Thursday, October 30, 2014

CRAFTFAIL by Heather Mann

Are you looking for the perfect holiday or birthday gift for that CRAFTER who has every scrapbook paper, button, glitter, adhesive, twine, sticker, paper punch and ribbon? Errrr, dare I say "Craft-aholic".  Well, I have got your answer!!!  

The book CRAFTFAIL celebrates that not every craft project that we do is worthy of "pinning" - and that it's alright to fail.  I'm definitely not one for failure (you know I'm an attorney right?) but not every craft project that I make will garner the much desired "thumbs up" or "double tap" on social media.  It's ok though - when you craft you are attempting what many will not dare to do -- be creative!  

Thank you Heather Mann for celebrating crafting in a very comical way!!!


Beautiful festive turkey cookies end in a sad, hot mess of icing. Cute, “easy-to-make” glitter pumpkins become a puddle of sparkling goop. A gingerbread house becomes what can only be described as a house of horrors. Like it or not, we’re all familiar with the crushed expectations of the creative process, because let’s face it, we’re not Martha.

CRAFTFAIL (Workman; November 2014) illustrates the hilariously gruesome underbelly of the creative process. Inspired by her own craft experiences, Heather gathered real-life home decor fails, fashion fails, holiday fails, food fails, kid crafting fails, and best of all—EPIC fails (those projects that are so inspiring that they are attempted again and again by members of the crafty tribe to, quite frankly, disastrous results)! Filled with over 100 full-color photographs of the hoped-for outcome and the underwhelming reality (plus captions pointing out what went wrong), these embarrassing and often pathetic crafting attempts are the stuff that gets the “A for Effort” and LOL for outcome.

But amidst all the terrible failure is a celebration of those among us who are brave enough to pick up the scissors and get crafty! Because even if you can’t make a handsome Papier mâché stag to hang on your wall, why shouldn’t you try? As Heather says, you learn more from trying and failing than not trying at all. And when it does go wrong—as it inevitably will—you can always find solace in sitting back and laughing at the ridiculous results. As one anonymous crafter said: “It wasn’t supposed to end this way.” Luckily for us, it did.    

Heather Mann, the founder of and, has been crafting with middling success all her life, but blogging expertly since 2000. She is also cofounder of The Blueprint Social, a social media consulting company and network of influential bloggers, and cohost of the web show Get a Little Creative. She lives and crafts in Salem, Oregon.


A Publisher’s Weekly Top 10 Lifestyle Book, Fall 2014

Library Journal Editor’s pick for Fall 2014!

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Disclosure:  Mothership Scrapbook Gal was not compensated for this book review, but did receive a complimentary copy of CRAFTFAIL to read and be inspired by!  It worked and the crafting (and failing) will continue to take place at Mothership Scrapbook Gal Headquarters in Riverside, California.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

2014 Popcorn Box Blog Hop

2014 Popcorn Box Blog Hop

Wow!  It's the week of HALLOWEEN and fall weather is definitely here to stay.  I am so thrilled to be part of the 2014 Popcorn Box Blog Hop!  There is are an amazing group of bloggers that put their crafty mojo to work on "crafting up" a fun Popcorn Box and the possibilities do show that creativity abounds!

Here is my supplies list for my Popcorn Box that I call my "Fall Hoot" Popcorn Box:
Supplies Needed:
Popcorn Box
Scrapbook Papers
Felt embellishments (got mine at Target)
Burlap (small piece)
Hot glue gun & glue sticks
Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue
Tape runner adhesive
Rick rack

Step 1:  SCRAPBOOK PAPERS: Begin by tracing your box onto scrapbook papers of your choice to create the background for your box.

Step 2:  HOT GLUE YOUR BURLAP:  Next, take a small piece of burlap and fold it and secure it by using hot glue.

Step 3:  EMBELLISH:  Embellish the box with felt embellishments (or any kind of 3D stickers are great!)

Step 4:  RIBBONS:  Add more texture by including ribbon, twine or rick rack at the top portion of the box.

Step 5:  BUTTONS:  Because I love buttons I added them by using Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue by I Love to Create to the burlap portion of the box.

This craft project is fun and allowed me to use several fall "scraps" that were on my table.  I love that it ended up coordinating with my latest favorite popcorn mix - cheddar and caramel - YUM!!!  

Have fun and enjoy the 2014 Popcorn Box Blog Hop.  I hope you are inspired and will enter the fun Giveaway that Laura Kelly Designs has coordinated for the #PopcornBlogHop14.  Be sure to use this hashtag if you create a Popcorn Box too!

Happy Fall & Halloween!

- Miss Rina

Join the awesome Popcorn Box Blog Hop Giveaway!!!

The prize is a $50 Fandango Movie gift card, a pack of popcorn boxes from World Market and $45 of I Love to Create craft supplies to get your craft on.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Eileen Hull Inspiration Team: October "Tricks & Treats" Challenge

This month's Eileen Hull Inspiration Team post is very special to me!  I recently got to see Eileen during her Paper Trail Tour and her energy is so contagious.  I am so proud to see Eileen road tripping through the United States - meeting old friends and making new ones.  It is an honor to be her friend and on her Design Team!!!
This month ends in the holiday that kicks of the Holiday Crafting Season!!!  We will celebrate and craft up goodies for Halloween, then Thanksgiving and then... Christmas and New Years!  This is a busy time - so I created a craft that has the "busy bee" in mind.

These tags can be used for a neighborhood "Boo" Bag, for bags of candy or for a Hostess Gift!

Here is the Supplies List for my "Boo" Tags:

1.  Sizzix Products - Scoreboard Dies:
- Bigz Die - Tags #3
- Eileen Hull - Flower Layers with Heart Petals
- Eileen Hull - Labels & Buttons
- Eileen Hull - Borders & Hydrangeas
2.  Kraft Cardstock Paper
3.  Halloween Scrapbook Papers
4.  Tape Runner Adhesive & Foam Dots
5.  Bling
6.  Ribbon and/or Twine
7.  "Boo" rubber stamp and black ink stamp pad
8.  Pumpkin (or any shape) paper punch tool
How to Make a "Boo" Tag

Step 1:  DIE CUT:  I first die cut the Kraft cardstock for the tags.  I then die cut the Halloween Scrapbook Papers with the various Eileen Hull Designs dies.

Step 2:  PUMPKINS:  I then punched the Pumpkin pieces and stamped them with the word "Boo".

Step 3:  GET CREATIVE:  I then mixed and matched the Halloween Scrapbook Paper die cuts with the Pumpkin pieces.  The pumpkin pieces are adhered with a foam dot and the Halloween die cuts are adhered with a tape runner adhesive, or Aleene's Turbo Tacky glue will work too for the smaller pieces!

Step 4:  RIBBON & TWINE:  I added a ribbon to the tags for a finishing touch and tied them with twine to mason jars filled with kraft colored shred and mini candy bars!  I am planning to give them to some of my special friends who help me with my craft business.
Are you going to join the "Art with Heart Challenge" this month?  I hope you do - we love to see what fun projects you create with Eileen's Sizzix Scoreboards!

For the information of the October Challenge click here:  

Happy Tricks & Treats!

- Miss Rina

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Craft Room Organization: The 6-Month Rule

I am so happy to welcome back XOXORGANIZING for another blog post on Craft Room Organization!  The tips that their owner, Sara Barba, offers are so smart and easy to implement!  Today she provide an approach to "managing your crafty stash".

6-Month Rule for Crafty Gals

We’re constantly bringing in new craft items into our lives- more buttons, more embellishments- do we ever not love anything crafty?. How can we possibly manage not to be buried under our craft supplies? The answer is the 6-month rule. Follow these rules to be the most organizer crafter you know:

1. Every 6 months, I want you to go through your craft drawers, boxes and bins. Take a look to see what you have and what more you really want. 

2. If you make a squishy face when you come across a crafty item, I want you to think about whether or not you'll still use that item. A good indicator of future behavior is past behavior, so ask yourself, “When was the last time I crafted with this?”

3. If you decide you won’t be using a craft item, I want you to immediately put it in a donate box (or toss it if it’s totally unusable by someone else.) Get the item out of your life within a week (two weeks maximum). 

4. After you decide which unwanted items are to be donated/tossed, I want you to go back and evaluate each drawer, box and bin to make sure your crafts are organized by like categories. 

Make sure you repeat these steps every 6 months.

XOXOrganizing is also generously hosting a giveaway for a $60 Gift Certificate towards an Organization Session with XOXOrganizing on our blog this month!  Enter via Rafflecopter and Good Luck!
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

3 Things on My Craft Table

Well hello CRAFTERS - I can't believe it's already OCTOBER!!!

Here are 3 things on my craft table now:

1.  Buttons Galore - Buttons by Laura Kelly

I love buttons, I love my dear friend and craft extraordinaire - Laura Kelly - good thing she makes buttons!!!  She is always creating and is an amazing inspiration and mentor to me.  

You can buy the buttons here:
2.  Crafty Chica for iLovetoCreate - Dia De Los Muertos Papers  

These fancy papers were at Michael's for the month of September and are now available online at
3.  Pencils 

My favorite are the ones from my paper flowers class with Tania Fischer Design.  These pencils make my crafting times even happier!  You can buy them online on Tania's Etsy Shop:


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