Use Your Stash – Scrapbook Layouts with the Never Ending Crushed Velvet Ribbon

Yes. I’m still going at it with the self-adhesive crushed velvet ribbon. Seriously. I want it OUT of my stash, but I refuse to throw anything away. I bought the stuff, I have a responsibility to use it and not just keep it for several years in a box and then toss it out. You can’t really fight consumerism in this industry, because it’s just MADE for making you buy stuff (and I’m down with that, I don’t mind investing in pretty things that coincides with a cherished hobby). But you know… at least consume it once you do. And.. …

Use Your Stash – More Velvet Ribbon Cards

“Will this product never end?!” you think, and having asked the same question myself I can honestly say: NO. But I will keep at it until I see a visual dent in this part of my stash! So, more projects with self-adhesive crushed velvet ribbon is to be expected (has anyone ever blogged so this much about this? Surely! To the googles!) My initial thoughts and analyses about the product can be read here (clicky clicky). More about the project “Use Your Stash” is to be found here. Meanwhile, I made some more cards with this never-ending velvet ribbon. I …

Use Your Stash – The Crushed Velvet Ribbon Edition #2

If you read my last post, you’ll already know I am on a quest to Use My Stash, and right now, specifically use this darned self-adhesive crushed velvet ribbon that’s been lying around for more than five years. Here’s my thoughts about the To read a little bit more about my thoughts about this product, why I have it, and what was my original plan, I suggest reading my last post. Since I did tags last time, I thought I’d keep going with some cards for this post. I felt that the challenge would be NOT to make a Christmas …

Use Your Stash – The Crushed Velvet Ribbon Edition #1

So, yesterday I boldly announced that I will dive into my stash in a magical quest to USE WHAT I HAVE. You can read more about it on this page (clicky clicky)! Two of my statements are as follows: I will grab all the things I once loved, but now think is rather “bleh”, and incorporate them into my projects., and I will analyse why I bought them, and what they were originally for, and I will find new ways to use them. I will find stuff I have had in my stash from the very beginning and USE IT …

Use Your Stash – Beginning of a Project

Okay people, I am committing to this now. I am going to use what I have. I am going to use my stash! As a crafter, it is all too easy to fall for temptation and just keep adding to your collection of materials with the intent to make fun and glorious projects with them sometime in the future. And sometimes you might not even know that the products you buy are for – They are just pretty! So you add them to your stash. Then you find yourself with a stash of stuff you love but don’t use. Well, …

The Beauty of Mail Art

Getting a postcard or a letter in the post is a fantastic thing. It’s something personal and colourful that someone sent to you, and only for you. It’s not a common thing anymore, to get real correspondence in actual paper form, instead of messages on Facebook or Twitter, or a text on your phone. What ends up in your mailbox is mostly bills or junk mail. My friend Micu decorates her letters in so many ways, and every time I find one in my mail box I do a little dance!   Micu recently started a project, inviting everyone or …

Unexpected Inspiration – Unexpected Finger Puppets

Sometimes inspiration or ideas appears in very weird ways. A string of events or interesting leads end up in something like this: Now; I haven’t crocheted since I was 12. But I used to do it a lot back when I was a kid. Not using patterns or anything, just making random… things. Growing up it became a mystery to me, though, and I thought I had forgotten how to do it. But it worked out pretty well! So, what are these creatures?  A while back my friend Micu shared a wonderful movie with me called Mary & Max, and …

Confessions of a Scrapbookshopoholic

Real Brick N’ Mortar scrapbook stores are not very common in Sweden, so one have to order online most of the time. But it’s just so much better to be able to see the all the products in real life (and it just makes the shopping experience so much nicer). So when I go on a trip somewhere I try to find a craft- or scrapbook store to indulge in. One store I have sort of been stalking online for many years now is Blade Rubber Stamps in London. It’s been one of those shops I’ve been hoping to get …

Picking Out Colours & Pretty Papers

I have a great stash of pretty papers, all hand picked and fondled and sorted and added to a mental list of projects to make. But when it comes down to it, once it’s time to choose the papers, it can be a bit overwhelming. Or, you forget what papers you have. Or, you just have one of those days when nothing makes sense and nothing goes together, no matter how many great papers you have (a bit like not having anything to wear, ever though your closet is full). I craft a lot with old scraps and bits and …

Boop! – Another Glitter Girl Adventure Challenge

This weeks challenge by daring craft vixen Glitter Girl (over at Shimelle’s) was a sketch challenge, and to turn a simple sketch into something your own style. I have to be honest, I don’t know what my style is. I have no trouble starting a layout with few or no ideas, and in the end it turns into… something. Quirky? Can quirky be a style? If I have a plan and a strict sense of the style I want to achieve, I usually get there in the end, but if I let myself go nuts like a kid in a …

My Friend Who Got Married – Scrapping an old photo

Shimelle Laine’s mysterious accomplice, Glitter Girl, posted another great video this week, this time about scrapping larger photos, which was pretty perfect considering I have some larger prints I’ve been dying to use. My friend Sara got married ten, correction, TWELVE years ago and I was the bridesmaid. It was such an honour to be asked, and I have so many great memories from that day! Like hoe we met early to do the hair and make-up, and the photo shoot before the wedding, and how I found myself crying so much during the ceremony so much that I think …

Cut it, Scrap it, Punch it, Tag it

I seldom throw away small scraps of paper. Not because I don’t have enough product to work with, but because I don’t like the waste, especially with product that has doubtlessly has left a global footprint (even if it is made from recycled paper). That little piece of pretty paper has been through a long journey to end up in my box of scraps. I mean, think about it: How much energy and resource is used for producing the basic paper, print it, package it and then ship it? Add in the fact that all the components in the product …