Tuesday, February 20, 2018

2018 Craft Space Organization Challenge ~ #7 Paper "Cosmetics"

I have not yet finished Challenge #7.  There . . . I said it out loud . . . LOL.  In my defense, I was looking after my sick grandmother . . . and now I'm sick . . . sigh.  I promise to post photos of my finished Challenge #7 as soon as it is done.

I would love it if you would share your organization photos with us either here in the comments section or in our Facebook group.

Challenge #8


It is time to organize our "paper cosmetics": paints, inks, embossing powders, mists, and other products that add a little something special to our pages.

SORT: first go through each of these items and make sure your colours haven't expired.  Are ink pads still juicy?  Are lids still intact? Do paints still mix together when shaken? Are your chalks still intact enough to use?  Sort all of your paper cosmetics into TOSS, KEEP, SELL, DONATE

PURGE: Throw out the toss items.  Bag up and assign a price and your initials to the SELL pile, and put them immediately in your garage sale box.  Arrange for pick-up or drop-off of the DONATE pile.

ASSIGN: Sort your KEEP pile into categories that make sense to you.

CONTAINERIZE: Inks last longest when stored horizontally, upside down (that's why Stampin' Up ink pads flip that way!) on a shelf, in a drawer, or maybe a cassette tape holder?  Paints could be stacked on a narrow shelf, on a tiered rack, in spice racks, etc.  Embossing powders, chalks and other cosmetics could be stored in well-labeled drawers.

EQUALIZE: take a few minutes at the end of each scrapping session, when you return from a crop, or return from a shopping trip to put your paper cosmetics away where they belong.

Monday, February 12, 2018

2018 Craft Space Organization Challenge ~ #7 Embellishments

So how did you make out with Challenge #6.  I'm not a huge fibre user on my pages so I was pretty sure this was an easy challenge for me.  It was fun re-discovering just how much pretty ribbon, floss and washi tape I actually have.

Are you ready for Challenge #7?

Embellishments are some of the easiest things to buy.  Everything looks so good, and you really believe you NEED everything!  Embellishments are also one of the supplies most affected by trends.  Careful consideration is really needed here.

It's also important to find a system that will help you store all of your embellishments in a way that won't overwhelm you, yet also is visible enough that you don't forget to USE them.  

Let's S.P.A.C.E. them.

SORT: As always, bring all of your embellishments together.  Touch every piece that you have and ruthlessly sort through them, deciding what to KEEP, TOSS, SELL, DONATE

PURGE: Immediately throw out the TOSS pile. Bag up and assign a price and your initials to the SELL pile, and put them in the garage sale box. Set up a drop-off or pick-up of the DONATE pile.

ASSIGN: Sort through the KEEP pile in a way that makes sense to you.  Some ideas for sorting your embellishments
1) by category (buttons, brads, alphabets, charms, etc.)
2) by colour
3) by manufacturer
4) by type (metal, acrylic)
5) by theme

CONTAINERIZE: Now that you've decided how to sort your embellishments, the next step is decided how to store them, and how to label them!  Research online will give you great ideas. Talking to other crafters may give you an idea what worked for them.

EQUALIZE: take a few minutes at the end of each scrapping session, when you return from a crop, or return from a shopping trip to put your embellishments away where they belong.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Top Movies of All Time according to IMDB 2017 ~ #76 Braveheart (1995)

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Who doesn't love an epic love story? Action? Adventure? A hero trying to defeat a cruel and evil master? This movie has something for everyone. 

William Wallace's wife is killed by the British and Wallace turns his anger toward starting a revolt against the tyrant King Edward I and trying to free Scotland from his iron fist. The cinematography, costumes and location are all amazing.

Academy Awards

Best Picture Mel Gibson Alan Ladd Jr. Bruce Davey
Best Director Mel Gibson
Best Cinematography John Toll
Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing Lon Bender Per Hallberg
Best Makeup Peter Frampton Paul Pattison Lois Burwell

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Randall Wallace
Best Costume Design Charles Knode
Best Sound Andy Nelson Scott Millan Anna Behlmer Brian Simmons
Best Film Editing Steven Rosenblum
Best Music, Original Dramatic Score James Horner

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Mother by Pearl S. Buck

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I am a huge fan of Pearl S. Buck who is an American writer and novelist. She was born in 1892, the daughter of missionaries and spent most of her life before 1934 in Zhenjiang, China.  One of my favourite of Buck's novels, The Good Earth, earned her a Pulitzer Prize in 1932 and in 1938 Buck became the first American female Nobel laureate.

The Mother is the story of a poor peasant in a remote village in China who is happy.   Happy with her children, husband, friends, position, neighbours and life.  After a fight with her handsome ne'er-do-well husband, he desserts her and never returns.  To save face the mother concocts a story of how he had found a job in a big city and would be sending them money but it could be a long time before he could return home.  Each lie, bad decision, and moral challenge from then on chips away at the mother's happiness.  In the end there is hope.

Buck writes in a simple, moving style which allows you to love the mother, hate her, cheer for her, and even be annoyed with her.  Bringing to life a character is always an act of true craft and magic.  This may not be the author's best book but it is certainly worth your time and attention.

Monday, February 5, 2018

2018 Craft Space Organization Challenge ~ #6 Die Cuts and Stickers

Challenge #5 is done.  All my die cuts, stickers and alphabets have been sorted and the containers labelled.  
And now I'm ready for Challenge #6.

This week's challenge is to organize all those ribbons and fibres.  There is no "right" way to store your ribbons and fibre.  The most important factor is that the system works for YOU.  First, let's make some S.P.A.C.E.

SORT: Gather together all of your ribbons and fiber, and sort them into piles: KEEP, TOSS, SELL, DONATE.

PURGE: Throw out the TOSS pile.  Immediately make arrangements for pick-up or drop-off of the DONATE pile.  Bag up, and assign a price and your initials to the SELL pile, and immediately put these in your garage sale box.

ASSIGN: Sort your KEEP pile into types/colours of fibre and ribbon.  If your ribbons are in a big wrinkled mess, take time now to give everything a pressing (careful with the heat, some synthetics may melt!).

CONTAINERIZE: Consider the space that you have, and the way that you work. Here are some ideas that work for both ribbons and fibres:

1) on those little cardboard bobbins meant for embroidery floss
2) organized by colour in big clear glass jars on a shelf
3) wound and paper clipped and stored with their coordinating embellishments
4) Cropper Hopper mini embellishment boxes and sorted by colour
5) in small ziploc bags stored in a photo box, or on a big ring
6) in sports cards organizer pages, sorted by colour and in a binder
7) wound on index cards and stored in a photo box
8) loosely tied on a big ring

EQUALIZE: take a few minutes at the end of each scrapping session, when you return from a crop, or return from a shopping trip to put your ribbons and fibres away where they belong.