Virtual Crops ~ A Great Way to Challenge Your Creative Self!

I spent last Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. involved in a virtual crop. What is a virtual crop? It’s an online crop hosted by someone or a company. Mine was hosted by Creative Memories, and every 2 hours they challenged the participants to create pages using a certain format, a certain embellishment, etc. It was a blast!

Here are some of the pages I created from their challenges. Hopefully it inspires you to think outside of your typical scrapbook layouts. (Even I get stuck in a rut of creating very similar pages).

First challenge: Create a double page layout using more than 12 pictures.

Next challenge: Create a double page layout using this specific design: 3 pictures left, 3 pictures right, title left, journaling box bottom right, embellishment on left side.

Another challenge: Create a layout using only red, white, and black

I didn’t need the full two hours for each challenge, so inbetween I created more pages that I will upload to another post.

Hope this inspires you to create some out-of-your-comfort-zone layouts! Craft on!

Totally-Tiffany’s Laura Pack Master works great for crops & retreats!

Packing for a crop? A multi-day retreat? Need some portable options for packing your small stuff for home and for away? I absolutely LOVE Totally-Tiffany’s Laura Packmaster! As with all of her products, it’s made very well and features see-through areas so you can quickly locate your products. Pink, turquoise, or purple…you get your pick of your favorite color.

Here’s a video of how Tiffany packs her Laura bag.

You can simply put in your favorite Totally-Tiffany clear plastic organizer bags or any other bags & boxes of your small stuff you need to bring with you when you craft away from home. Here’s a link to get your own on Amazon!

 

Getting Organized in the New Year!

If you’re like every crafter I know, one of our new year’s resolutions is to get organized and stay organized in the new year. Every year. I entered 2017 with a happy smile on my face and no real organization to do! How you ask? Because I finally REALLY organized my craft room. How’d I do it? Well here’s how!

First, I took a bunch of boxes (or plastic bins, whatever you have) and began sorting things. Include an extra box for donations and an extra bag for trash. As I removed things, I placed embellishments in one box, ribbon in another, paper in another, adhesives and glues in another, tools in another.

I took my donations to my local thrift store, recycled the paper, and threw out the rest. Ahh! What a feeling to be rid of so much junk I didn’t want or need!

Then I took all of the boxes out of my room. I cleaned my room, vacuumed the carpet, cleaned the floor, cleaned my work space. I then sat at my scrapbook desk or work space, whichever you have, and began to attempt to craft or scrapbook.

When it was time to use something in one of the boxes, I’d sit at my desk and figure where I wanted it and how I wanted it set up. For me, the first thing was paper. I needed my solid color cardstock near me but off my work surface, but I also needed it to be portable for scrapbook retreats or daytime crops. So I used my Crop In Style P3. It telescopes up to allow easy access to paper but folds down to a normal rolling tote when not in use.

I’d organize that one thing. I’d find something I already had (bought NOTHING for my reorganization project) and organize things in that. Then I’d get back to scrapbooking. I would need something else, and I’d get out that box and figure out where I wanted these things and how I wanted to organize them. This way, I wasn’t overwhelmed.

For me, the next thing was embellishments. I LOVE Totally Tiffany Stash & Store boxes, and I slowly got them over the course of a year on sale. I never paid more than $18 a piece for them, and they are great for me. I reduced what was 20+ plastic boxes to this small area in an Ikea Kallax unit. Best part? PORTABLE! I can grab them and put them in a rolling tote for a crop. Ribbon, washi tape, Stickles, paints — all in this little space!

I could go at my pace — no need to do it all in one day unless you’re on a mission! But I got quite a bit accomplished in the course of a year. The key to me was buying NOTHING (nothing extra to bring into my space), using what I had, purging and donating, and continually realizing that I needed my stuff organized and near me in order to craft effectively.

Next up to organize was my patterned paper (not my themed paper — just random patterns). I had Totally Tiffany paper boxes sitting unused, so I grabbed them. I wrapped the edges with washi tape and labeled them to let me know quickly what color paper was in there. I sorted all of my paper by color and theme, and wow, has it made my life easy. Sorting paper took me almost an entire day. Be easy on yourself. It takes a while to organize. You didn’t get everything in a day. You’re not going to organize everything in a day.

Three boxes also fit in an Ikea Kallax cube, with a little bit of room to spare, so I store one box of rubber stamps next to them. This way, all of my stamps are also right next to me, and are stored in leftover space! I reduced 12 more plastic boxes to these tiny little Stamp Suitcases from Totally Tiffany and other plastic boxes I already had (note: It’s a great feeling to use stuff you have and not spend money on organizational items). You’ll see the different sized plastic boxes next to three paper boxes. Don’t have to match. Just have to work! Again, these are great for home and great for crops.

Finally, I organized my themed paper & themed embellishments. I had Cropper Hopper Page Arrangers ready to go, so I put all of my beach, sports, birthday, Christmas, Halloween, Camping, Cooking, etc. paper and stickers all together. One side fits 12.5 x 12.5 paper. The other has three pockets for embellishments and stickers.

Then I put my Page Arrangers in milk crates on top of my Ikea Kallax unit. Ideal for travel — hard plastic to avoid damaging your paper — and great for home — grab what you want to work on and go.

Now what was 40+ plastic bins, cardboard bins, and multiple shelving units is now reduced to a single Ikea Kallax 2 x 4 unit and one rolling tote. For me, it’s about organization and simplicity as well as the ease of finding something. I was driven nuts going through bin after bin after bin trying to find my stuff. Now it’s at my fingertips, organized labeled, and easy to grab. It all works great for home and ideal for travel. I have become so much more creative in my room now that I’m not wasting time trying to find things.

I’m going to post later today about how I organize the Cropper Hopper Page Arrangers so that you can get your themed paper & embellishments easily organized.

Until then, craft on! Links to my favorite products mentioned in this post are below.

Totally Tiffany Stamp Suitcases

 

Totally Tiffany Paper Boxes

Advantus Cropper Hopper Page Arrangers

Totally Tiffany Stash and Store Boxes

Struggling to find a solution for paper scrap storage?

If you are a scrapbooker, chances are you have loads of paper scraps that are too useful to get rid of. The question then becomes: How do you store them?

As usual for me, I start out at my neighborhood Good Will. I have found so many useful and inexpensive storage items there, that chances are, I’m going to find one again. And I did!

It’s a hanging banker’s box that holds file folders. I’m putting different colored paper scraps in different folders to keep them organized. Best of all, it has straps so it’s easy to move around my room or take to my car when I’m scrapbooking at a crop. Even better, the colors match my craft room perfectly 🙂

Don’t forget! Good Will is a WONDERFUL resource for scrapbook organizational items! Here’s a pretty pink one you can get for your own craft room from Amazon!

 

Have a very Merry Christmas & craft on!

Heat Press for 70% off!

Oh my goodness! An almost $700 heat press for $222! Want to make professional-appearing shirts & bags on your Cricut machine? You MUST invest in a heat press! Irons are great for when you’re starting out, but when you begin to get dozens of orders, you need to upgrade to a professional heat press. This one allows you to make caps, mugs, and anything that you can press! Cut your HTV with your Cricut, and use this heat press to apply!

Nudge your honey to get you this one while supplies last. What a deal!!