How to pack light for crafting?


As I type this I am hours away from leaving for my only teaching trip of the year. I am at that phase of the cycle where you want to grab ALL THE THINGS and shove them in the suitcase. “What if I need gold and platinum stickles?”

“… and 4 instead of 2 foam blending tools”

“… and what if 3 bottles of adhesive isn’t enough?”

“…and what if…”

You know that feeling. That “quick! Grab the kitchen sink!” that grabs us whether packing for vacation or a crop. Well today as I keep my fingers busy typing so I don’t “what if” any more paint or ink I will share with you my rules for crafty packing.

  1. Whatever you’re thinking… you’ll only accomplish 1/2 or less. I recall the trip where I was going to crop in hotel rooms at night. I did once. For thirty minutes. I did not need 1/2 a suitcase worth of stickers and paper.
  2. Anything you can add on later – leave at home. This includes beloved pounds of embellishments, finished/folded cardstock for cards, and yes, even the random colors of stickles/glitter glue.
  3. Have a plan, theme, or color scheme to keep your supplies focused.
  4. Limit yourself on space, and stick to it.
  5. Bring things that multi-task. For example, white acrylic paint can be gesso or mixed with mists or paints to make colored paints and can work with stencils too. Or PPA can be the ‘everything’ liquid adhesive. Pick things that have many uses vs super specialty items.
  6. Do all the punching/die cutting ahead and at home! Need special letters or shapes? Save those projects for back home.


I used to be such a heavy packer and what I found was that I spent too much time sorting and less time doing. I’ve also found there is a joy in the creative challenge of simply  working with whatever happens to  be on hand. As I enter my “freeze! no more buying!” phase of the year I will get deeper in my stash (oh there are plenty of new things here… time to use them!!) and instead of visiting the craft store I will make it work.

I will be sure to share more about my classes after this weekend including pictures and details on what I did pack (haha!) when I get back. For now, I’m off to get some rest because it is about to be a wild 48 hours here in my world!

November 2015 Cocoa Daisy Kit & Guest!


These little kitties love being cut out from my ScanNCut2 – such fun! Even more fun is that the lovely ladies of Cocoa Daisy invited me to play along this month as a guest! This card is just the first of several- and over on my YouTube channel (link) you can see the how-to video for this. I’m very pleased with the results – but right meow I’ve gotta get back to the studio!

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Don’t forget birthdays is always a goal of mine… and I’m the worst. I’ve been known to forget my own! Ah well, at least I can craft up some cuteness for a belated gift.

Want to see more about Cocoa Daisy or check out their new kit? Here’s a link to their website.

September 2015 with Elle’s Studio


I’ve been having a blast with the September 2015 Elle’s Studio exclusives. There is a “daily routine” card that inspired this page.


Here’s a link to my video on YouTube.

Loving how this one came out – and how quickly! If you want more scrapbook layout ideas & goodness be sure you’re signed up for my Tried & True class that begins on the 10th! Info is available here – it’s going to be such a jam packed class!


Link to post #1 and post #2, and if you want more information about this kit, visit the Elle’s Studio Website!

Elle’s Studio September kit: Ah-mazing layered page

This month I’m featuring the September 2015 Elle’s Studio kit. Here’s a link to my first post. Today I’m back with a short video and layout.


My approach this time was to layer a lot of elements. I think it’s really important when I get a kit that has a bunch of small paper elements to get them used up! So some pieces here I’ve tucked in here and there. I love the results! Also used here is the Thankful paper line (by Elle’s Studio). Here is my YouTube video (link).



Another fun project using the new products, and more still to come! Next week I will check in with another project, and this time focusing on finding stash items that will work well with a partially used kit like this.

I hope you have a lovely crafty weekend.