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New Stash-Crashing Technique: The Use-It Box

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I got this idea from a YouTube channel called Mouse Potato Designs, whose creator, Felicia, an art journaler, has also been on a crusade to winnow out and use up her stash.  She calls hers a “Use It Up Box.”  I would not be so grandiose as to suggest I would actually “use up” a whole anything at once, so I’ll just call mine a Use-It Box.

Basically, it’s just a clear plastic supply box that you keep on your desk or work surface, in which you put things from your stash you would like to actually use over the course of a month or so.  The idea being, if it’s on your desk and you see it, you’re more inclined to use it.  And when it’s time to start a new project, you go to the box and start with those materials.

I really like this idea, so I have inaugurated my first Use-It Box.

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Inside I have:

Sticko Epoxy Leaf Stickers

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These are shiny/glittery and puffy stickers.  I have a sheet of green ones and a sheet of orange, so since fall is coming around, it seems like a good time to use those.

K & Co. Layered Leaf Stickers

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Also in fall colors, so let’s use those too.

Liquid Pearls

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I pulled out an array of neutral/metallic colored Liquid Pearls for the autumn palette: Bisque, Gold, Avocado, Copper, and Silver.  I went a little crazy a while back and bought the *entire* range of Liquid Pearl colors, and I never use them.  I have an idea for a masculine card with these.

American Crafts Self-Adhesive Ribbons

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I don’t sew or do needlecrafts, so I don’t have many “notions” in my stash, but I do have and like these ribbons, because they are self-adhesive — they have a runner of tape on the back.  I chose orange and green for fall, and the blue as a contrasting color.

Awesome Blossoms Coloring Pack

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This an adult coloring book from Paper Wishes, printed on card stock, and sized to go on the front of an A2 card.  “Coloring for Adults” is quite the fad right now, and I have a couple coloring books, but I like that these ones are heavy enough paper to use on cards.

So that, I think, is a good starter group for my first Use-It Box.  I don’t want to get too ambitious, and fill it with so much stuff that I’d never use it all.  This seems like a manageable amount of stuff, but of different, fun types. I’m looking forward to see how this will work out.

Do you have a Use-It Box or anything similar?  How does it work for you?

Trend Capitulation: Zig Clean Color Brush Markers

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I’ve written before about how I try to resist trends, but I confess, I bought a set of Zig Clean Color Brush markers after they dropped.  There was such a frenzy about them in the papercrafting blogosphere, I couldn’t resist.  I loved the bright, clear colors, and was intrigued by the possibilities of the brush tip.  And they’re really not that expensive, all things considered.

They took over a month to arrive from Japan, but they finally did this week.  Here is my first attempt with them:

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I stamped and heat-embossed the flowers in silver, and painted them with the Zig markers and water.  They are blotchier than i would like.  Next time I will try them without water, see how that works.  I do like the colors, though.  I purchased the 24-pack, which seemed to be enough variety of colors to play around with, but not too expensive if I decided I didn’t like them.  There are 80 colors overall, all available open stock.  The largest pack has 60 colors, so you can’t get them all in a pack.  But really, 60 colors seems more than enough, doesn’t it?

Oh, this was done on Tim Holtz watercolor paper.  I like it because it is so bright and white.  And because it comes in size A2 sheets, because I am lazy.

I CASED this card from Jennifer McGuire, who in turn CASED it from Tasnim Ahmed of Altenew.  This is the Altenew stamp set Persian Motifs.  I love it.  I think it is drawn from ancient ceramic designs.

Oh, the sentiment continues on the inside.  “Friendship … is like a bouquet of flowers, sweet and beautiful.”  I could only fit the first word on the front.  And I had to color it with a marker, because the words were too close and intertwined to only get the “friendship” with an ink pad, even if I covered the other words with Scotch tape.  I think it turned out OK, though.

In other things, I realize I’ve been kind of flailing around with the blog here, not posting, posting randomly, not following through with projects.  I do want to continue the patterned paper series.  My life has just been kind of chaotic lately.  I am picking away bit by bit at cleaning my craft room.  It’s pretty overwhelming. I mean, you’ve seen my stash list, right?  I am destashing some things.  Would anybody like some orphan stamps or 6×6 pads?  Email me.

I still can’t find that Basic Grey paper pad!  I’m beginning to wonder if I ever actually bought it, or just imagined I did.  Or my Gelatos.  I have the whole gift set and it is a sizable box, so how the heck did that go missing?  On the other hand, I’m finding some things I forgot I had, so that’s fun.

I’ll try to post more regularly in the future.  I know, I’ve said that before.  But I will try.