Sunday, July 21, 2013

Organize Much?

My dad used to always say, "if you want to think with a clear head, then have a clear surrounding." When I want to think up of new card ideas, I bunker up in my stamping room and organize like I'm nesting! This weekend, I took the opportunity to catch up on organization ideas I had been mulling over for awhile.

  • Waste not, want not. I wanted a great home for leftover cardstock so that I do not have to dig aimlessly for when the need arises, wasting time and effort. I got my label maker and made tags (I wish this was a clear label) by punching a square scallop for each color of SU! cardstock. Now it's not so messy.

  • Visualize your plan. If you can't already tell, I'm a visual person. In cardspeak, that means I have to be able to see what best colors my card would look like. The Color Coach that SU! sells is perfect for this (which I may end up getting). Until then, I created my own color swatch from leftover scraps I had. I made 3x3 squares, punched a hole in the corner and bound them in white organza ribbon. Now, visualizing my next card just got a tad easier. 
  • Know thy clear block. Now that I have a home for my clear mounts, it doesn't help that I don't remember their label name or size. I took the original label that they came in and stuck them in the caddy! Referencing the right mount with the stamp just got simpler.
  • What's in your closet? For this, I commissioned the help of my most esteemed colleague for a cool summer project, my daughter. She took an inventory of my stamp sets and typed them up for me. It took her two weeks to finish (due to subsequent firing and rehiring following a renegotiation of contract). Hehe. I took this list and made a board on Pinterest and a .pdf version so I have access to them all the time.

Now onto the good pre-order from the Holiday Catalog came and I have had a chance to play. In fact, here's a sneak peek of what we will be playing on Sunday. Notice anything new you might like??

The Annual Stampin' Up! Convention just wrapped up today. My upline, Angie, has been updating us with highlights and upcoming products. I cannot wait to try them. Here's a taste of what Convention 2013 was like and all the upcoming goodies that are in store for us.

One more thing...I wanted to cheer myself up for having missed Convention due to schedule conflicts (though I couldn't fathom attending in my prior life; it looked overwhelming!). Now I know I could have had so much fun with Angie and Kalyn so I'll make sure to make it there next year. When I first saw this stamp set, I knew what I wanted to do with it. When I got it, my plan sort of went off tangent. Nonetheless, I chugged along and I am pretty happy with the final outcome. It made me smile. The techniques used here are brayering and masking.

Stamp Sets:
Wonderful Words II (retired)
Whisper White
Tempting Turquoise
So Saffron
Pumpkin Pie
Wild Wasabi
Basic Black
Staz-on black ink (for main image and sentiment)
Oval punch (mask for the setting sun)
Corner punch
White gel pen
Pop-up dots

Also note that I tried to make this card multiple times. I ended up using as a mat one of the failed versions. Good use of scrap!

Happy Stamping!


  1. LOVE your organizing tips! I think I will put my daughter to work on organizing my scraps. Thank you!

    1. Thanks, Angie! Our daughters are just a wealth of resource! Mine, however, needed a bit of nudging, but she got through it and I'm one happy mom and stamper. LOL!

  2. I love all the scenic cards coming out of this Wetlands set. You have mad brayering skills.
    Wetlands is definitely on my list too.
    Can't wait for next years convention...hope you can come along. It would be so much fun to have you there.

    1. Hi, Kalyn! So great to hear you ladies had fun at Convention! I'd love to be there next year. Loved your dress, by the way.

      Thanks! You have no idea how many failed canvases I had...but it was fun when it all came together. Can't wait to meet up soon. :)