Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday's Question of the Week!

This is the first post of it's kind on my blog, but if it generates a lot of talk, it can become a regular post!
Today's Question of the Week:

What is the most amazing stamping/scrapbooking/card making tool that you own or would like to own?  And of course, share with us why?!!!!  Leave your response in the comments!


Stay tuned!  I am planning a post to reveal mine most amazing crafting tool!  


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Stampin' Up Clearance Rack Updated 3/25/15

The Stampin' Up Clearance rack has been updated to include new items!!!!  Clearance rack items tend to go fast, so if there is something you are interested in, don't hesitate.  Some items has lasted just hours in the past!  Once these items are gone, Stampin' Up will not get them back in.
Happy Shopping!!

For clearance rack items: click on the link above, click on the shop tab, then on the left hand side, click Clearance Rack.  

Using up that DSP! Scrapbooking Layouts

Sharing another layout today.  This was another quick one that I wanted to use up some of my DSP.  Do you ever get a DSP and think it is great, but never get around to using it?  This happened with this one.  I love the distressed check background, but I never used it!?  I love when you can use the DSP to make your titles too!  Simple and Easy!!! This picture seemed to work with the cage picture!  LOL!  This does kinda freak me out a bit since I just got done watching American Horror Story and this season was the freak show.  Anyone else watch?  It was so freaky, but I couldn't STOP watching!!!!  The circus part of this paper just reminds me of the show!
I always end up with these silly pictures of my kids, I often wonder if I have NORMAL pictures of my kids??!!!  (I do, but the silly ones outweigh the normal ones!) I promise, Jesse got in the cage on his own free will, to "test"it out in the pet store.  His brother actually shut the door, and locked it.....yes brotherly love!!!! (and took the picture, then I told him to text it to me!!!  LOL).  No kids were harmed in the making of this photo!!!!  


This layout used up some  left overs- I have had the wood veneer piece forever and since it was so bulky, I tried to keep the rest of it pretty simple.



I actually used ribbon.  It is hard for me to use ribbon, I actually have to think about using ribbon on layouts.  Do you use a lot of ribbon?  What is your favorite way to use it on a layout or card?  Most unusual use of ribbon?  


Thanks for stopping by.  All products except the wood veneer are Stampin' Up supplies, you can find them at my website:
www.michellemcgraw.stampinup.net or I included the links of current products below:


Product List

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Stampin' Up Weekly Deals 3-24-15

It is once again Tuesday, which means WEEKLY DEALS from Stampin' Up!!!  The Artisan Label punch is one of my favorite punches- it also has several matching stamp sets!  (one which is on the weekly deals list too!!!)
Fringe scissors- these make me so happy!!!  I'm not even sure why!!  I bought mine when they first came out, but as spring is fast approaching I need to dig them back out - think spring cards, Easter projects, summer projects- nothing is easier to make grass with than fringe scissors!
Thanks for stopping by!
For all your Stampin' Up needs, check out:
www.michellemcgraw.stampinup.net



Friday, March 20, 2015

Alphabet Stamps and Kiwi Lane Design Templates for a Layout

I'm back today sharing another layout using my Kiwi Lane Design Templates.  I love these templates!!!!  They really make good use of those left over scraps of DSP when you are scrapping.  Do you have the Kiwi Lane templates?  What do you think of them?


This was a quick layout.  For my title, I used the Epic Alphabet stamp set.  Using alphabet stamps for titles is quick and easy and I don't have to worry about running out of letters from sticker sheets!  Stampin' Up's new photopolymer alphabet stamps make creating my titles super easy since I can see where I am stamping!


The butterfly is leftover from an October Afternoon kit.  

I even got use out of a little piece of left over doily!
I love using what I have in my stash and getting the most use out of it!
Thanks for stopping by!
Michelle!!!
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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Stamp Index, Keeping track of all those stamps! Evernote & Crafting!

Craft organization is always changing and evolving, at least for me.      Of course, we all have to organize our supplies so we can find all those goodies that we hoard....I mean collect!!!  
I have blogged about my stamp binder/index before.  I had a big binder of all my stamp images in it, categorized so I could see what stamps I had in each category. Easy right?  Well, my binder was HUGE!  I stamped and stamped all my images one weekend....okay, it might have taken two weekends.  My fingers were sore, I was tired, and didn't want to stamp for awhile!  I stamped and stamped, I stamp the images into every category I thought they  fit into.  Then I sold some sets, and my index needed to be updated.  UGH!!!  So I decided a huge binder wasn't the answer.  My new found idea was smaller binder, and I would just make a copy of the front of the stamp set as I bought them.  I put the whole stamp set into the category the stamps in the set mostly fit into.  This worked, but it was annoying to make the copies, I was out of ink for my copier, or paper, or both!  And the downfall,was often a stamp set fit into several categories, but my system didn't help with that.  
I needed something new, I wasn't looking forward to the process.......until I read about Evernote.  This has changed my crafting!!!  It was literally the easiest organizing I have ever done.  I read about the app on Friday and decided to give it a try.  It took a little over a day to do all my stamp sets, but I have a lot.....278 stamp sets....according to my new evernote organization!  And most of the time challenge was waiting for my phone to recharge since my battery life sucks!  
So how does it work?  You create a "note".  I use the title of my stamp set (the title is also searchable).  I typed any information into the note- number in set, what catalog the stamp set first appeared in, whether the stamp is retired or current, price, and what type of stamp set it is (photopolymer, clear mount, or wood).  The next part is just as easy, I took a picture of the stamp set, I used the app on my phone to do most of the work.  You can also get an image of the stamp set of the Internet if you would rather, or use the desktop version.   The last step is the hardest.....not really but this is the part you have to think about: tagging.  You create tags for each stamp set.  The tags make the stamp set searchable.  The idea is to look at each stamp in the set, make sure all stamps have a tag, it might be multiple tags, be detailed as possible.  For one stamp set, I might have: Christmas sentiments, Santa, snowflake, Christmas, gifts, tags, snowman.  All these tags are for one set.  I can now search for all my stamp sets.  If I need a heart, I search heart, and all my stamp sets come up that have a heart in them.  It brings up the photo and I now have a visual picture of each stamp set that I can reference to see if the set will work for my project.  Not only does this cut down on my searching, I use my stamps more. I can use my laptop or my phone!  I can search when buying new stamp sets, if I already have a stamp set....and yes, in doing this, I realized I had a duplicate of a set.  DOH!!!  I can also search to see if I need a stamp set.  If I search sports, and find that I have no stamp sets, I might need to get the new stamp set that I loved!  Or if I search Thanks, and find that I have 15 stamp sets that would work, I might need to pass on a stamp set with Thanks in it.   I LOVE using stamps.  I no longer buy stickers.  I use my stamps instead.  I feel like my crafting dollars are better used on stamps that I can use over and over again.  But a stamp index is a must!!!  This new system is a WIN!!!  
Evernote is wonderful!  There is an app and also a computer version.  They sync together with Internet connection.  Both the app and computer versions are free.  The free version does have limited storage.  The paid version has more storage.  The paid version also syncs without Internet.  Either way, Evernote is life changing!!!!  I am loving it.  All my stamps are now nicely organized, I can reference them quickly.  
Do you use Evernote?  How do you use it in your crafting?  Tips or tricks you want to share?
Thanks for stopping by!
Michelle!!!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Using Washi Tape to make a Background

I love washi tape!  I hoard it!  I see more washi tape and I have to have it!!!  It is really a sickness.  What do you use washi tape for?
This was one of the easiest and quickest layouts.  It started with the chevron paper.  Who doesn't like chevrons?  The back and white paper kept it simple so I add the accent color of pink since it match the photo so well....yes, one of the few selfies I scrapped!!!  LOL!  
I used the washi tape to make the background on the black paper.  I really liked how it turned out.  Simple and easy!

I know some washi tape comes with tape cutters but I never use them, I love the jagged edges of washi tape!  
This is a mix of naked buttons as I like to call them and threaded buttons.  Do you keep buttons naked?




Thanks for stopping by!
Michelle!!!
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