Monday, January 26, 2015

Scrap Happy with Stash

Click here for five simple rules for Stash Dash 2015

Do you love your scraps? When you make a vow to shop your stash and use your scraps, you start to feel more creative and love what you have! 

I am playing in my junk journal today (photo of my whole junk journal below--click here to see how I made it) and one of the things I love about my junk journal is the use of old ephemera and even old outdated patterned papers that apparently I once liked enough to buy, but now I don't like so much. However, when I use my stamps on them, color them, tear them, ink them, emboss, and smash them together with other things whether it's ephemera or mixed-media, I truly love the whole new piece of art that comes out of it. I am still adding scraps in this journal - I sew in it - I write lists in it - and I stick things in handmade envelopes that were made from stash and built into it.

That's all. Just lovin' those scraps! See you for another Stash Dash post on Thursday about organizing my fabric to make the most of it.

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Threads

Show me your ways Lord, teach me your paths, guide me in your truth and teach me. For you are God, my savior and my hope in you all day long. 
Psalm 25:4-5

Friday, January 23, 2015

Orange you glad it's Friday...

I couldn't resist...I was drinking a cup of orange juice with breakfast and realized I sat it down right by some orange floss, and the orange part of my glasses. I think I love orange.

I hope you are having a lovely Friday though. Saturday is always my favorite day of the week--I'm either crafting, out shopping, or gardening in the spring and summer! But it won't be long until it's time to start some seeds in February on my greenhouse, I can't wait!

By lunchtime I was in the pink--having a little bowl of noodles and stitching with my little go-bag. Have a great weekend.

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Wall Pocket Calendar Recycle--Stash Dash 2015

Using my scraps and stash to recycle a pretty pocket calendar
 Every year I get a new pocket calendar for my kitchen--you know, the kind with the spiral bound top, hangs on the wall, and has a handy pocket on the bottom of every month. I also keep them when the year is over, to upcycle some of the calendar pages into other projects. And of course, I have several that are completely in tact and I haven't used them yet. I especially liked the one from 2013, and couldn't seem to find another one I liked that much. Then I got the idea to recycle it! Make it my 2015 kitchen pocket calendar. Why hadn't I thought of this before?
Step one is to add the current year at the top of the pages
These kind of calendars are always made really well, and don't get wear and tear, so why not recycle. I had printed out calendar pages to actually make a scrapbook calendar, but they looked like they would fit my pocket calendar. So I went to work, trimming them down, coloring them a little with gelatos, colored pencils, using stamps, old stickers in my stash, using my wavy scissors, and simply applying each calendar page to the existing page with washi tape and nothing else. Now, I don't have a lot of washi tape, and was wishing I did. But I did use the three spools I do have. The washi tape covers up the seam on each side, but later lets you easily remove the page if you want to recycle it again another year or upcycle it for another project.

-Click here for the free pdf printable calendar webpage-

This was such an easy project--just required some trimming and getting out my supplies. As you can see, I didn't get too fancy because I just wanted to get it done and up on the wall to use. But you could certainly take your time and embellish the pages as much as you want. Leave them fresh and white,  throw some color on them like I did, or print them on colored card stock. That's the fun of it! Happy stashing!

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WOYWW 294--Crafty Recycling

Happy Wednesday Deskers!

Hop around worktables at What's-On-Your-Workdesk-Wednesday.

I'll have a stitch-tini.
I was having my morning cuppa and using my mini trimmer on a recycling project. I decided that a pretty wall pocket calendar from 2013 could be recycled with those free downloadable calendar pages, and it worked! I used washi tape to install the pages very nicely, and decorated them. Now I have my favorite wall pocket calendar back in the kitchen--and it was all free because I used my stash. Go crafty stash! (Posting the project on the blog for tomorrow when all the pages are done.)

I'm staying short today. Hugs!

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Texture Tag Tuesday

It's Tag Tuesday and today's theme is Texture Tuesday. Visit Tag Tuesday here.

Anytime I am creating art tags, my two favorite things to include are sentiments and texture. So a great way to shop your own stash of scrap papers and supplies is to have a texture tag making session. Anything goes. Paper, ribbon, buttons, fabric, sequins, beads, brooches, trim, stamps, ink, gelatos...just have a ball. And don't forget the words. Whether you use stamps, word stickers or a typewriter, the sentiment is what really makes your art tag sing.

My tag is completely from supplies in my stash - a mish mash of scrap paper, a little piece of ribbon stitched on, a cross-stitch heart, gelatos, and some cardboard packaging that was diecut into a heart, embossed and painted, and another fabric heart on top of that. 

My cross-stitched hearts are always in supply for projects because I keep a little homemade cross-stitch kit in my bag at all times. Anytime I'm in a waiting room, standing in line, or just anywhere really, I can cross-stitch a heart.

Read more about stitching-on-the-go.

Happy Tag Tuesday!

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch, Tag

Monday, January 19, 2015

Upcycle Ugly Magnets

You have them--those free promotional magnets that aren't necessarily that attractive to display. I was looking for a big square magnet to hold my pattern to a metal copy holder and help me follow it. So I had a couple of kinda ugly promotional magnets that had been thrown in my bag at a women's show last year. They were the perfect size I needed, and I upcycled them in about five minutes.

Just grab a scrap of patterned paper and your glue stick. Cut, glue, and then add a word sticker of encouragement. Wallah! A cute and useful magnet. Keep dashing your stash!

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