November 4

Color Happy – October – Free Page

Color Happy Sailboat Page


I previously mentioned that I found a group called Color Happy.  This group allows you to show off your pictures and talk about different coloring tools and such. They have monthly coloring contests and offer all kinds of coloring packages for sale as well. They even do LIVE Broadcasts where they color and talk about what they’re working on for the month, etc. I believe the free picture came from their Sunshine Package.  Well, the free page they gave out for October was this sailboat page.

Color Happy – October – Free Page

So my OCD was a little bit tricky with this page.  The water had to be blue because water is blue.  The sun had to be some combination of red, orange, and yellow.  So how would I get the green and purple in from the rainbow?  The boat of course!  And then what in the world am I going to do for the sky?

I started with the sun because I knew which colors it had to be and how I was going to do it.  I colored the sun and then wound up sick with the flu.  So I stopped coloring.  I did make one attempt to color while I was sick in bed.  But by the time I gathered the page and my tools and got set up in bed to color, I was ready for a nap and lost my interest in it.  So I didn’t.  It took me a few weeks to get my interest back.  But once I did, I finished the page 3 days later.  So it took 4 days total to color this page.

 

Tools Used


As far as how I colored it, my tool of choice for this one was gel pens…as usual. Gel pens are my typical go to tool for coloring because I don’t have to press as hard to color. I have carpel tunnel in both wrists and arthritis as well so coloring tends to start hurting when I’ve been at it for too long or am pressing too hard.  Also I like the flow of the pens and the metallic colors especially.

I used the Staples 36 pack of Gel Pens. This pack seems to have four different types of each color, a metallic, a neon, a glitter, and a standard. Although, not every color has every type and some have more than others. For example, there’s five purples and only two oranges. Not complaining really, purple is my favorite color and orange certainly isn’t. But it doesn’t bode well for the OCD and it does impact my color choices quite often.

I also used my Art Planet gel pens. This pack includes 36 colors as well and is very similar to the Staples set. The shade of the colors vary just slightly so it gives me a little bit more color variety. If you look at the waves in the sailboat picture above, I alternated sets for each wave. The Art Planet set includes the lighter shades of blue. I liked this set because the proceeds went directly to artists, as opposed to manufacturers. But I found that these pens seemed to dry out much more quickly than my Staples pens. That does not make me happy.

So that’s my coloring for this week, I hope you enjoyed! What do you do to relax?

Until next time,

~Kris

October 3

Colorama – The Magic Path – Title Page Colored

Colorama – The Magic Path


Colorama - The Magic Path
Colorama – The Magic Path

When adult coloring books first started getting to be a thing, I went to the Barnes & Nobles bookstore to look for my own.  I was also searching for a gift for a friend.  Right inside the doors of the store was a couple of tables displaying adult coloring books.

Colorama’s The Magic Path jumped out at me because the cover has the partial coloring on it, plus the title is in gold foil.  Very creative.  I liked the look of it.  I picked it up and thumbed through it and I loved what I saw.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen or colored a Colorama book before this day but I was definitely impressed with the artwork in this book.  I also liked the feel of the pages.  I’m not sure how to describe that exactly, except to say that the pages in this book feel silky soft to me.  Believe it or not, that was one of the deciding factors for me buying this book.  It also had colored pencils attached to it.

 

Colorama Title Page


Colorama Title Page
Colorama Title Page

I know it’s silly, but my OCD says I have to color the title page first.  I may not color the book in order…though I usually do try.  But whether I color the book in order or not, I always have to color the title page first.

The title page for Colorama’s The Magic Path is pretty simple with just some lily pads bordering the page as well as the little stone path on the title.  For this page, I started coloring it with the colored pencils that came with the book.  I pretty much knew I wouldn’t like them, but I had to give them a shot before ruling them out.  I did not like them.

It might be due to the texture of the page being silky smooth, but the colored pencils that came with the book did not really allow me to do dark borders or anything like that.  I didn’t like them.  I’m just not sure yet if it was due to the colored pencils themselves, or the texture of the paper.

I used gel pens for the darker colored lily pads.  I liked these much better.  They flowed smoother on the page and I like the look better.  But, it should be known, gel pens are my favorite coloring tool thus far.  So it’s hard to convince me any other medium is better.  My standards are based on gel pens.  All in all, I like how the page turned out.  I think it’s pretty!

 

Tools Used


Gel Pens

Once again, I used the Staples 36 pack of Gel Pens along with the Colorama colored pencils that came with the book.

I hope to find my other pens soon so that I can start using a variety of different tools while I color. I’m interested in finding the right medium to use on these pages.  There’s something about the texture of the paper that is making the coloring experience different in this book.  It’s hard to explain.

Perhaps on the next page I’ll try something different.

So that’s my coloring for this week, I hope you enjoyed the title page! Have you colored anything lately?

Talk soon,

~Ki

September 30

Mandala Rainbow – Colored

Color Happy


Recently, I stumbled across a coloring group that produces coloring pages for adults and has built a community on Facebook of coloring enthusiasts from all over the world that believe that life is about appreciating the pleasure in everyday experiences.  They hold contests and encourage members to share pictures they’ve colored, whether purchased through them or not.

Mandala - Color Happy
Spreading joy through color.

I particularly enjoy this group because they focus on being happy.  There is so much negativity in the world right now that it’s just so hard to get away from it.  I am not a person that suffers with depression and anxiety but the current state of my country makes me sad and seeing all of the hate spreading like wildfire makes me even more sad.  I believe that most people are good and I would rather focus on the positive things in life to allow myself to feel good.

In the words of the Color Happy community, “We belong to one race, the Human Race, and love and honor those who differ from us.  We truly believe that a box of crayons and a friendly smile can change the world.”

 

Color Happy Mandala


The picture I colored below came from Color Happy as well.  It was a free page to show off a package that was being sold.  I downloaded, printed, and started coloring it right away.  I took about 3 days to color this one as I don’t color a whole picture in one sitting.  I work on it off and on throughout the day until it’s done.  I stuck to the rainbow theme again on this one as I thought it really helped showcase the different elements of the mandala.

My Rainbow Mandala

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I would be happy to share these mandalas with you. In fact, I hope that you will get it and color it and then come back and attach it to a comment on this post to share with us the completed mandala. That would be awesome!

 

Tools Used


Gel Pens used for My Rainbow Mandala

Once again, I used the Staples 36 pack of Gel Pens. This pack seems to have four different types of each color, a metallic, a neon, a glitter, and a standard.

I hope to find my other pens soon so that I can start using a variety of different tools while I color.  I like to mix and match different colors and textures to get different effects when I color.  One day, I’ll start trying to blend my colors and see how that works out for me.  But since I color as a stress reliever, I try not to create opportunities for failure here.

So that’s my coloring for this week, I hope you enjoyed! Have you colored anything lately?

Until next time,

~Ki

September 21

Color Me Less Stressed

Coloring to Relieve Stress


Color Me Relaxed!
Color Me Relaxed!

Did you know coloring is considered an effective stress reliever?  I guess it’s even considered, by psychologists to be the best alternative to meditation.

I remember as a young teenager, I was coloring with my mom one day.  Always so OCD about my coloring!  Each part had to be outlined with the color and then shade it in with the same color, but lighter.  That was just the way it had to be.

Hair colors had to be natural hair colors, same with flesh colors.  The sky always had to be blue.  Grass was always green, houses were always red brick.  That was just the way it was supposed to be.

Well…I remember the picture my mom colored that particular day.  It was a scare crow picture.  He should’ve been in blue jeans with a red plaid shirt, right?  I mean aren’t they all like that?  I don’t know where I got it in my head that my coloring had to mimic reality, but it was there and it was strong.

Mom didn’t have that stuck in her head.  She colored some torn up jeans with checkered and dotted patches and some crazy colors!  When I saw it…I was absolutely amazed!  It was the most beautifully detailed, creative coloring I’d ever seen!  Since then, I’ve been passionate about being colorful and creative instead of mimicking the boring reality that is life.

See, I color to escape.  When I color, I don’t think about my troubles or worry about my loved ones.  Escaping into the beautiful array of colors and completely losing myself in the creative process completely clears my mind in the moment.  I think that’s why it relaxes me so.  And I totally understand how it could easily be the best alternative to meditation.

 

Color Happy Floral Page


I recently found a group on Facebook dedicated to coloring and spreading joy through coloring.  What a great find!  When I joined either their group or their site, I received a free coloring page that I could print off at home and get to work coloring.  I started right away!

This group allows you to show off your pictures and talk about different coloring tools and such.  They have monthly coloring contests and offer all kinds of coloring packages for sale as well.  They even do LIVE Broadcasts where they color and talk about what they’re working on for the month, etc.  I believe the free picture came from their Sunshine Package.

Color Happy - September - Free Page
Color Happy – September – Free Page

For this page, there wasn’t really a rhyme or reason to the way I colored it.  I really just grabbed whichever color felt right at the time.  The mascot of Color Happy is a rainbow unicorn and I noticed that many of the groups pictures have the swirly circles that you see in the background of the picture.  So I went ahead and used the rainbow colors for those swirls since I couldn’t think of anything else to do with them.

It took me five days to color this picture.  I don’t just sit there and color non-stop.  I do it in parts.  A petal of any flower is a part, I’ll color one part at a time and usually while taking a break from something else.  If I’ve been working for an hour straight, I’ll take a quick five minutes to color a part before getting back to work.  It helps to keep my day balanced.

 

Tools Used


As far as how I colored it, my tool of choice for this one was gel pens.  Gel pens are my typical go to tool for coloring because I don’t have to press as hard to color.  I have carpel tunnel in both wrists and arthritis as well so coloring tends to start hurting when I’ve been at it for too long or am pressing too hard.

I used the Staples 36 pack of Gel Pens.  This pack seems to have four different types of each color, a metallic, a neon, a glitter, and a standard.  Although, not every color has every type and some have more than others.  For example, there’s five purples and only two oranges.  Not complaining really, purple is my favorite color and orange certainly isn’t.  But it doesn’t bode well for the OCD and it does impact my color choices quite often.

I moved about a year ago and have not unpacked all of my boxes because I intend to move again soon when I buy a house.  Therefore, I haven’t yet found all of my pens.  That’s the only reason I used the Staples gel pens this time.  They aren’t my favorite pens.  But they’ll do when I’m in a bind.

So that’s my coloring for this week, I hope you enjoyed!  What do you do to relax?

Until next time,

~Kris

November 19

Purple Lilac Crochet Doily – with Free Pattern

My First Doily

Purple Lilac Doily
Purple Lilac Doily

When I was a teenager, a friend of my mom showed me how to crochet a granny square.  Of course I didn’t know at the time that it was a granny square.  I made a few hot pads for the kitchen and then I forgot all about crocheting.

This past May when I went to visit my parents at their new home in Puerto Rico, my mom asked me if I still crochet.  I said not really, why?  She showed me that she had a square tablecloth on her round dining room table and she wanted a round tablecloth instead.

With Christmas coming, I remembered that she told me that and so I decided to pull the yarn out and start looking at maybe doing a tablecloth for her.  I haven’t crocheted anything that intricate or large before.  So I started with a doily and this is my first doily.  I think it’s pretty, though I’m not sure I’d like it as a large tablecloth.

 

Supplies

Purple & Lilac Crochet Cotton
Purple & Lilac Crochet Cotton

One thing I love about crochet work is that you don’t need a ton of supplies for your project.  You need four things really: a pattern, yarn/cotton, a crochet hook, and starch.

  • Crochet Cotton – I used this multi-colored purple and white crochet cotton, I believe it was size 10.
  • Size 7 Crochet Hook
  • Starch – This is used after the project is complete to help protect it and maintain shape.

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If you’re new to crocheting, as I am, I’ve recorded a real short video to help you get started with the basic crochet stitched.  I start with a slip knot and walk you through the chain stitch, single crochet, double crochet, and triple crochet.

The video below shows a quick demonstration of those basic stitches to help you get started.

All stitches that were used in this project are demonstrated in the video.

 

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Thank you for letting me share my journey with you. I appreciate your time and feedback.  Please leave a comment below and let me know how your doily turns out!

Your friend,

~Ki

 

November 12

Altered Book & Mixed Media Canvas Photo Album

How Do You Craft a Project to Hold 49 Pictures?

Mixed Media Canvas
Mixed Media Canvas

Earlier this year I found a great deal where I could go to Glamour Shots and get our pictures taken for free.  The deal allowed me to get a DVD with all of the pictures plus 1 print out.

My mom had previously asked me to get nice pictures done of my son and I because I hadn’t done so in years.  So I saw this deal as the perfect opportunity to do so.

The problem was that I had nearly 50 pictures when I was done and I wanted to give them to my parents in the form of a Christmas gift.  So I wanted to make something special for them instead of just handing them a stack of 49 pictures.

And this is where the Mixed Media Canvas came in.

 

How I Made It

This was another fairly simple but time consuming project.  It was messy too.  I was talking to a friend and co-worker about what to craft to hold the pictures.  He suggested some form of tree, I liked where he was going with the idea.  When I think of tree, I picture lots of branches and family pictures as I work on family ancestry a lot.

The Altered Book

This led me to thinking of a book.  So I decided to alter a book and use the book pages to form pockets.  I would turn the pictures into bookmarks and then attach the altered book to a mixed media canvas so that my parents can display it on their wall if they so choose.

Altered Book
Altered Book

So I took a rather thick book and distressed the pages.  Do to this, I alternated between a pocket knife and a tool from my Making Memories Distress Kit.  this roughed up the pages for me.  The next step was to paint the page edges.  For this, I used a travel toothbrush, Americana’s Oak Gel Stain, and Lumiere’s Metallic Gold paint.  I first applied the stain with the toothbrush and then went over it with the gold paint.  This made the book look old.  Next I used Tim Holt’s Tea Dye distress ink to distress the pages that the book is open to.  I crumpled the pages a little first to give it some age and character and then I just distressed it lightly.

Once the book was done, I started creating the bookmarks.  I printed all of the pictures from screenshots of the DVD.  I had some tag die cuts that were given to me in a swap that somebody created with a tag die.  I distressed the tags with the Tea Dye distress ink and then glued the pictures to the front and back of each tag until I had 24 tags.  Then I took some miscellaneous embellishments and glued them to the top of each tag to keep them from sliding down into the book.  They make it easier to pull each tag out and look at the picture as well without tearing up the tags.  Once they were dry, I slid them into the book pages and used Mod Podge to glue the pages together creating pockets for the tags.

Craft Supplies

The Mixed Media Canvas

Once the book was done, it was time to start the mixed media canvas.  I took a blank canvas and used my X-Acto knife to cut slits in the canvas to hold the corners of the book.  This will help with the stress on the glue since the book is so heavy.  With the hidden pockets holding the book corners, there is less chance of the book eventually breaking off of the canvas.  I slid the corners into the cuts and used duct tape to secure each corner in the cut canvas and help prevent the canvas from tearing any.

Mini Canvas
Mini Canvas In Progress

Next I mod podged a sewing pattern down in the corners to give the canvas more texture.  I cut two pieces of lace and mod podged them down to the top and bottom edges of the canvas for texture as well.  Next I glued down a bunch of embellishments like gears, beads, flowers, ect.  Once everything was glued on and the glue was dry, I covered everything but the book in a layer of gesso to prime it for painting.

I covered the book with seran wrap so that I wouldn’t mess it up while I was painting and spraying the canvas.  In hindsight, I should have measured the book and marked the canvas without gluing it down until the painting was done.  But the seran wrap worked perfectly at protecting the book and I think it turned out better than it would’ve had I attached the book last.

Once the gesso was dry, I sprayed the canvas with the following Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist colors:  Chocolate Covered Cherries, Dragonfly, and Autumn Nights.  I also used Adirondack’s Purple Twilight Colorwash.  After the first layer of sprays, I painted a coat of Lumiere’s Pearlescent White over everything.  Once that was dry, I put a second coat of the glimmer mists and color wash on.  Finally, after the second coat of mists was dry, I used Lumiere’s Metallic Bronze paint to touch up the embellishments and edges of the canvas to give it an aged appearance.

After all of that was done, I cut a piece of cardboard slightly bigger than the main display picture and I decorated it similarly to the actual canvas.  Once it dried, I glued the main picture to it and glued it to the open pages of the book as the main display.

The Final Result

This project is designed to hold a lot of pictures in a unique way so that it doesn’t wind up on some dusty shelf with a bunch of old photo albums.  I firmly believe that handmade gifts that have a lot of thought involved mean so much more than store bought gifts.  I think this project might end up being one of my mom’s all time favorites.

The following video shows the making of this altered book and mixed media canvas.  It’s a pretty long video so I have increased the speed so that you see me working quickly but get an idea of how I did it.  Feel free to fast forward to the very end so you can see how it all came together.

 

I hope this post has inspired you to find your own unique ways to display your family portraits and maybe get creative for your mom and give her something truly from your heart.

Happy Crafting!

~Ki


July 18

Craft Supply Inventory Binder

Do You Have a Ton of Craft Supply Inventory?

Craft Supply Inventory
Craft Supply Inventory

Craft Supply Inventory can be one of those things that is super hard to keep track of.  When I go to the store, it’s quite hard to remember what I already have on hand and what I need to get more of.  So since this is the year of getting organized, I knew I needed to sit down and make a craft supply inventory binder.

When I go shopping and happen into my favorite craft store, I will now be carrying my craft supply inventory binder which will prevent me from purchasing duplicate products.  I’m able to quickly thumb through the pages I’ve put in the binder and see what I already have on hand before filling my cart with crafty goodness.  This will help save money in the long run as I will only be buying things I don’t already have.  Who can remember all of that?

Binder Sections

Stamp Section
Stamp Section

The divider for each section was made with a piece of cardstock from the K&Company 8-1/2-Inch by 8-1/2-Inch Ancestry.Com Scrapbook Album Kit.  I cut the paper down to 5  7/8 in. to 8  3/4 in. to fit the mini binder.

I distressed the edges using the distress tool from my Making Memories Distressing Kit.

I used a regular hole punch to punch the three holes for the binder, then I inked the edges of the paper with the Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Tea Dye.

In order to get the divider tab, I used the ancestry.com paper and my Tim Holtz File Tabs die to cut out the tab.  The Sizzix Bigz Die – Tiny Tabs & Tags by Tim Holtz will also work for this.

I stamped the name of the section on the file tabs using the Miniature Alphabet and Punctuation Marks Rubber Stamp Set by Hampton Art.

I also used a stencil and Stickles to put the section name on the divider page.  The final step was to actually set up the inventory sheets and add them to the craft supply inventory binder.

Craft Supply Inventory Binder Tour

The short video below provides a walk through of my craft supply inventory binder so that you can see how it all came together.

Keeping track of products I already have on hand reduces the chance of buying duplicate items which saves money, space, and frustration.  I just have to remember to take it with me when I’m headed to the craft stores.

I hope this post was helpful to you all as you work on your own organization.  This is a big step to my goal of getting organized for more efficient crafting and one project out of the begun and never done pile!  Yay me!

Happy Crafting!

~Ki


July 12

Unique Mothers Day Gift Idea

How Do You Find a Unique Mothers Day Gift Idea?

My Ancestors
My Ancestors

Finding a unique Mothers Day Gift Idea for me is just a matter of listening to my mom.  Throughout the year every year, I hear her say something like “I wish I had…” or “I want a…” or “Oh I love…”.  Each time I hear that, I make a mental note of it for Mother’s Day, her birthday, or Christmas (whichever comes next).

In 2014, I made a shadowbox collage for my living room wall.  One of my hobbies is researching our family history and ancestry.  I’ve been able to find tons of stories and photos from ancestors that I never knew existed.  These are special to me and so I created this collage to kind of represent me.  When my mom came over and saw it for the first time, she said, “Oh wow!  That is so cool, I want one!”.

So this year for Mother’s Day, she got her wish.  I made her one similar to mine.  The big difference between the two is that hers is bigger and includes my step dad’s side of the family while mine does not.  My collage is specific to my ancestry while hers is based on her family.

 

How I Made It

Making this unique Mother’s Day gift idea was actually pretty simple, but very time consuming.  My first step was to determine how many pictures I wanted to include and to print them off.  I happen to have a photo printer, so I am able to print them off at home.  Once I knew how many pictures I wanted to include in the project, I could then determine how many shadowboxes I needed, so I purchased those and any other supplies I didn’t have on hand.

Craft Supplies

When I had all of my supplies together, I began by painting the shadowboxes with colors that would match or accent my mother’s house.  After each box was painted, I would glue the picture to the back of the shadowbox and decorate it with craft flowers and other supplies I had on hand.  When all of the shadowboxes were complete, I simply arranged them nicely and glued them in place.  Once that was done, I decorated a little bit more.

This project is great when Mom lives local because you can carefully hand carry it to her house taking special care not to bounce it around a lot.  Unfortunately, my parents moved to Puerto Rico so I had to ship it to her.  The boxes came apart a bit during shipping, however, I had planned a vacation to go down there and spend Mother’s Day with her.  So I was able to fix it after she opened it.

The following video shows the making of this unique Mother’s Day gift idea.  It’s a pretty long video so I have increased the speed so that you see me working quickly but get an idea of how I did it.  Feel free to fast forward to the very end so you can see how it all came together.

 

Mother’s Day Collage

Unique Mothers Day Gift Idea
Unique Mothers Day Gift Idea

This project is great when Mom lives local because you can carefully hand carry it to her house taking special care not to bounce it around a lot.  Unfortunately, my parents moved to Puerto Rico so I had to ship it to her.  The boxes came apart a bit during shipping, however, I had planned a vacation to go down there and spend Mother’s Day with her.  So I was able to fix it after she opened it.

As you could see in the video, my mom absolutely loved the gift.  In fact, it passed the “make mom cry” test which was the ultimate goal because I’m a brat.  It was very cool, we had it sitting on her kitchen counter where I repaired the pieces that had fallen off and each time I walked into her kitchen, I found her standing over it staring at the different pictures.

I hope this post has inspired you to find your own unique Mothers Day gift idea and maybe get creative for your mom and give her something truly from your heart.  That will touch her beyond any bouquet of flowers ever could.

Happy Crafting!

~Ki


July 11

Craft Swap Tracker

How Do I Keep Up With Swaps?

Craft Swap Tracker
Craft Swap Tracker

Why do I need a craft swap tracker?  Well because many crafting groups and members run or participate in craft swaps.  Craft swaps are fun ways to trade our handmade items but for those of us that like to do this a lot, it can be a lot to keep track of.  One of the most important things with these events is keeping track of and meeting the swap deadlines.  Otherwise, you gain a new reputation as a flaker and people don’t want to swap with you.

When I created my Craft Planner to start keeping track of everything I’m involved in, I knew that I needed a craft swap tracker as well.  So I created a blank template that I can simply print out and fill in the blanks for each swap I get involved in.

Swap Tracker Template

Group Swap Tracker
Group Swap Tracker

The top of the craft swap tracker sheet calls for the name of the swap.  This is followed by the details section which is where I fill in the item that I’m swapping, the due date, any fees to included such as postage, the deadline, the group the swap is listed in, and the organizer of the swap.  I simply left blank lines for each of these fields so that they can be written in as necessary.

The second part of the craft swap tracker is for group swaps.  If it happens to be a group swap that I’m participating in, then I will be sending out multiple items, either to the organizer, or to each individual participant.  So this section allows me to fill the table out with the date I sent the item, who I sent it to, the tracking number, the date I received my item, and who I received my item from.  Finally, at the bottom of each sheet is a Notes section for anything I need to make note of.

Free Craft Swap Tracker For You!

Do you have trouble keeping track of the swaps you participate in?  Well worry no more!  I do like to share. Otherwise, I wouldn’t participate in swaps or be writing a blog, right? I’m excited about getting organized this year and I’d love to help you get organized as well. I am sending out weekly emails with some tips and tricks on getting organized in your craft space and keeping up with everything on your plate. If you’d like a free copy of this craft swap tracker template that you can totally customize and print yourself, just drop your name and email in the box below and I’ll send it right to your inbox!

Thank you for letting me share my journey with you. I appreciate your time and feedback.  Please leave a comment below and let me know how you’re keeping up with things!

Your friend,

~Ki

July 5

Craft Stamp Inventory

How Do You Track Your Craft Stamp Inventory?

Craft Stamps
Craft Stamps

Why a craft stamp inventory?  Well because one common pain point of crafting is knowing what you have on hand.  The old adage “out of sight, out of mind” comes into play with supplies such as stamps.

The two main types of stamps are wood stamps, where the rubber stamp is affixed to a wooden block, and acrylic stamps that aren’t attached to any kind of block.  My wood stamps are stored on stamp shelves hanging on my wall so they aren’t really out of sight.  However, my acrylic stamps are stored in plastic CD cases in a drawer.  So it’s easy for me to forget that I have them and almost impossible to remember which ones I have exactly.

My stamps are rarely used for this reason.  I’ve also found sets of stamps that I have multiples of because I loved the stamp set but forgot that I had already purchased it.  So once again, I find myself buying duplicates.  For these reasons, I knew that my Craft Inventory Binder definitely needed to have a Craft Stamp Inventory section.

Fair warning though, this was one of the most frustrating sections to create because of how many steps it took to create it…and how many stamps I had on hand.  Each of the CD cases in that drawer has anywhere between 3 and 10 stamps in it because most of them came in a set.

Stamp Section

Stamp Section
Stamp Section

Like the Paint section, the divider for the section was made with a piece of cardstock from the K&Company 8-1/2-Inch by 8-1/2-Inch Ancestry.Com Scrapbook Album Kit.  I cut the paper down to 5  7/8 in. to 8  3/4 in. to fit the mini binder.

I distressed the edges using the distress tool from my Making Memories Distressing Kit.

I used a regular hole punch to punch the three holes for the binder, then I inked the edges of the paper with the Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Tea Dye.

In order to get the divider tab, I used the ancestry.com paper and my Tim Holtz File Tabs die to cut out the tab.  The Sizzix Bigz Die – Tiny Tabs & Tags by Tim Holtz will also work for this.

I stamped the word Stamps on the file tabs using the Miniature Alphabet and Punctuation Marks Rubber Stamp Set by Hampton Art.

I also used a stencil and Stickles to put the section name on the divider page.  The final step was to actually set up the inventory sheets.

Inventory Sheets

Craft Stamp Inventory
Craft Stamp Inventory

The actual inventory sheets for this section were super simple to create.  I took a blank piece of printer paper and folded it in half to fit my mini binder.  Then I stamped the name of the manufacturer at the top of the page.

I used various colors of ink for various manufacturers and simply used the actual stamps to stamp it’s image on the craft stamp inventory sheet.  This serves two purposes for me:

  1. It allows me to see what the stamp will look like on paper.  So while I’m working on any given project, I can page through my inventory sheets to see what stamp images I have available for the project.
  2. It allows me to double check my inventory while I’m at the store looking to purchase new stamps.  As long as I have my binder with me, I can check the craft stamp inventory section to determine what I already have on hand.

Keeping track of products I already have on hand reduces the chance of buying duplicate items which saves money, space, and frustration.  I just have to remember to take the Inventory Binder with me when I’m headed to the craft stores.

I hope this post was helpful to you all as you work on your own organization.  This is yet another small step to my goal of getting organized for more efficient crafting.

Happy Crafting!

~Ki