Creating During The Pandemic (And beyond) Tips And Ideas

Tips and Ideas

 
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!!!

  • Spend time as a family creating layouts from past events!  Sometimes others will remember things we don’t, or at least we get things from their perspective as well as our own!
  • As you are creating projects, find photos that can tell more than one story, or that tells a different side to the event or photo!  Maybe a photo where you have a picture of something (a person, or food lets say)… it goes with other photos in the event.  The same picture could be used by itself telling a whole other thing, using the food – maybe your favorite food…..that kind of thing!
  • Have each of your kids (if they are old enough) do some sort of a scrapbook of their own. Find topics you can have them either scrapbook or journal events from their perspective.  If they are young, you might have to help them type and print out what they want to say! 
  • Make time to document your own story as well!  Make sure the children’s other parent does as well!  Future generations will be glad you did, I have learned a lot by researching my own family by doing mine and my husbands ancestry!!!  I now want to know more and more about my own parents!   
  • Do framed pages with your family of special times – or family pictures, things that are special to you!  Add a little bling to it – a simple saying, and frame it up!  
  • Look at presents you can make for people for birthday’s, anniversaries, holidays, or just because!  Get started on things now!   

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!  

Until next time,
Lynda Jeffs
Memories in Tyme

Products Used This Week

Products I used on the projects this past week 

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!

Products

Die cuts

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!  

Paper

The paper I used is from Stampin’ Up!!!  They have amazing paper, double sided and coordinating as well!  I also love how thick it is for my projects!  My mom’s birthday project was used with their papers, as well as the sympathy cards!  If you look at the details around each of the sides, I used 4 different designs!  Any papers will do of course, the thinner the paper, the more you need to help back it with cardstock or thicker paper.

Punches

I have punches I have bought within the past few years, and some I have had for over 20+. I use punches a lot, and like every item I purchased, it saves me money!   Find some that you will USE, and look at various companies for them! I love Stampin’ Up’s punches, Martha Stewart, and EK Success’ paper shapers!  I have an older version from 8 years ago, but use them still I do!!!

Other than floss and adhesive, I didn’t use a lot of other stuff on the items made this week!   I hope you can see the fun things you can create, by using a few products!  
Lynda Jeffs
Memories In Tyme



Making Extra Embellishments For Future Projects

 Making extra embellishments for future projects



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!  

Tips:

  1. Making more embellishments, saves you time down the line, by not having to die cut more shapes!
  2. It helps you customize each of your project’s and make them more one of a kind!
  3. Put more than one embellishment together that match in color, but maybe not the same manufacturer of paper!  
  4. Put them on your cards, make a bunch of them while you are making a project!  Great to do for birthdays and baby cards!  
  5. Go to your stash before you create another embellishment!  Sometimes I have found the perfect embellishment to go with the project I am doing!!!

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!!!

Lynda Jeffs,
Memories In Tyme








Sympathy Card Idea

Sympathy Card



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!!!  

Supplies used:

Sympathy stamps
Ink pads to match paper used
Card w/envelope
Various flower die cuts
Vine w/leaves die cut
Large sun punch
Small sun and circle punch
Border punch
Papers (I used Stampin’ Up)

As I start my cards, I usually pick out more than enough stuff to create with, supply wise I mean – such as:
  1. Papers I want to work with
  2. Stamps I want to use for the project
  3. Any ink pads to match the papers 
  4. If I have anything I want to use already done,

    add that

  5. Templates if I have any
  6. Punches I will use
  7. Die cuts I will use
  8. Ribbon or floss if I am using it
  9. If I am not using ink pads, then any markers, colored pencils, embossing powder I will use
  10. Bling…..am I using any, if so – I add it here 207
For this example, you can create just about any theme for this card!  Switch it to a thank you card, birthday card, generic card saying, or a thinking of you card even!!!  You can find a card example you like, get papers you have, with the supplies you have…and create your own sympathy or other style card!!!  I started doing one sheet wonders for my cards!  Check back next week for a post all about it!!!  I hope you enjoy the examples!  Have fun creating your own and make sure to share what you ended up doing!!!

Lynda Jeffs
Memories In Tyme




Using Corner Punches For Tags

Using Corner Punches For Tags


With today’s idea, I was playing around with my supplies, needing to do a few sympathy cards….. and this is what I ended up with!!!  I will share the finished idea tomorrow, but the tags can be done for various themes and sayings, so it deserves a post all it’s own!!!  I have a lot of supplies I have had for over 20 years, and some more like 25+ years that I still use to this day!!!!!  This is one thing I have used over and over again, only different ways!  It makes the cost for that supply, actually save you money in the long run, every time you use it on a project!!!!  Sometimes, it pays you to buy it the more you use it!!!

Supplies needed:

  • Corner Punches

  • Cardstock
  • Stamps
  • Ink pads
  • Paper trimmer 

Directions:

  1. Decide what type of a tag you want to create. 
  2. Find the stamps you want to use.
  3. Pick out the ink pad that will match your cardstock.
  4. Stamp your saying giving you more than enough room to punch your corners.
  5. Trim your saying, make it big enough, but not “too big”.
  6. Punch one side to start with, make sure that side looks good, and then do the opposite side.  This step creates your tag!  211

The final look will depend on the corner punch you will use!  I have about 4 my sister gave me a long time ago that I still use, the one I used here is one of them!!!  I might not have the newest of supplies, but it all works just the same!  With this particular punch, I found it on Amazon, it is a Fiskars 3 in 1 corner punch Heritage!  It has 3 of the 4 I actually use included!!!!


It doesn’t matter if you have exactly what I have, find a simple corner rounder and use it instead!!!!  It might look a bit different, but it will look good all the same!!  You don’t need to spend a lot of money on supplies to make things look good, trust me on that one!!!  All you need is a few supplies and an imagination, you get both with me!!!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Lynda Jeffs
Memories In Tyme




Mom’s Recycled Drink Holder

Mom’s Birthday Present

This is one of those special projects, created for my mom’s birthday!!!  I wasn’t too sure what to do for her this year, it was her first birthday since being back home… gone for 12 years!!!!   I wanted this present to be special and fun at the same time!!!!!

Supplies used:

Coordinating cardstock and papers (I used 6)
Sizzix die cuts, I used balloon and present for this example
Hot glue
Pop dots
Twine for balloon strings 
Recycled drink holder from a fast food restaurant (85)

Directions:

Start by die cutting the shapes you are going to use for your creation!  I ended up doing way more shapes than I needed to for this project!  However, it will help me make a few cards to go in my stash!!!
Add the twine to the balloons, set aside for the moment!!!
If you have presents, get them put together!  If you don’t have a die cut present shape, create your own presents with scrap paper and a bow!
Start to add the balloons first, having the strings go in the middle of the bottom of the container.  Add the presents, putting the strings from the balloons in the middle of the container!  Place one of the bigger presents, putting pop dots on all four corners – and add it to the top concealing the strings!
Afterwards, simply add your present in the drink holders!  


Customize this to the person getting the present!  My mom had a lot of fun with all the little goodies we got for her!  I simply wanted it to be more special, and that it was!  I hope you enjoyed this fun, altered project and you share with me what you end up with!  


Lynda Jeffs
Memories In Tyme






Easy Tips To Recycle

Recycle Everyday Things

When it comes to doing paper crafts, you can make a lot of neat one of a kind gifts for your friends and family!  Look at everyday things that you would normally throw away, and see what you can create out of it!!!!  

Things you can recycle:

  1. Cans – these beauties can be used for so many different things!   A pencil (or anything) holder for one, great to hold smaller like items in!!  Larger cans such as coffee cans, make wonderful present (of any type) holders!  You can put a lot of stuff in one coffee can!!!!   Cover them and add plants to them!!!  Decorate and use in the bathroom, kitchen or office!  Put markers in them, crayons, colored pencils even and add to a kid’s art table!  Use for your creative storage, changing the colors as you need to!!! (139)
  2. Boxes – another one of those things you can do so many things with!  Use them on the bottom of your drawers to hold your small stuff in!!!  Put different sizes in or all the same size depending on your needs!!!   For shoe boxes, use decoupage glue, your favorite paper and you have personalized storage containers!  Use the same size cereal boxes, cut the side piece (one of them) so there is 1/3 at the bottom of the box, and use it for magazine holders! 
  3. Plastic containers like above, can be used for candy jars for special people!  Or put a bunch of small things in there with a gift card!  Store ribbon or embellishments even!  
  4. Large jars make great storage for buttons, ribbon (by color), pens, pencils (all kinds!!!  Put a gift in it, such as kitchen utensils, or things for your fingers and toes, like polish!!!  
  5. Drink holders, 6 pack or 4 packs, and use for presents!!!!!

Get your own list of recycled stuff you can use, and as always, share with me what you are doing!!!

Lynda Jeffs, 
Memories In Tyme

Monthly Challenge

Get Er’ Done

Hello my favorite creative people!!!  Long time, no blog posts!!!  Well, that is about to change!!!  Much going on in the Jeff’s house in the past 6 months, more life changing than anything!  But that is for another post!!!!!


Right now, it is THAT time, time to look at our calendars!!!  With the Covid virus, your list might be a bit different than it normally is!  You might have more cards to make and send out, or gifts to get started on that might save you some time!!!  I will have a few things you can think about creating ahead of time at the end of the post!

  • Look at the next 6 weeks until the middle of June!  What kind of events do you have during this time?
  • Look at the next 3 months, until the end of July!  What other events do you have that needs to be looked in to?
  • Look in to the next 6 months, until the end of November!  What do you have coming up you can start to look in to here?  
  • Last, look at the whole year, until the end of April!  What can you add to your calendar as far as events and things?  (203)

As you look at your list, what needs to get done soon?  What will take the most time IN creating?  Can you handle more than one project at a time, or can you do more than one?  Use up what you have at home, don’t spend unless you have to!!!  Even then, try to shop online!!!  Join me this week in a fun birthday idea with cards!!!


Lynda Jeffs
Memories In Tyme

December Thoughts and Plans

I’m not sure about you guys, but wow, I can’t believe it is December already!  I’m not sure how it all happened, but here we go, almost in to a new year!  This post is a bit of everything – from planning to reflecting…of course “Memories in Tyme” style!  

If you celebrate Thanksgiving, what did you think of the date this year?  I don’t remember when it was this late in the month, and not sure I like it being this close to Christmas!!!  Yet this year, was more of a special year, first time around my family in 12 years!!!  Challenge or two to document this years events:

  • What are YOU grateful for this year?
  • What did YOU do this year – and who did you spend it with?

 If you are one of those “planner folks” – grab your planner and sit down and lets get to work!  If you aren’t – get whatever YOU like to plan your life with and lets get started! 

  • Look at the next 6 weeks or until 1/15/2020 for what you have going on
  • Next look at the next 3 months – or until end of February 2020
  • Last look at the next 6 months – or until end of May 2020 

Look at events, holidays, special times, plan out date nights, visits – things in YOUR life that you want to enjoy!  Remember life is too short, spend it with people who make you want to do better in your life, and not those who bring you down by their very presence!  

Thanks for stopping by,
Lynda – Memories in Tyme

 

Buying Handmade Cards

I have made cards for 29 years now!  I remember my first project, my daughter’s birth announcements made out of cardstock and a Disney stamp!  How ironic she loves Disney stuff – even now!   From that first project until right now – I love making cards! 

All of my cards I make are one of a kind!  A lot of times I can’t create the same thing twice even IF I use the same supplies on both projects!  Each order will come with a free gift as well!  
Cards are sold as follows:

  • Individual cards – $3.00 each 
  • 5 – $12.50
  • 10 – $25.00
  • 15 – $37.50
  • Box of cards 20 – $40.00  (no box, 22 cards instead)

We have different themes available – pick what you want and need! All cards are one of a kind, no two are alike for the most part!  I try to do each one a little bit different if I can, by placement or details!  If you are looking at more custom work, let me know and we will come up with a good price! 

Cards you have to choose from:

Anniversary/Love
Baby (boy, girl, either)
Birthday
Get Well
Hello
Misc.
Note cards (packs/individual)
Sympathy
Thank you
Thinking of you/Friendship
Sympathy
Holiday (various)
To get cards ordered – until my web site is up and running, send an email to memoriesintyme@gmail.com with a CC to lyndajjeffs@gmail.com!  That way, I get it at either email!  Make sure in the subject line you put HANDMADE CARD ORDER in bold letters, that way I see it in any of my folders! 
Get your orders in early for boxes of cards to give as Christmas presents!  The earlier the better for sure!  There are times I simply do NOT have the energy to create thanks to my new health issue!  As for Christmas cards and tags to put on your gifts, make sure you email me with detailed info to get your order started!!!!  Info is in the link!
Thanks for stopping by,
Lynda, Memories in Tyme