Workspace Wednesday: Craft room tour

I’m lucky enough to have my own craft room – although its the box room – that little space is mine and I can loose myself in documenting.

Before this room gets turned in to a nursery I filmed a craft room tour, I will do another one later in the year when I have figured out how all my craft supplies are going to fit into my husbands office.

 

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Project Life – A Project Dead?

My craft desk, and blog lay derelict and unloved. Why? I don’t think I have a reason. I could blame a busy work schedule, family life or dedicating my Saturdays to Netflix watching episodes of The Good Wife or White Collar.

As I sat down an my craft desk yesterday I had  3 unopened Studio Calico documenter kits waiting for me. That was a daunting prospect.

I wondered where to start and if I would ever catch up. I booted up my Canon Selphy,  loaded up my photo feed and scrolled (all the way back) to February. I wanted to try and knock out at least a couple of spreads in the hour or so I had put aside, so I journaled by hand (something I said at the beginning of the year I wasn’t got to do in my 2016 Project Life Plans post) and used as little embellishments as possible. These spreads are by no means the most creative, but heck, the memories are in the album and thats all that counts.

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Next time, I don’t plan on leaving it so long – roll on the weekend!

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Craft Haul

The last few weeks have been busy, I’m a teacher and exam season has just come to an end, and I am just about recovered. I had a bit of spending spree over the weekend as a treat!

I have wanted a larger A5 Filofax planner for a while and with a mid year sale on at Paperchase, how could I say no?! I also had a visit to Hobby craft (just for a browse of cause) and purchased some Dear Lizzy gold thicker and some thin gold washi tape which will look lovely in my new planner.UK craft haul

Watch my haul video:

Have you made any crafty purchases this month?

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Studio Calico Kit – first timer

Since i discovered Project Life I have lurked on the Studio Calico website, looking at the busy chat boards and looking on in envy at some of the layouts in the gallery. It seemed an expensive monthly cost as i have a whole stash of stuff right?

I sat down to catch up do my November (and December) layouts. I have plenty of Blush core kit cards and some i have printed myself. I have now quite a collection of embellishments, alpha stickers, paper pads, wood veneers and so on… However, for the life of me, I could not make any of these compliment each other in a layout which i was happy with.

As if they read my mind, i received an email from Studio Calico offering me this months PL kit (January 2014- Far Far Away) for $5  (approx £3.50) plus p+p of $8.99 (£6.00). Well how could I refuse that?!

Ordering

PL (scrapbooking, or card making kits) are available to purchase monthly or as a subscription (6-12 months) I opted for the subscription. Your kit gets sent to you automatically and Studio calico subscribers get first dibs on add on kits.

Postage

As I only ordered the basic kit, my package was not heavy enough to qualify for UPS tracked postage, so i just had to play the waiting game. SC estimates shipping to take up to 15 working days. I ordered on the 2nd January, and received on the 19th January (which did include the New year break). The buzz on Instagram was that UK kits were starting to arrive, I was happy to find the Royal Mail card in my post box, so i dashed to the collection office to pick it up!

Opening the box

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I admit, the box was a little smaller than I imagined, i suppose it was due to seeing all the SB kit boxes on Instagram. It was nice to see the kit in the flesh however instead of just seeing images! The cards were thicker than I predicted, the love hearts and days of the week tabs also had sticky backs which is useful. My favourite card is the ‘Let the good times roll’ and ofcasue the Doggy card, both i am saving for the right layout.

Putting it to use:

Here is how I used this months kit in my January layouts
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These layouts are quite basic for me as I havn’t had a lot of time to spend on them this week, however that is a nice advantage of using an 8X6 handbook, they didn’t take me too long.

How are your January layouts going?

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Sewing onto card

Last year i purchased a Janome Mini sewing machine in the sale, I was inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee, and videos such as this one from Two Peas in a Bucket to add stitching to embellishments on my Project Life layout.

I rarely used stitching in my Project Life layouts last year because of my set up. Once my printer was on the table along with a box of PL cards, embellishments, guillotine and so on, there was little left for my 12×12 album let alone a sewing machine which is stored in a cupboard. Now I have changed to a smaller size, have my Raskog cart and a dedicated table (bye bye husbands junk shelves) I can now use it more regularly.

I have created a mini video to show how I use stitching in my layouts. This is my first tutorial video, so any feedback welcome 🙂

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