I have been having a great month! School is back in session, the kids are happier with the schedule (and so am I!), we had a couple birthdays this month, my parents and nephew came to visit, and I did some more canning! Whew! No wonder I haven't had time to post on here! ;o) I have actually been spending quite a bit of time cleaning my office. Something I do pretty frequently. It all started with the patterned paper. I am embarrassed to say that I think I am a paper hoarder. Anybody out there have this disorder? I love the patterned paper that is available today. I (apparently) buy quite a bit. But, I don't use it because, if I do...I won't have it anymore! So, I buy more so I can use it and still have it, but...let's just say, I have LOADS of paper! I organized all my patterned paper into two groups. SU and Non-SU. Just to keep it simple. I have about the same amount of both of those categories. I had no idea! I also organized all my scraps of cardstock. Holy cow! I am not going to be cutting full sheets of cardstock for quite some time. I've got to use this stuff up!
This may not be an earth shatterning idea for you, but this is what I finally came up with to corral all my scraps. I am so excited! I purchased this plastic two drawer file size organizer at KMart, along with some hanging files. I used the word window punch to punch a piece of every color I have. (These are all SU) I put one on each folder and sorted away. (It took forever!!) I just grouped the colors into the four color families. It feels so great to have this under control! My office isn't the drool room that some crafters have, but I am so grateful that I have a space to do my crafting in. It is upstairs in the room over the garage and has the peaked ceiling, so I don't have much in the way of wall space, but so far...everything is fitting. Here is another shot of it. The plastic drawers on the left are full of stamps. Five towers full. The ones straight ahead house all my punches (two drawers full) and my white scraps and my accessories like brads, eyelets, buttons...and loads more. I can't believe how much stuff I have! It makes me want to just go in there and craft for days!!
I did manage to make a card today as well. I pulled all of the materials for this card out of my scraps. (yay for me!) The card base is made from kraft cardstock. I layered three strips of the SU spring showers paper across the front. The striped piece was a bit on the 'white' side, so I used my stipple brush to distress it with some chocolate chip ink. I did some faux stitiching along the seams where the papers met up. The scalloped piece is from the Wanted set. I stamped that onto kraft paper and distressed it and the thanks as well. I had the flower from the pretties kit that I had played with previously that was just the right color so I used that (it counts as scrap since it was already colored...) I stuck the scalloped piece on with dimentionals, took a large glue dot and tore it in half (does that count as scraps??) and used half to stick the flower down and the other half to attach the 1/2 pearl. I stuck the Thanks on with snail but then went back and stapled it as well. It felt great to be using scraps and to actually be able to get to my desk!