I was in the process of cleaning up my craft room to get ready to make some new cards and explore some of my great buys from last weekend, and previous things I haven’t yet played with. Some new stamp sets from Hero Arts, Altenew, some stickers from the Sticker Store and some dies from Creative Inspiration Live.
I found that my Stampmaster was quite grubby with Black ink from my Stazon ink pad. So I tried to clean it with nappy wipes, no still dirty. Alcohol spray was my next try, no still there. Eucalyptus oil, will always work when nothing else does, and it did. YES!!
I have let you know that I have battled with depression, so now that I’m much better I’m starting to look after myself better. With my depression I found solice in food, my biggest crutch, and unfortunately I relied on food to give me pleasure or I wanted it to give me energy, so I could just live each day as an aware person. So hard to do when you are always so tired with absolutely no energy and no motivation to get up and move. Thank goodness for a great doctor and a change in meds has brought me to where I am now. I also reconnected with my Mums family and am so grateful to have them in my life again. They were my buoy to stop me from sinking into the void while just trying to live my life last year. They helped me to find my love of craft, which never left really, but to be able to share a love with family and friends who have a common interest is so amazing. You really helped my find my mojo! Fast forward to January, I tried for a job in a craft store, thought I would give it my all and take some samples of cards I had made during 2016 ( with family), in the back of my mind I thought I had no chance, but I had nothing to lose. Thanks Nicky, she hired me to teach others how to make cards, at Nicky P Papercraft, love this job.
I had also booked a trip to Brisbane to go to a scrapbooking weekend by Artdeco called Creative Inspiration Live, showcasing the new designs being released this year and being able to play with them while being shown new techniques by some very talented tutors. All of which I can take back to Nicky P Papercraft shop and teach to the lovely ladies. Well this weekend is CIL, and I’m here in Brisbane, feeling like a child awaiting Christmas eagerly for tomorrow to arrive. Still very nervous when I try to do new things. I get flustered, and I did so today getting ready to leave for the airport, forgetting everything, but having a very beautiful and patient husband who helped me remember tickets case keys etc, thanks Ja!
I have been so busy this past fortnight trying to focus on a new job, but also putting a lot more focus on me & my health. I’m in the middle of my life with an overweight and frumpy body with a brand new attitude on life, yes I want to live and be me! A whole new me who can go out and accomplish anything I put my mind to, without my body holding me back!
I have signed up a Personal Trainer at Ultimate Physique Fitness Studio for 10 weeks, twice weekly at 1 hour sessions, so I can’t chicken out and prove to my self that I can do it. I had 1 session on Tuesday and another on Thursday, lost 1kg and loving this life.
I will also be trying a new health system to compliment the training to help me lose weight, keep fit and not have any excuses for going back to how I am now! I Want To Be Taut, Trim and Terrific. And I Will Be. This positive thinking really does work! You dream and you will do! Most of mine have already been accomplished, new job in the field I love, a craft weekend, without anyone to help me here, but I’m loving that I’m here and by myself doesn’t matter, I like my own company now, not scared any more, another big tick for me! Things are only going to get better. And I’m loving it!
I have been in the process of tidying up my craft room for some time now, but I think I have finally reached a place where it is in a workable format. I started this project 13th December 2016. My Craft Room was not in use, as a craft room, for about 6 years, it had become my junk room for my craft supplies, and other things.
I have been battling against depression for such a long time, that I kept a lot of stuff in this Junk Room, probably a lot of rubbish, but none of it could be thrown out, just in case. In case of what I don’t know, I never found out, but kept nonetheless. Some chairs and boxes have already has been removed from the room so I could get in. I had to move everything out of the room, before I could start to clean it up, and moved into the hallway near the front door, entrance to my house.
The front door was blocked for a couple of days during the cleanup process. There is also a new dining table, under all my stuff, that needs to go into our dining room. That table has been there for 8 months or more.
Moved Furniture 14/12/16
I cleared the floor, vacuumed and mopped it as well. Moved some of the furniture around, so I could put in some more storage items.
Shifted Storage Unit In
I went to Ikea and purchased this great 5 x 5 box storage unit, yes I also had to put it together, I started it, and with the bribe of me cooking tea, my husband and son finished it for me. Great huh!
The dining room has been my craft room for the past 6 months. I have most of my paper crafting things in the dining room, and where did we eat our meals? We ate in front of the TV, on the couch. As you can see my craft stuff is all over the place in the dining room, on the chairs, table and floor, organised chaos. Entertaining was something we did not do, shame of my home. I took these photos just before clearing this area and with Christmas interrupting my progress, then New Year, and we had to go away at that time, so 4th January 2017 was my restart cleaning of craft room.
Over the next week I ordered a big bin from the counsel, to get rid of all the junk we did not need. The table in the dining room was one of our things we threw out, along with all the junk I had been hoarding in my room.
I cleared most of the stuff away into my room and also into the hallway, but not blocking the door any more. I put most of the things into my new storage unit and around the place as neatly as I could.
With everything in the room, I still needed to organise things so I could move around the room to craft and also have easy access to my supplies. January 9th 2017 and my craft room still needs some urgent TLC, but is workable at a push.
I went through all the stacks of files on my desk and threw out lots of paper. Stored my magazines in the magazine storage boxes, that were all empty, not anymore. Threw out most of the boxes I was hanging on to, just in case? I also went through all my paper stash and reorganised the way it was stored. I went through my embossing powders and glitters, and put them into new containers. Yesterday and today, 27th January 2017 I fixed my storage for my dies, embossing folders, embellishments, paints, pens, coloured pencils, ribbons, lettering stickers, rub-ons, die-cuts, etc. Still need to fix the storage for my stamps, but this is always a work in progress.
Dining room can be used again, even when my Husband does his paper work. My craft room is great, I would love a bigger work space, but it’s what I have and it’s a much better area now! I love it!
This is where the power point is, my heat gun, laptop and music all get plugged in here. In this space are my 2 dressmaking dummies and a nice 3 drawer trolley (from Ikea) to put my paints, crayons, markers and pencils in.
I have a 2 x 4 box unit which stores all the craft items that I’m not using so far; jewellery making, sewing, dress making, knitting, crochet, fashion design course stuff ( I completed my Cert IV in 2014), and a few other bits. My CD’s are stored in the boxes on top of the black unit as well.
The 9 drawer unit I also bought from Ikea, I put my cardstock in it, it’s 28cm x 45cm, not the right size for 30cm x 30cm papers, but great for pre-cut cardstock, A4 card and scrap paper. My Cuttlebug lives on top with my Paper Trimmer. On the floor I have empty storage containers, in front of my filing cabinet.
On top of my Filing cabinet is my 30 x 30 storage unit with a couple more boxes, for 30 x 30 storage on top of that, My Chameleon Pens are next to it as well.
My Aunt found these great little jars, from the $2 shop, that all screw together, they come in 2 different sizes, small and large. I have used the small ones for my glitter and sequins. The large ones I’m using for my embossing powders, and flowers. They all connect together with the screw top lid screwing into the base of the jar, and they are against the wall in the middle of my desk. There is various other bits on my desk as well, but in between the jars is an old DVD storage rack, a wire on from Ikea, I use this to keep all my 6″ x 6″ cardstock pads, and the odd papers I might be using at any one time. My foam sticky tabs are on top of the stack of pads in a container. My desk is quite tidy at the moment, I’m not working on anything yet, until tomorrow.
This is my Craft room for now. It’s always a work in progress, if I update anything, I’ll show you. I will show some of my storage solutions in detail at a later date, but for now this is it.
Well I have made some cards from The Enchanted Tea Party range for Nicky P Papercrafts. I didn’t think it would take me very long to do this, but designing cards for others to make takes time and you also have to make sure that the card can be made easily. Once I started, i had so many ideas of what I wanted to do, and unsure where to start. One at a time slowly, slowly and the ideas flowed and all went well.
This is my First card, a shaker card, with glitter and microbeads as the shaker bits.
This is the Inside of the Enchanted Tea Pot Card.
The second card called The Mad Hatters Hat. The technique is Burnishing Glitter, love this it feels a little like velvet and even looks a bit like it too. The bird in the background is also made using this technique.
This is my third card, called Mad Hatters Tea Party, another shaker card using sequins as the filler.
This is the 4th card, the layout inspired by my aunts monthly card making kits from Cardmaking.net. I like this one very much as it’s more about paper piecing and layers.
The detail in the teapot and cups I drew over the top of these with some Faber Castell markers, to add dimension and depth.
I have one more work in progress which I will show what I have made so far, but it’s nowhere near finished.
This was a great gift to be able to make these cards and have enjoyed making each and every part of them. I hope you like them too. If you would like to learn how to make these cards, come to my class at Nicky P Papercrafts, on the 10th February, limited places available.
Nicky P Papercrafts is where I will be starting my new job on Monday 23rd January 2017. I will be helping, or aiding the other lady who teaches classes there, and if things go to plan, I may also teach classes. I was given a new range of paper and dies from Couture Creations called Enchanted Tea Party. A very beautiful range of papers that I will design cards for future classes. I have the samples and here they are.
Aren’t these Gorgeous? I will put my cards up next week, when I know which ones will be used in the classes. I have designed 1 which is a shaker card, and about to start another which is using a burnishing glitter technique. Another technique I want to try with embossing powder, if it turns out I think it will be great. So watch this space for more.