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:

  1. Get rid of stuff and clean up your space.
  2. 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!!!!

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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!

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 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!  

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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.


Don't forget to continue on the hop using the links below.


Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Lawn Fawn
Spellbinders Paper Arts
Reverse Confetti
ICE Resin 
My Favorite Things
Technique Tuesday
Paper Smooches
Sweet & Sassy Stamps
Stamp Simply Ribbon Store
Avocado Arts
A Jillian Vance Design
Latina Crafter
Unity Stamp Company
Splitcoast Stampers
Verve Stamps
Latisha Yoast
AJ Otto
Vera Yates
Julia Stainton
Judy Hayes
Kim Watson
Yana Smakula
Chari Moss
Taheerah Atchia
Shemaine Smith
Emily Spahn
Kimberly Crawford
Lee Murphy
Lovely Linda
Laura Williams
Lori Tecler
Chaitali Narla
Darsie Bruno
Lydia Fiedler
Giovana Smith
Teri Anderson
Beth Pingry
Dina Kowal
Daniela Dobson 
Lisa Adametz
Piali Biswas
Kelli Green
Keri Lee Sereika
Jocelyn Olson
Julee Tilman
Michelle Woerner
Lori McAree
Theresa Momber
Anita Autore
Melody Rupple
Sean Fetterman
Bunny Vance
Tricia Traxler
Lisa Arana
Lorena Cantó
Amy Tsuruta
Jodi Collins
Tenia Nelson
Kelly Klapstein
Jill Cornell
Emily Leiphart
Becky Williams
Margie Higuchi
Lee Ann Barrett
Lisa Hoel
Heather Campbell
Lisa Henke
Sheri Holt
Michele Kovack
Ashley Harris
Sharon Harnist
Lori Craig
Nicole Nowosad
Laurel Beard
Michele Boyer
Christiana Reuling
Laurie Schmidlin
Jennifer Priest YOU ARE HERE
Stacey Schafer GO HERE NEXT
Heidi Blankenship
Heather Pulvirenti
Anita Madden
Gloria Stengel
Sarah Gough
Rachel Kleinman
Natalie Dever
Lorine Mason
Loretta Lock
Meihsia Liu
Sarah Martina Parker
Angeline Choo
Christine Emberson
Karen Hightower
Sabrina Alery
Debbie Seyer
Dana Joy
Cat Tidwell
Deborah Saaranen
Ceal Pritchett
Lisa Lara
Colleen Schaan
Anabelle O'Malley
Megan Hoeppner
Monika Davis
Marisa Ritzen
Wanda Guess
Jenny Peterson
Annette Allen
Gracie Chavez
Christina Griffiths
Niki G.
Kristi Schurr
Jennifer Ingle
Karolyn Loncon
Camille Robinson
Lindsey M-P
Kathy Clement
Maria Levine
Savitri Wilder
Savannah O'Gwynn
Teresa Horner
Laurel Seabrook
Libby Hickson
Yvonne Van de Grijp
Alice Wertz
Leigh Penner
Lisa Lee
Tina McDonald
Nina Yang
Angel Johns



Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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3 thoughts on “Making Matters 2015 and Season’s Givings Blog Hop

  1. Absolutely love the idea of the making matters newsletter, I’ve just signed in! Love your “I love nice people” tag.

    Posted on January 1, 2015 at 10:18 am
    1. Thank you!!! Looking forward to getting to know and creating stuff together!

      Posted on January 1, 2015 at 1:02 pm
  2. Thanks for the inspiration and for the chance to win!

    Posted on January 1, 2015 at 3:22 pm