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Archive | February, 2011

Organization | Cling Stamp Storage

I’ve been doing a lot of reorganization the past few months of my scrapbook supplies as part of moving my scrap area from the spare room into the kitchen. I’ve also been changing in the past 6-12 months or so pretty dramatically the type of supplies that I am using, which also means having to adjust my storage accordingly.

One of the things I had to find a solution for was cling mount stamps. I have recently fallen in love with cling mount rubber stamps and it seems lately that more and more companies are making them. Tim Holtz’s (that I own a lot of) come on their own storage sheet, but most of the ones I buy don’t come with any kind of storage. So what can I do to keep them organized?

As I’ve mentioned on Roundtable, I love the storage sheets that the Tim Holtz stamps come on…and I discovered while hunting for stamp storage options that I could buy similar sheets in 8.5″ x 11″ size. The Stamp N Stor Storage Panels are 3-hole punched and come in packs of 5 for $6.49 at Joann.com (but are frequently available on Joann.com’s 40% off storage sales). They are pretty much exactly like the Stamper’s Anonymous storage sheets that I love except that the sheet size is larger.

Of course, when the sheets come with a set of stamps, they come already customized…these panels come blank. I decided to customize them myself to the stamps that I wanted to store on them.

First I decided where to place my stamps on a sheet (shown above). Next, I peeled them off and laid them on the table next to the sheet in the same configuration I wanted them attached to the sheet. (I actually did this by holding the sheet up in the air with the blank side facing up, reaching underneath it and just pulling the stamps off of it and laying them right down on the table, so they look just like I peeled the sheet off the back of the stamps while they sat on the table.) Then I started stamping!

I stamped the images on the front of the storage sheet in the configuration I wanted to store them on the back. I used Ranger Adirondack Rich Black ink, and heat set each image briefly with a heat gun before moving to the next one so that it wouldn’t smear on the glossy surface. (If the glossy surface develops a bubble from the heat, just quickly take the heat gun away and the bubble will flatten itself back out as it cools.)

This is one of my Unity Stamp Company sets all completely stamped and ready to store. I used my Brother PT 1280 labeler to create the label over by the punched holes.

I’ve created some sheets to store single stamps as well. On those sheets, each stamp has a label underneath it that gives its identifying information, instead of the label being by the holes. I try to keep my singles in some sort of system – either by company or by theme. I store all of the sheets in 3 ring binders.

It’s a bit of a time-consuming project to create the customization on the storage sheets initially but I’m finding that for me it is well worth it. I love my stamps and they get used a lot, so anything that makes them easier to find and use is worth a bit of investment of time and effort in the long run. I haven’t gotten all my cling mount rubber stamps transitioned to this system yet but so far I’m very happy with the usability for the ones that I have transitioned. Flipping through the stamps on the board pages in binders is far superior to anything that I have tried before.

How do you store your cling mount stamps?

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Paperclipping Roundtable #58: You Forget

For this week’s episode of Roundtable, we were joined by Stacy Julian for a discussion about how to record all the stories that make up our lives before they disappear into the ether that is our memory.

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Paperclipping Roundtable #57: The Closet Trendsetter

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This episode, I led a discussion about whether the role of albums was changing in scrapbooking. Wendy Smedley and Angie Lucas joined Noell, Izzy and I at the table to delve into all our volumes of opinions about albums!

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Cricut Celebrates 5th Birthday At CHA Winter 2011

What’s a fun loving bug to do on his (or is it her?) 5th birthday? For Provo Craft’s Cricut bug, the obvious answer was to celebrate in a big way, naturally!  CHA Winter 2011 marked the 5th “birthday” for Provo Craft’s Cricut machine, and so the company decided it was time to celebrate!

To kick off, the company launched the celebration with a special “anniversary” edition of the popular Cricut Expression Machine. This limited edition release machine, known as the E2, will be making its appearance in stores sometime in April. On first look at the machine, the body seems a bit sleeker and it feels noticeably lighter in weight. The added feature of a lighted cutting area is intended to help users see exactly what and where the machine is cutting.

The E2 will also have a LED touch screen control. This new feature eliminates the need to use overlays on the keypad, and allows layers to display on the machine’s display. Cutting will also be able to be paused in the middle, a feature intended for use when paper starts to shift on the mat to allow corrections. Users will also have  a home and zoom feature and the ability to cut out Cricut Imagine shapes (but not the ability to print the Imagine images.)

Provo Craft also announced their upcoming “online design studio” computer software called the “Cricut Craft Room” in Los Angeles. From the test version, it appears to be a more user-friendly version of the company’s existing Cricut Design Studio software. Users will be able to weld words with the click of their mouse.  They will also be able to “link” cartridges to their Craft Room (similar to the Gypsy’s current operation) and then cut images by hooking a Cricut to their computer. The Cricut Craft Room will also be compatible with the new E2 machine via Wi-Fi.

The birthday celebration/promotion was definitely Cricut’s theme on the show floor. Attendees at the show were invited into Provo Craft’s booth to create a 5th birthday cupcake featuring Provo Craft’s Cricut Cake machine, and given a clip-on stuffed “Cricut”  bug. They were then asked to photograph Cricut in creative places throughout the rest of the show, and given a chance to make a “Where’s Cricut” decorated frame for their pictures. The best “Where’s Cricut” photos were featured during Provo Craft’s big daily giveaway, and prizes were given to the winning photographers.

Cricut also celebrated its 5th birthday in a big way at the exclusive Conga Room located at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. Attendees were met with food and drinks and shown a light-hearted video on how Cricut came to join the Provo Craft family and why they had to create the Cricut machine just for him (her?) Then, the crowd was surprised by an appearance by dancers from the popular Fox TV show “So You Think You Can Dance?”, who joined the party goers to celebrate Cricut’s birthday. (Author Betsy Burnett is pictured below with Twitch from So You Think You Can Dance?”) To end the evening, all attendees received a goodie bag with a large plush version of Cricut, a Cricut t-shirt, the Birthday Bash Cricut cartridge and the promise of receiving the new E2 machine when it was released.

The Cricut Expression 2, known as the E2, will be a limited-run machine, and will make it’s retail debut on HSN on April 26th, 2011. The MSRP for the machine is set at $399, which is the same as the previous Cricut Expression models. The Cricut Craft Room is expected to launch in April of  2011, and the Wi-Fi compatibility update is due to be released a couple of months later.

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Charity Wings holds Charity Event Live from CHA Show Floor

Charity Wings started the 2011 year by holding their first ever “Live at CHA” event during the CHA Winter 2011 Conference & Trade Show in Los Angeles. They invited crafters that were not able to attend the show to catch a glimpse through Ustream of the manufacturers and their new products, and let them travel the show floor a bit to see the booths and even win a prize or two. Industry personalities like Jenni Bowlin, Anna Griffin, Teresa Collins, and Melissa Forsyth & Candy Rosenberg (from the Rubber Cafe, pictured below) stopped by to take part in the live event.

For a $48 fee, Live from CHA participants received a bag filled with 5 make-n-takes and goodies from event sponsors. Charity Wings also raised money for Crops of Luv at the event through manufacturer and designer-donated items that were put up for auction on ebay during (and after ) the Live from CHA event.

Charity Wings volunteers (such as Karen Poirier-Brode, pictured below) also helped out in the Westcott booth with make-and-takes. Westcott, a Charity Wings sponsor, features the Charity Wings logo on their product packaging and helps raise money for the Charity Wings Fund to cover operating costs for the organization.

This year also marks an increased partnership between Charity Wings and Scrapbook Expo, with Charity Wings agreeing to host all of the crops for Scrapbook Expo’s 2011 season.

For Charity Wings founder Elena Lai Etcheverry, all of this started from having a willing heart to help raise money at a Susan B. Komen breast cancer crop. She had so much fun with the crop she decided that she needed to help with the next one – and even joined the committee to help run the event.

It was after this experience she realized charitable work was something she wanted to do all year long. Scrapbook Royalty was born. With a talent for motivating crafters and having a wide network of crafters, retailers,  and manufacturers to work with, Etcheverry decided she could really help organize and creatively inspire crafters that might not know where to start raise money for their favorite charity.

Scrapbook Royalty’s first event in 2006 for the American Heart Association raised $2500. Participants enjoyed the event so much they immediately started planning the next one…and then another, and another.  American Heart Association, Susan B Komen foundation, Autism awareness/research and Crops of Luv are just a few of the organizations Scrapbook Royalty has helped to raise money for.

Realizing that Scrapbook Royalty was becoming something greater than its founder had imagined, the organization applied for non-profit status in 2008. In 2009, Etcheverry was joined in her work by another charitable crafter, Sheila Goldsberry, and they changed the organization’s name to Charity Wings to encompass all types of crafters and better describe their mission.

In 2010, the 100% volunteer-run organization lent a hand with 37 events across the country that raised money for over 27 different charities. According to Charity Wings’ figures; the organization has raised over $347,000 for various charitable causes during their 5 year history. Their participation in events can range from coordinating the entire event and finding sponsors, to just helping to advertise the event. In addition, they hold online raffles, do “fairy fly-bys” (giveaways) at events, and even have a monthly “do good” challenge with their “Club Royalty”. These challenges for the most part encourage members to use their crafts in some way to help the charity’s cause of the month.

To learn more about Charity Wings and their upcoming events, visit the Charity Wings website.

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Video: Ebosser by Craftwell

Traditional die cut and embossing users got a sneak peek of a new machine at the CHA Winter 2011 show in Los Angeles recently. Craftwell, the makers of the eCraft electronic die cut machine, gave retailers a preview of a prototype of their new machine called the eBosser.

This upcoming machine,  which weighs just under 15 lbs, is an electronic embossing and die cut machine that accepts most other manufacturers’ traditional/thin dies and embossing folders. Users just need to select the right “sandwich” combination for their die, similar to other systems.  The eBosser can accept embossing folders up to 8 1/2 x 11 or A 4 size, and it can cut through materials up to 3mm thick – including thin leather. The machine is expected to make a formal debut at the CHA Summer 2011 show in Chicago, and is rumored to retail for under $200.

For a better look at the ebosser check out the video below.

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