Saturday, January 12, 2013

Revisit Your Stash

I signed up for a class over at Big Picture Classes called Artful Parenting: The Transitional Tween Years. *A discussion about my tween, would take a whole 'nother blog post...ummm scratch would take a whole 'nother BLOG! And since I can barely keep up with this one, there won't be a blog devoted to my tween anytime soon, although there should be!* But I digress...

So N E way...once of our tasks was to put together a journal so that we would have a place to put the provided resources as well as the bits and pieces we glean from doing the exercises and other activities.

I purchased one of the new Recollections journals (similar to Smash books, but they're three-ring binders) and wanted to decorate the cover. For the most part, the cover was blank except for the Polaroid-looking squares, the black triangle and the quote "Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion."

I decided to add pictures of my "tween" to the Polaroid squares, but I needed something else. I went searching through my Clip-It-Up (which is overladen with "stuff") and came across these stickers about sons and boys. They have a copyright date of 2002! I added some Washi tape, a few bits of cardstock, a little red marker, and the "boys will be boys" sticker and called it done!

Wonder what other gems I have hiding in my stash? Maybe this will renew my pledge to self to minimize shopping for scrappy stuff... What do you think?

So the lesson for today is this: Don't sleep your stash. You may have lots of hidden gems in there that you've probably forgotten about in your quest to have the latest and greatest.

All the best!

Monday, January 7, 2013

My Favorites from 2012

Proof positive that I really did do some crafting in 2012. Some of these may have been posted before...

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Fake out Mistakes!

One of the really wonderful things about being a crafter is that most of the time you can use creativity to fix mistakes. If I’m working on a project and something’s not coming out right, I’m not one to spend too much time dwelling over it and trying to make it right. Instead, I’m gonna try and figure out a work around.

On Friday, I hosted the Friday Night Challenge over at SOC. The challenge for that week was a layout. I decided that I wanted to use a MS Punch-Around-the-Page to make a frame for the picture. Try as I might, I could not get my punches to line up. I found two different sets of measurements, and tried to punch the border twice using both sets of measurements. I gave up after the second go round. *If anyone can tell me the correct measurements to use and/or how to make a seamless punched border all around, I am all ears!*

I didn’t want to waste my paper though, so I figured that in some shape, form or fashion, I would be able to disguise the boo-boos. And disguise them I did with a few glittery flourishes and some flowers. Problem solved! And here is my completed layout! BTW... the word "regenerate" is my word for 2013 because I have some serious overhauling to do!

As part of the FNC, participants had to make an ATC, bookmark, door hanger or small piece of wall art that highlighted their word for 2013. The requirements were to use a picture or die-cut that represents the word, "2013," at least three brads and at least three flowers. This is what I came up with.

Participants also had to make two cards. For the first they could only use black, white, gold and only ONE other color of cardstock. They had to include  a New Year’s sentiment, champagne glasses (stamped, die-cut or stickers),  a flourish and  some bling. The second card used a Page Maps sketch. The only additional requirements were to use floss or twine and at least one tag or charm. 

So today's lesson is this...don't let those little mistakes stress you out. Use your creativity to find a way to cover them or incorporate them into your design.

Happy New Year!