March 31, 2011

90% of real crafters make real messes

Usually my craft space is a mess!!  Ask my husband, he usually shuts the door as he comes up the stairs.  See this post.

Kristina Werner is sharing statistics today about how real crafters make really big messes and asked to see what our craft rooms look like today.  Amazing, I actually cleaned earlier this week and haven`t been back to play.  Boo Hoo, I think the clean snuffs out my creative instincts.  :(  Here are some shots taken today, but just wait until after the weekend!!!

I agree Kristina that real crafters make real messes.  Your post today has totally inspired me to make a GREAT BIG MESS!  :)

March 26, 2011

What I am Reading Right Now...

I am reading my second book written by Kate Morton.  It is actually the first book that she has written.  While following a good storyline you are also learning about events in history and the behaviours of the people in that era rich and poor.  I am really enjoying this one.

March 9, 2011


Tutorial:  Quick and Easy Notepads

I love lists, lists make me happy and pretty little notepads make me happier.  I have a collection of notepads to share with you today and some quick and easy instructions to get you started on making your own.

Beautiful Blooms Grocery List

Kitchen Notepad

Lilac Notepad with Closure


Use purchased notepads measuring 5" x 8" from an office supply store.  Have the notepads cut in half vertically to end up with two 2.5" x 8" notepads.  I purchased mine from Staples with perferated tops on the sheets so page can be ripped out easily.  Staples will cut the notepad for you, they are sold in packages of 8 or 10.

1.  Cut cardstock base for your notepad dimensions 8 1/4" x 7 1/8".

2.  8 1/4" is the height of your notepad.  Score the 8 1/4" piece vertically in the
     following order at 2 3/4", 5/16", 2 3/4" , 5/16".  Your piece will look like this...

3.  Use a corner rounder to round the tips of the 1" panel on the right side.

4.  Cut a piece of patterned paper to cover the top of the notepad and use score
     tape or other adhesive to secure the notepad onto the inside right of your
     cover (third panel).

5.  Use pattern papers and other embellishments to decorate the front of your
     notebook.  I used a Basic Grey magnetic closure to keep my notebook closed.
     These make great gifts.

Beautiful Blooms Grocery List

All Supplies from PaperTrey Ink unless otherwise noted:

Cardstock: White, Hawaiian Shore, Beatutiful Blooms
Stamps: Just the Ticket, It's Official
Ink: Pure Poppy
Die:  Spiral Notebook Page, Just the Ticket
Other:  Ribbon (Michael's),  Scor Tape, Simply Stated Alphabert rub-ons (Doodlebug)

Kitchen List

Cardstock: Simply Chartruese (PTI), Modern Homemaker (October Afternoon)
Stamps: It's Official (PTI)
Ink: Dark Chocolate (PTI)
Die:  Spiral Notebook Page
Other:  Die Cut  (October Afternoon),  Scor Tape, Mini Alphabert stickers (Cosmo Cricket)

Lilac Notepad with Closure

All Supplies from PaperTrey Ink unless otherwise noted:

Cardstock: Spring Moss, Egg Hunt
Other:  Plum Pudding button, purple twine (The Twinery), magnetic closure (Basic Grey)