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Update | 5.8.2014: Fedex, October Afternoon, Sakura, CHA PaperArts

Tonight is the annual NFL draft – a very scrapworthy moment if there ever was one for some proud football moms! Combined with today’s annual “Day in the Life” project by Ali Edwards, which encourages scrapbookers to record the normal everyday things about their lives, the two events make a good reminder of the importance of recording not just the victories, but everyday battles in our lives, and even the defeats.

Fedex has announced that effective January 1st, they are reworking the pricing structure on Fedex Ground. Previously, shipping on Ground packages below 3 cubic feet in volume was charged based solely on weight. After January 1st, the company will be going completely to “dimensional weight” pricing, where packages are charged based on a combination of their weight and volume.

This pricing change is being put into effect to combat e-retailers’ habits of selling large lightweight items with free shipping, or packing items in boxes that are way too large for the item and then filling the rest of the box with air pillows or other packaging. These low density, high volume packages result in lower profits for the carrier because they take up large amounts of space without generating equivalent revenue. The new rate structure is in effect a rate increase for anyone selling large relatively lightweight items and shipping them via Fedex Ground: yarn, batting, embellishments, albums, adhesive refills, to name a few. Continue Reading →

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Three Things I Resolve To Use In 2010

I’ve never been one to like New Year’s resolutions. However, this year, I’m making an exception. In a recent cleaning session I found some oldies-but-goodies in my crafting supplies, and I’m resolving to bring them back into the mix. Here are three items I’m resolving to use more of in 2010:

1. Metallic pens
From gold leafing to Sakura’s fine tip pens, metallic pens once ruled my world. Over the years they dried out and I suppose I just didn’t replace them. On a recent craft store trip I stumbled across some, had myself a nice ‘remember when I used to use these?’ moment, and bought a few. They can add so much to a layout quickly, and at little expense.

2. Vellum
I used to print, stamp, and otherwise utilize vellum on nearly half my layouts. Last year? I only used it once or twice. Why did it fall out of favor with me? Why did I stop? I’m not entirely sure, but I am going to be bringing plain vellum back. Whether for titles, journaling, or for embellishing there is much that can be done with vellum and I intend to make the most of it.

3. Powders & Sprays
I have embossing powder unused, my heat gun collecting dust, and several lovely mists just waiting to add sparkle to my layout. I have no good excuse for not using these supplies in my stash, and I’m going to make every effort to get them out more. Using with stamping, masking, decorating chipboard, and altering the look of patterned paper are just a few of the ways I see making the most of these products already in my studio.

To get my year off to a good start I’ve created this layout using Glimmer Mist, vellum, and embossing powder – not to mention some random goodies from my stash. I like to lightly dab some Versamark ink and then sprinkle embossing powder for a sprinkled look (using a heat gun to set it). I also printed out a title onto vellum (very light grey) and painted it with Smooch Ink. I’m loving how that turned out and see more in my future.

Am I happy to have this year off to such a positive start? You bet! I think some crafting goals help keep me on track and make me more productive for sure.

Supplies: Webster’s Pages patterned paper, Cathy Zielske word art, Glimmer Mist in Pink, American Crafts Cardstock and Zing Embossing Powder in Copper, Pink Paislee journaling punch out, Jenni Bowlin butterfly and jewel button, Versamark watermark ink pad, Smooch Ink in Taffy and Green Apple, Maya Road floral pins, unknown cardstock, ribbon, jewels, and vellum.

Examining my stash I feel like I could add in a fourth resolution here, and that would be to utilize my stamps better. I have a healthy supply of stamps. So why don’t I stamp more? I believe the answer is that my collection of acrylic stamps grew and I don’t have them organized. They’re just in a big bucket. The task of locating a stamp to use is so daunting I usually just work something else out.

My wood mounted stamps remain used because they are out on a shelf (there are only a few) and they’re easy to grab and use. My plan is to come up with stamp organization that works for me this year so that I can have better access to my collection. Stay tuned – I’ll share the results here!

I’d love to hear what you would like to use more of in 2010 and any crafting resolutions you’ve made for yourself. Please do feel free to share.

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