Saturday, July 21, 2007

A corner of my home

Hi, it's Maria here and I'm just wondering if you have a favourite corner of your home. I must admit that mine changes from day to day but at the moment this is top of my list. Ok, technically, it isn't a corner but the door of my crafty room. But it makes me smile whenever I am sitting in here pushing bits of paper round and hunting for that embellie that I put down five minutes ago. This was made from a Making Memories kit which included everything you need except for the photos. But, you could easily make something similar using chipboard letters and whatever papers you fancy. If you're lucky enough to have a Craft Robo or something similar you could cut the letters with that. The wreath is a remnant from Christmas that I couldn't bear to pack away. I'd love to see your favourite corner and hope that you enjoyed seeing mine. Toodle pip The girls here at It's a creative world hope that you are all keeping safe from the dreadful floods. Our very own Joanna has been caught up in them and she and everybody else affected are in our thoughts.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Altered memories.....

Hey hey it's Friday!! And time for the weekend, which means shopping, family days out and often a party to attend. And here at it's a creative world we like to make gifts that are a little different and meaningful. Now I wonder how many of you have little wooden boxes lying around your house, just because you're an artist and CAN'T possibly throw anything out :) I know I do and in fact I have had one in my side table drawer for about 8 months that I knew I would use one actually my lovely DH found it and brought it home for me ;) So today we are going to turn a plain, ordinary, little wooden box............... .........into a treasure chest! A place to keep all those tiny precious keepsakes, those things you know you could never part with, those things that take you back to the days you held your tiny baby in your arms, those things that would get lost if you didn't have a place to keep them safe.
Give the box a light sand to start with, then a few coats of acrylic paint. I wanted to give it a slightly worn look so I sanded it again making sure I exposed the wood on the edges, it also gave the paint a smooth look, cause I am a bit of a streaky painter! Then you need to add some embellishments and this is the part where you can really let your imagination fly and create some awesome effects with kitchen roll and PVA glue, or decoupage. And then finish off with a few layers of sealer, I used modge podge, just to give it a little protection.
So there you have it, from plain, to gift in a few hours, and of course this idea is not limited to baby showers, you can make boxes to keep treasures from weddings, special birthdays, childhood, earings on a dressing table.....the list is endless!
Thanks for visiting and as always from us here at it's a creative world, have a great day and happy creating!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Takeout Delivery...

A friend at work showed me the favour boxes that she has made for her wedding at the weekend. They were the sweetest little chinese take away boxes, plain white with a metal handle. If this had happened 3 years ago I would have thought they were nice and got on with my job but not any more. All day I kept thinking about the little boxes and planning how I could decorate/alter them and create scrumptious little gift boxes and I was so excited when she brought me some spare boxes yesterday.
As soon as I carried them home I started on my mini project and it didn't take very long to finish. I removed the metal handle and flattened out the box, used spray mount to cover the box in glue and stuck it to my patterned paper. I trimmed around the box, used my cropodile to punch holes for the handles and then reassembled it. I reattached the handle and tied ribbons all along it. The cupcake picture is from a digital scrapbook kit from the Shabby Princess and the words are stamped with small alphabet stamps.
I am so pleased with how it worked out and now I'm beginning to think of decorating some with a Christmas theme.
Have fun this week and remember to leave a comment with a link to your work so we can take a peep
Andrea xx

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Layout Class

Hello Another simple layout class brought to you by me, Cath! I hope you like this one. Items used - Bazzill Dark Denim Bazzill Raven Autumn Leaves Superstar range Heidi Grace Rub Ons and sticker Heidi Grace Alphabet stickers Journalling pen Charcoal ink pad Again this is an 8.5x11 layout but you can adapt it to a 12x12 or 8x8 etc..
  • After cutting my Bazzill to size i randomly cut one thin long strip which was inked and stuck to the left hand side. Then i cut a wider strip with the coordinating paper, inked the edges and adhered this to the bottom centre.
  • Sand the edges of the photograph to make it pop out a little.
  • Matt photograph onto black cardstock.
  • Then i lined up the Superstar title and stuck it down. Don't be afraid to used different sized letters.
  • Cut out 3 stars from left over paper and stick these to the top left and down the side of the photograph.
  • I used the heart rub ons to create a border at the top but you could doodle if you dont have any.
  • Stick embellishment or sticker in bottom left corner.
  • I used a piece of left over paper to write the date on which i attached above the title.
  • Lastly i cut out strips of the denim cardstock and hand wrote my journalling on it.
And it's as simple as that! Please let us know if you decide to interpret it your way and don't forget to send us a link! Thanks xxxxxxxx

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Hanging around

Hi, it Maria here again. Thanks to Di for yet another fabulous and enlightening post.
Today, I have to share a rather fabulous find. These are French laundry hangers and you can get them from the lovely Catherine at Character Constructions.
They are really handy for displaying small layouts around the house. I rather like making up layouts using my scraps and then popping them round the house. It's a cheap and fun way to brighten up your home. This one is hanging on the notice board in my crafty room. It's been there a while now but I just love that photo.
I also have to tell you that we would love to feature the artwork of your children during the summer holidays. If you would like your child to be included please leave a message here and we'll get back to you.
Toodle pip

Monday, July 16, 2007

Organised ? It's a Myth...or is it?

Hi again from Di (on a budget) from Cape Town South Africa; following on from Cath's great post yesterday on getting your precious photographs organised.
When I started sewing I was organized. When I started decoupage, I was organized. When I started crochet and knitting I was organized. When I started bead making I was organized. When I started drawing and painting, I was organized. When I started gardening, I was organized.
Even my computer is organised!!!

By “organized” I really mean that I have a box or two of stash, tools etc and I do not need loads of space. With some crafts, it’s easy to be organized. What is it about paper craft that leads to CHAOS???

When I started the 'new' scrap booking in January 2005, I had this little pencil case that contained everything I needed.

Then I hit the shops and bought loads of "stuff". So then, I bought loads of Tupperware style boxes, each of which contained something specific. BUT, it just does NOT work for me… We all know (whether we admit it or not) that mothers normally know best. My mum and I played with beads for a while. I gave her a very neat box with everything she needed all compartmentalized and colour coded. What did she do? She sat down at the table, put a tea towel in front of herself and TIPPED the whole lot on to the tea towel, and had lots of fun. AAAAGGGHHH. I was horrified But, guess what, that’s what worked for her. So what are some of the things that we need to organise? Brads Cardstock Chipboard letters Chipboard shapes Die cut letters Die cut sayings and shapes Eyelets Inks Metal letters Paints Patterned paper Photographs Punches Ribbon Rub on letters Rub on sayings Stamps ”Other” embellishments Work in Progress - Projects

I want to talk about just a few of the things we need to organise because the same principles apply to just about everything...

Chipboard letters (incomplete sets): I have been trying Mum’s technique. Now instead of 32 boxes of chipboard letters I have ONE BIG BOX. When I need something I tip the whole lot on to the table! This is what my incomplete sets of chipboard letters used to look like...

And this is how they now look...

I got fedup opening 32 boxes of letters. I made one box of all my leftover letters! and you know what; its fun. When I tip them out, I get to see all the different styles all together. I can push them around, mix and match and feast my eyes. When I have more chipboard letters, I just throw them in the big box. When the box is full, fill a second box. Ribbon:

Ok you can roll it up, colour code it, hang it up. It all depends on how much you have. Me I throw it in a big box where it sits loosely, does not need to be ironed, and when I need some, I tip the box up, have a look, select what I want, and close the box up. If you have loads of ribbon, you can hang it up on coat hangers, wind it up and pack it colour coded. It's really about whatever works for you.

So I have used the big box idea to store quite a few things!!! The boxes measure 13 inches by 8 inches and are 5 inches deep and cost about R30 (2 pounds sterling). Quite a cheap storage solution.

Then there are the little things like brads and eyelets. I love these little stacked " jars" which my darling son in law bought for me at the "Muji" shop. I think they cost abut 1 pound sterling, so also an inexpensive storage solution for all the litle bits.

Now a "nifty but thrifty" idea: I bought some pizza boxes for R5.oo each (about 35p sterling). I reinforced the sides with double sided tape (1 inch wide), decorated the lids with patterned paper ,and put labels on the front.

Now I have boxes for complete sets of chipboard letters, chipboard shapes and sayings, die cut letters, die cut shapes and saying, rub on letters, rub on sayings., and odd embellishments. I use small ziplock bags to separate the embellishments. If for example, you have LOADS of rub ons, categorise them by theme and have a separate box for each theme. My pizza boxes look cheerful and are "cheap as chips". What's more you get to use some of that stash in decorating them. Organisation is a journey not a destination. Disorganisation starts for me when I buy new stash and when I finish a project. Lets consider what happens. A package arrives full of great goodies, or I get back from stash shopping. What do we do? We either do not open the package and it sits there for days, or we open it up, lay it all out, ooohh and aahh at all the goodies, and it sits there for days. I think the trick is to unpack and put it all away in the RIGHT place . Then when we finish a project normally there are some leftover bits and pieces. What do we do? We clear the left overs and put everything away in its RIGHT place.

We'll be back with more ideas to help you get organised and we'd love to here how you organise your stash, and where you need help, so keep those comments rolling in.

Thanks for reading and love from Di XXX

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Storing photographs

Hi everyone, welcome to another Sunday with me :) Today i wanted to show you just a small selection of the products available for keeping all your photographs neat and tidy. I am terrible when it comes to storage and all mine are still stored on my computer waiting to be printed. All the ones i have that are pre-digital are just shoved in a box in no particular order. For all of you out there who have a zillion pictures stored on your hard drive then the first thing i will say to you is BACK THEM UP!!!! Whether this be on CDs or on an external hard drive then please do it. I know of many people who have had disasters with computers(you know how temperamental they are) and have lost all of their precious memories forever. If it's the only thing you do today then go do it!!! I was also recently found out that the wallets you receive your photographs in are NOT Acid free so don't keep them in there. Right, for all of you organised people who have them printed and need somewhere to keep them, here are a few ideas! Artbin Photo Tote
Tote has a carrying handle and adjustable shoulder strap and is completely padded for safe transport of contents. Dimensions: 8.38"L x 10.50"W x 5.50"D (21.29 x 26.67 x 13.97 cm) Comes with (4) 9400AB Photo Cases. Generations Photo File
Need somewhere to organise your photos? This durable poly file with seven expanding pockets and six tab indexes is the answer. The elastic cord with securely keep your photos in place. Very affordable. Cropper Hopper Photo Case Indispensable for organising your photos. Holds over 2000 4x6 photos safely and efficiently. 8 moveable dividers allow you to organize pictures by year, theme, child, and more. 12 acid-free index cards make it easy to subdivide photos. A 2nd side is ideal for holding 8x10 photos as well as oversized memorabilia, even 12x12 paper. Doubles as a storage case to hold an array of tools and supplies. Use with Cropper Hopper 4x6 Photo/Negative Protectors. Measures: 12.75x13.25x6. Also available in Ice, Purple, and Black. Uptown Chic Photo Chest
For centuries, people have stored their most precious possessions in chests. Now you can store your most precious memory treasures and photos in unparalleled elegance and style with the Uptown Chic Photo Chest. Designed to fit neatly on your desk or shelf, it’s a great way to keep your favorite photos at your fingertips and is the perfect companion to the Urban Chic Paper Chest. The stitched trim and chic leather-like finish make this chest so attractive; you really can consider it a “chest of treasures.” MULTI Photo Storage Box
Holds 500 4x6 photos Available from Amazon Sliding lid Constructed of wood and glass Holds multiple photos on lid 7 x 7 x 5" (18 x 18 x 13 cm) Photo Keepsafe Store Box
This attractive box comes folded and easily snaps together to store a wide range of supplies including Photo/Negative Protectors (CH46-4P). Also holds 12 Keepsafe™ Photo Organizers Thankyou once again for taking the time to visit us and don't forget to let us know what sort of system you use! Cath x