View from the studio…

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I will get into various organization ideas and tips in future posts – to cram it all in one would be madness! To start, let me show you what it looks like in here right now.

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Trying to get a handle on the layout? Here’s a rough sketch of the studio + closet. I did one of these (many times!) when working out how to make the most of a 9×11 foot room + walk-in closet!

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Where it says “birds eye view” is the hallway… and where I took this photo from.

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If you’re trying to get organized – from your tote bag to a whole space – the #1 key is to think about how you craft. What you use. What would make your life easier. And working within the space you’ve got.

Here’s a video (link to YouTube) – you can see my studio through the years, demolition, and well as loads of new studio photos!

The most important things I’ve figured out are:

  • Leave space for more. Don’t think you can fit a supply exactly. Your amount may increase or decrease.
  • Be realistic about how organized you will actually upkeep. A drawer for paint? Great! Specific slots/rainbow order? never gonna happen.
  • Have spot(s) for mess. What I mean is, have a box, bin, or other spot where “random/mess/in progress” can go. Not a ton of space – but someplace so messy bits in progress don’t have to cover other areas.
  • Think about how you work, what will be great in practice vs looks

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For me, having cupboards and bigger bins is BAD. I just dump and shove. Having smaller areas, having things broken way down is much more useful and easier for me to keep clean.

For pens – I like having them all out and ready to work. I don’t have to go digging I can just sit down and color.

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When it comes to bits and pieces from journaling cards to ephemera to epoxy to buttons? fully removable drawers so I can pull out what I’m digging through and then put the whole drawer back.

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This fun little one is full of “for the kids” and random bits like party beads we didn’t use, sequins, bold and bright not likely to show up in my own projects items. Even better those whole drawers come out!

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My latest? This “Supplies” tub for brand new things. I like having a spot for the brand new items so I can try to break them open before they get put into my stash.

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All items like the idea-ology charms will go into their general spots/drawers once opened or used. I love having this because once upon a time a single bin is where everything went!

What are you stumped on storing? That’s what I’ll be covering next…

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Dia de los Muertos

Well, technically not a canvas this is actually a wood shallow frame that I turned around to use the back. The results? LOVE this piece!

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You can check out the whole how-to for this surprisingly easy background here is my YouTube video.

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BlueMoonScrapbooking and Scrapbook.com   carry most of the supplies I used, you can also use the affiliate links below to Simon Says Stamp.

Supplies Used:

I love these cameos so much – this one inspired my canvas.

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From the rosette (I used the snowflake design!) to the alcohol ink colored roses I just love how this turned out! It was surprisingly quick and easy too – which is always a bonus!
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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and project. I’ll be doing more with stencils in the new class I’m just starting to develop (don’t hold your breath -it’s gonna be a while!) and you can bet the turn the stencil + use it more than once to get a design like this will be used.

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Crafternoon by Hazel & Ruby: Crepe Paper Flowers

find all the info (and videos) on the Hazel & Ruby site here.

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Hazel & Ruby released a new line, perhaps the most brilliant of 2015. “Crafternoon” is now available at JoAnn fabrics (and I am guessing elsewhere after an exclusive time period…) that I have heard about via instagram where the various designers are chatting it up and sharing photos. Why is it brilliant?

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  • Kit including instructions and all supplies (outside basics like glue and scissors) included.
  • It’s like taking a craft class in a little pouch
  • Videos available on-line so you can check them out before or after you buy the product! In other words you can preview what you’ll make before you buy
  • Quality projects and great DIY kits
  • Great for novice or seasoned crafters
  • Interesting designs you can be inspired by for future

The idea that this will take you not much time (or at most just a few hours) is so inspiring! To me, it sparked my love of learning and getting a mini class part online (Video) and a kit ready to rock. The other thing that makes me love this so very much is that they have all different crafters participating. In other words, you’re getting a wide variety of talented bloggers who are sharing things they excel in – love that!

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I picked out three different DIY kits at my local JoAnn fabrics and I’m starting with the one I wanted to test out WITHOUT video to see how I did with their written instruction. I did ok… but I think the way to approach these is to watch the video then begin the craft project and use the written instructions as a reminder. I think it’s a really great touch that they did both written and video!

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The written instructions are well done but enough detail is missing that if you’re brand new to the craft it could make for less than stellar results.  I was ok with my finished flower but after watching the video I had major “AHA!” Moments that I’ll take into the future flowers I can make from this kit.

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This was just one flower (of many) I can make, and now armed with additional information and having seen the video I know my next will turn out even better. I’m so very impressed with these kits I just had to share right away! I will be back next week with #2 (A embroidery hoop!) and this time I’m watching the video first.

For more about this line you can find all the info (and videos) on the Hazel & Ruby site here.

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Ticket, Please

Before I share my project for this week’s Monday challenge with you, I first want to tell you that this will be my final entry as the leader of the Monday Challenge blog for Simon Says Stamp. A new leader will take over there beginning next week, and their challenges will continue. It has been my honor to lead that team since June 2012 (time flies!!!), but if one thing is constant that would be change. Thank you to Simon for the opportunity, and to the AMAZING design team that I was so very happy to lead.

Ah, but time flies and change must happen. I am very excited about some of the new adventures coming my way – I can’t share more just yet but I will share my project for this week’s challenge with you!

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Our challenge this week is “tickets” inspired and I got to thinking about a song…

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I first applied two of my favorite tickets to the tag, then paste, paint, some brown ink… and things took off! I love the bits and pieces, and how this all came together. How will I use this tag in particular? Well this one will eventually top a birthday gift for a special person who will really appreciate the song reference.

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Supplies Used:

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Now it is your turn- grab your crafty ticket and join us! Simon is offering a generous $50 voucher that will be randomly drawn from the eligible entries each week. Join the fun by creating a project this week – and for your chance to win a $50 voucher you should hop on over and join in the challenge here.

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More ideas than time.

It’s just a fact that I have come to accept. I will always have FAR more ideas than I will have hours in the day! So how do I pick? Well there are several factors.

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  1. What am I feeling most passionate about? This is always at the top.
  2. What can I break down into small (5-10m) sessions? Projects that are easily started + stopped without a lot of fuss are favorites.
  3. What sounds fun?
  4. What will have a big impact and make me feel like I’ve really accomplished something?
  5. Can I make it with supplies I have on hand?

Another factor, which of course bumps it to the top of the list would be if there is a deadline, or if someone else is needing me to create the project for some reason (birthday, promised, etc).

Above you see ribbons I went out and got to create a banner/flag for fall. I’ve been wanting to do one of these for a LONG time but it takes SOOO much ribbon that I’ve been waiting for a mega sale since I don’t have whole spools/loads of yardage here. And yet another factor – if I go out and buy supplies for something I want to do I have to make sure and actually do it!

way easier said than done!

Stay tuned here for plenty of seasonal crafting as I try to fill my home with more homemade touches this fall, and yes I will share the tutorials, details, and photos with you here and on my YouTube channel.

 

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