Sunday, January 24, 2010

Product Review -- Avery Post-It Removable Labels

I was so excited when I saw this product commercial on television. Great, easy labeling without having to worry with a label maker or with damaging the container (I like to reuse shoe boxes as storage). Boy was I disappointed with this product.

I first tried it on a cardboard box container that I got from Ikea. Within a few minutes it was already coming off. I thought then maybe it was the type of material and that it would do better on plastic containers. So I tried another label. Wrong again! As you can see from the pictures that didn't work either.

After about 5 minutes.

After about 10 minutes.
Definitely a 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Shortcut to sketches

I was up waay too late last night putting together a layout. At first I was a little stumped. You know how it is. You have your paper, you have your stickers and you are like now what? I have a little trick that I do that helps me when I am stumped on a layout.

I cut out the dimensions that I think I want to use either out of cardboard or last night I used an inexpensive envelope that I had in my stash. This is a shortcut way to doing a sketch and it makes it so much easier to see where you might want to put things. It is kind of like cutting up newspapers in the same size as your pictures and figuring out how you want to put them on the wall that way before you start putting a lot of nail holes in the walls.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Ribbon Storage for less than $5

Welcome to my new blog! I can't wait to share with you great ideas and money making tips and giveaways! Also, I can't wait to see what creative ideas that you all have to share.

I am always looking for ways to get a handle on my mounting craft supplies without spending a whole lot of $$$. I bought some of those white plastic ribbon holders from Hobby Lobby that have the little zig zag opening down the middle to hold the ribbon in place. While they were not too expensive, I have a lot of ribbon and knew that there had to be a cheaper way to store ribbon.

I came up with the idea to use strips of sturdy cardboard (I used a Priority Mail box from the Post Office) as the base. It is fairly simple. The cardboard measures 3 1/4 by 1 1/2 inches. I taped the ribbon to the cardboard to hold secure and then I just wrapped it around. To keep it in place I used a coated paper clip that I got from the Dollar Tree. The ribbon holders are kept in a plastic holder that has adjustable compartments. I got mine from Lowes for about $5 but you can get them much cheaper at Wal-Mart or anywhere that sells fishing equipment as tackle boxes are usually less expensive than containers made specifically for scrapbooking.

The ribbon is taped to the carboard to secure.

The ribbon is attached with an inexpensive clip.

The ribbon is now neatly organized.


So I want to hear from you all out there. Tell me some cleaver ideas that you have for storing your ribbon. Each suggestion will get you a entry in a drawing that I am having on next Thursday January 21, 2010. I will let the computer randomly pick a name for the winner.

The giveaway is a 176 piece 12x12 Christmas page kit by Making Memories.