Let’s GEt a Jump Start on Christmas Cards! Stashbuster!!!

Hi Friends! Let’s use up out stash and make Christmas cards! It feels good to use up what we have rather than buying new. Today I am going to share a way to revamp your old pattern paper and use up washi tape and give you some ideas for duct tape too! If you don’t have washi and duct tape simply cut pattered paper into strips and adhere them with glue. It will be just as cute!

The duct tape and backing paper I am using is from Oriental Trading Company and the pen and adhesive are from Tombow. Do you want more quick and simple Christmas card ideas? Let me know in the comments and if there is interest I will make more! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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WOYWW #147 & Hand-Cut Cheverons

Well, folks, I had some friends over to craft last night so I had to tidy up a bit lest they find out what I slovenly pig I am! 😀 So, my desk is actually quite tidy this week:

 

Not, just my desk, check out my room:

 

Now, Let’s just pretend it looks like this all the time shall we?

 

I did manage to get 2 pages done while the ladies were over last night (now that’s a surprise!) I wanted to attempt to hand cut some pattern paper into a chevron stripe and let me tell you, that is for the birds! I glued a bunch of strips down to a sheet of cardstock on the diagonal, then repeated my pattern on another sheet of cardstock going the opposite way and cut it into strips and assembled it. I’m not going into more detail because it wastes paper lining it up and it a total time-suck. I’ve already thought of a better way. I’ll share it later.

 

And since one page was enough of that technique I just zig-zag cut some of the paper scraps and slapped it on this paper. Good enough.

 

So, what’s on your work-desk this Wednesday? If you want to have a peek at some other crafty desks head over to Julia’s blog (the gal who started the WOYWW phenomenon) and have a gander, heck, why not snap a pic of your desk and join in the fun? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Limited Supply Layouts

Last Friday I showed you a video of how I pack for a crop.  By limiting my supplies I have less to pick from therefore I can scrap quicker. Limiting your choices should not limit your creativity tho. Here is a layout I made with two sheets of the same pattern paper, one sheet for the background and the other sheet I used as embellishments. I admit these layouts are a bit plain but they tell the story and are in my album and that is good enough for me 😀

 

I did not have time to properly pull papers to go with my photos due to a kid home sick with a stomach bug so before I headed out to the crop I grabbed my newest paper stack: The Fresh Floral Stack from DCWV and my binder of scrabooking stamps. You can see my video on stamp organization here. I was fun to build a layout with paper and stamps. for an extra touch I used a fine tipped Bic Marker and a ruler to draw a frame around my photo cluster. Remeber how populat the Making Memories foam stamps were a few years ago? I used the foam stamps for my title “divas”, they hold ink as well as rubber and give a grat impression. Go ahead, dig out those moldy-oldies!

On this two page layout I also used paper from the floral stack, did a bit of stamping and kept it simple. Also I dies my ribbon with the pink inkpad I stamped the journal block with. I almost didn’t scrap these photos then I asked myself “Would my kids want to look at these photos?” and the answer was “Yes!” so into the scrapbook they go. Face it, my kids do not care what paper, embellishments of techniques I use, they just want to see the pictures of fun times. That is why I urge people to print out your photos. You don’t need to spend 4 hours on a page or scrapbook them at all, put them in a simply album so your kids can see them. Just write the names and dates on the back of the photos (like mom used to do) ans put them in a photo album and rest assured that no one is thinking the less of you for it 🙂

 

That’s all for today! Don’t forget the $1 retirement sale is going on through tomorrow at MyGrafico. I know the site was down for a bit yesterday due to high traffic but it is OK now. Til next time happy crafting!

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