4. Post on my blog the link to their blogs.

5. Announce everyone on their blog.

6. Make a list with 10 things that I like.

I'm giving this award to the following:

Janet @ http://lifefullofsunflowers.blogspot.com
Mercedes @ http://stampwithmercedes.blogspot.com
Karen @ http://karenskraftroom.blogspot.com
Julie @ http://scrappinjulie.blogspot.com
Wendy @ http://lvscrappin.blogspot.com

You are all truly inspirational, fun & so talented!

10 THINGS I LIKE: These will be craft related for me because if I went outside those parameters this post would not end.
****WARNING:The post may not end with the crafty goodness either...I will do my best to narrow it down. Here goes...

1- MY CRICUT EXPRESSION
2- BLING OF ALL KINDS
3- FLOWERS
4- STICKLES
5- CARDSTOCK
6- ALL TIM HOLTZ EMBELLISHMENTS ...and ALL TIM HOLTZ!
7- WEBSTERS PAGES PRODUCTS
8- ANNA GRIFFIN PRODUCTS
9- GOOD ADHESIVE (GLUE DOTS, PRO GLIDER GLUE GUN, TOMBO, ETC...)
10- RIBBON

MANY THANKS TO LIZ & ALL THOSE THAT FOLLOW ALONG, YOU'RE ALL TERRIFIC IN YOUR OWN SPECIAL WAY.

Happy Crafting!