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DIY Tim Holtz Ink Blending Foam Storage Organization

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in featured, organization, Organizing, Tutorials | 0 comments

It has been a long time since my last post.  With the new year, one of my goals is to be a better blogger and video maker.  I have been very focused lately on organizing my craft room.  I recently moved all my craft items into a different room and purchased a lot of new storage pieces.  With moving into this new area and combining both my paper crafts and jewelry making items, it has left me with very little table top and cabinet top space for a proper ink applicator and foam carousel organizer.  In trying to come up with a solution that worked for me, I came up with a very simple and easy way to store the foam allowing me to have a foam piece for each of the 48 Distress Ink colors instead of wasting foam with color mixing.  The frugal nature in me hates to mix colors in the foam causing one big, unusable mess in the end.

It is just a simple and easy solution but I hope it might help someone with the same problem I have.  I have placed the product list below the video below in case you are looking for exactly what I used. If you have a different non-conventional solution, I would love to get your comments.


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New Vintage Digital Collage Sheets

Posted by on Jun 20, 2010 in Collage Sheets, featured, Organizing | 0 comments

I hope everyone has been having a great weekend. I haven’t had any new videos lately but I will be doing some hopefully tomorrow. We have been in the middle of an office redesign to try to give both me and my hubby more space. We both are artsy and he is okay creating in a messy space. Left to his own devices, the room would be a total disaster. I, on the other hand, go into shut down mode in a mess, so I win! LOL.. I will have to post some pics when it is finally all done.

I did get some time at nights to work on some digital collage sheets which I have wanted to do for quite some time. They are very time consuming but I can’t wait to use them in my own scrabble/glass tile jewelry and ATCs. I have three of them up for sale in my etsy and decided to add a page here. If your interested in purchasing them, please check out the link the the title bar or visit my etsy at lifeinpaper.etsy.com.

I can’t wait to start my next one. Take a look at some of the samples (full image page is on the collage sheet page).

Retro Small Appliances Collage Sheet
Vintage Transportation COllage Sheet

Vintage Ladies Collage Sheet #1I hope you like them.  My favorite is the vintage appliances, although I do love the ladies.  I really think they would look great colored in with Copic markers (if I only had some Copic markers, lol).  Will have to settle for my colored pencils.

I hope y’all have a wonderful week.

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DIY homemade cling rubber stamp storage

Posted by on May 28, 2010 in Haul, Organizing, Tutorials | 0 comments

I recently received an order from River City Rubber Works (click here to see the stamps).  They sat on my desk for a few days and I just looked at them like gollum on the Lord of the Rings – my precious…  It was time today that I actually put them away to be productive this weekend as I just can’t seem to create in chaos.  I just couldn’t figure out what to do with them so I piled them up and threw them in a plastic bin where I was storing my completed cards and there just happened to be one of my laminated dividers at the front and one of the stamps just stuck to it and stick really good. I tested them out and figured it out.  Thirty minutes later, they were pretty much all organized and ready for a binder.  I decided to make a video.  Maybe it will help others.

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stamping for sanity

Posted by on Apr 25, 2010 in Life, Organizing | 0 comments

I started thinking about today the time I spent not being for a lack of a better term “artsy” or lets just say the in between time.  After I decided to take a break from beadmaking, it was a relief that I finally had just decided.  The extra coin was nice to go shopping with and such but it became more of a job than an enjoyment.  Looking back now, after about the first month my mind became a mess, one big gobbledygook of racing thoughts.  I really just chalked it up to women stuff, the holidays, etc.  It really wasn’t until today that I realized that was not the case anymore, there is a nice open clearing where once stood herds of wild buffalo.  I really believe that some people can be happy just relaxing, but I really feel like if I don’t keep busy, I am not accomplishing anything.  I have to keep my hands busy and my mind busy with some sort of focus – planning, lists, designing, etc.  Its amazing what a little bit of stamping and cardmaking can do.

Anyway, I haven’t got any new cards to show but I do have new ones but decided to try submitting them to publications for they heck of it.  Here’s hoping someone might like them.

I do have one thing to show which I am in love with.  I opened our local craigslist which never has anything good but this time a local scrapbooker was selling a variety of scrapbooking items including a ClipItUp.  Both tiers plus the cover and a bunch of extra stickers.  It was meant to be.  I had been waiting to purchase one but always held back because shipping is always outrageous.  I got such a great dealy.  Only $50 for everything.  You can’t beat that.  I have it loaded all up and its such a space saver.

Please excuse the mess behind it, it’s organized chaos.  I really just love it.  If I had space for an additional one, I would purchase it for my stamps.  The only negative I have for it is the racks tend to flip toward you if it gets unevenly heavy on one side, so I fixed it for myself and put a Zot dimensional adhesive under each on the arms and it worked like a charm.

Anyway, its super late here.  I hope everyone has a great Sunday.

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