So onto my desk firstly is my laptop, at the back is my little blue bucket with my every day tools in, also at the back is a little glass, my daughter decorated for me many moons ago, and that holds my Sukura pens, my 2 fine tip glue’s, are always on my desk, (I use these all the time) some double sided tape oh a few stamped images and the copics that I haven’t put away from colouring the image on the tiny card in the front, in the wooden box is CD cases filled with the small free sets of stamps you get from magazines, on top of the box my newly acquired blending tool and some distress inks, (got to learn how to use this) and to the left is my ruler and scissors and the remnants of the card I used for the tiny card in the front, so no new crafty stash, no lovely layouts or artistic journals or a wonderful sewing project, no knitting, not much at all really
So I decided after showing my Marker hints and tips book, last week, I would show you another book that is always on my desk.
Card designs are always something I have always struggled with, either lack of mojo, or I just can’t ‘think’ (a problem that many CFS sufferers struggle with) so a couple of years ago whenever I saw a card sketch I liked I would save it to my computer, well that wasn’t much help because I could never find them again, or by the time I had looked at them all, I was either fed up or too tired and couldn’t craft, so I started printing them out and sticking them in a book, In hindsight, I should have printed the sketches much smaller and kept a better record of where they came from and who designed them, and the date I found/printed it, but whenever my mojo is hiding, I look through my book of ‘inspirational sketches’ and I can always find one that suits the situation. Image or design papers, and now I am never stuck for ideas, it sort of gives my brain a little kick and I might turn the sketch around, I might add or take away something, I usually simplify it because I like simple cards, but I am not wonderfully gifted like many of the card makers out there, I cannot look at an image or some papers, and a great card design instantly pops into my head in fact this hardly ever happens, so these great sketches, that wonderful people with lots of skill and talent create, I keep in a handy book, so I am never without a layout idea. It is a huge help and stays on my desk along with my marker hints and tips book.
I also thought I would show you how I store my Spellbinder Dies, as I explained before, my craft room is really my Sons bedroom so when he comes home from university during the holidays I want all my crafting ‘stuff’ to be put away in the cupboards so he can have his bedroom back.
I use Old DVD Cases (again recycling otherwise would be rubbish)
As you can see I have two strips of Magnetic tape stuck on the inside of the case and the sets of dies ‘stick’ to this so aren’t loose, so don’t get lost, and then on the outside of the case I have used copy paper, printed the name of the die set, and a layered the shape (square in this case) and also included the sizes of the dies, to show me what’s in each DVD case –Having the layered shape also helps me know/notice if there is one missing!! I had heard of people using CD cases but I had lots of old DVD cases and thought I would use those and again it works really well for me, the larger rectangle and label dies fit in them and they stack nicely in the cupboard with easy to read labels on the spines.
I hope that by sharing these ideas with you, they might be of help to someone.
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