Crafting Necessities

As with any hobby, there are certain items you need to have on hand. I know a lot of people who want to start a paper crafting hobby so here are the top 6 items you want to get.

  1. Scissors — A couple good pairs of scissors are essential! I like this large Fiskar’s pair and a smaller pair from EK Success called Bee Scissors. They are my go to for fussy cutting items.
  2. A good sturdy metal ruler.–I like one with cork backing.
  3. Good cardstock and paper–For white or vanilla cardstock I prefer Stampin’ Up. There are many patterned papers I love, from digital as well as physical paper pads. Some of my favorites include Graphic 45, Ephemera Vintage Garden, Stampin’ Up Designer Series Paper, Tim Holtz, and Bo Bunny. I don’t like the thinner paper you can get at Michael’s or Joann’s because it is usually not sturdy enough. You can utilize “junk” paper such as mail flyers, old book paper, used or unused copy paper, even envelope
  4. A pen or pencil
  5. Glues–I use Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue, Aleene’s Quick Dry for my flowers, Mod Podge, Tombo Aqua, Elmer’s glue and glue sticks and Liquitex Matte Gel Medium. I also have a glue gun for certain creations. It really depends on what you are creating which one to choose.
  6. Tape–Scotch Double sided tape, Scor-tape are my favorites.

The next step items:

  1. Paper Trimmer
  2. Punches
  3. Stamps
  4. Ink
  5. Gel and Specialty Pens
  6. Markers
  7. Colored Pencils
  8. Watercolor Paper
  9. Gloss Paper
  10. Alcohol Ink
  11. Stickers
  12. Specialty Paper

Just to name a few. I only recently started using Scor-tape as I thought it was too expensive. It lasts longer than my double stick tapes and hold books together! I love it and use it with Stack a Page mini albums.

Wondering what you need for a certain type of Papercraft? Feel free to leave a message below and I will point you in the right direction.  That’s all for now.

Go craft something!

Hugs,

Amberlee

Gather ye Trash bits while ye may

Here are a couple examples of trash you can gather to make your treasure:

 

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In the first photo I have left over packaging, a polka dot bag, a museum card, plastic packaging, puffy mailer piece and other bits and pieces.  In the 2nd photo I am showing a couple options for book covers. The raisin bran box was cut in half although you could make a giant album or cut it smaller. Size is up to you.

The next step is to organize and decide what you want to use in your junk journal and how you want to use it.  For example I plan to use the Spellbinders pieces as covers for a couple signatures. If you don’t like the height of something cut it to size. It would normally just get recycled or tossed so be sure to make it what you want it to be.

Now you need to decide how you want to cover things and what pieces should go where. This is where you organize your junk into signatures for your books or journals. If you have a box you are planning to use as a cover as in photo 2, plan your signatures around that size. I like to make the inner pieces at least 1/4 inch smaller than the cover to be sure the pages aren’t sticking out too much.

Join me next time when I will have a video on preparing your covers! For now enjoy the bonus signature video below! Go gather that trash if you haven’t already.

Hugs,

Amberlee

Bonus video: Signature  Trash

Under the Sea

I am excited to share my Under the Sea themed pocket letter for a swap over at Pocket Letter Pals.  I really enjoyed making the altered clothespin for this one. I wanted to make it like coral and underwater plant life. How did I do?

I used Stampin Up’s Land to Sea stamp set for the jellyfish, swordfish and sea turtles with their white embossing powder. I used the Map stamp and silver embossing powder.  The fish and “coral” in panel 3 are from spellbinders dies.

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I was thrilled with how my anchors turned out. I purchased silver postcards years ago and finally had another reason to use them! I love this Spellbinders Inspire die that cut and embossed the anchor. (I put some in the back as goodies for my partner, they are so cool!).IMG_20150809_142154922
“Flowers are made using McGill punches (center blue), a Tim Holtz Tattered Flower (orange), and pieces of a flower cut from shimmery white vellum.IMG_20150809_142126155I added some Distress Stickles in the center of the main flower in the color Marigold, just to give a little extra fun to the flower. I wrapped the entire letter in blue tulle and added navy blue ribbon with anchors on it….I hope my partner enjoys!

Surfin Sunday!

Hi and welcome to my first Sufin Sunday!  I want to show you some of the wonders I have found all over the internet!

It has been below zero here this week and all I can think about are hats, blankets and warm weather gear. I was excited when I found a new post from one of my favorite bloggers, LittleMonkeysCrochet.  She has some adorable patterns on her blog and this new pattern is perfect for this time of year!  You can never have enough slouchy hats!  Find her newest Sandy Slouch here! So cute! (there is a matching cowl too!)

Since I am surfing for hats, here are 5 other hats for you to try out! Just follow the links to see what I mean.

1.  Calleigh’s Clips has a basic crochet beanie, Sunset Slouchy Hat

2.  Looking for a knitted version?  Try Penelope Rae’s Perfect Slouch Hat.  I love how chunky it is!  Perfect for beginners too.

3.  Another of my favorite bloggers is Zooty Owl. Her crocheted Roxi Slouch is gorgeous and thick! Definately needed in below zero temperatures!

4.  Feeling fancy and want to knit and crochet?  Well RAKJ Patterns has a great hat for you!  The Dana Cable hat has the band knitted and the hat crocheted. I haven’t made one yet, but it is on my list!

5.  Not a knitter or crocheter but you sew?  You want to hit up Fleece Fun and her lovely FREE hat patterns.  I quite enjoy the Rocker Trapper Hat. A wonderful unisex hat for the winter. I hope to make one soon! Be sure to look over her other fleece sewing patterns.

If you don’t already know about Mikey and his group The Crochet Crowd, you really need to check them out! The Crochet Crowd has many hat making videos on their youtube channel and free patterns on their blog page.  If you are looking for something other than a winter hat, or a style other than slouchy, check out their site! Mikey is funny and very talented. He has mostly crochet, but also knitted, loomed and woven patterns and tutorials. So many things there, it is worth a look–daily!

I hope you enjoyed today’s Surfin Sunday!  I will be back next Sunday with another edition.  Don’t want to wait till Sunday? I will have Wacky Wednesday post for you!  Or you can join me on Facebook at TinkerTailorSweaterSigh!