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Help! My Ribbons Over-Floweth Profusely

Help! My Ribbons Over-Floweth Profusely

Help! My Ribbons Over-Floweth! How in the world did it come to this? How did five or six rolls of ribbon and trim turn into this? In an attempt to have all ribbons in one place and color coordinated, I removed them from their round thingies (real technical word there for spool, right?). The rounds were taking up too much room, and I had nothing that was big enough to hold it all…much less have it organized.

If you saw my scraftin’ room youtube then in the very first photos of my mess of a room, you saw all the ribbon hanging from a window treatment rod. That wasn’t working for me, so I hung them inside a cabinet. Eventually, I came to the conclusion that was a total waste of very useable space…so back to the drawing board (youtube) I went. Seems a lot of ladies store their ribbon hanging just like mine, but why does theirs look so cute and mine looks like a flippin’ mess?

I started adding them to self-adhesive hooks on the side of one of my cabinets (NO wall space) but soon realized it was not going to be wide enough to hold all my color choices. My dressform has been standing in as a holder for a short while, but that is NOT what I had intended when I purchased her.

So, here I am, just a simple scrafter…coming to you… my few readers… to help me solve my dilema. What should I do? How do you store your ribbon and trim? Am I a total hoarder? With no hope of organization? I throw myself upon the mercy of blogdomhood and hope that I will be blessed with a (inexpensive) solution….very soon!

Artist Trading Cards ATC and Twinchies Swap

Artist Trading Cards ATC and Twinchies Swap

Yes, you guessed it…another swap……

The Spring Handmade Swap on the Cricut Message Board

My first attempt at Artist Trading Cards ( ATC ) …..

I purchased some precut ATC cards from Hobby Lobby to make this first go around easier. I really liked how these cards felt…..they were similar to grungeboard. I stamped the words with white ink then stamped the background and embossed with clear Zing. The Eiffel towers were cut from the Cricut French Manor cartridge and also stamped with the same background as the card, but embossed with hematite colored embossing powder. Twinchies are similar to ATC cards, but measure 2 x 2 inches.

Not too bad for a first try.

Another category that I chose in this swap was the Twinchies group. Never even heard of twinchies, inchies, or thrinchies before the CMB.

I used my Cricut Gypsy and the George and Basic Shapes cartridge to place a square inside a square to build the frame and to cut the base. The base was inked around all edges and then stamped with a Tim Holtz stamp and a brown ink. Ranger Distessing inks were used for distressing the edges. The tree was cut from the Wall Decor and More catridge.

The tree trunk was adhered with Zig 2Way glue, leaving the branches free from the paper. My hope was for it to have some dimension on its own, by not laying completely flat against the base card. The frame was also inked slightly then adhered using very tiny pop-dots. To me, it looks like a miniature wall hanging as for a doll house.

Toilet Paper Mini Album Swap

Toilet Paper Mini Album Swap

Recycling should be a part of everyday life, but I have to tell you that my friends thought I was nuts when I asked them to save their empty toilet paper rolls for me. Then they KNEW I was crazy when I said I wanted them to make a TP Mini Album for a swap on the Cricut Message Board. Their visions of my craziness came on multiple levels for they could not conceive why I would be part of anything to do with CRICKETS (though most know that My Hero’s degree is in wildlife biology) and then there was the other of consideration of making something from TP rolls.

In the swap, we were paired up with another cricut board member to make these tp mini albums for each other. My poor swap sister is going “blind” on mine because I threw too many likes at her and then told her I would like anything. Then it’s “double-poor” swap sister in that she has ME for her ss.

She said she loved pink and green….oh…yeah! I LOVE pink and green! That was going to be easy right? And she loves butterflies…yeppers…this is going to be a piece of cake. YEP…it would all be easy-peasy if it were not ME that was putting it together..hardy har.

I loved shopping…butterfly this and pink that…ohhhh and some lovely bling….she ADORES bling! All the while I was shopping I was telling myself that this was going to be the loveliest tp mini album EVER. haha!

Reality hits!

Have you ever had a panic attack…you know….when you realize that everything you were doing or planning was monumentally wrong? (pathetic laugh inserted here) What? How could this be?
Nothing matches…not the pretty pink butterflies, not the lovely pale pink papers…lovely delicate lace…even the hue of the ivory laces did not blend with the papers or embellies chosen.
Oh my goodness!

Well, I pulled myself up off of the floor and did what I love best and that is head off to Joann’s, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby and a new found love…Frozen in Time…A Scrabooking Boutique.

With embellies and papers in hand, I searched for the perfect mates for one or the other. That should be simple right…and if I can’t figure it out myslef I will solicit the assistance of one of the employees. They work in an artsy environment….they should have a sense of design…right? (The answer to that will ultimately be located in another post at a later date.)

What I discovered on this trip was that not all pink are created equally…this one was too peachy…that one too orange…too bright…too ugly…and the list goes on. So what does any seasoned (or less salty) scraftin’ trooper do? She starts over with another plan for success.

My plan came in the way of a DCWV Mariposa stack…definitely not the color choices I was hoping for, but lots and lots of elegant butterflies! So, with a new stack under my arm and some new metal embellies in tow,
I headed home to explore my new choices…and this is the result.

Making a TP mini album is not a new concept to me, but I did try some new techniques on this creation. First off I added a folded top note to the end of the roll to give more room inside and then after viewing a similar album on YouTube, I added Mod-Podge to make the album a bit sturdier. I inked all the edges of my papers, top note and the roll for some depth. I also cut my cover papers longer so that I could tuck them
back inside the rolls for a more finished edge.

Once the rolls were covered, I decided to add a couple of accordian type mats (something new for me). One is just a folded rectangle hidden beside a cage cut out from the paper. The other is a butterfly that
I cut out with my Cricut. Using my Gypsy, I welded the butterflies together and then folded them. My most favorite in the “new things tried” category is the accordian file added to the back of the album, which is made from cut down coin envelopes.

Even though is it very far removed from my original vision, I hope that my SS likes the album that I created for her. This is my very first time to work in such depth on something and send it off as a gift. I am a nervous Nellie!

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