Now Playing: Here are a few little tips for you
Topic: tips and tricks
I read a couple of tips this past month (can't remember which books/magazines) and put them into practice. Handy things...
1) Keep blank 3x5 file cards with you when you're reading your scrapbooking and other craft magazines. When you see a technique you want to try, a product to buy, a website you want to visit - just jot it down - one item per card. File these by topic and use as inspiration when your muse is having an off day.
I started doing this and now have consolidated lots of little torn scraps of paper into a useful file. I also clip out photos of neat card ideas and I tape these to cards for filing as well.
I started a separate file of scrapbook layouts. Many I had saved from the internet, some copied from magazines, some are photocopied, some are hand drawn. All ended up on file cards with a notation of how many photos the spread holds. I filed them with dividers for the number of photos.
2) I read a tip that you should get one of those lucite cubes of 3x3 papers and use them to off-stamp the extra ink left on your rubber stamp after making your chosen impression. What a great idea! It leaves a shadow of the impression and you can use these decorated papers to jot a quick note to include with mailings.
I already had a holder but the paper was all gone. I dug into my fancy scraps and cut small paper pieces down to 3x3 to put in the holder. Now I'm all ready to make some decorated note papers when I am stamping on a project.
3) When preparing to prick out a pattern for paper embroidery I tape two or three papers together. I can prick it out once and stitch up to three times. Usually by the end of three I am tired of the pattern but I rarely do anything exactly the same way twice. I usually prick out a dozen or so different patterns in multiples of each, with varying papers. When I am ready to stitch I can select the paper I want to work with and after completion I rotate to a different pattern.
That's it for today!