February 15

Weekly Planner Template – Printable & Free!

How Do I Keep Up With Everything?

As you may know, in the crafting world, it can get very hard keeping up with everything we have going on weekly.  As creative people, we constantly have new ideas or projects floating through our brains as we desperately work to finish something we’ve already started.  We also tend to join Facebook groups, Pinterest, and any other events that inspire us or peak our interest.

I run this website, plus two others, and I am co-owner of a Facebook group called Messy Desk Crafters.  We have almost 1,000 members currently and we’re regularly running various swaps and events to keep our members engaged and inspired.  On top of that, I have several hobbies aside from crafting.

Crafting is the hobby I use to escape reality and let my creative juices flow through my brain.  It serves a very important purpose in my life as a huge stress reducer.  But when I sign up for different events and start forgetting things I need to get done, or find out I don’t have specific supplies that I need to get things done, it becomes another stressor in my life.  That’s not supposed to happen.

When that happens, it causes me to stop crafting and I lose my escape altogether.  So this year, I came up with a plan to fix that.  I’ve created my Craft Planner to start keeping track of everything I’m involved in.  This helps me to stay on task and keep track of any related details, such as due dates and required supplies.

Weekly Tasks
What to do and what to buy?

Weekly Planner Template

The first page I created for my planner was my weekly task list.  I use this page more frequently than any other page in my planner.  It serves as my daily and weekly checklist of things to do.  This is a rolling list that I keep of things that are on my to do list.  If I don’t complete a task this week, it rolls over to the following week until I finally get it done and mark it off.

The top left of the page is my to do list.  This is naturally where I list my tasks for the week.  The top, right column is my things to buy section where I list any supplies that I might’ve run out of during the week.  Also, if I happen to see supplies during the week that I don’t already have, I’ll list them here.  The bottom of the page lists the 7 days of the week with lines for me to write in any recurring tasks that I have on certain days or any due dates that come up that week.

This helps me keep track of what I need to do each week so that nothing gets forgotten.  It also helps to prevent me from getting sidetracked with other projects or things.  If I find something else I want to do, I simply add it to the list, either for that week or the following week.

Weekly Planner
What’s due this week?

Free Weekly Planner Template For You!

Naturally, I like to share.  Otherwise, I wouldn’t 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 palette.  If you’d like a free copy of this free weekly planner 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 own journey with you.  I appreciate your time and feedback.  Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know how you’re keeping up with things!

Your friend,

~Ki

February 12

Ink Pads – Craft Inventory Binder

What Ink Pads Do I Have?

Ink
Ink, Ink, and More Ink!

From distress inks to alcohol inks, smooches, ink pads, Staz-On, and more, how in the world do we keep up with all of them?

There’s nothing like buying multiples of the same item because you can’t remember if you already have it or not.  I HATE when I do that!  It usually means I have two, or more, of something now when I could’ve used that money to buy something I didn’t already have on hand.

Naturally, I had to create an Ink section in my Craft Inventory Binder to keep track of them.  Now I can just take it with me and easily check what I already have before dropping something in my cart.  It’s very convenient.

Ink Section

Ink Section
Various Ink Pad Sets

Just like my Marker Section, the Ink section of my Inventory Binder was a pretty easy section to get done.

The divider for the section is another 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.

Next 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 Ink 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

Ink Samples
Ink on Hand

There are several different manufacturers of ink pads and sprays used for crafting.  Tim Holtz’ Distress Inks are my favorite and the ones I use the most so I started with those.  I only printed inventory sheets for brands I actually own, just like I did with my Markers.  The brands I have inventory sheets for are as follows:

Feel free to click on any of the links to obtain the inventory sheet for your own use.  I did not create any of these sheets as they were already out there and I didn’t see any point in recreating the wheel.

Once printed, I then used a stamp to mark the appropriate box for each color I own.  By doing this, I know when I’m at the store that, if the box is blank, I don’t have that color in my inventory.

Keeping track of products I already have on hand reduces the chance of me 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


February 6

Baby Boy Canvas Wall Art – Mixed Media

Baby Calin Memorial

Last year, one of the gals in my Craft Group tragically lost her grandson shortly before her birthday.  While many in the group worked on creating birthday cards and sympathy cards for her, I wanted to create something special that she could display and remember her baby grandson.  I decided a mixed media canvas with a picture of Baby Calin was the way to go.  This way should could hang it on her wall and see his beautiful smile regularly.

 

Supplies

Art Alternatives Canvas Panel Super Value 5×7 Pack of 12
Brand New Aqua Oxford Blue Bulk Tissue Paper 15″ x 20″ – 100 Sheets
Hero Arts Hero Arts Mounted Rubber Stamps, 4 by 5.25-Inch, Old Letter Writing
Hero Arts – Moments Background – Mounted Wood Stamp – E309
La Blanche Vintage Pocket Watch Rubber Stamp
Mod Podge CS11302 Original 16-Ounce Glue, Matte Finish
Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi Medium Gloss
Adirondack Paint Dabber – Pool
Adirondack Paint Dabber – Cloudy Blue
Blue Trim
Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby Mat Stack
Hampton Arts Studio G Mini Alphabet Stamp Set
Tsukineko Full-Size StazOn Multi-Surface Inkpad, Jet Black
Strokes Office Supplies 12 Paper Edger Scissors with Organizer Stand! Great for Teachers, Crafts, Scrapbooking (SBA5115)
Smooch Accent Inks, Bayside

 

Baby Canvas

The first thing I did was stamp the tissue paper with the script stamp, the moments stamp, the pocket watch stamp and the black Stazon ink pad.  I used the Studio multi medium gloss to adhere the tissue paper to the canvas and tore gently around the edges.  Next I used the two colors of Adirondack paint dabbers to add a little more color.  I used Mod Podge to adhere the picture and glue for the trim.  Next I cut a piece out of the Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby mat stack and stamped the sentiment on it.  Once that dried, I drew over the stamped letters with two different color blue smooches.   I adhered that and a doily to the canvas and then used flowers and other embellishments to decorate.  Check out the video below to watch me create it:

They say that those who have lost loved ones never forget it.  They remember their lost each and every day.  I think about a dear friend of mine that I lost a few years ago pretty regularly and having her picture on my wall has helped me to remember her bright smile and happy face rather than remembering her as she was in her last days.  My hope with this project was that Grandma could remember her precious baby grandson with that amazing smile and let go of the tragedy that took him way too soon.  May it bring her a little more peace.

~Ki

February 2

Markers Inventory – Craft Inventory Binder

What Markers Do I Have?

Markers
Collection of Markers

Have you ever found yourself shopping for craft supplies and either you buy duplicates of supplies you already have, or you stand in the aisle staring at them and trying to remember if you’d already purchased a certain color?  Many crafters have this problem.  For serious crafters, those which spend a lot of time crafting, the supply inventory seems to grow rapidly and you quickly lose track of what you already have and don’t have.  When it comes to Markers, there are many different brands and hundreds of colors.  It’s impossible to remember them all!  In order for me to prevent myself from buying duplicates, I’ve created a Markers section for my Inventory Binder.  I have blank printouts for each brand that I’ve purchased them from.  Then when I buy a new one, I simply color in the inventory block for that brand and color so that I know which ones I have.  If I take my Inventory Binder to the store with me when I go craft supply shopping, I can simply refer to the Markers section and quickly determine which ones I need to buy.

 

Markers Section

Markers Sheets
Inventory Sheets

The Markers section of my Inventory Binder was real simple to create.  The actual divider for the section is a piece of cardstock from the K&Company 8-1/2-Inch by 8-1/2-Inch Ancestry.Com Scrapbook Album Kit.  I cute the paper down to 5  7/8 in. to 8  3/4 in. to fit the mini binder.  Next 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 Markers on the file tabs using the Miniature Alphabet and Punctuation Marks Rubber Stamp Set by Hampton Art.  That’s all it took for me to set up this section of the binder.  I 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.

 

Marker Inventory Sheets

As I said previously, there are several different brands of markers used for crafting.  Copic is one of the top brands so I started with that one and then worked through each of the brands I actually own.  I only used brands that I actually have product of as the purpose is to capture my own personal inventory.  As I buy products from other brands, I will either find or create a new inventory sheet for the binder in order to track my supply of those.  The brands I actually have inventory sheets for are as follows:

Feel free to click on any of the links to obtain the inventory sheet for your own use.  I did not create any of these sheets as they were already out there and I didn’t see any point in recreating the wheel.  Once I printed off each of the sheets, I then took my markers and used the appropriate brand and color to color in the box on the actual sheet.  By doing this, I know when I’m at the store that, if the box isn’t colored in, I do not have that product in my inventory.

By keeping track of which Markers I already have, I reduce the occurrence of buying duplicate items which saves money, space, and frustration.  The trick is just remembering to take the Inventory Binder with me when I’m headed to the craft supply stores.  I hope this post was helpful to you all, I know many of us wish we were more organized.  This is just one small step to my goal of getting organized for more efficient crafting.

Happy Crafting!

~Ki