21 January 2019

Keep the crafty stash clean, organized and practical.

Hello there,

Having a hobby is so much fun,but it also means an invesment of money and space. Nearly 10 years ago,when I first got started,I had no idea how expensive this hobby will be. There are so many products on the market,but do you really need them all? No!


Because I had no idea about the large community and the different styles of crafting, I wanted to try them all. And so I started with cardmaking, papercrafts, sewing, mixed media and so on. Of course slowly I was interested in all those supplies and I wanted to try them out.But when do you stop?
Once you find your own style, in my case at this point is cardmaking, you will notice the exact supplies you need and use the most.

You will reach for the same pair of scissors, markers, glue and so on.So,you don't need to have extras if you hardly ever use them.

Having a small corner in my bedroom is very tricky,but I also feel lucky,because the small space makes realise the limit of the supplies I can keep.

Here is a quick list of the supplies I have, that I hardly ever use :

  • pattern paper
  • washi tape
  • ribbon
  • mixed media mediums
  • colorful embossing powder
  • glitter
  • different embellishments
 I keep these still,because I want to use them. If I don't use it in the next 6 months, then I will get rid of them .

 I store my supplies  in boxes and drawers. That means I have a box for dies, a box for glitter, a box for ribbon and so on. Once it gets full, it means that I have to get rid of some to make space for the new ones. I often go back and declutter my boxes and drawers,not because it got full,but because I really don't see the point to keep things I hardly use or never used. I prefer to give it away or sell it if is in a great condition. 

Even if you do this as your job, you still have to declutter your stash.Not only because you will run out of space,but because you will have to keep up with what's new on the market and most likely the old ones will not be as popular or you will even forget that you have them.  
Once you find a product you like and you notice that you use it a lot,it means the other ones need a new home or throw them away.

Don't get attached to materials that will deteriorate. 

The supplies you need to get rid of :

  • stamps that are no longer in good quality / retired stamps
  • tools that are no longer practical 
  • different types of glue
  • dry ink pads and markers
  • scraps of paper
  • embellishments
  • dies and embossing folders that are not good quality or never used
  • duplicates
  • the ones you have for years or longer than 6 months and never used 

How to organize your supplies:


If you have your own crafty space, then organize your supplies so you can easily see them and have easy access.Because I keep mine in boxes and drawers, I have labels for everything, so I know where everything is and what exactly keep in those boxes. 

I store my dies based on the theme,not brand : holidays, nature, decorative,basic shapes,etc... If you find it easier to declutter your stash,then you can set a number of how many you want to keep. Maybe you have 10 sets of flower stamps,but you like or use only 7. I'm sure you can still cut down on those and end up with 5 sets of stamps you actually really love and make sure you use them. 

Organize your supplies,by colors, theme, brand ,shape, texture.etc..See what works the best for you. Also, try to stay away from those big sales and releases. Buy only if you really don't have anything similar in your stash and you really want it,because it's practical and not just cute!

Remember, when you buy a new thing, you have to get rid of another one. You can always go back and see what you really don't like or use. I often find it easier,if I can't decide now,but I want to get rid of something, I go back to the same box or drawer few weeks later and it is much easier to take the final decision. 

Hope you find this post helpful and if you have ideas, please leave a comment below. 

Thank you for stopping by! 
Have a lovely and creative day!

20 January 2019

Thank you!

Hi there,

Bunnies and more bunnies! I'm so happy with today's card. A CAS one,but I really enjoyed coloring the little bunny from MFT. Again a no-line coloring one,because the stamp is pretty small and I wanted to add my stripes and I find it impossible doing that with markers.So instead, I used my Inktense pencils.



The ''Thank you '' stamp is from Right at home. I just love their designs. Really adorable style and I hope to add some more of their stamps to my stash.
I keep my stash of supplies pretty small,because I want to keep the supplies I really use and make sure I use them as often as I can,instead of using them once and then forget about them in a box or drawer.

I hope you enjoy the cards so far and if you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you come again for other creations. Have a great day!

16 January 2019

Sending smiles

Hello,

I have a new card to share today. I have so much pattern paper,but I hardly get to use it. I used a nice and simple polka dot paper for my background and some beautiful flower stamps from Altenew,to create a quick and simple sympathy card.



Most of my stamps don't have matching dies and fussy cutting can be super simple for many stamped images, like these beautiful flowers.
I love this simple sentiment from Whimsy Stamps.They have so many beautiful designs and I still love using them.

If you want to see other cards and updates,then check out my Instagram. Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great day!

08 January 2019

Best Wishes

Hello there,

I'm happy to finally be able to share the first card of 2019. I still love making galaxy inspired backgrounds and I think it goes really well with this cute digi stamp from 2 Cute Ink. I did a quick no-line coloring,because as you know, I love this technique.



I love my Inktense pencils! I try to use the alcohol markers more often,but I always go back to the Inktense pencils,for the no-line coloring. I will buy some nice colored pencils at some point,because the result is different.But I don't know yet which brand is the best.I have a few,but I'm not happy with the quality so far.

I hope you like today's card and you get inspired to create some galaxy backgrounds.
'till next time, stay safe and have a great day!

04 January 2019

Hello 2019 / update

Hello everyone ,

I hope you have a good start in 2019 and that everything will work well in 2019 for you and your loved ones.

 I don't have a card for today,but an update.If you follow my blog then you probably know that I love creating things and that to me this is like a hobby or part time job.I've been doing this for years and I still enjoy it,but I had to take some decisions,due some personal change. I do most of my work in advance,but with the new change, I won't have deadlines. I will create content for my blog when I get the chance.This also means,that at this point I'm not part of any design teams / company collab and I don't plan to join any.However, if I get the opportunity to be a guest designer for a brand,then I will let you know,but for now, I will keep papercrafting as a hobby only.


These are the cards I made in advance and they will go up on my blog and Instagram. 2018 was a good year,but challenging. I don't have the best immune system and getting sick is no fun. But I hope to feel better in 2019 and to have more energy for new exciting things.

After 14+ years of using the internet, I  will also cut down the time I spend on it,because I want to focus on the '' real life'' .However, you can keep up with my creations and other updates on my blog and Instagram. And yes,I'm no longer on Facebook.

I would like to thank you for being here, for showing your support.It means a lot and it gives that kick to continue creating and sharing my content with you all. If you have questions,feel free to contact me .

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day!

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