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27 February 2015

Sorts of Every Card

In late 2013 and early 2014, I had a subscription to Studio Calico’s Project Life kits.  I also ordered a couple for Big Picture Classes and from SC’s year-end sale.

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I would use items from the kit each month – more embellishments than cards, it turns out. The clear stamp sets would be taken out and put with other clear stamps in a bin. Then I would put the box in the cabinet when the next box came, and then the next and then the next.  And so it goes.

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Then a friend who sells Close To My Heart, suggested I get their Medium Organizer which was the perfect size to fit both 3 x 4 cards and 4 x 6 cards.  Which it almost was.  Well, it was, if you want to remove dividers and use two compartments for 4 x 6 cards.  I did not measure and assumed that either size would fit into all 8 slots. (So close, and yet so far.) My bad.

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Still undeterred, I sorted out all my leftover kit cards, by brand in case I use them on design work. You may not know that many designers contribute to Studio Calico kits. The first two slots, by far the most cards, are Studio Calico, square and rounded corners divided.  The others shown here: In a Creative Bubble, Life Love Paper, One Little Bird, Paislee Press and my current fave, Hello Forever.

There were other American Crafts sister brands represented too – Dear Lizzy and Amy Tangerine.  Those two groups of cards were larger so I put those with their 12 x 12 patterned papers, thinking they would coordinate there as well.

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Naturally, it would not be as simple as seeing the brand printed on each card, I had to look up each kit on the Studio Calico website, where luckily they do a card key showing each card’s designer. It took me only 5 chapters in my current audiobook (an hour and 1/2) to sort it all out.  If the designer also supplied other bits and bobs, I threw those in too.

Was it worth the extra effort to do this sorting, you ask?  Overall I saved a little space, but I made the supplies more visible which always helps in getting them used up.  Also, the sorting process reacquainted me with what I had, another key to using them.  Finally, they are now more portable for crops.  Subdivided and sorted, done and dusted, case closed!

26 February 2015

Cards of Every Sort

Just a quick post today to show you cards, cards of every sort – incoming and outgoing.

First, more postcards arrived from blog friends joining in Sian’s Valentines Swap.  The left one is from Carole Anderson in the UK.  She loves this book – which I have to admit I have never read, although it has been downloaded on my Nook for over a year. I love the shades on pink on this card.  The right one is from Maya, a transplant from the Midwest to the Northeast US, where she loves to visit New York. Going to some Broadway shows in New York is definitely on our bucket list.  Now into my PL pocket page protector, these two beauties will go.  I’m wondering from where No. 6 will be coming.

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Secondly, with all the traveling we are doing, I needed some cute little cards in which to stick the tip for housekeeping at the hotels.  I decided to employ some leftover WRMK everyday life cards, cutting some in half to make a pocket and using only odds and ends to embellish them.  I kept it quick by printing a label instead of stamping one.  I am hoping to  stamp on the next round – wishfully that will be soon meaning I have used these up on more trips!

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Third, cards I made using the Stampin Up Set in my February Counterfeit kit, called Love You More.  I was glad to use up 2 more of these heart shaped buttons from a box of scrappy finds picked up at a flea market last year or the year before; there were quite a lot of them in various colors.  These match Stampin Up’s trendy new Blackberry Bliss ink perfectly.  The music stamp there is by Anna Griffin for All Night Media.

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Finally, this Valentine’s card using scraps from my January Counterfeit kit.

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Looking back on this month, I had a lot of time for blogging between the Village kit and five other projects that I scrapped and then blogged.  We were out-of-town for the first 3 weekends of the month, so that means my scrappy time is coming during the week.  Just imagine the scrapping I could get done if home on a weekend, like this coming one.  High on the agenda will be tackling this one pound envelope of prints I ordered from our first two trips.

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I hope you get some scrappy time in this weekend as well.

25 February 2015

It Takes A Scrap Village–Day Twelve, The Last

Time to wrap it up, I’d say! Tie it up with a pretty bow.  The first ever Snap, Snip & Scrap Village kit as compiled by the merriest band of scrapbookers around.

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So there.  Pick one and your work will be finished.

Mine, on the other hand, will just be starting.  Sit back relax and take pride in your civic responsibilities having been fulfilled.   I will compile the kit of your collective choices, and do the big reveal soon.  You might just be surprised at how it has all turned out.  And why, as well.

Thanks for your help.

24 February 2015

Tuning In

Tune Out and Tune In – a Counterfeit Kit layout

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Story: On the bus ride to a band competition, my daughter and her friend put on their big sunglasses and big headphones so that they can listen to music and not be distracted by everything else happening on a bus full of teenagers.  They must have been feeling more competitive than social that day. They snapped this selfie because they both have similar hairstyles, earphones and even sunglasses.  Hopefully you can see enough of her friend's outline there to get the drift. It was pretty cute and one of the photographs my daughter chose to include in the senior year slideshow at graduation, so it was definitely scrap-worthy.

Style: I have been seeing versions this sketch all over the Internet with its diagonal rows of shapes in the top left corner.  My one inch square punch made quick work of those.  And as you can see, I am back to my big titles, although those letters are flat ones from Sassafras.

Stash: In addition to my February Counterfeit kit, I grabbed the pink Heidi Grace letters, the pink Stampin Up buttons and the Colorbok green epoxy square from my stash.  Time to complete – about an hour.  I was pretty tuned in as well.  :-)


23 February 2015

It Takes A Scrap Village–Day Eleven

Like a cat that lives many lives, today we have a little more variety in our choices.  Oh the colorful possibilities.  Things might even get a bit messy – goody!!

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Which one do you think is Write?  One more post will wrap up this little adventure that we started way back here, early this month.  Hasn’t it gone by fast?