December Daily: Supplies

December Daily: Supplies

I was reading Ali Edward’s blog about a month ago and learned that over the last few years, she created a scrapbook called December Daily. I really like the idea and love many of her ideas, but I want to put my own spin on it. I decided to do a 6″x6″ due to cost and how many pictures I plan to include. Between Michaels, Target, Amazon, and Scrapbook.com, I purchased a bunch of things for my 6″x6″ album. Pages: Clear Acrylic Album – 6″x6″ Circle – by Clear Scraps Chipboard Album – 6″x6″ Square Tabbed – by Clear Scraps Chipboard Album – 6″x6″ Flower – by Colorbok Chipboard Album – 6″x6″ Scalloped Square – by Colorbok Page Protectors – 6″x6″ – by American Crafts 8.5″x11″ 9 Pocket Sports Card Page Protectors – Fit 3-Ring Binder – 25 sheets Clear Acrylic Covers – 6″x6″ Square – Bind It All – by Zutter Various 12″x12″ Patterned Transparency Sheets by Fancy Pants, Teresa Collins, & Hambly Studios Embellishments: Eskimo Kisses Christmas Collection – 6″x6″ Paper Pad – by Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses Christmas Collection – Felt Stickers Woolies – by Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses Christmas Collection – Black Rub-ons – by Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses Christmas Collection – White Rub-ons – by Basic Grey Thickers Chipboard Number Stickers – Jewelry Box in Chestnut – by American Crafts Thickers Glitter Number Stickers – Sprinkles in White – by American Crafts Stamping & Embossing: Large Clear Stamp Block – by Inkadinkado Clear Stamps – Month & Days – by Inkadinkado Clear Stamps – Dot Fourishes – by Inkadinkado Embossing Pad Embossing Powders Embossing Heat Tool Other necessary materials: 4″x6″ Photo Paper 3″ book rings ArtBin Single Compartment 15″X14″X3.5″...

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Flower Shirt

Flower Shirt

I took an online class to learn about decoratively sewing flowers on a shirt from Elizabeth Kartchner. It was a lot of fun. I look forward to learning more from her. Everyone who is taking the class is posting comments to try to win a package of free scrapbooking goodies. Here are her ways to leave a comment and my actual comments: Leave a comment if you share a picture of your project (whatever stage it’s at… pinned, finished, no pins yet) on our class message board. Under the thread called: Where I’m at: giveaway. I posted my “not started” picture under the Where I’m at: giveaway. Hopefully this Wednesday, I will finally get to work on it! Leave a comment if you completed all the answers to the Handout from Lesson 2. I completed my handout! I am still not happy with all of my answers, but more than 1/2 are the best ones I could think of and the remaining ones I can work on improving. I am trying to figure out what to do with my answers now. I don’t want to get rid of them, but I don’t know if I want to publish them on my private blog either. Leave a comment if you blog or Facebook or Twitter something you’ve enjoyed in this class. (Leave 3 comments if you do all 3… or 2 or 1.) I blogged about how much I was going to enjoy this class a while back before I even got my flowers. I really did enjoy everything about this class. :-) Facebook comment and picture of final product posted! Leave a comment if you blog about your finished project. I blogged about my finished shirt and included all of my comments on this post in my blog post to remind me of my answers. Leave a comment if you are already thinking of another fun thing to make with what you’ve learned. Even before the class started, I was trying to think of other applications for hand sewing flowers. I definitely want to try adding some flowers to gifts for friends and family for the holidays and/or their birthdays. I know my cousin would love a flower decorated outfit for her little girl’s 2nd birthday which is really soon. Leave a comment with something you’ve enjoyed about this class. There are so many aspects of this class that are wonderful: self paced, easy to follow, thought provoking, something new for me to learn… in addition, I have to say my FAVORITE thing about this class is my friend Carla came over today and we worked on our shirts together. This may not seem like a big thing to...

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Bead Tackle Box

Bead Tackle Box

One of my January goals is to start making and selling necklaces on Etsy. With all new ventures, there is start-up involved. My start-up involved: beads, wire, and a way to organized everything. I purchased new materials and made 3 new necklaces to list and then wondered how many other materials I had but knew that most were in a bin upstairs that took me bringing everything out of the bin to see what I had. I was determined to get my beads and supplies organized. While celebrating my birthday by going out to dinner with my husband’s dad and step-mom, we got to talking about my crafting hobbies. I mentioned wanting to organize my beads and my husband’s dad suggested using a tackle box. I said that I had looked into them briefly a little while ago and hadn’t found anything that would work. When we got home, I started looking at tackle boxes – they have come a long way. After searching that evening, I narrowed my choices to 3 possibilities. I mentioned to my husband my choices and my logic. My logic being: When I am looking at two things where one is a cheaper version and the other is better quality version, to wait, do my research, and consider that later I will probably want the better quality one. Money is saved in the long run not buying the cheaper one just to turn around and buy the better quality one later. There is less waste and time is saved too since I won’t be trying to sell the old things. I’ve been trying to follow this logic for a little while now – some things are just not possible, but in most cases the logic works pretty well. The tackle box I finally chose, ordered, and received has the potential for almost 200 compartments! I know it was a bit much in cost, but every last bead I own fits in this box plus lots of room to grow. I could even use it for lots of other craft stuff should I decide not to continue with beading after a while – even though I have been beading something since sometime before my teens. This afternoon and evening I worked on sorting the beads and filling up the tackle box. Now, I need to list the necklaces on Etsy by the end of the month. Hopefully, they will sell and I can make more and get some real use out of this tackle...

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Child-Friendly Ornaments

Child-Friendly Ornaments

This year for Christmas I was planning on making my friend’s children pillow case covers with their favorite things right now, but ended up running out of time. So, I was looking around Michael’s Craft Store for some inspiration and something I could do rather quick but would still be well received. I remembered that my friend was using paper ornaments this year for her Christmas tree due not wanting her ornaments broken (the children are 1 & 3). I found some wooden figures that I thought I could turn into ornaments with some wire and hotglue. With the selection I had, I chose what I thought they would like. A butterfly and dog for the girl and a turtle and train for the boy. I thought that even if they do get broken, they are wood and can easily be glued back together. Update: Shortly after the holidays, we went to see my friend and her husband and gave her children the ornaments. They were sweet at first and looked like they liked them. They were put on the tree and all was good. Until their son swatted at the one playing with it and then their daughter proceeded to swing at them all and throw them to the floor one by one – they did not get broken! I would have normally taken some offense and thought they really didn’t like the ornaments, but hopefully this behavior of  “removing” the ornaments is why my friend did not put her good ornaments on the tree. Once they went up to bed, I casually walked over to the little beaten down ornaments, made sure they were okay, and placed them back on the tree. Maybe tomorrow will be a better day for the...

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Scrapbook Center Revised

Scrapbook Center Revised

After a few months, I finally got back to organizing my scrapbook station in the living room. I was able to remove the green canvas bins like I wanted. I found some pink plastic containers and little glass bottles in my container bin in the attic and used them for embellishment organization. I am very happy with the layout now and can get to everything...

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