When I first start to make cards, it normally will start with the papers I want to use. Is it a theme, such as a birthday….. Is it something basic like flowers or stripes that you can add other sayings with? This is where it all starts for me!
First, I look at the papers I want to use based on the reason for the project. I start to pull other papers to use to go with it, normally cardstock that matches and/or other patterned paper for a bit of visual interest or to use for my embellishments. This makes the piece more customized you might say, because some of the pieces you might use are scraps! And the papers change all the time anyway, so even if you use the same papers on another project or different papers on another project, it will turn out totally different than the first piece did.
I will normally start to pull all the rest of the things I want to use such as stamps – ink pads – die cuts or punches…things I plan on using for the project, again – based on theme! I pull more than I need out – because at the time, I’m not sure which one TO use! I do this for everything paper craft related I do, such as cards, scrapbooks, framed pages, mini albums, gifts as well!
If you have some sort of a design sheet, it will make it easier for you to keep track of the things you need to create! Mine includes:
If you have something a few months out, and you get inspiration for part of the project NOW, trust me, you won’t remember much of anything when you get ready to start the project. Keep track of it as you know you have something coming up!
I hope this will help you get more projects done that need to GET done! I am learning I need to get things done early as I procrastinate like you wouldn’t believe! Having a list, even though you might not need it RIGHT NOW – you will be glad you got it done when you did!
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Memories in Tyme
Family, sometimes it isn’t what we pictured in our minds. Sometimes it is just the opposite. I have NO idea why, I just know I am not the only person this has happened to. My friends mean the world to me – they have gotten me through some of the hardest times in my life, and I owe them A LOT. In some aspects, more than I can ever mention or repay. And SOMETIMES – those family members, turn out to be the best of friends as well!!!
Whether you journal something – find a picture for a layout, make a card for someone…. spend the time today to reflect about family in YOUR life. I pictured something totally different for my life – a wonderful marriage with kids, a house, and working doing something I love. Yet I got something totally opposite of what I wanted… I got 3 marriages full of hate and anger, 3 wonderful kids out of the mix, no house, and working my ass off for what I have now. I got just the opposite of what I wanted, but exactly what I needed in life to help me grow as a person.
What on EARTH do I mean by that. I had to learn to be LYNDA – not mom, not sister, not friend, not scapegoat………. LYNDA….. I had to learn what I was capable of doing, I had to learn how strong I was – and WHY I am the way I am. Reflections come when you need them the most, because it helps you to see the ENTIRE picture of things!
Today – spend time reflecting… Just pick some paper up and write – spend time in who YOU are – where you came from, childhood – spend time in documenting. I don’t know much of anything about my family, let alone Del’s (my husband). His dad died when he was 16, so he knows less than NOTHING about who he was or who they even are. That’s sad… I also know I have found a LOT of information by people spending time in writing down stories they heard. I have found a bunch of information like this on Ancestry.com which has been priceless for me to learn more not only about my family, but his as well.
Until next time,
Memories in Tyme
This year, I had my 20th anniversary and Mothers Day within days of each other. I am a mom of 3 adult kids – raised and on their own for the most part, and together for this long with my husband. This year – we decided to go look for a new machine for me as a gift for both – and this is the one I wanted!!! This little beauty does it all….and I am SOOOOO glad I got it!
I spent a bit of time researching this particular machine and the one at the price point just above this one. The ONLY difference, is the stuff you can cut with the other machine are more heavier materials! This machine, will cut exactly what I need it to cut, without having to go to the other size at the moment! I might eventually upgrade it, but right now, this does exactly what I want it to do!
First thing I like – is the colors they have available for the machine. I was able to pick up this beautiful mint color, but you want to check your local stores for what they have in their selection as they will have different colors at each location.
You also might want to check the website directly – I found great information HERE for shopping (great specials by the way) and HERE if you want more information about the product itself!!! I purchased mine at my local Michael’s store, well worth the price I spent!!! I have another goodie I bought, and honestly, can’t wait to review that set of items as well, make sure you check back for that post!
For the dial, I simply LOVE the various “things” you can cut – making so many one of a kind creations of your own! From paper, to cardstock, and not just one size fits all cardstock! Now, with the cardstock section, you have the “light cardstock” feature for more double sided papers lets say and then a cardstock feature for the heavier cardstock. You can also do vinyl, iron on’s, poster board and bonded fabric as well!!! It also has a custom feature so you can cut your own images as well!
So for this part, in your cartridges, you have fonts and things that is for writing only. They also have various colors of markers available for you to use. Basically, with the fonts available to you, you can create your own saying – and have it printed out from the marker instead of cut out, color it with chalks, markers or colored pencils. Oh ya, can you imagine the things you can do with this! A lot of fonts available for this, you would be surprised! If there is something you like – cut it out and color it all in! LOVE this feature!
Along with the pen, there is a drawer up front, concealed of course (check out the next picture for more details)! I love how I can put things in that are only needed for the machine, and conceal them, only using when I absolutely have to! Also wonderful to keep extra blades in it – more markers you purchase, etc. *Note, make sure you watch for those coupons from your local craft stores for products like this you can purchase in order to save money!
A lot of storage in this, a lot of various things you can do with it as well. Customized presents for people, save a bit of money… Got a wedding or baby shower, do customized invitations and all the decorations with it! Have fun and make sure you share with me AND Cricut what YOU end up creating.
**Note – I AM an affiliate for Cricut – this machine was bought with my OWN money, no specials or anything coming back to me. THIS is my honest opinion about something I have loved for a while! I hope you are cool with that!
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Memories in Tyme
I kind of “stumbled” across the “one sheet wonder” template and card idea recently. Once I started on my first set of cards, I have been HOOKED ever since! When I look at the examples, all of them are so different – even IF the same shapes from the templates are used. I think that is the part I love the most, I have seen so many awesome ideas from the templates I have saved. Simply find the best templates and papers, and get started!
With the card examples shown here – you can see just how you can use the templates with your cards, making different card TYPES for the papers you selected. For me personally – I love THIS part the most! OF course I love to create all of the same TYPE of cards with the same papers, but also love to use one set of papers with various themes as well!
I think one of my other favorite parts from using this type of creating cards – is the various ways you can use the various shapes you find. Mat them, don’t mat them! ADD background paper – DON’T add background paper! White card base – colored card base….. And if you look at the example here – you can see VARIOUS colors of cards are used for the background!
Tips to get started –
I hope you have fun in this wonderful card type – and make sure you share with me what you have done!!!
Until next time,
Memories in Tyme
I am not sure about you all – but wow…it’s already early June! I’m not sure if I need to plan for the end of the world, a party for next week for under 20 people, snow – rain – or hot…… However, we are going to attempt to see what we can do for events we MIGHT have planned between now and the end of the year!
We have all had our lives ripped out from underneath us with this whole “Covid-19” pandemic. I’m not sure our world will be the same again, but that is just me! Holiday’s and things this year – might be a bit more special, instead of just another day! Make something handmade instead of a huge gift! Even if you DO give a gift card, you can make a special card holder for it, and have them frame the piece when they are done! We will have a whole other post on how to save money for the rest of the year!!! Make sure you check back for that one!
Here’s where I tell you to grab your favorite way to organize your life… Mine happens to be a calendar (printed out), a pen, and a few highlighters! I make sure to get all the info I can on the calendar – and then a sheet of paper for more info as to what I need to do for it. Others will use a planner, or their phone/tablet/computer – use whatever is best for YOU to get more done! So, lets get started – shall we!
I hope you join me in getting more things done – and by the time you NEED to get them done! I will have another post coming up about how TO get more done – and a design sheet that will help you get started on creating things you need to! Check back for that post as well!
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Memories in Tyme
If you go to Pinterest – or your favorite search engine…and simply type “one sheet wonder template” you can get as many templates like this one – to choose from! I totally love how you can use the same template over and over again, and every card will turn out different depending on what you do for the saying and embellishments used! I also love to find 6 x 6 templates that are different, and use 1 12 x 12 sheet of paper on all of it. I might even use a 12 x 12 sheet of paper using an 8.5 x 11 template once in a while, it just depends on the cards and the template I decide to use, and what I feel like doing at the time!
I have really enjoyed using these templates, and not have to make my own card backgrounds out of the scraps I have leftover, searching for the perfect papers! However, I still grab a scrap of paper, and still make my own backgrounds out of them… They just are not as uniform as the templates here are – and you can use one template, one sheet of paper – and different card examples for each set of cards!
To get started –
Find your own templates, and start to search Pinterest or online for the examples you like! I see SO MANY different ways to use the template shapes, find what you like! You can find your own style – or switch it up and do many different things! I will go over some of the card examples in a post tomorrow! Check back then for more ideas!
Until next time,
Memories in Tyme
None of us planned on this whole pandemic thing…we sure didn’t plan to be stuck at our homes with nothing to do for over a month! I wanted to give you a few ideas to spend time creating while you are cooped up, using what you have already bought and have available! Let’s get started!!!
If you have already bought a lot of stuff, then guess what – this is the BEST time to start using it up! Your pages don’t have to look like they are right out of a magazine… A simple piece of cardstock – a picture, and what you write is fine… JUST get it documented while you can – and right now, is the PERFECT time to get it done!
I use a lot of different products on the things I make – and yet, I end up using the same things over and over at times! You will have your favorite “go-to’s” when you create, just don’t forget to look outside the box as well!!! Things like floss and ribbon, used for other things, can be used with your paper crafts as well!!! Let’s get started!
The die cuts I have right now, I have used for 18+ years that I can remember! It was the best investment instead of cutting the shapes out by a template! That is great and cost effective if you are just starting, but if you are going further, you need access to a good die cut machine! I personally use Sizzix and Cricut, I will have reviews for both of them coming up! Make sure you check back next month for those! Best thing with the die cuts, you can use them over and over with different papers and themes, and they will come out different every time!
When I start to work on a project – I look at what exactly am I creating….. what type of a project and how many of it am I doing. Do I need to create one set – or multiple? As I look at “that” – I start to decide what papers am I going to use. I might start with one set – and then move on to something totally different by the time I am done LOL! It all starts with the papers – to make beautiful embellishments of your own!
Once I start to work on my project, I make more than enough embellishments to work with! That way, I can be a bit more picky about the things I am adding TO the creation, and I have some left over to use on other projects!!! If you notice the photo, these are the leftovers from my mom’s altered drink holder! I can use the white balloons on a bunch of birthday cards, and won’t have to die cut any shapes for a while!
By doing extra embellishments while you have it all out, it saves time in the long run, and makes some of your project’s be one of a kind! Make sure you share with me what you have done!!!
Sympathy cards are never any fun to make, given the reason you are making the card in the first place! I finally found a stamp set I love to use that allows me to create a lot of different cards with one set, including sympathy cards!!! Stampin’ Up is my favorite place to purchase stamps and ink pads as they have quality products, in a ton of themes!!!! I am sure you will find what you are attracted to, from stamps to ink pads… no matter what company you end up going with!!!