Organizing Framelits and Thinlits

If you are like me your life is full – work, family activities, household management, and more.  With all these responsibilites to juggle it is even more important for me to carve time out to create.  A key element to making all this possible is being organized.  And I love to organize!  

Over the last year I have managed to accumulate ALL the Stampin' Up! Framelits and new Thinlits.  I had purchased magnetic sheets at a local big box craft store and placed them in CD cases.  However when I opened the case often the framelits would pop off the magnetic sheet and I was spending time putting in order to get what I wanted rather than creating.  Until yesterday…

 
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I had a small three ring binder (5 1/2" x 8 1/2") and purchased sheet protectors to go in it.  Then I took retired DSP and cut sheets to fit the sleeves, adhered the magnetic sheets I had used in the CD cases to the DSP and arranged the Framelits on the magnetic sheets.  I even recycled the labels I had made for the CD cases and placed at the top of the DSP.  

There were a couple of Framelit sets (Window Framelits and the Floral Framelits) that did not fit into the CD cases as they were too wide.  As a result there were tucked away and never used.  Well they fit perfectly in the sheet protectors as shown below.  Woo Hoo!

 
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I am thrilled with the result.  Now I can flip through the binder to find the perfect Framelit shape for my card.

The new Circle and Label Thinlit frames don't fit in the sleeves yet I placed all the small accessory pieces in my binder.  This will surely remind me of the coordinating Thinlit frame.

 
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I hope this post inspires you to get organized and find more time to create. I would love to know, what allows you to juggle it all? 

Cheers,

Michelle

New Envelope Punch board available TODAY!

At the Stampin' Up! Convention in July attendees were introduced to the new Envelope Punch Board. It was one of those items everyone wanted to get their hands on.  Here is the teaser board at convention:

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Finally the announcement came in August, demonstrators were able to order the punch board prior to it going on sale to customers.  I ordered it the first day it became available.  It is AWESOME!  I know that word is overused today yet it is the perfect word to describe this tool.  First it is cost effective, only $19.95.  Second, it allows you to use DSP and standard card stock you already have and we all have a "stash" of paper.  So here it is:

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As you can see above, the instructions are imprinted directly on the base of the board.  It comes with the scoring tool that stores nicely in the side of the board and it has an integrated corner punch at the top for that finished look on all your envelopes.

I made an odd sized card (4" x 4") and then made a coordinating envelope with my new Envelope Punch Board.

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I used the Truly Grateful Stamp Set from the Holiday Mini catalog.  The wheat is embossed using gold embossing powder and I tied Linen Thread around the image to add the 3-D dimension to the wheat stalk image.  A few Stampin' Dimensionals make the wheat stalk center stage.

 
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The Envelope Punch Board will open our creativity for all sizes of cards. Shop Now and order yours today, use product #133774.

I want to know, does the Envelope Punch Board get your Mojo going?  

Michelle

James Taylor meets Mojo Monday

It is time for you to learn I am a HUGE James Taylor (JT) fan.  My best friend (for the last 34 years) and I have been to about 16 of his concerts.  When we were in high school and college and he would perform back to back concerts we would go both nights. One night with our boyfriends and the second just the girls.  We always enjoyed the concert with just the girls more!

Today I am featuring one of the first stamp sets I ever bought from Stampin' Up! it is called From my Heart and it has this wonderful stamp with the words from the JT song Secret of Life.  This is one of my favorite JT songs and helped get me through four months of bed-rest when expecting my second child.  It holds a very special place in my heart.

 
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I used the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #308 as my inspiration for the card.  Here is this week's Mojo Monday Sketch:

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 The card is straight forward and can be easily copied.  You may want to know the supplies I used, here is the list:

Paper:  Elegant Eggplant – retired DSP regals collection (the new collection has even better patterns), Perfect Plum and Whisper White card stock, Silver Glitter paper

Ink:  Elegant Eggplant

Stamp set:  From my Heart

Accessories:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Frosted Finishes Embellishments (Holiday Mini)

Tools:  Oval Framelits, Big Shot, Stampin' Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive

Here is one more look at the card.

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Backyard Basics for Freshly Made Sketches

Today I am featuring a card I made for this week's Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  True to the vision of Freshly Made Sketches, this card is crisp and clean.

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Freshly Mades Sketches is celebrating their 100th sketch challenge this week and they went back to their very first challenge for a little nostagia.  Here is the sketch:

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The Mojo Magic

I cut a piece of whisper white cardstock 5" x 10" for the 5 x 5 card base.

Cut a 3" x 4" piece of grass weave from the Gingham Garden DSP pack.  

The square begins with a 3" x 3" piece of Daffodil Delight followed by a layer of Pear Pizazz and finally a piece of whisper white card stock making each layer 1/8" smaller.

I stamped the tulip from the Backyard Basics stamp set three times onto Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizazz and then using the Backyard Basics framelits cut them out.  I snipped the yellow tulip head off and adhered onto the pear pizazz tulip with a simple glue dot.  Then I grouped them together on the card stock square and using the 2-way glue pen adhered them to the square.  The ends of the tulips did hang off the bottom of the square so I simply snipped then along the edge of the square.  (Save 15% by purchasing Backyard Basics as a bundle)

Cut a 1" x 5" piece of the yellow stripe side of another piece of Gingham Garden DSP and layered it over the two pieces on the card base.

I stamped the bee from the Backyard Basics set onto Daffodil Delight card stock and cut it out using the coordinating framelits. The bee was placed on a piece of whisper white card stock which was cut from the Windows Frames Collection of framelits.

And finally the sentiment was added from the Sweet Essentials stamp set and punched with the Word Window punch.  Three Daffodil Delight candy dots added the finishing touch. 

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As the summer comes to a close it was fun to create with Backyard Basics.

Thanks for stopping by today.  If you are inspired to create and need any of the materials used in today's card, click here and shop 24/7.  I hope you have a great week!

Michelle