Sunday, February 26, 2012

Swap Goodies from Poland

As promised, here are the gorgeous papers and trims I received from a swap your stash Studio Calico.  The most unique thing was a section of birch bark from a nearby forest!  The papers are all from Polish designers (with the possible exception of one from Chatterbox.)  I cant wait to start creating with these papers and trims!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Love is in the Air

Good Morning!  Hope you are having a wonderful weekend so far!  We awoke to a snowy day!  Had some friends over for meatless pizzas last night.  Yummy!  They brought Whoopie pies for dessert.  Even more yum!!  Anyway, since it's still February, I thought I'd share a layout about some of the love that's been going on in my house lately!

The best part about this layout is the letters!  I cut them out on my silhouette Cameo, and I was thrilled to realize I could get perfect placement just by placing the negative image over my page, then putting the adhesive covered letters right back in their spots.  (Avoids misspelled words, too!) I used Google Images to find icons of my son's favorite iPad games, and the papers and die cuts are from My Mind's Eye, and a few scraps I am sorry I can't identify.  The EPIC stamp is from Studio Calico.  It is part of a set, and if you want it, it will be available in the shop for the March release.  You will be seeing more of this and another set, Awesome, in the coming weeks.  

As long as we are talking love, my dh got me these for Valentine's Day!  I was so surprised!  Just beautiful, and they lasted over a week!  Enjoy!
Stay tuned later today or tomorrow for some pictures of the goodies I received in a Swap your Stash!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Marker Storage

 There was a question over on the Studio Calico message board about Marker Storage.  I thought I would post some photos of my marker storage.  It was actually very cheap, and the great thing about it is that I can add to it in inexpensive increments.  I purchased these little wooden "shopping bags" at A. C. Moore.  They cost me $1.99 each, without a coupon, and I used a coupon for most, so it was really about half that price.  I glued the first 3 together with wood glue, because I envisioned a freestanding unit.  

These little wooden shopping bags measure approximately 4 1/4 inches long x 2 inches wide, and 5 3/4 inches high.  I can store 22 Copic Sketch Markers in each one.

However, I find them easier to use if I can just pull the color family that I need, so I put them on this little shelf that I have had for years.  My husband put a 1/4 by 1 inch piece of trim under the front of the boxes so that they are slightly tilted, and the markers do not fall out. 
In this picture, the piece of trim extends beyond the boxes, so I can expand my storage if necessary.

I hope this helps some of you who may looking for a budget conscious way to store your markers!
After all, wouldn't you rather spend your craft dollars on actual supplies?  If you wanted to use this idea as a free standing unit, you could come up with some fun ideas for painting and decorating the wooden shopping bags!  Have a crafty day!

Arctic Winter MFT & Lawn Fawn

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