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.

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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:

Saturday, September 27, 2014

NBC Parks & Recreation Season 7 Inspired Blog Hop: DIY Friendship Card & Waffle Bar

Thank you for joining the Parks & Recreation Season 7 Inspired Blog Hop!

I am sharing a DIY Friendship Card & Waffle Bar!  Amy Poehler's character, Leslie Knope, is known for her love of waffles and once said "We have to remember what's important in life:  friends, waffles, and work.  Or waffles, friends, work.  But work has to come third."  I love this quote!

Here is my supplies list for the DIY Friendship Card (I kept it simple!):

- Cardstock paper for card and "waffle"
- Black Marker
- Pink Marker (for "Leslie Knope" signature)
- Bling or sequins for the "butter"
- Circle punch to create the "waffle"
- Ribbon or twine

This card could actually be an card to a good friend or an invitation to a Waffle Bar Party too!

Here are the steps to make the card:

Step 1:  Fold the cardstock (I used white) to create your card.  You can select any size, I make a 5 by 7 sign as I planned to use it as an invitation for my Waffle Bar Party.

Step 2:  In your own handwriting writing with a black marker, stickers or die cut letters write out "Waffles, Friends, Work", or "Friends, Waffles, Work" - just be sure that "Work" is last. 

Step 3:  Create the waffle that goes in the bottom right using yellow cardstock and weaving it togeher, once you have a small square you can use your circle punch to create your "waffle".

Step 4:  Add some gold bling to be the "butters" on your waffle - I used pop dots so the butter would look like it was floating on top of the waffle.

Step 5:  Use a hold punch in the top left and right corners and thread a ribbon through the holes.  You can use this card as either a greeting card, invitation to a Waffle Bar Party or a sign at your party!  
Here are some "yummy" waffle toppings  ideas for a Waffle Bar Party!

- BUTTER, of course!
- Peanut Butter
- Bananas
- Maple Syrup
- Nutella
- Strawberries or any kind of berries
- Jelly
- Whip Cream
- Cake decor sprinkles

Here are 8 other blogs to check out on the Hop too!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Eileen Hull Class at Prima Outlet Store this Saturday, September 27

Eileen Hull (and Scotty her camper) are traveling teaching from Virginia to California and Prima Outlet Store in Ontario is one of the stops on the Paper Trail Tour - this Saturday, September 27th from 10 am - 3 pm!
Sign up for this exclusive workshop where you'll create two adorable projects using Eileen's Sizzix dies as a base and decorate with beautiful Prima flowers and embellies. 

Cost is only $65. Since Eileen will be on the road, the best way to pay is through Paypal. Just go to and select "Send money", type in, enter the amount, and send. 

This is truly a unique opportunity to meet and learn from Eileen!!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Eileen Hull Inspiration Team: September "Fall Back" Challenge

As you may know, I live in Southern California - Fall is far from here!  I am - nonetheless - enjoying getting my fall crafts started.
Here is the supplies list for the "Fall Wreath" I created for this month's Art with Heart Challenge:

- Straw wreath
- Burlap wired ribbon
- Prima Flowers
- Buttons
- 2 sewing pins
- Twine
- Eileen Hull Designs "Box with Lid, Cake Slice" Sizzix XL Die
- Sizzix Big Shot
- Die cut letters to spell "Fall"
- Scrapbook papers
- Tape runner adhesive
- Hot glue
- Heavy duty hole punch

Step 1:  WREATH:  Wrap the wreath with the burlap ribbon completely.  Hot glue the ribbon to itself on what you want to be the back side of the wreath.  TIP:  Overestimate on the ribbon length.  It will vary based on the width of the ribbon.

Step 2:  BANNER:  Next you will use your Sizzix Big Shot to create the "FALL" banner.  I used the Cake Slice die and ran a piece of thin cardboard through it since I would be covering it with scrapbook paper.  You can also run the scrapbook paper at the same time.  I used double-sided scrapbook paper so that it would coordinate well.  Once the 4 slices and papers are cut, you will use tape runner adhesive to adhere them.  Once you have these adhered, you should use a heavy duty hole punch to pierce holes to run the twine through the banner.  You can now add the die cut letters with foam dot adhesives, this helps to add a bit of dimension to the banner.  You can then string the banner together with a piece of twine - be sure to overestimate on the twine.  TIP:  Use a small piece of washi tape at the end of the twine to prevent fraying while you string the banner.

Step 3:  FLOWERS:  I used Prima flowers for this banner.  These flowers are great because they sell coordinating colors (I picked fall colors) and also they are stackable.  I used hot glue because I was trying to get the wreath done quickly, you can also use Aleene's Turbo Tacky to adhere the flowers and button centers.  TIP:  My favorite buttons are Buttons Galore :)

You should hot glue the flowers to the wreath - be sure that you have the spacing correctly as hot glue is not really forgiving on a burlap surface.

Step 4:  BANNER:  After the flowers are secured, now you can use the 2 sewing pins to position the banner.  I found sewing pins with small leaves on the ends - but really you can use any sewing pins!

Step 5:  Hang up your beautiful fall banner!

I liked using this Sizzix XL die set in an unconventional way - get creative with your dies and other craft materials!  The possibilities will surprise and excite you.

Enter the Art with Heart Challenge by clicking here.  
Good luck and Happy Fall to you Crafters!


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