I worked really hard in the coming weeks of Christmas to create this personalized photo calendar for my parents and sister. Overall, I love how it turned out. I would like to come up with a better solution to connect the flaps other than the binder rings, but they get the job done. Some day, if I ever have time again, I will post directions on how to create it. It was quite time-consumer, but hopefully I can come up with a faster way to create it down the road.
Something I’m very excited about is that I joined a Facebook group called 2016 Bash Your Stash Challenge. We are a group of ladies around the world who are going to use 2016 to challenge ourselves to craft and scrap with our supplies on-hand rather than going out and buying, buying, buying then not using. I think this will be a great challenge for me. I have such a wonderful stash of supplies that I can’t wait to start using. I going to try hard to stick to the rules. One good thing is that I’m still allowed to buy tools or necessities like page protectors, ink, tape, and glue. I won’t be able to resist Black Friday deals next year, but hopefully that will be the only time I buckle.
While I do have one more order I’ve placed for crafty goodies this year, I already started to embrace the challenge by creating this Photo Christmas Gift for my kids’ great grandma. I bought those super pretty flowers years ago but hadn’t found the right use for them until today. I also don’t use ribbon or gems nearly enough so was happy to be able to incorporate them. I also whipped out the hot glue gun which I hardly ever use. Let the challenge begin!
I don’t have a lot of time these days to think through photos or layouts so when I had a little time to myself last night, I decided to put my crafting itch to use by decorating my planner. I kept it pretty minimal for now, but was able to use my washi tape and some small stamps I haven’t used before.
I have Christmas supplies to last a few years, but I don’t have a lot of time these days, so I created a few holiday gift tags as a quick and easy project this weekend.
Fiskars What a Hoot to/from stamp
Fiskars Terrific Tags to/from stamp
Recollections Jolly Jamboree paper pack
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Fiskars 1-1/2 inch circle punch
Dooglebug lime green bakers twine
Sizzix Christmas Dots embossing folder
My Favorite Things Blue Prints 1 button die
Lime green jewels
I’ve been MIA since February with the birth of my first child, but hopefully I’ll be getting back into my crafty groove soon! Right before I went on my hiatus, I received a personalized stamp that I had ordered off of Etsy. I love how it turned out! Now I just need to start posting regularly since I’ll be stamping my website on the back of all my cards. 😉
November 25th was my second craft fair in Independence, Wisconsin. I was able to find card holders that were easy to set up and looked way more professional. I didn’t sell as many cards as I would have liked, but I realize that the craft fair is more something to look forward to every year rather than trying to make a bunch of money (which is not the reason I do this). I enjoyed spending the day with my mother-in-law, and providing cards to the people who were really excited about them. There were actually a couple people who were return customers from last year, which was pretty exciting.
Until our basement is finished this summer, my craft room has been set up in the spare room. I wanted to show pictures just for fun, but also wanted to share one of the best Christmas gifts I’ve ever gotten. My mom searched high and low for a card holder of some sort. She was able to track one down after a lot of searching and surprised me with it for Christmas.
Well, I was finally able to set it up in the craft area and it’s AMAZING! I have it completely filled up with 6×6 paper packs and finished cards. It has slots on all four sides, and rotates. It’s so nice to see everything out in the open, and makes picking papers so much easier. Thanks Mom!
My new card/paper carousel:
My temporary craft room: