I am super excited to welcome 2015 with a really cool project I have been working on. In December I had this brainchild … an idea to do a weekly email to help other people who were struggling with the things I have struggled with as a crafter. During 2014, I asked a lot of questions on social media and in-person of crafters – what are your biggest challenges in crafting? Most people answered that it was having a messy space and not enough time to craft. There are two simple ways to solve these two universal problems:
- Get rid of stuff and clean up your space.
- Make time to create.
But you see, it isn't that simple. There are emotions and memories tied up in our stuff. Guilt for buying too much. Ideas about things we plan to make but never do, yet we hang on to the supplies. Cool new stuff at the store we have to have but leave in the bag at home. Time we watch TV and don't organize our space. It is flipping HARD to tackle all this stuff.
Well, I don't want another year to go by with people being unhappy about how much they get to create – we can do this!
I developed Making Matters as a way to help you break down the big task of cleaning your space into little chunks. Not only that, I challenge you to get creative and if you are purging, do something meaningful with your stuff. And finally, stopping shopping is just as insane as trying to go on a water and beans only diet – it is impossible! We'll share ways to enjoy shopping for craft supplies without blowing your budget or adding to your ever-growing stash. The best part is that you can join for free. Yes, FREE!
I am also excited to be a stop on the Season's Givings blog hop hosted by Latisha Yoast! I want to thank you for reading my blog, watching my YouTube videos, and most of all for letting me be a little part of your creative world. It really means the alot to me that you enjoy my blog and visit me here. I seriously make everything with you on my mind, as I create projects, edit videos, and type out these blog posts. Without you, this would just be some journal or something…. so THANK YOU!!!!
For my project on the hop, I am sharing a set of two gifts tags made from TRASH. Seriously. I use the ink left on my craft mat after another project to color the tags and then I decorate them with stuff from stash – stickers from an *almost dead* sticker sheet, a stray brad, etc. It's seriously a Making Matters kind of project!
Here is the tutorial, from start to finish:
What did you think? Will you try this technique? I hope so…. any time you have ink or paint left on your mat, swipe it up with some tags or a card front!
Here is some info on the supplies I used – I've linked some of these to Amazon so you can easily get any of the things that interest you! These are affiliate links – your purchase helps us keep sharing the crafty goodness.
- Izink Acrylic Pigment Ink distributed by Clearsnap in the USA
- ColorBox Frost White Pigment Ink
- Stamps by Hampton Art
- Avery Tags
- Brad from Jamie Dougherty Bloom Collection for Prima
- Sharpie Fine Point Marker
- Westcott Scissors and Craft Mat
- Misc Stickers, Embellishments from Stash
- Heart Cut from Sheet of Glitter Foam in my scraps bag
- Heat Gun
- Hot Glue Gun
Don't forget to continue on the hop using the links below.
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Spellbinders Paper Arts
My Favorite Things
Sweet & Sassy Stamps
Stamp Simply Ribbon Store
A Jillian Vance Design
Unity Stamp Company
Keri Lee Sereika
Lee Ann Barrett
Jennifer Priest YOU ARE HERE
Stacey Schafer GO HERE NEXT
Sarah Martina Parker
Yvonne Van de Grijp